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Tarekat Tijani

Rabu, 25 Juni 2008


Currently in Buntet, another tarekat, the Tijaniyah, is
much more dominant than Syattariyah. Tijaniyah seems to gain more and more attraction among
the Javanese and thus, with special reference to Buntet, it deserves a special attention. In
addition to this, as we shall see, Buntet has been one of the important door-ways for the
 further spread of this tarekat to other parts of
Java, especially West Java. It is this special role that in the subsequent discussion I wish
to stress.[11]

The Origin of Tijaniyah

Tarekat Tijaniyah was founded by Abu-‘Abbas Ahmad who claimed to be the 21st descendant
of the Prophet Muhammad. He was born in 1150/1737 at ‘Ain Madi in south Algeria. His father,
Muhammad bin Mukhtar, is said to have been a pious man of learning who lived and taught at
‘Ain Madi, whereas his mother, “Sayidah ‘Aisyah binti Abdullah bin Al-Sanusy-Attijany” was
of the original Tijani tribe of ‘Ain Madi and thus the name At-Tijani for Abu-‘Abbas Ahmad
is derived from his mother.[12]

At seven years of age, Ahmad at-Tijani is said to have read the whole Qur'an well,
especially in Nafi’ style (qiraat Nafi’). He then studied
various religious subjects. He learnt Mukhtashar al-Syeikh
, a summary of Malikite jurisprudence, read Risalah
Jama'ah as-Shufiyah bi bilad al-Islam
by Abu'l Qasim al-Qusayri, studied
Muqaddimas of Ibn Rusyd and al-Akhdari and became a
learned figure. He taught a number of students and gave fatwa (legal judgement) when he was 20. At 21 years of age he felt a call to the
Sufi life and started travelling. He came to Fez in
1171/1757–8 in search of Sufi syeikh, studied the
Prophetic traditions and joined three Sufi brotherhoods,
the Qadiriyah, the Nashiriyah and the thariqah of
 Ahmad al-Habib bin Muhammad.[13] Among the Sufi syeikh whom Ahmad at-Tijani
met was Muhammad bin Hasan Al-Wanajaly a great wali of
his time who, at mount Zabib, said that At-Tijani would have a position (maqam) equal to Asy-Syadzily. Ahmad at-Tijani became a real
Sufi at 31 after contemplation (riyadhah) for a period of time.[14]

Table 8.2: Ancestral Genealogy of Abu Abbas Ahmad at-Tijani The founder of
Tijaniyah order

1. The Prophet Muhammad

2. Ali bin Abi Thalib

3. Hasan al-Sibthi

4. Hasan al-Mutsanna

5. Abdullah

6. Muhammad an-Nafs az-Zakiyah

7. Ahmad

8. Ali Zain al-Abidin

9. Ishaq

10. Idris

11. Abdul Jabbar

12. Abbas

13. Abdillah

14. Ali

15. Ahmad

16. Ahmad al-‘Alwani

17. Salim

18. Muhammad

19. Mukhtar

20. Muhammad

21. Abu ‘Abbas Ahmad at-Tijani


Ahmad at-Tijani went to Tunis, then to Mecca on pilgrimage in 1186/1772–3. On his way to
Mecca he stopped at Azwawi, a town near Algiers and took an initiation into the Khalwatiyah
order with Mahmad b ‘Abdul Rahman. He spent a year in Tunis, teaching the Kitab al-hikam of Ibn Ata’ Allah, then went to Egypt to meet
Syeikh Mahmud al-Kurdi, the Khalwatiyah chief in Cairo. He reached Mecca on Syawwal
1187/1773–4, then performed his Hajj. In Mecca he tried to meet a great Indian Sufi  Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Hindy. Although he failed to
meet him in person, via al-Hindy's servant, At-Tijani received a written message from him
saying that At-Tijani inherited all al-Hindy's occult mystical learning, and that At-Tijani
would reach an equal status with Abu'l Hasan Asy-Syadzily. Two months after that al-Hindy

After finishing his pilgrimage At-Tijani went to Medina to visit the Prophet's tomb and
met Syeikh Abdul Karim as-Samman, the Sammaniyah chief (a branch of Khalwatiyah), who
foretold his potential for becoming the dominant qutb
(pole). At-Tijani left Arabia in 1191/1777–8 for Africa via Egypt where Mahmud al-Kurdi
authorised him to preach the Khalwatiyah order in North Africa. He did not return to ‘Ain
Madi however, but went to Fez then settled in Tlemsen (Algeria) until 1196/1781–2. From
Tlemsen he went to Syallala and settled in Sidi Abi Samghun, an oasis 75 miles south of
Geryville. There, in that year (1196/1781–2), he marked the foundation of the Tijaniyah
order when he announced to his followers that the Prophet appeared to him in daylight while
he was fully conscious and in active mind (yaqdhah), not
dreaming. The Prophet, he said, authorised him to start a new work of at-tarbiyah (spiritual guidance) and assigned him his order's
wird (litanies), consisting of istighfar (asking God's pardon) 100 times and shalawat (exaltation of the Prophet Muhammad) 100 times.[16]

In AH 1200, At-Tijani claimed, the Prophet reappeared and completed the litanies with
hailalah (uttering there is no God but Allah). Fourteen
months later, on Muharram AH 1214 At-Tijani claimed to have reached a position of ‘the pole
of (wali) poles' (al-qutbaniyatul-’udhma) which means that he obtained the ‘highest rank of the
highest’ within the current wali hierarchy. On 18th
Shafar of the same year he attained another position, ‘the hidden seal of all poles’
(al-khatm wa'l-katm) or ‘the hidden end of the highest
pole.’ This implied that there would be no more wali
 pole whose position is higher than himself.[17]


Bearing simultaneously two positions, At-Tijani relinquished his former
affiliation with the four orders with the assertion that along with teaching him the
litanies for his order in person, the Prophet himself also ordered At-Tijani to give up all
his former affiliations with the other orders. This was an official proclamation that
At-Tijani only recognised the Prophet as his master and hence the Tijaniyah adherents
claimed their order as at-Thariqah al-Muhammadiyah, a
name similar to that claimed by the followers of Sanusiyah and Kittaniyah for their own
tarekat.[18] At-Tijani died on 12 Syawwal 1230/22 September 1815 when he was 80 years old. He
was buried in Fez.


Some Tijaniyah's Essential Doctrines

There are some essential doctrines which mark Tijaniyah as being distinct from other
tarekat. I wish to mention briefly some of them before
discussing the specific role of Pesantren Buntet with regard to this tarekat. Trimingham characterised Tijaniyah as belonging to the 19th century
revival movement mainly because:

He (Ahmad At-Tijani, the founder of the tarekat) imposed no penances or retreats and
the ritual was not complicated. He emphasised above all the need for intercessor between
God and man, the intercessor of the age being himself and his successors. His followers
were strictly forbidden, not merely to pay the ‘ahd
of allegiance to any other shaikh, but to make invocations to any wali other than himself …[19]

It is common belief among the Sufis that their
syeikh are organised in a spiritual hierarchy, hence a
Sufi of high reputation of sanctity and learning, could
claim to have attained a certain rank in the hierarchy. His followers had only to accept on
trust what  their Syeikh's claimed.[20] In this context, At-Tijani took the liberty of claiming to occupy two of the
highest positions simultaneously, one being Qutb al-Aqtab
(the Pole of the Poles) the other being Khatm al-Wilayah
(the Seal of Muhammadan Sainthood). This twofold position in
relation to other wali is drawn parallel to the position
of the Prophet Muhammad vis-a-vis other prophets. The Prophet Muhammad was the Khatm (seal) of the prophets in the sense that he was to complete
all marvels of the other prophets, and that there would be no prophet sent to earth after
him. At-Tijani on the other hand, was the Khatm of the
wali in the sense that he bears a complete and perfect
embodiment of wilayah before and after him, and that if
ever there may be other wali after him, none would
surpass or supersede at-Tijani in rank.[21]

At-Tijani is not a unique claimant of the Qutb
and the Khatm al-Wilayah. This
position had been claimed by Muhyi ad-Din ibn al-‘Arabi for himself. He was the famous
Andalusian Sufi in the 13th century whose theosophical
concepts influenced much of At-Tijani especially regarding the concept of al-khatm.[22] The position was also claimed in the 14th century by an Egyptian ‘Ali bin Wafa
for his father, Muhammad bin Wafa, and by the founder of Kittaniyah order, Muhammad bin
al-Kabir al-Kittani of Morocco in the 19th century.[23]


The Tijanis however, assert that later on, Ibn al-‘Arabi found that he himself
had been mistaken and thus he wrote in his Futuhat
that the Khatm al-Wilayah
would be a  man of noble Arab origin, living in his (Ibn
‘Arabi's) own time, in Fez, and when God would try to locate this man among people, they
would not believe him. Beside the fact that no one else in Fez had announced such a claim,
except that “the Khatm al-Wilayah would be living in his
(Ibn al-‘Arabi's) time,” all points to Ibn al-‘Arabi's formal disavowal for his own status
to be taken over by the Tijani to confirm At-Tijani's position.[24]

Claiming this superior position above other wali,
along with giving up his affiliation with other orders At-Tijani posited his own order to
excel the others. This claim, in turn, was formed into a doctrine which requires that all
Tijani followers should neither join any other orders nor seek for barakah from other wali by visiting them,
dead or alive. Further, as every Tijani is required to bind his heart completely to his own
Tijani Syeikh, no Tijani follower is allowed to associate
membership with any other order at the same time. Thus, anyone who would like to become a
Tijani should be spiritually free. If he is a member of a certain order he has to give up
his membership in his former order. The prohibition for a Tijani to join another tarekat is however accompanied by the Tijaniyah rejoicing
doctrines. Kitab Ar-Rimah affirms At-Tijani's assertion
that (by the will of God) his faithful companions shall not enter the mahsyar with other laymen.[25] While being at the Mahsyar, Tijaniyah
followers will not encounter suffering even for a second until they are settled in the
highest heavens. On the Day of Judgement faithful Tijani companions will not stay at the
stations amidst the mass of laymen; instead they will rest under the shadow of God's Throne.
In addition, the Prophet himself had taught At-Tijani in words, the shalawat
Jawharat al-Kamal, and affirmed that whoever recites this
shalawat, the Prophet  and the Four Companions
will be present with him during the recital.[26] All the rejoicing and other doctrines tend to impress exclusiveness, as if the
Tijani followers were above the other Muslims and this, certainly, provokes disagreement,
even refutations.

Another feature worth mentioning, which distinguishes Tijaniyah from other tarekat, is concerned with the notion of a spiritual genealogy
chain (silsilah). In ordinary Sufi traditions, a
tarekat, including the already mentioned Syattariyah,
will produce a long list of names by which the present Syeikh and the founder of the tarekat are
linked together spiritually in terms of master-to-master lineage, back to Al-Junaid or
al-Busthami and via ‘Ali or Abu Bakr, to the Prophet Muhammad. It is this silsilah that validates that its rituals come from the Prophet
and that ensures the flow of barakah. Contrary to this,
At-Tijani produced no silsilah because, as At-Tijani
himself claimed, and as ‘Ali al-Harazim puts it in his Jawahir
(an official Tijani reference), the Prophet appeared to him when he
was awake (yaqdhah) and instructed him in all the
litanies and the number of times they were to be repeated.[27] Thus, if present muqaddam (Tijaniyah
syeikh), have a silsilah, it will be much shorter than what is ordinarily known for a Sufi silsilah.[28]

Currently Tijaniyah has become an established order throughout the Muslim world
including Indonesia, especially Java. With all its peculiarities and crucial points it has
encountered opposition and rejection over time. An early serious rejection came from
Muhammad al-Khidr bin Ma Ya'ba (1927). In his Musytaha al-kharif
, al-Khidr devoted a full chapter to recount the absurdity of
At-Tijani's claim. He also  attempted to prove that At-Tijani's claim has no
grounds in the Prophetic traditions. The Tijanis, on the other hand, consider that what had
happened with their master and the presumed direct communication with the Prophet while he
was awake was a sign of the Prophet's favour and thus ensured the status of the tarekat as being above others.[29] In addition, Al-Khidr's attitude towards the Tijaniyah seems to have been
motivated, at least partly, by a political outlook rather than purely on theological
grounds. This is due to the fact that upon the death of At-Tijani and the collapse of the
Turkish rule, At-Tijani's successors, for their own reasons (probably due to the opposition
from other tarekat), brought Tijaniyah into subservient
co-operation with French colonialism in Algeria at that time.[30]

When Tijaniyah was brought to Java at the end of 1920s and in the early 1930s, similar
refutations also came from some already established orders such as Naqsabandiyah, Qadiriyah,
Syattariyah, Syadziliyah and Khalwatiyah.[31] The most notable one came from Sayid Abdullah bin Shadaqah Dahlan, an Arab who
settled in Java, the nephew of Sayid Ahmad bin Zayni Dahlan, a distinguished Syafi'ite Mufti
in Medina. In the same way as Muhammad al-Khidr bin Ma Ya'ba did, Sayid Abdullah referred to
the crucial points contained in the Tijaniyah doctrines. He recounted the fallacies of the
doctrines and denounced them by saying that some ulama in
Morocco, Egypt and Hejaz had accepted Tijaniyah as untrue.[32]


The crisscrossing argumentations for and against Tijaniyah that prevailed at
that time called for intervention from the NU, the traditionalist Muslim organisation that
takes a number of tarekat under its umbrella. In its 6th
Congress on August 1931 held in Cirebon, in which Kyai Adlan  Ali, a prominent
figure of Pesantren Cukir, Jombang (East Java) was appointed Chairman, the Tijaniyah issue
was included in the agenda. After a long and exhausting debate chaired by Kyai Hasyim
Asy'ari, the Congress finally agreed that Tijaniyah is mu‘tabarah. This, nevertheless, did not end the anti-Tijaniyah campaign
especially outside the NU circle. Further refutation, for example, came from Kyai Muhammad
Ismail of Cracak (Cirebon), a distinguished Syeikh of the
Qadiriyah wan-Naqsabandiyah order who personally was not affiliated to the NU Through his
pamphlets, he raised renewed and sophisticated arguments similar to those expounded by
earlier anti-Tijaniyah proponents.[33]

Quite recently, another refutation even came from within the NU circle when Kyai As‘ad
of Pondok Kramat in Pasuruan (East Java) issued a 94 page manuscript.[34] The manuscript was a translation in Madurese vernacular of the Wudhuh ad-Dalail, originally written on 26 Rabi’ ats-Tsani
1930/19–20 (September 1930). Through this translation he turned the Tijaniyah issue from
being a scholarly concern into a public concern. The polemic became complicated, albeit
degraded, because some non-ulama became involved in the


In a session held on December 1984 at Pesantren Nurul Qadim, Probolinggo (East
Java), Kyai As‘ad demanded that the NU review the Cirebon decision regarding the legitimacy
of the Tijaniyah. In the session which was part of the 27th NU Congress centred at Pesantren
Asem Bagus, Situbondo (East Java), Kyai As‘ad encountered strong opposition from other
kyai and failed to have  his demand put into
effect.[36] The result was that the status of Tijaniyah as being mu‘tabarah remained unshaken.


Under seemingly continuous opposition, Tarekat Tijaniyah keeps growing. It relies on
simple rites relative to other tarekat, yet promises its
adherents high spiritual efficacy and merit. Together with its friendly attitude towards
worldly life rather than the ascetic tendency usually exhibited by other Sufi orders,
“Tijaniyah is suitable for every one, even the busy people of modern times; it is even
suitable for civil servants,” said Kyai Abdullah Syifa, a Tijaniyah muqaddam at Buntet. Currently, Tijaniyah enjoys wide acceptance from many
people ranging from ulama, state dignitaries, and
intellectuals to ordinary laymen.[37]

The Role of Buntet

In his special account on the rise of Tijaniyah on Java, Pijper states that Tarekat
Tijaniyah was not known in Java before 1928. A wandering Arab, born in Medina, Syeikh Ali
bin ‘Abdullah at-Thayyib al-Azhari, is held responsible for the introduction of this
tarekat to Java, especially through his work, Kitab al-Munyah fi ‘t-thariqat at-Tijaniyah, Tasikmalaya:
1349/January 1928, a treatise on Munyat
.[38] Pijper  points out further that from the age of nine years, Syeikh ‘Ali
at-Thayyib had studied in Cairo where he remained for 20 years; he then stayed and taught in
Mecca for six years. He returned to Medina and worked as a mufti for about ten years, then came to Java. First he stayed in Cianjur, then
successively in Bogor, Tasikmalaya and back in Cianjur. In Java he lived from teaching and
extensive travel from Banten to Surabaya selling religious books, including his own work,
Kitab Misykat al-Anwar fi shirat an-Nabi al-Mukhtar,
Tasikmalaya: (undated). Pijper claimed that he had met Syeikh ‘Ali at-Thayyib at his house
on the slope of mount Gede in Cianjur.[39]

According to local Tijani sources, the spread of Tijaniyah on Java is mainly attributed
to two figures, one was ‘Ali at-Thayyib al-Madani, an authoritative scholar in Medina who
formed the gate for West Java by recruiting seven West Javanese muqaddam, the other was ‘Abd al-Hamid al-Futi, also a distinguished scholar in
Arabia who formed the gate for East Java by recruiting two East Javanese. Table 8.3 shows
that ‘Ali at-Thayyib al-Madani, who was held responsible for the spread of Tijaniyah in West
Java, traced his spiritual genealogy with Ahmad at-Tijani through  two different
sources: Syeikh Adam bin Muhammad Shaib al-Barnawi and Syeikh Muhammad Alfa Hasyim.[40] This spiritual link can also be seen from Figure 8.2


Table 8.3: Spiritual genealogy of Syeikh Ali At-Thayyib al-Madani (West Java gate
of Tijaniyah)



1 Ahmad at-Tijani

1 Ahmad at-Tijani

2 Muhammad b Qasim al-Bisri
Abd Wahab al-Ahmar

2 Muhammad a-Ghala

3 Ahmad al-Bani a-Fasi

3 Amr b Sa'id al-Futi

4 Adam b Muhammad Shaib al-Barnawi

4 Al-Haj as-Sa'id

5 Ali at-Thayyib al-Madani

5 Muhammad Alfa Hasyim


6 Ali at-Thayyib al-Madani


The seven West Javanese muqaddam recruited by Syeikh
Ali at-Thayyib were his own grandson, Syeikh Muhammad bin ‘Ali bin ‘Abd Allah at-Thayyib
(Bogor), Kyai Asy'ari Bunyamin (Garut), Kyai Badruzzaman (Garut), Kyai ‘Utsman Dlamiri
(Cimahi, Bandung) and three brothers Kyai Abbas, Kyai Anas and Kyai Akyas (Buntet). It was
these West Javanese ‘magnificent seven’ who were in turn, responsible for the further spread
of Tijaniyah, not only in West Java but also in Central and East Java because later, many
other Javanese muqaddam were initiated by one or more of


Among the Tijani, this silsilah grew into a complex
crisscrossing spiritual chain as some muqaddam for
various reasons, either for seniority or intellectual considerations, took initiation from
more than one superior muqaddam (muqaddam min muqaddam). Kyai Hawi, father of a current muqaddam at Buntet, Kyai Fahim, for example, took initiation from Kyai Saleh,
Kyai Abbas, Kyai Anas, Kyai Akyas and, when he went to Mecca, from a very senior muqaddam,  Syeikh Muhammad Hafiz at-Tijani. The latter
had only two Syeikh that spiritually linked him with
Ahmad at-Tijani, the founder of the order.[41]

Figure 8.2: Main Entrance of Tijaniyah to Java.

Figure 8.2: Main Entrance of Tijaniyah to Java.

Kyai Abdullah Syifa, another current muqaddam at
Buntet, took his initiation from Kyai Hawi and Kyai Akyas. Kyai Fauzan Fathullah (Sidagiri,
Prussian, East Java), the writer of Biografi Alquthbul
, took initiation from Kyai Khozin  Syamsul Mu'in (Probolinggo),
Kyai Muhammad bin Yusuf (Surabaya) and Syeikh Muhammad bin ‘Ali bin ‘Abd Allah at-Thayyib


Syeikh Abd al-Hamid al-Futi, the main gate for East Java, traced his authority from
Muhammad Alfa Hasyim (source 2 number 4 of table 8.3). In turn, ‘Abd al-Hamid al-Futi,
initiated two East Javanese, Kyai Khozin Syamsul Arifin and Kyai Jauhar. Kyai Khozin Syamsul
Arifin initiated Kyai Mukhlis (Surabaya), whereas Kyai Jauhar initiated Kyai Muhammad Tijani
(Madura). Thus, even a muqaddam who took initiation from
only one superior muqaddam will automatically inherit
multiple silsilah because through Syeikh ‘Ali bin Abd
Allah at-Thayyib, he can trace at least two lines, those of Syeikh Adam al-Barnawi and
Syeikh Muhammad Alfa Hasyim. How complex the silsilah is
can be observed from Figure 8.4.


Within the Buntet line, the persons who are considered the most instrumental and are
held responsible for the spread of Tijaniyah, are Kyai Anas (1883–1945) and Kyai Abbas and,
for the next generation, Kyai Hawi. Kyai Anas was the son of Kyai Abdul Jamil, younger
brother of Kyai Abbas. Like Kyai Abbas, Kyai Anas first studied with Kyai Nasuha at
Pesantren Sukunsari (Plered), then with Kyai Agus (Pekalongan), and Kyai Hasyim Asy'ari at
Tebuireng (Jombang).


Together with Kyai Abbas, he was also involved in the foundation of
Pesantren Lirboyo (Kediri) led by Kyai Abdul Manaf. He went to Mecca for both pilgrimage and
study while his brother, Kyai Abbas, led Pesantren Buntet. It was due to Kyai Abbas’ advice
that Kyai Anas took Tarekat Tijaniyah. Kyai Abbas himself met Syeikh ‘Ali at-Thayyib in
Medina but, despite his interest in Tijaniyah, he did not take an initiation at that time
because he bore responsibility as a Syattariyah mursyid.
Kyai Anas took his brother's advice and upon his return he publicly established tarekat
Tijaniyah and thus, there were two tarekat in Pesantren
Buntet at the same time, the Syattariyah led by Kyai Abbas, and Tijaniyah led by Kyai Anas.
Eventually, when both tarekat grew larger, Kyai Abbas
took Tijaniyah initiation, not from his younger brother, Kyai Anas, but from Syeikh ‘Ali bin
 ‘Abd Allah at-Thayyib al-Madani when the latter visited Java (Bogor) in 1937.


1939 Kyai Anas moved from Buntet and established his own pesantren at Kilapat, an adjacent village south-east of Buntet, where adultery
and burglary were common. He named his pesantren
‘Sidamulya,’ meaning ‘to become lofty.’ Later, the name Kilapat for the village, where the
new pesantren is located, was also renamed Sidamulya,
following the pesantren's name. The earlier reputation of
the village gradually vanished and it gained a reputation as a santri village.


Figure 8.3: Recruitment of Tijaniyah Muqaddam from Buntet

Figure 8.3: Recruitment of Tijaniyah Muqaddam from Buntet

Figure 8.4: Spiritual Genealogy of Some Tijaniyah Muqaddam in Java

Figure 8.4: Spiritual Genealogy of Some Tijaniyah Muqaddam in Java


 By then, Kyai Abbas was associated with and led the two tarekat, becoming mursyid of
Syattariyah and muqaddam of Tijaniyah at the same time.
To some people this seemed to show the extent of Kyai Abbas' leadership capacity and
open-mindedness. Not only did he successfully lead the pesantren but also two tarekat centred at his
pesantren. To others it was puzzling how Kyai Abbas
managed his association with the two tarekat, considering
Tijaniyah necessitates every Tijani to abandon other orders. Kyai Abbas himself as a
Tijaniyah muqaddam broke the Tijaniyah rule because he
did not give up his association with Syattariyah.


When I asked about the matter, informants
in Buntet of either Syattariyah or Tijaniyah always referred to this as an exception due to
both Kyai Abbas' intellectual and spiritual excellence. Moreover, it was said that it was
necessary especially after Kyai Anas, the muqaddam of
Tijaniyah, had established his own pesantren, while in
Buntet both tarekat were growing larger. No one directly
raised the issue, especially not even Syeikh Ali at-Thayyib himself, the initiator of Kyai
Abbas, suggesting that in certain circumstances, Tijaniyah strict rules could also have


In their career as Tijaniyah muqaddam Kyai Anas and
Kyai Abbas produced a number of new muqaddam. Kyai Anas
initiated Kyai Muhammad (Brebes), Kyai Bakri (Kesepuhan, Cirebon), Kyai Muhammad Rais
(Cirebon),[42] Kyai Murtadlo (Buntet), Kyai Abdul Khair, Kyai Hawi (Buntet) and Kyai Soleh
(Pesawahan). Repeating the initiation made by Kyai Anas, Kyai Abbas initiated Kyai Soleh and
Kyai Hawi (Buntet).


He also initiated Kyai Badruzzaman (Garut) and Kyai Utsman Dlomiri
(Cimahi, Bandung) before both kyai repeated an initiation
from Syeikh ‘Ali bin ‘Abd Allah at-Thayyib al-Madani when the latter made another visit to
Java. Among the muqaddam initiated by Kyai Anas and Kyai
Abbas, Kyai Hawi excelled himself by producing seven more muqaddam.


He initiated Kyai Abdullah Syifa (Buntet), Kyai Fahim Hawi, his son
(Buntet), Kyai Junaidi, son of Kyai Anas (Sidamulya), Kyai  Muhammad Yusuf
(Surabaya), Habib Muhammad Basalamah (Brebes, Central Java), Kyai Baidawi (Sumenep, Madura)
and Kyai Rasyid (Pesawahan, Cirebon). Currently, Kyai Hawi's son, Kyai Fahim Hawi, has
initiated three new muqaddam, Ustadz Maufur (Klayan,
north of Cirebon), Kyai Abdul Mursyid (Kesepuhan, Cirebon) and Kyai Imam Subky (Kuningan).
In East Java, Kyai Muhammad bin Yusuf Surabaya initiated Kyai Badri Masduqi (Probolinggo)
and Kyai Fauzan Fathullah. Kyai Baidowi (Sumenep) initiated Habib Luqman (Bogor), Kyai
Mahfudz (Kesepuhan, Cirebon) and Nyai Hamnah (Kuningan).[43] In turn the new muqaddam have recruited many
followers and quite likely further recruitment will continue.


It is clear that Pesantren Buntet has played an important role in the spread of first
Syattariyah and then Tijaniyah in Java, especially West Java. Not only has Pesantren Buntet
now become the largest pesantren in Cirebon but it also
represents one of the oldest pesantren in the area with
its inherent mission for the transmission of religious tradition. The notion of ‘the oldest’
brings further implications in that, firstly, its dynamics and development reflect the
dynamics and development of traditional Islam in this area for a period of more than two and
a half centuries. Secondly, if the Babad narrative is
taken into account, Pesantren Buntet finds its roots in the early stages of the Islamisation
of 15th century Java, especially of West Java. Traditionally therefore, Pesantren Buntet
stands in an unbroken chain of continuous religious transmission over time from the
pre-kraton, early kraton,
and post-kraton eras.


During the
pre-kraton era religious transmission centred in the
village as a free and independent undertaking. During the period of the early kraton religious transmission was fully under the auspices of the
kraton. Not only did religious transmission enjoy
political support and legitimation from the kraton, but
also had the kraton homage. Later on, when the kraton came under the subjection of foreign rule, religious
transmission was banned from the kraton. A hundred years
after the death of Panembahan Ratu,  religious transmission rediscovered its way
back from the kraton to the village. This was marked by
the establishment of Pesantren Buntet. Under considerable strain the pesantren endured and developed into its present form.


Its present existence
within the community therefore, represents the triumph of its spiritual traditions. Thus,
what we can see in Cirebon and probably elsewhere on Java, the maintenance of scriptural and
cultural traditions continues within the Javanese Muslim society, most notably, through
combination of pesantren and tarekat. By these institutions, religious transmission has never ceased either
with or without the support of the political power structure. This is probably one element
that contributes to answering Hodgson's question: “why the triumph of Islam in Java was so

Plate 39: Kyai Fahim Hawi (left), a Tijaniyah Muqaddam of Buntet.

Plate 39: Kyai Fahim Hawi (left), a Tijaniyah Muqaddam of Buntet.

Plate 40: Kyai Abdullah Syifa and his five year old son.

Plate 40: Kyai Abdullah Syifa and his five year old son.

Plate 41: Kyai Fu'ad Hasyim.

Plate 41: Kyai Fu'ad Hasyim.

Plate 42: Kyai Fahim Hawi among Tijaniyah followers.

Plate 42: Kyai Fahim Hawi among Tijaniyah followers.

Plate 43: Nyai Hammah, a Tijaniyah Muqaddam of Kuningan.

Plate 43: Nyai Hammah, a Tijaniyah Muqaddam of Kuningan.

Plate 44: Nyai Hamnah (centre), her followers and Kyai Imam Subki (Nyai Hamnah's

Plate 44: Nyai Hamnah (centre), her followers and Kyai Imam Subki (Nyai Hamnah's husband).