By: Mr. Darmawan Mufti
On Saturday morning, October 27, 2018 (21 Safar 1440 H), students of Daarul Quran Kalibata City Primary School Jakarta had the opportunity to visit Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park), together with their parents, teachers, and school staffs.
Nowadays children need to be given real life experience in order to allow them to know the outside world where they live, especially in understanding the need to conserve the endangered species. They will have a better sense of caring on knowing that these endangered animals will only be studied through pictures and recorded videos if the illegal hunting keeps on occurring. Finally our descendants will only observe these beautiful creations from Allah SWT through photos and videos as they will become extinct in the near future. It is our duty to conserve their existence as Muslims.
With more than 13,500 islands and 34 provinces, it’s hard to see all of Indonesia in just a week. Taman Mini Indonesia is a park filled with famous traditional buildings from all parts of Indonesia and authentic examples of the various cultures through Indonesia. The park includes a sky-car tour, IMAX theatre, traditional dances, and cultural events. It is really Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park.
Technological Centre or Pusat peragaan Iptek or Science and Technology Display Centre is under coordination of Research and Technology Ministry. At the end of 2011 it has 15 sites with about 300 science tools and visited by 341,000 visitors in a year. The sites are Robotic, Electrical Magnet, Mechanics, and also Mathematics. Our students had the unforgettable moment in visiting the science centre.
After having lunch, we visited the Baytul Quran Museum and prayed Zuhur there. There is a complete collection of Quranic Manuscripts which are older than five hundred years old. This is reasonable since Islamic kingdoms have existed in Indonesia for more than ten centuries ago.
This is the right place to gain a comprehensive introduction to the country on a full-day tour of Jakarta for foreign tourists. We can see a small-scale version of the entire archipelago. Students also had the opportunity to watch the graceful movement of the butterflies in a closed dome-shaped herbarium in the insect museum.
The freshwater aquarium park and the insect museum
This park was built in 1992 and inaugurated on 20 April 1994. This aquarium park is the largest and most comprehensive in the world and the second largest in Asia. It has saved and collected over 6000 animals of 126 species, which came from various waters of Indonesia and around the world, including aquatic plants, reptiles, crustaceans, and fish. With its complete facilities (such as a library, auditorium, garden, freshwater reptile habitat, and quarantine room) and its wide collection of freshwater species, this aquarium park gives an opportunity for students and the general public to conduct research and observation related to fresh water fish.
Their collection of fresh water fish is complete, from the famous Amazonian Piranhas and Arapaima to the Indonesian Arwana fish, they have it all. This park is a must-see not only for students studying aquatic creatures but also for the general public who have not seen such variety of fresh water fish. There is a little museum, a library, auditorium, some sort of indoor garden with a waterfall, freshwater reptile habitats, and a quarantine room that is used for nursery and breeding of the freshwater fish. The fish are well described by names, characteristics and the habitats where they can be found.
There is also a very long electric eel that stretches up to 100 cm long. It can electrocute its predator when it is in danger to protect itself. “Subhanallah!”, exclaimed Abidhia Arais of grade3 who visited the aquaria with his friends.
In the Holy Quran surah Ar Ruum verse 7, Allah SWT has warned:” They know what is apparent of the worldly life, but they, of the Hereafter, are unaware”.
“Mereka hanya mengetahui yang lahir (nampak) dari kehidupan dunia; sedangkan pengetahuan mereka tentang (kehidupan) Akhirat adalah lalai” (QS ar-Ruum:7)
It was really an enjoyable and unforgettable fieldtrip for Daqu kids of SD Daqu Kalibata City Jakarta. Till we meet again in another fieldtrip!