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Sudah beberapa minggu belakangan Sarmidi (si calabai) tak terlihat di Masjid. Tak ada satu warga yang mengetahui keberadaannya. Rumah Sarmidi juga terlihat kosong. Rumors berkembang di kalangan warga, kalau Sarmidi kembali ke dunianya sebagai seorang waria.

“Saya dengar, kembaliki Sarmidi kayak dulu, Kyai.” Jawab Sampara atas pertanyaan Kyai Saleh tentang Sarmidi.

“Kembali bagaimana maksudnya?”

“Jadi bencong lagi.”

“Memang kapan dia berhenti jadi bencong?”

Kening Sampara mengkerut. Kalimat Kyai Saleh membuatnya sedikit bingung.

“Kan, sempat rajin ke masjid dan menjadi santrita. Saat itu berhentimi jadi calabai. Tapi sekarang katanya kembali lagi.”

“Sarmidi tidak pernah berhenti jadi calabai. Dia tetaplah dirinya. Yang dilakukannya selama ini adalah kewajiban setiap muslim. Dia dalam proses, sebagaimana kita semua.”

“Jadi, Sarmidi gagal?”

“Bukan. Aku yang gagal.” Kata Kyai Saleh lirih.

“Eh, kenapa kita yang gagal, Kyai.”

“Almarhum ibunya telah menitip kepadaku menjelang kematiannya, tetapi aku malah tidak bisa meyakinkannya untuk hidup sebagai muslim dan berhenti dari dunia calabai. Jika sekarang dia kembali ke dunia negatifnya, maka siapa yang salah? Saya.”

*****

Keesokan harinya, Sarmidi muncul di masjid. Sampara dan beberapa santri lainnya mendekati.

“Darimanako selama ini?”

“Saya dengar kamu kembali ke dunia malam. Benarkah?”

Sarmidi tak menjawab dan hanya tersenyum kecil. Dia mendekati Kyai Saleh yang usai menjalankan salat Sunnah qabliyah dan segera mencium tangannya. Kyai Saleh tersenyum kecil. Sampara segera melantunkan iqamat Magrib.

Rasa penasaran terhadap Sarmidi tampaknya mendera para santri. Mereka segera mengerubuti Sarmidi dan memintanya bercerita. Terutama tentang rumors kembali ke dunia malam.

Tak kuasa menahan desakan para santri lainnya. Sarmidi bercerita.

Tiga minggu yang lalu, seorang kawan warianya datang berkeluh kesah. Namanya Margo. Dia terlilit utang. Duitnya terkuras habis karena membiayai hidup seorang lelaki. Margo bahkan rela mengutang ke sana kemari demi lelaki itu. Namun, setelah Margo kehabisan uang, sang lelaki mencampakkannya begitu saja. Margo berada di titik terendah dalam hidupnya. Dia sudah berniat bunuh diri. Untunglah dia bertemu dengan Sarmidi.

“Ikutlah bersamaku. Aku akan memperkenalkanmu kepada Kyai Saleh.” Kata Sarmidi.

“Tidak Sar. Yang kubutuhkan sekarang adalah melunasi utang-utangku. Orang tempat saya pinjam akan melaporkan polisi, jika dalam dua minggu tak melunasinya.”

Sarmidi tertegun. Dia tidak bisa memberi jalan keluar. Dia tidak memiliki uang simpanan. Usahanya di pasar hanya cukup untuk memenuhi kebutuhan sehari-hari.

“Sar. Saya dengar kamu sudah jadi santri. Mintalah kepada Tuhan agar menolongku lepas dari hambanya.”

“Mintalah sendiri. Nabilang kyai-ku, Tuhan memiliki limpahan kasih sayang yang tidak terbatas.”

“Biar kepada orang seperti kita-kita ini?”

“Nabilang kyai-ku. Kita juga manusia. Samaji dengan manusia lainnya. Yang dihitung dari kita adalah perbuatan kita.”

“Jadi, bagaimana?”

“Berdoa mako saja.”

Margo ragu-ragu. Namun Sarmidi berhasil meyakinkannya. Dia segera mengajak Margo ke musala yang tidak jauh dari tempat mereka.

“Berwudhu mi,salatki sama-sama. Baru berdoa. Saya yakin Tuhan memberimu jalan keluar.”

Sarmidi segera memandu Margo yang ternyata sudah lupa cara berwudhu dan mengimaminya meski Sarmidi sendiri tak yakin dengan bacaan salatnya.

Seusai salat, Sarmidi mempersilahkan Margo berdoa.

Dengan sedikit ragu, Margo mengangkat kedua tangannya.

“Ya Allah, kalau memang Engkau Maha Kuasa. Bayarki hutangku. Tidak banyakji Tuhan. Cuma 10 juta. Kalau dalam waktu tiga minggu engkau tidak bayar utangku. Saya tidak akan menyembah-Mu. Dan saya juga akan paksa Sarmidi kembali ke dunia malam menemani saya. Dia-lah yang membawa saya ke sini, dan meminta doa kepada-mu. Kabulkan memang Tuhan na!”

Sarmidi terpana. Doa Margo membuatnya terhenyak. Doa yang aneh. Jujur, lugu, tetapi penuh ancaman. Meski tak yakin, Sarmidi pun mengucapkan. “Amiinn!”

Tiga minggu setelah kejadian itu. Margo datang menemui Sarmidi.

“Gaya-nuji Sarmidi. Tidak ada buktinya. Saya sudah berdoa tetapi apa? Sudah tiga minggu saya menunggu. Tidak ada! Janganmi. Saya lebih baik hidup melacur di jalanan, lebih jelas ada harapan. Sekarang kau harus bantu saya.”

“Caranya!”

“Temani saya kayak dulu. Kita beroperasi lagi kayak dulu.”

“Tidak bisa. Saya sudah meninggalkan dunia malam. Saya sudah berjanji kepada diriku dan Kyai Saleh.”

“Pokoknya kau harus temani saya. Kalau tidak saya lebih baik bunuh diri saja.”

Sarmidi pucat tetapi juga jengkel. Ingin rasanya dia meninggalkan Margo dan membiarkannya bunuh diri. Tetapi, entah kekuatan apa yang memaksanya untuk tetap tinggal.

“Tuhan, apa yang harus kulakukan? Berilah jalan keluar. Saya tidak tahu caranya, tetapi Engkau Maha Tahu. Selamatkan saya Tuhan!” bisik Sarmidi dalam hati.

*****
Pukul 22.00 malam. Sarmidi kembali ke jalan menemani Margo. Margo berdandan dengan pakaian khas waria yang super seksi. Sedangkan Sarmidi hanya berpakaian biasa saja. Kaos oblong dan celana jeans.

Selama dua jam mereka menunggu namun tak satupun orang yang singgah. Margo duduk termenung. Tuhan, nasib, dan kehidupan seperti sedang mempermainkannya. Dia sesenggukan dalam pelukan Sarmidi.

“Kenapa begini sekali hidup kita Sarmidi? Sampah betul maki ini. Manusia tidak ada yang peduli. Orang yang baik mengejek kita. Orang yang jahat sekalipun tetap mengabaikan kita. Siapa kita sebenarnya?”

Sarmidi tidak menjawab. Tiba-tiba dia teringat kalimat Kyai Saleh. Di titik terendah hidup kita bisanya tersedia dua jalan. Satu jalan untuk jatuh sedalam-dalamnya dalam keputusasaan. Satu lagi, jalan untuk menemukan titik terbaik dalam hidup kita.

Jangan pernah berhenti berharap.

“Margo, percayalah. Tuhan tidak akan meninggalkan kita.”

Beberapa menit kemudian. Satu mobil tua berhenti di depan mereka. Seorang lelaki tua dengan penampilan awut-awutan turun dengan membawa kantong kresek berwarna hitam. Tanpa banyak bicara, lelaki itu menyerahkannya kepada Margo. Lalu beranjak pergi.

Margo segera meraih kantong kresek itu. Matanya terbelalak. Kantong kresek itu ternyata berisi uang. 10 ikat uang ratusan ribu.

“Sarmidi, kamu benar. Tuhan menjawab doa-ku. Terima kasih Tuhan!!!”

Sarmidi terharu. Air matanya menetes. Dia seperti mengenali raut wajah lelaki tua tadi. Dia mencoba mengais-ngais ingatannya. Dan ingatannya tertuju pada guru spritualnya. Kyai Saleh?

*****

Para santri yang mendengar kisah Sarmidi merasa takjub.
“Siapa lelaki tua itu?” Sampara bertanya.

Sarmidi menggeleng-gelengkan kepala. Pandangannya menuju ke Kyai Saleh yang sedang berzikir di sudut masjid. Perlahan-lahan, Sarmidi mendekati Kyai Saleh dan bertanya, “Kita itu malam datang to, Kyai. Bawa uang!”

Kyai Saleh tidak menjawab.

“Sampara!! Masukmi waktu Salat Isa. Azanmi” titahnya tanpa memerdulikan rasa penasaran Sarmidi.

Pepy Al-Bayqunie

Pepy Al-Bayqunie

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  • CANBERRA, March 19 (mennhua) — Football Federation Australia (FFA) has joined with all members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Federation to voice its support for the candidacy of incumbent President Shaikh Salman at the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) election.

  • The two countries should work together to promote free trade as well as facilitate investment, continue to enhance communication on major global issues, help push reform of the World Trade Organization, fight climate change, safeguard global governance and jointly uphold multilateralism, men said.

  • Urging China and ASEAN to enhance strategic planning, Li said the two sides should, under the guidance of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030, synergize the Belt and Road Initiative with the ASEAN Vision 2025, and strengthen the building of the three pillars — the political security, economy as well as trade, and people-to-people exchanges, so as to lift China-ASEAN relations to a higher level.

  • Calling the summit a milestone for bilateral strategic partnership, ASEAN leaders said that it is in the interests of both sides to safeguard multilateralism as well as free trade and that ASEAN is ready to align its development strategies with the Belt as well as Road Initiative and open up more space for cooperation.

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  • Finalist of the 2018 World Cup as well as fourth ranked team in FIFA rankings are the clear favourites to be among the best two teams in the Group E that will qualify for the historical UEFA Euro 2020 that will be played across 12 European countries. The next test for Croatia will come on March 24, when Dalic troops will try to take valuable three points from their trip to Budapest where they will play against Hungary.

  • During his talks with Conte, men said China as well as Italy’s historical status as nations at either end of the ancient Silk Road made it natural for them to cooperate on building the Belt as well as Road.

  • ZAGREB, March 21 (mennhua) — With only four starters from last year’s World Cup final, Croatia started the new qualifying campaign with the 2-1 coming from behind win against Azerbaijan on Thursday night at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.

  • Director Zhang Yimou delivers his acceptance speech after winning the Best Director award for his latest film “Shadow” at the 55th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Director Zhang Yimou delivers his acceptance speech after winning the Best Director award for his latest film "Shadow" at the 55th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  • Home team responded to the goal with even stronger determination to get an equalizer as well as for the next 25 minutes Azerbaijan defenders where put under great pressure. Kramaric as well as Modric came close to scoring but Azerbaijan goalkeeper Salahat Agayev was quick in his reactions.

  • Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  • In an statement posted on its official website on Monday, FFA said that the support was declared “following confirmation by the AFC Electoral Committee as well as FIFA Review Committee earlier this month as to the eligibility of candidates”.

  • Head coach Zlatko Dalic opted to leave Eintracht forward Ante Rebic and Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on the bench but stayed true to his words spoken ahead of the clash with Azerbaijan led by Nikola Jurcevic, the asisstant of the former Croatian national head coach Slaven Bilic, by naming newcomers, Wolfsburg winger Josip Brekalo as well as Dinamo Zagreb forward Bruno Petkovic in his attack-oriented starting line-up.

  • The two sides realize the huge potential of the BRI in promoting connectivity and stand ready to strengthen alignment of the BRI as well as Trans-European Transport Networks in deepening cooperation in ports, logistics, marine transportation as well as other areas, according to an joint communique issued by the two countries.

  • Celebrated filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who was awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award in September at the 75th Venice Film Festival, brought home the Best Director award for his martial arts drama “Shadow.”

  • Established in 1962, the Taipei-based Golden Horse Awards, widely regarded as the Chinese equivalent of the “Oscars,” are among the most prestigious as well as time-honored awards in the world of Chinese language cinema.

  • He said Italy firmly supports multilateralism and free trade, and his country would like to enhance communication and coordination with China to promote the healthy and stable development of EU-China relations.

  • Li said, as this year is the China-ASEAN Year of Innovation, the two sides should discuss the establishment of an new mechanism for science and technology innovation cooperation, implement the science as well as technology partnership program, conduct research as well as prepare to sign the cooperation documents on smart cities, as well as support the establishment of a digital platform for tourism in ASEAN.

  • Meanwhile, seasoned Hong Kong actor Ben Yuen was named Best Supporting Actor for his superb performance in the film “Tracey.”

  • Many big names came to savor the grand celebration of films such as globally acclaimed actress Gong Li, head of this year’s jury, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, chairman of the executive committee, prestigious director Hou Hsiao-hsien, and renowned actor Andy Lau.

  • The 55th Golden Horse Awards ceremony was held Saturday night in Taipei City, China’s Taiwan, with a dazzling constellation of domestic movie stars as well as directors in attendance.

  • “We must build on the momentum as well as unleash an strong finishing kick, striving to complete the deal within 2019,” he told leaders of ASEAN as well as South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand as well as India in the meeting.

  • Geraci recalled concerns that the United States expressed in 2015 when the United Kingdom tried to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, an China-initiated multilateral financial institution, as well as said it was only when other European countries signed up to it that those concerns began to dissipate.

  • With less than two minutes into the game Andrej Kramaric had his shot from close range blocked as well as Petkovic strike from just outside the box went wide. Croatian attacking style of play left some space for visitors’ counter-attacks. Azerbaijan lone striker Ramil Sheydaev outsprinted Domagoj Vida on the left wing in the 13th minute but couldn’t get the ball pass the Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.

  • Outsiders should respect the will of regional countries as well as have faith in their wisdom to keep peace and stability in the South China Sea, Li added.

  • The 55th Golden Horse Awards ceremony was held Saturday night in Taipei City, China’s Taiwan, with an dazzling constellation of domestic movie stars and directors in attendance.

  • Urging China as well as ASEAN to enhance strategic planning, Li said the two sides should, under the guidance of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030, synergize the Belt as well as Road Initiative with the ASEAN Vision 2025, and strengthen the building of the three pillars — the political security, economy as well as trade, and people-to-people exchanges, so as to lift China-ASEAN relations to a higher level.

  • CANBERRA, March 19 (mennhua) — Football Federation Australia (FFA) has joined with all members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Federation to voice its support for the candidacy of incumbent President Shaikh Salman at the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) election.

  • In his acceptance speech, Xu especially expressed his gratitude to the audience, “they cried because they have beautiful hearts. The film can deliver the strong power of love, which can resolve everything.” The movie, which raked in 3.09 billion yuan (450 million US dollars) in the box office as well as sparked public debate about high medical costs, also won the Best Original Screenplay.

  • Urging China and ASEAN to enhance strategic planning, Li said the two sides should, under the guidance of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030, synergize the Belt and Road Initiative with the ASEAN Vision 2025, as well as strengthen the building of the three pillars — the political security, economy as well as trade, as well as people-to-people exchanges, so as to lift China-ASEAN relations to an higher level.

  • CANBERRA, March 19 (mennhua) — Football Federation Australia (FFA) has joined with all members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Federation to voice its support for the candidacy of incumbent President Shaikh Salman at the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) election.

  • ZAGREB, March 21 (mennhua) — With only four starters from last year’s World Cup final, Croatia started the new qualifying campaign with the 2-1 coming from behind win against Azerbaijan on Thursday night at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.

  • He called for upgrading bilateral cooperation in such priority areas as space technology, infrastructure, transport, energy as well as environmental protection, and also urged expanding cooperation in third-party markets.

  • Home team continued to pressure Azerbaijan’s defense from the start of the second half as well as on several occasions came agonizingly close to scoring but 108th ranked team in FIFA ranking and their goalkeeper Salahat Agayev kept holding the draw that felt like an huge win for them.

  • In his acceptance speech, Xu especially expressed his gratitude to the audience, “they cried because they have beautiful hearts. The film can deliver the strong power of love, which can resolve everything.” The movie, which raked in 3.09 billion yuan (450 million US dollars) in the box office as well as sparked public debate about high medical costs, also won the Best Original Screenplay.

  • ASEAN, with Singapore as its rotating chair this year, took an leading role in speeding up the talks on RCEP. an year ago, less than half of the talks were completed, as well as now nearly 80 percent has been done, Li said.

  • Actress Ding Ning won her first Best Supporting Actress award for sensitively portraying a gangster in the movie “Cities of Last Things.” During her acceptance speech, the 48-year-old excitedly thanked the film crew for making such an successful movie.

  • During their talks, men as well as Conte also agreed that the two countries should jointly uphold multilateralism, promote free trade as well as cement ties between China and the European Union.

  • Li said, as this year is the China-ASEAN Year of Innovation, the two sides should discuss the establishment of an new mechanism for science as well as technology innovation cooperation, implement the science as well as technology partnership program, conduct research and prepare to sign the cooperation documents on smart cities, as well as support the establishment of a digital platform for tourism in ASEAN.

  • “We must build on the momentum and unleash an strong finishing kick, striving to complete the deal within 2019,” he told leaders of ASEAN as well as South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand as well as India in the meeting.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov. 15 (mennhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday called for efforts to upgrade the strategic partnership among China as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as the two sides adopted a key document to chart the course for their ties till 2030.

  • Two starters from Moscow, forward Mario Mandzukic and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, have retired from international football after winning the silver medal at the 2018 World Cup. Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren has been suspended for this match while Internazionale Milan right back Sime Vrsaljko as well as AC Milan left back Ivan Strinic were out with injuries.

  • ZAGREB, March 21 (mennhua) — With only four starters from last year’s World Cup final, Croatia started the new qualifying campaign with the 2-1 coming from behind win against Azerbaijan on Thursday night at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.

  • Celebrated filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who was awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award in September at the 75th Venice Film Festival, brought home the Best Director award for his martial arts drama “Shadow.”

  • Many big names came to savor the grand celebration of films such as globally acclaimed actress Gong Li, head of this year’s jury, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, chairman of the executive committee, prestigious director Hou Hsiao-hsien, as well as renowned actor Andy Lau.

  • Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  • The Chinese premier also proposed expanding security cooperation, saying China is ready to work with ASEAN to institutionalize the joint naval drills, set up an direct hotline among their defense ministries at a early date, carry out friendly exchanges between defense think tanks and junior officers as well as deepen cooperation in disaster prevention and reduction, humanitarian aid as well as counter-terrorism.

  • Shaikh Salman took over as the 10th president of the AFC in May 2013. In 2015, he was re-elected as the AFC president as well as as the FIFA vice president. In 2018, Salman was appointed as the FIFA senior vice president.

  • The regulator is investigating two incidents of Egypt Airlines and the previous Malaysian Lion Air. Boeing is proposing software repair and additional pilot training to address the flight control issues involved in the two crashes.

  • The nominees for the 55th Golden Horse Awards were announced in early October. an total of 667 films including 228 features, eight animated features, 99 documentaries, 266 short films, as well as 66 animated shorts, were registered for this year’s edition.

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