Bumi Cinta – Habiburahman El Shirazy or commonly called by the name Kang Abik, is one of the writers or novelists from Indonesia who has successfully released best seller books, such as novels titled Earth of Love. Several other works owned by Habiburahman El Shirazy are not only known in Indonesia, but also in Malaysia, the United States, and Australia.
One of Kang Abik’s best-selling works, Bumi Cinta, which was published in 2010 , is even considered a distinguishing novel. So what makes the earth novel love a best-selling novel to get the title of a distinguishing novel? Check out the following review.
The Author of Bumi Cinta, Habiburrahman El Shirazy
Habiburrahman El Shirazy, Lc. Pg.D., born on September 30, 1976. He is a novelist from Indonesia and an undergraduate from Al Azhar University, Cairo Egypt. Apart from being a novelist, Habiburrahman El Shirazy or Kang Abik is also known as a director, dai, literati, poet, pesantren leader to a speaker.
Kang Abik’s works are not only known in Indonesia, but also in the international arena such as Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan to the United States.
Some of Kang Abik’s works have been published, including Ayat-Ayat Cinta which was made in the film version in 2004, Di Atas Sajadah Cinta has been adapted into a soap opera in the year 2004, When Love Bears Fruit of Heaven was published in 2005, The Fading of Charm Cleopatra was published in 2005, When Cinta Bertasbih was published in 2007, When Love Was 2 published December 2007, In Mihrab Cinta published in 2007, Jerash City Girl in 2009, Bumi Cinta in 2010, The Romance.
Before becoming a famous novelist, Kang Abik played a role in the editing process of the Popular Dictionary of Arabic- Indonesian Language compiled by KMNU Egypt and published by Diva Pustaka Jakarta in June 2003. In addition, Kang Abik has also been a contributor to the compilation of the Encyclopedia of Islamic Boarding School Intellectualism: Portraits of Figures and Their Thoughts which consists of three volumes and is published by Diva Pustaka Jakarta in 2003.
Then, between 2003 and 3004, Kang Abik then taught at Madrasah Aliyah Negeri I Yogyakarta and from 2004 to 2006, Kang Abik was also a lecturer at the Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq Arabic and Islamic Language Teaching Institute at UMS Surakarta.
Most of the novels written by Kang Abik, are novels in the moralist literary genre.
About the Book and Synopsis of the Earth of Love Novel
What happens when a salaf student named Muhammad Ayyas lives in the country that most upholds promiscuous sex and pornography, namely Russia? Will his faith and honor be at stake, just for the sake of fulfilling the worldly desires of the young Moscow noniks of peerless beauty?
Ayyas had closed both eyes. He wanted to fall into a deep sleep soon. However, the shadow of Yelena’s figure with all the beauty of her body, which she had just seen even if it was only an instant, seemed to be present in the embrace of her eyes. The shadow of Anastasia Palazzo’s beautiful face also danced back in the embrace of her eyes. The blood easily warmed up again. Ayyas then tried to dismiss all the shadows, but it was certainly not easy. The shadow seemed to have been stored and stuck tightly in one corner of his heart. Such as viruses that are on the computer and are not easy to get rid of. Ayyas felt that this test of faith felt more severe than from even the most biting winter.
The shivering chill could just disappear, when he entered his room which was warm from the heating. However, Yelena’s viral molek and Anastasia’s beauty will not be easily eliminated. Although he had prayed and read the Quran, the virus was still not perfectly depreciated, still remaining and could only be tamed.
Ayyas also read istighfar over and over again. Even more than seventy times. In his istighfar, he was then remembered by a message from Kiai Lukman Hakim, when he was paying at the Kajoran Islamic Boarding School in Magelang long ago.
“Remember, son, that beauty is what is the cause of the great students and knights!”
Ayyas then continued to think and pray until he fell asleep. In his sleep, Ayyas then dreamed that there were two snakes that entered his room and hunted him.
Love Earth Novel Review
Bumi Cinta novel tells the story of a student who comes from Indonesia and is completing his post-graduate studies in India. To finish his studies, Muhammad Ayyas as the main character in the novel bumi cinta also had to do research in Russia.
In the bone-biting winter, Ayyas then arrived in Moscow, the capital of Russia. He was then greeted by Devid, who was his junior high school classmate when he was still living in Indonesia and had been living in Russia. Devid then helped Muhammad Ayyas find an apartment for his residence while he was in Moscow.
Problems then began to arise, when Ayyas learned that in the apartment he had to live with two women who were certainly not his mahome. Ayyas immediately expressed his objection. However, Devid presented an indisputable argument, solely because it was for safety, comfort and there were no other apartment options for Ayyas. .
Ayyas’ apartmentmates are Linor and Yelena. Although the three of them have their own rooms, they still have to share the kitchen and living room together. At these times, Ayyas also had to fight to maintain his chastity and faith. Because apart from being elegant and beautiful, Linor and Yelena often wear skimpy clothes and flirt with the faith of normal men.
Ayyas’s life is like it can’t be separated from beautiful women. Professor Tomskii, who was referred to by his lecturer in India, apparently had to go to Istanbul because of some business. Thus came Anastasia Palazzo, the substitute mentor for Ayyas. Her beauty alone has become a fairly severe test for Ayyas, and then coupled with intelligence. His chest rippled and then a hue spilled over his face when he first became acquainted with the doctor.
The love earth novel from Kang Abik, is touted as a soul-building novel. Because when one reads this novel, the reader seems to be about to find a key to victory for a believer and will realize that the key god has given to his servant through the book of the Quran.
As a fragment of the story from the love earth novel above, lust is a part of human nature that is difficult to control and this is explained by Kang Abik in the novel the earth of love through the main character, Namely Muhammad Ayyas.
The storyline of the love earth novel, is considered to be able to enlighten the reader’s soul in each chapter. Because overall, the novel earth of love asserts, that living in an environment with ex-atheists and its inhabitants who are very minimally converted to religion, then life in that environment too it requires a strong enough struggle, so that someone like Muhammad Ayyas is able to maintain his faith.
The characterization in this love earth novel can be seen through the complexity of the characters as well as the characters. In this novel, there are flats and round characters at the same time, in this case Muhammad Ayyas is depicted as very prototype. From the start to the end page. Muhammad Ayyas is described as a good young man and has a special charm.
But in order to avoid lawsuits from readers regarding the almost perfectly portrayed character of Ayyas, Kang Abik also managed to build a rationalization that was acceptable to readers.
Meanwhile, the round character is depicted on the character linor. The Linor character, described tends to be more humane. Linor has a black side and ruthless also has a white and soft side.
When viewed from the development of Muhammad Ayyas’ disposition, then Ayyas is a static figure or also called a silent figure. Ayyas will not experience any change in disposition, even though he is the main character. Meanwhile, Linor and Yelena are dynamic characters or developing characters. There is a change in disposition from evil or less good to a better person.
Both the physical and material settings in the love earth novel, are successfully portrayed by Kang Abik in this novel. The place and the ongoing season are also well depicted. Some places in the novel are also successfully described in detail. So that the readers seem to be invited to be able to feel the cold as well as the beauty of the snow season in Russia. Both spiritual and social settings are displayed by Kang Abik to strengthen the atmosphere in the novel earth of love. The religious values that have faded are also described quite clearly. Readers will get information about social settings through images of violence, fraud, promiscuous sex, and mafia groups.
As a novel that has the title of soul builder, this novel needs to be appreciated. The character of Ayyas, can be used as an inspiration to do a good. Because he is a model of a muslim youth who remains tough in the midst of all the storms of shahwat that can threaten his faith.
The novel bumi cinta describes the beauty of everyday adab exemplified in Islam. Like the adab brothers, adab in the teacher, to adab when the nightmare is described by Kang Abik as a writer with a fairly dramatic technique. So, the depiction seems subtle and nice and does not seem patronizing to the reader.
In addition to talking about Islam, Kang Abik also mentioned atheism. Various types of atheism seem to be stripped naked and shown their weakness by Kang Abik. in addition, the novel earth of love also reveals the cruelty and abominations of the Israeli zionists. The massacres of Sabra and Shatila are described by Kang Abik quite clearly. Some of the dialogues in this novel also contain tawhid teachings.
Disadvantages and Advantages of Bumi Cinta Novel
Despite getting good and bombastic reviews, the love earth novel written by Habiburrahman El Shirazy also has some weaknesses or shortcomings.
In fact, the weaknesses or shortcomings in this love earth novel are still related to technical or grammatical issues. Examples include the use of punctuation, typos, and inconsistency in the use of calls for linor characters that occur in some conversations in the novel earth of love.
At first, Kang Abik pointed out, that both Linor and his mother had agreed to call Linor by the name Sofia, but Kang Abik still used the name Linor in some the conversation or the story after it.
In addition, conversations about atheism and godliness are considered quite good. The discussion of these two things can add knowledge to the reader, especially regarding the types of atheism and its shortcomings that have been explained by Kang Abik, besides that the explanation can also strengthen the faith of the readers. However, these dialogues were constructed by Kang Abik with too long conversations and some of the conversations seemed patronizing and too fierce.
However, of course this earth novel from Kang Abik has a positive side or advantage that should be considered when Grameds wants to read this one book.
Through the story in the novel bumi cinta, Kang Abik manages to tell a variety of conflicts that are quite complicated through the three characterizations. So this novel also got the nickname or title as a differentiating novel. In addition, Kang Abik also managed to provide a fairly thick moral education through this novel.
As a young novel that is still idealistic, Kang Abik also wrote a love earth novel with the nuances of idealism that he carried out. This can certainly be seen from the message and spirit of proselytizing that Kang Abik wants to convey through the conflict that is present in the novel earth of love.
This novel, suitable for reading by the whole circle, especially from the age of 16 years and above. By using language that is easy to understand, as well as clear footnotes, it is easier for readers to understand the content of the story of this novel.
Quotes in The Earth of Love Novel
As in Kang Abik’s previous novels , in this love earth novel Kang Abik also inserts a lot of aphorisms or quotes that may be an encouragement and reminder to readers . Here are some interesting quotes to infuse.
Other Book Recommendations by Habiburrahman El Shirazy
1. In the Mihrab of Love
2. Above the Rhyme of Love
3. Longing for the Prophet