This is the first post about my father, Nur Anas Djamil, written by me in this blog. As you can see in the above picture, you can guess my father’s occupation. Yes, my father was a teacher, more precisely a Professor in Islamology. He graduated from IAIN (Institut Agama Islam Negeri) Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta in 1962. His thesis was supervised by the late Prof. Teungku Muhammad Hasbi Ash-Shiddieqy, a prolific writer. Before retiring as a professor at the University of Padang in 2001, he has served as dean of the Faculty of Literature and Art Teacher Training at this university from 1969 to 1971. He was Chairman of the Regional Board of Muhammadiyah of West Sumatera Province, Indonesia from 1995 to 2000.
In Minangkabau society, a clan has a chief, called “Datuk”, who is appointed on the basis of matrilineal descent. My father was appointed “Datuk Rajo Mangkuto” by his clan. The following is the procession of inauguration of my father as Datuk Rajo Mangkuto in Balai Mansiro, Payakumbuh, West Sumatera in 2003.