Wednesday, December 06, 2006


This is a very popular traditional Javanese Islamic folksong that is known throughout the archipelago. The tune is believed to have originally been introduced by Sunan Muria of the "Wali Songo": the nine Javan Sufi Saints who were the first Muslim missionaries on Java. Its lyrics promote the virtues of daily recitation of the Qur'an, the merits of Qiyyam al-Layl, being in the company of the righteous, fasting on a regular basis, and making much remembrance of Allah Most High (dhikr), all of which are considered to be "Remedies for the Heart," which is the original meaning of the song title. This tune may have been a means of introducing and socializing the creed of Islam in what was then a predominantly Hindu society.
Listen song Tombo Ati

(Drug's for Heart)
Tombo Ati

Tombo ati iku ono limang perkoro

Kaping pisan moco Qur'an sakmaknane

Kaping pindo Sholat wengi lakonono

Kaping telu wong kang sholeh kumpulono

Kaping papat weteng iro engkang luwe

Kaping limo dzikir wengi ingkang suwe

Salah sakwijine sopo biso ngelakoni

Insya Allah Gusti Pangeran ngijabahi

The remedy for the soul (the heart) consists of five affairs:

The first is to read the Qur'an and to reflect on its meanings

The second is to prostrate oneself; body and soul, in prayer in the middle of the night

The third is to surround oneself with the company of the pious

The fourth is to endure hunger (by fasting)

The fifth is to never be weary of Dhikr

Should one be able to devote oneself in any of the above, God-willing, one's fate (affairs) will be taken care of
Translated by Annisa A. Rochiad
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