Makam Sunan Drajat

Posted by David Khoirul
Makam Sunan Drajat, or the Grave of Sunan Drajat, is one of the Lamongan tourist attractions located in the area near Wisata Bahari Lamongan and Goa Maharani in the village of Drajat, Paciran. To reach the Makam Sunan Drajat, it takes 30-minute drive from Lamongan. Visitors, especially those of Nahdhatul Ulama based moslems, visit the grave daily to pray for the wali and thank him for his hard work of spreading Islamic teachings in the area. Sellers selling caps and prayer mats around the Makam often welcome the visitors. They offer their goods. People who want to bring home some merchandises from the Makam can buy a cap or two from those sellers.

Sunan Drajat, sometimes Sunan Drajad, was named  Raden Qasim or Raden Syaifudin in his childhood. He is a descendant of Majapahit nobility in Tuban and is one of the Wali Songo, the nine pious leaders who spread Islam in Java, along with his father Sunan Ampel and his brother Sunan Bonang. Born in 1470 CE, Sunan Drajat was raised in a wealthy family. In 1502 CE, he built the masjid and a pesantren in the village of Jeleg (now Drajat) in Paciran district -- both the pesantren (now Pondok Pesantren Sunan Drajat) and the masjid can still be seen up to now.

Pondok Pesantren Sunan Drajat is managed by Prof. Abdul Ghofur, an outstanding Islamic preacher. The pesantren, besides the boarding school, has its own radio station called Persada FM that broadcasts music, information on Paciran, and educational and Islamic programs, including the afternoon speech of Pak Ghofur.

Next to the grave is a museum. Built on March 1, 1992, this museum stores all properties owned by the wali, and its official opening was confirmed by the East Java governor.

For those who need to find a spiritual recreation spot, Makam Sunan Drajat can be added to the list of East Java destinations they want to visit.