Igir Al-Qatiri – Once an Electrician, Now a Famous Writer from West Papua

West Papua
Sumber : Cendana News

At a glance, you will see a skinny man with his curly, long hair in his middle age, plus his striking colorful shoes. You will later figure out that his man has a mix of West Papua, Ternate, Chinese, and Arabia in his blood. His full name is Irham Muchsin Al-Qatiri, but in the Papua and national literary world, he is well-known with the pen name Igir Al-Qatiri

This eccentric Papuan writer-poet has composed about 34 books and 1,731 poetry. There have been national and international publications for his literary works.

West Papua
Sumber : Cendana News

When He was Still Young 

Igir Al-Qatiri was born on 27 May 1975 in Jayapura, Papua. His parents named him Irham Muchsin Al-Qatiri. He is the second child of two, and he has an older sister. 

Al-Qatiri is the son of late Muchsin Mursalin bin Husain bin Syekh Lahmadi Al-Qatiri (father) and Khadijah Arfan Khari (mother). His father was from Ternate of Chinese-Arab descent. He passed away in 2007. Meanwhile, his mother is from Sorong, Raja Ampat, West Papua.

He pursued his study in elementary, junior high, and senior high school in Jayapura City.

In 1993, he enrolled in the present Vocational High School (SMK) 3 of Jayapura Kotaraja. At that time, the school was the only Secondary Technology School (STM) in Papua land. And Al-Qatiri studied at the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Once He Worked a Skilled Electrical Technician

After the death of his father in 2007, Igir Al-Qatiri decided to work as an electrical technician. He was still in his first year as an STM student at that time. He would work after school finished and became the breadwinner of his family.

While working as an electrician, he dealt with nearly all the magnificent buildings in Jayapura City, including mosques and Papua Province and the Jayapura Municipal City government offices.

It was his history as an electrical technician before becoming one of the eminent men of letters in West Papua

Who Inspired Him

What does he do in his spare time? Igir Al-Qatiri loves reading books and writing. His hobby is writing poems, ve letters, novels, and other literary works.

Also, he loves the works of Kahlil Gibran – a Lebanese-American writer, poet, and philosopher. He is one, the famous figure who inspired Al-Qatiri to pursue his career by writing more seriously. 

Al-Qatiri also has another unique hobby. As said earlier, he is the only West Papua writer and poet who likes to wear colorful shoes, day and night. 

What His Activities and Works as a Man of Letters

Young Igir Al-Qatiri has shown his talent and fondness in writing love letters even since he was in the 2nd grade of elementary school. Later, his junior high school and STM schoolmates even often asked him to write a permit or a sick letter. 

He has been pursuing his seriousness in literature and literary writing since 2005. To date, he has composed 1,731 poems which many of which have not been published yet. Also, he has over a thousand book collections that are still hidden safely at his present home in Polemik III, South Jayapura, Jayapura City.

In 2011, Al-Qatiri released his controversial book entitled Menelusuri Jejak Langkah Sang Legenda Black Brothers (Tracing the Footsteps of the Legendary Black Brothers). Al-Qatiri’s work has pioneered in recalling the legendary group to return and re-entry to Indonesia.  

In 2016, due to his longing for Papuan literature to unite, Al-Qatiri established Pilamo Aksara, a Papuan literary community. Also, he is active in meetings with other Papuan writers and friends and taking part in other activities.

Al-Qatiry has produced several prominent literary works, such as novels (Cinta Bergerimis Dusta, Lonceng Kematian, etc.), a novelette (Retak-Retak Cinta), poetry anthologies (Potret Buram Seniman Papua and Festival Perasaan), an antology of wise words (Doktrin Penyejuk Jiwa), and others (Kias pada wajahNya and Sebait sajak untuk saudaraku).

Nowadays, Igir Al-Qatiri focuses more on literature. He has one wish to achieve, namely, he wants Papuan children to love the literature world and works with the hope they can elevate West Papua to the national and international levels in this field.