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Seorang pemuda Somali sedang berdiri di koridor masjid kami, seolah sedang termenung. Beliau dulu murid saya di Sunday School dan sekarang sudah tamat SMA, baru masuk kuliah dan juga baru mulai bekerja. Bersama ayahnya,  beliau sedang menulis buku tentang perjalanan keluarganya dari Somalia sampai ke Boise.

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# 6:43 am

Finding Islamic Toilet (3): A Muslim Urinal

So far, this is the most serious attempt in the search of a Muslim urinal. Check here and here for my earlier rants on this topic. I think there are many people trying to come up with a good design for a Muslim urinal, but here is a design that has already been implemented.

From Masjid Salman at the campus of Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia (foto credit: Salim Rusli).

Muslim Urinal at Masjid Salman ITB

Muslim Urinal at Masjid Salman ITB

As you can see, the urinal is the so-called Muslim urinal by Toto, i.e. a urinal with a water drip that goes in the urinal. The only difference is the shield that protects the user from splashes of urine.

At this point, I do not know if there is a basis for the design decisions. For example: what is the height of the shield. Should it be a little bit higher so that the sides cover the urinal all the way up?  Is there a research on the “splash rate” from the original Toto urinal, and whether this design eliminates the splash?

In any case, I want this for my masjid. What do you think?

 

# 4:06 pm

Hafizh without tajwid?

Tajwid is a set of rules on how to read the Quran properly. Can you imagine that a person can memorize the quran (being a hafizh) without knowing how to read the Quran properly (tajwid)? Until not so long ago, I cannot. But that has changed.
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# 12:23 pm

Buku elektronik

Anda punya kindle? Saya tidak punya :)

Bukan apa-apa, saya termasuk yang skeptis dengan media elektronik ini. Kesannya kan borju sekali, masak baca buku saja harus beli alat sampai 300 dolar. Kayak kebanyakan uang, gitu loh, masak mau baca buku saja harus keluar uang 300 dolar.

Tapi itu dulu. Sekarang saya paham kenapa banyak orang pakai Kindle untuk baca buku: mereka baca bukunya banyak sekali. Berikut apa yang saya baca dari salah satu blogger yang rutin saya kunjungi:

I’ve probably read less over the past four months than in any four month period of my life.  Instead of five or six books per week, I’m down to about two or three max.

Nggak, kok, nggak salah baca: lima atau enam buku setiap minggu. Dan itu di masa-masa sibuk. Bayangkan kalau dia harus pergi selama dua minggu, artinya dia harus bawa sepuluh sampai dua belas buku.

Untuk orang-orang seperti ini, yaah wajarlah kalau harus beli Kindle untuk baca buku. For the rest of us: back to paper.

Berapa jumlah buku yang sudah anda baca minggu ini?

# 4:22 pm

Dilarang duduk

Tanda dilarang duduk (di Taipei Airport) ini benar-benar membuat kita bertanya-tanya, memang adakah yang pernah mencoba duduk di situ?
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# 10:43 pm

Kematian blog pribadi?

Anda punya blog pribadi? Kalau ya, maka ketahuilah bahwa keberadaan blog itu semakin lama akan semakin terancam. Facebook termasuk yang disebut sebagai salah satu pembunuh blog pribadi dalam artikel yang dipublikasi di Wired ini:

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# 2:00 am

Asides

You either write something that you will be remembered for or do something that people will write about. Other than that, you are just passing TIME.

– Deen Aljunied

If Moses had gotten the Ten Commandments on a floppy disk, it would never have made it to today. (Dag Spicer, curator of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, The NYTimes Circuit, 26-Mar-2009)

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists

“The wrath of God is the only way I can describe it. I’m used to seeing roofs off houses, houses blown over. These houses were down to their foundations, stripped clean.” said Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, after surveying tornado damage there.

James Madison said, “If there be a principle that ought not to be questioned within the United States, it is that every man has a right to abolish an old government and establish a new one.” In Indonesia, …, well no comment.

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