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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

Hari Pahlawan

Dalan antrian menunggu panggilan naik pesawat, kita selalu dihadapkan pada perbedaan kasta dalam hidup ini. Mereka yang bisa membayar lebih — jauh lebih banyak — akan dipanggil lebih dulu untuk naik pesawat, dan bakal duduk di bagian depan di atas kursi yang jauh lebih lega dibandingkan kursi kelas ekonomi di ujung belakang pesawat. Juga dipanggil bersamaan dengan mereka adalah anggota berbagai macam klub: United Premier Club lah, bla, bla, bla.

Setelah itu biasanya akan dipanggil mereka yang perlu bantuan khusus untuk naik pesawat. Ini biasanya keluarga yang membawa anak bayi. Tapi kali ini berbeda. Bersamaan dengan kelompok ini juga dipanggil: “those of you who are in active military service, you are welcome to board the plane at this point”.

Panggilan seperti itu mungkin tidak akan terdengar di Indonesia.

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# 8:23 am

Brunch for My Wife – Mushroom Jack Fajita

I stayed home this morning to cook brunch for my wife. The menu: Chicken Fajita a-la Chilli’s. I tried this recipe before, and it was great. So, this is a re-run with a few modifcation. I will not list the whole recipe, but only the modification.

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# 11:19 am

Pilkada dan pilihan umat Islam

Di sebuah milis yang saya ikuti ada sedikit gonjang-ganjing tentang pilkada DKI. Topiknya bukan barang baru lagi sebenarnya. Topik yang selalu muncul ketika ada calon non-muslim masuk ke dalam balot pemilihan, apalagi ternyata calon non-muslim ini diunggulkan dalam jajak pendapat.

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# 8:57 am

Cerita tentang kemiskinan

Semoga Tuhan tidak meringankan bebannya hari ini, tetapi memberinya, ibunya, dan seluruh keluarganya kelapangan dada.
Itulah doa yang kami (saya dan anak-anak) bahas dalam pengajian kami. Dahsyat sekali doa itu, sehingga ketika saya pertama kali membacanya dalam cerita yang dikirim oleh Nash, sobat saya, seketika itu timbul niat untuk membahasnya bersama anak-anak.

# 11:00 pm

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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