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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

Finding Islamic Toilet (2): Muslim Urinal?

This is the second article in this series (read the first article here if you have not read it yet).

Again, I am not joking with the title. There is such a thing as a Muslim urinal. I knew it many years ago when I work with the interior designers at Matahari Dept. Stores on toilet stuff, and they said we usually choose Muslim urinals for our stores.

Say what? Up till that time I have not heard such a term. Of course I have seen such urinals, but I have no idea that they were actually called a muslim urinal.

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# 4:38 pm

It takes two to tango

Bukan, judul di atas bukan tentang joget. Topik posting kali ini masih tentang tipiring alias tindak pidana ringan. Tipiring itu bukan hanya mencakup pelanggaran yang dilakukan sendiri, seperti membuang sampah sembarangan, tetapi juga mencakup pelanggaran yang dilakukan oleh dua pihak. Seperti kata judul di atas, it takes two to tango.

Contoh yang paling bagus adalah pedagang yang berjualan tidak pada tempatnya. Pelanggaran ini sebenarnya dilakukan oleh dua pihak, yaitu pihak pedagang dan juga pihak pembeli. Yang patut kita ingat adalah bahwa tipiring jenis ini biasanya hukumannya hanya dibebankan kepada satu pihak. Ini tentu tidak bisa dibenarkan setidaknya karena dua alasan.

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# 11:01 pm

Walking around naked?

Sorry about the quality, but otherwise enjoy the picture below.

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# 8:16 am

Kembali ke Sekolah Lokal

Ttg Pemerataan dan Peningkatan Mutu Pendidikan Dasar

Sudah sejak lama para orang tua berlomba-lomba untuk memasukkan anaknya ke sekolah unggulan. Tak sedikit yang bersusah payah mengantarkan anaknya setiap pagi ke sekolah unggulan yang lokasinya jauh dari rumah. Jalanan yang macet bukanlah halangan. Stress akibat macet pun sudah dianggap harga yang wajar untuk pendidikan yang baik.

Sekarang ada kecenderungan baru. Dengan semakin terbukanya arus informasi, dan kecenderungan deregulasi, makin banyak kita temui kaum terdidik yang berkumpul bersama untuk membuat sekolah sendiri.
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# 10:29 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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