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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

I am not joking with that title. Not many people, out of billions of muslims, that even think about this problem (what problem, they will ask). And out of the few that do, only a handful have the willingness to raise this issue for an open discussion. For the sake of finding a solution, let me start the discussion.

This is going to be a long article (in fact its so long that I need to break it up into two postings – at least). I will start with the why: why bother writing this article. And then I will provide some basic information on what muslims need in a toilet, and I will try to formulate the idea of islamic toilet.

In the next post, I will cover the design parts. This should be fun for architects and interior designers. I am also going to identify some common problems found around the world. Hopefully, in the end we can see some solutions coming out.

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# 3:35 pm

Sumatra in East Asia

On our way home, I found this coffee in one of the gas station:
Sumatra Coffee from East Asia
Say what? Sumatra coffee grown in East Asia?
Is this another trade trick to say that this particular Sumatra coffee was not grown in Sumatra island? I am not geography expert, but I have never heard Sumatra is in East Asia.
PS: Sumatra is in South East Asia, in case you do not know.

# 6:17 pm

Cerita Malam Minggu

Ini cerita jaman dulu ketika tinggal di asrama Wisma Teuku Umar (a.k.a. Asrama Cicendo). Suatu malam minggu, seorang senior memberiku wejangan yang kudengarkan dengan seksama. “Dek, kau ini harus cepat cari cewek. Jangan tiap malam minggu duduk aja di asrama”, kata beliau.

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# 4:05 pm

Menawar Agama

Saya sangat tertarik mendengar pernyataan seseorang mengenai modus beragama (atau lebih tepatnya, modus berislam) yang dipilihnya. “Saya mah mau jadi muslim yang biasa-biasa saja.”

Bagi dia, mungkin pernyataan itu biasa-biasa saja. Bahkan mungkin sudah sewajarnya. Tapi bagi saya, itu pernyataan yang bombastis.

Kalau ada islam yang “biasa-biasa” saja, lalu apakah ada yang “luar biasa”? Apakah ada yang “tidak biasa”? Pertanyaan yang paling penting sebenarnya adalah, memangnya islam itu ada berapa macam?
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# 10:49 am


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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