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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

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

Setahun kemudian

November 2007 adalah saat saya mencoba balik kampung dengan melamar jadi dosen di ITB. Selama ujian CPNS saya menuliskan laporan pandangan mata (yang diterbitkan di blog ini) yang ternyata menyedot perhatian banyak orang. Sejak saat itu sampai sekarang, saya sering kali bertemu dengan kenalan baru yang tiba-tiba mengatakan, “Oooh ini Ery yang dulu melamar ke ITB ya?” Saya sudah tidak pernah bertanya lagi mereka tahunya dari mana :)

Posting ini saya tulis karena ternyata banyak sekali komentar “negatif” tentang ITB akibat posting saya itu. Kalau saat kenalan yang bertemu langsung, bila ada yang berkomentar seru tentang “kok ITB masih seperti itu ya?”, maka saya masih bisa menjelaskan posisi saya. Posting ini saya tujukan untuk mereka yang tidak sempat bertemu dengan saya secara langsung, dengan pesan singkat dari saya: mari kita majukan ITB (dan Indonesia) dengan cara kita masing-masing. Penjelasan panjangnya sih, silakan baca di bawah ini.

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# 8:59 am

Think!

Do you know The Houw Liong? Probably not, unless you have taken some physics course at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB).

The first of the three-words name is actually a (Chinese) family name, not English “the”. He is a professor of Physics at the Institut Teknologi Bandung. When I did my undergrad at the ITB, he taught a course called Modern Physics.

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# 5:27 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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