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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

Beware of road surprises

What can be the surprise on the road when you are driving?

Many things, of course. Being a driver is about being alert for any kind or surprises on the road. That goes without a warning in many countries.

For a place where they actually warn you about these surprises, well, that kind of make you really think what is really out there to surprise us. Read more →

# 9:52 pm

Ttg pernikahan: setelah sembilan tahun

Anda tahu berapa harga tiket dari Eindhoven ke London (waktu tempuhnya kurang lebih sekitar satu jam)? Yaaah, memang bervariasi, tetapi kalau booking agak lama sebelumnya biasanya sekitar EUR 5.00. Lima euro, sedikit lebih mahal dari harga kebab di toko Turki. Di masa discount bahkan harganya bisa 50 sen.

Memang itu belum termasuk pajak, yang besarnya bisa mencapai 25an euro per airport. Jadi jatuhnya sekitar 100an euro pulang pergi. Tetapi ini masih jauh lebih murah dibandingkan dengan harga pesawat yang biasa dipesan oleh Universitas untuk perjalanan dinas.

Begitulah kisahnya, ketika saya akan ke Glasgow musim panas tahun lalu, saya memutuskan untuk mengajak keluarga untuk sekalian jalan-jalan ke sana. Lumayan, mumpung harga pesawat sangat murah. Kalau dihitung-hitung, biaya tiket kami sekeluarga kurang lebih sama dengan biaya tiket saya sendiri bila dipesankan oleh agen perjalanan di kampus.
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# 12:09 pm

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

Makanan dalam penerbangan: pilih halal, vegetarian atau …?

Sebagai muslim, salah satu hal yang sangat penting diputuskan ketika melakukan penerbangan jarak jauh adalah makanan apa yang harus kita santap selama penerbangan. Idealnya tentu saja kita harus menyantap makanan halal. Tapi pada kenyataannya tidak semudah itu. Posting ini membahas beberapa pilihan yang bisa kita ambil, sekaligus membahas kenapa dalam beberapa penerbangan terakhir saya memilih makanan kosher.

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# 7:52 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.