Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Eid ul Adha Nov 17 @Ledeng Bus station

Allahuakbar...allahuakbar, laailahaillallah...
This chanting was resounding from the dusk of yesterday till this very last morning. The sun shined brightly and the weather was sort of cool. I prepared myself to perform Eid ul Adha prayer at Daarut Tauhiid's mosque. But for some reasonable reasons, I executed a contingency plan – doing prayer at Ledeng area which is of course neared to the home of mine.

The place that we used for praying is actually a bus station situated at Ledeng. It very makes sense since there is no more place to use. I mean the bus station is quite representative and can accommodate up to two thousands or even more people. I assume that the committee of this prayer, in which the DKM (Management) of Nurul Huda mosque did kind of lobbying to the DLLAJ (authorized transportation institution) to use the station. Here are some more shots of the last morning prayer:

From the speech, noted some points here as follows:
Ibrheem (Abraham) is the father of prophet. Shalawat in our prayer is for Muhammad and also Abraham. He struggled to find God miles away from Mesopotamia, to Egypt and finally to Mecca. He worked hard for the both families (Sity Hazr and Siti Sara). He also built house of Allah in which Ka'bah. We all now from all over the world pray toward that direction as the symbol of unity in Islam.

Abraham did those things to find the real happiness while living in this world, he didn't mere look for the worldly things though. His aim is to sincerely make all people happy. In Mecca there are various foods and fruits from whole over the world and it has been lasting for years and years since Abraham asked it to Allah. I forgot the prayer though, sorry :).

The water of Zam Zam (derives from Egyptian language meaning gathering) that is so popular among the pilgrims is for all human on earth. He even sacrificed the one he loved the most (Ishmael) for the sake of Allah. But Allah then succeeded his son with goat. This thing shows us that killing human can never be right. Aside, loving someone or something to much in this life is not right either. Place everything in moderation!

All rites that Abraham and family did then finally come up to us such as thawaf, jumra, hajj and Qurban. In short, we Muslim need to learn a lot from the prophet Abraham.

So, what can we Indonesian Muslims do now? Well, from the speech I could say that we must work had to create paradise and gladness as best as we can in this life (like what the prophet Abraham did). The country of ours are now being stricken by the attitude degradation thiriving, we act mostly based on lust and anger. Therefore let us create paradise of ours wherever we are, at house, bus station, school and where else. By all means in Qurban we give “heaven” to those who have no opportunity to taste the flesh of animal in their daily dishes. We Muslim, indeed love sharing cheerfulness to all humans on earth, it has been exemplified by Abraham the prophet of Allah, right? Merry Eid brothers and sisters :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Creative Country

If you ask me about the most creative country in the world, the answer of mine would be for sure varied. I'm going to reply this query by first asking you, in what field? Yes it depends on the gauge we use. I'd probably answer Japan if you ask me about the automotive industry and I'll answer USA if you ask me about the general technology and military stuff. About Art, I'll probably answer Italy as what I know, there are many great art works from there. Ah...these of course can be totally wrong as they are just personally my rough subjective answers. But please don't forget one nation – Indonesia. It has tons of things that others don't. Really, you'll only can find them here in the archipelago country in which now its people are sort of sad as we are stricken by natural calamity happening in many parts of the country. These calamities are actually some of the really Indonesian things as I am sure no others nations do have many volcano as we do. But in this piece of writing I just want to unveil a thing that I think it is quite creative and it only exists here. Besides, I also use the consideration of mine based on the experience of daily activities occurred around me.

Yeah, it is a street entertainment. It is something that entertains the bikers on the street. Please picture this. You are driving motorbike and as usual you have to befriend with the jam while driving in the city. You must feel so annoyed with the traffic jam, right? But there is kind of free remedy that will overlook your wary. It is the totally creative writing stuck on the rear part of motorbikes in front of you. While having jam, please read that. As examples, this morning l read:

“Aing disusul kunu Gelo”
“Moal balap, sieun meunang”.
“Ingat dzikir, doa dan sodaqoh”
“Mio aing, kumaha aing”.
“Hari gini over gigi, cape deh!
“Hari gini gak punya gigi, ompong dong!”
“Lieur, motor can lunas wae!”

Yes, you can only see them on the street here in Indonesia. I indeed love reading this kind of masterpiece art work. I call it so as it brings new feeling to the readers. It probably cannot be called as the real art though as some of the writings contain the very rude saying that I cannot share with you here. Yes, there are some of the impolite ones that I sometimes feel a bit irritated inside. But majority is just a kind of kidding or little entertainment. Aside from that, it shows the creativity of the artists that need not to be acknowledged by anyone. What they need is probably just money or happiness in the heart of those who user their attributes and those who enjoy. I am one of those who enjoy this quite much anyway. Their art work lets me fly, think, imagine and laugh. I just love it and appreciate those who make it (the good one, not rough).

I am not really sure the beginning of this street giveaway entertainment. But it is probably started when automatic motorbikes thriving around 5 years ago. The very first sticker haunting my mine was “Hari gini over gigi, cape deh!”. This more or less means, “what a tiring thing if today you still have to shift the gear or dealing with transmission, use the automatic one please!” Ya this is probably a kind of satire to those who still drive a non automotive bike. I am sure the automatic makers benefit from this. They have to thank the artist or the sticker makers as it somehow brings a debate on the mind of the automatic fans and their competitors.
One thing for sure, the sticker containing some quite creative words pretty much grabs my attention as it can loose the jumbled mind while trapping in the jam. You may or may not call it as a form of art though. It maybe does not bring the joy to all. But I just simply appreciate those who intend to make it for any good reason. Keep in mind, I just pick the good ones to be remembered or shared, I think you can do the same, laddies and gentlemen.

You won't be able to find this kind of thing in USA, Japan, Thailand or where else. This is really a form of non formal communication on the Indonesian street that reflects the real situation or condition of Indonesian people. They who stick the sticker are actually conveying the truth they want to share to others. But they just cannot say it personally especially when it is aimed to the government or authority owner, so publicly spread by sticking it on the bike is maybe the very best idea. What do you think?
Thank you ;)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Say good bye to blogging?

It's November, buddies. Things have changed? Yes some did, some didn't. Hope all go toward the so-called improvement. One thing that is not really well to find out its solution is that the unwillingness within me myself to blog. In this sense, of course I am talking about the productivity to produce some kind worthwhile writing. To me, writing on a blog is just to write the idea and eagerness to share the good to the world. But on the top of that, it is all about the practice of writing - English writing and doing dakwah.

If you see the post of mine in Ramadan (few moths ago). It was quite diligent, right? Hehe...kidding. It was just, then I made some sort of target to do so. But last month, it was quite terrible as I could only submit less than 5 pieces of writing. Wildly imagining, if I am a student of this kind of blogger university, I am probably the worst one – always come late submitting the task from the professor need to absorb this last sentence...

Saying the above title is barely easy. But not saying it is not easy either as sometimes the laziness perches on the thinking and shoulder of mine. The thing that I've emphasized to myself is that a formula says, Blogging = learning to write + doing dakwah. This maybe the ideal one from all reasons soaring in my mind. But it's pretty much difficult. It's all about the spirit to act and undergo the plan, not about the planing anymore. Keep in mind that learning is a part of worship!!!

The lack of chance to read is also the problem that hampers me in blogging. When we are about to write a particular topic, of course the materials should have been digested by our brain. In short, we have got to read first or maybe experience something before blogging as it will enhance the quality of our writing. The forthcoming reason I'd like to unveil is that the business of mine. Yes I am working now. But is shouldn't be the burden to write. If all is properly scheduled, all will be just ok. Blogging is also going to be just fun. Hm...I'm talking this as I am actually giving medication for the sickness to blog. Hope it'll work out.

The last, I've got to love more blogging. Love it till undetermined time! Keep blogging so long it benefits you yourself and others. There is no need of wanting to be seen as good or smart person. That's not the point. You blog = you learn + you do dakwah, don't say the title above...

(It's remedy of mine). Thank you.