For the first time ever, the Pink Mosques team: Ollie, Nana, Emie and Lisa, travel together and visit a Mosque. This time we choose Masjid Sultan, Singapore. Near the Masjid, we happily found our sanctuary, an Islamic bookstore called ‘Wardah Books’ :D
Masjid Jami Al-Falah, Cilandak Barat. All for myself, yay!
Kuliah subuh di Masjid Al-Azhar, Kembangan.
"Berpuasalah agar engkau layak diberuntungkan."
Eid Mubarak! Today me and family going for Eid Prayer in Golden Dome Mosque, Depok. We enjoy the Masjid as always. Wish I can build beautiful Masjid like this in the future, Ameen!
Hope you have a wonderful Eid and may Allah accept our Ibadah in Ramadan, ameen, insha Allah!
I’tikaf last night at Masjid al-Azhar with Nana. It was packed. I really enjoy the positive vibe around the Masjid.
I try to finished more Quran tafseer, writing down favorite verses, praying, listening to khutbah after khutbah, contemplating, enjoying my silent moment.
Ramadan will leave soon. Time flies, indeed.
Spend iftar yesterday at Joglo Perdikan. It’s a nice big Javanese house with a spacious yard full of exotic animals. I really enjoy the religious meeting there, well, the first 4 hours was more spiritual than religious. We have discussion about Indigo children where they invite Indigo children and their parents. It was a mind opening discussion about life and the importance of love as the base of humanity.
Whenever I met my friends in this circle, I always felt calm, and in-synch. I can totally get what they’re talking about, no matter how weird they may sound.
I always keep it balance and open mind to any interpretation of Islam, so I always go to different religious gathering. Last night was Padepokan Thaha time with Sudjiwo Tedjo. And it was a mindblowing meetup.
Sudjiwo Tedjo is one of Indonesian famous people. He’s a Dalang or puppet master in Javanese Wayang show. He’s also a singer. And he has a wicked mind. His thoughts are provocative. He said himself: he’s crazy. But there are a lot of inspirations I can get from him, too much, that I must digest it one by one. My sis Tari is by my side to explain to me whatever things that I didn’t get from his speech. It was heavily spiritual.
I’m going to share one thing I get from him. It’s about Iqra’ (read).
It’s the first ayat sent down for prophet Muhammad (pbuh). He can’t read, yet he was told to Iqra’ (read).
We thought, it’s a matter of reading words, or reading books. But Iqra’ has deeper meaning. It’s about ‘reading signs’. It’s about reading life and our surrounding. It’s about reading the world we live in. It’s to find the sacred ‘verses’ in everyday’s life.
“We will show them Our signs in the horizons, and within themselves, until it becomes clear to them that this is the truth. Is it not enough that your Lord is witness over all things?” (QS 41:53)
I am grateful to find my being writer and blogger, allow me to be ‘aware’ of my surrounding, be able to read the ‘signs’, interpret the signs, take lessons in every sharp corner of my life.
Masjid Lautze, Jakarta, doesn’t look like a regular Masjid in Indonesia. There is no dome or other Masjid attributes, but their spirit is as big. The jama’ah were Chinese-Muslims community in Jakarta. The Masjid is located in Lautze street #87 near Pasar Baru area. We walked thru the houses to search for the Masjid and once in a while I can catch one or two people praying from the 2nd floor of their houses in Buddhist way. The Masjid clearly not located in Muslim population area, but they have no problem praying according to Islamic belief. This is what I proud the most for being Indonesian. Insha Allah this will continue on for many many years to come.
Inside the Masjid, the interior was red and yellow, really close with the heritage of Chinese colors. And there were books about becoming a Muallaf, on how to change your name, etc.
It was a very interesting experience, I’d love to explore more about the community one day.
Masjid Istiqlal in the afternoon. Already packed with Muslims mostly from out of town. This is the largest Mosque in Southeast Asia in terms of capacity. The Masjid can accommodate up to 120,000 jama’ah. It’s my second time in the Masjid and I still confused how to reach the main praying room -__- It’s a grand Masjid, hopefully I can stay longer there for religious gathering next time.
I swear I didn’t know why we must fast on Ramadan. I just do what my parents did. I didn’t question it. Until tonight, me and Lisa attend Rahmania Foundation’s religious gathering. It’s an English speaking gathering. The teacher said, we fast to commemorate the arrival of al-Quran. Wow… I really just found out about this.
One more thing, I just know that Taraweeh means ‘relax’. Because Prophet Muhammad (SAW PBUH) usually resting every ‘one session’ 2x2 rakaat. It’s a relax praying.
The Imaam in Rahmania foundation was reciting the surah really well. Lisa make comment that, “It’s fast (the Taraweeh), measured by time, but we’re not felt dragged along. It was so peaceful.”
I totally feel it too. When we about to start, I remember that I find it hard to memorize Quran. Even on my favorite ar-Rahman, I find it hard to memorize the first 15 Ayat correctly. And just like giving the answer, Imaam suddenly recite ar-Rahman, in a very easy way to follow. I have time to check my memory too. Masha Allah!