Subuh at Ataturk

One of the perks of travelling abroad is to get a chance to pray in different part of the worls. Entering Subuh prayer times in a moslem-majority-country airport, it is not difficult to look for mosque (or “mascit”, as they say it here). Here, moslems from around the world gather. No questions asked where you came from, whether you’re sunni or shia, or which moslem president you’re supporting (oh, please). We come and gather here as one brotherhood of Islam. We pray in one common language, common way. And that’s the beauty of Islam. Mungkin yang ribut-ribut cuman kurang piknik 😉

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Maghrib at Al Falah

I normally went for Friday prayer in Al Falah mosque whenever I did medical checks, as previously I always took the test on Friday. This time around, given the difficulty in scheduling, I do the check on Monday, so no Friday prayer this time around. But the ritual of praying in this masjid continues, albeit I go for maghrib prayer. 

Happy to see the masjid is now completely upgraded and renovated. It is really a spiritual home for us, the moslems, in the middle of ocean of materiality named Orchard Road. Subhanallah.

Jumatan di Bali: Masjid Al Ikhlas Ngurah Rai Airport

Menara Masjid Al-Ikhlas terlihat dari depan
Jumat siang ini berkesempatan untuk sholat jumat di Masjid Al-Ikhlas, yang berlokasi di kompleks Bandar Udara Ngurah Rai, Denpasar Bali. 

Kebetulan akhir pekan ini ada acara kantor di Bali, dan pesawat tiba di Bali pada jam “tanggung”: sekitar jam 11 siang. Sebagian teman memilih untuk memanfaatkan status sebagai “musafir”. Tapi karena saya minggu lalu juga sudah tidak ibadah sholat Jumat karena bertepatan dengan hari Idul Adha, maka kali ini saya berniat untuk sholat Jumat. Continue reading

Ashar by the Mangrove

Rafif enjoying the view of Mangrove from the side terrace of Masjid
We stopped by Masjid Al Hikmah for Ashar prayer after finishing our coffee session at PIK Avenue. The Masjid is located by mangrove forest preservation park in Angke, so aside of completing our daily responsibility as moslem, we got nice view of mangrove forest as bonus.

The masjid itself is surprisingly very clean. The wooden architecture blends well with its surrounding. 

The ablution room
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Eid Prayer in New Mosque

Reserve the best spot. Just behind the Imam
We came early this morning to reserve a nice spot inside the new mosque in neighborhood for our Eid prayer. 

The new mosque, Masjid H Andi Muhammad Ghalib, is a beautiful one, with touch of Arabic ornament inside. And look at that dome!

Beautiful dome

The beautiful Masjid H Andi Muhammad Ghalib

Last Tarawih This Ramadhan

And as happened every year, we feel Ramadhan passes very quickly. Tonight we’re already arrived at possibly the last tarawih prayer this year. Taqaballalahu minna wa minkum. Let’s hope this Ramadhan shapes our iman to be better moslem, not only for ourselves, but for  people around us, and ultimately for Allah. And may Allah let us to meet another Ramadhan next year. Aamiin. 

Don’t You Love Ramadhan is Here?

I do. 

Mosque suddenly lights up, full of prayers coming for sholat Isya and Tarawih. The parking place turns to market place selling your Ramadhan’s needs, from food to clothes. Coming to mosque become family’s event. 

So here I am, taking advantage of my day’s leave, I and Rafif go to Masjid Raya Pondok Indah to join hundreds of other prayers to welcome the holy month of Ramadhan. 

May all of us have a blessed Ramadhan. Insya Allah aamiin. 

Shalat di Masjid Al Furqon Bandara

Fasad depan Masjid Al Furqon, yang kubahnya terinspirasi kubah Kremlin?

Sudah lama penasaran dengan bentuk unik Masjid Al Furqon yang kubahnya mirip bangunan di Kremlin Square. Alhamdulillah sore ini berkesempatan shalat ashar di masjid yang berlokasi di dekat Bandara Soekarno Hatta ini. Ternyata masjid ini bukan hanya indah bagian luarnya, namun interiornya pun terlihat unik. Menyenangkan.

Rafif bersantai dengan HP-nya di selasar

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Masjid Kampus UGM

Mimbar utama Masjid

Ini kali pertama saya mengunjungi Masjid Kampus UGM.

Pada saat saya masih kuliah masjid ini belum dibangun. Bahkan rencana pembangunannya pun saat itu penuh dengan kontroversi. Isu pembangunan di atas lahan bekas kuburan cina, dan ketakutan rezim Orde Baru terhadap masjid sebagai basis kegiatan politik mahasiswa, menjadi beberapa alasan yang terdengar menghambat direalisasikannya pembangunan masjid kampus yang sudah lama ditunggu-tunggu.

Sampai saya lulus dan meninggalkan Jogja, rencana pembangunan masjid kampus ini hanya sebatas wacana.

Alhamdulillah sekarang sudah berdiri dengan megah dan indah, dan saya diberi kesempatan untuk sholat di sini.

Gerbang utama Masjid menghadap ke pelataran depan
Suasana sebelum Jumatan