All posts tagged: Islam

On Being Strong

“The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” – Hadith Sahih Al-Bukhari References: Al-Bukhari Book of Good Manners #135 Al-Bukhari 6114 Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 8, Book 73, Hadith 135

Personal Note on Being Religious and Being Kind

“The sharia is like a candle,” said Shams of Tabriz. “It provides us with much valuable light. But let us not forget that a candle helps us to go from one place to another in the dark. If we forget where we are headed and instead concentrate on the candle, what good is it?” Being on my mid 20’s in such chaotic world with infinite access of information, I must not be the only one who is questioning about religion. For God, I never had a single doubt about God although as I grow up, I, myself, keep learning that God doesn’t work the way I thought and was told at school. But religion? Does it make a human being kinder? Does it make Earth a better place? I know that more and more people are analyzing it and even more are dropping it. On the other hand, those who stick tightly are struggling harder to convince that to be religious means to be good. Some of them are very strict about it that everyone …

A Quick Transit in Surabaya (2014)

I just remembered that I haven’t posted pictures I took during a short transit in Surabaya before coming back to Balikpapan from Ubud (29 December 2014). Actually it was my very first time stepping on the second metropolitan city in Indonesia. I only had a couple of hours and a cousin to visit. I crossed the zoo out of my option and of course the malls too, leaving me only a few tourist attractions. Surabaya is not a touristy city but it’s a nice gate for East Java (Malang, Mount Bromo, or Baluran) and other islands on the Eastern Indonesia (yes, to Bali, Lombok, or Komodo). I browsed Wikitravel, Lonely Planet and some other articles. I decided to go to House of Sampoerna, just wander around the town with taxi and eat at Restoran Bu Rudy (which is very famous for the chili a.k.a sambal). In the morning I landed on Juanda Airport and got picked up by my cousin. She told me that the airport is actually located in Sidoarjo instead of Surabaya. We then directly headed to …