Lebaran in Indonesia and Ketupat

Eid will be here soon. If you are Indonesian, you’re surely familiar with ketupat. Eid al Fitr ketupat tradition has become an inseparable part of Indonesian society.

Why ketupat? When was the tradition of making ketupat started? Unfortunately, there is no scientific references on this special food. However, there are estimates which stated that tradition of making ketupat has existed since the advent of Islam to Java, circa 1400’s.

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Boastful and Refuse Paradise

once proud ... now scrap
once proud … now scrap (Photo credit: Leonard John Matthews)

Boastful attitude may caused by having lots of wealth, the beautiful face, or widely learned. Therefore, it is not amazing when this such virus may injects everyone. Anybody has to be cautious.

Anything we have, indeed, is originated from Allah and it may leaves us or we do leave it at any time. It is often happened in a trice.

Someone who commits good deeds is not proper to be boastful though. Even less until he thinks that the good deeds he did will bring him to the heaven or evade him from the hell-fire. Lanjutkan membaca Boastful and Refuse Paradise

The Trustful Leader

LEADER (Photo credit: FMG2008)

Upon returning from liberation of Yemen, Muslim soldiers brought several ghanimah (loots of war) to Medina and delivering it to Caliph Omar ibn Khattab. The Caliph shared a piece of clothes from the ghanimah to all citizen of Medina then.

After being equally divided, Omar got a piece one. Because the clothes was not fit to him, it could cover to his thigh only. He, then, ask his son, Abdullah, to give his clothes. Then Omar restyled both of the clothes he got so that it covered the ankles.

He, then, get a podium, “O, ye you all, listen to what I’ll convey …” Suddenly, Salman al-Farisi interrupted him, “O, ye Amir al Mu’minin, I won’t listen and obey to your words!” Omar asked, “Why is that?”
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The Power of Love

the power of love
the power of love (Photo credit: hannes.a.schwetz)

The power of love is amazing, indeed. Someone who falls in love will get a willing to sacrifice everything for his beloved one. Love makes everything beautiful, although it has to be passed with suffer.

Those sort of power had made Bilal ibn Rabah preferred to choose to be dried in the sun that was very hot, rather than reverted to kafir. While he was oppressed with a big chunk of stone until almost crushed his chest. Lanjutkan membaca The Power of Love

Acquiring Knowledge

Quran (Photo credit: manitoon)

Al-Quran has stated earlier about the importance of someone who acquires knowledge. Rasulullah had also described it in his hadiths.

……يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ

“….Allah will increase several level to whom has knowledge. Allah is the Most Knowing what you do.” (QS Al-Mujadilah 11)

“A person who suffers a path for acquiring knowledge, then Allah will simplify for him the path to heaven.” (Bukhari) Lanjutkan membaca Acquiring Knowledge