“….there’s no compulsion in religion” (Q.S. Al-Baqarah : 256) ^________^

We asked the question, why the fuss about Islam? What’s with all the haters?
What’s with the criticism of Muslims?

Is it valid, or is it completely misinformed?

Here are our answers as to why the haters exist and why the world should fall in love with Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) 🙂

Like, Share, Spread, You know what to do. Insha’Allah.

Beitou Library and Everything in Between

wow…great place buat ‘semedi’ ato disappear ;p

the Shelter

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Sebagai penikmat buku, saya agak kesal juga terlambat tahu soal perpustakaan publik di Beitou. Apalagi sudah pernah menyinggung soal daerah ini. Maka waktu dini hari tahu satu dari 25 perpustakaan publik tercantik dunia versi situs Flavorwire ini cuma berbeda tujuh halte MRT dan 25 menit waktu perjalanan dari asrama saya, esoknya saya putuskan berkunjung.

Nama resminya cukup panjang, Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch. Ini satu cabang dari jaringan perpustakaan publik yang dikelola pemerintah daerah Taipei. Total ada 56 perpustakaan dan ruang baca publik tersebar di seantero distrik-distrik Taipei, mulai dari Wenshan di paling selatan, sampai Beitou di ujung utara.

Keistimewaan bangunan yang dibuka tahun 2006 ini sudah dimulai dari lokasinya. Ia berada di tengah taman kota seluas enam hektar. Waktu saya datang, ada beberapa anak muda berlatih flute dan orkestra kecil. Ada juga gerombolan orang tua bersantai main catur di bawah pendopo. Tamannya sendiri menurut saya tidak terlalu spesial, hanya…

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What Graduation Speeches Should Say but Don’t

…preparing for graduation speech #eh

Wanna lulus soon ya Allah…

Wanna…wanna… yg terbaik en barakaAllah deh…

*aamiin* -hands held high :p

Ideas

The U.S. spends more on education than many other countries, yet it has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the world. The problems of education are complicated, and fixing them is a long-term task. But somewhere near the heart of that effort, there has to be a better understanding of what really motivates people to succeed in their lives and to engage with the world around them. There are simply too many adults who actively dislike what they do and lack any sense of purpose in it.

There are, of course, many people who absolutely love their lives and feel they’re doing just what they were born to do. But the evidence of disengagement is the legions of people who are dull-eyed at work and do the minimum to get by. We pay a high price for this disaffection — in our schools, organizations and communities. Ironically…

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“Kemana hati itu?

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“Kesedihan bukan tersebab atas sebuah kehilangan atau kepergian…. namun atas sebuah kemurnian, keterjagaan, keikhlasan dan bahkan ketauhidan yang mungkin terlarut bersama hilangnya atau perginya sebab itu….

(ZZ)

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Allah Humma, Ya Muqallib Al-Quloob, Thabbit Qalbi ‘Alaa Deenik,
“O Turner of the hearts, make my heart firm upon Your Religion.”

“Verily, the hearts of all the sons of Adam are between the two fingers out of the fingers of the Compassionate Lord as one heart.
Rabb turns that to any (direction) Rabb likes.

Allāhumma Musarrif Al-Qulūbi Sarrif Qulūbana ‘Alā Tā’atika
“O Allah, Turner of the hearts, direct our hearts to Your obedience”

[The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam): Saheeh Muslim]

Playlist: 7 education ideas from unlikely places

FYI (again) 🙂

TED Blog

Geoffrey Canada gives a very interesting analogy in today’s TED Talk: He compares the current education system in the United States to the era when banks were only open between the hours of 10am and 3pm.

[ted_talkteaser id=1732]“Now, who can bank between 10 and 3?” asks Canada to a big laugh. “It went on for decades. You know why? Because they didn’t care. It wasn’t about the customers. It was about bankers … Now one day, some crazy banker had an idea. Maybe we should keep the bank open when people come home from work?”

What do “bankers’ hours” have to with education? Well, Canada says, many of the US education system’s similar ingrained habits — long summer vacations, testing at the end of the school year — go against everything we know about student learning. And yet these old habits continue. As Canada puts it: “Here’s a business…

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7 talks for inspiring transformed curriculums

FYI 🙂

TED Blog

With more colleges shifting courses to the online classroom and high school teachers and students alike expressing a strong desire to move away from rigid, mandated lesson arcs, it’s clear — classes don’t have to be exactly as they are. Educators across the globe have begun to look at ways of transforming curriculum to suit different kinds of learners, and to make education more active for all involved. As TED celebrates Education Week, we were inspired to create this playlist all about tweaks to teaching.

[ted_talkteaser id=855]Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover
A high-school math teacher, Dan Meyer says the experience of teaching within the set curriculum is like “[selling] a product to a market that doesn’t want it, but is forced by law to buy it.” His students don’t learn how to retain information, but instead, how to decode a textbook. The key, for him, lies in…

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