Ramadhan Mubarak

Assalamu’alaikum.. May peace be upon you. yes! PEACE. The one word that we’re using more often these days, in Indonesia and through out the rest of the world. Reading, hearing, and watching the news become more traumatizing and depressing. Terrorism, wars, oppressions, anarchist, and criminal acts are the main topic of almost all of the news’ outlets. I couldn’t help it anymore – wondering why it is so easy to spread hatred and negativity, without thinking about other’s feeling. One group’s claim to be the victim, while their acts scream villain. One nation is banning people solely based on their origin country or even their religion. One group massacred other group just because they were different. A killing spree in random places by a person, just to be accepted in one criminal group. ah.. I could going all day listing all the terror happening in our reality now, but what’s the purpose?

Here we are, living in a very divided world, yet hope is still here. We could see that despite – or because of  – all this cruelty, people begin to extend their help into a larger scale. Groups from different background are embracing each other more than they ever before. The phrase “faith in humanity restored” is getting its stage. People racing to show the warm of their heart to each other, just to make sure that we really feel that this life is worth living.

This is what Ramadhan is truly about : to bring the best of people. As a moslem, I believe this is what Rasulullah SAW wants to see : kindness, in every way of our life. I am no expert in explaining about what is Ramadhan, but I found a very helpful article if you want to understand about it more, it is this article from Vox. I like the closing line : “Because terrorists are assholes.” Don’t ever let terrorists act define what Islam is. This Ramadhan is our opportunity to unite moslems around the world to show the true face of Islam.

Terrorists. They have no religion, even if many will automatically link it to Islam – they are not muslims. Islam is a religion about peace and thaught us how to live peacefully among others. Terrorism rooted deeply within the society itself, not within Islam. It is an act of defiance, to scare people, to threaten another group for its own political gain. There are many kinds of terrorism, which cause expert to hardly agree on one definition. The fail to exactly define what is terrorism clearly show the complexity of its term, moreover its actions and its aim. One thing for sure, terrorist wants us to stop living. That is not Islamic teaching.

:sigh: I got carried away… I wanted to write about Ramadhan, but I was mumbling about these issues instead. My bad.. I am sorry, I guess I have been diving this issue for too long and I need to get it off my chest – to vent out. I need to write more about it later, in a better compose post.

Back to Ramadhan. It is a month of joy. Let’s bring the best of us and enjoying this closeness. We are closer to Allah, our family, our loved ones, and our fellow creatures of the world. Let’s observe Ramadhan by being a better human being.

Ramadhan Mubarak, Every one!


The DarkJasmine

Ramadhan Kareem

According to the Government of Indonesia, today is the 1st Ramadhan in Indonesia. Ramadhan Kareem. Ramadhan Mubarak. Selamat Ramadhan. Happy fasting. All the best greetings and wishes for my fellow Muslims around the world, may Allah gives us His mercy and forgive all of our sins. Wish our love for Allah is getting stronger through this holy month and forever.


This is my First post in this new Website. All of the posts before are imported from my old blog. I want to have my own web from long time ago, but my project with a friend meets no end and this sudden offer from Kak Idhen makes everything becomes true. Many many thanks for you, Kak! (p.s for i: thanks for the understanding.. hihi)


In the beginning of June, I joined a writing challenge, writing 101 and then I became busy with all this migrating blog stuffs (another excuse I made). Once again, I failed the challenge, this time is worse, I had only done 3 or 2 (I forget and really lazy to check). My bad. Pfiuh… and to my own surprise, this morning I have made my mind to make my own writing deadline! I have to write everyday during this Ramadhan Month. I want to write about anything that come to my mind when I begin to write. *spontaneous enough, ha?


This is day 1 of Ramadhan and just like each year before, I always begin my holy month with tears because I miss my mom so much. 2014 is a harsh year for me, many things changed in my life, even my own perspective about my self. Life is far from boring, because my heart is going through ups and downs, even it is only in june, I feel like I have the longest year. Father just get back home from hospital last week, Alhamdulillah he is getting better and more discipline with his medicine. I hope there will be no more downs in the rest of the year.


Do all what it takes for your dream, and let Allah take care of the rest, for whatever His will is for you, it is the best yet to come..


Happy fasting, everyone! Happy Ramadhan…



[Very Late] Eid Post

Idul Adha is already passed and the vibe of that sacred moment is also gone, but I still want to post my pics from that Eid Day.

I celebrate the Day with my Cousin, we went to The Mesjid in front of our house to done Shalat Eid and then we headed home to enjoy dishes cooked by my cousin the day before… After done all the delicious dishes, we planned to see the Qurban, but being so sure that we’ll hear the announcement if they begin the Qurban ceremony (due to the very close distance from Mesjid to our House), turned out that we missed it. They didn’t use the mic! lol *very foolish of us*

Here are some pics from that Big Days.. enjoy!

Agar-Agar with Marie Roti + Dragon fruit as the garnish

Granita Coke a la Chef Dody

the Grilled Chicken as the main Dish

i am the PIC for arranging the table.. lol


and this is me… hihihiii

teteup… #mejeng

Better late than never, no?


The Dark Jasmine

Selamat Idul Adha!

Tahun 2010 adalah tahun yang penuh bagiku,, penuh kejutan, penuh kebahagiaan, penuh kesedihan, penuh tantangan, penuh!

Tahun ini aku mulai memasuki dunia yang kata orang adalah dunia yang sebenarnya, memasuki dunia kerja, memasuki dunia kemandirian, mengatur dan merencanakan hidup sendiri, seru!

Hari Idul Fitri yang lalu aku habiskan di Yogyakarta, kota penuh cerita dan seribu macam berita, sendiri, jauh dari keluarga, kini hari Idul Adha aku lalui di Jakarta, ibukota yang menghadirkan banyak cinta :), tapi tetap saja, jauh dari keluarga. Banyak orang yang menyambut hari raya dengan suka cita, berkumpul bersama dan berbagi kasih, tapi tahun ini hari-hari istimewa ini aku lalui tanpa mereka, keluarga yang paling aku kasihi, tapi itu tak membuat ku berduka, karena masih banyak hal yang bisa dilakukan untuk mengisi hari yang penuh rahmat ini.

Hari ini aku bangun dengan pikiran yang berkecamuk, setan sedikit mempengaruhi untuk lanjut tidur, tak usah ikut Shalat Ied, tapi akhirnya hatiku yang menang dan aku pun berangkat shalat Ied. Awalnya aku memang agak sinis, karena ku pikir di komplek perumahan mewah ini pas masjidnya akan sepi, tapi ternyata aku salah, mesjidnya penuh dan jamaah berlimpah, sama seperti mesjid di luaran sana! Alhamdulillah,,

Shalat Ied dimulai, seperti yang selalu aku keluhkan, saf tidak pernah bisa rapat karena masing-masing kukuh berdiri diatas sajadahnya sendiri yang luas sekali itu, kemudian bapak Khatibnya juga kasian betullah,, masa dia belum selesai khutbah jamaahnya dah pada bubar?? hahaa, ada ada saja,,

itulah pagi Idul Adha saya yang aneh,,

sekarang mau siapsiap makan enak dulu ah,,

We will Not Go dOwn

WE WILL NOT GO DOWN (Song for Gaza)
(Composed by Michael Heart) 

Copyright 2009 

A blinding flash of white light
Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight
People running for cover
Not knowing whether they’re dead or alive

They came with their tanks and their planes
With ravaging fiery flames
And nothing remains
Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight!
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Women and children alike
Murdered and massacred night after night
While the so-called leaders of countries afar
Debated on who’s wrong or right

But their powerless words were in vain
And the bombs fell down like acid rain
But through the tears and the blood and the pain
You can still hear that voice through the smoky haze

We will not go down In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down In Gaza tonight


Cahaya putih yang membutakan mata
Menyala terang di langit Gaza malam ini
Orang-orang berlarian untuk berlindung
Tanpa tahu apakah mereka masih hidup atau sudah mati

Mereka datang dengan tank dan pesawat
Dengan berkobaran api yang merusak
Dan tak ada yang tersisa
Hanya suara yang terdengar di tengah asap tebal
Kami tidak akan menyerah
Di malam hari, tanpa perlawanan
Kalian bisa membakar masjid kami, rumah kami dan sekolah kami
Tapi semangat kami tidak akan pernah mati
Kami tidak akan menyerah
Di Gaza malam ini

Wanita dan anak-anak
Dibunuh dan dibantai tiap malam
Sementara para pemimpin nun jauh di sana
Berdebat tentang siapa yg salah & benar

Tapi kata-kata mereka sedang dalam kesakitan
Dan bom-bom pun berjatuhan seperti hujam asam
Tapi melalui tetes air mata dan darah serta rasa sakit
Anda masih bisa mendengar suara itu di tengah asap tebal

Kami tidak akan menyerah
Di malam hari, tanpa perlawanan
Kalian bisa membakar masjid kami, rumah kami dan sekolah kami
Tapi semangat kami tidak akan pernah mati
Kami tidak akan menyerah
Di Gaza malam ini

(*diambil dari email yang dikirim oleh Kak Wahyudi Arifandi di Milist DCR)

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