Masjid Chakrabongse Tersembunyi Dibalik Gemerlap Khao San Road

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Source: Republika TV
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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BANGKOK — Jalan Khao san, merupakan sebuah jalan kecil yang terletak di pusat kota Bangkok. Kawasan ini dikenal sebagai pusatnya backpaker dari seluruh dunia dan tidak pernah sepi untuk dikunjungi.

Penginapan murah, tempat makan, sampai bar ditawarkan di sini. Jalan Khao San akan semakin hidup pada malam hari. Musik gegap gempita terdengar dari sejumlah bar-bar. Semakin malam, para turis akan berkumpul dam berjoged di sepanjang jalan. Pemandangan yang sangat lumrah di Jalan Khao San.

Namun dibalik gemerlapnya kawasan ini, sebuah Masjid berdiri kokoh, tersembunyi diantara bar dan hotel yang menjamur di jalan Khao San. Masjid bernama Chakrabongse ini berada di gang Trok Surao. Dari mulut gang akan terlihat papan kecil yang dipasang sedikit rendah, untuk sekadar memberikan tanda. More

MUSLIM BANGKOK DI TENGAH MAYORITAS THAI-BUDDHIST (bagian 2)

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Keagamaan dan Konflik Identitas

Hidup sebagai minoritas di tengah mayoritas Thai Buddhist bukan sama sekali tanpa persoalan. Kendati berpenampilan fisik sama, berbahasa sama, lahir pun di negeri Thai, namun perbedaan agama sedikit banyak mengundang masalah. Masalah terbesar bukanlah dengan warga Thai non-muslim di Bangkok, karena mereka tergolong toleran dan tidak bersikap diskriminatif terhadap warga Muslim. Perbedaan cara hidup, kebiasaan, dan sistem nilai yang berakar dari perbedaan agama adalah masalah yang lebih serius.

“Masyarakat Thai nonmuslim relatif memperlakukan warga Muslim dengan baik. Kami tidak menemukan kesulitan untuk hidup sebagai Muslim di Bangkok. Hanya saja pengetahuan mereka tentang Islam sangat minim. Mereka hanya memahami Islam sebatas melarang makan daging babi,” ujar Ibnu Abdul Razak, Muslim Bangkok yang berdiam di Soi 7 Thanon Petachburi. More

Masjid Haroon: ternyata dibangun pedagang asal Pontianak

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Sudah lama saya ingin menulis tentang masijd Haroon yang berlokasi di bantaran sungai Chao Phraya. Lokasinya dekat dengan kantor Bea Cukai tua yang kini sudah tidak dipakai sebagai Customs House lagi. Masjid unik ini juga dekat dengan kedutaan besar Prancis Bangkok di bilangan Charoen Krung, Bang Rak. Fakta bahwa pendiri masjid ini adalah orang Indonesia dan khutbah Jum’at dilakukan dalam dua bahasa membuat posting ini – bagi saya – mendapat tempat istimewa dalam blog ini. More

Musholla/prayer room and possibly safe food for Muslim at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) – Bangkok

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Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is Thailand’s premier venue for international meetings, conferences and exhibitions, renowned for its hospitality, service excellence and the quality of its facilities. There are regular exhibitions of computers, tourism, furnitures, books, sports, and many other things taking turn every few months. This place is easily accessed by MRT (stop at Queen Sirikit National Conventional Center Station). For muslims, praying is not an issue here as there is a muslim prayer room available. For food, there is an issue as there is no clearly halal food vendor available. But one can be an alternative at the food court, somehow, in an emergency situation. Check the pictures below. More

Ifthar/Breaking the Fasting at Masjid Darul Aman – Petchaburi Soi 7

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Ramadhan is vibrant even here in this Buddhist country. Evidence? Let’s visit Masjid Darul Aman on Petchburi road, soi (alley) 7. Every late afternoon, about 200 Muslims sit down on mats circling various traditional snacks, fruits, drinks provided by the masjid management for muslims to break their fasting. Just yesterday, we got dates, mataba, sliced melon, sweet traditional cocktail, and a kind of traditional cake that I don’t know the name. It was nice moment to have ifthar with fellow multinational muslims. Multinational? Yes, I assumed some were from Turkey, Sudan, Indonesia (off course), Burma, Bangladesh, etc. More

Chiangrai – Masjid/Mosque and Halal Food

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My local Chiangrai friend told me that the population of Chiangrai city is about 1,3 million people. I don’t know how many muslims are there. But, subhanallah, its mosque – Darul Amman – is as magnificent as Islamic Center in Bangkok. This mosque, I believe, represents a significant number of muslim living in the city whose ancestor, like muslim in Chiangmai, came from Southern China (Yunnan). The front wall of the three-stair mosque is covered with light brown natural stone in brick pattern. Beautiful! But, wait, it seems that the name is so familiar… Aha! Remember the mosque on Petchaburi soi 7 in Bangkok that we know well? That’s also Darul Aman. Alright, below are the pictures of the mosque and halal food shop close to it. The map of the mosque is available in far below. Hope this is useful for you brothers and sisters. More

Doi Suthep (Chiangmai) – Surau/musholla and Halal Food

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Doi Suthep is a hill west of Chiangmai City which you can’t miss if you visit the city. When I cruised the green lush hill with my rented motorbike, I accidentally found this tribal village resided by Hmong tribe. It was always interesting to know tribal things so I decided to go into the village and see what I could see there, amid my roaring stomach (it was 4 pm and got no sufficient carbohydrates after my breakfast). It turned out that it was a happy moment for me as I was blessed to find a halal food shop owned by Khun Abdullah (a.k.a Surin by his neighbours) and a descent musholla there in this remote village at the west valley of Doi Suthep (known as Doi Pui). Followings are the pictures.  More

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