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  • Eid 2020: 10 Best Food and Dishes You Shouldn't Miss Out This Eid al-Fitr

    This year's Eid al-Fitr celebration would definitely be one of a kind as we may miss out on doing things that we usually do during the previous celebration due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many governments have encouraged their people to remain at home and avoid large gatherings to prevent further spread of the virus. This means that we may no longer be able to go house visiting like we usually do previously. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate Eid al-Fitr. We could still enjoy this festive celebration by cooking or buying delicious food and dishes for Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr. There are still online grocery stores that provide ingredients we need to prepare these Hari Raya dishes and food. These online grocery stores deliver right to your doorstep so you don't have to step out of your house! There are also food delivery services that you could use to get your ready-to-eat Hari Raya food and dishes delivered to your house.  Time to get into the festive mood! Here are 10 best traditional food and dishes across Southeast Asia countries you shouldn't miss out this Eid al-Fitr! via GIPHY 1. Chicken Opor Image Credit: Opor Ayam by Julie Baskara on cookpad This is one of the most famous menus in Indonesia that everyone looks out for during Eid. For those of you who are not familiar with this menu, this dish can be considered as a bowl of yellow chicken curry. This traditional dish contains chicken cooked with coconut milk and served with Ketupat (rice cake in a woven palm leaf pouch). You can also enjoy a bowl of Chicken Opor with fried shallots as a garnish. Chicken Opor is dominated with savory taste, yet you can add some extra chilly or sambal to have a spicier taste. Sambal Goreng is the best addition to your Chicken Opor! These are some ingredients you need to have to cook Chicken Opor, chicken cut into small pieces (of course you need this one!), lemongrass, bay leaves, coconut milk, shallots, garlic, galangal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt, and sugar. Try making your own Chicken Opor this Eid!    2. Sambal Goreng Image Credit: Sambal Goreng by Cooking with Subhan This is known as “fried sambal” in English. Commonly in Indonesia, Sambal Goreng is the best companion for Chicken Opor, but we can also have Sambal Goreng as a separate menu eaten alongside warm rice or lontong. There are various fillings in Sambal Goreng, for example, potato, chicken liver and gizzard, tofu, and even tempe. It depends on your preference. Basically, you just need to stir-fry all of the ingredients in a single frying pan. Make sure that you have these ingredients in your kitchen to cook your sambal goreng. Other ingredients include red chilies, shallots, garlic, onion, shrimp paste, lime leaves, and tamarind. For the fillings, you can choose whatever you want as I have mentioned above. You can practically find sambal goreng in many households that you visit during Hari Raya as this dish is quite popular and easy to prepare. Since there may not be visiting this year, why not whip out your own sambal goreng? You can eat it alongside some rice, lontong or chicken opor!    3. Soto Image Credit: Soto Ayam by recipepocket Soto is an easy meal to prepare which only takes three steps. Yet, it is a delicious meal with a savory gravy soup, suitable for Eid. The main ingredient is not so hard to look for; you can either choose chicken or beef as the primary filling. For the additional filling, you can include boiled eggs, red tomatoes, boiled potatoes, fried chips, and fried shallots. Essentially, if you have red onions, garlic, coriander, cumin pepper, ginger, turmeric, coconut milk, salt and sugar in your kitchen, you are ready to whip up your own soto at home! Soto is a dish that is loved by many especially kids as it does not taste spicy. However, if want to add a little bit of spiciness, you could always include some chili in the gravy. Anyway, don’t forget to put extra lime in your bowl of Soto! You shouldn't miss out on this dish for Eid al-Fitr this year as it is convenient to make!   4. Rendang Image Credit: Beef Rendang by Rasa Malaysia Now, this is the ultimate menu for Eid-al Fitr! No one can resist the best dish in the world. This dish which originated from West Sumatra province, Indonesia, was crowned as the best food in CNN’s World’s 50 Best Foods in 2011. Perhaps the appearance may not look that appetizing; brown-colored meat with gravy. But once you give this dish a try, it is totally unstoppable. The taste is just a little bit spicy but it may not be as spicy as Sambal Goreng. There are also many different types and variations of the rendang dish all over Southeast Asia, so all you have to do is to pick your favorite kind of rendang. This meal is served during special occasions to honor guests and also during festive seasons like Eid al-Fitr. To prepare this dish, you need to cook the main ingredients like beef, lamb or mutton for a few hours until all of the seasonings are completely absorbed by the meat. Cook with coconut milk, chilly, ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, garlic, and shallot.  Rendang can be served with warm rice, lontong or ketupat and lemang. This dish is sure to bring out the festive vibe this year! You could either prepare it yourself or order online, to be delivered directly to your home.  5. Meat Ball Image Credit: Bakso Recipe (Indonesian Meatballs Soup) by Arie's Kitchen Almost everyone loves Meat Ball! (Me too!) For those of you who feel full after eating all those heavy dishes, let's take a look at this light dish. Meatballs is similar in texture to the Chinese beef balls or fishballs. For Eid, meatballs with beef broth is the best snack of the day. To make this meal complete, simply serve your meat balls with beef broth with some noodles added to it. Again, for those who are a fan of spicy food, don’t forget to add chili in the beef broth.   6. Ketupat Image Credit: Recipe Ketupat on foodpanda Ketupat is really famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is a diamond-shaped rice cake. The rice is cooked, compressed, and wrapped in woven coconut leaves. Ketupat is a perfect substitute for rice when you are eating the Chicken Opor, Sambal Goreng, Satay or rendang. Preparing ketupat may take some time given that you would have to weave the ketupat before filling it with rice. However, if you have the time, you could prepare the ketupat together with your family. If not, you could easily get it online! Make sure to place your orders early!  Eid al-Fitr celebration is definitely not complete if we don’t eat Ketupat!    7. Satay Image Credit: Dedit Yasa from Pixabay  Satay or Sate is a typical Southeast Asian meal that is mouthwatering, famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. There are several types of Satay like chicken Satay or mutton Satay. The meat are cut into smaller pieces on a stick and grilled with charcoal. Chicken Satay is often served with peanut sauce and sweet soy ketchup while mutton satay is usually served with sweet soy ketchup only. Another type of Satay found in Indonesia is Padangnese Satay which uses beef and a salty-spicy gooey sauce. As mentioned earlier, Satay is commonly eaten with peanut sauce. You could also serve Satay with some ketupat or Lontong. This would make the taste better! The best time to have satay is during the evening or at night. Eid al-Fitr night celebration would be merrier with satay and ketupat!    8. Lontong Image Credit: Lontong Sayur Lodeh by Chef Rossham Rusli on kuali Another substitute for rice and ketupat is lontong. Lontong is primarily made from rice. There are different ways that lontong is prepared. One way is that the rice is cooked, compressed, and rolled inside the banana leaf. For a more modern and quicker way of preparing lontong, you can find instant ones where the rice is filled in clear plastic and all you have to do is steam it. You can have lontong with sayur lodeh which is quite commonly served during Hari Raya in Singapore and Malaysia.  However, lontong is also suitable to be eaten with many Eid-al Fitr dishes like Chicken Opor, Satay, or Sambal Goreng. This dish can be found easily in Indonesia, Singapore, or Malaysia.   9. Candied Fruits Image Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay  We have discussed heavy and light dishes, so you must be quite full just from reading it right? Now let’s take a break and have some dessert. The first recommendation is candied fruits which are usually kept in transparent jars and served on the table. It is very eye-catching as it is made from colorful fruits like mango, papaya, guava, snake fruit, kiwi, pumpkin, and many more. These fruits are being fermented so it can be kept for a long time in jars. It has a sweet taste to it which is no wonder why kids usually love eating them. It is to be noted that candied fruits shouldn't be consumed too much due to its sweet taste. The solution to this is that the candied fruits can be served in smaller jars so that it wouldn't be over-consumed.    10. Dodol Image Credit: Dodol on asian inspirations  Another sweet treat which very common in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, and Thailand is Dodol. Dodol is a sugar-palm based dessert that is caramelized for hours in a big fireplace or oven. Dodol has a chewy texture and is very dense. It also sometimes cut into a diamond, strips, or into squares. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of flavors such as vanilla, coconut, apple, durian, or mango. This sweet dessert can be found easily in every souvenir shop in some Southeast Asian countries, and it is a must-have dessert during Eid al-Fitr celebration Once again, have it in moderation! If you have time, you could prepare the Dodol from scratch. However, you could also easily get it from online stores or the market.   We will welcome Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr in a couple of days. Several countries in Southeast Asia may still have regulations in place to prevent large gatherings or house visiting due to the virus. This may be disappointing for some of us as we try to find new means of celebrating Eid al-Fitr this year. However, we could still get into the festive mood by preparing or buying some of the dishes and food listed above. With that, we hope that all our readers stay safe and spend the remaining days of Ramadan meaningfully with your loved ones!  via GIPHY...

  • Self-Love Series: 10 Books to Read for Personal Development and Growth

    Ramadan in 2020 is different from the previous years; some of the things that Muslims used to do as part of their tradition as fasting month approaches may have changed. Due to the current pandemic, it seemed that many could no longer do activities they used to, including going to places of worship and gathering in large groups with their family and friends, in order to curb the spread of the virus. However, if we look at the positive side of the situation, we may find ourselves having lots of time at home to start on activities that we usually put off in normal circumstances due to the lack of time. As we spend most of our time at home, we are able to get back into reading to improve ourselves and boost our capacity. We can also start to focus on personal development and growth by being exposed to various literature that guides on the ways in which we can achieve this.  Here, we will provide 10 book titles, which are highly recommended for those of you who want to start reading for personal development and growth!  via GIPHY    1. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson Image Credit: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson on Amazon This book is a good guide to figuring out what you want in life and at work, and how you can go about achieving it. It provides a counter-intuitive approach to living a good life. There are points of recommendation that you can find in this book if you want to reduce the level of stress and anxiety that you may feel around your personal goals, performances, and abilities. It will help you to build some self-awareness around the kind of lifestyle that will make you happy in the long term and make you understand why one tends to give too many f*cks about problems that don’t matter and give too few to those that do.    2. The Art Of Letting God by Mizi Wahid Image Credit: The Art of Letting God by Mizi Wahid on Wardah Books This is an evergreen book; an Islamic book collection that re-defines the concept and mechanism of effort and Tawakkul. It provides new insights on the meaning of surrendering and relying on God for the truth. The fact that we are powerless beings and yet still given the power to choose what we want to do in life. The book also elaborates on how to with heartbreaks and frustrations and also acts as a guide on how to achieve a positive outlook in life. You might not find an answer during certain points of your life but this book will make you reflect on everything that has happened; all of these happenings are a blessing and God always has the perfect timing to give you that blessing. The author portrays his experiences and also the real-life lessons of another person, into words that we can relate to in our lives. In this digital era where social media seems to control our lives, where there is a lack of privacy, where it is easy for people to judge us and also where people constantly search for popularity - he puts some guides that will slowly get us back on track.  3. Light Upon Light by Nur Fadhilah Wahid Image Credit: Light Upon Light by Nur Fadhilah Wahid on Wardah Books This book would definitely help you see things in a new light, if you haven’t already, according to the book's title. This book is highly recommended for you to read throughout the month of Ramadan so that you could reflect and relate it to your own life. You don’t have to rush every chapter to finish the book quickly. Read it when you are at your lowest because it will remind you that you are never alone in facing troubles and worries of life. The way the book is written is easy to understand as it is written with humor; it doesn’t become too heavy and yet still deals with really deep thoughts and ideas. Also, the book is about working on one's self to be the best version of ourselves by making small changes in our lives. 4. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis Image Credit: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis on Amazon Hi ladies, if you want to chase your dreams, let's get started by reading Hollis's work. This book is perfect for those who believe that women should work outside their homes. This book guides you to improve your ability by making your goals and dreams come true. In following this path, the author emphasizes that one should not apologize for having such goals in the first place. The best thing about this book is that the author, Hollis, puts what is important to her first, despite what others may think or say. She doesn't shy away from sharing her thoughts or ideas even if someone may get offended, as long as it is valuable for her readers. 5. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins Image Credit: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins on Amazon  This book is like a tool for one to overcome bad habits. There are several tips on how to become confident, break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt, bear feat and uncertainly, stop worrying, and feel happier, and lastly, sharing your ideas with courage. Mel Robbins' writing style is simple and I highly recommend it for college students as situations described in this book may be more relatable to them. The author motivates readers by challenging them to do something that will break them out of their comfort zone by following one of her rules, “doing things that scare you actually make you more confident…” So, if you find yourself struggling with some of these bad habits, The 5 Second Rule is the best choice of book to read this Ramadan to improve yourself. 6. Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck by Seth Godin Image Credit: Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? By Seth Godin on Amazon Despite this book being published many years ago, Seth Godin's work is definitely relevant in the current situation. This masterpiece covers his perspective on marketing, leadership, creativity, careers, innovation, and many more. These are several of his quotes related to self-development;  “Dreamers don’t have special genes. They find circumstances that amplify their dreams’’ This quote is very insightful since everyone has an equal opportunity to set goals, even dreamers. Yet, we need to find out a circumstance that will grow our effort to reach our purpose. “Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over” This quote gives a good motivation for all of us when applying for a job. Persistence is how we set the same goal but try to achieve it through different means. This book is definitely useful during this current climate where many face difficulties finding jobs. Hopefully, this book would inspire one to never give up and constantly try to achieve their goals.  7. The True Secret by Amira Ayad Image Credit: The True Secret by Amira Ayad on Amazon This book will help you to unlock a potential skill that you might not have noticed before. Basically, you could find motivation when reading this verse in the Qu'ran 13:11 which says:  “Verily, God will never change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” The True Secret written by Amira Ayad is a motivational book that suggests forward-looking life guidance to readers. Ayad combines Islamic teachings with scientific researches to help her readers evaluate their life situations and action plans that need to be taken. Once you apply the advice given in this book, it will help you find a path towards achieving success and happiness. Reading this book during Ramadan and reflecting on it is highly recommended.  8. Mindset: The New Psychology for Success by Carol S Dweck Image Credit: Mindset: The New Psychology for Success by Carol S Dweck on Amazon Every book authors would have conducted deep research before writing an inspiring book. Carol S. Dweck, Stanford University Psychologist, did years of deep and thorough research which resulted in this mind-blowing book written for her readers. She focuses on how our mindset can be a good compass for our life. She believes that mindsets can be a huge determinant in achieving one's goal. Dweck is pretty sure that every aspect of human life can be leveraged by the mindset, added that we have options on how we take strategies to get closer to our primary goals. During Ramadan, while exercising social distancing, mental health issue becomes a concern as we stay at home for days, not exposed to the outside world. It is best to constantly have a positive mindset so that we are strong enough to stay healthy mentally during this crisis. 9. Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins Image Credit: Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins on Amazon Tony Robbins described in his book that every human being has their own huge potential. Unfortunately, some of us may not be aware of how to "turn on" this hidden talent of ours. As such, Robbins wrote a book that will help us all to find who really are, what our life purpose is, and how to awaken our ability. In his best-seller book, Robbins mentioned that in life, lots of people already have an idea of what to do and yet, only a few of them actually act upon this. We need a clear purpose first and then set out to do some actions to achieve this. Surely, not every action will result in positive outcomes that we expect but according to the author, it is best if we take charge of our own emotions rather than let these emotions take control of us. We are the ones controlling life and not the other way round.  10. The Power of Boredom: Why Boredom is Essential for Creating a Meaningful Life by Mark A. Hawkins Image Credit: The Power of Boredom: Why Boredom is Essential for Creating a Meaningful Life by Mark A. Hawkins on Amazon Yes! You are reading this title right. Mark A. Hawkins’s book is apt during this current situation. Staying at home for days can eventually drive us into boredom. Yet, boredom is not always negative, so let’s change our paradigm about it. At the beginning of social distancing, we may still be able to fill our time by doing some household chores, some activities at home, and also watching entertaining movies or videos. However, we may ourselves bored with this routine eventually. According to the author, we should not avoid this feeling of boredom and accept it as normal, since it is able to push us further to create a more meaningful and purposeful life.  The author further elaborates that boredom can be seen as spaces or avenues for one to discover their creative potential and could be the source of energy for a life transformation. Treating boredom as fuel to search for creative ideas is recommended. For example, there are so many entertaining and inspiring videos either on TikTok or other social media platforms. Most of the captions written by all of these successful content creators include – "boredom during social distancing has pushed me to find this Do-It-Yourself recipe" - further reinforcing that boredom may be the key to unlock your creative juices.  via GIPHY I hope that you guys enjoy our recommendations and gain some benefits from reading those books. Don't forget to share our recommendations for these self-help books with your friends. With these recommendations, we hope that you can have a more meaningful Ramadan, as you focus on personal development and growth, Insha Allah. ...

  • Quran-tining Now | How To Start your Quran Journey

    The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed most countries to take social distancing measures more seriously by encouraging people to stay at home in order to reduce the spread of this virus. Most companies have also started to get use to telecommuting during this global pandemic. If you take a look outside your window, you could see that the city is taking a rest now.  Most of us have been urged to slower down our pace by spending more time at home. This includes doing almost everything at the comfort of our home. While some may feel that this quarantine is starting to bore them, there are meaningful activities that one can get into during this period. This quarantine period is definitely a perfect time for Quran-tining, a Quran journey that will lead you closer to God.  As a Muslim, we have an obligation to recite the Quran and also implement its teachings. We will be blessed with every single letter that we read. Our Prophet had also told us that reading the Quran will benefit us.    We shall refer to Surah Al-Ankabut 29:45: اُتۡلُ مَاۤ اُوۡحِىَ اِلَيۡكَ مِنَ الۡكِتٰبِ وَاَقِمِ الصَّلٰوةَ ​ؕ اِنَّ الصَّلٰوةَ تَنۡهٰى عَنِ الۡفَحۡشَآءِ وَالۡمُنۡكَرِ​ؕ وَلَذِكۡرُ اللّٰهِ اَكۡبَرُ​ؕ وَاللّٰهُ يَعۡلَمُ مَا تَصۡنَعُوۡنَ‏ (O Prophet), recite the Book that has been revealed to you and establish Prayer.7Surely Prayer forbids indecency and evil.7And Allah's remembrance is of even greater merit. Allah knows all that you do. We can learn many things from Quran such as life guidance, being thankful for God’s kindness, and many more. As our primary guidance in the world, we have to read with an open heart in order to understand the Quran. It's not all about your age, or your profession when you first flip open the page of this holy book, but rather how big your motivation is to read, learn and remember the Quran.  So let's get started on how you can begin your Quran Journey during this Ramadan period! via GIPHY 1. Reading Quran with Translation Image Credit: Syed Hussaini on Unsplash It is very important for us to understand the content of the Holy Quran without misunderstanding its meaning. This Sacred Manuscript was written in Arabic when Prophet Mohammad received it directly from God. This Holy written guidance was initially meant for the understanding of the people living in that area. However, with the spread of Islam all over the globe, it may be difficult for non-Arabic countries to fully understand what they are actually reciting in the Quran. Not to worry about it. Thank to M.A.S. Abdel Haleem who did a great job in the translation of the Quran that is written in contemporary English langauge, you can now read and understand the Quran through the Qu'ran (Oxford World's Classics). The meaning and essence of the original text is still retained in this translated version with notes attached by Haleem that offers explanations on geography, history and many more aspects of the Quranic materials which makes it easy for readers to refer to.  Reading the Quran with translation is thus one way for you to start your Quran journey as it allows you to understand and delve deeper into the meanings of the text that you are reciting.  2. Boost your Day with Quran in Subh Image Credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash The perfect time to read the Quran is before Subh until after Subh Salath as our mind is still fresh and not burdened by our daily routines. By reading the Quran during this timing, we will be more focused and can absorb more. However, there are some principles that we need to comply with such as taking wudhu before reading the Quran, dressing well, facing the Ka'bah and finding a clean room to recite the Quran. Another thing that we need to consider is committing to this routine by setting aside some time everyday to read the Quran, if possible. It is also much better to start small by reading a few pages per day, and make this a regular routine. 3. Read Three Pages Each Day Image Credit: afiq fatah on Unsplash Consistence is key. Being consistent and reading a minimum of three to six pages each day can boost your comprehension. For example, when you read the first page for about 10-20 times, before closing the book, you are able to practice memorizing the Quran. If you are able to do this consistently each day, Insya Allah, you'll be able to memorize these verses well. Another way is to mark those short verses that you find resonance with and incorporate it into your Salath, or reciting it before doing your daily task, or remembering it again (Muroja’ah) before you sleep. That way, this can continue to pique your interest and in no time, you may find yourself remembering this verses by heart.    4. Use Sticky Notes Image Credit: Amanda Jones on Unsplash Do you remember those colorful sticky notes in your office that is usually used to mark important documents? Hope you still have some in your home as these sticky notes can be very useful to mark the Qur’an pages that you stopped reading at. In the sticky post-it, you can write on the verse’s title or some keywords that best describes the content of the verse. You can even note down the translation of some of the verses that you like or resonates with you. Using these colourful sticky notes can be helpful as you can easily find the pages you have last stopped at using the easy references made by the sticky notes. Pink, green, yellow, or blue, it’s all up to you!  5. Favorite Verses are your Treasures Image Credit: Kasturi Roy on Unsplash Most of us would have our own favourite verses that enlighten us all the time. We may have different opinion on each verses, but I would like to share several of my favourite verses. Hopefully, this may inspire some of our Muslim readers.  Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:3 – This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. Based on a historical note, Islam is the last religion that came in the history of mankind. Our Prophet Mohammad had just finished his last Haj pilgrimage and said farewell to His followers. In His last Haj, our Prophet received a revelation that explained the perfection of Islam that had been blessed by Allah SWT. Currently, Islam has developed rapidly and had spread all over the world. There are many people all over the world who had converted and vowed to Islam. The glory of Islam is arising. Surah Ya-Sin 36:82 – His command is only when He intends a thing that He says to it, “Be,” and it is. This verse shows how God Almighty is truly powerful. When God says "be," it becomes, and this does not exclude death. Also, if we pray to God and ask for forgiveness, mercy, or blessings, God has the full authority to decide on everything that we ask for in our prayers. While we stay at home during this COVID-19 period, we can still help to combat COVID-19, which has taken so many casualties, in our own ways - and that is to pray to God as well as doing our part by maintaining physical and social distancing. Leave the rest to God. 6. Digital Platform to Assist your Quran Journey Image Credit: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash An issue that arises is when we read the Quran without the guidance of a teacher. Moreover, given the current situation, we are encouraged to practice social distancing which means that some of us may no longer be able to go out for our regular religious classes. Thank to current digital development, we can easily make use of digital platforms like Spotify or Zoom to guide us in our spiritual journey. We can listen to recitations from Misyary Al Rashid on Spotify or on another platform like Qur’an.com. It would feel as though we are being guided on how to read and pronounce verses in the Quran properly by listening to these recitations. On the other hand, if we prefer being guided by a religious teacher, we can always set up a Quran reading session through online platforms like Zoom or Skype. Despite using digital platforms to read and learn the Quran, never forget to take your wudhu first. 7. Social Media Interaction Image Credit: dole777 on Unsplash It's been weeks of staying at home as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19. Some of us may feel uneasy or start to lose interest when we read the Quran all by ourselves. As such, it may be better if we connect virtually with others through social interactions on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Linkedin to find similar communities who are also doing Quran-tining. Finding like-minded individuals can make us feel a certain connection and motivate us to continue our Quran-tining journey. We can also get inspirations and tips from other individuals online to make our Quran journey better. Learning from the experiences of others as well as sharing our own Quran experiences can be beneficial during this trying times as we become aware that we are not alone in this journey.    via GIPHY  There you have it, some recommendations on how you can start your Quran-tining during this Ramadan period. Quarantine during this upcoming Ramadan period can also be beneficial as it means that you have more time on your hands to start your Quran journey. Good luck!   ...

  • Shop For Groceries Online With These 10 Online Grocery Delivery Services in Indonesia

    In light of the COVID-19 outbreak that has continue to plague the world, including the Southeast Asian region, the public has been advised to stay at home and practice social distancing as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. In a situation where most people are not allowed to gather in big groups outside and are advised to avoid crowded places as much as possible, online grocery delivery services has become a good alternative to shop for groceries and get basic necessities without stepping out of the house. Through the online grocery delivery services, consumers no longer need to step out of their house to go to the supermarket to get their groceries as it will be delivered right to their doorstep. Convenient, isn't it?  via GIPHY Here are 10 online delivery services that Indonesians can get their Halal groceries from. These recommendations work not only for Indonesians but also other expatriate living in Indonesia currently.  via GIPHY 1. HappyFresh Credit Image: HappyFresh Personal shoppers at HappyFresh will pick the best choice of your daily needs. HappyFresh pops out right away when talking about online grocery shopping in Indonesia. Their personal shopper is very professional and won't let you down. HappyFresh is connected to 17 well-known supermarket like Lottemart, Ranch Market, Giant, Transmart Carrefour, Grand Lucky and many more. They also linked with specific outlets if you have any request that cannot be found in conventional supermarkets, like Kiddobaby that provides the best baby and mom products, or Prima Freshmart that provides poultry and frozen meat. Simply create an account with HappyFresh and you're ready to shop for your groceries. For more promotions and discounts, you may download the app on Google Play or App Store or visit their website for more information here. 2. RegoPantes Credit Image: 8 Villagers RegoPantes This app will help you to get your daily groceries with reasonable prices. RegoPantes is a combination of two Javanese words; “Rego” which means price and “Pantes” which means appropriate. RegoPantes is dedicated in providing quality and fresh agricultural products with reasonable prices that are directly sourced from farmers. Fresh fruits, vegetables, rice and herbs are some of the grocery items consumers can purchase online. With every transaction and purchases made with RegoPantes, consumers are also contributing to the income and livelihood of these farmers. Amazing isn't it? What's even more amazing is that there are various discounts and promotions when you order your groceries from RegoPantes. It will also be delivered right to your doorstep so you don't have to step out of the house.  Convinced? Download the app on Google Play or App Store to place your orders or you can visit the website here.  3. Brambang Credit Image: Brambang Brambang is an online supemarket that offers fresh and good quality food products. Brambang offers a wide range of food products such as meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables, as well as other kinds of groceries. You wouldn't want to miss this online supermarket especially with the discounts offered on selected food items. Brambang also has several good reviews from satisfied customers, so we're sure you won't regret getting your groceries online with Brambang. Also, if you spend more about RP 600.000 every month, you will be automatically become a Star Member. As a Star Member, you will automatically be eligible for a 5% discount for selected products. Isn't that amazing?   Don't wait no more, download the app on Google Play to place your orders or visit the website now for more information here.   4. GoMart Credit Image: GoMart on GoJek GoMart is part of Indonesia’s giant ride hailing, GoJek. To use GoMart, first launch the GoJek application and then proceed to search for the GoMart icon which can be found in the GoJek application. Now you're all set to shop online for your groceries. At GoMart, you can find instant food, rice, beverages, snacks, household essentials and many more. Be sure to look out for discounts and promotions available daily.  Now, all you have to do is sit back, relax and wait for your groceries to be delivered. Convenient isn't it? Download the app on Google Play or App Store to shopping for groceries or visit the website for more information here.  5. SayurBox Credit Image: SayurBox on Facebook If you are a big fan of healthy produce, this app is the perfect choice for you. Sayurbox offers you fresh fruits and vegetables that comes from local farmers in Indonesia. You can place your orders for any agricultural produce of your choice and SayurBox farmers will receive your orders two days in advance to give them ample time to prepare for harvest based on your orders. This will be delivered right to your doorstep within 24 hours of the harvest day.  What is so special about SayurBox is that all your produce comes directly from the Indonesian farmers, straight from harvest, indicating that it is fresh. Also, SayurBox provides the opportunity for you to get to know the farmers growing your food by having the farmer's profiles listed on the website. Other than that, by placing orders with SayurBox, you're also helping to improve the livelihood and income of the local Indonesian farmers.  Ready to place your orders? Download the app on Google Play or App Store or visit the website for more information here. 6. SeroyaMart Credit Image: Seroyamart on Facebook Seroyamart is an online mart, made in Indonesia for Indonesians, which sells products like gourmet food products, household care, personal care and other daily essentials. This online mart is perfect for you to get your daily groceries as Seroyamart brings you the best and healthiest products, delivered to the comfort of your own home. Simply visit their website and place your orders once you have set up your own account. You are also given the option to choose the delivery schedule. Convenient isn't it? Now you no longer have to step out of your house and stand behind long queues to get your groceries. By purchasing your groceries online with Seroyamart, you're also helping to reduce traffic on the road which lessens congestion and pollution.   What are you waiting for? Place your orders online now by downloading the app on Google Play or visit their website for more information here. 7. Dropezy Credit Image: Dropezy on Facebook Imagine how easy your life is when you wake up in the morning, open your door and find your groceries already delivered silently. Dropezy is an online delivery service designed to deliver your groceries daily before 7:00AM silently. What's great about this service is that there are no minimum orders and free deliveries available. Household needs like milk, bread, eggs, vegetables and many more can be purchased online without the hassle of going to the supermarket every morning. Dropezy is definitely a useful service in times like this during the Covid-19 outbreak where you are encouraged to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible.  Simply drop a WhatsApp message with your personal details to Dropezy to register and you can start ordering your items over WhatsApp before 9:00PM. Visit the website for more information on how to place your orders here. 8. Green Valleys Jakarta Credit Image: Green Valleys Jakarta on Facebook Green Valleys Jakarta offers a wide range of household products such as fish, egg, fruits and vegetables, and many more. You can even find organic herbs and spices on this on online store. To start shopping for groceries, you will have to create an account with Green Valleys Jakarta. Don't miss out on this easy-to-use and convenient online grocery delivery service!  Visit the website for more information here 9. KeSupermarket.com If you are looking into premium quality products, this online grocery store is the right solution for you. KeSupermarket is an online supermarket that is linked to the two best premium supermarkets in Indonesia – Ranch Market and Farmers Market. Here, you can find a range of products; frozen food, meat and seafood, fruit and vegetables and many more. Shopping online on KeSupermarket feels like you are shopping for groceries at the supermarket except that this time, you're doing it at the comfort of your own home. To start shopping online, simply choose a city that you live in and choose the supermarket near your home. Check out special discounts on selected items offered by KeSupermarket. Skip the queue and the traffic, and start purchasing your groceries online with KeSupermarket. Download the app on Google Play or App Store. Visit the website for more information here. 10. Hypermart Online Store Credit Image: Hypermart Online Store The Hypermart Online Store is another online grocery store that offers the same experience as when you're shopping for groceries in the supermarket. The products that the Hypermart Online Store offers is almost the same as the ones you can find at the Hypermart physical store. With your groceries delivered right to your doorstep, you can save time as you no longer need to make your way to the supermarket to get your groceries. Getting your groceries online becomes a greater alternative, looking at the Covid-19 situation.  Simply select your province, your city and your area, and you're all set to shop for groceries online. Download the app on Google Play or App Store or visit the website for more information here. There you have it, 10 Online Grocery Delivery Services in Indonesia that you can use to shop for your groceries. This way, you can save time and shop at the comfort of your home. Most importantly, you can avoid the crowd and spend most of your time at home to protect yourselves from the COVID-19 virus. Hopefully, these recommendations will be helpful for those of you living in Indonesia. Remember to take care of yourselves by avoiding large gathering, keeping a healthy lifestyle and staying at home as much as possible.  via GIPHY...

  • Inilah 7 Rekomendasi Kuliner Halal yang Kamu Harus Coba di Paya Lebar Square & SingPost

    Kamu mungkin ingin mencari makanan setelah berjalan jalan di kota sambal menikmati pemandangan dan berharap sudah menyiapkan camilan sebelumnya karena khawatir tidak menemukan makanan halal yang harganya murah di Singapura. Tapi untuk apa menghabiskan waktu menyiapkan camilan padahal banyak tempat makan yang cocok untuk orang Islam di Singapura? via GIPHY Kalau kamu berada di sekitar Paya Lebar Square atau Singpost ada banyak pilihan di sana. Kedua tempat itu cocok untuk nongkrong atau cuci mata di toko toko baju dan berbagai kafe, apalagi kalau kamu pecinta kuliner. Berbagai restoran dan kafe seperti Nuodle dan Hawkerman bisa ditemukan di sejumlah titik keramaian kota. Mau cari mie panas atau roti yang baru dipanggang? Paya Lebar Square dan Singpost jawabannya! Also Read: Here's Our Top 7 Halal Food Recommendations You Need To Try At Least Once At Paya Lebar Square & SingPost Nuodle Ini harus dicoba kalau mampir di SingPost Center! Mereka hanya menyediakan tiga hidangan mie - Beef La Mian yang khas (SGD $ 8,80), Seafood La Mian (SGD $$ 8,80), dan Cool Mixed La Mian (SGD $$ 9,90). Hidangan disiapkan dalam 5 menit dan disajikan dalam porsi besar! Beef La Mian klasik adalah favorit di antara para penggemar Núodle; mie disajikan dengan irisan daging sapi, lobak bersama dengan daun bawang dan minyak cabai - semua ini mengambang dalam kaldu sapi jernih. Minyak cabai menambahkan sensasi tenggorokanmu, tapi inilah yang menyatukan semua rasa dalam hidangan. Kamu bisa memilih jenis mie sesuai seleramu dalam kaldu tipis, normal, tebal, rata atau pakai daun bawang! Ya, kamu tidak salah baca. Daun bawang. Tapi itu hanya mie normal yang ditarik ke dalam bentuk daun bawang daun. Mie berserat luar disiapkan di rumah - memberik nuansa otentik pada sajian. Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: 10 Eunos Road 8, Singpost Centre #01-136, Singapore 408600Jam Buka: 8.30AM to 10.30PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +65 6747 1588Email: info@nuodle.asiaWebsite: www.nuodle.asia Maki-San Kredit Foto: Maki-San di Facebook Apa sih yang lebih baik dari sushi yang itu itu saja? Sushi buatanmu sendiri! Inilah tempat pertama di Singapura yang memungkinkanmu membuat sushi dan salad buatanmu sendiri. Dan pastinya halal. “Subway of sushi” yang dibuat sendiri, Maki-san benar-benar menyenangkan. Prosesnya sederhana, langsung saja masuk, isi kolom pesanan mereka - dengan 26 macam isian Sushi, 13 taburan, 21 macam saus, serta 11 isian spesial yang beragam, sehingga kamu bisa menjadi puas bereskpresi sesukamu. Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: 10, Eunos Road, 8 #B1-165/166, Singapore, 408600​Jam Buka: 11.30AM to 9PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +6567476801Email: moshimoshi@rollwithmakisan.comWebsite: www.makisan.com Facebook | Instagram Hawkerman Kredit Foto: Hawkerman di Facebook Hawkerman adalah ciptaan aktor Singapura Ben Yeo. Ini adalah bentuk modern makanan pinggir jalan tetapi terus berkembang dan merupakan salah satu tempat makanan halal terbaik di Singapura. Hidangan ayam goreng, popiah, dan Mie Hokien adalah menu yang paling terkenal dengan cita rasa jajanan pinggir jalan yang otentik. Dengan harga mulai dari SGD $ 2,9 hingga SGD $ 12,9, kamu bisa memilih beragam hidangan dan minuman selain itu mereka juga menyajikan makanan penutup. Mereka menyajikan Ayam Popiah dengan isian pelang  yang pastinya akan terlihat bagus di feed Instagrammu. Ayam goreng mereka disajikan dengan banyak cara. Salah satu hidangan populer yang mereka sajikan adalah ayam goreng yang dilapisi dengan saus bawang bombay dan daun bawang. Ini adalah tempat yang tepat untuk pecinta kuliner yang suka mencari sesuatu yang berbeda karena Hawkerman menyajikan makanan jajanan tradisional dengan penuh kejutan! Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: Singpost Centre #B1-128/129 409006, 10 Eunos Rd 8, Singapore 408600Jam Buka: 11AM to 10PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +65 8110 5218Website: www.tenderfresh.com.sg/hawkerman Facebook Swee Heng 1989 Bakery Cafe Kredit Foto: SWEE HENG 1989 Classic di Facebook Siapa yang sanggup menolak gula gula dan makanan yang dipanggang? Hanya bisa didapat di Swee Heng! Kamu  akan dimanja oleh berbagai pilihan roti dan kue. Outlet modern menawarkan tradisi dengan kejutan dan tempat menarik untuk berfoto. Swee Heng 1989 menyediakan kudapan yang dipanggang klasik dari Singapura serta suguhan yang dinikmati secara internasional. Ini adalah tempat terbaik untuk mendapatkan kopi dan kue dan menghabiskan "me time". Pelayanan mereka sangat baik dengan staf yang sopan dan efisien. Swee Heng menyajikan beberapa makanan halal terbaik di Paya Lebar dengan harga terjangkau. Kamu bisa mendapatkan kue atau roti dengan harga SGD $ 3. Beberapa menu yang harus dicoba adalah Classic Otak, Vienna Sausage, Durian Passion dan Butterscotch Muffin. Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: #B1-158, SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Rd 8, Singapore 408600​Jam Buka: 7AM to 9PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +65 6655 0300Website: sweeheng1989.com.sg Facebook | Instagram Kraftwich Kredit Foto: Kraftwichsg di Facebook Sandwich adalah makanan cepat saji yang sehat dan sangat fleksibel sehingga kamu dapat menikmatinya saat sarapan atau makan siang atau bahkan sebagai camilan. Jika Anda terburu-buru untuk bekerja, pilihan terbaik untuk Anda adalah salah satu sandwich segar olahan tangan dari Kraftwich! Mereka juga menawarkan menu sarapan, salad, makanan penutup, dan minuman. Sandwich mereka yang populer berkisar dari SGD $ 8 - SGD $ 9, salad mulai dari SGD $ 9 - SGD $ 13, sementara makanan harganya mulai dari SGD $ 13 hingga SGD $ 15. Mereka menggunakan bahan-bahan segar setiap hari untuk menyediakan sandwich dan salad terbaik yang bisa kamu nikmati. Jadi, pastikan untuk mengambil sandwich saat kamu makan siang! Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: 60 Paya Lebar Road #01-09/10, Singapore 409051, Singapore 409051​Jam Buka: 7.30AM to 10PM (Mon-Sat)8AM to 10PM (Sun)Telepon: +65 6702 2950Website: www.swissbake.com Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Wok Hey Wok Hey adalah kedai takeaway dengan gaya Amerika-Cina yang menyajikan beberapa zi char yang lezat. Mereka menyajikan mie goreng dan nasi goreng yang terbaik! Ada beberapa kedai yang menawarkan pilihan lain. Kamu bisa memilih 4 varian - nasi goreng telur, nasi goreng Shanghai, udon atau ramen, dan 3 pilihan seperti ayam, sapi, atau udang. Kalau kamu ingin merasakan yang lebih, kamu bisa memesan add-on premium segar dari berbagai pilihannya hanya dengan SGD $ 1. Harga keseluruhan dapat berkisar dari SGD $ 1 hingga SGD $ 8. Hidangan terbaik mereka adalah nasi goreng telur dengan udang berbumbu. Jadi pergilah ke Wok Hei untuk beberapa zi char yang mantap! Menurut perwakilan Wok Hey, toko ini sedang menunggu untuk mendapatkan Sertifikasi Halal. Kami menyarakan kamu untuk mempertimbangkan tempat ini sebelum mendatanginya. Status Halal: Menunggu Sertifikasi Halal (per tanggal 13 July 2018)Alamat: 60 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409051​Jam Buka: 11.30AM to 10PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +65 6694 0088 Facebook | Instagram Kaffe and Toast Kredit Foto: Coffee & Toast di Facebook Kalau kamu tidak bisa mencari hidangan favoritmu yaitu mie dan masakan Thailand yang pedas, pergilah ke Thai Noodle Bar di Kaffe and Toast! Di sini banyak sekali Mie! Mereka menawarkan beberapa hidangan lezat seperti Noodle Beef Boat Noodle dan Beef Brisket Boast Noodle with Tendon, serta hidangan lainnya seperti Rendang Ayam. Jika Anda membutuhkan makanan sehat dan mengenyangkan maka Kaffe and Toast adalah pilihan terbaik! Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: #B1-157 Singapore Post Centre, 10 Eunos Road 8, 408600Jam Buka: ​8AM to 9PM (Mon-Thu, Sun)8AM to 9.30PM (Fri-Sat)Telepon: +65 6789 2327Email: feedback@coffeeandtoast.com.sgWebsite: www.coffeeandtoast.com.sg Facebook | Instagram Jadi lain kali kamu sedang di Singapura, jangan bingung mencari makanan halal! Lihat saja daftar restoran Halal Singapura kami dan temukan pilihanmu atau kunjungi semuanya! via GIPHY...

  • 10 Tips on How You Can Save Money For Hajj

    via GIPHY Every Muslim must have the desire to go for Hajj. As a complement to the other pillars of Islam, namely, saying the two sentences confession of faith, do five-time prayers, pay alms or zakat, fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. So, Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. Hajj itself is mandatory for those who are able. Being able has a very broad meaning. Not only financial matters but also the physical health, mental health and mentality of the people themselves. Also, anyone can go for Hajj. It is ruled out any profession and the earning. As long as someone really wants to go for Hajj, they always find their way. For example, saving some money earlier by setting aside a few percentages of income dedicated to Hajj cost in the future. Muslim need to prepare a quite huge amount of money for Hajj especially for people with small incomes. Yet, surely there is no reason to reach Muslim’s dream to pray in Mecca. Therefore, we need some strategies to manage every income that comes in. Here are 10 tips to save your earning that will bring you to the holy land, Mecca:   1. Save 20% off Your Earning on Hajj Saving Account Determine the amount of the percentage that must be saved into the Hajj saving account. Take about 10-20% of monthly income. So, there will be money to save your hajj, with approximately the same amount every month. The same amount of value and consistent every month, will be more easily calculated and estimated when it will meet the target.   2. Limit Your Monthly Expenses You can divide your expenses into several parts with a certain percentage. Determine how much the cost that for daily consumption, investment, health insurance, alms, emergency needs and of course for Hajj savings. For example, daily consumption like food, electricity, water, living expenses, and other expenses, you should limit with maximum 40% of monthly income. Then, allocate 10% from your earning for investments. 10% for health insurance. Do not forget to pay annual sacrifice and alms around 10%. Save 10% of your wage for emergency needs. Last but not least, 20 % of monthly income for Hajj. 3. Self-punishment If You Fail to Save There are times when temptation comes like buy some goods that aren’t really important. It is our nature to spree and mere pleasure. So, we need to set rules from the beginning if we feel negligent in saving, we should punish ourselves. For example, if we fail to save money this week, we have to double my saving in the next week. We could also double our quantity and quality of our Sunnah prayers. Most important to be noted is, the punishment will positively push yourself to be more productive and work hard. 4. Find Supporting Buddy Saving money alone might feel tiring or even bored. Perhaps, the amount of saving is not increasing much or also tempted to raise a white flag. Well, we must push ourselves to remain consistent and continues the spirit of reach the Hajj. We can invite our husband, wife, or best pal from the beginning to open a different Hajj account. Another way, we can compete with each other who is faster to reach the target amount. By having a supporting buddy, hopefully, we can go together to pray in Mecca. 5. Spend Money Only on You Need, Not What You Want Use money only for primary things. Don't spend money just because you like or want to. This will have an impact on your expenses, which will also increase. For example, if you always have breakfast and lunch outside, try to reduce the intensity. Having breakfast from home before leaving for work. Or, you can reduce visiting shopping mall since that place always provide what you want like clothes, shoes, bags etc where those stuffs are not really needed in immediate time. 6. Looking for a Side Job If we have a chance and able to manage our daily agenda, we can have a side job. For example, be a content freelance writer, freelance translator, or even a barista. But don’t forget your health and prayers. A side job is a good way to increase our saving. 7. Make Note Before Shopping Shopping list need to be made before going you go shopping . The goal is to prevent buy something you don't need and stick to the plan. Therefore, it is necessary to check the needs in the house whether it is used up, or will run out, and need to be purchased immediately. Other than those noted, it should not be purchased. This point is very crucial since how many of us are going crazy when in shopping centers offer a massive price discount. Don't get tempted with the price discounts. 8. Think Twice Before Buying Something For example, if you want to buy clothes, shoes or bags, just make sure that your existing stuffs has been damaged, torn, or can no longer be used. If your stuffs are still good, you can still use them. You should save your money instead of spending it for unnecessary goods. 9. Buy Goods Based on Quality It is important to consider the quality of the items you are going to buy. The goal is we can use with the long time, minimal maintenance costs, and less likely to be damaged quickly. Such items are usually of the highest quality. Actually it is acceptable for you to reach deeper your pocket to get the best quality product. It's better to buy once, yet for long time instead of buy at a cheap price, but have to buy many times because it is often damaged. Precisely this will increase spending in the future. 10. Discipline in Taking Note on Expenditures Taking note on spending regularly is very helpful when you have to monitor on how much money is currently left, and how much is already spend it. We can control the next spending since we already know the current financial capabilities. Also, by taking notes like this, it's easier to do a small review of personal finances. Is it the initial plan runs well with the implementation? So, there are no expenses that are not as planned in the beginning.   Set the strong wiliness from the beginning. Determine to fight. Be good in goodness. Consistent in saving money for Hajj. Slowly, little by little, it just fine. Allah sees the struggles of each God’s fellows. Hopefully, all of us who struggle can go for Hajj, put our steps in the holy land, Mecca, in due time....

  • 3 Mouthwatering Halal Cuisines in Bali, Indonesia

    Are you planning to visit Indonesia anytime soon? Well, even if you aren't, you can't deny that Bali will be one of your destination ideas! Beaches, sunsets, volcanic mountains - these three words are usually most associated with Bali. But did you know Bali is also famous for its food?So scroll down as we show you the top 3 most scrumptious Indonesian cuisines that you can easily find in Bali. Not to worry, they're all Halal dishes and have very affordable prices too - perfect for a dine in with family and friends!   1) Nasi tekor Credit: @jalanmakanbali on InstagramThis one-of-a-kind Balinese cuisine is known as Nasi Tekor. Nasi Tekor is a dish which constitutes rice, chicken serapah, lawar, fried beans, Balinese condiments, young banana trunk soup, and all wrapped in traditional banana leaves. You can find this dish at Warung Nasi Tekor, which is located at Kertalangu Village, East Denpasar. There, you can enjoy the atmosphere of eating in an ancient Bali house made up of wood and bamboo! The stall owners I met there are very nice too, so that's definitely a plus. Their menu item is also pretty simple as it consists of various versions of Balinese mixed rice, namely Tekot Jukut Gonde Rice, Lawar Biu Batu Rice, Sere Lemo Grilled Chicken. Besides the food, this stall also sells a variety of drinks such as banana juice ice and coffee. The prices of their menu items range from a low cost of IDR 10,000 to IDR 20,000 only! How can you not resist? So why not pay Warung Nasi Tekor a visit the next time you go to Bali - you really have no reason not to! Address: Kertalangu Village, By Pass Ngurah Rai Tohpati number 28, Denpasar Phone number: +62 821-4785-7858 Opening hours: 8AM - 9PM (everyday)   2) Nasi Tempong  Credit: @nailworx_soapsuds on Instagram Nasi Tempong is a dish derived from Java, Indonesia. This delicacy is served with many side dishes such as salted fish, tofu, tempeh, boiled spinach and not forgetting, super-spicy sambal - Yum! As for the main component in this dish, you are free to decide whether you want to have catfish, chicken, duck - the list is endless! Nasi Tempong is sold at a food place called Nasi Tempong Pink, which is located at Jalan Teuku Umar, Denpasar. They also have another stall located at Jalan Raya Kuta. What makes this stall so special is that their entire dining room is coloured in pink - perfect for an Instagrammable shot!Interestingly, their stall goes by this slogan: “Monyor Monyor”. When translated to English, this means that you will be guaranteed to feel a spicy sensation that makes your lips swollen when you eat their food. So if you can take the heat, why not give this a shot! Fret not, their menu items are very affordably-priced at IDR 26,000 to IDR 45,000 only. So if you love spicy food or are up for a challenge, be sure to stop by Nasi Tempong Pink! Address: Jalan Teuku Umar number 176, Denpasar, Bali Phone number: +62 8174700003 Opening hours: 10AM to 11PM (Everyday)   3) Fish Soup Credit: @bennybong74 on Instagram I've saved the best for last! Presenting to you one of my favourite Indonesian cuisines: Fish Soup from Warung Mak Beng restaurant. This fish soup tastes so fresh and is full of flavour, unlike any kind of fish soup I've ever tasted. Even on your first scoop, you can already taste the galangal, turmeric, chili sauce and squeezed lime in the soup - how could you resist?Warung Mak Beng restaurant has opened since 1941 and has never been empty of visitors. This stall only has one primary menu, consisting of white rice, fried fish, fish soup and also super spicy sambal. What's more, while dining in, you can watch the sunsest at Sanur beach - perfect for a date with your partner.  As for its menu prices, you can get one whole portion of fish soup for just IDR 45,000, so it's totally worth it! Hurry, the seats are limited here so make your way to Warung Mak Beng Restaurant as soon as possible! Address: Jalan Hang Tuah number 45, Sanur, Bali Phone number: +62 361 282633 Opening hours: 8AM to 10PM (Everyday)    ...

  • Storytime: History of Ramadan

    The word 'Ramadan' is sourced from the Arabic word 'ramiḍa' or 'ar-ramaḍ' which translates to “scorching heat” or “dryness”. Ramadan falls under the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and it is known as the holiest month. During this time, Muslims are required to fast everyday for the entire month, based on the teachings of the Quran. Muslims are also encouraged to perform good deeds as their rewards are said to be mutiplied by 70 throughout the month.  The main reason why Ramadan is so special is because it is the time when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad SAW through Angel Jibril. The Quran was revealed to the Prophet SAW orally over the course of 23 years. During that period, the followers of the Prophet would memorise the verses of the Quran by writing it on objects like stone, silk and leather. The main reason why the Quran was revealed was so that people could use it as a guidance in their life where they learn about the history of Islam, the stories of previous Prophets and mentions of this life and the hereafter. Credit: Pixabay Before there was an order to fast during Ramadan, the Prophet had carried out the fasting of Ashura Day (10 Muharram) while he was situated in Mecca. It was not until the second year of the Hijrah (during the month of Sha'ban) when the Messenger of God migrated to Medina (previously called Yathrib) and the command of Ramadan fasting was officially revealed in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 183-184. The obligation to contribute sadaqah was also revealed in that same time period. The Prophet himself had completed and witnessed 9 years of Ramadan before he unfortunately passed away. Credit: PixabaySo in this special month, let’s double our prayers by pledging to practice Sunnah prayers, Tarawih prayers, Tahajjud prayers and so on. What's more, we should celebrate Ramadan by reciting the Quran whenever we can. Alongside this, let's give to the poor in whatever means possible. After all, Ramadan's purpose is for Muslims to empathise with the poor people who cannot afford to eat three meals a day. Hopefully, by doing all of this, we can all achieve our ultimate goal which is to get closer to Allah SWT. Credit: Pixabay Another specialty of Ramadan which does not exist in other months is Laylatul Qadr. It is known as the 'Night of Power' of 'Night of Decree' and it is said to be the exact night when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet SAW as a human guide. It is explained that performing good deeds during that night is better than 1000 months! Moreover, the night will glow to those who persevere in worship. It is said in a hadith, that Laylatul Qadr occurs during one of the last ten days of Ramadan. And some Islamic scholars have even specifically mentioned that Laylatul Qadr will occur on one of the odd nights of Ramadan.  Credit: PixabayThe reason why this day is being kept a secret is so that we can all put in effort to optimise all the last ten 10 days of Ramadan. If the date of Laylatul Qadr were to be given to us, then most of us would most likely only exuberate our efforts and ibadah on that one day only. That is not the spirit of Ramadan.In essence, not knowing the exact date of Laylatul Qadr serves as a blessing in disguide to us. During the last 10 days, increase your worship even more than the first 20 days of Ramadan by practicing i'tikaf (staying in a mosque for a certain number of days to devote yourself to ibadah and stay away from wordly affairs), reading more pages of the Quran in one day, doing more dhikr and reading dua for us and our loved ones in this life and the hereafter. Credit: Pixabay In just 2 days time, Ramadan will end and Eid will begin. So before Ramadan comes to a halt, let's make full use of the remaining time we have left by encouraging each other to be better Muslims. May we all receive His mercy and forgiveness, and hopefully meet Ramadan again next year insya'Allah....

  • 5 Things To Note About Laylatul Qadr

    Everyone knows that Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadhan by fasting for 30 days. But what many do not know is that out of all these 30 days, there is one night in particular that all Muslims look forward to: Laylatul Qadr.   Benefits of Laylatul Qadr Also known as the Night of Power, Laylatul Qadr is significant because Muslims recognise it as a night where all your sins will be forgiven if you seek forgiveness for them genuinely. Alongside that, all your good deeds will be multiplied by a thousand months. But why is Laylatul Qadr so special, you may ask? Well, Laylatul Qadar is historically known as the night where the holy Quran first descended to Prophet Muhammad SAW through an angel named Jibril.The Quran that we've all exposed ourselves to today has the exact same content and verses as the Quran that was orally revealed to Prophet Muhammad SAW many centuries ago. In case you didn't know, the Quran stands as a guideline for worshippers of Islam to follow through. The Quran also contains historical recounts of old Prophets so humans can educate themselves about the history of Islam as well as how it spread. In summary, the Quran is intended to make people stay on the right path.   You should maximise the last ten nights  Nobody knows when the specific time of Laylatul Qadr is. However, a few well-known Islamic scholars have mentioned that Laylatul Qadr falls on one of the last ten nights of Ramadan, and some have even specifically suggested that it falls on one of the last ten odd nights of Ramadan. And so, you should work smart and make full use of all the ten days. Do things which you would not normally do like perform the tahajjud prayer at night. You should also spend your time reading the Quran, seeking forgiveness from Allah SWT, praying for your family's wellbeing, everything! That way, you will not risk missing the blessings of this beautiful night.   Remain in i’tikaf I'tikaf means to stay in a mosque for a period of day(s) whilst devoting yourself to ibadah (worship). The purpose of staying in the mosque is so that you will be away from other distractions and worldly affairs. You can invite your friends and family to practice i'tikaf with you, on condition that they make you feel motivated to do good deeds and become a better Muslim, not distract you instead.   Charity If you want to get God’s blessing in Laylatul Qadr, you can donate your food to the less fortunate who have little to no food to break their fast with. Sharing food with others is a form of charity. The smiles that we see on the people's faces who receive this food would serve to always make this act of giving worhtwhile. What's more, did you know that all your good deeds during Laylatul Qadr will be rewarded as if you have done it consistently for 83 years? That's longer than many of us will live!   Now's the time to go on your social media detox As mentioned above, you should stay away from wordly affairs and the best way to do that is by spending time at the mosque. However, this would be pointless if all you do in the mosque is spend time on your phone using social media. Social media if filled with rumors, fake news and scandals that would serve no purpose or benefit for us. So turn off your phone during the last ten nights of Ramadan or at least use it less frequently. Your attention should be put on the imam making Islamic lectures, not what the Kardashian sisters are up to.   Having said all this, let's all pray that we get to meet Laylatul Qadr this year. We have just 4 more days to go before the last 10 days of Ramadan so now's the time to start planning all the things you have to do to maximise Laylatul Qadr. All the best everyone!...

  • Here's Why We Think Having Iftar At The Mosque Is Beautiful

    Fasting falls under one of the five pillars of Islam. Hence, it is an obligation that all medically-fit Muslims must abide by. Muslims around the world will fast anywhere from 11 to 20 hours. Once the period of dusk begins, only then will Muslims be allowed to break their fast by quenching their thirst and filling their stomachs. And what better way to break their fast than by surrounding themselves with other people? When Muslims break fast their together, they will feel a sense of connection to each other as they both talk about how accomplished and happy they feel upon completing a day of fasting.  One place that you can go to to break your fast with other people is the mosque. Indeed, the mosque has many benefits and so, below are the various reasons on why you should have iftar (break fast) in the mosque:   1) Foster new ties When we have iftar in the mosque, we will get the opportunity to eat with people from all walks of life. Among these people, everyone will have a different life story to share about themselves. Thus, you should take this chance to forge new bonds with poeple, perhaps strengthen ties with your existing friends and hopefully, gain a newfound persepective on life and Ramadhan from other people.    2) Learn to be humble What's more, a mosque is a place where you can learn to be modest because everyone - regardless of race, income or gender - is perceived as being equal to one another when they sit down and break their fast together. The only one who is seen as higher in rank than them is Allah, the Creator of mankind.   3) Refresh your mind and soul Even after a tough day during Ramadhan, one of the best things you can do to calm yourself is going to the mosque and listening to the verses of the Holy Quran or Islamic lectures carried out by religious teachers. Even the azan (call to prayer) in itself is one of the most beautiful things that you can listen to to keep your stress levels low. The mosque is a beautiful place indeed.   4) Motivate yourself to pray terawih In addition, praying at the mosque serves as a great way to motivate yourself to pray terawih (a series of prayers performed after Ishak, throughout the month of Ramadhan). Terawih is usually performed right aft Ishak prayer so after breaking your fast, complete your Maghrib and Isyak prayers, and then hang out for a bit while you wait for the imam to begin gathering everyone for terawih.  Ramadhan kareem everyone! Let's be the best version of ourselves this Ramadhan....

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