for the partay

Persatuan Hati

Aku tidak mengatakan aku tidak pernah berbeda pendapat denganmu. Entah, sudah tidak terhitung, berapa kali kita berdebat. Dari yang hal-hal urgen-krusial-penting hingga hal-hal yang remeh-temeh. Kita pun tak selalu berada di wadah yang sama. Kita terkadang berjuang di medan yang berbeda. Cara pandang, strategi, dan pengetahuan lapangan kita pun akhirnya juga sedikit berbeda.

Tapi aku dan kamu, kita, tetap di sini. Mengapa?

M. Natsir, salah satu hadiah Allah SWT untuk negeri ini, pada tahun 1968, menerbitkan buku ringkas yang berjudul “Mempersatukan Ummat”. Dari pembacaan saya, buku itu sepertinya adalah counter-discourse terhadap wacana penyatuan partai-partai politik, termasuk partai politik Islam. Menurut Natsir, perbedaan pendapat dan banyaknya organisasi, bukanlah sumber perpecahan. Karena persatuan adalah soal hati. Ummat Islam justru terpecah ketika di dalam hatinya ada ruang yang lebih besar untuk hal selain pengharapan atas ridho Allah SWT.

Itu pula yang aku yakini hingga saat ini.

Sekesal apa pun aku padamu, takkan hilangkah rasa khawatir dalam diriku ketika mendengar kabar buruk tentangmu. Sekecewa apa pun aku padamu, akan tetap terselip doa tulus untukmu.

“Dia Dia (Allah) yang mempersatukan hati mereka (orang-orang yang beriman). Walaupun kamu membelanjakan semua (kekayaan) yang ada di bumi, niscaya kamu tidak dapat mempersatukan hati mereka, tetapi Allah telah mempersatukan hati mereka. Sungguh, Dia Mahaperkasa, Mahabijaksana.” (Al Anfal: 63)

Ada yang belum terjelaskan secara utuh ketika kita bicara soal soliditas. Pilihan untuk bertahan atau pindah barisan pada akhirnya adalah hak setiap orang. Alhamdulillah, kita masih di sini. Dengan tujuan dan nilai yang sama-sama kita pegang. Terima kasih Ya Allah telah mempersatukan hati-hati kami :”)

Untukmu, saudaraku.

Muhammad Alfisyahrin
#SatuSeminggu 

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When you’re off to save your bae…-est friend. XD

I honestly haven’t played a video game in AGES. (For the longest time, I just viewed playthroughs, followed concept art and gaming news, just so I’m updated with the industry) 

My brother installed Tomb Raider (the 2013 reboot) in my workstation in order to get me to play again. Haha! So anyway I just finished it today and it was sooo goood. I kept pausing to take screenshots because the levels were so breathtaking!

I gotta get the next one :O

One probably can’t discuss this game without bringing up feminism. I read some news back in 2013 about how this new Lara was redesigned to be a more three-dimensional character and was intended to do justice to a modern female protagonist. But later on there was a bit of backlash about how she still warrants feelings of “she needs to be saved” from (male) gamers, therefore taking away her agency as a heroine, in a meta way. 

Well, I dunno, there’s always a way to argue against something. But personally, I didn’t feel that way at all. I didn’t see Lara as a weak and innocent young girl that needed to be saved. As a girl, actually enjoyed playing it a lot more because I could identify with the character’s sex. And I could identify with being scared or vulnerable but being competent and enduring, as well. I thought it was just apt that she was that way –vulnerable yet resilient and resourceful at the same time. When she’d say “You can do this!” to herself all the time, I felt like that was me, too. And I felt like WE were taking out a bunch of enemies with flaming arrows!

Also, is this the only non open-world game where it’s a girl (hero) rescuing the girl (victim)? Kind of an interesting twist to the whole “hero saves damsel in distress” trope. 

Or I just have yuri goggles. :D :x

Kalau Tuhan  Ridho, Apa Masalahnya

Saya memperhatikan masa-masa sekarang ini di sekitar saya banyak sekali orang galau. Kanan kiri isinya galau. Galaunya macam-macam. Yang belum menikah galau hendak menikah. Yang ingin sekolah galau mencari sekolah. Yang sudah punya anak malah galau karena rupanya komunikasinya dengan orang tuanya (dengan kata lain perannya sebagai anak) tidaklah optimal. Yang galau dengan kerjaan. Yang sedang PhD galau mengerjakan riset (termasuk saya hehe). 

Nah, karena kebetulan scroll timeline hari ini ada tulisan @beningtirta http://beningtirta.tumblr.com/post/138081109814/self-worthiness dan reblog-an-nya dari @avinanadhila, saya jadi terusik.

Berbicara soal sunatullah, soal pantas tidak pantas itu memang inheren di alam semesta. Kalau misalnya kita memenuhi hukum-hukum-nya, tentu apa yang kita cita-citakan akan terwujud. Mau jadi presiden ya harus menang pemilu. Mau menang pemilu harus punya pendukung banyak. Harus didukung partai, dipercaya masyarakat, dan lain-lain.

Tapi, lebih dari soal pantas atau tidak pantas, ada yang lebih penting bagi manusia yang sedang belajar menghamba. Yakni, apakah Tuhan ridho atau tidak dengan diri kita yang sekarang?

Misalnya, saat seorang pemuda atau pemudi galau karena belum menikah. Kiranya dia perlu mempertanyakan lagi, apa yang membuatnya galau? Apakah sekedar konstruksi persepsi masyarakat yang membuatnya galau? Karena teman-temannya sudah menikah dan dia belum? 

Apa sebenarnya yang digalaukan?

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It was still dark out when your phone buzzed signaling you had gotten a text. But it was a Sunday so whoever was trying to reach you could have your full and undivided attention closer to 10 AM.
When your phone buzzed again, the sun had finally come up. Too bad it was 6:39 in the morning. You flipped it over to see a text from Michael at 3:30 AM and three from Ashton from five minutes ago. Just when you were going to put it down and roll back over you got another text, this time it was from Calum. Fine, you’d just check the messages and then go back to sleep.
From: Mike
Cant sleep. But do you wanna go to the mall tomorrow? I wanna get this new game.
From: Ash
Partay taday
Ok I’m sorry for that text lol theres a bbq at Luke’s at 12 today
Bring your suit too cause we’re going swimming in his pool
From: Cal
Pleaaaase come It’ll be fun I promise
I’ll pick you up at 11:30
Well, you could still sleep for a little while and then start getting ready. You shot Calum a quick “bring coffee?” and put your phone back down on your bedside table, knowing that he was probably going to forget it anyway.

~~~~~
When you woke up again it was a much better time, 10:00. You now had time to eat breakfast and take your time getting ready. You quickly showered and wrapped your hair in a towel before going off into the kitchen to make your breakfast.
After you had eaten it was time to manage your hair, the curly mess it was. Considering you were going swimming, was it really worth the hassle of straightening it? Pools meant swimming, and swimming mean water, and water meant wet hair, and wet hair meant the curls would come out.
You settled on straightening it, I mean there was a chance that you wouldn’t go swimming and that you could just stay out of the water.
No such luck.
“C’mon (Y/N) just jump in!” Ashton yelled after he moved the wet hair out of his eyes. “Even I don’t think it’s that bad” Luke said from the deep end. “Nah, I’m good out here. You all enjoy the pool” you replied back. You were sitting on one of the poolside chairs with Calum sitting in front of you, just watching his friends acting like complete idiots. “Can you sunscreen me?” he asked after you finished putting it on yourself. “Sure” you replied grabbing the tube and squeezing some on your hand. “Michael’s so gonna get sunburnt.” He laughed looking towards the pale boy who was mad in the corner. Luke had pushed him in first and there was not a doubt in your mind that Michael was figuring out a way to kill Luke.
“I don’t really feel like swimming…” You said trying to get Calum to go with the boys in the pool. “What do you mean? You used to LOVE swimming” he replied trying to pull you up and towards the water. “But cal I just straightened my hair and It’s gonna get all curly.” you pouted, trying to get him to just drop it. “What’s wrong with that?” he titled his head to the side a little, resembling a quite confused puppy. “I don’t like when my hair is curly.” you replied simply, not really wanting to have everyone here see the mess. “I have curly hair too, we can be curly together” he said smiling until you reluctantly agreed and grabbed your hand and pulled you towards the pool where the rest of the boys were splashing each other.
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A few hours later when you two got out of the pool, you both had prune-y fingers and toes. “I’m so cold.” you chattered as he handed you a towel and pushed you towards the fire pit where everyone was sitting and chatting. “Why did you start straightening your hair?” Calum asked as he shuffled closer to you. “I don’t know, people used to make fun of me and I just didn’t like it.” you replied looking down towards your feet. “I’m sorry. I know the boys and I used to do that, you know we didn’t mean it right?” He said tucking a strand of your–now curly– hair behind your ear. “Yeah I know, it’s just… I–I don’t really know, it’s just seems…yeah” you trailed off not knowing what to say. “Well I like it. It reminds me of when we were younger and I think you look nice. I mean–I think you always look nice” he stammered, his cheeks turning as red as Michael’s sunburnt back.