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This blogspot is a medium to share my thoughts and adventures apart from promoting my books. Below are the books which have been written or authored and published by myself.


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Mencari Diri dan Erti".

ISBN 983-42031-0-1, Jun 2006


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Membela Syiar yang Asal"

ISBN 983-42031-1-x, May 2007


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Sirih Pulang ke Gagang?"

ISBN 978-983-42031-2-2, November 2007


It is interesting to note that while these books were written in Malay it has gained enough attention to merit being part of the collections of the American Library of Congress and National Library of Australia. Look here and here.


While the first three books were published by my own company, the fourth titled "Rumah Azan" was published in April 2009 by a company called Karnadya with the help of the Malaysian national literary body Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. It features beautiful pictures along with stories behind selected mosques which could be related to the history of Islam and the Malays alongside the formation of the Malaysian nation. Look at the article A collaboration of old collegemates - the book "Rumah Azan".


My fifth book "Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and Malay Sultanates", an English translation and adaptation of the Malay book "Ahlul Bait (Keluarga) Rasulullah SAW dan Kesultanan Melayu" authored by Hj Muzaffar Mohamad and Tun Suzana Othman was published early 2010. Look here... My 5th book is out! Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and the Malay Sultanates... . For more information check out my Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU.



Like my fourth book "Rumah Azan", the sixth book "Kereta Api Menuju Destinasi" is also a coffee-table book which is published by the company Karnadya with the cooperation of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (the main Malay literary body in Malaysia). Coming out January 2011 it features pictures and stories on the adventure travelling by train to all of Peninsular Malaysia along with the interesting places which could be reached this way.


My seventh book "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" in turn is a coffee-table book which is written, editted, designed and has pictures taken by me. Coming out of the factory October 2011, this book which combines family history with history of places such as Singapura, Johor, Batu Pahat, Muar and in fact the history of the island of Java and England has been reviewed with me interviewed live in the program Selamat Pagi Malaysia at RTM1. Look at the article Siaran langsung ulasan buku "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" dan temu ramah di Selamat Pagi Malaysia. Some selected contents have been featured in Sneak peek "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah".


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The "Berpetualang ke Aceh" series of novels could be obtained in e-book form. Enter http://www.e-sentral.com/, click general novel and go to page 4. You can also type the word "Aceh" at the search box. Or click straight Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ebru art exhibition at UTM

Peace be upon you all. I have written an article called Pesta muzik sufi Konya di UTM in my main blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU sharing about a concert of spiritual music I've attended 3 days ago. A painting exhibition was held at the same venue after the concert. Here is the story.


The exhibits were put at the front of a hall where the concert musicians have shown their prowess.


In fact it became the backdrop of the concert.


Here are some of the exhibits...








These are paintings made using the ancient art technique called the Ebru.








This is a technique where the paintings were initially made on a medium of liquid.








The painting is then transfered on to paper by putting the paper on top of the painted liquid...














Sunday, July 10, 2016

Inhaling the night air of Syawal at Tanjung Emas



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Close to the mosque, towards Muar river mouth lies the recreational area of Tanjung (cape of) Emas.


At night I brought some family members to enjoy the going-ons while inhaling the fresh night air...

















Around Muar's Masjid Jamek during the recent 1st Syawal

Peace be upon you all. Today is the 5th day of the Muslim festive month of Syawal, at least in Malaysia. Let me share something from the first day of the month.


In the Muslim calendar, the 1st day of Syawal, also known as Aidil Fitri  came after a month of compulsory fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan. This year it falls on 6th July. Muslims are encouraged, in fact commanded to celebrate as we start the 1st day by doing the non-obligatory but highly recommended Aidil Fitri prayers in congregation at a mosque.


In my case I returned to my hometown of Muar. The Masjid Jamek, main mosque of Muar was where I made the prayers.


Here are views of the mosque compound from an open area a level up at the mosque...





I took these during the sermon after prayers...


The mosque lies beside the Muar river close to its mouth.





View from the riverside...










Sunday, July 03, 2016

Selangor river before Ampang Pecah

Last Saturday I took a drive to Kuala Kubu using the road via Ampang Pecah, Just before Ampang Pecah I felt like making a stop.


You see, part of the road goes along the Selangor river. I stopped by to have a better look.


A view upriver.


A view across.


A view downriver. If not for the fact that I have many other places to visit within a short time I would have taken a dip...


Monday, June 27, 2016

Breaking fast at Dataran Merdeka

Last afternoon, Sunday 26th June 2016 that is I brought the family for a special occasion at Dataran Merdeka.


There were a number of activities listed to be done.








But the main thing is for Muslims to converge and break fast for free, sponsored by certain parties.





Just in case you don't know, the day was the 21st day Muslims fast in the holy month of Ramadhan, the 9th month under the Hijriah calendar.


While it is mainly for Muslims. everyone is invited to partake in the feast regardless of their religion or affiliation.


The scene at night time when everyone has had their meal, that is at dusk.





For the record this occasion has been running since the last 2-3 years. Every Saturday and Sunday during Ramadhan the people are invited to join and rejoice...