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".


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.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Something on the Hijrah...

Having finished a set of stories on Aceh which practically talked about the events of Wednesday 17th June 2009 extending on to Thursday 18th June, I feel I must do another voluntary translation from http://www.shiar-islam.com/ before presenting more Aceh stories. So here's the next translation which I did just now. Here goes nothing...



By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas

Translation by Radzi Sapiee

The Hijrah, Prophet Muhammad SAW’s migration to the city of Madinah, formerly known as Yathrib was very instrumental to the spread of Islam. The Prophet’s Hijrah has managed to consolidate all available strengthsw, starting with the peace made between the local tribes Aus and Khazraj who have been at odds with each other for hundreds of years.

The Prophet SAW also managed to unify the strength of the Muhajirins, those who migrated with him to Madinah along with that of the Ansaars, the welcoming local populace by making them brothers with each other. Thus the Hijrah resulted in the consolidatioon of all tribes and races, some from different religions . Then the Prophet created the Madinah Accord where all of them regardless of religion agreed to work together under ther his leadership in protecting Madinah from any enemy attack. Under the accord all are free to practice their respective religions.

Soon enough Islam began to spread wide on to Mecca where the Prophet was born before extending its light to the whole of Arabia and the rest of the world. Preaching would meet success and Islam accepted in good faith as long as we are able to prove that those who practice Islam could be made the best examples in all field.

Allah said in the Quran: "Your are the best of communities, born for mankind, advocating righteousness while forbidding wrongs, and believe in Allah."

Spreading the religion is a duty for all Muslims according to their respective abilities and capabilties. Those who have knowledge spread it through knowledge, those with riches contribute a portion of their possessions for Islam. Likewise those who have energy contribute some for the cause. The momentous event that is the Hijrah has shown that by virtue of working together along with the sacrifies made by Muslims of that time, all difficulties could be dealt with together and the Muslims indeed became a foremost community which should be emulated by all.

All the related events which makes up the Hijrah could be used as examples to improve the condition of the Muslims today and on until we become the exemplary community of choice again. For this to happen all parties must work together hard and continously until the best becomes a reality.

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