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.

Friday, January 22, 2010

My 5th book is out! Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and the Malay Sultanates...

Feast your eyes guys. My 5th book is already out! There you go, 444 pages with more than 150,000 words on matters pertaining to the Ahlul Bait, family of Prophet Muhammad SAW and the Malay Sultanates. It is practically and encyclopaedia on its own!

OK. The original Malay version might have been authored by someone else and I was just the translator. But hey... such great books like the Mathnawi is better known due to its translator R.A. Nicholson and so is the case for Conference of the Birds by Edward Fitzgerald when the actual Middle-Eastern texts were written by Fariduddin Attar and Jalaluddin Rumi respectively centuries ago. It is the translation that managed to garner such a large worldwide audience when the original local language version could only be appreciated by a certain limited segment.

Anyway, I've worked my heart out for six months to get the translation done for this version. So it is not out of place to say this is my 5th book after having produced the Malay trilogy of novels "Berpetualang ke Aceh" followed by the coffee-table book "Rumah Azan". Below is the synopis as laid out on the back-leaf. Get it at the nearest bookstores soon! :]


The Ahlul Bait of Rasulullah SAW are descendants of Prophet Muhammad SAW. Propagated through the marriage of his daughter Saiyiditina Fatimah RA to his cousin Saiyidina Ali Karamalluwajha, the bloodline flourished and continue to be instrumental in the well-being of the Muslims until today 1,400 years after the prophet’s death, carrying his role of supporting, protecting and defending the sanctity of the religion of Islam.

The Malay Sultanates are among the few monarchies in the world still existing until today having hereditary roots which started no less than 600 years ago with the advent of the glorious kingdom of Melaka whose port is said to rival Venice in Europe, the biggest and most progressive Western city of that time.

While most rulers institution have crumbled down due to modernisation which has created republics and such, a number of Malay Sultanates still continue to function as the symbol of strength for its people despite its authority having largely been clipped due to the concept of constitutional monarchy along with parliamentary democrary introduced by the British during its colonial days.

What is more striking is the fact that there are 9 Malay Sultanates still functioning with full royal regalia in Peninsular Malaysia. Its land-mass is just 600 square kilometres bigger than the size of England but yet it has 9 kings compared to the latter’s one queen making it the highest concentration of monarchies in one area compared to anywhere else in the world!

In a world where Western-invented democrary rules with its leaders the politicians chosen by the masses, the existence of heriditary rulers is like an oxymoron. In fact with 9 kings still existing in such a small area, it is actually a big slap to certain parties who are bent on dominating the world as destroying all hereditary rule is a big step in their plans as detailed in Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

While these parties were very instrumental in destroying all other monarchies, it still fails to dislodge the kings in Malaysia. Why? Is it because of their special relationship with the Ahlul Bait?

The book “Ahlul Bait and the Malay Sultanates” tries to answer these questions as it follows the importance of the Ahlul Bait of Rasulullah SAW as inheritors of the Prophetic family (Prophet Adam AS down to Noah AS on to Abraham AS, Ishmael and so on) and how political intrigues and circumstances in the Middle East have made a number of them migrated east to the Malay world.

It this from here that a strong meaningful relationship was cemented with the rulers, the continued existence of the Ahlul Bait and the Malay Sultanates implying a huge responsibility they will shoulder towards the end of times.


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ahmad said...

Salam Bro,
I am worried as hell, after I read all you've been through completing this book's translation. How much royalties you're getting then? I may conclude that they would pay only the RM4,000 that you agreed upon!

Radzi Sapiee said...

Wassalam. Don't worry bro. The payments are also in God's plans.

I've received the RM4,000 plus an extra little upon completing the job last year. We already have a royalty agreement for any extra copies coming out.

Though the percentage is not much I have faith they will honour it. If the sales go through it should be able to fairly support my means especially to pay for my daughter's agreed monthly instalments, the original reason why I felt compelled to take on this job.

ahmad said...

okay then, if that's the case then I will buy the latest edition too, as a friend who appreciates one's work.

Anonymous said...

Salam... nice.. but sir, i heard some of Ahlul bayt in Malaysia didnt recognized this issue (Malay Sultanese as Rasulullah saw ahlul bayt, yes some of them was ahlul bayt like Sultan Perlis and Terengganu) but about Tun Habib issues, some of Malaysia Ahlul bayt doesnt recognized it. what do you think sir?

Radzi Sapiee said...

Wassalam. Yes I'm aware of that. The reason being a central figure in the argument that Raja Melayu are Ahlul Bait is not in their books. Most of the known Ahlul Bait of Malaysia are of Hadrami(Hadramaut, Yaman) origin, descendants of a certain person called Al Muhajir who migrated from Baghdad to Yaman in the 10th century AD or so. They themselves largely came to the Malay archipelago after 600 years later.

While they keep excellent records of their genealogy it does not mean their books are extensive enough to cover every Ahlul Bait although many of them claimed so. So let them be with their convictions, others also have their own means and records to keep to their own belief and knowledge.

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