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.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

My home, Baitul Hikmah

Peace be upon you all. It has been almost 3 weeks since I've made an article at any of my blogspot. Although I've been doing some things and going to some places since then I hardly felt like talking about it. I'm also supposed to commit time to resume writing of my long overdue 8th book. But I'm still having troubling stringing the right sentences. Instead the last few days saw me more occupied thinking about what decorations to be added to beautify a new house occupied 4 months ago. Thus let some pictures be shared ... 

We start by looking from the front lawn. The carving I like to call as 'jutting tounge', the one going down sharply from corners of the roof  is one thing me and wife have long dreamed of having. For many years we've seen such shapes decorating old mosques and houses in some places especially in Perak. Oh ... let it be told the house is named Baitul Hikmah as we bought and repaired it while busy carrying out activities on Malay and Islam sovereignty under the name HIKMAH (our little NGO outfit). Look at the blogspot  Himpunan Kedaulatan Melayu Islam Akhir Zaman (HIKMAH)

The view out from the front door. Could be seen yellow clothes used to decorate our resting hut. The nearly 13-year-old clothes were used to interact with the supernatural world, when I first started looking for my family genealogy. It was recommended by a person who delved into matters unseen. But I only used it for a few days, at most 2 weeks if not mistaken. There were some surprising and unbelievable results but my heart told me not to continue down that path. It was not the right way to get close to Allah almighty...

Indeed, I've delved in various kinds of knowledge throughout the course of my life. But many have been canceled until I became so empty moving on to a spiritual level of disconnecting from everything but remembrance of God.  I was told to take the road of the desolute, my heart hammered, beaten, stabbed and pierced by a variety of trials and tribulation. Ah. Memory of that particular portion of life's journey has strayed me from the current topic. Let's get back to the house ...

Wooden shelves made especially for traditional headgears. Modern caps have their own place.

Dining section.

Now let's get up to the attic section made to resemble traditional kampung or Malay village house.

See the colourful clothes? It was only installed 2 days ago.

Then there are curtains brought from the old house ..

I wanted this area to combine Malay flavour with Arabic and Persian touch. Work is still under progress.

The house has another level of attic. Let's check it out...

This section is specially made for me to be alone and get insight. Hopefully by sharing this new doors of inspiration will open up helping me to complete my 8th book and achieve better state of well-being. Amen ...:]