Anyway, this posting is the 89th in this blogspot. Remember, I mentioned in the last posting at “Catatan Si Merah Silu” (that is if you care to look) that the blogspot (at that time k…) already have 88 postings, the English blogspot “Berpetualang ke Aceh” have 44 and the English plus Malay blogspot “Seni Lama Melayu (Malay Older Art) 22? I thought the numbers look nice, so that is why I left the blogspots without any updates. Now, let me furnish all three with the news on the coming of the book BKA II.
Oh… Something I felt interesting about the writing process of this book until it is completed… Since the book “Berpetualang ke Aceh: Mencari Diri dan Erti” (literally translated as “The trip to Aceh”: Searching for self and meaning” or BKA I reached the market in June 2006, all sorts of obstacles and tests came my way making the writing process of BKA II felt so heavy. At times, I felt like going mad because of the spiritual and health disturbances I had to face… Luckily there are those who’s willing to give the moral support and cooperation needed to make it possible to complete the book at all.
The last process in writing BKA II is to provide the poetry for the back cover of the book. Imagine, when BKA I was made, the poetry at its back was one of the sections that was the first to be completed. Everything appeared in an inspired moment that took less than 15 minutes, during the first time I played with the Adobe Photoshop programme to create the lay-out for the book cover, sometime in the middle of 2004. But for BKA II, I had to wait almost a year before getting the right inspiration, even then after the writing process for the rest is completed. I had to go out at night and have coffee at a stall in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur with a piece of paper and a pen in hand. Thank God, the next day the book BKA II is ready to go for printing!
So here, let me share the poetry mentioned… May you dear readers find the book BKA II of much benefit, God willing! Oh… First, have a look at the original one in Malay:
Zaman berzaman siang dan malam,
Membawa risalah selagi boleh,
Intipatinya sama, Tauhid dan Islam.
Ibrahim, Ismail, Ishaq dan Ya’aqub,
Zaman pertengahan keluarga Nubuwwah,
Di Surah Baqarah firman termaktub,
Inilah keturunan pemimpin yang amanah.
Yusuf, Musa, Daud dan Sulaiman,
Nabi Bani Israel termasuk Zakaria,
Sampai ke Isa berubahlah zaman,
Peralihan risalah ke Khatamul Anbiya.
Muhammad Mustapha penghulu Nabi,
Sempurnakan risalah untuk sekalian beramal,
Ahlul Bait dan raja menabur bakti,
Di Nusantara ini membela syiar yang asal
Ages and ages, night and day,
Conveying the message as best as they can,
The gist is the same, Tauhid (oneness) and Islam (submission and peace)
Ibrahim, Ismail, Ishaq and Ya’aqub,
The middle period of the family of Prophets,
In the verse of Baqarah (in the holy Quran), it is mentioned,
This is the linage of thrustworthy leaders.
Yusuf, Musa, Daud and Sulaiman,
The prophets of Israel including Zakaria,
Came to Isa so the time changes all,
The message shifted to the Seal of the Prophets.
Muhammad Mustapha the head of all Messengers,
Perfecting the message for the benefit of all,
The Ahlul Bait (the Prophet’s family) and kings doing their bit,
In Nusantara (South East Asia) advocating the original faith.