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, December 25, 2008

New trip to the North - The Ubudiyah mosque and Perak royal mausoleum revisited...

OK. Among the places revisited in the recent trip to the North is the magnificent Ubudiyah mosque on top Bukit (hill of) Chandan in the Perak royal town of Kuala Kangsar...

For a bit of history of the mosque, open the above picture in another window...

A look inside the mosque...

One of the hall arches...

Just in front the mosque is the Perak royal mausoleum...

From the right side of the mosque one could see this section of the royal mausoleum housing tombs belonging to close kith and kins of Perak's 26th ruler, Sultan Abdullah, the sultan who was exiled by the British for his involvement in the killing of their first resident to Perak, J.W.W. Birch in 1875...

But first, have a look again at the mosque from an interesting angle...

Now, a look at the both the mosque and the royal mausoleum from it's furthest left-hand corner. For the record, in this section of the mausoleum lies the tombs of the closest kith and kins of Raja Muda Musa ibni (son of) Sultan Ja'afar, Sultan Abdullah's younger brother.

Closer to the mosque, just about 6 metres away from the tomb of Sultan Abdullah lies the tomb of my great-great-great grandfather (I'm a fifth generation descendant) Laksamana Raja Mahkota (royal admiral) Muhammad Amin. For the record, he is a cousin of the sultan.

The last time I visited this tomb earlier this year there was no fencing.

Now, it's not only properly fenced, there's also an information board telling a bit of his involvement in the killing of Birch and how he was also exiled along with the sultan, to the Seychelles islands in Africa 1877. Unlike the sultan though who got to return to Perak later, he was then exiled to Singapore and died there in 1905. Thank God, his body was returned to Perak in 2006 in full ceremony.

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