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.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

E-mails to hell!

Something I came across after making a Google Image Search of "Dante's Hell"

Peace be upon you all. Just another translation I made last night...


By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas

Translation by Radzi Sapiee

Lately fans of Shiar Islam have been asking about e-mails they have been receiving. The content looks good but practically ends with an order that one must make at least 20 copies each and forward it to their friends. Those who do this will allegedly be rewarded with such things as huge profit in business, promotion at work-place, first prize in lottery and beautiful girl of their dreams. Instead if the receiver of the e-mail fails to comply, he will receive calamities such as death of a son, getting fired from work, infected by a terrible disease and other scary notions.

For the attention of all who is faithful to Allah SWT and Him messenger Muhammad SAW, we should refer to the Quran and Sunnah (practices) of the prophet SAW. Allah SWT has reminded us in the holy book:

“O you who believe, if a Fasiq (wicked or person of questionable beliefs) brings any news to you, you shall first investigate, lest you commit injustice towards some people, out of ignorance, then become sorry and remorseful for what you have done.” (al-Hujurat, 6)

Although the e-mail begins with good things which looks like valid reminders with valid arguments quoted from esteemed sources for the Muslims, the way it is done is against the rules of Islam. We all know that the Qur’an and Sunnah of the prophet are guidance and reference for Muslims and both only ask us to carry out the commandments of Allah and His messenger. We are never asked to make certain number of copies of the Quranic verses or the Hadith (sayings) of the prophet, what more promised that we will get certain rewards if we do so or get punished with such things as death and accidents if we refused. If we believe in these chain e-mails and its claims, then we practically admitted it as having power to determine our luck and future. Believing in other powers besides Allah SWT can bring us to Syirik, (polytheism, idolatry or simply attributing powers to other things or entities besides God) which is a very serious offence against the Creator.

Allah says in the Quran: “Verily Allah does not forgive the sin of Syirik but would forgive all other sins for whoever He wants, and whoever associates Allah (with others) he has committed a huge sin." (An-Nisa, 48)

So it is clear that such e-mails actually comes from enemies of Islam who want to subtly erode the faith of the Muslim and bring them to error and Allah SWT’s wrath. To whoever who have unwittingly followed the order of the e-mail, do repent and ask forgiveness from Allah SWT. They must also remind friends who have received the e-mail to delete it and stop forwarding it to others.

May Allah SWT gives us guidance and knowledge along with the will to practise all His commands.

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