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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Prohibition from killing each other...

One more translation...


By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas

English translation by Radzi Sapiee

Allah says in the Quran:

“Anyone who kills a believer on purpose, his retribution is Hell, wherein he abides forever. Allah is angry with him, and condemns him, and has prepared for him a terrible retribution.”
(Verse of An Nisa’: 93)

Since the imperialist regimes of the West start intruding into many Islamic nations, since then many Muslims have became casualties. Hundred thousands of innocent citizens became victims of terror, their wealth and belongings destroyed. The imperialists are very adept at playing the Muslims against each other causing us to fight and kill among ourselves while they overpower our nations and steal its wealth.

It is sad to everyday see the Muslims getting killed, their houses demolished, their estates destroyed. A number of them are prisoned, tortured in inhuman ways. Such oppressions are also inflicted on common citizens, children, women and disabled old men. What is more saddening is there are those who consider themselves as freedom fighters but have no consideration as they continue to kill at public places such as markets full on people, in fact places of worship like mosques.

We could expect this if it is planned and executed by the imperialist regimes who thirst for blood, power and wealth of the world. But we are very disappointed when those who claims to be Muslims do the same thing. Perhaps these oppressors have forgotten what they did will result in severe retribution. Hellfire is their place and they would stay forever inside it with Allah angry and cursing them.

Such inhuman and oppresive treatments continued to be carried out while they give a lot of excuses to justify their ways. They forgot that what they do is driving Islam and the community further towards destruction. Where goes the love and caring? How can we be the best of community when we transgress against the commandments of Allah and His messenger? How can we attain success if our practises veer far away from the recommendations of Allah and His messenger?

Have we forgotten, once anyone recites the kalimah syahadah, the two articles of faith, then we must consider him as a Muslim and thus forbidden from spilling his blood, seizing his possesions and dropping his dignity? How can we have the heart to detonate bombs in public places when there is a possibilty that good pious men might pass that way? Have we forgotten that Allah s.w.t. and His messenger Muhammad s.a.w. have left many messages asking us to love other humans especially our brother Muslims? So why do we keep on detonating bombs in public places killing innocent citizens, children, men and women?

In this day and age, individual and group personal interest especially in politics and economics is the main reason for mankind to be disunited. It is a sad thing when outside oppressors could cloud our minds by pitting our different school of thoughts against each other till we forgot Allah s.w.t.’s admonition in the Quran:

“Do not be like those who became divided and disputed, despite the clear proofs that were given to them. For they have incurred a terrible retribution.”
(Ali Imran : 105)

All sorts of calamities have been brought down upon us as Allah’s reminders of our errors. What sort of calamity do we expect before we really realise, repent and decide to mend our ways? Thus if we want to be safe and succesful, the time has come for us to refer back to the Quran and Sunnah, practices of the prophet.

Allah has reminded us:

“Hold fast all of you to the rope of Allah (the religion of Islam), and do not be divided. Recall Allah's blessings upon you when you used to be enemies and Allah reconciled your hearts. By Allah’s grace, you became Muslims. You were at the brink of a pit of fire, and Allah saved you therefrom. Thus Allah explains His revelations, so that you may receive His guidance.”
( Verse of Ali ’Imran: 103)

So let us call upon all those who love peace and security in this world and hereafter, it is time to remind each other. Don’t worship our desires, don’t kill each other what more among Muslims. Do return to the straight path favoured by Allah s.w.t. as shown in the holy Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w..

Let us study back whether our actions all this while is in line with the guidance given by Allah and His messenger or is it otherwise. God willing the study will bring us back to the right path, the path favoured by Allah and His messenger. And may the Muslims relive back their glorious days.

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