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 14, 2009

Prohibition from deriding other religions...

The eight article from my voluntary translation project. Here goes...


By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas


English translation by Radzi Sapiee

Allah revealed in the Quran:

“Do not curse the idols they set up beside Allah, lest they blaspheme and curse Allah, out of ignorance. We have adorned the works of every group in their eyes. Ultimately, they return to their Lord, then He informs them of everything they had done.” (Verse of al-Anan'am:108)

Islam prohibits its adherents from deriding or ridiculing the object of worship of others. Fights normally ensues because of humans who like to follow their whims and fancies humilitating the faith of others. Islam forbids us from forcing other people to embrace Islam. While it is the only true religion, our obligation is only to call people to its path, not force but get them to willingly submit.

Forcing others would only lead to bad things and those forced won’t be sincere. Islam asks the other communities to return to the real common ground, that is to worship the One Unique God and not attributing partners to Him in any way. Allah said:

“Say, ‘O followers of the scripture, let us come to a logical agreement between us and you: that we shall not worship except Allah; that we never set up any idols besides Him, nor set up any human beings as lords beside Allah.’ If they turn away, say, ‘Bear witness that we are Muslims (those who have submitted).’” (AIi Imran:64)

Islam forbids us from hurting the feelings of other people with rude, unjust and filthy comments and actions. Look at how the holy book al-Quranul karim give such high honour to Prophet Moses a.s., Prophet Jesus Isa a.s., and other prophets despite the fact that these prophets are often associated with religions other than Islam. We should respect the faith of others and not hurt their feelings. If we do so, God willing, an Ummah in full concord, orderly and just will become a reality and our reward.

There are men who really likes to ridicule others’ faiths using the excuse of “freedom of speech” to attack Islam among others. Too bad the so-called freedom is not sincere but only exist because of hatred and racism. This resulted in anger of the Muslims all over the world. In fact it cost lives in some places, all because of skewed write-ups which are actually clear slanders and lies.

Such men have not only humiliated and belittled the whole Muslim community which comprise one fifth of the world population, they also potrayed Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. as a fierce oppressor, womaniser and throw other wild accusations. On the contrary the prophet was a person full of love and caring for all creatures and very responsible to his wives. He lived with just one wife, Siti Khadijah for 25 years and married others only after Khadijah had died. Then again most of his wives were widows. He only marries them to support their orphaned children left by fathers who died as martyrs on the battlefield.

He only married one virgin named Siti Aisyah, daughter of Abu Bakar As-sidiq, his companion in fighting to uphold, defend and spread Islam. For the record, Saidina Abu Bakar became the first Caliph of Muslims after the death of the prophet s.a.w.
Islam strongly forbids us from deriding the personalities of other Samawi (heavenly) religions like that of the Jews and Christians who also receives revealed manuscripts although the manuscripts were later tampered with. This is because the personalities are also prophets for Muslims as is the case with Prophet Moses a.s., Prophet Jesus a.s., Prophet Abraham a.s. and others.

Although adherents of such religions have gone astray and make their prophets objects of worship, god even, Islam still forbids us from deriding or ridiculing them. Hopefully our kindness and tolerance would make them interested to study Islam. Who knows they would become converts because of our examples?

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