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.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Getting to know the Ahlul-Bait, family of Rasulullah SAW: Siti Fatimah

Just a pix nicked from the Net...

OK. It just happened that today is Malam Raya, the night before the Eid celebration of 1st Syawal of the Islamic calender and I've just completed another voluntary translation for the website http://www.shiar-islam.com/. So without much further ado here it is presented as I always do with such translations since the last 3-4 months or so ya...


Getting to know the Ahlul-Bait, family of Rasulullah SAW: Siti Fatimah Azzahra

By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas
Translation by Radzi Sapiee

Allah said in the Quran:

“Let us summon our children and your children, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves, then let us invoke Allah’s curse upon the liars.” (Verse of Aali 'Imran:61)

This Mubahalah verse (literally a challenge asking God to be the judge and executioner) was revealed to support the Quranic truth regarding the actual history of Prophet Jesus AS. It was revealed in the 10th year of the Hijriah calender after a number of Christians from Najran opposed and threw lies at Prophet Muhammad SAW for asserting the truth regarding Prophet Jesus AS. For example, Muslims are taught that Jesus was just another prophet while the Christians claimed he is the only son of God! Furthermore they said Jesus died on the cross to redeem the sins of mankind while there is no such notion in Islam. Jesus was actually lifted up to the heavens while the person who betrayed him was made to look like him and got caught. He was the one put on the cross and died.

Thus Allah Almighty commanded Prophet Muhammad SAW to tell the Christians, let us bring our respective families to a valley and then pray to God to settle the matter once and for all. Whoever are the liars would be cursed. The Prophet brought his closest family members, his daughter Fatimah Azzahra, son-in-law and first cousin Saidina Ali bin Abi Thalib and his grandsons al-Hassan and al-Hussain. Rasulullah SAW carried Saidina Hussain who was still a small child while holding the hand of Saidina Hassan who was slightly older. Behind him walked Siti Fatimah Azzahra and Saidina Ali as they headed towards the valley they have agreed upon.
However the Mubahalah did not happen as the Najran Christians later backed out. Impressed by the aura and presence of the Prophet’s family, they were afraid that a huge calamity would befell them should they decide to continue with the challenge.

Siti Fatimah Azzahra who is the youngest daughter of the Prophet grew up along with Islam as the religion faced many challenges, some of it very dire and life-threatening. She was born on Friday 20 Jumadil-akhir, five years before the Prophet was raised to the position of Rasul, a messenger of Allah SWT. At the time the native Meccan tribe of Quraish were busy repairing and rebuilding the Kaa’bah which has suffered extensive damages. Siti Fatimah the beloved daughter of Rasulullah SAW was known as Assidiqah (the trusthworthy woman), Athahirah (the pure woman), al-Mubarakah (the one blessed by Allah) and of course Fatimah Azzahra which means the blooming scented flower.

Millions of Muslims, the community of the Prophet SAW then named their daughters Fatimah. Siti Fatimah Azzahra was born and raised under the influence of the revelations received by his father Muhammad SAW. Siti Fatimah was born and raised in the midst of the holy family. Siti Fatimah Azzahra saw with her own eyes how extreme the opposition and hurdles her father has to face fighting for Islam.

It happened once the Prophet SAW was humiliated, cursed, in fact animal droppings smeared on him while he was prostrating in worship of Allah. The then still young Siti Fatimah cried as she woefully tried to clean the body of the Prophet from all the filth thrown by the Quraish.

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