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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hijrah and success...

One more translation for http://www.shiar-islam.com/. Still the same theme as the last translation featured in the article Something on the Hijrah...



By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas

Translation by Radzi Sapiee

Every year we will celebrate the coming of Hijrah or the Hijriah new year. We give thanks to Allah Almighty as the Hijrah contains a very deep meaning regarding the history of the Prophet SAW’s success in his endeavour to bring huge changes for the community of Muslims. Thanks also should be given to Caliph Ummar ibnu Khattab who implemented the Islamic Hijriah calendar as the standard in the Muslim world. He accepted Imam Ali bin Abi Thalib’s suggestion that the new year of Islam should be dated from the time of the Hijrah, the Prophet’s migration from Mecca to Yathrib (the old name of Medina).

The Hijrah has brought huge extraordinary changes to the Prophet’s struggle in saving mankind from the abyss of destruction. It is an event which separates the truth from falsehood, Islam from unbelief. The event that is the Hijrah has brought unprecedented success in the building of a Daulah Islamiyah (sovereign Islamic state) under the leadership of Prophet Muhammad SAW. Thus the Prophet himself was the first leader of an Islamic state.

Before Hijrah, the Prophet SAW and Muslims have to endure extraordinary sufferings. They were tortured using all sorts of means, many became victims of selective persecution and were actually killed. In fact the unbelievers and infidels in Mecca were unified in wanting to slay the Prophet SAW. However their evil plot was discovered by the Prophet through a revelation from high above and Allah Almighty commanded Rasulullah SAW to migrate or do the Hijrah.

The companion Imam Ali bin Abi Thalib, also a first cousin of the Prophet SAW willingly put in himself in a sacrificial condition, giving room for the Prophet to do the Hijrah. While their enemies were targetting to kill the Prophet in his sleep, Ali took his place on the Prophet’s bed putting all faith to Allah Almighty. Thus the enemies were practically sidestepped. By the time they realised it was Ali who was in bed, Prophet Muhammad SAW was already a distance away on his migration or Hijrah accompanied by another faithful companion, Abu Bakar as-Siddiq.

Although Rasulullah SAW is guaranteed to receive help from Allah Almighty, he would always strive hard in all endeavours. To ensure the success of his struggle, he planned his way carefully, among it by hiding and taking refuge in the cave of Thur. After he was sure the enemies’ threat has subsided then only he and Abu Bakar continued their journey to Yathrib.

Upon arrival there, the Prophet SAW was greeted with much cheers and happiness by the people of Yathrib. His first endeavour there was to built a mosque which became well-known as Masjid Quba. Having changed the name of Yathrib to Medina (the Arab word is actually Madinah which simply means the city), the Prophet then arranged its society by pairing the Muhajirins, those who migrated from Mecca and the local Ansars as brothers. It was a brotherhood which stood strong making the Muslims like one solid building. They strived to help each other, fighting in the same line strengthening everyone in all their endeavours.

The Prophet SAW was also succesful in calling races and tribes from a variety of religions to work together and help each other in protecting the newly-founded Islamic state under his leadership. After Hijrah, the Muslims became independent people able to carry out their duties to both Allah and mankind according to the prescriptions of the Al-Quran and Sunnah, the practice of the Prophet without opposition. It was also after Hijrah that Islam began to spread widely to all parts of Arabia before making its way to the rest of the world.

If Muslims nowadays could enliven and implement the spirit of Hijrah as brought by the Prophet SAW and the Muslims of old, God willing the condition of the Muslims would not be as bad as it is today.We are confident, through the presciptions of the Al-Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet SAW, Muslims will relive its past glorious success. Amin ya Rabbal ’alamin.

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