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, March 16, 2010

Celebrating the Prophet's birthday in Aceh : A sudden unexpected trip...

Peace be upon you all. At the end of January me and wife brought our then 3-month old baby Al-Rasyid to Aceh. So I thought one of these days I'll start a series on it in this blogspot. As it turned out we went to Aceh again in February, albeit unexpectedly. So after deliberating some time on the matter, I decided to present a series on the later trip instead, leaving the story for the January visit to be told at another time. Come... :]

The February trip was started on Wednesday 24th February. Coming along were our friends Puan Suzana and husband Haji Muzaffar who are both prolific writers in subjects considering Malay rulers and the Ahlul Bait, family of Prophet Muhammad SAW. Refer to this previous article... My 5th book is out! Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and the Malay Sultanates... .

We went for this Aceh trip on the invitation of our friend Kak Ann (the lady in orange, not the one on far right though...). She wanted us to attend the Prophet's birthday celebration to be held an at a mosque she just built in Perlak, an area in the eastern parts of Aceh...

The function itself would be held on Friday which is the 12th day of the Muslim month of Rabiulawal, noted by many historians as the date Prophet Muhammad SAW was born on. As Perlak is some 8 hours by road from Banda Aceh where lies the only international airport in Aceh, obviously we must arrive in that province before then.

There are only 4 flights to Aceh from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, one each on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. We just received our invitation late on Monday. Thankfully by Tuesday we got all our flight details sorted out for the flight on Wednesday...

So there we were on our way to Aceh. Never would I thought that I would go again to this personally very meaningful province. At least not so soon after making the previous trip end of January...

Actually there's some 20 of us coming on the same flight from Malaysia for the same function...

Most of them are Kak Ann's relatives. Me and wife were among the few friends while Puan Suzana and Haji Mustafa are our friends only recently introduced to Kak Ann. So there...

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