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, April 25, 2010

Celebrating the Prophet's birthday in Aceh : Back to Banda Aceh

Saturday evening was a relaxing time as we waited for the convoy to mack the move back to Banda Aceh. Here's a view from inside our hotel in Idi, the dome of a nearby mosque in view...

Our baby Muhammad Al-Rasyid sprawling on the couch...

When he woke up we took him downstairs. Here's a pix of baby with mummy in front of a frame containing an artist's impression of the first four Caliphs of Islam, the best companions and deputies of Prophet Muhammad SAW.

Here's a pix in front of our hotel.

We left Idi after Maghrib, that is around 7:30 pm or so. As our route to Banda Aceh passed-by Geudong, Lhokseumawe were lies the tomb of the pious king Sultan Malikus Saleh (deceased 1297 AD or so), we paid a visit. Here's our friends Haji Muzaffar and Puan Suzana in front of the tomb.

Later we stopped at Matang to enjoy its famous satay. If I remember correctly it was around 1 am then...

A distance after the town Bireuen we stopped and visited Makam Syahid Lapan, the tomb of the 8 martyrs who died under Dutch fire early 20th century.

Here's the last picture I took in this trip, when we stopped for breakfast at a place on the foot of Mount Seulawah. This place is more than 40 km away from Banda Aceh. But that is already near considering the fact that we started in Idi some 340 km further away.

That very afternoon we took the flight back to Malaysia. So this is the end of the "Celebrating the Prophet's birthday in Aceh" series. Cheers! :]

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