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.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Views from the archer's hill at Uhud

On to my 2nd day in Medina...

Thursday morning 4th April 2012. It was time to make site visits to some places outside the city of Medina. After visiting a mosque called Masjid Quba we went to Uhud, about 3.5 km north of city centre. The place is famous for the battle of Uhud, the second battle involving the early Muslims of Medina against the unbelievers of Mecca more than 1,400 years ago.

There lies a small hill where Prophet Muhammad SAW placed a number of archers on top to check against the army of unbelievers.

Me and wife took the time to climb to the top witnessing the surroundings where the battle took place. Seen in the background is the much bigger hill or rather, the mountain called Jabal (hill of) Uhud.

I started taking pictures by moving bit by bit anti-clockwise.

I think this should be facing south and the city.

The wife was awed by the views while adjusting to the dry weather.

That should be the south-west tip of Jabal Uhud.

The hill or rather mountain looks quite imposing and formidable. 

Down there were the plains where major part of the battle of Uhud happened.

The battle of Uhud is well remembered because the Muslims made an error which costs lives. The archers stationed on top this small hill were given specific instruction never to come down unless the Prophet said so. Never, regardless of whether the Muslim army were seen victorious or defeated. But they ignored it after the first wave of unbeliever's army retreated leaving plenty of loots on the plains. As they rushed down to partake of the goods that was when another wave came. This forced the Muslims into a tight spot and many went down as martyrs. Seen down there within the square are graves of the martyrs including the most  respected and feared, Saidina Hamzah, the lion of the desert who was also the Prophet's uncle.

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