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.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Successful Aceh mission

Peace be upon you this Friday, first for the Muslim month of Rejab. Yesterday all stories needed to be told on the Aceh trip of 23-30 Mac 2014 have been published.  For the record it was done mainly to achieve two things. One, bring my youngest kid Johan to the tomb of Sultan Malikus Saleh, Second is to conduct the 10th function of HIKMAH my NGO outfit, at the Museum of Aceh in Banda Aceh. Today, with the blessing of what is said to be head of days for Islam (Friday), and the first in a month said to be month of Allah, let all links of articles regarding the trip be compiled from all my blogspots. May this bring benefit to everyone. Amen.

1. Misi 2 serampang - Membawa Johan dan HIKMAH ke Aceh

2.. Makam (Tomb of) Maharajalela, Aceh

3. Makam (Tomb of) Habib Dham

4. Masjid jami' (Main mosque of) al-Mahabbah, Lamnga 

5. Makam (Tomb of) Teuku Nyak Makam

6. Walking down to Kuta Leubok

7. Benteng (Fort of) Kuta Leubok

8. Makam (Tomb of) Sultan Muhammad Syah Lamuri

9. Makam di sebelah benteng Malahayati (Tomb besides 

10. Makam (Tomb of) Qadhi Ism

11. Misi HIKMAH Aceh - Makam Maharajalela dan panggilan mistik Lamuri

12. The boat on top of houses at Lampulo

17. Makam-makam di kawasan berlumpur Kandang Aceh (Tombs at the muddy area of Kandang Aceh)

21. Views from the roof of Rahmatullah mosque

22. To Lampuuk beach again for the sunset

23. Masjid (Mosque of) Al-Mujib, Lhoknga

24. Misi HIKMAH Aceh - Dari Lampulo ke Lampuuk

25. Makam raja-raja Darul Kamal (Tombs of the rulers of Darul Kamal)

26. Makam seorang alim di pendalaman (Tomb of a knowledgeable person inland)

27. Masjid (Mosque of) Teungku Fakinah

28. Masjid jamik (Main mosque of) Al-Ittihadiyah, Seulimeum

29. Sambutan Komunitas Pakaian Adat Aceh di Pidie

30. Masjid persinggahan Sultan Iskandar Muda di Pidie (Mosque where Sultan Iskandar Muda stopped at in Pidie)

31.  Visiting the tomb of Daeng Mansur with friends from Pidie

32. Masjid (Mosque of) Baitul Istiqamah, Gelumpang Tiga

33. Misi HIKMAH Aceh - Sambutan di Pidie dan perjalanan ke Takengon

34. Bireuen from a hotel rooftop

35. The beach at Kuala Raja

36. Morning trip to Takengon

37. Masjid agung (Great mosque of) Ruhama, Takengon

38. Sebuah masjid lama di Takengon (An old mosque in Takengon)

39. The views at Danau Lut Tawar

40. Danau Lut Tawar from a coffee stall

41. Touching the waters of Danau Lut Tawar.

42. Masjid (Mosque of) Baiturrahim, Laut Tawar

43. Danau Lut Tawar from Gua Loyang Koro

44. The cave called Loyang Koro

45. Misi HIKMAH Aceh - Panggilan Salman di Bireuen dan pusing Danau Lut Tawar

46. Makam lama dekat persimpanan Bireuen ke Takengon (Old tomb near Bireuen to Takengon junction)

47. Masjid al-Ikhlas berhampiran Lhokseumawe (Mosque of al-Ikhlas close to Lhokseumawe)

48. Makam (Tomb of) Putroe Neng, Blang Pulo, Lhokseumawe

49. Makam (Tomb of) Sayid Syarif, Geudong

50. Masjid (Mosque of) Darul Istiqamah, Julok Cut

51. Masjid (Mosque of) al-Ikhlash, Nurussalam

52. Bringing Johan to the tomb of Maulana Abdul Aziz

53. Masjid (Mosque of) Baitul Mukhlishin, Perlak

54. Misi HIKMAH Aceh - Berkejar ke Perlak sebelum bermalam Jumaat di makam Malikus Saleh

55. Ziarah rombongan Malaysia ke makam Sultan Malikus Saleh

56. HIKMAH group visit to the tomb of Sultanah Nahrisyah

57. Makam sebenar (Real tomb of) Sultanah Nahrisyah

58. Makam keturunan ke-5 Tun Sri Lanang (Tomb of 5th generation descendants of Tun Sri Lanang)

59. Pameran di rumah Tun Sri Lanang (Exhibition at the house of Tun Sri Lanang)

60. Rupa baru (New look of) Masjid Kota Blang, Samalanga

61. Makam keluarga Tun Sri Lanang dan Teungku di Awe Geutah (Family tombs of Tun Sri Lanang dan Teungku di Awe Geutah)

62. The alternative road to Banda Aceh

63. Misi HIKMAH Aceh - Menunaikan hajat asal perjalanan dan bertemu rombongan di makam Malikus Saleh

64. (The building called) Rumoh Aceh

65. HIKMAH Aceh @ HIKMAH X - Acara pun bermula

66. HIKMAH Aceh @ HIKMAH X - Dari usaha awal di Shah Alam ke pelestarian sejarah di bumi Serambi Mekah

67. Masjid (Mosque of) Gampong Kota Baru, Banda Aceh

68. Kompleks makam raja-raja Mahkota Alam (Tomb complex of kings of Mahkota Alam)

69. Makam batu nesan Plak Pling di Banda Aceh (Tombs with Plak Pling tombstones at Banda Aceh)

70. HIKMAH Aceh @ HIKMAH X - Diraikan Gabernor di kediaman rasmi

71.  Misi HIKMAH Aceh - Dan acara pun berlangsung penuh gemilang...

72. Morning walk to Peunayong

73. Masjid (Mosque of) Al-Muttaqin, Peunayong

74. Misi HIKMAH Aceh - Ke Baiturrahman sebelum kembali ke Malaysia

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Morning walk to Peunayong

OK. For this blogspot I didn't make any article on the 7th day of the Aceh trip 23-30 Mac. That is because most of the day was spent attending a function called HIKMAH Aceh. The place to elaborate this is at a blogspot called Himpunan Kedaulatan Melayu Islam Akhir Zaman (HIKMAH). Still you can see what happened through these articles :-

Now let's move on to the next day of the trip, the 8th and also last day...

Early Sunday morning, 30th March 2014. After doing my Subuh prayers at the mosque of Baiturrahman I felt like taking a walk.

It was probably the longest single walk I've did during this trip to Aceh. I soon passed a supermarket where the employees were doing an exercise routine before opening up shop (I presume)...

Then I noticed an giant advertisement on Legoland in Malaysia. It is accompanied by the Visit Malaysia 2014 logo.

The walk took me past Gampong Keddah which in Malay is equivalent to Kampung (village of) Kedah. I understand it started as a settlement for people from olden Kedah im Malaysia.

Next is a bridge crossing the Aceh river. See the tower in the background? That's the one shown in the 1st picture, the tower in front of Baiturrahman.

On the opposite side heading towards the see you can see another mosque.

This is at the market area of Peunayong.

I've passed the mosque a number of times. This time I decided to have a look inside.

Another part of Peunayong.

The Aceh river in front of my hotel abput 500 metres from Peunayong. But I took a long walk through other places. A check using Google Map shows the morning walk covered at least 2.5 km.