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, October 10, 2014

Servants from heaven and Solomon's last stand?

The monster machine called Saabighaat

David, Solomon and Tabut, the Ark of Covenant

We went up the next level via the stairs of the western face...

This time we immediately went clockwise.

And I tried to keep as close to the group as possible.

Next relief is said to depict King David handing power to his son Solomon.

Below is a servant sitting next to a box said to be the Tabut, known in the West as the Ark of the Covenant. Giving away the ark is considered symbol of handing over power.


Fahmi said this one clearly shows the Tabut or the ark.

Oncefurther explanation is done we moved counter clockwise again.

Entering the southern face...

This one is said to show King Solomon already in power.

Fascination without explanation and Jonah's fish

While others sticked closely to the group I tend to be left behind fascinated by even signboards like this.

The reliefs here are quite amazing.

While the group were paying attention to KH Fahmi and his assistant's explanations, I tried to fathom other reliefs...

At this juncture we should be at the western face.

These reliefs might be amazing works of art but is it really impossible to be human-made as claimed by Fahmi?

I  think there's a lapse of 2-3 minute before I caught up with the group again.

Fahmi explaining his understanding of this relief.

He said this one depicts the story of Prophet Jonah or Nabi Yunus. For the record Jonah is known as the prophet who got thrown off a ship and swallowed by a giant fish.