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.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hol (remembrance) ceremony of Tokku Paloh

Salam. On to the 5th day of the recent East Coast trip. Continuing from The coastal route from Kelantan to Terengganu.

The reason we went to Terengganu is to attend the Hol (remembrance) ceremony of the late Tokku Paloh, a famous religious master of saintly status who featuredly strongly in late 19th century and early 20th century Terengganu.

His name still features strongly in religious circles throughout Terengganu, in fact the whole of Malaysia and beyond. His grandchildren and great grandchildren are still much respected especially among Terengganu palace members and royal circle as he was teacher and religios master to the famous pious Sultan Zainal Abidin III who ruled Terengganu 1881 till 1918.

Living from 1817 till 1917 or so, his real name was Saiyid Abdur Rahman bin (son of) Saiyid Muhammad al-Aidrus.

He was much respected that Sultan Zainal Abidin III himself called Tokku Paloh the owner of Terengganu.

Tokku Paloh is well-known from doing miracles which scared the British colonialists. When he was still around, the intruders dare not invade Terengganu although they had strong intent to do so.

Here, I won't dwell on the miracles. You can look for the stories via Google.

Here I'd like to add that a grandchild of Tokku Palok, Syed Omar al-Aidrus is the religious master and adviser to the present Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin. It is said that the Sultan never makes any decision involving the state without getting Syed Omar's approval first.

Given the stature of Tokku Paloh it is no surprise that many turned up for his Hol ceremony held on Saturday 3rd of September 2016.

I think I have said enough. Now let the pictures speak for itself...

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