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Tiga buku pertama yang ditulis dan diterbitkan saya.

The first three books written and published by me.

"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, Mei 2007

"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Sirih Pulang ke Gagang?"

ISBN 978-983-42031-2-2, November 2007

Buku keempat bertajuk "Rumah Azan". Diterbitkan April 2009 oleh syarikat Karnadya dengan pertolongan Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, buku ini memaparkan gambar-gambar cantik berserta cerita di sebalik masjid-masjid terpilih yang boleh dikaitkan dengan sejarah Melayu Islam dan pembentukan negara Malaysia.

The fourth book titled "Rumah Azan". Published in April 2009 by the company Karnadya with the help of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, this book features beautiful pictures along with stories behind selected mosques which could be related to the history of Islam and the Malays and the formation of the nation of Malaysia.

Buku kelima saya "Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and Malay Sultanates" diterbitkan awal 2010. Ia merupakan terjemahan buku "Ahlul Bait (Keluarga) Rasulullah SAW dan Kesultanan Melayu" karangan Hj Muzaffar Mohamad dan Tun Suzana Othman ke dalam bahasa Inggeris untuk pasaran antarabangsa.

My fifth book "Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and Malay Sultanates" was published early 2010. It is a translation of the Malay-language book "Ahlul Bait (Keluarga) Rasulullah SAW dan Kesultanan Melayu" authored by Hj Muzaffar Mohamad and Tun Suzana Othman turned into English for the international market.

Seperti buku ke-empat saya "Rumah Azan", buku ke-enam "Kereta Api Menuju Destinasi" juga adalah buku mewah yang diterbitkan oleh syarikat Karnadya dengan kerjasama Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. Keluar Januari 2011 ia memaparkan gambar dan cerita tentang pengembaraan menaiki keretapi ke seluruh Semenanjung Malaysia berserta tempat-tempat menarik yang boleh dicapai dengan cara ini.

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.

Buku ketujuh saya "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" pula ada sebuah coffee-table book atau buku mewah yang ditulis, disunting, direkaletak dan gambar-gambarnya diambil sendiri oleh saya. Keluar dari kilang Oktober 2011, buku yang menggabungkan sejarah keluarga dengan sejarah tempat-tempat seperti Singapura, Johor, Batu Pahat, Muar malah ada sejarah Pulau Jawa dan Inggeris sekali ini telah diulas dengan saya ditemu ramah secara langsung dalam program Selamat Pagi Malaysia di RTM1. Lihat artikel Siaran langsung ulasan buku "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" dan temu ramah di Selamat Pagi Malaysia. Sedikit isi terpilih ada dipaparkan dalam Sneak peek "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah".

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".

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Terbaru : Siri novel "Berpetualang ke Aceh" kini boleh didapati dalam bentuk e-book. Masuk http://www.e-sentral.com/, klik kategori novel am dan pergi ke mukasurat 4. Anda juga boleh taip perkataan "Aceh" pada kotak carian. Atau terus klik Buku 1, Buku 2 dan Buku 3.

Latest : The "Berpetualang ke Aceh" series of novels could now 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.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Masjid Alwi (the Alwi mosque), Kangar, Perlis

Assalamualaikum. Ini posting terbaru... mari! :]
Peace be upon you all. This is the latest posting... come! :]


Saya baru sahaja kembali daripada perjalanan hampir 1,200 km meliputi beberapa tempat di utara...

I've just came back from a trip covering a distance of almost 1,200 km including visits to some places in the north...


Salah satu tempat dikunjungi ialah Masjid Alwi di Kangar, Perlis.
One of the places visited is the Alwi mosque in Kangar, Perlis.

Sedikit informasi tentang masjid...
Some information on the mosque...



Satu lagi papan informasi. Hmm... nampaknya ada sedikit percanggahan pada tarikh.
One more information board. Hmm... looks like there's a slight difference in the dates.

Mari, masuk ke dalam...
Come, let's go inside...

Ada papan tanda ini menunjukkan jumlah wang derma yang digunakan untuk mendirikan masjid.
There's this board showing the amount of donation received which was then used to build this mosque.




Ruangan yang terletak betul-betul di bawah kubah utama.

The hall which is located right under the main dome.


Ke kanan pula terdapat dewan utama bersolat.
To the left is the main praying hall.


Ruang solat wanita di belakang.
The women's praying section behind.

Menara azan...

The call to prayer tower or minaret...

Bahagian tepi luar kanan.

The right outside part.

Seperti di hadapan, terdapat bahagian seperti pensel ini. Sekian!
Just like at the front, there's this section which looks like pencils. That's all!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Istana (palace of) Bandar

Pada Sabtu 13 Disember baru-baru ini, saya telah pergi ke Jugra di Selangor untuk melawat beberapa tempat bersejarah di sekitarnya. Antaranya ialah Istana Bandar yang dibina Sultan ke-5 Selangor, Sultan Alaeddin (memerintah 1898-1938). Di sini biar diletakkan beberapa gambar di istana itu tanpa komen ya. Sekian...
On the recent Saturday 13th December, I went to Jugra in Selangor to visit some historical places in and around it. Among it is the Istana (palace of) Bandar which was built by the 5th Sultan (ruler) of Selangor, Sultan Alaeddin (ruled 1898-1938). Here let me put some pictures of the palace without any comment ya. That's all...









































Makam (tomb of) Panglima Mat Berani, Pagoh...

Baru-baru ini, saya juga pergi menziarahi makam seorang pahlawan Melayu lama yang dikenali dengan nama Panglima Mat Berani.
Recently, I also visited the tomb of an olden Malay warrior known by the name Panglima (a warrior of high status) Mat Berani (not real name but called Mat Berani because of his bravery, "Berani" being the Malay word for brave).


Makam ini terletak di tepian Sungai Muar sekitar Pagoh, Johor. Untuk pengetahuan, Panglima Mat Berani ialah seorang pahlawan dari Pahang yang datang membantu angkatan Melayu Melaka lalu terkorban ketika melawan serangan Portugis apabila Sultan Mahmud Shah berundur ke Pagoh tahun 1511.
This tomb is situated alongside the Muar river around Pagoh, Johor. For information, Panglima Mat Berani is a warrior who came from Pahang and died while assisting the Melaka Malay soldiers fighting against a Portuguese attack when Sultan Mahmud Shah was forced to retreat to Pagoh in the year 1511.

Makam beliau ditanda dengan batu nesan Aceh. Ini menandakan beliau bukan calang-calang orang. Kain kuning pula menandakan kaitan diraja...
His tomb is marked with Aceh-type gravestones. This shows that he is not any Tom, Dick and Harry. The yellow clothings further signifies ties with royalty.




Saya mengambil peluang untuk membetulkan sedikit kedudukan kain kuning yang ada. Kain kuning paling baru yang telah diletakkan di bahagian kaki saya alihkan ke batu nesan bahagian kepala. Sekian...
I took the opportunity to correct a bit the position of the yellow clothings available. I removed the newest yellow clothes which have been tied around the foot section to the head gravestone. That's all...

Batu nesan Aceh di (Aceh gravestones in) Bukit Beruang, Melaka

OK. Sampai masanya untuk membuat cerita-cerita baru di blogspots saya. Mari!
OK. Come the time to make some new stories for my blogspots. Come!


Lebih kurang 10 hari lepas, dalam perjalanan kembali bercuti ke Muar, saya telah singgah ke Bukit Beruang, Melaka.

About 10 days ago, on the way back for holiday in Muar, I stopped at Bukit Beruang, Melaka.




Tujuan saya adalah mencari satu kawasan pemakaman Islam yang mengandungi batu-batu nesan Aceh, sejenis batu nesan lama yang cuma dipakai oleh golongan bangsawan dan raja-raja Melayu.

My purpose was to look for a Muslim burial ground containing a number of Aceh gravestones, a type of olden gravestone that is only used by Malay nobility and royalty.


Alhamdulillah, setelah agak lama mencari dapat juga saya menemuinya.

Thank God, after looking for something I managed to find it.



Lihat bentuk batu nesan yang ada ini...

Look at the gravestones available here...




Batu-batu nesan ini dipercayai milik ahli keluarga dan keturunan Datuk Aroom, kapitan Melayu pertama yang pernah mengetuai masyarakat Melayu di Melaka semasa zaman pemerintahan Belanda (1641-1824)

The gravestones here are believed to belong to family members and descendants of Datuk Aroom, the first Malay capitan (local leader) who headed the Malay community in Melaka during the time of Dutch rule (1641-1824)












Sekitar 200 meter di luar kawasan tadi pula kelihatan sebuah makam yang terkeluar dari kelompok besar.

Some 200 metres outside the area shown just now one could see a tomb standing out from the main cluster of tombs.




Makam ini dipercayai milik kapitan Melayu Melaka kedua, Datuk Shamsuddin bin Datuk Aroom. Sekian.
The tomb is believed to be owned by the second Melaka Malay capitan, Datuk Shamsuddin bin (son of) Datuk Aroom. That's all.








Friday, December 05, 2008

Masjid lama (The old mosque at) Sungai Ramal, Kajang

Assalamualaikum semua. Setelah membuat posting ke 191 di blogspot ini dengan tajuk Alhambra dan seterusnya (Alhambra and so on) : Replika di (Replicas at) Taman Tamadun Islam 2 minggu lalu, akhirnya hari ini baru saya terasa hendak menambah cerita. Mari! :]
Peace be upon you all. After making the 191th posting at this blogspot under the title Alhambra dan seterusnya (Alhambra and so on) : Replika di (Replicas at) Taman Tamadun Islam 2 weeks ago, at last today I felt like adding a new story. Come! :]

Dua minggu lepas saya telah pergi bersolat Jumaat di masjid ini, Masjid Jamek Haji Mat Saman di Kampung Sungai Ramal Luar, Kajang.

Two weeks ago I went for the Jumaat prayers at this mosque, the main mosque of Haji Mat Saman at Kampung Sungai Ramal Luar, Kajang.


Masjid ini terletak di tepian lebuhraya yang menghubungkan bandar Kajang dengan Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan.
The mosque is situated besides the highway which connects the town of Kajang to the North-South Highway.

Walaupun saya sudah melalui jalan ini berpuluh kali mungkin beratus kali, seingat saya itulah kali pertama saya singgah ke masjid ini.
Although I've been pass this route tens of times, maybe hundreds of times even, as far as I could remember this is the first time I ever visited this mosque.


Baru saya tahu masjid yang agak cantik ini dibina tahun 1929.
Then only did I found out this rather beautiful mosque was built in the year 1929.



Apa yang pelik adalah satu perkara yang baru saya sedar di dalam.
What was weird was something I realised when I went inside.




Nampak tak apa-apa yang pelik?
Notice anything strange?





Lihat betul-betul kedudukan barisan saf yang tergaris pada hamparan di bawah berbanding kedudukan dinding masjid.
Look closely at the position of the line of congregation as shown on the carpet in relation to the position of the walls of the mosque.






Nescaya anda akan nampak bahawa arah kiblat yang ditentukan pada garisan di hamparan berbeza sekitar 30 darjah dengan arah hadapan masjid, mungkin kerana kesilapan perkiraan ketika ia dibina 80 tahun dahulu. Oh, selamat menyambut Hari Raya Aidil Adha Isnin ini. Sekian....
Then you would see that the direction of the kiblah (the Ka'abah in Mecca where every Muslim face in prayers) as dictated by the lines on the carpet is different by about 30 per cent than the frontal direction of mosque, maybe because of some miscalculation when the mosque was built 80 years ago. Oh, happy celebrating the Muslim festive day of Aidil Adha this Monday. That's all...








Saturday, November 22, 2008

Alhambra dan seterusnya (Alhambra and so on) : Replika di (Replicas at) Taman Tamadun Islam

Bersambung daripada artikel Turki dan Tunisia (Turkey and Tunisia) : Replika di (Replicas at) Taman Tamadun Islam . Kita melompat ke benua Eropah...

Continuing from the article
Turki dan Tunisia (Turkey and Tunisia) : Replika di (Replicas at) Taman Tamadun Islam . We hop on to the continent of Europe...

Kenal bangunan ini?

Recognise this building?

Baca informasinya di sini. Maaf jika ia kurang terang...

Read the information here. Sorry if it's not so clear...




Untuk pengetahuan, inilah replika bangunan Alhambra di Sepanyol.

For information, this is a replica of the Alhambra building in Spain.


Bangunan ini menjadi satu simbol penguasaan Islam di Eropah suatu masa dahulu.

This building is a symbol of Muslim power and rule over Europe once upon a time.




Ia juga adalah simbol tamadun tinggi Islam, tamadun yang kemudian ditiru Barat untuk menerbitkan zaman kegemilangan Eropah...

This is also a symbol of the high civilisation of Islam, a civilisation which was later copied by the West to creat the European enlightened age...


Di bawah ini pula adalah menara Kalyan d Uzbekistan.

Below in turn is the minaret of Kalyan in Uzbekistan.










Ini pula masjid besar Agadez di Nigeria.

This is the great mosque of Agadez in Nigeria.







Untuk makluman, ini adalah artikel ke 191 di blogspot ini. Maka saya akan berehat daripada menulis di sini buat satu jangka waktu. Selamat malam! :]

For information, this is the 191th article in this blogspot. And so I will rest from writing anything here for some period. Good night! :]