a famosa malacca

Description of A Famosa and Its Demolition

Hikayat Abdullah

III. DESCRIPTION OF MALACCA FORT, AND ITS DEMOLITION

Now at this time, I had no other employment than that of constantly reading manuscript or writing, this only; when shortly there came a rumour to Malacca that the English intended to destroy the fort, but none of the races of people inhabiting the town would believe that such could be done so easily, saying one to another, that the life of the Governor would not be long enough to finish such an undertaking. This was, in their opinion, owing to the strength, workmanship, and hardness of the stones, and its extraordinary position. And on account of these circumstances, such an event could not come home to their understandings, nor that the fort could be quickly knocked down. So many people went about saying, Now is the time coming for poor people to get rich in earning wages at the fort demolition. Another one would suggest that if they meddled with it many would die, for how many of the devil’s imps were inside of it! Again, half the people cried that it comes off the knowings of the English, this destroying the fort; for should it happen to fall into the hands of another power, it would be a long war to get it back owing to its great strength and the skill with it had been constructed.

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Malaysia in 1970

The Federation of Malaysia in a documentary film. Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. The federal constitutional monarchy consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo).

Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam.

Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of federal government.

Al-Andalusi Asadullah Ali in counter-Atheism

asadullah ali

I have talked to akhi Asadullah Ali al-Andalusi and he has impressive credentials when it comes to Muslim apologetics and comparative religion. This is a brief background of him from what he has told me, and from what is already known publicly. Asadullah is especiality focusing on the ideology of Atheism, which is not common among Muslims.

At present, brother Asadullah Ali is a research fellow for Yaqeen Institute and the founder of the Andalusian Project, an independent research platform for counter-Islamophobia studies.

Asadullah Ali also holds degrees in both Western and Islamic Philosophy and last I checked he is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Islamic Studies as well at Universiti Malaya.

It is of interest to note that al-Andalusi specializes in topics related to the philosophy of science, atheism, terrorism, Islamic political thought and ethics, and other issues surrounding the global Muslim community. He has added on to the discourse of Islam versus materialism and atheism and has no doubt made a lot of contribution to Muslim apologetics in general.

With all these credentials that has been mentioned, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Asadullah Ali al-Andalusi is totally qualified to talk about the topics that I have mentioned.