Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Maafkan bila ku tak sempurna
Cinta ini tak mungkin ku cegah
Ayat-ayat cinta bercerita,
Cintaku padamu

Bila bahagia mulai menyentuh
Seakan ku biasa hidup lebih lama
Namun harus ku tinggalkan cinta
Ketika ku bersujud

Ayat-ayat cinta.. After half a decade of negligence to Malay novel, this novel finally caught my attention. Instigated by the beautiful lyrics in rossa’s song, I felt a strong urge to explore this story myself. Finally, I got myself the paper bag version in Gramedia Medan. Guess what, this novel earned a 5 STAR from me

The language used throughout the novel is just sooooo fantastic. It was written beautifully in a graceful manner and comprehensible. I can also sense that there are some adaptations to the Arab language in the way that the author describes things especially when he touches something regarding Allah’s creation and miracles. The most prominent uniqueness is the insertion of lots of hadith, Islamic values and also explanation about Quranic verses. One thing for sure, I think this novel emphasizes moderation. It accepts the fact that no matter how devoted you are to God, one thing you can’t deny is the desire to have someone beside you as an alter ego that will accompany you throughout this life.
Now... The characters in this novel...


This guy is actually too good to be true but I do agree that this is how a man should be... He’s a gentleman, knowledgeable, very organize, very patient when faced with an ordeal, very devoted to Allah, a man with sturdy principles BUT A CRY BABY.. The cry baby part.. It’s not that suitable for a guy like him. I can’t stand it when he cried when he saw Noura bludgeoned by her father and when he received a letter from Nurul who confessed her feelings to him. Hehe...
My favourite part was when he defended the Americans when the Arabs confronted them and accused them with faulty and harsh words. He used a simple fact saying that the Americans are ahlul dzimmi and it’s obligatory to protect their rights and respect them when they are in a Muslim territory and the Arabs were stunned. We did learn that, right? But how many of us remember that ek??


She is Fahri’s wife. They met during an incident in the LRT. Well, actually she was yelled by Arab men when she gave her seat to an old lady who’s a tourist from America. She got her face veiled and happened to be SUPER BEAUTIFUL and SUPER WEALTHY! Kaching$$$ she’s a girl with a good akhlak and she’s very clear about her visions and goals. Quite secretive, showered Fahri with a lot of love and was very loyal when Fahri was alleged to have raped Noura. She’s also full of surprises.. I love her character. Even though her face is veiled, actually she’s very moderate and not judgmental. She seems to accept the differences she found in people.

The Syaikh who taught Fahri Qiraah Sab’ah

I don’t know why I like him... He seems to be rational and wise in his words and action. I like the part when he dreamt meeting one of Rasul’s companions who was famous with his beautiful Quranic recitation during his time. This syaikh explained about the connection between the dead with the world. On how a dead person could appear in a person’s dream though it is already said that “akan terputus hubungan bila sudah mati’. The answer is simple “Kun fayakun”.. When it is Allah’s will, it will actually happen.

I think that’s all for now.. I have so many things to say about this book.. But it’s much much better if you read it by yourself.. This is not merely a love story or a romantic book. It’s a reminder, a self-help book that will inspire us towards being a better person in the eye of other individuals and most importantly in the eye of ALLAH. Ciao...