Location: Astana Az-Zahrah (“The Centre”), Sri Bukit Laka, Lot 1144, Kampung Seri Rompin, 73500 Rompin, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Malaysia
The Centre is located in a quiet rural area surrounded by smallholding rubber plantations and remnants of jungle. It lies beside the Muar River, approximately one kilometre south of Rompin, Negeri Sembilan. Rompin is half-way between Bahau and Gemas on Route 10, the inland highway between Seremban and Johore. It is approximately 2 – 2.5 hours (~150km) south of Kuala Lumpur by road, 2 – 2.5 hours south of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and 3.5 hours (270km) north of Singapore. (Note: do not use “Maps” for directions, it wrongly shows the location of Rompin)
The area is far from the hustle and bustle of every-day life and traffic with only the chorus of birds during the day and the chirping of crickets, frogs and geckos (cicak) at night and the call of the Azan in the distance.
The Centre has been built in the form of a Minangkabau village, raised above the surrounding area on a bull-horn shaped mound. The main hall lies at the head of the mound with 5 accommodation chalets, a toilet block for campers and an administration centre arrayed on either side of the hall forming the two horns. All buildings have the distinctive Minangkabau style bullhorn roof.
Between but beyond the tips of the bullhorn are two ponds, the larger representing a mother and the smaller representing a baby, with both ponds representing the maternal love of a mother for her baby. This is in memory of the founder who lost her mother at child-birth and whose mother also lost her mother at child-birth, with both of them being brought up by the same “mother”, the younger sister of the mother’s mother.