Saturday, 15 June 2013

Hadrami People

There are a number of Malaysians, Singaporeans and Indonesians who are descended from the Hadrami Arabs. The exact head count is unknown. They are grouped under Malay in national census even though they are Arabs and not Malay. Their names carry Syed and Sharifah names as prefixes.

The Hadrami Arabs have dark or fair complexions. The men wear white jubah with a dagger stuck in their belts. The females wear black abaya and veils. However, they dress differently in modern Malaysia.

Some of the families are  well-known and some are not. The more common ones are Aidid, Al-Habshi, Jamalullail, Al-Saggoff/As-Sakkaf, Bajerai, and Al-Yamani.

A famous Hadrami Arab in Kelantan is the late Jaffar Rawas, a trader of Quran, Islamic books, foods, garments and prayer items, and founder-owner of Syarikat Jaffar Rawas Sdn Bhd in Kota Bharu.

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