Thursday, 6 June 2013

Masjid Banda Hilir 1820 (7)

I still prefer to call this masjid by its original and popular name, Masjid Banda Hilir.

Senarai Nama Imam
Lembaga Masjid An-Nur
Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka

1. Tn Hj Ashari bin Mohd Salleh ... this Mohd Salleh cannot be Nakhoda Nan Intan.
2. Tn Hj Mohd Shariff bin Ismail ... eldest of 3 brothers at 262 Banda Hilir
3. Tn Hj Mohd Nordin bin Ismail ... middle of 3 brothers at 262 Banda Hilir
4. Tn Hj Ahmad bin Awal
5. Tn Hj Jaafar bin Hj Ashari ... his house was beside Rumah 302 Banda Hilir.
6. Tn Ustaz Ibrahim bin Hj Hashim
7. Tn Hj Halim bin Hj Ali
8. Tn Hj Osman bin Majid

Imam 1-5 above are related and are descendants of Nakhoda Nan Intan, while Imam 6-8 above are unrelated to the people of Banda Hilir or the descendants of Nakhoda Nan Intan.


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What is the family tree of Nakhoda Nan Intan like?

There is a family tree of Nakhoda Nan Intan, which is prepared in tulisan Jawi. The tulisan Jawi is very tiny.

I received a copy of Nakhoda Nan Intan's family tree (tulisan Jawi) from Nenek Umi Kalthom bt Mohd Yunus @ Wan Teh when I interviewed her at her home in Kg Melayu Batu Uban in Penang on 5 June 2013.

Nakhoda Nan Intan was descended from Dato' Pepatih Nan Sebatang who lived in the village named Kampong Bodi, in the district of Payakumbuh in the highlands of West Sumatra.

Nakhoda Nan Intan married 3 wives:
1. Suripadi from Payakumbuh
2. Che Aminah Deli
3. Che Aishah (Che Tunggal)

Since he married a wife in Penang, Malacca and Singapore, there should be 3 separate family trees of Nakhoda Nan Intan's descendants today.


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Nakhoda Nan Intan probably stayed longest in Penang; Hj Ashari bin Mohd Saleh became the first imam of Masjid Banda Hilir. This Mohd Saleh could not be Nakhoda Nan Intan who lived circa early 1700s while Masjid Banda Hilir was more recent (1820); more than 100 years apart.

If we arrange the names of the imams, we get this:

Hj Mohd Sharif bin Ismail bin ___ bin ___ bin ___ bin ...??? bin Muhammad Salleh @ Nakhoda Nan Intan.

Hj Noordin is the younger brother of Hj Mohd Sharif. He probably became imam when his elder brother died some time in 1912, after Hj Md Sharif returned from Makkah and built the 262-T Banda Hilir house.

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So for me and my father's lineage, we get this:

(i) Via Walid's paternal links:

Bapak said 8 generations (8 people) before him died at 262-T Banda Hilir house.

Nakhoda Nan Intan passed away and is buried in Batu Uban, Penang.

Hjh Faridah bt Hj Abdul Rashid (Bapak) bin Hj Mohd Yusope (Walid) bin (Imam) Hj Mohd Sharif bin Ismail bin Khatib Yusof bin __ bin __ bin __ bin son bin Muhammad Salleh @ Nakhoda Nan Intan.

I am the 10th generation of Nakhoda Nan Intan's son. My father Abdul Rashid was the 9th generation. His father Mohd Yusope was the 8th generation. Hj Mohd Shariff was the 7th generation. Ismail was the 6th generation. Khatib Yusof was in the 5th generation. Who was in the 4th generation? Who was in the 3rd generation? Who was in the 2nd generation? Who was the son of Nakhoda Nan Intan?

(ii) Via Walid's maternal link:

Hjh Faridah bt Hj Abdul Rashid (Bapak) bin Hj Mohd Yusope (Walid) s/o Patma bt Sheikh Mohamad d/o Hawa bt Jelani (Merak Mas) bin Tahir bin Jusoh bin Ismail @ Nakhoda Kechil.

I am the 9th generation of Nakhoda Kechil. Nakhoda Kechil was much younger than Nakhoda Nan Intan, and had met Captain Francis Light in Penang. So he must have lived circa 1786.


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From the family tree in tulisan Jawi which Nenek Umi Kalthom (Kg Melayu Batu Uban, Penang) gave me, Nakhoda Nan Intan had 2 children, a girl and a boy. The girl is named Zaitun and the boy Muhammad Ali.

Children of Nakhoda Nan Intan (Penang base):
1. Zaitun bt Muhammad Saleh
2. Muhammad Ali bin Muhammad Saleh

Both the children of Nakhoda Nan Intan had issues but the family trees were incomplete, and did not show where each was domiciled.

This could be Nakhoda Nan Intan's lineages in Penang or limited to his Penang base. Bapak mentioned that Nakhoda Nan Intan had married a lady at each port of call - in Singapore, Malacca and Penang. So there should be at least 3 family trees of Nakhoda Nan Intan - one each for Singapore, Malacca and Penang.

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I have not seen Nakhoda Nan Intan's family trees from his descendants in Malacca and Singapore. But what I know is (and Bapak said) there are intermarriages between families in Singapore, Malacca and Penang. In fact, from the book The Real Cry of Syed Shaykh al-Hady, there was mention of Riau and the names of the Arab-Malay ladies (of Nakhoda Nan Intan's descendants) who married into the al-Hady families.

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Bapak mentioned that all the Arabs in Malaysia are related and connected by marriage. Bapak was related to the Syeds of Jelutong, the Al-Yamani people of both Penang and Malacca, the Aidids of Penang and Singapore, the Bajerai of Malacca and Perth, the Al-Junied of Singapore, the Rawas family (arwah Jaafar Rawas of Yemen who settled in Kota Bharu, Kelantan), the Al-Attas family, the Al-Habshi family, the Jamalullail family, etc.

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Mak was related to Syed Habib Noh's family of Singapore and Penang. Habib Noh's people are in Penang. As I recalled one descendant's family (Puan Azizah Begum bt Said Habib Nohu) lived in Jalan Dato Keramat in Penang but many have died and moved away. The women used Bibi, Begam/Begum or Hanoum in their names. Some say Hanoum was from Syed Sheikh's short stories; Hanoum became a fad but the name stuck for good and generations have used the name suffix.

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