Monday, 13 June 2016

Al-Yamani Suffix

Bandar Hilir in Melaka
The unresolved lineage and Alyamani mystery

Salleh bin Khatib Yusof is either descended from Haji Muhammad Salleh (Nakhoda Nan Intan) or some other man with a similar name.


Ismail bin Salleh married Inchek Nyonia bt Sahabudin of Tengkera. This Sahabudin/Shahbudin father maybe Indian or had a dark complexion. Inche Nyonia could be a fair lady with Chinese features.

Bapak said there is Makam Shahbudin in Tengkera. I went to Masjid Tengkera. I could not find Tanah Perkuburan Tengkera and Makam Shahbudin/Sahabudin. I have no iidea where they are.

In Tengkera, there are 2 Shahbuddins or Sahabudins. One Shahbuddin was a Chinese convert to Islam. He was from mainland China and became Kapitan of his community in Malacca, when Malacca was still under Dutch rule. He built Masjid Kg Hulu circa 1720s, earlier than Masjid Tengkera (1728). His name is Shahbudin bin Arom (Haron/Harun).

Another man, also by a similar sounding name is Shahbudin Alyamani, an Indian and his relatives were in Singapore. This could be Inche Nyonia's father.


From Abang Moin, 4 June 2016, Semabok:

Ismail bin Salleh was from Yemen. Ismail married Fatimah bt Datuk Shahbuddin bin Mohd Amin of Cirebon, Java, Indonesia. Datuk Shahbuddin built Masjid Banda Hilir in 1820.

This Ismail is popularly known as Ismail Alyamani?

I think this 'Fatimah wife' is wrong because Ismail actually married Inche Nyonia bt Sahabudin from Tengkera.


Ismail's son is Haji Mohd Sharif of Banda Hilir, Melaka.

Haji Mohd Sharif bin Ismail was a jaggery boiler (buat gula Melaka) and goldsmith (tukang emas) in Banda Hilir, Melaka.

These are 2 flat 'softer' round pieces of Gula Melaka. They are more recent than the ones made in bamboo cylinders. The bamboo cylinders are traditional ones used for making gula Melaka. The coconut palm sugar comes out as hard dark brown cylinders which are difficult to break or crush. 

External links:
Google search for jaggery images

Trade of the Straits' Settlements.
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1835-1869), 8 November 1845, Page 2

Straits Times Weekly Issue, 1 July 1891, Page 8
Registration of Births and Deaths (Straits Times June 22)


Haji Mohd Sharif's son is Haji Mohd Yusope.
Inche Mohamed Yusope (1896-1954)
Bapak's Walid
My Tok Walid
My children's Tok moyang Walid

Haji Mohd Yusope bin Haji Mohd Sharif worked as an entomologist in Kuala Lumpur. He worked in agriculture.

Haji Mohd Yusope's 5 sons are Abu Bakar, Abdul Rashid (Bapak), Jaafar, Baharudin, and Saleh. Two sons who died as infants (less than a year old) were Idris and Shamsu'ain.

Standing in front from left: Pak Saleh (shorter, younger) and Pak Din (taller, elder).
Standing at rear from left: Pak Cik Pau, Pak Bakau and Bapak.
Rumah Banda Hilir. 1951-54.

Haji Mohd Yusope's 8 daughters are Ainon, Zaina, Ramlah, Sarah, Rahmah (Mak Nya), Safura, Inche Bedah, and Inche Sekmah.

Haji Mohd Yusope was known as Walid to his children. Walid is the Arabic word for father.

Haji Mohd Yusope bin Haji Mohd Sharif (Walid) is my paternal grandfather (Tok Walid).

Tok Walid married Nenek Inchek and they had 15 children (2 died).

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