Monday, 6 June 2016

Masjid Banda Hilir, Melaka (6)

Senarai nama Imam Masjid Banda Hilir

Masjid An nur
Bandar Hilir Melaka
Dibina pada tahun 1820
Dato' Shahbudin bin Mohd Amin
Berasal dari Cheribon
Tanah Jawa

Founder's plaque
His grave is at Jalan Kubur Panjang, Melaka

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There were several imams who were placed in charge of the masjid at Banda Hilir in Malacca. A modern yellow plaque with blue words lists the names of the imams but no dates are available on record. Thus, the exact terms that they served are unknown.

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

1. Tn Hj Ashari bin Mohd Salleh

2. Tn Hj Mohd Shariff bin Ismail

3. Tn Hj Mohd Nordin bin Ismail

4. Tn Hj Ahmad bin Awal

5. Tn Hj Jaafar bin Hj Ashari


6. Tn Ustaz Ibrahim bin Hj Hashim

7. Tn Hj Halim bin Hj Ali

8. Tn Hj Osman bin Majid

List of Imams

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I have filled in the approximate dates for the first 3 imams (the terms that they served), based on my research. As far as I know from my late father, the imams were related (semua imam Masjid Bandar Hilir bersaudara). Hj Mohd Sharif bin Ismail was my paternal great grandfather - I have his Will (Wasiat). According to my father, his grandfather Hj Mohd Sharif died aged 38. Hj Mohd Sharif had 3 sibs - himself was eldest, bearded Hj Mohd Noordin @ King George VI (middle brother) and Zainal @ Tok Zainal Klang (youngest brother) lived in Klang and was a tutor to Sultan Abdul Samad of Selangor. I supposed the dates can be worked out based on the birth and death certificates of the imams mentioned. Some people/relatives today may still remember them.

1. Tn Hj Ashari bin Mohd Salleh, circa 1820-
2. Tn Hj Mohd Shariff bin Ismail, circa 1860-1912
3. Tn Hj Mohd Nordin bin Ismail, circa early 1900s; circa 1912-?

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The land surrounding Masjid Banda Hilir has been endowed (wakaf) to Masjid Banda Hilir by Hj Mohd Sharif (tanah 1 ekar diwakafkan kepada Masjid Banda Hilir). The tanah wakaf of Masjid Banda Hilir was entrusted to his middle brother (Hj Mohd Noordin) and later his son Rahim Hj Mohd Noordin, and then my late father (Hj Abdul Rashid). Today, Masjid Bandar Hilir has about 1 acre of endowed land (tanah wakaf). The confines of this endowed land are in a land map sent to me by Mahadhir Mohamad today, 7 April 2013. However, the numerals and map numbers are unclear.

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(i) 11 April 2013: What else needs to be done?

There are desperate cries to make Masjid Banda Hilir a heritage site (tapak warisan) but that hope is still facing obstacles as making heritage sites comes under Kementerian Warisan and not the Chief Minister of Malacca. Someone needs to look into this matter so that we can save this ancient masjid from possible future demolition, in the name of progress. I really hope that those of you who are residing in Malacca and near this masjid can help "Save Masjid Banda Hilir". I am living in Kelantan.

Once the story surrounding Masjid An-Nur Banda Hilir is complete, in shaa Allah, then someone can sit down to write a book about the former house at 262-T Banda Hilir and the history of the associated masjid.

(ii) Update 2016: Masjid Banda Hilir is now classified as a Masjid Warisan (Heritage Mosque).

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The perimeter wall was bombed during the Japanese war and was re-built in the post-war. There are photos of the people of the masjid and the reconstruction of the perimeter wall in the post-war.

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