Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Keturunan Ismail Alyamani (Penang-Melaka)

Maulidur Rasul 12 December 2016

Tonight is a great night. I found my father's documents tonight - his certificates, photos, photo album, birth certificate, death certificate, booklets, cards etc. They were in my house all the time. I had a look at them long ago, but forgot about them, except the photos.

I found everything tonight except some sheets about his family tree, which I prepared before. I remember the details but I have misplaced those papers.

Tonight I found out my ancestors on my father's side. Tonight I found his Pagaruyung family tree, but all in tulisan Jawi, which I cannot read (it is in very small print). It is the same family tree that Tok Kalthom showed me at her home in Batu Uban, Penang.
  • 1802 Masjid Kapitan Keling, 
  • 1806 Masjid Melayu Aceh, 
  • Abu Seman b Awang Besar (Pak Abu), 
  • Alijah bt Mohd Sharif, 
  • Hjh Mahani bt Hj Khalil, 
  • Keturunan Ismail Alyamani, 
  • Salma bt Hj Khalil, 
  • Tuan Haji Zakaria bin Hj Khalil, 

Part 1
Location: Jelutong, Penang

Shaik Mohamad bin Salem Alyamani married 2 wives -

  1. Hjh Noor bt Abdullah
  2. Hawa bt Jelani

Hjh Noor's daughter is Fatma Bee bt Shaik Mohamad.

Fatma Bee bt Shaik Mohamad was known as Patma Bee, or written only as Pahmah on her son's birth certificate (Mohd Yusope, born 11 Feb 1896). Bapak described her as "putih macam Cina".

Hawa had 7 children:

  1. Siti Saedah (Zubaidah)
  2. Shaik Omar
  3. Shaik Abdul Aziz (Ami Aziz Alyamani)
  4. Siti Mariah
  5. Siti Kechil
  6. Siti Hajar (she married to ISMAIL ALYAMANI as his 2nd wife?)
  7. Shaik Ismail

#3 Shaik Abdul Aziz was known as Ami Aziz Alyamani to my father. He married 2 wives:

  1. Siti Rahmah bt Abdul Rashid Makawi (better known as Nenek Rahmah; was from Batu Uban, Penang). Sje lived in a small wooden house in Jelutong Timur ... I met her in Jelutong when I was a small girl. She made putu kacang for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
  2. Siti Aishah bt Abdullah (better known as Nenek Jepun) lived in a colonial brick shophouse behind Masjid Jalan Hutton/Hutton Lane in George Town, Penang ... I met her at the shophouse (home) with a big tree in the 1960s

#7 Shaik Ismail was known as Ami Ismail Alyamani. He married Maimunah bt Zainal (Nya Intan) of Klang. She is anak Tok Zainal of Klang*.

*Tok Zainal is the youngest of 3 brothers:

  1. Hj Mohd Shariff b ISMAIL ALYAMANI (Banda Hilir), 
  2. Hj Mohd Nordin b ISMAIL ALYAMANI (Ujong Pasir) and 
  3. Zainal/Zenal b ISMAIL ALYAMANI (Klang). 
Hj Mohd Shariff and Hj Mohd Nordin were Imam Masjid Banda Hilir, Melaka. Lorong Imam Hj Nordin in Banda Hilir is named after him. There is no road or lane named after Hj Mohd Sharif.

Part 2

ISMAIL ALYAMANI married Inche Nyonia bt Sheikh Mohd Shahbuddin of Tengkera, Malacca. Sheikh Mohd Shahbuddin was probably from somewhere else, and came to Tengkera.

ISMAIL ALYAMANI was the father of Haji Mohd Sharif, Haji Nordin and Zainal (Zenal).

Q2. What was his occupation?

ISMAIL ALYAMANI was a jewellery merchant during British rule in Penang, Malacca and Singapore.

ISMAIL ALYAMANI was a jeweller at Masjid Kapitan Keling area in George Town, Penang. This indicates he was an Indian Muslim as this area was dominated by the Indian Muslims who came to Penang to spread Islam and trade.

Q3. Where did he work?

He probably had shophouses in the Straits Settlements and in Singapore, and travelled by ship to his shops.

In Penang, he traded in the area in close proximity to Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town.

Masjid Kapitan Keling was built in 1802, but there was a hut madrasah on site well before this date, which was constructed by Datuk Keramat. Datuk Keramat was Major Nadhor Khan @ Jemaldin, who was in the British Indian Army in Penang.

The jewellery shops surrounding Masjid Kapitan Keling were dominated by Indian Muslims, and included Habib Jewels and Melati etc. Indian scripts and Malay are used on the shop signboards which indicate Tamil as the lingua franca of this area. Masjid Kapitan Keling also uses Tamil for its sermons (khutbah), and for which the Malays later built Masjid Melayu Acheh in 1806.

Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, Penang
T. K. Mohamed Salih (who was he?).
T. K. Mohamed Salih. Dealers in Jewellery Boxes, Displays & Jewellery Tools
Menjual Kotak-kotak Barang Kemas & Alat Pertukangan Emas

Jewellery shops beside Masjid Kapitan Keling
Habib Jewel near Masjid Kapitan Keling

Part 3

Diamond Merchants, 
Manufacturing jewellers, 
Dealers in Precious Stones
Location: No. 82-1 & 82-2 Brass Bassa Road, Singapore

This advertisement of 6 September 1899 was by Ismail & Raheem, diamond merchants, manufacturing jewellers, dealers in precious stones. The shophouse was located at No. 82-1 and 82-2 Brass Bassa Road, Singapore.

Ismail bin H. Saleh was an Engineer for Steam Launch - Alert under Marine Dept. A colleague, D. Theseira was a Chief Clerk. The Theseira family lived behind the wall of Masjid Banda Hilir.

Part 4
Location: Jelutong, Penang vs. Malacca

ISMAIL ALYAMANI (possibly) married 2 wives:
  1. Inchek Nyonia bt Tuan Sheikh Sahabudin (Tengkera, Melaka) ... first wife
  2. Siti Hajar (adik Ami Aziz Alyamani, Penang?) ... possibly his second wife?

It is unknown where ISMAIL ALYAMANI is buried. He would possibly be buried in Jelutong.

It is unknown where Inchek Nyonia is buried. She could be buried in Tengkera. Bapak said there is Makam Shahbudin Alyamani in Tengkera. He could be her father.

Siti Hajar would possibly be buried in Jelutong, Penang.

Part 5
Location: Tengkera vs Banda Hilir, Malacca

Inchek Nyonia bt Tuan Sheikh Sahabudin was from Tengkera, Melaka. It is unknown whether Tuan Sheikh Sahabudin was indeed Dato Shahbuddin bin Haji Mohd Amin (asal Cirebon) or Sheikh Shahbudin Alyamani (an Indian Muslim) from Tengkera (more likely). Makam Shahbudin Alyamani is at Tengkera (Bapak beritahu). I haven't seen this Makam Shahbuddin.

Inchek Nyonia had 3 sons:
  1. Hj Mohd Sharif b ISMAIL ALYAMANI (Banda Hilir, eldest) ... my great-grandfather.
  2. Hj Mohd Nordin b ISMAIL ALYAMANI (Ujong Pasir, middle) ... Mohaini Mahabob's great-grandfather.
  3. Zainal/Zenal b ISMAIL ALYAMANI (Klang, youngest) ... grandfather of Uncle Arshad Wahit?

Part 6
Location: Bapak cerita

Bapa said he went to ask Ismail Alyamani in Penang for money to go to Kirkby, England. So Ismail Alyamani was living in George Town, Penang in 1951? Ismail Alyamani gave Bapak some money. Bapak said he was rich. This Ismail would likely be #7 below.

#7 Shaik Ismail was known as Ami Ismail Alyamani. He married Maimunah bt Zainal (Nya Intan) of Klang. She is anak Tok Zainal of Klang*.

Part 7
Location: Masjid Acheh, George Town, Penang

I had spoken to an Indian Muslim man who came on his bicycle, to  pray at Masjid Melayu Acheh, Penang. I asked him about ISMAIL ALYAMANI (a jeweller). He said that he knew ISMAIL YAMANI's people. According to him, ISMAIL ALYAMANI was in the jewellery business at Masjid Kapitan Keling area in George Town, Penang.

Minaret of Masjid Melayu Acheh viewed from the minaret at Masjid Kapitan Keling

Masjid Melayu Acheh, George Town, Penang

Part 8
Location: Banda Hilir

Hj Mohd Sharif bin ISMAIL ALYAMANI married Fatma Bee bt Shaik Mohamad (Patma/Pahmah). She came from Penang to Tengkera, and over to Banda Hilir when she married. She had 5 children in Banda Hilir:
  1. Mohd Yusope (born 11 February 1896 - deceased 4 January 1954) - eldest child; my paternal grandfather.
  2. Mahani - unmarried
  3. Amnah (she married to Hj Ahmad bin Hj Abdul Latiff (HABHAL) as his first wife)
  4. Alijah - unmarried
  5. Asiah - married Haji Ibrahim, a businessman in Tampin

#1 Mohd Yusope b Hj Mohd Sharif (1896-1954) is called Walid by his 13 children (2 of 15 children died). He married Aishah bt Mohd Amin (Mat Amin Pasar, penguasa Pasar Chow Kit di KL). Mat Amin of Kg Baru, KL was from keturunan Jawa. Mat Amin was the adopted son of Haji Hassan.

#2 Amnah married to Hj Ahmad b Hj Abdul Latiff (HABHAL) and went to live in Singapore. HABHAL made kicap cap kipas udang in Singapore (tawkey kicap). HABHAL is cicit Hj Muhammad Saleh @ Nakhoda Nan Intan. HABHAL is Hj Ahmad bin Hj Abdul Latiff bin Hj Nuruddin (@Hj Tambi) bin Hj Muhammad Saleh (@Nakhoda Nan Intan). HABHAL, Hj Abdul Latiff and Hj Tambi were from Tengkera, Melaka but they had a cloth shop (kedai kain) at North Bridge Road in Singapore; their business was in Singapore. Nenek Amnah passed away in the late 1960s and HABHAL remarried, this time to Che Mahani bt Hj Khalil. Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussein was Mufti Pertama Negeri Melaka.

#3 Mahani is Nenek Ani who taught Quran at Banda Hilir to Ayah Wan Merican Noordin (a cousin of my cousins Baizura, Mas, Shawal & Kamarul) and my sibs Abang Sharif and Kak Sharifah (Pah). I did not mengaji Quran from Nenek Ani when I was small - memang rasa sangat rugi lah.

#4 Alijah is Nenek Jah. She was unwell, but I liked her very much. She reared 16 cats. I played with her cats.

Alijah bt Hj Mohd Sharif (Nenek Jah/Nek Jah)
She was on her way to town and passed by our front staircase, Banda Hilir

#5 Asiah is Nenek Ya. She married to Haji Ibrahim, a mamak businessman and they lived in Tampin. She had no children, but adopted an Indian boy. She also taught Quran at Banda Hilir (assisted Nenek Ani). She died 28 April 1984 and is laid to rest at Kubor Jalan Panjang, where Makam Datuk Shahbuddin is.

Rumah Nenek Ya (Nek Ya).
Rumah Nek Ya was built after Rumah Mak Sarah was built. Both houses were built in the early 1960s (1962/63/64). Rumah Nek Ya was originally painted light green when it was first built.

Nenek Ya (Nek Ya Tampin/Ya Tampin)
Nenek Ya (Nek Ya) passed away in Banda Hilir on 28 April 1984, and was laid to rest at Kubor Jalan Panjang, Qariyah Banda Hilir, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho. From a page in Bapak's diary.

Part 8
Location: Kg Hulu, Melaka

Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussein was a family relative from Kg Hulu.

According to my eldest brother (Mohd Sharif), our great-grandfather Hj Mohd Sharif bin Ismail, his middle brother Hj Mohd Nordin bin Ismail, and future Mufti Melaka Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussien, went together to perform the Hajj in 1896/97.  However, the Mufti's son (Hj Zakaria) said his father returned from Makkah in 1899 (he was in Makkah from age 13 years and returned when he was 25, ie 1886-1899).

They returned and each built the same house style - rumah godang Minangkabau (rumah godang means big house).

Hj Mohd Sharif was already married and his wife (Pahmah/Padma Bee) was expecting their first child, a son (Mohd Yusope) when he was away on Hajj. His eldest child and only son (Mohamed Usuf/Mohd Yusope) was born on 11 Feb 1896 in Banda Hilir, Malacca. However, the son's birth was registered by his youngest brother Zenal (Zainal bin Ismail). If Hj Mohd Sharif came home in 1899, then his next child (Mahani/Nek Ani) would be born in 1899 or 1900. The next child (3rd, Amnah) would be born in 1900 or 1901. The next child (4th, Alijah/Nek Jah) would be born in 1901 or 1902. The next child (last child, Nek Ya) was born in 1903/1904/1905/1906.

The 3 Hajis each built a big house as their residence in their respective villages.
  1. Hj Mohd Sharif built his house at 262-T Banda Hilir - adjacent to Masjid Banda Hilir (1897-2007). It is a big black wooden house built without iron nails as the house was by the sea (5 minutes walk to the beach, Straits of Malacca). 
  2. His younger (middle) brother Hj Mohd Nordin built his house in Ujong Pasir (house is extant but was moved to Duyong). 
  3. Tuan Guru Hj Khalil built his house (rumah pusaka) in Kg Hulu but the house was demolished since it was dilapidated.


Tuan Guru Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussein was the first Mufti of Melaka (1926-1960; officially appointed April 1960). He was the one who held up the Merdeka Charter for Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra to read at Padang Merdeka in Banda Hilir, Melaka. Merdeka was first proclaimed in Melaka before it was proclaimed at Stadium Merdeka in Selangor. I have no personal photos of this event so far.

Tuan Guru Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussein married 4 wives and had 13 children. His wives are:-
  1. first wife
  2. second wife
  3. third wife
  4. fourth wife

Names of his children are (not in order):
1. Salma
2. Hjh Mahani
3. Hjh Mariam
4. girl
5. Tuan Haji Zakaria


#1 Salma married to (Abdul) Majid who made famous Majid Satay of Kg Baru, KL. Their son was the famous jazz singer, Abdul Aziz @ Zain Azman (nama samaran). Zain's elder brother, Datuk Mohd Salleh, had worked in the Land & Mines Dept in KL, and was the boss of Hj Mohd Shapri bin Nasir, the elder son of Nenek Zainab bt Mohd Amin (Nenek Jenab). Mohd Shapri bin Nasir had worked under Datuk Mohd Salleh Majid in KL. He remembered Datuk Mohd Salleh Majid, his boss. Hj Mohd Shapri was better known as Hamid or Pak Hamid in Kg Baru, KL. Nenek Jenab and her 2 sons, Hj Mohd Shapri & his younger brother at Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia have all passed away. Her 2 sons died in 2016.


#5 Zakaria went to school with Abu Seman bin Awang Besar (Pak Abu). Pak Abu attended Sek Men Sultan Abdul Halim, Jitra, Kedah. Pak Abu studied at the Malaysian Teachers' Training College (MTTC), Johor. He was a Mathematics teacher at MTTC. Pak Abu is retired now, but paints at the Kraftangan Village in Kota Bharu. He lives in Kota Bharu

Abu Seman b Awang Besar (Pak Abu) FB image

I met Pak Abu at the Karnival Seni & Kemanusiaan on campus last week. Pak Abu will try and contact Zakaria for details and photos. Pak Abu said to me that "orang2 Kg Hulu ini semua cun2 belaka"  - very pretty people! They have kulit putih-merah (humaira - macam Nabi SAW sebut tu). So we wait and see.

With Pak Abu at the Karnival on campus 8 Dec 2016

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