Friday, 29 March 2013

Hijrah Calendar

Many old documents in Malay history used the Hijrah calendar.

I'm putting up the Hajj month of the Hijrah calendar in this post so it will be easy to find the link and to refer to the dates in both the Islamic and civil calendars.

Hirah calendar

International dateline

1936 AD is 1354 Hijrah: The Hajj was 2-6 March 1936.

1962 AD is 1381 Hijrah:  The Hajj was 13-17 May 1962.

Saturday, 1 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 5 May 1962
Sunday, 2 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 6 May 1962
Monday, 3 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 7 May 1962
Tuesday, 4 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 8 May 1962
Wednesday, 5 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 9 May 1962
Thursday, 6 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 10 May 1962
Friday, 7 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 11 May 1962

Saturday, 8 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 12 May 1962
Sunday, 9 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 13 May 1962 ........ Hajj begins at Arafah at noon
Monday, 10 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 14 May 1962 ..... Hajj begins
Tuesday, 11 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 15 May 1962 ---- Hajj day (Hari Tasyriq)
Wednesday, 12 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 16 May 1962 ---- Hajj day (Hari Tasyriq)
Thursday, 13 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 17 May 1962 ----- Hajj day (Hari Tasyriq)
Friday, 14 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 18 May 1962

Saturday, 15 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 19 May 1962 .... completion of Hajj (Sai'e)
Sunday, 16 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 20 May 1962
Monday, 17 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 21 May 1962
Tuesday, 18 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 22 May 1962
Wednesday, 19 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 23 May 1962
Thursday, 20 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 24 May 1962
Friday, 21 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 25 May 1962

Saturday, 22 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 26 May 1962
Sunday, 23 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 27 May 1962
Monday, 24 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 28 May 1962
Tuesday, 25 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 29 May 1962
Wednesday, 26 Zulhijjah 1381 Hijrah is 30 May 1962

Imam Masjid Semabok

Masjid Semabok is an old mosque in Malacca. The imam there once was Cikgu Yusof bin Buntal. He left Malacca for his Hajj in Makkah on 10 June 1954 (about 2 months before the Hajj). Imam Yusof was the Qadhi for several Malay marriages which he conducted at Masjid Semabok. Some of the Malay couples have migrated to Western Australia and I met some of the couples while doing my PhD at UWA in 1986-89. They still remembered Imam Pak Ji Usop which was his call name. I don't have the date when Imam Yusof passed away. Will ask my Malacca cousins.

These photos below were taken by my father after the Japanese war, after he returned to Malacca from Kirkby, England, and before he got married. They were retrieved from his collection of printed photos. Other photos of Imam Yusof's family (mainly his children) are in my Facebook.

Cikgu Yusof standing in the anjung of his small wooden Malay house in Semabok, and facing the villagers who came to see him at home before he left for Makkah.
A young Cikgu Yusof bin Buntal, Imam of Masjid Semabok in Malacca, before he went for Hajj.
My father's handwritten notes on the back of Cikgu Yusof's photo. Cikgu Yusof was my father's elder brother-in-law and mentor, after his own father had passed away.

Hijrah calendar. The Hajj was 7-11 August 1954.

Dr Abdul Aziz bin Omar

Here is some update for Dr Abdul Aziz bin Omar, an early Malay doctor.
29 March 2013

I have managed to trace and contacted his eldest son's family in KL. I have sent a copy of my book Biography of the Early Malay Doctors to one of his granddaughters, Idora bt Abdul Rashid. Idora will get her father, Abdul Rashid bin Abdul Aziz, to check his father's biography which I have written before I knew the family and had any family contact.

There is a younger daughter, Hjh Rashidah bt Abdul Aziz who lives in the family home at 3955 Jalan Telipot in Kelantan. I have the address as provided by Idora's mother but I haven't had the time to visit the house. I checked my photos of Telipot homes, and I have in my collection a 2011 photo of the entrance (opened gates) to the home. I will wait till I get corrections from Idora's parents and then try and make a visit to Telipot and also (in sya Allah) to KL to meet with Idora and her parents. Idora has not met her grandfather as he passed away before she was born.

A reader also wrote comments about Dr Abdul Aziz bin Omar's Penang relatives somewhere in this blog. The reader knew the family members.

I hope to be able to correct and edit the biography of Dr Abdul Aziz bin Omar and also insert better photos once I get them from his son and family, in sya Allah. I visited Hjh Rashidah at home on Telipot in 2018, and got a few photos of Dr Abdul Aziz bin Omar.

Please write to me if you know Dr Abdul Aziz bin Omar or know him.

Dr Abdul Aziz bin Omar was with Rotary Club in Kota Bharu, Kelantan in 1962/63. He was the immediate past president (in 1962).

The Straits Times, 22 January 1963, Page 7
Dr Hugh Russell Tinker, Reader in Politics and Government in the University of London, said here that territories wishing to join Malaysia should not worry too much about forces trying to disrupt the move. He was speaking at a weekly Rotary Club luncheon on the common ties of South-East Asia. Good move. The immediate past president of the club, Dr Abdul Aziz bin Omar, asked what he thought of Malaysia. Dr Tinker said: "I feel it is a good move that the countries proposing to join Malaysia can stand as a solid body. Countries joining Malaysia should not worry too much on outside forces aiming to stop the formation of Malaysia. These forces will get nowhere if you unite and achieve your aims."