Saturday, 1 February 2014

Tok Nadhok @ Datuk Keramat of Penang

Datin Hajjah Wan Norseha bt Wan Nordin is the eldest sister of 12 siblings, including Wan Nuruddin Wan Nordin @ Ayah Wan Nordin Merican in Facebook.

The Nordin Merican family are the third generation descended from Tok Nadhok @ Datuk Keramat of Penang, a famed Indian Muslim in the British military police that arrived in Penang.

The 5th and 6th generations of Tok Nadhok exist today. The Tok Nadhok family reunion is being planned sometime in May 2014 or later. Interested family members can contact Ayah Wan in FB for more details. (He is deceased in 2016.)

Datuk Keramat is also the location of the famed tin smelting company of early Penang and where the tram lines ran from there to the pier at Weld Quay.

Datuk Keramat is interred at the Muslim cemetery in Jalan Perak, adjacent to Kampung Dodol. The next nearest mukim is Jelutong, which is nearer to the sea.

A photo of Tok Nadhok is with the Penang Museum and in the FB of Malek Alhabshi (nama dalam tulisan Jawi).

Malek runs the Ben's Antique Toy Museum in Lebuh Aceh, in front of Masjid Melayu Aceh. He also has the Mohamedan Book that details the activities of the early Muslims in Penang. The book will be passed on to Ayah Wan, who will make copies for interested families. (Malik has made a copy for me, but I have not gone to pick it up from him.)

According to Ayah Wan, Tok Nadhok had a masjid on the site of the present Masjid Kapitan Keling. Nordin Merican then expanded the masjid and named it after his elder brother (Kader Merican), as Masjid Kapitan Keling. Despite this, all the imams of Masjid Kapitan Keling till today, are the descendants of Tok Nadhok.