Thursday, April 7, 2011

Stories from the past – Sheikh Ibrahim

There was this young boy, Ibrahim who studied fiqh from an Imam of a Musolla in his village. The Imam told him about “air mutlak” (the water that is clean and can be used to cleanse) has to be running water or a body of water that is more than “2 kolah” (approximately 216 liters ). The imam also pointed out the cement rectangular container in front of the stair of the Musolla can hold more than “5 kolah” of water.
Some 15 minutes before next afternoon (zuhr) prayer, the imam noticed that Ibrahim was in that cement container in front of the stair of the Musolla. When asked what he was doing there, Ibrahim said he was in the act cleansing himself. The imam got a lil bit furious as he could not figure out how to take ablution now that Ibrahim has already used the whole container of water for that rather specific cleansing purpose. Ibrahim argued that the water was clean and can still be used to cleanse (air mutlak).. The Imam agreed to that but insisted that they have better clean the container and have it refill with water from the nearby well before the village folks come for zuhr prayer. Ibrahim duly complied.
The same Ibrahim was later thought to be responsible for another exploit. He grew up to study religious matter from many ulamas and has in turn be a respectable person who is knowledgeable in Islamic matters. He was often consulted by the King of Terengganu. There was an occasion when the British was not so happy with the King and they told the King that they are going to use their warships to shoot from the numerous cannons onto the beach of Hujong Tanjong to Batu Burok on one particular evening.
Ibrahim, on being consulted by the Sultan on the matter, advised that all the houses on that stretch of beach be evacuated. On that particular evening, Ibrahim performed his “solat hajat” on the beach after which he started his lone brisk walk to and pro (Hujong Tanjong to Batu Burok).
It was later reported that the British did not fire a single cannon that day. When the King asked them on the issue, the British were adamant that the King has lined up his citizens on the beach from Hujong Tanjong to Batu Burok to frustrate the British’s effort to frighten the people of Trengganu.
Ibrahim became a much respected figure in the Palace and amongst the people of Trengganu and the place where he was buried is called Tanah Perkuburan Sheikh Ibrahim.
Picture of Tanah Perkuburan Sheikh Ibrahim from Mr Googles.

The picture above is from

This story is what has been passed to me by my beloved mother and the authenticity of it can be questionned as it has been passed from generation to generation.
Should any reader has anything (stories / anecdotes) on this Sheikh Ibrahim, do kindly share it/them with us here.

Have many nice and productive days ahead.


Grandpa said...

Interesting anecdotes Wan. At The Farm house I also have a 'kolah' which can contain sufficient amount of water to qualify as 'air mutlak', just in case the taps run dry.

The story of the Brits reminds me of the smart boy in 'Singapura Di Langgar Todak'

Wan Sharif said...

Yes come to think of it .. there is a similarity.. In this case only one man was involved whereas in "Singapura Di Langgar Todak" there were a lot of people trying to get the sharp part of todak to pierce their calves ..ouch!! :(.
Wonder how can we allow someone to wranggle that kind of story to show how not very clever was the community then!

Al-Manar said...

I have not heard this before.Does it not sound a bit dramatic?

Wan Sharif said...

yes, I agree with you it sound a bit dramatic and there are many more dramatic stories on many ulamaks of the past, Some of them were beyond our mundane experience.
Maybe all this are help from the Al-Mighty.. Wallahua'alam

Lee said...

Hi Wan Sharif, this is very interesting....though I must admit I never heard before.
But still enjoyed knowing of what took place then.
Have a beautiful Sunday.

Wan Sharif said...

Thank you Uncle Lee for stopping by. a lil busy now to properly update hence a short anecdote. Just to keep the juice going (not sure if the term correct or not ha..ha) today.. Sunday.. we will have F1 grand prix at Sepang.. yours truly will be there cheering those beautiful..Ooopps, I mean the Petronas and Mercedes team. Tua tua ni melalut pulak ha..ha.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Ayoh Wang,
From stories of ulamak to F1 beauties...ooops...beautiful machines and their drivers. Naughty! purrr....meow!

Wan Sharif said...

Well after I went to see grandpa's life on the farm up north of Tanjung Malim in the afternoon.. I called in-laws and outlaws;) to my house to jamu durian on saturday night. One of the outlaws;) (biras) asked for extra ticket for him to go to the Grand prix after knowing that I am going.. after much consideration I gave my Diamond seat Grand Prix ticket to him this morning.. Although I did not get complimentary ticket for the past 7 or 8 years.. I relented and gave him the pleasure.. I enjoyed to see how happy he was to get the ticket .. trying the F1 shirt.. and putting on the F1 cap umpteen times.. I felt blessed nonetheless.
It saved me the trouble of going there and I can thus see my son at MMU. Cyberjaya tonight.. to let him enjoy the D24 + D10 Durian from grandpa orchard... marvelous the durian I mean!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Ayoh Wang,
We had durians at the Bukit Gantang R&R on Saturday. Marvellous too! According to the makcik seller, the fruits were freshly picked in the morning. Mama went to Aunty Ezza's wedding while Dad went to F1. Men! purrr...meow!

Wan Sharif said...

So you are now in Bolehland..
I thought I was going for Mosang King.. cuma dapat D24 clone with D10.. Apa pun syukurlah dapat .. sebiji 2+ kilo isinya saya dan isteri.. makan dah agak kenyang .. sedaak..

Aishah said...

Awat tak singgah kat rumah saya, dah tak berapa jauh dari Grandpa punya farm;)

So technically the water is still mutlak or not after the cleansing?

Wan Sharif said...

Tak singgah kat rumah Puan Aishah kerana
1. tak tahu dimana
2. Tiada jemputan untuk bertandang.

Grandpa is the 3rd person to ask yours truly to visit his location.. after Pakcik AlManar and Kak Ezza@makcikblogger (Apa cerita si muffinbiru).. so now dah tiga rakan/sahabat blogger yang saya ketemui di kawasan mereka.. ha..ha
Technically the water is still mutlak after the cleansing.. the desire to replace the water was partly due to tuan imam though that the kampong folks might not feel so nice to gargle using that water or to use the water to cleanse the inside of their nose (intinsya?) :))

Lee said...

Hi Wan Sharif, wow! The Gran Prix was on Sunday? I missed watching it on TV. Chehhhh!
Love the sounds of the screaming F1 cars.....
Not to mention those ahemmm, beautiful extras holding umbrellas, ha ha.

Used to go to the one time called, Batu Tiga gran prix.
Old days wanted to try motorcycle racing, but my mom already lost one son, my older brother, me only son....
habis cherita, ha ha.

Wan Sharif said...

Hi Lee,
It is not that interesting anymore.. somehow that Vettel guy is a a lil bit above the rest and his F1 car seems a little bit faster that the others.. Those holding umbrella is sure is a treat to the sore eyes(under the hot sun and heavy rain).
Sad to note that you have older brother who are no longer here.. Pst can see from your vehicles.. cars and motorbikes.. that you are one of those "lumba kaki"
Have a nice day and if you catch a good size fish remember in the Bolehland.. good size fish may not be aplenty anymore

ninotaziz said...

For more anecdotes and legends of Sheiks, read Sejarah Melayu, Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa and Hikayat Patani.

Wan Sharif said...

Dearest Ninot,
Thank you very much for your kind input.. stories from parent and old folk sometimes can lend some interesting variation non?! ;))