The Promise

Maka sembah Demang Lebar Daun, “Tuanku, segala anak cucu patik sedia akan jadi hambalah kebawah Duli Yang Dipertuan; hendaklah ia diperbaiki oleh anak cucu tuan hamba; syahadan jikalau ia berdosa, sebesar-besar dosanya sekalipun, jangan ia difadihatkan dan dinista dengan kata yang jahat-jahat; jikalau besar dosanya dibunuh, itupun jikalau patut pada hukum syarak”

Maka titah Baginda, “Kabullah hamba. Akan janji bapa hamba”. Demang Lebar Daun, “Janji yang mana itu?”. Maka titah Seri Teri Buana, “Hendaklah pada akhir zaman kelak anak cucu bapa jangan durhaka pada anak cucu hamba  jikalau ia jahat pekertinya sekalipun”.

Maka sembah Demang Lebar Daun, “Baiklah Tuanku, tetapi jikalau anak cucu tuanku dahulu mengubahkan dia, anak cucu patik pun mengubahkan dia”.

Source:  Sejarah Melayu/The Malay Annals, MS. Raffles No. 18, The Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

11 thoughts on “The Promise

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  3. Salams dear editors,

    Could you enlighten me as to who was Demang Lebar Daun and which Sultanate he served. A pembesar, I reckon, and a righteous Muslim too, basing on the above conversation (the reference of hukum syarak).

    Its evident there was mutual respect between the Sultan & Demang Lebar Daun. Though pledging his loyalty, it was not totally blind loyalty … Demang Lebar Daun was unafraid to tell the Sultan his terms too as indicated in this dialogue ” .. tetapi jikalau anak cucu tuanku dahulu mengubahkan dia, anak cucu patek pun mengubahkan dia.”

    This is how it should be.

    • Salam nde Yam – according to Leyden’s version of Sejarah Melayu, Demang Lebar Daun was the Raja of Palembang, and was a descendant of Raja Sulan/?Chulan, during the arrival of Bichitram Shah (Sangsapurba Seri Teri Buana/Trimarti trib’huvena) on a white bull with Nila Pahlawan and Carna Pandita at Seguntang Mahameru. The promise, as posted above, was exchanged by the two men after Sangsapurba asked for the hand of Demang Lebar Daun’s daughter, Wan Sundaria, in marriage.

      -M.

  4. salam raja mariam..sy hazim..pelajar dr universiti islam antarabangsa..sy nk tau,ni raja mariam owner utk rumah baitul rahmah kt bukit chandan 2 ke?klu btol,blh x sy nk no.tel raja mariam?kami ada lawatan ke sana ari khamis ni insya’allah..kami nk minta kebenaran terlebih dahulu kpd puan empunya rumah iaitu baitul rahmah tu..kami nak menyediakn surat kpd yang mulia utk mendptkn kbnrn yg mulia utk memulakan kerja mengukur bangunan itu klu pihak yg mulia izinkan..itu shj..sekian terima kasih..

  5. Salam Hazim,

    Minta maaf, saya bukan tuan punya Baitul Rahmah. Tapi mungkin Hazim boleh hubungi Raja Shahrul Azmir di talian 017-4015756 bagi tujuan tersebut. Dia mendiami Baitul Rahmah sekarang ni (tuan punya Baitul Rahmah ialah YMM Raja Perempuan Muzwin).

    T.kasih

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  9. I believe that to say that Sang Sapurba and Demang Lebar Daun were muslims were misleading, as Islam was only introduced during the Melakan Sultanate… This episode probably took place at the turn of the century after the ransacking of Bruas by the Chola Kings… It is a romanticised version to say that there was hukum syarak, when in actual fact the pledge was made in accorrdance to the rules of that era/time (within hindu customs)…

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