Raja Haji Fisabilillah

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Raja Haji Fisabilillah Monument in Tanjung Pinang

Raja Haji Fisabilillah (full name Raja Haji Fisabilillah ibni Daeng Chelak) (1727–1784) was a Bugis warrior, and also the Yang Dipertuan Muda (Crown Prince) of the Johor Sultanate from 1777 to 1784.

Early life[edit]

Born in Ulusungai, Riau in 1727, he was a younger brother of Raja Lumu (who later became Sultan Salehuddin Shah of Selangor) and his grandchild, Raja Ali Haji bin Raja Haji Ahmad bin Raja Haji Fisabilillah would be later became a renowned historian, poet, and scholar.

Death and burial[edit]

He was killed in 1784, during a raid led by him. Previously, he also led a raid on a Dutch fortress, however the raid ended in defeat. His death occurred at Teluk Ketapang, and the incident has infuriated his nephew, Raja Ibrahim, as it has caused Selangor to be involved non-directly in the war between the Dutch and Johor.

He was later buried at Pulau Penyengat, Indera Sakti, Riau.

Legacy[edit]

His bravery was remembered by the Indonesians, as the Indonesian Government has posthumously proclaimed him as the "Pahlawan Nasional Indonesia" (Indonesian National Hero), and an Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport was renamed in honor of him in 2008.