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1903 - 1904

Moulana spent these years in Mecca.

1906

Came to Lourenco Marques from Damman.

1908

First came to South Africa. Was politically active and this was frowned upon by the authorities. The archives at Pretoria have a detailed account of his activities. His Organisation at the time was known as Rounakul Islam.

1909

Formed the Hamidiya Society in Johannesburg.

1910

Started a newspaper in Gujerati called Al-Islam (later known as Indian Views) in Durban. Also, started the Madressa Anjuman Islam in Durban. This Organisation is still active.

1914

Went to Reunion where he established Mosques and Madressas.

1915

Established the Headquarters in Mandalay, Burma. Within months he had brought more than a thousand new members into the fold of Islam. He also journeyed to the Philippines where he was shocked at the condition of the Muslim Community. He organised the community and founded a party in the Philippines.

1918

Back in India he established the Darul Yatama Wal Masakeen, the Faiz-E-Aam College and the Muslim Girls High School, all in Meerut.

1922

His activities as a member of the Muslim league earned him the wrath of the British rulers of India and once again he was imprisoned. While in prison he continued his Islamic activities and brought many members of the prison population into the fold of Islam.

1924

He was active in the Khilafat agitation together with brothers Moulana Shaukhat Ali and Moulana Mohamed Ali. He led a delegation to Mecca and Medina – went from house to house restoring order after the riots following the desecration of the Holy Land. From Arabia he went to Yemen where he continued with his missionary work.

1932

Moulana Ahmed Mukhtar lost the sight of both his eyes but continued his work.

1934

Returning to South Africa he established:
Muslim Darul Yatama Wal Masakeen
Buzme Ikhwanus Safa
Madressa Banatul Islam for girls (later known as Jummah Masjid Madressa and school)

1938

On 10th July 1938 (12 Jammadul Awal) Moulana passed away at the age of 61. He was laid to rest at Damman. In the short space of 61 years, Moulana Mukhtar had achieved what most people would find difficult to achieve in many lifetimes, his unswerving faith in God and his firm believes.

BACKGROUND OF MOULANA AHMED MUKHTAR SIDDIQUE

A tomb has been erected over his grave which stands till today near the shoreline of Damman in India. Soon after his death, in the adjacent villages people dug wells to obtain drinking water. All the water thus obtained was salty and unpalatable. A well was dugged adjacent to the Moulana’s Mazaar, and although this well is closer to the sea, the water is sweet and drinkable, a testimony to the spiritual greatness of Moulana.

Moulana, it is known as a decendant of the Family of Hazrath Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A.), Islamic Literacy tells us of the incident when Hazrath Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A.) was bitten by serpent when he was with the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) in the cave of Hira and the Prophet (SAW) applied his saliva to neutralise the venom. Coincidentally once in India Moulana was bitten by a big poisonous snake. One of Moulana’s brothers also a great Alim rubbed some of his saliva on the wound where the snake had bitten. There after Moulana was completely cured and the poison had no impact on Moulana. This incident serves to confirm that Moulana was a true decendant of Hazrath Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A.).

Though Moulana had lost his eyesight in the later years of his life, he still continued to write. Naats written in his handwriting still exists and when one sees the perfection with which he wrote, it makes it impossible to belief it was written unaided by a blind man. A book on Moulana’s life has been written by Moulana Nazeer Ahmed Jhandie, his accomplishments and manqabaths are written in his praises.

 
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