MAY ALLAH (SWT) ACCEPT THEIR
EFFORTS AND GRANT
MOTIVATION FOR THE FORMATION OF THE INSTITUTE
The great depression and the adverse effect it had on many members of the Muslim community at that time served as an impetus for the formation of the Muslim Home for orphans and destitute. The Indian community had few rights and social welfare services were non-existent. The strong Quraanic injunctions about the care for orphans and destitute also served as a spur. Against this background Moulana Ahmed Mukthar Siddiqui in consultation with members of the community involved in humanitarian work and businessmen set up the first meeting of the institution on 10th September 1934.
Founders of the institution: A.I. Kajee, C.M. Angalia, Tayob Sacoor, M.S. Kharwa, Sayed Fakroodeen, Ismail Osman, E.M. Paruk, and A.K.E Bux.
THE FIRST COMMITEE
The following were the first committee members who were instrumental in the formation of the institution:
Chairman: Moulana Ahmed Mukthar Siddiqui
Hon treasurer: Hajee Sayed Fakroodeen
Joint secretaries: Mr. A.K.E. Bux and Mr. S.M. Mayet
Committee members: Messrs. Ismail Osman, Tayob Sacoor, Hajee Suleiman Essack, I.A. Bachein, M.S. Kharwa, and Mehboob Khan – all these members are now deceased.
MS SHIREEN LONDT – SERVED THE ORGANISATION FOR 30 YEARS
An individual with excellent qualities, friendly, sociable and polite. She began her working career at the Darul Yatama Wal Masakeen when their offices were openend in Saville Street. The people she served knew her as “Shireen Apa”. Shireen later moved to the offices in Pine Street and ended her term of office at the offices in Randles Road, Sydenham. Some of the duties that Shireen coordinated were:
A welfare officer assisting with distribution of grocery
hampers to the underprivileged and financial assistance in terms of rent,
water and lights.
Shireen Apa sadly passed away on Tuesday 10/11/2009,
after a prolonged illness. May Allah (SWT) grant her Janaatul Firdaus,
Ameen. We salute and honour Shireen Apa for the sterling work undertaken.