Ahmad Hamid

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British Guiana (BG) has produced many heroes, but their songs are yet to be sung. These heroes are actually in the process of being forgotten even by the organizations they founded and to which they had given the best years of their lives. Who remembers Muhammad Ayube Edun, founder President of the Man power Citizens Association (MPCA), Cramat McDoom, Moulvi Muhammad Ahmad-Nasir, Abdool Majeed (President of Sadr Anjuman), Akbar Khan (founder President of GMYO), Hiye Hack (Sadr), or Sheik Muhammad Shakoor?

In the history books very little attention has been given to Muslims whether they were slaves, indentured laborers from India, or citizens of Guyana. The conclusion may be made that writers and historians consider the history of Muslims insignificant. In some books there are isolated references to Muslims, for example, Reverend Dale Bisnauth (1993) offers only a token recognition of just six pages to the Muslims in his book “History of Religions in the Caribbean.”  He merely states in six pages the dogmas and rituals of Islam. However, he affords extensive treatment to the introduction and spread of Christianity in the Caribbean.


Within the past decade, there have been attempts by Muslims to publish articles dealing with the history of Muslims in Guyana. Raymond Chickeri (New York) published on the internet his articles on Muslims with a bias towards Indian immigration in Guyana. This is a commendable effort. In 1995, on the occasion of its centenary, Queenstown Jama Masjid published a magazine, and in it was an article “A Short History of Muslims in Guyana.”  

For one hundred years the Muslims in Guyana were completely isolated from their country of origin. They struggled against great odds to maintain their Islamic identity in a society that was highly prejudiced against Islam. The Muslims built Masjids, founded organizations, and were able to command respect from all denominations in Guyana.

The first Moulana came in 1937,  and as from the 1960s many Moulanas came from Barbados, UK, Canada, India, Pakistan and other parts of the world with the Tablighi Jamaat. 

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