Sunday, September 28, 2014

Moosdeen, Shaik

Updated September 28, 2014

Shaik Moosdeen, licensed Ghaut Serana, was listed as a resident of Hong Kong in 1846. Queen's Road was listed as his address in 1846.

Variant names: Sheik Mosdeen [Sheik is a variant spelling of Sheikh]; Shalik Moosdeen.

On September 23, 1850, the government leased a tract of land in Shelly Street (present day #30, Shelly Street) for the construction of a mosque to a board of trustees formed for this exact purpose. There were four members on the board, and they were: Shaik Moosdeen, Mahomed Arab, Shaik Carther and Hassan Malay. It wasn't, however, until 1890 that the mosque was built, by contributions by a small group of worshippers. It was known as the Mohammedan Mosque  些利街清真寺; a new name of Jamia Masjid was adopted after the Pacific War. The Shelly Street Mohammedan Mosque is often referred to as the first mosque to be erected in Hong Kong. The Chinese Repository (Vol.12, October 1843), however, reported the construction of a Mohammedan mosque in 1843, almost half a century earlier than the Shelly Street mosque. The Baptist Missionary Magazine (Vol.23-24), also cited the same report in May 1844.

A Mohammedan mosque has been erected upon an elevated site in Victoria, not far from the magistracy. The building is of stone, and now nearly completed.

Selected Bibliography: Ho Wai-yip, Islam and China's Hong Kong: Ethnic Identity, Muslim Network and the new Silk Road, Oxon (England): Routedge, 2013. Tarrent, William, The Hong Kong Almanack and Directory for the Year 1846, 1848, 1850, Hong Kong: China Mail, resp. 1846, 1848 and 1850. The Website of The Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong [online].


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