World Bulletin / News Desk
Reading through the biography of Abdullah Quilliam I was surprised to see the mention of a mosque known as Regent’s Park Mosque that opened in 1895. Where could this have been? Who opened it and what happened to the founder? What were the activities of the Mosque?
These questions intrigued me to unearth a Victorian mosque in London and the life of its founder Hadji Mohammad Dollie who passed away in 1906 and who’s death date happens to coincide with UK’s national Visit My Mosque day on 18th February.
Hadji Mohammad Dollie arrived in London around 1895 and took up residency in Albert Street, along with his two sons as it was difficult for them to study in South Africa at the time.
Dollie had been asked by the Muslim community of London who perhaps numbered 200-300, to teach their children Qur’an since he was a hafiz (someone who had memorised the whole Qur’an). He agreed, and from then onwards, he decided to turn his drawing room into a mosque.
From the house-mosque, he would venture to different localities to perform funeral prayers. Within the house-mosque, regular prayers were taking place, including Eid prayers where worshippers would come dressed in their national garb, catching the eyes of the neighbours!
He also offered religious guidance, supporting white English converts to the faith. Inter-racial marriages too place there too. This was a hub for members of the Victorian Muslim community who would hold meetings about concerns that they believed were of importance such as the affairs within the Muslim countries including the Ottoman Empire, often offering supplications for the head of the Islamic State, AbdulHamid the second. This was a place where they spoke with a united voice!
At around 1899 Dollie and his family relocated to 189 Euston Road (the present location of Wellcome Collection) along with the house-mosque. He may have made this move in order to be close to Euston station which would have allowed for an easy commute for other Victorian Muslims in Liverpool including his son Omar.
15th century Quran written by calligraphist Sukrullah Khalifah returned to Topkapi Palace Museum by collector
Muslims all around the world are fasting together for the holy month Ramadan, though they break their fast in ways that highlight the diversity of the global Muslim community.
Necmedin Bushi gives reading lessons while moulding gold at his workshop
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency sent food aid to 25,000 Rohingya refugees
Turkey's TIKA, Turkiye Diyanet Foundation, Red Crescent provide relief to Rohingya
The holy month of Ramadan starts on 15 May, and is a time of fasting and prayer for millions of Muslims across the world.
Ramadan to begin Tuesday evening with first Tarawih prayer in Turkey
Muslims will also account for 2.1 pct of US population by 2030, says new report on global Muslim diaspora
The Tokyo Mosque, also known as the 'Turkish Mosque', played an important role in promoting Islam in large quantities in Japan
Police in Vaxjo district of Kronoberg County gave permission for Friday prayers, media report says
'Hello, I am a Muslim' event aims to dispel myths, propaganda against Islam
Event aims to promote empathy launched in London’s central King’s Cross Station
Bzeek, who has been helping terminally-ill children for decades, says his actions change the negative perception of Muslims
Over 100 Muslim leaders felt a “measure of hope” after last evening’s four-hour meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on issues directly affecting them, including the labelling them as terrorists.
As-Salam Mosque -- Chile's first -- renovated at direction of Turkish president during visit to country in 2016
Hadji Mohammad Dollie was a son of Scottish father and a Malay mother born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1846. He opened the first “Hanafi” Mosque in Cape Town along with a Dutch convert to Islam in the 1880’s.