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MULLAH MIRZA KHAN

Origin by Place:Uncertain
Origin by Ethnicity:Uncertain
Origin by Religion:Muslim
Arrival to Australia:1890s
Australian Descendants:No

Biography

'For many years the Pastor and Secretary of the Church of Islam, Bhendy Bazuk, Bombay' and 'an author of some repute in the Mohammedan world'. Apparently arrived in Western Australia during 1895, with aim of ministering to Muslims in W.A., but also 'to prove to the people of Western Australia that Islam is not a faith befitting only a barbarous and unenlightened people. but the most cultured and highly civilized equally as well' (West Australian 24 Dec 1895, p.5). Involved in early attempts to build a mosque at Coolgardie. Lived at Coolgardie, W.A., 1896 (Loois 1988). In May 1896 at end of Ramadan he delivered khutbah sermon in 'Arabic, Persian, Afghan and Hindustani', followed by a sermon in English (West Australian 23 May p.5). In 1898 toured W.A. and Adelaide as a 'Mohammedan missionary', celebrated Eid ul-Fitr in the Adelaide mosque (S.A. Register, 24 Feb 1898).

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  • Cameleer
  • Muslim religious leader
Known Localities in Australia References

West Australian 24 Dec 1895, p.5; Loois 1988; West Australian 23 May p.5; S.A. Register, 24 Feb 1898

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