Ismail Ballah was almost 49 years old when he started working for the German Embassy in Singapore when it opened in 1892.
Where did Ismail Ballah go after he was freed by the British in Singapore? Did he work in Singapore or did he go home to India? Did he work overseas and then return to Singapore?
- Did he ever work for the construction of the Suez Canal which was around 1850s or nearby Lake Ballah in Egypt?
- Where did he practise Islam when he became a staunch Islamist, and was respected by the Muslim (Arab) community in Singapore?
When did he marry? Whom did he marry? Are there photos of his marriage? His first child (son, Dr Mohamed Ibrahim) was born on 8 September 1892, at the same time the German Embassy opened and Ismail Ballah started work with the Embassy. His son (Dr Mohamed Ibrahim) married Hamidah Shaik Baboo. Could Ismail Ballah come to know of Shaik Baboo's family when he worked at the Suez Canal? Could he have worked with other labourers from Turkey? At the time of his death, he had lived at Roberts Road. What is the nearest mosque to his home? How did he travel to work? How far did he travel to work? Where did he have his meals? Where did he pray while at work? Did he work 9-5?
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 31 March 1927, Page 11
Muslim Burial-Ground, Bidadari.
Appointment of Trustee?
A couple of years ago, the Honourable Inche Mohamed Eunos bin Abdullah, at the request of the President of the local Municipality, went to the Kampong Glam Sultan Mosque on a Friday and informed the congregation and the Muslim public that the Municipality had dedicated the burial-ground at Bidadari, Upper Serangoon Road, to the Muslims for the burial of their dead. He also said that a trustee or trustees would be appointed later to manage the affairs of the burial-grounds. Two years have passed and the appointment of the trustees for some reason or other has not yet been announced.
I understand that Shaik Baboo, the veteran caretaker of the Muslim Burial-grounds, Bidadari, has been unwell for some time and that he is shortly retiring. Rumour is persistent that Dr. H. S. Moonshi, our Municipal Commissioner, is leaving for Mecca with his family shortly as soon as the question of his "ganti" to manage his dispensary has been settled. Dr. Moonshi is already an "Haji."