Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk … a proverbial villain in generosity

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Many stories have been told about him, all of which indicate that he was the owner of the amazing generosity of Hatami. It was said that when a traveler boarded the ship, he housed everyone on the ship for the duration of the voyage, and that he served three meals daily in his plates to every hungry and poor person, and that the process to hand out his zakat would be expensive. two months or more in Dubai and the neighboring emirates, and that if he put his hand in the bag or box, he was taken Out of the money he filled his hand and gave it to the needy and without counting or counting, which made his name a proverbial example in generosity, so it is said “like the generosity of Ibn Dalmouk”.

This is Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk bin Saeed bin Abdullah bin Hamdan Al Falasi, son-in-law of Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, founder and ruler of Dubai between 1912 and 1958. And the Bu Falasa family, to which Ibn Dalmouk belongs , according to what was mentioned in the book “The Gulf Countries and Tribes” written by SB Miles, a Qada’a tribe of Qahtaniyah origin, Yasiyya al-Jedd (after Bani Yas).

Ibn Dalmouk was born in Dubai, and grew up there under his father, who was known among the people for goodness and charity, and received his education in his scribes, but he enriched his culture by reading, traveling and working with scholars to sit. He was one of the great Gulf pearl traders, one of the financiers of diving ships, and one of those who traded in various commodities of Indian origin. He was also a fan of science and scholars, and the sign of this is that he built the “Ahmadiyya School” and spent it on his teachers and students, not to mention his interest in printing books at his own expense. , including the famous Jurisprudence book “The Masterpiece of the Salek for the Doctrine of Imam Malik.” In addition, he was pious and pious, and one of the signs of his piety and piety – as his contemporaries told us – was that he never missed the congregational prayer, and he did not mention that he ate anything forbidden or wronged anyone. . And if he walked in the way, he would not lift up his eyes, lest it fall on a woman. Including the construction of a mosque bearing his name, which still stands in the Ras area.

The Ahmadiyya School, which is the first semi-regular school to open in Dubai, was conceived by Ibn Dalmouk long before he started building it from palm leaves in 1912. His only goal was to spread knowledge only in the community, not money and reputation. . Destinies wishes the man died during the construction of the school so that his eyes do not see his project, but his eldest son, Sheikh Muhammad bin Ahmed bin Dalmouk, completed what his father started, and the school named the Ahmadiyya after his father. The boy followed the path of his father in terms of charity, charity and kindness towards the poor, so he opened the doors of Ahmadiyyat to all without exception, and he charged the sons of the rich with tuition fees of not more than 5 rupees, while the sons of the poor usually donated to pay for them and to provide them with food and clothing. And that included a group of select teachers at the school who were good role models with their knowledge and work for the first generation of boys from Dubai and the Emirates. Among those who received their education at this school were His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, may God Almighty protect him.

Ahmed Hamad Al Shaibani, who is one of the first generations of educators in the Emirates, tells us that the study in Ahmadiyya at the beginning of his rise in the form of circles of knowledge was similar to what was the case in Al-Azhar and the Prophet ‘s mosque, and that it continued and did not change until the end of the twenties of the twentieth century when Ibn Dalmouk brought teachers and scholars of the people of Al-Zubayr (such as Ahmed Al-Arfaj, Youssef Al-Jami) . ‘, Mishaan Al-Mansour and Abdullah Al-Waheeb), so that they introduced lessons in calligraphy, arithmetic, jurisprudence, geography, history, rhetoric, logic and heritage science. Al-Shaibani added that some teachers came from Egypt, Mecca and Al-Ahsa and lived in Al-Ahmadiya for a few months, and then returned to their lands and others came to replace them, and that Al -Ahmadiah included a residence. to all facilities to serve students coming from outside Dubai. Due to the historical and educational status of the school, the Dubai government restored it in mid-1994 and converted it into a museum in March 2000.

In fact, Ibn Dalmouk’s interests were not limited to education, the building of mosques and aid to the poor and needy, but also extended to the health and economic spheres. This late lawyer, historian and poet Muhammad Saeed Al-Nayyar says the man brought a doctor from Bahrain at his own expense to treat and vaccinate patients in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates. This researcher Hussein bin Ibrahim Al-Badi describes him in his book “Flags of the Emirates” as “the man whose economy was almost dependent on his wealth and the submarines he owned.”

Between his documents and correspondence, an old letter from him to Sheikh Abu Bakr Ibn Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mulla was found in Al-Ahsa, proving that he had a close relationship with the Maliki scholars of the Al-Mulla family, the Had Mubarak family. and other houses of science in Al-Ahsa on the one hand, and this is evidenced by On the other hand, the strong and ancient relations between the people and men of the Arab Gulf region.

With the rise of Japanese artificial pearls, the collapse of the natural pearl trade and the advent of economic depression across the Gulf, it was natural that Ibn Dalmouk’s financial situation was affected, and thus his funding of the Ahmadiyya School and its students, affected. word. Here it was decided, as a kind of assistance, that the government would rent a part of the school to be the seat of the judiciary, pending the improvement of conditions.

Ibn Dalmouk was psychologically and healthily affected by the collapse of the natural pearl markets in 1929, especially with his personal guilt, because the sale of pearls in Paris in 1930, which was one of the most difficult years for Golf pearl traders, failed to not to mention the inability of dozens of ships to go after the diving season due to non-payment of debt and the refusal of the Indian “bunians” to finance these ships, as was the custom. Thus the man became ill and his condition deteriorated until he handed over the soul to his guardian in 1940, and he owned nothing from the wreck of the world, but died in debt. The day of his death was a sad day for Dubai and the rest of the Emirates, and the entire Gulf region, because of its asceticism, generosity, comfort, piety and piety.

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