HOME > PHOTOGRAPHS

Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi departing from Suriname (Dutch Guiana as it was then), 24th June 1959

According to a letter by Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi, reported in Paigham Sulh (8 July 1959, p. 3 and 10), he left Suriname for Trinidad on 24 June 1959, where he would stay for one week and then go to San Francisco. One day before his departure from Suriname, he was given a farewell party attended by leading citizens of the city. At his departure there was a crowd of one thousand men and women to bid him farewell at the airport, located some 30 miles from the capital Paramaribo.

Another letter by the Maulana is quoted in the same issue (p. 4), in which he writes about the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha (about a week earlier in June). His khutba was broadcast over the radio and heard in all mosques of the Lahore Ahmadiyya community.

The photographs shown below were sent by Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi to his daughter Mrs Akhtar Aziz, and are now in possession of the creator of this website, Dr Zahid Aziz. The first set of eight photographs shown below carry hand-written captions, either on the reverse side or on the front. These show that the photos were taken on 24 June 1959. Some give the location as Zandrey field, the main airport in Suriname. One photo mentions the location as Zorg & Hoop, a small airport located within the capital Paramaribo.

1. Date is marked on the reverse of the photo below.

Suriname 1959

2. Date and location are marked on the reverse of the photo below.

Suriname 1959

3. Front of the photo below is annotated with names, date and location.

Suriname 1959

4. Front of the photo below is annotated with names, date and location.

Suriname 1959

5. Front of the photo below is annotated with names, date and location.

Suriname 1959

6. Caption on the reverse of photo below reads: Maulana Sahib and members of the committee SIV, 24-6-59
(SIV stands for Surinaamse Islamitische Vereniging or Suriname Islamic Association.)

Suriname 1959

7. Caption on the reverse of photo below reads: Maulana Sahib between 2 daughters of Hamid (Marhoom), 24-6-59

Suriname 1959

8. Caption on reverse of photo below reads: Maulana Sahib and family Guman at Zorg and Hoop. It appears to be the same occasion as in photo 4 above. No date is given.

Suriname 1959


The three photographs below have no caption, but were mostly likely taken on the same occasion as above.

Suriname 1959

Suriname 1959

Suriname 1959


In 1960 Mr Guman, who appears in several photographs above, sent a post card to the Maulana who was then in San Francisco. Both sides of the card are shown below. The photo obviously dates from when the Maulana in Suriname.

card sent 1960

card sent 1960