This Morning, Walthamstow lost a Father in Qur’an Recitation and teaching; Hazrat Moulana Ahmed Koya. He was someone who has taught literally thousands of students in Walthamstow as well as abroad on how to read the Majestic Quran. Those that knew of him truly can say he was the best of Muslims:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.”
Who was he?
Moulana Ahmed Ismail Koya was born in the village of Kosamdi, in the state of Gujarat, India in 1930. He served in the village of Naroli for a number of years. Masha’Allah did great work in the village and people remember him till today.
Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Motala sb is amongst his students.
He moved to Zambia for employment and then moved to the UK in early 1980’s. He worked in a shirt factory on Selborne Road, Walthamstow, where he would iron shirts into the late hours of the night for 50 pence an hour.
Upon becoming the first imaam of Masjid-E-Umer, he lived in the apartment attached to the back of the masjid. Not only would he lead on the 5 time salah and teach in the madressa, he would also carry out the caretaking duties, ensuring the masjid and wudhu facilities were always clean for all attendees.
In the mid-80’s he moved to his apartment on Exmouth Road, where he was re-united with his wife, Rasul Ahmed Koya, who joined him from India.
Upon retiring as the imaam of the masjid, handing over the reins to our current imaam, Moulana Muhammad Shoyaib Nurgat, he continued to teach the Holy Qur’aan in the madressa.
Moulana is survived by his 2 children; Yakub who resides in Bolton and Farida, who resides in Lusaka, Zambia, as well grand children and great-grandchildren. Moulanas wife passed away a few years ago in February 2019. May Allah ta’ala elevate both of their statuses, fill their graves with Noor, grant them with Jannatul Firdaus and re-unite them for eternity in gardens beneath which rivers flow. Aameen ya Rabb-ul-Aalimeen.
We have created this memoriam page dedicated to Hazrat Maulana Ahmed Koya where people can share their memories and experiences in the comments section below with the intention of implementing those excellent actions and good habits in our lives
When posting your memory of Maulana Koya, please provide: Your name, the years you were associated to him, the nature of the association and the impact it had on your life. The impact could be anything that reminds you of our beloved teacher Hazrat Maulana Ahmed Koya (Rahmatullahi A’layh)
As an example:
Time Period: 1985-2021
Place: Madrassah in Masjid-e-Umer
Impact on my Life: