The following is the introduction to a privately-published book entitled, ‘A Short History and Genealogy of an Indian Indentured Labourer in Guyana: Haji McDoom and his Descendants, 1884-2008’. The book was inspired by the passing of Haji McDoom’s great grand-son, Shahabudin Mohamed McDoom. The book tells the story of the arrival of a young Muslim Indian in Guyana in 1884 and records his nearly 1000 descendants over six generations. It contains interesting information about one of Guyana’s early Muslim communities. A copy of the book was entrusted to each family line to ensure the history and heritage it records is not lost. Its author, Omar Shahabudin McDoom, kindly agreed for us to publish its introduction.
Shahabudin Mohamed McDoom
December 29th 1945 to March 8th 2008
A proud Muslim, a staunch patriot,
and our beloved papa
Indeed to God we belong, and indeed to God we shall return
 Holy Quran, Surah II, Verse 156