From left: Mr Shaikh Tayebali Khumusi, Mr Mazher Tayeb, Rashida Khumusi, President Halimah Yacob, Mr Naseer Ghani, secretary of the Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, and Mr Abdul Jaleel, the centre's chairman,

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The Straits Times

By Goh Yan Han

Thirty people who loaned family photos to an exhibition commemorating Singapore’s bicentennial received mementos from President Halimah Yacob yesterday.

The photo exhibition by the Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, which was launched earlier this year, will be on till the end of the year. Admission is free.

Titled From Singapore To Singaporeans – Pioneers And Descendants, the exhibition captures the stories of pioneers who arrived on the island before 1965.

Rashida Khumusi, seven, represented her family in receiving the plaque from Madam Halimah at the centre in Telok Ayer.

Her great-grandfather Shaikh Abdul Kader Khumusi was a religious leader who came here from India in the 1950s.

A member of the Dawoodi Bohra community, he and several others got together to rebuild the masjid that had been erected for the community back in the 1800s.

Mr Abdul Kader opened the Bombay Dawoodi Bohra Community Masjid in 1959. Today, the masjid at City Hall is named al-Burhani Masjid.

Mr Abdul Kader’s son, Mr Shaikh Tayebali Khumusi, 77, and grandson, Mr Mazher Tayeb, 46, were also present at the event.