In Campbell street, there lies a body of an 18th-century religious man known as Sheikh Mustafa Wali. He was originally from Afghanistan and came to Penang even before the arrival of Francis Light.
Sheikh Mustafa Wali was a preacher. He settled in Pitt Street (now Jalan Kapitan Keling) and was a well-respected man in the community. Sheikh Mustafa Wali spent his life preaching the word of God, lived alone, and was never married.
He died at the end of the 18th century and was buried in the Muslim Cemetery in Campbell street. The cemetery was then relocated to Perak Road cemetery by the British, but only the Tomb of Sheikh Mustafa Wali remained in the Campbell street cemetery.
According to oral history, strange things happened to the workers who attempted to remove the body. In the end, the British ordered the cessation of the relocation work and kept Sheikh Mustafa Wali's body in the same place to this day.
The tomb of Sheikh Mustafa Wali and its enclosure remain hidden from plain sight. Tiger Tatt met with the caretaker and was told that the enclosure now also house vagabonds who seek shelter within its grounds.
If you're planning a visit, you can also bring some halal food for the vagabonds.
Entrance to Makam Sheikh Mustafa Wali
A bunker atop a tree. A place to rest your tired soul.
A very rastafarian enclosure. A keen eye can spot what seemed to be a chinese tombstone. It is not. According to the caretaker, it is a decoration that was taken from a shop nearby.
The tomb of Sheikh Mustafa Wali. Notice the rainbow color of the tombstone; which is a rarity.
The way out.