Frederick Arthur Bassett was born in London on May 20, 1920 to Ethel Basset, his father, Mufti Muhammad Sadiq had left for American in Jan. of 1920 and never returned to the UK in all of his life. Ethel Basset seems to have been the house maid of Mufti Muhammad Sadiq on some of his adventures in the UK. He impregnated her via a secret sex affair. Frederick Arthur Bassett grew up without a father and as a mixed-breed boy. He was a baptized Christian and took his mothers last name.
When Frederick Arthur Bassett was just seven, Ethel made the decision to take him to a Doctor Barnardo’s home (like a boarding home for orphans). He lived in various homes until he was 15, when he was sent to work on a farm in Stowmarket. Frederick went from farm to farm in Suffolk, before he met Sylvia Rayner in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. The couple married on August 30, 1941, and soon welcomed nine children of their own: June, Michael, Fatima, Patricia, Ann, Linda, Marina, Leon and Daphne. During the 1940s, Mufti had somehow made contact with his son. In February 1947, Mufti Sadiq sent his “dear son Farid” a book that he had recently authored, titled “Lataif-i-Sadiq” (anecdotes of Sadiq). He also advises him that being in the Urdu language, he might not be able to read it. However, we know from other father-to-son letters that Mufti Sadiq advised his son to visit the Fazl Mosque in London and meet with the missionary Mushtaq Bajwa Sahib; we know from the letters that he did. So, Frederick could have had the book read if he chose to do so. They exchanged a few letters, and Mufti was delighted to learn that Sylvia was expecting their third child. If the baby was a girl, he asked that they named her Fatima, after the daughter of the prophet Muhammad, and Sylvia and Frederick agreed. However, this was short lived, they never made contact again.
Mufti died in 1957, and Frederick later passed away in 1994. In the late 90s, Daphne and Marina were determined to learn more about their father’s family. Linda wrote letters to anyone she could think of with a connection to Mufti – and was delighted to receive a reply from his half-brother, Ahmad Mufti, who had no idea of their existence. He journeyed to Ipswich from America with his wife, Karim, in 2000, meeting his nieces and nephews for the very first time.
Polygamy: The case of Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahib (alhakam.org)
Also suggesting that the marriage with Ethel had ended in divorce is the birth registration of Frederick where he is listed with the surname “Bassett”. In his baptism certificate, in the column asking for parents’ name, the only name given is “Ethel Maud Bassett”.
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