Sheikh Ahmad came to Siam for the specific purpose of propagating the Islamic faith amongst the Siamese, as well as setting up a 'Trading Post'. But what took place afterwards had as much to do with fate and destiny, as with the best laid plans of man.
He was highly educated
as well as well versed and qualified in the teachings of the Qoran - the Islamic
Holy Scriptures. He had and intellect graced with the highest degree of integrity,
loyality and responsibility besides being a shrewd administrator. He served his
religion as he pledged to do. He also became Siam's greatest statesman of his
time; yet, he always remained in the background, never in the limelight. When
he became a member of Chao Phya Phra Klang's staff, (the Minister of the Royal
Treasury, Customs and Foreign Affairs), he found that the Royal Coffers were depleted,
and the system for the collection of tariffs was completely inefficient and poorly
adapted to the expenditures of that time. It should be noted that, owing to the
continual fighting which had taken place for decades had ceased in the later part
of King Somdej Phra Naresuan the Great, Siamese manpower had been drained. The
fighting forces at that time thus consisted mostly of foreign mercenaries, the
payment which was the main cause of the Royal Coffers being empty. Thus his appointment
to reorganize the complete tariff system on more profitable lines, could not have
come at a more timely moment. In fact the system he set up was so efficient that
it was continued right up to the time of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). It must
be noted that when His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) reorganized the Royal
Treasury, Customs and Foreign Affairs, it was Chao Phya Bhanuwongse (Tuam), the
direct descendant of Sheikh Ahmad Qomi, who supervised the reorganization into
the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ahmad Qomi passed away, he held Siam's highest title, that of Chao Phya Boworn
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