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Ahmed Devji
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Honorary Titles Haji
Place of birth Porbander
Country of birth India


Date of Death 1925
Place of Death Nejaf


Place of longest stay Bombay
Profession or occupation carried out for the longest period in life: Business
Where Bombay
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Brother
Full name Ismail Devji
Child
Full name Ghulam Hussain Ahmed Devji


Ahmed Bhai was born in 1859 it Porbandar and came to Bombay at the age of 15 years looking for work.

He joined a furniture store and gained sufficient experience in that business to become one of the leading furniture merchants. His firm was known as M/S Ahmed Devji Bros.

He maintained the quality and standards of his furniture so well that he received large orders several times from the Indian rulers. The Amir of Afghanistan once ordered for new furniture on February 1907, for the decoration of his newly built palace in Kabul.

He is remembered for his generosity and helping hand during the famine in Kutchh in 1900-1. He clothed, fed and housed about 1500 Ismailis, who migrated from Kutchh to Bombay. He also funded the burial of the deceased ones. In 1908, the British India granted him the title of J.P.

He also built the Khoja Sanitarium at Porbandar. On that occasion, he took 1500 guests with him from Bombay to Porbandar at his own expenses to witness the opening ceremony of the sanitarium.

He donated furniture and Rs. 5000/- to the Kandi Mola School, Bombay, that was opened on January 16, 1909.

Ahmed Devji took a leading role in the first All-India Muslim Educational Conference. The Bombay government awarded him the title of Khan Bahadur and Kaisar-i Hind.

In 1918, a terrible famine broke out in Kathiawar. He contributed a colossal amount to the relief funds and also collected a donation of Rs. 1,25,000/- in Bombay.

Ahmed Devji was a member of the All-India Central Khilafat Committee in Bombay in 1920 with Fazal Karim Ibrahim, Muhammad Karim, Muhammad Haji, Sharif Devji Kanji, Muhammad Chhotani, Rehmatullah Merali Chinai, etc.

In 1925, he had gone to Iraq and died in Najaf, where he was buried.