Muyaka, as he is commonly referred to, was born circa 1776 and died in 1840 (Harries 1962:208). Most of his writing, approximately 150 extant poems, was probably done from 1810 – 1840. These were preserved for us by Wm. Taylor and Muhammadi Sikujua. For more information on Muyaka see Abdulaziz 1979, Harries 1962, and Knapper 1979:141. There is also Hichens’ small work in Swahili (1940) entitled Diwani ya Muyaka bin Haji al-Ghassaniy. Pamoja na khabari za maisha yake. This seems to be the source for an article on Muyaka in the online Encyclopedia Britannica q.v.
Also see: M. A. Bryan (1942). Review of W. Hichens ‘Diwani ya Muyaka Bin Haji al-Ghassaniy’ Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 10:1055-1056.
His works included here are: