Haji Hussain Che Dol was born at Kampong Gajah Mati, Pendang, Kedah
in 1904. He came from a family of "Pondok" (hut) religious
school teachers. His father, Ismail Che Dol was one of the most
well-known Ulamas in Kedah. He obtained his early education from
his father. After that he went to South Thailand to widen his religious
knowledge by studying under Haji Abdullah Chauk, Patani. After four
years in Thailand, he went to Mecca. However, while in Mecca he
fell ill and because of the illness, he had to return and continued
his studies at the "Pondok" in Chauk, Patani.
Haji Hussain used to open his own "Pondok" in Guar Chempedak
in Kedah and taught students who came from all over the country.
He then continued his teaching career at his father's "Pondok"
at Gajah Mati. He then migrated to Kampong Pakiat, Bangkok, where
he embarked on a mission to strengthen the faith among the Muslims
there. After three years, he returned to Gajah Mati to continue
with his religious teaching.
In the 1930s, he was well known as a foremost Koran reader in
Kedah. He was also a good orator especially in the delivery of his
religious talks. He also involved himslf in the fight for Independence.
He opened his own "Pondok" school, known as the Madarsah
Al-Akhlak Aal-Islamiah at Guar Chempedak.
Haji Hussain was also an Ulama who was a specialist in the subject
of Fiqah and who can speak English. He learnt English from a teacher
from Perak, Che Maidin. He was not only an Ulama and a leader who
fought for the purity of Islam, but also a person who worked hard
on making the 'ummah' realize their roles in the fields of politics,
economy and social.
On May 12, 1967, Warta Malaya reported the demise of Haji Hussain
Che Dol in his house at Guar Chempedak, due to hypertension.