Daring and Adventurous Journey to East Africa – A brief Profile of Alhaj Remtulla Kassam Gulamali from Cutch Mundra, India


Remtulla Kassam Gulamali Bhagat was born in 1864 in Mundra, Cutch, India. In 1879, he and his brother Haji travelled to Pangani by dhow. The two brothers operated a partnership for two years. Remtulla decided to travel to Mogadishu, Somalia where he operated a business for five years. Finding no success in business, he moved to Merca, Somalia in 1886. At Merca, the business flourished very well and in a short period his concern became famous throughout the coast of East Africa.

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Ref:  PR/AF/17/22                                                      

The World Federation 15th Ordinary Conference held from 5th to 7th May 2017 was successfully hosted by the K.S.I. Jamaat of Dar-es-Salaam under the auspices of the Federation of K.S.I. Jamaats of Africa; it was attended by nearly 200 participants, including invitees from different parts of the World, including Africa. This Conference also witnessed the change at the helm of the World Federation, as Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi takes over from Dr. Asgher Moledina.

The Africa Federation delegation was led by the Chairman; Alhaj Shabir Najafi and was represented by five Councillors and 20 Delegates from Mainland Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Reunion and DRC - Congo.
Following reflection on verses from the Holy Qur’an, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Br. Sajjad Dharamsee provided brief information on the various services and arrangements made for the Conference and he also introduced the volunteers of the various sections, including reception, accommodation, catering, and transport etcetera.  

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“I raise up my voice - not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”  - Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai

The AFED Women’s Board held its first workshop on Saturday 15th April 2017 in Dar-es-Salaam – Titled “Leadership & Emotional Intelligence” for the KSIJ Community Leaders, bringing together over 50 women; young and old from different Jamaats in Africa.
The one day workshop was facilitated by three different women who are leaders in their own rights.
It started off with registration and verses from the Holy Qur’an by Zainab Sumar.  The Master of Ceremony, Ms. Sakina Hassanali opened the day defining what was in store, followed by the welcome speech by the Women’s Board Chairperson Mrs. Zaheeda Alishan.
In her address, the Chairperson said that the Board intends to equip women in the Community to be viewed as assets in the society and not as an exception to the rule. She added that women hold the key to Women Empowerment, through their influence over the coming generations. She cited the example of Lady Khadija whose unconditional devotion, support and encouragement played a very important role in the beginning of the Islamic Society by our Holy Prophet (SAWW).  She looked forward to women to join hands with the Board to help inspire and empower more women of our community to reach great heights as the sky is not the limit for our women.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/64/17               


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Mahe Ramadhan 1438 A.H. is as follows: - (Please note that the forecast is based for Dar-es-Salaam and all timings are D’Salaam local time, other towns in the West should make necessary adjustments depending upon the time of sunset).
The birth of the Astronomical New Moon is at 10.46 p.m. on Thursday 25th May 2017 i.e. 28th Shabaan 1438 A.H.
On Friday 26th May 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.13 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 19 hours 28 minutes     
Moonset 7.04 p.m.
Time Duration 51 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      11.33 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 10.44 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.31 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 19 degrees North of West, 2 degrees South of where the sun had set.



Since severing the umbilical cord with the mainstream Aga Khani Khojas which propounded Nizari Ismaili faith, the new splinter group of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheris in India were busily engaged in several fronts to identify, consolidate, and strengthen the infant community. The rivalry and confrontation between original and splinter group was rampant, occasionally violent and very often showed its ugly head in social mercantile activities of both the communities. The first pressing task of the leader of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri community was to establish and widen network of Jamaats and with it Mosques, Imambarghas, and Madrassahs had to be acquired or built. To an acceptable degree this was achieved between 1880 and 1933. Under this climate the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri community labored with a dream: to establish a federation that would unite the community. This was the vision of Seth Dawood Haji Nasser who created the Cutch Federation but due to the War, it was still-born and picked up its root in Africa where it flourished progressively. 

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After a long sea journey from India, Nasserbhai Pardhan arrived in Zanzibar in 1900. He lived there for four years followed by 18 months in Pemba and 18 months in Tanganyika before opening a shop at Changamwe, a suburb of Mombasa. After spending four months at Changamwe, he travelled to Kisumu by train and onwards to Jinja by boat.
In 1908 Jinja was a very small town. The houses were of two types, those made of iron sheets and those made of mud with thatched roofs. Our community members who had shops in Jinja were Walji Bhanji, Haji Merali, Abdulla Nathoo and Juma Muman. Nasser Pardhan joined in the employment of Haji Merali. Another employee was Suleman Esmail. Mohamed Manek was an employee of a famous entrepreneur Alidina Visram. Our community consisted of 7 families. 
Abdulla Nathoo had constructed a special room made of iron sheets in the compound of his house to be used for majlis. A famous Sunni Aalim Molvi Abdulla Shah used to recite majlis. Haji Tamachi Turk, a famous Sunni brother who had very friendly and cordial relations with our members used to sponsor nyaz and majlis. The Nyaz on 12th Muharram was regularly sponsored by him. His departure from Jinja in 1958 resulted in changes in our regular programme. There were four Bohra families who were close to our community. The nyaz on 9th Muharram was regularly sponsored by a Bohra community member Abdulhussein Kadarbhai. After 1958, the Bohra community started having their own programmes due to increase in their population.

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The late Gulamhusein Mohamed Valli Dharsi who later became famous by the use of the pen-name of “SALSABIL” was the eldest son of Mohamed Valli Dharsi and was born in Zanzibar in 1887. He was brought up by Janab Saleh Hassan, his maternal grandfather. After finishing his studies, he joined his father’s booming textile business, together with his two younger brothers Habib and Kassamali.

Mohamedbhai Valli Dharsi passed away in Zanzibar in 1923 after returning to Zanzibar from Ziyarat in Iraq, Gulamhuseinbhai and his two younger brothers managed their father’s business until 1930 when it was wound up.

Gulamhuseinbhai received his early education at Sir Euan Smith Madressa, (a famous Gujarati and English educational institution in Zanzibar, renamed Haile Selassie School after the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964). With his vast studies he could speak Urdu, English, Farsi, Gujarati, Arabic and Kiswahili. His fondness for reading and writing was remarkable. He soon built up his own private library which, at the time of his demise consisted of some 2000 (two thousand) books which included some rare and valuable collections in English, Gujarati, Urdu, and Arabic. His private Library also contained several important literary and classical works which he had won as prizes in school competitions.

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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Each year, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program sends 1 to 3 Tanzanians to the United States to attend a 12-month non-degree professional development program.  This program is for professionals and administrators with a minimum of five years’ experience in their field. 

Additional information on the Hubert Humphrey Program, including application requirements, can be found here:

Tanzanians do not apply through the U.S. Embassy, but instead directly through the Hubert H. Humphrey  website at

The application deadline is June 30, 2017.

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