Hasham bhai Ebrahim Mamdani  
Moshi, Tanzania
The early Pioneers of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheris to Africa

Hashambhai Ebrahim Mamdani was born in Changa Chela, Jamnagar, India in 1882.

He migrated to Zanzibar where he worked for about 2 years and then travelled to Pangani where he joined in the employment of Hajibhai Khakoo for 6 years. Then he joined Ladhubhai Lalji in Pangani for one year and later moved to Moshi. The area where Moshi is currently situated was desolate woodland. He migrated to German Moshi which is now known as Old Moshi. He and his brother Esmail were the first Ithnaasheris to settle in this area. After the establishment of British rule, the new Moshi town started being populated. Later, Shermohamedbhai Sajan and Mohamedbhai Ebrahim joined them in Moshi.
Hashambhai opened a shop dealing with clothing and grocery provisions at Machame. After 7 years in Machame he moved to new Moshi. Later, he opened a shop in Arusha and ran it for 5 years.
In 1919, he went to India where he stayed for two months and returned to Moshi. Hashambhai is currently retired and regularly takes part in Namaz and Majalis. He has three sons, all of whom are involved in transport business.
The current population of Khoja Shia Ithnaasheris in Moshi is 344 (1960).
Source: AF Trade Directory 1960




“Verily Hussein is the shining light of guidance and the ark of salvation”
                                                                   Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.W)

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania - Kigoma Branch organized various functions and events to commemorate the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A.S) – The grandson of Holy Prophet (S.A.W) which took place in the plains of Karbala.

Programs held daily included afternoon ladies Majalis at the Bilal centers followed by poems expressing the grief on the event of Kerbala and Majalis at night for ladies and gents thereafter Nyaz and Tabarukaat were served.


Ref: PR/AF/2016/14                                                                                                      

The Africa Federation (AFED) Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi accompanied by the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the Hon. Secretary Alhaj Hussein Karim and the Chairman of the Economic and Housing Development Board of AFED, Alhaj Akil Hirji paid a visit to Mwanza Jamaat from Friday, 7th to Saturday, 8th October, 2016 (5th to 6th Muharram 1438).
Visiting Member Jamaats by the AFED Office Bearers during the Ashra-e-Muharram has been a tradition for the past several years; these visits provide a good opportunity to AFED Office Bearers to join in with the Community members in commemoration of the martyrs of Karbala whose sacrifices have left an indelible mark in the history of Islam. They sacrificed their lives for the restoration of justice, human dignity, human values and the salvation of the religion of Islam.
The trip to our Jamaats provide useful opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with the Jamaat leaders, elders of the community and also provides the opportunity to make site visits to see the developments of our institutions.
On Friday, 5th Muharram the AFED delegation had an opportunity to meet up with the Hon. Secretary of Mwanza Jamaat and discussed some pertinent issues of the Jamaat viz a viz AFED. The discussions centered on Tabligh and Madressah activities, Education, Business Development, Housing and the general economic situation of our brothers in Mwanza.
The Chairman with his delegation accompanied by Salim bhai Panjwani, the Mwanza Jamaat Hon. Secretary, visited the Jamaat’s buildings and properties which are mostly located in the city centre around our Mosque area; these are all in good locality for further development.
After the majlis at the Imambargha, Salim bhai Panjwani introduced Shabir bhai Najafi who took over the helm of the Africa Federation in April 2016 from Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi. Shabir bhai addressed the Community members providing brief information on the various activities of the Africa Federation and the plans for this term; Shabir bhai emphasized on the unity and explained on the challenges we face globally. He stressed the importance of building bridges of friendship and cooperation with other Muslim sects and other faiths.

The AFED Chairman requested members of the Community to remit their Hukook through the central system of Africa Federation as this will provide the Institution with funds to support various activities of the Jamaats and AFED which falls within the ambit of the Ijaza.


As the Africa Youth Network (AYN) is gearing up for the AFED Youth Camp for girls of our community to be held in Morogoro in from 19th to 29th December this year, the mentors for the Camp need to be developed and thus must undergo two training programs in order to qualify to be a mentor for the participants converging in Morogoro for the Camp.

Group Photograph of 25 participants, AFED Girls’ Camp Lead, Sis.FatimSomji and 2 Facilitators

The two training programs in the planned are Youth Development Programme to begin with and Mentor Development Programme to follow.
The Youth Development Programme (YDP) was conducted in Dar es Salaam over the weekend of 5th & 6th November with a record participation of 25 girls from the following cities: Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Mwanza, Nairobi, Tanga and Zanzibar. The age range of these girls which was a criterion for them to apply as a mentor was 19 to 24 years.


Memories of the past

Hussein Day in Dar-es-Salaam organized by
Ithna-Asheri Union Volunteer Corps (IUVC) in the year 1979

Photograph taken after the program at the terrace of the Imambargha

From Left to Right: Sheikh Ishaq Najafi, Chairman of Hindu Mandal Community, Mohsin bhai Kayzar of Bohora Community, Maulana Safdar Jalali, Molvi Ali-Mohammad Dewji, Sayeed Karar Hussein, Zakir from India who came to recite majlises in Dar es Salaam during Ashra-e-Zainabiya.

12th November 2016 (11th Safar 1438 AH)

For the first time within its own facilitation resources, the Capacity Building Group of Africa Federation conducted a Youth Development Programme (YDP) for the Graduates of Husayni Madrasah Girls Section, upon request of the Madrasah Management and Tabligh Committee of Dar es Salaam Jamaat.
28 Girls ranging from 16 years to 18 years among the graduates from this year participated in this leadership development programme, which is specially designed and created for the youth. The programme was held over the weekend of 29th & 30th October 2016, facilitated by Sis. Shama Dewji and Br. Shabbir Hussein Khalfan, the AFED CBG Facilitators.
The following modules were covered in the 2 days training:

  • Capability and Capacity
  • Overall Programme Goal
  • Supporting Others' Growth
  • Tolerance and Respect
  • Understanding Self
  • The Iceberg
  • Knowledge Paradox
  • Andragogy and Pedagogy
  • People or Objects?
  • Presenting With Presence 

Comments from Participants – ‘What I Liked the Most was…..’

  • Getting to know others and myself more
  • How easy it was to communicate with the Facilitators
  • The professionalism and content
  • The presenting with presence
  • The elaborate explanations
  • Understanding Self – Iceberg, MBTI and Leadership Practice
  • The self-realization part
  • The way they encouraged me in doing public speaking
  • The amazing examples


CIRCULAR NO: JMT/LDP/16                                                                                             

This is further to our Circular JMT/35/16 of 5th November 2016 notifying all of the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) to be held in Nairobi from 25th to 29th November 2016.
Attached please find the Registration and Participation Forms which all interested participants age 25 and above are requested to complete and submit to the Capacity Building Group and Nairobi Jamaat respectively within the stipulated timelines.
Please note a limited number of seats are available for this important and useful leadership training programme. Intending participants are requested to submit the duly completed forms at the earliest to avoid disappointments.
Further information on this training can be obtained from the Capacity Building Group (CBG) of Africa via Email: capacitybuilding@africafederation.org
Email Addresses:
Capacity Building Group (CBG): capacitybuilding@africafederation.org
Shia Asna Ashri Jamaat, Nairobi (SAAJ): admin@saaj.co.ke
The last day for registration of the participants is Tuesday, 15th November 2016.
Hussein Karim
Hon Secretary

Download: 8th Leadership Development Programme - November 2016 - Nairobi - Registration Form (MS Word 124KB)

Download: 8th Leadership Development Programme - November 2016 - Nairobi - Participation Form (MS Word, 26KB)

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/36/16                                                                                   

The Morogoro Jafferies Sports Club under the umbrella of Khoja Shia Ithna -Asheri Jamaat of Morogoro invites members from all constituent Jamaats of Africa Federation to participate as spectators at the Africa Federation Uhuru Mini Sports Festival to be held there during the public holidays in Tanzania from Friday, 9th to Monday, 12th December 2016. 
The main aim of this Festival is to create stronger ties of brotherhood and create friendships between members of our Shia Ithna-Asheri Community. 
The fee for this excursion is US$ 125 per person. This includes 4 days/3 nights accommodation on a sharing basis, meals including meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner &, tea/snacks) and local transportation.
Due to the short time span, we request all those interested to register by 30th November 2016 on Email:  sportsfestival@africafederation.org
This trip will enhance and provide good opportunity to cheer up your teams, and visit the Morogoro Rock Garden. A trip to Mikumi National Park is also in the pipeline. 


Hussein Karim
Hon Secretary

Ref: PR/AF/2016/13      


The Africa Federation Uhuru Mini Sports Festival consisting of Football and Volleyball games is being held in Morogoro, Tanzania during the public holidays from Friday, 9th to Monday, 12th December 2016, various communications have been sent out to our member Jamaats to encourage the sports clubs to register for participation, and provide them with the necessary support.
The objective of this Festival and all our festivals are aimed at fostering brotherhood, build strong bridges of friendship and also developing sporting skills amongst our youth and sports enthusiasts of different age groups from the Jamaats of the Africa Federation.
A minimum fee of US$ 100 for each participant and official should be paid during the registration and the deadline for registration is Tuesday, 15th November 2016.
All communications regarding the Festival may be sent on the below Email address:


Ref: AF/PR/12/2016                                             

It has been a tradition for the past several years for the Office Bearers of Africa Federation (AFED) to visit Member Jamaats in Africa during the Ashra-e-Muharram which provides good opportunity to AFED Office Bearers to join members of our Community in the commemoration of the martyrs of Karbala who sacrificed their lives for the restoration of human dignity, human values and the religion of Islam. The trip provides useful opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with the Jamaat leaders, elders of the community and make site visits to see community’s developments.
A visit to our Shia Asna Ashri Jamaat (SAAJ) of Nairobi took place from Wednesday, 5th to Thursday, 6th October 2016. (3rd – 4th Muharram 1438 A.H.). The delegation consisted of Alhaj Shabir Najafi - Chairman of AFED, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan - Vice Chairman, Alhaj Hussein Karim - Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Ebrahim Jaffer - AFED Trustee in Kenya and Alhaj Akil Hirji - Chairman of the Economic and Housing Development Board of AFED.
The visit began after Zohrain prayers with a lunch organized by SAAJ for the AFED delegation with some elders of the community, amongst those present were Alhaj Ramzan Nanji – past Chairman of AFED, Alhaj Manzoor Kanani – past Vice President of the World Federation during the tenure of Marhum Mulla Asgharali M M Jaffer and Alhaj Abdulrazak Khalfan – Trustee of SAAJ. Fruitful discussion took place in pleasant surroundings at a new Iranian Restaurant in Nairobi city.
In the afternoon, a joint meeting between AFED and SAAJ took place at the Jamaat’s Library. SAAJ Chairman, Alhaj Shakir Merali briefed the Afed Chairman and his delegation on SAAJ’s activities and on future plans. Discussions also covered the SAAJ Housing Development Project at Lavington and the Park Road properties of the Jamaat for future developments.
Several other issues of common interest were discussed including the Madressah, and the plan to recruit a Resident Aalimah for the Jamaat to cater for the ladies members of the Jamaat, the Aalimah will also teach in the girl’s Madressah classes.


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