The Genesis of World Federation – Part 1
A Personal Reflection of an Inspiring Journey

 

By: Hasnain Walji (Former Secretary General, Vice President and President 1978 – 2003)
 
The official date of the establishment of the World Federation is October 15 1976. However, the genesis is almost a year prior when In October 1975, a delegation from Africa sat down with some elders from Uganda and a group of young Khoja accountants and lawyers on the red carpet of the Hammersmith Imambargah in London.
 
As the Assistant Secretary of London Jamaat, along with the then Mukhi Saheb Anverbhai Jagani and Anverbhai Pirbhai, our duty, on that dull and damp October day, was to ensure that the delegation were suitably nourished, Khoja style, with steaming hot chai and samosas. As we poured them endless cups of tea, amidst the smoke from Rothmans Cigarettes, I overheard this motley group ponderously reflecting on the predicaments our Community had found itself in the wake of the 1972 Uganda Exodus. Over a thousand souls had now scattered across the globe trying to make a new life in these faraway places. Apart for London and Peterborough, most communities in UK and North America were yet to establish Jamaats and Imambargahs. Yet the Community spirit was strong as mumineen roiled out carpets from the trunks of their cars to sit in rented warehouses, basements or any place that would give them an opportunity and be spiritually uplifted through the recital of Dua e Kumail on Thursday nights. For living in city or town without a Jamaat, a Khoja individual was like a fish out of water and these small gatherings became the oasis of spirituality in the new land we found ourselves.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/71/17                                           


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

We are pleased to announce the appointment by the Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat of Nairobi of the Organizing Committee for the 79th Supreme Council Session of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa to be held in Nairobi from Friday 7th July to Sunday 9th July 2017

The Email Address for the Organizing Committee is 79thscsession@gmail.com
 
Details of the accommodation and other arrangements will be sent out vide a separate Circular in due course.
 
 
 
Hussein Karim
Hon Secretary

 

GENDER EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR 2017

 

 

For the sixth consecutive year, a five day seminar was organized from 24th – 27th, April 2017 at the Bilal, Hall, in Mombasa to empower and educate the women under the Economic Upliftment Project. Two women from each Women Group from BMM Kenya centers and 2 women from Nakuru participated.

Some of the activities carried out in the workshop were: home remedies session by Sidi Nyota, Basket weaving using polythene bag by Joyce Ndungu, poultry farming session by Peter Mbui, goat rearing by Peter Mbui, cooking of various food items which was facilitated by the Creative Cooking Committee and Islamic Religious Education lectures were conducted by Sis. Ruiya Salim and Sis Zainab Jaffer.

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The pioneers of the Solidarity Charity Walk - Arusha Jamaat once again organized the Walk for the 5th consecutive year on Sunday 14th May 2017 to raise funds for the AFED Solidarity Day. The theme for this Year’s Walk was Walk, Support and Donate.

The Participants in the walk included ladies, gents, old, young and children, and the walk commenced from Ex-Tiger Super Market Njiro to the KSI Jamaat Mosque, in Arusha town. It is noteworthy to witness women in good numbers participated.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/70/17                                                     

OBITUARY


 
 To Allah we belong and to Him is our return
(Holy Qur’an, Surah al-Baqarah - Verse 2:156)
  

Alhaj Abdulhussein Kassamali Khimji

  

The Africa Federation Secretariat received with deep sadness the news of the death of Alhaj Abdulhussein Kassamali Khimji, President of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Lindi who passed away peacefully in the morning hours of Thursday, 1st June 2017 (6th Mahe Ramadhan 1438 A.H.) in his home in Lindi, southeastern of Tanzania. Marhum was buried on the same day in Lindi.

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Report No. 0070 of Rajab 1438 A.H, 2017

BILAL TANGA CARRIES OUT DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD STUFF

Once again Bilal Tanga carried out distribution of foodstuff to its members during the month of Rajab 1438 A.H. As many areas of Tanga region are still facing acute shortage of essential foodstuff, Bilal Tanga through its generous donors decided to carry out this distribution.


A total of 1150 shia families benefited with each family getting 25kg maize flour, 10kg rice and 5kg wheat flour respectively.

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Marhum Mulla Kermalli Alibhai - Dar es Salaam

 
One of the well-known amongst the community workers of the Dar es Salaam Jamaat was Marhum Mulla Kermalli Alibhai.
 
He will be remembered for his youthful enthusiasm and zeal in serving the community. In spite of his age, he was very active and would carry out duties that would put young people to shame.

He was born in Hadiyana, Kathiawar, India on 24 March 1889 and migrated to Africa at the age of 16. He was well known for his business acumen and he used this expertise in Jamaat matters taking good care of financial resources of the Jamaat.

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CIRCULAR NO: AFED/AFTAB/69/17                                


 

Further to our earlier announcement of the appointment of Seyed Hassan Naqvi as Chairman of the Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB), the Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi is pleased to appoint the following AFTAB members for the term 2016 - 2019. 

  • Seyed Hassan Naqvi - Chairman
  • Zishan Somji - Vice Chairman
  • Sanjida Rashid - Hon. Secretary
  • Dr. Alihussein Molloo
  • Dr. Fatema Meghji
  • Dr. Zohraida Karim
  • Fatim Somji
  • Fazle Abbas Chandoo
  • Riyaz Habib Virjee
  • Sumaiya Muntazir Meghjee

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Ref: AFED/Housing/AAR/17                                           



The construction works of the Al Asghery Residency on Libya/Band Street in Dar es Salaam is progressing well according to the plan; it has reached the 5th floor.
 
This is a joint Housing Project between Africa Federation (AFED) and the World Federation of KSIMC in collaboration with the KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam.
 
The Project comprises total of 18 Flats (9 three bedroom and 9 two bedroom apartments).  The 86 applications were received, indicative of the big requirement of housing in Dar es Salaam. Applications were reviewed by the Allocation Committee and each applicant was interviewed after which the allocation was done.
 
A short program was held on 1st May 2017 at the KSI Jamaat Tabligh Auditorium, successful applicants were called upon to select the apartment they wished to be allocated. Africa Federation Chairman, Office Bearers and Trustees, the World Federation President and Secretary General, Dsm Jamaat President, Office Bearers and Trustees, Economic & Housing Board Members, Councillors, Ladies Managing Committee, Allocation Committee Members and the 18 successful applicants.

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My Dear Community Members,

Salaam Alaykum.
 
It has been with great abhorrence that we see in our world today continual acts of terrorism. Terrorism founded on an ideology and a concept that is growing exponentially and which affects the very fabric of our society. Muslim organisations have been quick to condemn such acts of barbarity which not only are unfounded in and contrary to our faith but which directly fulminate against humanity!
 
It was a shock for us all to witness the attacks in London where seven people were killed and forty-eight people injured. The attacks followed less than two weeks after the Manchester Arena where 22 people were killed. Only a few months earlier a terrorist attacked Westminster, London killing 4 people and injuring more than fifty people. In the last month, there have been numerous terrorist attacks across the globe: Karrada in Iraq where ten people were murdered and Afghanistan where 18 people were killed. Terrorism has been a widespread, catastrophic phenomena in the Middle East and Subcontinent but is now growing proliferating around the world.
 
The World Federations, its membership and indeed the entire Khoja community condemn such acts of barbarity in the strongest possible terms and we offer our condolences to the families of those brutally murdered. The trauma they are experiencing is unimaginable. That is why within hours of both attacks, The World Federation in conjunction with The Council of European Jamaats donated £10,000 i.e. £5,000 to the victims of the families of each of the attacks. The funds will be spent on psychological support and bereavement counselling. The thoughts and prayers of our community are with them and their families during these difficult times.
 
When reflecting on these barbaric acts, I feel it is important for our governments and for our society to examine in depth the philosophy and ideology of the terrorists. They are driven to undertake such hate crimes, driven to attack those who disagree with them and driven to create strife and discord in our society. My view is that as a community we need to advocate our humanitarian principles. We need to add value to society and to bring positive change to our localities. If we continue our beneficial humanitarian actions then our positive and consistent work will simply speak for itself!
 
With Salaams and Duas,

 
Shan E Abbas Hassam
Secretary General

5th June 2017

Ref: AF/PR/23/2017                                                    



Following his election in February 2016, the Chairman of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa (AFED), Alhaj Shabir had the privilege to address Community members of K.S.I. Jamaat of Dar es Salaam on the eve of the Wiladat of Hazrat Abbas (A.S.) on Sunday, 30th April, 2017. The Imambargha was packed with momineen, ladies and gents. There were also three weddings, such features are quite common during the Khushali nights in Dar es Salaam. The majlis was recited eloquently by the visiting Aalim, Maulana Syed Muntazir Rizvi from India. Sheikh Murtadha Alidina, the Resident Aalim of Dar es Salaam Jamaat gave a brief biodata of Syed Muntazir Rizvi and he also explained the status of Qamar-e-Bani Hashim, Hazrat Abbas (A.S.) in the Banu Hashim, and his revered position in the Ahlulbayt (A.S.) - the progeny of the Holy Prophet of Islam (SAWW). He also spoke on the importance of celebrating the occasions such as Wiladat of esteemed personalities from the progency of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW).

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