KSI Community in Kaberamaido, Uganda
Mulla Haji Gulamhussein Ladha 1896-1964

Mulla Gulamhussein Ladha’s family was the first Ithnaasheri family in Kaberamaido. He arrived in 1938 from Soroti. He was a Zakir-e-Hussain and used to recite majlises in Kutchi and Urdu and Ismaili Community would attend as well.  All religious programs which included Thursday, Wafat, Khushali and Mahe Ramadhan majlises were held at Mulla Gulamhusein's house.
Members of the Ismaili Community later on requested for turns to hold majlises at their houses as well which were recited by Mulla Saheb.
Mulla Saheb used to recite majlises in Atuboi (a town 15 miles away) as well where all the residents were Ismailis and the majlises use to be held at the Jamatkhanas.

Haji Hassanali Salehmohamed 1917-1972

Another family in Kaberamaido was that of Alhaj Salehmohamed. Hassanalibhai Salehmohamed migrated from India and arrived in Mombasa at the age of 12. He then travelled to Kaberamaido where he initially worked for his maternal uncle Rashid Bata for six years. He then worked for his brother Rajabali Salehmohamed for two years, before leaving for India for marriage.
Upon returning from India he worked in partnership with his brother for a year, after which he started his own business.  When he first arrived at this town, there were 5-7 Turkish and about 5 Ismaili shops. There was good cooperation between Ismailis and Ithna Asheris which continued.
Thursday, Wafat and Wiladat majlis continued to be held in turns while Muharram Majlis were held at the residence of Hassanalibhai on sponsorship basis. The Khoja population increased gradually. 



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The therapy can help improve their motor, physical, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, play skills and enhance their self-esteem. The main goal is to enhance development, minimize delay and support families meet the needs of their children,

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The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanga (BMM Tanga) commemorated the Death Anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) by organizing a peaceful march on 11th December 2015 (28th Safar 1437) in collaboration with the Ahlul Bayt Charitable Foundation and Sayyid Shuhada Foundation of Mikanjuni – Tanga. The procession which was attended by hundreds of people from all around Tanga started from the Bilal Headquarters on Street No. 5 and ended at the Ahlul Bayt Charitable Foundation Headquarters on Street No. 20. Throughout the procession short messages were given out with regards to the purpose of the procession. Pamphlets were also distributed to those who were present during the procession.


The Mission conducted a Module III – Credit training for three days from 24th to 26th November 2015.
This is conducted after the group has gone through the Module 2 training – Business Management which was conducted mid this year. 
The module included sessions on:

  • Introduction to loans
  • Rules and regulations of taking loans
  • Revolving of loans
  • Importance of taking loans
  • Repayments of loans
  • Loaning procedures
  • Duties of the loans committee
  • Selection of the loan committee and
  • Baseline data collection

The module was facilitated by Sis Sidi Nyota and Sis Kauchi Chifui. 




Alhaj Mulla Gulamhussein Peera was famously known as Jomba, was born in Zanzibar on 28th August 1923.                              
Late Mulla Gulamhussein devoted his entire life for Tabligh activities in the community.  He started as a teacher of the Ithna-Asheri Madressah in Zanzibar famously known as School Faize and at a very young age, he took keen interest in Zakiri.  He then moved to Arusha in February 1965 where he continued to provide religious services with great zeal and sincerity.
He took great interest in reading newspapers and following local politics.  He was also interested in Cricket and used to visit the sports ground to watch matches and encourage youngsters.
He was the chief accountant with Sheriff Dewji & Sons Ltd. in Arusha for many years.  He was very particular in accounts especially cash where he would insist on accuracy to the last cent.
He was Zakir-e-Hussein in Zanzibar and then Arusha where he used to recite majalises, nikaahs.  He spoke English, Kiswahili, Gujarati and Urdu fluently.    He was one of the few first Khojas of East Africa to lead Namaze Jamaat and his outstanding Zakiri made him popular in East Africa and Madagascar. He also used to give Haaj Masaels whenever called upon; he was liked for his humble and affable nature.


Ref: AK/PR/2015/67                                                                            

Brief Information about Kigoma and Lake Tanganyika

Kigoma is a town and lake port in western Tanzania on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika  and close to the border with Burundi. It serves as the capital for the surrounding Kigoma Region. The historic trading town of Ujiji is 10 km south-east of Kigoma.

Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake. It is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, and the second deepest (more than 1436m), in both cases, after only Lake Baikal in Siberia; it is also the world's longest freshwater lake (660 km) at somewhere between 9 and 13 million years old, it’s also one of the oldest contains about 17% of the world’s available surface freshwater supplies. The lake is divided among four countries – Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia, with Tanzania (46%) and DRC (40%) possessing the majority of the lake. The water flows into the Congo River system and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean.

Kigoma Jamaat – came into existence in the year 1897 with a small number of families who initially settled in Ujiji in a small town about 10 Km south of Kigoma town at the time there were about 15 shops in Ujiji. Bandali Ismail Muraj was an active member who used to organize majlises and other ceremonies that were held at the house of Nasser Virjee – the earlier pioneers. Two elders of the community Mulla Mohamedali Moloo (popularly known as Mulla Kibondo) and Haji Ali Hashim who spoke Arabic fluently conducted religious ceremonies and were also leading congressional prayers.


"To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return"
(Surah Al-Baqarah 2:156)

 1948 – 2015

It is with great sadness that we received the news of the death of Alhaj Safdarali Akberali Jaffer which occurred on Sunday, 6th December 2015 in Allentown, USA, and buried on the same day.

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CIRCULAR NO:  JMT/172/2015                                                        

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Br. Aliabbas Nasser to the post of Honorary Assistant Treasurer of Africa Federation with effect from 1st December 2015 for the current term.

The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi in the letter of appointment expressed his pleasure in welcoming Aliabbas to the team as office bearer of Africa Federation and wished him success; he pointed out on the long-term vision of his to provide opportunities to the young members of our community for their development and instill unto them the spirit of voluntarism intertwined with greater community services.  

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Ref: CHB/HB/49/15                                                                          


As providers and caretakers, adults tend to view the world of children as happy and carefree. After all, kids don’t have jobs to keep or bills to pay, so what could they possibly have to worry about?

Childhood Stress can be caused by any situation that requires the child to adapt or change. The Situation often produces anxiety. Stress may be caused by positives changes, such as starting a new activity, but it is most commonly linked with negative changes such as illness or death in the family.

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The Africa Federation Capacity Building Group (CBG) had organized workshop for Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) for enhancing the Organizational Structure of BMMT, especially in the field of Management, Communications and Development of Organizational Skills.
The event took place on 14th November 2015 at Mehfil-e-Abbas (AS), facilitated by Brother Shabbirhussein Khalfan and Sister Mumtaz Ladak from CBG.

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