Mister President, Councillors and Delegates,

My Jamaat is grateful to the Supreme Council for having convened the 6th Conference Meeting of the Federation of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa, on its invitation, in Dar-es-Salaam, as the Conference under the hospitality of my Jamaat.
Therefore, with a feeling of great indebtedness, I on behalf of my Jamaat welcome you, Mr. President, Councillors and Delegates to Dar-es-Salaam, a haven of Peace, and I assure you the name this town bears is far from being a misnomer.
While the cool sea-breeze here is plenty and beyond exhaustion, it is only fair that I should caution you at the mischievous trick the breeze might play in lullabying even an anxious and forceful prospective speaker to a sound sleep complaint at gusts of cool sea-breeze in the hot climate will not be entertained.

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Al Muntazir Special Education Needs (AMSEN) holds A World Autism Day Walk Organized by Central Board of Education (CBE) of KSI Jamaat of Dar Es Salaam on 25th March 2018

The Al Muntazir Schools have earned the reputation of constantly evolving and striving for excellence in the provision of quality of education to the children, regardless of age, gender, race or sects. For the past 30 years, the Al Muntazir Schools have spread the light of education to children from the ages of 2.5 to 18 years. Over the years, it has continued to expand and increase the spectrum of education from Nursery, to Primary to Secondary and then to A Levels. 

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Our Ref: PR/44/18                                                                            


The World Federation Second Executive Council Meeting for the term 2017 – 2020 was hosted by the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Jamaat of London – Stanmore on 23rd and 24th February 2018.
The Africa Federation was fully represented by the following eight Councillors:

  1. Alhaj Shabir Najafi
  2. Alhaj Amine Nassor
  3. Alhaj Mohamed Hemani
  4. Alhaj Hussein Karim
  5. Alhaj Mohamed Jaffer
  6. Alhaj Saeed Ali Vazir
  7. Alhaj Amir Merali
  8. Br. Alihassan Kassam

The World Federation Office Bearers and its various Departments laid out their vision for the current term which included the inward investment policy, where funds are raised and allocated to projects undertaken by the member Federations.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/123/18                                                   


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Shabaan 1439 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 4.58 a.m. on Monday 16th April 2018 i.e. 29th Rajab 1439 A.H.
On Monday 16th April 2018, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.21 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 13 hours 24 minutes     
Moonset 6.53 p.m.
Time Duration 13 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      7.45 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 6.58 degrees


On Tuesday 17th April 2018, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:      

Sunset 6.21 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 37 hours 24 minutes     
Moonset 7.43 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 23 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      19.53 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 18.22 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.38 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 15 degrees North of West, 5 degrees North of where the sun had set.


Haji Mohammed Jaffer Boarding House – United Nations Road, Dar Es Salaam

In the year 1960 Dar es Salaam Jamaat hosted the Africa Federation Supreme Council meeting. The president of the reception committee Murrabi N. M. Nasser delivered the speech to welcome the President, Councilors and Delegates for the Supreme Council Session. To honor the Councilors, Delegates and community members, boarding house organized a drama. The drama was in three in episodes of which the 1st episode was poetries, 2nd was Drama named Sikandar-e-Azam - ”Alexander the great” and 3rd episode was about Akhlaq.

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Ref: AFED/PR/43/18                                                      

"Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you and if you are alive they crave for your company" Imam Ali (AS)
18 years on since Mulla Asgharali M. M. Jaffer (Mulla Asghar as he was fondly known), President of The World Federation passed away in the office of the World Federation at Stanmore on 21st March 2000 while in the course of discussion on our community affairs
Mulla Asghar is remembered for his incredible knowledge, leadership, wisdom and piety – He was an illustrious and courageous leader of our Community who made great impact not only within but also outside the Khoja Community. He was a driving force behind the establishment of The World Federation of KSIMC in 1976 in the U.K.

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Dharamsi Khatau: A Pioneer and Merchant Prince

From interviews with Akberali A. Khatau

Dharamsi Khatau
(from A.A. Khatau)

My grandfather Dharamsi Khatau was born in Nagalpur, Kutch in 1865. He had four brothers Jivraj Khatau, Manji Khatau, Kassim Khatau and Killu Khatau. Yes it’s the same “shaheed” Killu Khatau, the student of Mulla Qader Husayn Saheb who was martyred in Bombay. After the death of Killu in 1878, my grandfather left Bombay in 1880 with his father and mother along with the wife of Killu Khatau and Killu’s daughters. The journey to Mombasa by dhow took about a month. On the way Khatau Nanjani, my great-grandfather saddened by the death of Killu passed away. He was lowered into the sea with full honours.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/122/18                                              

The annual Africa Federation Solidarity Day marked on 15th Sha’ban every year will this year fall on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.
As in the past years, the activities to promote greater awareness and to solicit funds for the Solidarity Day within our constituent member Jamaats in Africa will Inshaállah start from 1st to 25th Sha’ban 1439 (18th April to 12th May 2018).
We request all Jamaats in Africa and the Territorial Councils in Madagascar and Reunion to organize special events like, Table Collections, Charity Walk, Bake Sale, Sports and other activities for all – gents, ladies and children for this special occasion to raise funds and which also provides an opportunity to bring together our community members from different age groups on a common platform under one banner of Solidarity to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of our 12th Imam, Al Hujjah Al Mahdi (ATFS).

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The AFED Economic and Housing Development Board is pleased to inform that the construction works at the Al Asghary Housing Project in Dar-es-Salaam is progressing on schedule.
The construction work of the three shops on the ground floor and 18 apartments (9 of three and 9 of two-bedroom apartments) spread over nine (9) floors on Plot No. 1701/208 on Band Street (corner of Libya Street) in Dar es Salaam is nearing its completion and the Opening Ceremony will be held Insha’allah during the 80th Supreme Council Session of the Africa Federation to be held in Dar-es-Salaam from 27th to 29th April 2018.

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Hanging on a wall at the entrance of the Mombasa Club there used to be a superb black and white photograph of a sailing dhow. On the dhow’s stern, you could read the legend “W. RAMJI & SONS, LAMU, L.58”. The dhow belonged to old Walji Ramji a leading Ithna-Asheri piece-cloth merchant of Lamu. He arrived on the island in 1885 along with his brothers Molu Ramji and Damji Ramji.
The three brothers built up a flourishing business retailing and wholesaling cotton cloth. When they were tired of sitting in their shops they used to go door to door to make deliveries. They became famous under the name “chittilesso”, a name which is still remembered by old residents of Lamu to this day. (Chit is the Gujarati word for cotton and lesso is a type of cloth wrap around worn by Swahili women)

Life in Lamu
From Interviews with Hussein Abdalla Jaffer Pardhan (AP)
Life in Lamu in the 1930’s was very simple. People would wake up in the morning and go for prayers. They would open their shops from 8:00-12:00pm and then go home for lunch and to sleep. The shops would re-open again at 3:00pm until 6:00pm when people would go for maghrib prayers. After dinner some people would open their shops at half past eight to do book keeping until around 10:00pm when they would go to bed. The chairmen of the Jamaat in those days were Jaffer Panju, Hassan Walji, Molu Ramji and his brother Walji Ramji. Molu Ramji used to bring grain and other cargo from Mombasa and would export boriti (mangrove poles).
Yes I remember Daya Kanji. He had a big shop in Lamu and was also into bringing cargo from Mombasa and shipping boriti and copra. Daya Kanji’s agent Abdulrasul Hirji Walji stayed in Faza where he would buy boriti. The Bohra Adamali Nurbhai and the Parsi Cowasjee were also in Faza. They used to come to Lamu once every six months for a haircut.
There was no electricity in the mosque; we had to use kerosene lamps. The imambara was upstairs. There were two ways of going up to the imambara; one way was from the bazaar and this was used by the ladies and the other was from the sea shore which was used by gents. Two staircases were built on either side. The local mullas were Mulla Jafferali Alibhai, Mulla Vallimohamed Merali Dewji, Mulla Mohammedali Nanji and Mulla Nanji Bhanji, who was a very old man at the time. The mullas would give waez and majlis in the imambara upstairs from the wooden minbar. Later on we used to have alims coming from outside Lamu. They would stay in the madrassa at the top which was converted into a guesthouse when there weren’t any children left.
The purdah was strictly enforced in those days in Lamu. There was a wall with a wooden door in the middle of the imambara that was always closed. Next to the door was a window like the one in our mosque in Zanzibar. During niyyaz which was always at lunch time if the ladies needed anything extra they used to tap the window’s sill. Mwalimu Yusufu and Mwalimu Faraj used to teach the students Qur’an in the madrassa. On Thursday nights we would all go to the Chungani. Majlises were held there in the small building (now in ruins) with barazas outside. This building was built during the time of Molu Ramji. The oldest graves you can see in the Lamu Chungani today are of Daya Kanji, Damji Ramji, Molu Ramji, Walji Ramji, Alibhai Panju and Jaffer Panju.



Waljee Hirjee
(from C. Salvadori)

Mombasa - Khoja settlement in Mombasa dates to 1867 when Waljee Hirjee a prominent Khoja Ismaili merchant of Zanzibar opened a shop at the Old Port. The first Ithna-Asheri to settle in Mombasa was Abdalla Datoo Hirjee. He arrived on the island from Zanzibar in 1882. In 1887 Nazerali Dewji left Lamu and moved to Mombasa to manage a branch of Dewji Jamal & Co. and in 1896 he was followed by his brother Jaffer Dewji.
The numbers of Khojas on the island at the time was small. In 1887 the combined Khoja population (both Ismailis and Ithna-Asheris) on the island was estimated at only twenty five compared to around 1,900 in Zanzibar and 385 in Bagamoyo. With the establishment of the Imperial British East African Company (IBEA) in 1888, Mombasa became the chief commercial entrepôt of East Africa. Large numbers of Khojas began to arrive from the old mercantile centres of Zanzibar, Bagamoyo, Lamu and Kilwa; others came directly from India. Khojas who had already established firms in Zanzibar, Bagamoyo or Lamu decided to open branches or shift altogether to Mombasa.
For example, in 1893 Dharamsi Khatau called his brother Jivraj Khatau from India to manage a branch of Dharamsi Khatau & Co in Mombasa. Also at this time two famous Bagamoyo merchant princes, Allidina Visram and his Ithna-Asheri nephew Nasser Virji decided to shift their businesses to Mombasa and opened branches in 1895 and 1900 respectively.
As Edward Rodwell notes Mombasa was not much of a place in those days. Ndia Kuu and Vasco Da Gama Str. (now Mbarak Hinaway Str.) comprised the main streets. The town boasted few stone buildings. Most of the island was covered by jungle, infested with puff-adders, and leopards roamed about the town at night. Every now and then lions would walk over the ford at Makupa when the tide was low. In 1892 Mombasa was the scene of a celebrated lion hunt in the area where Mombasa Sports Club is now situated. The business of the town was in the hands of a small group of Bhattias, Bohras, Memons and Khojas.

Mombasa, Ndia Kuu, 1895


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