The Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat Dar es Salaam held a successful Mini Census of the community population on 25th November 2012 (Ashura Day).

The exercise was a simple headcount broken into four age bands and was conducted simultaneously in the gents and ladies sections.

The Jamaat made few announcements during the nights of Muharram, whereby maximum attendance was available and appealed to the members to take part in the exercise. The process was simple and hassle-free as a result it enticed members to participate wholeheartedly.

Summary of Results:


Note: The under 18 age group female count includes an unknown number of male young children that were accounted for in the ladies section.

Chart 1: Male vs. Female Total Population


Male vs. Female by Age


The Africa Federation Secretariat commends the Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat Management for undertaking this important exercise diligently, the results of which were displayed on the same night in the Imambargha.

Alhaj Shiraz Walji, President of Dar es Salaam Jamaat said the Jamaat intends to carry out a proper Census in 2013 during the wafat of Imam Ali (A.S.) – [Mahe Ramadhan 1434 AH] whereby members would be required to complete a simple census form consisting of about 10 to 12 basic questions.

The Africa Federation Secretariat would urge all the Jamaats across in Africa to carry out the Census of their membership at earliest possible. The importance of Census data cannot be overstated; there are enormous advantages to the community at large in that the Jamaat Management can plan properly for the developments and various services for the current and future needs of the community.

We shall provide our full support and assistance to our Jamaats to carry out the Census - 2013.


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