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A regularly updated collection of historical records and  from the Africa Federation archives.

REMEMBERING THE ELDERS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THEIR SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS



MARHUM GULAMHUSSEIN KALYAN OF LINDI

 Marhum Gulamhussein Kalyan was born in 1903 in Kutch Mundra. He learned Quran and Dinyat from Mulla Haji Mohammed Khaki in Kutch. Then he went to Bombay to study at Khanmohamed Habib School. He stayed at Sir Karim Ebrahim Baronet Orphanage. In 1922 he travelled to Zanzibar with Bande Khoryo and worked at Ladha Meghji. In 1924 he accompanied Marhum Rashid Versi to Lindi where he worked at Marhum Razahussein Pardhan business.
 
When he came to Lindi, Marhum Haji Hamzaali Noormohamed was the President of Lindi Jamaat and Abdulhussein Sachedina was the Hon. Secretary. The membership fee at that time was Sh. 1.00.

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THE ITHNA ASHERI UNION HUSAINI SHIA ISLAMIC CENTRE STANMORE-LONDON (REVISITED)

REPORT BY THE THEN CHAIRMAN ALHAJ KASSIM MANJI

This report was presented during opening ceremony of Husaini Shia Islamic Centre Stanmore London on Saturday 2nd December 1989 / 4th Jamadi ul Aakhar 1410 AH:

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF TUNDURU JAMAAT

Tunduru is situated in Ruvuma Region in southern Tanzania. In 1950s Ruvuma, Lindi and Mtwara regions were all called the Southern Province. The distance from Dar es Salaam to Tunduru by road is 520 Kms.

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REMEMBERING AGHA MOHAMMED MEHDI HASSAN MARASHI

In his cricket sweater and white flannels Agha Mehdi looked every inch an elegant cricketer. His smooth run up and the momentum that he gathered as he came in to bowl his right arm fast medium deliveries at Mnazi Moja’s first pitch or Khalifa ground enlivened the Zanzibar cricket scene and is still etched on memory.
 
A man of few words and always smiling Marhum Agha Mehdi was calm, cool and a gentle person. Never one to throw tantrums or indulge in any form of controversy, he was sportsman personified.
 
Agha Mehdi was always among wickets and spearheaded Zanzibar’s opening attack with Akber Dedhar. Both had splendid bowling action.

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THE LEGENDARY - MOHAMEDRAZA VIRJEE


Mohamedraza Virjee, famously known as Raza Virjee, was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 17th July 1935. He is the son of Abdulrasul Gulamhussein Virjee and Shirinbai (daughter of Suleman Daya Walji).  His father Abdulrasul was born in 1914 in Mombasa, Kenya. Abdulrasulbhai was a great sportsman and played cricket for Kenya. He was a right arm fast bowler who opened the bowling for Mombasa Jaffery in 1930's.

He moved to Dar es Salaam in 1933 and got married and was blessed with six children, four sons and two daughters namely; Ali, Mohamed Raza, Mohsin, Hasnain, Kanize Fatema and Raziya.  He led the first ever Ithna-Asheri team in the DSM League Cricket. After retiring from active cricket, he served the Dar es Salaam Cricket Club in various capacities being its first Chairman in 1952 and he also took active interest in coaching the youngsters.

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Remembering Sheikh Gulamabbas M. K. S. Versi
A Dedicated Aalim and Inspiring Zakire-Imam Hussain (A.S.)

(Sa’ari Tareef Allah Ke Liyeh)

The late Maulana Sheikh Gulamabbas Versi (was fondly known by the name of Maulana Abbas Pinji) was born in Zanzibar in 1937 in a renowned family of Mohamedhussein Kassamali Versi; he was educated in Zanzibar and started reciting Majlises at a very young age. He drew inspiration in Majlises from eminent Aalims and Zakirs of Zanzibar like Alhaj Mulla Mohamedjaffer Sheriff Dewji, Alhaj Mulla Hussain Allarakhia Rahim, Alhaj Mulla Ahmed Abdulrasul Lakha Kanji, and Alhaj Mulla Raza Rashid Nathani. Maulana Gulamabbas Versi was eager in learning hence was regularly attending Majlises and would engage in discussions with the visiting Aalims and Zakirs, impressed with their oratory power and their knowledge, just to name a few, they were; Allahmah Rashid Turabi from Pakistan, Maulana Gulamabbas Rizvi Saheb from Hyderabad in India, Maulana Seyed Aqa Raza from India, and other Zakirs who came to Zanzibar during the Ayam-e-Muharram and Safar to recite Majlises during the Ashra’ah.

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UNION SPORTS CLUB’S FIRST EVER SPORTS TRIP OUTSIDE AFRICA

In December 1989 Union Sports Club (USC), sports section of the Ithna-Asheri Union of Dar Es Salaam extended their club relations beyond the borders of Africa by accepting the invitation from Jaffery Sports Club of Dubai, U.A.E. to play series of games which included cricket, volleyball, football and squash. This was the first ever trip for any cricketing club in Tanzania to travel for sports outside Africa.

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MIGRATION (HIJRAT) TO THE HEART OF THE KENYA RIFT VALLEY, NAKURU - ALHAJ MUMTAZALI BHAI KASSAM

 At the age of 30, Mumtazali bhai Kassam, with his very young family, was inspired to migrate from Mombasa to Nakuru for greener pastures in January of 1980 being among the first arrivals in alien place.
 
However, within days, Nakuru Jamaat was formed from the four families existing at the time and Mumtazbhai was elected as its first ever Chairman to lead the community.
 
Thankfully the Jamaat received encouraging guidance and support from Murrabbi Alhaj Hussein Bhai Alimohamed Jaffer who had already settled down in Nakuru.

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PROFILES OF PROMINENT PERSONALITIES OF OUR COMMUNITY

ALHAJ NURMOHAMMED ALIBHAI WALJI - A DEVOTED COMMUNITY TRUSTEE

 
Alhaj Nurmohammed Alibhai Walji is also founding father of Hyderi Imambargha in the U.K. He was born in India (Bombay) in 1925. His family migrated to Mozambique when he was very young and he grew up in the East African environment. After spending some years in Mozambique, his family moved to Dar-es-Salaam.

Nurmohammed bhai comes from a family of devoted community workers. His father, Marhoom Alibhai Walji served as Mukhi of Dar Es Salaam Jamaat and in following the family tradition; he took keen interest in the community and became a Trustee of the Jamaat in Dar es Salaam.

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MURRABI HASSANALIBHAI SULEMAN “CHACHA”
THE FOUNDER OF HYDERI IMAMBARA SOUTH LONDON

 
Murrabi Hassanalibhai Suleman Nangalpur Walla affectionately was known as “Chacha” in the Community was the founder member of Hyderi Imambargha in South London, United Kingdom.

Hassanalibhai was born in India, Nangalpur in 1912 and migrated to East Africa at the age of 16 in 1928. After working in Mombasa, Bukoba and Kampala for 10 years, he settled down in Fort Portal, Uganda in 1939. Marhum Hassanalibhai was a person with great feelings for the Community and religion.

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MURRABI RAMAZANBHAI RAJABALI JAFFER (R.R. JAFFER)

Ramazan Rajabali Jaffer (R R Jaffer) was born on 7th January 1925 in Zanzibar. In 1949, he married Kaniz, daughter of Abdulrasool Chatoo (Malaika). The marriage was blessed with four children. Mohammed now resides in London and Maimuna resides in Houston. Zaid and Naazim are deceased. Ramazanbhai’s exemplary dedication to education was signified by his children graduating in medicine, radiography, optics and pharmacy.

R. R Jaffer was dedicated to education from young age and he secured first class in Cambridge Certificate in 1946 in Zanzibar studying under the street lamps.

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