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

Role of Allama Seyyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi in the
Bilal Muslim Mission
 

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AHMEDBHAI HAJI FAZAL HASHAM  

Memories - A renowned member of Mogadishu Jamaat

Ahmedbhai Haji Fazal Hasham was born in Mogadishu in 1906. His father was a renowned businessman, a pious and an active member of the community. Ahmedbhai’s father Fazalbhai brought a teacher from India on his own expenses in order to teach the community children. Through this, Ahmedbhai learnt his basics in Gujrati and learnt Qur’an from an Arab Maalim. He also studied Italian language at the Mission School.

Ahmedbhai and his sister were the only living children from the total 10 children of Fazalbhai. Being the only son Ahmedbhai was the whole and sole adviser of his father Fazalbhai.

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ALHAJ RAMZANALI SALEMOHAMMED JAGANI

He rendered wholehearted Services to the Community
 

Haji Ramzanali Salemohammed Jagani was born in Bharapur, Cutch, India in 1912 and migrated to Uganda in 1926. There he rendered various community services until 1972 when he moved to London during the Uganda Exodus.

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PROFILES OF PROMINENT PERSONALITIES

HAJI MOHAMEDALI DHALLA
 
In 1974 Mombasa Jamaat lost one of its oldest and dedicated leader Haji Mohamedali Dhalla.

Haji Mohamedali Dhalla was born in Machakos in 1906 and joined the family business in Mombasa at a very young age. He efficiently handled the business to place it amongst the leading companies in transport and furniture. The business continued to thrive with his good management. 
 
Marhum Haji Mohamedali served the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Kuwwatul Islam Jamaat of Mombasa for a number of years and also played a leading role in Education Board, Faize-Husseini, Jafferi Club and Murtaza Ali Trust. His services to the community continued for 50 years.

He passed away on 21st April, 1974 leaving a large family behind.

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DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

CRATER (ADEN) – YEMEN JAMAAT


Aden Jamaat was an active Jamaat with a population of about 1,000 heads before the crisis erupted. Aden was British Crown Colony from 1937 to 1963, and being an extension of British India, the British Indian rupee was the currency of Aden until shortly after India gained independence in 1947. In 1951, the rupee was replaced by the East African shilling which was at par with the shilling sterling, later in 1965; the East Africa currency was replaced with South Arabian dinar, later became South Yemeni dinar. 

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MURABBI SHERMOHAMED SAJAN

An exciting story of ambition, migration, struggle, success, tragedy, and legacy.

The family of Sajan Somji was prominent in the city of Nangalpur, Kutch, India. Sajan was well known as a successful and honest businessman with qualities of humility, generosity, community service, and leadership. He was born in 1852. His first son was born in 1870 and was named Shermohamed (Sher). Even as a teenager, Sher displayed exceptional leadership qualities and was the head of the Ismaili youths of Nangalpur.

Sajan and Sher travelled to Zanzibar from Mumbai via Oman. From Zanzibar they first went to Pangani and then to Arusha on foot with a party of 25 people. They had to carry food stuff and gifts to tribal leaders for permission to march ahead. The gifts which they gave out include items like beads, cigarettes, matches, candles, etc.

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AFED SOLIDARITY DAY CHARITY WALK IN PERSPECTIVE

Sunday the 7th July 2013 was a cold day but the 49 participants, young and old braved the cold weather of Arusha, simply out of love and devotion towards the noble cause of participating in the AFED Solidarity Day Charity Walk, also this was the first of its kind in the history of the Arusha Jamaat, and it is always a privilege to be counted as the pioneers.

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DEDICATED SERVICES OF OUR MULYANIS (ZAKIRAS)

When our forefathers landed on the Eastern shores of Africa, they settled in the towns like Lamu, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam, Bagamoyo and Kilwa, among others, some of them ventured into the interior and decided to live in small settlements and villages. At that time, we did not have Mulyanis or Zakiras from India or Pakistan to cater for the needs of the women of our Community. Many of our own ladies came forward to cater for the women folk by reciting the Majalis and carry out functions necessary for the spiritual needs of the women of the Community.

The dedicated Mulyanis did great work of reading and studying the Majlis books in Urdu and delivering in simple language to our women folk. They also translated the Majlis and delivered them in Kutchi and Gujarati. They performed these religious duties on honorary basis. Through generations, these Mulyanis trained the younger among them and to date we continue to benefit from these highly dedicated Mulyanis, who continue in the service of our Aimma A.S. and the Community.

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Hussein Day – Prominent Observance Event Fading Away

The tradition of holding Hussein Day started in 1940’s in Zanzibar, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. The aim was to propagate the message of Tragedy of Karbala and the mission of Imam Hussein (A.S.) to the general masses. The venues selected were always outside our Imambarghas where maximum participation of the general public is achieved.

In Zanzibar the first Hussein Day was held in Victoria Garden under an ad-hoc committee appointed by the Jamaat. The Hussein Day was attended by high government officials, diplomats, non-Muslims and Muslims of all denominations. The speakers were mostly outsiders who presented their views about the Kerbela tragedy. This was a unique way of propagating the message of Imam Hussein (A.S.) outside the community. In Zanzibar the chief guest was always the Sultan of Zanzibar. The popular venue was Portuguese Fort at Forodhani which exists till today.

In Mombasa the venue was Ithna Asheri Sports Club, organized by Ithna Asheri Young Mens` Union. In 1952, the Governor of Kenya, Sir Phillip Hitchell was the chief guest. Many dignitaries attended the program. Hussein Day used to be a very important annual event.

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SPEECH DELIVERED BY MR. N. M. NASSER, PRESIDENT OF THE RECEPTION COMMITTEE OF KSI JAMAAT OF DAR ES SALAAM

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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DRAMA IN HAJI MOHAMMED JAFFER BOARDING HOUSE
 (NOW ALMUNTAZIR ISLAMIC SEMINARY)


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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