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.


Student Fateh Kermalli of Masasi leading the poetry episode

Center: Fateh Kermalli, on his left 1st Firoz Kermali of Kigoma, 2nd Mohammedhussein Bhimani of Bukoba behind Mohammedhussein Bhimani Murtaza Jivraj of Kigoma. On the right Akber Alibhai of Malampaka 2nd Akber Manji of DSM
 
1st Poetry:

Aao bacho tumhe dikhae boarding bare shaan ki,
jisme ilm milta hai ukhuwat aur iman ki,
(Ithna Asheri Boarding zindabad …*2)
 
Haji Mohammed Jaffer ki hai Anokhi yeh sakhawat,
Hai aur sakhi bhai or sakhawat ki alamat hai
(Ithna Asheri Boarding zindabad… *2)
 
Ithni duniya hasil hai aur maarefat islam ki,
iss boarding me ajayega aisa ek bacha jo,
chand dino me banjayega sacha ek insaan jo,
(Ithna Asheri Boarding zindabad ….*2)
 
Aao bacho tumhe dikhaye boarding bare shanki,
jisme ilm milta hai ukhuwat aur iman ki
(Ithna Asheri Boarding zindabad ….*2)
 
2nd Poetry:

Pratham Ali bija Hassan,
Hussein trija jaan,
chotha Zainul Abedeen
panjum Baqir naam
che Jaffer Sadiq chatha,
aadil apna Imam
saacha jaano Saatma
Mussa e kazim naam,
Alireza che athma,
nawma taqi nirdhar,
daswa naqi agyarwa,
Hassan askari jaan,
Imam chela barwa che Mahdi saheb
Hukam khudathi haal che dunyama gayab,
teo bin dawo kare howano imam
jutho taddan jaanine taje tenu naaam.
 
Drama at the Boarding House 1960

Drama’s title: Sikandar-e-Azam  ”Alexander the great”

This photograph was taken after the Drama in the Haji Mohammed Jaffer boarding  (now is Al Muntazir Islamic Seminary & Schools, Dar es salaam).

Sitting left to right:

  1. Mohammedhussein Kermali (Songea)
  2. Murtaza R Jivraj (Kigoma)
  3. Hussein Ladhu Jaffer (Kigoma)
  4. Asgher Rajani (Songea)
  5. Gulamali Noorali Rashid (Bukoba)
  6. Gulam Raza (Pangani)
  7. Hassan Ismail Lalji (DSM)
  8. Yusuf Ismail Lajli (DSM)
  9. Hussein Khatri (Kamachumu, Bukoba)
  10. Gulamabbas Dostmohammed (DSM)
  11. Mohammedraza Khimji (DSM)
  12. Mohammedhussein Bhimani (Bukoba)
  13. Sikandar Abdullah Fazal (Bukoba)
  14. Hassanali Abdullah Fazal (Bukoba)
  15. Hussein Mawji (Maya Maya)
  16. Mohammedhussein Mullani (Bukoba)
  17. Liyakat Khimji (DSM)
  18. Akber Manji (DSM)
  19. Hassan Karim Rehmtulla (Kigoma)
  20. Akber Alibhai (Malampaka, Mwanza)
  21. Mahmood Khimji (DSM)
  22. Aliraza (Ifakara)

Standing left to right:

  1. Asgar Karim Rehmtulla (Kigoma)
  2. Gulamabbas Sumar (Mwanza)
  3. Sultan Bhimani (Bukoba)
  4. Firoz Gulamhussein Kermali (Kigoma)
  5. Rustam Molledina (Bukoba)
  6. Yusuf Arab (Lindi)
  7. Hussein Arab (Lindi)
  8. Anverali Noorali Rashid (Bukoba)
  9. Mohammedtaki Mohammedali Kara (Bukoba)
  10. Ahmed Manek ( Singida) as Sikarndar-e -Azam
  11. Amir Khatri (Kamachumu, Bukoba)
  12. Hussein Khimji (DSM)
  13. Hassanali Jadavji (Lindi)
  14. Fidahussein Noorali Rashid (Bukoba)
  15. Habib Esmail Rai (Mwanza)
  16. Esmail Jassat (Mbeya)
  17. Fateh Keramali (Masasi Lindi)
  18. Hussein Rajani (Songea)
  19. Akber Habib Jadavji (Arusha)
  20. Amirali Mohamedali Kara (Bukoba)

The director and Script writer of the drama was Jafferbhai Dalal assisted by Husseinbhai Khimji now residing in Toronto Canada (Dr Hussein Khimji)

After the drama Murrabbi Ibrahim bhai Sheriff Dewji (President of the Africa Federation) addressed the gathering to thank and appreciate the efforts of the boarding house for organizing such a wonderful drama. He also thanked the Councilors, Delegates and the Community members for attending. 

Above in the photograph delivering the speech: Murrabi Ibrahim bhai Sheriff Dewji, Sitting left to right: Murrabi N. M. Nasser (Chairman of organizing committee of host Jamaat) Murrabi Mohammedali Sheriff Jiwa (Vice President of the Africa Federation) and Murrabi Mahmood Rattansi (lawyer) from Dar Es Salaam.

Councilors, Delegates joined the students for dinner at the boarding house after the drama program.

Seated from right: Syeed Maqsoodhussein Naqvi, Supervisor of boarding house Dr. Zakir Husssein Farooqi, Mohammed N. M. Nasser, Asgar Wadia (editor Apni Duniya) Murrabi Suleiman Mohammed Bhimji, Suleiman Jaffer Mullani (Bukoba Councilor) Zakir,

Facing back: Murrabi N. M. Nasser (Chairman of the Reception Committee) unknown; Marrabi Mohammedali Janmohammed.

General view of the students having dinner, on the right standing Marhum Ahmed Haji Juma

 
Article and Photographs by curtesy of Br. Murtaza Jivraj
 
Next week:  The speech of Murrabi N. M. Nasser, Chairman of the Reception Committee of the Dar es Salaam Jamaat during Supreme Council meeting in 1960.
 
 
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