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.

The Archives Section has prepared a list of Mulyanis (Zakiras) who gave and some are still giving their dedicated honorary services by reciting the Majalis. Archives Section apologizes for using nicknames in cases where dedicated Mulyanis were fondly known by those names.

We have tried our best to obtain the names as possible from as many Jamaats. Due to the large number of Jamaats and Mulyanis (Zakiras) we must have missed some of them and request the reader to send us details of the missing names on archives@africafederation.org so that our records are updated.

LIST OF MULYANIS (ZAKIRAS) OF TANZANIA AND KENYA

DAR ES SALAAM, ZANZIBAR AND PEMBA:

  1. Kulsumbai Abdallah Khimji
  2. Khatijabai Mohsin Datoo
  3. Khairoonbai Janmohammed (Kheiroonbai Electra)
  4. Nargisbai Mulla Dori
  5. Hamidabai Pyarali Manji (Maalim Mia)
  6. Nargisbai Yusuf Manji Haji
  7. Batulbai Akber Habib
  8. Fatemabai Hussein Walji (Mulyani)
  9. Aminabai Chagani
  10. Shirinbai Versi
  11. Kheiroonbai Rajabali Nurmohammed
  12. Fatmabai Hussein Dewji (Hussein Immigration Zanzibar)
  13. Rukiyabai Sherali Ladha (Ruki Saleh)
  14. Sakinabai Mohammedali Hasham Dewji
  15. Rukiyabai Akber Thaver (Ruki John)
  16. Fatmabai Rashid Alidina
  17. Leilabai Dewji
  18. Rehmatbai Abbas (Remtibai Abbas Radio)
  19. Fatemabai Mulla
  20. Fatemabai Mehdi Abdallah Lalji
  21. Marziabai Bhalloo
  22. Fatemabai Punja (Fatu Mumbai)
  23. Sayeeda Fatema (Wife of Sayeed Murtaza Sayeed Akhtar Rizvi)
  24. Marziabai Abdulhussein Damji
  25. Leilabai Bajario
  26. Zainabbai Shivji
  27. Heera Mulyani (Wife of Bachu Sumar)
  28. Sakinabai Mulyani (Daughter of Bachu Sumar)
  29. Nargisbai Nasserali Fazal
  30. Banubai Tarmohammed
  31. Zainabbai Fidahussein Rashid
  32. Fatemabai Panju (Fatu Magawa)
  33. Fatemabai Hassanali Peera Ukera (Mivani Mkubwa)
  34. Zehrabai Aliraza Rashid Nathani
  35. Shirinbai Kassamali Khalfan (Khokoni, Zanzibar)
  36. Batulbai Mohammedsadiq Damji
  37. Raziabai Gulam Janmohamed
  38. Zainabbai Mahmood Walji
  39. Batulbai Rizwan Rattansi
  40. Batulbai Jaffer Mukhtar
  41. Kanizbai Gulam Andani
  42. Fatemabai Kanji
  43. Khudaijabai Meghji
  44. Fatemabai Sheriff
  45. Kubrabai Dewji
  46. Fatmabai Bharwani
  47. Nargisbai Yusuf Kara (Ata)
  48. Taherabai Safdar
  49. Raziabai Bashir Sultan (Maalim Jivraj)
  50. Fatemabai Kermali
  51. Nusratbai Rajwani
  52. Shamabai Sheriff
  53. Zahirabai Jaffer
  54. Safiabai Hussein
  55. Sabirabai Hassanali Dharamsi (Pope)
  56. Masumabai Mahmood Dhalla
  57. Nazninbai Remtulla
  58. Rehanabai Safdar
  59. Raziabai Mohamedrafiq Somji
  60. Zeenatbai Hussein
  61. Marziabai Hussein Ladha
  62. Zainabbai Shabbir Meghji
  63. Kanizbai Turab Sheriff
  64. Nasrinbai Hasnain Tejani
  65. ZishaneFatemabai Hussein Karim
  66. Iffatbai Thawer
  67. Zerabai Rattansi
  68. Sukainabai Dhirani
  69. Khairoonbai Hussein Kermali
  70. Sayeeda Kanizabbas (wife of Dr Nasrullah Arjumandi Lari)
  71. Sayeeda Shabab Zahra (wife of Sayeed Badshah Hussein Abdi)
  72. Sayeeda Raisa Khatoon (wife of Sayeed SibteMohammed Abdi)
  73. Rukaiyabai Saleh Allarakhia (Pemba)
  74. Shirinbai Mamdu Nasser (Pemba)

ARUSHA

 

  1. Sugrabai Gulamhussein Peera
  2. Zehrabai Mohammedtaki Moledina
  3. Kulsumbai Manji
  4. Banubai Fizahussein Manji
  5. Hamidabai Yusufali
  6. Gulybai Dawood Khimji
  7. Lailabai Shermohammed
  8. Khatoonbai Habib Yusufali
  9. Raziabai Mohammed Remtulla
  10. Sayeeda Amerabanu (Wife of Sayeed Sabir Hussein)
  11. Bibiji (wife of Maulana Sheikh Durul Hassan)
  12. Bibiji (Wife of Maulana Sheikh Jafferali Chiragali)
  13. Latifabai Mahmood Khimji
  14. Zehrabai Shariff Khimji
  15. Fatemabai Jaffer Gangji
  16. Zehrabai Khadimhussein
  17. Sayeeda Irum Sayeed Baqari
  18. Nazneenbai Gulamhussein Mukhtar
  19. Taherabai Abbass Sajan
  20. Shenazbai Gulamabbas Sheriff
  21. Rumisbai Zuher Khalfan
  22. Zainabbai Hassan Khadim
  23. Fizzabai Musa

 

BUKOBA

 

  1. Noorbanu Hussein Dhirani
  2. Sugrabai Mohammedali Merali
  3. Fatemabai Asgarali Jussa
  4. Zahrabai Amirali Khalfan
  5. Zainabbai Suleman Dost Mohammed
  6. Masumabai Mamdani
  7. Sayeeda Akhtar Zahra (Wife of Sayeed Sajjadhussein Zaidi)
  8. Tayyababai Amirali Datoo
  9. Faridabai Hussein Shivji (mama)
  10. Tahera Mohammed Moti
  11. Sayeeda Salil Zahra (Daughter of Mawlana Sayeed Sajjad Hussein Zaidi)

 

KILWA

 

  1. Khatijabai Nanji Kara

 

 

MOSHI

 

  1. Masi Aminabai Mohamedali Ladak Kanji
  2. Shirinbai Mohamedali Ladak Kanji
  3. Sugrabai Hussein Daya Premji
  4. Fatemabai Ladak Kanji
  5. Fizzabai Mustafa Sheriff
  6. Fatemabai Ahmed Ladak
  7. Masumabai Hasnain Merali
  8. Sabirabai Mohamedraza Moledina
  9. Zarinbai Mohammed Haji Jaffer Dhanji
  10. Nargisbai Anverali Somji
  11. Mumtazbai Iqbal Karim

 

TANGA

 

  1. Sayeeda Zahra (Wife of Sayeed Zulfikar Zaidi)
  2. Gulshanbai Chandoo
  3. Kulsumbai Mulla Yusuf Chandoo (Baiji)
  4. Raziabai Khakoo
  5. Latifabai Bhalloo
  6. Rubabbai Gulamhussein Somji
  7. Fatemabai Bachu
  8. Shirinbai Yusuf Dhirani
  9. Ashrafbai Aziz Rasool
  10. Meenazbai (Mawlana’s wife)

 

TABORA

 

  1. Fatemabai Mohammed Gulamhussein Abdallah  
  2. Lailabai Roshan Chagani

 

MIKINDANI:

 

  1. Zainabbai Mohammed Rashid Mohammed (MRM)
  2. Zainabbai Rajabali Abdallah Murji (Makuba)

 

KIGOMA:'

 

  1. Mariambai Saleh Kassam
  2. Khatijabai Hussein Haji Jaffer
  3. Kheirunbai Hussein Kermali
  4. Rukaiyabai Ramzanali Meghji
  5. Masoomabai Mahmood Dhalla
  6. Kanizezahrabai Rajabali Mohammedali Ismail

 

DODOMA:

 

  1. Sayeeda Farwa (wife of Sayeed Ansarhussein Naqvi)
  2. Sayeeda Kanizabbas (Daughter of Sayeed Ansarhussein Naqvi)
  3. Rehmatbai Alibhai Meghji

 

SONGEA:

 

  1. Nurbanubai Hussein Paryani
  2. Fizzabai Kassamali Gulamhussein Pardhan
  3. Fatemabai Akber Jeraj
  4. Sugrabai Abdulrahim Mussa Jaffer
  5. Marziabai Karim Merali
  6. Sayeeda Atharzahra (Wife of Sayeed Sajjadhussein Zaidi)
  7. Mansurabai Murtaza Jaffer
  8. Shakirabai Mohammed Jaffer
  9. Sayeeda Shababzahra (Wife of Sayeed Badshahhussein Abdi)
  10. Zainabbai Rajabali Daya
  11. Sayeeda Mehnaz (wife of Sayeed Haider Naqvi)
  12. Sayeeda Zahra (Wife of Sayeed Zulfikar Zaidi)
  13. Fatemabai Akber Versi

 

SINGIDA:

 

  1. Fatemabai Zeenatali Dewji
  2. Leilabai Mustafa Dewji
  3. Shirinbai Pyarali Dewji
  4. Khatijabai Pyarali Dewji
  5. Fizabai Hassanali Hasham Dewji
  6. Sherbanubai Abdalla Manek
  7. Zahrabai Akber Damji

 

LINDI:

 

  1. Sherbanubai Rajabali Ismail
  2. Sugrabai Kermali Remtulla
  3. Khatijabai Gulamhussein Moledina(Masi)
  4. Mehrunbai Gulamabbas Walimohammed
  5. Kanizezahrabai Mohammed Ismail
  6. Sakinabai Mohammed Alloo
  7. Zehrabai Kassamali Moledina Manji
  8. Fatemabai Akberali Hemraj
  9. Leilabai Hamza
  10. Dilshadbai Murtaza

 

MWANZA:

 

  1. Zainababai Khan Mohammed Hasham
  2. Kubrabai MohammedJaffer Nasser Virji
  3. Rehmatbai Valji Kassam
  4. Fatemabai Rajabali Rashid
  5. Banubai Rajwani
  6. Raziabai Asgar Ladak
  7. Khatijabai Ramzan Sumar

 

MOROGORO

 

  1. Rubabbai Gulamhussein Meghji
  2. Banubai Mohamedraza Ahmed
  3. Bibiji (Wife of Maulana Sayed Meraj Zaidi)
  4. Neelambai Rizwan Manji
  5. Khairoonbai Rizwan Manji
  6. Masumabai Mohammed Abdulrasul

 

PANGANI:

 

  1. Rubabbai Gulamhussein Somji
  2. Shirinbai Anver Alidina
  3. Khatijabai Mullahussein Parpia

 

KENYA MOMBASA

 

  1. Taherabai Jaffer
  2. Masumabai Somji
  3. Marziabai Somji
  4. Masumabai Shahnawaz
  5. Fatemabai Dossa
  6. Rubabbai Walji
  7. Mumtazbai Kassamali
  8. Gulbanubai Hasham
  9. NaseemeFatemabai Akber
  10. Batulbai Karim
  11. Ismatbai Mawji
  12. Kanizbai Pirbhay
  13. Mumtazbai Khaki
  14. Aminabai Zainul Abedeen
  15. Fatemabai Dawar

 

NAIROBI:

 

  1. Sabirabai Khimji
  2. Masumabai Habib
  3. Zahrabai M Jaffer
  4. Fatemabai Shah
  5. Zahidabai Mohammedali
  6. Masumabai Mustafa

 

LIST OF BOOKS REFERRED BY THE MULYANIS IN PREPARING THE MAJLISES:

 

  1. Meerauj Saada
  2. Majlise Aza
  3. Sirrat e Aimma
  4. Gulzar e Kulsum
  5. Irfanul Majlis
  6. Ayam e Gham
  7. Ayam e Massarat
  8. Chahel Majalis
  9. Ahwale  Kerbala
  10. Abwabe Kerbala
  11. Kasasul Ambiya (Several parts)
  12. Asiran e Sittam
  13. Masaebe Kerbala
  14. Nukushe Ismat
  15. Books of Allama Rashid Turrabi of Karachi Pakistan
  16. Book of Ayatulla Dastaghaib
  17. Chauda Sitare
  18. Naemul Abraar
  19. Rawaijool Ahzan
  20. Jalaul Uyun
  21. Admatuz Sakeba
  22. Kerbala Shanasi
  23. Day of Judgement
  24. Hayate Qulub (Volume l, ll & lll)

 

Let us remember all those Mulyanis (Zakiras) who are no longer with us with a Sura-e-Fateha.  We pray to Allah (SWT) to give more tawfeeqat to all those who are still giving their dedicated services for Islam and to the Community in reminding the importance of the teachings of Ahlulbayt (AS) and the Azadari-e-Sayyedush-Shohada Imam Hussein (AS) and the Martyrs of Kerbala.
 
Source: Article and list of Mulyanis prepared by Murtaza Jivraj (Kerbala)
 
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