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

ali_nathoo_1In the history of Khoja Shia Ithna-asheri in East Africa and the people of Zanzibar in general, Haji Ali Nathoo name shall always be remembered, not only as one among the most successful merchants and traders of the time but also as a selfless and devoted leader of the Community and a Philanthropist. He was born in Cutch-Nagalpur, India in 1871 and migrated to Zanzibar in 1886 at the age of 15 years.

Haji Ali Nathoo served as the President of Khoja Shia Ithna-asheri Kuwwatul Islam Jamaat Zanzibar for 28 years. By his generosity and love of the community, he financed the entire building of the first floor of Kuwwatul Islam Jamaat Imambargha in Zanzibar (also known as Junni Masjid).

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Marhoom Maalim Kassamali Chandoo – Tribute
Two anecdotes
Hassan Ali M. Jaffer, Mombasa.

A teacher is known by the footprint left behind.  This extraordinary footprint is sometimes in the mind. Rarely is it made on the soul.

I had the privilege to know marhum Maalim Kassamali Chandoo. As a tribute to his memory, I wish to recall two incidents.

Qom experience

tribute_1aIn 1997, while on a visit to Qom with my four grandchildren from the USA and Canada, we went over to see Maalim at his residence in Qom.

When he learned that we had earlier been for Umra before coming to Iran, he asked the boys to explain what 'Saee' – running between Safa and Marva seven times - was about.

The boys explained that it was in remembrance of Bibi Hajra as she ran around in search of water for her son Ismail that the ritual of 'Saee' has become an obligatory part of the Haj and Umra ritual.

The word 'Saee' in Arabic means to strive. "So what is so great about it?" asked Maalim. "As kids, have you never woken up your mothers in the middle of the night asking for water? And have not your mothers patiently got out of their beds to fetch water for you? Is it not natural for any mother to comfort her child? Confronted with a similar situation like that of Bibi Hajra, would not your mothers also gone through similar experience? What is the difference? Why has Allah immortalized only the act of the mother of Hazrat Ismail as part of the Hajj ritual?"

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FROM THE ARCHIVES SECTION OF THE AFRICA FEDERATION

TRIBUTE TO MARHUM ALHAJ MOHAMEDRAZA DATOO

alhaj_mohamedraza_datooMarhum Alhaj Mohamedraza Ahmed Datoo hailed from Zanzibar. He was a qualified teacher by profession and had BSc in Mathematics and Dip.Ed. (Oxon) and as such, he was an Educationalist in his own right. He was a well-read personality with a wealth of experience in Madaris and our community in general.

Those who knew him will vouch for his sincere concerns and foresight about driving the community vehicle in accordance with the needs of our time. In 1968, as a young man who had just graduated from Oxford University in the UK and returned home after teaching for three years in a grammar school in Bournemouth, he spoke about the need for introducing Majalis in English and overhauling the contents of Majalis preached from our Mimbers.  This happened during the Hussein Day program held in Dar es Salaam. With his efforts and others, the first Majlis in English in East Africa was recited by none other than Marhum Mulla Asgherali M M Jaffer in Nairobi in the seventies.

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gulamali_jivanHAJI GULAMALI JIVAN

In 1902 Haji Gulamali Jivan left India by sea voyage for Mombasa where he put up at Haji Walji Bhanji residence for 22 days, he then left by steamer for Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika, the country was ruled by the Germans. Our community population was a good number compared with out towns. The Dar es Salaam Imambargha was constructed of iron corrugated sheets. During those days Dar-es –Salam was a very small town surrounded by thick forest. Every now and then some wild animals would appear in town area to attack the domestic animals.

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From the Archives:

The Tanga Jamaat was afflicted with the death of yet another social worker, Alhaj Haiderbhai F Meghji who passed away on 15 January, 1990. The Late Haiderbhai has for long provided selfless services to the Jamaat in various fields and has also served in the capacity of Hon Secretary and Chairman of Tanga Jamaat.

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Hassanali_Abdulrasul_Fazal

The sad demise of Alhaj Hassanbhai Abdulrasul Fazal in Tanga on 16 November 1989 has deprived the community of a devoted social worker. He was a prominent member of the Tanga jamaat who spent most of his life in this Tanzanian coastal town, where he had established a small business of clearing and forwarding under the name of "Asthana Brothers".

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SINGIDA - TANZANIA

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Murrabbi Hashambhai Dewji.

Murabbi Hashambhai Dewji was very hard working since his childhood and had maintained his health by actively participating in different activities.

At the age of 18 in 1902 he travelled by sea voyage from India to Zanzibar. He worked for three and a half years for Ismailbhai Sumar and two and a half years with Hasham Hirji in Zanzibar.

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Hassan_Jaffer

At the 14th Constitutional Conference held in Dar-es-salaam from 4th to 7th April, 1980, Alhaj Hassan Ali M. Jaffer was unanimously elected to the post of Vice Chairman of Africa Federation. Hassan bhai was born in Zanzibar in 1932 and has been a resident of Mombasa since his young age. After completing his secondary school education at Mombasa he undertook a practical course in agriculture at the Indian school of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania.

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The President of the World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithnaasheri Muslim Communities, Al-Haj Mulla Asgharali M. M. Jaffer, on his recent private visit to Kenya, extended his visit to Dar-es-Salaam at the invitation of the Chairman of Dar-es-Salam Jamaat, Alhaj Aliraza Rajani. He arrived on Tuesday, 19th October 1993 and upon arrival immediately attended a session with Africa Federation officials where in the situation of the Somalia community in particular was discussed along with the part the World Federation may be called upon to play to assist the community.

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ahmedbhai_sheriffLate Alhaj Ahmedbhai Hussein Sheriff of Mombasa, a prominent zakir suddenly died on Sunday 6th May, 1990.  He had completed preaching at a majils in Mombasa that Sunday before he collapsed and died.

Marhum Ahmedbhai also made his mark as a writer of religious books and articles.  He drudged and worked hard when preparing his material which therefore was effective and provoked interest.

Mahrum Ahmedbhai was a linguist with good command over English, Guajarati, Urdu, Farsi and Kiswahili.  He chose to write in English for the benefit of the youths in the Community.

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Muhammad_Alibhai_Kurji

Muhammad Alibhai Kurji was born in Mahuwwa (India) in 1885. After pursuing the basic education he travelled to Madagascar in 1901 and worked for Manjibhai Thawer in Morondava. He was an Ismaili and later embraced the madh'ab of Ahlul Baiyt (AS) when he went to Madagascar.

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