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


 Republic of Somalia lies on the East coast of Africa made up of the former divided British and Italian Somalilands, with an area of 246,200 square miles and a population of 8.2 million. 
Out of over 1,600 Asians settled in Somalia, the Ithna Asheris population constituted a substantial majority numbering around 1,200 residing mostly in Mogadicio and in the southern port of Merka.
The early settlements of the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri community in Somalia dates back to the year 1881, when two families moved from Zanzibar Island to Merka.

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And those who believe and do good works: such are rightful owners of the Garden. They will abide therein.
(Holy Qur’an Al-Baqara, Surah 2 Ayah 82)

Marhum Anwerali Mohamedjaffer Kassamali Jivraj

Alhaj Anwerali Mohamedjaffer Kassamali Jivraj, was fondly known by the name of Potello sadly passed away in Mombasa on Thursday 12th February 2015 (22nd Rabi’ul Aakhar 1436 AH).

Born on 11th November, 1935 in Zanzibar, Marhum Anwerali was from a philanthropist family of Kassamali Jivraj Meghji. Marhum was a dedicated social worker from his young age and served in several organizations within and outside community for the welfare and wellbeing of the underprivileged people, especially in Mombasa, Kenya.

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Marhum Dr. Ja'far A. Tijani

Alhaj Dr. Ja’far A. Tijani a soft spoken personality, well known for his fluency in English, Swahili, Persian and Arabic passed away in Dar-es-Salaam on Wednesday 16th April 2014.

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Marhum Bashir Mohamedali Chandoo

With the death of Haji Bashir Mohamedali Chandoo on the 27th August 2014 (1st Zilkad 1435 AH), Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya has lost an active supporter of the Mission. He was not only an ardent supporter, but one who passionately engaged in Tableegh activities of the Madh’hab of Ahlulbayt (AS) whenever an opportunity arose.

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A Tribute to Marhum MohamedRafiq Somji


7th October, 2014 marked 25 years since the passing away of Marhum MohamedRafiq Gulamali Somji,  A father, a friend, a community servant - no matter how one knew him, Marhum MohamedRafiq was a true “Rafiq” to young and old alike.

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Heroes of our Community
Marhum Mohammedtaki Rehemtullah Pirbhai –Arusha.


When it comes to helping others, our community has always showed its true character of selfless service and leading the honorary work of this great community. They have dedicated their lives to the betterment of our community and have spearheaded the community in a way that they became beacon of inspiration and hope to the next generation.
Haji Mohammedtaki Rehemtullah Pirbhai: 1919-1964.

Born in Mombasa and after acquiring his education in Mombasa, he joined his family business in Arusha at a very young age dealing in produce and transportation. In those days the businesses flourished and the family prospered to great heights known as REHMTULLAH PIRBHAI.

At the same time Haji Mohammedtaki was an active community worker from his youth dedicating his time to betterment of the community.  In 1956 he became the president of Arusha Jamaat and embarked with zeal to construct the Mosque, Imambargha & Madressah, his family being the main contributors. 

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Remembering our Heroes…
Abul Ghuraba (Father of the Needy)


Haji Gulamabbas was born in Mombasa in 1919, had a formal education for only two years. However with perseverance, he acquired enough knowledge to be able to fluently read, write and speak Guajarati and English and was at ease whilst conversing in Urdu and Kiswahili. He also showed deep interest in religious education and developed close friendship with Mulla Mohamed Jaffer (father of Alhaj Mulla Asghar) and Haji Alibhai M. Gulamhusein (a teacher at Hussain at night School).

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Migration and new beginnings, multiple languages, histories and identities are not exceptional in human lives but are in fact a defining feature of world societies and I believe, the Khojas are no exception.

Recently the ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY-LONDON  had organized an Exhibition Pavilion themed “Making Home” Exiles -The Ugandan Asians the story caught my fancy. 

The exhibition explores the history and life of Ugandan Asians, a journey of more than 100 years characterized by migration, displacement and new beginnings in the U.K.

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A tribute to Ebrahimbhai by Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, Chairman of AFED:

A Leader of Great Wisdom, Intellect and of farsighted Vision, he was a Devoted, Selfless and Sincere Social Worker of the Community.

eb2The sadness of the news of the sudden passing away of Al Hajj Ebrahim Hussein Sheriff Dewji on 9th January, 1964 in Zanzibar at a young age while in the position of the Chairmanship of AFED still echoes up to this day in the minds of many who knew him, it was a moment of great sadness and shock across the Shia Ithna-Asheri community in Africa, and beyond its borders. As I read through in the Africa Federation Samachar of May, 1964, the accolades and tributes written by various leaders, friends and others from within and outside our community following his sudden death, I realize how great, humble and eminent this young devotee of the community was. He lived a short life but left magnificent and indelible footprints on the path of the history of our community in Africa and in the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa.

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Late Maalim Mohsin Mohamedhussein Rajabali Alidina


Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un

"Who, when a misfortune overtakes them, say: 'Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return'. (Sura Al-Baqarah 2:156).

It was on Friday, 9th August 2013 (1st Shawwal 1434 AH) on the day of Eid ul-Fitr, as we entered the Dar es Salaam Mosque, the voice of Professor Mohsin Alidina, popularly known by the title of Maalim, a familiar voice coming from the inner self echoed throughout the mosque while he was reciting "Dua-e-Nudba", one could feel the poignant serene of the surrounding as people started to assemble in the Mosque for Salatul-Eid Happy on one hand for the Eid celebrations and sad on the other hand to bid farewell to the blessed month of Ramadhan.

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Alhaj Aunali Yusufali Salehmohamed, born in Zanzibar, Tanzania where he started his social services at a very young age, first as a volunteer of Hujjatul Islam Jamaat. He was involved in community sports activities and served as a treasurer of Ithna Asheri Gymkhana and was also a Troop Leader of Ithna Asheri Boy Scouts in Zanzibar. He was a cricket enthusiast and was an official scorer of the Zanzibar Ithna-Asheri Cricket Team for many years. He was always in the forefront and vocal to protest whenever he realizes a player was unjustly victimized on the cricket ground, he was a great supporter of our Cricket Team in Zanzibar.

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