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

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 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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Hassanali_Juma_MurajHaji Hassanali Juma Haji Ali Muraj was born in 1903 in Merca (Mogadishu). After pursuing the basic education and attaining religious knowledge he then learnt Italian language and joined his father's business.

He got married in 1925. From this wedlock he was blessed with 6 sons and 2 daughters.

Just after his marriage he established his business which flourished quite well.

As a businessman he also liked travelling. In 1932 he travelled throughout East Africa, Mumbai, Karachi, his home town Kutch Kapaya, Iran, Iraq, Hijaz including Hajj as well as Ziyarat of the 14 infallibles. In 1956 once again he performed Hajj and 14 infallible Ziyarat.

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The Late Haji Muhamadali J Kesani was born in Mikindani (Tanganyika) in 1896 and his father, Haji Janmohammed was born in Kutch Mundra, India. Late Muhamadali resided in Mikindani for many years.

After the demise of his father in 1900, late Muhamadali bhai with his relative's assistance in 1902 he had an opportunity to study Gujarati language in Mumbai Boarding school for 2 years, following this, a famous businessman of that time in Mogadishu, Fazalbhai Hasham found this young man, he was impressed with his abilities and offered him a job and took him Mogadishu in 1908. After working for 15 years, he decided to establish his own business and gradually succeeded. He then started exporting. Later in 1940 he started exporting hides to foreign countries. He was the first Ithna-Asheri to do the hides business.


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Mulla Abdulkarim Gulamhussein Ebrahim Nanji was born in 1899 in British Somaliland in "Zayla". His father was born in Kutch - Kapaya, at the age of 17 he travelled to Aden and worked for Muraj Datoo for 3 years. Later on he went to his homeland married and returned with his wife in around 1892, resided in Zayla- British Somaliland. At that time there were about 7 to 8 families living there, among them were Brother Remtulla Ibahim Nanji, Ali Lalji and Juma Banani.

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At a young age of 14, Haji Dharamsi Ladha together with Kassamali Ladha left India on a voyage by sea via Zanzibar and reached Majunga (Madagascar), where he got involved in business.

His interest in religious affairs was quite deep and as a youth he used to accompany and get guidance from Allama Haji Gulamali Haji Esmail Saheb and Mulla Kader Hussain Saheb. Moreover through Nathubhai Premji's influence Haji Dharamsibhai became a good Zakir and had a good oratory power.

He went for hajj (Pilgrimage) in 1958. On his return he handed over his business to his five sons, and concentrated more on religious activities as well as community services.

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muhammadali_sachedina_kalyanAt a very young age he left India migrated to Mombasa and worked for Ismail Kalyan's company in Lamu.

In 1914 he joined another company of Haji Dawoodbhai Haji Nasser and worked for many years as a Manager, he played a great role in this company.

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AlibhaiHirjiAlibhai Hirji was born in Khakherda in 1880. At the age of 14 years he accompanied his father to Majunga, Madagascar, here he stayed for a while and then moved to Tuleyaar (Madagascar). He joined his father’s business. In 1912 after his father sadly passed away and therefore he had to take up the responsibilities of the business and the family.

Due to many hurdles and facing the challenges of life he did not get the chance of pursuing education. Despite of this, he understood well the value of knowledge thus he took great interest and supported his family’s children to secure best education. He would spend more on education than on any other necessities of life.

In addition to shouldering all the family children education and other responsibilities, he would always take interest towards education development. Alhaj Alibhai was one of the founder members in establishing the first school in Tuleyaar. After the establishment of the school he served for some few years as a Secretary of the school and he was in the forefront to contribute in anything to do with school or education. Moreover, he extended his services in the day to day running of the new Tuleyaar School as well as the funding of the school.

In 1947 he wound up his business in “Tuleyaar” and decided to go and live in “Tananarive”. During his stay in Tananarive, he regularly participated in the community activities.

Alhaj Alibhai has a soft corner for the needy and poor people. As he had experienced a hard times in his childhood, he always made efforts to fulfill the desires of such people.

He was a great support behind the construction of the Imambargha in Tananarive.

After the demise of his two wives, he again married for the third time. From the three marriages he had a total of eight children who by the grace of Almighty (swt) got married in their youthful periods.

Suddenly on 12th June 1959 he passed away in Tananarive, the Indian communities In Tananarive were aggrieved on his demise. He was remembered by many and has left a gap at the time which was difficult to replace.

Translated by; F. Ali.

Extracted from; Community Directory 1964.


Haji Yusufali Fazalbhai Kassam Chinnai was born on 10th February 1909 in Diegoswarez.

He pursued his basic education in Gujrati and French in Deigoswarez and Majunga Schools. He also acquired his religious education over there. Since his childhood he was quite inclined towards religion and as he grew, his interest for religious studies increased. He has the good qualities of his late father Brother Fazal but the quality of religiousness is unique.

After completing his studies he then joined their family business. Later in 1927 he married the daughter of his paternal uncle Muhamadalibhai Kassam Chinnai in Diegoswarez. Yusufalibhai and Kulsumbai have since then been living and supporting each other as husband and wife. As time passed, his experience and wisdom increased. His interest for community services blossomed in around 1930.

1n 1931 he established “Kohi Noor Sports Club” in Majunga. He also served for 3 years as a president of Hindu Library in Majunga. Moreover Yusufalibhai served sincerely as the president of Majunga Jamaat from 1945- 1947.

In 1942 he established a Madrassa and took the responsibility of giving religious education and teaching Gujrati. He continued running this Madrassa up to 1949. He came across many hurdles and challenges but he remained strong and focused on his aim. He faced such problems and difficulties that only he can express it. These are his words; “As our community children were lacking in Gujrati, under my supervision a Madressa was established in 1942, this Madrassa was running smoothly until in 1949 when I went to perform Hajj. Despite of our own community children studying in a community owned warehouse under the guest house, (Musafirkhana) the Madrassa was charged to pay rent. The Jamaat was not sufficiently funding it thus the students had to pay fees and my paternal uncle Mohammedali Kassam from Diegos used to contribute on monthly basis. Furthermore the well wishers from town to town would contribute but the rivals would write to the well wishers and stop the donations. One person’s late wife whose insurance was given on such conditions that the Madrassa should not run under my supervision instead it should be handled by the Jamaat for which I disagreed because I was certain that  the  Madrassa if handled by the Jamaat, it  will be closed down which actually  happened in my absence. In 1949 when I left for Hajj I warned my brother Alimohammed about the Madrassa but unfortunately within no time, after my departure my brother was brainwashed and many rumors spread that due to the Bohora teacher who used to teach  Gujrati, the pronunciation of our children is spoilt and he has no knowledge of Diniyat. Moreover the salary he gets can suffice to pay 4 Comorian Maalim thus the Bohora teacher was terminated within a month and the Madrassa closed down. When I returned in 1950 I got all the news and I was advised by the parents to restart the Madrassa once again to which I responded in the negative as I was disheartened and informed them that I have no benefit in running this Madressa! Neither do I have any of my own children who are educated nor do I benefit from this Madrassa.  If this is how you value my services then I am very much displeased about it. Every year the same complain was brought, finally in 1960 I once again re-started the Madressa”.

The son’s etiquette is known from his upbringing, brother Yusufali’s personality was well known since his childhood.

In 1930 when the first time the maiden flight began from France to Majunga, brother Yusufali and Yusufali Nathoo were the only amongst the Indians to have the opportunity to be included in this flight.

For not having the “Waqf act” in Madagascar, so many properties of the community could not be registered on the Jamaat’s name. Long ago whilst registering the properties, some of the community elders unanimously registered them on a “Res Posa Billiteli Society Ltd”which was registered on the names of Nathoo Premji, Brother Kassam Kachra, Brother Merali Bhallo and Brother Hasham Rajpar. The people on whose names these properties were registered had all passed away thus the properties remained without owners. Brother Yusufali who was concerned, struggled through advocate’s assistance to regain all these properties officially and registered them on the society’s name.

In 1949 Brother Yusufali was awarded by the Late Saed Ali Bin Sultan’s heir Prince Saed Ashwal Zaki, a title of “Shewaalie dhe letwaall Dhela Grant Comorona” in lieu of arranging and preparing for all the pilgrims to go for the annual Hajj ritual.

Later in 1954 the same monarchy presented him with a second title “Commodher dhe letwaal Grant Comor”.

In 1960 Brother Yusufali was re-elected as the president of Jamaat. During his term, due to his socializing nature and devotion a historical event took place in Majunga Jamaat. In 1961 all the Madagascar Jammat’s conferences were held in Majunga which earned it a good name.

The delegation of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithnasheri Jamaats of Africa visited Madagascar on the invitation of Majunga Jamaat. Due to the hard work and effort of the deputation and of the Jamaat , Madagascar united with the Africa Federation and strengthened itself. Brother Yusufali had tirelessly worked with sincere efforts and he always accompanied the delegation throughout their trip. By the Grace of Almighty he used to succeed in all his endeavors.

Brother Yusufali was the main initiator of building the guest house in Tananarive and the first person to contribute for this project was none other than his spouse Begum Saheba.

The religious quality in Brother Yusufali was inherited from the Chinnai family which can be proved from the collection of religious books found in his personal library.

Brother Yusufali’s spouse Begum Saheba was invocating to Bibi Sakina for bearing a child and had vowed to visit the shrine once the wish is granted and Alhamdulillah a baby girl was born to her on 6th of August 1950 and named Shamimunnisa.

Translated by; F. Ali.

Extracted from; Community Directory 1964.ED

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