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DOWN THE MEMORY LANE:  ITHNA-ASHERI UNION ORGANIZES CHARITY WALK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ALAWI FLATS AND FOUNDATION STONE LAYING

A charity walk was organized by the Ithna-Asheri Union of Dar es Salaam on 25th December 1980 to raise funds for the Alawi flats to accommodate the needy and deserving members of our community.

Over 250 walkers took part and a handsome amount of T.Shs. 1,150,000/= was collected through sponsorships. The age of the walkers ranged from four years to over sixty. They walked 15 kms from Dar es Salaam mosque to the University of Dar es salaam. The host at the university was Marhum Al-Haj Mohsin Allidina where the walkers were provided with refreshments.

To mark the success of the event all the walkers and their sponsors were honored to a dinner party at the boarding house on 17th January 1981. Prizes were awarded to the winners by the then president of DSM Jamaat, Alhaj Mohamed G.M Dhirani.

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The Early Pioneers of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri of Somalia - Muraj Ukera (1838-1932)

Murabbi Muraj Ukera was born at Kapaya, Kutch, India in 1838. He started business after completing primary level education in the village primary school. He married Purbai with whom he had six sons and five daughters.
 
In 1881, he gave some money as capital to three of his sons namely Alidina (also called Ali), Haji and Mohamed and sent them to Africa to venture into business. All three of them ultimately established their business in Merca, Somalia. His sons Rashid and Ahmed migrated later. His daughter Khatija married Jaffer Parpia. Muraj’s father Ukera Nanji and brother Peera (Pirmohamed) Ukera settled in Zanzibar while his brother Mohamed Ukera settled in Merca, Somalia. Muraj used to travel frequently from India to Zanzibar and Merca to visit his family members. In 1906, after reaching Africa, he did not return to India.

Muraj was a humble servant of the community. He would not take leadership because of fear of hurting someone during leadership.  As such, he used to frequently advise his children to serve the community like a slave and not like a leader. This quiet and sincere servant of the community passed away in Mogadishu in 1932 at the age of 94. We carry below the story of two of his sons, Alidina and Hajibhai.

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THE SHINNING KILIMERU GYMKHANA TEAM WINS THE LEAGUE TROPHY 1969



A group photograph of Kilimeru Gymkhana of Arusha dating back to the year 1969 when they won the league trophy the very first time they participated.

Sitting from left to right: Bashir Tejani, Amirali Somji, Nurali Jethabhai, Marhum Bwana Ali Sheriff, and Shakir Moledina.

Standing from left to right: Marhum Azad M.D. Kermalli, Habib Yusufali, Anverali Panjwani, Marhum Raza Versi, Hussein Walji, Marhum Yusuf Sheriff, Raza Pyarali and Marhum Bashir Lalji.

Please remember those who have passed away with Sura-e-Fateha for their maghferat.
 
Source: Federation Samachar Vol. 31. Issue No. 5, Ramadhan 1420 A.H / December 1999
 
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14th June 2016 (8th Mahe Ramadhan 1437 AH)

The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Pioneers of Lushoto
Shivji Alarakhia Khimji (1864-1945)

Shivjibhai travelled by dhow from India to Zanzibar in 1895 with his wife Mulbai and children Salehmohamed, Nurmohamed and Virbai. After staying in Zanzibar for three years, he decided to travel to Pangani in 1898. He started business in Pangani. The main business at that time was betel nuts (sopari), copra and bananas. Our community’s population in Pangani was about 100. There were two halls: a Mosque and an Imambargha. Slave trade was still prevailing and construction work was mainly done by slaves. Cement was not known and lime was used in construction. Lime was a strong ingredient in construction and could be considered equal to cement in present terms. You may be able to see sturdy 70 year old buildings in Pangani till today constructed by using lime. Due to Arab influence, the doors and windows bearing Arabic architecture can still be seen around the town centre.

In 1907 Shivjibhai travelled from Pangani to Tanga. There were no motor vehicles and it took him 10 hours to travel by mule. From Tanga he went to Korogwe by train. He started a shop in Korogwe. The main communities in Korogwe were Bohoras, there were about 25 Hindu families also. The houses were made of mud and thatched roof with straw or banana leaves. In 1909, Salehmohamed opened a shop in Mombo, two miles away from where he lived. He was the first person from Asian community to open a shop in Mombo.

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MOHAMED VIRANI EXCELS IN THE MOTOR RALLY IN
DAR ES SALAAM

Marhum Al-Haj Mohamed Fazal Virani the founder member of the Dar es Salaam Motor Sports Club (DMSC) which was formed in 1986 was amongst the famous rally drivers. His 2nd overall position in the Arusha Mount Meru Rally which drew prominent drivers from all over East Africa brought him into the limelight of motor sports.

DMSC organized rally from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa and back which Marhum Mohamed Virani won. The Kenya Motor Sports Club invited him to take part in the African National Championship Rally held in Kenya which drew drivers from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa and Tanzania. This was the first major rally Marhum Mohamed Virani participated out of Tanzania and yet he respectably came fifth.

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THE PIONEERS OF LINDI JAMAAT IN PERSPECTIVE
PIRMOHAMED DOSANI (1860-1915)

Pirmohamed Janmohamed Dosani was born in Mundra, Cutch in India in 1860. He migrated to Zanzibar after the death of his wife Fatma Bai, sister of Khaki Sajan, six months after their marriage. Pirmohamed’s only sibling Remtulla Janmohamed was a Mukhi at Mundra Jamatkhana. He did not migrate to Africa. However his only daughter, Fatma was later married to Musa son of Jaffer Najak of Lindi.

Pirmohamed’s second wife was Jibai, also called Chagbai and sister of Nasser Kurji. He had two children with her, son Abdulla and daughter Sakina who later married Abdulla Hameer.
 
After the death of his second wife Pirmohamed travelled to Lindi around 1900 and married Sakina, sister of Rashid Alidina. Sakina had three children, Abdulrasul, Jenabai who later married Mukhtar Moledina and Kulsum who died in young age.
 
Pirmohamed’s son Abdulla migrated from Zanzibar with his father when he was child of six. In Lindi, Abdulla worked for Esmail Khimji for a short period during his youth. During the First World War, Abdulla, his family and other community members had to leave Lindi by canoe to the nearby port village of Mingoyo for safety as the battles raged in nearby areas.

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(Part Three)
Hussein Day - 1993 in Dar-es-Salaam organized by Ithna-Asheri Union Volunteer Corps (IUVC) – A Section under Ithna-Asheri Union


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HAIDERALI HASSANALI PIRBHAI

Haiderbhai was born in Port Louis in the year 1935. He studied up to standard eight in French and English medium school in Port Louis. He also learnt Quran and Urdu language in Ahle Sunnat Jamaat Madressa.

At the age of fifteen he got attached to his father’s business. Because of keen interest and hard work he started managing the business on his own. In 1954, he visited the main cities of East Africa and thereafter went for ziyarat of Masumeen (A.S) to Iraq and Iran.

In 1958, he again visited East Africa and went to Karachi and got married there. He was blessed with two children. Haiderbhai’s hard work and affable nature achieved him great respect in Mauritius. Since Haiderbhai was taking keen interest in community affairs, he was appointed Hon secretary of the first proper Jamaat established in the year 1960 in Mauritius.

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Hussein Day - 1993 in Dar-es-Salaam organized by Ithna Asheri Union Volunteer Corps (IUVC) – A Section under Ithna Asheri Union - (Part Two)


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In Memoriam - Marhum Haji Alibhai Ebrahim (1889-1962)

New Picture 3Alibhai Ebrahim sailed from India at the age of 13 in 1902 for Dar es Salaam. He then went to Lindi and joined in the shop of his brother. In 1904 he returned to Dar es Salaam. At that time the country was under the German rule. In Dar es Salaam he started the business of hiring hand-carts and rickshaws. There were no motor vehicles at that time so hand-carts were used to move merchandise from the port. Most of the businessmen were in Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam was a very small town.
 
The Ithna-Asheri community in Dar es Salaam was about 200. The Imambara was made up of corrugated iron sheets and namaz was also conducted at the same place. With the cooperation of community members the mosque was built in 1907. The main mode of transport was by foot, except for the wealthy, old and the sick who used machera (litter - carried by porters). The railway was introduced in 1905. Most of the houses in Dar es Salaam were made up of mud with the exception of those belonging to German officers and some among the wealthy. Dar started booming after the construction of the railway.
 
The Musafarkhana was built in 1912 with some trust money held by Nasser Virji. A new Imambara was built in 1941 entirely from the contribution by members. Mr Gulamhussein Virji had put a lot of effort towards the construction of the Imambara.

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Part One Hussein Day in Dar-es-Salaam organized by Ithna Asheri Union Volunteer Corps (IUVC) Section under Ithna Asheri Union - 1993

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