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

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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KHARUMWA JAMAAT

Kharumwa is a town in Geita region of North Western Tanzania, East Africa. It is the administrative centre for Nyang’hwale district. Prior to 2012, Kharumwa was part of Geita district under Mwanza region.

Nyang’hwale district is one of the five districts of Geita region of Tanzania. Its administrative centre is the village of Kharumwa. It is bordered to the North by Sengerema district, to the East by Misungwi district and Shinyanga rural district, to the South by Kahama district and to the West by Geita district.

As per data of 2012, the population of Nyang’hwale was 148,320. Nyang’hwale was established in 2012, when it was split from Geita district and became part of the newly established Geita region.

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1976 AFED Conference hosted by KSI Jamaat of  Dar-es-Salaam in the Gents Imambargha

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Fazal Hasham Jivraj (1867-1925) – Mogadishu, Somalia


Fazal Hasham Jivraj was born in Kera, Kutch, India in 1867. A firm intention of an overseas adventure, led him to travel by dhow to Zanzibar at the age of 13. After a year-long stay in Zanzibar, he travelled to Mogadishu where he worked for 5 years at Haji Khatau who was originally from Mandvi, Kutch. Impressed by the astuteness, dedication and sincerity of Fazalbhai, Rashid Kanji Rajpar of Zanzibar employed Fazalbhai as a manager of his newly opened Mogadishu branch. His business at Merca was being managed by Jaffer Gangji. After a few years, Fazalbhai’s hard work made him famous and his employer finally appointed him as General Manager for all his branches in Somalia.
 
In spite of his being engrossed in business, Fazalbhai felt his responsibility to the other family members who still lived in India. He arranged for travel of his brothers Abdulla and Mohamed from India to Mogadishu. When they arrived, he opened a business for them under the name of Haji Abdulla. He continued working for his employer with utmost devotion until 1911 when he resigned. In 1912, he joined his brothers and opened a new company “Fratelli Hasham”, Italian for “Hasham Brothers”. With the grace of Allah (SWT), the new business grew up very fast and prospered very well.

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Nurmohamed Manekia – Kilwa Jamat in Perspective

Nurmohamed Mulji Manji Ukka Manekia was born in Mahuva, Kathiawar, India. His grandfather Manji Ukka Manekia was a man of piety. Nurmohamed and his uncle Shamji Manji used to go to their neighbour Majnamia Saheb of Kodinar for training in Namaz, Majlis and Salam. In 1860 (Savant 1917), he travelled to nearby town of Ghogha for a trade fair. From there he took the sea voyage to Zanzibar in 1864 (Savant 1921). In Zanzibar he was employed by Hassan Gulamhussein of Bhavnagar. The business was called Hassan Thawer & Co and belonged to Thawer Mulani of Bhavnagar. They used to have majlis at this premises every Thursday and Hassanbhai would recite Rozatush Shohada in his characteristic manner and style.

Nurmohamed then joined Mohamed Walji whose pious nature and strong faith impressed upon him and led him to have a strong faith too. In 1883 (Savant 1940), he opened a shop in Kilwa with the help of Lakha Kanji, Sachedina Pirani (Sachoo Peera) and Aliya Jumani.

At the Kilwa Jamatkhana, there was no limit on duration of majlis and matam. They also used to recite Salawat on 14 masumeen and Ziyarat at the Jamatkhana. The majlis session would take 2-3 hours. Most of the members were from Kutch and there were a few from Jamnagar and one from Junagadh.

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