Our community had been living in various countries of Africa for about a century and a half. Wherever they settled, they established Jamaats to strengthen unity, co-operation and inter-action among their members. These Jamaats gave a priority to building Masjids, Imambarghas, Musafirkhanas etc. but were unable to tackle all these issues individually. Similarly other welfare activities also called for a coordinated effort with other Jamaats. As a result proposals were raised to establish a broad based organization of all the Jamaat of Africa by some members of Mombasa Jamaat in 1927. The same proposal was raised from time to time but this dream was not realized for two decades.
In November, 1945 a Conference of all the Jamaats of Africa was held under the auspices of Dar es Salaam Jamaat. Alhaj Abdulhussein Nurmohamed presided in this Conference which discussed wide ranging issues including social, economical and religious aspects concerning the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Community in Africa.
After thorough deliberations all the delegates unanimously agreed to establish a centralized organization to promote unity and co-operation among the Khoja communities living in various countries of East Africa and thus the East Africa Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Provincial Council came into being with an ad hoc committee of sixteen members. Six months later the first ever ‘Constitutional Conference’ was held at Dar es Salaam in May – 1946. The Conference passed a constitution and thus ‘The Federation of the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of East Africa’ came into existence.