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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KSIJ Mwanza Graveyard

 
Africa Federation Secretariat has been requested by the KSI Jamaat of Mwanza to circulate the following message:
 
The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Mwanza is presently undertaking the task of refurbishing the graves, and making them into one standardized type so that the maximum use of the Kabrastan ground can be made in the best way possible.
 
The Jamaat is requesting for assistance from ex-residents of Mwanza Jamaat to provide details of their marhumeen buried in Mwanza so that they can update their database with the correct details, as some of the graves are missing details of the names and dates.
 
All details and further information required can be sent to Mwanza Jamaat on their Email address: administration@ksijmwanza.org
 
 
 
Secretariat
KSIJ Mwanza

Ref: CHB/HB/60/16                                                                                   

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IS ON the INCREASE IN OUR COMMUNITY

CHB has recorded a number of Cardiovascular (Heart) related diseases in our community, some were lucky to have received immediate medical attention while others were not that fortunate. Several cases of by-pass surgeries (CABG) and angioplasty were referred to India since the beginning of the year. A typical example is of one of our community member who recently traveled to India on a holiday visit and decided to undergo a full body check-up, he was found with multiple blockages of arteries and had to undergo by-pass surgery, since angioplasty was not an option, and after consulting two Interventional Cardiologists.

This article provides you with a glimpse of Cardiovascular Diseases and the necessary Precautions to avert the disease and its complications etc. from the early stage of your life.

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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
 
SECRETARIAT
ARCHIVES SECTION OF THE AFRICA FEDERATION
 
14th June 2016 (8th Mahe Ramadhan 1437 AH)

Ref: AFED/PR/002/16                                                                      

Alhaj Manzoorali Kanani, a veteran of Nairobi Jamaat is honored

 It was a moment of joy and honor for the Honorary Consul and Permanent Representative to Unep and UN Habitat of The Union of Comoros in Kenya, His Excellency Manzoorali Kanani, a veteran member of Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat (SAAJ) of Nairobi when he was decorated with The Medal of “The Order of Green Crescent of Comoros” for his manifold selfless services to The Government and People of the Union of Comoros. The function took place on 25th May 2016 in the Union of Comoros. Manzoorali bhai has served the community in different capacities; in Nairobi Jamaat, Africa Federation and the World Federation.

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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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The official launching of Facebook online networking of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

By the Grace of Allah (SWT), the blessed month of Ramadhan is now upon us and brings with it bountiful opportunities to us all for spiritual growth, reflection and reformation of our inner selves towards enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, thus embracing and practicing God-consciousness to attain Allah's (SWT) Grace, Mercy and Blessings.  
 
Africa Federation has been in existence in Africa for almost 70 years, since its establishment in 1946. It is an institution which was established with compassion, determined efforts and sacrifices given by our elders and leaders of our community that brought about constructive and important transformation in religious, social, educational and economic developments. Together with being a faith based community organization, we respect all religions and beliefs; we respect human beings based on the Islamic principle that all human beings are equal irrespective of their cast, creed, color or religion. 
 
In today’s times I adore people especially the youth who use the technology and social media positively and effectively for their benefits and sharing the same vision with their fellows in areas such as educational development, exchange of information, news, photographs, videos, networking etc.

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A two and a half day Mentor Development Program was held in Mombasa organized by the Capacity Building Group of Africa Federation. 

The program was facilitated by Dr. Akber Mohamedali, Br. Yasin Rahim and Mrs. Zinnat Mohamedali, Facilitators from the World Federation Capacity Building Group.

15 LDP Alumni from Bukoba, Dar es Salaam, London, Mombasa and Nairobi, participated in the above program.

The core focus of the program was to have a clear and deeper understanding of the mentoring process, mentor and mentee relationship, the importance of reflective practice in the mentoring process etc. The participants were exposed to the Egan's Skilled Helper Model for Mentoring and the core focus was practice, practice and practice.

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INVITATION TO CREATE AN EID GREETING CARD FOR THE AFRICA FEDERATION

The Secretariat is once again inviting for participation by children aged between 6 to 12 years from all Jamaats under Africa Federation to design the Africa Federation Eid Greeting Cards. Enclosed please find the Poster for the same.

The best Three Eid card Design will be selected and signed by the Chairman of Africa and used as the official Eid Card for Eid-ul-Fitr 1437 as follows:

  • AFED Eid-ul Fitr 1437 postal Eid Card
  • AFED Eid-ul Fitr 1437 Email Eid Card
  • AFED Eid-ul Fitr 1437 Website Eid Display Card

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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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