The Journey of Mulla Abdulla Karim Surti from India to Madagascar Island

Mulla Abdulla Karim Surti was born in India in 1862. He was the father of the famous Mulla Yusufali Abdulla of East Africa. He was also the nephew of the famous merchant who was known as the champion of the poor, Murrabbi Sheriff Jiwa Surti. Mulla Abdulla got married in Ahmedabad.
 
In 1900 he travelled to Madagascar with his uncle Murrabbi Sheriff.  He worked at his uncle’s branches at Diego Suarez, Nosibe and Analalava for a total period of 5 years. After the death of his wife, he went to India in 1904 for his second marriage.

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Message from the Africa Federation Chairman,
Alhaj Shabir Najafi, welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadhan
 
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful 

 

… And praise belongs to God who appointed among those roads His month, the month of Ramadhan, the month of fasting, the month of submission, the month of purity, the month of putting to test, the month of standing in prayer, in which the Qur'an was sent down as guidance to the people, and as clear signs of the Guidance and the Separator ….

(Extract from the Dua to welcome the Holy Month) 

'O' People! the Month of Allah (Ramadhan) has approached you with His mercies and blessings. This is the month that is the best of all the months in the estimation of Allah. Its days are best among the days; its nights are best among the nights, its hours are best among the hours. This is a month in which you have been invited by Him. You have been, in this month, selected as the recipients of the honours from Allah, the Merciful.          

[Sermon delivered by the Holy Prophet of Allah]. 

We are approaching the most awaited and spiritual month – The Holy Month of Ramadhan.   This is a Month whose beginning is Mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is Freedom from fire.
 
Fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan has a deep spiritual dimension of compassion and self-sacrifice. Fasting also plays an important role in making us more conscious of the plight and hunger of the under privileged, poor and displaced persons.
 
Our obligations for the month of Ramadhan include helping the needy even more so that they too can perform fasting and other devotional deeds with lesser pain in this month. Just as we are guest of the Almighty in this Holy Month, let us also invite the poor and needy into our fold and share with them the blessings that our Lord has bestowed upon us. While we fast and abstain from eating, and drinking in obedience to our Lord, let us remember the poor who suffer throughout the year because they have no or less means to survive.
 
Similarly, I would like to remind all on the obligation to pay Zakaat-e-Fitrah at the end of the holy month of Ramadhan and for it to reach to the deserving people.
 

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Daring and Adventurous Journey to East Africa – A brief Profile of Alhaj Remtulla Kassam Gulamali from Cutch Mundra, India


  

Remtulla Kassam Gulamali Bhagat was born in 1864 in Mundra, Cutch, India. In 1879, he and his brother Haji travelled to Pangani by dhow. The two brothers operated a partnership for two years. Remtulla decided to travel to Mogadishu, Somalia where he operated a business for five years. Finding no success in business, he moved to Merca, Somalia in 1886. At Merca, the business flourished very well and in a short period his concern became famous throughout the coast of East Africa.

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Ref:  PR/AF/17/22                                                      



The World Federation 15th Ordinary Conference held from 5th to 7th May 2017 was successfully hosted by the K.S.I. Jamaat of Dar-es-Salaam under the auspices of the Federation of K.S.I. Jamaats of Africa; it was attended by nearly 200 participants, including invitees from different parts of the World, including Africa. This Conference also witnessed the change at the helm of the World Federation, as Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi takes over from Dr. Asgher Moledina.



The Africa Federation delegation was led by the Chairman; Alhaj Shabir Najafi and was represented by five Councillors and 20 Delegates from Mainland Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Reunion and DRC - Congo.
 
Following reflection on verses from the Holy Qur’an, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Br. Sajjad Dharamsee provided brief information on the various services and arrangements made for the Conference and he also introduced the volunteers of the various sections, including reception, accommodation, catering, and transport etcetera.  

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AFED WOMEN’S BOARD ORGANIZES LEADERSHIP & EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE WORKSHOP

“I raise up my voice - not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”  - Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai

The AFED Women’s Board held its first workshop on Saturday 15th April 2017 in Dar-es-Salaam – Titled “Leadership & Emotional Intelligence” for the KSIJ Community Leaders, bringing together over 50 women; young and old from different Jamaats in Africa.
 
The one day workshop was facilitated by three different women who are leaders in their own rights.
 
It started off with registration and verses from the Holy Qur’an by Zainab Sumar.  The Master of Ceremony, Ms. Sakina Hassanali opened the day defining what was in store, followed by the welcome speech by the Women’s Board Chairperson Mrs. Zaheeda Alishan.
 
In her address, the Chairperson said that the Board intends to equip women in the Community to be viewed as assets in the society and not as an exception to the rule. She added that women hold the key to Women Empowerment, through their influence over the coming generations. She cited the example of Lady Khadija whose unconditional devotion, support and encouragement played a very important role in the beginning of the Islamic Society by our Holy Prophet (SAWW).  She looked forward to women to join hands with the Board to help inspire and empower more women of our community to reach great heights as the sky is not the limit for our women.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/64/17               

MOON FORECAST – MAHE RAMADHAN 1438 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Mahe Ramadhan 1438 A.H. is as follows: - (Please note that the forecast is based for Dar-es-Salaam and all timings are D’Salaam local time, other towns in the West should make necessary adjustments depending upon the time of sunset).
 
The birth of the Astronomical New Moon is at 10.46 p.m. on Thursday 25th May 2017 i.e. 28th Shabaan 1438 A.H.
 
On Friday 26th May 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.13 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 19 hours 28 minutes     
Moonset 7.04 p.m.
Time Duration 51 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      11.33 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 10.44 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.31 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 19 degrees North of West, 2 degrees South of where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1st MAHE RAMADHAN 1438 AH ON SATURDAY 27TH MAY 2017.
 
 
Secretariat

A HISTORICAL CHRONICLE

THE FIRST EVER KHOJA SHIA ITHNA-ASHERI CONFERENCE HELD IN CUTCH MUNDRA IN INDIA IN 1933


Since severing the umbilical cord with the mainstream Aga Khani Khojas which propounded Nizari Ismaili faith, the new splinter group of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheris in India were busily engaged in several fronts to identify, consolidate, and strengthen the infant community. The rivalry and confrontation between original and splinter group was rampant, occasionally violent and very often showed its ugly head in social mercantile activities of both the communities. The first pressing task of the leader of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri community was to establish and widen network of Jamaats and with it Mosques, Imambarghas, and Madrassahs had to be acquired or built. To an acceptable degree this was achieved between 1880 and 1933. Under this climate the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri community labored with a dream: to establish a federation that would unite the community. This was the vision of Seth Dawood Haji Nasser who created the Cutch Federation but due to the War, it was still-born and picked up its root in Africa where it flourished progressively. 

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OUR COMMUNITY IN JINJA, UGANDA

After a long sea journey from India, Nasserbhai Pardhan arrived in Zanzibar in 1900. He lived there for four years followed by 18 months in Pemba and 18 months in Tanganyika before opening a shop at Changamwe, a suburb of Mombasa. After spending four months at Changamwe, he travelled to Kisumu by train and onwards to Jinja by boat.
 
In 1908 Jinja was a very small town. The houses were of two types, those made of iron sheets and those made of mud with thatched roofs. Our community members who had shops in Jinja were Walji Bhanji, Haji Merali, Abdulla Nathoo and Juma Muman. Nasser Pardhan joined in the employment of Haji Merali. Another employee was Suleman Esmail. Mohamed Manek was an employee of a famous entrepreneur Alidina Visram. Our community consisted of 7 families. 
 
Abdulla Nathoo had constructed a special room made of iron sheets in the compound of his house to be used for majlis. A famous Sunni Aalim Molvi Abdulla Shah used to recite majlis. Haji Tamachi Turk, a famous Sunni brother who had very friendly and cordial relations with our members used to sponsor nyaz and majlis. The Nyaz on 12th Muharram was regularly sponsored by him. His departure from Jinja in 1958 resulted in changes in our regular programme. There were four Bohra families who were close to our community. The nyaz on 9th Muharram was regularly sponsored by a Bohra community member Abdulhussein Kadarbhai. After 1958, the Bohra community started having their own programmes due to increase in their population.

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MARHUM JANAB GULAMHUSSEIN MOHAMED VALLI DHARSI (JANAB SALSABIL) REMEMBERED


The late Gulamhusein Mohamed Valli Dharsi who later became famous by the use of the pen-name of “SALSABIL” was the eldest son of Mohamed Valli Dharsi and was born in Zanzibar in 1887. He was brought up by Janab Saleh Hassan, his maternal grandfather. After finishing his studies, he joined his father’s booming textile business, together with his two younger brothers Habib and Kassamali.

Mohamedbhai Valli Dharsi passed away in Zanzibar in 1923 after returning to Zanzibar from Ziyarat in Iraq, Gulamhuseinbhai and his two younger brothers managed their father’s business until 1930 when it was wound up.

Gulamhuseinbhai received his early education at Sir Euan Smith Madressa, (a famous Gujarati and English educational institution in Zanzibar, renamed Haile Selassie School after the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964). With his vast studies he could speak Urdu, English, Farsi, Gujarati, Arabic and Kiswahili. His fondness for reading and writing was remarkable. He soon built up his own private library which, at the time of his demise consisted of some 2000 (two thousand) books which included some rare and valuable collections in English, Gujarati, Urdu, and Arabic. His private Library also contained several important literary and classical works which he had won as prizes in school competitions.

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