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

FOND MEMORIES OF BUKOBA JAMAAT

GROUP PHOTOGRAPH OF BUKOBA JAMAAT MANAGING COMMITTEE IN EARLY 1970’s

Standing left to right: Razahusseinbhai R. Ramji, Mohammedbhai Mulla, Firdausbhai Moti and Mohammedbhai Punjani

Sitting left to right:  Unknown, Razabhai Mamdani, Mohammedhusseinbhai R. Ramji, Razahusseinbhai Punjani, Pyaralibhai Moti, Mawlana Sayeed Sajjadhussein Zaidi, Jafferbhai Visram, Alihusseinbhai Jaffer, Mohammedbhai Mullani and Mohammedbhai Moti.

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WORLD FEDERATION EXTENDS IT’S ACTIVITIES IN INDIA

FORMATION OF THE GUJARAT FEDERATION – SYNOPSIS OF EVENTS

Among the achievements of the World Federation is the formation of Gujarat Federation during May/June 1979. A Constitutional Conference was held in Bhavnagar where delegates from nearly twenty four Jamaats attended. Ever since 1976, we have been persuading Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of India to form an All India Federation, but to no avail.
 
Bombay Jamaat was requested to take an initiative, with a sure hope that other smaller Jamaats would follow in the wake and co-operate. As time lapsed, and no result was visible, the Jamaats of Gujarat decided to take a lead.

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GROUP PHOTOGRAPH OF ZAWAARS FROM EAST AFRICA, MADAGASCAR AND PAKISTAN - 1958


Photograph taken in Mashhad Iran on 31st of July 1958

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FOND MEMORIES OF ZANZIBAR



The above photograph was taken at Mehfil-e-Bibi Zainab (A.S.) in Zanzibar in the year 1967, here are seen members of both, Hujjat and Kuwwatul Islam Jamaats of Zanzibar with the visiting Aalim, Seyed Raza Aka.


Standing left to right: Mulla Ahmedbhai Datoo, Alhaj Karimbhai Allarakhia, Alhaj Razabhai Nasserali Fazal, Seyed Raza Aka, Alhaj Hashnubhai Sumar, Seyed Ali-Akber, Mulla Husseinbhai Allarakhia Rahim, Seyed Raza Kashani, Alhaj H.D. Kermalli.
 
Photograph Courtesy: Archives Section
 
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22nd February 2019 / 16th Jamadiul Aakhar 1440 AH

THE BIRTH OF THE WORLD FEDERATION -1976

The World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities was formed at the Conference convened for the purpose in London on the 15th/17th October 1976.

Delegates from Africa, England and U.S.A attended the conference to give an official assent to the formation. A draft constitution for the World Federation was finally approved with necessary amendments.

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Alhaj Mustafa Bhai G. R. Jaffer - A Philanthropist and Social Worker

A man with deep devotion to faith and dedication to the community, Alhaj Mustafa Bhai G. R. Jaffer has more than half a century of philanthropy and public service to his credit. Alhaj Mustafa Bhai was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania (East Africa) on January 17, 1932.  He began his career by working for the Zanzibar Government Treasurer’s office along with Oman Sultan’s son, Sheikh Mohamed from 1951 to 1964.  After the revolution in Zanzibar in 1964, he worked with the Ministry of State and was in charge of state functions at the State House in Zanzibar, hosting government and religious dignitaries.  All along, he served the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat in Zanzibar, under various sub-committees. He was instrumental in assisting Khoja families to migrate from Zanzibar to Dar-es-Salaam in 1964 and 1965. His efforts helped our community enormously, especially during the time of infamous force marriages in Zanzibar. Mustafa Bhai also served as the treasurer of Milad-un-Nabi association and was the Government spokesman for welfare programs after the Zanzibar revolution until 1974.

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THE HUSAINY TRUST OF MADRAS (CHENNAI) SOUTH INDIA 1954

In the year 1954, an appeal was received from the Husainy Trust of Madras (Chennai) for the funds to build the orphanage in Husainabad - Madras (Chennai). The appeal was made to our Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri brothers of Zanzibar and British East Africa. A team was formed in India of the prominent members of the Bombay Jamaat and the trustee of Board of the Husainy trust. They were:

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Above: Murrabi Alhaj Mohammedjaffer Mulla Hassanali Khaki presenting the trophy to Alhaj Mohamed Nathoo during the Annual tournament between Jaffery Sport Club Mombasa and Union Sport Club Dar es Salaam. Looking on is Abul Kassim - the Secretary of the Jaffery Club Mombasa. The tournament was held at Jaffery Sports Club in Mombasa Kenya in 1971.

Let us remember Marhum Mohamedjaffer Bhai Khaki and all Marhumeen with Sura-e-Fatiha for the maghferat of the departed souls.

Source: Alhaj Mohammed Nathoo, veteran sportsman of our community.

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11th January 2019 (4th Jamadi ul Awwal 1440 AH)

 

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AFRICA FEDERATION OFFICIALS VISIT TANGA – APRIL 1980
TANGA JAMAAT OFFICE ON STREET NO. 7, NGAMIANI



Above: On the left is Alhaj Abdulrasul Ahmed Lakha (Africa Federation Chairman), Mulla Asgharali M. M. Jaffer (not facing the camera). On the opposite; seated are from left Alhaj Anver Siwjee (Chairman Tanga Jamaat) Mohamed S.S. Alarakhia (Hon. Secretary - Tanga Jamaat) and Jaffer Dalal. On the right partly seen is Akber Mehta.


In the Above Picture Alhaj Raza Sachoo (Vice Chairman of Tanga Jamaat) can be seen seated on the right side of the table.

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ABDULHUSSEIN JUSAB SACHEDINA – “AZAD”
(1911-1957)

Abdulhussein Jusab Sachedina was born in 1911 at Mundra, Cutch in India and lived in Dar es Salaam and Lindi. He was the first secretary of Lindi Jamaat.
 
Being a writer he had taken the pen-name of 'Azad' and so although his name was Abdulhussein he was popularly known by his pen-name.  He was among the first persons who floated the idea for the creation of the Federation of all KSI Jamaats in Africa and so he is referred to as one of the "Pioneers" of Federation of Africa Jamaats.
 
In his book on Khoja History, Marhum Mulla Asgherali writes the following regarding Marhum Azad Sachedina:

Among the first thinkers who wrote about the need of a common platform was Marhum Abdulhussein Sachedina "AZAD", editor of the Gujarati monthly, "MUNADEE". "MUNADEE" means 'a herald'. In 1932, this reticent but profound thinker wrote an editorial in his monthly, appealing to leaders of major Jamaats to awaken and rise to the changing times. He can be safely called the first visionary who saw the ailing society, and suggested a remedy with clarity. His powerful pen heralded a new era.
 
Marhum Azad had a style which was quite appealing. With almost complete command over his subject, he wrote poetically, gracefully and with enviable coherence.
 
In this editorial which he penned in 1932, he says: "lthna-Asheri Society today is overwhelmed by layers of backwardness and retrogression. These layers have been building up for the last several years, and continue even today. The horizon is bleak and dark, and nowhere is a ray of light to be seen. The ship of our community is drifting aimlessly and helplessly in a vast ocean, and none can predict when it will perish against the rocks. This is not a figment of imagination by a poet, or empty, fictional verbiage by a writer. Those who care to spare a moment or two to make an appraisal will agree that our words portray an exact and accurate picture of the prevailing situation."

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REPORT BY THE SHIA ITHNA-ASHERI MADRESSA STANMORE PRINCIPAL HAJI MUHAMMED NAZARALI

Alhamdulillah over 450 students are attending the Shia Ithna’asheri Madressah which caters for a wide range of subjects for boys and girls, also for special needs children. Similarly, there are integrated classes for the toddlers. The aim is to cement Islamic influence at a tender age. There are classes where the mature students are taught teaching methods, so that they may be groomed for the future generations. New classes are being introduced for the New Year, which will change the teaching approach to the elder students.

Not only has the Madressah flourished within its four walls, but more importantly, its teachings have brought about the awareness. Students are now asking what measures they can take to ensure that their hijab is maintained outside our own environment. The influence of the Madressah has stirred interest in the children to take part in all aspects of the mosque programs. To help volunteer, public speaking and to recite qasidas. The workshops organized by Madressah have helped instill better understanding in the youth, demonstrating how they can maintain and practice good behavior and Akhlaq.
 
It was the cooperation of the parents and teachers and their keenness to ensure that the children derive the most benefit from the few hours available, which has constantly improved.
 
With this spirited legacy, my only hope is that the cooperation and assistance shown in the past will continue so that the future will produce a generation ready and awaiting the call of the 12th Imam (A.T.F.S.)

REPORT BY THE PRINCIPAL - ISLAMIC MONTESSORI SCHOOL STANMORE
SAJIDA RASHID

The school was started in the outhouse in April 1986 as a Playgroup to care for the children between the ages of 3 to 5. 14 children enrolled by the end of the first year. Progress since then has been continuous, culmination in conversion from the play group to a fully-fledged Montessori School in January 1989.
 
The curriculum is based on Dr Maria Montessori Education theories which inter alia state that young children have an unborn will and desire to learn provided that they are given the right surrounding. The children are encouraged to explore the environment to develop self-discipline, orderliness, concentration, coordination and self-control.
 
A selection of specially designed Montessori apparatus assist in the basic learning process in History, geography, arithmetic, geometry, biology, reading and writing. In addition, Islamic education by way of recitation of the Holy Quran, Salaat, Ahadith of the Holy Prophet etc is included in the school curriculum.

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