Though I now live in Karachi (Pakistan), my connection with the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri community of London dates back from my student days in the 1950s.

In 1958, together with my other student friends, we decided to form an organization to attend to the needs of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri of East African origin residing in London. A committee was formed to draft the constitution in which I took an active part. Within four months, a   constitution was produced and the East African Ithna Asheri students’ union came into existence. The members gave me an opportunity to serve the community electing me, as Secretary (1959-61) and then as president (1960-61). This body, however, was dissolved upon the formation of the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri community of London.

After my graduation, I left UK first for East Africa and then for Pakistan but have always maintained contact with the community in London by frequent visits. I had seen and observed the development of the community and the construction of the Husseini Shia Islamic Centre, Stanmore. It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction for our community to have such a beautiful all-purpose center in London. 

Many people have contributed toward the development of the community and the centre. To all of them-living or dead- the community shall ever remain grateful.


When I last visited the Husseini Shia Islamic Centre, Stanmore in October, 1988 - whilst attending the conference of the World Federation of the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim Communities, I could not contain my joy and pleasure at observing the development of our community in London.

In the sixties when I was studying in the UK, I had the privilege of serving the Muslim Community of London in various capacities. There was, then, no Jamaat but we had organization called the East African Ithna-Asheri union whose president I was from 1967-1968.

When I recall those days and see the change today, tears of joy fill my eyes; many people have and still are contributing towards development of this Jamaat. They are too numerous to be mentioned by name. The whole community is grateful to all of them. We should not forget the pioneers whose contribution, perhaps, is greater considering the odds and difficulties they had   to face and their own limitations in many fields.

I am indeed very sorry for not being able to be with other brothers and sisters in celebrating    the completion of the Stanmore complex but in prayers I am with all of them.

I congratulate the Jamaat and pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) to grant all of us the tawfeeq to serve His cause and obey none but Him, the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious.


“All praise is due to Allah (SWT), the first, before whom there was no ‘first’ and the last, after whom there shall be no last.”

“O Lord, bless Muhammad and his descendants, the pure ones, and do onto us what thou are worthy of doing in this world and in the hereafter. Verily, thou hast power over all things."

Hyderi Imambara is one of the religious centres of the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim Community of London. Early in 1980 a need was identified for a separate centre for members of our community in South London, the outcome of which was the opening of Hyderi Imambara in October, 1983 in Streatham, London.

Many of our elders who devoted their time, efforts and dedicated their services for the pleasure of Allah (SWT) have departed from this earth. But for them Hyderi Imambara would not have been what it is now, May Allah (SWT) grant them maghferat.

Today, besides the normal activities of namaz, majlises and Thursday gatherings, the centre fulfills other needs: there is an excellent library, language classes, Quran classes and week–end    Madressah. Also, of particular use to our members is the daily nursery school. Presently there are plans to maximize usage of the centre in all spheres on a daily basis. It is also intended to open a secretariat office shortly. With over three hundred families and growing it may be necessary also to acquire additional or larger premises to meet all our needs in the not too distant future.

The aims are noble and with great active participation of our members and the youth in particular, the seeds are there for fruitful products. This will however only come about in the Western environment if there is a realization of responsibility among our members, if there is unity and a spirit of friendship, and positive practical assistance amongst our brothers and sisters. We must acquire religious knowledge in all its aspects and apply the same in our daily lives. The Holy Quran and the Ahadith must form part and parcel of our lives. Only then we can claim that Imam Hussein (AS)’s message has been propagated from the centres and only then can we have some justification in expectation of Imam-e- Zamana (ATFS).

“May God bless Muhammad and his descendants, the pure, the holy - peace be upon them."
Source: Souvenir Issue Newsletter - Husseini Shia Islamic Centre, Stanmore December 1989

24th November  2018 / 16th Rabiul Awwal 1440 AH

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