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

UNION SPORTS CLUB’S FIRST EVER SPORTS TRIP OUTSIDE AFRICA

In December 1989 Union Sports Club (USC), sports section of the Ithna-Asheri Union of Dar Es Salaam extended their club relations beyond the borders of Africa by accepting the invitation from Jaffery Sports Club of Dubai, U.A.E. to play series of games which included cricket, volleyball, football and squash. This was the first ever trip for any cricketing club in Tanzania to travel for sports outside Africa.

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MIGRATION (HIJRAT) TO THE HEART OF THE KENYA RIFT VALLEY, NAKURU - ALHAJ MUMTAZALI BHAI KASSAM

 At the age of 30, Mumtazali bhai Kassam, with his very young family, was inspired to migrate from Mombasa to Nakuru for greener pastures in January of 1980 being among the first arrivals in alien place.
 
However, within days, Nakuru Jamaat was formed from the four families existing at the time and Mumtazbhai was elected as its first ever Chairman to lead the community.
 
Thankfully the Jamaat received encouraging guidance and support from Murrabbi Alhaj Hussein Bhai Alimohamed Jaffer who had already settled down in Nakuru.

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PROFILES OF PROMINENT PERSONALITIES OF OUR COMMUNITY

ALHAJ NURMOHAMMED ALIBHAI WALJI - A DEVOTED COMMUNITY TRUSTEE

 
Alhaj Nurmohammed Alibhai Walji is also founding father of Hyderi Imambargha in the U.K. He was born in India (Bombay) in 1925. His family migrated to Mozambique when he was very young and he grew up in the East African environment. After spending some years in Mozambique, his family moved to Dar-es-Salaam.

Nurmohammed bhai comes from a family of devoted community workers. His father, Marhoom Alibhai Walji served as Mukhi of Dar Es Salaam Jamaat and in following the family tradition; he took keen interest in the community and became a Trustee of the Jamaat in Dar es Salaam.

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MURRABI HASSANALIBHAI SULEMAN “CHACHA”
THE FOUNDER OF HYDERI IMAMBARA SOUTH LONDON

 
Murrabi Hassanalibhai Suleman Nangalpur Walla affectionately was known as “Chacha” in the Community was the founder member of Hyderi Imambargha in South London, United Kingdom.

Hassanalibhai was born in India, Nangalpur in 1912 and migrated to East Africa at the age of 16 in 1928. After working in Mombasa, Bukoba and Kampala for 10 years, he settled down in Fort Portal, Uganda in 1939. Marhum Hassanalibhai was a person with great feelings for the Community and religion.

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MURRABI RAMAZANBHAI RAJABALI JAFFER (R.R. JAFFER)

Ramazan Rajabali Jaffer (R R Jaffer) was born on 7th January 1925 in Zanzibar. In 1949, he married Kaniz, daughter of Abdulrasool Chatoo (Malaika). The marriage was blessed with four children. Mohammed now resides in London and Maimuna resides in Houston. Zaid and Naazim are deceased. Ramazanbhai’s exemplary dedication to education was signified by his children graduating in medicine, radiography, optics and pharmacy.

R. R Jaffer was dedicated to education from young age and he secured first class in Cambridge Certificate in 1946 in Zanzibar studying under the street lamps.

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DOWN THE MEMORY LANE:

OPENING CEREMONY OF OUR KHOJA SHIA ITHNASHERI SCHOOL IN MOGADISHU SOMALIA - 1985

MOGADISHU KSIJ SCHOOL – 1985

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Role of Allama Seyyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi in the
Bilal Muslim Mission
 

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AHMEDBHAI HAJI FAZAL HASHAM  

Memories - A renowned member of Mogadishu Jamaat

Ahmedbhai Haji Fazal Hasham was born in Mogadishu in 1906. His father was a renowned businessman, a pious and an active member of the community. Ahmedbhai’s father Fazalbhai brought a teacher from India on his own expenses in order to teach the community children. Through this, Ahmedbhai learnt his basics in Gujrati and learnt Qur’an from an Arab Maalim. He also studied Italian language at the Mission School.

Ahmedbhai and his sister were the only living children from the total 10 children of Fazalbhai. Being the only son Ahmedbhai was the whole and sole adviser of his father Fazalbhai.

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ALHAJ RAMZANALI SALEMOHAMMED JAGANI

He rendered wholehearted Services to the Community
 

Haji Ramzanali Salemohammed Jagani was born in Bharapur, Cutch, India in 1912 and migrated to Uganda in 1926. There he rendered various community services until 1972 when he moved to London during the Uganda Exodus.

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PROFILES OF PROMINENT PERSONALITIES

HAJI MOHAMEDALI DHALLA
 
In 1974 Mombasa Jamaat lost one of its oldest and dedicated leader Haji Mohamedali Dhalla.

Haji Mohamedali Dhalla was born in Machakos in 1906 and joined the family business in Mombasa at a very young age. He efficiently handled the business to place it amongst the leading companies in transport and furniture. The business continued to thrive with his good management. 
 
Marhum Haji Mohamedali served the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Kuwwatul Islam Jamaat of Mombasa for a number of years and also played a leading role in Education Board, Faize-Husseini, Jafferi Club and Murtaza Ali Trust. His services to the community continued for 50 years.

He passed away on 21st April, 1974 leaving a large family behind.

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DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

CRATER (ADEN) – YEMEN JAMAAT


Aden Jamaat was an active Jamaat with a population of about 1,000 heads before the crisis erupted. Aden was British Crown Colony from 1937 to 1963, and being an extension of British India, the British Indian rupee was the currency of Aden until shortly after India gained independence in 1947. In 1951, the rupee was replaced by the East African shilling which was at par with the shilling sterling, later in 1965; the East Africa currency was replaced with South Arabian dinar, later became South Yemeni dinar. 

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