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

hassnali_fazal_jaffer_khatawHassanalibhai Fazal Jaffer Khataw was born on 23rd September 1908 in Makalla. He was just one year old when his father who used to work for Haji Lalji left the job and moved his hometown in Kutch, India.Hassanalibhai had the opportunity to get the basic education in Kutch. 

At the age of 17 he worked for Hajibhai Laljibhai in Makalla. After working for 4 and half years, on his employer’s advice he worked as a treasurer in Aden’s branch. He lived in Aden for 4 years. This branch of Aden was managed by Hassanlibhai’s paternal uncle, Brother Abdallabhai Jaffer Khataw who has been managing it since then. 



It is with profound regret we take note of the sudden demise of our goodfriend, colleague and the community's popular personality, Alhaj AbbasAlloo.

Abbas was born in Zanzibar on March 5, 1936. When he was still a young boy,he moved to Dar-es-Salam with his parents.He joined his father's business and involved with community affairs in hisearly twenties.

When he was only 25, he was appointed as a Councilor of theAfrica Federation where he served for several terms.

In Dar-es-Salaam, Abbas originated the project of Bilal Muslim Mission Charitable Public Dispensary. Hepurchased a property adjacent to the Mission complex and donated it in his mother's name, which is nowknown as Mrs. Leilabai S. Alloo Dispensary. He was one of the earliest supports of the Mission and served onits committee.


Chairman Late Abdulhussein Noormohamed’s Address

After about three and half years (3 ½) we are meeting for the 2nd Conference. I appreciate the Mombasa Jamaat’s effort of hosting this conference with a warm welcome.

The first time we met in Dar-Es-Salaam in 1945, we established the provisional council to unite different Jamaats under one roof.

In 1946 we once again met in Dar-Es-Salaam to set the constitution and I can see the support, encouragement and enthusiasm from the Community.

In that conference we established the Federation and the Council’s central body, we laid a foundation for brotherhood among our Community members, we created East Africa’s one community and continued the society’s business and religious activities.

I am here to inform you about the developments as well as the problems faced within this period. This will help us in our future plans.

The Central Council had introduced the following:-

  1. The Census - Community population.
  2. Birth and Marriage Certificates.
  3. Higher education grant and scholarship (studying abroad)
  4. Scholars for Tabligh.
  5. Grant to acquire religious courses.

Other main programs which have not yet been followed up especially the “levy” and other despite of all the effort in 3 years, we have not been able to achieve it - the boarding house in Uganda could not be established like the one in Tanganyika.

According to our census records we are able to give you the figures for the Jamaat and their strength under the Federation. However according to my understanding every year this report has to be updated so the Council should have the account of the increased population. Whilst introducing the birth and marriage certificate we faced a tough discussion against it although the community then realized its importance, after the introduction of 1947 new immigration bill. In future it will be necessary and it is my sincere request to the community to register all their children and acquire the marriage certificates.

For higher education from 1946 up to date we have given a total of 7 scholarships and they have been pursuing good courses. At the end of 1952, two students will Insha’Allah complete their MBBS degree and on return to Zanzibar they will start practicing, the community will realize its importance.

As for the Tabligh project, Maulana Zaminhussein Saheb’s travel report has been received by every Jamaat and by the grace of Almighty it has been a success, the required information is also available.

Arusha’s Aalim Maulana Sayyid Razahussein has submitted his report but due to the load of work it is not completed.

Furthermore we are giving a grant for Arusha’s religious scholar’s salary. We have also granted a student from Kilwa teaching in Arusha’s Government’s school and another from Arusha studying in Mwanza.

A request from some Jamaats has been submitted to grant their resident scholars which will be discussed by the new Council’s committee.

Despite of several reminders through circulars the Council has not yet received any request for higher education in religious courses, if there would be any, the Council would have definitely presented it. I don’t find it very important to present all the communication of the Central Council’s secretariat but whoever is interested to know about it the letters are in the file.

Comments: One will observe that Higher Education was give (since 1946) the same importance in the past by our Leaders, like what is presently the case, it is really amazing to see the far sightedness and the vision of our forefathers – May Allah (s.w.t.) grant them maghferat and rest their souls in the proximity of our fourteen infallibles – Masumeen (a.s.)

Translated by F. Ali

Extracted from “Rehbar” October 1949

Africa Federation – Archives Section 

Past leaders of the Africa Federation and the Supreme Council Sessions in Mombasa and Dar-Es-Salaam.

Late Al Hajj Mohammedali Meghjee (Chairman of Afed), Mulla Asgharali M. Jaffer (Hon. Secretary).
Late Al Hajj Karim and Late Al Hajj Mohammedali Shariff Jiwa.

Council meeting in Dar-Es-Salaam:
Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat President Late Al Hajj Alibhai  welcoming  Late Mulla Asgharali, Chairman of the Africa Federation outside the Dar-Es-Salaam Mosque, looking on is Late  Al Hajj Abbas Alloo and Late Hussein Jaffer Hirji.

From left: Maulana Sayed Saeed Akhtar Rizvi, Al Hajj Haiderali Khimji, Late Al Hajj Bashir Peera (Administrative Secretary of Afed ), Late Mulla Asgharali  (Chairman of Afed), Late  Al Hajj Alibhai  (President of Dar-Es-Salaam Jamaat), Late Al Hajj Abudlrasul Lakha (Vice President of Afed) and Sayed Aqa Haider Saheb (resident Alim of Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat). Photograph taken during one of the Supreme Council Sessions which was held in the Gents Imambargha in Dar-Es-Salaam in 1977.

Urafiki Golf Competition Moshi Tanzania

I am pleased to inform you all that we have received an overwhelming number of entries for the above competition that is taking place in Moshi on Saturday, 26th and Sunday, 27th February 2011. I do hope that the remaining members from other Jamaats will send in their entries shortly, before the deadline.

Following participants have so far confirmed:



UNION SPORTS CLUB HISTORY (Abstract - from the 1983 Union Sport Supplement)

image_history_unionsportsIt was under the shade of a mango tree at the Chungani ground in 1952 that our first ever organized community club was launched- Ithna-Asheri Sports Club.

In 1956, the Ithna-Asheri Sports Club, along with Phelomaths Club (catering for table tennis and literary work), Twiligth Club (for badminton) and Radio Club (for snooker) all formed to cater for sporting needs of the community, they joined hands and formed the Ithna-Asheri Union which took under its wings the literary, nursery school, volunteering, employment as well as the sports portfolio, Al hajj Bashir Rahim as its first Chairman.

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memorylanearusha Down the Memory Lane - Arusha Jammat - part 1

Pictures of Group of Hujjaj and Zawars of Arusha Jamaat, and Juloos images

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cricket_kenateamAfrica Federation Sports Council - Urafiki Golf Competition, Moshi Tanzania

(to be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February 2011)

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sibmeghChairman of Mwanza Jamaat, Alhaj Sibtain Bhai Meghjee is appointed member of the Executive National Muslim Council of Bakwata

The Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa is pleased to learn ofthe recent appointments announced by The National Muslim Executive Council ofTanzania (Baraza Kuu La Waislam Tanzania – BAKWATA).

Alhaj Sibtain bhai Meghjee, the Chairman of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat ofMwanza has been appointed Member of the National Executive Muslim Council ofTanzania (BAKWATA) by Mufti of Tanzania Sheikh Issa Shaaban Simbain his letter dated 25th January 2011.

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jaffkCommunity History 2 (Suleman Khimji)

Brother Suleman Khimji together with Brother Abdallah Khimji travelled from India facingdifficulties through the Arab population and going through tough times he arrived atPangani in 1888. Sulemanbhai was only 14 years old. At that time, most of the buildingswere built of raw clay bricks and thatched roofs with dried palm leaves (in other wordshuts) and few were built with stones and clay.

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On 17th November 2010 Marhoom Mulla Fidahusein a former Chairman of KSI Merca jamat of Somalia passed away in Mombasa and was buried on Thursday 18th November 2010.

Mulla Fidahusein was born in Merca, Somalia in 1938 and brought up there, he studied at the Italian school and learned Quran and religious studies from his late father Mulla Abdulkarim and other mu'alims in those days. Mulla Fidahusein was a dedicated member and served the Jamaat in different capacities for many years.




Haji Merali Kassam was born in 1916 in Mariya. After acquiring the basiceducation he left for Dar-es-Salaam at a young age of 14. He worked for oneand a half year in Dar-es-Salaam and Kondoa Irangi.

He went to Kampala and resided there for a year where three of his elderbrothers lived with their families. He then roamed for six years in the jungleof Toro (Fort Portal) and its surroundings in Uganda and the thicket of Congo.He lived alone without a family. Within this period, he sincerely tried hard toteach the natives about religion and quite a number of them embraced Islam.He was Hafiz-e-Qura'an and taught children and elders Qura'an recitation fora long time and earned himself a title of Sheikh Merali.


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