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

MurrabiShariffJiwaSurtiIn 1865 Sheriff Bhai Jiwa Surti at a young age of 18 travelled to Zanzibar from India and worked in the famous Nasser Nurmuhamad’s branch in Nosibe. (Madagascar).

Due to his hard work, loyalty, sincerity and generosity he was well respected within the city and by his employer.

In 1885 he went to Bhavnagar to get married and returned to Nosibe with his spouse. After staying for a short period he then went to Diegoswarez to start his own business. There were only 2 Ithnasheri families living in Diegoswarez namely Bachoo Bhai Hasham and Molu Kanji Bhai.

Shariff Bhai was a staunch Shia. The religious activities in Madagascar were not being actively undertaken at the time, so he used to increase his religious knowledge by communicating regularly with Alama Haji Gulamali Esmail (Haji Naji).

Due to his business principles and sincerity he became famous thus all the French Army contracts were given to him.

In Zanzibar there cropped up a long misunderstanding between the community members and many people tried to intervene and resolve the problem but in vain, finally in 1908 Shariff bhai went to Zanzibar and because of his wisdom, he succeeded in resolving the long time misunderstanding. All the members were satisfied by his wise decision. In appreciation of his services the Zanzibar Jamaat awarded him a token of appreciation in a silver casket. (The photocopy of the same has been reproduced herein).

Sharifff bhai was very generous, frank and used to host guests of other communities too.  The religious scholars as well as any other community members would be hosted by Shariff bhai at his home.

The good qualities he possessed and his attributes earned him a renowned name of “Bapa Shariff”.

The land on which the masjid and imambarghah of Diegoswarez were built was donated by Shariff bhai as “Waqf”.

The wonderful market through which the Government benefitted is the generous donation of Shariff bhai. He had built it personally and after the 30 years’ lease expired, he gave away the land as well as what was built on it to the Government.

Shariff bhai’s generosity did not stop here; he contributed far and wide in different towns, cities and countries. He was being mentioned and appreciated every now and again in the local papers. He also used to receive letters regularly from abroad for the generous contributions he extended.

There were many instances whereby Haji Shariff Jiwa of Mombasa used to receive many appreciation letters erroneously from abroad which he used to forward them to Shariff bhai Jiwa Surti.

He passed away peacefully leaving behind a widow, four sons and four daughters, Shariff bhai departed from this world leaving behind a legacy which shall be remembered for long time.

Huge number of residents of Diegoswarez participated in the funeral ceremony of late Shariffbhai and expressed their condolences to the family for the loss of such a sincere, generous and a pious person.

Since 1925 the eldest son of Shariffbhai, Gulamhusseinbhai had been doing business in Majunga, the second son Hashamalibhai is running his business in “Annawalla,” Muhammadalibhai in “Anchui” and the fourth son Ismailbhai is settled in Majunga.

Shariffbhai’s eldest daughter was married to the famous Fazalbhai Chinnai, the second daughter Kulsumbai married to Abidbhai of Tuleyaar, the 3rd daughter Rehmatbai is the wife of one of the businessman of Majunga Brother Kassamali Mohamadali and the fourth daughter Fatmabai is the wife of Jafferali Muhammadali Chinnai of Tananarive.

Commentary by AFED Archives Section:

Today we feel very proud to re produce this article to the members of our community worldwide so that we all can learn from these great leaders and elders of our community, the community that had established deep roots, religion and infrastructures in many parts of Africa, it is an eye opener for the new generations who enjoy the fruits of their forefathers.

Let us remember them all with Sura-e-Fateha.

Translated by; F. Ali.

Extracted from; Community Directory 1964.


The photocopy of the token of appreciation awarded to Shariffbhai Jiwa Surti by Kuwwaltul Islam Jamaat of Zanzibar.

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.


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