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


Murrabbi Haji Juma Bhai Haji’s simple living and dressing style would deceive anyone into believing that he is owner and director of one of the major business entity in Tanganyika, called Messrs Juma Haji & Co Ltd.

Murrabbi Juma Bhai Haji was born in Lalpur, Kathiawad, India in 1890. He married Jena Bai, Mohammed son of Ebrahim Haji was his adopted son.

After completing primary education, he travelled to Dar es Salaam at the age of 18 and worked in a clothing shop of his uncle.

In 1910, he started his own business selling clothes. In 1921, he opened branches at Kindu and Albertsville in Congo.

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About our community in Kasongo – DRC (Congo)

This is narrated by Br Nazarali Hussein, resident of Kasongo, Congo. He was born in 1903. He lost his father when he was a toddler of 15 months. His upbringing was in difficult conditions. He studied in classrooms with dirt floors and completed Class 4 Gujarati primary in the village school in India. His mother died in 1918. In 1919 at the age of 16, he then travelled to Africa with his cousin’s brother in law.

After arriving in Africa, he joined the employment of Amarsi Mawji in Kigoma. The salary was fixed at Rs 600 for 2 years, food and accommodation being provided by the employer. After 11 months, he left his job and went to Tabora where he started a business with Merali Rawji, himself as a minor partner.

His brother Dinmohamed who lived in Madagascar went to India to get married and then moved to Tabora. Due to his brother not having command of local language, he advised him to work with him. Nazarali decided to quit the partnership and started a joint business with his brother in Ujiji. They ran the business for one year but due to limited capital, the business did not progress well. Br Dinmohamed decided to join the employment of Ebrahim Haji & Brothers at Alberstville, Congo. After working for one year, Dinmohamed returned to Madagascar.

Meanwhile, Br Nazarali joined in the employment of Br Ladha Damji at the salary of Rs 450 per year. The manager was Mulla Mohamedali Moloo. After working for four months, his employer was very pleased with him and made him the manager. Upon completion of the one year contract, he renewed his contract and increased his salary to Rs 600 for the second year and Rs 2000 for the third year. After completion of 3 years, he opened his own shop in Ujiji in 1925.


Seen here in the photograph is Hon. Mayor Alhaj Juma Swedi, Deputy Mayor Salum Juma Karwani, Town Director, Town Engineer, Health Officer and Councillors.


Mohamedraza Fazel Meghji – Mogadishu (1911-1966)

Br Mohamedraza Fazel Meghji was born in Pangani in 1911. There was German rule in Tanganyika at that time. His father had a shop at a place called Kihuhui, on the Moshi -Tanga road. Br Mohamedraza got his training in Religious Studies and Qur’an recitation in Pangani. In 1920, his father took him to Tanga for settlement. Unfortunately, certain circumstances arose which required the family to travel to India. Due to unavailability of regular ship services at the time, they had to charter a dhow to travel to their home town in India. Due to their stay taking four years, he took the advantage of his stay to enhance his education.   

In December 1924, Mohamedraza travelled from India to Zanzibar by the ship "Karagola" and onwards to Tanga from Zanzibar by the ship "Damra".

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Fazal Alarakhia Khimji – Amongst the Early Pioneers of Tanga (1883-1916)

Fazal Alarakhia, younger brother of Shivji, arrived in Pangani in 1900 after a sea voyage from India. He was 20 years old. He joined in the employment of Shermohamed Alidina where he worked for eight years. He then moved to Tanga and started his own business. At that time, Tanga was a very small town which looked like a big plantation with houses made of mud and thatched roof from coconut trees. Being a coastal town, there was a substantial population of fishermen. The area where the Post Office and Karimjee Jivanjee office stand today were previously occupied by fishermen’s huts.

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Sitting Left to Right: Shakir Sheralli, Mohammed Nathoo, Hasnain Abbas Tejani, Marhum Yusuf G. Dhalla (Chairman Ithna Asheri Union Sports Club), Sajjad Lakha (Captain), Ahmed Alloo (Secretary), Marhum Muslim Mohamed Jivraj (Treasurer) and Bashir Abbas Tejani.

Standing Left to Right: Sajjad Bashir Tejani (Scorer), Munawar Dhirani, Ebrahim Datoo, Naushad Dhanji, Murtaza Ebrahim Jivraj (son of Marhum Ebrahim Jivraj - Past Chairman of Ithna Asheri Union), Mustafa Mohamed Virani, Marhum Kazim Amir Nasser, Jamil Yusuf Kermali (son of Yusuf Kabana), Kassim Bhimji, Marhum Iqbal Jaffer Damji (Bali) and Afzal Yusuf Peera –  (Jimmy - Scorer).
Source and Photograph courtesy Br. Murtaza Jivraj (Kerbala)

Let us remember all those (in this photograph) who have passed away and all the Marhumeens with Sura-e-Fateha and pray for their maghferat in these important remaining days and nights of the Holy Month of Ramadhan.

4th July, 2016 (28th Mahe Ramadhan, 1437 AH)


A Seminar of Alims from Africa organized by the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa was held on 19th June, 1973 in Dar es Salaam at the Ebrahim Haji Dispensary Hall under the chairmanship of Al-Haj Ali Mohammed Jaffer Sheriff Dewji, the Chairman of the Tabligh Committee of the Africa Federation.

Seminar participants opined that it is the duty of all concerned (parents, Jamaats and teachers of Madressahs) to impart religious knowledge to the young generation in convincing and logical way so as to establish their religious belief and deeds on a sound foundation, and particularly in the wake of the new challenges that are emerging. It was also observed that there was a need of reformation in that majlises should convey the message of the religion of Islam and inculcate Islamic values to all, young and old, males and female alike. The importance of a modern approach and simple language in majlises was also emphasized.



At the Africa Federation Conference held in Arusha in the year 1958, a resolution was passed to form a deputation (delegation) to raise the funds in the following countries:

  1. Tanganyika
  2. Uganda
  3. Kenya
  4. Zanzibar
  5. Pemba
  6. Mkoani (Pemba)
  7. Belgian congo
  8. Ruanda (now Rwanda)
  9. Urundi (now Burundi)

The deputation members were as follows:


  1. Ebrahim bhai Sheriff Dewji of Arusha, in capacity as President of AFED.
  2. Hon. Abdulhussein bhai Noormohamed Kalyan of Mombasa.
  3. Mohamedhusseinbhai Gulamhussein of Mombasa.
  4. Mohamedhusseinbhai Gulamali of Mombasa/Congo.
  5. Fidahusseinbhai Rashid Moledina of Mombasa.
  6. Hassanali bhai Nasser Virji of Mwanza.
  7. J. M. Jaffer of DSM.
  8. Suleiman Mohamed Bhimji of DSM.
  9. Noormohamed bhai Nasser Walji of DSM.
  10. Mohamed bhai Ladak Kanji of Moshi.
  11. Murrabi Pirbhai Visram of Kampala.
  12. Gulamalibhai Mohamedali Ramji of Kampala.
  13. Mohamedalibhai G. R. Hansraj of Mbale, Uganda.
  14. Abdulla bhai Fazal of Bukoba.
  15. Ahmedbhai A.M. Lakha of Zanzibar.
  16. M. A. Saleh of Zanzibar.
  17. Maulana Ansari Saheb.
  18. Maulana Zawar Hussein.

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A charity walk was organized by the Ithna-Asheri Union of Dar es Salaam on 25th December 1980 to raise funds for the Alawi flats to accommodate the needy and deserving members of our community.

Over 250 walkers took part and a handsome amount of T.Shs. 1,150,000/= was collected through sponsorships. The age of the walkers ranged from four years to over sixty. They walked 15 kms from Dar es Salaam mosque to the University of Dar es salaam. The host at the university was Marhum Al-Haj Mohsin Allidina where the walkers were provided with refreshments.

To mark the success of the event all the walkers and their sponsors were honored to a dinner party at the boarding house on 17th January 1981. Prizes were awarded to the winners by the then president of DSM Jamaat, Alhaj Mohamed G.M Dhirani.

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The Early Pioneers of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri of Somalia - Muraj Ukera (1838-1932)

Murabbi Muraj Ukera was born at Kapaya, Kutch, India in 1838. He started business after completing primary level education in the village primary school. He married Purbai with whom he had six sons and five daughters.
In 1881, he gave some money as capital to three of his sons namely Alidina (also called Ali), Haji and Mohamed and sent them to Africa to venture into business. All three of them ultimately established their business in Merca, Somalia. His sons Rashid and Ahmed migrated later. His daughter Khatija married Jaffer Parpia. Muraj’s father Ukera Nanji and brother Peera (Pirmohamed) Ukera settled in Zanzibar while his brother Mohamed Ukera settled in Merca, Somalia. Muraj used to travel frequently from India to Zanzibar and Merca to visit his family members. In 1906, after reaching Africa, he did not return to India.

Muraj was a humble servant of the community. He would not take leadership because of fear of hurting someone during leadership.  As such, he used to frequently advise his children to serve the community like a slave and not like a leader. This quiet and sincere servant of the community passed away in Mogadishu in 1932 at the age of 94. We carry below the story of two of his sons, Alidina and Hajibhai.

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A group photograph of Kilimeru Gymkhana of Arusha dating back to the year 1969 when they won the league trophy the very first time they participated.

Sitting from left to right: Bashir Tejani, Amirali Somji, Nurali Jethabhai, Marhum Bwana Ali Sheriff, and Shakir Moledina.

Standing from left to right: Marhum Azad M.D. Kermalli, Habib Yusufali, Anverali Panjwani, Marhum Raza Versi, Hussein Walji, Marhum Yusuf Sheriff, Raza Pyarali and Marhum Bashir Lalji.

Please remember those who have passed away with Sura-e-Fateha for their maghferat.
Source: Federation Samachar Vol. 31. Issue No. 5, Ramadhan 1420 A.H / December 1999
14th June 2016 (8th Mahe Ramadhan 1437 AH)

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