Sunday, 19/May/2024; 11-Dhul Qidah 1445 AH

A Glimpse of Muharram Azadari in East Africa

EXCERPTS FROM SALSABIL NEWS OF AUGUST 1956 The Islamic New Year commences on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. The occasion comes with very little celebration as compared to January 1st in the case of the Gregorian calendar. Except for Muslim dominant nations, it is...

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Envisioning a Better Future – Nargisbai Rehmtulla

On December 3rd, 1941, Fatima Bai Ebrahim Paryani, gave birth to the first of her three children, Nargis Rehmtulla. Nargis was a very active and curious child. She enjoyed running around with her friends, climbing trees, picking flowers and reciting the holy Qur’an.  She attended Government Secondary school in Lindi where she graduated in 1961, taking her grade...

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Marhuma Baiji Sherbanu Ahmed J M Jaffer

JOURNEY DOWN MEMORY LANE A personal reflection of Marhuma Baiji Sherbanu Ahmed J M Jaffer The word luminaries comes from the Latin word Lumen. The word literally means ‘a person who is an inspiration to others.’  I use the word luminary as gender-neutral word, applying it to both men and women.  All societies need luminaries because they define the limits...

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Tribute to the Two Great Volunteers

Alhaj Gulamhussein Saleh Allarakhia (Golo Saleh) In the annals of Zanzibar Khoja Ithnashri history the name ‘Golo Saleh’ (Gulamhussein) gets inscribed with golden letters. He was born to the family of Saleh Allarakhia (Saleh Madawa) whose spices/herbal medicine shop in one corner of Vaddi Bhajar (Hurumzi) was a household word. Such was its impact that to date shops dealing in...

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The Zanzibar Khushali Bankro

Every old timer Zanzibari, wherever he or she may be, yearns for those good old days of Zanzibar, we call it the golden era! We Khoja Ithnashries in particular tend to recall several memorable occasions of the past and one event that obviously comes to mind is Khushali Bankro. It had an attraction of its own. On the eve of khushali...

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