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Hilal Statement: Mahe Rajab 1435AH

hilalThe Astronomical New Moon is on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 0714 BST. The crescent can be easily seen in the whole world on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.
1st Rajab 1435 AH will thus be on Thursday, 1 May 2014 for the Muqallideen of Ayatullah Sistani and Marhum Ayatullah Khui.

Fatiha Khani

Fatiha Khani for the four young boys who lost their lives in the Dar es Salaam tragedy

Fatiha Khani has been arranged on Thursday 4th April 2013 at 7:45pm for the four young boys of our community who lost their lives in the Dar es Salaam tragedy.

ELC in conjunction with SJ are holding a parallel programme starting with Dua e Mashlool at 7.40pm .

With duas

Lyakat Jaffer


Dar-es-Salaam Tragedy


Yesterday morning (29th March 2013) a calamity was unleashed on our sister Jamaat in Dar es Salaam. A multi-story building adjacent to our centre in Dar es Salaam collapsed shedding its rubble on to our centre where numerous youngsters of the community were busy playing.

Immediately upon receiving the news, our President telephoned the President of Dar es Salaam Jamaat, who provided an update on the situation. At that time, several of our youngsters had been rescued and after a brief stay at the hospital had been released. No fatalities were known at that time, which was a great relief.

Prayers were offered after Juma prayers at Stanmore for the wellbeing of our brothers in Dar es Salaam, and for a successful rescue operation.

We have subsequently learned of some deaths, which is heart breaking. We continue to monitor the situation through media.

We have sent a message of condolence and of help to our brothers in Dar es Salaam.

The email is reproduced below:

Dear Shiraz Bhai

Salaam alaykum

It is with considerable anguish that I write to express our deepest condolences on the calamity that has befallen the Dar es Salaam Jamaat.

When we spoke briefly on the telephone yesterday, you had stated that your volunteers had rescued several youngsters and at that stage you were not aware of any fatalities. This was a great relief to us all.  I now understand from media that our community has not been spared the fatalities, which is heart breaking.

On behalf of the London Jamaat, I would like to assure you that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you during this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to call upon us should you require any help.

Please convey our condolences to your members and to the friends and families of the departed souls. May Allah SWT rest the departed souls amongst his chosen ones. Ameen.

And may you be successful, by the grace of Allah SWT, in all your efforts to rescue the trapped momineens. Ameen.

With duas

Shabir Mamdani


London Jamaat


Remembering Mulla Saheb – 13 years on

Mulla jafferLive amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you and if you are alive they crave for your company” Imam Ali (A.S)

On 21 March 2000 (14 Dhul Hijah 1420) the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Community worldwide mourned the passing away Marhum Mulla Asgarali M M Jaffer. Thirteen years on, the Community remembers him on almost every day basis.

Mulla Asgher as he was fondly known throughout the community, was born and educated in Mombasa and was fluent in at least seven languages, English, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Kuchi, Kiswahili and Gujarati. He was a formidably learned scholar and respected by the Marjae for his in depth Islamic knowledge.

Plain spoken, courageous and sincere Marhum Mulla was a visionary and an iconic leader who continuously and fearlessly sought to take the community out of slumber and comfort zone, into an economically vibrant and spiritually strong community. He used his powerful oratory to convey the pristine messages of Ahlul Bayt a.s. in the many different languages he spoke. His Tableeghi activities had no bounds. Even today his recorded lectures and sermons are aired on many TV stations.
Mullah has left a legacy of service to humanity that is exemplary, and an inspiring example of resolute will to fight poverty, disease and ignorance. During his lifetime, he demonstrated that given the Khulus and zeal any target could be achieved. From huts to housing, from playing in sewers to classrooms, from slums to primary health care, from westernized young minds to God fearing practicing youths, and much more, is his legacy of transformation.

In Mulla’s words “miracles cannot be achieved but with dedication, foresight and support of Community members’ world-wide, many of our Shia brothers and sisters can be rescued from their pathetic living conditions.”

He has left a legacy of enormous magnitude that scores are benefitting and many aspire to emulate.

Marhum Mulla Asgher was a driving force in setting up of The World Federation of KSIMC in London and from there he launched many initiatives for the benefit of the poor. One of this was the Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme, better known as ZCSS. This scheme supports a range of students from primary to higher education and in its more than 30 years of operative, no fewer than 25,000 students have benefitted in countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania and more recently in Haiti. The ethos of ZCSS is to create a generation of skilled individuals who will work together to lift their communities out of poverty.

He still continues to remain as an example to us at The World Federation. His frequent advice to all who worked with him remains true even today, perhaps more so because we must continue to safeguard the position of the faith entrusted by the community to ensure protection of our legacy as an Islamic community for generation to come.

He once said:

I don’t pray for His acceptance of my amaals as much as I pray for the opportunity to serve. And the day He grants me an opportunity to serve, I believe the previous ones have been accepted. And I hope till my last breath the opportunities are there and when the Almighty call me back, I will be able to tell my Lord, Thank You for giving me life, Thank You for giving me life.”

And to Allah swt we say, “Thank You for allowing him to live amongst us.”

We request all Mumineen to remember him on his death anniversary today and everyday in their prayers.

Summary of EC Meetings

This is to notify members that the Summary of the Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held on the 10th of December 2012 is now on the Jamaat notice board, both in gents and ladies. Any queries regarding the minutes should be addressed to the secretary by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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