Read all of our nominations for this year's #FatimaInspires project
Applications are open for our Madinah & Bab al-ilm Youth Summer Courses!
We are currently recruiting an operations manager to join our London team. Have a look at the job description & apply here.
To mark the death anniversary of our founder, Marhum Mulla Asgherali M M Jaffer, The Khoja Heritage Project of WF took the opportunity to speak to his son, Shaykh Abbas Jaffer, to find out more about what Marhum Mulla Asghar was like at home with his family and how he divided his time between his job as an optician, his community work and his family.
On Saturday 25 February 2017, Essex Jamaat opened its doors to guests from the local area. People attended from all faiths and none. The theme of the event was ‘Prophets and Messengers’.
The World Federation’s India Office are running two certified personal development courses this April – a wonderful opportunity for the youth of our community to enhance some essential skills.
The World Federation and India Federation are holding two residential camps in India this April.
The World Federation is pleased to announce an incredible opportunity for two students to study in Australia!
The World Federation is very pleased to announce the return of the annual Hiridjee Foundation Student Loan for girls.
Read about our external tableegh work in Kosovo, Bosnia and Kenya.
Our President, Dr Moledina, - along with a team of 8 members - recently spent an extremely eventful ten days travelling across India, visiting and catching up on progress in the region regarding The World Federation projects.
Over the past couple of decades, Zainabiyya Child Sponsorship Scheme has helped over 25,000 young people.
Apply for the Mentor Position for the Madinah al-Ilm and Bab al-Ilm Youth Summer Course 2017
Read about our President-Elect, Alhaj Anwerali Rajabali Dharamsi
Click here to read an update from the Electoral Commission regarding the nominations for President of The World Federation of KSIMC for the term 2017 - 2020
December’s Khoja Studies conference certainly made clear that there is a rich history of Khoja heritage that often goes unnoticed.
For many, their relationship with cultural heritage shifts and changes over time. For others, they feel a constant and strong connection to their cultural heritage. The question is, what is it about cultural heritage that draws people to it? When people feel distant, why are they drawn back?
Project North Star is the strategic project being undertaken to identify the vision, mission, strategic priorities and operating model for The World Federation for the next 10 years.
The World Federation president, Dr Asgar Moledina, was given the opportunity to visit Iraq for Arbaeen in November.
Earlier this month, in collaboration with The World Federation of KSIMC and Florida International University, the first ever Khoja Studies conference was hosted in Paris. Its focus was to bring together transdisciplinary international research on the history of the Khoja peoples.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Yemen invited The World Federation to organise Yemen Day
The 6th Executive Council Meeting of the term took place on Friday and Saturday, 2-3 December 2016 in Saint-Denis, Reunion.
Stepping foot into a new country, a new culture, without the guidance of my parents would have been a scary experience, had we not been welcomed into the open arms of our mentors.
The World Federation has partnered with Who Is Hussain to provide much-needed lifesaving assistance to some children.
Your generosity allowed us to provide people in Haiti with food and water in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
The end of the calendar year is always busy at The World Federation and I would like to take some time to tell you about the projects we are currently working on.
View the job description and find out how to apply here.
View the job description and how to apply.
This award is given by the highest research body (NIMR) in Tanzania under the auspices of Ministry of Health Community Welfare, Gender, Elderly and Children
Our President, Dr. Moledina, recently had the pleasure of visiting Bilal Muslim Mission in Tanzania and witnessed first-hand the fantastic amount of work going on in the name of the Ahlul Bayt (as).
Lebanon. As a country, it hosts more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees alone. In September of 2016, I had the opportunity to travel to the country to finally witness the truth behind all the newspaper stories and online articles.
The Khoja Heritage Tour runs from 2-19 January 2017. Have a look at the itinerary here.
Our development officer visited The Bilal Comprehensive School in Temeke and met with the students whose education and breakfast is sponsored by The World Federation. Here’s what she saw.
The World Federation is pleased to announce that applications are now open for an Islamic Short Course for couples, to be held in Qum in 2017.
A personal reflection of an inspiring journey
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We are pleased to present this collection of inspirational anecdotes and insights into the lives of the recent and contemporary scholars, narrated in the voice of the author himself.
I remember one of the mentors telling me how much this trip changed her life, and I distinctly remember being very sceptical. After all, it was only a ziyaraat trip wasn't it?
As I sat back and reflected on this course, a million thoughts came to my mind. Now that I start writing this, I find it so difficult to gather my thoughts to put them into words. Mainly because no words would do justice to what this course does for an individual.
The World Federation is honoured to join the Muslim Charities Forum’s Board of Trustees.
Thanks to your incredibly generous support, we distributed $1.3m worth of aid in 14 countries during the Holy month of Ramadan 1437. Read our report.
As a new school year begins, parents are preparing for fresh term, but in many parts of the world, this preparation itself is an unachievable dream.
Earlier this year, Shaykh Kumail Rajani felt the need to start a project that would help people to better understand the meaning of oft-used Qur'anic Words.
The Madrasah Centre of Excellence has created a teaching guide for every lesson in the Tarbiyah Curriculum
The Zainabiyya Child Sponsorship Scheme was launched in 1981 by Marhum Mulla Asghar. Read the scheme's 2015 report.
The final article in The Labayk Series looks at people's most memorable moments from the entire Hajj experience.
This second article aims to provide a compilation of things required specifically for Hajj and has been created after conversations and feedback from various people who have performed Hajj over the past 5 years.
A monthly update from Anisa Kanji
This series of articles entitled 'The Labayk Series' has been written by a guest writer and aims to give those who have been blessed with the opportunity to go to Hajj this year a guide for their travels, inshAllah.
Read part two of this series written by our re-settlement officer during the Yemen crisis.
The Khoja Business Directory has been created to encourage business and trade between community members
The Madrasah Centre of Excellence is making great strides in both curriculum and teacher development. Read an update on both projects and find out about an opportunity to join the team
Following their successful visit to Iraq in May 2016, the delegation moved on to Lebanon.
Read daily blogs and reflections from the Madinah & Bab mentors as they prepare for the participants to arrive.
In an expression of gratitude, the Khoja Shia Isna Ashari Jamaat Mumbai organised a felicitation program for Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan on 18th June 2016 at Mehfil-e Mustafa, JuhuKapaswadi, Mumbai
Thursday 4th August 2016 - The Insight of Purity!
Dua e Kumail at Haram of Sayyida Masums (sa)
Thursday 4th August 2016
Nairobi Jaffery Academy raised funds for the Fill My Cup Appeal to support students in Kenya and help them achieve success in education.
On the occasion of Eid al-Hajj, The World Federation is now taking orders to facilitate Qurbanis (sacrifice of a goat) performed on your behalf.
The World Federation is looking to recruit a graphic designer to join our London based team.
The World Federation is excited to introduce the new brand for our International Development work – WF AID.
In July 2015 I started working as Resettlement Officer at The World Federation of KSIMC.
Meet the Mentors on the Madinah and Bab Summer Course 2016
Every year, barely a week after the celebration of Eid, Shias all over the world gather together to remember the tragedy of The Demolition of al-Baqi, a destruction from which this blessed cemetery has never recovered.
The World Federation, in partnership with Mumbai Jamaat, held a Residential Youth Camp for girls aged 10 to 15 years from 30th May to 1st June 2016.
See some pictures from our Ramadan Relief distribution this year and watch our advert on AhlulBayt TV.
The World Federation of KSIMC is facilitating payments for Zakat al-Fitrah, Fidyah and Kaffarah. ZAKAT AL-FITRAH - £5 per person. FIDYAH - £1.50 per fast. KAFFARAH - £90 per fast.
Watch Dr Moledina's Eid message
We are deeply saddened to hear of the terrible events in Baghdad last night
Rear Admiral Alex Burton, Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces & Rear Admiral Surface Ships, accompanied by other Royal Navy personnel visited Al Mahdi Centre.
Read some facts about our biggest appeal of the year.
A two-day Mentor Development Program was organised by The World Federation in partnership with Khoja Shia IthaAsheri Jamaat Mumbai.
The Khoja (Pirhai) Shia Isna Asheri Jamaat in Karachi is holding a telethon on Saturday 18th June 2016 - such a great cause!
The 25th of May marked the re-opening of the "Al-Najaf Residence" for Pilgrims after nearly 40 years!
The UNITED NATIONS WORKS AND RELIEF AGENCY (UNRWA) strongly condemns the parties responsible for two explosions in the vicinity of Qabr Essit camp in the town of Sayyida Zeinab on 11 June 2016.
The World Federation appoints mentors for Madinah and Bab 2016 courses
The World Federation is looking to recruit a marketing manager.
We're looking to the future & we want to hear from you. Have your say and help us build a picture of our global body.
The Jaffari Community Centre (JCC), is helping to strengthen the city of Vaughan’s healthcare with a contribution of $50,000 toward the new Mackenzie Vaughan hospital.
With the arrival of the blessed month of Ramadan, laws relating to fasting are once again brought to the forefront of our minds. Now, His Eminence al-Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani (may Allah protect him) latest rulings on fasting and spiritual retreat from this second edition can be quickly and easily accessed here.
Dr Mohammad Jafar Elmi was the founder of the Islamic College and served as its principal from 1998-2007 and from December 2011 to 2015.
Our former Vice President, Manzoorali Kanani, has been awarded The Order of Green Crescent of Comoros by the outgoing President of The Union of Comoros, Dr Ikililou Dhonine.
In October 2015, the Imam Ali (as) mosque was officially opened in Copenhagen in Denmark. This is now the largest Shia mosque in the country and has space for over 1,500 worshipers.
A two-and-a-half-day Mentor Development Program was held in Mombasa organised by the Capacity Building Group.
Every Ramadan, the Ramadan Relief Fund distributes food parcels to numerous countries around the world. Each parcel contains enough good quality food to feed a family of four for the whole Holy month of Ramadan.
In Iraq, 400 families including orphans, widows and those living in local slums will receive a food basket.
Qur'anic Word of The Day
The “Journey of faith” was produce as a result of labor of love by the Mullah Asgher Memorial Library and Resource Center (MARC) in association with The World Federation of KSIMC.
Between January 2015 and April 2016, almost 1.2 million refugees ed to Europe on unseaworthy boats and dinghies across the Mediterranean Sea. Read how we were able to help them thanks to your generous support.
This year, The World Federation has identified over 73,000 orphans, children, seniors, widows, families and the disabled who need our help during the month of Ramadan.
The World Federation’s Fifth Executive Council meeting for the term 2014-17 was held in Mombasa, Kenya on 13 and 14 May 2016
As part of the FatimaInspires campaign, a panel of three judges from different parts of the world selected five of these nominations that were then awarded the 2016 Fatima (sa) Inspires award.
Dear Community Members, Salaamun Alaykum. Alhamdullilah, the past few weeks have been hectic but with the support and cooperation of mo’meneen the world over, it has been a pleasant time.
On the 13th of Rajab this year, The World Federation, in thought with this auspicious day, humbly presented Al-Tawheed School in Dar al Zahra with 10 new computers.
This is a story of how a ZCSS graduate is now a sponsor for the scheme, which helps children in deprived areas receive an education.
The World Federation is looking for a supplier for IT and development services. This includes both Server management as well as website maintenance. Suppliers will preferably be London based for rapid on-site support.
The Holy Prophet (saw) has said ‘Verily, Rajab is Allah’s month, Sha’aban my month and Ramadan the month of my Ummah’.
The President of The World Federation, Dr Asgar Moledina, visited Montenegro earlier this month accompanied by Al Haj Razaaly Hiridjee.
On Wednesday 6th April 2016, Stanmore Jamaat held a programme for senior citizens from around the UK.
The World Federation is pleased to announce the launch of the long awaited residential Youth Camps at Khandala, India.
The President of The World Federation, Dr Asgar Moledina, and the Secretary General, Kumail Manji, visited our community in India last month along with our active social worker & philanthropist Gulambhai Virjee.
Our Yemen Appeal has been our biggest to date. Read about our work there and how we used our donations.
For nearly 3 years now, The World Federation has been actively supporting Tableegh activities in Kosovo.
The announcement of the publication of this work was awaited eagerly. A twenty years wait for a new edition raises the question if the wait was worthwhile.
The World Federation is pleased to launch this fantastic opportunity for female Khoja students who will be commencing their university studies in September 2016.
16 years on, the fragrance of Marhum Mulla Asghar M.M. Jaffer Lingers On...
Tributes to Marhum Mulla Asghar from colleagues and friends.
On a le plaisir d’annoncer le premier camp d’été Madinah al-Ilm en Iran pour les jeunes francophones. Inscrivez-vous maintenant pour éviter toute déception.
Nombre de places limitées !
The World Federation of KSIMC in partnership with its Regional Federations are pleased to announce the very first Madinah al-Ilm 2016 course in Iran! In FRENCH!! This summer; the applications are now open!
World Federation continues again this year to showcase the numerous merits and accomplishments of Muslim women across the globe!
#FatimaInspires nominations for 2016
I was highly delighted when I was given the opportunity to mentor the youth of our community for 4 days, which eventually turned out to be the most productive days of my life!
In February 2016, The World Federation launched the Fill My Cup Appeal, a breakfast-at-school program which aims to provide students in Kenya a hot porridge breakfast every morning so that they can find success in learning from a full stomach.
Last Muharram, The World Federation launched the MUHARRAM 1437 ALI ASGHAR WATER APPEAL to build 40 water wells in 40 days in the deprived areas of Kenya and Syria.
Dr Muhammad F. Walji, PhD, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, has been chosen to be a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Laljibhai Sajan and Hirjibhai Alaarakhia were assassinated on 9th March 1901 while safeguarding the Khoja Mosque in Mumbai (Bombay).
Ayatullah Ishaq Fayyaz & his son Shaykh Mahmood Fayyaz met with The World Federation team & Shaykh Mahmood Fayyaz came into the WF office in Stanmore to meet the staff.
A book that takes a more rational and logical approach in viewing the journey ‘Towards Eternal Life’ has been officially released.
The Khoja Heritage Project of The World Federation of KSIMC is pleased to announce the Inaugural Conference of Khoja Studies to be convened in Paris in November 2016.
The more children you can sponsor, the greater the impact this program will have. Can we count on you?
ILWIIR Mawlana Mirza Muhammad Athar (of Lucknow, India) passes away in Delhi.
In 2015, a UK based company, Jaffer Accountancy made a commitment to donate 5% of the fees they charge for their services to The World Federation’s Fill My Cup Appeal.
Following months of preparation and coordination, The World Federation, is pleased to announce the launch of the renowned Madinah al-Ilm and Bab al-Ilm Youth Summer Courses in Iran.
Mentor applications for the Madinah al-ilm & Bab al-ilm summer course 2016 are now open!
The World Federation of KSIMC is looking for a full time In-House Drupel and PHP developer to join their team.
In November 2015, 34 wells were built in Pakistan's flood affected areas
The Madrasah Centre of Excellence has achieved a lot in 2015.
The World Federation India Office held a fantastic camp for young girls
The World Federation and The Sanita Merali Trust of the United Kingdom have committed financial support for the AFED Housing Project, thanks to the efforts of Alhaj Ahmed Daya, Executive Councillor of The World Federation.
The International Development’s Relief division is the humanitarian arm of The World Federation of KSIMC where we aim to provide practical solutions for the different challenges faced by men, women and children around the world who lack basic provisions in regions of deprivation, war and natural disasters.
Rarely, if ever, does one get an opportunity to go on a trip; a life changing experience filled with moments of absolute serenity, heart wrenching emotion, out of the world reflections, and unshakeable resolve.
I still remember that day as though it were only yesterday. I remember dragging my suitcase up the gravel road, squinting against the harsh sunlight after having slept through an hour long bus ride to Qum.
Congratulating our community!
Two of our community members were invited to President Obama’s final State of the Union Address in January 2016.
A summary of Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s advice to the youth.
The Imam Ali Chair is the first chair of Shia Islamic Studies in the world. Dr. Sayed Ammar Nakshwani will be the first occupant of the chair.
The hashtag #TraditionallySubmissive was used by many British Muslim women as they listed their accomplishments, successes, professions and hobbies.
The World Federation India Office in partnership with KSI Jamaat Mumbai conducted the fourth workshop on Ahkam-e Mayyit on 26th January 2016.
I would like advise the dear youth – for whom I am just as concerned as I am for myself and my own family – with eight recommendations that lead to complete felicity in this life and the next
The World Federation of KSIMC is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of a full-time administration and secretarial support based in their Stanmore office.
They said it was going to be fun. They said I was going to make new friends, they said that I would experience new things, and above all, they said that I would not want to leave. But that was all an understatement – they had no idea.
KSIMC of Birmingham is looking to hire a full time Minister of Religion (Alim)
The World Federation of KSIMC is pleased to announce that applications are now open for an Islamic Short Course for couples, to be held in Qum. The course is ideal for couples to gain a deeper understanding of Islam for the future of their lives together.
In keeping with the annual ritual of Qurbani, The World Federation facilitates the slaughtering of goats (qurbani) where the meat is then distributed among the poor and needy. Read the report from 2015.
The World Federation distributed 693 bags of flour to flood victims in Pakistan. Read the report here.
The Madinah & Bab al-ilm summer courses are a regular feature on The World Federation calendar. Read the report for the 2015 course.
Our Khoja community is one of great success and triumph and just recently, two members of our community were recognised for their incredible achievements
Sayyid Muhsin Tabatabi al Hakim is considered to be one of the most famous scholars in last 50 years. After Ayatullah Burujardi, he was among the renowned Maraji of Najaf.
As part of Ramadhan Relief 1436 (2015), work placements were provided for 17 students in Gaza.
The World Federation of KSIMC and its Regional Members stand together with rest of the world to mourn and condemn the execution Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a leading Shia Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia.
The Khoja Heritage Team in Mumbai Dr. Sadiq Uttanwala, Dr. Nasreen and Asad Virani, have been interviewing seniors of the Khoja Shia as well as Ismaili communities
The overall goal of this development programme is to increase the skills of teachers, and to shift their attitudes and behaviours so that they may be better able to support the learning of the students in the Madrasah.
Imam Ali (AS) has said: “Live in this world as a traveller, and leave behind you every sweet memory. Indeed we are guests here, and every guest must soon leave.”
Despite the cold weather, members of the Zainabiya Islamic Centre, together with representatives from numerous faiths, took to the streets on Saturday 21st November 2015 as part of a peaceful procession to promote ‘Peace and Humanity’.
The Nigerian army has been reported to have raided the residence of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ebrahim Zakzaky in Zaria, northern Nigeria and arrested him and killing several of those protecting him. Amongst those killed were the Shia group’s several leaders.
On 4th December 2015, The World Federation joined other shia organisations under the banner ZAINABIYYA ALLIANCE FOR REFUGEES to lead a second trip to Greece to assist refugees arriving on Europe’s shores. The following is a daily report from a volunteer of our team’s work in Lesvos, Greece.
The inaugural Western Indian Ocean Studies workshop entitled 'Rahe Najat (The Path of Salvation): Religious and social dynamics amongst mercantile communities of the western Indian Ocean' was hosted by the department of religious studies from 12-13 November 2015 at the Florida International University in Miami.
In 1976, the World Federation was established, unifying the disparate jamaats of the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri community worldwide under its headship.
By the grace of Allah (SWT), The World Federation is pleased to present the first volume of a new translation of the Tawdih al Masa'il of His Eminence al-Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani (may Allah (SWT) protect him).
As the world focuses on the plight of the Syrian people and other refugees fleeing to safer lands in search of a better life, we cannot forget those who are fighting a different kind of battle where the lack of clean water is silently destroying lives in Kenya’s drought affected regions.
In 2014 and 2015, The World Federation gifted 85 sewing machines to women in Pakistan who lost male breadwinners in their families to targeted killings.
This Arba'een we've asked people who have been blessed with the opportunity to go to Iraq to send us their pictures so we can all share the experience.
When I first learnt that I had been accepted into this course I felt joy, not only because I would have the opportunity to increase my knowledge of Islam, but also because I knew that Imam Ridha and Sayeda Masooma had accepted me so I could visit them.
The World Federation of KSIMC’s India Office organised the 3rd Certified Workshop on Islamic Business (Ethics and Principles).
The trip to Iran was a unique experience of its own, a journey unlike any other. It was a journey that left me in awe as I visited Bibi Masuma (AS), prayed under the stars in Jamkaran, sat by the wall of Imam Ar-Redha (AS), and slept in the Jamia, the House of Bibi Masuma (AS).
Dear Community Members,
Firstly, on behalf of The World Federation, I would like to express my deepest condolences to all those who lost loved ones in the attacks over the weekend in Baghdad, Beirut and Paris.
The Madressa Centre of Excellence regularly holds teacher training programs globally and these programs help ensure that the teachers who will be educating the children of our community are trained to the highest level.
The World Federation of KSIMC, together with the Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ) has signed a joint statement with other organisations across the UK as a result of the attacks in Paris last night, Friday 13 November 2015.
At the start of November 2015, The World Federation received a plaque from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in recognition of its support of UNRWA relief programs in Gaza.
The cost of building one well in Kenya is £1,150 GBP / $1,750 USD / $2,300 CAD. This amounts to only £3 GBP / $5 USD / $6 CAD a day. Your donation, great or small will support the construction of urgently needed water wells and ensure that families have easy access to clean and safe water.
Since 2010, The World Federation has been doing its part to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) formed by the United Nations are met by 2015. MDG GOAL 2 was to achieve universal primary education.
I am very pleased to be able to tell you all about the launch of our very own Khums Calculator app.
One of the projects The World Federation has been working on this year is the Khums Calculator app. This is an easy and handy way to calculate, keep track of and pay your khums dues. It’s incredibly user friendly and will inshAllah make a lot of people’s khums calculations a lot easier! Here's how to use it.
Did you know you can raise funds for The World Federation while you shop online? Easy Fundraising is a company which has partnered up with many popular retailers, such as Amazon, John Lewis, Boots, ASOS, Tesco and many insurance and utility companies so that when you buy something from their websites, a percentage of the money goes to us!
As of October 2015, over 705,000 refugees have fled to Europe on unseaworthy boats and dinghies across the Mediterranean Sea. More than 3,200 refugees have died or are missing. In response to this emergency, The World Federation and the Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ) partnered to provide humanitarian aid to the thousands of refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesvos.
Every year during Arba’een, men, women and children of all ages take part in the 80km walk from Najaf to Karbala (N2K). This is done by millions of people to commemorate and remember what the members of the Ahlulbayt (as) had to endure so many years ago. The walk typically lasts for anything between one to four days and is described by many as a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.
Dear Community Members,
It’s hard to believe the month of Muharram is passing by so quickly. I pray that our azadari is accepted and our connection with our Living Imam (ajfs) is strengthened during this month inshAllah.
One of the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals is to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty.
Since the launch of the Muharram 1437 - ALI ASGHAR WATER APPEAL to build 40 water wells in 40 days in the deprived areas of Kenya and Syria, 11 wells have been sponsored.
On Saturday 10th October 2015, the Fourth Executive Council meeting (EXCO) of The World Federation term 2014-17 took place in Toronto, Canada.
My dream to relive precious moments in the tranquil land of Iran near the blessed personalities of Imam Ali-ibn-Musa Ar-Redha (as) and Bibi Fatima Masuma (sa) soon became a reality...
This trip was about starting a one way journey towards self improvement and self building. It was about getting closer to The Almighty and actively awaiting the return of Al Hujjah (afts).
It was such a golden and lifetime opportunity for me to come and perform the Ziyarat of Lady Masuma (sa) and Imam Redha (as) as I progressed in my proximity to Allah (SWT)
This course organised by The World Federation was truly inspiring and helpful, especially the classes we had on a daily basis in the Holy city of Qum.
Many men and women living in Pakistan’s northern province of Gilgit-Baltistan wish to marry, but for economic reasons, they cannot afford to do so. In a region where incomes are low and cultural expectations call for community participation in wedding day celebrations, many families simply cannot manage to save up for a wedding.
History plays a vital role for a community. We learn from our past in order to plan our future. We passionately believe that a concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a critical link to our faith and cultural legacy.
The World Federation is pleased to announce its first ever kindle book. We have now published the book 'Ways of the Righteous' authored by Shaykh Jaffer Ladak.
In August 2015, 102 children participated in a Read-a-thon organized to raise funds for The World Federation’s Ramadhan Relief Fund ‘Children Helping Children’ Campaign. The event was arranged through the Pearls of Wisdom Islamic Library for Children where each participant made a donation of the same amount towards the Ramadhan Relief Fund.
According to the United Nations, Kenya’s population is one of the most struggling populations in the world. With over 36 million people living there, water scarcity has been an issue for decades where natural water resources fail to provide an equitable delivery of water to the various regions of the country.
Over the past few years, European universities have a much preferred choice for students, to such an extent that up to a third of British students are considering overseas study, reported the British Council earlier this year.
In the beginning of October 2015, Peepoople delivered Peepoo toilets for 500 people to The World Federation of KSIMC led humanitarian aid intervention in Greece. Peepoo is part of The World Federation’s International Development programme that just arrived to the island of Lesvos.
On 10th October 2015, The World Federation’s Fourth Executive Council (EXCO) meeting for the term 2014 – 17 will take place in Toronto, Canada. We are looking forward to meeting the community and discussing the work the organization has been involved in over the last year.
Dear Community Members,
It gives me great pleasure writing to you all today on the auspicious occasion of Eid-e-Ghadeer having just returned from Hajj.
Since 2010, The World Federation has been doing its part to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) formed by the United Nations are met by 2015.
Three years since inception, and, by the grace of God, Who is Hussain? continues to grow.
Our humanitarian mission to Greece is all about extending help to the masses of refugees seeking asylum from a life of persecution and violence. It is 22:30 Greek Time when we arrive at the furthest point on the coast of Skala in Lesvos. This point is marked by a lighthouse that stands on it. Upon our arrival, we meet a group of about 60 Afghani Shias who had taken shelter in an abandoned house with nothing but a fire to keep them warm.
This Eid may your house be filled with loved ones, your table laden with delicious dishes and desserts, may your walls echo laughter and happiness; a day of celebration. However, this Eid will be one full of sadness and worry for our Muslim brothers and sisters from Syria, known as ‘refugees’ to the world; though they are like us, with hopes and dreams for their loved ones and family.
Mahmood Dhala, Head of Relief at WF, delivered this message to community members through our fortnightly newswire about what WF are doing with regard to the refugee crisis in Europe.
The European Hajj Mission have released the following safety announcement following the stampede in Makkah.
The tremor in their voices,
the desperation in their eyes,
it doesn’t let me sleep,
the fading dignity of their lives.
The World Federation’s Education objective is to empower the Khoja community with the ability to improve their quality of life and this is achieved through Higher Education. Our goal is to enable growth and progress through education, creating a generation of skilled individuals who will work together to improve and strengthen their communities.
The World Federation is pleased to announce the launch of our new ebook “Seeking Elevation” - a verse-by-verse commentary of the Du'a 'Ya Aliyyu, Ya Adheem…’ by Shaykh Muhammad Khalfan.
In 2015, more than 411,000 refugees have fled to Europe on unseaworthy boats and dinghies. More than 2,800 refugees have died or are missing. These refugees are fleeing war, violence and persecution in their country of origin.
This year, The World Federation is excited to launch #MyHajj2015!
We will follow one individual’s journey as he embarks on his first Hajj.
The time between the moment you decide to go to Hajj and the day you actually leave requires a lot of planning and preparation.
The Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ) held the Neuro-Psychology of Learning Programme for Madrasah teachers earlier this year.
On 21 July 2015, heavy monsoon rains resulted in extreme flash floods across various Provinces and regions in Pakistan. The downpour caused rivers to overflow to the point where entire villages were submerged in water leaving thousands of people homeless.
On the birth anniversary of Imam Ali Ridha (as), I wish you all a Kushali Mubarak.
The Curriculum Development Team of the Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE) is progressing well with preparing lessons for its Tarbiyah curriculum. The lessons, which are being developed by a team of experienced madrasah teachers and a graphic artist, undergo a rigorous process of vetting.
No words or phrases can ever give justice to the experience felt in Iran. Each experience, each moment and each second deserves a written biography, while still leaving you in frustration for not explaining it well enough.
Imam Ali Ridha (A.S), our 8th Imam was born in Medina on 11th Dhul Qaida to Imam Musa Kadhim(A.S) and his mother Arwi. Imam Ridha (a.s) was famously known for his generosity and patience. He provided us with a lot of advice on how to take care of ourselves.
On the death anniversary of our 6th Holy Imam, Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (as), we send our condolences to the Imam of our time (ajfs) and the worldwide Muslim Ummah.
United Muslim Foundation has been working with TeenCentral.Net over the last few years Alhamdulillah to provide counseling to Muslim teens who reach out for help online.
‘It is not their flesh or their blood that reaches God. Rather, it is your God-wariness that reaches Him…’
(Holy Qur’an 22:37)
On the weekend of the 25th and 26th of July, I attended CoEJ’s annual Youth Development Program.
The Zainabiya Breast Cancer Screening Centre was established in Mianwali in Pakistan in 2012 and was intended to meet the growing needs of the Pakistani women who knew little about breast cancer.
The present work is an annotated translation of the thirty-first edition, published in 2014 by the Qum office of al-Sayyid al-Sistani. Shaykh Mohammed Ali Ismail deserves to be commended for successfully completing this challenging task.
Following my brief visit to Gujarat in January 2014 when I had visited a number of madaris in Mahuva and Bhavnagar, it was felt that a follow-up visit for a longer period was required.
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
My name is Hanna Mahmood Daya. I was born in London, UK and lived in Dubai and Tanzania before moving to Qum, Iran in 2004 with my family.
The Islamic Education Department of the World Federation of KSIMC and WF India office organised a course on Hadith in the month of Ramadhan at Bhavnagar.
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Day 3 - This marked the most important day of the Mentors Development Programme. It is the day that gave us the most confidence and we hope that we can make do the best for our mentees.
Day Two of the Mentor Training Programme commenced at 8.30 am with breakfast, and most importantly, a delicious Khoja style tea made by Syed Mohamed.
After a warm welcome of the Mentors at IKA airport, we were anxiously waiting to begin the Mentor Development Program (MDP). Alhamdullillah we all had a good rest before starting the day in full swing.
As our communities all over the world prepare for Eid, after a month of fasting, patience and spirituality, our Yemeni brethren face the onslaught of persecution and tyranny.
This Eid, why not gift your family and friends a Charity Gift? Often, one of the hardest things about Eid is finding the right present!
This year the humanitarian crisis in Yemen had affected hundreds of our Khoja community members.
The Islamic Education Department of the World Federation of KSIMC and WF India office organised a course on Hadith in the Holy month of Ramadhan at Bhavnagar.
The Ramadan Tent Project is an award winning community-led initiative, which started in 2011 and was founded by students from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Buzz Ideazz, the Children’s Islamic Library and Stanmore Jaffery’s have come together to help with this year’s Children Helping Children campaign as part of Ramadhan Relief!
There is no du'a that resonates with the spirit of Ramadan like the first short du'a we begin everyday amaals with.
The World Federation’s Ramadhan Relief Fund 1436 is hard at work distributing food baskets, cash gifts and other aid to families living in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Djibouti, India, Iraq, Kenya, Madagascar, Pakistan, Palestine, Tanzania and Uganda.
The month of Ramadhan is filled with the mercy and blessings of Allah (swt). Increasing our good deeds, giving charity and helping others are among the best actions we can perform to seek nearness to the Almighty.
On Sunday 14th June, Stanmore Madressa held their second annual bake sale to raise money for Ramadhan Relief.
Established over 100 years ago, Anjuman e Faiz e Panjetani (AFP) was formed for the purpose of helping and providing comfortable lodgings for pilgrims going for Ziaraat. One of the ways, it achieved this was by building Musafirkhanas (Guest Houses) in Kadhmayn, Karbala, Najaf and Basrah.
The World Federation of KSIMC strongly condemns the violence which occurred yesterday at the Imam Al Sadiq (as) Mosque, Kuwait City, which took the lives of at least 27 worshippers and injured at least 200 more.
We are pleased to introduce to you the male mentors for this year’s Madinah and Bab course which will take place Inshallah from 23rd of July to 12th of August, 2015.
The World Federation of KSIMC India Office organised the 4th Residential Summer Youth Course for Girls at Khoja Sanatorium in Khandala.
On Saturday 13th June 2015, an Extraordinary Executive Council meeting was held at Hujjat Jamaat, Stamore. Its purpose was to update the Executive Council on The World Federation’s ongoing work through the Yemen Emergency Appeal.
All over the world, innocent children are suffering in one way or another. Some are starving. Some have no families. Some are homeless and have no safe place to sleep at night. They live in a state of constant fear and unhappiness.
The World Federation of KSIMC is looking to recruit a Resettlement Officer to join our International Relief team!
On Tuesday 2 June 2015 (15th Shabaan 1436), Shan-E-Abbas Hassam, Councillor and Head of International Development, gave an update on The World Federation's Yemen Emergency Appeal.
The Madinah and Bab courses this year will take place from 23rd of July to 12th of August, 2015, Inshallah. By Allah (SWT)’s Grace, we have nearly eighty participants who will join us from different regions around the world. We will have twelve mentors supporting our participants - eight ladies and four gents.
On Thursday 3rd June 2015, The World Federation was saddened to hear the news that Ayatullah Shaykh Mohammed Mehdi Asefi (ra) has passed away, at the age of 76.
On behalf of the team at The World Federation, it gives me great pleasure to wish you all Kushali Mubarak on the birth anniversary of our awaited saviour, Imam Al-Mahdi (ajfs).
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs sat together in the room working towards a common goal - to pass on religious knowledge and principles to the next generation.
On this auspicious day of 15th Sha’baan while Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of the awaited savior of humanity, Imam al Mahdi (aj).
Since the days of Marhum Mulla Asgharali M.M. Jaffer, the Ramadhan Relief Fund (RRF) has been providing food and other support to thousands of families struggling with poverty during the month of Ramadhan.
The month of Ramadhan is a time for prayer, fasting and self-reformation. Yet, it is often also a time when we indulge (or over-indulge in many cases!) in unhealthy, fried and fatty foods!
As a student on the BSc Business & Management sandwich programme at Aston University, I undertook an eleven-month work placement at The World Federation of KSIMC in the role of “Marketing and Communications Executive”.
The excellent and renowned Madinah and Bab Summer Courses are one of the highlights of the year at The World Federation. The Islamic Education team is committed to ensuring that the courses continue to reach new heights of excellence, through the spiritual, moral, and educational development of the course participants.
Embrace2015 is a multifaceted project with the primary objective to implement healthy and sustainable community economics within the Shia community in the UK.
This month, the President of The World Federation, Dr Asgar Moledina, visited Uganda.
The HED at Stanmore Madressa held a workshop with Christian scholar Dr Chris Hewer recently and the following was written by a student who attended.
Earlier this month, Masuma Moledina joined The World Federation team as our new communications and marketing intern.
The World Federation of KSIMC in India conducted their fourth annual residential youth course for boys at Khandala earlier this month.
With the month of Ramadhan only 29 days away now, the excitement is building amongst Muslims all over the world.
Essex Jamaat held its annual Interfaith Day on Saturday 7th March at Galleywood Heritage Centre, Chelmsford.
As the birth anniversary of our awaited saviour, Imam Mahdi (atfs) approaches, the Africa Federation has organised its annual Solidarity Day Appeal.
While thousands of Muslims across the globe are filled with great anticipation of what this blessed and spiritual month brings, others, including orphans, widows, seniors, children and the disabled, are dealing with the struggles their daily life brings.
Thanks to the support of donors who continue to donate to the Pakistan Relief Fund, The World Federation funded the construction of 14 new homes across 13 villages in Tehsil Ahmedpur Sial in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
The Mulla Asgher Memorial Library and Islamic Resource Centre (MARC) was the culmination of an idea initiated by the then World Federation President, Dr Hasnain Walji, whose vision was to set up centres of knowledge in the memory of Marhum Mulla Asgharali M. M. Jaffer.
The second edition of Hassan A M Jaffer’s most celebrated book ‘The Endangered Species: An Account of the Journey of Faith by the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Community’ is available from the World Federation store.
I pray this email finds you in the best of health and imaan. This month, we see Shan E Abbas Hassam, fondly known as Shan, step down from his role as the Secretary General of The World Federation.
On the birth anniversary of our first Holy Imam, Imam Ali (AS), the new Jaffery Complex in Mombasa was opened. This is a unique development that has facilities for religious, social and sporting activities in addition to residential and commercial units.
A summary written by Ammaar Habib Hussein, a student of the Higher Education Department (‘HED’) class at SI Madressa, Stanmore.
This week, we look at a short video message from Dr Datoo on his new book.
The World Federation online shop sells a variety of products from books about the history of Islam to Dua cards for every situation. One area with rising popularity is the “Kid’s Corner”.
Thanks to the support of donors who continue to donate to the Ali Asghar Water Appeal, The World Federation funded the construction of 50 lavatories across various villages in Tehsil Kallurkot in District Bhakkar in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
The World Federation is extremely saddened to hear about the earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday 25th April. Over 8 million people have been affected as a result of the 7.8 magnitude quake.
Bashir Ahmed Datoo, in his latest book ‘Bookend Revolutions, In Islamic History’, revisits the revolution that took place at the time of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w) and closes with the revolution that will occur under the leadership of the Imam Mahdi (a).
Last week, we looked at nominations 11-20 that we had received for the Fatima (sa) Inspires Campaign. This week, we look at the final round of nominations from 21-31.
It has been confirmed that the Secretary General of The World Federation, Shan-E-Abbas Hassam will inshAllah be stepping down from his role.
There is a major humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Recent events have led to hundreds of people killed and many more injured. Thousands have fled their homes and are struggling to find basic necessities, such as food, water and shelter.
The Asian Weekly recently interviewed Dr Hasnain Walji during his trip to East Africa. Dr Hasnain is the director and producer of the documentary, 'The Khojas: A Journey of Faith'.
Last week, we looked at the first ten nominations that we had received for the Fatima (sa) Inspires Campaign. This week, we look at the next ten.
Dr Asgar Moledina, President of The World Federation, recently visited Iraq over the Easter period. During his ziyarat trip, he met with many individuals and organisations in Najaf and Baghdad, including His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Syed Ali Huseini Al Sistani (DA).
In November 2014, the first version of the Teaching Skills Development Programme was developed by MCE after going through a long process of consultations, brainstorming sessions and meetings with teachers, trainers, religious scholars and training institutions.
In May 2014, the Secretary General of The World Federation, Al-Haj Shan-E-Abbas Hassam, announced that he was stepping down from his role.
Since the launch of the Fatima (sa) Inspires Campaign, The World Federation social media team has been inundated with nominations of women who have inspired others. From Australia to Tanzania to Canada to Dubai – nominations have been received for women all around the world!
On Friday 27th March 2015, a delegation met with His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Syed Ali Huseini Al Sistani (DA) at his residency in Najaf al Ashraf.
The World Federation India office in collaboration with KSI Jamaat, Mumbai organised a Leadership Development Programme (LDP) for the first time in India as part of their vision to develop spiritual and vibrant communities that serve humanity.
The Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE) and the Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ) piloted the recently developed Teaching Skills Programme for Madrasah teachers for 2 days in Milton Keynes, UK. The programme was attended by 24 participants from madaris in South London, Peterborough, Leicester, Milton Keynes and Stanmore.
Khatun Begum is an elderly widow who lives with her daughter and son-in-law. She suffers from a heart condition and underwent throat surgery a few years ago.
The Mumbai Chapter of Jafari International Business Association organised The 20th JIBA International Conference and Trade Fair on 14th and 15th March 2015 at Hotel Sahara Star Mumbai.
The World Federation of KSIMC India office is pleased to announce the launch of the long awaited residential Youth Course for Boys Khandala, India.
The SOS Program provides seniors living in abject poverty with a monthly income supplement to help meet their living expenses, giving them the opportunity to age gracefully.
We are pleased to share with you results from our consultations with key stakeholders pertaining to MCE’s draft Tarbiyah curriculum framework.
A few centuries ago, in a society that prevailed women from having any rights, Islam taught people that women had not only rights, but were standing as the equal of men.
The Umoja games were established in 2012 after recognising that our Shia community were in need for a platform where members can compete, foster brotherhood, and build goodwill across borders and generations.
The World Federation of KSIMC is pleased to announce that mentor applications for the Madinah and Bab al-Ilm short summer course 2015 are now open.
Today, a senior is wondering where his/her next meal is going to come from. Another elder is forced to choose between food and medication because of lack of funds. These are the kinds of everyday problems many of our elders are facing.
In 2012, the Who Is Hussain movement began with the sole aim of spreading the message of Imam Hussain (as) around the world. Three years on, the movement continues to grow and inspire millions around the world.
The Khoja Shia Ithna-Ashari Jamaat of Melbourne, Australia was established with the aim to propagate, inculcate and promote the understanding of Islam and Islamic values in order to seek nearness to Allah (swt) and the Ahlulbayt (as).
My decision to attend the Madinah and Bab course was spontaneous. Having made the decision to apply, I prayed to the Almighty (SWT) to allow me to visit His Holy Imam Ar-Redha and Sayyida Masumah (AS) once again.
This weekend, we marked 15 years since Marhum Mulla Asghar passed away. Members of the community worldwide remembered him and the impact he had on their lives.
On Saturday 14th March 2015, The World Federation was saddened to hear the news that Al-Hajj Gulamabbas Janmohammad Hassam, the father of Dr Ahmed Hassam (former president of The World Federation), had passed away.
The World Federation of KSIMC is pleased to bring you this excellent publication 'The Ways of the Righteous’ written by Shaykh Jaffer Ladak.
The World Federation, in partnership AFED, CoEJ, and NASIMCO is pleased to announce the launch of the renowned Madinah al-Ilm and Bab al-Ilm Youth Summer Courses in Iran.
"Live 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 (AS)
The World Federation is pleased to launch a fantastic loan opportunity for Khoja female students who will be commencing their university studies in September 2015.
March 22nd is World Water Day and to do our part in promoting the basic human right to access clean water, The World Federation completed the construction of 36 water well hand pumps in villages across Pakistan and is building another 92 water wells in the region.
The Az Zahra Association supported by The World Federation, and headed by Sister Zaveeni Jalill and her husband, aims to spread the message of the Ahlul Bayt (a) by implementing educational, social, welfare and charitable projects based on Islamic principles in economically depressed areas of Sri Lanka.
Winters in Pakistan are extremely cold and dry, lasting from December through to February. In December 2014, The World Federation through its Hadith-e-Kisa Blanket Drive distributed 1,830 ‘Razai’ blankets.
In schools across Kenya, hunger is a persistent problem. Poverty restricts families from eating proper meals and children are more often than not, the silent victims.
In 2013 The World Federation reported about the Tableegh efforts carried out by NISA, an organisation that aims to spread the teachings of the Ahlul Bayt (a) in Kosovo and Albania.
Heading towards Bibi Masumah (sa)’s Haram for Salaatul Layl and Fajr Jamaat was incomparable to any other morning. Upon completing my Salaatul Layl and Fajr Jamaat Namaaz we proceeded towards my Bibi (s.a) to recite her Ziyaraat, following all etiquettes.
In December 2013, the N2K Team, a group of youth from London (UK) walked from the Holy City of Najaf to the land of Karbala during Arbaeen 1435 to raise funds for The World Federation’s ‘Community Upliftment Project in Northeast Kenya’.
The World Federation of KSIMC is looking to recruit a marketing intern to join their Communications team to assist with marketing, media and PR activities.
At the Second Executive Council meeting in January 2015, the Executive Council elected Brother Mohamedkazim Bhaloo as Hon. Assistant Treasurer for the term 2014-17.
My dream to relive precious moments in the tranquil land of Iran near the blessed personalities of Imam Ali-ibn-Musa Ar-Redha (a.s) and Bibi Fatima Masumah (s.a) became a reality, and I realised the prayer I made whilst clinging onto the holy shrine of Sayyida Masumah (s.a) only months ago had been accepted.
This week, the President, Dr Asgar Moledina has appointed Mahmood Bhai Ahmed Dhala as the new Relief Coordinator of The World Federation of KSIMC.
In just a few weeks’ time a member of our local Stanmore Jamaat, who also happens to be the father of one of our team members, will begin a journey of a lifetime to help our community.
It is almost that time of year you have all been waiting for! The Behlool Youth Society of Leicester in conjunction with The Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ) present the 4th Annual Easter Camp 2015!
The World Federation of KSIMC’s India Office in collaboration with Servants of Imam Ali (a.s) group and Jamiat Fatima (s.a.) Hawza organised a 2-Day Course on Islamic Business (Ethics and Principles).
Over the last couple of years, in addition to her role in the relief team, Anisa has been involved in the social media activities of The World Federation and a live Question and Answer session was organised with her on Facebook on Sunday 22nd February.
If you're looking to nurture your marriage on both emotional and spiritual fronts, the The World Federation Couples Course will definitely help you.
In light of the recent struggle by Iraqi soldiers against the heinous acts of ISIS, Ayatullah Sistani issued the following statement of advice to the fighters on the front line.
The President of The World Federation of KSIMC, Dr Asgarali Moledina has appointed Anisa Kanji as Assistant Secretary General for the term 2014 - 2017.
His Excellency, Mr Francis Raymond Baker, the U.K Ambassador to Iraq on his most recent trip to the country traveled to the holy city of Najaf.
Every experience in life should be seen with positivity and such was the case with this course, Alhamdulillah. From the beginning few days of anxiousness, confusion, uncertainty, and solitude, we quickly became brothers.
If you believe that every child deserves to start their day with a healthy breakfast, why not become a ‘Breakfast-Buddy’ to one of the 957 children in Kenya who come to school each morning without having eaten breakfast simply because they are victims of poverty?
The World Federation is pleased to announce that the Federation of Australasian Communities INC (FAC) and The Council of All KSI Jamat (India Federation) are now regional federation members as of January 27, 2015.
The World Federation of KSIMC in partnership with Zahra (A.S.) Academy organised free medical camps in five different villages of Tehsil: KN Shah, situated in remote areas of Pakistan.
Najaf, also known as Ghariyy, can be considered a capital not only for Shia Hawzas of Iraq but also for various Shia hawzas across the globe. The unique academic nature of this city dates back to its establishment in 450 A.H.
By the grace of Almighty Allah (SWT), the WF Qum Office - with the assistance of community students -organized the short one-week course: Tibb-e-Sunnati (Traditional Medication) at Dar al-Zahra (sa).
Check out our latest titles and browse through our online bookshop to open up a world of information and knowledge that is available at your fingertips!
BMM Kenya has shared a video on the 5th Annual Continuous Professional Development Seminar for Muballigheen. Check it out!
The World Federation is pleased to announce that applications are now open for an Islamic Short Course for couples, to be held in Qum. The course is ideal for couples to gain a deeper understanding of Islam for the future of their lives together.
The Madressa Centre of Excellence presented a detailed report on its workings and progress to date at the Second Executive Council Meeting held recently in Stanmore, UK.
Despite his great wisdom and fame as a leading scholar and revolutionary of thought in the history of the school of Tashayyu, few written works of Sheikh al-Mufid have survived the years.
Ayatullah Bashir Najafi was kind enough to allocate a separate time for a meeting at his house. I got chance to sit with him almost for 30 minutes during which we spoke about the different activities of the World Federation of KSIMC and its members.
Across Kenya, scores of children drop out of school or do not attend regularly simply because of poor nutrition and calorie deficiencies that affect their ability to learn.
In January 2015, The World Federation launched an appeal to raise funds for building water well hand-pumps in Pakistani villages where families do not have access to clean water.
In July and August 2014, hostilities in the Gaza Strip escalated after a period of relative calm following the November 2012 attacks.
During my two day stay in Najaf, I had the opportunity to sit in the fiqh classes of Sayyed Muhammad Raza, which start at 7.15 a.m. and last for 30 minutes.
In the afternoon of 16th January 2015, a severe Tropical Storm, known locally as "Chedza" hit parts of Madagascar bringing heavy thunderstorms across much of the country.
The World Federation has received a request to build 200 water well hand pumps in District Mianwali, District Bhakkar and District DI Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
Shias on social media faced a mini-viral syndrome following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Aal e Saud of Saudi Arabia. Traditions predicting that the time of the Re-Appearance of our Imam (atfs) were being posted, liked, shared and re-tweeted everywhere.
According to the United Nations, Iraq is struggling with one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world - an estimated 1.8 million people - because of the extremist insurgent group known as ISIS (Da’esh).
After a walk under a heavy security down the Rasul Akram road - a hub for Hawza students - I was able to reach to the humble home of the grand marja' Ayatullah Sistani.
The inception of Meraj Educational Publishers of Bilal Muslim Mission of Scandinavia - Märsta - Sweden took place in 1988 after a trip for the Holy Ziyarat of Iraq.
The World Federation and The Council of European Jamaats were appalled to learn of the shooting at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, where at least 12 individuals were killed and 7 injured.
The Second Executive Council Meeting of the term 2014-2017 will be hosted by the KSIMC of London on 17 and 18 January 2015.
Due to the success and huge demand of the book From Marriage to Parenthood by Abbas and Shaheen Merali, The World Federation decided to get the text translated in to French.
The Qum Office was honored with the visit of Sheikh Mohammed Ali Ismail, ex-manager of The World Federation Qum office. A meeting was held between Head of Islamic Education, Sheikh Kumail Rajani and Sheikh Ismail.
The 3rd Youth Course for Girls aged 10 to 14 years was organised by The World Federation India Office from 23rd to 25th Dec 2014. 36 first time students attended the 2 days and 2 nights residential course and came from all over India.
The birth of the Mercy for Mankind, our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) is an event of great joy in our calendar. By commemorating this day, we remind ourselves of how blessed we are.
On 8 November 2013, when category 5 Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, hit the Philippines, it caused extensive damage to housing, livelihoods and infrastructure across nine of the country’s poorest provinces.
Many have pondered on the human spirit, its purpose in this life and this world, its origin and its ultimate destination. People across the ages have devoted their entire lives to finding answers about the purpose of life, its origin and ultimate destination.
‘The Spiritual Walk’ is a documentary by The World Federation that follows the 3-day walk from Najaf to Kerbala in the shoes of three British Muslims: Abbas Ramji, Farhana Manekia and Sohail Kanji.
The Islamic Education Department of The World Federation recently published 3 books on the request of Sheikh Mahmood Fayyaz’s Najaf Office.
“God, His angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.” – The Holy Prophet (s)
There is an alarming rise in cases of Diabetes both on a global and community scale. More and more people – including youth – within our local societies are falling victim to this disease because of poor lifestyle and eating habits.
Based on a series of lectures by the author, this book attempts to address the social challenges faced by youth and community in today’s world.
Imamia Medics International will have its 8th International Conference in Iran from 28th July to 10th August, 2015.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the murder of Sheikh Dactoo Abdu Kadir Muwaya of Uganda.
One of my greatest pleasures is acknowledging your gracious support of The World Federation’s many relief and development initiatives that aim to benefit the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children across the globe who live in hardship.
I start off by thanking Almighty Allah (SWT), Imam Ridha (as) and Bibi Ma’sumah (as) for granting me the opportunity to mentor on the Madinah and Bab Summer Course for the second consecutive year.
The Zainabiya Polyclinic in Lucknow was set up with the aim to provide medical advice and services to those who cannot afford them in order to give them a better shot at life.
On 19 November 2014 – World Toilet Day, The World Federation appealed to the community for donations to construct 50 toilets in the town of Kallurkot (Punjab Province) - one of Pakistan’s deprived and underprivileged areas.
This book is a translation of the last chapter of Adl-e Ilaahi (Divine Justice) by Ayatullah Mutahhari.
On Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014, an official visit was made to the High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Dar es Salaam to convey message of condolences on behalf of the Africa Federation and its member Jamaats.
The KSI Jamaat of Moshi is inviting members of our community globally who would be interested to lease a fully operating KSI Moshi Jamaat Dispensary – The Jaffery Charitable Medical Services (JCMS) located in the centre business district of Moshi, Tanzania.
As part of the program to meet the community in Europe, Dr Asghar Moledina, President of WORLD Federation, Dr Husein Jiwa, President of COEJ and Amir Merali, AFED Councillor visited Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and Norway following their earlier visit to France and Portugal.
The World Federation unequivocally condemns the 16th December Taliban-led attack on a school in Pakistan, which left 132 children and 9 teachers dead in Peshawar.
A number of books and papers have been written on wudu’ in its practical and spiritual aspects. This particular work is different in that it tried to understand the deeper secrets of wudu’ through some of the recommended supplications of Imam Ali(a).
The World Federation is pleased to share its Ramadhan Relief Fund Annual Report 1435-2014. The report provides an overview of the accomplishments of the Ramadhan Relief Fund for the year 2014 (1435 AH).
The 11th Annual Madinah and Bab al-Ilm Summer course was held in August, 2014. The 3-week summer course was organized in a way that would introduce the students to a Hawza style of living.
As 2014 comes to an end and we take stock of our affairs, it is a time to be grateful for all that Allah (SWT) has blessed us with and also a time to consider those who have been less fortunate than us.
The Capacity Building Group of the Africa Federation organized a Master Class for the LDP Participants of 2011 and 2014 in Mombasa on the 8th of November this year.
Smoking is a harmful habit that can severely damage your health.
Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania held FREE Eye Camp at Ifakara in Morogoro Region which is about 400 kilometers from Dar es Salaam. The Camp was held from 10th to 14th October 2014 whereby hundreds of people from different nearby villages gather for eye treatment.
Recently, the Africa Federation Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan visited Lindi Jamaat,it was an extension of the visit to Kilwa. Aunali Bhai was accompanied by the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) Head of Tabligh, Seyed Arif Naqvi, the BMMT CEO, Alhaj Amir Ahmed and several community members who travelled to Kilwa also travelled to Lindi for a day trip, the road from Kilwa to Lindi has greatly improved.
When you see a fellow human being suffering or hear of a disaster that has taken place, your first instinct is to help. Where do you turn?
Saturday, 13th December 2014 marked the day of Arba’een , 40 days after the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a). This year, as in recent past years, millions turned up to pay their respects to the holy Imam (a) in Kerbala, most of them undertaking the journey on foot as a sign of love and loyalty to the cause of the Ahlul Bayt (a).
Zahra Rasool is a young woman to watch. She has steadily risen through the academic ranks in her chosen area of study and after winning awards and honours is now set on a project to highlight and encourage empowerment of women in India.
A collection of Marhum Mulla Asghar Jaffer’s series of talks are being digitized and uploaded onto The World Federation YouTube Channel.
The story of Prophet Yusuf (a.s.) is famous and timeless. This story has been highlighted by the Almighty Himself in the Qur’an as one of the best examples of principle, modesty and true love – that for Allah (SWT).
The CoEJ Youth Desk proudly present their upcoming youth conference. The theme of the conference revolves around the life of Imam Sadiq where youth issues will be explored through lessons from his life.
The Mission has been holding Vacation camps for Madressah since 2013. These camps enhance the students with spiritual and moral upbringing.
The Africa Federation Tableegh Board in collaboration with the Marriage Support Group of Dares Salaam Jamaat are organizing a one and a half day interactive workshop for the engaged couples of our community.
Bilal Muslim Mission - Moshi branch held their Muharram programs in all four of their centers. These are; TPC, KILEO, SYDP and BILAL Moshi.
In December 2013, the N2K Team, a group of youth from London (UK) walked from the Holy City of Najaf to the land of Karbala during Arbaeen 1435 to raise funds for The World Federation’s ‘Community Upliftment Project in Northeast Kenya’.
On Thursday, 13th November 2014, The World Federation India Office organised a Group Discussion Session with the Youth of Mumbai. Shaikh Kumail Rajani - Head of the Islamic Education Department - was the speaker for the session.
A recent holiday camp held at Jaffery Centre - Mackinon Road was the perfect showcase for how beautifully implementing lessons from the Ahlul Bayt (a) can change a situation.
The World Federation is pleased to launch its second annual N2K WALK 2014 fundraising campaign and is inviting pilgrims planning to trek from Najaf to Karbala to raise money for its IRAQ RELIEF FUND to support displaced families in Iraq.
Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat hosted participants of the Diocesan Inspire Course at Al Mahdi Centre for a round table conversation. The Co-ordinator Marion Syms has penned the following report of this visit:
On 22nd November 2014, the Shia Asna Ashri Jamaat (SAAJ) organized an Interfaith Symposium, a platform for dialogue, to encourage unity and cooperation among diverse religions & communities across Kenya with various speakers from the Government and different faiths presenting their views on topics relating to the influence of religion on various aspects of our lives and our country as a whole.
The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Mosque in Kilwa is about 102 years old. Most of our community members from Kilwa moved to Lindi and some to Dar es Salaam about 50 years ago as the economic conditions worsened. Presently there is not a single member of our community left in Kilwa.
Timely and enlightening event was organized by the Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat of Nairobi (SAAJ) considering the present global situation. The interfaith Symposium brought all faiths and people from different backgrounds together on a common platform to discuss the current challenges facing mankind where we share common values. The Symposium was held at National Museum in Nairobi on Saturday, 22nd November, 2014 and was well attended.
Over the last few years, The Education Board of Africa Federation has been working with the various community schools and Jamaats to encourage a greater emphasis on career counseling. To enhance this program, The World Federation kindly sponsored 100 “Strong Interest Inventory Assessments” for the Education Board to use.
In response to a group of Mo’mineen who asked him for guidance, Ayatullah Sistani gave the following general and specific advice to pilgrims who are heading for the ziyarah of Aba Abdillahil Husayn (as) this arba’een.
On a recent visit to France and Portugal, the WF President, Dr. Asgarali Moledina, and COEJ President, Alhaj Hussein Jiwa met with the jamaats in Paris and Lisbon to learn more about the workings and circumstances of these communities.
“Educate a woman and you educate a generation” is an adage that has been repeated through the centuries and attributed to various personalities. Regardless of its origins, the truth behind the statement is timeless.
This is the second book in a series that will cover 180 questions and answers about a vast range of issues covering belief, practices, history and current issues that affect Islam. A must-have for any home!
The World Federation of KSIMC has started a new scheme at no extra cost to you that can help you turn the simplest of tasks – shopping – into an act of worship. Simply support us through easyfundraising and every purchase you make can contribute to a good cause somewhere in the world!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Br. Tahirhassan M. Fidahussein as the Administrative Secretary of the Central Health Board (CHB), effective 1st December 2014.
The Africa Federation delegation to Mombasa Jamaat was led by the Chairman Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi. The three days visit to Mombasa was from Thursday 13th November to Saturday 15th November 2014.
The Chairman of the Central Bilal Board (CBB), Alhaj Mohsin Lalji, also popularly known by the name of Sheni, led a delegation of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania to Kenya.
BMMT CEO, Alhaj Amir Ahmed together with BMMT Head of Tabligh, Maulana Syed Arif Ali Naqvi were honoured to join with the AFED Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi and his delegation for their official visit to Mombasa and Lamu.
Hussein Jiwa, President of The Council of European Jamaats was accompanied by Dr Asgarali Moledina, President of World Federation KSIMC to Mehfile Zainabe in North Paris for a meeting to discuss the progress of the Jamaat.
The new scientific dating of the oldest manuscript of Qur’an in the University of Tubingen Library in Germany, reveals that it could be of a time just 20-40 years after the demise of the holy prophet (pbuh).
Each year, in the Islamic month of Zilhajj, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Hajj, a religious holiday also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”. This year, this event fell on the Gregorian calendar date of 5th October 2014.
Many of us would like to learn more about our faith and religion, especially given the challenges of our current times. On an almost daily basis, we face situations and choices that make us question what our opinion as Muslims should be.
The International Congress on Extremist and Takfiri Movements in the Islamic Scholars’ View has been commenced on 23rd of November 2014 in Qum, the religious capital of Iran.
Named after the great Prophet Abraham, who championed monotheism, this exhibition echoes the unanimous acclamation of monotheism in the three major faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Ashura Day (Tuesday 4th November 2014, 10 Muharram 1436), is a very significant day in the Islamic calendar. It was on this day that Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (A.S.), together with his family and friends were brutally and barbarically martyred on the plains of Karbala in Iraq.
A visit was made to Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania – Tanga Branch on Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 (4th Muharram 1436 AH). The visit was led by the Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi who was accompanied by AFED Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan and the Central Bilal Board Chairman (CBB), Alhaj Mohsin Lalji (popularly known as Sheni).
Diabetes mellitus (DM), also known as simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood levels over a prolonged period.
The Construction of the Al Qaeem Project of the Peterborough Jamaat (UK) is underway and the Jamaat has a current shortfall of 1.2 million pounds and Mumineen are requested to donate generously towards this project.
On 26th October 2014, as Muslims across the globe observed the holy month of Muharram, the mission commemorated this month by mourning on the events of Kerbala.
The 12 days of Muharram are important days for reflection, contemplation and reformation, therefore it is imperative to remind ourselves of our fundamental duties to Allah (SWT), the religion of Islam and to mankind.
Bilal Muslim Mission Tanga Branch organized various functions and events in order to commemorate the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (The grandson of Holy Prophet (S.A.W)), which took place in the plains of Karbala.
On Tuesday 7th October 2014, students of Egerton University, Njoro, were invited by Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya to attend a Discover Islam Seminar.
The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi who was accompanied by the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan visited Moshi Jamaat on Sunday, 26th October, 2014 (1st Muharram, 1436 A.H.).
Winter has arrived and whilst many children across the world are excited, counting down till the winter holidays, it is very different for the displaced and orphaned children of Iraq.
he World Federation of KSIMC is proud to present “Hajj with Shaykh Usama al-Attar”, a 15-episode series based around Hajj, and the various aspects surrounding it’s significance.
The World Federation of KSIMC is proud to present “Hajj with Shaykh Usama al-Attar – a Historical Narrative" , a 9-episode series based around the historical significance of Hajj.
My decision to attend the Madinah and Bab course was spontaneous. Having made the decision to apply, I prayed to the Almighty (SWT) to allow me to visit His Holy Imam Ar-Redha and Sayyeda Masuma (AS) once again.
The COEJ ICA Annual Mubhaligheen conference this year was held this year in Peterborough, on 14th September 2014.The theme of the conference was inclusiveness, Inter and intra faith dialogues and was attended by 35 delegates from different parts of the United Kingdom.
Ithna Asheri Cheritable Hospital(ICH) is currently looking for young, dynamic, energetic and qualified people for the positions of Chief Pharmacist and Financial Controller.
Muharram programmes this year started from Sunday, 26/10/14 and ended on Tuesday, 4/11/14 daily starting with Jamah Prayer which was led by Maulana Syed Abidi and from 7.00 pm up to 9.00 pm preaching starting with Taziah from Sheikh Ziaeh a Scholar from Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, with the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi and the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan visited Mombasa Jamaat from Thursday, 13th to Saturday, 15th November, 2014 (Muharram 19th to 21st Muharram, 1436 AH).
One of the most sacred days in the Shia Muslim calendar was commemorated Nov. 9, as area Shia gathered at the Masjid-e-Ali Mosque on Cedar Grove Lane to remember the martyred grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.
Member communities of The World Federation of KSIMC and Shia communities around the world marked the day of Ashura last week on Tuesday 4th November 2014.
The World Federation of KSIMC in the UK gained membership of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales at its annual general meeting on 6th November 2014 at the Zoroastrian Centre in Harrow, London.
Conflict in Iraq due to the violence of the extremist militant group known as ISIS (Da’esh) has forced more than 1.8 million people to be uprooted from their homes, according to the United Nations.
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The World Federation’s Islamic Education Department is pleased to launch of the much demanded publication: ‘180 Questions: Enquiries About Islam, Vol 1’, on Practical Laws in e-book format.
For many years now, World Toilet Day has been marked by various organizations all over the world. However, in 2013, World Toilet Day was officially recognised by the United Nations as a day to raise awareness of sanitation issues.
The Capacity Building Group (CBG) of the Africa Federation organized a Master Class for the participants of the LDP Sessions of 2011 and 2014 in Mombasa on Friday the 17th of October this year.
To commemorate the Day of Ashura, Jaffery Medical Centre organized a Blood Donation Day on 09th Muharram, 10th November 2014 in conjunction with the National Blood Transfusion Services.
A massive, historic Ashura procession recently took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Alhamdullilah, more than 30,000 individuals were estimated to have attended this procession.
In a number of countries and territories, Safeer TV is now available on Jadoo TV.
Where in the West a student considers it the norm to have a fully equipped laboratories for science periods and computers available for ICT lessons, it is not a given in all the schools in the developing countries of the World.
Across Iraq, the distress faced by the nation’s people at the hands of the extremist insurgent group known as ISIS (Da’esh) is so great that it is often indescribable – where ‘seeing is believing’.
The President of the World Federation, Dr. Asgharali Moledina recently visited Jaffery Complex in Mombasa, Kenya. He was accompanied by Alhajj Sajjad Rashid and Alhajj Mohamed.H.Jaffer. Together they undertook a review of the ongoing work at the Complex.
The Education Board (EBS) of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa is seeking to employ a suitably qualified person for the above position for EBS office within the Africa Federation Secretariat office located on the corner of Olympio Street/Bibi Titi Mohamed Road, Dar-es-Salaam.
In Africa and in many parts of the world the commemoration of the great martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) will take place on Monday night, 3rd November, 2014 and Ashura Day will be on Tuesday, 4th November, 2014 (10th of Muharram 1436 AH) according to the Islamic Lunar Calendar.
Consider being part of "Helpers of Husayn" and donate blood in the name of Imam Husayn (A.S.) during Muharram or Safar at the closest clinic or where your Jamaat has scheduled a mobile clinic event.
The children’s group from the Husaini Islamic Centre, Burton Street, launched a project to support the Peterborough foodbank.
A delegation jointly led by the Vice President of The World Federation of KSIMC, Shabbar Dhalla and the President of The Council of European Jamaats, Dr Husein Jiwa visited Sayed Jawad Sharistani on Sunday 26 October 2014 in London, United Kingdom.
The World Federation’s representative to the National Council of The Muslim Council of Britain, Riyaz Dhalla, will be amongst the business women and men - professionals, community leaders, entrepreneurs and financiers, to attend the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) between 28 to 30 October 2014.
“The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grows seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.”
- Surah 2, Al-Baqarah, verse 261
On 5th October, 2014, Al-Haj Hassanbhai Jaffer and Sheikh Kumail Rajani (Joint Head of Khoja Heritage Project and Head of Islamic Education Department) visited Shiraz to meet the community members residing in Shiraz.
According to the United Nations, Iraq is struggling with one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world where an estimated 1.8 million people are displaced at the hands of the extremist insurgent group known as ISIS (Da’esh).
With the death of Haji Bashir Mohamedali Chandoo on the 27th August 2014 (1st Zilkad 1435 AH), Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya has lost an active supporter of the Mission.
In this month of mourning, let us all join hands in prayers to Allah (S.W.T.) for His grace and mercy and in performing Azadari of Sayyidul Sh’uhada, Imam Hussain (A.S.) and the 72 martyrs of Kerbala in the most benefiting manner to bring about the spiritual awakening in our community.
The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) and the Charity Commission jointly hosted an Eid dinner held at the Muslim Cultural heritage Centre on Thursday 16th October 2014.
Once again the dawning of the new moon marking the 1st of MOHARRAM 1436 A.H. is marked by sadness and reflection by the lovers of IMAM HUSAYN A.S.
The World Federation of KSIMC along with other Muslim bodies, groups and organisations have issued a joint statement denouncing the death sentence passed on Wednesday 15th October by the Saudi Arabian government against Ayatullah Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.
Dr Asgharali Moledina recently had the opportunity to visit Bangalore, Sangli and Pune during the month of September 2014.
The following members have been nominated by the president, Dr Asgharali Moledina as Councillors for the term 2014-2017. Below are short biographies of each of the nominees.
The President of The World Federation of KSIMC, Dr. Asgharali Moledina visited the Zainabiya Schools in Alipur, Kareempur and Potenhalli in Chikballapura district which is a district in the state of Karnataka, India.
The President of The World Federation, Dr. Asgharali Moledina accompanied by Aunalibhai Salemohamed, Gulambhai Virjee and Iqbalbhai Panju of The World Federation Secretariat visited the Kutch District in Gujrat State during September.
In December 2013, the N2K Team, a group of youth from London (UK) walked from the Holy City of Najaf to the land of Karbala during Arbaeen 1435 to raise funds for The World Federation’s 'Community Upliftment Project' in Northeast Kenya.
The World Federation is pleased to bring you yet another publication: ‘My Book about Imam Ali (as), written by Aamina Jivraj, illustrated by Sajida Jivraj.
7th October, 2014 marked 25 years since the passing away of Marhum MohamedRafiq Gulamali Somji, A father, a friend, a community servant - no matter how one knew him, Marhum MohamedRafiq was a true “Rafiq” to young and old alike.
Ahlul-Bayt TV is proud to present their Eid-e-Ghadheer Gala Dinner, taking place this Sunday, 19th October 2014, at 6pm.
The Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTab) initiated for the first time Du’as and Ziyaraat Competition inviting all Jamaats to participate.
This journey was indeed “Transformation of Life” journey loaded with divine Mercy! We got a warm reception and everyone enjoyed the benefit of friendship.
Allah has blessed humankind with the ability to develop complex and intelligent cultures by way of intellectual reflections, and scientific discoveries as well as spiritual achievements. Our ethnicity, heritage and culture are part of what make humans distinct from the animals.
Al Haj Ghulam Abbas Sajan was born on September 25, 1939 in Kampala, Uganda to a pious lady by the name of Roshanbanu and to Abdulla Sajan who was a humble and generous servant and recognized by all the communities that knew him.
Following the successful premiere of the film ‘The Khojas; A Journey of Faith in Birmingham , it will now be shown in Peterborough on Saturday 11 October 2014.
The President of The World Federation, Dr. Asgharali Moledina during his recent visit to Pakistan took the time to meet with the KSI Senior Citizens Forum (SFC) at their offices in Karachi.
It was in the year 1862 CE that a South Indian scholar by the name of Mulla Qadir Husein first came to Mumbai and established a madrassa, but soon left to go to Karbala. Upon a request by Ayatullah Mazandarani, during a chance visit of Haji Dewji Jamal, he once again came to Mumbai in 1872 CE to re-establish his madrassa.
The World Federation President, Dr Asgharali Moledina was invited as the Chief Guest at the Convocation Ceremony of boys graduating at Fatimiyah Boys School. The graduation ceremony was for those students that completed Metric (equivalent of GCSE) in September 2014.
On the auspicious day of Eid al Adha, On behalf of The World Federation team across the globe, I would like to wish you and your families a very happy Eid Mubarak. May Allah (swt) shower His blessings in your lives . Ameen
The President of the World Federation, Dr. Asgar Moledina and others recently visited Tajala which is a city and a municipality in Bhavnagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Dr. Moledina met with Ghulamabbasbhai Bhurani (President of the Council of Gujrat).
The World Federation is pleased to provide Marhum Mulla Asgarali’s Dua of Arafah with Gujarati translation for free download in MP3. The most important and touching dua to be recited on Arafah is Imam Husain (as)'s Dua which is recited by all Hujjaj on 9th Dhul Hijjah on the plains of Arafah.
CHEPs first conference was held on 1-2 March 2014 at Nairobi Jaffery Sports Club. The World Federation is very pleased to have had the opportunity to be part of this milestone, by contributing towards this event.
Until this summer, I didn't know what being a mentor really meant. Even now, after having had some time to reflect upon the experience of Madinah and Bab course 2014, the honor and responsibility still perplexes me.
In September 2014, the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir faced its worst floods in over 60 years.
The World Federation of KSIMC hosted an event entitled the Human Rights Violations in Iraq in partnership with Al Ayn Social Care Foundation. A practical solution, is what The World Federation of KSIMC offered at the Human Rights Council side panel on the current crisis in Iraq.
Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan is a liberal arts & sciences university, offering interdisciplinary education in science, engineering, arts, humanities and social sciences.
By the Grace of Allah (swt), the highest spiritual journey of our life, has once again given opportunities to the blessed millions and have now embarked on this blessed journey of Hajj.
In past years, my role in the Madinah and Bab Course has been involvement in the administrative side of things prior to the actual trip and this task would typically terminate at the airport where I would hand over the passports, reassure the parents and check the team in.
We, the undersigned British Muslim Imams, organisations and individuals, wish to express our horror and revulsion at the senseless murder of David Haines and the threat to the life of our fellow British citizen, Alan Henning.
In fulfillment of its mandate to enhance interfaith understanding, MARC inaugurated “From the Roots Of Abraham” Exhibition” to highlight the commonalities of the values of the three Abrahamic faiths.
Over 125 Shia Muslim organisations and activists participated in a conference to launch the formation of a national body, UK Shia Muslim Council (UKSMC) on August 30th.
On 2nd September 2014, the Jammu and Kashmir region was struck by heavy floods caused by severe monsoon rainfalls.
World Federation Productions is proud to present “Hajj a Journey of Faith & Unity”.
The Yazidi delegation visited Ayatullah Sistani to share with him the extent of their suffering.
Elders of the Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim Communities around the globe have made significant contributions throughout their lives to the betterment of their communities.
The Hiridjee Family Loan for Female Students has been one of the fundamental Loan Schemes that has been publicised for all community female students requiring financial assistance to achieve their goals and career aspirations.
“I felt More at Home Than Where I had Come From”
I find it difficult to describe my experience in the Madina and Bab Course this summer.
‘It is not their flesh or their blood that reaches God. Rather, it is your God-wariness that reaches Him…’
(Holy Qur’an 22:37). The practice of Qurbani dates back to the time when God ordered Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son...
With the successful conclusion of the Madinah and Bab Course 2014 by Allah’s Grace, a mentor takes the time to reflect on the last day of the trip as the students bid farewell to Imam Ar-Redha (AS) in Mashhad and said their goodbyes to their fellow brothers and sisters who have all become one family.
An Inspiring 650 year Account of a People who nurtured and Preserved their Faith in the Crucible of Culture
The World Federation is pleased to announce that they are providing a wide range of resources that can help with the spiritual and enlightening journey of Hajj.
The World Federation of KSIMC attended the 22nd Special Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva to strongly advocate for greater support to the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) of Iraq and a long term solution to the current crisis.
Ayatullah Ali Sistani, said through his representative, Abd al-Mehdi al-Karbalai, “We appeal to the relevant sides to work sincerely in breaking the siege”
WF is now launching The Iraq Relief Appeal to raise a target of $200,000 to assist the Internally Displaced People of Iraq.
WF is pleased to bring you this excellent publication “Seeking Light“- written by Shaykh Muhammad Khalfan. A Short Treatise on the Secrets of Wudu’ as Portrayed by Imam Ali (as) which explores Wudu’ in a new light; as a source of radiance that illuminates the soul of a believer.
Watch the history of your ancestors on 7th September 2014 at 1:30pm at Safari Theatre, Harrow. The price per ticket is £5 only!
On Tuesday 19 August 2014 at around 4pm in the afternoon, a fire broke out at South Paris Jamaat in France.
The World Federation has launched the Iraq Relief Fund to assist those who have been internally displaced in Iraq. InshAllah, through your support, it is intended that The World Federation will provide basic necessities, such as food, clothing, blankets etc.
By the Grace of Allah (SWT), the 2014 Madinah and Bab course has commenced and is in full swing as participants have already settled in comfortably, made friends, and have engrossed themselves in the spiritual experience that they have embarked on.
Having had the opportunity of going on Ziyarat before I was once again blessed to join the 2013 Madinah and Bab course as a mentor for the first time...
The conflict in Gaza has been ongoing for many years but the current situation is considered as one of the most dangerous yet. Since the start of the conflict on 7 July 2014, according to the UN, 1,274 Palestinians have been killed...
Also known as Burma, this South-East Asian country, with a population of around 60 million individuals, with an incredibly small Shia minority of approximately 20,000, is an emerging hub for Islamic Education.
As Palestinian civilians continue to suffer from the ongoing attacks by the Israeli Defense Force in Gaza, the Commissioner-General of the UNRWA, Pierre Krahenbuhl made a statement on the recent deaths and injuries at an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun in Gaza.
This week, our team member wrote to us about ‘A Children’s Iftaar’ sponsored by The World Federation’s donors.
Palestine is living its gravest humanitarian crisis since the eight-day war of 2012. Since 7 July 2014, the violence and aggression escalating in the Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of so many innocent civilians and has injured and displaced scores of others.
Twenty-five demonstrators, including the sons of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, have been gunned down during an anti-Israeli rally held to mark International Quds Day in an ancient city of the African country.
His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani (DA) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon held an unprecedented meeting to discuss the crisis in Iraq and in particular the activities of the ‘Islamic State” in Iraq.
We have just witnessed the quick passing of the blessed month of Ramadan.Before we could realize it the month of hope and mercy where we were the special invited guests of Allah (swt) has just vanished like a blink of the eye. What does that teach us?
General rules pertaining to Fitrah, Fidya and Kaffarah outlined are according to the rulings of Ayatullah Sistani (ra).
This Ramadhan, The World Federation is once again inviting children and youth from around the world to join our 4th Annual Children Helping Children Campaign to raise awareness and donations for the Ramadhan Relief Fund.
In India, senior citizens are abandoned by their children because they can no longer afford to care for them. The World Federation supports these men and women with the aim of bringing dignity and peace of mind to our elderly.
The people of Iraq are undergoing extremely difficult times. With the escalating violence and the threat of war looming in the region, a humanitarian crisis is slowly unfolding leaving families worried about how their basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter will be met in the coming weeks.
This Ramadhan, hundreds of volunteers across this densely populated nation are hard at work delivering Ramadhan Relief to so many families in need.
In response to the crisis in Gaza, The World Federation is sending more aid to Gaza this Ramadhan. In this blessed and sacred month, we pray for the safety and well-being of all men, women and children living in the Gaza Strip who are affected by the ongoing violence.
Sheikh Kumail Rajani joins the World Federation, where he is the new Head of the Islamic Education Department of The World Federation of KSIMC.
The World Federation’s Ramadhan Relief Program is in full swing in Mumbai, India where 1,440 food baskets containing basic grocery items are being delivered to sadaat and non-sadaat households for the month of Ramadhan.
The World Federation has sent a member of its own team to Iraq to assist with Ramadhan Relief efforts as well as to assess the overall humanitarian needs in the region.
The Curriculum Development team of the Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE), in conjunction with the Centre of Islamic Learning (CIL), NASIMCO, held a consultation workshop on the Draft Curriculum Framework for Madrasah.
The World Federation is pleased to announce the availability of 3 titles as e-books.
The World Federation’s India Office along with Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat Mumbai organised a vacation competition for students by the name of IQRA.
Meet some mentors who will be attending this year’s camp.
The World Federation, in partnership with Al-Itrah Foundation of Dar es Salaam, is pleased to announce the publication in Swahili of its title ‘Mukhtar: How He Avenged the Karbala Perpetrators’ by Dr Mahmood Datoo.
The Global Education Forum was convened in the city of Dar Es Salaam on Saturday 17th May 2014, and brought together a total of 11 Community Schools from around the world with the aim of promoting networks and inter-school linkages, and to harness the power of collaborative working.
This Ramadhan, The World Federation is once again inviting children and youth from around the world to join our 4th Annual Children Helping Children Campaign to raise awareness and donations for the Ramadhan Relief Fund.
The work on the ground in Iraq has started where food baskets have been prepared and are being distributed to families.
Meet some mentors who will be attending this year’s camp.
The World Federation is pleased to launch two fantastic loan opportunities for Khoja students who will be commencing their university studies in September 2014.
On 2 June 2014, the first ever organised International Islamic Education Conference took place in London, UK, where over 500 guests from different sectors of Education had the opportunity to participate from across the globe.
I am glad to felicitate my heartiest greetings on this auspicious and blessed month of Ramadan, as we are invited to be the guests of Allah swt; He has invited us to a Divine feast and gives us glad tidings of blessings and forgiveness.
The situation in Iraq is serious and critical and a great injustice has been inflicted on the people of Iraq and The World Federation pledges full support to Ayatullah and the people of Iraq in this hour of need.
As the Muslim world begins preparing for the Holy month of Ramadhan, the people of Sri Lanka will be welcoming this divine month in hardship after torrential rains caused flooding and mudslides across the island nation on 4th June 2014.
Since March 2013, efforts have been underway to arrange for food and aid distribution in Iraq for the Holy month of Ramadhan. However, since the development of the recent disturbing events, The World Federation has increased its humanitarian aid for the month of Ramadhan in Iraq.
On Friday 13 June, Ayatullah Sayyid Ali al-Husaini al-Sistani called on all able-bodied Iraqi citizens to volunteer to join the state security forces in defence of their homeland and to safeguard Iraq. The intervention delivered in Karbala was in response to the takeover of Mosul...
Violence in Iraq is running at its highest levels since 2006/2007. More than 900 people were killed last month, according to figures separately compiled by the United Nations and the government. Over 4,000 have been killed so far this year.
While we are celebrating the birth anniversary of the last saviour of the humanity, the only promised one, the spring for the humankind, one and only one beloved Imam Al-Mahdi.
This week is National Blood Week; Who is Hussain? and the Islamic Unity Society’s Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign are collaborating to encourage people to become life savers by becoming blood donors.
On Saturday 17th May 2014, The World Federation presented six lifetime achievement awards. Six individuals were present to accept the award, and four were presented the award at a later date.
A 3 Day & 3 Night Youth Course for Boys was organised by The World Federation India Office. The residential course with 42 Students was held from 8th to 11th May 2014 at Panvel.
Sweden is home to world-class education and research in many areas including – but not limited to – sustainability, business, design, life sciences, biotechnology, engineering, human rights and international relations.
Thanks to everyone’s generous support, we were able to distribute 376,750 GBP / 610,000 USD in various forms of aid including food baskets, iftaars, monetary assistance and debt relief.
Get to know some more mentors from the UK for this year’s Madinah and Bab Summer course. Meet Brother Kumail from Birmingham and Sister Mohaddisa from Peterborough.
The worldwide KSIMC numbering less than 150,000 are today scattered in about 40 countries as nationals of over 20 states. When, where, why and how a new breed of Indian tribe known Khoja emerged is often unknown to many members of the Khoja community.
A 3 Day & 3 Night Youth Course for Boys was organised by The World Federation India Office. The residential course with 42 Students was held from 8th to 11th May 2014 at Panvel.
Marhum Al-Hajj Habib bhai Walji was born in early 1900’s in Jamnagar, India. Marhum besides being a philanthropist, was a brilliant fund raiser for community projects and supervised the construction of Imambara in Kampala.
Following the successful premiere of the film ‘The Khojas; A Journey of Faith in Dar es Salaam on 18 May 2014, it will now be shown in Vancouver Canada.
Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to the mentors that have been selected to accompany the group this year.
For long, many of our elders had expressed a wish that the story, of who the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheris are, must be told for future generations to glean an understanding and appreciation of their ancestors’ struggles, trials, tribulations as well as triumphs as they spread across the globe.
Earlier this month, the grave and shrine of Hazrat Owais Qarni was attacked and completely destroyed. Al-Qaeda linked rebels are being held responsible for bombing the gravesite of the companion of The Holy Prophet, who was well known for his support of the Prophet’s family.
The course was held at Hyderi Islamic Centre and was facilitated by Sister Mehjabeen Rahim, GCSE Coordinator of The World Federation’s Islamic Education Department.
The excellent and renowned Madinah and Bab Summer Courses are one of the highlights of the year at The World Federation.
‘The Endangered Species’ is an account of the journey of faith by the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Community, and has been published by Mulla Asghar Memorial Library and Islamic Resource Centre in Toronto.
Almost one-third of Bosnia has been affected after the worst flooding since modern records began. It has been confirmed that at least 35 people have died in Servia and Bosnia and about a quarter of Bosnia-Hercegovina’s four million people are without clean water.
In December 2013, the N2K Team, a group of youth from London (UK) walked from the Holy City of Najaf to the land of Karbala during Arbaeen 1435 to raise funds for The World Federation’s ‘Community Upliftment Project in Northeast Kenya’.
The Global Education Forum was convened in the city of Dar es Salaam on Saturday 17th May 2014, and brought together a total of 11 Community Schools from around the world with the aim of promoting networks and inter-school linkages, and to harness the power of collaborative working.
At the Fourteenth Ordinary Conference the following were elected for the term 2014-2017 in accordance with the Constitution:
The afternoon session of the second day of The World Federation Triennial Conference 2014 had reports on agenda items such as the Generation Plan, Capacity Building, The World Federation Foundation Fund, and the media sub-committee.
The Assistant Secretary Generals of the five departments of The World Federation presented their reports at the 14th Triennial Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Delegates, councillors, invitees and observers gathered for Day 2 of The World Federation Triennial Conference in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Several issues were discussed, including secretarial reports and Madressa Centre of Excellence.
Following a review of the World Federation’s funding requirements and accounting policy, the Honorary Treasurer Br Reza Hooda presented a proposal to review the administration fee levied by The World Federation on its incoming donations.
Delegates, councillors, invitees and observers travelled far and wide to participate in the fourteenth Ordinary Conference of The World Federation of KSIMC.
On Friday 16th May 2014, the Secretary General of The World Federation, Shan E Abbas Hassam presented his key note speech at the 14th triennial conference in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
The World Federation is pleased to announce the latest edition of Insight. The theme of this edition is Economy, Poverty & the Future.
Our Annual Report and Accounts for the financial year 2013 tells you about the progress we're making, what we aim to achieve in the future, and reviews our activities and achievements for the year.
The World Federation of KSIMC Triennial Conference will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 16-18 May, 2014. During the conference, several key issues will be addressed and a number of decisions will be made, including the areas of focus for the next term.
The World Federation of KSIMC Triennial Conference will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 16-18 May, 2014. The conference is held every three years and allows the current team to report back on the work achieved during the term.
The World Federation of KSIMC’s India Office in collaboration with Servants of Imam Ali (as) group and Jamiat Fatima (s.a.) Hawza organised a Certified Course on Islamic Business (Ethics and Principles).
The Syrian Refugee Appeal aims to provide humanitarian aid to refugee families in the wake of the civil war.
Brother Naushad Mehrali has been serving as the head of Madressa Centre of Excellence (MCE) since 2011. Having served as a madressa Principal and teacher for several years, he feels very fortunate to be given the opportunity to take on this role.
It was the first visit by the present Africa Federation office bearers to Reunion Island since the Union Des Associations Khodjas Shia Isnashri De La Reunion – UAKSIR became member of the Africa Federation in April 2013.
Ahlulbayt TV is pleased to announce its latest project #YouRecite which aims to unite the globe in completing the 30th Chapter of the Holy Quran in honour of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw).
For a girl who lives in a Sunni-majority country, having an opportunity to embark on this type of journey and Ziyarah was a once in a lifetime experience.
The World Federation of KSIMC and Al-Khoei Foundation attended the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva to highlight the rise of religious intolerance and its various manifestations.
In March 2013, The World Federation launched the ‘Pakistan Genocide Appeal’ to raise awareness about and donations to care for victims and families of targeted killings in Pakistan.
This year's NASIMCO conference theme will be Islamic Charities & Charity Law.Representation by all Jamaats at the conference will be greatly valued as we discuss how our community nonprofit organizations can strengthen their governance standards and improve financial accountability with regards to moving charitable funds.
The World Federation India Office has started preparations for the upcoming Youth Course in May 2014.
The Al-Aqila Primary School is a Shia Muslim school in Najaf, Iraq which aims to provide excellence in education for the region’s orphan and non-orphan children.
Munawer Rattansey has been serving as the Vice President of The World Federation of KSIMC since 2009. Prior to this role, he served as the President of The Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ) which is a regional body under The World Federation. Munawer also runs a successful property development business.
The Secretary General of The World Federation of KSIMC, Shan E Abbas Hassam, recently sat with interviewer, Sakina Datoo, and shared his thoughts on the upcoming Triennial Conference. This will be held on Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The Madinah and Bab course was the best experience of my life. Ever since I came back I always told my mother and father that it was the best investment they ever made!
Following months of preparation and coordination, The World Federation, in partnership with The Africa Federation (AFED), The Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ).
Fourteen years have passed since the passing away of Mulla Asgharali M M Jaffer. Yet his memory is as fresh as ever and oftentimes, he remains the subject of discussion by the Community and especially those who worked so closely with him at The World Federation for over 3 decades.
Khoja Shia Isna Ashari Jamaat Mumbai organised a dinner program to felicitate Dr. Asgarali Moledina for being elected the President of The World Federation of KSIMC for the Term 2014-17.
The Ali Asghar Water Appeal is an ongoing initiative by The World Federation to provide access to clean water and sanitation facilities in areas of deprivation. In many parts of the developing world, women and children walk for miles to fetch drinking water.
You Will Want to Rewind and Do It All Over Again!
Dr. Asgar Moledina, President of The World Federation joined the delegation led by Syed Abdul Sahib Al Khoei and accompanied by Hujjatul Islam Mawlana Zaffar Abbas and other prominent Ulamaas.
It is not far from the truth when I say that I was excited but at the same time worried about my trip, whether it would be as rewarding as I had envisioned. The holy land we were headed to awaited me.
Alhamdulillah, I thank Allah (SWT) for giving me the wonderful opportunity to have been part of the Bab and Madinah Summer Courses in Iran 2014.
There are currently over 7 billion people living on Earth, and the world illiteracy rate is just shy of 900 million people. The sad reality is that amongst these are thousands of children that have no hope of ever getting a chance to educate themselves or escape poverty.
On Thursday 7 November 2013, 4 shells were fired at the Shrine of Sayyidah Zaynab. One of the shells struck one of the minarets causing minor damage. Another hit the courtyard, injuring 30 people, 15 of which were women and children.
Bihamdillah by the blessings of Ahlul Bayt a.s. the aspirations of members of the Watford Jamaat the building works have commenced at Al Zahra Centre.
On Monday 24th June 2013/ 14th Shabaan 1434 A.H, at 11:10 am the appointed building contractor arrived at the AL ZAHRA on Fearnley Road, Watford to commence the development works.
Around the world, the Muslim Ummah is celebrating Eid al Hajj which falls on Wednesday 16th October 2013 this year. The occasion of Eid al Hajj is as much spiritual as it is utilitarian. It is spiritual because it instills in all Muslims the concept of the spirit of sacrifice for the pleasure of the Almighty.
Hajj is a special time of the year for Muslims all over the world. Whether you are fortunate enough to be able to perform Hajj this year, or will be wishing your friends and family well on their journey, the month of Zilhajj is close to our heart.
At around 12:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2013, as people were shopping or having lunch at the upscale Westgate Shopping Centre in Kenya’s capital, between 10 to 15 militants said to be of Somalian descent opened fire on employees and customers. A children’s day programme was also being held at the time of the incident.