As part of the manifesto to enhance economic upliftment and promote Islamic Education within our communities in India and review some of the work that was initiated during the previous trip in late 2021, The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer travelled to India in January 2023. He was joined on this trip by The WF Lead in India, Alhaj Asad Virani, Alhaj Gulam Virji, as well as officials from India Federation and Council of Gujarat.
During the visit, the President spoke with members of the Jamaat Committees, the Jamaat’s general membership, professionals and undergraduates who have completed their studies, as well as madrasah teachers and those who are actively engaged in tableegh work.
Below are some of their visit’s highlights:
Zahra Mediplus Hospital
The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer and The WF Delegate – Alhaj Gulam Virji with the Managing Committee of Zahra Mediplus Hospital
Alhaj Safder Jaffer began his trip in India by visiting the Khoja run Zahra Mediplus Hospital and met with their managing committee. The purpose of the visit was to exchange ideas and explore opportunities of collaboration on medical facilities for Khoja community members both locally and abroad as far as treatment is concerned.
The WF delegation travelled to Kalupur Jamaat, where they met with Jamaat officials where discussions were primarily focussed on their housing needs. The WF President presented the Jamaat with an award in recognition of their long-standing commitment to serving the community.
The WF Delegates visited the Kalupur Jamaat Kabrastan to pay respect to the marhumeen of the Jamaat
The WF President presenting an award to the President of Sarkhej Jamaat and their officials for their dedicated services to the KSIMC of Ahmedabad.
The WF President, Alhaj Safder Jaffer, signing a strategic alliance agreement with Husaini Education to ensure that Higher Education support is available for all Khoja Students across India.
The WF Delegates in attendance at the 25 Year Anniversary of Mahdi School
Mahdi School in Bhavnagar celebrated their 25th year anniversary and The WF Delegates were in presence of this exciting moment. There was an array of special performances and recitations by the students of the school ranging from 7 to 15 year olds.
Alhaj Safder Jaffer – The WF President presenting an award to a Grade 2 student who came second in an all-over India Olympiad Test.
The delegation then visited an exhibit by students of the Atal Experiment Centre which was inaugurated by Alhaj Safder Jaffer in October 2021. The WF President was also honoured to inaugurate the Mahdi Prayas & Hunnar centre for girls to assist them in developing their skills.
The President presented the Al Shams Award to Al Mahdi School in recognition of their excellence in Education and Contribution to the wider society.
Alhaj Safder Jaffer – The WF President presenting the Al Shams award to Mahdi School.
Meeting with the Council of Gujarat
The Council of Gujarat arranged for a meeting which was attended by representatives of various Jamaats including Bhavnagar, Palitana, Sihor, Dihor, Rajula, Vijaypoaid, Tana and Gadhada. The meeting was very fruitful as it was a round table meeting with mutual participation from Jamaat members too.
Meeting with India Federation
The WF delegation met with Alhaj Mukhtar Varteji, India Federation President, the Office Bearers and committee members of India Federation to strengthen the bond and discuss further collaboration in India. The meeting also reviewed the development in educational support across India by India Federation and The World Federation, as well as a progress review by the housing team led by Alhaj Riyazbhai Masani.
The WF Delegates presenting an award to the Baroda Jamaat for their services to the community
The delegation visited Baroda Jamaat which was formed 4 years ago. The Jamaat is actively involved in external tableegh activities with the broader Muslim communities
Meeting with the Anand community
The delegation then visited Anand Jamaat which was formed only a few years ago and were pleasantly surprised to see the swift progress by the community members. The WF delegation strongly felt that Anand was a good location for potential settlement for individuals of the community looking for better business prospects.
The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer presenting an Award of Appreciation to the Bharuch Jamaat
Ameerul Momineen (a) Library
Meeting at the Ameerul Momineen (a) Library
The WF President was invited to visit the Ameerul Momineen (a) Library in Bharuch to experience the vast work being carried out by the organisation founded by Marhum Ebrahim Patel who was a well known outreach scholar in Gujarat. They are involved in translation of books into Gujarati, and publish and distribute these for free to their members all around the World.
The WF Delegates meeting with the trustees of Ankhleshwar Jamaat
The Ankhleshwar Jamaat is a small but very active Jamaat. The WF President was welcomed by the community whole heartedly. The WF delegation also got an opportunity to meet a female student of the community who is pursuing her MBBS with the help of The WF Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme (ZCSS). The delegation also visited the adjacent land where a purpose built mosque is being planned.
Alhaj Safder Jaffer – The WF President visiting the Madrasah at the Silvassa Jamaat
The delegation visited the Silvassa Jamaat and learnt that the first Khoja family to settle there was in 1994, and since then the community has grown to more than 100 families. Silvassa is well known amongst the Indian KSIMC, home to the Rauza of Imam Husain (a) and Hazrat Abbas (a) which is visited by people travelling from as far as Bhavnagar and Mumbai.
The WF Delegates interacting with the members of the Vapi Jamaat
The delegation got an opportunity to interact with the youth of the Vapi Jamaat and hear from them about their career goals.
The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer meeting with the members of the Surat Jamaat
The delegation then met the Surat Jamaat members at both their centres; Oondh and Surat main city. Alhaj Safder Jaffer was pleased to see The WF’s first ever project in India which was a housing project initiated by Marhum Alhaj Mulla Asghar in 1978 which comprised of 14 flats for the community members.
Alhaj Safder Jaffer – The WF President visiting The WF’s first housing project in India in 1978
The delegation also met Dr. Misam, who hails from Mahuwa, and with the support of WF and HEWST, has become a successful Orthopaedic Surgeon and has settled in Surat.
Zainabiya School – Alipur
The WF Delegates accompanied by officials of Imamia Education and Welfare Trust visiting the Zainabiya School, Alipur, founded by The World Federaton
The WF Delegates visiting the Kareempur Mosque site
Meeting with Social Workers and Professionals
The WF Delegates along with Social Workers and Professionals in Bangalore
Imamia Education and Welfare Trust
The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer presenting a Special Award to the Imamia Trust President – Alhaj Mirza Mehdi in the presence of Alhaj Muzammil – Head Trustee of Alipur School and Br Mohsin Shirazi – Board Member of Imamia Trust
Zainabiya School – Kareempur
The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer addressing the students at the Zainabiya School in Kareempur
Madaris in Bangalore
The WF Delegates meeting with members of the Madrasah in Bangalore
KSIMC Bangalore Jamaat
The WF Delegates with members of the Bangalore Jamaat
The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer presenting an Appreciation Award to the President of the KSIMC Bangalore Jamaat
Imame Zamana (aj) Mission
The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer meeting with The WF Sponsored students at the Imame Zamana (aj) Mission
The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer and Alhaj Gulam Virji with Dr Irfan Motiwala at Focus School
Olive Hospitals and Jaffaria Hospital
The WF President held discussions at Olive Hospital along with The Managing Director – Aga Mujahid and Dr Irfan Motiwala.
The WF President – Alhaj Safder Jaffer and Alhaj Gulam Virji with
the committee members of the Hyderabad Jamaat
Alhaj Safder Jaffer, The WF President, paid a visit to the Ithna-Asheri Jamaat Community Centre in Hyderabad where he met with Alhaj Raza Badami – President of Hyderabad Jamaat, and his team. The discussion revolved around the Jamaat’s development and various issues were discussed with some senior members of the community in attendance.
The Jamaat was very thankful for all the support provided by India Federation and The World Federation for the various project initiatives for the community in Hyderabad.