21st April 2023 / 30th Ramadhan 1444
We mourn the loss of a legend, Aunali bhai Salehmohamed, who was affectionately known as ‘Shere Kutch’. His unwavering dedication to serving the Khoja Shi’a Ithna-Asheri Community has left a lasting impact on us all. From a young age, he demonstrated a strong commitment to community service, serving as a volunteer at the Hujjatul Islam Jamaat Zanzibar, and later as an officer of the Ithna-Asheri Gymkhana and a troop leader in the Zanzibar Boy Scouts. He continued to broaden his involvement in the field of Islamic education through the Husseini Society and Madrasah in Dar es Salaam, where he served in various leadership roles for nearly a decade. Throughout his life, Aunali bhai showed unwavering dedication and passion to serving the global Khoja Shi’a Ithna-Asheri Community, and his tireless efforts have left a lasting impact.
He then had a brief but formative time in the life of the Dubai Jamaat, where he became one of the earliest Committee Members of the Jamaat that had just been formed.
However, Aunali bhai was perhaps best known for his decision to return to his roots in India and serve the KSI Community, particularly in Gujarat. His move to India was a transformative factor in the development of the Khoja Community, which had been separated by the vastness of the Indian Ocean for almost a century. Aunali bhai played a key role in, along with Marhum Mulla Asghar and Marhum Haji Ghulamali Bhanji, in reconnecting the Khojas in Africa with those in the Sub Continent, working tirelessly to fight poverty, ignorance, and disease.