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.
Updated on 28 November 2018
The World Federation's India Office organised two workshops on Khums Awareness and Understanding, in partnership with KSIJ Mumbai, India Federation and Servants of Imam Ali (a.s) group.
The workshop facilitators were Maulana Sayyid Zaki Hasan Noori, a renowned Aalim from Mumbai and teacher at Hawza Ameerul Momineen (a.s.), and Brother Irfan Karim, a Chartered Accountant by profession and CFO of an IT analytics company in Mumbai - he also created the content for both workshops.
This interactive workshop covered the following topics:
1. Understanding Khums & it's importance in light of Quran & Hadith
2. Applicability of Khums in today's scenario
3. Understanding concept of income & expenditure
4. Discussion on common practical modern challenges
5. Distribution of Khums
6. Practical Exercises
The first workshop was held on the 3rd June 2017 at Mehfil e Mustafa, Juhu Kapaswadi, Mumbai and was attended by 30 participants and the second was held on the 10th of June 2017 at Imambargah Hall, KSIJ Masjid, Dongri, which was attended by 25 participants.
The workshops, which were free to attend via prior registrations, lasted 4 hours and were overseen by Sayyid. There was a lot of positive feedback from the participants, which you can read below:
"JazakAllah khair. Got to know many masael, many doubts cleared, Alhamdulillah. Looking forward to the workshop on Wills" - Fahim Meghani
"JazakAllah for WF for organising such a fantastic workshop. The case study was an eye-opener. May Imam (as) reward you all" - Zaheer Abbas Budhwani
"Thank you for an enlightening session on khums. The course was so well designed and explained with practical examples that now discharging khums will be a whole lot easier. Kudos to the facilitators who were able to take modern era concepts like insurance, share trading and property valuations easily in their stride. Looking forward to more sessions" - Komail Merchant.
"MashaAllah we had good participation in both the workshops held during the Holy month of Ramadhan. Special thanks to Maulana Sayyid Zaki Hasan Noori and Br. Irfan Karim to prepare and deliver the workshop in the most simplest and informative way. May the Almighty reward them for all their efforts for the community. We will very soon take this workshop to other Jamaats around India, InshaAllah" - Asad Virani, WF India Office.
There are additional workshops being planned, which include Shia wills and inheritance. Please keep your eye out for future updates.
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