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.
Posted on Wed, 2014-06-04 19:50
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 on Sunday 8 June 2014.
This documentary produced by the Mulla Asgher Memorial Library and Resource Center (MARC) in association with The World Federation of KSIMC, will be shown after the closing of the NASIMCO annual conference. Delegates and members from various Jamaats will attend the screening.
Director Dr Hasnain Walji, a past president of The World Federation has been researching into the history of the Khoja community for over 10 years. In producing this 120 minute long film, he has spent a year travelling around the world. In the documentary, he meets individuals from different backgrounds who provide an insight into the journey of the Khoja community.
This is the first-ever documentary film exploring the 700-year history of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Community. For so long, many of the elders in our community 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.
Hassanbhai Jaffer, the author of the seminal work on KHOJA History "The Endangered Species" says:“ A must see documentary for all family members where elders could sit with their progeny to explain where we started from and where we are today and the sacrifices made by many in the evolution of this community. To the jet setting Khojas of this age, the sight of bullock carts in which their elders used to travel while India, the type of sailing crafts and the hardships of sailors and passengers as they sailed out from western shores of India to settle in East Africa and Madgascar is a reality check of their origins. The month long journey by sea, firsthand account of early sailors recalling that for the month long sea journey, supply of fresh water would often be restricted to one cup a day come a shock to viewers."
The trailer for the documentary can be viewed below:
For more information, please visit http://www.khojajourneyoffaith.org/
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.
We are pleased to send out this final update to our community members in Africa and overseas on the latest status of the construction of “Al Qa’eem” building. The last update with a progress report was issued in December 2013.