All the way from Sydney comes a story that is as small as it is humungous. Sister Mubina Damji from our community has built a good relationship with the local police force. A couple of weeks ago, she reached out to her liaison person in the Police Force asking if there was anything she and her friends could do to assist. Find out how they helped here.
On Saturday, November 21st 2020, Dr Hasnain Walji, Former President of the WF and now Head of The Khoja Heritage Project was in Conversation with Shabbir Jaffer, Director of MARC.
In the lively and insightful dialogue, with the host Shabbir Jaffer and questions from the participants, many relevant issues pertaining to the past and future of the Community emerged.
The core of the discussion was on the Gujarati Memoir of Mulla Qadir Karbalai called Hidayat Prakash. This autobiography provides a glimpse into the early conversion of the Khoja Community. Quoting some historic moments, that led to the Khoja Zawwar led by Dewji Jamal being introduced to Ayatullah Zainul Abedin Mazandarani, Hasnainbhai illustrated how this historic initiative by Mulla Qadir largely resulted in the Khoja Community adopting the school of Ahlul Bait (as).
Commenting on the Foreword he had written for the book Endangered Species, by Hassan Jaffer, Hasnainbhau elucidated the importance of the Khoja identity and the rationale for keeping it entrenched in our mindset.
Responding to a question on the Khoja Documentary, produced by him, Dr Walji acknowledged the role of women in the migration and settlement of the Community, who remain unacknowledged as equal partners in the social and religious endeavours of the community.
The conversation was an opportunity for the participants to ask questions about the past and future of the Community from someone who has not only studied the trajectory and trends of the Khoja Community but has actively participated in for nearly 40 years of the 175 years of our existence as Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheries.
When the Covid-19 crisis came about, The World Federation reacted swiftly to meander itself into a position to address the challenges. There was a tremendous amount of work undertaken during its formation from mid-March to the end of May. We will look at the work undertaken in the various different streams taken place during this period. Click here to find out more.
The World Federation's 4th Executive Council (ExCo) will be held in Toronto, Canada on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June 2019.