Shortly after assuming the hereditary leadership on July 11, 1957 as the 49th Imam of Ismaili Muslims, His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam, took leave from his studies at Harvard University to attend the Takhtnashini or ceremonial installation celebrations in East Africa, India and Pakistan.

Late Vazier Abdulalli and Varasiani Fatema Pirbhai Lalji Motani served as Kamadia and Kamadiani of Kampala’s Darkhana Jamatkhana from c.1957 to c.1964. Late Count Kassamali and Countess Fatema Virani served as Mukhi and Mukhiani at the same time. During their term of office, Mowlana Hazar Imam visited Uganda several times.

Kamadia Abdulalli had the distinct honour of being designated by Hazar Imam to translate his Farmans into Gujarati on the spot. He delivered the Gujarati version of Farmans immediately after Hazar Imam completed the Farmans in English.

The Motani family came to Canada in October 1972 following the expulsion of Ugandan Asians by Idi Amin’s decree.  Our parents were fortunately able to carry with them some of the family photographs when they were forced out of Uganda.

A selection of pictures on this page are from the family’s precious collection.

The photographs were taken at several locations in Kampala during Hazar Imam’s visits to Uganda including Darkhana Jamatkhana; Aga Khan Secondary School; and Aga Khan Hostel.

Our friend Malik created this website Barakah to celebrate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, and requested readers to search their archives for historical photographs of Mawlana Hazar Imam. In response to Malik’s request, we are happy to share our collection with readers of Barakah.

HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN IN UGANDA

Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 31Mawlana Hazar Imam at Kampala Darkhana Jamatkhana. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 07Mata Salamat, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan (1906 – 2000), at the Takhtnashini celebration on October 25, 1957 at the grounds of Kampala Darkhana Jamatkhana. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 02lCount Fatehalli Dhalla presenting a sword, carried in a tray by Vazier Abdulalli Motani, to Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Takhtnashini in Kampala on October 25,1957. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 01Mawlana Hazar Imam addressing the Jamat at the Takhtnashini in Kampala on October 25, 1957. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 06Kamadia Abdulalli and Kamadiani Fatema Motani leaving the stage at the Takhtnashini celebration in Kampala on October 25,1957. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 08Mawlana Hazar Imam with Kamadia Abdulalli and Kamadiani Fatema Motani at Kampala Aga Khan Secondary School. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 32Mawlana Hazar Imam visiting Aga Khan Secondary School, Kampala. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 33Mawlana Hazar Imam visiting a classroom at Aga Khan Secondary School, Kampala. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 11Mawlana Hazar Imam  blessing Nasara who embraced the Ismaili faith. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 18Mawlana Hazar Imam meeting the Kabaka of Buganda. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 26Mawlana Hazar Imam visiting mosque and meeting Muslim leaders in Kampala. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 13Mawlana Hazar Imam arriving at the Darkhana Jamatkhana in Kampala. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 16Kampala Darkhana Mukhi and Mukhiani and Kamadia and Kamadiani with volunteers. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 17Kampala Darkhana Mukhi and Mukhiani and Kamadia and Kamadiani with Volunteer Cabinet. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 24Mawlana Hazar Imam at Mengo Jamatkhana with Mukhi Noorali and Mukhiani Kulsum Karmali on the left. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection JK 43LMawlana Hazar Imam at Mengo Jamatkhana’s foundation stone ceremony. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 25Mawlana Hazar Imam addressing the gathering at the foundation ceremony of Mengo Jamatkhana. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 20bMawlana Hazar Imam arriving at Kampala Darkhana Jamatkhana. Note the crest of the Imamat and the Ismaili flag on the grill of the  car. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 21Mawlana Hazar Imam entering the Kampala Darkhana mandap. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 29Mawlana Hazar Imam performing Jamati work  at Kampala Mulaqat. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 28Mawlana Hazar Imam performing Jamati work at Kampala Mulaqat. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 22Kamadia Vazier Abdulalli Motani addressing the Jamat during the Mulaqat in Kampala. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 39aMawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Mukhi Count Kassamali Virani and Kamadia Vazier Abdulalli Motani during the Mulaqat in Kampala. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 34Mawlana Hazar Imam with Uganda Jamati leadership and members outside the Aga Khan Hostel in Kampala. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 30bMawlana Hazar Imam with members of the Kampala Council. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 35Mawlana Hazar Imam shaking hands with Mukhi Kassamali Virani. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 37Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Kampala Darkhana Jamatkhana Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 40Mawlana Hazar Imam greets Kamadia Vazier Abdulalli Motani on arrival at  Entebbe Airport. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 38Mawlana Hazar Imam welcomed by Jamati leadership and Government officials on arrival at  Entebbe Airport. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

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Aga Khan Uganda Visit Motani Collection 27Mawlana Hazar Imam greeting Ugandan leaders at Entebbe Airport. Photo: Copyright © Motani Family Collection.

Date posted: January 23, 2018.

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