Introduced by AMIN JAFFER
Barakah’s appeal to readers to share their photo archives of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and the Imam’s family prompted me to approach numerous individuals in Edmonton, Canada, to seek out rare historical photos. Mr. Jan Karmali, a long time resident of the city, willingly and, with immense enthusiasm, provided me with his unique collection featuring Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah and Prince Aly Khan that were published on this website. Sadly, Mr. Karmali passed away recently at the age of 86. He will always be remembered for his contribution which has been deeply appreciated by Barakah.
On behalf of the editor of this website, I take this opportunity to urge readers to go through their own albums and seek out khajanas (treasures) of rare and historical photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family. Please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication.
Our community photos related to Mawlana Hazar Imam are scattered all over, and it is time to house important collections from individuals and families under one single library such as Getty Images for the entire world to see! Otherwise important collections will be lost forever as a result of neglect, oversight and damage.
I have been going through my own personal archives of photos that I’ve gathered in the last few years from numerous sources. I am delighted to share this first set of very rare photos of Prince Aly Khan’s visit in 1951 to Arusha, Tanzania (then Tanganyika). My next piece will be on Prince Amyn’s visit to Arusha in 1968.
Prince Aly Khan was accompanied on the visit by Rita Hayworth, whom he had married in the late 1940’s. They had one child from the marriage, Princess Yasmin, who has dedicated years and years of her life to bringing public attention to Alzheimer’s, which her mother started suffering from in 1981 when she was only 62. Princess Yasmin cared for her mother until she passed away in 1987. She had earlier founded the Rita Hayworth Gala that has raised more than $76 million for the Alzheimer’s cause since 1984.
Princess Yasmin’s father, Prince Aly Khan died in 1960 in a motor car accident.
Prince Aly Khan was extremely fond of driving. After his visit to Arusha, it was learnt that the plane that was to take him and Rita Hayworth had mechanical issues. Rather than waiting for the repairs to be carried out, and as the distance to Moshi was only 50 miles, the Prince decided that they would drive, and he took on the drivers seat. My father, Abdul Jaffer, was among the Jamati members at the airport to see off Prince Aly Khan. He humbly offered to take the luggage in his new truck. He was accompanied by Sadrudin Hasham Kassam Ishani. When they arrived at the bungalow where the Prince and Rita Hayworth were staying in Moshi, Prince Aly Khan took a moment to thank both of them for the fast delivery of the luggage.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth in Arusha
Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 190 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.
Date posted: November 28, 2019.
Last updated: November 30, 2019.
Correction: In an earlier version of this post, the caption of the photo in which Prince Aly Khan is seen conducting a marriage incorrectly stated that the groom and the bride were Mohamed Jessa and Shirin Sulleman Jivraj. We have been asked to clarify that they are not the couple in the photo. We will update the caption when we are informed about the names of the couple. We apologize for this oversight.
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