Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth alight from their plane upon arrival at Arusha airport in 1951. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.

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 simerg@aol.com 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.

Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth at Arusha airport. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.

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.

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Photo: Alzheimer’s Association.

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.

Aga Khan III family.
The late 48th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, seated on a wheelchair with members of his family with his successor, the present Imam, Prince Karim Aga Khan, standing at extreme right. Others in the photo (l to r), grandson Prince Amyn Muhammad, and the Imam’s two sons, the late Prince Sadruddin and Prince Aly Khan, who is seen holding his daughter Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, from his marriage to Rita Hayworth. Photo: Zul Khoja Family Collection, Ottawa.

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

Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Ismaili ladies awaiting arrival of Prince Aly Khan in Arusha in 1951. (From l. to r.): Mrs. Jenabai Noormohamed Nanji,  Kamadiani Fatmabai Kamru Hasham Jessa, Mukhiani Zerakhanu Noormohamed Natha Hirji, Mrs. Sherbanu Hassanali Natha Hirji, Mrs. Sherbanu Pyarali Nanji, Mrs. Jiwa Ali Tharani, Mrs. Sherbanubai Noormohamed Gillani, Mrs. Mariambai Husein Khimani, Mrs. Jenabai Subzali Sajan, Mrs. Hassanali Sajan, Mrs. Hasham Tharani, Mrs. Shiloo Noordin. The lone gentleman seen in the photo is Mr. Mohamed Suleman (third from right). Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan being greeting by Ismaili leaders Mohamedali Merali, Mr. Tharani, Subzali Sajan, Noormohamed Velsi Gillani (fez hat) and  Hassanali Sajan (wearing hat). Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth at Arusha airport. With the Prince is Noormohamed Natha Hirji  (Mukhisaheb of Arusha Jamat). The lady in the Girl Guide uniform is Malek N.V. Gillani. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth at Arusha airport. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Al Noor Kassum, a prominent figure in Tanzanian politics and the Ismaili community, greeting Prince Aly Khan, with Pyarali Hasham Jivraj (smiling) looking on at Al Noor Kassum. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
 Rita Hayworth being greeted at Arusha airport by Mukhi Noormohamed Natha Hirji and Kamadia Kamrudin Hasham Jessa. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth posing for a photo on steps of the bungalow of Hassanali Natha Hirji (in dark glasses). Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan at a foundation laying ceremony in Arusha in 1951. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan at a foundation laying ceremony in Arusha. Next to him is Al Noor Kassum, a prominent figure in Tanzanian politics and the Ismaili community for many years. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth at a social function held in their honour during their visit to Arusha in 1951. Also in picture are Mohamedali Dharsee (standing behind in dark glasses), Madat Vasanji Karmali, Amirali Dawood Suleman and Gulamhaider Bandali. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan at a social function held in Arusha in 1951. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan conducting a marriage ceremony. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth visit Arusha, Tanganyika, now Tanzania, in 1951
Prince Aly Khan arriving at Arusha Jamatkhana. Waiting to open the car door is Madatali Vasanji Karmali, with volunteer Jamal Mohamed Jivan looking at the cameraman. Photo: Amin Jaffer Collection, Edmonton, Canada.

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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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