Photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam and Members of His Family from the Collection of Alijah Zulfikarali Khoja: South Africa, Aswan and East Africa

By MALIK MERCHANT
Publisher/editor BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos

I was most gratified when Alijahbanu Khairunissa Khoja, wife of late Alijah Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja (1938-2015), recently handed me a box of historic photos related to the Jamats of South and East Africa as well as visits made by Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah to South Africa and Mawlana Shah Karim al Hussaini Hazar Imam to East Africa. The collection also has photos from the temporary and permanent burial ceremonies for Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah that took place in Aswan, Egypt, on July 19, 1957 and February 1959, respectively.

“….we can trace the story of Ismaili engagement with Portugal back many years – even to the time when Ismailis settled in Portuguese Territories in India in the 17th Century, or when later Ismaili settlers came to Mozambique” — His Highness the Aga Khan, Portuguese Parliament, July 2018.

One photo in the collection in particular that looks like it came out of the studio yesterday — literally, it is that good — is a group photo of Ismaili leaders taken in 1939 in Pretoria with the visiting President of Portugal, His Excellency General Antonio Oscar De Fragosa Carmona. The photo is a clear affirmation of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s statement made to the Parliament of Portugal during his Diamond Jubilee visit about the Jamat’s long engagement with Portugal. This is truly a remarkable photo, and at the time of the publication of this post (August 18, 2020) the photo was exactly 81 years old!

Ismaili leaders of South Africa with Portugal President ANTONIO OSCAR de FRAGOSA CARMONA Barakah
First Row: Mr. R. Kanji Vally, Mr. Ebrahim Virjee, Members of H. H. The Aga Khan’s Provincial Council for South Africa (S.A.), Madam Fonseca and his Excellency Dr. J. B. Ferreira de Fonseca, Portuguese Plenipotentiary in the Union of S.A.; Second Row: Mr. Goolamally Rawjee Babool, Dr. Viera Machado, Minister of Colonies, HIS EXCELLENCY GENERAL ANTONIO OSCAR de FRAGOSA CARMONA, “THE PRESIDENT OF PORTUGAL” and Madame Carmona, Mrs. Silva da Costa, General Amilcar Mota; Third Row: Mr. Mohammedally A. Velji, Mr. Alladin Rawjee Babool, Member of H. H. The Aga Khan’s Provincial Council for S.A., Capitao Silva da Costa; Back Row: Dr. Luiz Quintal, Tennete Carvalho Nunes. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.

Many photos published in this post do not include information about the event and date of the photos, and Alijah Zul is being dearly missed for that information. However, I sincerely hope family members and friends will come forward and provide historical contexts to some of the photos that are published here, and also help us update the captions with the correct information; if we have erred, I offer my sincere apologies. Please write to me at Simerg@aol.com. (Update November 2, 2020: We have been provided with completed captions for most of the photos shown in this post. The post will be updated in in the coming weeks).

A person of significant importance to my family is Mr. Goolamally Rawjee, who appears in the historical 1939 photo in the second row, first person at left. He and his wife and children will always be in our hearts for the care they provided to our family when my dad, Alwaez Jehangir Merchant, was interned in a camp on the outskirts of Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) with thousands of other Indian Citizens for more than 5 months, immediately after India’s annexation of Goa in December 1961. This internment of Indian nationals was Portugal’s retaliation to the Indian take-over, and my parents were the only Ismailis holding Indian passports. My mum was interned too, but she was soon transferred to a hospital for the birth of my youngest brother, Alnoor. She remained there for the entire period that my dad was in the camp. Mr. Rawjee and his family looked after my brother, Fahar, and I for 5 months without ever making distinctions between us and their own children who lived in the home. It was a happy stay for us. Of course, there were other families who also looked after us such as taking us to visit our friends at their homes, driving us to see our dad and mum and thus easing their worry about our care and well-being. Missing school for more than 6 months was extremely hard on me — I was then in my ninth year — and I can sense the concern parents today have about their own children who haven’t attended school for so many months due to Covid-19. Disruption in education at a young age is devastating because it erodes the strong foundation you grow up with.

Mawlana Hazar Imam with Sherbanoo Mohamedali Alibhai Khoja, Pretoria (1958), and Zulfikarali Khoja, Dacca (1993)

Aga Khan in South Africa 1959, Barakah photo.
Late Alijahbanu Sherbanoo Mohamedali Alibhai Khoja, mother of Alijah Zul Khoja (see next photo), humbly presents herself to Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, during his visit to Pretoria, South Africa in 1958. Alijahbanu was at the time the Mukhiani of Pretoria Jamatkhana. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan and Zul Khoja Barakah Photo.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, visits the Aga Khan School in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during his four day stay in Bangladesh in 1993. During the school visit Hazar Imam was accompanied by a Government Minister, the President of the Council, and school board members. In this photo, Zul Khoja, the principal of the school from 1992-1994 is seen showing a curricular activity implemented to introduce creative and critical thinking among the students. Mawlana Hazar Imam took immense pride in this activity, known as the Mind Benders Club, and turned to his guests to explain the accomplishments in his school. Zul noted that when Mawlana Hazar Imam introduced him to the guests, it was done with a “full bio!” Mr. Khoja said that when he escorted the party into the school, it took the Imam less than 30 seconds to fully understand what was being accomplished in the school. One of the areas that the late Zul Khoja specialised in was the education of bright and gifted children. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.

I sincerely thank Alijahbanu Khairunissa Khoja for submitting her late husband’s photographic collection for publication in Barakah, and I wish her and her family good health and success in all walks of their lives. I continue to remember my beloved friend Alijah Zul regularly, and this post is a tribute to him and his beautiful family who miss him immensely. Born on August 2, 1938, he passed away on September 4, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada.

May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

1. Portraits: The Family of His Highness the Aga Khan

The family of His Highness the Aga Khan, Barakah photo
The late 48th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan (1877-1957), 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 late Imams two sons, Prince Sadruddin (1933-2003) and Prince Aly Khan (1911-1960), who is seen holding his daughter Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Photo: Alijah Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Famili Collection.

______________

See “copyright infringement” notice at bottom of this page.

______________

Aga Khan Portrait Barakah Photo
A portrait of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan (1877 – 1957). Date and event photo taken unknown. Photo: Alijah Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Famili Collection.

2. His Highness the Aga Khan South Africa Visit 1945

Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan, with Ebrahim K. K. Khoja and family. Date and event photo taken unknown. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan, with Alibhai Velshi (left) and Ebrahim K.K. Khoja. Date and event photo taken unknown. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan, with members of a South African Ismaili family. Date and event photo taken unknown. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan, in South Africa. Date and event photo taken unknown. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Begum Aga Khan with South African Family. Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, Mata Salamat (1906 – 2000), with Countess Sakina Khoja and family. Date and event photo taken unknown. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.

An Anecdote by Zulfikarali Khoja: “Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah Visits Our Shop

Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan, visits Khoja family shop in South Africa, Barakah and Simerg Photos
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan, visits Khoja family shop in South Africa. See story below. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.

By LATE ALIJAH ZULFIKARALI KHOJA

[The following anecdote originally appeared in 2009 on our sister website Simerg. It is republished here with minor edits – Ed.]

The is a picture of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah when he came to our shop during his South African visit in 1945. I remember some things very vividly. We were all very excited about the visit and the mulaqat with the Imam. The Jamati  leaders, in their wisdom, decided that the Imam would visit every business to bestow his blessings for barakah, and have a picture taken with the family. Our shop floor was red cement. We spent several days applying red polish and made sure that it was clean and shiny. The entire store was cleaned, dusted and spotless. When the day arrived we were not too sure of the exact time, because Mawla sometimes spoke to the family members a little longer than others. When he arrived in front of the store, we immediately took our places and there he was in His Majesty! He immediately sat down in the chair reserved for him and it so happened that the sun was shining very bright that day (why wouldn’t it?) and it reflected off the red shiny floor. Hence the Imam looking up. It was a truly memorable experience and his visit is still vivid today!

_______________________

3. Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan, is Laid to Rest in Aswan: July 1957 and February 1959

1957: Temporary Burial of His Highness the Aga Khan III

Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
The coffin carrying Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah’s body is lowered from the plane as it arrives for its temporary funeral at the grounds of the Imam’s villa, Noor al Salaam, in Aswan, Egypt on July 19, 1957. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, right and his father Prince Aly Khan (1911-1960), carry the coffin of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah (1877-1957) for a temporary burial at the late Imam’s villa, Noor al Salaam, in Aswan, Egypt on July 19, 1957. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, left, and his father Prince Aly Khan (1911-1960), at the temporary burial ceremony of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah at the late Imam’s villa, Noor al Salaam, in Aswan, Egypt on July 19, 1957. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, with members of his family at a special prayer meeting during Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah’s temporary burial in Aswan, Egypt, on July 19, 1957. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, with members of his family at a special prayer meeting during Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah’s temporary burial in Aswan, Egypt, on July 19, 1957. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.

~~~~~~~~~~~

1959: Permanent Burial of His Highness the Aga Khan III

Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, Mata Salamat (1906-2000), pictured when Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah’s body was permanently laid to rest in a specially built mausoleum in Aswan, Egypt, in February 1959. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, right, walks with his uncle Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (1933-2003), in Aswan, Egypt, at Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah’s burial in February 1959 . Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, left and his uncle Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (1933-2003), carry the shrouded body of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah (1877-1957) to its final resting place in a mausoleum in Aswan, Egypt, in February 1959. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, left and his uncle Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (1933-2003), partially visible, carry the shrouded body of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah (1877-1957) to its final resting place in a dedicated mausoleum in Aswan, Egypt, in February 1959. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Sultan Maohomed Shah’s shrouded body is carried into the mausoleum in Aswan, Egypt, for its permanent burial in February 1959. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.

_________________________

4. Mawlana Shah Karim al Hussaini Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, in East Africa

Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, at his Takhtnashini held in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 22, 1957. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.

Mawlana Hazar Imam at Nairobi Airport: 4 Rare Photos in Sequence

Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, in a jovial mood with Diwan Sir Eboo Pirbhai (4th from left, closest to camera) and other Ismaili leaders at Nairobi airport. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, with Diwan Sir Eboo Pirbhai and other Ismaili leaders at Nairobi airport. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, appears to be glancing at his watch at Nairobi airport, with Diwan Sir Eboo Pirbhai and other Ismaili leaders surrounding him at Nairobi airport. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, starts to sprint towards his plane, which is set to depart from Nairobi airport. Seeing him off were Diwan Sir Eboo Pirbhai and other Ismaili leaders. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
A portrait of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Note the black wrist-band he is wearing on his right hand. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Nairobi Ismaili Jamatkhana. Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
A beautiful photo of the former Nairobi Darkhana Jamatkhana, now known as the Town Jamatkhana. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Family and friends. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, attending an event in East Africa. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan arrives at an East African airport. Date unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, arrives at an East African airport. Date unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Well wishers at airport for arrival of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, at an East African airport. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
A shop decorated during the visit of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, with numerous individuals. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
A welcome banner for Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Dar es Salaam Darkhana Jamatkhana illuminated for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit, with a welcome sign; Mawlana Hazar Imam, in garland, escorted by volunteers and Jamati leadership. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
A band marches through the alley between the Dar es Salaam Darkhana Jamatkhana and the adjacent social hall building. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Crowd of well wishers on the compound of Dar es Salaam Darkhana Jamatkhana. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
A band marches during an event. Date unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, with an Ismaili couple. Date and name of couple not available. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
A crowd gathered at an event hosting Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, who is seen at the far-end of the photo with Ismaili leaders, just at right of person in a ceremonial gown (jabo). Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Prince Aly Khan - Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Prince Aly Khan, in dark glasses, walks under a banner sign welcoming him. He is surrounded by excited children and other well wishers. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.
Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan (right of mike stand), accompanied by his father Prince Aly Khan (partially visible in dark glasses, and a garland) at an event in East Africa. Date and event unknown. We invite details for caption update. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection
Aga Khan with Ismaili leaders at Nairobi airport Barakah. Aga Khan visits to South Africa, East Africa and Aga Khan III burial in Aswan, Egypt, and ceremonial installation of Aga Khan IV.  Barakah and Simerg photos from Zul Khoja Collection.
A collage combining 4 single photos shown previously of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, with Ismaili leaders at Nairobi airport. Date unknown. Photo: Zulfikarali M.A. Velji Khoja Family Collection.

Date posted: August 18, 2020.
Last updated: November 2, 2020 (We have been provided with completed captions for most of the photos shown in this post. The post will be updated in the near future)

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: The display of the beautiful portrait of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, that previously occupied an image above which states “Removal of Photo…” is being discontinued due to a “copyright infringement” on our part. The largely popular photo that has adorned many many Ismaili homes and family albums for decades, including the albums of the late Alijah Zul Khoja from whose collection the photos on this page are reproduced, was taken by photographer Mohamed Lalji Ramji of Studio Moonlight in a special sitting in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika, on the day of the Takhtnashini held on October 19, 1957.

When Barakah or any of its sister websites is offered photographs for publication from family collections, we always try and seek out the photographs and their respective photographers on the internet to ensure that they are not copyright. We were unable to locate the specific portrait photo on the internet and did not know whose photograph it might be. The back of the photo that we have does not contain the studio’s name. Considering that Tanganyika (now Tanzania), like many African and Asian countries including India, did not have copyright laws until well into the late 1960’s and 1970’s — even as late as the 1990’s — we proceeded to published the photo in good faith. We have been contacted by Zahur Ramji to remove the photo, despite our request to retain the photograph on the website with an appropriate acknowledgement to the photographer. We are removing the picture with great sadness in that new and future readers will not be able to see this inspiring photo effective August 24, 2020. We apologize to the family of the photographer for any “copyright infringement” on our part. The photographer was unknown to us until we were contacted by the family.

_______________________

Malik Merchant of Simerg, Barakah and Simergphotos
Malik Merchant

Malik Merchant is the founding publisher/editor of Simerg (2009), Barakah (2017) and Simergphotos (2012). A former IT consultant, he now dedicates his time to family projects and other passionate endeavours such as the publication of this website. He is the eldest son of the Late Alwaez Jehangir Merchant (1928-2018) and Alwaeza Maleksultan Merchant who both served Ismaili Jamati institutions together for several decades in Mozambique, Tanzania, Pakistan, the UK and Canada in both professional and honorary capacities. Malik’s daughter, Dr. Nurin Merchant, is a veterinarian and supports his endeavours as an honorary editor of the three websites.

Barakah welcomes your feedback. Please complete the LEAVE A REPLY form below or send your comment to simerg@aol.com if you don’t see the comment box. Your letter may be edited for length and brevity, and is subject to moderation.

Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 200 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

This website, Barakah, is a special project by http://www.Simerg.com and is dedicated to the textual and visual celebration of His Highness the Aga Khan and members of his family, as well as the Ismaili Imamat.

5 comments

  1. A selection of comments received on social media/Whatsapp (edited for clarity):

    Ashraff Rajwani: Wow! That’s awesome! Mashallah
    Nasrin Mithani: Mashallah Beautiful pictures.
    Mohammed Akbar Karamy: O Allah, bless Muhammad and his family!
    Dilshad Jiwa: Shukhar. Such a lovely collection.
    Muhammad Faqeer: How nice you are frequently sharing information about Imam of the Time.
    Almas Kaba Merali: Wow such a beautiful collection, shukar. Beautiful memories I was looking and looking.
    Noorbano Farishta: Ya Ali Madad shukhar Mowla muskil kusha Ya Ali.
    Fawzia Macchiwalla: Thank you for sharing the pictures. Ya Ali Madad.
    Sadruddin Noorani: MashaAllah, (the featured photo – portrait of Mawlana Hazar Imam) is a great picture and one of my favorite pictures.
    Shahrukh Nazari: O ‘ Ali, make the problem of all people easy.

    Like

    • Mashallah great memories. I am from Nairobi, Kenya, and I have few photos collections of Mawlana Sultan Mohamed Shah when Mawla Blessed my family — my grandfather Count Alibhai Haji at a Mehmani. He and Varasyani Avalbai were present at the Diamond Jubilee in Dar es Salaam. I was 11 years old.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s