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Rare Photographs of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah and Prince Aly Khan from the Collection of Naffisa Gilani
By NAFFISA GILANI
I am originally from Arusha and the daughter of late Gulshan and Kamrudin Mohamed Jivan. I was looking through my papa’s albums, and came across some very special tiny black and white photographs of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, Prince Aly Khan and Ms. Rita Hayworth. I vaguely remember the late Arusha Jamatkhana and the library in the photos; I was very young then. I am happy to share the photos with readers of this blog. I would urge readers to scan through their family albums like I and many others have done (read Collections), and I am confident you will come across historical photographs of Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his family that you might like to share with the Jamat around the world through Barakah, a website dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his family.
There are a number of individuals from my father’s family who appear in the photos including my uncles Hassanali Mohamed Jivan, Kassamali Mohamed Jivan and Jamal Mohamed Jivan. I have tried my best to identify other individuals as best as I could, and I request readers to submit names of persons and specific places that I have not mentioned by completing the feedback form at the end of the article or to write to the editor Malik Merchant at Simerg@aol.com. Also, the exact location and date of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah’s two photos are not known, and any information about the photos would be greatly appreciated. Each photo has been designated a unique id#.
Two Rare Photos of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan
Prince Aly Khan in Arusha in 1951
Date posted: October 23, 2021. Last updated: October 25, 2021 (caption updates).
About the contributor: Naffisa Gilani was born in Arusha, and lived in Mombasa, Vancouver and Calgary before retiring in Nanaimo, BC.
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