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Muhamadalibhai Janmohammed Kesani

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Birth & Death

Birthdate: In Year 1896

Deathdate: June 23, 1957

About

The Late Haji Muhamadali J Kesani was born in Mikindani (Tanganyika) in 1896 and his father, Haji Janmohammed was born in Kutch Mundra, India. Late Muhamadali resided in Mikindani for many years.

Life Journey

After the demise of his father in 1900, late Muhamadali bhai with his relative's assistance in 1902 he had an opportunity to study Gujarati language in Mumbai Boarding school for 2 years, following this, a famous businessman of that time in Mogadishu, Fazalbhai Hasham found this young man, he was impressed with his abilities and offered him a job and took him Mogadishu in 1908. After working for 15 years, he decided to establish his own business and gradually succeeded. He then started exporting. Later in 1940 he started exporting hides to foreign countries. He was the first Ithna-Asheri to do the hides business.

In 1918 he had married the daughter of his employer Fazalbhai and was blessed with 5 sons.

In 1914 during the midst of the First World War he had to travel in a dhow to Zanzibar for business trip.

In 1925 his mother and father in-law passed away, he took the bodies to Karbala-e-Mualla (Iraq) for burial.

In 1937 he went for Hajj (pilgrimage) and in 1951 he went for Ziarat of our 14 infallible (as). As the children grew he involved them into his business.

On 23rd June 1957 he passed away. The Late Muhamadalibhai possessed pleasant personality, he was cooperative. He served sincerely for the community. He had engaged his life for the society and served as the President of Mogadishu Jamaat since 1949 up to his death.

  • Let us remember Marhum and all Marhumeens with Sura-e-Fateha.

Translated by F.Ali

Extracted from Community Directory 1964

Resource:http://africafederation.org/oldafrica/publications/archives/299-africa-federation-archives-haji-muhamadalibhai-janmohammed-kesani