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US State Department Delegation Visits Aljamea Nairobi

On Tuesday, the 19th of November, a delegation of US State Department officials and representatives from the US embassy in Nairobi visited Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah. Rory Anderson, a policy advisor for Africa in the Strategic Religious Engagement Unit and Maryam Cementwala, a Policy Advisor at the Strategic Initiatives Office of International Religious Freedom, were accompanied by Michelle Di Ionno a Political Associate at the local embassy and other personnel. The guests engaged in a round-table discussion with faculty members and students on [...]

2019-11-20T16:50:09+03:00November 20th, 2019|News & Events|

Dr Karen Pinto Visits Aljamea Karachi

On Saturday, 16th November, Dr Karen C Pinto, a professor at Boise State University’s College of Innovation and Design and an eminent medieval Islamic maps expert visited Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Karachi. Dr Pinto delivered a talk to students and faculty on the topic of medieval Islamic maps where she explained their prominent characteristics and distinctive features. She spoke of the tendency for such maps to be oriented to the South, the concept of an encircling ocean and the symbolism of birds. Having [...]

2019-11-22T08:44:36+03:00November 20th, 2019|News & Events|

Verse 29: Value What you Possess

In previous verses the author mentioned the various capabilities with which man has been endowed. He also encourages man to appreciate and value these qualities by using them to comprehend the truths of creation and, ultimately, fulfil his purpose in being created. In this verse he also makes it clear that failure to do so will inevitably lead to oblivion. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna al-Muaʾyyad al-Shirazi RA points out that the cosmos and all that it encompasses was brought into being [...]

2019-11-15T15:30:31+03:00November 15th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 28: Comprehend the Intellect Bestowed upon you

It was explained in the third verse, that al-ʿAql al-Awwal achieved enlightenment by comprehending his own self. He became aware of his strengths and recognised his limitations. In this verse, man is directed to comprehend his intellect and his soul so that he too may reach the same conclusion: the omnipotence of the Creator and the impossibility of ever comprehending Him. Al-ʿAql al-Awwal was able to acknowledge his Creator of his own accord. However, this is not the case for [...]

2019-11-04T08:41:00+03:00November 4th, 2019|Blog|

Aljamea Marol Continues the Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Since January 2019, Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Mumbai (Marol) has been actively participating in the Dawoodi Bohra community initiative to rid water bodies of plastic waste known as Turning the Tide. Every Sunday, groups of students and faculty members join Afroz Shah, community members and other volunteers to lend a hand in the cleanup of Mithi River and Versova beach in Mumbai. Apart from the cleanup, students also take part in activities that further help this cause. These include interacting with local residents [...]

2019-10-31T09:41:04+03:00October 31st, 2019|News & Events|

World Food Day Walk

In commemoration of World Food Day, the students and faculty of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Nairobi joined members of the Dawoodi Bohra community for a seven kilometer walk through the heart of Nairobi to raise awareness about global hunger. The walk commenced from the iconic Uhuru Park in central Nairobi and progressed through the city’s major highways before terminating at Uhuru Gardens, Langata. A brief closing ceremony was held at the gardens to mark the event in which government officials and county representatives [...]

2019-10-17T15:46:12+03:00October 17th, 2019|News & Events|

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Kenya Visits Aljamea Nairobi

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Kenya, His Excellency Mr Sunil De Silva, visited Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Nairobi on Saturday the 12th of October. Upon his arrival, he was received by the Principal of the Academy and senior faculty members, following which he viewed a brief video about the history and functionings of the institution, the Dawoodi Bohra community and the recently concluded ʿAshara Mubāraka event in Colombo. In his address the High Commissioner spoke of the role of religion in calling [...]

2019-10-14T15:59:03+03:00October 14th, 2019|News & Events|

Verse 27: Mesmerised and Confounded

The surest sign that one has enlightened his soul and has indeed comprehended the truths of Creation is in being left confounded and perplexed by the majesty of Allah Taʿālā. This is the intended outcome of all learning and the greatest proof of being learned. Though knowledge is usually sought to dispel confusion and increase understanding, in this instance the hallmark of wisdom is to affirm that the intellect is incapable of perceiving the greatness of the Creator. His greatness [...]

2019-10-12T09:00:36+03:00October 12th, 2019|Blog|

Verse 26: Hasten to Enlighten Your Soul

In verse eight, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA calls upon mankind to enlighten his intellect with the rays of divine revelation. He directs him to enlighten his soul with the light of knowledge, thereby establishing that only knowledge derived from divine revelation has the potential to illuminate the soul. The precedence given to the development of the intellect is justified by the fact that a man’s intellect allows him to differentiate between right and wrong, between acquiring knowledge that benefits him [...]

2019-09-22T12:21:50+03:00September 22nd, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Students from Aljamea Nairobi Participate in Annual KLDA Cleanup Drive

As part of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s many environmental awareness initiatives which fall under the Project Rise umbrella, students from Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Nairobi participated in a cleanup activity organised by the Karen and Langata District Association on International Coastal Cleanup Day. The students were joined by community members and hundreds of other volunteers from the corporate sector as well as numerous other educational institutes in a combined effort against improper waste disposal practices in the Langata area. An estimated six tonnes [...]

2019-09-22T06:50:54+03:00September 21st, 2019|News & Events|