Saturday 2 December 2023 | 18 Jumada Al Oula 1445 AH

Mafunzo Ya Imam Hussain (a.s.)

Khoja Shia Ithanasheri Jamaat of Dar es Salaam organizes a 3-day camp titled: Mafunzo Ya Imam Hussain (a.s.) [The teachings of Imam Hussain]

In Surah Al Munafiqun, the chapter 63 of the Quran, the verse number 10 tells,
وَأَنفِقُوا۟ مِن مَّا رَزَقْنَـٰكُم مِّن قَبْلِ أَن يَأْتِىَ أَحَدَكُمُ ٱلْمَوْتُ فَيَقُولَ رَبِّ لَوْلَآ أَخَّرْتَنِىٓ إِلَىٰٓ أَجَلٍۢ قَرِيبٍۢ فَأَصَّدَّقَ وَأَكُن مِّنَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحِينَ
“And donate from what We have provided for you before death comes to one of you, and you cry, “My Lord! If only You delayed me for a short while, I would give in charity and be one of the righteous.”

The first of its kind on multiple levels, a program that encapsulated the true essence of the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and his family. KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam showcased to the residents of Dar es Salaam who the Shias are, what humanitarian work they already do and how it was taught by Prophet Muhammad(s) and Imam Hussain (as), as well as serving the community in terms of health through a free eye camp, health camp and mental awareness for 3 days.

A unique event in that the KSIJDar called together and united to work with more than 50 different Shia institutions, NGO’s and medical facilities across the City of Dar es Salaam.

There were 7,200 visitors mainly from Dar es Salaam as well as surrounding regions and all faith backgrounds who heard the call of the camp of Hussain and wanted to partake in its free services.
The camp had more than 40 sheikhs, 30 doctors and professionals to cater to the wide public for their various needs.

The Tabligh team comprised of Bilal, Al Itrah, Kigogo Mosque, Wipahs and headed by Dr Kazim Dhalla of KSIJ Dar were responsible for spreading the good message of the Holy Quran to those who wanted to learn more, as well to teach about the good practices of the Holy Prophet, Prophet Muhammed(s) and his grandson, Imam Hussain. 800 people reached out for more information on Shia Madhab AFTER THE PROGRAM of which 4 have been known to have converted and become practicing Shia Ithnaasheris.

The eye specialists, nurses, volunteers managed to screen 4103 patients, dispense 1789 eye drop medicines to the patients and give out 1699 reading glasses for free to the elderly. In the 3 days alone, the eye camp saw 338 cases of cataract – these patients have been referred to their eye hospitals in Temeke and Kibaha ; KSI Chairtable Eye Centre and Medewell. The patients who were found to have cataract cases will now undergo surgery to treat their eyes for free. This process has already started and patients were reported to have reached the hospitals on Monday and Tuesday.

The doctors, nurses and volunteers screened 2571 patients for pressure, sugar and non-transmittable diseases. They found 187 cases where follow up was required and these patients have been referred to Ebrahim Haji Chairtable Health Centre for more follow up.

In the department of Mental health,– the Khoja shia gave education to more than 4,000 people who visited the camp ‘Mafunzo Ya Imam Hussain’. This being an area where the illness is often not talked about. Fikra Afya and The Awaited Rehab championed the education given.

Finally in their blood donation camp, they collaborated with Damu Salama and; the Khoja shia managed to collect 1443 units of blood. Which will now be used to help those requiring blood. Working towards the recently awarded world record of having collected the most pints of blood in a single day by any organization in the world.

The question arises as to why the Khoja Shia ithansheri community of Dar es Salaam embarked on a project of such a large scale and to offer their services, time and effort for free. If one was to visit the camp, they would leave with their answer – it was due to the teachings that the Shia have learnt from the final prophet, Prophet Muhammed (s) and his holy household (AhlulBayt). Learning about the religion which teaches us to be kind to all, to respect everyone and to benefit your community is an easy principle to listen to but difficult to implement.

But, the Khoja Shia Community showed through their collaboration efforts that between all their institutions they were already offering services to our country and its people. Be it via means of digging wells, providing for the orphan children, special needs schools, holding walks or marathons to raise awareness, feeding and clothing the hungry and poor or offering their services like they did in the 3 day camp at Mnazi Moja.

The KSI community have put in practice the lessons they have learned from the Prophet and Imams and have shown how the religion of Islam is being practised already and how to implement the teachings of these holy personalities.

KSIJ Dar es Salaam, in 2023/1445AH again will embark on the project as announced by our President Alhaj Mohamedraza M Dewji during the 8th Night of Muharram 1445AH. See the speech here (

Statistics for Mafunzo Ya Imam Hussain camp (25/08/22 to 27/08/22 )

Patients Screened at eye camp 4103

Cataract cases picked 338

Eye drops dispensed 1789

Reading glasses dispensed 1699

Medical screenings done 2571

Long term follow up cases picked 187

Blood donation units 1443

Mental Health education given to 4000+

Partners In The Program

Statistics For The Program

Eyecamp At The Program

VR Karbala, Tabligh

Tabligh Stall, Books And Education

Karbala Project

Art On Karbala, Tabligh

Closing Program, DR. Murthada Alidina

Closing Program (LEFT TO RIGHT) DR Murthada Alidina, Sheikh Alhad Mussa (Mwenyekiti Kamati Ya Amani), Al Haj Mohamed Raza (President KSIJ DSM)

KSIJ DSM President Speaking To Press On Day 2

A Visitor Receiving Information From A Sheikh

Visitors Waiting For Their Health And Eye Check Up

Volunteers Registering And Guiding Visitors

BR. Shabbir Khalfan Giving a Mental Health Awareness Talk

Visitors In Line To Join The Metal Health And Medical Camp

Visitors Receiving Food And Drinks Before They Leave