Category Archives: London

Towards a more Sustainable & Waste-free Ashara Mubaraka

As technology advances, nature struggles to keep pace with the consequences of industrial progress. Sustainable living has been taken for granted and a culture of convenience, defined by the take-make-waste system has negatively impacted almost every aspect of life. This attitude, combined with an influx of waste generation in our lifestyles has heightened human and…

A dream come true moment for the Dawoodi Bohras of London, UK

Ashara Mubaraka, or the Blessed Ten, is a period of ten days at the start of the Islamic new year that is dedicated to remembering the sacrifice of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Husain.  His commitment to the universal values of justice, truth, humanity, and liberty serve as a potent message that reverberates across generations and communities.

Around 12,500 Dawoodi Bohras from across the globe arrived in London for Ashara Mubaraka sermons which commenced from 30th July 2022.

The Making of a Community

A Dawoodi Bohra Londoner goes back down memory lane to recall the journey of how one of the Dawoodi Bohras’ first masjids in the west was built, and how it became a catalyst for the growth and progress of the Bohra community in London, ultimately leading to hosting the annual international commemoration of Ashara Mubaraka 1444 H/ 2022 AD.

Bohra Badminton Players Keep Fit and Raise Funds for Ukraine Victims

In 2018, a group of friends from the Dawoodi Bohra community of London started playing badminton together at Southall Sports Centre as a fun way to socialise and help each other stay fit.  As the group of friends expanded, so did the commitment, and now more than 20 London Bohras meet up to three days…

Celebrating World Book Day – how a tax accountant and mother of two followed her passion to become a published children’s author

“What do you want to be when you grow up, Jamila?” the kindergarten teacher asked.

“An author,” she replied, without hesitation.

Jamila Khambalia is a tax accountant and mother of two. She has always had a love of the English language, and enjoyed creative writing as a child. Despite ultimately choosing a very different career path, her passion to be an author continued to burn at the back of her mind.

London Bohras Step Up to Help Local Food Banks

Many people continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic and this was further exacerbated by Storm Eunice which impacted much of England. The compounding effect of coronavirus and unprecedented climate disruption makes food banks across the UK a primary source of relief. In an effort to raise awareness of food insecurity and support the hungry, the Dawoodi Bohras of London organised a collection of food and useful items for the Ealing and Slough food banks in the Greater London area following Storm Eunice.

A community returns to safe education

Parents initiated a system using existing communication platforms to remind parents to Lateral Flow test their children and bring the results on Saturday morning when they came for drop off. A dedicated team of community members and parents arrive early every Saturday to set up testing checkpoints, offer advice on the importance of testing, and provide self-testing on site if needed. As a result, the vast majority of children have been testing every week at home on Saturdays and understand the importance of doing so.

Ladies of London Serve Afternoon Chai for Macmillan Cancer Support

Drawing inspiration from Macmillan’s “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”, the Ladies of London organised their very own “Afternoon Chai” event, selling both sweet and savoury items such as cakes, cookies, samosas and chaat, with endless cups of spiced Indian chai.  There was something for every taste, including a chocolate fountain, fresh waffles and even a face painting station for children.