Category Archives: Manchester

Running with Purpose: Yusuf Anjarwalla’s Inspiring Marathon Journey in Manchester

Yusuf Anjarwalla, an avid runner and member of the Manchester Dawoodi Bohra community, recently achieved a remarkable feat by completing the Manchester 2024 Marathon.  Yusuf’s running journey is a compelling tale of determination and dedication.  It began in 2012 when he took his first steps as a runner to raise money for The Christie NHS…

Scaling New Heights: A Manchester Family’s Quest to Conquer Kilimanjaro for Kidney Care

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, recently served as the backdrop for an inspiring adventure undertaken by a father-son duo from the Manchester community of Dawoodi Bohras. Twelve-year-old Abbas Khambalia and his father Dr. Hussein Khambalia not only set out to conquer this monumental mountain but also aimed to raise over £20,000 for kidney care initiatives in Tanzania, the homeland of Dr. Khambalia’s parents.

Addressing Digital Poverty and Its Impact on Society

Digital poverty – the lack of computers, smartphones, & the internet – can negatively impact a person’s access to education, employment, and social services.  With today’s increasing reliance on digital platforms at school and work, those who do not have access to these technologies are at a significant disadvantage. Recognising the importance of addressing digital…

Bridging Healthcare Divides: Volunteering MRI Scanning Expertise in Mongolia

Earlier this year, Haider Ali, a radiologist and member of the Manchester community of Dawoodi Bohras, travelled to Mongolia to participate in a visit organised by RAD-AID to exchange knowledge on MRI scanning. Radiology – the use of imaging techniques such as X-rays, MRI scans, and ultrasounds to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries inside…

How I Memorised the Quran and What it Means to Me

Alaqmar Mufaddal Shehabi is a 19-year old currently studying at the Nairobi branch of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, the premier educational institute of the Dawoodi Bohra community. He hails from Manchester, where he completed his GCSEs at Bury Church of England High School. Every year, hundreds of Dawoodi Bohras around the world memorise the entire Quran under the aegis of Mahad al-Zahra,…

Working Hard to “Keep Manchester Tidy” – on Earth Day and Every Day

The theme of this year’s Earth Day – the annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection – is Invest In Our Planet.

This month’s litter pick was, once again, held in partnership with Emma Krinjen-Kemp, Project Manager of Keep Manchester Tidy.  Despite the rain, plenty of Project Rise volunteers worked hard to ensure that all rubbish was collected and disposed of properly, creating a cleaner and more pleasant environment for the local community.

World Health Day: Helping Refugees Impacted by the Earthquake in South-Central Turkey

Dr. Mustafa Ganijee, a member of the Manchester community of Dawoodi Bohras, recently spent time in Turkey providing medical services to people affected by the earthquake in Turkey.  To mark World Health Day – which this year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization – we spoke to Dr. Ganijee about his reflections and experiences.

How a Manchester Doctor Helped COVID Patients in Bangladesh

Dr Amir Hussain Baluwala from Manchester, England is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He has gained extensive experience in managing patients with COVID infection and has become an expert in providing frontline care to those affected by the virus.

Supporting Those Hit Hardest by Covid-19 in India, Pakistan and Yemen

Mrs Shakir recalls talking to a relative who told her that, due to Covid-19 quarantine measures, many people were unable to work, leaving them with no income and unable to meet their basic needs.  She wanted to help them. Helping others in need is an integral part of the Dawoodi Bohra faith, especially during the…