Asgharali M M Jaffer
Mulla Asghar was the first president of the World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim
Communities. Born in Mombasa, Kenya, he was educated at the Ithna-asheri Primary School and the Mombasa Technical High School. A self taught man, he was internationally recognized by the 'ulama and the public for his depth of religious knowledge and personal piety. A prolific writer and an outstanding orator, with a very approachable personality, he always had time for anyone, young and old, who approached him for any reason whatsoever. Fluent in Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu, Kiswahili and his mother tongue Gujerati, he was equally at ease communicating with scholars, intellectuals, poets and the learned from any corner of the Muslim world, as well as retaining the common touch with the man in the street.
He lived in London for the last two decades
Compiled by:M A Sherif