Zahir Dharsee: Nairobi Jamatkhana lit city’s night skyline in 1920s

Zahir Dharsee: Nairobi Jamatkhana lit city’s night skyline in 1920s

Via nation.co.ke – It was in early 1964. The independence decoration banners, displayed in the colours of the new flag of Kenya, were prominent outside the Jamatkhana on Government Road. I was a young boy then, and we had just moved to Nairobi.

The memory of my first encounter with the Jamatkhana (congregational house) is still vivid because it became my family’s prayer venue for 10 years before we migrated to Canada.

The Jamatkhana was commonly referred to as the “Khoja Mosque” by the public. The majesty of the building would be accentuated in the evenings when the many light bulbs on its exterior walls would be switched on, especially on festive occasions.

The building would be like an illuminated palace in Nairobi’s night skyline. It was prominently featured in a 1962 documentary about the Aga Khan, titled The Living Camera.

Read at the source: Khoja Mosque lit city’s night skyline in 1920s – DN2 – nation.co.ke.

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