Nation: Celebrating over a century of Ismaili community in Kenya

The majestic iconic Town Jamatkhana (religious and cultural centre), popularly known as Khoja Mosque, a landmark on Moi Avenue in Nairobi’s Central Business District, first opened its doors on January 14, 1922. 

Its 100-year anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on how such a monument symbolises the permanence of the Ismaili Muslim Community in Kenya, as well as catalyses the development of a neighbourhood, a city, indeed a nation. Town Jamatkhana was gazetted as a historic monument under the National Museums of Kenya in 2001

Town Jamatkhana (Khoja Mosque) on Moi Avenue, Nairobi. The iconic religious and cultural centre. Photo: Nation Media Group

The Ismailis, mainly migrants from the State of Gujarat in India, had arrived to settle in Nairobi around 1900. About the same time, following completion of the construction of the Kenya-Uganda Railway, Indian tradespeople from Kenya’s Coast made their way inland and settled in Nairobi. Town Jamatkhana became the focal point of new businesses and is credited with stimulating the growth of Bazaar Street, now Biashara (Kiswahili for trade/commerce) Street.

Full article at Nation

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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