Dr Sibtain Panjwani – UK
In June 1987, Marhum Kassimali Nazerali Panju wrote a nine page letter to the leaders of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Community (KSIMC) expressing his sadness at the diminishing importance of Gujarati Language within the community in East Africa and in the West. With candid clarity, Marhum Kassimalibhai analysed how the loss of a mother tongue deprives the community of “checks and balance” mechanism as it engages with other cultures and beliefs. He also expresses his fears of the subsequent loss of our own Islamic Values and Identity. As part of “The Awakening Project”, Dr Sibtain Panjwani refers to his foresightedness and informs the audience to take heed of this warning. Initial result of recent survey on “KSIMuslim Identity conducted by “The Awakening Project” do reveal that Gujarati/Kachhi language and Islamic beliefs are fundamental pillars to progress our KSIMuslim Identity in the 21st century.
This publication originally started as print magazine in Nairobi under the auspices of the Haydari Madrasah. Later on, with greater demand for online material and demand to suppress costs as well as reach a wider audience, TC on Friday, became an online "Friday supplement". In the early 2000s, the forum received the support of The World Federation, giving their blessings to the publication as well as helping in its broadcast.
Again, with passage of time, changes are imminent as we now move to a more interactive state - a blog. To this end, I seek the support of all members who can contribute their valuable time and written material to the forum, which is being read all across the world.
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