Having spent 12 years working for a language development and cultural research organisation in East Africa (mainly Uganda and Tanzania) I had the opportunity to develop friendships with Ismaili Muslims. The Nizari Ismaili Sect of Shi’a Islam are little known in Australia but, in other parts of the globe as well as East Africa, they are known for their top quality schools and hospitals and their clean water and agricultural projects. Their approach is similar to the way many Christian organisations approach development.
Our Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam and Her Highness Begum Salimah arrived in Melbourne, Australia, on 31st October, 1979 at 6.00 p.m. as special guests of Victoria Racing Club for the Spring Carnival.
Within the official programme, Hazar Imam had requested that time be made available for Him and Her Highness Begum Salimah to meet members of the Australian Jamat. 7th November, 1979 was set aside and the venue was Sydney.
Previously, there were 2 separate entries for the same Jamatkhana - one under Perth Jamatkhana and one under ScarboroughJamatkhana. There is only one Jamatkhana in Perth