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Missionary Alibhai Nanji
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Honorary Titles Alijah
Place of birth Porbander
Country of birth India
Date of Birth 1893/06/10
Date of Death 1978/02/07
Place of Death Hyderabad


Place of longest stay Hyderabad
Profession or occupation carried out for the longest period in life: Teacher
Where Hyderabad
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Father
Full name Nanji Walji
Spouse
Full name Rahmat Banu
Child
Full name Mitha Nanji
Child
Full name Bachu Nanji
Spouse
Full name Fatima Kamal
Spouse
Full name Sonbai alias Shireenbai
Sister
Full name Manbai Nanji
Sister
Full name Nurbai Nanji
Sister
Full name Hirbai Nanji


Alibhai took his formal education in Porebandar. He passed the 7th class of Gujrati and got admitted in the Middle, where he learnt English upto 4th class. He also learnt to master Urdu and Arabic.

In 1910 he married Rahmat Banu, the daughter of Ismail Jamal of Porebandar. Unfortunately, his father Nanji Bhai died on the same day in the evening, at about 5.00 p.m.


Alibhai Nanji came to Manavadar in October 1931, where his second wife died in 1932. His mother also passed away three months after his wife's demise on March 28, 1932. His third marriage with Sonbai alias Shireenbai, the daughter of Rawjibhai Hashim was solemnized on February 22, 1933.

The health of his third wife Shireenbai deteriorated due to stomach pains. She was taken to Rajkot for treatment, where she died on January 3, 1946.

He served 10 years as a teacher in Kutchh and 45 years as a regular missionary.

He died in Hyderabad, Sind on Tuesday, February 7, 1978 at the age of 85 years.

He was blessed with a large family; however, seven of his sons expired in infancy. He left behind five sons, Abdul Rahim (d.1999), Abdul Hussain, Sadruddin, Hassanali and Mohamed Ali; and four daughters, Sakina (d.2000), Rawshan, Nurbanu and Izzat Khanu.

Huzur Mukhi Abdul Hussain has served mostly in the literary field, and compiled many articles and books. He worked mostly in the history of the Indian Pirs, and his book, 'Pir Padharia Apan'e Dua'ar' divided into two volumes was published in Bombay in 1986. He leads a retired life.

Itmadi Mohammad Ali Khoja worked in United Bank Ltd. in Hyderabad. He came to live in Karachi due to his transfer, where he also spared adequate time to the service of the jamat. In 1996, he returned to Karachi as a Senior Executive Vice-President of the United Bank Ltd. He soon joined PICIC as a Managing Director since 1996 till now. He is the Chairman of Gulf Commercial Bank, the Chairman of Banker Equity Ltd, the Director of Phillips Electrical Company, etc.