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Waras Janmohamed Hansraj
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Honorary Titles Mukhi
Place of birth Kutch


Date of Birth 1838


Name of Cemetery and plot no Khoja Ismaili Cemetery, Bagamoyo
Place of longest stay Bagamoyo
Profession or occupation carried out for the longest period in life: Trader
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Brother
Full name Kanji Hansraj
Child
Full name Muhammad Janmohamed Hansraj


Jan Muhammad Hansraj was born in 1838 in Kutchh. Not much is known about his early life.

He however made a trip of Zanzibar in 1852 and ventured in the business field.

He started first a retail store with his brother, Kanji at Bagomoyo, and eventually expanded into wholesale trade.

He is still remembered as industrious and generous, who helped the arriving Ismaili Khojas in Africa.

Jan Muhammad Hansraj owned at least five stone houses with plots in Bagomoyo and was also the deputy of Sir Tharia Topan (1823-1891) in the town since 1860.

He helped build the town's Ismaili Jamatkhana and was appointed its Mukhi.

He was a generous and notably he gave 50,000/- shillings for the poor Ismaili Widow's Home at Zanzibar in 1900. The home was indeed a blessing for the destitute Khoja women. His son Mukhi Muhammad completed the project, known as Jan Muhammad Hansraj Khoja Dharam Shala. F.H.O. Wilson opened it on August 14, 1904.