In (Hijri year 1330) Anjuman e Faiz e Panjetani was formed in Bombay (India) as a society to help Zaireen perform their pilgrimage with comfort and ease by setting up Musafirkhanas in Iraq at Kazmain, Karbala, Najaf and Basrah.
This institution was subsequently made into a TRUST by a Deed executed on 27th February 1932 by the then Trustees consisting interalia of Haji Dawood Haji Nasser Mowji, Hasanali Peermahomed Ebrahim, Doctor Rajabali Kasamali Nathani, Goolamhusainbhoy Jaffer, Haji Sheriffbhoy Hassam, Esmail Abdul Karim Panju, Haji Datoobhoy Jetha Esa Thavar, Haji Goolamhusein Valimahomed Ladiwalla, Goolamhusain Allarakhia Soomar, Hasanalibhoy Allarakhia Thavar, Haji Sheriffbhoy Hassam and Haiderali Haji Bachubhoy Ali J.P.
Musafirkhanas in Iraq were managed from 1940 to 1950 by Haji Kassimali bhai Jetha Gokal and his brother Haji Abdul Huseinbhai Jetha Gokal. After the demise of Haji Kassim Alibhai in 1950 in Karbala, the responsibility fell upon Haji Abdul Husein bhai Jetha Gokal who was assisted by Yassin Kassim Ali Gokal ( expired 1960 near Karbala in a car accident) and Haji Mustafa Kassim Ali Gokal. In 1954, after change of regulations, the A.F.P. was re-registered as a society in Iraq under the leadership of Haji Abdul Husein bhai Jetha Gokal.
Haji Abdul Husein bhai Jetha Gokal continued to devote majority of his time to looking after pilgrims coming to Iraq and other philanthropic activities such as building mosques and hospitals.
Most of the pilgrims were coming by sea to Basra on the British India (BI) Line which used to have weekly sailings from Bombay and Karachi to Basra. The pilgrims from East Africa used to transit in Bombay or Karachi. From Basra, the pilgrims would normally travel by train to Hilla and then by car to Najaf or Karbala.
Marhoom Esmail bhai Abdul Karim Panju, Shaheed Haji Abdul Hussain Jetha bhai Gokal and Marhoom Mohamed Husein bhai Haji Jan Mohamed bhai (Ladhubhai) went to East Africa to raise funds for the Musafirkhanas. On their return they were honoured in Mumbai as seen in the photograph with Shaikh Mohammed Jawad Najafi and Maulana Sayed Ashiq Abbas.
After the martyrdom of Shahid Abdul Husain Jetha Gokal the matter was then pursued with the government of Iraq by the AFP head office in Mumbai, by Marhoom Al-Haj Sultan Ahmed Moloobhoy, the President of the AFP, with the Government of Iraq, to return the Properties of Faiz from 1970 till he passed away in 1981.
Marhoom Al-Haj Roshanali Dawood Nasser, who became the President of Faiz after the death of Al-Haj Sultan Ahmed Moloobhoy then pursued the matter relentlessly with various authorities in Iraq with documentary evidences and records with perseverance in this matter with the Government of Iraq for almost 30 years until he passed away in 2008.
Hujjatul Islam, Syed Alauddin Al-Mussawi and Advocate Mr. Mehdi Karbool eminent Lawyer retained by the Marajaa were authorised to pursue these issues with the various Legal and Court proceedings to seek release of the Musafirkhana properties encroached upon by various people. Mr. Karbool followed the cases in the different courts on high priority. Haji Ali Shamsa nephew of Late Sheikh Abdul Amir Shamsa Mutawalli of Khojas in Najaf and Sayed Rauf Mutawalli of Khojas in Karbala also assisted AFP in these matters.
AFP, headed by the current president Al-Haj Salmaan Sultan Moloobhoy and Marhoom Al- Haj Mohib Ali Nasser Vice President along with Trustee Al-Haj Gulam Virjee (SukuSuku) of Dubai and Marhoom Al- Haj Gulamali Meghani (G.M.) of Bhavnagar made frequent visits to Iraq to follow up various cases pending in Iraq courts and sought the gradual release of all Musafirkhanas from time to time.
After clearing all the Legal Formalities and with the help and Duas of His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Syed Ali Hussaini Al Sistani (DA) and various Government officials, Anjumane Faiz e Panjetani was finally recognsed as a foreign NGO in the Republic of Iraq by the NGO’s Directorate on 30/12/2013. Seen in the picture from left to right Al Haj Gulam Virji, Al Haj Salmaan Moloobhoy, President, AFP Dr Ali Makki Director General NGO Directorate, Mr Basil Al Mousavi Dy Director General NGO Directorate, Mr Mahdi Karbool lawyer of AFP, Haji Ali Shamsa AFP
Al Najaf Residence with a capacity of about 70 Pilgrims is located just 90 meters away from the Haram of Imam Ali A.S. This property has been carefully restored to its original heritage architectural aesthetics while simultaneously being upgraded with modern amenities. The restoration work took almost 20 months and cost approximately US$ 2 Million.
On the joyous occasion of the Wilaadat of Imam e Zamana (A.S.) Anjuman - e - Faiz - e - Panjetani (NGO) – Iraq re-opened it under the name "AL – NAJAF Residence" on the 17th of Shaban (25th May 2016).
Al Najaf Residence has been very well received with more than 10,000 guests staying here since it re-opened in 2016.
The launch of the Al Kadhmiya Residence on 12th January 2019 in the presence of dignitaries Syed Murtaza Al-Kashmiri Vakil Mutlaq of His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Syed Ali Hussaini Al Sistani, Syed ‘Alaa Al-Musawi, then Head of Waqf Shi’ae of Iraq and Honorable Minister, Syed Mohammad Al-Musawi Secretary General WABIL London, Syed Ezzidin al Hakim son of His Eminence Grand Ayatullah al Hakim, Syed Mohammed Reza Modaressi, son of His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Mohammad Taqi al-Modaressi, Representatives of His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Bashir al-Najafi, Sheikh Sattar al Murshidi Head of Ataba Samarra, 5 Representatives of Sheikh Mahdi Al-Karbalae Head Ataba Hussainiya, Dr. Jamal al Dabbagh, Head of of Ataba Kadhmiya, Dr. Sami al Araji Minister and Head of Investment Commission of Iraq, Mr. Ali al Dabbagh, former Minister and spokesman of Government of Iraq and many more.
This property is virtually touching the boundary of the Haram, less than 5 minutes’ walk to Haram Entrance with an unparalleled view of the Holy Shrines from the Restaurant and some Rooms.
Restoration took around 20 months at a cost of US$1.5mn
Marhoom Al Haj Mohib Ali Roshan Ali Nasser vice president of Anjuman e Faiz e Panjetani passed away on 22nd October 2020.We lost a community leader and a philanthropist. Marhum was also Malli Vakil of Grand Ayatullah Syed Ali Al Hussaini Al Sistani (DA) (May Allah give him long life), President of KSI Jama Masjid Trust Mumbai, Chairman of Alimaan Charitable Trust, Najafi House, Mumbai
Al Qasr Residence, a newly constructed 13 storey Pilgrims Residence in Karbala al Muqaddasa is now open for Zawwars from 1st January 2021
We are honoured to welcome Zawwars of Aba Abdillah al Hussain a.s.
Al Qasr Residence is located on Bab al Qibla Street of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain a.s. near Qa’atar Rasool only 350/400 metres from the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain a.s.
The total capacity of Al Qasr Residence will be approximately 475 guests, however we are now ready with Rooms to accommodate 230 guests and by April 2021 the capacity will increase to 340 guests, Insha Allah. Well furnished, well equipped, large and spacious rooms with western washroom will provide a comfortable stay for Guests of Imam Hussain a.s.
Multi-Cuisine Restaurant on 11th floor with a clear view of Domes of both Holy Shrines.
In-house Coffee Shop.
In-house laundry for guests.
Large Majlis Halls for Ladies and Gents on the first floor with seating capacity of around 1,200 pilgrims.
Some Rooms have wheelchair access.
Wi-Fi internet access throughout the Residence.
5 Lifts to all floors for guests and 1 Service lift.
By the Grace of Allah and blessings of Fourteen Masoomeens we have started to carry out the repairs and reconstruction work of various Musafirkhanas with financial support and help from the community members in this noble cause. May Allah (SWT) reward the community as we continue to work together to rebuild the Musafirkhanas dedicated to the Holy Imams (A.S.) and the Martyrs of Karbala. And may our efforts benefit pilgrims for many years to come as was the main objective of forming Anjuman e Faiz e Panjetani over 100 years ago.