(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 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 bhai Gokal the matter was then pursued through the head office in Mumbai, by Marhoom Al-Haj Sultan Ahmed Moloobhoy, the President of the Faiz-E-Panjetani, 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 attend to various Legal and Court proceedings to seek release of Musafirkhana properties encroached upon by various people. They have 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 have also been assisting Faiz-E- Panjetani in these matters, devoting time since more than the past 10 years.
Faiz-E-Panjetani, headed by the current president Al-Haj Salmaan Sultan Moloobhoy and Al- Haj Mohib Ali Nasser Vice President along with Al-Haj Gulam Virjee (SukuSuku) of Dubai and Al- Haj Gulamali Meghani (G.M.) of Bhavnagar made frequent visits to Iraq for 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 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 under Serial No. 2176626 with Registration Certificate Ref. 1858 dated 30/12/2013. Seen in the picture from left to right Al Haj Gulam Virji, Al Haj salmaan Moloobhoy, 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
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.