Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta helped inaugurate the Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Arabic Academy Complex in Nairobi on Thursday.
The facility belongs to the Dawoodi Bohra community in Nairobi, who are part of the Shia Islamic faith. The Dawoodi Bohras mainly reside in the western cities of India and also in Pakistan, Yemen and East Africa. They speak a dialect of Gujarati with inclusions from Arabic, Urdu and other languages.
In a press release on the occasion of the academy opening, Uhuru commended the Dawoodi Bohra community for “promoting tolerance and peace,” also praising the institution for not only providing faith-based education but also for planning to offer formal academic programmes in the near future.
The new facility in the Karen neighborhood of Nairobi is financed and managed by the Bohra community, which has two other similar facilities in Egypt and Pakistan that mainly offer Arabic education to young men and women.
The event was also attended by the international spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community, Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.