New houses in Alipore
This blog is linked in friendship to the Ahlan wa sahlan blog whose home is in Batley, West Yorkshire. The local community comes mainly from the village of Alipore which lies in the Chikhli Taluka area of the Navsari District in the State of Gujarat, India.
Though it has less than 5,000 people, Alipore is a truly global village, a dynamic community which has sent its energetic families to England, South Africa and elsewhere in the world. The people of Alipore village are mainly Sunni Muslims – many from the Vohra landowner and Mulla communities. There are about 8,000 Aliporeans in South Africa and about 4,500 in England.
Traditional house in Alipore
The first Alipore person who came to England was Ebrahim bahi Bilakhdi, back in 1951. Later Alipore people settled at Batley in Kirklees, West Yorkshire; Blackburn in Lancashire and the city of Leicester. Many worked in the textiles and footwear industries. Later many of the community moved into business, local government and the professions.
Click - for South Africa
The Alipur Muslim Association of South Africa has a fascinating website which gives an insight into a side of South Africa which people outside the country rarely hear about. The website contains a slide-show of photos taken recently in Alipore village, Gujarat.
The Batley, West Yorkshire community of people with links to Alipore is centred on the Indian Muslim
Alipore's Karolia Mohalla madressah
Welfare Society (IMWS), established in 1957. This is based at the Al-Hikmah Centre. The IMWS has a really excellent website including video content, for example of the 50th anniversary celebrations at here and at here.
It also produces the monthly Paigaam magazine which you can read online.
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