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Who Are Khoja Shi'as?

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2 hours ago, A true Sunni said:

OK fair enough. UK Khojas are very different 

As I said, they are very nice people here too, yesterday I went to their jumuah like I have been doing for years. It is just that particular masjid which is "closed" to the public. I think it is for rather well-off people from the community. 

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On 3/16/2017 at 4:36 AM, Mohamed1993 said:

I went to Khoja mosques in UK, and there would be Pakistanis and other non-Khojas who would attend, but I got the feeling the Khojas didn't want any non-Khoja involved in administration of the centre and handling the funds and everything.

This ^^. Khojas are very well organized and and have made some wonderful contributions to the shia society but they have a very exclusive attitude. There is this sunday school they run here and one of the mothers said she wanted to be a part of it and would be happy to volunteer with anything even the relatively menial jobs like working in the kitchen to make the lunches for kids. She was politely turned down. I witnessed the same thing in ladies majalis.

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3 hours ago, starlight said:

This ^^. Khojas are very well organized and and have made some wonderful contributions to the shia society but they have a very exclusive attitude. There is this sunday school they run here and one of the mothers said she wanted to be a part of it and would be happy to volunteer with anything even the relatively menial jobs like working in the kitchen to make the lunches for kids. She was politely turned down. I witnessed the same thing in ladies majalis.

Khojas have a way of doing things which other people might find difficult to adhere to.rather then think of it as they didnt want non-Khoja help, think of it as they dont want non-Khoja trained help

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6 minutes ago, A true Sunni said:

Khojas have a way of doing things which other people might find difficult to adhere to.rather then think of it as they didnt want non-Khoja help, think of it as they dont want non-Khoja trained help

Maybe, but how much training does a mother require to distribute meals and wash dishes in the kitchen afterwards? 

But this is insignificant in comparison to the good things they have done for the shia community.

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7 minutes ago, starlight said:

Maybe, but how much training does a mother require to distribute meals and wash dishes in the kitchen afterwards? 

But this is insignificant in comparison to the good things they have done for the shia community.

As I said they have their way of doing things. I have noticed that if you enrolled in their Maddrassah were educated in their maddrassahs they are a lot more welcoming because you have been 'Khoja trained'

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4 hours ago, starlight said:

This ^^. Khojas are very well organized and and have made some wonderful contributions to the shia society but they have a very exclusive attitude. There is this sunday school they run here and one of the mothers said she wanted to be a part of it and would be happy to volunteer with anything even the relatively menial jobs like working in the kitchen to make the lunches for kids. She was politely turned down. I witnessed the same thing in ladies majalis.

I think khoja Jamaat strictly don't want non-khojas to interfere in administration department and it is justified. Other than that I think there are non-khojas employed at khoja centres. I can count enough caretaker who are Sayyed and works in khoja centres. 

Tell me star, are you sure that she was turned down because she was a non-khoja or there could be some other reason? 

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I feel the same thing is happening in my Islamic center as starlight's. Many of the influential people of the center are Khojas, but there are a lot of Punjabis too, and that causes a lot of political drama. I'm not quite sure of the details, but one of the Khojas ended up listing the Islamic center as a Khoja center in order to get more funds from their Khoja sources, and that caused a ruckus. And it also split up the center, my second home. People stopped coming and even the Sunday School associated with the center split into two. It's real divisive stuff. 

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