ABOUT US

Alipore Muslim Association (AMA) United Kingdom

Due to the foresight, wisdom and courage of our elders, Alipore Muslim Association in UK (AMA) was established in 1970. The aims of this association are to promote activities in connection with Religious, Social, Financil, Edcational, Culture and Welfare progress of Aliporians in accordance with the Islamic Shariah and Sunni Hanafi school of thought. The primary objective of this association is to carry out these aims for the benefit of the Aliporians.

It has now been successfully operating for over 40 years providing financial support for variety of projects and charities within India as well as UK. In this short period we have witnessed many positive changes. The progress we have made in social, economical, and educational field during these 40 year period can be called a glittering side of our existence.

Aliporians are divided geographically into three main areas: Residents of Alipore Village in India, South African Aliporians, and the British Aliporians. We hope the details found on this website and the links to other sites will provide a bridge to unite these three areas.

Within Britain, the main areas of residence for Aliporians are within Batley, Dewsbury, Bradford, Blackburn, Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, and London. We currently have around 700 members of AMA UK. More details of actual number of members can be found within the ‘Membership’ section.

AMA UK have successfully managed to purchase a portfolio of commercial properties for their rental yields. We currently rent out the following properties:-

Wheatley Hill, County Durham.-The property is a Double fronted Shop with Flats above.
Ali Baba, Dewsbury-Take Away shop
Upholland, Wigan, Lancashire-Furniture and Flooring shop.

Alipore……the beginning.

There was a religious person named Ali (Also known as Aalji) who migrated to this part of the world many centuries ago. His origin is not known but he is believed to be descendent from the prophet Muhammad (SAW). The land surrounding this village was barren and open and mostly uninhabited. He found lush green land here and decided to live on a high place.
Gradually people began to gather at this place, which as yet had no name, to seek spiritual guidance. Whenever people visited Ali’s place they would say “Ali ne ta jawana” or “Ali wara gaam ma jaawana.” The people of the surrounding villages spoke mostly Gujarati; hence they would say “Ali por (gaam) jawaana”.

As people surrounded the religious leader, the place where he had his small tent was converted into a prayer area and later became a mosque. That is how the present day Jumma Mosque came in to existence.

With an increasing population of Vohra moving to this part of the world, they began to build their houses near to the mosque. This migration formed a new settlement and they called their village Alipore.

Location

Alipore (pronounced Aalipore) is a village near Chikhli, of the district Navsari in the state of Gujarat in western India. It is approximately 130 miles away from the city of Mumbai, 17 miles from Navsari, 19 miles from Valsad and around 35 miles away from Surat.

Population

The population of 7500 is mainly Muslim, with Hindus forming the rest. The village has around 20 main streets (Mahollas) with many side-streets. The indigenous populations of the village are mainly landowner Muslim Vohras community and other smaller muslim communities.

The main language spoken in Alipore is Gujarati, whilst English and Hindi can be understood by most.

Landmarks

Alipore has some wonderful landmarks. There are at least five Mosques (for the Muslims), a Mandir (for the Hindus), a well equipped General Hospital, two Islamic learning centers i.e. Darul Uloom, Bank, Post Office and a Primary and Secondary High School.

Masjids:

The Jumma Masjid (The Grand Mosque)
The Laher Mohalla Masjid
Gajaria Masjid,
Khambia Masjid
Pardar – located on the outskirts of the village.

Darul-Uloom:

There are two Darul-Uloom in Alipore, one in the heart of the village (Hidayatul Islam) and the other in Khambia. The former was established around half a century ago and has approx 200 students, and the latter was established around the mid 1980’s. Both provide full boarding facilities. They both cater for Hafez classes as well the full Alim course.

Eidgarh:

Eidghah in Alipore provides an open designated space for Eid prayer. People from surrounding villages also benefit from this facility and often has several thousands people attending for the EID namaaz.

Health Care:

Alipore has a new large General Hospital located ideally on the Highway. The Alipore hospital is run by the Alipore Welfare Trust. It is a modern building built around 15 years ago and has just undergone further extension and now also incorporates conference facilities. It has many departments including a very busy A&E along with state of the art CT scan facilities. It has excellent Dialysis facilities with 5 modern dialysis machines. There are also the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Dental, Maternity, Orthopaedics and Paediatrics. It serves thousands of patients each year. In addition to this hospital, there are two medical practitioners within Alipore who hold daily surgeries and a dispensary.

Education Facilities:

The village presently has one primary school and a secondary school named K and B High School. The High school provide education for around 885 students, up to the age of 17. A new High school is under construction and once completed will include science laboratories, a gym and ICT suite.

Banks and Post Offices:
There is a post office together with a bank in Alipore namely the Bank of Baroda which is located centrally. Together they provide the financial matters for the public.

Waterworks:

Alipore contains two main water works, one of which is situated in the centre of the village and the other in the Karolia Maholla. There is a further water purification plant using advanced filtration technique, which supplies clean water for both drinking and domestic use to every household in the village.

Transport system

Roads:
Alipore has good road system with access to a major highway in India. The National Highway 8, which passes through the middle of Alipore connects Delhi to Mumbai. It has recently been developed and expanded with the addition of a third lane. Public bus transport connects Alipore to surrounding towns and cities. There are numerous taxis and rickshaws to take one around the village. There are also future plans for a new express highway, which will run parallel to Alipore.

Railways:
Alipore has at present a narrow gauge train service which operates from Billimora to Wagai. It has a railway station called Chikhli Road Station. Future plans include replacing the narrow gauge with the broad gauge and will extend its routes through Saputara (a well known holiday hill-top resort) to Nasik city.

Cemeteries

Alipore has 3 cemeteries, the main cemetery is located on the outskirts of Alipore adjoining the Dairy, it is well maintained through the hard work of the village youngsters. The other two smaller cemeteries are used occasionally.

Vasudhara Dairy

Alipore has a big dairy plant called Vasudhara Dairy, which is run by the milk co-operative society of Valsad, Navsari and Dang Districts. It employs over 1000 people, and produces over 300,000 litres of milk a day which is packaged in cartons. It also produces other dairy products such as butter and a variety of ice-creams.

Crops

The village is surrounded by acres of paddy fields, used for growing rice and sugarcane. Traditionally, the village survived on farming, producing rice as a main crop. Other products include cattle grass, cotton and mangoes, indeed Alipore has become famous for Alphonso and Kesar.

Alipore was once well known for producing a handcrafted local cloth call Khadi, which was later replaced by electric hand looms that produced fine cotton cloth. The village’s cotton industry diminished as its population began migrating to the UK in the early 1960s.

Migration

Aliporian migration to other countries has occurred since the 1880’s. The first migrants went to South Africa entering on the eastern shores at Durban and now largely settled in Johannesburg. After the end of the First World War and during India’s fight for independence, The people of Alipore, mainly young, looked for opportunities elsewhere. Some went to Mumbai to seek jobs. In the 1950’s, during the economic boom in the UK some migrated to the UK to work in the mills. Since then their descendants have played an integral part in their newly adopted countries. They now represent the social fabric of Britian and have excelled in all spheres of life.