When our forefathers landed on the Eastern shores of Africa, they settled in the towns like Lamu, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam, Bagamoyo and Kilwa, among others, some of them ventured into the interior and decided to live in small settlements and villages. At that time, we did not have Mulyanis or Zakiras from India or Pakistan to cater for the needs of the women of our Community. Many of our own ladies came forward to cater for the women folk by reciting the Majalis and carry out functions necessary for the spiritual needs of the women of the Community.

The dedicated Mulyanis did great work of reading and studying the Majlis books in Urdu and delivering in simple language to our women folk. They also translated the Majlis and delivered them in Kutchi and Gujarati. They performed these religious duties on honorary basis. Through generations, these Mulyanis trained the younger among them and to date we continue to benefit from these highly dedicated Mulyanis, who continue in the service of our Aimma A.S. and the Community.

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REF: EB/SH/03/18                                                           



December 2017 was a defining moment for Nairobi Jaffery Education Board when it had the privilege of welcoming The Chairman of Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa; Alhaj Shabirbhai Najafi for a tour of Nairobi Jaffery Academy.

Leaning heavily on Shabirbhai's experience and exposure in serving the Community at the Federation, the visit yielded the desired result of gaining from the wealth of experience that Shabirbhai holds through his business acumen and exceptional leadership qualities.

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Ref: PR/AF/46                                                                

The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Shabir Najafi accompanied by the President of World Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the two AFED Vice Chairmen, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan and Alhaj Amine Nassor, who is also the Chairman of Union Des Associations Khodjas Shia Isnashri De La Reunion (UAKSIR), AFED Nominated Councillors, Alhaj Navazaly Molou, Fatim bai Somji and Member of Capacity Building Group, Tahera bai Shivji attended the 34th General Assembly of Conseil Regional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L’Ocean Indien (CROI) on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January 2018, hosted by KSI Jamaat of Antananarivo, it was held in the Imambargha.
Heads of 11 Jamaats of Madagascar and Councillors from Tananarive, Tulear, Majunga, Maevatanana, Antsirabe, Morondava, Antsohihy, Tamatave, Ambovombe, Fianar, Fort-Dauphin and Mauritius Jamaat attended the Assembly. Jamaat leaders from Paris, past leaders and invitees were also present throughout the two days Session.

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Ref: PR/2018/45                                                                         

It was a good opportunity to visit Tanga Bilal Branch with the visitors from the office of Ayatollah Al Seyed Ali Husseini Al Sistani (May Allah [SWT] grant him good health, long life and tawfeeq] in Najaf, Iraq on 7th April 2018. The delegation included Sheikh Amjad Abbas, Sheikh Nazar Salman, the Vice Chairman of AFED, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the World Federation Executive Councillor, Alhaj Ahmed Daya and the Chairman of Central Bilal Board, Alhaj Mohsin Lalji.
The delegation had a meeting with the Chairman of Bilal Tanga Branch, Alhaj Hasnain Hassanali; his Board Members at Bilal Tanga head office. Present were also the Mudir, Sheikh Amir Kipingo, Seyed Mansoor, Asst. Mudir and Sheikh Hamza Omari. Hasnain Bhai provided a brief history of the development of Bilal Tanga Branch since 2001 which has now 37 Centres and 3 Hawzas located in Tanga and Pangani areas. The Branch has grown from strength to strength providing religious, humanitarian and social services, including Madressahs and Hawzas (religious schools). The founder members of Bilal Tanga Branch were Marhum Jaffer Bhai Dalal, may Allah (SWT) grant him maghferat and Alhaj Naushad Hassanali, later others joined in.

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Hussein Day – Prominent Observance Event Fading Away

The tradition of holding Hussein Day started in 1940’s in Zanzibar, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. The aim was to propagate the message of Tragedy of Karbala and the mission of Imam Hussein (A.S.) to the general masses. The venues selected were always outside our Imambarghas where maximum participation of the general public is achieved.

In Zanzibar the first Hussein Day was held in Victoria Garden under an ad-hoc committee appointed by the Jamaat. The Hussein Day was attended by high government officials, diplomats, non-Muslims and Muslims of all denominations. The speakers were mostly outsiders who presented their views about the Kerbela tragedy. This was a unique way of propagating the message of Imam Hussein (A.S.) outside the community. In Zanzibar the chief guest was always the Sultan of Zanzibar. The popular venue was Portuguese Fort at Forodhani which exists till today.

In Mombasa the venue was Ithna Asheri Sports Club, organized by Ithna Asheri Young Mens` Union. In 1952, the Governor of Kenya, Sir Phillip Hitchell was the chief guest. Many dignitaries attended the program. Hussein Day used to be a very important annual event.

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If you have a son or daughter who is aged between 14 - 24 and want to give them a spiritual boost, let them experience a trip of a lifetime through our Madinah & Bab three-week short course in Iran! 

The course runs from 22nd July - 11th August 2018.  Through insightful lectures, fun team activities, ziyarats and trips to historical sites meaningful to our Shia heritage, the course aims to help participants achieve a balance of mental, spiritual and emotional upliftment that is essential to leading a successful Islamic life following the footsteps of the Ahlul Bayt (AS).

Madinah & Bab bring together individuals for a fun-filled and spiritual experience that will remain in their hearts and minds for a lifetime. Emphasis is on practical Islamic living, learning, and inspiration surrounded by natural beauty.

By encouraging friendship, spiritual exploration and respect for others, the programme seeks to strengthen the Muslim identity in a positive way.

Apply now to avoid disappointment as the deadline is on Monday 30th April 2018.


Mister President, Councillors and Delegates,

My Jamaat is grateful to the Supreme Council for having convened the 6th Conference Meeting of the Federation of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa, on its invitation, in Dar-es-Salaam, as the Conference under the hospitality of my Jamaat.
Therefore, with a feeling of great indebtedness, I on behalf of my Jamaat welcome you, Mr. President, Councillors and Delegates to Dar-es-Salaam, a haven of Peace, and I assure you the name this town bears is far from being a misnomer.
While the cool sea-breeze here is plenty and beyond exhaustion, it is only fair that I should caution you at the mischievous trick the breeze might play in lullabying even an anxious and forceful prospective speaker to a sound sleep complaint at gusts of cool sea-breeze in the hot climate will not be entertained.

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Al Muntazir Special Education Needs (AMSEN) holds A World Autism Day Walk Organized by Central Board of Education (CBE) of KSI Jamaat of Dar Es Salaam on 25th March 2018

The Al Muntazir Schools have earned the reputation of constantly evolving and striving for excellence in the provision of quality of education to the children, regardless of age, gender, race or sects. For the past 30 years, the Al Muntazir Schools have spread the light of education to children from the ages of 2.5 to 18 years. Over the years, it has continued to expand and increase the spectrum of education from Nursery, to Primary to Secondary and then to A Levels. 

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