Unity amongst the Muslim Community

One of the important roles played by Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya is to preach peace and unity amongst Muslim communities.

The Mission organized an Open forum at Ahlul Bayt Centre, Moyeni on 24th February 2013, where members of the community, irrespective of their religious affiliations, age or gender were invited.

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yusuf_karim_2Yusuf Ahmed Karim was born on 2nd February 1935 in Mumbai, India. He moved to Mombasa when he was 2 years old. He married Nargis bai, daughter of Mohamed Abdalla Khimji of Dar es Salaam in 1960. They were blessed with three children, all boys. The elder son is Aarif, second born is Aasif and the youngest son is Altaf. He owned a sports shop, known as Karims Stationery and Sports House in Mombasa, Kenya.

He was a well known and a great sportsman in our community, his great sporting achievements has been etched in the memory forever, some of his most memorable sporting achievements to have left a mark in the sporting history of our community is briefly mentioned here below:

Sadly, on 18th March 2009, at the age of 74, Yusuf Karim passed away. Let us remember him and all the past sportsmen and the sports officials of our community with Sura-e-Fateha.

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Ref: AK/PR/2013/77

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We are pleased to send out this 3rd update to our community members locally and abroad on the progress of the construction of "AL QA'EEM" Building.

The AFED Building named after our 12th Imam Al Hujjah (ATFS) - "AL QA'EEM" is located on our Plot 9 Jacaranda Road, Arusha - Tanzania. The official Ground-Breaking of this Building took place in March 2012.

The eight (8) floors building will consist of 24 flats (each floor will have two flats of 2 bedrooms and one of 3 bedrooms). The "AL QA'EEM" Housing Project is for the deserving members of our community in Arusha.

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Ref: AFED/PR/2013/76

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As the building under construction adjacent to the KSIJ Mosque crumbled to the ground in the early hours of Friday, March 29, at about 08.15 AM, there were some construction workers in the ill-fated building, several children who were playing in the Mosque/Imambara compound and few bystanders along Indira Ghandi Street who were caught unaware of the falling building and the ensuing disaster.

"My prayers to my fellow Tanzanians who have been affected by this tragedy of the collapse of the building in the central area of Dar es Salaam this morning," President Kikwete said Friday on Twitter.

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Ref: AFED/PR/2013/75

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I shall begin with a verse 2:156 from Sûrah Al Baqarah, of Holy Qur'an.

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Who, when a misfortune overtakes them, say: "Surely we belong to Allah and indeed to Him shall we return".

I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the People of Tanzania and members of our community in Dar-es-Salaam on the tragic accident caused by the collapse of the 16-storey building under construction adjacent to the KSI Jamaat Mosque in Dar es Salaam which occurred in the early hours of Friday, 29th March 2013 - trapping a number of people and some children who at the time of the collapse of the building were playing in the Mosque/Imambara compound.

With a heavy heart, I extend on behalf of the Africa Federation office bearers, trustees, councillors and on my own behalf our deepest condolences and sympathies to the parents, families and friends of all those who lost their lives in this catastrophe.

Whilst it is very difficult and painful for the parents and families to comprehend the tragic loss of their dear ones, it is at times such as this we must reflect towards Allah's (SWT) mercy and grace. Allah (SWT) says: "Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who, when misfortune strikes them, say: 'Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him is our return. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord and it is those who are rightly guided". [Holy Qur'an, Sûrah al-Baqarah: 2:155]

I was deeply moved to see so many communities, on hearing about the accident, coming out immediately in big numbers to join hands with our Jamaat and the volunteers in the search and rescue work.

I would like to put on record my sincere appreciation and thanks to the Regional Federations, Institutions, Organizations, Jamaats and individuals who have sent to us their messages which have been of great encouragement and has given us more strength during this difficult time.

I pray to Allah (S.W.T.) to shower His choicest blessings and mercy unto all members of our community and to all the peace-loving people in all parts of the world. Let us also pray to Allah (S.W.T.) with the Wasilah of our Aeema-e-Tahireen (A.S.) for perseverance, courage and steadfastness at this crucial time. Ameen.

With Salaams and Dua'as,

Anwarali R. Dharamsi
CHAIRMAN

Ref: AFED/PR/DJ/13

CANCELLATION OF TUWASILIANE FOOTBALL AND VOLLEYBALL SPORTS FESTIVAL IN TANGA

Following the terrible and tragic collapse of the building adjacent to our Mosque in Dar es Salaam causing several deaths and casualties in our community and also among other communities in Dar Es Salaam, we join the Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat in this difficult moment of grief and sorrow.

In respect and in commemoration of this tragedy which has befallen upon us in Dar es Salaam, the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa working closely with the Organizing Committee, the host Jamaat and all the participating teams who equally share this grief with the Community in Dar-es-Salaam, have decided to cancel the above Festival in Tanga.

At this difficult time, we request our community members to pray to Allah (SWT) to give courage and solace to the bereaved families who have lost their dear ones in this tragic incident which occurred yesterday in Dar es Salaam.

We send our heartfelt condolences to all the families who have lost their dear and near ones.

We pray to Allah (SWT) for the quick rescue of the missing persons and for the speedy and full recovery of those injured in this incident

 

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary - AFED

Ref: AFED/PR/DJ/13

COLLAPSE OF A BUILDING ADJACENT TO OUR MOSQUE IN DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

A 16 storey building under construction located along Indira Gandhi Street adjacent to our Mosque in Dar es Salaam suddenly collapsed this morning, part of the concrete rubble and steel from the collapsed building fell into the Mosque open yard.

The Dar es Salaam Jamaat officials are at the site of the accident to provide their support. AFED are in constant communication with Dar es Salaam Jamaat who are monitoring the operations closely.

Tanzanian Police Force, Dar es Salaam Fire and Rescue Department, TRH heavy equipment operators, the Dar es Salaam Jamaat Task Force and volunteers are helping in the search and rescue operations of those feared trapped.

Some injured people have been rushed to hospitals for medical attention.

The situation as of now is unclear. At this moment, we request our community members to pray for the safety of all those who may be trapped in the rubble, and full recovery of those injured in this accident.

 

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary

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"Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you and if you are alive they crave for your company" Imam Ali (A.S)

On 21 March 2000 (14 Dhul Hijah 1420) the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Community world wide mourned the passing away Marhum Mulla Asgarali M M Jaffer.  Thirteen years on, the Community remembers him on almost everyday basis.

Mulla Asgher as he was fondly known through out the community, was born and educated in Mombasa and was fluent in at least seven languages, English, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Kuchi, Kiswahili and Gujarati.  He was a formidably learned scholar and respected by the Marjae for his in depth Islamic knowledge.

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