Ref: AFED/PR/003/13

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The 25th Triennial Conference and the 74th Supreme Council Session of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa hosted by the KSI Jamaat of Dar-es-Salaam was held from 26th to 28th April 2013 at the Ladies Imambargha in Dar es Salaam.

The sessions were attended by over 120 participants from Madagascar, Reunion, constituent Jamaats from mainland Africa and from overseas institutions and invitees.

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OPENING NIGHT:

The Opening Ceremony on Friday night commenced with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur'an by Br. Alihassan Kassam. The opening address was delivered by the Deputy Convenor of the Organizing Committee Br. Ali Chandoo, followed by welcome address by the President of Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat, Alhaj Shiraz Walji.

Alhaj Anwarali R. Dharamsi, who was re-elected unopposed as Chairman for the 2nd term of office; 2013-2016 was inducted, followed by the elections of the Vice Chairman at the Secretariat, the Hon. Treasurer and six Trustees of AFED.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/003/13

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By the grace and blessings of Allah (SWT) the three days Africa Federation 25th Triennial Conference and the 74th Supreme Council Session successfully ended on Sunday, 28th April 2013. We take this opportunity to thank the delegates, councillors, invitees and members of our community locally and from overseas for their attendance and active participation.

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The application for membership of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa by the Union des Associations Khodjas Shia Isnashri de la Reunion (UAKSIR) was accepted by a unanimous vote of the delegates at the 25th Africa Federation Triennial Conference held in Dar es Salaam from 26th – 27th April, 2013.

UAKSIR becomes a new member after the Conseil Regional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L'Ocean Indien (CROI).

The Constitution of the Africa Federation was amended to accommodate the membership of UAKSIR, and also to provide for three Vice Chairmen of the Federation.

Alhaj Shabir Najafi is the elected Vice Chairman of the Federation at the Secretariat. Alhaj Navazaly Rossanaly Molou of CROI and Alhaj Amine Nassor Goulamaly of UAKSIR are the other two Vice Chairmen of the Federation by virtue of their present positions as Presidents of their respective organizations.

With UAKSIR now joining the Federation, the total Jamaats under the Federation stands at 44 with a population of about 22,000 heads.

Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, Chairman of the Africa Federation while welcoming UAKSIR said; – "I am extremely delighted to witness this great occasion, it is a continuation of a long journey we embarked in 2010; a road map towards transforming our vision into reality, topmost in our goals is to evolve, march forward together and strive to elevate our community to a higher level of success and development".

Message from Alhaj Navazaly Molou (President of Conseil Regional of Madagascar) – "My best wishes and congratulations to the Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi on his reelection unopposed. And, on this momentous occasion of UAKSIR becoming a member of the Africa Federation, I extend best wishes and congratulations to the President of UAKSIR, Alhaj Amine Nassor, who is now also the Vice Chairman of the Africa Federation".

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Ref: AK/PR/2013/001

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The Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa (AFED) strongly condemns the desecration of the tomb of Hujr ibn Adi al Kindi (RA) and the demolition of the shrine in Adra, Syria carried out wantonly by the extremist rebel forces. Adra is located north of Damascus.

The news received states that extremists rebel forces in Syria carried out the desecration and demolition on Sunday, the 28th April, 2013 and that they dug open the grave in a failed attempt to locate and exhume the body.

Hujr ibn Adi al Kindi (RA) was a distinguished, pious and loyal companion of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) and Imam Ali (AS). He stood firm against the tyranny of the despotic Umayyad Ruler, Muawiya ibn Abu Sufyan.

The World Federation is endeavouring to obtain more information about this vandalism.

The Africa Federation in collaboration with the World Federation intend to bring this wanton act of desecration and vandalism to the attention of bodies like UNESCO World Heritage Centre, The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and other International Organizations.

We request members of the Community to pray for the safety of our Holy Shrines.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

Ref: JMT/002/13 

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During the 25th Triennial Conference of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa, the Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi announced the appointments of the following members as Nominated Councillors for the new term; 2013-2016.

These appointments are as per Clause 21(d) of the Constitution of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa.

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We extend our heartiest congratulations to the above named Councillors on their appointment, and wish them all successful and productive term.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary

Federation_Samachar_cover_APR_2013The Federation Samachar issue for April, 2013 (Jamaada Al-Thani 1434) is now available.

Jamaats that have not received copies will have these by 12th May, 2013. The issue will also be available online on the Africa Federation website (www.africafederation.org) after copies are distributed worldwide.

The Federation Samachar is distributed in Europe to all Jamaats through the kind courtesy of the Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ) and in North America through the kind courtesy of the North American Shia Ithna-asheri Muslim Communities Organisation (NASIMCO).

The magazine has columns from eleven prominent male and female columnists from around the world. Four columnists recently won renowned awards and five columnists are members of the World Federation Media Committee.

This issue highlights the tragedy of the building that collapsed into the mosque compound in Dar es Salaam and also features 50 pages of community news from Africa and the rest of the world. Interesting profiles are carried of the Karim family from Kenya and of Mustafa Jaffer Sabodo the great philanthropist in Tanzania.

The 'Black and White' section carries yet another debate – this time on hijab while the Editorial talks about corporal punishment in schools.

This 108-page issue also includes recent conferences of the Africa Federation and World Federation and covers the JIBA International Conference in Ahmedabad.

The Editorial Board invites readers to submit letters, articles, opinions, news and photographs for the next issue no later than 15th June, 2013 to be considered for publication. Contact us at samachar@africafederation.org or rentokiltz@gmail.com .

Editor
Federation Samachar

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/001/13  

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rajab 1434 A.H. is as follows: - (Please note that the forecast is based for Dar-es-Salaam and all timings are D'Salaam local time, other towns in the West should make necessary adjustments depending upon the time of sunset).

The birth of the Astronomical New Moon is at 3.30 a.m. on Friday 10th May 2013 i.e. 29th Jamadi ul Aakhar 1434 A.H.

On Friday 10th May 2013 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.14 p.m. 
Crescent age at Sunset   14 hours 45 minutes   
Moonset 6.39 p..m.
Time Duration 25 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     06.00 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 05.04 degrees

SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

On Saturday 11th May 2013 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.14 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset   38 hours 45 minutes    
Moonset 7.27 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 13 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     17.05 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 15.33 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.31 p.m., when the crescent will Insha'Allah be 22 degrees North of West, 17 degrees North of where the sun had set.

EXPECT 1st RAJAB 1434 ON SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2013

Secretariat

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA
CONDUCTS FREE EYE CAMP NACHINGWEA
29TH MARCH TO 1ST APRIL 2013

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania organized a free eye camp over the Easter weekend (29 March to 1 April 2013), at Nachingwea in the southern region of Tanzania, more than 620 km from Dar es Salaam.  The camp was fully sponsored by Beta Charitable Trust of the United Kingdom.

Camp was set at Nachingwea Primary School; a kitchen was also set in the School for the meals for the eye camp workers and the patients from the day they were admitted for surgery until their discharged. Seven lodges were hired to accommodate doctors and volunteers the bus had to make rounds to pick them up. An advance party had travelled two days prior to the start of the Camp to make arrangements with the local officials and to reach out to the patients in nearby villages.

Nearly 3022 patients were screened and 112 cataract surgeries performed by Dr. Jerry and his team at the Nachingwea Hospital during the period. Another 140 patients will have their cataract surgery during the Union Day weekend (26th to 28th April 2013) by the same team of doctors and nurses.

FULLY SPONSORED BY BETA CHARITABLE TRUST, U.K.
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We spend about 8 hours a day, 56 hours a week, 240 hours a month and 2,920 hours a year doing it. And by "IT" I mean good, old fashion sleep. We apparently spend one third of our lives doing nothing. But is sleep really doing nothing? It looks like it...our eyes are closed, our muscles are relaxed, our breathing is regular, and we do not respond to sound or light. If you take a look at what is happening inside of your brain, however, you will find quite a different situation - the brain is very active. You are doing something!

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/229/13                                                                                         

We wish to inform the Jamaats in Africa that there will be a Partial Lunar Eclipse on Thursday 25th April 2013 (Night of 15th Jamadi-ul-Aakhar 1434).

This lunar eclipse will be visible in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Moomineen are requested to recite Namaaz-e-Ayaat between 10:54 p.m. and 11.21 p.m.

Secretariat

"O People, eat from the land what is permitted & good & do not follow in the footsteps of Shaitan, for he is an open enemy to you."
(Al Baqarah, 2:168)

Al Mahdi Centre – Samburu in collaboration with Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya organized a youth-based forum on 31st March 2013 to deliberate on issues affecting youth of today at the grass root level.

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