CIRCULAR NO: JMT/208/13

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AGENDA

Appended below is the Agenda for the 25th Triennial Conference of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa which will Insha'allah be held from Friday 26th April to Sunday 29th April 2013 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

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Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

Ref: BMM 34 -1434 Date: 7th Feb, 2013

On 31st December 2012, the head office staff of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania gathered to bid farewell to Alhaj Mustafa Sheriff, who was employed as the Executive Secretary of the Mission since past 4 years. At the gathering, staff members expressed their appreciation for the work done by Mustafa bhai during his tenure who was initially in the Inspectorate section and later on took up the post of an Executive Secretary.

They alluded to the challenging work done by Mustafa bhai during his tenure to take the Mission towards self-sufficiency and empowering the regional centers.

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The staff thanked Br. Mustafa for his approachable personality and his goodwill during his tenure. The incoming Chief Executive Officer, Alhaj Mumtazhussein Alloo expressed his profound appreciation for the cooperation and assistance extended by Br. Mustafa during the transition period which enabled him to grasp the work at the head office effectively. Br. Mumtazhussein assured the staff that he will work tirelessly to promote the goals of the Mission and, will provide all the support to the staff to perform their duties efficiently.

A small token of their appreciation was presented to Br. Mustafa by the staff and wished him a prosperous future and success in his new career.

Br. Mustafa thanked the staff for their kind words and affection and recounted his pleasant experience of working learning a lot from them. He wished them all a very pleasant and successful future and urged them to strive for the success of the Mission.

Secretariat
Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/208/12

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The AFED Chairman Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, accompanied by the Hon. Treasurer Alhaj Mohamed Hemani will be visiting Moshi and Arusha Jamaats, from Friday 1st to Monday 4th February 2013.

The Chairman and the Hon Treasurer will attend the 'Tu Wasiliane' Golf Festival to be held in Moshi on Saturday 2nd February preceded to a function on Friday night in Moshi where all the participants will be handed over their kits.  The AFED Chairman and the Hon Treasurer will then travel to Arusha and attend the closing ceremony on Sunday 3rd February 2013.

Whilst in Moshi and Arusha, they will also meet with the Jamaat Managing Committee and Trustees for the visit to the sites and to discuss various developments and any other pertinent issues concerning the Jamaats, and the community in general.

In Arusha a short ceremony will be held on Saturday 2nd February 2013 after Maghribain prayers to hand over the Title Deed of the KSI Jamaat Hospital building to the Arusha Jamaat.  The purchase of the Hospital is by a joint contribution of the Africa Federation and the family of Alhaj Muslim Rehmtullah of Arusha.

The Africa Federation nominated Councillors, Alhaj Amirali Somji and Alhaj Rizwan Peera of Arusha and Alhaj Shafiq Kanji of Moshi will join the Africa Federation delegation in Arusha and Moshi respectively.

We wish the participants and organizers of 'Tu Wasiliane' Golf Festival enjoyable and successful festival.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/207/13

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The Africa Federation Sports Council invites all Member Jamaats in mainland Africa and the Jamaats under the Regional Council of Madagascar to participate in the Football and Volleyball Tournaments to be held in Tanga from 29th March to 1st April 2013.

Benefits of sports are many and not just limited to physical and mental health. Other benefits are social interactions, learning new skills and talents, improvements in communications and teamwork, developing long term quality of life improvements etc.

The Federation encourages sports in our community for several reasons, and similarly Jamaats are urged to encourage its members and provide support, particularly for the kids and youths to take active part in the sporting activities throughout the year.

The Africa Federation and its Sports Council wishes to record its sincere gratitude to Tanga Jamaat for hosting the Football and Volleyball Tournaments.

The program for the above Tournaments will be circulated in due course.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/206/13

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rabi-ul-Aakhar 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 10.21 a.m. on Sunday 10th February 2013 i.e. 28th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1434 A.H.

On Monday 11th February 2012 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.47 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset   32 hours 27 minutes           
Moonset 7.40 p.m.
Time Duration 53 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset        17.35 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 11.49 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 7.05 p.m., when the crescent will Insha'Allah be 2 degrees South of West, 12 degrees North of where the sun had set.

EXPECT 1st RABI-UL-AAKHAR 1434 ON TUESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2013

Secretariat

Marhoom Maalim Kassamali Chandoo – Tribute
Two anecdotes
Hassan Ali M. Jaffer, Mombasa.

A teacher is known by the footprint left behind.  This extraordinary footprint is sometimes in the mind. Rarely is it made on the soul.

I had the privilege to know marhum Maalim Kassamali Chandoo. As a tribute to his memory, I wish to recall two incidents.

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tribute_1aIn 1997, while on a visit to Qom with my four grandchildren from the USA and Canada, we went over to see Maalim at his residence in Qom.

When he learned that we had earlier been for Umra before coming to Iran, he asked the boys to explain what 'Saee' – running between Safa and Marva seven times - was about.

The boys explained that it was in remembrance of Bibi Hajra as she ran around in search of water for her son Ismail that the ritual of 'Saee' has become an obligatory part of the Haj and Umra ritual.

The word 'Saee' in Arabic means to strive. "So what is so great about it?" asked Maalim. "As kids, have you never woken up your mothers in the middle of the night asking for water? And have not your mothers patiently got out of their beds to fetch water for you? Is it not natural for any mother to comfort her child? Confronted with a similar situation like that of Bibi Hajra, would not your mothers also gone through similar experience? What is the difference? Why has Allah immortalized only the act of the mother of Hazrat Ismail as part of the Hajj ritual?"

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Ref: BMM 32 -1434

SAYYID MUHAMMAD RIZVI VISITS BILAL MUSLIM MISSION HEAD OFFICE AND BILAL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL, TEMEKE IN TANZANIA

r1Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, the resident Aalim of Toronto Jamaat, during his recent visit to  Dar-Es-Salaam for Ashra e Zainabiyya program (10-20 Safar 1434), took a day off his busy schedule to visit the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania head office and the Bilal Comprehensive School (BCS) complex at Temeke on 2nd January 2013.

It was a great opportunity for Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania to have had such a visit by a renowned Aalim and a Scholar.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/205/13

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The Sports Council of the Africa Federation calls upon all Jamaats under the Africa Federation and under the Conseil Regional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L'Ocean Indien (Regional Council of Madagascar) to submit their nominations for the "Sportswoman" and "Sportsman" by completing properly the enclosed Questionnaires for their members.

Please note that nominations are for both, Sportswoman and Sportsman for the year 2012.

Nominations should be submitted to the following address by 6th March 2013.

The Sports Council
The Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa,
P.0. Box 6710
Fax: (22) 2150964
Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Email: sports@africafederation.org / mmtsomji@tz2000.com

All Jamaats are requested to acknowledge receipt of this Circular on the above Email addresses.

If further clarifications are required, please contact Br. Mahmood Somji, Chairman of the Sports Council of the Africa Federation.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

Download:  Nomination Form - Sportsman of the Year 2012 (MS Word, 40KB)

Download:  Nomination Form - Sportswoman of the Year 2012 (MS Word, 40KB)

Ref: BMM 35 -1434 

New_PictureBilal Muslim Mission, Arusha once again had the privilege of holding ladies majlis on 12th January 2013 to commemorate the Death Anniversary (Wafat) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) and Imam Ali al-Ridha (AS) and the events that took place after the tragedy event of Kerbala.

Mwalima Safi Mgaya, a teacher at the Center, recited the majlis, emphasizing on true path of Islam as taught by the Holy Prophet (SAWW), the life of Imam Ali al-Ridha (AS), and what transpired after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) in Kerbala.

The majlis was attended by 86 ladies, 42 children, the program ended with the recitation of Dua e Hujjat.

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On Sunday 13th January 2013, gents also commemorated the Wafaat Day by holding a majlis concentrating on the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), which was recited by Maalim Ramadhan Khamis, also a teacher at the Center.  This majlis was attended by 36 adults and 4 children.

May Allah (SWT) accept our efforts and shower His blessing on the participants and all those who supported in the above program, Ameen.

Secretariat
Bilal Muslim Mission – Arusha Branch

MUHARRAM 1434 A.H. (2012) ACTIVITIES REPORT

bmmu_1On the 15th day of November, 2012, the Shia Community worldwide mark the first month of the Islamic calendar (Muharram), which brings with it the memory of the sacrifice of Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad al-Mustafa (SAWW), and his noble family and companions on the day of Ashura in Kerbala, Iraq.

Above: Imam Hussein (AS) Mausoleum in Kerbala, Iraq being visited by millions of pilgrims each year.

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