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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ali_nathoo_1In the history of Khoja Shia Ithna-asheri in East Africa and the people of Zanzibar in general, Haji Ali Nathoo name shall always be remembered, not only as one among the most successful merchants and traders of the time but also as a selfless and devoted leader of the Community and a Philanthropist. He was born in Cutch-Nagalpur, India in 1871 and migrated to Zanzibar in 1886 at the age of 15 years.

Haji Ali Nathoo served as the President of Khoja Shia Ithna-asheri Kuwwatul Islam Jamaat Zanzibar for 28 years. By his generosity and love of the community, he financed the entire building of the first floor of Kuwwatul Islam Jamaat Imambargha in Zanzibar (also known as Junni Masjid).

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Ref:  AK/PR/2013/73

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With a resounding success of the 2nd Spouse Selection, Marriage and In-laws workshop held in Dar-Es-Salaam in November 2011, The Tabligh Board of Africa Federation (AFTAB), and The Youth Network of Africa Federation (AYN) in collaboration with Dar Es Salaam Jamaat Marriage Support Group organised their third workshop, which was held from 8th to 10th February 2013 in Dar Es Salaam, sponsored by AFED and hosted by KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam. For the first time a unique Parents of Teenagers Workshop was also incorporated. Similar workshop was also held in Mombasa on Sunday 17th February 2013 for the in Laws and on Parenting.

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Ref: CHB/News Bulletin/001/2013

Cancer

Cancer can affect anyone – young and old, rich and poor, men and women – and presents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008 and by 2030 deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue to rise to over 13.1 million as calculated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

cancer_1We all know one person who has it, be it a relative, a neighbor, a friend, or a friends friend. So then; what is cancer? Are we misusing the term?

Our bodies are made of organs which are in turn are made of cells. A cell is the basic building block of a living organism. Normally a cell grows, divides into a new cell and dies by programmed cell death (apoptosis). This cycle continues. In Cancer something goes wrong along the way and this process goes haywire. This could be the result of damages or mutations in DNA sequences in genes. The cells divide rapidly and uncontrollably. This change in sequence can also cause the cell to forget to die. Some cells move to other tissues (parts of body) and hence they are called metastatic.

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Ref: AK/PR/2013/72

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The Annual General Meeting of Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya (BMMK) was held in the Bilal Hall on Friday, 15th March 2013 in accordance with the provisions of clause 9.2 of the BMMK Constitution.

After the Chairman's Address, the Annual Report and the Annual Audited Accounts for the year 2012 and the Budget for the year 2013-2014 were presented and adopted at the AGM, besides other businesses were transacted.

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Circular No.: JMT/224/2013

wf_telethonThe World Federation have launched the Pakistan Shia Muslims Genocide Appeal to raise awareness and funds for the  families who are suffering and are victims of the genocide across in Pakistan because of their faith.

The World Federation will be running a live telethon on Ahlulbayt TV (ABTV) on Sunday 17 March 2013 between 4pm and 6pm UK time, (7 pm and 9 pm East Africa Time) to highlight the plight of the Shia Muslims being targeted and brutally slain in Pakistan. Or watch online at: www.ahlulbayt.tv/live

Members of the Community are requested to watch this Program and contribute generously towards this cause. Jamaats and donors from Africa are requested to channel their contributions through the Africa Federation Secretariat, Dar es Salaam.

Let us all join hands and pray for the innocent and peace loving people in all parts of the world for their justice, peace and safety, and let us also respond generously to the above appeal for the funds.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary - AFED

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