Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya organized a ten days IRE seminar for the Assistant Muallims in charge and IRE Teachers from 15 BMMK rural centers, Zahra Madrassah and Swafaa Islamic Center from 15th April 2013 to 26th April 2013. A total of 38 participants attended this seminar.

The main objective of this seminar was to guide the participants on teaching methodologies. Different topics on the educational spheres like on Qualities of a teacher, Traditional & Contemporary teaching methods, Building Teacher-Student-Parent relationship, Reflective Practice in teaching,  Use of chalkboards &  teaching aids, Classroom management, Teachers' Professional documents, Teaching methods & learning styles and Micro teaching. These were dealt with by the facilitators Br Lubuva Eliyasa, Principal – Coast Teachers Training College, Kibaha, Dar es Salaam, Mr. Kazungu Charo, Teacher from Jaffery Academy, Mombasa and Br. B A Ahmedali, Quality Assurance Standards Department (QASD) from Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya.

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Ref: EBS/Flash/02/2013

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BEST STUDENT AWARD 2012

The Best Student Award Scheme recognizes the accomplishments of students within our community who have achieved outstanding results at O–levels. It has been conducted successfully for many years by the Education Board under the auspices of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa.

The award is open to boys and girls who have appeared for the National Examination and Overseas Board Examination "O" levels during the academic year i.e. January to December.

This year, the Education Board received applications from Dar es Salaam, Mombasa and Arusha. After close scrutiny on the set criteria of selection, the following are the results:

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On behalf of the Education Board Secretariat of the Africa Federation, we extend our heartiest congratulations to the winners and the runner up for their outstanding achievements.

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Ref: BMM 50-1434

The Bilal Comprehensive School which is situated in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, in Temeke area on 30th April 2013, celebrated the Wiladah of Bibi Fatemah Az Zahra (SA) , the daughter of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (SAWW) themed - "Mothers' Day" as recommended by Imam Khomeini (RA).

The Wiladah celebration was performed in phases where each individual took part in the activity and the students anxiously made cards to wish their mothers and presented to them when time approached of Mothers' Day.

Students celebrated first half of the day in quiz and Qaswida program.

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Tribute to Shaheed Prof Sibte Jaffer Zaidi held at KSIJ, Kinshasa, DRC

The Khoja Shia Isna Asheri Jamaat of Kinshasa, Congo held a Tribute in memory of Shaheed Prof Sibte Jaffer who was shot in Pakistan on March 18, 2013.  The targeted attacks against minority Shias have become a routine and tragic affair in Pakistan for the last 15-20 years. Sadly, the frequency has increased and operations have become more organized in the last 3-4 years, be it in the tribal belt of Hangu, the Western valley of Quetta or the Southern Port city of Karachi.

Ustaad Sibte Jaffar, as he was popularly known among poet lovers as well as among the thousands of students world-wide, was the Principal of a Government College in Karachi.  On his way back home from College riding his old 70cc motorbike, he was shot at a close range by the waiting terrorists; Ustaad was 55 years of age. He left behind a widow and 3 children.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/009/13

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The Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi is requesting the worldwide community to raise awareness of this important Day of 15th Shab'an.

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.) has said that during the night of 15th Shab'an the Almighty takes decisions in the matters of sustenance, life and death and welfare of the people.

The honour of this night touches heights and elevation as in the same night at the time of seher (pre-dawn) the Twelfth successor of Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.), The Awaited Imam, Al Mahdi (ATFS) was born in the year 255 A.H. in Samarah, Iraq.

To celebrate this blessed night and day of 15th Shab'an with an act of charity and benevolence, the Chairman of the Africa Federation appeals to all community members of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri fraternity worldwide to donate their full One Day's earning to the Africa Federation for a noble cause of charity.

"Those who give to charity by night and by day, secretly and publicly, receive their recompense from their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve" [Holy Qur'an - 2:274].

This year, the Secretariat has appointed an ad-hoc Committee, headed by Br. Farhan Yusuf to manage this event, also to liaise with the constituent Jamaats and the AFED Councillors. We would request the youth of the Community to come forward and support in raising awareness for this noble cause. Further details on this will be circulated soon.

Contributions towards this Fund can be made as follows:

*  Jamaats outside Africa through their respective Jamaats or the Regional Federations.

* Jamaats of Madagascar and Reunion through Conseil Regional of Madagascar (CROI).

* Jamaats of Reunion through Union des Associations Khodjas Shia Isnashri de la Reunion (UAKSIR).

* Jamaats within mainland Africa through their respective Jamaats or directly to the  AFED Secretariat by contacting the office or email: secretariat@africafederation.org

This is a unique opportunity to earn Allah's pleasure and blessings to assist the less fortunate and deserving families of our community members for their basic needs. We request all the Jamaats to initiate and promote collections to start from 1st to 25th Sha'ban 1434 AH (10th June to 4th July 2013).

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

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BILAL MUSLIM MISSION TANGA
ORGANISES 3 DAYS FREE  EYE CAMP

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Bilal Muslim Mission Tanga branch in collaboration with MOBILEYES Foundation(Tz), Pangani and Muhimbili Hospitals, organized a 3-day eye camp at its centre in Pangani from10th to 12th May 2013. The eye operations were carried out at the Pangani District Hospital in Tanga region.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/008/13

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Shabaan 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 6.58 p.m. on Saturday 8th June 2013 i.e. 28th Rajab 1434 A.H.

On Sunday 9th June 2013 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

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SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.35 p.m., when the crescent will Insha'Allah be quite low on the horizon 21 degrees North of West, 2 degrees South of where the sun had set.

EXPECT 1st SHABAAN 1434 ON MONDAY 10TH JUNE 2013

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Ref: AF/PR/2013/004

CROI_Assembly_1The 31st Session of the Conseil Régional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L' océan Indien (CROI) was held in Antananarivo from 17th to 18th May 2013, with a good attendance of leaders and members from several Jamaats in Madagascar, including from the Island of Mauritius. During the official opening Session on Friday night, a large number of community members, gents and ladies were present to witness the occasion.

The Africa Federation Office Bearers also attended the above Sessions, the delegation comprised of Alhaj Shabir Najafi, Vice Chairman at the Secretariat, Alhaj Amine Nassor, Vice Chairman from the Union Des Associations Khodjas Shia Ithnasheri De La Reunion (UAKSIR) and Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, Hon. Secretary of the Africa Federation (AFED).

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BILAL MUSLIM MISSION TANGA CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF IMAM MUHAMMAD AL BAQIR (A.S.)

Bilal Muslim Mission Tanga celebrated the birth of the 5th Holy Imam, Muhammad bin Ali (Al-Baqir) (AS) on the eve of 1 Rajab 1434 (11 May 2013) at its main center in Tanga.

A large gathering of both males and females, listened attentively to the reciter, Sheikh Baaqir Lumbongo, a student of Hawzatul Al Qaim, expounding on the life and achievement of this personality.

The Holy Imam is known widely by his title 'Baqir' as the one to bring out knowledge to the public like the plough splits the earth and brings out the fertile soil from underneath. He recounted the famous 'hadith' of the Holy Prophet (saww) prophesying the birth of his progeny to be known by the title of'Al- Baqir' as he would split wide open the knowledge of religion

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