CIRCULAR NO: JMT/134/18                                                    


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Shawwal 1439 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 10.44 p.m. on Wednesday 13th June 2018 i.e. 28th Mahe Ramadhan 1439 A.H.
On Thursday 14th June 2018, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.15 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 19 hours 31 minutes     
Moonset 7.03 p.m.
Time Duration 48 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      10.44 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 09.58 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.33 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 21 degrees North of West, 1 degree South of where the sun had set.

Bilal Tanga inaugurated a new mosque and Madrasah at Mpirani Centre which is located along the Tanga – Horohoro highway. Mpirani centre which has been under the Supervision of B.M.M.-Tanga since 2011 and as per the census conducted in 2018 has a total of 32 Shia families and 42 students in our Madrasah.

The inauguration Ceremony took place on Thursday, 26th   April, 2018 corresponding to 9 Sha’ban, 1439 A.H.. The Opening ceremony was led by Mudiir of Bilal Tanga, Sheikh Amiir Rajab Kipingu alongside other Teaches of Hawzatul Qaim – Tanga. 

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This Ramadhan, it’s time to honour the elders of our community. Africa Federation has launched an initiative to recognize and gain inspiration from the elders who have made amazing contributions to our communities.
The Apra Wadil Campaign has been launched to shine a light on these elders within our Jamaats, to appreciate their contributions and be inspired by them.
The Apra Wadil campaign encourages members of the community to submit entries of such individuals for the campaign. Africa Federation will recognize these individuals and showcase their accomplishments and contributions on our social media pages as well as the Federation Samachar.

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The Africa Federation Capacity Building Group in collaboration with the KSI Jamaat Antananarivo and Conseil Regional de l’Ocean Indien Islands hosted the 11th Leadership Development Program from 7th May to 10th May 2018.

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Ref: AFED/Solidarity/2018                                                

This year like in the previous years, Arusha Jamaat organized the annual AFED Solidarity Day Walk on Sunday, 13th of May 2018 involving male and female members, as expected from the close-knit and vibrant community members they showed up in big numbers to support this noble cause with great passion.
The program started from the mosque compound at 8.30 a.m. where everyone assembled and the walk commenced at 9.00 a.m. with the blessings of some verses from the Holy Qur’an. Old and young including children braved in the drizzling cold walked together in Solidarity cognizant of the underline purpose of the walk - a noble cause to bring about awareness of the importance of celebrations of the auspicious occasion of the birth of the Awaited Imam, Al Hujjah Al Mahdi (ATFS) and fundraising for the plight of the needy and deserving in our community.

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Aden Jamaat was an active Jamaat with a population of about 1,000 heads before the crisis erupted. Aden was British Crown Colony from 1937 to 1963, and being an extension of British India, the British Indian rupee was the currency of Aden until shortly after India gained independence in 1947. In 1951, the rupee was replaced by the East African shilling which was at par with the shilling sterling, later in 1965; the East Africa currency was replaced with South Arabian dinar, later became South Yemeni dinar. 

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Welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadhan - 1439 AH

Message from the Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi,

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may learn self-restraint and become righteous (attain Taqwa)”

(Holy Qur’an, Surah Al Baqarah 2:183)

I wish to convey this message to the Community members in all our Jamaats in Africa, and especially to the youth and children of our Community as we approach the holy month of Ramadhan 1439 AH, the month of contemplation, reflection, benevolence and spiritual upliftment.
Let us take a moment to remember those who were with us in the last holy month of Ramadhan and are no longer with us today. Let us reflect and take lessons from it and use the available opportunities wisely for the A’akherat. We are all in this temporary and transitory world, so let us gather virtuous provisions for a journey to a permanent abode.  

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An exciting story of ambition, migration, struggle, success, tragedy, and legacy.

The family of Sajan Somji was prominent in the city of Nangalpur, Kutch, India. Sajan was well known as a successful and honest businessman with qualities of humility, generosity, community service, and leadership. He was born in 1852. His first son was born in 1870 and was named Shermohamed (Sher). Even as a teenager, Sher displayed exceptional leadership qualities and was the head of the Ismaili youths of Nangalpur.

Sajan and Sher travelled to Zanzibar from Mumbai via Oman. From Zanzibar they first went to Pangani and then to Arusha on foot with a party of 25 people. They had to carry food stuff and gifts to tribal leaders for permission to march ahead. The gifts which they gave out include items like beads, cigarettes, matches, candles, etc.

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