Ref: AFED/PR/32/17                                                Date: September 22, 2017

The Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat (SAAJ) of Nairobi hosted successfully the Africa Federation 79th Supreme Council Session from 7th to 9th July 2017 at the Orchid Azure Hotel in Nairobi. The Session was attended by about 100 participants and invitees from Australia, DRC (Congo), Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Mozambique and Reunion.

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Ref: AF/2017/31

In the name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Most Merciful

And reckon not those who are killed in Allah's way as dead; nay, they are alive (and) are provided sustenance from their Lord.
(Holy Qur’an Surah, Ale Imran 3:169)

A’adhamallahu ujurana wa ujurakum bi musaabina bil Hussain Alayhis Salaam
May Allah make great our reward and your reward, for our grief on Hussain Aalayhis Salaam

As the month of Muharram (The first Islamic Month) dawns, the Shia Community are involved with preparations to commemorate the event of the great martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) that took place in Karbala in 61 A.H.  Community volunteers are busy preparing the Centres to hold programs, organize peaceful processions (Juloos), scholars are travelling far and wide to go and deliver sermons and the lucky ones are preparing for their travel to Karbala to be in the land where this event took place. In many parts of the world, including Africa the first night of Muharram will fall on Thursday 21st September 2017.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/89/17                                                

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said: Surely, there exists in the hearts of the
Mu' mineen, with respect to the martyrdom of Husain (A.S.), a heat that never subsides.  - (Mustadrak al-Wasail, vol. 10, pg. 318)

The Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB) has completed the postings of Zakirs and Zakiras to various destinations within Jamaats in Africa for the month of Muharram 1439 A.H.
The Board is grateful to all the A'alims, Zakirs and Zakiras who kindly accepted the postings and travelled to various Jamaats to convey the message of Seyyid-ul Shohadah Abdillahi Hussain (A.S.) and keep alive the spirit of Azadari of Imam Hussein (A.S.) and the martyrs of Kerbala.
The Secretariat also wishes to express its gratitude to all Jamaats of the Africa Federation, Tabligh Boards of the Jamaats and individuals who in one way or the other assisted us in facilitating to carry out these arrangements successfully.
Enclosed is the detail of the postings of the Zakirs and Zakiras.
Hussein Karim
Hon. Secretary

Download:  List of Zakirs and Zakiras - Muharram 1439 AH (PDF, 208KB)

Ref: AF/2017/30                                                   

The Africa Federation Hon Secretary Hussein bhai Karim travelled to Antananarivo, Madagascar on 9th September 2017 and joined the Momineen there for the Eid –e-Ghadeer celebrations. On Sunday 10th September 2017, he attended the Opening Ceremony of the Zainabiya Orphanage and the Foundation Laying Ceremony for the Housing project.

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The situation for the Rohingya Muslims is worsening by the day.

Over 300,000 people, with 80% estimated to be women and children, have crossed the border into Bangladesh.

WF-Aid is now working with partners who are on the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar, and are receiving tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees each day.

People are arriving with no belongings and are in desperate need of immediate medical attention, after suffering from violence in their homeland. Most have also undertaken a gruelling journey to reach safety, which has left them hungry, in despair and in need of shelter.

You can help these vulnerable people by donating today.  Members in Africa can channel their donations through the Africa Federation Office or their local Jamaats.

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The United Nation Cup of Paris was the 1st Worldwide Khoja Sports Competition held in Paris, France from 13th July to 16th July 2017.  This tournament was organized to bring about unity and fraternity for future partnership within the Jamaats worldwide.

Africa Federation was represented in the tournament by both men and women's team from Dar es Salaam Jamaat.  It is with great pride that Africa Federation notes the various achievements by the teams in badminton and football.

Please click below to read the full report.

Download:  United Nation Cup of Paris - Report - English Version (PDF, 8.30MB)

Download:  United Nation Cup of Paris - Report - French Version (PDF, 8.19MB)



Marhum Jaffer Allarakhia Rahim will be remembered for his notable services to the Supreme Council since its inception. He also served as President of Kuwwat Jamaat of Zanzibar and as President of Education Board of the Federation.
Jafferbhai was one of the elderly descendant of Ablani, one of the first Khoja converts. The Rahim family has a lot of contribution to its record in the field of social, religious and educational services to the community.

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 This is a Book full of Blessings that we have revealed unto you so people ponder upon its verses and men of intellect may reflect. (Qur’an 38:29)


Following the reflection obtained from the Ayah above, AFTAB has been holding the annual Qur’an Competitions for the past 13 years to inspire and motivate students, children and individuals from our member Jamaats to connect and develop their understanding of the Holy Qur’an.
This year the 13th AFED Qur’an Competition was successfully hosted by the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat Arusha from the 28th to the 30th of July 2017.
QC13 Competition and Participation
Every year, we enhance capabilities of the participants, new categories are added. This year there were 3 overall categories namely: Open Qur’an Recitation, Qur’an Memorization (Hifdh) and Sources of Ma’rifah of Allah (s.w.t). Constituent Jamaats were invited to participate by selecting 2 males and 2 females in each category, from their internal competition to take part in the following age bands: 

  • 8 to 10 years
  • 10+ to 12 years
  • 12+ to 15 years
  • 15+ to 18 years and
  • 18+ years

The Ma’rifah competition was catered for the higher 2 age-bands only, namely:

  • 15+ to 18 years and 18+ years.

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Circular No: JMT/87/17                                                     

The Khoja Heritage Project of the World Federation is organizing a Heritage Tour to India from 17th December 2017 to 1st January 2018.
This Tour has been organized following the increasing interest in learning more about the history and heritage and with the following objectives: 

  • Pay tribute to our founding figures to be inspired by their sacrifices to have brought us to the teachings of the Qur'an and Ahlulbayt (as)
  • Connect with the lands of the ancestors
  • Visit the historical places of the community history
  • Appreciate the broader Gujarati and Kutchhi culture and heritage

The basic tour details are as follows:

  • Dates: 17th December 2017 - 1st January 2018 (Subject to change to last 14 days of January 2018)
  • Ground cost: US $ 999 USD per individual (This does not include visa, flights, health insurance and any other pre-arrival expenses)
  • Tour: Mumbai, Bhuj, Kera, Mandvi, Mundra, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Mahuva and other small towns and villages

Interested members are requested to note that seniors (60 Plus) must be accompanied by a youth of the family.
The Africa Federation Secretariat will assist with the arrangements to be made locally. 
Those interested to join this Tour may register their names with the Africa Federation Secretariat by 16th October 2017 through Email or Telephone (+ 255 22 2150987)
Hussein Karim
Hon Secretary

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/86/17                                                


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Muharram 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 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday 20th September 2017 i.e. 29th Zilhajj 1438 A.H.
On Wednesday 20th September 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.20 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 9 hours 50 minutes     
Moonset 6.40 p.m.
Time Duration 20 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      03.16 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 04.44 degrees


On Thursday 21st September 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:      

Sunset 6.20 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 33 hours 50 minutes     
Moonset 7.29 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 09 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      17.36 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 16.54 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.34 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 6 degrees South of West, in line with where the sun had set.

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