Ref: CHB/News Bulletin/007/2012

A UK advisory health board, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued an advisory to stop chewing tobacco/using smokeless tobacco products like pan to all South Asians.

NICE says too often people using these products are unaware that they contain tobacco and can cause illnesses like cancer. And, unlike cigarettes, many smokeless products carry no warnings on packs.

For most people, tobacco use is automatically associated with smoking such as smoking cigarettes. Smoking, however, is not the only way that tobacco is used. Tobacco is often chewed also known as smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco products include chewing tobacco like betel quid (sopari) and paan, sucked or "moist oral" tobacco as well as inhaled tobacco products like snuff.

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Circular No: JMT/188/12


cbb_2We are pleased to announce the appointment of Alhaj Mohsin Mohamedtaki Abdullah Lalji, popularly known as Sheni to the post of Chairman of the Central Bilal Board (CBB) of Africa Federation.

Mohsin bhai was born and raised in Kigoma, where his late father, Alhaj Mohamedtaki Abdullah Lalji served as a Chairman of KSI Jamaat of Kigoma and also as Chairman of Bilal Muslim Mission, Kigoma Branch for several years. His late father devoted much of his time and resources for the services to the community and in spreading the Madha'b of Ahlul Baiyt (A.S.) in Kigoma.

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The Central Health Board of the Africa Federation in collaboration with the Conseil Régional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L.Océan Indien will hold the first ever CHB Medical Screening Program in Antananarivo from 8th to 12th November 2012.

The Central Health Board has invited renowned Specialists from the Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases, Madras Medical Mission of Chennai, India Dr. S. Rajan, Senior Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon and Dr. K. Latchumanadhas to conduct the 4 days Cardiac Camp for members of our community from the Jamaats in Madagascar.

The Chairman of the Central Health Board, Alhaj Shabbir Kermalli and the Central Health Board Member Dr. Mohamed Ramzan Sachedina from Dar-es-Salaam will join the Doctors from Madras at this Camp.

We request all members of our community of Antananarivo and other Jamaats in Madagascar to take this unique opportunity to participate in the Heart Check-up Camp and Health Screening Program and turn out in large numbers.

All relevant information and details are available from the Regional Council Office and Antananarivo Jamaat in Madagascar for the members to register themselves.




The AFED Chairman Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi accompanied by the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi, the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the Hon. Treasurer, Alhaj Mohamed Hemani, the Assistant Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Kumail Manji, the AFED Trustee Alhaj Mushtak Fazal, the Central Health Board Chairman, Alhaj Shabbir Kermalli and Central Health Board Member, Dr. Mohamed Ramzan Sachedina will be travelling to Antananarivo, Madagascar from Thursday 8th to Tuesday 13th November 2012.

The delegation will attend the 31st Session of the Conseil Régional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L'océan Indien to be held in Antananarivo from 8th to 9th November, 2012 and the 4th World Federation Executive Council Meeting from 9th to 11th November 2012 at the same venue.

The Central Health Board (CHB) as one of their projects during this term have organized a Cardiac Camp and Health Screening Program for all members of the Jamaats of Madagascar. The Program is being held in Antananarivo from 8th to 12th November in collaboration with Conseil Regional of Madagascar.

Dr. S. Rajan, Senior Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon and Dr. K. Latchumanadhas, Senior Consultant Cardiologist from the Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases - Madras Medical Mission from Chennai, India will conduct the 4 days Cardiac- Heart Check-up Camp for all members of our Jamaats in Madagascar.

We pray to Allah (swt) by His infinite grace and blessings for the success of the meetings and the CHB & Regional Council of Madagascar Health Check-up Program.

During this visit, the AFED delegation will also meet Office Bearers of the Regional Council of Madagascar, Antananarivo Jamaat and INSIMA Officials.



Activities during the months of Muharram and Safar

Majaalis for the first 10 days of Muharram

  • muharam_appeal_bmmk_2Majaalis in Swahili will be organized at the BMMK Hall for Muslim brethrens in Mombasa
  • Majaalis at the rural centres will be held at after Maghribayn prayers
  • Special lectures have been planned for the ladies after Dhuhrayn prayers
  • On Ashura day, julus procession will be conducted at all centres followed by lectures and niyaaz


Husayn Day Seminar

Husayn Day Seminar for students from secondary schools has been planned for the month of Safar. The theme is "PEACE, the global vision"

Radio Programs

  • A special series of radio broadcast (Tragedy of Karbala) by various renowned lectures will be aired on KBC Pwani FM during the months of Muharram and Safar
  • On Ashura night, a special radio broadcast will be aired on KBC National Swahili Service

Follow our Muharram activities on Youtube

You can participate in this program to keep the spirit of Aza-e-Husayn alive by assisting in tableegh activities or sending in your generous contribution towards these activities, which will be in the way of Ahlul Baiyt (a.s.)

"May Allah be merciful to the servant who revives our affairs" Imam Ali Ridha (a.s.)

"In the event of surplus funds, it will be utilized for tabligh activities conducted by the Mission."

For remittance and other information you may contact or our office. Donations can also be sent online through our website

Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya
Mombasa, Kenya

Ref: EBS/Flash/06/2012


The Africa Federation Education Board is pleased to announce the appointed Mr. Hassan Dewji as a new member to the AFED Education Board.

newsflash_oct_2A Brief Profile:

Br. Hassan Dewji is the owner of People Power Limited, a Tanzanian based organization that focuses on human resources and Education Solutions (

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law and Politics from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Birmingham. 

Br. Hassan Dewji has more than eight years of experience in recruitment, training, human resource consulting, corporate communications and career guidance, and keen to share his expertise as a member of the Career Guidance team at Africa Federation. 

Mr. Dewji's experience in the field of education, career guidance and recruitment will be a great help for our community students. One of his several key focuses shall be in creating a conclusive and comprehensive plan for 'Career Guidance', he will be working in collaboration with the AFED EB Career Counselor - Fatimbai Sherali.

The other area of priority shall be to create 'Network of Professionals', organize series of events throughout the year to bring awareness to students and parents alike on careers, and also provide training on Basic Career Guidance Services to Counselors in other Jamaats under AFED.

The Education Board welcomes Mr. Dewji to the team and to join hands with the AFED Education Board Members in developing further the Education portfolio for our community.

The Education Board of the Africa Federation

Ref: BMM 25 -1433


Bilal School Standard Seven Students Graduates of 2012 were awarded at a ceremony on Sunday 30th September 2012, at the Husainiya Hall in the Bilal Campus, Temeke, Dar es Salaam.

The program was honoured by The Education Officer for Secondary Schools of Temeke District.

The program was blessed with recitations from the holy Quran with translation. The program was flavoured with other items including Utenzi (Poetry), and farewell songs were sung, all composed by the students themselves. Head Prefects spoke about their experiences in school and the drama composed by the students depicted the importance of parental involvements in the modern world challenges and needs.


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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/185/12                                                                                     

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Muharram 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 1.09 a.m. on Wednesday 14th November 2012 i.e. 29th Zilhajj 1433 A.H.

On Wednesday 14th November 2012 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.20 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset   17 hours 12 minutes   
Moonset 6.43 p.m.
Time Duration 23 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset    09.10 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 08.24 degrees


On Thursday 15th November 2012 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.20 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset   41 hours 12 minutes   
Moonset 8.05 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 45 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     23.26 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 22.41 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.38 p.m., when the crescent will Insha'Allah be 20 degrees South of West, in line with where the sun had set.



Ref: CHB/News Bulletin/006/2012


Vitamin D also known as the sunshine vitamin is an essential fat soluble vitamin necessary for bone health and a number of functions in the human body. Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That's probably because it's free: your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin. Drug companies can't sell you sunlight, so there's no promotion of its health benefits. Truth is, most people don't know the real story on vitamin D and health.

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Ref: BMM 24 -1433


hujaj_1As the Hujjaj prepared on their journey towards the Holiest Land on earth, Bilal campus at Temeke organized a farewell program for the entire community.

The program began with a brief introduction on Haj, comparing it to Qiyamah, whereby Maalim Yasin Iddi discussed on verses from Suratul Hajj that talks about the events of Qiyamah.

This was followed by an address by the administrator Mrs. Siddika Karim, who presented with Imam Zamin to all three Hujjaj; Mudeer of Hawza Shk. Amiri Kasonso, Teacher from Primary Section, Ms. Khadija Ally- sponsored by AFED and HAJ CARAVAN respectively.

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Ref: AK/PR/2012/60


The 8th AFED Annual Qur'an competition under the Africa Federation Tableegh Board - AFTAB was hosted by the KSI Jamaat of Mombasa on 22nd and 23rd September 2012. The competition was fully sponsored by the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa (AFED).

The aim of the Qur'an competition is to encourage and promote the recitation, awareness and understanding of the Holy Qur'an, and to promulgate its message amongst the young and older generations in our community.


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