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

Ref: BMM 47-1434

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

Secretariat

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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Ref: BMM 48-1434                                                                        

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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Ref: BMM 49-1433                                                               

Bilal Muslim Mission Tanga – New Hawza Staff

To ensure continuous improvement and maintain a high standard of the training provided at its Hawzas, namely, Hawzatul Qaim and Hawzatul Nisa, Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanga has added new instructors in its team. These are SYED WAJEEH AKBAR and SHEIKH ABDUL AMEER MUHAMMAD both from Iran. The additional instructors will ensure that the Hawzatul Qaim is continuing to provide religious knowledge of a high standard.

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Furthermore, to ensure that the female students at its Hawza (Hawzatul Nissa) are  looked after, the Mission has also employed Ustadhat Aisha, who will be parenting the female students attending the Hawza and also look after the children's Madrassa.

 

The Mission wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who have made this recruitment possible and thus enable the Mission to fulfill the Holy Prophet (saww) directive that ''the best amongst you is one who seeks knowledge and enables others to seek knowledge'. May Allah (swt) grant them 'tawfeek' to continue with their good deeds - Ameen.

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/007/13

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Samir_HabibThe Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi has re-appointed Alhaj Samir Muslim Habib as the Chairman of the Education Board for the term 2013 – 2016.

A Brief Profile

Samir Habib is a holder of Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration & Information Technology from United States of America. For the past 20 years, Samir has been actively involved in the IT Sector, having worked with several reputable and renowned companies in Dar es Salaam. He is currently holding a senior managerial position in a multifaceted organization overseeing several companies in Dar es Salaam.

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Why was Hazrat F?timah Zahra (a.s) called Zahra?

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-S?diq (A.S) said that when she used to stand under the arch (Mehraab) for offering prayers, her radiance used to shed light for those high up in the skies in the same manner as the stars shed their light on the earth for the benefit of it's inhabitants." [Reference:  Nisa' an-Nabiy wa Awladuh, p.92. ]

A special function to commemorate the Wiladat of Sayyidah Fatimatuz Zahra (a.s) and Sayyidah Zaynab (a.s) was held on Saturday, 4th May 2013 at the Bilal Hall, Mombasa. A large number of women and children attended this program.

LFD_3The programme, commenced with the recitation of Hadithul Kisaa by Sis Rukiya Datoo followed by a verse from the Holy Quran with translation in Kiswahili by Sis Zahra Salim and Sis Zahra Allidina. Sis Ummukulthum from BMMK welcomed the ladies.

A short lecture was delivered by Sis Ruiya Salim on "The Role played by Sayyidah Zainab (as) in Islam."

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BMMK_Ramadhan_Appeal_4To make it convenient for muslim brethren to gain maximum benefits of the Month of Ramadhan. The Mission has planned for the following:

Ø  Daily Iftar will be served after Maghribain prayers in Muslim centres and other institutions.

Ø  Relief Food to be distributed to families

Ø  A 5 part series of Hidaya ya Ramadhan Radio broadcast

Ø  Tabligh Activities / Amaals

Ø  Eid Gifts

Follow our Ramadhan activities on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kcFFtydINY

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Every container becomes tightly packed with what is put in it, except for the container of knowledge, for surely it expands."  - Imam Ali (as)

As school holidays had begun, students were now returning to their homes. Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya took this opportunity to introduce the special holiday classes for two weeks to teach Islamic Religious Education to these students to gain maximum benefit during this holiday.

The classes were held from 16th April 2013 to 26th April 2013 at Samburu centre. A total of 50 students coming from different schools i.e. Mazeras Secondary School, Matuga Girls, Rasul Academy - Nairobi, Rasul Academy - Nakuru, Kwale High, Chumani secondary, Samburu Secondary, Samburu Primary and Maziyani Primary School attended the sessions.

Ust Yahya Mwangi and Ust Hassan Maina from BMMK facilitated these classes.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/006/13

AFED_Delegation_-_Madagascar

The Africa Federation delegation will be travelling to Antananarivo, Madagascar on Thursday 16th May 2013 to attend the 31st Session of the Conseil Régional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L' océan Indien (CROI) which is being held in Antananarivo from 17th to 18th May 2013. Also, the investiture of Alhaj Navazaly Rossanaly Molou, the elected Chairman of CROI for the term 2013-2016 will take place at this Session.

The Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa (AFED) delegation will comprise 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 AFED.

During the visit, the AFED Office Bearers will also hold a meeting with the Office Bearers of CROI and will visit Antananarivo KSI Jamaat and the Institute Islamique de Madagascar (INISMA).

Wishing the 31st Session of Conseil Regional of Madagascar successful and fruitful deliberations.

Secretariat

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