Ref: CHB/News Bulletin/001/2013


Cancer can affect anyone – young and old, rich and poor, men and women – and presents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008 and by 2030 deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue to rise to over 13.1 million as calculated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

cancer_1We all know one person who has it, be it a relative, a neighbor, a friend, or a friends friend. So then; what is cancer? Are we misusing the term?

Our bodies are made of organs which are in turn are made of cells. A cell is the basic building block of a living organism. Normally a cell grows, divides into a new cell and dies by programmed cell death (apoptosis). This cycle continues. In Cancer something goes wrong along the way and this process goes haywire. This could be the result of damages or mutations in DNA sequences in genes. The cells divide rapidly and uncontrollably. This change in sequence can also cause the cell to forget to die. Some cells move to other tissues (parts of body) and hence they are called metastatic.

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Ref: AK/PR/2013/72


The Annual General Meeting of Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya (BMMK) was held in the Bilal Hall on Friday, 15th March 2013 in accordance with the provisions of clause 9.2 of the BMMK Constitution.

After the Chairman's Address, the Annual Report and the Annual Audited Accounts for the year 2012 and the Budget for the year 2013-2014 were presented and adopted at the AGM, besides other businesses were transacted.

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Circular No.: JMT/224/2013

wf_telethonThe World Federation have launched the Pakistan Shia Muslims Genocide Appeal to raise awareness and funds for the  families who are suffering and are victims of the genocide across in Pakistan because of their faith.

The World Federation will be running a live telethon on Ahlulbayt TV (ABTV) on Sunday 17 March 2013 between 4pm and 6pm UK time, (7 pm and 9 pm East Africa Time) to highlight the plight of the Shia Muslims being targeted and brutally slain in Pakistan. Or watch online at:

Members of the Community are requested to watch this Program and contribute generously towards this cause. Jamaats and donors from Africa are requested to channel their contributions through the Africa Federation Secretariat, Dar es Salaam.

Let us all join hands and pray for the innocent and peace loving people in all parts of the world for their justice, peace and safety, and let us also respond generously to the above appeal for the funds.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary - AFED

Ref: JMT/223/13



The Tableegh Board (AFTAB) of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa is seeking to employ a suitably qualified person for the above position based in the AFTAB office of the Africa Federation office based at Zahra Towers, Dar-es-Salaam.

Interested individuals are invited to submit a written application along with a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) to reach AFTAB latest by 12th April 2013.

More details/address are provided in the attached Advertisement below:

Job Profile - AFTAB Manager (PDF, 368KB)

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary



Ref: EBS/Flash/01/2013



On Sunday, 3rd February 2013, the Education Board in collaboration with the Dar es Salaam KSIJ Youth Affairs team held its first career related event for the year. The seminar titled "Parental Influence on Career Choices" was held at the Bab ul Ilm Auditorium in the Tabligh Building – Dar es Salaam.

The speaker for the program was Ms. Zeenat Thawer, a trained Guidance Counselor (NCDA Accredited) with over 15 years of experience in career planning and mentoring parents. The seminar was aimed to bridge the gap between youngsters and their parents on career decision-making. It was designed to help parents engage and motivate their teen, identify their passions, hidden talents and personality type.

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Notice is hereby given that the 74th Session of the Supreme Council of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa, will Insha'allah be held on Sunday 28th April 2013 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

The Agenda of the Session will be as follows:


Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary



The Africa Youth Network is once again organizing a Youth Conference 2013 to be held concurrently with the Africa Federation 25th Triennial Conference and 74th Supreme Council Session in Dar-es-Salaam.

This event will provide the youths a platform to deliberate, share ideas and make suggestions on pertinent issues affecting community in general and the youths in particular. The areas of discussions will range from Education to Economic Development, from Health and Welfare to Tableegh and Sports. Furthermore, the Youth Conference will also review the progress made by the various Boards on adopting and implementing the recommendations of the Nairobi Youth Conference, held in 2010.

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