Ref: PR/2011/44


A number of Regions in Tanzania experienced heavy rains last week causing loss of human lives and damage to properties.  The Tanzania Meteorological Agency was quoted saying that these are the heaviest rains Tanzania has experienced since independence in 1961.

Dar-es-Salaam was one of the most effected city where the regional authorities have been quoted as saying that so far 40 people have lost their lives and over 5,000 rendered homeless, following last week's three-day consecutive downpour.

The Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat has called upon its members to contribute generously towards the relief aid for the victims and arranged for distribution of food to the effected families.  Last week, the Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, and the President of Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat, Alhaj Shiraz Walji, with some members of the Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat were among the volunteers to distribute flood, clothing and other items to the victims of Dar es Salaam floods.

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Ref: AK/PR/2011/43


The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi accompanied by the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan along with the Chairman of Tabligh Board - AFTAB, Sayyid Hassan Naqvi and the Chairman of the Housing Development Board, Alhaj Munawer Bharwani joined Arusha and Moshi Jamaats members in the Aza'a of Ashra-e-Muharram from 5th to 7th Muharram 1433 (1st to 3rd December 2011).

Alhaj Anwarali in his address on the 6th & 7th nights of Muharram in Arusha and Moshi Imambargha respectively stressed the importance of Aza'a-e-Sayeedu Shohada'a, Imam Husayn (AS). He pointed out that the congregation (majalises) during the 12 days of Muharram in particular whereby old and young - men, women and children gather together to listen to the scholars and preachers are an institution of learning and unique opportunity of revival and understanding of Islamic principles and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). He asked the congregation to reflect on Imam Husayn (AS) call on the day of Ashura, Imam turned in four directions and repeated four times – "Halmeen Nasireen Yansurunah, Halmeen Mughiseen Yughisunah" (Meaning – Is there anyone who will come to assist us?, Is there anyone who will respond to our call for aid?). This call of Imam as he stood alone in the battle field of Karbala at the peak of the time when his 72 faithful companions were already martyred was not only for those who were present then on the day of Ashura on the 10th of Muharram 61 AH but it is for all of us and the call will remain alive until the Day of Judgment (Yawm al-Qiy?mah).

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The Sports Council of Africa Federation calls upon all Jamaats under the Africa Federation and the Conseil Regional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L'Ocean Indien (Regional Council of Madagascar) to submit their nominations for the "Sportswoman and Sportsman of the year" by filling in the enclosed Questionnaires.

Jamaats are requested to note that nominations are for both for Sportswoman and Sportsman for the year 2011.

Nominations should be submitted to the following address by 15th February 2012:

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Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania in collaboration with Beta Charitable Trust of UK organized an eye and medical camp at Kilondoni district on Mafia Island from 14th to the 16th of October 2011.

Flightlink Airline supported the camp with a complimentary charter plane to ferry the team to the Island. The organizers are very grateful for the support offered for the Eye Camp. We wish to thank the Directors of the Flightlink, especially Capt. Munawer for his contributions to the Mission.

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Ref: AK/PR/2011/42

Housing Scheme and Economic Empowerment tops the Agenda

A visit by the Africa Federation delegation to Mombasa Jamaat took place from 16th to 18th December 2011. The AFED delegation was led by the Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi and accompanied by the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan and the Hon. Treasurer, Alhaj Mohamed Hemani. At the same time, the Chairman of AFED Education Board, Alhaj Samir Habib also traveled to Mombasa to meet with the Jamaat Education Board members and the management of Jaffery Institute of Professional Studies.

An important meeting with the Jamaat Chairman, Alhaj Sajjad Rashid and Managing Committee members was held on Friday, 16th December 2011. The new team came into office following the election of the Jamaat in September 2011. The meeting covered several areas, including housing schemes, medical and education. The Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali expressed profound appreciation to Mombasa Jamaat whose contributions to AFED has been significant in the areas of Tabligh, Education, Youth Development, Sports and also for hosting of various events and festivals in Mombasa on behalf of AFED.

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A brief report of the Juloos-Mombasa

The Ashura Procession in Mombasa was held on Monday 5th December 2011 starting at 8pm. As is done annually, the procession began from the Husayni Masjid, fondly known as Fauj, trekking its way past the narrow streets of Old Town towards McKinnon market, across a section of Digo Road, before heading towards the Makadara grounds and down Bawazir lane ending at the Hyderi masjid.

Approximately 800 participants (from our community and local shias) made their way in a solemn atmosphere as various recitations and speeches were echoed through the loud speakers for the benefit of propagating the message of Imam Husayn (a) and his faithful companions. CD's that contained other articles of tabligh were distributed to the on looking crowd.

For the first time, the essence of the procession was caught on video and placed on our website,, streaming through the KSIJ Mombasa youtube channel.


BMMK_Muharram8The Mission commemorated the month of Muharram by mourning on the tragedy of Kerbala.  Majalis were organized in 14 centres in the rural areas and in Mombasa at the Bilal hall.





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Ref: BMM 1-1433

Hawzatul Bilal, the new name that it was given upon re- establishment, was started in 2008 with 15 students and 3 teachers. Presently it has 40 students and 5 teachers.

BMM_T_Graduation19 out of 13 students from the first batch succeeded to join Al Qaim Hawza in Tanga to pursue their studies.

The students who graduated to study at Hauzatul Qaim (as) in Tanga were ceremoniously awarded their certificates on 25th November 2011 at the Temeke complex by Shiekh Abdillahi Nasser of Mombasa, Kenya, who presided as the guest of honour.

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania and the Teachers and Administrators of Hawzatul Bilal wish them best of luck in their journey ahead.

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Hassanali_Juma_MurajHaji Hassanali Juma Haji Ali Muraj was born in 1903 in Merca (Mogadishu). After pursuing the basic education and attaining religious knowledge he then learnt Italian language and joined his father's business.

He got married in 1925. From this wedlock he was blessed with 6 sons and 2 daughters.

Just after his marriage he established his business which flourished quite well.

As a businessman he also liked travelling. In 1932 he travelled throughout East Africa, Mumbai, Karachi, his home town Kutch Kapaya, Iran, Iraq, Hijaz including Hajj as well as Ziyarat of the 14 infallibles. In 1956 once again he performed Hajj and 14 infallible Ziyarat.

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It is notified for general information of all Jamaats in Africa that FIRST MUHARRAM 1433 will fall on Sunday 27th November 2011.

The important dates during the month are:

Muharram 01 - 12, 1433  Nov 27 - Dec 08, 2011
(Sunday - Thursday)
Muharram 10, 1433 December 06, 2011
Muharram 20, 1433 December 16, 2011
Muharram 25, 1433 December 21, 2011



The Late Haji Muhamadali J Kesani was born in Mikindani (Tanganyika) in 1896 and his father, Haji Janmohammed was born in Kutch Mundra, India. Late Muhamadali resided in Mikindani for many years.

After the demise of his father in 1900, late Muhamadali bhai with his relative's assistance in 1902 he had an opportunity to study Gujarati language in Mumbai Boarding school for 2 years, following this, a famous businessman of that time in Mogadishu, Fazalbhai Hasham found this young man, he was impressed with his abilities and offered him a job and took him Mogadishu in 1908. After working for 15 years, he decided to establish his own business and gradually succeeded. He then started exporting. Later in 1940 he started exporting hides to foreign countries. He was the first Ithna-Asheri to do the hides business.


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