Welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadhan - 1439 AH

Message from the Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi,

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may learn self-restraint and become righteous (attain Taqwa)”

(Holy Qur’an, Surah Al Baqarah 2:183)

I wish to convey this message to the Community members in all our Jamaats in Africa, and especially to the youth and children of our Community as we approach the holy month of Ramadhan 1439 AH, the month of contemplation, reflection, benevolence and spiritual upliftment.
Let us take a moment to remember those who were with us in the last holy month of Ramadhan and are no longer with us today. Let us reflect and take lessons from it and use the available opportunities wisely for the A’akherat. We are all in this temporary and transitory world, so let us gather virtuous provisions for a journey to a permanent abode.  

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An exciting story of ambition, migration, struggle, success, tragedy, and legacy.

The family of Sajan Somji was prominent in the city of Nangalpur, Kutch, India. Sajan was well known as a successful and honest businessman with qualities of humility, generosity, community service, and leadership. He was born in 1852. His first son was born in 1870 and was named Shermohamed (Sher). Even as a teenager, Sher displayed exceptional leadership qualities and was the head of the Ismaili youths of Nangalpur.

Sajan and Sher travelled to Zanzibar from Mumbai via Oman. From Zanzibar they first went to Pangani and then to Arusha on foot with a party of 25 people. They had to carry food stuff and gifts to tribal leaders for permission to march ahead. The gifts which they gave out include items like beads, cigarettes, matches, candles, etc.

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Circular No: JMT/129/18                                                        

The Africa Federation Secretariat is pleased to announce the appointment of Alhaj Shiraz P. Walji of Dar-es-Salaam as Head of the Africa Federation Census Bureau; this is the first appointment of its kind given the great importance attached to Census.
The necessity of obtaining reliable statistics for the Census to create a complete database for planning and making informed decisions for the provision of services based on the socio-economic needs of the community in Africa cannot be overemphasized. 

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REF: EB/SH/04/18                                                           



SAAJ Nairobi with the support of the Education Board of the Africa Federation hosted a career guidance and counselling session for students and parents held from 9th – 10th March and 17th – 18th March, at the Jaffery Islamic Centre in Nairobi.

On the 9th and 10th of March, twenty-eight students, enrolled between Grade 9 to Grade 13 completed their Strong Interest Inventory ® Assessment – which included individual pre-counselling sessions for each student conducted by Mrs Shama Dewji, followed by an online assessment. This assessment is one of the world’s most respected and widely used career planning tools and provides robust insights into a student's career interests. It helps the students discover potential careers they may not have considered and gives them a wealth of information about how they approach the world of work.

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Circular No: JMT/128/18                                                

Under the provisions of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa Constitution, Clause 21 (d), the Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi has appointed the following as Nominated Councillors of the Africa Federation for the term 2016 - 2019. 

  1. Alhaj Muslim Hassanali            Dar-es-Salaam
  2. Mrs. Nasrin Nanji                    Dar-es-Salaam
  3. Mrs. Tahera Shivji                   Nairobi

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Sunday the 7th July 2013 was a cold day but the 49 participants, young and old braved the cold weather of Arusha, simply out of love and devotion towards the noble cause of participating in the AFED Solidarity Day Charity Walk, also this was the first of its kind in the history of the Arusha Jamaat, and it is always a privilege to be counted as the pioneers.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/127/18                                                     


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Mahe Ramadhan 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 1.49 p.m. on Tuesday 15th May 2018 i.e. 28th Shabaan 1439 A.H.
On Wednesday 16th May 2018, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.13 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 27 hours 26 minutes     
Moonset 7.20 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 07 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      15.01 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 14.17 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.31 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 6 degrees North of West, 1 degree South of where the sun had set.

The Al Asghary Housing Project in Dar-Es-Salaam city is a joint project of the World Federation and Africa Federation in collaboration with the KSI Jamaat of Dar-Es-Salaam for our community members of Dar-Es-Salaam.
We are pleased to inform our community members that the Opening Ceremony of the Al Asghary Housing Project was held on Sunday 29th April 2018.  This is a first Rent-to-Own scheme for a housing project undertaken by the above mentioned Institutions.
The Opening Ceremony coincided with the 80th AFED Supreme Council Session held in Dar-es-Salaam from 27th to 29th April 2018 providing opportunity to the Councillors and Invitees from outside Dar-es-Salaam to grace the occasion, and to view the project.

The ceremony was attended by the President of the World Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Shabir Najafi, the President of Dar-Es-Salaam Jamaat, Alhaj Azim Dewji, Former President of the World Federation, Dr. Asgher Moledina, Presidents and Councillors from several Jamaats of the Africa Federation, Trustees, Dignitaries, Invitees and the owners of the flats at Al Asghary Residency who shall soon occupy the flats.


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When our forefathers landed on the Eastern shores of Africa, they settled in the towns like Lamu, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam, Bagamoyo and Kilwa, among others, some of them ventured into the interior and decided to live in small settlements and villages. At that time, we did not have Mulyanis or Zakiras from India or Pakistan to cater for the needs of the women of our Community. Many of our own ladies came forward to cater for the women folk by reciting the Majalis and carry out functions necessary for the spiritual needs of the women of the Community.

The dedicated Mulyanis did great work of reading and studying the Majlis books in Urdu and delivering in simple language to our women folk. They also translated the Majlis and delivered them in Kutchi and Gujarati. They performed these religious duties on honorary basis. Through generations, these Mulyanis trained the younger among them and to date we continue to benefit from these highly dedicated Mulyanis, who continue in the service of our Aimma A.S. and the Community.

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