CIRCULAR NO: JMT/61/17                                                       

13th – 16th of July 2017

For the first time in the history of European Jamats, a worldwide reach Sport Competition will be held in the heart of the City of Light. This competition, designed for both men and women, will bring together more than 400 participants from nearly 14 countries around the world.

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Siwjibhai Somji was born on 21st December 1882 in India. At the age of 18, he travelled from India to Zanzibar in a dhow. He joined in employment of Gulamhussein Somji Lilani in Zanzibar at a salary of 100 rupees a year.
After one year he joined at Remtulla Allarakhia Tejani for 4 months. Siwjibhai left this job and travelled to Kilwa by ship named ‘Governor”. He then travelled from Kilwa to Songea on foot taking with him tents, laborers and food. He used to walk 6 hours every day. It took them 24 days to reach Songea – a distance of 320 miles. He started working at his brother Jaffer Somji’s shop in Songea. After a year he went back to India for marriage.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/60/17                                                    

The AFED Secretariat is pleased to inform all our Jamaats in Africa and the Territorial Councils of Madagascar and Reunion that a Leadership Development Programme (LDP) will be held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania from Saturday 13th to Tuesday 16th May 2017.
A limited number of seats (25) are available for this leadership training programme. The Jamaats and the Territorial Councils are requested to publicize this programme and to nominate participants from both genders, at earliest possible.
This programme is specifically tailored for those who are keen to enhance self-knowledge, confidence and acquire leadership skills, and more so for the younger generation who are eager to develop themselves to take on new challenges in order to be effective and successful in their organizations and their personal lives.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/59/17                                                  




The Central Health Board (CHB) of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa is seeking to employ on a part time basis a suitably qualified person for the above position which has fallen vacant.
The CHB Administrative Secretary will be sited in the CHB office within the Africa Federation Secretariat office located on the corner of Olympio Street/Bibi Titi Mohamed Road, Dar-es-Salaam.
Interested male and female candidates are invited to submit a written application along with the current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and testimonials/certificates to reach the Africa Federation Administrative Secretary latest by 15th April 2017.
Female applicants are encouraged to apply for the job.
More details/address is provided in the attached Advertisement with a brief Job Profile of the post.
Hussein Karim
Hon Secretary

Download:  Job Description - Central Health Board Administrative Secretary (PDF, 288KB)

An Account of the Brave Journey of Late Dawood Nasser Haji Mowjee from Aden in Yemen to Kutch in India

(By Roshanali Haji Dawood Nasser)

This is the story of how my father Dawood Nasser Haji Mowjee who was born on 12th March 1889 in Mukalla in Quaiti State which was in Eastern Aden British Protectorate (now Yemen) was brought to Mandvi Port in India by dhow.
My dearest grandmother Sakinabai died at Mukalla on 25th March 1889 when my father was about 13 days old.  My grandfather Haji Nasser Haji Mowjee was very much saddened by her death and the fact that he now had to leave Mukalla forever.   
As there was no steam-ship service in those days, my grandfather decided to leave with my father by a small sailing boat (dhow) of about 200 tons’ capacity which was sailing for Mandvi Port in India.

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The Autism Awareness Walk 2017 – 2nd April 2017 – Dar-es-Salaam

The KSIJ Dar-es-Salaam Central Board of Education (KSIJ CBE) governs the Al Muntazir Schools that educates children from the ages of 1.5 years to 18 years through their Al Muntazir Toddlers and Day Care Centre, Al Muntazir Union Nursery School, Al Muntazir Primary Schools and Al Muntazir Islamic Seminary.

The KSIJ CBE also caters for children with special needs through the Al Muntazir Special Education Needs (AMSEN) Unit. The AMSEN has grown multiple folds in the last Four years after the takeover from the World Federation Autistic Day Care Centre in 2013, and is solely devoted to provide holistic care for children with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Celebral Palsy and many more. The goal is to create awareness, shape the future of our students and provide an environment where children will inculcate essential skills to be independent, productive and lead a meaningful life within the limitations imposed by the disorders.

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Haji Mohamedbhai Manji Walli was born in 1910 in Kutch, Mundra in India.  Mohamedbhai came to East Africa in 1928. He first landed in Tanga and worked for Suleiman Khimji.

In 1933 he migrated to Dodoma. In Dodoma he worked for Remtulla Pirbhai.  While in Dodoma, he served Dodoma Jamaat as its Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Mukhi. He also looked after the Supreme Council properties in Dodoma and Kondoa.

In order to enliven and continue the mission of Imam Hussein (AS) in the town of Dodoma, Mohamedbhai initiated the construction of Dodoma Imambargha.

He sacrificed his time to supervise the project and worked heartily in collaboration with Haji Gulamabbas Pirbhai of Arusha and Haji Abdulrasul bhai Molu Chatoo of Dar es Salaam to collect funds from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi, Singida, Bukoba and Kigoma.

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AFED Women Board Visits Jamaats in Tanzania

The Women Board Chairperson, Mrs. Zaheeda Alishan paid a visit to Mwanza and Zanzibar and had an opportunity to meet the Ladies Managing Committee of the respective Jamaats.  The Women Board Team also met the Dar es Salaam Ladies Managing Committee.
The focus of discussion during these visits and meeting were: 

  • To connect and create a network with the Ladies members of the Jamaats
  • To brief them about the Vision, Mission and Objectives of the Women Board.
  • To unite, develop and empower more female leaders to lead the community in different positions.
  • The way forward is to provide exposure and mentorship to Girls and Women and develop them into spiritually and socially conscious leaders.
  • To discuss the details of the survey sent out by the Board which would enable to identify and reach out to assist and empower the target groups.
  • To discuss the Lady Khadija Grant and its objective to support small businesses that are run by female members of our Jamaats in Africa.
  • To create awareness of the Board’s upcoming event; the Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Workshop for the Ladies Managing Committee team.  This Program is aimed to build their skills and enhance their overall leadership style of our ladies and help them discover effective leadership techniques to handle challenging leadership issues as well as identify and select the appropriate methods that work for them.
  • Introduced the idea of launching the “WE Can Support” Helpline, which would provide help and give effective solutions to tough situations women undergo and to make the lives of women better by giving support, offering hope and creating connections on a regular basis.

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