CIRCULAR NO: AFED/AFTAB/69/17                                


Further to our earlier announcement of the appointment of Seyed Hassan Naqvi as Chairman of the Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB), the Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi is pleased to appoint the following AFTAB members for the term 2016 - 2019. 

  • Seyed Hassan Naqvi - Chairman
  • Zishan Somji - Vice Chairman
  • Sanjida Rashid - Hon. Secretary
  • Dr. Alihussein Molloo
  • Dr. Fatema Meghji
  • Dr. Zohraida Karim
  • Fatim Somji
  • Fazle Abbas Chandoo
  • Riyaz Habib Virjee
  • Sumaiya Muntazir Meghjee

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Ref: AFED/Housing/AAR/17                                           

The construction works of the Al Asghery Residency on Libya/Band Street in Dar es Salaam is progressing well according to the plan; it has reached the 5th floor.
This is a joint Housing Project between Africa Federation (AFED) and the World Federation of KSIMC in collaboration with the KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam.
The Project comprises total of 18 Flats (9 three bedroom and 9 two bedroom apartments).  The 86 applications were received, indicative of the big requirement of housing in Dar es Salaam. Applications were reviewed by the Allocation Committee and each applicant was interviewed after which the allocation was done.
A short program was held on 1st May 2017 at the KSI Jamaat Tabligh Auditorium, successful applicants were called upon to select the apartment they wished to be allocated. Africa Federation Chairman, Office Bearers and Trustees, the World Federation President and Secretary General, Dsm Jamaat President, Office Bearers and Trustees, Economic & Housing Board Members, Councillors, Ladies Managing Committee, Allocation Committee Members and the 18 successful applicants.

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My Dear Community Members,

Salaam Alaykum.
It has been with great abhorrence that we see in our world today continual acts of terrorism. Terrorism founded on an ideology and a concept that is growing exponentially and which affects the very fabric of our society. Muslim organisations have been quick to condemn such acts of barbarity which not only are unfounded in and contrary to our faith but which directly fulminate against humanity!
It was a shock for us all to witness the attacks in London where seven people were killed and forty-eight people injured. The attacks followed less than two weeks after the Manchester Arena where 22 people were killed. Only a few months earlier a terrorist attacked Westminster, London killing 4 people and injuring more than fifty people. In the last month, there have been numerous terrorist attacks across the globe: Karrada in Iraq where ten people were murdered and Afghanistan where 18 people were killed. Terrorism has been a widespread, catastrophic phenomena in the Middle East and Subcontinent but is now growing proliferating around the world.
The World Federations, its membership and indeed the entire Khoja community condemn such acts of barbarity in the strongest possible terms and we offer our condolences to the families of those brutally murdered. The trauma they are experiencing is unimaginable. That is why within hours of both attacks, The World Federation in conjunction with The Council of European Jamaats donated £10,000 i.e. £5,000 to the victims of the families of each of the attacks. The funds will be spent on psychological support and bereavement counselling. The thoughts and prayers of our community are with them and their families during these difficult times.
When reflecting on these barbaric acts, I feel it is important for our governments and for our society to examine in depth the philosophy and ideology of the terrorists. They are driven to undertake such hate crimes, driven to attack those who disagree with them and driven to create strife and discord in our society. My view is that as a community we need to advocate our humanitarian principles. We need to add value to society and to bring positive change to our localities. If we continue our beneficial humanitarian actions then our positive and consistent work will simply speak for itself!
With Salaams and Duas,

Shan E Abbas Hassam
Secretary General

5th June 2017

Ref: AF/PR/23/2017                                                    

Following his election in February 2016, the Chairman of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa (AFED), Alhaj Shabir had the privilege to address Community members of K.S.I. Jamaat of Dar es Salaam on the eve of the Wiladat of Hazrat Abbas (A.S.) on Sunday, 30th April, 2017. The Imambargha was packed with momineen, ladies and gents. There were also three weddings, such features are quite common during the Khushali nights in Dar es Salaam. The majlis was recited eloquently by the visiting Aalim, Maulana Syed Muntazir Rizvi from India. Sheikh Murtadha Alidina, the Resident Aalim of Dar es Salaam Jamaat gave a brief biodata of Syed Muntazir Rizvi and he also explained the status of Qamar-e-Bani Hashim, Hazrat Abbas (A.S.) in the Banu Hashim, and his revered position in the Ahlulbayt (A.S.) - the progeny of the Holy Prophet of Islam (SAWW). He also spoke on the importance of celebrating the occasions such as Wiladat of esteemed personalities from the progency of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW).

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The Journey of Mulla Abdulla Karim Surti from India to Madagascar Island

Mulla Abdulla Karim Surti was born in India in 1862. He was the father of the famous Mulla Yusufali Abdulla of East Africa. He was also the nephew of the famous merchant who was known as the champion of the poor, Murrabbi Sheriff Jiwa Surti. Mulla Abdulla got married in Ahmedabad.
In 1900 he travelled to Madagascar with his uncle Murrabbi Sheriff.  He worked at his uncle’s branches at Diego Suarez, Nosibe and Analalava for a total period of 5 years. After the death of his wife, he went to India in 1904 for his second marriage.

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Message from the Africa Federation Chairman,
Alhaj Shabir Najafi, welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadhan
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful 


… And praise belongs to God who appointed among those roads His month, the month of Ramadhan, the month of fasting, the month of submission, the month of purity, the month of putting to test, the month of standing in prayer, in which the Qur'an was sent down as guidance to the people, and as clear signs of the Guidance and the Separator ….

(Extract from the Dua to welcome the Holy Month) 

'O' People! the Month of Allah (Ramadhan) has approached you with His mercies and blessings. This is the month that is the best of all the months in the estimation of Allah. Its days are best among the days; its nights are best among the nights, its hours are best among the hours. This is a month in which you have been invited by Him. You have been, in this month, selected as the recipients of the honours from Allah, the Merciful.          

[Sermon delivered by the Holy Prophet of Allah]. 

We are approaching the most awaited and spiritual month – The Holy Month of Ramadhan.   This is a Month whose beginning is Mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is Freedom from fire.
Fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan has a deep spiritual dimension of compassion and self-sacrifice. Fasting also plays an important role in making us more conscious of the plight and hunger of the under privileged, poor and displaced persons.
Our obligations for the month of Ramadhan include helping the needy even more so that they too can perform fasting and other devotional deeds with lesser pain in this month. Just as we are guest of the Almighty in this Holy Month, let us also invite the poor and needy into our fold and share with them the blessings that our Lord has bestowed upon us. While we fast and abstain from eating, and drinking in obedience to our Lord, let us remember the poor who suffer throughout the year because they have no or less means to survive.
Similarly, I would like to remind all on the obligation to pay Zakaat-e-Fitrah at the end of the holy month of Ramadhan and for it to reach to the deserving people.


Daring and Adventurous Journey to East Africa – A brief Profile of Alhaj Remtulla Kassam Gulamali from Cutch Mundra, India


Remtulla Kassam Gulamali Bhagat was born in 1864 in Mundra, Cutch, India. In 1879, he and his brother Haji travelled to Pangani by dhow. The two brothers operated a partnership for two years. Remtulla decided to travel to Mogadishu, Somalia where he operated a business for five years. Finding no success in business, he moved to Merca, Somalia in 1886. At Merca, the business flourished very well and in a short period his concern became famous throughout the coast of East Africa.

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Ref:  PR/AF/17/22                                                      

The World Federation 15th Ordinary Conference held from 5th to 7th May 2017 was successfully hosted by the K.S.I. Jamaat of Dar-es-Salaam under the auspices of the Federation of K.S.I. Jamaats of Africa; it was attended by nearly 200 participants, including invitees from different parts of the World, including Africa. This Conference also witnessed the change at the helm of the World Federation, as Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi takes over from Dr. Asgher Moledina.

The Africa Federation delegation was led by the Chairman; Alhaj Shabir Najafi and was represented by five Councillors and 20 Delegates from Mainland Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Reunion and DRC - Congo.
Following reflection on verses from the Holy Qur’an, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Br. Sajjad Dharamsee provided brief information on the various services and arrangements made for the Conference and he also introduced the volunteers of the various sections, including reception, accommodation, catering, and transport etcetera.  

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“I raise up my voice - not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”  - Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai

The AFED Women’s Board held its first workshop on Saturday 15th April 2017 in Dar-es-Salaam – Titled “Leadership & Emotional Intelligence” for the KSIJ Community Leaders, bringing together over 50 women; young and old from different Jamaats in Africa.
The one day workshop was facilitated by three different women who are leaders in their own rights.
It started off with registration and verses from the Holy Qur’an by Zainab Sumar.  The Master of Ceremony, Ms. Sakina Hassanali opened the day defining what was in store, followed by the welcome speech by the Women’s Board Chairperson Mrs. Zaheeda Alishan.
In her address, the Chairperson said that the Board intends to equip women in the Community to be viewed as assets in the society and not as an exception to the rule. She added that women hold the key to Women Empowerment, through their influence over the coming generations. She cited the example of Lady Khadija whose unconditional devotion, support and encouragement played a very important role in the beginning of the Islamic Society by our Holy Prophet (SAWW).  She looked forward to women to join hands with the Board to help inspire and empower more women of our community to reach great heights as the sky is not the limit for our women.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/64/17               


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Mahe Ramadhan 1438 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 10.46 p.m. on Thursday 25th May 2017 i.e. 28th Shabaan 1438 A.H.
On Friday 26th May 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.13 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 19 hours 28 minutes     
Moonset 7.04 p.m.
Time Duration 51 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      11.33 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 10.44 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 19 degrees North of West, 2 degrees South of where the sun had set.

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