CIRCULAR NO: JMT/53/17                                    


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rajab 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 5.59 a.m. on Tuesday 28th March 2017 i.e. 29th Jamadi ul Aakhar 1438 A.H.
On Tuesday 28th March 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.30 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 12 hours 31 minutes     
Moonset 6.58 p.m.
Time Duration 28 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      06.51 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 06.08 degrees


On Wednesday 29th March 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:         

Sunset 6.29 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 36 hours 30 minutes     
Moonset 7.50 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 21 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      20.31 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 18.12 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.46 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 10 degrees North of West, 6 degrees North of where the sun had set.

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/52/17                                               


Position: Administrative Secretary - Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania, an Institution under the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa is seeking to employ a suitably qualified person for the above mentioned position at their head office located on Libya Street, Dar-es-Salaam.

Interested individuals who possess the required qualifications are invited to submit a written application along with a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) to reach the Central Bilal Board (CBB) latest by 30th March 2017.
Details and address is provided in the attached Advertisement with a brief Job Profile of the post.
Hussein Karim
Hon. Secretary

Download:  Job Description - Administrative Secretary (PDF, 260KB)

Download:  Job Description - Administrative Secretary - French (PDF, 260KB)


Hassim Rajpar Haji was born in Nangalpur, Cutch, India in 1862. At a young age, he travelled to Zanzibar by dhow and joined in the employment of Nasser Noormohamed. In 1881, he moved to Nosibe, where there was a branch office of Nasser Noormohamed in Madagascar.
At that time Madagascar was ruled by a Queen. There was a tradition among the Sakalava tribe of Madagascar that upon the death of the Panjaka (King), his close friend would be buried alive with him to give him company in death.  

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Photographs of the Old Memories of Zanzibar

Elders of our Community of Zanzibar who served the Jamaats magnanimously in different capacities in religious, community and other social services

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Report No.067                                                   Jamadi U’la-February 2017


Hawzat-ul-Qaim (a.t.f) Tanga since officially established in 2007 has conducted five graduation ceremonies. On the 4th of February, 2017 (6th Jamad-ul-Uula 1438 AH) Bilal Muslim Mission Tanga Branch led by Director of Hawzat Samahat Sheikh Amir Kipingu conducted its fifth graduation conferring on students the degrees of Islamic studies. Six students out of ten (10) since they joined institution in 2011 were able to graduate and receive their title on that day.

The guest of honour was Principal of Hawzat Imam Swadiq (a.s) Samahat Sheikh Hemed Jalala from Dar es Salaam who came with his deputy Sheikh Mohammed Abdu. The graduation ceremony was also blessed by the presence of Principal of Jamiat-ul-Mustafa – Tz branch i.e. Syed Radhavi alongwith Br. Ali Bagheri – the Cultural Counselor –Embassy of the Islamic Republic Of Iran.

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The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania in collaboration with BETA Charitable Trust of Essex, U.K, Darul Muslimeen Education Center and with the support of other Well-Wishers held a free eye and health camp at Dodoma, from 9thto 12th December 2016.

The camp was held at Darul Muslimeen Education Centre, in Dodoma and the surgeries were carried out at Dodoma General Hospital with the help of the District Medical Officer.
People from various villages in Dodoma region registered for the Free Eye treatment, and a record number of 5500 patients of various ages were screened, details are given below:

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Alhaj Habib Bhai Kassam Manji - (1902-1991)

  An Entrepreneur and a Visionary Leader of our Community in Tanga

 In early 1900s, our community in Tanga consisted of four main businessmen. Br Mohamed Tharoo was the foremost among them. He had agency for selling of tea, sugar and tobacco. He was also a leading textile trader. Br Jaffer Khimji was also a leading businessman dealing in textiles. Br Nazarali Rattansi was a top Khanga merchant and his “Oswal” brand Khanga was famous. Br Juma Ebrahim was a farm owner.
The land for the first Mosque & Imambara in Tanga was donated by Br Jaffer Khimji and Br Nasser Virjee. The Imambara was constructed using corrugated iron sheets and the mosque was constructed and donated in 1925 by Br Jaffer Khimji.

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Date: 3rd March 2017

Education Board Report for July to December 2016

Reverting to the core education principles – that has been the motto of the Africa Federation Education Board for the first year of the new term (2016 – 2019). The Education Board has long been viewed as a ‘loans body’ responsible primarily for providing of Higher Education Loans and the repayments from students. Whilst this is a major aspect of the portfolio of the board there is much more to offer. In order to invigorate and rekindle its image and portfolio, the Education Board of the Africa Federation has prioritized other key areas to focus upon:

1.  Career Counseling

In today’s competitive environment it is essential for the students of our community to make well thought of and advised choices as far as their careers are concerned. This allows efficient use of resources (both community and personal) and better chances of success for the student. The Board is working on a strategy to strengthen the career counselling structures both at the board level and in collaboration with our community schools and other structures. There has also been an increased promotion of the Strong Interest Inventory Assessments that allow students to make informed choices based on their strengths and interests.

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MCE of the World Federation in collaboration with Africa Federation Tabligh Board - AFTab continues to organize Teacher Development Programmes for the Madrasah Teachers in Africa.

The Teaching Skills Programme was conducted on 21st and 22nd January 2017 by the Lead Facilitator from MCE Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi from the U.K. and co-facilitated for the first time by Sis. Zishaan e Fatima Karim who was recently trained during the Train the Trainer programme in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. 23 teachers participated from the Madaris of Bujumbura, Bukoba and Mwanza Jamaats.

The Micro Teach Session followed on 28th January, which was conducted by Sis. Shaida Abdulrasul. Sis. Zishaan e Fatima Karim and Sis. Shaida Abdulrasul are both resource persons from AFTab, based in Dar es Salaam.

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