Federation Samachar Editorial Board - Announcement

The Federation Samachar is currently in the process of being re-registered with the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports so as to abide by section 6 of the Tanzania Newspapers Act No. 3 of 1976 (Regulation 9).

The Editorial Board of the Federation Samachar is pursuing the re-registration procedures with the Newspaper Registrar at the Ministry of information, Culture, Arts and Sports. Once this procedure is completed the publication of the magazine will be resumed.

In the meantime the Editorial Board invites readers, columnists, Jamaats and Territorial Councils of Madagascar and Reunion to continue sending their activity reports for consideration and inclusion in the next issue which will be published immediately after the re-registration process is completed.

The Editorial Board normally publishes three issues of the magazine in each year. Due to the present formalities the Editorial Board will publish two issues in the first year of this term (April 2016 – April 2017).

With the constant efforts by the Editorial Board in pursuing this matter, we are hopeful it will not take too long for the re-registration of the Samachar magazine.

Munir Daya
Federation Samachar

Report No.064 of Safar 1438 AH, November 2016


The Bilal Muslim Mission – Tanga Branch held a graduation program for its Nursery Students who completed KG 2 studies on Sunday 27th of November 2016. A total of 47 students completed their Kindergarten level studies this year.

The Graduation was held in all the four schools on the same day namely Duga, KIlulu, Makaka and Mkumbara centres. The functions were well attended by Local government representatives, Local Primary school representatives and other village dignitaries.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/39/16                                        

The AFED Uhuru Sports Festival to be held from 9th to 11th December 2016 in Morogoro is two days away from commencement.  The games to be played are Football and Volleyball.
The Organising Committee has received confirmation from 15 teams (both games inclusive) from the following Jamaats:

  • Dar-es-Salaam
  • Mombasa 
  • Morogoro
  • Mwanza
  • Songea
  • Tanga

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Union des Associations Khodjas Shia Ithna asheri de la Reunion (UAKSIR) under Africa Federation is hosting the 6th World Federation Executive Council Meeting in Saint Denis, Reunion from 2nd to 4th December 2016.

Councillors and invitees from the World Federation and various Regional Federations are expected to attend.  The meeting program is as per the below poster.

Report No.063 of Muharram 1438 AH - October 2016



Once again Bilal Muslim Mission Tanga Branch carried out various activities to commemorate the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s), the Grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W).

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In the early history of the KSI Community in East Africa

  Walji Bhanji (1869-1932)

Walji Bhanji, Khakoo Bhanji and Karim Bhanji lived in Mundra, India. After the death of his brother Khaku, Walji married Khaku’s widow Kesarbai. Walji, his wife and his step-son and nephew Suleman Khaku left Malia, India for Mombasa in 1898. Walji was 30 years old while Suleman was 9. After arriving at Mombasa, they stayed at Ladhabhai Kanji. In 1897, Walji’s brother Karim Bhanji had travelled to Zanzibar where he worked at Alidina Kanji. 
At Mombasa, Walji started a small shop selling tobacco, match boxes and other small items. In 1899, a railway line started being built from Kilindini to Nairobi. Walji was the first Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri to move to Nairobi in 1900. He started a small shop in a tent in Nairobi. In 1902, he started a shop in Nakuru and later on opened three branches in Uganda. Business in Uganda flourished very well. When he was in Nairobi the railway line had not reached Nairobi and goods from Mombasa had to be offloaded at Makundi from where they used to be carried by donkeys to Nairobi.


Ref: PR/AF/2016/15                                                                                 

The Africa Federation (AFED) Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi accompanied by the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the Hon. Secretary Alhaj Hussein Karim and the Chairman of the Economic and Housing Development Board of AFED, Alhaj Akil Hirji paid a visit to Bukoba Jamaat from Saturday, 8th to Sunday, 9th October, 2016 (6th to 7th Muharram 1438 A.H.).

Visits during the Ashra-e-Muharram to our Member Jamaats has been a routine tradition for the past several years by the AFED Office Bearers, such visits provide good opportunity to the Office Bearers to connect with the members of our Community in the commemoration (Azahdari) of the martyrs of Karbala whose great sacrifices have left an indelible mark in the history of Islam. Imam Hussain (A.S.), his family members and faithful companions sacrificed their lives for the restoration of human dignity, human values and the religion of Islam.
These visits to our Jamaats also provide useful opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with the Jamaat leaders, elders of the community and provide good opportunity to make site visits to witness the developments of our institutions and their related activities.
On Saturday, 6th Muharram 1438 A.H. the delegation left Mwanza for Bukoba; about 50 minutes flight across Lake Victoria. AFED delegation was received at the airport by the Bukoba Jamaat President, Alhaj Iqbal Visram and the Jamaat Office Bearers.
A meeting between the Jamaat Office Bearers and AFED delegation was held after lunch at the hotel conference room on Saturday, 8th October. The meeting reviewed current status of the buildings and properties which were affected by the recent earthquake in Bukoba region. A detailed report and assessment of the damages were circulated earlier in September 2016 during the visit to Bukoba by the Hon. Secretary of AFED, Alhaj Hussein Karim and Alhaj Akil Hirji, the Chairman of Economic & Housing Dev Board of AFED.
Necessary support in the form of grants and loans were extended to the members to enable them have a sound footing, and to continue with their normal lives; some properties of the Jamaat which were damaged were repaired with the financial support from Africa Federation.



Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania
Muharram 1438 A.H. Activities

With the sighting of moon of Muharram, the final month of Islamic calendar Zil Hajj come to an end. The new Islamic year begins with the holy month of Muharram which brings with it the memory of the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (A.S.).

The Muslims followers of Ahlulbayt (A.S.) across the globe commemorate the event of Kerbala which took place on the 10th Muharram 61 A.H. (680 A.D.)  The greatest tragedy in the Islamic history on the day Imam Hussain (A.S.), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), his family members and companions were massacred by the ruthless forces of Yazid son of Muawiya bin Abi Sufiyan, a tyrant and corrupt self-proclaimed Caliph of the Muslim Ummah, who violated the Islamic Shariah and humanitarian values and human rights.

Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) like every year organizes various programs and events to enlighten members of the public on the mission of Imam Hussain (A.S.) through these programs at Bilal Centres. The underline purpose is to explain participants in different ways the history of Islam and the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (A.S.).

Regular Majalis, Special ladies Darsah, Matam and Nyaz at various Bilal centers

As customary, daily thought provoking Majalises on the history and current topics were conducted by the Scholars and Mubaligheens, also subjects on unity, brotherhood and the Message of Humanity of Kerbala and Sacrifice were delivered. 


Drought, hunger ravage: Kenya
Food Relief to our Rural Brethren    


Following is a part of the news which appeared in the Standard Digital October 2016 newswire:
Five counties in the Coast region of Kenya are staring at starvation as the country faces another cycle of famine-related deaths.
Our Centres located in Kilifi, Kwale, Samburu counties have received minimal or no rains at all in the past four months.
The situation is threatening 1.3 million lives in Kenya, according to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA). Kilifi has been identified as having the severest vegetation deficit. Kinango in Kwale and Lamu West sub-counties are also in the severe vegetation deficit.
“One county (Kilifi) is in the alarm drought phase, while all others are in alert or normal, with a generally worsening trend,” the authority says in its October national drought early warning bulletin. Parts of Garissa, Lamu, Makueni, Kajiado, Narok, Marsabit, Isiolo and Samburu counties have also been hit by significant shortages of pasture and water, leading to deaths of livestock in some areas.

Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000220246/drought-hunger-ravage-five-coast-counties
The Mission reciprocated to the news of severe famine and drought in eastern and coastal regions, the semi-arid regions of Kenya.
We contributed Kaffara; Fidya which was distributed in 6 x 2kg packets of maize flour to each of the families of all 15 BMMK Centres.


Labbaik Ya Hussain!

  “Everyday is Ashura and every land is Karbala”

  Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Contrary to global trends where New Year is marked with merriment and celebrations, Muslims commemorate the tragedy that befell the household of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and his progeny.
The grandson of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w); Imam Husayn son of Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s) and Fatimah (a.s) bint Muhammad (s.a.w.w) was martyred on 10th Muharram 61 A.H in the plains of Karbala by the army of Yezid bin Muawiya.
This tragedy of Karbala, as is famously known, presents the everlasting struggle between right and wrong – justice and injustice.
This struggle is inevitable in every human being. There exists an inner voice in us that tells us to do good and act justly on one side. And on the other hand, another tempting voice that commands us to do the opposite.  It takes an independent minded person like Hur ibn Ziyad Riahi (r.a.) who, all along was serving under Yezid’s army to change  his mind and join Imam Husein’s(a.s.) camp.


The Mission organized for special program in the evenings during the first 10 days of Muharram. The program started with recitation of the Holy Qur’an followed by matam and poem in Kiswahli. A speech was delivered thereafter. The speeches dwelt on understanding the household of the Prophet (s.a.w.w), the Husayn and the Yezid of today and the importance of emulating Imam’s life. The program ended with recitation of ziyarat and niyaz.


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