The Zanzibar Ithna-Asheri Team

Sitting Left to right: Maalim Mohamedjaffer Rashid Nathani (Maalim Mia), Golo Mgongoni, Sherali Meghji (Sherali Ndege), M. D. Kermali, Maalim Raza Rashid Nathani, Ali Daud, Agha Abdulhussein Shushtari

Standing left to right: G. Kermali (Kabana), Gulamhussein Rehmtulla (Chacha Gulu), Hashnu Dawood, Habib Bachoo Ismail, Bachulo Dawood.
Al Buquire Cup was donated by a gentleman from Goan Community in Zanzibar.

Alhaj Mohammed Jaffer Rashid Nathani, became popular by his nickname - Maalim Mia when he scored a century in one of the Cricket matches in Zanzibar. Mia in Kiswahili meaning Hundred.  Maalim Mia was a good cricketer and also a dedicated teacher at School Faize (Madressah) of Zanzibar. A number of students from School Faize still remember Maalim for his deep knowledge in religious studies, i.e. Aqaid, Fiqh, Akhlaq and the Holy Qur’an and, he also had good understanding of languages including Urdu, Farsi and Arabic.
History Record:
In 1926 British Navy H.M.S. Pegasus anchored at Zanzibar Port. Cricket Match was played between H.M.S. Pegasus Navy personnel and Zanzibar Government National team – The Zanzibar Eleven.  Three players who played in the team were from our Community, Sherali Meghji, A. G. Versi and Y. G. Versi. This was recorded in official Government Gazette of Zanzibar.
None of the above people in the photographs are alive, they have transcended from this temporary world to a permanent abode. Let us remember them with Sura-e-Fateha for the maghferat of their souls.
Photograph courtesy of Br. Murtaza Jivraj (Kerbala)
21st October 2016 (19th Muharram 1438 AH)

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/31/16                                                  


The Africa Federation Uhuru Mini Sports Festival which will consist of Football and Volleyball games will be held in Morogoro, Tanzania from 9th to 12th December 2016.
Jamaats are requested to inform their Sports bodies about this Festival so that they can start preparations for their participations in good time.
The Africa Federation Secretariat and the AFED Sports Council wishes to record their sincere gratitude to KSI Jamaat of Morogoro for hosting the Uhuru Sports Festival in Morogoro.
Further details on the Festival etc. will be circulated in due course.
Hussein Karim
Hon Secretary

Bilal Muslim Organization Uganda this year as one of its activities celebrated the festival of Eid ul Adha with its community.

After the Eid prayer, some goats, sheep and a cow were slaughtered and the meat was distributed Muslim brothers and sisters who were more than 250 in number gathered for Eid ceremony.

Three centres; Nansana, Alhudah Kibundaire in Jinja District  and Hauza Khatamul Ambiyae Jinja received meat  for them to enjoy and celebrate the Eid joyfully.

Bilal Uganda also organized the Celebration of Eid ul Ghadeer on 20th September, 2016 18th Dhulhajj 1437 AH at its headquarter. On this occasion both Ladies and Gents attended in a big number and were informed about the greatness of this day in the religion of Islam.


The Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE) of the World Federation in collaboration with Africa Federation Tabligh Board - AFTab continues to organize Teacher Development Programmes for the Madaris in Africa. Following is a brief report.
The objective of the Teaching Skills Programme, which includes the Micro teach Sessions, is to increase the skills of the teachers, and to shift their attitudes and behaviours so that they may be better able to support the learning of the students.
The long-term plan and objective is to provide every teacher who has been trained with the Teaching Skills, five sessions of Micro-teaching experience.
Every teacher who undergoes the Teacher Skills Program with the first session of Micro Teaching is awarded with a certificate of completion. Thereafter, upon attending and fully participating in 5 sessions of Micro Teaching Practice, another certificate will be presented to the Teachers.
Teaching Skills Programme was conducted for the third cohort of Teachers from Husayni Madrasah Girls Section from 17th to 19th April 2016, while the same training programme was conducted for the Teachers of Yaadgare Murtazawi Madressa in Arusha from 23rd to 24th April.
A total of 38 Teachers were newly trained in the TSP in Arusha and Dar es Salaam whilst 62 Teachers continued with their journeys on the Micro Teaching Practice.
The Teacher Development Programme – Teaching Skills
The Teaching Skills Programmes (TSP) and Micro Teach Session 1 for Cohort 3 were facilitated by Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi from UK, sponsored jointly by the World Federation and Africa Federation, and the rest of the Micro Teach Sessions were facilitated by Sis. Shaida Abdulrasul, who is the current Principal of the Husayni Madrasah Dar es Salaam and has recently, joined in the team of MCE Facilitators.

Modules in the Teaching Skills Programme included:

  • Role and Responsibility of a Madrasah Teacher
  • Lesson Planning and Planning Skills
  • Learning and Reflective Practice



Bilal Comprehensive School (BSC) a section of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania marked the Muharram commemoration with majalises for different age groups in the first ashra (12 days) of Muharram 1438 A.H. The commemoration concluded with the annual Juloos (peaceful procession) on Sunday, 16th October 2016. There was a record turnout this time.

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Ref: PR/AF/010/2016                                                

Africa Federation (Afed) delegation led by the Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi, and accompanied by the immediate past Chairman and the Trustee of Afed, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the World Federation Secretary General, Alhaj Kumail Manji and the Chairman of the Central Bilal Board, Alhaj Mohsin Lalji paid a curtsey call on the Dawoodi Bohra World Spiritual Leader, Syedna Dr. Mufaddal Saifuddin Saheb. The visit took place at the Dawoodi Bohra Mosque in Upanga, Dar es Salaam on Sunday, 9th October 2016 – 7th Muharram 1438 AH where daily prayers and lectures (below) are being held.

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CIRCULAR NO:  JMT/30/16                                         

The Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi accompanied by the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Hussein Karim and Chairman of the Economic and Housing Development Board, Alhaj Akil Hirji will be visiting the following Jamaats:
 Nairobi Jamaat     – 5th & 6th October 2016
 Mwanza Jamaat    – 7th October 2016
 Bukoba Jamaat     – 8th October 2016
The visit has been planned to coincide with the Ashra-e-Muharram program so that the AFED officials can join members of these Jamaats in the Azadari-e-Imam Hussain (A.S.) and in commemoration of the Martyrs of Karbala.
The AFED officials will also meet with the Jamaat Office Bearers, Managing Committee Members, Trustees and the Community Members to discuss various pertinent issues affecting the Community, and the latest developments in the region.
The Trustee of Africa Federation from Kenya, Alhaj Ebrahim Jaffer will accompany the AFED delegation on the visit to Nairobi Jamaat from 5th to 6th October, 2016.
The visit will also be an opportunity for the AFED officials to make a follow-up and to discuss with the Members of our Community who have suffered following the Earthquake which struck Bokoba District recently.

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/29/16                                          

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The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said: Surely, there exists in the hearts of the Mu' mineen, with respect to the martyrdom of Husain (A.S.), a heat that never subsides.  - (Mustadrak al-Wasail, vol. 10, pg. 318)

Muharram brings us yet another opportunity to reflect, contemplate and develop a source of inspiration towards transformation in our day to day life, taking lessons of the great mission of Imam Hussain (A.S.), and from his supreme sacrifice in the plains of Karbala, Iraq in 61 A.H.
Alhamdulillah, by the grace and blessings of Allah (SWT) the Zakirs and Zakiras postings to various destinations within our Jamaats in Africa for the month of Muharram 1438 A.H. have been successfully completed.
The Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB) thanks all the A'alims, Zakirs and Zakiras who kindly accepted the postings and travelled to various Jamaats to convey the message of Seyyid-ul Shohadah Abdillahi Hussain (A.S.) and keep alive the spirit of Azadari of Imam Hussein (A.S.) and the martyrs of Kerbala.
The Secretariat also wishes to express its gratitude to all Jamaats of the Africa Federation, Tabligh Boards of the Jamaats and individuals who in one way or the other assisted us in facilitating to carry out these arrangements successfully.
Enclosed is the detail of the postings of the Zakirs and Zakiras
Hussein Karim
Hon. Secretary

Download:  List of Zakirs and Zakiras - Muharram 1438 AH (PDF, 252KB)

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