Report No.067                                                   Jamadi U’la-February 2017

HAWZAT-UL-QAIM TANGA HOLDS 5TH GRADUATION CEREMONY

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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BMM/ADMIN/004/1438                                                       

FREE EYE CAMP AT DODOMA ORGANIZED BY
THE BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA  

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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Circular No: JMT/48/17                                                 



At the Annual General Meeting of Tanga KSI Jamaat held at the Imambargha on 28th January, 2017, Alhaj Gulamali S. Khakoo was elected to the post of Chairman of the Jamaat for a term of two years 2016-2018. The election was well contested and the attendance was reasonably good compared with the previous such meetings.
 
The AFED Secretariat is pleased to see some youth who have come forward whole heartedly to serve the Jamaat and bring in new impetus to the Tanga Jamaat and its development.

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Report No.066                                   Rabiul Aakhar 1438 A.H, January 2017

BILAL TANGA EXTENDS HAWZAT UZ ZAHRA

Starting from 2017 Bilal Muslim Mission – Tanga branch has restructured and extended duration for girls studying in Hawzat-uz-Zahra from 3 to 5 years. The new five year course will be divided into two parts i.e. Pre-Hawza studies which will be for 2 years and Hawza studies which will be for 3 years.

A total of 35 students were interviewed for Pre–Hawza studies out of which 23 were selected to join the course. The Interview was conducted by a team of teachers led by the Principal of Hawza Sayed Hassan Musawi on 25th January 2017. At present Hawzat-uz-Zahra has a total of 46 students, i.e. 38 in Pre-Hawza and 8 students in Hawza.
 
The Following is picture showing some students:

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KHOJA SHIA ITHNA-ASHERI HISTORY - MBALE, UGANDA

NARRATED BY MARHUM LALJI BHAI RAWJI

 Laljibhai Rawji (75) of Mbale narrates the history of our community at Mbale, Uganda. He recalls the arrival at Mbale of entrepreneur Waljibhai Bhanji in 1906. At that time, there were 16 Indian shops including the famous Alidina Visram. Houses were made of mud and iron sheets. On arrival, Waljibhai applied to the District Commissioner Perryman for a plot to construct a house. Upon approval a mud house was built and this was used to start a wholesale business. Waljibhai used to trade with Mombasa in crop produce.  Remtullabhai Rawji was his  manager.
 
In 1919, they jointly opened a cotton ginnery at Budaka, a town near Mbale. In 1922, he constructed buildings and warehouses at Ladoto (22 miles from Mbale) and appointed Br. Lalji Rawji as manager.

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BRIEF REPORT - JANUARY 2017

Bilal Muslim Organization of Uganda conducted a number of activities in January, 2017 among them are the following:

BOREHOLE NO 37:

Water projects: One Borehole was dug and officially opened by the delegation from Bilal Muslim Organization in the areas of Kayindu Luweero District.

The Borehole will help the inhabitants of more than six Villages, worshiping areas for both Muslims and non Muslims plus schools both primary and secondary which are located in the area. We thank those well wishers who contributed towards the success of this project.

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Under the umbrella of MCE of the World Federation and Africa Federation Tabligh Board – AFTab, and with ardent support from the Madaris in Africa, the Teaching Skills Program and Micro Teach Sessions continue to be conducted for the wholesome development of Madrasah Teachers and students.

The following sessions were held during September to November 2016: 

  1. Micro Teach Sessions – Husayni Madrasah Girls Section, Dar es Salaam in September 2016
  2. Teaching Skils Program – Husayni Madrasah, Mombasa in September and October 2016
  3. Teaching Skills Program and Micro Teach Sessions – Husayni Madrasah Boys & Girls Section, Dar es Salaam and Yaadgare Murtazawi Madressa, Arusha in October & November 2016.

Below are brief reports of the above sessions.

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