This is a Book full of Blessings that we have revealed unto you so people ponder upon its verses and men of intellect may reflect. (Qur’an 38:29)


Following the reflection obtained from the Ayah above, AFTAB has been holding the annual Qur’an Competitions for the past 13 years to inspire and motivate students, children and individuals from our member Jamaats to connect and develop their understanding of the Holy Qur’an.
This year the 13th AFED Qur’an Competition was successfully hosted by the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat Arusha from the 28th to the 30th of July 2017.
QC13 Competition and Participation
Every year, we enhance capabilities of the participants, new categories are added. This year there were 3 overall categories namely: Open Qur’an Recitation, Qur’an Memorization (Hifdh) and Sources of Ma’rifah of Allah (s.w.t). Constituent Jamaats were invited to participate by selecting 2 males and 2 females in each category, from their internal competition to take part in the following age bands: 

  • 8 to 10 years
  • 10+ to 12 years
  • 12+ to 15 years
  • 15+ to 18 years and
  • 18+ years

The Ma’rifah competition was catered for the higher 2 age-bands only, namely:

  • 15+ to 18 years and 18+ years.

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Circular No: JMT/87/17                                                     

The Khoja Heritage Project of the World Federation is organizing a Heritage Tour to India from 17th December 2017 to 1st January 2018.
This Tour has been organized following the increasing interest in learning more about the history and heritage and with the following objectives: 

  • Pay tribute to our founding figures to be inspired by their sacrifices to have brought us to the teachings of the Qur'an and Ahlulbayt (as)
  • Connect with the lands of the ancestors
  • Visit the historical places of the community history
  • Appreciate the broader Gujarati and Kutchhi culture and heritage

The basic tour details are as follows:

  • Dates: 17th December 2017 - 1st January 2018 (Subject to change to last 14 days of January 2018)
  • Ground cost: US $ 999 USD per individual (This does not include visa, flights, health insurance and any other pre-arrival expenses)
  • Tour: Mumbai, Bhuj, Kera, Mandvi, Mundra, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Mahuva and other small towns and villages

Interested members are requested to note that seniors (60 Plus) must be accompanied by a youth of the family.
The Africa Federation Secretariat will assist with the arrangements to be made locally. 
Those interested to join this Tour may register their names with the Africa Federation Secretariat by 16th October 2017 through Email or Telephone (+ 255 22 2150987)
Hussein Karim
Hon Secretary

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/86/17                                                


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Muharram 1439 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 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday 20th September 2017 i.e. 29th Zilhajj 1438 A.H.
On Wednesday 20th September 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.20 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 9 hours 50 minutes     
Moonset 6.40 p.m.
Time Duration 20 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      03.16 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 04.44 degrees


On Thursday 21st September 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:      

Sunset 6.20 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 33 hours 50 minutes     
Moonset 7.29 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 09 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      17.36 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 16.54 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.34 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 6 degrees South of West, in line with where the sun had set.

Ref: AF/2017/29                                                      

A Delegation from Mehfile Zahra (S.A.) in Moroni, Comoros who were on a private visit in Dar-es-Salaam paid a courtesy visit to the Africa Federation Secretariat office on Thursday 7th September 2017 and were received by the AFED Hon Secretary, Hussein bhai Karim and Hon Asst Secretary, Alihassan bhai Kassam.
The delegation consisted of the following: -
Chairman                         Zahir Mamod Nassir Houssen
Hon Secretary                  Ali Assir Sundarjee
Hon Treasurer                  Mamod Devjani
Advisor                            Sheikh Nasir Devjani
Committee Member          Abbas Ali

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The 10th Leadership Development Programme conducted by the Africa Federation Capacity Building Group (CBG), concluded with transformational enhancement of energy in the participants in Antananarivo, Madagascar last month.

The workshop was conducted at the KSI Jamaat Antananarivo Imambargha over four days and facilitated by Sr. Mumtaz Ladak, Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan, Sr. Maria Pattinson and Sr. Shama Dewji, supported by the following Developmental Facilitators: Sr. Sofia Bharwani, Br. Inayat Abbas Firdousi and Sr. Tahera Shivji, from the CBG of Africa Federation.

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Bilal Comprehensive School held their Annual Quran Competition on 11th June 2017 – 16th Ramadhan, to mark the Birth Anniversary of the 2nd Imam. The program was graced by many dignitaries like Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, President of World Federation, Alhaj Shabir Najafi, Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, Vice Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Mohsin Lalji, Chairman of Central Bilal Board, Alhaj Azim Dewji, President of Dar es Salaam Jamaat, Alhaj Muslim Meghjee, Chairman of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania, among others.

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In Focus – Synergies and Career Counseling

In the present global arena there is a concerted momentum towards building synergies; A call for different organizations and institutions to come together and pool their experiences, personnel and other resources available in line with common objectives. This allows for better planning on the usage of various resources and for better strategies enriched with the different experiences and expertise.

In line with this theme the Education Board of Africa Federation recently facilitated several initiatives between the various community schools and education related bodies of the Jamaats.

Firstly, the Education Board facilitated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Central Board of Education of KSIJ Dar es Salaam and Nairobi Jaffery Education Board. This agreement allows the boards to come together and pioneer a pilot Teachers Exchange Program between the community schools. The program would allow the community schools to send their teachers across borders to learn from each other and share their experiences.

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For the third consecutive year, the Ithnasheri Union (IU) under the auspices of KSIJ Dar es Salaam organized a Charity Walk to celebrate the AFED Solidarity Day 2017.  This event is held every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of our 12th Imam Al Hujjah (ATFS) by raising funds for the underprivileged who are supported by the Africa Federation.
The President of Dar es Salaam Jamaat, Alhaj Azim Dewji, the Resident Aalim, Sayyid Adeel Raza, the Vice Chairman of AFED, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the Hon. Secretary of AFED, Alhaj Hussein Karim, the Assistant Hon. Secretary of AFED Alihassan Kassam, Assistant Hon. Treasurer of AFED, Alhaj Aliabbas Nasser and Managing Committee Members of Dar es Salaam Jamaat were among the participants.
The Start Off ceremony commenced with the recitation of some verses of the Holy Quran followed by an inspirational talk by Sayyid Adeel Raza.  Thereafter the dignitaries lighted the Solidarity Torch and performed the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the start of the walk.  The walk attracted about 300 participants, both young and old.
Unfortunately, during the walk, we lost our staunch supporter of all Africa Federation events, Alhaj Akber Mohamedali Habib.  Marhum always took part in the Solidarity Walk since its inception.  He really looked forward to this walk and left this world walking for a good cause.  We pray to the Almighty to grant him an elevated status in Jannah, Ameen.

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An amusing account – Kampala 1942

Excerpts from a ten part section of a chapter on the growth of the KSI community in Uganda - from the forthcoming book: “Sustained Struggle” - on the life and times of MohamedJaffer Sheriff Dewji - 1889-1961 - by Hassan Ali M. Jaffer.
(Reproduced with permission of the author)


In 1961, I was visiting Kampala when I went over to see a friend, Gulamali Manji, who introduced me to his father, Manjibhai Walji. When Manjibhai recognized me, he asked: “How is your grandfather?” Before I could respond, Manjibhai quipped: “Tell him to come back to Kampala. There is Allah in Kampala now!” The words used in Cutchi were:  Toje Dade ke cho, bhale pacha ache. Hane Allah hida achi vyo aae!
I was stunned at this comment and did not know how to react. As I stared at Manjibhai in utter disbelief, with a smile, Manjibhai beckoned me to sit down and explained to me what he meant by this comment.
‘Your grandfather came here once for the month of Muharram (in 1942). We had our old Imambara then, part of which was used as Baituassalaat, since we did not have a proper Masjid.
‘In his Muharram Majalis, for ten days, your grandfather lectured us with stress on one subject only – Salaat. He talked about the importance of Salaat, the need for offering Salaat on time and the importance of offering Salaat in a Masjid. He talked about Sawab for building a Mosque and the ajr of Baaqeatussalehaat for such charity. He also stressed on the importance of paying religious dues, Zakaat, Khums and for making donations for good causes.’ He made a sarcastic remark about Kampala in Gujarati: ‘Imam Hussein che; Khuda nathi!’ - This comment irked.

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The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania in collaboration with BETA Charitable Trust of Essex, U.K, and with the support of other Well-Wishers held a free eye and health camp at Pangani, in Tanga region from 7th July to 9th July 2017.

Pangani River meets the Indian Ocean - a very scenic area.  There is a ferry which takes you to the other side of Pangani and the road leads to Sadaani Game Park and to Bagamoyo.
The camp was held at Pangani Primary School and the surgeries were carried out at the Pangani General Hospital.    The Hon. Member of Parliament (MP) of Pangani Hon. Jumaa Hamidu Aweso was also present during the eye camp.

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