CIRCULAR NO: AF/41/16                                               

The Secretariat is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheikh Haniphe Akbaraly as the Vice Chairman of the Africa Federation from Conseil Regional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L’ocean Indien (CROI) for the term 2016 – 2019.
This is as per Clause 15 (b) of the Constitution of the Africa Federation which states:
The Vice Chairman from a Territorial Council shall be its Chairman whose term shall be concurrent with that of the term of the Chairman of the individual Territorial Council and shall be declared at the session of the Conference, and he shall also be one of the office bearers of the Federation.

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Akber Gulamhussein (Fondly known as Aku)
Once in Zanzibar in 1952 Ithnasheri Gymkhana ‘A’ lost to Arabs in a cricket game in which a young lad was left out from team ‘A’ and made to play for team ‘B’. The young lad took shelter under a tree and wept profusely.

Ironically the same Arabs side lost their next game against the Ithnasheri Gymkhana team ‘B’ side and were bowled out cheaply by that lad who took 8 wickets. The lad was Akber Gulamhussein.

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Report No.065 of SAFAR 1438 A.H. - November 2016

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanga in collaboration with Ahlul-Bayt Charitable foundation and Sayyid Shuhadaa Foundation of Mikanjuni – Tanga organized a peaceful march to commemorate the Death Anniversary of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W).
The procession which was attended by more than 1,000 people from all around Tanga started from Bilal Headquarters in Street No. 5 and ended at Ahlul-Bayt Charitable foundation Headquarters in Street No. 20.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/40/16                                        


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rabi ul Aakhar 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 9.54 a.m. on Thursday 29th December 2016 i.e. 29th Rabi ul Awwal 1438 A.H.
On Thursday 29th December 2016 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.41 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 8 hours 47 minutes     
Moonset 6.51 p.m.
Time Duration 10 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      05.18 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 01.47 degrees


On Friday 30th December 2016 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.41 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 32 hours 47 minutes     
Moonset 7.40 p.m.
Time Duration 59 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      15.01 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 12.47 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.59 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 17 degrees South of West, 7 degrees North of where the sun had set.

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.


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