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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HOUSING BOARD CHAIRMAN VISITS MADAGASCAR

Following the visit by AFED Chairman Alhaj Shabir bhai Najafi and other Office Bearers to Madagascar in December 2016 to attend the Inauguration of the newly elected Chairman of Conseil Regional of Madagascar (CROI) Alhaj Sheikh Haniphe Akbaraly, AFED Chairman explained his vision for the current term of 2016-2019. This includes women empowerment, Higher Education and Affordable Housing for the Community. He explained that the objective is to build at least 200 units during the current term. The housing needs have been identified in Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Mombasa and Antananarivo where our main population centres are and the challenges faced by the Community due to exorbitant rents being charged by the Landlords.
 
Shabir Bhai informed CROI management that the World Federation is aligned with the AFED vision and we shall work with CROI, partnering to build at least 50 units in Antananarivo for the first time middle income buyers.
 
In the meanwhile, AFED is pleased and appreciates a donation of a plot of approximately 1000 sq. m by Alhaj Navazaly bhai Molu for the Housing Project, where AFED jointly with the World Federation, CROI and other donors intends to construct a building of 50 flats.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/47/17                                      

MOON FORECAST – JAMADI UL AAKHAR 1438 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Jamadi 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 5.59 p.m. on Sunday 26th February 2017 i.e. 28th Jamadi ul Awwal 1438 A.H.
 
On Monday 27th February 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.43 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 24 hours 44 minutes     
Moonset 7.30 p.m.
Time Duration 47 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      12.21 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 10.35 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 7.00 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 4 degrees South of West, 5 degrees North of where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1st JAMADI UL AAKHAR 1438 AH ON TUESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2017.
 
 
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