Federation Samachar April 2016 is available!

The April 2016 issue of Federation Samachar, the magazine of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa, is now available. Copies will be available to Jamaats in Africa very soon, and Jamaats outside Africa will receive copies in the next few weeks.

This 77-page issue carries news and views from correspondents and guest columnists from around the world.

Global community news include Africa Federation Chairman Anwarali Dharamsi’s Farewell visits to Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Nairobi and Mombasa Jamaats, the World Federation President Dr. Asgar Moledina’s visit to India, and news about AFED’s commercial and housing projects such as the Groundbreaking Ceremony of Umoja Complex, Phase II in Dar es Salaam, and the donation of a 378 sq.m. plot from Gulamabbas Dewji (GD) to the Africa Federation.

International news includes information about Melbourne Jamaat’s mosque project, and major awards given to our community professionals such as Dr. Muhammad Walji and Ali Khatau, and a story about 9-year-old Maliha Amarsi who received an invitation to the White House with her mother. 

Our columnists have provided yet another interesting range of articles – read Mahjabeen Daya’s article, “The First Generation of Pioneers in East Africa”, and Dr. Ali Mehdi’s article, “It’s time we set Shia Development Goals”.

Guest Columnists such as Hassan A.M. Jaffer and Africa Federation Chair Elect Shabir Najafi have penned thought-provoking articles to prepare us for the future, entitled “The Evolution of Mindset”, and “AFED’s Strategic Development and Sustainability” respectively.

Our regular features such as Down Memory Lane and a debate about religious counseling on Black and White will continue to captivate our readers’ interest.  


Do not miss this issue!

1976 AFED Conference hosted by KSI Jamaat of  Dar-es-Salaam in the Gents Imambargha

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Fazal Hasham Jivraj (1867-1925) – Mogadishu, Somalia

Fazal Hasham Jivraj was born in Kera, Kutch, India in 1867. A firm intention of an overseas adventure, led him to travel by dhow to Zanzibar at the age of 13. After a year-long stay in Zanzibar, he travelled to Mogadishu where he worked for 5 years at Haji Khatau who was originally from Mandvi, Kutch. Impressed by the astuteness, dedication and sincerity of Fazalbhai, Rashid Kanji Rajpar of Zanzibar employed Fazalbhai as a manager of his newly opened Mogadishu branch. His business at Merca was being managed by Jaffer Gangji. After a few years, Fazalbhai’s hard work made him famous and his employer finally appointed him as General Manager for all his branches in Somalia.
In spite of his being engrossed in business, Fazalbhai felt his responsibility to the other family members who still lived in India. He arranged for travel of his brothers Abdulla and Mohamed from India to Mogadishu. When they arrived, he opened a business for them under the name of Haji Abdulla. He continued working for his employer with utmost devotion until 1911 when he resigned. In 1912, he joined his brothers and opened a new company “Fratelli Hasham”, Italian for “Hasham Brothers”. With the grace of Allah (SWT), the new business grew up very fast and prospered very well.

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REF: BMM/ADMIN/009/1437                                                                        


"To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return"
(Surah Al-Baqarah 2:156)

1966 - 2016


It is with profound sorrow and grief that Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania conveys the sad news of the demise of Sayyid Mukhtar (Murtaza) Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi which occurred in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, 1st May 2016 (23rd Rajab 1437 A.H.), he was buried on Monday, 2nd May 2016.
Marhum famously known as Sayyid Murtaza was the youngest son of Hujjatul Islam Marhum Allamah Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi (R.A.) - the founder of the Shia Tabligh institute - The Bilal Muslim Mission. Marhum was the younger brother of renowned scholar and resident Aalim of Toronto Jamaat, Hujjatul Islam Sayyid Mohamed Rizvi.

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Those who spend (in charity) their wealth by night and by day, secretly and openly, they shall have their reward from their Lord and they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Holy Qur’an, Surah Al Baqarah Verse 2:274)

Surely they who believe and do deed of righteousness (good deeds) and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate they shall have their reward from their Lord, and they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Holy Qura’n Surah Al Baqarah Verse 2:277)
To All our Members of the Community
Salaamun Alaikum
Sadaqa (to the poor) and Charity in these three revered months of the year; i.e. Rajab, Shab’an and the holy month of Ramadhan is highly recommended and beneficial.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/01/16                                                                    

By the Grace of Allah (SWT), the 26th Triennial Conference of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats held in Dar-es-Salaam was successfully concluded on Sunday 1st May 2016. At the Conference the Chairman Elect Alhaj Shabir Najafi was officially inducted, he took over the Chairmanship from Murrabi Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi who has completed the two term tenure of six years i.e. 2010 – 2016.
The following were elected in their respective positions in the Elections held at the Conference: 

  • Alhaj Aunali Khalfan             Vice Chairman at the Secretariat
  • Alhaj Mohamed Hemani        Hon Treasurer
  • Alhaj Ebrahim Jaffer             Trustee - Kenya
  • Alhaj Sultan Molu                 Trustee – Kenya
  • Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi       Trustee – Tanzania
  • Alhaj Mehboob Versi             Trustee - Tanzania
  • Alhaj Ebrahim Kassam          Trustee - Uganda
  • Alhaj Mohamed Manji           Trustee - Uganda
  • Alhaj Gulam Khaku               Electoral Commissioner

The Chairmen of Conseil Régional Des KSI Jamates de L’océan Indien (CROI) and Khodjas Shia Isnashri de le Reunion (UAKSIR) continue as the Vice Chairman by virtue of their respective positions in the Territorial Councils of Madagascar and Reunion. 

  • Alhaj Navazaly Molou            Vice Chairman - CROI
  • Alhaj Amine Nassor              Vice Chairman - UAKSIR

The Chairman Alhaj Shabir Najafi has made the following appointments in accordance with the provisions of the AFED Constitution: 

  • Br. Alihassan Kassam            Hon Asst Secretary
  • Br. Aliabbas Nasser               Hon Asst Treasurer

A detailed Press Release on the 26th AFED Triennial Conference will be issued shortly.
Alihassan Kassam
Hon Asst Secretary

Nurmohamed Manekia – Kilwa Jamat in Perspective

Nurmohamed Mulji Manji Ukka Manekia was born in Mahuva, Kathiawar, India. His grandfather Manji Ukka Manekia was a man of piety. Nurmohamed and his uncle Shamji Manji used to go to their neighbour Majnamia Saheb of Kodinar for training in Namaz, Majlis and Salam. In 1860 (Savant 1917), he travelled to nearby town of Ghogha for a trade fair. From there he took the sea voyage to Zanzibar in 1864 (Savant 1921). In Zanzibar he was employed by Hassan Gulamhussein of Bhavnagar. The business was called Hassan Thawer & Co and belonged to Thawer Mulani of Bhavnagar. They used to have majlis at this premises every Thursday and Hassanbhai would recite Rozatush Shohada in his characteristic manner and style.

Nurmohamed then joined Mohamed Walji whose pious nature and strong faith impressed upon him and led him to have a strong faith too. In 1883 (Savant 1940), he opened a shop in Kilwa with the help of Lakha Kanji, Sachedina Pirani (Sachoo Peera) and Aliya Jumani.

At the Kilwa Jamatkhana, there was no limit on duration of majlis and matam. They also used to recite Salawat on 14 masumeen and Ziyarat at the Jamatkhana. The majlis session would take 2-3 hours. Most of the members were from Kutch and there were a few from Jamnagar and one from Junagadh.

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Report No.058                                                                              


B.M.M – Tanga officially inaugurated its new mosque in Vingo centre on 17th Jamadiul Akher 1437 A.H. The centre is located in Korogwe district, Tanga.  The Opening ceremony was attended by various Sheikhs from the Tanga Bilal Headquarters including Vice Principal; Shk Hamza Omary and Head of Internal Tabligh; Shk Idrissa Ibrahim.

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Archives Section Final (Part 7) Down the Memory Lane Photographs


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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/197/16                                                                     


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Shabaan 1437 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 10.31 p.m. on Friday 6th May 2016 i.e. 28th Rajab 1437 A.H.
On Saturday 7th May 2016 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:  


6.14 p.m.

Crescent age at Sunset

     19 hours 45 minutes      


7.05 p.m.

Time Duration

51 minutes

Crescent Elongation at Sunset      

11.35 degrees

Moon Altitude at Sunset

10.50 degrees

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.32 p.m., when the crescent will inshaaAllah be 17 degrees North of West, exactly above where the sun had set.

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