Ref: PR/AF/2016/15                                                                                 

The Africa Federation (AFED) Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi accompanied by the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the Hon. Secretary Alhaj Hussein Karim and the Chairman of the Economic and Housing Development Board of AFED, Alhaj Akil Hirji paid a visit to Bukoba Jamaat from Saturday, 8th to Sunday, 9th October, 2016 (6th to 7th Muharram 1438 A.H.).

Visits during the Ashra-e-Muharram to our Member Jamaats has been a routine tradition for the past several years by the AFED Office Bearers, such visits provide good opportunity to the Office Bearers to connect with the members of our Community in the commemoration (Azahdari) of the martyrs of Karbala whose great sacrifices have left an indelible mark in the history of Islam. Imam Hussain (A.S.), his family members and faithful companions sacrificed their lives for the restoration of human dignity, human values and the religion of Islam.
These visits to our Jamaats also provide useful opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with the Jamaat leaders, elders of the community and provide good opportunity to make site visits to witness the developments of our institutions and their related activities.
On Saturday, 6th Muharram 1438 A.H. the delegation left Mwanza for Bukoba; about 50 minutes flight across Lake Victoria. AFED delegation was received at the airport by the Bukoba Jamaat President, Alhaj Iqbal Visram and the Jamaat Office Bearers.
A meeting between the Jamaat Office Bearers and AFED delegation was held after lunch at the hotel conference room on Saturday, 8th October. The meeting reviewed current status of the buildings and properties which were affected by the recent earthquake in Bukoba region. A detailed report and assessment of the damages were circulated earlier in September 2016 during the visit to Bukoba by the Hon. Secretary of AFED, Alhaj Hussein Karim and Alhaj Akil Hirji, the Chairman of Economic & Housing Dev Board of AFED.
Necessary support in the form of grants and loans were extended to the members to enable them have a sound footing, and to continue with their normal lives; some properties of the Jamaat which were damaged were repaired with the financial support from Africa Federation.



Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania
Muharram 1438 A.H. Activities

With the sighting of moon of Muharram, the final month of Islamic calendar Zil Hajj come to an end. The new Islamic year begins with the holy month of Muharram which brings with it the memory of the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (A.S.).

The Muslims followers of Ahlulbayt (A.S.) across the globe commemorate the event of Kerbala which took place on the 10th Muharram 61 A.H. (680 A.D.)  The greatest tragedy in the Islamic history on the day Imam Hussain (A.S.), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), his family members and companions were massacred by the ruthless forces of Yazid son of Muawiya bin Abi Sufiyan, a tyrant and corrupt self-proclaimed Caliph of the Muslim Ummah, who violated the Islamic Shariah and humanitarian values and human rights.

Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) like every year organizes various programs and events to enlighten members of the public on the mission of Imam Hussain (A.S.) through these programs at Bilal Centres. The underline purpose is to explain participants in different ways the history of Islam and the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (A.S.).

Regular Majalis, Special ladies Darsah, Matam and Nyaz at various Bilal centers

As customary, daily thought provoking Majalises on the history and current topics were conducted by the Scholars and Mubaligheens, also subjects on unity, brotherhood and the Message of Humanity of Kerbala and Sacrifice were delivered. 


Drought, hunger ravage: Kenya
Food Relief to our Rural Brethren    


Following is a part of the news which appeared in the Standard Digital October 2016 newswire:
Five counties in the Coast region of Kenya are staring at starvation as the country faces another cycle of famine-related deaths.
Our Centres located in Kilifi, Kwale, Samburu counties have received minimal or no rains at all in the past four months.
The situation is threatening 1.3 million lives in Kenya, according to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA). Kilifi has been identified as having the severest vegetation deficit. Kinango in Kwale and Lamu West sub-counties are also in the severe vegetation deficit.
“One county (Kilifi) is in the alarm drought phase, while all others are in alert or normal, with a generally worsening trend,” the authority says in its October national drought early warning bulletin. Parts of Garissa, Lamu, Makueni, Kajiado, Narok, Marsabit, Isiolo and Samburu counties have also been hit by significant shortages of pasture and water, leading to deaths of livestock in some areas.

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The Mission reciprocated to the news of severe famine and drought in eastern and coastal regions, the semi-arid regions of Kenya.
We contributed Kaffara; Fidya which was distributed in 6 x 2kg packets of maize flour to each of the families of all 15 BMMK Centres.


Labbaik Ya Hussain!

  “Everyday is Ashura and every land is Karbala”

  Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Contrary to global trends where New Year is marked with merriment and celebrations, Muslims commemorate the tragedy that befell the household of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and his progeny.
The grandson of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w); Imam Husayn son of Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s) and Fatimah (a.s) bint Muhammad (s.a.w.w) was martyred on 10th Muharram 61 A.H in the plains of Karbala by the army of Yezid bin Muawiya.
This tragedy of Karbala, as is famously known, presents the everlasting struggle between right and wrong – justice and injustice.
This struggle is inevitable in every human being. There exists an inner voice in us that tells us to do good and act justly on one side. And on the other hand, another tempting voice that commands us to do the opposite.  It takes an independent minded person like Hur ibn Ziyad Riahi (r.a.) who, all along was serving under Yezid’s army to change  his mind and join Imam Husein’s(a.s.) camp.


The Mission organized for special program in the evenings during the first 10 days of Muharram. The program started with recitation of the Holy Qur’an followed by matam and poem in Kiswahli. A speech was delivered thereafter. The speeches dwelt on understanding the household of the Prophet (s.a.w.w), the Husayn and the Yezid of today and the importance of emulating Imam’s life. The program ended with recitation of ziyarat and niyaz.


CIRCULAR NO: JMT/37/16                                                

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rabi-ul-Awwal is as follows: - (Please note that the forecast is based for Dar-es-Salaam and all timings are Dar-es-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 3.20 p.m. on Tuesday 29th November 2016 i.e. 28th Safar 1438 A.H.
On Wednesday 30th November, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Rabi ul Awwal 1438

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.44p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 18 degrees South of West, 5 degrees North of where the sun had set.

Hasham bhai Ebrahim Mamdani  
Moshi, Tanzania
The early Pioneers of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheris to Africa

Hashambhai Ebrahim Mamdani was born in Changa Chela, Jamnagar, India in 1882.

He migrated to Zanzibar where he worked for about 2 years and then travelled to Pangani where he joined in the employment of Hajibhai Khakoo for 6 years. Then he joined Ladhubhai Lalji in Pangani for one year and later moved to Moshi. The area where Moshi is currently situated was desolate woodland. He migrated to German Moshi which is now known as Old Moshi. He and his brother Esmail were the first Ithnaasheris to settle in this area. After the establishment of British rule, the new Moshi town started being populated. Later, Shermohamedbhai Sajan and Mohamedbhai Ebrahim joined them in Moshi.
Hashambhai opened a shop dealing with clothing and grocery provisions at Machame. After 7 years in Machame he moved to new Moshi. Later, he opened a shop in Arusha and ran it for 5 years.
In 1919, he went to India where he stayed for two months and returned to Moshi. Hashambhai is currently retired and regularly takes part in Namaz and Majalis. He has three sons, all of whom are involved in transport business.
The current population of Khoja Shia Ithnaasheris in Moshi is 344 (1960).
Source: AF Trade Directory 1960




“Verily Hussein is the shining light of guidance and the ark of salvation”
                                                                   Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.W)

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania - Kigoma Branch organized various functions and events to commemorate the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A.S) – The grandson of Holy Prophet (S.A.W) which took place in the plains of Karbala.

Programs held daily included afternoon ladies Majalis at the Bilal centers followed by poems expressing the grief on the event of Kerbala and Majalis at night for ladies and gents thereafter Nyaz and Tabarukaat were served.


Ref: PR/AF/2016/14                                                                                                      

The Africa Federation (AFED) Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi accompanied by the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the Hon. Secretary Alhaj Hussein Karim and the Chairman of the Economic and Housing Development Board of AFED, Alhaj Akil Hirji paid a visit to Mwanza Jamaat from Friday, 7th to Saturday, 8th October, 2016 (5th to 6th Muharram 1438).
Visiting Member Jamaats by the AFED Office Bearers during the Ashra-e-Muharram has been a tradition for the past several years; these visits provide a good opportunity to AFED Office Bearers to join in with the Community members in commemoration of the martyrs of Karbala whose sacrifices have left an indelible mark in the history of Islam. They sacrificed their lives for the restoration of justice, human dignity, human values and the salvation of the religion of Islam.
The trip to our Jamaats provide useful opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with the Jamaat leaders, elders of the community and also provides the opportunity to make site visits to see the developments of our institutions.
On Friday, 5th Muharram the AFED delegation had an opportunity to meet up with the Hon. Secretary of Mwanza Jamaat and discussed some pertinent issues of the Jamaat viz a viz AFED. The discussions centered on Tabligh and Madressah activities, Education, Business Development, Housing and the general economic situation of our brothers in Mwanza.
The Chairman with his delegation accompanied by Salim bhai Panjwani, the Mwanza Jamaat Hon. Secretary, visited the Jamaat’s buildings and properties which are mostly located in the city centre around our Mosque area; these are all in good locality for further development.
After the majlis at the Imambargha, Salim bhai Panjwani introduced Shabir bhai Najafi who took over the helm of the Africa Federation in April 2016 from Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi. Shabir bhai addressed the Community members providing brief information on the various activities of the Africa Federation and the plans for this term; Shabir bhai emphasized on the unity and explained on the challenges we face globally. He stressed the importance of building bridges of friendship and cooperation with other Muslim sects and other faiths.

The AFED Chairman requested members of the Community to remit their Hukook through the central system of Africa Federation as this will provide the Institution with funds to support various activities of the Jamaats and AFED which falls within the ambit of the Ijaza.


As the Africa Youth Network (AYN) is gearing up for the AFED Youth Camp for girls of our community to be held in Morogoro in from 19th to 29th December this year, the mentors for the Camp need to be developed and thus must undergo two training programs in order to qualify to be a mentor for the participants converging in Morogoro for the Camp.

Group Photograph of 25 participants, AFED Girls’ Camp Lead, Sis.FatimSomji and 2 Facilitators

The two training programs in the planned are Youth Development Programme to begin with and Mentor Development Programme to follow.
The Youth Development Programme (YDP) was conducted in Dar es Salaam over the weekend of 5th & 6th November with a record participation of 25 girls from the following cities: Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Mwanza, Nairobi, Tanga and Zanzibar. The age range of these girls which was a criterion for them to apply as a mentor was 19 to 24 years.


Memories of the past

Hussein Day in Dar-es-Salaam organized by
Ithna-Asheri Union Volunteer Corps (IUVC) in the year 1979

Photograph taken after the program at the terrace of the Imambargha

From Left to Right: Sheikh Ishaq Najafi, Chairman of Hindu Mandal Community, Mohsin bhai Kayzar of Bohora Community, Maulana Safdar Jalali, Molvi Ali-Mohammad Dewji, Sayeed Karar Hussein, Zakir from India who came to recite majlises in Dar es Salaam during Ashra-e-Zainabiya.

12th November 2016 (11th Safar 1438 AH)

For the first time within its own facilitation resources, the Capacity Building Group of Africa Federation conducted a Youth Development Programme (YDP) for the Graduates of Husayni Madrasah Girls Section, upon request of the Madrasah Management and Tabligh Committee of Dar es Salaam Jamaat.
28 Girls ranging from 16 years to 18 years among the graduates from this year participated in this leadership development programme, which is specially designed and created for the youth. The programme was held over the weekend of 29th & 30th October 2016, facilitated by Sis. Shama Dewji and Br. Shabbir Hussein Khalfan, the AFED CBG Facilitators.
The following modules were covered in the 2 days training:

  • Capability and Capacity
  • Overall Programme Goal
  • Supporting Others' Growth
  • Tolerance and Respect
  • Understanding Self
  • The Iceberg
  • Knowledge Paradox
  • Andragogy and Pedagogy
  • People or Objects?
  • Presenting With Presence 

Comments from Participants – ‘What I Liked the Most was…..’

  • Getting to know others and myself more
  • How easy it was to communicate with the Facilitators
  • The professionalism and content
  • The presenting with presence
  • The elaborate explanations
  • Understanding Self – Iceberg, MBTI and Leadership Practice
  • The self-realization part
  • The way they encouraged me in doing public speaking
  • The amazing examples


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