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.


Announcement – Essay and Quiz Competition held by the AFED Women’s Board
The Africa Federation Women’s Board (AFWB) held an Essay and Quiz Competition for ladies of the Community. The objective of the Competition was:
To educate women on the Islamic viewpoint of family ethics, to inculcate morals and spiritual principles that oversee relationships between family members and to give an Islamic insight into the Life of Our Role Models like the Lady of Light.

This Competition was held in celebration of the Wiladah of the Lady of Light Bibi Fatimah Zahra (AS). The competition was launched on the Wiladah of Bibi Zainab (AS) – and submission was done on the wiladah of the Lady of Light Janabe Fatimah (AS).

The aim of the essay writing was to involve all the ladies under Africa Federation Jamaats to contribute their views on a good Family Life and discuss the structure of an ideal family as adored by Islam. Also discuss the bonding of a family, marriage and child upbringing responsibilities according to Islam and how it influences the society.
The 46 Essays were very well structured and written according to the given criteria, this made it even more difficult and challenging for the judges to come up with winners. Since the Board only had to come up with one winner, a decision had to be made to pick the winner.
We have five runners up who also presented very good essays. All the participants will also receive Certificates of participation and some cash prize of consolation. This is just a small token of gratitude for all their good efforts; the ultimate reward shall be from the Almighty (SWT).

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Ref: AF/PR/2016/78                                                                     

The Chairman of Africa Federation Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi accompanied by the Vice Chairman and Chairman Elect Alhaj Shabir Najafi and the Hon Secretary Alhaj Aunali Khalfan made an official visit to Mombasa from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March 2016. 
The AFED delegation was accompanied by the Africa Federation Nominated Councillors in Mombasa Alhaj Amir Merali and Alhaj Gulamabbas Khaku for an official visit on Saturday 12th March 2016 to Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya in Mombasa.
It was a good opportunity for the visit to Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya (BMMK) and meeting with the Managing Committee of BMMK and conversation with the staff.  
BMMK Executive Committee was headed by the Chairman Alhaj Abbas Nasser, also present at the meeting was the Vice Chairman Alhaj Shamsher Mawji, Hon Secretary Alhaj Fazleabbas Bhanji, BMMK Trustee, Alhaj Riyaz Fazel, Committee Members, Alhaj Iqbal Sunderji, Alhaj Mohamedhussein Somji and the CEO of BMMK, Alhaj Mujtaba Peera.

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