Ref: AK/PR/2016/69                                                                   

The Africa Federation Chairman Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi led a delegation on a 5 days’ visit to Mozambique comprising of Vice Chairman Alhaj Shabir Najafi, Hon. Treasurer Alhaj Mohamed Hemani, Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, Chairman of Central Bilal Board, Alhaj Mohsin Lalji (Sheni) and Chairman of Tabligh Board (AFTAB), Seyed Hassan Naqvi.  The World Federation President, Dr. Asgarali Moledina, who is a resident of Maputo joined the delegation on this visit from 25th to 29th November, 2015.

The visit by the present office bearers was the second during its term; the first visit was in 2011. The purpose of the visit was to meet with the office bearers of the Jamaats, visit Jamaat’s facilities, Madrassahs and to witness the developments of our Community in Maputo, Nampula and Nacala. The plan was also to join the momineen in the Azadari of Sayedus Shohadah during Ashra-e-Zainabiya; this has been customary every year. 

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(1892-1971) - Chiungutwa, Southern Tanzania

 In 1908, at the age 16, Fazalbhai travelled from India and landed in Tanga. After three days in Tanga he went to Pangani where he joined in the employment of Mr Mohamed Karim for 6 months. He then worked for Mr Mohamed Tharoo for 3 years. In 1912 he left Tanga with 4 labourers on a 20 day trip to Singida (300 miles away) on foot. He worked for Jaffer Khimji in Singida for 12 months.
Fazalbhai decided to start his own business. He bought cattle in Singida and went on a 25-day journey on foot to Korogwe where he sold the cattle. He continued this business for 3 years. The business was going on well but an incident in 1916 made him to drop the business. While traveling to Korogwe, he reached Kondoa-Irangi where British rule was already established after the defeat of the Germans.

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Ref: AFED/Off/16                                                                            

The World Federation in partnership with Africa Federation and Council of European Jamaats Launches

The World Federation in partnership with Africa Federation and The Council of European Jamaats have developed a service for writing of Wills - 
Its main purpose of this project is to assist Shia Ithna Asheri Muslims with creating simple Wills according to the ruling of Ayatullah Sayyid al-Sistani. This is normally a complicated activity with many rules applying to different situations. This service simplifies the process.
The site highlights the importance of creating a Will, provides clarity on the most up-to-date rulings from Sayyid al-Sistani and allows one to create his/her own simple Will by generating an example of a Will.
We request the Jamaats to inform Community members on the launch of this important service, so that maximum members can benefit from it.

Circular No:   JMT/176/16                                                      

The Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi is pleased to appoint Alhaj Murtaza Ramzanali Jivraj (Kerbala) as the Sectional Secretary of the Africa Federation Archives Section.
The Archives section is an important segment of the Secretariat of the Africa Federation where records and history of our community is preserved for references and for the future generations.
With the support from some community members and Jamaats, we have also been able to gather some old documents, photographs and articles on the historical events, some of these are being published regularly by Archives Section.

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Ref: BMM/ADMIN/004/1437                                                                  


The Chairman Alhaj Riyaz Nasser and the Board Members of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania joined hands with our Muslim brothers in celebration of the birth Anniversary (MAULID) of our beloved Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W) at National Level.

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REF: BMM/ADMIN/003/1437                                                         



On Thursday, 24th December 2015 (12th Rabbiul Awwal 1437), ladies from the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania joined their fellow women in grand celebration of Milad-un-Nabii (SAWW) which was also an opportunity to build stronger bonds amongst the Muslim women of Tanzania from different faiths and backgrounds on a common platform of unity to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the birth of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (SAWW).


As a continuation of Teacher’s Development Programme, MCE in collaboration with AFTab held a two days Teacher’s Skills Programme and a one day Micro Teach Session for a second cohort of Madrasah Teachers in November 2015 in Dar es Salaam.

Likewise, a second cohort of Madrasah Teachers from Nairobi was also conducted towards the end of November 2015.

A total of 44 teachers from the Madaris in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi attended the programmes.

The programs were facilitated by Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi from UK, sponsored jointly by the World Federation and Africa Federation.
Modules included:

  • Role and Responsibility of a Madrasah Teacher
  • Lesson Planning and Planning Skills
  • Learning and Reflective Practice


Personal hygiene habits such as washing your hands and brushing and flossing your teeth will help keep bacteria, viruses, and illnesses at bay. And there are mental as well as physical benefits. “Practicing good body hygiene helps you feel good about yourself, which is important for your mental health,”
Personal Hygiene: Healthy Habits Include Good Grooming
If you want to minimize your risk of infection and also enhance your overall health, follow these basic personal hygiene habits:

  • Bathe regularly: - Wash your body and your hair often.  I’m not saying that you need to shower or bathe every day, but you should clean your body and shampoo your hair at regular intervals that work for you. Your body is constantly shedding skin. That skin needs to come off. Otherwise, it will cake up and can cause illnesses.
  • Trim your nails: - Keeping your finger and toenails trimmed and in good shape will prevent problems such as hang nails and infected nail beds. Feet that are clean and dry are less likely to contract athlete’s foot.
  • Brush and floss: - Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. At the very least, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Brushing minimizes the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing, too, helps maintain strong, healthy gums. The bacteria that builds up and causes gum disease can go straight to the heart and cause very serious valve problems. Unhealthy gums also can cause your teeth to loosen, which makes it difficult to chew and to eat properly. To maintain a healthy smile, visit the dentist at six-month intervals for checkups and cleanings
  • Wash your hands: - Washing your hands before preparing or eating food, after going to the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after handling garbage, goes a long way toward preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Keep a hygiene product, like an alcohol-based sanitizing gel, handy for when soap and water isn’t available.
  • Sleep tight: - Get plenty of rest - 8 to 10 hours a night - so that you are refreshed and are ready to take on the day every morning. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling run down and can compromise your body's natural defenses, your immune system.


Brief Information of Pemba Island 

Pemba known as 'Al Jazeera Al Khadra' (the green island, in Arabic) is an island forming part of the Zanzibar archipelago, lying off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is situated about 60 km to the north of the island of Zanzibar. It lies 50 km east of mainland Tanzania. Together with Mafia Island (south of Zanzibar), they form the Spice Islands.
The estimated population of Pemba Island is about 300,000, with an area of 980 km². The island of Pemba currently has 4 districts; they are Chake Chake, Mkoani, Wete and Micheweni.
Pemba Island is the untouched and pristine island of great beauty and fertility. The mosaic of forests, swamps, mangroves, hidden beaches and lagoons is scattered with the ruins of mosques and tombs mostly reclaimed by the forest – sites that date back to Arab domination when Pemba Island was seized by the Sultan of Muscat (Oman) in the 17th century.
Pemba was once the world’s major clove producer, making to almost 70%.

Wete Jamaat:
In 1910, eight families of our community lived half a mile from Mtemani which is the current commercial centre. They were Br. Habib Hasham Chatoo, Br. Karim Hasham Chatoo, Br. Khakoo Ramji, Br. Kermalli Hasham, Br. Hasham Hirji and Br. Ali Kasu.
During the 1914 World War, the Mtemani area became commercially active and our community members moved in gradually. Wete at the time was in the early stages of development, it was like a small village. There were no proper roads, water and electricity. Wireless telegram communications started in 1914. Bullock carts were used for movement of goods. Donkeys were used for travel purposes. Since the donkey was the only method of travel, no one felt ashamed doing so. The first motor vehicles arrived in 1926. Telephone communication for public started in 1932.  Piped water was installed in 1937 and electricity in 1958.


Ref: AFED/PR/15/68                                                                        

The 77th Supreme Council Session of the Africa Federation was specifically convened to discuss and adopt Procedures and Guidelines in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the Function of the Electoral Commissioner in the conduct of elections in the Federation. 
The election for the Chairman of the Africa Federation for the term 2016 – 2019 is due before the forthcoming Triennial Conference to be held in April 2016.
The Session was held at Mehfil-e-Abbas, Dar-es-Salaam on Saturday 12th December 2015 and attended by AFED Office Bearers, Trustees, Electoral Commissioner, Councillors from Arusha, Bukoba, Bujumbura, Dar-es-Salaam, Lindi, Kampala, Mombasa, Morogoro, Moshi, Mwanza, Nairobi, Tunduru and Zanzibar. The Secretary General of the World Federation Alhaj Kumail Manji, AFED Board Chairmen & Board Members, Invitees and AFED Secretariat staff were also in attendance. The Session commenced at 10.00 A.M. with the blessings of the verses of the Holy Qurán.


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