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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Archives Section (Part 6) Down the Memory Lane Photographs


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Ref: AK/PR/2016/77                                                                  

The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, accompanied by his Vice Chairman and Chairman elect, Alhaj Shabir Najafi and the Hon Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, paid a visit to Mombasa Jamaat from 11th to 13th March, 2016. They also visited Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya and made curtsey visits to meet the elders of our community in Mombasa. The delegation was joined by AFED Nominated Councilors of Mombasa, Alhaj Amir Merali and Alhaj Gulamabbas Khaku.

This visit was also intended for the Africa Federation outgoing Chairman to bid farewell to the Community members of Mombasa Jamaat and Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya having led the Africa Federation for two terms - six years (2010 -2016).

A meeting was also held with the AFED Kenya Trustee, Alhaj Sultan Molu on various matters concerning AFED properties in Mombasa and Lamu, a visit was made to see the AFED warehouses property in Mbaraki area in Mombasa which is undergoing major roof repairs, this property was purchased by AFED in 2011. In the last Supreme Council Session held in April 2015 in Mombasa, it was decided that the income from the warehouses will henceforth be utilized for external Tabligh activities.

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Haji Karmali Hansraj Jagani – Kigoma in perspective

In 1909 Karmali Hansraj Jagani accompanied by his family travelled to Dar es Salaam from India by ship “Queen Bismarck”, the journey taking a total of 9 days. His son Gulamhussein who was five years old at that time has narrated this story.

Being the first visit to a new country, Karmalibhai had no idea of what to expect. On arriving at Dar es Salaam, he stayed at Ismaili Musafarkhana. After 7 days, he travelled by train to Igalula. He then walked for two hours to Saneku, 10 miles away. From Saneku he walked 60 miles to Tabora arriving a day later. The women and children were carried all the way by porters in litter (machera).

After staying in Tabora for a month, he walked for two days to Manakulwa, 70 miles away. He joined in the employment of Walli Omar. There were 4 shops at Manakulwa; their owners being Sheriff Jiwa, Nasser Virjee, Walli Omar and an Arab, Khalil bin Nasser. After staying at Manakulwa for about a year, he again moved to Tabora.

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Ref: AK/PR/2016/76                                                                 

The Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, accompanied by his Vice Chairman and Chairman elect, Alhaj Shabir Najafi and the Hon Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, paid a visit to Nairobi, Kenya on 10th March, 2016. This visit was also intended for the Africa Federation outgoing Chairman to bid farewell to the community members and officials of (SAAJ) - Nairobi Jamaat after having led the Africa Federation for two terms - six years (2010 -2016).

A joint meeting was held with the Managing Committee Members of Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat (SAAJ) of Nairobi in the afternoon on Thursday, 10th March. In attendance was also the Kenya AFED Trustee, Alhaj Ebrahim Jaffer. SAAJ Chairman, Alhaj Shakir Mehrali had travelled to Europe on a business trip instead he was represented by his Vice Chairman, Alhaj Mohamedraza Nanji.

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