Circular No.: JMT/73/2016                                         

We enclose herewith Guidelines on Zakat al-Fitrah prepared by Sheikh Kumail Rajani of Islamic Education Department of the World Federation.

Payment of Zakat al-Fitrah becomes obligatory after sunset on the eve of Eid al-Fitr. The Fitrah should be kept aside and paid on Eid al-Fitr before Eid prayers or before midday for those who cannot say their Eid prayers. It is necessary to have obligatory intention (Niyyah) of giving Fitrah for God’s pleasure only.

The Guidelines are based on the fatawa of our Marja-e-Taqleed Ayatullah Seyed Ali al-Hussaini al-Sistani r.a.

Please remit your Zakat al-Fitrah to your local Jamaat’s Representatives who are assigned this responsibility by the Jamaat. In this way, the Jamaat will be able to distribute Zakat al-Fitrah properly to the deserving people and families in good time.

 
Hussein Karim
Hon. Secretary

Download:  Zakat al-Fitrah Guidelines (PDF, 412KB)

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/72/17                                      

MOON FORECAST – SHAWWAL 1438 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Shawwal 1438 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 05.32 a.m. on Saturday 24th June 2017 i.e. 29th Mahe Ramadhan 1438 A.H.
 
On Saturday 24th June 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.17 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 12 hours 45 minutes      
Moonset 6.48 p.m.
Time Duration 31 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset       07.24 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 06.08 degrees

SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

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The Genesis of World Federation – Part 1
A Personal Reflection of an Inspiring Journey

 

By: Hasnain Walji (Former Secretary General, Vice President and President 1978 – 2003)
 
The official date of the establishment of the World Federation is October 15 1976. However, the genesis is almost a year prior when In October 1975, a delegation from Africa sat down with some elders from Uganda and a group of young Khoja accountants and lawyers on the red carpet of the Hammersmith Imambargah in London.
 
As the Assistant Secretary of London Jamaat, along with the then Mukhi Saheb Anverbhai Jagani and Anverbhai Pirbhai, our duty, on that dull and damp October day, was to ensure that the delegation were suitably nourished, Khoja style, with steaming hot chai and samosas. As we poured them endless cups of tea, amidst the smoke from Rothmans Cigarettes, I overheard this motley group ponderously reflecting on the predicaments our Community had found itself in the wake of the 1972 Uganda Exodus. Over a thousand souls had now scattered across the globe trying to make a new life in these faraway places. Apart for London and Peterborough, most communities in UK and North America were yet to establish Jamaats and Imambargahs. Yet the Community spirit was strong as mumineen roiled out carpets from the trunks of their cars to sit in rented warehouses, basements or any place that would give them an opportunity and be spiritually uplifted through the recital of Dua e Kumail on Thursday nights. For living in city or town without a Jamaat, a Khoja individual was like a fish out of water and these small gatherings became the oasis of spirituality in the new land we found ourselves.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/71/17                                           


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

We are pleased to announce the appointment by the Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat of Nairobi of the Organizing Committee for the 79th Supreme Council Session of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa to be held in Nairobi from Friday 7th July to Sunday 9th July 2017

The Email Address for the Organizing Committee is 79thscsession@gmail.com
 
Details of the accommodation and other arrangements will be sent out vide a separate Circular in due course.
 
 
 
Hussein Karim
Hon Secretary

 

GENDER EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR 2017

 

 

For the sixth consecutive year, a five day seminar was organized from 24th – 27th, April 2017 at the Bilal, Hall, in Mombasa to empower and educate the women under the Economic Upliftment Project. Two women from each Women Group from BMM Kenya centers and 2 women from Nakuru participated.

Some of the activities carried out in the workshop were: home remedies session by Sidi Nyota, Basket weaving using polythene bag by Joyce Ndungu, poultry farming session by Peter Mbui, goat rearing by Peter Mbui, cooking of various food items which was facilitated by the Creative Cooking Committee and Islamic Religious Education lectures were conducted by Sis. Ruiya Salim and Sis Zainab Jaffer.

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The pioneers of the Solidarity Charity Walk - Arusha Jamaat once again organized the Walk for the 5th consecutive year on Sunday 14th May 2017 to raise funds for the AFED Solidarity Day. The theme for this Year’s Walk was Walk, Support and Donate.

The Participants in the walk included ladies, gents, old, young and children, and the walk commenced from Ex-Tiger Super Market Njiro to the KSI Jamaat Mosque, in Arusha town. It is noteworthy to witness women in good numbers participated.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/70/17                                                     

OBITUARY


 
 To Allah we belong and to Him is our return
(Holy Qur’an, Surah al-Baqarah - Verse 2:156)
  

Alhaj Abdulhussein Kassamali Khimji

  

The Africa Federation Secretariat received with deep sadness the news of the death of Alhaj Abdulhussein Kassamali Khimji, President of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Lindi who passed away peacefully in the morning hours of Thursday, 1st June 2017 (6th Mahe Ramadhan 1438 A.H.) in his home in Lindi, southeastern of Tanzania. Marhum was buried on the same day in Lindi.

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Report No. 0070 of Rajab 1438 A.H, 2017

BILAL TANGA CARRIES OUT DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD STUFF

Once again Bilal Tanga carried out distribution of foodstuff to its members during the month of Rajab 1438 A.H. As many areas of Tanga region are still facing acute shortage of essential foodstuff, Bilal Tanga through its generous donors decided to carry out this distribution.


A total of 1150 shia families benefited with each family getting 25kg maize flour, 10kg rice and 5kg wheat flour respectively.

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Marhum Mulla Kermalli Alibhai - Dar es Salaam

 
One of the well-known amongst the community workers of the Dar es Salaam Jamaat was Marhum Mulla Kermalli Alibhai.
 
He will be remembered for his youthful enthusiasm and zeal in serving the community. In spite of his age, he was very active and would carry out duties that would put young people to shame.

He was born in Hadiyana, Kathiawar, India on 24 March 1889 and migrated to Africa at the age of 16. He was well known for his business acumen and he used this expertise in Jamaat matters taking good care of financial resources of the Jamaat.

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CIRCULAR NO: AFED/AFTAB/69/17                                


 

Further to our earlier announcement of the appointment of Seyed Hassan Naqvi as Chairman of the Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB), the Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi is pleased to appoint the following AFTAB members for the term 2016 - 2019. 

  • Seyed Hassan Naqvi - Chairman
  • Zishan Somji - Vice Chairman
  • Sanjida Rashid - Hon. Secretary
  • Dr. Alihussein Molloo
  • Dr. Fatema Meghji
  • Dr. Zohraida Karim
  • Fatim Somji
  • Fazle Abbas Chandoo
  • Riyaz Habib Virjee
  • Sumaiya Muntazir Meghjee

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Ref: AFED/Housing/AAR/17                                           



The construction works of the Al Asghery Residency on Libya/Band Street in Dar es Salaam is progressing well according to the plan; it has reached the 5th floor.
 
This is a joint Housing Project between Africa Federation (AFED) and the World Federation of KSIMC in collaboration with the KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam.
 
The Project comprises total of 18 Flats (9 three bedroom and 9 two bedroom apartments).  The 86 applications were received, indicative of the big requirement of housing in Dar es Salaam. Applications were reviewed by the Allocation Committee and each applicant was interviewed after which the allocation was done.
 
A short program was held on 1st May 2017 at the KSI Jamaat Tabligh Auditorium, successful applicants were called upon to select the apartment they wished to be allocated. Africa Federation Chairman, Office Bearers and Trustees, the World Federation President and Secretary General, Dsm Jamaat President, Office Bearers and Trustees, Economic & Housing Board Members, Councillors, Ladies Managing Committee, Allocation Committee Members and the 18 successful applicants.

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