Report No. 0071 of Ramadhan 1438 A.H, 2017


B.M.M-Tanga as in previous years organized a nine day Seminar towards the end of the month of Shab’an 1438 A.H. for its Muballigheens (Teachers).

A total of 56 teachers participated in the Seminar which started on 16th May 2017 with the opening address by Shk. Muhammad Mnyamisi of Zahrau Islamic Education -Tanga and was concluded on the 24th May 2017 by the Chairman of Bilal Tanga Alhaj Hasnain Hassanali, who gave a closing speech.

Some of the topics covered during the Seminar included Work ethics, Computer skills, Akhlaq (tazkiyatun-nafs), Fiqh (Zakat, Khums etc.)

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The Genesis of World Federation – Part 2

A Personal Reflection of an Inspiring Journey

By: Hasnain Walji (Former Secretary General, Vice President and President 1978 – 2003)
‘Let me begin at the beginning. The concept of the World Federation dawned upon us by the events in Uganda.’ So began Marhum Mulla Asgherali M. M. Jaffer’s inaugural address at the First Constitutional Conference. (First page of the minutes, on page 4 below) Interestingly, of the three-day Constitutional Conference, almost a day was spent on a noteworthy debate. “To call ourselves Khoja or not - that was the question” Hours of passionate discussions took place on the merits of identity, closed membership and the scope of service.
The seasoned African delegation, joined by similarly pragmatic UK delegates leaned towards keeping it within the Khoja, while the enlightened North American delegation wanted to open it to the entire Shia world.

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The 9th Capacity Building Group CBG Africa Federation Leadership Development Programme in collaboration with Capacity Building Group of World Federation concludes with positive energy in Dar es Salaam this year.

The workshop was conducted at Seascape Hotel and Conference Center by the following Facilitators:
Dr. Akber Mohammedali, Sr. Mumtaz Ladak, Br. Shabbir Khalfan. Sr. Zinnat Mohammedali, Sr. Maria Pattinson and Sr. Shama Dewji, supported by the following Developmental Facilitators: Sr. Sofia Bharwani, Sr. Zahra Jacksi and Br. Inayat Abbas Firdousi and supported by admin staff Sr. Faseeha Sherally.

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This program aims in creating mentors in the community for the betterment of the community at large.
AFED CBG Facilitators with the support of development facilitators, conducted the workshop based on Egan’s Skilled Helper Model which has been updated and refined over 35 years. The model is positive and systematic and applicable across cultures for a variety of helping situations, emphasizing on change and leading to values outcome.
The goal of Egan’s model is to help clients help problems more effectively and develop under-used or unused resources as opportunities more fully. It also serves to help clients become better and helping themselves and it also helps clients to develop ancient-oriented prevention mentality.
The mentors will practice the skills acquired and will go through a process of evaluation after which they will serve in various jamaats.

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In honour of the wiladat of Imam Hassan (a.s), Africa Federation has launched an initiative to recognize the talented youth of our community - to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments and successes.

The Youth Can Campaign has been designed to shine a light on the diverse group of talented youths within our jamaats, and to appreciate the present and future leaders of our community.

The Youth Can campaign encourages members of the community to nominate such youth for the campaign. Africa Federation will recognize these youths and showcase their accomplishments on our social media pages as well as the Federation Samachar in order to inspire and empower more young minds.

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Ref: AF/PR/24/17                                                                 

The Africa Federation Office Bearers held a meeting with the Boards on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at the AFED Zahra Tower Conference Room in Dar es Salaam. This is an annual meeting bringing together Chairmen, Chairperson and Members of the Boards to discuss and ponder on pertinent issues and also to present their yearly planner. These meetings also look into the challenges faced and finding solutions to the challenges. Participants also discussed on the presentation of their reports at the forthcoming Supreme Council Session.

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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                                      


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


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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                                           


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
Details of the accommodation and other arrangements will be sent out vide a separate Circular in due course.
Hussein Karim
Hon Secretary





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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