Federation_Samachar_cover_APR_2013The Federation Samachar issue for April, 2013 (Jamaada Al-Thani 1434) is now available.

Jamaats that have not received copies will have these by 12th May, 2013. The issue will also be available online on the Africa Federation website (www.africafederation.org) after copies are distributed worldwide.

The Federation Samachar is distributed in Europe to all Jamaats through the kind courtesy of the Council of European Jamaats (CoEJ) and in North America through the kind courtesy of the North American Shia Ithna-asheri Muslim Communities Organisation (NASIMCO).

The magazine has columns from eleven prominent male and female columnists from around the world. Four columnists recently won renowned awards and five columnists are members of the World Federation Media Committee.

This issue highlights the tragedy of the building that collapsed into the mosque compound in Dar es Salaam and also features 50 pages of community news from Africa and the rest of the world. Interesting profiles are carried of the Karim family from Kenya and of Mustafa Jaffer Sabodo the great philanthropist in Tanzania.

The 'Black and White' section carries yet another debate – this time on hijab while the Editorial talks about corporal punishment in schools.

This 108-page issue also includes recent conferences of the Africa Federation and World Federation and covers the JIBA International Conference in Ahmedabad.

The Editorial Board invites readers to submit letters, articles, opinions, news and photographs for the next issue no later than 15th June, 2013 to be considered for publication. Contact us at samachar@africafederation.org or rentokiltz@gmail.com .

Editor
Federation Samachar

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/001/13  

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rajab 1434 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 3.30 a.m. on Friday 10th May 2013 i.e. 29th Jamadi ul Aakhar 1434 A.H.

On Friday 10th May 2013 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.14 p.m. 
Crescent age at Sunset   14 hours 45 minutes   
Moonset 6.39 p..m.
Time Duration 25 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     06.00 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 05.04 degrees

SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

On Saturday 11th May 2013 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.14 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset   38 hours 45 minutes    
Moonset 7.27 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 13 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     17.05 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 15.33 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.31 p.m., when the crescent will Insha'Allah be 22 degrees North of West, 17 degrees North of where the sun had set.

EXPECT 1st RAJAB 1434 ON SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2013

Secretariat

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA
CONDUCTS FREE EYE CAMP NACHINGWEA
29TH MARCH TO 1ST APRIL 2013

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania organized a free eye camp over the Easter weekend (29 March to 1 April 2013), at Nachingwea in the southern region of Tanzania, more than 620 km from Dar es Salaam.  The camp was fully sponsored by Beta Charitable Trust of the United Kingdom.

Camp was set at Nachingwea Primary School; a kitchen was also set in the School for the meals for the eye camp workers and the patients from the day they were admitted for surgery until their discharged. Seven lodges were hired to accommodate doctors and volunteers the bus had to make rounds to pick them up. An advance party had travelled two days prior to the start of the Camp to make arrangements with the local officials and to reach out to the patients in nearby villages.

Nearly 3022 patients were screened and 112 cataract surgeries performed by Dr. Jerry and his team at the Nachingwea Hospital during the period. Another 140 patients will have their cataract surgery during the Union Day weekend (26th to 28th April 2013) by the same team of doctors and nurses.

FULLY SPONSORED BY BETA CHARITABLE TRUST, U.K.
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Ref: CHB/News Bulletin/004                                                                    

We spend about 8 hours a day, 56 hours a week, 240 hours a month and 2,920 hours a year doing it. And by "IT" I mean good, old fashion sleep. We apparently spend one third of our lives doing nothing. But is sleep really doing nothing? It looks like it...our eyes are closed, our muscles are relaxed, our breathing is regular, and we do not respond to sound or light. If you take a look at what is happening inside of your brain, however, you will find quite a different situation - the brain is very active. You are doing something!

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/229/13                                                                                         

We wish to inform the Jamaats in Africa that there will be a Partial Lunar Eclipse on Thursday 25th April 2013 (Night of 15th Jamadi-ul-Aakhar 1434).

This lunar eclipse will be visible in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Moomineen are requested to recite Namaaz-e-Ayaat between 10:54 p.m. and 11.21 p.m.

Secretariat

"O People, eat from the land what is permitted & good & do not follow in the footsteps of Shaitan, for he is an open enemy to you."
(Al Baqarah, 2:168)

Al Mahdi Centre – Samburu in collaboration with Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya organized a youth-based forum on 31st March 2013 to deliberate on issues affecting youth of today at the grass root level.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/227/13                                                                                         

The Africa Federation Secretariat is pleased to announce and introduce the Capacity Building Group (AFED CBG) Team and Coordinators.

It has been agreed with our Member Jamaats that the Coordinators will liaise with their respective Jamaats to assist in aspects of co-ordination, planning and implementation of Capacity Development programs in the local constituent that they have been appointed in.

The Team is made up of:

·        CBG Lead:       Sameer Kermalli

·        Secretary:       Mumtaz Ladak

·        Treasurer:      Shabbirhussein Khalfan

·        Member:        Shama Dewji

·        Member:        Murtaza Versi

The Coordinators are:

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In Jamaats/Regions where coordinators have not been identified, Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan who is part of the core team will act as liaison till a coordinator is appointed.

We congratulate the coordinators on their appointments and wish the Capacity Building Group Team and Coordinators success/ for accepting our request to be part of the Capacity Building Team

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary


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On Sunday the 24th March 2013, the Dar es Salaam KSI Jamaat invited members who were instrumental and played pivotal role in the conception, planning and implementation of this remarkable and impressive 11 storey building comprising of 44 three bedroom flats with the essential amenities provided.

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Depression

depression_1The word "depression" comes from the Latin word, "deprimere", meaning to press down or depress. Anyone who has ever suffered from depression recognizes the connection between the physical feeling of being pressed down and the emotional and spiritual sensation of feeling depleted of energy for living. It can be described in vivid terms such as "being in a deep, dark pit", "feeling hopeless about life", "total apathy for living" and "absolutely no enjoyment in life anymore".

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Dear Brothers/Sisters,

Salaamun Alaikum

THE KHOJA SHIA ITHNA-ASHERI LAMU PROPERTIES RESTORATION PROJECT

lamu_1We are pleased to circulate the enclosed report on the Lamu Restoration Project; the project which started in August 2011 comprises of the restoration of the properties belonging to the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Community in Lamu, Kenya. These renovation works were carried out under the able management and supervision of our Mombasa based Trustee, Alhaj Sultan Molu.

The enclosed Report provides a brief history of Lamu and the restoration works completed under Phase One, also includes some historical sites.

It is important for us as a Community to preserve and maintain our Jamaat properties as these are our heritage and assets, and more importantly in those cities and towns where population of our community members have dwindled and in some places there are no Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri families, for example Lamu.

We wish to inform you that in Phase Two, the Lamu Project shall include the remaining restoration and construction works to make them fully habitable, and protect these properties from destruction.

We welcome donations towards this Project. Huquq funds (Sahme Imam A.S.) can be utilized towards these works. Our estimation of the balance of works may require up to United States Dollars Fifty Thousand (US$50,000.00). Please email: secretariat@africafederation.org

We look forward to your generous support and cooperation.

With Salaams and Duas,

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

Download: Report - Restoration of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Lamu Properties (PDF, 1.64MB)

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Gender Empowerment through Economic Upliftment

This project initiated with the idea of empowering women in the rural areas to have an additional source of income to contribute towards their household expenses in these times of extremely high rate of poverty, accelerating rate of inflation, rise in the standard of living and lack of adequate rainfall.

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