BEST STUDENT AWARD 

YEAR 2013

Eligibility

The Student of the Year Award is open to boys and girls who have appeared for National Examination and Overseas Board Examination “O” levels during the academic year January 2013 to December 2013. All applicants should follow the guidelines outlined below to stand a good chance of receiving the award.

Jamat Responsibility/Deadline

All students’ applications must be handed over to their respective Jamaat’s Education Board Representatives latest by 28th February 2014.  Local Jamaat’s will be responsible to publicize these services, conduct research in their own areas; scrutinize, verify and filter all applications in order to nominate and forward only Two Proposed names (one boy and one girl) to the Education Board Secretariat office by 15th March 2014.

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Ref: AF/PR/2014/19                                                                                           

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The Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi accompanied by the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan travelled to Kampala on 16th December 2013 and were joined by the AFED Vice Chairman Alhaj Shabir Najafi for an official visit to Kampala Jamaat from 17th to 18th December 2013.

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Economic Upliftment

Business Management Training 

Module 2 at Shimoni

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In November 2013, the second Module 2 – Business Management training was conducted for Khadijatul Qubra Women Group at Shimoni by Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya.  The module was held for 6 days from 25th November 2013 to 30th November 2013.   The training was facilitated by Sis Sidi Nyota and Sis Kauchi Chifui.

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"Every container becomes tightly packed with what is put in it, except for the container of knowledge, for surely it expands."  - Imam Ali (as)

matuga2CRASH COURSE AT MATUGA MADRASSAH AMIRUL MUUMINIINA

In the effort to continue to increase and spread the understanding of Islamic and Ahlul Bayt (a.s) teachings to the youths, the Mission conducted its second Holiday Class during the Annual Vacation from school at Madrassah Amirul Muuminiina, Matuga.

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Our Ref: BMMT/77-1435

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION – MWANZA BRANCH

COMMEMORATES CHEHLUM AT MANTHARE VILLAGE

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On Tuesday 24th December 2013 (20 Safar 1435) Bilal Muslim Mission - Mwanza branch commemorated Arbaeen (CHEHLUM) of Imam Hussein (A.S.) at Manthare Village around 60 km from Mwanza city. Malya and Kisesa Kona villagers also participated in the procession.

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Ref: AF/PR/2014/018

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HAJI EBRAHIM HUSSEIN SHARIFF DEWJI
1923/1964

A great leader remembered for his farsighted vision, wisdom and intellect; a selfless, devoted and sincere social worker of the Community.

Chairman AFED – 1958/1964
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A tribute by the Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the death of “Mohsin-e-Qawm” Alhaj Ebrahim Hussein Shariff Dewji.

The sadness of the news of the sudden passing away of Al Hajj Ebrahim Hussein Sheriff Dewji on 9th January, 1964 in Zanzibar at a young age while in the position of the Chairmanship of AFED still echoes up to this day in the minds of many who knew him, it was a moment of great sadness and shock across the Shia Ithna-Asheri community in Africa, and beyond its borders.

As I read through in the Africa Federation Samachar of May, 1964, the accolades and tributes written by various leaders, friends and others from within and outside our community following his sudden death, I realize how great, humble and eminent this young devotee of the community was. He lived a short life but left magnificent and indelible footprints on the path of the history of our community in Africa and in the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa.  

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On 28th November 2013, students of Egerton University, Njoro, visited Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya to attend a Seminar cum exhibition on Discover Islam. he students were from the Department of Philosophy, History and Religion from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. They were accompanied by Dr. Onyancha , Chairman and Mr. Macharia Mwangi , Senior lecturer.  

The students were taken through an exhibition of posters on “Discover Islam”. The seminar was opened by the recitation of a verse from the Holy Qur’an.

The first paper ‘Islam as a Religion and Islamic Attitude to other Religions’ was delivered by Sheikh Stambuli Abdillahi Nassir. In his captivating presentation, Stambuli described Islam as the only religion that recognizes the other two major religions namely Judaism and Christianity.

In his second paper - Jihad, Islam and Terrorism, Sheikh Stambuli defined Jihad in its right context. He categorized Jihad in two forms; major and minor jihad as described by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w). He described major Jihad as striving to remain on the right path. Minor jihad he said is to fight in defense.

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Ref: AF/PR/2014/017

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The Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi accompanied by the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan visited Mwanza Jamaat on Sunday 15th and Monday 16th December 2013. The AFED delegation also visited Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania, Mwanza Branch Centre which is located in Mwanza town.

Like several other upcountry Jamaats in Tanzania, Our Community population has been decreasing over the past 10 years and currently stands at around 300 persons. There are 120 registered members. Most of the youth who go overseas for higher education do not come back, and some families have migrated from Mwanza to join their children.

The AFED Chairman congratulated the newly elected Office Bearers, Managing Committee Members and the Trustees of the Jamaat following the AGM held in September, 2013. The new team is led by Alhaj Mehboob Rajabali.

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Ref: AKK/PR/2013/016

Kilwa Visit 1

Kilwa Visit 2Kilwa is a coastal District located about 330 Kms to the south of Dar es Salaam; it is one of the 6 districts of the Lindi Region of Tanzania. Kilwa is divided into three different towns: Kilwa Kivinje, Kilwa Masoko and Kilwa Kisiwani with Songo Mnara and Sanje Ya Kiti. The population of Kilwa is about 180,000; most of them live in poor conditions.

In the early 16th century, Vasco da Gama extorted tribute from the wealthy Islamic state, but not soon after, another Portuguese force commanded by D. Francisco de Almeida took control of the island in (1505) after besieging it, It remained in Portuguese hands until 1512, when an Arab mercenary captured Kilwa and expelled the Portuguese. The city regained some of its earlier prosperity, but in 1784 it came under the rule of the Omani rulers of Zanzibar. After the Omani conquest, the French built and manned a fort at the northern tip of the island, but the city itself was abandoned in the 1840s. It was later part of the colony of German East Africa from 1886 to 1918.  

Kilwa it is bordered to the North by the Pwani Region, to the East by the Indian Ocean, to the South by the Lindi Rural District and to the West by the Liwale District. Kilwa Kivinje was the site of the German's southern administrative headquarters in the late 19th Century. The old Boma and German market hall are from this colonial period. There is still a good number of old colonial buildings and crumbling remains of ancient Omani buildings and mosques.

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