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MAHE RAMADHAN 1434 A.H (2013) REPORT

During the Holy month of Ramadhan, Bilal Muslim Mission of Uganda undertook several programs which included Iftaar provision, Ramadhan package distribution and Tabligh activities at several centres. These activities were undertaken in 10 centres for both, Shia and non-Shia Muslim communities.

8 Mubalighs were appointed for the major centres and their main duties included overseeing the breaking of fast, leading the obligatory prayers, leading the Dua recitation and conducting short Majlises. There was daily recitation of the Ramadhan Duas: Iftitah and Tawassul and short lectures along with question and answer sessions.

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Alhaj Aunali Yusufali Salehmohamed, born in Zanzibar, Tanzania where he started his social services at a very young age, first as a volunteer of Hujjatul Islam Jamaat. He was involved in community sports activities and served as a treasurer of Ithna Asheri Gymkhana and was also a Troop Leader of Ithna Asheri Boy Scouts in Zanzibar. He was a cricket enthusiast and was an official scorer of the Zanzibar Ithna-Asheri Cricket Team for many years. He was always in the forefront and vocal to protest whenever he realizes a player was unjustly victimized on the cricket ground, he was a great supporter of our Cricket Team in Zanzibar.

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Zulfikar Cup started in 2007 to coincide with Arusha Jamaats 50 year sports celebration. The first event had 28 entrants, 14 from Kenya, 14 from Tanzania. The Ryder Cup format was chosen and deemed to be a fair competition between Kenya and Tanzania. The first day saw 4 ball better ball in the morning session and greensome in the afternoon. The second day saw individual match play. Each match on day 1 and 2 accounting for 1 point towards total for each team; The Tanzania team won the inaugural event. Having tasted the fruits, the following year, the event was held in Kenya, with a participation of 36 players, Kenya won. In the following 2 years, number of participants grew as the community in Kenya and Tanzania started taking up golf on consistent basis and with "foreigners", residents of UAE, UK, and North America underpinning their birth rights to participate, made it more attractive.

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Ref: AK/PR/2013/007       

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Through a Bridging Loan of US$1M facilitated by the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa to Nairobi Jamaat (SAAJ), a prime plot for a residential building was acquired at the scenic Lavington area, the property is conveniently located close to the Jaffery Islamic Centre, El-Molo Drive, off James Gichuru Road, Nairobi.

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Rural Health Care & Jigger Prevention

Dr. Mohsin and Sister Fauzia Jaffer of the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Foundation (Miami, Florida. USA) this week visited Kichaka Primary School in Shimoni, Mombasa where they donated footwear to all the students at the school. This was in response to their concern when they learnt of the Jigger infection in the area from the report of the Jaffery Mobile Clinic. The Mobile Clinic was the idea of Dr. Jaffer who saw the need to reach out to those less fortunate in the rural areas of the coast province and provide them with basic healthcare as well as health education.

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Football tournament organised by our Sunni brothers in Tamatave, Madagascar.

Our Sunni brothers from Tamatave (the second biggest town of Madagascar) organised a football tournament from April 18th to 20th 2013, the objective was to gather Khojas and Sunni in the same place to demonstrate to all Muslims around MADAGASCAR that we are one and together, the followers of the religion of Islam.

4 teams participated for this event:

sp2They were 4 participating teams, Madagascar was represented by 3 local teams and the Reunion Island represents France.

One local team from the Sunni community of Tamatave, One Khoja team from the capital as well as a Sunni team, and the amazing participation of the Khoja team of Reunion Island.

It is with great pleasure on behalf of AFED and CROI that we congratulate the Reunion Island team for their participation.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/027/13                         

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Zilkaad 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 2.37 p.m. on Thursday 5th September 2013 i.e. 28th Shawwal 1434 A.H.

On Friday 6th September 2013 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

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SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.38 p.m., when the crescent will Insha'Allah be 2 degrees South of West, 7 degrees South of where the sun had set.

EXPECT 1st ZILKAAD 1434 ON SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2013

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LIVE GOAT SCHEME

As a part of the Economic Upliftment Project, a Live Goats Scheme has been introduced.  The purpose of this scheme is to provide women groups in rural centers with live goats for rearing and breeding.  It is aimed that each member should have a goat so that they are reared and bred to reproduce more.

This scheme kicked off in 2009 when a new page in the lives of the community women was opened.  Under this scheme members receive one goat each to rear.

By rearing and breeding goats, members benefit from the goats' milk as well as boost their family income in future by selling the surplus goats.

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Our Ref: BMMT 68-1434 

Bilal Muslim Mission Tanga Branch presented gifts to all its students, both males and females from the Madrassah and Hawza and the teachers during the Holy month of Ramadhan.

Almost 1,000 students from all the 21 centers were presented with Kanzu (long white robe traditionally worn by male Muslims) and caps for boys and Chaadar (loose long veil worn by Muslim women) and head scarf for the girls.  The top three students from each class were given additional gifts. There was evident joy and excitement on the faces of the children while receiving their gifts .May Allah (SWT) reward the generous donors for making this possible every year. Ameen.

Bilal Tanga has announced this year as the Year of Education. Criterion has been put in place to ensure that no eligible student of Bilal misses out on secular education due to financial constraints. This is a commendable effort by Bilal Branch in Tanga, and we pray for every success in these endeavors.

Advice on career choices is also given to students who finish Form IV successfully.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/26/13                                  

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The Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi is pleased to re-appoint Alhaj Munir Hassanali Daya as the Chairman of the Editorial Board for the term 2013 – 2016.

A brief profile of Br. Munir Daya:

ed2Br. Munir is the proprietor and franchise owner of Rentokil Initial Tanzania Ltd., an international company of which he has been the Managing Director since 1995. Rentokil supplies agro-chemicals, wood preservatives & agro-equipment and undertakes hygiene and pest control services in Tanzania.

In addition to operating a successful business enterprise for many years, Br. Munir has served in various capacities in a number of organizations of our community, they are:

1998: First Web Manager of the Africa Federation Website and introduced live worldwide coverage of Africa Federation conference sessions.

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Ref: CHB/News Bulletin /007/2013         

Skin - more than a covering

sk1The skin is the largest part of us, the largest organ we have, its surface being about 2m2, and it acts as a physical barrier.

On the one hand it prevents undesirable elements getting into the body, whilst on the other it keeps in essential elements, like water. It therefore plays the role of interface between ourselves and the rest of the world, being our 'visible' part. It is very important for our morale and our well-being, which is why it must remain healthy and good-looking. In fact a good-looking skin makes us more confident and plays an important part in our self esteem.  Don't we say "You're looking good"?

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