Nairobi

We are pleased to issue this first News Bulletin to the members of our community, coinciding with the blessed month of Rajab – the month filled with mercy and blessings of Allah (SWT).
 
Alhamdulillah after one year of struggle in court, the decision was finally made in our (SAAJ) favor and there was no appeal made. This had been a hindrance and it is now overcome and the Housing Project Committee (HPC) was able to proceed with its project. The construction works has started. Following are a few photographs of the contraction work at the Lavington site. The building shall consist a total of 32 units and expected to be completed by mid-2016.

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SAAJ Interfaith Symposium
Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum

On 22nd November 2014, the Shia Asna Ashri Jamaat (SAAJ) organized an Interfaith Symposium, a platform for dialogue, to encourage unity and cooperation among diverse religions & communities across Kenya with various speakers from the Government and different faiths presenting their views on topics relating to the influence of religion on various aspects of our lives and our country as a whole.
 
The Symposium was well attended with the presence of several Ambassadors including the Iranian Ambassador, representatives from SUPKEM, the Aga Khan Council President and Delegates, and the Head of Ummah Foundation. Also in attendance were the heads of 30 Hindu communities as well as representation from the National Churches Council of Kenya. Also present were dignitaries from other organizations based in Nairobi.
 
We were honored to have the attendance of Alhaaj Riyaz Nasser, Chairman of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) and Alhaaj Mahboob Somji, Vice Chairman of BMMT, both of whom represented the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa (AFED) and Alhajj Ghullamhussein Mukhtar, President of Arusha Jamaat,
 
The event was competently moderated by Dr Hassan Kinyua Omari who began by welcoming all the guests and introducing the speakers. The guest of honour, Honorable Joseph Ole Lenku, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, was unfortunately delayed to the event due to the tragic killing of 28 in Mandera earlier that morning, which resulted in his having to go for an emergency security meeting.

In his welcome speech, the Chairman of SAAJ, Alhajj Murtaza Kanani outlined the emphasis of peace in Islam and the aim of all religions to improve society regardless of race, cast or ethnic background. This was then followed by prayers led by Muslim, Hindu and Christian representatives.

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