Haji Abdulla Datoo Pardhan was born in Mundra, Kutch, India in 1880. He studied up to Level 2 Gujarati at Haji Lalji School which had about 150-175 pupils. There was no established Jamat and Thursday and Wafat majalis were held at this school. Master (Teacher) Noormohamed Hasham, an uncle (masa) of Abdullabhai was trained in Mumbai and was providing primary-level education to children at this school. Every morning, he would teach the children Quran for 1-2 hours. The school had also employed Br. Gulamhussein for teaching and for reciting majalis. Whenever there was death in the community, Master (Teacher) Noormohamed would go to the home of the deceased with some boys and recite Quran and perform Ziyarat rituals.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/170/15                                                        


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rabi-ul Awwal 1437 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 1.30 p.m. on Friday 11th December 2015 i.e. 28th Safar 1437 A.H.
On Saturday 12th December 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:   

Sunset   6.32 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset    29 hours 02 minutes     
Moonset 7.29 p.m.
Time Duration 57 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      14.27 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 12.24 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.50 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 18 degrees South of West, 6 degrees North of where the sun had set.

CIRCULAR No: JMT/169/15                                                               

The Africa Federation Chairman Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi will lead a delegation comprising of the Vice Chairman Alhaj Shabir Najafi, Hon Treasurer Alhaj Mohamed Hemani, Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, Chairman of Central Bilal Board, Alhaj Mohsin Lalji and Chairman of Tabligh Board (AFTAB), Alhaj Seyed Hassan Naqvi to Mozambique.
They will be visiting the following Jamaats,
Maputo Jamaat:     25th - 26th November 2015
Nampula Jamaat:   27th – 29th November 2015
The visit has been planned to coincide with the Ashra-e-Zanabiya program so that the AFED delegation can join Mumineen in these Jamaats in the Azadari-e-Imam Hussain (A.S.) in commemoration of the great martyrdom of Seyedush Shohadah, Imam Hussain (A.S.) and the martyrs of Karbala.
The AFED officials will meet the Jamaat Managing Committee Members, Trustees and Members of the community to discuss various pertinent issues affecting the community, the present challenges we face, and the various developments taking place in our Jamaats in Mozambique.
There will also be visits to Madrassahs, Tabligh Centres, and to the sites of the projects to witness the developments.  
Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

Ref: AK/PR/2015/66                                                            

We begin by conveying our deepest condolences to the Imam of our time, al Mahdi (ATFS) and to our community members during this time of the remembrance of the tragedy of Karbala and the Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam, his family members and companions. We pray to Allah (SWT) by His grace and mercy for peace and love to prevail amongst mankind in all parts of the World, and that our prayers and actions bring about positive change in the World we live in. 
4th World Federation Executive Council Meeting (EXCO) for the term 2014-2017 - The Africa Federation (AFED) Councillors to the 4th WF EXCO was led by the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi and was accompanied by the Chairman of Reunion Association who is also the Vice Chairman of AFED from Reunion Territorial Council, Alhaj Amine Nassor, the AFED Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan and the AFED Housing and Economic Development Board Chairman, Alhaj Akil Hirji. 

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Who, when disaster strikes them, say, "Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return." – Holy Qurán 1:156
Adieu to a Friend and a dedicated Social Worker

Alhaj Shaukatali Sultanali Mewawala


It is with deep sorrow and grief that we received the news of the death of Alhaj Shaukatali Sultanali Mewawala of Mumbai, India. Marhum had travelled to Iran on a spiritual journey of Ziyarat of the Holy Imam Ali ar Redha (AS) and the Holy Lady, Sayyedah Fatemah Masuma-e-Qum (AS). Marhum passed away in Tehran on Tuesday, 17th November 2015 at the age of 69.

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Migration History Opens with Tragedy

Khalfan was a young man, newly married, when his family in Gujarat, India, allowed him at his insistence, to board a dhow for the port of Lamu in Kenya like the others of his age who had proceeded. He intended to return and collect his wife the following year. That sadly did not happen. The sea at the Lamu harbour was extremely rough when the dhow anchored. The roving boat taking him with his baggage to the land capsized. He died of drowning and the body was buried in Lamu.  That was about the year 1835.

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Ref: CHB/HB/48/15                                                                        


In the ancient times, occupations were used as a method of therapy. Greek physicians initiated humane treatment of patients with mental illness using therapeutic baths, massage, exercise and music (Quiroga, 1995). During the 18th-19th century, revolutionaries reformed hospital systems where work and leisure activities were enforced as treatment rather than metal chains and restraints. This was the era of moral and enlightenment where the roots of occupational therapy were first discovered in the early decades of the 20th century (Peloquin, S, 1989).

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April 2015 - Rajab 1436

 In this Issue:

AFED Delegation visits Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi

Interview with Shaykh Kumail Rajani

New AFED Office Complex in Dar-es-Salaam

Community Leaders visit Agha Sistani

Columns from Writers around the World


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“The purpose of my stand is to reform the Nation of my grandfather. I only intend to enjoin good and forbid evil and in doing so, emulate my grandfather, the messenger of Allah (SWT) and my father Ali Ibn Abu Talib (AS)”

Imam Hussain (AS) 

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Uganda organized various Muharram programmes to commemorate the tragedy of Karbala in all its Centres from 14th to 24th October 2015.
There are currently 10 Centres of Bilal Muslim Mission in Uganda spread out in Jinja, Kampala, Kiboga, Kibundare, Kasawo, Bunjakko, Nansana, Kasese and Nawanzu.


Albertville (Kalemie), Congo

The Pioneers of our Community – Brief History


Haji Suleman Walji

Haji Suleman Walji - Kilwa - Born in Jamwali, Jamnagar, India moved to Kilwa in 1900 and lived in Kilwa, Dar es Salaam, Kigoma and Albertville (Kalemie), Congo. He died in Albertville (Kalemie) in Congo in 1930. (Photo source: book Kilwana Sawal Jawab by Edalji Dhanji Kaba)

The following information was provided by Br Rajabali Mohamedali Suleman in 1960.

My grandfather Marhum Haji Suleman Walji was originally from Jamwadi, Jamnagar, India. He arrived in Kilwa around 1900 from India. My father Mohamedali Suleman was born in Kilwa in 1901. At Kilwa, my grandfather converted from Ismail to Ithnaasheri. He, together with some colleagues, held a question-answer session with His Highness the Aga Khan III and a book was published with the title “Questions and Answers at Kilwa.” (This incident happened in Kilwa in 1905 in a ship off Kilwa harbour. His colleagues were Sheriff Nurmohamed Manekia and Suleman Bhimji).


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