Ref: CHB/HB/45/15                                                        


How can smoking affect your health?


  • Harms nearly every organ of the body
  • Causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general

Therefore, quitting smoking lowers your risk for smoking-related diseases and can add years to your life

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Ref: PR/AF/63/15                                                                 

The two Vice Chairmen of Africa Federation, Alhaj Shabir Najafi and Alhaj Amine Nassor, who is also the Chairman of Union Des Associations Khodjas Shia Isnashri De La Reunion (UAKSIR) accompanied by the Hon. Secretary of Africa Federation, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan attended the 32nd Assembly of Conseil Regional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L’Ocean Indien (CROI).
The Assembly was held in Imambargha, at Ankorondrano in the capital city of Antananarivo on Friday, 5th and Saturday 6th, June 2015, hosted by KSI Jamaat of Antananarivo.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/163/15                                                            


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Muharram 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 3.07 a.m. on Tuesday 13th October 2015 i.e. 29th Zilhajj 1436 A.H.
On Wednesday 14th October 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.16 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset    39 hours 10 minutes    
Moonset 7.29 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 12 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     17.14 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 16.23 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.33 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 11 degrees South of West, 2 degrees South of where the sun had set.


On Saturday, 19th September 2015, members from Zahra Al-Batul Women Group together with Suqaina Women Group hosted a trade fair at Samburu Bilal Centre from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm. Economic Upliftment Groups from all 15 BMMK centres were invited to participate in this event. Two members from each of the 13 centres had come to represent their group for the event.

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With deep grief and sorrow, we received the sad news of the death of at least 717 pilgrims and about 863 injured in crush at Mina during hajj in a stampede – the deadliest reported incident in 25 years in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj.

The deadly incident occurred on Thursday, September 24, 2015 on the day of Eid ul Adhaa few miles east of Makah, this was caused by two large groups of pilgrims arriving together at a crossroads on two streets, known as 204 and 223 on their way towards the Jamarat Bridge to perform one of the Hajj rituals of “stoning the devil” at Jamarat.

On 11 September 2015, a giant size crawler crane toppled over onto the Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Makah. Sadly, 111 pilgrims who arrived in Makah for Hajj were killed and 394 injured.

The Hajj pilgrimage has suffered numerous disasters in the past, including fires and stampedes. The worst stampede, in 1990 which left 1,400 people dead and many injured.

At this moment, Africa Federation has not received any reliable information about the status of the pilgrims from our Jamaats from Africa, we hope and pray that they are all safe, Insha’allah.

It is reported that some two million pilgrims from 180 countries are performing the hajj this year.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to all those families who lost their near and dear ones in these two tragic incidences in Makah and Mina, we pray to Allah (swt) by His infinite grace and mercy to grant them maghferat and accept their Hajj Amaals- Ameen.

Please pray for all those who were injured for their full and quick recovery, and remember the Marhumeens of the two disastrous incidences and all Marhumeens who lost their lives in similar incidences in the past with Sura-e-Fateha.
Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary

We are pleased to enclose herewith the results with statistics and graphs of the 11th AFED Qur’an Competition organized by Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB) successfully hosted by KSI Jamaat of Mwanza.
The Competition attracted 170 participants from 10 Constituent Jamaats of Africa Federation; the whole event was planned, organized and supervised by the 11QC organizing committee under the able leadership of Br. Murtaza Alloo of Mwanza Jamaat.
Most of the participants and accompanying parents and guardians arrived in Mwanza; some by road and some by air on Thursday, 13th August, 2015, well prepared and determined to participate in the 11th AFED Qur’an Competition which commenced on Friday, 14th August and was concluded on Sunday, 16th August, 2015. Sunday evening marked a delightful and breathtaking prize giving and grand closing ceremonies at Lake English Medium Primary School ground in Mwanza town, the function which started at about 10.00 p.m. after dinner and ended at about midnight. It was a blissful night filled with euphoria for the winners and their heads of Madressahs, heads of Jamaats, parents, guardians and invitees who were present to witness this memorable event.

Above: Mwanza participants proudly displaying their trophies at the end of the Closing Ceremony, Mwanza Jamaat clinched the highest number of awards, in Hifdh and Recitation.
Attached is a PDF document providing details of the participation, statistics and graphs showing the details of the winners in each category and their scores etc.
We wish once again to thank Mwanza Jamaat for hosting the Competition and to Organizing Committee of QC11 for their professional services and providing us with the attached detailed report.

AFTab Secretariat

QC 11 Brief Report and Statistics (PDF, 5.77MB)

The Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE) in collaboration with Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTab) as part of the Teacher’s Development Program held a two day Teacher’s Skills Programme and also conducted a one day Micro Teach in Dar es Salaam in March 2015, in Mombasa in May 2015 and in July 2015 in Nairobi.

A total of 72 teachers from all three Madaris, namely Jaffery Academy of Mombasa and Nairobi and Al Muntazir Schools of Dar es Salaam attended the programs.

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Ref: CHB/HB/044/15                                                                                        



Water is consumed daily by most everyone either orally or through the skin by showering/bathing, swimming, etc. Clean water is an essential nutrient, the basis of fluids of all living organisms, and absolutely necessary to sustain life. When we talk about achieving optimum health, consuming clean water should be at the top of the “most important” list. It has been said that water is the world’s best beauty elixir! With that type of statement, who wouldn’t want to drink!

Did you know that every cell in your body is bathed in water? Water makes up nearly 85 percent of our brain, about 80 percent of our blood and about 70 percent of lean muscle. Water accounts for about 60% of a man’s body weight and represents about 50% of a woman’s weight.

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Ref: PR/AF/61/15                                                                

“Surely the first House which was appointed for mankind (as a place of worship) was that in Bakkah (Makkah), the blessed, and a source of guidance for the entire universe.”  (Surah Ale Imran (3), Verse: 96)

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Ref: PR/AF/62/15                                                         

Constituent Jamaats Chairmen’s Meeting with Africa Federation Office Bearers was held on Saturday, 29th August, 2015 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania preceding the Official Opening of the 1st Phase of Umoja Complex which took place on Sunday, 30th August, 2015. This was the first meeting between the Jamaat’s Chairmen and AFED Office Bearers, at which several issues of importance were discussed.
Jamaats Chairmen present were: Alhaj Azim Dewji (President, DSM Jamaat), Alhaj Murtaza Kanani (Chairman, Nairobi Jamaat), Alhaj Shafiq Kanji (Chairman, Moshi Jamaat), Alhaj Mohamed Jaffer (Trustee, Mombasa Jamaat) Alhaj Salim Somji (Vice Chairman, Bujumbura Jamaat) and Alhaj Mahmood Dhalla (Secretary, Lindi Jamaat).
AFED Office Bearers present were: Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi (Chairman), Alhaj Shabir Najafi (Vice Chairman), Alhaj Aunali Khalfan (Hon. Secretary), Alhaj Mohamed Hemani (Hon. Treasurer and Br. Alihassan Kassam (Asst. Hon. Secretary).

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