Ref: AQ/PR/2014/033                                                                             

The Opening Ceremony of the “Al Qa’eem Residency” – the Africa Federation Housing Project in Arusha was held on Sunday 7th September 2014 coinciding with the occasion of the birth anniversary of the 8th Imam (A.S.)

 

The Building located on Plot 9 Jacaranda Road, Arusha city centre in Tanzania is a eight storey building which consists of 24 flats (each floor has two flats of 2 bedrooms and one flat of 3 bedrooms), a spacious covered terrace for events and two shops outlets on the ground floor for renting out.

The Ceremony was attended by the Africa Federation Chairman Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the Hon Secretary Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, AFED Past Chairman Alhaj Ramzan Nanji from Nairobi, Alhaj Gulamali Virjee of Dubai, Arusha Jamaat President Alhaj Gulamhussein Mukhtar and AFED Housing Board Chairman Alhaj Akil Hirji.
 
Also present were the AFED Nominated Councillors in Arusha Alhaj Amir Somji, Alhaj Rizwan Peera and Alhaj Shabbir Virjee, the Hon. Secretary of Moshi Jamaat, Alhaj Alihussain Shariff, AFED Sports Council Chairman Alhaj Mahmood Somji and AFED Education Board Chairman Alhaj Samir Habib together with invitees from Arusha and Moshi Jamaat. In attendance were also the Directors of Super Constructions Company Dar-es-Salaam – the Contractors for the Project, the Architect, the Engineers and Consultants of the Project.

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Ref: PR/QC/2014/032                                   
 

The Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat (SAAJ) Nairobi successfully hosted the 10th AFED Annual Qur’an Competition, organized by the Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB) from 8th to 10th August 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.
 
The purpose of the Qur’an competitions is to encourage and promote the recitation, awareness and understanding of the Holy Qur’an, and to propagate its message amongst the young and older members in our community.



Categories and Number of Participants:
All Jamaats were given the opportunity to select amongst their members four candidates (2 male and 2 female) for participate in each category:

  1. Open Qur’an recitation
  2. Hifdh  and Translation prestigious 

For the following age groups:

  • Group 1:         10 -   12 Years
  • Group 2:         12+ - 15 Years
  • Group 3:         15+ - 18 Years
  • Group 4:         18+ Years 

After the success of the new category “Fadhilah of Ahlulbayt (AS) from the holy Qur’an” last year, this was split into two age groups this year:

  • 15 to 18 years participants were provided with 15 selected verses of the Holy Qur’an along with their translations
  • 18+ years participants were provided with 30 selected verses along with their translation. 

The participants were required to thoroughly study all the verses and randomly select 2 verses for presentation and were judged based on the following:

  • History & background
  • Connection to Ahlulbayt
  • Lessons learnt
  • Application in our lives
  • Clarity of explanation

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The Social Services Committee of KSI Jamaat Dar-es-Salaam organized a Youth Workshop that addressed Stress Management on the 25th of July 2014/27thMahe Ramadhan 1435 A.H. The event aimed to serve the Wellbeing Awareness Campaign run by SSC and CBG (Capacity Building Group) and was facilitated by the latter.
 
The night program began at 11.00 p.m. and ended at 1.00 a.m. with Sehri in Mehfile Abbas, Dar es Salaam, with the following topics elaborated upon:

  • Ice Breaker between the participants
  • Analyzing at least one major cause of stress in life – a personal exercise
  • Identifying solutions to that stressor
  • Being able to recognize body stress levels in order to manage better
  • Being aware of the physical, emotional and behavioral signs of stress
  • Changing one’s approach to any stressor to reduce the stress.

Sister Zainab Alidina of the SSC was the Organiser of the Session which was attended by 34 Participants and facilitated by Sister Shama Dewji and Brother Sameer Kermalli of CBG.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/94/14                                                                                     

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Zilhajj is as follows: - (Please note that the forecast is based for Dar-es-Salaam and all timings are Dar-es-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 9.15 a.m. on Wednesday 24th September 2014 i.e. 28th Zilkaad 1435 A.H.
 
On Thursday 25th September, i.e. 29th Zilkaad 1435 A.H. the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset

6.18 p.m.

Crescent age at Sunset

33 hours 03 Minutes

Moonset

7.16 p.m.

Time Duration

58 Minutes

Crescent Elongation at Sunset

14.39 degrees

Crescent Altitude at Sunset

13.09 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE
 
The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.35 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 6 degrees South of West, 5 degrees South of where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1ST ZILHAJJ 1435 ON FRIDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2014.

 
 
Secretariat


 

Bilal Muslim Mission on 29th August 2014 managed to send 6 members from different Women Groups in each zone to participate in the Agricultural Society (ASK) Show which was held in Mkomani, Mombasa. 

 










Objectives of the trip

  • Networking
  • Marketing - looking for end market for their products
  • Exposure of new business skills
The members were able to view and learn different things from different people during the show. Stalls like the Irrigation Schemes (i.e. nurseries & balcony farming), Veterinary, Chicken incubators, apiculture (Rearing of bees), Livestock rearing, poultry keeping, Charcoal Briquetting, green houses, Sugarcane millers, rope making, cotton farming and handicrafts were educative to the members.
 

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ANNUAL REPORT (AUGUST 2013 – JULY 2014)

Weekly Majalis (Thursdays)

Every Thursday evening, the MIC members gather at the center for the weekly majalis. The majalis program includes recitation of Surah-e-Yaseen, Hadith al Kisa, Dua-e-Kumail and a short lecture on any topic (religious/social/academic) by any one member. Since the center is now equipped with its own laptop and projector, presenter can conveniently display his/her lecture on the projector.

Weekly Quran Tafseer Sessions (Tuesdays)

The center had started a new routine on Tuesdays whereby the members meet up for recitation of Dua Tawassul followed by Tafseer of the Holy Qur’an. During every session, one member comes prepared and conducts the Tafseer of Quranic verses followed by the discussion on the same. This initiative is quite fruitful as the members get a chance to discuss the words of Allah (SWT), and contemplate on them.

Kushali and Wafaat of the Ahlulbayt (a.s.)

The birth anniversaries of the Aeema-e-Tahireen (A.S.) are celebrated in the center. Every kushali program would begin with Hadith al Kisa, Qasida/Munajat followed by a short talk by any member. After the program, the center would hold group activities like short quizzes, etc.
 



The death anniversaries of the members of the holy household are commemorated at the center. The majlis included recitation of marsias, followed by talk on the Ahlulbayt (as) by any of the member, or projecting a pre-recorded majlis & lecture by some renowned scholars.

Amaal for the Oppressed

In September, an Amaal program was held to pray for the oppressed people around the world, especially in context to the worsening situation in Syria and Iraq.

The program proceeded with a talk by Br. Kumailabbas Dewji who highlighted the situation in Syria, Iraq along with many other Muslim countries. He also stressed as to what we can do as individuals and as a community. The program ended with the recitation of Dua Jawshan-e-Sagheer.

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Report No. 034 (Ramadhan 1435 A.H, July 2014)                                            

Holy Month of Ramadhan Relief Report 

Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanga carried out distribution of food and money during the first week of Mahe Ramadhan 1435 A.H. in all its centres in the region in and around Tanga City.
 
A total of 861 Shia families in all the 24 centres under BMM-Tanga benefitted from the relief distribution. Each family getting 10kg rice, 10kg of wheat flour, 5kg of sugar, 3litres cooking oil and cash 20,000/-. Almost 4,000kg of dates was distributed in all centres, including also some of the Sunni institutions in Tanga city. The entire distribution was personally supervised by Mudir of Hawzatul Qaim Sheikh Amiri Kipingu.
 
Iftaar is served in 22 centres on a daily basis. Qur’an Kha’ani sessions followed by Dua-e-Iftitah and short lectures are conducted in all the centres after Maghribain prayers.


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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/93/14                                                                   

An Inspiring 650 year Account of a People who nurtured and Preserved their Faith in the Crucible of Culture  

For the past two months, a documentary film on the evolution of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Community produced by The Mulla Asgar Resource Centre (MARC) Media is being screened round the world. The premiere was in Dar es Salaam on 18th May 2014 after the World Federation Conference.
 
Subsequently it has been screened in Karachi, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Birmingham. This week it will be screened in London.
 
It is proposed to screen this documentary in Mainland Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius and Re Union.
 
AFED Secretariat has since written to the Regional Federations and to Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Nairobi, Arusha and Kampala Jamaats to make necessary arrangements for the premiere of this documentary before the month of Muharram.
 
For an overview of this important documentary, please review following links.


See:  www.khojajourneyoffaith.org

         http://youtu.be/_XR4wucWKyQ
 
 
Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary

 Our Ref: BMMT/95-1435   

MAHE RAMADHAN REPORT – 1435 AH

Throughout the holy month of Ramadhan, the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania organized several programs and activities nationwide.
 
Some of these events were graced with the attendance of dignitaries from the AFED, CBB, AFTAB, BMMT Board members and various other personalities. These events include:


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Together WE can make a difference


 

Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya in August 2014 conducted a combined Module 1 training for all new members in Zainabiyya Women Group-Masongaleni, Rahma Women Group – Kilungu and Masumin Women Group – Nzavoni in Ukambani area.
 
The module was held for 5 days where sessions on group mobilization, leadership and savings skills were held and it was facilitated by the head trainer Sis Sidi Nyota and assisted by Sis Kauchi Chifui.
 
Sessions on Islamic Religious Education were also held during the training which was facilitated by the Muallim in charge Ust Said Ali Noor.   The Average daily attendance of the participants was 35.


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