Circular No.: JMT/153/2015                                                             



The Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi is pleased to appoint Br. Alihassan Fazleali Kassam of Dar es Salaam as the new Honorary Assistant Secretary for the term ending April 2016. He is replacing Br. Kumail Mohamed Manji who has taken up the position of Secretary General of the World Federation of KSI Muslim Communities. The appointment of Br. Alihassan is with immediate effect.
 
A brief Profile of Br. Alihassan:
 
Born on 23rd February, 1995 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Alihassan pursued his Secondary Education at Shaaban Robert Secondary School in Dar es Salaam where he completed in 2011. He enrolled in the University of Dar es Salaam in the year 2013 for a Certificate in Law course, and currently pursuing a Degree in Law.

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MARHUM HAJI GULAMALI HAJI ISMAIL (HAJI NAJI)

MESSAGE FROM AL HAJ MUSTAFA K. GOKAL

Marhum Haji Gulamali Haji Ismail – known affectionately as Haji Naji was an outstanding figure of his time whose name merits ably and is linked with the consolidation and progress of Khoja Jamaat in the Indo Pakistan Sub – Continent. He lived at a time when the Shia community in general and the Khoja Jamaat in particular were passing through a dark period of division and discrimination. Need of the time was for a capable leader to provide proper guidance and leadership. By His mercy and Grace, Allah (swt) Haji Naji came into the limelight who fulfilled it with great success and distinction.

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Circular No: JMT/152/15                                                                 



The World Federation Islamic Education Team has republished the Islamic Laws Book in English according to the Fatwas of His Eminence al-Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani with a new annotated translation by Sheikh Mohammed Ali Ismail.
 
The Africa Federation Secretariat has received a consignment of these Books which are available at a cost of US $5 per copy.
 
It is recommended that every household of our Community members should have a copy of this important Book.
 
Member Jamaats in Africa are requested to notify the Secretariat the number of copies they require for their Jamaats and arrangements will be made to send them the same.
 
We request all Jamaats to publicize this during the holy month of Ramadhan and make available to the community members.
 


Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/151/15                                                         

MOON FORECAST – SHAWWAL 1436 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Shawwal 1436 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 4.26 a.m. on Thursday 16th July 2015 i.e. 29th Mahe Ramadhan 1436 A.H.
 
On Thursday 16th July 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.22 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 13 hours 57 minutes   
Moonset 6.46 p.m.
Time Duration 24 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     7.25 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 4.56 degrees

SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

On Friday 17th July 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.22 p.m.
Crescent age of Sunset 37 hours 58 minutes    
Moonset 7.35 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 13 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      17.50 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 16.19 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.40 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 15 degrees North of West, 4 degree  South of where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1st SHAWWAL 1436 AH ON SATURDAY 18TH JULY 2015
 
 
Secretariat

Ref: JMT/150/2015                                                                             



The Annual General Meeting of Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya (BMMK) was held in Mombasa on Friday 17th April, 2015 in accordance with the provisions of clause 9.2 of BMMK Constitution.
 
The following Executive Committee Members and Trustees of BMMK were elected at the AGM for the term 2015-2017 as per the BMMK Constitution clause 6.1, 9.3.5 and 11.1.1.

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Ref: AFED/PR/56/15                                                                         



A Discussion Forum themed The Evolution of Mindset was held on Sunday 3rd May 2015, on the following day after the conclusion of the 76th AFED Supreme Council Session in Mombasa, Kenya.  The Speakers at the Forum were Alhaj Hassan Jaffer of Mombasa who presented a paper on “Case for Survival - Reality Check. Due to time constraint, the second paper titled “AFED’s Strategic Development & Sustainability” by Alhaj Shabir Najafi, Vice Chairman of Africa Federation could not be presented for discussion.  The Forum was moderated ably by Br. Tehsin Takim of Dar-es-Salaam.

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Ref: CHB/HB/039/15                                                                 

CHB NEWS BULLETIN
 
DEPRESSION

What is Depression?

Feeling sad, or what we may call "DEPRESSED", happens to all of us. The sensation usually passes after a while. However, people with a depressive disorder - clinical depression - find that their state interferes with daily life.
 
For people with clinical depression, their normal functioning is undermined to such an extent that both they and those who care about them are affected by it.
 
Depression can lead to emotional and physical problems. Typically, people with depression find it hard to go about their day-to-day activities, and may also feel that life is not worth living.
 
The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people throughout the world suffer from depression. They state that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/149/15                                                           


  

The Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Sports Council has adjudged the Sports Persons for the Year 2014, they are:

Br. Ali Shariff of Dar-es-Salaam – Sportsman of the Year
&

Sis Faiza Somji of Arusha – Sportswoman of the Year

Nominations were received from Arusha, Dar-es-Salaam and Mombasa Jamaats.  We urge other Jamaats to participate in this Competition.

The Other Nominees were:

Sportsman:            Sajjad Sadiq Ladha of Arusha
 
Sportswoman:        Fatema Zehra Abdallah Lalji of Dar-es-Salaam
                              Fatema Hussein Mohamed Gulamhussein of Mombasa    

The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the Africa Federation Office Bearers and the Chairman of Sports Council, Alhaj Mahmood Somji and his Committee Members wish to convey their best wishes and congratulate the winners, nominees and their Jamaats for these wonderful achievements in sports.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

LAUNCHING OF AYN NEWS BULLETIN

The Africa Youth Network (AYN) is looking into launching a News Bulletin which will cover reports of the events of the youth from Jamaats and various Community Organizations in Africa and circulate them via the Africa Federation mailing list having a vast database.
 
A Bulletin is a form of news which becomes viral and informative for others to follow. This is an important tool of propagating towards the vision statement of AYN “Cultivating and strengthening youth networks to develop the youth for tomorrow: educated, socially aware and vibrant followers of the Ahlulbayt’’ We have come up with a medium of circulating knowledge and suitable information for the youth – by the youth and sharing the same within the community.

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“Together WE can make a difference”

Documentary:  Rising Above Poverty

“The best one from amongst my Ummah is one who invites (the people) towards God, the Exalted, and makes them such that they are loved by Him.” The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W)

Every individual is duty bound to spread the message, delivered by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) to the entire mankind, in the best possible means.
 
Since its establishment in 1971 Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya has endeavored to spread the Message of Islam according to the teachings of the Holy Prophet (SAWW) and his Household. 

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