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Ref: CHB/HB/034/15                                                                      


Obesity is a chronic condition defined by an excess amount of body fat. A certain amount of body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation, shock absorption, and other functions.
Obesity is best defined by using the body mass index. The body mass index is calculated using a person's height and weight. The body mass index (BMI) equals a person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared. Since BMI describes body weight relative to height, it is strongly correlated with total body fat content in adults. An adult who has a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight, and an adult who has a BMI over 30 is considered obese.

How common is obesity?

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Over two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and one in three Americans is obese. The prevalence of obesity in children has increased markedly. Obesity has also been increasing rapidly throughout the world, and the incidence of obesity nearly doubled from 1991 to 1998.

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The Brilliant Student Award is an annual Scholarship program introduced by Africa Federation from the year 2009, offering a one-time award of USD 5,000 each towards Higher Education to two students (one boy and one girl) who have displayed a consistent record of academic excellence.

Four applications were received for the year 2014 from Arusha and Dar es Salaam Jamaats and were scrutinized based on the set criteria of selection. We are pleased to announce the winner of the Brilliant Student Award for the year 2014 is Br. Mustafa Ebrahim Rashid from Arusha Jamaat.

On behalf of the Africa Federation Education Board, we take this opportunity to congratulate the Winner for his outstanding achievement and we wish him every success as he continues with his academic pursuits. Our felicitations also to all the participants of this award. May Allah (s.w.t.) grant them success in their future endeavours, Ameen.

Our Ref: AFED/JMT/15                                                                                 
Re: Emergency Appeal for the People of Yemen
We pray this message finds you in good health and spirits, insha’allah.
Upon dawning of the month of Mahe Rajab, the sacred month which glows with Allah’s (swt) blessings and mercy, May He shower His heavenly blessings and mercy upon you all for good health, long life, peace and prosperity – Ameen.
As you may be aware, the situation in Yemen remains tense and the Country is on a verge of total collapse, as reported by United Nations.  This catastrophe has resulted in a major humanitarian crisis and the World Federation has launched an emergency appeal to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the current conflict in Yemen.
The Africa Federation Secretariat appeals to all Constituent Jamaats to circulate this appeal to its members and raise awareness of the grave situation.  We urge members of the Community to contribute generously towards this appeal.
The Funds collected by the Constituent Jamaats should be remitted to Africa Federation Secretariat Office in Dar-es-Salaam for remittance to the World Federation.
Let us all together raise our hands in prayers and supplications to Allah (swt) in this blessed month that peace and harmony prevails in Yemen and all parts of the World.
Appended below is the Appeal launched by the World Federation today.
Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

Ref: JMT/139/15                                                                              

This is further to our Circular Ref. No: JMT/135/15 dated 9th April 2015 in which we informed you all regarding the Discussion Forum following the 76th AFED Supreme Council Session in Mombasa.
The Forum on Sunday, 3rd May 2015 will start from 09.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs in the Conference Hall at the Best Western Creekside Hotel. Please be on time.
Moderator: Tehsin Takim
09.00 to 09.05: Opening with recitation of verses of the Holy Qurán.

09.05 to 09.10: Introduction of the two Presenters by Br. Kumail Manji.

09.10 to 09.30: “AFED’s Strategic Development & Sustainability”- by Shabir Najafi.

09.30 to 10.15: Open Discussion / Q & A.

10.15 to 10.30: Tea Break.

10.30 to 10.50: “Case for Survival - Reality check” – by Hassan Ali M Jaffer

10.50 to 11.50: Open Discussion / Q & A.

11.50 to 12.00: Closing Remarks & Appreciation by Anwarali Dharamsi.
We look forward to your presence and participation for a lively discussion, you shall have the opportunity to ask questions, seek clarifications and contribute ideas.

With Salaams and Dua’s

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary - AFED

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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Ref: AF/PRESS/2014/54                                                                    

A brief Overview of Lamu
Lamu Old Town, located on an island known by the same name on the coast of East Africa some 350 km north of Mombasa, is the oldest and best preserved example of Swahili settlement in East Africa.
With a core comprising a collection of buildings on 16 ha, Lamu has maintained its social and cultural integrity, as well as retaining its authentic building fabric up to the present day.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/137/15                                                               

The Central Bilal Board (CBB) of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa is seeking to employ a suitably qualified person for the above position for their office.
This is a new establishment in the AFED Secretariat; the office shall be located within the Africa Federation Secretariat office on the corner of Olympio Street/Bibi Titi Mohamed Road, Dar-es-Salaam.
Interested individuals who possess the required qualifications are invited to submit a written application along with the latest Curriculum Vitae (CV), with copies of the School/College Certificates and Testimonials to reach CBB latest by 15th May 2015.
Female applicants who possess the required qualifications are encouraged to apply for the above position.
More details/address is provided in the attached Advertisement with a brief Job Profile of the post.
Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary
Download:  Job Profile - Central Bilal Board Administrative Secretary (PDF, 372KB)

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