About our community in Kasongo – DRC (Congo)

This is narrated by Br Nazarali Hussein, resident of Kasongo, Congo. He was born in 1903. He lost his father when he was a toddler of 15 months. His upbringing was in difficult conditions. He studied in classrooms with dirt floors and completed Class 4 Gujarati primary in the village school in India. His mother died in 1918. In 1919 at the age of 16, he then travelled to Africa with his cousin’s brother in law.

After arriving in Africa, he joined the employment of Amarsi Mawji in Kigoma. The salary was fixed at Rs 600 for 2 years, food and accommodation being provided by the employer. After 11 months, he left his job and went to Tabora where he started a business with Merali Rawji, himself as a minor partner.

His brother Dinmohamed who lived in Madagascar went to India to get married and then moved to Tabora. Due to his brother not having command of local language, he advised him to work with him. Nazarali decided to quit the partnership and started a joint business with his brother in Ujiji. They ran the business for one year but due to limited capital, the business did not progress well. Br Dinmohamed decided to join the employment of Ebrahim Haji & Brothers at Alberstville, Congo. After working for one year, Dinmohamed returned to Madagascar.

Meanwhile, Br Nazarali joined in the employment of Br Ladha Damji at the salary of Rs 450 per year. The manager was Mulla Mohamedali Moloo. After working for four months, his employer was very pleased with him and made him the manager. Upon completion of the one year contract, he renewed his contract and increased his salary to Rs 600 for the second year and Rs 2000 for the third year. After completion of 3 years, he opened his own shop in Ujiji in 1925.

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Report No: 061

We are pleased to provide a brief report of the various religious, social and humanitarian activities carried out by Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT), Tanga branch during the holy month of Ramadhan 1437 A.H.

VISIT OF HAFIDHUL QUR’AN – SHAIKH MUHAMMADTAKI KHAN

During the last week of Shab’an 1437 AH, BMMT, Tanga was blessed by the visit of Shk. Muhammadtaki Khan, who has memorized the Holy Qur’an in 52 different ways.

During his three day stay in Tanga region, he also visited various Sunni mosques including Msikiti wa Ijumaa (Str.No.9), Zahrau Islamic Centre, TAMTA, Pangani and Horohoro border. Bilal Tanga would like to thank Shk. Muhammadtaki Khan and his team for accepting our invitation and carrying out the Tabligh work through the Holy book in Tanga region. May the Almighty accept his and his companion’s efforts and devotions, Ameen.

MAHE RAMADHAN RELIEF FUND AND DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD RATION

BMMT, Tanga branch carried out distribution of food during the Holy Month Ramadhan 1437 A.H.

A total of 1,023 Shia families who reside in 25 centres run by BMMT - Tanga benefitted from the relief distribution with each family getting 10kg rice, 10kg of wheat flour, 5kg of sugar. Almost 230 bags of 30kg each of dates was distributed in all the centres including some of the Sunni institutions in Tanga city. The entire distribution was personally supervised by Mudir of Hawzatul Qaim, Sheikh Amiri Kipingu. BMMT - Tanga also sponsored Iftaar for all 30 days which was served in all these centres.

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REF: BMM/ADMIN/010/1437
BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA HOLDS
FREE EYE CAMP AT KILOSA IN MOROGORO REGION
(22-26 APRIL 2016)

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania organized a 4-Days Free Eye Camp upon the invitation received from Member of Parliament Mh. Bawazir Kisa.

Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania conducted the Camp from 22nd to 26th April 2016 at Kilosa District which is 310 kms from Dar es Salaam; the surgeries were sponsored by BETA Charitable Trust, Essex of U.K.

Camp was set at Mazinyungu Primary School and the surgeries performed at Kilosa Hospital at their common surgery section.

People from various villages in the Kilosa District registered for the Free Eye treatment, and 3,380 patients of various ages were screened, details are given below:

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Seen here in the photograph is Hon. Mayor Alhaj Juma Swedi, Deputy Mayor Salum Juma Karwani, Town Director, Town Engineer, Health Officer and Councillors.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/12/16

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Zilkaad 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 11.46 p.m. on Tuesday 2nd August 2016 i.e. 28th Shawwal 1437 A.H.

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 The primary mission of the Africa Youth Network - the youth board of Africa Federation - is "Cultivating and strengthening youth networks to develop the youth for tomorrow: educated, socially aware and vibrant followers of the Ahlul Bayt (AS)".

To this effect, I am proud to introduce our core team. The team members have displayed a versatile and talented skill-set, diverse experience in working in youth affairs and development work and great dedication. In addition to this core team, youth representatives from each jamaat will provide their input, support and unique perspective to ensure the development needs of the youth are addressed at a holistic level. Please find below brief profiles for each of our core team.

Qamber Somji was born and brought up in Mombasa, Kenya. After completing his primary and secondary education at Jaffery Academy in Mombasa, he pursued higher education in Malaysia where he graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Marketing and Management from Oxford Brookes University.

With a keen interest in the community activities, Qamber has served as the Hon. Asst. Secretary of Mombasa Jamaat for two years, from 2009 to 2011 and is currently the Hon. Secretary of Jaffery Medical and Welfare Board of Mombasa. A dedicated volunteer started from a very young age and continues to do so. Qamber has also worked in the Africa Federation Sports Council as a committee member for the last seven years.

Sajjad Karamsi was born in Dar es Salaam, and went to primary and secondary school in Nairobi, and has lived there for most of his life. He currently works as a business analyst for a credit and big data analytics consultancy and holds a degree in economics, statistics and finance from the University of Cape Town where he undertook his studies.

Sajjad is currently also involved at Haydari Madressah, Nairobi, and has taken part in various programs initiatives by SAAJ, Nairobi and Africa Federation, including the Africa Federation Youth Camp in 2015.

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Ref: CHB/HB/61/16                                                               

ADVICE FOR HAJJ PILGRIMAGE & VACCINES

Hajj-e-Baitullah
 
The Hajj is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world. Every year, millions of Muslims are travelling to Makah to perform Hajj.
 
The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th through to 13th day of the 12th month in the Islamic calendar (Dhu al-Hijjah). The Islamic calendar is eleven days shorter than the Gregorian calendar used in the western world. In 2016, it is expected that Hajj will fall between 9th -14th September 2016.

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Mohamedraza Fazel Meghji – Mogadishu (1911-1966)

 
Br Mohamedraza Fazel Meghji was born in Pangani in 1911. There was German rule in Tanganyika at that time. His father had a shop at a place called Kihuhui, on the Moshi -Tanga road. Br Mohamedraza got his training in Religious Studies and Qur’an recitation in Pangani. In 1920, his father took him to Tanga for settlement. Unfortunately, certain circumstances arose which required the family to travel to India. Due to unavailability of regular ship services at the time, they had to charter a dhow to travel to their home town in India. Due to their stay taking four years, he took the advantage of his stay to enhance his education.   

In December 1924, Mohamedraza travelled from India to Zanzibar by the ship "Karagola" and onwards to Tanga from Zanzibar by the ship "Damra".

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CIRCULAR NO: AF/AYN/11/16                                           



The Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Shabir Najafi is pleased to appoint Br. Aliraza M. Sumar to the post of Chairman of the Africa Federation Youth Network (AYN) for the term 2016 - 2019.
 
Brief Profile
 
Aliraza Mohamed Sumar was born in 1991 in Tanga, Tanzania. He completed his primary and secondary education in the coastal city of Tanga. He is currently pursuing his bachelors’ degree in civil and construction engineering at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
 
A dedicated, passionate and task-oriented person who began volunteering at a young age, his inspiration towards the community services influenced by his father (who has served Tanga Jamaat for several years as a Madressah teacher, Managing Committee member and a trustee.)

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CIRCULAR NO: AFED/10/16                                             



Under the provisions of article 16 (a) of the Constitution of the Africa Federation, in my capacity of Chairman of the Africa Federation, I am pleased to appoint Alhaj Hussein A. Karim as the Honorary Secretary of the Africa Federation for the current term; 2016 - 2019.
 

Brief Profile
 
Alhaj Hussein Karim was born on 5th October, 1963 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. He is married with five children.

He did his Primary education in Singida and Secondary education at Mawenzi Secondary School in Moshi. Thereafter he pursued IB at International School Moshi. He also studied Law at the Open University of Tanzania while in Moshi. He operates a successful business venture in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

For a number of years, Hussein Bhai served in several public, religious and charitable institutions involved in social services to communities, thereby acquiring wide-ranging of experience in the office administration, personnel management and public relations.  

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