Circular No: JMT/165/19                                               

Following the announcement by the AFED Electoral Commissioner, Alhaj Gulamabbas Khaku, vide his letter Ref: AFED/EC 19 - 22/004/19 of 28th January 2019, the AFED Secretariat is pleased to inform the Community members of the re-election of Alhaj Shabir Najafi as the Chairman of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa unopposed for a second consecutive term of three years, 2019 – 2022.

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Alhaj Mustafa Bhai G. R. Jaffer - A Philanthropist and Social Worker

A man with deep devotion to faith and dedication to the community, Alhaj Mustafa Bhai G. R. Jaffer has more than half a century of philanthropy and public service to his credit. Alhaj Mustafa Bhai was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania (East Africa) on January 17, 1932.  He began his career by working for the Zanzibar Government Treasurer’s office along with Oman Sultan’s son, Sheikh Mohamed from 1951 to 1964.  After the revolution in Zanzibar in 1964, he worked with the Ministry of State and was in charge of state functions at the State House in Zanzibar, hosting government and religious dignitaries.  All along, he served the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat in Zanzibar, under various sub-committees. He was instrumental in assisting Khoja families to migrate from Zanzibar to Dar-es-Salaam in 1964 and 1965. His efforts helped our community enormously, especially during the time of infamous force marriages in Zanzibar. Mustafa Bhai also served as the treasurer of Milad-un-Nabi association and was the Government spokesman for welfare programs after the Zanzibar revolution until 1974.

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REF: EB/SH/02/19                                                      

Education Board Strategy Meeting

The Education Board team consists of members from various cities in East Africa and from various different professional and educational backgrounds. This geographical and professional diversity allows for greater representation across our Jamaats and better perspective in terms of education related matters.

While the Education Board team frequently utilizes technology for regular communications and decision making it also emphasizes on physical meetings allowing all members to come together for key deliberations and strategy development for the board.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/164/19                                    


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Jamadi ul Aakhar 1440 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 0.05 a.m. on Tuesday 5th February 2019 i.e. 29th Jamadi ul Awwal 1440 A.H.
On Tuesday 5th February 2019, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.48 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 18 hours 43 minutes     
Moonset 7.21 p.m.
Time Duration 33 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      07.90 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 07.07 degrees


On Wednesday 6th February 2019, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.48 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 42 hours 43 minutes     
Moonset 8.04 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 16 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      18.68 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 17.16 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 7.05 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 11 degrees South of West, 6 degrees North of where the sun had set.


In the year 1954, an appeal was received from the Husainy Trust of Madras (Chennai) for the funds to build the orphanage in Husainabad - Madras (Chennai). The appeal was made to our Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri brothers of Zanzibar and British East Africa. A team was formed in India of the prominent members of the Bombay Jamaat and the trustee of Board of the Husainy trust. They were:

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The Africa Federation Capacity Building Group in collaboration with Africa Youth Network and KSI Jamaat Mombasa hosted the 12th Leadership Development Programme (LDP) from 6th to 9th December 2018 in Mombasa, Kenya.  

LDP is a dynamic and interactive programme that addresses important personal, family, work and social matters with Islamic values and principles as its central focus.  It gives participants an insight into various leadership, interactive and temperament styles and how to enhance and evolve their skills ensuring more productivity and efficient working methods. Moreover, it enables participants to appreciate and value the differences in each other.

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Above: Murrabi Alhaj Mohammedjaffer Mulla Hassanali Khaki presenting the trophy to Alhaj Mohamed Nathoo during the Annual tournament between Jaffery Sport Club Mombasa and Union Sport Club Dar es Salaam. Looking on is Abul Kassim - the Secretary of the Jaffery Club Mombasa. The tournament was held at Jaffery Sports Club in Mombasa Kenya in 1971.

Let us remember Marhum Mohamedjaffer Bhai Khaki and all Marhumeen with Sura-e-Fatiha for the maghferat of the departed souls.

Source: Alhaj Mohammed Nathoo, veteran sportsman of our community.



11th January 2019 (4th Jamadi ul Awwal 1440 AH)



The Africa Federation Capacity Building Group (CBG) was privileged to hold a Master Class in Arusha during their visit to conduct the Facilitator Development programme in September 2018. The master class was conducted by Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan and Sis. Shama Dewji at Yadgare Murtazawi Madrasah. After a quick reintroduction and recap, topics on ‘Emotional intelligence’ and ‘Drama Triangle’ was covered.

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