CIRCULAR NO: JMT/107/14                                             

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rabi-ul-Awwal 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 4.37 a.m. on Monday 22nd December 2014 i.e. 29th Safar 1436 A.H.
On Monday 22nd December, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.37 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 14 hours 01 Minute
Moonset 7.04 p.m.
Time Duration 27 Minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset 08.32 degrees
Crescent Altitude at Sunset 05.20 degrees

On Tuesday 23rd December, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.38 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 38 hours 021 Minutes
Moonset 8.01 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 24 Minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset 21.04 degrees
Crescent Altitutude at Sunset 18.32 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.56 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 15 degrees South of West, 9 degrees north of where the sun had set.


SAAJ Interfaith Symposium
Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum

On 22nd November 2014, the Shia Asna Ashri Jamaat (SAAJ) organized an Interfaith Symposium, a platform for dialogue, to encourage unity and cooperation among diverse religions & communities across Kenya with various speakers from the Government and different faiths presenting their views on topics relating to the influence of religion on various aspects of our lives and our country as a whole.
The Symposium was well attended with the presence of several Ambassadors including the Iranian Ambassador, representatives from SUPKEM, the Aga Khan Council President and Delegates, and the Head of Ummah Foundation. Also in attendance were the heads of 30 Hindu communities as well as representation from the National Churches Council of Kenya. Also present were dignitaries from other organizations based in Nairobi.
We were honored to have the attendance of Alhaaj Riyaz Nasser, Chairman of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) and Alhaaj Mahboob Somji, Vice Chairman of BMMT, both of whom represented the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa (AFED) and Alhajj Ghullamhussein Mukhtar, President of Arusha Jamaat,
The event was competently moderated by Dr Hassan Kinyua Omari who began by welcoming all the guests and introducing the speakers. The guest of honour, Honorable Joseph Ole Lenku, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, was unfortunately delayed to the event due to the tragic killing of 28 in Mandera earlier that morning, which resulted in his having to go for an emergency security meeting.

In his welcome speech, the Chairman of SAAJ, Alhajj Murtaza Kanani outlined the emphasis of peace in Islam and the aim of all religions to improve society regardless of race, cast or ethnic background. This was then followed by prayers led by Muslim, Hindu and Christian representatives.


Ref: AF/PRESS/43/2014                                                     

Only he shall visit the mosques of Allah who believes in Allah and the latter day, and keeps up prayer and pays the poor-rate (Zakat) and fears none but Allah; so (as for) these, it may be that they are of the followers of the right course.
S?rah l-tawbah (The Repentance) Verse - 9:18

Mosque is a holy place for Divine worship and considered esteemed where Muslims of all faiths offer their daily prayers. Mosque also plays an important role in the community, both in social and religious matters. It is a place on earth that unites the people and provides spiritual consciousness. It is a place where children come to study the holy Qur’an, Tariq (Islamic History), Aqhlaq (Etiquettes) etc. and where people congregate and spend long hours in the holy month of Ramadhan for prayers, performing Sunnah Ibada’t and supplication to Allah (SWT).
The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Mosque in Kilwa is about 102 years old. Most of our community members from Kilwa moved to Lindi and some to Dar es Salaam about 50 years ago as the economic conditions worsened. Presently there is not a single member of our community left in Kilwa.
Sadly, the Mosque and Imambargha has not been well looked after, parts of the buildings had crumbled and was left unattended for several years, few months ago the entire roof of the Imambargha was blown off by tropical storm and strong wind. The Mosque is presently in a dilapidated condition needing major rehabilitation and improvements.


CIRCULAR NO: JMT/106/14                                                         

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Br. Tahirhassan M. Fidahussein as the Administrative Secretary of the Central Health Board (CHB), effective 1st December 2014.

On behalf of the CHB of the Africa Federation and the AFED Secretariat, we welcome Tahirhassan Fidahussein and wish him every success on this appointment.

Tahirhassan has completed his secondary education at Al Muntazir Islamic Seminary in year 2011.
He is presently pursuing a three years Bachelors Degree in Business Management at LearnIT in Dar-es-Salaam.
Tahirhassan is an active member in the community and participates in various activities organized for the youth.

Tahirhassan replaces Ms. Arifa Somji who has been with the AFED Secretariat for the past five years, first in Archives Section and later on she joined CHB as an Administrative Secretary to the Board. The Secretariat records its appreciation to Ms. Arifa Somji for her dedicated services and wishes her every success in her future endeavours.

The CHB Office is located at the AFED Main Office at the following address:
Olympio Street off Bibi Titi Mohamed Road (across Kabrastan)
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Contacts:        Tel:      + 255 22 2150897    Cell: + 255 788 500 112

Timings of the CHB Office are as follows:

Monday – Friday:     11.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m.
Saturday:                    08.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary 

Ref: AF/PRESS/2014/42                                                           

The Africa Federation delegation to Mombasa Jamaat was led by the Chairman Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, he was accompanied by the Vice Chairman Alhaj Shabir Najafi, the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the Central Bilal Board Chairman (CBB), Alhaj Mohsin Lalji, the Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB), Chairman Seyed Hassan Naqvi, Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) Head of Tabligh, Seyed Arif Naqvi and BMMT CEO, Alhaj Amir Ahmed. The three days visit to Mombasa was from Thursday 13th November to Saturday 15th November 2014.  

While in Mombasa, the delegation was joined by the AFED Kenya Trustee, Alhaj Sultan Molu, and AFED Nominated Councillors from Mombasa, Alhaj Amir Merali and Alhaj Gulamabbas Khaku.

The AFED delegation congregated with rest of the community members in the commemoration majlis of the 10th Night of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A.S.) and the martyrs of Karbala which was held in the Imambargha after Isha prayers on Thursday night, majlis was recited by Maulana Seyed Mir Sarkarali.

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Ref: AF/PRESS/2014/41                                                         

The Chairman of the Central Bilal Board (CBB), Alhaj Mohsin Lalji, also popularly known by the name of Sheni, led a delegation of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania to Kenya, for a three days familiarization visit to Mombasa and Lamu from Thursday, 13th to Saturday, 15th November 2014. (Muharram 19th to 21st 1436 A.H.). The CBB Chairman was accompanied by Seyed Arif Naqvi, head of Tabligh and Alhaj Amir Ahmed, the CEO of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. Separate report on the visit to Lamu will follow soon.

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BMMT CEO, Alhaj Amir Ahmed together with BMMT Head of Tabligh, Maulana Syed Arif Ali Naqvi were honoured to join with the AFED Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi and his delegation which comprised of AFED Vice Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi, AFED Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, CBB Chairman, Alhaj Mohsin Lalji and AFTAB Chairman, Syed Hassan Naqvi for their official visit to Mombasa and Lamu.

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Mahe Muharram, the first month of Islamic calendar whereby we the follower of Ahlul Bayt (a.s) start with grief and commemorate the tragedy of Kerbala and mourn for the grandson of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W) Aba Abdillahil Hussein (a.s) and his companion who sacrificed their life to save Islam, the Islam which Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) left for his Ummah.

BMMT has propagated the message of Martyrs of Kerbala by commemorating in its various centers in different ways so that the message of the sacrifice in saving Islam reaches to suburbs of Tanzania.

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Together WE can make a Difference


On 26th October 2014, as Muslims across the globe observed the holy month of Muharram, the mission commemorated this month by mourning on the events of Kerbala. Various programs were conducted in all BMMK 15 centres and in Mombasa for the first ten days of the month.

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Diabetes mellitus (DM), also known as simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood levels over a prolonged period.

Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:

  • Type 1 DM results from the body's failure to produce enough insulin. This form was previously referred to as "insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" (IDDM) or "juvenile diabetes". The cause is unknown.
  • Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses a lack of insulin may also develop. This form was previously referred to as "non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" (NIDDM) or "adult-onset diabetes". The primary cause is excessive body weight and not enough exercise.
  • Gestational diabetes is the third main form and occurs when pregnant women without a previous history of diabetes develop a high blood glucose level. Gestational diabetes usually resolves after the birth of the baby.

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