FOND MEMORIES BY ALHAJ ANVER M RAJPAR
PRESIDENT, MEHFIL-E-MURTAZA



Though I now live in Karachi (Pakistan), my connection with the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri community of London dates back from my student days in the 1950s.

In 1958, together with my other student friends, we decided to form an organization to attend to the needs of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri of East African origin residing in London. A committee was formed to draft the constitution in which I took an active part. Within four months, a   constitution was produced and the East African Ithna Asheri students’ union came into existence. The members gave me an opportunity to serve the community electing me, as Secretary (1959-61) and then as president (1960-61). This body, however, was dissolved upon the formation of the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri community of London.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/157/18                                               

MOON FORECAST – RABI UL AAKHAR 1440 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rabi 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 10.22 a.m. on Friday 7th December 2018 i.e. 29th Rabi ul Awwal 1440 A.H.
 
On Friday 7th December 2018, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.29 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 8 hours 07 minutes     
Moonset 6.42 p.m.
Time Duration 13 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      04.38 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 02.32 degrees

SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

On Saturday 8th December 2018, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.30 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 32 hours 08 minutes     
Moonset 7.33 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 04 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     14.57 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 13.53 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

 
The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.48 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 20 degrees South of West, 3 degrees North of where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1st RABI UL AAKHAR 1440 AH ON SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2018.
 
 
Secretariat

Visitors to the AFED Secretariat Office

The Africa Federation (AFED) Secretariat in Dar es Salaam had the honor to receive several distinguished dignitaries and scholars during the months of Zilhajj, Muharram and Safar.
 
During these visits, AFED office bearers held discussions covering various subjects including core issues on the current affairs. The highlights of the discussions were about the challenges the Muslim communities are facing in the light of the current developments and rampant changes occurring in several parts of the world, more emphasis were placed in enhancing public relationships, inter and intra-faith networking, cooperation and visits.

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REF: EB/SH/12/18                                                    

Inspiration for Aspiration - Sharing Student Stories

Name:  Sadiqa Janmohammed
Degree acquired: Bachelors of Arts in Psychology
University studied in: United States International University- Africa
Location of University: Nairobi, Kenya
Jamaat: Nairobi
 
The trek after A-levels is said to be the beginning of our independent journey. We step into a world where we now question and are questioned for our beliefs, ethics as well as our morality. The question arises is how do you prepare for the unknown? We have all been raised as Shia Muslims, with firm beliefs from Tawheed to the 14 infallibles, yet the test arises with the inquisition, sometimes in a positive manner but more often than not, in the negatives. The challenge in a multinational and multi-religious educational institution to us, as Twelver’s is quite large, and we need to learn how to respond to such challenges before we lose ourselves.

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Ref: AF/PR/59/2018                                                    



It has been a common practice by the Africa Federation (AFED) office bearers to meet their counterparts whenever opportunities arose likewise, whilst on their private visits to the regions, be it Australasia, Canada, India, Pakistan, U.K. or USA, this practice has helped in enhancing further the relationships and collaboration between the regional partners.

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ECONOMIC UPLIFTMENT PROJECT NEWSLETTER
September - October 2018

The Economic Upliftment Project was initiated in the year 2006.This project is about empowering individuals in the rural centres with primary focus being Women.

This department mainly focuses with the following projects and activities: 

  • EUP group members (women) undergo module trainings and monthly follow ups are conducted by field trainers to check on the progress and development.
  • Microfinance- Group Members (Women) are provided with interest free loans to enhance their sole business.
  • Annual seminars (These consist of various relevant practical and theoretical sessions)
  • Exhibitions and trade fairs held to create exposure of the group’s commodities.
  • Livegoat project – every member receives one goat each to rear.
  • Tailoring project - Initiated for those who want to acquire further National examinable skills in this sector.
  • Computer Classes - provide computer knowledge to the youth, staff members and community and support literacy levels within the area.

 

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SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND TEAMS PROGRAMME
BILAL MUSLIM MISSION TANZANIA

10th – 11th AUGUST 2018 & 2nd – 3rd NOVEMBER 2018

 
Self-Development and Teams Programme is one of the many programmes offered by the Africa Federation Capacity Building Group (CBG) aimed to equip participants with one of the most important qualities of a Muslim- to be Self-Aware, Manage and be Team players.

The 10th and 11th August 2018 saw CBG facilitators Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan and Sr. Shama Dewji in collaboration with Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania conducting a Self-Development and Teams Programme for a group of 15 senior Administrative Staff with skills towards upgrading their understanding on Self, effective teamwork, learning, growth and development of Self and Teams in order to achieve BMMT’s aims and goals more effectively.

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Africa Federation Sponsors Four Bilal Comprehensive School Students for Secondary Education in Dar es Salaam

On Sunday 9th September 2018, the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania Comprehensive School (BSC) celebrated its 17th Graduation Ceremony for the Standard Seven (VII) students.
 
The Africa Federation Chairman Alhaj Shabir Najafi, Vice Chairman Alhaj Aunali Khalfan and the Chairman of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania Alhaj Muslim Meghji graced the occasion. Also, in attendance were Dr. Ramadhani the Commissioner of the Temeke District as Guest of Honour and heads of several schools including deputy principal of Shaban Robert Secondary School – Ms. Bhalloo, as well as other primary schools in and around Temeke district. 

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OPENING CEREMONY OF HUSAINI SHIA ISLAMIC CENTRE, STANMORE – U.K.
MESSAGE FROM ALHAJ MUSTAFA H. CHANDOO - THE FIRST PRESIDENT


 

All praise and thanks be to Allah (SWT) who made it possible for me to be in the team which started the Husaini Shia Islamic Centre popularly known as “The Stanmore Project”.

Alhamdulillah, this Centre which is now complete, is a milestone in the history of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Community of London. The foundation for the development of our community in London was laid in 1960s mainly by students from East Africa and it has been a privilege and honour to be associated with its development culminating - as far as I am concerned - to serve as its President from 1983 till to date.

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YOUTH SELF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME HELD IN MOMBASA, KENYA
13th – 14th OCTOBER 2018

  

“Seek knowledge from cradle to grave.”

Islam has always encouraged its followers to pursue learning in all its forms. Building on leadership skills is a critical element of preparing youth for entry into adulthood.  

CBG Youth Development Program is a customized program aimed to equip the youths of today with the aptitude to develop, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem to carry them out.

The recent Youth Development programme organized in Mombasa on the 13th and 14th October 2018 in collaboration with Africa Youth Network along with the help of Ithna asheri Young Men’s Union (IYMU) and facilitated by Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan and Sr. Neelam Jiwa, was a roaring success.

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