CIRCULAR NO: JMT/55/17                                          


The annual Africa Federation Solidarity Day marked on 15th Sha’ban every year will this year fall on Friday 12th May 2017.
 
The Solidarity Day activities within our constituent member Jamaats in Africa will Inshaállah start from 1st to 25th Sha’ban 1438 (28th April to 22nd May 2017).
 
We request all Jamaats and the Territorial Councils in Africa to organize special events like Charity Walk, Fun Fare, Bake Sale, Sports and other activities involving the Madressahs boys and girls sections to raise funds for this special occasion. This great event would also provide an opportunity to bring together our community members from different age groups on a common platform under one banner of Solidarity to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of our 12th Imam, Al Hujjah Al Mahdi (ATFS).

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CPD Newsletter 1438 AH                                                

Continuous Professional Development Seminar for Muballigheen - December 2016

Seven Years in a row BMMK Hosts CPD

It is the seventh consecutive year, the Mission in collaboration with IEB of the World Federation of KSIMC, The Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa and Central Bilal Board organized a ten days workshop for muballigheen and muballighat in an effort to create a platform to share knowledge and experience.

The workshop attracted 86 participants from various organizations in Kenya, Tanzanian and Uganda. The lead facilitator for the seminar was Alhaj Sheikh Ayub Rashid from the United Kingdom.  The workshop commenced on 19th to the 31st of December 2016 at Bilal Hall.

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 DROUGHT, HUNGER RAVAGE: KENYA

FOOD RELIEF TO THE RURAL POPULATION

Following Standard Digital News October 2016 newswire: Five counties in the Coast region of Kenya are staring at starvation as the country faces another cycle of famine-related deaths.

Kilifi, Kwale and Samburu counties have received minimal or no rains at all in the past four months. Our Centres located in these counties are also affected.

The situation is threatening 1.3 million lives in Kenya, according to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA). Kilifi has been identified as having the severest vegetation deficit. Kinango in Kwale and Lamu West sub-counties are also in the severe vegetation deficit. “One county (Kilifi) is in the alarm drought phase, while all others are in alert or normal, with a generally worsening trend,” the authority says in its October national drought early warning bulletin.

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BILAL UGANDA – A BRIEF MONTHLY REPORT OF FEBRUARY 2017

We thank Allah (SWT) who gives us guidance and protection. Bilal Muslim of Ugnda continued to conduct different activities in the month of February, herewith below a brief report on these activities.

A seminar on the personality and contribution of Lady Fatemah (AS) towards Islam was conducted.  The seminar was attended by a big numbers by women and girls.

The guest speaker was Ustadh Adam Sebyala; he reminded the gathering that Lady Fatimah (AS) was an excellent role Model to all Muslims women; he continued to say that she was the Holy Prophet’s daughter and served as the best daughter, best wife to her husband and best mother to her children at all times.

The Holy Prophet (SAWW) gave her the title Umme Abeeha which means mother of her father because of the good care she took for him.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/53/17                                    

MOON FORECAST – RAJAB 1438 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rajab 1438 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 5.59 a.m. on Tuesday 28th March 2017 i.e. 29th Jamadi ul Aakhar 1438 A.H.
 
On Tuesday 28th March 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.30 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 12 hours 31 minutes     
Moonset 6.58 p.m.
Time Duration 28 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      06.51 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 06.08 degrees

SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

On Wednesday 29th March 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:         

Sunset 6.29 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 36 hours 30 minutes     
Moonset 7.50 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 21 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      20.31 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 18.12 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.46 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 10 degrees North of West, 6 degrees North of where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1st RAJAB 1438 AH ON THURSDAY 30TH MARCH 2017.
 
 
Secretariat

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/52/17                                               

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Position: Administrative Secretary - Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania, an Institution under the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa is seeking to employ a suitably qualified person for the above mentioned position at their head office located on Libya Street, Dar-es-Salaam.

Interested individuals who possess the required qualifications are invited to submit a written application along with a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) to reach the Central Bilal Board (CBB) latest by 30th March 2017.
 
Details and address is provided in the attached Advertisement with a brief Job Profile of the post.
 
 
Hussein Karim
Hon. Secretary

Download:  Job Description - Administrative Secretary (PDF, 260KB)

Download:  Job Description - Administrative Secretary - French (PDF, 260KB)

HAJI HASSIM RAJPAR HAJI – FROM CUTCH TO ZANZIBAR, EAST AFRICA

 
Hassim Rajpar Haji was born in Nangalpur, Cutch, India in 1862. At a young age, he travelled to Zanzibar by dhow and joined in the employment of Nasser Noormohamed. In 1881, he moved to Nosibe, where there was a branch office of Nasser Noormohamed in Madagascar.
 
At that time Madagascar was ruled by a Queen. There was a tradition among the Sakalava tribe of Madagascar that upon the death of the Panjaka (King), his close friend would be buried alive with him to give him company in death.  
 

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Photographs of the Old Memories of Zanzibar

Elders of our Community of Zanzibar who served the Jamaats magnanimously in different capacities in religious, community and other social services

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