THE SHINNING KILIMERU GYMKHANA TEAM WINS THE LEAGUE TROPHY 1969



A group photograph of Kilimeru Gymkhana of Arusha dating back to the year 1969 when they won the league trophy the very first time they participated.

Sitting from left to right: Bashir Tejani, Amirali Somji, Nurali Jethabhai, Marhum Bwana Ali Sheriff, and Shakir Moledina.

Standing from left to right: Marhum Azad M.D. Kermalli, Habib Yusufali, Anverali Panjwani, Marhum Raza Versi, Hussein Walji, Marhum Yusuf Sheriff, Raza Pyarali and Marhum Bashir Lalji.

Please remember those who have passed away with Sura-e-Fateha for their maghferat.
 
Source: Federation Samachar Vol. 31. Issue No. 5, Ramadhan 1420 A.H / December 1999
 
SECRETARIAT
ARCHIVES SECTION OF THE AFRICA FEDERATION
 
14th June 2016 (8th Mahe Ramadhan 1437 AH)

Ref: AFED/PR/002/16                                                                      

Alhaj Manzoorali Kanani, a veteran of Nairobi Jamaat is honored

 It was a moment of joy and honor for the Honorary Consul and Permanent Representative to Unep and UN Habitat of The Union of Comoros in Kenya, His Excellency Manzoorali Kanani, a veteran member of Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat (SAAJ) of Nairobi when he was decorated with The Medal of “The Order of Green Crescent of Comoros” for his manifold selfless services to The Government and People of the Union of Comoros. The function took place on 25th May 2016 in the Union of Comoros. Manzoorali bhai has served the community in different capacities; in Nairobi Jamaat, Africa Federation and the World Federation.

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The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Pioneers of Lushoto
Shivji Alarakhia Khimji (1864-1945)

Shivjibhai travelled by dhow from India to Zanzibar in 1895 with his wife Mulbai and children Salehmohamed, Nurmohamed and Virbai. After staying in Zanzibar for three years, he decided to travel to Pangani in 1898. He started business in Pangani. The main business at that time was betel nuts (sopari), copra and bananas. Our community’s population in Pangani was about 100. There were two halls: a Mosque and an Imambargha. Slave trade was still prevailing and construction work was mainly done by slaves. Cement was not known and lime was used in construction. Lime was a strong ingredient in construction and could be considered equal to cement in present terms. You may be able to see sturdy 70 year old buildings in Pangani till today constructed by using lime. Due to Arab influence, the doors and windows bearing Arabic architecture can still be seen around the town centre.

In 1907 Shivjibhai travelled from Pangani to Tanga. There were no motor vehicles and it took him 10 hours to travel by mule. From Tanga he went to Korogwe by train. He started a shop in Korogwe. The main communities in Korogwe were Bohoras, there were about 25 Hindu families also. The houses were made of mud and thatched roof with straw or banana leaves. In 1909, Salehmohamed opened a shop in Mombo, two miles away from where he lived. He was the first person from Asian community to open a shop in Mombo.

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The official launching of Facebook online networking of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

By the Grace of Allah (SWT), the blessed month of Ramadhan is now upon us and brings with it bountiful opportunities to us all for spiritual growth, reflection and reformation of our inner selves towards enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, thus embracing and practicing God-consciousness to attain Allah's (SWT) Grace, Mercy and Blessings.  
 
Africa Federation has been in existence in Africa for almost 70 years, since its establishment in 1946. It is an institution which was established with compassion, determined efforts and sacrifices given by our elders and leaders of our community that brought about constructive and important transformation in religious, social, educational and economic developments. Together with being a faith based community organization, we respect all religions and beliefs; we respect human beings based on the Islamic principle that all human beings are equal irrespective of their cast, creed, color or religion. 
 
In today’s times I adore people especially the youth who use the technology and social media positively and effectively for their benefits and sharing the same vision with their fellows in areas such as educational development, exchange of information, news, photographs, videos, networking etc.

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A two and a half day Mentor Development Program was held in Mombasa organized by the Capacity Building Group of Africa Federation. 

The program was facilitated by Dr. Akber Mohamedali, Br. Yasin Rahim and Mrs. Zinnat Mohamedali, Facilitators from the World Federation Capacity Building Group.

15 LDP Alumni from Bukoba, Dar es Salaam, London, Mombasa and Nairobi, participated in the above program.

The core focus of the program was to have a clear and deeper understanding of the mentoring process, mentor and mentee relationship, the importance of reflective practice in the mentoring process etc. The participants were exposed to the Egan's Skilled Helper Model for Mentoring and the core focus was practice, practice and practice.

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INVITATION TO CREATE AN EID GREETING CARD FOR THE AFRICA FEDERATION

The Secretariat is once again inviting for participation by children aged between 6 to 12 years from all Jamaats under Africa Federation to design the Africa Federation Eid Greeting Cards. Enclosed please find the Poster for the same.

The best Three Eid card Design will be selected and signed by the Chairman of Africa and used as the official Eid Card for Eid-ul-Fitr 1437 as follows:

  • AFED Eid-ul Fitr 1437 postal Eid Card
  • AFED Eid-ul Fitr 1437 Email Eid Card
  • AFED Eid-ul Fitr 1437 Website Eid Display Card

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MOHAMED VIRANI EXCELS IN THE MOTOR RALLY IN
DAR ES SALAAM

Marhum Al-Haj Mohamed Fazal Virani the founder member of the Dar es Salaam Motor Sports Club (DMSC) which was formed in 1986 was amongst the famous rally drivers. His 2nd overall position in the Arusha Mount Meru Rally which drew prominent drivers from all over East Africa brought him into the limelight of motor sports.

DMSC organized rally from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa and back which Marhum Mohamed Virani won. The Kenya Motor Sports Club invited him to take part in the African National Championship Rally held in Kenya which drew drivers from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa and Tanzania. This was the first major rally Marhum Mohamed Virani participated out of Tanzania and yet he respectably came fifth.

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Message from the Africa Federation Chairman,
Alhaj Shabir Najafi, welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadhan

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may learn self-restraint and become righteous (attain taqwa)”

(Holy Qur’an, Surah Al Baqarah 2:183)

 It is heartening to convey this message to the Community members of our Jamaats in Africa as I begin this momentous journey to carry out my responsibilities at the helm of this visionary Institution - The Africa Federation.
 
We are blessed with the opportunity to once again witness the coming of the holy month of Ramadhan - the glorious month of mercy, blessings and forgiveness. The month of Ramadhan is the most adored, blessed and spiritually beneficial month of the Islamic year, and for improvement of our moral and spiritual character to bring us closer to Allah (SWT).
 
During this month, God-consciousness, self-control, spiritual purification and transformation with reflection through the reading of the Holy Qur’an and through the teachings of Ahlulbayt (AS) in seeking to attain nearest to Allah (SWT) is of paramount importance.

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THE PIONEERS OF LINDI JAMAAT IN PERSPECTIVE
PIRMOHAMED DOSANI (1860-1915)

Pirmohamed Janmohamed Dosani was born in Mundra, Cutch in India in 1860. He migrated to Zanzibar after the death of his wife Fatma Bai, sister of Khaki Sajan, six months after their marriage. Pirmohamed’s only sibling Remtulla Janmohamed was a Mukhi at Mundra Jamatkhana. He did not migrate to Africa. However his only daughter, Fatma was later married to Musa son of Jaffer Najak of Lindi.

Pirmohamed’s second wife was Jibai, also called Chagbai and sister of Nasser Kurji. He had two children with her, son Abdulla and daughter Sakina who later married Abdulla Hameer.
 
After the death of his second wife Pirmohamed travelled to Lindi around 1900 and married Sakina, sister of Rashid Alidina. Sakina had three children, Abdulrasul, Jenabai who later married Mukhtar Moledina and Kulsum who died in young age.
 
Pirmohamed’s son Abdulla migrated from Zanzibar with his father when he was child of six. In Lindi, Abdulla worked for Esmail Khimji for a short period during his youth. During the First World War, Abdulla, his family and other community members had to leave Lindi by canoe to the nearby port village of Mingoyo for safety as the battles raged in nearby areas.

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Ref: CHB/HB/59/16                                                                             

HEALTHY EATING DURING THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADHAN

Health is the key to happiness, and what we consume directly affects our health. Islam encourages us to ensure that we are mindful of our health. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) said: “Take advantage of the good health before illnesses afflict you”. He also encouraged Muslims to try their best to take up a healthy living lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular mental and physical exercise and a balance between material and spiritual needs.
 
With long hours of fasting and a wide spread to choose from, eating healthy at an elaborate, appetizing Iftar can sometimes be a distant dream. But that need not always be the case, because it is quite easy to eat and keep your weighing scale happy during this holy month. All you have to do is prepare and eat food made from fresh ingredients, cooked in a healthy manner for a nutritious Ramadhan meal. This will keep you nourished while setting a good example for your family and friends.

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