CIRCULAR NO: JMT/127/18                                                     

MOON FORECAST – MAHE RAMADHAN 1439 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Mahe Ramadhan 1439 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 1.49 p.m. on Tuesday 15th May 2018 i.e. 28th Shabaan 1439 A.H.
 
On Wednesday 16th May 2018, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.13 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 27 hours 26 minutes     
Moonset 7.20 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 07 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      15.01 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 14.17 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.31 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 6 degrees North of West, 1 degree South of where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1st MAHE RAMADHAN 1439 AH ON THURSDAY 17TH MAY 2018.
 
 
Secretariat

The Al Asghary Housing Project in Dar-Es-Salaam city is a joint project of the World Federation and Africa Federation in collaboration with the KSI Jamaat of Dar-Es-Salaam for our community members of Dar-Es-Salaam.
 
We are pleased to inform our community members that the Opening Ceremony of the Al Asghary Housing Project was held on Sunday 29th April 2018.  This is a first Rent-to-Own scheme for a housing project undertaken by the above mentioned Institutions.
 
The Opening Ceremony coincided with the 80th AFED Supreme Council Session held in Dar-es-Salaam from 27th to 29th April 2018 providing opportunity to the Councillors and Invitees from outside Dar-es-Salaam to grace the occasion, and to view the project.

The ceremony was attended by the President of the World Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Shabir Najafi, the President of Dar-Es-Salaam Jamaat, Alhaj Azim Dewji, Former President of the World Federation, Dr. Asgher Moledina, Presidents and Councillors from several Jamaats of the Africa Federation, Trustees, Dignitaries, Invitees and the owners of the flats at Al Asghary Residency who shall soon occupy the flats.

 

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DEDICATED SERVICES OF OUR MULYANIS (ZAKIRAS)

When our forefathers landed on the Eastern shores of Africa, they settled in the towns like Lamu, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam, Bagamoyo and Kilwa, among others, some of them ventured into the interior and decided to live in small settlements and villages. At that time, we did not have Mulyanis or Zakiras from India or Pakistan to cater for the needs of the women of our Community. Many of our own ladies came forward to cater for the women folk by reciting the Majalis and carry out functions necessary for the spiritual needs of the women of the Community.

The dedicated Mulyanis did great work of reading and studying the Majlis books in Urdu and delivering in simple language to our women folk. They also translated the Majlis and delivered them in Kutchi and Gujarati. They performed these religious duties on honorary basis. Through generations, these Mulyanis trained the younger among them and to date we continue to benefit from these highly dedicated Mulyanis, who continue in the service of our Aimma A.S. and the Community.

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REF: EB/SH/03/18                                                           

NEWS

VISIT BY CHAIRMAN OF AFRICA FEDERATION ALHAJ SHABIRBHAI NAJAFI TO NAIROBI JAFFERY ACADEMY IN DECEMBER 2017

December 2017 was a defining moment for Nairobi Jaffery Education Board when it had the privilege of welcoming The Chairman of Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa; Alhaj Shabirbhai Najafi for a tour of Nairobi Jaffery Academy.

Leaning heavily on Shabirbhai's experience and exposure in serving the Community at the Federation, the visit yielded the desired result of gaining from the wealth of experience that Shabirbhai holds through his business acumen and exceptional leadership qualities.

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Ref: PR/AF/46                                                                



The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Shabir Najafi accompanied by the President of World Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the two AFED Vice Chairmen, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan and Alhaj Amine Nassor, who is also the Chairman of Union Des Associations Khodjas Shia Isnashri De La Reunion (UAKSIR), AFED Nominated Councillors, Alhaj Navazaly Molou, Fatim bai Somji and Member of Capacity Building Group, Tahera bai Shivji attended the 34th General Assembly of Conseil Regional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L’Ocean Indien (CROI) on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January 2018, hosted by KSI Jamaat of Antananarivo, it was held in the Imambargha.
 
Heads of 11 Jamaats of Madagascar and Councillors from Tananarive, Tulear, Majunga, Maevatanana, Antsirabe, Morondava, Antsohihy, Tamatave, Ambovombe, Fianar, Fort-Dauphin and Mauritius Jamaat attended the Assembly. Jamaat leaders from Paris, past leaders and invitees were also present throughout the two days Session.

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Ref: PR/2018/45                                                                         



It was a good opportunity to visit Tanga Bilal Branch with the visitors from the office of Ayatollah Al Seyed Ali Husseini Al Sistani (May Allah [SWT] grant him good health, long life and tawfeeq] in Najaf, Iraq on 7th April 2018. The delegation included Sheikh Amjad Abbas, Sheikh Nazar Salman, the Vice Chairman of AFED, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the World Federation Executive Councillor, Alhaj Ahmed Daya and the Chairman of Central Bilal Board, Alhaj Mohsin Lalji.
 
The delegation had a meeting with the Chairman of Bilal Tanga Branch, Alhaj Hasnain Hassanali; his Board Members at Bilal Tanga head office. Present were also the Mudir, Sheikh Amir Kipingo, Seyed Mansoor, Asst. Mudir and Sheikh Hamza Omari. Hasnain Bhai provided a brief history of the development of Bilal Tanga Branch since 2001 which has now 37 Centres and 3 Hawzas located in Tanga and Pangani areas. The Branch has grown from strength to strength providing religious, humanitarian and social services, including Madressahs and Hawzas (religious schools). The founder members of Bilal Tanga Branch were Marhum Jaffer Bhai Dalal, may Allah (SWT) grant him maghferat and Alhaj Naushad Hassanali, later others joined in.

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Hussein Day – Prominent Observance Event Fading Away

The tradition of holding Hussein Day started in 1940’s in Zanzibar, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. The aim was to propagate the message of Tragedy of Karbala and the mission of Imam Hussein (A.S.) to the general masses. The venues selected were always outside our Imambarghas where maximum participation of the general public is achieved.

In Zanzibar the first Hussein Day was held in Victoria Garden under an ad-hoc committee appointed by the Jamaat. The Hussein Day was attended by high government officials, diplomats, non-Muslims and Muslims of all denominations. The speakers were mostly outsiders who presented their views about the Kerbela tragedy. This was a unique way of propagating the message of Imam Hussein (A.S.) outside the community. In Zanzibar the chief guest was always the Sultan of Zanzibar. The popular venue was Portuguese Fort at Forodhani which exists till today.

In Mombasa the venue was Ithna Asheri Sports Club, organized by Ithna Asheri Young Mens` Union. In 1952, the Governor of Kenya, Sir Phillip Hitchell was the chief guest. Many dignitaries attended the program. Hussein Day used to be a very important annual event.

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