REF: EBS/Flash/02/2015                                                                             


A Resolution for removal of the requirement of Guarantors for the Higher Education Loan and replaced with Parents/Guardians undertaking was adopted at the recently held Supreme Council session in Mombasa.  The resolution reads as follows:

Be it resolved that effective 1st June 2015, students applying for Higher Education Loans will no longer require to provide two guarantors for their applications. The Student and Parent/Guardian will have to take an oath in writing to repay these funds as per schedule, with the Parent/Guardian taking on joint-responsibility. All Jamaats will endeavor to assist Africa Federation in processing applications, due diligence, disbursements, and follow-ups into all such loans.

The Education Board is empowered to put new processes and controls in place to accommodate this new policy, especially related to necessary measures that should be incorporated to deal with students who willingly delay or default on their repayment obligations.

The Education Board is hopeful that with the passing of this Resolution, students will be further encouraged to pursue tertiary education.

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Visit to KSIJ-Kinshasa by Students from The American School of Kinshasa (TASOK)

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Grade 7 students from The American School of Kinshasa paid a visit to our mosque in order to increase their knowledge about our religion. These students were learning about the religion of Islam in one of their subjects at school and requested to visit our mosque to gain a deeper understanding of our religion and to observe the way we pray. Their purpose of the visit was to learn more about Islam, and we took this opportunity to spread the message of Islam and to clear misconceptions many people around the world have associated with this religion.

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REF: EBS/Flash/01/2015                                                                             


The Best Student Award Scheme recognizes the accomplishments of students within our community who have achieved outstanding results at O–levels. It has been conducted successfully for many years by the Education Board (EBS) under the auspices of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa.

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Circular No.: JMT/153/2015                                                             

The Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi is pleased to appoint Br. Alihassan Fazleali Kassam of Dar es Salaam as the new Honorary Assistant Secretary for the term ending April 2016. He is replacing Br. Kumail Mohamed Manji who has taken up the position of Secretary General of the World Federation of KSI Muslim Communities. The appointment of Br. Alihassan is with immediate effect.
A brief Profile of Br. Alihassan:
Born on 23rd February, 1995 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Alihassan pursued his Secondary Education at Shaaban Robert Secondary School in Dar es Salaam where he completed in 2011. He enrolled in the University of Dar es Salaam in the year 2013 for a Certificate in Law course, and currently pursuing a Degree in Law.

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Marhum Haji Gulamali Haji Ismail – known affectionately as Haji Naji was an outstanding figure of his time whose name merits ably and is linked with the consolidation and progress of Khoja Jamaat in the Indo Pakistan Sub – Continent. He lived at a time when the Shia community in general and the Khoja Jamaat in particular were passing through a dark period of division and discrimination. Need of the time was for a capable leader to provide proper guidance and leadership. By His mercy and Grace, Allah (swt) Haji Naji came into the limelight who fulfilled it with great success and distinction.

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Circular No: JMT/152/15                                                                 

The World Federation Islamic Education Team has republished the Islamic Laws Book in English according to the Fatwas of His Eminence al-Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani with a new annotated translation by Sheikh Mohammed Ali Ismail.
The Africa Federation Secretariat has received a consignment of these Books which are available at a cost of US $5 per copy.
It is recommended that every household of our Community members should have a copy of this important Book.
Member Jamaats in Africa are requested to notify the Secretariat the number of copies they require for their Jamaats and arrangements will be made to send them the same.
We request all Jamaats to publicize this during the holy month of Ramadhan and make available to the community members.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/151/15                                                         


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Shawwal 1436 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 4.26 a.m. on Thursday 16th July 2015 i.e. 29th Mahe Ramadhan 1436 A.H.
On Thursday 16th July 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.22 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 13 hours 57 minutes   
Moonset 6.46 p.m.
Time Duration 24 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     7.25 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 4.56 degrees


On Friday 17th July 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.22 p.m.
Crescent age of Sunset 37 hours 58 minutes    
Moonset 7.35 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 13 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      17.50 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 16.19 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.40 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 15 degrees North of West, 4 degree  South of where the sun had set.

Ref: JMT/150/2015                                                                             

The Annual General Meeting of Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya (BMMK) was held in Mombasa on Friday 17th April, 2015 in accordance with the provisions of clause 9.2 of BMMK Constitution.
The following Executive Committee Members and Trustees of BMMK were elected at the AGM for the term 2015-2017 as per the BMMK Constitution clause 6.1, 9.3.5 and 11.1.1.

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Ref: AFED/PR/56/15                                                                         

A Discussion Forum themed The Evolution of Mindset was held on Sunday 3rd May 2015, on the following day after the conclusion of the 76th AFED Supreme Council Session in Mombasa, Kenya.  The Speakers at the Forum were Alhaj Hassan Jaffer of Mombasa who presented a paper on “Case for Survival - Reality Check. Due to time constraint, the second paper titled “AFED’s Strategic Development & Sustainability” by Alhaj Shabir Najafi, Vice Chairman of Africa Federation could not be presented for discussion.  The Forum was moderated ably by Br. Tehsin Takim of Dar-es-Salaam.

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Ref: CHB/HB/039/15                                                                 


What is Depression?

Feeling sad, or what we may call "DEPRESSED", happens to all of us. The sensation usually passes after a while. However, people with a depressive disorder - clinical depression - find that their state interferes with daily life.
For people with clinical depression, their normal functioning is undermined to such an extent that both they and those who care about them are affected by it.
Depression can lead to emotional and physical problems. Typically, people with depression find it hard to go about their day-to-day activities, and may also feel that life is not worth living.
The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people throughout the world suffer from depression. They state that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/149/15                                                           


The Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Sports Council has adjudged the Sports Persons for the Year 2014, they are:

Br. Ali Shariff of Dar-es-Salaam – Sportsman of the Year

Sis Faiza Somji of Arusha – Sportswoman of the Year

Nominations were received from Arusha, Dar-es-Salaam and Mombasa Jamaats.  We urge other Jamaats to participate in this Competition.

The Other Nominees were:

Sportsman:            Sajjad Sadiq Ladha of Arusha
Sportswoman:        Fatema Zehra Abdallah Lalji of Dar-es-Salaam
                              Fatema Hussein Mohamed Gulamhussein of Mombasa    

The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the Africa Federation Office Bearers and the Chairman of Sports Council, Alhaj Mahmood Somji and his Committee Members wish to convey their best wishes and congratulate the winners, nominees and their Jamaats for these wonderful achievements in sports.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

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