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.
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.
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.
The Africa Federation Solidarity Day Adhoc Committee presents The Mahdi Series which are a series of short lectures on our living Imam by Sheikh Nuru Mohamed. Episode four is aired "Spreading the message of Imam in today's time".
The Africa Federation Solidarity Day Adhoc Committee presents The Mahdi Series which are a series of short lectures on our living Imam by Sheikh Nuru Mohamed. Episode three is aired "Marjaiyyat & Unity within the Community".
Haiderbhai was born in Port Louis in the year 1935. He studied up to standard eight in French and English medium school in Port Louis. He also learnt Quran and Urdu language in Ahle Sunnat Jamaat Madressa.
At the age of fifteen he got attached to his father’s business. Because of keen interest and hard work he started managing the business on his own. In 1954, he visited the main cities of East Africa and thereafter went for ziyarat of Masumeen (A.S) to Iraq and Iran.
In 1958, he again visited East Africa and went to Karachi and got married there. He was blessed with two children. Haiderbhai’s hard work and affable nature achieved him great respect in Mauritius. Since Haiderbhai was taking keen interest in community affairs, he was appointed Hon secretary of the first proper Jamaat established in the year 1960 in Mauritius.