BEST STUDENT AWARD
YEAR 2015

Eligibility
The Student of the Year Award is open to boys and girls who have appeared for National Examination and Overseas Board Examination “O” levels during the academic year January 2015 to December 2015. All applicants should follow the guidelines outlined below to stand a good chance of receiving the award.

Jamat Responsibility/Deadline
All students’ applications must be handed over to their respective Jamaat’s Education Board Representatives latest by 31st March 2016.  Local Jamaat’s will be responsible to publicize these services, conduct research in their own areas; scrutinize, verify and filter all applications in order to nominate and forward only Two Proposed names (one boy and one girl) to the Education Board Secretariat office by 14th April 2016.

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PIRBHAI VISRAM FIRST LANDS IN LAMU, KENYA – 1897 (Part 3)

Pirbhai Visram Kaka’s Travels File:  
 
This section covers our community in Uganda, Congo, Ruanda-Urundi (presently Rwanda and Burundi)
 
In 1940, Pirbhai Visram (Kaka) who lived in Bukoba opened a branch in Kampala, Uganda. The branch started growing steadily and it ventured in coffee business in 1942.  Pirbhai’s eldest son Gulamali operated the business.  Gulamali was known for his diligence, knowledge and business acumen. They sold their Bukoba Coffee Factory to Rashid Moledina and moved to Kampala. Pirbhai Kaka then lived in Kampala till his death. Relating to the settlement of our community in Kampala, Kaka writes:
 
“Although I moved to Uganda in 1945, I travelled to Kampala quite often after Tanganyika came under British mandate in 1918. I will therefore try to recall about families settled in Uganda: “
 
Community members started establishing their business from 1902 onwards. Sheth Bahadurali Mawji established business in Jinja and Kampala in 1904.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/185/16                                                  

MOON FORECAST – JAMADI UL AAKHAR 1437 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Jamadi ul Aakhar 1437 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 4.56 a.m. on Wednesday 9th March 2016 i.e. 29th Jamadi ul Awwal 1437 A.H.
 
On Wednesday 9th March 2016 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.39 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 13 hours 44 minutes       
Moonset 7.04 p.m.
Time Duration 26 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset        07.06 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 05.28 degrees

SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

On Thursday 10th March 2016 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:  

Sunset 6.38 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 37 hours 43 minutes       
Moonset 7.57 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 19 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset        21.12 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 18.03 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.55 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 5 degrees North of West, 10 degrees North of where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1st JAMADI UL AAKHAR 1437 AH ON FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 2016.
 
 
Secretariat

Ref: AFED/PR/73/16                                                                

AFED - MARCHING TOWARDS ITS LONG TERM VISION

The Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Phase II of the Umoja Complex – The First Commercial Project of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa was held in Dar-es-Salaam on Sunday 14th February 2016 to coincide with the Birth Anniversary of Holy Lady Sayyeda Zaynab (AS).

The Complex located on a prime plot No. 11 Vingunguti Industrial Area, Nyerere Road, Dar es Salaam, has 20 Warehouses of which 15 have already been rented out.

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Ref: CHB/HB/54/16                                                                        

BENEFITS OF SPORTS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

Your body needs regular physical activity in order to maintain strength, stamina, cardiovascular health and proper blood circulation. Your mind needs activity to stay sharp and balanced. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity per week, as well as twice a week weight resistance training. The benefits of changing your lifestyle from a sedentary one to an active one are significant, and it doesn’t take that much effort to reap the rewards.

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PIRBHAI VISRAM FIRST LANDS IN LAMU, KENYA – 1897 (Part 2)

The Tabora and Bukoba Venture:
 
At the age of 22, Pirbhai Kaka left Lamu for Tabora where he arrived in 1904. He worked for four years as Manager in the firm of Sheth Omar Abdulkarim & Sons. It took him 45 days to travel by foot from Lamu to Tabora via Bukoba.
 
There were six main families in Tabora which he can remember. Sheth Nasser Virji was running a booming business and their merchandise went to distant places like Ujiji, Rwanda and Bujumbura. Arabs used to be their major customers. At that time it would take about 45 days for merchandise to reach Tabora from Bagamoyo, the main port. The goods were carried by porters who had to pass through dense forests amid danger of attack by wild animals. Sometimes the porters would be looted by raiders. There was no way to get any news of the movement of goods. It is only when the porters would reach Tabora that they would tell of their escape. Under such difficult circumstances, the company was still able to expand its business and had branches at Mwanza, Bukoba, Biharamulo, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, etc. They were considered King among the businesses in Tanganyika and they had a great influence on the German government of the time.

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‘That which you have eaten has gone, but what you have fed to others spreads (like a pleasant fragrance). Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as)

Despite their hunger, thirst and difficulties in Karbala, Lady Zainab (as) took charge of caring for the children in Imam Husayn’s (as) camp. When the enemy set fire to the tents after killing Imam Husayn (as), it was Lady Zainab (as) who took control to protect the lives of the orphan children left under her care. When the family of Imam Husayn (as) was taken as prisoners to Kufa and to Damascus, it was the love and comfort of Lady Zainab (as) that consoled the hearts of the children who endured so much suffering. Like her grandmother and mother, Lady Zainab (as) opened her heart to children.

Every day, thousands of children in Kenya struggle with hunger. Families living in poverty can barely manage to afford one proper meal a day where children are often the silent victims. We know that hunger causes children to become irritable and fatigued. When they are hungry, they cannot concentrate in the classroom which results in poor grades. With this gloomy cycle, boys and girls have no incentive to attend school.

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Ref: PR/JMT/72/16                                                                    



Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi will be completing his 2nd term on 29th April 2016 as the Chairman of the Africa Federation; his tenure spans from 2010 to 2016. He addressed the community members, both gents and ladies on Saturday, February 13, on the night of the Wiladat of the Holy Lady Sayyeda Zaynab (S.A.). In his address, Anwar bhai provided a brief report on various achievements and the developments which Africa Federation embarked upon in the last 6 years, and the future plan. He also took opportunity to bid farewell to the Community members in Dar-es-Salaam and thank them for their support and co-operation extended to him and his team during the past six years, this period has witnessed transformation and growth.

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Report No 057 of Rabiul Thani 1437 AH (February 2016)                     

BILAL TANGA HOLDS MAULID OF THE HOLY PROPHET (SAWW) AND GRADUATION CEREMONY

Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania – Tanga Branch organized Grand Maulid ceremony to celebrate the Birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) on the 23rd of January 2016.
 
The graduation ceremony was also held alongside the Maulid ceremony in Tanga for the final year students who graduated end of last year (2015).

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Ref: BMM/ADMIN/006/16                                                                   

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA CONDUCTS FREE EYE CAMP IN MWANZA, TANZANIA

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania wrapped up the year (2015) by having a major free eye camp in Mwanza from 23rd- 27th December 2015. It was carried out at Lake Primary & Secondary school compound arranged through the curtsey of Br. Murtaza Alloo and BMMT Mwanza Branch Chairman, Alhaj Sibtain Meghjee in collaboration with the management of of Lake Schools, with the support of the Schools Manager Jagdish bhai Mehta. The surgeries were carried out at Sekou Toure Hospital Eye Clinic. The Morogoro Regional Hospital team members also participated.

 

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Ref: AFED/AFWB/16                                                                   

AFED WOMEN’S BOARD ESSAY COMPETITION ON LADY FATIMA (S.A.)

The Objective of the Essay is:
 
To educate women on the Islamic viewpoint of family ethics, to inculcate morals and spiritual values that form part of relationships between family members, and also to give an insight into the Life of our Role Models like the Lady of Light, Hazrat Fatima az Zahra (SA), daughter of the Holy Prophet of Islam (SAWW).
 
Your effort in attempting to write an Essay shall be highly appreciated. You already are a winner by attempting to write the Essay.
 
May ALLAH (SWT) increase our Knowledge and increase in Imáan, Ameen.  
 
Wishing you all successful accomplishment in this Competition!!!
 
Africa Federation Women’s Board (A.F.W.B.)

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