The Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa strongly condemns the criminal and cowardly attack committed by the Taliban terrorists group killing innocent students and teachers at the Army Public school in Peshawar, in north-west Pakistan on Tuesday, 16th December, 2014.
 
We join the World Federation and other communities worldwide in condemning this heinous and gruesome violence resulting in the massacre of 142, mostly children and injuring over 100 people in the attack.
 
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the parents and to all those who lost their loved ones in this terrible tragedy.
 
AFRICA FEDERATION SECRETARIAT

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Ref: AF/PRESS/2014/44      
                                                

Recently, the Africa Federation Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan visited Lindi Jamaat, it was an extension of the visit to Kilwa. Aunali Bhai was accompanied by the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) Head of Tabligh, Seyed Arif Naqvi and the BMMT CEO, Alhaj Amir Ahmed. There were also several community members from Dar es Salaam who had travelled to Kilwa made a day trip to Lindi. The road to Kilwa has greatly improved.

Once a thriving and vibrant Jamaat, Lindi is very much an abandoned Jamaat as most of our community members left Lindi about 40 years ago, many moved to Dar es Salaam for better prospects, for children’s education and healthcare.

Lindi Jamaat was established in 1924, the first President was Alhaj Hamzaali Noormohamed and Abdulhussein Sachedina was the Jamaat’s Secretary. According to the information obtained, in 1906 the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri community’s population in Lindi was 200, and gradually the Jamaat grew to about 800 in mid 70s when it reached its peak.

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Ref: BMM/ADMIN/108/1436                                                       
 

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION ORGANIZES FREE EYE CAMP AND HUMANITARIAN SERVICES AT IFAKARA

Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania held FREE Eye Camp at Ifakara in Morogoro Region which is about 400 kilometers from Dar es Salaam. The Camp was held from 10th to 14th October 2014 whereby hundreds of people from different nearby villages gather for eye treatment.



3,360 people were screened, 2074 units of medicine were prescribed and 2797 spectacles including 208 sunglasses were given out.



The camp was held at Lipangalala Primary School, Ifakara. The Ophthalmologist Dr. Florance Mwakila diagnosed the cataract patients and surgeries were carried out at Ifaraka Government Hospital. Dr. Njau and his team carried out one hundred and seventy nine (179) cataract surgeries.


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“When you educate a man you educate an individual; when you educate a woman, you educate a whole family.”

Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya organized a six day combined module 2 training also known as Business Management training for all new members in Zainabiyya Women Group-Masongaleni, Rahma Women Group – Kilungu and Masumin Women Group – Nzavoni in Ukambani area.
 
This comes after the groups went through the Module 1 training – Leadership and savings skills which was conducted early this year.


The module was facilitated by
Sis Sidi Nyota and Sis Kauchi Chifui.
 
Sessions on Islamic Religious Education was also held during the training and it was facilitated by Sis. Zainab Iddy.
 
The Average attendance of the participants per day was 41.
 
 

Activities undertaken during the training:

  • Topics like ‘Marriages’, ‘Divorce’, ‘Khums’, ‘Wudhu’, and ‘Salaat’ were discussed under the Islamic Religious Education (IRE) sessions.
  • Issues pertaining types of businesses, Profit & Loss in a business, cash control, SWOT analysis and the 6 P’s of Marketing were taught through interactive discussions, role plays, case studies and storytelling.
  • Work Plan of each group was set up at the end of the workshop

Achievements:

  • The groups understood how to start a businesses and how it should be managed so as for it to be successful.
  • Combining the training proved to be a good initiative as the members learnt a lot from each other during intervals.
  • IRE sessions opened members’ eyes and the groups learnt a lot more that they were not aware of.

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“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.”

The Mission has been holding Vacation camps for Madressah since 2013. These camps enhance the students with spiritual and moral upbringing. The students also benefit with religious knowledge and general knowledge on the emerging issues that affects the youth. This also helps them to develop skills in communication, leadership, dua recitations and socially interact with students from various regions.

The Mission in December this year held a similar camp at the Mission’s Jaffery Centre, Macknon Road. This was the Mission’s first centre initiated in 1972. The camp was scheduled from 25th November to 9th December 2014. Some of the topics that were included in this year’s camp were; Women in Islam, Rights of Teenagers, Drug Abuse & Affects, HIV/AIDS, Prophethood, Imamate, Masails, Ghadir, Sakifa and other topics.

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 AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Autism is a disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Autism presents itself during the first three years of a person's life

Autism (or ASD) is a wide-spectrum disorder. This means that no two people with autism will have exactly the same symptoms. As well as experiencing varying combinations of symptoms, some people will have mild symptoms while others will have severe ones.

The most commonly found characteristics identified among people with an ASD are:

  • Social skills:

If the symptoms are not severe, the person with ASD may seem socially clumsy, sometimes offensive in his/her comments, or out of synch with everyone else. If the symptoms are more severe, the person may seem not to be interested in other people at all. They have very little eye contact. To put it more simply, they lack the necessary playing and talking skills.

  • Empathy - Understanding and being aware of the feelings of others

A person with autism will find it much harder to understand the feelings of other people. Having a conversation with a person with autism may feel very much like a one-way trip.
 

  • Physical contact

A number of children with an ASD do not like cuddling or being touched like other children do.

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MARRIAGE SEMINAR FOR ENGAGED COUPLES

3rd- 4th January 2015

The Africa Federation Tableegh Board in collaboration with the Marriage Support Group of Dares Salaam Jamaat are organizing a One & Half Day Interactive Workshop for the Engaged Couples of our community.
 
The Programis aimed to prepare the youths on the realities of marital relationships and to prepare them to embark on this lifelong journey with a positive outlook and good understanding.
 
VENUE: MEHFIL-E-ABBAS, DAR ES SALAAM.
 
DISCUSSION TOPICS:

  • Spirituality/Akhlaq/Rights
  • Fiqh/Intimacy/Physical Side of Marriage
  • Health & Family Planning
  • Communication Skills – How to Prevent or Bridge Communication Gap
  • Interaction with In-Laws
  • Finance & Education

Come join us to better our relationships in the family setting.
 
In Order to Register, Please Contact: aftab@africafederation.org OR
Br.  Hilal Sheriff
Sis. Shirin Jeraj

Registration Fee: TShs 5,000/- per person

AFRICA FEDERATION TABLEEGH BOARD & KSIJ DAR ES SALAAM MARRIAGE SUPPORT GROUP

REF: BMM/ADMIN/107/1436     

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA - MOSHI BRANCH MUHARRAM ACTIVITIES

  Bilal Muslim Mission - Moshi branch held their Muharam programs in all their four centers these are TPC, KILEO, SYDP and BILAL Moshi.

Daily programs of Aza-e-Imam Hussein (AS) were held starting with majlis (lectures) followed by Latmiyas & Matam.

The Sheikhs from Madressah Shuhada and Bilal Moshi were sent to the centers for the daily lectures. The lectures were thought provoking and enlightening to the masses, with history of Karbala and the mission of Ahlul Bayt (AS) eloquently delivered.

 

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/107/14                                             

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rabi-ul-Awwal is as follows: - (Please note that the forecast is based for Dar-es-Salaam and all timings are Dar-es-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 4.37 a.m. on Monday 22nd December 2014 i.e. 29th Safar 1436 A.H.
 
On Monday 22nd December, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.37 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 14 hours 01 Minute
Moonset 7.04 p.m.
Time Duration 27 Minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset 08.32 degrees
Crescent Altitude at Sunset 05.20 degrees

 SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE
 
On Tuesday 23rd December, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.38 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 38 hours 021 Minutes
Moonset 8.01 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 24 Minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset 21.04 degrees
Crescent Altitutude at Sunset 18.32 degrees

 SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.56 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 15 degrees South of West, 9 degrees north of where the sun had set.

EXPECT 1ST RABI-UL-AWWAL 1436 A.H. ON WEDNESDAY 24TH DECEMBER 2014.
 
 
Secretariat


SAAJ Interfaith Symposium
Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum

On 22nd November 2014, the Shia Asna Ashri Jamaat (SAAJ) organized an Interfaith Symposium, a platform for dialogue, to encourage unity and cooperation among diverse religions & communities across Kenya with various speakers from the Government and different faiths presenting their views on topics relating to the influence of religion on various aspects of our lives and our country as a whole.
 
The Symposium was well attended with the presence of several Ambassadors including the Iranian Ambassador, representatives from SUPKEM, the Aga Khan Council President and Delegates, and the Head of Ummah Foundation. Also in attendance were the heads of 30 Hindu communities as well as representation from the National Churches Council of Kenya. Also present were dignitaries from other organizations based in Nairobi.
 
We were honored to have the attendance of Alhaaj Riyaz Nasser, Chairman of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) and Alhaaj Mahboob Somji, Vice Chairman of BMMT, both of whom represented the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa (AFED) and Alhajj Ghullamhussein Mukhtar, President of Arusha Jamaat,
 
The event was competently moderated by Dr Hassan Kinyua Omari who began by welcoming all the guests and introducing the speakers. The guest of honour, Honorable Joseph Ole Lenku, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, was unfortunately delayed to the event due to the tragic killing of 28 in Mandera earlier that morning, which resulted in his having to go for an emergency security meeting.

In his welcome speech, the Chairman of SAAJ, Alhajj Murtaza Kanani outlined the emphasis of peace in Islam and the aim of all religions to improve society regardless of race, cast or ethnic background. This was then followed by prayers led by Muslim, Hindu and Christian representatives.

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Ref: AF/PRESS/43/2014                                                     



Only he shall visit the mosques of Allah who believes in Allah and the latter day, and keeps up prayer and pays the poor-rate (Zakat) and fears none but Allah; so (as for) these, it may be that they are of the followers of the right course.
 
S?rah l-tawbah (The Repentance) Verse - 9:18


Mosque is a holy place for Divine worship and considered esteemed where Muslims of all faiths offer their daily prayers. Mosque also plays an important role in the community, both in social and religious matters. It is a place on earth that unites the people and provides spiritual consciousness. It is a place where children come to study the holy Qur’an, Tariq (Islamic History), Aqhlaq (Etiquettes) etc. and where people congregate and spend long hours in the holy month of Ramadhan for prayers, performing Sunnah Ibada’t and supplication to Allah (SWT).
 
The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Mosque in Kilwa is about 102 years old. Most of our community members from Kilwa moved to Lindi and some to Dar es Salaam about 50 years ago as the economic conditions worsened. Presently there is not a single member of our community left in Kilwa.
 
Sadly, the Mosque and Imambargha has not been well looked after, parts of the buildings had crumbled and was left unattended for several years, few months ago the entire roof of the Imambargha was blown off by tropical storm and strong wind. The Mosque is presently in a dilapidated condition needing major rehabilitation and improvements.

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