KHOJA SHIA ITHNA-ASHERI LINDI JAMAAT
MUHARRAM IN LINDI – 2018 (1440 A.H.)

 

Muharram the month of reflection and reformation, the month to remember the martyrs and the battle of Karbala in 61 A.H. (680 AD) it is the month of mourning and when “Labbaik Ya Hussein” is heard the loudest. Muharram an opportunity for us to serve in every aspect possible for the love of Imam Hussein (a.s).

The preparation for the first 12 days starts a month before whereby the Jamaat makes arrangement for the Zakir and Zakira, Majlis, Azadari and Nyaz. On the other side, youths prepare to participate for different activities such as Juloos, Karbala model/project and more.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/153/18                                                 

MOON FORECAST – SAFAR 1440 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Safar 1440 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 6.48 a.m. on Tuesday 9th October 2018 i.e. 29th Muharram 1440 A.H.
 
On Tuesday 9th October 2018 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.16 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 11 hours 28 minutes     
Moonset 6.43 p.m.
Time Duration 27 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      07.08 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 05.67 degrees

SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

On Wednesday 10th October 2018 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.16 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 35 hours 28 minutes     
Moonset 7.35 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 19 minutes
Cresent Elongation at Sunset      18.80 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 17.99 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE

The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.33 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 7 degrees South of West, in line with where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1st SAFAR 1440 AH ON THURSDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2018.
 
Secretariat

REF: EB/SH/09/18                                                  

MASUMEEN ISLAMIC CENTER
ANNUAL REPORT (2017-2018)

With the growing student population from Africa in Manipal, Africa Federation facilitated an apartment on rental that would be used by the students as a center for religious purposes with the aim to assist our community students studying within the region.  The Masumeen Islamic center in Manipal is being managed by the Student Association, with volunteers from amongst the students themselves conducting various programs.  We are grateful to Dr. Mohammed Kazim Sheriff and his family who closely monitor the center and assist whenever required.  The Centre is financially supported by Education Board of Africa Federation.

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Ref: PR/AF/57/2018                                                 


Alhamdulillah, we are blessed to once again witness the season when the Shia Community commemorate the event of the great martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS), that took place in Karbala, Iraq in 61 A.H. 

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REMEMBERING AGHA MOHAMMED MEHDI HASSAN MARASHI

In his cricket sweater and white flannels Agha Mehdi looked every inch an elegant cricketer. His smooth run up and the momentum that he gathered as he came in to bowl his right arm fast medium deliveries at Mnazi Moja’s first pitch or Khalifa ground enlivened the Zanzibar cricket scene and is still etched on memory.
 
A man of few words and always smiling Marhum Agha Mehdi was calm, cool and a gentle person. Never one to throw tantrums or indulge in any form of controversy, he was sportsman personified.
 
Agha Mehdi was always among wickets and spearheaded Zanzibar’s opening attack with Akber Dedhar. Both had splendid bowling action.

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Ref: PR/AF/55/2018                                                 



In line with the Africa Federation Chairman’s vision to deliver 200 units of housing to our community members in Africa, we are pleased to announce the take-off of the Housing Project in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
 
The AFED Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi met recently in Mombasa, Kenya with the Chairman of Conseil Regional of Madagascar (CROI), Sheikh Haniphe Akbaraly who is also the Vice Chairman of Africa Federation from Madagascar, the Chairman of Reunion Association (UAKSIR) who is also the Vice Chairman of Africa Federation from Reunion, the World Federation President, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the AFED Nominated Councillor from Madagascar, Alhaj Navazaly Molou for the finalization of the plan and scheme of the housing project in Antananarivo. Also present was the Vice Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, the AFED Housing Development Board Chairman, Alhaj Akil Hirji and the CROI Board Member, Alhaj Zoher Vally. The meeting endorsed the plan to go ahead with the project.
 
This project is a quadripartite project between the World Federation, Africa Federation, Conseil Regional and Antananarivo Jamaat.

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Salaamun Alaikum 

A’zamallahu Ujurana Wa Ujurakum bi Musaabinaa bil Husayn (AS). (May Allah (SWT) make Great our Reward and your Reward for our Grief of Imam Husayn (AS).

This Muharram – 1440 A.H., Africa Federation is conducting a very crucial project, which is the Census. All members above the age of 16 in all Jamaats across Africa have been asked to fill in an online form, to help AFED, plan, support and enhance our community. 

With the information collected, we hope to gain a much needed insight into how we can direct and use our resources to meet the needs of our community. 

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REF: EB/SH/08/18                                             

Inspiration for Aspiration – Sharing Student Stories

The Education Board of Africa Federation is embarking on an initiative to promote and inspire the young students of our community towards pursuing higher education both locally and internationally. Higher education currently is facing a changing landscape and various challenges such as increase of costs, lack of effective career counseling etc. have proven to be a deterrent for students impeding them from pursuing higher education.

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Ref: PR/AF/56/2018                                                 



Alhaj Aunn Alibhai, the Chairman of Kinshasa Jamaat in DRC during his recent visit to Dar-es-Salaam paid a courtesy call at the AFED Secretariat office at Zahra Tower on Sunday 25th August 2018 and met with the Africa Federation Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan and Hon Secretary Alhaj Hussein Karim.

The meeting provided a good opportunity to discuss a number of subjects of common interest to both, Kinshasa Jamaat and Africa Federation which included Higher Education, Tabligh, Madressah Centre of Excellence, Leadership Development Program and Mosque/Imambargha extension. AFED has offered to Kinshasa Jamaat technical assistance in the planning and development of the newly acquired plot adjacent to the Imambargha to cater for the increasing needs of the Jamaat due to growth.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/152/18


MUHARRAM – THE MONTH OF REFLECTION AND REFORMATION

 Muharram is the month in which justice rose against injustice; Truth stood against falsehood and proved that, in the course of history, Truth has always triumphed over falsehood.

 
Alhamdulillah, by the grace and blessings of Allah (SWT) the Zakirs and Zakiras postings to various destinations within our Jamaats in Africa for the month of Muharram/Safar 1440 A.H. have been successfully completed.
 
The Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB) wish to thank all the A'alims, Zakirs and Zakiras who have kindly accepted the postings and travelled to various Jamaats to convey the message of Seyyid-ul Shohadah Abdillahi Hussain (A.S.) and keep alive the spirit of Azadari of Imam Hussain (A.S.) and the martyrs of Kerbala.
 
The Secretariat also wishes to express its gratitude to all Jamaats of the Africa Federation, Tabligh Boards of the Jamaats and individuals who in one way or the other assisted in facilitating to carry out these arrangements successfully.
 
Enclosed is the detail of the postings of the Zakirs and Zakiras
 
 
Hussein Karim
Hon. Secretary

Download:  List of Zakirs and Zakiras - Muharram / Safar 1440 AH (PDF, 80KB)

Ref: PR/AF/54/2018                                                     


 

The Africa Federation Secretariat appointed the following members as the Zanzibar Dispute Reconciliation Committee (ZDRC) following the recommendation of the Zanzibar Reconciliation Committee (ZRC) headed by Alhaj Gulamali Virji of Dubai who was appointed at the 80th Supreme Council Session held in Dar-es-Salaam in April 2018 to resolve the disputes and differences in Zanzibar Jamaat that had arisen following the elections that were to be held on 29th March 2018.

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