Migration History Opens with Tragedy

Khalfan was a young man, newly married, when his family in Gujarat, India, allowed him at his insistence, to board a dhow for the port of Lamu in Kenya like the others of his age who had proceeded. He intended to return and collect his wife the following year. That sadly did not happen. The sea at the Lamu harbour was extremely rough when the dhow anchored. The roving boat taking him with his baggage to the land capsized. He died of drowning and the body was buried in Lamu.  That was about the year 1835.

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In the ancient times, occupations were used as a method of therapy. Greek physicians initiated humane treatment of patients with mental illness using therapeutic baths, massage, exercise and music (Quiroga, 1995). During the 18th-19th century, revolutionaries reformed hospital systems where work and leisure activities were enforced as treatment rather than metal chains and restraints. This was the era of moral and enlightenment where the roots of occupational therapy were first discovered in the early decades of the 20th century (Peloquin, S, 1989).

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April 2015 - Rajab 1436

 In this Issue:

AFED Delegation visits Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi

Interview with Shaykh Kumail Rajani

New AFED Office Complex in Dar-es-Salaam

Community Leaders visit Agha Sistani

Columns from Writers around the World


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“The purpose of my stand is to reform the Nation of my grandfather. I only intend to enjoin good and forbid evil and in doing so, emulate my grandfather, the messenger of Allah (SWT) and my father Ali Ibn Abu Talib (AS)”

Imam Hussain (AS) 

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Uganda organized various Muharram programmes to commemorate the tragedy of Karbala in all its Centres from 14th to 24th October 2015.
There are currently 10 Centres of Bilal Muslim Mission in Uganda spread out in Jinja, Kampala, Kiboga, Kibundare, Kasawo, Bunjakko, Nansana, Kasese and Nawanzu.


Albertville (Kalemie), Congo

The Pioneers of our Community – Brief History


Haji Suleman Walji

Haji Suleman Walji - Kilwa - Born in Jamwali, Jamnagar, India moved to Kilwa in 1900 and lived in Kilwa, Dar es Salaam, Kigoma and Albertville (Kalemie), Congo. He died in Albertville (Kalemie) in Congo in 1930. (Photo source: book Kilwana Sawal Jawab by Edalji Dhanji Kaba)

The following information was provided by Br Rajabali Mohamedali Suleman in 1960.

My grandfather Marhum Haji Suleman Walji was originally from Jamwadi, Jamnagar, India. He arrived in Kilwa around 1900 from India. My father Mohamedali Suleman was born in Kilwa in 1901. At Kilwa, my grandfather converted from Ismail to Ithnaasheri. He, together with some colleagues, held a question-answer session with His Highness the Aga Khan III and a book was published with the title “Questions and Answers at Kilwa.” (This incident happened in Kilwa in 1905 in a ship off Kilwa harbour. His colleagues were Sheriff Nurmohamed Manekia and Suleman Bhimji).



For the past one and half century, we (Khoja Shia Ishna-asheri) have survived and progressed as a community, thanks to many individuals in different walks of life who have quietly dedicated their lives in the service of the community without seeking any position or public recognition.
To the community members settled in the West, when they observe middle aged individuals originating from Mombasa actively participating in religious activities and in other social services, invariably they will notice one common bonding force amongst them, i.e. they were taught by Alhaj Mulla Abdulrasul Mulla Hassanali Khaki at the Huseini Madrassah in Mombasa and the inspiration they drew from him.
Mulla Abdulrasul is a self taught individual, businessman by profession.  He was born in Mombasa in 1926.  A voracious reader with special interest in Islamic History and Fiqh, from a very young age, Mulla Abdulrasul sought the company of Ulama to further his knowledge.


Ref: CHB/HB/47/15                                                                         


Occupational therapy is one of the newer professions unheard of here in Tanzania and often mistaken for something else.
When one mentions occupational therapy, the immediate response to that is “oh right, physiotherapy stuff? Counseling? Something like speech therapy, right” For the professional, it is a cringing-from-within feeling, but the difference of this therapy is that it not only focuses on rehabilitating just the body, but also the mind.
Physiotherapy focuses on the body’s strength and ability to move, where as occupational therapy is concerned with the overall function.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/166/15                                                                


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Safar 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 8.48 p.m. on Wednesday 11th November 2015 i.e. 28th Muharram 1437 A.H.
On Thursday 12th November 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset   6.19 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset   21 hours 31 minutes    
Moonset 7.01 p.m.
Time Duration 52 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset     10.10 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 08.51 degrees


On Friday 13th November 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.20 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset   45 hours 32 minutes    
Moonset 7.51 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 32 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      21.14 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 20.25 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.37 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 16 degrees South of West, 2 degrees North of where the sun had set.


Alhaj Muhammadhussein Sachoo Lalji (Mzee Lalji as popularly known in Arusha) passed away peacefully on 18th July 1989 in Arusha, Tanzania.

 He was a dedicated social worker who devoted his entire life imparting religious knowledge to our children.
Born in Zanzibar in 1925, Marhum Mzee Lalji actively participated as a Maalim of Faize Ithnaasheri Night School (Madressa) and also held the post of Headmaster for one full term. He was methodical and passionate in teaching, and had vast knowledge in Islamic history and Fiqh.
His other services in Zanzibar include Ithnaasheri Volunteer Corps, Sabil-e-Hussein management and organization of Hussein Day.

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Imam Hussain (A.S.)

Fourteen Centuries ago, Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (A.S.) took a selfless stand in the face of oppression, despotism and injustice in the society he lived in. His message remains today an inspiration for generations across the globe. In the tradition of his grandfather Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.W.) and his father Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (A.S.), he promoted the principles of freedom, justice and social equality. 

“Imam Husain’s (A.S.) sacrifice is for all groups and communities, an example of the path of righteousness.”
– Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India)

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