Ref: AF/PR/2013/12

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Arusha Jamaat - Al-Mahdi Commercial/Housing Project

The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi accompanied by the Hon. Treasurer Alhaj Mohamed Hemani travelled to Arusha on Friday 1st November 2013 to attend the Ground Breaking and Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the KSI Jamaat Arusha Al-Mahdi Commercial/Housing Project.

ars2The Project is being developed on the Jamaat Plot No. 13, Sokoine Road/Swahili Street in Arusha Town.  The 12 floors Building will consist of a basement parking area, commercial areas on the ground and first floor, and residential flats on 10 floors.  The residential area shall have 10 Three bedroom apartments and 20 Two bedroom apartments.

The Project is expected to be ready in two years and has been specifically launched to cater for the present demand of housing at reasonable cost for members of our community in Arusha.

The Jamaat will sell the flats to the Community members at reasonable price; the criteria for the sale of the flats will be laid down by the Jamaat.

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Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya wish to express its sincere gratitude for the continuous support received from the Africa Federation Tableegh Board (AFTAB) and IEB of the World Federation in sponsoring annually participants to attend the "Madinah and Bab Al Ilm Short Summer Courses" which is held in Qum, Iran.

This year, two students Khadija Muweye, from Jafferiya Centre, Mackinon Road and Leila Mwaka from Amani Centre, Dembwa were selected for the Course.  And for the first time, Sis Ruiya Salim from Zahra Madrasah Mombasa was selected as mentor for Madinah and Bab Al Ilm Short Summer Courses.

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Our Ref: BMMT 76-1435 

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA
Mwanza Bilal Branch Organizes Blood Donation

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Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord; They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah. [Holy Qur'an Al Imran, 3:169]

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On Wednesday, 13/11/13 - eve of Ashura, members of Mwanza Bilal Branch joined all Muslims of the world in commemorating the tragedy of Karbala and paid allegiance to Seyedush Shohadah, Imam Hussein (AS) and to the 72 martyrs of Karbala by donating 100 units of blood to the National Blood Bank of the Lake Zone.

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Ref: BMM 38-1435                                                                         

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA
MWANZA BRANCH
COMMEMORATES THE MARTYRDOM OF THE GRANDSON OF THE HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAWW)

On Thursday, 14th November, 2013 (10th Muharram 1435 AH) the Mwanza Bilal Branch members commemorated the great martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the Grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (SAWW) with a Procession (Juloos) from 2.00 to 3.30 pm followed by Majlis-e-Azaáh and Nyaz at Bilal Centre.

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Our Ref: BMMT 74-1435 

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA HOLDS
FREE EYE CAMP AT KIMAMABA-KILOSA
(27-29 SEPTEMBER 2013)

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) organized a 3-Days Eye Camp, sponsored by M/s. Jamana Printers Limited of Dar es Salaam at Kimamba, Kilosa District, 260 kms from Dar es Salaam from 27th to 29th September 2013.

Camp was set at Mwenge Primary School and the surgeries performed at Kimamba Hospital.

People from various villages in the Kilosa District registered for the Free Eye treatment, and 1981 patients of various ages were screened, details are given below:

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The World Federation of KSMIC

Yet another attack on the shrine of Sayyidah Zaynab causes injuries and damage

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On Thursday 7 November 2013, 4 shells were fired at the Shrine of Sayyidah Zaynab.  One of the shells struck one of the minarets causing minor damage. Another hit the courtyard, injuring 30 people, 15 of which were women and children.  Fortunately, there were no deaths as a result of the attack.

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Ref: AK/PR/2013/11           

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Organized by the Central Health Board (CHB) of Africa Federation (AFED) in collaboration with the Conseil Regional of Madagascar (CROI) and the KSI Jamaat of Antananarivo from 11th to 14th of September 2013. The health camps consisted of the following medical specialties:

  • Orthopedic,
  • Gynecologic
  • General Medical/ENT camp.

The team that went to Madagascar consisted of 5 doctors of which, three doctors from Ahmadabad, India were:

  • Dr Dimple Parekh - A super specialist orthopedic surgeon who ran the orthopedic camp.
  • Dr Shital Punjabi - An IVF infertility specialist conducting the gynecological camp.
  • Dr C. Girish - A Physician running the physician/ENT camp.

They were accompanied by two doctors from the Central Health Board (CHB) from Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania who travelled to Antananarivo, Madagascar, they were:

  • Dr Neelam Ismail.
  • Dr Sajida Dhalla.

The doctors were assisted by a local doctor, Dr. Voahangy who is in charge of al-Zahra dispensary of Antananarivo KSI Jamaat.

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AFED Press Release

COMMEMORATION OF DAY OF ASHURA

The one for whom the day of A'shura is a day of tragedy, grief and weeping, Allah The Mighty, The Glorious, shall make the Day of Judgment, a day of joy and happiness for him.

Imam Reza (A.S.) - Bihar al-Anwar, vol: 44, pg: 284

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A'adhamallahu ujurana wa ujurakum bi musaabina bil Hussain alayhis salaam

(May Allah make our reward and your reward great, for our grief for Hussain, peace be upon him).

The Day of Ashura - the day of the great martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) will be commemorated in Africa and most parts of the world, on Thursday, 14th November  2013,  (10th of Muharram 1435 AH) according to the Islamic Lunar Calendar.

THE MISSION OF IMAM HUSSAIN (AS)

Imam Hussain (AS) mission was to reform the Muslim Ummah and save Islam as manifested clearly in his Will before he left Makah for Iraq – "Imam Hussain (A.S.) explains the mission of his sacrifice in his own words: "I have taken this stand not out of arrogance or pride, neither out of mischief or injustice. I have risen to seek reform in the community of my grandfather. I would like to bid good, forbid evil, and follow the tradition of my grandfather and my father 'Ali bin Abi Talib."

It is important to remember and publicize the tragedy event of Ashura, and expose the crimes and atrocities committed by despotic Yazid, son of Muawiya ibn Abi Sufyan the arch enemy of Islam towards Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) his family members and companions in the plains of Kerbala, Iraq in 61 AH (680 CE).

The commemoration of this great epic event (Ashura) must be kept alive by our community members wherever they are in the world. Aza-e-Sayyidu'sh Shuhada Imam Hussain (AS) should be the platform and impetus to raise awareness and rekindle Islamic Values and Tableegh whilst also sending out clear messages to expose the crimes committed by the Bani Ummayyah caliphs towards the Holy Imams, their progenies and towards the faithful followers of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW).

WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IMAM HUSSAIN (AS)

Thomas Carlyle Scottish Historian

"The best lesson which we get from the tragedy of Karbala is that Hussain and his companions were rigid believers in God. They illustrated that the numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and the falsehood. The victory of Hussain, despite his minority, marvels me!"

Edward Gibbon - English historian and Member of Parliament

"In a distant age and climate the tragic scene of the death of Hussain will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader."

SALUTATIONS (EXTRACT FROM ZIYARATE ASHURA)

  • Peace be on you, O Aba Abdillah!
  • Peace be on you, O son of the Apostle of Allah!
  • Peace be on you, O son of the commander of the faithfuls, the forebear of the successors!
  • Peace be on you, O son of Fatimah, the choicest among the women of the worlds!
  • Peace be on you, O the select, surpassing, chosen in preference over all good of Allah.
  • Peace be on you, who was martyred while fighting heroically in the cause of Allah, the son of Allah's fearless warrior, you were isolated and had been attacked with a vengeance!
  • Peace be on you and on those souls who had gathered in your camp, and strided along with you, in your journey. I pray and invoke Allah to keep all of you tranquil and restful, forever; so far I am alive, this is my prayer, and till nights and days follow each other.
  • O Aba Abdillah! unbearable is the sorrow, nerve-racking is the agony, you put up with, for us and for all the (true) Muslims, crimes committed against you also shocked and unnerved the dwellers of the heavens, one and all.

SUPPLICATIONS

Let us pray to Allah (SWT) that He grants us all an opportunity to visit the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain (AS) and the Shrines of the Holy progeny, and the faithful companions of the Holy Prophet and Ahlul Bayt (AS).

Let us pray for the safety and protection of the Shrines of the holy personalities which have come under attack in the recent times in Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Let us all remember the oppressed people of the world wherever they are and pray for freedom from oppression, for their safety, peace and wellbeing.

SECRETARIAT

12th November 2013 (8th Muharram 1435 AH)

Ref: EBS/Flash/05/2013

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Essential Pre-Departure Briefing
For Students Heading Abroad

The Africa Youth Network in collaboration with the AFED Education Board, and with the assistance and coordination with the AFED Capacity Building Group and the KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam, held a Pre-Departure Briefing (Workshop) for students heading for their first year of University. The two day conference which was held on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August 2013 at Delhi Darbar in Dar es Salaam, was specifically designed to equip students on the various challenges faced at University as they venture abroad to live within an environment that is a world away from home. While this journey can be extremely exciting for a student, there are pitfalls and obstacles to watch out for.

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