Muharram - The Month of Mourning

Imam Ali Ar Reza (A.S.) said: With the advent of the month of Muharram, my father Imam Musa Al Kazim (A.S.) would never be seen laughing; gloom and sadness would overcome him for (the first) ten days of the month; and when the tenth day of the month would dawn, it would be a day of tragedy, grief and weeping for him. (Amaali Saduq, pg,:111)

We thank Allah (SWT) by His grace and blessings that the Zakirs and Zakiras postings to various destinations within our Jamaats in Africa for the month of Muharram 1435 A.H. have been successfully accomplished.

The Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB) thanks all the A'alims, Zakirs and Zakiras who kindly accepted the postings and travelled to various Jamaats to convey the message of Seyyid-ul Shohadah Abdillahi Hussein (A.S.) and keep alive the spirit of Azadari of Imam Hussein (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 us in facilitating to carry out these arrangements successfully.

Below is the detail of the postings of the Zakirs and Zakiras.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary

Download:  List of Postings (PDF, 84KB)



AFTAB in conjunction with Nairobi SAAJ organised seminars on the 13th, 14th and 15th of September 2013 at the Imambargha of the Nairobi Jaffery Islamic Centre. The seminars held were on the following modules:

1) In laws Workshop

2) Parents of Teens Workshop

3) Recently married couples workshop

The Marriage Workshop had been previously held in Nairobi in 2011 and had received excellent reviews from participants. In laws and Parents of teens workshops were first timers in Nairobi.

All the three seminars were generally quite interactive and discursive with a fair amount of self discovery and self reflection. All the workshops were facilitated by Abbas Merali.

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Ref: AFWB/2013/010


The Africa Federation Women's Board (A.F.W.B) in collaboration with the KSI Jamaat of Arusha held a session on "Health and Relationship" on Monday 16th September 2013. The Program was attended by the Board Chairperson Fatim bai Somji who was on a visit to Arusha.

The purpose of having this session was to share views from ladies of different walks of life within the Community.

The main topic discussed was "How different families cope with same issues in different ways".  This topic generated a lot of discussion amongst the ladies and solutions on how to handle issues was also presented.

Some ladies shared a few ideas that they had gained from other seminars they had attended previously which include the Marriage Seminar organized by the Africa Federation Tabligh Board and Africa Federation Youth Network and the BMTI test held by Africa Federation Capacity Building Group.

The following points were noted down to be looked into:

  1. Requirement of a Female gynecologist.
  2. Awareness on Breast and cervical Cancers.
  3. Annual Medical Checkups.
  4. Ladies Gym and Sports facility.
  5. Women Health issues especially hormonal imbalances.
  6. Pre Marriage seminars.
  7. Educating adolescents on sexual relationships and hygiene.
  8. Seminars on "Knowing Oneself".

The Session provided a platform for ladies to interact and discuss various issues relating to women and how they could help each other.   A network was started where the ladies would share health related information like recipes, health tips and other useful tips are helpful in the day-to-day life.

The Session was fruitful and it was felt that more such sessions would help ladies come up with solutions through discussions and sharing of ideas.

The Women Board would like to take this opportunity to recommend to Jamaats in Africa to organize such sessions for the ladies at least once every three months and inform the Board of any assistance they may require.

The Board thanks the Managing Committee of Arusha Jamaat for facilitating this program and for all the assistance and arrangements made.

Thanks to all participants for their valuable contributions at the Forum.

Africa Federation Women's Board (AFWB)


Economic Upliftment Project of BMMK – Module 2

eu1aIn continuation towards empowerment of the women in the rural areas, Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya organized six day Module 2 training on Business Management for Lamkani women group in Mackinnon road centre. The main objective of this module was to help the women from the Micro-finance groups understand:

  • The importance of starting a profitable business.
  • Importance of controlling their business cash.
  • Profit and loss in a business.
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a business.
  • The marketing tools (6p's) i.e. Place, Product, Promotion, Price, People, and Plan
  • The importance of record keeping for their business transactions.

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Programs for Ashra-e-Muharram:

  • Majaalis in Swahili at the BMMK Hall in Mombasa town and at the rural centres for Muslim brethrens after Maghribayn prayers.
  • Special lectures have been planned for the ladies after Dhuhrayn prayers.
  • On Ashura Day, procession (Juloos) will be organized at all Centres followed by lectures and Niyaaz. 

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Ref: BSA/2013                                                                                                      


The Brilliant Student Award is an annual Scholarship program introduced by Africa Federation from the year 2009, offering a onetime award of US $5,000 each towards Higher Education to two students (one boy and one girl) who have displayed a consistent record of academic excellence.

The Education Board received nominations from Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Nairobi and Arusha. After close scrutiny on the set criteria of selection, we are pleased to announce the following as the winners of the Brilliant Student Award 2013:-


On behalf of the Africa Federation Education Board, we take this opportunity to congratulate the Winners for their outstanding achievement and we wish them every success as they continue with their academic pursuits. Our felicitations also to all the participants of this award. May Allah (s.w.t.) grant them success in their future endeavours, Ameen.

It is our hope that our community Brilliant students out there will make use of this golden opportunity and that more student applications from different Jamats are received next year.


CIRCULAR NO: JMT/034/13            

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Muharram 1435 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 3.51 p.m. on Sunday 3rd November 2013 i.e. 28th Zilhajj 1434 A.H.

On Monday 4th November 2013 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:



The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.35 p.m., when the crescent will Insha'Allah be 17 degrees South of West, in line with where the sun had set.



Ref: PR/AF/009/2013


Eid Message from Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, Chairman of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa.


I shall begin this message with a Talbiya of Hajj – A Recital of Tawheed

"Here I am, O Allah (in response to Your call), here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Verily all praise, grace and all sovereignty are Yours, You have no partner"

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Ref: JMT/33/13                                                                                      


A part-time Job Opportunity

Position: Education Board Administrative Secretary

The Education Board (EBS) of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa is seeking to employ a suitably qualified person for the above position based in the EBS office of the Africa Federation Secretariat office located at the corner of Olympio/Bibi Titi Mohamed Road, Dar-es-Salaam.

Interested person who possess the required qualifications are invited to submit a written application along with the current Curriculum Vitae (CV) to reach the Hon. Secretary of the AFED Education Board latest by 31st October 2013.

Further details/address are provided in the Advertisement and Job Description below.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary

Download: Job Description - Education Board Administrative Secretary (PDF, 360KB)



Ref: AK/PR/2013/008


The KSI Jamaat of Arusha hosted the 9th AFED Annual Qur'an competition on 14th and 15th September 2013 under the Africa Federation Tableegh Board - AFTAB. The competition was fully sponsored by the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa (AFED).

The aim of the Qur'an competition is to encourage and promote the recitation, awareness and understanding of the Holy Qur'an, and to propagate its message amongst the young and older generations in our community.

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