CIRCULAR NO: JMT/74/14                                                                   



The AFED Secretariat is requesting the worldwide KSI community to raise awareness of this important Day of 15th Sha’ban, and also the AFED Solidarity Day.
 
The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.) has said that during the night of 15th Sha’ban the Almighty takes decisions in the matters of sustenance, life and death and welfare of the people.
 
The honour of this night touches the heights and elevation as in the same night at the time of seher (pre-dawn) the Twelfth successor of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.), The Awaited Imam, al Mahdi al Hujjah (ATFS) was born.
 
To celebrate this blessed night and day of 15th Sha’ban with an act of charity and benevolence, the Chairman of the Africa Federation appeals to all community members of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri fraternity worldwide to donate their full One Day earning to the Africa Federation for a noble cause of charity. 
 
“Those who give to charity by night and by day, secretly and publicly, receive their recompense from their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve” [Holy Qur’an - 2:274].

The Secretariat has appointed an ad-hoc Committee, headed by Br. Farhan Yusuf to manage this event, also to liaise with the constituent Jamaats and the AFED Councillors in the region. We would request the youths (girls and boys) of our Community to come forward and support in raising awareness for this noble cause. Further details on this will be circulated soon.
 
Contributions towards this Fund can be made as follows: 

  • Jamaats outside Africa through their respective Jamaats or the Regional Federations.
  • Jamaats of Madagascar through Conseil Regional of Madagascar (CROI).
  • Jamaats of Reunion through Union des Associations Khodjas Shia Isnashri de la Reunion (UAKSIR).
  • Jamaats within mainland Africa through their respective Jamaats or directly to the  AFED Secretariat by contacting the office or email: secretariat@africafederation.org

This is a unique opportunity to earn Allah’s pleasure and blessings to assist the less fortunate and deserving families of our community members for their basic needs. We request all the Jamaats to initiate and promote collections to start from 1st to 27th Sha’ban 1435 AH (30th May to 25th June 2014).
 
 
Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

 

Our Ref: BMMT/81-1435                                                           

 

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION – RUFIJI BRANCH COMMEMORATES THE
MARTYRDOM OF BIBI FATEMAH (A.S.)

Bilal Muslim Mission Ikwiriri Branch held a two-day program from Friday 3rd to Saturday 4th April 2014 to commemorate the Shahadah of the Holy Lady Fatimah (AS).
 
On Friday the majlis started immediately after Juma prayers and was recited by Sheikh Hasani Bongonyo on the life history of the Holy Lady, the beloved and only daughter of the Holy Prophet (SAWW) her tragic death occurred on 3rd Jamadil Thani 11 AH in Madina.
 
On Saturday the program continued with large gathering listening attentively to Sheikh Bakari Mberango, who gave a brief lecture on the history and tragedy of the Holy Lady and her trials and tribulation following the death of her father, the Holy Prophet (SAWW). He recounted the contribution made by the Holy Lady to the service of Islam and the cruel way that she was treated despite the Prophet (SAWW) saying ‘’Fatemah is from me and I am from Fatemah, whosoever loves her has loved me; whosoever harms her has harmed me’’




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Our Ref: BMMT/82-1435                                                                 

BILAL CAMPUS- TEMEKE COMMEMORATES SHAHADAH OF
SAYYIDA FATEMAH (SA)



 

Bilal Campus once again commemorated the martyrdom ‘Shahabad’ of the Holy Lady Hazrat. Fatemah (SA) on 3rd Jammadil al Thanni (4 April 2014) with various programmes at both the School and the Hawza.

Students of middle grade levels started the program with Zohr prayers followed by the recitation of Holy Qur’an and poems (Utenzi/Marsia) on the Holy Lady.

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On March 22nd 2014, Bilal Muslim Mission Kenya in conjunction with the Zahra Madrassah – Mombasa organized programs to celebrate the Wiladats of Bibi Fatimah (AS) and Bibi Zainab (AS) at Bilal Hall Mombasa.
 
The programs included Qur’an recitations, qasidas on Bibi Fatima (AS) and Bibi Zainab (AS), skit on the teachings of Bibi Fatemah and an educative and informative Quiz programme.

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Circular No: JMT/43/14                                             

The Conseil Regional Des KSI Jamates De L’ocean Indien - (CROI) in collaboration with the Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB) has organized Alim’s Seminar from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th May 2014 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The Seminar is being hosted by KSI Jamaat of Antananarivo and CROI in Antananarivo whereby Resident Alims from Jamaats in Madagascar and Reunion will participate. This Seminar has been tailored to cover vital subjects, these will be deliberated fully be the participating Resident Alims. All Jamaats in Madagascar and Reunion have been informed.

There are 15 Jamaats under Conseil Regional in Madagascar and 4 Jamaats under the Union Des Associations Khodjas Shia Isnashri De La Reunion.

The Seminar will be conducted by Sheikh Komeil Rajani from Qum, Iran and will be assisted by the Chairman of AFTAB, Seyed Hassan Naqvi.

The Secretariat commends CROI for taking this initiative and prays for the success of the Seminar.
 
 
Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

New Issue of Federation Samachar Available

 
The May 2014 issue of the Federation Samachar, the magazine of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa was released in Dar es Salaam on 2nd May, 2014. Copies will be available to Jamaats in Africa, Europe, India, Australia and North America from this week. Jamaats outside Africa will receive copies within two weeks.

This 100 page issue carries news and views (from at least eight correspondents) from around the world with global community news including the history of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheris and the news of Dr. Moledina being re-elected as President of the World Federation.
 
Read about our community’s progress in Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion and of medical facilities created in India by the Africa Federation. The Black and White column provides contrasting views on a recent majlis delivered by a preacher and individual profiles cover Mohamed Khalfan of Dar es Salaam and Shabnees Siwjee of Toronto.

News articles in this issue include – the World Federation’s participation at the United Nations, free screening of thousands of patients in East Africa by the Bilal Muslim Mission in Kenya and Tanzania; World Federation’s Sixth Executive Council meeting in Mumbai, Mumbai Jamaat’s visit to the new Bohra leader, Allentown’s new Islamic library, the CoEJ Executive Council’s recent meeting, the Khoja Heritage Exhibition held in Leicester, etc.

Other articles touch on the history of the Mughal Empire, Freedom as Development and questions on why Islam continues to be a misunderstood religion. Also read thought-provoking articles from other correspondents.

Do not miss this issue.

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/71/14                                                                

The Secretariat is pleased to inform all Constituent Jamaats of the Africa Federation that the 5th AFED Ladies Sports Festival dubbed ‘As Salaam Ladies Sports Festival’ was successfully concluded in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania during the Easter Holidays. The Festival commenced with a grand Opening Ceremony on Thursday 17th April 2014, and on Sunday, 20th April 2014 the Closing Ceremony was marked spectacularly with various entertaining activities and recognitions to the participants and winners.

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Ref: AF/PRESS/2014/26

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Part 3 – Mauritius

The Republic of Mauritius is situated off the African coast in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius is about 2,000 km from the African continent, and 850 km to the east of Madagascar and 145 km northeast of Reunion Island. Mauritius has a total area of about 2,040 sq kms (787 sq miles) and a population of about 1.3 million.
 
Official languages are English and French, Creole and Indian languages are also in use.

The capital and largest city of Mauritius is Port Louis, located in the northwest. Mauritius is divided into nine districts: Flacq, Grand Port, Moka, Pamplemousses, Plaines Wilhems, Port Louis, Riviere du Rempart, Riviere Noire, and Savanne.

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Remembering our Heroes…
Abul Ghuraba (Father of the Needy)
 
MARHUM HAJI GULAMABBAS KASSAMALI BAHADURALI MAWJI
1919-1970

 

 
PROFILE:
Haji Gulamabbas was born in Mombasa in 1919, had a formal education for only two years. However with perseverance, he acquired enough knowledge to be able to fluently read, write and speak Guajarati and English and was at ease whilst conversing in Urdu and Kiswahili. He also showed deep interest in religious education and developed close friendship with Mulla Mohamed Jaffer (father of Alhaj Mulla Asghar) and Haji Alibhai M. Gulamhusein (a teacher at Hussain at night School).

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Ref: CHB/News Bulletin/005/2014                                               

Cholesterol is a word that conjures an image of clogged arteries and heart attacks. The fact is, the body needs a certain amount of it for vital roles such as the manufacture of hormones, vitamin D synthesis and the insulation of nerve endings. While a small amount is vital to good health, the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that an elevated blood cholesterol level is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular (heart and circulatory) disease.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the blood. A very small amount of cholesterol comes from food such as eggs - however, most cholesterol is actually produced by your liver when you eat foods high in saturated fat. Once inside the body, the liver turns saturated fat into cholesterol. Therefore, an excessive amount of saturated fat in the diet leads to increased cholesterol levels. Saturated fat is found in a range of foods including: butter, hard cheese, fatty meat and meat products, biscuits, cakes, cream, ghee, coconut oil and palm oil.

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