REF: BMM/ADMIN/003/1437                                                         

 

LADIES FROM BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA JOINS WITH FELLOW MUSLIM WOMEN IN MILADUN NABII (SAWW) CELEBRATIONS

On Thursday, 24th December 2015 (12th Rabbiul Awwal 1437), ladies from the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania joined their fellow women in grand celebration of Milad-un-Nabii (SAWW) which was also an opportunity to build stronger bonds amongst the Muslim women of Tanzania from different faiths and backgrounds on a common platform of unity to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the birth of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (SAWW).

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As a continuation of Teacher’s Development Programme, MCE in collaboration with AFTab held a two days Teacher’s Skills Programme and a one day Micro Teach Session for a second cohort of Madrasah Teachers in November 2015 in Dar es Salaam.

Likewise, a second cohort of Madrasah Teachers from Nairobi was also conducted towards the end of November 2015.

A total of 44 teachers from the Madaris in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi attended the programmes.

The programs were facilitated by Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi from UK, sponsored jointly by the World Federation and Africa Federation.
Modules included:

  • Role and Responsibility of a Madrasah Teacher
  • Lesson Planning and Planning Skills
  • Learning and Reflective Practice



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Personal hygiene habits such as washing your hands and brushing and flossing your teeth will help keep bacteria, viruses, and illnesses at bay. And there are mental as well as physical benefits. “Practicing good body hygiene helps you feel good about yourself, which is important for your mental health,”
 
Personal Hygiene: Healthy Habits Include Good Grooming
If you want to minimize your risk of infection and also enhance your overall health, follow these basic personal hygiene habits:

  • Bathe regularly: - Wash your body and your hair often.  I’m not saying that you need to shower or bathe every day, but you should clean your body and shampoo your hair at regular intervals that work for you. Your body is constantly shedding skin. That skin needs to come off. Otherwise, it will cake up and can cause illnesses.
  • Trim your nails: - Keeping your finger and toenails trimmed and in good shape will prevent problems such as hang nails and infected nail beds. Feet that are clean and dry are less likely to contract athlete’s foot.
  • Brush and floss: - Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. At the very least, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Brushing minimizes the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing, too, helps maintain strong, healthy gums. The bacteria that builds up and causes gum disease can go straight to the heart and cause very serious valve problems. Unhealthy gums also can cause your teeth to loosen, which makes it difficult to chew and to eat properly. To maintain a healthy smile, visit the dentist at six-month intervals for checkups and cleanings
     
  • Wash your hands: - Washing your hands before preparing or eating food, after going to the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after handling garbage, goes a long way toward preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Keep a hygiene product, like an alcohol-based sanitizing gel, handy for when soap and water isn’t available.
     
  • Sleep tight: - Get plenty of rest - 8 to 10 hours a night - so that you are refreshed and are ready to take on the day every morning. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling run down and can compromise your body's natural defenses, your immune system.

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Brief Information of Pemba Island 

Pemba known as 'Al Jazeera Al Khadra' (the green island, in Arabic) is an island forming part of the Zanzibar archipelago, lying off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is situated about 60 km to the north of the island of Zanzibar. It lies 50 km east of mainland Tanzania. Together with Mafia Island (south of Zanzibar), they form the Spice Islands.
 
The estimated population of Pemba Island is about 300,000, with an area of 980 km². The island of Pemba currently has 4 districts; they are Chake Chake, Mkoani, Wete and Micheweni.
 
Pemba Island is the untouched and pristine island of great beauty and fertility. The mosaic of forests, swamps, mangroves, hidden beaches and lagoons is scattered with the ruins of mosques and tombs mostly reclaimed by the forest – sites that date back to Arab domination when Pemba Island was seized by the Sultan of Muscat (Oman) in the 17th century.
 
Pemba was once the world’s major clove producer, making to almost 70%.
 

Wete Jamaat:
 
In 1910, eight families of our community lived half a mile from Mtemani which is the current commercial centre. They were Br. Habib Hasham Chatoo, Br. Karim Hasham Chatoo, Br. Khakoo Ramji, Br. Kermalli Hasham, Br. Hasham Hirji and Br. Ali Kasu.
 
During the 1914 World War, the Mtemani area became commercially active and our community members moved in gradually. Wete at the time was in the early stages of development, it was like a small village. There were no proper roads, water and electricity. Wireless telegram communications started in 1914. Bullock carts were used for movement of goods. Donkeys were used for travel purposes. Since the donkey was the only method of travel, no one felt ashamed doing so. The first motor vehicles arrived in 1926. Telephone communication for public started in 1932.  Piped water was installed in 1937 and electricity in 1958.

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Ref: AFED/PR/15/68                                                                        

The 77th Supreme Council Session of the Africa Federation was specifically convened to discuss and adopt Procedures and Guidelines in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the Function of the Electoral Commissioner in the conduct of elections in the Federation. 
 
The election for the Chairman of the Africa Federation for the term 2016 – 2019 is due before the forthcoming Triennial Conference to be held in April 2016.
 
The Session was held at Mehfil-e-Abbas, Dar-es-Salaam on Saturday 12th December 2015 and attended by AFED Office Bearers, Trustees, Electoral Commissioner, Councillors from Arusha, Bukoba, Bujumbura, Dar-es-Salaam, Lindi, Kampala, Mombasa, Morogoro, Moshi, Mwanza, Nairobi, Tunduru and Zanzibar. The Secretary General of the World Federation Alhaj Kumail Manji, AFED Board Chairmen & Board Members, Invitees and AFED Secretariat staff were also in attendance. The Session commenced at 10.00 A.M. with the blessings of the verses of the Holy Qurán.

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KSI Community in Kaberamaido, Uganda
 
Mulla Haji Gulamhussein Ladha 1896-1964

Mulla Gulamhussein Ladha’s family was the first Ithnaasheri family in Kaberamaido. He arrived in 1938 from Soroti. He was a Zakir-e-Hussain and used to recite majlises in Kutchi and Urdu and Ismaili Community would attend as well.  All religious programs which included Thursday, Wafat, Khushali and Mahe Ramadhan majlises were held at Mulla Gulamhusein's house.
 
Members of the Ismaili Community later on requested for turns to hold majlises at their houses as well which were recited by Mulla Saheb.
 
Mulla Saheb used to recite majlises in Atuboi (a town 15 miles away) as well where all the residents were Ismailis and the majlises use to be held at the Jamatkhanas.
 

Haji Hassanali Salehmohamed 1917-1972

Another family in Kaberamaido was that of Alhaj Salehmohamed. Hassanalibhai Salehmohamed migrated from India and arrived in Mombasa at the age of 12. He then travelled to Kaberamaido where he initially worked for his maternal uncle Rashid Bata for six years. He then worked for his brother Rajabali Salehmohamed for two years, before leaving for India for marriage.
 
Upon returning from India he worked in partnership with his brother for a year, after which he started his own business.  When he first arrived at this town, there were 5-7 Turkish and about 5 Ismaili shops. There was good cooperation between Ismailis and Ithna Asheris which continued.
 
Thursday, Wafat and Wiladat majlis continued to be held in turns while Muharram Majlis were held at the residence of Hassanalibhai on sponsorship basis. The Khoja population increased gradually. 
 

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WITH KIDS

A child’s earliest years are filled with new experiences that drive their cognitive, social and physical growth. The first 3 years in a child’s life are the most critical for the brain development, especially if a child is delayed in development. Early intervention is a collective therapy that provides children from birth to 3 years who have disabilities or are at a risk of developing; to help them cope later in life.


Occupational therapy is one of the several therapies that benefit children with many conditions such as Down syndrome, Autism, developmental delays,birth injuries or defects, sensory processing disorders, learning problems, autism, behavioral problems, burns, cerebral palsy and other chronic illnesses,

The therapy can help improve their motor, physical, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, play skills and enhance their self-esteem. The main goal is to enhance development, minimize delay and support families meet the needs of their children,

People may think that occupational therapy is just for adults; after all, what’s a child’s occupation? A child’s main occupation is playing and learning, hence, occupational therapists promote active participation in occupations that are meaningful to them. They evaluate a child’s skills for playing, school performance and activities of daily living (ADL’s) and compare them with their developmentally appropriate age group.

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BILAL TANGA COMMEMORATES THE DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAWW)

The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanga (BMM Tanga) commemorated the Death Anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) by organizing a peaceful march on 11th December 2015 (28th Safar 1437) in collaboration with the Ahlul Bayt Charitable Foundation and Sayyid Shuhada Foundation of Mikanjuni – Tanga. The procession which was attended by hundreds of people from all around Tanga started from the Bilal Headquarters on Street No. 5 and ended at the Ahlul Bayt Charitable Foundation Headquarters on Street No. 20. Throughout the procession short messages were given out with regards to the purpose of the procession. Pamphlets were also distributed to those who were present during the procession.
 

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The Mission conducted a Module III – Credit training for three days from 24th to 26th November 2015.
 
This is conducted after the group has gone through the Module 2 training – Business Management which was conducted mid this year. 
 
The module included sessions on:

  • Introduction to loans
  • Rules and regulations of taking loans
  • Revolving of loans
  • Importance of taking loans
  • Repayments of loans
  • Loaning procedures
  • Duties of the loans committee
  • Selection of the loan committee and
  • Baseline data collection

The module was facilitated by Sis Sidi Nyota and Sis Kauchi Chifui. 


 

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MARHUM MULLA GULAMHUSSEIN PEERA OF ARUSHA

Alhaj Mulla Gulamhussein Peera was famously known as Jomba, was born in Zanzibar on 28th August 1923.                              
 
Late Mulla Gulamhussein devoted his entire life for Tabligh activities in the community.  He started as a teacher of the Ithna-Asheri Madressah in Zanzibar famously known as School Faize and at a very young age, he took keen interest in Zakiri.  He then moved to Arusha in February 1965 where he continued to provide religious services with great zeal and sincerity.
 
He took great interest in reading newspapers and following local politics.  He was also interested in Cricket and used to visit the sports ground to watch matches and encourage youngsters.
 
He was the chief accountant with Sheriff Dewji & Sons Ltd. in Arusha for many years.  He was very particular in accounts especially cash where he would insist on accuracy to the last cent.
 
He was Zakir-e-Hussein in Zanzibar and then Arusha where he used to recite majalises, nikaahs.  He spoke English, Kiswahili, Gujarati and Urdu fluently.    He was one of the few first Khojas of East Africa to lead Namaze Jamaat and his outstanding Zakiri made him popular in East Africa and Madagascar. He also used to give Haaj Masaels whenever called upon; he was liked for his humble and affable nature.
 

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