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


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)


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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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/70/14                                                                

We are pleased to inform that the Tuwasiliane Football and Volleyball Festival was successfully concluded in Tanga over the Easter Holidays.  The Festival commenced with the Opening Ceremony on Thursday 17th April 2014 with a good attendance by members of Tanga Jamaat, sportsmen and sports officials from several Jamaats.

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KSIJ Dar-es-Salaam Graveyard Database

The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat Dar-es-Salaam has embarked on the final stage of the Kabrastaan Rehabilitation Project by updating the database of all the graves to enable the Jamaat to make error free grave plaques.

Besides the master list at the Masjid compound, an updated graveyard database is accessible for all members at our website: – from the homepage go to resources and then click on the appropriate graveyard database tab. Kindly follow the link below to view the database:  and

In case of any changes or inquiries, please send an e-mail to or click on the ‘feedback’ tab on the homepage.

The donation fund for the graveyards is still open and members are urged to remember all their Marhumeens with a donation of 80,000/- per grave. Donations can be made at the Jamaat office.

Please feel free to forward this information to all our brethren.

KSIJ Dar-es-Salaam

Ref: AF/PRESS/2014/25



Part 2 – Reunion Island

Official Name: Reunion, (an overseas department of France)

Land Area: 2,510 sq km (969 sq miles)

Population: 839,500

Capital City: Saint-Denis (147,800)

Currency: Euro

Languages: French (official), Creole

Religions: Catholic, Hindu, Muslim

This lush and beautiful mountainous and rugged volcanic island (with active volcano) fertile lowlands along coast, was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. The island was renamed Reunion in 1793, and it remained a French colony, except for a brief British occupation from 1810 to 1815.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/69/14                              


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rajab 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 9.15 a.m. on Tuesday 29th April i.e. 28th Jamadi ul Aakhar 1435 A.H.

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