Ref: CHB/HB/57/16                                                                            


What is Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke is an emergency condition where the body's core temperature is markedly elevated after being exposed to high environmental temperatures combined with neurologic symptoms and loss of body thermal auto regulation (ability of the brain to control the body temperature). Heat stroke has also been termed sunstroke and hyperthermia; heat stroke is a medical emergency.
Heat Stroke Causes:
The major cause of heat stroke is prolonged exposure to high temperatures and/or doing strenuous activity in hot weather condition. The body's ability to control the core temperature (sweating, evaporative cooling, for example) is overwhelmed by heat.
Infants, children, pregnant females and the elderly are at higher risk for heat stroke because they are less able to control their core temperature.

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The Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Mosque in Bagamoyo was built in the year 1889. Once a thriving town, Bagamoyo was an important port entry in Eastern Africa coast, the Khoja Shia Ithnaasheri community from Kutch and Kathiawad landed in Bagamoyo like in Kilwa, Lamu and Zanzibar over a century ago, the Bagamoyo Mosque was built in 1889 to cater for the growing population of our community, there is also a Kabrastan nearby where several community members are buried. Many of our community members in around 1905 started to move out from Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam and other places, by late 1960s, there were only two to three families of Khoja Shia Ithnaasheris who remained in Bagamoyo.

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Ref No:  PR/AF/74/2016                                                                     

Haji Nazarali Imambargha at Kurla, Mumbai – India

Historical Background

The founder of the Imambargha is Haji Nazarali Dewji Jamal, one of the six sons of Dewji Jamal. He purchased the land in 1905 in the memory of his father. The original building was about 2,000 sq ft and was constructed by him and his brother in law Noor Mohammed Hemraj from their own funds.
They also formed the 'KSI Imambargha and Kabrastan Trust on 11th August 1921 and handed over the Imambargha property to this Trust for the general benefit of the Khoja Shia Ithnaasheri community.
Haji Nazarali Dewji Jamal passed away in Mumbai on 18th October 1930. He is buried in Kerbala in Wadi al Qadeem graveyard. (May Allah (SWT) grant him maghferat and elevate his status, Ameen)  


Alhaj Noormohamed Jivraj – Arua, Uganda

In 1915, Murabbi Noormohamed Jivraj became the first Ithnaasheri to settle in Arua. He was 29 years old at that time. Noormohamed was 19 when he travelled by dhow from India to Mombasa. From Mombasa he travelled by train to Kisumu and onwards by boat to Entebbe. He then walked 21 miles to reach Kampala. He worked for 5 years at Datoo Damji. In 1910, he went to Masindi, 130 miles from Kampala to start his own business. Masindi was undeveloped, with all houses made of mud and thatched roofs. After five years in Masindi, he moved to Arua where he opened a shop. He also opened another shop in Karuma, 14 miles away in the Congo. In 1921 he went to India and returned in 1928. By this time there were already ten Indian families in Arua and a few sturdy homes had been built.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/194/16                                                   


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rajab 1437 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 2.25 p.m. on Thursday 7th April 2016 i.e. 28th Jamadi ul Aakhar 1437 A.H.
On Friday 8th April 2016 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:           

Sunset  6.24 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset  27 hours 59 minutes     
Moonset 7.29 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 05 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      16.04 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 14.32 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.41 p.m., when the crescent will be quite low on the horizon 12 degrees North of West, 4 degrees North of where the sun had set.

Archives Section (Part 4) Down the Memory Lane Photographs
Elders of our community have always remained in forefront in Charity and in other Community events, this is a clear testimony of the strong Solidarity and Unity of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheris – This should be preserved.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/193/16                                                

The Organizing Committee of the 26th Triennial Conference and the 78th Supreme Council Session of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa has made arrangements for the Accommodation of the Participants as per details provided below. All the places are close to the venue of the meeting i.e. the KSI Jamaat – Dar-es-Salaam Imambara.

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History of the early settlement of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri in Arusha

Members of our community started arriving in Arusha around 1902 and by 1908 a sizeable community had been established.

The pioneer families were: Nanji Damani, Mohamed Damani, Shermohamed Sajan, Esmail Ebrahim, Hasham Ebrahim, Jaffer Pardhan, Sachoo Jivraj, Nasser Lila and Suleman Ramji. There were also 12 members from other Asian communities residing in Arusha at that time.

Majalis were initially held at the home of Hasham Ebrahim and later on at Shermohamed Sajan. Arusha was connected with Moshi in commercial activity.

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Ref: CHB/HB/56/16                                                                                             


World Tuberculosis Day is marked every year by the people all across the world at international level on 24th of March. It is observed to raise the common public awareness about the epidemic disease of Tuberculosis (TB) as well as get their efforts in order to totally eradicate this disease. Around 1.7 million of the people are dying of this disease every year. How can we as a Community help in this drive of eradicating this disease?

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The Madrassah Centre of Excellence (MCE) of the World Federation in partnership with the Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTab) conducted the First Teacher Development Programme - Teaching Skills in Madagascar and Reunion.  The two days Training and a one-day Micro Teach Session for the Madrassah Teachers of Constituent Jamaats in Territorial Councils of Madagascar and Reunion was held between 20th February and 3rd March 2016 in Antananarivo Madagascar and Saint Denis, Reunion respectively.

A total of 56 teachers from the Madaris of the Jamaats of Madagascar and Reunion participated, they had the opportunity to practice the skills learnt in the first two days and receive feedback from peers as well as facilitators.

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