Message from the Chairman of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa on the special occasion of Milad-un-Nabii (SAWW)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the most Merciful

And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.
Holy Qur’an verse 21:107 surah al-anbiyaa (The Prophets)

My Dear Community Members,

As-Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah

All Praise is due to Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted; and peace and blessing be upon the beloved Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.) and His pure progeny (A.S.).

On this auspicious and blessed day of the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.) and Imam Ja’ffar al Sadiq (A.S.), I extend heartiest felicitations to each and every member of our entire community and to wish joy, peace, unity and prosperity with strength in Imaan.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/111/15                              


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Rabi ul Aakhar 1436 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 4.15 p.m. on Tuesday 20th January 2015 i.e. 28th Rabi ul Awwal 1436 A.H.
On Wednesday 21st January 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:        

Sunset 6.48 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 26 hours 34 minutes     
Moonset 7.39 p.m.
Time Duration 51 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      15.17 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 11.17 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 7.06 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 11 degrees South of West, 10 degrees North of where the sun had set.

Ref: AF/PRESS/2015/46                                                               

On 27th December, 2014, the Africa Federation Youth Network (AYN) team of three, Br. Muntazir Shabbir, AYN Chairman, Br. Aliraza Sumar, AYN Hon. Secretary and Sajjad Karamsi, AYN Committee Member travelled from Nairobi to Arusha for a special meeting with the AFED Capacity Building Group (CBG) and others members on the plan for the AFED Youth Camp – 2015, they were joined by Meisum Bandali, the AYN Rep in Arusha, Tanzania.
The CBG team was led by Sister Mumtaz Ladak, AFED CGB lead along with her team of coordinators, Br. Abbas Lalji, Sister Neelam Jiwa (on Skype from Mombasa). Also present was Faseeha Sherali, AFED CBG/AFTAB Admin Secretary.

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Ref: CHB/HB/025/15                                                                   


What is obesity?

The definition of obesity varies depending on what one reads. In general, overweight and obesity indicate a weight greater than what is considered healthy. Obesity is a chronic condition defined by an excess amount of body fat. A certain amount of body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation, shock absorption, and other functions.

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In response to a request from the Mafia MP, Hon. Shah, the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania held free eye camp at Kilindoni, Mafia Island, from 21st to 23rd November 2014. The eye camp and cataract surgeries were kindly sponsored by Beta Charitable Trust, Essex, U.K.
The camp was held at Kilindoni Primary School and the surgeries were carried out at Mafia Regional Hospital, Kilindoni.

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Ref: AF/PRESS/2014/45                                                                

On Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014, an official visit was made to the High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Dar es Salaam to convey message of condolences on behalf of the Africa Federation and its member Jamaats. The delegation was led by the Africa Federation Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan accompanied by Alhaj Zahir Somji from the Secretariat of KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam, Br. Tahirhassan Fidahussein from the Africa Federation Secretariat and Br. Sajjad Baluch, member of Pakistani community in Dar es Salaam.
The delegation was received by H.E. Mohamed Iqbal, the High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Tanzania, and an enlightening discussion was held in his office. He appreciated the visit by the AFED delegation and thanked for the moral support. His Excellency gave a brief account of the incident of the criminal attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar which has been strongly condemned worldwide.

The High Commissioner was keen to know about the Africa Federation and its activities. Alhaj Aunali Khalfan briefly explained on the history of our community in Africa and its various branches and organizations in mainland Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands of Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius. He explained on the various social and religious services undertaken by the Africa Federation and its Member Jamaats.  


The Capacity Building Group of the Africa Federation organized a Master Class for the LDP Participants of 2011 and 2014 in Mombasa on the 8th of November this year.
The objective of the Master Class was to introduce a new concept raft which has emerged in people development sector. It’s called the chimp paradox and the master class would explore this concept in leadership context.
The Session ran from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm on Saturday afternoon at the Smart Board Room of Jaffery Academy, for a total of 23 participants.
The program was facilitated by Br. Yasin Rahim from Portsmouth, U.K. and coordinated by the CBG coordinators in Mombasa.

  • Very engaging and interactive. Brought about a lot of self reflection in knowing the chimp in me.
  • The best part was the last role play. The last part – the facilitator vs. Neelam


Ref: CHB/HB/024/14                 



  • Harms nearly every organ of the body
  • Causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general

Quitting smoking lowers your risk for smoking-related diseases and can add years to your life.


 Important Information

Smoking and Death

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

  • Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is about one in five deaths.
  • Smoking causes more deaths each year than all of these combined:
    • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
    • Illegal drug use
    • Alcohol use
    • Motor vehicle injuries
    • Firearm-related incidents
  • More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States during its history.
  • Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths in men and women. More women die from lung cancer each year than from breast cancer.
  • About 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused by smoking.
  • Cigarette smoking increases risk for death from all causes in men and women.
  • The risk of dying from cigarette smoking has increased over the last 50 years in men and women in the United States.


CIRCULAR No: JMT/109/14    
The KSI Jamaat of Moshi is inviting members of our community globally who would be interested to lease a fully operating KSI Moshi Jamaat Dispensary – The Jaffery Charitable Medical Services (JCMS) located in the centre business district of Moshi, Tanzania.

Brief Information of the Dispensary:
Location:        Gala Street, CBD Moshi, Kilimanjaro.
Plot size:        Approx 4 acres.
Facilities available: General Outpatient Unit with fully equipped diagnostic centre, modern dental unit, observation rooms, and a mini pharmacy. The centre is also designed to accommodate x-ray units.
More details are available, interested community members should contact the Administrator of the Jamaat on the following address:
Telephone: + 255 272 752 795 / + 255 715 295 125
Closing date: 31st January, 2015
Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/108/14                                                            

We refer to our Circular JMT/100/14 of 28th October 2014, wherein the Africa Youth Network (AYN) launched a Poetry (Spoken/Word) Competition in keeping up with its mission – “Cultivating and Strengthening Youth Network” in order to develop “The Youth for Tomorrow”: enhancing education, knowledge and make them socially aware and vibrant followers in the path of Ahlul Bayt (AS)"

The deadline for submission of the same is extended to Thursday 1st January 2015.



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