CIRCULAR NO: JMT/61/14

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We are pleased to announce the following Organizing Committee Members appointed by the host Jamaat, the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Dar-es-Salaam for the 75th Supreme Council Session of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa to be held in Dar es Salaam on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May 2014.

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Details of the accommodation and other arrangements will be sent out vide a separate Circular in due course.
 
 
Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/60/14

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The Chairman of the Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi is pleased to announce the appointment of Br. Farhan Yusuf as the Chairman of the Africa Federation Central Health Board (CHB) for the remaining term 2013 – 2016.
 
Br. Farhan takes over from Br. Shabbir Kermalli who has served the Central Health Board (CHB) in the capacity of Chairman of the Board for the past 4 years (2010-2014). Prior to this, Br. Shabbir was the Hon. Secretary of CHB for 5 years. Br. Shabbir’s deep dedication and commitment towards healthcare promotion in the community has been an impressive and commendable one. In the last 4 years, he introduced several new concepts of reporting requirements that would highlight the community’s needs towards preventative measures covering different parameters of healthcare for all age groups, he and his team also worked tirelessly towards introducing Medical Insurance Scheme for our community members in our Jamaats, Insha’allah the new team led by Br. Farhan Yusuf will continue to work towards this goal.   

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/59/14

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The Africa Federation delegation will be travelling to Antananarivo, Madagascar on Tuesday 25th March 2014 for an official visit to Madagascar and thereafter will proceed to Reunion to attend the Annual General Assembly of Union Des Associations Khodjas Shia Isnashri De La Reunion – UAKSIR which is hosted by Saint Denis Jamaat from 29th to 30th March, 2014.

The Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa (AFED) delegation from Dar es Salaam will comprise of Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Mohamed Hemani, Hon. Treasurer and Seyed Hassan Naqvi, Chairman of AFTAB (Tabligh Board).

Alhaj Navazaly Molou, Chairman of Conseil Régional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L’ océan Indien (CROI), who is also the Vice Chairman of the Africa Federation, will join the AFED delegation on the visit to Reunion and Mauritius.

On the return lag from Reunion on 31st March, the delegation will stop in Mauritius for a visit to familiarize with the Jamaat’s activities and meeting members of our community. Mauritius is a Member Jamaat under Conseil Régional Des Khojas Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamates De L’ océan Indien (CROI).

Besides holding the meetings with the office bearers of the two Territorial Councils of the Africa Federation in Madagascar and Reunion, the delegation will also visit Madressahs, Tabligh Centres and local Jamaats to witness projects and meet with the members and elders of the community.
 
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The Africa Federation Women Board in collaboration with KSI Jamaat of Arusha organized a Seminar titled “OUR MARRIAGE, OUR HAPPINESS” on 8th and 9th February 2014 in Arusha and was attended by 122 participants.
 
The Seminar was conducted by Sr. Fatema Shabbir Somji (daughter of Bwana Ali Sheriff) from Zanzibar and Br. Hameed Sheriff from Arusha, which was held jointly for ladies and the gents. The topics discussed were as follows: 

  • Ladies Session:         

Communication between a husband and a wife, parent and child/sister/ brother/ friends and other problems encountered in relationships. 

  • Ladies and Gents Session:  

Men’s Brains, Women’s Brains; How We Think; What We Mean and Say. 

  • Session for Youths (Boys and Girls - 14 – 25 Years):      

Taking Ownership of Life (Issues discussed were relationships, substance abuse, media, technology etc.)

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CIRCULAR NO:JMT/57/14

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Following program is planned for the “Three Days” assembly in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; more details regarding the Forum will be circulated shortly upon completion of some organizational and administrative work required for the Forum.

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Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

CIRCULAR NO: JMT/56/14                                                         

MOON FORECAST – JAMADI UL AAKHAR 1435 A.H.

The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Jamadi ul Aakhar 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 9.46 p.m. on Sunday 30th March 2014 i.e. 28th Jamadi ul Awwal 1435 A.H.
 
On Monday 31st March 2014 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:   
 

Sunset

6.28 p.m.

Crescent age at Sunset

20 hours 44 minutes

Moonset

7.04 p.m.

Time Duration

36 minutes

Crescent Elongation at Sunset

10.26 degrees

Moon Altitude at Sunset

07.44 degrees

SIGHTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

On Tuesday 1st April 2014 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:        
 

Sunset

6.28 p.m.

Crescent age at Sunset

44 hours 43 minutes

Moonset

7.54 p.m.

Time Duration

1 hour 26 minutes

Crescent Elongation at Sunset

23.07 degrees

Moon Altitude at Sunset

19.15 degrees

SIGHTING IS POSSIBLE
 
The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.45 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 16 degrees North of West, 11 degrees North of where the sun had set.
 
EXPECT 1st JAMADI UL AAKHAR ON WEDNESDAY 2ND APRIL 2014
 
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For the third consecutive year, a six day seminar was organized from 22nd – 27th, February 2014, at the Bilal Hall in Mombasa to empower and educate the ladies under the Economic Upliftment Project which the Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya is assisting in the rural centres. Two members from each group participated in this seminar.

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CONSERVING OUR HISTORY IS NECESSARY

Migration and new beginnings, multiple languages, histories and identities are not exceptional in human lives but are in fact a defining feature of world societies and I believe, the Khojas are no exception.

Recently the ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY-LONDON  had organized an Exhibition Pavilion themed “Making Home” Exiles -The Ugandan Asians the story caught my fancy. 

The exhibition explores the history and life of Ugandan Asians, a journey of more than 100 years characterized by migration, displacement and new beginnings in the U.K.

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Our Ref: BMMT 80-1435                                                             

BILAL MUSLIM MISSION OF TANZANIA HOLDS FREE EYE CAMP
AT UTETE-RUFIJI REGION (21ST - 23RD FEBRUARY 2014)

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The Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (BMMT) organized a Three-Days Eye Camp, sponsored by the Family of the Late Yosuf and Kulsum Kermali Alibhai, at Utete (Rufiji) 215 kms from Dar es Salaam from 21 to 23 February 2014. The Camp was set at Mapinduzi Primary School and eye surgeries were performed at Utete General Hospital.

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