CIRCULAR NO: JMT/141/15                            


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Shabaan 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 7.14 a.m. on Monday 18th May 2015 i.e. 29th Rajab 1436 A.H.
On Tuesday 19th May 2015 the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:       

Sunset  6.13 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset   34 hours 59 minutes   
Moonset 7.35 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 22 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset    18.32 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 17.39 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.31 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 21 degrees North of West, 1 degree  South of where the sun had set.

The Africa Federation Women’s Board (AFWB) held an Essay and Quiz Competition for ladies of the community. The Objective of the Competition was: To educate women on the Islamic viewpoint of family ethics, to inculcate morals and spiritual principles that oversee relationships between family members and to give an Islamic insight into the Life of Our Role Models like the Lady of Light.

This Competition was held in celebration of the Wiladah of the Lady of Light Bibi Fatimah Zahra (AS). The competition was launched on the Wiladah of Bibi Zainab (AS) – 25th February 2015 and collection was done on the Wiladah of the Lady Fatimah (AS) – 10th April 2015.

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Federation Samachar April 2015 issue released

The April 2015 issue of the Federation Samachar, the magazine of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa, was released in Dar es Salaam on 29th April, 2015. Copies will be available to Jamaats in Africa from this week. Jamaats outside Africa will receive copies in the next few weeks.

This 104 page issue carries news and views from correspondents and guest columnists from around the world. Global community news include Africa Federation visits to Jamaats in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, the World Federation President’s and Africa Federation Chairman’s joint visit to Iraq and a progress report of the Africa Federation Commercial Project in Dar es Salaam.

Also read about the Al Qa’eem residency being inaugurated in Arusha and an update of the Jaffari Complex in Mombasa and the Nairobi Lavington Housing project.

Wider news covers our community’s philanthropy to over 9700 Tanzanians, interfaith activities in Toronto and Britain, water wells being built in Pakistan and more medical facility liaisons established in India for the convenience of community members.

The Down Memory Lane photographs cover Tulear, Madagascar and Mwanza, Tanzania. The Black and White column provides contrasting views on whether or not our community requires radical reformation and the magazine has an enlightening interview with Shaykh Kumail Rajani.

Correspondents and Guest Columnists touch on interesting topics.

Do not miss this issue. Copies can be obtained from your local mosque.

Ref: JMT/140/15                                                                            

The Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi has the pleasure to appoint the following members as Nominated Councillors for the term of office ending April 2016, as per article 21(d) of the constitution.
Alhaj Saeed Ali Vazir – Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Alhaj Salim Mohamed Somji – Bujumbura, Republic of Burundi.
The full list of the Nominated Councillors of the Africa Federation for the term 2013-2016 is as follows: 

  1.   Alhaj Amir Somji - Arusha, Tanzania
  2.   Alhaj Shabir Virjee – Arusha, Tanzania
  3.   Alhaj Rizwan G. Peera – Arusha, Tanzania
  4.   Alhaj Mohamed Nathoo – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  5.   Alhaj Shabbir Kermalli – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  6.   Alhaj Zulfikar Dewji – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  7.   Alhaj Amir Merali – Mombasa, Kenya
  8.   Alhaj Gulamabbas Khaku – Mombasa, Kenya
  9.   Alhaj Feeroz Jagani – Nairobi, Kenya
  10.  Alhaj Saeed Ali Vazir – Kinshasa, DRC
  11.  Alhaj Salim M. Somji – Bujumbura, Burundi

We welcome the two newly nominated Councillors, and wish them successful tenure in the Africa Federation and we look forward to their full participation in all the activities of the Federation.
Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary - AFED



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Ref: CHB/HB/034/15                                                                      


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.
Obesity is best defined by using the body mass index. The body mass index is calculated using a person's height and weight. The body mass index (BMI) equals a person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared. Since BMI describes body weight relative to height, it is strongly correlated with total body fat content in adults. An adult who has a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight, and an adult who has a BMI over 30 is considered obese.

How common is obesity?

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Over two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and one in three Americans is obese. The prevalence of obesity in children has increased markedly. Obesity has also been increasing rapidly throughout the world, and the incidence of obesity nearly doubled from 1991 to 1998.

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The Brilliant Student Award is an annual Scholarship program introduced by Africa Federation from the year 2009, offering a one-time award of USD 5,000 each towards Higher Education to two students (one boy and one girl) who have displayed a consistent record of academic excellence.

Four applications were received for the year 2014 from Arusha and Dar es Salaam Jamaats and were scrutinized based on the set criteria of selection. We are pleased to announce the winner of the Brilliant Student Award for the year 2014 is Br. Mustafa Ebrahim Rashid from Arusha Jamaat.

On behalf of the Africa Federation Education Board, we take this opportunity to congratulate the Winner for his outstanding achievement and we wish him every success as he continues with his academic pursuits. Our felicitations also to all the participants of this award. May Allah (s.w.t.) grant them success in their future endeavours, Ameen.

Our Ref: AFED/JMT/15                                                                                 
Re: Emergency Appeal for the People of Yemen
We pray this message finds you in good health and spirits, insha’allah.
Upon dawning of the month of Mahe Rajab, the sacred month which glows with Allah’s (swt) blessings and mercy, May He shower His heavenly blessings and mercy upon you all for good health, long life, peace and prosperity – Ameen.
As you may be aware, the situation in Yemen remains tense and the Country is on a verge of total collapse, as reported by United Nations.  This catastrophe has resulted in a major humanitarian crisis and the World Federation has launched an emergency appeal to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the current conflict in Yemen.
The Africa Federation Secretariat appeals to all Constituent Jamaats to circulate this appeal to its members and raise awareness of the grave situation.  We urge members of the Community to contribute generously towards this appeal.
The Funds collected by the Constituent Jamaats should be remitted to Africa Federation Secretariat Office in Dar-es-Salaam for remittance to the World Federation.
Let us all together raise our hands in prayers and supplications to Allah (swt) in this blessed month that peace and harmony prevails in Yemen and all parts of the World.
Appended below is the Appeal launched by the World Federation today.
Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

Ref: JMT/139/15                                                                              

This is further to our Circular Ref. No: JMT/135/15 dated 9th April 2015 in which we informed you all regarding the Discussion Forum following the 76th AFED Supreme Council Session in Mombasa.
The Forum on Sunday, 3rd May 2015 will start from 09.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs in the Conference Hall at the Best Western Creekside Hotel. Please be on time.
Moderator: Tehsin Takim
09.00 to 09.05: Opening with recitation of verses of the Holy Qurán.

09.05 to 09.10: Introduction of the two Presenters by Br. Kumail Manji.

09.10 to 09.30: “AFED’s Strategic Development & Sustainability”- by Shabir Najafi.

09.30 to 10.15: Open Discussion / Q & A.

10.15 to 10.30: Tea Break.

10.30 to 10.50: “Case for Survival - Reality check” – by Hassan Ali M Jaffer

10.50 to 11.50: Open Discussion / Q & A.

11.50 to 12.00: Closing Remarks & Appreciation by Anwarali Dharamsi.
We look forward to your presence and participation for a lively discussion, you shall have the opportunity to ask questions, seek clarifications and contribute ideas.

With Salaams and Dua’s

Aunali Khalfan
Hon. Secretary - AFED

We are pleased to issue this first News Bulletin to the members of our community, coinciding with the blessed month of Rajab – the month filled with mercy and blessings of Allah (SWT).
Alhamdulillah after one year of struggle in court, the decision was finally made in our (SAAJ) favor and there was no appeal made. This had been a hindrance and it is now overcome and the Housing Project Committee (HPC) was able to proceed with its project. The construction works has started. Following are a few photographs of the contraction work at the Lavington site. The building shall consist a total of 32 units and expected to be completed by mid-2016.

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Ref: AF/PRESS/2014/54                                                                    

A brief Overview of Lamu
Lamu Old Town, located on an island known by the same name on the coast of East Africa some 350 km north of Mombasa, is the oldest and best preserved example of Swahili settlement in East Africa.
With a core comprising a collection of buildings on 16 ha, Lamu has maintained its social and cultural integrity, as well as retaining its authentic building fabric up to the present day.

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