The late Gulamhusein Mohamed Valli Dharsi who later became famous by the use of the pen-name of “SALSABIL” was the eldest son of Mohamed Valli Dharsi and was born in Zanzibar in 1887. He was brought up by Janab Saleh Hassan, his maternal grandfather. After finishing his studies, he joined his father’s booming textile business, together with his two younger brothers Habib and Kassamali.

Mohamedbhai Valli Dharsi passed away in Zanzibar in 1923 after returning to Zanzibar from Ziyarat in Iraq, Gulamhuseinbhai and his two younger brothers managed their father’s business until 1930 when it was wound up.

Gulamhuseinbhai received his early education at Sir Euan Smith Madressa, (a famous Gujarati and English educational institution in Zanzibar, renamed Haile Selassie School after the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964). With his vast studies he could speak Urdu, English, Farsi, Gujarati, Arabic and Kiswahili. His fondness for reading and writing was remarkable. He soon built up his own private library which, at the time of his demise consisted of some 2000 (two thousand) books which included some rare and valuable collections in English, Gujarati, Urdu, and Arabic. His private Library also contained several important literary and classical works which he had won as prizes in school competitions.

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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Each year, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program sends 1 to 3 Tanzanians to the United States to attend a 12-month non-degree professional development program.  This program is for professionals and administrators with a minimum of five years’ experience in their field. 

Additional information on the Hubert Humphrey Program, including application requirements, can be found here:

Tanzanians do not apply through the U.S. Embassy, but instead directly through the Hubert H. Humphrey  website at

The application deadline is June 30, 2017.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/62/17                                                    


The forecast for the Crescent of 1st Shabaan 1438 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 3.17 p.m. on Wednesday 26th April 2017 i.e. 28th Rajab 1438 A.H.
On Thursday 27th April 2017, the age of the New Moon after the Sun has set is:

Sunset 6.17 p.m.
Crescent age at Sunset 27 hours 00 minutes     
Moonset 7.24 p.m.
Time Duration 1 hour 07 minutes
Crescent Elongation at Sunset      15.41 degrees
Moon Altitude at Sunset 14.43 degrees


The best time to observe the crescent is when the sun is 5 degrees below the horizon at 6.34 p.m., when the crescent will Insha’Allah be 16 degrees North of West, 2 degrees North of where the sun had set.

Ref: PR/AF/2017/21                                                    

The Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaats of Africa (Africa Federation) was formed in 1946 for the purupose, mainly of bringing together all the Jamaats in Africa representing the KSI community under one federal organization. The aim was to ensure development and progress in the Jamaats through unity and collective efforts in the formulation of  vision and planning to achieve the common aims of the individual Jamaats. By the Grace of Allah (SWT) and through the visions and endeavours applied by the successive leadership of the Africa Federation and the co-operation from the Jamaats, the Federation has  succeeded in advancing its Aims and Objects through the vissitudes of times.

Development and Progress in the religious, socio-econmic andeducational spheres through unity has been the hallmark of the Federation. The famous slogan of “EK Bano, Nek Bano” introduced by the President Alhaj Ebrahim Sheriff Dewji during his term; 1958 – 1964 reflected the core mission of the Federation which is UNITY of  Purpose and Service.

After 50 years of its successful Mission and Services, the Africa Federation is now launching and introducing a new LOGO for itself replacing the current one as a mark of the Federation continuing ahead in its journey of history.

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The Archives section under the Africa Federation Secretariat has resumed working on the digitization of documents, books and files in possession in the Archives section.  It is expected that once this exercise is completed, a directory of all such documents will be prepared for ease of reference.
The Africa Federation Secretariat is pleased to introduce and welcome the following three youths who have wholeheartedly come forward to provide the much needed voluntary services to the Archives section. This will also provide them with unique opportunity to learn and grasp history of our Community. They are the future torch-bearers of our Community and AFED is making all efforts to encourage the youths through Afed Youth Network (AYN) to develop in them sense of leadership leading to progress, productivity and prosperity.
In his remarks, Alhaj Murtaza Jivraj (Kerbala), the Sectional Secretary of Archives said - “I am very pleased to state that the work undertaken by these three dedicated hardworking Volunteers is progressing well. I applaud them for contributing their valuable time, and the commitment and enthusiasm they have shown in helping to sort out and record the historical documents in our possession. I look forward to the success of this assignment in the next 2 years which will make it convenient for all interested Community members to access the information”.

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Ref: AFED/Housing/AAR/17                                           

The Africa Federation (AFED) in collaboration with the World Federation of KSIMC and with the cooperation of the KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam launched the first Rent-to-Own housing scheme in Dar es Salaam on 2nd February to coincide with the Birth Anniversary of Bibi Zainab (A.S) in February 2017.
The Housing Board is pleased to inform that the construction works of the Al Asghery Residency is progressing well and work has already reached the third floor (Pictured below).  It is anticipated that the Project will be completed as per schedule.

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