The pioneers of the Solidarity Charity Walk - Arusha Jamaat once again organized the Walk for the 5th consecutive year on Sunday 14th May 2017 to raise funds for the AFED Solidarity Day. The theme for this Year’s Walk was Walk, Support and Donate.

The Participants in the walk included ladies, gents, old, young and children, and the walk commenced from Ex-Tiger Super Market Njiro to the KSI Jamaat Mosque, in Arusha town. It is noteworthy to witness women in good numbers participated.

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CIRCULAR NO: JMT/70/17                                                     

OBITUARY


 
 To Allah we belong and to Him is our return
(Holy Qur’an, Surah al-Baqarah - Verse 2:156)
  

Alhaj Abdulhussein Kassamali Khimji

  

The Africa Federation Secretariat received with deep sadness the news of the death of Alhaj Abdulhussein Kassamali Khimji, President of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Lindi who passed away peacefully in the morning hours of Thursday, 1st June 2017 (6th Mahe Ramadhan 1438 A.H.) in his home in Lindi, southeastern of Tanzania. Marhum was buried on the same day in Lindi.

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Report No. 0070 of Rajab 1438 A.H, 2017

BILAL TANGA CARRIES OUT DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD STUFF

Once again Bilal Tanga carried out distribution of foodstuff to its members during the month of Rajab 1438 A.H. As many areas of Tanga region are still facing acute shortage of essential foodstuff, Bilal Tanga through its generous donors decided to carry out this distribution.


A total of 1150 shia families benefited with each family getting 25kg maize flour, 10kg rice and 5kg wheat flour respectively.

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Marhum Mulla Kermalli Alibhai - Dar es Salaam

 
One of the well-known amongst the community workers of the Dar es Salaam Jamaat was Marhum Mulla Kermalli Alibhai.
 
He will be remembered for his youthful enthusiasm and zeal in serving the community. In spite of his age, he was very active and would carry out duties that would put young people to shame.

He was born in Hadiyana, Kathiawar, India on 24 March 1889 and migrated to Africa at the age of 16. He was well known for his business acumen and he used this expertise in Jamaat matters taking good care of financial resources of the Jamaat.

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CIRCULAR NO: AFED/AFTAB/69/17                                


 

Further to our earlier announcement of the appointment of Seyed Hassan Naqvi as Chairman of the Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTAB), the Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi is pleased to appoint the following AFTAB members for the term 2016 - 2019. 

  • Seyed Hassan Naqvi - Chairman
  • Zishan Somji - Vice Chairman
  • Sanjida Rashid - Hon. Secretary
  • Dr. Alihussein Molloo
  • Dr. Fatema Meghji
  • Dr. Zohraida Karim
  • Fatim Somji
  • Fazle Abbas Chandoo
  • Riyaz Habib Virjee
  • Sumaiya Muntazir Meghjee

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Ref: AFED/Housing/AAR/17                                           



The construction works of the Al Asghery Residency on Libya/Band Street in Dar es Salaam is progressing well according to the plan; it has reached the 5th floor.
 
This is a joint Housing Project between Africa Federation (AFED) and the World Federation of KSIMC in collaboration with the KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam.
 
The Project comprises total of 18 Flats (9 three bedroom and 9 two bedroom apartments).  The 86 applications were received, indicative of the big requirement of housing in Dar es Salaam. Applications were reviewed by the Allocation Committee and each applicant was interviewed after which the allocation was done.
 
A short program was held on 1st May 2017 at the KSI Jamaat Tabligh Auditorium, successful applicants were called upon to select the apartment they wished to be allocated. Africa Federation Chairman, Office Bearers and Trustees, the World Federation President and Secretary General, Dsm Jamaat President, Office Bearers and Trustees, Economic & Housing Board Members, Councillors, Ladies Managing Committee, Allocation Committee Members and the 18 successful applicants.

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My Dear Community Members,

Salaam Alaykum.
 
It has been with great abhorrence that we see in our world today continual acts of terrorism. Terrorism founded on an ideology and a concept that is growing exponentially and which affects the very fabric of our society. Muslim organisations have been quick to condemn such acts of barbarity which not only are unfounded in and contrary to our faith but which directly fulminate against humanity!
 
It was a shock for us all to witness the attacks in London where seven people were killed and forty-eight people injured. The attacks followed less than two weeks after the Manchester Arena where 22 people were killed. Only a few months earlier a terrorist attacked Westminster, London killing 4 people and injuring more than fifty people. In the last month, there have been numerous terrorist attacks across the globe: Karrada in Iraq where ten people were murdered and Afghanistan where 18 people were killed. Terrorism has been a widespread, catastrophic phenomena in the Middle East and Subcontinent but is now growing proliferating around the world.
 
The World Federations, its membership and indeed the entire Khoja community condemn such acts of barbarity in the strongest possible terms and we offer our condolences to the families of those brutally murdered. The trauma they are experiencing is unimaginable. That is why within hours of both attacks, The World Federation in conjunction with The Council of European Jamaats donated £10,000 i.e. £5,000 to the victims of the families of each of the attacks. The funds will be spent on psychological support and bereavement counselling. The thoughts and prayers of our community are with them and their families during these difficult times.
 
When reflecting on these barbaric acts, I feel it is important for our governments and for our society to examine in depth the philosophy and ideology of the terrorists. They are driven to undertake such hate crimes, driven to attack those who disagree with them and driven to create strife and discord in our society. My view is that as a community we need to advocate our humanitarian principles. We need to add value to society and to bring positive change to our localities. If we continue our beneficial humanitarian actions then our positive and consistent work will simply speak for itself!
 
With Salaams and Duas,

 
Shan E Abbas Hassam
Secretary General

5th June 2017

Ref: AF/PR/23/2017                                                    



Following his election in February 2016, the Chairman of the Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa (AFED), Alhaj Shabir had the privilege to address Community members of K.S.I. Jamaat of Dar es Salaam on the eve of the Wiladat of Hazrat Abbas (A.S.) on Sunday, 30th April, 2017. The Imambargha was packed with momineen, ladies and gents. There were also three weddings, such features are quite common during the Khushali nights in Dar es Salaam. The majlis was recited eloquently by the visiting Aalim, Maulana Syed Muntazir Rizvi from India. Sheikh Murtadha Alidina, the Resident Aalim of Dar es Salaam Jamaat gave a brief biodata of Syed Muntazir Rizvi and he also explained the status of Qamar-e-Bani Hashim, Hazrat Abbas (A.S.) in the Banu Hashim, and his revered position in the Ahlulbayt (A.S.) - the progeny of the Holy Prophet of Islam (SAWW). He also spoke on the importance of celebrating the occasions such as Wiladat of esteemed personalities from the progency of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW).

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The Journey of Mulla Abdulla Karim Surti from India to Madagascar Island

Mulla Abdulla Karim Surti was born in India in 1862. He was the father of the famous Mulla Yusufali Abdulla of East Africa. He was also the nephew of the famous merchant who was known as the champion of the poor, Murrabbi Sheriff Jiwa Surti. Mulla Abdulla got married in Ahmedabad.
 
In 1900 he travelled to Madagascar with his uncle Murrabbi Sheriff.  He worked at his uncle’s branches at Diego Suarez, Nosibe and Analalava for a total period of 5 years. After the death of his wife, he went to India in 1904 for his second marriage.

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Message from the Africa Federation Chairman,
Alhaj Shabir Najafi, welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadhan
 
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful 

 

… And praise belongs to God who appointed among those roads His month, the month of Ramadhan, the month of fasting, the month of submission, the month of purity, the month of putting to test, the month of standing in prayer, in which the Qur'an was sent down as guidance to the people, and as clear signs of the Guidance and the Separator ….

(Extract from the Dua to welcome the Holy Month) 

'O' People! the Month of Allah (Ramadhan) has approached you with His mercies and blessings. This is the month that is the best of all the months in the estimation of Allah. Its days are best among the days; its nights are best among the nights, its hours are best among the hours. This is a month in which you have been invited by Him. You have been, in this month, selected as the recipients of the honours from Allah, the Merciful.          

[Sermon delivered by the Holy Prophet of Allah]. 

We are approaching the most awaited and spiritual month – The Holy Month of Ramadhan.   This is a Month whose beginning is Mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is Freedom from fire.
 
Fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan has a deep spiritual dimension of compassion and self-sacrifice. Fasting also plays an important role in making us more conscious of the plight and hunger of the under privileged, poor and displaced persons.
 
Our obligations for the month of Ramadhan include helping the needy even more so that they too can perform fasting and other devotional deeds with lesser pain in this month. Just as we are guest of the Almighty in this Holy Month, let us also invite the poor and needy into our fold and share with them the blessings that our Lord has bestowed upon us. While we fast and abstain from eating, and drinking in obedience to our Lord, let us remember the poor who suffer throughout the year because they have no or less means to survive.
 
Similarly, I would like to remind all on the obligation to pay Zakaat-e-Fitrah at the end of the holy month of Ramadhan and for it to reach to the deserving people.
 

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