The Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Amira Apartments at Upanga, Dar-es-Salaam was held on Monday night 28th May 2018 which coincided with 13th night of the Holy Month of Ramadhan Kareem. This is a Joint Housing Project of the Africa Federation (AFED) and the World Federation (WF) in collaboration with the KSI Jamaat of Dar Es Salaam.
The plot measuring 800 Sq. M is located in a prime residential area along Mfaume Road in Upanga area of Dar Es Salaam has been donated to AFED by the WF, through the good efforts of Alhaj Ahmed Daya, the WF Executive Councillor in London, U.K. for the housing development project for our community members.
The Ceremony was attended by the World Federation President, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, the Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Shabir Najafi, Office Bearers, Trustees and AFED Councillors. Also present was the Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat President, Alhaj Azim Dewji, his Managing Committee memebers and Trustees. The occasion was also blessed with the presence of Sheikh Jehad Ismail the visiting Scholar from Australia and invitees.
The program commenced with recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an by Br. Ejaz Bhalloo who also gave a reflection on several important aspects of social and community services etc. The Qasidah was recited by Brother Sadiq Dewji.
Sheikh Jehad spoke on the importance of shelter (housing) especially for those who would be the first time home owners, as the family will have peace of mind when they have good shelter being an important element in life for the family and posterity.
The President of Dar Es Salaam Jamaat expressed his delight on the plan to develop more houses at reasonable cost for the members of the community, as the need for accomodation is growing as families are expanding as children are getting married. Dar Es Salaam city being the commercial hub of Tanzania, housing needs will always be there, he thanked Africa Federation and the World Federation and Ahmedbhai Daya for taking these initiatives. He also mentioned on the Uhuru Street housing development project which is being undertaken jointly by the Africa Federation, the World Federation and KSI Jamaat of Dar Es Salaam, this will consist of 40 flats and a commercial space on the ground floor.
Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, President of the World Federation congratulated Africa Federation and Dar Es Salaam Jamaat on the recent achievements of the housing projects in Dar Es Salaam, refering to the Al Asghary Residencey on Libya/Band Street with 18 flats recently inaugurated as a good example of the joint inititiatives. He wished the Amira Apartments project every success.
The Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi thanked Sheikh Jehad Ismail for providing an Islamic perspective on importance of providing shelters, similarly it provides economic boost to the home-owners since housing makes almost 40% of the total expenditure of a family who are in the medium income bracket, ultimately the family will benefit from its disposable income having own house.
Alhaj Shabir Bhai thanked the World Federation Councillor, Alhaj Ahmed Daya for his immense support in sourcing funding for the Amira Apartments housing project which he acknowledged is an integral part of the project. Shabir Bhai also thanked Akil Hirji, Chairman of the Housing Development Board and his Board members, Shakerabai Dhanani, Zakiyabai Khamisa and Azimbhai Mawji for their concerted efforts and giving their valuable time and efforts in the housing projects currently being developed in some Jamaats of the Africa Federation.
He also thanked Alhaj Azim Dewji, Noorulain Sheriff, Bashir Bandali, Sadik Bawa, Mohamedabbas Bandali and Members of the Afed Housing Development Board for their support and working jointly in safeguarding the plot from fake claims by two local individuals.
The Building Permit for the construction has already been obtained from the relevant Government authorities. The remaining formalities are in process and once completed, tenders will be floated to the contractors. The project consists of basement, ground floor and first floor for parking plus ten (10) floors each with four (4) apartments. Total forty (40) apartments and a terrace. The construction work is expected to commence in July/August 2018 and the expected for completion in December 2020.
The Chairman of the AFED Housing Development Board Akil Hirji conveys his sincere appreciation to Alhaj Muslim Dharamsi and Yusuf Khan of Tanzania Road Haulage (TRH) for the lighting equipment and assistance for the arrangements of the Ground-Breaking Ceremony, the KSI Jamaat Task Force, Volunteers and G1 Security Services for their services and support.
Our sincere appreciation to Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan, in his role of the Master of Ceremony, he conducted ably and made the entire ceremony lively and enjoyable.
We pray to Allah (SWT) for the successful accomplishment of the Amira Apartments Project – Ameen.
We pray to Allah (SWT) to grant all our well-wishers and donors with increased Tawfeeqat and inspiration with Ima’an to continue supporting our mission for the noble cause, Ameen.