29th March 2019
The Africa Federation
(AFED) Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi and the Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali
Khalfan paid an official visit to Tanga Jamaat on Sunday 24th March
Tanga Jamaat at one stage had a population of over 600 heads; gradually membership shrunk due to downturn of the economy, lack of good standard of education and reliable healthcare services. Membership has dropped to about 150 heads currently.
Some businesses are still flourishing whilst there is also encouraging news that the economy will turn-around as the Uganda oil pipeline project which is expected to complete in 2020 will end in Tanga, the distance is approximately 1,410 kilometers with the capacity of 216,000 barrels of crude oil flow per day, Uganda will pay Tanzania for every barrel flowing through the 24 inches pipeline.
Presently, house rents are low compared to other cities like Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Arusha and other thriving cities in Tanzania.
On Sunday, after Zohrain prayers, Tanga Jamaat organized a meeting inviting all community members to the meeting followed with lunch. After recitation of the verses from the Holy Qur’an, the Tanga Jamaat President, Gulamali bhai Khakoo welcomed the Afed officials and thanked them for their visit and holding a meeting with members of the Jamaat.
AFED Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi thanked members for their attendance at a short notice. He provided a brief overview of the various activities of Africa Federation, including the developments taking place presently in some of the Jamaats, for example the housing projects in Dar-es-Salaam, Nairobi, Madagascar and those completed in Mombasa. He also pointed out on the financial challenges Afed is facing due to the current economic climate, reduced rental income and also hukuk inflow which has dropped in the last 3 to 4 years.
Shabir bhai explained Afed’s long term plan to become self-sufficient through income generating commercial projects, the Umoja Commercial Complex on Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Road, prime location in Dar-es-Salaam is one good example of Afed’s strategy. Phase one with 20 modern Warehouses financed partly with a bank loan was completed few years ago, and Phase two which consists of Show Rooms and Offices has now started.
The Vice Chairman,
Alhaj Aunali Khalfan spoke on the current challenges the community is facing in
the light of the economic downturn, dwindling membership of the Jamaat and lack
of enthusiasm among youth of our community towards volunteerism and other
social/religious services. He pointed out that no Jamaat is small, invariably
all have important roles to play in the community and one must not shy away from
He stressed the importance of Madressah, and urged the Jamaat to seriously look into upgrading the Madressah facilities and upgrading teacher’s skills by providing the training and also modern teaching equipment etc. He asked the Jamaat to liaise with AFTAB to ensure that Madressah teachers receive proper training in modern teaching techniques etc. He asked the parents to ensure that their children attend the Madressah and also study the Holy Qur’an with its meaning so that there is good understanding of the Holy Book.
He also spoke on the importance of the Jamaat’s full participation in the upcoming Solidarity Day – 2019 events and fund raising amongst all members of the Jamaat, the funds collected will enable Afed to support poor and needy for school fees, medical, essential household expenses etc. throughout the year. He said, families can contribute the Zakat, Sadaqa and Donations.
Good interactive session ensued after the AFED Chairman and Vice Chairman had spoken. Several questions were asked and some clarifications were sought. There was a particular interest among some members in regards to the Rent-to-Own housing scheme which has been introduced by Afed at Al Asghary Residency in Dar-es-Salaam city centre, and similarly with the Amira Apartments in Upanga area in Dar-es-Salaam.
In the closing, Shabir bhai underscored the importance of education and especially higher education. He explained on the Higher Education Loan program and stressed that these are loans and not grants, hence students once they complete their studies after a grace period of one year should start repaying the loan so that other students who need loans are not deprived due to lack of funds.
AFED Chairman extended invitation to the members to attend the AFED Triennial Conference which will be held in Mombasa, Kenya from 12th to 14th April 2019, those who are interested to attend should inform the Tanga Jamaat Hon. Secretary for an invitation letter from Afed.
During the meeting with the Jamaat President, he appealed to the AFED Chairman for assistance in income generating project for Tanga Jamaat and redevelopment of Haji Nanji Hall which requires immediate attention due to its bad condition. AFED Housing Board Chairman will visit Tanga to assess the projects and to carry out the feasibility of the projects. The Chairman assured Gulamali bhai that AFED will look into how best to redevelop the Haji Nanji Building and wanted to know about the Trust Deed details etc.
VISIT TO BILAL MUSLIM MISSION – TANGA BRANCH
A visit was also made to Bilal Muslim Mission – Tanga Branch head office and a meeting was held with the Branch Chairman, Alhaj Hasnain Hassanali and Shk. Amiri Kipingu, Mudir of Bilal Tanga Branch. A brief report was provided the centres, including the Pangani Mosque which is now being utilized by Bilal Tanga for Hawza classes. In the last 25 years, Bilal Tanga branch has made huge strides in the field of Tabligh, Hawza, Madressah, Centres, Muballigheen Training. Various interfaith functions are held throughout the year, especially during in the months of Muharram, Safar, Rabi-ul-Awwal and the holy month of Ramadhan.
A site visit to see the ongoing construction of Bilal Tanga building on Street No. 4 was made in the company of Tanga Jamaat President, Gulamali bhai Khakoo, MC Member, Sajjad bhai Khakoo and Chairman of Tanga Bilal Branch, Hasnain bhai Hassanali. A seven storey building will house the Girls Hawza. The project is undertaken by the AFED Housing Development Board, regular visits are made to check on the progress and quality. The quality of workmanship is up to the required standard, and good progress has been made so far.
AFED Secretariat wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Tanga Jamaat
President, Gulamali bhai and the M.C. Member, Alhaj Sajjad bhai Khakoo for the
warm welcome and hospitality accorded to the AFED officials. We are also
grateful to the elders and members of our community for fruitful discussions on
We pray to Allah (SWT) by His infinite grace and mercy to grant the past and present Jamaat leaders, Elders, Volunteers and all the Community members with good health, long life and success in their endeavors. – Ameen.