Ref: PR/AF/2020/004 Date: March 12, 2020
Antananarivo KSI Jamaat once again hosted the 36th Conseil Regional Ordinary General Assembly from 7th to 8th February 2020 at KSIJ Imambargha in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Triennial Assembly witnessed a happy occasion of investiture of Alhaj Sheikh Haniphe Akbaraly who was reelected unopposed Chairman of Conseil Regional for the 2nd term, 2020 – 2023.
Africa Federation Chairman Alhaj Shabir Najafi, the Vice Chairman Alhaj Aunali Khalfan, Chairman of UAKSIR and Vice Chairman of AFED from Reunion Alhaj Amine Nassor, the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Zuhair Jaffer and AFED Nominated Councilors Dr. Asghar Moledina and Alhaj Navazaly Molou attended the General Assembly for two days. The World Federation President, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi was also present.
On Friday, 7th February 2020 the program was preceded with a dinner followed by an official opening of the General Assembly. Several dignitaries from different institutions and scholars (Ulemas) in Madagascar were invited during the opening ceremony, which commenced with recitation of the verses from the Holy Qur’an followed by National Anthem of the Republic of Madagascar. A moving welcome speech was delivered in Gujarati by CROI Chairman, Sheikh Haniphe Akbaraly thanking the dignitaries for their attendance and being part of this important occasion. During his address, he expressed his deep concern on the ongoing difficult and complex situation which have engulfed several countries, more alarming is the situation in the Muslim World. He prayed for peace, safety and tranquility for all the people worldwide and for the people of Madagascar.
The General Assembly brings together Presidents and delegates from 15 Jamaats of Madagascar and the invitees once every three years. During this occasion, the CROI Executive Committee and its various boards present their reports/accounts for discussion and adoption by the delegates from these Jamaats. The 2 to 3 days meeting also involves consultations and discussions between the Presidents of the Jamaats and CROI Executive Management.
During the Assembly, the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Rizvan Abdoulmomin presented the Secretariat report for the term and the Treasurer, Alhaj Anil Alimamod provided financial report of the year ending 2019 giving detailed account of the funds utilizations in various sectors of CROI and Jamaats which was followed by questions from the floor.
The Education, Health, Welfare, Tabligh, Construction Development, Musafirkhana Board’s Chairmen and Women’s Board Chairlady presented their reports and also answered questions from the delegates.
General Assembly in Session:
Chairman of Conseil Regional, Sheikh Haniphe Akbaraly recognized Alhaj Razaly Asgharali of Reunion for his concerted and tireless efforts assisting our community members of Madagascar and Reunion to obtain French citizenship. He said this was a long struggle and a difficult journey which by the grace and mercy of Allah (SWT) was successfully accomplished. Razaly bhai was awarded with an Award for his devoted efforts.
On Saturday, 8th February 2020, the Chairman of Africa Federation, Alhaj Shabir Najafi, the President of the World Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi and Vice Chairman of Africa Federation from Reunion, Alhaj Amine Nassor addressed the Assembly.
Shabir Bhai Najafi spoke on the importance of developing youth of our community, providing them with various skills training, talent management and leadership development programs which the CBG of AFED are doing in several Jamaats involving youths, social workers and volunteers from both genders. He also spoke about women’s participation in the community and the important role they play in the development and social services within the community. He emphasized on the need for the Women to have recreational facilities to include indoor games, swimming pool, multipurpose hall etc. He thanked Alhaj Raza Aly Hiridjee for his support to CROI and KSI Jamaat of Antananarivo for the support he provides for the development of this facility.
Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi in his address thanked Sheikh Haniphe, his entire team and Antananarivo Jamaat President, Alhaj Arzou Alibhay and his entire team for the cooperation and honor they have accorded to him during his tenure since he was the Chairman of AFED from 2010 to 2016 and also as the WF President from 2017- 2020. He emphasized on the unity within our community as instrumental & pivotal for our progress and the importance of building bridges of relationships with other communities and faiths.
The Vice Chairman of AFED and Chairman of UAKSIR, Alhaj Amine Nassor spoke about the changing geopolitical and economic environment globally which also affects the region hence the community must gear itself to face these challenges, he echoed AFED Chairman’s message and emphasized on education for all our children, he pointed out that students should not stop upon completion of secondary education but must pursue higher education and degree courses for betterment of their careers and their future.
The President of the World Federation, Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi was recognized by CROI at the General Assembly for his outstanding dedication and valuable contribution of leadership service to the community globally.
CROI also gave Awards of Recognition of Services to the past leaders, past Executive Committee Members of CROI and the Board Chairmen and Chairladies for their devoted and invaluable services to CROI and to the Community.
AFED Chairman Honors Mrs. Maleka Haniphe Akbaraly
For the first time, Africa Federation awarded Chairman’s Appreciation Award to the First Lady in recognition for the dedication and support she has given to Sheikh Haniphe for past many years enabling Sheikh to carry out various services to the community and to the indigenous members in Tabligh, Social and Religious sectors with much ease and comfort. Alhaj Shabir Najafi expressed his profound appreciation to Mrs. Maleka Haniphe Akbaraly and requested the Jamaat Chairlady to present the memento to her.
The AFED Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan gave a brief biography of Sheikh Haniphe and thanked him on behalf of Africa Federation for his devoted services and sacrifices for past many years and prayed for their long, healthy and successful life.
On Sunday, 9th February 2020, a meeting was held between AFED office bearers and CROI Executive Committee on various matters of common interest. Similarly, a meeting was held with the ladies committee and several issues were discussed including the health and physical fitness centre and the multi-purpose hall for the ladies. AFED and CROI are thankful to Alhaj Raza Aly Hiridjee for his support in this project.
AFED Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi and the Office Bearers are grateful to Conseil Regional of Madagascar and KSI Jamaat of Antananarivo for the warm reception and the hospitality accorded to the AFED delegation to Madagascar. Our appreciation also goes to the Executive Committee Members of CROI, Ladies Managing Committee, Presidents of Constituent Jamaats of Madagascar, Chairmen of various Boards of CROI and Chairlady of Women’s Board of CROI for their warm welcome and valuable time given to us during the 4 days’ stay in Antananarivo. Our deep appreciation to the volunteers for their tireless services through the period of the meetings.