Visiting Bilal Centres for Quality Control and Audits
One of the functions of the Bilal Headquarter is the supervision of Bilal Centres all over the Country, currently the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania has 230 centres in 22 out of the 25 regions of Tanzania.
The BMM T Headquarter offices arranges for visits to the centres which is done by the Zonal Supervisor and a senior HQ staff, such visits help them to carry out audits, both financial and administrative, see how active the centres are, monitor the running and teaching by teacher/shuyukh to the madrasa students and if they are in compliance with the Bilal National Syllabus and all other activities confirm to the standards. Each centre is visited at least once a month by Zonal Supervisor and once a year by the HQ.
The BMM T COO Br. Hafidh Mansur has this year already visited Arusha, Moshi, Tanga, Coast and South Zone, Lake Zone, Tabora, Central Zone, Zanzibar and Kagera. A visit to Kigoma is under plans.
The recent audit visit was to Mwanza and Kagera, this was a road trip from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza then Bukoba and back from Bukoba, via Biharamulo, Kahama, Igunga, Singida, Manyoni, Itigi, Dodoma, Morogoro and back to Dar-es-Salaam, where over 30 centres were visited and assessed. The return trip from 1st to 3rd November 2022 with breaks to visit and inspect centres took 72 hours to complete and covered 1400 kms. The BMM T Chairman Hussein bhai Karim was part of the road trip to visit some of the newly centres established.
Currently there are 230 Bilal Centre. These centres vary very much in terms of facilities. There very well-developed centre like Ikwiriri, which has a mosque, nursery school, ghusal khana, and madrasa and caters for almost 320 families of Shias comprising almost 1000 individuals to a centre that only has a hired classroom for madrasa where a Sheikh teaches Quran and Islamic studies. Some of the centres are mere grass huts where people pray and conduct madrasa classes.
Listening to the Lectures
Construction of grass thatched mosque by the villagers