Monday, September 26, 2016

Dawoodi Bohras in East Africa -Largest Religious Congregation (Ashara Mubaraka 1438) in over three decades



The city will be host to the largest religious congregation in over three decades



Ashara Mubaraka are the first 10 days of Moharram, that mark the martyrdom of Imam Husain AS, grandson of Prophet Mohammed SAW, that took place fourteen centuries ago. This is a very important religious and spiritual event in the Dawoodi Bohra Calendar. Each year, Dawoodi Bohras across the world observe Ashara Mubaraka by attending religious sermons, mourning the tragedy of Karbala and remembering the supreme sacrifice of Imam Husain AS.

Imam Husain AS refused to pledge allegiance to Yazeed, a tyrannical ruler who had transgressed all that Islam stood for and had established a reign of oppression after coming to power. In the battle of Karbala, Imam Husain AS along with seventy two of his followers including his family fought bravely on the scorching sands of Karbala and acquired martyrdom. The oppressors had totally denied them food and water for 3 consecutive days and even Imam Husain AS’s six month old son was martyred in the battlefield of Karbala. Imam Husain AS made this supreme sacrifice so that truth may prevail, tyranny be exterminated and the cherished human values of righteousness, piety and virtue may ever remain supreme and uncompromising.

Following the footsteps of his predecessors, each year, 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS,on receiving requests and invitations from his followers from different towns and cities, chooses a venue for delivering sermons during Ashara Mubaraka. In this Islamic year, 1438 H, the city of Dar es Salaam is blessed to have been chosen as the venue for Ashara Mubaraka, which will be from the 2nd to the 11th of October, 2016.

With the encouragement and blessings of His Holiness’ predecessors, a few Dawoodi Bohras made their homes in Tanzania more than two centuries ago. They came here principally to carry on business and trade. Finding the country a land of opportunities and experiencing the welcoming nature of the Tanzanians, they subsequently settled and made their homes in Tanzania. The Dawoodi Bohras of Tanzania and those of Dar es Salaam, in particular feel extremely privileged to host this event and expect to host about 30,000 guests from all over the world including East Africa.


                                                 

During Ashara Mubaraka sermons, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS will narrate the tragic events of Karbala and shower pearls of wisdom upon his followers, mentoring them on the noble teachings of Islam and the principles of humanity that Imam Husain AS sacrificed his life for. During these auspicious days, His Holiness will pray for the victims of the earthquake in Kagera region. His Holiness and his followers, the Dawoodi Bohra community, offer support and help to the efforts of the Government of Tanzania in rebuilding and providing relief to the victims of the earthquake in Kagera region. It is also the intention and desire of Anjuman-e-Saifee (Dar es Salaam) to launch a scheme for the support of those affected by the calamity.


Wherever he travels, His Holiness reminds his loyal followers of the noble teachings of Islam that “love for the land of abode is an essential part of the faith” and that “religion is not just prayer and fast but also to strive for betterment in this world and hereafter”. He guides them to strive for the betterment of their neighbors and for the common good of all the people of their country. His Holiness guides and directs his followers to invest in trade and industry in Tanzania and has dedicated resources to assist them to work hand in hand with other members of the society and for the country at large. Following the guidance and directions of His Holiness, the Dawoodi Bohras residing in Tanzania continue to contribute to the growth and development of their country.


The anticipated arrival of His Holiness to Dar es Salaam is on Tuesday, 27th September at 1300 Hrs.


Article Courtesy : issamichuzi.blogspot.com
Tanzania biggest blogger reaching over two million people

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Old Bombay (Mumbai) in 1920 - 1958 - 1967 Rare footage - Must Watch (Specially Bhendi Bazaar)

The city is a modern metropolis whose history is now fast fading into obscurity. Although many may not know the story about the birth of this beautiful city, Mumbaikars are passionate about their rich past and heritage. 

Bombay
Photo courtesy :midday.com


The name Mumbai is an eponym, derived from the name of a local Goddess called Mumbadevi. The history of this beautiful city dates back to the formation of the seven islands, namely Colaba, Mazagaon, Mahim, Parel, Bombay Island, Worli and Old Woman's Island. This group of islands infact formed a part of the kingdom of Ashoka, the famed Buddhist emperor of India. Following the death of the king, the ownership of these islands was passed on and they were later colonized by a number of different rulers. From the early 19th century, the city went under a massive reconstruction and also experienced a boost in the economy during the American Civil War. Apart from the reconstruction and the ownership, Mumbai (previously called Bombay) has also been witness to mass carnages during the Second World War and the Hindu-Muslim Riots. A series of refurbishments and battles later, the city was officially deemed as the capital of the state of Maharashtra. Scroll further for more on Mumbai and its heritage.


The Hornby Vellard was one of the first engineering projects to be undertaken in Mumbai. William Hornby, the governor of Bombay, initiated the project in the early 18th century despite harsh opposition from the East India Company. Thereon, the city began to take shape with several civil engineering projects underway, marking the birth of the Industrial Revolution. The seven islands were finally merged into one single mass in 1845, and in 1853, the country's first railway connection was accomplished between Bombay and Thane. The city was under the rule of the Company's hands until the revolt in 1857.



The opening up of the Suez Canal in 1869 also meant that connections between Bombay and the rest of the world were open, resulting in Bombay becoming one of the major ports in India. Just before gaining Independence, the city witnessed large scale Hindu-Muslim riots that resulted in colossal massacres and turmoil.



Saturday, September 24, 2016

When You Arrive at Dare ssalam for Ashara Mubaraka 1438 - Helpdesk


ashara mubaraka

*Q1. Where is the Masjid &
Mawaid Situated?*


Hakimi Masjid – Magore Road, Annadil Burhani Grounds

Saifee Masjid – Zanaki / Kaluta Street

Daimond Jubilee (Mawaid) – Magore / Malik road

*Q2.Where is the location for Registration upon arrival in DAR ES SALAAM.*

Those arriving by AIR, IMMEDIATELY after customs clearance, khidmat
guzar will lead them to the bus, and you will be taken to the Arrival
Scanning Centres.

Those arriving by FERRY (from Zanzibar), should go to Saifee Masjid
for Arrival Scanning.

Those arriving by ROAD, should go to Central Office (Girl Guides
Building) for Arrival Scanning

*Q3. For registration on ITS website , mumineen coming via boat should
enter flight details as follow ?*


DURING REGISTRATION ON ITS52 WEBSITE , IF ARRIVING BY BOAT CHOOSE AIR
OPTION AND ENTER AIRLINE NAME AS AZAM MARINE WITH FLIGHT NO : 53

*Q4.I have lost my ITS card so whom should I contact?*

Please contact the ITS Head Office in Dar es Salaam and collect your
card from there. Office Location is Girl Guides Building opposite
AMSB, Kibasila Street.

*Q5.Will I be provided with Sim card and how will I be able to recharge it?*


Jamaat shall provide sim cards to Mehmano with Prepaid talk time and
internet. If the package finishes, voucher can be purchased from any
small kiosks all around the city , Once you top up BE SURE TO BUY
PACKAGES PER YOUR USAGE.

*Q6.Will I be allocated pass without my Waraqat ul Tarkhis renewed?*

Waraqat ul Tarkhis should be renewed by your Jamaat in order to get
raza to attend Ashara Mubaraka 1438 and receive waaz pass.

*Q7.Is there an emergency helpline in occurrence of an emergency
outside the masjid area*


Emergency Helpline Numbers are
Airport –
Diamond Jubilee –
Central office – +255624101494

*Q8.What are the exchange rates of Tanzanian currency?*

Below is the bureaus de change and their contact details

1. SAHARA BUREAU DE CHANGE LTD INDIRA GANDHI STREET
DSM,CONTACT:+255-22-212-3486 

2. KARIAKOO BUREAU DE CHANGE
DSMNARUNGOMBE STREET DSM,CONTACT:+255685161111 

3. MC SOMS BUREAU DE
CHANGEINDIRA GANDHI STREET DSM,CONTACT :+255222134136
 
4. MERMAID
BUREAU DE CHANGEKALUTA STREET DSM,CONTACT :+255222116882

*Q9.Which centers will hold raat majlis.*

All Raat Majlis shall be held at Hakimi Masjid

*Q10.What arrangements are being made for Zohofas?*


Zoofa Waaz siting arrangements has been made in the Annadil Burhani
Grounds along with Mawaid

*Q11.What transport is available from the masjid/ relay center to my
accommodation?*


Jamaat shall provide transport to the designated zone, Taxi are
available at all time by negotiating the fare. UBER services are also
available in Dar es Salaam; to use UBER, Download UBER app from your
app store and pay by card or cash upon reaching the destination.



*ZONES HELPLINE*


ZONE C +255 624 101 510
ZONE C +255 624 101 483
ZONE C +255 624 101 489


*MEDICAL CONTACT PER ZONE*

ZONE A +255 624 101456
ZONE B +255 624 101467
ZONE C +255 624 101481
ZONE D +255 624 101488

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ashara Mubaraka - Daressalam 1438 -All Imp Traveling Information

ASHARA MUBARAKA DARESSALAM 1438
ashara daressalam
Flights Information

Flight options into Tanzania are as follows
Kilimanjaro Airport - 12 hour drive to Dar es Salaam
Zanzibar Airport - 3 hours boat ferry to Dar es Salaam

Flight options into Tanzania via Kenya.
Flights are available frequently between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

Mumineen who are in transit in Nairobi, arrangements have been made for their transit stay by Nairobi Jamaat Mumineen. Kindly click on this link Here and register your information with them

It is 20 hour drive from Nairobi to Dar es salaam by bus.
It is a 10 hour drive from Mombasa to Dar es Salaam by bus.

Those flying on to Mombasa or Nairobi, please note. This is a different country. If you do not have a direct connecting flight from there to Dar es Salaam, you will have to pay for Kenyan visa AND Tanzanian visa upon arrival in Dar es Salaam.


TANZANIAN CURRENCY 


Tanzanian shillings

Tanzanian shillings

Tanzanian currency


Tanzanian currency

Tanzanian currency


LOCAL TRANSPORT

Making Your Way Around Dar Es Salaam - Local Transport

TAXI
You can identify a Taxi from its white number plate, some of which have green stripes on its body and a few who have a yellow "taxi signage" on its roof.
Taxi's dont have meters.

Costs:
1. Short rides (0-2km)- Tsh5,000/= fares 2. From upanga (masjid area) to msasani peninsula- range from Tsh15,000/= to Tsh20,000/=
3. Airport to central city- Tsh30,000/=
Airport to Msasani Peninsula- range from Tsh35,000/= to Tsh40,000/=

Never get into a taxi that already has others in it.

UBER


Uber works similar to the taxi except an app is needed to be installed on your phone. Once you're ready open the app and set your pick up location. The driver and cars information will be provided to you as well as letting you know how long he will take to come and pick you up.
Uber's tend to be slightly cheaper than the normal taxi's. Fair estimates can be seen via the app.

BODABODA (Motorcycle Taxi's)

These can be identified by their white number plates at the back of the motorbike. If you are to board a motorbike ensure you are given a helmet to wear as required per the law to ensure your safety.

Minimum cost for a short ride-Tsh2,000/=
1. Upanga to Town or Kariakoo- Tsh2,000- 3,000/=
2. Upanga to Msasani Peninsula-
Tsh5,000-7,000/=
3. Upanga to Airport-
Tsh10,000-15,000/=

BAJAJ (Tuktuk)

These are another common mode of transport. They are the three wheelers also with a white number plate.

Costs are as follows:
1. Upanga to Town or Kariakoo- Tsh4,000/=
2. Upanga to Msasani Peninsula-
Tsh10,000-15,000/=
3. Upanga to Airport-
Tsh20,000-25,000/=

SAFETY TIPS

1. Ensure you have agreed to the price before you board the vehicles.
2. Be sure not to leave any valuables once reaching your destination.
3. You can request the driver for his contact in order for you to use him again.


ENGLISH TO SWAHILI LANGUAGE AND VICE VERSA TRANSLATOR APP

http://sh.st/MUnlD


*NAIROBI TRANSIT INFORMATION*

A transit facility has been organized for those mumineen traveling from abroad to Dar Es Salaam *via Nairobi*.

The transit facility includes transport to Dar-Es-Salaam and 1 night accommodation in Nairobi for those who require.

You are kindly requested to fill in the form in the link below very accurately so that the transit team is notified and can arrange for the same.

https://goo.gl/forms/AxXjpAwjfLvUJatR2

Shukran.
Have a Safe flight!



*ZANZIBAR TRANSIT INFORMATION*


A transit facility has been organized for those mumineen traveling from abroad to Dar Es Salaam *via ZANZIBAR

You are kindly requested to Contact
+255713209046



ashara
Transportation

Information for Mumineen Arriving at Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport

Information will be uploaded soon.

Information for Mumineen Arriving Dar es Salaam by ROAD

All Mumineen arriving Dar-es-Salaam by Road MUST go directly to their accommodation.

Arrival scanning MUST be done within 24hrs at:

1.Diamond Jubilee Hall
2.Central Office (Zainab Manzil, Girl Guides)
3.Saifee Masjid, City Center

Information for Mumineen Arriving Daressalam by SEA (Ferry)

All Mumineen arriving Daressalam by Sea (Ferry) may use Public Transport/Taxi from the Port to Diamond Jubilee Hall.

After scanning at Diamond Jubilee Hall, transport will be provided to their respective accommodation.

Mumineen can also proceed directly to their respective accommodation by private vehicles.

Arrival scanning MUST be done within 24hrs at:

1.Diamond Jubilee Hall
2.Central Office (Zainab Manzil, Girl Guides)
3.Saifee Masjid, City Center


Zone A:

Waaz Transport Information

Mumineen can walk to Central Masjid from their accommodation. Flow management map will be uploaded soon.


Zone B:

Mumineen are advised to walk to Central Masjid. However, the following 3 pick-up points have been identified for elders and those unable to walk:

1.Saifee Masjid
2.Mnazi Moja/ Clock Tower
3.Libya Post Office

Drop off point near Central Masjid is National Housing Cooperation.
Mumineen should proceed to National Housing Cooperation for their return Shuttle.

Maps will be uploaded soon.


Zone C:

Busses will be provided from multiple pick up points.

There will be around 20 Routes with more than 50 Bus Stops.

Drop off points near Central Masjid are:

1.Diamond Jubilee Hall
2.Muhimbili Cricket Academy

Mumineen should proceed to either Diamond Jubilee Hall or Muhimbili Cricket Academy for their return Shuttle according to their Routes.

Routes and Maps will be uploaded soon.

Zone D:


Busses will be provided from the following 3 Pick-up points:

1.GAPCO Petrol Station
2.Sikh Temple
3.Amazon Pharmacy

Drop off point near Central Masjid is National Housing Cooperation.
Mumineen should proceed to National Housing Cooperation for their return Shuttle. Maps will be uploaded soon.


VISA INFORMATION

Mumineen travelling to Dar es Salaam from outside East African Region requires Visa to enter the United Republic of Tanzania. In arrival forms mumineen should mention the purpose of visit as ASHARA MUBARAKAH 1438

Mumineen can get VISA ON ARRIVAL at any designated entry points,
Please make sure that all passengers have sufficient cash, in dollars or euros, to buy the Tanzanian visa on arrival.

Requirement for it is as follows

Passport or Travel Document which is valid for not less than six months Return Air Ticket sufficient cash.


ORDINARY VISA


This is a Visa granted to foreigners other than prohibited immigrants seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania upon application for the purpose of visit, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, studies, or any other activity legally recognized by the Laws of the United Republic of Tanzania for validity not exceeding three months for a single entry only.

For Mumineen coming from Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh, Further information will be provided soon

VISA FEES:

Standard fee rate for Ordinary Visa is US $ 50

Visa & Immigration

UPDATE :

All mumineen will be required to get VISA. All nationalities the VISA fee is $50

United States (US) Citizens, VISA fee is $100


HOST ADDRESS FOR TANZANIA VISA:
BOHRA Hakimi Masjid
Magore Road,
UPANGA AREA.
DAR ES SALAAM

Masjid & Mawaid Situated?

Hakimi Masjid – Magore Road, Annadil Burhani Grounds

Saifee Masjid – Zanaki / Kaluta Street

Daimond Jubilee (Mawaid) – Magore / Malik road


TAISEER U NIKAH ITNC INFORMATION


Huzurala TUS has graciously bestowed _*DAR ES SALAAM*_ with sharaf of Ashara Mubaraka 1438H.


*FOR SHAADI LAIQ FARZANDO*
- All farzando of East Africa should attend this Camp. They need to register on ITS52, choose a day and time slot to attend, and follow instructions there

- In preparation of attending the Camp, farzando should submit their registrations on www.attaiseerulburhani.com, if not done already. This will speed up their matchmaking process in the Camp

- Farzando should spread this message to all their eligible friends, cousins and peers to attend this Camp
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Medical - Instructions for Medical Personnel (Doctors, Paramedics) & Volunteers

1. Registration for Medical Khidmat during Ashara Mubaraka 1438H. - Dar E Salaam has been started.

2. Doctors should carry all necessary equipment such as stethoscope, B.P. apparatus and Glucometer etc. with them.

3. All Doctors, Paramedics and Volunteers who wish to perform Khidmat in Medical Camp during Ashara Mubaraka 1438H. - Dar E Salaam should register on www.burhanimedicalidara.org compulsorily.

4. Once registered successfully; it will be mandatory for all Medical Khidmat Guzaars to mark their attendance at the registration desk at Main Medical Center upon arrival.

5. After marking the physical attendance, all Khidmat Guzaars will be allotted their respective time slots for khidmat.

6. All respected medical personnel are humbly requested to register for medical khidmat only if they wish to perform khidmat during Ashara Mubaraka 1438H. – Dar E Salaam.

7. Kindly note that registering for Medical Khidmat does not guarantee the Raza from ITS.

8. Any further Instructions will be updated accordingly.

Medical - Instructions for Mumineen

1. Mumineen who wish to consult the specialist doctors should carry their previous medical records with them.

2. Mumineen who are suffering from chronic disease like Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and Asthma etc. should carry their necessary medicines with them.

3. Mumineen are requested to carry along their ITS ID card with them during their visit to Medical Camp.

DAR ES SALAAM HOSPITALS

AGA KHAN HOSPITAL 255 222115151 OCEAN ROAD

REGENCY MEDICAL CENTRE 255 222150500 ALY KHAN ROAD

MUHIMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL 255 222151599 MALIK ROAD

HINDU MANDAL HOSPITAL 255 222119237 CHUSI ST

TUMAINI HOSPITAL 255 748659153 MAGORE ST

IBRAHIM HAJI HOSPITAL 255 222114995 MOSQUE ST

TMJ HOSPITAL 255 222700007 MIKOCHENI, OLD BAGAMOYO RD

SALI INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL 255 222601296 YATCH CLUB RD

AL JUMAA CHARITABLE DISPENSARY 255 222182849 KARIAKOO, SIKUKUU ST

DR HAMIR HEALTH CENTER 255 222183265 SWAHILI ST, KARIAKOO


All details regarding dar ashara H1438 on:

1. Accommodation
2. Medical
3. Visas information
4. Currency
5. Sim cards / mini sim cards.
6. Help desk.
7. Vaccination
8. Arriving centres
9. Flight details.
10. Online general chatting
11. Any other information

To get all details please visit

www.asharadar.com.



DO’s and DON’Ts List of Tanzania
There are cultural values which differ form one society to another and sometimes within the society itself. In order for a foreigner or visitor to live comfortably in the host society, he should be aware of these values. Listed below are some of the Tanzanian cultural values.

DO'S

1. Greeting people


Greeting is one of the most important cultural aspects in Tanzania the foreigner should be aware of, since it might enhance or distort good relationship. If someone greets you, he means he respects you and he is ready to begin conversation at any time. If you need any help from someone, it is very important to greet him first or else you won't get help. If you don't greet your neighbors, it means you are not in good terms with them and if you are in a problem they won't help you.

2. Respecting elders

Tanzanians are very much age conscious. They try to respect their elders as much as they can. This is due to the fact that,, elders are considered to be wise and having a lot of knowledge. Also Tanzanians believe that elders have the power to curse any young person who shows misbehavior to them. For that reason Tanzanians try hard not to annoy the elders in anyway. They tend to give them first priorities in various situations i.e. giving them their seats in public transport, greet them, remove hat when talking to them, etc.

3. Shopping 

DO bargain at the market and at the shop before paying for an item, you will have fun doing it. But modern shops have fixed prices.

BE tolerant when people come late to the meetings, it is not only because they have a lot of work but also the different concept they have on time and indicators of time they use.

DON'TS

1. Smelling food


Tanzanians value and respect those who cook food. And to the Tanzanian culture, women /wives cook food. Smelling food indicates that the food is bad and so the cook is. Therefore it is considered rude to sniff food. Sniffing anything implies that it is rotten or it smells bad. Most of the foreigners smell various things at the market when buying them. This is not common in our culture. In case you want to know if a fruit is ripe or not, you have to press on the fruit and if it is easily pressed in, then it is ripe and vice versa.

2. Index finger


In Tanzania people value and respect each other. The index finger is used to call dogs as dogs are not valued and from the Islamic religion, dogs are not allowed to get into a mosque because they are dirty. For that matter, calling a person using the index finger, is like calling him a dog. Also calling a person using the index finger shows arrogance or superior attitude. This is mainly because the colonialists used to call the natives by using the index finger. Not to be considered having the colonial mentality which people hate, better not use the index finger when calling people in Tanzania. Instead use the palm of your hand or if the one you want to call is far and cannot see you, use your hand to call him/her.

3. Public affection

Love is very much valued, respected as it is within love the African families have been brought up. And as love is related to sex, it is considered a private and very secret issue and it is not something to be displayed in public. Kissing and hugging in public is not common. However holding hands between two people of the same sex is considered proper as it signifies close relationship.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Extreme Floods in 2016


The bridge, which crossed part of the Tinau River in the city of Butwal, was completely destroyed.
In the video, people on the bank whistle and wave to warn people on the other side of the potential collapse.
According to the Himalayan Times, a police team was attempting to rescue people on the bank of the river when the bridge collapsed.


Further heavy rainfall has been observed in various parts of

 the country over the last 48 hours. The country has already

 experienced severe flooding in several areas, including the 

counties.