Every year, the 15th of Shaban, on the birth anniversary of our beloved Imam of the time, Al Hujjah (ATFS), Africa Federation marks it as Solidarity Day. As part of the AFED Solidarity Day Initiative this year, the Adhoc Committee together with the local Jamaats prepared Hygiene packs for distribution to the local community.
Now under construction!
For The World Federation, providing suitable and affordable housing for our community members is absolutely paramount to our organisation. One of our major priorities in 2018 is being able to work closely to identify and be part of a working solution for our core community issues, in which we refer to as an 'inward investment'. We take this opportunity to help our community profoundly and would like to offer our assistance and support where it's needed most which will ultimately be able to sustain and grow our community internally.
We are excited to announce the initiation ground-breaking ceremony of 40 flats, Amira Apartments at Upanga, Dar-es-Salaam was held on Monday night 28th May 2018. 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 which has been donated to AFED by The World Federation, through the good efforts of Alhaj Ahmed Daya, The World Federation Executive Councillor in London, U.K. for the housing development project for our community members.
The Building Permit for the construction has 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 a 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 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 members and Trustees. The occasion was also blessed with the presence of Sheikh Jehad Ismail the visiting Scholar from Australia and other invitees.
The program commenced with the 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. A 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 each family deserves to have peace of mind which can be achieved by having adequate shelter. This is a core element families need to have in order to prosper.
The President of Dar Es Salaam Jamaat expressed his delight on the plan to develop more houses at a reasonable cost for the members of the community, as the need for accommodation is growing as families are expanding. 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, referring to the Al Asghary Residency on Libya/Band Street with 18 flats recently inaugurated as a good example of the joint initiatives. He wished the Amira Apartments project the very same 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 families will benefit from its disposable income of owning a 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 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.
The World Federation strongly believe every family in our community deserves an opportunity to call a place their own home. We will work effortlessly to ensure we continue to provide the support our community is in need of.
Text and pictures derived from AFED.