Mwasafu Opening Ceremony 2012
Sunday 1st July 2012 a memorable day for Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya as it conducted the opening ceremony of Imam Baqir Centre – Mwasafu, based in Mwatate District –Wundanyi. Imam Baqir centre established in the year 1984 with a total of 53 Shia familes, 57 students in the Pre- Primary and 43 students in the Madressah section.
Al Haj Anwarali Dharamsi - Chairman of The Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa, accompanied by Al Haj Aunali Khalfan - Hon Secretary, Al Haj Shabbir Somji - Chairman of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania, Al Haj Sultan Molu - AFED Trustee, Alhaj Gulamabbas Khaku - Councilor and Al Haj Ahmed Jaffer - BMMK Trustee among others who graced this ceremony.
The Mwasafu Project involved construction of a Masjid, four new classrooms, a staff quarter for the Masjid Imam and common pit latrines. This project has been jointly sponsored by World Federation of KSIMC , KSI Jamaat of Africa Federation and other anonymous donors.
A traditional welcome was given to the guests upon arrival. The entire community including women and children had gathered for the function. Local community leaders, Mr. Bollisio, Personal Secretary of the Member of Parliament of Mwatate area, Mr. Boniface Mwamburi, Area Councilor, Area Sub Chief, and the Sub Chief of Mackinon Road also graced this function.
After recitation from the Holy Quran, the visitors were welcome by Imam of the Masjid Ust Hussein Ngao who in his welcome address spoke on the occasion outlining the history of the local communities, the challenges encountered in the village and the success of tableegh in the area.
The Programme included recitation of Hadith and Qassida’s by students of Madrasah Imam Baqir.
This followed addresses by BMMK Chairman Alhaj Abbas Nasser wherein he appealed to the local community to take education with utmost seriousness so that the children may attain professional qualifications to be of good service in various positions. He quoted the saying from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w) ‘seeking of knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman.’
AFED Chairman Al Haj Anwarali Dharamsi, congratulated the community at large and said: “It is with great anticipation that if this centre resources are well utilized, the local community will definitely benefit from a generation of young men and women who will uphold morality and just leadership.”
Maulana Sayyid Sarkar Abidi in his short speech congratulated and commended the AFED and BMMK Chairman. He commented: “You have done a great job. Your contribution in spreading Islam according to teachings of Ahlul Bayt (a.s) all over the world and especially in East Africa. I would like to tell you that I’m touched and find myself to have done nothing so far to Islam. I am very much impressed by your efforts.”
A vote of thanks was presented by Ust Yusuf Makau, active community member.
Certificates of appreciation were awarded to Cirago Building Contractors Ltd, Br Ammar Menza Muruu and Br Mohamed Ansari for their kind support and work well done in the construction of the Masjid, classroom and the muallim house. The children received gifts in the centre.
The Chief Guest – Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi conducted the opening of the Masjid followed by Dhohrain prayers. The visitors later viewed stalls set up by members from different Women Groups displaying commodities from their small-scale business projects under the BMMK Economic Upliftment Programme. The visitors also viewed the old classrooms that are now converted into Tailoring School.
Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi spoke to the women from Economic Upliftment Project Groups : “On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to congratulate your women groups for your endless efforts in these economic activities and we are grateful to witness your hard work. We would like to wish you success and baraka”
Lunch was served at the end of the ceremony.
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Some of the comments received from the community members:
“This is God’s blessings and we are grateful for these new premises because our centre started very long time ago, initially it was a grass thatched huts. We are grateful to BMMK to have given us this gift.” Mohamed Mwaita.
“I am indeed grateful as a person to BMMK and whoever contributed to the success of these facilities. My challenge now goes to the madrasah students to exert more effort in their lessons.” Is’haq Mwarimbo – Chairman Imam Baqir Centre
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