Bilal Muslim Mission

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The Bilal Muslim Mission is an international Shi'a twelver organization, established in East Africa on December 25, 1964[1] through the efforts of Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi, Hussein Nasser Walji and other dedicated volunteers..[2] The organization is named after Bilal ibn Ribah, the famous African Sahabi.


When the organization was established, there were hardly any Shi'a communities of native African origin in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Now, there are several.

The website of their Tanzania branch writes:

They are now part of the World Federation of KSI Muslim Communities, an international umbrella organization[1] that was formed in the 1976, after 1500 Shi'a twelver families emigrated from East Africa to the United Kingdom and Canada.[4]

The carried out missionary efforts aimed at both non-Muslims and Sunni Muslims, and their efforts intensified after the Iranian Revolution.[5]

In the late 1970s, the Bilal Muslim Mission and World Organization for Islamic Services had sent many books to America, by July 1977, about 5,770 books and booklets had been mailed out.[6]

The Bilal Muslim Mission is recoqnized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.[7]

Member organizations[edit]


Bi-monthly magazines:

  • Sauti ya Bilal (The Voice of Bilal) to cater for the Swahili readers,[3] since 1965.[2]
  • 'The light' which has global readership,[3] since March, 1963.[2] This magazines also spawned a book named “Muhammad is the Last Prophet”.[8]

Books: The Mission has more than 108 (57 English, 51 Swahili) books written on a wide range of Islamic topics.[3]

  • Music and its Effects[9]


  1. ^ a b "World Federation of KSI Muslim Communities". Archived from the original on 2006-04-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "". 
  3. ^ a b c d
  4. ^ Mapping Women, Making Politics: feminist perspectives on political geography By Linda J. Peake, read online on Google Books
  5. ^ Islam and Politics in Kenya By Arye Oded, online on Google Books
  6. ^ Larry Poston, Islamic Da’wah in the West, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), 128-129. on
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  8. ^ Global Bookstore
  9. ^ Music and its Effects, read online on Google Books

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