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					           ANNUAL REPORT
 FROM APRIL 01, 2008 TO MARCH 31, 2009
PRESENTED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
     OF ISLAMIC CENTER – JAPAN
                  TO
GENERAL BOARD MEETING OF MEMBERS OF
       ISLAMIC CENTER- JAPAN
           ON JUNE 28, 2009




            Islamic Center–Japan
   1-16-11, Ohara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0041
                Tel. 03-3460-6169
                Fax. 03-3460-6105
          E-mail: info@islamcenter.or.jp
           URL: http://islamcenter.or.jp
                                     LIST OF CONTENTS
Part Ⅰ
History of Islam in Japan
Foundation of Islamic Center-Japan
Promotion of Da’wah Movement in Japan
Performing Shahadah at Islamic Center-Japan
Part Ⅱ
Major events and Activities during 01 April 2008-31 March, 2009
Shahadah and Marriages at Islamic Center-Japan
Study Sessions of Holy Qur’an at Islamic Center-Japan
Distribution of books for Da’wah Islamiyah
Special Lectures at Islamic Center-Japan
Ruete Hilal Committee Meeting
Special Program for the Holy Month of Ramadhan, 1429 A.H. (2008)
Celebration of Eidul Fitr
Celebration of Eidul Adha
Hajj, 1429 A.H.
Cooperation with Mass Media
Participating at international conferences
Dignitaries Visiting Islamic Center-Japan
Picnic of Islamic Center-Japan
Multi-religious meetings
Prayer at Commonwealth community in Japan
Graveyard matters
Guidance through telephones and e-mails
Salate Ghaibanah
Charity Bazar
Salatul Jumah Khutbah
Da’wah & Education project
Board of Directors Meeting
General Body meeting
Islamic Center-Japan need repair
Services of Islamic Center-Japan for Halal Matters
Other Activities
Closing Remarks


- LIST OF DIRECTORS
- LIST OF ADVISORS
- LIST OF AUDITORS


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                                            PART Ⅰ
History of Islam in Japan:
Prof. Dr. Salih Mahdi Al Samarrai, Chairman Islamic Center-Japan (ICJ) wrote “Islam in Japan:
History, Spread and Institutions in the Country”: “Islam reached Japan only towards the end of the
nineteenth century. Ottoman Empire and Japan exchanged visits. The most important of these visits
was a mission sent by Sultan Abdul Hamid II (reigned 1876-1909) to Japan on a naval ship Al-Togrul.
The ship carried more than six-hundred officers and soldiers and arrived in Japan in 1890. After the
successful mission on its way back the ship hit a typhoon and unfortunately sank near the shores of
Japan.

A young Japanese journalist, Shotaro Noda, who raised donations in Japan for the martyrs’ families,
visited Istanbul. During his stay in Istanbul, he met Abdullah Guillaume, an English Muslim from
Liverpool who introduced Noda to Islam. In fact, Abdul Haleem Noda could be considered as the first
Japanese Muslim to accept Islam in the modern period in 1891. Soon afterwards, another Japanese
called Torajiro Yamada went to Istanbul in 1893 and became Muslim in the same year. The third
Japanese person Ahmad Ariga had visited Bombay, India in 1900 and embraced Islam there.


Muhammad Ali, one of the envoys of Sultan Abdul Hamid, visited Japan in 1902 with the intention of
building a mosque in Yokohama. News in the Muslim world announced in 1906 that a conference to
be held in Tokyo in which the Japanese would consider a comparison between various faiths in
order to choose the right one. This news also prompted enthusiastic Muslims to travel to Japan to
attend the conference. Ali Ahmad Al Jarjawi, an Egyptian Shahria lawyer and a graduate from Al-
Azhar University, possibly had attended the conference. Two or three years later, Abdur Rasheed
Ibrahim, a noted Muslim traveler and preacher of Islam from Russia, came to Japan in 1909.


Muhammad Barakatullah, from Bhopal, Indian, also visited Japan and was appointed the first chair
teaching Urdu at the University of Foreign languages in Tokyo. He also issued Islamic Fraternity, an
Islamic magazine for three years (1910-1912), and managed to make a large number of Japanese
people choose Islam as their religion. Ahmad Fadli, an Egyptian officer, stayed in Japan and married
a Japanese lady in 1908. Hasan Hatano (a Japanese), who embraced Islam through Barakatullah,
published an illustrated magazine named Islamic Brotherhood in 1918. He also published another
magazine, Islam, in both Japanese and English, in 1912. The first Japanese Muslim to perform
pilgrimage was Umar Yamaoka in 1909, accompanying Abdur Rasheed Ibrahim.


The Tatar Muslim emigrants then started coming to Japan fleeing the Communist rule in Russia and
most of them ultimately settled in Tokyo and Kobe areas. Abdul Hayee Qurban Ali emerged as a
religious leader of Tatar Muslims and published Yapan Makhbari, an Islamic magazine in the Tatar
language which was distributed inside and outside Japan. He also strengthened relations with the

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Japanese authorities and managed through their assistance and support to build the first mosque in
Tokyo in 1938. Abdur Rasheed Ibrahim visited Japan for the second time in 1933 and worked
closely with Abdul Hayee Qurban Ali in managing the affairs of the Muslim community.


Noorul Hasan Barlas, a leading professor from India, came to Japan and was appointed to teach
Urdu at the University of Foreign Languages in Tokyo from 1932 to 1949. He actively participated in
Islamic activities and wrote a number of articles on Islam in Japan in Urdu, which the author of the
present work (Dr. Salih Al Samarrai) translated into Arabic. The late Mustafa Komura, another
Japanese leader, also embraced Islam in this period and played a major role in Islamic activities,
and authored an extensive encyclopedia on the history of Islam in Japan, which we translated into
English.


A number of Japanese Muslims including Umar Mita, Umar Yamaoka, Abdul-Muneer Watanabe,
Sadiq Imaizumi, Umar Yukiba and Mustafa Komora gathered and established the first Japanese
Muslim association in Japan in 1953 (The Japan Muslim Association). Members of Tablighi
movement started coming to Japan from Pakistan between 1956 and 1960. Their first group visited
Japan in 1956. These Da’ees revived the spirit of Islam in Japanese Muslims, such as Umar Mita
and Mustafa Komora, and converted new persons to Islam, such as Prof. Abdul Kareem Saito,
Khalid Kiba, Dr. Umar Kawabata, ZaKariya Nakayama, Ali Mori and Amin Yamamoto. Abdur
Rasheed Arshad, a Pakistani engineer from the Tablighi movement, visited Japan on a training
mission at the expense of the Japanese government in 1959. He joined the third Tablighi mission
and managed to convert a number of Japanese to Islam, including Khalid Kiba. It may be mentioned,
in passing, that all these Muslims in Japan enthusiastically cooperated with the organizing of Islamic
Center-Japan (ICJ) when it was established in 1974.


Prof. Abdul Kareem Saito, who was converted to Islam by the Tablighi group, worked at Takushoku
University and paved the way for scores of Japanese youth to embrace Islam. Actually, we sent all
these converts to Al-Azhar University in the nineteen sixties and to Saudi Arabia in the seventies, to
study Arabic language and Islam. Al Haj Umar Mita embarked on the translation of the Qur’an into
Japanese in 1961. Abdur-Rasheed Arshad approached World Muslim League in Makkah which
called Umar Mita as well as Mustafa Komura and the three of them formed a team to translate the
meanings of the Qur’an into Japanese.


Foreign Muslim students from different Muslim countries, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, the Arab
world (including the author of this history, Dr. Salih Al Samarrai), arrived in Japan during the end of
nineteen fifties and the beginning of sixties, and they set up the first Muslim Student Association in
Japan. The managing committee of the association included Dr. Zuhal from Indonesia, Muzaffar
Uzay from Turkey, Ahmad Suzuki from Japan, Abdur Rahman Siddiqi from Pakistan and Salih
Mahadi Al Samarrai an Arab. Sayed Jameel also visited Japan in this period. He was the chief
accountant in the Pakistani government and the president of the Qur'an Memorization Society in

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Karachi. It is worth mentioning that the late Miftahuddin and Aynan Safa, the then two Imams of
Tokyo Mosque, as well as Mr. Kilki Imam of Kobe Mosque, who were amongst the Tatar Muslim
emigrants, rendered great services to the Muslim community in Japan.


The late King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia visited Japan in 1970 and met a number of
Japanese Muslim delegates including Muslim delegates from Korea. On the occasion, Dr. Abdul
Baasit Al Sebai, (the then President of Muslim Student Association in Japan) seized the opportunity
and requested the King to dispatch Dr. Salih Mahdi Al Samarrai, Professor at Riyadh University, to
Japan to help Da'wah work in Japan. The King kindly granted the request in 1973. May Allah reward
him for his services to Islam and Muslims!


The late King Faisal also kindly supervised the translation project of the Holy Qur'an into Japanese
which was undertaken by Haji Umar Mita, and allotted funds with the Saudi Embassy in Japan, to
provide all necessary amount whenever the translation was out of print. Al-Haj Umar Mita mentioned
in the introduction to this translation that Mr. Ahmad Suzuki and Dr. Salih Samarrai assisted him with
the final revision of the translation work in Riyadh during the summer of 1970.


In 1973, King Faisal assisted by late Hasan Al Shaikh, the Minister of Education, dispatched the
author of the present work to help the Da'wah activities in Japan along with six other persons,
namely, Khalid Kiba (Japanese), Asad Qurban Ali, the son of the late Abdul Hayee Qurban Ali who
founded Tokyo Mosque, Dr. Abdul Basit Al Sebai (Egyptian), Ali Al Zabi (Syrian), Musa Muhammad
Umar (Sudanese), and Abdur Rahman Siddiqi (Pakistani) They had all studied in the Japanese
universities and had initiated major Islamic activities in Japan. These seven members served as the
genesis for structural organization and expanding activities of Islamic Center-Japan, as mentioned
below.


Foundation of Islamic Center-Japan:
Islamic Center-Japan (ICJ) was established at a critical period in the history of Japan, namely the oil
crisis in 1974, and was registered later as a legal body under the metropolitan government of Tokyo.


ICJ organized the first symposium on the Islamic Law (Sharia) in 1977 in collaboration with the
Muslim World League and Chuo University on the initiative of Khalid Kiba. This event was attended
by the uncle of the present Japanese Emperor, members of the High Court and three hundred
distinguished Japanese lawyers. It was also attended by the late Muhammad Ali Al Harkan, the
general secretary of the Muslim World League in Makkah Al Mukaramah.


The major financial and cultural assistance for the Islamic activities in Japan during this and later
periods came mainly from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Sultanate
of Oman, Egypt, through Al Azhar University, and Libya which dispatched many Da’ees (callers) for
Islam to Japan. Towards the end of this period, the late Syed Jameel, a noted caller to Islam, came

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to Japan for the second time and carried out his last Islamic Da'wah activities in Japan,
accompanied by Sheikh Nimetullah who is still at the top of Da'wah activities in Japan. His Royal
Highnesses Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz visited ICJ in 1985 and so did His Royal Highness Prince
Ahmad bin Abdul Aziz in 1986. Both of them extended financial and moral support to its various
activities. May Allah reward them for their efforts!


In 1986 the old Tokyo Mosque was demolished, to the dismay of Muslims, in order to rebuild a new
mosque on the same site. The construction phase met with a number of obstacles. However, with
the grace of Allah and with ICJ’s continuous efforts and the support of well-wishers of Muslims of
Turkey and other countries, the construction of the mosque was finally completed in 2000.
Meanwhile, the major alternative was the Arab Islamic Institute in Tokyo which provided space for
worshippers during the five daily prayers as well as the two Eid prayers. The Indonesian brothers
also accommodated large numbers of worshippers in the prayer halls of their embassy and school.
Since mid-eighties, a new surge toward development of Islam in Japan started when a large number
of Muslim emigrants started coming to this country, mostly from Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh,
India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan, Africa, Turkey and the Arab world. This was the period when a
desire to establish musallah and mosques spread all over Japan.


One of the major events that took place during this period was the symposium on “The Relations
between Japan and the Muslim World and One-Hundred Years of Islamic History in Japan” which
was organized by Islamic Center-Japan in collaboration with the Organization of the Islamic
Conference (OIC) in 2000 and received generous donations from the then Custodian of the Two
Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, the Muslim World League, Makkah Al Mukaramah, the
Islamic Development Bank, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, and the International Islamic
Charitable Organization in Kuwait.


The symposium was graced by presence of about seventy representatives of Muslims from the
neighboring and concerned countries, including His Eminence Sheikh Salih bin Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh,
the Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Da’wah and Guidance. The symposium was
attended by a large number of the Japanese intelligentsia and noted Japanese professors, Muslim
and non-Muslim alike, who contributed invaluable research presentations. Various delegates also
contributed research papers and gave speeches, including the representative of the Japanese
Minister of Foreign Affairs. Also representatives from different Islamic societies both inside and
outside Tokyo attended and helped towards its success. The Japanese officials, especially, the
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomed this event and requested the organizers to continue
similar activities in order to deepen relations between Japan and the Muslim world.


Following this initiative, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized later intermittently an
yearly symposium on the relations between Japan and Muslim world. Arabic Islamic institute, Tokyo



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also followed in the same steps. This period also witnessed annual Islamic camps organized by the
Islamic Center-Japan in collaboration with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.


Japanese Muslims are now estimated to be at about 100,000 or more including the new converts,
while non-Japanese Muslims are estimated to be at about 300,000 or more. Education in Japan is
mandatory and essential, and there is not a single Islamic school in Japan while there are thousands
of Muslim children who need education in an Islamic environment.


The Islamic Center-Japan is now considered to be one of the oldest Islamic institutions in Japan and
is known to the Japanese government, the media, the universities, schools and religious groups,
making it a major source of Islamic knowledge in the country.


Promotion of Da’wah movement in Japan:
Islamic Center-Japan, therefore, as stated above, has been one of the pioneering bodies of Da’wah
movement in Japan. Now, Alhamdo-Lillah, Islam has spread to all parts of Japan. From north to the
south, we hear news of mosques being established through local initiatives and financial support,
and many musallah have seen the light of the day. At the beginning, ICJ provided both moral and
material support in establishment of mosques, musallas and organizations all over the country.
There was a regular contact between ICJ and local institutions, which sought guidance in every
matter. Thus the Da’wah movement in Japan was built over many years and ICJ played a key role.
ICJ as a matter of fact, also involved the foreign students coming from various Muslim countries and
supplied them with Islamic literature in Japanese language for Da’wah activity and free distribution.
Several youth training camps were also organized.


Performing Shadah at Islmic Center-Japan:
It has been observed that the Japanese usually like to accept Islam at ICJ. Intending Muslims come
from far places and perform Shahadah at ICJ. Dr. & Hafiz Salimur Rahman Khan, who mainly
performs Shahadah in ICJ, is an acknowledged and respected scholar of Islam.


His practice has been that first he issues the book entitled “Introduction to Islam” to the new converts
and then he teaches the new Muslims the principles of Islam in easy to understand Japanese
language. He usually reads verses from the Holy Qur’an and gives quotations from Ahadith. He
advises new Muslims to visit mosques in their areas and mix with Muslims there to improve
understanding of Islam.


All new Muslims were provided a set of books in Japanese, namely, Introduction to Islam, Islam
(Beliefs and Pillars), Muslims’ Belief, Forty Hadiths, Status of Women in Islam, and Toward
Understanding Islam. The new Muslims are also invited to participate in Darse Quran programs and
other activities of ICJ. Our Shahadah program has been a great success. Alhamdo-Lillah, a large
number of Shahadah and marriages took place during the year under review.

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                                              PARTⅡ


          Major events and Activities during 01 April 2008- 31 March, 2009:

Below is the list of important events, visits and activities related to Da’wah work of Islamic Center-
Japan (ICJ). This report covers the period from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.


Shahadah and Marriages at Islamic Center-Japan:
Japanese and non-Japanese were converted to Islam in good number at ICJ. Dr. Salimur Rahman
Khan, Director of Da’wah of ICJ, is a well-known Alim (scholar) in Japan. Japanese like to accept
Islam at his hands. ICJ asks the persons who want to convert to Islam that he or she first read ICJ
books on Islam (provided by the Center) and if has questions then freely enquired or visit the Center.
Guidance and route-maps are provided for visit. When he or she comes to ICJ, then Dr. Salim
issues the book “Introduction to Islam” of ICJ to new Muslims and performs Shahadah. He explains
Islam in an easy to understand language in Japanese. He quotes verses of the Holy Qur’an and
Ahadith of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and advises new Muslims to read Holy Quran and Ahadith
of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and books of ICJ on Islam every day for 10 or 15 minutes, and come
to Darse Qur’an sessions at ICJ held on second and fourth Saturday of every month and visit
Masajids and interact with Muslims for better understanding of Islam. Further guidance and a set of
free books entitled “Introduction to Islam, Talemul Quran (I & II), Forty Hadiths, Islam (Beliefs and
Pillars), Muslims’ Belief, Towards Understanding Islam, and the Status of Women in Islam” were
provided to every new Muslim and Muslimah. Some dates of Shahadahs and marriages during the
period are listed below:
Apr.16: One Canadian lady became Muslimah. A Korean lady came along with her. We gave her
    books about Islam.
Apr. 19: Dr. Salim, Director of Dawah, Mrs. Iman Fukase, and Dr. Musa Mohammed Umer came
    along with others. Islamic marriage was performed, and books were given.
Apr. 26: A Japanese lady accepted Islam, and married a Muslim from Syria. They and their friends
    enjoyed dinner at the Center.
May 10: A Japanese lady became Muslimah, she married a Muslim man.
May 17: A second generation Japanese Muslimah married a Muslim man. Mrs. Iman explained to
    her about marriage.
May 21: A Japanese lady became Muslimah, Mrs. Iman explained Islam to her.
May 24: A Filipino lady became Muslimah.
May 25: A Japanese lady became Muslimah and she married a Muslim man.
May 30: ICJ received a letter from a Japanese person, his age being 85 years. He wrote that he
    received books from ICJ (Islam, Ibadah and Aqeedah) many years ago, and now wanted to
    become a Muslim. He wanted to know how he could become a Muslim. Mrs. Iman wrote answer
    on 31 May that we would gladly help him. He could become a Muslim on tel. or could visit ICJ or



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    Yokohama Masjid. We provided him the ICJ phone number and Da’wah Director Mobile phone
    number as well.
Jun. 13: Shahadah and marriage took place.
Jun. 14: A Malaysian and Japanese couple married with a style at the Center. They tastefully
    decorated ICJ hall and invited guests for the occasion. The bride and groom were dressed in
    their national marriage dress. It could be called the marriage of the year with a long
    photographic session.
Jun.18: Shahadah and marriage took place.
Jun. 27: A Russian girl visited the Center and became a Muslimah.
Jun. 29: A Japanese lady became a Muslimah.
Jul. 03: Shahadah and marriage was performed.
Jul. 26: Shahadah performed and a set of books of ICJ was given to a girl.
Sep.15: Shahadah & marriage took place.
Sep. 23: Marriage took place.
Sep. 28: Shahadah took place.
Nov. 22: A Japanese lady embraced Islam and got married.
Jan. 09: A marriage was conducted and the boy accepted Islam.
Feb. 20: Mr. Fadlullah Nakamichi performed Shahadah.
Mar. 16: A Japanese college student accepted Islam and was provided books.
Mar. 18: Shahadah and marriage was performed.


Study Sessions of Holy Qur’an at Islamic Center-Japan:
Dars-e-Qur’an sessions are very successful, Alhamdo-Lillah! Classes were usually held on the
second and fourth Saturdays every month. From 6 to 7 p.m. Mrs. Iman and Mrs. Fatimah taught
Arabic alphabet and the Holy Qur’an to children. Following that, for the adults, Dr. Salimur Rahman
Khan, Director of Da’wah at ICJ, usually recited 10 verses from the Holy Qur’an, which were then
repeated by all participants. Then he would explain the meaning and tafseer of the verses in
Japanese, English and Urdu. Following that, after Isha prayers, dinner was usually served to
everyone.


Details of some Dars-e Qur’an programs are given below:
Apr.12: Dars-e-Qur’an session was held; 30 brothers and 10 sisters joined; some brothers came
    from Gunma too. From this Dars-e-Qur’an, ICJ proposed that Mr. Abdullah Taqi (a Japanese
    Muslim) speak for 5 minutes in Japanese. He talked about Toheed. Mrs. Iman and Mrs. Fatimah
    taught Arabic alphabets and Qur’an to the children from 6:30 to 7:00 P.M. before Dars-e-Quran.
Apr. 26: Dars-e-Qur’an was held; about 30 brothers and 10 sisters attended. Mr. Abdullah Taqi
    spoke for 5 minutes in Japanese about Kalimah Tayyibah. Mrs. Iman and Mrs. Fatimah taught
    alphabet and Qur’an for children from 6:30 to 7:00 P.M. About 7 children came with their
    mothers for study. The parents asked for more time for children’s study lessons. Therefore, from



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    the next time, children study class would be extended to one hour from 6:00 to 7:00 before
    Dars-e-Qur’an.
May 10: Dars-e-Qur’an session was held; 20 brothers and more than 10 ladies participated. Children
    learned Holy Qur’an too. Dinner was served after Isha prayer.
Jun. 14: Dars-e-Qur’an was held. Dr. Salim explained 10 verses of the Holy Qur’an in Japanese,
    Urdu and English. It was a well attended and was an inspiring session. Mrs. Iman and Mrs.
    Fatimah taught alphabet and Qur’an for children. Followed by the study of Holy Qur’an lessons
    for women by Mrs. Iman and Sister Nabeelah (Japanese) who is studying in Syria, dinner was
    served.
Jul. 12: Dr. Salim addressed Dars-e-Qur’an meeting at ICJ. About 40 men and 12 women attended.
    Dr. Salim explained 10 Ayats of the Holy Qur’an in Japanese, Urdu & English. Mr. Abdullah Taqi
    spoke about parent’s importance in Islam. Mrs. Iman and Mrs. Fatima taught children classes.
    Dinner followed.
Aug. 9: Dars-e-Qur’an meeting was held in ICJ. About 30 men and Japanese women attended. Mrs.
    Iman and Mrs. Fatima taught Holy Qur’an to the children. Dinner followed.
Nov. 9: Dars-e-Qur’an program for men & women was held, conducted by Dr. Salim in Japanese &
    Urdu. It was well attended. 30 men 25 women with children attended. An Arabic class for
    women, conducted by Mrs. Safa, with the help of computer was also held.
Nov. 22: Dars-e-Qur’an program was held. Dr. Salim explained 10 Ayat of Holy Quran in Japanese
    and Urdu. All the men and women took keen interest. It was a well attended.
Nov. 27: Dars-e-Qur’an program for men & women was held, conducted by Dr. Salim in Japanese,
    Urdu, and English. 30 men 25 women with children attended. Mrs. Iman & Mrs. Fatimah taught
    Holy Qur’an to children. Arabic classes for women were also conducted by Mrs. Safa. Dinner
    followed.
Jan. 10: Dr. Salim conducted Dars-e-Qur’an program for men and women in Japanese and Urdu. It
    was a well attended. Men and women took keen interest despite cold weather. Mrs. Iman and
    Mrs. Safa gave Qur’an lessons to children. Mrs. Safa taught Arabic class for women with the
    help of computer. Biryani was served in dinner which was much liked.
Jan. 24: Dars-e-Qur’an program was held at ICJ. Despite freezing cold, a good number of men and
    women attended. Dr. Salim conducted Dars-e-Qur’an. Arabic teaching class was also held and
    conducted by Mrs. Safa. Delicious dinner followed.
Feb. 14: Dars-e-Qur’an program was held. 30 men and 20 women attended. Special Egyptian food
    was served, which was much appreciated.
Feb. 28: Dars-e- Qur’an session was held in ICJ by Dr. Abdul Rahman. Dr. Salim was away to Dubai
    and came back late in the night. Arabic class, and children class were also held.
Mar. 14: Dars-e-Qur’an was held at ICJ. Dr. Salim explained tafseer of ten verses of the Hoy Quran.
    Arabic Class, and children class was also held. Dinner was served after Isha Prayer.
Mar. 28: Dr. Abdul Rahman conducted Dars-e-Qur’an class. About 80 men and women attended.
    Dinner followed.



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Distribution of books for Da’wah Islamiah:
Japan is a highly educated nation. The best way to convey the message of Islam is through books.
With this basic need in mind, ICJ has published over fifty books in Japanese. However, we are now
able to distribute only ten of them, namely, Talemul Quran (I & II), Forty Hadiths, Introduction to
Islam, Islam (beliefs & pillars), Muslim’s belief, Towards understanding Islam, Objectives of the
Islamic economic order, Status of women in Islam, Development of Islamic feeling, and Insurance in
Islam. Other books are at present out of stock.
Distribution of free books to Muslim organizations, Masajids and individuals is one of the core
activities of ICJ. Utilizing all these channels, ICJ tries to present Islam to the Japanese people all
over Japan. Besides, ICJ also sends books at any request coming to the Center. Therefore, books
available are sent all over Japan abroad as well. Further, it has been our standing practice to
present a set of books to all new Muslims on the occasion of Shahadah and marriage at ICJ.


Some details of distribution of books are given below to record the trend and demand of books and
other materials on Islam:
Apr. 4: Japanese man came to ICJ and took Islamic Calendar and some ICJ books.
Apr. 4: ICJ sent books to Kanagawa.
Apr. 10: Books were sent to a person who is in Jail and asked for Islamic books of ICJ.
May 1: ICJ book were sent to Osaka.
May 3: Holy Quran (Urdu Translation) was sent to Osaka.
May 4: ICJ sent books to Tsukuba Masjid, and two boxes of ICJ books to Nigata.
May 16: Hadeeth and books were sent to Nagasaki, and ICJ books to Nigata.
Jun.13: 300 books were sent to Kumsa University. The books included: Towards understanding
    Islam, Introduction to Islam, and Islam (beliefs and pillars). The books were placed in their
    exhibition and were given to new Muslims and visitors.
Jul.11: A set of books was sent to Kanagawa.
Jul.15: Two Kibla compasses and a set of books were sent to a lady.
Jul.17: A copy of Holy Quran with French translation was sent to Ibaraki prison.
Jul. 24: A set of books were sent to a new Muslim.
Jul. 26: A set of books were given to a girl visiting Islamic Center.
Jul. 30: Books were sent to Waseda University students.
Aug.10: books of ICJ were sent to a Japanese male in Shizuoka.
Aug.15: 25 Hijra calendars were sent to Tandem Inc. in Ginza.
Aug.15: ICJ supplied many books for MSA camp in Osaka, which were displayed there.
Aug.18: Books of ICJ and compass were sent to a Japanese teacher.
Aug. 20: 4 books of ICJ entitled “Muhammad, Salat, Why Muslims do not Eat Pork?” etc. were sent
   to Dr. Al Samarrai in Turkey for exploring the possibility of free publication of the books.
Aug. 28: Books of ICJ were given to a Japanese lady visiting Islamic Center.
Aug.30: Holy Quran in French translation was sent to Ibaraki prison.



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Aug.31: A large number of books were sent to MSA Camp (300 books, 1000 pieces of Hijra calendar
   & 100 booklets on Muslim’s belief)
Sep. 7: A set of books were given to a person visiting the Center.
Sep. 20: A number of books were sent to Muslim Students Association Japan camp at Osaka.
Sep. 23: Books were given to a lady visiting the Center.
Sep.26: Books were given to a person visiting the Center.
Oct. 9: Books and palm dates were given to Waseda University students.
Oct. 22: A lady was given books and pamphlets on Islam.
Feb. 3 to 9: 4,400 Hijra calendars were sent to Masjids, Muslim Organizations and Embassies.
Feb. 5: Books on Introduction to Islam (203), Islamic Ibada and Aqeeda (47), and Salat time-tables
   (29) were sent to deferent places.
In March, 255 books on Introduction to Islam, 70 pieces of Salat time-table, 33 books on Islam and
  Social Responsibility, 23 books on Islam: World Religion & Civilization, and 22 books on Way of
  Islam, were dispatched and distributed.


Special Lectures at Islamic Center-Japan:
The Directors of Islamic Center-Japan gave lectures at various educational institutions in Japan. The
Center also invited scholars from various countries visiting Japan. Some details of lectures are given
below:


Prof. Mudather Abdel Rahim lecture:       On April 5, ICJ arrange a lecture by Prof. Mudather on
“Human Rights, Western & Islamic Perspective” at Tokyo Masjid. Prof. Mudather delivered his
lecture after Maghrib prayer. Imam of Tokyo Masjid Sheikh Ansari recited the Holy Qur’an. Mr. Syed
Matloob Ali, Director of Education at ICJ, conducted the meeting and introduced Prof. Mudather
Raghib. He spoke for about two hours, and after that Questions and Answer followed. After the Isha
prayer, dinner was served. Abut 30 people and 10 ladies came to the lecture.


Prof. Raghib El Sergany lecture: On May 6, ICJ arrange lecture by Prof. Raghib on “Knowledge in
Islamic History” at Tokyo Masjid after Maghrib prayer. Mr. Syed Matloob Ali presented the lecturer.
About 70 people attended, 30 were ladies, including 10 Japanese students from Chuo University.
The lecture was very good.


Molana Mufti Taqi Uthmani meeting and lecture: On May 11, 45 representatives from different
organizations came to ICJ to meet Molana Mufti Taqi Uthmani. Dr. Salim Introduced ICJ activities to
Molana and, after that every one introduced himself and his organization in brief. Molana advised us
about Da’wah and education in Japan. Then everyone went to Tokyo Masjid, and after Maghrib
prayer, Dr. Salim introduced Molana Mufti Taqi Uthmani to the audience. Imam of Tokyo Masjid
recited verses of Holy Qur’an. Then the lecture on “We have to follow (enter into) Islam fully” started.
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time, Dr. Salim thanked Molana Mufti Taqi Uthmani for his lecture and the Imam of Tokyo Masjid on
behalf of ICJ. After Isha prayer, dinner was served from ICJ to everyone.


Dr. Adil Ibraim Abdullah lecture: On May 24, ICJ arranged lecture by Dr. Adil Ibraim Abdullah from
Syria on “How Holy Quran reached us, and How we live with Holy Quran” at ICJ. About 50 people
and 15 ladies attended the lecture. Then after Isha prayer, dinner was served to all.


Imam of Kaaba, Sheikh Mahir Hamad Umer lecture at ICJ: On July 26, Imam of Kaaba, Sheikh
Mahir Hamad Umer visited ICJ and addressed the gathering at ICJ. Dr. Salim welcomed him and
explained the activities of ICJ. The Imam of Kaaba advised the audience in his address to forge unity
among Muslims. He also referred to the role of women in Islam. Those present in the meeting were,
Dr. Musa, Syed Matloob Ali, Mr. Fadhlullah Nakamichi and Mr. Shaji. About 50 men and women
attended.


Dr. Salih Mahdi Al Samarrai lecture: On June 29, Dr. Salih Mahdi Al Samarrai delivered a lecture at
ICJ on “Ideas and suggestion about Da’wah.” Despite rain it was a well-attended function. About 40
men and 22 women attended. Mr. Hussain Khan, Mr. Abdur Rahman Siddiqi and Mr. Matloob Ali
also spoke on the occasion and offered suggestions. ICJ served dinner to all.


Islamic Center-Japan and Yokohama Masjid jointly held a Symposium: On July 20, Islamic Center-
Japan and Yokohama Masjid jointly held a symposium at Yokohama Masji. Prof. Dr. Salih Mahdi Al
Samarrai presided. The subject of the symposium was “Da’wah Islam in Japan, Experiences and
Suggestions.” Prof. Dr. Al Samarrai, Mr. Ahmad Suzuki (a fifth generation Japanese Muslim), Mr.
Abdur Rahman Siddiqi and Mr. Hussain Khan spoke on the occasion. The symposium was attended
by 70 persons. A lively question-answer followed.


WAMY delegation lecture: On August 13, two professors from WAMY spoke at ICJ. Engineer Abdul
Hafidz Esam Hamad spoke on “Prophet (PBUH) and his Companions” and Mohammad Albatairy
spoke on “Role of Mosques in Islam”. Question and answer session followed. About 50 persons
including 10 ladies attended. ICJ served dinner to all.


Maulana Syed Salman Al Husani Al Nadvi lecture: On August 18, Maulana Salman Al Husani Al
Nadvi Sheikhul Hadith of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow (India) along with the principal of
Jamiah Syed Ahmad Shaheed visited Japan on the invitation of ICJ. He visited Tokyo Masjid and
ICJ. He delivered an inspiring lecture at ICJ. The question-answer session followed. ICJ served
dinner to all.


Mr. Syed Matloob Ali (Director of Education) lecture: Brief report for his lecture held on October 16
at Kanda University of Foreign Studies in Tokyo is as follow:



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“As every year continuously for 7 years, this year also the Kanda University invited me to deliver a
lecture on Islam and current affairs. The lecture was in Japanese language, addressing to about 15
boys and girls of 3rd and 4th year university students. Timing 1 hour and 30 minutes including
questions and answers.

This year also, especially in view of mass media's propaganda against Islam (relating Islam to
terrorism), the students were in a very angry mood in the beginning and wanted clarification on role
of Islam and Muslims with regard to terrorism. I gave them a brief introduction of Islam, especially
the aspects relating to peace. I gave them facts and figures from their own society and science. I
explained to them the background of the current crackdown on Muslims and Muslim countries in the
world.

They became so much interested in Islam that they asked many questions, and they were happy at
the end. Later all of them sent me letters of their impression about my lecture and Islam. They said
now they understand the real Islam and the cause of current troubles. They thanked me very much
for clarifying the matters, Alhamdo-Lillah!

Later their teacher told me that the lecture was very interesting and the students were satisfied. May
Allah give us all guidance and blessings! Ameen! I gave them the home page address and e-mail
address of ICJ for any further information”.



Prof. Syed Murtuza Kurasawa (Director of Regional Affairs) lecture: In November 2008, in a lecture
series at the university on cross-cultural understanding, Prof. Syed Murtuza delivered three lectures,
titled “Islam in Daily Life,” “The World of Cultural variety in Islam: from Morocco to the Philippines,”
and “The Creativity of Islamic Art: Calligraphy to Architecture.” Students who enrolled for the course
(about 40 of them) commented that they learned a different aspect of Islam to which they were not
exposed. The course helped them change their one-sided view of Islam as depicted by the mass-
media coverage. On January 14, Prof. Syed Murtuza Kurasawa delivered a lecture at Toyota City
Senior Citizens College on “Islamic Society and Culture.” Comments from the elder citizens had
always been very positive leading to the continuity of the lecture (the lecture has been arranged
every year by the extension education of the city office for last 6 years).


On November 8, Mrs. Iman Fukase delivered lecture on wash & kafan (cloth) of Janaza at Japan
Muslim Association.


On February 11, Dr. Salim, Executive Director of ICJ gave an excellent presentation of Islamic
activities of ICJ at the Waseda University.


Besides these lectures, the directors of ICJ have been involved in various activities promoting the
cause of Islam in Japan.




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Ruete-Hilal Committee Meeting:
Ruete-Hilal Committee was established under the auspices of ICJ about a decade ago. All Masajid,
Musallas and Muslim organizations are members of this Committee. On the occasion of start of
month of Ramadhan, Eidul-Fitr and Edul-Adha, the Committee meets at ICJ. Muslim organizations
from various places inform ICJ about the sighting of moon. The Ruete-Hilal Committee decides the
start of the holy month of Ramadhan, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha. If the moon is not sighted in Japan
then the announcement from Malaysia is followed.


Special Program for the Holy Month of Ramadhan1429 AH (2008):
On August 31, the Ruete Hilal Committee was held. Over 50 persons attended. Ramadhan began
from the 1st September. This year too Islamic Center-Japan was very active during Ramadhan. It
was a month of voluntary spirit supporting special activities at ICJ. On July 28, Dr. Salimur Rahman
Khan and Mrs. Iman made Ramadhan time-table for ICJ and sent it to the printing company which
was later distributed to different Islamic organizations.


Taravih Prayers:
As in previous years, this year too taravih prayers were arranged by ICJ. Taravih prayers were well
attended. Taravih prayers began at ICJ from the first day of Ramadhan. From the second day, Dr.
Salim led the prayers. He recited one juz every night and finished the whole Holy Quran in the night
of Lailatul Qadr with Dua of Khatmul Quran in Arabic and Urdu. After Taravih prayers, every night Dr.
Salim spoke for 15 minutes about the short tafseer of the parts of Holy Quran which he recited in
taravih. Everyone enjoyed and listened with rapt attention. Taravih held everyday and attended by
increasing number of people. All persons took keen interest in the lecture by Dr. Salim. The whole
Quran was finished during Taravih prayers, Alhamdo-Lillah.


Iftar Dinner during the Ramadhan:
Sep. 7: An iftar/dinner was arranged. It was well attended. Imam of Tokyo mosque was one of the
   guests. Friends of ICJ prepared the dinner.
Sep. 9: While congratulating people on the advent of Ramadhan, a letter was placed on the home-
   page of ICJ requesting to contribute funds to ICJ as it is facing financial hardship.
Sep. 10: New carpet for second floor was purchased. Taravih attendants also donated money for the
   carpets.
Sep. 12: Imam of Arabic Islamic Institute visited ICJ and addressed the gathering on the merits of
   Ramadhan.
Sep. 14: An iftar/dinner was held at ICJ . The party was very well attended.
Sep. 21: An iftar/dinner contributed by friends of ICJ was held at the Center. Over 40 men and
   women attended. Amir of Tablighi Jamaat from India spoke on the occasion on the fazail-e
   Ramadhan.
Sep. 26: In the night of Lailatul Qadr, Dr. Salim finished the Holy Quran in taravih. He spoke about
   the last ten days of Ramadhan and Lailatul Qadr. Dr. Musa Omer, Mr. Usman Birkia and Syed

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   Matloob Ali also spoke on the occasion. A whole night Ibadah followed. Dr. Salim also led Salatul
   Tahajjud. About 50 persons attended. All took sahoor and prayed Fajr prayer.
Sep. 28: An iftar /dinner took place contributed by friends of ICJ.


Celebration of Eidul Fitr:
On 1st October, Eidul Fitr party was held at ICJ. About 150 persons including 50 ladies of all
nationalities came. It was a gala occasion. Children also came in large numbers. Food was served
and everyone enjoyed.


Celebration of Eidul Adha:
On 27 November, Ruete Hilal Committee meeting was held. As moon was not sighted in Japan and
Malaysia, Eidul Adha was announced to be held on 8th December. Eidul Adha fell on Monday.
Nevertheless, a grand Eid party followed. About 250 men, women and children in multi-colored
dresses attended. The people kept coming till the evening. Everyone was in a jolly mood and
thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. Beef curry was specially cooked by volunteers of ICJ.


Hajj 1429 A.H:
On October 25-26, comprehensive papers of 14 selected Hajj couples were sent to Saudi Arabia
Embassy in Tokyo by fax and post. On 23 November, ICJ arranged, like the last years, a training
session of Manasike Hajj. The number of Hajis swelled to over 200. Urdu Net and Singapore TV
covered it. Dr. Salim, Da’wah Director of ICJ requested all present to introduce themselves. Salatul
Maghrib was led by Sheikh Nimetullah, followed by Tilawat of Holy Quran by Sheikh Nimetullah. Mr.
Rada Qanavi spoke and informed the audience with useful Hajj information: “Hajj is a tough exercise.
Be patient and do not fight with each other, which is the order of the Holy Quran.” Then, Mr.
Mohammad Zubair and Mr. Naji Matar showed Hajj film on DVD. Following this, Dr. Salim instructed
the audience the salient points of Manasike Hajj and emphasized that we should perform Hajj as
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to do it. The Prophet (PBUH) had said: “Learn from me how to
perform Hajj.” Question and answer session followed. Dr. Salim gave detailed answers. Sheikh
Nimetullah offered dua. Dinner followed which was prepared by Mr. Abdul Mannan, Mr. Naveed, Mr.
Sheroo, Mr. Mufti Saleem and Mr. Aamir. May Allah (SWT) give reward to them in this world and the
hereafter!


Nov. 11: ICJ sent a letter to Rabitah Al Alam Al Islamiya in Makkah Al Mukaramah for Hajj.
Nov. 15: Dr. Salim and Mrs. Iman prepared the 1430AH calendar by Temondai (the atronomical
    observatory of meteorological department) in Japan, and sent it to the printing company.
Dec. 1: Dr. Salim left for Hajj as the head of over one hundred Hajj delegation. Dr. Salih Mahdi Al
   Samarrai, Chairman of ICJ came to Makkah Al Mukaramah to meet the delegation of Hajj from
   Japan. Dr. Salih Al Samarrai came again and arranged a meeting for the delegation to meet
   Imam of Masjid Nabawi Sheikh Al Huzaifi, and Director of Al Madinah University, and Director of
   Da’wah Faculty at the University.

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Cooperation with mass media:
Islamic Center-Japan takes all opportunities to expand understanding about Islam to the Japanese
public by cooperating with mass-media, like TV and newspapers, in Japan and out of Japan. On
April 5, a Chinese lady, who came from Canada doing research on Islam in Japan, interviewed Dr.
Salim, Director of Da’wah on “Islam in Japan” for more than two hour. Mr. Syed Matloob Ali also
joined.


Participating at International Conferences:
The directors, members and friends of Islamic Center-Japan participated in several international
conferences and represented ICJ. The details of conferences are given below:


On May 12, Mr. Syed Matloob Ali, Director Education of ICJ, attended Halal conference in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Syed Matloob reported as follow:
“World Halal Forum arranged by Halal Development Corporation of Malaysia was held in Kuala
Lumpur from 12 to 15th of May, 2008. More than 300 persons including delegates, scholars and
businessmen of many countries attended the Forum. The Forum was inaugurated by the Prime
Minister of Malaysia.
Syed Matloob Ali went there as a delegate of ICJ. Two Japanese professors from Takushoku
University and Shizuoka University also participated and delivered speeches on Halal matters.
Participants had to arrange their own air ticket and hotel expenses. My air ticket and hotel expenses
were sponsored by a Japanese company interested in Halal business and having a Malaysian
employee who also came to the Forum and also guided me to some government departments and
Halal controllers responsible for approving foreign organizations for Halal certification. Our purpose
was to get ICJ registered with these organizations and offices. I have brought forms to fill up for such
registration.
This Halal forum was not only for Halal meat but included all Halal matters such as Halal food, Halal
pharmaceuticals, Halal cosmetics and Halal banking, etc. It seems Malaysia is taking lead in Halal
matters and is moving towards becoming a central figure (a hub) for world Halal matters.
Syed Matloob Ali and other delegates proposed that Halal certification contents and procedures
should be standardized. This was accepted and included in the final resolution. It was pointed out
that Halal business is going to become more than a few trillion Malaysian dollars business in about 5
years.
Japan Muslim Association is already registered and now we have to fill the forms and get ICJ
registered so that we get approval for checking and certifying Halal matters and issue Halal
certificates to Japanese companies exporting Halal products to Malaysia and elsewhere. An
exhibition of Halal manufacturers was also held”.


ON May 30, Dr. Salih Mahdi Al Samarrai called from Saudi Arabia. He was going to join Rabith Al
Alam Al Islamic’s conference in Makkah Al Mukarramah.



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Between 28 to 30th June, Mr. Fadhlullah Nakamichi attended a meeting in Sarajevo (Bosnia-
Herzegovina) and reported as follow: “I attended an Islamic meeting in Sarajevo of Bosnia-
Herzegovina during 28-30 June, for supporting Muslims in the country. There I met President of
Bosnia, and Dr, Ahmed Shareef (of Libya), Mufty of Australia Sheikh Tajuddin, and Muslim leaders
from Syria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Sudan, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Austria. I introduced Islamic
Center-Japan and Islamic Da’wah activities in Japan at this meeting”.


On July 1: Prof. Salih Samarrai, Chairman of ICJ flew to South Korea for an International Islamic
Conference on July 2, 2008.


On August 26: Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan went to the U.S.A. at the invitation of Maulana Salman Al
Hudaini Al Nadvi to participate at ISNA conference. Dr. Salim joined Maulan Salman in Chicago and
met many scholars of ISNA.


On Nov. 26: Mr. Fadhlullah Nakamichi attended the working group meeting on logistics in Hong
Kong. The matters discussed were: Halal food service module and Halal Logistic module. Mr.
Fadhlullah Nakamichi reported as follow:
“I attended a Halal meat meeting in Hong Kong from 26-27 Nov. 2008. In fact, Dr. Salim was in
charge about this matter, but because he was very busy, I attended this meeting on behalf of ICJ,
and I discussed Halal matter with representative from Malaysia Hong Kong, Australia, China, and
U.A.E. This meeting was trying to coordinate actions and Halal Certificates in the world”.


Dignitaries Visiting Islamic Center-Japan:
Alhamdo-Lillah, visitors came to Islamic Center-Japan almost daily. Some important visits are
mentioned below:


Ministry of Islamic Affairs from Saudi Arabia visited ICJ:   On June 30, three officials of Ministry of
Islamic Affairs from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia visited ICJ. They met Dr. Salih Mahdi Al Samarrai and
Dr. Salim and discussed matters of mutual interest. They were presented Annual Report of ICJ and
other publications.


The WAMY delegation:
On August 13, the WAMY delegates visited Arabic Islamic Institute, and Japan Muslim Association.
Dr. Salim was with them. They took dinner at ICJ. Two professors from WAMY delegation spoke at
ICJ. On August 15, Dr. Salim took them to Hachioji and Hira mosque. One of them led Juma prayer
at the Hiroo mosque and the other at Otsuka Masjid.


On 15 Aug, Dr. Salim went to Osaka for MSA Japan camp at his own expense. He delivered a short
speech there about ICJ. Many persons wanted to know more about ICJ. Dr. Salim explained about
ICJ and promised to be in touch with Muslim community, Insha Allah.

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Kuwaiti delegation:
On November 17, A Kuwaiti delegation (Sheikh Nadir Al Noori and Sheikh Yousuf Al Senad) visited
ICJ. Present on the occasion were Sheikh Nimetullah, Dr. Musa, Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan, Syed
Matloob Ali, Mr. Fadhlullah Nakamich Mr. Shaji, Mr. Ramzan Safa, Mr. Idrisno Majid, and Mr.
Shimoyama, Dr. Salim presented report for ICJ, and after that directors of ICJ discussed with the
delegation members.


On January15, Mr. Faisal Bakti, a visiting Indonesian Professor, came to the Center. He is doing
research on Da’wah movement in South East Asia. The activities of ICJ were explained to him.


On February 12, Mr. Sulaiman Akira Hamanaka visited ICJ and had a detailed discussion with Dr.
Salim. He was entertained to lunch. Mr. Fadhlullah Nakamichi was also present. A box of books was
sent to him. During the month of February 24 visitors came to the Center.


Picnic of Islamic Center-Japan:
On August 3, Islamic Center-Japan arranged a picnic and sports in a nearby park. About 113 men,
women and children participated and enjoyed barbeque. Some of them played soccer and some
cricket. All in all it was a good show of friendship with Japanese at local community.


Multi-religious Meetings:
For over 10 years Islamic Center-Japan has been taking part in Peace Prayer, an inter faith program.
Through this opportunity many Japanese were introduced to Islam. And for last few years, the Tokyo
mosque has also participated along with the Center. On October 24, Peace Prayer preparation
meeting, attended by Syed Matloob Ali and Shaji, was held at the Tokyo mosque. On November 8,
Mrs. Iman Fukase made program for Peace Prayer in Japanese language and sent it to the
organizer. On November 22, the Peace Prayer program was held in a church. Christians, Shinto,
Buddhist and finally Muslims came to the stage presenting their program as follows:
First, Imam of Tokyo Masjid Sheikh Ensari called the Azan. Then Sheikh Nimetullah led two rakat
salat nafil. Hamza Fukase, a 12 year-old boy, recited Holy Quran. Syed Matloob Ali read out Peace
Prayer message: “Tala albadro alaina.” All participants jointly recited it. Dr. Salim informed the
audience that when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) migrated to Al Madinah Al Munawarah, then the
people of Al Madinah welcomed him and recited this poem. Mr. Naji Matar recited Holy Quran again.
And finally, Sheikh Nimetullah recited in an impressive manner La ilaha illallahu Muhammadur
Rasulullah three times. The audience enjoyed the recital. May Allah (SWT) accept our humble
efforts! This year Mr. Saleem Bhatti, a car dealer, and an old resident in Japan, cooked delicious
food with guidance of his father in Pakistan and served it to many persons, present on the occasion.
Later the food was served to the participants of Dars-e Quran as well.




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Prayer at Commonwealth Community in Japan:
The Commonwealth community in Japan observed Remembrance Day in honor of the memory of
Commonwealth servicemen. The Islamic Center-Japan regularly took part in these ceremonies. On
November 9, Remembrance Day Ceremony at Commonwealth War Cemetery at Hodogaya was
held. Sheikh Nimetullah recited verses from Holy Quran and Dr. Salim read the translation into
English.


Grave-yard matters:
Muslims in Japan are facing a serious problem of lack of burial-grounds for deceased Muslims. Most
of the cities and villages, now-a-days, do not allow burial, and so it is very difficult to get a land for
the purpose. Islamic Center-Japan since last several years is trying hard to help in the matter. His
Excellency the Saudi Ambassador is also trying his best to establish a new grave-yard in Japan.


Guidance through telephones and e-mails:
Islamic Center-Japan receives a large number of telephone enquires and e-mails from all over
Japan. All sorts of guidance are provided and the required information is furnished with care. Among
the variety of questions suitably answered, some of them were as follow:
What is the Shariah position about bank loan? What is Hukm of unused money in the bank?
Many questions were related to Zakat matters.
How the Shariah applies if a husband divorced his wife three times in one sitting.
A husband divorced his wife through a trick.
Can a Muslim marry a Catholic wife?
How to perform Qaza salat, only Farz or with Sunnat?


List of Pages updated:
In February, ICJ updated home pages as follow: English Index, English Announcements, English
Activities, Prayer Timetable in English, Column about us, and Japanese Announcements.


Salate Ghaibanah:
On January 9, Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan went to Qatar Embassy with others to present a letter of
appeal for Gaza. On January 15, Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan, and Mrs. Iman booked Yoyogi Park for
Ghibana Salat Janazah. On January 21, ICJ informed many Muslim organizations for Ghibana Salat
Janaza. On January 24, Islamic Center-Japan organized Salate Ghaibana at the park near NHK.
About 250 persons attended. Ladies also came in good number. Sheikh Nimetullah led the prayer.
Other Muslim Organizations also supported. It was a successful event. Dr. Salim appealed to men
and women present to donate funds to save children in Gaza and contribute to the Charity Lunch
organized by Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors. A sum of 429,098JY was collected and
handed over to the wife of Iraqi ambassador, who was serving the President of Society of Wives of
Arab Ambassadors, in the presence of leading representatives of Muslim organizations.



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Charity Bazar:
On November 23, Islamic Center-Japan took part in a Charity Bazar, held at Tokyo Masjid. ICJ
arranged a food stall and served delicious biryani, which was well received. Two stalls of old and
new clothes were also set up and the sale was quite good. On March 20, Indonesian Charity Bazar
was held at Tokyo Mosque. It was well organized and well attended, ICJ supplied tables.


Salatul Jumah Khutbah:
Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan, Director Da’wah at Islamic Center-Japan has been translating the
khutbah of salatul Jumah at the Arabic Islamic Institute-Tokyo every week from Arabic to Urdu as a
volunteer. Apart from this, he also led salatul Jumah at various mosques in Japan and presented
khutbah.
On May 9, Dr. Salim gave Jumah Khutbah in Masjid Toheed, Hachioji. After salatul Jumah, Mr.
Bashar Turkistani intruduced Dr. Salim to other Muslims. He was asked many Questions after salatul
Jumah. One Japanese lady became a Muslim, Mrs. Iman Fukase explained to her about Islam in
Japanese. Mr. Bashar Turkistani and his wife were present. On May 30, Dr. Salim led salatul Jumah
in Yokohama Masjid.


Da’wah & Education Project:
Education in Japan is mandatory and essential, and there is not a single Islamic school in Japan
while there are thousands of Muslim children who need education in an Islamic environment. The
Center is now considering establishment of the first Islamic school in Japan. It has purchased a land
adjacent to Tokyo Mosque and intends to build an Islamic school there in order to remove the barrier
and hesitation to build Islamic schools in this country.


Islamic Center-Japan has completed architectural designs of Da’wah and Education project building
on the same plot but unfortunately budget was not available. The period of maps and designs
elapsed, and rules and regulations of building changed in Japan. Therefore ICJ had to ask for re-
design of the project. It took lot of time. Now Allamdo-Lillah, the new designs along with approval of
Japanese authorities, tenders from construction companies are ready. We are ready to begin to
construction of the project Insha Allah. For this matter, the Directors of ICJ met many times and
discussed Da’wah and Education project of ICJ. Some of details as follow:


May 26: Dr. Salim and Mr. Syed Matloob Ali met the architect Mr. Kawakami.
May 27: Documents were sent to IDB.
Jul. 18: Da’wah Education Project meeting was held. Important decisions were taken.
Nov. 17: Mr. Kawakami procured official stamped approval for Da’wah-Education project building.
Mar. 6: Dr. Salim, Mr. Syed Matloob Ali and Mr. Shaji held School meeting with Mr. Kawakami.
Mar. 14: Dr. Salim and Mr. Syed Matloob Ali prepared two letters for the Bank about Da’wah &
    Education project and sent it to Dr. Al Samarrai Chairman of ICJ for his approval.



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Mar. 17: Dr. Salim sent two letters on D’awah & Education Project to IDB after Dr. Al Samarrai
    approval.
Mar. 19: Dr. Salim contacted the Bank for D’awah & Education Project of ICJ.


Board of Directors meeting:
The regular meetings of the Board of Directors were held every month. The monthly reports of
activities were presented and accounts and other matters were discussed. In spite of monetary
constraints the Board of Directors are working diligently to keep the Islamic Center as the vital force
of Da’wah work in Japan, always keeping in mind the welfare of Muslims in Japan and promoting
amicable relationship with the Japanese people and society.


General Body meeting:
The General Body meeting is held every year. The annual report, finance report, and budget for the
following financial year are present in the meeting and other matters are discussed. Due to financial
constraints the Centre could not provide travel expenses for the members to attend the General
Body meeting. The Center remains grateful to the members for their kind understanding and would
like to request for procuring donations and funds for activities at the Center.


Islamic Center-Japan need repair:
Islamic Center-Japan old house has became miserably old, its roof, floor, walls broken and needs
extensive repair or re-build as soon as possible. In addition to that, ICJ main building was built in
1982. Air-condition is not working, water is leaking in third and first floors. Dr. Salih Samarrai,
Chairman of ICJ has requested authorities in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for repair. ICJ asked four
companies for estimates for repair.
On January 5, Saudi Arabian Embassy called and visited the Center on January 7, checking the
building of ICJ, and the old house of ICJ. Present in the meeting were Dr. Salim, Mr. Shaji, Mr.
Fadhlullah Nakamichi, Mr. Syed Matloob Ali, and Dr. Musa Mohammed Omar.
On January 19, the Fire Brigade team visited the Center and inspected fire prevention facilities at
ICJ and asked to repair as soon as possible.
On October 20, Mr. Kawakami came to ICJ along with a team of construction engineers and
inspected the ICJ building.
On January 20, a building repair companies visited ICJ. On March 2, Dr. Salim met with building
reform companies.
On Mar 13, Dr. Salim met with Mori Co. for estimates of repair of ICJ.


Services of Islamic Center-Japan for Halal Matters:
Since its establishment in 1974, ICJ considered it its duty to provide information about halal matters
to Muslims. During various periods ICJ responsible persons have provided halal chicken, beef and
mutton to serve the Muslim community. Moreover, the Center has been providing its services to
those involved in the halal meat business by checking their meat processing places and teaching

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them the proper methods of slaughtering animal according to Islamic Shariyah. Japanese society is
dominated by believers of Shintoism and Buddhism who do not know about the concept of halal in
Islam. When leaders of Muslim countries visited Japan and asked for halal food, Japanese hotels
tried to find about halal. They contacted ICJ and were properly guided by the Center.


In the beginning, only a few Muslims used to slaughter cows and chickens in Japan and provided
halal meat for the service of Muslim community. It was, therefore, very difficult to get halal meat. But
after 1987 the number of Muslims increased when many people started coming to Japan for work.
Accordingly the demand for halal meat also increased, drawing attention of Muslims in Japan
towards this problem. As a result, Muslims started opening small halal food stores in various parts of
Japan selling halal meat and other halal food items. Now it is relatively much easy to get halal meat
and other items in Japan, Alhamdo-Lillah. However, most halal food stores sell halal meat imported
from Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. There are few halal food stores selling meat of Japanese
cows slaughtered in Japan. The main reason for this is the high cost of Japanese beef compared to
imported beef.


Halal Certification:
When Japanese companies exported some food items to Muslim countries, the importing Muslim
countries asked exporters to provide halal certificate. For this the exporters contacted ICJ. For each
halal certificate the Center thoroughly inspected facilities and procedures according to Islamic
Shariyah. The Center has been doing this service since long ago, Alhamdo-Lillah. However,
Japanese companies wish to get halal certificate not on shipment basis but for fixed periods such as
for one year or two years or longer. They wish to get the certificate once and use for shipments
onward, which is dangerous because if by chance, their menu changes or if anything haram is mixed
in their product, the Center will not be able to check, but the moral and religious responsibility will lie
with the Center. The most important thing to consider in halal matter is that we are accountable
before Allah (SWT) for our deeds. Allah (SWT) gives us blessings for our good deeds and
punishment for bad deeds. Only a Muslim can understand these things. That is why, the Center has
been issuing halal certificate only on shipment basis since long ago.
In recent years, more Japanese companies are trying to get information about halal, because some
of them want to export Japanese halal beef to Islamic countries. Responsible persons of the Center
have provided halal services for Muslims living in Japan, as described above. Therefore, it is not
difficult for the Center to provide services and halal certificate to Japanese companies as well. ICJ
always teaches complete method of slaughtering animal according to Islamic Shariyah to the
Japanese exporting companies. The Center always visits the slaughtering house and if necessary,
responsible person of the Center personally slaughter the animal. If some other Muslim was
slaughtering, the Center teaches him proper method of slaughtering according to Islamic Shariyah.




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The method of checking for halal certificate issued by Islamic Center-Japan:
The methods of checking for issuing halal certificate by Islamic Center-Japan are as follows (Note:
this is done in two ways, by visiting the factory and by getting the samples checked in laboratories):
At first ICJ asks the factory what ingredients are mixed in the products and then checks from
specifications whether the ingredients contained alcohol, lard or oil of animals or birds or soup of
bones or objectionable ingredients. If no haram content and ingredients were mixed, then a Director
from ICJ visits the factory, collects samples and gets them tested at ICJ designated laboratory to
ensure whether the information provided by the factory was correct. If no haram content is found,
only then ICJ issues Halal Certificate on each shipment basis (i.e., a separate Halal Certificate for
each shipment).
Now-a-days, a number of Japanese companies are interested to export beef to Muslim countries.
They were provided information on Halal procedure and specifications. Some companies have
already started the process. Usually cow, sheep, and chicken are slaughtered. The details are
narrated hereby.
The Center checked what feeder and drink was given to the cow. Cows were transported from the
farm to slaughter house on trucks. The Center checked and ensured that the cows were not
transported along with pigs in the same truck and that the truck used for transporting pigs was not
used for transporting cows. And so on.
In Japan alcoholic beer is given to special cows for drinking whose meat is known as high quality
“Kobe beef” and “Matsuzaka beef” which are very costly in Japan. Similarly, in some farms they
mixed food leftovers containing pork and other haram ingredients into the feeder given to cows. It
was necessary and very important to check all these things and tell the exporters about proper
procedures.
Moreover ICJ also checked details and procedures after slaughtering, such as how the animal was
cleaned and processed, at what place in the cold storage the halal meat was stored (to ensure that
the halal meat did not get mixed with non-halal meat).


The method of slaughtering Halal animals:
The method of slaughtering Halal animals and Halal birds according to Islamic Shariyah is as follows.
The person slaughtering the animal or bird must be a Muslim who should cut the throat and
surrounding blood veins (four veins or at least the main three veins must be cut) with a sharp and
clean knife while saying Bismi Allah Wa Allahu Akbar. It is Sunnah also to lay down the animal
facing towards Qiblah.
The animal should be slaughtered with a sharp knife but the neck must not be completely cut off.
Rather, water may be poured on to the neck of the animal and one should wait until the animal
completely died. The process of cleaning and dismembering the animal should start after making
sure the animal had completely died. All the blood must flow out and the animal should feel least
pain and suffering during the slaughter. We should be kind to the animal. In Hadith Sharif, it was
forbidden to sharpen knife in front of the animal. Moreover, it was also forbidden to slaughter an
animal in presence of another one.

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In Japan every cow is assigned a number. The Center issued halal certificate according to the
number and weight of the cow to avoid mistakes and confusion. Alhamdo-Lillah, ICJ issued many
such halal certificates during last year and this year as well. We pray to Allah (SWA) to accept our
deeds for the service of Islam, Muslims and all human beings and animals. Ameen!


Some Problems Related to Slaughtering:
Usually, in Japan, the place for slaughtering and cleaning cows is separate from the place for
slaughtering and cleaning pigs and there was no possibility of touching each other or using same
knife or machine. ICJ representatives have visited slaughter houses in various cities in Japan where
cow is slaughtered.
(1) For slaughtering, at first they brought the cow at a narrow place and then a person came in front
of the cow and shot a bullet with a pistol on the forehead of the cow. Immediately after that the gate
opened and the cow fell down (cow’s face was not towards Qiblah). Then a Muslim slaughtered the
cow according to Islamic Shariyah. Naturally, before slaughtering the cow had not yet died.
Japanese people do not slaughter cow at the throat but they cut with knife from the side of the neck.
However, we taught them that under the Islamic Shariyah method that it was necessary to cut only
the throat and surrounding veins.
(2) Another problem was that they did not wait until the cow completely died, and inserted a steel
wire in the forehead of the cow and immediately cut off its ears and neck and started cleaning. When
the representative from ICJ slaughtered or supervised the slaughter, he told them to wait until the
animal completely died and then start cleaning and dismembering the animal.
(3) In Japan the cleaning was all done by machine. When the representative from ICJ slaughtered or
supervised slaughter, he asked them to first thoroughly clean knives and tools (with soap and water)
which might have been used to process other (non-halal) cows before slaughtering and cleaning the
halal cows.
(4) At present, the most important problem in Japan at slaughter houses is that there is no other way
to slaughter a cow without firing bullet in the forehead. ICJ has always advised the Japanese that if
they want to do business with Muslim countries, they must completely follow the Islamic Shariyah.
That is, to slaughter cow without shooting bullet in its head, keeping the cow facing towards Qiblah
and to wait until the cow completely died before starting cleaning and dismembering the cow.
After completely examining all these procedures, this year too, ICJ has issued a number of Halal
meat certificates. Some details for Halal matters are as follow:
Apr. 1: A Japanese lady called from Kanagawa for Halal certificate.
Apr. 7: Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan Director of Da’wah and Mr. Syed Matloob Ali met two persons in
    ICJ about Halal Meat.
Apr. 17: Dr. Salimur Rahman, Mr. Syed Matloob Ali and Dr. Musa Mohammed Umer met with 5
    person’s delegation, who came from Sultanate of Oman and U.A.E. with some Japanese from
    Osaka. The Directors explained them about ICJ Halal certificate.
Apr. 18: Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan Director of Da’wah went to Osaka with brother Abul Mannan to
    slaughter 3 cows in presence of the delegation. Brother Naeem Khan from Osaka joined too.

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May 7: Mr. Takehiro Fukada came for Halal information and Dr. Salim decided with him to deliver
    lecture for Halal in Saitama. A telephone came from Akita prefecture asking about Halal
    certificate.
May 9-10: Dr. Salim prepared Halal report for ICJ and Mr. Syed Matloob Ali translated it in to English.
May 9: Dr. Salim and Mr. Syed Matloob Ali had a meeting with Malaysian company in Tokyo for
    Halal matter, and the company agreed to pay for Mr. Syed Matloob Ali Air Ticket and Hotel
    charge for attending Halal matter conference in Malaysia. On May12, Mr. Syed Matloob Ali
    Director Education of ICJ attended Halal conference in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Jun. 30: Two people came from Saga prefecture for Halal certificate; they spoke with Dr. Salih Mahdi
    Al Samarrai Chairman of ICJ and Dr. Salim. They want to deal with ICJ.
Jul. 2: A Halal food company official met Dr. Salim.
Jul. 11: Mrs. Iman went to Dubai Embassy for Halal certificate matters. A Halal food company official
    from Kagoshima met Dr. Salim.
Jul. 28: Dr. Salim explained details about Halal to a person who came from Dubai. He is doing
    business in U.A.E. and wants to import meat from Japan. He came to ICJ earlier 30 years ago.
Aug. 1: Dr. Salim and Syed Matloob went to Iwate to check Halal matter for cows and went to factory
    with other three persons. Dr. Salim and Syed Matloob Ali contacted Muslims in Morioka. Dr.
    Salim led the Juma prayer there and gave a lecture. The locals were offered ICJ books if they
    wanted. About 50 persons of various nationalities attended the prayer.
Aug. 8: Mr. Raees Khan, brother of Dr. Salim in Sharjah, sent his son Mr. Saud Raees with a
    Japanese company to a slaughter house in Sharjah to check how they slaughter cows in U.A.E.
Aug. 11: Mr. Raees Khan sent his son again to the slaughter house in Sharjah, U.A.E. Many
    companies are contacting ICJ for Halal meat.
Sep. 10: A Halal food company visited the Center.
Oct. 24: A Halal company came for consultation to ICJ.
Nov. 10: Two Japanese Halal companies came to ICJ for inspection and negotiations.
Nov. 15: Halal meat team representing officials of the U.A.E. government visited ICJ. Dr. Salim left
    for Osaka with the U.A.E. team where they inspected slaughter houses.
Nov. 17: Two teams representing halal meat companies of Japan came to ICJ and held meetings
    with Dr. Salim.
Nov. 26: Dr. Salim went to Kyushu for Halal food matter.
Nov. 26: Mr. Fadhlullah Nakamichi attended the working group meeting on logistics in Hong Kong.
    The matters discussed were: Halal food service module and Halal Logistic module.
Jan. 9: Dr. Salim met with the company for Halal matter.
Jan. 28: Dr. Salim went to Osaka for Halal matter.
Feb. 19: Dr. Salim flew to Dubai for Halal food conference. He presented a detailed Halal report on
    behalf of ICJ.
Mar. 2: Dr. Salim met with Company who want to know about Halal certificate.
Mar. 10 & 11: Dr. Salim received many telephone calls on Halal matters.
Mar. 22: Dr. Salim went to Osaka for Halal matters.

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Mar. 23: Dr. Salim sent Halal Certificate in Arabic and English to Osaka.


Other Activities:
On 01 Apr. 08 Issued Invitation latter for Bangladesh Mission of Japan.
On 01 Apr. One Tel. came a Japanese mother asking about her child Khitan (Sunnah), Dr. Salim
informed her “Adventist Hospital” Tel. No. 03-3392-6151 and name of the doctor Dr. Yoshimoto.
On 01 Apr. From JAICA received ICJ fax for asking Arabic language teacher for one month.
On 14 Apr. Dr. Salim Director of Da’wah received 3 times telephones from Nagoya Police, they want
to meet ICJ responsible person for invitation from out of Japan.
On 15 Apr. Dr. Salim, Dr. Musa, and Syed Matloob Ali met 3 police men who came from Nagoya.
Every one explained about ICJ the person who used ICJ name to enter into Japan was wrong,
because ICJ did not invite him, and his information was wrong in application farm which police
brought with them from Nagoya.
On 23 Jun. Dr. Al Samarrai and Dr. Salim met Dr. Mohammad Hassan Al Zeer Director of Arabic
Islamic Institute, Tokyo and Mr. Ameen Mizutani presented his book “Religions in Japan” to Dr. Al
Samarrai.
On 24 Jun. Dr. Al Samarrai again met Dr. Mohammad Hassan Al Zeer Director of Arabic Islamic
Institute, Tokyo.
On 26 Jun. Dr. Al Samarrai of ICJ, Dr. Musa and Dr. Salim met His Excellency Saudi Ambassador
in Japan, and presented him Annual report 2008 of ICJ.
On 27 Jun. Dr. Al Samarrai, Dr. Salim prayed friday Prayer in Arabic Islamic Institute, Tokyo, and
they met His Excellence Saudi Ambassador in Japan, His Excellence Ambassador of Iraq, Mr. Amin
Tokomatsu Chairman of Japan Muslim Association and others brothers.
On 28 Jun. Dr. Al Samarrai and Dr. Salim went to Nagoya to final Examination for PHD for Mr.
Najam.
On 28 Jun. Dr. Al Samarrai and Dr. Salim invited by His Excellency Ambassador of Iraq in his house
where he invited some Doctors who came from Iraq and Dr. Najam for his PHD.
On 13 Jul. Dr. Salim called on His Excellence Saudi Ambassador in Japan for WAMY appointment.
On 15 Jul. Dr. Al Samarrai and Dr. Salim went to JAICA to meet student trainees.
On 16 Jul. Dr. Salim arranged an appointment for Engr. Nabeel of WAMY with Saudi Arabia
embassy in Tokyo.
On 16 Jul. Dr. Salim called on Mr. Muhit in the hospital at the instance of Dr. Al Samarrai.
On 17 Jul. Dr. Al Samarrai and Dr. Salim attended Egyptian National Day reception. Dr. Al Samarrai
explained to the ambassador the history of Islam in Japan.
On 28 Jul. Dr. Salim, Dr. Musa, Syed Matloob Ali, Mr. Fadhlullah and Mr. Shaji attended a dinner at
Saudi Arabia Embassy in honour of Imame of Kaabah.
On 04 Aug. Mr. Shinohara, a Japanese volunteer of Islamic Center translated the yearly report of
ICJ 2008 into Japanese; Mr. Najim Al Bazi translated the report into Arabic.
On 24 Sep. Dr. Salim and his wife attended Iftar at American Embassy.



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On 26 Sep. Mr. Fadhullah Nakamichi invited on Iftar of Iran Ambassador house, he had Iftar dinner
with Imam Ansari (Tokyo Masjid) and some Muslims leader from Japan Muslim Association, Nagoya
Masjid. They discussed Islamic Da’wah in Japan.
On 08 Nov. Dr. Nasir Ayyub repaired all the computers of the Center.
On 10 Nov. Imam of Nagoya Masjid came.
On 12 Nov. New carpets were laid on second floor with the help of volunteers.
On 22 Nov. Representatives of the Muslim Africa Organization came to ICJ, and asked for a
recommendation letter for their Masjid project.
On 04 Dec. Letters of recommendation were given to Muslim African organization for their Masjid
project.
On 23 Jan. 09 Imam of Tokyo Masjid informed to Dr. Salim that Dinayat of Turkey want to speak
with Dr. Salih Al Samarrai.
On 02 Feb. Mrs. Noor (Japanese) & Mr. Salih Kubo (Japanese) joined ICJ work Al Hamdo li Allah.
On 02 Feb. A letter to American Trust Publications was sent seeking to print book entitled “Reading
of Muslim mind”.
On 21 Feb. Mr. Fadhlullah Nakamichi attended the Graduation Ceremony at Arabic Islamic Institute,
Tokyo.
On 09 Mar. Dr. Salim received Tel. from Mr. Ibrahim Okubo that Japanese Muslim dead, his wife
from Iraq, Dr. Salim spoke with her, and Doctor in Hospital and gave them all information about
Janazah matter
ON 15 Mar. Seerat Conference at Islamic Circle of Japan held. Students debate on Prophet
Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) Life. Dr. Salim was Chief Judge. Dr. Salim also delivered the presidential
address, which was much appreciated.
On 16 Mar. Pakistan Association elections, Mr. Shaji signed nomination papers as Chief election
commissioner.
On 21 Mar. Mr. Shaji supervised elections of Pakistan association as chief election commissioner.
On 22 Mar. Mr. Shaji conducted the counting of Pakistan Association elections results along with
Syed Matloob Ali.
On 23 Mar. Mr. Shaji announced the final results of Pakistan Association elections at Imperial hotel.
On 24 Mar. Dr. Salim left for India for ten days. He attended Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama Advisory
meeting and delivered lectures.


Closing Remarks:
The Islamic Center-Japan at present is facing a very serious financial crisis. Overseas donations are
seldom coming. The Chairman Dr. Salih Mahdi Al Samarrai, despite his frail health, has been
making frantic efforts to collect funds from every quarter. But due to some unavoidable
circumstances in recent years, success has been eluding him. He has been relentless in his pursuit
and has been working for it day and night. Let us all wish and pray to Allah (SWT) for the best
outcome. Aameen.



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Despite all the odds, lack of funds and staff, the Center, Alhamdo-Lillah, is as active as ever.
Hundreds of people have visited the Center. It will not be out of place to mention that the Center is
indeed the most active organization in Japan. Our new twice a month Dars-e Quran program is
drawing a large audience, followed by dinner, thanks to all our friends. The ladies including
Japanese ladies are also coming in increasing numbers. Alhamdo-Lillah, the atmosphere here is
charged with excitement and optimism.


We are emboldened by the active help and cooperation of friends and volunteers, who gave their
valuable time and made our numerous functions a resounding success.


As Japan is a highly educated country, we wish to employ modern methods of communication to
match the 21st century, though finances remain a problem. But we are not deterred and hope to do
our best. We need your support, prayers, moral and financial help and cooperation.


We are thankful to all Directors, Members, Auditors, and the staff of Islamic Center-Japan for their
cooperation and help. We are also thankful to Mr. Takehiro Fukase, who helps ICJ from time to time.
Mr. Shinohara, a retired Japanese diplomat who came and translated last year’s annual report into
Japanese, also came sometimes to ICJ office and handled Japanese correspondence for ICJ. We,
hereby, thank him for his selfless service to the Center.




                                          Prepared by:
                                          Abdul Rab Shaji
                                          Director of Administration and Finance
                                          Islamic Center- Japan




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LIST OF DIRECTORS:
Prof. Dr. Salih Mahdi S. Al Samarrai   Chairman
Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan                Director Executive & Da’wah
Dr. Musa Mohammad Omer                 Director Planning & International Affairs
Prof. Sai Kurasawa (Syed Murtuza)      Director of Regional Affairs
Mr. Syed Matloob Ali                   Director of Education
Mr. Fadhlullah A. Nakamichi            Director of Publications
Mr. Gaafar Abdul Rahman Ismail         Director of Social Affairs
Mr. Abdul Rab Shaji                    Director of Administration & Finance


LIST OF ADVISORS:
Dr. Abdul Aziz Turkistani
Dr. Abdel Baset El Sebai
Mr. Al Bedah Abdul Aziz Mohammed
Dr. Mohamed Yousif Ali Yousif
Mr. Mohammad Raees
Mr. Khalid Kiba


LIST OF AUDITORS:
Mr. Osman Birkia
Mr. Muhammad Noboru Sato




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