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Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association
SAFAR 1437 A.H.
The Month of Safar
Safar is the second (2nd.) month of the Islamic calendar.
This time of the year was considered to be cursed as many catastrophes and calamities took place.
However this belief has been proven to be false and totally without foundation (absurd). This can
also be confirmed by the following hadith.
"Hadhrat Jaabir (RA) reported he heard Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) saying "the
descending of illness and evil superstition befalling in the month of Safar is untrue". (Muslim).
Events of the month of Safar.
1) The Battle of Abwaa took place on 12th Safar in the year 2 A.H.
2) The Battle of Khaibar took place in the year 7 A.H.
Matrimonies in Safar:
Hadhrat Ali (R.A) married Hadhrat Fatima (R.A) daughter of Prophet Muhammad
(sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) in the latter days of Safar 2 A.H.
Deaths in Safar.
Khubaib Ibn Adey (R.A) was martyred in this month in the year 4 A.H.in the Holy city of Makkah.
Zaid Ibn Dathina (RA) was martyred in this month in the year 4 A.H. in the Holy city of Makkah.
Urs-e- Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Al Hanafi Al Qadri died on 25th of Safar.
New Moon for the Month of Safar - 1437 A.H.
The Anjuman Sunnat-ul-Jamaat Association (ASJA) wishes to confirm that the month of Muharram
1437 A.H.completed its 30th day on Friday, November 13th. Accordingly, the first day of the new
month of Safar corresponds to Saturday, November 14th 2015 in the English Calendar..
Imam Raffaic Mohamed
Chairman, Moon Sighting Committee
President of the Amateur Swim-
ming Association of Trinidad and
Tobago (ASATT) Joseph Mc Leod has
decribed as pure fabrication, a report
in which it was said that he allegedly
abused veteran swim coach Edmund
Pouchet verbally and used obscene
language towards him on October
16.Pouchet has since reported the mat-
ter to the St James Police Station but
said he will not be pressing any
charges. According to the report, Mc
Leod acted on the assumption that
Pouchet was behind a radio pro-
gramme on October 15 in which club
representatives Jason Wickham, Franz
Huggins and ex-ASATT president
Gregory Colleymore criticised Mc
Leod and the executive for the way
the association was being managed.
At the programme it is understood
that a well-known member of the
media, who is an ex-national swimmer
and son of Pouchet, was also called
and asked for his views on the way
the sport was being run.
Pouchet (Edmund), when contacted
yesterday explained that he did not
know why Mc Leod would think that
he was behind the programme but
said he wanted to send a strong mes-
sage to Mc Leod that no one should
be subjected to that type of abuse like
"He called me and started to cuss
me up on the phone because he
thought I was behind that programme
to make him look bad, but I was not,"
the elder Pouchet said.
However, when contacted yesterday
Mc Leod said it was pure fabrication
which is being used in a devious cam-
paign to discredit him and his exec-
As though lost for words, Mc Leod
jokingly said he didn t know what to
say, noting that it is amazing how far
people would go to tarnish your char-
"It is quite clear that Pouchet
(Edmund) is on a campaign to smear
my character because he feels that
election is going to be called and they
probably have a team that they want
to put in power," Mc Leod said.
He described the elder Pouchet as
no saint and told the Guardian that
he and Pouchet (Edmund) have had
heated conversations in the past where
obscenities were used but he will not
go to tell the public that Pouchet used
"I told him that his son was trying
to paint the swimming association in
a negative light. I told him that his
son wrote on the fact that the ASATT
got funding from Government
although they not provide any audited
accounts...yet he benefitted from it
as a coach because he was sent abroad
on national duty and he (Edmund)
did not like it," Mc Leod said.
Meanwhile, Pouchet (Edmund) also
raised a number of issues that he said
were not in line with the constitution
of the ASATT.
Among these was the withholding
of the annual general meeting (AGM)
and Election of Officers.
The delay in calling elections
stemmed from a decision by the gen-
eral council of the swimming associ-
ation to form a new limited liability
company which required it to be
incorporated and for there to be bye
laws to govern it.
It is understood that because of
attempts by ASATT executive to create
bye laws that will be in line with com-
panies internationally, it has led to a
The T&T Guardian was told that
the draft for these bye laws have been
completed and will shown to the gen-
eral council this morning from 10 am
at the Cascadia Hotel, St Ann s.
However, the elder Pouchet is con-
tending that the general council has
no power to change the constitution
"If they want to make a change in
the constitution then a special meeting
has to be called among the clubs with
a lawyer on hand to make the adjust-
ments, but in the meanwhile, the con-
stitution must be adhered to," Pouchet
Mc Leod denies abuse case...
T&T swimming ace, George
Bovell III was back to his near
best as he finished fourth in
the seventh of 13 heats to qual-
ify for last night s men s 50m
freestyle final at the Arena Pro
Swim Series, in Minneapolis.
The 32-year-old Bovell III
touched the wall in 22.81 sec-
onds to trail the trio of Nathan
Adrian (22.39), Santo Condorelli
(22.44 and Brad Tandy (22.66)
to the wall at the Jean K Free-
man Aquatic Centre, University
The other finishers in Bovell s
heat were Michael Andrew
(22.85), Darian Townsend
(23.53), and Carl Weigley (23.82)
The time by Bovell III was
the seventh fastest overall as
the trio of Marcelo Chierighini
(22.74), Elvis Burrows (22.76)
and Geoff Cheah (22.76) were
also faster than T&T Olympic
bronze medal winner while Joao
De Lucca (22.83) also qualified
to last night s final from his
On Thursday, Bovell III, com-
peting in his first meet since
the Pan American Games in
Toronto, Canada, in July where
he captured bronze in the men s
50m freestyle final, was 39th
overall in the men s 100m
A two-time World Champi-
onship bronze medallist and
five-time NCAA champion
Bovell ended seventh in heat
four in 1:05.56.
Also in action yesterday, was
World Youth Olympic silver and
bronze medal swimmer Dylan
Carter, who ended fifth in the
seventh of nine men s 100m
backstroke heats to qualify for
last night s B-Final in 13th spot.
The winner of the heat was
David Plummer, who won in a
pool record time of 52.83 to be
the top qualifier overall. Gregory
Tarasevich (54.33) and Bobby
Hurley (55.48) followed in the
heat ahead of Bryce Bohman
(56.63), and Carter (56.82).
Record Olympic Games
medal winner, Michael Phelps
qualified for the B-Final as well
as the 15th best swimmer with
a time of 56.97.
On Thursday night, the 19-
year-old Carter, a University of
Southern California All-Amer-
ican---who is sitting out of the
coming NCAA season in order
to prepare for next year s
Olympic Games in Brazil, was
seventh in the men s 200m
freestyle B-Final in one minute,
Markus Thormeye won the
B-final in 1:50.28 ahead of
Phelps (1:50.39) and Yuri Kisil
In Thursday s morning heats,
Carter touched the wall in one
minute, 50.84 seconds, an
Olympic Qualifying standard
time and the ninth best overall,
which was ahead of Phelps
1:51.34 in his heat.
Conor Dwyer won the A-
Final in 1;47.88 ahead of Ryan
Lochte 1:48.66, and Joao De
A silver medal winner in the
men s 50m butterfly at the 2013
FINA World Junior Champi-
onship, Carter will conclude his
involvement in the meet today
when he lines up in the 100m
freestyle heats at 1.15 pm.
Bovell qualifies for 50-free finals
...Carter faster that Phelps again
Joseph Mc Leod...president of ASATT
George Bovell III
Edmund Pouchet...veteran swim coach
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