Essex Jamaat held its annual Interfaith Day on Saturday 7th March at Galleywood Heritage Centre, Chelmsford.
Posted on Mon, 2014-03-03 07:37
There was an exciting energy from delegates, councillors, invitees & volunteers at the Fifth Executive Council meeting for the Term 2011-2014 at the Al-Mahdi Centre in Wessex as the meeting convened on the morning of Saturday 22 June 2013.
Councillors from The World Federation, Africa, Europe, North America, Pakistan, India, Australia, and Singapore met to update one another on activities, the progress of their work, and discuss several issues.
Shan E Abbas Hassam, Secretary General of The World Federation addressed the delegates and invitees by welcoming them to the 5th Executive Council meeting and reflected on the fact that the 15th Shabaan is upon us. He outlined the history of the Wessex Jamaat thanked the Jamaat hosting the meeting in their newly built centre.
The meeting was opened by the recitation of the Holy Quran by Taha Rahim, followed by the welcome address by the President of the Wessex Jamaat Sibtain Versi.
Shabbir Walji the past President of the Jamaat of Wessex Jamaat and chairman of the Building Committee of the Al Mahdi Centre also made an address thanking everyone for attending. He went on to speak of the vision the Jamaat had for the Wessex centre and how it came to fruition. He mentioned the dedication and hard work of several individuals who helped make the vision a reality.
At this juncture, Dr Moledina requested the CoEJ President Dr Husein Jiwa to gift a certificate of recognition to Shabbir Walji for his hard work and dedication in the building of the centre.
In addition Shan E Abbas Shan-e-Abbas asked The World Office Bearers to present the ‘heroes’ of Wessex Jamaat certificates for their efforts & contributions in the completion of the centre:
- Roshan Gangji for his dedication from the conception to the completion of the Al-Mahdi Centre
- Amir Hassanali Asaria for his contribution to the project and ensuring the funds were available
- Abdul Amir Jaffer for his philanthropy and dedication to the Jamaat
- Yasin Bashir Rahim for his dedication to the development of the community
This was followed by the introduction of the Councillors. . It was heart-warming to see people from all over the world coming together on a single platform.
Husein Jiwa, the CoEJ President welcomed the councillors and invitees to Europe and thanked Wessex Jamaat for their invitation and hosting the 5th Executive Council meeting
After the review of the fourth Executive Council minutes and matters arising, the President of The World Federation, Dr Asgar Moledina made his address.
He briefed the attendees on his recent visits to Pakistan, Oman and Iraq.
Karachi & Hyderabad - Dec 16-19, 2012
His three day visit to Karachi and Hyderabad was to visit those affected by the atrocities against our Shia brethren. He visited a 12 year old little girl who survived a drive by shooting on her way to school in which her father was slain. She had been shot in the spine and lungs and by the grace of the Almighty, she was lucky to be alive. As she was still in hospital and recovering, she still had no idea that her father had been killed in this shooting. As Dr spoke with her she said she would like to have something to keep her mind busy as she lay in the hospital bed. The President gladly obliged as he made arrangements for an IPpad to be delivered to her.
Dr Moledina said that he was saddened to see the suffering taking place in Karachi.
Muscat to Salalah, Oman– Dec 19-23, 2012
Dr Moledina also visited Muscat and Salalah. He was pleased to see that in this country, individuals can practice their religion freely and was happy to see the opportunity for investment and growth available here. He encouraged the deliberation to consider visiting and perhaps even investing in Oman.
Dr Moledina was truly inspired by the love, unity and imaan shown by the Jamaat’s in Muscat and Salalah.
Iraq – Dec 29-31, 2012
With the company of his wife Dr Moledina completed the walk from Najaf to Kerbala. He described the experience like Hajj but on a different level. From this experience Dr. Saheb has been inspired to build more mokib’s on the walk as a World Federation initiative. Furthermore, it has been arranged with a donor that has taken the responsibility that a Mokib will be set up for the this year’s walk Inshallah. Dr. further urged that the youth of our community be encouraged to volunteer at these mokibs.
The President gave an update on the formation of the Federations and was pleased to announce that the documentation for India is complete and the Australia has also completed the necessary documentation and has registered with the Australian government. Both these regional federations’ applications would be tabled at this meeting.
He also touched on the MCE ~ The World’s Federation biggest project of the term. The draft curriculum framework is almostcompletealmost complete and should be ready by the end of July for consultation. Furthermore teacher development has commenced in earnest. As the marajah have explained, it is imperative that teachers be perfect role models for their students. . He confirmed that a detailed report would be presented by Naushad Merali on the MCE.
Dr. Saheb spoke of the importance of the unity among the regions and members how this will have an impact on the success of the work that they are doing. He also touched on the importance of connecting families and gave a brief update on the Mulla Asghar Resource Center (MARC).
This was followed by some observations by the floor. Comments were made on the incidents occurring in Pakistan and that support is needed in the regions. Dr.’s sentiments in regards to unity were echoed by the councillors. Shabbar Dhalla, Executive Councillor for The World Federation commented, “We must remember the importance of unity and it gives me pride to see this unity among us but we need to be cognisant of forces trying to divide our communities. Not only must we stand united and work together, we must understand our heritage and continue to pass it our children.”
A number of councillors raised the issue of dealing with issues such as divorce and abuse and a need for these matters to be addressed by Jamaats, regional federations and The World Federation.
Secretariat Departmental Reports
The next item on the agenda was the presentations of the department reports of The World Federation Secretariat.
Dr. Akber Mohamedali gave an update on the progress for the Capacity Building Programme and some of its achievements. The team is in the process of gathering quantitative data on the success of the program. However, from the experiences and feedback he has received, the Capacity Building Programmes has had a profound impact on participants in both their professional and personal lives.
“The CPD is not considered to have an impact until change in behaviour occurs - getting the information into the head is not enough, it must get into the heart.” Said Dr. Mohamedali.
He also informed the delegates that there are additional facilitators who have been trained to deliver the programmes. Although the team has several aspirations, including expanding their reach to other parts of the world, currently they are at full capacity.
A healthy discussion took place around Capacity Building with feedback and comments from the delegates and Councillors.
Maria Pattinson, a LDP talked about the LDP and how through a survey she is going to report on how the LDP affects an individual both personally and professionally and how it affects society.
Just back from Africa she has collected info through a survey and is looking at the impact the LDP is having in the larger scale.Somescale. Some testimonials from the participants are:
“The LDP by far is the best money & times spent”
“Before taking the LDP there were certain members of the community that I have never spoken to. After the LDP I have not only spoken to them, but learned from them as well.”
The purpose of the report is to establish some solid data on the LDP to see if the dollars spent is giving a good return, to provide an understanding of the impact of the LDP, and provide an objective report on the program.
Siddika Mawji, the new manager of Education & Health presented a report on Education. She gave an overview of the objectives and activities of the department including CV & Career counselling, alternatives to current higher education systems, and higher education loans. Siddika gave a briefing on the various loan schemes available. The ASG of Education Mahmood Dhalla opened the floor to the delegates and invitees for questions. The group spent some time going over the various education schemes and discussed what else can be done in order to provide loans to students.
Siddika also presented the Health Report. She began by emphasizing that the health department is continuing to grow. Currently it is made up of:
- Zainabiya Health Centres in Patna, Bangalore, Pottenahali and Lucknow. In the year 2012, the 4 centres saw 42,141 patients.
- Aeinullah Eye Clinics in Patna, Bangalore, Lucknow and Mianwali. In the year 2012, the 4 centres saw 9087 patients and performed 406 surgeries.
- Hyderi Diagnostic Centre operated in partnership with Hussaini Foundation in Parachinar. The World Federation donated more than 13,500 pounds towards the purchase of medical equipment. The centre has performed 20,203 tests.
- Thalasemmia Centres
- Zainabiya Breast Cancer Centre in Mianwali established in May 2012. Out of 108 patients with lumps, 50 were found to have breast cancer.
- Health Centres in Kerbala and Mombasa.
The team is also working on opening another Zainabiya diagnostic centre, mobile clinic and a child development clinic as well as additional projects in Kenya.
Dr. Munir Datoo, the ASG of Health answered questions from the floor.
International Relief & Development (IRED)Anisa Kanji gave a presentation on the current activities of The World Federation IRED department. She went through an overview of the workings of the team and reviewed the teamsteam’s recent appeals, including the Pakistan Genocide Appeal where various forms of campaigns were held including a live telethon,thetelethon, the Syria Appeal, and the recently launched Ramadhan Relief Appeal 1434. Last year the appeal raised $600,000 and the target for this year is $700,000. Anisa also touched on the future areas of work.
An impromptu fund-raising session was held and Alhamdulillah pledges were receivedwere received for Ramadhan Relief and other appeals.
The volunteers of Wessex Jamaat also instantly raised GBP 313 to go towards relief appeals.
Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi, ASG of Islamic Education introduced the presentation. He gave an overview of the structure of the department and an update on the activities of the within the Department. Sheikh Kumail Rajani, gave his report and these included:
- Madinah and Bab Youth Courses for 2012 where 60 students and 9 mentors participated from Europe, North America, Africa and Dubai
- Three month sabbatical course for girls with 5 students attending from Canada, UK and Pakistan
- Qum couples course where 6 couples attended and due to its success will be an annual event.
Sayyid Ali Naqvi, also gave an update on the activities that have taken place in India. A boys youth course was held in May 2012 and 2013. About 40 boys participated on the course focused on Islamic guidance and support, social issues, personality development and team-building activities. Nine couples participated in the first couples course as well. English classes for 2 scholars, an IT class for hawza students and a girls youth course have also been organized.
Sayyid Ali then went on to discuss the various CPD courses being conducted and the external tableegh taking place in Afghanistan, Africa, India, Myanmar, and Pakistan. He also went over the new publications that have been released as well as the GCSE.
He ended his discussion saying that we need to identify issues that we have arisen in the community and work to develop solutions and answers. The delegates had a lengthy discussion on the challenges the youth and the marjae and how this should be addressed.
As the meeting had been in session for some time, the delegates and invitees were asked to stretch their feet and were taken to the first viewing of The World Federation Syria Appeal Documentary. This was a 30 min heart breaking documentary that followed some of the refugees who told their stories in their own words. A copy of the documentary can be obtained by emailing email@example.com
The evening continued with the remainder of the Secretariat Departmental Reports.
Sukaina Jagani-Pasha went over some of the changes within the Communications department. She touched on the newswire and the support from the Regions including Malaysia, Pakistan and India who provide content for the weekly newswire.
She went over the changes in the reporting structure of the organisation and how it has been improved with a brand new design. The reports will provide timely reports to donors and are:
- Better organised
- Visually attractive
- Easy to understand
- Contain less text but provide all the necessary information
- Standardised across the board
All materials including mail shots, posters and brochures will follow the same structure. The World Federation has also developed a set of design guidelines to maintain consistency and standardization on all reporting, campaign and print material.
She also went over the new WF website that has now been revamped and is set to launch before Ramadhan. The site will also match the new standardized format of The World Federation and will include additional functionality, more information and ease of use.
Sadiq Datoo, the Deputy Secretary General spent some time going over the one of the strategic projects as part of the key themes delivered by the President. He introduced the International Business and Professional Directory – an online networking tool that will allow the networking of different people around the world. Sadiq Datoo said, “All too often we are faced with the problem that we need someone to provide a service in an area where we have a gap in our networks. What if we could locate these service providers within our own community?”
He stated that the main purpose for embarking on this project is to make the Khoja Shia Ithna-asheri Jamaats around the world a conglomerate of sorts where every member of every jamaat around the world will have access to information about business and services provided by our community members. This would also give our students and potential employees a platform to seek guidance from other more experiences members of the same field.
Sadiq Datoo also went over how The World Federation has rethought their approach in a few areas including social media, legacy giving, fundraising, the youth, and ZCSS to name a few.
Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme (ZCSS)
The day ended with the Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme presentation by the ASG Masum Somji. He began by thanking his hard working team and spoke of the importance of reaching the grass roots level to create the awareness of ZCSS.
He went on to inform the group about his visit to the agencies of Imam Zamana Mission and Imamia Education and Welfare Trust of Bangalore from 9 - 11 April 2013. Accompanied by Mustafa Kassam and Imtiaz Contractor, they visited the various schools where students are sponsored by ZCSS yielded a comprehensive report of action points on the quality, and reporting of educational development in these areas The trip proved to be vital to enhance the communication between the agency, and The World Federation and at the same time allowed the agencies and World Federation to chart out the future of the scheme
The delegates extensively discussed the various ways to pass information to the grass roots via the regions. And an agreed way forward was agreed to allow ZCSS to increase it donor base.
In addition, Masum Bhai Somji confirmed that his team was looking at putting together an International Conference of Educational experts, agencies and donors in India. This is being planned for some time in 2014 and will focus on exploring and discuss ways of enhancing educational standards for our community.
The meeting adjourned for a 9:30 start the next day.
Day 2 – Sunday 23 June 2013
Alternatives to our current higher education destinations
The day began with another heart-warming Quran recitation and reflection by Hasnain Kanani. He is an active member of the community and a part of the Wessex madrasah.
The ASG of Education Mahmood Dhalla presented a paper on the “Alternatives to our current higher education destinations”. This paper was written for students to find affordable higher education schools abroad. The paper took into account for areas; changing university customs characteristics, increasing competition, rising costs and impending crisis.
This strategic detailed paper has provided information on good quality universities in various parts of the world at affordable rates and highlighting scholarship schemes. An overview has been provided to students on where to go study in:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
- South Africa
- European Union (with courses in English with EU accreditations).
The concept of university abroad and the pros and cons were discussed among the Councillors with a key message being the need to find affordable locations where quality and accreditation is uncompromised.
Read the strategic paper
Eradication of Poverty Paper for Information and Action
Secretary General Shan E Abbas Hassam began by explaining the definition of ’absolute’ and ‘relative’ poverty. The World Federation has taken the definition of ‘Absolute Poverty’ as a condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. Relative poverty views poverty as defined within that society’s context – and so means income inequality. Sadly statistics show that 47% of the world’s population is relatively poor with 25% in absolute poverty.
Shan E Abbas went over the suggestions for the Council with a discussion of the aims and objectives with timelines, as well as who will take the responsibility for it.
Dr. Asgar Moledina said, “The gaps between the poor and wealthy, is increasing; especially in Africa. This paper is a thought process and I urge the leaders and Jamaats to look at how to move this program forward. Without the cooperation from the ground up, this program cannot be successful.”
Shan E Abbas asked Abbas Mehdi a volunteer with The World Federation who has written a paper on "Generating growth in the Khoja Community", to give a few words on why tacking poverty in a holistic manner is difficult. He talked about why it is essential to ensure that the community begin to invest and grow to sustain for the future as well as moving away from welfare based work to generating growth opportunities within our community.
Shan E Abbas then went over the action points and recommended the adoption of the vision “community of self-sufficient family units.” The vision was adopted.
Secretariat Restructuring Paper
A restructuring paper for The World Federation has been written. Currently the departments run with managers reporting to the respective Assistant Secretary General who in turn reports to the Secretary General.
A discussion was held on the new structure and a resolution was passed that the Assistant Secretary Generals will be titled “Heads’ in the new term. The key changes can be found by clicking here.
Madrasah Centre of Excellence Report
A detailed report on the Madressah Centre of Excellence (MCE) was given by Naushad Merali. The World Federation flagship project, Naushad explained that this project is looking at the future and not the present.
The MCE is working under a very tight timeline and progress is being made in the 4 streams (1) Curriculum Development (2) Teacher Development (3) Learning Resources and (4) Assessment and Evaluation.
Completion of Draft Curriculum Framework
Completion of Framework document ready for consultation
Consultation with madaris
Sept – Nov 2013
Piloting the curriculum
Oct – Dec 2013
Final version of curriculum framework
Official launch and distribution of final version
Produce tailored programmes for teacher development
Sept – Dec 2013
Piloting the development programmes
Nov 2013 – Mar 2014
Roll out final programmes to madaris
May 2014 onwards
Develop an online resource bank of existing resources
Match/develop resources to curriculum framework
w.e.f. Oct 2013
Assessment & Evaluation
Pilot a process for assessment and evaluation in at least 2 more large madaris in UK and North America
Oct – Dec 2013
Design final version of methodology for assessment and evaluation of madrasah
Commence ‘live’ assessments of madaris
w.e.f. Mar 2014
Launch of MCE website
A draft framework curriculum will be ready by the end of July InshAllah and teacher development is well under way. Some details on the teacher development are:
- The teachers forum has been set up on the MCE site
- Trainer development programmes are being held
- Already have 100 assessors in place who will be assisting in implementation, curriculum development and resources
There was a thorough discussion around the curriculum framework and teacher development among the councillors and invitees. As we are embarking on a new and different project there were several questions on the floor. All queries raised were fully answered by Naushad Merali.
Dr. Moledina expressed how this project must be handled very carefully to ensure that it is a long term success providing an environment where children can be groomed and taught in the most effective manner. He said, “We must give children the foundation to become truly pious. Not only must we pass information but we must instil Tarbiyya.’
Reza Hooda, Honorary Treasurer presented the Treasury Report and period accounts to the councillors. . He also touched on some new developments in the department which have brought about efficiencies and cost savings including the implementation of a new accounting system, the process of sending electronic email receipts and online banking dual authorisation to process payments. Furthermore he added that the WF will soon be launching its Legacy Giving programme to encourage community members to leave a legacy or bequest in their will for the sustainability of the organisation.
He then presented and talked the councillors through the challenges that the organisation faces with regards to funding and in particular the collection of unrestricted funding in the current austere climate which the world is facing. He explained the way in which the organisation accounts for its support costs which are currently all absorbed from unrestricted funding despite the large majority of costs being directly related to the delivery of charitable activities that the WF is engaged in. He suggested for the sustainability of the organisation and being in line with generally accepted accounting principles that the current accounting policy relating to cost recovery is reviewed. A consensus was obtained from the Councillors that this would be the correct course of action to take and it was agreed that Br Reza would provide an update at the next EXCO on this topic with his proposals.
Shan E Abbas Shan E -Abbas reported that the work had begun and that data collection section will be split into two teams (1) Quantitative Data Collection and (2) Qualitative Data Collection. A draft questionnaire will be ready in 4 weeks’ time, which will be used to collect data in the month of Muharram. The support of the Regional Federations and through them the Jamaats will be needed in order to get as much data as possible.
Once this data has been gathered and theand the qualitative data too has been gathered a full analysis will take place. The information from that will be used to create a Generation Plan which will tackle the needs of our community in every region and create a strategic, defining objectives and an action plan for the next 20-30 years. Shan E Abbas noted that this was a historic project and needed to be implemented with a lot of thought and care and so should not be rushed!
Read the Generation Plan Update
Generation Plan Appendix 1
Munawer Rattansey Vice President of The World federation started with the history of the formation of the Media Committee. He informed the councillors that there was a need for a media committee and a team has been put in place and conducts teleconferences every 4-6 weeks. Press releases are written as needed.
Habib M Habib elaborated that the articles are being sent to the external media in order to establish a connection regardless of whether or not they are used.
Women’s’ Needs Assessment
Councillor Saeeda Jiwa gave an update on the Women’s Needs Assessment. She went over the 5 areas which are marriage, education, health, social and political. NASIMCO is working on encouraging its member Jamaats to give women voting rights within the Jamaats.
Similar plans are now on foot within CoEJ.
The World Federation Foundation Fund (WFFF)
Kumail Manji, delivered the WFFF report in the absence of Chairman Sibtain Asaria.
The mutual feeling was that by giving towards such foundations such as WFFF, you have nothing to lose but everything to gain. A suggestion was made that a specific appeal be held to raise funds immediately, and to put ambassadors towards this cause. A discussion was held around the technical aspects of the original resolution that was passed and a way forward was agreed by all the Councillors.
During the discussions, a few members generously donated towards this fund, and 50,000 in pledges were raised. Asgar Moledina then asked that the councillors should present the honorary treasurer with an update on how many funds they have raised towards the WFFF. In addition the Council stated that investment plan must be created soon with action on reliable investments. A further more detailed update will be required at the next Executive Council meeting.
IIPS – update
Munawer Rattansey reminded the delegates that at the last Executive Council the team was asked to research options on distance learning. When the team looked into this option, they found that in order to accommodate distance learning every subject would have to be revamped, which would be extremely costly. In addition regulations have also changed in regards to distance learning.
As the needs for resident Alims have increased, the team is still exploring options on how to address these requirements.
Update on Mulla Asghar Memorial Centre (MARC)
Shan E Abbas gave an update on the directors that have been appointed for MARC. Raza Ali Hiridjee and Hasnain Walji have been appointed as the Directors from the Donors’ Side (Hiridjee Family) while Dr. Asgar Moledina and Aunali Moledina have been appointed as The World Federation Directors. Habib M Habib has been appointed as a joint director from both the donor family and The World Federation.
Capital Projects Update
Ali Shroff, WF councillor gave an update on the Kurla project. The Imambargah on the land needs to be renovated and all documentation has been cleared. Therefore Ali requested an invitation to all regional representatives to attend the ground breaking ceremony on 25 August 2013.
Update on the Formation of Regional Federations
Salim Virani and Ali Shroff of India gave an update on the formation of the regional Federation in India. They were happy to report that all required documents are now in place and they are just waiting for confirmation from The World Federation Secretariat to allow the Executive Council to vote on the manner.
Shan E Abbas added that the forming of a regional body in Oceania is also not far away.
Venue and date for the 6th EXCO for the term 2011-2014
Shan E Abbas reported that Mumbai has extended an invitation to host the next EXCO. This would also allow ZCSS ASG Masum Somji the opportunity to hold a ZCSS meeting in India.
Karachi, USA and Canada also extended invitations. Shan E Abbas humbly requested that the Mumbai invitation be accepted as this will allow a ZCSS meeting as well as a visit to the India office. The Venue was confirmed as Mumbai and the date will be decided by The Office Bearers who will consult the Regional Federations.
Venue and date of the 14th Ordinary Conference
Invitations were extended from Tanzania, North America, Pakistan, and Wessex Jamaat in the UK. After a discussion over the logistics of the possible venues, a resolution was passed that the 14th Ordinary Conference will be held in Tanzania on May 16, 17 & 18, 2014. A substitute option of Wessex, United Kingdom was also agreed.
Executive Councillors to witness counting of the votes
Ali Shroff and Saeeda Jiwa were appointed to be the witnesses for the counting of the votes.
Any Other Business
Ameerali R Jumabhoy of the Jaffery Muslim Association from Singapore took some time to speak about the challenges being faced by the moderate Muslim community.
Abbas Aly from Sydney gave the councillors and invitees insight into the Islamic Education work being done in Australia. He spoke of how he was impressed with the work that the Federations are doing and would like to collaborate with The World Federation on Islamic Education efforts. He also briefed everyone on the progress of the formation of the Australia Foundation, as all necessary documentation has been completed and have registered with the Australian government.
Mohib Nasser from Faize Panjatani of Mumbai, India made a presentation on Musafarkhana Projects in Iraq which have recently been claimed back and are in the process of being renovated so that zawwars can once again start making good use of them.
As the conference came to a close the volunteers of Wessex Jamaat shared a video message with the delegates and invitees. The message was a snapshot in pictures of the time spent at Al Mahdi Centre. The delegates then went around the table expressing their thoughts towards the Wessex Jamaat and what they were taking away from the 5th EXCO for the term.
Shan E Abbas began his closing remarks by stating that The World Federation is most definitely stable and expanding. With the progress on the Madrasah Centre of Excellence, work on a historic project called the Generation Plan, the reestablishment of The World Federation Foundation Fund, new work in media and production and other improvements the Federation is on a very strong ground. The relationship with and amongst the Region Federations is truly fantastic and with the addition of two more Regions, progress can clearly be seen. In a strong closing speech he said “If we continue to keep working together and working hard, we will not only be walking, but running forward”
Dr. Asgar Moledina thanked the Wessex Jamaat for their unmatched hospitality and thanked the councillors and invitees for giving up their time to come together to deliberate on issues on the community and to work towards expanding Islam.
The Office Bearers presented a gift to each volunteer as a token of appreciation. The conference ended with the recitation of dua.
Upon reflections of the meeting, Dr. Asgar Moledina said, “I am truly touched to see everyone come together with such open hearts and sincerity. I pray that this continues and that we always stand united. I look forward to the progress that we will continue to make towards our goals and objectives.”
Shan E Abbas Hassam stated,” I can see good progress in The World Federation over the last 24 months and we need to continue working hard. At the same time we must make sure we reach out to community members so that they are given maximum information on the work of The World Federation. This EXCO went well and I am proud of the frank, genuine, open and transparent debate and discussion that took place.’
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