MWASA Jubilee: Celebrating Supporting Muslim Women in Adelaide for over 25 years

On the afternoon of Saturday 22nd of September 2018, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) marked 25 years of supporting Muslim women in Adelaide by hosting a Jubilee celebration at the Clarence Park Community Centre. 

Sister Ramila Chanisheff was a wonderful Master of Ceremony for the day, elegantly introducing performers and speakers and guiding us through the afternoon. 

The event opened with a welcome speech from Vice Chairperson, Sister Azidah, who also acknowledged the founders of our organisation. 

We were fortunate in being able to host several guests of honour: His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le, and Assistant Minister to the Premier Jing Lee and Mr Eddie Liew.

The Governor addressed the room with a speech which was supportive and inspiring, and the Assistant Minister to the Premier Jing Lee’s speech was delightfully warm. Both speeches were entirely engaging due to the genuine charisma of our guest speakers. 

In the speech by Chairperson Dora Abbas, she thanked our guests of honour for attending despite their busy schedules. As a token of appreciation, MWASA had prepared gifts for the guests of honour. Sister Dora also spoke about the outlook for MWASA over the next 10 to 15 years, and invited all members and their families to contribute and participate. 

Brother Ahmed Sherbini lent his pleasant voice to proceedings with heartwarming Quran recitation, nasheed and athan (call for prayer). 

A colourful stand-out from proceedings was the fashion show. Organised primarily by the Youth Group, the girls were able to express their individuality in both traditional and modern modest dress. 

Of great interest was the showing of a slideshow showcasing the last 25 years. It was truly inspirational to see the journey that MWASA has been through, and then also to consider the continuation of that journey into the future. 

A touch of sweetness was added to the afternoon with a couple of young ladies from Australian Islamic College (AIC) reading poetry that they had written. 

Our Management Team would specifically like to thank:

  • Ramila Chanisheff for her outstanding delivery as Master of Ceremonies
  • June Hussain, Community Development Officer, and the team of volunteers for such successful organisation and execution
  • All members and friends for attendance and participation

We are all immensely grateful to our volunteer team and sponsors who made this event possible and so enjoyable.

Award from International Centre of Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

award

In December 2013 the University of South Australia presented MWASA with an award for ‘Muslim and non-Muslim understanding’, to honour our effort in the building
of bridges of understanding over the last 20 years.

Through our Cross Cultural training and various other programs we reach over 400 individuals yearly in educating them about Islam and Muslims. Through these
programs we encourage people to think beyond religious and cultural differences and focus on the character of people.

MWASA would like to acknowledge and thank the University of South Australia for initiating this award that helps foster understanding and respect among people of
different backgrounds and religions.

Usrah Class Testimonial

Attending usrah classes at the Muslim Women’s Association has become a bit of an addiction for me. I know it’s an addiction because when I don’t go I miss it and feel that something is lacking. When I do go I feel spiritually replenished and inspired to try harder and do better in the name of Allah (swt). We have a wonderful teacher in Sis Azida who not only shares information with us but is constantly encouraging us to think for ourselves and seek the true meaning in everything we read. Her fundamental message of never giving up and the encouragement to keep trying to do better and be better no matter how many times we may stumble always gives me hope that through the abundant mercy of Allah (swt) my personal efforts will be rewarded and my many mistakes will be forgiven. I find the classes welcoming and nonthreatening. I don’t feel like I am being judged for missing a week or not knowing the answer to every question. When I walk into the room I am always greeted with the warm smiles of the other women attending even if I don’t know them all very well. In this day and age when we are all so busy and life is at times so overwhelming, usrah is my chance to stop and smell the flowers. It gives me a chance to consider what is truly important in life and reassess my priorities. The immense benefits I feel I receive are easily worth the few hours a week I give up to attend these classes. I think a little reflection time would benefit us all.

SB

July 2013