First Ever Evening Eid!

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA has been supporting Muslim women in Adelaide for over 25 years. Our team is always looking to adapt, see what is needed and try new things, to give the best services and support to our community that we possibly can. This year, we undertook to try our first ever Evening Eid. Traditionally we would hold a morning tea at our office during the day which some members could not attend due to work. We chose a restaurant as the venue for added convenience, guaranteed delicious food with no cooking or cleaning. The restaurant we settled on was Tangritah Uyghur Restaurant. The new location at 100 Grote Street is spectacular. The restaurant is rather large and the booth seating style allows for a more intimate feel. 

Large dishes were delivered to each of our tables to share. Naturally we had to have some of the tasty trademark Uyghur handmade noodles, served with fried chicken and vegetables. This chicken noodle dish was a clear favourite, earning rave reviews across the table and disappearing very quickly! There was salad and rice with lamb. We enjoyed large bowls of another trademark Uyghur dish: Ding Ding – short cut noodles with beef and vegetables in a spicy sauce. Long skewers of lamb kebab were brought out, hot and juicy straight from the grill. Finally, each table was given a jug of sweet, creamy and slightly tangy Ayran

Our team thanks the Tangritah Uyghur Restaurant family for their hospitality and we look forward to going back again. 

 

We had just over 20 ladies attend. Thankyou for coming out ladies, thankyou for your beautiful company and conversation! Thanks also go to the ladies who provided feedback for the future Working Women’s Program. Your feedback is invaluable as guidance for our planning, to help us deliver the most appropriate services and programs for the community. 

We are still accepting feedback for the future Working Women’s Program through the Google Form until Monday 1st of July.

If you didn’t get the chance to provide feedback at the Evening Eid, please feel welcome to provide feedback now.

It only takes about 2 minutes. Feedback is also welcome from women who are looking for work. 

MWASA Team 2019 Eid Lunch at Sahara Moroccan Casbah

Each Eid the MWASA team are very excited to make the most of every tasty halal cultural cuisine and try somewhere new; this Eid al Fitr our team booked the Sahara Moroccan Casbah for lunch. 

The Casbah is on the corner of Little Gilbert and Sturt Streets, conveniently located only metres away from Adelaide City Mosque. The area is lovely and quaint, walking down the street one cannot help but think back to the Muslim Cameleers and their families walking these same paths over the last 100+ years.

Sahara Moroccan Casbah is more than just a Moroccan food experience, it’s an entire Moroccan cultural dining experience. The front restaurant also displays many Moroccan items for purchase, from the spectacular lamps hanging overhead, to various homewares, clothing/jewellery and other personal items. Upon our group being seated, we were treated to a splash of rose water from a decorative job, to refresh the hands and relax the mind.

We were each brought a satisfying bowl of Harira soup to start. The main affair was, of course, couscous! One lamb and one chicken, both thoughtfully arranged in traditional north African style. This couscous is not the instant one from a box that most of us make at home, this is the real deal, fresh and distinct. The meat and vegetables showed the experience and skill of the chef, slow cooked until tender and still vibrant. After eating our fill of the savoury mains, we delighted in finishing off with a shared pot of tea and assortment of authentic biscuits. Every single team member from our office hails from a different country of origin, and we were united in agreeing this lunch was delicious.

There is a private function area to the back of the restaurant, an intimate area with intricate decor. Throughout the Casbah, everything is eye-catching! The plush textures, rich colours and complex designs are a welcome invigoration in this increasingly sterile and minimalist modern culture. In order to avoid disappointment, do as we did and call the restaurant some days beforehand to book. 

Our team thanks Brother Ali and his beautiful wife for their hospitality and we look forward to going back again. 

Seniors very prepared for Ramadan

Throughout the month of May, our seniors group met regularly in preparation for Ramadan.

The first gathering was for ‘Ramadan Love Letter’, a session led by Sister Nurhayati who is a graduate from Al Azhar University majoring in Shariah Islamiah. She is a recognised Asatizah by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. She also did her Post Graduate diploma in Islamic Law. 

The number of participants exceeded expectations. All attendees were captivated and engaged in listening to the guest speaker. Sister Nurhayati explained thoroughly the revelation prescribing Ramadan and the rationale behind fasting. 

Following on from Ramadan Love Letter was 3 Tajweed classes (reading the Quran with correct pronunciation and grammar), led by Sister Hanna. Some of the ladies from the seniors group enjoyed the Quran reading so much that they will in future also attend the Monday classes

This program was a huge success; the feedback received was overwhelmingly positive, all sessions went smoothly and the group is looking forward to future similar sessions.

For more information about our program for men and women aged over 65 years, go to our CHSP page.

MWASA Congratulates the Governor of SA on his extended appointment

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA would like to congratulate the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, on his extended appointment.

The Government of SA Government House website is an official source for the biography of the Governor, we will instead speak only from personal experience.

His Excellency has been a friend to our organisation, graciously attending and speaking at milestone events.

When our office relocated to our current location in the Flinders University building, His Excellency cut the ribbon during the auspicious ceremonial opening. 

Earlier this year, at our Silver Jubilee Celebration for Service Providers, His Excellency gave a particularly insightful and moving speech where he expressed his gratitude and pleasure regarding the community services provided by MWASA for the settlement and wellbeing of refugees, in light of his own lived experience as a refugee. 

Governor Hieu Van Le is an admirable role model, not only for refugees but indeed for everyone, a symbol of how much a person can raise themselves above dire circumstances through integrity, humility and generosity. 

MWASA would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank Mrs Le for her strong history of community involvement and support.

His Excellency and Mrs Le are charming guests on top of being absolute pillars of the South Australian community, we look forward to continuing our friendship with them and can hardly wait to see what other positive projects and progress the future brings.

Silver Jubilee for Service Providers

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) Silver Jubilee for Service Providers was celebrated in February, to acknowledge the contribution made by Service Providers towards our success.
 
The event was held in the Bradley Forum Hall at the Hawke Centre. We appreciate the kindness of UniSA in providing us with this beautiful venue.
 
The event was organised by the MWASA Youth group, under the supervision of Project Manager Shaista Kalaniya. The tasks were distributed among the group based on their interest and skills. As always, the Youth Group made us proud by executing another successful event.
 
The program began with Quran recitation by Asyraaf Shahrizan, followed by the translation given by Melissa Ayyildiz. Chairperson Dora Abbas gave an opening speech, welcoming and addressing the guests.
 
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le kindly accepted our invitation to be Guests of Honour for the event. His Excellency’s speech was full of encouragement, appreciation and his views on when a refugee feels settled was very thoughtful.
 
Other guests included representatives from various organisations.
 
A performance was given by Brother Zuhir Naji, a newly arrived refugee from Syria who is a singer and ran a music school in his country before coming to Australia in 2016. He played Oudh (musical Instrument) and sang an Arabic song. His performance was enjoyed by everyone.
 
A slideshow was presented on the journey of MWASA, another highlight of the day which received a lot of appreciations from the guests. The credit goes to Zainab Al Hamad and Saad Kalaniya for putting together a memorable presentation.

Over the past month, a wide array of members of the Muslim Women’s Association were asked about their thoughts, journey, and experience which they’ve had with the organisation. Their responses were captured and compiled by Melissa and her team.

 
 

Acknowledgements & Congratulations

MWASA would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and effort in making this event a memorable and successful one.

We acknowledge Shamil Jamion who assisted with the videography and producing a video that captured the highlights of the event. 
 
We also thank Ramila Chanisheff for being the MC (Mistress of Ceremonies) for the event.
 
Management would like to congratulate Shaista and the MWASA Youth Group on the successful and memorable Service Providers event.
 

Sponsors

We take this opportunity to acknowledge our sponsors. 

We thank Nosaiba for all the hard work in getting sponsors.

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Community Resource: Sonder Employment Solutions

Sonder Employment Solutions is a new program aimed at migrants and refugees living in Adelaide’s northern and western suburbs who receive income support payments and need support with finding employment.

The service is entirely voluntary and is not connected to Centrelink Job Service Providers.

Sonder Employment Solutions is a free program and getting involved is easy. To access the program, complete the online referral form.

The Team Took a Tour of Parliament House

At the end of last month, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) had the great pleasure of being invited to Parliament House as guests of the Honourable Jing Lee MLC. The event fell between MWASA’s Silver Jubilee and International Women’s Day and honoured both. 

Around 30 ladies attended on the day; the group included founding members and members of both the senior’s and youth programs.

The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was nothing less than the charismatic and welcoming community leader we have come to know and respect. 

We started by sharing refreshments and stories. We were officially welcomed by our host. Chairperson Dora Abbas responded with words of gratitude and optimism for the future. Our members then had an opportunity to stand up and share how they came to be involved with MWASA, what background they are coming from and how MWASA has helped them in providing opportunities and guidance towards fulfilling futures. 

The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was a gracious and engaging guide, sharing with us the history and function of each room. 

Everyone was inspired with awe at the rich detail everywhere we looked: the Corinthian columns, plush carpets, ornate carved wood and moulded plaster architraves and fixtures, artworks and historical artefacts.

Our group photo taken in the House of Representatives shows some artworks on the wall behind, one of which commemorates this year being the 125 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia. 

The day was a wonderful experience, our team and members all learnt a great deal and have been left with lasting feelings of inclusion and inspiration. 

Management would like to congratulate Community Development Officer June Hussain on organising all attendants for this landmark Parliament House event. 

MWASA Team Takes Out The Trash!

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) put together a team and participated in Clean Up Australia Day last Sunday, 3rd of March. 

Clean Up Australia Day is Australia’s largest community-based environmental day. It was started in 1989 by ‘average Aussie bloke’, builder and solo yachtsman, Ian Kiernan. His dream of sailing around the world came true in 1987, however his excitement and anticipation turned to anger and disappointment to find the oceans polluted and choked with rubbish. Upon returning home he put together a committee of friends and organised a clean up of his own backyard – Sydney Harbour. Now more than 33 million hours have been contributed by Australians towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day. 

We called Adelaide City Council to find out where we could be of service and it was kindly advised that GS Kingston Park/Wirrarninthi (Park 23) could do with some attention. That turned out to be very true, our team with 2 other community groups collected a total of 2,160 litres of rubbish and recycling which was removed from the parklands! Adelaide City Council collected all the bags of rubbish after the clean up and sorted out the recyclable rubbish and compostable material so that they did not end up in landfill. 

Our team of almost 30 volunteers were blessed with perfect weather on the day. The whole day was a brilliant success and thanks must go to the volunteers for that, especially Site Supervisor Nosaiba. It’s always a beautiful thing when community members give selflessly from their time for the betterment of the whole. Everyone enjoyed the day and everyone stayed safe, there were no first aid or other incidents. 

Clean Up Australia Day hasn’t released this year’s statistics yet but it will be interesting reading when they do. Last year’s statistics showed that more than three times the rubbish was collected in South Australian parks, up from 2017.

It was encouraging to see that this year the Australian National Council of Imams released a statement encouraging all Muslims to participate

Our team looks forward to next year, we hope you can join us. 

Until then, there’s so many things we can all be doing in our every day lives to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. 

A total of NINE 240 litre bins of rubbish and recycling was removed from the parklands! 

A Few Words from One of Our Members

A few words from one of our lovely young ladies about why she likes being a part of the Muslim Women’s Association of SA.

If you would like to become a member and experience this for yourself, speak to us about joining.
Please keep in mind that services are delivered within the Adelaide metro region.

Do you have any feedback? We want to hear it!

Call our office on 08 8212 0800 during open hours, or email us at any time to admin@mwasa.org.au 

Top Ten Posts of 2018

Twenty-eighteen was a wonderful year at the Muslim Women’s Association of SA, full of innovative projects and meaningful services for our members.

MWASA has been growing an online audience through our Facebook page and our new email subscription option for service providers. This is terrific as the internet is the fastest and easiest way for us to share information about our programs and upcoming events!

We are able to see which of our posts have performed the best throughout 2018, meaning which of our posts that you have engaged with the most by viewing, clicking and reacting. 

Read on to see our number 1 most popular post of 2018, and on the way remember what a fantastic year 2018 was…

 

10th place

Annual General Meeting

 

9th place

Leadership Workshop for Young Muslim Women

 

8th place

2018 Harmony Day Celebrations

 

7th place

2018 Eid Celebrations

 

6th place

Volunteer Picnic at Bonython Park

 

5th place

Adult Learners’ Week 2018

 

4th place

MWASA Jubilee Celebration

 

3rd place

2018 Multicultural Community Event

 

2nd place

Youth Group Zumba

 

1st place

National Mosque Open Day at Masjid Al Khalil

 

NEW Email Subscription Option

We’ve been working on ways to communicate better with everyone, and we’re happy to announce that the Service Provider Email Subscription option is now available!

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA enjoys working with various community groups and stakeholders and we appreciate that the easiest way to keep connected in a professional capacity is to have our updates delivered straight to your working email. 

Click here to add your email address to our subscription list. 

Community Resource: Surviving the Ocean of Depression

Excerpt taken from Surviving the Ocean of Depression

In this project, asylum seekers and refugees who are now living in Australia generously share their experiences in overcoming hardships in order to reach, support and empower others. Stories are told in Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Nepali and Pashto. 

This project was initiated by Dr Abdul Stanikzai. While working as an interpreter in Adelaide, he was called upon to translate for medical professionals responding to people from diverse language groups, some of whom had come to Australia seeking asylum and refuge, who were facing mental health crises (and as a result were in psychiatric wards). Dr Stanikzai recognised that mental health staff were struggling to find ways to respond and that it could be significant for those currently in crisis to be able to listen, in their own language, to stories from others who had been through similar experiences and who had managed to ‘overcome the ocean of depression’. Dr Stanikzai mentioned this to Dulwich Centre Foundation and this project is the result.

The resources contain stories from interviews conducted by Dr Stanikzai as well as contributions from the Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia.

Please visit the project page to learn more.