Spiritual Support for Seniors

The CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program) celebrated last Eid al Adha at the Al Salam Centre, Marion Mosque. This program was the first joint effort between MWASA (Muslim Women’s Association of SA) and ISSA (Islamic Society of South Australia). Twenty seniors attended the event. The venue was big and conducive for the event; the seniors found the venue good and accessible. 

Sister Nurhayatie presented a talk on the Wisdom of Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca).

Firstly, she talked about the significance of fasting in the first 10 days of Zulhijjah (the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar).

She also quoted the hadith (scriptures detailing the words and actions of Prophet Muhammad SAW*) reported by Abu Qatadah where Prophet Muhammad SAW was asked about fasting on the day of Arafat and Ashura.

Then, she talked about the history of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his trip to Mecca and the beautiful ayah that he would like to convey to his people.

Hajj: As we know it, hajj is the peak of the ibadah (worship) that we can do. It takes a few days to complete it and by taking care of our 5 daily prayers, fasting and charity, hajj will be much more meaningful and special.

Sister Nurhayatie also talked about the last khutba (religious sermon) and the last message from Prophet Muhammad SAW. The participants were very attentive and engaged during the talk. Some shared their experiences from during their Hajj.

The seniors socialized with each other on that day and enjoyed a provided lunch. Flyers for upcoming events were distributed to the seniors on the same day.

Reception by participants:

  • The clients enjoyed the session by Sister Nurhayatie. Some have requested for more talks from her. One of the ladies approached her afterwards and had a private chat with her. One lady had tears in her eyes when Sister Nurhayatie gave her speech.
  • A couple of the ladies were very happy with the talk, stating that although they had read the ayah many times before they only now have full understanding, making it more meaningful.
  • A gentleman was also pleased with the talk, his feedback was that he had enjoyed the talk very much.

*SAW = SalAllahu alayhi wasalam, meaning peace be upon him and usually following the name of Prophet Muhammad 

Cross Cultural Session with Kildare College

Earlier this month Cross Cultural Training Officer Flora took students from Kildare College on a tour of Adelaide City Mosque.

If you would like to arrange a Cross Cultural Session for your school, or workplace, let us know by emailing admin@mwasa.org.au 

Big Day Out at TAFESA

Last Tuesday all members were treated to a tour of TAFESA, in particular students from the MWASA ACE (Adult Community Education) classes. Thirty-one ladies attended and were tended to by 5 tutors and facilitators.

Peter Begg, Educational Manager of Foundation Skills/AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program), welcomed the group to the city campus. He also explained about the 510 hours free entitlement for new arrivals on humanitarian visa, as well as permanent and temporary visas. Eligibility needs to be checked by calling TAFESA, a counsellor can discuss options with you. If the 510 hours have been completed and functional English still has not been achieved, AMEP Extend is a subsequent program offering an additional 490 hours. 

Classes are scheduled for the morning, 9:15am-1:15pm, so that mums are able to attend during school hours. Free childcare is also offered on site.

Fariha Safdar, Lecturer for Foundation Skills/AMEP, then gave a talk about what to expect after enrolment. After the foundation courses have been completed, women are able to enrol in the mainstream CSWE (Certification of Speaking and Writing English) courses: Pre CSWE , and CSWE levels 1-3. After the hourly entitlement has been used, the subsequent hours are offered at a subsidized rate. Prior to enrolment, students are required to sit a test to assess skill level so that they can placed in the most appropriate level class. After CSWE, students can go onto any number of other courses including aged care and beauty – these courses are not subsidised.

A new program is in the planning stage after collaboration between TAFESA and MWASA ACE Project Manager Shaista Kalaniya. A pilot program has been proposed to be on offer in term 4, which will be less intensive than the full time courses. Course content will be along the lines of social English, with a focus on learning English through cooking, and also including things like how to see a doctor.

Three tutors from the team came to welcome our ladies and introduce themselves. 

Next week there will be a followup session with TAFESA assessors visiting the MWASA office to discuss individual pathways and eligibility criteria with students.

Feedback from the students is that they were grateful for the tour and now have higher ambitions and motivations built on what they have learned.

Thanks go to Bushra who catered the chicken pulao that everyone loved on the day. Bushra has been a caterer of choice for MWASA for some years simply for the fact that her food always tastes sensational.  

If you weren’t able to go on the tour, all of the details can be found on the TAFESA AMEP web page

MWASA Paid Position: Administration Assistant

An opportunity has become available at the Muslim Women’s Association of SA for a paid administrative assistant to join the team.

Please see below Position Description.

Send a Cover Letter addressing the Skills Required and your resume by email to admin@mwasa.org.au before Tuesday 10 September 2019.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted, thankyou for your understanding. 

This opportunity is only available to those who have the right to work in Australia. 

For more information about this opportunity please email admin@mwasa.org.au.

No recruitment companies, please. 

 

 

Seniors trip to the Old Bazaar Market

The most recent senior’s trip took them to the Old Bazaar Market, located in Salisbury Downs. 

The Old Bazaar Market was inspired by the worlds oldest shopping mall: The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. At 2,000 square metres, the Market is one of the largest multicultural family function centres in Australia. There is entertainment for the whole family: a games arcade and indoor trampoline; however the Turkish tea was of more interest for our crowd.

Everyone was very keen for this trip and ready to board the bus on time. Upon arrival, our group of 15 explored all the shops (including the nearby Hollywood Plaza). Everyone then reconvened for a refreshing afternoon tea and to admire the beautiful decor of the Bazaar.

These regular activities are a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to get out and about in good company, and to chat and catch up with each other. 

Best CHSP Eid Lunch at Best Zaika

Valued members of the CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program) celebrated Eid together by sharing lunch at the Pakistani restaurant Best Zaika (located in the Brickworks Marketplace, Torrensville). 

Almost 30 senior members attended, which exceeded expectations.  

Community Development Officer June welcomed everyone with a short speech, thanking them for attending and letting everyone know about some very exciting activities coming up. 

Everyone was so pleased with the day, the feedback was that the buffet food was amazing, the ambience was great and the members thoroughly enjoyed catching up with good company.

Thanks must go to the restaurant owner Ijaz, who was very kind and hands-on in assisting and serving our group throughout lunch. 

Parliament House 2019 Eid al Fitr Reception

A Reception was held in June at Parliament House to mark the end of Ramadan. 

The Reception was hosted by The Honourable Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia, and The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier. 

Chairperson Dora Abbas and Project Manager Shaista Kalaniya were invited to attend and represent the Muslim Women’s Association of SA. 

The Reception was well attended by a diverse array of Muslim community members from different community organisations and places of worship. 

MWASA appreciates the opportunity to share this joyous time of year with our friends in Parliament. 

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.