Volunteer Picnic at Bonython Park

As a sign of appreciation to our Volunteer Team, who contributed so much towards our recent Jubilee, we had organised a thank you BBQ lunch at Bonython Park on Saturday the 6th of October. Seventeen volunteers attended, along with some of the management committee. 

Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the day. Naturally, the food was spectacular! There was plenty of chicken wings, sausages and bulgogi beef to go around. There was opportunity to chat and have a few laughs. The weather was wonderful, people were able to stroll and explore the park.

If you would like to get involved with the Muslim Women’s Association of SA, contribute to a team effort in helping the community and enjoy an occasional social day out, click here to go to our Volunteer page and send us through your details. 

Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens Learning Journey

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA provides several services to men and women over the age of 65 years who are coming from a CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) background, under the CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program). 

On Thursday 4th of October 2018 an outing to Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens was planned as a Learning Journey.

Those who were attending met at our office on Victoria Square and caught a coach out to Mt Lofty. 

The weather was perfect for walking, overcast but not raining and with a cool breeze.  

The men and women were able to explore the Gardens at their leisure and work up an appetite before sharing a picnic lunch. The group came very well prepared for the picnic with delicious home-made delicacies in picnic baskets and even a table cloth for the picnic table. 

Everyone was very interested to read the signage on-site, in doing so everyone was able to learn about the plants and about the history of Adelaide and also about the Flinders Column. 

It was a wonderful opportunity for them to literally stop and smell the flowers, to socialise and catch up with each other. 

Over 20 Members attended and the general consensus from everyone is that they enjoyed the day immensely. They are looking forward to going back to the Gardens in Autumn time and are, of course, looking forward to the next CHSP Learning Journey. 

For more information about the CHSP and how to join, click here

Usrah Study Circle

Our Usrah is a group of enthusiastic Muslim sisters getting together with faith in Islam, working and helping out one another, working together towards a better understanding and practice of Islam. The Usrah study circle provides direction towards building self-confidence in a process of developing a balanced and well composed Muslimah in all aspects – spiritually, mentally and physically.

The following programs are conducted in our Usrah Study Circle for Muslim women. To benefit from these programs, you need to be a member. Our annual membership fees are $10 and you can walk-in to our office to apply for membership.

1. Tajweed Class (Quranic recitation and grammar class)

Sisters learn how to read the Quran and the basic rules of Tajweed (Quranic recitation and grammar) so that they are able to recite the Quran in all its glory confidently. This class is designed for students with no knowledge of Tajweed to an intermediate level reciting and recognising the basics of Tajweed.

Every Monday (except Public Holidays)
10am – 11.20am

2. Islamic Talk / Discussion

Led by Dr Rokkiah Tawi in English, sisters gather on Mondays to benefit from Islamic discussions. Some of these talks/discussions focus on Tafseer where sisters analyse verses from the Quran and relate to everyday events and problems in the lives of Muslim women. Currently, sisters are learning about the 99 Names of Allah (Asma ul Husna).

Every Monday (except Public Holidays)
11.30am – 12.30pm

3. Conversational Arabic Class

This course is for learning how to speak and converse in Arabic. This is suitable for beginners who know how to read and write Arabic. The class is conducted in English.

Every Monday (except Public Holidays)
1pm – 2pm

All classes are conducted at our office in the city – Level 4, 182 Victoria Square, SA 5000.

ACE (Adult Community Education) 2018 Schedule

Our ACE (Adult Community Education) Program aims to improve the language, literacy and computing skills of women who face economic and social barriers that prevent them from moving on to higher level training or finding a job or seeking volunteer opportunities.

Weekly classes are held in our office and in Salisbury. The classes are delivered in an informal, easy to access community setting.

Adult Learners’ Week 2018

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) participated in Adult Learners’ Week 2018, as we do every year. It was thoroughly enjoyed and very successful, as it is every year.

The theme this year was Discover Nature and History. With that in mind, the program coordinator planned outings to the Migration Museum to learn more about the history of migration and to the Botanical Gardens to learn more about nature. 

Our event was attended mainly by our ACE (Adult Community Education) students, who come from a variety of cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds and have called Australia home for varying lengths of time. 

Those who attended learnt about migration through history and about the struggles those migrants faced. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures, as well. During this time the Museum was showcasing Croatian culture and had a variety of dresses, photos, musical instruments and sporting equipment on exhibit. There was a photographic story of a Polish family who migrated to Australia in the 1960s and a handout on Russian migrants was available. Our students were able to relate to the struggles of past migrants and were inspired by the new and positive lives that have been built in Australia. 

The guided tour of the Botanical Gardens was loved by everyone. The weather was spectacular, all sunshine and fresh air. The guides were sensitive and informative. Through the use of interpreters the group members developed a keen interest in the Gardens, as they were more easily able to understand the information provided. Our group members enjoyed a shared lunch, a lovely way to end the day and encourage social networking.

One of our goals is to introduce educational resources to our members which they can then feel comfortable accessing by themselves in the future. Some in attendance had not visited these places before but have said they feel confidant to take their family and friends back. The students gave positive feedback about the trip.

The things learnt during this trip will be discussed further during the weekly program classes. The students are able to express and exchange views on different topics, this helps with improving conversational skills and making new friends. 

A continuing goal of MWASA is to provide opportunities and support to women on their learning journey. There are already plans being made for next term’s excursion: guided tours of the State Library and Central Market!

For more information about the MWASA ACE Program, click here

Press Release: Day of Arafah and Eid Al-Adha 2018 Announcement

Assalaamu’alaykum. Please be informed that Eid Al Adha is on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Hence, the Day of Arafah will be on Monday, 20 August 2018. Eid Al Adha is the Eid of sacrifice and commitment of Allah’s orders. May Allah bless us with the same in all circles of life, and help all amongst us, who are helpless, worried and waiting for his rehmat. Ameen.

Annual General Meeting 2017

Assalaamu Alaykum

MWASA held its Annual General Meeting 2017 on 12th February 2018 where members attended and voted for the 2018 committee.

Sr Dora Abbas, Chairperson, MWASA, extends her appreciation to all partners, friends, staff and volunteers of MWASA for their unwavering support and partnership and looks forward to their continued collaboration and support in the years ahead.

Sr Dora also thanks colleagues, Sr June Hussain, Community Development Officer, for organising a successful AGM and Sr Shaista Kalaniya, Project Manager, for her achievements in MWASA’s Youth program. Last year, our youth group collaborated with the Dulwich Centre on a project that focused on survival strategies by young people. They produced a video on how as Muslims, they try not to take people’s hate into their hearts.

Overall, the project highlighted knowledge and philosophies of students from primary schools, high schools and universities on tackling problems, overcoming bullying, surviving the ocean of depression, and much more.



Help support our cross-cultural services!


For the past decade, the MWASA has been the main Muslim organisation providing cross-cultural training about Islam and Muslims to the South Australian public.

We provide talks to schools, universities, and various community and government organisations across SA.  We also participate in community programs and respond to information requests from the public.  Our staff and volunteers go out to present talks and participate in community events every week.

The aim is to strengthen the relationship and mutual understanding between Muslims and the general community.  This effort has become more important with the rise in tensions and misunderstandings about Islam.

We need your support so that we can continue to provide and improve this service.  These are some of our expenses:

  • Reimbursements to trainers and volunteers
  • Purchase of resource materials, such as posters, brochures and books
  • Rental and set up of training venues and stalls at community events
  • Transport, refreshments, stationery and printing

In this blessed month of Ramadan, please help us by making a donation or giving us a portion of your zakat (fisabilillah category).

You can make payment in the following ways;

  1. Pay at the office (Muslim Women’s Association of SA. Inc. Level 4, 182 Victoria Square)
  2. Online transfer. The details are as follow:
  • Account name : Muslim Women’s Association of SA Memb/support
  • Account Number: 042949040
  • BSB Number: 105 131
  • Bank SA
  • Description: “Cross Culture Donation”


Have a blessed Ramadan!


Marriage Toolbox Workshop ( 21 May 2017)


Dear all, in accordance to the Marriage Toolbox Workshop, here are some background about the presenters for the workshop.

Jamilah Samian and Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah are a husband and wife team who love working together. Both Jamilah and Ahmad Fakhri are Certified Professional Trainers accredited by the Malaysian Institute of Management, and Neuro Linguistic Practitioners registered with the American Board of NLP.

Jamilah has been named as one of 8 Inspiring Women of Malaysia by SuriaKLCC for her efforts in supporting educators and parents in growing enduring family relationships and raising future leaders with her books, seminars and workshops both locally and internationally.

Both Ahmad and Jamilah are certified by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council to conduct motivational and educational sessions in mosques.

For more information on the presenteers, including free resources for couples and families, go to http://www.coolmumsuperdad.com/.


Books by the presenters:




Below is the map and direction:

The entrance is at the yellow arrow.

Street parking are available at Kintore Ave, Victoria Drive and Frome Road.  Drivers may also opt to park at the multi storey car parks at Rundle Mall area. There is special flat rate on Sunday,
 eg Upark at Gawler Place or Rundle St = $8, and it is the same price as street parking.

In Memory of Zabedah Ashe

IN memory of Zabedah Ashe

Our dear sister Zabedah Ashe returned to Allah swt on 23 December 2016.
She had been one of MWASA’s hard working management committee members for a few years, and a dedicated volunteer for MWA and the community in various areas. When MWASA did not have a treasurer in 2006-7, Sr Zabedah selflessly took up the role with full commitment, making it easier for our organisation to continue our work smoothly.
One of her passions was to help others. Always keen to support sisters, she was known to and popular with sisters of many ethnic backgrounds- new arrivals, long established residents, students or visitors. When there were sisters looking for rental places, or needing connection with others in the community, Zabedah was always willing to give them time and advice. She was especially active in helping students to adapt and settle in Adelaide.
On a few occasions, when there were sisters needing urgent temporary accommodation, she had helped to accommodate them or arranged for them to stay elsewhere. Her compassion had won her many friends in different circles.
Often when work pressure became heavy in the office, it was Zabedah’s good humour that broke the tension and had everyone burst out laughing! Through her passion for food she treated us to a variety of delicious Malaysian food!
We have missed her dearly and pray that Allah swt will forgive her sins and highly reward her for all her good deeds!
MWASA Management Committee