CHSP Seniors Tour the Parliament House!

Last week, our Seniors were given the opportunity to tour the Parliament House of South Australia
They were led to view the colonial architecture while also learning about the roles, history, and work of the Parliament. Our seniors were greatly invested and asked a string of questions throughout the tour; hopefully, they did not overwhelm the tour guide too much!
Big thank you to Natalie Young, the Community Education Officer, for the informative tour as well as Parliament House for hosting us! Our seniors had a very good time!

Community Annoucement from Australian National Imams Council

The Australian National Imams Council and the Australian Fatwa Council are conscious of keeping the Muslim community united, in particular during Islamic occasions and celebrations. It’s therefore, They would like to take this opportunity to make the following announcement:
 
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the custodians of the two sacred cities Makkah and Madinah, in which the rituals of Hajj including Tawaf, Sa’ai and standing at Arafat are performed, has announced that Sunday, 11th of July 2021 is the first of the Month of Thul Hijjah in the year 1442 after the Hijrah (Migration of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him).
 
As a result, His Eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamad announces that:
🟢 Monday, 19th of July 2021 will be the Day of Arafah (9th of Thul Hijjah) and
🟢 Tuesday, 20th of July 2021 (10th of Thul Hijjah) Will be the Day of Eid Al-Adha for the Year 1442H – 2021

SETS Youth Girls Go Ice Skating!

What an ice way to kick off the holidays! 
 
Our SETS Youth had a ball during their first time ice-skating, though there were a few slips and slides!
It was wonderful to see our girls engage in a fun, physical activity that many have not tried before. They had lots of fun trying to navigate on the ice with their friends; while there were lots of laughs, there were also bumps and bruises!
Keep your eyes out for more holiday activities! We look forward to seeing you at the next one! 

SETS Mums Start Innovating!

We held an introductory course for our SETS mums to help them move forward towards a future that they want; whether it be to start a business, improve their community or even build themselves professionally!
Our partner from HOST International, Shahy Radwan, introduced the idea of creating an ‘Action Plan’, and explained the importance of being proactive. She also introduced the concept of ‘brainstorming’ ideas; a crucial stepping stone towards innovation and success.
We look forward to seeing what our SETS mums can do! 

Refugee Week 2021

This Refugee Week, we acknowledge the valuable contributions of refugees and asylum seekers throughout all communities in Australia. We also embrace the multiculturalism present as well as the opportunity and benefits that it brings that has advanced us this far as a society.
 
In celebration of this week, MWASA took our ‘Learning English through Cooking’ program to Adelaide Central Market to introduce ‘A World of Flavours’. We, together with Red Cross, gathered some of our newly-arrived mums to come in for a live cooking demonstration of ethnic foods from Jordan, Sri Lanka and many more.
It was wonderful seeing our Muslim women in the spotlight and we would love to see more do the same; whether it be to find work or even extending a hand to make a new friend.
Big thank you to the participants, volunteers, guests, MWASA staff and the team from Red Cross for co-hosting this incredible event! 
Another event we held during Refugee Week was for our favourite CHSP Seniors! Despite the tumultuous weather conditions, our seniors made the effort to spend their Thursday morning with us, celebrating the various circumstances that have brought them together.
 
In this celebration, we switched the roles around and had our seniors come up and present instead. We had a delightful performance of Br. Rafik Chanisheff playing the accordion, and Sr. Rouzihan Shadiq reciting verses of the Qur’an. It was truly amazing to unearth the talents of our seniors and we can’t help but want to share it!
We also had one of our SETS clients, Linh, come in and tell the seniors a little bit about her journey to Australia, which she expresses through her art.
 
It is important that we acknowledge the hardships that refugees face throughout their journey to safety and peace. It is within our power to ensure that we, as one community, work to thrive, progress and build our lives together.
 
Let’s move forward unified! 

Congratulations to our SETS Youth Leaders!

A big round of applause for our SETS girls who’ve just completed our 3-day Youth Leadership Workshop! 
 
The workshop aimed to build the foundation for leadership in our SETS Youth; primarily focussing on self-reflection and confidence in communication. It was an excellent opportunity to help our youth not only as budding leaders but also as individuals, where they learned to channel a ‘growth mindset’ so that they can embrace challenges and accept criticism with ease. 
 
The girls were very active participants so every workshop was a flurry of activity and discussions. They were very keen to learn new skills and how to tackle problems that they were unsure of. A big section of the training was dedicated to being conscious of yourself and others around; specifically how your thinking, actions, and method of communication effects how you are perceived by others.
 
At the end of the workshops, the many youths commented that “more [workshops] would be good because I think there is still a lot more to learn…”. MWASA is very glad to have provided the opportunity for our SETS Youth to grow and learn, and make new friends.
 
MWASA would be very keen to hold similar workshops for our youth in the future. Will you be joining us then?

CHSP Seniors play with Watercolours!

Who knew our seniors were such talented artists? 
 
We held a fantastic art therapy session on June 3rd for our CHSP seniors, guided by art therapist, Victoria Lowery.
The seniors were evidently excited for their first art activity and worked hard to present “the Colours of their Heart”. They were keen to learn about watercolour and stenciling techniques that they would later use in their own works. The activity created a relaxed atmosphere that allowed the seniors to fully engage in their work. It was one of the few times where our seniors weren’t merrily chatting!
It was a wonderful opportunity for them to practice their creative side by expressing themselves through various colours, patterns and shapes; and the results were stunning! We expected no less from our seniors!
While the session was aimed to reduce stress and practice psychological wellbeing, it was most importantly an activity designed for our seniors to enjoy themselves. It was rewarding for us and the seniors to see the result of their work at the end.
 
We are looking forward to seeing what other creative surprises seniors have to show!

Usrah Eid Morning Tea

We had a fantastic morning tea gathering in celebration of Eid with our Usrah study group on May 17th. After the weekly Tajweed classes, our members had came together to prepare a shared morning feast filled with amazing foods!

Usrah member during their weekly Tajweed classes
 
Our wonderful members had taken the liberty to meticulously prepare tea that it started to look more like feast fit for a king. We expected no less from our Usrah ladies!
 

Foods prepared by Usrah members

Foods prepared by Usrah members

It was definitely a great way to celebrate the beginning of Eid; with celebration, laughter and, of course, the abundance of food.

Usrah members enjoying the spread
 
Big thank you to our Usrah members for making this morning as amazing as it was!
 
Join us every Monday from 10am at the MWASA building for our Tajweed classes; the program is entirely run by our lovely sisters who are more than welcome to help you recite the Qur’an with confidence.

Eid al-Fitr 2021 Message from the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister Scott Morrison,

On behalf of Muslim Women’s Association of SA, thank you for your good wishes to our community. 

We appreciate the support from you and the South Australian Government this Eid al-Fitr, a time of celebration that we have always looked forward to.

 

Kind regards, 

Dora Abbas

Vice Chairperson

Eid Mubarak from us to you!

Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) would like to wish you a sincere Eid Mubarak.
 
As we celebrate this blessed day, it is important that we also make dua for the safety and health of our family members, friends, brothers, and sisters, whether far or near.
 
May Allah (SWT) bless you and your family with an abundance of peace, joy, and health!

SETS Youth Indoor Soccer Tournament

What a kick-off!

Our SETS Youth enjoyed the Saturday morning of April 10th participating in an energizing indoor soccer tournament; the perfect gathering before the start of the month of Ramadan.

SETS Youth in a match.

Despite some not having played the sport before, the support from the other more experienced girls was definitely an encouragement. It gave our SETS Youth the opportunity to interact with others in their community as well as participate in something new. To see the collective team effort put into the games was amazing.

Pre-game team meeting.

The post-game treat of pizza was definitely a good note to end the day for everyone, especially for the winning team that brought home a bag of prizes from their successful game!

SETS Youth enjoying post-tournament pizza.

The winning team poses with their prizes.

During the down-time, many suggested other possible social sport they would like to participate in; it is safe to say that MWASA will definitely be holding another social sport event for our SETS Youth in the near future!