issue #176 - 30 June, 2016 / 25 Ramadan 1437 A.H. 

Vic Premier Visits Mosque 

The Victorian Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews visited the Emir Sultan Mosque (aka Dandenong Mosque) at Friday Prayers on Friday 24th June 2016, as he had committed to visiting a Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, coming immediately after the Premiers Iftar on 15th June.
 
The ICV President Bayram Aktepe co-hosted the Premier with Imam Salih Dogan.
 
Imam Salih thanked the premier for visiting their Mosque and witness first-hand Muslims celebrating the holy day of the week i.e.) Friday in weekly congregational prayers and in particular at such a sacred time in the month of Ramadan “we were honoured and humbled to host our state leader and our congregation extends our heartfelt regards to all members of parliament”. 
 
Br Bayram praised the premier for his leadership and encouraged “all MP’s, state & federal, to follow the premiers lead and take the opportunity and visit a local mosque so to meet every day Muslims”.
 
The Premier re-iterated his commitment to an inclusive society, a more united Victorian community saying “such visits can only strengthen the ties and understandings amongst our diverse communities and Victoria is indeed the most successful and harmonious multicultural state in Australia”. 
 

Muslim Connect Iftar

The ICV Muslim Connect program hosted its first Iftar on Sunday 26th June 2016 at Manara Restaurant.
 
“Muslim Connect” is a post-release rehabilitation prison-chaplaincy program which attends to the needs of Muslim recently released from prison, which the ICV has been running for the past 6 years.
 
Program Co-ordinator Mukhtar Mohammed visits and prepared Muslim prisoners who have 6 months pending for release and then actively engages whilst in the community. Mukhtar currently case-manages over 50 brothers, who have varying needs for support, e.g.) financial, employment, housing, family, legal, health etc. however the most important aspect is to help re-integrate them back into society and our communities and prevent recidivism (returning back inside).  
 
Br Mukhtar says “community love and attention is vital for our brothers rehabilitation. We all have a duty of care and responsibility to make our recently-released brothers feel a sense of belonging and part of our everyday activities. Reaching out and engagement is the key”.
 
Currently there are around 600 Muslim prisoners across Victoria’s 13 prisons. The ICV runs several chaplaincy programs attending to the varying needs of those on the inside. During Ramadan we facilitate Sahoor & Iftar meals, Taraweeh prayers and offer BBQ’s at Eid.
 

Convert Sisters' Study Tour 


Exclusive Opportunity for Converts! 8 days
Expression of interest by 11th July 2016. Please register to nurbanu@icv.org.au. Please send your CV and a Covering Letter answering the following 3 Questions. 
a) Why do you want to undertake this trip?
b) What do you hope to get out of it?
c) How do you believe you can give back to our local community?
 
 

Journey to Jerusalem – My reflections


As Muslims we were all excited to enter the Aqsa Masjid – it being one of the Three Sacred Places which Muslims are encouraged to visit and offer prayers. I remember our first morning walking down the streets for Fajr prayers being greeted by the melodious rendition of the Quran. As we approached the precincts of the Haram, we all stood in awe marveling and admiring the Dome of The Rock Mosque and finally, the Aqsa Masjid. The feelings upon entering were those of elation and emotionally indescribable, and I am pretty sure that all of us shed tears of happiness for this blessing bestowed upon us by the Almighty Allah.

On the very first morning at Fajr prayer, as we were about to commence the congregational prayer one of the young congregants made way for me to stand directly behind the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Masjid. This was indeed an honour and blessing bestowed from the Almighty Allah and I was so fortunate that it occurred on another occasion.

On the third morning after dawn prayers, Mohamed Mohideen went up to the Imam and introduced himself and said we were from Melbourne, Australia and that I was an Imam from Melbourne. This led the Imam to request me to lead the congregation that very evening at the Dome of The Rock Mosque (Qubbat Assakhra). I was astonished and in shock and I re-iterated to the Imam in order to feel reassured and he said “Come lead us in Salaah (prayer) at the Dome of the Rock Mosque”. This was indeed going to be a great honour. We relayed this message at breakfast time to the rest of the group and they were all amazed and excited. That evening whilst leading the prayer I was filled with emotion and had to control myself from bursting into tears. Reflecting and gathering my thoughts later on, I thought that this could possibly be the place where the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) could have walked and stood on that auspicious night of Miraaj.

The other note of importance was that of the generosity of the young local Muslim taxi drivers who on numerous occasions would not want to accept payment for transportation. All they requested was a supplication (Duah).

This journey has indeed taught us many lessons amongst which the importance is that of dialogue, openness, and understanding, respect of differences of opinion, sharing and caring. A journey of this nature I hope can serve as a platform for a peaceful resolution during these troubled times. We started the JJJ trip as a diverse group not knowing each other but throughout this journey we have developed friendships and bonds, we have been enriched spiritually and I am sure these memories and friendships will remain with us for the rest of our lives.

A message from our Brothers and Sisters in Al Aqsa: They convey their greetings of Salaam and they request Muslims of Australia, those who have the means, to come and visit them.

- Sheikh Majidih Essa (JJJ Participant 2016)
 
 
 

Victoria is facing one of its coldest winters this year and while the majority of us are lucky to have heated houses and blankets. A minority will have to make a choice between staying warm and putting food on the table for their family.

Newly arrived refugees who are not allowed to work or study and have suffered trauma from their journey or have medical ailments due to lack of care will often have to make a choice between medical treatments and paying their rent.

We don’t believe shelter, food, medicine & basic heating should be a choice but is an essential human right so we are committed through the ICV Zakat Fund to address this imbalance and assist as many people as possible.

The ICV Zakat Fund was established in 2010 and since then has distributed $290,000 to over 500 people in Victoria. These include but are not limited to Asylum Seekers/Refugees – Temporary Visa Holders not allowed to work, Victims of domestic violence, families of prisoners, the destitute and homeless and those suffering major financial debt.  We are grateful and thankful for your contribution but there is still much more to be done and we ask once more that you dig a little deeper into your heart and your pocket and donate generously this Ramadan:
 
The Benefits of Zakat:
  • Protects us from miserliness
  • Reminds us to be grateful and thankful to Allah
  • Happiness and satisfaction to know we’ve made a difference
  • Brings people together; builds love between us
  • Binds the rich and poor together under Islam
  • Acts as a form of social security
  • Increases our wealth
 
Scholars agree that Zakat distribution should be prioritised in the area where the funds are collected.  There are thousands of Victorians that are in need of assistance so please donate generously this Ramadan.


DonateLife Week 2016 (31st July – 7th August)


 DonateLife Week 2016 is the national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation in Australia. To donate life and give the greatest gift, discuss your organ and tissue donation wishes with your family. Your decision to become an organ and tissue donor could save people’s lives. It is important that you discuss your wishes concerning organ and tissue donation with your family, and find out their wishes. In Australia your family will be asked to confirm your wishes before donation can proceed.

To read more about this please visit the website. Or for those wanting to host a community event to help raise awareness please fill out the DonateLife Week Event form.


SMCT Grave Site Special Offers

We are so appreciative of the support and feedback we have received from the Islamic Council of Victoria and the Islamic Community in general.   Our commitment continues in meeting the needs of your communities.
As a courtesy to your community, we would like to give you advance notice that a government fee increase of 1.9% will apply after 1 July 2016.
 
The current prices for Islamic graves are $4,305 for monumental and $3,645 for lawn.  We have payment plans available for families or groups purchasing. A 20% deposit will secure a space in this location, there are options for 4, 8 or 12 equal monthly payments.   

Please note that the weekday interment (burial) fees are $1,225 for 5 foot and $1,500 for a 7 foot grave.

Rwanda As-Salam Garden – Monumental Area has exceeded our expectations in pre-need sales, with over 50% sales made in this area already. 
 
Please click here more information about the services and facilities available at Bunurong Memorial Park.
 
Click here to read more. 
Australian Syrian Association ASA-VIC are pleased to announce our biggest project for this Ramadan to help the Syrian people inside Syria, especially the babies.

Exclusion and Embrace: Disability, Justice and Spirituality (21-23rd of August) 


This multi-faith Australasian Conference reflects a growing interest in issues of faith and meaning in the lived experience of disability. 

Save up to $75 per registration!! The Early Bird registration date has been extended to 8 July
for the multi-faith Conference Exclusion and Embrace: Disability, Justice and Spirituality.
 
See full list of accepted Abstracts here.
 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY AND CATCH THE EARLY BIRD DELEGATES’ DISCOUNT!


Free Workshops Coming Up!

Budget Writing Workshop

Budgets are a key component of any grant application. Gain expert advice on how to write an effective budget for grant applications with Debby Maziarz.

WHEN: Tuesday 28 June 2016, 12:00 PM
WHERE: Council Chambers, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

Event Planning Workshop

Learn all the ingredients to planning community events covering topics such as food permits, event permits, marketing and publicity, sustainability, traffic management and inclusivity.

WHEN: Tuesday 5 July 2016, 10:00 AM
WHERE: Council Chambers, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

These free workshops are run in support of the Celebrating Place Grant Program at Moreland City Council.

Life Without Barriers Board, management and staff cordially invite you to a Community celebration and Open Day on the 10th of July 2016.
 
Kindly RSVP by the 6th of July 2016 to Francesca Grossi on 0475 832 633 or francesca.grossi@lwb.org,au


Expression of Interest: ICV’s Committee for Climate Change 

You are invited to submit expression of interest to join ICV’s Committee for Climate Change and Sustainability education.  The committee will develop an action plan to initiate a climate change and energy sustainability knowledge campaign among the Muslim community of Australia to empower them. For more information and to register, please click here

 

Why Australian Islamic Aid? 

As we enter the blessed month of Ramadan, it is a timely reminder to uphold the third pillar of Islam, paying one’s zakat. This year I invite you to consider Australian Islamic Aid, a foundation charity helping Muslims living right here in Australia

We recognise the need that exists amongst the Muslim community and work tirelessly to alleviate poverty on our doorstep. Our key services included financial assistance, professional counselling, housing and emergency disaster relief.

There is no substitute for experience: keep us going for an 11th year, pay your Zakat locally.

Click here to donate. For more information, click here. 

 

Yarra Annual Grant Now Open! 

Applications for the 2017 Annual Grants are now open!

The grants provide financial and in-kind support for community initiatives and projects in 2017 that address local needs and enhance the health and wellbeing of the Yarra community.

The Annual Grants has seven funding streams; Community Development; Community Housing; Arts and Culture; Family, Youth and Children; Youth-Led Grants; Sports and Recreation; and Sustainability.

There is more than $850,000 in total funding available. 

Apply now for an annual Grant at the City of Yarra SmartyGrants webpage.

Applications close at 5pm Monday, 25 July 2016.

Creative Yarra Grants are also now available, while Small Project Grants open again in July.

 

Standing up for Multicultural Australia: Countering Racism forum

Join Senator Richard Di Natale, Senator Janet Rice, Mehreen Faruqi MP, candidate for Batman Alex Bathal and Senate candidate Gurm Sekhon for an interactive discussion on strengthening multicultural Australian communities, countering discriminative and racist narratives and Greens policy. 

Date: 30th June
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Islamic Museum of Australia, 15A Anderson Rd, Thornbury VIC

 

Supporting students of refugee backgrounds

 
Foundation House is hosting an information sharing and networking morning on Monday 18th July at the Craigieburn Global Learning Centre event in response to the increase in students of refugee backgrounds through the Syrian intake in the City of Hume. Flyer attached.

The morning will involve a panel discussion on key topics relating to school inclusive practices, creating a positive climate for learning and engaging with community through family and agency engagement. There will also be world café sessions with a range of topics including EAL, working with Multicultural Education Aides, refugee health and wellbeing and transitions.  Presenters include school leaders, AMES, health professionals, Foundation House and Centre for Multicultural Youth.
 
To book, click here


Home and Art Prize

A new art prize for artists with an asylum seeker or refugee background. 7 July - 30 July 

Exhibition launch and announcement of winning artist: Thursday 7 July, 6.30pm

For more information, please click here


Jumu'ah Prayers @ ICV Times

ICV offers two Jumu'ah (Friday) Prayers - 12pm and 1pm every Friday at 66-68 Jeffcott St, West Melbourne.

There is a separate sisters prayer area on the top floor.
 

For further inquiries please contact ICV via admin@icv.org.au / 9328 2067


June 30 - Countering Racism Forum
July 31 - Aug 7 - Donate Life Week 2016 
July 6 - Life Without Barriers Community Celebration and Open Day
Aug 21 - 23 - Exclusion & Embrace


ICV Project Mosaic Newsletter

The ICV is pleased to offer a total of 10 grants between $500 to $1500. The Project Mosaic is a unique program that offers funding to events that are: Innovative, Needs-based and Long-Term In Their Impact. 

Click here to see the Project Mosaic's newsletter. 

 

Al Wasat Newspaper

Al-Wasat is an (Arabic & English) Newspaper that may be read online.

 

Updates from the Islamic Museum of Australia

What's going on at the IMA? click here

 

The Huddle Monthly

To view the latest Huddle Monthly click here.

 

Bulldog Beat Podcast

Bulldog Beat is a joint project between the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and the Islamic Council of Victoria. 
 
Created by journalists Nasya Bahfen and Rana Hussain, the weekly podcast recaps the previous week's AFL and VFL matches and explores multiculturalism and diversity in Australia's native game.Click here for the podcast.


QUBA Community Platform

Know your Juma'ah/ Iqamah, Khutbah time at your local mosque.
Get messages from your local Imams directly to your mobile app. 
Donate to your desired charity organisation.
Buy event tickets.
Find nearby mosques. 

Visit www.quba.com.au to find out more. 

 

AAIS Member Bulletin

To view the Albanian Australian Islamic Society's e-newsletter click here.


Multicultural Arts Victoria

To stay up-to-date with Multicultural Art Victoria's latest events click here.

 

VMC e-newsletter

To view VMC's latest e-newsletter click here

 

To view Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria's latest e-newsletter click here.

 

Refugee Council of Australia

To view the organisation's latest e-newsletter click here

 

Spiritual Health Victoria

To view Spiritual Health Victoria's latest e-newsletter visit here.


Exclusion and Embrace

This multi-faith Australasian conference reflects a growing interest in issues of faith and meaning in the lived experience of disability. Exclusion and Embrace: Disability, Justice and Spirituality acknowledges the struggles and joys that are found in the experience of disability and faith. 

Date: Sunday, August 21 - Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Venue: Jasper Hotel, Melbourne

Click here for more. Early Bird registrations close on Friday July 8.


Living Safe Together

To follow the latest news about helping communities counter violent extremism - 
Click here to find out more.

 

Smart Traveller

Before you travel anywhere overseas, plan your journey by visiting the Smart Traveller web-site.

AMES Australia 

Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector. For the latest issue please click here 


Geelong Mosque - Donation Request


"A deliberate fire has badly damaged our lovely and only Geelong Masjid on 18th May 2016. The Masjid needs the help and support of all brothers and sisters across Australia for its revival and rebuilding. On behalf of Islamic Society of Geelong, we would like to invite you to participate in raising money in donations for the assistance in the rebuilding of our mosque." - Mohamed Mansour (President of Islamic Society of Geelong)

Account Name: Islamic Society of Geelong
BSB: 063523
Account No.: 10004487
For International Fund transfer, SWIFT code is CTBAAU2S

For full statement, please click here. 


Support A Worthy Cause

Be part of Shaping Tomorrow's Australian Muslims: Nurul Huda Academy Inc. is a non-for-profit and non-government funded organisation. Serving the Islamic educational needs of 400 students from 15 countries.
  • Year 1 to 12 Maktab Programme
  • Adult Tarbiyah Course
  • Hifthul Quran memorisation Programme
  • Social Outreach Programmes: 
  1. Hajj, Marriage, Zakaah Seminars
  2. Public Lectures
  3. Qur'an Teacher Training
  4. Youth Activities, Excursions, Camps
  5. Counselling
  6. Welfare support of Orphans, The Elderly and Refugees
Support us to continue serving Click here to Donate now. 
 
Account Details:
Account Name: Nurul Huda Academy
BSB: 083-214
Account Number: 39 688 2037
Bank Name: NAB
The location of our two campuses are:
Dandenong Campus - 1/207 Lonsdale Street
Narre Warren Campus - 45 Josephine Avenue
nurulhudacademy@gmail.com
0449 252 070

Forum invitation: Public harassment of Muslim women

 ‘Our Community, Our Rights’ project invites you to attend a forum about the safety of Muslim women in our community.
 
Our Community, Our Rights is a project that engages women from migrant and refugee backgrounds in human rights advocacy training, then supports them to develop and manage their own advocacy projects. This year we have been working with a group of Muslim women from the Horn of Africa.
 
The women who have participated in Our Community, Our Rights are deeply concerned that many Muslim women currently feel unsafe in public places. This is due to the fact that those who hold negative attitudes towards Islam and multiculturalism can identify and target Muslim women, who often express their faith by wearing a hijab, niqab, or other form of religious dress.
 
In response to this, a group of participants have decided that they would like to engage policy makers and service providers in a conversation about the experiences and concerns of community women and also share their ideas about how we can tackle this problem.
 
This event will also feature a guest speaker from the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and will incorporate the launch of the ‘Safe-Spaces for Muslim Women’ resource kit, which is another initiative of the community women who have participated in Our Community, Our Rights this year.


Donation for Horsham Jam-e Masjid

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)
Account Name:         Horsham Islamic Welfare Association or just HIWA
BSB NO: 06 3514        Account No: 1042 4265

For any queries, please email Dr Mollah
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