A highly successful fundraising dinner was organized last Saturday 28 February at The Renaissance, Lidcombe to create awareness for the building of an aged care facility for Muslims in Sydney.

The event was organized by the Rahma Aged Care who are working on the $20 million project to build the aged care facility near the Auburn’s Gallipoli Mosque to be completed in 2017.

More than 50 items were auctioned in order to raise funds including:

1x1M Gold Laced Kiswah from the Kaaba!

2016 Journey to Umrah with Sh Hamza Yusuf!

Signed Anthony Mundine Boxing Gloves!

Fully signed St George-Illawarra Dragons Jersey!

Fully signed Adelaide United Jersey!

Dune Buggy

LG 60” TV

Assorted Women’s Jewellery

iPad’s & other small household electrical goods

Over the years, there has been a growing realisation that the Muslim community in Australia faces challenges in terms of the care preferences and needs of its older members. Factors such as migration, changes in lifestyles, changes in family structures as well as other compelling factors may overstretch the ability of many Muslim families to look after their loved ones in their homes in their old age or due to disability.

Residential aged care, in general, therefore, becomes a complex issue for those Muslims who try to observe their faith; it is very important for them, to the extent possible, to be able to CONTINUE a lifestyle that follows the tenets of Islam even when they become old and frail.

According to the 2011 Census, Australian Muslims represent over 60 different ethnic groups and racial backgrounds and are the most ethnically and racially diverse religious grouping in this country. In this context, it is safe to say that the diversity of cultural and linguistic backgrounds of Muslims has one point of unity; Islam.

The Muslim community has now acutely become aware of needs of its senior members in their old age to provide them with aged care facility that caters for their religious and cultural requirements.

Organisations such as Rahma Aged Care and South Asian Muslim Association of Australia, SAMAA are taking leading roles to look after the Muslim Senior citizens.