Following the great success in previous years, the Islamic Forum for Australian Muslims (IFAM) is set to host a bigger and better highly popular Islamic Quiz program in 2017.

The launch event for the quiz program was organised on Saturday 19 February 10 am to 1 pm at the Himalaya Bankstown Emporium.

Keynote guest speakers at the event included Mr Khal Asfour, the former mayor of Bankstown and Dr Jan Ali, lecturer in Islamic studies at Western Sydney University.

The aim of the event was to encourage sponsors to pledge money to the cause, with many notable speakers emphasizing the importance of children learning about their religion and thereby implementing it into their daily lives.

Mr Khal Asfour.

The tagline of the quiz is that “everyone is a winner, no one will go home empty handed”. What better way to earn prizes and learn about your religion at the same time.

The Annual Children’s Islamic Quiz program was first initiated in Canberra by IFAM and has been running successfully there for 11 years. The Quiz was first hosted in Sydney last year and was an instant success with over 160 participants.

IFAM aims to enlarge the quiz program in 2017 with the help of the sponsors to increase participation and improve outcomes.

Following the recitation of Quran,  Dr Kashif Aziz, Vice President of IFAM welcomed the guests and provided a short introduction of IFAM and its goals.

This was followed by a short speech by the chief guest Mr Asfour, one of the foremost supporters of the Children’s Quiz initiative. He emphasized the importance of knowing and understanding your religion especially among young school age children.

Dr Jan Ali (right).

Mr Asfour emphasized that Children’s beliefs are shaped when they are still very young, which they carry with themselves throughout their life. This is why it is so important to teach young children the correct teachings of Islam so they can understand and implement that knowledge in their life until adulthood.

He commended IFAM for this great initiative and said that initiatives such as the Islamic Quiz are an essential part of early childhood learning.

Dr Jan Ali, lecturer at the Western Sydney University also reiterated the importance of children learning their religion at an early age and touched upon implications upon society if they do not know and practise their own religion.

A number of other guest speakers as well as IFAM leaders spoke at the event on the topic of learning and teaching Islam to young people.

The program finished with pledges of donations by the attendees at the event.

To show your support and pledge money towards this worthwhile cause, or to enrol your children into the Islamic Quiz program, please contact Br Shafqat Ali on 0411244040.

The ongoing support from the community is what allows these events to take place for the betterment of our children.

The Children’s Islamic Quiz for 2017 will take place at on Sunday 23 July at a University campus with further details to be publicised widely.