The 9th IFEW Presentation Dinner was held on Sunday 13 March at Dar-ul-Islam, Bonnyrigg, with overseas guests joined by Sydney Muslim leaders in addition to members of the Sydney based Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare.
The chief guest from overseas was Prof Khalid Yusoff ,Vice Chancellor of UCSI University, Malaysia and a practicing cardiologist. He talked on Muslim global perspectives and gave some valuable advice to the Australian Muslim community.
Accompanied by him was his wife Prof Khatijah Mohd Yusoff, Dean, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, UPM who presented her perspective in supporting cancer patients.
The couple spend their student life in Melbourne during the late seventies and were admired for their contribution towards the establishment of Islamic activities in Australia.
Associate Professor Salih Yucel, a former Imam of Redfern Mosque and Mr Ahmed Hassan represented ISRA and talked aspirations of having the first Islamic university in Australia.
Dr Rashid Raashed President of IFSA and a former Imam of Surry Hills Mosque presented the vision of the establishment of first Islamic Bank in Australia in the very near future.
Other invitees included Mr Mahmoud Jaame, Muslim Chaplain, UNSW, Mr Ziyad Serhan, President MSANSW, Sheikh Syed Kandil and Mrs Kandil, Mr Ahmed Moussa, Mrs Ilham Ardati and Mrs Nada Hassan.
Mr Zia Ahmad spoke on the historical perspectives of family and community organisation, IFEW and its offshoot of MEFF and AMUST. Mr Shujaat Siddiqui presented the planned highlights of MEFF 2016.
Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad concluded the program with advice and dua.
IFEW Presentation Dinners are organised to develop mutual understanding between Islamic Foundation for Education and Welfare (IFEW), Australian MEFF Consortium, organisers of the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair, Seena Incorporated, publishers of the Australasian Muslim Times AMUSTwith other sister organisations in Sydney. The presentation dinners are held in a family atmosphere during the IFEW Usrah sessions that have continued for more than 30 years.
Najia Khalil is the current President of IFEW. She is a law graduate from International Islamic University Malaysia and is based in Sydney.