The 10th IFEW Presentation dinner was held on Sunday 19 November at Dar-ul-Islam, Bonnyrigg joined by representatives from local area Muslim leaders in addition to members of the Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare (IFEW).
The invitees included families of IFEW members as well as Mr Ismail Davids, National Manager, National Zakat Foundation and Mrs Davids, Mrs Firdousi Obeidullah, Coordinator, House of Sakinah and Dr Obeidullah.
After introductions, Mr Aamir Ahmad, President of IFEW gave a detail introduction of IFEW history and activities for almost four decades with an audio-visual presentation.
Mr Ismail Davids during his presentation explained the how and why of Zakat and where National Zakat Foundation helped in the calculation, collection and distribution of Zakat funds nationally.
Mrs Firdousi Obeidullah highlighted the development and services provided by the House of Sakinah for women seeking help in Sydney. It was realised that NZF and House of Sakinah were complementary organisations where NZF had funds that could be used by House of Sakinah to provide services to those in need.
Mr Shujaat Siddiqui, Trustee of MEFF, during his presentation related the development of MEFF and its successful track record during the last 33 years and highlighted the plans for MEFF 2017.
Mr Zia Ahmad talked about the Australasian Muslim Times, its history and performance and using the website demonstrated all info re AMUST news and views.
Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad concluded the program with advice and dua before the dinner was served followed by Maghreb prayer.
The presentation dinners are held in a family atmosphere during Australian Integrated Family’s (AIF) Usrah sessions that have continued for more than 30 years.
Held twice a year, short presentations are given by IFEW, MEFF and AMUST followed by presentations from invitees to relate about their organisations and personal history, and then finish off with dinner in a casual family atmosphere.
IFEW has been one of the pioneers in establishing daawah, education and welfare activities for more than 35 years in Sydney. A number of IFEW members, parts of a large extended family have been associated with Islamic activities in Australia in general and Sydney in particular for more than 45 years having founded many community organisations and working in fields of education, daawah, publications, family organisations, students, youth and women’s activities.