The 10th annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards was held on 11 December 2016 at the Grand Royal in Sydney. 

The event was hosted by Mission of Hope, in recognising the outstanding contributions made by Australian Muslim men, women, businesses and organisations towards the community.

The event attracted some of Australia’s most creative and hard-working members of the community.

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The nominees, finalists and winners were selected through a strict criterion by twenty judges across Australia.

Nazeem Hussain kicked off the stage and ended the night with a stand-up comedy performance.

Nazeem Hussain (right), winner of the ‘Creative Artist of the Year’ award with his mother and Hanan Dover (left), Trustee of Mission of Hope.

Nazeem Hussain (right), winner of the ‘Creative Artist of the Year’ award with his mother and Hanan Dover (left), Trustee of Mission of Hope.

“Had a blast with my mum at the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards. Received ‘Creative Artist of the Year’ but if you’ve ever met my mum – you’ll know she’s owed 100% of the credit, she’s the source of any and all inspiration (apart from my wife!) my hero.”

The night began with Quran recitation followed by an acknowledgement of country by Uncle Ken Canning.

Mission of Hope President Nasreen Hanafi and Trustee Hanan Dover greeted attendees with a warm welcome and then proceeded with the award ceremony.

AMUST reporters Hanif Bismi and Yusra Hadi receive finalist certificates for Zia Ahmad, finalist for “Man of the Year”and AMUST, finalist for “Media Outlet of the Year” respectively.

AMUST reporters Hanif Bismi and Yusra Hadi receive finalist certificates for Zia Ahmad, finalist for “Man of the Year”and AMUST, finalist for “Media Outlet of the Year” respectively.

The first finalist award was presented to ‘The Pillars of Guidance Community Centre’ for the best new community project of 2016.

This community organisation strives to provide Muslim communities across Melbourne with religious and spiritual guidance.

Father Rod Bower was proudly awarded the Abyssinian of the Year award.

The award recognised his impressive accomplishments and efforts in standing up against racism and oppressive policies.

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He said “Human need comes before ideology; the spirit of hospitality overcomes the fear of the stranger and at the end of the day bridges will make us feel safer than walls.”

The award was presented by the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed.

Managing Director of Crescent Wealth, Talal Yassine won the Man of the Year award. Crescent Wealth successfully received two awards on the night, winning the Business of the Year and Event of the Year awards.

One of Australia’s most remarkable and unforgettable events, it was no surprise that Eid at Taronga Zoo was awarded Event of the Year award.

“I was honoured in being named Man of the Year. My warmest thanks and sincere gratitude to everyone for their support this year,” Talal Yassine said.

Attendees had the chance to meet and greet the winners before the room literally froze in an attempt for a short and fun mannequin challenge.

‘The White Coats’ homeless run organisation won the community organisation award for their outstanding support in serving the homeless in Sydney.

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“Thank you to the community for sticking with us. We could have not done this without your support.”

Amongst the finalists with multiple finalist awards was the Sydney-based comedian, Steve Dabliz.

Mr Dabliz was granted with the People’s Choice award and Social Media of the Year award for his humorous skits and active role in highlighting issues regarding drugs, alcohol, and identity.

He also received the Media Outlet of the Year award on behalf One Path Network in which he was also involved with.

Sana Karanouh won Volunteer of the Year for her work with the CC Community Kitchen.

“I am extremely honored and privileged to accept (this award) on behalf of (CC Community Kitchen). It’s the members who make this page great and successful; without your kindness, we are nothing,” she said.

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She touched on issues the community kitchen deal with: DV victims, asylum seekers, homeless and single parent families.

“Helping these people make us better people everyday; what is an award when our akhira is being secured by simply showing kindness in this dounya,”  she added.

Usman Khawaja won Sportsperson of the Year, Somayra Ismailjee won Youth of the Year, Dalya Ayoub won Role Model of the Year, Sherene Hassan won Woman of the Year, Yasmin Khan won the Lifetime Achiever award, and Professor Halim Rane won Professional of the Year award.

The AMAA 2016 was a great success and will be held again in 2017 to reveal new and inspiring individuals within the community.

Photos by Benny Baharuddin, Baha Ben.

Below is a list of the winners of AMAA 2016:

Best new community project of the year – The Pillars of Guidance Community Centre

Abyssinian Award – Father Rod Bower

Business of the Year & Event of the Year Award – The Crescent Wealth

Media Outlet of the Year – One Path Network

Sportsperson of the Year – Usman Khawaja

Community Organisation Award – The white Coats homeless run

Professional of the Year Award – Associate Professor Halim Rane

Role Model of the Year Award – Dalya Ayoub

Creative Artist of the Year Award – Nazeem Hussain, Samah Sabawi

Volunteer of the Year Award – Sana Karanouh

Youth of the Year Award – Somayara Ismailjee

Man of the Year Award – Talal Yassine

Woman of the Year Award – Sherene Hassan

Social Media & People choice of the Year Award – Steve Dabliz

Yasmin Khan – Lifetime Achiever Award