The 11th IFEW Presentation dinner was held on Sunday 26 March 2017 at Dar-ul-Islam, Bonnyrigg joined by invited guests and members of the Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare (IFEW).
The invitees included Mr Aftab Malik, Community Relations Manager from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Mr Rais Khan, President of IFAM, Sheikh Dr Kamal Talib, Imam at Roselands Mosque and Mr Luqman Landy, the veteran educationist and daawah worker.
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 Rais Khan explained the structure of IFAM with its various branches in many states in Australia and highlighted its education and daawah programs mosque construction projects and charitable and women’s refuge support facilities.
Mr Aftab Malik talked about his journey into comprehensive study of Islam and the vast global experience of working with Islamic scholars, community organisations and institutions, academia and government bodies.
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.
With Sheikh Kamal Taleb who attended with most of his family members, it was a family reunion with the Ahmad family where young Kamal spend time in South Hurstville as a neighbour before his departure to Saudi Arabia where he spent the last 23 years in pursuit of Islamic education.
Sheikh Kamal Talib gave a heart-warming talk on aiming for tranquillity and happiness by leading our life in accordance with the commandments of Allah, akin to a life in paradise on this very earth.
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 after Maghreb prayer led by young Mohammad Talib with his beautiful recitation of Quran.
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.