The House of Sakinah Womens Support Centre organised a fundraising lunch on 4 March at Plumpton Neighbourhood Centre at Western Sydney.

The program was organised to raise awareness of the plight of Muslim women in the community and featured guest speakers including Ms Hanan Dover, a prominent psychologist as well as Ms Aisha Amjad, the recently appointed community ambassador for the Labor Party.

Aisha Amjad, community ambassador for the Labor Party. Photo: Arsla Khan.

House of Sakinah Womens Support Centre (HoS WSC) provides assistance to vulnerable women in the community and was established in 2012 as an initiative of Charity Australia International.

The event started off with the recitation of the Quran and its translation followed by a short introduction of House of Sakinah and its aims highlighting its motto of “Support for Muslim Women by Muslim Women.”

Hanan Dover. Photo: Arsla Khan.

Ms Hanan Dover spoke on the status of women in Islam and what Islam teaches in regard to treating women with respect and dignity and explained as to how the Prophet (s) held women in very high regard and always treated them well.

She also spoke on different forms of domestic violence and signs to recognise them that would be vital information for all women.

Ms Aisha Amjad voiced her strong support for organizations like House of Sakinah and praised the good work that HoS were doing at the Centre.  She also highlighted the government initiatives in place to help women, especially in regard to those affected by domestic violence.

Photo: Arsla Khan.

Ms Zahra Turabie shed light on the importance of charity in Islam explaining different types of charity. She emphasized the moral obligation of every Muslim to help other less fortunate people than themselves from the resources provided by Allah.

The event ended with lunch.

A women’s support centre is a vital part of the community for the following reasons:

  • Increase in domestic violence, relationship difficulties, divorce and financial hardship in our community
  • Muslim women need help in a safe, culturally sensitive, compassionate and protective environment
  • Misunderstanding about the everyday lives of Muslim women
  • Unity and participation in the community- Sisterhood

HoS has a mission to serve and provide professional support to women in a safe and pleasant environment, encouraging healthy and safe relationships focussing on strengthening the bonds of families. Its values include:

  • Encourage women to “help themselves” fostering respect, dignity and integrity within them.
  • Deliver non-judgemental services to Muslim women from all backgrounds
  • Driven by Islamic principles adapted from the Quran and Hadith
  • Encourage respect, dignity and integrity of Muslim women in the family

HoS provides support for

  • Counselling for women
  • Legal referrals
  • Assistance to refugees & reverts
  • Senior support & care programs
  • Islamic Courses