The 5th Mekar event was organised in Sydney in collaboration with the Islamic Society of UNSW (ISOC) on Saturday 30 September 2017 at Law Theatre, The University of New South Wales’ Randwick campus.
‘Mencari Keredhaan Allah dan Rasul’ (MEKAR) is an annual program initiated by students in order to cater for the spiritual needs among Malaysian communities in Australia.
The event attracted almost 150 participants from a diverse background including Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
With the theme of “Homecoming”, MEKAR 2017 invited three inspiring speakers from Malaysia including Ustaz Wadi Annuar Ayub, a speaker from Kuliyyah – a TV3 Malaysia’s television program; Irma Hasmie, a renowned Malaysian celebrity and her husband, Redza Syah Azmeer.
Slot 1: Game of Shadow was covered by Ustaz Wadi in which he focused on the threats and enemies faced by Muslims internally and externally.
In Slot 2: Now You See Me, Irma Hasmie and Redza Syah shared their meaningful life experience as a true Muslim.
The last slot 3 entitled “Today is Tomorrow”, a forum moderated by Hasif Farhan, discussed the importance of our current actions and how it could affect our future.
“The first step in changing ourselves is our intentions towards Allah,” advised Redza.
“MashaAllah, this event triggered my heart to change towards becoming a better Muslim,” said Ezlan Adlee, one of the participants.
Several invited guests including Mr Khalil Zaiyany, Director of Education Malaysia Australia, Mr Ahmad Zuriat, Director of MARA Australia-New Zealand, and Mr Shahrezan, JPA Advisor also attended MEKAR 2017 in order to support this event.