The 11th Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards were held in all major cities of Australia recognising high achievement by a large cohort of  the Muslim students who have received an ATAR of 90+ after the completion of their school studies at the end of year 2017.

Hosted by Human Appeal Australia at gala dinner events, a total of 249 students were invited together with their parents to be presented with certificates and gifts including laptops awarded by local sponsors in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Out of 249 Australian Muslim students who obtained ATAR of 90+,  33  students achieved ATAR of 99+ and hailed from both public and private schools while a great majority of them have graduated from Muslim schools at the end of year 2017.

Human Appeal Australia as part of a Leadership Alumni initiative, in partnership with local businesses and organisations have announced the establishment of  six University Scholarships of $6,000 each to Year 12 Achievement Award 2018 recipients. These scholarships will provide financial assistance to students making university study more affordable. The last date to apply for the scholarship is Friday 30 March 2018.

At the Sydney event held on Sunday 11 March at Himalaya Function Centre in Bankstown 116 high achievers were recognised in the presence of their proud parents and awarded certificates and gifts by key politicians, sponsors and community leaders.

The Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed during his address, celebrating the high achievements by such a large number of young Muslims called on the former Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton to take note that many of these were the children and grandchildren of the same Lebanese immigrants who arrived during the 1970’s about whom in November 2016, Dutton said it was a mistake by the Malcolm Fraser administration to have admitted Lebanese Muslim immigrants.

The awards were presented by Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, Sheikh Shadi Alsulaiman, Ms Julie Owens MP, Mr Chris Hayes MP, Mr Jihad Dib MP, Mr Bashar Al-Jamal, Dr Zachariah Matthews, Mr Mustafa Omari and other officials of HAA and representative of sponsoring organisations and businesses.

Similar events were held in Perth on Friday 9 March, Brisbane on Saturday 10 March, Adelaide on Saturday 17 March and Melbourne on Sunday 18 March.

For the first time Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards were held in Perth awarding nineteen students. Human Appeal Australia’s Director, Bashar Al-Jamal welcomed guests and was pleased to introduce the establishment of the new branch in Perth. Speakers at the event included Sue Ellery MLC, WA Minister for Education and Training, Abdullah Khan, Executive Principal of the Australian Islamic College in Perth, Alison Xamon MLC, Martin Prichard MLC, Imam Yahya Ibrahim, Assistant-Principal of Langford Islamic College, Dr Asrarur Rahman Talukder, President of the IPDC, Mr Peter Rudrum, Associate Principal of Canning Vale College, Karim Elgawady, Leadership Umrah Tour 2018 participant and Raisa Anwar, an award recipient.

Brisbane event. Photo courtesy of Human Appeal Australia

At the Brisbane event, Branch Manager, Imam Akram Buksh welcomed guests where Ali Kadri, from the Islamic Council of Queensland, was the MC. Professor Shahjahan Khan from the University of Southern Queensland spoke about significant Muslim contributions in the past and the need to replicate these achievements in the future. Other speakers included Dr Ray Barrett, Principal of the Islamic College of Brisbane, Imam Yusuf Peer, Council of Imams Queensland, Tamim Islam, award recipient and Dr Zac Matthews. Noorudeen Alsabawi, a participant of the 2018 Leadership Umrah Tour spoke about the emotional experience of distributing aid to struggling Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Adelaide event. Photo courtesy of Human Appeal Australia.

In Adelaide, seven students were awarded where Branch Manager of Human Appeal’s Adelaide office, Ali Kadir welcomed guests. The Mayor of the City of Charles Sturt Angela Evans spoke about the social effect of education on the community. Other speakers included the former Deputy Mayor of Adelaide and Chairman of the Council of Australia-Arab Relations, Councillor Houssam Abiad, Sheikh Mohamed El Sayid, from the Australian Islamic College Adelaide, Shihab Siddiquee, founder and director of Sace Simplified, Leadership Umrah Tour 2018 participant, Shamil Jamion and award recipient Nadia Al-Daghestani.

In Melbourne 90 students were awarded where Sheikh Rabih Baytie, Human Appeal’s Melbourne Branch Manager welcomed guests  Other speakers included Judith Graley MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Education; Waleed Aly, The Project, Bachar Houli, sports celebrity, Richmond Football Club, Dr Abdul Rahman Ihdayhid, Monash Heart, Dr Samantha Ratnam, Leader of the Victorian Greens; Professor Akhtar Kalam, MCCA and Ramzi Elsayed, Islamic Council of Victoria.

The five ceremonies held in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, were a fantastic opportunity for parents and communities to celebrate the proud achievements of these amazing 249 individuals.

“Human Appeal Australia congratulates all the Year 12 students of 2017 who put in their best efforts. A special vote of thanks goes to the generous businesses and organisations that sponsored the 11th Annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards of 2018,” concluded Mr Bashar Al-Jamal.

HAA Y12 AWARDS 2018 – SUMMARY – ALL CITIES
No City Date Awards held RSVPed Highest ATAR ATAR 99+ / OP 1
1 Perth Friday 9 March 19 Mukarrama Firuz 99.65 3
2 Brisbane Saturday 10 March 17 Tamim Islam OP 1 5
3 Sydney Sunday 11 March 116 Fahaad Ahmed 99.85 14
4 Adelaide Saturday 17 March 7 Nadia Al-Daghestani 98.7 0
5 Melbourne Sunday 18 March 90 Hafsah Brown 99.85 12
TOTAL 5 249 34

Photos by Zia Ahmad and courtesy of Human Appeal Australia.