Dr Derya Iner.

House of Sakinah Women Support Centre, located in Mt Druitt, Western Sydney celebrated the 5th anniversary, since its establishment, on Sunday 18 March 2018  marking its achievements in providing services to many families whose lives have been changed.

The program was started by the MC Ms Angela Rodgers who welcomed the guests and called upon Ms Aisha Shafqat to do the Qur’an recitation of Surah Ar-Rahman.

This was followed by a talk by Dr Derya Iner on the centrality of women in facing and coping with Islamophobia. She made the women aware of the existence and extent of Islamophobia, and the procedure and steps in dealing with any incidents.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, NSW Greens MP applauded the efforts of the volunteers of House of Sakinah for their efforts towards support for vulnerable women in the community.

Presentation of the achievements and highlights of cases were given by Ms Firdousi Obeidullah,  Coordinator of House of Sakinah. She also showed a case study through a video presentation of one of the clients who has been greatly helped by the Centre.

The MC welcomed Julia Finn, MP for Parramatta who also was amazed by the work that House of Sakinah was doing and encouraged that this work should continue in the years ahead.

Mrs Mehar Ahmad, a school teacher and co-founder of Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare (IFEW) tales on “Living Islam at Home’. She gave tips on best practice in maintaining good relationship within the household better communication and understanding in order to live in peace at home.

The Cofounder/Director of Dar Al Ihsan, Ms Anisa Khan, well known for speaking as a Niqabi,  talked about empowering women and emphasized the importance of improving their inner state before being able to have an impact upon their family and the community.

The program ended with the cake-cutting ceremony and recognition of volunteers rendering their services to the House of Sakinah and a vote of thanks to all attendees who bought tickets to support the event marking the celebrations.