Halal Australia and Western Sydney University are collaborating on a unique research project “Design and development of an affordable and easy to maintain roof catchment fed rainwater harvesting system for drinkable water production”.

The ceremony to sign the research collaboration contractual agreement was held on Wednesday 1 August 2018 at WSU Parramatta South Campus attended by officials from both parties and their facilitators.

The attendees at the signing ceremony included:

  1. Dr Muhammad M Khan, PhD, CEO, Halal Australia, Industry Partner.
  2. Dr Shafiq Ara Shirin, PhD, Director, Halal Australia, Industry partner.
  3. Professor James Arvanitakis, PhD, PVC (Research and Graduate Studies), WSU.
  4. Professor Simeon Simoff, PhD, Dean, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, WSU.
  5. Associate Professor Ataur Rahman, PhD, Project Leader, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, WSU.
  6. Ms Sasan Kordrostami, Researcher, WSU.
  7. Ms Rahaf Ahmad, White Flame, Sydney.

The signing ceremony was addressed by Professor James Arvanitikas, Associate Professor Ataur Rahman and  Dr Muhammad M Khan.

The written speech by Dr Muhammad M Khan, CEO & Director, Halal Australia is copied below that gives the rationale for this unique collaborative project between Halal Australia and WSU:

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

I greet you all with the traditional greetings of Islam – Assalamualikum (peace and blessings of Allah be upon you),

It is my pleasure to be present here today at this occasion of signing an agreement between Halal Australia and Western Sydney University in regards to the ‘design and development of an affordable rainwater harvesting system for drinkable water production’.

Halal Australia is an accredited organisation by the department of agriculture. At the corporate level, we strongly believe that we have an obligation to serve the community within social, educational, and charitable spheres.

Water is the most precious commodity for the survival of humanity, vegetation and in fact all living creatures on earth.

In the Holy Qur’an, Allah, the Almighty refers the above in numerous places.

For example in Chap Al Ana’m Verse 99, He says – “It is He who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds ……. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe.”

Unfortunately about one quarter of human population are deprived of having access to pure and clean drinkable water.

The proposal offered by the WSU research team is aligned with our values and we are honoured to be able to be part of such a rewarding project which we hope will make a positive impact to the wider society at large.

We hope that the project will be able to make a significant contributions and positive impact to communities by providing affordable access to clean drinking water.

We appreciate you having us on board and look forward to working with you all to bring this project to completion. 

Thank you.


Further information from:

Dr André Urfer,  Business Development Team Leader

Research Engagement, Development and Innovation (REDI)

P: 02 9685 9742 | M: 0437 832 890