The Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle (IPDC) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) from Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 September 2018 at Encore Events Centre in Melbourne.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mr Robin Scott, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Victoria; Ms Inga Peulich MLC, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Victoria; Australian Green Senator Janet Rice, Khatib of East London Masjid UK, Sheikh Abdul Qayum, and representative from local city councils and other community organisations IPDC members from all over Australia.
The AGM opening ceremony started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and acknowledgement of the traditional owner of the land.
In his opening speech, IPDC Central President Dr Rafiqul Islam explained, how IPDC volunteers are carrying out their mission to “Be Better Muslim, Better Australian”;
“Religion is not just about theology but also morality and ethics, which is meant to inspire, to guide, to empower us to be better Muslims,” he said.
Dr Rafiqul Islam further added, “In Islam, we find two Major things; trust and services. Our unconditional trust in our creator Allah gives us a purpose that is to serve his creations; mankind and his environments for a common good.”
Mr Robin Scott praised IPDC’s “Better Muslim, Better Australian” vision. He appreciated wonderful community undertakings by IPDC and encouraging participation in society.
The Minister also announced that the Victorian Government will contribute $75,000 to IPDC’s Victorian Melbourne Multicultural Centre (MMC).
MS Inga Peulich, Shadow minister for Multicultural affair told that such events were very important to reach the heart of the organisations. They uphold the values that shape the future opportunities for our children and our grandchildren.
The Australian Green Senator Janet Rice told that the work of IPDC that included bringing people together, actively engaging in the broader community, building social harmony, weaving the Islamic cultural identity into and through the multicultural fabric of Australia would enrich the tapestry of Australia.
Sheik Abdul Qayum, the Imam of East London Mosque, explained that being good to Allah means first and foremost being good to himself, to his family and to his neighbours. A good Muslim must be an active member of the society for the common good. In Islam, smiling to others is considered a charity.
IPDC Young Muslims and kids presented a wonderful information session including their mission and activities around Australia.
The opening ceremony was concluded with a vote of thanks by IPDC Central Deputy President Dr Ismail Hossain.
After the opening ceremony, AGM continued with its regular agenda. During this AGM, the members have elected the Executive Board (CMS) and the central IPDC President Mr Monir Hossain for the next two years.