The 35th Annual General Conference (AGC) together with the Annual General Meeting of the Islamic Foundation for Education and Welfare (IFEW) was held in Sydney on the long weekend from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 30 September 2018 at Dar-ul-Islam, Bonnyrigg.
Starting as the Australasian Integrated Family (AIF), IFEW has been one of the pioneers in establishing daawah, education and welfare activities for almost 36 years in Sydney.
One of the offshoots of IFEW is the MEFF Eid Festival being organised for more than 34 years at the Fairfield Showground while another one is the Australasian Muslim Times AMUST currently being produced by Seena Incorporated.
The AGC brought together four generations of family members participating in a well structured balanced program with reports for the past year and planning for next year.
The theme for the AGC 2018 was “Developing Leadership Skills” and was broken down into two presentations and two workshops.
Mehar Ahmad while talking on the topic “Lead the Leaders” pointed out that all human beings being the Khalifa of Allah on earth have the potential of being a leader but they need to develop the key leadership skills such as effective communication including listening, effective interpersonal relationships, reliability, respect and love, mentoring time management and problem-solving.
Usaid Khalil talked on “The Prophet (s) as a leader and daee” elaborating on his key characteristics to be recognised as the most influential leaders in the lives of mankind ever being followed as a leader in their daily lives.
The first workshop was conducted by a team the team consisting of Manar Ahmad, Saminah Ahmad, Ibrahim Khalil and Hanifah Siddiqui in order to analyse “what kind of leader are you” by using a survey based app.
The second workshop was conducted by Manar Ahmad to figure out the “protocols in non-profit organisations.”
The AGC started on Saturday morning with the recitation of Quran by followed by the welcome by IFEW President Aamir Ahmad and words of advice by Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad.
Maintaining three decades of tradition, AIF Tarana in Urdu was sung by first and second generation while the 3rd generation song (Iqbal’s dua) in Urdu sung by 3rd and 4th generation kids.
The AGC also included business sessions with reports and planning for various IFEW projects as well as family reports for each individual, adults as well as children with questions and discussions.
The 35th AGC handbook was prepared well in advance containing talks, reports and future plans, distributed as a printed copy as well as in electronic form.
As per tradition, a photography session was held to take annual portrait photos of individuals, basic families as well as group photos of all IFEW members and their families consisting of four generations.
The event also included the passing of 35th AGC annual resolutions and election of Shura and office bearers for the next two years 2018-2020. The AGC/AGM concluded with an address by the newly elected President of IFEW, Ms Sakinah Ahmad followed by dua by Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad.
A number of IFEW members, parts of a large extended family have been associated with Islamic activities in Australia in general and Sydney in particular for more than 45 years having founded many community organisations and working in fields of education, daawah, publications, family organisation, student, youth and women’s activities.