Mufti Menk, the popular Islamic social media celebrity paid a short but highly productive visit to Sydney early June addressing thousands of people gathered at the Liverpool Eid Festival and inspired school students with his unique personable style at the Unity Grammar and the Western Grammar School.
Dr Ismail ibn Musa Menk is the Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe considered as the top 500 influential Muslims in the world with millions of followers, over social media platforms, who are attracted to his down to earth lectures exposing the Islamic message of peace and justice in the language of today, resonating with young people.
At the Liverpool Eid Festival held over the long weekend early in June, he addressed huge crowds gathered to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr marking the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.
On Monday 10 June the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) hosted Mufti Menk for dinner at its office in Sydney with the attendance of Imams and Community leaders, including the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed and President of ANIC Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman.
Mufti Menk complimented the great work that ANIC had achieved, in particular in uniting the Imams and creating a platform for Imams to communicate and network. Mufti Menk also reiterated the importance of the unity of Imams and the Muslim community in particular during challenging times.
He also visited UMA Centre on Monday 10 June addressing hundreds of young people gathered there entertaining them with his inspirational words.
On Tuesday 11 June Mufti Menk visited Western Grammar School in Plumpton in Western Sydney engaging the school students in a question and answer session followed by a private audience with the School’s Board members and staff led by WGS principal Mr Irfan Afzal.
Later the same afternoon Mufti Menk paid a visit to the Unity Grammar school in Austral, South West Sydney attending a reception in his honour attended by the School’s staff, board members and sponsors of its various humanitarian projects.
Mufti Menk addressed hundreds of students in the Unity Grammar school’s assembly hall mesmerising all those gathered with his unique style of delivery explaining some key Islamic concepts including the belief in the hereafter, Taqwa (God Consciousness) and respect for all including those who did not look like you or thought and practiced in a different way than you, thereby not only tolerating but celebrating diversity.