Hundreds of people from various communities living in Sydney attended a youth conference with the theme of “Dealing with the challenges faced by Muslim youth living in Australia” on Friday 10 June 2022 at the Bryan Brown Theatre Bankstown organised by Minhaj-ul-Quran International Australia.

The conference started with the recitation from Holy Quran by Qari Shaykh Youssef and the English translation  by Mr Mohammad Adnan from the renowned translation of the Holy Quran “Irfan-ul-Quran – The Glorious Quran” by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.

Sydney’s famous Naat reciter Mr Fazl-ur-Rehman Qadri presented a beautiful bilingual Naat followed by an Arabic Nasheed “Ahbab Al Mustafa”, a soulful performance with the Daff  by Sydney’s popular group “Ahbab Al Mustafa” lead by Qari Shaykh Youssef. 

The guest speaker Ayesha Bux gave a talk on the topic of “Social Life in Australia”. She is a Pakistani Australian Muslim who grew up here in Australia and shared her experience and challenges she faced growing up here. She also shed some light on the approach that Muslim youth can take to deal with similar challenges. 

  

Dr Jan Ali gave a talked about the ideas around engaging with the opposite sex in university situations.  He said sometimes the families living in Western societies don’t have the knowledge about Islamic rulings or guidelines about gender matters or they don’t care.

“And this is where the institutions and organisations like Minhaj-ul-Quran come into play who organize events like this conference to educate the families and youth about these matters.”, he said.

He praised Minhaj-ul-Quran NSW team on taking the initiative of organising this conference to help educate the youth and their families. 

  

The keynote speaker Dr Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri gave a soulful and thought-provoking speech on the subject of the purpose of our lives, which the audience listened to with great involvement and appreciated the guidance provided through various valuable points to the young generation living in Australia.

Dr Qadri gave the example of a honeybee that even though it is a small creature, it still knows the purpose of its creation, which is taking the juice from various flowers and converting it into honey for the benefit of humanity.

While we the human-beings do not realise our purpose until after 20-30 years, or sometimes even after that  because we spend our initial years of life sorting more of our worldly matters because of the environment and information around us as the young learners. He pointed out that sometimes we have to stop listening to the voices around us and start listening to the inner voice – the voice of our heart – to realize and understand the purpose and goal of our life. 

He told the audience that Minhaj-ul-Quran International and its founder Shaykh ul Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri are spreading the same message of peace, integration, and creating  true connection with our Lord since last 45 years and anyone who believes in teachings and guidance of Islam is always welcome to join this organisation.

He concluded his speech by congratulating the management of Minhaj-ul-Quran International (NSW) in holding such a beautiful conference with the objective to guide our youth and helping them navigate the challenges they face in the modern society. 

 

Mr  Zaffar Khan, President Minhaj Asia Pacific Council presented the vote of thanks to all the speakers and guests who attended the conference before dinner was also served

The attendees had the opportunity to buy several books written by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and Dr Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri from the book stall set up at the conference venue.