Saturday 17 December saw an estimated 500 guests in attendance at the Graduation Ceremony for high-achieving students who participated in the Lebanese Muslim Association’s Arabic learning colleges during 2022.

The special ceremony was facilitated by the LMA board to recognise high-achieving young people within the Muslim community and was held in the function hall of the Association’s premises at Lakemba in Sydney.

“This is the first time in many years that the LMA has held this kind of graduation ceremony and there has never been a response like this before,” director Mohammed Daher enthused.

“The current board decided to reintroduce the concept in 2022 and to say the least, we were delighted with the outcome….it was a very successful event.”

The LMA conducts Arabic learning courses across six campuses within the Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool Local Government Areas (Belmore Boys High School; Belmore Public School; Punchbowl Public School; Sefton High School; Prestons Public School and Mount Pritchard Public School).

Arabic was the language chosen by Allah when He revealed Islam’s sacred scripture, the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (s) over 23 years through the archangel Jibril (a).

It is important for every Muslim to learn to Arabic, in order to be able to fully understand and practice on the guidance from Allah.

Additionally, if a student is interested in studying or working in a field where fluent Arabic is required, courses such as those run by the LMA’s Arabic learning colleges are also invaluable.

And furthermore, by studying the language which may be spoken in the home (in this case Arabic), the student’s understanding of general language use is enhanced and can assist them in their study of further languages, such as but not limited to English.

LMA Chief Program Officer Bronwyn Hadife said that the overwhelming response from families who came along to support the high achievers had vindicated the board’s decision to reintroduce the ceremony, with a reinvigorated format.

“We were anticipating a healthy roll-up of proud parents and other relatives and friends on the day to celebrate the achievements of the students but these numbers have far exceeded our expectations,” she said.

She further added, “In addition to the students and their families, the LMA board would also like to thank the school principals and teachers whom we also hosted for their hard work and enthusiasm, along with our Imams for their support and all of our volunteers.”