Human Appeal Australia hosted its 16th Annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards during gala events late February/early March in all major cities of Australia recognising increasingly high number of students who excelled in year 12.

The high-achieving students were awarded certificates of achievement and valuable gifts in front of community leaders, politicians, school principals and administrators in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney where an incredible 422 students achieving ATAR of 90 and above were recognised.

Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards recipients 2023 in Sydney

On Sunday 5 March, the award ceremony in Sydney recognised a record number of 235 students at the Highland venue in Bankstown.

The ceremony was opened with the heart-warming recitation of the Quran by Sheikh Khaled Zraykah and co-MC’d by Omar Al-Jamal and Raghda Assoum.

Human Appeal Australia’s Director, Bashar Al-Jamal welcomed guests, expressing his delight at the achievements of an increasing number of Muslim HSC students every year.

A video clip showcasing the achievements and the services rendered to the global community of HAA was displayed on the big screen followed by speeches by Jihad Dib MP, State Member for Lakemba; Leadership Umrah Tour Participant, Omar Alzeidat and by Imran Abdu from James Ruse Agricultural High School who achieved amazing ATAR of 99.85.

Jihad Dib MP; award recipient and Issam Chaouk, Human Appeal Director of projects

The event was also attended by Wendy Lindsay MP, Member for East Hills; Sophie Cotsis MP, Member for Canterbury; Clr Bilal El-Hayek of Canterbury Bankstown City; Dr Ali Kraishan, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Australia and Mr Izzat Salah Abdulhadi, the Head of the General Delegation of Palestine in Australia.

Mr Al-Jamal talked about the devastating earthquakes that struck central Türkiye and Syria and witnessed dozens of young people who have volunteered each day to help victims of the earthquake.

Dr Ali Kraishan the Ambassador of Jordan; award recipient and Bashar Al-Jamal, Director of HAA

“I was just in Turkey and Syria just two weeks ago, visiting the people affected by the earthquake and delivering aid. What I saw was destruction beyond what you can imagine. Yet I saw something which eased my heart. I saw people, in particular the youth, working hand in hand with their elders to help one another. To help each other get through these tough times. That is what we expect from you my dear High Achievers. We want you to continue excelling in your respective careers however, you must give back. Be there for others in their time of need. You must give back to the community that you are a part of. That is where true excellence lies”, Mr Al-Jamal said.

Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards night in Adelaide was held on the Saturday 25 February at Stamford Grand Hotel, honouring 14 High Achievers.

MC Yahya Ahmad welcomed Human Appeal’s State Manager Ali Kadir who acknowledged the high achievers and outlined the amazing work Human Appeal has been doing over the years, locally and overseas.

Hon Blair Boyer, the Minister of Education, spoke on the ethics of success while the audience was also addressed by Sheikh Mohammed ElSayed, Amer El-Hosni and Abdul Salam Hamid Juma, Human Appeal Umrah leadership participants.

The event was also attended by Hon Laura Henderson MLC Opposition Whip, Shadow Assistant Minister to the Shadow Attorney-General; Hon Stephen Patterson MP and Hon Reggie Martin MLC and many family members of high achievers.

The Highest Achiever in Adelaide was Miss Adeena Zafar with an ATAR of 99.45. It was a celebration where leaders of the community and politicians celebrated the achievements of amazing Muslim students in year 12.

HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards recipients 2023 in Perth

On Sunday 26 February, the Year 12 High Achievers Awards event took place at Duxton Hotel in Perth with 37 Muslim High achievers celebrating their achievement of scoring an ATAR of 90+.

Ms Huda Zaidi from Perth Modern School the highest achiever with an ATAR of 99.85%, gave an inspiring speech during the event about her journey, the challenges that Muslim students go through and their important role within the Australian community.

MC Amira Suraya Nunn welcomed guests, officials, community leaders as well as School principals and sponsors.

Senator Fatima Payman handing out the awards to the students at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Perth

Senator Fatima Payman gave a great engaging speech that was positively received by the attendees. She shared her journey, gave the students advice based on her experience and highlighted the important role of representing the Muslim community and giving back to Australia.

The night was also attended by the Hon Mayor of Gosnells Terresa Lynes; Councillor Sara Saberi, City of Canning, Beeloo Ward; Inspector Tara Wood, the Team Leader of the WA Community Liaison team from AFP and A/F Paul Stewart, DC (Ret), Lt. Col. (Ret) Ibrahim Latheef the strategic advisor of the WA Police; Rana Al-Baghdadi, Al-Ameen College Principal; Mohammed Nazar A. Khan, Principal of Kewdale Campus, Mrs Manal Jneid who represented the AFIC’s Women’s Wing in Australia; Dr Nasser al-Ziyadat from Nun Tutoring Centre; Mr Zubair Sayed, President of the Islamic Council of Western Australia; Balli Singh member of the Ministerial Multicultural Advisory Council of Western Australia and other community leaders.

Mr Abdullah Khan-Executive Principal and CEO of Australian Islamic College made a speech that resonated well with the audience and shed light on the efforts that parents and schools invest in future leaders and how Islamic schools managed to gain a prestigious place amongst the top schools in WA.

HAA Year 12 High Achievement Awards recipients 2023 Brisbane

In Brisbane the event was held on Friday 3 March, honouring 38 students and was attended by students along with their parents, members of the community, politicians and school principals.

The event was MC’d by Masrur Alam & Nishat Siddique with a heart-warming welcome from Bashar Al-Jamal, Director of Human Appeal Australia.

Several videos were shown at the event including Video Message by The Hon Cameron Dick MP State Treasurer of QLD, Minister for Trade & Investment and a moving speech from Janeth Deen OAM who received the Order of Australia in June 2018 for outstanding work in the Multicultural community, as she spoke about the history of Australia and the progress that has been made to improve human relations and the contributions of the multicultural communities in Australia.

Other speakers included Imam Akram Buksh, Branch Manager of Human Appeal Australia in Queensland, Br Farouk Adam, President of Muslim Business Council; Dr Abid Majid, Secretary of IMAQ; Mr James Martin MP Member for Stretton; Clr Jon Raven; Logan City Council; Br Fattihan Aslantas’ Umrah Tour Participant; Sheikh Alaa Elsayed, guest speaker from Canada; Saosan Hoque, a student with ATAR 99.99 and Mashrafee Mamun, a student with ATAR 99.90

On Saturday 4 March, the 16th Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards for the state of Victoria was organised in Melbourne at Laila Reception Centre in Brunswick and was attended by students, members of the community, politicians, school principals and family members. The event acknowledged 97 students, awarded certificates of recognition and gifted them with iPads. The highest achiever was Alishba Saeed with an ATAR of 99.95.

The ceremony was opened with the amazing recitation of the Quran by Sheikh Abdulla Hawari, Imam of the Virgin Mary Mosque. Human Appeal Australia’s Victorian Branch Manager Rabih Baytie welcomed guests followed by speeches delivered by Dr Samantha Ratnam, MLC for Northern Metropolitan and the Leader of the Victorian Greens, Vivienne Nguyen, Chairperson of Victorian Multicultural Commission and Dr Mohammed Awad.

“I hope students will continue to keep in their faith, language, culture, traditions and share those around and lift this state and nation another notch up on all fronts,”said Vivienne Nguyen.

Award recipients Maryam Al-Gburi and David Apak both delivered eloquent speeches about their achievements and the importance of continuing life-long education.

In attendance were Prof Aladin Zayegh, MCCA; Prof Akhtar Kalam, Chairman of MCCA; Dr Mohammad Mohideen ICV Vice President and a commissioner at VMC and Sheikh Mohamed Nawas, the secretary of the Board of Imams.

Ali Kadir and Hon Laura Henderson MLC at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Adelaide

Ali Kadir and Hon Reggie Martin MLC at at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Adelaide

Ali Kadir and Hon Stephen Patterson MP at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Adelaide

Prof Akhtar Kalam, Chairman of MCCA at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Melbourne

Keynote speaker Dr Mohammed Awad at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Melbourne

Dr. Samantha Ratnam MLC and the Leader of the Victorian Greens at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Melbourne

Vivienne Nguyen – Chairperson of Victorian Multicultural Commission at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Melbourne

Student Speaker Maryam Al-Gbury at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Melbourne

Student Speaker David Apak at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Melbourne

Rabi Baytie Human Appeal Australia’s Victorian Branch Manager at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Melbourne

Hon Mayor of Gosnells Terresa Lynes presenting the awards to the students at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Perth

His Excellency Mr Izzat Salah Abdulhadi, the Head of the General Delegation of Palestine in Australia; award recipient and Wendy Lindsay, MP

Clr. Bilal El-Hayek, Clr of Canterbury Bankstown City; award recipient; Sheikh Yahya Safi, LMA and Issam Chaouk, HAA Director of projects

Bachir Zreika, Tax Factor; award recipient and Sheikh Shafiq R. Abdullah Khan, Al-Faisal College at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023

Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards recipients 2023 along with Human Appeal’s team and VIP guests in Sydney

Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards recipients 2023 along with Human Appeal’s team and VIP guests in Sydney 2

Sophie Cotsis, MP; award recipient and Amin El Bureeny, Head of Community Care HAA

Imran Abdu who achieved the highest ATAR score 99.85 at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023 in Sydney

The Perth HAA Team along with the volunteers at HAA Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2023