In the heart of Australia’s diverse landscape, The Leadership Retreat (TLR) has emerged as a powerful force within the nation’s Muslim community. Organised by the Networks Australia Foundation (NAF), TLR is not your typical event; it is a life-changing experience that leaves a profound impact on each participant.
Now in its eighth year, TLR is a four-day program that brings together individuals aged 18 to 30 from diverse backgrounds within the Australian Muslim community. This retreat is no ordinary getaway; it serves as a catalyst for personal growth, leadership development and community empowerment.
Participants like Mazin Ragab, a 23-year-old law student, eagerly share their transformative experiences. For Mazin, the decision to join the retreat was spontaneous, but the impact was profound.
“When he first signed up for the retreat, it was something he thought he’d try on a whim. Little did he know that he’d signed up for much more than he had expected.”
Mazin’s story isn’t an exception. Many like him find themselves thrust into leadership roles and responsibilities, discovering personal and professional growth opportunities that connect them with influential figures and expand their networks.
Yasemin Yaman, a 26-year-old student teacher, describes her TLR journey:
“The first time around, she felt it was what she needed at the time. Then there was a three-year gap when she didn’t attend, and she felt the pull again. She felt like she needed to be there again because she was at a transitional period of her life where university was ending, her career was beginning, and she needed guidance.”
Yasemin underscores the importance of community and revitalisation. TLR provides an environment where like-minded individuals share a common purpose—to advance in their careers and lives with God-consciousness.
Our sponsors recognise the tremendous impact of TLR. Firhana Imam, owner of IBC (The Islamic Lifestyle Store), attended TLR as a Team Leader in January 2023 and was so impressed with the impact on participants that she became a sponsor for the next retreat.
She emphasises the energy, passion, and dedication of the committee and volunteers, stating that their goals should be shared by all. Firhana encourages others to support this kind of work, as sponsorship serves as Sadaqah Jariah (continuous charity) and a way to expand one’s legacy.
Belal Chehnah, owner of Electrx, attended TLR at a pivotal moment in his life when he was financially struggling. He attended, thanks to a raffle win, and found the retreat to be a turning point. The NAF family’s support enabled him to start his own business, and today, he encourages every new member of his team to attend the retreat, knowing the transformative power it holds.
TLR is more than an event; it is a beacon of hope and empowerment for the Australian Muslim community. Participants leave the retreat inspired, motivated, and empowered to take on challenges and initiate positive change in their communities.
The retreat is a reminder that transformation begins within, and when individuals are empowered to become the best versions of themselves, the entire community benefits.
As the eighth TLR event approaches in December 2023, NAF continues its mission of providing forums that connect people for the benefit of the community. For those ready to embark on their own journey of self-discovery, leadership, and community empowerment, TLR is the path to personal and communal growth. Join the community dedicated to making a difference.
For more information and registration details, visit NAF’s Retreat Page. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of a transformative experience. Tickets are limited, so act fast!