Benevolence was honoured to host delegates of the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (AIMEP) at BeneHouse.
The AIMEP is a community-based international leadership program which invites emerging Muslim leaders in Australia and Indonesia to engage in an intensive two week visit of cultural, social, interreligious, and intellectual exchange with our neighbouring country.
With insightful conversations on the cultural challenges regarding our unique expressions of Islam in each of our countries, it is always a pleasure to be part of the Melbourne experience for the AIMEP.
Alhamdulillah, are approaching the blessed night of 15th Sha'ban, one of the most important nights of the Islamic year.
Our teachers at Muwasala advise that its greatness is due to the divine gifts that are bestowed during it: the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that, “Allah gazes at His creation on the fifteenth night of Sha`ban and then forgives all except for two types of people: those who attribute partners to Allah, and those who have rancour for their fellow Muslims.”
The Prophet (pbuh) encouraged us to spend this night praying and supplicating to Allah, in addition to fasting during the day of the 15th of Sha'ban, because on this night, Allah calls out to His slaves from sunset until dawn: “Is there anyone seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him? Is there anyone seeking provision from Me so I may provide for him? Is there anyone suffering so I may relieve his suffering?”
May Allah forgive us all, and decree all that is good, and deflect from us all that is harmful, and grant us a good seal, ameen.
Benevolence presented our iBelong schools program to over a hundred Year 9 students from Mount Scopus Memorial College, discussing the challenges young people and communities face in the current climate and dysphoria. Our presenter's shared experiences on dealing with stereotypes, how to tackle them, and moving forward with the aim of social cohesion and encouraging diversity.
'I Belong' is one of our main Schools program, and is presented across all school denominations throughout metropolitan and rural Victoria.
Please contact us to book a session at your school, or to request a customised program to meet your curriculum needs.
Greetings of peace,
The steady growth of Benevolence over the past ten years has enabled us to actively solidify our vision of “Seeking the Creator through conscious living”. This is the foundation we have worked tirelessly to ensure imbues our core values of khidma (service), rahma (compassion) and ihsan (spiritual excellence), in every aspect of the work we do.
I have served as CEO of Benevolence in a volunteer capacity for these 10 years, and I am deeply grateful for the commitment and hard work of our staff and volunteers in our common passion to nurture the spiritual development of our community. As I pause to reflect on the impact and influence Benevolence has had in both the Muslim and wider communities, I feel truly privileged and humbled to be part of this visionary organisation. We have established ourselves as positive agents of change in society, continually evolving to meet the contemporary challenges of the Muslim community, and creating meaningful and far-reaching engagement with the wider Australian community.
Benevolence is facing a new phase of growth, transitioning from a grassroots organisation providing a safe space for Muslims from all walks of life, to a leading voice in shaping the Australian Muslim narrative. Towards successfully navigating these changes, it gives me immense pleasure to announce our newly appointed CEO: Ms Meriem E. Abida.
Meriem joined Benevolence in 2016 as our Internal Program Manager, and was instrumental in developing our community and education programs to become institutions of traditional Islamic knowledge for converts and reconnecting Muslims. Our community gatherings have become highly anticipated events that bring together the Muslim and wider community, fostering social harmony and connectedness. Meriem has successfully created new channels of engagement with Muslim youth through our phenomenal Spirit of Leadership program, and focused on providing increased value to our member base. With a Masters of Science in Intervention and Change Management and extensive experience in people and project management, Meriem was the ideal candidate to steer Benevolence through the stages of expansion through collaboration.
Having worked closely with Meriem over the years, I am highly confident that Benevolence will flourish and prosper under her leadership. Her appointment demonstrates the strength of Benevolence’s succession planning and talent pipeline. I am honoured to be passing on the baton to Meriem, a woman of strong integrity, distinguished spiritual refinement, and an inspiring role model.
I resume my role as Chair of the Board, and special adviser to the management team. Please join me in welcoming Meriem as the CEO of Benevolence, as we build the vision of Benevolence for a broader audience.
With love and light,
We are in the month of Sha’ban, and one month away from Ramadan! Our teachers at Muwasala encourage the following actions to take advantage of this blessed month:
اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا في رَجَبٍ وَ شَعْبَانَ وَ بَلِّغْنا رَمَضَانَ
“O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban and enable us to reach Ramadan!”
In the Islamic calendar, the night precedes the day, and we are approaching the glorious night of 27th Rajab. There are great lessons in the events that preceded, and took place on this night itself, which are a means of increasing in belief and certitude.
On this night, our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) met our Lord, and was given the gift of the five daily prayers. The ‘tashahhud’ that we recite in every sitting of our prayers are the words with which the Prophet greeted Allah on his ascent beyond the Heavens, in a place beyond place -- where not even the Archangel Jibril could go.
The miracle of the blessed night journey (isra) and heavenly ascent (mi'raj) followed a year of difficult ordeals and great sorrow in the Prophet’s life, from which we take lessons of patience, endurance and contentment with Divine decree, and which Allah rewards with our own spiritual “ascents”. This is the secret of tribulation – in it lies the greatest of opportunities for proximity to the Divine, insha’Allah.
"They encountered suffering and adversity and were shaken such that the Messenger and those of faith who were with him said: “When will Allah’s assistance come?” Truly Allah’s assistance is always near." --Surah Al-Baqarah [2:214]
Learn more at Muwasala.
We had a full house for our Illumination of the Soul event with international author Michael Sugich!
Sidi Michael read extracts from his most recent book, Hearts Turn: Sinners, Seekers, Saints & The Road to Redemption, a gripping exploration of the act of 'tawba' (repentance), followed by Q&A with the audience.
'According to the master Abu 'Ali al-Daqqaq, may God be well pleased with him, "Repentance consists of three parts. Its beginning is 'tawba', repentance; its middle part is 'inaba', turning to God; and its end is 'awba', returning to God."
And Imam al-Qushayri, may God be well pleased with him, comments on this saying, "Whoever repents out of fear of Divine punishment acquires a repentance (tawba). Whoever repents out of desire of Divine reward acquires turning to God (inaba). And whoever repents out of compliance with Divine command, not out of desire of reward, nor out of fear of punishment (awba), acquires return to God."'
It is reported that Prophet Sheeth AS* was born a few years after the death of Habil (Abel). During that period Prophet Adam AS had experienced great sorrow. His son, Qabil (Cain) had succumbed to Satan’s temptation and killed his brother Habil. Qabil left following this, moving far away with his family to live elsewhere.
Allah SWT* told Adam AS that he would have a son, and when the child was born, he was named Sheeth, or “Gift.” It is said that Sheeth resembled his father greatly. Adam AS taught Sheeth the times of the day and night along with their required acts of worship. After Adam’s AS death, Sheeth succeeded him, ruling in accordance with God’s law. He taught the worship of God alone, and warned of Satan’s promise to lead mankind astray, as had occurred with Adam AS, and Qabil.
After Sheeth’s death, he was succeeded by his son Anoush, who was then succeeded by his son, Qinan. Qinan’s son, Mahlabeel was his successor. After his death, Mahlabeel's son, Yard took over his responsibilities, and upon his death, passed them to his son, Khonokh. Most scholars agree he is also known as Prophet Idris (Enoch) (peace be upon him).
Prophet Sheeth AS is not actually mentioned in the Quran. He is mentioned in a hadith (narration) by the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).
Abu Darr narrated in Sahih al Bukhari that the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) said, "Allah SWT sent down 104 psalms (portions of scripture), of which 50 were sent to Sheeth AS." Prophet Seeth AS was therefore both a Prophet and a Messenger.
There is a difference between a Messenger (Rasul) and a Prophet (Nabi). All Messengers were Prophets, but not all Prophets were Messengers.
Messengers received revelation from Allah SWT, i.e, a new message, law, or changes in previous scripture sent down. Prophets didn’t receive new scripture, but were sent to convey a previous message. For instance Prophet Musa AS was sent the Torah and is a Messenger, as was Prophet Mohamed SAW who was sent the Quran.
Benevolence was invited to Mooroolbark College for Harmony Day last week, coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Our speaker, Zulfiye, addressed the school assembly of approximately 1000 students, sharing our grief of the tragedy in NZ, and highlighting that values such as compassion, acceptance and respect are more important than ever if we are to create the future we want to experience. The session was rounded off with an insightful Q&A with the students.
Thank you Mooroolbark College for seeking to deepen student's understanding of diversity and supporting social inclusion and connectedness. Contact us for more information about our schools program, or to book a session, at email@example.com.
Benevolence warmly opened its doors to the entire community on the occasion of the annual Victorian Mosque Open Day on Sunday, 17 March.
The program for the Benevolence Open Day was updated in light of the recent tragic incident in New Zealand to provide a space for the Muslim community to gather together in this time of grief, and offer an opportunity for the wider community to engage in conversation on anything of topical interest, including themes of faith and contemporary issues, to unite and strengthen our shared humanity.
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