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  • Saturday, September 15, 2012 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of peace,

    In these turbulent times it is appropriate that we are reminded of the following words:
    "The servants of God Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say 'Peace!'" -Quran.
    I pray that we truly understand and thus embody the message that the Prophet (peace be upon him) came with... a message of peace, of love and mercy to all.
    Peace and prayers
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of Peace,

    As Ramadan comes to an end, we pray that God has accepted our fasting, charity and acts of kindness. We also pray that this blessed month has given us an opportunity to reflect upon our faith journey, to create new habits and improve our relationship with one another and ultimately with God.

    On behalf of Benevolence I wish you all a joyous Eid filled with celebration, happiness and love.

    Peace & Prayers
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:33 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of peace upon you all in this blessed month of Ramadan,

    As we settle into a routine of fasting, prayers and community iftars, let us remember the many people around the world that are deprived of a meal, to live in peace and the opportunity to worship without fear. Let us remember the abundance of blessings we find ourselves in and show gratitude to The Giver and Provider of all things.
    Benevolence would like to invite you to our annual community iftar held this Sunday 29th of July. This event is open to all the community, Muslims and people of other faith backgrounds, men and women, young and old! Please bring a meal to share and join the community spirit.
    Benevolence will also be launching a new Quran program for women especially for the month of Ramadan.
    Finally if you're unsure where to give your zakat this year and you would like to support a local organisation, please consider supporting our Zakat for Converts program.
    Wishing you a blessed Ramadan,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Sunday, July 01, 2012 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of peace,

    On behalf of Benevolence, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed month of Ramadan filled with peace, forgiveness and Divine Love.
    May your fasting, prayers and good intentions be accepted. May our hearts be softened and united, may we embody gentleness and mercy towards one another.
    A special prayer goes out to all the oppressed around the world, to those in need and whose hearts are broken.

    Peace and blessings,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Friday, June 15, 2012 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of peace,

    Benevolence has a very strong Convert Care program which caters not only for new Muslims but also reconnecting Muslims. We believe this service is of vital importance so that converts are not left to navigate through religious doctrine on their own and are supported throughout their faith journey. We are pleased to be announcing the upcoming Convert Care workshops - "Preparing for Ramadan" and "How to perform salat (ritual prayer)".

    If you wish to find out more about Convert Care drop us an email at

    Peace and blessings
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Monday, June 11, 2012 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    "Your stall will be remembered long after the exhibition is over" - comment by a visitor to the Benevolence stall at the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival, at which Benevolence held a stall this year.

    The expo provides a platform for visitors to learn, grow and discover themselves with the best in health, wellness and spiritual guidance. The Melbourne Festival is held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, with over 200 exhibitors and 18,000 visitors.

    Bene at Mind, Body, Spirit festival

  • Friday, June 01, 2012 4:29 PM | Anonymous

    Greeting of peace,

    We have entered the blessed month of Rajab, a month of reflection and repentance. The beauty of repentance is not that it shows up our inadequacies but rather highlights the infinite mercy and forgiveness of The Divine. Too often we are overwhelmed with our own condition but in reality we should feel hopeful in The One who does not look at our actions or our appearance but rather our hearts and our intentions.

    Wishing you all a blessed Rajab, may it bring with it peace to all those suffering around the world.

    Saara Sabbagh
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:27 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of peace,

    Like all community organisations Benevolence is run on dedicated volunteers that are passionate about creating a positive change in their community by offering their time, expertise and and resources to a worthy cause. Volunteering or being in service to others is what creates great communities.

    Service is at the heart of the Islamic tradition where one puts their personal needs secondary to the needs of others. Through doing so one cultivates attributes of generosity, compassion, empathy and selflessness.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers that make Benevolence the dynamic community organisation that it is - without you Benevolence would still be an idea.

    Peace and blessings,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Tuesday, May 01, 2012 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    Assalaamu alaykum,

    Benevolence Australia is developing a sports program for Muslim women. This is being part-funded by the Australian Government to boost the number of Muslim women taking part in sports and fitness.

    Come and Try aims to provide a fun, sensitive environment where Muslim women can try new physical activities without fear of scrutiny. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends, and learn how to integrate their clothing preferences with safety considerations and ease of movement.

    The program will allow women try a range of different sports at weekly sessions, and will commence in late 2012. At the moment, we are collecting information to help us develop the program to work out what sports will be offered. We need YOUR help to tell us how the program can meet your needs! Please fill out this online survey - it should only take 5 minutes.

    JazakAllah khair for your assistance,
    Benevolence Australia

  • Sunday, April 01, 2012 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of peace,

    My Dress, My Image, My Choice is a women's only event that uses fashion, food and conversation to create dialogue, break down barriers, and facilitate positive engagement between Muslim women and women of other faith backgrounds.

    Saara Sabbagh created the project in 2001, in response to a growing distrust of Muslims and Islam that was particularly targeted at Muslim women in the streets due to world political events.

    The parades are accompanied by contemporary Islamic songs and music, and an integral part of each event involved a halal meal where women could talk informally together. These meals were found to be just as important in breaking down barriers between women as the formal speeches and parade of clothes, providing a personal environment where women could ask questions freely and meet each other when otherwise they might not have had the opportunity to meet in the wider community.

    We had little expectations for the first show, and were pleased if 50 women turned up to this new cross-cultural initiative. We were pleasantly surprised by the hundred women that lined up at the door! The next show saw 200 women line up, and the success and interest in the program only increased with time.

    Reasons people gave for whether attending the events had changed their understanding of Islam indicated a range of beliefs about Muslim women and their clothes, and particularly the headscarf. A number of non-Muslim women believed that Muslim women are oppressed, forced to dress the way they do, and that they are not friendly towards non-Muslim women.

    In most cases, the event changed the views of women who held those beliefs, and the understanding of Muslim dress as an expression of faith rather than a form of female oppression was highlighted as an important learning from the events.

    The program has received overwhelming success both within Melbourne and across country Victoria, and has successfully toured Australia for the past 10 years.

    As the community has evolved and now has a good understanding now of Islamic dress and Muslim women's choices, it is time to move onto deeper discussions that effect us all - such justice, ethics and spiritual growth.

    The curtain will be closed on the show for the very last time on Friday May 4th. Join us in celebrating the 10 year finale of a very special community initiative.

    Peace & Prayers,
    The Benevolence team

    My Dress, My Image, My Choice


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Doncaster East
Victoria 3108



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