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  • Saturday, February 01, 2014 12:11 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    Another year is already racing before us and the lack of progress and accomplishment we find in our days, months and years keeps us in a helpless state - almost imprisoned to this modern day phenomena, the treadmill of life. This image gives the illusion that we are indeed making progress, yet are we not simply moving in the one position; that, despite our efforts, are we really going anywhere?

    Unless we set goals and objectives not only for the year ahead, but for our lives, we will fill each moment and essentially our life with non-beneficial, low priority 'things' that simply occupy our time. Do we really want to continue living a life filled with fun, games and frivolity? Do we want to make decisions based on our lower selves, placing the individual at the centre of the universe? Are we content to remain silent to the pain, suffering and injustices that are taking place in our name, in our homes, in our land, and the world at large?

    Change begins with intention - so let us set high intentions! Positive change doesn't require wealth, followers or an impressive CV. It begins with a pure and sincere heart that has the ability to empathise with ones fellow human beings. So let this year be the year of internal change, of sincerity in action and love for humanity. Let this year be the year we step off the treadmill and consciously and sincerely work towards that which benefits not only ourselves, but others.

    "The best of people are those beneficial to humanity." -Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings be upon him)

    Peace & Prayers
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Sunday, December 01, 2013 8:13 PM | Anonymous
    Benevolence founder Saara Sabbagh received the Australian Muslim Achievement Award (AMAA)'s Role Model of the Year 2013 at the 8th annual AMAA awards!

    The AMAA aims to raise the profile of Australian Muslim individuals and organisations, promote their achievements and prominence in the Australian society and encourage Australian Muslims to participate and excel in areas within the Australian society.

    Australian Muslim Achievement Award - Saara Sabbagh, Role Model of the Year

    Congratulations!

  • Sunday, December 01, 2013 12:15 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    As the year comes to an end, so do all of our programs and events for 2013. It has been a very busy and exciting year for Benevolence: a time of growth, new initiatives and, of course, a new home.
     
    The year ahead promises to bring you even more. The Benevolence committee is already preparing some wonderful initiatives you can look forward to, including international guest speakers, a women's conference, a marriage course, Hadith study group, youth events, weekend spiritual retreats and much more.
     
    On behalf of the entire team at Benevolence, I wish to thank you, the Benevolence community, for all your support and encouragement throughout this year - we cannot do this without you.

    We wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer break and look forward to your participation and support in 2014.

    With peace,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Friday, November 01, 2013 12:20 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    The new Islamic year is upon us. During this time we are reminded of the importance of how and when the Hijri calendar came to be. Its significance is that it began with the Prophet's (peace be upon him) migration to a new city; a place of safety and security for his community, free of religious persecution, racism and injustice.

    The migration also symbolises a new beginning, new intentions and a turning away from an ignorant and primitive lifestyle to one of consciousness and Divine Light. It's often difficult to recognise, let alone shun the negative traits of our ego, some of which may have embedded themselves as part of our character.

    But let us take this significant time to reflect on our personal migration from our lower self to our higher potential, from ignorance to light, from ego to spirit. It is then from this conscious reflection that we too can journey towards transcendent change.

    Happy New Year!

    With peace,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:28 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    As we enter the holy month of Dhul-Hijjah and wish those who depart on their journey to Hajj a safe and blessed journey, let us also reflect on the condition of our hearts and the sacrifices we make to our Creator. Like Abraham’s willingness to accept his Creator’s decree, do we also have the strength and faith to do so? May God forgive us our weaknesses and place in our hearts fortitude, love and the desire to do good and better our inner states.

    Benevolence will be celebrating Eid-ul-Adha on Tuesday, 15th October 2013, in accordance with the decision by the Board of Imams Victoria.

    Share this blessed and festive day with us at the Eid Prayer at 10am at Benevolence House, followed by a delicious brunch and activities for the whole family. We encourage you to bring along a plate of food (preferably health conscious food) to share, so all can take part in gaining the reward of serving others on this holy day. Those also interested in volunteering your time for this event, we ask that you complete our volunteer registration form.

    On behalf of the Benevolence team, we wish you all a joyous Eid filled with celebration, happiness and peace.

    Happy Eid everyone!

    With peace,
    Benevolence Team
  • Tuesday, October 01, 2013 12:26 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    Benevolence House has been buzzing with activity since its opening and there is so much more planned before the year ends. From Fiqh, Ethics and Spirituality classes to Essential Oils workshops and Body Strengthening fusion classes - we at Benevolence take a holistic approach to living with faith in the modern world. Our programs are varied and universal, with the intention of meeting the needs of our diverse community.
     
    In providing for your needs, we also require your support. To facilitate both, we have established a Benevolence Annual Membership. By becoming a member of Benevolence, not only will you receive benefits such as discounts on upcoming courses and borrowing privileges on our soon to be established Islamic Library, but importantly you will help us ensure Benevolence House is open to all who long for an inclusive space to seek the path of consciousness.
     
    Essentially, we hope for our members to view our annual membership fee as a donation which will ultimately benefit not just the individual but the community at large. To show your support, please become a member.
     
    We look forward to seeing you next at Benevolence House!
     
    With peace,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:31 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    By the grace of God, a dream and a vision I have had for many years came to fruition on the 1st of September 2013. Inspired through my education with amazing female teachers in Syria, I have always dreamed of creating a space where Muslims and people of other/no faith backgrounds are welcomed. A place of education and spiritual growth, of support and friendships, of hospitality, warmth and love. A place that embodies the Prophetic message of mercy to all. Only by the generosity of God, and the dedication of my team, has Benevolence House become a reality.

    I thank you, the Benevolence community for all your support along the way and invite you to drop by and enjoy the open space and tranquil surroundings of what we fondly have come to call "Bene House".

    Hope to share a cup of coffee with you soon.

    In peace,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Sunday, September 01, 2013 12:34 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Dear Friends,

    Peace and blessings upon you all.
     
    Since its inception, the very first goal Benevolence set, as a community organisation, was to establish our own space. We shared this aspiration on our website, stating:
    Our goal is to establish Benevolence House... where the seeker of knowledge can find their inspiration, where the sad can be comforted and where every individual is respected... a place that welcomes all.
     
    It is with overwhelming gratitude that we have been blessed to reach our first milestone. Although it is a modest space, we are humbled and honoured to be opening Benevolence House this Sunday 1st of September.
     
    Benevolence aims to utilise this space in serving the community through its five key areas: Education, Community, Health & Wellbeing, Youth and Convert Care. Within this House, we aim to run our counselling services, conduct all our programs & education classes, and use it as a drop-in centre for converts, youth and those simply seeking a place that is warm and welcoming. We also aim to open a cafe, an Islamic resource library and run seminars on current challenging issues facing our community, such as mental illness, depression and youth suicide.
     
    It has not been an easy process finding a space, setting it up and now making sure that the rent and bills can be paid. Furnishing and starting up Benevolence House is costing us just over $20,000. To allow our vision to come into full fruition we are calling on you, our community and supporters, to assist us in moving forward. Help us raise that money so that we can begin this new chapter with ease.
     
    Donations can be made directly into our account or personally given at our Opening this Sunday. Any contribution, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.
     
    We thank you once again for all your support and we look forward to continuing to serve you in the years to come, God willing. See you on Sunday!
     
    Peace and prayers
    Benevolence Team
  • Saturday, August 31, 2013 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    Sneak peak of of Brother Shakeel installing Arabic calligraphy on the BeneHouse feature wall of the ayah from surah al-Anbiyah, "And We have not sent you but as a Mercy for the worlds," which inspires Benevolence's approach to community service, with an emphasis on embodying respect, love and mercy to all.

    BeneHouse feature wall calligraphy

  • Thursday, August 01, 2013 12:40 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    As we farewell the blessed month of Ramadan, I pray that we have all honoured it and taken full advantage of its blessings. May God accept all our prayers, fasting, charity and good deeds, and may Ramadan inspire us to continue on with noble character even after it sadly departs.

    The official position of Benevolence is to follow moon sighting in determining the date of Eid. As the moon has not been sighted in Australia, Benevolence will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday 9th August 2013. We invite you to share with us the festive spirit by joining us in the Eid Prayer at 10am at Box Hill Town Hall, followed by a fun filled morning for the entire family!

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

    Happy Eid everyone!
    Saara Sabbagh

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