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  • Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:47 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    We have entered the blessed month of Rajab in the Islamic lunar calendar. This month is celebrated in anticipation of the holy month of Ramadan. Rajab is known as the month of God. It is a month of forgiveness and repentance, where the seeker journeys within, with the intention of rectifying one’s state.

    To fully benefit from the fruits of Ramadan, the seeker must begin the process of clearing the blemishes of the heart in advance. That is why Rajab is traditionally known as the month of 'clearing' the soil, whilst Sha'ban is known as 'planting' and Ramadan as 'reaping the fruits.'
     
    Let us not allow this blessed month to go by without sincerely reflecting on our inner condition, seeking repentance and turning towards The Divine.

    "Oh God, bless Rajab and Sha'ban and allow us to witness Ramadan!" -Prophetic prayer
     
    Wishing you a blessed month,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Monday, April 01, 2013 12:50 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    Something doesn't feel right. Although I am surrounded by kindness, live in a peaceful neighbourhood, am healthy and part of a great community ... I wake up every morning feeling uneasy, as if there is a thorn stuck in my finger, a speck of dust in my eye, a nagging subtle pain that just won't go away. Then I read the news and am reminded as to why my silent throbbing, gnawing ache is ever present.
     
    The Prophet (peace be upon him) narrates "The community is like one body, when one part aches the rest of the body feels it."

    It's hard not to feel the pain of humanity when it is surrounding us on a daily basis so vividly. It's hard not to give up hope when all we see is the decay of human consciousness and the rise of ego manifesting through power, greed, violence, injustice and corruption.
     
    However the human spirit must have hope, for it is hope that keeps us alive. There is a positive discourse that is taking place, one of proactive change, of justice and equality, of love and compassion, which is translating itself into tangible outcomes. We must be part of the positive contribution to our world. There is no other option.
     
    Let us reflect on our personal contribution to humanity. Nothing is insignificant, for every action no matter how small, creates either a positive or negative ripple effect in our world. Remember that even a smile is a charity! :)
     
    Wishing you a blessed week.
     
    In peace,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Monday, March 25, 2013 4:27 PM | Anonymous

    Our community dinner on March 22nd was a very special night as we were honoured to have the Possible Dreams International (PDI) choir with us all the way from Swaziland! Singing songs of hope and of personal stories of those affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS in the rural regions of Swaziland, they gave voice to those in their communities without a voice.

    Possible Dreams International choir

  • Monday, March 25, 2013 12:52 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    One of the most important aspects of the Islamic tradition is cultivating gratitude. Much research has been conducted on the merits of gratitude, its effect on physical health, mental well being, prosperity, peace and success. Despite a person's circumstance, recognising one's countless blessings is a sure way to uplift the spirit and ease one's troubles.
     
    "Allah's generosity is connected to gratitude, and gratitude is linked to increase in His generosity. The generosity of Allah will not stop increasing unless the gratitude of the servant ceases." -Ali ibn Abu Talib (KW)
     
    So let's take the age old saying of 'count your blessings' literally and reap the benefits!
     
    Wishing you a blessed week.
     
    In peace,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Monday, February 25, 2013 12:54 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Peace and Blessings to all,

    The year has begun and so has our stress!
     
    It seems almost impossible to escape the ill effects of stress, if we are to be part of the modern world. We are surrounded by non-stop electronic communications, deadlines, family obligations, commitments and the many responsibilities of this fast paced treadmill of life.
     
    Research shows that there is a direct correlation between stress and our inability to make conscious food choices. This in turn creates more stress and disease in the body. When we are stressed, our bodies are not being nourished consciously, our relationship with the Creator withers and we lose focus of what is truly important.
     
    Often people do not associate their spiritual state with the quality of food they are consuming. To remind each other of this, Benevolence has introduced a 'Mindful Eating' component to the Monday night classes.
     
    For those unable to attend, we encourage you to look at our Beneficial Facebook page, to get some pointers at how to change our focus, de-stress and eat in a manner which will lead us closer to our Creator.
     
    Take the time to reflect on what you eat, how you eat and why ... and then think consciously of ways to improve it.
     
    Have a wonderful week and eat well!

    With peace,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Friday, February 01, 2013 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Want to get fit, but hijab gets in the way?

    Here’s your chance to try a variety of sports in a fun, friendly environment. From basketball to badminton, swimming to self-defense, we’ve got it covered!

    • Learn new sports skills from professional coaches
    • Be inspired by some of our very own female sporting heroes!
    • Get tips on how to integrate your clothing preferences with ease of movement
    • Meet new sports buddies
    PROGRAM DETAILS

    Sun 3 March - Event Launch & Soccer
    The program will 'kick off' with introductions and a peek at sports fashion. Then an indoor soccer clinic with professional Sydney league player, Assmaah Helal, followed by a friendly match to test your skills!

    Sun 10 March - Badminton & Basketball
    Former Olympic women's champion, Lenny Permana will take us through badminton basics. WNBL's Bulleen Boomers will run a basketball clinic. There will be a shooting competition with prizes so get your game on!

    Sun 17 March - Self Defence & Netball
    Taekwondo and kickboxing expert, Michelle Rohan will teach us how to stay street smart. There is also the chance to take part in a netball clinic run by a professional coach.

    Sun 24 March - Swimming (venue to be confirmed)

    Sun 7 April - Canoeing & Finale
    The final event will include canoeing on the Yarra River at Templestowe (Westerfolds Park), followed by a well-earned BBQ!

    Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment!

    Bene-FIT sports program

  • Friday, February 01, 2013 12:56 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace to all,

    A new year and a new beginning with high aspirations and intentions in creating a more peaceful and conscious planet for ourselves and the generations to come. A global consciousness is slowly taking place,  whether it be social justice issues, human rights, animal welfare, environmental concern, food choices and its effect on the planet, consumerism and much much more. An awakening of the soul is manifesting itself in these imbalances and injustices that humanity can no longer remain silent about. The time has come for the pendulum to swing the other way.

    Let us be part of the global conscious change in whatever we can, nothing is too small and every choice we make leaves an imprint on both our personal lives and the world at large.

    Let this year be the year we begin the journey towards conscious living... setting aside our ego and embracing our authentic compassionate and loving selves.

    With peace,
    Saara Sabbagh

  • Saturday, December 01, 2012 4:50 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    As the year comes to an end and Benevolence activities wind down, I find myself reflecting on how Benevolence even came to be. I had never intended to establish an organisation... there are plenty of them in Melbourne that are doing a great job. In fact Benevolence doesn't see itself as an organisation, but rather a community. With our motto of "Seeking The Creator through conscious living" we aim to create a safe space where individuals can feel a sense of belonging, of acceptance no matter where they are upon their faith journey. To create programs that nurture the mind, body and spirit, to appreciate our rich Islamic heritage and most importantly to make this knowledge relevant and applicable to our daily lives.

    This year Benevolence took part in new initiatives such as the "Mind Body Spirit" Expo which saw just over 18,000 people attend. We introduced a new series of  Convert Care support programs, and the highlight of the year would have to be the Benevolence Eid Prayer & community celebration - one to look out for in 2013!

    On behalf of all my amazing team and dedicated volunteers, I would like to thank you, our community for all your support, words of encouragement and for creating a beautiful and nurturing community that allows individuals to nurture their faith and spirit.

    I invite you all to our final Benevolence Community Gathering on Friday, December 14th for a celebration of 2012 and a look forward to the year ahead.

    Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

    In peace,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 4:49 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Peace and blessings,

    As we enter the new Islamic year we are reminded of the significance of this time in history when the Islamic calendar was first introduced. A time of migration to a new land, a new community and a place of safety -  essentially it was a time where Muslims could learn and practice their faith in peace, without fear, without prejudice. It was through this opportunity of living in a peaceful land that the teachings of Islam were able to flourish and the beauty of the Prophetic message deeply enshrined itself within the community. It is through the stillness and tranquility of a peaceful space that we are able to reflect upon our greater purpose and thus become vessels and contributors of peace in our own community.

    I pray that the new year brings with it peace and blessings to all, especially the oppressed who are not being heard, the weak and vulnerable, the neglected, the poor and needy. I pray we become beacons of light that carry the message of peace to all those we touch.

    Happy New Year!
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Monday, October 29, 2012 4:48 PM | Anonymous
    decslice

    Greetings of peace,

    Happy Eid to all! I pray that you have had a joyous and festive Eid with family and friends. Thank you to all those that attended our first Eid prayer and community celebration, we were overwhelmed with the positive response. Thank you to all the volunteers that worked tirelessly to ensure that the day was enjoyed by all. It looks like this will become an annual event.

    The monthly Benevolence Community Dinner will take place this coming Friday 2nd of November. It will have a special youth focus, so I encourage you all to attend and be part of the discussion. Hope to see you there.

    Peace,
    Saara Sabbagh

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