Our popular How To Pray workshop focuses on ritual prayer (salat) and its place and purpose in the life of a Muslim. The spiritual, as well as physical aspects of prayer, are explored in detail. The workshop also covers the benefits one can obtain from the regular practice of ritual prayer.
Motivations to attend for non-practicing born Muslims were to reconnect with their faith; for recent converts to boost their knowledge; and to learn about Islam and its virtuous rituals for those in the process of converting.
Benevolence founder Saara Sabbagh was invited to Carey Baptist Grammar School to join a multi-faith panel for a question and answer session about life, God and faith.
Joining Sister Saara on the panel was a Buddhist monk and a Christian leader. Around a hundred Year 9 students lead the discussion with questions about the faiths, including:
• Why is your religion important to you?
• What do you believe are common misconceptions about your religion?
• How do you believe in something you haven’t seen?
• Do you like every aspect of your religion?
Interested in running a similar session for your school? Contact Dee to book your school for a similar session or to discuss the various school programs we can offer:
P: +61 3 99138262
Assalamu 'alaikum, We are very excited about Br Musab Penfound coming to Melbourne!
Born and raised in the UK, Br Musab is a young and emerging scholar who entered Islam in his youth and has continued the pursuit of Islamic knowledge both locally and abroad. This journey has seen him studying full-time under a variety of scholars, each with unbroken chains of scholarly transmission back to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Br Musab has received training through a classical syllabus based upon the formal Islamic sciences combined with the disciplines of inward purification. He travels regularly, and has taught and lectured in the UK, the Middle East, across Africa and South East Asia. Currently, Br Musab lives in Yemen where he is continuing his studies under the guidance of his teachers, and is involved in a convert specific initiative under the direction of Habib Umar, the ‘Way of Light’.
Check out our Events page to register. We look forward to your joining us in this authentic learning experience with Br. Musab Penfound!
We thank you so kindly,
for being part of our special night.
To celebrate our ten years,
with you has been an absolute delight.
We look forward to your support,
for the Benevolence vision we share.
An inclusive space for spiritual growth,
and nourishment is our prayer.
And all those behind the scenes,
who got us here.
We thank each and every one,
of you who volunteer.
Your support has been invaluable,
for building foundations to thrive.
In our quest to service the community,
we continue to strive!
Ladies, applications for our long awaited and very popular women's Spiritual Retreat is NOW OPEN!
The Benevolence spiritual retreats were organically developed out of what we found to be critical to the mental, physical and spiritual development of Muslim women. Focusing on personal development, nutrition and improving one's spiritual and mental wellbeing, these retreats provide the ideal opportunity for women to evaluate their spiritual journey in a comfortable and nurturing environment.
We invite you to join us as we explore habits, reconnect with Islamic rituals, and practice the art of sacred surrender. Apply now at our Events page!
BeneHouse is part of the Melbourne experience for the Australia-Indonesia Muslim exchange program, a prestigious international initiative 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 their neighbouring country.
Interested in this unique opportunity to experience Islam in Indonesia and its relevance to Australia today? Applications close Monday, 15 October. We look forward to hosting the Indonesian delegates once again in 2019!
We are in the new Islamic year of hijra, 1440! The first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram, is one of the four sacred months, and is known as the 'month of Allah'.
Join Benevolence founder Saara Sabbagh at an inaugural Australian Women's Day panel discussion exploring the intersection of our identities, and how they can impact and influence social and cultural change. Examine who we are as Australian woman - what unites and what divides us - and get a better understanding of what it will take to come together and work as a powerful and cohesive force in society - how we turn revolutionary desires and individual action into a collective endeavour.
For the past ten years, Benevolence has served the Muslim and broader community with firm and unwavering determination. Whether it’s creating an alternative space where Muslims from all walks of life feel welcomed and a sense of belonging, or uplifting and striving for a higher practice of spiritual refinement or indeed navigating the complexities that come with being a Muslim in Australia today – Benevolence has evolved over the years to continuously meet the challenges of our community. As we endeavour to maintain our growth; our core values of Khidma (service), Rahma (mercy) and Ihsan (excellence) remain at the essence of all that we do.
From its inception in 2008, Benevolence had a clear target audience; this included supporting 'reconnecting Muslims' and those who have newly embraced the faith. Benevolence also strove to create meaningful engagement with the wider community by focusing on three key areas:
Grounded in the principles of the Way of Muhammad (peace be upon him), we have created a community where spiritual refinement and character development are integral to who we are as Australian Muslims. Benevolence strives to nurture the spiritual development of our community through reviving the ancient wisdom of sacred knowledge, spiritual practices and personal disciplines that are ingrained in our tradition.
Shifting the public discourse
Benevolence not only works internally within the Muslim community to strengthen our faith and identity, but also works with the wider community challenging the current narrative on Islam and Muslims today. Our programs are far reaching into schools, service providers, faith communities, government departments, public and private sector and much more. Our trained facilitators offer both an understanding of Islam in Australia, as well as education on global politics, history of the Muslim world and the complexities of the current narrative on Islam and Muslims.
Benevolence’s contribution to the mosaic of the Muslim community is imperative to the highly politicised faith and identity landscape we find ourselves in as Australian Muslims.
Benevolence is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year! We invite you to join us on Sunday, September 16th for our Gala Fundraising Dinner. The night will pay respect to all those who have made an active contribution and participated in building the community. The night will also raise funds to support Benevolence over the next three years. Tickets can be purchased here, and 100% of ticket sales will go to supporting Benevolence programs. Should you not be able to attend the event, we ask you to consider contributing to supporting the growth of Benevolence by donating.
For the past ten years we have built our foundations. Now it’s time to build our future. Join us and be part of the vision!
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