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  • 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
  • Thursday, March 22, 2012 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of peace to all,

    The beginning of the year is always the busiest time in the community calendar. The Melbourne community is buzzing with various programs, initiatives and social justice events and fundraisers (see community events below).

    Benevolence is very excited to be launching a new series titled "A Conversation" at the next Benevolence Community Dinner - we hope you can join us for the launch of this initiative on Friday April 13th.

    Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Easter break.

    Peace and prayers,
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Thursday, March 01, 2012 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of peace,

    Maithri GoonetillekeBenevolence is very excited about the recommencement of our Monthly Community Dinners which will take place this Friday 9th of March. Our guest speaker will be Maithri Goonetilleke, who will be speaking to us about his work and passion. A senior lecturer in the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine, Dr Goonetilleke spent over a decade working in rural parts of Swaziland and Southern Africa where he founded the non-government organisation "Possible Dreams International" (PDI), which works in 32 rural communities addressing social and structural determinants of health and is managed on the ground by local Swazi people.

    This event is open to all the community; men and women, young and old, Muslim and people of other/no faith background - all welcome!

    Hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday, February 01, 2012 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings of peace,

    The year 2012 is already proving to be a big year for Benevolence! Our five core focus areas being Community, Convert Care, Education, Youth and Beneficial are working on strategies, programs, initiatives and innovative ideas to cater for our diverse and vibrant Muslim community in Melbourne.
    Your input and feedback is always appreciated - feel free to drop us an email anytime, we'd love to hear from you.
    Friday March 9th will mark our first Monthly Community Gathering for the year - hope to see you there!
    Peace and prayers
    Saara Sabbagh
  • Sunday, January 01, 2012 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Peace & Blessings to you and your family,

    Another year is upon us and we pray that it is filled with Divine Mercy and Love to all.

    Benevolence ended 2011 with a very successful fundraiser dinner where all the proceeds raised have gone towards purchasing Benevolence House.
    This year apart from our weekly programs and monthly events, we are very excited about introducing two new programs: Bene Kids will be launching 'Teen' - a class for young teenagers aged 12-16. Convert Care will also be introducing a fortnightly educational/social program for converts and Muslims reconnecting. Please take a look at our website for full information about all our events and initiatives
    We look forward to working with you in creating a positive and uplifting space in our community.
    Peace and prayers
    Saara Sabbagh

  • Monday, December 12, 2011 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    Pack a picnic rug and invite your family and friends to a night of storytelling under the stars with international guests Usama Canon, Micah Anderson, and Mustafa Davis on Christmas Eve!

    Join us for a special evening where stories from the Islamic tradition drift through the fading summer evening light. Interwoven within each line are thousands of meanings and lessons for those who see with other than sight. If a picture tells a thousand words, then a story gives a thousand teachings. Settle in for a night of light-hearted entertainment and deep reflections.

    FREE event, refreshments provided.

    Stories in the park

  • Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Nurudeen LemuA world renowned training program aimed at community leaders, da'wah workers and public speakers, this course covers both content and delivery on issues relevent to Muslims living the West.

    Run by internationally respected Islamic scholar, Sheikh Mohammad Nurudeen Lemu develops, facilitates and conducts train-the-trainers courses in enhancing interreligious dialogue and engagement, intrareligious cooperation, responding to religious extremism among Muslims and promoting Shari’ah Intelligence, or faith-based critical thinking, in over 20 countries.

    A unique opportunity for community workers to receive training by experts in the field! VERY LIMITED places, register now!

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:02 AM | Anonymous
    Mustafa DavisBenevolence is proud to host Photographer, Filmmaker & Creative Director Mustafa Davis in Melbourne for 3 days only!

    Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to learn creative skills from a world renowned artist, get into the mind of the Lyfe Guru himself and be inspired by his creative spirit!
    • Panel discussion with contemporary Muslim artists on 'Faith and Art'
    • Screening of 'Deen Tight'
    • Screening of 'Wayward Son'
    Photography and Film making workshops with Mustafa Davis

     Explore the world of visual storytelling with internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Mustafa Davis (Deen Tight, Wayward Son). In these interactive and dynamic workshops,  Mustafa will demonstrate the art of storytelling using images rather than words and share powerful tools for capturing images that speak 1000 words. Mustafa will also showcase his short documentary film "In The Hands Of God" to illustrate visual storytelling without relying on dialogue. 

    Whether you are a professional filmmaker or photographer, have a love for visual storytelling or are just interested in learning more about this art, don’t miss out on this valuable experience!

    • Photography Workshop
    • Visual Story Telling
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