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.
JazakAllah khair for your assistance,
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
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!
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 www.BenevolenceAustralia.org.
We look forward to working with you in creating a positive and uplifting space in our community.
Peace and prayers
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.
A 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.
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