Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak and may Allah Subhanahu-Wa-Ta’ala continue to bless you and yours.It was a cold Winter morning but the warmth of the Masjid reminded us why we had flocked together from the different suburbs of Sydney in our best attire. It was the joyous festival of Eid-ul-Fitr after 30 days of fasting. It was a time to give thanks to the Almighty Allah and express joy and happiness at the completion of a month-long spiritual exercise. Young children were running around in excitement and our respected elders were hugging and congratulating their loved ones. The aroma of the food visited our nostrils.
Brother Ameen Sahu-Khan stood up and started the Takbir which encouraged everybody to join in. Not long after, the Takbir echoed in the Masjid. After a little while, Eid-ul-Fitr prayer commenced. Brother Ameen Sahu-Khan gave the Khutba, reminding us of the significance of Ramadan and how important it is for us to continue with the trend of the Holy month in keeping up with our good deeds.
The Secretary of the Jamaat read out to the congregation Hazrat Ameer’s message. Brother Ameen then concluded the official part of the function with a supplication.
The young and old gave each other big hugs and wished everybody well. The morning finished with fellowship and good food, all thanks to the Merciful and Compassionate Allah.
Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-I-Islam Australia wishes all Muslims Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak
Firstly, I would like to this opportunity to congratulate the new board members of the Jamaat. May Allah the Greatest increase them with zeal and strong faith so they can continue propagating Islam. Since today was the AGM it only made sense to keep the tradition alive by presenting on instructions and guidelines of our Jamaat. My inspiration came from the book, “Instructions and Guidance of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat” by Maulana Muhammad Ali. Has anyone read the book? On the first page Maulana states that “For every Ahmadi to read from start to finish, and to note whatever applies to him and to put it into practice” Its only 27 pages and encourage you all to read it.
A while back I was having a discussion with my younger brother on the dinner table and he asked why is the Jamaat called Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-I-Islam and wouldn’t it be easier if we just called ourselves Muslims.
Ronald Jennings described the prevailing stereotype of Muslim women as property. He said they were owned by their fathers or guardians, sold at marriages and denied inheritance to which the Qur’an entitled them. It is important to note that though Jennings criticises the treatment of women, he also acknowledges that Islam does give rights to them referring to the Qur’an and this constructive view is also shared by a nineteenth-century sound able Muslim jurist, Amir Ali. Today, unfortunately we still witness the poor status of women in majority Muslim countries. Muhammad Ahsan made a compelling statement when he stated, women make up about half of the world’s population but they are behind in the development process compared to their male counterparts.
The local Islamic Society of South-West Sydney held their annual celebration of the life of the prophet Mohammed last Saturday.
As with all functions hosted by the Ahmadiya Anjuman Ishat I Islam (Lahore), the evening began with an acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land.
Guest Labor’s JihadDib, Opposition spokesman on education – and the first Muslim MP in NSW – delivered an impassioned speech about inclusion, cultural diversity and the power we all have to bring about change. “We’re all part of a bigger thing – humanity,” he said.
Australia is an inclusive country – it has embraced us all.
Jihad Dib, first Muslim MP in NSW
He stressed that crucial to every human interaction was respect for each other – respect for our similarities as citizens of this beautiful country and for our differences, and he noted the many ethnicities in Australia.