The 2009 Sirah Tour Reflection (Sydney)
Amid the confusing and turbulent preceding months which have faced the Australian Muslim community, the FAMSY 2009 SIRAH TOUR – Sydney brought a beacon of light and hope. Drawing upon the phenomenal and inspirational legacy of the noble Prophet Muhammad PBUH, the tour brought together some of the best and most inspiring local and international speakers. Sh Abdelrahman Helbawi and Sh Hasan Al-Banna, graciously arrived from the UK, and they were joined by a fabulous line up of local talent including, Sh Haisam Farache, Sh Tawfique Chowdhury, Dr Zachariah Matthews and Br Ahmad Elshrif.
Public Lecture; Bankstown Town Hall, Saturday 25.07.09
The Sirah Tour endeavoured to facilitate for the application of the Prophetic vision and method within contemporary lives. Thus the topics drew upon the various Prophetic roles and interactions with youth, women, companions, society and world leaders. All the speakers eloquently provided practical advice and solutions for revitalising the fading Sunnah back into our lives.
We must appreciate however, that this vision is perceived and interpreted in different ways by different Muslims (just as the companions did at the time of the Prophet PBUH), so as long we all work for the sake of Allah SWT through different methods, we are all working towards the one aim. As Sh Tawfique luminously put it, ‘our purpose in life is to earn the pleasure of Allah SWT by striving with excellence to achieve the vision of the last Messenger’
From Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th July a variety of events were conducted across Sydney to complete The 2009 Sirah Tour. The highlight of the five day Sydney leg was the Saturday Night Public Lecture at Bankstown Town Hall which attracted a capacity audience of over 300 individuals.
The speakers invited the audience to actively change their lives by perceiving the trials facing them, as tests from Allah SWT. Thus, following the legacy of the Noble Prophet PBUH and striving to become the beacons of light on earth, a poet once said, ‘People without a purpose and a vision, are lead by the qadr (destiny) of Allah SWT. The people of purpose and vision are the qadr (destiny) of Allah SWT on earth!’
"So you think you're a Da'ee?" Workshop, Emporium Bankstown, Thursday 24.07.09
The Sirah Tour was a tempestuous journey which inspired and provoked hope, optimism, confidence, change and a greater awareness of Allah SWT the Most-Majestic. We were constantly reminded to be inviters and not indicters to the way of God. We must find sufficiency in Allah SWT only, always try our best, constantly renew our intentions and leave the rest up to Allah SWT. Thus, although our visions and goals will direct our eyes towards the stars, and the longing for the Promise of Allah SWT, the feet must be steadily and firmly kept on earth, working to achieve what the eyes behold!
On behalf of FAMSY I would like to thank all attendees, supporters and sponsors (Human Appeal, MCCA, Bukharihouse, Salam Store, A.I.M, & Islambox) for making this one of the most successful FAMSY events in recent years.
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