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Muslim students awarded for their outstanding achievements

Human Appeal Australia hosted its 16th Annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards in March in all major cities of Australia.

The high-achieving students were awarded certificates of achievement and valuable gifts in front of community leaders, politicians and school principals and administrators in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney where an incredible 422 students achieving ATAR of 90 and above were recognised at award Year 12 students who achieved an ATAR of 90 or above in 2022 were invited to register for the awards from all over Australia and then to be recognised in events in their state.

On Sunday 5th of March, the ceremony in Sydney awarded the largest number of students with a total of two-hundred and thirty-five. The ceremony was opened with the heart-warming recitation of the Quran by Sheikh Khaled Zraykah and co-MC’d by Omar Al-Jamal and Raghda Assoum. Students were invited to join various respected members of the community, school principals, politicians and businesses to attend the ceremony which was held in The Highline Venue in Bankstown. The HSC students were honoured for their hard work, awarded certificates of recognition and were each gifted with a 9th-generation iPad.

Human Appeal Australia’s Director, Bashar Al-Jamal welcomed guests, expressing his delight at the achievements of an increasing number of Muslim HSC students every year, a video clip showcasing the achievements and the services rendered to the global community of HAA was displayed on the big screen, then various speeches were given by Jihad Dib, MP State Member for Lakemba; Leadership Umrah Tour Participant Omar Alzeidat and by student Imran Abdu from James Ruse Agricultural High School who achieved amazing ATAR of 99.85.

The beautiful night was also attended by Wendy Lindsay MP, Member for East Hills; Sophie Cotsis, MP Member for Canterbury; Clr. Bilal El-Hayek, Clr of Canterbury Bankstown City; His Excellency Dr Ali Kraishan, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Australia and His Excellency Mr Izzat Salah Abdulhadi, the Head of the General Delegation of Palestine in Australia.

Mr Al-Jamal talked about the devastating earthquakes that struck central Türkiye and Syria. He said she has been comforted seeing the dozens of young people who have volunteered each day to help victims of the earthquake.

 ‘I was just in Turkey and Syria just two weeks ago, visiting the people affected by the earthquake and delivering aid. What I saw was destruction beyond what you can imagine. Yet I saw something which eased my heart. I saw people, in particular the youth, working hand in hand with their elders to help one another. To help each other get through these tough times. That is what we expect from you my dear High Achievers. We want you to continue excelling in your respective careers however, you must give back. Be there for others in their time of need. You must give back to the community that you are a part of. That is where true excellence lies’ Mr Al-Jamal said.

Overall the night was filled with a warm atmosphere of celebration and joy.

Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards night in Adelaide was held on the 25 of February at Stamford Grand Hotel, honouring 14 High Achievers.

The event commenced by acknowledging traditional owners of the land followed by Quran recitation.

MC Yahya Ahmad welcomed Human Appeal’s State Manager Ali Kadir who acknowledged the high achievers and outlined the amazing work Human Appeal has been doing over the years, locally and overseas.

Hon Blair Boyer, the Minister of Education, spoke on the ethics of success. The audience was also addressed by Sheikh Mohammed ElSayed, Amer El-Hosni and Abdul Salam Hamid Juma Human Appeal Umrah leadership participants.

The night was also attended by Hon Laura Henderson MLC Opposition Whip, Shadow Assistant Minister to the Shadow Attorney-General; Hon Stephen Patterson MP and Hon Reggie Martin MLC and respected family members of high achievers. The Highest Achiever in Adelaide was Miss Adeena Zafar with an ATAR of 99.45. It was a celebration where leaders of the community and politicians celebrated the achievements of amazing Muslim students in year 12.

On Sunday, 26 February, the year 12 High Achievers Awards event had taken place at Duxton Hotel in Perth with 37 Muslim High achievers celebrating their achievement of scoring an ATAR of 90+.

Ms Huda Zaidi from Perth Modern School the highest achiever with an ATAR of 99.85%, gave an inspiring speech during the event about her journey, the challenges that Muslim students go through and their important role within the Australian community. She also addressed the importance of such events and how valuable they are to embracing the Muslim students

MC Amira Suraya Nunn welcomed guests, officials, community leaders as well as School Principles and sponsors.

Senator Fatima Payman gave a great engaging speech that was positively received by the attendees. She shared her journey, gave the students a list of advice based on experience and highlighted the important role of representing the Muslim community and giving back to Australia.

The night was also attended by the Hon Mayor of Gosnells Terresa Lynes; Councillor Sara Saberi, City of Canning, Beeloo Ward; Inspector Tara Wood, the Team Leader of the WA Community Liaison team from AFP and A/F Paul Stewart, DC (Ret), Lt. Col. (Ret) Ibrahim Latheef the strategic advisor of the WA Police; Rana Al-Baghdadi, Al-Ameen College Principal; Mohammed Nazar A. Khan, Principal of Kewdale Campus, Mrs Manal Jneid who represented the AFIC’s Women’s Wing in Australia; Dr Nasser al-Ziyadat from Nun Tutoring Centre; Mr Zubair Sayed, President of the Islamic Council of Western Australia; Balli Singh member of the Ministerial Multicultural Advisory Council of Western Australia and other community leaders.

Mr Abdullah Khan-Executive Principal and CEO of Australian Islamic College made a speech that resonated well with the audience and shed light on the efforts that parents and schools invest in future leaders and how Islamic Schools managed to gain a prestigious place amongst the top school in WA.

In Brisbane the event was held on Friday the 3rd of March, honouring 38 students and was attended by students along with their parents, members of the community, politicians and school principals.

The event was MC’d by Masrur Alam & Nishat Siddique with a heart-warming welcome from Bashar Al-Jamal, Director of Human Appeal Australia.

Several videos were shown including Video Message by The Hon. Cameron Dick MP State Treasurer of QLD, Minister for Trade & Investment. A very moving speech from Janeth Deen OAM who received the Order of Australia in June 2018 for outstanding work in the Multicultural community, as she spoke about the history of Australia and the progress that has been made to improve human relations and the contributions of the multicultural communities in Australia.

The audience also addressed speeches from Imam Akram Buksh, Branch Manager of Human Appeal Australia in Queensland, Br Farouk Adam – President of Muslim Business Council; Dr Abid Majid, Secretary of IMAQ; Mr James Martin MP Member for Stretton; Clr Jon Raven; Logan City Council; Br Fattihan Aslantas’ Umrah Tour Participant; Sheikh Alaa Elsayed, guest speaker from Canada; Saosan Hoque, a student with ATAR 99.99 and Mashrafee Mamun, a student with ATAR 99.90

On Saturday the 4th of March 2023, the 16th Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards for the state of Victoria was organised in Melbourne at Laila Reception Centre in Brunswick and was attended by students, members of the community, politicians, school principals and family members. The event acknowledged 97 students, awarded certificates of recognition and gifted them with iPads. The highest achiever was Alishba Saeed with an ATAR of 99.95.

The ceremony was opened with the amazing recitation of the Quran by Sheikh Abdulla Hawari Imam of the Virgin Mary Mosque. Human Appeal Australia’s Victorian Branch Manager Rabih Baytie welcomed guests followed by various speeches delivered by Dr Samantha Ratnam, MLC for Northern Metropolitan and the Leader of the Victorian Greens; Vivienne Nguyen, Chairperson of Victorian Multicultural Commission and Dr Mohammed Awad.

‘I hope students will continue to keep in their faith, language, culture, traditions and share those around and lift this state and nation another notch up on all fronts.’- said Vivienne Nguyen

Award recipients Maryam Al-Gburi and David Apak both delivered eloquent speeches about achievements and the importance of continuing education life-long.

In attendance were Prof Aladin Zayegh, MCCA; Prof Akhtar Kalam, Chairman of MCCA; Dr Mohammad Mohideen ICV Vice President and a commissioner at VMC and Sheikh Mohamed Nawas, the secretary of the Board of Imams.

Human Appeal Australia would like to congratulate all the Year 12 students of 2022 for their success and wish them all the best in the future. Well done and congratulations to all the high achievers for their incredible efforts.

This event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors, who have always believed in HAA’s mission and vision, by giving their utmost support to the annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards.

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