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- Reflection on verses from the Holy Qur'an
- Treasury Update and Update on Foundation Fund
- Review of Capital Projects Guidelines
- Update on Melbourne Project
- Update on emerging Social Vices in the Community
- Any Other Business
Intro and Reflections of Holy Qur'an
Shaykh Mohammed Ali Ismail gave an overview of the wide range of activities and projects that the Islamic Education team are involved in. These included:
- increasing spirituality, primarily through the digital services function. Some 40 videos have already been produced this year, many on contemporary topics.
- external tableegh: the team have visited a number of organisations in East Africa and have also visited Bosnia, Kosovo and Nepal.
- the opening of the Najaf office in Iraq.
- further developing the publishing function, looking at centralised publishing and a WF Press Publishing House.
Mr Shiraz Walji presented the findings from Africa Federation's Census. The census covered 44 jamaats and was conducted in four languages over an 18 month period. The results show an 18,000 headcount, almost equally split between male and female. 40% of the population are young.
Al Qamar Award
The Al Qamar Award was presented to Rafique Ali Habib, whose father, Late Mohammed Ali Habib founded the Habib Bank. Mr Rafique is Chairman of the Habib Family group which is renowned locally and internationally for social welfare, education and vocational training. The leading university in Karachi is none other than “Habib University”. This university is empowering the future and providing excellent education alongside scholarships to those eager to learn.
Shabbar Dhalla, Vice President of WF, and Naushad Mehrali , Head of Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE), discussed the ongoing progress of the Tarbiyah curriculum, the Teacher Training Programme (TTP), the Teaching Skills Programme (TSP), and the Neuropsychology of Learning Programme (NPL).
Treasury and Foundation Fund Update
Mohammadkazim Bhalloo, Hon Treasurer of The World Federation updated the delegates about The World Federation accounts and donations and shared information about the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software.
Muntazir Bhimji, Assistant Hon Treasurer, presented the foundation fund report, which summarised the progress made with the investments and the resulting income received in the year, along with the plans for the future.
Update on Melbourne Project
Hussein Hussein of Australia Federation shared the learning outcome and recommended best practices when undertaking capital projects such as that of building community centers including mosques, he particularly mentioned the importance of ensuring legal paperwork is made available and signed by both parties before commencing on any project.
Any Other Business
Hussain A Karim, Hon Secretary of Africa Federation, and Kazim Devijiani, Chairman Lilongwe Jamaat in Malawi, updated the audience about the opportunities available for starting a business in Malawi and the thriving jamaat in Malawi.
It's a wrap!
The ExCo ended with Dua-e-Wahdah, a positive note of continued support from each other.
Group photograph of councillors, delegates and office bearers
Appreciating volunteers who helped make the 3rd EXCo a huge success.
Appreciating Scouts for their selfless services that helped make the 3rd EXCo a huge success
December’s Khoja Studies conference certainly made clear that there is a rich history of Khoja heritage that often goes unnoticed.
At the Fifth Executive Council Meeting held on 2 March 2008 at Stanmore, an action point was for the Capital projects Team to provide a comprehensive package to be made available on The World Federation website.
Vice President Gulam Dinani said: "On behalf of the Office Bearers, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Gulamabbas Kassam and the Capital Projects team for ensuring the timely delivery of these guidelines".