Muslims & Services Expo & Forum (MSEF'2011) was
held on Saturday 9 April 2011 at the Riverside Receptions in
A number of governmental,
non-governmental and Muslim service
organizations was present on the day.
Mr. Graham Perrett MP
officially opened the mini-Expo and several
speakers representing their agencies and
organizations gave the audience a synopsis of
the services they provided to the community.
A lively panel discussion
with panelists comprising Ms Muna Ibrahim (Islamic
Women’s Association of Queensland), Ms Safia
Casoojee (ACCES Services), Mr Mohammed
Yusuf (Islamic Council of Queensland), Ms
Faiza El-Higzi (Romero Centre), and Mr
Saleem Cajee (Department of Human Services)
was facilitated by Dr Mohamad Abdalla
(Griffith Islamic Research Unit).
MSEF was the brainchild and an
initiative of Crescents of Brisbane and,
according to its president, Dr Mustafa Ally,
the event was aimed at "creating greater
awareness of the kinds of support that are
available to the Muslim community from a diverse
range of sources while at the same time
identifying some of the challenges the Muslim
community faces in accessing this support."
"It was also an opportunity for
creating new networking opportunities in a
friendly and relaxed atmosphere," he told CCN.
The lucky draw prize of an iPad2
went to Mr Orhan Camkara, a teacher at
the Islamic College of Brisbane.
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You can watch highlights of
the Expo on Islam TV
Sadly we missed the main part of the Expo .....
the Lunch. On a more serious note, we wish to say, well
done to the organisers for a very well organised, well
presented and informative expo.
To Fawzia Batty (MSEF Projector Coordinator and
member of the Crescents of Brisbane organizing
Team), 11 out of 10. We found the expo a positive adjunct to our
We make dua that Allah rewards you all
abundantly for your efforts.
Thank you for a great event! It was a fantastic
opportunity for everyone to network and learn
what services are available. I thought it was
very professionally done.
Congrats on the event. Really enjoyed it.
you for arranging a wonderful event and for
allowing us to share our services. Please convey
my warmest appreciation to the rest of your
team. Insha Allah we can join you again in your
.....thank you for the great expo
a quick email to thank you for allowing us to
have an information stall at the Muslim Festival
on Saturday 9 April. You did a great job at
organising the event. It went very well and
lunch was delicious! We made a number of
contacts which we will be following up with in
the next few weeks. We would love to continue to
be involved with the Muslim communities in
Brisbane, so please keep us informed of any
future meetings, groups and events etc. Perhaps
we could organise a time to meet to discuss
future collaborative opportunities.
you for a fantastic opportunity to network and
meet other service providers working for the
was such a smooth organisation and fantastic
networking between Muslims and Non Muslims.
There was a wealth of information available
under one roof.
....... a wonderful opportunity to network as
well as showcase.
Congratulations to the Crescents Team for taking
the initiative to stage the expo between Muslim
organisations and government departments.
was a great opportunity for Muslim organisations
to find out what services government departments
offer in services and support and it was also a
great opportunity for the government departments
to understand the role Muslim organisations play
in society. With this information from both
sources, they can work together for the benefit
of the community as a whole.
information session with guest speakers was very
informative and there was also time to take
questions from the audience. The topics touched
on by the government departments were relevant
to the Muslim community. Also the Muslim
speakers were able to alert the government
representatives of newly formed organisations,
e.g. the new Muslim Burial Services, Muslim
venue was ideal, with the river in view of the
stands, plenty of room to move around and the
interaction of all involved was great.
may need a bigger area for stands once the
success of the event is known to the wider
community and more people become aware of the
importance of such an expo.