The Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA), the first of its kind in Australia will Inshallah be opening its doors to the public early in 2014. Its mission is to “create a culture of awareness and understanding” by showcasing Islamic artworks and artefacts. Islamic art dating back to the 7th century will be displayed alongside contemporary pieces to inspire and educate the community about Islam’s rich artistic heritage with the aim to “foster community harmony and facilitate an understanding of the values and contributions of Muslims to Australian society.”
The IMA is a not-for-profit organisation that is dependent on contributions from the community. Donations large and small will go a long way in helping the museum sustain its operations. Contributions will not only assist in the collection and preservation of the art, but also the promotion of knowledge and ideas and the strengthening of relationships between various communities within the Muslim Ummah and between Muslims and wider society. Details on how to donate are available on the IMA website: http://www.islamicmuseum.org.au/support-us
All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
A group of Pakistani-Australians is organising a fundraising event to support the IMA. All proceeds from this event will be given to this commendable and worthwhile organisation. The theme for the event is how different Muslim communities connect with the Divine, spotlighting that there is an incredible amount of diversity within the Muslim community itself. Dinner guests can expect a lavish sub-continent inspired meal and an entertaining evening with performing artists from various cultural backgrounds. There will also be raffles and auctions to help raise more funds.
Event organiser and Honorary Investment Consul for Pakistan Ayesha Bux said, “The Islamic Museum is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the many cultures that constitute the Australian Ummah. Islamic art and architecture have been of great interest to art historians around the world. The IMA is a unique project giving Australian Muslims the opportunity to become a part of this rich and diverse history. By donating to the IMA, we’re actually contributing to the ongoing education of people for generations to come. It’s a form of Sadqa-e-Jaria, in that we’re contributing to the future of Australian Muslims and the wider community.”
Anyone keen to contribute items for auction or raffle prizes should contact Ayesha Bux at 0423 085 422.