Mr Hazim Arafeh, President of FIANZ, welcomed the dignitaries and the Symposium delegates. He said it was timely that this Symposium had been organised to brainstorm strategies for the future in order to draw on the considerable untapped potential of the minority Muslim community of New Zealand.
Associate Professor Asad Mohsin, President of WMA, also welcomed the delegates and expressed his gratitude to WMA officials and volunteers who had worked very hard to organise the Symposium.
The Symposium deliberated on issues and discussed viable solutions. These issues were directed by three, well-structured, keynote papers presented by scholars, which were then followed up by panel discussions with community leaders.The key speakers at the Symposium were:
Although it is not an easy task to address all the above points, the fact remains that in order to sustain Islamic values, and to raise the living standards, education levels and economic gains of our community, and to improve our social recognition by the wider community and the Government of New Zealand.
We cannot just wait for these things to happen; we have to make a start.
We firmly believe that if our intentions are genuine, Allah Azza Wa Jall will certainly help us.