Islamic Ahl-Ul-Bayt Foundation of New Zealand
In answer to the need of a formal Shia Identity in New Zealand, The Islamic Ahlulbayt Foundation of New Zealand was formally established as a Registered Charitable Trust in 1993 with the initiative of five trustees and with the blessings of Ayatollah Golpaygani (a.r.) who acted as the Settlor of the Trust.
Following are the Main Aims and Objectives of the I.A.F.O.N.Z
• Promotion and Propagation of Islam through the teachings of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) and the Holy AhlulBayt (A.S).• Organising Religious gatherings to commemorate all Islamic events including Wiladats and Shahadats of the Masoomeen (A.S).
• Tableegh activities by providing Islamic education to the children, youth and the new converts to Islam.
• Helping other Islamic organisations to get a better understanding of the important status of the Islam and AhlulBayt (A.S).
• Engaging in poverty eradication and other charitable activities.
• Liaising with other International Organisations with similar objectives.
The present activities of the AhlulBayt Foundations are:
Regular Saturday Madrasah - where 50 students, attend. There are 10 volunteer teachers of Iraqi, Iranian, Indian and Pakistani origin .Children are taught Quran, Islamic Studies( Ahkam, Akhlaq and Tareekh) with the medium of instruction being English. Follow -up revision classes are held on Thursdays and Fridays • Dua-e-Kumail programmes on Thursdays and Salatul - Juma on Fridays.
• There are youth sessions on Friday evenings and adult Sunday discussions. Additionally the ladies meet every Friday an hour before Salatul - Juma.
• Commemoration of all Wiladats and Shahadats of the 14 Masoomeen by Majalis programmes. The Moharrum programme attracts about 300 people. The main lectures are in English with short time-slots given at the end of the main programme to different interested language groups including Arabic, Urdu, Persian etc.
• Radio Ahl-ul-Bayt programme during Sehr time in the holy month of Ramadhan from 3.30am to 5.00 am relayed through Community Access Radio (810MW).
From a humble beginning of attendance by a group of 8-10 families in the beginning a few years ago, there is today, regular participation from some 75-80 families in a short span and the number keeps growing.