The completion of Stage 1 (Mosque), all activities previously held at community centers is now held at the Swan Valley Mosque. A description of these activities is as follows:
The weekly Jumu’a is held at the Swan Valley Mosque and is visited by hundreds of worshipers. The khutba is held by Imam Mirsel in both English and Bosnian. The Jumu’a service has been welcomed as an additional location for brothers to attend Jumu’a particularly due to it being convenient for those that live and work in the local areas.
The weekly Mekteb classes for children. The classes are run by Imam Mirsel and there are currently 60 children enrolled. The children follow a structured curriculum where they study the basic tenets of Islam with the aim of increasing their knowledge and understanding of their faith. Classes are held predominantly in Bosnian and English. In addition to providing excellent foundational Islamic knowledge, children are exposed to their native language and traditions. Children who have completed the chapters of the textbook in Islamic Studies, begin learning how to read the Quran and memorisation of various surahs.
3. TAJWEED CLASSES
The weekly Tajweed classes are held at the mosque after Isha prayers. The classes are mainly divided into two groups. One group is aimed towards those who have no knowledge of reading the Quran. The second group is geared more towards those who might know basic reading but want to learn the correct method of recitation. The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.”
4. FIVE DAILY PRAYERS
The Swan Valley Mosque is open for the five daily prayers. There are a large number of Muslims who attend different areas in Perth. Prayers are lead by Imam Mirsel Kozica.
5. REGULAR SOCIAL GATHERINGS—PICNICS
The Bosnian Islamic Society of Perth organises regular social gatherings, whereby the community can gather and enjoy one another’s company through various activities . We have organised a number of picnics in various parks around Perth where Muslim families come to enjoy the outdoors and the children are able to play. Dhuhr prayer is conducted in Jama’a in the park and everyone is left in high spirits once the day is over.
We have also organised excursions for the children from Mekteb, our most recent one was visiting the Perth Aquarium as a group which the children enjoyed immensely.
6. EID UL FITR AND EID UL ADHA
The Bosnian Islamic Society organises two major events for the two Eids with the aim of providing Halal entertainment options for our community as well as being an opportunity to fundraise for our future Mosque and Islamic Centre. Approximately three hundred people are present during each of these events. The night consists of a rich programme in traditional Islamic songs and a presentation from the kids of mekteb as well as dinner. We also organise special gifts which are presented by ‘Eid Grandpa’ to all the children who attend . This allows the children to feel the Eid spirit and enjoy the Islamic holidays.
7. ISLAMIC CHOIR
The Bosnian Islamic Society has established an Islamic Choir which performs at a number of events to represent the Society and its activities. The Choir has always been well received by the audiences of every event. With their voices, they glorify the names of Allah and our Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam).
8. OUR BOSNIAN ISLAMIC INFORMATIVE RADIO
The Bosnian Islamic Society broadcasts weekly on Mondays from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. The programme consists of recitation of a portion of the Holy Quran with a translation in Bosnian and Tafsir provided by Imam Mirsel Kozica. The radio program serves as a good opportunity for us to inform the community of any upcoming events and new information in relation to the Mosque development progress. Imam Mirsel also provides a summary of the Khubta from the prior weeks’ jumu’a for the benefit of people who didn’t attend as well as the sisters. We have a large number of people listening to the program at home and at work since people are able to listen to the radio program online as well.
9. PRESENTATION OF ISLAMIC FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES
The Bosnian Islamic Society has invited the community to view a number of Islamic films and documentaries which people have found to be both beneficial and entertaining. Brothers and sisters are given the opportunity to discuss the material presented and ask any questions which Imam Mirsel would answer or clarify. We have also organised a film for the children from Mekteb which was based on the life of Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa salam). The children were able to see all the things they have learnt so far about the Prophet’s life during class in a different medium.
10. SPORT ACTIVITIES FOR BROTHERS AND GATHERINGS FOR SISTERS
The Bosnian Islamic Society has organised a number of sport activities for brothers to gather and socialise. Likewise, we have organised gathering for sisters to gather and discuss topics that they can relate to. Both activities are well received by the community as an opportunity to gather and increase the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood.