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EOL is pleased to announce a special lecture by internationally renown guest speaker, Sheikh Hassan Khalil. Sheikh Khalil will be joining us from the USA and will deliver an inspiring lecture on Youth - the spark of Islam. The event will be held on Thursday 7nd July 2011, at EOL Centre. The event will start at 6pm sharp. Both brothers and sisters are welcome.

More information can be found here.

More information on our ongoing weekly events can be found here.

 

 

EOL is pleased to announce a special weekly series by Sh Jamil El-Biza focussing on Tawheed. Lectures are held every Tuesday night at the EOL Centre and are explained in both Arabic and English. More information can be found here.

 

EOL is pleased to announce a special weekly series by Dr Maan focussing on Fiqh of the Quran and Sunnah. Lectures commence on 27th April 2011 at EOL Centre and will be conducted in Arabic. More information can be found here.

 

 

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EOL is pleased to host a special lecture by internationally renown guest speaker, Sheikh Hussein Yee. Sheikh Yee reverted from Buddhism to Islam at the age of 18, has a Chinese background and joins us from Malaysia. He is featured prominently on PEACE TV and can speak Arabic, English, Chinese and Malay. The event was held on Saturday 25th June 2011, at EOL Centre. The event concluded with a free BBQ and a great time was had by all that attended.

EOL was pleased to announce a special lecture on the Virtues and Responsibilities of Marriage on Saturday 4th June. The night was delivered by our beloved Sheikh Bilal Dannoun and was loved by all who attended.

EOL was pleased to announce a special youth night consisting of a Q&A open panel session and a BBQ, held on Saturday 7th May at EOL Centre. The night was delivered by a panel of some of our most loved sheikhs and brothers, including Sheikh Jamil, Sheikh Arshad, Muhammad Khodr, Omar Najjarine and Muhammad El-Bizry.

 

EOL was pleased to announce a special 10-week series by Sh Jamil El-Biza focussing on the 10 Sahaba that were guaranteed Jannah. This was a not-to-be-missed series covering the biographies and personal attributes of these 10 great examples to humanity. The audio files of this series can be downloaded here.

EOL was pleased to host an inspirational lecture on Saturday 2nd April by international guest speaker, Sh Saeed Qahtani. The lecture was followed by a BBQ dinner and a great time was had by all that attended.

 

EOL was pleased to host a special inspirational lecture on Saturday 5th March by world-renowned guest speaker, Br Belal Assad. This was a heart-touching lecture about the purpose of life, and was followed by a BBQ dinner that was enjoyed by brothers, sisters and children.

 

Eid Mubaark! Essence of Life wishes you and your families a Eid Mubarak and extends a warm invitation to the Wollongong Eid Festival to be held on 28 November 2010, Stuart Park. Come join us for a day filled with fun, food, sweets, showbags, rides, prizes and an awesome fireworks finale at 8:30pm.

 

Hajj Mabrour wa Sa3yan Mashkour! Essence of Life wishes a Hajj Mabrour wa Sa3yan Mashkour to all brothers and sisters who embarked on their Hajj pilgrimmage this year. Allah yetqabal al ta3at and remember us and the entire ummah in your prayers.

Ramadan Kareem! Essence of Life wishes you and your families a Ramadan Kareem. May this blessed month shower you all with blessings, mercy and forgiveness, and may we use this holy month to get closer to our Lord (swt), our fellow brothers and sisters, insha'allah.

 

Alhamdulillah, by the will of Allah (swt) the essence of life has finalised the purchase of our new multi-purpose Islamic Centre!!! This would not have been possible without the grace of Allah (swt) and the generous support of our brothers and sisters. May Allah (swt) reward you all in this life and the hereafter, insha'allah.

On the day of property settlement we were short some $50,000 of our required funding, however, the generosity of a few supporters allowed us to finalise the property settlement through Qard Hassan (non-interest bearing) loans. The essence of life will endeavour to repay the Qard Hassan loans in the quickest possible time. You can continue to support us in repaying the Qard Hassan loans here.

 

The Guest of Mercy - Are you in? lecture was held at Omar Mosque on Friday 6th August by special guest Sheikh Saeed Al-Qahtani. Sheikh Saeed delivered an inspiring lecture on the virtues of the Month of Mercy, Ramadan.

 

Ramadan the Fasting and the Furious lecture was held at Omar Mosque on Saturday 7th August by guest speaker Br Omar Najarrine. Br Omar joined Sheikh Jamil for this special event that covered many of the contemporary issues relating to Fasting the holy month of Ramadan.

 

Internationally acclaimed guest speaker Br Hasan Khalil recently joined EOL from USA to remind us of The Road to Good Character. The lecture was held on Friday 9th July at Omar Mosque in Gwynneville and was full of simple and practical steps we all can take to help us reach our destination on the Road to Good Character.

 

The essence of life recently relived the life of Mutah Beale aka Napoleon, "Life of an Outlaw" on Thursday 17th June. Napoleon inspired all with a touching account of his rise to fame as an international rap sensation and a member of 2pac’s notorious Outlawz clique, to his salvation and turn to Islam. Napoleon left behind the temptations of music, money, women and drugs to dedicate his life to working in the path of Allah (swt) as a dawah propagator and international motivational speaker. Those who attended were amazed by his capacity to capture the audience and motivate people to good.

 

The essence of life recently hosted internationally-accliamed guest speaker Br. Imran Siddiq (student of the late Ahmad Deedat RA) on May 29th in Omar Mosque Wollongong for a lecture titled “the natural successor to Jesus & Moses – Do you know him?”. Br Imran Siddiq is a recognised world renowned speaker on Islam and comparative religion and by the help of Allah he has had many successful debates with scholars of many different faiths globally attracting upto 20,000 attendees. Those who attended his talk were amazed by the miraculous memory that Allah has blessed him with as he quoted countless ayaat and hadiths verbatim. 

 

The last essence of life auction buffet dinner was held on Sunday 4th April 2010, at Panorama House, Bulli Tops. The night included a tantalising buffet dinner, desserts, guest speakers, presentations, lucky door prizes and an auction by our local auctioneer extraordinaire. Alhamdulillah, a total of close to $200,000 was raised on the night, with all proceedsl going towards finalising the purchase of the EOL Centre property. EOL thanks our supporters for their continued generosity.

 

The 2010 EOL Annual Boys Camp was held at Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre Kanangra Drive Gwandalan, Tuesday 6th April – Thursday 8th April and was attended by 35 youths. Youths had a great time with plenty of activities to stimulate them physically and spiritually.

 

The essence of life participated in the annual Clean Up Australia Day campaign, which was held on7th March 2010. Dozens of volunteers gave up their Sunday morning to help make Wollongong a cleaner city.

The essence of life held an invite-only eol supporters luncheon for key supporters from Wollongong and Sydney at Panorama House on 30th January 2010. The lunch served as a thank you event and also allowed EOL to brief key supporters on the current progress with the EOL Centre project. Alhamdulillah over $90,000 was received in pledges on the day, making EOL one (huge) step closer to finalising the purchase of the EOL Centre property. May Allah (swt) reward our brothers and sisters for their continued dedication and support.

 

The essence of life participated in the recent Illawarra Eid Al Adha Festival, which was held on Sunday 6th December 2009 at Flagstaff Hill Park, North Wollongong. The festivities included rides, food, face painting, entertainment and various stalls as well as an unprecedented fireworks display. Pictures from the event can be viewed in our gallery section

 

The essence of life participated in the inaugural UNITY CUP five-a-side futsal competition with IIYSSA on 24th November 2009. Participants enjoyed a great day filled with sportsmanship, unity and fun. Pictures from the event can be found in our gallery section.

 

Wollongong Islamic College commenced classes on Saturday 24th October 2009. Lectures are held at EOL Centre each Saturday for both brothers and sisters by our resident sheikh. The coursework covers a range of classical topics and also delves into contemporary issues by studying three broad streams; Islamic Creed, Islamic Fiqh and the Seerah of the Prophet (saaw). More information can be found here.

 

The recent essence of life buffet dinner was held on Sunday 18th October 2009 with international special guest speaker, Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Shaatri. Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Shaatri joined us from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and mesmorised us with his world-famous Quranic recitations and his eye-watering duah supplications. Brothers and sisters enjoyed a night with guest appearances by Sheikh Belal Assaad and Muhammad Khodr, as well as some local crocodiles and snakes! Quranic recitations and duah supplications from the night can be found here. Photos of the night can be seen in our gallery section.

 

The essence of life participated in the recent Illawarra Eid Festival, which was held on Sunday 27th September 2009 at Stuart Park, North Wollongong. The festivities included rides, food, face painting, entertainment and various stalls. Pictures from the event can be viewed in our gallery section.

 

The recent essence of life family day was held at our new centre on Sunday 19th July 2009, and was attended by over 400 locals and visitors. A BBQ lunch was provided for all, and the children enjoyed a range of activities, including face painting, games and jumping castles! Pictures from the event can be viewed in our gallery section.

 

Alhamdulillah, by the Grace of Allah (swt) the essence of life has purchased a new property to call home! The new property is located at 118 Montague St North Wollongong, central to all Muslims of the Illawarra. More information about the property can be found here and pictures can be viewed in our gallery section. An open day BBQ lunch was held on Sunday 17th May 2009 and the wider community was invited for their consultancy, advice and feedback. Alhamdulillah the day was a great success, as measured by the smiles on the faces of those present.

 

The recent essence of life buffet auction dinner was held on Sunday 24th May 2009 @ Panorama House, Bulli Tops. The night included a buffet dinner, desserts, guest speakers, presentations, anasheed, lucky door prizes and an auction by our local auctioneer extraordinaire. The night was a great success with close to 400 guests joining us, and with the auction raising enough funds to secure the deposit on our new home, alhamdulillah. The essence of life was overwhelmed by the support of our brothers and sisters and we ask Allah (swt) to reward you in this life and the hereafter, insha'allah. Pictures of this great event can be found in our gallery section.

 

The last essence of life Learn To Pray workshop was held on Sunday 12th April at the University of Wollongong and was attended by 148 brothers and sisters of all ages. In total 7 classes were run, catering for all ages and all levels, and the day included a free lunch, drinks and some fabulous essence showbags for all attendees. Please click here see some photos of the great day.

 

 
 
 

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