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Dr. Asgarali Moledina visits Al-Mawaddat Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

drThe President of the World Federation of KSIMC, Alhaj Dr. Asgarali Moledina, visited Kuala Lumpur with his wife and spent an evening with the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri students and the community  during a specially organised Dua-e-Tawassul Programme for both ladies and gents on Tuesday, 20 March 2012, coinciding with the day of Nawroz, at Al-Mawaddat Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It was Dr. Moledina's first time in Kuala Lumpur and his visit was part of his South East Asia and Australasia tour visiting the KSI communities at various cities in this region. Flying in from Brisbane after his visits to the communities there, the students and community at Al-Mawaddat Centre were honoured to host Dr. Moledina on Tuesday, before continuing his journey to Singapore on Thursday.

The students were particularly privileged to have Dr. Moledina as this was the second time a World Federation President has visited Al-Mawaddat Centre. In Jan 2008, the students were honoured to host Dr. Ahmed Hassam, the former President of the World Federation.

The programme began with the Maghribain Salaat, followed by the recitations of Hadeeth Al-Kisa, Dua-e-Tawassul and Surah Jumu'ah by Brothers Mohafizali Merali, Kumail Haider and Mahmood Sheriff respectively. Master of Ceremony, Brother Farhan Kassamali welcomed Dr. Asgarali to Al-Mawaddat Centre and invited its Chief Coordinator, Brother Mohamed Kumail Hussein Kassam to address the community.

Brother Mohamed Kumail took the community on a 12-year virtual journey with his multimedia presentation which was a timeline of the recent history of the KSI community in Malaysia. What started with just two youth who came from Kenya to study in Malaysia in 2001, today we can witness a community that is benefiting from such congregations. Br. Mohamed Kumail quoted, "The youth sow the seeds, and the community reaps the fruits”. His presentation proved this evident with various milestones achieved by the youth and community here especially with the opening of Al-Mawaddat Centre in 2007 initially at an apartment, and thereafter in 2009 at a two-storey building which is patronized today by more than 100 youth and community members.

Br. Mohamed Kumail also presented the future plans of the community which included opening of a Madrasah scheduled for April 2012 and the acquisition of land and construction of fully fledged community centre in Kuala Lumpur in anticipation of increased numbers in participation by the community. 

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Dr. Asgarali Moledina addressing the community at Al-Mawaddat Centre, KL

Alhaj Dr. Moledina was then invited to address the community who started off by quoting Sura al-Asr and reminding the community on the importance of 'Time'. Being the day of Nawroz, Dr. Moledina briefly described the importance of the event especially as it is projected to be day when our Imam al-Asr (atfs) will reappear, Inshallah. During his speech, Dr. Moledina touched on his recent visit to Australia and hinted on the idea of it being an ideal location for one to study and consider to live and work. 

Dr. Moledina expressed his pleasure with the progress the community in Kuala Lumpur had made so far and looked forward to the achievement of the near future aspirations of the management of Al-Mawaddat Centre including the Madrasah and the construction of the community complex. Dr. Moledina asked the management of Al-Mawaddat Centre to be in touch with the communities in Australasia for the intended forming of a regional federation comprising of communities in the South East Asian and Australasian countries.

Present also during the event was the coordinator of the Islamic Centres in Syndey, Br. Zain Sheriff who was on a private business visit in Kuala Lumpur. Al-Mawaddat Centre Chief Coordinator, Br. Mohamed Kumail presented a token of appreciation to the President for visiting Al-Mawaddat Centre. 

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Br. Mohamed Kumail presenting a token of Appreciation to Alhaj Dr. Asgarali Moledina

A dialogue session that ensued with the President and the youth (both boys and girls) saw several questions, answer and comments been exchanged. The youth were essentially honoured with such an informal setting with the President and this mode of interaction proved even more fruitful leaving the students and the President with a better insight of tertiary education in Malaysia. Dr. Moledina encouraged the youth to continue promoting Malaysia as an education destination and suggested that at least one youth be present during the forthcoming Africa Federation Triennial Council Meeting to present such prospect.  

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Dr. Asgarali Moledina with the KL community

The programme ended with a group photo of the community with the President which was followed by Niyaz. 

Videos of Dr. Moledina's speech and the presentation by Brother Mohamed Kumail are available for viewing at Al-Mawaddat Video Channel

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