“Everyone has the right to feel safe, regardless of who they are and Islam teaches people how to respect each other……This quote by Imam Mufti, Dr Asad Ali Bokhari Shah from Sydney South Welfare Centre has left a lasting impression for the 35 Bangladeshi Muslim families who attended the Sunnah of a Happy Family Workshop on Saturday 14th May 2016 at Red Rose Function Centre in Rockdale. Advance Diversity Services (ADS) and Sydney South Welfare Centre organised this workshop with the support of ADS’s Bangladeshi Reference Group.

The workshop encouraged respectful relationships and positive attitudes and behaviours among spouse and family members, highlighting the importance of early intervention in preventing family violence. It also provided the participants an opportunity to address their concerns including the challenges of negative gender attitude and cultural practices.  The workshop focused on the positive Islamic value system based on the role model and practices or ‘Sunnah’ of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

Concerns regarding conflict resolutions, parenting, spousal communications, gender roles and expectations in a migration context raised by the participants were well responded by the speaker.  “I am very lucky to join this event and look forward to participate in more events like this in the future”- testimony by a participant.

For more information please contact Rubina Huq, Bangladeshi Community Development Worker at Advance Diversity Services on 9597 5455 or email