Helpful Messages for our Muslim Community

رسائل مفيدة لمجتمعنا المسلم

يبثً من الاثنين الى الجمعة
الساعة 8:30   صباحا” و3:30   مساء”
على راديو Oar
تردد 105.4 FM و
1575 AM

Broadcast Monday to Friday
8:30am and 3:30pm
On OAR FM Dunedin
105.4 FM and 1575 AM

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:الاخوة والاخوات الأعزاء

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
.تتمنى لكم رابطة مسلمي أوتاغو ورابطة الطلاب المسلمين في جامعة اوتاغو رمضاناً مباركاً لكم جميعا
.إنه شهر البركة، فلنستغل هذه الفرصة جميعا على قدر المستطاع لتكريسها لعبادة الله سبحانه وتعالى
.كما جرت العادة عليه، سيكون هناك اجتماع يومي على الإفطار في مسجد الهدى، متبوعا بصلاة التراويح
في هذه السنة، كما في السنة الماضية، سيؤمّ الصلوات الشيخ محمد. أود أن أحثَّ الجميع على التفضل ومشاركتنا يوميا في
.المسجد. إنّ الجو رائع وستستمتعون بالتأكيد

جزاك الله خيرا والسلام

الدكتور محمد رضوان
رئيس رابطة مسلمي أوتاغو


FREEDOM is a spiritual and emotional 90 minute documentary film featuring 50 converts from 25 countries over 6 continents in 15 languages combined with stunning footages of some of the most fascinating places and Masjids of Malaysia.

In the wake of a global rise of anti-Muslim sentiments, film directors Julien Drolon & Zara Shafie are giving a voice to a global community of converts during a crucial time when Islam needs to be more understood and appreciated as a religion and a way of life. This unique documentary features 25 men and 25 women from different racial background from countries like Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, China, Japan, Kenya, England, France, Germany, Poland, Peru, Mexico, Australia and much more. It features entrepreneurs, educators, actors, environmentalists, lawyers etc…- all of them speaking from the very depths of their souls on their perspectives on FREEDOM and ISLAM.

Film directors, Julien & Zara will be present for Q&A session with the audience after the film screening.

Sunday 28 April, 6.30pm, Union Hall, University of Otago, 630 Cumberland Street, Dunedin. Entry is FREE OF CHARGE. Seats are limited. Please go to the FREEDOM event page on the Otago Muslim Association Facebook page to book your free tickets.

The use of social media is not private to you, your friends or family, as it can be seen by many more people than those it was originally intended for. Using social media is like posting a postcard in the mail, not like sending a letter sealed in an envelope. A postcard can be read by anyone who handles it whereas the letter in an envelope cannot be read until opened by the person it was addressed to.
Please be very wary of communicating with the sender of an email or a social media post as this may not be the same person you think it is.
Addresses, phone numbers and photographs posted on social media or online can be seen by people all over the world that you may not know. You may think that a post is intended just for your friends or family, but be very wary as it can be seen by people you may not know.
If you receive harassment emails or posts online, which may include physical threats, or threats or harassment with racial, sexual or religious overtones, it may constitute an offence and should be reported to your local Police Station as soon as possible. Keep a record of what happened by taking screenshots of the abusive pages you received.
If the person is harassing you online via email or social media networking site, you can also contact the site and ask them to deal with the person in accordance with their terms and conditions. You can also set up your email or social network site to block messages from unwelcome email address.
You can also seek advice from NetSafe or Freephone NETSAFE (0800 638 723)

Security and safety of the mosque:
The Police presence during praying time, Sunday school and any big gathering of the community has been really good and will continue for some time. We do appreciate that it is something that is not permanent. We are having discussions about the ongoing safety and security of the Masjid with the Police, Dunedin City Council (DCC) and other organisation.
The surveillance system (CCTV) has been installed and is up and running and we are now in the process of upgrading our security system. That is something which may take until the end of April.

The access/exits for the Masjid has been in discussion with the property services team of both Dunedin City Council and Otago Polytechnic. The designs have been made, and we are now seeking quotes for the work. Once we have the quote and sufficient funds, then we will complete the construction. There are ongoing meetings to expedite this process and we are hoping the construction will begin soon.

In addition, we are planning to modify our front entrance in order to make it really difficult for anyone to break in. We would be installing a secured access, e.g. Swipe card with key entry access and upgrading the door and replacing the front glass.

For Friday prayer, Br Bilal as the head of security and other brothers are taking care of the safety and any emergency situation should it arise.

Some notices from the Otago Muslim Association

1) Training for natural disaster or an emergency
We will be meeting with Civil Defence Emergency Otago for some training and protocols to apply following any Natural disasters. We have met with the Police and they have agreed to provide training to Sunday school and the community in emergency and lockdown procedure within the next month.

2) Space and expansion of the Masjid
Space at the Masjid is a major issue as our community is growing. We are actively looking into Masjid expansion. Currently we are looking into getting a Masjid feasibility report done, and once completed we can have an idea on how to move forward and have strategic planning on this issue.

3) Masjid Maintenance and Development sub-committee (M&D)
During the last Shura Council meeting, a few brothers has approached the council in forming this committee. This sub-committee will be involved with maintenance and development of the Masjid. Any maintenance that needs to be done, will be co-ordinated via this sub-committee through the approval of the Shura.

Upcoming workshops:
In coordination with Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand and Otago Muslim Association, Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora is hosting two training workshops for Muslim families on how to deal with high trauma events. Both are conducted by Dr. Sohail Makhdom from Canada. Arabic interpreting is provided.

First workshop for Parents (No Children please)
Day & Date: Thursday 18 April
Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: Basement hall, ATU, 25 College Street, Caversham.

Second workshop for youth (16-26 years old)
Day & Date: Thursday 18 April
Time: 1:30-3:30
Venue: Basement hall, ATU, 25 College street, Caversham.

For registration, please do not hesitate to PM Mai Tamimi on facebook, or send an email to: or Dr Mustafa:

There will be a third workshop for community leaders that is hosted at Alhuda Mosque on Friday at 10:30-12:30 followed by Friday prayers insha Allah.

The Ministry of Health has provided some advice on supporting your kids after a traumatic event like what happened in Christchurch

How children react to trauma is different from adults – they may withdraw or behave in a more “babyish” way, seem anxious or clingy, be preoccupied with the event in their play or drawing, have problems sleeping or nightmares, or may get physical symptoms such as stomach aches or headaches.

As with adults, most children will recover with support and love from those around them. As parents or caregivers you will know your kids best, and what works for them. 

We suggest some simple dos and don’ts to guide you as you support your children:


  1. Reassure them that the event is over and they are safe.
  2. Encourage them to talk about how they feel about what happened.
  3. Tell them they can ask questions, and answer these in plain language appropriate to their age – be honest but avoid details of the trauma.
  4. Tell them that feeling upset or afraid is normal, and that telling you how they are feeling will help, that with time they will feel better.
  5. Be understanding – they may have problems sleeping, tantrums, wet the bed – be patient and reassuring if this happens – again, with support and care it will pass.
  6. Give your children extra love and attention.
  7. Remember that children look to their parents to both feel safe and to know how to respond – reassure them, share that you are upset too but that you know you will all be fine together.
  8. Try to keep to normal routines – mealtimes, bedtimes etc. – allow them to get out and play, to go to the park etc.
  9. HOWEVER if a child’s distress is escalating, or they are displaying any worrying behaviours – extreme withdrawal, terror that you cannot comfort them from etc – seek help early.  Your GP is a good start, OR For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk it through with a trained counsellor.


  1. Talking about the details of a traumatic event repeatedly can be harmful.  Children may be fascinated/horrified and may want to ask about details, talk about what they saw/experienced.
  2.  If this is repeated try to refocus them on how they are feeling e.g. what happened is awful, it’s normal to feel upset or afraid, how are you feeling?.
  3. Don’t tell them “don’t worry” or “don’t be upset” – it is natural to want to protect them from fear and difficult emotions, but they need to have their feelings acknowledged and validated as a normal response.
  4. Try not to be over-protective, again this is a natural thing for a parent to do, but as part of keeping normal routines, it is helpful for your child to be distracted by going to the park, playing with friends outdoors etc.  This helps them feel that their world is safe again, and that normal life can go on.

As with adults, grief in children passes over a number of months, your love, consistency, and care of your child, along with continuing to encourage them to talk, and sharing information in words they understand, is what is most healing for them.

For more information about this, visit This information is also translated into Arabic on the website.

Work and Income are here to help

If you’ve been affected by the tragedy in Christchurch, there’s a range of government support available for you from Work and Income – whether you’ve lost a loved one, been injured, been a witness, or if you’re supporting affected people. Work and Income is here to help you.  Call 0800 779 997 between 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am – 1pm, Saturday.

Several government agencies can help with financial assistance. We may be able to organise payments for you over the phone. Even if you don’t think you qualify for financial assistance, please call us. There are lots of other ways we may be able to help, and can direct you to other support.

Work and Income is the government organisation that helps when people are on a low income or not working. This includes financial support, such as benefits like JobSeeker Support and New Zealand Superannuation.

Who can we help?

  • People affected by the Christchurch tragedy or who need to travel to Christchurch because of it. You don’t have to be on a benefit.

How can we help?

  • Payments for urgent or unexpected costs.  We may be able to helpwith some immediate and essential needs, such as:
    • food
    • bedding
    • petrol and other travel costs if you’re travelling within New Zealand.
  • Advance Payment of Benefit 
    • People on a benefit who need help to meet an immediate need may get an Advance Payment of Benefit of up to six weeks. 
  • Emergency Benefit For people who don’t qualify for any other benefit. 

This information is available on the Work and Income website, including how to contact other organisations who may also be able to help. 

There are translated versions of this information, including into Arabic. 
Please call us if you think we can help  0800 779 997.

Today’s message is to advice you of the health supports that are currently in place for our Muslim community.

Southern District Health Board, and the Muslim leaders are currently working together to ensure that there is accessible healthcare at this important time.

If you feel that you need to see a GP, but money is creating a barrier, then please contact one of the following Muslim leaders: Dr Haizal Hussaini – 021 213 1222, or Dr Mai Tamimi – 021 272 0036

These leaders are collaborating to ensure GPs are available.

If you are a former refugee, please be advised that the GP voucher system is in place and for those former refugees who have been here longer than two years, it has been reinstated for the time being. So every former refugee has free access to a GP at this time.

If you have any questions about healthcare options and you are a former refugee, please contact the health navigators – May Taha – 021 402 830 or Marwa Othman – 027 231 9831.

If you or someone in our community may be helped by a counsellor, one may be reached via calling or texting 1737. This is a free service and you may ask for an Arabic speaker. You may also go to your GP to discuss your situation with them. GPs have direct links to mental health practitioners. They are here to help, so help yourself by knowing that this is an option.

Finally, Brothers and Sisters, once again, Southern DHB is working closely with Muslim to see that health supports are in place and are implemented in collaboration with our community. Youth are encouraged to speak with the Muslim leaders or the health navigators about these developments and your participation in the wellbeing of our beautiful community.

Thank you.

The New Zealand Police wants this to be the safest country.

Our Muslim brothers and sisters, we want you to be safe and feel safe here in New Zealand.

If you feel that a person is being bad to you or your family or family friend please call the Police.

If the bad person is still there with you or has only just left from where you are, call 111.

A person answering the phone will say, “Which service do you require, Police, Fire or Ambulance”

Say Police.

Another person will ask where you are or your location, this is where you are now.

You can ask for an interpreter when you call police. Ask for language line and tell them what language you speak. This is free of charge.

Say to that person the address where you are, for example it might be your home address where you are, make sure you say it is Dunedin. If you don’t know the address as it might be a shop you are at, give the shop name and city, for example Farmers, Dunedin, Pak n Save, Dunedin, The Warehouse South Dunedin, The Warehouse Mosgiel, Countdown Central city Dunedin.

The person on the phone will want to know what is happening. Tell the person on the phone in a short sentence what is happening, for example, if the person who makes you feel unsafe is still there with you, say “bad man yelling at me now”, “bad lady hitting me now”, “bad people yelling at me”

If the bad person is no longer where you are or the bad person has left from where you are, for example you may have left the location where the bad event happened and you have gone back to your home or friend’s home. You can:

Call Police 03 471 4800 or come to the Dunedin Police Station. Dunedin Police can call an Arabic Interpreter to help you tell the Police what happened.

Police will need the description of the person, if there is a car used by the bad person to have the number plate number. The more you remember the more we can try and find the bad person or the car the bad person used. 

If you are feeling unsafe because something bad is happening, please call the Police.

47The Dunedin Police want you and your family to feel safe in Dunedin, please call the Police if you are feeling unsafe.

Further information is avai0lable in Arabic on the police website of:

From Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora

Dear brothers and sisters,

This is to share with you that Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora in coordination with many other actors in the city are planning to conduct door to door visits to Muslim families in Dunedin. The aim of those visits is to meet briefly with the families, ask for their needs and ensure that families are knowledgeable about where to go in case they need any support. The visit will also include dropping off some food items donated by a number of business, individuals and community groups. In case you would like to be visited, please get in touch with the Red Cross to add your name to the list.

If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Mai Tamimi, Middle Eastern Integration Coordinator at Arai Te Uru at 0212720036. It is expected that this activity will be concluded by mid-April 2019.