The IMASA [Durban Branch] hosted their Annual Fund Raising and Graduates Dinner on the evening of 30th November 2015 at the Orient Hall to honour all Muslim graduates in the health science fields. The M.C. for the dinner was Sabera Asmal (Chairperson of IMA Durban Branch). The evening commenced with a recitation from the Quraan, followed by a motivational talk by Dr G.M. Hoosen, a founder member of the IMA. He presented a gift from the IMA to Dr E.A.K. Abdulla, who is an active member of the IMA and will be moving abroad in the new year. Mr S. Suleman did a power point presentation on the activities of the IMA.
Our main sponsor was Standard Bank and the secondary sponsor was 27Four Investment Managers. Their representatives did a short presentation on their services. Certificates of appreciation were presented to Standard Bank; 27Four Investment Managers, Iqraa Trust and Akbar Moosa by Mr Solly Suleman, an Executive Member and Trustee of the IMA.
Guest speakers for the evening were Hafez Fuzail Soo e, Imam of the Westville Soo e Masjid and Mr Albert van Jaarsveld, Vice Chancellor for the University of KwaZulu Natal. Hafez Soo e spoke on healing ourselves – then only will we be able to heal others. He said: “forget about “me” and concentrate on doing for others and that will benefit us the most.” Mr van Jaarsveld spoke on the recent happenings at the university. He spoke about transformation in the pursuit of excellence for the betterment of all. He was positive about changes in the future.
The graduates read the Oath of a Muslim Health Professional, which was conducted by Sr Honey Allee, nursing co-ordinator of the IMA Clinics, who also highlighted the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence against Women and Children. This was followed by the presentation of a bag and a copy of the Oath to the graduates by Dr M.C Solwa, Executive Member of IMA, and his wife Dr Fatima Shaikh. Standard Bank presented a gift to the graduates.
A vote of thanks was done by Yasiera Mohamed (Vice – Chairperson Durban Branch.) The programme concluded with a Dua by Dr E. Khan.
Prior to the IMASA Durban Branch Graduation dinner a photoshoot for the handover of a Mobile Clinic and a VW Caddy was done. The Mobile Clinic was fully sponsored by the South African Muslim Charitable Trust, which is the social wing of Albaraka Bank and the VW Caddy was partly sponsored by 27Four Investment Managers. The sponsors and the IMA members were present for this event.