Sunday, October 09, 2005

Noryzal Zainal Abidin (BBA '04) - Imam, Hobart Mosque

Br. Noryzal Zainal Abidin is an exceptional example of volunteerism and da'awah blended into one. This 25 years old Economics graduate volunteered to be the imam in in Hobart, Tasmania as part of a programme organized by Grup Pengkaji Tamadun Dunia (GPTD) and Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM). His task is sponsored by the Global Peace Mission (GPM) and Persatuan Kebangsaan Islam Malaysia (PKPIM). Br.Ahmad Azam, President of ABIM (no longer now) and the Regional Islamic Da'awah Council of Southeast Asia and The Pacific (RISEAP) provided him with suitable training and guidance to meet the needs of the community there.

Before moving to Hobart, he was an imam and a social activist in Christmas Island, Australia for almost a year. His current position in Hobart, apart from being the imam of the mosque, includes opening Islamic classes for Muslim residents of the area.

This article taken from the latest REACH Magazine (June 2005 issue) published by the Alumni and Career Services Division, Office of the Deputy Rector (Students & Alumni Affairs), International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and IIUM Alumni Association.

Picture: (Br. Noryzal standing extreem right)