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IAW National Event Themes Since 2004




27 August - 1 September 2012

Islam and the Environment:
Our Rights and Responsibilities

Nature and environment have always played an important part in the lives of devout Muslims. Muslims have this understanding that the Almighty has not created this world and everything in it without a reason. Everything has a purpose. In fact we, as Muslims, have been commanded to find the wonderful signs of God around us so that we can increase in our awe of our Rabb - the Cherisher and Sustainer.


2-8 August 2010

Cultivating Positive Emotions for a Healthy Society

Islam seeks to improve our well-being by teaching us how to develop positive emotions and avoid negative ones. People with positive emotions tend to be happier, healthier and better members of the society. Islamic teachings will contribute tremendously in this regards.


10-16 August 2009

Al-Mizan: Finding a Balance in Life

Islam is all about having the right "balance" in all aspects of life. This is expressed by the Islamic concept of the "Middle Path." The various impacts in life (economy, environment, politics, racial/ethnicity, family, gender), the material and spiritual perspective, balance between this world and the next can all be explored.


4-10 August 2008

Strong Families - Better Society

The week focuses on the family in Islam in the belief that a strong family will raise strong individuals that will in turn contribute to a stronger New Zealand society, which embodies all the goals of IAW.

The activities are in harmony with New Zealand government initiatives on strengthening the family.


12-19 August 2007

Unity in Diversity

Showcasing the diversity among New Zealand's Muslims and promoting communication and new relationships. Muslims number approximately 37,000 including least 40 different ethnic groups including many second, and third generation, New Zealand born Muslims, and almost 4000 Maori and Pakeha.

National and regional Harmony Awards, in a number of categories.


7-13 August 2006

Muslim Heritage

New Zealand's Muslim Heritage is well established and a vibrant thread in New Zealand's cultural tapestry. The first Muslim New Zealanders were Chinese gold diggers working in Dunstan, in the South Island, recorded in the government census of April 1874.

Presentation of the first Harmony Awards, for improving understanding between Muslims and the wider community.


8-14 August 2005

Getting to Know Each Other

The Week provided an opportunity for the wider community to begin engaging more with Muslims as people and marked a renewed commitment by Muslims to engage more with their fellow New Zealanders. www.islamawareness.co.nz website was launched to provide event information and facts about the New Zealand Muslim community and Islam.


9-15 August 2004

Discover Islam

The first national IAW, with a focus on encouraging Muslims to reach out to the wider community and promote cross cultural and interfaith understanding.

Simultaneous Mosque Open Days were held for the first time.