On occasion of Holy Rabiul Awwal the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) organized an Essay Competition for the Visually Impaired on Saturday, December 2, 2017. This event further expresses the Institute's solidarity with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The competition provided a platform for visually impaired persons to showcase their talents.
Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, Honorable Minister for Cultural Affairs, Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh graced the ceremony as the Honorable Chief Guest.
H. E. Mr. Munir M. Merali, Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Foundation Mission, H. E. Ms. Masurai Masri High Commissioner of the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, H. E. Ms. Aishath Shaan Shakir, Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives, H. E. Mr. Tran Van Khoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Hon. Mr. Md. Amiruzzaman, Consul for the Republic of Seychelles, Hon. Ms. Nasreen Fatema Awal, Vice President of the Consular Corps of Bangladesh & Vice Chair for the Bangladesh Chapter of the South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF), Mr. Andreas Hartmann, Counsellor and Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy, Prof. Dr. Abu Yousuf Md. Abdullah, Professor at IBA, University of Dhaka & Chairman, Northern University Bangladesh, Ms. Farzana Chowdhury, Managing Director & CEO of Green Delta Insurance Ltd., Mr. Michael Foley, Chief Executive Officer of Grameenphone Ltd., Ms. Shahnaz Karim, Director Society at the British Council and Mr. Niaz Rahim, Chairman, Center for Zakat Management were present as Special Guests.
The honorable Chief Guest in his speech wished what the Institute is setting up as an example for the nation, should be followed by others because religion is always for peace and harmony. He informed the Honorable Father of the Nation once mentioned Allah (SWT) sent our beloved Prophet (SAW) not as Rahmatullil Muslemeen but Rahmatullil Aalameen. Which means he was not just a mercy for Muslims but rather a mercy for Mankind and all creation.
President of the Institute Lt. General (Retd.) M. Nooruddin Khan urged influential persons to create empowerment opportunities for persons with disability which in turn will enable them to lead a life with dignity.
Ms. Seema Iqbal, Course Instructor for Spoken English and IT presented the key note paper, Mr. Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury, Advisor of the Institute and former UN Committee Memberon the Rights of Persons with Disabilities highlighted the potential and capabilities of persons with disabilities and Mr. Alex McKenzie CEO of Fireflame Media supported the event as the media partner. This year's event was attended by eminent personalities from different professions. The venue and hospitality arrangements were sponsored by Lakeshore Hotel and the award was sponsored by the Center for Zakat Management.
The Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) is a research think tank founded by Mr. Ahmad Shafi Maqsood in 2003. It provides training for visually impaired persons on IT, Spoken English and call center. Every year it conducts a nationwide competition for visually impaired students on occasion of the holy month of Rabiul Awwal.