Who Are We
Nawawi Center is a not-for-profit Muslim grassroots organization founded in 2008 that aims to bring people together, advocate peace and build a stronger community in Christchurch. With a team of professional volunteers trained in project and event management, Nawawi Center has run events and projects ranging from educational workshops, camps and retreats to community festivals.
In the following months after the 2019 March 15th attacks, the Nawawi Center team identified a gap in support for young Muslims and decided to scale back on the traditionally community-wide focus of our projects to concentrate specifically on youth.
Our strategy is to provide regular social events and educational programs where the focus is on being together in a relaxed environment. The idea is to provide a platform where young ones can create their own support networks, have access to peers and de-stress.
What Does “Nawawi” Mean?
The Nawawi Center is named after one of the greatest scholars of Islam, Imam Muhiyyuddin bin Sharaf Al-Nawawi. Known as Imam Nawawi, he returned to his Lord at a relatively early age (in 1277AD), but his piercing intellect and deep knowledge nevertheless left behind great works that have been accepted unanimously by the Muslims and their scholars for centuries. A lover of knowledge with an aversion to this world, his legacy is not only an inspiration for knowledge but of balance, tolerance and spirituality in today’s world of extremes.