General Manager, Mercy Mission Australia
From the land down under, we bring you Tahir Usman, General Manager for Mercy Mission Australia. Born in Fiji, having grown up in New Zealand and now making his living in Australia, he has been involved in Islamic work for well over 15 years. He credits attending “Mark of a Jurist” (an Alkauthar course on Qawaid ul Fiqh), 5 years ago for “sending his dawah life to an overdrive” and since then has not looked back. He looks at the numerous challenges he has faced in dawah as a blessing from Allah (swt) to help him learn from his mistakes. It is this ability to persevere, amidst difficulties that has endeared him to fellow mates on the Australian team. He is one of the key drivers behind Zamazam Environmental Susatainability Program and the Australian Annual Islamic Conference.
He completed his education in Electronics Telecommunication and Electrical Engineering and has been working for many technology organisations over the last 20 years. He is currently working as an IT consultant for Electronic Tollway Company in Melbourne.
He is a keen supporter of the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby team but does not have much time to watch the games. He feels a lot of important lessons can be drawn from rugby given that it involves players of all different physical types (short and tall, big and small) and there is a lot of strategy and planning involved in ensuring the wide variety of natural skills are utilized towards the goal of winning. This is akin to the situation in Dawah work, where the team that works well with its team members, is the one that will prove to make the most difference in their community.