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Imams Council note on “Judicial Process” represents sheepish politics

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Commentary | 0 comments

Imams Council note on “Judicial Process” represents sheepish politics

 

The Australian National Imams Council put out a ‘Explanatory Note on the Judicial Process and Participation of Muslims’ (https://goo.gl/53DDHF) this week, which, in sum, does little more than to (unwittingly, I hope!) provide religious cover for the state’s assimilation of Muslims. (more…)

‘Keep NSW Safe’ a smokescreen to silence Israel criticisms

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Commentary | 0 comments

‘Keep NSW Safe’ a smokescreen to silence Israel criticisms

 

So apparently the ‘Keep NSW Safe’ Coalition is not happy Jan about the NSW government quietly shelving plans to make amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act (https://goo.gl/3z2dHz). The Keep NSW Safe initiative (http://www.keepnswsafe.com/) was started and headed (and is spoken for largely) by Vic Alhadeff and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies – although the framing of it was as a neutral broad-base community platform. (more…)

Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement: Points to Consider

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Commentary, Current Affairs | 0 comments

Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement: Points to Consider

 

On Wednesday the 6th of December 2017 Donald Trump made an  announcement of al-Quds (‘Jerusalem’) being officially recognised as the capital of Israel which drew reactions from world leaders across the globe.

Here we present a few points regarding this development.

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The reality of the life of this world – Looking at Surah Yunus, Part I

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Commentary, Knowledge | 0 comments

The reality of the life of this world – Looking at Surah Yunus, Part I


This is the first part of a series of articles looking at Ayaat 22-25 of Surah Yunus, which describe the reality of the life of this world, employing very powerful language and imagery. Written by Shafiul Huq.
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Mehdi Hasan in Australia – challenging or reinforcing the mainstream WoT narrative?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Commentary | 0 comments

Mehdi Hasan in Australia – challenging or reinforcing the mainstream WoT narrative?

 

Mehdi Hasan’s appearance on the ABC’s Q&A this week impressed some in the community. Armed with the relevant stats and data and able to quickly and articulately convey an argument, Mehdi had some good points to raise. However, as Uthman Badar notes, we should not allow impressive style to stand in the place of superficial or problematic substance.  (more…)

Time to Rethink: The Illusive Lure of Pragmatism

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Commentary, Knowledge | 0 comments

Time to Rethink: The Illusive Lure of Pragmatism

 

Through the metaphor of a toxic waste dump, sister Sumya Rahman explored the imperative we have as members of this ummah to take a principled stance towards activism, and be adamant on being guided in our da’wah and activism by courage and commitment to Islam’s principles.


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George Brandis and his Band of Criminals in Suits

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Commentary | 0 comments

George Brandis and his Band of Criminals in Suits

 

Federal Attorney General George Brandis expressed his frustration yesterday with his inability to silence criticism of his government’s foreign and domestic policies.


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Muslims and the Media Monster

Posted by on Apr 15, 2017 in Commentary | 0 comments

Muslims and the Media Monster

 

‘It’s OK for Muslim men to hit their wives’ is the sensational title that The Australian opted for when reporting on a video in which two Muslim women, members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, relayed the tafsir of a verse of the Qur’an. This predictably sent the media into overdrive and soon all major outlets were covering the story with a domestic violence angle, with politicians lining up to comment and take the moral high ground. Some within the Muslim community released a statement denouncing domestic violence and criticising the view expressed in the video.

Two days later and one of the signatories of that statement, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman (President of the Australian National Imams Council) is the next media target.

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3 Messages from a Burning Heart: A comment on the latest Syria massacre

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Commentary, Current Affairs | 0 comments

3 Messages from a Burning Heart: A comment on the latest Syria massacre

 

As the Ummah takes stock in the aftermath of the latest vicious (chemical) attack by the Syrian regime on the people of Idlib, Ustadh Abu Anas Alwahwah and br Wassim Doureihi provide comments on the situation, directing three messages: one to the capitals of terrorism today, the second to the rulers of the Muslim world, and third to Muslims more generally. The following is adapted from their comments on social media in Arabic and English respectively.  (more…)

Our response to famine: why it is imperative to go further than charity

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Commentary | 0 comments

Our response to famine: why it is imperative to go further than charity

 

The most recent trigger for fundraising action in Muslim communities has been the current famine in East Africa (Somalia specifically) and also Yemen. While these efforts are imperative and highly commendable, we must also trace the origins of such crises to properly understand the broader issue. Br Abdullah Hamimi explores this issue, highlighting the need for a deeper analysis of the causes of such famines and poverty.  (more…)

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