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Muslims and the Media Monster

Posted on Apr 15, 2017


‘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.

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

Posted on Apr 5, 2017


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. 

Bureaucratising violence – Is the world really “moving forward”?

Posted on Apr 4, 2017


In discussions about the “modernising” of things, there is always a focus on the idea of progress. Generally, this is referring to a notion where the modern world, especially the West, has moved on from supposedly primitive ways. This article examines this notion, arguing that the state violence of today has automated mass-scale atrocities in an unprecedented way.

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

Posted on Apr 1, 2017


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. 

Individualism: Unpacking its impact on our community and its activism

Posted on Mar 29, 2017


Liberalism and its associated individualism are at the core of how society is fashioned today. In this article, we briefly examine liberal individualism and how a similar notion of the individual affects contemporary Muslim discourses on da’wah and its implications on our activism for social change.

Record deaths from US airstrikes in Iraq/Syria in March

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

While global media attention has been on the London incident, civilians in both Syria and Iraq have been experiencing the worst recorded airstrikes by the United States and its allies since the Iraqi invasion.

Imam hacked to death in India as hatred against Muslims grows

Posted on Mar 25, 2017


The increasing anti-Muslim tension in India reached new heights on the early hours of Tuesday morning with the senseless murder of a young Muslim teacher named Riyaz. He was hacked to death by a number of unknown assailants. Riyaz had taught at the madrassa next to Muhayuddin Jumma Masjid for eight years.

Punchbowl Boys: Children Now Target of “Derad” Witch-hunt

Posted on Mar 21, 2017


Fuelled mostly by the gutter “journalism” of rags like the Daily Telegraph and talk back radio shock jocks, the furore surrounding Punchbowl Boys High School shows no signs of abating. An impression of the school has been crafted – a hotbed of potential terrorism waiting to boil over into society, a harsh “Sharia” imposing institution and a modern ground zero in the heart of Sydney’s west for everything that is wrong with Islam and Muslims. This image has been manufactured with a narrative in which contradictions abound.

Should there be “balance” in criticising Muslim rulers?

Posted on Mar 21, 2017


The devastation we witnessed in Aleppo in the last few months once again made it clear that the Muslim rulers willfully keep their distance from the Ummah and the responsibility of its protection. Yet we also saw those who would find no end of excuses to absolve these rulers of the inexcusable. It would seem arguments and proofs of any sort would not suffice, and therefore, there seems little hope in addressing them. After all, if the bloodshed in Aleppo can’t make someone at least question their misplaced loyalties, truly, what can?

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