Author: Abu Anees

Ongoing turmoil in Kashmir

Kashmiris are undergoing another cycle of suffering due to the heavy handed and excessive use of force by the Indian army in handling public protests by a new generation of young people in the Kashmir valley. The BJP central government has been accused both outside and within India of going for the military option and strong-arm tactics against a political solution to the Kashmir issue, in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir. The result is the vicious cycle of protests and oppression leading to further militancy, terrorism and border clashes between India and Pakistan at the...

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Qartaba Homes: Innovative Housing Solutions

With booming house and land prices in all capital cities in Australia in general and Sydney in particular, housing affordability by new migrants and young families had increasingly become out of reach during the last decade. Growing population and migration from overseas and interstate led to increased housing demand in Sydney metropolitan areas. Extra ordinary increase in rents and fluctuating interest rates proved to be a great barrier to housing affordability. A group of entrepreneurs devised an innovative solution to the housing affordability problem by initiating to provide alternative to the mortgage based existing housing solution by establishing ‘First...

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Dutton under heavy criticism

The Minster for Immigration, Peter Dutton has been heavily criticised for his comments that it was a mistake to admit Muslim Lebanese during the early seventies from war-torn Lebanon. The state member for Lakemba and Shadow Minister of Education Jihad Dib commented ‘I am part of the so-called mistakes’. Mr Dib arrived in Australia as a young child during the early 1970’s from war-torn Lebanon. Mr Dutton’s exact words during an interview by Andrew Bolt, a right-wing columnist on Sky News were “Well clearly, Andrew, if there is a particular problem that people can point to within a certain...

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Mosques open doors in order to embrace all

On Saturday 29 October Mosques all around Australia welcomed thousands of people of all faiths and diverse background, men, women and children, in order to build community understanding and harmony.  National Mosque Open Day is an annual Australia-wide event initiated by the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) with support from the Department of Social Services. The event features a number of mosques across the nation simultaneously opening their doors to the public and inviting them to come in and explore their local mosque. This year National Mosque Open Day was the largest ever, featuring increased number of participating mosques across...

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Sheikh Fehmi Imam passed away aged 88

The Melbourne based Sheikh Fehmi Imam, one of the senior Muslim leaders of Australia passed away at the age of 88 on Saturday 24 September 2016 morning and was buried next day at the Fawkner cemetery. He was the Imam of Preston mosque for decades and served as the Grand Mufti of Australia from June 2007 to September 2011. He played a major role in the development of Muslim community in Melbourne. His Janaza prayer held at Omar ibn al-Khattab Mosque, Preston on Sunday was attended by hundreds of people including community and interfaith leaders, politicians and police officers,...

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