Author: Abu Anees

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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British Ambassador performs incident free Haj

The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis joined 19,000 Britishers amongst two million pilgrims to perform the Haj, annual pilgrimage to Makkah held earlier this week marked by the day of Arafah on Sunday 11 September, and Eid-al-Adha, celebrated globally on Monday 12 September 2016. This years Haj has been hailed as the safest with no reported incidents and free of epidemic diseases. The Saudi authorities had taken extraordinary steps this year with preventive measures to avoid overcrowding, that last year led to crushes where more than 2000 pilgrims lost their lives. Most pilgrims were issued with electronic...

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