Author: Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas

Ramadan – A time for sharing

If there’s ever a time to strengthen community ties with and amongst the Muslim community and encourage sustainable, resilient, cohesive communities, it’s during Ramadaan.   Every year, the Melbourne based, Australian Intercultural Society runs a variety of Ramadan dinner programs across Australia. One of the most exciting programs involves local Muslim families opening their doors to members of the community to share in the Iftar dinners. These dinners offer welcoming platforms for dialogue in intimate settings where small groups of people are able to socially interact with a typical Australian Muslim household during the most blessed month of the...

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Religiosity – The strategy for suicide prevention

How is it that Australia holds the title for the most liveable country in the world and the leading cause of death for people aged between 15 to 44 in Australia is suicide?  It’s not cancer, it’s not road accidents, it’s not coronary diseases and it’s certainly not terrorism… our leading cause of death for the demographic that’s essentially in the best years of their life from age 15 to 44 in Australia is suicide. Surely based on this fact alone the title “most liveable” needs to be reconsidered. It’s frustrating looking through the amount of support services and...

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Islam is against animal cruelty

It’s difficult to understand why vegans don’t want other people to eat animals when animals also eat other animals in accordance with their fitrah (nature). Eating animals and condoning animal cruelty aren’t the same thing and the sooner vegans consider this fact, the sooner we can all start working towards abolishing commercial animal cruelty in Australia, without the animosity and judgement towards each other’s dietary choices. Being an advocate against animal cruelty isn’t a stance exclusive to vegans. Prophet Muhammed (s) was a pioneer for animal rights over 1400 years ago and advocated the Islamic teachings of kindness and...

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Support Islamic Infrastructure

“Whosever builds a Mosque for Allah, then Allah will build for him a similar house in Paradise.” (Hadith, Sahih Bukhari) Allah in all His mercy and compassion has allowed us to live in a country where we have the freedom to practice our religious observations peacefully and sustainably. We have mosques and schools, Islamic organisations and groups representing the Muslim community, catering to our religious needs, and striving for the betterment of our communities every day.  These places assist in the development of exemplary citizens that make positive contributions for themselves, their communities, their nation and the world. We are very fortunate that we are free to raise our children to uphold the wholesome values instilled in us by the noble Qur’an and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammed (s) which in many ways are synonymous with the law of this land, founded on wholesome Christian values.  We have so much to be grateful for, Alhamdulillah. One organisation that was built on these very foundations is Al Siraat College, the investment project built by Barakah Properties.  Al Siraat College is dedicated to instilling the values of respect, sincerity, integrity, responsibility, perseverance and benefitting others in all their students.  Al Siraat College is also one of the few schools in Australia that has a Hifz program, based in Melbourne’s booming outer-north. The long term sustainability of companies like Barakah...

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Senator Hanson’s Muslim Ban

Any person with any belief in God knows the importance of prayer and asking for the things we want in our lives from The One who created the universe and beyond, The Most-Compassionate God.   In light of recent events, and previous events, and likely future events the prayer we should all be repeating more than anything is “Oh Allah, please inspire every person on earth, Muslim and non-Muslim to study Seerah, the life of Prophet Muhammed (s), ameen.” This prayer should especially be extended to the likes of Pauline Hanson, who is frankly doing nothing but ridiculing her...

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