Author: Irfan Yusuf

Cheap Dates! product of Israel?

In 1990 I was elected president of my tiny Uni Muslim Students’ Association (MSA). We had no prayer room. Most of our members were Indonesian international students. I could barely understand their accents, nor they mine, making it hard organising activities with them. During Ramadan the other MSA’s with their big prayer halls had organised massive iftar feasts. I contacted one of the Indonesian MSA members. “Listen, guys. We need to put on a big feast. Are you guys ready?” “Brother, I am your sister in faith. I am not a guy,” Siti Aziza replied. “Don’t worry, we have...

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Turkish-Australian author Demet Divaroren raises her voice

Demet Divaroren arrived in Australia from Adana in Turkey in 1981 when she was a mere 6 months old. Turkey was in the midst of an upheaval. The scenes she describes in her blog are frightening: “650,000 people were taken into custody and 230,000 people were put on trial; 517 people received the death penalty and 50 people were hanged; 4,000 years of prison time was requested for 400 journalists while 31 journalists were jailed. Newspapers couldn’t print for 300 days and 39 tons of newspapers and periodicals were destroyed”. All this was a prelude to military rule that...

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Swinging Safari: A personal view

I’m a child of the 70’s. Born in 1969 in Karachi, my parents dragged me kicking and screaming to Sydney. My parents bought me a bike when I was 7 years old, and I was only allowed to ride it up and down my short street. I rode past the guys and gals standing next to their Sandman panel van with the surfboard on top. “Howya goin”, one of the girls would say. I was too shy to respond. Plus mum told me how bad “gori larkiyan” (white girls) were. In fact, within our small South Asian community (consisting...

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Our obsession with national security: Flinders St incident

A young Australian man of Afghan origin gets into an SUV and drives unlicensed into the heart of Melbourne CBD. He runs over and injures a number of people. Police are interviewing the man and have indicated he is known to them. The man has a history of mental health issues, was affected by the drug Ice and told police he could hear voices and was upset about the way Muslims were being treated. Now if you read the comments at the bottom of news articles as well as the nuttier tabloid columnists, you too could end up with...

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Analysing the YES/NO voting

The big news is that the legislative definition of marriage will soon change to include Adam and Steve. The results of the postal vote have been released, and there’s been lots of hoo-hah about the majority of folk in Western Sydney electorates voting against gay marriage. One columnist from The Weekend Australian managed to include Hizb ut-Tahrir as a possible cause. Another columnist from the Sunday Telegraph praised members of her own faith for attacking a mural in inner-Sydney “to the horror of locals”. The justification for the attack? The mural was blasphemous. Lord only knows what the columnist would have written has those attacking...

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