Author: Linda Abdelqader

Auburn Together for Hope Suicide Prevention Walk

Hundreds of people gathered in Auburn on Thursday 12 October to march in solidarity for Suicide World Prevention Day. Organised by the Salvation Army and funded by the Cumberland Council, the Together for Hope candlelight walk aims to raise awareness for suicide and mental health. With more than 3000 people being affected by suicide each year, suicide is becoming one of the leading causes of death in the Australian community. Between eight to ten Australians die from suicide each day and there is an estimated 180 people who attempt suicide, nearly half being hospitalised. Suicide prevention awareness is one powerful...

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Halal Advisor app locates halal food in Australia

  A free app that locates restaurants and cafes offering halal foods in Australia is now available and taking the country by storm. Businessman, Aladdin Moukhallalati, created the Halal Advisor app to accommodate the need for the availability of halal food for the growing Muslim population in Australia. With over 600 000 people who identify as Muslims across the country, Moukhallalati sought to create an app which makes the eating out process  simpler, easier and much more enjoyable. “I am a Muslim and always trying to find halal food to eat when I’m out at work or with friends socialising,” Moukhallalatii says. “Having this app means I don’t have to ring up or walk into a restaurant and ask if there’s anything on the menu I can eat.” Halal Advisor determines your location and provides you with a list of cafés and restaurants in the vicinity that offer halal food. It includes over 3000 cafes and restaurants that serve halal food, mainly based in Sydney and Melbourne. The app also informs its users if the restaurant or café is halal certified or if they only provide a certain amount of halal dishes. “You can broaden or hone in your search or pick a certain cuisine then decide whether you want to dine in or takeaway,” says Moukhallalati. “[Australia is] such a muliticultural country and the demand for  (halal) food has...

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Al-Aqsa Mosque shut down by Israel, No Juma Prayer

Israel closed down the Al-Aqsa Mosque last Friday 14 July where for the first time in decades Friday Juma congregational weekly prayers were cancelled. This led thousands of worshipers  to pray on the streets surrounded by a barricade manned by armed Israeli officers. The action was taken following a gun battle between three Palestinians who were later shot dead and two Israeli police officers earlier that morning. Meanwhile it has been reported that the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque was shot by Israeli Police outside the gates of the Mosque. The Imam, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri had just finished leading the night prayer on...

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University professor slammed for tweet against Islam

Brian McNair, a university professor at the Queensland University of Technology has been slammed online after publicly referring to Islam as “a cancer on the planet”. The 57 year old media professor took to Twitter on Sunday following the recent terrorist attack in London where seven people were killed and 48 were injured. “Enough! Islam is a cancer on the planet. It must be destroyed, or reformed. Soon. Zero tolerance!” – Brian McNair (@BrianMcnair) The tweet drew a huge amount of attention from across the nation as it circulated around social media. While some people praised the academic for...

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Dabliz gets booted of Facebook for no reason

Social media comedian and activist, Steve Dabliz, was denied access to his Facebook account for over two weeks with no warnings or justification. Although his account has been reinstated recently, there is still no clear indication why Facebook deactivated it.  Since first opening his account on Facebook ten years ago, Dabliz gained a quarter of a million followers and became a very well-known figure in the Muslim community. What initially started as a page filled with humorous skits and videos later expanded into an influential and educational page for youth around the world. Dabliz also uses his Facebook platform...

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