Author: Manarul Islam

New Aussie Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, announced that the new Ambassador to Saudi Arabia will be Mr Ridwaan Jadwat. Mr Jadwat is a career diplomat and is a Muslim-Australian.  He will also have non-resident accreditation to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen. “Australia’s relationship with Saudi Arabia is built on strong commercial ties, shared regional security interests and engagement in international groupings,” she stated. “Saudi Arabia is Australia’s second-largest trading partner in the Middle East, with two-way goods and services trade reaching almost $2.39 billion in 2016–17. Saudi investment in Australia was worth $3.9 billion in 2016.” To indicate how deep the...

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Forum: Islamophobia a reality

The Taj Agra restaurant in Dickson, ACT, was full to the brim as the well anticipated forum on Islamophobia commenced proceedings over dinner on Monday 16 April 2018. Titled Islamophobia: Myth or Reality, the event was booked out almost a week before the date and other potential guests were told that they could attend if there were cancellations. Welcoming the guests was Mohammed Ali, President of Forum Australia, the organiser of the event. The Master of Ceremonies was no other than Harry Oppermann, a well known figure in the multicultural and interfaith communities, who, throughout the night, included his...

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Gungahlin Mosque raises over $100K

The fundraising dinner for the Gungahlin Mosque raised over $100,000 on Saturday 21 April in the nation’s capital, Canberra. The mosque, which was operational in 2017, needs another $500,000 for its immediate next construction goals. The fundraising dinner, MC’d by Mohammed Ali, was the culmination of months’ long planning and hard work by a network of dedicated volunteers that gave the event a professional touch. The Canberra Muslim Community (CMC), which runs the mosque, has a history of well planned and successfully executed events and activities.  Since the mosque has been established, these events have become more frequent, to the...

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Hamid Ansari “Indian experience of diversity a lesson for all”

The world can learn much from India on how to manage diversity to maintain a cohesive society, according to former Vice President of India, Mr Hamid Ansari. Mr Ansari was in Australia to give a public lecture on India and Islamic Civilization: Contributions and Challenges at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, as a guest of the ANU Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies (CAIS), on Wednesday 21 March 2018. Mr Ansari served as Vice President of India and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) from 2007 to 2017. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in...

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Funding restored for Islamic School of Canberra

The Federal Government has effectively reinstated the Commonwealth funding of the Islamic School of Canberra by accepting the Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle (IPDC) as the Approved Authority for the school, ending a long and controversial link with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC). For over two years, the school has been in on the cusp of closure after the Federal Government announced they will be ceasing funding for the school primarily due to governance issues. A new Board, headed by Azra Khan and consisting solely of Canberra Muslim community members then sought to address those issues ultimately...

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