Author: Manarul Islam

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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OFFER: Seeking help for orphans and widows

Orphans and widows are the most vulnerable of our societies and no more so anywhere than in India. Caring for and supporting them is, therefore, is one of the more challenging yet most rewarding acts of service. That is why Hamza Ben Abdul Rahman travelled to Australia recently. Mr Abdul Rahman came as a representative of the Organisation Function for Eytham’s Respect (OFFER) – an Indian based charity that supports over 7,500 orphans and 2,500 widows in India. OFFER has expanded its reach to a wider number of states in India and now operates in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka,...

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The Sultan and the Saint: ancient story for modern times

To coincide with Harmony Day, Bluestar Intercultural Centre together with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture co-hosted a screening of the film The Sultan and The Saint on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at the centre’s Chapel in Barton, Canberra. The documentary tells of the often relegated story from history. It is the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and their meeting on a bloody battlefield during the period of Christian-Muslim conflict known as the Crusades. The focus is when Francis, who after his death became a saint one of the most venerated religious figures in history,...

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Abbas Chelat wins double awards

Veteran Australian Muslim community leader, Abbas Chelat has won two awards in quick succession to recognise his achievements both in the community service and business fields. In January Mr Chelat was recognised for his service to the community by the United India Association (UIA) and then in February, he was recognised by the Sydney Malayalee Association as the Entrepreneur of the Year 2018. On receiving the entrepreneur award, Mr Abbas stressed the need for establishing a community centre for the Malayalee community. “We need a place for ourselves – a building or converted factory – something where we can...

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april, 2018

28apr10:30 am- 12:30 pmPre-Ramadan Mini Market Ladies Event (Limited Tickets)Ladies Only

28apr7:00 pm- 10:00 pm3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner

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