Author: Manarul Islam

“Surfer” Sheikh visits Canberra

Sheikh Haisam Farache, sometimes known as the “Surfer Sheikh” due to his active lifestyle, visited Canberra on 13 October for a series of talks and discussions. In his first talk, he leveraged his background as a Sydney lawyer and qualifications in shariah, to present a talk on Shariah Law: What is it and How is it implemented? in the JG Crawford Building at the Australian National University (ANU).   His second talk was a change of direction and focused on Spiritual Development in Modern Times. A third discussion on Madhabs (Islamic Legal Schools of Thought): Past, Present and Future was held in a more intimate atmosphere to...

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Deplorable or Adorable? Rural life and politics

Are our rural communities being sidelined in the political discourse? And is that likely to feed the further rise of right-wing groups who take advantage of this disassociation through fear and intolerance? These were some of the questions raised and addressed in a talk by the Guardian’s political correspondent, Gabrielle Chan on 26 October at the ACT Legislative Assembly hall. The talk, Deplorable or Adorable? Small town life and politics in rural Australia, was a precursor to a book Ms Chan is in the process of writing dealing with the role of rural communities in our political, economic and social psych. The talk was...

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New lease of life for Islamic School of Canberra

The parents of children attending the Islamic School of Canberra, in the suburb of Weston, were invited to an information session on Friday 13 October to meet the new board and hear the future plans for the school, which for the last year or so had been under immense financial and federal government pressure to close its doors. Earlier this year the Department of Education and Training (DET) had announced the cessation of funding on 30 June based on governance and financial viability issues. This was later extended to 15 December. In the meantime, the Islamic Practice and Dawah...

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Canberrans gather to support Rohingya refugees

The Nara Peace Park on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin on a fine spring day became the venue for a community-wide fundraising event for the Rohingya refugees. The fundraising, held on Sunday 15 October, was the brainchild of three active community members, Emad Soliman, Holly Vanderpol and Hajira Mohammed who worked tirelessly with the Muslim community in Canberra to make the arrangements and promote the event, with collaboration with Human Appeal International Australia and Charity Australia International who both collected the donations during the occasion. According to spokesman, Mr Soliman, the event collected in excess of $25,000 on the...

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Gungahlin Mosque opens to a welcome crowd

The Gungahlin Mosque, located in Canberra’s burgeoning north, opened its doors to the public on Sunday 8 October, after over a decade of planning, fundraising and building. Gungahlin is the ACT’s fastest growing regions, and a magnet for the settlement of new Muslim families to the capital. The day opened with an army of volunteers organising the BBQ and cake with a jumping castle and balloons for the kids. Then the extraordinary crowd, extending beyond just the Muslim community and made up of locals and those from all around Canberra, filled the mosque for the ceremony. Local community member and...

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november, 2017

22nov10:30 am- 1:30 pmLadies High Tea For Rohingya

23nov7:30 pm- 10:30 pmSounds of Light PerthCharity Concert

24nov6:30 pm- 9:30 pmSounds of Light AdelaideCharity Concert

25nov6:00 pm- 9:00 pmSounds of Light SydneyCharity Concert

26nov3:30 pm- 6:30 pmSounds of Light MelbourneCharity Concert

27nov7:00 pm- 10:00 pmSounds of Light BrisbaneCharity Concert

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