Author: Manarul Islam

First Australians – an understanding

The Dickson Taj Agra restaurant in Canberra was packed last Monday 15 May as those interested came to hear directly the hopes, aspirations and challenges of our first Australians. Titled First Australians – Raising our Understanding, the discussion, organised by Forum Australia (www.aussieforum.org) brought together a diverse set of views from the community over a typically sumptuous three course meal at the restaurant. Forum Australia President, Mohammed Ali, commenced the proceedings laying clear the importance of the topic and why its was important for all in the community to fully comprehend and empathise with the situation that the indigenous...

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Islamic School of Canberra scrambles for survival

The Islamic School of Canberra (ISC) in Weston, ACT is scrambling for survival after the Federal Government decided to cease funding after 30 June 2017. ISC is an independent K-7 co-educational school with a student population of 215 and employs over 20 staff, educating its students using the Australian National Curriculum within the Islamic tradition. According to the Principal, Mr David Johns, if the government ceases funds as they did last year, it will require outside funding of $600,000 to remain viable till the end of this calendar year otherwise it will close within the next 6 weeks. The school has started a fundraising...

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Canberrans raise over $160K for Queanbeyan Masjid

The Queanbeyan Masjid project was boosted by over $160,000 in a dinner to raise funds on Saturday 6 May. Canberrans showed they are not weary of local fundraising events by packing the Dickson hall to hear inspirational talks, eat fine food and donate for the building of the masjid. Imam Adama Konda from Canberra Islamic Centre and Islamic School of Canberra stressed the importance of the house of Allah being there to support the local communities. Ex-President of IFAM-ACT and a senior member, Dr Saleem Alam stressed this point. “There are over 1000 Muslims living in Queanbeyan. Many of...

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Europe on a prayer

One of the key things I do when I am travelling is to visit a mosque and pray.  As do many Muslims.  It builds a spiritual connection both with Allah as well as the strange place you have visited fleetingly.  It makes the bond that much greater. So during our road trip across Europe last northern winter we were fortunate enough to stop and pray at several mosques across the continent. One of the most memorable visits was one we hadn’t planned at all.  During the last leg of the mainland trip we had left Duisberg in western Germany and were...

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IFAM’s Family Camp largest and best ever

  In April over 70 families, incorporating over 200 women, men and children, attended the most recent of the renowned family camps held by the Islamic Forum for Australian Muslims (IFAM). The camp, held at the Cataract Scout Park in Appin, southwest of Sydney, was conducted from Friday 21 April till Sunday 23 April in what could be described as the perfect camping weather. IFAM, nationally and by state, has run dozens of camps over the years.  This get together, the 7th national family camp, in particular brought together IFAM’s members, their families and friends from different states to...

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