Author: Manarul Islam

Impact of Marriage Equality

What would Australian society be like if and when the marriage equality legislation is passed in Parliament, in effect allowing same-sex to be married? That was the question pondered and discussed in the latest of Forum Australia’s series of dinner and discussions in Canberra on Monday 27 February. Held at Golden King Restaurant in Phillip and MC’d by Veronica Wensing, the forum discussed this impact through various angles. Asmi Wood of the ANU College of Law looked at the legal implications and raised some interesting points. Dr Wayne Brighton, of the Public Issues Commission of the Anglican Diocese of...

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Yassmin speaks her mind

Fresh from her highly publicised debate with Jacqui Lambie on ABC’s Q&A, inspirational community activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, made her way south to share her thoughts with Canberra’s community. Yassmin, 26 is an Australian Muslim engineer of Sudanese-Egyptian background and an author, TV and radio presenter and a community activist on multiculturalism promoting diversity and inclusion in society. As part of the YWCA She Leads In-Conversation series, Ms Abdel-Magied was the focus of the question/answer/discussion event held at the University of Canberra’s Ann Harding Centre on 22 February. Facilitated by Dr Alice Williamson, co-host of the ABC podcast, Dear Science,...

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Andalusia – Granada and the Alhambra

No trip to Spain would be complete until you visit the Alhambra in Granada.   Originally a red fort (Qalat Al-Hamra) built on Roman fortifications, it was transformed to become the royal palace by the last Emirs of Moorish Spain. Finally taken over by the Christians it became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella and most famously was where Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition to find an eastern route to India. The architecture is awe-inspiring, leading it to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It follows the usual Andalusian architecture of openness letting air...

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IFAM explains Islam to festival-goers

Those attending the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra in February this year had the opportunity to learn more about Islam.  The Islamic Forum for Australian Muslims (IFAM) had once again set up a stall where both male and female members of IFAM ACT actively took part in this dawah (invitation to Islam) opportunity during the festival on 19 and 20 February. Through IFAM’s affiliation with WhyIslam, a dawah wing of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the stall had a wide range of material that was distributed freely to the many who came to the stall. There was...

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Rally for refugees, against Trump

Canberrans bore one of the hottest days of summer to come together and rally support for the refugees. The rally, held on 11 February at Garema Place, included many speakers including prominent Muslim activist and community member Diana Abdel-Rahman who last year received the Order of Australia medal for multicultural community work. Other speakers included Sophie Singh from the Refugees Action Committe, Canberra, who had organised the event. Sophia Therese read a poem by Ravi Nagaveeran from his book “From Hell to Hell” which highlighted the personal plight of those seeking refuge. Particularly forceful was the speech by Dr...

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