Author: Mobinah Ahmad

Woman of Style: Amna’s Awards Keep Advancing

Congratulations are in order for Amna Karra-Hassan, one of the fastest growing pillars of our community. The incredibly inspiring 28-year-old was announced as the Sports Winner celebrating InStyle and Audi’s #WomenOfStyle on Wednesday 17 May 2017 at The Star in Sydney.  “Celebrating the contribution of women @instylemag #womenofstyleawards.. the recognition in itself was incredible but to be awarded by @laynebeachley – a woman I admire and respect – wow. My life is filled with beautiful moments.” said Amna Karra-Hassan. The awards honour some of Australia’s most inspiring and accomplished women across a range of categories. Karra-Hassan was amongst nominees including Olympic...

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Susan Carland on feminism and Hislam

Academic and Author, Dr Susan Carland was the star at a packed Sydney book reading event on Wednesday 10 May at Gleebooks in Glebe. It was an opportunity for readers meet and greet the author and listen to excerpts from her book “Fighting Hislam”. The Muslim community as portrayed in the West is considered a misogynist’s playground where feminism is often regarded with sneering hostility. This has been demonstrated by the number of articles produced by mainstream media about her book attacking and making claims that feminism and Islam are mutually exclusive. What would our mainstream media be without...

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Second Indonesian delegation visit under MEP

The second group of Indonesian delegates visited Australia from  16 to 30 April under the Australian-Indonesian Muslim Exchange Program (MEP and comprised of an interesting mix of a head of school, social entrepreneur, program manager, director for education, photographer and task force manager.  The Muslim Exchange Program has been successfully operating since 2002 and it involves visits to Australia by groups of young Indonesian Muslim community leaders to have a greater awareness of Australia’s multicultural society. The Indonesian delegates went to Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney within a period of two weeks and visited prominent universities, mosques, interfaith organisations and businesses and had the opportunity to meet a variety of community leaders. The Indonesian delegation comprised...

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Yassmin demonised, yet again

The ongoing media assault on Yassmin Abdel-Magied had dominated the spotlight last month almost like an obsessive love-to-hate frenemy. Yassmin wrote: “Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine…)”. It is astounding how seven short words on a facebook post (which was later deleted) has sparked some of the most disgusting vitriol from social media trolls, online news platforms and television panels severely demonising Yassmin. The mania behind the reaction reveals a kind of hypocrisy, from some Liberal politicians, right-wing columnists and shockjocks and shows the true nature of who freedom of speech is reserved for in this country. The...

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On the outs of the community

The Muslim community is not a social group, it’s a social network where the operative word is network. You see, often people can get confused between your real friends or acquaintances, and networks, ie the people who connect with for a specific professional purpose. Whilst a friend can be a network, a network cannot be a friend. If I had a dollar every time people made this uncomfortable realisation that their networks are not, in fact, their friends – I’d have a couple hundred dollars right now. It’s something I come across time and time again. People make this...

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