Author: Mobinah Ahmad

Man donates money, later converts to Islam

A heart-warming story of a man’s journey to Islam has resonated within the community. In a Facebook post, Zaid Rajab* explained his experience in meeting Jon when in line to attend an Islamic fundraising event. “With his Western Anglo appearance, I started a conversation with him, a loaded question, ‘When did you accept Islam?, I asked.” What peaked Zaid’s interest was the fact that Jon wasn’t a Muslim. “I recall vividly. I was wondering what was he doing at an Islamic event if he wasn’t a Muslim.” With interest in finding out more about Jon’s presence at the event,...

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Muslims in the Mainstream: Hijab House, ABC

Hijab House was featured on the ABC, as part of a new series called #Hijabistas, presented by Yassmin Abdel-Magied. The series explores the global fashion industry’s response to this burgeoning market. Tarik Houchar, founder of Hijab House explains that there is a common stereotype that Muslim women don’t engage in fashion, and rather there is a stereotype of oppression or subjugation. “The Muslim fashion market is massive, especially in Australia. But the funny thing is, most people don’t actually know that it actually exists.” Houchar...

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Muslim in the Mainstream: Hoda Kobeissi, Masterchef

Masterchef contestant Hoda Kobeissi did an Australian Masterchef first by making hand pulled cotton candy from scratch. As all the judges looked on curiously, Hoda creatively kneads the caramel saying you need “asbestos fingers” to handle the very hot mixture. “Once it cools down slightly, I’m able to then roll it, turn it into a ring and put it in the flour mixture.” said Hoda. Nigella Lawson, one of the most famous desert chefs said she is fascinated by Hoda’s...

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Premier’s Iftar celebrates diversity and harmony in NSW

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hosted the Premier’s Iftar Dinner on Friday 8 June at The Waterview in Bicetennial Park inviting prominent leaders from the Muslim community. The Iftar Dinner during the fasting month of Ramadan brought together diverse group of people including Muslim community leaders, representatives from other faith groups, Members of Parliament, Consul Generals and the multicultural media. “It is an honour to host an Iftar dinner – the breaking of the fast – with members of the NSW community who are observing Ramadan,” said Mrs Berejiklian. “Ramadan holds special significance in the life of Muslim Australians. It is a time of spiritual reflection and asks members of the Islamic faith to fast between sunrise and sunset. Iftar constitutes the evening meal at sunset to break the day long fast called Saum that Muslims observe during the fasting month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar,” she said. It was very well received as leaders had the opportunity to network and speak with the Premier and the Minister for Multiculturalism. “The focus and reflective nature of Ramadan is a timely reminder of the values we all share, including kindness, honesty, family and charity. These are values that contribute to the strength of our multifaith, and multicultural State, which the NSW  Government supports. I’d like to wish everyone observing the holy month, Ramadan Mubarak,” Ms Berejiklian said. Minister for...

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Mufti for all Australians

The Grand Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi has assured that he will be working for the benefit of all Australians and warned against any division being created on the basis of “us” and “them”. “Because we’re all one family and we all have to help each other and work together,” he said. The newly elected Mufti was speaking at a Ramadan Iftar Dinner on Saturday 26 May hosted by him together with the former Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed held at Star Palace Reception in Fairfield, Sydney. On being questioned by AMUST as to how he...

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