Author: Mobinah Ahmad

Indonesian Delegates meet Australian Muslims

As part of the Australian-Indonesian Muslim Exchange Program (MEP),  five Indonesian delegates visited Australia between 6-19 March to meet with key prominent community contacts in order to gain an insight into the Australian Muslim community. 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...

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Multicultural Community Medal for Mohamed Hage

The Multicultural Community Medal for 2017 has been awarded to Mohamed Hage, NSW State Chairman of the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for economic participation. The medal was presented to him by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in front of an audience of almost 1500 at the annual “Premier’s Harmony Dinner” held on Thursday 16 March at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney. The gala dinner hosted by the Premier and the Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon Ray Williams is an annual celebration of diversity to the significant contributions made to the community by multicultural leaders. A...

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The Islamic Museum of Australia strengthens the Muslim story

The Islamic Museum of Australia’s annual fundraising gala dinner for 2017 was held on Sunday 19 March at The Mantra Hotel in Melbourne. The program started with an incredible performance by Aboriginal performer with Muslim heritage which described the sound (played by a didgeridoo) of the first Muslim man to walk in the Australian dessert with a camel. Muslims have pitched in and had a go in building contemporary Australia and the Islamic Museum of Australia tells the Australian story through the eyes of Muslims and how they’ve contributed. “Multiculturalism has also been great for Australia. Our migration program...

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Friendships with Network Benefits

A recent conversation with a friend has led me into thinking about the difference between networks and friendships, and whether the two need to be mutually exclusive. I thought about people who only keep friends who they can ‘use’ as part of their network, and whether that was a bad thing.  How do we make decisions on who we choose to be around socially? Those who are kind or perhaps entertaining to us? Or is it those who are popular, well connected and can boost us up in advancing our personal and professional goals?   Both require meeting people, finding common interests and...

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The significance of superficiality

I found myself sitting at a round table full of people I knew of but can’t really say I know well enough. Whilst they engaged in the kind of small talk which I find deplorable: “What do you do?”, “Where are you from?”, “Where do you live?” and the pointless questions we ask one another to judge based on superficial information,  I noticed something. No one was asking me those questions. I couldn’t figure out if it was a good thing or a bad thing. It’s good in the sense that I’m not having the same boring conversations over...

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