Author: Yusra Hadi

Walk for Respect in Lakemba

Multicultural Australia has celebrated the rejection of proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by the Senate last week. Thousands of people from diverse backgrounds including mainstream Australians gathered on Friday evening 31 March at Haldon Street in Lakemba and walked to Perry Park in a show of respect for all and community harmony against hate speech and bigotry. The Walk for Respect, an initiative of Mr Tony Burke, Labor Member for Watson and Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia, is an annual event, first organised in 2014. In a jubilant atmosphere of friendship, people...

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The Hijab is not a fashion statement

The boundaries of Islamic modest clothing have become blurred over the past few decades, primarily in the West due to the controversial ideology of modest hijab fashion input in our daily lives. The idea behind modest clothing becoming a fashion statement seems to be taken too far. And that’s understandable, in an era where money and power are above all principals of humanity, it’s only natural for large companies and global business owners to use the booming Muslim market to their advantage. A figure of $230 billion (USD) was spent on clothing by Muslim consumers worldwide, making the Muslim...

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Muslims feeding the needy in Sydney CBD

Several Muslim organisations in the suburbs of western Sydney have spared precious time serving the homeless in our community, a small part of humanity. Sydney- based Islamic organisation Muslims feeding the needy have formed a small group of Muslim volunteers to help the homeless and needy in Sydney by providing them with complementary food and drinks. The Four Muslim men who started the project in 2014 are continuously dedicating their Monday nights to help the homeless by sharing with them food and drinks. Every Monday afternoon, the MFN team travel around the suburbs of Western Sydney to pick up...

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Australia’s biggest halal expo ever!

The Halal Expo Australia held its 3rd annual conference on the weekend 11 to 12 February at Rosehill Gardens, Sydney attracting thousands of visitors each day with the international exhibitors, speakers and global industry players. Despite the temperature reaching 45 degrees that weekend, people from all over NSW, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong and even interstate participants from Melbourne and Brisbane attended the event. The event most successfully showcased various aspects of Islam and defined a new dimension of Australian Muslims pertaining to Halal products and services. This year, the theme of the conference was ‘The Role of Halal in Culture, Trade and...

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Health project to help Syrian refugees

When looking at all the chaos happening in the middle east and the recent Syrian crisis, it’s easy to become cynical about the number of refugees around the world. There is generally a sense of feeling powerless and not knowing what to do to help. However, Sydney-Based humanitarian, Shay Saleh, has spent the last few months planning an initiative to serve a small part of humanity. According to UNHCR, an estimated number of 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011. The UN states that Syrians are officially the largest national group...

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