Author: ziahmad

Drought Relief: Muslims helping farmers

Almost $100,000 was raised for helping Australian farmers for drought relief by “Sydney Muslim Cyclists’ and their sponsors where more than 100 men and women in 3 groups cycled from Belmore Sports Ground to Brighton Le Sands and back. The effort was part of an all day Human Appeal Farmers Drought Family Day Fundraiser on Sunday 23 September at Belmore Sports Grounds, the home of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs included a sausage sizzle and family fun activities such as jumping castles, face painting, zoo petting, pony rides and much more. A major Muslim aid organisation Human Appeal Australia (HAA) as part of the generous Australian community...

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Democracy undermined by vested interests

Consultative representation of people forms the basis of Islamic principle of Shura as well as that of democracy with one person one vote in order to run a family, an organisation, an institution or a nation with equitable decision making, good governance and peaceful transfer of power. However from time to time, we witness the failure of democratic institutions as a result of the human weaknesses of injustice, discrimination, racism, nepotism and vested interests. Democracy misfires when check and balances fail due to the monopolisation of vested interest using their power, human or financial. Kevin Rudd, a former prime...

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“I am not going anywhere”: Senator Mehreen Faruqi

Senator Mehreen Faruqi gave her maiden speech on Tuesday 21 August 2018 in the Australian Federal Parliament as the hundredth woman and the first Muslim to sit in the chamber. At times she was blunt, bold and being fair dinkum addressing the issues of bigotry, racism and discrimination in her own way. “Being a Senator gives us the immense privilege of having a platform, and I intend to use it, just like my colleagues in the Greens, to speak out against injustice and amplify voices that seek justice, whoever or wherever they are. The reality is that my presence...

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Myanmar military carried out genocide of Rohingya: UN report

A UN report released on Monday 27 August has concluded that Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya with “genocidal intent” in Rakhine state and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted. It has been one year since 25 August 2017 when hundreds of thousands of the Rohingya population streamed into Bangladesh, as a result of a brutal crackdown carried out by the Myanmar army that was described by the United Nations as “textbook ethnic cleansing”. The report names six senior military figures it believes should go on trial and sharply criticises Myanmar’s de...

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Amity Girls raise funds for ARO Qurban Appeal

The Amity College Girls High School students organised a fundraising dinner on Thursday 16 August in Sydney to raise awareness of global hunger and human plight. The invited keynote speaker Mrs Mehar Ahmad talked on “Altruism: A call for action” in order to nurture social empathy. The event held at the Preston, Sydney campus was attended by students, staff, parents and a number of guests from the community where funds were raised for the ARO Qubran Appeal. Amity runs the Qurban Campaign annually in collaboration with ARO to enhance community awareness of social inequalities and respond to the needs...

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