Author: Zia Ahmad

Kashmir: BJP under fire over support for rapists

The abduction, gang rape and murder of an 8-year old Muslim girl in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir and support by Hindu nationalists for eight Hindu men charged for the crime has shocked all Indians sparking protests all over the country. The young girl, Asifa who belonged to a Muslim nomadic community, the Bakarwals, was abducted while grazing horses in a meadow in the town of Kathua, taken to a Hindu temple, where she was drugged and raped for five days by eight different men including a retired government official and a police officer. Although the crime was committed...

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AMUST: a unique platform for positive news

The general perception of news is to be negative, extraordinary, sensational and unusual that will draw the readers and excite them. This is the conventional strategy that mass media use to attract readership or views on TV and now empowered individuals on social media adding to their likes statistics. If a dog bites a man, this is no news. However, if a man bites a dog, this is big news, worthy of a headline and possibly framed on front pages of the tabloids. If a robber steals a lady’s purse, this is news, however, if a gentleman helps an...

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Sheikh Afifi appointed new Mufti

Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi has been appointed as the Grand Mufti of Australia for a three-year term. He succeeds Dr Ibrahim Abu Muhammed, who held the post since 2011 for a maximum of two consecutive terms of three years. The appointment was announced at the 11th General Assembly of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) convened on Sunday 18 March 2018 at its headquarters in Chullora Sydney. ANIC is the peek Islamic religious and legal authority, representing Muslims in Australia comprising of more than two-hundred Imams and Muslim scholars of different backgrounds and schools of thought across all states in Australia. The ANIC Executive...

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Options for Muslim burial places

With the increasingly ageing and expanding population of Muslims, there has been a concern as to find suitable burial places for Muslims in Sydney. The main cemetery at Rookwood is filling up fast. The Muslim section at Liverpool is now full with no vacancies. The Reverston cemetery is again filling up fast. A relatively new cemetery for Muslim burial is at Narellan operated by the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA). The veteran Muslim leader with corporate knowledge of Muslim burials for more than 35 years, Mr Kazi Ali has been articulating the need for planning and cost-effective services for Muslim...

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Late Mark Blows: Reflections at the funeral service

On Tuesday 13 February, I had the opportunity and the honour of attending the most dignified funeral of our family friend Mr Mark Blows, a clinical psychologist, musician and an interfaith leader, at the Gosford Anglican Church, who had passed away on Thursday 1 February 2018. Mark, and his wife Johanna, a psychologist as well, worked with my father Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad and members of our family on a number of interfaith project associated with the Festival of Harmony conducted in the city of Fairfield including the production of a manual “Reflections: Interfaith Youth Interactions, an “Interfaith Youth...

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april, 2018

28apr10:30 am- 12:30 pmPre-Ramadan Mini Market Ladies Event (Limited Tickets)Ladies Only

28apr7:00 pm- 10:00 pm3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner

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