Author: Zia Ahmad

AFIC Elections: New team or same old guard?

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils held it 53rd Annual Congress in Sydney from Saturday 6 May to Sun 7 May and has elected a new executive committee led by Dr Rateb Jneid, its Perth based President. AFIC also known as Muslim Australia supposedly represents Australian Muslims with a three-tier structure on local, state and federal level and its annual congress gathered delegates from all states of Australia including ACT, Northern Territory and Christmas Island from member societies as well as state councils. The organisation has been plagued by infighting, court cases and accusations of mismanagement of its schools...

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Populist nationalism undermining democracies

Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner from the Australian Human Rights Commission has pointed out that the stability of pluralist societies was now coming under strain as a result of extreme forms of populist nationalism sweeping through Western democracies. Emphasising the need for interfaith and intercultural dialogue, he said, “The work of dialogue has never been more important in our society. It is the mark of a flourishing liberal democracy that it can deal with difference and disagreement, not through violent means but peaceful ones; that it can have a civil exchange of ideas, based on fact and reason;...

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Dr Javed Jamil appointed Chair of Islamic Studies

In recognition of his outstanding work in the field of Islam, health and international affairs, renowned thinker and Islamic Scholar, Dr Javed Jamil has been appointed Head of Islamic Studies and Research by Yenepoya University, Mangalore, India. The Inauguration Ceremony of the Chair was organised at Yenepoya University, Campus Mangalore on 4 April 2017 attended by university senior administrators and academics. The Chancellor of the University, Mr Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi, was the Chief Guest. Vice Chancellor, Dr Vijayakumar, Registrar, Dr Shreekumar Menon, Director, Finance Mr Farhaad Yenepoya were present on the occasion. The trustees of Islamic Academy of Education...

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Interview with Minister Ray Williams

The Hon Ray Williams MP, Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services in the State of NSW granted a 45 minutes’ audience with AMUST Team at his offices at the Parliament of New South Wales on Monday 24 April 2017. The meeting was attended by the Minister; Ms Hayley Ashburner, Media Adviser; Mr Rommel Varghese, Adviser, Multiculturalism, Youth and Volunteering; Mr Zia Ahmad, Managing Editor, AMUST and Ms Mobinah Ahmad, Multimedia Journalist, AMUST. In addition to getting to know each other, relate the migrant story, discuss current community issues and concerns, 15 minutes during the meeting were devoted...

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Freedom of Religion in Multicultural Australia

Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner from the Australian Human Rights Commission has stated that although Australia’s commitment to multiculturalism is broad and enduring, our ordinary law offers some very limited protection against discrimination or vilification on the basis of religion. He was speaking on the topic “The lion and the lamb: freedom of religion in multicultural Australia” at the lunchtime Affinity Intercultural Foundation’s popular lunchtime Lecture Series held on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the Affinity offices in Sydney. The full house event with many guests finding standing room only was facilitated by former Senator and Privacy Commissioner...

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