Author: Zia Ahmad

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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Family reunion at 11th IFEW Presentation Dinner

The 11th IFEW Presentation dinner was held on Sunday 26 March 2017 at Dar-ul-Islam, Bonnyrigg joined by invited guests and members of the Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare (IFEW). The invitees included Mr Aftab Malik, Community Relations Manager from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Mr Rais Khan, President of IFAM, Sheikh Dr Kamal Talib, Imam at Roselands Mosque and Mr Luqman Landy, the veteran educationist and daawah worker. After introductions, Mr Aamir Ahmad, President of IFEW gave a detail introduction of IFEW history and activities for almost four decades with an audio-visual presentation. Mr Rais Khan...

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Amity College continues its strong academic tradition

Amity College hosted its annual HSC and ATAR Awards Ceremony on Thursday 16 February to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the HSC graduating class of 2016. The awards ceremony included the giving away of generous prizes awarded to students who helped maintain a well-established tradition of academic excellence at the College. Amity College holds this ceremony with the attendance of its current Year 12 students every year in order to set high standards and provide an exceptional experience for them. High achievers at the HSC 2016 spoke at the event to inspire current Year 12 students sharing...

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Trump travel ban creates world chaos

President Donald Trump’s executive order signed on Friday 27 January to curb immigration and entry of refugees and nationals from seven Muslim countries has created a chaotic situation at airports throughout the world. The erratic move has been widely condemned both internationally as well as within the US by politicians, diplomats, judiciary, academics, artists and overwhelmingly, by the general public. Ongoing widespread protests have taken place in world capitals and at US airports, where a large number of travellers entering US have been detained in spite of holding valid visas. The immediate criticism of Trump’s move came from the...

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ICSOA releases inaugural Newsletter

The Indian Crescent Society of Australia (ICSOA) released its on-line inaugural newsletter on Thursday 26 January 2017 on the momentous occasion of  the India’s Republic Day as well as the Australia Day. The newsletter in addition to messages of goodwill contains reports and some very relevant articles on Indian Muslims and the contemporary issues they face. We invite feedback and further contributions in future editions of ICSOA newsletter. ICSOA was formed last year in order to provide a platform for Australians in general and Muslims of Indian origin in particular to deal with issues related to the welfare of...

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