Author: Zia Ahmad

Fairfield Eid Festival hits record numbers in attendance

The annual Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF) was held on Sunday 8 July 2018 at the Fairfield Showground with tens of thousands of people celebrating post-Eid festivities after the fasting period during the month of Ramadan. As one of the most anticipated events on Sydney’s multicultural calendar, MEFF is the first, the largest and the longest-running Eid Festival in Australia, welcoming all Australians of various faiths and cultural background. This was the 34th year the festival has been organised and the event was a tremendous success with Australians of all background and faiths attending with more than 120 market...

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Gallipoli Home: first intake of elderly residents

The first facility in Sydney dedicated to serving the needs of elderly from Muslim and culturally diverse background commenced its first intake from Monday 2 July 2018. Gallipoli Home is an upmarket 102-bed residential complex located next to the iconic Gallipoli Mosque on 11 Gelibolu Parade, close to Auburn train station. The uniquely designed purpose built 3-level building incorporates state of the art facilities, alongside a beautiful aesthetic fusing of modern architecture with traditional Turkish, Arabic, Indigenous, Australian, and Islamic elements. The first residents were welcomed to their new home on Monday 2 July 2018. The facility will aim...

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Time for reconciliation in Turkey

There is no doubt that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has played a most significant role in transforming Turkey for the last 15 years and after last Sunday elections has the potential to lead the country for at least five and possibly 10 more years. During the last 15 years, Turkey has been transformed away from being a third world country, with long years of economic growth, improved public services, robust infrastructure and above all Islamisation of the Turkish population away from a Turkish nationalist secular entity. Although Mr Erdogan deserves to be credited for the transformation of Turkey for...

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Sheikh Shady wins defamation case

In a press release dated Tuesday 26 June 2018, the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) announced that Sheikh Shady’s defamation action against News Corp has been settled. Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, the current President of ANIC commenced defamation proceedings on 16 June 2017, against the publishers of The Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail regarding a series of articles published in June 2016.  Sheikh Shady stated that the matter has now been resolved on confidential terms. The articles that concerned him have been removed from the internet.  He thanked Barrister Sue Chrysanthou and the Birchgrove Legal team for their outstanding work...

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Chris Hayes raises plight of Rohingya in Parliament

Mr Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for the seat of Fowler in NSW and Chief Opposition Whip drew the attention of Australian Federal Parliamentarians towards the plight of Rohingyas on Monday 21 May 2018. During his speech he described in detail the deteriorating human rights situation in  Myanmar and in particular of Rohingya in the Rakhine State and the terrible situation of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled to Bangladesh as a result of atrocities being committed against them. He called on the Australian Government to consider providing additional humanitarian assistance in response to the Rohingya crisis,...

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