Author: Zaynab Gul

Al-Hikma College banner vandalised to read “Suicide Bomber”

The Shadow Minister for Education, Jihad Dib, shunned recent vandalism at a local Islamic school as being ‘a low act’, and having “no doubt that the perpetrator will face the full extent of the law.” On Saturday 2 June 2018, the words ‘Suicide Bomber’ were found to have been spray painted onto Al-Hikma College’s banner in Lakemba, corner of Haldon St and Canterbury Road. Brice Hamack, the President of the Islamophobia Register Australia told AMUST that such events are ‘expected’ because of the media’s constant portrayal of Muslims through the lens of terrorism and violence. “A recent report on...

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MAA Ramadan Food Rescue helping those in need

Aysha*, a refugee from Ghana in Sydney and a mother of 2-year-old triplets, is a widow and struggling to make ends meet. Because Centrelink payments don’t cut it for her, she relies on MAA’s fortnightly Food Hampers go to help provide her family with the food they need. Sharon* recently called MAA requesting food assistance. She was struggling without food in the house, and was also out of work. MAA delivered an emergency food hamper to Sharon, and referred her to some companies she could get back into the work force. These are some of the cases that MAA National’s Food Hamper projects has recently handled in Australia. Another initiative is the Community Supermarket which currently supports around 60 families on a weekly basis with food and groceries. They help the homeless, poor, broken families, unemployed, unemployable, sick, refugees, elderly and disabled. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and groceries are some of the regular items that are provided both in the supermarket and the food hampers. RAMADAN FOOD RESCUE: Through MAA’s inaugural Ramadan food rescue in Sydney last year: – 8,500 tonnes of food were rescued from family, community and restaurant iftars – 51 volunteers gave around 445 hours of their time – Deliveries of 16,799 food packs were made to 1,778 households in Sydney With the on-going assistance of partners Brothers In Need and Mountaha’s Helping Hand, MAA National...

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Assmaah kicking goals for social equality

Young Australian Muslim Assmaah Helal is kicking gender stereotypes and discrimination out of the window as she advocates social change and equality through her love for football. “I have been leading, advocating & driving sport for social change initiatives since 2009 in Australia and Asia. My years of experience working with young people, refugees and women in a small, resource-limited organisation has enabled me to be creative and strategic,” the 30 year old Sydneysider said. From a young age, Assmaah developed a passion for football, owing to her family bonding over late-night World Cup matches and her Egyptian father’s...

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A Henna Artist’s Journey

HennaDot.com recently interviewed Sydney based henna artist on her journey of the craft. 1. Tell us a little about yourself (Where you live? Your henna journey? How you decided to pursue this form of art)?  My name is Nafeesah and I’m currently living in Sydney. I’m originally from Mauritius, a treasure in the Indian Ocean. I have been doing henna for as long as I can remember which could be around the age of 8-9. Born and raised in Mauritius, it was not hard to discover the art of henna, given that the little island thrives on multiculturalism. There’s henna for every festival, be it Eid, or Divali, or weddings. Occasionally, for weddings and Eids, I used to get adorned by my elder cousins and I remember how I would admire and get absorbed just watching them do the art on themselves, on my hands and on others. Back in the days, henna was mostly dots and patches here and there but my cousins were really good at it. Their designs, always so fine, would stand out to me. When everybody had their henna done, I’d often pick up the used cones – usually there’s still plenty left in them – and start drawing on my arm, wherever there was no henna drawn already. That’s how my passion grew and that’s when I knew it was something I was going to...

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Not Your Middle Eastern Islam

Islam isn’t a country. Its rules and teachings aren’t just what goes on in the Middle East. As the world found out two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia will be one of the last countries to finally legalise a woman’s right to drive as of June 2018. But, seventh century Islam elevated a woman’s status at a time when daughters were being buried alive out of spite for their gender. In 2011, women’s rights activist Manal Al-Sharif was jailed by the Saudi government simply for posting a YouTube video of her driving a car. It’s a funny version of Islam...

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