Author: Zaynab Gul

Ramadan Radio Program to expand for the whole year

Recipient of the Order of Australia 2016 medallion, Diana Abdel-Rahman is the President of the Australian Muslim Voice Ramadan radio program that aims to give the Australian audience a platform to connect with Islam. The Ramadan program is a 24 hour daily service that airs in Canberra and online, featuring entertainment, talks by reputable Imams and interactive sessions for children. “It’s mainly for our youth who are often disinterested because of the dry manner in which many Muslim organisations approach Islam.” Abdel-Rahman said that a major limitation of many Islamic radio stations is their heavy focus on theology and the extensive usage of the Arabic language, making it difficult for the youth to engage with the religious content. “An Arab woman once came up to me with her young grandson and asked me why all our programs are in English. I looked at her grandson and said that he can’t pick up a book and learn the religion, but you can. I’m doing it for him.” Since beginning the radio program, Abdel-Rahman said that she wants to make the audience recognise the complexity of the religion as one that cannot be understood through a few lectures but rather requires more intensive study. “It lets people know where they stand in terms of knowledge. It’s not about giving people an in-depth understanding of what is in the Quran, instead it...

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What’s in a Date?

After a long day of fasting in Ramadan, we thank Allah then pop a date in our mouth, but have you ever thought about why we break our fast with this dry palm fruit? Dates have an important significance in Islam, especially during the holy month of Ramadan since the Prophet Mohammad (s) said “Break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying” (Hadith, narrated by Ahmad). Beyond its religious value, it has been scientifically proven that breaking the fast with dates is considered healthy as it contains high levels of sugar, giving a quick boost of energy...

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Desert trek for youth housing

Shafeen Mustaq is one of the few young Australians who is ready to give up the comfort of their warm winter beds to trek through the Simpson Desert and raise funds for youth housing. The 23-year old Canberra resident and her husband had been preparing for the 250 km journey spanning eight days as part of Youngcare’s campaign. This campaign aims to provide much needed facilities for over 5000 young Australians who are currently living in aged care. “The opportunity to fundraise for young Australians with high care needs who are in desperate need of help, coupled with the...

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Al Noori Wins the AFL Bachar Houli Cup

Over 150 Students from eight Islamic schools around Sydney gathered at Auburn’s Progress Park on 24 May 2017 to participate in the annual Bachar Houli Cup hosted by the GIANTS and AFLNSW. Al-Noori Islamic School took home the cup after winning their Grand Final game against Granville Boys High School on the sunny Wednesday afternoon.  The event, named after the Richmond Muslim player and AFL Multicultural Ambassador Bachar Houli, is an opportunity to connect young Muslim boys to the AFL. The program encourages Year 9 and 10 students of Muslim backgrounds to participate in an AFL 9’s competition. This...

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Sahra Abdi awarded Volunteer of the Year in WA

Sahra Abdi,  24 has recently been awarded the 2017 Western Australian Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedication to assisting Syrian refugee families settle in as new Australians. Abdi has also secured her place as a 2017 finalist for the Western Australian Volunteer for Multicultural Communities Award, recognising her ongoing support in facilitating and promoting diversity in Australia. “I feel very humbled and grateful to be recognised for the work I do with helping newly arrived migrants resettle into Australia,” she said. The young Australian volunteers her time to engage with local migrant communities, particularly those arriving...

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