Faith & Life: Can I be Muslim AND Australian?


Can I be Muslim AND Australian?Watch our new series!

Posted by OnePath Network on Sunday, 24 January 2016

Professor Mohamad Abdalla, Director of Islamic Research at Griffith University talks about Faith & Islam. “I often get asked a very important question by both Muslims and also by non-Muslims: “Are you an Australian Muslim or are you a Muslim Australian?” and personally I find that question problematic and somewhat insulting because I see both to be complimentary and not incompatible. Sometimes young Australian Muslims who have grown up in this country, perhaps because of the onslaught against Islam, perhaps because they grew up in an atmosphere of Islamophobia and perhaps because they grew up in an atmosphere of marginalisation. They begin to question their own identity and so they struggle with the question of “Can I be a Muslim and an Australian at the same time? So Australia is secondary? No. Third. Fourth. Allah comes First. Islam comes first.” And I say to them, I often start the conversation with them is that “Is it okay to be a Palestinian Muslim or a Lebanese Muslim or a Pakistani Muslim or an Indian Muslim or an Arab Muslim?” And obviously the response usually is “Yes of course we can” And they see no contradictions in that. Video by OnePath Network.

Mariam Veiszadeh does Privilege Walk

What Is Privilege? #AustraliaDay

Posted by BuzzFeed Australia on Tuesday, 24 January 2017

In the lead-up to Australia’s national day, as an increasing number of us reflect on the deeper meaning of “Australia Day” and what it has come to represent, Buzzfeed Australia set out to interrogate how societal privilege plays out in Australian society.

Buzzfeed invited nine Australians to a warehouse in Sydney. Together they represent Australia’s diverse population to take part in a privilege walk: An exercise designed to illustrate how privilege affects the lives of individuals. The participants take either a step forward or back or remain in position depending on how they relate to 35 statements about societal privilege and disadvantage. The privilege walk illustrates visually how privilege – or lack of it – affects the way our life unfolds.

“I think by the end of this experience, I’ll be really interested to see where I do end up” said Mariam Veiszadeh.

Questions included discrimination, sexuality, money, gender, upbringing and much more: “If you’re parents ever had to work more than one job to support your family, take one step back. If you’ve ever been discriminated or verbally or physically abused by your appearance, take a step back.” Produced by Buzzfeed Australia: News.