Basim Al Ansari was featured in an article by SBS recently published a story about the annual commemoration of Ashura.
“Australian Muslims have taken the Shia commemoration of Ashura to talk to the general public about their faith and dispel any negative misconceptions.
“It is a way for us to be part of the public, so when we go out with our message, we say ‘here we are, this is who we are’, said Basim Al Ansari, one of the event organisers, told SBS.
“If we don’t hold these events, we are not responding to a lot of requests from the Australian public that says ‘good Muslims have to speak up’. If we don’t speak up, we have the loud mouths that unfortunately are a very small minority hijacking the image of Islam.”