Author: a-alimurdoch-edu-au

End of IS: What next?

By all accounts, the end of IS is neigh and the world has to grapple with the issue of what to do with the captives of whom a sizeable number are misguided youth lured by the promise of living in an Islamic caliphate. UK’s hard line refusing to take back a female returnee has caused the death of two or three babies. The Australian Prime Minister has expressed similar attitude. Apart from this issue, one question that faces Muslim world is whether the idea of a caliphate is also dead with the death of IS? No sooner was it...

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Will sanity prevail in the subcontinent?

The Indo-Pakistani tensions sparked by a Kashmiri suicide bomber claimed by Jaish-e-Muhammad, in Pulwama district of Indian occupied Kashmir, must be viewed not simply as an anti-Indian terror act, but also as part of a broader strategy to destabilise the government of Imran Khan, which that group and others like it do not support. However, the bombing took place at a very critical time in India where Narendra Modi Government is facing a losable election in a couple of month time. Modi, his BJP and RSS, are no lovers of Muslims. In fact, it was during his time as...

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Ignorant Judge’s poor advice to “knowledgeable Muslims”

Justice Desmond Fagan, while reading his judgement on the Jihadi Bonnie and Clyde terrorist case advising Muslims with “deep knowledge” to disavow some verses of the Quran, only shows how ignorant the magistrate was about the history and content of that tome, holiest to all believing Muslims. “If Australian followers of the religion, including those who profess deep knowledge, were to make clear public disavowal of these verses, as not authoritative instructions from Allah, then terrorists’ moral conviction might be weakened,” Justice Fagan said. To start with, the name religion, which originated as a binary between religion and secular in...

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Streamlining money collections for mosque building

Muslims all over the world have a penchant towards building mosques. Mosques are iconic markers of Muslim existence and Australia is no exception. There is a belief that if one builds a mosque for Allah, He, in turn, will build a house for that person in paradise. According to one estimate, there are over 370 mosques or Muslim places of worship in this country. As Muslim population increases through ‘controlled immigration’, conversion or natural rate, we may expect several more to appear in future. Even if Muslim population were to remain static, as they become more religious and regularise their...

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Scott Morrison’s Jerusalem Muddle

The P-Plated Prime Minister has made yet another rushed announcement recognising West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel implying thereby East Jerusalem would be recognised as the capital of Palestine when the so-called two-state solution comes into effect. Israel all along has claimed Jerusalem as its undivided capital. Now even the Israeli cabinet, at least one section of it, is in uproar. The Israeli ambassador to Australia in a recent radio interview with ABC has been embarrassingly pushed to a corner by a journalist where the ambassador was struggling for words to smoothen the rough edges of Morrison’s Jerusalem muddle....

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