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‘Divine Melodies’: Showcase of Bengali Islamic heritage

Multicultural Sydney was the venue for ‘Divine Melodies’, a showcase of Bengali Islamic heritage held on Sunday 31 March 2019 at the Orion Function Centre, Campsie organised by Pan Pacific Vision and supported by Human Appeal Australia. Sydney, a global metropolis and the primary hub of Australian multiculturalism, has indeed experienced this cultural event of extraordinary nature for the first time. Diverse ethnic and religious communities live in this city with harmony and peaceful coexistence. As a result, festivals and events organized by various groups representing their culture and heritage are commonplace in Sydney. However, there has never been a cultural...

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Community vigil at Lakemba Mosque joined by politicians

It was a peaceful and cloudy Friday afternoon in Sydney. Unlike other working days of a regular week, Muslim Sydneysiders tend to rush on this particular day during their lunch break in order to manage time for the Juma prayer. This is usually a 20 or 30 minutes time each Friday, during which they become quietly secluded from the busy life to observe Allah’s blessings and mercy on humankind in the congregation. On Friday 15 March 2019, precisely at this time, one of the most merciless and cruel acts of indiscriminate killing of innocent people took place in two...

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Freedom of expression essential for progress

Most Muslim majority societies now live in fear and subjugation. Lack of freedom of expression supports a lack of good governance, which eventually results in the decline of political rights, civil liberties, economic development, innovation, knowledge development and so on. This vicious cycle of backwardness is affecting a great number of people all over the Muslim world. Occasionally we are being deceived by the presentation of building new infrastructures as development in many countries, but in reality, a real sustainable and civilizational development still seems to be a far-fetched dream there. The very recent example that shook the whole...

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Lessons from the school children movement in Bangladesh

It was a regular weekday like any other in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, a country with the third largest Muslim population in the world. On 29 July 2018, a group of year 11 and 12 students were waiting for public buses in front of their school located in the bustling Dhaka Airport Road. While two buses were arriving there at the same time, they started racing in order to reach first as the one arriving before the other will get most passengers. One of the drivers lost control and ran down the waiting crowd. In this tragic...

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Assault on the journalists in Bangladesh condemned

Sydney Press and Media Council, the largest organisation of Bangladeshi-Australian journalists, has condemned recent wave of assault on the journalists in Bangladesh during the month of August. In those incidents, more than 40 journalists from different news outlets have been assaulted on the streets while documenting the attack of police and pro-government goons on school-children protesters. The report says armed men apparently loyal to the government attacked protesters demanding safer road system and media representatives covering their protests. Some of the journalists were severely beaten and later hospitalized. On Sunday 12 August 2018, a protest meeting was held by...

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