Author: Bilal Cleland

An English Test not a Dictation Test

Given our history of the White Australia Policy, and the xenophobia of the fringes of the Liberal Party and its voting mate the One Nation Party, many Australians have greeted this new provision with deep suspicion.

The echoes of the 1930s ring loud and it is up to the government to prove its policies do not stem from such roots.

The Australian Natives Association in its 1939 Congress in Warrnambool, demanded that any aliens permitted to enter the country should not be permitted to concentrate together in communities, should not be permitted to have their own schools or teach in their own languages, nor have foreign language newspapers.

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The calamity of the pandemic and mercy

Said Nursi asserts that the inner aspect of all things is good.

Not everything that man regards as bad is really evil, for, “it may well be that you hate a thing the while it is good for you, and it may well be that you love a thing the while it is bad for you: and God knows, whereas you do not know.” [ al-Baqara 2:21]

The Qur’an also says that “it may well be that you dislike something which God might yet make a source of abundant good” [ an-nisa’ 4:19[

Hasan Horkuc writes in his PhD thesis: “Said Nursi’s Ideal for Human Society: Moral and Social Reform in the Risale-I Nur;“
“ Even the most undesirable things and events are good in regard to their results. In reality, apparent harms, tribulations and calamities are not misfortunes. They are not evil and bad. They are created for many beneficial and everlasting results. They are created on purpose.” [University of Durham. July 2004]

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Islamic teaching on race becoming a universal value

The Yaqeen Institute provides Talk Toolkits on the matter of “Racism within Our Ranks.”

It reports: “According to an ISPU poll, Black Muslims are just as likely to experience racism from their own faith community as Black Americans are from their own faith communities (i.e. other Christians), with both groups more likely to report experiencing racial discrimination from the general public.  [27 February 2019 Yaqeen Institute]

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