Author: faseeha-hashmi

Uyghurs harnessing comedy App to save their families

The latest social media campaign by Uyghurs, a Muslim Turkic minority, have created heartfelt videos of missing family members in a bid to raise awareness of the situation of their friends and relatives detained in camps in Xinjiang, in China’s north-west. TikTok is not the first medium that comes to mind in the fight for human rights. Especially, when it’s young, mostly teenager demographic use it to create and share viral memes, animal videos, lip-sync and comedy. Known as TikTok internationally (or ‘Douyin’ as the Chinese alternative servers to comply with strict censorship restrictions), these unsuspecting social platforms are being mobilised for...

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Place a halal bet, she’ll succeed: UK’s first jockey to race in hijab secures fairytale win

Khadijah Mellah, 18 has become the first person to compete in a UK horse racing event while wearing a hijab, taking home the prized Magnolia Cup on Thursday 1 August 2019. The fairytale winner and sporting novice Khadijah Mellah, an 18-year-old student from Peckham, debuted her racing performance at a women’s only charity event in support of ‘Wellbeing Of Women’ to raise money for women’s reproductive and gynecological health.  Speaking about her jubilant victory, the Muslim jockey expressed her astonishment being the youngest rider in the line-up racing against more experienced jockeys, including former Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, Irish model Vogue Williams and...

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Over $1 Million donated by Jewish communities for Christchurch victims

Christchurch Muslim community has been presented with a cheque of over $1 million by a number of Jewish communities.  Demonstrating that religion is no barrier, a Jewish delegation from around the world was warmly welcomed on the 17th of July by New Zealand’s Muslim community. Known as the ‘Abrahamic fund’, the generosity fund was collected from Jewish communities from the US, Sydney and New Zealand to Mayor of Christchurch Liane Daziel to be distributed to victims of the Christchurch attack.Advertisements Before the ceremony, a delegation of Jewish and Muslim leaders visited the Christchurch synagogue and the two mosques which were...

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Proud to be Australian Indigenous and Muslim

In honour of the annual celebration of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week on the 7-14 of July, it seems high time to acknowledge the Australian Indigenous experience and especially, what it means to be Indigenous and Muslim. Two prominent Indigenous Australians sat down for a yarn and expressed their views on the shared bonds between Indigenous culture and the religion of Islam.  CEO of Dandenong and District Aboriginal Co-operative Limited Hassan Gardiner (also known as Andrew), descendant from the Wurundjeri balluk clan of the Woiwurrung people, expressed that he hopes Muslim communities can unite and collaborate...

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Why NAIDOC Week matters?

This year NAIDOC Week was marked from Sunday 7 to Sunday 14 July with the theme ‘ Voice Treaty Truth’, stemming from the ‘Uluru Statement of the Heart’ to inspire and strengthen the voice of Indigenous people to be heard by all. The NAIDOC Week occurs every July and aims to create a moment of stillness to honour the history, culture and accomplishments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The origin of NAIDOC began in the 1920s when Indigenous leaders raised the awareness of the plight and status of Indigenous people. According to archaeological research, Australia’s First Nations People...

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