Author: gulhan-eryegit-yoldas

Safe families in churches, mosques and temples

As we approach the blessed month of Ramadhan for 2019 many Muslim families around the world are planning the best way to maximise the spiritual returns exclusive to this holy month.  From April onwards invitations begin circulating for Ramadhan dinners to break the fast together as a community, with relatives, neighbours and Interfaith groups.   Timetables and venues for Taraweeh prayers are circulated by Islamic centres offering the night prayer exclusive to Ramadhan.  Young children start marking their calendars counting down to the Eid celebrations where they’re showered with toys and gifts, money and lollies. Advertisements This year sadly...

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PM Jacinda Ardern: A new calibre of leadership

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s flawless leadership and the collective response of just about every New Zealander in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque massacres have left the Muslim Ummah and the world in absolute awe.    Her immediate demonstration of sincerity and compassion and solidarity with the Muslim community in her “They are us” speech will forever be remembered as the turning point in the history of humanity, on the path towards peace.   This was quickly followed by her determination to take immediate measures to prevent this atrocity from ever happening again.  Advertisements Within a week she has...

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Special assembly on Christchurch tragedy

Following the horrific Christchurch mosques’ tragedy, Al Siraat College in Epping (Victoria) held a special assembly on the morning of Monday 18 March for their school community as well as the broader community. The event was attended by Mayor Lawrie Cox, MP Lily D’Ambrosio, Nik Cagorski representing Federal member for Scullin Andrew Giles, Inspector Craig Spencer, representatives from Whittlesea Interfaith Network and several other members from local community groups. Inspector Craig Spencer explained that “…it’s important to note that the emergency service workers, the police, the ambulance and the army all felt your pain. I was advised today that...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with Anisa Sharif

Anisa Sharif, Mosaic artist and a member of Australian Federal Police Community Liaison Team, hosted the terracotta plate decorating workshop on Friday 8 March in Melbourne in celebration of International Women’s Day with the collaboration of Bunnings Warehouse in Mernda.  A highly diverse group of women from across the region and beyond attended the workshop and spent the morning learning some of Anisa’s creative techniques to produce beautifully decorated terracotta plates.  Attendees included women from local community groups, local businesses and schools including some ladies from Al Siraat College, SES and Al Maidah.  Advertisements Speaking from her role as a...

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Before 1770: Discovering Australia’s Muslim history

On Saturday 23 February a predominately Muslim crowd took their seats in the Hoyts cinema theatre in the heart of Melbourne City to watch the much anticipated sold-out screening of Before 1770.    The film which explores Australia’s Muslim history was directed by Sheikh Wesam Charkawi, proudly supported by Abu Hanifa Institute and Sadaqa Welfare Fund.  The Welcome to Country for this groundbreaking event was performed by none other than our local Muslim indigenous elder of the Wurunjeri, Hassan Gardiner who also contributed to the panel discussion afterward. Advertisements   In a statement introducing the film, Sheikh Wesam explained “Knowing...

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