Author: gulhan-eryegit-yoldas

Women of Faith Conference 2019

On the Saturday 15 June 2019, women from all faiths gathered to attend the inaugural Women of Faith – Contribution & Belonging event at Whittlesea Council. The event was co-hosted by Whittlesea Interfaith Network and Al Siraat College and proudly supported by Victorian Multicultural Commission and the City of Whittlesea. The MC for this event was senior SRC student from Al Siraat College, Hafsa Sarwar.  A moving opening prayer was made by Hifz student Mariam Siddiqui followed by the welcoming speech by councilor and former Mayor Kris Pavlidis.Advertisements   Introductory speeches were also made by special guests MP Bronwyn...

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Victoria Premier’s Ramadan Iftar Dinner in Melbourne

The fifth annual Premier of Victoria’s Ramadan Dinner was held at the glamorous Grand Hyatt at the Paris end of Melbourne city on Thursday 30 May.   The master of ceremonies was Madeleine Morris who shared fascinating stories from her time in Morocco where she first encountered Muslim hospitality during a time in need. The opening prayer was performed by the popular Sheikh Alaa Elzokm.Advertisements   At Iftaar time the moving call to prayer echoed across the crowded ballroom performed by Sergeant Ali Gurdag from Victoria Police.   Representatives from most leading Muslim organisations, peak bodies and community groups...

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“Freedom” to change anti-Islam narrative

As we celebrate Eid this month with our families please spare a thought for French Muslim mothers.  Last month in another blatant demonstration of oppression of women and Islamophobia, the French Senate voted to ban mothers who wear headscarves from accompanying their children on school trips. In the face of growing anti-Islam sentiment, French Muslim convert and film co-director Julien Drolon together with co-director Zara Shafie, his Malaysian born wife have produced arguably the most inspiring documentary film of the year, ‘Freedom’. A first of its kind, this documentary film features 50 converts from across the globe sharing their...

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Annual Interfaith Ramadhan Dinner at Al Siraat College

The Annual Interfaith Ramadan Dinner was hosted by Al Siraat College in collaboration with the City of Whittlesea on Thursday 9 May 2019. Interfaith events and platforms for Interfaith engagement play an important role in ensuring greater social cohesion in our communities, instilling a sense of belonging, and replacing fear and division with compassion and curiosity. The event MC was College Vice Captain Chakour Sai and the Iftar Dinner was attended by representatives from various local faith communities and local schools.Advertisements Special guests included members of Victoria Police, MP Bronwyn Halfpenny, Mayor Cr Lawrie Cox, Cr Tom Joseph, Cr...

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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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