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Forced Underage Marriage – Islam Says NO

Forced Underage Marriage – Islam Says NO

There is a misconception that ‘forced’ marriage of any kind is acceptable in Islam.  Recently headlines were made when an Imam was charged with conducting the forced marriage of a minor.  The ‘groom’ was also charged.  The parents, for some reason, and anyone else that stood by and let it happen, were not charged.  There is no room in Islam for forced marriages. Islam is very clear on the conditions of marriage.  Gaining consent from both the bride and the groom as well as gaining the consent of the bride’s parent or ‘walee’, having witnesses to the ceremony and...

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Al-Siraat Principal wins national award

The principal of Melbourne based Al Siraat College, Mr Andrew Houghton has received due recognition for his contributions to education by winning the Unsung Heroes National Award for Leadership for the year 2016. The Unsung Heroes Award is a national competition run by Education HQ, the producers of the highly circulated Australian Teacher Magazine.  It recognises the outstanding achievements of those special people who raise the benchmark in education. The competition attracted over a thousand nominations from around the country with people looking to recognise their favourite leader, teacher and support staff and over seven thousand votes were received...

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ART-ASTIC exhibition brings the community together

The annual Art-Astic Art Exhibition held by Al Siraat on Friday 18 November truly captured the essence of community engagement.  Hundreds of families attended the event, local community groups were invited and special appearances were made by key partners, including Cr May Lalios from City of Whittlesea Council and Ms Anne Smith from Independent Schools Victoria. In celebration of the artistic achievements of the students, the opening ceremony was adorned with wonderful Qur’an recitation by Ustaz Ahmed Hachem and nasheeds by Grade 5 and 6 girls. Awards were given out for best performing student from each class. Inside, vast...

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Would you like a son or a daughter?

Gender disappointment and gender selection aren’t new concepts and have been mentioned in texts as early as the time of prophet Abraham (a) some 4000 years ago.   This is where the gender of one child is preferred over another and subsequently any children that aren’t of the favoured gender are aborted or murdered.  After the birth of my third daughter I noticed so many people were devastated for me.  One person this week excitedly told me that if we hold off on having our next child the Australian government will soon be allowing IVF gender selection for people...

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Another day, another anti-Islam rally

Another day, another anti-Islam rally.  May Allah grant hidayah  (guidance) for every single one of the anti-Islam protestors.   It’s difficult to harbour hate for anti-Islam protestors.  They’re the by-product of years of propaganda, fearmongering and of course those self-styled self-proclaimed clerics haven’t done the Muslim community any favours either. I listened in awe as my friend who lives in Melbourne’s outer-west explain what happened to her earlier that week. It was just after breakfast when a well dressed middle-aged woman came knocking on her door. “I thought it was a Jahovas Witness at first.  Usually my initial reaction...

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