Author: manarul-islam

IPDC Hosts annual iftar at Canberra Hyatt

Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle (IPDC) hosted their annual iftar for diplomats and political leaders on Friday 10 May at the historic Hyatt Hotel in Yarralumla, Canberra. The iftar was themed Building Harmonious Multicultural Society to emphasise the need for unity and hope in these often dark times. The event commenced with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Harisur Rahman before Sheikh Adama Konda from the Canberra Islamic Centre delivered his speech on the Philosophy of Ramadan. Dr Majharul Talukder, IPDC’s Secretary of Multicultural Affairs welcomed the guests followed by an immaculate and delicious iftar and dinner before proceedings...

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Bluestar Iftar with NZ High Commissioner and Hana Assafiri

Bluestar Intercultural Centre conducted their annual iftar event on Tuesday 14 May at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACCC) in Barton, ACT. The evening commenced with the call to prayer followed by a talk by Shan Gunawardena, a prominent member of the Muslim community. Professor Stephen Pickard, Executive Director of the ACCC, welcomed the guests and, after dinner, introduced Dame Annette King, the New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia, who gave a passionate speech about hope out of despair. Musical interludes were provided by Christopher Latham, Donald Nordblom and Edward Neeman. Najiya Hamack then introduced the audience...

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Walkabout in the Maghreb

When travelling, just getting out of the hotel and walking around on foot has to be one of the most enjoyable and valuable experiences being able to take in as much of local scenery and peoples as possible. Nowhere is this more true than in Morocco. We had started walking along the deserted Tangier corniche (it was winter) when we came across a gentleman who initially tried to sell us ferry tickets. Once he learnt we had just come over from Spain the previous night, he quickly switched tack and offered a guided tour of the city. The price was reasonable...

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Sydney Muslims ride for Burma, Syria & Palestine

A group of cyclists from Sydney rode into Canberra on a sunny Sunday morning on 2 April aiming to raise awareness and funds towards aiding those in disaster-struck regions of the world. Organised by the Sydney Muslim Cyclists club (SMC) and sponsored by Human Appeal International Australia, they had started out early on the morning before from Apex Reserve Bradbury Campbeltown for the 145km ride to Goulburn where they stayed overnight before riding the remaining 90km to Parliament House. The group then cycled to the Canberra Mosque in Yarralumla where they prayed, showered and changed before heading back to Sydney by bus. Human...

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Dr Aly on feminism and minority women

Dr Anne Aly, Federal MP for Cowan in Western Australia, presented a critical view of western feminism particularly in terms how it has isolated minority women. The talk, held on Friday 24 March at the Australian National University in Canberra, was the keynote address on “how radical western feminism has been counterproductive for the rights of minority women” as part of the On Point initiative. Dr Aly was introduced by Louise Taylor who herself has first hand experience of minority women’s issues as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Legal AID ACT, her own background as a Kamilaroi woman and as a member...

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