Author: shifa

The frailty of human perception

“How canst thou have patience about things of which thy understanding is not complete?” (Qur’an 18:68). Even the most upright and knowledgeable of people may fall into the trap of making judgements without having all the information. This may be seen in the Qur’anic narration of Moses’ meeting and journey with Al Khidr. He was there to observe, to learn from this Servant of Allah, and set out very confidently. However, Moses soon began to question the actions of his teacher as Al Khidr seemingly defied all that he had previously understood. It was not until the journey came...

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Queensland Police building relationships with multicultural community

Living in Queensland where the weather is said to be “Beautiful one day, Perfect the next” we are blessed. However, during this Ramadan we have seen remarkable steps towards peaceful, respectful and cordial interaction within Queensland communities which outshines even the weather. A number of positive steps have been taken by Queensland Police Service  to build relationships of mutual trust and respect across our multicultural community. The commitment to a safer, happier Queensland has been fostered and upheld by Commissioner Ian Stewart who hosted a very successful Iftar Dinner at the Greek Club on Monday 28 May. The evening...

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From “Shoa” to “Nakba” – Catastrophe is Catastrophe in any language

In April 2014 I received an invitation from a member of my extended family to join a pilgrimage to Auschwitz. Hitherto this facet of family history had been to me unknown, unexplored. It was a journey I could not take physically, but certainly it became an emotional journey of further research and illumination. April 2014 was the 70th anniversary of the escalation of the Catastrophe, or Shoa, for the Jews of Hungary which would rapidly deteriorate into genocide. On 2 April 1944 it was demanded that Jews wear the yellow star; on 5 April a law was passed for...

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Parliamentary Friends of Palestine commemorate Al Nakba

On Monday 14 May 2018, Mr Peter Russo, Member for Toohey, hosted an evening event on behalf of Queensland Parliamentarians and guests at Parliament House in Brisbane. This was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the time referred to by Palestinians as “Al Nakba” or  “The Catastrophe.” The well-known Guest Speaker was the Mr Bob Carr, former Australian Foreign Minister and Premier of New South Wales. As anticipated his speech was significant, outlining the 70 traumatic years of Palestinian subjugation and oppression. Interestingly his quotations, regarding the actual ethnic cleansing which took place after World War 11 with the...

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Iran in the spotlight: Trump’s anticipated move

On Tuesday 8 May 2018, the world witnessed the withdrawal of the US from the Iranian nuclear deal, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by President Donald Trump. This was done with the usual flourish of his pen and held up for the world to witness as is his usual show-and-tell stance. However, there was nothing of the kindergarten about this action – it was one which holds serious ramifications for the world at large. This move had been signalled in earlier speeches in which he decried the JCPOA and the Obama administration’s efforts as being “the worst deal...

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