Muslim support for Uluru statement

In 2017 Australia’s First Nations issued a statement from their sacred land of Uluru which came to be known as the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’. “This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.” This statement was their call for understanding and recognition. Muslims Australia, in a statement released on 18 September 2018 said that it supports the contents of that statement and urges the political leadership to enter into a genuine dialogue with the First Nations in response to it. “Islam has a strong sense of justice and standing up to oppression.  As Muslims, and Australians who care about this country, we stand with the people of our First Nations.  They have voiced their concerns and we owe it to them to listen, hear and respond” Dr Rateb Jneid, AFIC President said. The AFIC statement stated that the Muslim community of Australia stands in solidarity with our First Nations and the struggle for recognition of their rights and the injustices that have been perpetrated on them since...

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