Author: zaynab-gul

Mehdi Hasan on defeating extremism

Well over a thousand people gathered in two separate events in Melbourne and Sydney on 12 and 13 July respectively to hear internationally acclaimed journalist and broadcaster, Mehdi Hasan, present a case for moderation and solidarity in the face of rising extremism.  The topic for both events was titled “Defeating extremism with Mehdi Hassan: The future of the West in the age of Trump and terror.” The Sydney event attracted over 700 people and was held at the Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus and also included a frank conversation between Mehdi Hasan and ABC presenter Stan Grant of Aboriginal ancestry from Wiradjuri. Earlier on...

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Comedian to Watch: Khaled Khalafalla

Dubbed by The Age as the next “huge mainstream star”, Australian comedian Khaled Khalafalla is letting Loose and brought his stand-up show to Sydney  on Friday 14 July at the Comedy Store.  “To all my Sydney fans, you’re not going to be disappointed. This is my best show yet,” said Khalafalla in an exclusive interview with AMUST before the show. Starting off as a host for charity events who had an “addiction to making people laugh”, Khalafalla has performed for the likes of the Just For Laughs show and is now one of the seven most promising emerging artists of...

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Uber Australia Hosts Iftars for 3000 people in Driver-Partner Giveback

Uber Australia hosted more than 3,000 people at Iftar dinners in multiple cities across the country. These included Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide to give back to its driver-partners, turning out to be its biggest ever partner appreciation event. Uber Sydney’s Iftar dinner was held on the 4 July at the Orion Function Centre in Campsie, where over 500 driver-partners, their families and members of the Uber team celebrated the end of Ramadan. Australia and New Zealand Head of Regional Operations at Uber, Dom Taylor, recognises the diversity of the drivers in company and the importance of appreciating...

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Fettayleh Small Goods expand facilitated by AACCI

Starting as a small retail butchery in the heart of Punchbowl, Sydney, over two decades ago, Fettayleh is now among the leading suppliers of quality and reasonably-priced Halal meat to the Australian food industry including supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths. The family run business was begun by the Fettayleh family and is now in the hands of brothers Ahmad and Mohamad Fettayleh, who share a passion and respect for quality meat and the art of butchery & Smallgoods. Ahmad’s vision was to become Australia’s best known Halal wholesaler by providing genuine Halal products that adhere to the strict standards...

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Locked Out: Family support program

Often times, when crimes are committed, the spotlight is shone on the accused and the victim. In this backdrop, the families of the above mentioned facing intense social, economic and emotional trauma are ignored leading to negative implications.  To deal with these implications the community initiative ‘Locked Out’ was started. It is the first Muslim specific family, reintegration and community building program for those who are impacted by incarceration in New South Wales. “One of the hardest things about my son being in jail is the feeling that maybe I could have done something differently while he was growing up.” The culturally and religiously sensitive support program has partnered with the NSW Community Restorative Centre – the lead organisation in NSW supporting families and released prisoners. This organizations provides counselling, vocational training and professional and volunteer support for Muslim families who have a loved one in prison. Children from families who are exposed to the jail system are vulnerable to being sucked into the cycle of crime and hence need community support to encourage growth. The account of the wife of an inmate is instructive in this regard; “I have two boys, and they were two and three when he first got locked up. I believe that I have two choices; I walk away and they lose the only contact they have with their father or I stay and...

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