Author: zia-ahmad

President Morsi remembered during global funeral prayers

Dr Mohamed Morsi, 67, who died on Monday 17 June 2019 while imprisoned, was the only democratically elected head of state in Egyp’s modern history. His death caused outrage in the international community with millions all over the world participating in his Salatul-Janaza-Alghaib (absentee funeral prayer) while the news of his death was barely mentioned in the Egyptian press. In Sydney, the prayers attended by thousands at the Gallipoli mosque on Tuesday 18 June were led by the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed while Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, President of ANIC during his address said that the death...

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Eid celebrations at MEFF 2019

The 36th annual Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF), the first, the largest and the longest-running Eid Festival in Australia welcomed thousands of people from the Australian Multicultural community at Fairfield Showground on Sunday 9 June, soon after Eid-ul-Fitr celebrating the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. As one of the most anticipated events on the multicultural calendar, MEFF welcomes all Australians of various faiths and cultural background showcasing unity in diversity. The event was a great success on a sunny day with almost 100 interesting market and international food stalls, thrilling rides, showground entertainment, Mickey and...

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Mr Kazim Hussain passed away

Mr Kazim Hussain, 89, the founding Secretary of AFIC, an educationist and a well-known community leader passed away in Sydney on Tuesday 11 June 2019. His Janaza (funeral) was held at Lakemba Mosque followed by his burial at the Rookwood Cemetery, the following day. A Quran recitation program followed by dua was held on Sunday 16 June at Rooty Hill Mosque where his longtime family friend Dr Sikandar Naseeb Khan presented a eulogy while Mr Hussain’s youngest son Dr Gazi Hussain welcomed and thanked the community members gathered at the event for remembering him. Mr Hussain leaves behind his life long...

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Mufti Menk in Sydney: Addresses crowds at Eid festival, inspires school students

Mufti Menk, the popular Islamic social media celebrity paid a short but highly productive visit to Sydney early June addressing thousands of people gathered at the Liverpool Eid Festival and inspired school students with his unique personable style at the Unity Grammar and the Western Grammar School. Dr Ismail ibn Musa Menk is the Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe considered as the top 500 influential Muslims in the world with millions of followers, over social media platforms, who are attracted to his down to earth lectures exposing the Islamic message of peace and justice in the language of today, resonating...

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Africa Tour Part 1 – Ethiopia: Meetings in Addis Ababa

In April 2019 myself and my wife Mehar embarked on our first tour of Africa south of the Sahara visiting Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa for a period of three weeks traveling via Abu Dhabi on Etihad airlines. I spent most of my time in Ethiopia. One of the main purposes of visiting Ethiopia was to observe good governance by the year-old government of Prime Minister Dr Abiye Ahmad. Ethiopia is a land locked remains of the great ancient Christian empire of Abyssinia or Habasha and included the modern-day Somalia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Eritrea.Advertisements Ethiopia is an impoverished...

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