Author: ziahmad

Highlighting disability services and support to women and elderly

The 14th IFEW Presentation dinner was held on Sunday 18 November at Dar-ul-Islam, Bonnyrigg joined by representatives from three Muslim sister organisations in addition to members of the IFEW, MEFF and Seena Incorporated. The presentation dinners are held in a family atmosphere during Australian Integrated Family’s (AIF) Usrah sessions that have continued for more than 36 years. Held twice a year, short presentations are given by IFEW, MEFF and Seena Inc/AMUST followed by presentations from invitees to relate about their organisations and personal history, and then finish off with dinner in a casual family atmosphere. The program started with...

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Sydney Muslims raise 200K for Toowoomba mosque

The Muslim community in Sydney raised more than $200,000 for the burnt Toowoomba mosque during a fundraising dinner held on Saturday 24 November 2018 at The Highline in Bankstown. The event sponsored by Islamic Co-operative Finance Australia Ltd (ICFAL) and organised by the Islamic Society of Toowoomba supported by Dr Mohammad Khan, the indomitable event organiser Sr Rahaf Ahmed and Professor Shahjahan Khan. The lunchtime event was attended by a number of people, family and friends from Toowoomba including Imam Abdul Kader as well as Muslim leaders and community representatives from all over Sydney. The program was started by...

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Divisive politics backfired for Libs at Victorian elections

As acknowledged by a number of commentators, the 2018 Victorian state election has shown that you cannot fool the electorate all the time, where the voters demonstrated their intelligence by not being swayed by divisive politics and voted based on performance by political parties. The first-term incumbent Labor government, led by Premier Daniel Andrews, won a second four-year term, defeating the Liberal/NationalCoalition opposition by an overwhelming majority. Labor won 55 seats in the 88-seat Legislative Assembly, enough to comfortably secure majority government status. The Liberal/National Coalition could only scrap to get 37 seats. The negative campaigning by the Liberal...

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In conversation with a Pakistani politician

Mr Choudhary Sajjad Ahmad, a Pakistani local government official visiting Australia on a family visit called on AMUST offices and had a conversation with Zia Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief of AMUST on the current situation of Pakistan. Choudhary Sajjad Ahmad from Lahore is the Vice-President of Lahore Cantonment Board and the top elected official in the local government. The President of the Board is a non-elected, appointed position. His position is similar to Mayor/Deputy Mayor of a City council in Australia. Pakistan is a federal republic with three tiers of government: national, provincial and local. Each province also has its own local-government-enabling...

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Inaugural Over-50s Cricket World Cup in Sydney

Eight national teams from Australia, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, Wales and Canada have been competing for Over-50s Cricket World Cup at cricket grounds across Sydney that concludes this week. The Over-50s Cricket World Cup started on Wednesday 21 November and concludes on Wednesday 5 December with the grand final at Drummoyne Oval between finalists Australia and Pakistan. Each team have played seven matches over the two week period to reach the semi-finals and the finals. The Australian team has benefited from a number of first-grade players including captain Tony Clarke, who has played 36 years of...

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