Sunday , 19 August 2018

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Religious leaders gather against ‘unfair smearing’ of Muslim faith

Religious leaders across Australia have issued a message of love to Muslims, in what they hope will become a viral campaign to counter hatred, divisiveness and marginalisation. The movement follows the unveiling of a proposed raft of new counter-terrorism laws by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, prompting concern from Islamic organisations that Muslims will be unfairly targeted. The religious leaders issued ... Read More »

PM rallying support for anti-terror laws aimed at blocking return of radicalised jihadists

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was yesterday out recruiting for “Team Australia” among Sydney’s sceptical Islamic leaders, who fear proposed tightening of the nation’s anti-terror laws will target local Muslims. He will be doing the same in Melbourne, hoping to calm a backlash against legislation to be put before Parliament next week and bring Muslim communities on board. The proposed laws ... Read More »

British Muslims urge cooperation in hunt for militant with ‘London accent’ who killed US journalist

The man, who was filmed beheading the US journalist, speaks in an English accent in the video of the Islamic State (IS) atrocity. Reports have emerged that the man is one of a group of British jihadists, nicknamed ‘The Beatles’ by their captives, who have been holding Western hostages. The Muslim Council of Britain, the largest Muslim umbrella group in ... Read More »

Religious heads show Muslim support

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EMBLAZONED across the front of a six-metre banner, it’s the sentiment a coalition of religious leaders have embraced to support a local Muslim community facing prejudice, they say. Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders united behind the sign on the steps of Lakemba Mosque in Sydney’s southwest on Friday afternoon, preaching a message of faith-traversing harmony. Uniting Church minister Eleni Poulous ... Read More »

Australian Islamic State supporter walks off the set of Insight

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An Australian teenager who supports the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIL, stormed off the set of SBS program Insight on Tuesday night. The discussion on the Islamic State throughout the current affairs talk show was tense but became even more heated when host Jenny Brockie turned the conversation towards cancelled passports. Nineteen-year-old Abu Bakr has had his passport cancelled ... Read More »

World Protests Against Israel Invasion of Gaza

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Thousands of protesters in Australia and across the world rallied at the weekend to oppose Israel’s offenses in Gaza, which has left more than 400 Palestinians and 20 Israelis dead. Schoolchildren led thousands of protesters through Sydney’s CBD, yesterday, demanding an end to the violence. A crowd of more than 2,000 protesters marched down George St, waving placards and flags. ... Read More »

Woman assists more than 1000 become Muslim

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Veronique Cools, a 25-year-old Belgian convert to Islam, has helped over 1,000 people accept Islam in the past 8 years. Cools, who accepted Islam herself at a very young age after being influenced by her Muslim friends and researching into the religion, turned her home into an Islamic center for Belgian Muslims seeking to learn more about their religion. Saying ... Read More »

Thousands flock to Ramadan food festival in Sydney, boost Lakemba economy

The south-west Sydney suburb of Lakemba is transformed of a night into a vibrant food festival that attracts thousands of people to the streets to celebrate Ramadan. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar Runs from June 29 to July 28 in 2014 Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam Muslims refrain from food, ... Read More »

Religious holiday swap mooted by EMA

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Workers should be able to swap Christian religous holidays with others important to different religions, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association. The suggestion has come as the Government asks for public submissions on a review of the current Holidays Act. Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said the Act affected all business owners and employees and was a significant piece of legislation. ... Read More »

Ramadan in Australia

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Many Muslims in Australia fast during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is a time of self-examination and increased religious devotion. It is common to have a pre-fast meal (suhoor) before sunrise and an evening meal (iftar) after sunset during Ramadan. Some groups ... Read More »