In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

As part of national Harmony Day  young muslim women model Australian flag hijabs (L-R) Natasha Ali and Sadia Ali walk down a Melbourne street with friends, Tuesday, March 21, 2006. Today's celebration, which coincides with the United Nations Interntional Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination, encourages Australians to appreciate the multicultural society and recommit to common values of universal respect and goodwill. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING

Australia: Can Muslims be loyal citizens?

By: Rawaa El Ayoubi Gebara Source: LinkedIn The events of 9/11 delivered a serious blow to Australia’s multicultural society. Australian Muslims, in particular, began to feel excluded and the wider community began to treat Muslims with suspicion. The question of identity came to the forefront. More than ever, Australian Muslims were faced with the challenge of remaining faithful to the essence of Islam and engaging with society in a manner that pursues the dignity and welfare of all. Faced with many challenges, Australian Muslims are aware that society has changed. This sense of instability, combined with faithfulness to a religion, has given rise to some fears and question that are...

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Canada: Does “counter-radicalization” mask the targeting of Muslims?

By: Monia Mazigh and Azeezah Kanji Source: ‘Counter-radicalization’ is frequently pitched as an obvious solution to the obvious problem of domestic terrorism. And so, the recently-unveiled federal budget dedicates $35-million over five years to establish an Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-Radicalization Coordinator. Expert analyses, however, project an unflattering light on the whole enterprise of counter-radicalization. In a report released this February, UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson criticized prevailing approaches to countering radicalization as conceptually flawed and ineffective. “Many programmes directed at...

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AYERS ROCK, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21:  The sun sets near Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock at sunset on April 21, 2014 in Ayers Rock, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Encounters: Aboriginal Australians and Islam

By: Source: Two cultures who met to trade and exchange commerce, two cultures that showed mutual respect and understanding of each others values, language, customs and laws. Two cultures that sustained a co equal relationship for three centuries without ever having fought a war, they never sought to establish government over the other, they traded and engaged in commerce as business partners and never felt so insecure in their own culture  that they needed to destroy or diminish the cultural symbols of the other. Key Note Address by Patrick Dodson (Bio: Patrick Dodson (born 1948) is a Yawuru man from Broome, Western Australia, he is a former...

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