Sydney Muslim Conference

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Gifted With Cancer Event

So many people in our community came out to show Ali support after hearing about his Cancer ordeal. This is what Islam is about – looking out for one another!

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Gifted With Cancer

Ali Banat was diagnosed with Cancer and doctors have given him only 7 months to live. Despite his circumstances, he considers this a gift from Allah. Watch his story here.

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Being diagnosed with cancer is like death sentence for many. But this is not the way Australian Muslim Ali Ali Banat sees it. For him, the sickness is unquestionably a gift from Allah.

“At this point in my life, Alhamdulillah I have been gifted by Allah with cancer throughout my body and I have changed my whole life to helping people,” he said.

When asked why he called the illness a gift from the Allah, the sobbing Ali Banat said the disease was opportunity for transformation.

“Alhamdulillah it is a gift because Allah has given me a chance to change,” he tells Mohamed Hoblos from Living Muslim, wiping tears streaming from his eyes.”

The Sydney born and bred lad’s life took a dramatic turn when he was diagnosed of cancer four months ago.

The most throbbing news was when the medical experts told him he had seven months to live.

Giving away the wealth

Despite having the dreaded disease all over his body, Ali Banat psyched himself for the day he will breathe his last.

In video that has gone viral after being posted on Facebook the once successful businessman chose to reconsider his bountiful lifestyle when he came to know about his shrinking health condition.

He got rid of his cars, a fleet that comprises of Ferrari Spider, and had to do away with his expensive watches as he was determined to shun the worldly life in preparation for the day he shall depart the earth.

“I got rid of my cars, I got rid of my watches, even my clothes I took them overseas and gave them to a lot of people out there.

“I wanted to try to leave this world without anything,” said Ali Banat.

A trip to his room shows the luxurious lifestyle which Ali Banat was living, from designer bracelets that cost around $60 000, expensive watches, designers sunglasses and top of the range sneakers – some of which has made way to under-priviledged communities in Africa.

No love for this world

Gazing at his Ferrari parked on the driveway, Ali Banat says his interest in the materialistic possessions has vanished.

“Driving something like this doesn’t really cross my mind anymore. It’s not something I want to do anymore.

“After someone tells you, or you find out that you are sick or haven’t got much time in this life, wallahi this is the last thing you want to chase and this is how we should be living our life every day,” said Ali Banat as he advised people chasing worldly objects.

“These people are going for the wrong goals; you will realize that when you get sick when someone tells you, you haven’t got long to live.

“You will realize all this stuff doesn’t benefit you in anyway.”

Messages of support from Muslims across the world have been sent to Ali Banat, who has established a charity organization that has constructed a masjid and school in Africa, which will serve as continuing charity when he passes on.

‘Ya Allah take me’

He said the idea of establishing the charity organization, Muslims Around the World Project, was borne out of realization that when he dies all his wealth will remain except for his deeds.

“It all started when I went to the cemetery where a brother that had cancer had passed away. And I was at the cemetery and I was thinking to myself after you go there’s nothing, there’s no one there for you, no mother, no father, no brother, no sister except for your deeds,” explaining that even the wealth also disappears.

“Even your money, is not going to be there for you so the only thing that’s going to be there for you is sadaqa (charity) and that’s the only thing that’s going to help you gradually through your time in the grave until you get to your ultimate destination.”

Ali Banat who has been spending most of his time visiting the cemetery in preparation for his death told Living Muslim he’s ready for the angel of death to take his soul.

“I have been advised by one of the brothers to take a special drug, to help me with pain and stuff and subhanallah it’s very strong. I took a bit too much and came into a whole different world as in not knowing where I was.

“It was very hard for me, and subhanallah I actually seen things I have never seen before and my family were all there standing around me and I was pointing up and I was saying ‘Ya Allah take me’.

“It was that beautiful what I was seeing, I just wanted to go, and the next day subhanallah I wake up and I was upset that Allah didn’t take me,” said Ali Banat with eyes filled with tears.


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Islam in the West

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Islam in the West

The Australian government has implemented many laws targeting Muslims and have made it harder to practice of Islam.

Muslims are always on the defensive trying to justify and further state that Islam and terrorism cannot co-exist.

In order to counter these policies and assist the Muslim community, Dr Anas Al-Tikriti says, “Muslims need to be engaged and address the policies and why they have been put in place, instead of being on the defense, we need to shift them (governments) to the source of the policies, as they are wrong… if it were to change to a different religion or faith no one will accept it.”

When these policies are challenged, the mindset of the governments and the narrative that is created about Muslims and Islam in the west is also challenged.

Muslims need to engage with some seriousness, if they want any possible change to happen in the west.

When Muslims living in the west are exposed to the horrific scenes of war in Syria, Palestine, Burma, etc. there is a sense of compassion and the need to help.

In order to help, engaging with the government to bring them back to the root cause of the issue is what is necessary.

For example in Syria, ISIS is a main issue, however, it did not begin with them, it began with Assad’s brutal regime.

Dr Al-Tikriti said, “In Syria we should look how the civil war began there and why it began… the Assad regime had been in power for 50 years standing on the shoulders of the people… with the involvement of Eastern and Western powers they have made it complicated.”

To counter terrorism in the west, muslims need to be intellectually involved and talk about the problems not the side effects.

The West do not understand Islam and the intrinsic role it plays in the Middle East, and the reason why secularism and Islam do not mix.

Historically Islam and other religions have different backgrounds, while in Europe the church was a tyranny in of itself, in the Middle East the more religious the leader the better the welfare of the people and the people themselves were.

“Whether it be in Egypt or any other country, when the people were given the free choice, they leaned towards a more Islamic leader,” said Dr Anas Al-Tikriti.

Islam in the west is a topic which will forever be discussed as the two cannot co-exist correctly as they have to very different beliefs and ways of working.

A Community Criminalised

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Over the weekend Hizb Ut-Tahrir Australia held their annual conference titled “A community criminalised: Innocent Until Proven Muslim”.

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