Save Our School

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The Federal Government has decided to cease funding of up to $19 Million to Australia’s biggest Islamic School “Malek Fahd” in Greenacre Sydney.
The decision comes after an audit report from the Department of Education that suggested the school “Does not have sufficient or effective government arrangements in place” to be running.
 The audit paid particular notice to the school’s:
  • Lack of financial accountability;
  • Lack of adequately qualified board members;
  • Evidence that money is not being used for education only;
  • And Its lack of transparency.
The audit mentions there is “no evidence that Malek Fahd Islamic School has an education, finance or advisory committee”.
Axing in funding, said to take place in April this year, now threatens the closure of the school.
Parents and concerned community members have now come together forming a temporary committee to
not only take a stance against this decision, but to also expel corruption from the existing school board, which is largely controlled by AFIC (The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils).
A meeting held on Monday by the committee indicated that their ultimate goal was to save the school from closure.
They have called for the implementation of a new school board, completely independent from AFIC, also asking them to cease any direct involvement in the school’s operation.
The committee has promised to democratically elect a new board of qualified individuals who will abide by the government’s standards to ensure transparency on the future governance of the school and all of its financials.
They have urged the government to reconsider reinstating funding to ensure the delivery of education to more than  2400 of the school’s students.
They have also called upon political leaders, students, ex students, parents and the wider community for their extended support.

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Sydney Muslim Conference

The Lebanese Muslim Association. hosted its second Annual Sydney Muslim Conference over the weekend titled “Divine Rights in the Modern World”.[ad id=”6160″][scrolling_box display=”category” category=”3″]

 

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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Launching Waqf Australia

Last weekend Awqaf Australia was launched in Sydney. An initiative that promises to revive the Sunnah of “Waqf” (Islamic Endowments), to support and serve the Australian Muslim community.

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Labor Party Recognises Palestine

 

The Mufti has thanked the Labor party on their recent resolution to support the Palestinian state.
However in light of recent atrocities in Palestine, is this a step closer to achieving justice?

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Auditing School Prayer Groups

 

 

The NSW Premier Mike Baird has ordered an audit on NSW school prayer groups, requiring the names of all students attending prayer sessions.

Many Muslims have called it discriminatory and unjustified, what do you think?

 

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Attacks Against Al-Aqsa

 

Masjid Al Aqsa was stormed by Israeli soldiers and extremist Zionist mobs.
This scene is becoming ever so common, so what can we do to protect the third Holiest Mosque?

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Hollywood has a new competitor known as Halalywood

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Can Hollywood really be Halal?

You have heard about Hollywood , but have you heard about Halalywood, a new industry created to entertain Muslims and provide dawah to non Muslims.

Halalywood is the first of its kind with a mission to fund, create and produce films for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

The creator of Halalywood is Omar Regan, who starred in Rush Hour 2 and other films in Hollywood, but now has a new film by the name of American Sharia.

Halalywood aimes at providing, the right representation of Muslims, and a halal movie option for you and your family to watch.

Mr Regan said, “In every film Muslims are associated with terrorism and we are not, we nothing about terrorism.”

American Sharia, is an action/comedy and is based on a police officer in America trying to take down rogue government officials using Islamophobia to maintain power and control the mass.  

Mr Regan tries to portray a balanced view of what a Muslim is in today’s society and the many challenges we face.

After the wrongful killing of his father, by the government Mr Regan used his platform to change the perception of Muslims and Islam.

“… I have to do something within myself to change that (portrayal of Muslims)…”

However, a film like this has been met with criticism, stating that the movie promotes haram, e.g. flirting with the opposite gender and music.

Even though these are scenes shown from the trailer, and have further scenes in the movie which are not shown in the trailer, explaining that these sorts of things are against the religion of Islam., and are some challenges we as Muslims face, as we are humans who commit sin.

“I have been called kafir,” Omar Regan says in his interview with Malaz Majanni on Spotlight.  

Through this film Omar Regan hopes to challenge the idea of what a Muslim is in today’s society and how we can encourage and assist the youth.

“If we live in a bubble there is a poor representation of a Muslim, and there is no room for the youth to look up and say we need to grow up, we need to be better.”

Australian Foreign Fighters

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In the first episode, host Malaz Majanni speaks to Australian Federal Police Commander of counter terrorism Brian McDonald, and Dr Yassir Morsi Research Fellow at the University of South Australia about Matthew Gardiner and his involvement with Kurdish fighters against ISIS.

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