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Australian PM congratulates Muslims on advent of Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull has congratulated Australian Muslims on the occasion of the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. "For Australian Muslims, Ramadan is a holy month as well as a time of both personal reflection…

Violence against Muslims in Australia

SHAFAQNA - A mosque in Geelong, 75km south of Melbourne, Victoria, was destroyed in a suspicious fire on Wednesday morning. Police say the fire was reported at 2.15am after a nearby resident heard a loud bang. The resident went to investigate…

Faces of Islam: Award-winning photographer snaps Brisbane Muslims for special project

SHAFAQNA - The lives, ambitions, and beliefs of more than 40 members of Brisbane's Muslim community have been put under the spotlight in a new project aimed at dispelling misconceptions about Islam and its followers. Award-winning documentary…

City Council in Australia Rejects Mosque Plan

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SHAFAQNA- A city council in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, rejected a development application for a mosque in the city's south-east. Casey City Council, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, voted down plans for a mosque at their meeting on…

Change of narrative in Australia vis a vis Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The moment was surreal for Australian Muslims. The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was addressing the Islamic Council of Victoria and said: “I believe in acknowledging the enormous contributions that Muslims have made to Australian…

Fatimiyah Mourning Rituals to Begin in Australia, Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA- The mourning ceremonies will start on Sunday night to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (SA), the beloved daughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In Adelaide, Australia, the Jafariya Islamic Center will host the…

“I love Islam”: Australian Christian Woman

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SHAFAQNA- I grew up in the north shore which you probably know is one of the most racist parts of Sydney, Australia in my opinion. I grew up thinking Muslims were bad and women beaters. My ex who was a white Australian (like myself) HATED them,…

Peace loving Australian Muslims deserve a ‘fair go’!

SHAFAQNA - Recent talks of an open debate over the "link between Islam and terrorism" is exactly what ISIS are waiting for. A county whose politicians become self-made experts on other religions is an early warning of further division and…

Sydney Muslims are feeling under pressure: Islamophobia on the rise

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims in Sydney experience discrimination and verbal slurs at three times the rate of all other Australians, a study that is the first of its kind in the country has found. Nearly two thirds of Muslims surveyed had been…

Muslims ‘our great allies’ in fight against terrorism, says Keenan

SHAFAQNA - Law enforcement agencies are focused on only about 0.04 per cent of Australia’s Islamic community, Justice Minister Michael Keenan said today, reminding Australians that mainstream Muslims were “our great allies” in the fight…

New Australian Muslim Party Aims to Contest Federal, State Elections

SHAFAQNA- Australia's first Islamic faith political party intends to field Senate candidates in all states and territories at next year's federal election and also contest upper house seats at state level. The party, to be announced…

Human Rights Commission report finds Muslims have 'limited protection' under Racial Discrimination Act

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SHAFAQNA - Legal and ethnic affairs experts are calling on the Federal Government to investigate how to better protect Australia's Muslim community from discrimination. The calls come after a report examining the 40th anniversary of the…

Australia: North Qld Mosques Welcome Public to Dispel Misconceptions about Islam

SHAFAQNA- Muslim communities in Mareeba and Cairns, Australia, welcomed dozens of people from outside the Islamic faith into their mosques as part of National Mosque Open Day on Saturday.  Imam of the Mareeba mosque, Benjamin Murat…

First Aussie Muslim Navy Captain Honored

SHAFAQNA - Captain Mona Shindy, a Muslim weapons engineer, cultural advisor, and business leader in the Royal Australian Navy, has been named the 2015 Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year, honoring her long career in the navy during which…

Anti-Muslim sentiment targets women on Melbourne's streets

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SHAFAQNA - Multicultural Melbourne might win plaudits as Australia's most tolerant city, but social campaigners warn comforting statistics can obscure the personal damage from anti-Muslim sentiment and other bigotry. Saara Sabbagh​, director…

Advertisement Agency in Australia rejects religious hate-ads

SHAFAQNA - A major Australian outdoor advertising agency has been applauded by the Muslim community after refusing to post ads ridiculing aspects of Islam and Christianity, saying they contradict with its code of ethics. “The one about…

Sydney more hostile to Muslims, but Australia embraces multiculturalism: survey

SHAFAQNA - Melbourne is by far the most tolerant major Australian city towards Muslims, with Sydney most likely to be hostile. Yet across the nation Australians show barely any support for calls from far-right groups to officially discriminate…

Muslims open arson-hit mosque to public on SundayAusr

SHAFAQNA - If you've ever been interested in what the inside of a mosque looks like, you'll get your chance this Sunday. Despite the Garden City Mosque being ravaged by a fire earlier this year, in what was the second arson attack on the…

Australia plans tougher controls on teen 'terror suspects'

SHAFAQNA - Australia on Tuesday outlined plans to tighten counter-terrorism laws further, including restricting the movements of suspects as young as 14 in the wake of a deadly attack by a teenager this month. Attorney-General George Brandis…

Muslims Appeal to Parents After NSW Shooting - Australia

SHAFAQNA - Denouncing the fatal shooting of a New South Wales police employee, Australian Muslim leaders have appealed to parents to protect their children from being radicalized, amid warns of potential backlash against the religious minority. "With…

Eid Al Ghadir in Australia - PHOTOS

SHAFAQNA - On March 10, 632 CE, in the tenth year of Hijra, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) received a revelation from God, ordering him to halt the pilgrims at a pond called Khum, a place near Mecca, and to designate Imam Ali (PBUH) as his successor…

Australia to bid for U.N. Security Council seat

SHAFAQNA - Australia will bid to rejoin the United Nations Security Council by the end of the next decade, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement on Wednesday. Bishop said Australia, whose last two-year term ended in December…