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“The Jews are called human beings, but the non-Jews are not humans. They are beasts.” Heard that before? According to numerous websites, including this Australian Islamic website, it’s from the Jewish holy book. It forms part of a collection of quotes, reportedly sourced from Jewish religious texts, that are supposed to show a Jewish contempt...
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The Australian reports today that members of the PM’s Muslim Community Reference Group (MCRG) have taken a break from calling for government acceptance of Hezbollah as ‘freedom fighters’, and chanting “death to the enemies” (of Lebanon) at anti-war rallies to put forward a rather novel idea. The MCRG are calling for the establishment of a...
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Nowadays, let’s face it, it’s just not PC for Muslims to question Hezbollah’s motives or raise doubts about the efficacy of supporting them. One doesn’t need to travel too far into the Australian Muslim community to see that everyone loves Nasrallah. Even the handpicked members of the government’s Muslim Reference Committee — card-carrying moderates, if...
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When Michelle Leslie donned a burqa while imprisoned awaiting trial in Bali last year, the responses from Australian Muslims varied from outrage and disgust to complete apathy. Many Muslims took her actions personally, offended that she may have been using Islam to guide herself to freedom. Others wisely demonstrated just how little they cared. As...
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This week in Australia: We have been transfixed by a coronal inquest that saw a drug fueled gang sex session end in the death of a mother of three aboard a cruise ship. The coroner has said that there are 8 “men of interest” to her investigation. The company specifically attracted a young, single, male...
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SAFspace draws our attention to an interesting article about Toronto’s Jewish community and their philanthropy. She writes: A colleague once told me of a hospital that had designed a state-of-the-art multifaith room with funds from donors of the various faith communities in Toronto. The walls of the room were etched with the names of donors,...
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Living in the West, one is occasionally confronted by a disdain for Islam, an example of which is the women’s literature section of the local bookstore (be it Waterstones, Readings, or Borders). There are shelves groaning with oppressed women’s stories from the Muslim world. The genre of ‘lustful violent Muslim first-person female narrative potboilers’ is...
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Tariq Nelson has an excellent piece on a social problem that will be familiar to many Australian Muslims: the pressure to conform that comes not from the broader non-Muslim community but from the Muslim community itself. The regular, everyday Muslim, who is under pressure to toe the line set above by the movement leaders is...
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It will surprise many to know that the most definitive proof in Islamic law is NOT the Quran, nor is it the Sunnah (the prophetic tradition), it is the consensus (ijma) of the body (or Ummah) of Muslims. Obviously the Ijma must be based on sound Quranic or hadeeth evidence, but where interpretation of these...
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satire n The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticise people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topic issues. (Oxford English Dictionary) In 1984, the film This is Spinal Tap was released. Presented as a documentary, it followed pedestrian rock group Spinal Tap as it...
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