Category: Letter to Editors

Peaceful Dialogue

I TOTALLY agree with Labor MP Jason Clare that the decision of Muslim leaders to cancel a meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison was an opportunity lost. I think it is a worthy prospect to educate the Prime Minister and public of the true teachings of Islam. Islam, like any other religion, is a peaceful religion that has got nothing to do with extremism and terrorism. The first step to the resolution of any matter is dialogue between both sides. If there is anything the human race has learnt from its past, it’s that dialogue is the only option...

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Evil act against the Quran

I agree with Scott Morrison that mental illness should not be used as a sole excuse for last week’s incident in Bourke Street. As an Ahmadi Muslim who works closely with imams, I consider Hassan Khalif Shire Ali’s actions an evil attack that can never be justified under any circumstances. The Quran says to kill an innocent person is akin to killing the whole of mankind. However, I felt that Mr Morrison was unfair to rebuke the entire Muslim community and imams for not speaking out against extremism. When we do speak out, we are blamed for seeking attention...

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Does the Quran justify violence?

Rod Shaw’s letter (15/11) employs a tactic commonly used by critics of Islam. He misquotes the Koran as saying “terrorise and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Koran”. This ignores the fact that Muslims were persecuted for 13 years in Mecca for claiming that God is one. They were driven out of their homes and not left alone, even in Medina. The permission given in the Koran to fight in self-defence was granted to defend Muslims from persecution, and to defend Christians, Jews and people of all faiths from acts of terror. But according to critics...

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Is Islam a Feminist Religion?

Feminist religion? I WONDER why Islam cannot be called a feminist religion even though it gives equal rights and freedom to the women. Is there any other religion in the world which declares that the paradise lies at the feet of your mother? Moreover, good treatment of daughters would save parents from the burning fire of hell. Islam gave women right to own, keep and manage their own property, the right to ask and get a divorce in case of ill-treatment or abandonment from the husband, the right to remarry, the right to obtain an education. Islam mandated that...

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Muslims in Australia should be given the opportunity to respond

On Saturday The Weekend Australian published three articles attacking the teachings and philosophy of Islam. In particular, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s article listing nine bullet points as to how sharia law is degrading and demeaning to women uses out of context quotes from the Koran and baseless assertions. Yes, The Weekend Australian does have the right to publish such articles; the views expressed should not be suppressed. However, Muslims in Australia should be given the opportunity to respond. We invite The Weekend Australian to come to our mosque so that we can respond to all of the allegations listed by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others. We...

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