Category: MASQ

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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“Obey those who are in authority among you”

Lambie is ill-informed Jacqui Lambie’s rhetoric over the threat to Australia from Sharia law is baseless and misleading (“Jacqui Lambie gives two bob watches a bad name“, February 14). The Koran clearly instructs Muslims to “obey those who are in authority among you”. Lambie is ill-informed and is using Islam as a scapegoat to further her own political agenda. Khizar Rana Walkerville Direct...

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What is “Freedom of speech”?

Shun insults and hatred I am disappointed to hear remarks made at the Q Society’s fundraiser dinners in Sydney and Melbourne. Our world is passing through a turbulent time. It is important for all of us to shun those actions and statements that can cause unrest and hatred to spread in our peaceful society. We should work to unite people on common grounds rather divide them for political causes. Freedom of speech is a noble value if exercised within the framework of decency, honesty and respect. When speech is driven by insults, it reinforces stereotypes and prejudices, which is something...

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Freedom of speech, not hate!

I am disappointed to hear remarks made at Q-Society’s fund raiser dinners in Sydney and Melbourne. Our world is passing through a very turbulent times. It is important for all of us to play our positive role and shun all those actions and statements which can cause unrest and hatred to spread in our peaceful society. We should work to unite people on common grounds rather divide them for our political causes. Freedom of speech is a noble value if exercised within the framework of decency, honesty and respect. When speech is driven by insults it reinforces stereotypes and...

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Happy Australia Day to All

As a proud Ahmadi Muslim from western Sydney, I was born in a majority Muslim country (Pakistan). Over time, the extremists and politicians passed special laws to target my community. Still, I’m not allowed to call myself a Muslim, I can’t greet anyone using ‘Asalam-o-Alikum’ (peace be upon you) and if I do, I can be imprisoned for three years. I can’t call my mosque a mosque or do anything that other Muslims do. Why? Because my community teaches me “Love for All, Hatred for None” and extremists don’t want us to ‘love all’ but they want the people...

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