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Malaysia: Mahathir and Anwar join forces Zia Ahmad The Malaysian opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan, PH (Pact of Hope), during its annual convention held on Sunday 7 January in Kuala Lumpur has named Mahathir Mohammad, the veteran Malaysian leader, 92 as the candidate for prime minister for the next election. The Malaysian opposition leader and President of one of the coalition partners Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Anwar’s Ibrahim’s wife, was also announced as Pakatan Harapan’s choice for deputy prime minister. It is anticipated that Mahathir would serve as interim prime minister until his former deputy Anwar Ibrahim is ready to take over upon his release from prison, where he is serving a politically motivated conviction. Anwar will be released on 8 June 2018 and if the opposition wins, PH has agreed to immediately commence the legal processes to obtain a royal pardon for him, thereby lifting the ban for him to join politics in Malaysia. The defacto leader of the Malaysian opposition PH is still considered to be Anwar Ibrahim, while its current Chairman is Mahathir Mohammad and its President is Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar is also an opposition MP serving her second term. PH also announced its seat allocations for peninsula Malaysia for the coming polls, with Mahathir’s party Bersatu set to contest 52 seats, Anwar’s party PKR 51, the Democratic Action Party 35 and Parti Amanah Negara 27. The Mahathir-Anwar coalition and their endorsement of each other is a turnaround

Nurul Izzah Anwar speaking at a rally. Inset Mahathir Mohammad (left) and Anwar Ibrahim (right). from their bitter feud that has shaped Malaysia’s political landscape for nearly two decades.

The surprise joining of forces has been planned to defeat the government of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) led

by the current Prime Minister Najib Razak who is involved in a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal. Continued on page 2.

Sami takes centre stage ISRA Arabic student wins at Achievement Awards University Medal at CSU Mobinah Ahmad Award-winning Australian actor, writer, spoken word artist, and stand up comedian Osamah Sami stole the show at the 11th Annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards 2017 held on Sunday 3 December 2017 at Le Montage in Lilyfield, Sydney. Winning the Creative Artist of the Year award, Sami provided the audience with some stand-up comedy and reflected on his rising success this year. On winning his award, Sami said “About the film [Ali’s Wedding], forever in a Proudly Printed in Australia by Spotpress Pty Ltd

day, we’ve been spoken about but not heard from. And finally the film gave the people an opportunity to be heard from, and whether you like the film or not…. Has anybody seen Ali’s Wedding?” The audience cheered, representing the enormous success of the film and the strong support from the multicultural community for Ali’s Wedding. “The best thing about this is getting the message from the Muslim community onto my twitter account, I had to shut Facebook for obvious reasons, all the, controversy. continued on pg 16.

Zia Ahmad Emna Malas, a graduating Master of Classical Arabic student at ISRA has won the University Medal at the Charles Sturt University (CSU). She is one of the eight University Medal winners for the year 2017 out of more than 40,000 students currently enrolled at CSU. The Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisation (CISAC) at Charles Sturt University in partnership with Islamic Science & Research Academy (ISRA) held its yearly graduation presentation on Saturday 9 December at Oatlands House, Oatlands, Sydney. Degrees in Bachelor of Islamic Studies, Master of Islamic Studies and Master of Classical Arabic were awarded to successful candidates by Professor Toni Downs, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Vice President (Academic), CSU and Professor Lesley White, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, CSU. continued on page 9.

Emna Malas accepting the University Medal from Professor Lesley White.

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Mr Jihad Dib MP presenting the Creative Artist of the Year award to Osamah Sami, comedian.

Continued from page 1 The messages that said – “Isn’t it great that we can see a girl in hijab on the big screen?” and “Isn’t it great that we see Ali, the lead character in the film – doesn’t kill anyone in the movie or doesn’t get killed off at the third act of the movie?” The 34 year old then spoke about being nominated for an Australian Academy Award, alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Sami then said “We do have Allah on our side!” which received cheers and applause. A few days later, the star of Ali’s Wedding earned an Australian Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film this year. Sami then ended his speech to speak about his parents, “My dad, rest his soul, he taught me everything and my mum reinforced everything he taught me. I salute them, and be nice to your mothers.”

Osman Karolia is Head of Senior School and has been working in schools for 23 years, with most of his work being in the Islamic school’s sector. Osman is the co-founder and executive officer of the Islamic Schools Association of Australia. Osman in his school has achieved a strong community service and volunteer culture and is currently preparing to take his students to Cambodia on a humanitarian mission. Osman has a long-established presence in activities ranging from coaching in sport, to mentoring troubled youth and encouraging wellbeing. Osman has founded cycling, running and triathlon clubs that have raised tens of thousands of dollars for disadvantaged communities internationally.

Osman Karolia, People’s Choice.

Osman Karolia Wins People’s Choice Award

Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah is a lawyer, sociologist and multi-award winning author of 11 novels, published in over 15 countries. Her novels are studied in education systems globally, addressing issues of Muslim identity, human rights and political consciousness. Her first novel, Does My Head Look Big In This? is currently in production as a major feature film. Dr Abdel-Fattah has been conducting independent and academic research in the areas of Australian Muslims, multiculturalism, the war on terror, youth and identity and Palestine/Israel over the last 15 years. She contributes to some of the most urgent public policy debates of our time and is regularly sought for specialist comment by Australian media, government and community organisations. Dr Abdel-Fattah has also founded Islamophobia Media Watch to monitor and analyse media representations of Muslims in Australian media.

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Youth of the Year

One 4 Kids, Zaky & Friends, Business of the Year One 4 Kids animation films have reached millions of children with an estimated 1 Billion plus views of their films through DVDs, APPS, over many media platforms. A generation of children have grown up watching the films by One 4 Kids which has inspired and educated them to be better Muslims. One 4 Kids have been producing animation films with the famous cartoon character Zaky since 2006. Zaky loves teaching children about Allah, the Prophet (SAW) and encouraging good character and manners. One 4 Kids have introduced many new characters over the years that can be seen in the new TV show, Zaky’s Learning Club on the One 4 Kids TV channel www.one4kids. tv. One 4 Kids online TV channel was launched mid-2016. One 4 Kids have produced over 15 Zaky animation films, 100’s of educational videos, over 20 Apps, lots of merchandise and over 25 songs.


Oussama has contributed greatly to the Muslim and Non-Muslim communities in Australia. In 2012 he was a participant of the Youth Parliament of Victoria leadership program where he had the opportunity to debate issues in the chambers of Parliament House. Oussama was comprehensively elected as the Youth Premier of Victoria; the first Muslim young person to hold that office. Oussama had been recognised by the City of Hobsons Bay as the Youth Citizen of the Year for his work in promoting cultural harmony within the community. Oussama had organized a football match comprising of people from the Jewish and Islamic communities to abate tension and encourage tolerance and acceptance. Since then, Oussama has volunteered with countless organizations in the name of community cohesion.

Brull wins Abyssinian of the Year

Oussama Abou-Zeid, Volunteer of the Year Award


Michael Brull is a regular writer for New Matilda. His writing involves analysing and understanding parts of Australia (eg structures, the media, Government policies) and sometimes to express the indignation about those issues. He has critically written about how Islamophobia is systematic and pervasive in Australia and where Islamophobia comes from. Michael has highlighted how racism is faced by Muslims in Australia, how it’s connected to broader institutional interests, whilst trying to tie those interests in a way that will built solidarity. The Abyssinian Award acknowledges a non-Muslim individual or organisation that has demonstrated a strong commitment to fostering mutual understanding between Muslims and the wider Australian community in a respectful and beneficial manner.


The Islamic Women’s Association Queensla sation of the Year award. IWAQ offer a wide mainstream and culturally, linguistically & r provides aged and disability support servic tage. IWAQ are a team of strong-willed, pas their effort in reaching out to the communit

Islamophobia Report Launch, Event of the A comprehensive 100 page report on Islamopho was launched on Monday 10 July in 2017. This w search report on Islamophobia in Australia, released the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Cha Register of Australia. The launch took place in bot Islamophobia Register Australia. ISSUE 146 / JANUARY 2018


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Bashar Krayem is a charitable businessman using his own business Rashays Punchbowl as a strong drive for change and charity. He provides emergency food for struggling single mothers, refugees, asylum seekers and their families. Bashar has been holding the Ramadan Iftar dinners every year whereby he feeds hundreds of these families. This year, being the largest, he sent around 52 families to break their fast for free. Bashar designed “The Tree of Faith” campaign where a huge blossom tree was erected inside Rashays. Bashar sacrificed 4 of his tables to accommodate this display in which had almost 5 thousand dollars worth of food vouchers. On the tree hundreds of letters and drawings done by these asylum seekers describing the fear they experienced were hung At the beginning of this year Bashar funded 10K worth of brand new bags, pens, uniforms, shoes and school items in the “back to school” drive he created for disadvantaged children.


Bachar Houli wins Sportsperson of the Year as first Muslim to win an AFL Premiership.

Mission of Hope Founder Hanan Dover (left) and President Nasreen Hanifi, organisers of the Awards.

Abla Kadous, Life Time Achiever

Mo Alyatim (Keefe) wins Role Model of the Year Award. Keefe is known for his efforts in creating safe Islamic spaces and breaking down barriers between law enforcement authorities and the streets. Keefe volunteers his time to run the musalah attached to his Brotherhood boxing gym, which began with a few boys gathering to pray jummaa to now a large following. His gym has been used to provide support to marginalised youth, men from diverse backgrounds, as well as, mediate disputes between rival criminal figures as well as to advocate for those who are facing oppression. He has made efforts to face council head to head to maintain this safe space for those who would otherwise feel marginalised to partake in the deen. Keefe is currently involved in the case management process to help beat addiction in drug and alcohol. He has been chosen to volunteer to coach the elite boxing team with Boxing Australia being the only Muslim coach on the team.

Abla Kadous has worked for the Australian Muslim community as a volunteer for over 25 years. She has constantly worked hard to improve the Islamic education and opportunities for all of the Muslim community, in particular, Muslim women and children. Abla is an inspirational role through her leadership and commitment to the advancement of Muslim relations within the wider Australian society.

and (IWAQ) wins the Community Organie range of services to assist people from religiously diverse backgrounds. IWAQ ces for under and over 65 year olds. Cotssionate, loving souls who have dedicated ty. Rima Waizani, Volunteer of the Year

e Year. obia in Australia covering the period of 2014-2016 was one of the key findings in a first-of-its-kind red at NSW Parliament as a joint study conducted by arles Sturt University (CSU) and the Islamophobia th NSW and Victoria and joint hosted by ISRA and JANUARY 2018 / ISSUE 146

Rima Waizani has helped hundreds of families in need with food, shelter & spreading awareness via her volunteering efforts at the CC Community Kitchen Since December 2015 CC Community Kitchen assists widows, orphans, refugees, asylum-seekers, and single parents. Rima actively goes out of her way and spends from her own finances to alleviate the burdens of the needy. Rima is an admin on CC Community Kitchen and handles many cases. times she puts herself on the bottom of her priority list, as she refuses to sleep at night knowing one of her cases are struggling. She not only volunteers an abundance of time towards the cause of charity, but she also volunteers utmost care, love and devotion.

Ola Elhassan, Linked Up, Best New Community Project Best New Community Project, Linked Up. Ola Elhassan is a passionate community advocate who has devoted over 14 years of her professional career as a Social Worker. Linked Up is a new and innovative health and wellbeing program for Sydney high school students. The program works closely with young people covering an array of topics including, Healthy Relationships, identity and belonging, Mental health, and Leadership.


Ahmed Fahour wins Professional of the Year and is one of Australia’s most successful and high-profiled businessmen. Award accepted by his brother, Ali Fahour.






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