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‘The Australian Muslim Party’ was launched in Western Sydney on Tuesday as a measure to provide representation to Australian Muslims.

Diaa Mohamed, founder of the party, said that candidates would be fielded in every state before the next federal election, in which the party hopes to win a Senate seat.

“Four or five anti-Islamic parties are being created and we thought we need to do something to address that,” said Mohamed, citing that rising political activism against Islam was one of the main reasons for forming the party.

To disprove ongoing criticism that “Muslims were not loud enough” when it comes to public debate, Mohamed hopes the party would help create a platform on the national political stage for the Muslim community to this end.

“Maybe it is because we didn’t know how, or we were a bit too fragmented, so hopefully this will at least give us that opportunity,” said Mohamed.

In view of recent events, “There are going to be a lot of questions raised in the coming days”, said Mohamed. “This is the whole reason we created this party. So it is as good a time as any to launch it,” he added.

Jamla Rifi, a prominent Sydney Muslim Community leader, said that it was time someone stepped up to share the burden of the Australian Muslim representation. According to him, notions of Muslims and Islam itself not being compatible with the Australian way of life, could be could be counteracted only with proper political representation.

“What is [better] than we actually putting our young boys and girls to represent us at the seat where decision making is taking place, that is, in the Parliament,” Rifi said.

 

 

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Are Muslims really a threat to Christmas celebrations?

There are some serious backlashes by the Muslim community against the celebration of this day which have sent some jitters in the global hub.

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Christmas is celebrated every year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ
Christmas is celebrated every year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ

NEW DELHI: The festival of Christmas is a considered to be a very auspicious day in the Christian society and also regarded to be a religious and cultural event for them. But with some serious backlashes by the Muslim community against the celebration of this day, have sent some jitters in the global hub. Many people have come forward with their own logic and agenda to downgrade this day.

Recently, Boxer Amir Khan faced the brunt of Muslim people for posting a picture of a Christmas tree meant for her daughter on his Twitter handle and thus became a victim of some derogatory remarks from the Muslim community. Some people came forward to defend his action but were outrun in number as compared to the one who unleashed their anger on him.

 

In Indonesia, hardline Islamists threatened to target Muslims wearing Santa hats during Christmas festival and issued a fatwa against Christmas. According to the group, to support any kind of Christmas attire is a direct violation of their human rights. The immediate results of their announcement could be seen in the Indonesian market, as there were only a handful of people came attired in Santa costume. The Islamists have also opposed the New year celebration and want the government to intervene for their cause.

Then, Britain’s biggest supermarket, Tesco got itself in a storm of controversies after they featured a Muslim family in their advertisement, meant for Christmas. Some people also lashed the supermarket for selling Halal meat in their stores.

 

The ISIS also issued a warning, in which they claimed to target the Christian markets and high streets on the day of Christmas. So, such declarations and protests do have a huge impact on the reputation of Muslim community and calls for a more open-ended discussion on these kinds of issues.