Australia: Celebration of Interfaith Dialogue

World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) couldn’t have come at a better time.  With the recent US travel bans against countries that are predominantly Muslim and persecution of faith groups including Christians at an all-time high; it sometimes feels like there is a war on religion as a whole.

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Australia: Interfaith cooperation in action at Mount Isa, Queensland


A single beige demountable fitted with not much more than an air conditioner, a few chairs, and a patchwork of woven mats turned to face Mecca has become an outback symbol of religious hope. The Good Shepherd Catholic church in the remote Queensland mining town of Mount Isa has offered space in its parish building to the local Islamic community for use as a prayer room.

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Why do interfaith dialogue?

interfaith lecture, Australia
The importance of interfaith dialogue in today’s multicultural and multi-faith world was the topic of a seminar by Rev. Sef Carroll at the United Theological College in Sydney on 11 March. What gets picked up by media on how we perceive people of other faiths is not always the real story. There needs to be an affirmative narrative on what relationships with other faiths is about and I think that’s a responsibility for all of us in the Church said Rev. Sef Carroll.

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Mufti urges calm in Australia

Australian Muslims have been urged by the nation’s highest Islamic office holder to maintain civil behaviour in the wake of the controversial Charlie Hebdo magazine cover, but he also criticised the magazine for its double standards in publishing a provocative cartoon that was religiously offensive.

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Halal certification is in turmoil

Halal certification in Australia (and worlwide) are in turmoil as suspicions and fears about channelling of funds to terrorist organisations are not allayed appropriately by those in authority. In fact, the halal certification authorities are under attack. The following opinion piece suggests that withdrawal from halal certification schemes is a blow to the economy and local industries.

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Australia: Imams Council condemns beheading photo


The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the outrageous depiction as reported in the media yesterday, of a 7-year-old boy shown holding the decapitated head of a victim.

Just as ANIC denounces the unspeakable atrocities committed in Gaza, so too do the Council of Imams Queensland speak out against the brutality carried out in Syria and Iraq including the alleged forceful eviction of various religious groups from their land.

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