Through the world people have opinions. It seems clear to me the Australian Left don’t have all the answers and the Australian Right don’t have all the answers. It is also important to know what the Muslim community are being taught as well. Each of them add to our understanding of the situation
Terrorists, Extreme, Fundamental Islam, Pure Islam. getting languaging clear is important.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – The new Caliph
is the leader of the Sunni militant jihadist organisation known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which controls territory in western Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan. The group has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations. In June 2014 he was elected by the majlis al-shura (consultative council or Shura council), representing the ahl al-hall wal-aqd (its people of authority) of the Islamic State, to be their caliph, which he claims to be. Source
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Dutch-American activist, author, and former politician of Somali origin. She is a leading opponent of female genital mutilation, and calls for a reformation of Islam. She is supportive of women’s rights and is an atheist.
In 2003, Hirsi Ali was elected a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of the Dutch parliament), representing the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). A political crisis related to the validity of her Dutch citizenship led to her resignation from parliament, and indirectly to the fall of the second Balkenende cabinet in 2006.
Ayaan has been a vocal critic of Islam. In 2004, she collaborated on a short movie with Theo van Gogh, entitled Submission, the English rendering of the word “Islam”, a film about the oppression of women under Islam. The documentary sparked controversy, which resulted in death threats against the two and the eventual assassination of Van Gogh later that year by Mohammed Bouyeri, a second-generation migrant from Morocco. In a 2007 interview, she described Islam as an “enemy” that needs to be defeated before peace can be achieved. But in her latest book Heretic (2015) she moderated her views of Islam and now calls for a reform of the religion by supporting reformist Muslims.
In 2005, Hirsi Ali was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also received several awards, including a free speech award from the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, the Swedish Liberal Party‘s Democracy Prize, and the Moral Courage Award for commitment to conflict resolution, ethics, and world citizenship.
Hirsi Ali emigrated to the United States, where she was a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. She founded the women’s rights organization the AHA Foundation. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2013 and that year was made a fellow at the Kennedy Government School at Harvard University and a member of The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center. She is married to British historian and public commentator Niall Ferguson.
She has written:
- Heretic :Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now
- Nomad : A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations
- The Caged Virgin : An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam
She founded The AHA Foundation, a nonprofit organization for the defense of women’s rights. It was founded by Ayaan Hirsi Ali in 2007 and is based in New York, New York, United States
Bernard Gaynor is a conservative Catholic who writes what normal men dare not speak out loud.
He is deeply interested in the loss of values in modern society and its impact on all aspects of life – particularly politics – and he is prepared to break all boundaries of political correctness to get his point across.
With a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture (including three deployments to Iraq with the Australian Army) he is also critical of modern thinking and quick to defend Australia’s way of life.
Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed – Grand Mufti of Australia
Ibrahim Abu Mohamed (alternative spelling, Ibrahim Abu Mohammed) is an Egyptian-born and educated Sunni Islamic scholar and Grand Mufti of Australia since September 2011. As the spiritual leader of Australian Muslims the Grand Mufti holds the highest religious post for an Islamic scholar in Australia. The honorific his eminence is used in referring to Mohamed
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Dr Mark Durie
Dr Mark Durie is an academic, human rights activist, Anglican pastor, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Adjunct Research Fellow of the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology. He has published many articles and books on the language and culture of the Acehnese, Christian-Muslim relations and religious freedom. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the National University and a ThD in Quranic Theology from the Australian College of Theology. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA and Stanford, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1992.
From his facebook [age: Dr Sekaleshfar was born in Manchester, UK, in 1973. He qualified in General Medicine at Imperial College, London, in 2000 and has studied Bioethics at Manchester University. Dr Farrokh has been studying seminary sciences in Qum for over a decade and is currently teaching ethics and gnosticism. His main research areas include jurisprudence and spirituality. His youtube chanel
Dutton withdrew his visa as a result of hate speech
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Imam Husain Islamic Centre
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation- OIC
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is an international organization founded in 1969 consisting of 57 member states. The organisation states that it is “the collective voice of the Muslim world” and works to “safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony”.
The OIC has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union. The official languages of the OIC are Arabic, English, and French. It was founded by Saudi Arabia and primarily funded by Saudi Arabia refer
Q Society of Australia
Shaykh Hamza Sodagarvideo
is an American scholar raised in Washington, DC. He currently resides in Qum, Iran and has been studying for over fourteen years, specializing in Islamic Law and Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence as well as Islamic Philosophy. Currently, he is attending the dars-e-kharij of the renowned scholar, Grand Ayatullah Shubairi Zanjani. Over the years, Shaykh Sodagar has travelled to many places around the globe to speak on matters concerning the Muslim community. As a result, he is deemed a role model by young Muslims all around the world.”