Islamic Museum of Australia director Sherene Hassan
We’re currently in the middle of the Holy month of Ramadan. During this month, millions of Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset and observe the tenets of Islam.
A few months ago, the Islamic Museum of Australia opened in Victoria. As well as displaying art and artefacts, the museum also displays stories about the first Muslims in Australia, who started visiting before European settlers.
Islamic Museum of Australia director Sherene Hassan chatted to us about how the museum has been changing minds, dispelling misconceptions and educating the public about Islam. She also talks about her own experiences celebrating Ramadan growing up in Australia – from primary school to her work and family life.
Faten El Dana is the proud recipient of two awards from the last 6 months – the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s Excellence in Ethnic and Multicultural broadcasting and most recently, the AH Beard Community Hero of the Year award.
She is now the president of the Muslim Women’s Welfare Association of Australia and works tirelessly to support migrant and Muslim women – as well as being program coordinator at Sydney Muslim radio station 2MFM.
I talk to Mrs El Dana about her life and what drives her to work so hard to achieve her goals.
Zayaan Jappie has studied and worked in film around the US and Mexico. Her first film Rima featured in film festivals locally and internationally. Her next project is Eve, a short film set in the multicultural suburbs of South Western Sydney.
Eve is about a Maori teenager coping with a difficult family situation with the help of a new friendship with her Muslim neighbour.
I talked to Zayaan about the story, life in South Western Sydney and intercultural friendship.
Many Muslim women wear scarves and veils as part of their religion. But that doesn’t mean they can’t look good while doing it. The Faith, Fashion and Fusion exhibition traveling around Australia is celebrating the rise in fashion designers creating clothes for Muslim women.
One woman involved in the exhibition is Mona Marabini, who wears a hijab. While she was holidaying on the Sunshine Coast, she chatted to us on the phone about her thoughts on how non-Muslims perceive Islam and why the hijab is important to her.
Sujauddin Karimuddin recently spoke at an Iftar dinner for the Queensland Rohingya Community about the situation for the oppressed Rohingyan Muslim ethnic group in Burma and the importance of fasting during the month of Ramadan. He’s a case worker for asylum seekers in Brisbane with the Multicultural Development Association.
Before he came to Brisbane, Sujauddin lived in Burma in a Rohingyan village. Rohingyan Muslims are not considered citizens of Burma and face heavy discrimination.