Lift­ing the veil

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Aus­tralian Is­lamic College is host­ing Is­lam: A Reli­gion of Love and Peace Ex­hi­bi­tion. The stu­dent art ex­hi­bi­tion will cel­e­brate Is­lam and break down mis­con­cep­tions about the reli­gion.

THE Aus­tralian Is­lamic College and the Is­lamic stud­ies depart­ment are host­ing an Is­lam: A Reli­gion of Love and Peace ex­hi­bi­tion at the college with the theme ‘I Shall Love All Mankind’.

Or­gan­iser Wael Ibrahim said the theme rep­re­sented an acro­nym for the word Is­lam and aimed to bring aware­ness to the reli­gion.

“We are try­ing to bring aware­ness to the pub­lic about a few mis­con­cep­tions that non-Mus­lims in par­tic­u­lar have about Is­lam; for ex­am­ple, the sta­tus of women in Is­lam,” he said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which will be open from 3.30pm to 5.30pm from June 25 to 29, will in­clude paint­ings, posters, books, pam­phlets and art­works by the college stu­dents.

Vis­i­tors will also be able to par­tic­i­pate by writ­ing their name in Ara­bic.

“Art is a lan­guage that ev­ery­one un­der­stands and ap­pre­ci­ates; we want to en­cour­age tal­ented stu­dents by demon­strat­ing their art and in­ter­act with other com­mu­ni­ties of dif­fer­ent faiths and back­grounds,” Mr Ibrahim said.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion to me is the start­ing point where stu­dents can rep­re­sent them­selves through their tal­ents and work.

“I love see­ing oth­ers grow, so adding val­ues to my stu­dents to bring their work to the pub­lic would mean the world to me.”

This is the first time the Is­lamic Stud­ies depart­ment has been in­volved with the ex­hi­bi­tion. The college has held sim­i­lar ex­hi­bi­tions be­fore.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483813

Sem­ina Pa­sic in front of Na­jmah Arife, Aafia Ymer and Huda Noor.

Year 8 Is­lamic College stu­dents Sem­ina Pa­sic (seated) and, from left, Na­jmah Arife, Aafia Ymer and Huda Noor.

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