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Religious Affiliations in Australia.
Importance of understanding other faiths and role Studies of Religion subject plays.
Muslim perspective; Muslims in Australia
Interfaith dialogue initiative by Australian Muslims.
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Christianity 63.9%
Baptist
Lutheran
Pentecostal
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Growth in Australia’s NonChristian Religious Affiliations 1981–2006
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 1981–2006 Census of Population and Housing
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Growth in Australia’s NonChristian Religious affiliations 2001–2006
Hinduism 55.1%
Non-religion 27.5%
Islam 20.9%
Buddhist 17%
Judaism 6%
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Education and Interfaith Dialogue are critical for a peaceful society.
Studies of Religion plays an important role.
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5th most popular subject
The Studies of Religion II course has grown by:
70% since 2004
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“Evaluate the importance of interfaith dialogue in multifaith Australia”
“Investigate the understanding of peace and how it is informed through significant writings within sacred texts”
“Outline the principal teachings about peace in TWO religious traditions”
“Demonstrate how TWO religious traditions guide the individual in achieving inner peace.”
“Discuss how TWO religious traditions are contributing to world peace.”
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Studies of Religion
It may be the only opportunity for students to receive factual information about religion.
An opportunity for students to better understand their own faith.
An opportunity to learn about other faiths.
An opportunity to clarify misconceptions.
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23% of the world population of 6.8 billion. (2009)
(The Pew Forum report, www.pewforum.org )
62% of Muslim world population lives in Asia-Pacific region.
About 13% of the Muslims in the world live in Indonesia (203 million).
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Muslims in Australia
1.7% of Australia’s population is Muslim which is less than 0.1% of the worlds Muslim population.
Muslims in Australia are ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse. Nearly 38 per cent of the 340 393 Muslims in Australia were born in Australia.
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Muslims in Australia
Source: 2006 Census of Population and Housing (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Birthplace
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Australian Muslims by Country of Birth
Source: ABS 2001, Census of Population and Housing: Muslim Community Profile: Birthplace of individual: Top 25 (based on total Muslim Population). © Commonwealth of Australia 2002.
Chart1
Australia
Lebanon
Turkey
Afghanistan
Syria
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Australia
102,566
13,629,700
0.75
2
Lebanon
29,321
71,349
41.1
3
Turkey
23,479
29,821
78.73
4
Afghanistan
9,923
11,296
87.85
5
2,601
43,527
5.98
18
Syria
2,261
6,710
33.7
19
28,742
3,505,375
0.82
Total
281,572
18,972,347
1.48
Source: ABS 2001, Census of Population and Housing: Muslim Community Profile: Birthplace of individual: Top 25 (based on total Muslim Population). © Commonwealth of Australia 2002
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Value of Human Life
Islam gives great value to human life by saying that killing someone is the same as killing all of humanity and saving one life is like saving the whole of humanity (Qur’an, 5:32).
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Diversity Amongst Humankind
“To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way. If God had so willed, He would have made you a single people...”
(Qur’an 5:48)
Our differences were in God’s plan which gives us reason to engage in dialogue with the purpose of getting to know one another.
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“Get to know one another”
“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other).”
(Qur’an 49:13)
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“Islam respects the humanity of each person, disregarding religion.”
(Al-Qaradawi)
“This action (of the Prophet) demonstrates how highly our Prophet respected every person”.
(Fethullah Gulen)
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Visit of the Najran delegation to Medina.
The whole incident was the first occurrence of peaceful dialogue between Christians and Muslims
It was the first time that Christians prayed in a mosque.
Prophet Muhammad provided them with a place to stay in Medina, in a secure place close to his mosque.
He even ordered that the Muslims pitch their tent for them.
Prophet Muhammad sent them back to their homes protected by his own guards and accompanied by a trusted Companion
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Ramadan Iftar’s
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Sharing of a meal
Muslims feel comfortable in sharing a practice which they are familiar with, playing host.
Non-Muslims appreciate the chance to share such a special occasion and feel accepted by the Muslim community.
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Abraham Conference
It has a special formula being a grassroots level initiative with the involvement of religious, academic and political leaders.
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Home Encounters
Coming together and talking about common topics such as spirituality, marriage and festivals in a home environment.
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Summary
Multifaith Australia is a reflection of the multifaith world.
Studies of Religion subject is an opportunity to make students familiar with the multifaith world/Australia.
Understanding Islam in the context of the multifaith world is important due to the sheer size of the Muslim world.
Islam encourages interfaith dialogue
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References
www.affinity.org.au
www.intercultural.org.au
www.gallipolimosque.org.au
www.lma.org.au/mosque.php
www.fecca.org.au/interfaith
www.homeencounters.org.au
Australia
Lebanon
Afghanistan
Pakistan
Indonesia
Iraq
Bangladesh
Iran
Fiji
Cyprus
Somalia
Malaysia
Singapore