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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Muslims in Melbourne

It seems that multiculturalism is one of the common characteristics among English speaking countries. In their big cities you can find people from almost all over the world. This diversity makes them comfortable. In Melbourne, I have never felt that I am a forigner. It is interesting that "where are you from?" is the first question in establishing a conversation. There are few people who are originally from Australia.

Being as a muslim is not a problem here. There are many muslims from different countries. There is a big and very nice prayer room in the university. At first time, I was surprised when I couldn't find "Mohr" for praying in the prayer room. It is because most of muslims are Sunni. Some of them don't know anything about Shi'e. I remember that day which a Sumalian girl asked me "if you are muslim why you pray in a different way?". In festivals and ceremanies, the university provides Halal foods for muslims. People from different nationalities and religins live close to each other friendly and respect various beliefs. They have have special places and facilities to carry on their religious or national ceremonies. However, the important thing is that nobody can exceed from his/her borders and this is why all religions and cultures can survive without any problems.

1 Comments:

  • At 10:33 AM, Blogger rr said…

    well, I think Muslims enjoy better social rights and conditions in all countries which are ruled by old British Empire (UK, AU etc.) compared to other western countries, say Europeans. There are a lot of Muslims in UK and as far as I know they have praying room in all universities. But for example in France they don't have right to have a praying room in the university. In every university in the UK, you can find a muslim society and probably a Ahlolbays (Shiite students) socity. Muslim girls wear their veiling and I haven't seen them feeling embarassed or being intimitated by doing that. You can see them working in different places, but to be honest I have never seen a female university lecturer with Hejab. I don't know whether universities don't accept them or no muslim woman has applied for.

     

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