There is no such thing. A Muslim cannot be Aussie, and if he is Aussie he can’t possibly be a Muslim. Kuranda Seyit, the ABC’s go-to Muslim tries to inflict a little da’awa on us by warming up to the term. It changes nothing.
Please scroll down below the fold to read the whole thing. Here, some links and updates from the Saltshakers:
The Muslim Issue
- Why did the ISIS Caliph rape American Kayla Mueller?, First Things
- Belfast Pastor on Trial for Offending Islam, Gatestone Institute
- Will Britain Pass the Choudary Test?, Gatestone Institute
- Afghan women imprisoned by their culture, The Sydney Morning Herald
- Defining the Aussie Mussie, Online Opinion
- This Islamist psychopath is still on the streets spewing his bile. Why hasn’t he been charged?
Michael Smith News
The Muslim Issue, August 15, 2015
“No, this is not about the Bendigo Bank’s rapacious associates who have a financial interest in the land surrounding the proposed mega mosque. Nor is it about how the Bendigo Bank cancelled the accounts of all those who objected to the rape of their city. Nor is it about the corrupted Bendigo councillors who did not declare an interest. And it’s not even about the Bendigo Bank’s violation of community sentiments in promoting the crass Islamification of one of Australia’s historic and iconic cities. No, but do you recall that ghastly gang rape of a young Bendigo mother… a case that had completely disappeared under a media blackout?…”
First Things, by Ayman S. Ibrahim, August 17, 2015
“During her imprisonment, Kayla Mueller, 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker, was repeatedly raped by the leader of ISIS, Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before she was killed last February. The news of al-Baghdadi’s serial assault habits came out last week. ISIS’s al-Baghdadi operates within a shame/honor paradigm, like most of the Middle East and Arab World. Ms. Mueller represented an American object. Shaming her reflects the supremacy and dominion of the Caliph and Muslims over the enemy. The message he most likely desired to send was that, despite the airstrikes, Muslims are still strong and can achieve hegemony over America and its people…”
Gatestone Institute, by Soeren Kern, August 18, 2015
“An evangelical Christian pastor in Northern Ireland has made his first court appearance after he was charged with making “grossly offensive” remarks about Islam. James McConnell, 78, appeared at Laganside Magistrates Court in Belfast on August 6, after local Muslims complained that he delivered a sermon in which he described Islam as “heathen” and “satanic.” According to Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS), McConnell — whose sermon was streamed live on the Internet — violated the 2003 Communications Act by “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive.”…”
Gatestone Institute, by Douglas Murray, August 12, 2015
“If there was a single flaw in the British Prime Minister’s recent speech on countering extremism in the UK, it might be encapsulated in the name “Anjem Choudary.” His speech went into terrific detail on the significance of tacking radicalism through the education system, the Charity Commission, the broadcasting license authority and numerous other means. But it failed the Choudary test. That test is: What do you do about a British-born man who is qualified to work but appears never to have done so, and who instead spends his time taking his “dole” money and using it to fund a lifestyle devoted solely to preaching against the state?…”
The Sydney Morning Herald, by Gabriela Maj, August 18, 2015
“The first thing you hear as you approach Badam Bagh women’s prison in Kabul is children’s laughter. The closer you get, the more the building sounds like a kindergarten class during recess. Over the past five years, I visited a half-dozen women’s prisons in Afghanistan and met hundreds of women who were arrested while pregnant and gave birth in prison, along with hundreds who came into the system with toddlers. Afghanistan’s prisons are filled with mothers who have been rejected by their families because they are accused of “moral crimes”: women who have been raped or fled abuse or forced marriages, women accused of adultery, unmarried women who have become pregnant with partners their families didn’t approve of. In Afghanistan, such victims of abuse are penalized instead of protected…”
Online Opinion, by Kuranda Seyit,13 August 2015
“What’s all this hoohar about Mussies? What actually, is a Mussie? Well, Eddie Maguire has really opened up a can of worms and thrown a spanner in the works while creating this storm in a teacup that has everyone running amok. The chat sites are alive with debates about to be or not to be Mussie? Well, I’m of the opinion that it’s our term, we own it and we should decide who uses it ‘and the conditions’ in which they do, just like the n-word which is exclusively used by Afro-Americans, fair crack of the whip! Anyway, I hope you are getting the picture…”
Michael Smith News, by Michael Smith, August 19, 2015
In March this year Jason Morrison and I lamented the fact Ismail al-Wahwah hadn’t been locked up.
“Hizb ut-Tahrir leader’s race-hate speech fails to trigger action. NSW authorities have failed to decide on whether they will take action against the leader of Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir over an alleged race-hate speech, despite the state anti-discrimination board calling for a “swift response” after a formal complaint was made almost five months ago…”
What’s all this hoohar about Mussies? What actually, is a Mussie? Well, Eddie Maguire has really opened up a can of worms and thrown a spanner in the works while creating this storm in a teacup that has everyone running amok. The chat sites are alive with debates about to be or not to be Mussie? Well, I’m of the opinion that it’s our term, we own it and we should decide who uses it ‘and the conditions’ in which they do, just like the n-word which is exclusively used by Afro-Americans, fair crack of the whip! Anyway, I hope you are getting the picture.
I am over doing it with the Aussie vernacular because I want to emphasize that we as Australians are famous for coming up with euphemisms and shortening our words, we are a nation of shorteners. I’m not sure if we are just lazy or if we are creative, probably both, the early settlers that came here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries had some time on their hands and were very inventive with their slang. It’s not just here, language develops in this way for societies wherever they are in the world. Our colloquial language is alive and well. We won’t merely say cup of tea, we say ‘cuppa’, sausage sandwich became a sausage sanga, telephone became the blower, we call food and drink coolers; ‘the esky’, and for good day; we say g’day.
And to be clear, the term Muslim refers to someone who adheres to the Islamic faith, the second largest religion and the fastest growing one in the world. It is Arabic for “one who submits”; as all Muslims submit to the commands of God. Unlike other major religions, Islam does not take its name from its founder or from the place where it originated. Such as in Christianity taking its name from Christ, Buddhism from the Buddha and Hinduism from the Indus region, Judaism from the area of Judea, Islam is a universal religion that takes its name from the term ‘submission’.
So when Eddie Maguire calls the Victorian Minister for Sport, John Eren a Mussie, it’s important that we clarifiy a few issues about the term.
Firstly, the term Mussie is not something that Australian Muslims generally call themselves. But is it offensive? Not really, its an innocuous term that is not a problem per se but just a personal preference. But as I said its not really for people like Eddie Maguire to make that call.
The term came to light early in the 90’s while we are not certain who coined the term, a proponent of the term Aussie Mussie, is Irfan Yusuf, a lawyer and social commentator and all-round funny guy. He has his own blog called Aussie Mossie. Academics have also used the phrase; Rachel Woodlock, has written an article on ‘Being an Aussie Mossie: Muslim and Australian identity among Australian-born Muslims’ for an academic journal.
Its important that we understand why people like Yusuf and Woodlock would push the term; its all about breaking down barriers. By using the term in his articles and blogs, Yusuf has cleverly broken down the stereotypes about Muslims. Such as them not having a sense of humour, or being dogmatic or extreme. The true Aussie Mussies are the ones who are easy-going, integrated and very comfortable with their identities. Yusuf, uses humour to further help integrate Muslims into our society.
Yusuf and I went to the same university during the same years and we come from similar mindsets, we love our cricket, we’re comfortable with our identities and proud of being Australian Muslims. But to be fair for the most part of this century Muslims have been marginalized and isolated. In an attempt to breakdown the walls that were put up after September 11, in the mid 2000s, I established a newspaper called Aussie Mossie Newszine. A very popular paper with lots of articles and topics about social inclusion, interfaith, stereotypes, amplifying the voice of the mainstream Muslim community in our modern society. It was all about promoting Muslims as a part of the community and that no-one need be afraid. The reality is that Islamophobia is a problem on the rise in Europe, in USA and now here in Australia.
Some of our best known Aussie Mussies are 7pm Project host, Waleed Aly comedian, Nazeem Hussain, Amina Elshafei from Masterchef and Aussie Post CEO, Ahmed Fahour. And if our best known Aussie Mussie, Crazy John Ilhan, were still alive today, do you think that he would’ve minded being called a Mussie, I don’t think so.
We refer to one another as Aussies, it’s a term of affection and we chant Aussie, Aussie oi, oi oi, during footy matches and the like. When Eddie, called John a Mussie, it was really a term of affection and I don’t think he meant any offence, however, it is a term that Muslims should own and should use if they wish to. That’s the bottom line.
Kuranda Seyit is a council member of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Director of the Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations (FAIR) and an independent documentary film maker.