By Richard Kerbaj from The Australian
* Richard Kerbaj’s heart is bleeding for ‘disadvantaged’ young Muslims who are being’ostracised’ and turn to drugs:
AUSTRALIA’S disadvantaged young Muslims are so directionless and fearful of being excluded by the broader community many are turning to drugs and contemplating suicide.
Ninety-eight per cent of 150 Sydney-based young Muslims surveyed had considered suicide as a “way out” of the conflicts in their life as a Muslim in a non-Muslim society.
The All Eyes On Youth study found eight out of 10 young Muslims aged between 12 and 25 considered the education system of no assistance “in making lifetime choices”, and 94 per cent lacked a clear goal in life.
The findings emerged from a conference for young Muslims organised by the Independent Centre for Research Australia in Sydney last November.
ICRA president Fadi Rahman told The Australian yesterday he was alarmed that almost all the 75 males involved in the survey had experimented with drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine.
“We’re talking about cocaine, and some of them have even got to a point where they’ve tried heroin,” said the Muslim community leader from Auburn, in Sydney’s southwest.