Sun, November 4th, 01:15 PM
02:00 PM

How an Australian Country Town is Peaceful Through Interfaith Dialogue

Room 603
Getting approval for a Mosque in Western societies, including Australia, can be challenging. When Bendigo Islamic Association Inc. lodged an application for the first Mosque in Bendigo, an Australia town, 400 police personnel had to be deployed in one of the protests that took place against the Mosque’s approval by Bendigo City Council. The country community was filled with hate, city council was divided, and millions of dollars were spent to control the hate and violent flux. When the Ararat Islamic Welfare Association applied for the Mosque permit in 2014, the community experienced a very different reaction. The local Christian community celebrated the approval by organising a “Minaret Concert” lead by Fr. Andrew Hayes and collecting $7332 in donation for the first local Mosque Minaret. How did this happen so smoothly? A story of love and friendship will be shared in this session.