first_imgIn order to fight misconceptions about the Muslim faith and educate people about specific aspects of Islam, the Notre Dame Muslim Students Association (MSA-ND) is hosting its first Islam Awareness Week from Tuesday to Friday of this week.S.M. Moududul Islam, MSA-ND secretary, said the organization began planning the week last semester, using other universities’ Islam Awareness Weeks as models.He said the goal of the week, which is funded by a Graduate Student Life grant, Campus Ministry, the Islamic Society of Michiana South Bend Mosque, the Center for Social Concerns and the Kroc Institute for International Studies, is to provide a series of unified events that allow the Notre Dame community to ask detailed questions about the Muslim faith.“The idea of Islam Awareness Week is to have multiple events within a week so that we can draw the attention of the people here on campus and let them know about Islam, and also to let the people ask questions,” Islam said. “We are having different talks and different … events at which there can be close interaction between the audience and the speaker. It is good to have that forum where you can ask questions.”MSA-ND vice president Md. Itrat Bin Shams said the week would also be an opportunity to learn about certain facets of Islam, such as the pilgrimage to Mecca and the concept of the hijab, in more detail.“[The goal is] to let people know about specific aspects of Islam, some things that are maybe known to us but not to people who believe in other faiths,” Shams said.The week will begin with two events focused on Hajj, the fifth Pillar of Islam, in which Muslims make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. On Tuesday, there will be a screening of the documentary, “Seven Wonders of the Muslim World,” which features seven mosques in the Islamic world and tells the story of seven pilgrims’ journey to Mecca.On Wednesday, during Campus Ministry’s regular “Prayer from Around the World,” Dr. A. Rashied Omar, a research scholar of Islamic Studies and peace building at the Kroc Institute, will give a talk on Hajj.“We always see the image of the Kaaba in Mecca on TV, but we don’t exactly know any people who are non-Muslim who know what is going on there,” Islam said.“So the idea is to have a lecture, and in addition to the lecture we are having a video demonstration on the pilgrimage to Mecca … [Dr. A. Rashied Omar] will be discussing the spiritual aspect as well as the rituals.”Directly following Omar’s lecture will be a dinner titled “I Believe In . . .” which will consist of small-group discussions of each participant’s faith.On Friday, MSA-ND will provide transportation for 12 students to the mosque at the Islamic Society of Michiana for a prayer service.“Some students from Notre Dame can come with us to see how we perform our prayer and also, there’s a speech just before the prayer by the imam, the leader in the mosque,” Shams said. “They can see the whole picture. The mosque, for us, for Muslims, is not only the place for the prayer, [but] it is [also] a community center, so they can see how these things connect with each other.”The week will culminate with a lecture by Hisham Mahmoud, an instructor of Arabic at Harvard University and prominent scholar of Islam on Friday evening. Mahmoud will discuss the importance of Jesus and Mary in the Islamic tradition.Tags: dr. a. rashied omar, hisham mahmoud, Islam, islam awareness week, islamic society of michiana, kroc institute for international studies, mosque, MSA-ND, muslim faith, muslim students association, notre dame muslim students association, SM Moududal Islamlast_img read more

first_imgThe prize had been donated by Ray White New Farm.At auction yesterday, the ‘mystery buyer’s’ house at 34 Satinwood Court, Bardon, sold under the hammer for a street record price of $4.275 million. There have been 21st birthday parties on the tennis court and in the pool house of 34 Satinwood Court, Bardon.Nationally, Ray White spokeswoman Amanda Myler said the sale was the highest auction result across Australia and New Zealand for Ray White in preliminary data collected yesterday, with 230 Pacific Parade, Bilinga coming second with $1.865 million, and Sydney’s 4 Glenugie St, Maroubra selling under the hammer for $1.357 million. <<> CHECK OUT THE AUCTION ACTION FOR SUNDAY WATCH THE HOLY SPIRIT FETE AUCTION HERE This property was the first house built on Satinwood Court at Bardon and has the best views.The bid remained unchallenged and the gavel fell less than a minute later.The sale is the second highest price for a property in the affluent inner western suburb of Bardon which tucks into Mt Coot-tha with views to the city.The successful bidders, a family of five, looked relieved as onlookers welcomed them to the neighbourhood.“Even though I’m in a lot of commercial transactions, this is a little bit more emotive isn’t it?” the new owner, who did not wish to be identified, said.Ray White New Farm Principal Matt Lancashire said the sale sent a strong message to the market.“Buy before Christmas because there’s nothing wrong with the market,” he said.In other auction results, Urban Property Agents Paddington sold 34 Abraham St, Red Hill under the hammer for $1.3 million to a young family. Eleven bids was all it took to sell 34 Satinwood Court, Bardon at auction.Bidding started at $2.8 million and within three minutes had climbed to $3.9 million.Mr Cush trilled out the final bid for a good 30 seconds before the auction paused and interested parties negotiated privately for 15 minutes.They returned with a negotiated auction bid of $4.275 million which put the property on the market. Speaking after the auction, the ‘mystery buyer’ and seller of Satinwood Court said the school fundraiser was one of the nice elements to the sale of his house.“It blew the school auction out of the water,’’ he said. “But it was very sweet once we did it, all the principals were hugging us and the teachers were hugging us, so it’s lovely that that money goes to the school.”Ray White New Farm Principal and auctioneer Haesley Cush is a proud Holy Spirit School parent and led the auction before a crowd of 50 onlookers. “I’m really quite excited,” Mr Cush said.“And we’re doing this pro bono for the school.”Five local registered bidders (one on the phone from Coffs Harbour in New South Wales) took the five-bedroom house on 3519sq m to auction just after 10am.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThis room was full of contemplation before auction on Saturday as bidders sat on the couches wondering if they would get to call this place home.Bidders gathered around the infinity pool overlooking the city skyline and the full-sized tennis court below. A home with a heart. The record-breaking sale of 34 Satinwood Court, Bardon also benefited an inner city school.ONE of the richest auctions in Australia this weekend took place in Bardon, but it was an inner city primary school that was the real winner.A ‘mystery buyer’ at the Holy Spirit School fete auction last month, bid $89,500 to secure the prize of a full real estate marketing campaign including the cost of commission on the sale of a house.last_img read more