In the past year, Muslims have been subjected to increasingly virulent anti-Muslim sentiment, particularly on social media, from politicians and right-wing commentators.
Muslim communities in Australia are being targeted on a daily basis for their faith and culture, and often subjected to threats, harassment and abuse.
This week, a group of Muslim women were subjected to vile abuse on social networking sites after sharing their story of being sexually assaulted by a Muslim man in the early 2000s.
The incident is believed to be the latest in a series of attacks on Muslim women that have taken place in Australia in recent years.
In 2015, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested a 21-year-old man from Adelaide after he threatened to “kill and eat” a woman who posted a photograph of herself with a “Muslim face”.
And last year, the Islamic Foundation of Australia (IFAA) announced that it would be holding an interfaith festival in Adelaide to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Muslim community.
Despite these assaults, Australia’s Muslim community remains resilient, resilient in their commitment to being part of Australia’s multicultural society and resilient in the face of threats to their way of life.
“This is not the first time Muslims have faced the same kind of attacks,” said Ahmad Shaheen, a senior fellow at the Melbourne-based think-tank the University of Melbourne.
According to Shaheeen, many Muslims have expressed their fear that their community may be targeted again.
Last week, the Melbourne Islamic Community Council (MICA) said it was organising a counter-rally in support of the Muslims in Sydney on Friday.
But Shaheer also warned that the backlash could be damaging to Muslims in the community.
“The reaction is so intense, and the fact that people are feeling unsafe, I think they have the right to feel that way,” Shaheem told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“I think that people should know that what has happened is happening in our community.
We are not going to be silenced, we are not leaving Australia, we will not be going away.”‘
We’ve been left behind’As Australia’s diverse community becomes increasingly vulnerable, Shaheeman said he was worried that the political climate would “leave us behind”.
“I worry that the government’s political agenda is so focused on multiculturalism, multiculturalism is so seen as the answer to all the problems that we face in Australia, but I worry that if we don’t do something about it, we won’t be able to build up our own strength to survive,” he said.
“There is a real lack of faith in our political system and the political system of this country.”
Shaheeman added that the response to the events in Adelaide and Sydney had shown that Australians were not ready to accept the level of hate that was being directed towards Muslims.
A group of people were “left behind”, he said, and they had “had enough”.
He said there was “a real lack, and a real fear, of standing up to political correctness”.
“I believe in our strength as Australians and I know we have a very strong community here, and it is in the spirit of resilience and we should do everything we can to make sure that that is not lost.”‘
No way we are leaving Australia’Despite the threats and the attacks, Shaheeen said he did not think that the situation would change.
He told ABC Melbourne that it was important to understand the motivations behind these attacks and that the public must be allowed to understand that this was a serious issue.
Shaheeen urged the community to be united, to be aware of their rights, and to continue to fight against the threats.”If we don