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The Month of Ramadan is Upon Us: What Makes Ramadan so Special in Australia and Around the World?

The month of Ramadan is now upon us. And as Muslims and none Muslims celebrating in Australia and around the world, one can’t but ask the question – what makes Ramadan so special? What is this month that causes people to wake up late in the night to eat the pre-dawn meal, and stand late into the night in prayer and devotion? Perhaps more particularly, why this month…

Crescent Foundation Partners with Deakin University To Nurture The Refugee Leader Of Tomorrow

CRESCENT FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH DEAKIN UNIVERSITY TO NURTURE THE REFUGEE LEADERS OF TOMORROW Leaders from Australia’s pre-eminent institutions will ‘sponsor’ and mentor up to 70 aspiring leaders from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds Deakin University’s CREATE will facilitate hands-on graduate career clinics and empower refugees to succeed with practical skills ready for the workplace Only…

What Is Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance ESG Investing in Islamic Finance?

Socially and environmentally responsible investing is neither naïve nor rash. Recently, ethical investors worldwide have been keen to try investment practices grounded in ESG. ESG refers to environmental, social, and corporate governance. ESG holds particular appeal for Islamic finance institutions and their Muslim clients. It allows them to invest in shariah-compliant ways. That way, they…

30 Influential Muslim Women Who Are Reshaping the World to the Better

Every March 8, we acknowledge the ordinary and extraordinary women of the world with International Women’s Day. However, we still aren’t adept as a society at giving all women equal recognition. In light of that failure, we want to emphasize 30 of the spectacular Muslim women whose attitudes, inventions, and services have improved our world for…

ABC news The Drum, Talal Yassine on Christian Porter Denies Allegations and Grace Tame’s speech

On March 3, 2021, the ABC invited Crescent Wealth Managing Director Talal Yassine, as well as Cassandra Goldie, Mary-Louise McLaws and Shane Wright to the drum to speak about the pressing allegations of sexual assault on Attorney-General Christian Porter. Last week, Cabinet Minister Christian Porter spoke to the press, identifying himself as the minister that has a historical rape allegation on him. Porter denied the allegations brought…

Prophet Muhammad: What Does “Paradise Lies Under the Feet of Mothers” Mean?

With Islam reaching around 2 billion people in the world, this means that there are around 1 billion Muslim women and potential mothers on Earth. With that in mind, does paradise really lie under the feet of mothers? This is what the Prophet Muhammad (Praise be upon him) said, so what did he mean? This article…

Is Insurance Halal or Haram? A Non Biased View

Is insurance halal or haram? Many Islamic scholars have debated this question, and many Australian Muslims have wondered how the question relates to their own lives. In Australia, insurance is a normal part of life for many. But Muslims need to be sure that they commit to this option without compromising their core values and…

What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and as a Muslim, Why Should I Care?

Caring for our fellow man and the environment around us are central tenets of the teachings of Islam. Throughout the Quaran, ahadith or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad refer to this deep responsibility: “You will not believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” With this in mind, it becomes easy…

Online Dating in Islam: Is Finding a Husband/Wife Online Halal or Haram?

She says, “It’s halal.” He says, “No, it’s haram.” So begins an online dating conversation in the world of Islam. Online dating is a relatively new phenomenon. There are few hard and fast rules to guide a prospective Muslim couple’s online dating behaviour. Instead, the prospective husband and wife must apply their best judgment. Judgment…

Who is CSL? Are they Sharia-compliant and why do we invest in them?

CSL Limited (CSL.ASX) This month we highlight another blue chip stock CSL Limited (CSL.ASX) CSL share as a sharia compliant investment we currently hold in our Australian equities portfolio. CSL is one of Australia’s truly great success stories, listing in 1994 following the privatisation of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories it has gone on to become a global leading biotherapies company. Today CSL specialises in the manufacturer and distribution of…

Gender Equality and Women Rights in Islam: An Everlasting Respect to all Women Across the World

Since the beginning of the Prophetic message, Islam has cherished, honoured and respected women all ethnicity. It came as the divine truth that served as a message for all, prioritising empowerment in a then disenfranchised world. In simple terms, it set the notion of true human rights and equal rights and argued the reality of our condition – gender equality or gender parity in the eyes…

Are you Preparing for Retirement: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid Before You Retire

The superannuation is super for good reason. At the end of September 2020, assets totalled almost three trillion dollars. Super accounts provide important supplies of money to retirees, increasing their quality of life. But super accounts can’t do all of that on their own. Despite the massive amount of money in supers, many retirees struggle to make…

6 Tips on How to Check a Stock is Halal or Haram

More and more Aussies are growing their nest eggs by investing in the stock market. But for Muslim Australians looking to get in on the action, it’s not so simple. The Shariah requires us to only invest in fully Halal companies. Amongst other things, this means the firm you are investing in needs to have a halal…

What Is Riba—and Why Is It Haram in Islam?

Wherever they live and whatever occupations they pursue, observant Muslims face questions and challenges about integrating their faith with daily life. But a deeper look shows that we have a few things to learn from them. Because certain Islamic beliefs and practices challenge the expectations and protocols of institutions dominated by non-Muslims, it can be…

An ethical stance against the weapons industry and support for the UN Disarmament Treaty

If the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that every individual on the planet is interconnected and each person’s actions matter. The simple decision to step outside a front door can have long-term and even deadly consequences for others. This cause and effect has never been more confronting, but it certainly supports the idea…

Are Netflix, Alchemiya, Disney, Amazon Prime and other TV streaming brands Halal or Haram (in Islam)?

Is Netflix halal or haram? This is one of the big questions across the Muslim world in this modern era we live in. But it’s not just about Netflix. It’s also about many other forms of subscription television and movie networks, such as Alchemiya, Disney, and Amazon Prime. In the wake of Covid19, subscriptions for…

Investing in Communication Towers, Digital Infrastructure or Infrastructure REIT: a Beginners Guide

Communication Towers, digital infrastructure or Infrastructure REITs are a narrow but important asset class within the real asset sector.  Within the United States, there are four major “Tower” REITs; American Tower, Crown Castle, SBA Communications and Uniti Group.  Outside of the US, there are very few ways to gain exposure from communication infrastructure.  Despite having a narrow focus and few…

Are Traditional Mortgages Halal or Haram?

Is taking out a mortgage halal or haram? This is one of the most essential questions facing Muslims in the modern world. For many Australians, taking out a mortgage is not something that they think about from a moral perspective. But Islam provides clear guidance on a range of financial contracts and practices. As Muslims,…

ASFA Conference: Crescent Wealth Super highlights the importance of Customer and Member Engagement

On 10 February 2021, people from across Australia joined specialised thought leaders as they discussed the future of superannuation. ASFA, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, organised a thought-provoking two-day conference, promoting discussion around Australian superannuation and effective utilisation strategies in fund allocation. The conference comes in the unique broader context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the creation of special relief legislation, leading to…

An Overview of Philanthropy and Islam: A Never Ending Journey of Learning to Give

Many misconceptions about Islam tarnish its reputation. Especially in a post-9/11 world, people assume that Muslims are terrorists. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The majority of Islamic people reject violence. Not only that, but the Islamic faith actually encourages good acts. Our devotion to Allah is evident in the way we live our lives. There is no greater…

Is Alcohol a Greater Menace to Society Than Drugs?

When you think about alcohol or drugs, you may view drugs as worse. However, alcohol can be just as harmful to the people using it and to those around them. Whether you believe it’s ethical to consume drugs and alcohol or not, it is a problem for society. Consider how both drugs and alcohol can…

How Islam Views Animal Welfare and Animal Cruelty

Of the many teachings of the Quran, there are several key overarching principles that concern how people should interact with the world around them. In particular, Quran teachings about animals offer detailed and specific guidance on how we should treat our non-human companions. All animals make up an essential part of the natural ecosystem that we rely…

What Is Halal and Everything About the Booming Industry

Are you supporting the booming halal industry? While this food is primarily associated with the Muslim faith, people of all creeds and religions are realizing the many benefits of halal food. If you respect the sanctity of life and are against animal cruelty, then you need to know more about halal. While it is not…

Can You Return to Work After Retirement?

If you’re just starting out, thinking about retirement probably doesn’t take up much of your headspace. And you think about working after retirement even less. Now is the time to start thinking about retirement, and what you are going to do with your life when you reach retirement age. In Australia, there are working after…

Everything You Need to Know About Sharia Compliant Islamic Superannuation

Money speaks, and when you invest in something you don’t believe in it can feel like you’re telling the world, “This is okay.” Invest in alignment with your beliefs when you choose Sharia-compliant Islamic superannuation. Investing in Muslim superannuation funds that comply with Sharia law allows for ethical investing. You can skip potential investment options that…