What is aus.religion.islam? aus.religion.islam is an open discussion usenet newsgroup. It will focus on discussions and discourses on issues abut Islam in general, muslims and particularly Muslims living in Australia. Whilst anyone from anywhere in the world is welcome to post, the newsgroup in intended to have an Australian flavour, ie emphasis on Islam in Australia, with open minded discussion between fellow Australians. It will serve to inform Australians about Islam, as well as answering peoples questions and presenting an Islamic viewpoint on various issues affecting Australians and the world. It will also be a forum for Muslims to give their thoughts to a wider community, and for non-muslims to give their views and impressions on Islam in Australia. Thus encouraging learning and interaction. Can I crosspost? Articles that are general and relevant to Islam are welcome, but since the newsgroup is intended to focus on Islam in Australia, it is recommended that articles relevant to Australia remain in aus.religion.islam. As that is its purpose. If I am not Australian could I post? What should I post? General and informative articles about Islam are welcome, as well as posts about peoples perception of Islam in Australia. Additionally, questions about Muslims in Australia and opinions on issues affecting them are suggested areas. Why do we need this newsgroup? And how is it related to Australia? A whole generation of Australian born Muslims who consider themselves Australian more than their ethnic background, has grown up here. Also, with globalisation and the closing ties, with neighbouring Muslim countries. It is important for their to exist an online, thus globally accessible, means of discussing Islam as it is relevant to Australia and to educate people. In this nation of multi-culturism, an understanding of Islam and a means to talk about and learn about it is essential in the spirit of multi-culturalism and mutual understanding and respect. _______________________________________________________________ MOTIVATIONS: * To have a forum where people can discuss issues regarding Muslims and Islam which is dominated by other religions. * To have a newsgroup all Muslims, in particular Australian Muslim can easily relate to. Thus providing a platform to express their views. PROSELYTISING: * Muslims proselytising other Muslims or assuming readers have a Muslim background. * Muslims posting articles on comparative religion, Islam and science etc. are welcome. * Non-Muslims wishing to address or enquire about some aspect of Islam and Muslims in Australia. * Please do not attack on others beliefs or post offensive material as there are always better ways to pass the message across. RELATIONSHIPS TO OTHER NEWSGROUPS Although the main aim is a forum for discussion about Islam in Australia, general and informative postings are welcome and may be crossposted to/from relevant newsgroups. Many other newsgroups however exist for the discussion of specific topics that involve religious idealogy (eg. talk.origins), hence crossposts of such articles to aus.religion.islam are discouraged. The newsgroup is to concentrate on discussing local issues (ie. closing of mosque in Bankstown because "it wasn't a church"). All those outside Australia are welcome to post their opinion on such issues, perhaps giving insight of the situation in their own countries as relevant to the issue. Such postings should stay within aus.religion.islam, and not crossposted.
The above graph is a moving average of the number of articles posted into aus.religion.islam per day. The top of the green area counts the number of articles posted in the last 24 hours, whereas the blue line counts the number of articles posted in the last 2 hours, times 12.