Sunday, 13 July 2014

 Newsletter 0505




.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....




Council Condemns Punishment against Palestinians  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
IWAQ Ifthaar at Michael's Oriental  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Islamic Relief Australia Queensland Appeal What's happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Ramadan food festivals boost Lakemba economy Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Why Muslim Women Don't Feel Respected CCN Readers' Book Club Businesses and Services
Exploring the Ambiguities of Islamophobia KB's Culinary Corner The CCN Date Claimer
How beautiful Ramadan is around the world Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
Ramadan Calendars

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Give Thanks to Allah (swt)   Write For Us
10 Muslim Women You Have To Know




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Press Release     

The international community including Australia remains largely silent as the Israeli army offensive in Gaza killing scores of innocent people enters its fourth day; at least 100 Palestinians have died in airstrikes since they began on Tuesday.

ANIC condemns in the strongest possible terms the unfair and disproportionate military assault by the Jewish State against the Palestinian people including women and children


We are witnessing the escalation of brutal aggression by the Israeli Defence Force against the innocent and defenceless people of Palestine. Australia and the International community must adopt a firm stance to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Palestine.
ANIC believes that the Palestinian people are being subjected to “collective punishment” for the unrealistic excuse of the kidnapping of three settlers.

ANIC reaffirms its position on condemning the alleged kidnapping and killing of the three settlers and believes that the perpetrators must be brought to justice following due process.

We call upon the Australian Government to condemn the systematic killing of the Palestinian people and to do all it can on the international level to stop the Israeli aggression against the people of the Gaza Strip. The international community must actively intervene to stop this unjust and unwarranted aggression.

The current brutality and devastation of the Gaza Strip in particular and the region in general is a stark reminder of the atrocities that an occupation of a free nation can bring.



Facebook event for the rally can be found here.

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Report by Nora Amath



Saturday 5 July

On Saturday 5 July Islamic Relief Australia in conjunction with the Somalian Community in Brisbane held a fundraising dinner for the Feed the Hungry Appeal at Michael’s Oriental.


Nearly $15,000 was raised and will purchase food packages during Ramadan for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Somalia and the Central African Republic.

The multi-cultural and multi-faith dinner was attended by local politicians, upcoming state candidates, leaders and members of Muslim and non-Muslim community groups including MCF, EIdFest, AMARAH, the Al-Nisa Youth Group, EMAN, UMB, the Somalian Sisters of Brisbane, Queensland African Communities Council (QACC) and Multicultural Development Association (MDA).

The short program featured Mr Fadullah Wilmot, Deputy CEO and Head of International Programs outlining the work of Islamic Relief throughout the world. In particular, he highlighted that in 30 years, Islamic Relief has served more than 92 Million people, 300,000 children have been educated, nearly 40,000 orphans have been sponsored and almost 3 million food packages have been distributed every Ramadan.


Find more information on Islamic Relief’s work in Somalia and for the most recent Ramadan food hamper distribution here and here.

Find information on Islamic Relief’s work in CAR here.

David Forde, the Independent Candidate for Stretton commented that “it was a very well organised event, along with… excellent presentation, not least the report on empowerment through education.

The event was managed and organised by Susan Al-Maani, the Queensland fundraising and community relations manager, with the assistance of key leaders from the Somalian community.


Islamic Relief Australia would especially like to thank all the volunteers who gave so much of themselves to this event as well as the sponsors for their generosity: Dial a Local Doctor, Brisbane Diagnostics, Happy and Family Day Care, Motherly Love Day Care, Youngstar Day Care, Amani Day Care, Best Friend Family Day Care, United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme, GFTI: Training Growth and Success.





Saturday 12 July

On Saturday 12 July, Islamic Relief Australia organised an information and donation stall at Underwood Marketplace.


Face painting, henna and balloons drew a large crowd of people giving their zakat ul fitr, zakat as well as sadaqa.


All Proceeds from the stall will go to the Gaza Emergency Relief Appeal.

Islamic Relief Australia will have another stall next Saturday 19 July 9am-3pm at Underwood Marketplace. Come by and say Salams to Susan and the dedicated group of Islamic Relief volunteers.

For further information contact Susan Al-Maani on 0433 182 520


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ABC report by Mohamed Taha     

Festival growing in numbers and popularity (ABC: Mohamed Taha)

The south-west Sydney suburb of Lakemba is transformed of a night into a vibrant food festival that attracts thousands of people to the streets to celebrate Ramadan.


The Islamic month began last week for Australia's Muslims, marking a time where they fast from dawn until dusk without any food or water.

While densely populated Muslim suburbs across Australia might be quiet during the day, the suburb of Lakemba has become a popular food hotspot that is boosting the local economy.

The food festival has been running for the past 10 years without much safety regulation.

But this year Canterbury City Council has stepped in to regulate the barbeques and food stalls by requiring people to apply for a permit to meet health and safety regulations.

"We've licensed 23 stalls this year," Canterbury Mayor Brian Robson said.

"We've met with the businesses in Haldon Street, and with their help we've actually regulated the use of the barbeques.

"We should be able to control it in a very safe environment."

The increasing numbers flocking to Lakemba over the years has led to many concerns about safety.

The council has stepped in to regulate barbeques and food stalls this year so that they meet health and safety regulations. (ABC: Mohamed Taha)

"Last year, it was growing to such an extent that the stalls were actually going onto the road," Cr Robson said.

"We also had an incident where one of the youngsters was almost burnt with one of the barbeques."

The mayor says he expects thousands more to attend this year.

"Lakemba is the heart of Muslim Sydney; it's really a multicultural ceremony," he said.

"We encourage people to come along and to enjoy the facilities we'll be providing."

Stall holder Yasser Elyatim mans the popular camel burger stand.

He says the camel burger has been the best seller after going through over 300 kilograms of camel meat in the last week.

"It's become a tradition to eat the camel burgers at night," he said.

Mr Elyatim says all proceeds will go to charity in the spirit of Ramadan.

"All camel burger proceeds goes to the needy in Syria, it's the least we can do to help the needy," he said.

He says he wants more people to experience the Ramadan culture.

"Come down and see what Ramadan's about and what we're about and the hospitality - this is Lakemba," he said.

Stall holders prepare carrot juice at the food festival in Lakemba. (ABC: Mohamed Taha)

Many of the stalls are open until the early hours of the morning and one stall holder is Musher Saleh.

He sells carrot juice, coffee, tea and camel and chicken burgers.

"We start from eight until four in the morning," he said.

"It's the best [atmosphere], we have so much fun.

"It's very busy because people prepare themselves for the next day to fast, so they eat a lot so they can handle the next day."

For many people attending the festival, the food and buzz are the highlights.

"We come here to buy almost everything; we try the camel burgers, the chicken kebabs," a father of two kids said.

"It's a beautiful atmosphere. I'm so happy and excited."

A young woman said the special time is about faith, family and community.

"It brings you closer to God, closer to family; it's something that you celebrate," she said.

Another said: "Everywhere else is closed, but this street is open."

Nabil Omar makes a sweet treat called halawet el jeban with cheese (ABC: Mohamed Taha)

Nabil Omar has been making a popular Lebanese treat at his Lakemba home for more than 30 years.

The month of Ramadan means peak season for the grandfather of 13, as he expects to sell about 300 kilograms of the halawet el jeban sweet.

"It's sweet cheese. It comes from Bega," he said.

"We make it especially for Ramadan. It's originally from Tripoli [in Lebanon]."

The Lebanese migrant says the sweets have become part of the Ramadan tradition.

"After they (customers) eat, they go pray in the mosque. After they come back from the mosque, then they have some sweets," he said.

"Even the neighbours enjoy the sweets."


Source: ABC News

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US: Muslim women in America have a greater level of economic gender parity with men than any other group studied by Gallup. However, Muslim women feel the least respected of all groups.

Gallup surveys America every day. Based on hundreds of these daily surveys, in early 2009, Gallup developed an in-depth study of the Muslim American community titled, Muslim Americans: A National Portrait.

It is this survey which determined that Muslim women have the best economic gender parity with men in America. They are equal to Muslim men in the lower income bracket and five percent behind Muslim men in the higher income bracket as compared to Jewish women who are 38% behind Jewish men. As a general trend among all religious groups women have lower incomes: 'Protestants and Catholics have the largest gender differences in the lower-income bracket, and Protestants and Jews have the largest difference between men and women in the higher-income bracket.”

My happiness at the findings did not last long as I came across the results on Muslim women feeling respected. The findings showed that Muslim women as compared to other women feel the least respected: 91% of Muslim men reported feeling respected while 85% Muslim women reported that they feel respected. This gap is smaller between Protestant, Catholic and Jewish men and women.

I interviewed the three Gallup analysts who worked on this report. I asked them if they had asked the women why they felt disrespected. Perhaps factors such as hijab or Islamophobia might be contributing to the women's feeling disrespect. Since the survey was not focused on Muslims, there is no way to know more about this respect gap. It might require another survey to explore further.

My mind did wander to the place of Muslim women in the Masjid. It is a reality that many mosques in North America have not made better prayer arrangements for Muslim women. In Chicago, where Juma is offered at about 200 locations, I believe there are 20-plus Masjids where there is no area for women to pray in. I wish these men knew that the Prophet asked Muslim men not to stop women from coming to the Masjid, God's peace and blessings be upon him. Many mosques have women's space so secluded that they cannot see the Imam. This is unlike the Prophet's Masjid, where women could easily see all that was going on. We cannot be better Muslims than our beloved Prophet and his Companions, can we?

Among the major sources of confusion about Islam in America is women's place in the faith. Unfortunately, some Muslims have fueled this with their practices and attitudes. For example, women in Saudi Arabia can't drive. It defies my imagination that Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, would have such an un-Islamic law. Similarly, the Taliban's destruction of girls' schools goes against the very core of Prophetic teachings which make seeking knowledge specifically 'a duty for every Muslim man and every Muslim woman”.

These attitudes are utterly un-Islamic and contribute to Islamophobia. There is some truth to our neighbors' confusion when it comes to the status of women among Muslims. I remember when Governor Howard Dean, then chair of the Democratic Party, came to visit me at the Downtown Islamic Center and I showed him the Masjid area. The first thing he wanted to know was where women pray.

Historically, the role of Muslim women was far more dynamic than it has come become now. We can still feel the impact of our faith's true teachings in rare cases. It speaks to the power of the Quran and the Sunnah that despite the above-mentioned problems, in some ways Muslim women are ahead of other women. Unlike in America, there are more female physicians in Turkey than male ones. Almost 40% of all property is owned exclusively by women in Saudi Arabia thanks to Islamic inheritance laws. Women have been president or prime minister in the largest Muslim country Indonesia, in the second largest Muslim country Pakistan, in the third largest country Bangladesh, and in the fourth largest Muslim country Turkey. However, these good things are blurred out by the previously mentioned realities.

Women's place in Muslim society must constitute a central point of Muslim debates. Muslims must talk and write about this issue, as well as lead discussions about it. The works of Jamal Badawi and Hassan Turabi on women and Islam should be a required reading in our Islamic schools. (The works of both authors are available on Sound Vision's website by authors' permission for free electronic readings.)

Everyone seems to be talking about Muslim women except Muslim women themselves. Most of the time, Amazon's bestsellers on Islam and women are anti-Muslim women like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Irshad Manji, and Wafa Sultan. They have either publicly left Islam or have joined a cottage industry of Islam-bashers that has boomed since 9/11.

It is about time that the believing women come forward and lead the way. Muslim women have the education. They have the best income parity with men in America. All they need is more respect.

Source: Soundvision

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By Randa Abdel-Fattah (pictured below)    

The deviant, criminal, hyper-sexualised male Arab/Muslim, the "explicit" and "closet" bin Ladens, the invading hordes of "boat people" as carriers of illiberal practices that threaten the Australian "way of life," the "pack rapists," the misogynists, the queue-jumpers, the unassimilable Muslim - these are all tropes that have arisen over the last two decades and have become firmly entrenched in our national psyche.

So much so that, even now, in 2014, the phantasm of the diabolized Arab and Muslim


"Other" can be conjured in a trice, whether in response to the approval of Bendigo's first mosque, or in reaction to selected Woolworths stores displaying "Happy Ramadan" signs.

As part of my ongoing doctoral research into Islamophobia, I have been investigating the subtleties that manifest across the spectrum of the phenomenon, mining deep into the attitudes and perceptions of people who harbor ingrained anti-Muslim sentiments. Time and again, I have found that Islamophobia can be explicit and it can be deeply ambiguous.


It can manifest itself in the seemingly benign actions of people who are unaware of the ways in which they fetishize Islam and Muslims, and among those who consider Muslims a clandestine group attempting to subvert the nation from within.

I have interviewed people who equate Islam to Nazism, who call for abortion clinics for Muslim women, who applaud the deaths of asylum seekers and even advocate that Muslim males wear ankle braces to monitor their movements. I will confess, however, that having coffee with somebody who openly expresses that Muslims are "scum of the earth" has been just as unnerving as speaking with somebody who happily expresses the view that they are "not prejudiced, but ..."


ABC News

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1. Istanbul, Turkey

2. Beijing, China

3. Karachi, Pakistan

Source: World.mic

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Gold Coast Mosque



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Give Thanks to Allah (swt) Message by Dr Mohammad Abdalla and Muslim Aid Australia



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Source: Huffington Post


Next week in CCN: Another of the 10 Muslim Women you Have To Know

Nana Asma'u (Nigeria, 1793-1864)

Nana was a princess, poet and teacher. She was fluent in Arabic, Fulfulde, Hausa and Tamacheq and well versed in Arabic, Greek and Latin classics.


In 1830, she formed a group of female teachers who journeyed throughout the region to educate women in poor and rural regions.


With the republication of her works, that underscore women's education, she has become a rallying point for African women.


Today, in northern Nigeria, Islamic women's organizations, schools and meeting halls are frequently named in her honor.

(Photo: Fula women.)


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The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) has a vacancies for a Client Care Services Manager (click here for more information) and an Operations Manager (click here for more information).



House for rent in Kuraby

3 large sized bedrooms, 2 separate living areas with a formal dining room with beautiful timber flooring. This Queenslander home has been beautifully renovated and has two beautiful front and back veranda has and sits on a 888sqm block which gives added privacy to a Muslim family. The house is within 3 minutes walking distance to the train station and masjid and must be rented out ASAP. Asking $460/week. Please call 0411064035 to arrange an inspection.



House for rent in Underwood

3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom modern townhouse in highly sought after Aaminah Place, Underwood. Immediately available. Rental $390-410 negotiable. Please call Bilal urgently on 0481 518 591.

Pictures can be found here.


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I would like to know if there is any place or store in Brisbane where clothes and toys can be donated to the Muslims.


I had read in one of the issues of CCN about a store in Woodridge but don't know the address.


Jazak Allah.


[Editor] The Woodridge store has been closed for a while now, but if any CCN readers can help please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and we will put them in touch with our correspondent, insha'Allah.


Racial slurs in NSA intelligence material


US: The White House has instructed US security agencies to review their training and policy materials for racial or religious bias after documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed training material for the intelligence agencies referring to "Mohammed Raghead".

After an extensive investigation by the Intercept on Wednesday reported that the NSA and the FBI spied on the emails of five prominent US activists and attorneys with Muslim backgrounds, White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said that the administration took accusations of the slurs "extremely seriously."


The Intercept report, by former Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, Murtaza Hussain and Josh Meyer, suggested a persistent counter-terrorism atmosphere in which the mixture of Muslim heritage or faith and political activism attracted the scrutiny of US security agencies, despite first amendment protections. It presented the cases of five American activists and attorneys of Muslim heritage who appear to have been targeted for surveillance, at least between 2002 and 2008. None have been charged with a crime.

The accusation is one of the gravest the US intelligence agencies have faced in the year since the Guardian and other news outlets began publishing material leaked by Snowden. A central aspect of the intelligence agency's public defence is that it cannot surveil US persons for constitutionally-protected activity and that its court-certified privacy protections are too robust to allow for privacy intrusions of the sort the Intercept reported.

The allegation threatens to sever the tenuous relationship between US law enforcement and surveillance agencies and American Muslim communities, many of whom have long suspected that their government views them as an internal threat and not a population to be protected.


The Guardian

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Suhoor in a shack


SOUTH AFRICA: As the mercury continues to plummet across the nation, hundreds of Muslims are amongst those who awake daily in the freezer like conditions of their ‘cold rooms’ aka squatter camps this Ramadan.

It is an uphill daily struggle for many of them, compounded by the earlier start required during this Holy Month.

Cii Radio heard from one such shanty-town dweller about his daily routine this Ramadan. Cassim Qundulu is a Malawian national who resides at the Thembelihle informal settlement outside Lenasia in Gauteng.

This is his story:

Here in Thembelihle squatter camp in Lenasia, we wake up because of the Power of Allah SWT. But our life is disastrous because it is too cold. Here, you know we stay in Mkuku houses, there is no proper accommodation. We do not have electricity.

We have to get up early to prepare water through the primus stove, so that we can prepare to go to the Masjid. But, ultimately, we wake each morning because of the Power of Allah. Whether is difficult or easy, you still have to get up to perform Salaah.

I use my cellphone alarm to awake me every morning after 4am. I then heat water on my primus stove for about half an hour after which I wash up and go to the Masjid for Salaah.


We do have a tap in the yard, but at these early hours it is impossible to access water from the tap, as everything is frozen. So, we have to store water for usage already from the previous evening.

We make Suhoor together as an entire family. To do it yourself is difficult. You see, myself, I am single. I cannot do it on my own. I have my sister who prepares everything and then calls me to partake.

We eat meals very similar to that in Malawi: Rice, Pap..if we don’t have that, sometimes we purchase half a dozen eggs and eat that with two slices of bread.

At the time of Iftaar, we eat at the settlement Masjid which is catered for by Crescent of Hope.

I like this Month of Ramadan, it is powerful for us. It is a preparation, and with it we are able to put ourselves in a strong position to navigate the other 11 months of the year

Source: CII Broadcasting


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Ramadan in Sweden with no dusk, no dawn


Midnight sun prevails from May 28-July 16 in Kiruna, which covers more than half of the fasting period this year. 

SWEDEN: Kiruna, Sweden - During this year's holy month of Ramadan, when consumption of food and water is prohibited between dawn and dusk, how do Muslims observing the fast manage in the far north of Scandinavia, where the sun never sets?

An estimated 700 Muslims are spending Ramadan in the mining town of Kiruna, located 145km north of the Arctic Circle and surrounded by snowcapped mountains throughout the summer. Many of them are recent asylum seekers, sent to Kiruna while their claims are processed.

The sun stays up around the clock from May 28-July 16, which constitutes half of the fasting period this year.

"I started Ramadan by having suhoor with the sun shining in my eyes at 3:30 in the morning," said Ghassan Alankar from Syria, referring to the meal just before dawn.

Idris Abdulwhab displays the time - 5 minutes before midnight - while the sun remains bright. 

"I put double curtains in my room and still, there's light when I'm going to sleep."

Since there is no central authority in Sunni Islam that could issue a definite religious ruling, or fatwa, Muslims in the north are using at least four different timetables to break the fast.

Alankar sticks to Mecca time, Saudi Arabia, "because it's the birthplace of Islam". But he is worried about whether his fast will be accepted by God.

"I'm not sure I'm doing the right thing," said Alankar, who arrived in Kiruna seven months ago after a hazardous journey via Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece. "Only when I'm in God's house, if I make it to heaven, I will know."

Most of the Muslims in Kiruna break their fast following Stockholm's timetable. 

No dusk, no dawn

The start of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new moon, which moves about 11 days back in the Gregorian calendar each year. About every 33 years, Ramadan falls at the same time.

A majority of those who fast in Kiruna follow the timings of the capital Stockholm, 1,240km further south, after being advised by the European Council of Fatwa and Research (ECFR), a Dublin-based private foundation composed of Islamic clerics.

"In Stockholm, there's day and night," Hussein Halawa, secretary-general of the council, told Al Jazeera, explaining the decision. He was personally invited to northern Sweden from Dublin this year to experience the lengthy daylight and give advice.

Fatima Kaniz and her mother, from Balochistan, break their fast according to Kiruna prayer times.

Idris Abdulwhab, from Eritrea, follows the ECFR fatwa, which means his longest period of fasting will be 20 hours.

"Zero, 15, 25 or 45 hours, it doesn't matter as long as you believe in what you're doing," he said. "But we're human beings; of course it's hard sometimes."

One of those who has chosen to fast according to the local prayer times listed online is Fatima Kaniz. In a homely apartment overlooking mountains and mining facilities, she prepares a Pakistani fast-breaking dinner, or Iftar, for 8:30pm as the persistent sun penetrates the window blinds. Oil sizzles in a pan as she drops in pakoras, a vegetable snack made with chickpea flour.

She recalls her first day in Kiruna five years ago, in June.

"I waited for the sun to go down so I could pray maghreb," she said, referring to the sunset prayer. "I waited until 3am, until my Chinese roommate at the asylum centre found me and explained it was pointless to wait. I thought, 'What kind of strange place is this?'"

Puri Gul prays maghreb (the prayer after sunset) in bright sunlight.

The fare of the day consists of the Pakistani Ramadan staples chapati and pakoras served with raita, with the addition of Swedish fish fingers and lentil stew.

During two-thirds of Ramadan, following the Kiruna prayer times means that Kaniz fasts for about 18 hours. But due to the sun's movements, she will fast for a whole 23 hours during one of those days.

"I live in Kiruna, and I pray according to Kiruna time all year round. Why should I change this during Ramadan and suddenly follow Stockholm?" she asked.

She followed the same system during four previous Ramadans - the last one also at the height of summer.

"Sometimes I got tired and took the bus home from work instead of walking, but otherwise, I felt fine," she said. "But I looked at the clock many times."

The weather in Kiruna varies widely during the summer months. Within a day, 25 degrees Celsius and sunshine can turn into 10 degrees and pouring rain.

December Ramadan: Perpetual darkness

When Ramadan falls in December, however, Muslims will face the opposite of midnight sun: polar night. For two weeks, the sun does not rise above the horizon.
"Why don't they come to me to ask about Ramadan then?" asks Halawa of the ECFR. He said a conference will be held later this year to issue a winter timetable for both fasting and prayers.

Mahmoud Omer Mahmoud, from Eritrea, says the cool weather makes long fasting hours manageable.

Muslim prayer times also follow the sun - which means that during winter, all five prayers can fall within a time span of two hours.

Abdulnasser Mohammed, of Somali origin, was new to Sweden and Kiruna the last time Ramadan fell under the Midwinter night, in 2000.

"There was no really established Islamic organisation at the time, or information on the internet. I had to make up my own rules", he said. "I fasted for about five hours."

Mohammed, who is now the chairman of the Islamic association in Kiruna, follows the fasting times of Istanbul in the summer, since Turkey is the Muslim country closest to Sweden.
But he explains, in his view, everyone is free to choose.

"Islam isn't rigorous," he said. "Ramadan is not about starvation or about inflicting injury on yourself. People must choose what works for them."

Apart from the Syrians, who have fled the war in their homeland, Eritreans form the largest Muslim community in Kiruna.

Istanbul Minimarket opened last month. Sliman Omar says sweets, juice mixes, and dates are most in demand during Ramadan. 

Hawa Fidel and Alia Hassen host a plentiful Iftar at Stockholm's fast-breaking time, 10:10pm, in the apartment they share. They have prepared seating on the floor and filled trays with sponge-like injera flatbread, spicy beef stew, pastries, and other traditional Eritrean food.

The men chatting in the living room are already planning their next communal meal. They have set up a system to share the costs fairly, with participants paying different amounts depending on their incomes. Some have jobs. Others, whose applications for asylum have been rejected, get by on a monthly $200 grant provided by the government.

"Eating together with friends remind me of Eritrea," said Fidel, who is still waiting for permanent residency after living in Kiruna for three years. But she misses going to a mosque for tarawih, the special prayers at night during which long portions of the Quran are recited.

The Muslim community in Kiruna is using a hall in an apartment block as a mosque, but so far it is only open for Friday prayers.

On the first Friday of Ramadan, as the rain trickled down, about 40 men and four women, including Fidel, gathered there at Stockholm's dhuhr prayer time.

Ghassan Alankar, who worked as a guide and translator for two decades in Syria, now guides visitors in Kiruna Church.

Safwaan al-Taieb, who used to do the call to prayer in his neighbourhood mosque in Syria's Deraa before he fled the country last year, recited a melodious adhan.

Al-Taieb's sister came with him to Sweden, but because she fasts according to Mecca timings and he Stockholm, they do not eat together.

Besides the rest of the family, he said the social nature of Syrian society is what he misses the most - during Ramadan and the rest of the year.

"In Syria, you don't eat only with your family. Everyone is welcome, we bring plates of food to our neighbours, we invite others. If you do that with Swedish people, they think you're crazy."

"Next Ramadan, God willing, I'll be back in Syria."

Source: AlJazeera


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Daily Mail journalist busted posing as Muslim extremist to stir up hatred

The following comment was posted on an online chat forum for Muslims inviting responses:



Some of the other members of the forum became suspicious by the strange comment and decided to check the new member’s IP address:



More up-to-date checks of the IP address by other members of the forum showed the comment was posted by someone working at the Daily Mail Group (the Evening Standard used to be part of the Daily Mail Group):



The whole thread has now been deleted from the forum.

So it seems the Daily Mail ordered one of their journalists to pose as an extremist on a Muslim forum to try to elicit comments they could use for an anti-Muslim story.

Fortunately they were busted.

In a civilised society, a national newspaper journalist trying to stir up hatred and controversy with lies and subterfuge should be so professionally shameful it would normally lead to the sack for the hack concerned and investigations into standards of journalistic accountability at the publication.

At the Daily Mail – it’s just another day at the office.

Source: Pride's Purge


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Famous Barcelona bullring may be converted into Europe’s biggest mosque


SPAIN: The Emir of Qatar has reportedly agreed to roll out €2.2 billion ($2.99 bn) to convert Barcelona's Monumental bullring (pictured above) into a 40,000-capacity mosque, the biggest in Europe, by 2020, if the city council approves the project.


The building would include a 300m high minaret which may become the third largest in the world after those in Mecca and Medina, reports 20 Minutos, Spain's most-read general newspaper, citing its sources close to the project. The mosque for Barcelona’s Muslims will also have a conference hall, a Koran study center, housing up to 300 people, and a museum of Islamic art and history.


The Balaña Group in Barcelona has already agreed the sale, reports 20 Minutos. The next stage will be discussing the project with the city council and getting its approval. The Balaña group, however, hasn’t confirmed the information, the paper writes.


According to the Statistics Department of Barcelona´s Town Council, at least 500,000 Muslims were living in Barcelona in 2012. But despite this significant number, the city has only several small houses of worship for Muslims.


"Locals would have to be proud that Muslims transformed the pain of the bulls into a spiritual center," Mowafak Kanfach, owner of Barcelona's Arabic Book Shop, told 20 Minutos. "The law says that everyone has the right to pray in a dignified place, not in a commercial premises."


The Plaza Monumental de Barcelona, opened in 1914, has hosted the concerts of many celebrities, including the Beatles, Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley. Since the ban on bullfights in Catalonia in 2010, no bullfighting has been held in the arena.


The Monumental Bullring is not the first place in the city to be considered as a site for a mosque. In 2004, the city authorities negotiated with Saudi Arabia over the Las Arenas bullring. However, the plan was postponed and finally Barcelona council decided to build a shopping center instead of a mosque.


Source: RT


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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week CCN recommends


Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel


Jocelyne Cesari


"Prodigiously documented... Alison Weir must be highly commended for throwing such a brilliantly hard light on the relationship between the United States and Israel. I hope this marvellous book gets all the attention it deserves." - Ambassador Andrew Killgore, Publisher, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.


Soon after WWII, US statesman Dean Acheson warned that creating Israel on land already inhabited by Palestinians would "imperil" both American and all Western interests in the region.


Despite warnings such as this one, President Truman supported establishing a Jewish state on land primarily inhabited by Muslims and Christians.


Few Americans today are aware that US support enabled the creation of modern Israel.


Even fewer know that US politicians pushed this policy over the forceful objections of top diplomatic and military experts.


As this work demonstrates, these politicians were bombarded by a massive pro-Israel lobbying effort that ranged from well-funded and very public Zionist organizations to an "elitist secret society" whose members included Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.


AGAINST OUR BETTER JUDGMENT brings together meticulously sourced evidence to illuminate a reality that differs starkly from the prevailing narrative. It provides a clear view of the history that is key to understanding one of the most critically important political issues of our day.



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KB says: I used half the batch of dough for individual biscuits as in the recipe below, and the other half I spread on a baking pan lined with baking paper. I baked it and when it was cool, spread melted chocolate over it (for the chocolate lovers in my family) and then sliced it into mini bars.




1. 250g soft butter (not melted)
2. 1 cup castor sugar
3. 2 ½ cups of oats
4. 2 cups desiccated coconut
5. 1 cup cake flour
6. 1 tsp baking powder
7. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
8. 1 tab golden syrup
9. 1 tsp vanilla essence


1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. You could use the dough hook of your mixer to bring all the ingredients together.
2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

3. Make small balls and flatten slightly; you could place a decorative cherry on the top, place on a greased baking tray or tray which has been lined with baking paper (preferable)

4. Bake until light brown and cracks appear; switch off the oven and allow the crunchies to become crisp.


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Q: Dear Kareema, any more ideas for working out at home this month?

A: Keep changing up your lounge room workout… try adding a tone-at-home pilates or yoga routine for a longer leaner body.

Alternatively invest in some medium to heavy resistance bands and amp up your strength and toning training routine.

The key is to keep it simple but keep challenging yourself with each workout.


Vary your routine every week for quicker results and keep on training your body to be the best and strongest that it can be.





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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A long time ago in some village there lived a man called Khutbuddin with his family.


They had never seen a mirror in their life.

One day Khutbuddin found a mirror in the desert.


When he saw his image in it he thought it was his father’s photo.


He became very happy and took it along with him.


He used to speak to the mirror every day.

His wife, Begumbibi, became suspicious of him and one day when Khutbuddin was out to work, she looked into the mirror and said, “Ah now I get it. So this is the lady who my husband talks to every day.”

She became angry and showed the mirror to her mother-in-law.

The mother-in-law saw her image in it and said: “Don’t worry, be grateful that she is an old woman and will die soon.”


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O you who believe! When you prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles.

If you are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body...

Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:6


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It is our job to prepare our children for the road...

And not prepare the road for our children...

~ Dr. Wendy Mogel


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Saturday Ramadhan BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque


After Taraweeh

19 July


Tree Planting at Wally Tate Park, Kuraby

Bulimba Creek Catchment Committee

Wally Tate Park (next to Kuraby Mosque

3398 8003

9am to 11am

24 July


Lailatul Qadr (Night of Power)

28 July


End of Ramadhan 1435

29 July



28 or 29 July and 2 August

Mon or Tues and Saturday

Eid Celebration in the Park


Waller Park, cnr Browns Plains & Waller Rds

9am to 9pm


2 August


Eid Fund Raising Dinner for Palestine


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 349 786


9 August


Eid Night - Islamic Society of Darra

Islamic Society of Darra

Australian International Islamic College, DURACK

0450 908 786


16 August


Eidfest 2014


Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

24 August


Annual Qur'an Competition

Islamic Council of Qld

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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7 September


CresWalk2014 Annual Fun Run

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


20 & 21 September

Sat & Sun

Prayer Makes Perfect : Sheikh Bilal Ismail

Al Kauthar Institute



8:30am to 7:00pm

5 October



25 October


1st Muharram 1436 (Islamic New Year)

3 November


Day of Aashooraa (10th day of Muharram)



Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Tuesdays  10.30-11.30am

NOTE: Wednesday programmes have been cancelled


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Topic = Tafseer lessons
Venue = Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills, Qld 4036
Day = Every Monday | Time = After Esha salah | Period = approximately 30 minutes
Presenter = Mufti Junaid Akbar
Cost = free, and InShaAllah Allah will give great reward
Who can come = All brothers and sisters are welcome to attend
Please note that these recordings will be available for downloading from our website masjidtaqwa.org.au.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


Thursday 22 May 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 21 August 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 20 November 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Commencing at 7.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au






Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

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Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

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Gold Coast Mosque

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Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

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GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Muslim Aid Australia

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Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

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Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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