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Logan Police have arrested a man who allegedly verbally abused a Muslim woman and created a disturbance at Waterford West shopping centre on Wednesday September 23, 2015.

It is alleged the man made a number of continuous discriminatory comments and behaved inappropriately towards the 35 year-old-woman who was in her car at the complex.

A 46-year-old man from Loganlea has been charged with a Public Nuisance offence and Wilful Exposure and is due to face Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 13 October 2015.

Logan Police District Officer Chief Superintendent Marty Mickelson said “the Logan community is made up of many different ethnic, cultural and religious groups and is a very tolerant and law abiding community and this sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated under any circumstances”. .

Chief Superintendent Mickelson said “local detectives are also investigating whether an offence against the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act had been committed and that further charges may be laid in the future”

“Police will prosecute anyone detected behaving in this manner to the full extent of the law,” warned Chief Superintendent Mickelson.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

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MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin and Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia Ravil Gainutdin attended a ceremony to open the Moscow Grand Mosque. The new mosque, which was erected on the site of the city's original mosque built in 1904 and which has been under reconstruction since 2005, will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 people simultaneously

 

Against rather long odds, including a hostile mayor, a vocal constituency irritated by Muslim rituals, and criminal rackets loath to see valuable real estate lost to charitable organizations, Moscow inaugurated a glittering, elaborate new mosque on Wednesday.

It took 10 years to come to fruition, in fact. The opening was a singular event in a city where a wave of bombings by Muslim extremists that started around 2000 generated an animosity toward the faith that never entirely abated.

Flanked by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, President Vladimir V. Putin used his speech at the inauguration of the mosque, which he called the biggest mosque in Europe, to emphasize that Russia would develop its own system of religious education and training to counter extremism.

“Terrorists from the so-called Islamic State are compromising a great world religion, compromising Islam; sowing hatred; killing people, including clergy; and barbarically destroying monuments of world culture,” Mr. Putin said. “They are trying to recruit followers here in Russia, too. Russia’s Muslim leaders are bravely and fearlessly using their own influence to resist this extremist propaganda.”

 

Source: The New York Times
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Known as the Moscow Cathedral Mosque, the grand structure can accommodate 10,000 people on three stories and replaces a much smaller building erected in 1904. The previous two-story mosque, with a squat dome and two short minarets, held only 1,000 people.

“Finally, Moscow, which lays claim to the title of the biggest Muslim city in Europe, has a big mosque,” said Aleksei Malashenko, an expert on Islam at the Carnegie Moscow Center. “It shows that the center of Islamic life in the Russian Federation is in Moscow.”

There are just three other official mosques in a city with a Muslim population that could be as high as two million. No one knows, because there are no exact public numbers. (Russian census numbers have long been considered dubious, and about 10 years ago, the government stopped counting according to ethnicity, which had been broadly used to estimate religious affiliation.)

If generally accurate, that would mean Muslims make up about 16 percent of the population in a city of 12.5 million, putting Moscow in contention for the title of most Muslims in Europe, not counting Turkey. Estimates of the number of Muslims in the greater Paris area, often described as having the largest concentration in the European Union, range from 1.2 million to 1.7 million.


Given the tens of thousands of Muslims who pray on city streets during major holidays, Moscow appears grievously short on mosques. Before now, the existing four could accommodate just 10,000 worshipers.

Often, 60,000 or more Muslims show up at this site on major holidays, like Eid al-Adha, which is being celebrated on Thursday in Russia and will be the public opening of the new mosque. The building is tucked into a corner near one of Moscow’s stadiums left over from the 1980 Olympics, and an adjacent parking lot now has the capacity for an overflow crowd of at least 20,000.

“It is strange that in such a big city like Moscow, there are only four mosques, and even this one does not solve the problems in terms of space,” said Maksim Shevchenko, a member of the Kremlin’s human rights council who focuses on religious issues.

Ravil Gainutdin, the chairman of the council of muftis in Russia, has suggested that every Moscow neighborhood should have one mosque — which would mean about 20 to 30 new ones. With at least 40 underground mosques estimated to be based in apartments, the Muslim clerical hierarchy argues that more official mosques would help curb recruiters for the Islamic State or other extremist groups.

However, plans to construct just a couple of more mosques in recent years were canceled in the face of vehement public protests. The fact that sophisticated criminal gangs have a hand in many Moscow real estate deals does not help either, Mr. Shevchenko said, as they tend to favor shopping malls or office buildings that generate revenue. (That was not an issue in this case, because the new mosque replaced an existing one.)

 

 



 

“One reason why mosques don’t get built is public opinion, unfortunately,” said Ildar Hazrat Alyautdinov, the senior imam at the Moscow Cathedral Mosque and the mufti of Moscow.


“When we studied the situation, we found that those who initiated such a mood were from the Russian Orthodox Church,” he added. “Their activists would rile people up — going door to door, telling people that the mosque should not be built. Maybe it is not their official position but the work of activists.”

There is no shortage of public grumbling, as well. Social media posts overflowed with venom — acidic remarks about animal sacrifices and the fact that worshipers blocked streets to pray on major Muslim holidays. One disparaging comment on Facebook suggested that a famous song about the golden domes of Moscow would have to be changed to the “golden minarets.”


The mayor of Moscow, Sergei S. Sobyanin, has gone on the record opposing any new mosques. Spot checks of worshipers’ identity cards indicated that many of them were not legal Moscow residents, he said in a 2012 interview, adding, “So it is not a fact that the construction of mosques is needed, namely in Moscow.”

Money has been another issue. The biggest chunk of the construction costs for the mosque, about $170 million, came from a wealthy Russian oil tycoon, mosque officials said, but foreign governments, including Turkey, Kazakhstan and the Palestinian Authority, also donated.

On Tuesday night, Russia’s state-run television channel, Rossiya 24, broadcast a 30-minute preview of the mosque opening. In it, Mr. Gainutdin, of the muftis council, went out of his way to present the building as an organic element of Moscow’s religious architecture.

The dome — of the onion family, if not exactly an onion, and encircled with an inscription from the Quran — was designed and clad in gold in order to fit in with the many gilded church domes in Moscow, he said.

The mosque is a bit of an architectural mishmash, built from grayish-green Canadian marble, with one of its two minarets meant to resemble a famous Kremlin tower. Design elements were drawn from Turkish mosques and various indigenous Russian traditions, Mr. Gainutdin said, but the overall effect was unique.

“It is something special to Moscow, a Russian Muslim style,” he said.

Recently, most attention on Islam in Russia has focused on Ramzan A. Kadyrov, the strong-arm leader of Chechnya, the southern republic where Russia fought two wars against Islamic extremists in the 1990s. He has tried to cast himself as the leader of all Russian Muslims and has encouraged traditional practices in his republic, including polygamy despite its being banned in the Russian Federation.

Senior Muslim officials and analysts noted that hostility toward Muslims had diminished somewhat in the last 18 months, given the war in Ukraine and the official vilification of the United States.

“Now that we hate Ukrainians and people from the United States, we have suspended our fears concerning Muslims,” Natalya V. Zubarevich, a demographics expert at Moscow State University, said with some irony. “They will come back at some future time. The authorities found another enemy, something fresh.”
 

Source: The New York Times
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As the first home grown Imam of a Mosque in Queensland, Imam Eshfaq Akbar (pictured) of the Bakers Creek Mosque in Mackay is garnering a well-deserved reputation as an inspirational and supportive leader of the local Muslim community.

 

In the cause of his duties he provides spiritual and pastoral care to both Muslim and non-Muslims.

 

A very appreciative Henry was a recent beneficiary of the advice and comfort that Imam Eshfaq so competently dispenses, so much so that he discussed his fortuitous encountered with the Imam in a Facebook posting.

 

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The government's anti-money laundering watchdog Austrac has told a Senate inquiry there is no link between halal certification and terrorism financing.

 


There is no evidence that money paid for certification of halal food is funding foreign fighters or terrorism, the government's financial intelligence arm has told a Senate inquiry.

The inquiry into food certification, launched by Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, has received submissions alleging money paid to organisations or companies that certify halal food ends up in the hands of terrorists.

But the acting deputy chief executive of Austrac, Angela Jamieson, told the inquiry in Sydney on Thursday that there was no evidence that halal food certification is linked to financing of terrorism.

More than 500 submissions have been made to the inquiry, which is also examining certification of kosher and organic food in Australia.

Ms Jamieson said while there had been various public claims that fees from certification of halal food may be funding terrorism, Austrac had not found any links.

"Austrac monitors reported financial transactions, including reports of suspicious financial activity and related transaction, to identify money movements that are associated with halal certification," she said in an opening statement.

"Of the information identified from this monitoring of reported financial transactions, none of these have been assessed as relating to funding terrorism with regard to halal certification fees."

Ms Jamieson said the agency was also involved in global efforts to combat groups such as Islamic State, including in relation to foreign fighters.

"Through the operational activities of Austrac, including international engagement and international exchange on foreign fighters and terrorism financing, there has been no evidence of links to halal certification, including funding of terrorism," she said.

The Australian Crime Commission later told the hearing that its investigations had not identified any particular links between halal certification and terrorism or serious organised crime.

"Since this issue was highlighted in the press, we've been on a heightened lookout for any links between halal certification in our intelligence holdings and, to date, we have not found a direct link," the commission's national manager of strategic intelligence Hamish Hansford told the hearing.

 

Source: SBS

 

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Opinion by Mustafa Akyol

ISTANBUL — Earlier this month, on the Muslim holy day of Friday, a horrible accident took place in Mecca near Islam’s holiest site — the Kaaba. A huge crane fell on the mosque that encircles the cube-shaped shrine, killing 118 pilgrims and injuring almost 400. This tragedy was the deadliest crane collapse in modern history, and thus it begged for an investigation. Yet, in a highly religious country, the technicians that operated the crane, the Saudi Binladen Group, had an easy way out. One of them spoke to the press and simply said: “What happened was beyond the power of humans. It was an act of God.”

To their credit, the Saudi authorities did not buy this argument. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud immediately suspended the company from work, ordered an investigation, and offered compensation for the families of victims. The investigators soon concluded that the company was responsible for the accident, because it did not “respect the rules of safety” and violated the manufacturers’ operating instructions.

While this factual investigation is a step forward, we must still ask why the technicians publicly absolved themselves of responsibility, and probably in their own minds as well, by evoking “fate.”

This is not the first time that this metaphysical excuse has come up in such circumstances. Worse accidents have happened near the Kaaba before, during the overcrowded season of pilgrimage, the Hajj, and the blame was reflexively placed on the divine. In 1990, 1,426 pilgrims died in a stampede caused mainly by a lack of ventilation. Nonetheless, the king at the time, Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, then argued: “It was God’s will, which is above everything.” “It was fate,” he added.

This isn’t just a Saudi problem; it is a global Muslim problem. Fatalism is constantly used as an excuse for human neglect and errors. Even in Turkey, which is much more modern and secular than Saudi Arabia, “fate” has frequently been invoked by various officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as an explanation for colossal accidents on railroads, in coal mines and on construction sites.

In almost every case, however, closer scrutiny has revealed the cause to be Turkey’s poor work safety standards and the government’s sluggishness in improving them. Only in February 2015, after hundreds of tragic accidents that killed more than 13,000 workers in 12 years, did Turkey become a party to the International Labor Organization’s conventions on work safety, which were drawn up more than two decades ago and adopted long ago by many other nations.

Accidents, of course, happen everywhere. Yet in the Muslim world, fatalism often serves as a cover for inadequate safety measures or greedy bosses unwilling to pay for them. That is why Turkey’s top cleric, Mehmet Gormez, an erudite theologian, felt the need to warn fellow Turks that “Producing excuses about ‘divine power’ for human guilt and responsibility is wrong,” after a Dickensian mine fire killed 301 workers in 2014. “The laws of nature are the laws of God. God has given us the ability to understand these laws and asked from us to act accordingly,” Mr. Gormez declared. “What is suitable for God’s will is to take the necessary precautions against the physical causes for disasters.”

This important statement was unmistakably grounded in certain medieval Islamic schools of thought, such as the Maturidis and the Mutazilites, who believed human beings possessed free will and could be “the creator of their own deeds.” They also believed that humans could use reason to interpret scripture and establish moral truths.

But such rationalist Muslim schools had powerful rivals, such as the Asharites and the even more rigid Hanbalis, the precursors of today’s Salafis. These dogmatists played down human free will by emphasizing God’s predestination, and discredited human reason. They also denied the existence of natural laws, assuming that causality is an infringement on God’s omnipotence.

Today most Muslims have little knowledge about these old debates, but they live within cultural codes largely defined by the dogmatists, who gained the upper hand in the war of ideas in early Islam. In these codes, human free will is easily sacrificed to fatalism, science and reason are trivialized, and philosophy is frowned upon.

Consequently, “God’s will” becomes an easy cover for intellectual laziness, lack of planning, and irresponsibility. Muslims in positions of power often refer to “fate” to explain away their failures, while never hesitating to take pride in their successes.

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Millions of Muslims observed Eid al-Adha, the second of two major Islamic holidays. According to the lunar-based Islamic calendar, the festival which commemorates Abrahams willingness to sacrifice his son Ishamel as an act of submission to God, kicked off on the evening of 22 September.

IBTimes UK looked at some notable Muslim celebrities joining the festivities.

 

Zayn Malik
 

Although former One Direction star Zayn Malik rarely speaks about being a Muslim, he did reveal that he suffered racist abuse on social media as a result of his beliefs. "Nasty things were said, like I'm a terrorist. How can you justify that?" he told the Daily Mirror. "I believe that your religion should be between you and whoever your belief is in."
 

Janet Jackson
 

Singer Janet Jackson left behind her Christian upbringing after getting married to billionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana in 2013.
 

Shea 'Ice Cube' Jackson
 

Rapper and actor Ice Cube converted to Islam in the 1990s. In 2014 the former N.W.A member said: "What I call myself is a natural Muslim, because it's just me and God. You know, going to the mosque, the ritual and the tradition, it's just not in me to do. So I don't do it."
 

Jemima Khan
 

Vanity Fair editor-at-large, Jemima Khan, who became a Muslim a few months after she married Pakistani cricketer and philanthropist Imran Khan in 1995, completed Hajj in 2007 following their divorce.
 

Shaquille O'Neal
 

Although retired NBA star O'Neal has never publicly confirmed his faith, in 2010 he revealed plans to take the Islamic pilgrimage known as the Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government bars all non-Muslims from visiting Mecca.
 

 

 

Source: International Business Times

 

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Radicalisation Awareness Kit designed to help teachers understand how the radicalisation process works

Environmentalists and teachers are up in arms over a new Federal Government anti-radicalisation kit that links green activism and "alternative music" to terrorism.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Terrorism Michael Keenan launched the Radicalisation Awareness Kit in the form of a 32-page booklet on Monday.

Through a series of examples and fictitious case studies, the booklet aims to illustrate the circumstances which can lead young people to become radicalised.

But one surprising example cites the power of the alternative music scene and environmental activism in the radicalisation process.


The case study in the 'Violent Extremism' section tells the story of a girl called 'Karen' who becomes involved in the "alternative music scene, student politics and left-wing activism" when she leaves home.

'Karen' ends up sabotaging logging machinery and being arrested "on numerous occasions" while becoming "totally cut off from her family".

Jonathan La Nauze from the Australian Conservation Foundation said the booklet was misleading and potentially dangerous.


"This is very disappointing," he said.

"It sounds like something that's been dreamt up in the cigar room of the Institute of Public Affairs. There's no resemblance to the way that people in Australia feel about their environment and the need to stand up to protect it.

"To link standing up for the places that we love, standing up for the future of our children, to violence and extremism and terrorism, does nothing to combat a real threat to the safety of people or to respect the very peaceful and very meaningful protests that people engage in from all walks of life to ensure that we have a safe future in this country."

Despite the environmental case study, Mr Keenan said the main targets of the booklet were young people at risk of being radicalised by Islamist groups such as Islamic State.

"Of course radicalisation can take different forms but certainly their radicalisation that comes from contact with ISIL (Islamic State) - who make an enormous effort to groom people, particularly young people to commit violent acts here in Australia - is of primary concern to the government at the moment."

He said the kit was designed to help teachers understand how the radicalisation process worked, and how to respond if they felt there was somebody in their community who is susceptible to it.

"We wanted to explain to teachers who are really on the frontline of this - because we know that school children are being radicalised - to look out for certain signs that would lead them to be concerned about somebody, and if they are concerned about somebody moving down the dark path of radicalisation, moving down the path of violence, then they'll know what they can do about it," Mr Keenan said

Radicalisation Awareness Kit 'designed to engender fear and intolerance'

Maurie Mulheron, the president of the New South Wales Teachers' Federation, has also slammed the launch of the kit, describing it as a cynical exercise designed to generate fear in the community.

"I think it's a fairly cynical move by the Federal Government not to make anyone feel safer but to engender fear and intolerance," he said.

"I'm very doubtful that the Federal Government has pure motives in this area.

"They've got a track record now of trying to engender division within the community on these issues and I don't think that what they're proposing will make one iota of difference."

Mr Mulheron believes that teachers are already well trained to know when students are at risk of being radicalised, and that the Radicalisation Awareness Kit has been a massive waste of time and money.

"Schools are already happy, safe and tolerant places that bring children together, particularly public schools that bring children from all the different walks of life, different religions, different backgrounds, different socio-economic groups.

"We as teachers are very good at bringing a diverse group of young people into our schools and turning them into a community so they can take up their roles as citizens within the broader community."

Mr Keenan said groups seeking to radicalise young people started by separating them from their communities.

"ISIL go and they try to groom young people in in the same way that a paedophile might try and groom a young person. We want to make sure that the people who are on the frontline, teachers and other service workers, members of the community, are able to identify if this is happening and then know what they can do to arrest it from happening."

Few people have actually held a copy of the booklet in their hands. It was released on the first day of the school holidays, but it is available for download on the minister's website.

Assessment of the kit will continue in earnest when schools go back in two weeks' time.
 

Source: ABC

 

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The interim principal of Brisbane's Islamic College has played down concerns his students face a greater risk of becoming Gen Y jihadists.

Dr Ray Barrett (pictured) stressed the threat of at-risk teenagers being radicalised was reduced because the school was dealing with a majority religious group'.

"If you look at the incidences where reports of radicalisation occur, they haven't been in Islamic schools,'' Dr Barrett said.

"It is my observation that where things are mainstream and you can continually monitor the one religious group, it's less likely than if a small number of a religious group, such as Muslims, are somewhere in an environment where through no fault of the school, they become alienated, or sidelined because they are a minority religious group'.

The New South Wales Government yesterday announced a sweeping audit of prayer groups across that state's school system, amid fears Islamic State-inspired ideology had infiltrated the system through state government-sponsored religious education programs.

The move followed revelations that counter-terrorism police had begun a formal investigation into allegations a 17 year old student at Sydney's Epping boys High school was preaching ISIS ideology in the playground.

Counter-terrorism police have previously revealed to The Courier-Mail how on-line extremists were acting like paedophiles in their attempts to recruit children as young as 15.

Tip-offs to the nation's security hotline were alarmingly relating to young boys and girls, with school counsellors and teachers among those reporting concerns.

Dr Barrett, who is in charge of more than 1000 students at the Karrawatha-based college, said Islamic schools were focused on "producing better citizens and making students the very best they can possibly be'.

"While there is no specific element of anti-terrorism (in the curriculum), schools already focus on the positive of what it means to be an Australian citizen,'' he said.

"The values we are teaching include understanding, tolerance and inclusion, being aware of others and their cultures, accepting diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others,'' he said.

Dr Barrett said safeguards were in place to work with students who could be potentially at-risk.

"We are aware and constantly on the lookout and we have a good co-operation with authorities who have guidelines around people being withdrawn, reclusive and so on,'' he said.
 

Source: Courier Mail

 

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Leading up to the National Day of Action on refugee rights on 11th October, RAC will be holding a stall and a leafletting effort over the weekend. Please come and help if you have the time and the inclination. Just half an hour would be helpful, or stay for the whole 2 hours.
 

Street stall at West End Markets
When & where: 9am - 11am, Saturday 26th September, at the small park at the Montague Rd entrance, West End Markets, Davies Park, West End.
Further info: Mark, ph.0439 561 196.
 

Leafletting at Northey St Market:
When & where: 8.30am - 10.30am, Sunday 27th September, at the Northey St City Farm,
54 Northey St, Windsor, off Bowen Bridge Rd. RAC leafletters will be near the sausage sizzle.
 

Further info: Margaret, ph. 0439 411 330

 

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The man police are searching for over a sustained anti-Islam tirade on a Logan woman.

LOGAN: A Muslim woman told police she was subjected to a sustained anti-Islamic tirade outside a Logan shopping centre on Wednesday, during which time she captured the man on video baring his backside at her and her two young children.

The woman reported the incident to the Islamophobia Register Australia, an online site dedicated to exposing incidents of anti-Islamic abuse, after saying two calls to police for help went unanswered.

Site organiser Mariam Veiszadeh said she spoke to the angered woman in the wake of the attack, who told her the tirade continued for more than half an hour, during which time her calls to police were not responded to.

At the urging of Ms Veiszadeh, an advocate for Australian Muslims and a lawyer, the woman then went to Logan police to report the abuse in person.


A Queensland Police Service spokesman said police attended the shopping centre car park after the second call but could not locate the woman.

They are now searching for the man.


The woman told Daily Mail Australia the man hurled multiple obscenities at her, accusing her of terrorism and being unemployed, as she sat in her car waiting for her husband with her two children, aged five and eight.

She was wearing a niqab, which exposed only her eyes.

The German woman, a teacher, converted to Islam 16 years ago, Ms Veiszadeh said.

"She felt the need to continue to explain to me, 'I can't believe he said I'm unemployed and makes such assumptions - I'm an educated woman, I'm a teacher,'" Ms Veiszadeh said.

"She responded to him by saying, 'I am not unemployed and I am European'.

"Something that really angered her was that the hatred had so many stereotypical assumptions embedded in it.
"She also made reference to her stepson being in the ADF and he puts his life at risk for Australians to fight for this country and yet she gets racist and Islamophobic abuse hurled at her on the streets."

Ms Veiszadeh said the woman had also been upset that a number of witnesses did not intervene to stop the abuse.

"It's quite concerning when this man was clearly abusing her, no one came to her defence," Ms Veiszadeh said.

"People sitting in the front were indifferent or went along with it and it was only after he left people approached her.

"I appreciate Logan police station had serious matters to deal with but this is yet another example of complaints regarding an assault targeting an Australian Muslim woman not being taken seriously by authorities."

Ms Veiszadeh said women wearing the visible symbols of their faith were increasingly bearing the brunt of racist and Islamophobic public attacks, often in the presence of children.

"It's incredibly worrying that the vast majority of reports being submitted to the Register are of verbal and physical abuse directed at Australian Muslim women, with a large number happening in the presence of young children," she said.

"This woman is particularly concerned about the devastating impact this incident has had on her children. How do you even begin to explain Islamophobia to your five-year-old child?"
 

Source: Brisbane Times

 

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SYDNEY: The enduring legacy of Prophet Abraham (as) was analysed at an interfaith symposium held on Sunday 20 September at the University of Western Sydney, Bankstown campus.

As part of the Positive Change through Faith series of events, the symposium organised jointly by the Australian MEFF Consortium and the Islamic Foundation for Education and Welfare (IFEW) brought together speakers from the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Titled One God to Bind us All, the symposium was opened by Master of Ceremony Mrs Mehar Ahmad, former President of MEFF in which she stressed the commonality of the three religions.

This was followed by Rabbi Nicole Roberts, of North Shore Temple Emanuel, who focussed on the legacy of Abraham in Judaism. She stressed that in knowing about Abraham we also learn about God particularly His mercy.

Jeremy Jones, founder and co-chair of the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews, spoke of how Abraham was an inspirational model in how we should relate to other people: Abraham saw the angel in every person and the importance of dialogue between peoples.

The symposium also featured poetry by Nav K Samir and Stephanie Kurlow.

Australasian Muslim Times

 

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My name is Kawsar, it is pronounced exactly the way it is spelt – Kaw-sar. Growing up both an Arab Muslim and a female caused my Mother to advise me from a young age “if you want to work in the media you have to be the absolute best you can be.”

 

And since those words left her mouth I haven’t stopped working. I currently study a double degree of law and media at Macquarie University, however a double degree isn’t enough to keep me busy, so I juggle a couple of other roles too.

 

I have been conducting undergraduate research for a couple of years, investigating the construction of an “oppressed Muslim woman” in mainstream feminism, simply because I cannot wait until I am at postgraduate level.

 

I have extended my primary research to academics in America and here down under in Australia, where I have been commended and persuaded by academics to continue my social inquiry. This is on top of my mentorships with the Special Broadcasting Service and the Muslim Legal Network, volunteer work with a handful of NGO’s, writing for a couple of publications and research role on a new Australian documentary.

 

I have been selected out of hundreds of students to represent Macquarie University Law School at international conferences such as the Annual Magna Carta Conference held at the University of Lincoln in London. Recently I was asked to be a guest speaker at the One Woman Project speaker series in Canberra for a Women in the Middle East seminar.

 

While my academic interests largely revolve around social justice and post colonial theory, I do have a flair for poetry, ethnic comedy and answering “so do you shower with that headscarf on?” questions on a regular basis.

Questionnaire

What is your favourite TED talk and why? My favourite TEDx talk would have to be Eman Mohammed’s “The courage to tell a hidden story.” Eman Mohammed exhibits her passion for photojournalism as a medium for telling the stories of those usually silenced through anecdotes and breathtaking work of hers playing in the background. She is incredibly inspiring and appears humble and kind, which I can confirm from short encounters with her personally that she very well is.

 

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? I would get in a time machine, go back in time and interview the great academic Edward Said before he passed away.

 

If you were granted three wishes, and you had to use them today, what would they be? 1. A means of eradicating poverty through redistributing wealth equally among everyone. 2. Ensure that all current atrocities and tragedies currently undergoing across the world cease. 3. For everyone to TRULY be equal. It would be recognised that certain people have a level of privilege and those on the outskirts of this suffer socially based on often unchangeable factors, e.g. background. It is more than labelling a society egalitarian and thinking that this is enough when people get harassed, made to feel unsafe and sometimes killed on the basis of their differences.
 

Source: Macquarie University

 

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All his preparations were in vain.

Omar Shandab and his wife made an intention to go for hajj five years ago suspended all holiday trips and saved last penny in a bid to fulfil one of the pillars of Islam.

Despite the effort and sacrifice they were left with a broken heart.

Omar was ready to go for hajj, and when he thought time has come after intense preparations to undertake a religious obligation, he was denied passage by his government.

His crime – suspected of being a terrorist.

“We were approached by intelligence officers, border patrol in the northern airport, they both questioned us, questions do you support ISIS, do you support any extreme movement,” said Omar who was interviewed for close to three hours.

He was picked from a group of 120 pilgrims who were on their way to Saudi Arabia and had to watch their fellow hujjaj board the plane for hajj as they remained behind in the country.

The interrogation and screening was the last thing Omar ever expected to happen to him or any other Muslim. He was born and bred in the country and his family are Australian citizens.

“I was born here in Australia and I got my family here, so subhanallah they just don’t tell the reason why they actually held me and crossed my passbook,” said the distraught Omar.

The property developer has since filed a lawsuit against his unlawfully detention and barred to travel out of the country without any valid reason from the government authorities.

His passport was confiscated and it’s still with the authorities.

“I am not going to sit down and wait, they have just put a question mark on my religion so what’s happening now is Allah has chosen me and it’s for a reason so by the rule of Allah we will launch a lawsuit against the authorities,” he said.

Concern has been growing in Australia in recent months over the effect on domestic security of Australian nationals fighting with or sympathising with militant groups in Iraq and Syria.

Muslims have been under constant surveillance from security agents and have continuously said they are unfairly targeted by terrorism laws, a statement Omar agrees with.

“This is unjust, it’s unfair and obviously they are targeting a portion of the Muslim community, they are targeting their freedom to travel for absolutely no reason at all,” said Omar.
 

Source: Cii Broadcasting (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

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 “Taqiyya is a component of Sharia that allows, and even encourages you to lie to achieve your goals.”
— Dr. Ben Carson, interview with The Hill newspaper, Sept. 20, 2015


USA: Carson, a neurosurgeon seeking the GOP presidential nomination, caused a stir when he declared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he could not support a Muslim becoming president.

In a follow-up interview with The Hill, he asserted that he “did not believe Sharia [law] is consistent with the constitution of this country.” He said he could make an exception if the Muslim running for office “publicly rejected all the tenets of Sharia [Islamic law] and lived a life consistent with that.”

But then Carson added he was concerned about something called “taqiyya.” As he put it, “Taqiyya is a component of Sharia that allows, and even encourages you to lie to achieve your goals.” (Note: the Hill newspaper originally quoted Carson as saying “Shia” but later updated it to “Sharia.”)

In other words, he appeared to be saying that this tenet of Islam offered some kind of loophole that would allow the Muslim to lie about his or her religious beliefs in order to pursue other objectives. Is this the case?

The Facts

If you scroll across the Internet, or just stick “taqiyya” into a Twitter search, you will stumble across many videos and articles from groups hostile to Islam arguing that “taqiyya” is central to Islam and permits a Muslim to lie with impunity to nonbelievers. The argument largely stems from two parts of the Koran:

“Whoever expresses disbelief in God after having accepted belief [will suffer greatly] – except him who is forced while his heart is still at peace in belief” (16:106)

“Let not the believers take unbelievers for their allies in preference to believers. Whoever does this has no connection with God, unless you but guard yourselves against them as a precaution.” (3:28)

But experts in Islamic law say that these Internet scholars have completely corrupted the meaning of the words.

The word “taqiyya” derives from the Arabic words for “piety” and “fear of God” and indicates when a person is in a state of caution, said Khaled Abou El Fadl, a professor of law at the University of California at Los Angeles and a leading authority on Islam.

Essentially, the Koran suggests that a person who faces religious persecution can withhold the identity of their faith in order to avoid bodily harm or death. The concept was particularly embraced by Shiites, who took steps to hide their religious beliefs from the majority Sunnis. (Indeed, part of the reason for Sunni distrust of Shiites is because Sunnis regard taqiyya as part of Shiite practice.)


But some Sunnis also practiced taqiyya, particularly the Moriscos, Muslims who were forced to convert to Catholicism in Spain during the 1500s.

The concept is also not unknown to other religions. Jews in Spain during the Inquisition also pretended to convert to Catholicism.


But some Sunnis also practiced taqiyya, particularly the Moriscos, Muslims who were forced to convert to Catholicism in Spain during the 1500s.

The concept is also not unknown to other religions. Jews in Spain during the Inquisition also pretended to convert to Catholicism.


Abou El Fadl said it “amazes me” that although careful and balanced scholarship on Islam is being done at leading universities by scholars who have learned to read medieval Arabic texts, such research increasingly is ignored in favor of material published by “crazy ideologues, clowns and jokers” who often do not know how to read Arabic.

Doug Watts, a Carson campaign spokesman, declined to point to any possible sources for Carson’s claim. “I have scholarly sources as well, but I am not going to get into our usual back and forth on this topic,” he said.

The Pinocchio Test

Carson is mouthing a discredited and inaccurate interpretation of a relatively minor section of the Koran, with the apparent aim of painting all Muslims as untrustworthy. There is no evidence that the Koran encourages Muslims to lie in pursuit of goals. He earns Four Pinocchios.
 

 

Source: The Washington Post

 

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Minutes of the QPS/Muslim community meeting held on 19 August 2015 can be found here.

 

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The Islamic Society of Albury-Wodonga is planning to rebuild its community centre which has fallen into disrepair.

An anti-Islamic group is threatening to claim Albury, on the New South Wales-Victorian border, as its "territory" after being involved in violent clashes at protests in Bendigo and Melbourne.

The United Patriots Front (UPF), which is a splinter group of Reclaim Australia, staged a rally in Bendigo last month in protest against the town's first planned mosque.

It is now vowing to bring its protest power to the regional city of Albury where there are plans to redevelop an existing mosque.

The far-right group's spokesman, Shermon Burgess, has posted a video on social media vowing to come to Albury and the regional town of Orange in NSW after they "sort out this Bendigo problem".

"I will really enjoying marching straight into [Albury] and claiming it as my own," he said.

Recent rallies by the UPF in Melbourne and Bendigo have been met by rival protests by anti-racism groups and required police to use capsicum spray to subdue the crowds.

Meanwhile, police had to be called in to a Bendigo Council meeting last week when verbally abusive anti-mosque protesters shut down proceedings.

Albury councillor David Thurley said his council were concerned by the prospect of the group holding a rally locally.

"It's serious, it's hateful, it's disgusting and for people who think they can just walk into other people's communities, ferment hate and cause trouble - I don't understand where they're coming from or what it is they're trying to do," he said.

Cr Thurley said he had raised concerns with the local police after a Facebook page titled Stop the Albury Mosque was set up.

"There's not a lot we can do except to say to our community 'if you don't want this, you need to voice your opinion loud and clear that we don't want racist bigots here'," he said.

"We want people to be tolerant and to have a peaceful community that co-exists and shares cultures and music and food and so on."

Muslim leader confident community will reject far-right group

The Islamic Society of Albury-Wodonga is responsible for the plans to put $380,000 into redeveloping their existing community centre into a more modern facility, including a new mosque.

Its president, Yakub Muhammad, said the existing centre was crumbling and locals told him its condition was disrespectful to the area.
"I thought, we don't have the money, but what we can do is get the locals together, raise as much as we possibly can, empty our wallets," he said.

"What we can do is demolish it and rebuild that and make it look brand new, you know, look respectable.

"At the moment you drive past it and it doesn't look respectable at all, it looks quite yucky actually."

Mr Muhammad has described the majority of UPF members as "lonely people" who were looking for a group to belong to.

"The other 2 per cent, they're the extremist ones and they're the people, you know they have this nonsense idea that we're going to take over Australia," he said.

"They're really obsessed with the idea that Islam is really bad.

"If they come, they'll probably come and just do a small protest or whatever.

"When they realise that Albury-Wodonga people, they don't really care about their garbage that they bring here, they'll just quickly move on because that's what they want - they're just after some attention."
 

Source: ABC

 

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HOUSE FOR RENT

 

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Highset 3 Bedrooms, Kitchen and 1 Bathroom.
 

2 Living Areas, 2 Garages. Ample space for kids 800m2 block.
 

Available 14th September. Rent $335 per week.
 

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Seeking Female roommate to share large home with a sister for a temporary basis.
Rent negotiable. Fully furnished. Ideal for student or single sister. Walking distance to buses, close to TAFE, Griffith University, schools, major shops and mosque. Located in Mount Gravatt. Please phone: 3343 2233.
 


 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SOUGHT

 

POSITION

The Reporting Islam Project at Griffith University is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals for the position of casual research assistant.

PROJECT

The project is tasked with the development and trial of a suite of research-based training and education resources for Australian media practitioners to encourage more mindful reporting of Muslims and the Islamic faith.

MAIN DUTIES

Duties might include a range of tasks including event management, writing, multimedia content production, talent sourcing and general research assistance. Applicants will need to demonstrate a deep understanding of Islam and Muslim communities and have extensive media experience and/or have conducted higher degree research in communication and media. Please send your expression of interest in the form of a brief letter of application and attach a short CV to: Abdi Hersi, Project Manager, Reporting Islam Project, Griffith University. a.hersi@griffith.edu.au


Closing date: October 1, 2015 or until filled
 


 

AFIC vacancy in Halal Certification Department
 

Job description

Successful applicant will have the following:

1. have a degree or diploma In food science or equivalent
2. have intermediate understanding of food safety systems and standards
3. have previous experience in the food or pharmaceutical industry
4. be able to be proficient with Excel and word
5. be willing to travel
6. have the ability to conduct internal and external compliance audits
7. to have good communication skills and organizational skills
8. Proven analytical and problem solving skills
9. The ability to think proactively and independently

For more information contact Wasim Raza (wasimraza@afic.com.au) of Muslims Australia

 

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Muslim Link interviewed Ilhan Ibrahim, who, along with her two sisters Hodan Ibrahim and Ayan Ibrahim, have co-founded Qurtuba Publishing House.

8. What lessons have you learned about working with family members which you would like to share with other entrepreneurs who work with family members?

Working with your family has its ups and downs. Alhamdulillah, all three of us have always been very close with one another for as long as I can remember.

 

We see each other as sisters, but also as best friends. Working with family members can either be one of the best decisions that you make, or a decision you may regret. Without a doubt, the success of your organization or project is dependent upon they type of relationship you have with your family.

 

If you have an open and honest relationship with family members, then there is definitely a better chance of succeeding. However, if you have a less-than honest relationship with family members, or you feel that there is a distance between you and that family member, then the chances may not be in your favour.

 

I am not at all saying that it is impossible. However, an open, honest and supportive relationship is key to your success. I would advise anyone who wishes to work with family members that your greatest asset in developing a strong partnership and foundation is patience and understanding. If you choose to work with family members, it definitely brings you closer together.

 

You share moments of success, and moments of disappointment. Whether it’s good or bad, you will learn things about your family that you did not know before. Through patience and understanding each other, it lays the foundation for a strong and long-lasting partnership.

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 September 2015

TOPIC: “Syrian refugee crisis and our response”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

 

AUDIO (MP3) LINK: http://www.masjidtaqwa.org.au/index.php/downloads/kuthba

 

 

 

 

HOLLAND PARK MOSQUE

 

 

Friday khutbah (sermon)

 

DATE: 25 September 2015

TOPIC: "The Message of Sacrifice"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar

 

Play the recording  

 

 

 

 

 

Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 September 2015

TOPIC: "Martyrdom During the Hajj - Friday Sermon"

IMAM: Sheikh Aslam Abu Ismaeel

 

 

 

 

 

MASJID AL FAROOQ/KURABY MOSQUE

 

 

SORRY, NO RECORDING WAS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

 

 

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Saudis blamed after hajj stampede kills more than 700

 
Mina (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - A stampede killed at least 717 people and injured hundreds more at the hajj in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in one of the worst-ever tragedies at the annual Muslim pilgrimage.


It was the second deadly accident to hit the pilgrims this month, after a crane collapse in Mecca killed more than 100.

The stampede broke out in Mina during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service said.

Internet video showed bodies in piles, surrounded by discarded personal belongings and flattened water bottles.

In some areas rescue workers laid bodies in long rows on stretchers, limbs protruding from beneath white sheets.

The civil defence said it was still counting the dead, who included pilgrims from different countries.

At least 863 people were hurt, the agency said.

Yahoo! News

 

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Meet Gisele Marie: A burqa-clad heavy metal musician

 

42-year-old Muslim has been fronting her brothers' band 'Spectrus' since 2012

It’s a sight out of the ordinary but it’s true. Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman who wears a burqa, has been fronting her brothers’ band Spectrus since 2012.

She is the granddaughter of German Catholics, and converted to Islam several months after her father passed away in 2009.

She plays her Gibson Flying V electric guitar during a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
 

“People do not expect to see a Muslim woman who uses a Burqa, practices the religion properly and is a professional guitarist who plays in a Heavy Metal band, so many people are shocked by it,” said Gisele.
 

“But other people are curious and find it interesting, and others think that it is cool, but definitely, many people are shocked,” she added.
 

This woman broken all stereotypes people hold of women in burqas. She plays the lead guitar in the band and continues to surprise people with her skills.
 

The Express Tribune

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Mecca's $7,000-per-night makeshift room  

 

Saudi authorities ban VIP camps in Mina, the world's largest tent city, because they "defy the spirit of Hajj".

 

Saudi businessman Saad Qurashi still reminisces over the old Mina, when it was a lively neighbourhood with markets and cafes

Mecca - It is a plain, two-by-two-metre room in a portacabin dug into the sand and fitted with two beds and a small cabinet - with a price tag of $3,500 for each person a night.

The room is in the barren Mecca neighbourhood of Mina, an area central to the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, the first day of Hajj, hundreds of thousands of people started flooding the largest tent city in the world. Mina is completely deserted all year round, except for the Hajj period, when more than a million people spend a few nights there - a required part of the pilgrimage.

Everyone in Mina becomes a wayfarer. Pilgrims from all over the world leave behind the comforts of civilisation and dissolve class and cultural distinctions.
But their experience during these three to four nights depends on how much money they spend.

The majority of pilgrims stay in the tent city, where more than 100,000 white tents are built side-by-side in the low-lying valley. The majority of these tents can accommodate about 50 people, and the average price for each pilgrim is $500.
 

This year, the $7,000 VIP room in the encampment, owned by Saudi businessman Saad Qurashi, has been reserved by a Jordanian minister. Despite the hefty price, it does not look even close to a five-star hotel room, with its faded, white-panelled walls and tiny toilet.

This is as luxurious as Hajj can get this year. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj banned the flourishing luxury camps industry after some developers took the VIP experience to a new level, installing jacuzzis in camps and providing laundry service and a 24-hour open buffet - all at a cost of about $10,000 for each pilgrim.
 

The ministry says these camps "defied the spirit of the Hajj", which is supposed to be about endurance and submission to God.

The VIP camps were also taking up space much needed to fit the million and a half pilgrims. Mina covers an area of about 20 square kilometres - or less than two square metres for each pilgrim.

Over a million people spend a few nights in Mina, the largest tent city in the world

Some encampment owners are still trying to get around the ban by constructing temporary walls within the camps to give their privileged customers the privacy and exclusivity they demand.

"This is very dangerous and defies the regulations of the Saudi civil defence," one worker at a camp in Mina told Al Jazeera. "In case there is a fire, walls will obstruct the water from sprinklers installed around Mina."

The 1997 fire that erupted in the camps, setting ablaze cloth tents and killing hundreds, continues to haunt the authorities. They have since replaced the old tents with ones made up of fibreglass coated with Teflon and a heat-sensitive water sprinkler.


The 48-year-old business tycoon is renting all the towers, each with a capacity of 1,500 pilgrims, for more than $16m a year, and subletting them during Hajj time. A tower room costs a minimum of $3,000.


In the past, Mina was a real neighbourhood occupied by residents and bustling with markets and cafes. For hundreds of years, pilgrims camped out within the neighbourhood's vicinity and among the residents of Mina.
 

 


But a decade ago, the neighbourhood was completely demolished, making way for a tent city with bridges, pedestrian walkways, elevated train stations and health facilities. The house of Qurashi himself was demolished 15 years ago.

Despite all the fortunes bestowed on him as a result of the area's development, he still reminisces over the old Mina, when it was a lively neighbourhood with markets and cafes. This history has all but vanished.

When Qurashi's home was destroyed, he felt "uprooted", but he still believes it was a sacrifice worth accepting.

"It's all for the sake of the pilgrims' comfort."
 

Source: AlJazeera

 

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MI5 pays UK Muslims to spy on terror suspects  

 

UK UK intelligence agency has paid up to £2,000 for reports on alleged radical activity


MI5 is paying Muslim informants for controversial short-term spying missions to help avert terrorist attacks by homegrown Islamist extremists.

Individuals across the UK, including in Manchester and London, are being employed on temporary assignments to acquire intelligence on specific targets, according to sources within the Muslim community. One said that they knew of an informant recently paid £2,000 by the British security services to spy on activities relating to a mosque over a six-week period.

However, the use of payments to gather intelligence prompted warnings that the system risked producing information “corrupted” by the money on offer.

The initiative is being co-ordinated under the government’s official post-9/11 counter-terrorism strategy, specifically the strand known as Pursue, which has an official remit to “stop terrorist attacks in this country and against our interest overseas. This means detecting and investigating threats at the earliest possible stage.”

A source, not from Whitehall but with knowledge of the payments, said: “It’s been driven by the [intelligence] agencies, it’s a network of human resources across the country engaged to effectively spy on specific targets. It’s decent money.”

They did not divulge the number of informants receiving government funding or how much of the agency’s national security budget is allocated to such transactions. However, the use of payments to gather information prompted calls for caution from senior figures in the Muslim community, who warned that such transactions could produce tainted intelligence.

Salman Farsi, spokesman for the East London Mosque, the largest in the UK, said: “We want our national security protected but, as with everything, there needs to be due scrutiny and we need to ensure things are done properly.
“If there’s money on the table, where’s the scrutiny or the oversight to ensure whether someone has not just come up with some fabricated information? Money can corrupt.”

Farsi said that lessons should be learned from the government’s central counter-radicalisation programme, called Prevent, which was introduced following the 7 July bombings, but despite tens of millions of pounds spent and hundreds of initiatives has been criticised for failing to achieve its goals.

“When they started dishing out money, everyone was willing for a bit of money to dish the dirt, make up stuff. There’s good work to be done, but quite frankly you don’t need to send in informants to mosques to find out what’s going on. We need a fresh approach, genuine community engagement,” said Farsi.

Details of the network of informants paid by the security services follows the first live interview with a head of MI5 – director general Andrew Parker – in the 106-year history of the agency, an opportunity that he used to call for more up-to-date surveillance powers.

Days earlier, on Tuesday, the home secretary, Theresa May, met major internet and telecoms companies to seek their support for a new surveillance bill, prompting speculation that the government is preparing a choreographed campaign to revive its controversial snooper’s charter legislation.

Parker, the director-general of MI5, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, warned that terrorist plotting against Britain is at its most intense for three decades with six attempts foiled in the past 12 months.

Subsequent reports suggested MI5 and anti-terrorism officers are monitoring more than 3,000 Islamist extremists willing to carry out attacks in Britain. Numbers have escalated since 2013 with the rise of Islamic State in Syria, with more than 700 Britons believed to have joined jihadi groups in the region and 300 thought to have returned to Britain.

Scotland Yard last month revealed that suspects were being held at a rate of more than one a day while a record number of terrorism arrests were made in the past year, eclipsing the previous peak after the 7 July bombings.

 

Source: The Guardian
 

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PBS America at a Crossroads: The Muslim Americans   

 

US: THE MUSLIM AMERICANS explores the diversity of Muslims in America today, focusing on communities' experience after 9/11, and contrasting life for Muslims here in the United States compared to Muslims in Britain and Europe.

 

 

 

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Q: Dear Kareema, I love my morning walks and was wondering how I could ramp it up? I seem to only have time in the mornings, so I want to go all out and have a great start to my days.

A: A great way to ramp up the calorie-crunching power, is to load it up!

 

Walk while wearing a weighted backpack and enjoy the great challenge and fat-burning potential.
 

Wearing a weighted backpack may burn nearly three times more calories and will improved posture and may aid in preventing back pain.

 

Start with 10% of your body weight and work your way up. N-JOY!
 

 

TOGETHER, LET’S FIGHT GLOBESITY

Kareema

My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

 

Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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

 

The CCN Read of the Week

Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org

 


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:

http://www.shelfari.com/ccn_bkclub

Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

 

 

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KB says: A decadent but most enjoyable dessert for the long weekend coming up.   

Raffaello Mousse

Ingredients


4 eggs, separated
200g white chocolate
1 box white choc kits, chopped or any white chocolate biscuits (don't process, you want chunky pieces)
3/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup almond flakes, crushed with your fingers
500ml fresh cream

Method


1. Melt chocolate and set aside.
2. Beat egg whites until stiff and set aside.
3. Whip cream until stiff and set aside.
4. Mix egg yolks and vanilla into the melted chocolate (it will harden a little, this is normal)
5. Fold egg whites into the yolk mixture.
6. Fold the fresh cream into the mixture.
7. Fold the chopped choc kits, nuts and coconut into the mixture. Add more coconut or nuts if desired (you may need to keep aside a little to sprinkle on the top).
8. Allow to chill in fridge for a little while if you need to place in little glasses.
9. Best prepared the night before

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.

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Jallaludin sat in his room throwing darts at his wife's photo but not even a single one hit the target.

From another room his wife asks him: "What are you doing?"

Jallaludin: "Missing you!"
 

 

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But if anyone earns a fault or a sin and throws it on to one that is innocent, he carries (on himself) (both) a falsehood and a flagrant sin.
 

 ~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:112

 

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Be patient.

 

Change takes time, especially positive changes.

 

You must work the compost before growing the flowers.

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27 September

Sunday

Qurbani BBQ & Open & Enrolment Day

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400

11am to 2pm

11 October

Sunday

Beautiful Guidance

New Muslim Care

Holland Park Mosque FUNCTION HALL

0431 747 356

11am to 3pm

17 October

Saturday

Nasheed & Fund Raising Dinner

Rahma Mercy Australia

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 738 432

6pm for 6.30pm

18 October

NEW DATE

Sunday


International Food Festival
 

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Gold Coast Mosque

0416 212 541

9am onwards

17 October

Saturday


Slacks Creek Mosque OFFICIAL OPENING
 

Slacks Creek Mosque

Slacks Creek Mosque

0422 191 675

from 10am

25 October

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CresWalk2015

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

8am -12pm

15 October

Thursday

Muharram 1437 – Islamic New Year 1437 (1st Muharram 1437)

31 October

Saturday


AIIC Gold Coast Campus Annual Fete
 

AIIC Gold Coast

19 Chilsholm Rd, GOLD COAST

07 5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

31 October

Saturday


Dawah Centre Fund Raiser Dinner
 

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0416 212 541

6.30pm

7 November

Saturday


Annual Family Eat and Treat Night
 

Slacks Creek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 987

After Maghrib

13 November

Friday


Fundraiser Dinner Rohingya Muslims
 

Islamic Relief Australia

Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains

0401 959 295

6.30pm

20 & 21 November

NEW DATE

Sat & Sun

Course: The 99 Names of Allah with Sh Musleh Khan

Al Kauthar Brisbane

TBC

0438 698 328

All days

 

PLEASE NOTE

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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RECURRING EVENTS

 Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118
 

Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
Hifz & Quran Reading Classes (for brothers and sisters) - Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00pm & Thursday 5:30 - 7:00pm
Madressa (for children) - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm
Salawat Majlis - second Saturday of every month.  Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
Islamic Studies (for sisters) - one year course.  Saturday 10:30 - 2:30pm. Enrolments for 2016 now available
Ilm-e-Deen Degree Courses (for brothers) - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses.  Enrolments now available for 2016.
 
For further information please phone 07) 3809 4600 or email info@almustaphainstitute.org 

 

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Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)
 

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher

Classes start on Saturday, 12 September. To join please email your details to info@almustaphainstitute.org

 

Algester Mosque

 

Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha

 

For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084

 

 

On Going Activities

 

1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.

 

For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987

 


 

IPDC

 

 

Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya

 

Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class

 

For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque

 

All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar

DAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

PROGRAM

Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program

AUDIENCE

Men

Ladies

TIME

after Maghrib Salat

 

Brisbane Northside Muslimahs Support Group

To help sisters on the northside of Brisbane to connect with their local sisters.

We will endeavour to have regular meetings, either for a lesson/discussion on

Islam, or for social events.

Please contact :

Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at

ayesha_lea@yahoo.com.au

 

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/donna.lewis.564

 

 

Weekly program at Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills

 

Monday Tafseer – Juz Amma*
Tuesday Arabic Grammer/Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Wednesday Reading & Reciting Quran (Adult class)
Thursday Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Friday Tafseer Quran (URDU)

All the above programs are after Isha salah
All are welcome! See you at the Masjid – The place to be!
 

Please note that the Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website as an mp3 file, so that you can download and listen at anytime.
Visit our website at: masjidtaqwa.org.au

 

Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group

 

Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

 

Light refreshments will be available.

 

ALL WELCOME

 

For more information and RSVP:

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

 

 

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Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa

Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)

      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)

      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)

      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)

      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA

Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest

Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation

Charity

Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

 

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