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Sunday, 13 December 2015


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Halim Rane Australian University Teacher of the Year

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs The CCN Food for Thought

Kuraby Lions Club & MCF Helping Local Families

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings An Ayaat-a-Week

Introduction to Islam Course Update

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor Events and Functions

Brisbane hosts 2nd Crescent Institute event

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Life & Faith - New Series Promo

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Muslims in Australia and their Aged Care Needs

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

FECCA's December Issue

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Townsville home trashed by anti-Islamic vandals

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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Muslim leader ousted after illegal meeting votes for change Fitria on Food Disclaimer

Labor candidate Syed sacked, labels ALP racist

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Islamic Studies teacher, Associate Professor Halim Rane, shared the honour with Associate Professor Kevin Tant from Monash University when the Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, made the announcement on Tuesday night.

It is the second year in succession the distinguished Office for Learning and Teaching prize has been awarded to a Griffith University teacher, following the success of Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet in 2014.

Speaking from Turkey, Associate Professor Rane paid tribute to the role of students in his success.

“My focus has always been on my students and the skills and knowledge they need to be competent in the field of Islam-West relations and beyond.

“It is my students who I thank first and foremost for this award. They are my key source of inspiration and motivation. Student learning outcomes have driven me to innovate in respect to my teaching.”

“It is an incredible honour to receive this award, though it was completely unexpected,” he said.

“It is also reassuring to have this acknowledged at such a level of higher education in Australia with such a prestigious award.

“I cannot imagine this achievement without the ongoing support of my colleagues and the leadership at Griffith University who recognise the importance of the field in which I teach and value my contributions to it.”

Halim Rane has developed a suite of Islamic Studies with a contemporary, secular focus on Islam-West relations since joining Griffith in 2008, when no Islamic Studies courses were on offer.

The courses address the interests and needs of non-Muslim students, as well as Western-born Muslims. Graduating students have an understanding of, and the capacity to engage with, Muslim communities and the Muslim world.

A central plank of the course is the annual Muslim World Study Tour to Malaysia, Turkey, Spain and Morocco which offers students a first-hand opportunity to engage with a diversity of people, cultures and societies with deep roots in Islamic civilisation.

Griffith University Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian O’Connor, congratulated Associate Professor Rane on a remarkable achievement. “This award recognises not only the quality teaching at Griffith University but also its important influence in preparing students for life after university,” Professor O’Connor said.

“The innovative and insightful approach to teaching demonstrated by Associate Professor Rane has been outstanding, and this reward is a fitting tribute.

Source: Griffith University


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Naima Estrada (Kuraby Lions), Yusuf Khatree (MCF), Tricia Soundy (Kyabra ), David Forde (Kuraby Lions)

The Kuraby Lions Club and the Muslim Charitable Foundation have come together this Christmas to help local families with donations of food hampers.

The hampers will be distributed to families who are supported by Kyabra Community Association, an organisation that provides a range of valuable services to the community including support for disability carers, housing services, support for foster and kinship carers and financial relief.

“Christmas is often a difficult time of year for low-income families,” Kyabra employee Tricia Soundy says. “Kyabra appreciates the opportunity to work together with the Kuraby Lions Club and the Muslim Charitable Foundation this Christmas to provide some relief for those families in need.”

Kyabra CEO David O’Toole knows that Christmas can often mean a difficult time ahead for families.


“The post-Christmas period often signals a financial struggle for people living on a low-income, and a busy period for the community organisations that support them. If you would like to donate to Kyabra and be a part of supporting our community, you can find our range of donation options at www.kyabra.org."


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Majid Khan and Hamza Vayani delivering a four hour ‘Introduction to Islam’ training course to the Queensland Police Service on behalf of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ).

The training covers the core beliefs of Islam as well as practical approaches on how the Queensland Police can build and improve relationships with local Muslim communities on an ongoing basis. The courses have also included attendance of some officers from the Australian Federal Police.

So far, a total of ten courses have been delivered in what is a first for police officers in Queensland across the various ranks. Development of the course content has included input from Dr Muhamad Abdalla and workshops have included guest speakers Imam Imraan Husain from the Gold Coast Mosque and Dr Nora Amath.

Feedback from the courses which have been delivered across various parts of Queensland including Brisbane metropolitan areas, the Gold Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba and Ipswich has been consistently positive.


A police officer, Peter Davidson from Yomanto Police Station posted feedback to ICQ on Facebook stating that:

“ ... of all the courses I have done as a Police Officer, this 4 hours was the most life changing for me. Your representatives gave me a greater understanding of the Islamic faith and tradition, as well as helping me identify strategies when interacting with Muslim people ...’

He went on to say:

‘Thank you for the opportunity to develop a better mindset, teaching me about your culture and showing me the respect Muslim people have for the police. I will be encouraging that mutual respect back to your people. PS – the phrase ‘paradise is at the foot of your mother’ is one of the most inspirational things I have ever heard and one I will remember for a long time”.

Another participant posted:

Had the pleasure of being a participant in one if these sessions in Townsville, I have to say, 35 years as a copper and had no @$#% idea, the insight Hamza and Majid gave me was invaluable, they weathered our dumb questions and gave fantastic real time insight into a subject I knew so little about. John please keep your program happening and pass my thanks onto Hamza and Majid for providing the time to enlighten all if us, it was really appreciated. Gooch

President of ICQ Ismail Cajee said, ‘ICQ is delighted with the consistently positive feedback that has been received. Course trainers, Majid Khan and Hamza Vayani have worked well together by proactively including Muslim community members and engaging police officers in an interactive, open and accessible way which has fostered greater understanding and awareness. This initiative complements approaches needed to build social cohesion and positive relationships that enable the Muslim community and Queensland Police Service to partner in ways that ensure all Queenslanders feel safe and secure. Such initiatives also serve to reinforce the commitment of the Queensland Police Service in ensuring all officers engage justly and fairly with all law abiding citizens including our diverse Muslim communities in Queensland. ICQ is committed to further strengthen this important work going forward’.

For more information about the work of the Islamic Council of Queensland please visit: https://icq.net.au/ 


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Crescent Institute invites you to its next professional networking event in Brisbane hosted at the Corrs Chambers Westgarth office.


The Hon. Curtis Pitt, State Treasurer of Queensland will be the Guest Speaker at this event. Queensland has played a strong role in Australia's economic growth and prosperity. With the current challenging global economic environment coupled with Australia's transitioning economy, new and innovative business methods are required to maintain and continue economic growth in Queensland. The Hon. Curtis Pitt will set out the challenges and opportunities for the great state of Queensland.

You are invited to join with The Hon. Curtis Pitt, ask questions and of course network with your fellow Crescent Institute members!

Event Details:

Tuesday 15 December  6:00 PM for 6.30 PM Start (Sharp)

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Drinks, canapés and networking

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM - Presentation, The Hon. Curtis Pitt

7:45 PM - 9:00 PM - Interact with the Treasurer and networking

Location: Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 111 Eagle Street Brisbane CBD, QLD 4000

Bookings are essential. Early bird tickets are priced at A$15 and regular tickets are A$25 each.

All funds go to supporting Crescent Institute’s non-profit activities.

Enquiries: info@crescentinstitute.com.au


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The new Life & Faith series presented by Dr Mohamad Abdalla is a new platform to address  contentious issues surrounding Islam in the modern world.

The series will explore the Islamic perspective on topics such as domestic violence, extremism, culture, feminism and much more.


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The Report Muslims in Australia and their Aged Care Needs: An Exploratory Study with Special Reference to South Australia has been included in the landmark review report Review of Australian Research on Older People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds that was released in March 2015.

In the absence of holistic and faith-oriented aged care service spectrum, the report Muslims in Australia and their Aged Care Needs argues that faith considerations must form an integral part of aged care in order to truly embrace the concepts of holistic and person-centred care. It makes a case for enhancing the choice of Muslims when it comes to choosing the right care for their twilight years. The overarching theme of the report is the context in which such choices can and should be provided. Thus, the report traverses different related areas and draws on some relevant concepts that help to put the case for Muslim aged care in a broader framework; concepts such as multiculturalism, social inclusion, and integration.

It is also essential not to paint the concepts of spirituality and religion with the same brush. The report stresses that religion has an enormous role in the planning, development, and delivery of aged care services. When considering diversity of older CALD communities in services provision, religion (an important indicator of diversity) seems to take a backseat. There is a danger that a ‘spirituality only’ emphasis would obscure the importance of religion. The danger is even greater in regards to Muslims; Muslim spirituality is religion-based and, therefore, the right care cannot be offered if it is not planned around religious beliefs.

It is important for the government and aged care industry to know that their efforts to meet the language and culture needs of the CALD population do not necessarily coincide with satisfying the requirements of the Muslim older people. It is likely that the specific needs of Muslims, based upon their faith, may get lost within issues of culture and language, and diversity in general.

This Report suggests that although the factors associated with limited accessibility of available services by CALD communities largely apply to Muslims as well, the concern in regards to Muslim aged care is essentially driven not just by accessibility issues but also by lack of appropriate aged care services that support their faith. This may cause some to dwell on the ‘triple jeopardy’ of being ethnic, old, and Muslim.



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Cover girls, Sarah Jpg, Faiza El Higzi, Yasmin Khan, and Yassmin Abdel-Magied grace the pages of the FECCA Australian Mosaic December issue


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Police are investigating the graffiti attack on the home in Annandale, near Townsville

TOWNSVILLE: Police have described vandals who caused $50,000 of damage to a Townsville home in an anti-Islamic attack as "idiots".

The home on Jonquil Crescent in Annandale, which has a welcome message written in Arabic above the front door, was trashed while it was being renovated earlier this month.

The vandals broke into the home and spray-painted slogans including "F--- your Allah", "Is this where you hide the terrorists" and "Go home".

The vandals also set fire to a carpet, with further damage to the house prevented when the occupant arrived and extinguished the blaze.

Inspector Steve O'Connell said the incident appeared to be a one-off for the area, which had few problem incidents linked to religion.

"Some idiot in this town has decided that sign was linked to ISIS somehow and there's been a break and enter to the house, and slogans have been graffitied to the inside of the house referring to terrorists and also anti-Muslim sentiments," he said.

Inspector Steve O'Connell said the incident appeared to be a one-off for the area, which had few problem incidents linked to religion.

"Some idiot in this town has decided that sign was linked to ISIS somehow and there's been a break and enter to the house, and slogans have been graffitied to the inside of the house referring to terrorists and also anti-Muslim sentiments," he said.

"It's a sign of peace, but these idiots have decided to make their own translation of it and engage in criminal behaviour."

Inspector O'Connell said police were awaiting the results of forensic and fingerprinting tests on the house, but so far did not have any leads on who had vandalised it

In a Facebook post, the home's occupant Shani Boag (pictured right) said she believed the attack was provoked by an Arabic welcome sign located above her front door.
She said the sign was installed by previous occupants of the home, but her family had chosen to retain the decoration because it was a "peaceful welcome".

"These "people" who broke into our house, who vandalised our walls, graffitied and broke our family pictures, set fire to a bedroom with assumably the intent to leave it to consume the entire home," Ms Boag wrote.

"They saw this sign over our front door. And they used it as an excuse to follow through with disgraceful actions.

"With no knowledge whatsoever they've drawn conclusions that we are somehow related to ISIS. Further to that, they've concluded that they are somehow justified to threaten us with death."

Ms Boag said the attack had a "significant impact" on her family.

"Out of sheer luck, I interrupted their escapade before it could consume the house. Still, the damage is estimated to be over $50,000 in tangible, physical repairs," she said.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Source: Brisbane Times


Occupant Sharni Boag believes the attack was provoked by this Arabic welcome sign above their front door.



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Islamic Council of SA state president Luma al-Hammouri.

The Islamic community in South Australia is in crisis, with the new leader of its peak representative body being illegally ousted in a secret meeting, amid ongoing disputes with the Australian Federation of Islamic Council (AFIC).

The Islamic Council of SA supports new arrivals with settlement and accommodation, provides celebrants for religious events, organises social events for Muslims and provides community education on Islam. It is one of nine state-based Islamic groups comprising AFIC’s membership.

The council’s state president, Luma al-Hammouri, said a secret meeting to remove her was held in response to an agenda item she tabled for the national AFIC meeting in Sydney last Sunday, in which she called for a motion of no-confidence in president Hafez Kassem, secretary Harun Abdullah and three other federal committee members.

Ms Hammouri, who was appointed in October to replace Farouk Khan, said voting rights were given at the meeting to ethnic community groups that were not members, and the event should not have gone ahead without her.

“I’m still the legitimate president, I should have been informed about the meeting,” Ms Hammouri said. She said she was also excluded from the Sydney AFIC meeting where she should have been representing her state. “That’s why he started trying to get rid of me,” she said of Mr Kassem. “That’s why the federal council didn’t invite me.”

The lawyer said she was also concerned the male-dominated Islamic organisations did not want a female leading the body.

She accused Mr Kassem of trying to “throw his weight around” in approving the state council’s membership of the Eritrean, Baba Gur Gur and Oromo communities, along with the Arabic Academy in Adelaide, when none of the groups had met membership criteria.


Representatives from each of the groups attended the meeting and voted for leadership change.



Hamdan Lawyers, representing Ms Hammouri, confirmed none of the four groups had met membership criteria and there had been complaints that the names of individual members of the community groups had been used without permission in voting.

Mr Kassem did not respond to calls from The Australian.

Ms Hammouri’s four children attend the Islamic College of South Australia, which has also been mired in leadership ructions, allegations of falling education standards and questions about the use of its finances.

The school has recently appointed businesswoman Miriam Silva to chair its board, Lynda McLeod as its acting principal and consultant Graham Lange to improve its operations.

Source: The Australian


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Dr Imran Syed with Labor leader Bill Shorten.

A federal ALP candidate and leading Muslim community figure has been sacked by Labor for sharing material online attacking the West's intervention in Syria and Iraq and criticising Israel.

But the now former candidate for Murray, Dr Imran Syed, who is a medical doctor, community leader, Victoria Police Islamic chaplain and AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador, has hit back, accusing the Labor party of racism.

Fairfax Media has confirmed Dr Syed is in the process of being sacked by ALP head office, after a decision at the powerful administration committee on Thursday night.

Dr Syed, who hadn't been informed of his removal when contacted by Fairfax Media, confirmed he had been recently contacted by the ALP about his "inflammatory" online activity.

He said the ALP was attempting to stifle free speech and was being racist.

The controversy could raise headaches for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

An ALP source told Fairfax Media that Dr Syed's online activity was not appropriate for a federal candidate, but also said he had been given no training or support by Labor.

The source said the party had not bothered to check on Dr Syed's views on foreign policy before pre-selecting him in September.

Mr Syed told Fairfax Media that he stood by his support online for those attacking the US and British government's foreign policy.

"Millions of innocent civilians are being butchered because of irresponsible foreign policy.
"This is what people are saying all over the world. I have every right to share what I believe."

Dr Syed, an AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador since 2014, said that the ALP's treatment of him showed that a "dark man" in Australia didn't have a right to voice his opinion.

"We have to be blind, deaf and dumb," he said.

Last year, Dr Syed was appointed as ALP Vice-President for the Shepparton District. He was pre-selected for the seat of Murray, which is held by the Liberal's Sharman Stone with a 20.9 per cent majority, in September.

Dr Syed had been cautioned several times about his use of social media by senior officials at Victorian Labor's head office.

His posts are heavily critical of Israel and it's relationship with the west.

The posts also attack the bombing of Syria and other Arab states by the US and Britain, and linking those attacks to a rise in radical Islam.

Dr Syed also labelled calls from within the federal Liberal party by MP Andrew Hastie for Islam to change as "barking" from "a clown."

He called former British prime minister Tony Blair a "Mentally Retarded Clown high on Pure Afghan Poppy"

Labor's powerful administration committee on Thursday night moved to dis-endorse him – party officers will now make a final decision after reviewing the posts.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said "There is no place in Labor for these sorts of intolerant views."

ALP assistant state secretary Kosmos Samaras denied the party was racist.

"You only have to take a look at the state caucus to see that the party is made of up of people from various backgrounds and religious faiths, including the Islamic faith," Mr Samaras said.

"The party had a number of conversations about his comments on social media.

"Unfortunately the ex-candidate did not heed this advice and has been dis-endorsed."


The Age




Imran Syed with Labor's finance spokesman Chris Bowen.


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Sorry, but I just can't quite get over the irony. Unless I have this completely mistaken, Tony Abbott just called for both a Reformation and a revolution "within Islam". This is, of course, perhaps the most well-worn and ill-informed cliche of Western discourse on Islam – the kind of thing people like to say when they want to sound serious but know almost exactly nothing about Islam, Muslim societies, or indeed the Reformation.

But it takes on a special instructive quality coming from Abbott: a self-described conservative Catholic. If that description has an antonym, it's something like a revolutionary Protestant: pro-Reformation, pro-revolution. And yet here is our former prime minister, arguing against his very self.

Unless, of course, he isn't because when it comes to Islam, all the normal rules are suspended. Including, it seems, whatever rules require that the words we use are meant to have meaning. So much could be said here. Of how Islam's own version of the Reformation already occurred in the 18th century. Of how this episode gave birth to Wahhabism, with its disdain for traditional religion and its austere scripturalism. Of how that finally became expressed in the nation state of Saudi Arabia. Of how it combined with the anti-colonial movement of Islamism – self-consciously a reform movement, by the way – to create (eventually) al-Qaeda and through it Islamic State.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/attacks-by-tony-abbott-donald-trump-on-muslims-political-theologically-illiterate-20151209-gljz1i.html#ixzz3u3g6yEY8
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The Tony and Trump Show



The Testaments of Tony:

Cultures are not all equal. We should be ready to proclaim the clear superiority of our culture to one that justifies killing people in the name of God.


The security response is necessary but it’s not sufficient. There also needs to be a concerted “hearts and minds” campaign against the versions of Islam that make excuses for terrorists.

Although most Muslims utterly reject terrorism, some are all too ready to justify “death to the infidel”.

Surveys of British and French Muslims typically show up to 30 per cent sympathising with the aims if not the methods of Islamic State.

Demonising Islam generally or all Muslims could bring on the “clash of civilisations” that academic Samuel Huntington feared two decades back and make “Islam’s bloody borders” even more dangerous. But we can’t remain in denial about the massive problem within Islam.

Islam never had its own version of the Reformation and the Enlightenment or a consequent acceptance of pluralism and the separation of church and state.

Fortunately there are numerous Muslim leaders who think their faith needs to modernise from the kill-or-be-killed milieu of the Prophet Mohammed.


It’s also time Australians stopped being apologetic about the values that have made our country as free, fair and prosperous as any on Earth.


A year ago, President el-Sisi of Egypt told the imams of the Al-Azhar University in Cairo that Islam needed nothing less than a “religious revolution” to correct centuries of false ideas that were making Islam a menace to the wider world.


Islam needs to delegitimise the urge to “behead all those who insult the Prophet” but only Muslims can do this. That’s why everyone interested in a safer world should be reaching out to “live and let live” Muslims and encouraging them to reclaim their faith from the zealots.

In Australia that means talking to decent people who happen to be Muslim as well as to “official” Muslims inclined to see “Islamophobia” in any criticism.


It’s not culturally insensitive to demand loyalty to Australia and respect for Western civilisation. Cultures are not all equal. We should be ready to proclaim the clear superiority of our culture to one that justifies killing people in the name of God.




Islamophobia Watch Australia (IWA) firmly rejects Liberal party backbencher Tony Abbott’s toxic rhetoric of Islamophobia.

Once again, Tony Abbott shows the contempt with which he holds Muslims when he presumes a conceited right to lecture Muslims on their faith.

“It is revealing about Abbott’s politics that he quotes an Egyptian dictator in support of calls for Islamic progressive reform, and conveniently whitewashes western civilization as modern, peaceful and benevolent and Islam as violent, indecent and uncivilised,” said IWA president Ahmed Abou-zaid.

Abou-zaid said. “His divisive and ignorant public expressions of Islamophobia in the current climate of increasing incidences of Islamophobic attacks on individuals, Muslim buildings and places of worship are gravely irresponsible.”

IWA notes that Abbott’s statements make clear his racist sense of superiority, and exposes the political climate that produces racism in the everyday lives of minority Australians despite their cultural and faith backgrounds.

It further demonstrates the social pressures placed on western minority communities, especially those who happen to be under the magnifying glass as Muslims are currently and as Australian Africans, Jews, Asians and Indigenous communities were and often are.





Malcolm Turnbull fires back at Tony Abbott over calls for revolution within Islam

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has fired back at calls by his predecessor Tony Abbott for a "religious revolution" within Islam by cautioning against blaming all Muslims for Islamic State terrorist attacks.

Mr Abbott called for a "hearts and minds campaign against the versions of Islam that make excuses for terrorists" in an opinion piece on Wednesday, saying Islam had not undergone an equivalent version of the Reformation and Enlightenment in Christian nations.

The Sydney Morning Herald





Tony Abbott, you do know you belong to a church that has not reformed, don't you?
- Kristina Keneally

Abbott belongs to a church that condemns homosexuals and refuses women the right to control their fertility. And he’s calling for a reformation in Islam?

Jesus Mary and Joseph, Tony Abbott. Did you just tell Muslims that they need a theological reformation, like Christianity has had?

I know it was some time ago that you were in the seminary, but surely you remember that the Reformation created Protestantism. You and I are members of the unreformed strain of Christianity, the Roman Catholic church. You and I and our 1.2 billion fellow Catholics around the world have had no reformation. We are part of a church that has steadfastly refused to embrace, in both internal structures and theological development, modern concepts like democracy or gender equality.

Sure, our church no longer runs Crusades and no longer says the Jews killed Jesus. I don’t think that suffices as a definition of a modern institution. Our church condemns homosexual people as sinful – and defines them as disordered – if they act on their sexual orientation, even in mutually loving, monogamous relationships.

Our church denies women the ability to use modern technology and medicine to control their fertility, even though Pope Francis told us this year that we no longer “need to breed like rabbits.”

The Guardian




Attacks by Tony Abbott, Donald Trump: Arch conservatives offer nothing but guff
- Waleed Aly


Abbott and Trump are not intelligently discussing Islam, they’re just demonstrating that their brand of politics is fast collapsing.

Sorry, but I just can't quite get over the irony. Unless I have this completely mistaken, Tony Abbott just called for both a Reformation and a revolution "within Islam". This is, of course, perhaps the most well-worn and ill-informed cliche of Western discourse on Islam – the kind of thing people like to say when they want to sound serious but know almost exactly nothing about Islam, Muslim societies, or indeed the Reformation.

But it takes on a special instructive quality coming from Abbott: a self-described conservative Catholic. If that description has an antonym, it's something like a revolutionary Protestant: pro-Reformation, pro-revolution. And yet here is our former prime minister, arguing against his very self.

Unless, of course, he isn't because when it comes to Islam, all the normal rules are suspended. Including, it seems, whatever rules require that the words we use are meant to have meaning. So much could be said here. Of how Islam's own version of the Reformation already occurred in the 18th century. Of how this episode gave birth to Wahhabism, with its disdain for traditional religion and its austere scripturalism. Of how that finally became expressed in the nation state of Saudi Arabia. Of how it combined with the anti-colonial movement of Islamism – self-consciously a reform movement, by the way – to create (eventually) al-Qaeda and through it Islamic State.


And of how we should hardly be surprised that Islam's Reformation has turned so bloody and so ugly given that Christianity's Reformation claimed somewhere between 5 million and 15 million lives in the French Wars of Religion and the Thirty Years' War alone.
What Abbott (and new MP Andrew Hastie, and Energy and Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg – hell, you can add names of your own to the list) simply fail to understand is that the Reformation is here. They're looking at it. The Muslim world – and indeed Islamic thought – is in crisis. It has been probably since the late Ottoman era, and it was compounded by the utter destruction of its main institutions of religious learning in the colonial era. But its affliction has nothing to do with needing a Reformation. It's about a people now thoroughly disconnected from their own tradition. The Muslim world's affliction is amnesia.

The Sydney Morning Herald




Islam should be restored, Mr Abbott, not reformed
– Ahmed Abdo

There is scope for continuous development within Islamic legal theory and practice, but we must know what is up for negotiation, and what is not. That's where Tony Abbott seems to go wrong, writes Ahmed Abdo.

Shape up, or ship out. Whilst Donald Trump proposes to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Tony Abbott suggests there needs to be a reformation of the very faith that more than one-and-a-half billion people around the world live by on a daily basis.

What's common between these two leaders? One is on his way in, whilst the other is on his way out. Trump wants to gain power, whilst Abbott wants to regain it. Unfortunately, it is the Muslims who must pay the price of these leadership battles.

Such calls for a reformation of Islam only serve to demonstrate that its proponent has no clue as to the maxims, legal principles and foundations upon which the faith is built. As the famous Egyptian scholar and commentator of the Quran, Muhammad El-Shaarawy, said: "Islam is like water. It adopts the colour of the vessel which it enters."

In Islam there are maxims that don't change. They have stood the test of time. They are universal in application, accommodating every culture and place, every people and time.

Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, a contemporary American Muslim scholar, states that the Quran directed the Prophet Muhammad to adhere to people's sound customs and usages, and take them as a fundamental reference in legislation, saying:

Accept from people what comes naturally for them. Command what is customarily good. And turn away from the ignorant, without responding in kind.

Ibn Atiyyah, a renowned early Andalusian jurist and Qur'anic commentator, asserted that the verse not only upheld the sanctity of indigenous culture but granted sweeping validity to everything the human heart regards as sound and beneficial, as long as it is not clearly repudiated in the revealed law.

It can thus be seen that there is scope for continuous development within Islamic legal theory and practice, but we must know what is up for negotiation, and what is not. That's where Abbott seems to go wrong.





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Imran Ali graduated with honours on Monday 7th December from the Queensland University of Technology, after successfully completing a Bachelor of Design with Honours (Architectural Studies). Imran was a former student at the Islamic College of Brisbane.

He is the director of the company, ISA Architects Pty Ltd, and "has put his role to good use within the Islamic community for the sake of Allah (SWT)," his proud parents Saheed and Azeema Ali told CCN.


He is also, at present, an Islamic Society of Holland Park committee member and has been active throughout all major and minor events carried out within.

"We wish you all the best Imran and we also hope all your dreams are successful, Insha’allah," added his parents.


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STUDENTS at two south Brisbane Islamic colleges have banded together to raise money for a seven-year-old cancer patient.

Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) student Malek Aljohani has acute myeloid leukaemia and is undergoing six months of chemotherapy at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

The Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) at Karawatha and AIIC at Durack have joined forces and raised more than $7000 for Malek and his family.

The boy’s teacher Zeenat Mohammed had a personal experience with cancer and wanted to help Malek

“I have experienced the awful and cruel effects cancer has on a family (as) Mum passed away from cancer when I was 17,” Mrs Mohammed said.

“Malek stopped coming to school half way through the year and it broke my heart to see him and his family going through something no family should have to experience.”


Mrs Mohammed said Malek was a “class clown” and a bookworm.

She said donations for the Year 2 student poured in from donation tins, school parents, a sausage sizzle and other fundraisers undertaken by ICB.

Adopt-A-Cop for both colleges Sergeant Jim Bellos said the effort by the community was overwhelming.

“Kids didn’t want to just bring a gold coin and parents rang up and said they wanted to donate a lot more and in turn both schools raised $7000,” he said.

Malek’s father Jawad Aljohani said his family was also overwhelmed.

To donate to Malek and his family contact AIIC on 3372 1400.



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Ali Ghafoor (event organizer) An opportunity for the Queensland Muslim Community to officially endorse the White Ribbon Campaign and continue to build bridges with mainstream services and aim to stop violence against women.


Date: Thursday, 17 December 2015
Time: 6:30pm (for 7:00pm start)
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Road Karawatha (main hall)
RSVP: 15 December 2015 ( Ph: 0410 083 975 or Email: alimghafoor@gmail.com )


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Galila Abdelsalam and Gail Kerr (ACCES Services' CEO) in London

Galila Abdelsalam, Director of the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland Inc (IWAQ) has recently been appointed as a member of the Regional Community Advisory Council (RCAC) of Brisbane South Primary Health Care Network.


The RCAC is an independent non-representational forum which aims to:

• review and discuss regional population health needs;
• build the capacity of high need and at risk populations to determine their own health outcome solutions;
• establish priorities for service development;
• establish, measure and monitor outcomes; and
• evaluate service delivery.

Galila will bring to this role her expertise as an aged care provider, as well as her knowledge and understanding of the health needs and interests of the CALD and Muslim community to ensure the responsiveness of health services in the region.

As part of expanding her organisation’s focus on outcomes measurement, Galila recently attended the ‘High Impact’ Conference in London which examined the upcoming trends and developments in impact and outcomes measurement. The conference includes a practical masterclass on benchmarking organisational performance against peers.


While in the U.K Galila also took the opportunity to undertake a study tour of a number of not-for-profit organisations including:

• Housing for women – a housing organisation that supports homeless women especially those with a disability
• Working chance – An organisation that helps women offenders to join or re-join the workforce
• East London Mosque – provides religious services, Education and training for young people and a hub for people seeking advice and guidance.

The study tour has highlighted to Galila that the work being undertaken by the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland is amongst the forefront of leading service delivery at an international level.


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Minister Fentiman Photo

Minister Fentiman Photo

Minister Fentiman Photo

As you may be aware, recently the Premier announced my new portfolio as Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, and I will no longer be responsible for Multicultural Affairs.

I would like to take this time to thank all of Queensland’s multicultural and multi-faith communities who have made me feel so warm and welcome this past year. It has been an honour to take part in so many wonderful cultural events, festivals and performances that celebrate our diversity.

I am also proud that this year I introduced the Multicultural Recognition Bill 2015 into Parliament to established a new Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council and Queensland Multicultural Charter.

I would like to particularly thank members of the interim Multicultural Reference Group for all their valuable input and advice on the Bill.

I feel privileged to have worked with so many wonderful multicultural groups and organisations, and with Multicultural Affairs Queensland. I know the new Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace will do an excellent job continuing work to build community cohesion and promote inclusiveness and harmony across our vibrant multicultural state.

I wish all of you, your families and loved ones all the best for the holiday season and New Year.

Warm regards,

Shannon Fentiman
Minister for Communities, Women and Youth
Minister for Child Safety
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence


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Islam has been under huge scrutiny lately and is often criticised for being an aggressive religion... but what about Christianity? In this video a Bible is disguised as a Quran and some of it's most gruesome verses afe read to people. This is what they had to say.


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By Yasmin Mogahed

On my way home last week, I drove by a pretty bad car accident. It got me thinking about the things we fear in life and the role fear inevitably plays in our lives. With the heart wrenching events of last Wednesday, fear of backlash has begun to consume the Muslim discourse. Many sisters are nervous about the hijab and some leaders have called for laying low.

But in reflecting, I feel there is something wrong with our approach. Statistically, the risk of getting into a car accident is far greater than the risk of an Islamophobic attack. But we don't stop driving. We don't stop going where we need to go. And most certainly, we don't shift all our conversations to the dangers of getting behind the wheel. In other words, we don't feed into the paralyzing fear of hyper focus on a problem.

Yes we're aware of the risks of getting behind the wheel. So we take our precautions; we buckle our seatbelt, say our duaa, and put our trust in God. And then we continue to live our lives. We continue to drive. We stay awake--but not afraid. And there's a difference. Fear only takes over when we allow a problem to consume us. Focusing all our reading, all our thoughts, all our conversations on something only makes it grow disproportionately and deceptively in our minds. If all I talked about, read about, thought about was car accidents, I'd probably become too terrified to drive.

The question now is: what are those precautions we need to take for protection? Well, I apologize in advance, but I must stand up and unequivocally say I do *not* believe those precautions are wearing baseball hats and bandanas to hide our hijab.

I feel it is irresponsible for our leaders and public figures to spread fear, when what we really need is empowerment. What we really need is strength and hope and trust. And faith. When it gets dark, the believers don't hide. They shine. That's what light does. Light doesn't hide from the dark. It breaks through it.

Brothers and sisters, the darker it gets, the more we need the Light. The more the world need the light. The more we need to empower oursleves to be sources of that light. And the darker it gets, the brighter that light will shine.

You see every single moment we make a choice. We choose how we're going to live. We can either live motivated by fear--by what we hope *won't* happen in life. Or, we can live motivated by hope. By faith. By what we believe can and should happen. And then work for that. Remember, what you focus on grows. You get back what you put into the world.

Yes, there are horrible, tragic things happening in the world. Absolutely true. But, dear God, there are also beautiful, inspiring things happening too. The problem is, if you never turn off the news, you'll begin to believe the world is only dark. You see, good news doesn't sell. Only blood and guns do. Only 'radical Muslim terrorist' do. My dear brothers and sisters, refuse to buy into it. Refuse to allow the darkness to hijack the discussion.

Focus on what you can do to grow the light.

And to all my fellow sisters, who have to feel a little more scared today to put on their hijab, I say this: Remember why you wore it. And for who. Then ask yourself: Do you think the One for whom you wore it, the One who also happens to have sole ownership and power over the heavens and the earth and every Islamaphobe on it, won't take care of you?
But your baseball cap will?

My sisters, don't be afraid. Buckle your seat belt, yes. But keep driving. And keep your eye on the road; not on the belt. Keep looking up. The seat belt won't save you, and neither will your cap.

But Allah will.

Tell the world you won't hide, because your hijab isn't just a cloth. It's a symbol. It represents love. The love of God. And the love of God brings about everything good.

Sisters, by God, you are beacons of light walking around.
Hold it strong.


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All Black Muslim convert, Sonny Bill Williams, says spending time at a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon has made him realise how "ignorant" of the refugee crisis he was.

The sporting superstar is currently visiting a temporary settlement in Faida, Bekaa Valley, working with Unicef to bring awareness to the conditions Syrian children and families are living in after escaping their war-torn country.

After spending the first day of his whirlwind visit to the camp with refugee children and seeing the reality of their lives, the cross-code sportsman spoke about the life-changing experience.

"I came here and what I've heard, what I've seen, I've just been shocked and it's just made me realise how ignorant I was," he said.

"The thing that really touched me was, coming here, I didn't really know what a refugee was.

"I mean, I knew what a refugee was but did I really know? No, not until I came here.

"It kind of hit home, how ignorant I was."

Lebanon, which shares a border with Syria, has given shelter to more than 1.2 million refugees since the Syrian conflict began five years ago.

Williams met with some of the children affected by the crisis who had been forced to flee their homes amid the violence.

He spent the majority of his day with a 12-year-old girl named Fatima, learning about her life at the camp and visiting her school at the settlement which is a temporary structure made from tents.

The Sydney Morning Herald



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This video is a response to all those that have abused, disgraced or debased the message of Islam through their words and actions, whether they be deranged Muslims or Anti-Islam haters.

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Islamophobia Watch Australia (IWA) is has announced the launch of Australia’s first ever Islamophobia Watch Smartphone Application.


This app aims to give Muslim Australians a tool to report incidents of Islamophobia easily and promptly. IWA also provides legal and counselling support networks to victims who report and choose to access these services.

The aim of the smart phone application is to reach as many Muslim Australians as possible and to provide them with a tool that allows them to easily report incidents of Islamophobia as well as tap in to a support network of counselling and legal services.


The reporting application is available on both Android and Iphone smartphones and can be downloaded free of charge.


Ahmed Abouzaid, president of IWA stated:

We have worked very hard to bring this much needed service to the Muslim community and we are pleased to finally launch it. Reporting incidents is important to ensure that data is available to identify trends of Islamophobia as they occur, but more importantly to ensure that vulnerable Muslim Australians have access to support networks and to create a greater awareness about the very real effects on Australian Muslims. IWA is a service funded by Muslims, run by Muslims for Muslims and we seek to act in the interests of the Muslim community, particularly those most vulnerable.”

IWA also aims to function within frameworks that recognize systems and power structures of racism and Islamophobia. Future IWA projects will aim to provide nuance and analysis on these topics to educate the Muslim community and the wider community.

Abouzaid said:

“IWA is grateful to the Muslim Australian community for their support. The generosity of the Muslim community in their moral and financial support, as well as the tremendous voluntary work effort of passionate Muslims to establish this project, is inspiring. ”


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Advertisement paid for by the U.S. Coalition of Really Relevant Muslim Groups Inshallah (USCRRMGI)

Men and women are created equal but we all know a women’s voice is less equal and only deserves to read the Old English translation of the Quran at the community event — because we all know that hearing a woman recite the words of God will stir up erotic emotions within you.

*cuts to male at Muslim fundraiser folding his legs while listening to female recitation*

Ever hear a woman sing or recite Quran and think “oh no, I’m going to hell”? We’ve been there. If you are a Muslim male and this happens to you, then you have real problems. But, with the help of some allies in the medical and pharmaceutical field, the folks at the U.S. Coalition of Really Relevant Muslim Groups Inshallah (USCRRMGI) have created a solution!

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Piagra. Because God knows you can’t control yourself.

(if you don’t get that this is meant to be comedic/sarcastic by now, I can’t help you)


Source: Medium


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The surface of flies is the last place you would expect to find antibiotics, yet that is exactly where a team of Australian researchers is concentrating their efforts.

Working on the theory that flies must have remarkable antimicrobial defences to survive rotting dung, meat and fruit, the team at the Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, set out to identify those antibacterial properties manifesting at different stages of a fly's development.

"Our research is a small part of a global research effort for new antibiotics, but we are looking where we believe no-one has looked before," said Ms Joanne Clarke, who presented the group's findings at the Australian Society for Microbiology Conference in Melbourne this week. The project is part of her PhD thesis.

The scientists tested four different species of fly: a house fly, a sheep blowfly, a vinegar fruit fly and the control, a Queensland fruit fly which lays its eggs in fresh fruit. These larvae do not need as much antibacterial compound because they do not come into contact with as much bacteria.

Flies go through the life stages of larvae and pupae before becoming adults. In the pupae stage, the fly is encased in a protective casing and does not feed. "We predicted they would not produce many antibiotics," said Ms Clarke.

They did not. However the larvae all showed antibacterial properties (except that of the Queensland fruit fly control).

As did all the adult fly species, including the Queensland fruit fly (which at this point requires antibacterial protection because it has contact with other flies and is mobile).

Such properties were present on the fly surface in all four species, although antibacterial properties occur in the gut as well. "You find activity in both places," said Ms Clarke.

"The reason we concentrated on the surface is because it is a simpler extraction."

The antibiotic material is extracted by drowning the flies in ethanol, then running the mixture through a filter to obtain the crude extract.

When this was placed in a solution with various bacteria including E.coli, Golden Staph, Candida (a yeast) and a common hospital pathogen, antibiotic action was observed every time.

"We are now trying to identify the specific antibacterial compounds," said Ms Clarke. Ultimately these will be chemically synthesised.

Because the compounds are not from bacteria, any genes conferring resistance to them may not be as easily transferred into pathogens. It is hoped this new form of antibiotics will have a longer effective therapeutic life.

Source: ABC Science

“If a fly falls in the vessel of any of you, let him dip all of it (into the vessel) and then throw it away, for in one of its wings there is a disease and in the other there is healing (antidote for it)." (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 71, Number 673)



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Like mosques, headscarves and face-veils, halal certification is seen by many as a sign that Muslims are changing the Australian way of life.


Lately it’s been the subject of some debate, in the media and in politics.


A Senate Inquiry into the Third Party Certification of Food is due to report next week, and while it has also examined kosher and organic certification, there is little doubt that much of the focus will be on halal.


Why is halal such a hot topic?

What is halal?

How does halal differ from kosher?

Why do food laws carry a special significance for Muslims?

Why do manufacturers in Australia have products certified as halal?

How are halal products certified in Australia?

Why is halal being discussed more and more? And why are some people so angry about it?

Does halal certification make the products I buy more expensive?

Does halal certification fund illegal activities?




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Donald Trump wants Muslims banned from entering the US – but without them the country would be a much poorer place

Donald Trump with legendary boxer and Muslim, Muhammad Ali.

What have Muslims ever done for America? If your sole source of information were Donald Trump, you’d think that the answer was not much – apart from murdering its citizens and trying to destroy its values. The Republican presidential hopeful has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US until American authorities “can figure out” Muslim attitudes to the US in the wake of last week’s killings in San Bernardino. If only, you might well think, Scotland had had the same thought about Trump before he was allowed in to blight Aberdeenshire with another of his golf resorts.

What Trump doesn’t seem to grasp is his own country’s history, and how many American achievements worth celebrating are the work of the kind of people – Muslims – he wants to keep out.

Here, then, is a guide to some of the things Muslims have done for the US. It’s not an exhaustive list – but it’s still more impressive than what Trump has done for his homeland.

Creating America

Muslims were part of the US from its very beginnings. Among those who served under the command of chief of the continental army, General George Washington, in the war against British colonialism were Bampett Muhammad, who fought for the Virginia Line between the years 1775 and 1783, and Yusuf Ben Ali, who was a North African Arab.


Some have claimed that Peter Buckminster, who fired the gun that killed British Major General John Pitcairn at the battle of Bunker Hill, and later went on to serve in the Battle of Saratoga and the battle of Stony Point, was a Muslim American. This may be so, but the chief ground for the claim is that Buckminster later changed his surname to Salem or Salaam, the Arabic word for peace. But clearly, Washington, later America’s first president, didn’t have a problem with Muslims serving in his army.


By giving these Muslims the honour of serving America, Washington made it clear that a person did not have to be of a certain religion or have a particular ethnic background to be an American patriot. Trump seems to want to overturn that venerable American principle.

The largely Muslim kingdom of Morocco, incidentally, was the first country to recognise the US. In 1786, the two countries signed a treaty of peace and friendship that is still in effect today, the longest unbroken treaty of its kind in US history.

NEXT WEEK: Building its cities


Source: The Guardian



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Universities Across Western Australia Are Being Targeted by Islamophobic Attacks And Hate Groups


A few days ago, just before the ten-year anniversary of the Cronulla riots, a severed pig’s head was found in the bathroom of the University of Western Australia’s mosque. Since its discovery by Muslim PhD student Majdi, the incident has made local and international news, including mentions in Russia and France.

The student and administrative bodies of UWA have been forthright and unanimous in their condemnation. In a statement, the Curtin Student Guild said it “is committed to ensuring that our campus is a safe and inclusive environment,” and it does “not believe that [the UPF’s] idiotic message resonates with any students”. UWA’s Vice Chancellor, meanwhile, said the “deplorable act … does not represent the values of racial harmony and cultural diversity” that the university strives for.

But this wasn’t the first incident of Islamophobia in a WA university that week — rather, one of a string. In a disturbing video filmed at Murdoch University two days prior, United Patriots Front member Dennis Huts can be seen walking into the campus’ Multifaith Prayer Centre with an unidentified white woman. They both stroll straight into the designated Muslim prayer room in a clearly planned provocation.


The Muslim Drill



AFTER the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, a real estate mogul and television host with nature-defying hair used the moment to publicly muse about registration databases and even special identification cards for American Muslims. For the sake of efficiency, I created a card myself, listing my skin tone as “Caramel Mocha,” my ethnicity as “Bollywood” and my religion as “Sunny-Side Sunni.”

On Monday afternoon, Donald J. Trump, that mogul turned leading Republican presidential candidate, said that this country should bar all Muslims from entry until we can “understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses.” He used the horrific attack in San Bernardino, Calif., which claimed the lives of 14 and wounded 21, to cast suspicion on roughly 1.6 billion people worldwide.
The proposal was so outlandish that at first I tweeted to ask if he actually said bar Muslims or muslin? As an American Muslim, I don’t support either idea, but I can live without the latter. (Although I would miss the softness.)

The New York Times (The Opinion Pages)


Sharia law supporters are the problem

Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, in response to media questions regarding Donald Trump’s latest statement on Muslims, has again restated her political Network’s policy on the threat of terrorism, Islam, and Sharia Law.

“Unlike other emerging and smaller political movements in Australia, the JLN doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, sexuality, religion or ethnicity. We do however discriminate on your love of democracy, civil freedoms and allegiance to the Australian people. As I told the reporter working for Mr Murdoch – with regard to my network’s policies on Islam and the threat of terrorism to Australia:

Sharia Law is the law our enemy wants to impose on the world – and is the law the Islamic terrorists want to impose on us. Support for Sharia Law is a clear sign of Islamic radicalisation. We should ban those who support the terrorists’ law from coming to Australia.

And we should charge those Australians who support Sharia law with sedition or treason, because they are clearly assisting our enemy. Everyone who intends on visiting or living in Australia should be screened for support of Sharia or the terrorists’ law, including the 12,000 Syrians,” Senator Lambie said.

Senator Lambie

Ten years after Cronulla riots, why is our government silent on anti-Muslim prejudice?

Ten years ago the Cronulla riots shocked the nation. As someone who converted to Islam after marrying into a Muslim family and has children growing up Muslim in Australia, I'm more aware of this impending anniversary than most.

Watching news footage of the riots at the time, which included people being seriously assaulted by a drunken flag-waving crowd because they were of Arab or Muslim appearance, prompted my husband and I to seriously consider changing our oldest son's proudly chosen Arab Muslim name. We eventually decided against it, reasoning that we shouldn't capitulate to racism, the event was a one-off, and that by the time he grew up, Islamophobia would have receded.

Ten years on, and anti-Muslim hate seems to have reached an all-time high; I think twice before saying my son's name out loud in a public place. Tens of thousands of people have liked anti-Muslim social media pages, anti-Muslim rallies are held regularly across the country, and several anti-Muslim political parties plan to contest the next election.

The Age

Muslims Paying Australian Aborigines to Convert to Islam

The right wing Rise Up Australia candidate Pam Hecht (pictured) says Muslims are paying Aborigines to convert to Islam.

A federal election candidate in western Queensland has accused Muslims of paying Aborigines to convert to Islam.

Speaking to ABC Western Queensland, Rise Up Australia candidate Pam Hecht said the biggest issue facing people in the electorate of Kennedy, which Bob Katter holds by 18.3 per cent, was the conversion of Indigenous people to Islam.

”I don’t know whether people are aware, but many of the Aboriginal people in northern Australia are being targeted by Muslims and in some cases are being paid to convert to Islam,” she said, describing herself and the electorate as ”farmers . . . just ordinary everyday people”, who ”want to be free to go about our business”.

”Our concern with that is, the Muslim belief, that converting the first peoples of the land to Islam means that the land belongs to Allah, and Islam should be the only religion.

”There is an Aboriginal lady who works with the people up in northern Australia and she has spoken directly with the leader of our party, Daniel Nalliah [and told him about the practice].”

Of the 340,393 Australians who identified as Muslims in the 2006 Census, just 1011 were Indigenous.


Community psychologist and former University of Western Sydney lecturer Hanan Dover addressing the Australasian Conference on Islam and Radicalisation in Parramatta.

Australasian Conference on Islam Radicalisation and Islamophobia long on blame, short on solutions

NOBODY dared interrupt her, or take the microphone away, despite the fury and frustration she was unleashing.

She was only meant to ask a quick question from the floor to the cavalcade of experts on stage, not make an impassioned speech.

No, the elephant in the room would be addressed. Right now.

No more pussy-footing around the real story, no more quoting of statistics to back their case, and certainly no more motivation speeches on how to be a good Muslim.

“There is not enough anger here,’’ the woman told the Islam conference in Western Sydney, a statement geared not only towards the panel of experts but those attendees like her, ordinary folk who gave up two weekdays and some good coin to be here.

The Daily Telegraph


One Dimensional Muslims: Why Irresponsible Reporting is Making a Bad Situation Worse (a response to the above article)


It should go without saying that Muslim Australians seek to live in safety and security. But more often than not, it is incumbent on us to first state the obvious: we oppose terrorism.

I have found that, when speaking in my capacity as a clinical and forensic psychologist in public debates on radicalisation, I must negotiate the assumption of my "Islamic bias" - especially because I wear the hijab.

I have found that, as a Muslim, any departure from the pre-existing script - in which I am expected to "condemn ISIS" and nothing else - becomes proof of some sort of complacency, proof that Muslim elders are not "doing enough" to challenge radicalisation.

ABC Religion & Ethics



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 December 2015

TOPIC: “The shade of Sadaqa on the day of reckoning”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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





Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE:  11 December 2015

TOPIC: "The Tree Tooba"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 December 2015

TOPIC"Protecting Your Iman from the Shirk Within Yourself"

IMAM: Yusuf Peer







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 December 2015

TOPIC"Time To Wake Up || Sincere Advice To Muslims"

IMAM: Dr Mostafa Seleem





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Muslim Americans Raise Almost $100K For Victims Of San Bernardino Shooting


US: Muslim groups from across the nation gave money and support.

Six days have passed since 14 people were killed and 17 injured at a social services center in San Bernardino, California. And five days have passed since Muslim groups and leaders from across the nation united to help raise nearly $100,000 for the victims' families.

Faisal Qazi, a neurologist and the co-founder of the family centered development organization MiNDS, and Tarek El-Messidi, co-founder of the Islamic nonprofit CelebrateMercy, joined forces to start the donation fund on LaunchGood Thursday, with a goal of combating hate with love. Their mission: to raise money for the families of the 14 victims killed during a shooting at the Inland Regional Center by Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.


Huffington Post

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Trump gets trumped by Sarsour



Muslim activist Linda Sarsour on Donald Trump: "You're watching the face of an American fascist right now."


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The truth about Muslims in America


US: Donald Trump sparked a firestorm of criticism from liberals, conservatives and those in between when he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

But while such a ban is unlikely to be implemented in a country with freedom of religion, the cheers that followed his announcement at a South Carolina rally are telling.

"I think that we should definitely disallow any Muslims from coming in. Any of them," supporter Charlie Marzka, 75, told CNN. "The reason is simple: We can't identify what their attitude is."

Indeed, the truth about Muslims in America is perhaps surprising -- but not in the way Trump and his supporters might think.

A look at polls and studies conducted in the last few years shows that Muslims have been crucial in helping law enforcement find terror suspects in the United States. Many have served in the military protecting the country against terrorists. And in many ways, they're a lot like other everyday Americans.

Here's the reality of Muslims in America -- and how it smashes stereotypes:

They are a minuscule portion of the U.S. population

It's difficult to come by hard numbers because the U.S. Census doesn't collect religious data. But the fear of Muslims taking over and imposing Sharia law is unfounded. By some estimates, Muslims make up less than 1% of the U.S. adult population. By 2050, their numbers will grow -- to 2.1%. Of all the Muslims in America, 63% are exactly the kind Trump wants banned -- immigrants.

They're better educated than most Americans

U.S. Muslims have the second-highest level of education among major religious groups in the country; Jews have the highest. And a greater proportion of them have college degrees than the general U.S. population.

They have more gender equality

While in many parts of the Muslim world, women are confined to second-class status, that's not the case among American Muslims. Virtually all of them, 90%, agree that women should be able to work outside the home. American Muslim women hold more college or postgraduate degrees than Muslim men. And they are more likely to work in professional fields than women from most other U.S. religious groups.

They've been here since the birth of the nation ...

Scholars estimate about a quarter to a third of the Africans brought to the United States as slaves were Muslims. Most were then forced to convert to Christianity.

... and they're not just clustered in big cities

American Muslims live in cities big and small all across the United States. The first mosque built in America was in, of all places, Ross, North Dakota, back in 1929.

They're as religious as Christians ...

The general perception of Muslims has one thing right: Most Muslims are very religious. About half say they attend the weekly Friday prayers. But that makes them similar to Christians: About 70% of Christians say religion is important in their lives, and about 45% go to a weekly service.

... but they're not as dogmatic as they are portrayed

Much has been made about fundamentalist Muslims and their strict interpretation of the Quran. But most American Muslims are different. A Pew religious landscape survey found that 57% of American Muslims say there is more than one way to interpret Islam's teachings. A similar number say many different religions can lead to eternal life.

There have been Muslims involved in terrorism ...

From September 11, 2001, until the end of 2014, 109 Muslim-Americans plotted against targets in the United States. And terrorism by Muslim-Americans killed 50 in the same time period. Contrast that with the deaths from other mass shootings just last year: 136 -- more than twice as many as all the deaths from 13 years of Muslim-American terrorism.

... but they've also spoken out against it

After every terrorist attack at home and abroad, the refrain rises, "Where is the Muslim condemnation?" American Muslims have spoken out -- and done much more. A Duke University study found more terrorism suspects and perpetrators were brought to the attention of law enforcement by members of the Muslim-American community than were discovered through U.S. government investigations. And a Pew survey found that roughly half of U.S. Muslims say their religious leaders aren't speaking out enough against Islamic extremism.

Source: CNN


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Department of Justice Will Go After Anti-Muslim Hate Speech 


Attorney General Loretta Lynch attends a packed news conference at the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Eastern District of New York on May 27, 2015 in New York

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged that the Department of Justice will go after hate speech that might incite violence against the Muslim community, she told a crowd of Muslim-Americans and supporters Thursday night.

“Obviously this is a country that is based on free speech,” Lynch told the audience at the Muslim Advocates dinner in Arlington, VA. “But when that edges towards violence…we will take action.”

Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy group, asked Lynch to address concerns about an uptick in anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate crimes.

Since 9/11, Lynch says that the Department of Justice has investigated more than 11,000 acts of anti-Muslim rhetoric, which have led to 45 prosecutions. “I think sadly, that number is going to rise,” said Lynch.

Farhana Khera, Director of Muslim Advocates, told ABC News that the organization and 46 others, including the Presbyterian and American Baptist churches, sent a letter in late September to the RNC and DNC expressing concern over “divisive rhetoric being used by some presidential candidates.”

Khera said the inflammatory language towards Muslims on the campaign trail has persisted. Only the DNC responded to the letter.




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Conservative Muslims Must Stop Backing Preachers Of Hate



CANADA: According to one of the chief Imams in France, Hassan el-Alaoui, "between 100 and 160 mosques will be closed because ... they preach hatred, or use takfiri (excommunication) speech." He clearly mentioned that, "this kind of speech shouldn't even be allowed in Islamic countries."

Often, under the guise of freedom of religious expression, celebrity Muslim speakers uphold draconian views on apostasy, blasphemy and homosexuality. Such indoctrination has unfortunate consequences. In the U.K., recently some Muslim students disrupted the talk of an ex-Muslim in London and another ex-Muslim was brutally attacked for converting to Christianity in Bradford.

In Canada, activists often express concern when celebrity Muslim speakers including Abdullah Hakim Quick, Bilal Philips, Abdur Raheem Green, or Dawah Man are invited to address radicalization or faith based issues. In Calgary, such concerns have been consistently raised through 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. At times, when activists raise concerns on the use of public space, the hosts simply change the venue to a private location.

Given that conservative Muslims are quite concerned about anti-Muslim bigotry, inviting such speakers does not necessarily endear them to Canadians. Moreover, if it is not right to host Islamophobic or white supremacist speakers, then it is not right to host Muslim supremacist, homophobic and transphobic speakers. Indeed, all zulm (oppression) is connected.

Muslims overwhelmingly condemn ISIS. However, according to Muslim human rights activist, Shafiqah Othman Hamza, it is not enough to quote Qur'anic verses on peace while ignoring the systemic persecution and discrimination of minorities. Indeed, how different are "celebrity Muslim preachers" from ISIS, when in theory they uphold the same draconian punishments as ISIS? As such, the Director of Muslims for Progressive Values in Columbus, Ohio, Frank Parmir, has effectively asserted:


Indonesia at Melbourne


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David Cameron: 'You ain't no Muslim, bruv' says it all



British Prime Minister David Cameron praises the London Tube stabbing witness who shouted 'You ain't no Muslim, bruv' at the attacker.


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Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, says judge



UK: A major inquiry into the place of religion in modern society has provoked a furious backlash from ministers and the Church of England

Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, a major inquiry into the place of religion in modern society has concluded, provoking a furious backlash from ministers and the Church of England.

A two-year commission, chaired by the former senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and involving leading religious leaders from all faiths, calls for public life in Britain to be systematically de-Christianised.

It says that the decline of churchgoing and the rise of Islam and other faiths mean a "new settlement" is needed for religion in the UK, giving more official influence to non-religious voices and those of non-Christian faiths.

It also accuses those who devise some RE syllabuses of "sanitising" negative aspects of religion in lessons and suggests that the compulsory daily act of worship in school assemblies should be abolished and replaced with a "time for reflection".

The report backs moves cut the number of Church of England bishops in the Lords and give places to imams, rabbis and other non-other non-Christian clerics as well as evangelical pastors.
Meanwhile the coronation service for the next monarch should be overhauled to include other faiths, the report adds.

Controversially, it also calls for a rethink of anti-terror policy, including ensuring students can voice radical views on campus without fear of being reported to the security services.

And it also recommends new protections for women in Sharia courts and other religious tribunals – including a call for the Government to consider requiring couples who have a non-legally binding religious marriage also to have a civil registration.

The Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life has attracted particular controversy because of the seniority of those behind it.

Its patrons include Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Woolf, the former chief justice, and Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the former general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain.


The Telegraph


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Q: Dear Kareema, I find that I’m struggling when it comes to toning and strengthening exercises. Are you able to assist?

A: Weight bearing exercises are great for strengthening and toning muscles.


Get out and walk / jog on a regular basis and include at least 3 sessions of weight training into your regime.


The health benefits are endless, not to mention a healthy, toned look.

Use a medicine ball and try including as many exercises using your own body weight for great results.






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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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist

To book appointments -
Ph: 3341 2333 (Underwood)
Ph: 3299 5596 (Springwood)
M: 0406 279 591
Website: www.diversenutrition.com.au

Holiday Season Do’s and Don’ts

Tip #1

• Do have nutritional snacks such as fruits, vegetable sticks, yoghurt, fresh dips, nuts, wholegrain crackers and cheese (but don’t overdo on the cheese).

• Don’t snack on non-nutritious nibbles... You know what ones I’m talking about. Those snacks that don’t contain much nutritional value and don’t fill you up either. These include lollies, chocolates, cookies, biscuits, cake and chips.


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at fitria.s@hotmail.com.

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


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"A man who does not read is no better than a man who cannot read."


The CCN Book-of-the Week

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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:


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: The mustard adds an awesome flavour, and I am sure you will be very  pleased by the result.

Mustard Chicken




1 Chicken, cut into eight pieces

1 tsp. aromat
1 tsp. lemon pepper
2 tsp. mustard powder
1 tsp.ground ginger and garlic
1 Tab. white vinegar
1 Tab. mayonnaise
2 tsp. ground green chillies

1 tab. coconut oil or ghee
1 onion chopped
2 tomatoes (skin off) chopped
1 tab. tomato paste


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade

  2. Add the chicken and let it rest for a few hours; can be prepared the night before.

  3. Heat the oil or ghee and cook the chicken.

  4. When the chicken is almost done add the onions, tomatoes and tomato paste and allow it to braise with the chicken until the tomatoes are fully cooked.

  5. Serve hot with pita bread or roti.

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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Son: Dad I want to marry ...

Mula Nasruddin: First say sorry..

Son: For what?

Mula Nasruddin: You first say sorry ...

Son: But for what? What have I done?

Mula Nasruddin: You first say sorry ...

Son: BUT WHY???

Mula Nasruddin: You first say sorry ...

Son: Please, at least tell me a reason???

Mula Nasruddin: You first say sorry ...

Son: Ok Father, I am sorry

Mula Nasruddin: Now you are ready, your training is complete. When you learn to say sorry without any reason, you can marry!


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Those who devour usury will not stand except as stands one whom the Evil One by his touch has driven to madness. That is because they say: "Trade is like usury," but Allah has permitted trade and forbidden usury...

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:275


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You have no idea how hard I've looked
for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What's the point of bringing gold to
the gold mine, or water to the ocean.
Everything I came up with was like
taking spices to the Orient.
It's no good giving my heart and my
soul because you already have these.
So I've brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.

~ Rumi


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13 December



Janazah Workshop

Islamic Society of Algester

48 Learoyd Rd, Algester

0403 338 040

10.30pm til Zohr

15 December



Keynote Speaker: Hon Curtis Pitt

Crescent Institute (BRISBANE)

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 111 Eagle St



19 December



Grand Mawlid

Al Mustapha Academy Australia

48 Scrubby Creek Road, Browns Plains

0431 039 241


16 January



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


2 Wineglass Drive, Hillcrest

3809 4600

3pm until Maghrib

30 January


Islamic Trivia Night

Islamic Society of Algester

Springwood Community Centre (53-57 Cinderella Drive, Springwood)

0421 593 785


19 & 20 March

Sat & Sun

The Spiritual Zone
Sh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

3 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1437)

15 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


14 & 15 May

Sat & Sun

The Forgotten Jewels
Sh Daood Butt

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

27 May


Nisf Sha'ban 1437 / Laylat al-Bara'at (15th Sha'ban 1437)

6 June


1st Ramadan 1437

1 July


Laylat al-Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadan 1437)

6 July


Eid al-Fitr 1437 (1st Shawwal 1437)

20 & 21 August

Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

12 September


Eid al-Adha 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)

3 October


Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

(1st Muharram 1438)



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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 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 - first 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 



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher


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






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





Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


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.




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


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)


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


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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