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A brief coverage on the new masjid in Moorooka, Queensland, Australia.

 

This is also an invitation for the upcoming fundraiser dinner on 28th May 2016, Saturday, 6:30pm @ Islamic College of Brisbane.

 

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The Mt Gravatt Cemetery will be open from the University Drive entrance from Maghrib on Sunday 22nd May to Fajr on Monday 23rd May.

 

Full lighting will be provided by the Islamic Council of Queensland in conjunction with the Islamic Society of Algester.

 

There is a complete Laylat al-Bara'at programme at Algester Mosque from Maghrib on Sunday onward with a co-ordinated visit to the cemetery and back to the Mosque for a further programme.

 

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Wisdom College held its annual Children’s Festival last week and it was a huge success! A new building, a new principal, and the growing number of students were all a cause for celebration.

With great weather, and support from the community, it was beautiful to see the students, teachers and families come together to enjoy a fun day out at their school.

A sea of colour transformed the entire school, and the excitement in the air was contagious. The teachers and their classes worked hard on various stalls and performances, and all were a great success!

This year, the format of the Children’s festival changed in that it was more of a fete and focused on bringing the community together. There were rides and stalls and being on Mothers Day there were special messages from the students as well as prizes and gifts just for Mum.

It was a perfect opportunity for the new Principal Mr Murat Guzel to meet the community. He was overwhelmed by the support the school received and the dedication of its parents. “For such a small school the parents work hard and I am surprised by how many families and friends have come to celebrate with us today” he said.

Never short on food and fun things to do, there were so many activities to keep the little ones busy. The school has celebrated Children’s festival for 5 years now and it’s a day when the children take over the microphone and host the event and the senior school captains Talha Durmaz and Ammarah Millson did a wonderful job.

The newly formed P & C committee in conjunction with staff put in a huge effort to raise money at their biggest school event of the year.

 

Thank you to all who put so much effort into organising the event, and thanks to all who came out to support it.
 

 

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Watch this week's Q&A

In response to this Q&A program, the Lebanese Muslim Association issued the following press release:

The Lebanese Muslim Association condemns the lack of Muslim representation on last night’s Q&A, especially in light of discussions around Islam and the Prophet (PBUH). It finds it unacceptable that the ABC’s flagship current affairs and news panel programme, has deemed it fair and justifiable to discuss these topics without providing Muslims a right of reply.


This is compounded by the fact that such a panel played host to infamous bigot Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was given the airtime to criticise the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the most beloved and revered figure to Muslims.
 

Samier Dandan, President of the LMA said, “Some of the issues discussed last night on Q&A have significant and real life ramifications for Muslims in their everyday lives. It is unacceptable that not a single practicing Muslim was provided with the platform to offer their perspective. Would it similarly be acceptable for Q&A to tackle questions regarding feminism with an all male panel?”


The LMA is disappointed at the suggestion it is the responsibility of Muslims to condemn the acts of criminals who believe they act in the name of Islam. Such rhetoric only exacerbates widespread Islamophobic sentiments and encourages the ‘otherisation’ of Muslims.
 

In addition, the LMA wishes to distance itself from the use of terms like ‘moderate Muslims’, which implies that to be accepted, a Muslim must be moderate in their practicing of the religion and forsake certain elements deemed unpalatable to certain individuals in society.
 

This episode has stained the stature of reputability and respectability Q&A undoubtedly hopes its programme would have amongst its Muslim audience. The LMA finds it necessary that this be redressed by the ABC and Q&A.                                

 

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The Lockyer Valley Islamic Association has acquired a property in Gatton for its proposed Community centre / Musallah, at a cost of $250 000.


Gatton is situated 1 hour west of Brisbane and has a Muslim Community, comprising mainly of recent migrants and refugees from Burma, Bangladesh and Sudan, as well as students and seasonal workers.


The Association is seeking your financial assistance to help make this project a reality for its fledgling community. It is envisaged that the centre will ultimately provide educational and congregational facilities for our community.


The closest Islamic centre is 40 minutes away at either Ipswich or Toowoomba.
This property is zoned industrial, is a one-acre block and has an old Queenslander on the property.

 
The settlement is scheduled for the 6th June 2016.


The Association has raised $132 000, and needs your help for the balance to settle on the property.

 

 

 


Bank Account details:
LVIC Pty Ltd
Westpac BSB: 034182 A/c: 275675
 

Insert your name as reference for funds transferred. To receive a receipt kindly send an email to admin@lvia.org.au.

 

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Last weekend marked the 16th weekend Islamic course held by Al Kauthar Institute Brisbane.

 

The Forgotten Jewels, presented by Sheikh Daood Butt from Canada, was a huge success with over 140 people attending.


Feedback received was overwhelmingly positive. Al Kauthar Institute is a global organisation that brings a high level of Islamic knowledge to students across the world.

Join us at our next course, The Divine Light, on the 6th and 7th August and experience the Al Kauthar difference -

• Textbook complete with detailed notes is provided so you can enjoy the live sessions without having to constantly write notes.
• Download all the sessions in MP3 format to relive the experience. Revise the material at your own leisure. The audio is yours to keep for a lifetime.
• Question & Answer sessions throughout the course. Sisters enjoy exclusive sessions!
• Plenty of interaction through a Case Based Learning approach.
• Refreshments to keep you energized throughout the weekend.

 

 

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by Mobinah Ahmad

 

The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) organised a Youthink Panel Event on Saturday 14 May with the “Mainstream Media: Enemy or Ally” at their function centre in Wangee Road, Lakemba.

The discussions covered a number of issues including Muslim community engagement with mainstream media, Muslim representation in the media, response to crises (overseas/local), and differentiating between conversation within the community as well as outside the community.

The discussions were regulated by the MC, Sara Saleh who directed it to a diverse line up of panelists including Dr Alana Lentin, Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at University of Western Sydney, Dr Mehal Krayem, PhD in Communications: Arab representation on Australian screens, Widyan Fares, Senior Writer for the Point Magazine at Multicultural NSW and Lydia Shelly, solicitor with the Supreme Court of NSW and high court of Australia.

What would be the end goal of engagement with media and what are we trying to achieve as members of the community? was a question posed by the MC.

While there are a number of individuals in the community that speak to media, however, “not necessarily because they always want to, but because sometimes they are the only people who are willing to” said Widyan Fares.
 

 

The Panelists

While speaking about community representation, Lydia Shelly said “The large majority of community leaders that do engage are very conscious of the fact that a larger portion of the Australian population will take their comments as being reflective of the broader Muslim community, so that’s why they often have to think twice about the topic on which they’re engaging, who they’re engaging with and on what terms.”

Dr Mehal Krayem said “Our primary responsibility should be for caring for one another, not towards convincing others that your friend or your brother is not a terrorist. And we don’t take that responsibility of caring seriously.”

Widyan Fares shared her research findings where all women she interviewed who were somehow engaged with the media suffered from some sort of mental health issues, marriage breakdowns downs or were stressed due to community backlash.

“We need a safe space for our media spokespeople to come together and talk about their experiences, what has worked and what hasn’t worked”, she said.

“I’m highly critical of laws that have been brought in purely to disproportionally target, especially young Muslim men in our community and to essentially just see them as a prism of radicalisation and criminality.” said Lydia Shelly.
 

Source: Australasian Muslim Times

 

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A member of the Toubou people from southern Libya, Abdulsalam Tokh, and his wife Mariam Gaji, who moved to Australia in 2010 from Lybia, will become two of our newest citizens at a ceremony to be held in Maroochydore today.

 

“We are from the Toubou people, a minority culture, who live mainly in the south of Libya,” Abdulsalam says. “I understand we are the only Toubou people living in Australia at the present time.”

 

A gifted student, Mariam was selected to receive a scholarship to complete her Masters of Agricultural Engineering Technology at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba.

 

“My wife and I came to Australia in 2010 from the city of Murzq, and settled in Toowoomba so she could complete her Masters degree,” Abdulsalam says.

 

“Mariam graduated in 2014 and during this time I supported her in caring for our children. “We now have four boys who were all born in Australia.

 

“We moved to Coolum in 2015 because we wanted to live the Australian way of life and enjoy the beautiful weather on the Sunshine Coast.”

 

Abdulsalam trained as a specialist nurse in Libya and is now studying English to enable him to complete further study and gain his nursing qualification here.

 

“I graduated from nursing in Libya in 2007, but the requirements are different in Australia,” Abdulsalam said.

 

“I’m going to university to improve my English and then I hope to study nursing here. “I also speak Arabic and Toubou, which is my mother's tongue.

 

“While I am studying, I have been working with Coolum Coast Care on the weeding and dune management program.

 

“I love working outdoors in this beautiful environment.” Abdulsalam considers it a great privilege to become an Australian citizen.
 

Source: 91.1

 

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Kashgar cooking noodles

Food writer and Brisbane local Fiona Reilly is taking a journey through the incredible world of Islamic food.

She’s writing a book, The Kitchen of Joy, about the kitchens of five Islamic women around the world: in Kashgar, far west China; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Tire, Turkey; Shiraz, Iran; and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Fiona believes that food is one way for individuals to make meaningful connections with one another. As part of her research, Fiona is hoping to connect with women in the local Brisbane Islamic community who are passionate about food and cooking. She would love to talk with them about the way they cook food at home, the food traditions they have brought with them from elsewhere, and the food they make for celebrations.

You don’t need to be an expert, you just need a deep love of food and cooking. Translation services can be arranged for those whose first language is other than English.

If you are interested in helping Fiona, she would love to hear from you.

 

You can email her at fiona.reilly@hdr.qut.edu.au.

 

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Mosque gutted by suspicious blaze

Victorian police are investigating the circumstances around a suspicious fire that engulfed and destroyed a mosque in Geelong this week.

According to emergency services, a local resident heard what sounded like a “bang” at the Manifold Heights property – a former church – early in the morning before seeing the mosque ablaze minutes later.

Firefighters were called at 2.10am and took 50 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Imam Mohammed Ramzan lives next door to the mosque, and said he initially dismissed the noise as something else.

“We thought it might have been a storm, or bin collecting truck banging the bins,” he told Melbourne’s 3AW.

“But we looked outside and it was very bright.”

He said the building hasn’t had any problems in the 23 years it has worked with the community.

“We had a very peaceful and love-based relationship with our neighbourhood. We never received threats or anything,” he said.

“The roof has completely fallen in,” CFA firefighter Mark Sinkinson told the ABC. “There were a couple of concerns with the structure potentially falling down so we didn’t put crews inside the building.”

No-one was injured in the fire, and a crime scene has been established to investigate. An arson chemist and detectives will survey the scene today.

According to the mosque’s official website, the mosque housed an Islamic Society that represents more than 8,000 Muslim family located in Greater Geelong in Victoria.

 

Source: Australasian Muslim Times

 


 

Geelong's Muslims get prayer space after fire guts mosque

 


The Anglican Church has offered Geelong's Muslim community a temporary place of worship after its mosque was destroyed by fire.

Melbourne Bishop Philip Huggins said he had told Imam Mohammad Ramzan he could use the hall of All Saints church in Newtown for Friday prayers, if needed.

Bishop Huggins said the church wanted to help "our Muslim friends continue their devotional life".

The roof and interior of the Geelong mosque - a bluestone former church - were destroyed by the fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Residents were woken about 2am by a bang so loud that some thought it was thunder or an explosion.

When the residents ran outside, they found an enormous blaze consuming the building on Bostock Avenue.

"They [the neighbours] ran and got hoses but saw it was so big that these hoses weren't going to do anything," 3AW's Pat Mitchell told Fairfax from the scene.

"Given the size of the fire, it's amazing surrounding buildings including their houses were actually able to be saved."

Seven fire trucks eventually put the blaze out, but by then the entire centre of the structure had been turned to ash.

The original bluestone walls were still standing.

As well as the mosque, four churches in Geelong have been consumed by suspicious blazes since October last year.


On Wednesday morning police said it is believed those four blazes were connected.

"This [the mosque fire] is one of a series of fires against places of worship in this area," Geelong inspector Geelong's Inspector Graham Banks said.

"There's been five since September last year ... We believe those fires are connected."

Inspector Banks believes the mosque may have been targeted because someone mistook its bluestone facade for a church, rather than a mosque.

"It is clearly not what people might envisage a mosque might look like," he said.

"Certainly if you drove past it the vast majority of people would not know if it was a mosque."

Bishop Huggins, whose episcopal area includes Geelong, wrote to the Islamic Council of Victoria offering the church hall, through Father Peter Martin, the Vicar of St James and St John in Queenscliff.

The bishop said there were close ties between Father Martin and Imam Ramzan.

"We appreciate how shocking and distressing the destruction of a place of prayer and community strengthening is," Bishop Huggins said.

He said the church would look to help in others ways.

He said it wanted to show support for the Muslim community in the context of media coverage which he said could leave some Muslims feeling isolated.

"I think it is important to reach out to convey our support and friendship during distressing times, which is why we did what we did this morning," Bishop Huggins said.

The mosque, in the north-western Geelong suburb of Manifold Heights, is actually a refurbished Uniting Church.

The building was sold to the local Muslim community more than 20 years ago
 

Source: Bendigo Advertiser

 


 

The Australian National Islamic Council (ANIC) issued a press release expressing their dismay st the destruction of the Mosque.

 


 

Official bank accounts for donations to support the Geelong Islamic Society:

Bank: Commonwealth Bank
Account Name : Islamic Society Of Geelong
BSB :063523
Account No :10004487

 

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Dr Susan Carland is one half of Australia’s most recognised Muslim couples, and contrary to what many may think, she converted to Islam long before she married Waleed.

Waleed Aly dedicated a significant portion of his Gold Logies acceptance speech to his wife of 14 years, Dr Susan Carland.

Heaping praise on both her personal and professional traits he joked, "If she had my job she'd be much better at it than me. She's sharper, wittier, funnier and infinitely more charming and likeable.”

As a prominent media personality, academic, mother of two and former Australian Muslim of the Year, Dr Carland has no shortage of achievements to her name, and for those who aren’t familiar with her or her work, this is why you should be:

At 17, she decided to explore other religions

Born in suburban Melbourne to a New Zealand mother and Australian father, Dr Carland was a typical young white girl raised as a Christian in the Uniting Church.

Deciding to explore faith further as a teenager, she joined the Baptist church but despite having a very positive experience with their members, felt she had questions the religion couldn’t quite answer.

She began pondering whether she held the beliefs that she did only because she had been raised to, or rather because she knew them to be essentially true.

And as a result at the age of 17 she determined to learn more about other faiths, and two years later converted to Islam.

She felt an intellectual connection to the Islamic faith

Before Dr Carland’s exploration of Islam, she had a preconceived idea of it being violent, sexist and foreign.

In fact, after telling her mother that her New Year’s resolution was to investigate other religions, she was reportedly told, “I don’t care if you marry a drug dealer, but don’t marry a Muslim”.

Dr Carland's approach to Islam was an academic one. She read old scholarly texts on the fundamental beliefs of the faith and came away with a deep intellectual appreciation for their concept of an indivisible god and the idea that asking for forgiveness, without the condition of sacrifice or penance, was enough to attain it from god.

She tells Islam, My Choice, “When I read about Islam itself, I realised it was actually very different to what I thought.

“It was actually very peaceful, very egalitarian, with strong emphasis on equal treatment of women, and a strong stance on social justice. I thought it was a very intellectual religion, yet it was also very spiritual, and that also appealed to me as well.”

 



 

She couldn’t wait to start wearing the headscarf

After converting faiths, Dr Carland had concerns about “coming out as Muslim” and how her family and friends would perceive her decision.

She was eager to start wearing a headscarf and began doing so a few days after she broke the news to her teary mother.

Speaking to Meshel Laurie's Nitty Gritty Committee, Dr Carland explains, “the reason I wear the hijab or the headscarf is as an active worship to God. It's just about reminding myself who I am, what my values are, why I'm here.”

She has strong feelings against both enforcing or prohibiting anyone to wear a headscarf and says, “there are some women who say [wearing the hijab] is a feminist statement.”

“In a society where women’s bodies are used to sell everything from toothpaste to cars, [for those women] covering [their] body is about…saying ‘I’ll decide who sees my body and what parts they get to see by wearing a hijab and covering my body I’m choosing to not have my body commodified in that way.’”

 

 


 

She’s all about Muslim women fighting sexism

A sociologist and lecturer at Melbourne’s Monash University, Dr Carland last year added to her academic record by completing a PhD in the School of Political and Social Inquiry.

Her thesis, titled 'Fighting Hislam', is on how Muslim women fight sexism and is due to be published this year.

Her research specialises in gender, sexism, activism, and the experiences of Muslim women and her next project will see her look into the role women have in recruiting or preventing others from engaging in violent extremism.

She rejected Waleed’s romantic advances at first

Dr Carland was 16 when she first met Aly, also 16. They had spoken on the phone but only came face to face when Carland knocked on the door of his family home one afternoon.

It wasn’t until a number of years later however, that Aly proposed taking their friendship further, but as Dr Carland explains to TV Week, she wasn’t all that receptive.

“He rang me up and said ‘Look, I like you, and would really like to pursue this’,” she recounts, before revealing her reply was a blunt, “'I wouldn't marry you if were the last person on earth.”

A year later her feelings had changed and she approached her now husband with an apology and a date, and they haven’t been apart since.

The pair wed on the lawns of Melbourne Zoo in 2002 and share two children, 12-year-old Aisha and nine-year-old son Zayd.

 



She hates being called a “Muslim power couple”

With very few Muslim Australians holding prominent prime time places on Australian TV, Aly and Dr Carland are regularly looked to as public spokespeople so to say, of the Muslim community – a premise Dr Carland rejects.

She tells the Nitty Gritty Committee, “If I’m asked to comment on things I will always preface it by saying I’m not a spokesperson, I’m not a community leader, I’m not an expert on these things I’m just a person. I have opinions on things but I don’t represent anyone other than myself.”


And as for the brand of being a “Muslim power couple” she laughs, “It’s bizarre, we’re not even remotely powerful!”
 

Source: SBS

 

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ISGC secretary, office manager and the president

The Islamic Society of Gold Coast and ICare arranged a 40 ft container consisting of clothing, baby items (milk powders and diapers), 17,000 brand new blankets/bedsheets destined for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

 

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Multiculturalism, religious tolerance and inclusion in Islamic education: Policy and benchmarks from global best practice

 

Date: Monday 30th May 2016
Venue: Multi-Faith Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith University
Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm, Registration from 8:15am; 3:30pm – 5:00pm Networking reception
Cost: Free
 

This public symposium seeks to facilitate discussions on the role of institutions and various actors in contributing to a multicultural society.


In particular, it will look at the strategic approaches employed by places of worship, government, business, schools, universities, sporting activities and art and culture, to promote multiculturalism, religious tolerance, and inclusion.


Consisting of three panel discussion groups, chaired by Robert Kingham, the symposium will canvas important questions regarding what methods work, what are the challenges, what is potentially transferable to other country contexts and what is relevant for promoting a multicultural, pluralistic Islamic education environment in Indonesia.


The symposium is part of an Australian Government-funded Short Course Award, "Islamic Education to Promote Multiculturalism", developed in association with Indonesia's Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Panellists:

• Clem Campbell, President United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) QLD
• Very Reverend Dr. Peter Catt, Dean of Anglican Cathedral
• Reuban Keehan, Curator, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
• Venerable Chueh Shan, Abbess of Chung Tian Temple
• Associate Professor Afshin Akhtarkhavari, Griffith University

Additional panellists to be announced...
 

Places are limited for this free event, please book early to avoid disappointment. For further information and reservations, please email events-gai@griffith.edu.au.

 

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Women are hardworking, resilient and marvellous multi-taskers! These women have shown that Pakistani women are especially exceptional because of all that we have to overcome and yet we are able to not only become leaders in our fields but also pioneer into uncharted territories. All over the world, and beyond.

 

Read on about these super Pakistani women gathering respect and accolades the world over:
 

 

1. Namira Salim

Namira became the first Pakistani, man or woman, to reach North and South Poles when she achieved this in 2008. She also holds the distinction of being the first Asian and first Pakistani to skydive over Mount Everest during the historic First Everest Skydives project in 2008. She is also going to be the first Pakistani to travel into Space when the first commercial space flight by Virgin Galactic takes off.

 

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 2. Rozina Ali

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The Mayor of London

Since Sadiq Khan’s election as Mayor of London, many people seem to be suggesting that no Muslim city would ever be open-minded enough to elect a Christian as mayor.

So, in the interests of accuracy, and because FACTS ARE OUR FRIENDS, I present a list of some of the many Christians who have done just what Mr Khan has done – been elected to high office in Muslim countries where they are a religious minority:


2. Kamran Michael

 


 

Pakistan currently has a Christian minister of ports and shipping, Kamran Michael. Pakistan is 96.4% Muslim.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 3. Februniye Akyol

 

 

Source: The Muslim Vibe

 

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Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia

 

Continued from last week's CCN

 

Report by Beau Donelly

 

A Muslim mother in Sydney fears her grandchildren will end up in a concentration camp. A Victorian father won't tell his football team he is Muslim so he doesn't have to explain himself. To be Muslim is to be judged for everything you do, says a Brisbane woman. An international student living in Melbourne says she feels segregated in class.

What is it to be Muslim in Australia today?

 

Fairfax Media asked readers who are Muslim to speak of their experiences and how they explain extremism and Islamophobia to their children. Dozens of people responded.

 

CCN publishes one response each week:

 

"I don't even tell my footy team"

 

Michael Kelly, 29, Torquay

 


 

I don't even tell my footy team I'm Muslim because I don't want to deal with the assumptions and ignorance of a lot of the people I come across. If somebody knows I'm Muslim it is guaranteed they'll ask me why I converted. I feel judged on my answer. If I said I was Christian no one would bat an eyelid. When my daughter gets older I will tell her that not everybody agrees with or understands the choices of another person, but that we should understand that everybody gets to make their own choices as long as it doesn't hurt another person. If it hurts another person, what you're doing is wrong. There seems to be two types of people: those who hate Muslims and everybody else.

 


 

Source: Brisbane Times

 

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Australian Muslims speak up

 

Continued from last week's CCN

 

Nine men and women from around Australia give voice to what it's really like to live as a Muslim. Muhammed Edwars, 46, a teacher, Islamic studies co-ordinator and marriage celebrant, tells how attacks by extremists affect his family. Beau Donelly reports. 

THE TEACHER

 

Muhammed delivers a wedding sermon in his role as a marriage celebrant.

Challenging. That is the first word that comes to mind when I think about being a Muslim living in Australia. Unlike in Indonesia, where I'm from, we can’t take our religion for granted. It takes effort to find halal food or a mosque, and to teach our children about Islam because it’s not part of the culture.
 

A lot of questions are raised at school about Islam. The students ask about extremism and acts of violence and the relationship with Islam. What I find very worrying is the reaction from Muslim children, who feel that practising their religion is almost a crime. They feel they are condemned for dressing like a Muslim or that people believe they will become radical because they say their prayers. This is something that they struggle with. What the media says and what the government says affects them a lot.
 

I feel like my religion has been hijacked. I feel like the people who commit crimes in the name of Islam are using my beautiful, compassionate, just religion for their selfish purposes. I feel angry about the way the media portrays my religion. Islam is put in a frame. If a group of people carry out a crime and they happen to be Muslim, the discussion turns to religion. If there’s a Muslim involved, the coverage is always amplified a 100 times.


The hardest times for us are after terrorist attacks.

 

The Edwars on holiday at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.

After the Bali bombings, my wife, who is a nurse, had a bottle thrown at her while she was waiting for a bus. My wife has struggled to find work. A patient once refused to let her treat him. He called her a terrorist and said she would try to kill him. In the nursing home where she works now, people sometimes call her names, too. Being a man, I don't have as many challenges. Muslim women suffer the most.

 

My children were all born in Australia and have had an awareness of being a Muslim from a very young age. At home we talk a lot about what it means to be a Muslim. I tell them that we are all essentially the same and that being different in some ways doesn't mean one person is better or worse than another. My children understand that extremism has nothing to do with Islam. Occasionally, other kids at school ask them questions about their religion but they don’t give them a hard time.

Being a Muslim in Australia is challenging, but we also have many more opportunities here that we would not have in Indonesia. I wouldn't be able to do as much to support my community and spread the true message of my religion if I lived in Indonesia.

 

Brisbane Times

 

 NEXT WEEK IN CCN: The Cop

 

 

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Hissa Hilal's Poems Against Extremism

 

 

 

Hissa Hilal of Saudi Arabia was a contestant on Million’s Poet, a competitive reality TV program on Abu Dhabi TV. One of her poems for the semi-final round of the contest criticized “ad hoc fatwas” and the Salafi religious establishment in Saudi Arabia. The controversy surrounding her poem resulted in world-wide support for Mrs. Hilal, but also threats from websites denouncing her.

 

 

 

 

Syria – Do More than Du’a

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Can I do more than ‘Just Pray’ for Syria? An insightful response by Yasir Qadhi. Many wonder if praying is the easy way out of performing actions that will actually benefit those suffering around the world. Dr Yasir Qadhi provides many viable strategies Muslims can undertake alongside Dua’a to ensure they help the Ummah to the best of their abilities.

 

 

 


Multiculturalism In The Scottish Parliament
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GLASGOW: In a strong show of British multiculturalism, a Muslim politician elected to Scottish Parliament delivered his oath of allegiance in Urdu while wearing a kilt.
 

But Humza Yousaf’s expression of love for the language of his Pakistani heritage faced a vile attack on Twitter.
 

Controversial Canadian writer @TarekFatah tweeted on a family photo Yousaf has shared that shows women in Hijab: “The new face of leftwing Scottish National Party @HumzaYousaf with his Islamist family of Sharia-Bolsheviks.”
 

Another tweeter namely @50degreesam said: “Abu Humza is nothing to do with Scotland. Only a

tiny minority are as big pillocks as him.”
 

In his reply, Humza tweeted: “Think Islamaphobia just made up? This comes after I simply put up a pic of my family. Luckily more good ppl than bad.”
 

Yousaf, a member of the Scottish National Party who won a seat from the city of Glasgow, spoke first in English and then in Urdu, swearing "that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth" and concluding with "so help me God."
 

His party championed Scotland's unsuccessful bid for independence in 2014, framing its nationalism not on ethnic identity but on the desire for a distinct, diverse nation to have greater control over its affairs. The SNP now dominates politics in Edinburgh and has a sizable bloc of seats in Westminster as well.
 

On Twitter, Yousaf laughed off the predictable backlash to his oath from those fearful of the role of Islam in British society.
 

Yousaf was not the only politician to take the oath in another language: Other members of Scottish Parliament spoke in local tongues such as Doric, Gaelic and Scots.
 

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6 Things Wrong With Trevor Phillips Latest Crusade  (Continued from last week's CCN)
By Abdul-Azim Ahmed (A graduate of Religion and Theology BA and a Masters in Islam in Contemporary Britain. Abdul-Azim is currently completing a PhD on Islam in Wales.)
 

UK: I genuinely can’t remember the last time there was a single week without a headline story about Muslims. Sometimes, its unavoidable. With global crises like Syria, the post-war mess in Iraq, and acts of terrorism – headline news is expected. But other times, it’s engineered. Like the non-story of Ramadan exam timetables, or the non-story of halal hysteria, or the Sun’s misleading ‘1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy with jihadis’ frontpage (which they had to offer an apology for).

This week, it’s Trevor Phillips. He’s come to tell us ‘What British Muslims Really Think’. Thanks Trev, but no thanks. I, and other British Muslims, can quite confidently and competently express ourselves. Note the word really too, which gives off the air of Muslims hiding their true intentions and nature, almost like a subversive fifth column. Trevor Philips latest Channel 4 documentary reeks of a particular kind of condescending and dog-whistle sensationalism, and as many others have pointed out over the past day alone, it’s full of problems. Rather than re-invent the wheel, here is a recap of what Trevor gets wrong.

 

(Continued from last week's CCN)

 

6) Integration Is A Two Way Street

Trevor lays the entire blame of ‘segregated’ communities in Britain on British Muslims, he writes in the Sunday Times that: -

““According to ICM, more than half mix with non-Muslims daily, probably at work or college — but 30% never translate that into a friendship that would take them into a non-Muslim’s house more than once a year. One in five never enter a non-Muslim home.”

First, you’d expect a lower degree of interaction in high Muslim areas than in others (see Point 2), but more importantly, integration is a two way street. Most areas with a high minority population are more to do with bounded economic choices and the ‘white flight’ phenomenon (in which wealthier white families move out from an area once there is a minority presence) than self-segregation. As Mend pointed out, a poll commissioned by Islamic Relief indicated that 39% of non-Muslims have had close contact with a Muslim. Integration comes from all members of Britain building bridges.

Trevor laments that unlike some other migrants, Muslims are not ‘gradually abandoning their ancestral ways’. This isn’t integration. This is assimilation, and as a white Welsh Christian faith leader told me, assimilation isn’t “good for the Welsh” either. Trevor’s view is that diversity means uniformity. I, like many others I suspect, cherish and value the diversity I encounter in Britain.

So, thanks to Trevor Phillips and Channel 4’s poll, Muslims will be dominating the headlines for a few more weeks. Once again, Muslims are up for dissection in the court of public debate. Trevor’s comments are based on an unrevealing, methodologically unsound survey that does little more than confirm the prejudices of those who are convinced of a “Muslim problem”, and hamper the efforts of those who are seeking to actually address the challenges of 21st century Britain.

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Is The Morality of Islam Suitable for the Modern World, or Antithetical to It?
Kabir Helminski

 

Let us rephrase the question: can a morality suitable for the modern world be derived from the principles expressed in the Qur’an? Or are the principles found in the Qur’an antithetical to contemporary civilized values?

It is important to make a distinction between the original revelation, the Qur’an, and Shari`ah which comprises the various interpretations and applications of that revelation in terms of religious practice, personal morality, and societal law. For the general public in the West who have glimpsed Islam through the keyhole of mass media Shari`ah has come to mean the forceful application of an oppressive and rigid morality enforced by harsh punishments. But the Qur’an lends no support to such religious tyranny, and in the battle for the soul of Islam Muslims are confronting the injustices and oppression perpetuated by authoritarian and harsh interpretations of the religion.

At the time of the Prophet Muhammad, the people of the Arabian Peninsula were without a deep tradition of spirituality and were barely aware of the other great religious traditions. Before Islam, tribal vengeance was the common law in the Arabian Peninsula. The first legal pronouncements of Islam came at a time when there was neither a legal system nor prisons. Within 150 years Islam had developed into a civilization that spanned from Spain to India. It was especially under the first Abbasid Caliph, al Mansur, that the need for a more systematic approach to law was recognized. Beginning in the mid-700s the great formulators of Islamic law — Abu Hanifa, Malik bin Anas, Al-Shafii, and Ibn Hanbal — began the project of systematizing Islamic law from the Quran and the example of the Prophet Muhammad. Eventually Islamic Law grew into a highly developed system of justice whose stated aim was to secure the well-being and dignity of human beings.

While in a few cases punishment for crimes is specified in the Qur’an, these punishments represent the maximum penalty to be imposed, and considerable latitude is left for mercy, mitigating circumstances, and the uniqueness of each case.
    

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Sabria S. Jawhar

Propaganda against Saudi Arabia

By Sabria S. Jawhar


The recent passage of a bill by the United States Senate that would allow the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for “damages” establishes a dangerous precedent in America’s relationships with foreign countries.


Although the bill, which comes 15 years after the attacks, still must be approved by the House of Representatives and President Obama has promised to veto it, the actions of the US government should provide the Kingdom with a valid reason to reconsider its relationship with the United States.


Saudi users of the social media have been particularly outspoken about the bill, which is more about money and personal interests than it is about democracy or justice. The hypocrisy is breathtaking, really, considering the immense damage the United States’ foreign policy has done to the Middle East. Iraq and Syria are in a bad shape and on the verge of disintegration almost entirely due to the US meddling in Iraq and its neglect of Syria, a byproduct of America’s failure in Iraq.


The United States continually flaunts its special status to remain above the law with its drone warfare and holding terrorism suspects without allowing access to due legal process.

 
But no one said that life is fair in the world of geopolitics and some countries enjoy the advantages of a thriving economy, a massive military and vast resources while smaller countries with lesser resources should be happy just to bask in the glow of their big neighbours.  

 

Arab News

 

Sadiq Khan. Across the UK there are hundreds of Muslim councillors, and the House of Commons has 13 Muslim MPs

What the rest of Europe thinks about Londoners picking a Muslim mayor
 

As Europe grapples with the rise of anti-immigration parties, Sadiq Khan’s appointment as the first directly elected Muslim mayor of a western capital city is important. According to those who responded to a Guardian callout, people living in the rest of Europe welcome the choice Londoners have made.

“Sadiq’s appointment sends a great message to the world. It reflects Britain’s state of mind which, as a French person, I think is more open-minded than France,” said 18-year-old Mathilde from the south of France. “It tells me that Londoners see above the religion or the race of a person.”

Last year, a YouGov poll found that 31% of those living in the capital would be uncomfortable having a Muslim mayor, and 13% were not sure. But the 1,310,143 people who voted for Khan have boosted London’s reputation as a multicultural, multi-faith and liberal city.

Mathilde lives in Alleins, a village not far from Marseille, which is home to 250,000 Muslims, the second largest population in France. In the 2015 regional elections Alleins citizens voted for the rightwing party Les Républicains (52%), and the far-right Front National (FN) (48%). In the first round of the local election Front National led, losing out in the second round to Les Républicains. “I live in an area where, ironically, there are many Muslims but where the FN has the most success. There are definitely discriminations against Muslim people, even though it’s often in discreet forms.

“I tend to notice that Muslims are not really integrated in society but left in a corner. I think the Paris attacks helped the rightwing parties, especially the far-right party, to become more important. In fact the regional elections happened a little while after the attacks” she said. 


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10 Muslim women who ruled 2015 (Continued from last week)

 

 

 

MVSLIM's list of Muslim women who achieved great things in 2015.

10. Noor Tagouri

 

 

 

All eyes on Noor! Meet Noor Tagouri, an aspiring anchor on US Commercial Television. Having gained masses of support and coverage, Noor continues to strive towards achieving her goal to be showcased on US Commercial Television. Yet what seems to restrict her from this large media landscape is her hijab. “It empowers me,” Noor remarks, “It helps me do what I do”. But for her it’s either her and her hijab, or nothing. What adds her to this list is her perseverance, her motivation, and drive to achieve her ultimate goal.
 

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The world's most beautiful mosques (Continued from last week)

 

 

 

Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, north Cyprus  

This building in Famagusta was St Nicholas's Cathedral before the Ottomans captured the city in 1571, at which point it became a mosque. It was renamed in 1954 after the commander of the 1570 Ottoman conquest, who was an unsavoury character, known for the torture of the Venetian commander of Famagusta's fortress.     

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 May 2016

TOPIC"Preparing for Ramadan"

IMAM: Hafiz Ali Rane

 

  

 

 

HOLLAND PARK MOSQUE

 

 

Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 May 2016

TOPIC"Surah Al-Qalam verse 1 to 4"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 May 2016

TOPIC: “Syria crisis and our role"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

 

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Ennahda leader Gannouchi: 'We are Muslim democrats, not Islamists'

 

Tunisian party set to separate politics and religion as leader says no room left for 'political Islam' within country's democratic constitution

 

Rached Ghannouchi said the Ennahda party was "leaving political Islam and entering democratic Islam" 

TUNISIA: Tunisia's Ennahda party will separate its religious activities from political ones, its chief said in statements published on Thursday ahead of a weekend congress to formalise the change.

 

Rached Ghannouchi told French daily Le Monde there was no room left in post-Arab Spring Tunisia for "political Islam".

 

"Tunisia is now a democracy. The 2014 constitution has imposed limits on extreme secularism and extreme religion," he was quoted as saying.

 

"We want religious activity to be completely independent from political activity.

 

"This is good for politicians because they would no longer be accused of manipulating religion for political means and good for religion because it would not be held hostage to politics," said Ghannouchi.

 

His comments come on the eve of a three-day congress for Ennahda, which is part of a coalition government.

 

Leaders say the congress will take the formal step of making the separation between political and Islamic activities.

 

Ghannouchi, who is expected to be re-elected as party head barring any last-minute surprise, said: "We are going towards a party which specialises in political activities.

 

"We are leaving political Islam and entering democratic Islam. We are Muslim democrats who no longer claim to represent political Islam," he added.

 

He described Ennahda as a "political, democratic and civil party" but said its point of reference remain rooted in the values of ancient and modern Islam.

 

Ghannouchi and other intellectuals inspired by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in 1981 founded the Islamic Tendency Movement, which became Ennahda in 1989. 
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Belgian Muslim woman takes selfies at anti-Islam protest

 

Channel 4 News: This Muslim woman stood up to an anti-Islam protest in the best way she knew how: by striking a pose and taking selfies.

 

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 A Muslim woman won Eurovision with a warning about mass deportation. But did the world hear it?

 

 

The war-torn country of Ukraine was represented by Jamala, a Crimean Tatar Muslim woman. Her winning song “1944” respected Eurovision rules by not being overtly political. But with lyrics evoking the deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union, the point was hard to miss. Many in the audience, however, were left with an interesting question: Was she singing only about 1944, or about 2016 too?

In 1944, well after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union had failed and the Red Army was on the offensive, Joseph Stalin accused Jamala’s entire people of colluding with the Germans. The charge was, like most of his charges, ridiculous. The solution, as per most of his policies, was monstrous. Stalin ordered the entire population of Tatars deported from their homeland in the Crimean Peninsula.

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The persecution of Tatars, like other European Muslim peoples—for example the Circassians—is rarely recognized. And so Eurovision’s choice really does matter. But it remains to be seen what this awareness—or, for that matter, the sanctions slapped on Russia by the West—will accomplish.

 

 

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Respect Muslim Women Hijab: Pope Tells France 

 

 

VATICAN: Pope Francis has urged France to respect the right of Muslim women to profess their faith and wear the hijab same as Christians are allowed to wear the cross.

“If a Muslim woman wishes to wear a veil, she must be able to do so. Similarly, if a Catholic wishes to wear a cross,” Francis told the French Catholic newspaper La Croix, The Guardian reported on Tuesday, May 17.

“People must be free to profess their faith at the heart of their own culture not merely at its margins.”

Showing support to secularism, Pope said that states also needed strong laws guaranteeing religious freedom and needed to ensure individuals, including government officials, had a right to conscientious objection.

He also expressed a “modest critique” of France, saying the country’s laws exaggerate “laïcité” – the separation of church and state.

“This arises from a way of considering religions as subcultures rather than as fully fledged cultures in their own right. I fear that this approach, which is understandable as part of the heritage of the Enlightenment, continues to exist,” Francis said.

“France needs to take a step forward on this issue in order to accept that openness to transcendence is a right for everyone,” he added.

France is home to a Muslim community of nearly six million, the largest in Europe.

French Muslims have been complaining of restrictions on performing their religious practices.

In 2004, France banned Muslims from wearing hijab, an obligatory code of dress, in public places and schools.

France also outlawed the wearing of face-veil in public in 2011.
   

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Man who yanked hijab screamed 'This is America!’

 

Washington: Near the end of his Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Albuquerque in December, Gill Parker Payne decided he had to take action.

Seated a few rows in front of him was a woman he had never met before. She was wearing a religious headscarf, known as a hijab, which Payne recognised as a Muslim practice. He stood up, walked down the aisle and stopped next to her seat. Looking down at the woman, Payne instructed her to remove the covering.
 

“Take it off! This is America!” said Payne, 37, of North Carolina. When she didn’t do it herself, Payne did: He grabbed the hijab from the back and pulled it all off. Violated, the woman, identified by the Justice Department only as K.A., quickly pulled the hijab back over her head.

On Friday, as part of a plea deal with the federal government, Payne pleaded guilty to obstructing the woman’s exercise of her religious beliefs. “Because I forcibly removed K.A.’s hijab, I admit that the United States can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that I intentionally obstructed K.A.’s free exercise of her religious beliefs,” he said in a written statement in the plea agreement.


Payne awaits sentencing. He faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000 (Dh367,000).

“No matter one’s faith, all Americans are entitled to peacefully exercise their religious beliefs free from discrimination and violence,” Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a statement. “Using or threatening force against individuals because of their religion is an affront to the fundamental values of this nation.”
     

 

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 The CCN Book-of-the-Week

 

 American Muslims: The New Generation 
 

by

 Asma Gull Hasan


Review

 

Hasan, a 25-year-old American-born Muslim with Pakistani parents, stridently explains the need for greater understanding of Muslims in America, decrying media stereotypes of Muslims as terrorists and fundamentalists.

 

She is especially clear that as a young Muslim woman, she is free to be a feminist. (""Here I am writing a book on Islam in America,"" she declares. ""Do I seem oppressed to you?"") She has studied the Qur'an's teachings and decided not to don the hijab, the head covering some Muslim women wear, though she expresses respect for women who choose to do so.

 

Brief chapters present factual information about topics such as the sects of Islam, the Five Pillars and the growth of Islamic schools, as well as Hasan's strong opinions on subjects ranging from what she sees as the anti-Islam lyrics of the Disney film Aladdin to the increasing Muslim presence in America.

 

Hasan argues that American Islam, which lacks the cultural baggage of Islam in other countries, is actually more religiously pure than anywhere else in the world--""a return to the Qur'an without the influence of pre-Islamic Arab culture.""

 

The book has its flaws; Hasan's writing too often favours the rhetorical, and some of her comparisons are unskilled (as when she says that the Five Pillars are ""almost like the sacraments in Christianity""). But her insistence upon Islam's fundamental compatibility with American values is well taken, and she provides memorable personal examples throughout.

 

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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
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A Fine Balance
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Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
Disgrace
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta
Islam


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KB says: A great idea for savouries in Ramadaan, its quick, easy and very delicious.

3 Step Quiche

 

 

Step One – Combine
 

1¼ cup of sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
A pinch of salt
110g grated butter
Add ¾ cup milk to make a soft scone like dough.
Pat down the dough (you may need to wet your hands) onto a rectangle oven tray (30cm X22cm) which has been greased or lined with baking paper.
 

 

Step 2 – Mix the ingredients below and place on one above.

1 cup cooked chicken – shredded (see recipe below)
½ cup frozen vegetable (thawed and steamed in a microwave)
Pinch of salt
Pinch of lemon pepper
¼ tsp green chillies (if you like it hotter)
¼ cup cheese
 

Step 3 - beat ingredients below and pour over the ingredients in step 2

1 cup cream
2 eggs
¼ tsp green chillies

Top with slivered almonds or finely diced green peppers

Bake in a pre-heated oven of 180degrees until the quiche is light brown.
Cut into squares and serve warm.
 

Recipe for chicken

 

1 cup chicken fillet cooked in
1 Tab of oil/ghee
1 tsp green chillies,
½ tsp salt,
¼ tsp crushed jeeru/cumin,
1 tsp ginger garlic
 

Cook until no moisture is left and when cool, shred the chicken using your fingers.

 

Notes:
1. I prepare steps 2 and 3 first.
2. It’s easier if you have cooked up chicken in the freezer, it’s a great help

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Q: Dear Kareema, is it best to eat before exercising in the morning or should I eat after my workout?

A: Definitely not good to exercise on an empty stomach.

 

If you don’t have much time, grab a banana on-the-go before you head off to the gym or your workout. Having a big meal just before a workout is also not a good idea as you will feel uncomfortable during your session.
 

Stay hydrated with small, frequent sips of water as you work up a sweat.

When you’ve finished a class or session on your own, head out or home for brekkie.

 

Eggs, muesli, fruit with yogurt and honey are some great options to keep you feeling fuller for longer & energise the body for the day ahead.
 

Always make sure your post-workout meal or meals throughout the day includes some proteins and carbs to give your body a constant supply of fuel for optimum health and fitness.
 

N-JOY!

 

TOGETHER, LET’S FIGHT GLOBESITY

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The Final Touch.....to a beautiful home

 


 

• Be bold with an Urn on a pillar.
• Use the right colour
• Fill with good water-retaining potting soil.
• Use flowering plants with blending colours and foliage.
• Place urn at a focal point.
• See how happy this makes you.
 

 

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Wake up! When someone threatens you, snap to attention. Be aware of your environment. Look for objects that you can use for weapons. Searching out a place to escape to is especially important if you’re outnumbered. Do not bite off more then you can chew your ego will often lead you to worse outcome in this situation.


 

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Somewhat sceptical of his son's newfound determination to become a body builder, Mula Nasruddin nevertheless followed the teenager over to the weight-lifting department, admiring a set of weights.

"Please, Dad," pleaded the boy, "I promise I'll use them every day."


"I don't know, Bilal. It's really a commitment on your part," Mula Nasruddin pointed out.


"Please, Dad?" the boy continued.


"They're not cheap either," the father came back.


"I'll use them Dad, I promise. You'll see."

Finally won over, Mula Nasruddin paid for the equipment and headed for the door.

From the corner of the store he heard his son yelp, "What! You mean I have to carry them to the car?"

 

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O you men! It is you that have need of Allah: but Allah is the One Free of all wants, Worthy of all praise. If He so pleased, He could blot you out and bring in a New Creation. Nor is that (at all) difficult for Allah.
 
~ Surah Fatir 35:15-17

 

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CRESWALK2016

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

8.30am

12 September

(tentative)

Monday

EID al-ADHA 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)

3 October

(tentative)

Monday

1st Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

8 October

Saturday

Al Yateem Fundraising Dinner

Islamic Relief Australia

Greek Hall, 269 Creek Road, Mt Gravatt

0456 426 523

6.30pm

12 October

(tentative)

Wednesday

Day of Ashura

12 December

(tentative)

Monday

Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi

 

PLEASE NOTE

1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and 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

 

DARUL ULOOM ISLAMIC ACADEMY

6 Agnes St. Woolloongabba

Buranda Mosque

Monthly Tafsir

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BBQ, Q&A, Brotherhood

After Maghrib

Imam Ahmed Azari

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & Madressa - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm, brothers, sisters and children
• New Muslims Program - last Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30pm
• Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month. Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
• Islamic Studies - one year course, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm, brothers and sisters
• Ilm-e-Deen, Alims Degree Course - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses, brothers

For further information:
www.almustapha.org.au
Phone 07) 3809 4600
Email info@almustapha.org.au

 

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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

 

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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

 

 

 

Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group

 

Next Meeting

 

Time: 7.00pm
Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Please send any topics you wish to be added to the agenda to be discussed on the night.

 

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

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)

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 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

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -

Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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

 

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