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Dr Sultan's clinic wins two awards

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

AIIC's Hassan makes UK Tour

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Currumbin Mosque site sale reports: UPDATE

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Walk Together rally in Brisbane

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Alleged hate attack on Cairns Muslim woman

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Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Muslims
Sharia Law vs. Penal Code - Out of Context (Part 5)
Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia
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From left, elected directors: Michael Yau, Ahmed Sokarno, Yasmin Khan, Surendra Prasad and Alex Daniloff.

The election for rotating open positions on the Board of Directors was held on Thursday night at the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland’s Annual General Meeting in West End.

 

Yasmin Khan was elected to the position of Chairperson, Michael Yau as Deputy Chairperson and Alex Daniloff was re-elected to the board. New directors on the board are Surendra Prasad OAM and Ahmed Sokarno.

Ms Khan has served on the board since 2013 and as Deputy Chairperson for one year. Outgoing Board Directors are Serge Voloschenko OAM, Samuel Miszkowski and Amar Khan.

 

Board of Directors

Chairperson
Yasmin Khan
 

Deputy Chairperson
Michael Yau

Directors
Elijah Buol
Alexei Daniloff
Surendra Prasad
Ahmed Sokarno
Alton Budd
Freda Valassakis
Evelyn Saragossi


 

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At the 2016 Lockyer Valley Business Awards last Saturday, Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan's Family Health Clinic in Gatton won prestigious awards in two categories - The People's Choice Award and The Professional, Health & Fitness Award, against some long and well-established businesses in the region.

 

The selection process was comprehensive and rigorous and included "mystery shoppers" and an independent assessor from outside the region.

 

In his Facebook post, Dr Sultan thanked the Lockyer Valley Regional Council for acknowledging the contribution his Clinic makes to the Lockyer community. He thanked his team, the doctors, staff and allied health professionals for helping make the awards possible. He also praised his practice manager, Ellisha Freeman, and Leanne Ramsay.

 

Dr Sultan is a Director on the Muslim Funeral Services and president of the Islamic Medical Association of Queensland and serves on a number of community organizations.

 

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Last week CCN re-printed a Courier Mail report on the sale of the Currumbin Waters Mosque site which the courts had rejected as site for a Mosque.

 

The Salsabil Charity Organisation informed CCN that the report contained a number of factual errors and that the following report by the Gold Coast Bulletin was more reflective of the true situation regarding the sale and other issues raised in the report:

Currumbin mosque backers make profit after selling property on Gold Coast

A GOLD Coast Muslim group which had its plans for a mosque rejected after community protests has sold the sites, for a large profit.

The Salsabil Charity Organisation offloaded the Currumbin Waters properties for $3.34 million, a $480,000 profit, after it was told by a court it could not go ahead and build a mosque.

The organisation would not say if it would now start searching for an alternate site which could potentially spark further demonstrations.

Community protests convinced the Gold Coast City Council to oppose the Currumbin Waters proposal.

Salsabil appealed to the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane which earlier this year upheld the council decision but it cost the city a large portion of its $3 million legal bill for the period.

Last night a council spokesman said they were not aware if another site was under ­consideration.

However, Islamic Society of Gold Coast president Hussin Goss yesterday said more mosques were ­needed for the city’s increasing Muslim ­population.

“Of course we need more places of worship and, of course at the end of the day when the time comes, we will try to pursue this in the right areas,” Mr Goss said.

“As the community grows, more places of worship are ­required.”

The Currumbin Waters site in Villiers Drive was bought by the Salsabil Charity Organisation in 2014.

The organisation applied for a warehouse to be converted into a place of worship which sparked 3867 submissions and eight ­petitions containing 5511 signatures, as well as protests outside the Evandale council chambers.

Salsabil appealed against the council’s rejection to the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane but lost.

The group which led opposition to the mosque proposal, the Currumbin Residents and Light Industry Safety Committee, said it was against the church on town planning grounds.

It hailed the court’s decision as a victory for the Currumbin community.

Attempts to contact Ishrat Abdool and Benjamin Abdul, ­directors of the Salsabil Charitable Organisation, were unsuccessful.

The buyer of the Villiers Drive property, Australian School of Meditation & Yoga, owns the Vege Chip Company which produces gluten-free chips and has bought the site to extend its production ­capacity.

 

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

 

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People marched from Kurilpa Park at South Brisbane to Emma Miller Place in the CBD as part of Brisbane's Walk Together event on Saturday (22 October), with participants holding placards welcoming refugees and playing music.

Brisbane co-ordinator Glen Veitch said the influence of politicians such as Mr Trump and Pauline Hanson was detrimental to the community.

Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri told the crowd in Brisbane he had been asked about 13 or 14 times to "go back to where you came from" in the time he had lived in Australia.

He asked Aunty Maroochy, who performed the Welcome to Country and blessing, if he should go back to where he came from.

"Aunty Maroochy, I'll only go back where I came from, if you tell me to go back to where I came from because this land belongs to you and your ancestors. So can I stay?" Mr Kadri asked.

Aunty Maroochy replied: "Everybody's welcome, if there's enough room and enough water and enough resources, everybody's welcome."

Mr Kadri said: "Thank you, today I think I got my citizenship."

He said everyone needed to stand together to fight ignorance and injustices around the world.

"This is why I think it is very important to stand up to the people who want to lock up the refugees who come across the seas into a detention camp," he said.

"[Australia] is not about red-headed women who own fish and chip shops, it is about all of us."


The Brisbane Times

 

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Shanti Shanti owner and local Muslim, Sailay Hamid, fears for her life after she was attacked by three men in her store on Thursday because of her religion.

A CAIRNS woman is living in fear after allegedly being grabbed, spat at and called a “shitty Muslim” in a hate-fuelled attack.

Two men have been charged over the clash, which involved a third man and allegedly took place inside Sailay Hamid’s Shields St store, Shanti Shanti, about 1pm last Wednesday.

Ms Hamid, who migrated from Afghanistan with her husband nearly 30 years ago, fears the pair will return and is considering increasing security at the shop to protect herself. “They know where I am, so I am scared,” she said.

“Lots of times when I see someone coming into my shop I get scared, especially a man.”

Ms Hamid alleged she was helping a man to buy incense when he learned she was Muslim and launched into a rant.

“He started swearing and bad mouthing and I told him ‘whether you leave or change your subject, I don’t want to talk about this thing, it’s uncomfortable and here I do business, I don’t talk about religion or politics’,” she said.

“But he wouldn’t stop talking, he called his friend, he said ‘there’s a shitty Muslim here’ and he came in with his other friend and they surrounded me.”

Ms Hamid alleges the men grabbed her and tried to hit her with a jewellery stand. They also allegedly spat at her but she hid under a table.

“I just screamed but nobody came to help, even when he went outside. He was standing in front of the shop unlocking his bike from the fence and while he was doing that he was saying ‘there’s a shitty Muslim inside, let’s get her’,” she said.

The attack left Ms Hamid badly shaken and with a nose bleed due to stress. She is upset no one came to her aid and the city’s security didn’t respond to her calls for help.

Police later arrested two Bungalow men, aged 57 and 30, who have been charged with public nuisance and banned from the CBD for 10 days.

They will face the Cairns Magistrates Court on November 4.

Police will allege the pair also abused staff at two Cairns Central shopping centre stores.

Far North Police Senior Constable Russell Parker said public nuisance offences were common in the CBD and Ms Hamid was “unlucky”.

“She’s done the right thing and contacted police. If we don’t know about it, we can’t take action,” he said.

Cairns Muslims community member Aboo Auckbur has condemned the alleged attack, labelling it “appalling”.

“They are not promoting peace and harmony in Australian society,” he said.

“They are promoting division, hatred and aggression, and they want to attack a lonely person in a shop.”

 

Source: The Cairns Post

 

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The QPS/Muslim Community Engagement Meeting was held at the Islamic College of Brisbane this week.

 

Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, (second from left below) was the keynote speaker.

 

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The first Islamic Museum in Australia was established in March 2010 in Melbourne. It showcases the rich artistic heritage and contributions of Muslims in Australia and abroad through exhibitions and events.

 

You are invited to participate in a research project jointly conducted by Islamic Museum of Australia with the University of South Australia, University of Stirling (UK) and Deakin University.


In times of change, budget cuts and fear of difference, the purpose of the study is to examine arrangements that create and retain value. The researchers wish to ask you about what creates and retains value in the Islamic Museum, important to all of us and to our communities.

 

An internationally-based group of researchers who would like to understand more about your views on the museum.


Professor Ruth Rentschler (Arts & Cultural Leadership, University of South Australia, Australia)
Dr Fara Azmat & Dr Ahmed Ferdous (Business School, Deakin University, Australia)
Dr Boram Lee (Accounting & Finance Division, University of Stirling, UK)

 

Your perceptions of the factors influencing or inhibiting value creation are important, with this in mind you are invited to participate in the online survey. It will take about 5 minutes of your time.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

 

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Refugee Mohammad Javir is happy to have fulfilled his parent’s last wish for him to graduate high school. He escaped his home in Myanmar in 2012, but his parents were killed trying to travel to Australia via boat.

FOR most Year 12 school leavers November 18 is a celebration marking the end of their schooling.

For Woodridge State High School’s Mohammad Javir, that date marks the day he fulfils a wish of his dead parents.

“It was the last wish of my parents that I finish school,” said Mohammad, who arrived in Australia as a refugee from Myanmar (Burma) in 2012.

Mohammad, 20, lost his parents, younger siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins during a boat crossing on the way to Australia in 2013.

“They were lost to the waves,” he said.

Mohammad had come to Australia ahead of his family after being separated from them when their family — Rohingya Muslims — was attacked by Buddhists in their village.

“I was separated from my family on our way to the highway bus stop,” he recalled.

“That is the last day I saw my family.”

“At the bus stop a shopkeeper took out his sword and chased me because I am a Muslim,” Mohammad said.


“I joined a group running away. We ran all the way to the jungle until the Buddhist people stopped following … After that, life became something I never imagined.’’

After fleeing Myanmar he made it to Jakarta by boat, but was forced to again run for his life from gun-­wielding soldiers.

He and two friends fled into the mountains, but one of his mates was shot dead and the other injured.

Shirtless, his feet bleeding, Mohammad was forced to make the terrible decision to die at the hands of soldiers by staying to help, or leaving his injured friend and pushing on to save his life.

“Still, today I feel guilty about why I didn’t save him. I have nightmares,’’ he said.

He eventually caught a boat to Australia and was interned at Christmas Island then in a mainland detention centre where he heard of the death of his family.

Alone, he was relocated to a Marsden-based detention centre and then on to Woodridge State High School where teachers and students became his extended family.

He quickly turned from a child into a young man — he had no choice.

“You have to be mature. You can’t be a kid and cry. You have to grow up, take what life offers, keep going and work hard,” he said.

And work hard he did.

While juggling school ­duties, Mohammad works five jobs a week — coaching soccer, refereeing Futsal, car washing, cleaning at Suncorp ­Stadium and washing floors at Westfield Garden City.

It was doing these menial jobs that made him realise his mother’s wish for him to finish Year 12 was a goal he had to achieve.

“My mum wanted me to finish Year 12 and I realised how important education is and that I can do better things in life and not have to keep picking up rubbish,’’ he said.

He has ambitions. He aspires to be an apprentice electrician and to change the “stereotype’’ those outside Logan have of the city.

He also hopes to return to soccer at Logan Metro.

He gave up the sport two years ago when he started work.

“I wanted to be a soccer player but losing my parents, I had to focus on my work and study,’’ he said.

“In life, you have to sacrifice, but I did not know I had to sacrifice my family. It was the worst thing in my life.’’

Last month, Mohammad was awarded the Schools Citizenship Award from the Order of Australia Association and next month will receive a Year 12 graduation certificate.

“It (school) has been like my home,’’ he said. “It makes me happy. And it has taught me all the things I need to know in life.’’

STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS
 

Zinita Singh, Julie Mang, Naing Htun, Fouzieh Fazlahmad and Zeinab Ghalandari have received scholarships from the University of Queensland.


FIVE Woodridge State High School students, three of whom are refugees, have earned $30,000 University of Queensland Youth Achievement Program scholarships.

Australian-born Zinita Singh wants to “assist my community like a silent hero’’ by completing study as a nurse and midwife.

Julie Mang, a refugee from Myanmar, aims to study a Bachelor of Commerce while Naign OO Htun wants an engineering career.

Both Afghan-born Fouzieh Fazi Ahmed and Iranian-born Zeinab Ghalandari fled Iran to Australia as UNHCR refugees.

Both young women were interested in careers in pharmacy.

“Here, my gender and culture will not stop my dreams,’’ Ahmed said.

“I can achieve anything in Australia.’’

The Courier Mail

 

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After 7 years of rigorous training under Rami Fraij of Rami's Thunder, Mouhamed and Ali (pictured above) earned their 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Coach Rami (back row, second from right) and his protégés

 

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Manija Akbari is one of the many women who will wear the new hijab at Westpac.

Westpac's latest corporate wardrobe is different this year, not only because its designed by Carla Zampatti, but because it also includes a hijab.

The collection, which will be worn by 8,000 staff across 680 branches and 50 business banking centres around the country from April, also includes maternity wear and (if you haven't worked it out already) embraces cultural diversity.

Why?

"It's Australia," Zampatti told The Huffington Post Australia.

"My design room has cultural diversity and I find with each person they add value, they add a dimension I would have never considered or thought about simply because they come from a different country, a different culture, a different angle.

"I think cultural diversity is what has made Australia exciting."

The designer was approached by the bank after a staff survey nominated Zampatti to design the corporate wardrobe, which marks Westpac's 200 year anniversary.

Zampatti consulted with more than 200 staff members at the bank to design clothing inclusive of all men and women, young and old.

"The bank didn't want to look backwards, they wanted to look forward... and to have a modern age look," Zampatti told HuffPost Australia.

"I'm a culturally diverse person too, so I absolutely empathise with newcomers working hard to succeed and show the Australian community we're a worthwhile import for the country.

"We add value in all kinds of ways, economically, socially -- and we do it well."

Born in Italy, Zampatti migrated to Australia with her family at just nine years old and is now an ambassador for The Social Outfit, which trains and employs refugees in Australia's fashion industry.
 

Manija Akbari and Julia Gherjestani wear Westpac's new collection.


Westpac's Director of Women's Markets, Inclusion and Diversity, Ainslie Van Onselen, said senior leaders began discussing introducing the hijab 18 months ago before testing it with focus groups.

"The results came out positively, so we progressed with the design. Feedback from staff so far is that the hijab is subtle and blends beautifully with the broader uniform," Van Onselen told HuffPost Australia.

"Westpac has a long proud history of ensuring diversity and inclusion for our people, customers and communities. This is another way we can show our support for all our people -- allowing them to bring their whole selves to work.

"We believe that ensuring they feel and look great will result in the best customer service."

On Tuesday, 30 Westpac staff unveiled the corporate wardrobe alongside a preview of Zampatti's winter collection, which you can see here.
 

Source: Huffington Post

 

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The Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA), hosted annually by Mission of Hope, aims to acknowledge and celebrate some of our most respected community leaders from across the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors.

For the first time this year, three award categories will go up for public voting:

- People's Choice Award
- Social Media Award (new award category for 2016)
- Abyssinian Award (awarded to a non-Muslim Australian)

Please note the following voting guidelines:
- Voting is only for Muslims living in Australia.
- Only one vote per person for each category
- You must include a valid email and contact number
- You must be at least 16 years of age

Deadline for voting is Saturday 5th of November 2016.

Please email info@missionofhope.org.au for any enquiries.

 

The AMAA People's Choice Award 2016 nominees:
1. Anne Azza Aly (WA)

2. Waleed Aly (VIC)

3. Nazeem Hussain (VIC)

4. Steve Dabliz (NSW)

5. Yassmin Abdel-Magied

 

The AMAA Abyssinian Award 2016 nominees:
1. Venerable Rod Bower

2. Dr Sonia Cheema

3. Dave Andrews

4. Fiona Carr

5. Paula Abood

 

The AMAA Social Media Award 2016 nominees:
1. Living Muslim

2. Nazeem Hussain

3. Steve Dabliz

3. Aamer Rahman

4. Mariam Veiszadeh
5. Waleed Aly

 

Click here to vote

 

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Maria Idrissi wants to be a positive role model for Muslim girls

Mariah Idrissi was walking through a shopping centre near Wembley in London when a woman stopped her, took a photo and asked for her phone number.

She did not know it then, but that was to be a turning point in her life.

The woman was Coralie Rose, a street casting director who hunts out fresh new talent among the crowds of ordinary people in this huge city.


"I'm looking for people who remind me of myself," she said.

"I come from a mixed race family. And when I was growing up there were very few people of colour or mixed race families on TV and it's always something I've wanted to see more of."

She saw that in Idrissi when she walked by wearing a hijab and a nose ring.

Idrissi is of Pakistani and Moroccan heritage.

"She's got such a great look, she's got such a great style, she's so unique in her ways, she's so British in her ways, there was something I was really attracted to," Ms Rose said.


Idrissi's first job was with major fashion brand H&M.

She appeared for a couple of seconds in a video, but it was a start.

Now she has been picked up by a major modelling agent, Select, and the work offers are quickly coming in.

"I think it was the thing with brands like with H&M, every fashion brand has to have this very blank canvas, you can't show any political or religious preference," the 24-year-old said.

"So they always thought if you show woman with hijab it might seem too politically motivated or religious, but the fact that they deliberately avoided using us is actually in fact the opposite, it's quite insulting when really we're just normal girls. We just choose to cover our heads."

'There's so much negativity about Muslim people'

Mariah Idrissi was the first model to wear a hijab in a H&M campaign.

Idrissi does not want to simply be a model.

She wants to be a role model for other young Muslim girls.

Idrissi will never strut the catwalk, but she is happy to have a man apply makeup to her face.

The number of followers on her Instagram page has gone from a few hundred to more than 40,000.


She writes a blog for the Huffington Post and works with a children's charity.

"Even though I'm just in the beginning of my journey I never had to compromise my morals or beliefs," Idrissi said.

"I didn't have to sell my body as many young women are doing today, that's my main message — you can do it being yourself."

Her family provides her grounding.

"She's trying to promote Islam in the fashion modesty kind of way. I'm so proud of her," her cousin Nadia Derissy said.

"She's an amazing person who deserves this and more."

Ms Derissy believes her cousin is also helping improve perceptions about Islam.

"There's so much negativity going on in the media at the moment with Muslim people," she said.

"You know there's terrorist attack after terrorist attack and it's not concentrating on anything positive that we actually are, who we actually are, which is love and peace."
 

Source: ABC News

 

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Terrorism charges have been dropped against a Queensland man, after he pleaded guilty to foreign incursions offences.

Omar Succarieh, 33, was set to face a Supreme Court trial next week charged with making funds available to a terrorist organisation but in a pre-trial hearing today all terrorism offences were dropped.

He has instead pleaded guilty to four charges including two counts of preparing for incursions into a foreign state and two counts of giving money for incursions into foreign state.

Counts one and three relate to Succarieh facilitating a person's safe passage into Syria.

Counts two and four relate to Succarieh providing money to Abraham Succarieh and others related to him for the intention of supporting or promoting engaging in hostile activity in Syria.

He is due to be sentenced next month.

"Mr Succarieh is relieved the prosecution has withdrawn the terrorism-related charges under the Commonwealth Criminal Code and looks forward to the matter coming to a conclusion," his lawyer Andrew Anderson said.

Succarieh, of Kuraby, south of Brisbane, has been in custody since September 2014, when an Islamic Centre was raided at Logan.

 

Source: ABC News

 

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Governor Kate Warner

Tasmanian Governor, Professor Kate Warner, addressed the Walk Together rally in Hobart and questioned Senator Hanson's position that Australia was being swamped by Muslims and that there should be a ban on Muslim immigration.

Professor Warner used the speech to ask Australians to challenge those ideals.

"She [Pauline Hanson] declared that Australia was being swamped by Muslims and ... reiterated a call for a ban on Muslim immigration," she said.

"I think we must call out racism and stand up to intolerance and, as Governor of Tasmania, I'm very proud to stand up and say welcome to Australia to all asylum seekers and immigrants, no matter what colour or creed.

"I think it's so important for Australians who oppose her views to stand up and be counted."

Tasmania's Premier has spoken to the state's Governor about her comments at a pro-immigration rally, which have raised the ire of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

Senator Hanson said Governor Kate Warner should consider stepping aside after she challenged her views on Muslim immigration at rally in Hobart on Saturday.
 

Source: ABC News

 

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Message from the organizers:

Alhamdulillah, we are well in progress of building the mosque, however with the shortage of cash we are in desperate need of additional funding to complete the building. We think this would be a wonderful opportunity for people to contribute to an amazing need in the Gold Coast, and a historical moment. There will be a gourmet barbecue during this event to everyone who attends inshallah.

 

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Bassem explores the beloved Second Amendment and the gun culture that fosters business promos like "Buy an engagement ring, get a gun for free!"

 

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In recent years, Islam has been thrust into world spotlight for a number of reasons – starting with 9/11 and ISIS to anti-refugee sentiments in Europe and a certain US Presidential candidate’s anti-Muslim campaigns. In this hullabaloo, we have forgotten that some of the coolest famous people we look up to – from Muhammad Ali to Zayn Malik and Aziz Ansari – are all Muslims. Would you believe it if we told you there were many more Muslims in the celeb world?

 

This week's celebrity

Shaquille O’Neal

 


 

The 7 ft 1 inch basketball icon is a devout Muslim whose first name hints at his religion but doesn’t make it crystal clear. Shaq has revealed his desired to travel to Mecca for Hajj, but beyond this intention, he seems to live a quiet life as a practitioner of his faith. In fact, he has called himself a ‘people person’ who is respectful and welcoming of other faiths such as Buddhism and Judaism.
 

 

Source: Cyber Breeze

 

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An engaging conversation between a Christian Pastor and a Muslim Imam, "Out of Context" is a 14 part Interview series answers pressing questions about Islam and gives valuable insight into the spirit of the faith.

In Part 5 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman gives the definitive word on the meaning of Sharia law and how it must be distinguished from Islamic penal code. Lamenting the fact that Muslims often have to distance themselves from terms that have been abused because they don’t have sufficient time to explain them, Suleiman begins by noting that linguistically, the word “sharia” in Arabic means “a path leading to water”. It does not refer to law per se, but refers to the idea of divine legislation. It is not synonymous with heads and hands flying off, nor is it synonymous with criminal law. While there is a component of it that is government-based, the main component of it is individual and pertains to personal practice and maintaining one’s religious identity. On the state level, the “hudud” or penal code aspect, is a very small, misunderstood, part of sharia that is purely discretionary. In the first 1,000 years of Islamic history, there was not a single narrated case of stoning, for instance, because the conditions dictated in the Quran for such punishment are so impossible to meet that it becomes impossible to implement it. The horrors propagated by groups such as ISIS are absolutely alien to Islam, just as the concept of “taqeyya” - that Muslims can deliberately deceive others to secretly advance the faith. There is no evidence in neither the Quran nor the tradition of the Prophet to support this notion.

 

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: PART 6

 

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Amanah Institute


2017 Recruitment Drive

“Join our team of Muslim educators”

Seeking highly motivated individuals committed to the education of Muslim children.

Opportunities for:

• Casual positions (4.00 pm – 6.30 pm, Monday – Thursday)
• Relief teaching
• Volunteer teacher aiding
• Professional learning, training and development

Weekly professional learning topics:
• Islamic education philosophy
• Evidence based teaching and learning strategies
• Student centred teaching practice
• Prophetic pedagogical strategies

Interested candidates should kindly forward a CV and contact details to admin@amanahinstitute.org.au or contact the Principal (Sister Soraya Bulbulia) during office hours. Applications close on 12 November 2016.

 

 

 

Primary and Secondary School Teachers needed

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC COLLEGE

 

We are seeking qualified and experienced primary and secondary teachers for the new school year, 2017 for our DURACK CAMPUS

· Early Childhood (Prep-Yr 3)

· Primary Teachers

· ESL Teachers (TESOL Qualifications)

· IPT/ICT Teacher

· BIOLOGY Teacher

· Art and Drama Teacher

· Learning Support Teacher

Please forward CV to

Australian International Islamic College

ATTENTION PRINCIPAL

Email: admin@aiic.qld.edu.au

Applications close by 18th November 2016

PH: 3372 - 1400

 

 

 

Primary School Teacher needed
AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC COLLEGE

 

We are looking for an experienced primary school teacher for the start of the new school year, January 2017 for our BURANDA CAMPUS
A teacher with early childhood experience will be of an advantage.
If you are an experienced primary school teacher, interested in the position, please contact us immediately.

 

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU!
• Excellent communication skills
• Well-developed classroom management skills
• A passion to enrich childrens learning
• Enthusiasm

 

Mr Ahmed Azhari
Administration Manager
Australian International Islamic College
PH: 0432539942
Email: ahmed.azhari@aiic.qld.edu.au
 

 

 

 

Have you seen Benji?

 

Persian Cross with mid grey top coat and lighter grey/off white bottom coat. Large round green/hazel eyes with a fairly flat facial profile, though not fully flat as he is a Persian cross.


Normally will respond to the name Benjamin or Benji and the sound of cat food rustling in a food pouch or container. Very weary/scared of unknown people so may not approach you unless food is offered.

Please call Mohammed on 0422235113 if found or sighted.
 

 

 

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs

 

 

 

United we stand, divided we’ll fail
by David Forde

RECENTLY there has been a resurgence in negativity regarding multiculturalism.


As I see it, we have two choices. We can speak up in support of inclusion where all are treated and made to feel equal within the rule of law, thereby creating a sense of belonging and strengthening social cohesion.
 

Or, we don’t speak up and treat multiculturalism as a concept to be avoided or scapegoated. Thereby letting the negative control the narrative while creating a sense of exclusion, where people are more readily labelled and some are considered more Australian than others. As a result, we encourage division as people retreat into various ethnic groupings and put up the barriers as they seek a sense of belonging and acceptance from within.
 

It also creates an environment where the more vulnerable are left open to exploitation.


Yes, there are people who don’t want to, or don’t feel comfortable associating with people outside their own given identity – this is normal and applies to people of all backgrounds.


The important thing is that it’s not about everyone agreeing or being the same, that’s simply impossible, it’s about acceptance and a fair go where everyone is treated equally. Surely everyone is entitled to that.
There are too many Australians, including many born here, who feel excluded from society and continually have to justify their “Australianness”.


Every one of us is different, but as individuals we share more in common than we realise. One of those commonalities is that everyone, except our First Peoples, is of migrant stock; it’s just that some are more recent than others.


Currently more than 28 per cent of Australia’s population was born overseas. Australia is a multicultural success story.


So scapegoating the very substance that has delivered today’s Australia is not the answer. In fact it is completely counter-productive, not least for economic reasons around trade and tourism.


I have been very fortunate to call Australia home for the past 24 years and live in one of the most culturally diverse suburbs in Queensland. I have neighbours who originate from all parts of the globe. Despite this diversity – or because of it – we have a tremendous sense of community, not least when the community, be they from the local service clubs, mosques, churches, temples or just everyday community members, rally together to assist those in need.


Creating fear of the “other” or the unknown is very easy. But rather than rejecting or scapegoating Australia’s multicultural success story, we should embrace it; there are simply too many benefits.


Go out and meet your fellow Australians, engage and replace (politically motivated) fear of the unknown with curiosity.


This leads to one simple question. What sort of Australia do we want, a weak and divided Australia or a strong and inclusive Australia?


I know what I want and what is in Australia’s long-term interests.

David Forde is an Irish-born Australian and winner of the 2014 Pride of Australia Queensland Fair Go Medal"
 

The Courier Mail

 

 

 

 

Mosque restrictions should be lifted
by Steve Etwell

THE move by Toowoomba Muslims to seek a change in the number of people who can worship at the mosque seems perfectly reasonable.

Toowoomba Regional Council recently approved an expansion at the mosque which included a number of conditions.

The key point which the city's Muslims are concerned about is that those restrictions include a clause that no more than 50 worshippers will be allowed at all sessions apart from the noon Friday session where 150 can attend.

Restricting numbers of worshippers in any other place of worship in Toowoomba would result in a huge outcry.

Hopefully this will be easily resolved by council without too much angst.

Founding president of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba professor Shahjahan Khan said they were very aware of the rights of their neighbours and had been proactive in this area.

There are regular meetings with neighbours and community leaders at the mosque.

Parking issues have been addressed. Let's resolve this number issue and move forward.
 

The Chronicle

 

 

 

 

Stop telling Muslim teens that mixing genders is some kind of fitna
By Amani Ahmed

It's not okay to keep telling children that piety looks like segregation. Because it's not true, and it sends such a twisted message. It's not okay to tell children that a high-five is inappropriate because it leaves room to be interpreted as something "more."

 

I attended the annual ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) conference earlier this summer, an event that brings together Muslim leaders from all fields. I got to listen to some great speakers and see a lot of wonderful people. There was one moment, though, that is still bothering me.

Included in the ISNA conference are MYNA (Muslim Youth of North America) lectures and events. There was one lecture in particular that my friends and family were interested in attending. Youth get to choose seats first, so we got good seats toward the front.

Two minutes after we settled into our chairs, one of the MYNA volunteers told us we needed to sit separately, boys on one side of the room and girls on the other.
 

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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:

 

"We only hear those who scream the loudest"

 

Asif Iqbal, 35, Sydney, Bangladeshi



 

I am an optimist. I believe most Australians are good, welcoming people. As always, we only hear those who scream loudest. The week of the Parramatta shooting, Muslims in the area were still able to pray in their mosque. This, to me, is an amazing example of the freedom that Australia provides. Muslims do face a lot of criticism that is based on false premises or stems from a lack of knowledge. Ironically, these things have made me a better Muslim. They have made me challenge my beliefs and research more about my religion. My daughter is only two years old. I want to make sure she receives the correct Islamic teachings. That is the cure for extremism. In Islam, there is simply no room for harming an innocent person.
 


 

Source: Brisbane Times

 

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The bravest coward | Sakdiyah Ma'ruf | TEDxUbud

 

 

Sakdiyah tells the story of growing up in one of Indonesia's most conservative communities and how she is really not at all brave. She may be Indonesia's first Muslim female stand-up comedian and held up as a role model around the world, but she is not another Malala. She is just a woman who still needs to fight her own battles before having the strength to fight the extremists. So, whatever you do, don't call Sakdiyah Ma'ruf brave.

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf is one of the first Indonesian Muslim female stand-up comics. Passionate advocate for freedom and equality, she juggles life behind the mic as a comedian and interpreter. 

Producers have asked Sakdiyah to censor her own jokes, telling her that she is "too conceptual, theoretical, laden with message," but the stakes are too high for Sakdiyah to stop. Having grown up watching U.S.-based comedians drive their points home, she decided to use the same medium to get people talking about issues plaguing her own country.

Sakdiyah received the Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent at Oslo Freedom Forum 2015. She currently works with the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS): and the Moral Courage Project, New York University. She received her BA in English from UGM, Yogyakarta, and is working on her M.A.

 

 

 

 

The queen of taekwondo is wearing hijab

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Politicians: I'm a Muslim American and Not a Terrorist

Fusion  

 

 

"When you tell me that I can solve violent extremism, you're also telling me that I'm part of the problem."

Dear politicians, you've got Muslim Americans all wrong:
 

 

 

 

Muslims for Trump

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To know the future just look to the past

 

24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History

 

23. Louis Farrakhan Muhammad Sr. (b. May 11, 1933)

He is a religious and social leader and currently heads up the NOI. He’s known for his outspoken and articulate rhetorical style, reviving the NOI in the 1980s, and organizing and leading the Million Man March in October 1995 in Washington, D.C., calling on Black men to renew their commitments to their families and communities.


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 24. Khalid Abdul Muhammad (1948 – 2001)

 

Source: Atlantic BlackStar

 

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HOLLAND PARK MOSQUE

 

 

Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 October 2016

TOPIC"Reconciliation" PART 2

IMAM: Uzair Akbar

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 October 2016

TOPIC"Gratitude to Allah"

IMAM: Imraan Hussain

 

 

 

 

MASJID AL FAROOQ/KURABY MOSQUE

 

 

Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 October 2016

TOPIC"Sabr - Patience and Perseverance"
IMAM: Ahmad Muhammad Naffaa

 

 

 

 

MASJID TAQWA/BALD HILLS MOSQUE

 

 

Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 October 2016

TOPIC"Abdullah ibn Khuzafa"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

 

 

 

 

DARRA MOSQUE

 

 

Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 October 2016

TOPIC"Do not despair the mercy of Allah"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali 

 

 

 

 

 

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Churchgoers rally for Muslims targeted by extremists

 

US: Church-goers in a small city in southwest Kansas marched in support of the local Muslim community, after details emerged of a foiled plot by a far-right militia to bomb an apartment complex where many immigrants live.

Federal investigators announced the arrest of three men on 14 October, for involvement in a domestic terrorism plot.

They had allegedly planned to blow up a suburban housing estate in Garden City where several African immigrant families lived, along with a community from Burma.

Hundreds of predominantly Christian residents of the city gathered outside the apartment complex on 15 and 16 October to show support for the immigrant communities. Many also attended a candlelit "unity walk" vigil on Saturday night.

Around 1,000 Muslim refugees, most from Somalia, but some from Ethiopia and Sudan, live in the city of 28,000 people. Most work in a meat-packing factory nearby.

Reverend Denise Pass, a Presbyterian Church pastor who organised the initial rallies, said she felt it was important to hold an event in solidarity with the families affected by the bomb scare.

She told Al Jazeera: "When I heard this tragic news, it came to my mind that we - as members of this community and as Christians - should support and protect the local Muslim community."

The three terrorists were members of a small militia group who call themselves "the Crusaders". According to an FBI agent's affidavit, they hold "anti-government, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs."

Ms Pass said the majority of the Garden City population is not racist, anti-Muslim, or anti-immigration.

"The actions of few racist individuals should not be taken to represent the whole community, just as the Muslim community should not negatively labelled or held responsible for the actions of the very few terrorists who happened to be Muslims," she said.

Halima Farh, a Somali refugee and shop manager, who lives in one of the flats the FBI said were targeted, has found most Garden City residents welcoming. She told local media she was shocked and scared when she heard about the plot, but after a meeting with the FBI and local police she felt safe again

"I was so scared, you know, but thank God nothing happened," she said.

"I know these things are happening around the world, but I never thought it would come to Garden City."

She added: "This changes nothing, though. I know Garden City is a good place full of lovely people."

Steve Burgess owns the apartment complex affected and rents properties to more than 600 Somalians and Burmese. He told a local paper he is glad to provide homes to those new to the area and the country.

"We think they are good people, and if you take the time to teach them the rules, it can prove to be a successful relationship," he said.

"We have to be willing to go ahead and work with these people. It's keeping our economy going, and it's good for our community."

Stephanie Burgess-Blackburn, bookkeeper for the rental business, said since the alleged terrorist plot the company had been checking on residents.

"Since the bomb scare last week, we have been asking them how they are doing and if they are feeling safe. They said they were scared last week, but they are calming down now and feeling more comfortable again," she said.

She added: "They don't seem to be spiteful or revengeful in any way."

Ms Pass, however, was concerned about Muslims not feeling safe in the US, especially amid Republican candidate Donald Trump's explicitly anti-immigrant presidential campaign.

She said: "If I was a Muslim in the US today, I would feel very vulnerable and very threatened, that's why it is important for us to make a stance here, because we are all God's children."

The Chronicle

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 Janet Jackson spotted for first time in full Islamic dress since announcing pregnancy

 

Janet Jackson spotted for first time in full Islamic dress since announcing pregnancy. The star is believed to have become a Muslim after marrying Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Manna, 41, in 2012

LONDON: Singer Janet Jackson was this week spotted in public for the first time since announcing her pregnancy - wearing full Islamic dress.

The star is believed to have become a Muslim after marrying Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Manna, 41, in 2012.

Our exclusive pictures show the couple looking relaxed and happy as they shopped in London earlier this week.

The pair strolled hand in hand as Janet - who will become a mum for the first time later this year at the age of 50 - stroked her growing bump.

They were spotted browsing for children’s clothes at an upmarket boutique before stopping for lunch at a health food restaurant. 

The MIRROR UK

 

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 Sport is greatest remedy against youth extremism, says activist footballer

 

Sport is a universal language that can help prevent extremism and racism, says London-born Pakistani footballer Kashif Siddiqi

 

LONDON: Sport is a universal language that can help prevent extremism and racism among young people, London-born Pakistani footballer Kashif Siddiqi said on Friday, urging governments to do more to bring together players from different religions.

Siddiqi, co-founder of Football for Peace, a charity that puts on matches between communities of different ethnic or cultural backgrounds, said being born to a Ugandan mother and an Indian father had taught him a lot about cultural diversity.

"The communities we bring together play in one team, so they have to talk to each other - just like in football you can't win if you don't pass the ball to teammates," said Siddiqi, who has played for Pakistan at international level.

Young people have been among the thousands of Muslims, including more than 800 Britons, who have left Europe for Iraq and Syria, many to join Islamic State (IS), while the deadly attacks in Paris, Brussels and Nice illustrate the risk posed by some lured to a violent Islamist cause at home.

Siddiqi said governments were missing a crucial opportunity to prevent youth extremism and racism because they did not think of sport as a solution.

"I feel like governments have hit a wall in the fight against extremism...," Siddiqi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.

"I want to show them that sport is an avenue to explore," said the 30-year-old, who kicked off his career at the youth academy of Premier League club Arsenal and now plays for Football League One club Northampton Town.

"I played for Pakistan at international level while my father is of Indian heritage, so bridging social divides is particularly important to me," he added.

The more integrated young people are, the more resilient they will be in facing discrimination and extremism, said Siddiqi.

Talking about his own experience as a professional football player in Britain, Siddiqi said it had not always been easy for him as South Asian and Muslim player.

"You can get funny glances from other guys in the locker room when praying before a game, for example," he said.

Earlier this month, Siddiqi proposed to hold a "peace match" between Muslims and Catholics on St Peter's Square in Rome when he presented the charity to Pope Francis at the first global conference of faith and sport in the Vatican.

Football for Peace, which Siddiqi brought to Britain in 2013 after it was founded by Chilean footballer Elias Figueroa in 2006, also works with schools to put on educational workshops on conflict resolution, equality and empowerment.

"We get teenagers to think collectively about stereotypes they're confronted to in their everyday lives - like jokes about their race or religion," Siddiqi explained.

He acknowledged the peace matches' and the workshops' limitations.

"Getting more kids into football isn't an end in itself, it's more a means to get people to interact together who normally wouldn't," he said.
 

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 Muslims stage protest prayers near Rome's Colosseum

 

Organisers staged demonstrations after authorities closed down five makeshift mosques on administrative grounds.

 

Right-wing parties have called for a blanket ban on any mosques built with funds from donors outside of Italy

ITALY: Hundreds of Muslims offered Friday prayers near Rome's Colosseum to protest at the closure of mosques and other places of worship in Italy.

The prayer demonstration was staged over what they see as unfair restrictions on freedom to practise their faith in the country, according to organisers who called the protest following the recent closure of five makeshift mosques on administrative grounds.

Worshippers knelt on prayer mats and tarpaulins on the pavement metres away from the ancient amphitheatre. Some held placards reading "Peace" and "Open the mosques".

Many Italian Muslims suspect local authorities are responding to a climate of mistrust caused by recent attacks in Europe by closing down the places of worship on the grounds of easily resolved problems, such as the number of toilets on a particular premises.

The protest was organised by a Bangladeshi group, Dhuumcatu, which has complained that Muslim places of worship in Rome have been branded illegal by authorities for various building violations.

The group wants City Hall to intervene.

In Italy, Islam is not recognised as an official religion, unlike Judaism or the Mormon faith, and many Muslims from North Africa and South Asia feel discriminated against on the grounds of both race and religion.

According to official figures, there are more than 800,000 Muslims living in Italy legally, and officials estimate another 100,000 live there permanently without official papers.

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 Meet the Tank Girls Taking on al-Shabab

 

Somalia’s fight against jihad will be decisive for women’s rights — and may be decided by female soldiers.

 

ARABISKA FORWARD OPERATING BASE, Somalia: Uwimana is one of roughly 500 women in the Ugandan contingent of AMISOM, the 17,000-strong African Union force tasked with battling al-Shabab and securing the troubled Horn of Africa nation so that a political process can take root. They serve as drivers, gunners, and technicians in the motorized infantry division — roles that women were barred from in the U.S. military until as recently as last year. But in Somalia, female peacekeepers have been serving in these positions for years.

This is remarkable not only because al-Shabab is among the region’s most dangerous terror groups, but because Somalia is generally one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, according to various rankings and polls. Somalia has the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation in the world at 95 percent, among the highest maternal mortality rates at 1,600 deaths per 100,000 live births, and, though official statistics are unreliable, anecdotal evidence suggests that sexual assault remains an inescapable threat for most women across the country.

Foreign Policy

 

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"One who does not read is no better than one who cannot read."

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

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


CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Shantaram
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
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


CCN's favourite books »

 

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KB says: The holidays are approaching and if you are looking for ideas for good wholesome food to take to picnics then this is just ideal and so versatile and can be prepared ahead of time.

Baked Chicken

 

Ingredients for marinade
1 chicken, skin removed and cut into pieces or I kg chicken fillets
1 tsp chili garlic paste
1 tsp bbq spice
1 tsp lemon pepper
1tsp chicken spice
2 Tab. lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk

Coating
1 cup flour
1 tsp bbq spice
1tsp chicken spice
1tsp lemon pepper
½ tsp red chillies
½ tsp baking powder

Method
1. Cut chicken into pieces
2. Combine all the ingredients for marinade and marinate chicken overnight.
3. Combine the ingredients for the coating.
4. Coat the marinated chicken with the flour mixture.
5. When the chicken is well coated, shallow fry in ghee or coconut oil.
6. Place chicken in oven tray, cover with foil and bake for 30 to 40 mins.
7. Serve hot with chips or salad and rolls

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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REGULATE YOUR WATER INTAKE
 

Summer months means the mercury will rise and so will your water requirements.


According to Nutrition Australia, most adults lose 2-and-a-half to three litres of water per day, even more during hot weather or prolonged exercise.


Try to have at least one glass of water every hour to be sure that you’re meeting the daily required intake. Even mild dehydration can zap your energy and leave you feeling fatigued.

Your daily food intake may supply around 1 litre of water, so the rest must come from fluids. Consuming enough water will enhance your energy levels and is great for your skin.
 

So aim to drink at least 2 litres a day and remember - if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

 

TOGETHER, LET’S FIGHT GLOBESITY

Kareema

My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

 

Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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

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

 

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Fitria Sari
 

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist
 

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

How to Eat Well When Eating Out : Part 2
 

As a continuation from last month's article, here are my next 4 practical tips:


1. Choose meals made with healthier cooking methods. The menu terms you want to look out for include grilled, roasted, boiled, baked or steamed. Avoid those that say creamy or fried - especially deep fried as they are higher in saturated (unhealthy) fats and kilojoules.


2. Share your dessert with a friend! This will save you half the calories if you were to eat it on your own. Plus sharing is caring right?


3. Choose sides containing complex carbs such as wholegrain bread or brown/basmati rice, instead of choosing hot chips. Better yet, choose a salad as a side!


4. Listen to your body cues - eat slow and stop when you are feeling full. If you can't finish your meal and don't want to waste food, most places are happy for you to take-away.


On that last note, I want to leave you with this relevant ayah of the Quran.

"...Eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, Allah likes not those who commit excess."
(7:31)
 

 

Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

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

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Jallaludin to Mula Nasruddin: Brother, being a husband is a tough job!

 

Mula Nasruddin: Why do you say that?

 

Jallaludin: When I reached the office today, I got a call from my wife asking me what today's date was.

 

I hesitated for a while and then told her it was the 7th of September.

The next thing I heard was the phone being disconnected.

 

I started to wonder, was it her birthday? No...mine...No... anniversary...no.....son's birthday ...no...in law's birthday anniversary... no... gas booking .. done...utility payments done...her uncle who arrives when we want to go out...his birthday ...no... Then?! Why the date???

 

Lunch and afternoon tea went with possibilities spinning around in my head.

 

I reached home and found Junior playing in the car park.

 

I asked him how the weather was in the kitchen. Was it a tornado...a tsunami??

 

Junior say no, it was all normal.

 

Why... he wanted to know.

 

I told him his mom had called me this morning to ask me what the date was today.

 

My son smiled and told me...."I tore some sheets from calendar in morning...she must have been confused.."

 

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An Ayaat-a-Week

 

  

 

 

 

Kind words and the covering of faults are better than charity followed by injury. Allah is Free of all wants, and He is Most Forbearing.
  
~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:263

 

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"I'd take the awe of understanding

over the awe of ignorance any day.”

~ Douglas Adams, 'The Salmon of Doubt'

 

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No More Chill Means it’s Chilli Time!

Tending my Indian chilli bush this morning

Best tips for chilli-growing


• Save seeds from your best plants so that over time you have genetically strong plants.
• Give the seedlings a good start by adding rich compost and animal manure.
• When the seedling has 6/8 leaves, pinch out the growing tip to stimulate side shoots.
• Rather than use any chemical remedies, pinch out any diseased leaves or sections. This constant grooming will produce a magnificent plant.
• Pick the green chillies frequently to stimulate more fruiting. A few can be left to turn red if desired.
• Younger chillies are milder than the older ones so if you have a very hot variety you can pick them while young if you prefer them milder.
• Once the shrub is established, it needs little attention apart from pinching.

Next Week- My Top Five Chilli Varieties

 

Send your gardening questions to admin@ccnonline.com.au

 

You can also contact Ahmed Esat by phone (0404070498) or email (maesat@bigpond.com.au) and visit his blog site.

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Weekly classes

 

Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class

 

For more information call 0470 671 109

 

 

 

 

Algester Mosque 

Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040
 

 

 

 


 

Sisters Support Services -  On going Activities

 

Tafsir Class – By Umm Bilal. Held every Tuesday at 10am - Kuraby area

 

Halaqah – By Um Bilal. Held every Thursday & Saturday at 10am

( Saturdays  at Runcorn location)

 

Arabic classes – Taught by Umm Bilal Wednesdays  1 – 2pm Kuraby Masjid

Tuesdays  1 – 2pm  Kuraby area (after Tafsir Class)

 

Sisters Support Social Group -  1st Wednesday of every Month  - Kuraby Location

 

YOUTH GROUP- -   Muslimah Girls Youth Group for 10+ Girls

School Holiday Activites  -   Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

Amir Boys Club for Primary School Boys – MONTHLY & HOLIDAY ACTIVITES

Contact :  Farah 0432026375

 

We also run a volunteers group to assist Muslim women with food rosters and home visits for sisters who need support or are isolated.  We refer Sisters in need for counselling, accommodation, financial assistance and other relevant services.

To join our volunteer group or for any other details for activates please call the numbers below…

Aliyah :  0438840467                   Khadijah:   0449268375

Farah:    0432026375                   Iman :   0449610386

 

 

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
 

 

 

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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Holland Park Mosque

 

 

 

Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group

 

Next Meeting

Time: 7pm Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available. ALL WELCOME

 

For more information and RSVP:

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

 

 

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