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This Student Made A List To Prove Them Wrong

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Facebook apologises after banning Veiszadeh

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Attack on Muslim woman

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Ali Kadri - There is a greater fear now in the Muslim community

MEMBERS of the Muslim community in Brisbane are preparing a mass letterbox drop to wish residents a “happy Christmas” with a message that extremists don’t represent Islamic views.

They are preparing to deliver 20,000 letters to homes from Mount Gravatt to Underwood over the next three days.

The letter, on Islamic Council of Queensland letterhead, aims to dispel “misconceptions about Muslims and Christmas”, including that “Muslims are offended by Christians ­celebrating Christmas”.

ICQ spokesman Ali Kadri said the initiative was aimed at ensuring positive Muslim ­voices were heard.

“There are either Muslim extremists speaking up and getting ­engaged and talking a lot, or there’s right-wing extremists talking a lot,” Mr Kadri said.

“There’s hardly anybody else talking. So this is my way of talking – by distributing these flyers to make more noise than them.”

Mr Kadri said delivering the letters was as much about sending a message to Muslim extremists as it was to people who feared Islam.

“There are a minority of extremist Muslims who say that wishing someone a happy Christmas is against Islam,” Mr Kadri said.

“I want to send them a message as much as I want to send one to everyone else that those people don’t speak for Islam,” he said.

The Courier Mail



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Heraa Hashmi

Heraa Hashmi went viral after creating a Google Spreadsheet as a comeback to fellow classmates who told her that Muslims don’t condemn violence.

It took her 3 weeks of 2 hours a day to complete the list and she uploaded the list on Twitter. Things got escalated quickly as the post has been liked 26,000 times and retweeted 13,000 times and received tons of positive replies. Adding to the encouraging break the internet moment two of Hashmi followers made a website of the list made by her.

Among condemns in the list are:

1. Yusuf Badat
(Director of Religious Affairs, Islamic Foundation of Toronto) is condemning about Violence Against Women.
2. Federation of Islamic Organisation in Europe (FIOE) is condemning about Violations against Christians and Islamic monuments in North Iraq.
3. Naeem Baig
(President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)) is condemning about Violation of Human Rights in Bangladesh.
4. Harris Zafar
(Author of Demystifying #Islam) condemning about Orlando nightclub mass shooting in 2016.
5. Wanda Krause
(scholars of Islam, University of Exeter) is condemning about terrorism.
6. Homayra Ziyad
(Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies) is condemning about sexual abuse.
7. Sara Khan
(Winning human rights and counter-extremism activist and Inspire’s Director) is condemning about Boko Haram.
8. Joseph Lumbard
(Scholar of Islamic Studies. American University in Sharjah) is condemning about 2016 Brussels, Belgium bombings.

Hashmi is 19 year old Indian American Muslim vlogger, author of 3 books and a student at Boulder, Colorado. Hashmi told Buzzfeed News, that it all started at the History Class when two of her classmates start asking about her religion that eventually lead to the topic of terrorism. The question that was imposed on her was why don’t Muslim condemn terrorism if all Muslims weren’t responsible for the terrorist attack linked to Islam?

What Hashmi did next is truly remarkable. Instead of continuing the conversation and telling all of them to find online, she made the 712 page long list of references of Muslim who condemns terrorism acts like ISIS, the bombing event, Boko Haram and others. In her email to Teen Vogue, she stated that a conversation would lead to nowhere unless evidences are compiled and presented.


This project of her by far has impacted the Muslim and Non-Muslim in a very positive manner. She hopes that with this list it will also open up others to the realization that Muslim too, condemns violence. Heraa told Teen Vogue, “Things like this often go unnoticed outside the Muslim community, and I wanted to bring them to light.” Heraa plan to continue adding more to the list as we speak. She hopes to help researchers and activists by turning this into a searchable database.

It is just logic don’t you think? People who believe and practice the peaceful religion wouldn’t agree to such horrific crime. And what this girl did here is the indication that a Muslim shouldn’t just settle in an agreement or avoid uncomfortable questions thrown at us. Instead, you provide the questioners the smart way. After all, we live in the digital age. Everything is just a click away. Way to go, Heraa Hashmi.




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How trolling made Mariam 'physically sick'
Lawyer and community rights advocate Mariam Veiszadeh talks to Clem Ford about the harmful effects of being targeted by threats and abuse on social media.

Daily Life's 2016 Woman of the Year, Mariam Veiszadeh, was blocked from Facebook for sharing a highly abusive Islamophobic message she was sent.

The anti-Islamophobia advocate, whose determination in the face of incessant cyber bullying was commended by Women of the Year judges, said that being punished by the social media giant for pointing out the extreme opinion was a "terrible experience". She has since been unbanned from the site, which apologised after claiming the barring was a "mistake".

Facebook appeared to sanction the abuse, which was on Tuesday sent as a private message to Veiszadeh, calling her a "f---ing disgrace" and "muslim filth" and claiming that she is "full of hate for our western culture".

"f--- off back to Afghanistan where you belong! you do not belong here! [sic]" ends the message, which was sent after news of a suspected pro-Islamic terror attack in Berlin emerged.

Because the two-part message was sent privately, it appears not to have contravened Facebook's controversial community standards, which rely on the public reporting of abuse. But when former lawyer and diversity and inclusion advocate Veiszadeh shared the message on her public page, the post was swiftly removed and she was banned from accessing her account.

Veiszadeh believes the post was reported to Facebook moderators by her large and highly active "trollbase" which, twisting the message to its advantage, likely highlighted its hateful content. There is, of course, a particular irony in the trolls' reporting of their own abuse.


Speaking with Daily Life after the 23-hour ban had been lifted on Wednesday, Veiszadeh said that she nowadays regularly learns of suspected terror attacks by receiving social media messages blaming her for the horrific incidents. Becoming the scapegoat for such acts of terror overseas, she said, was "deeply, deeply unfair" and that Facebook needed to do more to prevent trolling and online abuse.

"People think that there are absolutely no consequences for pushing their anger and sending you unreasonable, hateful messages and threats.

"I feel that people need to be held accountable for their words and actions ... Our current political environment has emboldened people to hurl abuse at people like me under the assumption that they can simply get away with it," she said.

"I wouldn't feel compelled to share these posts publicly if Facebook had better regulations and processes in place to actually tackle these kinds of threats in a prompt and efficient manner."

She said that there appears to be no option to report abusive private messages from smartphones and that her experience identified a flaw in Facebook's reporting functionality. As is, the system - which needs urgent simplification - is being exploited by trolls and bigots whose "end goal is to silence advocates".

"There is a human being who clicks 'approve'. Someone is physically checking these reports," she said. "I'm not asking for special privileges. There has got to be a better, more consistent approach applied."

A Facebook spokesman told Daily Life that the removal of the post and Veiszadeh's subsequent ban were a mistake, possibly based on the face-value of the message's contents. When put into context, her post was clearly within community guidelines, he said.

He added that it takes just one report of contravened community guidelines to lead to a ban and that every report is looked at. He urged Veiszadeh and all users of Facebook to instantly report any abuse they come across.

The incident adds to countless other episodes of Islamophobia that have flown under Facebook's reporting radar. Calls to "kill as many [Muslims] you can" and "shoot the lot [of Syria sympathisers]" using guns, explosives and a fuel tanker at march for Aleppo in Brisbane remain on the site, for example.

It is not the first time Facebook has banned Veiszadeh from her own page. In May, she was blocked for making a sarcastic joke about Waleed Aly's Logies win.

Feminist author and Daily Life contributor Clementine Ford was similarly banned from her Facebook page for posting sexist abuse she had received - while the original, vile comments went unmoderated.

Sydney Morning Herald



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The Muslim mother-of-four.

WA Police have released images of a man they believe can assist in their investigation into an alleged attack on a Muslim woman.

The Muslim mother was attacked at a Perth shopping centre and has spoken out about the attack, saying no individual should be targeted because of religion.

The 33-year-old woman, who asked not to be named, was at the Beeliar Village in Perth’s south on Friday evening when a stranger urged his children to wish her a Merry Christmas.

“I said ‘you too, Merry Christmas’ and that’s when he said ‘that’s right you **** Muslim ****,” the mother-of-four said.

The woman said she confronted the man about his actions, and that’s when he threw a beer bottle towards her face.

The bottle hit her back and a scuffle broke out.

Another woman separated the pair, but not before the mother-of-four's headscarf fell to the ground.

The man then grabbed the 33-year-old’s headscarf and took off, dropping it in nearby bushland.

As the man made his getaway, he hurled abuse and threw rocks at the mother-of-four as she called 000.

“He goes: ‘if I see you again, I’m going to kill you’,” she said.

“I’m just sick of the abuse.

“This isn’t the first time it’s happened.”

The mother-of-four said she’s been left shaken by the incident and is calling for her daughters, other Muslim women and all Australians to stand up against abuse that she said was becoming all too common.

“It’s disgusting because we’re just normal people,” the woman said.

“We’ve got a religion we want to follow.

“I choose to wear the scarf. It’s my identity as a Muslim and I’m proud of it.

“Why the hell should I be ashamed of who I am?”

WA Police are investigating the incident.

7 News


The man police believe can assist in their investigation into an alleged attack on a Muslim woman. Image: WA Police



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'We must ban Muslim immigration': Pauline Hanson claims terror attacks in Germany and Turkey show why One Nation's anti-Islam stance is right for Australia



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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

Ellen Burstyn


This one may come as a surprise to you : Emmy-award winning and Academy-award nominated actress Ellen Burstyn – known for roles in Requiem for a Dream, The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, Resurrection and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, practices a moderate form of Sufi Islam (that’s why you won’t find her wearing a burqa). She has said that she also lives by some tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity..



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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 13 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. The anger felt by many in the Muslim world and other countries, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, is primarily directed against the American government not the American people. Many are dismayed by American foreign policy in Syria, for instance, where they feel betrayed because Bashaar El Asad was left to butcher his own people for months until ISIS appeared on the scene. There is also a sense that the U.S. is supporting convenient dictatorships at the expense of democracy and human rights, as in the case of Egypt. But the sore spot is the Palestine-Israel issue where we find that the U.S. often unjustly vetoes UN resolutions that would sanction Israel. Mostly the anger is limited to political conflicts in places like Iraq, and against drone strikes, which is why in this country we cannot allow political dissent to be subdued. Muslim and American are not mutually exclusive as the U.S. is home to seven to 10 million Muslims. We must look at the issue in a nuanced way.




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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


A memo to the president-elect about the people he fears. BY LAWRENCE PINTAK

An Idiot’s Guide to Islam in America 


Islam hates us.” That was a recurring theme of your campaign, Mr. President-elect.

And who can blame you? After all, your top advisors on Muslim affairs — Ann Coulter, Frank Gaffney, and Walid Phares — are card-carrying Islamophobes. Your incoming national security advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, wants Muslim leaders to “declare their Islamic ideology sick,” and your special advisor, Steve Bannon, has been accused of using his Breitbart News Daily radio show to instigate “fear and loathing of Muslims in America.”

But now that you’ve announced it’s time for America to “bind the wounds of division,” it might be useful for you to learn a little bit more about one of the most alienated segments of the nation you now lead: American citizens who also happen to be Muslims.

I get that you’re worried about what you call “radical Islamic terrorism.” I’ve been reporting on extremists who claim to represent Islam since I covered the first anti-American suicide bombings in Beirut in the early 1980s, so I share your concern. I’ve seen friends die and others waste away in captivity at their hands. And I’ve come awfully close to being a victim myself a few times. But I’ve also learned that Muslims come in many colors — literally and figuratively — and my doctorate in Islamic studies helped me understand that the religion itself is interpreted in many different ways. In fact, America’s 3.3 million Muslims, the other 1 percent, are developing their own take on what it means to follow Islam.

The jihadis are already rejoicing at your election because — their words here, not mine — it “reveals the true mentality of the Americans and their racism toward Muslims and Arabs and everything.” But what do they know?

When Bill O’Reilly asked you whether you thought American Muslims fear you, you replied, “I hope not. I want to straighten things out.”

So, in a similar spirit of good tidings, this memo about how good ol’ American values are influencing Islam in the United States might help make that whole straightening out go a little easier. Since it’s not likely that much beyond references to Islam as “a cancer” is going to make it into your briefing papers anytime soon, I thought I’d toss this out into the webosphere in the hope that you might trip across it late some night while prowling the net.

(It’s OK to just read the stuff in bold print.)


They are bridging what many American Muslims see as a huge disconnect in their religion. “The foreign imams make the mosques irrelevant for the majority of people who might otherwise go. They’re speaking a foreign language literally and figuratively,” argues Jihad Turk, the second-generation Palestinian-American president of Bayan Claremont, which offers graduate degrees to future imams. “We need to have a cadre of American Muslim religious leaders that were born and raised here, who get it, who can speak to the diversity, first of all, in our own community.”

Khaled Abou El Fadl of UCLA, one of the most renowned scholars of Islamic law in the United States, says — counterintuitively — that American convert imams resonate even with immigrant Muslims. “The white guy that is all-American converts to Islam and then tells them Islam is wonderful, so it affirms to the immigrant that Islam is not all these horrible things that the public stereotypically believes in,” he explains.

Worldview, not just accent, is the key issue. Many of the old guard — and there’s plenty of them still around — wear what some in their erstwhile flock see as cultural and religious blinders. “A reinterpreted Islam is no Islam,” Jaafar Idris, a U.S.-based Sudanese cleric, preached more than a decade ago.

“Hogwash,” says Safi, the Duke professor. “This notion that Islam somehow dropped from heaven in a hermetically sealed envelope and our job is to simply preserve it can only come from somebody who doesn’t understand the way that history works and the way that religious traditions work.”

Even the conservatives among this new generation of American Muslim preachers agree that Islam can and should adapt to its time and place.

“American Muslims by and large do need to understand that the environment they’re living in is not 3rd-century Byzantium, nor is it 21st-century Saudi Arabia,” says Yasir Qadhi, an influential American imam who has more than 1 million followers on social media. “If you wish Islam to flourish in this land, you have to find and create local clergy; you have to bring about a new generation of scholars who are fully Western and fully in sync with the tradition of Islam.”


These new American imams are not (necessarily) anti-Saudi.



Source: Foreign Policy

An Asian Peace Plan for the War on Christmas

Singapore proves that holidays in a multiethnic country don’t have to be occasions for divisiveness.

.........I’ve been thinking about that meal in recent weeks, as I’ve watched the venom spewed in the United States, where I now live, over the alleged “War on Christmas” — that’s the name Americans give to their internecine battle over wishing people “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy holidays” or other similarly inclusive phrases. It’s a fight that has metastasized to reach the highest levels of politics.

President Barack Obama has gotten some heat on social media for sending out a holiday — as opposed to Christmas — card again this year. At a victory rally in Wisconsin this month, Donald Trump stood in front of a line of Christmas trees and pointedly said, “When I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here some day and we are going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again. Merry Christmas. So, Merry Christmas everyone. Happy New Year, but Merry Christmas.” The audience, primed by decades of right-wing media, reacted in ecstasy.




This Razor-Sharp Rebuttal To An Islamophobic Comment Is More Relevant Than Ever

As hate crimes towards Muslims increase, it's important to keep serving up the truth.

Societies have a lousy tendency to pin their misfortunes on those in the minority among them. In the early decades of the 21st century, some in Western nations have found Muslim communities easy scapegoats for larger systemic societal ills. Islamophobia is rampant and only growing ever more so here in the U.S and in Europe as far-right politicians ride the populist wave of anti-refugee backlash.

Recently, one Tumblr user posted a photo of the World Trade Center's since-destroyed twin towers in pre-9/11 Manhattan, with the words "Imagine the world without Muslims" in bold caps. The image alluded that 9/11 would not have happened if not for Muslims, a sweeping generalization that charges all 1.6 billion followers of Islam for the terrorist attack.

But a dazzling rebuttal came from another Tumblr user, "whatpath," who took on the challenge of picturing a world without Muslims. The result is one bereft of innovations and products as we know them today, including coffee, anesthesia, Algebra, the numbering system, Braille, chess, shampoo, and so on.

Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?

Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:

Coffee Cameras Experimental Physics Chess Soap Shampoo Perfume/spirits Irrigation Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons Combination locks Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.) Surgical instruments Anesthesia Windmill Treatment of Cowpox Fountain pen Numbering system Algebra/Trigonometry Modern Cryptology 3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts) Crystal glasses Carpets Checks Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen. University Optics Music Toothbrush Hospitals Bathing Quilting Mariner’s Compass Soft drinks Pendulum Braille Cosmetics Plastic surgery Calligraphy Manufacturing of paper and cloth

It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.

It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.

It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.

It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.

It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.

It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.

It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey

It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.

It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.

The list goes on………..

Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Anders Breivik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!





In the Islamic nativity, Jesus is born under a date palm tree.

The Little-Known Story Of The Islamic Christmas Tree

Not many people know that the Quran features a tree in the narrative of Jesus’ birth.

When I was growing up, I always wanted a Christmas tree in our family home but unfortunately for me, this was an idea my parents staunchly resisted. Once, I even offered to make a homemade one but my parents wouldn’t entertain the idea because “we were Muslim.”

We weren’t very strict Muslims, but we were practicing, and a Christmas tree was seen as a contradiction to our religious values back then. I wasn’t alone either; most of my Muslim friends have a similar story to tell. Fast forward years later, and the same parents are now gifting Christmas presents to their grandchildren.

So what exactly was the problem back then with the Christmas tree? Upon reflection, this “no compromise” position is likely to have been wrapped up with the insecurities and identity politics of my parents being new migrants.

In general these attitudes are starting to wane amongst Muslims, as it seems more are enjoying cultural elements of Christmas in the U.K. and in America too, particularly younger generations. Some see the cultural tradition of giving and sharing during Christmas as compatible with Islamic values. Given how huge Christmas is in the West (and practically unavoidable), many do not want to miss out on the fun either.

However, the Christmas tree in particular is still met with resistance by many Muslim families (and non-Muslims too, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, who don’t celebrate any aspect of Christmas) as it is well known that the Christmas tree has European pagan origins. The pagan practice of bringing in something evergreen into the home was thought to ward off evil spirits, and this didn’t gain popularity as an adapted Christian custom until the 17th and 18th centuries.

Because of this pagan history, some Muslims have sought to avoid having a Christmas tree in their home for fear of deifying anything other than God. This, coupled with anxieties around maintaining their heritage in a non-Muslim society, means that it is still rare to find Muslims who will put up a Christmas tree.

But can religious literacy in Quranic narratives soften attitudes towards this? What many Muslims don’t reflect on (or know about) is the concept of an Islamic Christmas tree. What I mean by this is the tree featured in the Quranic account of Jesus’ birth in chapter Mary (Surah 19). In this narrative, Jesus is born under a tree, which is an integral part of the Islamic “nativity scene” and story. This is an Islamic Christmas tree of sorts; a tree that can be used to remind us of the story of Jesus’ birth.


Huffington Post


Muslim and Christian make new Quran translation to show the two religions' similarities

'Most of the tension that exists post-9/11 is because Christians fear the Quran,' says co-author

A Muslim and a Christian have made a new translation of the Quran to underline the similarities between their two religions.

The authors, who are also friends, said they hoped the text would provide “a tool of reconciliation” between Christians and Muslims.

Some 3,000 parallels between the Bible and Quran are demonstrated in the book, which has a split-page format.

Safi Kaskas, the Muslim co-author of the new book, said in a statement: “Most of the tension that exists in the West in the post-9/11 era is because Christians fear Muslims and their book, the Quran.

"This new translation was designed to be a tool of reconciliation between Muslims and the followers of other Abrahamic religions [Christianity and Judaism].

“In an environment of tension, working for reconciliation and peace is long overdue. If we are to prevent a much larger disaster from happening, we must work for a better understanding.”

He said some translations had wrongly given the impression Islam was intolerant of other faiths, saying this was not an accurate interpretation of the holy text. 


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Dear Editor

I am a regular and appreciative reader of CCN, including its book review section.
I am getting in touch with you because I convene a reading group at Clarence Corner bookshop in Woolloongabba that I thought might be of interest to some of the readers of your newsletter.

We're starting the year with a well-known book written by an Iranian/French author that tells the story of the Iranian revolution from the perspective of a young girl. The book is called Persepolis and its author is Marjane Satrapi.

I attach a reading list for the year ahead, in case you are interested. People can join for as many or as few sessions as they want. People from all backgrounds are welcome.

With best wishes,
Carolina Caliaba
World Books Club
Clarence Corner bookshop - 596 Stanley St, Woolloongabba


Muslims donate 10 tonnes of food in charity drive for homeless at Christmas


Volunteers taking part in the food drive at the East London Mosque


LONDON: Muslims in London have donated 10 tonnes of food to feed the homeless.

The charity drive, organised by Muslim Aid and the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, saw hundreds of congregants arrive to Friday prayers bringing food donations

The food will be given to homeless charity Crisis, with more than 90 per cent going to non-Muslims.

Dilowar Khan, Executive Director of the East London Mosque said: “It was heart-warming to see so many people bringing food to the Mosque and a good sign of our common humanity. We need to build on this and make sure that we support those less fortunate all year round.”


Pupils of the London East Academy were among those who helped with the food drive


The Reverend Bernadette Hegarty of St Pauls, Bow Common Church, said: “Giving is an important part of both the Christian and Islam faith and it is important for us to be working together to do what we can to support our brothers and sisters.”

Jehangir Malik, Chief Executive of Muslim Aid, said: “With austerity cuts and the housing crisis, more and more people are ending up on the streets – destitute.

"We, as a Muslim charity, want to do everything we can to help the most vulnerable people in this country this Christmas, regardless of faith or background.

“Helping those in need is one of the five pillars of Islam and as temperatures plummet we need to do everything we can to protect those most at risk.”

(l-r) Askor Ali, Head Teacher of the London East Academy school, Jehangir Malik, CEO of Muslim Aid, Reverend Bernadette Hegarty of St Pauls, Bow Common Church, Dilowar Khan, Executive Director of the East London Mosque and Muslim Aid volunteer Fatema Mawji


Shaykh Abdul Qayum, Chief Imam of the East London Mosque, added: “Muslims are inspired by their faith towards helping others in need. It is a religious duty for Muslims to try to help others, irrespective of a person's faith or background. This compassion is truly reflective of what Islam stands for.

“In the cold winter months when we have the luxury of a home and hot food, it's easy to forget about others that are in dire need around us. So it is in that spirit we take part in this big food drive.”

Ian Richards, Head of Crisis at Christmas, said: “Every year, Crisis opens its doors to thousands of homeless people, offering a safe, warm welcome with food and companionship, as well as access to vital services and year-round opportunities.

"None of this would be possible without the generosity of our donors, and we’d like to thank Muslim Aid and the East London Mosque for their kind support. This food will help us provide a lifeline for homeless people this Christmas and bring them one step closer to escaping homelessness for good.”


The Telegraph UK


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These Muslim doctors treating uninsured patients prove America is already great.



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Muslims and Hindus more likely to help someone being attacked than Christians, survey finds


Christian respondents suggested they were the least likely to intervene (Bay Alarm Medical) 


US: In a world that seems to be getting angrier and more hectic, lots of people have witnessed violent or aggressive incidents and wondered whether or not they should intervene.

A thousand questions race through the mind: do you risk your own safety, are you actually witnessing what you think you are witnessing, and could getting involved even make things worse?

A new survey questioned 2,000 people about their willingness to intervene in an “extreme situation” and came up with some interesting findings. One was that greater percentage of people who identify as Muslims and Hindus said they would spring into action than Christians.

Just 24 per cent of people said they would get out their phone and start videoing if they saw a police officer harassing an African American man for no reason, while 21 per cent said they would get out of it. Meanwhile - both typically and depressingly - nearly twice as many people say would step in if they witnessed violence against a dog, rather than a person.

The survey, entitled Bystander Backlash and which makes no claims to being entirely scientific, was conducted on behalf of Bay Alarm Medical, a California-based medical services company.

The Independent UK

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 Man ‘throws coffee in Muslim woman’s face’ at Dunkin’ Donuts and calls her a terrorist


Hate crime: The New York store where a man 'threw hot coffee in a Muslim woman's face' 


US: A homeless man threw hot coffee at a Muslim woman before hitting her and calling her a “terrorist” at a branch of Dunkin’ Donuts in New York, US authorities said.

Nathan Gray, 34, allegedly told his 21-year-old victim he “hated Muslims” before threatening to kill her.

He has been charged with assault as a hate crime, police said.

The New York Daily News reported that Mr Gray walked into the fast food store in mid-town Manhattan on Sunday afternoon and asked for a cup of coffee.

A store employee, who did not want to be named, told the paper that on paying for his coffee the 34-year-old allegedly sat next to group of Muslim women and started shouting at them, calling them “terrorists”.

The women reportedly tried to ignore him but he continued shouting.

Muslim woman shoved down and dragged along in 'sickening' attack
She said: “One woman called him ‘stupid.’ So he threw his hot coffee in her face.

“It was hot, hot coffee. She could have been burned. Then he swung his bag at her and it hit her in the face.”

The woman then ran outside where Mr Gray allegedly put her in a headlock.

Emergency services were called to the scene and Mr Gray was arrested. The victim reportedly refused medical attention. 

The Evening Standard


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YouTube star allegedly kicked off Delta flight 'for speaking Arabic' is known for pranks


Adam Saleh, whose videos have drawn millions of followers, recorded himself being escorted from plane after ‘people felt uncomfortable’, he told the Guardian 


US: A YouTube star known for filming elaborate hoaxes was escorted off a Delta flight on Wednesday morning after he claimed that other passengers complained when they heard him speaking in Arabic.

Adam Saleh, a 23-year-old YouTube star from New York, posted multiple videos to Twitter and Periscope on Tuesday, showing himself being escorted from a plane by Delta flight attendants.

Saleh said in the videos that after passengers heard him speaking Arabic, they “felt uncomfortable” and called flight attendants. However, while it is clear that he was removed from the flight at London’s Heathrow airport, the circumstances leading up to the video – retweeted more than 644,000 times – are not known and cannot be verified.

Saleh has created videos in the past that involved staged scenes on airplanes and with actors playing authority figures.

Saleh was on a flight from London to New York with his friend Slim Albaher, another YouTube personality, who was also escorted off the plane.

“They kicked us off the plane because a lady, because a lot of people felt uncomfortable,” Saleh said. “Delta Air Lines just kicked us out for speaking Arabic.”

Saleh told the Guardian that he was calling his mother before his flight from Heathrow on Wednesday morning.

“Usually before I take off I speak to my mom,” he said. “My mom is 66 years old and she only speaks Arabic, so I was speaking to her in Arabic – it was a 30-second phone call.”

After the phone call, he said, he was speaking with Albaher in Arabic and in English when “this lady that was sitting maybe four seats ahead of us turns around and says: ‘Oh my, you need to speak English, I’m feeling very uncomfortable.’” Saleh said after another passenger defended the two, an older man the woman was travelling with also got involved.

According to Saleh, he said: “Chuck them off the f-ing plane!” before other men stood up and called for the captain.

The woman who originally complained told the captain: “We feel uncomfortable – something happened in Germany. If they don’t leave, I leave,” according to Saleh.

Saleh said the captain then asked to speak to them outside, which is when he started filming.

The Guardian


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Romania Set for First Female, and First Muslim, Prime Minister


Sevil Shhaideh is a relatively little-known figure who served as minister of regional development for six months in Romania’s last Social Democrat-led government. 


BUCHAREST, Romania — In a surprise move, Romania’s largest political party nominated a woman from the country’s Tatar minority for prime minister on Wednesday. If she wins approval from the president and Parliament, she will be both the first Muslim and the first woman to hold the post.

The Social Democratic Party scored a resounding victory in the Dec. 11 general election, winning more than 45 percent of the vote. Together with its smaller ally, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, it holds a majority of the seats in Parliament.

Muslim women have very rarely served as heads of state or government in Europe. The few previous examples were in countries with Muslim majorities: Tansu Ciller was prime minister of Turkey in the 1990s, and Atifete Jahjaga was president of Kosovo from 2011 to 2016.

By contrast, more than 80 percent of Romanians are Orthodox Christians, while fewer than 1 percent are Muslims.

“There will clearly be part of the electorate that won’t like it,” Mr. Ivan said of the party’s choice of Ms. Shhaideh. “They also won’t like that the two most powerful political positions in Romania will be taken by those from ethnic and religious minorities.” (Mr. Iohannis, the president, is Protestant and of German ancestry.)

Even so, Mr. Ivan said he did not think Ms. Shhaideh’s faith would make her seem alien to fellow Romanians. “Generally, Romania’s Muslim community, the Turks and Tatars, the Islam they practice is a very moderate one,” he said. “They have lived more than 100 years in a non-Muslim country, they’ve been through a socialist regime. If you look at Shhaideh, her head isn’t covered.”



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Japan's first fashion show for Muslim women lit up Tokyo.




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This week's CCN Book-of-the-Week




Marjane Satrapi



Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.


A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller




I try to read about a book a week on average.

Even when my schedule is out of control,

I carve out time for reading"      


- Bill Gates


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CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
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
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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: This is a refreshing and a cold desert which will be appreciated during these hot summer evenings.

Burfee Falooda


1 litre milk

1 cup Klim or similar milk powder

½ tsp elachi powder (cardamom)

2 tab. custard powder

½ tsp rose water

1 tin condensed milk

1 small tin nestle cream

3 tsp sugar

1-2 tsp china grass powder


1. Dissolve Kilm, china grass, sugar and custard powder in 1 cup milk.

2. Boil the remaining milk and add the Klim mixture above and continue stirring, until the mixture begins to thicken like custard.

3. Remove from heat and add elachi, condensed milk and nestle cream and rose water stirring well.

4. Pour in a mould or glass bowl and refrigerate.

5. Serve cold.

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Q: Dear Kareema, how can I just kick back, relax and let go of the stress these holidays while working out?

A: The last thing you want to do is stress about how you are going to relax!


We all know that yoga is hard work, but if you find your ‘inner calm’ while doing the stretches/poses, you’ll be amazed at how relaxed you feel after a session. Try not to overthink or struggle through your poses, just breathe.

Studies show that sounds can have a powerful effect on how we feel too, so go for a run on the soft sand while listening to the crashing waves at sunrise…

Taking a dip in clear waters close to a waterfall is a great stress-reliever as well.


So turn off your mind and let your body take over. N-JOY!




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

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


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Mula Nasruddin called his friend Jallaludin and asked him how his Advanced Studies in the English Language course was going.

Jallaludin  replied that he was too busy to talk as he was working on the "Aqua-thermal treatment of ceramics, aluminium and steel under a constrained environment".

Mula Nasruddin was suitably impressed...... but on further enquiring learnt that Jallaludin was washing dishes, with hot water... under his wife's supervision.

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An Ayaat-a-Week





And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and do not make your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loves those who do good.  

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:195


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"Things may come to those who wait,

but only the things left by those who hustle” 

~ Abraham Lincoln


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Algester Mawlid 1 JANUARY Al Mustapha Milad 7 JANUARY CI Prof Gillian Triggs 9 FEBRUARY Buranda Food Festival 19 FEBRUARY


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1 January


Annual Mawlid an Nabi

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road Algester

0421 593 785

2.30pm for 3pm

7 January


Annual Milad-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Australian International Islamic College
724 Blunder Road, Durack

3809 4600


9 February



Prof Gillian Triggs: Challenging Times for Human Rights


Crescent Institute Brisbane

BDO Brisbane, CBD

0407 458 011

6pm for 6.30pm start

19 February


Seminar on Islam and Environmental Stewardship



0413 067 160

Morning (TBA)

19 February


Food Festival

Buranda Mosque


0432 539 942

starts 10am

25 April




30 April


ICB Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253


12 May




28 May




23 June




26 June




2 September




22 September







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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29 January






Masjid As Sunnah



8 January





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:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



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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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Minutes from the QPS/Muslim Community Reference Group meeting held on
Monday 24 October 2016 at the Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB] are available here.

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



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

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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

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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)


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

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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

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Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

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