Sunday, 29 January 2017


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Janeth receives another well-deserved recognition

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

ICB: Tender invitation

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

MCF brings Christmas cheer to those in need

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

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AMANAH Institute open for enrolments

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AFIC Special Congress ratifies decision re AFIC schools

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Ahmed Fahour earns Australia Day Award

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Courier Mail Letter to the Editor

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Australia Day billboard with girls in hijabs

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Ms Janeth Deen with Mr Graham Perrett at the SunPac venue in Sunnybank where, according to one member of the audience, she "gave THE BEST Australia Day speech I have ever heard."

At the annual Moreton Australia Day Awards, Ms Janeth Deen was presented by Lady (Benise) Killen with the Sir James Killen Award for Outstanding Community Service. The Award is named after the former Member for Moreton, Sir James Killen.

Janeth volunteers with the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association, Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc., Muslim Charitable Foundation, Queensland Multicultural Council Inc., Mt Gravatt Historical Society, the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Believing Women for a Cultural Peace and the Brisbane Kuraby Lions.

"She has a heart of gold and has run a welfare shop and packed containers full of goods for victims of war and natural disasters. Janeth regularly feeds the homeless and is also involved in many local multicultural events. We're grateful for Janeth's overwhelming contribution to our community," Federal Member for Moreton, Mr Graham Perrett, said of Ms Deen.


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MCF brings Christmas cheer to those in need - #itsinthebag 2016 Collection”


Report and photos supplied by Saalihah Seedat


(l to r) Janeth Deen (Muslim Charitable Foundation), Nikki Cheslin (On The Edge Founder) and Saalihah Seedat (Share The Dignity Shero)

The Muslim Charitable Foundation hosted the annual “It’s in the Bag” collection in collaboration with Share The Dignity over three weekends in December.


The support and donations by the local community was overwhelming with a total of 250 bags donated. The bags were delivered to the On The Edge (“People Helping People”) initiative in Beenleigh and were distributed to female clients who were doing it tough.


Nikki Cheslin (On the Edge Founder) said that it was most heartwarming to bring smiles to those in need especially over the festive season. She said, “I had a lady come in and all she wanted was a gift for her child. When I asked her to choose a handbag for herself, she just hugged me and broke down. She was overwhelmed with not only how beautiful the bag was, but all the lovely things that were in the bag.”

SHARE THE DIGNITY is a charity that was started in 2015 after learning that many homeless and vulnerable women did not have access to sanitary products leaving them to face unthinkable indignities during their monthly period. The charity now runs an annual “it’s in the bag” drive to collect bags to distribute to women in need over Christmas.

Older women are the fastest growing group of homeless Australians.
According to statistics gathered by Federal Government's Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, from 2011-12 to 2013-14 the number of women aged 55 years and over accessing specialist homelessness services increased by 26%. Close to 10,000 older women accessed homeless services in the last year.

Special message from Share The Dignity:
Over 167,000 women used homelessness services in 2015-2016 so we were overwhelmed with the generosity of a staggering 103,799 #itsinthebag Christmas donations. To everyone that donated, we cannot thank you enough! We hope that you will help us Share the Dignity in 2017!




 (Back left) Nikki Cheslin handing over a bag to a Mom of four


PS: CCN profusely apologizes for any photos that may have been omitted from this or previous reports.

In some instances, painful as they may be, editorial decisions have to taken in the interests of our readership.



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AFIC Press Release

Muslims Australia AFIC Special Congress ratifies decision re AFIC schools and expresses complete support for the present Executive Committee

A special congress of the general body of Muslims Australia, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) was held at the Zetland mosque today in accordance with the law and the wishes of member societies. During the congress the membership unanimously voted to maintain the March 2016 resolutions to relinquish control of the AFIC schools.

In March 2016, AFIC resolved to relinquish control of schools in order to fully concord with the Department of Education requirements and successfully negotiated new arm’s length leases and loan repayment agreements with four of its schools. Mediation is presently in process to resolve similar outstanding matters with respect to Malek Fahd Islamic School.

“Today’s vote in support of the independence of the AFIC schools guarantees the long term viability of the schools and allows AFIC to focus more on the broader issues impacting on the Australian Muslim community,” said AFIC’s President Mr. Keysar Trad.

“The current AFIC committee is a new committee that is committed to working together with its state councils, national member associations and broader Australian society to maintain the highest standard of transparency and accountability and to work for a cohesive inclusive and safe Australian society.” said Mr. Trad

Mr. Trad thanked the delegates who attended the meeting from all over Australia including WA, Tasmania, NT, ACT, Victoria, SA, NSW and Christmas Island.


Mr. Trad added: Your attendance today to participate in this important meeting will help AFIC proceed more efficiently in its new direction to meet the aspirations of not only Muslim Australians, but of all Australians.”


Membership of the new Executive Committee:


President - Mr Keysar Trad
Vice-President - Mr Mohammed Berjaoui
Treasurer Mr Abul Khayr Jalaluddin
Secretary - Mr Harun Abdullah

Executive Members:
Mr Khaled Jneid
Mr Jamal El Kholed
Mr Kazim Ates
Mr Mohammed Khair Mohammed Aman



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Ahmed Fahour CEO Australia Post awarded Australia Day Honors Award this week for his distinguished service to business, to postal communications, to the banking and investment sectors, and as a supporter of improved multicultural relations.

When Ahmed Fahour left a long and successful career as a high-­flying banking executive for a new challenge as managing director of the struggling Australia Post, ­people called him mad.

But his determination to push for lifesaving reforms at the Australian icon has played a part in the recognition today of his service to the country with an Officer in the Order of Australia.

Born in Lebanon and raised in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Mr Fahour believes the award is proof of Australia’s promise as a “lucky country and a land of ­opportunity”.

“There are 50,000 people who help make Australia Post great. I really hope everyone single one of them feel proud that this is recognition for them that we worked our tail off and we saved this company from being a write-off,” Mr Fahour told The Australian.

The former National Australia Bank chief executive is recognised today for his distinguished service to business, to postal communications, to the banking and investment sectors, and as a supporter of improved multicultural relations.

Since returning from the US where he was a senior executive at Citigroup in New York, Mr Fahour has been a champion of promoting women in leadership positions and supporting indigenous Australians, launching one of the country’s first corporate reconciliation action plans. When he started at Australia Post, women accounted for just 19 per cent of management positions — it’s now 37 per cent.

Mr Fahour has also fostered better relations with Islamic Australians, donating millions of dollars to the construction of the Islamic Museum of Australia, founded by his brother Moustafa.

Now living in Hawthorn, the father of four said he hoped his award would show young Australians that the only thing limiting their success was themselves.

“You can be gay, you can be brown, you can be Muslim, and it doesn’t stop you from achieving things in your life,” Mr Fahour said. “You’ve got to not look at yourself as a victim and have a go. There’s nothing that can stop you from fulfilling your potential.”

Now Australia’s highest-paid public servant, Mr Fahour said he grew up without a dollar in his pocket. Although his parents later found successful business careers, his father began as a janitor.

“Everything that we’ve got has been through effort,” he said.

Mr Fahour’s rescue of Australia Post is perhaps his most recent remarkable achievement.

“Everyone wrote us off, just like the future of letters, and said we were dead in the water. I feel really proud that we’ve done all this.”

Source: The Australian



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Canberra Theatre Centre

The Canberra Theatre Centre has been forced to delete social media posts about an Australia Day advertisement featuring two Muslim girls after it was threatened with extreme violence.

The ACT Government-run theatre took to social media on Monday stating it was "proud to be displaying" the advertisement on its big screen in the centre of Canberra until January 26.

But the theatre soon deleted the post and locked down its social media pages after it was inundated with threatening messages.

The anti-Islamic group Respect Australia posted the theatre's contact details to its members encouraging them to make their feelings known.

Those posts have attracted hundreds of comments including calls to bomb the theatre building, set fire to it or destroy the screen with bricks.

"Bomb it," reads one post, "burn that sh*t down now" reads another.

Others called for "people ... to go there and destroy it" and "torch da (sic) dump".

In a video he uploaded to his own Facebook page, an organiser of Respect Australia can be seen with supporters out of the front of the theatre, accusing the ACT Government of being "un-Australian".

"This isn't a racial thing, it isn't any religious discrimination or anything, this is an Australian cultural thing," the organiser said in the videos.

The Canberra Theatre Centre said it would continue to display the advertisement but was yet to comment on the threats.

The billboard first made headlines when it was pulled down in Melbourne's south-east after the advertising company was abused and threatened for including the images of the two girls in hijabs.

Anti-racism campaigners lobbied and raised funds for its return.

The ACT Government said on Monday it was joining that campaign by "using this image across Government assets in the lead up to Australia Day".

"The image of these young girls is a wonderful example of multiculturalism at work," an ACT Government statement said.

"These girls are proudly Australian but also respectful of their heritage. They are a fine example of a 21st century Australia which should be celebrated and seen by as many people as possible"

There will always be racist rednecks: Barr

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has slammed the reaction to the advertisement as "fanatical" and "irrational", adding the Government would not back down.

"We shouldn't bow to that sort of intimidation," he said.

"There will always be racist rednecks in any community but I'm not going to give them any succour in the ACT.

"If these are serious threats then ... those who've made them should be arrested and the full force of the law thrown at them.

"You can't threaten to blow up buildings in this country without facing criminal charges."

Mr Barr said he was confident the majority of Canberrans supported the billboard.

"For those who are concerned about the contents of the signs I have a very simple message: 'get a life, get over it'," he said.

'I'm shocked something like this would happen in Canberra'

Chair of the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum Diana Abdel-Rahman said the threats were out of character for Canberrans.

"I'm still shocked and I'm shocked that something like this would be happening in Canberra," Ms Abdel-Rahman told ABC Radio Canberra.

"We have a community that pretty much gets on, live and let live more or less you know, we accept everyone.

"We disagree, absolutely, but we don't threaten each other with violence."

She said most of the time the abuse was hypocritical.

"What concerns me is that the same people who are threatening and being abusive about Muslims are the same ones that complain about Muslims not integrating or being part of Australian society," Ms Abdel-Rahman said.

"Sometimes I just think we're damned if we do and damned if we don't."

Source: ABC News



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Amongst the nominations for the Australia's Local Hero Award was Queensland's Local Hero Ms Yasmin Khan.

* Australian of the Year: Queensland's Professor Alan Mackay-Sim

The biomolecular scientist is an international leader in stem cell research and in 2014, his research played a central role in the world's first successful restoration of mobility in a quadriplegic man.

* Senior Australian of the Year: Northern Territory's Sister Anne Gardiner

Sr Anne has spent 62 years helping the people of the Tiwi Islands, working as principal of the local primary school and establishing community clubs, a cafe, op shop and museum.

* Young Australian of the Year: South Australia's Paul Vasileff

An international fashion designer, Mr Vasileff's designs have been worn by models on international runways and celebrities on the red carpet of the Oscars, all while operating his business from South Australia.

* Australia's Local Hero: Victoria's Vicki Jellie

After her husband died of cancer in 2008, Ms Jellie's campaigning and fundraising secured $30 million for a new cancer treatment centre which opened in Warrnambool in 2016.



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The Islamic Women's Association of QLD (IWAQ) held a community BBQ at the Svoboda Park in Kuraby to celebrate Australia Day



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For many, Australia Day is about the beach and BBQ’s and a fun day off work. For others, it’s one of the most significant days in their lives. Australia Day is the special day that many migrants and refugees choose to formally pledge their allegiance to their new country and stand proud as true Australian citizens.


Ibrahim and Kulsum Bheda from Zimbabwe (pictured above with one of their two sons) were no exception becoming proud Australian citizens at a ceremony hosted by the Brisbane Chinese Lions and the Kuraby Lions and held at the SunPac, Sunnybank.


During the citizenship ceremony, new Australians take a pledge of commitment. The pledge reads: “From this time forward, under God, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.”



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Brisbane breakfast radio listeners were treated to an epic war of words between Pauline Hanson and Triple M DJ Robin Bailey over the One Nation Senator’s controversial “ban the burqa” calls.


TRIPLE M breakfast presenter Robin Bailey sparked a war of words with Pauline Hanson this morning over One Nation’s proposed burqa ban.

Speaking to Hanson on the breakfast show this morning Bailey questioned the One Nation leader over why wearing a burqa was different to a “a Christian wearing a cross.”

It came after Hanson last week vowed to prohibit the Islamic garment in all official buildings if One Nation wins the Queensland election.

“I do not believe coming from a woman that you believe a woman should be covered from head to toe. It is not her choice. It’s control,” Hanson said.

“I can’t believe that a woman wants to have a crack at another woman over what she wears, particularly someone like you Pauline,” Bailey replied.

The comments sparked a series of jabs between the pair over who pulled the woman card first.

“Don’t pull that woman stuff,” Hanson said. “Just because I’m a woman and I’m campaigning and I don’t like it.”


“Put it to a vote in this country. Let the people vote on how they feel about it but don’t try and shut me down because I’m having a go at a woman. I’ll have a go at anyone if I think it’s wrong.”


Bailey replied, “But Pauline, you started it. You had a crack at me. You are lumping a whole religion and you are having a crack at a whole religion.”

Hanson concluded by telling Bailey “you don’t understand the Islamic religion.”

During the interview Hanson also said that she did not support the introduction of daylight savings in Queensland and was ready for a snap State Election.


Source: Courier Mail



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NSW: A woman has been filmed banging furiously on the windows of a car and shouting at a woman wearing a niqab sitting inside, "Why you wearing a mask?"

In a Facebook post, Ramzy Alamudi said he and his wife were getting in their car at Macquarie University on Friday afternoon when they noticed the woman staring at them.

Mr Alamudi said his wife, who had just finished her final exam in her medical science degree, noticed the woman looking at them and waved and smiled at her as they got into the car.

"This is where the entire situation just turned upside down. The lady flips it and sticks her middle finger right at us," Mr Alamudi wrote on his post.

Mr Alamudi urged his wife to get into the car and lock the doors, and then she started filming.

The disturbing footage captures the woman banging repeatedly on the windows and trying to open the doors of the car, as she points and yells "Get out" and "Who are you?"

The woman walks around the car and then starts pulling at the windscreen wipers.

"Who are you? Why you got a mask? Terrorist. You got a gun?" she is heard yelling.

"I only reacted after she was going to snap off my wipers (it was a rainy day!)," Mr Alamudi wrote.

"I moved the abusive woman away from my wife until several witnesses assisted in the attempt to neutralize her till security came."

Mobile phone footage posted online by Emily Grace Guff shows the woman continuing to yell at Mr Alamudi after he left the car, saying, "I see her looking so scary" and "I don't know what she carry".

"She was demanding this man show her some form of ID, calling out that she [Mr Alamudi's wife, wearing the niqab] didn't belong here, and that we shouldn't let her walk around freely because we didn't know what she could have hiding under her dress," Ms Gruff wrote.

"The whole time this woman was having her rant, her baby was sitting in her unlocked car, meters from where she was hurling abuse."

In his post, Mr Alamudi thanked the university security and said the kind of abuse they had experienced was not isolated.

"An unfavorable circumstance for my wife and I, However, I'm at least glad this happened to us as opposed to another innocent person who may not have been capable of defending themselves," he wrote.

In a statement, Macquarie University confirmed security officers had been called to the incident and said local police had been contacted.

"Macquarie University takes matters of this nature incredibly seriously. We are very proud of our diverse community and are committed to religious acceptance and the free expression of faith. A full review is currently under way," the spokesperson said.

Police have charged a 35-year-old woman with common assault and destroying or damaging property following an incident in a car park about 1pm on Friday.

The woman will appear in Burwood Local Court on Monday, March 13.


Source: Sydney Morning Herald



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Princess Lakshman

Muslimah Mind Matters, in collaboration with Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland, is hosting a FEMALE ONLY live event - Self-Care and Clarity of Mind Program - on Saturday, 25th February at IWAQ Hall, 11 Watland Street, Springwood from 12:30pm to 4pm.

Tickets are $49 pp and can be purchased online from Eventbrite.

Self-Care and Clarity of Mind Program helps Muslimahs gain awareness of the vital practice of self-care. It helps Muslimahs gain an understanding of their mind and how to cultivate a practice of joyful living through daily self-care, mind awareness and most importantly, awareness of any negative thoughts and how to immediately switch them to positive ones.

This event is facilitated by Princess Lakshman, writer, Clarity Coach and founder of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing.

Princess Lakshman, also known as Sister Iqra, is an engaging and interactive facilitator of Muslimah Mind Matters and Healing Words Therapy workshops. Her rich life experiences and her craft of creative writing have equipped her with empathy and skills that are vital for facilitating such workshops. She speaks five languages and has worked extensively with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia and overseas.

By the grace of ALLAH she has survived a traumatic childhood, a violent marriage, depression and a brain tumour. In February 2012, Princess and her daughter embraced Islam. She dedicates her life now to social work, writing and coaching about well-being. Princess volunteers as an English teacher at South Bank TAFE and as a Mental Health Support Worker for RBWH outpatients.

Princess is a qualified journalist, workshop facilitator, published author, freelance writer, Clarity Coach, qualified Trainer and Assessor, a Bicultural Worker, and a Remedial Massage Therapist. Her debut novel, 'The Girl Child', was launched in 2007 in India, Australia and New Zealand. Princess was nominated for Best Screenwriter in the HotMedia Film Festival in Washington D.C, USA, for her original screenplay for a short film, about a girl who finds the joy of life after recovering from brain injury, entitled ‘Butterfly Wings'.

Princess’s workshops are mainly designed for women and children however she also designs and facilitates workshops for NGOs and corporate organisations.

Muslimahs and NGO groups who have experienced Sister Iqra’s workshops speak highly of them. Her workshops are fun and informative.

“The workshop that I attended was very beneficial and therapeutic. I was able to reflect deeply and write about my feelings about past events and situations. I look forward to attending another workshop perhaps in the future.”
(A. Ishaq - Social Worker - Qld)

“Attending Sister Iqra’s workshop provided a safe nurturing environment to explore perceptions, conditioned responses and gave the freedom to uncover true inner feelings. Princess is a worldly woman with a strong faith who facilitates interactive activities and guides you to let the pen take you on a journey of self discovery. She encourages you to share within a supportive group but only if you feel comfortable to do so. There is no pressure just a sense of peace. I was surprised what came forward for me - another layer on my self development journey." 
(J. Edwards - Natural Therapist - Qld)

“It benefited me both by being able to tell my 'story' to myself, to other sisters in Islam, and most of all it lead me to a place where I could feel mercy and forgiveness for those who hurt me, as well as myself, and to feel deeper reliance on our Creator in all situations.” 
(A. Mrazek - Teacher - Qld)

“Princess Lakshman created a validating and trusting group environment and managed interactions between participants in a professional and gentle way. I would recommend her workshops to any multicultural, recovery, domestic violence and mental health programs and service providers."
(Mandy Cox - Multicultural Programs & Community Development Coordinator - Communify Qld)

Princess’s passion in life is to advocate for a life of positivity, love, light, peace and joy. She believes that a joyful person is able to serve the greater community with joy, compassion and kindness.

Says Princess, “Freedom from the prison of an oppressed mind comes from awareness. If you don’t know you are in a prison, how will you ever walk out of it? Domestic violence is one such prison. Depression, anxiety and poor self esteem are examples of oppressed minds. Becoming aware is the first step to transformation of self. Self-care and clarity of mind is vital for everyone. A positive, joyful Muslimah prays on time and practises deeds of service for all of ALLAH's creation, including herself.”

To know more about Sister Iqra’s workshops, visit the healingwordstherapy website.

For further details about this event, contact Nora from IWAQ on or Princess Lakshman on 0451977786 and

This is a FEMALE ONLY and NO MUSIC event.


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GOOD SAMARITAN: Abdul-Latif Abdul-Latif suffered a shattered kneecap and injuries to his face and body helping three international students being attacked outside a Gwynneville mosque.

NSW: His extensive injuries will take months to heal but Abdul-Latif Abdul-Latif has no regrets trying to help three international students from Oman being attacked near a mosque in Gwynneville on Friday night.

Two men have been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and affray, following the incident near Omar Mosque.

Mr Abdul-Latif’s left kneecap was ‘’totally shattered’’ during the incident and has since been operated on at Wollongong Hospital. He faces months of rehabilitation and possible further surgeries.

One of the students also suffered a broken arm during the incident which happened just minutes after the trio left the Foley Street mosque.

Mr Abdul-Latif had also just finished his evening prayers and was in his car when he noticed the three men being ‘’set upon’’ on a nearby embankment.

The 39-year-old father of four from Mt St Thomas said it was ‘’frightening to comprehend these things were happening in Wollongong’’.

‘’It just seemed to me these two men, they were charged up, they had us in their sights…..but it’s definitely not something that is random,’’ he said.

Wollongong Police confirmed the two men had been drinking at nearby Wiseman Park Bowling Club earlier in the night before being refused service and asked to leave.

‘’So we were at the wrong place at the wrong time. But being a Muslim, close to the mosque at this time way past sunset, it is just frightening to comprehend these things are happening in Wollongong,’’ Mr Abdul-Latif said.

Omar Mosque chairman Dr Munir Hussain said unfortunately Friday’s incident was not an isolated case.

‘’We’ve been harassed for a long time,’’ Dr Hussain said.

“A woman has been pushed in the gutter, we’ve been broken in, had beer and wine bottles thrown at the premises resulting in broken windows.

“There have been several incidents of discrimination near the mosque and at local beaches. We are sick of it.’’

Friday’s attack also brought home bad memories for Dr Hussain, who was himself attacked outside his Corrimal pharmacy back in 2003 on the anniversary of 9/11.

‘’That was racially motivated. Four men walked to me and surrounded me and shouted ‘you bloody terrorist, you bloody terrorist’. I was traumatised for a long time and now this happens at the mosque. It’s just not right,’’ he said.

Dr Hussain added the latest incident had wider implications as international students were attacked.

‘’Their [Oman] embassy is getting involved and it does not reflect well on the Australian community at all,’’ he said.

Source: Illawarra Mercury


The Omar Mosque at Gwynneville in Wollongong where the alleged attack on worshippers occurred outside



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Like all Victorians, we are deeply shocked and saddened by the events that took place in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD on Friday afternoon, we grieve with the families of those that lost their lives, and we pray that those in serious condition in hospital pull through and make a full recovery.

We are also dismayed by the hateful statements made by particular political leaders and irresponsible reporting by certain elements of the media. Rather than express shock and sadness at the unfolding tragedy in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday, Pauline Hanson decided that she would take the opportunity to exploit this horrible situation for her own political agenda, an agenda that is divisive, ignorant, and Islamophobic. After being briefed by one of her advisers just seconds earlier, Hanson proceeded to label the incident a terrorist attack and called for discriminatory immigration policies. She went on to (incorrectly) state that “All terrorist attacks in this country have been by Muslims”. Apart from being blatantly wrong, Hanson’s comments are inflammatory and only serve to perpetuate the fear and bigotry that are at the core of her xenophobic narrative. Nothing can reverse the damage already done by her fear mongering, but she should at least have the decency and humility to publicly withdraw her comments and apologise.

This evil criminal act did indeed terrorise those caught up in it, and during times such as these, it is incumbent upon those in the public domain including political leaders and the media to exercise prudence until all of the facts are available, and to defer to the authorities before drawing conclusions. This will be in the interests of all Victorians.

Source: ICV



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109 Edward Street

A venue has been arranged for Friday prayers in the Brisbane CBD.


The venue is booked for the next 6 months, excluding Fridays the 10th February, 17th February and 10th of March 2017.


Brothers are requested to make alternate arrangements for those jumuahs.

The jumuah will commenced last Friday, 13 January and there will continue to be the two jumuah sessions being:

1st  prayer 12:20pm to 12:35pm
2nd prayer 12:50pm to 1:05pm

A few points to note:

● The facility does not have any place for whudhu, so brothers are requested to perform whudhu prior to coming for salaah.
● There are no mats available or storage for mats, so brothers should come with their own prayer mats to the venue.
● The usage of the lift is strictly limited to only disabled people in conjunction with a member of staff at the venue, so brothers are requested to strictly use the STAIRS ONLY.

The venue is the 4th floor of the Metro Arts Studio on 109 Edward Street.



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We can all agree that 2016 was a tough year, but these Muslim men made it a little bit better. We compiled a list of the individuals that inspired us this year.




The Syrian swimmer represented the small Refugee Olympic Team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and broke his personal record in the 100m freestyle. He has always been a good swimmer and was bound to be picked for the Syrian team in 2012, however as the civil war in Syria escalated in 2011, he left the city to join his brother in Turkey. Originally from Aleppo, he did not know then that he would not be coming back as he packed only a small bag with enough clothes for a few weeks. He ended up staying in Turkey for four years before seeking asylum in Belgium. He said: “In the 2020 Olympics, I hope to be able to swim under my own flag.”


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: White Helmets


Source: MVSLIM



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THIS WEEK: The Linda Sarsour Show | Ep. 009 | You Think You Know Islamophobia?




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Linda Sarsour is a racial justice and civil rights activist and every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare.



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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

Lupe Fiasco


Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, the rapper and entrepreneur was raised Muslim in a New York Project. While devout, Lupe has questioned some of the irrational beliefs in Islam as well as other religions. He doesn’t like to wear his religion like a badge and has expressed his concerns about militant Islamic terrorism – as the media like to paint it – while also speaking against atrocious practices such as female genocide in the name of Islam.



Source: Cyber Breeze


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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.)


The United States is not alone in this attempt to shed the straitjacket of traditionalist thought. Journalist and scholar James M. Dorsey, who has tracked the flow of money out of Saudi Arabia, reports that Riyadh has spent up to $100 billion spreading its fundamentalist interpretation of Islam around the globe. Not all Muslims are happy about that.

In Indonesia, which has almost as many Muslims as the entire Arab world, the largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, launched an “Islam archipelago” campaign, arguing that Indonesians have as much right to determine religious interpretation as the Arabs. Likewise, in Pakistan, where Saudi money fueled the network of madrasas that have trained a generation of extremists, I’ve met plenty of Muslims who refer to Saudi Arabia as the “evil empire.”

Money talks, and Gulf money — particularly Saudi money — has played a major role in the expansion of Islam in America over the past two decades. A major wave of immigration meant that, between 1990 and 2010, the Muslim population in the United States almost doubled to what the Pew Research Center estimated to be 3.3 million in 2015. As a result, the number of mosques in the United States grew at about the same rate in the first decade of this century to more than 2,000, according to a 2011 survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Gulf money helped fuel that expansion (though the exact level of funding can’t be confirmed).

But that’s all changing.

“Saudi money is nowhere near as available as it was,” says Abou El Fadl of UCLA. “I’ve seen a very clear rolling back on the availability of funds and a great reluctance to bankroll blindly various organizations in the way that used to be in the ’80s and ’90s especially.”


The catalyst was 9/11.

Source: Foreign Policy

How Muslim Americans plan to resist the Trump administration
Writers and activists weigh in on America's future

On 17 December, 2015, Donald Trump proposed a complete ban on all Muslims from entering the United States, sparking outrage and fear in communities across the country. In the summer of 2016, he then promoted the idea of creating a database to track Muslim Americans that was eventually condemned by hundreds of Silicon Valley employees who pledged to never help create such a registry. Now, after winning the presidential election thanks to the support of 58 per cent of all white voters, the former real estate mogul will be sworn into office as the nation’s 45th President. In the days ahead of the inauguration, The Independent asked emerging voices to weigh in on the following three questions:

What does a Trump presidency mean to you?
What does America look like from here on out?
How do you plan on resisting?

Faatimah Knight, Religious Editor at Sapelo Square

“I am not afraid of Trump. He, more than any candidate for public office I have ever seen showed the fragility of the human being. He was constantly wrong, uneducated, uncompassionate, misdirected and wilfully ignorant. These are all the aspects of humanity that are flawed, limited and deficient. There is something about Trump that is strikingly evanescent. At the same time, a mosquito bite still stings even though the mosquito dies shortly after. I'm sure that some well-meaning people voted for him, but there were others who were attracted to his hateful rhetoric in particular. It makes one wonder, sadly, about the ‘racist next door’.

“I never thought that America had resolved its race problem, but I never wanted to have to see it this intensely, festering and crusting over as I saw this past year. It worries me – those who fan the flames of racism because this country has a history. There is something serpentine that works to capitalise off of people's ignorance, and that cannot be ignored. Trump is the kind of person who even though they don't deserve to be spoken to nicely, you still must bargain with them because they are holding a bomb. So the challenge for my community will be navigating this presidency with determinedness and grace. Choosing to be strategic instead of reactionary because we recognise the delicateness of the situation we face. That will be difficult, and sometimes we might slip, but we are doing it for ourselves and for what we deserve, not for him.”

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Sarah Harvard, Reporter at Mic     

Source: Independent


I’m Madeleine Albright: Ready to Register as Muslim

WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has said she is ready to register as a Muslim in solidarity with the religious minority, amid rumours that President Donald Trump is planning to executive actions to ban immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The former Secretary of State tweeted: “I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity”.

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“Comedy found me and now it saves me”: meet Sakdiyah Ma’ruf

By Ania Dutka Ania is the Media Officer at Multicultural NSW


Award-winning Indonesian comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf has made a life of being a ‘first’ in her pursuits – among her many achievements, she’s Indonesia’s first female Muslim comedian.


Following her performance in Sydney late last year as the keynote speaker at The Chaser Lecture, Ma’ruf spoke to The Point Magazine about her unique journey into the world of stand-up comedy.

From her time growing up in an Arab minority community in a small town on the north coast of Java, Ma’ruf has been the odd one out.

She found it hard to fit into her madrassa (Islamic school), and because of her background she struggled to belong in her public high school.

Finding herself wedged between worlds was made all the more pronounced with her obsession and love for US television and comedy.

“I remember I was still at elementary school when I watched Full House and Roseanne almost religiously,” Ma’ruf told The Point Magazine.

“My community is very proud of who they are in an almost xenophobic way. Early marriage is the norm instead of the exception. It is all about family name, tradition, and there are also other issues that underlie my current thinking and messages in comedy,”

Choice, Ma’ruf said, is a privilege in her community.

“We live a life that has been decided for us. Lucky for me, my Mom is a highly educated activist…She is my inspiration, my strength, and the reason why I was still in school until I earnt my Masters Degree instead of getting married like many of my friends.”

Ma’ruf’s path to comedy came in embracing life’s many ironies and finding the voice to speak out.

And there’s not much Ma’ruf won’t speak out about – from the rise of extremism in Indonesia, fashionistas and vegans, and domestic violence and government corruption to name a few regulars in her acts.

“I think comedy found me because I have enough bitterness inside my blood that is very well mixed with hope, optimism, and sense of humour that has been the DNA of [my] Arab community.

“Most importantly, I think it caught me desperate to speak and not knowing how.

“Comedy found me and now it saves me. It allows me to know myself more and most importantly to heal.”

Ma’ruf is optimistic about the role of comedy in Indonesia, with the popularity of stand-up growing and the meteoric rise of social media and political satire memes.


“In the context of Indonesia, I am very proud and optimistic to see the way people are enjoying humour nowadays. Political satire exists above and beyond theatre doors where it used to be and it’s always been for a long time.

Being a ‘first’ who paves the way forward for others isn’t a job usually taken lightly. But award-winning Indonesian comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf has made a life of being a ‘first’ in her pursuits – among her many achievements, she’s Indonesia’s first female Muslim comedian. 

“I can see that we are ready to talk about ourselves and our nation, and to talk about it in the spirit of dialogue instead of anger and confrontation. Comedy does facilitate such mature and sane encounters.”


Even feminism is deeply entwined with comedy, Ma’ruf said.

“Feminism means to say the least, keep laughing and speaking up even when it is against the world for women to laugh and speak up.”

Not one to shy from poking fun at anyone, Ma’ruf asserts a pride and love for the country she also laughs at. She reminds Westerners that


Indonesia is the world’s third largest democracy, and no, Bali is not a neighbouring country.

The past 20 years have been a period of remarkable transition in Indonesia. Known to Indonesians as the Reformasi, Indonesia has moved towards greater democracy.

With democracy comes a proliferation of ideas, which are now freely tested in Indonesia’s courtrooms.

“Many groups demand themselves to be heard even more than the others. Democracy nowadays turned into endless lawsuits of one person or one group against another,” Ma’ruf told The Point Magazine.


On the current blasphemy case against Jakarta’s Christian Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, Ma’ruf warns against judging the state of freedom of expression in Indonesia based on an “election-driven situation” and the game of politics.

But she is concerned about the existence of blasphemy laws, which she considers dangerous and a “betrayal” of the spirit of the Reformasi.

“If this law continues to exist, people can find arbitrary cases that perhaps insult them personally and turn it into an insult against religion for instance. This is dangerous as it will make people afraid to speak up.”

But this isn’t stopping Ma’ruf from speaking up.

Even when she tackles extremism with jokes about Playboy, breasts and bamboo weapons, Ma’ruf isn’t afraid for her safety and doesn’t fear a backlash from her audience.

“I guess at the end of the day, it is the very insecurity inside all of us that makes laughter very easy to enter,” Ma’ruf said.

“What I fear the most is whether my parents and family will be happy with what I am doing…whether they will find it subversive against the family for me to talk about extremism, let alone to laugh about extremism.

“But it will not stop me from working,” Ma’ruf vows.




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Dear respected brothers and sisters in Islam Assalamu alaikum.


I am writing to you on behalf of Bosnian Islamic Society Perth which is in final stage of building a Mosque in area of Swan Valley in Caversharm WA.


In order to get a funds to complete the necessary works society has organise the Fundraising Dinner for 4th of February 2017.


We will greatly appreciate if you can kindly promote our Mosque project and Fundraiser in the next two weeks and encourage other Muslim brothers and sisters to attend the Fundraising Dinner and donate generously towards completion of project.


Also, we will greatly appreciate if you can attend the Fundraising Dinner and be witness of the progress of the project. Society will organise video presentation of whole project from purchasing a land until today. We really hope that you will understand necessity of your involvement in the project and necessity of your presence at Fundraising Dinner insha Allah.

If you need more information or have any questions regarding the project and Fundraising Dinner please don't hesitate to contact me on my phone 0402962231 or send me an email on

With warmest regards
Wa Salaam
Sajit Smajic
Bosnian Islamic Society Perth 

To know the future just look to the past


Khwarizm – The City of the Birth of Algebra


Khwarizm is the city of the birth of algebra, where Al-Biruni corrected and refined the sciences of the past and thought of the earth spinning on its axis many centuries before Copernicus.

The Muslims entered Khwarizm in 712 CE, led by Kutayba ibn Muslim al-Bahili, the lieutenant in Khorasan of the governor Al-Hadjadj b.Yusuf.


Islam gradually spread throughout the region in Khwarizm, just as it did in Khorasan and Transoxenia. Khwarizm in the earlier Middle Ages had two capitals, one on the Persian side of the Oxus called Jurjaniyah, or Urganj, the other on the eastern Turkish side called Kath, which in the tenth century was held to be the capital in chief of the province.


Geographers of the 10th century give detailed accounts of the topography and climate of Khwarizm, with much emphasis on the very cold winters and on the flourishing economy and commerce.


The great prosperity of the region is attested by the fact, that Ibn Fadlan on his mission to the King of the Bulghars left Gurgandj in a caravan of 3000 camels and 5000 people. Khwarizm was celebrated for its fruit, carpets, brocades of mixed cotton, silk and numerous canals.

Besides the economic prosperity, Khwarizm witnessed a sharp rise in the numbers of traditionalists (i.e Hadith scholars) , lawyers and theologians at an early stage.


Khwarizm was to produce one amongst the great scholars Al-Khwarizmi (d.847); then in the following century, we have such outstanding figures as the poet and prose stylist Abu Bakr Muhammad b. Al-Abbas al-Khwarizmi (d. 993); and the Samanid secretary and official,Abu Abd Allah Muhammad B.Ahmad al-Khwarizmi, author of the pioneering encyclopaedia of the sciences, the mafatih al-ulum (The Keys to Sciences).


The Islamic literary and philological sciences flourished there as is shown by the section on the fudala khwarizm in Tha’alibi’s anthology, the Yatimat al-Dhar; and by the figure of al-Biruni.

The focus here is on two of the greatest figures of all: Al-Khwarizmi, and Al-Biruni.  .




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Van Jones on Muslims 


CNN guest Van Jones says the model American family is found in Muslim communities.







Feminists Look Like This




Wear a little, wear a lot—believe it or not, it's all a woman's prerogative.

Here's what people get wrong about what feminism looks like:







Mayans and Islam




Islam and Tzotzil indigenous Mayans came together to create a unique community in Chiapas, Mexico.







Linda Sarsour at the DC Women's March


Linda Sarsour's powerful speech at the DC Women's March





Putting racism behind you 101







The Happy and The Miserable | Short Reminder




Actions that are pleasing to Allah will lead to a happy life while actions that are displeasing to Allah will lead to a miserable life.







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DATE: 27 January 2017

TOPIC"Conceal faults"  

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Trump-loving passenger arrested for kicking Muslim Delta worker at JFK


US: A Muslim airline employee was attacked at a Kennedy Airport lounge by a passenger who mocked her religion and invoked the name of Donald Trump, officials said.

“F--k Islam, f--k ISIS,” Robin Rhodes said, as he got on his knees and bowed in mock prayer after kicking a worker at Terminal 2’s Delta Sky Lounge Wednesday night, according to authorities.

“Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kind of people. You will see what happens.”

Queens DA Richard Brown said Rhodes was returning from Aruba and awaiting a connecting flight to Massachusetts when he began harassing Rabeeya Khan, who was sitting in her office in the lounge.

“Are you f---ing sleeping,” Rhodes said, according to court papers. “Are you praying? What are you doing?”

Rhodes, 57, then allegedly punched the door, which hit the back of Khan’s chair. Khan, who wears a hijab, asked Rhodes what she did to him.

“You did nothing, but I am going to kick your f---ing a--,” Rhodes said, according to Brown. “Rhodes then allegedly kicked Khan in the right leg, then blocked the door as she tried to leave.”

When a witness came to intercede, Khan ran out. But Rhodes followed her and got down on his knees and began to bow down in imitation of a Muslim praying.

Rhodes was arrested and charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment, and menacing and harassment as hate crimes.



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Saudis Wrangle Over How to Have Fun



SAUDI ARABIA: A debate is underway about appropriate forms of entertainment as the conservative kingdom tries to open up its economy

Saudi Arabia is engaged in a fierce debate over how to have fun, as the conservative kingdom debates what forms of entertainment are appropriate as it tries to open up its economy.

The Wall Street Journal

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An unlikely messenger becomes a guiding spirit to young Muslims


Suhaib Webb, an Islamic imam and social liberal, takes part in Jumu'ah, or Friday prayers, at the Church of the Epiphany. Webb is a former hip-hop DJ from Oklahoma City and now a Koranic scholar who lectures worldwide.


US: A quarter-century ago, before he converted to Islam and long before he was a Muslim cleric, Imam Suhaib Webb was a street gangster. He was a swaggering 6-foot-5, 18-year-old blond, blue-eyed member of the Bloods, a Los Angeles contingent whose tentacles reached east to Webb’s home in the suburbs of Oklahoma City. He smoked weed. He skipped school. His English teachers, he says now, were rappers — Tupac Shakur, NWA, Biggie Smalls and Public Enemy — and Webb spun his own tunes, serving as the DJ in a hip-hop ensemble called AK Assault. On the cover of the band’s second album, “Mafia Style” (1992), Webb stares sullenly off into the distance, arms crossed. The hint of a scowl on his smooth baby face conveys a message embraced by teen rebels everywhere: The whole world is totally lame and in need of serious reform.

On a cool, rainy afternoon in October, as Webb stands before a congregation of Muslims gathered for Friday prayers at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, he’s 40 or so pounds heavier than he was in his AK years, but his hard gaze has not softened. He’s sporting a bushy, mustache-less beard and a gray suit. He is 43 years old. But somehow he still carries the same badness and verve that enlivened the album cover. Maybe it’s the sleek, snappy cut of his suit or the gleaming white kerchief tucked in the lapel pocket. His size 12 shoes are pointy-toed — fancy and well-suited for dancing — and as he stands on the altar, politely waiting out the emcee’s introduction, there’s a bristling energy in the way he shifts on his feet.

Legions of Islamic teenagers in America know who he is. Webb has 100,000 followers on Twitter and 230,000 on Facebook. On Snapchat, the disappearing-message platform that is de rigueur among millennials, he gets roughly 20,000 daily views. His snaps are 10-second prose poems that bespeak his wisdom on both Islamic law and 2016 street style. In one, he’s wearing a flat-billed Kangol hat as he waxes dubiously on arranged marriage. No other Sunni imam could joke, as Webb did in a video last year, that his Snapchat handle is pimpin4paradise786.

A newcomer to Washington and a deeply educated Koranic scholar, he is the founder and guiding spirit of a faith-based community group aimed at gathering the city’s young Muslims. Center DC does not yet have an office or a single donor. There are only three volunteer staffers, all part time, but in leading his small group — which offers prayer sessions at iconic sites like the Lincoln Memorial and fortnightly classes on Muslim theology — Webb aims to make classical Islam relevant to modern Americans and to help a hate-addled world see that, if the prophet Muhammad were alive today, he’d be politically in sync with Bernie Sanders. He’d be tolerant of gays and abortion, and he would, like Webb’s long-ago rap idols, be sickened by the systematic racism pervading America. When Webb introduced his agenda to Washington — at Center DC’s first gathering, in mid-2015, at Busboys and Poets in the U Street corridor — hundreds of people waited in line outside the building beforehand, and many were turned away.

Naturally, jihadist hard-liners hate Webb for his liberal views. In its online magazine, Dabiq, the Islamic State last year labeled him an apostate and “all-American imam.” The story ran with a photo of a machete pressed to a man’s neck and, beneath it, a caption reading, “The punishment for apostasy.” The story said of Webb, “Adopting a Southern inner-city accent sprinkled with thug life vocabulary, he is quick to switch to an ordinary voice when speaking to CNN and other media outlets.”


The Washington Post


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Imam delivers message to Trump at inaugural service



US: An imam who had been expected to deliver the Islamic call to prayer at an interfaith religious service for President Donald Trump instead recited two verses from the Quran that contained clear political messages for the new president and his administration.

Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, is a well-known figure in Washington, but he had been sharply criticized by fellow Muslims for agreeing to take part in the event Saturday at Washington National Cathedral.

Magid was one of 26 religious leaders from a diverse array of faiths to participate in the service, an inaugural tradition since George Washington. The event's program said Magid would recite the "Muslim call to prayer," leading many to believe he would intone the adhan, the melodic call to worship that issues forth from many mosques five times a day.

Instead, the imam chose two passages from the Quran with clear political implications, especially at a time of racial and religious strife, when many American Muslims feel marginalized and mistrusted.
Addressing the capitol's power brokers, including Trump's family and Vice President Michael Pence,


Magid read first in Arabic and then provided an English translation.

The first verse he read was from Surah Al-Hujarat, in which God says:
"O humankind, We have created you a single male and female (Adam and Eve) and made you into nations and tribes and communities, that you may know one another. Really, the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you, and God has all knowledge..."

The second verse he read was from Surah Ar-Rum:
"And among the signs of God is the creation of heaven and earth, and the variation in your languages and your colors. Verily, in that are signs for those who know."

A spokesman for Magid said his recitation of the verses had been approved by officials at the Washington National Cathedral.

"After the election, when a lot of things were said about Muslims, and there were questions about Muslims' loyalty, these verses were intended to convey the message that we must come together and respect diversity -- that God made us this way," said Rizwan Jaka, board chairman at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society.

Like Magid, Episcopalians had been criticized for hosting and praying with Trump, whose campaign included harsh language about Muslims, Mexicans and women.

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of the cathedral, also chose a prayer that spoke to the country's divisive political climate, asking God to "break down the walls that separate us" and "take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts."

Praying with the president
For years, Magid has been a familiar face at interfaith and government events in Washington.
He has met with former President Barack Obama to discuss fatherhood and hosted members of Obama's administration at the large complex of Islamic centers Magid leads in Northern Virginia. Last year, the FBI gave that complex, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, a community leadership award for strengthening ties between local Muslims and law enforcement.

From 2010-14, Magid led the Islamic Society of North America, whose conferences draw thousands of Muslims each year, and the genial Sudanese-American regularly makes the list of the world's 500 most influential Muslims.

But some American Muslims criticized Magid for agreeing to take part in the National Prayer Service with Trump.

Many American Muslims have accused Trump of stoking suspicion about their religion by saying "Islam hates us," proposing a registry to monitor Muslims and pledging, at one time, to bar Muslims from entering the United States. (That plan may be modified to "extreme vetting," Trump's team says.) The president's new National Security Adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, has called Islam a "cancer."

Before Saturday's service, Hussam Ayloush, who heads the Council of American-Islamic Relations' Los Angeles chapter, compared Trump to the proverbial emperor without any clothes and urged Magid not to "hand him a towel."

"In the face of unreluctant and unrepentant defamation and animosity toward Islam and Muslims (and many other communities) by this Trump team, a symbolic participation that does not involve any opportunity to preach or make a statement does not qualify as engaging or correcting the wrongdoers, but rather enabling them and providing them with a token cover for their bigotry," Ayloush said in a statement.

Ayloush also said that Magid's role in the prayer service "undermines the courageous and principled activism of so many Muslims and allies" who have challenged Trump's rhetoric and proposals.
In response, Magid said the role of religious leaders is "to share the truth and values of Islam to everyone, including those in power. "

"Do not assume that the efforts to engage those who have misconceptions of Islam are in any way contradictory to other efforts to influence public opinion," the imam said. "Rather they go hand in hand."

Muslim-Americans need to share their message both through public protests and private meetings with government officials, Magid said, implying that the Prophet Mohammed would agree.

"Many people came to do harm to Prophet Mohammed, and after engagement and getting to know him they changed their mind in a positive manner." 



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The Orientalist:

Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

Tom Reiss



"Lev Nussimbaum was a Jew who transformed himself into a Muslim prince and became a bestselling author in Nazi Germany. Born in 1905 to a wealthy family in the oil-boom city of Baku, at the edge of the czarist empire, Lev escaped the Russian Revolution in a camel caravan.


He found refuge in Germany, where, writing under the names Essad Bey and Kurban Said, his remarkable books about Islam, desert adventures, and global revolution became celebrated throughout fascist Europe.


His enduring masterpiece, Ali and Nino - a story of love across ethnic and religious boundaries, published on the eve of the Holocaust - is still in print today."


"But Lev's life grew wilder than his wildest stories. He married an international heiress who had no idea of his real identity - until she divorced him in a tabloid scandal. His closest friend in New York, George Sylvester Viereck, also a friend of Freud's and Einstein's, was arrested as the leading Nazi agent in the United States.


Lev was invited to be Mussolini's official biographer - until the Fascists uncovered his true origins. Under house arrest in the Amalfi cliff town of Positano, Lev wrote his last book - scrawled in tiny print in half a dozen notebooks never before read by anyone - helped by a mysterious half-German salon hostess, an Algerian weapons smuggler, and the poet Ezra Pound."


"Tom Reiss spent five years tracking down secret police records, love letters, diaries, and deathbed notebooks. Beginning with a yearlong investigation for The New Yorker magazine, he pursued Lev's story across ten countries and found himself caught up in encounters as dramatic and surreal - and sometimes as heartbreaking - as his subject's life."


As he tracks down the pieces of Lev Nussimbaum's deliberately obscured life, Reiss discovers a series of shadowy worlds - of European pan-Islamists, nihilist assassins, anti-Nazi book smugglers, Baku oil barons, Jewish Orientalists - that have also been forgotten.



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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

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KB says: These pizzas are called lahmacun in Turkey and they’re a great snack. There are several versions of this recipe so experiment as you like. You could make the dough a day ahead, as it will keep in the fridge overnight, but it will need an hour before you can start to roll it.



Ingredients for the dough:
3 cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup warm milk
1 tbsp. dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 egg
3 tbsp. vegetable oil


Ingredients for the topping:
500 grams of beef mince
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
½ tsp cumin powder
¼ tsp black pepper powder
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Salt to taste
1 tomato chopped
½ cup coriander leaves chopped
2 tbsp. mint leaves chopped
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 egg whisked
3 tbsp. cooking oil


In a bowl, mix together warm milk, yeast, egg, sugar, salt and oil. Mix everything together till well combined. Add flour little by little to make a soft dough. You may need ¼ cup more or less of flour while kneading the dough.

Keep the dough covered in a warm place to rise and double in size.

To make the topping: Heat oil in a pan and fry garlic and onion till soft. Then add mince, cumin powder, black pepper powder, lemon juice and salt. Cook till mince is fully done. Set aside and cool.

Add chopped tomatoes, chopped coriander leaves and chopped mint leaves to the mince mixture and mix well.

Pre-heat oven to 200 degree C.

Place the dough on a floured surface and divide into two parts. Take each part and roll out into a large rectangle roti.

Evenly spread 3 to 4 tbsp. mince topping on the rolled out dough and fold the sides to give a shape of a boat.

Sprinkle handful of grated mozzarella cheese on the mince topping.

Brush the sides of the pide with whisked egg and pour the remaining whisked egg on the cheese.

Bake the pide for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cut into slices and serve hot.

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Combine your cardio and weight exercises for best results

Regular cardio, whether it’s jogging, cycling or brisk walking is best for preventing heart disease as it makes the heart stronger. So try to get at least 30mins in, 5 days a week for heart health.

The more muscles you have, the more calories you’ll burn. If you work out with weights, you’ll strengthen and tone your muscles which will also make you look slimmer. Try to fit in at least 2-3 sessions a week to strengthen bones and joints while toning muscles.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist
M: 0406 279 591

Exciting News!

Since the beginning of this year, I have started working on a new blog to continue writing my articles on food and nutrition, and I am delighted to finally announce its official launch today!

This way, all my future posts will be available online and, later you will be able to click on to my website to read back on any of the topics I have posted.

My first post is all about detoxes and cleansing. Many of us want to kick start the new year with a healthy change, and there are a lot of juice cleanse programs going around. Is a detox program suitable for you? Does it work? Is it any beneficial for us?


Read more on this topic as my first post goes live at 7pm Saturday (28th January) on


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Jalalludin went to buy a banana.


He asked the shopkeeper how much is was for a banana.


Shopkeeper: 1 dollar each.


Jalalludin: Can't you give it to me for 60 cents?


Shopkeeper: For 60 cents you can only get the peel.


Jalalludin: Here is 40 cents, keep the peel and give me the banana

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An Ayaat-a-Week





O you who believe! Guard your own souls: if you follow (right) guidance, no hurt can come to you from those who stray. The goal of you all is to Allah: it is He that will show you the truth of all that you do.
~ Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:105


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“I see no advantage in these new clocks.

They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.”


~ Henry Ford



I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.

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Events and Functions


WA: Swan Valley Fundraiser 4 FEB CI Prof Gillian Triggs 9 FEBRUARY Slacks Creek Fundraising Dinner 25 FEBRUARY Al Kauthar Seminar 11 & 12 MARCH AU Islamic Peace Conference Melbourne 11 12 MARCH Muslim Night Bazaar 11 MARCH


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


Youth activities for primary school aged children (both boys and girls) are being organized on behalf of Sisters House Services.


It is called the Young Muslims Club. (Previously called the Young Amirs Club but changed to include girls in the activities and not just boys).


There's no cost to be a member of the club. There are monthly activities doing different fun social and educational activities in usually in the Kuraby-Logan area or sometimes all around Brisbane.


Weekly activities take place in the school holidays.


All activities are run by professional organisations.


Parents only have to pay the cost of the activity if their child wants to participate, which is usually $15-20 (cost price is charged only because this is a not for profit club).


Parents are welcome to stay with the kids while they participate.


Everyone is welcome to join in with the activities. Older and younger siblings are welcome to join. For most activities the minimum age is 3.




Parent info session, student assessments, registration will be held

on 28th January 2017 (Saturday)

from 10.30am  - 12.30pm in the Madrassa Hall







Al Firdaus College Al Firdaus College Young Muslims Club Student Tuition Slacks Creek Hire Shajarah Islamic Education Shajarah Islamic Education Holland Park Mosque Hall Hire Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram High School Subjects Tutoring


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Businesses and Services







I am based in Kuraby and offer Hijab styling for all occasions. I offer a variety of different styles from classic to modern styles. Prices start at $15 (everyday styles) to $20 (special occasion styles).

Contact Luthfiya on 0490 343 104 to make your booking.


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"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

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23 January



Sisters Gathering Brunch Meet & Greet


Loriza Koya

Gold Coast Mosque

0406 273 434

10am to 12pm

9 February



Prof Gillian Triggs: Challenging Times for Human Rights


Crescent Institute Brisbane

BDO Brisbane, CBD

0407 458 011

6pm for 6.30pm start

4/11/18 February


Short Course: Essence of Islam (New Muslims & Non-Muslims)

Brisbane Muslim Fellowship

Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue Centre, Griffith University, Nathan

0468 948 222

Feb 4 – 9:30am to 3:30pm
Feb 11 – 10:00am to 3:30pm
Feb 18 – 10:00am to 2pm

19 February


Seminar on Islam and Environmental Stewardship



0413 067 160

Morning (TBA)

25 February


Annual Fund Raising Dinner

Slacks Creek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 987


25 February


Self-Care and Clarity of Mind Program

IWAQ & Muslimah Mind Matters

IWAQ Hall, 11 Watland Street, Springwood

0451 977 786

12.30pm to 4pm

11 March


Muslimah Night Bazaar

Muslim Night Bazaar

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0406 273 434

4pm to 9pm

11 & 12 March

Sat & Sun

AU Islamic Peace Conference


Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

0425 886 949

Register here

All day

11 & 12 March

Sat & Sun

The A-Z of Love & Mercy

Al Kauthar Institute


0438 698 328

All day

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



12 February





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 – Mondays at 10am Woodridge area (by Umm Bilal)
Halaqah – Saturdays at 10.30am Woodridge area (by Umm Bilal)
Arabic classes – Wednesdays 1 – 2pm Kuraby Masjid (by Umm Bilal)
Quran Classes - Tuesdays 11am Runcorn area (by Umm Bilal)
Sisters Support Social Group - 1st Wednesday of every Month - varies Locations
Young Muslims Club- - Regular organised activities for school aged boys and girls
Contact : Farah 0432 026 375

Muslimah Girls Youth Group for 10+ Girls (school holiday activities)
Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

Muslima learn to Swim lessons - taught by professional female instructor in a enclosed pool in Underwood area Contact : Farah 0432026375 for more details

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. We also have a variety of whatsapp groups for new Muslim support and for community & class updates please let us know if you would like to be added.

To join our volunteer group or for any other details for activities please call the numbers below…
Aliyah : 0438840467         Khadijah: 0449268375
Farah: 0432026375          Iman: 0449610386

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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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Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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