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Sunday 31 December 2017 | Issue 0686


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The AIIC Gold Coast has won a silver medal achievement at the Annual Australian International Robotics Competition sponsored by Google and Griffith University.

The achievement wraps up 4 Awards in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) achieved by the Gold Coast College in 2017.

Mrs Eva Bay says that ‘the achievements are an indication of the dedication, resilience and belief of the students, parents and teaching team. Such exciting challenges have renewed and ignited a practical sense of incorporating computational thinking in their inquiry based learning and social responsibility in their lives’.

The Carrara based College entered various Regional, State, National and International Competitions achieving finalists positions and acknowledged with Leadership Awards for their holistic and outstanding positive attitude to learning and the treatment of others in the process.




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Visitors to Marion Mosque hold up signs of peace and cross-cultural understanding.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: The Muslim congregation at a suburban Adelaide mosque where a worshipper was attacked last week has been overwhelmed by a show of public support in the wake of the incident.

After evening prayer on Friday, the worshipper was punched in the face at Marion Mosque at Park Holme by a member of the public.

The victim was struck after refusing to answer questions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stating that he did not have the necessary insight.

The congregation has since been inundated with expressions of support, including comments on social media, Islamic Society of SA President Ahmad Zreika said.

Mr Zreika said while the Muslim community has often grappled with racism, particularly over the last few years, such an outpouring was reassuring to the community's members.

"[It's] feeling you are part of this community, you are not isolated, you are not alone," he said.


Ahmad Zreika with a well-wisher following the attack on a worshipper.

Mr Zreika said one man had visited the mosque with flowers to show his solidarity.

"It's extremely touching and means so much to our community," Mr Zreika said.

"Every single community has good and bad people."

'Our doors will stay open'

The Islamic Society said messages on Facebook from members of the non-Muslim community have offered support and sympathy.

"There are many regular Australians all around who would actively assist if anyone was causing trouble for your community," one person wrote.

Another said: "Although I am not religious myself, all of your mosques will always be sacrosanct to me."

Mr Zreika said the victim has also been praised for not retaliating against his attacker.

But he said while the support has been incredible, it is disheartening that the community only garners attention when there is a negative event.

"When something bad happens, all the [news] channels come but when we have something good we're doing, everyone says it's not a story to tell," he said.

The attack was not the first at the mosque this year, with earlier incidents involving the severed head of a pig, and a baseball bat and eggs.

Mr Zreika said security at the mosque would have to be increased, but said authorities were yet to decide how.

"The mosque is a public place and is open most of the time," he said.

"Our doors will always remain open to the public."


Source: ABC




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The aim of this newsletter is to provide weekly updates on events and projects which have happened or will happen in the following weeks in our Muslim Community. This includes family and fundraising events, updates on the Gold Coast Dawah Centre, as well as engagements with our local community.




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There are approximately 1.84 billion Muslims in the world today, making up 24.38% of the world’s population, or just under one-quarter of mankind. As well as being citizens of their respective countries, they also have a sense of belonging to the ‘ummah’, the worldwide Muslim community.

The Muslim500 publication sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims have on this community, or on behalf of the community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world. Note that the impact can be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view of course.





The Man of the Year


Sadiq Khan


The Muslim 500’s Man of the Year is Sadiq Khan.


As the son of Pakistani immigrants, he was elected Mayor of London in May 2016 at the age of 46. At the time, Sadiq was a Labour Party MP representing the diverse neighborhood of Tooting, in which he was born and raised. Not only is he the first Muslim Mayor of a major European capital, but in his successful campaign for Mayor, he took 57 percent of the vote which totaled 1,310,143 voters giving him the largest personal mandate of any politician in UK history in which he pledged to be the Mayor for all Londoners.

Since being in office, he has frozen fares on the London tube and introduced the hopper bus ticket allowing London’s commuters to take two bus rides for the cost of one. Khan is implementing an ambitious affordable housing program, all of which come as welcome reforms for financially stressed Londoners in a city that has become increasingly too expensive for any but the well-to-do.

Two terrorist attacks hit London shortly after Sadiq Khan became Mayor. A series of cowardly attacks ensued, but Khan’s response was swift and unequivocally reinstated his commitment to the safety and unity of Londoners. Such heinous attacks are assumed to be the work of DA’ISH or by those radicalized by their violent propaganda.

The fourth terrorist attack in London occurred in June when a Brit from Wales drove a van into a group of Muslims who had just attended late Ramadan prayers at a London mosque; an example of how Islamist terrorism stimulates a violent Islamophobia that can take a deadly turn.

Sadiq has worked closely with London security agencies and succeeded in thwarting 7 additional threats. His calm presence and hopeful messages during such potentially divisive times were praised even by his Conservative Party political opponents. Perhaps in this lies his greatest accomplishment: his election and sustained popularity in polls taken a year after taking office are proof that Londoners, in Sadiq’s own words: “have chosen hope over fear and unity over division”.





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By Shafiq Morton. Shafiq Morton is a veteran photo-journalist, and presenter of the DriveTime programme on Radio Voice of the Cape. He is also the author of “Notebooks from Makkah and Madinah”.




In 22 years of democracy, South African Muslims—4% of 55 million people—have punched above their weight. They are well represented in Cabinet, in local government, in city municipalities, in academia, in the arts, in sport, in the media and in the economy. Of the iconic Ahmad Deedat, Mandela would narrate—with a chuckle—that in the Middle East the preacher was more famous than he was.

Since 1994, the community has been strengthened by thousands of refugees, economic migrants and academics from Africa and the Middle East. The conversion to Islam of High Court Judge, Justice John Hlope, and amaXhosa Chief Mandla Mandela – the grandson of Nelson Mandela – have been well publicised.

In July 2016, the Zulu Royal House officially acknowledged Islam due to certain members of the Mkhize family, the nucleus of the Royal House, having been Muslim for more than 50 years. Islam has also been on the rise in the country’s black townships from Cape Town to Johannesburg, presenting new challenges in a society marked by a high Gini-coefficient.

Political scientist Dr Hisham Hellyer, who has visited South Africa several times, has written in The National that the enduring history of the South African Muslim community serves to protect it against suggestions of being alien or disloyal, as is the case with other minorities.

But beyond that, he said, there is a legacy of political activism. While many from the religious establishment did acquiesce to apartheid, many individuals did not, and they formed coalitions to fight institutionalised racism.


When apartheid finally fell, Muslim South Africans had already—organically—derived social capital, which they converted into political capital.

In a democratic South Africa, this Muslim community is treated as an integral part of society. There are no doubts or suspicions in that regard. What is more, the Muslim community itself would have it no other way.


However, their sense of South African patriotism does not result in an unnatural type of assimilation either. They belong to South Africa and they see no contradiction between that belonging and their own specificities as Muslims.


Source: The Muslim500



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Amman, Jordan

Syrian refugees celebrate Eid in Amman by taking a selfie.


Source: The Guardian



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Muslims in Georgia

by Professor A. R. MOMIN



Meskhetian bride in traditional wedding attire

Georgia, located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, lies at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It shares borders with Russia in the north, Turkey and Armenia in the south, and Azerbaijan in the southeast. The current population of Georgia is about 3.718 million.


Tbilisi is the largest city in Georgia and its capital. It is also the economic and cultural hub of the country. Georgia is a predominantly Christian country, with Orthodox Christians making up 83.4% of the population. Armenian Christians make up 2.9% of the population while Roman Catholics constitute about 0.5%. The number of Jews in Georgia is estimated to be around 8,000. The Orthodox Church is the most influential institution in Georgia and one of the main pillars of Georgia’s national identity.

Islam reached Georgia in 645 AD during the caliphate of Uthman. The Muslim army conquered Eastern Georgia and established Islamic rule in Tbilisi. During this period, Tbilisi (al-Tefelis in Arabic) was a flourishing centre of trade between the Muslim world and northern Europe.




7 questions Muslims are tired of hearing

By Adeel Qureshi, Associate Producer of The Mosque Next Door






These are only just some of the questions, based on prevalent misconceptions about the Muslim community, that people keep on asking.

Hopefully, this little piece can give a little more perspective, a little more nuance for the next time you talk to a Muslim you know.




What does any person with a reasonable level of empathy think of a group that prides itself on genocide and destruction? People asking this question either think that by virtue of being Muslim, I have some privileged insights about ISIS which others don’t, or they aren’t comfortable enough around a Muslim without ensuring they’re not holding some deep dark secret.

The fact is that the number of Muslims who have joined or sympathise with violent extremist groups are tiny compared to those who continuously condemn and reject the perverse take on Islam acted on by extremist groups. So, no: most of the Muslims you know aren’t secret ISIS sympathisers, and it’d serve us all well if people were reflective about the bias and stereotypes which form their opinions before they decide to ask a question like this.  

Source: SBS




A Little Boy Thought This Muslim Accountant Was Santa And He's Played Along For 4 Years



"Santa" with Alfie.

UK: Santa Claus is 100% real – at least for one little boy who first saw him walking past his front door in south London four years ago.

"Santa", whose real name is Mr Hussain, was walking down the street in Tooting in December 2013 when he was spotted by Alfie, who is now six. He heard the little boy call him Santa, and turned round and gave him some money, leading Alfie to believe that he really was Father Christmas.

Hussain, a Muslim man who works at an accountancy firm down the road and just happens to have a big white beard, has since called back at the house every year with a gift for Alfie and his 13-year-old sister Hayley.

And after getting to know the family, he even now calls round on their birthdays.

Alfie's mum, Tracy Ashford-Rose, told BuzzFeed News that Christmas wouldn't be the same without a visit from "Santa".

She said she remembers "my little Alfie shouting out for me, 'look it's Father Christmas!'"

Hussain "got three houses away and came back to knock on my door; he said he couldn't pass without giving a gift as my little boy thought he was Father Christmas," Ashford-Rose continued.

"This was four years ago, and we still exchange gifts to each other. He comes to see Alfie and my daughter Hayley on their birthdays and gives gifts, he never forgets, the dates.

"We now call him Grandad Christmas. We see him throughout the year, he shakes Alfie's hand, and has a cuddle. Christmas wouldn't be the same without him now."

Amanda Taylor-Purchase, a professional photographer and the family's former neighbour, was at the house when Hussain called round last Sunday, and she shared the heartwarming story on Facebook.

"It's not very often that I get a tear in my eye at a photoshoot, but that guy just did it for me. I thought I had to tell that story," she told BuzzFeed News.

"I've known Alfie since he was just a baby, there's not much that stops him in his tracks, but when he saw 'Father Christmas' he came running into me and said 'you've got to come, the real Santa Claus is at our door, he comes to our house.'"

Taylor-Purchase added: "When I looked out I was a bit confused," because Hussain does not actually look like Father Christmas.

"Not at all," she said, "obviously it's just the beard association for Alfie – he's a little fellow, very skinny, wearing a business suit. It's the sweetest thing, Alfie doesn't see the colour of skin, the colour of clothing, he sees the colour of someone's heart.

"This guy looked so friendly and so welcoming and he saw his big white beard and thought he was Santa Claus."

"One year there were balloons outside and he saw it was his birthday," Taylor-Purchase added. "Now he stops by and gives him a birthday present, and a Christmas present, it's become a tradition.

"For him to come back and knock every year and not forget his birthday, not forget Christmas, and even remember his older sister who doesn't believe in Santa – it's just the sweetest thing."

Taylor-Purchase posted the story on a local Facebook group, and many people were so touched that they said they wanted to give their own gifts to the "real Santa Claus".

Accompanied by Alfie, she took two bags filled with treats down to surprise Hussain on Friday.

"I don't want to make assumptions but if he's not a Christian man, if it's not his faith, but he's still doing all of this for a little boy, he's just going above and beyond," Taylor-Purchase added.

BuzzFeed News tried to reach "Santa" to comment on the story, but his firm was closed on Christmas Eve...





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Omar Musa Interview - Tonightly With Tom Ballard





Author, poet, rapper and spoken work artist Omar Musa discusses his new single 'Assimilate' and the time Russell Crowe threw him a birthday party.



Omar Musa - Assimilate - Tonightly With Tom Ballard











Mansa Musa: One of the wealthiest people who ever lived




The richest person in history? An African king so wealthy that just by passing through a region, he could undermine its entire economy









Allah Hoo Qawwali by Fanna-Fi-Allah live in London 2017










The Great Muslim Panto: Penny Appeal

BBC News London




Abdullah Afzal (BBC's Citizen Khan), Anisa Kissoon and the cast of "Once Upon a Panto" tell reporter Shabnam Mahmood all about the #GreatMuslimPanto, which went on tour from 12th of December!

A fantastic family show, all in aid of Penny Appeal's #OrphanKind appeal - raising funds for needy orphans around the world:












It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 29 December 2017

TOPIC"Abstain From Wrong" PART 2

IMAM: Uzair Akbar









Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 December 2017

TOPIC: "Lowering your gaze"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 December 2017

TOPIC: "Brotherhood in Islam: Concept & Rights"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 December 2017

TOPIC: "Two signs of emaan"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Listen to the Kuthbah








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 December 2017


IMAM: Maulana Ismail from Fawkner Victoria    




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Indian parliament votes to outlaw Islamic 'triple talaq' divorces



India's lower house of parliament has approved a bill making the Muslim practice of instant divorce, known as "triple talaq", illegal and punishable with up to three years imprisonment.

1. Talaq is the Arabic word for divorce
2. Saying Talaq three times at any time and via any medium, including text message or social media post would mean instant divorce
3. The bill must be approved by the upper house before becoming law

INDIA: MPs voted a few months after India's Supreme Court struck down the practice as unconstitutional.

Most of the 170 million Muslims in India are Sunnis governed by Muslim personal law for family matters and disputes.

Those laws include allowing men to divorce their wives by simply uttering the Arabic word "talaq," or divorce, three times — and not necessarily consecutively, but at any time, and by any medium, including telephone, text message or social media post.

Several opposition parties criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for not discussing the legislation with them before it was introduced to Parliament.

The approved bill will now go to the upper house for approval before it becomes law.

More than 20 Muslim countries, including neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned the practice.

But in India, the practice continued with the protection of laws that allow Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities to follow religious law in matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption.

While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched.



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The Indian who became the first female doctor in the UAE 


Zulekha Daud began practising medicine in the UAE when the city had barely any infrastructure


UAE: Indian national Zulekha Daud is widely understood to be the first practising female doctor in the United Arab Emirates and has played a crucial part in transforming its healthcare sector.

Dr Daud, 80, vividly remembers the day she was "parachuted" in to Dubai in 1963.

"When I landed here I found there was no airport. There was only a runway. The moment we got off we were hit by a wave of unbearable heat," she recalls.

Given the number of state-of-the-art hospitals it has now and its expansive healthcare system, it's hard to believe that the UAE once had no proper hospitals and mostly borrowed doctors from other countries.

Dr Daud is a storehouse of memories of the time the UAE was crying out for medical help. The people were suffering from innumerable diseases, ranging from tuberculosis to diarrhoea. There was no female doctor to deliver babies and children were suffering from malnutrition.



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Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs: Hijab is constitutional 



NIGERIA: On the 13 December, 2017, a young female Nigerian graduate of Law. Miss Abdulsalam Firdaus Amosa, was prevented from joining her colleagues for the momentous call to bar ceremony at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Her only offence was that she wore a hijab under her wig. For this unpardonable 'crime', as it was deemed, she was wrongfully denied the opportunity of being called to the Nigerian bar as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with her colleagues though she had passed all her exams both at the University and the Nigerian Law School.

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) views this unsavoury development with grave concern. It is the height of Islamophobia displayed by the authorities of the Nigerian Law School, the Body of Benchers and the Council for Legal Education who now willfully break the law. This is very unfortunate and shameful because those who are supposed to be teaching justice and fairness now fail woefully to be just and fair. With or without sentiments, by refusing to expose her hair in public contrary to her religious injunctions, Miss Abdulsalam has not broken any law. No law is superior to the Nigerian Constitution which is the grundnorm of Nigeria. 

Press release


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Iraqi religious leaders call for restoring religious and social cohesion



LEBANON: More than 40 religious leaders from Iraq gathered in Beirut, Lebanon under the auspices of the World Council of Churches for three days of constructive interfaith dialogue to identify and analyse opportunities and challenges related to cohesion and highlight the role of religious leaders in restoring inclusive multi-religious and multi-cultural communities in Iraq after years of conflict. The leaders, representing Iraq’s diverse religious and ethnic fabric, included representatives from the Shiaa, Sunni, Shabak, Sabean Mandaean, Yezidi, Kaka’i and Christian communities, for the first time in the recent history bringing together minority and mainline religious groups to share their vision and commit on working together for the future of the country.

The group met from 11-13 December and focused on the roles of four areas of society which have emerged as critical for advancing the national project of unity in Iraq and forming an inclusive and diverse community: education, religion, the constitution and legal frameworks for inclusive citizenship, and transitional justice.



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Charity launches festive TV ad to challenge view of British Muslims as anti-Christmas 


The Penny Appeal commercial explains how the charity is helping poor and homeless across the UK for a few pence each day




UK: The first mainstream television advertisement by a Muslim charity will be aired over the festive period, a development many hope will help to challenge the misconception that Muslims are anti-Christmas.

The 59-second advert for the West Yorkshire charity Penny Appeal highlights the often ignored role of British Muslims in helping vulnerable people across the UK over Christmas.

The commercial, which will debut on Christmas Eve and will feature on ITV and Channel 5 over the festive period, underlines the fact that for many British Muslims the festive season is about helping others.

Recognition of the charitable contribution made by Britain’s Muslim community follows years of fake news stories claiming that Muslims are opposed to Christmas. The latest emerged on Thursday, albeit in Italy, and centred on claims – later found to be misreported – from rightwing media commentators that officials in the north of the country had ordered the removal of a Christmas tree to avoid offending Muslims.

A UK parliamentary report published the previous day promoted a more accurate and competing view, concluding that Muslims are not recognised for the charity work they undertake, particularly over Christmas. The report by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on British Muslims said that charitable acts by the UK’s Muslim community were “wilfully” ignored by the UK media.

Former Tory cabinet minister Baroness Warsi, treasurer of the APPG, admitted that her own party, aided by sections of the media, had fostered negative and ill-founded allegations against Britain’s 3 million Muslims.

“The narrative at this time of year has been that Muslims don’t like Christmas, that they almost want to ban Christmas,” she said. “My own party has done that in the past. When we were in opposition we would try to find ‘Labour banning Christmas stories’ and invariably it would have an ethnic minority link.”

espite the report trending on Twitter and receiving a positive reception, it also provoked a backlash from the far right. “The usual suspects who would normally say Muslims are trying to ban Christmas were furious that we were celebrating it,” added the former chair of the Conservative party.

Last month, there were some protests on social media over Tesco’s Christmas TV advert which featured a Muslim family celebrating. Tesco said it was “proud to celebrate the many ways our customers come together over the festive season”.

Bilal Hassam, creative director of British Muslim TV, said he hoped more people knew that Britain’s Muslims embodied the true spirit of Christmas, explaining that the faith encouraged the helping of others but not the promotion of such good deeds. “People don’t showcase their work. There’s nothing more Christ-like than giving, serving and helping your fellow man.”

Warsi added that Christmas in a Muslim household is the same as others throughout the UK. “There will be turkey, they’ll eat too much, they’ll watch the Queen, but then they’ll go out and help other people.”

Another element that Hassam said tended to be overlooked was that most of the charitable work by Muslims was for the benefit of non-Muslims, including around 70% of Penny Appeal’s UK efforts. The charity, set up eight years ago, now operates in 30 countries supporting the poor and homeless for a few pence each day.



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 The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity


Mohammed Faris



Ever wondered if there's a practical way to lead a productive lifestyle that combines the best of Islamic tradition and modern psychology and science?

In "The ProductiveMuslim" Mohammed Faris, the founder of ProductiveMuslim[dot]com, provides this practical framework that helps urban global Muslims lead a productive lifestyle ­ Spiritually, Physically, and Socially.

Review of the Productive Muslim: Abu Kamdar

I have been a fan of the Productive Muslim website for many years now, and in many ways, it has been the inspiration behind Islamic Self Help and our eBooks. As an author of Self Help eBooks, I really appreciate the effort that went into this book.

The first thing that stands out about this book is the simple language used. Every concept is explained in the easiest manner, making it accessible to any reader. The second thing that I loved about this book is the illustrative summaries at the end of each chapter that helps you revise and remember the core points.

The book is well edited, structured in a mostly-logical manner, and contains dozens of productivity boosting tips. My personal favorite section is the chapter on spiritual productivity and especially the details about the benefits of Salah. This chapter is a must-read for every believer.

There are few things about the chapter order which did not make sense to me. Goal-setting and vision planning were mentioned at the very end of the book, and very briefly. This chapter could have benefited from more details and being placed earlier in the book. Likewise, the chapter on Ramadan seems out of place and would be better suited as an Appendix.

These, however, are tiny nitpicks from a reader who enjoyed the book so much, I wanted perfection for it. At the end of the day, this is a well-written, detailed, and ‘productive’ read indeed.



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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 icy cold, refreshing drink, was also made very popular in South Africa, by a Durban based business, Mullah’s Cafe, when they first served this as a milkshake, and called it ‘Bombay Crush’. We have fond memories of enjoying it during Ramadaan and during the hot summer evenings along the beachfront.



Bombay Crush



1 litre milk
6 tab. rose syrup
2 tab. Elachi (cardamom) syrup

Other ingredients needed:

1/4 cup Sabia seeds soaked in water (see below)
1/2 tub vanilla ice cream
1 box strawberry jelly prepared and set the night before, then grated.
1/2 cup vermicelli boiled in water with 1 tbsp rose syrup and a dash of pink colouring until soft.

To assemble

In each glass place 2 scoops of ice cream,
1 tab. jelly,
1 tab. vermicelli,
1 tsp Subja seeds,
Pour milk mixture until glass is almost full and stir.
Top with 2 scoops ice cream, 1 tsp jelly, 1 tsp vermicelli, 1 tsp Sabia seeds and garnish with pistachios and coloured slivered almonds.

What is Sabja seeds?

Sabja Seeds are also commonly known as ‘tukmaria seeds’ or ‘falooda’, are the seeds of “sweet basil”. They have a close resemblance to Chia Seeds and offer a huge range of benefits. Sabja seeds are popularly used in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine and have many more health benefits that you may have not known.

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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )




Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing


To contact Princess,  
Email:  Phone: 0451977786













Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
Reboot Your Imaan

On my journal cover is this beautiful quote by designer Adele Basheer:
“Inside each day we are awakened to a new beginning.
A chance to give, grow and create the life of our dreams.”

Your imaan, your faith, is intangible but it is dependent on tangible things - what you consume. Your choice to consume certain foods, drinks, literature, TV, videos, newsfeeds, gossip, to name a few, all impact upon your imaan. When your computer starts to lag and freeze, you reboot it. You check what’s important and what’s not and delete folders, uninstall apps, empty the recycle folder, maybe give it an anti-virus scan and then you switch it off completely to give it a rest for a few minutes before you restart it.

Your life is very similar. Rebooting your imaan requires you to reflect on your current lifestyle, the choices you’re making, the food you’re eating, what you’re drinking, who you’re spending time with, what you talk about, what you watch, what you read, how you are sleeping, how much you are physically moving, and how often you are sitting in silence. Basically, you need to do a life-audit.

Once you are able to identify what needs to be deleted you can then reboot your imaan. Rebooting your imaan may require that you distance yourself from some people who are not moving you towards your purpose of attaining Jannah. It may be that you have to stop consuming things (foods, drinks, visuals, texts, sounds), that are slowing you down in this purpose.

As we approach the end of 2017 I hear people around me talking about new year resolutions – lose weight, quit junk food, manage time better, pray all five prayers daily, read Quran, learn Arabic, start studying, buy a house, save for a holiday – the usual stuff that people resolve to doing from midnight 31st December. Pretty much every year the pattern is the same. And then they wake up around midday on the 1st of January with a headache from staying up all night the night before, switch on the TV, have a greasy-high fat-high-sugar breakfast, followed by endless hours on the couch scrolling through newsfeeds and incessantly comparing their own lives with others. Before they know it, precious moments of their lives have been transformed into ingratitude, self-loathing and hopelessness. And then guilt kicks in, giving rise to yet another year of negative choices.

Why do people put themselves through this? And why specifically on 31st December as though the CREATOR has designated this day to be of some special significance which allows foolish promises to be made and later broken with frivolous excuses.

And have you ever noticed how these silly New Year resolutions are so selfishly petty? Ever heard anyone say “Today I commit to doing an act of kindness everyday…Today I commit to stopping and acknowledging the homeless who sits on the bench near Central station – maybe say “Hi, how are you doing?”, just so he knows he exists and that I do see him when I’m walking past him on my way to work everyday. Or today I will smile at five strangers because I want to infect them with a happy vibe that smiles generate. Or today I commit to asking someone at work how he/she is and actually waiting for their response. Or today I commit to spending five minutes of my journey looking out the window, being grateful for the perfection that surrounds me, instead of being attached to my electronic gadget. Or today I resolve to read about something new and try to challenge my belief system about this particular topic. Or today I will breathe deeply and with each breath, feel how I alive I am, how perfect my body is, how precious my life is.

So try this new resolution, not just for a new year but for every single day...a daily affirmation: Today I commit to a new beginning, right now, right this very moment, to be mindful of my choices so that they are constantly and consistently moving me towards Jannah.

Start being grateful. Spend a few minutes in silence and listen to this audio on how to be grateful:

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Awaken Your Entrepreneurial Mind   

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Muslimah Mind Matters videos available on YouTube.



If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786.




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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m embarking on my fitness journey and am planning to mix up my workout routines continuously. How long before I can expect to see some results?

A: Twelve weeks is a long enough time period to make profound progress in your fitness journey.


If you are consistent with your workouts and changing up your routines regularly, you should see results within the first six weeks or so.


You’ll start feeling fitter and stronger early into your journey, providing you take care of your posture while exercising ensuring you stretch after each workout.


The key is not to get disheartened if you don’t get the results you’re after. Keep at it, keep moving, and never give up.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Jallalludin calls the Help Desk to complain a computer problem.

Jallalludin: When I type computer password, it just shows star star star star. What's the problem?

Help Desk: Those stars are to protect you, so that if a person is standing behind, he or she can't read your password.

Jallalludin: Yeah, but stars appear even when there is no one standing behind me.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Your Lord is Allah; He who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then established Himself on the Throne. The night overtakes the day, as it pursues it persistently; and the sun, and the moon, and the stars are subservient by His command. His is the creation, and His is the command. Blessed is Allah, Lord of all beings.

[Quran 7:54]


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"Help a man uphill,


not at the foot of the hill."

~ Finnish Proverb




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

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Events & Functions


















Sisters Support Services will be holding a stall at the Logan Roos fundraising carnival to promote our activities to support sisters in Brisbane and we will be selling drinks and sweets.

If anyone would like to donate

• cans of soft drink
• small bottles of water
• desserts / sweets

that we can sell to raise money to help Sisters Support Services please let me know.

Please contact Farah on 0432026375.


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services









Soccer 365 is now enrolling children for our summer vacation program 2017 commencing on the 15th of december up until the 20th january @ Svoboda park in Kuraby.


The sessions available this term:


- Fridays 3.50pm-4.30pm for children aged 4-6 (toddlers)

- Fridays 4.30-6pm for children aged 6-8 (minis)

- Saturdays 4.30pm-6pm for children aged 8-12 years old (juniors).


The lessons shall cover the fundamental rules and skills of soccer encouraging social skills, motor skills and recreational fun.


As it is summer holidays there will also be a range of additional activities such as scavenger hunts, free time in the playground, other sports games, competitions and prizes.


Toddler sessions will be priced ay $10per lesson

And mini and junior sessions will be $12 per lesson.


Pay as you play sessions can be booked on the day but please still register in advance


Places are limited so please contact us to book a place for your child now. 


Also please check out our Facebook page Soccer 365 Brisbane for pictures, videos and information on the sessions.










Al hamdulillah our centre is ready

We have started Madrasa classes

MON/TUE/WED: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

SAT/SUN: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

All students are welcome

132 Eagle St, Redbank Plains

Contact Sheikh Shazad Khan

on 0402 457 854




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We have stopped having our ladies swimming program at Joyous Swim School. Happily we have moved to another swim school to have our ladies swimming program. We have moved to Stanford Swim School in the basement of Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown on Compton Rd. Thanks to their professional management we are able to not only able to continue all the classes we had before but improve them. Before our class size was 10 to 15 ladies now classes will have a maximum of only 6 ladies. The price decreases from $18 a lesson to $11 a lesson. We are also able to offer an even greater variety of classes to include kids classes($18 per child) and male only classes ($11 per person). For more information or to join please contact Farah on 0432026375.








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Logan Mosque Extension Appeal

$300k needed
Bank details
Suncorp bank
Account name: Islamic Association of Logan city
BSB: 484799
Account number:603274926







Update as at December 2017


Construction of the Cultural Centre (Dawah & Youth Centre) is progressing well.

This week the doors, windows and beams for the roof of our GC Islamic Cultural Centre have been installed. The plumbing work is currently in progress and the interior walls have been partitioned for rooms and toilets..

We still need donations to fund this construction.


Please donate generously.




Over the past several months MCF have utilised your valued donations to assist many people in need from our local community.

Among those assisted in July was a single young man who is an amputee and also a heart attack victim. MCF assisted by spending some time with him and also by taking care of some of his outstanding living expenses (which he was unable to cover due to his condition).

Among those assisted in August was was a single mother with 2 children. She suffers from a debilitating, serious and persistent skin condition which involves the use of expensive medications to control. MCF utilised your donations to provide financial aid enabling her to both pay for medications and to cover outstanding rental bills.

In September, through our community youth outreach program, the Muslim Charitable Foundation was able to assist a young brother with his battle against substance addiction. Contact was made with the brother during routine community outreach activities. After the initial contact, a sustained effort was made to stay in contact with the brother to provide council and support. With Allah's help, daily moral support and coaching saw a change in the brother's lifestyle. To assist the brother with his lifestyle change he was given temporary accommodation in the MCF house for about 8 days, while helping him look for shared accommodation. He now attends the mosque regularly and his condition has greatly improved. May Allah reward all of the MCF donors abundantly inshaAllah. If you would like to donate to MCF please use the bank details on our website:

Among those assisted in October was a family who tearfully explained that they could not afford the hefty costs for the expert childcare needed to treat their autistic 3 year old son. The family arrived in Australia 3 years ago on bridging visas with 2 young boys. They are not eligible for childcare rebates on their visas. MCF paid for a three month expert childcare trial and new assessments were then made. The results were, that he has made significant progress in relation to his social and emotional development. The joy and emotion expressed by his mother when MCF agreed to continue to pay the childcare fees was overwhelming.

Among those assisted in November was a single mother with 3 children. MCF utilised your donations to provide her with a basic bed and a basic washing machine. The washing machine will inshallah help the family to maintain a healthy hygiene level and also for the children to obtain a restful sleep.

The cases mentioned above are but a few of the many cases we deal with almost on a daily basis. Your continued support ensures that the most vulnerable people in our Community receive the help they most need.

To donate to MCF, please use the electronic banking details on our website:

May Allah bless both the MCF volunteers and the people who donate.

Without your support, community assistance like this would not be possible.

A reminder that all money donated to MCF is received by those in need. MCF has no paid staff and no admin fees.



Due to the ongoing drought affecting farmers in west Queensland, MAA have joined local organisations to help Aussie farmers in their time of need by trucking hay bales from Victoria and New South Wales to farmers in west Queensland.

Farmers impacted by drought often struggle to ask for help and many due to the financial strain of trying to keep the farm afloat also battle mental health issues.

By providing bales to help farmers feed their animals you'll be taking a huge financial burden from them as well keeping their livestock alive.



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

To claim your date for your event email






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5-7 January

5-7 January


Loving the Beloveds: Shaykh al-Ninowy


Al-Hikam Institute

Rochedale Mosque


Algester Mosque




0406 237 977


14 January



Logan Roos Fundraising Carnival


Youth Connect QLD

Oates Park, Oates Ave. WOODRIDGE

0456 426 523

9PM to 5PM

15 April 2018





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1439


1 May 2018





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1439


17 May 2018





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1439


11 June 2018





(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1439


15 June 2018





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1439


21 August 2018





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1439


22 August 2018





10th Zil-Hijjah 1439





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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Masjid As Sunnah













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








Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600




















Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

Community Contact Command, who are situated in Police Headquarters, manages the secretariat role of the QPS/Muslim Reference Group meeting.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

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

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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

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