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Sunday 7 January 2018 | Issue 0687


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Bounding Plains to Share



Cassie Cohen and Jackson Bursill are currently running 4000km from Cooktown to Melbourne, sharing a story a day, for 100 days - that is a marathon a day for 3 months!


For every day that they’re running, they feature someone from a refugee or migrant background who is local to the area that they are running through that day.


Currently in now in Poona, 1700kms in, they hit the streets of Brisbane on Friday 12 January.


Follow the run, share the stories. Join them on the adventure.


Here are a couple of stories so far........




Story 14: Abdihakim and his wife Aqbal were refugees from Somalia. They arrived in Townsville in January last year. With the help of a local, David, they’ve opened up a traditional Somalian Samosa stall in the Flinders Street Sunday markets. If you’re in Townsville on a Sunday, we can seriously recommend the Samosas!




Story 34 - Binil Kattiparambil is the President of the Islamic Society in Rockhampton. He migrated from Dubai with his wife and two sons, Omar (9) and Ali (5) 7 years ago. Binil is working as an engineer at a mine site near Rockhampton.





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By Abdul-Shaheed Drew    





In 1896, an ‘Afghan’ cameleer by the name of Musa Khan in Australia sent a letter to Abdullah William Quillium of Britain requesting copies of the Crescent Newspaper and the Islamic World (Monthly) Journal. The Crescent may have been the first regular Islamic newspaper to reach Australian shores.

The Crescent (newspaper) and the Islamic World (journal) had gained large international appeal in Africa, Asia and Europe. This also included readership in the USA, Canada and Australia in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Quilliam established the first official Islamic centre in Liverpool, England. As a port city, the location of the centre attracted a number of converts and migrant workers as well as delegates and visitors from over the world, including dignitaries and diplomats.

Printing of The Crescent began in 1893 when donations started rolling in. The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Abdul Hamid II appointed Abdullah William Quilliam as Sheikh al-Islam of the British Isles. This was the first (and last) time such a title was used in Britain. It was a significant acknowledgement that was also recognised by Britain.

William Quillium accepted Islam during the 1880s while visiting Morocco. He gained much prominence in his society and was often a target of the media. Nevertheless, he persevered. Other than the newspaper and journal, Quillium also published a book titled, Faith of Islam. He also established a Muslim home for orphans or unwanted children in 1895. The Islamic Centre of Liverpool also made sure the poor of the society where fed during Christmas.

Correspondence was made between Quilliam and Hassan Musa Khan of Perth. Khan requested copies of The Crescent and The Islamic World in 1896. He also sought previous editions and hoped Australia’s ‘Afghan’ community could do more to promote Islam in their society. Khan claimed some 300 Muslims lived in Victoria at the time, among them were some converts who had extremely limited resources on Islamic knowledge.

Quilliam used his weekly publication to reach out to people in various parts of the world. For example, in 1886, Cecil John Reginald Le Mesurier received dismissal from his high-ranking civil servant position in Ceylon due to ‘becoming a Mohammeden [i.e. Muslim].’ He became known as John Abdul Hamid Le Mesurier. He met with Quilliam at Liverpool and made arrangements to move to Australia in 1904 after completing his law exams. In one publication (1904), Quillium called on the Muslims of Perth and Freemantle to assist John Abdul Hamid Le Mesurier with his settlement in Australia.

Among other things, Quillium performed a eulogy for the Queen Victoria in 1902. The Empress personally requested a copy of the book Faith of Islam from Quillium shortly after it was published. She also ordered copies for her children. Some high-profile figures in Britain became Muslim through the efforts of the Liverpool centre. Many did not want to be named and kept their beliefs somewhat private. One public figure was Henry Edward John Stanley (Abdur Rahman), the third Baron of Alderley. Quilliam performed a Janaza prayer for him. Hamid Bey, the First Secretary of the Ottoman Embassy in London, was present among the mourners.

Abdullah William Quillium challenged the British foreign policy and media propaganda of the day. The Crescent was a successful publication that helped newly emerging communities establish themselves and keep up with current topics, while also maintaining a sense of unity and brotherhood from nations abroad.





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Dr Muhammad Tahir (second from left)

Muhammad Tahir from Pakistan graduated this week with his PhD in Psychology from Griffith University.

Soon to be published is his thesis on the Development of Child's Personality in the Light of Sunnah and Contemporary Psychology. This will be published in English, Arabic, Urdu and Hindi.

Tahir has been a PhD exchange student from Pakistan with Griffith University.

A Hafez (has memorized the Quran by heart) Tahir has been living in Brisbane for two years and returns to Pakistan soon.




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Candalepas travelled to India while forming his vision of a mosque that could represent Australia's Muslim community.

A new 99-domed mosque in Australia is attracting attention for its bold, brutalist design. But the architect behind the project, Angelo Candalepas, is hoping that his creation can do more than win plaudits -- he's wants it to help improve interfaith relations in the Sydney suburb of Punchbowl.

Scheduled to open in time for Ramadan this May, the mosque has been designed to feel welcoming to the whole community, regardless of religion.

"The courtyard enables all people to embrace the use of the building," Candalepas said in a phone interview. "The doors are absolutely directed to the street front, such that it will always have its doors open to the people."

At a September event called "Meet the Aussie Mosque," the unfinished building was opened to the public as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival. Architects led tours of the mosque, while members of Punchbowl's Muslim community spoke to visitors about their faith and the fundraising drive behind the A$12 million ($9million) project.


This view captures the women's galleries on the left, the concrete walls & ceiling, the large timber dome, and the vault of muqarnas above and to the right.


"We wanted to bring the great work of the modern mosque out in the open, and to normalize the building as a work of architecture," said the festival's director, Timothy Horton, in a phone interview.


"The Punchbowl mosque is a modern architectural masterpiece. It is set to be one of the new icons in Sydney's west, one of the most cultural diverse and fastest growing parts of Australia."

Reimagining mosque design

Candalepas' eye-catching concrete design also challenges preconceptions about how a mosque should look, according to Horton.

"The outside has been totally reimagined," he said. "Gone is the central dome with four minarets planted like garden stakes at the corners. Candalepas' mosque strings (together) smaller spaces, like washrooms, along the boundary while scooping light in as you would see in a high-end art gallery."

Commissioning a contemporary design (and a high-profile architect) was a response to the reported difficulty of obtaining planning permission for new mosques, according to the vice president of Punchbowl's Australian Islamic Mission, Zachariah Matthews.

"Our main concern, initially, was, 'How do we get approval given that other projects have encountered many obstacles?'" he said.

In recent years, public opposition has delayed or permit the construction of a number of proposed mosques in Australia.

Last year, permission for a new mosque in the Gold Coast suburb of Currumbin was denied on the grounds that it was "too big" following a high-profile opposition campaign in which a councilor reported receiving death threats. Another proposed mosque in Victoria only got the green light this July after three years of legal hurdles and ongoing media attention. A Facebook group opposing the building has almost 70,000 members.

Yet, Matthews said that plans for his mosque were unanimously approved by the local council. Of Australia's more than 340 mosques, almost half can be found in Punchbowl's state of New South Wales.

An act of faith

Finding a religious architect was another key priority for Punchbowl's Muslim community, according to Horton.

"It gave them confidence that the foundations of their faith would be incorporated into a building that may not appear ... to be a traditional mosque, but would retain all of the meaning that is so much a part of sacred spaces," he said.

Candalepas, who is a Greek Orthodox Christian, said that he hesitated when first approached by the Australian Islamic Mission in Punchbowl a decade ago.

"I never imagined myself as someone who would build a mosque," he said. "It wasn't anything negative (but rather) a sense of not having been aware that I could create something for a faith that I knew nothing about.

To find inspiration, Candalepas traveled to Ahmedabad and Agra in India while forming his vision of a mosque that could represent Australia's Muslim community.

"I wanted a building that looked both ways -- forwards as well as back," he said. "There's no point in ignoring history -- that wouldn't make it relevant."

The Punchbowl mosque is set to open in May.

The traditional dome is still present in his design, but it has been reimagined as 99 half-domes cascading down from a larger, central one. In January, calligraphers will arrive from Turkey to spend a month inscribing the domes with Allah's 99 names in Arabic.

Candalepas said that much of enthusiasm for the project stems from the building's longevity. After hearing that the brief called for a lifespan of 300 years, he proposed 1,000.

"In the past, people knew it was important to create things that would last," he said.

Community architecture

By eroding fear and suspicion through design, Candalepas follows in the footsteps of Pritzker Prize-winning Glenn Murcutt, the architect behind another new mosque in Melbourne. Opened in the suburb of Newport this year, the building's doors are made entirely of glass.

"We choose glass because we wanted the building to be very transparent," explained designer Hakan Elevli, who collaborated with Murcutt on the project.


"People walking past on the street can see what's going on inside. We wanted to show that there is nothing to hide.

"The Newport mosque also has a library, cafe, women's community centre and a visitor's centre which, like the mosque itself, are open to all."

Murcutt's design eschewed the more obvious Ottoman and Arabic influences found in many Australian mosques. The minaret is a soaring concrete wall, while the roof is composed of 96 triangular lanterns. Coloured glass filters the light, acting as sun dial and a substitution for domes, with shades of red, green, gold and blue representing those typically used in mosaics.


Coloured glass filters light in the Newport mosque..

"When a lot of people look at the building, they see it as a contemporary building and not something normally associated with Islamic architecture," said Elevli. "But as soon as you walk inside, you see that it's Islamic, with Arabic lettering and the 'minbar' (pulpit)."

The mosque was also designed to promote integration and demonstrate the diverse make-up of Australia's Muslims, who account for almost 3% of the country's population. Typical curves and arches were abandoned in favour of straight lines and linear shapes -- features often found in Australian architecture.

More than anything, (Newport's Muslim community) wanted something Australian," said Elevli.


"They wanted to show non-Muslims that a mosque can be something that relates to the Australian way of life."





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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 unity between Muslims and Coptic Christians of Egypt is something of absolute importance."


HE Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb


Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University, Grand Imam of AlAzhar Mosque

Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad al-Tayyeb was appointed as Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar in March 2010, after the passing of his predecessor, Dr Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi.


Tayyeb was formerly the president of al-Azhar for seven years and prior to that, served for two years as the most powerful cleric in Egypt as its Grand Mufti.


Influence: Highest scholarly authority for a majority of Sunni Muslims, runs the foremost Sunni Islamic university.





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Chandigarh, India

Children arrive at a mosque to offer Eid al-Adha prayers


Source: The Guardian






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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



OPINION: In the eyes of the beholder

by Tariq A. Al-Maeena



Tariq A. Al-Maeena

Following my article a couple of weeks ago in which I complimented the Pakistani cricket team for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against their formidable arch-rivals India, I received a couple of comments that left me puzzled.

One was from a Westerner while the other critic was an Asian. The gist of it was essentially dressing me down for complimenting what they both termed as a “failed state”. They both individually felt that there was not much to Pakistan’s credit to mention, and perhaps that was why I praised their team’s victory.

But let’s take a closer look at this country before we rush to judgment. Pakistan has been listed among the next 11 countries that along with the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have a high potential of becoming among the world’s largest economies in the 21st century.

In the last five years, Pakistan’s literacy rate has grown by 250 percent, the largest increase in any country to date. According to a poll organized by the Institute of European Business Administration, from 125 countries, Pakistanis have been ranked the “fourth most intelligent people” across the globe. The Cambridge exams of both A and O levels have been topped by Pakistani students and this is a record yet to be broken. The world’s youngest certified Microsoft Experts, Arfa Kareem and Babar Iqbal, are from Pakistan. The seventh largest pool of scientists and engineers come from, you guessed it, Pakistan. The fourth largest broadband Internet system of the world is in Pakistan.

Pakistan is the first and only Islamic country to attain nuclear power. It is also notable for having some of the best-trained air force pilots in the world. The country’s missile technology is one of the best in the world. The country has produced a large quantity of various types of missiles since it has become a nuclear power. It also boasts of the sixth largest military force in the world.

In cooperation with China, Pakistan has produced the PAC JF-17 Thunder aircraft, a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). The JF-17 can be used for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack and aircraft interception. Its designation “JF-17” by Pakistan is short for “Joint Fighter-17”.

It has also constructed the world’s largest warm-water, deep-sea port situated on the Arabian Sea at Gwadar in Balochistan province. Tarbela Dam is the world’s largest earth-filled dam and second largest dam overall. The Karakoram Highway, connecting China and Pakistan, is the highest paved international road in the world. The Khewra Salt Mine, the second largest salt mine in the world is in operation in the Punjab region of Pakistan. The world’s largest irrigation network is present in Pakistan. It serves 14.4 million hectares of cultivated land. The irrigation system is fed by water from the Indus River.

Land of some of the oldest civilizations (Indus Valley and Mohenjo-Daro), Pakistan is a multilingual country with more than 60 languages spoken. It is the sixth most populated country in the world and the second-most populous Muslim-majority country. It also has the second-largest Shia population in the world. The Edhi Foundation, a non-profit social welfare program in Pakistan, founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951 runs the world’s largest ambulance network. The country also boasts of the world’s youngest civil judge, Muhammad Illyas.

Pakistan is one the biggest exporters of surgical instruments in the world. About 50 percent of the world’s footballs are made in Pakistan. Nestle Pakistan is one of the largest milk processing plants which generates large revenue every year.

Among its natural wonders, Pakistan has the highest mountain ranges in the world. The world’s second highest and the ninth highest mountains, K2 and Nanga Parbat respectively, are in Pakistan. The Thar Desert is among the world’s largest sub-tropical deserts. The world’s highest polo ground is in Shandur Top, Pakistan at a height of 3,700 meters.

In 1994, Pakistan became the first country of the world to hold four World Cup titles tournaments in different mainstream sports simultaneously. The sports included cricket, hockey, squash and snooker.

The Lonely Planet, a global tourist guide, has listed Pakistan as being tourism’s “next big thing for more years than we care to remember. But world media headlines always send things off the rails.”

Perhaps my critics too have been unfairly influenced by media headlines. I urge them to take a second look at this country before they rush to judgment. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. 





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 5 January 2018

TOPIC"Perfection in Islam"
IMAM: Prof Mohammad Abdalla


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 5 January 2018

TOPIC"Abstain from Wrong" PART 3

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 5 January 2018

TOPIC: "Greatest dua for seeking forgiveness from Allah swt"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 5 January 2018

TOPIC: "Nullifiers of Brotherhood in Islam"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 5 January 2018

TOPIC: "The reality of emaan"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Listen to the Kuthbah








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 5 January 2018

TOPIC: "Life of this world is very limited"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali



Past Kuthba recordings





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Egypt's Salah wins African Footballer of the Year prize


Salah has scored 23 times in 29 appearances for Liverpool after his transfer


Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has capped the most successful period of his career by winning the 2017 African player of the year award.

Following a record number of votes, the Liverpool star was awarded the Confederation of African Football Player of the Year accolade on Thursday at a ceremony in Ghana's capital city, Accra, ahead of fellow Liverpool star Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"It's never easy to win a big award like that," Salah said on Thursday.

"It's an honour for me to be nominated with these two great players tonight."

The 25-year-old described winning the award as a "dream come true", before dedicating the accolade to "the children in Egypt and Africa ... to remind them to never stop dreaming and never stop believing in themselves.”

Salah was the favourite to win the award having made an incredible impact at Liverpool since joining the club from Italian side AS Roma over the summer.

He is currently the Premier League's second top scorer with 17 goals, and has enjoyed a stellar year for both club and country.

In early 2017, the forward was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.

He also had a hand in all seven of the goals that took the Pharaohs to qualification for their first World Cup since 1990.

Salah made two assists and scored five goals, including the stoppage-time penalty against Congo that sealed their ticket to the event in Russia, which is due to be held later this year.

Salah is the first Egyptian and third North African - after last year's Algerian winner Ryad Mahrez, and Morocco's Mustapha Hadji in 1998 - to win the prestigious individual honour since its inception by CAF in 1992.

Al Jazeera


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The perfect halal tourist destination in Africa 



South Africa is slowly making a move to attract more Muslim  


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Police in Tehran say women will no longer be arrested for not wearing a hijab 


An Iranian woman shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote during elections.


IRAN: Authorities in Iran’s capital city Tehran announced this week that women who walk around in public without the proper head coverings will no longer be arrested. Compulsory hijab has been the law of the land in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Women have been compelled to wear a strictly-enforced conservative dress code consisting off a headscarf to cover their hair and long loose fitting clothing ever since.

“Those who do not observe the Islamic dress code will no longer be taken to detention centres, nor will judicial cases be filed against them,” Tehran police chief General Hossein Rahimi said, according to local media reports. Instead of being placed under arrest by morality police or issued fines for “bad hijabs,” as has often happened in the past, women seen in public not wearing a hijab will be forced to attend Islam educational classes.

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian expat and the founder of the popular My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page, which has been campaigning against compulsory hijab in Iran for years, saw the policy shift as a moderate success, but was sceptical of Rahimi’s carefully-worded announcement.

“In his statement, the police chief said if the scarf falls off ‘accidentally,’ the women will not be arrested but sent to educational classes,” Alinejad told Women in the World in an email. In today’s Iran,” she added, “no one takes off their headscarves accidentally.”   



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 Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States


Su'ad Abdul Khabeer



Interviews with young, black Muslims in Chicago explore the complexity of those with identities formed at the crossroads of Islam and hip hop.


 This groundbreaking study of race, religion and popular culture in the 21st century United States focuses on a new concept, "Muslim Cool."


Muslim Cool is a way of being an American Muslim--displayed in ideas, dress, social activism in the 'hood, and in complex relationships to state power. Constructed through hip hop and the performance of Blackness, Muslim Cool is a way of engaging with the Black American experience by both Black and non-Black young Muslims that challenges racist norms in the U.S. as well as dominant ethnic and religious structures within American Muslim communities.

Drawing on over two years of ethnographic research, Su'ad Abdul Khabeer illuminates the ways in which young and multiethnic U.S. Muslims draw on Blackness to construct their identities as Muslims. This is a form of critical Muslim self-making that builds on interconnections and intersections, rather than divisions between "Black" and "Muslim."


Thus, by countering the notion that Blackness and the Muslim experience are fundamentally different, Muslim Cool poses a critical challenge to dominant ideas that Muslims are "foreign" to the United States and puts Blackness at the center of the study of American Islam.


Yet Muslim Cool also demonstrates that connections to Blackness made through hip hop are critical and contested--critical because they push back against the pervasive phenomenon of anti-Blackness and contested because questions of race, class, gender, and nationality continue to complicate self-making in the United States.



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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: Trust me you won't want to eat store bought jam after this. It's as simple as that!


Strawberry Jam


1 kg hulled strawberries. (see below)

Pulse in the food processor but not too processed.
Place into a pot and add 1 T lemon juice and ¾ cup sugar
Boil on medium heat for approx. 8-10mins until thickened.

Since we have an abundance of strawberries in the market place a great idea would be to make a large quantity and freeze in batches as it freezes really well

To prepare strawberries:

Prepare the strawberries by wiping them with a piece of damp kitchen paper. (Wiping the strawberries rather than washing them ensures the fruit doesn’t absorb lots of water – too much water and the jam won’t set easily.) To hull the fruit, use a knife to cut a cone shape into the strawberry and remove the stem. Cut any large berries in half.

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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: Awaken Your Entrepreneurial Mind

It was 2pm on a Wednesday afternoon in November of 2016 when it dawned on me that I must rise above the oppression of my then toxic workplace and walk out forever. I didn’t have a job to go to. I didn’t have any savings as I lived from pay week to pay week, a fortnightly cycle of existence. I recited Surah Fatiha, begged ALLAH for strength, took a deep breath in, exhaled with total faith that ALLAH would open a new door for me to earn a halal income. I collected my personal items and left quietly, never to return to that toxic setup.

An hour later, as I was riding home on the train, shaytan's whispers, like an incessant fear-mongering track, began in my mind: What have I done? I’ll never be able to survive. Where is the money for rent, food and bills going to come from? I’m such a stupid, idiot for leaving a permanent job. Go back, go back.

These whispers gnawed at my conscience like a hungry mouse devouring a piece of cheese. I started shaking with panic. One of the strategies I always use in times of panic is to bring my awareness to the present moment, the NOW, and breathe deeply, slowly and exhale slowly. So, I closed my eyes and started breathing, with each breath, reciting Allahu Akbar. As I breathed and recited, I started reminding myself the meaning of Allahu Akbar. Tension started to melt away, I could breathe better.

When I got home, the first thing I did was pray my salah. Then I showered, turned my phone off and slept. Upon waking, I began affirming these words to myself: I am free. I am free. I am free.
The positive energy in me increased. And then the doorbell rang. It was my teenage daughter, home from school. One look at me and she knew there was something different.

“You okay, mum?”
“Alhumdolillah, baby. I am free. I am free to work for myself now.”
“Are we okay with money, mum?” she asked, concerned. I realised I had imposed my own fears on my child regarding money and sustenance.
“Ar-Razak, Allah Provides,” I reminded us both.
That evening I poured my heart out to my husband, who was at the time caring for his ill father overseas. He listened patiently and reminded me that I had been through worse situations and this was one more step towards my growth. Alhumdolillah.

In my reflective journal that night, I wrote about the time in India several years ago when I was working for myself as a full-time freelance writer and writing therapist. I wrote down, in dot points, all my skills, my qualifications and my yearnings. I took each one of those points and wrote out a possible way to turn it into an income generator.

Next morning, I sent a bulk email and text message out to people offering my services. Alhumdolillah, within minutes I began getting messages enquiring about my English tuition services, just one of the many services I was offering. Soon, my diary was booked for two weeks to teach English to a sister who was preparing for her IELTS exam.

I knew I was on the right track. I knew I had more in me to share with the world. I prayed for a miracle, begging Allah to guide me so that I could start living my purpose. While taking a walk in the park and being in complete silence I heard my intuition, my soul's voice. I saw an image in my mind - a purple thought bubble and three 'M's...and I thought what could these mean? I started making dhikr and asked Allah to give me a more specific guidance so that I could decipher this image. This time, almost immediately after I made this duaa, I clearly saw the words flash in my mind "Muslimah Mind Matters".

Muslimah Mind Matters celebrates one year anniversary this month. I am grateful to ALLAH for awakening my entrepreneurial mind.

Eight Steps To Awaken Your Entrepreneurial Mind

1. Write down what you enjoy doing most, what gives you peace and joy.

2. Write down what is fulfilling in your current job and why. Are you growing in your current job? How?

3. Write down what your skills are.

4. Write down what your hobbies are.

5. Which skills and hobbies relate to each other and can be matched? For example, if your hobby is swimming and your skills lie in teaching, they could be matched up as “teach swimming”. Or if your hobby is cooking and one of skills is graphic design, how could you match them up?

6. Ask yourself this question and write an honest answer: If money, age, traditions and location were not my barriers, what would my ideal job look like?

7. Write down what you can do every single day to make this ideal job become a reality.

8. Write down what you can do today, this very moment, to make a start towards making your ideal job a reality. It could be a simple thing like making a specific duaa to ALLAH.

Do not be stuck in a life that is not moving you towards your purpose. You are a joyful being and your life is precious. You are blessed with abundance. Remember to be grateful to ALLAH for this abundance. Rizq comes from ALLAH. If you are not joyful where you are right now in your life, take charge and do something about it. Fear is from shaytan...Faith is from ALLAH. Choose faith.

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In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Duaa Diligence

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Muslimah Mind Matters videos available on YouTube.



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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve been active for a few months now and can finally see some changes in my body. I’m feeling much more comfortable in my clothes as well. Now need help figuring out how to keep it up?

A: The hardest part is getting started and you nailed it. Great work!

Let your long-term vision now be your motivation.

Set a benchmark for the next few months (small achievable weekly goals for example), and commit to it. Think progress, not perfection.

Keep workouts simple but challenging & keep re-visiting your end goal.






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"If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all my money to the Mosque, would that get me into heaven"? Mula Nasruddin asked the children during a madressah lesson.

“NO"! the children all answered.

“If I cleaned the Mosque every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into heaven"?

Once more they all answered, “NO"!!

“Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave lollies to all the children and loved my wife, would that get me into heaven"? Mula Nasruddin asked them again.

Once more they all answered, “NO"!!!

“Well,” Mula Nasruddin continued, thinking they were a good bit more theologically sophisticated than he had given them credit for, “Then how can I get into heaven?”

A five-year-old girl shouted out:


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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Among your wives and your children are enemies to you, so beware of them. But if you pardon, and overlook, and forgive—Allah is Forgiver and Merciful. Your possessions and your children are a test, but with Allah is a splendid reward.

[Quran 64:14-15]


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"The purpose of life is not to be happy.


It is to be useful,


to be honourable,


to be compassionate,


to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."


~ Ralph Waldo Emerson




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

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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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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.


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)

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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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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

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