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The 1000 Women 1000 Futures project, a joint initiative by Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) and Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF), was launched on Friday night at Michael's Oriental Restaurant (a popular and well-supported functions venue celebrating its 29th anniversary this year).


A large turnout came to support the cause, timed to coincide with International Women's Day.


Amongst the keynote presenters was regular CCN contributor, Sister Iqra, whose speech, 'Because She Matters", was about how those who are blessed with a privileged life can create a significant positive change for women who lack financial and infrastructural support...and about empowering these women to enhance their entrepreneurial skills and help develop a new, innovative mindset whereby they will believe in their own inherent power to transform their lives with dignity and confidence.


Other speakers included Brisbane contestant in the current series of The Great Australian Bake Off, Ms Raeesa Ally Khatree, and Imam Ahmed Naffa of Kuraby Mosque who spoke of the Prophet's (pbuh) wife, Khadijah (RA), as a role model for women today.


(see short video clips below)


Imam Ahmed Azhari read a passage from the Quran.


Ms Salam El-Merebi competently held together a packed programme as Master of Ceremonies on the night.


Mr Riyaad Ally of MAA explained the aims and objectives of the 1000 Women 1000 Futures project and the sustainable impact it was having on women in many parts of the world.


Ms Fawzia Batty of MCF gave the audience an overview of her organization's role towards creating local opportunities.


Mr Hussin Goss wielded the proverbial auctioneer's gavel to help the project on its way to reaching its targeted goal.


A vote of thanks was delivered by MCF president, Mr Yusuf Khatree, at the end of the evening's formal proceedings.


On of the guests, Sameera Suleman, posted on Facebook:

It's been a while since I've felt as inspired and driven as I do after attending 1000 Women 1000 Futures.

Pretty chuffed with my bro Riyaad getting up and talking about some pretty tricky topics like survival sex - it brought home the reality that many women all over the world face significant vulnerabilities and disadvantage for the simple fact that they are women.

Salam was an ace MC and reinforced the important messages shared by all the speakers tonight.

Together, we can create the spark that causes an explosion in development for communities globally - because when you educate a woman, you educate a family, who educates a community.


To donate towards the 1000 Women 1000 Futures cause, visit






A Taste of Raeesa Ally Khatree











Riyaad Ally gets roasted by Yusuf Khatree






Sister Iqra on "why it matters"






Update on MCF by Fawzia Batty



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Queensland Police’s bikie Taskforce Maxima has engaged in a series of sweeping raids on Muslim youth group Ummah United.

$40,000 was seized at one property affiliated with the charity which has been on ASIO’s watchlist since 2014.



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Faiz Ahmed has begun holding annual Neighbour Day events in his backyard to get to know his neighbours and create a sense of community spirit

FAIZ Ahmed is uniting his community one cup of tea at a time.

The Hendra resident moved to Australia from Pakistan in 2015 but found it difficult to connect with his neighbours. “We might only see them over the fence or say hi to them on the street,” Mr Ahmed said.

“Neighbours (are) something that is very, very important to me. In Pakistan, we were very close to everyone.”

The Mason Rd convenience store owner decided to host a Neighbour Day breakfast in his backyard three years ago.

A handful of neighbours attended and Mr Ahmed and his family cooked for them.

“We made tea, samosas and spring rolls. The aim was to build up relations and bring my community and neighbours closer,” he said.

The 2018 breakfast from 8am on March 25 will be Mr Ahmed’s third Neighbour Day Breakfast, and word has spread with some 100 people expected.


Source: Courier Mail




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Julie Hatia volunteering at last week's International Women's Day Fun Run at Southbank in support of women with breast cancer.


The funds raised will go towards providing practical support services such as counselling, yoga and art therapy and mastectomy bras for women who have lost one or both breasts. These support services will make life easier for women affected by breast cancer and will help fund potentially life-saving research to better understand and treat breast cancer in the future.



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Slackscreek Mosque community members taking part in Clean Up Australia day last week




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Some of the finalists of the 2018 National Photographic Portrait prize. There were 3,224 entries this year and 43 finalists. The exhibition will be at the National Portrait Gallery from 24 March until 17 June, before touring the country.




Shaymaa Abdullah, a proud Noongar woman from Western Australia, is a descendant of Muslim cameleers from Afghanistan. She lives in Sydney’s western suburbs and is studying to be a commercial pilot.


First impressions are powerful, right? Looking at this photo of Shaymaa Abdullah.


You'll have noted the jilbab and concluded that she's Muslim, perhaps from an immigrant family, and leads a rather quiet life. Well, you'd be right about the religion but Abdullah is also an indigenous woman who counts among her forebears the Afghan cameleers who pioneered outback travel in the 19th century. And as for leading a quiet life, think again: she's a feisty go-getter who juggled a career in nursing with raising three kids on her own; now a grandmother, she's studying for her commercial pilot's licence with the ambition of one day working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Abdullah, pictured at home in Sydney with her cats Cassie and Grumpy, started her family early-she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl on NSW's Central Coast when she gave birth to her first child -and her mum, a Noongar woman, co-parented while she finished her studies then went to work in various hospitals, including stints caring for psychiatric patients in Emergency.

Abdullah (that's always been her name, by the way; it's the Afghan connection) converted to Islam 17 years ago during a low, point in her life when she was unemployed, aimless and drinking. Her Muslim neighbours invited her over to break the fast with them during Ramadan and she was deeply impressed by their close familial ties, their devotion. Islam helped her get her life back on track, she says; she rediscovered her mojo and hasn't had a drink since. She only wears the jllbab tor prayers.

Now 43, and with the hard yards of parenting behind her, Abdullah Is embracing her new-found freedom: she's travelling the world and has put a midwifery degree on hold to pursue her, passion for flying, Last weekend there was a milestone: her first solo flight in the single-prop trainer. Next, she wants to get into Jets. ''I see them taking off at Bankstown and they're so sleek and powerful," she says, ''I think, 'Yeah, that's for me!'"





Kayla Doyle is a Murrawarri/Gomeroi woman and one of a growing number of Aboriginal Australians who identify as Muslim.



Blue Mountains escape

Recent arrivals to Australia on humanitarian visas, friends Zarifa, Samina and Nasima in the Blue Mountains. The trio are part of Sydney’s Hazara community, and are originally from Afghanistan.


Source: The Guardian




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Enjoy a BIG night of entertainment and laughter with a league of the funniest muslim comedians from around the world. the line up includes: Khaled Khalafallah Australia, Feraz Ozel USA, Moses The Comic USA, Azeem Muhammad USA, Abdullah Afzal UK.

Have a GREAT family night out with Penny Appeal Australia who are all about making charitable giving affordable, fun and memorable so we decided that our first ever Australian Super Muslim Comedy Tour will be in aid of our OrphanKind projects in The Gambia – where the support of Penny Appeal donors around the world is putting smiles on the faces of orphaned children.






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Muslims make up less than three per cent of the Australian population, yet dominate the news headlines and are often misunderstood.


In this new SBS two-part series, ten Muslim Australians with vastly different views on their faith live under one roof for eight days to explore what it means to be a Muslim in modern, multicultural Australia.


While the housemates are united in faith, they are divided on what it means to be a ‘good Muslim’.









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Haji Athar Shah of the Gold Coast received a recognition award from the Multicultural Families Organisation for his dedication and commitment to the local community.



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The Park Holme Mosque where the assault took place

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: A MAN has admitted punching an Islamic worshipper in the face in an Adelaide mosque — but insists he was merely drunk, not motivated by racism.

David Phillip Bryan Anderson claims he had only wanted to discuss relations between the US, Israel and Islamic people when the incident, captured on CCTV, occurred.

The 36-year-old, of Reynella, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm.

He admitted striking a parishioner of the Islamic Mosque with a single, closed-first blow at Parkholme on December 22 last year.

The case was adjourned until April in order for SA Police to obtain a victim impact statement from the man who Anderson punched.

The court heard he suffered a deviated septum as a result of the attack.

Anderson faces a maximum 10-year prison term but is entitled to a sentencing discount of up to 40 per cent for his guilty plea.

Outside court, defence barrister Craig Caldicott said his client was “very embarrassed and so, so sorry”.

“If we had been able to proceed with the matter today there was a written apology which he was wanting to have given to the victim of this matter,” he said

He said his client was “absolutely” not motivated by racism.

“He had been drinking for an incredibly long period of time on this day, he had started at midday and this incident occurred at 9.30pm at night.

“He was seeking to have a discussion about the United States and Israel, and how they did not do enough to help Islamic people.

“The victim did not wish to engage with him because he was obviously aware he had been drinking excessively and for some reason it got into my client’s head to hit him.

“He doesn’t really remember it ... it was a little bit of madness.”

Mr Caldicott conceded Anderson was facing jail but said he hoped the court would consider a suspended sentence.

“He’s a family man with a young family and he is so, so sorry,” he said.

“It’s so out of character, he has no criminal history or anything like this.”

Anderson declined to comment as he left court, except to say “I am not racist”.

The Adelaide Now


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WA: The online activity of Gosnells mayor Glenn Dewhurst (pictured) has been criticised after he shared content from an anti-Islamic group to his personal Facebook account.

On February 28 Mr Dewhurst shared a post from the Facebook group Anti Islam – Australia accusing Cadbury of removing the word Easter from its products.

Former senator Glenn Lazarus originally posted the content in 2016.

Mr Dewhurst defended his action, saying he did not support the agenda of the Facebook page, or Mr Lazarus, but was instead doing research for an article on bullying, mental health, youth suicide and social media.

“I post a number of topics on my Facebook page to engage thinking and debate,” he said.

“I made no comment on this post apart from thanking people who responded.

“When I make no comment in a post it means I don’t agree with it.”

Mr Dewhurst said the article was one of two he was writing on social issues.

“To help me write these articles, which is a work in progress, I need to throw out thought provoking issues on a number of subjects,” he said.

By March 1 the post had been deleted because, Mr Dewhurst said, he had gathered what he needed for his article.

However, Gosnells-based disabled employment agency SMP Life Skills 2 Work chief executive Suresh Rajan said Mr Dewhurst’s actions were inappropriate, regardless of his motive.


Suresh Rajan said the Gosnells mayor Glenn Dewhurst’s online activity was unacceptable.

Mr Rajan said he worked to tackle racism in the community and did not believe Mr Dewhurst’s explanation.

“I think it’s a complete fabrication,” he said.

“If I was going to write an article I’d be putting some comments, asking questions.

“I would not, if I were the mayor, be taking an anti-Islamic group message and putting it onto my Facebook with no comments whatsoever.”

Earlier this year Cadbury rejected claims it had removed the word Easter from its chocolates, saying the word still featured on many of its products.

Allegedly on some packaging the word was smaller than in the past, or placed on a discreet area, to stop the product being sold at cost after Easter.

About eight per cent of the Gosnells population identifies as Muslim, which is much higher than the average for Perth, and Mr Rajan said he was fed up with the faux Easter labelling issue being brought up every year.

“Every year we go through the process of having to tell people that this is not true,” he said.

“We do it at this time of year and we do it at Christmas.

“I’ve spoken at length with people in the Muslim community and they don’t have an issue with it (Easter).”

The City of Gosnells was contacted about their social media policy for elected members and staff but did not respond before deadline.

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The AFP is now recruiting for entry-level police officers commencing on the Federal Police Development Program this year.


Opportunities exist to commence the Federal Police Development Program with a view to working across various areas of the AFP, such as ACT Policing, Aviation or National Investigations as a Federal Agent. 


If you are highly motivated, embrace the AFP values and are up for the challenge, then I encourage you to apply!  If you know someone that meets those qualities, please refer them to the AFP website.  Applications close Thursday 5 April 2018.


We are looking for people who can demonstrate an ability to solve problems and exercise complex reasoning skills, who are adaptive and innovative. Proficiency in languages other than English or qualifications in technical fields will be well regarded. 


For more information about the eligibility criteria, job roles and the application process please go to the AFP Vacancies webpage, Entry Level Recruit webpage, and ACT Community Policing webpage. 


We will also be running live Q&As and answering applicant questions on the AFP Facebook Recruitment page, so we encourage you to join the group and follow us there!



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Following Cassie Cohen and Jackson Bursill on their marathon a day (see CCN), here is another migrant/refugee personal story:


Story 88: Omar Al-Kassab


In 2016, Omar and his brother, Saad, gave a talk at TEDx Canberra. They shared their experiences of the Syrian war and the reasons they had to flee.


While Omar has only been in Australia for 3 years, he’s given over 150 speeches, sharing his story and advocating for refugee rights. He’s currently living in Melbourne, studying a Bachelor of Business at RMIT.


Before the war, Omar and Saad were leaders of a local Scouts group in Syria. As the war intensified, the Scouts group began providing food and aid to those affected, making them a target.


After arriving in Australia, both Omar and his brother rejoined the Scouts in Watsonia and began to share their story through the global Scouts organisation.


In this short space of time, Omar was a finalist in the Victorian Young Achiever awards, he’s been mentioned in one of the Prime Minister’s speeches and was awarded a Global Messenger of Peace Hero award from Victorian Governor Linda Dessau with his brother.





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Tensions have long been high over the Chinese government’s influence and continued crackdowns on the cultural identity of the Uighur ethnic group


This year there have been reports of authorities forbidding ‘Islamic’ names and face veils across the Xinjiang region.




Chinese Police Are Demanding Personal Information From Uighurs in France


Officials have threatened to detain relatives of those who don’t comply.

Amid a global campaign to monitor and control the Uighur diaspora, Chinese police are demanding that Uighurs living in France hand over personal information, photos, and identity documents — and in some cases, the personal information of their French spouses.

Police officers from local public security bureaus in China have asked French Uighurs to send their home, school, and work addresses, photos, scans of their French or Chinese ID cards, and, in some cases, the ID cards of their spouses and scans of their marriage certificates if they were married in France.

Chinese police have contacted French Uighurs directly via phone or WeChat, a Chinese messaging app, or have paid visits to their family members in China, asking relatives to convey these demands, according to screenshots of WeChat conversations and a phone recording obtained by Foreign Policy.

One Uighur living in Paris who now has French citizenship first refused to comply, then gave in when relatives in China asked the individual to send the information and documents, including home address, school name and address, work name and address, and a scan of the individual’s French passport.

“I was very, very angry. I said, ‘I am not Chinese, I am French, I have nothing to do with China,’” the Uighur living in Paris told FP, requesting anonymity. “My family said very

sadly, ‘Yeah, but you are Uighur and we are here.’”

The Chinese Embassy did not respond to a request for comment. The French Embassy also did not respond.

Uighurs are a Turkic-speaking ethnic minority concentrated in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang. Hundreds of people have died in recent years amid a low-level insurgency in the region, as some Uighurs have chafed under the Chinese government’s increasingly repressive policies. Uighurs armed with knives have committed several terrorist attacks in major Chinese cities.

But in the past year, the Chinese government has greatly intensified its campaign against Uighurs in Xinjiang, constructing a high-tech digital surveillance regime. Authorities have lined streets and alleys with cameras equipped with facial recognition software, created a DNA database intended to include all residents, labeled each resident as “safe” or “unsafe,” and installed ID readers at bus stops, train stations, and shopping malls; those deemed unsafe are not permitted to enter.

Tens or perhaps even hundreds of thousands of Uighurs have also been forced into re-education camps without due process, where they have been detained for weeks, months, or indefinitely. Some have died in the camps..

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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.






““Sternness” with disbelievers refers to remaining firm on one’s religion, not that one is harsh or hard in one’s relations; nor that one upholds anything but excellence in dealings… Never did the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) ever frown at anyone, nor insult, nor revile anyone… even his enemies ."

Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Director of Dar Al Mustafa, Tarim, Yemen

Habib Umar bin Hafiz is well known for his Prophetic lineage and status as one of the most influential religious scholars alive today. His influence through scholarship and preaching is vast in the Middle East, Indonesia and East Africa especially. He is also incredibly influential through his leadership of the Ba Alawi Sufi movement. He has been touring South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Europe and the US regularly in the past few years in response to his growing following there.

Study: Habib Umar received all his early education in the city of his birth, Tarim, at the hands of his father, the Mufti of Tarim and other revered scholars. In 1981, the situation became untenable for him to stay in South Yemen due to the communist regime and so Habib Umar migrated to the city of al-Bayda in North Yemen where he continued his studies.

Cultivation of Scholarship: Habib Umar founded and runs Dar al-Mustafa, a centre for traditional Islamic scholarship that currently hosts an array of international students, in Tarim, Yemen. Many of the graduates have gone on to become leading figures worldwide. He has joined the ranks of the world’s leading Muslim academics and scholars as a signatory of ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’, a document that builds bridges between the Muslims and Christians. He has also spoken at Cambridge University on the need for such a dialogue. He has authored several books, such as al-Dhakirah al-Musharrafah, which is a summary of obligatory knowledge for every Muslim, three short hadith compilations and a summary of the third quarter of Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya’ `Ulum al-Din. His mawlid compositions, al-Diya’ al-Lami’ and al-Sharab al-Tahur are recited in gatherings throughout the world, as are his poems.

Da’wa and Humanitarian Efforts: Habib Umar is noted for his da’wah efforts, with significant visits to the USA and Europe. He has also partnered with Muslim Aid Australia as founder of Yemen-based NGO Al Rafah Charitable Society to address issues of poverty and hunger and lack of sufficient health care that affect areas of Tarim. His students, most notably Habib `Ali al-Jifri (see page X) who established the Tabah Foundation and Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, are luminaries in their own right. He has a substantial following on social media, via Muwasala, an organisation founded by his students to “promote the scholarly teachings of the blessed tradition of Hadramawt.”

Ba Alawi Tariqah: The Ba Alawi have been centred in the region of Hadramaut, Yemen, for over a thousand years. They have produced outstanding figures of scholarship and piety and are well known for their missionary work, particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia. The Tariqah has now spread to all parts of the world and is famous for using the Ihya of Imam Ghazali as a basis of their teachings..






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'My America, too.' An Iowa TV reporter is making history as the first to wear a hijab on air in the U.S. — haters or no haters







'Million-dollar smile'

Soon after making arrangements for an interview with the civil rights commissioner, Rahman set out with her colleague Kit Cloninger. They will report their daily pieces together, first going to Cloninger’s shoot at a local hospital’s Valentine’s Day celebration.

When the spokesperson arrives to escort the pair to the patient’s room, the reporters introduce themselves and he looks at Rahman quizzically, trying to place how he knows her.

“Are you T-Rahman?” he asks, referring to her email address.

“Yep!” Rahman says with a big smile. “I used to set up interviews for the reporters, but now I’m on-air with them.”

Originally from Naperville, Illinois, Rahman has always been a scribe. As a child, she’d carry around stapled pieces of notebook paper to write stories, and when her family went somewhere new, she’d take notes on everything she saw.

In college, Rahman kept writing, becoming the first Muslim editor in chief of her college paper.

She found her love for TV news through a broadcasting class. The intense adrenaline rush of "going live" and the frenzy just before deadline was intoxicating, Rahman said.

Graduating in 2013, Rahman interned at Al-Jazeera English and CBS Evening News’ Chicago bureau and worked for Radio Islam, a community radio station. She slowly added to her reporting toolkit, seeking help wherever she could find it.

“She has a good eye and she reports thoroughly, really almost doggedly,” said Malika Bilal, a hijabi anchor on The Stream, a digital branch of Al-Jazeera English.

“She’s nice, which I think someone might brush off, but that goes a long way in this business,” Bilal said. “Someone might be immediately turned off, but then she smiles that million-dollar smile and it's disarming, especially if people maybe have never seen or met a Muslim before."

Her storytelling, her unique way of weaving sensitive experiences into hard-hitting news, set her apart, said her professor Julia Lieblich.

“I honestly thought that a station would see that talent and risk incurring the wrath of bigots earlier than now,” Lieblich said.





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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



14 stages of love according to the Arabic language

By Rayana Khalaf




Arabs are in a league of our own when it comes to romance. I mean, just look at the ways we express love, we're always ready to sacrifice our skin and bones for the people we love.

Over-the-top demonstration of love goes beyond our everyday conversation, as it is rooted deep within our literature. There is no shortage of epic and fiery poems in Arab literature, brought to us by the likes of Abu Nawas and Nizar Qabbani.

In these poems, we see variations of words referring to love, like "'oshk" and "gharam"... but contrary to popular belief, these words are not synonymous. They each refer to a unique degree of love.

Actually, there are 14 degrees of love in Arabic language. Here they are in increasing order of intensity:



4. Al-Wajd (Preoccupation)

"Al-wajd" is when you just can't stop thinking of your loved one. You are preoccupied with him/her and want to spend every waking hour with him/her.







What No One Told You about Spiritual Abuse in Islam
By Janet Kozak



Abuse in relationships is not only black eyes, bruises, and broken bones. With the exception of traumatic brain injury in Muslim victims, it’s often the abuse hidden from plain view – like financial, verbal, and spiritual abuse – that does the most damage to victims long-term.

However, it’s the spiritual abuse we experience in a relationship that can leave us doubting ourselves, our goals, and even our belief systems – changing us for the worse and leaving lingering invisible scars over time.



Other interpersonal relationships
Ongoing spiritual abuse may affect other relationships as well, including those with family, friends, co-workers, and our greater community.

When victims are manipulated by their abuser using spiritually abusive techniques, they may erroneously believe that they need to cut ties with family and friends. Some victims may also no longer feel comfortable interacting with others at school, work, and in the community due in part to the shame, embarrassment, and self-loathing they’ve been taught to experience.

This pulling away from friends, allies, and the local community can lead to breakdowns in a victim’s support system. It can also prevent these helpers from understanding what’s really going on in the relationship. Victims end up slowly hiding their abuse – retreating into isolation inside their homes and apart from the greater Muslim community.

How to help victims
It’s crucially important that Muslims recognize when spiritual abuse is occurring in their own relationships and in the relationships of those around them. While it may be harder to spot than physical, verbal, or financial abuse, it usually goes hand in hand with the other types of controlling behaviour.

Make yourself available to victims by routinely speaking up about abuse and letting people in your circle know that you are available to listen – you may be surprised who will step forward or reach out.

Read domestic abuse survival stories and learn what it was like for those who have lives through abusive relationships. I also encourage readers to inform themselves on the techniques that abusers use so that we can better identify abusive behaviour and help members of our communities in need of support.

The best way to help abuse victims is to understand what they are going through, and then give them the support they need on their terms in order to make changes in their lives and relationships. There is no quick fix for spiritual abuse in Muslim relationships, but education is the best defence.







Islam in the Media 2017

By OnePath Network





Whilst a general overview clearly shows just how disproportionate the negative coverage of Islam is, it’s only when you zoom in and see the actual issues that the obsessive and unnecessary nature of the coverage becomes clear. And it wasn’t just about terrorism. Many of the most absurd and overblown examples of coverage come from issues that the Murdoch media highlighted by themselves, dragging the rest of Australia into their worldview. Here’s a couple of ridiculous highlights from a year of crazy coverage.



With the number of incendiary front-pages in 2017 about government and police policy regarding terrorism, a casual observer would not be faulted for thinking that Australia was actively engaged in daily combat on its streets. In fact, it would hardly be surprising if that was the perception in the offices of Daily Telegraph and the Australian.

Featuring front-page headlines like “This Means War” (Daily Telegraph, July 17), “Enemy at the Gates” (March 3) and “In the Firing Line” (May 22), the Daily Telegraph took great pains to terrify its audience about the threat of terrorism in Australia. A number of ‘exclusives’ claimed that “there is nothing stopping scores of barbaric homegrown jihadists, including brutes waging war for ISIS, from lawfully returning to the country” (Daily Telegraph, March 3), with “deadly extremists who have fought overseas.. roaming our streets because frustrated authorities don’t have enough evidence to put them behind bars” (Daily Telegraph, May 29), as well as the news that “NSW police will now carry military-style assault rifles on our streets to protect us from deranged terrorist killers” (Daily Telegraph, June 8).

In reality though, these ‘exclusives’ referred to the opinions of a small number of politicians and analysts and was in no way proportionate to any actual threat to the Australian people.   







Hana Assafiri speaks out about her violent past as Muslim child bride


"I didn't want those events to define me, and they don't," Hana Assafiri says.


Hana Assafiri opened Melbourne's Moroccan Soup Bar 20 years ago this June.

Now the owner of two restaurants, she is also the founder of Speed Date a Muslim, a community event to combat Islamophobia.

Since revelations of sexual abuse and harassment have gone viral with the #MeToo movement, Hana Assafiri believes it's her turn to end the silence. For the first time, she shares her personal story of abuse.





After the marriage ended you went back to school at 19?

I was 19 and I loved it. I went back to school regardless of the humiliation of being the oldest kid.

It was a walk in the park compared to where I'd been. At school I just sat there absorbing knowledge.


Your sons were living with their father. How did you move forward without them?

It was very difficult living without the boys.

Their father was given sole custody because he had better means of looking after them. With no regard for the violence and the circumstances, I was deemed not to be able to care for the boys.

Then their father moved them to Sydney.

I locked myself in my room and was depressed and getting more depressed and felt longing and grief.

Until one day, I opened the door and decided 'it is what it is'. It's time to get up and get out of that room.

And I did. It was like a metamorphosis. I came out into a world where I moved from being a toddler, to crawling, to walking, to learning how to sit in a cafe for the first time and to explore what it was I liked and to be guided by essentially my barometer, my intuition, which is where I am now.  







A House Divided: Tablighi Jamaat (TJ)
By Sajid Iqbal



Devotees at the the Raiwind Ijtima






The Tablighi Jamaat presents itself as a selfless, apolitical, multi-ethnic entity — but from behind this reserved organisational character an internal schism is emerging, with two rival camps fighting for spiritual authority.

The conflict came out into the open recently in the United Kingdom, where TJ has a significant base. In December 2017, police had to be called in repeatedly to separate brawling adherents of the two camps, both of which wanted to lay claim to the Masjid-i-Ilyas, the Markaz or central office of TJ. Things got to such a point that the Markaz was shuttered by the authorities for two weeks to allow tempers to calm down. But the schism has only grown and taken on international dimensions.

One side of the conflict originates from Nizamuddin — the oldest Tablighi centre and the de facto headquarters of the movement in the Indian capital Delhi. Here you will find followers of Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, ameer or head of the TJ shura (advisory council). Maulana Saad Kandhalvi is the great-grandson of Maulana Muhammad Ilyas, the founder of the missionary movement and the grandson of its second ameer. Due to his relationship with the TJ founder and the second ameer, Maulana Saad is revered by many in Tablighi circles.

The other camp resides in Raiwind, Pakistan — home of a sprawling complex which hosts an annual conference that attracts tens of thousands of Tablighi missionaries from all over the world. Some might say this is the rebel camp. Here, leaders have set up their 13-member advisory council, with a more international membership. Haji Abdul Wahab, ameer of Raiwind Shura and one of the senior-most members of TJ’s central leadership council, is the key figure in the Aalmi Shura, or the international advisory council. Raiwind used to be the largest gathering of Muslims outside of Haj but was overtaken by the Tongi jalsa in Bangladesh ever since foreigners became reluctant to visit Pakistan because of security reasons.

Differences between the two camps were simmering beneath the surface for a long time but these differences played out in public only recently. Emotions ran high in London, which is home to leaders and supporters of both factions, over what was deemed acceptable and what was deemed modern.

The sources of discontentment are many but going by the charge-sheet issued against him by Darul Uloom Deoband in their fatwa, Maulana Saad is accused of disrespecting the scholars and earlier prophets and putting forward “unacceptable” new interpretations of the concepts of the Quran and Sunnah.

Currently there are two TJs operating in London and in the rest of the UK. One adheres to the instructions from Nizamuddin in Delhi and Maulana Saad Kandhalvi and the other follows instructions from the Aalmi Shura centred in Raiwind. These differences were initially kept under wraps but later both factions launched Facebook pages to keep their supporters informed about the latest developments.

“Prophet Moses left his nation and went in seclusion to engage in munaajaat [conversation with the Almighty], due to which 188,000 individuals went astray,” Maulana Saad was quoted as saying in one of his speeches.

“To teach deen [religion] for a wage is to sell deen,” he is quoted as saying on another occasion. “People who commit zina [adultery] will enter jannah [paradise] before those who teach Quran for a wage.”

An audio clip of a mashwara or consultative meeting at Nizamuddin started doing the rounds among TJ circles where Maulana Saad is heard saying (to protestations): “I am the ameer ... the ameer of all ... if you do not agree, go to hell.”

It was basically due to these utterances that Maulana Saad’s opponents consider him unfit for the office of ameer saying he lacked the requisite ‘tarbiyyah’ (growth, development, loftiness).

Supporters of Maulana Saad say, however, that he wants to modernise the group by getting rid of some of the archaic practices having no roots in the Quran and Sunnah. “The elders are angry with Maulana Saad because he is trying to shake up Nizamuddin, which has been filled with a coterie of maulanas, who have vested interest in following the old path,” one of Maulana Saad’s supporters was quoted as saying at an event in London.

They mention his preference for Muntakhab Ahadith (selected sayings of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH) by Maulana Muhammad Yusuf — his grandfather — against Fazail-e-Amaal by Maulana Zikraya as the core reading material during missionary work. They also mention the new mannerism he introduced to greet the newcomers in the name of daawat, taaleem and istaqbal (preaching, education and welcome).

It was on the basis of these issues that Maulana Saad’s leadership grew ever-more contentious over time. Now TJ is divided into two camps — one supporting Maulana Saad and the other supporting Maulana Mohammad Zuhairul Hasan, son of the late Maulana Zubairul Hasan. Followers, friends and well-wishers of TJ are said to be very anxious over this adverse situation at their world headquarter.

In Nizamuddin, the rift took an extremely serious turn in June 2016, when one group of supporters attacked their opponents with lethal weapons following an argument over a prayer mat. Some 15 people were reportedly injured, and the police had to be brought in to calm things down.

In the face of death threats and vandalism, the senior members of the Shura started leaving Nizamuddin Markaz. There are two centres of activities for TJ volunteers in India — one at Nizamuddin in Delhi and another in Bhopal — and many of the Shura members moved to Bhopal to escape the conflict at Nizamuddin.

Because of the ethnicity of the leadership of the rival factions and their followers, the fracas at Nizamuddin seemed to have become a Gujaratis versus Maharashtris conflict.

The remedy for this situation was proposed from Pakistan. In November 2015, at the Raiwind annual congregation, senior members of the movement from around the world decided to reconstitute the world shura, and named 13 members to the council including Maulana Saad and Haji Abdul Wahab, ameer of the Raiwind Shura. This provided a platform to the opponents of Maulana Saad in Nizamuddin and elsewhere in the world.

Most importantly, the meeting in Raiwind “emphatically resolved to continue its business on the shura [consultative] system only and negated a particular ameer or leader for the future.” Maulana Saad rejected these resolutions and refused to sign the document.






Dear Indian Muslim Men: We Need To Talk...
By Ayesha Fakie




This may surprise you, but we are people, with feelings, thoughts, ideas, suggestions. At whatever age. Whether we work inside or outside the home.

A letter to Indian Muslim men:

Dear Dads, Husbands, Nanas, Dadas, Mamoes, Ghales and our male cousins,

We want to talk to you about male supremacy in our communities. More than certainly some of what we touch on applies to men whether they're Indian Muslim or not. But as they say, speak from your experience. Which is what we're doing. We're women who grew up Indian Muslim who always struggled to reconcile what the faith taught us about women's place in Islam, cultural customs and how we are actually regarded in our homes and community.

Some of you may say that you have no idea what we're talking about. So let us hold up a mirror. Women and girls, and only women and girls, must make you tea and serve it like docile maids to British aristocrats, bending over, tray in hand while you take it and scoop in your sugar.

While we do this, boys are playing outside, or gaming. When we have family functions, women and men are segregated in more than just space. Men hold court, having discussions on "important" matters of the day (often centred on conflicts that affect Muslims). Women are expected to talk about "womanly" things: babies and families and what grade Muzammil is in now, and how he's doing.

There's no consideration given to a man who would prefer to be talking about his kids, or fashion – or a woman who would rather discuss political economics, especially when all the uncles are spouting ignorant nonsense that reveals a basic misunderstanding of economic fundamentals. Teen boys at the edge of adulthood are allowed in, but a woman with a postgrad in finance is in the kitchen somewhere, or running after her toddlers while her husband sits back.

As we grow up and start becoming professionals in the world of work, this aspect of us is never really acknowledged – except as bragging rights when someone graduates. We are not doctors, or directors, or actuaries, or business analysts only, of course. But in our family spaces, these sides of ourselves are ignored – even willfully suppressed – so that we don't upset the community hierarchies.

Worse, women who perform most of their labour in the home are erased even further. No one asks them anything beyond family and kids; their opinions on politics or global affairs is assumed to be absent, irrelevant or nonsensical.

In our marriages, it's still expected that women do most of the work inside the home, even if both spouses have full-time jobs. Men either don't know how to do basic kitchen tasks ("What is chopping, and how is it different from dicing and quartering, and how do you even know all this?"), or you feign ignorance, hoping to turn back time to when mom did everything – right down to washing and folding your undies well into adulthood. How often have we heard jokes about wives needing to learn to cook from their mothers-in-law? The way we socialise men has long been noted as problematic.

Yes, #NotAllIndianMen – and you will no doubt have marginalia to present. But the larger trend stands, and you need to address it.

This is especially true for Indian men because in contrast to young Indian girls, Indian boys are raised to believe they can be masters of the world. This creates dysfunctional husbands and fathers. Men still proudly, for some reason, proclaim that you will never change a nappy, or cook for the family, or clean up. Reasons for this vary – "I earn more, so the missus must do it," "It's not even up for debate in the first place," or "No guy wants to 'lower' his standing by taking on women's work."

How do we reconcile this with our faith, when in the history of Islam women have always played key roles in society and the faith? Khadija (RA) was a successful merchant who was the first to accept Islam, and was the first person to stand with the prophet, even when he doubted himself, especially around others who would not believe him.

The prophet Muhammed (PBUH) worked for Khadija (RA) who was 15 years his senior and much wealthier than him. Yet in our modern communities, this is seen as unfathomable; an emasculation. Additionally, Aisha (RA) comes forth in theHadith and was sought after as one of the leading Islamic scholars of her time. Aisha (RA) opened the first ever school of fikh (jurisprudence) in Islam. She had more than 100 students including men, women and children, among them contemporary sahabah of Muhammed (PBUH).

Worst of all, we see how you treat us – which isn't great – but it's better than the way you treat coloured or black domestic workers. Or black staff at a restaurant. Or just a passerby. In a country like SA, where Indian was placed below white and above coloured, you do this because in the grand scheme of things, life didn't shake out so badly for you.

Yes, #NotAllIndianMen – and you will no doubt have marginalia to present. But the larger trend stands, and you need to address it. Indian men randomly and routinely still use racial slurs against coloured and black people – especially in the safe spaces of large family functions.

There is a common misconception that Muslim Indian communities are not affected by gender-based violence, when in reality parties are encouraged to mediate without fully grasping the complexities regarding the issue. From what we have seen, when there is public outrage, it affects the beautiful, fair-skinned Indian woman.

Islamic teachings of feminism, social justice and equality take a back seat, while patriarchy poisons and degrades our values.
You continue to enforce colourism by making it so that dark-skinned women and girls are told in many ways that they're undesirable, and you expect wives and girlfriends to look like someone out of Bollywood – with no mutual expectation that you make an effort to look like Dev Patel. Some of you walk on the beach in shorts and sleeveless tops, while your wife trails along wrangling her purdah and your kids.

Islamic teachings of feminism, social justice and equality take a back seat, while patriarchy poisons and degrades our values. More inclusive aspects of Haadith that promote these teachings are disregarded, because patriarchal men are often the only ones who have access to resources and platforms to speak.

So grown men will have no problem delivering entire lectures policing the dress code of young girls, but are nowhere to be seen when young girls need to figure out or share tactics to deal with that one uncle who doesn't know personal boundaries.

This has got to stop. Islam is as much about social justice as it is submission to Allah. We are not things;
we are not robots at your domestic service.

This may surprise you, but we are people, with feelings, thoughts, ideas, suggestions. At whatever age. Whether we work inside or outside the home.

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Ayesha Fakie is the head of the sustained dialogues programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, and Khadija Bawa is an intern in the sustained dialogues programme.


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 9 March 2018

TOPIC"Abstain from Wrong" PART 11

IMAM: Uzair Akbar









Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 March 2018

TOPIC: "Are we commanding others to do good, but forgetting ourselves?"

Surah Bakarah: Verse 44

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 March 2018

TOPIC: "To Sacrifice Your Most Beloved Asset"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Junaid started off by saying that one cannot reach Jannah until and unless one sacrifice that is most beloved to him. He gave the example of the jews and their love for dunya and status. He briefly touched on the story of Abu Salma returning to Mecca on the rumour that peace prevailed. He spoke about how Muslims emaan has dropped and how much Muslims are suffering all over the world today and it has no effect on us. He complained how today when the Quran and Sunnah is being delivered we are not attentive and we are not present, our minds are wondering. He explained who is a munafiq and asked who is fulfilling the vow of a Muslim today when the Ummah is suffering and questioned don’t we all fall under the definition of a munafiq? He concluded by advising to perform two rakats nafal and ask Allah for forgiveness.  


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 March 2018

TOPIC: “This world is just an amusement" 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Naeem started by saying how Allah has sent us to this world to prepare for the hereafter and no one will live in this world forever. He said every soul will taste death. In this life Allah has given the right to choose whether we want to go to heaven or hell. He gave an example of a person writing his last will. He quoted a hadith from our Prophet (pbuh) about three friends and gave a detailed explanation of this hadith. He explained what these friends will do and help and who are these friends and which if the friend is the best. He spoke about who is the successful person in this world. He concluded with a story of Prophet Esa Alai Salam and three of his companions coming across two bars of gold and the advice Esa (AS) gave these three companions regarding the gold bars.   


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

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Dallas Muslim leader Omar Suleiman arrested during DACA protest on Capitol Hill  



US: Dallas-area Imam Omar Suleiman was among several prominent Muslim and Jewish activists arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Monday while demanding protection for young immigrant Dreamers.

The activists were released after about five hours, Suleiman said on social media.

"I'm proud of the leaders who came out yesterday to join," he wrote Tuesday on Facebook. "It was an honor to be arrested with you! I pray that millions are inspired by your leadership."

Others arrested included Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour; Stosh Cotler and Jason Kimelman-Block of the Jewish action group Bend the Arc; and Dawud Walid, Zahra Billoo and Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

More than a dozen Muslim activists had united Monday in support of legislation to protect unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The group participated in civil disobedience outside the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Suleiman is president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. In his Facebook post Tuesday morning, Suleiman encouraged supporters to keep protesting and urged officials to take action on immigration reform.  





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Irish Mosque Opens up its Doors to the Homeless as Temperatures Fall Below Zero



IRELAND:  The Clonskeagh Mosque in Ireland’s capital, Dublin has opened up its doors for the local homeless population.

The mosque announced that they would be providing shelter to anyone regardless of race or religion as temperatures fall below zero as a result of storm Emma.

Storm Emma, nicknamed ‘The Beast from the East’ has brought snow and freezing winds to Europe.

With temperatures expected to drop to as low as minus 10, the mosque has converted one of its halls into a temporary shelter. Sleeping bags and two warm meals a day will also be provided.

Summayah Kenna, Head of Community Welfare Department with the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said,

“We will have a security team on duty at night, and maintenance teams have been alerted to make sure there is sufficient heating in the building, especially late at night”





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KB says: Sharing Raeesa Khatree's recipe from her The Great Australian Bake Off appearance.


A vibrant lime and coconut marble cake that pays homage to the stunning plumage of a peacock.


Peacock Marble Cake


Recipe by Raeesa Khatree from The Great Australian Bake Off





Lime & coconut cake
275g salted butter
2 ¼ cups caster sugar
3 tsp lime rind
6 eggs, at room temperature
2 cups self-raising flour
1 ½ tsp cream of tartar
½ cup desiccated coconut
1 tsp coconut essence
¾ cup butter milk
1 ½ tbsp lime juice

Lime cream cheese icing
90g salted butter
225g cream cheese
2 tsp finely grated lime rind
2 ¼ cup icing sugar mixture
2 tbsp lime juice, to taste

Gel colours
Electric blue
Sky blue
Lime green




1. For the cake, pre-heat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 23cm Bundt cake pan. Beat butter, sugar and lime rind until pale and creamy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Sift flour and cream of tartar. Alternatively add flour mixture and butter milk to egg mixture. Fold to combine.

2. Divide mixture into 2 parts by placing into different bowls. Add lime juice to bowl 1 and coconut to bowl 2.

3. Remove 1 cup of batter from bowl 2 and using the gel colour, tint the batter electric blue. Leave remainder of batter as white.

4. Divide batter from bowl 2 into half. Using gel colours, tint one part lime green & one part sky blue/aqua. In order to achieve the marble effect, the batter needs to be poured very slowly into pans.

5. Using a cup measure, pour batter into prepared pans as follows: pour 2 cups of white batter into the centre of pan. Then pour 1 cup of lime green batter over white layer, also starting from the centre of the pan. Using an offset spatula, very gently swirl green layer down toward white batter. Thereafter, add 1 cup of sky blue batter on top of green layer. Place half the quantity of electric blue batter onto sky blue layer into each pan, making sure it is poured into the centre of the pan again. Pour over remainder of white batter. At this stage, using a skewer stick, gently swirl white batter towards electric blue layer in order to create an effect. If there is any batter still left over in other colours, pour over remainder of batter alternating colours as already done.

6. Very gently, place pans into oven.

7. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

8. Once baked, leave cakes to cool for 5 minutes in pan, then turn onto cooling trays and refrigerate in order to speed up cooling of cakes.

9. While cake is baking, prepare icing, cream butter, lime rind and cream cheese using an electric mixer, until combined and creamy. Gradually add icing mixture and lime juice. Whip until consistency is smooth and soft peaks form.

10. To assemble, layer cakes with a thin layer of icing. Using an offset spatula, cover the entire cake with the icing. Tint a small amount of icing lime green and electric blue. Create marble effect with bright colours by swirling into untinted frosting.

11. To decorate, make feathers resembling that of the peacock using fondant. Cut out in tear drop shapes, feather the edges using a sharp knife and cutting thin lines, close together. Paint the middle royal blue, then aqua, lime green and gold graduating from the centre outwards.



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




Princess Lakshman


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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: The Dangers Of Personalising Everything

Are you easily affected by people’s words? Do you retaliate and give a nasty comeback? Do you find that sometimes people’s comments are able to ruin your mood and frustrate you? Do their words play in your mind over and over, affecting you for the rest of the day or week?

When you operate on a reactionary mode, your default setting is to react. Anything that is said to you and done to you, no matter how small, will trigger you in some way so that you produce a reaction. Most times, these reactions are in the form of damaging thoughts. These thoughts can play over and over in your mind and slowly you begin to accept them as your reality. Assumptions about yourself and others are formed in your mind as a result of these recurring damaging thoughts.

These reactions from you perpetuate your habit of personalising everything that happens to you and around you. You become sensitive to even a harmless comment. I struggled with this for years. Even a simple comment like, “You look tired” was enough to make me feel useless and a failure. I was taking everything as a personal attack and felt that I had to constantly defend myself. My reactions ranged from aggressive outbursts to passive-aggressive gestures. I lost faith in goodness in people, thinking that everyone was critical about everything I did and no one was ever acknowledging my hard work.

I failed to understand that the only one attacking me was me. The only one critical of me was me. The only one doubting my abilities was me. All because I had chosen to personalise external factors and allow them to shape my reality. I was completely disconnected from my internal compass, my intuition.

ALLAH has blessed you with a mind with immense potential. You have the ability to use your mind and become aware of these damaging thoughts the moment they begin to occur. Once you do, you will shift from the default setting of reactions and begin operating from the mode of response. This mode requires you to understand that what is said to you by people and what is done to you by people is only one aspect of your life. HOW YOU RESPOND TO THESE WORDS AND ACTIONS governs how your life unfolds.

How To Respond To Triggers

ALLAH has blessed you with a mind to articulate your response in any situation where you are being triggered, by doing the following:

1. Pause

2. Breathe

3. Listen

4. Observe your body while someone is speaking to you. Is it getting hot, sweaty, muscles are tightening, heart palpitations, shallow breathing, heavy breathing, forehead frowning, nose squinting, eyes narrowing? By observing these body sensations, you will raise your awareness that these sensory manifestations are your physical signs to guide you on choosing the appropriate response.

5. Make the choice to remove yourself from the triggering situation.

6. Understand that other people’s words and actions have nothing to do with your purpose in life.

7. Find a quiet space and breathe deeply. Drink water to hydrate yourself during these few moments of silence.

8. Close your eyes and spend some quite moments thanking ALLAH for giving you strength to choose calm over aggression.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
Women Respecting Women


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Try to do something active, no matter how small. The momentum will flow from there.


3-5mins of activity whenever possible is definitely better than not moving at all.


Push-ups, squats, dips, etc., whatever it is; no equipment needed.


So there is no room for excuses!


Do a few reps between ads while watching TV, or a few push-ups on the kitchen bench while cooking..

You’ll be amazed at the results and hopefully want to keep on keeping on.





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Jallalludin, recently arrived in Australia and wanting to earn some money, decides to become a ‘handy-man’ and starts looking for some work in an up-scale neighbourhood nearby.

He goes to the front door of the nearest house and asks the owner if he had any odd jobs for him to do.

“Well, you can paint my porch, how much will you charge?” the owner says.

Jallalludin responds, “How about $50?”

The owner says “Fine, there’s a can of brown paint and brushes in the garage.”

The owner’s wife, inside the house, overhearing the conversation asks her husband, “Does he realize that the porch goes all around the house? That’s a whole day’s job!!”

The man replies, “He should; he was standing on it. Do you think he’s dumb?”

“No, I don’t think so. I guess I’m just influenced by those stupid racist e-mail jokes we keep receiving,” she comments

A short time later, Jallalludin comes to the door and asks for the $50.

“You’ve finished already?” the husband asks.

“Yes,” he replies, “and there was paint left over, so I gave it two coats.”

Impressed, the man reaches into his pocket for the money and hands it to him.

“And by the way,” Jallalludin adds, “it’s not a Porsche, it’s a BMW".

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An Ayaat-a-Week





O you who believe! Stand firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even if against yourselves, or your parents, or your relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah takes care of both. So do not follow your desires, lest you swerve. If you deviate, or turn away—then Allah is Aware of what you do.

[Quran 4:135]


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National Zakat Foundation has had the opportunity to assist our local sisters & brothers right here in QLD.

Sara, a mum with 5 children had been in a violent and abusive relationship for many years. Fearful for her children's well being and hers, she needed to move to a new and safer place away from her husband. NZF helped her relocate by paying for upfront costs. Sara moved to new premises immediately. She and her children are no longer living in constant fear and have started a new and happier life.

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah.

I am sure you are aware of the hell that Syrians are going in the face of non-stop bombing of USA, Russia, Israel, ISIS, and you name it.
The ultimate goal is to kill as many Muslims as possible. It is a race that no global leaders want to stop.

Please raise your hands to Allah for the Mustadafeen, helpless sufferers of modern killing machines.

Islamic Society of Toowoomba has decided to collect donations for the recent victims of Syrian war.

Donations should be directed to the Imam Abdul Kader of Garden City Masjid, Toowoomba.

Alternatively, please deposit/transfer your charity to the Comm Bank of Australia:

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May Allah accept your charity for the best of His creation, and protect our helpless children, sisters and brothers in Syria.

Jazak Allah Khair.

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24 & 25 March

Sat & Sun


Best of the Best: The Two Wings of Islam 


Al Kauthar Institute

Nathan Campus, Griffith University

8.30AM to 6PM

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


17 November 2018



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib



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






Bald Hills, Brisbane


Daily program
(after Esha salah by Mufti Junaid)
Monday to Thursday = Quran Tafseer
Friday = Prophet’s (pbuh) Seerah
(All programs run for approximately 15 minutes)

Weekly Madrasa
Monday to Wednesday
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Conducted by our Imam Mufti Junaid

Every Sunday
Jaula & remembrance of Allah
between Maghrib and Isha.

All are welcome




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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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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Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

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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

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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

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