Sunday, 8 December 2013

 Newsletter 0474




This will be the last month that Imam Akram Buksh will officiate as the Imam of Kuraby Mosque where he has served the Mosque for the past 8 years.

Next year he will begin his lifelong ambition to start his own full time Tahfeethul Quraan institution to be called the Quran Academy Australia. “Inshallah, my wish is that before I die I produce at least 100 high-quality, good mannered reciters of the Quran,” he posted on Facebook.

“Alhumdulilaa it has been an amazing experience, wonderful community, a community that I will truly miss,” he added. “I would like to thank the trustees of Kuraby Musjid for their support throughout the years, Alhumdulilaah they have treated me extremely well.”

“Also I would like to say Jazaakallahukahirun to my wonderful Musalees of Kuraby Musjid , I truly love you all for the sake of Allah swt.”

Imam Akram’s Facebook page has been inundated with messages of praise and good wishes like:

Our community especially our children have been fortunate and blessed to have you as an Imam.

May Allah reward you greatly for what you have done so far and make your future endeavors even more rewarding. We will miss your beautiful reading of the Quran.

May Allah reward you abundantly. I became deeply attached to Islam since attending Kuraby Mosque, loved your Quran recitation and your short beneficial talks after taraweeh in the Ramadan of 2009. Thanks to you, jazaakAllah khayr.

Although it’s sad you are leaving it’s also good because this is your dream and you will be doing a great thing..I’d like to thank you for all your help and knowledge since my daughter and I took our shahada just over four years ago...It was by far the best decision I have ever made. May Allah bless you greatly in your new adventure.

One local community leader told CCN on hearing of the news of the impending departure of Imam Akram: “Just the other night after Maghrib when he (Imam Akram) gave his talk I just thought back of that time when he arrived that first Ramadan as a very young man and how over these years he has matured into such a fantastic leader of our youth and turned out to be probably one the best all round Imams for Kuraby.”

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The Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA) 2013 winners have been announced at an annual awards ceremony held in Sydney on the weekend. Finalists, who have come from all over the country, were celebrated as the Australian Muslim community’s highest achievers.

Youth of the Year, Woman of the Year, Man of the Year and Lifetime Achievement were among the most anticipated of the 16 award categories, with Afghan Refugee and current Young Australian of the Year Akram Azimi taking AMAA Youth of the Year for his work as a mentor for young Indigenous people.

Now in their eighth year, these annual awards are special opportunity to celebrate the significant accomplishments of Australian Muslim individuals and organisations and raise their profile in Australian society.

“These awards celebrate the important role that Australian Muslims have played in Australia’s past and present and will continue to play in the future,” said Maha Najjarine, Mission of Hope’s President and AMAA coordinator.

The awards were held at a ceremony on Sunday 1 December 2013, with entertainment and special guest appearances by former MasterChef contestants Amina ElShafei and Samira ElKhaffir, and 2013 winner of Channel 7’s The Mole, Hilal Kara-Ali

“This is a great way to foster the community spirit and inspire our younger generations to become future leaders,” said Ms Najjarine.

Man of the Year was awarded to none other than Oguz Taskun, for his tireless efforts as director of humanitarian aid organisation World Orphan Fund. Previous recipients include Author and TV personality Waleed Aly

For 23 year old Ahmad Al Rady, who received double nominations for Youth of the Year and Creative Artist of the Year, the event was cause for celebration as he walked out with Creative Artist of the Year. Ahmad is the co-founder of the Bankstown Poetry slam, widely known as the biggest slam in Australia, and hopes to continue working to raise the importance of the arts in the community.

“This award is a testament to the importance of the arts – one of the most powerful platforms to give people a voice – and to write history with,” said Ahmad.

Women of the Year went to Tasneem Chopra for her work to facilitate Muslim women’s full participation in Australian society through programs and services designed to empower while promoting social justice.

The much anticipated Lifetime Achievement Award was this year won by Maha Abdo-Krayem OAM for her decades of service to the Australian Muslims community.

The AMAA ceremony also recognised the efforts of non-Muslims who have helped foster mutual respect and understanding by awarding non-Muslims the prestigious Abyssinian Award to AFL Auburn Tigers Captain and primary school teacher Kirrily Boyd.

The awards were sponsored by Fresh Poultry, Human Appeal International Australia and Pharmacy4Less, the awards are instrumental in raising the profile of Australian Muslims, both at an individual and organisational level and promoting their achievements.



AMAA 2013 Winners


Community Organisation of the Year Award: Crescent Institute

The Crescent Institute was founded in 2006, and is already one of Australia’s prominent businesses, with a focus on leadership and organising an impressive range of networking events and activities. Their aim is to promote a space where there is an opportunity to meet and learn from leading Australians on vital issues. Their activities include facilitating networking for professional Muslims in both Sydney and Melbourne CBDs, as well as organising seminars around a specific issue or member interest. Past highlights include hosting Kevin Rudd, Joe Hockey Bob Carr and Barry O’Farrell. In 2014 they will be launching CIMP – Crescent Institute Mentoring Program. The program will aim to give Crescent Institute members access to Australian leaders of commerce and industry to guide and mentor them in their careers.

Event of the Year Award: Islamic Museum of Australia’s Eid Benefit Dinner

The Islamic Museum of Australia held an Eid Benefit Dinner on the 11th of August 2013. It was an event for the Muslim community and was attended by many community groups and leaders across a national spectrum, with over 300 people in attendance. It included many important guests including the Foreign Minister of Australia, Bob Carr and Samira El Khafir, Masterchef 2013 finalist. The night raised over $3.15million for the completion of the IMA, with over $150,000.00 raised from the community who attended.

Best New Community Initiative Award: Activ8 Youth Mentoring Program

Launched by Bhanin Association, ACTIV8 is an early intervention program aiming to provide students with realistic positive mentors who can provide added guidance in relation to education, employment and community engagement. The program was established in 2012 and specifically caters for disengaged/at risk Muslim youth, predominantly from an Arabic-speaking background, at Auburn Girls High School and Granville Boys High School. The mentoring program is unique as it fosters building a one-on-one relationship between students and their mentors. The program was a finalist for the ZEST Awards and also receives full support from community leader Hazem El-Masri (former Canterbury Bulldogs player) and writer, Arwa El-Masri.

The Abyssinian Award: Kirrily Boyd

Kirrily is a primary school teacher who has a passion for sport. She has had the privilege of playing many sports, at representative, state and national levels. In 2011 she came across the female AFL team, the Auburn Tigers. Many of the players were Muslim and wore the hijab. Since 2011 Kirrily has been captain of the Auburn Tigers sharing with the girls her love for the sport and the all important values of a team – discipline, determination, selflessness, respect and pride. In that first year, the girls affectionately gave Kirrilly her nickname “Kizz, our Anglo” and shared with her their important values of their faith – modesty, respect, unity and good intention. Together they created a truly ground-breaking multicultural sporting team. They have had many opportunities to promote inter-faith dialogue and empower young women and multiculturalism in Australian sport.

Business of the Year Award: Hijab House

In 2011, Tarik Houchar had an idea – to bring beautiful, modest clothing to Muslim women. Instantly everyone loved the idea. No one could have envisaged that only a few short years later, Hijab House, the local shop that originated in Centro Bankstown, would grow with such welcomed ferocity. With a loyal national and international following, Hijab House has grown to cater for the fashionable the world over, with whimsical designs and a youthful vibe. Hijab House has featured in the “Faith, Fashion, Fusion” exhibition at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. It has received wide media exposure globally because of its fresh approach to modest fashion.

Media Outlet of the Year Award: Rehana Bibi

Rehana is the editor-in-chief of the Queensland Muslim Times (soon to become the Australian Muslim Times in 2014), a newspaper that already reaches more than 35,000 Muslim readers across Queensland. Rehana has been instrumental in expanding and rebranding this bi-monthly, state-based newspaper that will begin to serve the entire nation in its 10th year of existence. Rehana, who was born in Pakistan and grew up in Norway, arrived in Australia in 2000, completing her journalism degree at the University of Queensland three years later. Rehana is also a mother to three young children.

Professional of the Year Award: Ali Sowaid

Mr Ali Sowaid is an English teacher at Al-Faisal College. Mr Sowaid has also been the speaker at many Friday Prayers where his khutbas (sermons) have quickly developed a reputation for being interesting and entertaining, yet deeply insightful. Mr Sowaid devotes his time within and outside of school hours to his students. He has developed a low cost tutoring program to allow student access to more educational assistance. He has also developed and delivered programs for at-risk boys at Parramatta High School. Calm, intelligent and friendly in nature, he is both loved and admired by all at the school, and by the wider community.

Creative Artist of Year Award: Ahmad Al-Rady

Ahmad is a 23-year-old university student, young community leader and activist of Iraqi heritage. He co-founded the Bankstown Poetry Slam, a monthly event attracting an audience of over 200 people. He is an instigator within the community for raising the importance of the arts and providing performers with an avenue to speak their mind. He also mentors youth of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and works in street outreach. Ahmad is a 2012 and 2013 Australian Poetry Slam state finalist and 2013 Nimbin World Cup finalist.

Sportsperson of the Year Award: Fawad Ahmed

Fawad is an Australian cricketer who represented our national cricket team against England in the one-day series and T20 Internationals, while refusing to wear the logo of an alcohol brand on his uniform due to Islamic beliefs. He has also been an outstanding performer for the Melbourne Renegades and Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. Fawad, born in 1982, is a Pakistani refugee who fled to Australia in 2010.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Janeth Deen

Janeth was the founder and president of the Muslim Welfare Association, co-founder and president of the QLD Muslim Historical Society and diligently collects and records QLD Muslim history. She served as the secretary of the QLD Multicultural Council and a member of the Ethnic Community Council, The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin, Multicultural Development Association and the Kuraby Lions Club. Amongst these awards, Janeth also received the Australia Day award from the Brisbane City Council and the Federal Electorate of Moreton. She is a mother of five and grandmother of twelve.

People’s Choice Award: Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill has represented the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League, and New Zealand’s National Rugby Union team, the All Blacks. He has also been boxing professionally since 2009. Williams has been a source of encouragement and an inspiration to many young Muslims and the wider Australian community through his athletic excellence on the field. He was also the first Muslim to play for the All Blacks.

Role Model of the Year Award: Saara Sabbagh

Saara is the founder of Benevolence Australia, an organization that aims to nurture spiritual development through a conscious and ethical lifestyle. Benevolence has created a space for Muslims to connect without judgment. There are weekly fiqh classes, monthly community dinners, a sports program for young females and weekly madrasah (religious studies) for children. Saara has undertaken courses in Dawah, studying abroad with esteemed scholars, and specializes in counseling and intensive convert care. Saara has endeavoured to tackle this issue with an exceptional amount of tenacity, perseverance and professionalism.

Youth of the Year Award: Akram Azimi

Akram won Young Australian of the Year 2013 for his work as a mentor for young Indigenous people. Arriving in Australia thirteen years ago from Afghanistan, Akram is now studying a triple major – law, science and arts – at University of Western Australia. In 2011, he co-founded a student-run initiative to raise awareness about Indigenous issues in universities. For three years, Akram mentored young Indigenous people in the Looma community in the Kimberley region, and has mentored primary school students in the small farming community of Wyalkatchem, in the Western Australian wheat belt. Akram is also mentoring a Special Olympics athlete to help raise community awareness concerning disability issues.


Woman of the Year Award: Tasneem Chopra

Tasneem serves as chair of the Islamic Women’s Welfare Council of Victoria. Tasneem works to facilitate Muslim women’s full participation in Australian society through programs and services designed to empower while promoting social justice. She is also the Chairperson of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights (AMWCHR). Tasneem is completing a Masters in International Development in addition to running her own cross- cultural consultancy. She is listed in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 as one of Melbourne’s most influential “Movers and Shakers” of 2008 and one of the Top Ten Thinkers by The Australian Newspaper in 2009. She is also a mother of three.

Man of the Year Award: Oguz Hakan Taskun

Oguz is the director of World Orphan Fund (WOF). Established in 2010, WOF has a 100% donation policy with many including Oguz who work on a completely voluntary basis. Currently Oguz coordinates over 100 Australian volunteers for WOF and has changed the lives of over 300 orphans in Cambodia, who had experienced genocide, child sexual assault and child trafficking. He launched a program to help orphans and financially disadvantaged students to get into university. Oguz was awarded the Commonwealth’s highest bravery award as well as the Star of Courage for putting the life of another before his own.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Hajeh Maha Abdo-Krayem

Maha is the Executive Officer of the United Muslim Women Association, celebrating its 30th anniversary of service to the community. She has developed partnerships with various government and non-government organisations at a local, state, and national level. Maha has been involved with many Advisory Committees that focus on correcting misconceptions about Muslim women and highlighting the difference between religious and cultural practices, ensuring Muslim women’s needs are taken into consideration in the development and implementation of services, programs and policies. Some of Maha’s past work includes chairing a subcommittee researching the needs of young Australian Muslims in Out of Home Care, and being on the Muslim Foster Care Advisory Committee, NSW Premier’s Council for Women and Community Harmony Reference Group with the Community Relations Commission. She has received many awards, including 2013 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Medal, 2008 Queen’s Birthday recipient of the Order of Australia Medal and 2003 Award of the Centenary Medal.

Source: Muslim Village

Photos: Riaz Lalla

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Being Me, the First Muslim Women's Conference organized by women for women, was held at the University of South West Sydney on 1st December by Mercy Mission Australia.

The conference focused on the roles of Muslimahs, discussed the struggles of the changing society as it relates to the role of women, as well as addressing the daily challenges faced by women.

Speakers at the conference were:

Sr Zohra Sarwari, the author of 12 books and many E-books including "9 Steps to Achieve your Destiny"

Dr Sara Hassan, a renowned Melbourne speaker who has conducted classes on "The Rights of Women in Islam", 'Empowerment of Females Through Islam", "The Secret Women's Business", and "What Women Want to Know, But are Too Shy"

Sr Silma Ihram who pioneered Islamic schooling with Al Noori in 1983 and was the Principal and co-founder of the Noor Al Houda Islamic College and also the author of two books and producer of an educational video in Arabic. She converted to Islam more than 25 years ago..

Sr Faiza Matthews who has completed advanced studies in the Science of the Quran Recitation and is currently undertaking further studies to obtain formal qualifications in the teaching of Tajweed.

Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim, a religious adviser and Deputy Principal of the largest Islamic School in Australia. He is an Islamic Chaplain attached to Curtin University and an instructor for the Alkauthar Institute.

Sheikh Alaa ElSyed who is a Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Centre of Canada, prior to being the Executive Director for the Canadian Islamic Congress and is also an instructor for the Alkauthar Institute.

There was also a Children's Program entitled "Little Explorer;s World"
which ran from 10am -7.45pm and was divided into two groups 4-6 year olds and 7-10 year old.

More than five hundred women attended the conference from all parts of Australia.

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The nikkah of Abdul, the son of Abdul (Dado) and Safiyya Sacur, and Shaaira, the daughter of Dr and Mrs Hashim Ibrahim was performed on 5 December at the Algester Mosque.

The walimah was held on Friday 6 December at the Islamic College of Brisbane.






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A permanent salaah (prayer) facility has been established in the Brisbane CBD located at 187 George Street, at the bottom of the Empire Kebabs outlet.


To use the prayer room, simply ask the staff to let you in.


It is open 24 hours a day and caters for both males and females.

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Last Thursday Mr Anas Abdalla, chairman of the Future Leaders Group, delivered the key note speech at the 50th National Supply Chain and Logistics Awards night at the Sydney Opera House on leadership in corporate Australia.

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The Queensland Police Service's 'Partnering for our Community’ workshop was held on on Saturday 30 November at the Multi Faith Centre, Griffith University Nathan Campus.

Despite the inclement weather, more than 70 participants, including Imams, Mosque representatives, community leaders and teachers, as well as ADCQ, MFC and QPS members attended the first of a number of planned workshops for multicultural communities.

Commissioner Stewart said in his opening address: "The workshop opens the lines of communication and provides an avenue for frank discussion that benefits all areas, by holding workshops with cultural groups. We can work together to make our community safer and build stronger relationships.”

Mr. Robert Cavallucci MP, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs; Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, Assistant Commissioner Gayle Hogan, Imam Yusuf Peer, Imam Uzair Akbar, Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla and ADCQ Commissioner Kevin Cocks addressed the workshop.

Presentations were made by: Deputy Commissioner Neroli Holmes, Senior Conciliator Tom Lipscomb, Det. Sgt John Kilburn, Det. S/C Nigel Johns, S/Sgt Ken Koplick, Sgt Leisa Wathen and Police Liaison Officer Sabrina Rabbani.

Dr Brian Adams took on the role of Master of Ceremonies and the Hon. Gary Hardgrave facilitated the Q & A session.

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Muslim community leader Keysar Trad has been ordered to repay Alan Jones (pictured) $10,000 after the broadcaster was granted the right to appeal against a tribunal decision Mr Jones had incited hatred of Lebanese Muslims.

The NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal found in 2009 that Jones had "incited hatred, serious contempt and severe ridicule of Lebanese Muslims" through comments made on air in April 2005.

The tribunal awarded $10,000 in damages to Mr Trad, ordered the talkback host make a public apology and directed Jones' employer, Harbour Radio, to conduct a "critical review of its policies and practices on racial vilification" and staff training in such matters.

Jones has since launched two attempts to overturn that decision and on Wednesday the NSW Supreme Court ordered that his appeal be allowed.

The court set aside a decision made by the tribunal in October last year to dismiss an appeal and also ordered that Mr Trad repay the $10,000.

The decision means the eight-year court battle will continue into 2014.


Source; Sydney Morning Herald

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Muslim or halal travel is becoming a big business, and countries beyond the Muslim world have begun to develop strategies to attract these typically high-spending travelers from around the world. These include catering to their halal food habits, prayers habits and other modesty requirements that come with the religion.

According to Thomson Reuters’ first “State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2013“, which released at the Global Islamic Economy Summit last week in Dubai, the global Muslim spending on tourism (outbound) is estimated to be around $137 billion in 2012 (excluding the religious hajj and ummrah travel), making it about 12.5 percent of global tourism expenditure.


Among the top source markets, expenditure wise for 2012, the country rankings from this report is a bit of a surprise, with Iran topping as the country that spends the most, ahead of even Saudi Arabia and UAE. Russia, Germany and France are the three largest Muslim travel source markets from countries where Muslims are a minority.

Spending from tourists from these countries below, internationally, in dollars, in 2012:


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Saudi Arabia


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Source; SKIFT travel 

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Lack of access to safe drinking water is major concern in Somalia and it is one of the primary causes of displacement. Around 70% of Somali population do not have access to water; only 29% of urban population have access to improved drinking water, while only 10% in rural areas have access to water.

What we're doing
To help combat this issue, we've developed a Sadaqah Jaariyah project to dig a borehole in Somalia which will assist 10,000 people and animals gain access to clean water. This will in turn provide safe water collection for women, renewed education for children and improved health for the community.
Location: Lower Shabelle Region, Somalia
How much is needed: 1,799 shares (3,201 shares already donated)
Estimated drilling and construction time: 10 weeks

How YOU can help!
By donating a share of just $20, you can reap the benefits of continuous rewards whilst also providing clean water for a community, in shaa Allah.
Please click on this link to Dig Deep 4 Somalia: http://9nl.eu/digdeep4somalia.
or to donate via Direct Deposit:
Muslim Aid Australia | Commonwealth Bank of Australia | BSB: 062-191 | Account no: 10 448 216 | Reference: Somalia water (Your Name)

*Sadaqah Jaariyah: a form of charity which will provide you with rewards for as long as people benefit from your good deeds.*



Queensland appeal for clothes


Once again Somalia has been hit by devastating floods. This time it is in the Puntland area.

The Somali community is aiming to raise funds for a container to be sent as soon as possible. To fill the container the following goods in good condition are required.

Women's clothing including abayas and hijabs Children's clothing Men's clothing Shoes Linen Blankets Prayer mats.
School books and writing implements.

Janeth Deen has agreed to be their collection point and will pack the goods for their weekly collection.

Janeth Deen 0435 086 796 please ring before dropping off goods.

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In the lead up to the International Human Rights Day on December 10th 2013, the Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) has announced the release of a major new report into the growing problem of online hate targeting the Muslim community.


The full report, titled ‘Islamophobia on the Internet: The growth of online hate targeting Muslims’, will be available from this page on December 10th to mark the International Human Rights Day.

The report examines anti-Muslim hate on Facebook and was produced by the Online Hate Prevention Institute, Australia’s only charity entirely dedicated to the growing problem of online hate, in consultation with the Islamic Council of Victoria, the peak body representing Victoria’s Muslim community. The report follows previous major works by OHPI examining online hate against Indigenous Australians, the Jewish Community, and the ANZACs and Military Veterans.

This major work examines 50 anti-Muslim Facebook pages. The Facebook pages range from “The Islamic threat” which today passed the 113,000 supporter mark and continues to rapidly grow, to “Mohammad the PIG” which vanished after reaching 2000 supporters. From these 50 pages the report documents 349 images of anti-Muslim hate. These images represent 191 unique images and many repetitions as messages of hate move between the different pages. The message of hate in this report are divided into seven themes which the report discusses.


The themes of anti-Muslim hate and an illustrative example of each:

Muslims as an Economic Threat

Muslims as a Cultural Threat

Content Dehumanising or Demonizing Muslims

Threats of Violence, Genocide and Direct Hate Targeting Muslims

Hate Targeting Refugees / Asylum Seekers

Muslims as a Security Threat or Threat to Public Safety


Other Forms of Hate Speech

American, British and Australian nationals provide the highest level of support to these pages of hate. Of the pages examined 13 of them were specifically Australian in nature. Pages like “Look after Australians first deport all illegal boatpeople”, and “Australian Defence League Official Adl Est 2009″.

This report aims to highlight the existence of what is a serious hate speech problem on Facebook. To the extent that this content gives a window into the hate speech against Muslims that is currently circulating in society, we hope this report assists community leaders, policy makers, law makers and researchers in better understanding and responding to this threat to an inclusive society. In democracies inclusiveness is regarded as a public good, as such, this hate speech is not only an attack on the Muslim community but an attack on society as a whole. We must work together to tackle this growing problem.

Additional Resources:
• The foreword from the Islamic Council of Victoria
• The Executive Summary to the Report
• Selected extracts from Statements of Support for the report.

The provided extracts are from statements of support from:
o The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP
o The Hon John Brumby
o Ghaith Krayem (Islamic Council of Victoria)
o Prof. Andrew Jakubowicz
o Dr Hass Dellal OAM (Australian Multicultural Foundation)
o Peter Wertheim AM (Executive Council of Australian Jewry)
o Priscilla Brice (All Together Now)
o Dr Dvir Abramovich (B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission)
o Craig Rowley (LeadWest)
o Nina Bassat AM (Jewish Community Council of Victoria)

Journalists, bloggers, and relevant organisations and governmental departments wishing to receive a copy of the report before December 10th should e-mail OHPI.


Source: The Online Hate Prevention Institute


Thugs bash Muslim schoolgirl wearing hijab in Wantirna South

VICTORIA 3 DECEMBER: Teenage thugs bashed a young Muslim girl wearing a hijab in what has been described as a racial attack in Wantirna South.

The high school student was walking home from Westfield Knox along Stud Rd when she was set upon by a group of teenagers, according to Knox councillor Joe Cossari, who said it was a racial attack.

The teen was punched to the ground and kicked, but didn't report the assault to police because she feared ­reprisals, Cr Cossari said.

Councillors condemned the violence after hearing details at a recent ­council meeting.

"We have to defend the right of all citizens so that our people can walk freely without fear," Cr Cossari told the council meeting..

"As a Christian and an Australian I will defend the rights of all religious groups and, in this case, the Muslim brothers and sisters of this municipality.

"To bash up a young girl because of what she was wearing is unacceptable.

"I will not tolerate this type of activity against any citizens of this municipality or this country.

"We pride ourselves on ­being a multicultural society, we talk about multiculturalism in our policies, but having this happen on our front door is not acceptable."

Mayor Darren Pearce told Knox Leader he was shocked, but believed it was an isolated incident.

But Islamic Council of Victoria spokesman ­Mohamad Tabbaa said it wasn't as simple as ­Melbourne having "bad ­apples", because many ­Muslims experienced racism from time to time.

He said most physical and verbal attacks were against women who wore hijabs, which attackers tore off, creating fear in the Muslim community.

"We encourage them ­(victims) to contact us and police," Mr Tabbaa said.

If victims feared making an official report, the ICV could offer advice and ­support, he said.

Knox criminal investigation unit Senior Sergeant Neil White said the ­offenders could face ­assault charges, but police relied on victims to come forward.

He said police collected information on racially motivated crime to identify emerging trends and worked with communities being ­targeted.

Knox did not have a high number of racially motivated attacks, he said.

Source: Herald Sun

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Currently seeking part-time experienced retail staff for our business on the Gold Coast. Potential candidates with exceptional customer service skills, own transport and availability between Monday and Saturday please send resume to: nadiyah@bigpond.com.

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Salam Sisters,

The ladies at Al-Nisa are holding a FEMALE ONLY bowling day at AMF Mt Gravatt on Thursday 19th December at 1pm. We thought it would be a nice opportunity to get together in a friendly environment and show off your hidden bowling talent!

Unfortunately, food/ snacks will not be provided by Al-Nisa, however snacks (chips and soft drinks) can be purchased at the AMF canteen- house rules. Hot food and other edible items will not be Halaal, therefore packaged snacks will be the only option.

Keep in mind, there will be other males at the location, but this event and the people in attendance will only be females. Anyone is welcome, but this event has LIMITED numbers so please confirm your booking quickly! You are also welcome (and encouraged) to share our event poster with other Muslim sisters.

The price is $18.90 for 2 games.
However everyone needs to RSVP to Al-Nisa by phone by Monday 16th December. If there has been no phone call or message to the number indicating how many people will be coming, they will not be booked for.

The number to contact is 0413 360 913

Wsalam, Al-Nisa Management Committee


Gender-mixing while shopping allowed: Senior Saudi scholar

Senior Saudi Islamic scholar Sheikh Abdullah bin Suleiman bin Manei, is a member of the seven-man Supreme Scholars Authority in Saudi Arabia. (Pic credit: Sada)



SAUDI ARABIA: Muslim women are allowed to mix with males at shopping centres and hospitals, but they should be dressed decently and avoid seducing men, according to a senior Saudi Islamic scholar.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Suleiman bin Manei, a member of the seven-man Supreme Scholars Authority in the conservative Gulf Kingdom, said women should spend more time at their homes but advised men to listen to their wives and not to ignore them.

‘Sada’ Arabic language published what it said were new Fatwas (Islamic edicts) by Sheikh Manei on various social issues in the country, where gender mixing is strictly banned in most places, including schools and universities.

“As for gender mixing in public places, unintentional mixing in such places as shopping centres and hospitals is not prohibited, but my advice to women is that they must dress decently and keep their face veil on.

“They should also avoid seducing men,” he said.

Asked about women who are sterilised, he said such acts are prohibited in Islam but Muslim women can stop getting pregnant temporarily to contribute to birth control.


“This is because women need rest sometimes and also need to look after their children. Stopping getting pregnant for a while will benefit women,” he said.

Sheikh Manei, also an adviser at the Saudi Royal Court, said women can go out shopping and to other places but advised them to spend much of their time at home to look after their children and stave off problems that could lead to a divorce.

“As for men who seek to sideline women, I say that women who present their opinions are not violating their decency. “Women are our sisters and we should listen to their opinion and accept it if it is right.

“There have been many cases when women presented the right opinions and view points,”
he said.

Sheikh Manei also appeared relatively open to women getting jobs but again stressed they should be dressed decently.

“Women can take any job provided they do not hold all the powers in any company.

“They can start business and have a position in a company.

They also can manage their own assets as long as they stick to a decent appearance.”


Source: Emirates247


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South Africa's first parolee Aalim

SOUTH AFRICA: Moulana Saeed Ncane graduated at Darul Uloom Numaniyya Durban recently.

Imprisoned in 2000 Moulana Ncane accepted Islam at Westville prison due to the efforts of the Muslim Prison Board KZN in 2003.


He was released on parole in 2008 and studied an imaamat course at Madrassah Talimuddeen Isipingo Beach and then began an Aailm course at Madrasah Miftahul Falaah in Harding.


You can listen to an interview with Ml Saeed Mcane.


Source: Cii Broadcasting


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Norwegian halal reindeer "tastiest meat in the world" 



OSLO: Norway's first-ever halal reindeer meat will soon make it to the dinner tables of Muslims across Norway and places as distant as Dubai.


Vilteksperten, a slaughterhouse that specialises in game meat, has slaughtered 105 reindeer according to Muslim law, in cooperation with the Islamic Council of Norway.


"It's the tastiest meat in the world," said Harry Dyrstad, head of Vilteksperten.

Their reindeer are slaughtered using the same method as for halal meat -- the animal has its throat cut and its blood drained out -- but the halal method includes recital of Tasmiyah by an Islamic authority.


Halal reindeer meat is new in Norway, although in 2010 the Russian autonomous region of Yamalo-Nenets reportedly exported 1,000 cans of this product to Qatar.

"Those who have tried it say it's the best in the world," said Mehtab Afsar, secretary general of the Islamic Council of Norway. "I'm really looking forward to trying it when it arrives in the shops,” he said.

Source: Saudi Gazette


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Madrassas in India attract Hindu students

More than 60% of the students in Orgram Chatuspalli High Madrassa are non-Muslims



BENGAL: Islamic seminaries with modern curriculum in eastern Indian state of West Bengal are helping to bridge religious divide.

Clad in white and blue salwar kameez (traditional Indian dress) and translating an Arabic verse from her Islamic studies textbook into Bengali, 15-year-old Puja Kshetrapal could pass for a Muslim. But she, along with almost half of the 200 tenth graders in Chatuspalli High Madrassa in Orgram village in India's West Bengal state, are Hindus.

"Although it is called a madrassa (Islamic seminary), people in the area view it like a good regular school. So, my parents chose to send me to this institution," Puja told Al Jazeera.

Anwar Hossain, the headmaster of the Orgram madrassa located 125km north of the state capital, Kolkata, says that it is mostly its modern curriculum that has made the institution increasingly popular in the Hindu-majority society.

"Ordinary people believe that a madrassa is a place where students are taught only religious subjects, and that it has no connection with modern education," Hossain said.

"For some years we have been working to change their notion. We are teaching our students all general subjects as their counterparts are studying in regular schools," he said.

"After studying in our madrassa, children can plan their career in any field of their choice. This is the main reason why more than 60 percent of more than 1,400 students at the madrassa are non-Muslims now."

Even, 11 of the 32 teachers in the madrassa are Hindu, Hossain added.

Modern curriculum

Madrassas are usually thought of as Muslim-only schools where children study only theology and end up as religious teachers or clerics.

After 9/11, many in the non-Muslim world viewed South Asia's tens of thousands of madrassas with suspicion, regarding them as a breeding ground for radical strains of Islam.

But in recent years, defying the stereotype, nearly 600 government-recognised madrassas in West Bengal have introduced a mainstream school curriculum, and non-Muslims are studying in almost all of them.

Currently, about 15 percent of the students in the state's modernised madrassas are non-Muslims, and many of them are expecting to become engineers, doctors, scientists and other professionals.

Anwar Hossain, the headmaster of the Orgram madrassa located 125km north of the state capital, Kolkata, says that it is mostly its modern curriculum that has made the institution increasingly popular in the Hindu-majority society.

"Ordinary people believe that a madrassa is a place where students are taught only religious subjects, and that it has no connection with modern education," Hossain said.

"For some years we have been working to change their notion. We are teaching our students all general subjects as their counterparts are studying in regular schools," he said.

"After studying in our madrassa, children can plan their career in any field of their choice. This is the main reason why more than 60 percent of more than 1,400 students at the madrassa are non-Muslims now."

Even, 11 of the 32 teachers in the madrassa are Hindu, Hossain added.

Modern curriculum

Madrassas are usually thought of as Muslim-only schools where children study only theology and end up as religious teachers or clerics.

After 9/11, many in the non-Muslim world viewed South Asia's tens of thousands of madrassas with suspicion, regarding them as a breeding ground for radical strains of Islam.

But in recent years, defying the stereotype, nearly 600 government-recognised madrassas in West Bengal have introduced a mainstream school curriculum, and non-Muslims are studying in almost all of them.

Currently, about 15 percent of the students in the state's modernised madrassas are non-Muslims, and many of them are expecting to become engineers, doctors, scientists and other professionals.

Funded by the state, the madrassas which are located mostly in rural Bengal charge no fees, and offer free school uniforms and mid-day meals, making them especially attractive to students from poor and lower middle-class families.

Examples of Muslim students who attended the madrassas and are now successful in their careers have spurred many non-Muslim families to send their children to the madrassas, many say.

"In Hindu-dominated society until some time back, madrassas - identified as Muslims only institutions - carried a stigma. Non-Muslims and even many Muslims used to stay away from them," Dr Khandkar Fariduddin, an eye surgeon and an alumnus of a modern madrassa told Al Jazeera.

"But, now that they have known that a madrassa student can also become a doctor, engineer or other good professional, they are shedding their inhibitions and sending their children to these modern madrassas," he said.

"Now the modern madrassas are part of mainstream education infrastructure in West Bengal."

International accolades

In 2006, the federal government-appointed Justice R Sachar Committee recommended in its report on Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslim Community in India that the madrassas in the country needed to be modernised in efforts to boost development in the backward community.

In 2007, West Bengal became the first state to begin the modernisation of the traditional madrassas with support from the federal government as part of the Prime Minister's 15-Point Programme for Minorities.

Two years later, the process of modernisation of the madrassas earned West Bengal international accolades.

Madrassas based on strong intellectual traditions that draw from other cultures and religions can help overturn the historical divide between Hindus and Muslims
Prasenjit Biswas, Professor, North Eastern Hill University.

A student in the computer education class at Orgram Madrassa 


The Brookings Doha Center, which is located in Qatar and is sponsored by the Brookings Institution of Washington, in 2009 identified Bengal's madrassas as models for modern education and suggested that Pakistan should emulate them.

"Madrassas have a noble history of use in furthering the cause of science and learning in medieval Islam, but that tradition has been largely forgotten in Pakistan because of a relatively uneducated theological establishment taking over the administration of most madrassas," said the Brookings study, Pakistan's Madrassas: The Need for Internal

Reform and the Role of International Assistance.

The report noted that in West Bengal, "because of the higher quality of education at the madrassas, even non-Muslims were actively enrolling in them."

Mohammad Fazle Rabbi, president of West Bengal Board of Madrassa Education, said that the modernisation of the madrassas had benefited the society immensely and that the process would continue.

"The modernisation of the madrassas was originally aimed to expose an increased number of Muslim children to modern education and to empower the backward community. But our madrassas have ended up helping Muslims as well as non-Muslims," Rabbi told Al Jazeera.

"They are not viewed as Muslim-only institutions any more...rather are serving the society as a whole."
Benefits community

When the local government began introducing mainstream school curriculum in West Bengal in 2007, several Muslim leaders resisted the government action, terming it as an attack on the madrassas and Islam.

But now several community leaders have come out in the open in support of the modernisation and other provinces like Maharashtra, Bihar and Kerala have also started revamping the curriculum of their traditional madrassas.

"We cannot achieve anything substantial until the madrassa system is modernised following the latest trends in the education sector the world over. So, the ongoing modernisation of the madrassas is in the interest of our community," All India Muslim Women's Personal Law Board President, Shaista Amber, told Al Jazeera.

"Muslims should actively support this process of reform of madrassa education."

Viewing the introduction of contemporary curriculum to the madrassas as "a fusion between the faith and modern systems of knowledge, especially of science", North Eastern Hill University professor and social activist Prasenjit Biswas said that along with others, the Muslim community is benefitting immensely from the "attractive educational and cultural innovation".

"Madrassa students learning science would locate themselves at the borderlines of natural sciences and faith as a practice. The fusion results into something like opening of the mind towards newer developments and also turning an open and enlightened mind towards the sacred," Biswas said.

"This would generate a balanced and refined personality who can negotiate between differences of approach and stand as a bridge between Islam and modernity."

Bridging communal divide
Non-Muslim students studying in these madrassas have a special opportunity to get an exposure to Islamic as well as the modern western knowledge systems, and it is creating a new positive orientation to their life by combining the best of both the worldviews, he said.

Students at the Orgram madrassa gets free mid-day meals provided by the government  

"Madrassas based on strong intellectual traditions that draw from other cultures and religions can help overturn the historical divide between Hindus and Muslims, as easy access to Islamic tradition combined with other such traditions shall build up inter-cultural and inter-religious bridges," Biswas said.

Agreeing to the view of Biswas, Prince Haldar, a 12th grade Hindu student at Orgram madrassa, said that his madrassa education had helped him better understand Islam and had brought him closer to Muslims.

"Before I came to study in this madrassa, I was told that Islam was a militant religion and Muslims could not be friends of Hindus. I also heard that Muslims were biased against other religions," Prince told Al Jazeera.

"But now after studying in this madrassa for five years I have found that people have many incorrect beliefs about Islam and Muslims."

Source: Al Jazeera


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Cameron again tarnishes image of British Muslims abroad 


UK: For the second time, Prime Minister, David Cameron, has tarnished the image of British Muslims abroad after previously using a speech on radicalisation and “Islamist extremism” in Munich in February 2011.

During a visit to China Wednesday, Cameron used the occasion to unveil yet further repressive measure against the British Muslim community, warning that people and groups were spreading a “poisonous narrative that can do so much damage to our country and poison and radicalise young minds.”

“There are just too many people who have been radicalised in Islamic centres, who have been in contact with extremist preachers, who have accessed radicalising information on the internet and haven’t been sufficiently challenged. I want to make sure in our country that we do this effectively.”

The new proposals come from the report of his Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism, set up in the wake of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and attempts to give an official definition of the misguided term “Islamist extremism”, claiming it is a distinct ideology not to be confused with traditional religious practice.

“By using words and phrases such as ‘Islamist extremism’, the Prime Minister is yet again sending a wrong public message that the problem is to do with Islam and therefore demonises all Muslims,” Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi warned, adding that such use of phrases will increase Islamophobic attacks against Muslims, Islamic centres and mosques.

The report insists that the Government will “fight terrorism of every kind, whether based on Islamist, extreme right-wing or any other extremist ideology” yet solely focuses on new measures directed at Muslims, madrasahs and mosques.

It refers to the brutal killing of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham at the height of terrorist attacks against mosques but fails to mention any specific proposals to counter such terrorism by fascist and white supremacist groups.

Source: The Muslim News


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Somewhere in America, Muslim Women Are “Cool” 

Sana - Senior Online Editor for The Islamic Monthly


It’s a bit sad that I’m ambivalent about writing this column. After voicing my critiques on the subject on Twitter, I was attacked as being ’a hater,’ ’catty,’ ‘jealous,’, ‘emotional’, ‘judgmental’ and, my favourite one, a ‘feminazi with a political agenda.’

As if there’s any other kind of feminazi.

Why the attacks? Because I, like many Muslim men and, more importantly, women, feel really uneasy about a video released yesterday by the group (movement? cultural tour de force?) Mipsterz – Muslim Hipsters. The video, set to Jay Z’s Somewhere in America, features well produced shots of stylin’ hijab clad women strutting their cool in and around random urban areas. Aesthetically, it’s really hip, smooth, fierce and, for all intents and purposes, cool.

But that’s about it.



The Islamic Monthly



What it means to be a 'Muslim hipster'

Ruby Hamad


Can a veiled Muslim woman also be an American Hipster? So asks list-astic website Buzzfeed in response to a video put out by a Muslim American organisation calling itself “Mipsterz ” or Muslim Hipsters.

In the video, set to the tune of Jay Z’s somewhereinamerica (one word), and titled Somewhere In America (three words), the video features a veritable bevy of Muslim beauties who prove how non-threatening they are by wearing half-hearted hijabs, dancing, and riding skateboards in killer heels.

I understand the intention behind the video is to suggest the compatibility of Islam with western culture. Even the name of production house behind it –Sheikh and Bake- is a hybrid of west and (middle) east.


Daily Life

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Five Arab states top the most corrupt list 



Five Arab countries are ranked among the top 10 most corrupt nations, according to Transparency International's newly released annual Corruption Perceptions Index, as instability in the region has profound effects on governance.

The list, published on Tuesday, ranks countries on an index score that relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by country analysts and business people, and ranges between zero, which is highly corrupt, and 100, which is very clean.

Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Sudan all scored less than 20, as their governments deal with massive instability in the face of civil war and armed groups, or nations where the lead researcher of the study said the regime is not "functioning effectively".

"Corruption is very much linked to countries that fall apart, as you see in Libya, Syria, two of the countries that deteriorated the most," Finn Heinrich told AFP news agency. "These are not countries where the government is functioning effectively, and people have to take all means in order to get by, to get services, to get food, to survive."

But the problem is not just instability, but a lack of accountability, Emad Shahin, professor of political science at the American University in Cairo said.

"There is no transparency as reflected by laws that would allow for freedom of information and people's access to it, even in Arab countries that would be considered more advanced in terms of democratic transition," Shahin told Al Jazeera, adding that "despite any kind of superficial appearances, societies in these countries also suffer from a lack of participation at all levels, from local politics to holding the judiciary responsible for governmental oversight."

"While all these factors contribute to these results, corruption as an institution in and of itself cannot be ignored, as even those who address corruption cases are often manipulating them for political reasons, and not through a systematic will to uproot it," he said.

Other countries ranked in the bottom three include Afghanistan and Somalia, where NATO and US special forces have intervened for several years now.

Afghanistan, Heinrich said, is "a sobering story. We have not seen tangible improvements".

"The West has not only invested in security but also in trying to establish the rule of law.


But there have been surveys in the last couple of years showing the share of people paying bribes is still one of the highest in the world."

Widespread worldwide corruption

Meanwhile, the top 10 ranked nations include the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, Singapore, and British commonwealth nations Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

But Huguette Labelle, the Chair of Transparency International, said that while "the top performers clearly reveal how transparency supports accountability and can stop corruption, [they] face issues like state capture, campaign finance and the oversight of big public contracts," especially with regards to corporate involvement in economic and governmental affairs.

According to Transparency International's press release, "more than two-thirds of the 177 countries in the 2013 index score below 50", indicating that public institutions in particular require more openness and transparency in the decision-making.

However, while corruption in public sectors such as political parties, the police and justice systems remains a massive challenge, according to the watchdog, "efforts to respond to climate change, economic crisis and extreme poverty will face a massive roadblock," unless "international bodies like the G20 crack down on money laundering, make corporations more transparent and pursue the return of stolen assets."

Source: Al Jazeera

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During the Middle Ages, when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Arab scholars and historians translated most of the works of the Greek scholars, thereby preserving some of the greatest intellectual achievements that are the cornerstone of Western civilization.


For the next few weeks CCN will offer an English word that has, as its origin, the Arabic language:


English Arabic Origin Arabic Meaning
 magazine  al-makhzan a storehouse; a place of storage
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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


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Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: Enjoy the warmth of hot red chillis blended with seasonings to create the fire that is perfect on chicken or anything that needs a little spice! Simply delicious!

Steers-styled Peri Peri Chicken



1 chicken cut up into 8 pieces
1 tab vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp crushed chillies
1 tsp ginger garlic mix
1 tab butter
2 tab Steers peri peri sauce
2 tab Steers garlic sauce
2 tab tomato sauce
¼ water 



1. Marinate chicken with the first 5 ingredients for approximately an hour.

2. Cook the chicken until tender.

3. Heat the butter and add all the sauces and let it simmer for approx 2 minutes.

4. Combine the chicken and the sauces and lastly add the water and simmer for 2 minutes.


5. Serve hot with roti or roll.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I've been working out on my own for a while now and would like to join a gym soon to experience some classes.
Do I have to have a certain level of fitness and I am not really that coordinated. Does that matter?

A: Not at all. It's definitely mind over matter. You'll find the gym filled with people at different fitness levels - from hard core to first timers.. It's for everyone! Just ensure you are cleared by your GP before you join.

You'll enjoy the different classes on offer as long as you work at your own pace while still challenging yourself of course. Don't worry too much about being coordinated, just enjoy and stay safe while exercising.

All the rest will fall into place and you'll meet some amazing people.








My Health and Fitness

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“One of the most important things in marriage”, said Imam Mula Nasruddin at a marriage workshop, “is to get to really know your spouse well."


"For example,” continued Mula Nasruddin, “How many of you know what’s your wife’s favourite type of flower?”

Jallalludin leaned over to his wife and whispered, “It’s Snowflake all-purpose flour isn’t it?”

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I don’t eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, should I take a supplement instead?


Supplements should not replace a healthy diet - the best way for your body to get nutrients is from food.

Vitamin and mineral supplements may be useful for people who can’t meet their recommended dietary intake (RDI) for a nutrient through diet alone.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet means not only getting important vitamins and minerals but also other food components such as fibre, protein and antioxidants.

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating can help you to choose a selection of foods in the right amounts for your age. By following these guidelines and including a variety of different foods in your diet you will be able to meet the RDI for vitamins and minerals.

A good place to start is to aim for two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day.
For individual advice and tips on how to include more variety in your healthy eating plan contact an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).

Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

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

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O you who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: and spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, you would most abhor it... But fear Allah: for Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.  

Surah Al-Hujurat 49:12


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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

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

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)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

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 Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

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)

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 subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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