Sunday, 26 October 2014

 Newsletter 0520




.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....




National Mosque Open Day  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Walk Together to show Australia as Welcoming  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Churches and leaders of the Islamic Community meet What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Golf Tournament Registration Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Sunshine Coast Mosque Fund Raiser meets target CCN Readers' Book Club Businesses and Services
Unity Cup : Today (Sunday) KB's Culinary Corner The CCN Date Claimer
Qiamul Lail Programme at Slack Creek Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
Reading for the Young Ones

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links
Photographer created a picture of principles   Write For Us
Toowoomba Mosque and Church Leaders meet    
Yassmin: Young Queenslander of the Year
Kadri says young Muslim boys don’t feel part of Australia
They Don't Respond With Irrational Fear
What will change people's minds?
Targeting Australian Companies For Making Halal Food
French ‘Halal test’ detects presence of pork
Leaders Condemn Recent ISIS Video
ADCQ messages
Jacqui Lambie refuses mosque visit
Paris opera ejects woman in Muslim veil
Malaysia investigates 'dog patting' event
‘Veil’ done, Abbott: Aussie Parliament lifts ban
'Australian Muslim Faces'  Founder: Rafa McNulty
Australian mum explains why she wears the niqab
How 1,000 years of Arabic scholarship


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Hundreds of people have gathered across the country for a Natonal Mosque Open Day. The idea - to demystify one of the world's oldest religions and break down prejudices.


A mix of police, politicians and the public made up the attendees at the Logan Mosque Open Day, the Queensland Mosque signed up as part of the federally-funded Australia-wide National Mosque Open Day campaign conducted by the Lakemba Muslim Association in Sydney.


Amongst the speakers were Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier, Glen Elmes MP; Member for Rankin, Dr. Jim Chalmers MP; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fieravanti-Wells, Anti-discrimination Commission Queensland commissioner, Kevin Cocks; Assistant Police Commissioner, Paul Stewart and candidate for the seat of Stretton, David Forde.


Over 100 people from the broader Australian community attended the final Open Day at the Mosque.


"Attendees were very positive about this initiative and some said we should do this more often," co-ordinator of the Kuraby Mosque Open Days, Mr Feisal Essof, told CCN.


The hijab demonstration was a huge success with many women asking questions and wanting to try them one.


One visitor said: "I  liked the way there were a number of volunteers taking groups of people through. I liked the information (that we were given) to take away."




It's been a busy Saturday at a Mosque in the Perth suburb of Southern River where an open day has attracted crowds of non-Muslim visitors.

It comes just a week after two Perth mosques and the Australian Islamic College in Thornlie were targeted by vandals who threw beer bottles and sprayed anti-Muslim graffiti on walls.

Imam Burhaan Mehtar, from the Masjid Ibrahim Mosque on Leslie Street, said "about 300 people turned up and their questions covered many subjects.

"There were questions about terrorism and they found out that we don't subscribe to groups like ISIS. We told them how we as Muslim Australians are affected by prejudice and misunderstanding arising from the actions of ISIS and its adherents."

He said the open day was a great success attracting people from as far away as Bunbury. The visitors included police officers, politicians and members of other local churches.

"There were a lot of well-wishers and we received a lot of support," said the Imam.



“I’m visiting Lakemba Mosque seeking to add a deeper understanding to my friendship and connections within the Muslim community,” said Pastor Brad Chilcott, “We have different beliefs but our future in Australia is shared. It’s through listening and developing authentic relationships that we build healthy communities.”

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In a demonstration of solidarity to show Australia as a welcoming, inclusive and just country, some 600 people attended the Brisbane Walk Together event over the Kurilpa Bridge, ending on the grassed Supreme Court Plaza in George Street.


One of the organizers of the Brisbane effort, Fahim Khondiker, told CCN: "This expression of unity is an important and very timely reminder that we are all people who can get along with each other. We hope those who attended will share the joyful stories from today with all of their friends for weeks and months to come."


Amongst the speakers was Imam Uzair Akbar who told the audience, to a rousing round of applause: "To blame a religion, or to blame Islam, for the practices of a few is just like eating a rotten fruit and blaming the entire tree."


The occasion marked a "celebration of diversity and a picture of the Australia that is possible to present to our leaders and media. Australians will walk together for unity, compassion and inclusion."


Wally de Backer (Gotye), Andrew O'Keefe (Weekend Sunrise), Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill, Tom Ballard, Mariam Veiszadeh and Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane were among many other Australians who joined Walk Together in one of 18 capital cities and regional centres around the nation.

ABC TV news report



The Walk Together in Toowoomba started at the Village Green of the Toowoomba Regional Council Office area.

Mayor Paul Antonio (pictured left) spoke to the participants about the importance of this show of solidarity.


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On Monday 20 October the Heads of Christian Churches met with members of the Islamic Council of Queensland to consider ways of strengthening relations between the Christian and Islamic communities in the State that promote respect and harmony.

The meeting was precipitated by the concern over recent negative sentiments expressed toward Muslims and especially Muslim women. The meeting abhorred such actions, and called upon all Queenslanders to respect the right of all Australians to enjoy Freedom of Religion, and seeks to promote ways in which understanding and tolerance between people of different faiths can be increased.

Churches represented at the meeting included the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Uniting, Churches of Christ, Congregational Federation of Australian and New Zealand, Australian Christian Churches, Presbyterian Church of Queensland and the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia.

As well as members of the Queensland Islamic Council, representatives of the Council of Imams, Crescents of Brisbane and AMARAH attended.

Topics discussed included supporting freedom of religious ideas and practices within the Australian community, showing dignity to all people regardless of their beliefs and ways of life and speaking with a united voice to government and politicians on topics of mutual concern.

It was agreed to support initiatives such as the open mosque days, forums to educate the wider community about Islam and Christianity, invite people of different faiths to social events and the promotion of joint events and activities.

Three representatives from each faith were appointed to form a working group to produce an action plan to promote joint initiatives that uphold our Australian value of a fair go for people of all religious beliefs and cultures. Further meetings of the Heads of Churches and the Islamic Council of Queensland will be held in 2015.

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The Continental Club will be hosting its last Tournament for 2014 on Sunday 9th November 2014 at Gainsborough Greens Golf Club.


A year has past since the Club was launched on 13 October 2013.


To commemorate the Club's 1st Anniversary, a large number of valuable prizes have been secured for this tournament.


Yawalpah Road, Pimpama
Take Pimpama Exit 49 off the Pacific Highway.

Entry: Submitting your entry form by Friday 31 October (note: spots are limited. Click here to enter online.

Tee off is at 8:28 am 1st Tee Start (All players are kindly requested to be on course 30 minutes prior to your tee time).

Entry fees:
Windaroo Lakes Gold Plus Members - $45
Tcc Members - $65 pp
Non-Members - $80 pp
Name: Continental Club

Bank details:
Bank: Westpac
BSB: 034069
Acc: 020515

Reference: Your name

Payments to be made electronically by Friday 31 October 2014.








Competition Format & Rules

This is an Individual Competition
• The draw will be determined by Friday 7th November 2014
• Draw details will be emailed to all participants
• Players will play off their designated AGU Golf Handicaps (If a player does not have an official handicap one will be given to him by the Rules Committee)
• The game is for fun and should be played in an ethical manner - Please adhere to the rules of Golf
• Any issues with Rules on the day please contact either Fala Ahmed - 0434 193 801 or Idris Jangda - 0412 786 168
Handicaps are taken from Golflink and are following R&A golf rules.
Click here for competition format.

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On Friday 24 October, the Muslim organisation of Sunshine Coast (MoSC) reached its immediate target to purchase the building in the coastal town.


The dinner at the Islamic College of Brisbane was organized jointly by the Islamic Council of Queensland and MoSC and was sponsored by Qartaba Homes.


Over 400 people attended the function to support the project.


The function started with the recitation of Holy Quran followed by
- Introduction of MoSC by Mr Shaheed,
- Guest speaker, Haji Yusuf: President ICQ
- Spiritual speech by Mufti Zeeyad
- Auction by Mr Raman Dean and assisted by Mr Najeeb
- Vote of thanks by Abderrahim (MoSC)


"The next challenge for us is to get the pledges in before end of week to settle for the property which is on 3rd November 2014. In the next few weeks we will be able to quantify the exact amount generated after getting the pledges in and paying for all the expenses," Mr Riaz Janif of MoSc told CCN.


"Thanks everyone for your efforts and contributions towards this noble cause. We might forget this event later but your efforts and support will never be forgotten, Insha’Allah," Mr Janif added.

MoSC's next project is to prepare the property for a Musallah and this will require preparing a wudhu place, toilet facilities, internal restructuring, carpeting, fencing and other repairs required to make the current building suitable for the purposes.


To support this project you can donate to:


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 Come down to support the teams and support GAZA winter appeal.

Food vouchers can be bought on the day.


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How to Develop a Love of Reading in Children


Reading to children is an enjoyable experience for both adult and child. There are many benefits of reading to children as well as many reading options. Read on to find out how to develop a love of reading in your child, and how to choose a good children’s book.

As a parent, teacher or educator of little Muslims, we have an important role of imparting knowledge to bright and young minds that have incredible potential for learning and retaining information. There is no shortage of children’s books that have valuable lessons contained within, but it is heartening to see many more books, of a high quality, that are being released for children that have an Islamic element within.

Written by Muslims for Muslim children, these books often focus on an Islamic principle, Qur’anic message or life of the Prophet Muhammad and incorporate this with imaginative stories, captivating illustrations and other interesting features. By using these, as well as a variety of other books, we can instil in our children a love of books and a love of reading, whether for learning or for pleasure.




Productive Muslim by Razeena Gutta


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I can’t remember when I fell in love in photography. I think it was when I was young, and the film camera was still a kind of luxury for our family. We had to take turns using it among the siblings, and I was always the one who asked for extra film from my parents. At that time, what I knew was that photography just made me happy.

I am a person who always has a hard time expressing myself to others, and photography helps me. It is such an effortless medium of creativity for me, with no boundaries. It’s not something that I deliberately have to study or analyse, but rather something that subconsciously grows as I gain more experience while doing it over and over again.



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A meeting of Toowoomba Churces Together and leaders of the Toowoomba Muslim community leaders was held at the Cobb & Co Museum in Toowoomba. The photos show Imam Abdul Kader, Fr Brain Sparksman, Mayor Paul Antonio, and Prof Shahjahan Khan and a number of other participants.

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied (23) has been named Young Queenslander of the Year.


Born in Sudan, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and her family arrived in Australia when she was two and since then has devoted her extraordinary energy and talents to making Australia a better place.


At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally.


Yassmin has forged a hybrid career as an engineer, social advocate and media commentator and she is a sought-after advisor for state and federal governments.


Yassmin has sat on the Australian Multicultural Council, the Board of the Queensland Museum and the Design Council, contributed as a member of the Federal ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group and was on the organising committee of the 2014 Youth G20 Summit.


A role model to many, Yassmin has been recognised with many awards. Her achievements across a number of fields provide positive proof that hard work, resilience and self-belief can reap rewards, regardless of gender, faith or cultural background.

This latest award puts Yassmin in line for the National Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2015.


Yassmin posted on her Facebook:

Extremely humbled to have been named Young Queenslander of the Year for 2015, alongside some amazing names including Hetty Johnston, someone who (I hope) will be crowned Australian of the Year for her work defending children from sexual assault.

The position is more than just an honour, but a promise, inshallah. It is my hope that the platform can be used to raise issues that are important and critical to young people and Australia's future.

What does that mean? We consider ourselves the lucky country. Yet, how can this be if youth unemployment is rife (13.2% in Sept this year), if young people from diverse backgrounds don't feel like they have access and equity, and if we don't live what we preach - a fair go for all? A vision is needed...

Take five minutes this weekend to think: What do I want Australia to look like in ten years time... and how can I be a part of making that happen?

Let's work towards that common vision and make sure Australia is the prosperous, fair, lucky country that we all know it truly is.

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BRISBANE’S newest mosque president has pledged to engage troubled Muslim youths who could instead turn to “extremism, drugs or crime”.

Ali Kadri, 33 – the youngest president elected to the Holland Park mosque – told The Courier-Mail he wanted to make young Muslim boys feel part of Australia.

“From my experiences of the past two or three years, I have come to the conclusion that in most cases young people, especially young Muslim boys, don’t feel part of Australia,’’ Mr Kadri said.

“They feel marginalised and alienated and that leaves them susceptible to all kinds of negative propaganda or negativity, whether it be extremism, or drug abuse or crime.’’

Mr Kadri said the solution was to “engage with them, and make them feel part of this beautiful country”.

“In that way, we are turning their energy into something very positive for our society,’’ he said.

Terror groups including ISIS rely on social media to spread propaganda and encourage Muslim supporters – in particular young men – to join their deadly cause.

Mr Kadri said his aim was to “take up the grievances’’ of young Muslims in his community with “relevant government agencies”.

“What happens with a lot of these young boys is that they don’t know who to go to with their problems, so I want to be like a conduit and take up their cases with the local MPs, or government agencies to try to make them feel heard and perhaps find solutions to their problems.

“Holland Park mosque is 108 years old, so Islam and Muslims are an integral part of Queensland.

“I want to make the mosque a greater part of the Australian identity, not just the Muslim identity. I want to bring the mosque to the state it deserves in the community.”

He also wanted to continue “engaging with the wider community” after the mosque was the target of recent hate attacks.

“I want to say to everyone that the mosque is not just a place of worship for Muslim Australians but it is open for all Australians and I will do my best within my capacity to represent all members of our community regardless of their race, religion, culture or ethnic background.”

Mr Kadri last month organised an open day at Holland Park which attracted about 200 people and resulted in “hundreds more’’ contacting the mosque.

“It’s never easy to do something new. I didn’t know how many people would turn up for the open day, but it turned out to be a resounding success,’’ he said.

Source: Courier Mail

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Addressing the nation Wednesday night, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau send a message of support to the family of the the Canadian Forces member killed in a shooting in Ottawa Wednesday, and urged the country not to forget it's peaceful and democratic value.


At 4.18 minutes into his speech he makes specific reference to the Muslim community of Canada.



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The Huffington Post UK's Mehdi Hasan and the Guardian's Jonathan Freedland discuss Islamophobia and antisemitism at a Guardian Live event at the Royal Institution in London on 15 September. Here, Mehdi speaks about the challenges of tackling bigotry when the tools of a usual argument – facts, case studies, statistics – do not work in the face of conspiracy theories

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Some of Australia’s top food brands are being targeted for boycott via social media for producing halal foods, claiming the certification fees “directly support terrorism”.

Vegemite, Four ‘n’ Twenty pies, the Byron Bay Cookie Company, Nescafe, Colgate and Western Star Butter are among the companies being targeted for making products with halal certification.

A number of meat processors have also been singled out for producing halal products.

Halal food is prepared according to Islamic law and is similar in religious philosophy to the Jewish practice of kosher food.

The Facebook page “Boycott halal foods in Australia” has been operating for two years and calls for boycotts claiming halal fees are used to “fund Islamic expansion by any means”.

Boycott Halal is a global campaign with a strong social media presence. A change.org online petition calls on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to ban halal certification fees “as part of the Australian governments’ fight to combat terrorism”.

The petition claims:

Items such as Vegemite, an Australian icon for decades, now include a mark-up for halal certification – a mark-up which directly supports terrorist organisations.

In recent weeks The Byron Bay Cookie Company has come under sustained attack and abuse on social media pages for being halal certified and making Anzac biscuits.

The company says it is seeking legal advice after the abuse it received.

The comments posted on its Facebook page range from racist to bigoted and ignorant, including:

“No Byron Bay anything for me either. I stand firm on boycotting anything Halal. No food should be about religion. No law should be about religion.”

“Is it true that you have paid Halal certification?
If you are, you should HAVE TO display a Halal logo on your packaging. I think it’s only fair I should be given the choice as to whether I wish to buy products carying a religious certification even though in this case it’s a totalitarian regime’s certification.”

“I didn’t realise rolled oats where a meat and had to be slaughtered a certain way! Do you have to face Mecca while harvesting the crops or something? How can you not see that this halal cert of BISCUITS is not necessary!”

“What a disgrace, the thousands of Anzacs that died on the beaches at Gallipoli will be turning in their graves.”

“You guys make me sick, hopefully you lose a lot of business because of the Halal certified Anzac biscuits. Very un Australian”

Others have responded in support of the halal certification.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the company, which turns over around $13 million, says:

Byron Bay Cookie Company cookies are halal certified as we proudly make products that are enjoyed by people all over the world. We are fiercely proud of being an Australian business whose products are locally manufactured and exported to markets throughout Asia, Europe and America.

These export sales are an essential part of our business, and crucial to preserving investment and employment here in Australia.

Four ‘n’ Twenty Pies is also being abused on Facebook with angry commentators saying things such as:

“Hope your marketing people read all the posts, you jeopardise 97% of the market by being conned into paying an Islamic food tax for what 3% maximum???”

“I buy a packet of your pies every week….will no longer as you are Halal certified…..disgraceful”

“Dear four n twenty, you keep justifying your decision to pay the dhimmi tax, which is exactly what halal is, by stating over and over again that its only 5% of your range. You fail to realise that it is the principal of this that disgusts us Aussies. Do you think islamic countries pay for kosher certification? Do you think they care about what christians believe? We are in the midst of global cultural genocide and your quest for political correctness has alienated many loyal customers. You are a bunch of islamophiles and your actions are tearing our culture apart.”

Even the South Australian family-owned beer company Coopers came under attack earlier this year for producing halal-certified malt extract.

Source: Business Insider

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A new kit has gone on sale in France to detect the presence of pork or alcohol in various produce. The ‘Halal Test’ is aimed at the Islamic market and claims rapidly to detect the presence of pork in any meal.

The demonstration video directs that a piece of meat - for example, a sausage - is placed in a small flask and a few drops of hot water added.

“The appearance of two red lines means that we have pork present,” says Abderrahmane Chaoui, one of the product’s creators, as he conducts a video demonstration, displaying the finished test.

This means that the product has pork cannot be consumed by Muslims as pork consumption is outlawed by the Koran, whereas one bar means that pork is not present and meets Islamic consumption standards.

The product is the brainchild of Chaoui, 25, and his classmate, 27-year-old and Jean-François Julien.

The ‘Halaltest’ can be used not only with meals but also with beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

“Pork is the subject of a strict ban, as well as alcohol,” Chaoui stated, according to Le Nouvel Observateur.

It can be ordered individually for €6.90 (US$8.80) per packet or a pack of 25 tests, for €125.

Eventually, the company – despite being in its germinating stages – hopes to modify the test so that it is possible to recognize whether the animal from which the meat was obtained was slaughtered according to Islamic ritual, “based on blood oxygenation.”

This means that the test would truly become a test to see whether all meat was halal, rather than just directly outlawed.


“Products bearing the 'halal' stamp have emerged over the past 15 years…but consumer vigilance has increased recently,” Choui explained.

France’s Muslim population reached an estimated 6.5 million in 2013 and there is likely a big market for such a product, especially in the wake of Europe-wide horsemeat scandals.

Additionally, at the beginning of 2011, sausages labeled as Halal by company Knacki Herta had to be withdrawn from supermarkets after tests demonstrated the presence of pork.

Source: RT

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The election for rotating open positions on the Board of Directors was held last night at the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland’s Annual General Meeting. Agnes Whiten OAM was re-elected unopposed as Chairperson, Michael Yau was re-elected unopposed as Deputy Chair and Alex Daniloff was re-elected to the board. New directors on the board are: Samuel Miszkowski and Amar Khan.

Ms Whiten has served on the board for 16 years, taking time off between 1989 and 1999, has served as Chairperson since 2008, and has represented ECCQ in various advisory bodies. Mr Yau has served on the board for 12 years and has held the position of Deputy Chair since 2012. He has represented ECCQ in various Chinese forums and associations. Mr Daniloff has served on the board for 8 years, serving as Honorary Treasurer for 5 years and has served as Chairperson of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee since 2012.

Mr Miszkowski is a long term volunteer and advocate for cultural diversity on the Gold Coast. He was recently awarded the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Award for 2014 Outstanding Regional Volunteer. Mr Khan is a Public Health Auditor/Officer at Queensland Health, a dedicated community worker and Vice President of the Islamic Council of Queensland.

Outgoing board directors are Gail Ker OAM, CEO of Access Community Services and Dr Mustafa Ally OAM, President of Crescents of Brisbane and Lecturer of information systems at the University of Southern Queensland. Ms Ker served on the board for 6 years, contributing expertise in areas around settlement and employment for newly arrived migrants and refugees. Dr Ally served on the board for 6 years, contributing greatly on issues concerning Muslim communities.

“We thank Mustafa and Gail for their time and valued contributions to the board, to ECCQ’s divisions, and to our members,” said Ms Whiten. “We will continue to work with them in building a more inclusive society. We also welcome our new board directors and look forward to using their expertise in areas concerning our constituencies. The board comprises many areas of expertise and represents many communities in Queensland.”

Councillor Ray Brown, Mayor of Western Downs Regional Council, the event guest speaker, spoke on promoting cultural diversity in the Western Downs region through job creation for migrants in industries such as agriculture, and supporting new arrivals and their families through education and engaging with potential employers and businesses. He also spoke on improved social and community infrastructure to ensure communities have better access to cultural and sporting facilities, aged care services and housing.

Ms Whiten said ECCQ will continue to engage with the Queensland Government to ensure the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities are represented in areas such as health, employment and education. “We look forward to an exciting year ahead.”

From the left: Yasmin Khan, Anthony Lin, Michael Yau, Agnes Whiten, Serge Voloschenko, Surendra Prasad, Amar Khan, Alex Daniloff, Samuel Miszkowski and Alton Budd

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Media Release: Tuesday, October 21st 2014


Leading Muslim Community Organisations have expressed their profound concerns and sadness over reports that a 17 year‐old Australian, who was apparently under surveillance by law enforcement agencies has run away from home and managed to travel to Syria to fight with ISIS. In a video aired recently on Youtube he has threatened the safety of Australia and specifically mentioned the Prime Minister in his threat.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms any threat against Australians and reiterate the position of His Eminence, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, who previously said: "The recent so‐called ‘fatwa’ from overseas making reference to Australia as a target has no religious authority and must be rejected."

On this occasion, Dr Abu Mohammad said: "It is utterly deplorable for violent extremists to use Islam as a cover for their crimes and atrocities. Their misguided actions do not represent the overwhelming majority of Muslims who emulate the pure teachings of Islam such as justice, mercy and freedom.”

We believe that there is an urgent need to examine how this 17 year‐old youth felt the need to leave the country and fight with a proscribed terrorist organisation overseas. It is also imperative that the government commits further resources into addressing the root causes of radicalisation which need to be identified and adequately addressed.

We call upon everyone concerned to act with restraint and not to use this latest video to exacerbate community tensions in Australia.

Office of the Mufti of Australia
Australian National Imams Council ANIC
Islamic Council of New South Wales ICNSW
Lebanese Muslim Association LMA
United Muslim Women’s Association MWA
Muslim Legal Network MLN (NSW)
Muslim Legal Network MLN (VIC)
Australian Muslim Women Association AMWA
United Muslims of Australia UMA

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Message of community support from Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner


Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Kevin Cocks delivers a message to the Queensland community about standing up to acts of vilification and discrimination.




Have you seen public acts of vilification, racism, or abuse but been unsure what to do? This video gives you some practical tips for taking action when it is safe to do so.



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Senator Jacqui Lambie has refused an invite to visit a Sydney mosque, declaring that it is against her 'moral upbringing'.

Liberal MP Craig Laundy issued an invitation to the Palmer United Party Senator, offering a weekend visit to a mosque in his Sydney-based seat of Reid.

Appearing on Sky News on Wednesday, Senator Lambie ruled out accepting the invitation, citing religion.

"I'm a Catholic; I’m religious," she said.

"It's not my moral upbringing. I'm Australian. I simply believe in the church.

"… I wouldn’t be comfortable with that."

Her comments follow her public campaign to ban the wearing of burqas in public.

Senator Lambie called for an immediate ban on the traditional garb last month, citing security concerns.

"People can do want the want in the privacy of their own homes, but for the public safety of our children and families, remove the burqa," she said.

Source: SBS

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FRANCE: A woman in niqab, a traditional Muslim veil, was asked to leave the opera in Paris after the cast said they wouldn’t perform if a solution wasn’t found. She had to leave the auditorium, because wearing a veil covering the whole face is banned in France.

The incident happened during the performance of La Traviata at Opera Bastille in Paris (pictured above) on October 3, Jean-Philippe Thiellay the opera house’s deputy director, told AFP.

The fuss blew on Sunday, October 19, in French media.

The woman and her companion, tourists from one of the Gulf States, were sitting just behind the conductor and were visible to monitors. Their seats were reportedly the most expensive in the opera, costing 231 euros ($294) each.

The woman was wearing a niqab, a veil that covers her face and hair. It only leaves the eyes and part of the forehead visible.

She was unnoticed by the opera house’s personnel when she entered the auditorium. Thiellay said that he “was alerted in the second act by a singer," who spotted her in the front row.

"Some performers said they didn’t want to sing," if it wasn’t sorted out, he added. They didn’t like performing for a faceless audience member, reported Metronews, citing Thiellay.



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MALAYSIA: Islamic authorities looking into "I want to touch a dog" event, which was aimed at challenging stigma around the animal.

Islamic authorities in Malaysia are conducting an investigation into a controversial "dog patting" event aimed at removing the stigma regarding the animal in the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority country.

The event, titled "I want to touch a dog" and held in a park on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, encouraged patting dogs, widely considered to be unclean in Islam, and reportedly drew hundreds of Muslims, raising the ire of religious leaders.

Islamic authorities said they would investigate the event, while a Muslim leader, Nooh Gadut, said it was an attempt to insult clerics.

"Don't try to create a culture that is opposite to Islam," he was quoted by local media as saying.

The organiser, Syed Azmi Alhabshi, who is a Muslim, had said his intention was to help people overcome their fear of dogs and promote compassion towards animals.

Many Malaysians posted positive comments about the event on social media.

"This is so heart warming to see a good change in my home country," one Facebook user said.

Muslims who took part in the event last Sunday performed in a special washing ritual at the end of the event.

The Southeast Asian country generally practises a moderate brand of Islam, but conservative views have gained increasing traction in recent years, with minorities complaining of what they see as Islamisation.

Recently, rights groups appealed for the government to repeal laws discriminating against transgender people after it was revealed that the group faced assault and extortion from authorities.

Source: Al Jazeera

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CANBERRA: Australia’s Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.

The department that runs Parliament House had announced earlier this month that “persons with facial coverings” would no longer be allowed in the open public galleries. Instead, they were to be directed to galleries usually reserved for noisy schoolchildren where they could sit behind soundproof glass.

That announcement was made just as Parliament’s last two-week session was ending and had no practical effect. On Monday, the Department of Parliamentary Services, or DPS, said people wearing face coverings would be allowed in all public areas of Parliament House.

It said face coverings would have to be removed temporarily at the front door so that staff could “identify any person who may have been banned from entering Parliament House or who may be known, or discovered, to be a security risk.”

A DPS official, who declined to be named, citing department policy, said that by late Monday no visitor to Parliament House that day had a covered face. Face veils are rarely seen in the building.

The ban had been widely condemned as a segregation of Muslim women and a potential breach of anti-discrimination laws.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he wasn’t notified in advance and had asked House Speaker Bronwyn Bishop to rethink the ban.


The restriction had been authorized by Bishop, who has campaigned for a ban on Muslim head scarves in schools, as well as Senate President Stephen Parry.

The controversy came as the government attempts to assure Australia’s Muslim minority that new counterterrorism laws and police raids on terror suspects’ homes in recent months were directed at countering criminal activity, not any particular religion.

The opposition welcomed the overturning of the ban and demanded an explanation for it.

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This text was the most influential and enduring astronomical text to have survived from the ancient world. Its Arabic translation had an immense impact on the late antique and medieval world view in both Christian and Islamic lands. The Almagest manuscript was completed in 615.


Photograph: British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership

Source: The Guardian

From the 9th to the 19th centuries, scholars and scribes used Arabic as a lingua franca to debate scientific ideas.


Arabic-speaking scholars translated classical Greek, Persian and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy.


These scholars went far beyond translation and preservation and fostered a unique and vibrant scientific culture within the Arabic-speaking world.


The British Library and Qatar Foundation have joined forces to launch a new bilingual online portal, the Qatar Digital Library, providing free access to 25,000 pages of fascinating medieval Arabic manuscript.


On the left is one from a selection of some of the most influential scientific texts in history (others to follow in the coming issues of CCN).




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Good Morning,

I just wanted to thank you for forwarding the lovely letter about last week's broadcast from the Kuraby Mosque.

It was always our intention to educate and inform listeners about our Muslim Community in a positive way and we know from the supportive reaction from our listeners that we achieved that.

Yes, there were some negative attacks against me, but I definitely do not regret my actions in wearing the scarf while in the Mosque and I appreciate your support and kind comments.

Looking forward to working with you again.




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KB says: Have a go at this family favourite. Bilkish Omar's recipe shows its not hard to get the same taste and aroma of the original addictive Portuguese fast food.

Nandos-styled Chicken




1½ chicken, skinned and disjointed.
1 tsp red chilli powder
4 tab. lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. fresh ground garlic
1 tsp. ground red fresh chillies
2 tab butter


1. Marinate the chicken for a few hours in the above spices.

2. Then cook the chicken with the butter and set aside in an oven proof dish. 


1. Boil the following and simmer for 10 mins until a little thick.

½ cup fresh cream or coconut cream
½ cup Nandos peri peri sauce
½ cup Nandos garlic sauce
2 tab. tomato paste

2. Pour the sauce over the chicken and grill in the oven until slightly red.


3. Enjoy with garlic naan or rotis

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’m doing an 80km cycle challenge in a few weeks and was wondering how hard I should be pushing myself in order to get race ready. Please help.

A: Sounds awesome. My motto is if you work harder during your training sessions, you won’t have to work as hard come race day.


So really push your limits during your training sessions so you are well prepared for the race.


Make sure that you stay safe though and stretch after each ride.


Also take a rest day and do yoga or jump in the pool for your muscles to rest and recover.

Change up your routine and take it easier the week before the race.


All the best and N-JOY!!




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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


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Mula Nasruddin junior came up to his father one day: "Dad, where did I come from?".


Mula Nasruddin was shocked that a 10 year old would be asking a question like that.


He was hoping to wait a few more years before he would have to explain the facts of life, but he figured it was better a few years early than a few days too late, so, for the next two hours he explained everything to his son.


When he got finished, he asked his son what prompted his question to which his son replied, "I was talking to the new boy across the street and he said he came from Konya, so I was just wondering where I came from."


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Who receives guidance, receives it for his own benefit: who goes astray does so to his own loss: no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another...

Surah Al-Israa 17:15


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1st Muharram 1436 (Islamic New Year)

26 October


Soccer Unity Cup

FAMSY, Islamic Appeal & Youth of Brisbane

Griffith Uni Nathan Campus 

0431 800 414 

9am to 4pm

3 November


Day of Aashooraa (10th day of Muharram)

8 November


Bosniack Islamic Centre Opening

Meshiat Bosnian Islamic Council

2674 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains



15 November


Just Kidding Playdate for Charity & Children

Muslim Aid Australia QLD

Underwood Centre, 2898 Logan Rd, UNDERWOOD

0434 984 520s

11am to 3pm

23 November


Fund Raising Dinner for Slackscreek Mosque Sounds of Da'Wah

Slackscreek Mosque Organizing Committee

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

3841 3645 

2.30pm to 4.30pm



Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436

15 March 2015


2nd Toowoomba International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

10am to 5pm

7 June 2015


ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253

All day

25 July 2015



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Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

26 Sept. 2015



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All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar






Tafseer Program

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Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer







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Dars Nizame (Urdu)

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The Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website end of each week, please visit our website to download these recordings at www.masjidtaqwa.org.au.

The Tuesday and Thursdays Dars Nizame program is in Urdu, these sessions too are recorded as well as webcasted live. For webcast details please contact us via our website “contact us” page. The recordings are sent via a download link, if you are interested please again contact us via our website “contact us” page.

Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


Wednesday 26 November at the Islamic College of Brisbane (note venue change)

Commencing at 7.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

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Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
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All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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

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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

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

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

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Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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

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Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

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Blog of the Association's activities

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

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

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Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

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

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