Sunday, 3 May 2015

 Newsletter 0547




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




Crescent Institute: First-in-Best-Dressed!  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Richmond's Bachar Houli allegedly racially abused  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
MAA & MCF present “Orphan and Me.” What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
AIIC students of the Month (April) Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
"Got the Mosque Going Up on a Friday"

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Federal MPs back Halal Certfication

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Building bridges of understanding

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

Islamic finance, property purchase and stamp duty

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

Infographic map of world religions  

Write For Us

Muslim Marriage Apps


Cameron in an exclusive interview
Saskia in the Suburbs: Kuraby
Anti-halal campaign 'ignorant and prejudiced'
Fake phobia is preventing much-needed Islam reform
If you wouldn’t do it to Jews, don’t do it to Muslims
"Building Bridges in Challenging Times"
Halal In The Family: B'ully
Jumma Lecture Recordings


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Richmond are investigating an allegation that a prominent media figure racially vilified midfielder Bachar Houli.

It is alleged that a comment was made and that comment was heard by a Richmond staff member, who reported the incident.

The reported allegation is that Houli, a Muslim, was called a terrorist.

The abuse allegation centres on Richmond's official match function during the first quarter of the game.

The person under investigation was sitting in seats outside the Olympic Room, where the function was based.

The allegation was made in the Herald Sun.

Richmond boss Brendon Gale confirmed the investigation.

"We are investigating an allegation of racial abuse directed at Bachar Houli during Friday nights game," Richmond chief executive Gale said.

"The incident was brought to my attention by a member of our executive team."

The AFL have confirmed that they are aware of the investigation.

Houli, who was drafted by Essendon in 2006 became the first Muslim to play the game at the national level and works for the AFL as a multicultural ambassador.

Speaking later on Monday morning, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin said he was disappointed by the allegations.

"I don't know a lot about it, the first I heard of it was this morning," Cothin said.

"The club will be investigating it. There's no place for it in our game, it's disappointing to hear and see it in the papers."

Cotchin added that he hadn't spoken to Houli - who hadn't yet arrived at the club's Punt Road headquarters.

"He's one of those guys that won't want it to be about him, he'll want it to be about what's right and what's wrong."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald



3AW’s John Burns response over Bachar Houli ‘Muslim terrorist’ allegation is a cop out, writes Susie O’Brien


John Burns isn’t the first public figure to use the “can’t recall” defence.


WHY has 3AW radio host John Burns apologised for something he “honestly believes” he didn’t say?

Four days on, and we are no closer to knowing whether Burns called Richmond player Bachar Houli a “Muslim terrorist” at the MCG on Friday night.

Burns initially said he had “no recollection” of the remark, which is a total cop-out. Then he subsequently said: “I honestly believed that I had not made a comment at all”. This is another cop-out.

When sources stuck to their guns and insisted he had made the remark, Burns apologised for “what I did”.

However, he hasn’t told us exactly what he did and what he said.

“I don’t remember” is the kind of excuse used by a five-year-old with sticky fingers who’s asked where the lollies have gone. I would expect more from a much-loved broadcaster with a pedigree like Burns.

The fact that Burns hasn’t been able to categorically rule out that he used the term makes me suspicious. If he doesn’t think it and didn’t say it, why not simply deny it?

He says he “honestly believes” he didn’t make the comment. This, in my mind, is a very different thing from saying he could not and did not say anything of the sort.

If he wasn’t drunk –and he says he wasn’t – then why not just close the issue down once and for all?

Even if he said something like this in jest – as his fellow broadcaster Neil Mitchell suggested this morning - it doesn’t make it any better.

It seems to me that even Burns doesn’t know for sure he didn’t use the term. No wonder he is very embarrassed. It’s not a good look for someone in his position.

Burns said he spoke to the person who heard the comment and “apologised for upsetting him”.

He said “the idea that something I’ve said has offended someone is mortifying to me”.

But this is still not the same as admitting that he used the term in question.

Source: Herald Sun


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A spectacular event hosted across Australia featuring the famed American Poet Quadir Lateef, the hilarious American comedian Omar Reagan, and the inspiring British Nasheed Artist Faisal Salah performing his world premiere of “Smile”, a Muslim Aid Australia original.

An unforgettable night to connect with the orphans, get to know them, understand their needs, and Support orphans from around the world who need your help.

“Orphan and Me” fundraising dinners will be taking place in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Brisbane Event Details
Date: Saturday 6th June 2015
Time: 7pm
Location: Michael’s Oriental Restaurant, 223 Padstow Rd, Eight Mile Plains, QLD, 4113

Please visit our website or call 0434 984 520 to buy your tickets.


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Federal Members of Parliament, Luke Hartsuyker MP (Nationals, Cowper) and Luke Howarth MP (Liberal, Petrie) have show support for halal certification. In letters to boycotters they spelt out the government's position on halal certification:

1. Halal certification in no way affects food safety.
2. Labelling is not mandatory under Australian regulations.
3. Halal certification is voluntarily undertaken by a business
4. Halal certification can increase a business's market share
5. Halal certification is not a tax



The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that consumers have access to sufficient information to make informed choices about the safety and nutritional quality of the food they purchase. Food safety is the overarching principle for guiding decisions about food labelling regulation in Australia. All Australian food, regardless of its method of production, is required to meet Australian food safety requirements as set out in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which prohibits the sale of unsafe food. The process of halal certification or preparation in no way changes the safety of the food.

I note that you would like it to be mandatory for companies to label halal certified products. Commonwealth, state and territory ministers responsible for food regulation considered food labelling on attributes such as halal certification in 2011, in response to recommendations of the report of the independent review of food labelling law and policy, Labelling Logic. In their response to the review, COAG ministers determined that a market-driven, self-regulatory approach to consumer values and concerns is likely to be more responsive to consumer needs than a regulatory approach. Further information on this policy is available in the food ministers’ response to the review, available at www.foodlabellingreview.gov.au.

The Australian food industry is highly competitive, with companies competing in markets here and overseas. One way that manufacturers and producers can increase their market share is to highlight special features of their products, such as being organic, Australian grown or meeting religious or dietary requirements, such as halal. Businesses typically work to create and market these features by, for example, obtaining certification or using certain labels on the packaging. It is important to note that the halal certification fees charged by Islamic organisations are not taxes; they are a fee for the certification service.

Halal assurance processes for food are implemented by the food production business and operate under a standard commercial arrangement. With the exception of some exported meat products, the Australian Government has no direct involvement in the halal assurance process for food. The decision by a food company to meet halal requirements is a voluntary decision. Halal certification is not required to be declared on the label, although food businesses may choose to voluntarily display this information. I encourage you to seek information directly from food companies to identify products that have been produced appropriately for your needs. Additional information about halal certification is available on the website of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, which represents Australia’s packaged food, drink and grocery product manufacturers (www.afgc.gov.au/about-afgc/our-policies/halal-certification).

You also raised a potential breach of your constitutional rights in relation to the availability of non-halal food. The Australian Government is prohibited by section 116 of the Australian Constitution from making a law that, among other things, imposes a religious observance. However, your concerns appear to relate to a practice undertaken by some food manufacturing companies as a commercial choice rather than because of a requirement imposed by an Australian Government law.

Yours sincerely,
The Hon Luke Hartsuyker
The Nationals’ Federal Member for Cowpe


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Members of the Slacks Creek Mosque respond to an invitation by the neighbouring Church for a cuppa.



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Islamic law, or Shariah, requires that interest forms no part of any transaction, meaning that the vast majority of loan products available in Australia do not conform.

Let's forget for a moment that politics, religion and money are the big three no-go topics for polite conversation, and tackle all three at once. When the Financial Systems Inquiry kicked off, there were calls for Joe Hockey to include Islamic finance in its scope. While it was not included, it is important to clarify the sometimes sensational headlines regarding Islamic finance, by breaking down exactly what it is, why it exists and how it works.

Approximately two per cent of the Australian population seek banking, loan, investment and insurance products that conform to Islamic law (or the Shariah). Depending on the extent to which someone complies with Shariah, this means they may only participate in transactions that represent tangible assets. They may also seek loan and investment products that do not charge or earn interest, do not present uncertainty, and do not finance products, services or activities banned under Islamic law, such as alcohol, gambling, pork or pornography. Yield generally arises from profit sharing, while risk is also shared, which can present some complications when it comes to insurance.

Islamic finance, investment and insurance products that are designed to work within Islamic law are available in Australia. For those that allow people to purchase property and commercial equipment, at least, the end result is very similar to what you would expect to see with any other loan product. Examples of Shariah-compliant loan products include:

• The lender, an Islamic finance institution, purchases an asset and sells it to a client, with payment by instalments over an agreed period. The sale price is higher than the purchase price to account for the profit that the lender would usually earn from interest.

• An investor provides finance to an entrepreneur for a commercial enterprise. Risk is carried by the investor, and the partners determine the share of profits.

• Both partners contribute capital for a commercial enterprise, which may be run by one or both of the investors, or by another party, agreed by the investors. The partners determine the share of profits, but risk is shared according to the original capital investment.

One notable difference between Islamic finance and other common loan types in Australia is the treatment of stamp duty.

"As I understand it, the financier must pay stamp duty on the purchase. The property is then 'leased' to the 'lessee' who must, in most states and territories, pay stamp duty (again) when the property is transferred to them at the end of the payment cycle," explains Peter Kennedy, MFAA Compliance Manager.

The two transactions are clear in the first example above: one at the start, when the financier purchases the property, and another at the end of the payment period, when the property is transferred to the client.

The only Australian state that charges stamp duty on such transactions only once is Victoria. This removes a significant impediment to property purchase and makes participation in wealth building within Australia more accessible for followers of Islamic law.

Source: MFAA


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Umar Stambuli – Cii Radio

Several Muslim professionals, who want to settle down, have to contend with a lot of pressure in finding rightful partners. Marriage proposals that come their way yield nothing. Countless samoosa runs arranged by families to meet prospective brides and grooms sway with nothing happening.

In some communities, aunties and uncles make it a point to connect their nephews and nieces with “perfect families”. But for the contemporary Muslim professional this arrangement is not always the most suitable.

Some traditional preferences that have been upheld for decades when looking for a spouse are slowly being cast aside by segments of the Muslim working class.

Emergence of Muslim matrimonial sites

The advent of technology has ushered in a new dimension on the role of traditional marriages in Islam. It could have taken time to come to pass but finally, matrimonial sites have become a source of marriages. More and more single Muslims are shunning the traditional way of proposal opting to pursue the technological corridor.

To some it doesn’t work while for others it has been full of bliss. Their testimonies are readily available to prove it is indeed possible to get married to a person you met online. Meeting prospective partners online has been a distant thing to Muslims, thanks to technology it’s now a trend. The sprawling of Muslim marriage sites confirm to the growing demand of such services.

Such interests drove Shahzaad Younas, CEO of Muzmatch, to develop a free mobile application, which is made for all Muslims worldwide who are seeking their perfect spouse.

“For some they say there’s nothing out there for Muslims. There was a similar thing for English or western commercial dating and there was nothing that had Islamic attributes and makes it for Muslim,” he said.

Finding a partner

For someone looking for a prospective husband or wife, Muzmatch that runs on android and IOS smart phones, offers 30 profiles a day for a user to get hold of suitable candidates. It uses your phone number to extract location where you are and set options for your suitable preferences.

The app which is offered for free has set measures to protect the women folk who have often been targeted by cyber stalkers.

“ For them (women) the key contact will be that for anyone to talk there need to be a mutual interest, so both sides need to say I am interested in you before anyone can even talk. This is because with many websites women have bombarded with thousand messages from different men,” Younas told Cii News.

On queried on how Muslims can draw the line between dating and marriage, as this application can give room to unIslamic ethos of dating before marriage, Younas said Muslim should be sincere in their intentions when using this service.

“I don’t want to be someone who makes an app that encourages people to fitna or dating. The first thing with an app or website is our actions or intentions. If people want to use it they can make use in a very halaal and very safe service if the person is that way inclined,” said Younas.

The Muzmatch app which has been built from the ground up with privacy, security and ease of use in mind allows users you to set up a Wali on your account. Each week they will receive an email of all the messages sent and received, while matches will be notified that their prospective bride or groom will be reading messages.


Source: CII Broadcasting


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UK: Prime Minister, David Cameron, insists that it is not his view to see Britain’s Muslim community through the prism of counter terrorism after his Government for the first time put the discredited Prevent extremism programme on a statutory footing.

“I do not see the Muslim community through the prism of counter terrorism. I see the Muslim community in Britain as making a fantastic contribution in our economy, in our health service, in our culture, in our sport, in our media and increasingly in politics,” Cameron said.

“I am proud to have a British Muslim man Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid, round the cabinet table. I see the British Muslim community that way,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Muslim News on April 27.


I don’t want to tar the rest of the Muslim community with that brush (of extremism). It is completely unfair. Muslims in Britain want good schools and good education for their children

David Cameron 

The controversial Prevent strategy has been criticised by the likes of former MI5 chief Baroness Manningham-Buller and National Union of Teachers for putting Muslims under surveillance virtually from the cradle to the grave by making extremism as a statutory duty across local councils, universities, schools, healthcare trusts, probation services, prisons and even nurseries.

“We should not criticise British Muslims for a small number of people that are involved in extremism and terrorism. The answer is to deal with the people involved in extremism and terrorism,” the Prime Minister asserted.

He explained that they inherited the Prevent programme, “which was not working, where there was confusion between countering terrorism and encouraging integration.”


The Muslim News


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Kuraby's Svoboda Park is name after a Czechoslovakian couple who escaped communist rule in the country.

And this is just one of the stories from the large migrant community in Kuraby.

People from all over the world - from sparsely different cultures and religious backgrounds - live in the suburb.

612 reporter has adopted the suburb to explore for a week.

She began by chatting to Kuraby Lions President David Forde.


Source: 612 ABC


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One of Australia's most senior rabbis has come to the defence of Australia's Muslim community, saying the anti-halal campaign headed by the group Reclaim Australia and backed by some parliamentarians is an attack on religious freedom.

Rabbi Moshe Gutnick (pictured left) says attacks on halal certification are based on prejudice, and similar claims about kosher would be labelled anti-Semitic.
In a scathing article published in a local newspaper, Rabbi Gutnick, senior rabbi at the Kashrut Authority of Australia and NZ, said the anti-halal campaign was an attack on Australians' religious rights.

Reflecting on Yom Ha'Shoah, the day Jews commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, he wrote that he was inspired to speak out by those who risked their lives by protecting Jews from Nazi persecution.

"The current attack we are hearing against halal certification in Australia is wrong," Rabbi Gutnick writes.

"It is the product of prejudice and ignorance. If it was against kosher certification it would be labelled anti-Semitic. If anyone believes anyone is funding terrorism and breaking Australian law, let them go to the police with evidence and the police will investigate it.

"All this has absolutely nothing to do with the legitimate rights of the Islamic community to practice their religion in Australia through the certification of food as being halal and has absolutely nothing to do with the rights of Australian manufacturers to seek halal certification for the foodstuffs in order to sell them to Muslims."

Source (Adapted) : The Age


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A vigil and march organised by Justice For Palestine will be held at King George Square, Brisbane CBD, at 5 pm on Friday, May 15 to mark Palestine’s Al Nakba.

Al Nakba (or ‘Catastrophe’ in Arabic) Day is commemorated across the world on May 15th to remember the genocidal ethnic cleansing wherein 531 Palestinian villages and towns were entirely depopulated and destroyed between 1947 and 1950 by Israeli militia.





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“ISLAMAPHOBIA” is a manufactured left wing concept. Literally. It was made up in 1997 by a British left wing think tank called the Runnymede Trust.

Although the word had appeared in theological texts earlier with a far more limited meaning, the Runnymede definition created a phony problem and in doing so built a fraudulent victimhood industry.

The new term was then exploited by Britain’s Labour Party to stifle any criticism of its disastrous policies towards immigration in general and Muslims in particular.

Much like Australia’s Labor Party, Britain’s Labour Party has benefited mightily over the years from harnessing the Muslim vote.

Here, leading lights of Labor such as Bob Carr and Tony Burke happily attack Israel in order to curry favour with Sydney’s Muslim electorates.

In Britain, the proverbial Martian landing in parts of the major cities would think he’d got his intergalactic co-ordinates wrong and beamed down to Beirut or Baghdad instead. So what is “Islamophobia”? And why is it such a fraudulent term?


The Courier Mail


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Spare a thought for the racists. They’re having a really hard time lately. They keep trying to oppress Muslims in a liberal, rational way but accidentally end up looking like Nazis.

Take, for example, recent discussions of banning halal meat. On the surface, it looks perfect for the racists. It involves animals, which everyone loves, so they can dress up the issue as about the welfare of cuddly sheep and, because making meat tends to involve killing animals, they can blow up the issue so it looks like killing animals is an exclusively Muslim practise.

They feign outrage at halal slaughter – you can’t kill an animal by slitting its throat! You’ve got to chase it through woods and have it ripped apart by dogs! That’s the civilised way of doing things.

But, the thing is, Jewish and Muslim methods of butchery are pretty much identical. The traditions barely diverge at all, except for the languages in which prayers are said. Personally, I’m happy to see halal as basically the same as kosher and, unless a rabbi is willing to sanction a chicken house that will give me six nuggets and a can of Coke for £3, I won’t be convinced otherwise.

What that means is that racists – when they do try to attack Muslim eating habits – end up attacking Jews’ too. This puts them in quite an uncompromising position. When Jewish News recently asked UKIP how they could justify banning Jews from eating meat, their agricultural spokesperson, Stuart Agnew, stammered over the phone: “This isn’t aimed at you – it’s aimed elsewhere – it’s aimed at others. You’ve been caught in the crossfire; collateral damage. You know what I mean.”

Oh yes, Mr. Racist, yes we do. You’d like to persecute Muslims but – oops – some Jews just got in the way and made you look, well… like a racist.

I’m under no illusion that the racists don’t want to appear anti-Semitic because they actually like Jews. Far from it. They still hate us. It’s just that now we’re not numerous enough or obvious enough to be the principal target of their ire. Think that might be because we went through a bit of a genocide seventy years ago that we’re still trying to cope with.




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The School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University in collaboration with Remembering and Healing presented this public seminar by Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp, from the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University on 23 April 2015 at SCU Lismore campus.



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On this episode of Halal in the Family, Aasif (Aasif Mandvi) hears that his daughter Whitney (Shoba Narayanan) is being bullied at school, he invites the bully over to try to teach her about the dangers of Islamophobia. With Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) and Nicky Maindiratta.


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DATE: 1 May 2015

TOPIC: "The Reckoning"

IMAM: Dr Mohammed Abdalla









AUDIO (MP3) LINK: http://www.masjidtaqwa.org.au/index.php/downloads/kuthba


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Judge John Hlophe comes to Islam




SOUTH AFRICA: Ebrahim Gangat speaks to Sheikh Riyadh Walls the Imam of masjid Al Jaamia about the reversion of Judge John Hlophe, the Judge President of the Western Cape Division of the High Court of South Africa.



Source: OnIslam


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 Obama Makes Fun Of Those Who, Somehow, Still Think He Is A Muslim




US: President Barack Obama poked fun at those who still suggest he is a Muslim during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday.

"Being president is never easy. I still have to fix a broken immigration system, issue veto threats, negotiate with Iran, all while finding time to pray five times a day," Obama said.

In 2012, 17 percent of registered voters said they believed Obama was Muslim, even though he is in fact a Christian.

Source: Huffington Post


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 AFGHANISTAN: Activists in Kabul Perform Dramatization of Farkhunda's Killing


Farkhunda, a 27-year-old Afghan woman, was murdered in Kabul on March 19, 2015. She had been arguing with a mullah, who then made a false accusation that she had burned the Quran. Police investigations revealed that she had not burned anything. Her death led to 26 arrests, and was protested by women's rights activists.




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 US to have more Muslims than Jews by 2050


US: Muslims are expected to surpass Jews as the second largest religious group in the US in 2050 owing to their continuous migration and the highest fertility rate, according to a study.

Two trends that are already underway the decline of Christians and the growth of religiously unaffiliated people as a share of the US population are expected to continue in the decades ahead, said the Pew Research Center's projections of major religious groups around the world.

If current demographic trends hold, there also will be other significant changes in the US religious landscape: Judaism will no longer be the largest non-Christian religion in the country and by 2050 Muslims are projected to outnumber them, it said.
Muslims, due to their continued migration to the USA and high fertility rates, are expected to make up 2.1 per cent of the US population in 2050, up from 0.9 per cent in 2010.

Jewish people are projected to decline from an estimated 1.8 per cent in 2010 to 1.4 per cent in 2050.

On average, Jews have 1.9 children per woman compared with 2.8 for US Muslims, the study said, adding that Muslims also have the youngest median age of any major religious group in America.

Muslims are not the only American religious minority that is growing. Hindus, who make up another relatively young group that continues to be boosted by migration, are projected to double from 0.6 per cent in 2010 to 1.2 per cent in 2050.

Buddhist population will see a modest rise from 1.2 per cent to 1.4 per cent. Members of "other religions" (a category for all those not categorized elsewhere in the projections, including Sikhs, Wiccans and Unitarian Universalists) are projected to increase from 0.6 per cent in 2010 to 1.5 per cent in 2050, it said.

Source: The Siasat Daily


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 No ‘Halal’ sex shop in Mecca, story fabricated by Moroccan media


MOROCCO: An unsubstantiated story which alleged that a “Halal” sex shop would soon open in the Muslim holy city of Makkah has gone viral in recent days. But, the story has been labelled as fabricated after being propagated via an Arabic-language Moroccan website which seems to have deliberately used a sensational – yet slightly misleading - headline.

In a story dated April 12, 2015, Moroccan news website Alyaoum24 carried a story with the headline “Moroccan intends to open a Halal sex shop in Makkah.”


However, the story only gained momentum ten days later, when British daily The Independent claimed that the sex shop will actually open in Makkah and attributed the inaccurate information to Alyaoum24, which has not published a clarification or corrected its misleading headline as of the time this article was published.


AlArabia News


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 Met considers criminal inquiry into Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman



UK: Rahman is told to vacate post immediately after election court judge finds him guilty of widespread corruption in seeking office last May

Police are considering whether to launch a criminal inquiry relating to the former mayor of Tower Hamlets after he was found guilty of multiple corruption allegations by the high court and kicked out of office.

The mayoral election in the east London borough will be rerun after Lutfur Rahman and his supporters were found to have used religious intimidation through local imams, vote-rigging and wrongly branding his Labour rival a racist to gain power.

Rahman, who has been banned from seeking office again, was also found to have allocated local grants to buy votes. He was ordered to pay immediate costs of £250,000 from a bill expected to reach £1m.

Summing up, Judge Richard Mawrey said Rahman had sought to play the “race and Islamophobia card” throughout the election and would no doubt do so after this judgment. “He was an evasive witness – Rahman was no doubt behind illegal and corrupt practices,” Mawrey said.

He also faces being stripped of his profession as a lawyer after the judge claimed he told “a pack of lies” in the witness box.

The ferocity of the judge’s verdict provoked gasps in court. Friends of Rahman claimed he had been unfairly treated.



The Guardian



The Lutfur Rahman verdict and the spectre of ‘undue spiritual influence’


The legislation by which the mayor of Tower Hamlets was unseated was introduced in the 19th century to keep Irish Catholics in their place. The religion being discriminated against has changed, but the sentiment hasn’t

Among the reasons presented by deputy high court judge Richard Mawrey QC for removing Rahman from office, was that, in cahoots with local imams, the mayor exerted “undue spiritual influence” on some sections of the electorate, specifically voters from the Muslim Bangladeshi community. The former mayor has now said he will appeal against the judgment. But in order properly to understand this extraordinary and highly politicised piece of law one has to rewind to the middle of the 19th century when it was first introduced as a response to the fear of the Irish, specifically of Irish Roman Catholicism.


The Guardian



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The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 shortlist


UK: The readership of The Muslim News selected and nominated them, and a distinguished independent panel of Judges reviewed, deliberated and mused over the list.


Over the next few weeks CCN will profile one of the illustrious men, women, children and projects deemed to be worthy of short-listing for a Muslim News Award for Excellence.

These exemplars of good practice, excellence – our future role models – will be treated to a Gala Evening in the presence of their peers and other renowned guests in March, when the finalists are announced for the [16] coveted Awards for Excellence


Allama Iqbal Award for Creativity in Islamic Thought


The International Institute of Islamic Thought (UK) established a London office in 1981 and has since been particularly dynamic and creative in intellectual development, pursuing a range of activities to enable Muslims to deal effectively with present challenges and contribute to the progress of human civilization.


The Institute has published several ground-breaking publications, and translated important works into the English language.


The Institute has also forged links with leading academic institutions from around the world. For example, the conference The Future of Faith in the Age of Globalization held in Sarajevo in 2010 involved co-operation with universities and academic centres in Sarajevo, Cambridge, Westminster, and Georgetown.


The Institute’s London office was also closely involved with the ‘Contextualising Islam in Britain’ project conducted by the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge and supported by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Source: Muslim News

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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ m not really a morning person, so I try to get to the gym in the evening whenever possible. Is it best to eat before or after I exercise?

A: You should not be exercising on an empty stomach, so to best fuel your body for an evening gym session is to have a small meal more than an hour before the start of your workout.

A protein snack post-workout should suffice to aid in muscle recovery - Try smoothies or healthy snack foods.




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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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

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: I think butter chicken is fast becoming an Aussie favourite Indian dish and here I am adding it to a wrap for a quick and easy meal. This recipe can be easily doubled if you need to and remember you can freeze the extra wraps for another occasion. 


Butter Chicken Wraps




⅓ Cup plain yoghurt
2 Tab. lemon juice
1 Tab. chopped garlic
1 Tab. chopped ginger
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 Tab. ground coriander
½ tsp paprika
salt and pepper
4 chicken breasts, cubed
25 g butter
2 red chilies, chopped
1 can (410 g) tomato purée
Yoghurt, wraps and fresh coriander to serve



1. Preheat the grill to high.
2. In a bowl mix the yoghurt, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, cumin, ground coriander, paprika, salt and pepper
3. Add the chicken cubes and stir to coat.
4. Grill the chicken for 10 minutes.
5. Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat, add the chillies and the grilled
chicken and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Add the tomato purée and simmer for another 5 minutes.
7. Serve the chicken with wraps and fresh coriander and a tablespoon of yoghurt (optional)

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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Jallalludin wanted to start a new hobby, and he decides he's going to learn a new flying sport.


So he invites his friends to come and watch.

He takes them to the top of a cliff, and produces three bird cages - one containing a budgerigar, the second containing a chicken, and the third a parrot.

"What are you up to?" asked one of his friends.

"Well," said Jallalludin, "I couldn't decide between budgie-jumping, hen-gliding or parrot- shooting.... so I thought I'd try all three."

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If a man kills a Believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (forever): and the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him.

Surah An-Nisaa 4:93


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Life doesn't get better by chance,


It gets better by change.


~ Jin Rohn


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Events and Functions

Alnisa Comunity Catch Up 5 MAY Currumbin Mosque Fund Raiser 9 MAY AIIC Family Fun night 23 MAY AYIA Fund Raiser 23 MAY Bosnian Mosque NIGHT OF QURAN 30 MAY Slacks Creek Final Fund Raiser 30 MAY Muslim Aid Orphan & Me Dinner 6 JUNE

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram iHelp About Us High School Subjects Tutoring Sisters House Beuty of a Muslimah Youth Group NMC Islam 101 Course MCF Beauty of a Muslimah Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten Shajarah Islamic Family Day Care Slacks Creek Mosque DONATIONS
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To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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3 May



Al Mustafa: The Chosen One

Al Kauthar Institute


0438 698 328


5 May


Al-Nisa Community Catch Up

Al Nisa YAMI Japanese Restaurant

0413 360 913


9 May


Currumbin Mosque Fund Raising Dinner

  Islamic College of Brisbane KARAWATHA

0412 106 377


16 May


Moorooka Mosque Purchase Fund Raiser

Mooorooka Muslim Community

Islamic College of Brisbane KARAWATHA

0421 856 825

7pm to 10pm

17 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1436)

17 May


2nd 2015 Golf Tournament

Continental Golf Club

The Palmer Gold Coast Golf Club, Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina

0404 280 582

10am Tee-off

22 May


American Sharia Movie Screening

Muslim Aid Australia


0434 984 520


23 May


Bollywood Night

AYIA Foundation

Studio Village Community Centre, 87 Village Way, Oxenford

0404 789 130

6.30pm to 10pm

23 May


Family Fun Night

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


24 May


Family Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0403 338 040


30 May


FINAL Fund raising Dinner

Masjid ur Rahmaan

Slackscreek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0431 201 164


30 May


Night of Qu'ran

Bosniak Islamic Centre of QLD

2674 Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains



3 June


Nisf Shabaan 1436 / Lailatul Bharat (15th Shabaan 1436)

6 June


Orphans & Me Fundraising Dinner

Muslim Aid Australia and MCF

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0434 984 520


7 June


ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253

All day

18 June


1st Ramadaan 1436

27 June


Ifthaar Dinner

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


14 July


Lailatul Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadaan 1436)

18 July


Eidul Fitr 1436 (1st Shawwal 1436)

25 July



Eidfest QLD

Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 August


Fund Raiser & Eid Celebration

Islamic Society of Ipswich

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0421 976 934


8 August


School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


15 August

New Date


Gala Dinner in Honour of Women

Queensland Muslims

Brisbane Technology Park

0402 575 410


12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute




24 September


Eidul Adha 1436 (10th Zilhijja 1436)

26 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


3 October


Eid Lunch

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


15 October


Muharram 1437 – Islamic New Year 1437 (1st Muharram 1437)



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084


Brisbane Northside Muslimahs Support Group

To help sisters on the northside of Brisbane to connect with their local sisters.

We will endeavour to have regular meetings, either for a lesson/discussion on

Islam, or for social events.

Please contact :

Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at



Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/donna.lewis.564





Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar





Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer







after Isha


Dars Nizame (Urdu)

after Isha



after Isha


Dars Nizame (Urdu)

after Isha



after Isha



after Maghrib



after Isha


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

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: Wednesday 11 February 2014

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au


Tafsir & Islamic History Classes


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


Every Monday & Wednesday

7pm - 8:15pm


All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.


For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)

      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)

      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)

      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)

      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

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) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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