Sunday, 17 May 2015

 Newsletter 0549




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




Councillor: Go back to where you came from  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
The 13th Annual Quran Recitation Competition  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
A Current Affair: Tracy Grimshaw vs Uthman Badar What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
American Sharia is Combating Islamophobia! Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Bernardi forces parliamentary inquiry into halal

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Halal Is It Meat You're Looking For?

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Muslim-Bashing Can Be Very Lucrative

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

Islamic College of SA reported to registration board

The CCN Chuckle

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The Price I Pay For Respecting Islam


‘Comedy is provocation in a funny and subtle manner’
Troubled teens face lesson on 'real Islam'
First deradicalisation grants awarded
Doctor Proud on Serving Community
App calculates prayer times, mosque and halal food
Schools visits Gold Coast Mosque
Dr Al Maskari - keynote speaker
The National Zakat Foundation (NZF) Australia
Students of the Month: AIIC
This is our Islam: Ararat Muslims
Halal In The Family: B'ully
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A LOGAN City councillor has urged her colleagues to ensure their personal security after they condemned Islamic extremism en masse and called for Australians to stand up for their rights during a full meeting of council yesterday.

One after the other, councillors joined an anti-extremism chorus demanding the Federal Government do something now before the atrocities committed by ISIS overseas were seen being carried out in Australia.

Councillor Jennie Breene (Div 12) said she would be considering her own safety and urged her colleagues to follow suit.

“When we talk about these things, extremists don’t like it,” she said.

Councillor Cherie Dalley (Div 8) said the Federal Government had “pussy-footed” around and was too frightened to do anything.

She said the community was also too scared to speak of their concerns out of fear of being labelled racist.

“We need to have a civilised conversation about the problems perceived by the community and starting at a local level is the best way; to get real people’s feelings out. We are the grassroots, we’re about the people.”

Councillor Phil Pidgeon (Div 9) (pictured left) said Muslims who didn’t love the Australian way of life should go back to where they came from.

“Federal members need to be more vocal and say it’s not right to kill people,” he said.

Councillor Luke Smith (Div 6) said Logan residents were making it clear they were concerned and called on Islamic leaders to publicly condemn Islamic extremism and reassure the local community.

Councillor Trevina Schwarz (Div 11) (pictured right) said the “lucky country was starting to go” and said Australia and Islamic leaders needed to take a stance and say extremism wasn’t wanted in Australia.

She said a public forum was needed with leaders in a controlled environment. “We need to protect our society and our city,” she said.

Councillor Don Petersen (Div 4) said if someone wanted to go and fight with ISIS overseas, then they should be left alone to stay over there.

Councillor Steve Swenson (Div 3) said residents were rightfully concerned and said he did not want his children growing up under Sharia Law.

He moved a motion to have the issue of Islamic extremism placed on the next agenda of the Sport and Community Services Committee for discussion.

Mayor Pam Parker said she supported the move for further discussion to provide a better understanding between Islamic extremists and Muslims who embraced the Australian way of life.

Councillor Russell Lutton (Div 2) said while disengaged Australian youth “got on the grog” or “stole a car” young Muslims who did not feel part of a community had the potential to turn to extremism.

He said it was up to Islamic leaders to reach out and engage with their young people.

Logan City Safe Communities spokesman Chris Newman said the organisation had received a ground swell of support since their community meeting opposing a new mosque at Slacks Creek on April 8.

He said the councillors’ comments yesterday were a sign that Logan City Council was starting to respond to the concerns of the community about Islam which he described as a “terror culture”.

“It’s very encouraging that this council has a heart and soul. People have been afraid to speak their minds in their own country.

“People are now becoming more educated and seeing what is going on in the community.”

Mr Newman said the organisation had more public meetings planned but could not confirm the date of the next one yet.

Muslim community spokesman Ali Kadri said he was happy to discuss the issues with councillors and the community if it was done objectively and genuinely.

He said it was sad to be asked to condemn Islamic extremism when Muslims were the biggest victim of extremism.

“There are more Muslims fighting against ISIS than there are fighting with them.”

Source: Quest


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School Report

In an effort to encourage their students to recite the Holy Quran, the Australian International Islamic College (Durack Campus) organised its 13th annual Quran Recitation Competition - 2015 at AIIC’s multipurpose hall.



The competition was held on Tuesday 28th April for prep to Yr 6 and on Wednesday the 29th for the high school students.



A total of 167 students participated in the competition under the following four categories: Prep- Year 2, Years 3-6, Years 7-9 and Years 10-12.



The Quran Competition was a success as the parents and visitors provided positive feedback on the recitation of our students. Parents enjoyed the atmosphere that the Quran competition brought and enjoyed tea and coffee with light refreshments.

The judges of the competition were; Moulana Abdullah Gardee, Moulana Muhammad Aslam and Mufti Naim Ali.



The judges were impressed with the participants and their achievements and advised our students about the ways to improve their recitation.



They encouraged students to recite the Quran with Tajweed and to recite each letter precisely from its source of origin in order not to change the meaning of the Quran.


They also advised students to learn rules that are related to stopping whilst reading the Quran. Students were also encouraged to memorize more from the holy Quran and to practice their memorization regularly.


Moulana Gardee told the students that recitation of memorized surahs in your Salah is the best way to avoid forgetting the Quran.


Moulana Aslam encouraged parents to take the responsibility to ensure that their children are improving in their recitation by motivating them.


Mufti Naim congratulated parents for sending their children to be educated in the Islamic College and also mentioned the immense reward that Allah has promised us for learning and reciting the holy Quran.

The Australian International Islamic College, would like to thank all the students for participating in this year’s Quran competition.


We also would like to thank all the teachers, Imams and staff members of the College, for making this year’s Quran competition a success.


May Allah accept all of our efforts for his Deen and make us from the people of the Quran in this world and in the hereafter.


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This week the Director, Writer, and Actor of American Sharia, Omar Regan had this to say about the Muslim Action-Comedy Movie of the Year:

I humbly apologize if the trailer of my film "American Sharia" offended some Muslims. That was not my intention, we cut it that way so we wouldn't give the story away.

I wrote this movie after The FBI shot and killed my father Imam Luqman Abdullah in Detroit claiming he was a terrorist and wanted to establish Sharia in America 5 years ago.

The Department of Justice, later apologized but of course this was off the record. We been fighting in court to make change. Allah is in control we just do the work. My fight is with the Media, they plastered my father's pic all over the news worldwide calling him a terrorist, making up all kind of stories to justify killing him, though none of it was true, it was already out there and they didn't broadcast that he wasn't a terrorist or tell the truth on TV, they told us behind closed doors.

In every other movie and TV show they associate Muslims and Islam with terrorism. My intention is to dedicate my skill to re-educate people to ensure the Media stops using words like “Sharia” or “Jihad” to promote Islamophobia.

I wanted to show how Islamophobia looks from Muslims point of view, at the same time remind myself and others of our behavior.

Everything in this movie is based on TRUE EVENTS.

Sisters wearing Niqab are targeted simply because they wear Niqab, so we have a Sister in Niqab speaking and standing up for sisters in Niqab.
Some youth today, don't know the Value of Qur'an so we highlighted the Quran in this Movie.

Some men disrespectfully “chat-up” women, so we highlighted what the Prophet (saw) said: “Would you want this for your mother, or your sister?”

I respect your opinion that I may have not shown the above explanations in the trailer, please forgive me, I was only thinking of drawing people of other faith to watch and see what Islamophobia looks like to Muslims and to answer, who's really behind Islamophobia and Why?

American Sharia – Movie Trailer

Brisbane Screening: Friday, 22nd May 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Griffith University Nathan Campus, Building N22 - Theatre 1

Purchase tickets online or call 0434 984 520


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Halal foods will be put under the microscope after Liberal senator Cory Bernardi won a parliamentary inquiry into what he calls the "racket" of certification.

The six-month inquiry by the Senate Economics References Committee will also cover certification schemes for kosher foods, organic products and genetically modified foods.

Senator Bernardi (pictured above), who has in the past expressed concern about where money for halal "ends up", said he wants to "establish the facts" about all certification schemes.
The South Australian Liberal knows all too well that it can be impossible to avoid halal food in certain situations.

He was upgraded from business class to first class on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Adelaide on October 17 last year, according to the register of senators' interests.

The airline's dietary requirements section on its website states: "All meals served on Emirates flights are Halal".

Senator Bernardi told Fairfax Media that he "probably" ate halal onboard but was not sure whether that included the champagne.

"It was my choice to fly Emirates. Would I prefer bacon and eggs in the morning? Probably, but it was my choice and the service was great. I'd point out that Qantas is halal too," he said.

The inquiry is about giving people an informed choice and allowing them to make ethical decisions based on the facts, he said.

Emirates cancelled a $50,000 deal last November with Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company after the South Australian dairy producer caved in to social media pressure and ditched its halal accreditation.

Campaigners have called for boycotts of products including Vegemite that pay for halal certification. Anti-halal campaigners claim the money "funds terrorism".

The Australian Crime Commission last year said it had found no links between the halal certification industry and financing of terrorist groups.

Nationals MP George Christensen last year criticised halal certification, writing that it was "outrageous that some of my grocery spending could go to propagating a religion".

It is estimated that the global market for halal certification will top $1.5 trillion by 2050.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has warned there would be huge financial ramifications if Australia's meat industry dropped halal certification.

He said the local price of beef could triple if Australian abattoirs could not sell to Islamic markets like Indonesia and Saudi Arabia that expect such certification.

Senator Bernardi said: "There seems to be a number of concerns about some certification schemes that are operating and in the interests of transparency and establishing the facts and being able to act in the national interest I think it's wise for the Parliament to consider all certification schemes and how they operate," he said.

"I keep getting told any number of things about certification schemes and I don't know what's true and what's not true, so I want to establish the facts."

The inquiry's terms of reference include "whether current schemes provide enough information for Australian consumers to make informed purchasing decisions".

Source: Sydney Morning Herald



Food industry back Senate certification inquiry, hopes to address 'misinformation' about halal


The food industry has welcomed a Senate inquiry into food certification schemes, saying it is a chance to address "misinformation" about halal certification in particular.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council chief executive Gary Dawson said halal certification was worth billions of dollars for Australian exporters, who would lose access to some of their most important markets without it.

"If this inquiry can put to bed some of the more outrageous claims, can put to bed some of that misinformation, and really establish the facts around halal certification, we think that's a good thing and we'll certainly be contributing to that," he said.

The council said anti-halal campaigners had used "some pretty ugly tactics" to target food companies who sought the certification.

"[They've been] the recipients of abusive phone calls, social media campaigns and so on, when, at a practical level, halal certification for many food companies is simply a requirement for them to export into countries like Indonesia or Malaysia, or to market their products to people of the Muslim faith here in Australia," Mr Dawson said.

South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi proposed the Senate inquiry, which was supported by government members in the upper house, as well as crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie, Ricky Muir, Glenn Lazarus, John Madigan and David Leyonhjelm.

It will look at the costs to producers and consumers of halal, as well as other certification schemes including kosher, organic and GM.

The inquiry will also investigate whether current schemes "provide enough information for Australian consumers to make informed purchasing decisions", the "importance of food certification schemes in relation to export market access", and the "extent and adequacy of information available to the public about certifiers including certification processes, fees and financial records".

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has welcomed the broad scope of the inquiry beyond merely halal certification, particularly the focus on the cost to manufacturers and consumers.

But it is the focus on halal certification that has become contentious in recent years.

Senator Bernardi has described halal certification as a "racket", and raised concerns about "a lack of clarity about where the facts end and the fiction begins in relation to halal certification".

"I haven't been able to ascertain what the cost of this religious tax is to individual companies or the overall cost to the Australian consumer," Senator Bernardi said in March.

"No one has been able to explain why water, milk and cat food need halal certification. No one has been able to explain all the groups involved in the certification racket and where the money paid actually ends up."

Online, it is common for anti-halal forums to claim that the proceeds of halal certification schemes are used to fund terrorism.

In November last year, the Australian Crime Commission said it was "not aware of any direct links between the legitimate halal certification industry and money laundering or the financing of terrorist groups".

"We've certainly seen no evidence to back that claim [of a link between halal certification and terrorism]," Mr Dawson said.

"There are agencies in Australia - the Federal Police, the security agencies - that are involved with investigating any of those claims, and as far as I'm aware none of those claims with respect to halal certification have had any basis."


Inquiry could offend important trading partners: halal certification auditor

Halal certification is particularly relevant for Australian meat exporters, with key markets like Indonesia and Malaysia requiring halal certification on all imported product.

Halal slaughter requires the act to be carried out by a Muslim, in accordance with Islamic law. The animal is first stunned, and then killed instantly by having its throat cut. It is common practice in many Australian abattoirs.

Gaafar Muhammad is the senior abattoir auditor at one of Australia's largest halal certification organisations, the Islamic Coordinating Council in Victoria.

He said he was concerned the Senate inquiry could hurt Australia's reputation with its trading partners, and offend importers of Australian meat.

"It's not a good idea at all, because there's no reason to link terrorism with the export of Australian meat industry [and the inquiry] will affect the industry," he said.

"If you link halal with terrorism, [the perception in export markets will be] that means that anybody who is buying or dealing in this matter will be a terrorist."

Mr Muhammad said that if the government wanted to know what happened to the fees collected by the coordinating council for certification activities, it only had to ask.

"The Islamic Coordinating Council is a company composed of 11 mosques, Muslim societies, which all live in Victoria, all in Australia," he said.

"This money is only spent on the schools, the mosques, the youth programs and other activities which benefit the community, so there is no money going out of Australia.

"Not only that, but it's not much money that people should be concerned.

"We don't have that much money to give to anybody and all the money generated is spent here on Australian people, on the Australian Muslim community, to aid the government and to aid the other authorities to maintain youths, to educate small kids, to look after our centres and that's all.

"If the government want to ask us, and want answers for that [where the money goes], why not? We're not hiding anything.

"But as I said, it might be of concern to importing countries."

Source: ABC


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Dean Obeidallah


Why do Pamela Geller et al. do it? Sure, they believe it. But they get bankrolled to do it—and on a major scale.

People keep asking me why does Pam Geller spew so much anti-Muslim crap? Is it part of her work as a pro-Israel activist? Did she once get food poisoning at a Middle Eastern restaurant? Is it simply because she really, really hates Muslims?

Probably all the above, but one other thing is certain: Geller gets paid pretty well to demonize Muslims. I’m talking to the tune of $200,000 a year. True, that might be walking around money for Donald Trump (who actually bashed Geller this week for her draw the Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest), but that puts her in the top 5 percent of all Americans in terms of annual income. Now, $200,000 doesn’t make a person rich these days (although the $9 million in combined divorce settlement and life-insurance payments she reportedly got certainly qualifies her). But for what she does, it’s handsome pay.

In fact, many of the people identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and the Center for American Progress (CAP) as the leaders of the anti-Muslim industry in America are paid well for their efforts. I’m talking so much money I almost want to start hating on Muslims—and I’m Muslim.

The Daily Beast


Fear Inc.:

Behind the $57 Million Network Fueling Islamophobia in the U.S.



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SOUTH AUSTRALIA: The Islamic College of South Australia has been reported to the schools registration board by the South Australian Government.

Parents held another protest on Friday outside the school at West Croydon in Adelaide, saying it was being mismanaged, staff had been sacked and academic standards were in decline.

SA Education Minister Susan Close said the registration board had been asked to ensure the Australian curriculum was being taught appropriately and that the welfare of students was not at risk.

She said beyond that there was not a lot more the State Government could do.

"If there are parents who have children at the school who remain concerned about the kind of education they are receiving, they can raise those concerns with that board," she said.

"[As well] they can raise their concerns directly with the school or they can consider moving their child to the local state school, where they'd be very welcome."

The Islamic College of SA board was condemned recently by a senior group of SA imams who said the recent removal of a moderate Muslim teacher was "un-Islamic".

The state Imams Council said it was shocked by alleged incidents at the school, including expulsion of a 15-year-old student via a text message after he protested against a teacher's dismissal.

In the latest protest, supporters and parents lined a footpath outside the school and chanted "board out".

Many parents also kept their children home from school on Friday as a protest.

One parent Souraya Serhan said the school's Naplan results had been plummeting since 2008.

"We do want the message to get [out] loud and clear to the education ministers, whether it be a state minister or federal minister, that please, we need help," she said.

"Our school was once a very good, operating school."

Ms Serhan said the school community had suffered because of the conflict.

Parents have protested again at the Islamic College of SA

"[The board is] still in defiance of stepping down despite most of the community and the parents as well, and students, and I dare say also the teachers [wanting that]," she said.

"Even the imams have all lost faith in them, but they continue to be defiant."

The imams urged the school to re-admit those students who protested against their teacher's recent removal.

In a statement, the Islamic school's board chairman, Farouk Khan, said recent principals had left for various reasons, including retirement or due to personal circumstances.

He said a long-serving teacher had been dismissed because of a serious incident at the school but it could not be outlined for privacy reasons.

Mr Khan said the current board was professional and competent and he defended the school's academic standing.

"The college's academic results overall are showing steady improvement," he said.

"Year 12 results continue to grow. Year 12 completion percentages continue to sit near 100 per cent of students and rankings are improved."

Source: ABC


Press Release from Islamic College of South Australia: A statement from the Chairman of the College Board

In response to their story on the Islamic College of South Australia the Project (Channel 10) received a statement from the Board Chairman. This is presented in full below.

Currently the ICOSA Board Chairman, Mr Farouk Khan is not well and has been in the hospital for the past week.

This is a written release of information and once he has sufficiently recovered he will then make himself available for an interview.

Mr Khan’s responses to the recent claims made about issues at The Islamic College of South Australia are as follows:

• The recent principals have left our school for various reasons. One of the principals retired, another chose to leave through personal choice while another resigned to move on to a better position.

• The long serving teacher that was recently dismissed came about in relation to a serious incident at the school and therefore necessary disciplinary action took place. Currently, further details cannot be disclosed due to issues of confidentiality and privacy for those concerned.

• Schools usually have a high turnover of staff. Some of the staff members have chosen to move on to better positions and some have moved interstate.

• The current College Board is comprised of very professional and competent people.

• The College’s academic results overall are showing steady improvement. Year 12 results continue to grow. Year 12 completion percentages continue to sit near 100% of students and rankings are improved.

• Enrolment numbers have increased over the last three years and continual improvement in quality of teaching standards is always a goal.

• We have always welcomed criticism as long as it is made in a democratic manner and is for the betterment of the college.

• The decision to expel students was in accordance with the student behaviour policy and was a result of students being defiant in not wanting to follow teacher instructions.

• The Board continues to plan for improvement of the school into the future. This includes making applications for building approvals and ensuring there is money available to accommodate purchase of land, building of new classrooms, a multipurpose hall, science laboratory and new office/administration area.

•The college has been employing fully qualified and experienced native English speaking teachers who are registered with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.

• Extra ESL teachers have been employed.

• Many previous staff have chosen to move on through personal choice.

• The college is always financially transparent. The Government follows very strict guidelines for auditing process and also all the independent schools are required have their audit done by an independent auditor.

• No staff member was sacked due to the head covering. Every school, department, institution have their individual and unique policies. ICOSA has a dress code policy for the staff to adhere to.

• The College has implemented and teaches to the Australian Curriculum.

• We proudly display three flags at the front of our school - the state flag, Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag.

• We are very proud Aussies. We sing the national anthem on different occasions.

• We are happy to accept any donations of pianos.

• The college is functioning well and constantly improving. We have successful classes ranging from Reception to Year 12.

• The College’s NAPLAN participation rates are 100% and overall results continue to show steady improvement.

Mr. Khan would like to thank you for your ongoing interest in the welfare of The Islamic College of South Australia and he looks forward to the opportunity of conducting an interview when he has returned to full health.



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SYDNEY: It seems that Muslims cannot get anything right by other people. Given that there is more than half a million Muslims in Australia statistically there will be some Muslims who will not do the right thing. Realistically, is this more than any other community in Australia? Conversely, Muslims themselves would concede there is room for improvement especially when Islam expects the best from Muslims. So, should Muslims be held to higher standards than other people in Australia?


Shk Wesam Charkawi, Silma Ihram & Bassam Adasi


Shk Ahmed Abdo, Lydia Shelly & Ghaith Krayem


Bryan Brown Theatre, Bankstown, Western Sydney

Saturday 23 May 2015; 7:30pm; Cost $10

For more information, contact ISRA Australia on 02 9649 9040 or register via info@isra.org.au


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Blog by Craig Considine: Sociologist, Speaker, Writer

Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I would become a scholar focusing on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations. Growing up, my passion was playing basketball and following the Boston Celtics. I never had any Muslim friends. In fact, I did not even know a single follower of Islam until my college years. If you had asked me when I was 16 years old, "What is a Muslim?" I would not be able to answer you.

Everything changed when 9/11 happened. Muslims were seen as "terrorists" and Islam was an "evil" force that had to be crushed by "freedom loving people." When it came time to choose an academic discipline in college, I chose "Islamic studies," not because I wanted to learn about a great religion and world civilization, but rather to work for the CIA and become a spy to nab the "bad guys."

One of the first classes that I enrolled in at American University was "The World of Islam." I figured this was a way for me to learn about why an event like 9/11 happened. On the first day of class, I learned about basic Islamic principles like giving alms to charity and praying five times per day. I was told about a hadith, or saying of the Prophet Muhammad, which stated: "the ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr." I remember one of the Muslim students in the class standing up and reciting a Qur'anic verse, which read: "taking the life of an innocent person is like killing all of mankind." What I learned on that first day of class was not reflective of what you hear daily in the media about Islam and Muslims.


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Indonesian stand-up comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf challenges women’s issues and religious extremism with her razor-sharp wit. She spoke to Najwa Abdullah.

“How do you feel about being Muslim in Indonesia?” asked stand-up comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf at the beginning of our conversation. “It’s [something so] normal that you almost can’t see what is wrong, what goes wrong, or if there is anything wrong in the society.”

When people hear that Indonesia has the biggest Muslim population in the world, and that it can stand side by side with democracy, they might think Islam is being practised properly. On the surface level, why wouldn’t it be so? The constitution allows religious freedom and as the majority, Muslims have an abundance of religious benefits and facilities. But Sakdiyah believes that “something is amiss, and the danger is that most of us don’t even realise that.”

The 32-year-old resident of Jogjakarta is a rare find in Indonesian-Muslim society – especially in her ethnic group of Arab-Indonesians. She is one of the very few female stand-up comedians in the country to appear on national TV and to concern herself with women’s issues, corruption and the proliferating extremism among Muslims towards minorities.


........ there’s a cautious intention to address certain issues in every joke. I will not talk about something I don’t have knowledge of or talk with prejudice and assumptions

Sakdiyah Ma’ruf

Her criticism of certain Islamic practices and groups is prone to controversy, but she believes that she is on the right track. “I’m conscious, responsible and have arguments as well as stories for every single thing that I say. Simply put, there’s a cautious intention to address certain issues in every joke. I will not talk about something I don’t have knowledge of or talk with prejudice and assumptions.”

She believes that social norms can turn us against ourselves. “At the end of the day, we become strangers in our skin. We don’t recognise ourselves, for instance, we lose our senses and humanity in our religiousness. Or in our women’s world, we don’t really know why we are wearing these high heels and fake eyelashes.”

Sakdiyah, who has a way with words, chose stand-up comedy because she wanted to use humour to take the audience where they might otherwise be afraid to tread. She believes that using the power of comedy to chide social and religious norms can be both amusing and enlightening.

“That’s the beauty of comedy. It’s provocation in a funny and subtle manner. It is deconstructing popular beliefs by making fun of ourselves or implying that society has set up an impossible standard of living,” she said.

When I asked her when she decided that comedy would be her life path, she attributed it to her family. “Growing up in the heart of Arab-Indonesian community in the city of Pekalongan in Central Java, I always knew that across my family and community, humour is in our DNA. We are generally very funny,” she said.


Growing up in the heart of Arab-Indonesian community in the city of Pekalongan in Central Java, I always knew that across my family and community, humour is in our DNA. We are generally very funny

Sakdiyah Ma’ruf

Her passion for comedy grew slowly as she was exposed at an early age to popular American sitcoms such as The Cosby Show and Full House. Among many others, her favourite comedian is Louis C K and how he turns his misfortunes into satire.

Having plunged into the Indonesian comedy world, she noted that it takes more than just humour to become a comedian. “If you’re arrogant, you can’t do comedy. It takes a serious dose of self-reflection and infinite humility to be completely aware that one is flawed, and the courage to look into oneself,” she explained.

Sakdiyah strives to maintain her idealism and intention for her chosen profession. “One of my intellectual influences once said, ‘Unlike divine lights, studio lights are blinding’. I couldn’t agree more with this, since I’ve experienced a great change in how I perceive myself.”

Meanwhile, she is working hard on a new piece on the current presidential election in Indonesia – without showing any political leanings. With her long-developed concerns for her country, Sakdiyah just wants Indonesia to be a better home for religious hybridity and multiculturalism.


Source: Aquila Style


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CHILDREN as young as 14 will be targeted by a new program designed to steer them away from ideologies of hate and violence.


Troubled boys and girls will be among those invited by the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) to take part in the year-long project.


"We will be targeting males mostly because what is happening, unfortunately, is that they are falling into the wrong hands and developing these radicalized thoughts and we want to basically tackle that," said IWAQ social worker Beengul Ali.


IWAQ is among the five Queensland community groups, and 34 across the nation, to receive federal funding under the Living Safe Together program to work with at-risk individuals to combat radicalization.


Ms Ali said IWAQ would run information and trainings sessions for vulnerable people "aged 14 and above".


"What we want to do is create a space for them, and tell them what the real Islam is about," she said. "we also want to give them employment and education opportunities so they believe their lives are worthy, rather than .... become terrorists."


Ms Ali said the association would approach schools, organizations and mosques for children and adults to take part in the program, which is due to start next month.


"We want to give them an opportunity to express themselves, and explain why they feel this way and what were the core reasons for them developing these ideologies," she said.


Ms Ali stressed the Springwood centre's doors would be "open to anyone who is interested".


Source: Courier Mail


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Sums of up to $50,000 have been given to community groups to help stop the flow of young people to Syria and Iraq, but in an atmosphere of mistrust, the program’s success is far from certain.

Nine months – and at least four allegedly foiled plots – since the government first announced its $1.6m deradicalisation program, the first grants have been given to mosques, sporting groups and community organisations.

Sums of up to $50,000 have been handed out to 34 groups so far amid hopes the scheme will help stem the flow of young Muslims to Syria and Iraq or disrupt an act of mass-murder at home.

What fuels radicalisation is complex and poorly understood. But the sorts of programs being funded by the Attorney General’s Department paint a picture of how Australia’s Muslim communities view the phenomenon, and how they intend to fight it.

Silma Ihram, from the Australian Muslim Women’s Association, will use the money to develop a formal qualification for Muslim mentors based in Sydney.

As she sees it, troubled or lost young people will naturally seek guidance. “The problem is that for all those people teaching Muslims, whether in public or private schools, sports groups or prisons, there’s no qualification or oversight, no guarantee they’ve got the required skills,” she says.

“We want to get training into place so that anybody who’s mentoring Muslims is a lot more skilled in being able to recognise problems such as anger management, domestic abuse, issues with family breakup, depression,” Ihram says. “All of those things that result in kids being susceptible to an aggressive ideology.”

Part of that training would including tackling the narrative of radical groups head-on. “We want to make sure that as part of the training they understand what Islam says about peace-building. There’s some very strong information that’s been put out by highly trained Muslim scholars refuting the basis of Isis propaganda.”

It would also include a crash course in Australia’s political and legal systems to demonstrate “that this is in fact a pretty good country”.

Australia has come from a white Australia policy to a multicultural policy. It’s got ombudsmen and a lot of institutions set up to uphold your rights,” she says.

“We work closely with the Muslim Legal Network, which is constantly fighting for people’s rights, but the average person doesn’t know how to access that.”

Grievances over discrimination or foreign policy would be channelled into practical political campaigning. “Muslims are Australian citizens. They have a right to support policies, to lobby for policies, to look at changing the system. We look at the Israeli lobby or the homosexual lobby and think, gosh, how effective it is,” she says.

Anne Aly, a deradicalisation expert from Curtin University, has received $40,000 to expand a similar program in Perth: identifying at-risk youths “through the grapevine”, and either pairing them with trained mentors, or providing formal training to existing role models in their lives.

Aly’s mentors would be trained not just in countering violent ideas, but in manoeuvring the bumps of everyday life. “You may not need a mentor to talk you out of joining Isis, but you might need one to help you navigate the education system,” she says.

Football United, another recipient, will use the money to run soccer clinics in Sydney. “It will be a preventive type of program where they can meet new people, socialise, develop skills that make them feel part of their community,” a spokeswoman, Assmah Helal, says.

The three different programs cast the problem of violent extremism as the result of alienation, certainly from “Australian values”, but more specifically from one’s own family, friends and community.

They will roll out in an atmosphere of great mistrust between Muslim communities and the federal government. A number of prominent organisations, including the Lebanese Muslim Association, refused to apply for the grants. Even the full list of recipients is being kept confidential by the Attorney General’s Department, for fear its involvement would taint the programs.

The participants are aware of these risks. “But if, at the end of the day, I’m helping a family so that they don’t lose a son, or to keep their family intact, then it’s worth it,” Aly says.

Ihram, too, was “reluctant” to apply for funding, but says once the mentoring program is up and running she will seek funding under a more neutral scheme.

“If it’s funded as social infrastructure, or social welfare, that’s fine,” she says. “But under anti-terrorism or deradicalisation, we don’t want that.”

Source: The Guardian


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Dr Shahid Sarki and Dr Saira Chandio were the only two doctors in the small NSW town when it was hit by the storm.


Source: SBS URDU


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CAPE TOWN: A new mobile app will help Muslim travellers establish prayer times, locate mosques and find halal food more easily while away from home.

Going by the name HalalTrip, the app has integrated the latest available technologies to give Muslim travellers a simple way to find prayer times and locations whether on air, land or sea.

With just one click, the new feature instantly calculates the prayer times for the current location, the distances for nearby mosques and the time it will take to reach them. For travellers it will also work out whether you can reach your hotel in time for prayers.

The addition of this feature alongside its existing in-flight prayer calculator means the HalalTrip app now provides Muslim travellers with a seamless experience for all their needs.

Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of HalalTrip & CrescentRating, said embracing new technology to innovate and enhance the experience of Muslim travellers is a key ongoing focus for the company as the $145 billion Halal tourism sector becomes more sophisticated and smartphone savvy.

Bahardeen said, “The Muslim traveller is now much more technology savvy than ever before. They are increasingly coming from a younger demographic and are now some of the early adopters of online innovations.”


The HalalTrip app brings together a number of key essential travel resources for Muslims which includes Halal food discovery. The Halal food spotting feature allows users to “spot” Halal food dishes and upload images, comment and share via social media to millions across the world.

The new version of the app, available on both iOS and Android, now has English, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia user interfaces with more languages to follow.

According to the latest figures in the “MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2015”, the halal tourism sector was worth $145 billion in 2014. This figure is predicted to grow to $200 billion by 2020.

Over the next few months, HalalTrip will add new features to the app including a direct booking service and city guides.

The free app is available for both iPhone/iPad & Android smartphones/tablets and can be downloaded by searching for ‘HalalTrip’ in the App Store/Google Play.

Source: News24


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SYDNEY: The Australian Arab Business Forum is hosting a dinner at the Sir Stamford Circular Quay on Thursday 21 May with The Hon Stuart Ayres MP and Her Excellency Dr Shaikha Al Maskari.

Her Excellency Dr Shaikha Al Maskari, Chairperson of Al Maskari Holding from the United Arab Emirates will be the keynote speaker.



Al Maskari Holding is a global diversified company with operations in the oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, healthcare services, facilities management, real estate, security and outsourcing sectors.

Dr Al Maskari is also Chairperson of Tricon Group, Johnson Controls and Global Communications, Global Communication Recruitment Services and Singapore Expo. Amongst her many awards, she received the World Women Leadership Achievement Award 2015 and the 2014 Emirati Businesswoman of the Year Award. She has also been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the economic empowerment of women.

Event Details

6.30pm - 9.00pm
Thursday 21 May, 2015
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
93 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000


Individual: $190 +GST
Corporate table: $1500 +GST


Register now to network with likeminded business professionals looking to project their business into the Middle East and North Africa.


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Lohan carries the Koran as she steps out after court-ordered community service at a children's centre 


Lindsay Lohan was photographed carrying a copy of the Koran after her first day of community service in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday.

The actress - who is of Irish and Italian heritage and was raised as a Catholic - held a hard copy of the Muslim holy book in her arm as she finished a day of office work at a children's center. She reportedly arrived two hours late.

It comes as the 28-year-old embarks on an 'emotional detox', giving up alcohol and dating.

The Koran prescribes a lifestyle free of alcohol for Muslims - though readers of the book do not necessarily subscribe to the religion.

It is not the first time Lindsay has shown an interest in other religions.

During the height of her fame as a teen star, she wore a Kabbalah red string bracelet, which wards off misfortune brought about by the 'evil eye'.

She was also rumoured to be attending Kabbalah classes, and in 2012 she reportedly joined Courtney Love's Buddhist chanting group.

Last year Lindsay described herself as a 'very spiritual person' in a docu-series with Oprah Winfrey.

'I'm a very spiritual person and I've become more spiritual as time has gone on,' she told the talk show host.

'I'm really in touch, whether it's prayer or meditation... there are so many powers greater than me in the world. I've been blessed and lucky enough to have been given a gift to share with other people.'


Earlier this year, Lindsay posted this Instagram image quoting the Quaran but later deleted it

Source: Dail Mail UK


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Every Friday in the regional Victorian town of Ararat, 50 members of the Islamic Welfare Association join each other for prayer at a tiny brick building next to the town's train station.

On occasion they hold interfaith prayer sessions with the Catholic Church, but soon they will have a mosque, following the approval of the local council, as well as other local religious leaders.

Like most country Victorians, for these four families, the town's appeal was getting out of the hustle and bustle of city life.

They are proud to call Ararat, which has a population of about 8,000 people, home, but said their religion was often misunderstood and they are concerned that they are feared by the broader community.


Osman Kokcu


Photo: Ararat Islamic Welfare Association vice-president Osman Kokcu


Originally from Turkey, Osman Kokcu has been living in Australia for 14 years, and currently works as a supervisor at the local abattoir.

His wife and children now live in Melbourne for their son's high school education, but had been living in the regional town until recently.

"I go to Melbourne on the weekends ... I decided to stay here because I have a good job," Osman said.

During the week, Osman keeps himself busy by playing soccer and with social gatherings.

Osman is the vice-president of the Islamic Welfare Association in Ararat, and said the group provided support to help others get their lives off to a good start.

"We bring all the Muslims together, and if new Muslims come to town we find houses for them and jobs for them," he said.

He said they also regularly came together to pray.

"We have prayers five times a day," he said.

"Once a day we try and get together and pray together so we can socialise, and tell each other what we have done during the day, and ask did you have any problems to discuss or any good news happened. We talk about what things we can do to improve ourselves."

Osman said the Islam he knew was a peaceful one.


"Islam is not what you see in the media - the terrorism and the negativity and the thinking of bad things about other people is not in Islam," he said.


"Islam is always positive and looking forward and living a peaceful life."



NEXT WEEK CCN introduces Ararat resident Saqib Gondal and Family.

Source: ABC News


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In this episode of Halal in the Family, Aasif helps Bobby run for high school class president with a little help from a new friend (The Daily Show's Samantha Bee) and cousin Tariq (The Roots' “Black Thought” Trotter). With Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards).



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DATE: 15 May 2015

TOPIC: "AL Nakba The Catastrophe (Palestinian)"

IMAM: Dr Mohammed Abdalla









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


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 Tudung industry in Malaysia: Cashing in on conservative Islam


Women spotted on April 30, 2015, camping outside the Fareeda Bangi store to buy the new designs of tudung that will be launched on May 1, 2015 

KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — Homemaker Siti Noraini Mohd Kamarulzaman camped outside a Fareeda store — a popular brand of tudungs — for three days to buy their latest designs for RM120 a piece, which she would then resell for RM400.


Almost triple the original price As Fareeda sells only 30 to 40 pieces per colour or print, stocks are limited but demand is high, and those queuing for days to buy the headscarves are able to sell them later on Facebook for two or three times higher, which can net them a cool income of RM5,000 a month.


“During Hari Raya, I can make more than RM10,000,” Siti Noraini, 24, told Malay Mail Online recently while camping outside the Fareeda store in Bangi for the May 1 launch of the brand’s new designs.

Workers making headscarves in Fareeda's Bangi store on April 30, 2015.


The boom in the tudung (also known by its Arabic name, hijab) industry is one of the side benefits of an increasingly conservative brand of Islam practised in Malaysia that frowns on Muslim women who do not cover their heads.


An estimated five million Muslim women, up to 90 per cent of whom probably wear tudungs, coupled with the rebranding of the headscarf as a fashion item, have driven business growth and spurred the creation of hundreds of tudung brands.


Three tudung companies told Malay Mail Online that business is growing, with one of them making profit in just one year since it was set up.


The Malay Mail Online



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 ISIS Ideology Is Not True To Islam, And These Imams Are Fighting Back


Leading Imams and scholars from Britain and Europe, from the third left, Imam Asim Hussain, Sarah Warrick, Dr Qari Muhammad Asim and Shaykh Ahmad Babikir hold up various versions, online and printed of the new magazine 'Haqiqah' which translates as 'The Reality' and is aimed young people and to counter extremist views from groups such as Islamic State, at its official launch in London, Thursday, March, 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) | ASSOCIATED PRESS


UK: Using a twisted version of Islam, the militant group Islamic State, or ISIS, has pushed online campaigns to attract youth to its bloody crusade in Syria and Iraq. Now a group of British imams and scholars is looking to "reclaim the Internet" with a new magazine aimed at shifting the conversation and spreading a message of truth.

Haqiqah, meaning "the truth" or "the reality" in Arabic, is a digital magazine created by Islamic scholars with the purpose of educating young people about the realities of extremism, according to its backers at Imams Online. The goal, they say, is to "drown out" the voices perpetuating violence.

“Someone has to reclaim that territory from ISIS, and that can only be imams: religious leaders who guide and nourish their community,” Qari Asim, senior editor at Imams Online, told the BBC. “But now that we live in a digital mobile world, some young people are not coming to the mosque so we must reach out to them -– and this is the Muslims’ contribution to combat radicalization on the net."
More than 100 imams were reportedly present at the launch of the magazine in London Thursday night, including influential U.S. scholar Hamza Yusuf and Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, president of the Forum for Promoting Peace. One imam told BuzzFeed "Haqiqa would reach out to vulnerable people, who are often targeted by extremists on social media."


The Huffington Post


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 Avaes Mohammad: Playwright on making two plays on Muslim terrorism and white fascism


'There’s something weird going on when people born and raised here are willing to destroy this country'

Avaes Mohammad wanted to write a play about Muslim extremism in the North of England. Actually, he wanted to write three – a trilogy, going from 9/11 to the present moment. But when he approached Rod Dixon, of the Red Ladder Theatre Company, he was persuaded to look at two different versions of extremism in modern Britain: Muslim terrorism and white, working-class fascism.

Dixon had the sense that these were two sides to the same coin, something that’s been borne out in their research. “I was more interested in the parallel stories. And the more we interviewed people, the more we realised that the young men in particular had the same needs that weren’t being met.”

Mohammad wrote a double bill about to open at the Park Theatre – Hurling Rubble at the Sun and Hurling Rubble at the Moon. They’re stand-alone plays, but have overlapping characters and make powerful companion pieces. They are both set around the 7/7 bombings, with Sun looking at a radicalised young Muslim, while Moon focuses on a young white man who gets caught up in racist violence and the BNP.


“I come from Blackburn, which is a very divided town,” he explains. “I was raised in a very ghettoised Muslim Asian community. In the same town there was an equally ghettoised white, working-class community. What’s interesting is, although they live in isolation, how conjoined their narratives are. Where we’ve seen the rise of Muslim extremism, we’ve also seen the analogous and parallel rise of white, working-class extremism.”





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 French Muslim girl returns to school in ‘banned’ skirt



FRANCE: Sarah K, the 15-year-old school girl who was banned from attending classes for wearing long skirts, sparking an uproar in France and the world over, has returned to school in her characteristic outfit.

Sarah stepped into the Leo Lagrange junior-high school in northeastern France Monday, wearing a grey floral printed skirt, confident as ever that her skirt choices had nothing to do with the business of the state.

Last month, the French Muslim student of Algerian descent had been suspended from school by the headmaster, Maryse Dubois, for wearing a similar long skirt and was asked to change her outfit and then come back to school.

In the letter sent to her family, Dubois had said that Sarah’s long black skirt allegedly reflected her religious beliefs and breached the strict secular rules of France. The headmaster further said that the skirt was “too openly religious.”

Speaking with the Anadolu Agency Monday while she was on her way to school, Sarah said: “I did nothing wrong, I’m respecting the law as I always take off my headscarf before I enter the school; so there is no need for me to change what I wear. I’ll continue to dress the way I please and receive my education.”

While Sarah was not denied entry to the school this time Monday, it didn’t necessarily mean that the discrimination that girls like her face had come to an end in France. Anadolu Agency has learnt that there are several other girls like Sarah, who too had been suspended at the same school for wearing long skirts.





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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


Dr Muhammad Abdul Jabbar Beg was a distinguished historian of the Muslim world with an extensive reading list to his name.


Despite ill-health, he managed to complete a comprehensive biography of Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace, after a thorough study of classical and modern sources, as well as writing more than 300 biographies of the Prophet’s companions, published in a multi-volume series.


He was perhaps the only Muslim historian with more than twenty entries to his credit in the prestigious and world-class The Encyclopedia of Islam.


Dr Beg was a widely read and erudite historian, as exemplified in his seminal work of 2006, Essays on the origins of Islamic Civilisation.


The collection demonstrated the late academics grasp of architectural history, the seerah, numismatics, urban development, social structures, early Islamic science or music.


His distinguished academic career was boosted after he gained a PhD from Cambridge University, and took in lectureships around the world.


The late Muhammad Abdul Jabbar sadly passed away after he was nominated for this award. 


Source: Muslim News

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Q: Dear Kareema, I injured my knee a while ago and have been advised by my doctor to work on strengthening the muscles around it. Which exercises do you recommend I do given I have clearance from my doctor to start exercising again?

A: Cycling is great for strengthening the muscles around the knee, and there is no jarring of the joints.


So try a spin class and go from there.


The rowing machine is another option and you'll get the benefit of working your upper body as well.

I would also recommend aqua aerobics or swimming.


Again, no jarring of the knees and you'll soon see results if you're consistent.





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!

This week's CCN BOok-of-the-Week is


ISIS The State Terror


Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger



Drawing on their unusual access to intelligence sources, law enforcement, and groundbreaking research, two of America’s leading experts on violent extremism and terrorism explain the genesis, evolution, and implications of today’s most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State—and how we can fight it.


Though terrorist groups are a fixture of contemporary politics and warfare, the world has never witnessed the degree of sheer brutality demonstrated by the group know as ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.


Its sadistic disregard for human life, sophisticated use of social media, acquisition of territory, and ability to attract foreign fighters—many from modern Western democracies—is unprecedented. Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger analyze the tools ISIS uses both to frighten innocent citizens and lure new soldiers—including the “ghoulish pornography” of their pro-jihadi videos, the seductive appeal of “jihadic chic,” and its startling effective social media expertise.


While this jihadi army poses a significant threat, our response must be carefully calibrated the authors warn; sending troops onto the battlefield could become the ideal recruiting tool, increasing ISIS’s ranks. ISIS: The State of Terror offers practical ideas on potential government responses—most importantly, emphasizing that we must alter our present conceptions of terrorism and terrorists and react to the rapidly changing jihadi landscape, both online and off, as quickly as the terrorists do.


As it lays out what our next move—as a country, as a government, as the world—should be, it offers a vital assessment of the future of counterterrorism and countering violent extremism.



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: With Ramadaan nearly a month away I wanted to share this recipe which is an easy and light alternative to the traditional Haleem and nutritious too.
and was inspired by a recipe in Cosmo Cuisine by Mariam Mahomedy

Weetabix and Oats Haleem



1½ cups of Jungle Oats
4 Weetabix
2 cups water
1 tsp salt

1 cup chicken fillet cut into big squares.
1 tab. ghee
1 medium onion grated
1 small tomato grated
1tsp. ginger and garlic
1 tsp. green chillies
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups of water

1 tab. ghee
½ a sliced onion
2 green chillies sliced
1 tsp jeeru
¼ tsp garam masala
Chopped coriander


1. Soak the Jungle oats and Weetabix in water and add the salt.

2. Braise the onion in ghee until light brown; add the ginger and garlic, spices and tomato and sauté for 2 minutes.

3. Add the chicken and cook until tender.

4. Add the water and the jungle oats mixture and boil together for approx. 20mins.

5. Remove the chicken and liquidize the oats mixture and add more water if you require a thinner consistency.

6. Shred the chicken with your fingers and add to the oats mixture and boil for approx. 5 mins. or until the desired consistency is reached. Taste for salt.

7. Fry onion, garlic, jeeru and green chilies and add to the Haleem mixture .

8. Sprinkle with garam masala and garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with a slice of lemon.

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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Jallaluddin's wife went on vacation, leaving her husband behind.


Before she left, she told him to take extra special care of her cat.


The next day she called her husband and asked if the cat was all right.

Her husband said: The cat just died.

She burst into tears and said: How could you be so blunt? Why couldn't you have broken the news gradually! Today, you could have said that it was playing on the roof; tomorrow, you could have said that it fell off and had broken its leg; then on the third day, you could have said that the poor thing had passed away in the night. You could have been more sensitive about the whole thing. By the way, how is my mom?

Jallaluddin: She is playing on the roof.

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Let those (disposing of an estate) have the same fear in their minds as they would have for their own if they had left a helpless family behind: let them fear Allah, and speak words of appropriate (comfort).

~ Surah An-Nisa 4:9


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How very little can be done,


under the spirit of fear

~ Florence Nightingale


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To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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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


22 August


NEW Musjid Al Huda Redbank




after Maghrib

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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