Sunday, 2 August 2015


Newsletter 0560


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



Minister denounces Reclaim Australia

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought

Alarm at right wing extremists out in public

 The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week

NSW to audit school prayer groups for extremism

What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions

I’m a Muslim woman, Mr Cameron

Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Baird’s double standards on extremism in schools

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

First-timers impress

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Montessori Garden celebrates Eid

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

A process of renewal

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

Muslim inventions that shaped the modern world


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Hewson leads first Australian Islamic Bank

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Muslim Aid Australia and Read Little Muslims hosted a very successful Eid Fun Day yesterday (Saturday) at the Rochedale Mosque with hundreds of families attending the event.

Kids enjoyed the Baby Animal Farm and Pony Rides and were entertained during the Children's Story Time by author Ms Razeena Omar and owner of Read Little Muslims. The fun arts and craft activities drew kids of all ages as well.


Ms Faiza Osman of Modest Munchies conducted the fun food cooking demonstration for the children.

Profits raised will be used to help complete the construction of Somalia Borehole and Gaza Desalination Plant.

Muslim Aid Australia's director, Mr Riyaad Ally, told CCN: "On behalf of Muslim Aid and Read Little Muslims we would like to thank all of those who attended, the volunteers, and sponsors. We want to extend a very special thanks to the Rochedale Mosque who not only provided the venue but played an active role in running the event."



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Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Ms Shannon Fentiman MP, shared Jimmy Barnes' Reclaim Australia post on her Facebook Page along with the following comment:

Great to see Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham speaking up against Reclaim Australia. Proving they rock in more ways than one!

During Ramadan, many Muslim families across Queensland have thrown open their doors over recent weeks to welcome non-Muslims to share dinner, or Iftar, with them. I was lucky enough to go to lots of these.

If people feel uncertain about Muslim culture, we should urge them not to rely on groups like Reclaim Australia for facts. If they get to know local Muslims, they will probably realise they have more things in common than differences.

Multiculturalism is at the heart of who we are and Reclaim Australia does not represent the real Australian values of inclusiveness, tolerance and a fair-go.


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By Zia Ahmad


From left: Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Keysar Trad and Dr Anas Natfaji at the UWS conference on community cohesion. 

SYDNEY: With the background of anti-Muslim rallies being held by extremists in many cities of Australia, a number of speakers at the recently held conference at UWS warned that right-wing extremism was emerging as an equal, if not greater, threat than Muslim radicalisation in Australia.

“Advancing Community Cohesion” conference was held from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 July at The University of Western Sydney supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

The conference date coincided with the last two days of Ramadan and the day of Eid-ul-Fitr festivities itself. Reportedly this resulted in a number of potential Muslim participants not to join the conference as well as a few scheduled speakers to pull out due to the ill-timing of the conference.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane said that there had undoubtedly been a rise in far-right extremist organisations who were not confining their activities underground but were coming out in the public.

Keysar Trad, founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia criticised the right-wing columnists and shock jocks, saying they take no responsibility for the hostile environment they have created for minorities.

Commenting on radicalisation and extremism, NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said that the police force had extensive community engagement strategies in place and praised the increasing number of bystanders responding to public incidents of racism.

Dr Anne Aly, a researcher and academic from Curtin University, WA said that Violent extremism in Australia is beginning to mirror that of the US, where many more people have been killed by right wing extremists than the so called terrorists since 9/11.

On a positive note, A/Prof Memet Ozalp from ISRA and Charles Sturt University, told that Muslims living in the West provide a great opportunity to develop mutual understanding by supporting dialogue initiatives that involve education and social interaction.

“Dialogue gives an opportunity for Muslims (and others) to voice their concerns in a democratic way to Western public, intellectuals, religious leaders and politicians while Western religious and secular circles find out about who Muslims really are rather than via just media sources and intelligence reports”, he said.

He advised that presence of Muslims in Western societies should be accepted and diversity should be genuinely embraced as richness.

“Muslim presence enables Muslims to appreciate the positives of Western civilisation and pass this on to other Muslims around the world and at the same time it enables Westerners to engage in a first hand dialogue with Muslims and start to clarify the blind-spots.” he said.

Source: Australasian Muslim Times


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The Bachar Houli Cup was held at AFL Qld on Tuesday the 16th of June 2015.

The Bachar Houli Cup was an AFL Islamic Competition for 13-15 year old boys and girls. It was a round robin sporting day and hosted 4 schools (Australian International Islamic College – Durack; Australian International Islamic College – Gold Coast; Milpera State High School and Islamic College of Brisbane).

HAVING A BALL: Teams from the Australian International Islamic College on the Gold Coast have surprised in the Bachar Houli Cup



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An Epping Boys High School pupil is being investigated over allegations he preached radical Islam in the schoolyard

SYDNEY: The New South Wales Government has announced a state-wide audit of all prayer groups conducted in public schools following allegations of radical Islam being preached in a Sydney playground.

The NSW Department of Education and NSW Police will issue a memo to all principals today, outlining their obligations to report extremism.

Police will also develop training for the education department on radicalisation and extremism.

Premier Mike Baird said the Government would not allow schools to become breeding grounds for radicalism.

"We need to ensure that everyone is aware of an appropriate process and what to look for and what to listen for," he told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.

"I don't think any one of us could have imagined four or five years ago the concept of 13- and 14-year-olds being involved in extremism and signing up for terrorist activities. That's something almost beyond comprehension.

"This is an appropriate step to ensure extra rigour, extra care, extra sensitivity to movement, words [and] actions that we may see that might be appropriate to report and take action against."

Last week police confirmed a year 12 student who attends Epping Boys High School, in Sydney's north-west, was being investigated over allegations he was preaching radical Islam in the schoolyard.

News Corp reported the investigation was looking at possible links between the boy and Milad bin Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadzai, who was last year convicted of threatening to slit the throat of a Commonwealth official.

Al-Ahmadzai is currently in police custody charged over a number of other violent crimes in Sydney.

Police have not confirmed details of the investigation but said the radicalisation of young people, including school students, was a worsening problem.

Source: ABC News


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Dr John Hewson (federal leader of the Liberal Party of Australia from 1990 to 1994) takes on the role of chairman of the Board of Directors of the first Islamic bank of Australia, Islamic Financial Services Australia.


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By Maryam Kissane


On Friday, 24July, Montessori Garden Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Underwood held a special picnic to celebrate Eid.

Moonira, Meri, Ella, Gaby, Kiran, Yen-Ling and Jasmine, the teachers of “Green” and “Yellow” rooms organized the event, saying: “Montessori Garden is such a special place because we have so many friends from different backgrounds. Celebrating Eid lets our Muslim friends know that we respect their traditions and are eager to learn and celebrate with them”.

At the beginning of Ramadan, a Muslim parent was invited to talk to the children about Ramadan and Eid.


The children then spent the rest of the month decorating Eid posters, making lanterns and reading their “Welcome Ramadan” book.


They also contributed some small change to Islamic Relief’s Charity Box. Parents and families were all invited to attend their Eid picnic on the 24th of July.

On Friday morning, the children worked hard to create a beautiful space outside to have their picnic. They lay rugs, placed candles and decorated with their lanterns and artwork.


Moonira helped the children dress in traditional clothing. Ella and Gaby helped them to prepare food to share such as fairy bread, fruit kebabs and homemade lemonade.


As they gathered together on their picnic mat, Meri shared stories with the children, explaining the importance of Ramadan and the “Fantastic Festival of Eid-al-Fitr”. The children then enjoyed their picnic food and were each given a small Eid gift.

Altogether, this was a very special event made possible by a group of Montessori teachers who choose to celebrate the diversity in our community, giving the children in their care an opportunity to learn the cultural foundations of other people and encouraging these children to accept and respect people and their traditions from all over the world.


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By Dylan Chown

Amanah Institute is undergoing and enjoying a process of renewal.


Formerly the Kuraby Madrassah, the Institute has a rich history as a successful and well established centre for learning in our community.


We are fortunate indeed to be able to work from this foundation of strength and success with an equal measure toward seeking to continually better serve the needs of our students.


This demands an evidence based approach. That is, how does our tradition inform what we do and how we do it? What can we gain from empirical research on contemporary Islamic education? We begin asking ourselves, why do we do certain practices? Are they authentic? Are they educative? Are they working?


In such a way, we draw inspiration from the words of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) reported by Abu Huraira , “Renew your faith.”


Just as it has been said that our faith can wear out, necessitating renewal, the approaches to Islamic education in our communities Institutions can also benefit from renewal.


This process of renewal at Amanah Institute is characterised by our motto – ‘Education for Transformation’. It is the commitment toward our Institute vision and mission that guides everything else that follows.

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Mr Dylan Chown is the Principal of the AMANAH INSTITUE in Brisbane.



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Siema Iqbal

Highlights from David Cameron’s speech on tackling extremism

Dear Mr Cameron,

What did your speech on radicalisation this week actually mean to someone like me?

Despite being born in Manchester, growing up here and being a proud Mancunian (let’s overlook my support for Liverpool FC), for the first time in 37 years I feel as though I don’t belong. And yes, I am Muslim. Just a British Muslim.

I used to hear the term “Muslim community” and think of a peaceful hard-working community who settled in the UK to create a better future for generations to come. Now I hear that and it paints a picture of a misunderstood, frightened community under attack and feeling the need to continually apologise and defend its religious beliefs.

There have been many responses to your speech, and some well-researched analyses. But I need you to listen to someone like me. I need to have confidence that the person shaping my children’s future has an understanding of the impact of legislation imposed by you and your government.

Let’s start with the proposal regarding passports. You said this week that parents will have the power to confiscate their child’s passport if they fear they will travel to Syria or Iraq to fight for Isis. No parent wants their child to do that – and not just Muslim parents. Why anyone would join Isis is beyond my comprehension, so having the ability as a parent to stop my child ever coming to harm would be welcome. But just out of curiosity, if my child’s passport is confiscated, would they then be labelled a “non-violent extremist” and, if so, what would be the consequences for them?

If my child’s passport is confiscated, will they then be labelled a 'non-violent extremist'

There is a lot of talk at the moment of “ideology”. To be clear, “ideology” doesn’t make me feel isolated. “Ideology” doesn’t drive radicalisation. Islamophobia, foreign policy and double standards make me feel isolated and scared and, I suspect, are the real driving force behind radicalisation.

Like others before you, including Tony Blair, you say your objection isn’t to Muslims and Islam but towards violent jihadism. It’s difficult for me to believe in your sincerity though, when you’ve created a society where just talking about certain aspects of Islam is now considered extremist.

The Guardian


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Aboriginal leader and Secretary of the APG, Michael Mansell, has accused NSW Premier Mike Baird of “picking on Islam while turning a blind eye to everyday white supremacy teachings in NSW schools”.


Source: ISSUU


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Modern surgery has benefited from Muslim surgeon Al Zahwari's inventions. Around the year 1,000, he reportedly performed the first caesarean operation and created the first pair of forceps. 

London (CNN)—Think of the origins of that staple of modern life, the cup of coffee, and Italy often springs to mind.

But in fact, Yemen is where the ubiquitous brew has its true origins.

Along with the first university, and even the toothbrush, it is among surprising Muslim inventions that have shaped the world we live in today.

The origins of these fundamental ideas and objects -- the basis of everything from the bicycle to musical scales -- are the focus of "1001 Inventions," a book celebrating "the forgotten" history of 1,000 years of Muslim heritage.

"There's a hole in our knowledge, we leap frog from the Renaissance to the Greeks," professor Salim al-Hassani, Chairman of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation, and editor of the book told CNN.

"1001 Inventions" is now an exhibition at London's Science Museum. Hassani hopes the exhibition will highlight the contributions of non-Western cultures -- like the Muslim empire that once covered Spain and Portugal, Southern Italy and stretched as far as parts of China -- to present day civilization.

Here Hassani shares his top 10 outstanding Muslim inventions:

1. Surgery

Around the year 1,000, the celebrated doctor Al Zahrawi published a 1,500 page illustrated encyclopedia of surgery that was used in Europe as a medical reference for the next 500 years. Among his many inventions, Zahrawi discovered the use of dissolving cat gut to stitch wounds -- beforehand a second surgery had to be performed to remove sutures. He also reportedly performed the first caesarean operation and created the first pair of forceps.

2. Coffee

Now the Western world's drink du jour, coffee was first brewed in Yemen around the 9th century. In its earliest days, coffee helped Sufis stay up during late nights of devotion. Later brought to Cairo by a group of students, the coffee buzz soon caught on around the empire. By the 13th century it reached Turkey, but not until the 16th century did the beans start boiling in Europe, brought to Italy by a Venetian trader.

3. Flying machine

"Abbas ibn Firnas was the first person to make a real attempt to construct a flying machine and fly," said Hassani. In the 9th century he designed a winged apparatus, roughly resembling a bird costume. In his most famous trial near Cordoba in Spain, Firnas flew upward for a few moments, before falling to the ground and partially breaking his back. His designs would undoubtedly have been an inspiration for famed Italian artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci's hundreds of years later, said Hassani.

4. University

In 859 a young princess named Fatima al-Firhi founded the first degree-granting university in Fez, Morocco. Her sister Miriam founded an adjacent mosque and together the complex became the al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University. Still operating almost 1,200 years later, Hassani says he hopes the center will remind people that learning is at the core of the Islamic tradition and that the story of the al-Firhi sisters will inspire young Muslim women around the world today.

5. Algebra

The word algebra comes from the title of a Persian mathematician's famous 9th century treatise "Kitab al-Jabr Wa l-Mugabala" which translates roughly as "The Book of Reasoning and Balancing." Built on the roots of Greek and Hindu systems, the new algebraic order was a unifying system for rational numbers, irrational numbers and geometrical magnitudes. The same mathematician, Al-Khwarizmi, was also the first to introduce the concept of raising a number to a power.

6. Optics

"Many of the most important advances in the study of optics come from the Muslim world," says Hassani. Around the year 1000 Ibn al-Haitham proved that humans see objects by light reflecting off of them and entering the eye, dismissing Euclid and Ptolemy's theories that light was emitted from the eye itself. This great Muslim physicist also discovered the camera obscura phenomenon, which explains how the eye sees images upright due to the connection between the optic nerve and the brain.

7. Music

Muslim musicians have had a profound impact on Europe, dating back to Charlemagne tried to compete with the music of Baghdad and Cordoba, according to Hassani. Among many instruments that arrived in Europe through the Middle East are the lute and the rahab, an ancestor of the violin. Modern musical scales are also said to derive from the Arabic alphabet.

8. Toothbrush

According to Hassani, the Prophet Mohammed popularized the use of the first toothbrush in around 600. Using a twig from the Meswak tree, he cleaned his teeth and freshened his breath. Substances similar to Meswak are used in modern toothpaste.

"Hospitals as we know them today, with wards and teaching centres, come from 9th century Europe."

Professor Salim al-Hassani

9. The crank

Many of the basics of modern automatics were first put to use in the Muslim world, including the revolutionary crank-connecting rod system. By converting rotary motion to linear motion, the crank enables the lifting of heavy objects with relative ease. This technology, discovered by Al-Jazari in the 12th century, exploded across the globe, leading to everything from the bicycle to the internal combustion engine.

10. Hospitals

"Hospitals as we know them today, with wards and teaching centers, come from 9th century Egypt," explained Hassani. The first such medical center was the Ahmad ibn Tulun Hospital, founded in 872 in Cairo. Tulun hospital provided free care for anyone who needed it -- a policy based on the Muslim tradition of caring for all who are sick. From Cairo, such hospitals spread around the Muslim world.


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 July 2015

TOPIC: "Obedience and good character"

IMAM: Visiting Imam Ahmad Naffaa (Al Azhar)







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 July 2015

TOPIC: “Zulaha’s love for Allah”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 July 2015

TOPIC: "Cultivation of the Heart"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Dear Friends


As Salam Aleikum,


After great consideration from the management committee, Sister’s House Services Inc will be closing the Sisters’ House from October 2015. This means we will no longer have a house to offer accommodation in the way that we have been for the last 5 years. We would like to thank supporters of the Sister’s House since its inception and ask Allaah to accept our efforts and forgive our short-comings.

Sisters’ House Services will continue in the way of Islamic classes, Youth Group, Women’s & children’s activities. We will endeavour to assist Muslim women in our community with alternative accommodation, household needs, counselling and social outlets.

Our dedicated volunteers plan to work within the community in visiting the sick, organising food rosters & assisting the needy with goods In sha Allaah. To join in activities or for any information please contact us. Our website is still up and running at and our email is

Yours sincerely,

Sisters’ House Management Committee


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Saudi father pardons his son’s killer if he memorizes the whole Quran

The killer, Faisal al-Ameri, kisses the forehead of Rabi’a al-Dousary, the father of the young man he killed.  

SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi father pardoned his son’s killer if he successfully memorized the Holy Quran, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

Rabi’a al-Dousary, father of the slain young man named Abdullah, promised to pardon the convicted felon, Faisal al-Ameri, if he successfully memorized all of the Holy Quran before leaving prison, al-Yawm Saudi newspaper reported.

Ameri was sentenced to death for killing Dousary during a quarrel that erupted in their neighbourhood.

The Higher Committee of Correction in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom has persuaded the father to forgive and pardon Ameri.

The father, who refused to receive any blood money, to teach the Ameri a far more valuable lesson, insisted on one condition: the killer to fully memorize the Quran before his acquittal from prison.

Source: Al Arabiya News


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Cape Town to get R1bn ‘Halaal Park’


SOUTH AFRICA: The Western Cape government together with the Western Cape Fine Foods Initiative are working together to develop a R1 billion Halaal agri-processing food park near the Cape Town International Airport.

The park will be home to a number of manufacturing and service firms in the Halaal industry.

“The global Halaal market is worth $2.3 trillion. The proposed Halaal park will allow the Western Cape to double our share of that fast-growing market,” said Alan Winde, the provincial minister of Economic Opportunities, in a statement.

But, the park will focus mainly on exports to the Middle East and North Africa where 20% of the world’s Muslims are located.

“We seek to increase the value of Halaal exports by $31 billion by 2020‚” Winde said in a statement, adding some 5000 jobs would be created over the next five years.

Meanwhile, CEO of Western Cape Food Initative Nazeem Sterras said such parks are key to economic growth and access to markets.

“It is not just because of the religious or Sharia compliancy but because people are starting to realise that Halaal certified products already provides all the set standards that every human being needs to consider when they consume or use products‚” The Times quoted him as saying.

“Halaal certification actually provides all these standards already‚ as part of what we call a lifestyle value proposition. It ticks all the boxes that people want in a good quality product.”

Sterras said they focused on the Middle East and North Africa because of their proximity and the recent trade agreements signed with Africa.


Source: Yahoo! News


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Three-year-old child from London placed in government anti-extremism programme


LONDON: A three-year-old child from London is one of hundreds of young people in the capital who have been tipped as potential future radicals and extremists.

As reported by the Evening Standard, 1,069 people have been put in the government’s anti-extremism ‘Channel’ process, the de-radicalisation programme at the heart of the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy.

The three-year-old in the programme is from the borough of Tower Hamlets, and was a member of a family group that had been showing suspect behaviour.

Many of the government’s counter-extremism measures typically relate to older children and adults – buy very young children can be referred if authorities are concerned about the effect of their families on them.

In the past, police have gone through the family courts to bring care proceedings in cases involving these children, and measures have included taking away the children’s passports, to make it harder for them to be taken overseas.

With figures obtained from the London Assembly, the Standard found out that London accounted for around a quarter of all ‘Channel’ referrals nationwide since the start of 2012.

Since September 2014, 400 under 18s, including teenagers and children, have been referred to the scheme.

Source: DOAM


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Perlis Islamic council issues landmark edict


We released this fatwa to let them know that it is not a sin to offer custody to a non-Muslim parent, especially if that person is better equipped to care for the child. - Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin

PETALING JAYA: The Perlis Fatwa Committee has issued an edict which states that the custody of a child be given to the more suitable parent, regardless of religion.

State mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said the committee found it unfair to determine custody of a child based solely on the parents’ religion, as the overall welfare and interests of the child were paramount.

He said the edict could signal a turning point in the way child custody cases were deliberated at the Syariah courts, especially in cases where a parent sought custody of the child upon converting to Islam.

“The overall welfare of the child includes his or her physical, moral and emotional needs. The parent who is more able to provide these needs should get custody, whether they are Muslim or not,” Dr Mohd Asri told The Star.

He said the courts needed to judge which parent was more suitable by studying their background and lifestyle, as well as taking into consideration the choice of the child.

“If both parents are equally suitable to care for the child, then the child has the right to choose which parent he or she wants to live with.

“This is provided the child is old enough to decide,” he said.

Under the ruling, it will still be compulsory for the Muslim parent to introduce Islam to the child, whether they have custody or not.

However, Dr Mohd Asri said religion should not be forced upon them.

The Star Online


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Despite animosity, Moscow's Muslims change the city


The leaves of the ancient Qur’an found in Birmingham University’s archives.

Muslim experts doubt claim the Birmingham discovery is oldest Quraan manuscript
Some Muslim historians and manuscript experts have cast doubt on the credibility of the recent Birmingham University claim that it had discovered the oldest copy of the Qur’an.

The university recently showed two leaves of parchment with Qur’anic verses from chapter 18-20 in legible Hijazi script. It said the verses could have be scribbled somewhere between 568 AD and 645 AD.

The university’s claims mean that the verses were written close to the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who was widely believed to have lived between 570 AD and 632 AD.

Quoting the experts, Makkah daily said on Sunday that the manuscript might have possibly been written after the time of the Prophet (pbuh) due to several factors.

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Actually, Oldest Qur’ans are in Sanaa, Yemen & in Danger of Saudi Bombing

The discovery of a couple pages [apparently actually 18] of a very old Qur’an (the Muslim scripture), probably from the 640s CE [“AD”], in a library in Britain, has provoked a good deal of press reporting. Muslim tradition holds that the scripture was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad between roughly 610 CE and his death in 632, during the era when Heraclius was the emperor of Byzantium and the Tang Dynasty ruled China. While this find at the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham is important, the press seems unaware that a copy of the Qur’an that dates from the 640s and has about half of the entire book was discovered by a German team in Sanaa, Yemen two decades ago.

The oldest nearly complete Qur’ans in the world are just sitting there in the middle of Sanaa, and Birmingham is not the really big story here.

And Sanaa is being daily bombed from the air by Saudi Arabia, which has hit civilian buildings and a refugee camp and part of historic downtown Sanaa. I am petrified that it has hit the Manuscript Library where this precious book was held. (I am also petrified every time I hear about a strike that it has killed people– don’t get me wrong. But hey, I’m a historian of Islam so I worry about cultural destruction too).

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Despite animosity, Moscow's Muslims change the city


The most and least racially diverse U.S. religious groups
The nation’s population is growing more racially and ethnically diverse – and so are many of its religious groups, both at the congregational level and among broader Christian traditions. But a new analysis of data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study also finds that these levels of diversity vary widely within U.S. religious groups.

We looked at 30 groups – including Protestant denominations, other religious groups and three subsets of people who are religiously unaffiliated – based on a methodology used in our 2014 Pew Research Center report on global religious diversity. This analysis includes five racial and ethnic groups: Hispanics, as well as non-Hispanic whites, blacks, Asians and an umbrella category of other races and mixed-race Americans.


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Faith School Bans Pupils From Meeting 'Outsiders'


Ofsted gives a "good" rating to a religious school which threatens to expel its students if they socialise with "outsiders".



UK: A Muslim boarding school has been rated "good" by Ofsted, despite threatening to expel students if they mix with other children.

The Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury was praised by the education watchdog despite its pupils being taught not to speak to the media and being banned from watching TV, listening to the radio or reading newspapers.

Last week David Cameron criticised some faith schools in a speech on extremism, saying that improving integration was part of the "the struggle of our generation".

The Prime Minister promised a counter-extremism bill in the autumn to tackle what he called "intolerant ideas which create a climate in which extremists can flourish".

In its most recent inspection report Ofsted specifically praised the Dewsbury school for preparing its pupils to cater for the changing needs of British Muslims.
"The Islamic Institute of Education provides a good quality of education and meets its stated aims very well," it said.

The school is housed in Dewsbury's Markazi Mosque compound and run by the Tablighi Jamaat sect, which imposes a strict Sharia code on students.

The school has no website, but Sky News obtained copies of documents given to parents which state that students "socialising with outsiders... will be expelled if there is no improvement after cautioning."

The school's Pupil and Parent Handbook contains a Sharia section which lists "Items that are prohibited in Islam... such as portable televisions, cameras, etc".

It says boarders are also banned from wearing un-Islamic garments and using music players or mobile phones at any time.

Official inspection reports spanning the past 11 years have highlighted a lack of school trips and no formal sex education.

Mosque elder Shabbir Daji, chairman of the school's governing shura, told Sky News the school "works for unity", but would not comment on how its restrictions prepare children for life in Britain.

"Our policy is to keep away from the media," he said.

In a statement, Ofsted said independent schools were not assessed on their teaching of British values when the Institute of Islamic Education was last inspected in 2011.

"In April 2015 Ofsted introduced a new, tougher inspection framework in response to more demanding independent school standards, which include an emphasis on fundamental British values," said a spokesman.

The changes were introduced following the alleged Trojan Horse plot in which hardline Muslims were alleged to have tried to take control of a number of schools in the Birmingham area.

Legislation introduced last year states schools must actively promote "fundamental British values" and prepare pupils for "the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British society."

Source: Sky News


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UK's Muslims and the debate over their 'Britishness'

UK: British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on Muslims in his country to recognise their "Britishness", saying the UK faces an "existential" terrorist threat. His comments came just days after an entire Muslim family flew to Syria to join ISIL. Yet it appears his words have fallen on deaf ears. Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from Luton.


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Q: Dear Kareema, is walking or running better for fat loss?

High intensity training, where your heart rate is elevated (pushed close to it's max) is where the body burns excess fat (or torch calories).


Your metabolism is stimulated so you're burning fat at a fast rate.

Light exercise or low intensity (such as walking) burns fat at a slower rate but the benefit is that you don't need much recovery time after your workout .

So both walking and running are good forms of exercise for fat loss - consistency is key.






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

The CCN Read of the Week


Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


A. P. J. Abdul Kalam



Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, the son of a little-educated boat-owner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, had an unparalleled career as a defence scientist, culminating in the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna.


As chief of the country’s defence research and development programme, Kalam demonstrated the great potential for dynamism and innovation that existed in seemingly moribund research establishments.


This is the story of Kalam’s rise from obscurity and his personal and professional struggles, as well as the story of Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul and Nag—missiles that have become household names in India and that have raised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning.


This is also the saga of independent India’s struggle for technological self-sufficiency and defensive autonomy—a story as much about politics, domestic and international, as it is about science.

[CCN Editor] The former President of India passed away this week at the age of 82 while delivering a lecture.



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250 grams cream cheese
2 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoon thickened cream
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 tablespoons verjuice
2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
2 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
A pinch of black pepper


1. Using an electric beater, beat cheese until smooth.
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The Librarian looks up and responds: “So you are the one who took the telephone directory? 

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And fear the Day when you shall be brought back to Allah. Then shall every soul be paid what it earned, and none shall be dealt with unjustly.
~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:281


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A dream is not that which you see while sleeping,


it is something that does not let you sleep.

~ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


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