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Southsiders have witnessed some shocking public displays of anti-Islamic hatred this week.

On Wednesday 23 September a man verbally abused a 35 year old Muslim woman at the Waterford West Shopping Centre.


Anti-Islamic graffiti appeared near the bus stop at the Sunnybank Plaza Shopping Centre. The hateful messages were stencilled in black paint on a rubbish bin

Both of these acts discriminate against people of Islamic faith.

“I’m saddened that there are people in our community who think discrimination in any shape or form is acceptable,” said Mr Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton.

“Queensland has laws to protect against discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or religious activity. It is unlawful to, by a public act, incite hatred towards, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of, a person or group of persons on the ground of the religion of the person or members of the group, said Mr Perrett.

“People in our community work very hard to build respect and understanding of other cultures and our nation is all the more enriched for it.

“The fact that we have laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of religious belief or religious activity demonstrates that social cohesion in Australia and in our local community is important to us.

“Cowards who think that they can get away with spray painting hateful slogans in the dead of the night need to think again – eventually you will be caught.

Logan Police are investigating whether an office against the Anti-Discrimination Act was committed by the man at the Waterford West Shopping Centre last week.

He has charged with Public Nuisance and Wilful Exposure and will face the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 13 October.

"We need to encourage harmony within society and send a strong message to those who want to incite division. Your actions are unacceptable, you are breaking the law and if you are caught, you could be prosecuted,” said Mr Perrett.


Mr Ismail Cajee, president of the Islamic Council of QLD, together with members of the Council, immediately took to the streets of Sunnybank to protest the recent Islamophobic attacks on the community.

(l to r) Fred Avey, Maher el Kholed, Jamal el Kholed, Ali Kadri, Ismail Cajee


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The Islamic College of Brisbane this week announced that Dr Ray Barrett will be continuing as Principal of the school.


Dr Barrett had been the caretaker Principal in recent months.

In extending the appointment, Chairman of the Board, Mr Ismail Cajee expressed the Board's appreciation to Dr Barrett for his "wise and strong leadership" since his appointment and noted his "exceptional interpersonal skills in particular".


"The Islamic College of Brisbane will continue to focus on the provision of the highest quality of education to students and play a pivotal role within the wider Brisbane community," Mr Cajee told CCN.


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Register for the Crescents of Brisbane’s 12th Annual CresWalk2015 Fun Run and Walk, and help local refugees in the process.

Enjoy a delightfully fresh October morning out along the Brisbane River on Sunday 25 October and, on your return, savour the famous CresWalk Signature Burger Meal as you relax back at the Park with family and friends.

Get your entries in as quickly as possible because only the first 400 to register will qualify for a CresWalk2015 t-shirt.

Click here to get started and then look forward to another memorable CresWalk, insha’Allah.


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VICTORIA: The battle over Bendigo’s $3 million mosque took another menacing turn yesterday when a pro-mosque councillor found a threatening leaflet from right-wing extremist group United ¬Patriots Front in his letterbox.

The bright red leaflet, with a picture purporting to be a Muslim holding a gun and with a big red cross through it, accuses Mayor Peter Cox (pictured) and head of a not-for-profit, non-government emergency housing group Ken Marchingo of “corruption”.

Pictures of Mr Cox and Mr Marchingo are at the top of the leaflet with the words “What does corruption look like?” followed by a picture of a mosque with a large red cross through it.

“Mayor Cox & Ken Marchingo selling out Bendigo’s future,” it says under the pair’s pictures.


The leaflet also announces the details of another anti-mosque rally and a map highlighting where protesters should meet.

Pro-mosque councillor Mark Weragoda discovered the leaflet as he was mowing lawns at his home yesterday and said he took it as a “personal threat”.

“It wasn’t there on Saturday evening, so it must have been put in my letterbox overnight or early in the evening,” he said.

Mr Weragoda said none of his neighbours received the leaflet and he was concerned for the welfare of his wife and daughter, who were recently threatened during an anti-mosque protest at a heated council meeting at Bendigo Town Hall.

The meeting was abruptly adjourned and councillors were escorted out by police after protesters, most from outside Bendigo, swamped the council chambers.


The United Patriot Front is a breakaway group of extremists and a new anti-Islamic Australian group that has expressed political solidarity with far-right and neo-Nazi groups in Europe.

Bendigo residents and pro-mosque locals are outraged that members of extremist far-right groups, such as UPF, the Q society, which claims to be “Australia’s leading Islamic-critical movement”, and Reclaim Australia, have hijacked the local debate and used it to send anti-Muslim messages.

More than 400 anti-Islamic extremists were bussed into Bendigo from Sydney and Melbourne to an anti-mosque rally last month that saw violent scuffles between the anti-mosque group and an anti-racism group.

More than 300 police were sent to Bendigo for the rally in what one commander described as the biggest police operation he had seen outside of Melbourne.

Mr Weragoda believed the threatening leaflet was in response to an article in which he was named as pro-mosque published in the Weekend Magazine on Saturday that detailed the issues around the mosque debate and the involvement of right-wing extremist groups from outside town.

He said anti-mosque groups were active in trying to shut down any media seen as favourable to a mosque.

Source: The Australian


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By Tahmina Ansari

As Australia's first veiled reporter on national television, I recognise the significance of fashion icon H&M hiring its first hijabi model. But we've still got a long way to go when it comes to accepting visibly Muslim women, writes Tahmina Ansari.


Photo: Mariah Idrissi is now the first visibly Muslim woman to appear in mainstream fashion in such a capacity for such a globally acclaimed fashion label. (H&M) 

"Wow, that's incredible, I can't believe it."

That was my reaction to seeing the news article on the first hijabi model for H&M, Mariah Idrissi, "going viral" (see CCN567)

H&M is a retail clothing giant that not only has a great range for those who are fashion forward, but is now apparently setting a different kind of trend by using a Muslim model for its latest campaign.

Ordinarily, this would barely be newsworthy. It would be just another model, just another campaign. What makes this sensational is that this model comes adorned with the Islamic headdress, the hijab. She is now the first visibly Muslim woman to appear in mainstream fashion in such a capacity for such a globally acclaimed fashion label.

The news circulated throughout the usual channels and social media is a buzz in the wake of this bold move by H&M.

My initial reaction, however, soon melted away and the reality of my own experiences as an Australian Muslim woman who also happens to wear the hijab set in.

I remember when I first set my eyes on journalism and the doe-eyed naivety through which I saw the industry. I was the first Australian Muslim woman journalist wearing the hijab. I made history in 2013 by being the first veiled reporter on national television. Me. A once refugee from Afghanistan whose family came to Australia to escape invasion, war and suffering, but who was just like any other candidate trying to break into a competitive and demanding industry. Only difference was, I just did it all with a hijab.

So of course this is a huge deal for me and I would say for any other Muslim woman who identifies as such, or person from a minority with visibly identifiable cultural or religious attire. This is a rarity and something that is remarkable.

But it is also a recent trend across different industries where women who just happen to be visibly Muslim are highlighted for their contributions - be they social commentators such as Mariam Veiszadeh or media personalities like Susan Carland.

Yet Australia has some catching up to do.

In 2012, Samoan Australian actor Jay Laga'aia, most known for his role on the ABC's Playschool, criticised Australian TV for racism and not casting multicultural actors after he was dropped from Channel Seven's long-running soap Home and Away. Current House Husbands actor Firass Dirani said at the time that major networks weren't proactive in assisting people from diverse cultural backgrounds to break into lead roles.

Perhaps this "industry" problem is a symptom of a broader issue - prevalence of racism and discrimination in society. According to the anti-racism Australian group All Together Now, one in five children experience racism each day and at sports events. In the workplace, one in three people are subjected to racism.


The Australian Human Rights Commission's "Racism, It Stops With Me" campaign attempts to counter this bigotry but even their public ambassadors aren't immune to the rising tide. The prime example is former Sydney Swans great Adam Goodes, who took leave from the game earlier this year after being booed by crowds at AFL matches.

Personally, it never even occurred to me that I was setting some kind of a precedent or "trend" by wearing a hijab and following my passion for storytelling. It all seemed so normal to me. Putting on my hijab every morning before work is like tying your shoelace. It's habitual. It's routine.

Unfortunately though, it's not perceived as such for so many. It's typical to see a Muslim woman in the hijab when it involves a news piece highlighting the garment, though rarely the woman behind it is seen. For this reason, we are continually fighting an uphill battle and with particular reference to my own experiences as an Australian Muslim woman, we are behind the trend.

I do not want to take away from the success of Mariah Idrissi. What she is doing takes stamina and a whole lot of grit. She has pluck - I take my hijab off to her. Not to mention the sure backlash she will receive from both ends of the stick.

I am all too familiar with the challenges that come with being in an industry where looking different or being diverse is not necessarily the "in" thing. Where fitting in and looking the part has more to do with it than being just you.

Early in my career, I was warned, "they'll never put someone like you on Australian Television" or "you will make a great writer, don't bother with TV" by senior media professionals. Though this did have a huge impact on me and it was shattering to hear, I did not and will not allow it to shape the kind of journalist I want to be.

H&M clip featuring Mariah Idrissi

The truth is, this country is one of the most diverse nations in the world. We speak more than 200 languages. But this reality isn't always reflected in the mainstream.

I have become overwhelmed with the number of friends who have confided in me, ready to give up their careers because their headscarf has become a hindrance to their professional development. It simply saddens me.

I will truly be happy the day that this becomes the norm, where we see women of all different shapes, colours and sizes, donning what they want and doing what they do best.

Australia, take note; it's time to step up and reflect the rich diversity of this country.

Tahmina Ansari is a journalist for ABC News. Follow her on Twitter @TahminaAnsari.



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A leading personality and renowned Islamic scholar Dr. Jamal AL-Barzinji passed way on 27th September 2015.


Dr. Jamal al-Barzinji, who visited Brisbane recently, was a founding member, a Trustee and Vice President for Research & Publications of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and a founder and board member of the Islamic Society of North America.


A biography of Dr al-Barzinji, compiled by his colleague, Dr. Hisham AlTalib, can be read here.


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Article extracts

Perhaps now, with a changing of the guard in the government, the place of religion will subside. seems that Turnbull's elevation may well signal the end of the religiously motivated language and policy that characterised much of Tony Abbott's tenure.

Religious affiliations kept private are a matter between an individual and a chosen deity. Those same affiliations made public in the pursuit of policy distort the crucial principle that a government elected by part of the electorate will govern nevertheless for all of it.


The Abbott cabinet was so overtly Christian – and so blunt in its interpretation of such a complex theology – that even many other Christians despaired. Abbott's taunting of Muslims, like his offensive Holocaust references, weren't calculated insults – they were the verbal tics of a blinkered schoolyard zealot.

Abbott, Abetz and Andrews are now all on the outer, joining Bernardi in bitter exile. Religious bluster seems unlikely with this Prime Minister. Perhaps now, our secular constitution will be upheld. And halal will be a source of food, rather than bigotry.

The Age (Full Article)


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Malcolm Turnbull will seek to recast the government’s relationship with Muslims through more co-operative and inclusive policies after warnings from security agencies that relations with the Islamic community have sunk to their lowest ebb.

The move will see the new Prime Minister avoid the blunt and often divisive language used by his predecessor Tony Abbott, which alienated many in the ¬Islamic community and undermined the ability of agencies to win their trust to help combat ¬radicalisation.

The Australian understands that Mr Turnbull will adopt a new, more inclusive tone in dealing with the Islamic community and has discussed the issue with ¬Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Justice Minister Michael Keenan, who both urged him to take the fresh approach.

He is expected in coming weeks to emphasise the need to work co-operatively with the Muslim community in order to rout extremists and extremist ideology from communities.

The move, which represents a departure from the policies of the Abbott government, will be embraced by the country’s Muslims, according to community leader and GP Jamal Rifi (pictured).

“It is definitely needed and definitely welcomed — the larger Muslim community will respond with open arms,” Dr Rifi told The Australian.

He said the Muslim community was “elated” at Mr Turnbull becoming Prime Minister as the relationship with the government under Mr Abbott had become “extremely tense and hurtful”.

“Unfortunately, under the ¬previous government we felt powerless,” Dr Rifi said. “We felt that the community was fighting radicalisation with our hands tied behind our back, but now we hope that the shackles are off.

“We are hopeful and determined to change the status quo and roll up our sleeves to work with the present government to help protect Australia.

“This means the protection for boys and girls not to fall for the trap of ¬Islamic State and the likes … we can’t shield them from the propaganda, but we can empower them to resist it.”

Security agencies told the government in the final months of Mr Abbott’s leadership that relations with the Muslim community were at their lowest ebb, making it harder for authorities to gain the trust and co-operation of Muslims to alert agencies to possible threats.

Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who has been consulting with 160 Muslim groups across the country on national secu¬rity policy, told The Australian communities were feeling marginalised and there was a “growing distrust” of government.

“At the moment what is basically happening is (that) because of a growing distrust and problems in these communities, these communities have moved away from us … they feel very marginalised,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“Basically what has happened is they have clamped up, they are not really engaging and therefore relationships have dried up. They feel very marginalised. Of course, good intelligence is based on good relationships.”

The senator, who has more than 30 years’ experience working with multicultural groups and has close links to the Muslim community, said the government needed to build a relationship of trust with communities at risk.

She called for the “complex” issue of countering extremism and preventing youth becoming disenfranchised to be dealt with as a social issue. “In my view, we have been dealing with extremism and violent extremism as a national security issue, but what we really need to do is to be looking at it from a different perspective; it is a social issue with a national security angle.”

Dr Rifi said Mr Abbott had alienated many in the Muslim community through poor choice of words.


These included his comment in February that he wished more Muslim leaders would describe Islam as a religion of peace and mean it, and his use of terms such as “Team Australia” and “death cult”.

“I believe Malcolm Turnbull will be more mature and insightful and that the government he leads will not fall for such short-minded, unwise use of words,” Dr Rifi said.

Since becoming Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull has shunned expressions such as “team Australia” and has not described ¬Islamic State as a “death cult”.

Dr Rifi, in Canberra yesterday to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra for leadership of the Muslim community and his stand against ¬hatred and social injustice, said he attended a meeting of Islamic leaders on Tuesday to discuss the challenges of radicalisation and that Mr Turnbull’s rise to the leadership was discussed.

“The mood was optimistic about the change,” he said. “Definitely there are some issues that need to be ironed out, some grievances, but we are very optimistic.”

He believed the tone of the government was already changing for the better under Mr Turnbull. He said many Muslims had been offended when the Abbott government indicated it was more likely to accept Christians rather than Muslims in the new intake of 12,000 Syrian refugees announced last month. “It gave the impression that Syrian Muslims are not welcomed and that was another blunder by the government. Such a great announcement (to take 12,000 refugees) should have been used to strengthen the interaction between the communities (yet) it was more divisive than inclusive.”

He said a teleconference this week between Muslim community leaders and Paris Aristotle, the head of the Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council, made it clear the Syrians would be chosen on the basis of need, not religion.

“I believe this new approach (by the government) has already started,” Dr Rifi said.
In July, Mr Turnbull outlined his attitude to countering violent extremism in Australia, saying it was more important to respond to the terror threat with effective measures rather than simply being “tough”.

He quoted former ASIO director David Irvine, who had said: “We should not let the phenomenon of violent Islamist extremism destroy the community harmony that is such an essential characteristic of Australia’s highly successful multicultural democracy. That is precisely what violent extremism and terrorism want to do.”

Veteran MP Philip Ruddock, who is working with Senator Fierravanti-Wells on community engagement, said he would not comment on Mr Abbott’s language, but he believed it was important to ensure diversity in the community was respected.

Source: The Australian


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USA: If the federal government has its way, more kids like Ahmed Mohamed with a tinkering habit and a curious mind will be targeted by anti-Muslim bigotry.

A new government program that could reach New York City threatens to further stigmatize American Muslims and cast unwarranted suspicion on innocuous activity. This week, the ACLU and the NYCLU, along with more than 20 community and rights groups, sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, urging his administration to consider carefully whether the city should participate in the federal government’s “Countering Violent Extremism” program.

It’s been nearly four years since the White House formally launched its CVE plan. It’s been more than a year since CVE pilot programs were launched in Boston, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles, all of them targeting Muslim communities. It’s been seven months since the White House convened a CVE summit.

And we still don’t know what, exactly, these programs are. The little we do know, however, is deeply troubling. CVE purports to “support and empower American communities” and to provide a space for community discussions of political opinions and religious viewpoints.

But what we’ve seen suggests CVE may task community members with monitoring each other and reporting to law enforcement the beliefs and activities of law-abiding Americans. To many, that’s known as spying. It’s hardly conducive to supporting communities and creating a space for differing viewpoints, and it stymies First Amendment-protected beliefs and activity.

We know that the premise of CVE is that there is a link between extreme or even “radical” ideas and a propensity to commit violence. But after years of federally funded studies, researchers have never been able to establish any such link, nor have they developed reliable criteria to predict who will commit violence.

After it emerged that the government is asking New York City to join a CVE initiative, we explained to the mayor that CVE programs that the government has already implemented have proven to be counterproductive and harmful to the communities they target.

Singling out American Muslims brands them as inherently suspicious and somehow less American. It reinforces the false notion that Muslims are prone to terrorism and violence. Ahmed, the teenage boy arrested in Texas for bringing a homemade clock to school, can certainly attest to the harm inflicted by such stigmatization.

What little we know about CVE programs raises serious concerns that these programs threaten the fundamental rights of the communities they target. Elements of CVE programs intended for schools task teachers and social workers with monitoring and identifying students they believe are at risk of “radicalization.” We still don’t know how they’re expected to do this or what characteristics the government believes such a student might exhibit, but we do know that schools should be environments where curiosity, inquiry, and intellectual discourse thrive. CVE threatens to turn them instead into places where children are viewed as suspects and personal expression as potential threats.



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OHPI have crossed the 100 reports on SAMIH reports on anti-Muslim hate on social media.

Reporting is a simple three-step process. Here's what to do.

a) If you find an anti-Muslim hate item on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, report it to the platform. (See here how:

b) Go to (If you are a first-time user, you will have to register using your FB Login or an email account). Once logged in, paste hyperlink of the item into the box saying submit report.

c) It will ask you to categorise it (choose anti-Muslim hate) and sub-categorise it as a specific type. Press submit.

Still confused? Here is an illustrated guide to reporting on, look here:


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My name is Naomi Bedford and I am a highly trained hairstylist.


I have been hairdressing for over 15 years and worked in award winning salons. I specialise in colour and cutting.


I use all cruelty free vegan colours and products which are mostly grey water safe and don’t contain any petrochemicals and are all paraben and SLS free.

I work from a private salon which is located at the back of a females clothing boutique in Stones Corner.


It is away from the clientele of the boutique and I work alone. This space is perfect to accommodate the needs of the Muslim female community. A salon where woman can feel safe and comfortable.

I would love to look after you!

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Salon: Located within "Miss Savage” shop 2/371 Logan Road Stones Corner. On the same side of the road as Aldi.


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1 minute walk to Hillcrest mosque.

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Seeking Female roommate to share large home with a sister for a temporary basis.
Rent negotiable. Fully furnished. Ideal for student or single sister. Walking distance to buses, close to TAFE, Griffith University, schools, major shops and mosque. Located in Mount Gravatt. Please phone: 3343 2233.



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 2 October 2015

TOPIC: “Are our feelings inline with Sharia?”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar










Friday khutbah (sermon)


DATE: 2 October 2015

TOPIC: "The weight of Alhamdulillaah"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


Play the recording  






Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 2 October 2015

TOPIC: "Shirk"

IMAM: Akram Buksh












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Toastmasters public speaking champion Mohammed Qahtani

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.

He and nine other finalists competed at the Toastmasters annual convention in Las Vegas, and he took home first place for his speech “The Power of Words,” which you can watch below:



Business Insider


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"I’m Muslim, But I’m Not…"



Source: Buzzfeed


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Saudi teen to be executed by CRUCIFIXION for anti-Government protest


Ali al-Nimr is to be crucified for protesting against the Saudi Government

Saudi Arabia: Human rights campaigners are calling on the European Union to step-in to prevent Ali Mohammed al-Nimr being executed by Saudi Arabian authorities.

Mr al-Nimr has been in a Saudi Arabian jail since he was arrested on Valentines' Day in 2012 when he was just 17-years-old during a crackdown on anti-government protests in the Shi'ite province of Qatif.

Authorities accused him of taking part in illegal protests and firearms offences - despite no evidence being produced for the latter charge.

After numerous breaches of international standards following his and his family's strong denial of the charges, a final appeal was held in secret and without Mr al-Nimr's knowledge which was dismissed, giving him few legal options now to oppose the sentence originally handed down on May 27 last year.

Lawyers now fear Mr al-Nimr will be executed within days.



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In Mecca I saw little of Islam’s compassion, but a lot of Saudi Arabia’s neglect  

Opinion by Sabreena Razaq Hussain (UK)

I am grateful to be alive after a distressing Hajj experience – and urge all Muslims to protest about the inhumane treatment of pilgrims. Radical change is needed

‘Much of the poor management of the hajj stems from the actual functioning of Saudi Arabia itself.’

With 2 million people gathered in one small city for the hajj, some discomfort was to be expected. And putting up with it was, I initially thought, an opportunity to exercise the patience so very valued by our faith of Islam and in the holiest of cities. So we marched on hopefully.

But with the 40-plus degree heat of Mecca, the harsh policing, the aggressive crowds, the chaotic organisation, the pressure was relentless. As the days went on, I couldn’t have felt a starker contrast between the spiritual tranquillity and contentment experienced within the confines of the Grand Mosque and sites, and the anxiety and distress caused by those policing it.


Prior to my arrival in Saudi Arabia, accompanying my parents on pilgrimage, my ignorance had led me to believe that one of the richest Muslim countries in the world would be well organised in facilitating the rites of hajj. Now, back in the UK, I am grateful to be alive and still horrified by what I witnessed. I fully understand why hundreds of people were crushed to death and I don’t believe that “God’s will” can be used an excuse.

We’d had a pleasant and spiritual warm-up in the crowded but welcoming streets of Medina. Our group of UK pilgrims remained incredibly organised, my mother’s diabetes was stable and my father, an asthmatic, remained mercifully unaffected by the heat. As a pilgrim, daughter and a GP, I was happy and excited to be heading for Mecca. But the reality was a shock.

Even getting to and from the mosque and other sites was distressing. Accompanying wheelchair users, we had to help them on and off the wheelchairs many times as the pavements were almost knee high with no clear ramps or similar. Considering the number of people with permanent disability or debilitating conditions, this was shocking.

The heat was one of the biggest tests of all, causing many to become exhausted and dehydrated. Yet only a few of the crowded routes had supplies of water. Some of the common pilgrim routes, where the symbolic stoning of Satan takes place for example, were devoid of any water supplies other than the presence of young policemen occasionally squirting random pilgrims’ faces with water.

The Guardian


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Q: Dear Kareema, how can I maintain my fitness while I’m away on holiday?

A: It’s important to relax and give your body some recovery time especially while
you’re on a break. When exercising on holidays focus on maintenance.

Try booking a place where there is a gym or other activities available. Aim to
do activities that you would not normally do, eg. maybe hiking, swimming, outdoor
activities etc.

Be as active as you can be with the family. Beach (soft sand) running is also a great
way to work up a sweat.






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


The CCN Read of the Week

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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.

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KB says: The recipe for this delicious and addictive treat has been kindly shared by SHAHEDA KHATREE   



250g frozen salted butter
3 Tab. cold tap water
3 Tab. liquid glucose (use a warm or a wet spoon to measure)
1 cup white sugar--250mls
1/2 cup slivered almonds


  1. Place first four ingredients in a heavy based pot -pot with a thick base.

  2. Use a wooden spoon and stir mixture constantly on medium heat till thick and creamy.

  3. After 6-8 minutes of cooking mixture will turn to light caramel color.

  4. Now add in the slivered almonds and stir and cook for another minute or 2 until mixture turns into a toffee color.

  5. Pour mixture immediately onto a greased oven tray and spread quickly with two metal tablespoons Mixture sets very quickly so you need to work really fast.

  6. Leave to set and once cooled break up into pieces.



  • Always use frozen butter for best results.

  • Soft butter or room temperature butter will separate when cooking and will NOT set.

  • Use a wooden spoon to stir mixture because a metal spoon will heat up.

  • Always grease your tray BEFORE you start making the mixture.

  • Always keep a block or two of butter in your freezer!

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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

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Jallaludin's wife: Habibi, what would you do if I died? Would you get married again?

Jallaludin: No…

Wife: Why not? Don’t you like being married?

Jallaludin: Of course I do.

Wife: Then why wouldn’t you remarry?

Jallaludin: Ok, ok, I’d get married again…

Wife: Would you live in our house with your new Wife…?

Jallaludin: Yes, it’s a great house.

Wife: Would you let her drive my car ?

Jallaludin: Yes, its almost new, dear.

Wife: Would you give her my jewellery?

Jallaludin: No.. I am sure she would want her own..

Wife: Would she wear my shoes..?

Jallaludin: No, her size is ’5′

Wife: –silence-

Jallaludin: ‘Yela'an’…!!! 


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The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: so make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that you may receive Mercy.

~ Surah Al-Hujurat 49:10


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“You have to work a bit harder to offend me.


Because I’m from the home of some of the best racism in the world.


I’m a snob when it comes to racism.” 

~ Trevor Noah

(South African comedian and newly installed host of the US Daily Show)



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11 October


Beautiful Guidance

New Muslim Care

Holland Park Mosque FUNCTION HALL

0431 747 356

11am to 3pm

17 October


Nasheed & Fund Raising Dinner

Rahma Mercy Australia

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 738 432

6pm for 6.30pm

18 October


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Gold Coast Mosque

0416 212 541

9am onwards

17 October


Slacks Creek Mosque OFFICIAL OPENING

Slacks Creek Mosque

Slacks Creek Mosque

0422 191 675

from 10am

25 October



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

8am -12pm

15 October


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

31 October


AIIC Gold Coast Campus Annual Fete

AIIC Gold Coast

19 Chilsholm Rd, GOLD COAST

07 5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

31 October


Dawah Centre Fund Raiser Dinner

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0416 212 541


7 November


Annual Family Eat and Treat Night

Slacks Creek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 987

After Maghrib

13 November


Fundraiser Dinner Rohingya Muslims

Islamic Relief Australia

Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains

0401 959 295


20 & 21 November


Sat & Sun

Course: The 99 Names of Allah with Sh Musleh Khan

Al Kauthar Brisbane


0438 698 328

All days



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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 Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
Hifz & Quran Reading Classes (for brothers and sisters) - Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00pm & Thursday 5:30 - 7:00pm
Madressa (for children) - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm
Salawat Majlis - second Saturday of every month.  Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
Islamic Studies (for sisters) - one year course.  Saturday 10:30 - 2:30pm. Enrolments for 2016 now available
Ilm-e-Deen Degree Courses (for brothers) - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses.  Enrolments now available for 2016.
For further information please phone 07) 3809 4600 or email 



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher

Classes start on Saturday, 12 September. To join please email your details to


Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084



On Going Activities


1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.


For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987






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


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 :



Weekly program at Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills


Monday Tafseer – Juz Amma*
Tuesday Arabic Grammer/Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Wednesday Reading & Reciting Quran (Adult class)
Thursday Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Friday Tafseer Quran (URDU)

All the above programs are after Isha salah
All are welcome! See you at the Masjid – The place to be!

Please note that the Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website as an mp3 file, so that you can download and listen at anytime.
Visit our website at:


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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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 (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (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)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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