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National social cohesion report reflects complex change
South African Prison Board visit outcomes
Oprah to explore the beauty of Islam with new show
Mosque in the heart of SE Queensland
Whale freed by Punchbowl father and daughter
Muslim woman told to leave a Noosa RSL for wearing hijab
Buchanan mosque: Association outlines plans for Maitland site
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A picture is worth a thousand words

Crescents of Brisbane's 12th CresWalk2015 saw everyone from the very young to the not so young turn up to Orleigh Park on Sunday for a walk, jog, run or ride along a picturesque Riverside Driveway lined with blooming jacaranda trees.


This year the team chose Mr Abdel Kader (AK) Surtie for the 2015 Haji Ebrahim Patel Special Achievement Award. Dr Iqbal Sultan presented AK with the award at the event on behalf of Crescents of Brisbane detailing his quiet and, until now, unheralded contributions to the community over the many years.


One regular participant, Cr Kim Marx, told CCN: "I just wanted to say congratulations to everyone involved with the annual Creswalk. I always enjoy attending this event as its always so well organised and it becomes a great day out where families can catch up and socialise. The breakfast is always awesome too. Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year."




CresWalk2015 fasted finisher, Tahir Abdul Gaffoor


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A Brisbane caller to 2GB radio complained about the Australian International Islamic College's sign outside the school.


"The response by the school principal, Ms Mariam Banwa (pictured), was brilliant," Ray Hadley, host of the show, told his audience.


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Muslims Australia AFIC seeks a suitably qualified candidate to fill the position of General Manager, based in Sydney.


Position Description

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (“AFIC”) is the peak representative body for Muslims in Australia.  It is comprised of State and Territory Councils that have over 100 organisations and represents approximately 700,000 Muslims nationally.  The AFIC is the focal contact point for government and non-government stakeholders desirous of engaging with the Islamic community and is charged with improving the well-being of the Muslim community through its services and advocacy.


The GM reports to the AFIC Executive Committee through the President and is accountable for the day-to-day management of the organisation and its staff.  This role is the principal translator of the AFIC Vision into tangible strategies and outcomes. This role requires a high level of stakeholder engagement, strategic thinking and people management.


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Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane

A National Day of Unity incorporating the Sydney-based Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) initiated National Mosque Open Day (NMOD) and Walk Together events took place yesterday (Saturday), designed to "celebrate diversity, encourage mutual respect and foster positive relationships between people of all faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds."


Fourteen Mosques opened their doors to the wider Australian community in an attempt to improve social cohesion and break down various misconceptions and misunderstandings.


President of LMA, Samier Dandan, said, "With the current climate the Australian Muslim community finds itself in, this was a perfect opportunity for other Australians to come and learn about Muslims and Islam and have a fun family day out too."


The 2015 Walk Together took place in more than 28 cities yesterday. In Brisbane the event started at 11am and concluded at 12:30pm with an on-stage entertainment program and panel discussion. Over 1500 people followed the picturesque Kurilpa Bridge to the Supreme Court Plaza on George Street, Brisbane CBD.





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The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Queensland’s Peacewomen Awards recognise the talents and dedication of women whose activities have promoted peace at the local, national and/or international levels.


The awards this year celebrate the 100 years since WILPF was founded in Queensland, when the Women's Peace Army held a public meeting against the first world war.


The Peacewomen of 2015:

Dr Nora Amath - interfaith leader and champion of cultural minorities (pictured)

Dr Joan Hendriks - Quandamooka Elder and social justice campaigner
Professor Carole Ferrier - academic, feminist and antiwar activist
May Lamont - educator and community developer



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The election for rotating open positions on the board of directors was held during the week at the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland’s Annual General Meeting in West End. Yasmin Khan was elected to join Michael Yau as ECCQ’s Deputy Chairpersons and Alton Budd was re-elected to the board. New directors on the board include: Elijah Buol, Evelyn Saragossi and Freda Valassakis.

Ms Khan has been a representative on government Muslim reference groups, consultation groups for domestic violence and has been on ECCQ’s board for the past two years. Ms Khan was also recently awarded the Queensland Multicultural Ambassador Award for her ongoing work in the multicultural arena. Mr Budd has been on the board since 2013 and has worked on the Diversicare Management Committee for the last 12 months.


Source: ECCQ Media Release


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Racism is more entrenched and systemic than most of us realise. Using a range of practical case studies, Jonathan shows how Australia's white supremacist history continues to influence present-day political, legal and cultural institutions. Mainstream conversations about racism too often focus on overt bigotry, rather than covert structural oppression. The deeper issues are ignored and deprioritised. But pretending that race is irrelevant in the twenty-first century won't make racism go away.

Jonathan is a writer, musician and community organiser with a strong interest in democratic reform and non-hierarchical political structures. Much of his writing focuses on xenophobia, systemic racism and the normalisation of whiteness. Jonathan is a former Queensland poetry slam state champion, and was runner-up in the Australian poetry slam grand finale. He has performed poetry at the Sydney and Brisbane Writers Festivals and as far afield as London and Berlin. Jonathan has lived and worked in remote Aboriginal communities in north-east Arnhem Land as both a cross-cultural mediation facilitator and a community development worker. His views on racism have also been heavily shaped by his personal experiences as the son of a Tamil migrant. In his spare time, Jonathan organises underground community gig nights in houses and backyards around South Brisbane.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.




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Unhappy with some of her friendships, one Australian has developed a system to categorise friends and acquaintances to help maintain better relationships, and the idea has taken off around the world. See why.



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A fascinating handwritten letter penned by black civil rights activist Malik al Shabazz (aka Malcolm X) after his enlightening trip to Mecca in 1964 has gone on sale for $1.25 million.

The letter, which was found in a storage locker, was printed on stationery with Arabic writing and had illustrations of historic sites. It is being sold by Californian autograph and historic letter dealers ‘Moments in Time.’

In it, Malcolm mused that if white Americans converted to Islam it may stop the rampant racism that was inflicted on African Americans in the 1960′s.

He wrote: ‘I have just completed my pilgrimage (Hajj) here to the Holy City of Mecca . . . which is absolutely forbidden for non-Muslims to even rest their eyes upon.

‘I very much doubt that 10 American citizens have ever visited Mecca, and I do believe that I might be the first American-born Negro to make the actual Hajj itself.’

Giving an insight into his state of mind after the important and eye-opening trip – which he later credited with helping him to see Muslims of all races as one – he asserted that if white Americans converted to Islam, they ‘could cease to measure others always in terms of their difference in color.’

He writes: ‘Muslims [are] here of all colors and from every part of this earth. If white Americans could accept the religion of Islam . . . they, too, could then sincerely accept the Oneness of Men, and cease to measure others always in terms of their ‘difference in color.’

‘And with racism now plaguing America like an incurable cancer, all thinking Americans should be more respective to Islam as an already proven solution to the race problem.’

In his letter he wrote: ‘As America’s insane obsession with racism leads her up the suicidal path, nearer to the precipice that leads to the bottomless pits below, I do believe that Whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, through their own young, less hampered intellects, will see the ‘Handwriting on the Wall’ and turn for spiritual salvation to the religion of Islam, and force the older generation to turn with them. This is the only way white America can [ward] off the inevitable disaster that racism always leads to, and Hitler’s Nazi Germany was best proof of this.’




The long lost letter is being sold by Gary Zimet who told Dailymail.com it ‘will be a fixed price sale- not an auction.’

Zimet told Page Six: ‘It was found in a storage locker and almost thrown out. Only because the owner saw some Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez autographs was it saved.’

In regards to the legitimacy of this letter, Zaheer Ali, an oral historian who served as the project manager and senior researcher of the Malcolm X Project at Columbia University, says it’s likely this letter was actually written by Malcolm X.


“Based on everything I’ve seen, handwriting and context, I can confidently say that yes, this letter is his letter,” he told the Huffington Post. ‘The content is consistent, this isn’t uncommon. He was very prolific.”

Ali explained that the pilgrimage to Mecca had a profound effect on Malcolm X and that he often sent letters about it as a way to “broadcast” his message.

However, Ali doesn’t believe this letter should be for sale. ”I don’t think you can put a price tag on this,” he explained. “Even though this is his personal correspondence, his intention was that this was to be made available to the public.”

Regardless, Ali believes the letter’s message, addressing race and religion, is particularly timely today.

“However this letter surfaced, it surfaced at the right time.”

Source: Cii Broadcasting


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Maajid Nawaz, Founding Chairman of Quilliam, talks to ABC's Lateline with Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, about their latest book 'Islam and the Future of Tolerance'. In the interview, they discuss religious reform as well as the "regressive left".

Quilliam is the world’s first counter-extremism think tank set up to address the unique challenges of citizenship, identity, and belonging in a globalised world. Quilliam stands for religious freedom, equality, human rights and democracy.


Lateline, ABC (28/10/15)


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An overwhelming 86 per cent of Australians believe multiculturalism has been good for the nation, according to the latest Mapping Social Cohesion survey from The Scanlon Foundation.

This strong endorsement of the nation’s cultural diversity follows similar high levels of support in 2013 and 2014.

This year’s survey also highlights a willingness to facilitate integration with close to two-thirds of respondents in favour of both Australians and new migrants adapting to a changing Australian society, or of the view that Australians should “do more to learn about the customs and heritage of ethnic and cultural groups in this country”.

However, the findings also showed that most Victorians while positive on multiculturalism, are less so towards Muslims.

Fewer than a third of regional­Victorians are positive towards Muslims, the survey has found.

And even in Melbourne, which has a high multicultural population, less than 40 per cent of respondents had positive feelings towards Muslims.

However, only 16 per cent of Melburnians stated they were negative about Muslims, while the rest were neutral on the issue.

It found that an overwhelming majority of Victorians agreed that multiculturalism had been very good for Australia, while a decreasing proportion of people, now about 40 per cent, believed the migrant intake was too high.

The national survey revealed that two-thirds of Australians agreed that accepting migrants from many different countries made Australia stronger.

“Multiculturalism has enhanced Australia’s economic prosperity and improved our social cohesion,” said Graham Perrett MP, Member for Moreton.

“But more needs to be done to support our increasingly culturally diverse community and to harness this diversity to build stronger communities and a stronger economy.



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The Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) prepared a report on the outcomes arising out of the recent visit of  National Muslim Prison Board of South Africa to Australia.


The Muslim scholars who made up the delegation were Moulana Mohammed Azeem Khatieb of Cape Town, Moulana Shabeer Ahmed Asmal of Durban and Moulana Shiraaz Dawood Desai of Port Elizabeth

The visitors provided information about the work being undertaken by the National Muslim Prison Board of South Africa to Muslim communities in Australia  to help them better understand the prison system in Australia and the need to provide chaplaincy support to Muslim inmates.

Their experiences in negotiating and maintaining ongoing institutional arrangements in prisons in South Africa to support the rehabilitation of Muslim inmates would form the basis for a template that could be adapted for the Australian context.


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'Belief' invites viewers to witness fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers.

In a world filled with religious and cultural bigotry, Oprah Winfrey aims to promote tolerance and harmony with her new TV series Belief, that explores various religious and spiritual beliefs and practices.

According to Oprah, the show invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers and explores humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves:




In order to broadcast these practices, Oprah has filmed places and cultures far and wide, including the holy city of Makkah where Muslims go for the Hajj pilgrimage every year:

In addition to that, Belief also shed light on the Sufi tradition within Islam and how it is still held in great reverence by those seeking a greater spiritual connection:




An introduction to major religions is given by Varun Soni, dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. While introducing Islam, he clarifies the misconceptions about the religion including those about jihad.

He stresses on the fact that jihad in Islam is an internal struggle that everyone faces, regardless of their religious beliefs. He shuns the idea of Islam promoting the concept of war, and this is perhaps the most important part of the series considering the current context of Islamic militancy in the world. Watch the introduction here.

Many viewers have already reacted positively to the show’s broadcast of Islamic beliefs and practices, and took to Twitter to express their views:





Hopefully, this series will continue to help clarify misconceptions and reduce the ongoing Islamophobia in the world.

Source: The Express Tribune



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Tewantin-Noosa RSL denied that a woman was asked to leave for wearing a hijab. Photo Google Maos

After a successful start to a national badminton competition, Hijran and her teammates thought a meal out together would be a nice way to celebrate.

However the Australian-born woman, of Turkish origin, was left embarrassed and upset when she was told she would have to leave an RSL in popular holiday spot Noosa for wearing a hijab.

Hijran, who asked that her surname be withheld, travelled to the Sunshine Coast with her Melbourne badminton club for the week-long Atalanta Jamboree competition against Australian and New Zealand teams.

On their first night, they had dinner at the Tewantin-Noosa RSL and Citizens Memorial Club.

Hijran said that, as she was lining up with a friend to order dinner, a woman came over and said, "Excuse me, can I ask what it is that you're wearing?"

She replied that she was wearing a headscarf because she is from the Muslim faith and women must wear it for religious reasons.

"She told me that, as per the RSL's rules and regulations, we do not allow for anything to be worn on the head," the 35-year-old accounts and admin worker told Fairfax Media.

"I said I was unaware of the rules and I asked it it was okay for me to stay and have my meal with my friends. She said, 'yes for tonight it will be fine but if this happens on a regular basis I would have to ask you to leave'."

On its website, the RSL says head gear is banned unless the Board is satisfied there are acceptable reasons to wear it.

In a response to Fairfax Media, the RSL's chief executive, Phil Stephenson, said the staff member didn't know what was on Hijran's head at first but when she was told it was religious, Hijran was allowed to stay.

He denied she was told she would have to leave if it was a regular occurrence.

"The duty manager on the night describes the head attire as being a white lacey piece of material underneath a bright floral scarf which made our duty manager unsure if it was for religious reasons therefore [it] needed to be clarified by asking the lady," he said in an email.

Hijran said she ate her meal quietly, so as not to create a scene, but her teammates were not happy.

Some of them shared their experience at the badminton stadium the following day and other competitors refused to go to the RSL.

One competitor, Margaret Dwyer, from the Geelong Ladies Badminton Club, said tournament organisers suggested boycotting the venue. She posted an angry message on the RSL's Facebook page in support of "our fellow badminton sister", saying the venue's slogan of "all visitors welcome" should be reviewed.

Hijran said her great grandfathers served in WWI and she was "saddened" by the RSL's treatment of her.

"I didn't want to make a big deal about it because I stand out enough as it is, but I was upset to think that, living in Australia, I could be treated like that," she said.

Mr Stephenson said he believed his staff handled the matter appropriately.

"The Club is not discriminatory in any way and it is not the Club's intention to relay any form of discrimination," he said in a response to Hijran's sister. "I apologise if you feel this was the intention."

The incident was reported to Islamophobia Register Australia. Mariam Veiszadeh, founder of the register, said it potentially breached state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

"This is a rather disturbing incident which has broader implications," she said.

Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Kevin Cocks wouldn't comment on the incident but said employees were expected to be aware of workplace policies and whether those policies were in line with anti-discrimination laws.

"Policies or practices that treat people less favourably due to their religious belief or activity (which includes the wearing of religious clothing) may be discriminatory," he said.

Source: Australasian Muslim Times


The CEO of the RSL provided this response to the Facebook post on the subject:

Thank you for addressing your concerns on Facebook regarding your recent visit to the Club.

I have investigated the matter with the staff concerned and received written statements regarding the events of your recent visit to the Tewantin Noosa RSL & Citizens Memorial Club Inc. I believe the staff handled the matter appropriately.

The Club does have a dress code that doesn't allow men or women to wear head ware unless it is for medical or religious purposes. The supervisor asked one of your party if the scarf was for religious purposes to which the answer was yes. I believe your party went on to have an enjoyable visit as was relayed to the reception staff on your party's departure. This is evident in the CCTV footage of your party throughout the various areas of the Club. At no stage of the night was any of your party asked to leave.

The Club is not discriminatory in any way and it is not the Club's intention to relay any form of discrimination to its Members, visitors or guests. I apologise if you feel this was the intention. The Club is very multicultural in its Membership base and staffing of the Club. Phil Stephenson, CEO


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Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School

A VICTORIAN primary school has been criticised for allowing Muslim children to walk out of assembly while the national anthem was sung.

Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School says a religious month of mourning is the reason Islamic children are able to opt out of singing or listening to the anthem.

Lorraine McCurdy, who has two grandchildren at the school, told 3AW she was furious when school officials invited students to leave during Advance Australia Fair.

“Two children got up and said `welcome to our assembly’ with that a teacher came forward and said all those who feel it’s against their culture may leave the room,” Ms McCurdy said.

“With that about 30 or 40 children got up and left the room.

“We sang the national anthem and they all came back in.
“I saw red, I’m Australian and I felt ‘you don’t walk out on my national anthem, that’s showing respect to my country.”

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie also hit out at the school, which promotes the ethos of ‘Many Cultures, One Community.’

“I find that absolutely devastating, we should all be singing the Australian national anthem and we should be doing that with pride,” Senator Lambie said.

“That’s part of us.

“I find these schools that are allowing this to happen disgusting.

“I don’t think religion needs to be brought into the national anthem.

“We should all be proud to be Australians and proud to sing the national anthem”

Principal Cheryl Irving said during the month of Muharram Shi’a Muslims do not take part in joyous events, such as listening to music or singing, as it was a period of mourning.

“Muharram is a Shi’a cultural observation marking the death of Imam Hussein,” Ms Irving said. “This year it falls between Tuesday October 13 and Thursday November 12.

“Prior to last week’s Years 2-6 assembly, in respect of this religious observance, students were given the opportunity to leave the hall before music was played.

“The students then rejoined the assembly at the conclusion of the music.”

Kuranda Seyit, secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, said he understood the school’s sentiments but called on more flexibility.

“I’m a Sunni Muslim myself but I understand Shi’a sensitivities and for them this is a very holy time,” Mr Seyit said.

“It’s a time when they are encouraged to reflect on the martyrdom of Imam Hussein and abstain from all forms of celebrations.

“However for young children I think things like these should be assessed on their merits and a balance found.

“People need to remember that these Muslim children are not against the Australian national anthem but are not allowed to be deemed to be celebrating.

“Maybe there could be a bit more flexibility.”

In a statement, the Department of Education said it supported the school.

“The Department supports our schools to be inclusive for all students, this includes understanding or respecting religious cultural observances.

“From 2016, the new Victorian curriculum will include new subjects such as respectful relationships, world views and ethical understanding, helping to build more inclusive schools and communities.”

Source: Courier Mail


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Newcastle Muslim Association spokeswoman Diana Rah outside Newcastle Mosque at Wallsend

NEWCASTLE: BUCHANAN could host the Hunter’s first purpose-built mosque if a Newcastle Muslim Association proposal revealed on Thursday wins approval.

Almost four years after the Association’s plans for a place of worship at Elermore Vale mosque were scuppered in court, the Wallsend-based Islamic group has announced it will seek approval to build a prayer space and small funeral home on a property between Maitland and Kurri Kurri just off the Hunter Expressway.

While formal plans are yet to be lodged for the site, Newcastle Muslim Association spokeswoman Diana Rah said specialist studies had been completed.

The existing Islamic community will not relocate from Wallsend, she said, but the NMA was striving to be proactive with neighbours and the wider community from the beginning.

‘‘We are confident that this site is suitable to fulfil the needs of our proposal,’’ Ms Rah said.

‘‘It is in a central position within 20 minutes from Newcastle, has a zone that permits a place of worship and ticks all the boxes.’’

Documents given to neighbours estimate 200 people will attend the site on a Friday between midday and 3pm for prayer.

During two annual festivals, that number may increase to 450 people.

An illustration on the documents features no minarets and states there will be no call to prayer.

Laurence Beveridge, one of the residents who lives opposite the proposed development site, said he and his wife retired to the area for a rural outlook and peace and quiet, which they believe would be ruined by the mosque.

"I object in the strongest terms," Mr Beveridge said.

"I have owned the property for 30-odd years, but I would not live next door to that."

Another neighbour, who wished to remain nameless, said he was not 100 per cent against the development but did have concerns.

I don’t like it being so close to the road and I am worried about the traffic it will add to the area," he said.

"We are a rural community, I don’t think it is a suitable development for the location.

"It also concerns me that it might bring vandalism and things to the area because of the reaction to buildings like this in other places."

News of the Buchanan plan comes almost four years after a $6.8 million plan for an Elermore Vale mosque on Croudace Road was denied in court.

The Land and Environment Court ultimately quashed those plans in March 2012 when updated zoning plans prohibited a place of worship on the 8300 square metre site.

The Newcastle Herald reported at the time more than 1022 individual submissions were made against the mosque, with 32 supporting the plan.

While the Hunter Expressway has reduced travel time between Newcastle’s west and Buchanan, Ms Rah said it was not simply a matter of finding a new site for the old plan.

‘‘The purpose of the new prayer facility is a little different to the Elermore Vale proposal and is on a smaller scale with a layout more suited to the area,’’ she said.

‘‘One of the main purposes is to accommodate for the two festivals held each year.’’

In a wider context, the Hunter proposal also follows far-right groups clashing with counter-protesters in the latest chapter of a long-running wave of ugly opposition to a mosque proposal in Bendigo.

Source: The Herald


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Jim's Students of the Month: Wisdom College



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Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten: Positions Available
2 Rothon Drive, Rochedale South, Qld, 4123 Ph: 07 3172 7850


Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten is Queensland's only Islamic Childcare Service. We have now been open for 3 years alhamdulillaah, inshaAllaah providing our community with quality child care in an Islamic environment.

Our Programs include an Approved Kindergarten Program as well as a new Montessori Program.
We would like to invite Qualified Early Childhood staff to apply for positions with us, particularly those with experience in Montessori. Please email your resume to info@shajarah.qld.edu.au






New Muslim Care (NMC) Brisbane is seeking expressions of interest from social enterprises, not for profit and commercial organisations to provide a small office space (or room within a larger facility) on Brisbane’s Southside with easy access to public transport.

This is a unique opportunity for you to provide services for people living, working and frequenting the local area. Most importantly, this is a valuable opportunity for your organisation to earn Sadaqatul Jariyah.


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Farhad Jabar: show us the money, says Parramatta mosque leader


NSW: The head of the Sydney mosque where teenage gunman Farhad Jabar spent time preparing for his deadly attack on a police worker has criticised a lack of government and police action in his community since the shooting.

If the government was “serious” about dealing with “deradicalisation” it would quickly fund outreach programs for Arthur Phillip — where Jabar was a student — Parramatta and Merrylands high schools.

“It’s been three weeks and promises have been made, and (we are hearing) nothing. How are they going to help the community of Parramatta? Where are they now?” Parramatta mosque chairman Neil Elkadomi said.

The Australian



The number of terrorists who are actually Muslim or religiously motivated will surprise you

While the fear of religious extremists has reached a new high since the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, you might be surprised to learn how many instances of terrorism in the EU over the past five years were actually religiously motivated.

According to statistics from Europol, less than two per cent of all recorded acts of terror were perpetrated with religious motivations, with an even smaller number being committed by Muslim extremists.

Estimates suggest only around two per cent of all terrorist attacks were committed by Islamic groups or individuals.




Missing the mark: we don’t need more anti-terror summits or pressure on Muslim community leaders

Relying on Muslim community leaders to assist or solve the radicalisation problem is also partly where Australia’s strategies to counter violent extremism may be faltering.

In many cases, Muslim community leaders do not have the expertise to develop intervention initiatives to counter radicalisation. Nor are they necessarily connected to the Muslim youth searching for identity or who are feeling isolated or marginalised from friends, families and communities.

Another important problem with the government’s strategy is that it may be targeting the wrong constituents. The focus has been too much on highly educated and socially connected youth, rather than on the most vulnerable – the poorly educated and those who “only have contact with the small socioreligious groups to which they’ve withdrawn”.

The Conversation



"Muslims really aren't this 'other', nefarious group"

"A lot of people don't realise that mosques, like churches and most places of worship, are open all time, but many people don't take the opportunity to come in and visit," Mr Rea said.

Global and local events, as well as the rise of anti-Islam groups in Australia, have left regular Lakemba mosque-goers feeling defensive of their faith and its people.

"We are a very peaceful people, we are a peace-loving people," Saif Uddin Ahmed said of his fellow Muslims.

"We are citizens of Australia and we like to contribute as much as we can to this nation ... to make a better life for ourselves and the next generations."




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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 October 2015

TOPIC: “Hazrat Ali’s love for his daughter and Allah”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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








Friday khutbah (sermon)


DATE: 30 October 2015

TOPIC: "Lesson from the life of Umar"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 October 2015

TOPIC"The Meaning of Earthquakes"

IMAM: Sheikh Aslam abu Ismaeel








Friday khutbah (sermon)




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We Have Got To Stand Together and End All Forms of Racism | Bernie Sanders at GMU


US: There was a powerful and poignant moment during Bernie Sanders’ student town hall meeting on Wednesday in Fairfax, Virginia. Remaz Abdelgader, one of the more than 1,700 students in the George Mason University auditorium, rose to ask a question about minorities in America, including Muslims like her.


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Saudi actor arrested for being too popular with women in Riyadh shopping mall



SAUDI ARABIA: When a Saudi actor went to a Riyadh shopping mall, he didn't expect his visit to end up in a police station. Abdul Aziz Al Kassar was mobbed by female fans keen to take selfies with him, and got arrested for “disturbing public order” and mixing with women “unrelated to him.”

A video of the incident, shot on a mobile phone and uploaded to YouTube, shows Al Kassar surrounded by women shouting his name, desperate to take pictures with him. That's when a man dressed in a white robe turns up all of a sudden, brutally grabs the actor by the shirt and drags him away.

Al Kassar was arrested by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the country's religious police, it turned out. According to police, the man was disturbing public order and abusing social media, Gulf News reported.

The actor lives in Kuwait and was visiting Saudi Arabia for work. He had naively sent a message to his followers on the online messaging service Snapchat, asking for tips on where best to go shopping in Riyadh on Friday.

The actor, who is quite active on social media, later admitted he didn't expect to find so many people waiting for him in the shopping mall. “I want to clarify that the presence of young women at the mall was not something under my control,” adding that the members of the Commission and mall staff should have warned him about the presence of such a large number of fans.

“They did not tell me to stay away and that not meeting them was better,” Gulf News quoted Al Kassar as telling Saudi news site Al Marsad. “They initially took away my mobile, but returned it to me [later].”

Al Kassar was later released on bail, but will have to wait until the investigation is over, since the Commission had reportedly accused him of using social media to meet women and take pictures with them inside the mall.

Source: RT


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TheSo Swede of you ... Aida at 27 is Muslim minister



Aida Hadzialic ... doing the community proud

STOCKHOLM: A 27-year-old Bosnian Muslim immigrant has been named as the new Swedish minister of education, setting a role model for young, active Muslims.

Aida Hadzialic, in Stefan Löfven’s new Cabinet, is a law graduate from the University of Lund. She became the deputy mayor of the Swedish city Halmstad at the age of 23.

Born in 1987 in Bosnia, the Swedish politician is now the youngest person ever to serve as a minister in Sweden.

Aida was five years old when her family fled from war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Swedish politician for the Social Democrats is now the Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education Initiative in Sweden.

Source: Arab News


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Muslims can sue NYPD over mass surveillance


New Jersey Muslims win an appeal allowing a lawsuit against police for spying on mosques and individuals after 9/11.

New York, United States - A US appeals court has reversed a decision over a controversial spy programme run by the New York Police Department (NYPD), enabling a group of Muslim plaintiffs to proceed with their legal challenge.

In 2012, the Muslim Advocates, a national advocacy group, and the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit against what they called the NYPD's unlawful and blanket surveillance of Muslim Americans in New Jersey. The move came after the Associated Press published an expose of the programme in 2011.

The plaintiffs, all Muslims, include an Iraq war veteran, university students, a coalition of mosques, and the principal of a religious school for girls. The Federal District Court in Newark dismissed the case in February 2014, prompting the plaintiffs' attorneys to appeal that decision.





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Want to create more extremists? Ignore the Islamophobia people like me face every day


Islamophobia not only affects British Muslims but also plays into the narrative put forward by Isis that the west will never accept Muslims

UK: A close friend of mine recounted recently how he was the only person not invited to a classmate’s 11th birthday party because of his religion. When he asked the host about the lack of an invitation, the response was quite clear: the child in question’s parents had told him that Muslims were not welcome in the house because they were responsible for 7/7.

What’s shocking about this anecdote isn’t that it happened – as a Muslim myself, I face similar prejudice every day – but that it was part of a whole slew of similar stories from people who have faced almost identical instances of racism in their lives.

That’s what made me so sad to see a stand-out act of suspected racist violence appear again in the news today. Swedish police were reported to have said they believe an attacker, who killed a teacher and a pupil with a sword near Gothenburg yesterday, had “racist motives”. Swedish media reports said the suspect’s Facebook and YouTube accounts suggested he was hostile towards immigrants and Islam, and interested in Hitler and Nazi Germany.

The Independent


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Swedish Muslim teaching assistant stabbed to death trying to protect pupils



Lavin Eskandar was killed in the attack on the Swedish school by a man wielding a sword and wearing a Darth Vader mask (Instagram)

SWEDEN: A Muslim teaching assistant was stabbed to death with the sword of the Swedish school attacker when he threw himself in front of a group of children to protect them from the massacre.

Lavin Eskandar, 20, was killed trying to shield pupils at Kronan School from the attacker when he entered a ground-floor café in the school wearing a Darth Vader mask, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen.

The teaching assistant had completed secondary school, having received a media studies diploma, this summer and hoped to become a director and photographer.

His older brother Leith Eskandar told the newspaper: “He was the finest man.
“All I know is that he cared about others and not himself and that he was trying to protect children. He is the king and hero of the entire city.”

Friends have described Mr Eskandar as a valued and kind person who loved working with music and produced commercials and music videos for Swedish artists.

He had a keen interest in film and his YouTube videos received millions of views.

The killer’s second victim has been identified by Swedish media as Ahmed Hassan, a 15-year-old student at the school who arrived in Sweden with his parents and eight siblings from Somalia in 2012.

His mother Kiin Mohammed Ali told Expressen: “I ran to the school looking for him and I was so scared. I looked and looked but I could not find him anywhere. In the end the police came up to me and said that Ahmed was in the hospital.

“I loved him so much, so much. He was so kind and so helpful.

“He liked school and was very happy and so good.”

Swedish media have named the man behind the attack as 21-year-old Anton Lundin Pettersson, who initially posed for photographs with pupils at the school who assumed he was playing an early Halloween prank.

Police said today that the attack was racially motivated.

Investigator Thord Haraldsson said surveillance videos showed that the killer selected victims who were “dark skninned”.

Source: 5Pillars


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If you want to be stable on your bike or paddle / surf board, you need to work on your core..

Get some steel-cut abs by challenging yourself daily with an ab session which burns and
tones muscles.

Try incorporating exercises like bicycle legs, scissor kicks, side planks, hovers, etc. for a strong and stable powerhouse (core).

This will not only aid in better posture, it will strengthen your mid-section and set you up with a better, stronger and longer spine.




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!


The CCN Read of the Week

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: This recipe is kindly shared with the CCN readers by Hasina Ebrahim

Nougat Biscuits


250g butter
½ cup icing sugar
¾ cup corn flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups cake flour
150g of chopped Sally Williams Macadamia nougat or a nougat of your choice



1. Beat butter and icing sugar until light and creamy.
2. Add the vanilla essence, cake flour and corn flour, a little bit at a time, until each addition is combined.
3. Knead the mixture to form a soft dough
4. Work in the chopped nougat into the dough, you may add a little more nougat.
5. Pull off pieces of dough, form into little balls, and flatten on the palm of your hand or you could use a biscuit cutter.
6. Place the biscuits on a tray lined with baking paper and bake in a pre-heated oven of 180degrees for approx. 20 mins or until light brown.
7. When cool, drizzle with white chocolate.

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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Mula Nasruddin asked his madressah class what they would love to be when they grow up.


Musa answer ''I want to be a billionaire, have the cutiest wife, make her feel like a woman, give her everything she needs, fly her in my private jet to Dubai for shopping, take her on a monthly trip around the world.."

Mula Nasruddin brushes aside Musa and asks Mariam what she wanted to be when she grows up.


Mariam replied in a low tone "l want to be Musa's wife."


Now where did I park my donkey!




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When the wrong-doers (actually) see the Penalty, then it will in no way be mitigated, nor will they then receive respite.


~ Surah Al-Nahl 16:85


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““If I had my child to raise all over again,

I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.

I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less.

I would do less correcting and more connecting.

I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.

I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

I’d do more hugging and less tugging.“

~ Diane Loomans


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7 November


Annual Family Eat and Treat Night

Slacks Creek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 987

After Maghrib

15 November


Syrian Winter Appeal High Tea

Islamic Relief Australia

Hilton, Brisbane

0468 363 786

1pm to 5pm

21 & 22 November

Sat & Sun

Course: The 99 Names of Allah with Sh Musleh Khan

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All days

16 January



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


2 Wineglass Drive, Hillcrest

3809 4600




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 - first 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 info@almustaphainstitute.org 



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher


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



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: masjidtaqwa.org.au


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 Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au



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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)


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 subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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