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2016 Australia Day Awards

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

The CCN Food for Thought

College staff visit Toowoomba Mosque

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Dato Ibrahim makes Dawah donation

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Senator Xenophon visits Toowoomba Mosque

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Security guard Ali Hamam praised for showing restraint

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Milad-un-Nabi: Report

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

The Jihadist Next Door Channel 4 Documentary

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Why Islam | Twinkle | Former Catholic

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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In the spotlight: Muslims and the Media’s discourse

Fitria on Food


10 Muslim men who ruled 2015

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence Write For Us
Nouman Ali Khan - The Man, The Mission and The Media

The CCN Chuckle


The world's most beautiful mosques


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The Muslims who shaped America



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Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP, will hold the eighth annual Moreton Australia Day Awards on Tuesday.

The Moreton Australia Day Awards recognise the valuable contribution made by selfless individuals throughout the southside community.

‘It’s appropriate that on a day like Australia Day, we take the time to say thank you to those people in our community who have freely given their time, energy and expertise to help others and strengthen our community,’ said Mr Perrett.

There are 23 recipients from a broad range of backgrounds.


Amongst the recipients are: Riyaad Ally, Yousuf Meer, Feisal Essof and Yasmin Khan.

Mr Perrett will be joined by Lady Benise Killen, who will present the Sir James Killen Award for Outstanding Community Service from one of the hardworking 23 nominees.

The Moreton Australia Day awards will be held at the Yeronga State High School and commence at 8.15am.


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As part of regular Professional Development (PD) of about 100 staff (teachers and general staff) of St Joseph College, Toowoomba visited the Garden City Mosque on Friday, 22 January 2016.

This event was a part of the programs during the visit of Rev. Dr. Patrick McInerney - Catholic Institute of Sydney, Head of Christian Muslim Dialogue for Catholic Church and Columban missionary priest from South Australia.

The President of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Mr Michael Yahay Anderson welcomed the visitors and spoke about fundamentals of Islam. The Vice/Founding President, Professor Shahjahan Khan, Dr Javaid Iqbal and Dr Mark Copland also briefly spoke to the guests. Later the participants were divided into six groups for questions and answers on a more close environment and better interaction.

On Thursday, 21 January, Rev. Dr. Patrick McInerney spoke at a lunch gathering held at the Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba which was participated by the Mayor of Toowoomba, Cr Paul Antonio, Dr Jonathon Inkpin of St Luke Church, Dr Mark Copland of Social Justice Commission, Professor Shahjahan Khan from Islamic Society of Toowoomba, and Mr Haniff Abdul Razzak from Pure Land Learning College.

Both the events covered some of the contemporary issues faced by religious communities in Australia and world-wide, and "emphasised the need to remain united ignoring all the hate propaganda by extremist groups against Muslims and non-Muslims."



Lunch meeting with Rev. Dr. Patrick McInerney at the Irish Club

Mosque visit by St Joseph College


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Haji Baba is seen presenting an appreciation plaque to Dato Ibrahim during last week's Jumma gathering.

Last week the Islamic Society of Gold Coast awarded an appreciation award to Dato Dr Syed Ibrahim of Malaysia in recognition of his support towards the construction of the Dawah Centre at the Gold Coast Mosque.

"Dato Ibrahim has been instrumental in promoting our project to potential donors in Malaysia and Inshallah he has assured us that he will continue to find more donors towards this worthy project", secretary of the Society, Haji Hussain Baba, told CCN


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Senator Nick Xenophon and his Toowoomba team leader Josie Townsend visited the Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba on Sunday, 17 January 2016.


"The community had very useful exchanges on various current issues with the guests," vice president of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Prof Shahjahan Khan, told CCN today.

"Due to short time the discussions were shorten, but Senator plans future visit to the Mosque. The Muslims in Toowoomba emphasised that all national leaders and parties should work for the unity of the nation, not dividing them on cultural and religious line for political opportunism."




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There was a fantastic turnout for the annual Milad hosted by Al-Mustapha Institute on 16 January 2016. The program included distinguished local and interstate Ulema including Moulana Faisal Madaran from The Netherlands who gave an inspiring lecture.

For the first time the program included a question and answer session where community members raised political and economic issues that Muslims are facing in the current environment and the panel of Ulema gave examples from the Quran and Sunnah as to how these issues can be effectively addressed. The event also saw the graduation of a number of students who completed various courses in 2015.

Moulana Faisal Madaran will be delivering one last lecture before he returns to The Netherlands and all are invited to attend.

Sunday, 24 January 2016
Starts 5 pm
39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest
Dinner provided


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An east London bouncy castle salesman suspected of being behind an Islamic State execution video warned two years ago the “black flag of Islam” would fly over Downing Street.

Father-of-four Abu Rumaysah is shown in footage shot in January 2014 clutching flags at his Walthamstow garage.

In an interview for Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, he told director Jamie Roberts: “These are the black flags of Islam. This one's actually the flag of the Islamic State, so one day when the Sharia comes, you will see this black flag everywhere."

He goes on to claim the flag flying over the Prime Minister’s residence is now "a very real, real possibility the way Muslims are coming forward in this country".

Mr Rumaysah, whose real name is Siddhartha Dhar, left Britain later that year with his family the day after being released on bail over alleged support for extremist group al-Muhajiroun, travelling to Paris and then Syria.


The Standard



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Twinkle or Carina was born in Philippines and raised in Australia. This is a short story of her journey to Islam.



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Muslims in the media: it’s a story familiar to us. Negatively portrayed, demonized and stereotyped. Yet there are also certain topics on which where we’re accepted and even praised by the media. How exactly does this love-hate relationship work?

One of the key features of our media engagement over the years has been that we are always spoken for – Muslim motivations, intentions and actions can seem to be explained by the media without Muslim input. So in a sense, our engagement is not really required at all.

The Muslim can only have a voice in categories already established by an Islamophobic media, within the co-ordinates which conform to their pre-set narrative of what, according to them, a ‘Muslim’ ought to be – most often this involves condemning certain things and pledging allegiance to certain others.

It is more than just a simple bias or generalization against Muslims, but an entire conversation about us which operates in specific ways. The media’s control over the discussion is not only seen in the biweekly fear mongering over Muslim-youth radicalisation, but also the topics where they “celebrate” us, couched in terms of multiculturalism and diversity.


One particular way in which the media discourse works is that the problem of “Islam” is used to articulate other problems. Fears about social and economic change are embodied in the exaggerated threat of “Muslims”, an example being the recent commotion over the Halal industry and its supposed funding of terrorism. The former PM Tony Abbott’s rhetoric similarly wove together the problem of immigrants, radicalisation and anti-terror legislation; all these problematics of Australian culture serve as a basis for how Islam and Muslims are talked about – always in those terms and in relation to those issues. The “truth” of the matter – that no halal does not fund terrorism, that no, there is no problem of “radicalisation” – becomes irrelevant as this linkage of domestic issues to a foreign and fearful Islam takes hold in the public imagination.

Caricatures of Islam thus become simple ways of understanding a complex and perturbed political climate, and the figure of the Muslim conveniently encapsulates the ‘problem’ itself, to which all discontent can easily be attributed.

Another element to the media discourse when it comes to Muslims is a historically charged racism. We see undertones of this in most media portrayals; there is a subtle assumption that Muslims are simply foreign in relation to the values held sacred to the West; that we are not liberal, not democratic; that we are oppressive and irrational.

This relationship is very much present today and is seen quite viscerally in tabloid media, with their obsessive portrayal of the ‘Muslim’ as a near-existential threat to Western society and everything it holds dear. Both our speech and our silence is manipulated in accordance with this prefigured idea of Islam – we are continually asked to condemn that which we should not be.

In regards to our engagement with media, we are put under continual pressure to vindicate ourselves, to clear ourselves of crimes we’ve never supported, let alone committed, to prove to them that we are not terrorists.

There is much to be cognizant of in this engagement, and how it is elicited from us. Knowing that Islamophobia is an entire framework which has prefigured positions for us to fall into, we have to be aware of whether we are actually ‘engaging’ or simply putting up a hollow opposition which does nothing but confirm the parameters already set.

When we attempt to combat the media by telling them the ‘truth’ about Muslims in face of their false portrayals, the vocabulary of conversation remains the same. “Terrorists”, “radicalisation” – they say we are guilty, we assure them no, we’re innocent; but such terms remain the firm coordinates of any discussion on Muslims. The positions taken on them differ greatly, but their centrality is never questioned. We are always subject to these accusations and our allegiance or defiance is kept topical – and this is precisely the way in which the media works.

We always feel obliged to respond to them within a perpetual debate about our allegiance or defiance. Yet by speaking within this conversation of theirs and in the terms they want us to – that either we’re with them (‘moderate’), or against them (‘radical’), we tacitly accept the stereotype that it is within us – within our Islam – that the answer to their anxieties lay, not in greater discussion of politics or history. It is in this way that the media controls us: they are able to define us, represent “us”, and keep us as the central thing under consideration.

What this achieves is that we are only ever seen through the lens of ‘terrorism’, ‘radicalisation’ and ‘security-threat’, whether in denial or confirmation of it, Muslims are forever to be thought of in such terms. We are constructed to always be scrutinized and questioned as to our loyalty.

It is this framework that we ultimately need to reject: and therein lies the key to the community’s interaction with the media going forward.

Source: GIMC


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10 Muslim men who ruled 2015 (CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK)




MVSLIM's list of Muslims who achieved great things in 2015.

3. Hasan Minhaj



It’s been about a year since comedian Hasan Minhaj joined the Daily Show’s team. As a voice on a prime time television show, Hassan wants to fight stereotypes with his weapon: humor. He also started touring for his new show ’Hasan Minhaj Homecoming King: The Story of Brown America’, which centres on his experience growing up as a first generation Indian American and Muslim.

I’m sure that we will be hearing about this guy in 2016.


NEXT WEEK: 4. Rachid Yazami



Source: MVSLI


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Nouman Ali Khan, well known Islamic scholar and teacher was in Kuwait for the first time to present a lecture at the Masjid Al Kabir organized by the Indian Muslim Association. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan as he is referred to is renowned for his strong command of Arabic, deep understanding of the Holy Quran and engaging lectures. He is also the CEO and founder of Bayyinah Institute in the US.

Nita Bhatkar Chogle caught up with Ustadh Noman during his whirlwind visit to the Middle East, especially for The Times Kuwait, to find out more about the man, his mission and his unique method of outreach through modern media.


The Media

“We need to have socially, morally, ethically, spiritually and responsible entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship can transform the world. Institutions should not exist because they want to make money. They should exist because they want to effect change. Making money is easy. You have to aim a lot bigger than making money.” he underlines.

Bayyinah’s goal now is to influence this entire generation of people across the globe on how they think about the Quran. And Ustadh Nouman wants to influence the attitudes of the Muslims and non Muslims and their attitudes towards the Quran.

“I think it is a dire need for Muslims because it is corrupt attitudes that are causing the loss of lives. This book if properly understood can save lives and if misunderstood can cost lives.” he says.

“The Quran has a powerful message and its fluid enough that we can affect it across this media. Right now we have a primitive understanding of Islamic media. For us right now Islamic media is a TV station where a Sheikh is sitting there explaining a Hadith or Ayah. That is not Islamic media. Islamic media is not some cute looking graphic that says Eid Mubarak. Islamic media is when you have mainstream film and mainstream entertainment documentary that even non-Muslims are watching. That has Islamic messaging in it and they don’t even know that they are getting Islamic principles out of this and this can be done. Not only that it can it be done, it must be done.” explains Ustad Nouman.

Ustad Nouman mentions how the Quran came and defeated poetry at a time when poetry was the ultimate form of entertainment, which meant it, was the more artistic than poetry. So to influence people you need to reach out to them through something that they find entertaining he feels. “You cannot beat entertainment, you have to co-opt it.” he highlights.

Having said that he also emphasizes on serious education and believes it should co-exist. However, he feels that if we continue to engage people in a way that they need to make the least efforts, they will actually show an interest on their own and when you continue to make them more and more curious, they will add an equal amount of effort and will eventually want to learn seriously.

It’s important to start with entertainment and then go for education versus going for education directly. “So we need to bring Quran’s guidance to the entertainment industry and that is my hope. As Bayyinah grows our subscription base grows then we will be able to invest in this stuff.” he says.

Ustadh Nouman also believes strongly in the integrity of Muslims going as far as an option for free subscriptions for people that cannot afford to pay to watch Bayyinah TV. He wants people to benefit from it and for those that can pay, he knows they will. And that he says is what he means by socially responsible and spiritually responsible entrepreneurship.

Through the Bayyinah Institute Ustadh Nouman has been successful in reaching more than a few million people and the numbers are growing steadily. His goal now is to reach 100 million people in the next three years. “Inshallah” he adds.


Source: THE TIMES Kuwait


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The world's most beautiful mosques (CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK)




Aya Sofya, Turkey
Opposite the Blue Mosque in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, the squat, rosy Aya Sofya was built more than 1,000 years before its neighbour. The original “Church of the Holy Wisdom” dates to the 6th century, but the building on the site when the Ottoman Empire took the city was turned into a mosque. Over the 16th and 17th centuries, mihrabs, minbar, and a preaching stand were added to the structure, and the Aya Sofya today is a mixture of Byzantine glittering mosaics and inscriptions from the Koran in Arabic. It is now a museum, and an utterly majestic one at that.

Source: Telegraph UK


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Opinion by Haroon Moghul, Senior Correspondent, Religion Dispatches


No turning back now

We have failed you.

While jihadist movements continue to expand their reach, anti-Muslim bigotry is becoming more and more mainstream. Both narratives mean to deny the possibility of meaningful coexistence. Which is the identity and the reality of thirty million of us.

Thirty million Western Muslims, spread out across Europe (excluding Russia), the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. But though we had every reason to speak out, we have barely begun to come together.

When we are talked about, it’s either as a problem (terrorism) to be solved, or as the solution (counter-terrorism) to the problem we’re held responsible for. We have little to no relevance outside national security.

And because we do not seem to matter, we might begin to feel as if we do not exist.

I will not excuse myself by saying that we could not have known how bad it would have gotten, or that the forces arrayed against our narratives were too entrenched. I will not soften the blow, either, by hoping it is always darkest before dawn. Because it may get darker.

God does not change the condition of a people until they change themselves. I ask myself how we have gotten to this juncture. I reflect on what I could have done differently. If my life’s experiences can be of any benefit, even as a cautionary tale, then I offer them.

What follows is neither exhaustive nor conclusive, but an outline for what you can do, and what I think you must do, to reverse this state of affairs, to help build the kinds of communities our history and heritage promises we can.

Part I covers our relations to the wider world; Part II concerns our own communities and identities.

Part I: All allies, foreign and domestic (continued from last week)

3. Fairly balanced

“We need more Muslims in media,” people will say, so we are not misrepresented. They are right. “We need more Muslims in government,” they will say, so we are not unrepresented. They are right. But who is to say that when there are Muslims in the media, or in government, that they will seek what is better, or what is simply better for them.

Do you combat racism now, because it is wrong, or because it excludes you? Do you combat an aggressive foreign policy now, because it is wrong, or because the targets are Muslim? Do you oppose the occupation of Palestine because it is wrong, or because it is a Jewish people occupying a mostly Muslim people? Ask now, before you are powerful.

We will have arrived in the West, tragically, when we hear Muslims talk of closing the borders to whatever community comes after us. When we are the “us,” not the “them.” I do not know if you will live to see that day, but I hope you can head it off. To keep yourself honest, you need a community with institutions independent of each other.

To speak truth to power, you need power. Or, more precisely, you must make sure no one voice has too much power—that no element of your community is too big to fail. All that, in turn, depends on what kinds of communities you build.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN:   II: The stuff we are made of : 5. The reconstruction of religious life

Source: QUARTZ


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5. "High Noon," The Kominas (2010)


This Muslim punk band originally formed in Boston, and their name literally means "scoundrels." If you want to see them at their most scoundrel-ey and fun, you should watch their video for "See Something Say Something," which is a pretty hilarious takedown of Islamophobia. It's actually part of their new album, which is also really great.


NEXT WEEK: 6. "Mathematics," Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) (1999)

Source: PRI


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Donald Trump wants Muslims banned from entering the US – but without them the country would be a much poorer place

Donald Trump with legendary boxer and Muslim, Muhammad Ali.

What have Muslims ever done for America? If your sole source of information were Donald Trump, you’d think that the answer was not much – apart from murdering its citizens and trying to destroy its values. The Republican presidential hopeful has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US until American authorities “can figure out” Muslim attitudes to the US in the wake of last week’s killings in San Bernardino. If only, you might well think, Scotland had had the same thought about Trump before he was allowed in to blight Aberdeenshire with another of his golf resorts.

What Trump doesn’t seem to grasp is his own country’s history, and how many American achievements worth celebrating are the work of the kind of people – Muslims – he wants to keep out.

Here, then, is a guide to some of the things Muslims have done for the US. It’s not an exhaustive list – but it’s still more impressive than what Trump has done for his homeland.

Inventing the ice-cream cone

Picture the scene. It’s the 1904 St Louis Worlds Fair. An ice-cream vendor has run short of dishes. I predict a riot. How are God-fearing Americans supposed to eat their ice-creams now? Lick them from cupped hands like animals or something? That’s not America. That isn’t even Italy.


Thankfully, at the next booth is a Syrian Muslim immigrant. Ernest Hamwi is selling something called zalabia, a waffle-like confection. He rolls a waffle into a conical shape to contain the ice-cream, thus inventing the world’s first edible cone. But not the last.


Business acumen and community spirit rolled up into a delicious proposition: how could you refuse that, America? Nowadays incidentally, the zalabia is so integrated into American society that Martha Stewart has a recipe for it.




NEXT WEEK: Being sporting heroes

Source: The Guardian


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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Enrol Now - Only 4 Places Left in Islamic Studies


Day: Every Saturday, starting 30 January 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Duration: 1 year course with holidays aligned with school holidays and time off during Ramadan
Subjects: Islamic Law (Fiqh), Hadith, Tafseer & Islamic History
Location: 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest
Cost: $400
Lecturer: As-Shaykh Mohammad Ibrahim As-Shami

The course in Islamic studies is open to brothers and sisters. For more information or an enrolment form please visit our website or email





Amanah Institute’s Annual Orientation/Enrolment Afternoon

A message for all parents looking for high quality Islamic education for their children…

Don’t miss the Amanah Institute’s (formerly the Kuraby Madrassah) annual parent orientation/enrolment afternoon: Thursday 28th of January from 4.00 – pm to 6.00 pm.

Interest in the ‘Amanah approach’ continues to grow and numbers are limited.

Attendance at the enrolment/orientation afternoon is a condition of enrolment and compulsory for parents wishing to enrol or re-enrol their children in 2016.

The programs at Amanah are designed to be contextual and relevant. Feedback from young people and their parents is extremely positive!

Amanah caters for students 5 years of age through to 19 years of age.

* We are expanding our program further in 2016 offering classes 2 days/week for busy high school students from grade 8 through to 12.





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 January 2016

TOPIC"Part 1: Coming of the Mahdi"

IMAM: Akram Buksh 








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 January 2016

TOPIC"Giving back to Islam"

IMAM: Dr Mostafa Seleem













Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 January 2016

TOPIC: “The two ingredients for success"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Some Muslims Say US More Islamic Than Many Muslim Countries


A young woman waves an American flag along with others at the beginning of a Muslim conference against terror and hate at the Curtis Culwell Center, Jan. 17, 2015, in Garland, Texas.

NEW YORK: Muslims say they feel at home in the U.S. and one of the reasons is that democracy is not unfamiliar. Leading Muslim cleric Feisal Abdul Rauf says Islamic law is based on democratic principles.

“The Declaration of Independence is very much in line with the objectives of Islamic law," he told VOA. "Our rulers are legitimized by those who rule them by way of elections. These are all procedures which are very much in sync with Islamic law."

Feisal is founder of the Cordoba Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving Muslim-West relations and promoting moderation. In his new book, Defining Islamic Statehood, he talks about contemporary Muslim life in America.

“Many Muslims feel the United States of America, for them, living in this country is far more Islamic than many countries they come from, and I certainly share that opinion myself.” The Imam was born and raised in the United States.

His book is a six-year study involving Muslim scholars and leaders from around the world. The consensus reached: there were six major objectives in Islam: protection of life, dignity, property, family, intellect and religion - all compatible with the American way of life.

In New Jersey, young Muslim leader Mahmoud Mahmoud is a local community worker. He believes strongly in ties between Muslims and non-Muslims in America, and he agrees with Feisal. “In America there’s a more Islamic way of life than there [is] in Muslim countries."

Mahmoud defines that way of life by what it isn't. "You see nepotism is everywhere in Islamic countries,” he says. “Corruption, the mistreatment of women, the lack of rights for the poor, social justice; poverty is everywhere. So if you take a look at how these issues are in America, people here are able to express themselves freely.”

To the extent that America strives to eliminate corruption and other problems is to Mahmoud very religious. “Those are all fundamental values that are enshrined in every religion. If you take a look that caring for thy neighbours or caring for the poor, so there are lots of things I agree with in saying that.”

Imam Feisal says the United States and the Muslim world are inseparable. “Look,” he said, “the United States has enormous interest in the Muslim world. Muslims constitute almost a quarter of the world’s population. "We have our (U.S.) military in Iraq, in Afghanistan. We have our bases is Turkey. Our engagement, our footprint in the Muslim world, you cannot separate it. You have economic interests."

Hence, Feisal says, Donald J. Trump's call is a non starter:

"To say you cannot allow Muslims here, if you try to do it, you will discover how intimate the relationship America has with the Muslim world is. It’s not doable.”


VOA News


Cameron tells Muslim mothers: 'Learn English or leave'


Cameron said men in the UK were "not frightened of women’s success"

UK: Prime minister says 'no guarantee' that women with British-born children could stay if they fail new language tests targeted at Muslim communities
Muslim women who fail to learn to speak English properly could be made to leave the UK even if their children are born in the country, David Cameron, the British prime minister, said on Monday.

Cameron made the claim as he announced tough new measures aimed at ending what he called “gender segregation” in Muslim communities that will require new arrivals in the UK to pass language tests before they are allowed full residency rights.

In an article published in the Times newspaper on Monday, Cameron also suggested that "conservative religious practices" were partially responsible for extremism, writing that they could "help a young person's slide towards radicalisation".

The British government has already introduced basic language tests for people coming to the UK to join their husbands or wives on a spouse visa.

But Cameron said he planned to introduce a second test after two-and-a-half years to ensure that newcomers’ language skills continue to develop, citing government figures suggesting that 40,000 Muslim women in the UK spoke no English at all and about 190,000 spoke English poorly, despite many having lived in the UK for decades.

Asked on BBC radio whether a woman with children born in the UK who subsequently failed a language test would be forced to leave, Cameron said there could be no “guarantee” that someone would be allowed to stay.

“They can’t guarantee that they will be able to stay because under our rules, we are going to change the rules,” he said.

“You have to speak a basic level of English to come into the country as a husband or wife, we made that change already, and we are now going to toughen that up.”

A statement on the Downing Street website said the new rules would not be introduced until October to "allow migrants time to improve English language skills."

"There are no plans to remove migrants who fail to reach the required level, but it would be taken into account in any request to extend visas or apply for permanent residence, the statement said.

Cameron’s comments followed his article in the Times in which he accused Muslim communities of fostering segregation and treating women as “second-class citizens”, and linked those claims to cases of forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

'Backward attitudes'

“In this country, women and girls are free to choose how they live, how they dress and who they love. It’s our values that make this country what it is, and it’s only by standing up for them assertively that they will endure,” Cameron wrote.

“In Britain, men are not frightened of women’s success; it is celebrated proudly. So we must take on the minority of men who perpetuate these backward attitudes and exert such damaging control over their wives, sisters and daughters.”

Cameron also suggested that segregation and some migrant parents' lack of English language skills could foster extremism.

“I am not saying separate development or conservative religious practices directly cause extremism. That would be insulting to many who are devout and peace-loving. But they can help a young person’s slide towards radicalisation,” he wrote.

Government policy in recent years has focused increasingly on tackling non-violent extremism, which Cameron said in a speech last year was a “gateway” to violence.

Cameron said the government would review the role of shariah councils and take measures to “stamp out” forced gender segregation, and also announced a £20m ($28.6) language programme for women from isolated communities.

“I am not blaming the people who can’t speak English - some of these people have come to our country from quite patriarchal societies, where perhaps the menfolk haven’t wanted them to learn English, haven’t wanted them to integrate,” Cameron told BBC radio.

“What we’ve found in some of the work we’ve done - schools governors’ meetings where men sit in the meeting and women have to sit outside, women who are not allowed to leave home without a male relative - this is happening in our country and it is not acceptable.”

But Cameron’s remarks drew criticism from the opposition Labour Party and from Muslim organisations.

In his desire to grab easy headlines, David Cameron risks doing more harm than good. His clumsy and simplistic approach to challenging extremism is unfairly stigmatising a whole community. There is a real danger that it could end up driving further radicalisation, rather than tackling it, said Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary.

Cameron also faced criticism from within his own Conservative Party with Sayeeda Warsi, a former party co-chair and the first Muslim woman to be appointed to the cabinet, questioning his link between language learning and extremism.


"Women should have the opportunity to learn English full stop. Why link it to radicalisation/ extremism/ CT [counter-terrorism]," she wrote on Twitter.


Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, pointed out that Cameron had cut funds for language classes in 2011 shortly after coming to office. “David Cameron and his Conservative government are once again using British Muslims as a political football to score cheap points to appear tough,” said Shafiq.“


This was a right-wing, neo-con prime minister delivering more of the same disgraceful stereotyping of British Muslims.


”Shuja Shafi, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that Cameron was absolutely right in wanting English to be taught more widely and said that many mosques and other Muslim institutions would be happy host classes.


But he said Cameron had "fallen at the first hurdle" in trying to promote integration by singling out Muslim women and linking the issue to a perceived security threat and extremism.


"English language is a barrier, but not the only or most important one. Other factors such as labour market inequalities, perceived discrimination, deprivation, and generational differences amongst Muslim women need to be reflected on," Shafi said.


"The prime minister further notes the important connection to extremism'. There are countless extremists who have been arrested or are believed to be in Syria who did not grow up as Muslims, or who led or are believed to have led ‘well integrated lives'."

Source: Middle East Eye


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Meet the Turkish Mosque cats that have got everyone purring


TURKEY: Imam Mustafa Efe is a purrrfect example of how to love all creatures. Efe has opened the doors of the Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque in Istanbul to the stray cats of the city, who are darn cold this time of year. The felines are even welcome during prayer time.

Istanbullians are known for their love of cats which were bred to eradicate rats and mice from the city. They even have a saying which goes, "If you've killed a cat, you need to build a mosque to be forgiven by God."

Well, I think most people would agree that opening the doors of a mosque is a lot easier than building a new one. Pussy lovers from around the globe have praised Imam Mustafa Efe's efforts which have meow gone viral.

Donald Trump has yet to release a statement on whether he'd ban the cats from entering the United States.


Thousands of stray cats stalk Istanbul’s streets
◦ Residents often leave fleece-lined cardboard boxes with food and water inside on street corners
◦ The cats have even become a social media sensation
◦ There is an immensely popular Instagram page called Cats Of Istanbul
◦ Web developers have created apps to help adopt and locate users’ favourite kitties
◦ We are urged to be good to cats and all living creatures in Islam
◦ A popular saying goes: “If you’ve killed a cat, you need to build a mosque to be forgiven by God.”
◦ Part of the reason there are so many cats there today is because many felines were bred to rid the city of vermin
◦ In 2012, the ruling Justice and Development Party, co-founded by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tried to pass legislation it said would improve sterilisation and clear the streets of stray animals, but the plan was shelved after 30,000 people took to Istanbul’s streets in protest.

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I live in a 'terrorist house': police speak to Muslim boy, 10, over spelling error


Teachers report primary school student to authorities after he mistakenly writes about ‘terrorist house’ instead of ‘terraced house’ in class


Teachers in Lancashire alerted police after the primary school pupil wrote ‘terrorist’ instead of ‘terraced’.

UK: A simple spelling mistake has led to a 10-year-old Muslim boy being interviewed by British police over suspected links to terrorism.

The boy, who lives in Accrington in Lancashire, wrote in his primary school English class that he lived in a “terrorist house”. He meant to write “terraced house”.

His teachers did not realise it was a spelling error and instead reported the boy to the police, in accordance with the 2015 Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which states that teachers are obliged to alert the authorities to any suspected terrorist behaviour.

As a result, the child was interviewed on 7 December by police and the authorities examined a laptop found at his family home.

His family has since demanded the school and police apologise, according to the BBC.

A cousin of the boy, who has not been named to protect his identity, said his relatives initially thought it was a joke, but that the boy had been traumatised by the experience.

“You can imagine it happening to a 30-year-old man, but not to a young child,” she told the BBC. “If the teacher had any concerns it should have been about his spelling.

“They shouldn’t be putting a child through this.

“He’s now scared of writing, using his imagination.”

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which came into force in July 2015 as part of the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, places local authorities, prisons, NHS trusts and schools under a new statutory duty to prevent extremist radicalisation taking place within their walls.
Critics of the act argue it forces teachers to over-react, rather than using their common sense, for fear of breaking the law.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, the UK’s largest umbrella group for Islamic associations, said he was aware of dozens of similar cases taking place in schools around the country.

“There are huge concerns that individuals going about their daily life are being seen through the lens of security and are being seen as potential terrorists rather than students,” he said.

Lancashire police said in a statement the situation was handled by a PC and social services and that anti-terrorism police were not called in.

The school told the BBC it was unable to comment because it was investigating a complaint over the incident.

Source: The Guardian


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UK PM David Cameron will back Muslim veil ban


Prime Minister David Cameron talks with Imam Qari Asim (R) and Shabana Muneer, a member of Makkah Masjid mosque's women's group, as he visits Makkah Masjid Mosque in Leeds, England

UK: Muslim women can be banned from wearing veils in schools, courts and other British institutions, David Cameron says.

The Prime Minister said he will give his backing to public authorities that put in place "proper and sensible" rules to ban women from wearing face veils.

The government is also preparing to announce a series of measures designed to stop British Muslims becoming radicalised and travelling to the Middle East to join terrorist groups like Islamic State.

As part of the plans, ministers will pledge to outlaw gender segregation in public buildings amid concerns that some Muslim organisations are forcing women to sit separately.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan will on Tuesday announce plans to force schools to help stop teenagers travelling abroad to fight alongside jihadist groups such as IS.

Schools will be required to inform councils when pupils stop attending without any explanation and Muslim parents will be encouraged to carry out checks to ensure their children are not being radicalised.

Mr Cameron also announced that tens of thousands of Muslim women would face deportation unless they pass a series of English-language tests after coming to Britain on spouse visas.

The Prime Minister's comments about veils will reignite the row over whether British institutions should be able to stop women covering their faces for religious reasons in public places.

The Prime Minister refused to endorse a French-style blanket ban but made clear that individual organisations could choose to stop Muslim women wearing the veil.

In 2013, The Telegraph disclosed that more than a dozen NHS hospitals had instructed staff not to wear the niqab – a full veil which covers the face – while in contact with patients.

The same year, a London judge ordered a Muslim defendant to remove her veil, but asked politicians for clearer instructions on veils in court.

A number of Conservative MPs want the government to consider a full ban on the veil.

"I think in our country people should be free to wear what they like, within limits live how they like," Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 4.

"What does matter is if, for instance, a school has a uniform policy, sensitively put in place and all the rest of it, and people want to flout that uniform policy, often for reasons that aren't connected to religion, you should always come down on the side of the school."

The Prime Minister added: "When you are coming into contact with an institution or you're in court, or if you need to be able to see someone's face at the border, then I will always back the authority and institution that have put in place proper and sensible rules.

"Going for the more sort of French approach of banning an item of clothing, I don't think that's the way we do things in this country and I don't think that would help."

Philip Hollobone, a Conservative MP, said: "What the Prime Minister says is extremely welcome and a step in the right direction but given the stridency with which Muslim groups advance their cause sooner or later this will be put to the test.

"It should apply to any public official, including schools, hospitals, councils, the police, border force, hospitals, GP surgeries.

"Anywhere where members of the public come into contact and an official needs to have his or her face visible."

He added: "I don't want to live in a country where a police officer is veiled, where a newsreader is veiled, where a nurse or doctor is veiled."

The Telegraph also understands that ministers are drawing up guidance which will ban gender segregation in public meetings held in buildings owned by town halls.

It follows concerns that Muslim men and women were separated in a series of public meetings before the election.

Mrs Morgan will on Tuesday give a speech in Bethnal Green Academy, east London, which came to public attention in 2015 when four of its pupils fled to Syria to become "jihadi brides".

The Education Secretary will announce a new website to help parents and teachers identify potential victims of radicalisation.

The website warns parents and teachers about "excessive time spent online or on mobile phones" as well as being wary of children with a "susceptibility to conspiracy theories and a feeling of persecution".

She will also announce plans to ensure that schools register with local authorities any pupils that stop attending lessons.

Mrs Morgan will say: "We are determined to keep children safe in and out of school.

"Today's announcement of resources and tougher powers to protect young, impressionable minds from radical views sends a clear message to extremists: our children are firmly out of your reach."

Mr Cameron announced on Monday that immigrants would have to show that they have improved their English after living in Britain or face being deported.

Under the plans tens of thousands of migrants who come to Britain on a "spouse visa" to join their husband or wife will have to pass an additional English language test after two years.

Although Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary, accused Mr Cameron of "stigmatising a whole community", Naz Shah, the Muslim Labour MP for Bradford West, backed the Prime Minister's call for more women to learn English.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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Bolton Muslim girls' school breaks London's grip on excellence


Strong community links and work-life balance for teachers has helped the school come in the top 10 for GCSE results


Bolton Muslim girls’ school is one of the only non-London schools to reach the top of the GCSE league tables.

UK: “The classrooms are crowded, our corridors are narrow and in terms of our sports facilities, they’re limited,” says headteacher Idrish Patel. Bolton Muslim girls’ school (BMGS) – once independent, now an oversubscribed state school for Muslim girls in the town – does not have flashy sports facilities or even a kitchen. But despite its humble building, the school achieves impressive results.

When judged alongside other schools where at least 30% of students are from disadvantaged backgrounds, it’s third in the country for GCSE performance. This makes BMGS one of the only non-London schools to break the capital’s stranglehold on the top league table spots.
Patel says the school is fortunate to have parents who are keen to be involved in their children’s education – and committed staff who are are happy to make appointments to see family members outside of the usual open evening schedule.

The school’s success is a boost to the local community, he adds. “Regardless of whether it’s a Muslim school or non-Muslim school, as British citizens we all expect everybody to excel, regardless of class, religion or which part of the UK you’re living in.”


The Guardian


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International Women’s day fun run – Brisbane :

Enlist a group of friends and make an awesome day of it, while raising money
for breast cancer.

Start your adventure with fitness dates of walking / jogging / cycling and any
other activities that will challenge and encourage your group to move more.
Be sure to drink lots of water and constantly ‘tag’ or check-in with each other on
how the preparation is going for the big day – you have 6 weeks to prepare.

Overhaul your workout routines and get yourself as fit as you can be for race day
and every other day to follow.





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist

To book appointments -
Ph: 3341 2333 (Underwood)
Ph: 3299 5596 (Springwood)
M: 0406 279 591

Water for Wellbeing

One of the easiest healthy habits to start is to drink more water. Our body is made up mainly of H2O so it is no surprise that on average an adult requires at least 2-2.5L of water each day.

This requirement may increase when temperatures are hotter, when you are active for a long period of time (say after a workout), or when have more than body mass.

Some of the benefits of drinking water include: maintaining the health of all of your body’s cells, regulating body temperature, hydration, improving metabolism, aiding digestion and maintaining healthy bowels.

If you are like me and often forget to drink enough water, you can buy a 1L bottle like I have and make sure you go through this bottle at least twice a day.

You can also try to implement other ways to increase your water intake such as having a glass before and after meals.

If you want to avoid having to go to the toilet so often, drink your water in sips frequently throughout the day rather than drinking a whole glass in one go.

Next time you’re having a busy day, just be mindful of your water intake and remember that water is vital for your health and body’s wellbeing!


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at

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People give you a bad feeling as you walk down a street? Do you: Make eye contact? Don't make eye contact? Look assertive? Reach for your gun?


Walk down a different street. 

Click here for contact and registration details for Southside Academy of COMBAT


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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: Here's a good start to living a healthier lifestyle and enjoying it in the process - fresh, fast and delicious and a healthy replacement for your burger and bag of fries. 

Designer Salad with Chicken Strips


Mix lettuce
Julienne carrots
Danish feta (food lovers)
Cocktail tomato


Chicken strips
Marinate 500gm of chicken strips in:
1 tsp aromat
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp crush green chillies
1 tsp red chilli paste
½ cup milk
1 tsp Gori ma orange spice
1 tsp barbecue spice
1 tsp chicken spice

Keep in fridge for a few hours


1 cup flour
2 tsp barbecue spice
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp crush red chilli powder
Crushed green chillies
2 tsp chicken spice


Combine the above and dip the chicken strips in the batter and fry till crisp and golden

Haloomi cheese dip in flour, baking powder, salt and pepper cut lengthwise and shallow fry till golden

Bringing it all together.....

Assemble salad ingredients in a platter, place Haloumi strips and then top with chicken strips.
Place a small bowl of Sweet Chilli sauce in the centre.

Lastly sprinkle with sesame seeds

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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Employer: "We need someone responsible for the job."


Jalalludin: "Sir, your search ends here! In my previous job whenever something went wrong, everybody said I was responsible."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Fulfill the Covenant of Allah when you have entered into it, and do not break your oaths after you have confirmed them; indeed you have made Allah your surety; for Allah knows all that you do.
 ~ Surah Al-Nahl 16:91


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When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his colour or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies - to be met not with cooperation but with conquest, to be subjugated and mastered.


We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of all. We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge. 

~ Robert F Kennedy


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Islamic Society of Algester

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7 February


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Al Kauthar Brisbane

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 Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & Madressa - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm, brothers, sisters and children
• New Muslims Program - last Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30pm
• Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month. Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
• Islamic Studies - one year course, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm, brothers and sisters
• Ilm-e-Deen, Alims Degree Course - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses, brothers

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



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

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after Maghrib Salat


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




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

Kuraby Mosque

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

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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

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Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

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

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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

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Gold Coast Mosque

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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)

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

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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 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

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