Sunday, 31 January 2016


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


In 1998, Manal arrived in Australia with her siblings after fleeing her country of origin, Eritrea, only days before the beginning of the country’s most devastating war.


Tackling racism and prejudice head-on, Manal learnt first-hand what it means to be different and has become an agent for change in the community.


Through her work with Welcome to Australia – a not-for-profit that aims to cultivate a culture of welcome in our nation – Manal has developed programs to elevate the national conversation around refugees, immigration and multiculturalism.


As a member of the ActNow Theatre, Manal has staged award-winning interactive theatre performances that identify and confront racism.


While completing a degree in international relations, Manal has also navigated her sense of identity through poetry, entering spoken word competitions and performing her work around the country.


Working with other refugees to develop poems that share their stories of persecution, displacement and freedom, Manal encourages others to take pride in their identities and for all Australians to understand and embrace diversity.



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Births, Marriages and Condolences (NEW REGULAR FEATURE)





Rahman and  Razia Goss are the proud parents of baby Zakariya Rahman Goss.


Ghulam and Narmin Goss are the proud parents of  baby Muhammad Isa Goss.





Zara Omarjee (Brisbane), daughter of Rashid Omarjee and Saeeda Vorajee, to Uzair Bemat (Cape Town), son of Ismail and Shenas Bemat on 23 January 2016 at the Zeenatul Islam Mosque, Cape Town.







If you would like to record a birth, marriage, engagement or someone's passing please email with the details.



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IWAQ celebrations at Svoboda Park, Kuraby



Flanked by Janeth Deen and Sgt Jim Bellos are the Moreton Australia Day Awardees (l to r) , Faisel Essof, Yousuf Meer, Riyaad Ally and Yasmin Khan


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Submitted by AMYN


The annual AMYN Summer Camp is always a highlight in the calendar of many, and this year's trip proved to be a groundbreaking new experience to say the least, Alhamdulillah. Traditionally a young boys camp, this year saw singles as well as families males and females.

It was held from 16 - 19 January 2016, the contingent boarded the mid-morning ferry trip from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island. The spectacular and scenic 45-minute long ferry ride was an appetiser of sorts to form and strengthen a brotherhood while appreciating the beautiful creation of Allah.

Activities during the trip included visits to some of the Island's renowned attractions - the 5.2 km trekking to the stunningly beautiful Blue Lake and a swim in its fresh sparkling waters. Another over 2km walk at the Gorge with spectacular beautiful sceneries of dolphins and the most beautiful bluish to green waves breaking upon the beaches beneath was a moment to not only capture this creation of Allah on your cameras but also to experience it with all the five senses!

Food Team did a great job with a variety of delicious food while the daily 2-hour religious classes by HikmahWay Institute's Shaykh Aslam AbuIsmaeel on some of our most important daily life enhancement issues were a highlight for some that even surpassed the exceeding natural beauty of sceneries on Stradbroke Island!

The groundbreaking male & female family & singles 2016 AMYN Annual Camp was for many who attended, a rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul alhamdulillah to bring us closer to the Almighty Creator & His Wise Guidance!

We express our sincere thanks to the AMYN (Australian Muslim Youth Network) organising committee for their enduring effort over the last year in putting together such a worthwhile trip! Look forward to seeing you next time round at the AMYN Annual Camp, Insha-Allah!


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BURGEONING TIES: Australian Ambassador Dr. Ralph King, left, Senior Trade Commissioner Mark Morley at a press briefing in Riyadh on Monday

RIYADH: A 20-member delegation from Australia, headed by Minister for Tourism and International Education Sen. Richard Colbeck, will meet senior government officials on Wednesday.

This was announced at a press conference addressed by Ambassador Dr. Ralph King and Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner Mark Morley.

“The bilateral talks between the officials of the two countries will enhance the existing areas of relationships in education, health care, aviation, mining, agriculture and technical training,” the envoy said.

Australia has 24 universities on the list of the Top 200 most internationalized universities in the world, and 16 in the Top 100, according to the international ranking agency, Times Higher Education.

Its commitment to international engagement is demonstrated in the National Innovation and Science Agenda which further enhances Australia’s global reputation as a leader in research and education into the future.

The envoy said there currently are some 10,000 Saudi students studying in various colleges and universities in Australia. He said his country remains the the fourth largest destination for Saudi students after the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Most Saudi students who stay with their families in Australia follow courses in engineering, agriculture, mining, health care, and oil and gas related fields.

He said the visiting delegation, which will be hosted by Minister of Education Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa, will also hold talks with officials of the Ministry of Health, the Technical Vocational Training Corporation and King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh.

He also said that his country maintains two aviation training colleges in Jeddah, run by Saudi Arabian Airlines, with another in Riyadh.

Bilateral trade between the two countries has reached SR 2.9 billion, which is in favor of Australia whose exports to the Kingdom include passenger motor vehicles, dairy and meat products.

The ambassador pointed out that tourism is one area which Australia wants to promote among Saudis and expatriates in the Kingdom. “We are planning an air service agreement with the Kingdom to facilitate direct flights to Australia from the Kingdom,” he said, adding that currently passengers from Saudi Arabia find convenient connections from United Arab Emirates to various destinations in Australia.

“We are also interested in entering into a free trade agreement with the GCC, of which Saudi Arabia is a member,” he said.

Source: Arab News


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Anne Aly has built a high public profile in recent years, having been a regular guest on the ABC’s Q&A program.

The Labor Party has sprung a major surprise by recruiting Muslim anti-terrorism expert Anne Aly to stand against Liberal MP Luke Simpkins in the federal seat of Cowan at this year’s election.

The battle for Cowan – a seat in northern Perth held by the Liberals with a margin of just 4 per cent – will be fascinating as it pits the outspoken Dr Aly against Mr Simpkins, who has previously raised concerns about Australians being converted to Islam by eating halal meat.

Dr Aly, an expert in Islamic radicalisation, has built a high public profile in recent years, having been a regular guest on the ABC’s Q&A program.

Mr Simpkins was one of the MPs who arranged an unsuccessful spill motion against Tony Abbott as prime minister last year.

In 2011, he told Parliament that many Australians did not realise that most of the meat they ate came from animals killed in accordance with Muslim law.

“By having Australians unwittingly eating halal food we are all one step down the path towards the conversion, and that is a step we should only make with full knowledge and one that should not be imposed upon us without us knowing,” he said.

“What is happening is wrong. Too often the minorities in this country are looked after without regard to the majority.”

Dr Aly, an academic at Edith Cowan University, said she was standing for the ALP because she wanted to protect Australians’ lifestyle.

“The work I do in counter radicalisation is about protecting this lifestyle,” she said.
“I have met parents of children who have joined ISIS. I have dedicated my life to stopping young people from making this decision.”

Dr Aly said Mr Simpkins’ adversarial style has failed the people of Cowan and said she would fight against any plan to lift the GST to 15 per cent.

“He is more interested in picking fights than creating solutions.”
“I know how hard the GST will hit family budgets in Cowan, increasing the price of everything at the shops, increasing the cost of every household bill and increasing the cost of sending kids to school.”
“When my children were young, childcare was a huge cost. I know that it won’t be any cheaper with a 15 per GST.”

Labor last held Cowan in 2007. The Liberals face a fight to retain the seat after a recent boundary change slash the margin from 7.5 per cent to 4 per cent.

Source: The Australian


The Weekend Australian Magazine profiled Anne Aly and her fight against the radicalisation of young Muslims in 2015. Read the piece here.


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How much do you know about the world’s largest Muslim nation? This is your chance to find out more.

The 2016 Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (MEP) is now accepting applications.


An exciting opportunity for young Australian Muslim community leaders: over two weeks, you will learn about the rich heritage of Islam in Indonesia, visit some of the largest Muslim organisations and schools in the world, meet prominent scholars, and make valuable contacts and friends in Indonesian Muslim society.

You will also join a network of more than 200 MEP alumni, who are active in many different fields.

Tickets and accommodation are covered for the program, which will take place from 16 to 29 May 2016, coinciding with a major festival.

Send your application to by 5pm AEDT, on Friday, 6th February 2016. For more information, click here.

An Experience to Remember

“This is an opportunity that any Muslim Australian should take up. You learn so much about yourself, about your own faith, about the country with the biggest Muslim population [in the world].” Assmaah, 2012

“Thank you MEP for this incredible experience - I learnt a LOT and will be able to apply this to both my professional life and personal growth.”
Nur, 2014

“I got a new family from this program!” Sari, 2014

“I gained a deeper understanding of Islam in Indonesia and the vast myriad of diverse groups co-existing.” Laila, 2014

“It's just a fantastic program … very hectic but very rewarding at the same time.” Ayman, 2012

“[The program] gave me inspiration to adopt and modify their ideas and to put them into practice in my work.” Farinia, 2005


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Panellists: David Morrison, 2016 Australian of the Year; Gordian Fulde, 2016 Senior Australian of the Year; Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year; Stan Grant, Indigenous affairs editor, Guardian Australia; and Manal Younus, 2016 SA Finalist Young Australian of the Year.


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Craig Campbell, pictured with his baton, fends off violent youths during the Cronulla riots in 2005

He was front and centre at the Cronulla riots, furiously swinging his police baton to stop a mob of youths from bashing a Middle Eastern couple to death on a train.

But Craig Campbell is now down and out, living in a caravan outside his parents' home on the NSW South Coast after leaving the force due to a breakdown from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The 56-year-old is not left with much.

He lives on $440-a-week workers' compensation, his marriage disintegrated and he has been unable to hold down a job since.
Even the bravery award that he won for the train incident was later taken away when the police hierarchy deemed he used "excessive force".

But, a few weeks ago, there was an unusual bout of good news.

Two members of the Australian Muslim community had remembered seeing the burly sergeant on TV 10 years ago, instinctively protecting the men on the train regardless of their skin colour.

Adam Bowden and Beylal Racheha heard Campbell had not been recognised for his efforts after 10 years so they tracked him down and called on their community to pitch in.

They drove down to North Wollongong, took him out for a Lebanese lunch and gave him $1000 in new clothing and cash.

"We just wanted to say thank you to him for the work he's done, it was sad no one had acknowledged it," said Beylal Racheha, a car wash operator and charity organiser.

"When I watched it happen 10 years ago, I was proud of that policeman. It showed that the police weren't racist. It made me feel like we weren't being purposely targeted."

Campbell, who is still locked in a bitter struggle for injury payments, said he was taken aback when he met the pair.

"I really teared up because, you know, I've helped so many people out in my personal life in and around here in Dapto and when I wanted a bit of a hand, trying to get my car on the road and things like that, no one could be seen for dust."

"I just thought of these two blokes, out of the goodness of their heart doing this, it really got to me actually."

Campbell said a video of him swinging his baton on the train and the platform at Cronulla has been used as a training video at the academy.

In the days after, people shook his hand in the street. One of the men being attacked on the train thanked him for saving his life. His boss, former commander Robert Redfern, gave him a letter from his two daughters who said they were proud their dad worked with such a hero.

"To say it was excessive force is just rubbish," he said.

It is an incident he will never forget, forever bitter about the way it was derided and etched in his mind along with dozens of other horrific jobs that led to his eventual breakdown in 2007.

"These days I just potter around and grow veggies and that and try to stay calm," he said. "I never thought about PTSD, I thought it was all rubbish. But I still see the faces when I close my eyes. You try to push it out of your head, but you can't."


Source: Sydney Morning Herald


{CCN Editor] A crowdfunding initiative has been set up to raise more funds for Craig Campbell



Muslim community members Beylal Racheha (left) and Adam Bowden (right) tracked down Craig Campbell (centre) after hearing that he hadn't been recognised for his bravery.


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The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

In partnership with Believing Women for a Culture of Peace (BWCP), a free public event will be held on 11 February at Griffith University's Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue (ICD) sharing experiences and exploring insights and outcomes of the Parliament’s latest conference.


Click here for more details.


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There is visible sense of shock and dismay in Derby this morning, after at least seven people are believed to have contracted Islam after unwittingly eating Halal meat.

It is thought the first suspected patients were rushed to Royal Derby Hospital yesterday afternoon, after displaying early symptoms of extreme Islamification. Since then, a total of seven patients, including a young child and an elderly resident have been admitted overnight.

Environmental Officers are yet to announce the source of the outbreak, although a delicatessen in the city centre has been taped off by forensic experts. Government officials have been quick to quell any panic or backlash by far-right groups, with The Food Standards Agency (FSA) releasing this statement;

We would like to ensure the public that consumption of Halal meat poses very little threat to public health. When an animal is properly blessed and slaughtered, the meat is perfectly fit for human consumption. However, very rarely, the butcher may bless the animal with the wrong incantation, rendering the meat a threat to suggestible individuals, as we believe has been the case here.

Source: BFNN UK


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A young artist sheds light on Afghan Muslims who helped build Australia.



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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.

4. Rachid Yazami



Rachid Yazami is a French Moroccan scientist who made an amazing chip that can charge your phone battery in 10 minutes. Another great feature is that the chip also senses damaged batteries, which can blow up a phone.


2015 wasn’t Yazami’s first notable year.


In 2014 he was one of the scientists to win the 2014 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering for his “substantial contribution” to the development of the lithium-ion battery. In the same year he received a Royal Medal from King Mohammed VI of Morocco.


NEXT WEEK: 5. Mohamed Zeyara



Source: MVSLI


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




Blue Mosque, Cairo, Egypt
The Amir Aqsunqur Mosque, which dates from the 14th century, reopened in Cairo in May this year following a 13-year closure to repair earthquake damage. The mosque is part of a funerary complex, containing the mausoleums of its founder Shams El-Din Aqsunqur and his sons. Its current aesthetic reflects the Ottoman style, especially in the Iznik tiles depicting cypress trees and vases holding tulips. 

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 II: The stuff we are made of :


5. The reconstruction of religious life

You must reinvest in and reform religious education; what we have now is not nearly good enough. Teach our faith with confidence, creativity and sophistication, but also with caution. Students and especially leaders must be taught to recognize that there are valid, legitimate and inevitable differences of opinion within any community, as of course exist between communities. But leaders will only be as capable as the institutions that support them.

One of our great challenges is the lack of representation. I recommend you force diversity until it becomes second nature. Institutions should compel themselves to reserve a certain number of seats on any board, or relevant body, to reflect the relevant ethnic and sectarian differences, to realize equal representation for women (we are woefully behind), and for youth (to create leadership tracks).

One of our great challenges is the monopoly of power. Having learned lessons from the failures of post-colonial states, term limits must be strictly enforced.

One of our great challenges is moderation. Your religion is sacred, and must remain so. We do not change our worship merely because times have changed. But we can also acknowledge the implications of our rituals, and compensate for them. I believe, like the overwhelming majority of Muslims do, that ritual prayers should be led by men. But given this obligation, it should be the case that mosques should be led by women.
I still know of mosques that forbid women from leadership positions as a matter of policy.

We need, I hope you can see, new thinking. You can and should provide it. Too many mosques and communities are still using failed models of leadership, too many Muslim institutions are mired in a narrative of victimization, and too many have no mechanism for producing new leaders, never mind to extend their mandates, but even to renew them. Challenging this, and them, will not be easy for you.

People will hate you and call you all kinds of hurtful things; you might even begin to doubt yourself. If you do, look out at the Muslim spaces, institutions and societies before you. Are they as good as they can be?
Clearly doing what has been done before doesn’t do much. You have much to learn from others, and should respect their experiences, but you do not have to do as they have done.

Don’t confuse unity with unanimity. Don’t fall for abstractions and rhetoric: We rely too often on these, or rather, we use them to preclude conversations that must happen, or to enforce consensus where in fact there is none.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN:   6. Halal options

Source: QUARTZ


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


If you don't know who actor and rapper Yasiin Bey is, your life is about to get a lot better.

I've been listening to him since 1997, when he was in 'Black Star' and was busy making one of my favorite albums of all time: "Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star." (Seriously, listen to 'Definition." It's a little later in my playlist)

At the end of 2011, Bey changed his name from Mos Def to Yasiin Bey. In some interviews, he's explained that this was because he wanted to distance himself from materialism.


NEXT WEEK: 7. "Soukura (It's Late)," Alsarah & The Nubatones (2014)

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.

Being sporting heroes

Trump tweeted the following earlier this week: “Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who?” One of those sports heroes is, Mr Trump, someone you’ve met before. Here are some clues. He was known as the Louisville Lip. He was three times World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.


Oh yes, and in 1965 he changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and later gave interviews explaining his perspective on his new faith. Now you remember. He’s the same guy you met in 2007 when he presented you with a Muhammad Ali award. In May, you posted a photo on Facebook posing with the great Muslim sporting hero and claimed then that he was your friend.

Barack Obama was making a point after the San Bernardino shootings. “Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbours, our coworkers, our sports heroes. And yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defence of our country,” he said, speaking from the Oval Office. “We have to remember that.”


Here are some more sports heroes he might have meant. Basketball icons Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the latter perhaps the greatest NBA star after Michael Jordan. Hakeem Olajuwon, 52, Hall of Fame NBA centre. Oh yes, and Mike Tyson, who set the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles aged 20.

NEXT WEEK: Promoting diplomacy

Source: The Guardian


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  I am looking to rent a property in Kuraby, Underwood or Stretton.
  Muslim family of 3
  My requirements are: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double garage
  Happy to pay $450-$470 pw

  Please feel free to contact Sumayya 0415135376 or Shafiq 0468342127


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Anglican minister Michael Aitken says the will continue to help

Anti-Islamic campaign targets church over refugee initiative 


NSW: A  BELROSE church involved in the resettlement of Syrian refugees on the northern beaches has been targeted by an anti-Islamic campaign.

The controversial political organisation Party for Freedom posted the offensive signs on power poles outside St Stephen’s last week.

The propaganda referred to the resettlement as “dumping of hundreds of Islamic refugees onto the beautiful harmonious Northern Beaches of Sydney”.

It also called on locals to protest to Premier Mike Baird as well as St Stephen’s Anglican minister Michael Aitken. The posters have since been removed.

St Stephen’s Belrose is one of 30 churches on the northern beaches working with the Settlement Services International (SSI) on a refugee support initiative.

Daily Telegraph


Gary "Gee" Young has failed in a bid to sue Facebook for more than $1.2 million after it blocked him from the "patriot" group he administers for three days.

Anti-Islam activist fails in bid to sue Facebook

An anti-Islam activist has failed in a bid to sue Facebook for $1.25 million after it briefly blocked him from a "patriot" group he administers.

A Federal Court judge last month dismissed the case as it had "no reasonable prospect of success" and ordered costs against Gary Young.
Mr Young, of Goulburn, had alleged the social media giant maliciously breached his right to free political speech.

He sought $1 million in exemplary damages, $250,000 in aggravated damages and costs.
Mr Young is one of two administrators of COMMON CAUSE, a more than 2200-member anti-Islamic group that advocates banning halal food, land sales to foreigners, and preventing people on visas from accessing Centrelink payments for more than two children.

He frequently writes about the "Islam invasion" of Australia.

The motivation for the court action came after Facebook locked Mr Young – who uses an assumed name on Facebook: Gee Young – out of COMMON CAUSE without warning between September 30 and October 2.

Facebook has an "authentic name" policy which requires users to use their own name, or a nickname that is "a variation of [the] authentic name".

The NewStateman




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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 January 2016

TOPIC"Part 2: Coming of the Mahdi"

IMAM: Akram Buksh 







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 January 2016















Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 January 2016

TOPIC: “The gauge of success in the eyes of Allah"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Muslim College Professor Fired for Giving Students Hijabs


US: Muslim Professor at Carlson Community College (CCC) in North San Jose, California has been relieved of his duties for providing hijabs to his students. A complaint was called in to police last week sparking an investigation into the Professor’s past and the magnitude of the offense. It is not yet known just how many hijabs have been given out. Professor Ali Mehmut Agka, a Muslim man of Arabic decent, has an internship at the college having spent the last ten years teaching history and Islamic Affairs courses at CCC.

His hijab actions have led to his arrest. Charges are expected to be issued tomorrow morning. One student raised a complaint where, according to an affidavit filed at the North San Jose Police Department, “The professor lured me into the restroom between classes where he gave me a private hijab.” The report further states that the student felt, “embarrassed and left with low self -esteem.”
A number of students have also reported receiving hijabs from Professor Agka. Incidents of hijab activity have allegedly occurred after hours in the classroom, at the Professor’s own residence, and in the student lavatories.

An unnamed male student reported that while using the toilet, he felt a wide-stance tapping on his foot. When he rose from the seat after finishing his business, he found the professor waiting to give him a hijab.

The boy’s family attorney told this reporter that the teenager has gone through a “horrible ordeal.”

The hijabs gifted by Professor Agka are considered to be home spun and traditionally fashionable. “I believe he (the Professor) was hoping the gift of hijabs become commonplace at the school, with more and more hijabs being given to celebrate Islamic holidays as well as secular school events, like athletic competitions and awards for superior educational performance. However, polls taken by students indicate that the hijabs are not needed to feel a special sense of accomplishment.

It was also discovered that the professor allegedly gave hijabs to prospective students while working as a summer home instructor. Another student reportedly received a hijab from Agka under the bleachers during the homecoming football game.

A special panel will be discussing the incidents in a closed session next week, it was reported by a representative of the school.

Some feel that the professor is being wrongly persecuted. His wife of thirteen years, also an Arab Muslim, told me that Agka, “has been accused and charged with crimes that do not describe his character. I accepted many hijabs from him and that’s a fact. It seems like the school is making too big a deal out of a few hijabs. Professor Agka is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Source: National Report


Man marries two women in 24 hours


Bride and joy: Azhar Haidri sits with his brides Humaira Qasim, right, and Rumana Aslam

PAKISTAN: A 23-year-old Pakistani man – Azhar Haidri – has married two women at the same time – a novel solution to his dilemma of deciding whether to tie the knot with the woman he loves or wed the woman his family lined-up for him.

Pakistani law allows polygamy based on the concept that Islam, the main religion in the country, allows up to four wives. But men who take multiple wives usually do so years apart.

Mr Haidri initially refused to marry 28-year-old Humaira Qasim – the woman to whom he has been engaged since childhood – because he wanted to marry the woman with whom he had fallen in love, 21-year-old Rumana Aslam.

But the decision threatened to split his family apart since arranged marriages are often customary in Pakistan, so he came up with this alternative approach.

For their part, both woman say they think the compromise is a good one and they plan to live as sisters and friends. ’I am happy that we both love the same man,’ Aslam said.


Haidri – an herbal medicine practitioner – counts himself lucky. ’It is also very rare that two women are happily agreeing to marry one man,’ he said.

Source: METRO UK


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Muslim women ridiculing David Cameron over comments about 'traditional submissiveness


'Muslim women are not a problem that needs solving,' Prime Minister told


David Cameron speaking to women at language class in Leeds

UK: Muslim women have been ridiculing David Cameron on social media after he said they needed to learn English and fully integrate into society.

The Prime Minister attracted criticim after suggesting one of the reasons young Muslim men are vulnerable to radicalisation is the "traditional submissiveness of Muslim women". He said that if women failed to improve their English, their "ability to stay in the UK" could be affected.

But using the hashtag #traditionallysubmissive, people have posted pictures highlighting Muslim women's independence, education and contributions to British society.
Fiza Azlam posted a picture of herself holding a poster which states she has worked in the NHS for 22 years, speaks five different languages all while being a grandmother to 10.

Alongside the picture, she wrote: "Muslim women are not a problem that needs solving."

Hers was among a host of tweets bearing the #tradtionallysubmissive hashtag:


Source: Independent


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Muslim leaders plan summit on protecting non-Muslims in their midst


MOROCCO: Hundreds of Muslim scholars will meet in Morocco next week to reassert the rights of non-Muslims living among them as Christians and other religious minorities flee extremism across the Middle East for safety and freedom elsewhere.

In these times, Muslims must affirm their tradition’s true teachings on tolerance, said Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the U.S. The summit meeting, expected to attract more than 300 Muslim religious leaders, will hark back to the Charter of Medina, in which the Prophet Muhammad enumerated the rights of non-Muslims 1,400 years ago.

“The prophet was religiously persecuted, so he knew firsthand what it was to experience religious persecution,” said Yusuf, speaking on a pre-conference media call Thursday (Jan 21). “His religion ensured the rights of religious minorities,” and Islamic history reveals a generally strong record of tolerance.

Yusuf, who will attend the Jan. 25-27 conference in Marrakesh, is a student of the conference’s leading spiritual voice — Shaykh Bin Bayyah — a Mauritanian Islamic scholar and authority on the rights of religious minorities. Bin Bayyah heads the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, which will host the conference with the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco — a country lauded for its tolerance in a region often distinguished for its lack of it.

More than 300 religious and political leaders from Muslim-majority nations — including Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan and Iran — are expected to attend the forum, billed as the first major effort of its kind in the Muslim world since the Charter of Medina, written in 622 C.E. as the first constitution of the Muslim world. An example of the charter’s principles is Article 17: “No Jew will be wronged for being a Jew.”

The group aims to end the conference with a new declaration, rooted in Islamic law, which may assert in modern words the rights of religious minorities living in Muslim lands.


The Washington Post


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‘Hizmet’s solution against radicalism should be announced to world’


The conference at the House of Lords was attended by various academics, journalists, scholars and opinion leaders from a number of countries.

LONDON: At a time when the faith-based Gülen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, is under heavy government pressure in Turkey, Lord Maclennan of Rogart, academics and scholars have praised the movement at a panel at the House of Lords for its efforts against the spread of radical Islamism and violence across the world.

The panel, titled “Hizmet Movement's Solution for Radicalism” and organized by the Center for Hizmet Studies, was held in London on Oct. 22, 2015 at the House of Lords.

The conference was attended by the House of Lords, various academics, journalists, scholars and opinion leaders from a number of countries.

Speaking at the panel, Lord Maclennan of Rogart stated that the Hizmet movement is doing wonderful work in the face of radical threats, which “at the moment are very severe.”

“Those of you who are committed to this [Hizmet], deserve the thanks of all other religions -- Christians, Jews and the various branches of Islam. We need to see the toleration of differences of opinion. The previous speaker has spoken of God creating people not alike but with different views about religion and that seems to be very true. I hope this group of people will disseminate this message throughout not only this country but in other countries. We need to have tolerance. We need to have respect for other people's religions,” Lord Maclennan stated.


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Q: Dear Kareema, what can I do to get my metabolism going and also toning my body?

A: Make sure you have a good breakfast every morning.


This is a great metabolism booster.

Short bursts of intense exercise is also key to a lean body and will fire up metabolism.


Tone with pilates and strength (weight) training.

Combine the two disciplines for an awesome workout routine. N-JOY!




My Health and Fitness

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Fitria Sari

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Innie minnie miney milk, which one should I drink?


I’ve had a few people ask which milk is the healthiest to drink. There are so many different types out there; from the traditional full cream cows’ milk, to low fat, no fat, lactose free, goats’ milk, rice milk, soy milk and even almond milk.


Generally speaking, if you have no intolerance to dairy, then it is totally healthy for you to consume the standard cow’s milk. If you are looking to lose weight, however, you may want to opt for the lower fat variety like trim or skim milk. If you have intolerance, then the healthiest choice is to go for milk which doesn’t contain lactose e.g. lactose free milk, rice, soy, or almond milk.


However, I would be careful of some of these milks as many are highly processed and may also have added sugar hence you should always look at the ingredient list on the labels. If you are choosing the non-dairy options (rice, soy or almond), you also want to ensure you are getting enough calcium by choosing ones that are fortified with calcium, or by including foods that are rich in calcium in your diet such as cheese, yoghurt, and bony fish.

So to answer the question, which milk is the best milk? Well, there is no one correct answer. It totally depends on the person, the amount and frequency of consumption. You choose what you feel is best suited for your health, physically, financially, and taste-wise!


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If someone tries to attack you on the street, do not stand still.

Even if you're not an athlete or trained in self-defense, you have the capabilities to fight someone off. Inexperienced fighters are prone to standing still, so remember to utilize all available body parts, like your knees, elbows, and legs.


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


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Then simply email the title and author to


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

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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: A traditional, popular tea time treat.




4 eggs (separated and whites beaten stiff)
1½ cups castor sugar
1 cup of oil
2 cups cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk

1. Beat egg whites stiff then add egg yolks.

2. Add castor sugar a little at a time until all is used up and whilst beating add the sifted dry ingredients alternatively with the milk and beat well.

3. Pour into a lamingtons pan and bake the cake on 180°c for about 25 to 30 minutes or till done..



60g butter
1 cup boiling water
1½ cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 heaped Tblsp cocoa


1. Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to boil.

2. Now lower temperature and let the mixture simmer for a few minutes till its a nice not too thick or thin consistency.

3. When the cake is cooled down cut into squares then dip into syrup then roll in coconut.

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Hanan and Habib were both patients in a mental hospital..

One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Habib suddenly jumped into the deep end.

He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Hanan promptly jumped in to save him.

She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.

When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Hanan's heroic act, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Hanan the news she said: 'Hanan, I have good news and bad news for you.

The good news is you are being discharged since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love.

I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is that Habib hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.'

Hanan replied: 'He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry'


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An Ayaat-a-Week






And those who believe and whose families follow them in Faith, - to them We shall join their families: nor shall We deprive them (of the fruit) of anything of their works: (yet) each individual is in pledge for his deeds.
 ~ Surah At-Tur 52:21


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‘When the facts change, I change my mind.


What do you do, sir?’ 

~ John Maynard Keynes


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7 February


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13 February


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Griffith University

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Al Kauthar Brisbane

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15 May



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6 July


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9 July


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Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

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3 October


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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


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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

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after Maghrib Salat


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


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Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

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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

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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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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

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Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

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