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




Brisbane Islamic Centre Update

Births, Marriages and Condolences NEW

The CCN Food for Thought

Adele - Hello (Muslim Version by Omar Esa)

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Slacks Creek Mosque offers sanctuary in solidarity

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Muslim Teen Becomes First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

ICQ response to High Court ruling on offshore detention

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Politics of hate and division: Canada leading the change

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Greste explains why it is important to cover Islam ethically

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Gold Coast Mosque receives recognition

KB's Culinary Corner

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College defies closure with new student intake

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


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Fitria on Food

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Mosque visit: Obama condemns anti-Muslim rhetoric5 Taufan's Tip on Self Defence  

School's welcome address

The CCN Chuckle


'Alliance of Virtue (or Get Your Bags Together)'


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Marrakech Declaration: Report from the Chair

10 Muslim men who ruled 2015

The world's most beautiful mosques

A letter to a young Muslim on the future of Western Islam

Guide to Muslim musicians: Kierran Petersen's TOP 10

The Muslims who shaped America


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After purchasing land in 2007 and establishing a formal trust under whose auspices the land is placed, The Brisbane Islamic Centre (BIC) project was born. The Centre will be situated on a 10 acre site in Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane in Queensland. The investment to date is $2.2M and the property is unencumbered.

It is intended that the project will be developed in 2 stages:


Stage One has been envisaged to include a Masjid, office block, a community hall and adequate parking facilities. The Office block will include offices to be used by community organisations, a boardroom, an audio-visual room, a coffee shop, a library and an information centre. A spokesperson for the BIC told CCN that the Community Hall will be used for various community functions and available to all faiths.

He said that Stage 2 will include "a much needed retirement complex for Brisbane's fast ageing Muslim population and the Muslim community currently has no such facility in Queensland."


The development application for Stage 1 was submitted in 2011 and was rejected by the Brisbane City Council in early 2014.

Subsequently, an appeal was lodged in the Planning and Environment Courts.

The BIC spokesperson told CCN: "Following almost 18 months of negotiations and mediations, a successful outcome was not achieved. Unfortunately the matter is now being heard in the Planning and Environmental Court of Appeal. Proceedings started on Friday 5th February 2016."


He added: "The BIC committee wishes to thank the community at large both Muslim and Non Muslims for their support for this Centre. The committee would also want to place on record the support from the Archbishop of Brisbane, The Reverend Mark Coleridge and Father Dimitri Tsakas, Dean Greek Orthodox Church, Brisbane."


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With Church leaders offering sanctuary to asylum seekers facing offshore detention despite the legal risks involved for harbouring "an unlawful non-citizen, a removee or a deportee." with penalties of imprisonment of 10 years, fine of $180,000, or both, Imam Akram Buksh of the Slacks Creek Mosque has also put his hand up saying:

“As Imam of the Slacks Creek Mosque, I stand with the Christian leaders to offer sanctuary at our mosque, for those asylum seekers facing deportation to Nauru.

As shown throughout history, a mosque has been used not only as a place of worship and learning, but as a community hub and solace for those fleeing persecution and poverty. In Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) time, his mosque in Medina had people stay that were considered Ashab al-Suffa – the people of the bench or sofa – who were often the persecuted, poor and hungry. It was an act of the Prophet that he fed and housed these people and it is through that tradition that Slacks Creek Mosque will be a sanctuary for these asylum seekers, should we be allowed to do so.

I stand with other Church leaders in condemning the return of women and children into harm’s way and hope that a more humanitarian solution can be found.”


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Stephanie Kurlow

With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because, she has said,


“I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.”

Her plans, as detailed on her fundraiser page, are as passionate as her pirouettes.


“I plan on bringing the world together by becoming the very first Muslim ballerina so that I can inspire so many other people to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams,” Kurlow wrote.


“My dream is to train in a full-time ballet school catered for aspiring young girls who want to train 30-45 hours a week so they can become a professional ballerina.”

The mission is so important to her, the teen told the New York Daily News Tuesday because she wants “to share the beauty of the amazing ballet art form and inspire other young people who maybe don’t feel so confident to follow their dreams due to the outfits they wear, religious beliefs or lack of opportunities.”

Religion briefly came between her and her beloved ballet in 2010 when she converted to Islam with her two brothers, Australian father, and Russian-born mother. Before that she had been dancing since age 2 and performing with the Riverside Theatre.


“Everything made sense for me in Islam,” Kurlow said. “I like to be modest and I like to keep my dignity. I like to know the purpose of my life. I like to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid harmful things.”


But because some strict Muslims forbid dancing, and she struggled with reconciling her tutu with her hijab, Kurlow put away her slippers.

“We thought there were no facilitations or services targeted at Muslim girls,” she said.


Her supportive mother, however, started a dance program — the Australian Nasheed and Arts Academy — two years later that changed all that.


“When there was nowhere for me to study ballet due to my outfit, [my mom] opened a performing arts academy that taught ballet, martial arts and aboriginal arts classes for girls like me, where no one questions children why they dress or look a certain way,” she said.





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Media Release

While we respect the High Court ruling this week in relation to off shore detention, Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is deeply disturbed by the lack of humanity and compassion in our refugee policy.

We are particularly concerned about the situation of 267 people including women and babies, who were brought to Australia for urgent medical treatment.

It is our understanding that despite the high court’s decision, Government can decide against sending these innocent people including 33 babies to Nauru.
Most of these children were born in Australia and their families have faced enormous hardships over the last few years. Since their detention they have faced further atrocities like physical abuse, mental torture and sexual abuse including rape.

Our community organisations including faith based organisations have expressed their disapproval of such inhumane policies and have shown great leadership in providing support to asylum seekers.

We urge the Australian Government to reflect the character of our people and our nation in dealing with these vulnerable human beings.
If we allow these inhumane policies to continue, our future generations may have to apologise once again for historical mistakes.
We urge the Prime Minister and the Immigration Minister to allow 267 people to live in Australia and experience the love and compassion of Australians.


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Opinion by Professor Shahjahan Khan, Islamic Society of Toowoomba


Recently, the new Prime Minister of Canada, who is a son of another legendary Prime Minister, has banned controversial US Republican candidate, Donald Trump from entering his country. When he was asked whether he would condemn the “hateful rhetoric” of Donald Trump, he replied, “I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that I stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of intolerance or hateful rhetoric,” Trudeau said. “If we allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don’t actually end up any safer. Fear doesn’t make us safer. It makes us weaker.”

After living six and a half year in Canada to obtain my MSc and PhD degrees from the Western University (previously University of Western Ontario) of London, Ontario and teaching, I have been keeping my Canadian connection and interest alive over the years. The results of the recent general election of Canada has once again has revitalised my attention not just due to a dramatic change in the ruling party and the Prime Minister.

The current, and 23rd, Prime Minister of Canada is the leader of the Liberal Party, and Mr Justin Trudeau was appointed to the position on November 4, 2015 followed by the 42nd Canadian general election held on October 19, 2015 to elect members to the House of Commons of the Canadian parliament.

In the election Mr Trudeau’s party won 184 seats (previously held 36 seats) out of 338 seats, allowing him to form a majority government.  The Conservative Party, led by incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper, won 99 seats (previously held 159 seats), becoming the Official Opposition after nine years on the government benches.

The 44-year-old Prime Minister has surprised everyone by appointing a cabinet with equal numbers of women and men when he took office last year. When asked why he made gender parity in his cabinet a priority, Trudeau famously said, “Because it’s 2015.” Among its 30 ministers are two aboriginal politicians, two persons with disabilities, one Muslim and three Sikhs.

The Trudeau Government has adopted pragmatic policies related to the Syrian refugee crisis, arguing that those fleeing persecution and war deserved to be resettled in countries that had the resources to accommodate them. Canada plans to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees by February 2016, and thousands have already been welcome.

The greatest challenge of our time in Australian politics is how to unite the nation to include everyone in the nation building activities in the face of spreading of hate and division among the Australians by some ill-informed extremists. Any genuine patriotic political party should be working for national unity and come up with plans for nation building through improving our healthcare, education, social services, security, environment and economic development.

Like Australia, Canada is a multicultural and multi-faith nation. It is also an official bilingual country. Certainly the Canadian Prime Minister has rejected politics of hate and division, and has been leading the nation to unite its diverse people and take everyone on board to work for the country without underplaying its international humanitarian commitment. Let’s hope this will be an example and inspiration for the leaders elsewhere in the world. Unfortunately, Australian media has not covered the vision of Trudeau which could have been very timely to benefit may Australians.

Source: Australasian Muslim Times


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Australian journalist Peter Greste – released last year after 400 days in an Egyptian jail – has outlined why it is so important for journalists to be fair and accurate in their coverage of Islam and Muslim communities.

I interviewed Greste for our Reporting Islam project on the eve of him receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University for his service to journalism and delivering the annual Griffith Lecture at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane last December.

Greste started reporting on the Islamic world in 1995 as Kabul correspondent for the BBC.

“I think it is absolutely vital that journalists anywhere understand as much as they can about Muslims and the Islamic world largely because when we talk about that world we speak about it as if it is in the singular when in fact it isn’t,” Greste said.

“It’s an incredibly complex, multifaceted group of individuals, of sects, of smaller schools of thought.

“The greatest danger is that we conflate everything into one.

“We’ve got to be very careful to understand the subtleties and nuances of the Islamic world and make sure we avoid that same mistake.”

The interview will appear as part of a set of research-based resources colleague Associate Professor Jacqui Ewart and I are developing with our team as part of our Commonwealth-funded Reporting Islam project.

The project is national in its ambit, funded under a competitive grants scheme, facilitated by the Attorney General’s Department and managed by the Queensland Police Service who have contracted us to undertake the work as independent researchers.

Stage 1 of the project was conducted over the 2014-2015 financial year involving a review of the literature on news media coverage of Islam and Muslim people, case studies of media reportage across media types at national and community levels, interviews with experts in the field, distillation of international studies to develop a schema for assessing reportage against world best practice in the area, and a compilation of a report on these findings with recommendations for the development of a suite of resources and training programs.

We are now in Stage 2 of the project (2015-2016) which requires the development and trial of a suite of research-based training and education resources for Australian media practitioners and students to encourage more mindful reporting of Muslims and the Islamic faith.

Source: JournLaw


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Mr Hussain Baba of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast with the Appreciation Award from "Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services" for the Gold Coast Mosque's contribution to children in foster care.

The department head praised and commended the Islamic Society of Gold Coast for its generosity.


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Defying concerns it would be shut down, South Australia’s Islamic College has opened its doors to more than 570 students this year, under the control of a new six-member board.

The kindergarten to Year 12 campus in Adelaide’s western suburbs has 120 fewer enrolments than last year but has met federal and state government compliance to remain open, board chairwoman Miriam Silva said.

The school’s new board met on Monday to start the search for a new principal. Acting principal Lynda MacLeod’s contract ends after term one.

Newly appointed board members joining Ms Silva and Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Hafez Kassem are former Education Adelaide board member Paula Nagel, financial planner Peter Khoury and parents Amina Gaco and Bayan Mohamad, who protested against the direction of the school under former chairman Farouk Khan and his board last year.

They replace interim board members AFIC director Harun Abdullah, Islamic College of Victoria board member Abdul-Kamareddine and Adelaide GP Faisal Chaudhary, who brought the school within weeks of a shutdown in December.

Dr Chaudhary had been sacked by the former school board in October over concerns about the school’s financial management but was reinstated by AFIC nine days later and sought to undermine the authority of Ms Silva.

On December 9, Ms Silva signed a response to the compliance notice. But two days later Dr Chaudhary contacted the federal Education Department advising that the response should be disregarded.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham suspended all funding.

Ms Silva said federal funding had since been secured, but the school had to “dip into reserves” to make up a funding shortfall before opening its doors to students yesterday.

She expected payment of an annual $1 million from the South Australian government to be made once enrolments had been audited on February 19.

The final number of students at the college this year would be fewer than the 570 enrolments, she said.

Ms Silva said about 250 parents met the new board at a barbecue on Monday night and the response from parents was “positive and happy’’.

Parents had been angry over interference by the board on the school’s operation and educational direction which included separating students by gender in its hallways.

New director Mr Khoury, who has a Christian Lebanese background and is considered a financial reformer, said finding a new principal was a priority.

“The key is to get the governance right and the constitution right and segregate duties between the board and management,’’ he said.

Source: The Australian


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Production still from A Sinner in Mecca 2015 / Director: Parvez Sharma / Image courtesy: the artist and The Film Sales Company, New York


APT8 Cinema: Pop Islam
22 Nov 2015 – 10 Apr 2016 | GOMA | Cinema A
Presented as part of 'The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art'


‘Pop Islam’ explores the representation of Islam in contemporary film, documentary and video art and the way these works reveal complexities of faith in both orthodox and secular states. The program’s scope is global, stretching from Australia and South-East Asia, through the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa.

Co-curated with Australian–Lebanese artist Khaled Sabsabi, the project considers some of the recurring issues addressed by artists and filmmakers that underpin the representation of Islam, including the unease between tradition and secularism, and national and religious identities, and the experience of spirituality in everyday life.





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President makes historic first visit to a US mosque, amid a rise in hate crimes against the country's Muslim community


 A sign welcomes President Obama to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville

President Barack Obama has made his first visit to a US mosque and condemned "inexcusable political rhetoric" against Muslim-Americans, amid a growing number of hate crimes being committed against members of the country's Muslim minority.

Obama arrived late on Wednesday morning at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, where the campus contains a mosque and school which takes children from kindergarten through to the 12th grade.

"So often, Muslim Americans are targeted and blamed for the acts of a few," Obama said in an address following a meeting with representatives of the community.

"An attack on one faith, is an attack on all faiths."

"We've heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans that has no place in our country," he said, lauding Muslim-Americans who were sports heroes, entrepreneurs and members of the US military.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has tracked a growing number of attacks on mosques and on individuals in the months following November's Paris attacks and the shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, in December.

"We welcome President Obama's historic visit and applaud his remarks both rejecting anti-Muslim rhetoric and reminding our fellow Americans about Islam's long history in our nation and about constitutional protections guaranteeing religious freedom," said Nihad Awad, the council's national executive director.

Source: Al Jazeera


Local volunteers wait to take their seats before the arrival of President Obama



Shoes removed by visitors sit on a shelf before remarks by President Obama



Children from Al-Rahmah school wait for President Obama during his visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore

President Obama delivers remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque


Young girls close their hands in anticipation of ''fist-bumping'' President Barack Obama.

Copies of the Quran sit on chairs, including those reserved for White House staff members, in a room prepared for President Obama's speech

Obama made his first visit to a US mosque at a time Muslim-Americans said they were confronting increasing levels of bias

President Obama talks with Muslim American community leaders at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque



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Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari, the Founder of AIIC, delivered the 2016 welcome address at the The Australian International Islamic College.


He directed the first part of his speech to the children:

In my last year's welcoming address I explained to you why we need an Islamic School and what is special about it. I told you we need to create an Islamic, safe and caring environment to develop a strong moral and ethical attitude, and in doing so, contribute to the wider Australian Society. We Muslims are law abiding citizens of this country, our safety and success, our security, all depends on the safety and success of Australia. We as young people must be strong and resist all of the temptation and must guard our modesty. We must follow the advice of our elders and stand for the Islamic and Australian values.

On service to the community he said:

Yesterday we have celebrated Australia Day, it was a great celebration and many Australians have been awarded for their great achievements and contributions to the public and country. The award for Young Australians of the Year, went to 2 youths who have set up a service for homeless people. Do you know my dear children, what that service was? A Laundry Service where they clean the clothes of the homeless, using a mobile washing machine in their van. They perform the service by visiting them regularly and engage in conversation whilst their clothes are being washed. When the clean clothes are ready, they then move on to the next street. This service started from Ipswich and moved on to the Brisbane area and has now extended to more than 100 places in towns and cities of Australia. The government has recognised the importance of this great service, and they have been honoured with the young Australian of the year award. I am pleased to hear this. We all must learn a great lesson from this great initiative. May Allah SWT help us all.

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As we settle down into the grip of another New Year, the past slips further away into obscurity and I am soberly having to grapple with the fact that many youngsters' ears have never even heard the Beatles song, "Yesterday." It's an ominous sign of age creeping up and tapping you on the shoulder like a policeman halting you for driving too fast, dangling a rusty bucket in hand and reminding you of your own inescapable mortality.

If that's the case, how much hope can we bank on to imagine they would know that there once really was a guy called Cat Stevens who dreamed of transporting his generation to a better world with a song called "Peace Train"? The chance of these young'uns ever hearing anything more about this old "Cat" becomes even more remote when you realize that he decided to embrace Islam and become a Muslim in 1977, almost 40 years ago, when none of these kids (and some of their parents) were even born.

The next major ponderable impossibility would be for them -- as well as their parents -- to have been given enough accurate information about "why" he decided to jump off the friendly choo choo and align himself to what seems today to be an alien and anti-Western religion, hell-bent on the destruction of civilization as we know it. How can we solve this paradox as we observe the increasingly frightful and blood-chilling news connected to the name of the faith he adopted as his own -- Yusuf Islam?

Listening more closely to the "Cat" and his songs of the '70s might have partially solved the puzzle. When he stunned the music world by walking away from fame and money, all you had to do was to listen to "Father & Son" to hear the last words of the song say, "There's a way and I know, that I have to go -- away..." But that still doesn't really explain "why."

Therein lies the riddle -- and here comes the explanation: What people don't know is that the actual station, at which the earnest peace-seeking singer alighted, was in fact hundreds of light years away from the (wild) world that sprouted around him following his entrance to Islam.


Huffpost Religion


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It was my privilege, on behalf of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, to attend the January 25-27 Marrakech Conference on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Lands, conducted under the high patronage of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, of Morocco. Three prominent leaders had worked on this initiative since 2012—Shiekh Abdallah Bin Bayyah of Abu Dhabi, President for the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies; Dr. Ahmed Toufiq of Rabat, Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs for the Kingdom of Morocco; and Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi of Washington, D.C., Director for The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers.


Through the planning of these visionaries, more than 300 cabinet ministers, imams, scholars and intellectuals, peace activists, and interfaith leaders from 120 Muslim territories were brought together to reaffirm the principles of the 1400-year old Charter of Medina and to discuss its implications for our contemporary world. Joining them were approximately 50 non-Muslim leaders who served as observer-participants in the conference. The Marrakech Declaration—its powerful concepts shaped and debated during many hours of supportive speeches, breakout sessions, and multiple drafts, and its final wording ratified by the impressive range of Muslim signatories—is both historic and inspiring.

On the one hand, the Declaration is historic. It is a groundbreaking effort to clarify and unify the response of global Muslims to the world’s bitter experiences of war and terrorism, hatred and violence, desecration of sacred spaces, ethnic cleansings, forced migrations, and other atrocities perpetrated by “criminal groups” and “ignorant fools” whose vile actions “have nothing to do with religion.” The Declaration draws upon the principles of the Charter of Medina, drafted by the Prophet Mohammed in CE 622 as a means of bringing harmony between his followers and the non-Muslims of Medina, and reflects as well the values of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It challenges Muslims around the world to develop laws that guarantee the equal citizenship and just treatment of religious minorities in Muslim nations. Furthermore, the Declaration calls for all sects and denominations of Islam “to confront all forms of religious bigotry, vilification, and denigration of what people hold sacred, as well as all speech that promotes hatred and bigotry.” The Declaration is historic!

On the other hand, the Declaration is inspiring. Once again—just as was the case in the 2007 Muslim document, “A Common Word between Us and You”—leaders of Islam have drafted a statement affirming their commitment to neighborliness in a world too often marked by religious boundaries and the clash of civilizations. By ratifying this call to harmony and the just treatment of religious minorities, these Muslim leaders have given us who are not Muslims an example that we also must follow. I thus find inspiration in this Declaration for thinking seriously about the rights of non-Christians in Christian-majority nations, like the United States. For example, making the appropriate categorical substitutions, this document can “urge [Christian] educational institutions and authorities to conduct a courageous review of educational curricula that addresses honestly and effectively any material that instigates aggression and extremism, leads to war and chaos, and results in the destruction of our shared societies.”


Furthermore, the Declaration can “call upon politicians and decision makers to take the political and legal steps necessary to establish a constitutional contractual relationship among its citizens, and to support all formulations and initiatives that aim to fortify relations and understanding among the various religious groups in the [Christian] world.” Not only should we be concerned about the human rights of non-Muslims in Muslim-majority nations, but we must be attentive to the human rights of Muslims in non-Muslim-majority nations. Islamophobia must diminish and neighborliness in the human family must increase. Toward that end, this Declaration is inspiring!

As the Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, may I reiterate my personal commitment to interreligious harmony and cooperation, and on behalf of my fellow trustees and peoples of all faiths who are committed to the interfaith movement, may I say that we will not cease in our efforts to bring about the kind of peaceful, mutually beneficial society around the world that is envisioned in this historic and inspiring Marrakech Declaration.

Source: Parliament of the World's Religions


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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.

5. Mohamed Zeyara



Who is Mohamed Zeyara? Where should I begin? Born in Canada, raised in LA and Gaza, living in Chicago. He is a Medical student, a Humanitarian Activist, a public speaker and a youtuber. There you are, that is who Mohamed Zeyara is.

He asked people on the internet which country needed most help. And they responded Mali. So in 2015 he went to Mali in Africa, where his team raised half a million dollars, to build schools and mosques.

NEXT WEEK: 6. Ahmad Hussam



Source: MVSLI


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




Ibn Tulun Mosque, Egypt
Slightly more low-key but no less beautiful is the Mosque of Ibn Tulun in the Egyptian capital. It was commissioned during the Abbasid era, and although it is believed to be Cairo’s oldest mosque, it has undergone several restorations. It featured in the James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me. 

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 :


6. Halal Options

The pressures of Islamophobia and extremism will have serious consequences in the future. The very vulnerable can be pushed to depression, or violence. If you think it’s bad now, look out.

You will have to make mental health, spiritual wellness and positive communities a priority. To that end, early warning systems must be created, along with coping mechanisms, tools for self-care, and an increased emphasis on training religious leaders in counseling, pastoral care, and openness. Palliative options must be matched by simultaneous measures aimed at empowerment.

The young people who come after you must never be allowed to feel voiceless, powerless, or irrelevant. They should see that the best path to addressing their grievances is through existing institutions, through media and politics, and that the worst path is violent extremism. The question of violent extremism, of how it harms and why it harms, will be one your generation needs to expend significant energy on.

Many of our thinkers have led us to a civilizational dead-end. Reform means executing a nimble U-turn in traffic.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN:   7. The Caliph is dead, long live the Caliphate

Source: QUARTZ


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


Born in Sudan, raised in Yemen and now living in Brookyln, Alsarah has definitely been gaining steam. Last year, she and her band — the Nubatones — released their first album, "Silt".

I have trouble describing their style, which I think has a lot to do with me growing up on Long Island in the 90's, instead of in North Africa in the 60's and 70's. Put simply: It's gorgeous, and their videos are also breathtakingly beautiful.

NEXT WEEK: 8. "Kick, Push," Lupe Fiasco (2006)

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.

Promoting diplomacy

Farah Pandith worked in the George W Bush administration at the National Security Council as a director for Middle East Initiatives and then in the Department of State as adviser on Muslim engagement in Europe.


In 2009 she became Hillary Clinton’s envoy to the world’s Islamic communities. She argues that Islamic State is exploiting a crisis of identity for young Muslims.


“Muslim millennials are growing up in a post-9/11 world and are asking questions about culture versus religion, being modern and Muslim. The people who are answering their identity crisis questions are not parents or family or community voices that in the past may have helped young people navigate their identity. Instead, they’re going online to Sheikh Google. The loudest voices are those of the extremists that know how to shape the way young people see everything.”

NEXT WEEK: Fighting injustice

Source: The Guardian


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University courses on Domestic and Family Violence


CQUniversity’s new Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence Practice and Graduate Diploma of Domestic and Family Violence Practice will enable you develop specialised knowledge and skills in these areas.

Our courses link contemporary Australian research with policy and practice expertise to ensure graduates will emerge ready to respond to what the Prime Minister has referred to as a problem with “devastating impact”.

Both programs are available to Australian and International students via online delivery, allowing for flexible study. Entry to the programs is available in March.




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Mariam Moeladawilah, "City of Whittlesea Young Citizen of the Year" award winner 


VIC: Mariam Moeladawilah is a student at Al Siraat College (Victoria) who undertook a bike ride, riding 1061km, to help raise funds for children with cancer.

She also helped her school to raise food donations for Mercy Wings to help local refugees.

At the tender age of eight years old, Mariam was highly commended for her dedication to charity work. 

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You don't need to look much further than the Quran for proof that Islam is a peaceful religion

Contrary to the images of hooded jihadists announcing the end of days, Islam does not promote limitless violence - Pooyan Fakhraei

The so-called Jihadi groups, which consist of extremist Muslims of every faction: ranging from Salafis, Wahhabis, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Isis and many more, consider themselves as advocates of True Islam. These terrorists claim that the Paris, London and New York attacks are supported and justified by the Quran.

Meanwhile, the majority of Muslims condemn those atrocities.

For those on the outside of the debate, this may seem like a confusing situation. Which side speaks the truth? Is Islam a dangerous religion?

Here are the reasons why the Quran doesn’t support the actions of terrorist groups both in the reasons for waging war and what it is appropriate to do when there is defensive justification for war.

To be frank, God does give conditional permission for Muslims to wage war; however there are strict guidelines for this which jihadists do not adhere to.

The Independent


Blair Cottrell, aligned with anti-Islamic campaigners against halal United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia, has been spotted ordering from a halal certified kebab store

Leader of far-right patriot group is pictured at the counter of a HALAL kebab shop

 - but his supporters claim he was just buying ‘a juice from an Australian woman’

An infamous far-right, anti-Islam campaigner who helped lead a boycott against halal certification has been caught out ordering from a kebab store which locals claim is halal certified.

Blair Cottrell has been aligned with both United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia, groups known for 'outing' restaurants and suppliers with halal certified products, believing the practise funds Islamic terrorism.

But on Wednesday, the Victorian nationalist was spotted at Karingal Kebabs in Frankston, south-east Melbourne - a kebab store which locals claim is halal certified.

The Daily Mail UK

Leap of faith for Hashim Amla

South African opener Hashim Amla refused to appear in an interview to an Indian TV channel because of the short dress the female anchor was wearing. The lady had to change her outfit and covered herself to get his interview.

This is not something new from Amla. He has been known as a very strict believer and follower of Islam. Amla in the past refused to wear the logo of a bear making company, Castle. This company is the official sponsors of team South Africa.

Amla is happy to pay a 500 dollar fine for not wearing the logo as he thinks wearing of it is an act against the teachings of Islam. Islam forbids Muslims from drinking alcohol.

Recently he again showed the strength of his faith when Amla refused to give a scheduled interview. The anchor was wearing skirt and low neck top and Amla was clearly disturbed to see her dressing so he apologized and refused to appear for the interview.

The host was then asked by the production team to change her outfit and cover herself as much as possible. After she changed her outfit only then Amla agreed to talk.

Cric Tale


LATEST UPDATE (8.01pm 6/2/2016)


No, Hashim Amla did not turn down an interview because a journalist was “under dressed”

You might have seen a few articles flying around that Hashim Amla requested that an Indian reporter change her clothing before he agreed to do an interview with her. There were many holes in the story. It doesn’t name the reporter, it doesn’t quote anyone and it’s also a complete and total lie.

The report is suspected to stem from a newspaper column written in a Pakistani newspaper last year. That column was equally sketchy on details. It disappeared, but a ghost of it resurfaced this week.

A Cricket South Africa source told TheSouthAfrican at the time of the initial column appearing that it was absolutely not true. The story disappeared from the internet soon and how it has resurfaced now is not clear.

But, it has travelled far and wide, picked up by an alarming number of big news groups and seemingly, believed by an alarming number of people.

Usually Amla would brush off such tomfoolery, especially by small-time media. But considering how far the story had travelled, Amla has confirmed that such rubbish never happened.

In a statement released, he said:

“I have never asked any reporter to dress for my liking,” Amla commented. “As a South African I have the greatest respect for people of all faiths and will never impose my beliefs on anybody else.”

Just cause he’s a cool guy he also sent a Tweet, reminding people that the internet is full of rubbish.

hey cumon peeps, 95%of stuff on d Internet r fake..but u knew dat right? Certainly I have never asked any reporter to dress for my liking.

— hashim amla (@amlahash) February 6, 2016

The story doing the rounds also mentioned that Amla pays a fine for not wearing the Castle Lager logo on his shirt. This, too, is false. Amla’s agent, Ismail Kajee said:

“There are posts doing the rounds on social media that Hashim pays a monetary fine for not wearing the SAB logo. This is completely untrue. Cricket South Africa and SAB have always been understanding of Hashim’s faith from the outset and he definitely does not pay any fine and we request that these untrue posts are not shared.”


Source: The SouthAfrican



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DATE: 5 February 2016

TOPIC"Common Mistakes in Salah (prayer)"

IMAM: Akram Buksh 














Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 5 February 2016

TOPIC"The Weight of Good Conduct"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

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TOPIC: “Part 2 - The gauge of success in the eyes of Allah"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Muslim Women Making Waves And Breaking Stereotypes


Morocco: Oumaima Erhali is a 17-year-old Moroccan woman determined to surf. She's part of a generation pushing boundaries in a country where many believe a surfboard is no place for a young Muslim woman. But Oumaima won’t let stereotypes hold her back from the sport she loves or the life she wants to lead.



Muslim Fencer Will Become First U.S. Athlete to Wear Hijab at Olympics


US: A New Jersey woman is set to compete for the U.S. fencing team at the 2016 Rio Olympics while wearing a traditional Muslim head covering 




Related Article: Pamela Geller: Olympic Fencer Competing In Hijab Is 'Islamic Supremacism'


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The sweet soul who roams the streets handing out cupcakes in exchange for smiles


DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: Have you ever heard the saying, ‘a cupcake can make your day’? Well this is certainly the conception of 20 year old Mariam Mall from Durban.

Mall has warmed the hearts of many, and tickled the tummies of a few when she took to the kitchen –baking chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. She packs them into lovely little packages with hand-written notes of hope. She then wanders the streets of Durban, delivering the cutest cuppies to a few random individuals that she believes are destined to receive them, “I want to show these people that despite all they have been through, kindness and love still exist and they should never give up hope because that and prayer will get us through”.

“I drive around every week and hand the cupcakes out to random less fortunate people. I do not decide beforehand. Whoever it is meant to go to, it will. I do however look for those who are trying to earn an honest living despite their circumstances. It mostly does go to security and car guards or petrol attendants.” Mall says that she spends a little time with each person and listens to their life stories, but she often notes on her blog that her receivers are so charmed by her cupcakes – that one man couldn’t resist he gobbled up a cupcake before she could ask.

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Islamicide: How the Mullah Mafia Is Destroying Pakistan


PAKISTAN — Somewhere in the world there is a Muslim-majority country in which a 15-year-old boy accidentally raised his hand to answer the wrong question at a religious sermon. The boy said yes, when he meant to say no.

His religious instructor, his mullah, had been asking, “Who among you loves their prophet?” All present raised their hands. The mullah then followed with another question: “Who among you doesn’t believe in the teachings of the Holy Prophet? Raise your hands!”

The boy thought he was answering the first question again. He stuck his right hand up in pride. Yes. Yes, I love my prophet, he thought. But to the poor boy’s horror, the mullah had asked the question in the negative. Upon realizing his mistake, which I remind you was raising his hand too quickly, the boy was told before 100 worshippers that he had committed blasphemy. He was mortified.

The boy promptly departed that day and walked home. All along the way he must have been thinking about his mistake. Had his hand exposed him as an apostate by bearing false witness against his soul? How could he ever regain his lost status as a believer?


The Daily Beast


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Youth Engagement, Religion and Violence



EGYPT: Young people are very much affected by the violence and tensions along religious lines that we are witnessing today in the Middle East but also in Europe, Asia, North America. The seminar will address topics linked to religion and violence such as:

• Religion, spirituality and politics
• Citizenship (religious, ethnic and national identities)
• Religious discourses and violence
• Youth and religious extremism
• Role of religious institutions in peace building
• Youth engagement in social justice and peace building

The seminar is an interfaith initiative jointly organized by the Egyptian Muslim Centre Al Azhar (mosque and university), and the World Council of Churches. The seminar will have inputs by Muslim and Christian theologians and political analysts, with special attention and space being given to the experiences of the participants themselves. A facilitator will help to articulate, share and discuss these experiences.

The seminar is coordinated by Carla Khijoyan, programme executive for Youth Engagement in the Ecumenical Movement.

For more information, application forms and the costs involved contact:

Deadline for applications: 18 May 2016

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Hollande-Rouhani lunch scrapped after Elysée Palace 'refused to remove wine from menu'


The lunch with François Hollande was reportedly dropped as the French refused to bow to demand for halal meat to be served and for the wine to be left off the table


François Hollande and Hassan Rouhani

PARIS: France, unlike Italy, has reportedly refused to take wine off the table for Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, meaning he will lunch alone during his historic trip to Paris – the first for an Iranian leader in 17 years.

As anger mounted in Rome on Wednesday over a decision to cover up nude statues with large white panels so as not to offend Mr Rouhani, the French have already made it clear that no such cultural concessions would be made regarding its cherished gastronomy.

In Rome, alcohol was not served at an official dinner held in Mr Rouhani’s honour – a standard Italian diplomatic gesture for visiting Muslim dignitaries.

But in Paris, an originally planned lunch at the Elysée Palace with François Hollande was dropped because the French refused to cede to the Iranian presidency's demand for halal meat to be served and for the wine to be left off the table, citing “republican traditions”.

Alcohol consumption is no laughing matter in Iran, whose culture ministry has just banned the word “wine” from books published in the Islamic Republic on the grounds that it amounts to the “cultural invasion” of the West.

The French reportedly suggested a compromise breakfast meeting instead, but the Iranians were reportedly unhappy with this, saying it was “too cheap”.

So the two presidents are due to meet outside of mealtime on Thursday at the Elysée, where Mr Rouhani will nevertheless be “treated with all the honours of the Republic”, according to a diplomatic source.

The trip comes after the end of economic sanctions prompted by a deal to curb Iran's nuclear activities.

Mr Rouhani was to begin his trip to Paris by meeting company executives. He will deliver a speech to business leaders on Thursday at a Franco-Iranian forum, and hold face-to-face talks with the Total and Airbus bosses.

Several deals are due to be announced after his meeting with Mr Hollande, including one to buy 114 Airbuses. Carmakers Peugeot and Renault may also agree contracts.

Over in Italy, which rolled out the red carpet to Mr Rouhani, a row over the decision to conceal nude Rome-era statues in the Capitoline Museum intensified on Wednesday.

The Telegraph


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Egyptian Christian Students Stand Trial for Insulting Islam


CAIRO: Three Coptic Christian students face charges of insulting Islam and will stand trial this week after appearing in a video mocking Muslim prayers, one of a series of court cases that reflect lingering religious intolerance and Muslim-Christian tensions in Egypt.

The students, all in high school, will stand trial on Thursday after their teacher was sentenced to three years in prison after a separate trial over the same charges of insulting Islam, according to lawyer Maher Naguib.

The 30-second video, filmed by the teacher, showed the students pretending to pray with one kneeling on the floor while reciting Quranic verses and two others standing behind him and laughing. One waved his hand under a second's neck in a sign of beheading.

Naguib said the video came to light in April 2015, shortly after Islamic State militants in Libya beheaded dozens of Egyptian Christians. The video prompted calls by angry Muslims to evict the students and the teacher from their village. They were detained and the teacher and his family were ordered to leave the village after a meeting of the village elders.

"The students couldn't attend school and remained indoors to avoid insults, beating and harassment," said Naguib, the lawyer. "This is all because of random and spontaneous action by some youngsters inside a bedroom and for only few seconds."

Christians make up approximately 10 percent of Egypt's population. They have long complained of discrimination by the Muslim majority. Christians were among main supporters of the army chief-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi when he led the military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi amid mass protests against Morsi's rule.

The case comes at a time Egypt has witnessed a surge in blasphemy charges in recent months whereas el-Sissi has vowed to purge extremism and modernize Egypt's religious discourse.

Source: ABC News (US)


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Birmingham Central Mosque Chairman calls for boycott of 'racist' Prevent programme


Councillor Muhammad Afzal

UK: The Chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque has called for a boycott of counter-terrorism programme Prevent after claims it is unfairly targeting Muslims, including schoolchildren.

Future Lord Mayor Muhammad Afzal also labelled David Cameron an ‘Islamophobe’ over the government strategy, designed to help authorities identify people at risk of radicalisation.

Prevent has now been extended to include Ofsted inspections of out-of-school education settings including madrassas - Islamic religious schools - which the chairman labelled 'racist'.

Coun Afzal, who becomes Lord Mayor in May, claimed the ‘disgraceful’ legislation was discriminatory against Muslims and called on Birmingham MPs to fight against it.

He hit out during a meeting jointly organised with Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) in Highgate, attended by almost 100 people.

Coun Afzal said: “I think the Prime Minister is an Islamophobe, he never talks about anything else but Muslim extremism.

“It is ridiculous that the government is saying Muslims are becoming radicalised. David Cameron says 500 people have gone to Syria to become radicalised, but where is the evidence? And out of a population of three million Muslims in the UK, what kind of percentage is that?”

Birmingham Mail


RELATED ARTICLE: Muhammad Afzal on brink of quitting as Lord Mayor elect after damning audio proved David Cameron attack


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The ‘Dial a Qur’aan Khatam’ service


SOUTH AFRICA: An advertisement is doing its rounds, stating that a khatam (complete recitation) of a Quraan can be made for a family member or any other reason, in deceased exchange for money.

The ad, which appears credible, but has not been independently verified also goes on to say that the price will increase based on how quickly the khatam is required to be completed, basically, “the faster it needs doing the more it will cost.”

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Reporter has some choice words for caller who called Muslims ‘maggots’



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Be sure to maintain your muscle strength.


As we age, we naturally start losing muscle mass each year.

To counteract this, make sure you add strength exercises to your workout routine. If weight training isn’t quite your thing, consider yoga.


Not only will it help strengthen and tone your core, it’s been shown to help reduce insomnia symptoms as you age.

Jump for your bones: More than 2 million Aussies have osteoporosis – which contributes to upwards of a quarter million fractures each year.


One of the best things you can do to keep your bones strong as you age, is bolster them by JUMPING!

Studies show that those who jump at least 20 times twice a day, improved their bone density after a few months.

So hop to it!




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To book appointments -
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Good fats vs. Bad fats


Everyone says that fat is bad, so that means you should stop eating it, right? Wrong. Actually, not all fats are the same. The difference is in their chemical structure, which affects the way our body metabolises them.

Saturated fats ("bad" fats) is found mainly in animals, dairy products and highly processed foods. High dietary intake of this type of fat is associated with high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. However, unsaturated fats ("good" fats) found in plant sources such as nuts, olive oil, avocado, seafood and fish have been linked to reducing cholesterol levels and decreasing the risk of heart disease. Inclusion of healthy fats and oils in the diet can also assist you to maintain a healthy weight as it helps to satisfy you for longer, stabilise your appetite and may reduce snack cravings.

Overall, in order to maintain a healthy diet, moderate amounts of good fats and oils should be incorporated, and consumption of unhealthy fats should be limited.


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at

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Vital points are vital

Try to stay as calm as possible and pay attention to position of the attacker to determine the best place to strike if they provoke you. For instance, do not step in closer to hit their nose with your hand if you’re in the right spot to reach their knee with a kick or kick to the groin. Why punch them on the face when you can thrust your fingers into their eyes. Fight smart, not hard.

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Credlin & Co.: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself



Aaron Patrick


Tony Abbott ‘used terror threat as political weapon’

The former PM believed the threat of terrorism was one of the government’s most potent political assets, according to a new book.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his controversial Chief of Staff Peta Credlin manipulated public opinion in relation to national security and the terror threat “on a mass scale” in a desperate effort to stay in power, according to a new book published this week.

Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself, written by respected senior journalist Aaron Patrick, a deputy editor at The Australian Financial Review, explores in detail the dysfunction at the heart of the Abbott government.

Throughout 2015, Mr Abbott’s office concentrated on the issue of terrorism, which the Prime Minister and his advisers saw as the best way of defeating Bill Shorten and the Labor Opposition, as well as silencing the many critics within his own party.

But as Mr Patrick writes: “Abbott and Credlin believed the threat of terrorism from Islamic fundamentalists was one of the government’s most potent political assets. It also illustrated the weakness at the heart of the government. After the failure of its first budget, Abbott mostly dodged issues of substance and concentrated on crowd-pleasing gestures aimed at middle Australia. Supported by backroom operatives . . . Abbott and Credlin stoked the public’s fear of terrorism on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. They exploited the media’s natural respect for the prime minister and national security policy.”

The New Daily




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KB says: This easy casserole will receive repeated family requests! You can vary the spiciness, depending on your preferences.

Creamy Baked Chicken



1 tray of chicken legs (4/5 pieces)
1 tray of chicken fillet (3/4 pieces)

2 pieces of thigh fillets
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbls crushed garlic paste
1½ tbls chilli powder
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 tbls lemon juice
Sprinkle of parsley
Pinch of cajun/chicken spice
2 green chillies roughly chopped
1 tbls Nandos peri mayonnaise
2 tbls yoghurt
4 tbls Nandos medium peri peri sauce


1. Marinate the chicken in the above ingredients for about two hours.
2. Preheat the oven to 190degrees
3. Take a baking tray and grease it with butter, place the marinated chicken into the tray and pour the excess sauce over the chicken.
4. Place the following toppings to garnish before it goes into the oven:
                    Half a small onion diced
                    Lemon slices
                    Chilli flakes
Cover the tray with foil.
5. Bake it in the oven for 45 minutes, then remove the foil, turn the chicken over, increase the oven temperature and bake for a further 15-20 minutes on 200deg or until the chicken gets nice and crispy.
6. Remove from the oven and serve hot with baked potatoes and vegetables

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Imam Mula Nasruddin had a wife and 12 children and needed to move, as his rental agreement was coming to an end for the home where he lived.

No one would rent a home to him because they knew that the 12 children would destroy the home.

He could not say that he had no children, he could not lie, after all, Imams are not expected to lie. So, he had an idea.

He sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 children.


He took the remaining one with him.


He liked one of the homes and the agent asked, "How many children do you have ?"

He answered, "12 children."

The agent asked, "And where are they now?"

Mula Nasruddin answered, with a sad look, "11 of them are in the cemetery with their mother."

And that is the way he was able to rent a home for his family without lying.


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Those who fear Allah, when a thought of evil from Satan assaults them, bring Allah to remembrance, when lo! They see (aright)!
 ~ Surah Al-A'raf 7:201


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To be yourself,

in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else,

is the greatest accomplishment.

~ Anon


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• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
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Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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