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Queensland's Muslim community to help asylum seekers

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ICB forced to overhaul financial management

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Rally in Brisbane

Queensland's Islamic community has vowed to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with "Christian brothers and sisters" to protect asylum seekers from being returned to offshore detention centres, "even if it means our arrest".

Thanking the Christian community for its leadership on the issue, spokesman for the Islamic Council of Queensland Ali Kadri, said the state's Islamic community, including the Islamic Shia Council of Queensland, stood behind the offer to offer sanctuary to refugees under threat of being returned to Manus Island and Nauru after last week's High Court decision.

In response Anglican leaders, including Dean of Brisbane Reverend Dr Peter Catt, invoked the centuries-old concept of sanctuary, offering to throw open church doors to the nearly 270 asylum seekers, including infants, who had come to Australia for medical treatment.

While thousands attended 'let them stay' rallies across Australia, Mr Kadri said after meetings with the Muslim community in Brisbane, Slacks Creek and Logan Mosques would also be opened to those seeking refuge.

"This is an issue which transcends race, religion and ethnicity," he said.

"We commend the leadership shown by the leaders of the Christian community and as people of faith, we stand with them.

"We will offer the same thing in two of mosques and, if asylum seekers enter Dr Catt's church, I will go and stand in solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters, I will stand right next to Peter Catt, shoulder to shoulder and if I am arrested, so be it. And I am not the only one.

"It is the right thing to do. As people of faith, we all believe God has created us, and we should live as God intends, showing compassion.

"I think Australians, the majority of Australians are compassionate people, but I can't say the same of the majority of politicians. It is about time we had politicians reflecting the views of the electorates they represent.

"Having some premiers come out and say they will take refugees is great, but it is a shame that we have a Prime Minister and a Leader of the Opposition who are adamant on this issue.

"We hope they will make a decision which is compassionate and let them stay."



Islamic communities from Townsville to Toowoomba have pledged their support and, Mr Kadri said, extended their thanks for Dr Catt and his supporters "for their courage and compassion".

"We have so much respect for what they are doing, for the stance they have taken," he said.

"There are 30,000 asylum seekers in Australia. I know a lot personally, and they are great people, who are not burdens, but have contributed a lot to this nation. Another 267 or so more would not be a burden and we should support them.

"I think the way we are going, a future Prime Minister will have to make an apology to another generation for stealing their childhood because of this policy. But we know what is happening now.

"The time to make the right decision, to show compassion, is now."


Source: Brisbane Times



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The Islamic College of Brisbane

The Islamic College of Brisbane has been forced to overhaul its financial management and governance after it was warned about potential misuse of federal funds.

The Federal Department of Education and Training is reviewing the finances of six school authorities affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC).

One of those schools, the Malek Fahd School in New South Wales, had its funding revoked this week.

The Islamic College of Brisbane's principal, Dr Ray Barrett, said the Federal Government put the school on notice after a Deloitte audit commissioned by the Government last year.

He said the audit flagged problems with rent being paid to the AFIC without a formal service agreement and an unpaid loan to the AFIC of more than $500,000 without paperwork to explain its purpose, between 2012 and 2015.

Schools cannot stay open without state and federal funding

Dr Barrett said the school's financial management had been overhauled and was now dealt with separately to AFIC.

"The situation is that AFIC is the landlord and the school and the local board run the school.

"AFIC owns the land on which the schools are built. It's quite legitimate commercial practice to pay rent on that," he said.

"But the audit has said the documentation on that leaves a bit to be desired."

Dr Barrett said the school board has also asked AFIC to provide paperwork for the $500,000 loan.

He said the school, which has more than 1,100 students, could not stay open without state and federal funding and the school was working with the Federal Government to remedy any problems.

"That's why the board has worked very hard since the early days of the audit to make sure we were putting things in place. You could see things needed to be done and we started doing that straight away," he said.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Department of Education and Training said the school's response was being considered and a final decision on future funding had yet to be made.

Source: ABC


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Winners in the Continental Club's first tournament of the year held at Gainsborough Greens on Sunday 7th February. 64 players in 16 teams participated.


A Division


B Division
2nd Place: IMRAN OMAR


C Division


Open Division
1st Place: SHOYAB OMAR



Nearest the Pin Hole #3: FALA AHMED
Nearest the Pin Hole #15: FURQAAN ISMAIL
Longest Drive Hole #4: BASHSHAR HUSSEIN
Longest Drive Hole #18: SHAHAAD SULEMAN
Approach Shot Hole #9: AHMED OMAR
Approach Shot Hole #11: IMRAN ABDULLA


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SUPPORTING CAUSE: Staff at Gatton’s Family Health Clinic (back from left) Neridah Brynat Richardy Hostiadi, Leanne Ramsay, and (front) Ellisha Freeman prepare to shave their doctor Mohammed Sultan’s hair next month.

GATTON: IF the Gatton Family Health Clinic can raise $5000 before March 10, a doctor and a nurse will lose their hair as part of the World's Greatest Shave.

While Dr Mohammed Sultan will lose his hair regardless of the funds raised, practice nurse Neridah Bryant's fate will depend on how much money is raised for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Mrs Bryant is confident her hair will stay, but reception manager Ellisha Freeman believes otherwise.
"She's confident her hair will stay, but I think she should be scared," Ms Freeman said.

It's the first time Mrs Bryant could lose her locks but for Dr Sultan the clippers won't be an issue for his third shave.

He said having lots of patients affected by cancers inspired his first shave in 2007.

"I'm not particularly nervous, it's exciting because it's for a good cause," he said.
One of Dr Sultan's patients, hairdresser Cassie Morris, has volunteered to do the honours of shaving her doctor's head.

Joining in on the action, newly appointed Doctor, Richardy Hostiadi, was roped in to colour his hair along with Leanne Ramsay and Ms Freeman.

The Family Health Clinic are no strangers to raising funds for charities.

Last year they raised more than $6000 for Buy-a-Bale. The team will go under the shavers or the spray cans on March 10 at 10.30am in the arcade.

Source: Gatton Star


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The Malek Fahd Islamic School will lose its government funding due to concerns about how it is managing its finances.

NSW: The Federal Government has axed funding to an Islamic school in Sydney's south-west, saying it failed to address concerns about how the money was being spent.

The Malek Fahd Islamic School, which has several campuses including its largest one in Greenacre, and more than 2,400 students, received $19 million in funding from the Government in the past year.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Government would stop funding the school, starting from April 8, because the money was not being spent only on education.

The decision comes after a review into six school authorities affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), after concerns were raised about the group profiting from taxpayer funds distributed to the schools.

"We have very strong standards in place, which we expect of all schools in receipt of federal funding," Mr Birmingham said.

"Those standards require schools to operate on a not-for-profit basis, and to dedicate all funding received to the benefit, welfare and educational advancement of the students to ensure that they are independent in their operations.

"This should not be seen as a matter relating to Islamic schools, this is a matter relating to school governance."

Mr Birmingham said the NSW Department of Education had been considering what contingency plans could be put in place if the school was to close and he was confident the students would find places in local schools.

He said the authority that operates Malek Fahd Islamic School was not able to demonstrate to the department that they had addressed the significant concerns about their financial management and governance arrangements raised during the formal compliance review of their operations.

"Last year the department issued a formal compliance notice when it found that the school authority was not complying with fundamental governance, financial and accountability requirements of the Australian Education Act 2013," he said.

"After carefully considering the response to the issues raised in the compliance notice, my department had to make the difficult decision to revoke the funding approval.

"The act requires, amongst other obligations, that all school authorities operate not-for-profit, be a 'fit and proper person' and ensure that funding provided is used only for school education."

A statement from Malek Fahd's legal representatives said the school would be asking for the decision to be reviewed.

"The board of Malek Fahd hope and expect that the outcome of the review will be favourable," the statement said.

"In the meantime, the school will continue to function normally.

"It should be noted that additional evidence may and will be provided by MFIS at the review."

School not 'embezzling money': official

Mohammad Berjaoui, vice president of AFIC in the Australian Capital Territory, said the organisation would comply with every rule and regulation the Government wants them to comply with.

"The money that we're getting for the school, it is all going to education," Mr Berjaoui said.

"We have bought two blocks of land, including a block of land in Hoxton Park, which now has more than 800 students and the other one has more than 400 to 500 students.
"The land ... cost $6 million to $7 million, I'm not sure and to build on it was also a few million.

"Probably the management, it has not been done to the satisfaction of the Commonwealth, we'll look into it.

"But, believe me, there is no embezzlement, there is no money paid for favours, the money which Malek Fahd school gets, it goes into education.

"We will work very hard to fulfil the Federal Government requirements, it's taking us a long time to do it, but we will do it.

"We had a few people at Malek Fahd who were not capable of running the school, we have gotten rid of them and things will get better very, very soon."

The NSW Department of Education said they would "continue to work with the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training on these matters".

A statement from the Department of Education said it was continuing its compliance assessment of another five school authorities affiliated with AFIC, which include the Islamic College of Brisbane, the Islamic College of Melbourne, the Islamic College of South Australia, the Islamic School of Canberra and Langford Islamic College, in Western Australia.

Hundreds of teachers' jobs on the line

John Quessy the NSW and ACT secretary of the Independent Education Union said the school may have to close.

"We'll need to seek a meeting with the school to find out will they still be operating," Mr Quessy said.

"It's quite a dramatic move, recurrent funding is usually used to pay teacher and staff wages.

"Malek Fahd is quite a big school, we're talking about hundreds of jobs."

He said the union would be seeking urgent discussions with the school about how the teachers would continue to be paid.

"We'll be questioning the ongoing employment of the significant number of members we have at the school," he said.

"I have every expectation the operators of the school will challenge this finding."

In December last year, the ABC obtained leaked documents alleging some AFIC representatives had received up to $500,000 of the funding distributed to its schools.

The documents showed that a $1.4 million loan was issued from the Malek Fahd school to AFIC, including hundreds of thousands for "unidentified services" to representatives including former project manager Amjad Mehboob.

Mr Mehboob, who was involved in setting up the school in 1989 said he was paid the work that he did, but his contract was terminated last year after what he said was a conflict with the current administration.

"We were expecting this to happen, because the current leadership of the school and the national body did not listen to the requirements of the Government or to what the community was advising them," Mr Mehboob said.

Mr Mehboob said the current school administration had "no idea" how to fix the governance problems the school was facing.

He said the loss of funding was a tragedy for the school and its students.

"It's a big disaster for the community, which set up the school at a great cost. You can't have a worse situation."

Source: ABC



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Charities regulator warns Australian Federation of Islamic Councils it has launched inquiry into whether senior figures spent funds inappropriately

The federal charities watchdog has launched a sweeping investigation intothe Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (Afic) that will examine whether senior figures may have inappropriately used the organisation’s funds for overseas trips and lawyers’ fees.

Afic was notified in January that the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) was launching an inquiry. The investigation touches on a range of governance and accountabilities issues that the ACNC have developed concerns about.

The notice, which has been obtained and published in full by Guardian Australia, alleges that: “The ACNC has concerns that responsible persons of Afic have inappropriately used Afic funds for their own private benefits, including lawyers’ fees and overseas trips”.

It also expresses concerns Afic “may not have accurate written records of its operations and finances”, and had not taken reasonable steps to ensure senior members were “acting in Afic’s best interests”; “not misusing their position”; not managing its financial affairs irresponsibly; and not managing or accounting for conflicts of interests.

The charities commission has demanded information from the council about how key operational and financial decisions are made, what systems are in place for financial record keeping, and who is authorised to withdraw funds from the schools the council oversees.

Afic is involved in the running of six Islamic schools across Australia, including the Malek Fahd Islamic school in Sydney, which the federal government announced this week would be stripped of $19m in federal funding for “non-compliance” with the Australian Education Act.

The group, considered one of the peak bodies representing Muslims in Australia, also runs a halal certification services and schools in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.
The charities commission has sought information from the council about key decisions relating to its six schools, including decisions of financial support and meeting minutes from general meetings.

Some of those schools are already under scrutiny from state and federal education authorities. The Islamic College of South Australia, another Afic school, has been under scrutiny over allegations surrounding its record keeping.

Afic has been given until 19 February to provide the ACNC with a raft of internal records dating back to December 2012, including minutes of all meetings, all expense vouchers or invoices for official duties, details of any travel, and all policies and procedures in relation to managing the organisation’s finances.

If it fails to comply or is found to have breached federal charity regulations Afic could lose its not-for-profit status.

Afic is considered a medium-size charity by the ACNC, with annual revenue of between $250,000 and $999,999.

An ACNC spokeswoman told Guardian Australia it was unable to confirm on comment on any compliance activity due to secrecy laws.

The spokeswoman said: “The ACNC takes all concerns about registered charities seriously. Where there is evidence of serious mismanagement or misappropriation, a persistent or deliberate breach of the ACNC Act, or where vulnerable people or significant charitable assets are at risk, the ACNC will act firmly and quickly.”

“Where appropriate the ACNC will revoke a charity’s status, which removes access to the Commonwealth charity tax concessions administered by the Australian Taxation Office.”

Afic and its president, Hafez Kassem, have been contacted for comment.

Source: The Guardian


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Women at Hana Assafiri’s Muslim speed-dating event in Melbourne on Sunday.

Hana Assafiri invites ‘generous and brilliant’ women to her Moroccan deli in Melbourne every fortnight for those who want to ‘ask a Muslim anything’ in a bid to create a more cohesive society, one conversation at a time.

Hana Assafiri knows how to harness the power of women. When she opened the now renowned Moroccan Soup Bar in Melbourne’s North Fitzroy more than 15 years ago, she employed impoverished women struggling to break free from a cycle of poverty and domestic violence, teaching them the skills to provide affordable and nourishing food to their communities.

Having recently opened an off-shoot of the vegetarian restaurant in Brunswick East, called Moroccan Deli-Cacy, Assafiri has once again surrounded herself with women, this time in a bid to dispel myths around Muslims and to create a more cohesive society, one conversation at a time.

Every fortnight at 3pm on a Sunday, Muslim women gather at the restaurant while Assafiri brings out plates of her famous Arabic pastries and cups of tea. But the people arriving are not just here to eat. They’re about to embark on a round of “Muslim speed-dating”, an event dreamed up by Assafiri to provide members of the community an opportunity to “ask a Muslim anything”.

Assafiri addresses the group of about 30 men and women who are gathered around the tables and perched on stools, with Muslim women dotted between them.

“Nothing is off the table, and your questions can absolutely be frank and candid,” Assafiri says.

“The only requirement is that we are all respectful. Respectfully, we can ask why people wear the hijab, do they sleep in it, do they shower in it. The point of this exercise is to break down the divisions that exist in this simplistic environment that only seeks to demonise and further marginalise Muslim women.”

She makes it clear that each woman is offering her own point of view only, and is not speaking for Islam or Muslim people as a whole. Finally, Assafiri says: “There is nothing sacred about the abuse of women within Islam.

“If anybody puts forward a view that accepts the oppression, violation or subjugation of women, then that needs to be interrogated and rejected.”
Here in Brunswick East, she says, is a chance to “set the agenda for the rest of the country on how to create a cohesive community and have respectful conversations”.

There is applause, and the restaurant quickly fills with conversation and laughter. Unlike conventional speed-dating, where men rotate around the room and approach a different woman every few minutes when a timer goes off, Assafiri’s Muslim speed dating is a more informal affair.

Over the course of an hour, men and women drift between tables and in and out of conversations with the Muslim women. At one table, people are contemplating whether an atrocity like the Cronulla riots could ever happen in Melbourne. No one really has an answer, but seem to agree that tensions today are different, involving an added layer of religious intolerance on top of racial tensions.
At another table, a Muslim woman, Toltu Tufa, is being asked her thoughts on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

But the conversations are also intensely personal. Husna Pasha, an Indian Australian and Muslim, holds a table rapt by her story of arranging her own marriage to a devout and conservative Indian Muslim man at the age of 20. She thought by marrying her parents’ version of the ideal man, they would be proud of her.

Pasha said her “bright, bubbly, personality” was swallowed by the devout world she had entered, and which didn’t fit with her much more open view of being a Muslim.

About two years into her marriage, she broke down in front of her dad, and confessed that she wasn’t happy.

“Dad said to me, ‘Did you think this is what we wanted for you? What would have made me proud is for you to be happy. We’ve made a really big mistake here. We’ve done the wrong thing by you. You may become the first divorcee in our family, but you need to get the hell out.’

“When he said that, it was like being reborn.”

The experience led her to create The Talk Show Series, a collection of seminars and videos to teach women confidence and self-esteem.
Maria Dimopoulos, a diversity and gender equality consultant, is attending Muslim speed-dating for the second time. After her first time, she recalls a man saying to her as he was leaving, “I will never look at Muslim women in the same way again.”

“He had thought they couldn’t think for themselves and all just obeyed their husbands. He was proven so wrong.”

Dimopoulos says she had her own questions for the women.

“I had wondered whether Muslim women wearing a hijab in some way compromised feminism,” she says. “And what I’ve learned is, of course it doesn’t. It adds another dimension to feminism, it can be empowering.”

Dimopoulos is at a table speaking with Hanifa Deen, a Muslim, author and editor of Sultana’s Dream, an online magazine written and produced by Muslim women.
Deen doesn’t wear a burqa, the one-piece veil that covers the face and body, or a hijab, the scarf that covers only the hair and neck.

Founder of Muslim speed dating, Hana Assafiri (left) with Toltu Tufa 

“But if women want to wear it, that’s their choice,” she says.

“There’s nothing I understand in the Qur’an that calls for a hijab, it only calls for modest dressing. People might quote Hadiths [a collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad] and say the Hadiths call for it. But Hadiths were written only by men. I do not agree with the Hadiths either.”
Deen says one of the most frustrating aspects of the way issues relating to Islam play out in the media is that men are primarily quoted as though they speak for all Muslims.

“The media automatically goes to the men for comment, they ask the imams to talk about Muslim issues,” she says.

“People don’t ask women. We need to bring out the Muslim women.”

Assafiri agrees. It’s partly the reason she has so far only invited Muslim women to be asked questions by diners. She is aware that a minority of people interpret Islamic law in a way that discriminates against women and regards them as subordinate. She told the diners earlier in the night such views should always be challenged and were not welcome in her restaurant.

“People say; ‘Why not men?’” she says.

“For me, I work well with women, because I don’t have to start from the position of challenging male ideology and conceptions of Islam. We start from a different premise.
“A lot of the Muslim women here I’ve known for years and years and they are generous and brilliant, and sadly they haven’t been in the limelight. I want to give these women in our communities a platform.”

Still, she knows that she might struggle to change the hearts and minds of fringe groups who protest against the building of mosques, or of people who abuse and assault Muslim people in the streets. Those who attend Muslim speed-dating are largely those who already have open minds. They come because they want to celebrate multiculturalism and learn more about the diversity in their neighbourhood.

Nearly every Muslim woman here has a story of being verbally or physically abused on the street. One, Sareh Salarzadeh, a school principal, says she had a beer can thrown at her car window while driving. Another time, a motorist tried to ram her off the road. Compared to experiences like those, facing questions from genuinely curious and receptive diners is easy.

“We can’t wait for a Martin Luther King or a Gandhi to address the divisions in our society,” Assafiri says.

“We must address it at the micro-level and take personal responsibility. Maybe we’re not reaching the anti-Bendigo mosque types, but we’re creating a model of starting genuine conversations that can be taken around Australia. We’re creative and we’re brave and we’re trying.

“And people can always learn more, can always be more sincere and more authentic.”

Source: The Guardian



The conversations start at Muslim speed-dating in Moroccan Deli-cacy, in Brunswick East.


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CHANNEL Nine’s controversial homegrown comedy series Here Come the Habibs kicked off TV last night but it seems some viewers didn’t quite know what to make of it.

The new sitcom has been the topic of heated debate in recent weeks and was met with claims of “casual racism” before it even premiered.

But it proved to be a ratings success for Channel Nine with 1.249 million people tuning in, second only to Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules.

Those who did tune in didn’t appear deeply offended by the show’s representation of the Habib clan, a Lebanese-Australian family from Sydney’s western suburbs who win the Lotto and move to a mansion in the exclusive suburb of Vaucluse, angering the white snobs next door. However those who tuned in seemed to agree on one thing: the first episode was rife with stereotypes, terrorist references and too many mentions of the Cronulla riots.

Some seemed to think it was a poor rip off of The Beverly Hillbillies, others were confused by what genre the series fell into, while some simply said they “tried to laugh”.

Here’s what folks were saying on social media after episode one went to air.

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Lebanon's initial reaction to "Here come the Habibs"



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Blair Cottrell in one of his Facebook posts

Far-right anti-Islamic group United Patriots Front appears to have chosen the wrong Queensland town for the launch of its as-yet unregistered political party, Fortitude.

Sharing a name with the failed Border Force operation which embarrassed the Abbott government last year, the United Patriots Front announced its plans to launch its official political arm, Fortitude, in Toowoomba, a designated Refugee Welcome Zone, last month.

Led by "Chairman" Blair Cottrell, who has previously expressed pro-Nazi views on social media, including advocating hanging a photo of Adolf Hitler in every classroom, and a "locked inner-circle" to protect against "infiltration/internal subversion" Fortitude, which is yet to appear on Electoral Commission sites as a registered political party, made its policies publicly available on its website ahead of its launch.

Claiming to be "the first Aussie political party borne of a street movement", Fortitude supports "an immediate stop on all further Muslim immigration", "cease construction of all Mosques – destroy plans for new Mosques", "cross examination of all members of Parliament/members of the institutions and community groups with significant influence over local government and public education curriculum" and "a federal indictment for conspiracy and treason to be issued to mainstream media organs (sic) suspected of undermining and deconstructing the Australian Nationality".

But it appears to have picked the wrong town to begin spreading its message, with Toowoomba community leaders – who have actively taken a stance against xenophobia and racism within the Darling Downs town – working to "deny the group oxygen" at their party launch by ignoring it.

Mr Cottrell and his supporters have bragged on their website of the "indispensable" attention counter-protests have brought the group, claiming "its obsessive rantings, lack of emotional control and violent counter-protests have forced us into the faces of hundreds of thousands – or millions – of Australian people who would otherwise have never known we existed".

Toowoomba's community leaders have refused "to play along", declining to even comment publicly on the event and have actively discouraged any form of counter-protest or movement against the group's party launch on Saturday.

"We know about it, but we are not acknowledging it and have asked the community to do the same," one opponent, who asked for anonymity, told Fairfax Media.

"We want them to know that they can take their rent-a-crowd, their twisted ideologies elsewhere, that Toowoomba is not the conservative right-wing capital they think it is, that people here, the leaders here, support refugees and that the UFP's views are not welcome here.

"Yes, there have been problems and the fire at the mosque [last April] was a bad time for the town, but the town has rallied around its Muslim community. We welcome all refugees. There are isolated pockets, like anywhere, of people who share this group's views but the majority don't.

"The networks we have here are extremely progressive, there is a lot happening here, you don't have to go to Brisbane for the 'wide world' anymore and we are not standing for this.

"But we don't have to engage with them, because that is what they want. We have disruptive technology, we have social media and that is what hurts them the most.

"How do you best inform people? Not with conflict, but with reason and logic. And that is what we are going to do."

Another opponent agreed and said community sentiment was against the group, but in support of the "oxygen starvation strategy".

"They get off on the images and news of people yelling at them, of competing protests. Toowoomba says no. To them, and giving them what they want."

Fortitude launch events have also been planned for Orange in New South Wales and Bendigo in Victoria.

The United Patriots Front was formed after a fracture emerged within Reclaim Australia mid-last year. Since then, supporters for both groups have engaged in a war of words on social media, creating videos airing grievances and attacking each group, and individuals within those groups.

UPF was contacted for comment.

Queensland Police Service said it was aware of the proposed meeting of the United Patriots Front in Toowoomba and would "respond appropriately" to any public safety concerns, adding that "police have been communicating with all interested parties and will continue to do so".


Source: Brisbane Times


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Interim Islamic College principal Dr Lynda MacLeod with students of the school.

SA: ENROLMENTS at the Islamic College of SA have dived more than 30 per cent as families abandon it in the wake of a tumultuous year of parent protests, board sackings and funding woes.

But the school says it is confident of winning back community support and regaining its government funding for good.

Student numbers fell from 691 to 595 over the course of last year. There were 521 enrolments for Term 1 this year but when school began last week, 40 of those did not turn up.

Both the federal and state governments suspended funding late last year over governance and financial issues, after months of parent protests culminated in the dumping of the school board.

The Commonwealth money was quickly reinstated for first term but is not confirmed beyond that, while state funds remain frozen until a review is finalised.
Acting principal Dr Lynda MacLeod said the school was receiving plenty of enrolment inquiries.

“We are confident that as our reputation grows, so will student numbers,” she said.

“There is a really positive vibe at the school (and) many of our staff say it is the best start to a term that they can remember.”

Former Elders and TAFE SA executive Miriam Silva chairs a new board alongside financial planner Peter Khoury, former television journalist and arts and education worker Paula Nagel, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Hafez Kassem, and parents Amina Gaco and Bayan Mohamed.

Ms Silva said the college was “ticking every box for compliance under the Federal Education Act” and “hopeful of an early resolution” with the state authorities. It is understood the board believes state funding will be reinstated once enrolments are finalised later this month.

Mother Souraya Serhan, who was among the old board’s fiercest critics over falling academic standards, alleged financial mismanagement and the sackings of popular teachers, said parents were being kept much better informed by the new, highly credentialed management.

“It’s like chalk and cheese really,” she said.

Ms Serhan expected confidence in the new board would lead to a turnaround in enrolments.

The college was one of six Australian Federation of Islamic Councils schools issued noncompliance notices from the Federal Government in October.

On Monday, the Federal Government revoked funding from Malek Fahd, an AFIC school in southwest Sydney that is Australia’s largest Islamic school. Funding will cease on April 8 on the grounds that money set aside for education was being spent in other areas.

Source: Adelaide Now


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Review by Kieran Eaton

Sami Shah: Islamofarcist is refreshing topical comedy done close to perfection.


The show deals with the idea that Western media does not know how to deal with Islamic terrorism.Sami Shah is a well-travelled expat Pakistani comic who explores his existential journey in becoming an apostate to Islam.

Shah has a growing reputation as a comedian, with a guest appearance on QI and also as an author of a novel about his time in Australia. This has meant his show has a larger mainstream audience, and Shah revels in this! He uses his warm personality to break down cultural prejudices and does not take himself too seriously. He is a well-educated man – as he studied journalism in his native country before become a professional comedian. Shah’s intellect combined with cleverly chosen visual aids makes all his concepts easy to understand.

This performance displays Shah’s strong understanding of Islam. It makes sense, seeing as he was born into a devout Islamic family. They being from the small group of Muslims, in the Shiite sect. This can be broken down even further, which he does and describes how as a child he did not question his faith. It was not until teasing from his Sunni classmates did he see the darker side.

What is exceptional about this comedy show is Shah’s ability to present a serious topic in a light manner. He is very likeable on stage, highlighted by his ability to get an audience member to read facts about Islam that can only be said by a white male! Sami Shah: Islamofarcist is a wonderful theme based comedy show for those who want to think about the world they live in.



When: 3- 13 February 2016 (6:40pm)

Where: Soba Stadium, Noodle Palace, PERTH

Tickets: $25

Info: 50 minutes, 18 + recommendation



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by Suresh Rajan

In a recent article in The Sunday Times the Australian Liberty Alliance announced with some considerable fanfare that Dr Marion Hercock was to be their new senate candidate. Dr Hercock is an academic at the University of WA.


I am on one of the UWA’s Equity and Inclusion committees and immediately raised the matter with the Deputy Vice Chancellor. In my letter I indicated that I felt that there was little that UWA could do to impact her employment. This was because everyone is entitled to have their own views and universities have traditionally been the breeding ground for dissenting and opposing views to those held in the mainstream. Universities have been the venue of political differences and this must always be preserved. Let me explain however, what my opposition is to the views of Dr Hercock.


First let us look at what it is that this person advocates: (I have added the emphasis in bold).

“Senate candidate Marion Hercock said the Australian Liberty Alliance was “interested in freedom of speech, maintaining our western values, individual liberty and a small government”.

However, Ms Hercock admitted the party’s primary focus was anti-Islamic.

“Most of all we are concerned about stopping the Islamisation of Australia, which we see as a growing threat to our society,” she said.

“We’re saying why can’t we have a critical debate, why can’t we criticise Islam?”

Ms Hercock said she opposed letting people of Islamic faith immigrate to Australia.

“We stand on reducing Islamic immigration, for example these Syrians who’ve come here, they would be much better off in a country with similar values like Saudia Arabia or Oman.”

But Ms Hercock rejected accusations her party harboured a racist element.
“People from alien cultures are better off going somewhere they will find more familiar,” she said.

When pressed for examples of the “encroachment of Islamic culture and laws upon Australian values” she cited the existence of prayer rooms.

“The new stadium has a prayer room which nobody else will be allowed in, and also Halal certification; why should everyone else have to pay for Halal?” she said.

Ms Hercock said she had no problems with Christianity as it had long been part of Australian culture.

“Well, Christians aren’t out to kill people,” she said.

“Several” people joined the party, according to an Australian Liberty Alliance media statement.”

Let me address these matters in turn:

1. Islamisation of Australia. The current population of Muslim faith adherents in Australia is 2%. This has not changed significantly for some considerable time. The Islamisation is hardly significant.
2. Non migration of Muslims to Australia. Clearly a statement of xenophobia and religious bias.
3. Prayer room at the stadium. The three prayer rooms at the stadium are not Muslim only prayer rooms. They are MULTI-FAITH rooms, Ms Hercock. See this article in The West from Daniel Emerson, here: and here:
4. Halal certification: The senate inquiry into Halal certification of foods concluded the following observations and recommendations:

1. The committee recommends that food manufacturers clearly label products which have received third party certification.
2. The committee recommends that the government, through the Department of Agriculture, consider the monitoring and compliance of Halal certification of meat for export; and becoming the sole signatory on the government Halal certificate.
3. The committee recommends that the government, through bilateral and multilateral forums, promote greater acceptance of a ‘whole–of-country’, government-led Halal certification system.
4. The committee recommends that the government consider requiring certification bodies to register their operations under certification trademarks.
5. The committee recommends that the government consider requiring that Halal certification of goods in the domestic market comply with the standard agreed for export.
6. The committee recommends that the Halal certification industry consider establishing a single Halal certification authority and a single national registered certified trademark.

5. The committee recommends that meat processors clearly label products sourced from animals subject to religious slaughter.
6. Note that there is nothing about stopping Halal certification. In fact, the committee found that it was an extremely lucrative market that Australia needed to be involved in.
7. Killing by Christians: There is ample material around that highlights the verses of the Bible that call for killing and violence. Responding that Christians aren’t actually doing it is facile. The likelihood of a terror attacker being Non Muslim is much higher than that of the person being Muslim. That data has been provided by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. “Terrorism Is a Real Threat … But the Threat to the U.S. from Muslim Terrorists Has Been Exaggerated. An FBI report shows that only a small percentage of terrorist attacks carried out on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 were perpetrated by Muslims.”

Having addressed each of Dr Hercock’s comments above, let me emphasise my issue with this whole matter. I have no issue whatsoever with Dr Hercock being a candidate for any political party of her choosing. I also have no issue with dealing with matters she raises that are factually correct. Nothing above is correct. But far more importantly for me is the issue of the type of teaching that this person will be imparting to the students at UWA. The total student enrolment at UWA is around 24,547 (as at 2015). Assuming that UWA has a culturally and linguistically diverse population slightly lower than the rest of WA society (around 35%), say 30% will give us a CaLD population in UWA of around 7300 students. Add to that a CaLD staff population of around a further 1000 (total staff 3677).

So, this person who is perpetuating falsehoods based on her own xenophobia will be in a working environment with around 8300 people of CaLD background. And she will be imparting some of that xenophobia and religious intolerance to some of those people. This promises a very poor long term outcome.

We all know what impact our teachers can have on our minds and attitudes.


Teachers have the potential to formulate the outlook of our future generations. To have someone with the level of bias and hatred that Dr Hercock demonstrates does not bode well for a healthy multicultural and multi ethnic community as we hope to have in Australia.

Now to sit back and await any intervention by the Federal Ministers for Multiculturalism and Education! I suspect that the icicles will be forming on the walls of Hades before that happens.


Source: The Stringer Independent News


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


Born on the 8th December 2015, Weight: 4.280kg-(9pound 7oz).


...a "BIG" Goss boy!!














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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.

6. Ahmad Hussam



Ahmad Hussam is a producer who made it his mission to get Netflix to stream his original series ‘Salahadin’— a show that chronicles the life of the 12th century Muslim leader, Salahadin Eyyubi.

He played a big role in the regaining of Jerusalem and became the first Muslim leader of Egypt and Syria. In September 2015 the producers of the show started the hashtag #NetflixListen to make ‘Salahadin’ available on Netflix. And his voice has been heard. People all around the world were showing support to the series and it got even trending on twitter.

Netflix invited him to pitch his idea, but unfortunately it didn’t make it. But Ahmad Hussam has proved in 2015 that if you really want something, you don’t just sit and wait, you just do it.


NEXT WEEK: 7. Hussain Manawer



Source: MVSLI


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



Hassan II Mosque, Morocco
The Grande Mosquée Hassan II proudly supports the world’s tallest minaret, at 210 metres. The world’s third largest mosque, it is the only such building in Morocco that non-Muslims can enter. It stands proud on the seafront in Casablanca, and the seabed is visible through the glass floor in the hall.  

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 :


7. The Caliph is dead, long live the Caliphate

The project of a statist, authoritarian Caliphate is the single greatest obstacle to Muslim unity. The politicization of Islam immediately transforms the joy of cooperative action into hostile—even violent—disagreement, dividing and harming the people and places we mean to help. In fact, not only does jihadism do nothing for suffering Muslims, it increases suffering in the world. It is a disaster.

Political Islam, while a dead-end for much of the Muslim world, would be still worse for Western Islam. You must work to build a more democratic, pluralistic and tolerant West. But this does not mean you forego your moral commitments to your co-religionists, nor that you ignore or deny what makes your religion unique. Our generation made that mistake.

Nature, Islam, and nearly everything else, abhors a vacuum. If you refuse to provide positive models for our religious values, these values will not disappear. Other, worse models will prosper. Because they are, at least, an answer. What is your answer to the Caliphate? To Islamic unity? Do not merely say, “your idea is wrong,” but “here is why your idea is wrong,” and more importantly, “here is mine.”

By building ever larger institutions, non-profits, regional religious federations, and promoting cooperation between the democracies of the West, you can (and you must) model a new form of Muslim unity, one which enables Muslims to pool their resources without setting them at odds with each other, or holding one another hostage to mutually exclusive claims. That can be your answer, your way forward, your way of empowering your community, and your country.

Why, after all, would Western Muslims pursue a narrative that set Islam and the West at odds?

I hope, if you can, that you go to the Alhambra in Spain, or the Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque in Bosnia. Not just because these are proofs of Islam’s long history in the West, but because they will give you hope. You may see times far worse than these. In those dark days, remember those places. Remember who built them.

In 1258, the Mongols destroyed Baghdad. It was, perhaps, the nadir of Islamic civilization. But the Alhambra, and Husrev Beg’s mosque, were built after 1258. The story of Islam has its bright chapters, and its dim chapters, but there is no single direction to our narrative. Read, God commands. In order that you may write.

What kind of chapter will you write?


Source: QUARTZ


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8. "Kick, Push," Lupe Fiasco (2006)


Lupe Fiasco has been around since about 2006, and boy, was I obsessed with this song when it first came out.

He's often interviewed about his experience of being a Muslim rapper, and his music often includes references to Islam, including a track later in the playlist called "Hi-Definition," which features Snoop Dogg (who converted to to Islam back in 2009, but now says he's a Rastafarian).

NEXT WEEK: 9. "Straight Street," Omar Offendum (2011)

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.

Fighting injustice

After the end of slavery in the US, many African Americans began to move to cities in large numbers.


But because of restrictive housing and employment policies, the result was that many lived in troubled ghettos.


In such a context, some African Americans returned to what they believed to be the religion of their ancestors.


Many of them were attracted, during the 1950s and 1960s, to the brilliant oratory of a spokesman for the Nation of Islam, who was born Malcolm Little in 1925, but became famous as Malcolm X, the Muslim convert who cast off his slave name and exhorted African-Americans to cast off the shackles of racism “by any means necessary”, including violence – a message contrary to his fellow civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King, who called for non-violent civil disobedience. “I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self-defence,” he said once. “I call it intelligence.”

NEXT WEEK: Advancing science

Source: The Guardian


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Carbon-dating of a fragment of text kept at Birmingham University provokes unholy row

Scholars split by claim that Koran scrap rewrites story of Islam 


When chocolate magnate Edward Cadbury funded the acquisition of some 3,000 Middle Eastern manuscripts in the 1920s, he did so in the hope that it would turn Birmingham into a global focal point for religious research.

Some 90 years later, the Quaker philanthropist’s aspirations have been realised in spectacular fashion in the form of four pages of the Koran in early Arabic script which have sparked fierce debate over whether they could rewrite the founding story of Islam.

Leading Oxford academics this week said carbon dating of the parchment, which suggested it dated from between 568-645 AD, may change our understanding of the way in which Islam’s holy book was compiled.

But the assertion that the document, kept at Birmingham University, is part of one of the world’s oldest Korans – and could possibly date from the early years of the Prophet Mohamed’s life, which is generally thought to have been between 570 to 632 – is strongly disputed by other scholars.

The Independent


Anti-Islam party beats drum in Mandurah

WA: A NEW political party launched last year by controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders held a public meeting in Mandurah last Thursday night, with the aim of signing up members.

Senate candidate Marion Hercock said the Australian Liberty Alliance was “interested in freedom of speech, maintaining our western values, individual liberty and a small government”.

However, Ms Hercock admitted the party’s primary focus was anti-Islamic.

“Most of all we are concerned about stopping the Islamisation of Australia, which we see as a growing threat to our society,” she said.

“We’re saying why can’t we have a critical debate, why can’t we criticise Islam?”

Ms Hercock said she opposed letting people of Islamic faith immigrate to Australia.

“We stand on reducing Islamic immigration, for example these Syrians who’ve come here, they would be much better off in a country with similar values like Saudia Arabia or Oman.”

Mandurah Mail


'Violence more common' in Bible than Quran, text analysis reveals

The Old Testament was found to be more than twice as violent as the Quran
An analysis into whether the Quran is more violent than the Bible found killing and destruction occur more frequently in the Christian texts than the Islamic.

Investigating whether the Quran really is more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts, software engineer Tom Anderson processed the text of the Holy books to find which contained the most violence.

In a blog post, Mr Anderson explains: "The project was inspired by the ongoing public debate around whether or not terrorism connected with Islamic fundamentalism reflects something inherently and distinctly violent about Islam compared to other major religions."

Using text analytics software he had developed, named Odin Text, he analysed both the New International Version of both the Old and New Testaments as well as an English-language version of the Quran from 1957.

It took just two minutes for his software to read and analyse the three books.

By categorising words into eight emotions - Joy, Anticipation, Anger, Disgust, Sadness, Surprise, Fear/Anxiety and Trust - the analysis found the Bible scored higher for anger and much lower for trust than the Quran.

Further analysis found the Old Testament was more violent than the New Testament, and more than twice as violent as the Quran.

The Independent


Experience of being a Muslim convert in Britain

I'm a middle-aged, white Scottish man who converted to Islam without ever meeting a Muslim. This is how

It's important to remember the distinction between written Islamic teachings and culture in the real world. After 18 months, I went to my first mosque and met other Muslims properly for the first time

How does a middle-aged, white Scottish man living in the Scottish Highlands end up becoming a Muslim - especially when he hasn't properly met a Muslim in his life?

For me, it all started when I heard the call to prayer from a local mosque while on a beach holiday in Turkey. It woke something up inside me, and inspired me to begin a spiritual quest.

Back home in Inverness, I went to the local bookshop, bought a Qur'an and started to read. While reading, I always asked God to guide me on the journey I had set out on.

A lot of praying. A lot of time on my knees.

The Qur'an really shook me. It's quite a scary book to read because it tells you so much about yourself. Some things that I found out about myself I didn’t like. So I decided to make some changes.
I knew that I could stop reading the Qur'an and halt the process at any time, but I also knew that would mean giving up something really important.

And I knew what the end result of this process would be: I would be a Muslim.

So I kept on reading. I read it three times, looking for the catch. But there was no catch; I was quite comfortable with everything.

The difficult part in all of this was wondering who I would become. Would I become strange, dress differently, speak differently in the eyes of others?

What would my family, friends and workmates think of me?
Most importantly, what would I think about myself? Would I like who I became?

The Independent


Every Girl Should Read This Before Her Nikkah!

The Nikkah Nama is a social contract basically.

And the reason the girls have to sign it first is because at the end of it you get a pretty big blank space to write down any extra conditions you want and the guy HAS to follow it all legally. You know how they make you sign the whole “do you want the right to divorce or not?”, clause? Yea that is an addition they make.


You can literally add in anything there, pocket money, divorce conditions, house work, your own job details/requirements or any other kind of commitment. At the time of the Nikkah of Hazrat Fatima and Hazrat Ali (R.A), the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W) added the clause that Hazrat Ali (R.A.) could not remarry as long as Hazrat Fatima (R.A.) was still alive.


Huh? Huh? HUH?!? See? How smart is that? And many times people don’t tell you this, but it is a right given to you by Allah Himself, and do not let anyone, i repeat, DO NOT LET ANYONE TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU.

Other facts include:
1.The money you make from your job, is YOUR money. Your husband cannot take it from you or ask you for it or whatever. It is YOURS. And YOU are not inclined to spend it on the house or anything other than yourself.
2.The husband HAS to pay you a pocket money for personal expenses outside of what he gives you for the monthly budget and what not.
3.When you breast feed your child, you have the right to ask your husband to pay for it, and he cannot deny that to you. It is your right.
4.Consent to intimacy and the level of intimacy is also your right. Even in a marriage. And if he does not take your consent, it is marital rape and is recognized in the court of law.
5.You are under no obligation to give any of your heritage to your husband and neither can he force you to give him any part in your will or your heritage.
6.In Islam, the man is to pay for the wedding out of his own pocket. Not the girl, not the girl’s family and not the guy’s family either. The guy himself. To whatever extent he is capable of spending, that is his job.
7.THERE IS NO CONCEPT OF JAHAIZ (Dowry) and you can sue/file a report against any family who asks you or demands you or your family to give money or any other form of material possession as “marital gifts”.

And these are just some of the many rights we have for women in ISLAM. 

Info Mazza




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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 12 February 2016

TOPIC"Common mistakes in Salah" PART 2

IMAM: Akram Buksh 







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DATE: 12 February 2016


IMAM: Dr Mohamad Abdalla







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 12 February 2016

TOPIC"The for Devine Duties"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 12 February 2016

TOPIC: “The two types of sunnat"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Dear CCN Readers

612 ABC are recruiting for our 2016 Volunteer Community Correspondent program.

If you haven’t heard of it before ... we currently have 25 Community Correspondents who have been telling stories from their diverse communities for the last two years. We've been hearing what people all over Brisbane are thinking about and what's important to them. This year, we are looking for more people to join the existing Community Correspondent team.

This is the link to our flyer and a link to our application page

Here are some commonly asked questions:

What would I have to do?
Simply tell the stories from your community.

Do I need to live in Brisbane?
If you live in Brisbane or surrounding areas - Logan, Redlands, Somerset, Moreton Bay and Ipswich - you can apply. Unfortunately if you live on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Toowoomba you can't apply as your areas are covered by other ABC radio stations.

I’m not a radio broadcaster, how would I do it?
All you need is a smart phone, access to a computer and internet connection. You submit story ideas from your community, the 612 ABC Brisbane programs team will review your ideas and select what is of most interest to their program and then you will put together a radio package - it can be as simple or fancy as your skills allow, and often simple is best. Your story could get a run on Breakfast with Spencer, Mornings with Steve, Afternoons with Kelly, Drive with Emma, Evenings with David or Weekends with Tim.

How many stories would I need to do?
We expect our Community Correspondents to produce one story per month.

I have story ideas but have no idea how to put together something for radio?
If you are successful, you will be invited to attend training courses - receiving first-hand training from the presenters and staff at ABC Local Radio. You will also receive ongoing guidance and direction from the Community Correspondent Manager.

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Mandla Mandela ties the knot


Mandla and Rabia


JOHANNESBURG - Former President Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela has remarried. The Nikah took place Saturday at the 9th Street Masjid Hidayatul Islam of Sheikh Auwaldeen in the Cape Town suburb of Kensignton.

He confirmed his union to Rabia Clarke on Sunday after news of the ceremony sparked comments on a Facebook page.

The announcement was followed by a statement from Mandela himself.

“I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on 6 February 2016. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts.”

He adds “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans.”




According to reports, the chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council converted to Islam about two months ago.

This is Mandela’s fourth marriage following his divorce battle with Tando Mabunu-Mandela.

Source: EWN


RELATED ARTICLE: Mandla Mandela's conversion to Islam sparks South Africa 'disquiet'




The right way to address Islamic schools in the UK

Opinion by Muhammad Abdul Bari, Muhammad Abdul Bari was the secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain 2006-10.


It is essential that Cameron supports Muslims rather than keep the community under pressure and continuous scrutiny.


UK: While prejudiced comments on Muslims by the United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sickeningly help his popularity within the US political right, Britain's overwhelming rejection of his comments sends a clear message that discrimination and bigotry are not acceptable in our robust democracy.

In many ways, Britain surpasses others when dealing with minority and disadvantaged people. Successive Race Relations Acts since 1965 and the inclusion of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 - guarded by the robustness of our judiciary and watchful citizens - have contributed to our current standing.

Regrettably, however, many Muslims are now gripped with nervousness for fear of facing further scrutiny because of the political short-termism of the government led by David Cameron. His rigid policy on anti-radicalisation, in other words "Prevent" agenda, has effectively pigeon-holed activist Muslims into the category of non-violent extremists with all the negative connotations that label brings.

Prevent has already proved counter-productive. There have been high-profile cases of schoolchildren being picked up for questioning - one for saying the term "eco-terrorism" and another for wrongly spelling "terrorist (terraced) house" in the class; there is a huge disquiet in the community.

Unsubstantiated claims

Cameron's announcement to the Conservative Party conference last autumn on supplementary schools increased the anxiety. His comment that Ofsted was to inspect religious educational institutions, such as madrasas, which will be shut down if they are suspected of "filling children's heads and hearts with hate" sent a chilling message to Muslims across the country.

His assertion that "some of these supplementary schools were helping to incubate divisions within society" was challenged as not being based on evidence. The country's main umbrella Muslim organisation, the Muslim Council of Britain, expressed concern and asked the prime minister to "substantiate" these serious allegations.


Al Jazeera


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The Jew who writes Islamic spiritual music in Hebrew


Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express perform "Hu" from their album Junun. Outtake from Paul Thomas Anderson's film documenting the recording.

INDIA: Ben-Tzur — a Jewish composer of Sufi Muslim Qawwali, or religious devotional music — in the Rajasthan region of northwest India, where Ben-Tzur has written and performed his songs for more than a decade. For three weeks, they and a 19-member Indian band, The Rajasthan Express, recorded an album of Ben-Tzur’s songs in a picturesque 15th-century Indian fort.

“We wanted to spend time playing together, not just go into a studio and record an album,” Ben-Tzur told JTA. “Recording the album was maybe the excuse in order to experience the music rather than the other way around.”

Despite being an Israeli who plays traditionally Muslim music in a massive country with very few Jews, Ben-Tzur says he has always felt accepted in India, in part because he “has no agenda.” He now primarily lives in Tel Aviv, but spends large amounts of time writing and performing in India. (In a country with a population of some 1.25 billion, India has approximately 180 million Muslims and approximately 5,000 Jews.)

Ben-Tzur, 40, bearded and with flowing long brown hair, embodies the mixing of cultures and religions that his album represents: He grew up in Israel but spent most of his adult life living in India. He learned from Indian Muslim musical teachers but still writes lyrics in Hebrew. He is married to an Indian Muslim woman — the daughter of late Sufi scholar Zahurul Hassan Sharib — and his family, including an 11-year-old daughter, celebrates both Jewish and Muslim holidays.

Ben-Tzur realizes his journey from Israel, where he once played in Western-style rock bands, to the world of spiritual Muslim Indian music is a highly unusual tale.
Ben-Tzur told JTA he was touched by the openness and accepting attitude of the Indian Muslim community. He said it was a welcome relief from the religious and political tensions he grew up around in Israel.

One song on “Junun” is called “Allah Elohim” — named after the Muslim and Jewish words for “God.” One of its lines in Hebrew translates this way: “To Jews, I am a Jew, to Muslims, a Muslim/ Whatever language I speak, it means the same thing.”

It’s a complex spirituality, but when asked to explain it, Ben-Tzur demurred.

“I’d rather express it [through music] than explain it,” he said.

Times of Israel


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A new Darul Uloom trains women qazis



INDIA: Breaking down stereotypes, Afroz Begum and Jahan Aara have become the first women Qazis in Rajasthan after completing a two-year training course from Mumbai-based Darul Uloom-i-Nisawa.

Begum and Aara, both aged around 40 years, said they passed the test to become Qazis on completion of their training and will now focus on women's issues.

"We are first women Qazis in Rajasthan. We completed training from Darul Uloom in Mumbai. Our families supported us completely and now we will work for women," Begum, a mother of five, told PTI.

She said the local community has encouraged them but there were objections from some religious leaders and male Qazis.

"We will solemnise Nikaah and perform all the duties of a Qazi. It is a male-dominated area. If there are objections, we would like to sit and discuss the matter with the Qazis and others," she said.

"We learned about the rights bestowed on women by Quran.

We will not only solemnise Nikaah, but also work for the rights of women," Aara said.


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Bosnia women protest at ban on headscarf



BOSNIA: About 2,000 women in Bosnia have protested against a ban on wearing Islamic headscarves in courts and other legal institutions.

The ban includes all religious symbols but explicitly mentions the hijab.

The women marched for around an hour through the capital, Sarajevo.

Hijab-wearing was banned by the communist authorities while Bosnia was still part of the former Yugoslavia until 1992, when it declared independence.

The protest came in response to a decision by Bosnia's high judicial council, which supervises the functioning of the judiciary, to ban "religious signs" in judicial institutions.

Some of the women held signs saying "The hijab is my right".

Protest organiser Samira Zunic Velagic said the ban was a "serious attack against Muslim honour, personality and identity" and said it was aimed at depriving Muslim women of their right to work.

The ban has also been condemned by Muslim political and religious leaders.

Muslims make up about 40% of Bosnia's 3.8m population. The others are mostly Orthodox or Catholic Christians.





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When your workout becomes repetitive and stale, your progress will hit a speed bump.

To put the fun back in your routine and amp up your fitness results, try some of the following:

• Re-energise by exercising with friends, or a gym buddy
• Try jogging every other day instead of walking
• Try an outdoor bootcamp session and bounce off other participants' energy
• To further boost results, do activities that are challenging – exercises you wouldn’t normally do
• Get adventures – stand up paddle boarding is a great core blaster
• Indoor rock climbing is also a lot harder than it seems
• Focus on what you know you can do, then take a leap and step out of your comfort zone





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist

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

Detoxing or Toxicating?

A detox program normally involves cutting out real foods and only consuming either:

A. Juice/s such as lemon, cranberry, other supposed weight loss superfruit

B. "Insert-brand-name" supplement drink, or


C. Fasting

When going through a detox, you'll find that not only will you feel super hungry but you may also feel tired, dizzy, nauseous or have headaches/migraines. These programs will tell you that these are normal symptoms... which they are, however, this is because you are not doing something beneficial for your body! Your body will send you signals because it is deprived and needs nourishment. Basically, it is trying to tell you to stop and feed it!

Our bodies are amazing, and they have been designed to work in our favour to keep us alive. We have a liver which naturally "detoxes" our body everyday, because that's its job. We don't need to go through a detox to be healthy. Quit the detox and just start by eating wholesome nourishing foods.


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at

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Beating a wrist lock

Don't try and beat a wrist lock by pulling away from your attacker. Instead, rotate your wrists so your thumb lines up where your attacker's thumb meets his fingers and jerk sharply by bending your arm at the elbow.

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


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Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

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KB says: Falooda is a (somewhat decadent and indulgent) cold dessert beverage popular in the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally it is made from mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, psyllium (ispaghol) or basil (sabza/takmaria) seeds, tapioca pearls and pieces of gelatin with milk or water. I make it often in summer and it's dear hubby’s favourite dessert (which apparently only his Mom knew how to get perfect).

Passion Fruit Falooda



Water Falooda:

½ litre water
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp lemon juice
¾ tsp china grass powder
¼ tsp egg yellow colouring
½ cup granadilla pulp

Milk Falooda:
½ litre milk
½ tsp china grass powder
1 tsp corn flour
1 tsp custard powder
½ tin condensed milk
½ tin nestle cream


1. Boil water, sugar and lemon juice, egg yellow and china grass powder together.

2. Remove from stove and add the granadilla pulp.
3. Pour into dessert bowl and leave to set for an hour.
4. Mix milk, china grass powder, corn flour and custard powder together.
5. Beat well and cook until milk reaches boiling point.
6. Remove from heat and add condensed milk and cream.
7. Beat and pour over set granadilla falooda
8. Decorate with nestle cream and a little granadilla pulp.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


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

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Police: Knock. Knock.


Mula Nasruddin: Who is it?


Police: It's the police.


Mula Nasruddin: What do you want?


Police: We just wanna talk.


Mula Nasruddin: How many of you are there?


Police: Two


Mula Nasruddin: Then talk to each other!


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Do they not consider the Qur'an (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.
 ~ Surah An-Nisa 4:82


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"One person can make a difference and everyone should try."

~ John F. Kennedy


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20 February


ICQ Strategy Presentation and Community Dinner (All invited)

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0403 361 786

6.30pm to 9pm

2 March


Sounds of Light Charity Concert

Human Appeal International

QPAC, South Brisbane

1300 760 155


12 March


Holland Park Fund Raiser

Islamic Society of Holland Park

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 785 434


13 March


High Tea

Islamic Relief

The Hilton Brisbane

0433 182 520

1pm to 5pm

19 & 20 March

Sat & Sun

The Spiritual Zone
Sh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

10 April


3rd Int’l Food Festival and Garden City Mosque Open Day

Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc

Garden City Mosque, TOOWOOMBA

0421 081 048

All Day

30 April & 1 May

Sat & Sun

ICQ Brighter Future Summit

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)


0403 361 786


3 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1437)

15 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


14 & 15 May

Sat & Sun

The Forgotten Jewels
Sh Daood Butt

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

27 May


Nisf Sha'ban 1437 / Laylat al-Bara'at (15th Sha'ban 1437)

6 June


1st Ramadan 1437

1 July


Laylat al-Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadan 1437)

6 July


Eid al-Fitr 1437 (1st Shawwal 1437)

9 July


ICQ Eid Festival

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)




20 & 21 August

Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

12 September


Eid al-Adha 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)

3 October


Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

(1st Muharram 1438)



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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 Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & 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

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

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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