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Praises for Malcolm Turnbull after first PM visit in decades

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

The Spiritual Zone 19th and 20th March

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

QLD's Muslim community come together for Fiji appeal

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Aussie Muslims get busy on Clean Up Australia Day

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Schools cut ties to Federation of Islamic Councils

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Video shows chaos at meeting to resolve split in AFIC

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Canberra's Muslim community to save Islamic school

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Ideas at the House: Sydney Opera House

KB's Culinary Corner

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Kareema's Keep Fit Column


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Fitria on Food

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Islamic Council of Victoria on Monday, March 7, 2016


Turnbull’s strikingly different tone, including in his remarks on Monday, have been welcome by the leaders of Muslim organisations.

“It went beyond our expectations,” said Nail Aykan, the general manager of the Islamic Council of Victoria. “Everyone felt he was humble and genuine.”

Aykan said Turnbull was introduced to 18 young Muslims slated as future leaders, which emphasised that about two-thirds of Australia’s 500,000 Muslims were under the age of 35.

Aykan said he hoped that some of the youth assembled would run for office. “Social cohesion is a core aspect of what we’re trying to achieve but one level above that would be civic participation,” he said.

One of the council’s vice-presidents, Junaid Cheema, said Turnbull’s message “resonated and was authentic”.

“He’s obviously fixing a lot of the damage that has been done in the past,” he said.

No Australian prime minister has visited the Islamic Council of Victoria since the 1980s.

The chief executive of the Arab Council of Australia, Randa Kattan, said the government’s tone on Muslim and Arab affairs had “drastically” changed since Turnbull took office in September.
“We have particularly witnessed the stark difference in tone and approach in countering violent extremism,” she said.

“His collaborative and inclusive language has created a space for the community to engage on solutions, rather than continue to push back against the demonising and fear-mongering narrative that has featured strongly over recent years.”

Other influential Muslim Australians heralded the change in rhetoric but said they awaited more substantive change.

“It’s too early to come to a conclusion,” said Silma Ihram, the head of the Australian Muslim Women’s Association. “[Turnbull’s] ability to engage with the Muslim community is much better than his predecessor, as is his understanding of Islam.



Malcolm Turnbull and the Richmond AFL footballer Bachar Houli at the Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury before his speech to the Islamic Council of Victoria.


“However, possibly because of the legacy of his party, we are yet to see substantial on-the-ground policy improvements.

“We still have draconian security laws that would detain minors, there’s the recent issue of the young man [Oliver Bridgeman] in Syria, counter-terrorism measures that require teachers to report on kids in schools.

“He’s one person in a large party and realistically you can’t expect any one person to step in and change everything.”

Samier Dandan, the head of the Lebanese Muslim Association, said the experiences of earlier waves of Muslim migrants could be drawn on to help assimilate more recent arrivals, including the 12,000 Syrians set to be granted humanitarian visas.

“We don’t want to look around in 10 years and say: ‘How come these refugees aren’t assimilating?’,” Dandan said.

“We need to identify how we can help these refugees by better understanding where they’ve come from, to look at how we can help them psychologically, to deal with the traumas they’ve faced.

“Malcolm sings the praises of innovation. Innovation is not just technology, it’s also in government services – in particular social cohesion and refugees.”

Source: The Guardian



Turnbull's message to Muslims: the words we have been yearning to hear

By Junaid Cheema, ICV vice president


Last year we felt punished for crimes not of our making; now a fresh approach gives hope to Muslims who equally love this country and are equally Australian.

The moment was surreal for Australian Muslims. The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was addressing the Islamic Council of Victoria and said: “I believe in acknowledging the enormous contributions that Muslims have made to Australian society”.

It was only a year ago when the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott gutted the Muslim community by his choice of words “I wish more Muslim leaders would say that (Islam is a religion of peace) ... and mean it” implying the community was dishonest and disloyal to this nation. Those words flattened all Australian Muslims and inspired myriad anti-Muslim groups to prominence.

Words are powerful, but here was power of another kind.

I looked across the room at the young faces of the diverse Australian Muslims who gazed at the prime minister, spellbound, as he addressed them. Young fresh faces, some of which were white, black, yellow, and brown, heads which were covered and heads that weren’t, clothes which were conservative and clothes which were not, faces with thick beards, and faces which were clean shaven.

Turnbull acknowledged Muslims as an integral part of the “Australian family”, saying words they had been yearning to hear. He also acknowledged the valuable contributions Muslims have been making to this nation for over a 150 years; contributions which have been immortalised in the Islamic Museum of Australia.

It was apparent that this was no mere rhetoric – the pm showed a deep understanding of Islamic civilisation and history beyond the cheap headlines that continually litter the news. He recalled the openness, pluralism and inclusiveness inherent to Islam and Islamic societies, quoting the phenomenal achievements of the Umayyad’s of Spain, the Abbasids and the Ottomans, acknowledging the truism that it is openness, diversity and tolerance that makes a society great. Indeed, he said, the young Muslims before him were inspired to make this country great.



Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tours the Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury in Melbourne, Monday, March 7, 2016

Tony Abbott did inspire, in a way. He inadvertently inspired me to take up a leadership role at the ICV, via his message that Muslims don’t really mean Islam is a religion of peace. Listening to the community, it is also evident that his approach inspired others to take a more regrettable path.

Needless to say the current method of inspiration is much more preferred by the Muslim community; it’s an approach that makes us all much stronger and that much safer.

The approach of swinging wild blows to beat down radicalisation doesn’t defeat radicalisation, it inspires radicalisation, because those blows inevitably land on the innocent.

Last year Muslim youths felt collectively punished for crimes not of their making, and were confused as to why their faith was indiscriminately being held accountable for the wrongdoings of a tiny proportion of the Muslim population; crimes which are even more abhorrent to Muslims, as the perpetrators masquerade as Muslims.

However if there was confusion it has now been replaced with clarity ... at least for this group sitting before the prime minister. Assurance was given to the youth that the Muslim community will not solely be viewed through the prism of security, and this is precisely what the community has been longing for.

No doubt much work is needed to repair the mistakes of the past, however the brute force model of the past is a proven failure and has no place in our future.

A fresh approach which unifies rather than divides, doesn’t collectively punish or presume guilt and treats all Australians equally is what is required. This fresh approach has given renewed hope, inspiration and motivation to the community of half a million Muslims who equally love this country, and are equally Australian.

Source: The Guardian




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Al Kauthar Brisbane is holding their next course, The Spiritual Zone, on the 19th and 20th March 2016, Griffith University, Nathan campus.

If you're wondering why you should take another Salaah course, watch this 2 minute video, which is the introduction to the course.




What is Khushoo? How do you attain this state in your salah?

This course will take you on a spiritual journey through your salah. The journey that starts with Azaan, its significance as part of the institution of salah. Next is wudu, ablution, the purity of the body and how it should connect with our soul. Then we go through the etiquette of salah, in dress, conduct, approach and place. This helps set the mood for your conversation with Allah - Salah

We will go through every single act and dua that will help you get In The Zone. That Zone where nothing else matters in your prayer. When each act helps you get closer to Allah. When you can put all distractions aside and get connected to your lord.

Register here.





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A fundraising dinner was held at the Islamic College of Brisbane on Saturday 5th March to raise money for the victims of cyclone Winston that struck Fiji on 20th February. The event was jointly organised by the various mosques and other organisations in Brisbane and it was a huge success. About 600 people attended the dinner which enabled the organisers to raise about $100,000 through ticket sales, pledges and auctions.

Mr Mohammed Yusuf who co-ordinated the event told CCN that this was a wonderful achievement and would certainly not have been possible without the efforts of all the hard-working and efficient volunteers who organised the sale of the tickets, the setting up of the hall, the preparation of the entrée, dinner and dessert, and the entire event in just over a week’s time.

Whilst Fiji is prone to cyclones and it had experienced many severe ones over the decades, Cyclone Winston was the strongest one on record to hit the country with wind gusts of over 300 knots. The cyclone caused widespread damage to the owns of Raki Raki, Tavua and Ba in the main island of Viti Levu and some outer islands. About 1000 homes were destroyed and 42 lives were lost. In addition to these several schools and public buildings were also destroyed. A lot of communities are still without electricity and running water. The full extent of the damage is still not clear because some of the worst affected areas are still inaccessible.

Mr Yusuf said that whilst food and other immediate needs of the people are being met thanks to the generous support of neighbouring countries and international as well as the local charitable agencies it is the long term needs of the community that are crucial to look at. Rebuilding homes, schools and other infrastructure will take time especially since building materials are currently in short supply. Many businesses have closed resulting in the loss of jobs and this will have a severe impact on the poor communities who are already struggling to survive and to rebuild their lives.

All the funds collected have been deposited with MCF (Muslim Charitable Foundation), and they will be distributed to the needy in Fiji through Muslim Aid Australia and Al Imdaad Foundation, in liaison with the Fiji Muslim League. Anyone still wanting to contribute to this fund can send their donations to MCF.

Mr Yusuf told CCN: "I would like to thank all the mosques and other organisations as well as the general community for uniting for this worthy cause. In particular I would like to thank all the brothers and sisters for their efforts in selling the tickets, for their donations for the dinner and the auction, for preparing the food, setting up and cleaning the hall and helping in many other ways to make the event a success."



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Sunday 6 March marked the annual Clean Up Australia Day where thousands of Australians take time out of their busy schedules to spend a few hours cleaning up a public site nearby.

Endorsed and managed by the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), the local effort saw Muslims participate in the clean up efforts across Sunnybank, Mount Gravatt, Marsden, and Slacks Creek, just to name a few, contributing to the current 2016 nationwide total of 682,245 volunteers and the removal of 16,657 tonnes of rubbish.

Of particular note was the enthusiasm displayed by all volunteers, especially children, who made sure even the smallest of bottle caps, straws and candy wrappers were promptly collected in the general waste and recycling bags.

The Slacks Creek Mosque, supervised by Ustadh Abdul Samim Khan, attracted a sizeable group of volunteers who came well prepared with high-visibility vests, bin bags and cleaning equipment.


Members of the Slacks Creek Mosque, young and old, helped clean up the Council park adjoining the Mosque


"It is often said that 'cleanliness is next to Godliness', and how true this is when we consider the importance of the concept across many faiths and traditions," Muhammad Khatree, co-ordinator for the ICQ Clean Up team told CCN. "Cleanliness manifests itself in our words, actions, intentions, and the environment within which we live. Clean Up Australia Day is a wonderful show of community where the objective is to live up to our collective responsibility as Australian citizens and ensure our environment is kept neat and clean, minimising the ill-effects of rubbish."

"It is our sincere hope that our participation in this event will remain consistent for many years to come."


Banking bags of rubbish: Volunteers (and high school friends) at the Beenleigh Road clean up in Sunnybank. Michael Jarman (right), Scout Leader at Sunnybank Scout Den, and Muhammad Khatree (left).


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Rateb Jneid

Islamic schools across Australia have registered new constitutions with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, declaring independence from the Sydney-based Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

The move by the independent schools to seize control of their own accounts and boards was agreed at a special meeting of AFIC’s committee on Saturday.

On Sunday, the committee was dissolved and a new one established at an emergency congress of AFIC members. The validity of the congress and the new AFIC committee will be argued in the NSW Supreme Court.

AFIC lawyer Rick Mitry said he had recommended all schools register their new constitutions with ASIC immediately.

He said reforms had gone further at Sydney’s Malek Fahd — Australia’s largest Muslim school, with 2400 students — and the Islamic School of Canberra, with the effective banning of any AFIC representation on their boards.

Rateb Jneid, independent chairman of Perth’s Langford Islamic College, said he registered his new school constitution with ASIC yesterday, recognising AFIC as a landlord only. “I have an AFIC representative on the board but in the future, it doesn’t matter if AFIC is represented or not, it’s on merit,’’ he said. “I’m so relieved to have this school independence. It’s for the kids and parents who have lived in fear because they didn’t have security.’’

A letter sent by the new AFIC committee to school principals asking for a delay on changes was an example of AFIC “still wanting to put its nose in the schools”, Dr Jneid said.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham is expected to announce a final decision on the schools’ future on April 11 after an audit previously found the schools — Malek Fahd, Islamic School of Canberra, Islamic College of South Australia, Islamic College of Brisbane, Islamic College of Melbourne and Langford Islamic College in Perth — had failed to meet basic standards to justify tens of millions of dollars in federal funds.

Mr Mitry, Dr Jneid and Islamic College of South Australia chairwoman and Malek Fahd interim director Miriam Silva said the constitutional changes would work in favour of the Canberra and Sydney schools most at risk of losing about $21 million in federal funding.

Source: The Australian


In response to the above news, the Principal of the Islamic College of Brisbane, Dr Ray Barrett, told CCN:

While the immediate crisis is over, there is still much hard work to be done in meeting reports to the Commonwealth and State on 17th March and 31st March so that they can make decisions on continuation of funding by 11th April.


However, now that the main obstacle has been removed we will now be operating on a level playing field. I am now extremely confident that we will receive “Conditional Approval” for continuation of funding. The condition will be that we continue to demonstrate through monthly Action Plan Reports for the remainder of 2016 that we progressively provide evidence that compliance requirements are “lasting”.


The College Board has called a Community Meeting for Monday 21 March at 7pm in the ICB Multi-Purpose Hall to give a progress report to the school community.


My thanks to the Board for their individual contributions to the continuing stability of ICB over this time. When we look back at this period of ICB history I’m sure it will be identified as a “character building” phase of our development.


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The ABC has obtained video of a fiery general meeting which saw police and security guards called in amid a row over finances at the organisation responsible for six embattled Islamic colleges across Australia.

The mobile phone vision obtained by 7.30 shows the moment the meeting of members of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) descended into chaos.

A lawyer for AFIC was physically intimidated and was escorted by police from the room for her own protection.

The extraordinary meeting was called by Amjad Mehboob (pictured below), who said his goal was to get rid of the board of AFIC and its current president.

But Mr Mehboob's connections to Sydney's biggest Islamic college, Malek Fahd have been controversial.

Students at the college have been told they have just weeks before federal funding will be cut to their school.

According to a forensic audit of the school's finances commissioned by the Federal Government, Mr Mehboob was paid almost half a million dollars for management services to the school.

It found there was no evidence he was qualified to provide the services, nor exactly what those services were.

When pressed by 7.30, Mr Mehboob did not deny receiving the money, but insisted that it was paid over four years and that he was qualified to provide advice to the school.

"The entire schools of AFIC, in all the states for the last 25 years and more were developed by me, Amjad Mehboob," he said.

Malek Fahd is just one of six Islamic schools across the country owned by AFIC.

The organisation and its schools have been dogged by allegations of financial mismanagement.

Government funding has been cut to the schools in Canberra and Sydney following a Federal Government-commissioned audit carried out by Deloittes.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said his department would not hesitate to cut funding to the other schools if they failed to address concerns about how the money was being spent.

"That's why we've been very clear through this process that the authorised operating entities for these schools is not AFIC," he said.

But AFIC is riven by factional interests.

Sunday's fiery meeting came just 24 hours after an earlier bid by AFIC to reverse the funding cuts and satisfy the Federal Government's demands to keep their finances independent of their schools.

Newly appointed AFIC treasurer Keysar Trad said an independent interim school board had been set up at Malek Fahd and that he had the community's support to make the changes.

"They know that I'm a fighter," he said.

"They know that I'll make sure that we do everything within our power, and within the law, to make sure this organisation runs properly."

Mr Trad admits the latest drama surrounding Sunday's meeting will not help his cause.

In the end both Mr Trad and Mr Mehboob left the meeting claiming victory, meaning AFIC now has two rival executive committees both claiming legitimacy.

The matter will return to the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Source: ABC News



MATT WORDSWORTH, PRESENTER: In just four weeks, thousands of students in Islamic schools across Australia could be looking for a new school. The federal Education Department has finally lost patience with six schools owned by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, or AFIC. For years, AFIC and its schools have been dogged by allegations of fraud and gross financial mismanagement of federal funds. A federal audit found millions have been misused. In tonight's report, AFIC's heated internal politics are on rare public display as deep internal divisions threaten to derail attempts to save the schools. Alex Mann reports.


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An interim management committee has been appointed to try and save the school.

The peak organisation representing young Muslims in Canberra says the community has vowed to rescue the city's Islamic school despite a $1 million shortfall in public funding.

The school is likely to close after the federal and ACT governments revoked its recurrent funding following a review that found evidence of financial mismanagement and poor governance.

School supporters hope to raise the lost funds within the next month to keep it operating for its 200 students.

The funding will be cut from April 8.

On Thursday night, more than 150 people attended a meeting on campus to plan a takeover of the school's management from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC).

Canberra Muslim Youth president Osman Adam said an interim management committee of four people had been appointed ahead of an independent board.

"They are to carry the burden of making sure that the whole community of Canberra come behind the school," he said.

"At the moment it is the failed leadership of AFIC because there is no other leadership besides what the parents have put in place.

"Our suggestion to them [the interim committee] was they should take over the running of the school today.

"However, because of litigation going on in AFIC itself, in Sydney, they will have to be able to work their way through it."

Mr Adam said there was still concern the school could close but the community remained hopeful and determined.

Last year, the department announced a review into six school authorities affiliated with AFIC after concerns were raised about the group profiting from taxpayer funds distributed to the schools.

The ACT Government has promised to find a place in the public system for all students.

Source: ABC News


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Ideas at the House: Sydney Opera House: All About Women 2015



  Randa Abdel-Fattah: What I Couldn't Say


Talking about the most intimate fears and insecurities, accusations of “playing the gender card”, “first-world problems”, jokes made "too soon" – why are some topics still too hard to talk about, & what are women losing by keeping them to themselves.




  Conversations with Muslim Women Panel


Listen to Muslim women discuss their own priorities: how to fight sexism within Islamic communities; what happens when Islamophobia meets everyday sexism; and how society reacts to Muslim women taking their place in public life.



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The Queensland Muslim Historical Society (QMHSoc) is seeking financial support to help it continue with its ongoing work of researching and documenting the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland and setting up exhibits.


The work of the Society serves not only to help the community better understand its cultures and heritage but also creates a deeper awareness and appreciation of its contributions amongst the wider Australian society.


The QMHSoc is the only known Muslim Historical Society in the country.


Keep up to date with the Society's activities and join in the conversation through its Facebook Page which has reached almost a 1000 Likes already.


Donations of any amount, from as little as $2 dollars, can easily be made through PayPal by clicking the Donate button here:



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Betrayed By My Own Country – #OliverBridgeman Interviewed

Exclusive Interview with 19 year old Humanitarian aid worker Oliver Bridgeman, who had his Australian Passport Revoked.




Double Standards for Australian Muslims #OliverBridgeman

The Australian Federal Police has issued an arrest warrant for Queensland teenager Oliver Bridgeman, who has been doing aid work in Syria since May 2015. Last month, the Department of Foreign Affairs cancelled Mr Bridgeman’s passport, just as he was preparing to come back to Australia. The 19-year-old, from Toowoomba, insists he is not involved in terrorism and claims he went to Syria to do aid work. His lawyers say it is nothing more than a political stunt. “It’s a disgrace. This is nothing more than a stunt. It’s political manoeuvring. “They’ve told us for the last 12 months that their sole intention was to get him back on home soil.”




Dealing with Injustice and Oppression

Professor Mohammad Abdalla elaborates on the topic of Dealing with Injustice and Oppression Life & Faith elaborates on how one should deal with Life’s Struggles



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On Friday 4th March, the Australian International Islamic College, Durack Campus, inducted its student leaders for the 2016 school year.


The assembly acknowledged the role student leaders would play at the college and honoured them with a badge as a mark of their rank.


The Junior College Captain for the year is Zacharia Alizadeh Javan and the Vice-Captain Aisha Hersi.


From the Senior School, the elected captain is Israa Abdulla and Vice-Captain Zubair Sheriffi.

The principal Mrs. Banwa addressed the students about the significance of their roles as leaders and to earn their leadership by supporting the colleges’ motto, vision and mission and also to support the college values.

The assembly then ended with a meet and greet morning tea between parents, student leaders and the principal.


"Student leaders and their teacher coordinators are looking forward to working together to achieve a great outcome for the year 2016."





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Police called-in to investigate claims of corruption at a government funded school.


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Come join the Brisbane Islamic Relief Team for some henna, face painting and delicious cupcakes to help fundraise for a disability centre in Saida City, Lebanon.

Islamic Relief aims to create a fully staffed and equipped rehabilitation centre in Lebanon to support children with disabilities from any background.


Lebanon is significantly impacted by refugee populations, including Palestinian, Iraqi, and Syrians.

The centre will provide daily therapy in: Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Special Education, and Psychosocial Support.


The centre will also train the parents so they can provide ongoing therapy to their children to assist in their recovery and support for years to come.

DATE:  Saturday, March 19 at 9 AM - 4 PM


VENUE: Underwood Marketplace, 3215 Logan Road Underwood, Brisbane


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Queenslanders are encouraged to nominate now as representatives on the new Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council.


The Council will advise the Minister for Multicultural Affairs on how to support a unified, harmonious and inclusive Queensland.


Nominations are encouraged from people located throughout Queensland.


For information or to nominate online visit


Nominations close at 5pm on 29 March 2016.


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Principal Banwa and Senator Joanna Lindgren

The opening ceremony of state-of-the-art library and preparatory building was held at the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) on 10 March in the College Multi-Purpose Hall.


The guests in attendance for the event included Senator Joanna Lindgren - representing the Commonwealth Government of Australia, Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor, Councillor Milton Dick, Mr. Brett Gillespie - representing the Lord Mayor, Ms. Mariana Lane from the Independent Schools of Queensland (ISQ), Sergeant Jim Bellos – The college liaison officer and Adopt-a-Cop of AIIC, Mr. Rod Morris from Block Grant Authority, AIIC staff, students and parents.

The ceremony started with the recitation of the Quran, followed by the National Anthem by AIIC Nasheed Group. Mrs. Mariam Banwa, the Principal, welcomed the guests and expressed her gratitude to the State and Federal Governments for the generous funding received and thanked the Block Grant Authority for their support and contributions towards this major project. Ms. Marianna Lane, representing the executive director of ISQ, spoke about the close relationship between ISQ and AIIC, and highlighted its growth over the years.



Sergeant Jim Bellos spoke about being an adopted cop and Liaison Officer for AIIC since its inception and how it helped him to be deeply involved with the community. The College Captain, Israa Abdalla, who has been studying at AIIC since her preparatory, explained to the guests how the state-of-the-art facilities like this will contribute and improve students’ learning experiences.

In her address, Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor touched on her deep involvement with AIIC and the school community, while Councillor Milton Dick explained how a building can bring together the politicians from different parties and communities from different backgrounds. Senator Joanna Lindgren spoke on providing better support and funding for education. Mr. Shahid Khan, the Education Advisor of AIIC, delivered the vote of thanks, while Imam Yusuf Thaqafi delivered the concluding dua. The preparatory building was officially opened by Senator Lindgren, while Councillor Milton Dick officially unveiled the library plaque.

The Australian International Islamic College would also like to take this opportunity to extend its gratitude to the community and well-wishers for their ongoing support.




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Victorian Liberal Party leaders are turning a blind eye to growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the party, according to a party source.

The claim follows calls at Sunday's federal Senate pre-selection convention for all Islamic leaders to sign a pledge denouncing terrorism, or have their places of worship torn down.

Senate pre-selection candidate Kurt Reiter (pictured left) also aired the view there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim, and Muslims must kill non-believers to be "true" Muslims.

A party delegate said Mr Reiter's "outright Islamophobic" comments should lead to expulsion from the party, yet were received with applause.

"Kurt got up on the day and made these statements in front of 400 delegates," the party delegate said.

"If someone got up and said the same thing about the Christian faith or the Jewish faith there would be MPs and people lining up to oppose it, saying we respect free speech but distance ourselves from the remarks. But nothing of the sort has happened."

Mr Reiter, a former branch president who has served on the state council and state assembly, challenged Labor's Lisa Neville for Bellarine in 2010.

He expressed similar views in a February 12 email sent to pre-selection delegates and the party hierarchy that included an 'Essay on Islamic Micro-Terrorism'.

Mr Reiter told Fairfax Media his studies had shown him there can be no such thing as a moderate Muslim and that the Koran requires the killing of non-believers.

"This is why when something horrific happens you will never hear an imam denounce it. They are actually happy about what they are doing; you celebrate when people do terrible things."

Mr Reiter said all Muslims living in or wishing to come to Australia should be made to sign a pledge denouncing terrorism and jihad.

He suggested one of his motivators in running for Senate pre-selection on Sunday was the chance to educate his party and broader society about the risks of Islam.

"It seems that politicians on each side of politics are of the view 'let's not upset anyone, let's tolerate all religions'. I don't think people have a full understanding of how dangerous this religion is," he said.

The party source said the silence from party leaders legitimises the views.

He said if someone made the same comments about any other religion they would be expelled.

"What's next, are we going to become a party like One Nation was, or what Geert Wilders is advocating?

"It may seem quite a harsh measure but I would certainly ask him to resign."

The source said as the meeting chair, Liberal party state president Michael Kroger should have noted the views are not part of the party's platform.

Mr Kroger did not respond to a request for comment.

A spokesman for Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy said as the convention was to decide Federal senate pre-selection. "It's got nothing to do with us," he said.

Mr Guy has previously moved to contrast his views with those of former prime minister Tony Abbott and position himself as a "moderate" Liberal.

Source: The Age


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The Just Media Advocacy (JMA) has recorded some of its achievements for 2015 highlighting a number of important cases acquired through monitoring and referral.


Media monitoring cases include correcting Andrew Bolt on the Mufti, and drawing Chris Uhlmann on his anti-Islam baiting.


Read the report.


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On Thursday 10 March members of the Muslim community attended a luncheon for Graham Perrett MP at Michael's Oriental with special guest the Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Mr Perrett also facilitated a special meeting of the Muslim Community with Tanya Plibersek in his office to discuss issues relating to their respective organisations.


In attendance were ICQ members Ali Kadri, Fahim Khondakar, interns Hamza Suburland, Madina Mahmood and settlement case manager Lamisse Hamouda.


Janeth Deen represented MCF and Hazem Hamouda represented MBN.


Issues discussed were youth engagement and empowerment, unemployment and employment issues in general, poverty and refugees.


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'Hazem El Masri would never abuse a woman'

The lawyer for the former NRL star tells a media pack that his client's alleged domestic violence victim should not be trusted, outside court in October 2015.

Domestic violence charges against former NRL star Hazem El Masri will be dropped on Monday, police have confirmed.

El Masri, 39, was charged with assaulting his former wife Douah El-Cherif, 25, during an argument in October over property and living arrangements.
The relationship, which lasted for just over a year, had disintegrated three months before the fight, Fairfax Media was told at the time.

The pair argued when El Masri asked Ms El-Cherif to leave one of his properties in which she had been temporarily staying during the separation.

Later that night, Ms El-Cherif attended Bankstown police station and alleged that her former partner had pushed her while trying to get his keys back, causing her to hit her head on some furniture and sustain a scratch.

However, it is understood that more than a dozen police working on the case have not been able to substantiate the allegations and will withdraw the matter when it returns to Bankstown Local Court on Monday.

Brisbane Times


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By Omer Aziz


Sam Harris

When I wrote an essay critical of the famous atheist, he asked me to debate the issues. Now he refuses to air it


Last December, I published an essay in Salon reviewing “Islam and the Future of Tolerance,” a book-length “discourse” on reforming Islam, conducted between neuroscientist Sam Harris and activist Maajid Nawaz. In it, I argued that the book was a simplistic and unoriginal take on a complex topic, more of a friendly conversation than any kind of serious analysis. The piece concluded by lamenting the erosion of public debate, as intellectuals of previous eras have been replaced by profiteers more interested in advancing narrow agendas than in exploring difficult questions.

The piece got Harris’s attention, and he publicly reached out to me on Twitter to invite me on his podcast to “discuss these issues.” Although some of his followers mocked the invitation, I gladly accepted, and we set a date and time for our debate.

That’s when things got interesting, because it turned out that Harris did not want a traditional debate or even an open discussion. As he wrote in one email:

I’d like you to just read [your piece], line by line, and I’ll stop you at various points so that we can discuss specific issues.

This was a bizarre and rather creepy way to structure our conversation. Think of how awkward it would be to read your writing in front of a critic who had empowered himself to stop, critique, and rebuke you whenever he wanted, with thousands of people listening. Even the strongest piece of writing cannot withstand a line-by-line cross-examination because such an exercise puts the writer in the witness box and therefore on the permanent defensive. If Harris’s rules were followed, our discussion would be more like an undignified show-trial than a frank conversation. Is there a single journalist who has ever participated in, much less proposed, this sort of guerrilla attack?

I replied to Harris and noted the absurdity of his invitation:

I really hope you were not literally intending for me to come on and read my essay on your podcast with you stopping me every other sentence as if I was in some kind of deposition or trial. This would be a totally fruitless conversation.

Instead, I proposed an alternative approach: We should each pick a few topics—reforming Islam, radical jihadists, holy war, etc—and have a debate around each one, alternating between who would kick things off. In other words, we should have a normal debate, on equal footing, where arguments could be tested against their rebuttals. Harris rejected that offer and firmly reiterated demand to be judge, jury, and prosecutor.

He wrote back:

I want us to move back and forth between the text of your essay, my response to it as a reader/listener, and your response to my response. It remains to be seen whether this will produce and interesting/useful conversation or a “fruitless” one. But I’m pretty sure no one has ever attempted something like this before.

So this is how I want us to approach the podcast—with you reading what you wrote and our stopping to talk about each point, wherever relevant. Again, you can say anything you want in this context, and I won’t edit you (though if our exchange truly is “fruitless,” as well as boring, I reserve the right not to air it).




Omer Aziz is a writer, a JD candidate at Yale Law School, and a Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project.


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Waleed Aly has been described by Men's Style Australia as the "most important man on TV".

Waleed Aly is officially "The Most Important Man On TV" according to Men's Style Australia.

The academic and co-host of The Project appears on the cover of the new issue of the magazine and editor Michael Pickering makes no apologies for the bold, broad statement.

"I had to fight for those cover lines. I've wanted to feature him for quite some time, he's this big brained man who thinks before he speaks. There is a reason everything he says goes viral online," Pickering said.

Aly is an enigma in today's media landscape, considering the topics he regularly tackles, including Boko Haram, ISIS, climate change and Andrew Bolt, the 37-year-old former lawyer doesn't resort to the shock jock type tactics of the latter to garner attention. Not that he likes the attention.

"He'd bristle at the thought but, like it or not, Waleed Aly is now a household name," Pickering said.

"The great thing about him is that's he's a common sense individual who has wide appeal. Here's this muslim man who barracks for the Richmond Tigers coming out of academia and into the world of commercial TV, his moment has come." 


The notion of celebrity is canvassed in the corresponding feature alongside images of Aly looking dapper in Ralph Lauren.

"I still don't regard myself as a celebrity and I find the whole notion laughable, really. I come from a world where the thing that's mattered most is the content or the issue, not the personality, and I still approach it that way," Aly said.

He also plays down his role as a representative of modern or "moderate" Islam as suggested by Bolt.

"I don't walk out on air feeling the burden of representation... I don't feel comfortable with the idea of being representative… of anything! I have no authority to claim I'm representative. I haven't won an election or anything."

His role as an internet sensation is also something he rejects, adding that he worries about the lack of nuance involved in discussing meaty issues within the confines of commercial TV.

"I'm not going to sit here and pretend that when I do a four-minute piece to camera that it's the most nuanced rendering of the topic that could possibly be done.

"But I am happy to say we've done okay within that medium."

Aly's Men's Style cover continues the magazine's evolution from sophisticated lads mag to a publication focused on showcasing cultural and lifestyle issues of interest to Australian men.

Until last year Men's Style only featured women on the cover. Since the change in editorial direction only Australian men like Hugh Jackman and Liam Hemsworth have fronted the magazine.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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by Lobna Mulla

The Masjid

Across the United States masajid (mosques) have expanded in physical size, improved mass communication via websites and social media accounts, begun to offer live-streaming for Friday khutbas (sermons) online, and have improved women’s prayer areas. But in recent times, many imams have left their posts, leaving communities and trend followers to speculate and ask, “Why?” Was it the imam’s ego or a salary dispute or are they just becoming too impatient?

No, this wave of resignations is a symptom of a greater problem: while incoming imams treat their position as a profession by becoming increasingly qualified, the masjid board has not taken the same strides in becoming trained in non-profit management. Those who run the masjid and supervise the imams’ affairs are still volunteers with, generally speaking, no expertise on how to manage non-profit organizations. As a result, the operational structure of the masjid is not equipped to manage the imam, the other employees, or to draft and execute long-term plans with a vision for the changing needs of the community. Masjid reform must take place to not only bring stability by retaining their imams but by also allowing for future growth, and attracting Muslims of all backgrounds and ages.

To analyze the surge in recent Imam’s resignations from masajid large and small, it is important to understand the dynamics between the masjid board, the imam, and the community.

The Board

A typical board is elected for a specified number of years, where elected members take on various responsibilities: Chairperson, President, Financial Officer, Secretary, and so on. The staff of the masjid goes on to include the imam, sometimes multiple imams or religious directors, administrative staff, and other support employees. At the end of the day, all of the above staff report to the board.

Boards usually manage the day-to-day affairs of the masjid. These duties and responsibilities are noble and to be commended. The question to be asked remains: If a community is made up of hundreds or even thousands of congregants, what is the guarantee that the most qualified people are elected to manage the masjid? Those five, ten or fifteen that are chosen to represent their masjid, are they equipped to understand all of the needs and nuances of their constituents? Are they trained in management or in human resources so as to interface with the imam and the other staff in the most effective manner?

The masjid is, by definition, a non-profit organization, and rarely do the doctors, engineers, and business people who are voted onto the board have backgrounds in non-profit management. While these volunteers are to be commended for their countless hours of dedication and sacrifice, it is time the community recognizes that the non-profit organization that we call the masjid cannot thrive on the limited expertise of individuals from random professions. These realms are completely different. A multitude of certifications and degrees are offered in various aspects of non-profit management, so individuals with the above expertise should serve on the board.

Allah the Most Merciful tells us in the Qur’an in the second half of the ayah (verse) below: “…And ask those who have knowledge, if you do not know.”


The Imam

The same level of expectations in terms of expertise is also necessary for the Imam. An Imam should have a grasp of the Arabic language, have certified training as a religious scholar which includes understanding the complex sciences of tafsir (Qur’anic exegesis), hadith (narration), and Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh). In addition, many imams have supplementary degrees in social sciences, history, Middle-Eastern studies, etc. The ability to connect with the community and to understand its needs are crucial in supporting the diverse make-up of the masjid’s constituents.

The demands upon the Imam are very high. Supporting the community in times of distress such as providing counseling on marriage, divorce, domestic violence, death, drug use, suicide, etc. are just a few of the Imam’s responsibilities. The imam also shares in the celebrations of the community, conducting weddings and attending aqeeqahs (birth celebrations) and ameens. In addition, the imam represents not only the masjid, but the greater Muslim community at political events, interfaith circles, and in social justice arenas.

The imam sacrifices his time with his own family with the intention of serving the community and pleasing Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He). This is not a position of wealth or glamour.

The Board, The Community, The Imam: An Unbalanced Equation

The dynamics between the board, the masjid’s constituents, and the imam has many nuances. Let us explore these relationships:

The Community-Board Relationship

Often times the board is an ear to the constituents’ wants, needs, and likes/dislikes. This is a healthy relationship that helps to ensure that the board is indeed representing their community. One of the pitfalls, however, is when the ear is filled with opinions from friends or acquaintances of a few board members that become magnified as a major issue. “Where was the imam at this time?” or “Why was the prayer time changed?” or “I didn’t like the khutba.” Imagine if only friends or acquaintances get the ear of the board, and they happen to be those with complaints that do not reflect the overall effectiveness of the imam. The result would be a skewed impression of how well the Imam performs.

Do other community members know when and how to contact the board if they have a concern or a word of praise? What about when there is a conflict with the imam? Is there a mediation process involving professional mediators or a group from the community? Does the community know about problems before the imam feels compelled to resign? Regrettably, the answers to these questions are often “no.”

The Board-Imam Relationship

The Board, and most often the Chairperson or President, in particular, is the imam’s boss. In some masajid, imams as employees are given formal, written evaluations. How are these evaluations made? Are there general surveys sent out to the community after prayer or via email? Who evaluates the board? No one does. The community at large does not know the details of individual board member actions. Written evaluations are a one-way, subjective process, in which, out of all the employees of the masjid, only the already over-burdened imam is scrutinized.

The board has by-laws that protect the masjid and the board itself, but who is there to protect the imam? If there is a conflict between the board and the imam, who is there to defend or represent him? A meeting with the board can turn into a five-on-one intimidating process, with the Imam being the “one.” And psychologically speaking, it is natural for any group of individuals working together to develop “group thinking” where it is difficult to understand any reasoning other than that of the group, or in this case, the board. As a religious director or imam, who is already burdened with the problems of the community, and of society at large, he has the added responsibility of being his own lawyer when negotiating for his rights at the masjid.

A position at the masjid, as previously mentioned, is not one that people enter into for glory. Thus there needs to be an inherent level of trust in the imam, especially after years of proven performance. When hours at the masjid are being questioned, it is a sign of an inherent problem – a lack of trust and/or of an understanding of what it means to be an imam. Expecting the imam to spend his over 60-hour work week at the masjid is not practical. As one great imam and scholar stated, “A five minute reminder can take five hours of preparation.” Aside from off-masjid activities, countless hours of preparation for speeches and khutbas (Friday sermons) are spent at home. In addition, fielding phone calls, and tending to crises of the community at individuals’ homes or at the hospital are also time spent away from the masjid.

The Imam – Community Relationship

The imam deals with various constituents either through private counseling sessions, or through general contact at the masjid. Although the imam has a close relationship with the community, most of its constituents never contact the board about their satisfaction with the imam. Instead, most feedback regarding the imam comes from only a handful of individuals with complaints about the minutia of masjid affairs. As a result, what true knowledge does the board have of the community’s satisfaction with the imam?


There is a disconnect between the immense relationships that the imam has within the community he serves and the board’s perception of the imam’s performance. As a result of this disparity, the board is readily willing to exert their power in enforcing their micromanaging demands without being mindful of the ensuing effect their unreasonable pressure will have on the imam. Despite the imam’s love for the community, he finds himself having to choose between continuing his post at the masjid and saving his own sanity and that of his family. In addition, the board may be shocked by a resignation, yet no consideration was given to the fact that imams are human and there is only so much difficulty in dealing with the board that the imam can handle before becoming soured to the system.

And that’s the point: one can endure temporary problems, differences of opinion and conflicts arising from within the masjid. However, when the religious director or imam understands that the system will never change, that is, the system of having a new, volunteer boss every one to two years who has no experience in non-profit management, who is going to come down with their own style of management, with their own opinions about what the imam should be doing, it is difficult to sit tight and think, “one day this may change.”

I encourage a healthy discussion between community members, masjid officials and our religious leaders to come to a practical solution. May Allah (swt) guide us all and make the masjid a place welcome for all, including the imams.

Source: Virtual Mosque


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New Migrants










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



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Non-halal trolleys at NSK. Image from Malaysiakini

Halal trolleys have also been talked about for quite some time when NSK first separated their trolleys last year. But now it seems ALL supermarkets might have to segregate their trolleys too if the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry makes the new rule under business licensing requirements.


Among the guidelines they’re discussing are differentiating trolley colours and separating payment counters for halal and non-halal items, said Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad.


There were two sides to the reaction drawn from the public. Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma), an independent Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin, and Sabahans were against the idea, while the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) and Muslim Consumers’ Association’s (PPIM) supported it.


Source: Cilisos


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People of all faiths were brought together at a halal barbecue in Lismore

where some of the Northern Rivers' estimated 100 Muslims

shared their stories with Samantha Turnbull.


"I found that Islam answered a lot of questions and gave me really clear guidelines about how to live every day." Abbey Hodson


Abbey Hodson became a Muslim four years ago after searching for meaning in her life.

"I used to really dislike religion and I found myself talking to Muslims and I felt this real inner resistance, like 'don't talk to me about devils and angels and different concepts of religion I was really uncomfortable with'," she said.

"And I heard myself and thought I'll never be able to connect with people really if I don't open up and challenge that in myself, and then it was a long, slow process.

"I think I was searching for meaning in my life and until then I hadn't found it.

"I found that Islam answered a lot of questions and gave me really clear guidelines about how to live every day."

Ms Hodson said she sometimes received a few strange looks as an Anglo-Saxon, Muslim woman.

"Mostly what I find is that people want to approach me and talk to me and ask questions, which I love," she said.

"Sometimes if I see someone looking at me badly, I imagine they think it's worse that I'm white ... I think people have preconceived ideas, but without a dialogue it's impossible to know what people are thinking."

Ms Hodson said she had been nervous about meeting Middle Eastern Muslims at first, but her fears proved unfounded.

"I was always frightened before I would meet Muslim people and I thought they were going to judge me or I won't know what to talk about, but I always found them to be so generous, no matter where they were from – Pakistan, Jordan, Australia – there was really this beautiful kind of attitude," she said.

"I know, now, when I see strangers in a park and they are obviously Muslim I know that they are going to be friendly, warm and welcoming."

Source: ABC


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Geoff Lawton


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Sparkly Hats



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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.

10. Tariq Al-Olaimy



Tariq is the co-founder of 3BL Associates. That’s a “people + planet strategy consultancy” which was established to re-imagine a more sustainable energy system.

He is also the co-founder of, the first online education and community platform for diabetes in Bahrain, which is recognized as a ’World Diabetes Day Champion’ by the International Diabetes Federation. With a strong focus on climate change issues, he is a founding National Coordinator of the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM), which is now present in 17 different MENA countries, as well as a climate policy tracker.

Tariq is among the first 100 people in the world to achieve a specialist certification in the field of Biomimicry, which is a practice that studies nature’s best ideas, models, systems and processes.

NEXT WEEK: 10 Muslim Women who ruled 2015



Source: MVSLI


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



Ubudiah Mosque, Malaysia
Built between 1913 and 1917, this place of worship in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, Peninsular Malaysia, is often touted as the country's most beautiful mosque. With four minarets and a golden dome, it was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, a British architect who was also behind the Kuala Lumpur railway station.   

Source: Telegraph UK


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A sisters only house will become available on 16 March. It's a one minute walk to Kuraby Masjid and public transport.

$140 a week including electricity and Internet. Furnished.

Please contact AB on 0404211917



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 March 2016

TOPIC"The Importance of Jummah"

IMAM: Akram Buksh






Qiamul Layl

DATE: 6 March 2016

TOPIC"Revival of Islam in the Balkans"

IMAM: Sheikh Burhaan Mehtar









 Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 March 2016

TOPIC"Al lateef al khabeer"

IMAM: Prof. Mohamad Abdalla







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 March 2016

TOPIC"The Balance of Feelings"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


Play the recording  






Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 March 2016

TOPIC: “A young Sahabi’s extreme love for the Prophet (pbuh)"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Dear CCN Readers,

Salam aleikum,

Alhamdulillaah Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten has been approved to participate in a Federal Government Early Learning Language Program for Arabic starting March 21st 2016 inshaAllaah.

The learning would take place using Apps on Tablets.

The kindergarten's enrolments are, however, still low at this time of year and it currently does not have finances to cover purchasing the Tablets required (e.g. Samsung Galaxy).

The school would like to appeal to the community for help in securing the required Tablets as it is unlikely to start this program without assistance and the children would miss out on this wonderful opportunity to use technology to begin learning the language of the Quran.

If you are able to help please get in touch with the Kindy on 31727850 or deposit any contribution to:

Basheer International (ANZ Bank)
BSB 014227 ACCT # 378068875 marked Arabic inshaAllaah.

JazakumAllaah khair.
Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten

Dear Editor,

You should add a new community arrivals to the page too, then those who migrate their and do not have anybody can call and welcome the new members of community. Perhaps then make new friends and do not feel the pain of a new country and place without family too much…

Btw… we will be migrating too within the next couple of years… for us it will be good to be with our family but others don’t have that luxury..

Zaheda (South Africa)


[Editor] Thank you for this suggestion. We have now expanded our Births, Marriages and Condolences section to include New Migrants. CCN readers are invited to share their milestones and record them for posterity by emailing us at

Dear CCN Organizers

My Sundays begin with reading the newsletter.
When I do not read it I feel I have missed my Sunday breakfast.

Thank you very much for the effort your team exerts in this venture.

InshaAllah, the Almighty rewards you for your sincere dedication.
This is also a huge IBAADAT, disseminating knowledge to the seekers


Allah Barik fikum.


M. Khan

US Muslim Girl Achieves Perfect SAT Score


Marium Raza

WASHINGTON – Marium Raza, an American Muslim junior student at Redmond High School in Western Washington, has achieved a perfect score on the SAT, offering an inspiration to Muslim students worldwide, LUB Pak reported.

The young American Muslim is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants who settled in US years ago.

The achievement makes her one of the few students, less than 0.01%, worldwide who achieve a perfect score.

Marium is interested in genetics and human health, and wants to major in something along those lines.

She also wants to make future studies about anthropology and the social and ethical aspects of biology.

The young girl’s achievements were not limited to high school grades.

She has volunteered at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, since last September where she ran the concierge cart.

Her role in hospital was to deliver items that patients may need in their hospital stay, such as cell phone chargers, DVD players, books, magazines, etc.

She is also a member of a club about Speech and Debate where she has been participating in tournaments since 9th grade.

Aside from that, she is an officer of Knowledge Bowl club, and is also part of UNICEF, Model UN, and Science Olympiad. Along with these clubs, she began contributing to the Blaze Newspaper this year.

Marium is also involved with the local mosque and community center and as a Sunday school teacher where she teaches Qur’an for children ages 9 – 12.

Source: About Islam


Top Pakistani religious body rules women's protection law 'un-Islamic'


A woman carries laundry on her head, while heading home after washing in Charsadda, near Peshawar


ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A powerful Pakistani religious body that advises the government on the compatibility of laws with Islam on Thursday declared a new law that criminalizes violence against women to be "un-Islamic."

The Women's Protection Act, passed by Pakistan's largest province of Punjab last week, gives unprecedented legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence. It also calls for the creation of a toll-free abuse reporting hot line and the establishment of women's shelters.

But since its passage in the Punjab assembly, many conservative clerics and religious leaders have denounced the new law as being in conflict with the Muslim holy book, the Koran, as well as Pakistan's constitution.

"The whole law is wrong," Muhammad Khan Sherani, the head of the Council of Islamic Ideology said at a news conference, citing verses from the Koran to point out that the law was "un-Islamic."

The 54-year-old council is known for its controversial decisions. In the past it has ruled that DNA cannot be used as primary evidence in rape cases, and it supported a law that requires women alleging rape to get four male witnesses to testify in court before a case is heard.

The council's decision this January to block a bill to impose harsher penalties for marrying off girls as young as eight or nine has angered human rights activists.

Source: Reuters

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Do You Know The Cham Muslims of Vietnam?



VIETNAM: While traveling in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, I was surprised to find Muslims in an isolated village near the Cambodian border on the Mekong River Bank. Arriving by a small boat, the group I was traveling with got off on a narrow, half rotten, wooden bridge one by one. Following the group, we were met by barefoot children who were trying to sell us snacks and followed us into the village.

A group of men were sitting nearby wearing “Batik Lungi”, long shirts with a knot in their waist and white skull caps. They were all discussing something with an elder in white robes and turban.

The houses were built on 2 to 3 meter wood or concrete stilts to prevent flooding from the Mekong River entering the houses. Beneath one of them at the entrance of the village, waved fabrics were setup for display, while hijab wearing women were demonstrating the waving techniques of the Cham people and showing off their tribe patterns.


From the 2nd to the 17th century, the lands of South Vietnam belonged to the Cham Kingdom, ethnical decent from the Malay Polynesians. The prosperity in the Kingdom primarily came from maritime slave and sandalwood trades, which might have affected the beginning of the Islamic conversion that started all the way back in the 11th century. Officially the Cham King converted in the 17th century and spread the Islamic teachings to his people in the southern regions, before the Vietnamese dynasty conquered the land in the same century.


The invasion and defeat might explain why Islamic teaching didn’t reach the Cham people in the more centralized regions of Vietnam, which today predominantly are Hindu or Buddhist. After the invasion of the South, most Cham Muslims fled to Cambodia and landed in what is called “Kampong Cham” literally translated to “Port of the Cham”, or to Terengganu in Malaysia. Fragments remained near the Mekong River in Vietnam.




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MI6 spy admits radicalising British Muslims



Aimen Dean : An MI6 spy has admitted radicalising Muslims and sending them on jihad.


UK: In an interview with the BBC magazine Aimen Dean, originally from Saudi Arabia, claims to be a founder member of Al Qaeda. But he says he changed tack in 1998 after Al Qaeda bombings in East Africa and became a spy for Britain’s security and intelligence services, MI5 and MI6.

In the interview Dean says he spied on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as Muslims in Britain such as Babar Ahmed, Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada.

During the interview with BBC journalist Peter Marshall, Dean has the following to say:

Question: The difficulty is though that if you’re there under cover, welcomed there as an al-Qaeda man, you have to keep up this pretence by talking to people at the mosque, you have to encourage them to join the jihad?

Answer: Yes… although there are limits. I was aware of my boundaries basically about how much you can incite. You use guarded words about general rather than specific incitement. But then the most difficult part actually was after 7/7, 2005. That’s when the laws and regulations regarding incitement like you know were really tightened.

Q: So you couldn’t say what, and you could say what?

A: You can’t specifically urge someone to go. You can’t specifically call for an attack. You can’t glorify violence committed against civilians. You know you have to be careful there. You can sit down there basically and blast the West for what they do. You can sit down there and talk about martyrdom in general without you know touching directly on what’s happening right now. So you have to be clever about how you phrase your words.


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No longer will this election be #aboutuswithoutus.."


"This election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of attention focused on Islam, Muslims, and Muslim communities. But one thing has been missing—our own voices. It's time for that to change."


Muslim communities turned out in full force in Michigan's presidential primary to send a clear message: no longer will this election be #AboutUsWithoutUs.

In Dearborn, one of America's largest Arab and Muslim communities, the voter participation rate was higher than 34%, nearly double the previous primary's statewide turnout rate. In key races like last night's, that's one way a community shows real power.

This election has seen an unprecedented and malicious focus on Islam as a religion and Muslim Americans as a community. We've heard all sorts of terrible ideas targeting us—from calls for banning us from the country and from political office to rants about lining Muslims up and shooting them.

Unfortunately, for the most part, this story's been missing something critical: our own voices. That's why last week we launched our #AboutUsWithoutUs campaign—to provide a platform for Muslim Americans to speak up and speak out.



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Speaker of Parliament lauds efforts of Muslims in crafting a progressive South Africa


Baleka Mbete, speaker of Parliament and National Chairperson of the ANC


SOUTH AFRICA: As South Africa marks two decades since the adoption of its remarkable constitution, the speaker of the country’s parliament has lauded the contributions of Muslims in enacting this historic milestone.

For many, the document stands out as one of the most admirable and progressive man-made constitutions in the modern history of the world. It embraces broad personal and socio-economic rights, the duties of the state and the collective well-being of its citizens.

But, as South Africans of all persuasions continue to enjoy stability under its provisions, Baleka Mbete, speaker of Parliament and National Chairperson of the ANC, has urged citizens not to remain oblivious of the hidden toil of stalwarts that formed the key ingredient of the document.

The outspoken politician shared with Cii Radio accounts of clandestine meetings that took place in neighbouring countries that pitted freedom fighters together with Apartheid bureaucrats for the purpose of determining the future shape of South Africa.

“It was difficult, we must never underestimate how difficult it was. You must remember that we were all coming from different backgrounds. We did not know each other we did not know what to expect,” Mbete reminisced.

She recounted the uneasiness of struggle stalwarts knowing that they would be engaging with persons whom they previously had considered ‘the enemy’.

Ultimately, however, she said, both sides were forced to compromise on their personal preferences for the greater good of the country.

“Slowly we all got to realise that we were all human beings, we all had families, and we wanted to get on with our lives. But of course we had to fix things around us, and create the environment for that to happen”.

Reaffirming the inalienable position of Muslims as citizens of South Africa, Mbete paid tribute to members of this community who were instrumental in assisting the nation’s smooth transition to democracy.

“There were those from the Islamic community who were with us, fought the struggle and sacrificed. There were those who were part and parcel of the constitution making process,” she said, making special mention of Former cabinet Minister, the late (Abd)ullah Omar, who now has an entire branch of the ANC named after him.

“He is one of our great comrades that we will never forget in terms of the contribution he made, and I always quote something he said at the last NEC meetings he attended.

“Muslims (in South Africa) must know that they have a proud history to celebrate. They have people to look up to, whose lives were as much part of the struggle as anybody else,” she asserted.

The Speaker further exhorted Muslims to continue playing a constructive role in the country’s future.

Emphasizing on the necessity of ensuring stability, Mbete explained that a country without stability would be unable to concentrate on meeting its most pressing needs.

“[Concentrate on] developing the country, developing the future. That is where our energies should be focused. Not on destroying.. The preoccupation and tendency to want to destroy in the name of something you are fighting for or want, I think, does not make sense”.

Source: CII Broadcasting 


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Bernie Sanders Wins Big With Michigan Muslims — And Political Pundits Can’t Quite Believe It


A Muslim woman holds up a sign at a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Dearborn, Michigan, Feb. 15, 2016


US: Political commentators and media outlets were quick to pounce on a “fascinating” statistic from Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Michigan primary on Tuesday night: Democrats in Dearborn, a city whose population is 40 percent Arab, voted overwhelmingly for Sanders over rival Hillary Clinton (59 percent to 39 percent). The subtext of pointing out this particular statistic is clear. How, the media wondered, could a predominantly Muslim group support a Jewish candidate?

As the results rolled in, television pundits like Lawrence O’Donnell and Chuck Todd marveled on MSNBC that Sanders was doing so well in Dearborn “despite” the large Arab-American population there. WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer tweeted that Sanders’ dominance in Dearborn was “the stat of the night,” later adding “It’s official: Arab city feels the Jewish Bern.” Meanwhile, The Week dubbed it “just one more strange data point in an election overflowing with them.”

The assumption implicit in such commentary, of course, is that Muslims are biased against Jews — and that when they do cast a vote for Jewish candidates, it’s because they’ve somehow managed to overcome their own inherent anti-Semitism. But this fascination with Dearborn’s support of Sanders actually demonstrates the media industry’s own all-too-prevalent prejudice — and reveals how much reporting on American Muslims is still rooted in an unsophisticated naiveté about what motivates them.

“It’s no surprise that the mainstream media ... is guilty of promoting two-dimensional caricatures of Muslims and Arabs,” said Hend Amry, a Libyan-American writer who frequently comments on social issues related to Muslims. “I tweeted that the media is shocked that Dearborn residents didn't announce an ‘intifada’ against Jewish Bernie Sanders to point out this very stereotype.”

Khaled Beydoun, a law professor who specializes in Arab populations, wrote that “the ‘Muslims voting for a Jew’ tagline is trite,” adding that Muslims in Michigan were supporting Sanders because of his progressive politics and outreach.




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Malala Shuts Down Donald Trump In The Most Elegant Way Possible



UK: "The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create."

Malala Yousafzai offered up a reality check for Donald Trump and any other politician attacking the entire Muslim faith.

"The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create," she said in an interview with Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

Yousafzai, who last year became the youngest-ever Nobel laureate when she won the Nobel Peace Prize, was asked about the "wild things being said about Islam and Muslims," such as the GOP presidential candidate's call to stop all Muslims from entering the United States.

She said:

"It's important that whatever politicians say, whatever the media say, they should be really, really careful about it. If your intention is to stop terrorism, do not try to blame the whole population of Muslims for it because it cannot stop terrorism. It will radicalize more terrorists."

In a separate interview with AFP, Yousafzai called Trump's comments "tragic" and "full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others."


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Egypt drafts bill to ban burqa and Islamic veils in public places


A woman wears an Islamic niqab veil


EGYPT: The Egyptian parliament is drafting a law banning women from wearing the niqab veil. The ban will apply to wearing the clothing in public places and government institutions, it has been reported.

The full-face veil is worn by some followers of Islam and typically covers all of the wearer’s face other than their eyes. The clothing is common in Egypt which is a predominantly Muslim country.

MP Amna Nosseir, professor of comparative jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, who has backed the ban, said that wearing the veil is not a requirement of Islam and in fact has non-Islamic origins. She has argued that it is a Jewish tradition which appeared in the Arabian Peninsula prior to Islam and that a variety of Quran passages contradict its use. Instead, she has advocated that the Quran calls for modest clothing and covered hair, but does not require facial covering.

A number of restrictions have been placed on wearing the niqab in Egypt in recent years. In February, Cairo University banned nurses and doctors from wearing it in medical schools and in teaching hospitals, arguing the ban would: “protect patients’ rights and interests.”

In September of last year, the university also banned academic staff from wearing the niqab in classrooms in response to complaints from students that it was too difficult for niqab wearers to communicate effectively with students.

Source: The Independent 

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Britain First stages 'hapless' protest outside London mosque



Group's deputy leader seen waving a cross and claiming she has a 'Christian duty to save' Muslims


UK: Only a handful of far-right protesters have turned up to stage a “hapless” demonstration outside one of London’s largest mosques.

Fewer than 10 members of Britain First - including deputy leader Jayda Fransen - showed up to picket the East London Mosque in Whitechapel.

During the “protest” which started at 11am on Tuesday, two men unfurled a Britain First banner while Ms Fransen held up a Christian cross and shouted “We want our country back”.

The trio were only there for around 20 minutes - leaving shortly after police arrived.
Ms Fransen is seen arguing with a police officer, asking him if it is “within [his] job description to come and mock a Christian who’s preaching in the street”.

She then calls the police “traitors” for turning against Christians in a “Christian country”.

She claimed it was “[her] duty as a Christian to save fallen souls from the damned”.

Men are observed filming the incident and laughing at the group - though some indistinct shouting can be heard off camera.
Source: The Independent 

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Donald Trump comes under fire at debate in Florida for saying Muslims hate the US



US: US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has come under fire from his rivals for saying Muslims hate the United States, at a debate that was relatively free of the gut-punching attacks that have dominated past encounters.

Mr Trump, the front-runner who could tighten his grip on the Republican presidential nomination battle if he wins Florida and Ohio on Tuesday, defended his belief, as stated in television interviews, that followers of Islam "hate us".

"We have a serious problem of hate. There is tremendous hate," he said.

But Mr Trump's rivals, US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and Ohio Governor John Kasich, said the United States needed to maintain good relations with Muslim countries in the Middle East to help in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants.

"We are going to have to work with people in the Muslim faith even as Islam faces a serious crisis within it," Mr Rubio said.

Mr Rubio also defended American Muslims as patriots.

"If you go anywhere in the world you're going to see American men and women serving us in uniform that are Muslims," he said.

"Anyone out there that has the uniform of the United States on and is willing to die for this country is someone that loves America."


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No blanket judgement on Saudi meat – SANHA



SAUDI ARABIA:  “We cannot generalise”. This is the purport of the verdict of the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) on questions of the Halaal status of consumer meat available in Saudi Arabia.

Over successive years, messages have gone viral that allege that much of the meat available through popular restaurants in Islam’s Holy Cities is unsuitable for Muslim consumption due to doubts arising from their points of origin.

“The senior body of scholars in Saudi Arabia (the Hay’ah Kibaril Ulama) has formally issued a 50 page fatwa that all imported meat is haram,” reads one such message attributed to Mufti Abdullah Nana, founder of Halal Advocates, an organization that provides halal certification for American food companies, restaurants, and animal processing facilities, and is the author of Legal Rulings on Slaughtered Animals.

A warning to those Intending to perform Umrah or Hajj: Mufti Abdullah Nana, the founding member of the Halal Advocates of America, says: “I can personally verify that machine slaughtered chicken, meat not slaughtered by a Muslim, & doubtful meat is imported into Saudi Arabia. The senior body of scholars in Saudi Arabia (the Hay’ah Kibaril Ulama) has formally issued a 50 page fatwa that all imported meat is haram. It is a major travesty and perhaps a conspiracy that millions of Muslims that visit Makkah/Madinah every year are eating haram/doubtful food” There are local hand slaughter suppliers, but only a small percentage. 90% of fast food chains (McDondalds, KFC etc) including Al-Baik use imported meat. For reference, I have translated the detailed fatwa of the Hay’ah Kibaril Ulama (Body of Senior Scholars) as part of the following book: ”Mufti Taqi Uthmanis DBs Research… - EXCERPT FROM VIRAL MESSAGE

Clarifying its stance for the benefit of the South African public, SANHA’s Moulana Mohammed Saeed Navlakhi told Cii Radio the status of Saudi meat was a delicate affair, and as such, the certifying body generally steered clear of any public pronouncements that could “put the community into a huge amount of doubt, confusion and great difficulty”.

“In general, countries in the Middle East are net importers of meat whether it be red meat or poultry,” he explained.

“Unfortunately, the majority of poultry suppliers to the Middle East are from South America – this is a major cause of concern. However, we cannot say that all meat is not Halaal or doubtful, because there is a growing percentage of local producers of poultry in Saudi Arabia”.


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Q: Dear Kareema, why is it that I can’t seem to shift the numbers on the scale? It seems that every time I weigh myself I’m not happy with what I see.

A: There’s much more to a healthy body than a number on the scales.


Remember, if you’re just looking at the scales you’re only getting a small piece of your healthy puzzle.


The best way to keep track of changes in your body is to go by the way your clothes fit.


Losing centimetres should be what you’re looking for rather than the numbers on the scale.




My Health and Fitness

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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist

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What’s the hype about: Chia seeds?

Is it actually a super food or is it a super myth? Chia seeds are derived from a plant called Salvia Hispanica and dates back from the Aztec times. Despite their small size, they are packed of full of nutrition including omega 3, fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium and iron.
It is versatile in that it has no taste and can be easily added to smoothies, fruit salads, porridge and sprinkled over your toast. They have a gelatinous property, thus, can be added in baking to replace eggs, or mixed with fluids to make a jelly-like pudding. As it is a high plant source of protein, it is excellent for those on a vegetarian/vegan diet.
Due to its high fibre content, they can help keep you fuller for longer and assist with keeping your bowels healthy. However, ensure that you drink plenty of water to balance it out; otherwise you might find yourself having stomach pains or discomfort from the sudden increase of fibre.
The biggest con of these seeds is that they are a little heavy on the pocket due to all the marketing hype; they are sold for approximately ~$10 for packet of 250g. Another important con to note is that the form of calcium, iron and omega 3 found in these seeds may not be as readily absorbed by the body as that which are found in milk, red meat and fish, respectively.
Overall, chia seeds are a great addition to your diet; however, if you don’t consume them, it does not mean that your diet is nutritionally bankrupt. You can still have a nutritious diet and meet all of your body’s needs by ensuring that you eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as including lean meats, legumes, nuts, dairy and whole grains.


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at

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Hit smart not hard

Gouging, poking or scratching the attacker’s eyes with your fingers or knuckles would be effective, as you can imagine. Besides causing a lot of pain, this should also make your escape easier by at least temporarily interfering with his vision.

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


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World Book Day 2016:

43 books to read before you die – favourites of the Independent


Books are deeply personal things. Each of us form unique bonds with the characters we read about, relate to storylines and personalities in different ways and enjoy all sorts of genres from crime to romance, gothic to fantasy.

World Book Day celebrates the comfort, joy and fulfilling challenges to be found in a good novel, with readers taking part in a host of activities around the world.

The Independent HQ has been having a long, hard think about the books that are closest to our hearts.

Together, they’ve come up with a list of 43 novels that mean the most to them, from the classics to less well-known stories deserving of a wider audience.

Take a look at their picks and see if any of them grab your fancy. Pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy.



The Independent


"One who does not read is no better than one who cannot read."

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Then simply email the title and author to


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

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:

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

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KB says: The cake is moist and has a beautiful golden colour in it. I added extra cinnamon and nuts but you can vary this to your liking. Make this your go to carrot cake recipe and you won’t go wrong.  

An Easy Carrot Cake


In your cake mixture whisk
4 eggs
1½ cups sugar
1½ cup oil

Sift and fold into above mixture
2½ cups flour
1½ tsp level bicarb
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp baking powder

Add in
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped almonds
250g crushed pineapple tin (strain)

Pour mixture into a well-greased baking pan and bake at 180 degrees for approx 45mins.

For topping, beat the following ingredients:

2 tab. butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup sifted icing sugar
250g cream cheese

Decorate with pistachios, almonds, pecans, julienne carrot


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


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Every month when Mula Nasruddin gets his pay cheque from the Mosque trustees his whole body erupts into an allergy as if he has food poison.

After many months the members of the Mosque mustered the courage to ask their Imam why this was happening.

Mula Nasruddin replied: "I'm allergic to peanuts"


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An Ayaat-a-Week




Say: "Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever name you call upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Neither speak your Prayer aloud, nor speak it in a low tone, but seek a middle course between."

 ~ Surah Al-Israa 17:110


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Ships don't sink because of the water around them;

ships sink because of the water that gets in them.

Don't let what's happening around you

get inside and weigh you down.

~ Anon


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• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
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