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Sunday, 20 March 2016


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Community meeting on Govt. funding to ICB

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Statement from Interim Committee of AFIC

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Gold Coast Abbott reckons Islam and Christianity a bad mix

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Australian Liberty Alliance says members labelled bigots

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Petition to "Bring Oli Back"

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Women Area in Mosque: Too Many Restrictions? (Part 1)

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

`Islamic perspectives on higher education – USQ Panel

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Fashion retailers target Muslim women with hijab lines

KB's Culinary Corner

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Press release from Islamic College of Brisbane Board Chair, Ismail Cajee and Principal


As you are aware, Government has sent notices to a number of Islamic schools in Australia, including Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB), requesting certain changes to align schools to Government requirements and thereby secure future funding.

Government’s recent decision to cut funding to non-compliant Islamic schools followed by hyped media reports has created significant concern regarding the welfare of ICB.

In order for ICB to be compliant, the school is required to make changes to the way it is governed and managed. The Board has put in place the necessary steps it believes will address matters raised and ensure compliance. The Board has also secured sufficient funds to sustain operations for the second quarter of 2016.

The Board is required to notify The Department of Education and Training (DET) by 31 March 2016 regarding the steps taken to ensure compliance. Input into the process is key to a successful submission.


DATE: 21 March 2016
TIME: 7.00pm
WHERE: ICB Multi-Purpose Hall

For further information please go to the Islamic College of Brisbane website www.icb.qld.edu.au and refer to the DET-NSSAB UPDATES section.


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Issued by Prof Shahjahan Khan, Chair of Interim Committee

As-salaam-wa-lai-kum warahmatullah.
Brothers and Sisters,

As I advised in my statement of 7 March 2016, a Special Congress of AFIC was held the previous day at which the Interim Committee of which I am Chairman was established by the Congress for a period of six months until elections could be held for a new Executive Committee.
Br. Hafez Kassem has sought to dispute the validity of the Special Congress and the Interim Committee by seeking orders in the courts against Muslims NSW as a convenor of the meeting and personally against the members of the Interim Committee.

When I and my fellow committee members stepped up at the meeting and agreed to join this Interim Committee, we did so to end the cycle of political infighting that is destroying AFIC, and to help the organisation to move forward and put these internal disputes behind it. We did not come to the meeting hoping to be part of this Committee, but we did step up when asked, as any good Muslim would, to resolve the deadlock within AFIC.

It is the future of AFIC, not the personal ambitions of any person or faction that is our greatest concern. We have been careful since being appointed not to add any more division or dispute. We believe that what is best for AFIC is for this dispute to be heard in the Court and for all of us to abide by the verdict. If our appointment as Interim Committee is confirmed as valid, as we expect it to be, we will then work with the old EXCO and the AFIC administrative staff to manage AFIC’s affairs and work tirelessly with the members of the community to implement our mandate and restore the reputation of AFIC.

Muslims NSW are the ones actively defending the Court proceedings. We are not part of that defence. We have each lodged what is called a “submitting appearance” which means we will not argue in the Court case and agree to comply with the decision of the Judge. As the Interim Committee, we believe this to be the appropriate step. We are independent of the infighting that brought AFIC to this point, and must remain so correctly reflecting the long waited expectation of the Muslims in Australia.

The legal case was back in Court yesterday and a number of orders were made by consent. Essentially these orders did two things.

1. The first is that they confirmed and formalised our position that we would not attempt to take control of AFIC whilst the matter is before the Court.

2. The second is that they allowed Br. Hafez Kassem and AFIC to continue in caretaker mode until the court delivers its verdict. The rest of the old EXCO are not mentioned in these orders. We think that AFIC operating in caretaker mode allows this dispute to be resolved, in a civilised way and preserve the best interest of AFIC and its schools. In the meantime persons and organisations dealing with AFIC will have certainty as to who they are dealing with. AFIC operating in caretaker mode does not allow Br. Hafez Kassem to take any step or make any decisions outside those needed to keep AFIC running. He cannot, for instance, attempt to sack any member of a school board, admit or remove societies or make other decisions such as binding AFIC to abnormal financial arrangements.

This regime should allow AFIC to function until the current dispute is resolved and we ask you, the community to support it with patience, and duwa. It is not however any acceptance by us or the court that the old EXCO is still in place. That question is still before the Court. Please rest assured that there will be monitoring of the activities of Br. Hafez Kassem and all the other members of the old EXCO to ensure that AFIC will be complying with the court orders and action will be taken where appropriate.

All of the elected members of the Interim Committee highly value your support and remains fully committed to reform AFIC through working with the community, if opportunity arises.

Professor Shahjahan Khan
17 March 2016


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John Abbott at the final Mayoral Community Debate of the Gold Coast Council election at Nerang Bicentenial Hall

GOLD Coast mayoral candidate John Abbott had dropped an election policy bombshell — he doesn’t want Muslims visiting the tourist strip.

A former leader of the men’s rights group Blackshirts, Mr Abbott caused gasps from the audience when, during a mayoral debate when he announced that Muslims and Christians could not mix on the Gold Coast.

In a policy address to the 150-strong crowd at the Nerang Bicentennial Centre on Tuesday night, Mr Abbott stunned rivals by turning the local government debate to religion.

He said he had received an email from a Gold Coast resident who had written “Mr Tom Tate has suggested that we make the Gold Coast more Muslim-friendly with prayer rooms in Surfers Paradise”.

Cr Tate, during a trip to the Middle East in October 2013, announced he wanted more prayer rooms and halal restaurants in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach to cater for Muslim groups as the tourists generated spending of up to $75 million a year.

The announcement later sparked a protest meeting of more than 100 people at Nerang who launched the petition, No Concessions to Islam on the Gold Coast.

Mr Abbott at Tuesday night’s mayoral meeting organised by the Nerang Community Association told residents: “I don’t agree. We are (sic) Christian nation, and Islam and Christianity do not mix. We will never live in harmony.

“It is time that our politicians who are supposed to be looking after our interests woke up to this fact and stopped worried about being called racists.

“In that vein, I would say to you — I would do everything I can to make sure there are no more mosques on the Gold Coast.”

Mr Abbott received some applause for no-mosque policy but he faced an immediate protest on Twitter.


Helensvale-based city councillor William Owen-Jones who was watching from one of the front seats in the hall tweeted: “Abbott — best placed for sixth position on every ballot. Dreadful.”

Cr Tate during a question from the audience about the City Plan later defended the council and explained its decision to oppose the Currumbin mosque was based on planning grounds.

City councillors in September last year voted 9-6 on Tuesday to reject an application from the Salsabil Charity Organisation for “material change of use” which would enable a warehouse in Coghill and Villiers Drive at Currumbin to be converted into a ‘place of worship”.

The group later filed documents with the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane to overturn the council’s rejection of the development, which attracted a record 5000 objections.

Council sources estimated the appeal which is ongoing might cost between $250,000 and $600,000.

“I take an example, as far as the mosque is concerned on planning issue and community issue they didn’t want the mosque there. That’s why council voted against it,” Cr Tate told the meeting.

“Now, once that happened it goes to court. And we will fight it in court.

“So that’s an example of how councillors and the whole dialogue — we have to listen to the community to get the balance right.”


Source: Gold Coast Bulletin


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Australian Liberty Alliance party director Debbie Robinson (C) with candidates Bernard Gaynor (L) and Kiralee Smith.

The head of a new anti-Islamic Australian political party says members are vilified as bigots and shut down in mainstream channels if they speak out against the religion.

The Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA) had its WA launch on Saturday night at the Perth Convention Centre, calling for an end to "Islamisation of Australia" and guarantees of free speech, finishing one leg of what organisers said was a national tour leading up to the next federal election.

Almost 200 hundred people attended the event, which had Senate candidates from across the state address the crowd on their policies and values.

ALA director and WA Senate candidate Debbie Robinson said members were all passionate about their beliefs and deserved the right to express them.

"If this is not allowed to progress through the normal democratic, political channels, and people are constantly told that they're not understanding Islam, you don't know what you're talking about, one day there will be anarchy," she said.

"I'm not saying anyone here would do that."

She said it had been difficult to secure advertising and coverage in the mainstream media was often "biased".

"If you do say something that no one agrees with you're labelled a bigot or called a name, and you're shot down in flames," she said.

"These people here ... they're not a bunch of redneck racist bogans, they're very informed intelligent people, they understand completely what Islam is about, and we're being talked to like fools."

In her speech Mrs Robinson said while the party had more than one policy, Islam was the greatest threat facing the world at the moment.

"We have so much to be thankful for here in Australia," she told the crowd.

"But we must never take our liberty for granted. Make no mistake - Islam is at war with us."

The party has pledged to "stop the Islamisation of Australia", ban full-face coverings in public spaces and introduce a ten-year moratorium on immigration from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation countries.

'Political correctness, manners' among party concerns

Senate candidate for NSW Kirralie Smith said political correctness was the greatest enemy that everyday Australians were facing.

She said while the party supported a multi-ethnic society it was multiculturalism that was the problem.

"It is divisive and it's censored," she said.

"Australia has a good history of debating all the 'isms', of taking part in debate. But now we're facing this problem where we're not allowed to talk about them."

She finished that particular part of her address with the words, 'I am going to criticise Islam', to a round of raucous applause from the audience.

Along with raising concerns over Islam and more specifically the Koran and sharia law, candidates voiced their frustration over the current government, the education system, the media, the Defence Force and made calls to "bring back manners".

The ALA was founded in October 2015 with controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders flown over for the official launch, which also attracted protests.

The address for Saturday night's campaign launch was kept secret, with members and supporters told of the location only a day before.

Mrs Robinson said the party was working on fielding two Senate candidates for each state.

"We've got a long-term strategy," she said. "We've got to build slowly, part of our strength is to take our time and grow gradually.

"I think it's really important that we have a party like this to provide an alternative and swing politics back to where it needs to be."

Source: ABC


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Oliver Bridgeman is a young lad from Toowoomba who went to Syria for Humanitarian work 11 months ago. He was labelled a terrorist with no apparent evidence by some news papers. In numerous interviews and through his Facebook posts he has maintained that he has never picked up a gun or taken part in hostilities. His humanitarian work is out there on social media and mainstream media for everyone to see. He wants to come back to Australia to his loving parents, siblings and friends.

Australian Government has not only cancelled his passport but served his family with an arrest warrant for Oli. The letter received by the family with the assessment cancelling his passport cites sources like social media posts, news paper articles and an "assessment" from Queensland police.

This is not about an individual because people like Ashley Dyball, Jamie Reece Williams and Matthew Gardner were not only allowed back in but had charges dropped against them. Despite the fact that these individuals joined banned Kurdish militia and got involved in hostilities and quite possibly killed people arbitrarily. This is a case of miscarriage of justice and unequal application of law.

Our justice system is blind to peoples religion, ethnicity, gender, political views or race. People who have clearly broken the law were allowed to come back while someone who has not broken any law and is not involved in any illegal activity is barred from entering his own country. Such injustice has an effect on all of us.


Martin Luther King Jr's words on this topic are a warning to us all to wake up to the injustice done to any human being.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"



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By Dr Jasser Auda


Where should women offer prayer within a mosque? And where did they pray during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?

In Muslim countries, mosques that designate areas for women’s prayer rarely allow women to line up directly behind men in the same hall as was the practice in the Prophet’s Mosque during his lifetime.

In many Arab countries, it is common to separate men’s prayer place from women’s, especially in small mosques. The distance between the two prayer areas varies from one mosque to another.

The majority of mosques in Muslim countries contain special halls or small rooms for women in the basement, in the ground floor, in a closed balcony, or in a small building attached to the mosque. Speakers are used to communicate the Imam’s voice in prayer.

Five disadvantages of separate women areas:

The problem in confining women to such halls is manifold:

First, these halls are much smaller than the main prayer hall, and are usually overcrowded especially during the Friday Prayer and other occasions while men’s prayer areas and mosque halls are far from full. Sometimes women outnumber men in public occasions, especially in countries with Muslim minorities.

Second, these halls are not as properly equipped and furnished as men’s halls are, in terms of carpets, lights and sound devices. Hence, women feel less welcomed and less privileged than men in mosques.

Third, the places assigned for children in these mosques are attached only to women halls, which causes much distraction for them.

Fourth, women are not allowed to enter mosques through their main gates; rather, they have to use narrow side entrances or backdoors.

Last but not least, this common design of mosques gives a manifest impression to non-Muslim visitors and also to new youth generations, males and females alike, that Islam marginalizes or isolates women, especially when they notice the incommodious, poorly furnished and noisy prayer halls of women.

They will have the impression that Islam does not approve of women’s presence in prayer places or that men in Islam do not share the burden of caring for children, or even that Islam is a religion for males only, as is claimed by some non-Muslims.

These are only examples for the negative messages delivered to Muslims and non-Muslims through the inconvenient design of women prayer halls within mosques

Designing mosques the Prophet’s way

The design of the Prophet’s Mosque during his lifetime was like the drawing below.



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About Dr. Jasser Auda
Jasser Auda is a Professor and Al-Shatibi Chair of Maqasid Studies at the International Peace College South Africa, the Executive Director of the Maqasid Institute, a global think tank based in London, and a Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at Carleton University in Canada. He is a Founding and Board Member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, Fellow of the Islamic Fiqh Academy of India, and General Secretary of Yaqazat Feker, a popular youth organization in Egypt. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from University of Wales in the UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from University of Waterloo in Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and studied Fiqh, Usul and Hadith in the halaqas of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. He previously worked as: Founding Director of the Maqasid Center in the Philosophy of Islamic Law in London; Founding Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Ethics in Doha; professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Alexandria University in Egypt, Islamic University of Novi Pazar in Sanjaq, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, and the American University of Sharjah. He lectured and trained on Islam, its law, spirituality and ethics in dozens of other universities and organizations around the world. He wrote 25 books in Arabic and English, some of which were translated to 25 languages.


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By Professor Shahjahan Khan


(L to R) Prof Ken Udas, Venerable Wu Ping, Prof Tracey Bunda, Prof Jan Thomas, Venerable Master Chin Kung, Prof Shahjahan Khan, Dr Mike Malouf, and Dr Krzysztof Batorowicz

The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba hosted a panel presentation and discussion on `Perspectives on higher education and social harmony in the community’ on 15 March 2016. The event was sponsored by the Pure Land Learning College (PLLC), Toowoomba. The global head of PLLC and a strong advocate of making Toowoomba a Model City of Peace and Harmony by UNESCO, Venerable Master Chin Kung initiated the program with his USQ Salon on `the role of education in global peace and harmony’. His lecture was in Chinese but it was simultaneously translated in English.

The panel session was facilitated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Services) of USQ, Prof Ken Udas, and moderated by Dr Krzysztof Batorowicz, former Director of USQ Multicultural Centre. The panel consisted of Venerable Wu Ping of PLLC; Prof Jan Thomas, USQ Vice Chancellor; Prof Tracey Bunda, Head of College for Australian Indigenous Studies at USQ; Prof Shahjahan Khan, USQ and Founding President of Islamic Society of Toowoomba; and Dr Mike Malouf from Church of Jesus Christ.

Prof Shahjahan Khan made a Power Point presentation on `Islamic perspectives on higher education – revisiting scripture and historical facts’. The first part of his presentation covered some key words/verses of the Qur’an that emphasise on education and human status, eg Iqra – read, the first world revealed to Muhammad (pbuh), khalifa – representative, every human being, karramna – honoured, every child of Adam. Al-Qur’an says, `Are those don’t know equal to those who know?’



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British designer and blogger Dina Torkia

Summer Albarcha, American blogger

Haute Hijab, blog

Heba Jay, Arab-American blogger

Basma K, British designer and blogger

Hijarbie: And with Mattel giving the iconic Barbie doll a transformation by making it in different skin tones and body types, Haneefa Adam, 24, a medical science student from Nigeria, created Hijarbie, a Barbie wearing a hijab.

The doll has its own Instagram account, sharing with more than 55,000 followers pictures in full-length dresses, veils and flowing abayas.


Hijabs are slowly being introduced in the fashion scene - with bloggers, Barbies and brands joining the push for increased diversity.

Amid a continued growth in retail across much the Arab world, Uniqlo is the latest to launch a hijab line.

The Japanese clothing giant was due to land stores with its second range of head scarves and tunics from March 18, although it is the first time company will offer them for sale in the UK.

Last year it launched its first line in Asia, seen as one of the first times a major high street store has targeted the Muslim market.
Both collections are designed by British creative and blogger Hana Tajima, who converted to Islam at 17 and launched her own clothing line of stylish Muslim wear.

“We wanted to create a collection for women who appreciate modesty as a lifestyle, as well as a broader international audience. It is relaxed, and can be mixed and matched to enhance style,” she said.

Taku Morikawa, chief executive at Uniqlo Malaysia, said: “The Hana Tajima collection is a further extension of our LifeWear concept in making fashionable, high-quality products for anyone, anywhere, to enhance lifestyles.

“We worked with Hana to develop something with international appeal, while maintaining the concept of modest clothing. The result is not only stylish, but comfortable.”

“Our second collaboration with Hana this spring/summer season will introduce essential pieces that reflect her style for modest fashion while combining our LifeWear concept in which is to focus on enhancing the wearer’s lifestyle,” a Uniqlo spokesperson said.

The Independent


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Construction of a kitchen for picnics and ifthaar at the Rochedale Mosque has begun in earnest


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



How ISIS is going against Islam's teachings: Texts suggest Muslim prophet wanted Christians to be 'protected and defended', claims expert 


Dr Considine, a lecturer in Rice's Department of Sociology in Texas, looked at texts written by the Muslim prophet written between 622 and 632 AD.

'These covenants were designed to protect and even defend peaceful Christian communities, not attack them,' Considine said.

'The research clearly shows that contemporary Islamic states that mistreat and discriminate against Christians cannot be justified in light of Prophet Muhammad's covenants.'

Considine said it is assumed they were written because of Prophet Muhammad's desire to build alliances to bolster his new community and because of his positive interactions with members of the Christian faith.

The paper explores the prophet's covenants with the monks of Mount Sinai, the Christians of Najran, the Christians of Persia and the Christians of the World.

In 'The Covenant of the Prophet with the Christians of Persia,' the prophet was emphatic on the issue of complete religious freedom.

He wrote: 'Even as they honour and respect me, so shall Muslims care for that people as being under our protection and whensoever any distress or discomfort shall overtake (Christians), Muslims shall hold themselves in duty bound to aid and care for them, for they are a people subject to my Nation, obedient to their word, whose helpers also they are,' the prophet wrote.


'It therefore is proper for my sake to attend to their comfort, protection and aid, in face of all opposition and distress, suppressing everything that becomes a means to their spoliation.'

Considine said a similar – if not identical – passage is found in the three other covenants addressed in this paper.

'Prophet Muhammad made it clear that freedom of religion is an inherent right for Christians living in a Muslim nation,' he said.

'His cordial relations with Christians were not due merely to political expediency or personal aspirations, but rather they resulted from his belief that Christians should be able to freely practice their own faith in accordance with their own will.

'Christian Persians were under no compulsion whatsoever to accept or reject Islam.'

Considine also noted that Prophet Muhammad believed that a Muslim nation must also extend civic rights to Christian religious leaders, as discussed in 'The Covenant of the Prophet with the Christians of the World.'

'The covenant of Allah is that I should protect their land, their monasteries, with my power, my horses, my men, my strength and my Muslim followers in any region, far away or close by, and that I should protect their businesses,' he wrote.

'I grant security to them, their churches, their businesses, their houses of worship, the places of their monks, the places of their pilgrims, wherever they may be found,'
the prophet wrote.

'The Prophet Muhammad did not want to inflict harm on Christians, nor interfere or encroach on their privacy or private property,' Considine said.

Daily Mail UK


Mustafa Akyol

How Muslim Governments Impose Ignorance

I recently spent a few days in Malaysia, where I was promoting the publication of the Malay edition of my book, “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.” The publisher, a progressive Muslim organization called the Islamic Renaissance Front, had set up several talks for me in Kuala Lumpur. As any author would be, I was happy to learn that the team was enthusiastic about my book and had been getting good feedback from audiences and readers. But I was troubled by something else that I suspect many Muslim authors have experienced: My publisher was worried about censorship.

The risk, I was told, was that the Department of Islamic Development, a government body that “was formed to protect the purity of faith,” could ban the book if it was viewed as violating traditional Islamic doctrine.

So far, the Malaysian government has not banned my book. But if it did I wouldn’t be surprised. The department has already outlawed more than a thousand books translated into Malay. Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” was banned because, according to the home minister, it “goes against Islamic teachings,” and even “endangers public harmony” — whatever that means. “Islam: A Short History,” a fairly sympathetic study by the best-selling author Karen Armstrong, was similarly banned for being “incompatible with peace and social harmony.”

Malaysia isn’t an anomaly in the Muslim world. In the more extreme case of Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Information can censor any publication it wants, and the religious police can confiscate books if they detect what they perceive as a hint of blasphemy. Even the Bible, the world’s best seller, is banned in Saudi Arabia — no matter that the Quran praises it. In Egypt, under the iron fist of President Abdelfattah al-Sisi, a range of literary works can be outlawed. Last month, a novelist was sentenced to two years in prison for “violating public modesty.”

The New York Times


Skin deep: should Australia consider name-blind resumes?

Ashley, Ashton, Ashish, and Ashanti are four incredibly talented people with outstanding resumes. A copy of each is sitting on your desk, and you can’t help but notice that the four resumes are completely identical!

So do they have an identical chance of getting hired by you?

An interesting parliamentary debate is taking place in Canada on promoting “name-blind” resumes. Taking a lead from the UK, the proposition in the debate is that resumes submitted within the Canadian public service should not have the candidate’s name on them, in order to preclude the systemic (often subconscious) biases of employers from manifesting themselves in the hiring process, whether it be in the form of racial or gender discrimination (or both).

In the UK, the move has already received positive acknowledgement and prestigious private sector firms are beginning to follow suit.

In Canada, the parliamentary discussion around the issue of “making Canada less racist” in the workplace is gaining increasing traction, led in part by the proactive approach to social inclusion encouraged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, which is perhaps best exemplified by the remarkable diversity of his cabinet.

What’s in a name?

Research on name-based discrimination points to a single conclusion: discrimination against candidates based on their names is a systemic aspect of the labour market that affects women, visible minorities, and women from visible minorities.

In Canada, the most famous study compared the preference for “Mathew” over “Samir”, by sending resumes to thousands of employers with identical credentials but a mere change of name, finding widespread “subconscious statistical discrimination” and suggested a need for candidates to think about “masking names”. Similar research compared immigrants with foreign-sounding names and immigrants with Anglo-Saxon names, finding a disconcerting and statistically significant difference in employer response in terms of callbacks for interviews. 

The Conversation

The ‘Celebrity Shaykh’ – has Islamic education become entertainment?
Education or Entertainment?

Recently, a conversation that occurred between a group of practicing brothers and sisters, some of whom are considered students of knowledge, was brought to my attention. The conversation was regarding their earnest desire to attend a talk by a ‘particular’ visiting speaker. Now, in essence, there should be no problem with this as we must choose effectively our sources of receiving the knowledge of our religion, especially in this day and age when everyone has an opinion which amazingly manages to find its way into the palms of our hands, given how much ‘smarter’ our phones have become.

So what is the problem?

The problem is when what we consider to be our pursuit of knowledge and our development actually become a means of ‘entertainment’.

If I were to release to you the actual conversation of the group in question, an understanding would become manifestly apparent that a large drive behind their motivation to attend the event was not the knowledge that would be attained, but sadly the mere attendance of that particular speaker.

Some of them were happy to miss the entire program as long as they caught the talk of a ‘particular speaker’, and mentioned their attending this particular speaker’s presentation ‘live’ – as if it was part of their life’s ‘bucket list’.

Why do I say sadly?

This particular mind-set of idolising respected teachers and speakers to the point of turning them into celebrities is a real one. In fact, I have come to the realisation that this is a growing trend in today’s societies, with many of our brothers and sisters falling into the dangerous trap of becoming ‘fans’ of their favourite speakers and teachers, with very little love and focus on the knowledge delivered and the scholarly inheritance of our beloved Messenger (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam).

How often have we read or heard the following statements or conversations with regards to an Islamic event?

“Oh, the speaker has such an amazing accent, it melts my heart…”

“I love the way he delivers his reminders. I feel like he’s the only speaker I can listen to…’’

“Oh, he is coming! We must attend the program…”

“How cool would it be to get a picture with him?!”

“Forget about the rest, he is the best…”

And in response to an invite to attend a beneficial lecture or program run by a responsible institute; “The speakers are not charismatic enough….”

These are but a few statements, and I am sure you may have heard many more.





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Muslims Cheating Welfare



I Want to Drop Out of School


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Malaysia might become the first country in the world to have a halal KTM train once they get approval from Jakim! Trust KTM to be different, coz they made waves 6 years ago when they launched the country’s first women’s coach.


At first it’s like wuuuut? How do you make a train halal? But Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) President Sarbini Tijan explained:

“Muslim tourists from around the globe would feel confident in coming to the country as they know that when they travel long distance using KTMB’s Electric Train Service (ETS), they can rest assured that the food served is halal-certified.” – Sarbini on Malaysian Digest

Ahhh, so it’s the food on board that is halal. On another note, someone raised very valid questions like:


1.     What if disabled people got guide dogs? They get kicked out?

2.     If a passenger’s grocery bag has pork, will they suspend the whole train service to do cleansing?

3.     If couples take train together, must they bring their marriage cert in case they get caught for khalwat?


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.


Geoff Lawton (Jamal Al Deen) converted to Islam in 2003 and later married Jordanian-born Muslim woman Nadia Lawton

"I realised it was actually a faith that starts with the word 'salaam', which means peace, and it almost sounded quite alternative and hippie in some ways, 'may the force be with you' kind of thing.

Geoff Lawton (Jamal Al Deen).


Geoff Lawton (Jamal Al Deen) married Jordanian-born Muslim woman Nadia Lawton in 2004. He converted to Islam in 2003.


He was a community aid worker in Iraq when he decided to convert.


"I decided I didn't know enough in-depth about the Islamic faith, and I'd never actually been inside a mosque, and I thought I'd better understand, as I was potentially risking my life by going into a war zone, more about the Islamic faith," he said.


"The more I asked, the more interesting, more passive and more beautiful it became and I realised it was actually a faith that starts with the word 'salaam', which means peace, and it almost sounded quite alternative and hippie in some ways, 'may the force be with you' kind of thing.


"I started to look more into it and I kind of free-fell into a situation where I realised there was a lot of misrepresentation and there was a lot of understanding that was being misinterpreted and I just felt more and more engaged in a sharia lifestyle."


Mr Lawton said he was surprised by the freedom allowed in Islam.


"You have choices and there are concessions even when you travel," he said.


"It's a very easy way of living that allows a lot of flexibility. There doesn't have to be this rigidity that's portrayed in the press. It's very different to that."


He said he felt privileged to have found Islam.


"I live my life more peacefully, with less conflict and a lot less complication," Mr Lawton said.


"It's a lot easier to live, what I consider, a decent life."


Ms Lawton said she had no problems settling into Australia.


"When I came to Australia I promised myself I would have no judgment, I would just open my heart and my mind and take everything in, and I did that," she said.


"I just absorbed everyone and made plenty of friends and now everybody knows me around Lismore.


"I love the Northern Rivers and I don't think I'll ever leave it."


Ms Lawton said she tried not to take in too much news from the Middle East because the media's portrayal of Islam was upsetting.


"The people on the news who say what they're doing in the Islamic name and under God's name, it's not right. They're giving a bad name to the whole of Islam," she said.


"Islam is not about killing yourself and killing innocent people. None of us agree with that."

Source: ABC




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Change Steve's Name


Mujeeb wants to change Steve's name. Of course Steve resists and attempts to broaden Mujeeb's world view. The two arm chair philosophers delve into universality and the nature of time itself.


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

1. Dalia Mogahed



The US’ first Muslim woman in the White House back in 2009, Dalia Mogahed is one of Barack Obama’s ‘closest advisors’ advocating the views and opinions of Muslims across the US in the most simplistic, recognizable and agreeable way.


The Egyptian born advisor holds her title as a renowned speaker and writer, objective and credible in her speech and actions.


What puts her in the top 10 of 2015 is her competitive passion even until this day.


With the current events regarding western involvement in the Middle Eastern conflicts, governmental influence on our lives is now bigger than it has ever been and to have a Muslim woman influence a part of this is an achievement.

NEXT WEEK: Nadiya Hussain



Source: MVSLI


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



Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, Malaysia
Malaysia's largest mosque can be found in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia, and is built in modernist Malay style. It has inscriptions by an Egyptian calligrapher alongside blue-stained glass windows, and its aluminium dome is covered with steel panels engraved with verses from the Koran. It has the capacity to accommodate 24,000 worshippers.   

Source: Telegraph UK


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 18 March 2016

TOPIC"Establishing Iman (Faith) by Loving One Another"

IMAM: Shazad Khan








 Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 18 March 2016

TOPIC"Relationships between Young and Old"

IMAM: Mufti Zeeyad Ravat







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 18 March 2016

TOPIC"The Balance of Feelings"  PART 2

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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The World's Best Teacher: a Palestinian


Palestine won!” This former refugee has just been named the best teacher in the world. Hanan Al Hroub picked up the $1 million prize at a ceremony in Dubai, organized by the Varkey Foundation.


A Palestinian teacher has won a $1m (£707,000) global teaching prize - with the award announced in a video message by Pope Francis.

Hanan Al Hroub grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp and now is a teacher of refugees herself.

She specialises in supporting children who have been traumatised by violence.

The winner was announced at an awards ceremony in Dubai, with a video message of congratulation sent by Prince William.

Pope Francis sent a message saying that teachers were "the builders of peace and unity".

Ms Al Hroub told the audience that "teachers could change the world".

Growing up in a refugee camp near Bethlehem, Ms Al Hroub now works with refugee pupils, with an approach using play that is aimed at resolving violence and tension.

"I am proud to be a Palestinian female teacher standing on this stage," she said after receiving the award.

She says she will spend the prize money on supporting her students.

Prince William spoke of the "incredible responsibility" of teachers and that they could "influence, inspire and shape a young person's life for the better".

There was a UK finalist, Colin Hegarty, a maths teacher from London who has created a website with interactive online maths lessons.

The finalists for the Global Teacher Prize included teachers from India, Kenya, Finland and the United States.

Created by the Varkey Foundation, the charitable arm of the GEMS international education firm, the prize and Oscars-style ceremony are intended to raise the status of the teaching profession.

The audience for the event included Hollywood stars such as Salma Hayek and Matthew McConaughey and political figures including former UK prime minister Tony Blair and the vice president of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The top 10 finalists were invited on stage by a video message from physicist Stephen Hawking and were congratulated by video messages from US vice-president Joe Biden and former US president Bill Clinton.

Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation and who created the prize, said he hoped that Hanan Al Hroub's story would "inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession".

The finalists included:

• Maarit Rossi from Finland developed her own method for teaching maths. Finland has some of the best maths results in the world in international tests, but Ms Rossi's classes are high achieving even against Finnish standards.

• Aqeela Asifi came to Pakistan as a refugee from Afghanistan and is teaching refugee children in a school that she created.

• Ayub Mohamud, a business studies teacher from Kenya, has reached the finals with a project to discourage violent extremism and radicalisation.

• Robin Chaurasiya from Mumbai in India founded an organisation to teach and support teenagers from the city's red-light district.

• Richard Johnson, a science teacher from Perth in Australia, set up a science laboratory for primary school children.

• Michael Soskil from Pennsylvania in the United States, a previous winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, has motivated his pupils by linking them with projects around the world.

• Kazuya Takahashi from Japan has developed innovative ways to teach science and to encourage global citizenship.

• Joe Fatheree from Illinois in the United States has pioneered teaching projects using 3D printing, drone technology and using online games such as Minecraft.

Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation, told the international education conference that the prize was intended to bring greater public recognition to the importance of teachers.

"My hope is that children from around the world will watch Sunday's ceremony and think about what their own teachers do for them," said Mr Varkey.


Source: BBC

School may expel Muslim teens for standing up to bullies — after ignoring their pleas for years



Jameel Siam


NEW YORK: Two Muslim teens say their New York school has ignored about bullying for years — and now they may be expelled for fighting back.

Adam and Jameel Siam said they have suffered anti-Muslim harassment for at least two years at Williamsville East High School, but they said administrators have done nothing to address their complaints, reported WIVB-TV.

“I was bullied for Osama bin Laden, I’ve been called a terrorist,” said Jameel, a junior. “We’ve been called terrorists, go back home and make bombs in your basement or you’re going to come back and shoot up the school — and it’s just like, people kept pushing our buttons.”

The boys have attended schools in the western New York village since preschool, but they said the bullying has recently grown worse.

“You don’t know if someone is going to come up behind you or come right up to you and say something,” said Adam, a sophomore. “You always have to watch where you are, what you’re doing, who’s around you. You always gotta have a watch out.”

They’re hounded on social media and harassed in the hallways at school, and vandals broke windows and doors at the family’s home over the weekend by throwing rocks and eggs.

The boys have filed at least two reports with Amherst police, the TV station reported — once after a fight in December and then again after their home was vandalized.

Their mother said she has repeatedly asked school officials to help stop the bullying, but she said her complaints have been ignored.

“This has been festering for years now,” Rehab Siam said. “They’ve never looked into the whole serious issue.”

Now the boys face an expulsion hearing after fighting with their tormenters.

“When I go into school, all I hear are these racial comments,” Jameel said. “It just keeps pushing my buttons where I don’t focus on my studies anymore, I focus on my safety.”

The disciplinary hearing had been scheduled for Monday but was pushed back, and the school superintendent declined to comment specifically on the matter but said administrators took bullying seriously and would punish any behavior that compromised student safety.

Police are still investigating the vandalism and fight.

“I can’t live a normal life now, especially how they came to my house,” Jameel said. “It’s not only at school that I need to be afraid, it’s that I have to be afraid everywhere I am now.”

Source: Raw Story

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 Flying into the history books: All-female Dreamliner pilot crew touches down in Saudi Arabia... where women aren't even allowed to drive a car



Captain Sharifah Czarena (left) and senior first officers Dk Nadiah Pg Khashiem (middle) and Sariana Nordin


BRUNEI: A trio of pilots has made history by becoming Royal Brunei Airlines’ first all-female flight crew - and they’re gaining attention thanks to the destination they flew to on their inaugural flight together.

While it was a landmark moment for the carrier, the flight was also significant because the pilots landed at an airport in Saudi Arabia – a country where women are banned from driving a car.

Captain Sharifah Czarena and senior first officers Sariana Nordin and Dk Nadiah Pg Khashiem were behind the controls of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on flight BI081 from Brunei to Jeddah.

Royal Brunei assigned three female pilots to the 24 February flight as it celebrated Brunei National Day, which marks the state’s full independence from the UK in 1984.

Czarena trained at the Cabair Flying School at Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and operates a number of the state-owned carrier’s major routes.

In December 2013, she became the first-ever Royal Brunei pilot to fly out of London Heathrow in its flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

All-female crews have become a trend in recent months.

Last week a number of airlines, including Air Canada and Air India, operated long-haul flights staffed by female pilots to coincide with Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.


The Daily Mail UK


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How black, Latino and Muslim college students organized to stop Trump's rally in Chicago



Donald Trump supporters and protesters clash March 11, 2016, outside the UIC Pavilion after the rally for the Republican presidential candidate was cancelled.


US: When black, Muslim and Latino student activists at the University of Illinois at Chicago heard last week that Donald Trump was planning a rally on campus, they did what any good organizers do in 2016: They went online.

Within days, thousands of people had liked a Facebook page called "Stop Trump – Chicago." Tens of thousands added their names to a MoveOn.org petition calling on the school to cancel the rally.


LA Times


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Czech Beauty Queen Reverts to Islam



DUBAI: Finding serenity in Islam, a former beauty queen of Democratic Republic of Czechoslovakia has converted to Islam, settling down in Dubai where she works.

According to a report by Al Quds Al-Arabi newspaper in London, Marketa Korinkova has embraced Islam months ago and changed her name as Maryam.

An international fame production designer, super-model and film actress, Marketa Korinkova surprised her fans by making this announcement, The Siasat Daily reported on Monday, February 29.

In 2012, she was elected Miss Motors in a beauty contest held in Italy, after which she gained fame.
According to the paper, Maryam has been thinking of embracing this faith for the past three years. She made a public announcement in Dubai of her accepting Islam.

She said that the status given to Muslim women in Islam attracted her to accept this faith.
Maryam holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Charles University of Prague.

Later, she did her MA in Production Designing from National Film and TV School of the Royal College of Arts, London. She also worked for BBC.

Source: About Islam 


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Students Up In Arms After Muslim Woman Has Niqab Veil 'Ripped From Her' In King's College London Attack



UK: More than 500 people have signed an open letter urging King's College London to protect Muslim students after one reportedly had her niqab veil torn off while she was hosting an Islamic society stall.

The alleged attack happened on the university's Strand Campus, and saw the women subjected to racist taunts, according to student newspaper Roar! Two men have since been arrested in connection with the incident.

Students accused KCL's security guards of "idly" stand by for 20 minutes and telling other students not to intervene while the incident unfolded.

Geography MA student Mahamed Abdullahi told the paper: “I had to put myself in harms way to protect the Muslim women who were being verbally and physically assaulted after King’s security just stood there and were being non-responsive."

On the KCL Islamic Society's Facebook page, President Issa Ruhani described the response as "woefully inadequate".

"Throughout [the incident], the Strand security staff refused to do anything to prevent the attack on our members, with the only individual to intervene being a male member of the ISOC. The police arrived after more than 45 minutes, whilst the perpetrators continued their abuse.

"Had this been any other student group, would the response of the College Security be the same? We feel that there has been a failure in the duty of the College to protect students, especially in this climate of widespread Islamophobia and anti-Muslim violence."

The open letter, posted on the Facebook page, asks KCL to "engage in clear and honest communication with the KCL Islamic Society", and "release a statement explaining how they intend to protect and support Muslim students after this incident and ensure it does not occur again".

The female students were manning the stall as part of Discover Islam Week, an event organised by the university's student Islamic Society to dispel misconceptions about the religion.

According to student Hareem Ghani, who is a member of the Islamic Society, the men kept asking: "Why are you wearing that on your face?"

Ghani told the Evening Standard: "It escalated from there and one of them reached out to the sisters and pulled off her niqab.

"Security were called but they only responded 15 minutes afterwards."

In a statement published online, KCL said: "We are mindful of concerns raised around this incident and would like to reassure our staff and students that the safety and security of our campuses is of the utmost importance.

"The incident is now being investigated by the police, following the arrests made yesterday, and our CCTV footage will be provided as evidence as part of this process. We will continue to support the police in their investigation, which will take precedence over our own proceedings.

However, we will also be reviewing the incident, including the CCTV evidence, to establish precisely what happened and further improve student safety on campus."

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called at approximately 13:10hrs on Friday, 4 March to reports of two males making racially aggravated and homophobic comments in Strand, WC2.

"Officers attended and two men, aged 39 and 41, were arrested under section 4 of the Public Order Act. Both were taken into custody at a central London police station and have been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in early May."


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Sana Mir: Pakistan's 'Captain Cool' who leads by example




PAKISTAN: In the past 11 years, Sana Mir has done her bit to change the perception about women's cricket in Pakistan and as she prepares to hand over the leadership baton, there is a pleasing sense of satisfaction about her on and off the field achievement in the game.

The 30-year-old says cricket is considered as a medium of women's empowerment in Pakistan.

"Yes, we have come a long way. It is considered as a medium for women's empowerment in Pakistan. Now girls want to take up cricket. This team has done a lot to change the perception. There were times it was difficult for women's cricket in Pakistan but now parents come up and tell me that they want their daughters to play cricket," Sana told reporters at a media conference, here today.

Mir did let out a little secret that Virat Kohli is the most popular cricketer in their women's team although her personal favourite is Mahendra Singh Dhoni.


Pakistan's T20 Team 



Times of India

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These People Are Showing That Islam Is Compatible With Women’s Rights


Muslims for Progressive Values


TUNIS, Tunisia — A group of 30 imams and Islamic scholars, both men and women, recently gathered around a table to do something historic. Our goal is to find a better way forward for women and girls and to inoculate radicalism in a Muslim country that has, for hundreds of years, been a model progressive nation.

Meanwhile, in Burundi, a group of 26 imams — in an organization called Alliance of Imams of the North Corridor for Humanitarian Development (AICNDH) — is striving to defend the rights of women and girls in a country now consumed with civil strife. In various mosques across the northern part of the country, these imams recently delivered 12 khutbahs, or speeches, on women’s rights in Islam. AICNDH, in partnership with Muslims for Progressive Values, will be hosting a series of conferences at universities and schools in Burundi over the coming months, also on Muslim women’s rights.

Together, these imams are the brave #ImamsForShe: religious and lay leaders, Islamic scholars, men and women. They debunk the misogynistic interpretation of Islam. They fight against the violation of the rights of women and girls in the Muslim world and beyond. These are the imams we need to empower and mobilize.


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Segregated Muslim women don't need saving by pumped up liberals


LSE Islamic Society annual dinner, which was segregated with a screen separating male and female students

UK: A gala hosted by the London School of Economics has reignited the row over religious gender segregation. Why? The event, for the university’s Islamic Society, included a screen running down the middle of the hall, separating the sexes.

Men and women often sit apart in the religious practice of various faiths, of course; from Muslims to Jews, Sikhs and Hindus and Buddhist monasteries – which have long been male only.

In Islam, the physical separation of men and women varies tremendously. In Mecca during the annual pilgrimage for example, it doesn’t happen at all. In some large mosques, men and women may pray in the same room with no divider, only separate ‘sections’.

In one mosque I frequented, this was done side-by-side, although more typically it’s men at the front and women at the back. In others, often for reasons for practicality, a lack of space means women pray on a separate floor - either a balcony opening on to the main mosque space, or a basement.

In theory, the separation of men and women in a place of worship is linked to the idea of spiritual focus – no mobiles, loud talking or flirting, as it were.
Source: Telegraph UK 

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Egypt dismisses minister after 'prophet' comments



Egypt's justice minister [centre] has been sacked calls after comments about the prophet

CAIRO: Egypt's prime minister has sacked Justice Minister Ahmed el-Zend after his controversial remarks about imprisoning "the prophet" went viral.

Ahmed el-Zend was on a private Egyptian channel discussing his opponents on Friday when the interviewer asked him whether he would imprison journalists.

"Even if it's the prophet - peace and prayers upon him," Zend said before quickly repenting. He then added that anyone who is at fault will be imprisoned "regardless of their stature.
"Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued a decree today to relieve Ahmed el-Zend ... of his position," a government statement said, giving no more details.

Egyptian judges issued a statement opposing Zend's removal over what the head of the Judges Club told Reuters news agency was a slip of the tongue that could have happened to anyone.

"Egypt's judges are sorry that someone who defended Egypt and its people, judiciary and nation in the face of the terrorist organisation that wanted to bring it down should be punished in this way," said Abdallah Fathi.

Earlier on Sunday, Egypt's al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, released a statement warning against any blasphemous comments surrounding the prophet "even if it were a mistake".

Videos of Zend's comments were shared widely online, causing the Arabic hashtag "Not the prophet, Prosecute el-Zend" to trend on Twitter in Egypt.



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5 most Islamophobic rants by Geert Wilders as his 'inciting hatred' trial begins




NETHERLANDS: The trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders started Friday for inciting hatred and discrimination against the Dutch Moroccan minority.

Wilders denies any wrongdoing, saying comments he made, which included referring to Morrocans as “scum”, are protected by his right to free speech.

Prosecutors said the case pits that right versus the right to be free from discrimination, according to Reuters.

“Freedom of expression is not absolute, it is paired with obligations and responsibilities, the responsibility not to set groups of people against each other,” said lead prosecutor Wouter Bos.


Long before Donald Trump started scoring political points on the backs of Muslims, Wilders made a name for himself as an outrageous and offensive orator.

Here are five of his most anti-Muslim rants, in no particular (new world) order.






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Q: Dear Kareema, I need to tone my stomach muscles and improve my balance. Can you suggest some exercises?

A: The off-balance workout: Turn your workout into a balancing act. A controlled wobble activates deep core muscles to help tighten the midsection and improve balance.


Yoga or Pilates are great classes to strengthen, tone and improve posture. It also works deep muscles which in turn will leave you looking lean and feeling stronger with improved balance.




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What’s the hype about: quinoa?


Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a seed of a plant species called goosefoot genus but has properties much like a grain. Previously, this crop was only available via import, however due to its popularity as a health food; Australia has begun commercially farming this plant.
Quinoa is a gluten free grain alternative for those with coeliac (pronounced see-lee-ac) disease. It may also be used as a substitute for rice or couscous. It is high in protein (14g per 100g uncooked), low in fat (6g per 100g uncooked) and contains some fibre (7g per 100g uncooked). It is quite a versatile ingredient, quick and easy to prepare and can be added into a wide variety of dishes from stir fries, salads, and oats to even smoothies.

When added into your diet, quinoa can be a great source of protein for muscle growth and repair. It is also a complex carbohydrate, which means it takes longer for the body to break down, therefore it can help stabilise your blood sugar levels (great for diabetics), keep you fuller for longer and thus help with weight control.


So, should we all be keen for quinoa? It is slightly pricey to buy so it may not be an affordable option for everyone. If it’s not suited to your budget, choosing other complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, wholegrain bread and oats will also provide you with similar benefits. However, if you can afford it, this little grain does have great health benefits. If you enjoy the taste and texture, it is a great addition to add more nutrients into your diet.


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Targeted on the street. This is not a ring match.....

That means pull hair, gouge eyes, pinch, bite, fish hook, and whatever you need to do to get out of this situation. Men, for some reason refuse to strike the groin. Why? In the hopes he won’t? To ensure he doesn’t kick you in the groin first, strike him in the groin and run. Who cares if people make fun of you, you’re not whose hurt. However, I wouldn’t recommend striking the spine, or back of the head as this could maim your opponent, which would land you in court.


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 The CCN Book of the Week


Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty


Mustafa Akyol



“A delightfully original take on…the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East.”―Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal

As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom?


In Islam without Extremes, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones.


Though the rigid traditionalists won out, Akyol points to a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique “Islamo-liberal synthesis” in present-day Turkey.


As he powerfully asserts, only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive.


Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty.


Source: Amazon



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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: Known by Brits as the signature dish of Birmingham, a Balti is a tangy and tasty tomato based curry with peppers and onions. Traditionally cooked and served in a Balti dish (hence its name), this extremely easy recipe uses a regular saucepan (however if you happen to have a Balti dish lying around, go right ahead and use that) 

Balti Lamb


Step 1

½ kg lamb meat, cubed and deboned (if you prefer)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ginger and garlic
1 tsp crushed jeeru/cumin
¼ tsp lemon pepper
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
¼ tsp elachi/cardamom powder

Combine all the above and leave in your refrigerator for a few hours.

Cook the meat in ghee or coconut oil until tender.


Step 2

2 onions chopped
1 tab. ghee
1 green pepper chopped
2 medium tomatoes, blanched and chopped
2 tab chili sauce (your family favourite)
2 tab. tomato sauce
2 Tab tomato puree
Fresh chopped dhania/coriander leaves

Stir-fry onions in ghee until soft and add the peppers and cook for 2 mins.

Add the tomatoes, meat , sauces and tomato puree and simmer for approx. 10 mins or until the gravy is thick and saucy.

Garnish with chopped dhania/coriander leaves.

Serve hot with naan bread

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


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

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Habibullah and Jallaluddin went to an expensive restaurant.

They ordered two soft drinks and then got sandwiches from their briefcases and began to eat them.

Waitress: Sorry brothers! But you can't eat your OWN food here... It's against the rules ...

Habibullah and Jallaluddin looked at each other, exchanged their sandwiches and continued with their meals.



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An Ayaat-a-Week





Invite (all) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.

 ~ Surah Al-Nahl 16:125


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We have just enough religion to make us hate one another,

but not enough to make us love one another

~ Jonathan Swift


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7 May


Palestinian political advocacy and charity dinner


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 874 008


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

21 May



Holland Park Fund Raiser

Islamic Society of Holland Park

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 785 434


22 May



High Tea

Islamic Relief

The Hilton Brisbane

0433 182 520

1pm to 5pm

21 May


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

4 June


Muslimah Night Bazaar



0405 816 102



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


1st Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

12 October


Day of Ashura

12 December


Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi



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
Email info@almustapha.org.au



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




Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Next Meeting


Time: 7.00pm
Date: Tuesday 29 March 2016
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Draft agenda:

Standing items:
• ICQ report
• ADCQ report
• AFP report
• QPS report

Please send any topics you wish to be added to the agenda to be discussed on the night.


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au



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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

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)

      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)

      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)

      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)

      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (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 subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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