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CCN notches two milestones

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

UniSA to establish a Centre for Islamic Thought

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Australian Team wins Innovation Challenge

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

The Forgotten Jewels: AL Kauthar Course

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Police could ban Australians from mosques 'on gut feeling'

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Shamsiya's Story

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

White flight: race segregation in Melbourne state schools

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

New Community Centre in Gatton: Donation Appeal

KB's Culinary Corner

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Melbourne Lord Mayor welcomes plan for mosque

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Muslim Aid Australia’s Annual Report 2015

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Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat


Canberra Muslims gather to raise money for new Mosque

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence


Australia's first openly gay Imam

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London, has a new mayor – a Muslim

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Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia

Nine give voice to what it's really like to live as a Muslim


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Crescents Community News is proud to announce two significant milestones that have been reached almost simultaneously this week.


This week's edition marks the 600th uninterrupted weekly issue of CCN which made its first appearance in 2004 (long before blogs, wikis, social media and YouTube technologies became mainstream).


In addition, CCN's Facebook Page clocked up over 1000 followers this week.


We are humbled by the support and loyalty of our regular and very diverse readership which extends to all parts of Australia, and across our borders to many other countries.


We look forward to your company as we head towards our next milestone, insha'Allah.


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Professor Mohamad Abdalla will make the move from Griffith University to lead the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education.

THE University of South Australia is set to become the leading Australian hub for Islamic studies through a new research centre.

The Centre for Islamic Thought and Education will be led by Professor Mohamad Abdalla, who will make the move from Griffith University (Brisbane) where he established an Islamic research unit a decade ago.

“In an increasingly globalised world the varied problems facing Muslim societies present new and complex challenges, which need to be addressed from a strength-based approach,” Prof Abdalla said.

“One of the founding values of the centre will be the clear focus on genuine and meaningful engagement, which will provide for valuable two-way conversations and insights between the Muslim and broader community.”

UniSA Vice-Chancellor David Lloyd said the centre would collaborate with international partners, government departments and non-government bodies in Australia and overseas.

Source: The Advertiser


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by Zia Ahmad


Shihaab Azam and Hamza Khan at the Kennedy Space Centre, NASA, Florida, USA

Hamza Khan, Shihaab Azam, Olivia Hutley and Kelsey Matushcka, are the first Australians ever to win one of the four divisions at the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge held on 20-24 April 2016 at NASA in Florida, USA.

They are members of Team Enlighten, Year 11 students at Brisbane’s St John’s Anglican College. St John’s is the only school in Australia to make the semi-finals two years in a row.

The competition included four divisions; Aerospace and Aviation, Energy and the Environment, Cyber Technologies and Security, and Health and Nutrition.

The spark for this idea originated when Hamza and his mates were using their phones late at night and realised that their smartphones were having a detrimental effect on their sleep. The team decided to design a viable solution in the Health and Nutrition category of the Innovation Challenge.

The winning team proposed the idea to develop a mobile application to control the colours of mobile devices to eliminate anxiety, poor sleeping patterns and stress.

Their ‘Lumos App’ idea is based on studies that show extensive amounts of exposure to lighting patterns on various devices that can lead to physical and mental issues.

The students will be offered help to establish patents for their app and also private entrepreneurial and marketing support which will assist in taking their ideas to the market.

Their teacher, Mr Nathan King was awarded the prestigious Teacher of the Year award. Mr King is the first teacher from outside of the US to win this award.



From left: Shihaab Azam, Olivia Hutley and Hamza Khan at NASA.

All 20 students who attended the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge took the opportunity to tour the Kennedy Space Station, the Atlantis Shuttle Exhibition and the Saturn V Rocket during their time in Florida. The competition also allowed students to network with astronauts Captain Kathryn Hire, Jon McBride and Bob Cabana, Director of NASA.

Through networking, many students from St John’s are also looking at partnering with other schools from Asia and North America to further develop their ideas.

Hamza is the son of Dr Javaid Khan, a researcher at the University of Queensland and Mrs Zeba Khan, a teacher at the Australian Islamic College, Brisbane.

The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge began in August 2015 with over 500 students from 16 countries joining together to create concepts, products and services to benefit humanity.

Of those, an astounding 140 teams submitted projects.  With the help of judges, over 110 teams advanced to the semifinals.

These teams tackled an amazing challenge – creating business and technical plans and graphic representations for products that, only a few weeks before, were conceptual ideas.

Over 90 teams attended the 20-24 April 2016 Summit at NASA in Florida, USA.

Source: Australasian Muslim Times


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Who are your children's Role Models?

It has been estimated that up to 80% of all human behaviours are learnt through looking up to role models. This is why it is so critical that we choose positive role models, for ourselves and our children. Sadly, in today’s society, we make sports and movie stars our “role models” despite the miserable lives they lead outside of their primary pursuit. Their lives rarely contain a full complement of positive characteristics that we would want to emulate as Muslims.

Fortunately, Islamic history is full of amazing role models - men, women and children - from whom we learn how to be great in all aspects of life. We learn from them how to navigate our environment, how to overcome challenges, how to achieve truly great things and how to be those whom Allah (SWT) loves.

Next week!

The Forgotten Jewels - Great Women of Islamic History
By Sheikh Daood Butt


In this course we will relive the legacy of some of the greatest women in our rich and amazing history.

Some of the great women we will be looking at include:


Young Women:
• Aishah Bint Abu Bakr
• Amah Bint Khalid
• Hafsah Bint Sireen

Mothers who raised Scholars:
• Mother of Imam Bukhari
• Mother of Imam As-Shafiee
• Mother of Imam Malik ibn Anas
• Mother of Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal

Women and Society:
• Zumurrud Khatun (Sister of Salahuddin Al-Ayoubi)


Women and Their Parents:
• Umm Kulthum

Love Stories: Women Making the Right Choice
• Zainab Bint Muhammad
• Bareerah and Mugheeth
• Khansaa Bint Khaddaam
• Umm Salamah

180 Degrees: Women who changed their life around after Islam
• Hind Bint Utbah (Radical Change, from cannibal acts to Islam)

• Al-Ghamidiyyah (Sahabiyyah who commited adultery)

Women and Knowledge: (A Modern Example)
• Aisha At-Taymuriyya (1840-1902)


Achieve success and greatness in your own life by learning lessons from those who achieved it before us

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Critics say extraordinary powers granted to NSW police will hit vulnerable people hardest


The orders would give NSW police similar powers to those they have to seek and impose control orders on terrorism suspects.

Sweeping police powers passed by the New South Wales upper house are so broad they could lead to Australians being prevented from visiting churches, mosques or attending public protests simply on the “gut feeling” of police officers, critics have warned.

A bill passed by the NSW upper house on Wednesday granted police extraordinary powers to create serious crime prevention orders and public safety orders.

Both types of orders effectively permit police to impose draconian measures against individuals when they have insufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution, or after a criminal sentence has expired.

The move has sparked a strong response from the NSW Bar Association. It says serious crime prevention orders would effectively set up a “rival criminal justice system”.

The orders would give police similar powers to those they have to seek and impose control orders on terrorism suspects – but they could be applied to all citizens who are alleged to have some proximity to or involvement in a serious crime, without a person ever being found guilty of an offence.

The Greens upper house member David Shoebridge was highly critical of the laws in parliament, and said they could be used simply on the “gut feeling” of police officers. He warned of the disproportionate effects the powers would likely have on vulnerable people.

Labor was also opposed to the passage of the public safety orders, which would allow police to make wide orders to restrict a person from ordinary daily activities – like using a phone or attending a particular location – for up to a 72-hour period, without any right to appeal the decision before a court.

The Labor upper house member Adam Searle introduced an amendment to enhance some protections for the orders, including increasing judicial oversight to give “meaningful avenue of appeal” against them.

He told the chamber in relation to the public safety orders: “We have these powerful orders that relatively junior police officers can issue against a person based on that police officer’s belief, which may or may not be correct but which certainly cannot be scrutinised or reviewed.”

The amendment failed. Shoebridge also raised a series of amendments in an attempt to scrap both types of orders.

In an exchange that illuminated the at times cosy relationship between the police and the church, the government’s leader in the legislative council, Duncan Gay, said: “The police like churches.” When Shoebridge raised the issue of preventing individuals accessing mosques, no interjections were made from the chamber.

Shoebridge said: “There is a complicit silence from members of the Legislative Council who were comfortable to say that these orders would not be made to prevent a person from attending church for the term of their natural life.”

“Let us be clear, those opposite want to be able to make unreviewable orders to prevent somebody from going to a mosque for the rest of their natural life and that is why they oppose a right to appeal.”

Legal groups have also raised serious concerns about the bill. David Porter, police powers solicitor at Redfern Legal Centre, said the new powers essentially removed equality before the law.

“This isn’t a question of the gradual erosion of equality before the law – the passing of these bills means it is gone,” Porter said. “These new bills introduce public safety orders that are not about safety, but about control. They are about shutting down all sorts of public events, from protests to footy finals.”

“We can expect these serious crime prevention order applications to be substantially based, and determined, on secret police intelligence and evidence that police say cannot be shown to the person or their lawyer. In addition, the orders which will control the next five years of a person’s life, are determined on a lower burden of proof than normally applies in criminal proceedings.”

Source: The Guardian


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Refugee role model – how an Afghani girl went from not speaking English to being dux of her Adelaide school.


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A so-called 'white flight' is leading to unofficial segregation in Melbourne's school system.

Natalie Sims was told not to send her son Daniel to Fitzroy Primary School.

Other local mothers called her "brave" for sending him to a school where the students were mostly Somali and Muslim from commission housing nearby.

"There was a suggestion that I wasn't being careful enough with my child's education," says Ms Sims.

But Daniel thrived. He loved school, made lots of friends, and in grade six last year, was accepted into the accelerated program at University High.

"White flight" is shaping education in Melbourne's inner city state schools, leading to unofficial segregation along race and class.

In the Greens-voting socially liberal enclaves of the inner north, white middle class families have deserted the schools closest to the remaining commission housing towers, while competing for spots in a handful of schools seen to have greater prestige.

The Age


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The Islamic Council of Victoria that it wants to create a mosque for more than 2000 worshippers.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has welcomed the prospect of a large mosque being built in the CBD, following claims demand for prayer space is outstripping supply.

Cr Doyle said Melbourne was one of the great multicultural cities of the world and agreed there was a need for a bigger site.

"I think a mosque would be a wonderful addition to multicultural Melbourne," he said.


Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says a mosque would be a 'wonderful addition to multicultural Melbourne'.

"We have a wonderful Islamic community in Melbourne and as far as I'm concerned, they are most welcome in the centre of our city."

He was responding to comments from the Islamic Council of Victoria that it wants to create a mosque for more than 2000 worshippers either in the Hoddle Street grid or Docklands.

Demand for space at the council's existing inner-city mosque, in Jeffcott Street, is so great that a garage has been tuned into a temporary prayer room.


Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says a mosque would be a 'wonderful addition to multicultural Melbourne'.

The council's president, Byram Aktepe, told ABC radio on Friday that the current city mosque was built for 300 people but now makes room for 2000 people over two daily services, across three floors.

"We're looking at a mosque that could cater for more than that," Mr Aktepe said.

He said that a central location to ensure that it is easily accessible was important. He said the council would be open to using a historic building.

"[We'd like] something that's appealing to the eye and something that blends in with the local fabric," he said.

"If it's a standalone building, we'd like something to be uniquely Australian in how it looks — not a traditional type of mosque with lots of minarets and that sort of thing."

Cr Doyle said he liked the idea of a traditional site being used.

"They will need a planning permit but we're happy to work with them should they find an ideal building," he said.

Cr Doyle dismissed speculation that a large mosque would be a security concern, saying many Jewish temples and schools dealt with safety issues appropriately.


Recent proposals for mosques across Victoria have been met with strong opposition and violent public rallies.

There was a long-running dispute about the proposed mosque in Bendigo, plus angry scenes that met proposals for mosque in Melton and Narre Warren North.

"I hope we wouldn't see that sort of behaviour," he said of such anti-Muslim protests.

"I think it's very un-Australian."

Mr Aktepe anticipated the new mosque would be funded by the local Islamic community and that the building would cope with population growth over the next 40 years.

It would also include an education centre.

"We don't want to be spilling out to the streets. That's the problem that we face if we don't address it in the next few years," he said.

Source: The Age


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"As part of our values to be Trustworthy, Smart and Efficient, Muslim Aid Australia would like to present the Annual report for 2015. Presented by MAA’s CEO Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy you will find all the latest Facts & Figures."
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Report by Manarul Islam, IT professional and AMUST correspondent based in Canberra


CMC President, Mainul Haque, welcomes guests to the fundraising dinner whilst Mustapha Omari, as Master of Ceremonies for the night looks on.

Canberra’s Muslims came out in force on Saturday 23 April to support the construction of the Gungahlin Masjid in Canberra’s north.

The Canberra Muslim Community (CMC) Fundraising Dinner at the University of Canberra saw at least 600 attendees turn up to raise over $400,000 for the construction of the masjid.

The struggle to establish the masjid has been a long one, thanks to an elongated challenge by a group calling itself Concerned Citizens who repeatedly challenged and appealed, on quite flimsy grounds, the ACT Governments approval for the masjid. These challenges eventually were thrown out and the approval for the building remained valid.

The event was conducted by Mustapha Omari and commenced by the recitation of the Holy Quran.

Mainul Haque, the President of CMC and long time resident and active community member of Canberra, stressed, in the welcome address, that the masjid and the committee would be inclusive to all members of the Muslim community, would positively engage with its neighbours and the community and encourage women and the youth attend the venue and its events.

Mr Haq said that the masjid project had the blessing of the ACT Imam’s Council.

“They have given us their united, wholehearted support. May Allah reward them,” he said.

“Our goal is together to build a mosque for all of us but this needs your help,” he added. This help, he clarified, could be financially or by lending expertise and assistance.


Guests at the dinner listen to the speeches at the fundraising dinner.

Architect Jalal Anis presented the design of the masjid and update on the progress of construction.

Imam Adama Konda, member of the ACT Imam’s Council and Imam of Canberra Islamic Centre in Monash, in Canberra’s south, also lent his support for the construction.

Imam Akram Buksh, Director and Imam of Slacks Creek Mosque in Brisbane, and the main speaker of the night, then set hearts racing and stepped up the volume and intensity of the gathering by explaining the benefits of sacrificing money and effort in the building of the masjid.

He pointed out that you cannot take the new car or latest phone with you when you die but when you do good deeds and sacrifice for building a house of Allah, these deeds follow you to the day of judgement.

His inspiring speech translated into donation after donation and by the time he had finished the pledged total had gone beyond $300,000.

Hussin Goss, from the Gold Coast Mosque, conducted a jovial and upbeat auction that saw the donations rise higher and higher.

This was followed by a sumptuous dinner, donated by Taj Agra restaurant and then Isha prayer before wrapping up.

To support the building of the Gungahlin Masjid, you can donate online.

Or direct deposit: Canberra Muslim Community; Bank: ANZ BSB: 012950 Account: 109547085

Source: Australasian Muslim Times



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London mayor election results: Sadiq Khan 'proud London has chosen hope over fear' as he wins landslide

Sadiq Khan made history as London’s first Muslim mayor tonight, but his victory has been overshadowed by David Cameron’s refusal to back down in a row over his links to extremists, writes Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter.

Mr Khan, a former Labour cabinet minister, became Britain’s most powerful Muslim politician when he defeated the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith by a landslide. He gained more than 1.1 million votes, the single largest mandate for any individual politician in British history.

The Conservatives’ tactic of accusing Mr Khan of “legitimising” extremist views failed to win over voters in the capital, and was described as a “vile smear” by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.


Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan

Several senior Tories expressed dismay at the “outrageous” and “appalling” strategy, while Mr Goldsmith’s own sister Jemima Khan said she was “sad” that his campaign did not “reflect who I know him to be”.

However Downing Street made it clear David Cameron would not be withdrawing his criticisms, suggesting the Tories may plan to use Mr Khan’s controversial past in future attempts to undermine him.

A Downing Street source said: “We don't back away from the questions we raised during the campaign.”

Mr Khan’s election received a hostile response from some in the US, where the influential Drudge Report website described him as the “First Muslim Mayor Of Londonistan” and he was called “an Islamist” by one major TV network.


Source: The Telegraph


The capital turned red for the first time in eight years as the Labour MP beat Tory Zac Goldsmith to the city’s top job by more than 300,000 votes.

His official coronation had been delayed over "small discrepancies" that election officials are now working on correcting. The declaration was finally made just before 12.30am on Saturday.

Mr Khan picked up 1,148716 first preference votes and 161,427 second preference votes, for a total of 1,310,143.

Mr Goldsmith won 909,755 votes in the first round and 84,859 in the second, for a total of 994,614.





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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) will be hosting Eid Down Under, which "aims to provide opportunities to foster social cohesion and harmony among the diverse communities of Brisbane."


"Eid Down Under is an opportunity for all community members and groups to participate in one of the largest Muslim community events in Queensland," Ali Ghafoor, coordinator of this year's inaugural event, told CCN.


Eid Down Under will be replacing EidFest which, until last year, had a successful 11-year run.


See the CCN Date Claimer below for details of the event.

The winner of the iPad in the recent Name the Festival Contest was Mohammad Al-Khafaji.

If you would like to get involved in this year's event, applications are now open for sponsors and stallholders (food, clothing, book store, retail etc).

For more information, contact Ali Ghafoor at or visit the ICQ website.


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Report by Beau Donelly


A Muslim mother in Sydney fears her grandchildren will end up in a concentration camp. A Victorian father won't tell his football team he is Muslim so he doesn't have to explain himself. To be Muslim is to be judged for everything you do, says a Brisbane woman. An international student living in Melbourne says she feels segregated in class.

What is it to be Muslim in Australia today?


Fairfax Media asked readers who are Muslim to speak of their experiences and how they explain extremism and Islamophobia to their children. Dozens of people responded.


CCN publishes one response each week:


"There is immense fear and hatred"


Naseema Mustapha, 46, Brisbane, South African Indian

Arriving as a young migrant child, it was extremely difficult being a Muslim and someone of a non-Caucasian race and culture. Brisbane was very homogeneous and it wasn't until the 1980s that Vietnamese refugees and people of other backgrounds started arriving.


Childhood as a Muslim was difficult; adolescence was even harder. In my attempt to assimilate I have lost my mother tongue, Urdu, and have deep regrets about that.


I am finally very comfortable with my identity as a Muslim. Islam teaches me to be moderate in all that I do, and find the balance within myself and my lifestyle. This is what I teach my children. Most of the time I hear positive things from my children.


On rare occasion I hear about a negative experience my 12-year-old has at high school. Most recently a child was heard telling other boys in the playground not to hang out with anyone who is Muslim. There is an immense fear and even hatred for Muslims thanks to government policies, fearmongering politicians and some media.



Source: Brisbane Times


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Australian Muslims speak up


Nine men and women from around Australia give voice to what it's really like to live as a Muslim. Ahmet Keskin, 44, a father and executive director of the Australian Intercultural Society, tells how he talks to his children about being Muslim. Beau Donelly reports. 



Growing up, I was one of the only Muslim kids at school. Back then we were all tagged as “ethnic”. I thought my fair hair and complexion would have helped me go unnoticed but I still felt like the odd one out. I remember once being asked by the other boys why I didn’t go to football training for one month in grade 8. They thought I’d chickened out. I didn’t explain what Ramadan was because I wasn’t comfortable with my identity as a child. Now I see Islam as a positive force in my life and place it at the foreground of everything I do as an Australian-Muslim.

I encourage my kids to be proud of their background. I always tell them to remember that they are an Australian of Muslim faith with heritage that traces back to Turkey. When they ask me about discrimination against Muslims I tell them to counter that negativity by being the best person and the best Muslim they can be. I remind them that if they want others to accept them as they are, that they have to accept others.

Ahmet as a nine-year-old schoolboy.

When we see protests against mosques on the news we talk about the purpose of a mosque - or a church, synagogue, or temple - that these are places of worship and that we have the freedom to choose our faith. I explain that some people feel threatened by what they see as foreign and unfamiliar. And I tell my children that to respond to fear with violence is wrong.

When my daughter asks me why people who proclaim to be Muslims carry out violent acts, I tell her that there are historical and current grievances that they are unable to resolve and that they see violence as the solution. That a Muslim is always a balanced person who considers another’s viewpoints, no matter how diametrically opposed they might be. That even if you feel you’re not being heard, you can’t coerce your views onto others.

When we ask non-Muslims what they would like to know, they typically ask where in Islam is the prescription towards becoming radical. I wouldn't say I get tired of having to explain that that is not part of our faith, but the questions always do have that theme. We know what the elephant in the room is, what their main concern is, but sadly it’s blocking the way for people to learn about the essence of the Islamic faith. I would prefer to tell people who we are and what we stand for. There are far more commonalities than there are differences.

There are huge challenges facing us as Muslims, both in terms of how we practise our traditions and also the way we approach contemporary society. There are voices in the Muslim world that are calling for greater engagement and scrutiny within our community. I believe our community does need to have some internal reflection and self-criticism so that Muslims can succeed wherever they live. Love of one’s country and service to one’s people is not a foreign concept in Islam, but it is important for all of us to revisit those views and see how else we can improve the world we live in.  

Brisbane Times


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Heebie Jeebies

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6 Things Wrong With Trevor Phillips Latest Crusade  (Continued from last week's CCN)
By Abdul-Azim Ahmed (A graduate of Religion and Theology BA and a Masters in Islam in Contemporary Britain. Abdul-Azim is currently completing a PhD on Islam in Wales.)

UK: I genuinely can’t remember the last time there was a single week without a headline story about Muslims. Sometimes, its unavoidable. With global crises like Syria, the post-war mess in Iraq, and acts of terrorism – headline news is expected. But other times, it’s engineered. Like the non-story of Ramadan exam timetables, or the non-story of halal hysteria, or the Sun’s misleading ‘1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy with jihadis’ frontpage (which they had to offer an apology for).

This week, it’s Trevor Phillips. He’s come to tell us ‘What British Muslims Really Think’. Thanks Trev, but no thanks. I, and other British Muslims, can quite confidently and competently express ourselves. Note the word really too, which gives off the air of Muslims hiding their true intentions and nature, almost like a subversive fifth column. Trevor Philips latest Channel 4 documentary reeks of a particular kind of condescending and dog-whistle sensationalism, and as many others have pointed out over the past day alone, it’s full of problems. Rather than re-invent the wheel, here is a recap of what Trevor gets wrong.


(Continued from last week's CCN)


4) The Survey Lacks Literacy


I’m a social scientist, but an ethnographer rather than a pollster. Perhaps because I never learned my times tables, I don’t enjoy numbers, and I find polls and surveys suffocating. They never capture nuance, and the ICM survey is no exception. Take for example this ridiculous interpretation by Trevor of a loaded question on sharia: -

““A quarter supported the introduction of sharia law in parts of the UK — presumably those areas where they thought Muslims constitute a majority — instead of the common statute laid down by parliament. Allah’s law, apparently, need take no heed of democracy.”

Academic Stephen Jones is equally suspicious of such questions, telling me on a previous occasion:

““The question that really annoys me is about whether or not Muslims support ‘Sharia’. This is routinely used to imply that large numbers of Muslims in Britain support the replacement of British democracy with theocracy. The problem here, which religiously illiterate polling companies don’t recognise, is that for many Muslims Sharia means something akin to ‘God’s path’, and so they don’t want to reject the notion entirely. That doesn’t mean, though, they have any interest in the kind of political system advocated by groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir.”

Sharia, for many, is about worship, being good to your neighbours, taking care of your parents, and in terms of ‘introduction of sharia law’, has more to do with marriage and divorce than caricatures of sharia inspired by Isis, Iran or Saudi Arabia’s violent penal system. Here’s an example. When I was married, it was a sharia marriage. And it took me 6 long years to get round to sorting out the civil marriage. When it comes to relationships and family, much like other religious groups, Muslims are more concerned with being married according to God than the State. Trevor is wrong to equate this to an aversion to democracy, and the survey is flawed to frame it as an either/or with British common law.

CONTINUED NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 5)  Trevor Isn’t An Anti-Racism Stalwart


Source: On Religion



Valedictory Speech: War against indifference must go on
By  retiring MP, Melissa Parke  



I came into this place to represent the Fremantle electorate and to engage in what I termed the war against indifference. Before I expand on that, I would observe that there have been many wars fought in this place — the war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on people-smugglers, the war on each other. Only the last one seems to have had any success, and that has been to the ultimate detriment of all of us, and of public trust in our political system.

The ‘war on terror’ has too often become a tool used by governments around the world to suppress dissent, to shrink civil society, to curtail independent media, to increase surveillance of civilian populations, and to erode the rule of law and hard-won civil liberties. We are seeing this in Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Malaysia and Ethiopia, to name just a few countries, but we are also seeing it much closer to home.

Terror is invoked by our allies to justify deviation from the international rule of law, such as extrajudicial assassinations, with the killing of civilians in drone strikes excused as ‘accidental’ collateral damage. Terror is used by Australia to justify laws providing 10 year jail terms for journalists who disclose secret intelligence operations; it is used to justify sending Australian forces to war in distant countries — wars in which the casualties are predominantly civilians — without any debate in the national parliament or the United Nations, and it is used to justify cracking down on certain communities, when in fact such actions may increase the risk of terrorism while undermining the very principles which are being defended, clearly a lose-lose situation.

National security is increasingly invoked by the government to surveil and monitor the Australian community while at the same time denying the community access to information about the government’s actions, ........



Hollywood Actor is Asked About Healthy Eating, He Says Follow the Example of Prophet Muhammad

Martial artist and Hollywood actor Jean-Claude Van Damme was asked about healthy eating. He replied by advising people to follow the example of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).



Muslims and Arabs



Ten Things White People Need To Quit Saying

While I’ve never been especially fond of political correctness for its own sake, I’ve encountered enough well-meaning white people embarrassing themselves to know that a brief tutorial can’t hurt. For those who insist that they could never say anything racist because they are not racists, I present a quick reminder: Just because you didn’t intend for something to sound racist, doesn’t mean it isn’t, and just because you don’t think you’re a racist, doesn’t mean you’re not. I refer you to the Washington Redskins and every idiot who insists that Native Americans should be “honored” to be so warmly insulted. Newsflash: Determining whether this team’s name is racist is not up to anyone but Native Americans. If you are not Native American, your opinion on the issue is at best irrelevant. I know it’s hard for some to accept, but white people don’t get to determine what is and isn’t racist.

As an American who reflects an increasingly common and decidedly ambiguous shade of brown, I have been questioned and “complimented” in some of the strangest ways—rarely by people intending to sound racist, but often by people who end up sounding super racist. So I present the following list as a sort of public service. While it is far from exhaustive, it represents a fair sampling of the kinds of comments that often make those of us with more melanin cringe—or just never contact you after you give us your business cards. So here goes, in no particular order:

1.Do not use the word “exotic” to refer to humans who do not look like you. We are not fruit, and it is not a compliment. The longer you insist on assuring us that it is a compliment, the stupider you look. Just give it up.
2.Do not use the word “ethnic” as though it were a distinct race or nationality.
3.Do not ask people where they are from more than once. Trust them the first time. No need for “Where are you really from?” or “Where are your parents from?”
4.Avoid statements like, “Wouldn’t it be great to live during [insert any era during which the person you’re talking to couldn’t vote or own property]?”
5.Resist the urge to ever say, “I have a lot of [fill in the blank with the racial, religious or ethnic group with which you are least familiar] friends.”
6.Remember that reverse racism isn’t a thing. Racism is about the abuse of power and privilege. If your race denies you power and privilege, then you can’t be racist. Certainly, you can still be an asshole. Just not a racist.
7.Unless you are one of “those people” making fun of other people calling you “those people,” then never say “those people.”
8.Think before asking people to explain an entire race, religion, civilization or geographic region to you simply because they happen to identify with that background. Don’t expect a 14-year-old girl who covers her hair to explain all of Islam to you in ten minutes or less simply because you’re too lazy to read a book. Get a library card and let her eat her lunch in peace.
9.Remember, we are not all from any one place. Pretending we are just makes you look delusional. So avoid the “We’re all from Africa anyway” statements.
10.Unless you have achromatopsia, never say “I don’t see color.”

If any of this offends you as a white person, I ask simply that you sit with that discomfort for a while. Really feel it. Now imagine that your distress weren’t the temporary consequence of reading an article, but rather the permanent consequence of living in your own skin.

Huffington Post


Before the continent started banning hijab, European aristocrats used to change their names to Abdullah and Muhammad, and going to the local mosque was the latest trend.

When Europe Loved Islam

Selected extracts from Foreign Policy

From the outside, with its high minarets and bulbous Mughal-style dome, the Wilmersdorf mosque, located on Brienner Street in southwest Berlin, looks much the same as it did when it was built in the 1920s. But the institution, just like the city around it, has changed.

Today, the mosque is a quiet place. It mainly serves as an information centre: School children sometimes visit on field trips; it hosts interfaith brunches. A small community of Muslims regularly show up for Friday prayer. It’s all a far cry from the days when the Wilmersdorf mosque was the lively center of a spiritual countercultural movement in the Weimar Republic.


It’s an odd scene to imagine in today’s Germany, where the right-wing Alternative for Germany party has called for a ban on burqas and minarets, and more than half of Germans say they view Islam as a threat. But in the interwar period, Berlin boasted a thriving Muslim intelligentsia comprising not only immigrants and students from South Asia and the Middle East but German converts from all walks of life. Islam, at the time, represented a countercultural, even exotic, form of spirituality for forward-thinking leftists: Think Buddhism, in 1970s California.


But a look back at the early 20th century — primarily the period after the first wave of Muslim immigration to Europe in the wake of World War I — shows that not so long ago Western Europe and Islam had a very different relationship, one characterized by curiosity on the part of citizens and almost a sort of favoritism on the part of governments. At the same time that European citizens were experimenting with an exotic eastern religion, European governments were providing special treatment for Muslim citizens and catering to them in ways that might at first glance seem surprising: The secular French government spent lavishly on ostentatious mosques, while Germany sought to demonstrate its superior treatment of Muslims, when compared to France and Britain. Examining this past serves as a reminder that not only is this not a new encounter, but the relationship between Western Europe and Islam was not always what it is today and may not always look this way in the future.


One of the more legendary converts of the time was the Irish peer Lord Headley. Born Rowland George Allanson Allanson-Winn, the 5th Baron Headley converted to Islam in 1913, adopting the Muslim name Shaikh Rahmatullah al-Farooq. Lord Headley became a poster child, of sorts, for British Muslim converts; in the 1920s, he went on a widely published pilgrimage to Mecca and would, in his life, write a number of books and articles on Islam, which he was certain would have a glorious future in Britain.


It seems clear that, on an individual level, Islam won over some Europeans looking for a break from tradition in the modern world. Pieter Henricus van der Hoog, a Dutch dermatologist who founded a cosmetics company that still provides women in the Netherlands with face creams and firming masks today, converted during this period and went on pilgrimage to Mecca. Harry St. John Philby, a British intelligence officer and father of Kim Philby, the infamous double agent, converted when living in Saudi Arabia in 1930 and went by Abdullah. Another convert from this period, the Jewish writer Leopold Weiss, adopted the name Muhammad Asad; his son, Talal Asad, is one of the most influential anthropologists alive today.


The history of Muslims and Islam in Western Europe is both older and more entangled than many think, and acknowledging this helps us imagine a future in which Muslims can be seen as an integral and equal part of European public life, rather than timeless or threatening outsiders.

Foreign Policy


Justin Trudeau explains the power of diversity

A Letter from an Angry Hijabi
Dear Muslim Men,

I don’t need another enemy.

Last night, I came across a tweet that someone on my feed retweeted. It was authored by a black Muslim female who wears hijab: “Let me just listen to Views two more times and I’ll have all the lyrics memorized like it’s Quran.”

It came as no surprise that when I clicked on the tweet my acquaintance had posted (he is a friend of a friend), I saw the myriad comments shredding this girl. Absolutely tearing her apart.

Responses by men included things like:

"Take off your hijab."
"You're a disgrace to Islam you n*****."
"Go kill yourself."
And much more...

I was appalled. The men posting these comments were Muslims. Muslims who, in their way of explaining it, were trying to "help and advise her." They were so "offended" by this girl's tweet that they felt compelled to show her the error of her ways. Because, of course, us women cannot think for themselves. We need you men to guide us.

Listen up, men. You always claim to be supportive, yet when someone makes a mistake, you attack and ostracize. You turn errors into a ticket out of Islam. And make no mistake, the group who tends to receive this kind of treatment the most are Muslim women, namely those of us who wear hijab.

The Civil Arab



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   The nikah of Arshad, son of Mr Faisal and Mrs Julie Hatia, and Faheema, daughter of Mr Faizal & Hajra Kajee of Durban, South Africa, was performed on Sunday 1 May 2016 at Masjid-ul-Hilal, Durban.




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10 Muslim women who ruled 2015 (Continued from last week)




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

8. Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi




2015 is the most historical year for Saudi Women across the country: in this year, they had their first ever ability to vote and hold seats in the Saudi parliament. It would be incomplete not to include Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi, the first female councillor of Saudi Arabia, one of the eighteen who had won seats in the governmental elections. This very step has enchanted the world to see Saudi Arabia in a completely new light and to perceive the future of Muslim women as more prosperous in one of the most influential Muslim countries in the world!

NEXT WEEK: Aseel Shaheen

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The world's most beautiful mosques (Continued from last week)



Masjid Sultan Qaaboos, Oman  

Its position next to a motorway in Muscat might not be conducive to calm, but once guests are inside the Sultan Qaaboos mosque's gardens, thoughts of the tarmac pummelled by white 4x4s outside will be gone.


With peaceful sahn (courtyards), elegant riwaqs (arcades) and mesmerising murqanas (vaulted panelling), this place of worship is one of the most impressive buildings in this Gulf country.


Its central minaret is 91.5 m (300 ft) tall, and the main prayer hall has a Persian carpet that took 600 women four years to weave.    


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 May 2016

TOPIC"Israa Wek Miraaj (Part 2)"

IMAM: Akram Buksh     



Israa Wel Miraaj (Part 1)


Preparing for the Akhirah












Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 May 2016

TOPIC"The 3 Gifts of Miraj"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 May 2016

TOPIC: “The Test of Prophet Zakariya (pbuh)"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Saudi Arabia to Give Women Right to Possess Copy of Marriage Contract


Women arrive to attend Janadriyah Culture Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 8. The Saudi justice ministry has announced that it will give women the right to view their marriage contracts.


SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia is to give brides a copy of their marriage contracts for the first time in a bid to boost the rights of women, the country’s justice ministry has announced.

Justice Minister Walid al-Samaani has ordered that clerics in the ultra-conservative country must now provide brides with a copy of the marriage contract when they register a marriage.

The move is to “ensure her awareness of her rights and the terms of the contact,” AFP news agency reported on Tuesday. The justice ministry announced the order in a statement published by the Saudi state news agency SPA.

The handing of marriage contracts had only been permitted for men previously but the change seeks to “protect the rights of the woman and to facilitate procedures for her,” the ministry said.

It said that the woman must have a copy of the contract in the event that there is a legal dispute between herself and her husband at a later date.

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Solly Suleiman inaugurated as IMA president



Solly Suleiman inaugurated as IMA president


SOUTH AFRICA: The Islamic Medical Association (IMA) of South Africa has recently inaugurated a new president, Solly Suleiman. Suleman, who is a pharmacist by profession, boasts an impressive history with the organization that spans over 25 years. He has worked within numerous sectors of the organization, more notably, strategic planning and strategic development. He currently co-chairs the renal dialysis programmes and chairs the Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital and the Baytul Nur Trust, which is the social wing of the IMA.

Suleman said that during his tenure he will focus on developing a cohesive strategy that will encompass all branches of the organization.

The organization was established during apartheid in response to a need within the Muslim community for a vision for Muslim health professionals to deliver affordable and effective healthcare in disadvantaged communities.

The IMA is associated to the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FEMA), which includes approximately 37 countries worldwide.

Besides publications, the organization currently boasts clinics country wide.

IMA clinics have numerous projects, including; circumcision, cataract extractions, and within SA the organization has provided dialysis to over 250 patients.

“Dialysis patients who are not provided with dialysis in the public sector are essentially sent home to die. The IMA then funds dialysis and it is a unique model where they fund medical aid too. So within 12 months the patient is on medical aid,” Suleman said.

Suleman said that the organization is currently establishing an Islamic hospital in Durban, as well as a 15 bed dialysis unit to care to the needs of the disadvantaged communities.

Every two years, the National Executive Committee of the IMA changes from one area to another. The last Committee was in Cape Town and for the next two years the Committee will be in Durban and, thereafter, it will be in Johannesburg.

He further noted that the organization has a membership of approximately 1500 health professionals. And hopes to attract 10 000.

“We are not the healers; we are instruments of the greatest of healers, the Almighty,” Suleman said.

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 Russia’s crackdown on Salafis may be breeding extremism



RUSSIA: IT WAS prayer time at the Northern Mosque in Khasavyurt, a town in western Dagestan, when troops in black balaclavas arrived one day in February. “They said: ‘This mosque is closing—turn off the lights and hand over the keys,’” recalls one of the congregants. The next day Muhammad Nabi Magomedov, a local imam, led some 5,000 Salafi believers in a march on city hall, chanting “Allahu Akbar” and “Return our mosque”. In early April, the security services came for Mr Magomedov, arresting him on terrorism-related charges.

Once in custody, the imam was told to shave off his beard. Then six men took him into a room. “One said: ‘Get on your knees,’” Mr Magomedov later told a member of Russia’s prison oversight committee, who shared details of their conversation with The Economist. “I said, I won’t get on my knees.” The men beat Mr Magomedov, sending a clear signal to the ultra-conservative Salafi community: there will be no dialogue. “It’s a shame,” says Rasul, one of Mr Magomedov’s young followers. “He was one of the peaceful ones.”

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Iranian women call on Western tourists to violate hijab law to fight against oppression


'When compulsory hijab affects all women, then all women should raise their voice,' the campaign's leader said


One of the Western tourists who joined the My Stealthy Freedom campaign against Iran's hijab law

IRAN: As more and more Western tourists visit Iran, foreign women are being urged to break the country’s strict Islamic dress code to “make a stand” about the restrictive laws.

It is illegal for women to go out in public without wearing headscarf in the country, where thousands of undercover agents and “morality police” patrol the streets to check for violations.

Women found to have their hair or bodies inadequately covered can be publicly admonished, fined or even arrested.

But thousands of Iranians have been risking punishment by taking off their hijabs (headscarves) in public and snapping photos as part of a defiant online campaign to counter the “oppressive" law.

Now, the founder of My Stealthy Freedom is urging Western tourists to join them in a show of solidarity.

Masih Alinejad, who left Iran in 2009 and now works as a journalist in New York, said non-Muslims should join the fight against compulsory dress codes.

An Iranian policewoman (L) warns a woman about her clothing and hair during a crackdown to enforce Islamic dress code in Tehran, Iran

“The Islamic Republic that demands even non-Muslims visiting Iran to wear the hijab,” she told The Independent. “When compulsory hijab affects all women, then all women should raise their voice.”


“After decades of isolation, Iran after the nuclear deal is seen as a cool place to visit,” Ms Alinejad.

“The country is being promoted as one of the last placed on earth not to be touched by crass consumerism and commercialism.

“Iran is a beautiful country but let's not kid ourselves, it's not heaven for women. As more people visit Iran, the women in particular will gain a sense of the issue.”


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San Diego High School Hosts Hijab Day to Stem Islamophobia


US: My hands were trembling. Nearly a month of planning and over $200 spent, this event HAD to be successful. My Muslim Student Association’s members and I worked tirelessly trying to figure out how we were supposed to get enough hijabs and kufis, what would happen if we had any haters, and arguing with school administrators to let us perform the event no matter what the circumstances were. These thoughts kept on shooting through my mind as I walked through the colossal gates of my school, carrying a box with 200 hijabs and kufis.

As many people reading this article may know, there’s a lot of islamophobia in the world. Everyday on the headlines there’s some news of ISIS attacks, islamophobic rhetoric, and more. The fact that 2016 is also an election year in the United States doesn’t help either, as policy towards Muslims becomes the most heavily debated topic, causing both liberals and conservatives to become more polarized in their beliefs. As Election Tuesday came closer and closer, I felt the islamophobic rhetoric and anti-Muslim jokes spike at my school. It came to the point where some Muslim girls were taking off their hijabs and boys not wanting to be identified as Muslims. This was absolutely shocking to me. I was so confused. I wanted to know to stop this from happening.

*Facebook notification (1)*

“Someone has invited you to the Muslim Student Union – University of California, Irvine’s Hijab Day Challenge”

And all of a sudden, everything just made sense. Let everyone feel how it is to be a Muslim, and then people will have a better understanding of what it’s like to be identifiable as one.


On March 31, 2016, we did exactly that. Westview High School Muslim Student Association’s Executive Board walked in the school at 7:45 a.m., given the blank canvas of our quad, and quickly beautified it with our trifold board and numerous varieties of hijabs and kufis. We took a look at our humble set-up and set off for our classes with the plan of coming back for a tutorial period and lunch. At 9:26, classes let out for tutorial, and within seconds, a huge crowd with hundreds of students had formed around our booth. A crowd had formed around me as I explained why Muslims wear hijabs and kufis, while lines full of students formed waiting for a Muslim girl to tie a hijab on them. All of a sudden, school newspaper interviewers came by to report the event, and later I was getting texts from local FOX News reporters asking for clearance inside the school! I’m going to be honest, it was one of the most hectic situations I’ve ever been in, but it was so worth it. People were taking selfies and encouraging their friends to join, and by the end of lunchtime, nearly every student was wearing a hijab or kufi.

A 10th grade student at our school had this feedback to offer: “It was definitely an eye-opening experience for me. I was worried over what other people would think, but then I realized that that’s how tons of Muslims feel every single day, especially with the recent rise in islamophobia. It’s one thing to talk about discrimination, but actually experiencing the life of a Muslim, even for a day, made it so much more real.” Facebook messages poured into my inbox from all types of students expressing their gratitude and appreciation for this event, which honestly made the whole event worth it.

In the end, with the blessings of Allah the event turned out to be a success because our Muslim Student Association had the right intentions and collaborated effectively towards the same collective goal, to allow students to obtain a better understanding and appreciation for Islam and to rid the evils of islamophobia from our campus. But our work as Muslims doesn’t stop here. We need to come together as a community to empower one another and break the silence on islamophobia in order to show the rest of society who we really are and what we really stand for.

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For millions of Muslims, America is home



US: "Islam Hates Us!" The recurring headline screams across every kind of media. Fear-based stories about Muslims have become standard fare this election cycle, rooted in the notion that Muslims are recent arrivals in America and somehow don’t belong. Some go so far as to suggest Muslims need to be plucked out from American society and “sent back home.”


But for millions of Muslims, America is home. You cannot separate the story of Muslims in America from the story of America itself.

Early Explorers 1312

Centuries before Columbus laid eyes on the so-called New World, early seafarers explored the North American continent. Muslims were among the first adventurous navigators and explorers, and were part of Spanish expeditions.


Slave Labor Builds a Nation 1530-1865

Upwards of 30 percent of Africans enslaved and brought to America were Muslim. They were not afforded the religious freedom most Americans are accustomed to. Upon arrival, they were forced by law to convert to Christianity and take the names of their slave owners, thus obliterating their heritage. Some, however, managed to hold onto their birth names and practice their Islamic faith in secret. The American nation, commercial agriculture, and industry were built, in part, on the backs of Muslims.

First Brooklynite 1638

Anthony Janszoon van Salee became one of the first settlers in lower Manhattan when he acquired a farm there. Later, he became the first non-indigenous settler of Brooklyn. Van Salee was the son of the president of the Republic of Salé in Morocco — and a Muslim.


Enslaved in Virginia 1682

Muslims were specifically mentioned in a Virginia statute outlining who could be purchased or obtained as slaves. “Negroes,” ”Moors,” “mulattoes” (an offensive term for those of mixed black and white ancestry), and those from “heathenish, idolatrous, pagan parentage and country” were included — along with Muslims.


Serving in the Revolutionary War 1775-1783

Muslims like Bampett Muhammad and Yusuf Ben Ali served under General George Washington in the Revolutionary War. They had a direct role in the establishment of the United States of America. Muslim Americans also took part in the Civil War and the War of 1812, World War II, and wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq —further cementing their role in the creation and defense of the U.S. nation.

Finding Religious Freedom 1790

Muslim Moors from Spain fled to South Carolina after being forced from their European homes. They found a safe haven in the American South, and started life over as religious immigrants.


Investing in Early America 1807

Yarrow Mamout (pictured above) was a freed Muslim-American slave and became a shareholder in one of the first American banks.


Building the U.S. Auto Industry 1878-1924

Starting in the late 1800s, a wave of Muslim immigrants from the Middle East — particularly from Syria and Lebanon — settled in Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, and the Dakotas. They sought economic opportunity and quickly found work as laborers in places like Detroit’s Ford Motor Company, one of the first big employers of Muslim immigrants and African Americans. The U.S. auto industry was developed, in part, because of the hard work of Muslim immigrants.


Homesteading in North Dakota 1890-1930

Syrian and Lebanese homesteaders settled in North Dakota, helping to open up the state. Among them was Hassen Juma, who claimed 160 acres in 1899. The towns these immigrants established included Muslim cemeteries, prayer services, and eventually a mosque.


Building Houses of Worship 1915

Muslim-Americans from Albania built an Islamic community center in Biddeford, Maine. In 1919, they established a second in Waterbury, Connecticut. These East Coast communities were among the first formal Islamic associations in America. The first purpose-built mosque was established by Syrian Americans in Ross, N.D., in 1929.


Engineering America's Skyline 1963

Fazlur Rahman Khan was an engineer and architect who began a revolution in modern construction. He developed a new way to engineer skyscrapers—including Chicago’s John Hancock Center and Sears Tower — that transformed America’s skylines. New York and every other American city looks the way it does because of the work of an American Muslim. It only takes a few minutes of research to discover how important Muslim-American courage, intellect, and muscle was to the formation of the United States. The list here barely scratches the surface. Muslim-Americans have defended their country, worked the soil, labored in industry, and made important contributions to society — not in spite of their faith, but often because of it. Muslims in America have always been a minority, and as is true for other minority groups, their contribution has been minimized and largely forgotten. But the truth is that U.S. communities, industry, agriculture, and cityscapes look they way they do, in part, because of Muslim-Americans.


Muslims in America cannot be them. They are us. They have always been us.

Source: Sojourners


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France gets tough on Muslim footballers praying on pitch


Muslims praying on a sports pitch in France

FRANCE: The mayor of Nice has threatened to cut the subsidies of football clubs which fail to respect its new “secularism charter”, that includes keeping religion, in particular Islam, off the football pitch.
France's latest battle to ensure the principles of secularism are being upheld is taking place on the football pitches of the Riviera city of Nice.

In a city where the right wing mayor Christian Estrosi is fighting to prevent a new mosque from opening, authorities are also trying to ensure that Muslims do not bring their religious beliefs anywhere near the municipal football pitches.

They have taken teams to task for beaching a new "secularism charter" that players and clubs are required to adhere to.

Ten breaches of the charter have been reported since last October, according to a report in BFM TV. Most of the incidents consisted of Muslim players praying either on or close to the field, before or during a match.

For example, on March 19th, some footballers asked to go into a referee’s dressing room to pray, whereas previous incidents included pausing from a team workout to pray.

“We noticed that people were praying in the changing rooms, on the football fields, and sometimes, other inappropriate behavior such as players who refused to shake hands with the female delegates of the football federation," Eric Borghini (see photo) President of the French Football Federation in the Côte d'Azur region told The Local.

"There were even referees who refused to shake hands with female players.”

“So that forced us to react because it doesn’t conform to the French republican spirit of secularism," Borghini said. "When something is forbidden, we don’t do it. When you have a red light, you stop at the red light. It’s the law.

"We consider that sports in general and football in particular, the most popular and universal sport, should not be mixed with religious or political practices.

"On the contrary, it should be a moment of brotherhood, a moment where we should forget all the issues that divide people," said Borghini.

"I don’t want to prevent people from practicing the religion they want, but in an appropriate setting, in temples and mosques and churches, and not on a football pitch or in the changing rooms."

"They’re not hurting human beings, but they are hurting the principles of the French Republic," he added.

Borghini told The Local the issue of players praying on the pitch or in changing rooms has only arisen in recent years.


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Islam North of the Pyrenees


Members of the Muslim community pray in a mosque in Marseille


FRANCE: In the eighth century A.D., the Umayyad Islamic caliphate conquered the Visigothic Kingdom, which occupied the Iberian Peninsula and southwestern France. The Muslim presence in Spain and Portugal during this period is well documented, but evidence from north of the Pyrenees has been scant. Now archaeologists believe they have found three Muslim burials in Nimes, France, that date to this period. “The presence of Muslim burials suggests the existence of a Muslim community,” says Yves Gleize of the French National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research.

In accordance with Muslim burial practices, all three bodies were buried on their right sides, facing southeast toward Mecca, and in one case the arrangement of bones suggests that the body was wrapped in a shroud upon burial. Genetic analysis shows that all three individuals had North African paternal ancestry, leading the researchers to conjecture that they were Berber soldiers, who made up a large portion of the Umayyad forces that conquered the Visigoths.

Source: Archaeology


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Bulgarian Muslim bride revives tradition of 'gelina' face painting


Bulgaria's Pomak community have a beautiful bridal face painting ceremony, one that was quashed during Communist rule. But now younger brides are making an effort to embrace the tradition again.  

BULGARIA: Ancient customs can be lost through the ravages of time, but one community in the village of Draginovo, Bulgaria is committed to bringing one back - the tradition of "gelina", a bridal face painting ritual.

Similar to the Judaic-Christian white wedding dress, and Middle Eastern / South Asia red bridal garb, the gelina is a symbol a bride's purity.

The tradition is one belonging to the minority Bulgarian Muslim community, also known as Pomak, and has been resurrected by 24-year-old bride Emilia Pechinkova. Only eight per cent of modern-day Bulgaria's population is Muslim.

Emilia Pechinkova stays still as the final touches are added to her look during the gelina ceremony.


The first two days of her three-day wedding, which included the face painting ceremony, was captured by photographer Nikolay Doychinov for Getty.

The ritual involves a thick golden-metallic cream, called "belilo", being applied to the bride's face. The mask is then embellished with sequins and floral patterns. Finally the bride's facial features beneath the mask are highlighted, with kohl for the eyebrows and lipstick for the lips.

The process can take up to two hours, and is usually carried out by female guests and relatives, who are sometimes accompanied by a professional make up artist.

After the wedding, once the imam gives a final blessing, the bride is escorted to her husband's home where he will take off her make up, completing the ritual.

Emilia Pechinkova poses with her fiance,Tsanko Perchinkov, following the gelina face painting ceremony.


The tradition of gelina has been a longstanding part of Pomak culture. However the practice was banned and stopped during Soviet rule, says Getty. The tradition has slowly resumed after the end of the communist era, with more and more modern young brides opting to include the ritual "regardless of their secular lifestyles and the high cost of such a wedding".

However SBS Bulgarian producer, Diana Koprinkova, who grew up in Bulgaria towards the end of the communist regime, does not agree the religious custom had been abandoned by the community ever.

"These rituals are unique to Bulgarian Muslims," says Diana Koprinkova, a Christian, "but during the Communist Era, people always found a way to practice their faith in secret."

During Soviet reign, Koprinkova describes, practising any form of religion was banned. However people would still find a way to perform their cultural rituals and attend church or mosque.

"I remember going secretly to church with my grandmother. I was of primary school age," she explained. "There was a lady, a secretary [from the State] standing outside the church, marking down who was attending.

"So to avoid her, we would go to a different church, so [the State] wouldn't know where you're going. One time we went to three churches in a row. All 10 to 20 minutes walking distance from one another."

In spite of their testing past, these pictures show a minority community taking pride in a long standing unique tradition.

Here are more photos from Emilia Pechinkova's wedding and gelina ceremony.



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Aung San Suu Kyi Asks U.S. Not to Refer to ‘Rohingya’


The Rohingya, Muslims in a Buddhist land, are reviled by the majority. They have lived in Myanmar for generations but are denied many basic rights.

BANGKOK — Myanmar recognizes 135 ethnic groups within its borders. But the people who constitute No. 136? They are the people-who-must-not-be-named.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s first democratically elected government since 1962, embraced that view last week when she advised the United States ambassador against using the term “Rohingya” to describe the persecuted Muslim population that has lived in Myanmar for generations.

Her government, like the previous military-led one, will not call the Rohingya people by that name because it does not recognize them as citizens, said her spokesman, U Kyaw Zay Ya, a Foreign Ministry official.

“We won’t use the term Rohingya because Rohingya are not recognized as among the 135 official ethnic groups,” said Mr. Kyaw Zay Ya, who was at the meeting. “Our position is that using the controversial term does not support the national reconciliation process and solving problems.”

The Rohingya, Muslims in a Buddhist land, are reviled by the majority. They have lived in Myanmar for generations but are denied many basic rights.

The stance does not bode well for the Rohingya or for rights activists who had hoped Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, would reverse discriminatory policies that have marginalized the Rohingya and prompted many to flee.

She is not saying anything about the Rohingya people in Myanmar and their rights to religion and education and health care,” said U Aung Win, a Rohingya community leader in Rakhine State. “As a Nobel Peace Prize winner, why is she so silent?”

The United States Embassy confirmed that the newly arrived ambassador, Scot A. Marciel, had met with Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi but would not comment on their discussions.

New York Times


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 The CCN Book-of-the-Week


 Islam: A New Historical Introduction


 Carole Hillenbrand



Carole Hillenbrand’s book offers a profound understanding of the history of Muslims and their faith, from the life of Muhammad to the religion practised by 1.6 billion people around the world today. Each of the eleven chapters explains a core aspect of the faith in historical perspective, allowing readers to gain a sensitive understanding of the essential tenets of the religion and of the many ways in which the present is shaped by the past. It is an ideal introductory text for courses in Middle Eastern studies, in religious studies, or on Islam and its history.


This book is well argued and well structured. It is balanced, judicious, and based on a wealth of erudition and astute observations. --Youssef Choueiri, University of Manchester

What Carole Hillenbrand has achieved in her magnificent new book is breathtaking. The book is brilliantly organized and written with compelling clarity, which will make it the indispensable introduction to the subject for a long time to come. --Dr Richard Holloway, author of Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

I cannot remember the last time I so much enjoyed reading a text on Islam. It is extremely well researched and the flowing writing style makes you want to finish it in one sitting. --H. R. H. Wijdan (Ali) Al-Hashemi, Ph.D, diplomat and founder of the Jordan National Gallery


About the Author
In 2005, Carole Hillenbrand was the first non-Muslim to be awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, and in 2009 she received an OBE for Services to Higher Education. She is currently Professor Emerita in Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh and Professor of Islamic History at the University of St. Andrews. She is the author of the internationally successful The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives. 




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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

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KB says: An ideal and easy breakfast treat for Mom on Mother’s Day 






250ml fresh cream
500g self-rising flour, sifted twice
330ml sparkling lemonade
½ tsp. salt
A beaten egg to brush on top



1. Using very light fingers make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour in the liquids and mix very gently until the dough just comes together.
2. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and, using your hands, flatten to 3cm thick. Use a 5cm biscuit cutter to cut approx. 12 to 13 discs from dough, re-flattening as necessary.
3. Arrange discs side-by-side on prepared tray and brush with egg.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 180degrees or until risen and light golden. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
5. Serve warm with jam and whipped cream

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Q: Dear Kareema, how do I de-stress after a full-on working week?

A: Turns out you can actually build your mental muscle to outsmart stress.

Try a yoga class every other day.


Not only will it strengthen and tone muscles, it will definitely aid in stress relief.


It’s not always easy to relax and calm the mind, but like any other exercise, the more you do it, the better you / stronger you will become.

Find at least 10mins out of your day to just sit and reflect.


It will make a big difference in how you feel and will aid in you de-stressing routine.




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Why should I have a lawn? The maintenance is too hard!

*  Lawns are beautiful. The colour green is psychologically soothing and relaxing.
*  A beautiful lawn and garden can increase the value of your house by up to $10,000.00
*  Maintaining it is good exercise and challenging.
*  A gardener can easily help you do the job.
*  A good lawn kills dust.

Once your lawn is established, maintain it well with regular mowing, edge-trimming, weeding, fertilising and watering. Then sit back and enjoy it’s beauty.


Send your gardening questions to


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The Plus Side of the Open Hand

• Using the open hand involves almost no risk of injury to your hand. If you strike with your palm you cannot break your knuckles or fingers, as you would if you were punching with a closed first. Thus, it is relatively risk free.

• Almost any part of the head or neck can be an effective target and little training is necessary to use the palm strike.

For more info on self defence classes please contact Taufan on 0447004465 or


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Jallaludin and Habibullah used to compete with one another in going to the Mosque for their dawn prayer.


Jallaludin would always arrive before Habibullah.

Habibullah asked Jallaludin how he managed to always be so early.

Jallaludin replied saying, "I have 2 wives who compete with one another in serving and assisting me."

So Habibullah decided to do the same and married a second wife.

Habibullah now sleeps in the Mosque......


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An Ayaat-a-Week





On no soul Allah places a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:) our Lord! Do not condemn us if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Do not lay on us a burden like that which You laid on those before us; our Lord! Do not lay on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and You are our Protector; help us against those who stand against Faith.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:286


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"If people are genuine refugees, there is no deterrent that we can create which is going to be severe enough, cruel enough, nasty enough to stop them fleeing the terror from which they flee in their own lands."

~ Former Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser


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I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.

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Stretton Heights provides new lifestyle for yourself and family, Stretton Heights is a leafy estate next to Karawatha Forest (Acacia Picnic Area Facilities: BBQ, shelter sheds, water, toilets, picnic tables, disable facilities; Illaweena Picnic Area Facilities: Picnic tables, shelter sheds). Provides different walking and bike tracks. Fixed Price Full Turnkey H&L Package price from $810,000.

It is central location to shopping centres and motorways. Short stroll to Karawatha Forest for walking and biking tracks.

- Just behind the Islamic School
- 9 mins (4.1km) to Pacific Motorway to City, Gateway and Gold Coast
- 7 mins (4.4km) to Sunnybank Hills Shopping town
- 9 mins (5.9km) to Calamvale Central Shopping Centre
- 10 mins (6.9km) to Stretton State College
- 18 mins (10km) to Westfield Garden City, Upper Mount Gravatt

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8 May


Children's Festival

Wisdom College

97 Formby St, CALAMVALE


11am to 3pm

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


21 May


Family Fun Night

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd., DURACK

3372 1400


22 May



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

22 May


High Tea

Islamic Relief

The Hilton Brisbane

0433 182 520

1pm to 5pm

29 May



Ramadan Refresher Course for new Muslims


New Muslim Care

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0431 747 356

10am to 2pm

4 June



Muslimah Night Bazaar SISTERS ONLY



4 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA

0405 816 102


4pm to 9pm

7 June




1st RAMADAN 1437

 CIQ Brisbane Timetable

AIIC Brisbane Timetable


1 July



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

6 July



EID al-FITR 1437 (1st Shawwal 1437)

9 July


ICQ Eid Festival

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha


10am to 9pm

20 & 21 August

Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

20 August


Family Fun Day

Gold Coast Islamic School (AIIC)

19 Chisholm Road Carrara, Gold Coast

5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

4 September




Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


12 September



EID al-ADHA 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)

3 October


1st Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

8 October


Al Yateem Fundraising Dinner

Islamic Relief Australia

Greek Hall, 269 Creek Road, Mt Gravatt

0456 426 523


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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6 Agnes St. Woolloongabba

Buranda Mosque


Monthly Tafsir


BBQ, Q&A, Brotherhood

After Maghrib

Starting Sunday 15 May

Imam Ahmed Azari








Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & Madressa - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm, brothers, sisters and children
• New Muslims Program - last Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30pm
• Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month. Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
• Islamic Studies - one year course, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm, brothers and sisters
• Ilm-e-Deen, Alims Degree Course - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses, brothers

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher


Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084




On Going Activities


1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.


For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987


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Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109


Holland Park Mosque




Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Next Meeting


Time: 7.00pm
Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

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


Light refreshments will be available.



Minutes of meeting dated 6 October 2016




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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