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


Last Sunday, host of Channel 10’s The Project, Waleed Aly, took home the Gold Logie for Best Personality of Australian Television on his first nomination, at the 2016 TV Week Logie Awards. He also won the Silver Logie for Best Presenter.


Aly spoke on a number of issues:


On his wife, Dr Susan Carland:


“The reality is, and this is just a dirty little secret I’ve been carried around with me: If she had my job, she’d be better at it than me. She is sharper, she’s wittier, she’s funnier, she’s infinity more charming and likeable. And everyone who knows her, knows that she changes you, she makes you better. And she’s done that in her work, she’s done that in her community work, and they don’t give statuettes to people like that sadly, but one day, if life’s fair, they might just give her a statue. She’s a seriously a huge source of support for me but she’s so much more than that – a challenge, a provocation and an inspiration. It’s a privilege to be able to share my life with you so thank you very much."

On his mother, Salwa Aly:


“I’m going to begin by acknowledging mum, actually, because it’s mother’s day and she’s probably the most significant person in shaping me and me being here.”

On the relevance of his award:

“It matters to them for a particular reason,” he said. “That reason was brought home ... not so long ago actually when someone who is in this room and I’m not going to use the name they use in the industry, came up to me, introduced themselves and said to me, ‘I really hope you win. My name is Mustafa. But I can’t use that name because I won’t get a job’. “He’s here tonight. And it matters to people like that that I am here. I know it’s not because of me. I know that.”



Waleed's Logies have been 10 years in the making


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Eid Down Under is coming. Over 17 major rides, for the first time ever all day Helicopter Rides. Free family activities and giveaways. International food stalls, Eid Bazaar and the biggest Fireworks in town.

Free parking and bus shuttle services from Kuraby Mosque and Compton Road car parks. Check out our Facebook page Eid Down Under or visit for more information.

Want to get involved? Come along for a community meeting on Wednesday 18/05/2016 6:00pm at the Islamic College of Brisbane. For more information contact Ali Ghafoor on 0410 083 975 or




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The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network and ICare QLD held a very successful joint fundraiser on 7 May in Brisbane to a full house.


A range of speakers included keynote speaker the Hon Melissa Parke MP (Fremantle), who spoke from experience having spent over two years in Gaza as a lawyer under the UN. Melissa received a standing ovation in recognition of her years of public advocacy for the Palestinian people.


A general theme of the night from speakers was that Australia needs to adopt a balanced position on the issue and the community can play their part by advocating through their MPs and candidates.


Event coordinator David Forde told CCN, “This was a hugely successful event and it was very pleasing to have such diversity in the audience from different faiths and backgrounds, including Muslims, Christians and Jews - in the context of Palestine that is important. We also had tremendous support from AMARAH and MCF”.


David explained to guests, “Charity is important, but it’s never ending without political change on Palestine. Equally, while political advocacy is vital, it’s a process that won’t change overnight and while it’s occurring, Palestinians remain in great need and need our support.”

Proceeds from the event will support Palestinian advocacy in Australia and early education and disability projects, through ICare QLD (via Islamic Relief Australia), for Palestinian refugees in the Jalal-Al Bahar and Ain el Helwe refugee camps in Lebanon.


Master of Ceremonies, Salam el-Merebi

Hussin Goss and Leon Jordan conducted the pledges and auction

Volunteers who helped the organizing committee were acknowledged for their efforts at a BBQ yesterday (Saturday)


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The Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Minister of Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Leeanne Enoch, played hosts at the 2016 Small Business Leaders' Reception at Parliament House this week.

Faris Fazalbhoy (Muslim Business Network) and Nicole Andronicus (Manager International Relations & Multicultural Affairs -Office of the Lord Mayor)

Faris Fazalbhoy. Farouk Adam (Muslim Business Network), Duncan Pegg MP, Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Ken Lai (Director-General, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office - Brisbane)

Farouk Adam, QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Faris Fazalbhoy

Opening of the 2016 Queensland Small Business Week at Parliament House


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Reflections on visit by AMANAH Institute Principal, Dylan Chown



Sheikh Sulaiman Ravat addressing AI students

Amanah Institute was privileged to receive a visit from Sheikh Sulaiman Ravat this week. Students and staff welcomed the Sheikh in a special Assembly.

Sheikh Ravat is a Moulaana, a hafiz of the Holy Qur’an as well as a popular Radio Announcer and dynamic speaker. The Sheikh immediately engaged the enthusiastic students at Amanah Institute and spoke to them about importance of respect. He delivered a very clear message to students that by respecting parents, teachers and one another we will be respectful in all that we do which leads to success in all that we do.

The Sheikh generously devoted his time to remain behind and deliver an extremely powerful session to Amanah Institute teachers. Sheikh Ravat spoke of the place of ilm or knowledge and stressed the importance of education. Education he reminded teachers is the key to understanding and appreciating how Allah Almighty wishes us to live our lives.



Sheikh Sulaiman Ravat with Principal Dylan Chown

Sheikh further spoke of the “womb of the mother being the factory of humankind” and thus the “Madrassah is the factory of Muslims”. Addressing the audience he asserted that “Madrassahs are where Muslim’s are produced”. Sheik emphasised the very noble role of teachers is to work with parents to mould children. He encouraged the dedicated teachers that every day they are in the classroom they are investing in their akirah or their hereafter.

Sheikh very much affirmed the vision and philosophy of Amanah Institute and reminded teachers that transmission of the fundamentals in one important element but stressed that beyond this we must strive to assist our students to understand what it means to be a Muslim.

Profoundly Sheikh shared that we should be impressing upon our students that, “the greatest service to the world, the greatest dawa, the greatest anecdote to Islamophobia is to engage in society, put in an honest days work and display the morals, values, principles and attitudes of Islam”.

Sheikh challenged teachers to bring out the inner passion for deen – the passion for offering our Salah, for being obedient to Allah Almighty. In this way, students not only learn the content but they develop the passion and conviction to practice.


Sheikh Sulaiman Ravat

Amanah Institute teachers resonated with Sheikh’s words around teaching approach. Teachers were very encouraged by the Dignified Way model in the Institute which emphasises mercy and compassion. According to the Sheikh, “the hallmark of a teacher is that their approach is primarily based on mercy, on compassion” – as was the approach of Rasoolullah (SAW).

In relation to improving our classrooms and our teaching, Sheikh encouraged the audience to work on their own spirituality, their own connection with Allah Almighty. This is where baraka is found and baraka comes to those who are connected to Allah Almighty.

In closing, Sheikh encouraged teachers to constantly look to improve and learn from others and for us to be humble enough to accept it and to reflect on it. He commented that many of the old ways still work but we should also look for new ways and new ideas if they align with our principles. He questioned, “why are we willing to change or willing to improve in business or any other field and yet not change our approach in the classroom?”

Teachers and students alike only wished the Sheikh could have stayed for longer. May Allah Almighty reward him and may we benefit from his naseeha.


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Students from the Amanah Institute at Kuraby received a lecture by Mr David Forde on the benefits and importance of using the democratic process.


Students in the Senior Applied Islam class at Amanah Institute enjoyed a guest lecture series this week.

Their first guest was Federal MP for Moreton Mr Graham Perrett who delivered a lecture on the meaning, scope and various forms of democracy in Australia. Mr Perrett, a former SOSE teacher and lawyer delivered a very informative session which students thoroughly enjoyed.

Next, Senior Policy Officer at Multicultural Affairs Queensland, Mr David Forde delivered an interactive workshop. Mr Forde began by explaining the role of MAQ and spoke to students about the benefits and importance of utilising the democratic process to address issues and empower individuals and communities.

Mr Perrett’s and Mr Forde’s visit and the advice shared complemented students learning across a range of units that they have been exploring under the guidance of Professor Mohammad Abdalla. Students have been delving into the topics of leadership and governance, including units on a ‘Prophetic model of governance’; ‘Governance after the Prophet and beyond’; ‘Government or governance’; and ‘What about democracy’?

In Mr Perrett’s session he challenged students with regards to the constitution and to think of potential amendments that would be appropriate to Australia moving forward. The class enjoyed discussion over the merits of advocating for amendments to the constitution that better honour the First peoples of Australia as well as those that would be more inclusive and accepting of all people.


A number of students commented that they were fascinated to read of sections in our constitution that protect against racism and explicitly state that religion shall not be interfered with.

In Mr Forde’s session he challenged students to use the processes outlined in the guest presentation to address real life issues they felt passionate about. Students applied this to scenarios relating to local issues such as the cost of public transport cost, the cost and access to parking at universities as well as National and International issues such as the lack of diversity in parliament, refugees and Palestine.


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The Point Magazine


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Panellists: Kate Tempest, Award-winning poet and rapper; Jean-Christophe Rufin, Co-founder, Medecins Sans Frontieres; Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Controversial Somalian feminist and author Heretic; Julian Baggini, Philosopher; and Emma Sky, Former adviser to the US military in Iraq.


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Pauline Hanson wants a royal commission into Islam


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An American Airlines flight is delayed when an Ivy League professor's math equation is mistaken for a terrorist plot.


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The Mayor of London

Since Sadiq Khan’s election as Mayor of London, many people seem to be suggesting that no Muslim city would ever be open-minded enough to elect a Christian as mayor.

So, in the interests of accuracy, and because FACTS ARE OUR FRIENDS, I present a list of some of the many Christians who have done just what Mr Khan has done – been elected to high office in Muslim countries where they are a religious minority:

1. Alice/Alees Samaan




In 2005 Alice Salman became the first Christian and first woman to chair Bahrain’s upper house of Parliament. Bahrain is 70% Muslim.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 2. Kamran Michael



Source: The Muslim Vibe


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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:


"You are judged for everything you do"


Roslyn, Brisbane

To be Muslim in Australia is to be judged for everything you do. To worry whether people will be nice to me today or abuse me. I am Australian. I chose to become Muslim and wear the hijab.


I have been stereotyped as being new to Australia, unable to speak English, uneducated (I have one degree and am doing another currently). At university I feel the most accepted, but step off campus and it is different. I have had more positive interactions than negative. But I have had someone attempt to run me over in their car as I crossed at a traffic light.


I make sure I always follow rules. I have had a few people mutter comments as they walk past me. Most people aren't brave enough to say it loudly for anyone but me to hear or to say it straight to my face.


As children of a Muslim convert my children can face more discrimination from within the Muslim community than from the non-Muslim community. They aren't real Muslims because their mum wasn't born Muslim.


The prejudices of the parents are passed to their children.



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. Eritrean-born Medina Idriess, 65, a mother of seven and grandmother of 11, tells of the invisible threat that most worries her. Beau Donelly reports. 



Before extremists targeted our children, I was worried about drugs and alcohol. I am more worried now about the invisible threat. At least with drugs and alcohol, you can see the problem in front of you, that they are damaging their health. But extremism is a problem we can’t always see. The children can be stolen away. Stolen away to become violent and then to die. We don’t want any child - Muslim or non-Muslim - to be involved with these people.

Medina, with three of her seven children in Cairo in 1989, two years before moving to Australia..

We escaped from war and torture and trauma to be in a safe place. But having this around us is scary. It is totally scary. In some ways, I feel like war has followed us. Whenever there is violence overseas, it affects the Muslim community. It is something we will always have to tolerate.

We should not be judged by what others do in the name of Islam. These terrorist actions are not part of the Islamic way. Muslims are part of the wider Australian community. And we must all work together to build a strong neighbourhood to watch over our children and keep them safe.

Muslims must teach their children about their religion. We have a responsibility to educate, guide and protect them from extremists. We have to be open-minded and open-eyed.

I teach my grandchildren about the core values of Islam; about respect and care for others. I encourage them to form friendships with people of different faiths. We talk about the violence that is happening around the world and tell the children that it is not acceptable. There is nothing in Islam that condones such acts of violence and terror.

But day to day, there are lots of problems around here. Not just the threat of extremism. Like all parents and grandparents we have to keep our children away from drugs, alcohol and other destructive activities.

When we moved here, I was worried that we would not be able to practise our religion. There were not many places to educate young people about Islam. It’s much better now. I know of others, such as new arrivals who do not speak English, who have had some difficult experiences because they are Muslim. My daughter says people at her work don’t talk to her about Islam, it’s something they are silent about even though she would like to be heard. But I do feel accepted. Australia is my home.   

Brisbane Times


 NEXT WEEK IN CCN: The Teacher



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Maher Zain - The Power (Official) Ft. Amakhono We Sintu



"The Power" features Zulu choir Amakhono We Sintu, was filmed in South Africa, and directed by Amr Singh.




Navigating The Challenges Facing Muslim Youth | Sheikh Daood Butt






Crescent Institute's Talal Yassine

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


The Sun 


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)


5) Trevor Isn’t An Anti-Racism Stalwart


Much of the credence given to Trevor Phillips comes from his work at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. But this shouldn’t give him a free-pass at making generalisations and divisive comments. He once claims Muslims are “not like us” (presumably, Muslims aren’t included in the ‘us’ he uses, which itself is revealing of Trevor’s views). More recently, he writes “Muslims basically do not want to participate in the way that other people do”. These conclusions are neither borne out of his survey findings, and they write off the successful examples of British Muslim engagement. As Miqdaad Versi writes in the Guardian: -

“But when there are 13 Muslim MPs, a British Muslim candidate for mayor of London, a Muslim dragon in the Dragons’ Den, and a Muslim winner of the Great British Bake Off, it seems that in reality, Muslims are very much part of British society.

Trevor uses the language of division and race-baiting. If it came from a member of Ukip, it would rightly be challenged. It coming from a self-described anti-racism campaigner doesn’t mean it should be left unchallenged.

He even went as far as to claim he “played a principal role in the creation of UK laws against religious discrimination — and it was a report that I commissioned exactly 20 years ago that first introduced the term Islamophobia to Britain.” This is outright denied by those involved, such as Khalida Khan who argues emphatically that “Robin Richardson and Kaushika Amin were behind the Report not Trevor Phillips”, which was a consequence of Khalida and her colleagues’ work in the an-Nisa Society.

Much of the weight of the Trevor Phillip’s sensationalism comes from his former position at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a title he has essentially used to push his own agenda against multiculturalism, which leads us on to the next point.

CONTINUED NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 6)  Integration Is A Two Way Street


Source: On Religion


Charles Auguste Steuben's painting of the Battle of the Poitiers in 732. The Frankish leader Charles Martel's victory over Muslim invaders is seen as a decisive moment in European history.

How Islam Created Europe

In late antiquity, the religion split the Mediterranean world in two. Now it is remaking the Continent.

Europe was essentially defined by Islam. And Islam is redefining it now.

For centuries in early and middle antiquity, Europe meant the world surrounding the Mediterranean, or Mare Nostrum (“Our Sea”), as the Romans famously called it. It included North Africa. Indeed, early in the fifth century A.D., when Saint Augustine lived in what is today Algeria, North Africa was as much a center of Christianity as Italy or Greece. But the swift advance of Islam across North Africa in the seventh and eighth centuries virtually extinguished Christianity there, thus severing the Mediterranean region into two civilizational halves, with the “Middle Sea” a hard border between them rather than a unifying force. Since then, as the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset observed, “all European history has been a great emigration toward the North.”

After the breakup of the Roman empire, that northward migration saw the Germanic peoples (the Goths, Vandals, Franks, and Lombards) forge the rudiments of Western civilization, with the classical legacy of Greece and Rome to be rediscovered only much later. It would take many more centuries for the modern European state system to develop. Slowly, though, feudalism, whose consensual give-and-take worked in the direction of individualism and away from absolutism, gave way to early modern empires and, over time, to nationalism and democracy. Along the way, new freedoms allowed the Enlightenment to take hold. In sum, “the West” emerged in northern Europe (albeit in a very slow and tortuous manner) mainly after Islam had divided the Mediterranean world.

Islam did much more than geographically define Europe, however. Denys Hay, a British historian, explained in a brilliant though obscure book published in 1957, Europe: The Emergence of an Idea, that European unity began with the concept (exemplified by the Song of Roland) of a Christendom in “inevitable opposition” to Islam—a concept that culminated in the Crusades. The scholar Edward Said took this point further, writing in his book Orientalism in 1978 that Islam had defined Europe culturally, by showing Europe what it was against. Europe’s very identity, in other words, was built in significant measure on a sense of superiority to the Muslim Arab world on its periphery. Imperialism proved the ultimate expression of this evolution: Early modern Europe, starting with Napoleon, conquered the Middle East, then dispatched scholars and diplomats to study Islamic civilization, classifying it as something beautiful, fascinating, and—most crucial—inferior. 

The Atlantic


Rayani Airlines was banking on its Shariah compliant positioning to make it a success... but it looks like that was not enough.

Islam as a commodity

Religion is not dead. It is just slowly melding with capitalism.

MALAYSIA: Last week, Malay daily Harian Metro ran a feature on “Quran therapy” chicken, where Quranic verses were recited over chickens in cold storage, right after they have gone through halal slaughter.

The unnamed supplier claimed that the verses endow the chicken meat with the capabilities of repelling not only diseases, but also disasters.

For this added “therapy”, the chicken is sold at double the price of your run-of-the-mill chicken that merely listened to the hum of freezers.

This week, another Malay daily Sinar Harian ran a story on homemade ice cream brand and franchise Aiskrim Kifayah, publicising ingredients that are sunnah, or allegedly part of Prophet Muhammad’s diet: dates, figs, raisins, and even water from the Zamzam Well in Mecca.


Another of its products, Aiskrim Minda Genius 30+, claims to blend “brain food” such as almonds and saffron, in addition to the above sunnah ingredients. Which kid would not like a cone of ice cream that makes him or her smarter too?


MalayMail Online


Here is a picture of the Ottoman governor of Athens in 1815 (a decade and a half before the Greeks won independence).

London’s Muslim Mayor is nothing New: 1300 yrs of Muslims who Ran Major European Cities

The press is declaring Sadiq Khan, victor in the electoral contest for mayor of London, the “first Muslim mayor of a major European city.”

They mean of course, something like ‘the first Muslim mayor of a really big Western European city in the modern period (say the past two centuries). [Although Sadiq Khan was elected and many — not all– of the figures I point to below were appointed, that’s the way it was in history. The then London County Council was first elected in 1889, and the mayor has only been directly elected since 2000; all urban leaders were appointed until fairly recently.]

It is worthwhile pointing out that the idea of Europe as “Christian” or perhaps “post-Christian” is a construct that can only be carried out by applying very large scissors to the history books. Christian nativism in Europe makes no sense. Christianity has its origins in the Middle East, as does Islam.

Europe was largely uninhabited during the last maximal glaciation, roughly from 25,000 before present to 13,000 BP, what with three mile high piles of ice covering much of it. Since the ice receded, it has seen several waves of immigration, with people coming in from what is now Turkey and Syria (yes) and from Eurasia and from Africa.

Christianity only started spreading seriously in Europe from the fourth century CE [AD], and by the eighth century, only four hundred years later, it had serious competition in Spain and southern France from Islam. Christianity was adopted more slowly than most people realize, with large pockets of essentially pagan survivals and heresies lasting for hundreds of more years– so medieval European religion should be seen as tripartite in these centuries — pagan survivals, spreading Christianity, and spreading Islam.

Islam is a major European religion and is a nearly 1300 year old tradition there.

Sitting elected Muslim mayors include Erion Veliaj of Tirana, Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam, and Shpend Ahmeti of Pristina. Muslim-majority Sarajevo elected Ivo Komšić, a Christian, in 2013.

Going back into history, parts of Spain, and often quite a lot of it, were under Muslim rule 711 to 1492. So for example, Abd al-Rahman I was proclaimed Emir of Cordoba in 756. We’re talking major Western European city here. In the 900s Cordoba was the most populous city in the world.

The Arab Muslim emirate of Sicily lasted from 831 to 1072. For example, Jafar al-Kalbi (983–985) was emir of Sicily, and therefore mayor of Palermo, the capital.

The Ottoman Empire ruled most of what is now Greece 1458-1832.

Informed Comment by Juan Cole


Black in Algeria? Then You’d Better Be Muslim

In the West, racists see skin colour. In Algeria, they see religion.

ORAN, Algeria — For a few years now, families of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have been gathering at major street crossings in the large cities of northern Algeria. They come to beg for alms, wearing grotesque outfits: oversize veils for the women, even little girls; cotton djellabas for the men; prayer beads ostentatiously displayed. They say “Allah” too readily and misquote verses from the Koran.

Many black migrants, including those who are not Muslim, are deploying symbols of Islam to appeal to Algerians’ sense of charity. Why? Because poverty helps decode culture better than reflection does, and migrants, lacking shelter and food, are quick to realize that in Algeria there often is no empathy between human beings, only empathy between people of the same religion.

Another example: In October a Cameroonian woman was gang-raped in Oran by a group of men that threatened her with a dog. When she tried to file a complaint with the authorities, she was rejected on two main grounds: She had no papers, and she wasn’t a Muslim.
The Marie-Simone case became a cause célèbre, and the victim, with the support of some Algerians, eventually obtained justice. But it remains an exception.

The situation wasn’t always like this. For decades Algerians mostly treated blacks with discreet aloofness; only recently has that turned into violent rejection. There are no reliable official statistics, but many migrants here come from Mali, Niger and Libya, and their numbers have increased over the past few years, partly due to instability in neighboring countries, especially Libya, once a main hub of immigration from Africa to Europe.

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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.

9. Aseel Shaheen




From judging in a court to officiating on a tennis court, Muslim women seem to be ruling the courts! Meet Aseel Shaheen: the first Arab Muslim woman to have officiated in Wimbledon deserves her place in the top 10. Just this year, Aseel Shaheen was given yet another role as an officiate at Wimbledon.


What is so inspirational about this, is the fact that despite the spectators’ initial remarks, her presence has been well accepted across the tennis court and amongst the viewers, It’s this sense of agreeability and open-mindedness to see Muslim women as capable as any other officiate that open many more opportunities for Muslim Women across any field.

NEXT WEEK: Noor Tagouri

Source: MVSLIM

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



Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq  

This unique 9th-century mosque near Baghdad in Iraq was built when Samarra was the capital of the Abbasid Empire, but was destroyed in 1278.


Its idiosyncratic "Malwiya" minaret remains, however, with its ascending spiral conical design, 52 metres high and 33 metres wide at the base. It was damaged by an explosion in 2005, and is currently on Unesco's list of endangered world heritage sites.     


Source: Telegraph UK

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 May 2016

TOPIC"Live To Serve Humanity"

IMAM: Sheikh Sulaimaan Ravat 













Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 May 2016

TOPIC"The method of making Dua"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 May 2016

TOPIC: “The crying of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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London buses to carry 'praise Allah' adverts during Ramadan


Appeal: The adverts are designed to raise the plight of the victims in Syria Islamic Relief 

LONDON: London buses will carry adverts praising Allah as part of a drive by Britain’s biggest Muslim charity to help victims of the Syrian civil war during Ramadan.

Islamic Relief said it hoped the posters, which bear the words “Subhan Allah”, meaning “Glory be to God” in Arabic, will portray Islam and international aid in a positive light.

The adverts will be carried in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester and Bradford later this month.

Charity leaders hope it will encourage generous donations during the religious festival, which is expected to begin on June 6.

Organisers added they hoped the campaign will help young Muslims to focus on humanitarian work.

Imran Madden, the UK director of Islamic Relief, said: “In a sense this could be called a climate change campaign because we want to change the negative climate around international aid and around the Muslim community in this country.

"International aid has helped halve the number of people living in extreme poverty in the past 15 years, and British Muslims are an incredibly generous community who give over £100 million to international aid charities in Ramadan.”

It comes as London has just elected Sadiq Khan as the city’s first Muslim mayor following an historic victory over Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith.

The capital is home to about half of Britain's estimated three million Muslims.

Transport for London, which regulates the advertisements appearing on the city’s buses, does not allow posters linked to a “political party or campaign” but does not prevent religious ads.

Former mayor Boris Johnson scrapped adverts by a Christian charity on buses after it was accused of claiming to “cure” gay people.  

Source: The Standard UK


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Ustad Metal: Muslim cleric by day, band singer by night



In the day, Ustad Metal (above) is Quran teacher Mr Alfian, while Gugat vocalist Ms Asri teaches pre-schoolers and is a mother of two. The singers are among a growing legion of Indonesians drawn to metal music.


BANDUNG: Wearing a black Muslim headscarf matched with a loose T-shirt that says " Never Too Old To Rock" and blue jeans, 34-year-old Asri Yuniar growls into the microphone.

"I burn with revenge and false hopes. In these falsehoods, I die in darkness. Darkness, darkness, darkness!" she screams, her eyes closed and her head swaying to the loud, rambunctious music reverberating through the tiny studio in Ujungberung, a town in Bandung, capital of West Java. Dubbed Kampung Metal, Ujungberung is the so-called birthplace of local metal music.

Unlike two decades ago, headscarf-wearing women like Asri in metal bands are no longer frowned upon. Now, a number of female musicians donning the "symbol of Islam" are even rocking their electric guitars and drums on social media.

Metal music, with its dark lyrics and themes of death and doom, is very much alive - and thriving even - in Muslim-majority Indonesia. This is despite growing Islamic conservatism in the country, where rising intolerance has led to violence between mainstream Muslims and non-Muslims as well as religious minorities, including the Shi'ite and Ahmadiyah sects.

The music genre's growing acceptance in the community is largely attributed to musicians tweaking lyrics to suit local taste and decorum, a supportive metal community, as well as heightened awareness created by the Internet that allows bands to expand their fan base in the vast archipelagic nation.

Asri, a mother of two who has a day job as a kindergarten teacher, is a vocalist with Gugat, or Threat in Indonesian, a hardcore metal band considered to be one of the country's pioneers in the genre.

"My parents protested at first and told me to quit. They said metal music is scary and so dark. But I only like the music. I don't smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs," she told The Straits Times.

"When I wore the headscarf two years after joining the band, fans told me, 'If you wish to pray, do it at home, not here'. But people are more accepting of us now."

Now hailed as the "new mainstream", metal music has captivated hundreds of thousands of fans, from the pluralistic city of Bandung, where metal is said to have taken root in the 1990s, to deeply religious Aceh province, where a concert last month saw teenage girls in headscarves head-banging along with boys.

Thousands of local bands hold concerts every year, drawing huge crowds of 1,000 to 45,000 each time. A concert by American band Metallica, held in Jakarta in 2013, attracted some 60,000 fans.  

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You can now charge your phone at Grand Mosque 


JEDDAH: The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques launched mobile phone charging facilities inside the premises of the Grand Mosque of Makkah on Tuesday.

The mobile phone charging sockets are placed in prominent places in worshipping areas. The charging boards are designed as pouches to protect the mobile phones. They are put up on the pillars of the mosque and electricity has been supplied to them through special extension cables.

Charging boards can accommodate eight mobile phones at a time. It is mandatory for visitors and pilgrims to remain nearby while their phones charge. 

Source: Arab News


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Muslim Miss USA Converts to Christianity


US: Rima Fakih, who was Muslim when she was crowned Miss USA in 2010, reportedly converted to Christianity last month, according to Entertainment.

Fakih went to Catholic school during her youth, though her faith was Shia Muslim. In a 2010 Huffington Post interview, she said her family is more “spiritual” than religious, though they “appreciate all different kinds of religions.”

“We’d go to church on Easter. We always had a Christmas tree, and every year we go the Radio City Christmas Show and watch ‘Miracle on 34th Street.’ But we celebrate some of the Islamic holidays as well,” said Fakih.

Fakir tweeted a photo at the end of March that said, “Only God can turn a MESS into a message, a TEST into a testimony, a TRIAL into a triumph, a VICTIM into a victory.”

When Fakih was crowned in 2010, she announced her deep sense of nationalism for the United States.

“I’d like to say I’m American first, and I am an Arab-American, I am Lebanese-American, and I am Muslim-American.”

The 2010 beauty pageant winner is getting married “in Lebanon next week to Wassim Salibi, a wealthy music producer who is a Maronite Christian. Canadian singer The Weeknd, who is managed by Salibi, will perform at the wedding,” reported Entertainment.

Source: Lifezette


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Cops apologize after getting fake bomber to shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ during terror drill


UK: Manchester Police have issued an apology after getting a fake suicide bomber to shout a Muslim religious slogan during a mass counter-terror exercise in the city’s Trafford Centre Tuesday.

The mass drill involved dozens of people splashed with fake blood and feigning bomb injury to simulate a major terror attack in the busy shopping area

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan of Greater Manchester Police told Sky News Tuesday that the test was to prepare for a “suicide attack by an extremist Daesh-style organization,” using the Arabic pejorative term for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

However, he acknowledged that “it was unacceptable to use this religious phrase immediately before the mock suicide bombing” because it “vocally linked” the exercise with Islam.

“We recognise and apologise for the offense that this has caused,” he said.

Manchester's Mayor and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd told the channel it was “frustrating” that the exercise was “marred by the ill-judged, unnecessary and unacceptable decision by organizers to have those playing the parts of terrorists to shout 'Allahu Akbar' before setting off their fake bombs.”

A number of community and religious groups criticized the decision after it became known what had happened.

Anti-gun activist Dr Erinma Bell MBE told the Independent that “we need to move away from stereotypes if we want to achieve real learning,” adding that “terrorists can be anyone.”

Islamophobia watchdog Community Safety Forum told the paper that the phrase was offensive and warned that “this sort of thing panders to stereotypes and further divides us.”

A recent study suggests that the critics may have a point.

In February a report by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) suggested that the UK was as much at risk from fascist terrorism as that carried out by jihadist groups.

The authors of the report were themselves surprised by the results.

“Given the intense public focus on religiously inspired terrorism, the finding that right-wing extremists account for a similar proportion of perpetrators within the database is particularly significant,” they said.




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Islam North of the Pyrenees



UK: The Conservative party must conduct an urgent inquiry into alleged Islamophobia in its ranks, Britain’s largest Muslim representative organisation has said.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said the party’s recent campaign for Mayor of London was punctuated by “Islamophobic” smears against both the now Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and other Muslims.

David Cameron last night apologised for having falsely claimed that south London imam Sulaiman Ghani supported the terrorist group Isis – a claim he used to attack Labour’s candidate, who had appeared on platforms with him.

Source: The Independent


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 The CCN Book-of-the-Week


 Islam: A Short History


 Karen Armstrong



No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam.


It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war.


In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing about the subject, Karen Armstrong’s short history demonstrates that the world’s fastest-growing faith is a much more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest.


Readers seeking a quick but thoughtful introduction to Islam will want to peruse Armstrong's latest offering. In her hallmark stylish and accessible prose, the author of A History of God takes readers from the sixth-century days of the Prophet Muhammad to the present.


Armstrong writes about the revelations Muhammad received, and explains that the Qur'an earned its name (which means recitation) because most of Muhammad's followers were illiterate and learned his teachings not from reading them but hearing them proclaimed aloud. Throughout the book, Armstrong traces what she sees as Islam's emphasis on right living (? la Judaism) over right belief (? la Christianity).


Armstrong is at her most passionate when discussing Islam in the modern world. She explains antagonisms between Iraqi Muslims and Syrian Muslims, and discusses the devastating consequences of modernization on the Islamic world.


Unlike Europe, which modernized gradually over centuries, the Islamic world had modernity thrust upon it in an exploitative manner.


The Islamic countries, Armstrong argues, have been "reduced to a dependent bloc by the European powers." Armstrong also rehearses some basics about Islamic fundamentalism in a section that will be familiar to anyone who has read her recent study, The Battle for God.


The picture of Islam as a violent, backward, and insular tradition should be laid to rest, says Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of Muhammad and A History of God. Delving deep into Islamic history, Armstrong sketches the arc of a story that begins with the stirring of revelation in an Arab businessman named Muhammad.


His concern with the poor who were being left behind in the blush of his society's new prosperity sets the tone for the tale of a culture that values community as a manifestation of God. Muhammad's ideas catch fire, quickly blossoming into a political empire. As the empire expands and the once fractured Arabs subdue and overtake the vast Persian domain, the story of a community becomes a panoramic drama.


With great dexterity, Armstrong narrates the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the clashes with Western crusaders and Mongolian conquerors, and the spiritual explorations that traced the route to God. Armstrong brings us through the debacle of European colonialism right up to the present day, putting Islamic fundamentalism into context as part of a worldwide phenomenon.


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

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CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: Looking for something sweet with a cup of tea after your Tarawee prayers or at Sehri time, this date and nut loaf could be an ideal. Like your savories for Ramadaan it can be prepared ahead of time and frozen.

Mini Date n Nut Loaves




250g butter
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup sugar
250g chopped dates
5ml bicarb
500g self-rising flour (less 1/2 cup from 500g pkt)
1¼ cup chopped pecans
3 beaten eggs 





1. Place the first 4 ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil.

2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
3. Add the bicarb and mix well
4. Add 1 cup of pecans and mix.
5. Fold in the sifted flour and mix well.
6. Lastly add beaten eggs, a little at a time and mix in quickly.

Pour into 12 mini greased loaf tins.
Decorate with the remaining ¼ cup of chopped pecan nuts
Bake in 180 oven for approx 15-17 minutes. Test with a skewer.
Allow to cool for 5 mins in tins then turn out onto a cooling rack.

NB: this cake freezes well.
Wrap cooled loaves individually in cling wrap n freeze.
When serving, allow to come to room temperature.
Slice and pop into microwave for a few seconds.

Best served with warm with a dollop of ice cream

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Q: Dear Kareema, I'm looking at strength exercises to tone my upper legs. Any suggestions?

A: Make the mini resistance band your new best friend. Regular resistance bands are good too, but the little ones can really increase the impact of the lower-body strength moves.

Pop the band around the ankles and take the feet wider than shoulders, then:


Start with squats, sit your bottom back & down (no lower than your knees)

Lateral shuffle. Move from side to side with band around the ankles & feel the burn

Glute bridge. Loop the band above the knees & lie on your back. Take feet wider than hips and lift the hips while squeezing your bottom. Be sure to keeps your abs in to protect your back.

Knee raise. Position the band around your feet (make sure it's safe). Feet at hip distance, lift one knee & squeeze abs. Alternate the knees.





My Health and Fitness

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April to June is Coriander Season
Best Tips


* Better to plant seeds directly into beds. Coriander hates being transplanted.
* Try to use seeds saved from last season’s crop or from a good seed company. Using whole coriander from spice shops don’t perform well.
* Each seed produces two plants.
* Soak the seed in warm water for several hours to speed up germination which usually takes about 2 weeks.
* Apply fertilisers rich in nitrogen. Foliar feeds are very effective.
* Delay flowering by pinching off the centre stem frequently.

Well grown coriander plants should cover your needs for up to 8 weeks.


Send your gardening questions to


You can also contact Ahmed Esat

by phone (0404070498) or email (

and visit his blog site.

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The best weapon you have is your sixth-sense. Although every animal is born with survival instincts, humans also have the ability to add judgment and everyday experience to our base intuition.


This should make us superior to animals, but our judgment can sometimes get in the way. If we can’t explain our “gut feeling” in a logical way, we tend to brush it off as paranoia. By trusting your intuition, you will be able to learn the difference between real fear and worry. If you have a sense of foreboding, don’t second guess yourself.


It is better to be safe than to ignore your instincts and become the victim of a violent crime.


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


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Jallaludin goes into a job interview, and presents himself well.

The employer is shocked at how professional he is, "Wow, you have an incredible resume, and present yourself fantastically, but you seem to be missing 5 years on this part of your resume. What happened there?"

Jallaludin replied "Oh that's when I went to Yale."

The employer is even more impressed. "That's great, you're hired!"

Jallaludin is super happy and says "Yay I got a yob!"


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An Ayaat-a-Week





These are Verses of the Wise Book, - a Guide and a Mercy to the doers of good, - those who establish regular Prayer, and give regular Charity, and have (in their hearts) the assurance of the Hereafter. These are on (true) guidance from their Lord; and these are the ones who will prosper.

~ Surah Luqman 31:2-5


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Seven social sins: politics without principles,

wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.

~ Mahatma Gandhi


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

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Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

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Islamic Relief Australia

Greek Hall, 269 Creek Road, Mt Gravatt

0456 426 523


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Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi



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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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Buranda Mosque


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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:
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Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
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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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Monday: Junior Class

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For more information call 0470 671 109


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


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