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Reporting Islam Project showcased in Southbank

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Q&A with Senate Powerbrokers

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Have you found yourself facing a lot of Islamophobic?

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

The Sonia Kruger Saga

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Dr. Rafiqul Islam speaks at IPDC meeting

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

'Leaving them a small momento'

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Terrorism or Mental Illness : A OnePath Analysis

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

I Pray No Australian Is Bullied For Their Religion

KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links

Muslim Aid Australia needs you!

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Police called after mosque approval triggers threats

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

AMUST wins Premier’s Media Award

Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat


Pasifika Diabetes Health Forum

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence


Graduating Inaugural Senior Applied Islam Class

The CCN Chuckle








The CCN Weekly Hansard of Hanson Harangues

Changing How People Around the World View Pakistanis
Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia


Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column




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By Dylan Chown



The Amanah Institute Class of 2016 with mentors and teachers, Prof Mohamad Abdalla and Mr Dylan Chown

On Sunday 17 July, the Amanah Institute graduation ceremony was held for the inaugural Senior Applied Islam class. Professor Mohamad Abdalla delivered a moving speech and many of the graduates impressed with their contributions to the day's programme.

"The graduates were reminded of the amanah that now rests with them to apply their knowledge and contribute through service. We make dua for this talented and special group of young people. May Allah Almighty guide them always and use them for great good for His pleasure," outgoing principal Mr. Dylan Chown told CCN.

Before the ceremony Mr. Dylan Chown spoke of the milestones achieved over the last 3 years with references to a comprehensive report of the project, entitled Phase 1: The planting of a seed, which can be read here.


Educational Leader, Ms Soraya Bulbulia told the audience that the Institute was championing a paradigm shift which "takes time and requires community support to achieve continuity and sustainability".

 Abdul Jaleel Abdalla Poetry recitation

Zain Nathie reflects on the Applied Islam programme



Educational Leader Soraya Bulbulia

Hafsa Heris MC

Principal Dylan Chown's address

Prof Abdalla's Presentation



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Dr Mustafa Ally (second from left) presents awards for outstanding contributions to the Reporting Islam Project to (from left) Mr John English (QPS), Mr Abdi Hersi (Project Manager) and Mr Dale Hansen (Learning Futures)

The Reporting Islam Project undertaken by the Griffith University researchers, Assoc. Prof Jacqui Ewart and Prof. Mark Pearson from the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science showcased the project's resources at the University's Film Centre in Southbank.


The Reporting Islam Project has developed user-friendly and readily accessible resources underpinned by research-based evidence to help journalists adopt more mindful practices in stories about Islam and Muslims.


The project's aim is to address media reporting that includes routine negative stereotyping of Islam and its adherents, the incorrect use of key terms in news stories, a lack of Muslim sources or voices in news stories, the portrayal of Muslims as religious or cultural “others” at odds with democracy and Western values, the conflation of Islam with violence and terrorism, and the portrayal of Islam as a religion that condones both.


[CCN EDITOR] Griffith University announced yesterday that Abdi Hersi was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis entitled "Australian Muslims' Conceptions of Integration". Well done, Dr Hersi!



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'Are you a Muslim?': Hanson asked if she would stop 5yo Dastyari from coming to Australia


Labor Senator Sam Dastyari accused Ms Hanson of pedalling "hurtful, painful" policies which he took personally.

Ms Hanson was surprised to learn Senator Dastyari was Muslim.

"You're a practising Muslim? This is quite interesting ... I didn't know that about you," she said.

Senator Dastyari, who was born to pro-democracy activists in Iran, told 3AW he wasn't a practising Muslim and he wasn't sworn into parliament on the Koran.

He said Ms Hanson seemed "flabbergasted" she was sitting next to someone who was a Muslim.

Senator Dastyari said he didn't speak to Ms Hanson much after their television appearance together.

"I'll take up the opportunity in the Senate, we're going to be together for the next six years," he told 3AW on Tuesday.



The burning question I didn't get to ask Pauline Hanson on Q&A



Yusra Metwally (pictured left)  is a lawyer and a community advocate who is passionate about social justice, women's rights, community development, cycling, cats and coffee. @DestntnUnknown


Every now and then, one is presented with an opportunity so fleeting that it passes in the blink of an eye. For me, it was the opportunity to ask Pauline Hanson a question on Q&A. The moment Tony Jones announced that Ms Hanson would appear in the ABC studio, I promptly registered for attendance hoping to see the controversial figure in the flesh. My vision was clear: to ask her a question ending with "Please explain"

Dream, Believe, Achieve they say. And that's what I did.

My dreams were shattered upon finding out that my three questions weren't shortlisted for airing. Rejection didn't phase me, however; I was committed to putting my hand up when the opportunity presented itself.


The Daily Life




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Apparently, the world is headed at high speed to hell in a handcart stuffed with cash, fossil fuel and bombs. I have no notion what to do about this complex mess. I believe that anyone who says that they do know what to do about this complex mess is fairly deluded. I don’t think the answer is prayer, compassion or reason. And I certainly don’t believe the answer is despising Islam.

Despising Islam is currently a fairly popular hobby. It’s a bit like Pokémon GO for people who haven’t got the hang of their smartphones yet. Or, it’s part of a long tradition of falsely finding a single cause for all the bad stuff in the world. At various times in western history, we have blamed Jews, women, the devil, indigenous peoples and everyone not in the west for things, like poverty, that are our own stupid fault. Choose your victim, history. Gotta Catch Em All.

I don’t hope to reform angry bigots. Like the world that produced it, bigotry is complex. But, like the angry bigots, I too have moments of totally stupid simplicity. Every so often, I find myself arguing with angry bigots. I don’t do this with any hope of fixing angry bigots. I do it because making them feel bad feels good to me.

Yes. I know. This is not very noble. But, short of acquiring a PhD in international relations and political economy, redistributing all the world’s resources and wealth and convincing the UN it is a bunch of arse, that’s all I’ve got. Making myself feel better.

In an effort to make you feel better, I offer you an abstract of recent Facebook arguments with anti-Islam bigots. I will offer you a common argument, and then my response.

Oh. I should say that these are not intended for use by persons of the Islamic faith, who have had a lot of practice defending themselves. I do not presume to speak for Muslims. I am speaking only for shitty middle-aged white atheist ladies who enjoy being mean to idiots.

Islam makes women dress differently from men! Stop Islam!

Almost without exception, every society and culture and religion has different wardrobe conventions for women and men. Have you recently visited Australia? Just as an Australian man who dresses in a way that is perceived as too “effeminate” faces censure, a woman who fails to look sufficiently “feminine” will cop it.

Also, I am blocking you.

Islam has Sharia Law! The Quran is full of punishment!

Religious law is not peculiar to Islam. Have you heard of the canon law of the Catholic Church? Did you know about Judaism’s Halakha? Even those “non-violent” Jains Sam Harris told you about have codes, one of them being what we in the west would call suicide.

Look, fella. I believe in the usefulness of religious decree about as much as I believe you could find my clitoris with a torch and Google Maps. But, the thing is, people of all religions sometimes ask their clerics for rulings. Yes, it’s odd. No, unless it results in measurable harm to a person, it doesn’t harm your society or you.

The matter of religious law affecting state governance is, of course, another problem and, again, hardly peculiar to Islamic nations. And, the matter of extreme interpretation or misuse of religious texts is hardly just a Muslim thing, is it? Mussolini was pretty cosy with Mother Church. Just a few years back, Serbian priests blessed the forces that massacred and raped, whoops, Muslims. Like all institutions, and all texts, religion can get screwed up, especially in times of conflict.

Also, have you ever spent any time at all with the Old Testament? Swearing at your parents is a crime that demands your death (Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9). So too, for men, not being circumcised (Genesis 17:14), having sex with a menstruating lady (Leviticus 20:18) or with another bloke (Leviticus 20:13). Oddly, beating the life out of one of your slaves gets a free pass.

Also, I am blocking you.

Muslims Bomb People! Including Children!

The targeted death of all persons, especially children and civilians, is abhorrent. Again, this is not a Muslim specialty. We will never know the number of non-combatants killed by drone strike. We may never know the civilian toll of the Iraq war and the cruel sanctions that preceded it.

What we do know, especially following the Chilcot Report, is that the ongoing conflict between apparently Muslim forces and apparently democratic ones is often irrational, always horrific and very difficult to get one’s head around, as the best minds in foreign policy will tell you.

But, you know. You go Glen Coco. Blame The Muslims.

Also, I am blocking you.

Why Can’t Muslim Middle Eastern States Be More Reasonable, Like That Nice Place, Israel, Which Never Brings Religion Into Anything?

You mean, the same Israel that just appointed as the chief morale-booster to its defence forces a guy that says it’s technically okay to rape Arab women during combat? Or, do you mean another Israel?

Here’s a link. Here’s another one. They are from Israeli press. You will find that many Israeli and Jewish people are just as disgusted with the appointments of persons like Rabbi Eyal Karim as Muslim people are with the self-appointment of douche-lords from Islamic State.

Which brings us to your next question, before I start blocking you,

Why Don’t Muslim People Ever Condemn the Actions of Others?

They do. All the time. Including the Australian Grand Mufti who said, after the Paris attacks last year, “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims ... at this time of unspeakable horror”.

A Muslim could tattoo France’s tricoleur one on cheek, “sorry” on the other and all the Quranic passages that counteract all the other Quranic passages which recommend battle. You’d not see it. Just like I’m no longer seeing you because YOU ARE BLOCKED.

Right. I figure these may save you some time. If you think any of the arguments are useful, don’t feel bad about cutting-and-pasting them from Helen. You will find that the bigots just cut-and-paste from the One Nation website—or, if they are a bit posh, the worst writing of Christopher Hitchens.

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What Sonia said...



"I think Andrew Bolt has a point, there is a correlation between the number of people who are Muslim in a country and the number of terrorist attacks," Kruger said.

She tried the old "I have a lot of very good friends who are Muslims" route, but then said "but there are fanatics".

"Personally, I would like to see it [Muslim immigration] stop now for Australia, because I want to feel safe as all of our citizens do when we go out to celebrate Australia Day," Kruger said.

Campbell protested, saying Bolt's article "breeds hate", but Kruger did not back away from her comments.

"So you're not allowed to talk about it? You're not allowed to discuss it?" she said.

"I would venture that if you spoke to the parents of those children killed in Nice then they would be of the same opinion."

Wilkinson asked if Kruger was advocating "the Donald Trump approach", referencing the Republican presidential nominee's plan to stop Muslim migration to the United States, to which Kruger said "perhaps it is".

"I think for the safety of the citizens here, I think it is important."

When Wilkinson then sought to clarify whether Kruger was saying she would like Australia's borders closed to Muslims, Kruger replied: "Yes I would."



 Matt & Meshal on Sonia Kruger on 101.1



Australian Muslims react to calls for a cap on Muslim migration


Senator-elect Pauline Hanson has heaped praise on the Nine Network celebrity Sonia Kruger who, like Ms Hanson, has called for Australia to ban Muslim migrants to protect the country from terrorism.

Ms Hanson's comments on Muslims in Australia resulted in protests outside the ABC where Ms Hanson was appearing on Monday night's Q&A program, resulting in the arrested of six people before the show.

Inside the building, Ms Hanson lent her support to TV host Sonia Kruger's call to stop Muslim migration.

"Go Sonia! Because I think it's great that someone's actually standing up," she said.

Ms Hanson told the audience Australia was a Christian country, and that Islam was incompatible with the Australian way of life and culture.

The growing calls for a moratorium on Muslim migration have disappointed many Muslims including Dr Ghena Krayem, a University of Sydney Senior Law Lecturer and a former Muslim Women's Association President.

"I'm sure that they don't think about the impact of their words," she said. "They don't think about what it's like when people tell your children you can't play with us because you're Muslim."

'It unravels everything we've done'

Safwan Khalil was a baby when he escaped the civil war in Lebanon and he's now just weeks away from representing Australia in the Rio Olympics in the martial art of taekwondo.

He said he was saddened by the commentary on Muslim migration.

"It sort of unravels everything we've done," he said. "And unless people get to know your character they might take these comments seriously".

Australians identifying Islam as their religion make up 2.2 per cent of the population.

One of those is scientist Dr Mohammad Choucair, who has led an international team to develop breakthrough quantum computing technology.
His family migrated to Australia from Lebanon in the 1970s.

"I didn't let comments like this affect me my entire life. But for me it's really important to just focus on your task and what you're good at and how you can benefit our society," he said.

Those in the Muslim community say calls for bans on Muslim migration can have harmful consequences.

Dr Ghena Krayem said she tries where she can to minimise some of these harmful consequences, especially on her children.

"It's a toxic environment. The things I have to talk with my children about, day in day out, to debrief them on the issues that they hear in the media. Because I don't want my children to be victims. I don't want them to be victims of the hatred and the rhetoric that we constantly hear through radio, TV, etc."

Abbas Raza Alvi is the Australia President of the Indian Crescent Society.

He would like those critical of Muslim migration make more of an effort to meet other Muslims.

"She should see our families, she should visit our schools. We should invite her and she should come and see what Muslims are doing in Australia," he said.

For both Sonia Kruger and Pauline Hanson, Ghena Krayem has this offer.

"I wish that they could come talk to us and we could talk about these experiences. They may see us as human beings, rather than as mere objects that they can throw around."

Source: SBS



Opinion: Biggest threat to peace is not Islam but irrational fear

By Ali Kadri

AS SOMEONE who often likes to challenge extremism, I cop a lot of heat from all sides.

Some left-leaning Muslims have accused me of being “naive” because I had dinner with members of the Family First political party or because I believe Pauline Hanson should be listened to and engaged with rather than simply being called a racist and rejected.

I have also been accused of “selling out” or “watering down” Islam by some Muslim hardliners for promoting Islam’s true message of peace and tolerance. Meanwhile, some right wing extremist commentators have labelled me a “liar”, a “fool”, “terrorist sympathiser” and, in Andrew Bolt’s opinion, “part of a problem”.

Let me make it clear who I think I am. I am a human being and an Australian citizen of Indian origin who follows Islam as his faith. Each of these three parts of my identity impacts on how I behave and what I say and do. In my world none of these have ever conflicted with each other and I’m happy, unafraid and peaceful because of it.

In this piece I will try to explain why I believe the approach I have taken is the best way to fight the hatred tearing our world to pieces. I will try my best to explain, in a non-condescending way, why I think many people are empowering extremists by their response to extremism.

The Courier Mail




If the answer to terrorism is a White Australia, then the question is wrong.


The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) finds Sonia Kruger's call this morning on breakfast television to ban all Muslim immigration in to Australia reprehensible. Indeed, Kruger's statements represent a flagrant violation of our shared duty to develop an inclusive and united multicultural community, and an immature and dangerous approach to the contemporary challenge of radical terrorism.

We remember Australia’s response to the 1938 Evian conference in France, when the world was directly confronted with the question of the Jewish people’s future in Europe in light of the pervasive antisemitism which later erupted in to the systematic genocide of six million: “we do not have a racial problem, and we do not want to import one.”

We recognise that the various attacks in Western countries over the past several years have engendered a legitimate fear for our physical safety in Australia.

We note that alongside the development of this fear has been the surge in movements which operate under the proxies of anti-Halal, anti-Immigration, or anti-Mosque, but often are led by leaders that are fundamentally anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish, and anti-Asian.

We do not challenge the right of individuals to publicly advertise these views. However, it is our shared responsibility to proudly and more loudly prosecute the case for the respectful multicultural society which has embraced our Jewish community.

We know too well the consequences of social isolation and treating a community like a pariah. We know too well the paralytic effect of hateful speech on a community; the resentment and the dejection that often follows comments like Kruger’s.

It is our shared historical responsibility as Jews to defend the rights of a member of any faith, cultural, ethnic or community group, to participate and contribute to the rich tapestry of Australian society.

We urge the Jewish and broader Australian community to approach the discussion of violent terrorism and its links to Islamists intelligently and with the maturity that the debate demands.

If the answer to terrorism is a White Australia, then the question is wrong.

Source: AUJS





MP "encourages open discussion on immigration issues"


FEDERAL Member for Dawson George Christensen has defended TV identity Sonia Kruger’s right to express her views on immigration, followed the public uproar over her call for a ban on further Islamic immigration.

Queensland MP George Christensen also defended Ms Hanson's stance against Islam, saying it reflected the views of some voters who were concerned about terrorist attacks carried out by extremists.

While he said he did not agree with Ms Hanson's policy of banning all Muslim immigration, he said a more targeted approach of stopping travel from extremist hotspots would be more measured.

"It worries them [voters], and I know that Pauline might for instance say the reaction to that is that we should ban Islamic immigration," Mr Christensen said.

"I disagree with that, but that's her right to actually suggest that.

"There could be a measured approach where we … ban immigration from countries where there is a high level of radicalism and violent extremism, and that would be taking the precautionary principle and putting that into play when it comes to national security."


[EDITOR] Ali Kadri, spokesperson of the Islamic Council of Queensland, has respond to George Christensen and his comments above, and has requested to meet him at the Mackay Mosque.




Waleed Aly calls for abuse of Sonia Kruger to stop



Waleed Aly has spoken out in defence of Sonia Kruger saying she isn't "evil" and admitting he shares something in common with the Today Extra host - fear for Australia's future.

"Sonia Kruger is not evil - she's scared," The Project host said in an editorial on Tuesday evening, in which he called for an end to the "cycle of outrage".

Waleed Aly has called on columnists and social media users to back off Sonia Kruger after she sparked outrage by saying she would like to see a ban on Muslims immigrating to Australia. The Gold Logie winner said Kruger was not evil but had legitimate fear for Australia's future.



It’s OK To Be Angry At Sonia Kruger’s Hate
By Lydia Shelly

Aggression and anger are not the same thing. When faced with open calls for discrimination, the latter is part of a healthy response, writes Lydia Shelly.

Forgiveness can be a powerful step towards healing. One of the moral principles recommended in Islam’s Holy Book, the Quran, is forgiveness: “…But if you pardon and exonerate and forgive, God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful” [Quran 64: 14].

Waleed Aly’s recent comments regarding Sonia Kruger’s calls for the halt of migration based on faith sought to #sendforgivenessviral and warned against the “destructive” cycle of outrage and anger. Kruger has not apologised for the hurt caused to not only the Australian Muslim community, but all those who stand against hate, as well as those who use it to foster division within our country

In fact, the day after calling for a halt on “Muslim migration” based on her “fear”, Kruger was afforded a second primetime slot on the Today Show to issue a tear stained justification for her comments. The Nine Network issued a statement of support.

Aly’s comments then take on significance: Australian Muslims were being asked to pre-emptively forgive for the extreme views spruiked by Kruger and sanctioned by the powerful institutions of network television.

The significance of having Aly framing forgiveness as the only appropriate response to Kruger’s nationally broadcast call to alter our border security policies based on hate is that it unwittingly contributes to the normalisation of the sentiments behind Kruger’s views.

The Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Mr Zed Seselja said in response to Kruger that: “…I understand there are, people do feel unease about events overseas and some of the events we’ve seen in Australia. So we can’t pretend people don’t feel that fear”. Essentially stating that it is entirely reasonable for Kruger to be fearful. Again, the message that Kruger was frightened explained her hate speech. Not only is this offensive to women generally as it reinforces the notion that our ovaries effect our decision making process, it also suggests that in times of uncertainty, policy and practices that would otherwise be outrageous are discussed as being reasonable and prudent measures to safeguard security.

Kruger and Aly are both actors within the increasingly popular “respectability politics” that serves to cloak those who benefit from leveraging institutional power against marginalised communities. They are both mouthpieces of a broader narrative which dominates the Australian political and cultural landscape: Australian Muslims are regulated to permissive means of “protesting” against hate, or placed into the ‘Angry Muslim’ stereotype. This is a stereotype which, at its core, assumes Muslims are inherently violent and that anger is one step away from the dormant aggression that lies within us.

As an Australian Muslim Woman, I am expected to protest passively: wearing a ribbon on my blazer, offering cups of tea and luncheons with those who preach hate against me, whispering quietly in private spaces. In essence, I am allowed to protest as long as I do not offend those who peddle the erroneous and toxic narratives and discourses which affect me the most. Australian Muslim women risk not only falling into the Angry Muslim stereotype, but often have the substances of their legitimate grievances discounted because of their physical appearance. The temptation to resort to safe modes of protest are great – we are keenly aware that our mere presence in public spaces often invokes fear. The hijab takes on not just spiritual significance, but an added element of political rebellion.

This is why I was so bitterly disappointed with Aly’s remarks. Anger and outrage is a natural response to injustice. There is nothing wrong with being angry over a network supporting a personality in espousing deeply hurtful and hate based comments. Anger is not necessarily destructive. It can be as constructive as forgiveness. Placating Australian Muslims with a hashtag is also deeply patronising. Anger can be channelled into further engagement with the political, cultural, and economic structures, which can contribute to real social change. Many international and domestic movements have harnessed anger in responding to social injustice and the structures that support injustice.

Kruger is currently the spokesperson for Target, Porsche and Swisse, among other brands. These three companies are reconsidering her relationship with their brands. Hashtag politics may look pretty on Twitter, but I would much rather raise my concerns with those with real power.

As an Australian Muslim Woman, I do not appreciate Aly dismissing my legitimate anger, nor the manner in which I choose to use my voice to combat hate, how much space I take up when I do so, or how I use my voice. Being asked to pre-emptively forgive undermines my agency and implies that, should I choose to withhold forgiveness (at least until an apology is issued), then I am unreasonable. That I am irrational. The conflation between irrationality and anger has long been used to silence women, the most recent example being when Steve Price called Van Badham “hysterical” on Q&A.

I am also conscious that as a privileged Muslim, the opportunities and platform I have to contribute to narratives and discourses are very different to the opportunities and platform afforded to Muslims who are less privileged. Pre-emptive forgiveness has as much do with class as it does with respectability politics.

Tellingly, there has been no conversations regarding the existing opportunities for Australian Muslims, particularly those who are not privileged, to participate in national discourse and the representations of Muslims in the media. The OECD Development Centre defines a cohesive society as one which “works towards the well-being of all its members, fights exclusion and marginalisation, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust, and offers its members the opportunity of upward social mobility.” I question whether preemptive forgiveness and tweeting will meaningfully contribute to social cohesion. Silence has replaced any conversation about how comments such as Kruger’s undermines social cohesion.

The calls for forgiveness also assumes that the vast majority of Australian Muslims do not exercise forgiveness during their everyday lives when dealing with micro aggressions and daily incidents marred by prejudice, the threat of violence or in some circumstances real violence. Visibly Australian Muslim women are often the lightning rods for hate when they interact in public spaces. Often, mainstream media coupled with the individual and collective experiences of Australian Muslim women when they engage in public spaces acts as a gauge of safety. That is, it informs our decisions including the extent to which one can interact in public spaces, how you carry yourself in public, the exercise of your agency, and even whether your children should attend school.

Your face often hurts from smiling and you are conscious of the clothes you wear in public. Navigating the consequences of hate is exhausting and requires constant reflection of the current national and international discourse. We are keenly aware that our safety depends on our ability to be successful navigators. We do not have the luxury of distancing ourselves.

The issue isn’t whether Australian Muslims have the capacity for forgiveness; the real question is whether those who provide a platform for hate are willing to first apologise.

Source: New Matilda


Lydia Shelly is a lawyer and community advocate



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The Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle (IPDC) invited the Ullama across Brisbane to the Slacks Creek Masjid on the occasion of a visit from the IPDC Central President Sheikh Dr. Rafiqul Islam from Melbourne, on Saturday 23rd of July.


The event was hosted by the Chairman of IPDC Queensland and Chairman of Slacks Creek Masjid, Dr. Akram Hossain, as well as the Imam of IPDC and Imam of Slacks Creek Masjid Imam Akram Buksh. The event was attended by many respected Imams, including Sheikh Yusuf Peer, Head of Council of Imams, Queensland.


The purpose of the event was to thank the Ullama for their support of the IPDC and the Slacks Creek Masjid, as well as to build a long term unified relationship with the Ullama. The event was part of a day long Learning Camp on Islamic Leadership held by the IPDC.



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Disgusting moment a man urinates on a Muslim prayer mat then uploads the image to an anti-Islamic Facebook group

A man has been photographed urinating on a Muslim prayer mat
The post emerged on 'Extremely Fed Up Aussie Patriots' Facebook page
The image shows a man standing over the mat with a wet patch
Islamophobia Watch Australia calls on anyone to help identify the man

A man has been photographed urinating on a Muslim prayer mat as a social media campaign has been launched in an effort to track him down.

The offending post emerged on social media on Sunday morning after anti-Islamic Facebook group 'Extremely Fed Up Aussie Patriots' shared the image to more than 22,000 followers.

The photograph shows the back of a man who is wearing a maroon T-shirt and grey cargo shorts, standing over the mat with a wet patch in a prayer room, believed to be taken in Queensland.

'Good Morning good friends. Next time you go to the Goldcoast (sic) leave them a small momento by marking your territory. Have a blessed day,' a caption accompanying the photo read.

The group claims to raise awareness in an attempt to 'inform Aussies about the very real threat of Sharia law being implemented in Australia'.

The post has prompted activist group Islamophobia Watch Australia to republish the image on Facebook, seeking to expose the man responsible and identify the prayer room.

'Idiocy. Anyone who recognises the prayer room in QLD or the individual, please let us know,' the page wrote on its caption.

An Islamophobia Watch spokesman told Daily Mail Australia they were 'horrified by the very deliberate and calculated desecration that this act represents'.

'We’re disturbed that an individual, any individual would do this and then publicly post their commission of the act,' the spokesman said.

'In short, the team at Islamophobia Watch is disturbed and dismayed by incidents like these, but not very surprised. We’re willing to bet the vast majority of Muslims in Australia share this view.'

The Daily Mail UK



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What’s the difference between a terrorist and a mentally ill attacker?

Report on the Merrylands Police Attack.



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by Graham Perrett, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General and Member for Moreton


At Eid Down Under recently I had some halal lamb and cevapi and they tasted exactly like Australia. Despite being raised a Catholic in country Queensland I felt right at home at a Muslim celebration on Brisbane’s southside. It wasn’t a tradition from my childhood or my culture or my religion, but it was still enjoyable – and the food was delicious!

Some politicians have mistakenly suggested that, in order to protect “our” culture and “our” way of life, the parliament should curtail the freedom of Australians to practise any religion that is not Christianity. As well as being offensive to around nine out of 20 Australians, such a restriction is contrary to our own Constitution.

Even though the white blokes who wrote our Constitution in the 1890s deliberately excluded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, they did not dare bite into the sectarian divisions of the time. In fact, the “founding fathers” included in section 116 a protection that ensured that all Australians would be free to practise their religion of choice.

At Federation in 1901 there was a mix of Protestant, Catholic, other Christian religions and a few non-Christian faiths. Even though the mix of religions was predominantly Christian, it did not mean that an easy relationship existed between the different camps.

Australia’s history as a penal colony left a strong mark on our community. From 1788 exiled Irish Catholic political prisoners were transported to the penal colony run by protestant British military troops. Even by 1901 there was still a marked antipathy between Catholics and Protestants. Nevertheless, those who drafted our nation’s birth certificate deemed it important to protect all people’s right to practise religion without interference.

Consequently Australians are fortunate enough to enjoy religious freedoms in this country that are only dreamt of in many other parts of the world. Since Federation we have fought to protect that freedom; in fact, precious lives have been lost protecting our religious freedom.

I know that the vast majority of Australians are accepting, sensible people. Most people would not bat an eyelid if a person wearing a burqa or niqab passed them in the street any more than if a Catholic nun walked by. And that is how it should be. But there will always be people who, just like the Irish Catholic convicts and British Protestant military, will view some religions via their own faulty prism.

The liberties that our Diggers fought to protect and that the Constitution’s authors envisaged ensures that all Australians are now all free to practise religion without fear of recrimination. We are all free to pray (or not pray) without fear of being bullied.

The division and hate cards are periodically played in Australian politics. Most sensible people quickly tire of these attempts at bullying. Unfortunately, recent dog whistling has now produced a climate wherein a senator elect can call for Big Brother to monitor the prayers of Australians.

Whether the person of faith is Hindu, Sikh, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist or Muslim, it is our responsibility to ensure that no Australian is bullied because of his or her religious beliefs. I would hate for any school child to be too afraid to show their faith for fear of being targeted by bullies. That would be un-Australian.

I feel incredibly privileged to serve this nation in the Parliament of the Commonwealth. However, I also know that with this privilege comes great responsibility. This nation very rarely alters constitutional duties. Only eight out of 44 referendum questions have received the people’s support. Until such a vote is successfully obtained, I hope that all members of the forty-fifth Parliament remember that their current responsibility is to support religious freedom. I hope this freedom lives on long after all those recently elected representatives have left and gone back whence they came.


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NSW: A mayor has called in the police after his council’s decision to approve a mosque provoked threatening Facebook messages that the council chambers should be bombed and the mosque burned to the ground.

The Mayor of Cessnock City Council in NSW’s Hunter Valley, Bob Pynsent, says it will be up to police to decide whether they should lay charges against people who posted menacing messages to Facebook after the decision to approve the mosque in rural Buchanan last night.

"Sounds like the council chambers might need a bomb," one Facebook user wrote on the "STOP the Buchanan Mosque – kurri kurri" page.

"If it is approved I hope it is burnt to the ground," another wrote.

And another: "I bet a packet of matches and a litre or two of petrol it won't last long."

Councillor Pynsent told SBS: "I am shocked, and we’ve contacted the police in regards to some of the threats that have been made."

In NSW, using a carriage service to menace, harass, or cause offence carries a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment.

"That’s up to police, and after last night I’ve got every confidence in the way the police conduct themselves,” Councillor Pynsent said.

He said 28 people registered to exercise their democratic right to address the council meeting - 16 of them were for the mosque and 12 were against.

Asked why the council approved the mosque, Councillor Pynsent said it met all the requirements of the planning system.

One Facebook post said the decision should "bring out the fighter in all of us and make them think twice about where they want to lay their hijabs".

Councillor Pynsent said no councillors or staff had told him they were concerned for their safety.

A NSW Police spokesperson told SBS: "Officers attached to Central Hunter Local Area Command have been notified of the [Facebook] posts. As an investigation is under way, it would be inappropriate to comment further. No charges have been laid."


Source: SBS



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Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka with Australasian Muslim Times Managing Editor Zia Ahmad

Australasian Muslim Times AMUST has won the Premier’s Multicultural Media Award 2016 in the Best Editorial/Commentary Category. The Award was received by Zia Ahmad, Managing Editor of AMUST during the award ceremony held last night.

AMUST was finalists in a total of four categories namely Emerging Journalist (under 30) nomination for Mobinah Ahmad, AMUST Multimedia Journalist; Best Image for Mobinah’s People of Persia series; Best Print Publication nomination for Rubinah Ahmad, AMUST Graphic designer/Webmaster and Best Editorial/Commentary nomination for Zia Ahmad, Managing Editor AMUST for his editorial titled “Loyalty to One’s nation a universal, Islamic and Australian value.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka announced the winners of the 2016 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards in various categories at the award presentation dinner held at Dalton House, Sydney on Thursday 21 July 2016.



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Ramiza Akbar from Brisbane and originally from Fiji, talks about managing diabetes in one of the digital stories to be launched at the Forum

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology, Prof Scott Sheppard, in collaboration with Pacific Island Community Groups, Queensland Health and Diabetes Queensland has issued an invitation to people from the Pacific Islands to attend a special forum on diabetes self-management to be held at QUT Gardens Point Campus on Saturday 13th August.


In particular Prof Sheppard would like to invite people of Islamic faith originally from the Fiji Islands to attend.

The forum will include education sessions for adults, free health checks, a free halal lunch and a full program for primary and high school age children organised by the Faculties of Science and Engineering and Education.

With people from Pacific Island backgrounds in Queensland being 2-4 times more likely to be hospitalised or die from diabetes related illnesses than the general population, this forum provides an opportunity for people to work towards educating their respective communities and to look at ways to improve outcomes.


Digital stories featuring members of the community who are committed to managing their diabetes will be launched at the Forum.

Time: 9am-4pm
Date: Saturday 13 August 2016
Venue: Z Block, Gardens Point campus, QUT
Free parking for attendees




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Women are hardworking, resilient and marvellous multi-taskers! These women have shown that Pakistani women are especially exceptional because of all that we have to overcome and yet we are able to not only become leaders in our fields but also pioneer into uncharted territories. All over the world, and beyond.


Read on about these super Pakistani women gathering respect and accolades the world over:


10. Shahzia Sikandar


Shahzia Sikandar is a Pakistani born, internationally recognized artist. After graduating from NCA in 1991 with a BFA she moved to the USA gaining an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Sikander has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the Asia Society Award for Significant Contribution to Contemporary Art, Art Prize in Time-Based Art from Grand Rapids Museum and the Inaugural Medal of Art. In 2004, Newsweek listed Sikander as one of the most important South Asians transforming the American cultural landscape. In 2006, the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland appointed Sikander as a Young Global Leader.


Born in 1969 in Lahore, Pakistan, Sikander told PBS in an interview that she grew up in a “progressive” family where women have achieved “some things” in their lives. Her grandfather was especially “supportive” by encouraging his daughters and granddaughters to enter careers


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 11. Sana Amanat



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Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia


Continued from last week's CCN


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:


"We are under constant pressure"


Salah, 37, Sydney, Arab-Tunisian


We are under constant pressure from the media and politicians. It seems everyone has an idea about how Muslims should behave. The majority of Muslims are law-abiding citizens who want a better life for their families. We love this country and we will do anything to protect it and uphold its liberal values. Unfortunately, all the media attention has been given to the tiny portion who have been brainwashed by extremists. My children are very young and don't know anything about religion and politics. But I'm very concerned about future bullying and discrimination because they are Muslims. They have been raised like every other child in this country. I don't see our family as being different to any other Australian family, but perhaps people see us as different.



Source: Brisbane Times


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Sheikh Shady Response

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Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman responds to the recent allegations of being an “Anti-Gay” Imam following the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls Official Ramadan Iftar



Aussie's message to Muslims after Bastille Day attacks   

7 News Australia



An Australian tourist who witnessed the Bastille Day attack in Nice has said he wants Muslims in Australia to know: ‘This is not your fault”.




'You killed my sister, you're not a Muslim'



The family of 42-year-old Aldjia Bouzaouit only found out that she was dead on Sunday, three days after the truck attack in Nice, France



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To know the future just look to the past


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24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


9. Abū al-Misk Kafūr (905–968)

With beginnings as an enslaved Ethiopian, Kafūr rose to become a military commander and eventually sultan of the Ikhshidid dynasty, which included territory encompassing modern-day Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Eritrea, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Cyprus, Iraq, Jordan and the Hejaz.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 10. Abdallah Ibn Yasin (d. July 7, 1059)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Yes, Islam is not a race, you are still a racist

A common defense used by those making prejudice statements regarding Muslims has been to claim that 'Islam is not a race', this doesn't fly with comedian Ben McLeay who says that, besides it being weird that they think that their 'mis-categorisation' is a defense excusing their bigotry, it actually doesn't make them any less racist.


‘When will it end’: Muslim lawyer tired of having to defend her faith

Prominent figure Rabia Siddique says it’s time for Muslim people to stop having to defend their faith as being anything but peaceful.

Former war crimes prosecutor Rabia Siddique believes the national discussion on Islam should be reframed like domestic violence has been.

Ms Siddique said the debate about violence against women had matured enough that it was reflected in the reporting on the issue.

The lawyer said Muslims were still expected to regularly defend their faith as peaceful when there was a terrorist attack or Islam was raised by political figures.

“When will it end?” she said.

“Elders and leaders and community representatives of the Muslim community have repeatedly, over and over again, condemned these atrocious attacks.

“They’ve repeatedly pointed out that Islam is a religion of peace like all the other mainstream, formalised religions.”

Ms Siddique, an Australian-Indian Muslim, served in the British Army during the Iraq War and was taken hostage while trying to secure the release of SAS soldiers in Basra in 2005.

They were eventually released and rescued, but Ms Siddique’s role in securing their safety was overlooked by the British government. She took the Ministry of Defence to court and won.

“I think what we need to do is we need to stop,” she said.


Ratbags in every religion: Barnaby Joyce

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has rejected One Nation policies banning Muslim immigration and cameras in mosques.

He may have been suggested as the best person to negotiate with Pauline Hanson, but Barnaby Joyce isn't rushing to the One Nation leader.

Ms Hanson's former adviser John Pasquarelli reckons the deputy prime minister is the government's ideal intermediary with the firebrand senator-elect.

But Mr Joyce has flatly rejected One Nation's policies banning Muslim immigration and CCTV cameras in mosques.

"I'm not into banning people on the premise of their belief," the Nationals leader told Sky News on Wednesday.

"Every group has their ratbags."

He named Muslim-born Labor politicians Ed Husic and Sam Dastyari as decent men.

"I'm not going to start throwing rocks at them."

However, Mr Joyce said Ms Hanson's election to the Senate must be respected.

And while there will be times he disagrees with her: "I don't want to start the process ... having a fight with Ms Hanson."



"Many Australians, this week especially, have felt despair and hopelessness at the ignorant and divisive public and political discourse around Australian Muslims, however today a ray of light shone in the darkness. We applaud Barnaby Joyce for his leadership in opposing the Islamophobic views of Pauline Hanson and her One Nation party ... suggesting in true Barnaby vernacular that 'every group has their ratbags'. Yes Barnaby they do, and it would do us all well to remember it."

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Ruby Hamad

Like Sam Dastyari, I am a non-practicing Muslim. Why is that hard to accept?

By Ruby Hamad

In another quality chapter of the national embarrassment that passes for our public discourse, Monday night's Q&A was devoted almost entirely to One Nation leader Pauline Hanson's fear and loathing of Islam.

The highlight, or nadir, depending on your perspective, was when Hanson looked positively shocked to discover that Labor senator Sam Dastyari is Muslim.

Some context: Dastyari was born into a Muslim family in Iran. Under Iranian and Islamic law, that makes (or made) him a Muslim. He brought up his background to inform Hanson that her call for a blanket ban on Muslim immigration would have included him, at the age of five, and his family.

This was Hanson's reaction:

Daily Life


Waleed Aly is the paternal TV figure we’ve waited 60 years for
Who would have thought that in a new century overloaded with information and innumerable ways to get it, that there would be a return to an avuncular television presence who can calm us before bedtime as he talks and makes sense of the terrible things we’ve seen and heard on the news?

Waleed Aly has emerged as Australia’s much, much belated answer to America’s Walter Cronkite. Smart, articulate, and concerned, Aly, like Cronkite, has the charisma to look down the barrel of the camera with sincerity and authority and talk directly to his audience sensibly about events that are far from sensible.



Aly’s editorials appear to be serving the same function which is incredible given the diversity of news sources available now. His carefully chosen words addressing 21st century terror – Isis, the Paris attacks, and last night’s call for tolerance and forgiveness of those whose views you don’t agree with on social media — have become must watch television (although most of us watch it the next day on our devices).

Daily Review

Not All Islamists Are Out to Kill Us

And other lessons about the GOP's overblown, dangerous rhetoric about radical jihadi terrorism.

The challenge tweeted by Donald Trump’s military advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, in the hours after the horrific Nice massacre was clear and direct: “In next 24 hours, I dare Arab & Persian world ‘leaders’ to step up to the plate and declare their Islamic ideology sick and must B healed.”

The same day, Newt Gingrich told Fox News that the United States must immediately take action to prevent similar attacks: “We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in sharia, they should be deported.”

Let’s think about that for a second. The “expert” advising the presumptive GOP presidential nominee wants the world’s Muslim leaders to denounce their own religion. And the man who could have been his vice president wants all Muslims who believe in the texts upon which their religion is based to be deported.

Ignorance or political expediency? Hard to say which is worse — or more dangerous.

It appears likely that the mass murderer in Nice, an emotionally unstable Tunisian-born Muslim, was somehow inspired by the blood-soaked ideology of the Islamic State. Thus, French President Francois Hollande’s comment that his nation remains under the “threat of Islamist terrorism” is understandable. But the problem with the term is that, as Flynn and Gingrich so readily demonstrate, it’s a short step from there to conflating the tiny minority of extremists with the rest of the world’s 1.7 billion Muslims.

Let’s concede it’s probably too much to expect politicians to convey a sophisticated understanding of the global religious landscape in a tweet or 10-second campaign soundbite. But perhaps we could move the bar right down to the lowest notch and agree that “Islamic,” “Islamist,” and “sharia” are not actually dirty words.


Something is “Islamic” if it has to do with Islam. Pretty straightforward.

An “Islamist” is someone who believes Islam is both a religion and a political movement that strives for the incorporation of Islamic teachings in national governance. That does not automatically equate to militancy. Plenty of American allies across the Muslim world fit that description. Relatively few American Muslims would consider themselves Islamists (much less extremists). A recent poll found that, like their Christian countrymen, the majority do not believe their religion should influence U.S. law.

And sharia, which roughly means “the Path,” isn’t a license to cut off heads. It’s a term used for the individual and societal mores derived from the texts upon which Islam is based: the Quran, the core holy book, and the Hadith, accounts of the Prophet Muhammad’s life and teachings. To ask Muslims to disavow them is like asking a Christian to renounce the Bible.

That’s kind of an important point

Foreign Policy

After writing a benign story about Sonia Kruger, The United Patriots Front began their assault, including this digitally altered image, on reporter Shannon Molloy.

There are extremists among us — and they’re not Muslim

I woke on Wednesday morning to find myself the prime target of a frightening subgroup inspired by a narrow, hateful ideology.

They promised violence and made clear, frightening threats against my safety. They filled my Facebook inbox with hundreds of vile and offensive messages.

They explained why my family members should be attacked — raped and beheaded, to be exact.

I was called a faggot, a poofter c***, a traitor, a d***-sucking leftist and a grub.

What inspired this extraordinary response? I wrote a benign story about the Sonia Kruger controversy, reporting how some of her mates in the TV industry had been gagged by their networks from publicly supporting her.

And the hate didn’t come from Muslims.

This irrational onslaught was courtesy of a group of Australian patriots — the United Patriots Front, a group, they say, who fight for free speech and decry so-called attempts to impose radicalism, who want to “reclaim” this country.

This is an insight into how they do it, it seems: “Just to let you know every patriot group in the country now has your information. Good luck and stay safe,” one message warned.

“I wouldn’t walk alone if I was you. You have made a lot of enemies,” another said.

“I hope the Islamists affect you personally, rape one of your loved ones or perhaps behead one,” a particularly vile one read in part.

“I’ve got a few boys down your way who are keen to show you how many people stand by (Sonia Kruger). They’ll be giving you some real Aussie pride to take into consideration before your next bullshit article.”

The Daily Telegraph

‘The Daily Telegraph’ Has Been Criticised For Pushing The Murder Of A Muslim Teenager To Page 18

Yesterday The Daily Telegraph reported that a 19-year-old teenager named Adam Abu-Mahmoud, had been stabbed to death by three other young men in the Sydney suburb of Panania. It’s a horrible story; apparently the tradie and TAFE student was one of 15 teenagers in a fight outside a convenience store, which was then broken up by police. It was after this that Abu-Mahmoud was stabbed repeatedly by three teenagers and later died in hospital.

Strangely though, this report — which touches on very topical and relevant issues of youth violence and racially-motivated attacks — was not on the front page. Yesterday’s front page was dominated by the “PC MADNESS” of Cheltenham Girls Grammar’s gender-neutral terms, the rugby and a massive picture of a whale.




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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 July 2016

TOPIC"Become an all-rounder"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 July 2016

TOPIC"Youth Around the Messenger"

IMAM: Akram Buksh







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 July 2016

TOPIC: “Steadfastness"

IMAM: Ahmed Muhammad Naffaa (Al Azhari)








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 July 2016

TOPIC: “Are we oppressed or are we the oppressors"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

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Dear Editor

I wanted to say thank you for your informative newsletter. I read it with interest, especially the book club section, which is very informative and wide-ranging.

With best wishes,

Carolina Caliaba



 Return of the Pokémon Fatwa in Saudi Arabia



SAUDI ARABIA: Conservative Saudi clerics were probably relieved when Pokémon, banned by the country’s top religious body in 2001, fell out of favor over the past decade.

But those years of Pikachu-less peace faded into oblivion in recent days, as the country’s Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa was forced to dig out of its archives the 2001 fatwa banning Pokémon games. This time, it’s an order to ensure Saudis aren’t wandering the streets of Jeddah and Medina hunting for imaginary monsters with their phones.

The resurgence is due to Pokémon Go, a wildly popular mobile game, that is technically not available in Saudi Arabia, but users have found ways to download it illegally. That’s prompted a wave of questions from the public, who want to know whether religious scholars believe playing the game violates the teachings of Islam.

The old fatwa, posted on the clerical body’s website this week, said the game should not be played by Muslims because it employs “deviant” characters inspired by polytheism.

According to the edict, Pokémon is also similar to gambling. It’s unclear what part of the Japanese game — the virtual version of which involves hunting for various monsters — resembles gambling. One guess? Its addictive nature apparently triggers the same part of the brain as food and cocaine. 


Source: Foreign Policy


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 Muslim passenger kicked off American Airlines flight after attendant announces: ‘I'll be watching you’



US: The flight attendant stated the man's name and seat number several times, but did not make announcements about other passengers

Mr Radwan asked the employee why she had made the announcements. She reportedly responded that he was being “too sensitive”.

The passenger then reported the incident to two other American Airlines employees.

He was told he must leave the plane as he had made the first air stewardess “uncomfortable”.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint about the incident, which happened in December last year, to the Department of Transportation after failing to resolve the matter directly with the airline.

The Independent


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 US government sues town for discriminating against Muslims



Attorney General Loretta Lynch (R) with Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, at the Justice Department headquarters in Washington on July 8, 2016.    


The US Justice Department is suing a town near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for religious discrimination because it refused to issue a permit for a mosque in 2014.

The suit, which was filed Thursday, seeks to have Bensalem Township give the Bensalem Masjid approval to build the mosque, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The suit also seeks to have the township pay unspecified damages and offer training for the town’s employees on religious land-use laws.

Members of the local Islamic community sought to build a mosque after years of renting a local fire hall for worship, but as plans moved forward, the Bensalem Township Zoning Hearing Board ultimately rejected the application in a 4-0 vote.

“Our Constitution protects the rights of religious communities to build places of worship free from unlawful interference and unnecessary barriers,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

“The Department of Justice will continue to challenge unjustified local zoning actions around the country when they encroach upon this important civil right.”

Press TV


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The CCN Book-of-the-Week


New Voices of Arabia - The Poetry: An Anthology from Saudi Arabia


Saad Al-Bazei (Editor)



Poetry in Saudi Arabia today is a dramatic manifestation of the rapid changes that are sweeping not only through the country's literature and culture, but also through Saudi life as a whole.


The unyielding tension between the forces of change and tradition are nowhere more painfully visible than in the poem. Bringing together three generations of poets – a total of forty, each represented by a number of poems – this anthology reflects the broad spectrum of Saudi poetry over the last half century or more.


By linking Hussain Sarhan and Hamza Shahata from the 1950s to Hilda Ismail and Ahmad Katoua'h in today's world, and by juxtaposing the traditional rhythms of the classical poem with the diametrically opposite poetics of the prose poem, this anthology offers a balanced picture of how poetry has evolved in Saudi Arabia.

The anthology includes translations of works by Mohammad Al-Ali, Fawziah Abu Khalid, Ghazi Al-Qusaibi, Mohammad Al-Thubaiti and Ali AdDomaini.


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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: After an indulgent week of Eid celebrations, this recipe is healthy an offers a great choice in snacks or lunch box treats.   

Mini Tuna Tarts (makes 12)



170g tin tuna
50g gherkins
25g onion
6 eggs
80ml cream
5ml dry parsley
salt & pepper
½ tsp green chillies


1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. Finely chop the gherkins and onions - please note that you can also use spring onions if you prefer to.
3. Prepare 12 muffin cups and put them into your muffin tray, or prepare the muffin tray with butter or spray and cook if you are putting the mixture into the tray directly.
4. Mix all the other ingredients together well and split the mixture evenly between 12 muffin cups.
5. Sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.
6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until it is cooked.
7. Allow them to cool before removing them from silicon muffin cups, or from the muffin

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


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Q: Dear Kareema, I try to stretch after every workout session but still feel tight
most days. I know I need to get more flexible, so please help.

A: We get really tight just through sitting or standing throughout the day.


You might be used to stretching after a workout or limbering up before you pound the pavement, but if you’re looking at becoming more flexible, you should stretch more regularly to enjoy the benefits that come with it.

Throw a few yoga, palates and aqua / swimming sessions in the mix to further benefit the structure and function of the joints you’re moving, in turn improving how they work and how long they ‘last’, and how good you feel (hopefully more flexible).

So why not challenge yourself with a daily stretch sesh for a month to improve your flexibility and be on your way to more freedom, better movement and great health.





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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No More Chill-Start Thinking of Chilli Plants



Just a few chilli plants will keep you well supplied for the rest of the year.


Here are the main considerations:

* If you are germinating your own plants, start them indoors now.
* If you are looking for specific varieties that will flourish, book the plants from your gardener now! The best sells out quickly.
* Pinch out the top point when the seedling is about 15cm tall to encourage sidewards growth.
* The chilli plant does not need too much attention. Some good compost and manure is all it needs to take off!
* It responds well to continuous pinching of growing tips.
* You must pick chillies regularly to stimulate new flowers and growth.


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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Jallaludin went to the local Maccas two or three weeks back, and placed my order through the intercom.


He pulled up to the window and the person taking the orders was a Muslim girl in a full black burqa.


Jallaludin was quite surprised but didn't say anything.


He just took his order and left.

Then the next night Jallaludin went to Hungry Jacks to pick up one of those fish burgers there were advertising.


He placed his order through the intercom and drove up to the window.


But surprisingly it was a again a Muslim in a burqa, but instead of black she was wearing a pink burqa.


Her eyes and voice were the same, so Jallaludin asked:
"Didn't you work at McDonald's?"

She was taken aback, but she responded: "Yeah"

"So why you working at Hungry Jacks, and why are you wearing a different burqa?"

She looked at Jallaludin dead in the eyes, and said:

"Because the burqas are better at Hungry Jacks"


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Verily it is your Lord that knows best, which (among men) have strayed from His Path: and He knows best those who receive (true) Guidance.
~ Surah Al-Qalam 68:7


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“The media's the most powerful entity on earth.

They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power.

Because they control the minds of the masses.”

~ Malcolm X


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10am to 3.30pm

28 August


14th Annual College Fete

Australian International Islamic Collge

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

0411 045 156

11am til late


4 September




Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


10 September


Marriage and Parenting workshop with Edris Khamissa and Sajid Hussain


Griffith University, Nathan Campus


9am to 1pm


10 September



Muslimah Night Bazzar (Sisters Only)

Loriza Koya

ICB, 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

0405 816 102

4pm to 9pm

12 September



EID al-ADHA 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)


17 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld



0419 025 510

6pm to 11pm

1 & 2 October September

Sat & Sun

Parenting Toolbox Workshop with Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah and Jamilah Samian  




9am to 4pm

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


8 & 9 October

Sat & Sun

The First Kingdom by Sh Bilal Ismail

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

8.30am to 5.30pm

12 October



Day of Ashura

12 December



Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and 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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"InShaAllah we will get back to the normal Tafseer and Sahaba program soon, most likely the days would be Mondays and Wednesdays."





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



Naath and  Queesadah session every  Saturday night, after Taraweeh




On Going Activities


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

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

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


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

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987


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Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109


Holland Park Mosque




Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Next Meeting


Time: 7.00pm
Date: Tuesday 19th July 2016
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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Kuraby Mosque

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

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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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