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Eid Al-Adha 1437H Statement: ANIC & Grand Mufti

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

AIIC at Multicultural Education Expo

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

MCF Appeal

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Grand Mufti attends multi-faith gathering at Gosford

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Dawah centre fund raiser launched

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Support Mahooba's Promise

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Jim's Students-of-the-Month: Wisdom College

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

JMA: The sheik and the rabbi

KB's Culinary Corner

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Passage from Quran to be read at funeral service

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Westpac introduce hijabs as part of uniform at all branches

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

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Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat


Australian Muslim Achievement Awards 2016

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence


What To Do When You See Islamophobia And It’s Perfect

The CCN Chuckle


Muslim men and multiple wives exploiting loophoole


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Anti-Muslim protesters even turn on each other

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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The Grand Mufti of Australia Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamad and the Australian
National Imams Council (ANIC) are conscious of keeping the Muslim community united. In particular, the unification of our community is extremely important during Islamic occasions and celebrations.

We would also like to take this opportunity to make the following

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (May Allah protect it), in which the rituals of Hajj including Tawaf, Sa'a and standing at Arafat are performed, has announced that Saturday the 3rd of September 2016 is the first of Thul Hijjah in the year 1437 Hijrah. As a result, his eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamad announces that:

Sunday 11th of September 2016 will be the day of Arafah and Monday 12th of September 2016 (10th of Thul Hijjah) will be the day of Eid Al-Adha for the year 1437H.

The Grand Mufti of Australia and Australian National Imams Council (ANIC)
take this opportunity to congratulate the entire Muslim world and the Australian Muslim community on the celebration of Eid Al-Adha for the year 1437H.

Eid Mubarak

Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamad
Grand Mufti of Australia.



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The Australian International Islamic college participated in the Multicultural Education Expo held on 27 August at Griffith University (Nathan Campus).


"We cherished the opportunity to learn about the many ways in which Queensland schools, organizations and individuals are working towards building community cohesion through the medium of education," an AIIC spokesperson told CCN.


"Our college Nasheed group did us proud by singing the National Anthem beautifully in this inaugural ceremony."


The college showcased how it incorporated multiculturalism at the college through the celebration and commemoration of Harmony Day, Anzac Day respectively and through various teaching and learning methods.


"The workshops provided by Dr. Susan Creagh and Dr. Brian Hoepper gave our college staff an insight of the new visions for multiculturalism and education as well as helped us to understand the new challenges that we face as educators of the 21st century."


"We learned that the challenges we face today is that of disaffection, alienation and radicalization among young people."


The workshop also identified a number of best practices that could be adopted in order to create greater social cohesion in Education and the Arts.


"We look forward to participating in many such events to come and join hands in creating a strong multicultural and social cohesion in the wider community through the powerful tool of education."




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In a very short space of time available to the Muslim Charitable Foundation the community has come together and endorsed MCF's efforts by donating an overwhelming $200 000 towards the purchase of a property.

This property was selected for its central location and easy accessibility for the majority of clients that MCF assists. The premises provides office space for client interviews, a boardroom for meetings, much needed storage and distribution facilities and when required emergency accommodation.


"Besides ongoing weekly projects MCF has, to date, changed the life of an individual every second day and in turn changed the lives of their families. August 2016 has seen this change to an individual a day," Ms Fawzia Batty, MCF's secretary, told CCN.

As the final days for settlement approach MCF finds itself with a shortfall of $141,000.


"We appeal to those who can to please contribute to this worthy project," Ms Batty pleaded, quoting Rumi: "Your acts of kindness . . . . linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing"

"No amount is too large or too small - every contribution counts and is most appreciated."

You can deposit your contributions to the following account:

Name of Account: Muslim Charitable Foundation Administration Account
Bank: Bank of Queensland
BSB: 124 155
Account Number: 2176 5225
Reference: 17
E-mail MCF if you require a receipt to be sent to you.



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Father Chris and Father Rod of the Gosford Anglican Church hosted at their church His Eminence The Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, The Right Reverend Greg Thompson Bishop of Newcastle, Gen Kelsang Dawa from the Wamberal Buddhist Centre and Aunty Robyn Reid who gave a 'generous and warm' Acknowledgement of Country.


"This multi-faith team led people of good will from across the community in a service of solidarity and hope. It was just simply spectacular to experience and celebrate our unity in diversity." Fr Rod posted on his Facebook page.

PS: With thanks to Justin Pether for sending me a link regarding the Muslim custodians of the Holy Sepulchre.

In his address, Fr Rod told those present:

The holiest places for Christians are in Jerusalem. The holiest of all these places is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is where the heart of Christianity beats.

Yet, few know that it is a Muslim who opens and closes the only door to this holiest of Christian sites.

In fact, it's two Muslims from two different Jerusalem Palestinian clans who have been the custodians of the entrance to the Holy Sepulchre since the 12th century.

Every morning, at 4:30, one travels from his apartment outside the walls of the Old City to bring the cast-iron key to the church, just as his forebears did before him.

Once there, he entrusts the key to the other who knocks at the gate to call the priests and the pilgrims who spend the night praying inside. From inside the church, a wooden ladder is passed through a porthole to help him unlock the upper part of the enormous door.

Then, he unlocks the lower one before handing the precious key back to the first. The ritual is reversed every evening at 7:30, after hundreds of tourists and pilgrims have left the church.

Why the elaborate ritual? As often happens in Jerusalem, a city holy to several peoples and religions, there are different versions to explain why two Muslim families hold the key to the holiest site in Christendom.

After the Muslim conquest in 637, the Caliph Omar guaranteed to the Archbishop that the Christian places of worship would be protected and so entrusted the custodianship to a family who originated in Medina and who were related to the Prophet Muhammad. It happened again in 1187, after Saladin ended the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

He chose the family again to look after the peace between the different Eastern and Western Christian confessions, which were at odds over control of the Sepulchre.

So what does it mean to hold the key to the heart of another’s faith and what does it mean to have that key held for you.

These two Muslim families have for almost 1000 years been conscious of the privilege of serving the Christian community and the Christians have for that same millennium been conscious that their freedom to worship is held gently in the hands of another.

And so it is for us in this nation today, our freedom to pray or not to pray for that matter is held in the hands of others, hopefully in the gentle hands of honourable friends and caring neighbours. Our particular expression of secular democracy ensures our religious freedom and our religious freedom ensures our secular democracy.

We come together today as friends and neighbours from many faiths and from none to celebrate our human solidarity in our human diversity acknowledging that the key to our precious and fragile freedom lies in each others hands.

We continue to preserve this great privilege only by opening the door to each other.



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Love Marriage in Kabul follows the extraordinary quest of an Afghan-Australian woman, Mahboba Rawi, as she passionately negotiates and challenges old traditions to make a love marriage happen in Kabul.


Help raise money for Mahboba's Promise and its work for vulnerable women and children of Afghanistan. Attend the Brisbane screening.


TIME & DATE: 6pm October 11, 2016 at Palace Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace



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On Friday 2 September the Gold Coast Mosque formally launched the collection for its Dawah Centre's foundation materials which will cost about $130,000.00.

A whiteboard is being used to track the collections. Each square on the whiteboard is valued at $300 . You can choose any amount of squares that you wish to donate.




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The sheik and the rabbi

Last week, The Australian published a story about Rabbi Shimon Cowen’s views on homosexuality (“Rabbi likens homosexuality to incest and bestiality”, 23/8). Two months earlier, you ran a story on Sheik Shady Alsuleiman’s comments in relation to the same topic (“Anti-gay sheik at PM’s dinner”, 17/6).

Despite the similarity in the tenor of the headlines, the first report was disparaging of the sheik while the second was not disparaging of the rabbi.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten were quoted condemning the sheik’s comments, but their insights were absent from the rabbi’s views. Given that the sheik’s comments have been in the public domain for several years, the timing of the report during an election campaign is also telling. This is a case study of how contrasting frames are used selectively to report on the same subject matter.

Zachariah Matthews, Just Media Advocacy, Sydney, NSW


Source: The Australian



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Rosie Ayliffe (L) and her daughter Mia Rosie Ayliffe

A PASSAGE from the Koran will be read out at the funeral of murdered British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung.

The 21-year-old’s mother Rosie Ayliffe is planning a multi-faith funeral to celebrate her daughter’s life and decided to include a reading from the Koran in light of the media attention given to the religion of Mia’s alleged killer Smail Ayad.

“After talking about the misrepresentation of Mia’s death in the media as an act of terrorism on the part of an Islamic fundamentalist, the minister delivering the service suggested we include a Koranic reading, and he will find something suitable with a friend who is an Islamic scholar,” she wrote in a blogpost for UK news website The Independent.

Rosie says she will travel to Queensland to collect her daughter’s ashes.

Mia, who was working to extend her stay in Australia, was allegedly stabbed to death by French national Smail Ayad at a Home Hill backpacker hostel last Tuesday.

The Courier Mail


Here, in her own words, Rosie Ayliffe talks about grief, how she is coming to terms with her loss, and the "nonsense" that has been written about Mia’s death and attempts to link it to Islam.




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Westpac is set to introduce a corporate Muslim hijab to it's official staff uniform. A move employees say makes them feel more comfortable at work. The company even enlisted fashion Queen Carla Zampatti to design it.



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2016 marks the 10th Annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards which aims to raise the profile of Australian Muslim individuals and organisations, promote their achievements and prominence in the Australian society and encourage Australian Muslims to participate and excel in areas within the Australian society.

Individuals and organisations may be nominated for the following categories:


  • Australian Muslim Lifetime Achiever Award

  • Woman of the Year

  • Man of the Year

  • Youth of the Year (up to 24 years old)

  • Role Model of the Year

  • Sportsperson of the Year

  • Professional of the Year

  • Event of the Year

  • Media Outlet of the Year

  • Business of the Year

  • Community/ Humanitarian Organisation of the Year

  • Best New Community Project / New Initiative

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Creative Artist of the Year

  • Abyssinian Award

  • People’s Choice Award

  • Social Media Award

    2016 Nominations are now OPEN. Click here to nominate someone for any of the above categories!



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This bystander’s guide to Islamophobic harassment was created by a young illustrator and filmmaker who works in Paris and goes by Maeril. She made versions in both French and English.


The BuzzFeed



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A GROWING number of Muslim men and their multiple wives are exploiting a loophole to get taxpayer handouts.

Centrelink has confirmed it has investigated up to 20 cases of multiple relationships, including polygamy, in the past two years for payment irregularities.

It has forced some families to pay money back.

Polygamy is illegal in Australia, but a Centrelink spokeswoman said it was not the welfare agency's job to police polygamy laws.

"It's not our concern if they are a member of a polygamist relationship," the spokeswoman said.

"We look at whether they are receiving the correct rate of payment. We treat each couple independently."

But Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria director Joumanah El Matrah said some men were exploiting Australia.

"It (polygamy) was a minority but it's certainly a growing minority because Muslim men realised it was possible to get away with it," she said.

She said Muslim men who took more than one wife and relied on Centrelink payments to support their families were not following Islamic law, which dictated they could only take multiple wives if they could afford it.

"What these men are doing is exploiting Islam and they are exploiting the system in Australia," she said.

The Herald Sun



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ANTI-Muslim protesters have turned on each other during a rally in Melbourne’s west.

As the sparse protest of about 100 people started to disperse at Hannah Watts Park, a fight broke out between True Blue Crew members and those from anti-Muslim street patrol group the Sons of Odin.

The dispute was dispelled by police.

There was a heavy police presence at the rally to object to the “growing” Muslim population.

The protesters were particularly vehement about the “rise of Islam in Melton” after a mosque was approved in the suburb last year, and claims of an “Islamic housing estate” in May this year.



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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:

16. Heina Rizwan Mohammad

This girl is the first female Police constable in Hong Kong, of South Asian descent. Having been recruited in 2012, she has served in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 17. Fatima Ali



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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:


"Children have a right to peace"


Dal Ouba, 37, Sydney, Lebanese descent

Being Muslim in Australia is emotionally exhausting because you constantly have to prove yourself to everyone. There are endless layers to break through every day before a genuine conversation begins. Travelling to work can be frightening. I have rejected work at prestigious universities because I don't feel safe catching the train there. All it takes is for one sick person to give you a complex. My son is nine years old and I would like to protect him from what's really happening in Australia and abroad as children have a right to have peace in their minds. I don't feel there's need to dump adult problems on a child's shoulders..


Source: Brisbane Times


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Striving in the days of Thul Hijjah | Umm Jamaal ud-Din 







Riz Ahmed: "This is What British Looks Like"  



 With his performance on HBO's 'The Night Of,' UK native Riz Ahmed wants to challenge the notion of 'what America looks like.'





Meet the man paying off burqini fines in France 






Share Your Qurban with Syria this 2016 | Ready-To-Eat | Muslim Aid Australia


Your Qurban is needed for Syria! As the Hunger Crisis continues, we've developed a food relief solution to package your Qurban into READY TO EAT meals for those affected inside Syria..



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To know the future just look to the past


24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


15. Mustafa Zemmouri/Estevanico (c. 1500–1539)

Mustafa Zemmouri, also known as Estevanico or Esteban de Dorantes, was enslaved by the Portuguese and later the Spanish in his home in Morocco. Estevanico took part in Spanish exploration expeditions in regions corresponding to modern-day Cuba, Mexico, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. As such, he is considered to be the first African-born individual to have set foot in continental North America.

Idris Alawma (1580–1617)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 2 September 2016

TOPIC"How to approach the month of virtue"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


Play the recording  




Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 2 September 2016

TOPIC"Good Deeds In the First 10 Days of Dhū al-Ḥijjah"

IMAM: Shaikh Aslam Abu Ismaeel







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 2 September 2016

TOPIC"The importance and significance of Dhil Hijj"

IMAM: Ahmed Muhammad Naffaa






Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 2 September 2016

TOPIC"The concept of Takbeerat Tashreeq"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 2 September 2016

TOPIC"Sacrifice in the path of Allah"

IMAM: Shezad Khan







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The Inbox



Assalamu alaikum
I would like to say thank you to CCN for assisting us to promote the events on 3rd September

Many thanks

Muna Ibrahim

IWAQ: CAMS Coordinator State-wide


 Arsenal Footballer Shkodran Mustafi Refuses to Pose Next to Beer


UK: Arsenal footballer Shkodran Mustafi refused to have a bottle of beer displayed in front of him during a press conference.

This took place when he was playing for Spanish club Valencia.

From the time he sits down, he looks uncomfortable and proceeds to move the sponsor’s beer bottle away from him.

Mustafi, a practicing Muslim tells the club’s spokesman, “can we put this further over there” and “I don’t want the beer there".

Mustafi has previously posted a photo on his Twitter account wearing a T-shirt with ‘I’m Muslim Don’t Panic’ written on it.


Source: ILM Feed

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 Paris restaurant 'refuses to serve Muslim women'


FRANCE: A video showing a restaurateur in a Paris suburb apparently refusing to serve two Muslim women has sparked anger in France and calls for protest.

In the video, widely shared on social media, the man tells the hijab-wearing women: "Terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists."

The incident took place at Le Cenacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France on Saturday night.
On Sunday, the man apologised to a group who had gathered outside.

He said he had "got out of hand" due to the current tensions around the issue of wearing burkinis on French beaches, but also because he had a friend who had died at the Bataclan concert centre attack last November, Le Parisien reported (in French).

The local prosecutors' office told the paper that it had opened an investigation into racial discrimination.

A journalist from the paper photographed the "tense exchange" outside the restaurant between the man involved in the incident and a group of young men:

The video inside the restaurant appears to have been covertly filmed by one of the women, who were clearly emotional.

"We don't want to be served by racists," one of them said.

The man retorted: "Racists don't kill people."

He also said: "I don't want people like you at my place. Full stop."

Government Minister Laurence Rossignol said that she had asked Dilcra, a government anti-racism body, to investigate, describing the behaviour as "intolerable".  



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 Makeup, meds and sports wear: Why halal has become big business



(CNN): You might think of halal as just being a set of Islamic rules about meat, but the global halal industry incorporates everything from medicines to cosmetics. And the industry is growing fast.

One report valued the global halal food and beverage market at $1.37 trillion in 2014, which represented 18% of the entire market, and the number of Muslims worldwide is expected to increase from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.8 billion in 2050, according to Pew Research Center.

In Europe, the halal market is growing at an estimated annual rate of between 10-20% -- depending on what products you include -- a demand driven by a general desire for Sharia compliance among a growing Muslim population, according to Paulius Kuncinas, business analyst and managing editor, Asia, at Oxford Business Group

Halal is an Arabic word meaning permissible according to Islamic Sharia law, and can refer to both goods and services acceptable to Muslims. It can encompass food, catering, medicines, and clothing such as sportswear, according to a report by Euromonitor International.

Halal products are typically known as being pork free, alcohol free, and for the specific method of slaughter. The animal should not be stunned, but killed by a cut to its throat, and the procedure must be performed by a Muslim.

The process varies from certifier to certifier, and can sometimes also include ensuring that the producers are not involved with alcohol or pork, Kuncinas explains. "The suspicion is that you may contaminate the produce," he says.

Brunei's halal vision

Because the rules are so stringent, halal is all about credibility and quality control, and one country hoping to benefit from its strict halal standards is Brunei.

The small southeast Asian kingdom has in recent years built a strong reputation as a halal producer, part of a move to diversify its economy away from oil and gas. And it is well positioned to succeed, with a reputation as a country that adheres strictly to Sharia law, Kuncinas explains.
In Brunei, even the cook preparing the meal must be Muslim, which is not the case in Muslim countries such as Malaysia, says Ibrahim Badawi, executive chairman of Brahim's, a Malaysian company producing halal ready meals.

"Brunei has probably not been promoting as much halal as what Malaysia has done," he says, "but the potential is there.

"The strength of Brunei's halal industry basically comes from the government," adds Badawi, "because it's actually governed by the government. It's a single body -- not like certain countries where they don't have the government but individual companies doing halal ... and the credibility is not there. "

He adds that although Brunei may too small to sustain large-scale animal agriculture, the meat need not be reared within the country itself to be halal.

"The Brunei government has farms in Australia that do halal slaughter," Badawi says. "To ensure that the meat is slaughtered according to the proper rites, someone has to be there at the time of slaughter."



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 BBC Pop Up: Zikr - prayer on the move in a Moscow mosque



RUSSIA: BBC's Pop Up team went to see an Islamic Sufi prayer ceremony known as Zikr, and found out more about its background in Russia. 


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 Favourite to be next Dutch PM vows to BAN the Koran and CLOSE all mosques


 THE front-runner to become the next Dutch Prime Minister has vowed to ban the Koran and to close all mosques in the country.


Mr Wilders also wants to stop immigration from Islamic countries


HOLLAND: Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), called for the total "de-Islamification" in a controversial manifesto posted online.

The far-right MP, who has previously compared the Koran to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, also vowed to put an end to immigration from Islamic countries.

He would also close all Islamic schools and asylum centres, and ban Muslim women from wearing the headscarf in public, if elected prime minister next year.

Mr Wilders unveiled the manifesto ahead of the Netherlands' parliamentarian elections in March.

The PVV currently leads the pack in almost every opinion poll amid growing anger at the Dutch government’s handling of the refugee crisis.

It is on course to take 35 seats in the 150-seat Dutch Parliament, about 10 seats more than the ruling Liberal party, led by prime minister Mark Rutte. 

The Express


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 Why Muhammad may be the most common baby boys’ name in England and Wales


Experts say different spellings are variations on the same name transliterated from Arabic

The ONS has released its annual list of the most popular baby names 

UK: An official list of the most popular baby names in England and Wales has sparked fresh debate over whether Mohamed – with all its spelling variations - is the most common boys’ name.

It appears with several spelling variations on the Office for National Statistics’ ranking for 2015, which puts Oliver, Jack and Harry at the top, with Amelia, Olivia and Emily for girls.

Muhammad appears at number 12, followed by Mohammed at 29, Mohammad in 68th place and Muhammed coming in at 121.

When the spellings are combined, it was used 7,570 times – outstripping the 6,941 babies named Oliver on their birth certificates.

The ONS, the British Government’s statistics agency, said Mohamed first entered the top 100 boys’ names in 1924 but has since increased in popularity.

Possible reasons included the increasing size of the Muslim community in England and Wales, which currently stands at around 5 per cent, Islamic traditions and the popularity of sporting figures like the late Muhammad Ali and Olympian Mohamed (Mo) Farah.

Arabic experts say the variations on the name arise only from the transliteration from Arabic (محمد) into Roman characters.

Ibrahim Othman, an Arabic teacher at the Arab British Centre, said the difference would be comparable to the British spellings of Jon and John, but not Oliver and Ollie, as the second name is shortened.

“They [Mohamed spellings] are the same name but it’s up to people how they want to spell it,” he told The Independent.

“There’s no difference, it’s just because some people would say an ‘o’ or a ‘u’ more accurately represents the Arabic.”

There are numerous systems for writing Arabic into Roman script, all trying to best translate Arabic phonemes that do not exist in English or other European languages and capture differing pronunciations of the definite article and short vowels.

The name means of the Muslim Prophet means “praised” or “praiser of God” and is thought to be one of the most popular names worldwide, leading some men to shorten it or use their middle names.

“It’s religious – it comes down to a praise of Mohamed that can be followed by other names that combine to construct a praise of the Prophet,” Mr Othman said.

Richard Coates, a professor in linguistics at the University of the West of England is an expert in onomastics – the study of names.

He told The Independent that although all spellings of Mohamed express the same name, they can be used to express different origins.

“A Muxamed from Somalia and a Mohammed from Egypt might agree that one is a Somali name and one isn’t, so in that sense they’re not the same,” he added.



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

Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

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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: You can enjoy the health benefits of this licorice-tasting herb by sprinkling it on breads or cakes before baking, adding it in fruit salads, adding fresh fennel roots in sautéed vegetables, or simply chewing fennel seeds after meals as it helps with digestion.

Try it out for yourself with this recipe which I have adapted from a Jamie Oliver favourite.

Roasted Fennel, Leek and Onion Soup with Flat Bread




• 2 Leeks, peeled, trimmed and sliced
• 1 bulb of fennel, trimmed, cored and sliced, tops reserved to serve
• 2 onions, sliced
• Olive oil
• 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
• 1 litre vegetable stock
• Salt and pepper to taste
• ½ tsp green chillies
• 100 ml coconut cream, to serve


For the flatbreads


• 1 tsp fennel seeds
• 250g bread flour
• ½ tsp dried yeast
• 1 tsp sugar
• 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for shaping


1. Preheat the oven to 180degrees
2. Place the fennel, leeks and onion in a roasting dish and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes, then add the garlic cloves. Stir everything thoroughly and return to the oven for 20 minutes more, until the vegetables are soft and browned. Remove the papery skins from the garlic cloves.
3. Put the roasted veg in a large pan with the vegetable stock, salt pepper and green chillies and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 15 minutes, then liquidize with a stick blender, until completely smooth.
4. Now make the flatbreads. Toast the fennel seeds in a dry frying pan for 30 seconds or so, until fragrant. Crush roughly with a pestle and mortar, then pour into a bowl with the flour and ½ teaspoon of salt. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 100ml of warm water, then add it to the flour mixture with the oil and 60–75ml of hot water and mix until you have a soft, but not sticky, dough. Knead for 5 minutes.
5. Pop the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with cling wrap and set aside to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Then, with oiled hands, divide the dough into 8 and roughly roll each one into a thin oval. Stack them up, separating them with baking paper to stop them from sticking together.
6. Heat a griddle pan until it’s smoking hot and add the flatbreads (you’ll need to do this in batches). Cook for a couple of minutes on each side, until charred and puffed up. Keep warm in a tea towel while cooking the rest.
7. Gently reheat the soup, and serve with a swirl of cream, a scattering of fennel tops and the hot flatbreads.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


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


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 Post-Creswalk week

When the walk is done, it doesn’t mean you should stop the workout.

Hope you enjoy the day and all the activities. Make sure you stretch after
the race and reward yourself with a massage and some gentle yoga sessions
throughout the week. Fuel the body with a healthy diet and keep the liquids up.

Try to keep some form of a workout routine going if you don’t already have
one. Consistency is key, so rest and allow the muscles to recover but don’t
stop moving.

This will set you up for an even better race next time around N-JOY!




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist

To book appointments -
Ph: 3341 2333 (Underwood)
Ph: 3299 5596 (Springwood)
M: 0406 279 591

What's the Deal on Dairy?

There has been some controversy surrounding the benefits of having dairy in our diet. One celebrity chef, Pete Evans, well known for his lead in the Paleo lifestyle, recently sent out a statement saying that dairy leeches the calcium off our bones. Is this statement correct and should we be avoiding dairy?

If we look at the scientific research, there is actually no evidence as such to say that dairy has any negative impact on our body's calcium levels. In fact, studies (systematic reviews from British Medical Journal) found that there is a positive association with dairy intake and bone mass density (higher bone mass means a lower risk of fractures). Evidence also suggests that calcium assists in the prevention and management of osteoporosis.

Dairy foods is one of the richest and bioavailable (easily absorbed) sources of calcium. Other rich sources of calcium include almonds, broccoli, fish with bones and fortified milk alternatives. Including dairy foods in your diet (2-3 serves per day) will provide you with adequate calcium for good bone health.

This is why it is important to gain information from people who are qualified. If you want recipes, then perhaps a chef is the most qualified person. However, if you have health related questions, ask your doctor whom you trust. If you have a nutrition related question, then ask a qualified dietitian or a nutritionist.


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at

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"Dad, I wish I had the enough money to buy an elephant."

Mula Nasruddin asked, "Why do you want an elephant?"

His son replied, "I never said I wanted an elephant, I just wish I had that much money."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Allah accepts the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them will Allah turn in mercy: for Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.

~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:17


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"Our desires always increase with our possessions.

The knowledge that something remains yet un-enjoyed

impairs our enjoyment of the good before us”


~ Samuel Johnson


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

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Events and Functions


Buranda Campus Jalsa 10 SEPTEMBER
AIIC Eid Ul Adha 18 SEPTEMBER UNITY CUP 10 24 SEPTEMBER IRA Al Yateem Dinner 8 October
  Mahoba's Promise Movie 11 OCTOBER


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services



AIIC Kindergarten OPEN DAY

Deciding on what Kindergarten to send your child is often a primary educational choice which parents are faced with. Our Kindergarten Open Day provided parents/carers with the opportunity to explore our Kindergarten, meet our teachers, ask questions and get information to help make an informed decision. SMILES and happy faces outshone the overcast weather during The Australian International Islamic College Kindergarten’s Open Day. The Kindy was packed with parents and children from our school community. They enjoyed balloon-shaping, jumping castles, fairy floss and popcorn along with two special visitors Elsa and Olof from Frozen and of course our yummy sausage sizzle. Teacher Nadiya Khan indicated that she was pleased with the overall day and appreciated that the gloomy weather did not discourage parent and community involvement.
“It was great to meet new parents and involve our current parents in our kindergarten”, she said.
“The day was particularly enjoyable for our Kindergarten children who were thrilled with all the fun activities that were happening in their service. We look forward to our open day in 2017.”
The Kindergarten is taking enrolments for 2017. Call 33721400 for more information.

Al Mustapha Institute of Brisbane: ACCREDITED COURSES

An advanced knowledge of Islam which includes a highly developed comprehension of the theological, jurisprudential, historical, contemporary and spiritual aspects of Islam.


Islamic sciences are studied from both a classical and contemporary perspective and students graduate with the ability to speak, write, read Arabic religious texts and an understanding of Arabic grammar.


ISOM Flyer-CCN SC Tuition Shajarah Islamic Education Shajarah Islamic Education Australian International Islamic College Holland Park Mosque Hall Hire Slacks Creek Madressah Slacks Creek Mosque Activities Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram High School Subjects Tutoring MCF


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4 September




Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786



8 September



Getting Ahead In Your Career


Springwood Towers, 9 Murrajong Road

0422 187 735

6.30pm for 7pm start

10 September


Qurban Stall

Islamic Relief

Underwood  Market Place Shopping Centre

0456 426 523

9am to 4pm

10 September


Marriage and Parenting workshop with Edris Khamissa and Sajid Hussain


Griffith University, Nathan Campus

0431 360 418

9am to 1pm


10 September



Muslimah Night Bazzar (Sisters Only)

Loriza Koya

ICB, 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

0405 816 102

4pm to 9pm


10 September



Open Day & Annual Jalsa


City Campus

6 Agnes Street

3391 7867

10am to 2pm

12 September



EID al-ADHA 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)



AIIC 724 Blunder Rd, DURACK



17 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld



0419 025 510

6pm to 11pm


18 September



Qurbani BBQ Lunch


724 Blunder Road,

3372 1400

11am to 2pm


24 September



Unity Cup (#UC10)

FAMSY QLD & Islamic Relief

Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

0411 706 598

All day

1 & 2 October

Sat & Sun

Parenting Toolbox Workshop with Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah and Jamilah Samian  


11 Watland St, Springwood

0431 360 418

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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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



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



Minutes of Meeting Tuesday 19 July, 2016, Islamic College of Brisbane: Click here


Next Meeting


Time: 7pm
Date: TBA
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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Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          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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