Sunday, 11 September 2016


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Eid Prayer venues

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

CresWalk2016 Report

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Friendship Day at Kuraby Mosque

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

10 Ways to lose your spouse and children

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

School visit to Mosque

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

AFIC condemns ISIS: Press Release

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Tawhidi sets record straight on his warning against violence

KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links

Apps Are Making the Pilgrimage Easier Than it’s Ever Been

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Butchers selling halal meat facing backlash

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

Kuraby Lions needs you

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


CCN wishes all Hajjis and Hajjiani Hajj Mabroor



Eid Mabroor to all our Readers


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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Limbering up at the start

This year's CresWalk took place at Orleigh Park on Sunday 4 September. On a brilliant Spring day, men and women of all ages, and young boys and girls took to the road along the Brisbane River.


They returned to the Park for the signature CresWalk burger and breakfast and activities that included tug-of-war and rock climbing,


Crescents of Brisbane team member, Kemal Omar, presented the Haji Ebrahim Patel/Crescents of Brisbane Special Achievement Award to David Forde for his contribution to the Muslim community over the years.


Mr Forde told CCN soon after receiving the award: "I want to take this opportunity to thank the Crescents of Brisbane Team for the Annual Haji Ibrahim Patel Award. It certainly was a very humbling experience and congratulations on another very successful Creswalk. There are so many people out there who contribute to improve and work with and for individuals and the community for which we live. It's about all of us doing what we can. I also wish your readers Eid Mubarak for Eid-ul-Adha."


During the presentations, Susan Al-maani gave an overview of the work that her organization, SAKINA, was undertaking to help women victims of domestic violence, and Fahim Khondaker spoke on the role of the Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ) in the community. Crescent Wealth donated five $100 gift cards to the random draw segment of the presentations.


If you would like to know more about SAKINA or contribute to the cause visit their gofundme page.


Crescents of Brisbane's secretary, Hafizah Suleman and Raeesa Banwa were the MC's for the day and Saleem Cajee delivered the vote of thanks. Imam Imraan Husain of the Gold Coast Mosque led the opening and closing prayers.






Pram/wheelchair (5km) MALE MURAT COSKUN
Pram/wheelchair (5km) FEMALE HACER AHMETOGLU
Under 11yrs (2.5km) MALE SUHAYL SEEDAT
Under 11yrs (2.5km) FEMALE ZAHRA TOWNER
16-25yrs (5km) MALE MOHAMMED HERSI
16-25yrs (5km) FEMALE SURAYA NAJIB
26-39yrs (5km) MALE OMAR ISSADEEN
26-39yrs (5km) FEMALE SYLVIA LYNN
40-59yrs (5km) MALE ANVER OMAR
60-69yrs (5km) MALE MAHMOOD SURTIE
70+yrs (2.5km) MALE MAHOMED SEEDAT
Under 7yrs (2.5km) MALE RIORDAN FORDE


A snapshot of the day, courtesy of Ameen Sompra



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On Sunday, 25th September Kuraby Mosque will be hosting the first of a number of friendship days with members of the wider community. These friendship days are an attempt to bring together people from different cultures and creeds, who share a desire to co-operate through mutual acceptance and strengthen the richness of our society through greater understanding

At Kuraby mosque we aim to build bridges mutual co-operation that seeks to dispel myths about Muslims and forge genuine cultural interaction between the Muslim community and others.

In creating sessions such as these, we allow others to know who we are, and we them. Sharing our experiences fosters tolerance, acceptance and understanding between all communities that make up this wonderful country of ours.

Intercultural friendship sessions are important to building harmony and trust in the societies that we live.

So, if are not Muslim and have other non-Muslim friends, then please come along on the day.


We'd love to meet and chat.



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Report by Muna Ibrahim

This was an event co-sponsored by IWAQ and ICQ which was held on Saturday 3rd September at Nathan Campus, Griffith University. The talk was conducted by Br. Edris Khamissa who is a world-renowned Educationist, Trainer & Motivational Speaker.

The whole session was a very useful one with the first half covering 10 ways to lose your spouse. This was very interesting as he highlighted some very common ways and habits we can get into that would contribute to breakdown in relationships. He wove in the practices of the Prophet Peace be upon him and some examples from his vast experience in dealing with people.

He talked about togetherness be it emotional, intellectual, operational, recreational, aesthetic, motivational, crisis or spiritual.

We looked at applying Quranic rule of communication and some attractive examples and points we need to adopt to achieve a marriage of romance and an interesting point of “making a love agreement”.

So what are some of the ways you can lose your children? This was covered in the second half of the session. We looked at important Islamic parenting principles and the importance of linking the child to his Creator. How can parents erode the self-esteem of their children- a child’s precious sense of being. A lot of the things parents are aware of yet many parents fall into the trap of not listening to their child’s needs.

“Parents need to understand that parenting is not so much their relationship with their children but the relationship between the parents”

What is better, praise or encouragement? The dangers of social media which is easily accessible to children nowadays.

A very good speaker (with a good sense of humour) with insight and very beneficial information even for those married for a long time.

Soul Seeker (Match-making) session

This was conducted by Br. Sajid Hussein. Soul Seekers aims to bring together like-minded brothers and sisters who want to find their other half in a Sharia compliant manner.

Soul Seekers primary focus is to help identify potential marriage partners in a controlled and halal environment without compromising Islamic values and encouraging free mixing.

This was a unique and interesting experience as a facilitator seeing how the whole process works. There were a few 100% matches so we never know, maybe some good news in the future insha Allah?

Many thanks to the sponsors (IWAQ and ICQ), Griffith University Muslim Students Association (GUMSA) and the wonderful volunteers especially Br. Mohammed Khatree, Sr.Fathima Omar, Sr. Naima Estrada, Javed Iqbal and Sr. Nora Amath. Your help was much appreciated.



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Report by Ursula Muncaster


The sun shone and stall holders set up early for the expected crowds, for Sunday 28 August marked the annual AIIC fete. It was great to welcome family, friends and neighbours to our college. Throughout the day people arrived and enjoyed the formal welcome program, shopping, rides, games and food on offer.

The College’s Nasheed group commenced the program with the national anthem followed by addresses from Councillor Steve Griffiths and Sgt Jim Bellos. Also saying a few words was the founder of the college Imam Abdul Qudoos Azhari and College Principal Mariam Banwa.

The Student Council from both Primary and High School organised a games stall while teachers had their own stalls. There was something for everyone and when the fun of the fete and the heat of the day became too much, people supported food vendors and sat in the shade of the large marquee. The end of a successful day went off with a big bang namely the firework display.

The support from the community was immense, the day was exhausting but very enjoyable and rewarding. We will be back next year and we would to thank all our sponsors and the community for their continued support.



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Fifty students from Year 5 Jubilee Primary School, Pacific Pines, visited the Gold Coast Mosque this week to learn more about the Mosque and Islam


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Muslims Australia – AFIC, rejects and condemns ISIS calls for violence in Australia

“Any attack on Australia, lone wolf or otherwise is an attack on Islam and Muslims, we condemn and reject any call to attack Australia. Islam is freely practised in Australia and mosques exist in every capital city, as a minority, Muslim Australians consider Australia home and we respect Australia and its people who are all our fellow citizens, we value the safety and security of Australia and we will stand by Australia against any act of violence,” said Keysar Trad, President, Muslims Australia, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC).

“ISIS is a brutal barbaric group whose attacks have killed thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world. I appeal to all members of my community to likewise reject ISIS and its calls for violence and to highlight the beautiful and peaceful nature of Islam wherever they go: Wear Islam through your smile, wear Islam through being helpful, wear it through a job well done, wear Islam through building this great nation."

“Islam is a great source of peace for humanity, in fact for all forms of life and for the environment, the call for violence by ISIS is anathema to Islam and its great teachings.”



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Islamic Association of South Australia Imam Shaikh Mohammad Tawhidi said he was “very hurt” by how he had been portrayed.

THE Adelaide Imam at the centre of controversy when his warning against violence was interpreted as a threat says he should have worded his comments to make it more clear he was alerting people to extremist Islamic reprisals.

Islamic Association of South Australia Imam Shaikh Mohammad Tawhidi told The Advertiser he was unhappy with the ABC and Daily Mail Australia media outlets for the way they portrayed his comments last week.

In a written statement the Imam had been critical of a man who grabbed a Muslim woman’s headscarf and threatened her during a bus trip in Adelaide.

Asked what his statement would have said if he realised it would have been misinterpreted Imam Tawhidi said: “The extreme Muslims, I fear that they would take matters into their own hands’’.

“I also believe the media knew what I meant, but they ignored this and portrayed me as someone who was ‘warning’ Australia, and I am very hurt by that.’’

Despite being an outspoken campaigner against violent extremists including ISIS, his comment that he “feared” a violent reaction by such extremists were interpreted by some media outlets to be threatening, and have drawn the attention of anti-terror authorities.

He said Daily Mail Australia had even changed his direct quote in a headline from “take matters into their own hands” to “take matters into our own hands”, which made his comments appear more like a threat. The quote was subsequently corrected.

Imam Tawhidi, whose social media accounts give voice to a constant campaign against ISIS and other extremists, said in response to the controversy would be to establish an international group of Imams for peace.

“What happened (the reaction and misinterpretation by some media) has affected me and inspired me to found the ‘Imams for Peace’ organisation globally to fight ISIS, starting in Australia,’’ he said.

“I call for patriot Imams in Australia to join me.’’

Imam Tawhidi said while he had moved to Adelaide four months ago, for some time his role had been as a roaming Imam based in Iraq, who had been active in the United States, the UK and Canada.

Imam Tawhidi said extremists in the Islamic community were also using the media misinterpretations to cause division.

“Even if our own people want to cause division and chaos through unwise statements, we will oppose them and restore peace and harmony in Adelaide as soon as possible,” he said.

He said right-wing extremists had made death threats against him after the media articles.

“I clearly said ‘I fear the day’ that these extremists take matters into their own hands, and we are working hard to stop this,’’ Imam Tawhidi told The Advertiser.

“I tried to do something good and support Australia’s national security and it was turned against me.

“I wasn’t warning about myself or my people, I was warning them of the extremists and I am with the Australians against the extremists.

“I love Australia so much and it is very hard for me to get death threats and have my community confused.

“I also have expectations of the media that they match my words with what they know I believe in.

“I co-operate with the Australian police and the police know my efforts into recruiting Muslims into the police force.’’

Source: The Advertiser




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Screenshot of wifi-accessable services at Masjid al-Haram

The Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, begins Friday. The world’s eyes are on Saudi Arabia: Tragedy marked last year’s pilgrimage, during which as many as 2,600 people died in a stampede. The Kingdom received criticism the world over for failing in its custodianship of the pilgrimage, which occurs within Saudi Arabia but constitutes a lifelong aspiration for hundreds of millions of Muslims from nearly every country and territory.

As ever, the Hajj is a moment of transcultural encounters. It is one of the largest and most diverse gatherings of people anywhere. It poses near-insurmountable logistical challenges for its Saudi organizers, but also for individual pilgrims, who must negotiate confusing, unfamiliar, and sometimes unsafe surroundings, often on little sleep and a long way from home.

In recent years, smartphones have changed the fundamentals of international travel: People carry in hand the means to seek information, view maps, and book transportation and lodgings. The vast majority of pilgrims — known as hajjis — still do the Hajj the old-fashioned way, by booking group tours that take care of everything from plane tickets to hotel bookings to visits to the holy sites. But there are smartphone applications for everything, and the Hajj is no exception. More than ever before, Hajj DIY, navigated by smartphone, is a real option.

Apps that cater to pilgrims specifically have cropped up in recent years. The rituals that hajjis perform are often complicated, and if not done correctly, can negate the validity of one’s pilgrimage. For centuries, specialized Hajj guides have ushered groups of pilgrims from site to site, instructing them where to walk, when to pray, when to recite passages from the Quran, and when to perform small symbolic tasks such as clipping fingernails at one particular station in the Masjed al-Haram — the mosque built around the Kaaba, the holiest place in Islam. But now, interactive smartphone apps such as 3D Hajj, HajjSalam, Hajj Guide, and Smart Hajj, all available for download, provide step-by-step instructions for each stage of the pilgrimage.

There’s even free wifi at the Grand Mosque. Pilgrims can check flight times, access government websites, read the Quran and other religious materials, and check prayer times, though other websites are restricted.

But most visitors to the Masjed al-Haram use their phone for a purpose that requires no internet: Hajj selfies. Some clerics wish these would stop, but they might as well try keeping the wind from blowing.

In much of the world, the chance to perform the Hajj is a once-in-a-lifetime honor that pilgrims want to share with their entire communities. The selfies show up all over social media — and elsewhere. A friend in Indonesia says he matched with a man on gay dating app Grindr whose profile picture showed him beaming in front of the Kaaba.

Hajj-goers have also adapted for their purposes the apps that have fast become standard fare for world travelers. This is the first year that hajjis will be able to use Uber to get around. In November 2015, the ride-hailing app began offering service in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia’s holy cities. “Before we launched our service in Mecca and Medina, we introduced a pop-up service for the month of Ramadan to transport tourists and residents to perform Umrah [pilgrimage to Mecca not during the Hajj], where we provided thousands of rides to Mecca,” Nairi Hourdajian, director of corporate communications at Uber, told told Foreign Policy in January. “The response during that period was simply overwhelming and the potential was clear to us from the start.”

In addition to convenience, Uber offers another benefit for pilgrims — a guaranteed price. As in many countries, cab drivers in Saudi Arabia are known to ask for higher fares from non-locals, who may not be familiar with the proper rates.

“The young, tech-savvy population in Saudi Arabia knew about Uber long before we launched and they were using Uber in Europe and America before we started operations, and so when we launched, many users were excited,” Hourdajian said. The same holds true for pilgrims from countries where ride-sharing apps are already on offer.

Lodgings app Airbnb also operates in the holy cities. Some listings market themselves specifically for pilgrims, such as this two-bedroom apartment, which the owner describes as “suitable for a family want to make [sic] the Hajj or umrah, 5 minutes to al masjid al haram.” Another listing in Medina, at $134 a night, comes with a free driver to shuttle pilgrims to local sites.

Hajjis use Google Maps to navigate the holy cities and find their way to the religious sites, hotels, and restaurants. But one major app is not yet available: Yelp. It’s tough to find food options other than the ubiquitous fried chicken sandwich shops that line the streets close to the Kaaba. For the best places to pick up perfume, purses, or Qurans with gilded covers, hajjis still need to ask a local, a concierge — or leave it to luck.

This year more than ever, pilgrims are concerned for their personal safety. Apps and technology have cropped up to address that concern. Hajj Guider, a smart bracelet and app, is designed to help pilgrims who get lost, get hurt, encounter loss of life, lose track of dependents, or get confused about where they are or what to do next. But most pilgrims will continue to rely on other pilgrims for help, safety, and information, just as they have done for almost 1,400 years.


Source: Foreign Policy



SScreenshot of a digital avatar approaching the Kaaba in the 3D Hajj app



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Signs like this, advertising halal meat for sale, have been removed from some butcher shops.

Butchers in Coffs Harbour have told the ABC they are losing customers and have been verbally abused for selling halal meat.

Some butchers said they were no longer advertising the fact that they sell it.

Halal meat is from animals slaughtered under Islamic practices, with clean instruments that are pork and alcohol-free, in the presence of a Muslim.

One Coffs Harbour butcher, who did not want to be identified, said he took down a sign in his shop after more than one customer swore at him.

"I was shocked by such a narrow-minded attitude to people who are just trying to make a new life in Australia," the butcher said.

"I felt it was not worth my while to leave the sign up [and] actually thought someone may chuck a brick through the front window of my shop.

"But I will continue to sell halal meat, which I source from a supplier in Casino."
Refugee advocate Paul Hemphill said Coffs Harbour was home to a small number of Muslims.

"They are mainly Afghani refugee women with dependent children who have been brought to Australia for humanitarian settlement," Mr Hemphill said.

"Their needs are simple and as they adapt to our ways, they hold dear the customs of their lost homelands.

"They wish to prepare and eat food in traditional ways [and] this includes meat from animals slaughtered in accordance with their religious custom; that is, halal."

Mr Hemphill said the public manifestation of fear and ignorance saddened him.

"We have people from areas in the world who have been forced to flee and we have them now living amongst us," he said.

"We are a safe haven, we're providing refuge. Things like this are a bit of a poke in the eye to that humanitarian ethos."

Coffs Harbour sitting councillor and mayoral candidate Dr Sally Townley said the city was embracing refugees.

"I would like to think we really are a 'Refugee Welcome Zone', not just in name but in action too," Dr Townley said.


One Coffs Harbour butcher sources his halal meat from Casino.

"Coffs Harbour is an area that has been selected by the Federal Government to be a settlement city for a number of different refugee groups.

"Sudanese people, some other African nations, we have a growing Burmese population, also a lot of Afghani people and some other people as well."

Dr Townley said it did not make sense for anyone to object to a butcher selling halal meat.

"If you can ask for a skinny, caramel, latte, chai on soy milk then you can ask for halal meat," she said.

"It's a personal choice and I don't see why it shouldn't be available.

"I think anyone who has lived in Coffs for the past 10 or 15 years has definitely seen an increase in multiculturalism.

"It's gone from being quite unusual to see Sudanese people for example, to now seeing lots of kids in our schools, people working in shops and people starting up business enterprises.

"It makes people realise that the way we live is not the only way to live.

"Opening people's eyes up to the fact that there's a big world out there, and to come in contact with people who have completely different life experiences is always helpful."


Source: ABC News



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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:

17.Fatima Ali

Fatima Ali is a chef whose specialty is Pakistan-spiced Western fare — a combination that won her first prize on the American cooking show “Chopped.” Currently sous-chef at Café Centro, she plans to return to Pakistan to establish subsidized kitchens with cheap and organic food for the poor.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 18. Shama Zehra



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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:


"Where is our protection from the white extremists?"


Ahmed, Melbourne, Lebanese

I feel isolated, harassed, always looked down upon. Australia has become a very racist country. We Muslims have been living here for decades and help contribute to this nation's growth and within a split second we are deemed as terrorists. The media is to blame too. I tell my children how it is. That this country is turning on its own citizens. We are constantly asked to say sorry for actions of others. We are being pushed into a corner and forced to defend ourselves. Things have become much worse. Where is our protection from white extremists?


Source: Brisbane Times


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What's The Hajj About, Anyway? (Facebook)



The Hajj: It's one of the biggest gatherings in the world, with millions of Muslims from everywhere making the pilgrimage to the city of Mecca – but what's it about, anyway?





Wearing a Hijab on the Job (Facebbok) 


USA: Meet Amal Chammout. She's 23 and the first uniformed member of the Dearborn Police Department to wear a hijab.





Mia Ayliffe Chung's mother speaks out about her death (Facebook)


"Someone doesn't murder a young girl in the name of Islam, it doesn't figure at all".

The mother who vows to read the Koran at her murdered daughter's funeral speaks out to promote peace..



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To know the future just look to the past


24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


16. Idris Alawma (1580–1617)

Idris Alawma was an administrator, military leader and ruler of the Bornu-Kamen Empire in what is today part of Chad and Nigeria. Following the fall of the Songhai Empire, he became the most powerful Muslim monarch between the Niger and the Nile.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 17. Shehu Usman dan Fodio (1754–1817)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 September 2016

TOPIC"The lesson from the life of Ibraheem"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 September 2016

TOPIC"Relationship of Logic With Islam"

IMAM: Ikram Buksh








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 September 2016

TOPIC"Nabi Ebraheem and his great Sacrifice"

IMAM: Ahmed Muhammad Naffaa














Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 September 2016

TOPIC"The sacrifice of Ibrahim Alaisalam Part 2"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali







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 #hajj2016: SA pilgrims go the extra mile


THIRST-QUENCHER: South Africans distributed more than 400 food packs and about 1000 bottles of water to pilgrims in need

MAKKAH: South African pilgrims in Makkah for the annual hajj rites are going the extra mile and ensuring less fortunate visitors to the holy city in Saudi Arabia have a meal to eat.
Makkah, Saudi Arabia - South African pilgrims in Makkah for the annual hajj rites are going the extra mile and ensuring less fortunate visitors to the holy city in Saudi Arabia have a meal to eat.

Joburg-based social activist Yusuf Abramjee, known in South Africa for his work as a journalist, started the project last week. He is in Makkah for his first five-day hajj journey, which starts on Saturday.

Abramjee launched the Hajj Feeding Scheme last Friday and to date has raised R250 000 to buy food for destitute pilgrims who “don’t have a next meal”.

“Hundreds of pilgrims in Makkah simply sleep along streets and outside the Grand Mosque. A few of us decided to do something and within minutes we raised R70 000 amongst SA pilgrims,” he said.

Abramjee and other volunteers initially went to the local Bin Dawood Supermarket to buy food for immediate distribution. They invited others to contribute cash and help distribute the food.

He said that after Friday prayers last week, a group of South Africans had distributed over 400 food packs and 1 000 bottles of water.

“Within minutes it was all gone. Pilgrims lined up for the food and water. We are making a small difference. And in true South African tradition, we are again opening our hearts,” said Abramjee.

Pilgrims who received help were from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.

The activist has been engaging his Twitter audience, totalling just over 15 000 followers, with updates about the hajj and the feeding scheme.

“Back home the message spread fast on social media and we raised a further R180 000. Cash is still coming in for the feeding scheme,” said Abramjee.

He said they would continue throughout the hajj buying destitute pilgrims food. Their aim is to alleviate the discomfort pilgrims without much money or food would endure especially during they daytime, when temperatures soar to the mid-40 degrees C.

Abramjee was involved in Operation Hydrate earlier this year, assisting with drought alleviation efforts in South Africa.

Some pilgrims who joined Abramjee have given their feedback for the project.

Mubeen Adam from Pretoria said: “I was touched when I saw how many people needed food. They scrambled for it.”

Husband and wife Rahim and Aisha Haroon from Joburg added: “We cannot sit back and watch people going hungry.”

Islam’s Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon Him encouraged pilgrims to enrich their hajj by “providing food to people”.

Saudi newspaper Arab News has reported that Arafat Day, when hajjis pray on the plains of Arafat near Makkah at the peak of the annual pilgrimage, will be on Sunday. 


Source: IOL

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 Hollande: Republic must create 'Islam of France' to respond to terror threat


FRANCE: French President Francois Hollande called for the creation of "an Islam of France" and the removal of foreign-trained extremist imams in a key speech Thursday on the challenges radical Islam poses to democracy.

Addressing the debate surrounding Islam following a summer of terror attacks and burkini bans, he stressed that French secularism was not at odds with the religion.

"Nothing in the idea of secularism is opposed to the practice of Islam in France, as long -- and that is the vital point -- as it complies with the law," Hollande said in Paris, stressing that secularism was "not a religion of the state that stands against all other religions."

"What we need to succeed in together is the creation of an Islam of France," Hollande said.

He said that this could be achieved through the new Foundation for Islam in France, a measure announced in the wake of the terror attacks to improve relations between the state and the country's large Muslim community, which accounts for between 7% and 9% of the population.

Longtime French politician Jean-Pierre Chevènement was appointed head of the foundation last month, CNN affiliate BFM TV reported.

Hollande said France also needed to create "a national association in order to obtain financing for the building of mosques and the training of imams."

"The republic cannot accept a situation where a majority of imams are trained abroad and sometimes don't speak our language," he said.

France's rules of secularism prohibit the use of state funds for places of worship, and there have been concerns about the radical vision of Islam practiced in some foreign-funded mosques. At least 20 Muslim places of worship have been closed due to extremism since December, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in July.

Hollande said that radical Islam had created "a fake state, led by real killers. It skews the Islamic religion to spread its hatred."

France is under a state of emergency introduced after the ISIS terror attacks in Paris in November and extended following the Bastille Day terror attack in Nice.

"The question is to know if the principles laid down more than a century ago remain relevant when Islam is the second religion of France," he said.

"The answer is yes, clearly yes. The vast majority of our Muslim compatriots demonstrate it every day."     



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 First woman to lead Friday prayers in UK


UK: A Canadian author will become the first Muslim-born woman to lead a mixed-gender British congregation through Friday prayers tomorrow in a highly controversial move that will attempt to spark a debate about the role of female leadership within Islam.

Raheel Raza, a rights activist and Toronto-based author, has been asked to lead prayers and deliver the khutbah at a small prayer session in Oxford.

She has been invited by Dr Taj Hargey, a self-described imam who preaches an ultra-liberal interpretation of Islam which includes, among other things, that men and women should be allowed to pray together and that female imams should lead mixed congregations in prayer.  



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 Egypt MP Says Women Must Accept FGM Due to Country’s ‘Sexually Weak’ Men


EGYPT: Egyptian member of parliament Elhamy Agina has encouraged women to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) to “reduce their sexual desires” to match that of Egypt’s “sexually weak” men, Parlmany reported.

“We are a population whose men suffer from sexual weakness, which is evident because Egypt is among the biggest consumers of sexual stimulants that only the weak will consume,” Agina said. “If we stop FGM, we will need strong men and we don’t have men of that sort.”

The parliamentarian, who hails from Daqahliya, said that it is therefore better for women to undergo FGM because it “reduces a woman’s sexual appetite” and women should “stand by their men” in order for life to proceed smoothly.   

Egyptian Streets


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KB says: Orange and cardamom is a great flavour combination and cardamom or elachi is a kind of celebratory spice, which I love, hence baked it for tea on Eid Day 

Cardamom Orange Cake




Cooking spray
3 cups plus 1 tablespoon sifted cake flour
2 cups castor sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1¾ teaspoons ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup fresh orange juice
2/3 cup sunflower oil
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs

1 cup icing sugar
4½ teaspoons fresh orange juice
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. To prepare pan, coat a tube pan or Bundt pan with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour. Set aside.
3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. 4. Make a well in centre of mixture. Add ¾ cup orange juice, oil, orange rind, lemon rind, vanilla, and eggs to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at low speed until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
5. Spoon batter into prepared cake pan, spreading evenly.
6. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. 7. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan.
8. To prepare glaze, combine all the ingredients, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over warm cake; cool cake completely on wire rack.

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Work your way to a perfect posture

• Don’t slouch – It adds stress on your spine & puts a strain on your bones, muscles and joints
• Straighten up – A great way to prevent posture problems is to stand up tall, draw your belly in and gently pull your shoulders back
• Don’t slump at your desk – Try sitting up tall instead & make sure your desk height is at the right level
• Exercise of course – Tone your abs to strengthen your back. You need strong muscles to support your spine
• Make sure you have a pillow that supports your neck to keep it in line with your spine




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Mrs Jallalludin's wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk and if they have avocados, get 6.

A short time later Jallalludin comes back with 6 cartons of milk. His wife asks him, "Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk".


Jallalludin replied, "They had avocados."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






If a suggestion from Satan assails your (mind), seek refuge with Allah; for He hears and knows (all things).
~ Surah Al-A’raf 7:200


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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.


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EID al-ADHA 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)


17 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld



0419 025 510

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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


25 September



Friendship Day @ Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

0416 846 876

Anytime between 2pm and 5pm

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

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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



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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


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

Light refreshments will be available.




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Muslim Directory Australia

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Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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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

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

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Islamic Relief Australia

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Gold Coast Mosque

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South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

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

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

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Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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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

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