Sunday, 11 December 2016


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Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Car park transforms into restaurant, home and hospital

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Amira Al-Maani Debuts her New Evening line

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Khwaja at Holland Park Mosque

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Giving hope, employment and a new start to refugee women

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Daily Life 2016 Woman of the Year: Mariam Veiszadeh

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Crescent Wealth joins WSU to fund refugee scholarships

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Calling Muslim Artists

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

Halal Economic Outlook

Fitria on Food Appears monthly


Boxer Dib to volunteer at refugee camp in Lebanon

Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat

Write For Us

Meet a Muslim: Canberrans urged to break down barriers

The CCN Chuckle


JMA succeeds in changing headlines


Google forced to change 'racist', 'sexist' algorithm  
Ali Kadri on The Drum
Mid East women shaking up London's cultural agenda
Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Muslims
Does Racism Drive Islamophobia? Out of Context
The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column


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Supplied by Amanah Institute

Amanah graduates of 2016

Amanah Institute's 3rd Annual Jalsa took place on Saturday, 24 November at Runcorn State High School.


A beautiful afternoon was held by all of the students who showcased their singing and memorisations talents. Grades Prep to Grade 3 students mesmerised audiences with their beautiful renditions of the nasheeds’ “Bismillah “and Zain Bhika’s “ Allah Created Everything”.


Senior students presented a group poem titled “Going to the Madrassah” reflecting on the ilm (knowledge ) that they have gained.

Master of Ceremonies and ex-Grade 5 Mualim Brother Riyad Rahimullah presented a streamlined program, adding anecdotes of the many topics and themes that were covered over the course of the year.


Religious Leader and Applied Islam teacher, Imam Ahmed Naffa, opened the Jalsa with a beautiful Qu’ran recitation with senior students Yaseen Tilly providing the translation and Najmah Dean reciting the Acknowledgement of Country.

Principal and Education Leader Sister Soraya Bulbulia highlighted that she, together with previous Principals and Imams, though from varied skilled and education backgrounds, have all had one simple niyyah (intention) in mind and that was to be the driving and guiding force to educating children in the community about their deen. While this role has been and will always be challenging, she encouraged parents to support their children at home but also equate and place importance on both a child’s formal and religious education. She ended her speech with a poem entitled “I see you “stating that in a child’s schooling year, parents should not look for the big achievements but instead the small ones, as they are the talking points in a child’s life.

Imam Ahmed Naffa explained the significance of the Applied Islam classes, catered to high school students and previously designed and taught by Dr Muhammad Abdalla. He reflected on the first module “All about you “which gave students an understanding of the term Culture and how Islam is flexible and inclusive in terms of harmonizing with many healthy cultural practices, while the second “What is this thing called Shariah?” focused on the sources of Islamic legislation such as the Qu’ran, Sunnah, Ijmaa and Qiyas, etc and how Sharia is relevant to one’s life.


Four students of the Applied Islam classes presented their reflections about the modules and how this affected their initial understanding of the topic.

Kuraby Mosque Trustee Representative, Sister Farzanah Ally, reiterated the need for parents, engagement and volunteering at the Madrassah and ultimately forming a partnership with Amanah Institute as the children will be the greatest recipients of the unique theme-based curriculum.

Other Jalsa highlights were the Amanah Awards,viz, the Ilm Award, the Adaab Award and the Qur’an Award.


Key awards were the Leadership and Amanah Awards, with the Leadership criteria identifying students who demonstrated outstanding servant leadership and the Amanah criteria looking for students who best fulfilled the Amanah upon their learning and the vision of the Madrassah.

Imam Naffa closed the graduation ceremony with a dua, whereupon students and families were treated to sumptuous cupcakes, generously baked and donated by the dedicated ladies in the community.


Amanah Award recipients

Grades 1-3

Grades 4 to 7 - perform a group poem

Ilm Award recipients

Leadership Award recipients

Qur'an Award recipients


Imam Ahmed Naffa

Adaab Award recipients


Principal Sr Soraya Bulbulia & MC Riyad Rahimullah




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The Muslim Charitable Foundation cooks up monster curries to help feed people

An unusual grouping of Christians, Muslims, doctors and award-winning laundromat operators are turning a car park by a busy roadside at Logan into a one-stop shop for those experiencing difficult lives.

Every Wednesday and Friday night at 7:00pm, the car park at Woodridge, south of Brisbane, is occupied by charity groups.

Rosies — Friends On the Street hand out blankets and snacks.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation brings hot meals and Orange Sky provides its mobile laundry service.

The Street Doctors, with their converted ambulance, offer a GP service for those who find it hard to get to the doctors.

Roy Jordan was one of about 70 people in the car park last week, grabbing a bite to eat.

ABC News




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Written by: Taahirah Ali

Brisbane's Amira Al-Maani, a graduate of Fashion Design from the Australian Institute of Creative Design, has recently taken the stage at Emerge Runway where she featured her new graduate fashion line. The fashion show, Emerge Runway, took place on the 8 December 2016 at the Brisbane Power House and featured Amira Al-Maani alongside seven other graduates. This night will be remembered by the 200 people in attendance as a night full of colour, glitter, sequins and dazzle.


Those in attendance would agree that everyone expected nothing less than perfection from the young upcoming fashion designer, Amira Al-Maani, who is quite well-known for her constant community involvement, unique fashion sense and through her conduction of styling workshops under Creative Connections.


If Amira Al-Maani didn’t manage to turn heads already, the Emerge Runway left people buzzing with the potential this young designer really had in store.

The Runway show left many without words as the the designer managed to not only exceed the expectations of everyone attending the show but also reflected Amira’s full potential through her 6 featured pieces. These were modelled on the night by Aysha Al-maani, Luak Myan, Saja Hamouda and Lamisse Hamouda.



The crowd could not contain the excitement when witnessing the first glances of the future of evening wear for women around the world which led many to question how they had been dressing before the artist brought forth such amazing pieces.

The line left attendees talking about the variety of pieces long after the show ended.


“Exceptional, can’t wait to see her work on vogue” – a fashion show attendee stated

“Show stopping work!”
– another had stated

Words do not do justice to Amira’s work as she managed to channel in ideas of modesty, cultural designs, bold colours and patterns that literally left everyone wanting more. Amira created a line that could be worn by women around the world and proved to everyone that night that she knew what the market wanted before they even did.

With the buzz fresh in everyone’s mind, this truly was the designers debuting moment and her introduction to the fashion world. This show was definitely something attendees were glad they didn’t miss and some even referred to it as “a once in a lifetime experience.”

She also went on to promise to keep those who have followed and supported her journey updated through social media and is planning to launch her career as soon as she can.


With saying that, many will join in in saying that there are big things awaiting Amira’s future and we cannot wait to see what she has up her sleeve. We wish her all the best and hope to follow her career through it all.


You can follow her story on:
Facebook – Amira Al-Maani ; Instagram - @amiraalmaani



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Usman Khwaja at Holland Park Mosque yester day (after Friday afternoon prayers) with Imam Uzair keeping wickets


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The women of Brisbane's Spice Exchange

A social enterprise in Queensland is helping refugee and migrant women gain employment and foster community spirit through cooking.

The Spice Exchange sees these enterprising women come together to creates spice blends, condiments and gingerbread.

They use recipes and spices well known in their home countries.

Backed by Access Community Services, the social enterprise in Logan, south of Brisbane, also helps the women practise their English-speaking skills.

Many of those involved are single women with dependent children, with limited education and literacy skills.



For Christmas the women are making gingerbread by hand

Organiser Tianna Dencher said the Spice Exchange was helping these women, who sometimes felt isolated, find their voice.

"They were needing to get out and into the workplace, as well as find friendship and be able to socialise," Ms Dencher said.

"We saw that these women were comfortable with food and we decided to create something that would engage women around food.

"Many of the women had such great cultural diversity, had beautiful cuisines that had spices ... that's how we started."

The program also teaches the women about workplace culture, marketing and how to price products.

ABC News



The women create different spice blends to sell


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Mariam Veiszadeh is Daily Life's 2016 Woman of the Year

When Mariam Veiszadeh took the wrong, slower bus route to work one morning in February, she innocently tweeted how she turned her bad start to the day into a positive: time to gaze out of the bus window and reflect.

A tweet in return took her back: "Yes, dreaming that one day all of this will belong to Islam I would imagine. You will fail!"

Veiszadeh, the Daily Life 2016 Woman of the Year, says it summed up what being Muslim in Australia has come to mean today.

"I could not tweet about a journey to work without someone turning it around … To have this collective blame applied to 300,000-plus Australian Muslims on a regular basis is really exhausting," the 32-year-old Sydneysider says of the Islamophobia that has swept so forcefully into political narratives in 2016.

"A generation of Australians are growing up having known no other home, having known no other country, and yet are made to feel like absolute strangers in their own home. I don't want to feel like my level of Australian-ness is negotiable … and the subject of political fear mongering."

The advocate, lawyer and diversity and inclusion practitioner was nominated by the public and judged overall winner of Daily Life's annual award to recognise women who have inspired and actively worked for positive change, often in the face of resistance.

The Kabul-born refugee, who was brought to tears when she learnt of her win, stood out to the panel of judges, including incumbent Daily Life Woman of the Year, Gillian Triggs, for her courage, tenacity and perseverance without the protection and resources afforded by public office.

Stinging as that early morning tweet was, it is a mere drop in the ocean of online abuse the anti-Islamophobia champion faces everyday in her fight for "human rights bare minimums", such as respect and "feeling like you are not a stranger in your own home".

She was mercilessly trolled after weighing in to September's debate around a since discredited survey that found 49 per cent of Australians would support a ban on Muslim immigration. Death threats and rape threats followed.

In July, she established Fact Check One Nation in an attempt to influence power imbalances by examining Senator Pauline Hanson's rhetoric.

"It's easy for vocal minority groups to shout each other down, but the reality is that they are fringe elements and we have to constantly remind ourselves of that," she says of the likes of Hanson.

But despite the vitriol, Veiszadeh says that the year, for her, has come to mean remaining resilient, vulnerable and even humorous in the face of hate and adversity.

"It is about injecting humanity into conversations," she says of her consistent efforts to raise the profile of Muslim Australians in the media and public discourse.

"Personal interaction with people is a really important dimension to tackling divisive politics. It's easy to demonise a group of people that you don't know anything about, but it's a lot harder to demonise an individual who you have gotten to know."

One young man, whose parents are One Nation supporters, wrote to say his mind had been changed and apologised for the hatred directed her way. A woman she met confessed, in whispers, that, driven by fear, she kept her Islamic faith secret. The significance of both of their stories are larger than they might ever know.

When she started to lose hope over the last 12 months, even the smallest positive impact, Veiszadeh says, made her efforts worth the struggle.

"The daughter that my mother raised is not one who gives up easily. My mother raised me to be tenacious like her and to stand up for those who are less privileged," she says. "Speaking out, even if you think no-one's listening, can make a difference."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald



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Funds manager, Crescent Wealth, held its official launch of the Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarship for high-achieving students of refugee status.

Partnering with Western Sydney University, and "driven by a shared vision to assist refugees through life-changing educational opportunities", the Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarship will offer at least 20 scholarships per year to students who have been granted permanent humanitarian visas in the past five years.

Mr Talal Yassine OAM of the Crescent Foundation and Crescent Wealth spoke on the program's aims: "Education is the single most important factor that can assist recently arrived be the best they can be, to thrive, succeed and contribute to the social, economic and academic fabric of our nation".

Scholarships are valued at $7,500 per year for three years and are primarily funded by Crescent Wealth and public donations.



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Sydney (5 Dec 2016): Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) held an international forum on “Malaysia Business” on 5th December 2016 at Sofitel Hotel, Sydney, Australia.


Focusing on the development of Halal standards, audit and certification, and the capacity building for Halal products and services, the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) which is a part of MIDA, held a breakout session on “Halal Malaysia: Current and Future Economic Perceptive”, aiming to promote and facilitate the growth of Malaysian companies in the global Halal market.

Syed Atiq ul Hassan, Founding Director, Halal Expo Australia 2017, was the moderator of the session and also speaker with Mr. Jamil Bidin the CEO of HDC.


Mr. Hassan spoke on “Halal – an Industry perspective”. Mr. Bidin spoke on “Halal Malaysia – Current and Future Economic Perspective”.



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Billel Dib at Body Punch gym in Lakemba

BILLEL “Babyface” Dib isn’t a typical fighter.

While the 27-year-old is on a world-title path and heads to the USA to take on Colombian Carlos Padilla, he is driven by the desire to be much more than the world’s best boxer.

The talented super featherweight, who is ranked fifth in the WBO rankings and 12 with the WBA, boasts a 20-1 record. Padilla is 16-4.

The pair will square-off at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma on Saturday night for a shot at a title eliminator in the USA in March. A win in March will catapult Dib into No.1 contention for a world title bout.

And it is his growing profile in one of the world’s toughest sports he wants use for indelible good.

When most are tucking into their turkeys on Christmas Day, Dib will board a flight to Lebanon to volunteer at a refugee camp in Ain El Hilwe.

“I was at a family BBQ few months back, I came across a clip from Lebanon of refugee children starving and having to eat only grass, no water, dying of starvation,” Dib said.

“I looked up to see my two boys eating hot dogs with tomato sauce all over their faces and I shed a tear.”

The following week Dib connected with Islamic Relief and to date, they have raised $40,000.

“It all fit into place, it’s like this is what God wanted me to do,” he said.

Dib, who is studying accounting and law on his way to becoming a forensic accountant, will be hands-on at a hospital overfilled with Palestinian and Syrian refugees.

“I’m so eager to see genuine smiles on these children’s faces and maybe in the near future I can continue to go over and help build schools and hospitals and try to better their lives in anyway I can,” he said.

The Daily Telegraph



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We've always wanted to do an event like this only because we've realised how powerful basic human interaction can be. Organiser Saba Awan

In a bid to remove stigma from the religion and its followers, Canberrans are being encouraged to "meet a Muslim" and ask anything they've been wondering about Islam.

The first event was held in the national capital on Monday night, where a group of Muslim representatives did their best to answer questions from more than a dozen Canberrans.

"What really pushed us that bit further was a poll that came out in September that showed 49 per cent of Australians supported a ban on Muslim immigration and for us that was a huge shock to the system.

"We thought: 'If that's what people are saying, we have to do something about this'.

"We can't get mad about it or upset about it, but we need to reach out and speak to people."

Why did you come along tonight?



I think it's important for people to build relationships with people who aren't the same as they are.


"As a teacher we say we're lifelong learners ... and it would be good to get some factual information because there's a lot of what, I think, is inaccurate." — Peter

"I'm interested in how these guys deal with and reconcile how the conservative, or right-leaning views, in Australia affect them and some of the intra-Islamic community politics." — Luke



What have your experiences as a Muslim in Canberra been?



By and large Canberra is awesome but [discrimination] is there.
Rayeed Rahman


"I've found that there's this idea here that Muslim women who wear headscarves are in some way oppressed."



How do you respond when the media shows Muslim women who are oppressed?



I think what people don't understand is that Islam is progressive by its nature and that this should not be happening anyway.
Engy Abdelsalam

"My experience coming from Egypt, my people are campaigning against that [oppression].

"There is patriarchy in every country, just like women are fighting domestic violence here, they also do it in Muslim countries."


Why do women wear headscarves?



I don't judge other Muslim women who don't wear it, or think they are less dedicated, because it is a personal choice.
Hafsah Farouk

"For me it was the next step to take to show my dedication to God.

"But for me I made the decision to wear it to be closer to God."


How can you push for equality if men and women can't shake hands?



As someone who doesn't like shaking women's hands, I do it out of respect.
Khalid Abdo

"Having said that, I don't want to make people feel uncomfortable because that's not respectful, so often I will just shake their hand.

"Ultimately though the way one person acts doesn't represent the rest.

"On headscarves, unfortunately women bear the burden of discrimination in non-Muslim countries. As men, we feel guilty."


Do you think Muslims impose their values on society?



Our culture is different now than it was 10 years ago and it will be different again in 10 years.
Diana Abdel-Rahman

"I was talking to a young man about this the other week who said immigrants were changing Australian culture.

"I told him our culture is always changing and often has nothing to do with who is coming to the country or what their religion is.

"It's all talk and somehow it gets picked up. It's this hearsay, it gets regurgitated over and over.

"Same with Sharia law, who said they wanted to introduce it? Have they actually tried to implement it?

"It's really sad when you hear these things, especially from politicians."


Source: ABC



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Daily Mail amends 'hijab-wearing' headline


Sunday, 4 December 2016

In an article published online by the Daily Mail on Friday 2 December 2016, the phrase ‘hijab-wearing supporter' was included in the headline.


Justice Media Advocacy (JMA) wrote to the newspaper arguing that the phrase referencing the 'hijab' had no relevance to the story and may only serve to vilify the faith of people who wear the religious headscarf. The newspaper agreed to amend the headline and removed the reference.



ABC changes “Australians, not migrants” headline


Monday 5 December 2016
On Sunday 4 December 2016 the ABC published a news report online with the headline: “Victoria youth crime: Statistics show most offences committed by Australians, not migrants.” JMA wrote to the media organisation arguing that the headline was misleading since it implied that migrants may not be Australian – i.e., that the two were mutually exclusive. JMA added that the Victorian Police data included in the report only indicated whether offenders were either born in Australia or not. The data did not reveal anything about the Australian citizenship status of offenders. The ABC amended the headline.



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Typing 'all muslims...' produces a rather worrying result.

The search giant has been forced to make changes after a glitch in its results was exposed.

In news that should give everyone who uses the world's biggest search engine pause for thought, Google has been forced to change an algorithm that suggested racist and sexist questions via its autocomplete function, and directed users towards ideologically skewed results.

While there's a lot to like about the company's swift response, the issues at stake here are significant and not readily addressed by the quick-fix patch it has offered. And for those of us who have come to believe that Dr Google is a values-free neutral dispenser of information, the lesson is clear. You shouldn't, at least not entirely.

The issue was exposed by UK journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who last week asked Google to explain why search queries such as "are Jews…" and "are women…" were being automatically completed with some rather problematic suggestions.

"It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: 'are Jews a race?', 'are Jews white?', 'are Jews Christians?', and finally, 'are Jews evil?'," Cadwalladr wrote.

Clicking through to the last of these, she wrote, produced a page of results largely in the affirmative.

Similarly, the top automatically generated result when the words "are women…" were typed was "are women evil?", while the top result for "are Muslims…" was "are Muslims bad?"

Cadwalladr hypothesised, and quoted people who believed, that this was evidence the search engine was being "gamed" by activists pushing an extreme right-wing agenda, using bots and flooding the web with links that conspire to elevate right-wing searches in Google's predicted queries, and right-wing sites in its results.

Google claims Cadwalladr made contact last Friday, but by the time her story appeared in The Observer on Sunday, the suggested questions she listed were no longer being automatically generated.

The Sydney Morning Herald



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Some 150,000 Londoners hail from the region — yet Middle Eastern women are often stereotyped, from the cliché of the suppressed housewife to the offensive notion that they are flashy and spoilt, wafting around designer stores.


In fact, while wealthy Middle Eastern visitors may spend an estimated £1.25bn a year here, some of this city’s most exciting creative talents are of Middle Eastern origin, embracing the capital while drawing on traditions from home to instigate a refreshing international dialogue.


So which are the names to know now?


From the designer bringing Turkish style to London, to the artist exhibiting with Ai Weiwei — here are the new ambassadors of style:



Anum Rasha Kahil, Artist and art director, 36


Top, £530, Maison Rabih Kayrouz; skirt, £600, Christopher Kane

Rasha Kahil’s clever, understated photography has been shown internationally including in the UK and Lebanon, from where she originally hails. But she’s also a multi-tasker — having worked for Dazed & Confused and British Vogue, she now happens to be the art director of this magazine.

‘I trained in graphic design but had always done photography, too. I’m very lucky to have a full-time job that I love but I can also manage to work on my photography at the same time.’

Rasha first lived in London as a child when her family relocated during the war in Lebanon, but they returned to Beirut (where her mother now runs a guest house) in 1992 when the political situation calmed down.

Kahil arrived back in London 12 years ago with a plan to stay for six months but fell in love with the city. ‘Now I can’t imagine leaving — London is a hub of creativity and internationalism. It gives you this drive to push your limits, that’s why I came back.’ She enrolled in a master’s at the RCA in communication, art and design, and has lived in east London ever since.

Now 36, her most famous work ‘In Your Home’ is a series of semi-nude self portraits in the homes of friends across the world. The initial solo exhibition in Beirut was well-received. But two years after it closed, her pictures went viral — sparking widespread debate among trolls, conservative critics angered by female nudity, and those who championed the work.

‘In many ways, the art scene there is very liberal,’ says Kahil. ‘Of course, you have to know your audience and exhibit appropriately. My pictures were shown in a gallery and were intended for that context — not for online dissemination. My intentions weren’t to shock but to elicit artistic dialogue and debate.’

The incident inspired Kahil to create an installation work ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’, documenting the extreme reactions online. It was shown earlier this year as a solo exhibition at Fitzrovia’s Art First Gallery.

‘Of course, because I am originally from Lebanon, the work I do can prompt a certain type of response. But I see myself as a global person and I don’t see my Middle Eastern heritage as the main driver for my work. It is just a part of who I am.’


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Flavie Audi, Artist, 29


Source: Evening Standard



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In recent years, Islam has been thrust into world spotlight for a number of reasons – starting with 9/11 and ISIS to anti-refugee sentiments in Europe and a certain US Presidential candidate’s anti-Muslim campaigns. In this hullabaloo, we have forgotten that some of the coolest famous people we look up to – from Muhammad Ali to Zayn Malik and Aziz Ansari – are all Muslims. Would you believe it if we told you there were many more Muslims in the celeb world?


This week's celebrity



Q-Tip started his career as one-third of the trio of the critically-acclaimed hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. In the 90s, he converted to Islam after reading the Qur’an, and has maintained that it made him a more spiritual man after his negative experience with agnosticism. The Grammy Award nominated rapper is known for his creative approach to words and considered one of the best lyricists of all time.


Source: Cyber Breeze


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An engaging conversation between a Christian Pastor and a Muslim Imam, "Out of Context" is a 14 part Interview series answers pressing questions about Islam and gives valuable insight into the spirit of the faith.

In Part 11 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. The best way to alter the public perception of Muslim women in the West, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, is for them to continue to be out there and for thriving, successful Muslim women to engage fully in their communities. Regarding the debate over the divinity of Jesus, a study of early Christianity will reveal that it was far from monolithic. As Muslims, we hold Christ in high esteem, we view him as one of God's greatest messengers who came to confirm the law of Moses, we even believe that he is the Messiah, but we do not believe that he is God or the son of God. Finally, regarding the virgins awaiting the faithful in heaven, the number 72 is merely metaphorical to denote multitude. In the context of the revelation of the Quran, the notion of having multiple spouses in heaven is related to the idea that heaven is what you want it to be. At the time it was revealed, the whole world was largely polygamous, so having many spouses was very desirable.




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After 12years in the Lighting industry, Lighting Direct in Underwood is shutting its doors to the public.

The team at Lighting Direct would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued customers and the community at large for their ongoing support over the last twelve years.

Your support has been greatly appreciated by us and whether you came by for a small bulb or a quick chat, it was always a pleasure to see and serve you all. Lighting Directs last trading day will be the end of December 2016.

Final days of Lighting Directs closing down sale. Everything must go. Large range of crystal chandeliers, modern and traditional pendants, downlights, outdoor lighting and a huge variety of floor and table lamps. All stock must be cleared. Prices never to be repeated! Hurry only available until stocks last. Don't miss out on your great bargain! Showroom located at Unit 1/24 Ferguson Street Underwood. Open 6 days.





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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


A memo to the president-elect about the people he fears. BY LAWRENCE PINTAK

An Idiot’s Guide to Islam in America 


Islam hates us.” That was a recurring theme of your campaign, Mr. President-elect.

And who can blame you? After all, your top advisors on Muslim affairs — Ann Coulter, Frank Gaffney, and Walid Phares — are card-carrying Islamophobes. Your incoming national security advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, wants Muslim leaders to “declare their Islamic ideology sick,” and your special advisor, Steve Bannon, has been accused of using his Breitbart News Daily radio show to instigate “fear and loathing of Muslims in America.”

But now that you’ve announced it’s time for America to “bind the wounds of division,” it might be useful for you to learn a little bit more about one of the most alienated segments of the nation you now lead: American citizens who also happen to be Muslims.

I get that you’re worried about what you call “radical Islamic terrorism.” I’ve been reporting on extremists who claim to represent Islam since I covered the first anti-American suicide bombings in Beirut in the early 1980s, so I share your concern. I’ve seen friends die and others waste away in captivity at their hands. And I’ve come awfully close to being a victim myself a few times. But I’ve also learned that Muslims come in many colors — literally and figuratively — and my doctorate in Islamic studies helped me understand that the religion itself is interpreted in many different ways. In fact, America’s 3.3 million Muslims, the other 1 percent, are developing their own take on what it means to follow Islam.

The jihadis are already rejoicing at your election because — their words here, not mine — it “reveals the true mentality of the Americans and their racism toward Muslims and Arabs and everything.” But what do they know?

When Bill O’Reilly asked you whether you thought American Muslims fear you, you replied, “I hope not. I want to straighten things out.”

So, in a similar spirit of good tidings, this memo about how good ol’ American values are influencing Islam in the United States might help make that whole straightening out go a little easier. Since it’s not likely that much beyond references to Islam as “a cancer” is going to make it into your briefing papers anytime soon, I thought I’d toss this out into the webosphere in the hope that you might trip across it late some night while prowling the net.

(It’s OK to just read the stuff in bold print.)


The Saudi, Egyptian, and Pakistani conservatives are losing their grip on American Islam. Those old-school clerics who espouse a Saudi-inspired brand of the religion and once had a significant presence in many American mosques are yesterday’s news for a growing number of American Muslims. If anything, the rise of the so-called Islamic State has only sped up that process.

“The light of Islam will shine from the West,” Farooq Khan of the Islamic Center of Long Island recently told me with pride in his voice. “And the reason is because we have all the constitutional protections. We have the freedom to write, freedom to speak, and freedom to interpret.”

If you were a Sunni Muslim in America in the 1970s and 1980s and wanted to study more about your religion, the odds are you ended up with a textbook written in Saudi Arabia. That was natural. After all, one of the Saudi king’s many titles is “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.” Translation: We call the shots when it comes to Islamic orthodoxy.


There’s no pope of Sunni Islam.



Source: Foreign Policy

Andrew Laming

Federal LNP Member for Bowman





Mutuma Ruteere says Australia is not unique among western democracies in grappling with popular support for parties with discriminatory policies and racist views.

UN expert says Australians (and their leaders) have a big racism problem

The United Nations' special rapporteur on racism has condemned Australian politicians from major and minor parties whose statements are contributing to an increase in "xenophobic hate speech" and negative views about migrants.

Mutuma Ruteere has also warned that political leaders who do not denounce such views are tacitly contributing to the normalisation of hard-right and racist opinions.

"If they do not speak out they lend legitimacy to them. It's very easy for darkness to drive out the light. It's very easy for the bad to demean the good. It's much harder to clear out the political space once it's infected by racists," Mr Ruteere said in Canberra on Wednesday.

Mr Ruteere was finishing a visit to Australia, the first by someone holding his position in 15 years. He comments will form the basis of a report he will deliver to the United Nations Human Rights Council next year.   


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Muslim Registry



Trump's potential Muslim registry may sound crazy—but sadly America has done this kind of thing before.
When will the government learn racial profiling doesn't work?







Attack on NYC Muslim-American policewoman







Van Jones on US Muslims

MuslimGirl - FaceBook  



"The Muslim community has the lowest crime rates, the highest entrepreneurship, the highest educational attainment for women in the country. They are the model American community."
Van Jones







Young Boxer Couldn't Compete Because Of Her Hijab

NowThisHer - FaceBook   



This young boxer was disqualified because of her hijab — so her opponent did something amazing 







Girl Child Song - Afghanistan National Institute of Music

ANIM Students



  Zarifa Adiba - Conductor

Dohktar Astam, “I Am a Girl”, is performed in celebration of International Girl Child Day 2016 and recognizes strong women overcoming obstacles in Afghanistan and around the world.


It features the Afghan Youth Orchestra and Choir of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and students from Mahrefat High School in Kabul.






Are Muslim Women Oppressed? Facts vs. Propaganda!

Educate and Mobilize  


Oppressed Muslim Women? You've probably read or heard something along the lines of 'Muslim women are oppressed,' or 'Muslim women are abused', but when it comes to this subject, the difference between facts and propaganda couldn't be any greater.





Don't Worry, We Are Superior




"A very positive advice during this period of trials and tribulations that the ummah is going through."





Travelling through Pakistan

A Rose Lane Studio Production





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The Nikah of Yusuf, son of Faisal and Zuleikha Hatia, and Sumeyye, daughter of Mesut and Salma Uysal, took place on Friday 2 December 2016 at the Rochedale Mosque.


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 December 2016

TOPIC"The antidote for jealousy" PART 3

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 December 2016

TOPIC"The Best of Ummahs"

IMAM: Maulana Ilyas








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 December 2016

TOPIC"Virtues of Sahabah"

IMAM: Ahmed Muhammad Naffaa








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 December 2016








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 December 2016

TOPIC" The Day of Reckoning"

IMAM: Mufti Nadeem Ali






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Cleaner showered with gifts by Saudis after ridiculed for looking at gold


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SAUDI ARABIA: A Bangladeshi cleaner in Saudi Arabia was gifted a gold set after he was ridiculed online when photos of him staring at a jewelry shop display went viral. But presents, including smart phones and rice bags, are still pouring in.

Abdullah Al-Qahtani, a Saudi national who spoke to Al Arabiya News Channel, from the gold market in Riyadh, the country’s capital, said he, managed to find the cleaner to give him his gifts.

The cleaner’s was identified as Nuzroul Abdulkareem, and his monthly salary was $187 (700 Saudi riyal).

“More money is being sent to Nuzroul,” Qahtani said, without specifying how much. In addition to bags of rice and honey, Abdulkareem has so far received “two-way tickets to his home country, and two phones - one iPhone 7 and one Samsung Galaxy.”

The story began when a social media user mocked the cleaner by sharing the picture, writing “this man deserves to only look at rubbish.”

Saudis on the social media platform tweeted, vowing to send more gifts to the cleaner, including one user who said a gift of $533 (2,000 Saudi riyal) would be given.

“I am very thankful,” Abdulkareem said.

Qahtani described him as “very hardworking.” “Abdulkareem also takes care of homeless kittens on the street where he works,” Qahtani said.



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Muslim owned restaurant offers elderly and homeless free meals on Christmas Day so ‘no one eats alone’



UK: A Muslim owned Turkish restaurant in south east London is offering a three course meal to homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day so that “no one eats alone”.

Shish Restaurant in Sidcup is asking local residents to spread the word of its generous initiative and has put up posters telling people in need that “We are here to sit with you” on Christmas Day.

The free three course meal is available between 12pm and 6pm on Christmas Day. It includes a soup and Cacik as a starter, a choice of chicken casserole, vegetable casserole or a chicken shish as a main dish, and rice pudding for dessert.

Shish Restaurant has urged people to share its plan through social media and locals have received the news as “amazing” and “fantastic”.

Vicky Lanfear wrote on Facebook: “This is the most selfless gesture I have ever seen and they should be recognised as a pillar of the community.”

Suzannah Harris added: “What a lovely gesture; a restaurant that gives something back instead of merely seeing Xmas as a time to cash in. Will definitely visit in the new year if ever in the area.”

Another user, called Sally Barnes, posted: "These are the kind of acts that the Muslims I know carry out with generosity. Someone tell the Daily Mail please!"

The free three-course meal is available between 12pm and 6pm on Christmas Day.

It includes a soup and Cacik as a starter, a choice of chicken casserole, vegetable casserole or a chicken shish as a main dish, and rice pudding for dessert.





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This week a report which gathered data on what British Muslims really think was released – and the results were surprising


UK: Muslims, it turns out, are actually more likely to condemn acts of political violence than the UK population as a whole. But they are also more likely to believe conspiracy theories

Today, a report was quietly released by the Policy Exchange that examined exactly what Muslims living in Britain really think about the country and its people. Its title was ‘Unsettled Belonging – A Survey of Britain’s Muslim Communities’, and it confirmed what many British Muslims have been saying for a long time: “We are just like everyone else, with similar concerns, aspirations, hopes and fears.”

In fact the report goes even further by providing evidence to support the argument that, by and large, Muslim communities are comfortable living in British secular society and make constructive contributions through engagement in mainstream political processes at both local and national levels.

This perspective might come as a shock to some. The image of young angry Muslim men politically and culturally alienated and primed for radicalisation and violence is one we in Britain are familiar with and fear. Yet 89 per cent of Muslim respondents condemned the use of violence in political protest and 90 per cent condemned terrorism. Muslims, it turns out, are actually more likely to condemn acts of political violence than the UK population as a whole.

The survey goes a long way to debunk the myth perpetuated by both the far-right and Islamists that we are caught in a clash of civilisations, or that British Muslims are somehow trapped in identity purgatory, torn between Britishness and obligations to their faith.

The report separates fact from fiction when it comes to what Muslims broadly think and want. 69 per cent of those surveyed favour secular education, 91 per cent feel able to follow Islam freely in Britain and, despite what many organisations claiming to represent Muslim communities argue, they are comfortable with counter-extremism and radicalisation measures and programmes, including state-led initiatives.

Perhaps the most important take-home message of ‘Unsettled Belonging’ is that there is a huge gap between the lived reality of British Muslims (in all their diversity) and representations of them as individuals and communities. Those surveyed argued exactly that: groups such as The Muslim Council of Britain, which regularly claim to speak for all Muslims in the UK, enjoy only marginal support at 2 to 4 per cent from within Muslim communities.

Misrepresentation in the media is also a concern for Muslims. Only 34 per cent of survey responders said they trusted the BBC, the organisation considered the most trustworthy of mainstream media outlets.

Overall, Muslims do not feel represented, neither by traditional religious-community institutions nor the mainstream media. It isn’t difficult to conceive that this lack of representation and perceived misrepresentation fuels mistrust and suspicion, and therefore not unfathomable to imagine that British Muslims may look elsewhere for alternative narratives. Two concerns emerging from the report are that 26 per cent deny the existence of extremism. Conspiracy theories seem to resonate more with British Muslims than other groups.

Violent extremist groups have been quick to fill the vacuum and provide alternative narratives that not only feed the feeling of alienation brought on by a lack of representation, but also offer narratives that are compelling because of their ability to tie frustrations on the ground with cosmic outcomes.

The Policy Exchange report is, for its mundane findings that British Muslims are essentially no different than other British communities, groundbreaking. It has the power to change the narrative perpetuated by many who, deliberately or not, jeopardise the place and role of Muslims in Britain.

More than that, it offers a way forward. The report indicated almost half of British Muslims agree they should do more to tackle extremism. Perhaps reform of community and religious institutions so they better represent the needs, aspirations, opinions and diverse life choices of British Muslims is a good start. But violent extremism is not exclusively a British Muslim problem – the responsibility to do more falls on all of us, including those who have the capacity to disseminate representations of Muslims to a wider audience.

Now that we can all sigh a breath of relief and sleep better knowing British Muslims are more likely to be harbouring aspirations for their children to continue in the tradition of making positive contributions to British society than harbouring plots to destroy British values, perhaps a moment of national self-reflection is needed. What have we done to fuel the feeling of alienation that can quite often lead to violent extremism, and what can we do to foster better community cohesion? Those answers are the most important of all.

Saeida Rouass is Project Manager at the Quilliam Foundation  



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Angela Merkel calls for full-face veil ban in Germany



GERMANY: German chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a ban on full-face veils in the country, during a speech at her party's conference on Tuesday.

"The full veil is not appropriate here, it should be forbidden wherever that is legally possible. It does not belong to us," she said at the Christian Democratic Union

Her comments were met with sustained applause by the audience.

It's not the first time party leaders have proposed banning the Islamic dress, with Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere also calling for the veil to barred from public places in August.

"It does not fit into our society for us, for our communication, for our cohesion in the society.... This is why we demand you show your face," he said at the time.



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Drunk men screaming Trump’s name try to rip off Muslim student’s hijab



US: Straphangers stood by and watched as three drunk white men repeatedly screamed “Donald Trump!” and hurled anti-Islam slurs Thursday at a Muslim Baruch College student before trying to rip her hijab off of her head on an East Side subway, the woman told the Daily News.

Yasmin Seweid said she was stunned by the assault — and the fact that no one in the subway car came to her aid.

“It made me really sad after when I thought about it,” she said. “People were looking at me and looking at what was happening and no one said a thing. They just looked away.”

The terrified 18-year-old recounted her harrowing encounter with the hate-spewing trio.

“I heard them say something very loudly, something about Donald Trump ... I also heard them say the word terrorist and I sort of got a little scared,” Seweid told The News.

Seweid had left an event at Baruch and was on her way home on an uptown No. 6 platform at the 23rd St. and Park Ave. stop at about 10 p.m. Thursday when the men started taunting her, she said.

They hollered at the business major as she boarded a train.

They kept screaming Trump’s name at her, and then said, “Oh look, a (expletive) terrorist,” she said.

“Get the hell out of the country!” they yelled during the train ride. “You don’t belong here!”

Seweid, who was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to Egyptian parents, was shocked.

“I born and raised in this country,” she told The News. “I’m an American, you know?”

When Seweid ignored them, they pulled on her bag to get her attention and the strap broke.

NY Daily News


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Muslim comedian sits next to Eric Trump on trans-Atlantic flight



Washington, US: Mo Amer, an Arab American stand-up comedian, received an unbelievable gift of comic material when he found himself seated next to Eric Trump on a flight to Scotland on Thursday.

Amer, on his way to a leg of a comedy tour, shared a picture he took with Trump on Instagram, and described their conversation.

"Hey guys heading to Scotland to start the U.K. Tour and I am 'randomly' chosen to sit next to none other than Eric Trump," he wrote.

"Good news guys Muslims will not have to check in and get IDs. That's what I was told. I will be asking him a lot of questions on this trip to Glasgow, Scotland. Sometimes God just sends you the material. #Merica#UKTour #HumanAppeal#ThisisNotAnEndorsement#Trump2016ComedyTour"

Amer spoke to Buzzfeed about the experience with Trump -- who was reportedly flying to Scotland to check in on the Trump International Golf Links -- and said he talked about President-elect Donald Trump's proposals for a form of government registry for Muslims or immigrants from majority-Muslim countries.

"And I said -- just FYI I'm not getting that ID s*** done. You gonna really make my people get ID cards and all this? You know we're not doing this s***," Amer recounted telling Trump.

He said that Trump told him, "Come on man. You can't believe everything you read. Do you really think we're gonna do that?" 



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

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KB says: When you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen during the holidays and want a quick and easy but healthy lunch for the family, this would be an ideal choice, served with salad..

Tuna Bake


2 tins Tuna, any flavour but I prefer the mustard.
(In brine or spring water if you watching your weight remembering to drain out the liquid)
1 green pepper finely diced
1 large onion finely diced
¼ cup olive oil
10ml lemon juice
3 eggs
5 ml lemon pepper
½ cup of cheese
2 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp garlic flakes
½ cup milk
1 cup sifted chana/besan flour
1 tsp baking powder
Salt to taste
Chopped spinach


Beat together eggs and milk and add remaining ingredients.

Set half the mixture in an oven proof casserole dish, layer with the chopped spinach and top with remaining half of the mixture.


Sprinkle with slivered almonds, sesame seeds or poppy seeds or a mixture of all of the above, dot with butter and bake at 180degrees until light brown.

Cut into squares and serve hot with a sauce or lemon wedges as an entrée or with salad as a light lunch.


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TIP of the week…

Keep exercising during these upcoming holidays.


It’s a no-brainer - keep moving.

Just because everyone tends to slow down or go away to relax, renew, recoup; doesn’t mean take a break from exercise completely.

Studies show that regular physical activity will protect against an increase in fatty-tissue, even if you have been indulging in those favourite sweet treats.

Keep it simple and N-JOY!


Run after the kids, go cycling, take long walks on the beach…




My Health and Fitness

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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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Jallalludin was invited to a wedding.


When he reached the hotel, he found two doors with the following written on them...

1. Bride relatives
2. Groom relatives



He entered the groom designated door and found two doors again.

1. Ladies
2. Men

He entered the door for men and found two doors again.

1. People with gifts
2. People without gifts

He entered the second door (people without gifts).

He found himself outside the hotel.

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An Ayaat-a-Week




Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance you shall be grateful.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:185


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"It still holds true that man is most uniquely human

when he turns obstacles into opportunities.” 

~ Eric Hoffer


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Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
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Sisters Support Services -  On going Activities


Tafsir Class – By Umm Bilal. Held every Tuesday at 10am - Kuraby area


Halaqah – By Um Bilal. Held every Thursday & Saturday at 10am

( Saturdays  at Runcorn location)


Arabic classes – Taught by Umm Bilal Wednesdays  1 – 2pm Kuraby Masjid

Tuesdays  1 – 2pm  Kuraby area (after Tafsir Class)


Sisters Support Social Group -  1st Wednesday of every Month  - Kuraby Location


YOUTH GROUP- -   Muslimah Girls Youth Group for 10+ Girls

School Holiday Activites  -   Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

Amir Boys Club for Primary School Boys – MONTHLY & HOLIDAY ACTIVITES

Contact :  Farah 0432026375


We also run a volunteers group to assist Muslim women with food rosters and home visits for sisters who need support or are isolated.  We refer Sisters in need for counselling, accommodation, financial assistance and other relevant services.

To join our volunteer group or for any other details for activates please call the numbers below…

Aliyah :  0438840467                   Khadijah:   0449268375

Farah:    0432026375                   Iman :   0449610386



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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

For further information:
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Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
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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.

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Minutes from the QPS/Muslim Community Reference Group meeting held on
Monday 24 October 2016 at the Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB] are available here.

Next Meeting

Time: 7pm Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available. ALL WELCOME


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