Sunday, 16 April 2017


Newsletter 0649



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



The Reporting Islam Project, which was initiated to provide resources and best practice guidelines to journalists reporting on issues related to Muslims and Islam, convened its first meeting for 2017 with the Research Team and the Expert Advisory Panel appointed to provide independent advice to the project.


The Griffith University-based project is into its third year of funding from the QPS, and has a website, app and handbook to support its nationwide training workshops at which over 300 journalists, editors and students have participated thus far.


Expert Advisory Panel

  • Professor Mohamad Abdalla, Centre for Islamic Thought and Education

  • Marc Bryant, Hunter Institute of Mental Health

  • Michael Rose, Australian Press Council

  • Tasneem Chopra, Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights

  • Dr Mustafa Ally, OAM, Editor Crescents Community News (CCN)

  • Jonathan Holmes, former ABC Media Watch host

  • Bryce Johns, Australian Regional Media

  • Professor Lawrence Pintak, Washington State University

  • Professor Matthew Ricketson, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia

  • Paul Roberts, Fairfax Media

  • Associate Professor Verica Rupar, AUT University Auckland

  • Glenn Stanaway, News Corp Australia

  • Rochelle Zurnamer, Australian Communication and Media Authority

  • Mark Maley, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

  • Stefan Armbruster, Special Broadcasting Service

Research Team

  • Professor Mark Pearson

  • Associate Professor Jacqui Ewart

  • Dr Abdi Hersi (Project Leader)

  • Guy Healy

  • Dr Kate O’Donnell

  • Yasmin Khan

  • Hafsa Khan

  • Jillian Beard

  • Virginia Leighton-Jackson

  • Virginia Jones

  • Naseema Mustapha


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MAA's Riyaad Ally

"Alhamdulillah after two weeks of non-stop assessments, implementation, and monitoring of MAA's orphan aid, education, emergency relief, and water and sanitation projects for Syrian Refugees in Turkey, and Somalia, it's time to head home, inshaAllah, Riyaad Ally wrote on the MAA Facebook Page.

"A huge JazakAllah Kheir to the entire team; Mufti Zeeyad Ravat, Bahodur Ibrahim Umarov, Ahsan Ebrahimi, Muhammad Redzuan Àâã, and Fizar Zainal for taking time away from their families to help those less fortunate. May Allah reward them for all their efforts."

"Also another massive JazakAllah Kheir to all of our families for holding down the fort whilst we've been away!" he wrote.

"It's a huge blessing to be part of an amazing organisation and team who are making a real impact in the lives of those in need."


The Muslim Aid Team was in Somalia to implement the emergency distribution as part of their East Africa Famine Appeal.


They have joined forces with several NGO's and groups across Australia to respond to this crisis.

If you'd like to help provide essential food supplies to the desperate families in Somalia, visit





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Report by Dr Saifullah Akram


From 8 to 10 April, the Islamic Practice & Dawah Circle (IPDC) held its annual Youth Learning Camp / Spiritual Retreat.


This year the event was hosted by IPDC Queensland, at the Slacks Creek Mosque. Participants included youth from IPDC’s divisions in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. A total of around 70 youths attended the event.


There were various lectures and workshops aimed, which included teaching the youth how to deliver an effective presentation. A presentation was made by the Queensland Police Services, explaining how the youth can join the police forces.

The three day learning camp also included a number of competitions. These included Debating, Kuthbah, Project Presentation, as well as a Group Quiz Competition. The Winners and Runners Up were given various prizes including Islamic Books and technology accessories.

On the first day of the event the youth played soccer with Youth Connect Queensland at their new home ground of Oates Park in Woodridge. Day 2 included the finals of the debate competition. The Senior Division was won by the Team from NSW, while the Victorian Team won the Junior Division.

On the last day of the camp, the youth travelled to the Gold Coast, led by IPDC Queensland’s Imam Akram Buksh and Ustaad Abdul Samim Khan. The youth took part in various activities by the beach, including tug of war.

The camp was considered a success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the youth, as well as the adults involved in organising it.



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Muslimah Mind Matters workshop "Journaling Journey with Aunty Iqra" for young Muslimahs was held last Thursday at The Deck Cafe, Springwood.


For future workshops and live events in your city, contact 0451977786 or



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At the Movies with CCN: Finding Fatimah



Finding Fatimah - Official Trailer (2017)

Hitting cinemas across Britain, "Finding Fatimah" is the side-splitting-not-so-typical romantic comedy produced by British Muslim TV featuring one man's search for love while dealing with the demons of his past.


Too often the narrative of Islam in the media is negative, depressing or even dangerous - #FindingFatimah is the first feature film from a Muslim-led production house to be taken up by cinemas across the country that seeks to showcase positive, uplifting and entertaining narratives around British Muslims, celebrating the rich diversity our communities have to offer.

Finding Fatimah is a tale of one man’s struggle to find love against the odds.

All young Muslim Shahid (Danny Ashok) wants is to find a life partner but, after five years of trying, he is still struggling to find ‘The One’. The aspiring stand-up comedian is about to hit 30, and his printer business is grinding to a halt, but there's something else that is rendering him well and truly UN-dateable... he’s divorced.

And now his ‘divorced tag’ is all people see.

Using an online match-making site, Shahid sees no option but to select ‘never married’ on his profile, and when he falls for the bold and beautiful Dr Fatimah (Asmara Gabrielle), he must decide when and how to break the news.

Funny and heart-warming, Finding Fatimah is a hilarious look at the modern British Muslim dating scene.



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A single verse in the Koran is at the centre of an angry debate about a video produced by a group of Muslim women in Sydney. The women from radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir claim that Muslim men are allowed to hit their wives, but not to cause harm or pain.


ATIKA LATIFI, HIZB UT-TAHRIR: He is permitted, not obliged here or not encouraged, but he's permitted to hit her.

TRACY BOWDEN, REPORTER: At a recent gathering in Sydney's western suburbs, two women are explaining what the Koran says about the three measures to deal with wayward wives. A third option is hitting, as Reem Allouche and Atika Latifi demonstrate.

ATIKA LATIFI: Yeah. Actually, I've got a sivaak, you know, because I wanted to show, like, what a sivaak is. You know, it's a stick. It's a small stick, you know, used for cleaning the tea.

REEM ALLOUCHE, HIZB UT-TAHRIR: May I have the honour?

ATIKA LATIFI: Of course, yes. And, you know, Shafi'i jurist, he said, a coiled scarf.

REEM ALLOUCHE: A coiled scarf?

ATIKA LATIFI: That's another narration. And, you know, what kind of hitting is done with a coiled scarf?

REEM ALLOUCHE: So, we have a piece of fabric here, and it's to demonstrate...

ATIKA LATIFI: Yeah, and in other narration, he said, like, a coiled or a folded handkerchief.
7.30 - MUSLIM DV
REEM ALLOUCHE: I mean, it's very evident that this is symbolic in nature.

DR SUSAN CARLAND, MONASH UNIVERSITY: It's really unfortunate that a group of maybe 26 women in a room with their interpretation is somehow being touted as the mainstream Muslim opinion when it's not.

SHAYKH WESAM CHARKAWI, ISLAMIC SCHOLAR: The video is completely inaccurate and the video articulates a message that is in contravention with the principles of Islam.




The Project

Channel 10

The panel discuss the Muslim community speaking out against domestic violence





Break the Cycle - Domestic Violence 

The video features statements from Muslim religious leaders about the prohibition of domestic violence in Islam, demonstrating a united position and message.


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The Pauline Hanson calls for boycott of Cadbury Easter eggs 

One Nation senator Pauline Hanson has urged Australians to avoid Cadbury's halal-certified Easter eggs and chocolate.
In a video update about her progress with the Senate inquiry into third party food certification, Ms Hanson tells shoppers to boycott the Cadbury eggs and encourages them to buy from Swiss chocolate manufacturer Lindt or Darrell Lea instead.


A Tasmanian union has blasted Senator Pauline Hanson following her call for a boycott of Cadbury chocolate this Easter.

The One Nation leader took to Facebook this week to urge the public not to buy from manufacturers of halal-certified chocolate, including Cadburys, this Easter — warning that to do so would mean "financially supporting the Islamisation of Australia".

Senator Hanson said people should buy their chocolate from non-halal-certified makers such as Darrell Lea and Lindt and claimed some manufacturers were "misleading" customers by not labelling their products as halal-certified on the wrappers.

"Go and buy some non-halal Easter eggs and chocolate and have a very happy Easter everyone," she says in the video.

Tasmanian branch secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, John Short, said a reduction in Cadbury sales could affect the company's workers, including at its Claremont factory near Hobart.


"Any reduction in chocolate sales this Easter because of Senator Hanson's irresponsible comments directly threatens the jobs of our members and we call on the public to ignore her," Mr Short said.


"She [Pauline Hanson] talks about Australians, she talks about Australian jobs, but she's putting these jobs at risk.

"We want to make sure that people buy that product because it is Australian-made by Australians."

Mr Short said 12 Tasmanian workers lost their jobs last year after Cadbury decided to shut down its visitor centre.

"We have about 400 or 500 workers in Tasmania whose job rely on Cadbury," he said.

"She [Senator Hanson] should be putting her effort into making sure that jobs like Cadbury workers' jobs are safe and secure."

'Buy what tastes good'
Senator Hanson's call received a mixed reaction from the audience of the ABC Hobart Facebook page.

Stephen Darcey Denehey said that "as a Christian I do not buy Cadburys because part of their profits go to build mosques".

"If Cadbury were to give the same amount of money annually to Christian churches I would buy their products but since they don't I shall continue supporting Lindt, a business that does not give money to build mosque," he said.

Jason Reilly declared he would be "buying what tastes good".


"Does it really matter whether the product is vegan, kosher, halal, diet, organic, any other quality you care to name?"

Catherine McGlead suggested "maybe if Pauline ate more chocolate she'd chill a bit. Something about releasing endorphins".

Meanwhile Cassandra Jennings came up with a brilliant plan.

"There's just been a national recall [of chocolate eggs] announced. I'll have a couple of collection points set up in the next few hours," she posted.

Source: ABC



Toowoomba Muslims invite Hanson to eat halal Easter eggs with them

A MUSLIM leader has challenged politician Pauline Hanson to visit the Toowoomba mosque after her controversial call for a boycott of halal-certified Easter eggs.

A video of the One Nation leader speaking about an alleged "halal tax" on the community went viral on social media recently.

She argued Australians shouldn't pay a "tax" on foods for Muslims, who make up a little over 2% of the population.

The One Nation leader urged consumers to buy Darrell Lea or Lindt Easter eggs and called for a boycott of Cadbury, which was later criticised by unions.

Halal Australia is the certifying body and said fees paid were used to maintain the normal costs of running a registered business.

There have been claims that the money is used to fund terrorism or violent politically-motivated religious organisations, but that was rejected by Halal Australia.

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre told the ABC there was no information to indicate there were links to terrorism financing from halal certification fees. That opinion was backed by the Australian Crime Commission which reported no proven links to terrorism.

The amount of money collected has not been disclosed but one company, the Byron Bay Cookie Company, reportedly said the fee was about $1,500.

Dr Shahjahan Khan, founding president of the Toowoomba Islamic Society, explained that the majority of food available in Australia was naturally halal, and that some products were labelled to enable consumers to easily buy products that are permissible.

He said the word halal simply meant "permissible", the opposite of which is haram, or forbidden.

Dr Khan said items that were haram included alcohol, blood and meat from forbidden animals including pigs and carnivorous animals or birds.

To be halal meat must be slaughtered in the correct manner in the name of Allah.

Muslims are allowed to eat food that is "kosher" under Jewish dietary laws, Dr Khan said.

He added pigs were anatomically similar to humans and their organs were at times used in transplants.

"You don't want to eat the meat of your cousin."

Dr Khan likened the certification to gluten free, vegan and heart foundation standards.

Source: The Chronicle


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Sonny Bill Williams will not wear the logos of banks, alcohol or gambling companies

New Zealand World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams will not have to wear Auckland Blues' kit that includes specific logos.

Williams' Muslim faith means that he objects to wearing clothing that markets banks, alcohol and gambling companies.

He taped over a logo for BNZ (Bank of New Zealand) on his Blues kit for last weekend's Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders.

And New Zealand Rugby and the Blues have now agreed to Williams' request that BNZ advertising and a logo for finance company Investec be removed from his kit.

Williams already has a conscientious objection clause in his contract with New Zealand Rugby that means he is not asked to carry out sponsorship commitments with companies involved in finance, gambling, tobacco or finance.

In a statement issued through New Zealand Rugby, reported by several media outlets, Williams said: "I want to be clear that this is nothing personal against the BNZ or Investec.

"My objection to wearing clothing that markets banks, alcohol and gambling companies is central to my religious beliefs, and it is important to me to have been granted this exemption.

"As I learn more, and develop a deeper understanding of my faith, I am no longer comfortable doing things I used to do.

"So while a logo on a jersey might seem like a small thing to some people, it is important to me that I do the right thing with regards to my faith and hope that people respect that.

"I want to thank the Blues and New Zealand Rugby for working with me through this matter over the last couple of days, and respecting my religion and accommodating my request."

Source: RTE



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In an effort to keep young guys away from radical internet propaganda, Sheikh Haisam Farache is teaching them how to surf.

“I was at the airport,” remembers Sheikh Haisam Farache.

“The federal police followed me back to my van. They wanted to search it. I said, ‘Yeah, no worries’. I had this long, silver torpedo-looking thing and they all jumped back, ‘What's that? What's that?’”

It was his surfboard bag.

Haisam is a family lawyer by day, an Islamic preacher by night, and a die-hard wave chaser at weekends.

The airport isn’t the only place where Haisam feels all eyes are on him. When he rocks up to Sydney’s Maroubra Beach with a crew of young Islamic guys from his Mosque, he’s the centre of attention.

“I get heaps of weird looks, people freaking out. They're like, ‘who’s this bloke?’”

But the worried looks don’t faze him. He’s a man on a mission. Haisam is using surfing to counter terrorism.

“It’s giving students a chance to be able to understand their faith and to understand the Australian way of life.

“Even though these young people are Muslims, their knowledge about Islam is actually quite limited.”

Haisam is concerned that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. He’s concerned that bored, impressionable young Muslims in his community could be radicalised by internet propaganda.

Of course, the constant stream of anti-Islam antagonism – like Pauline Hanson’s comment, “Islam is a disease. We need to vaccinate ourselves against that” – doesn’t help young people feel included in the broader Australian community.

“Of course there's anger. Of course there's frustration, of course there's hurt.”

But Haisam’s approach is to temper his community’s outrage and channel their energies.

“I pray for her. I pity her,” says Haisam.

For so many young Muslim Australians, their experience of being in a minority is feeling trapped. And that’s why surfing is a natural fit. Treading water out beyond the break is a great place for free-flowing conversation. “It's freedom, being in the swell is freedom,” says Haisam.



No shying away from Sharia

Using surfing as a teaching aid is unusual, but pretty uncontroversial. Something people do find disturbing about Haisam, however, is his belief in Sharia Law.

“In a nutshell the way Sharia is being used in Australia is more like a moral code of conduct than a set of laws. And many Muslims in Australia live according to that code everyday settling some matters outside of the court system by agreement.

“As long as we don't oust the jurisdiction of the courts, we don't oust the jurisdiction of the law, anybody is entitled to agree on anything they want. So you can't agree on murder because it's illegal.

“If I'm a person that's assisting the courts, assisting the Australian legal system by settling disputes by Sharia then I should be a person that's lauded. I'm taking people out of the court system. I'm saving resources, [saving] taxpayers’ money, that's how I look at it. And that is a benefit to the whole of Australia.”


Source: SBS



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SOUTH AUSTRALIA: The new $2.3 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital will open this year with a prayer room for Muslims but without a “chapel” after ­bureaucrats opted for a “spiritual care” area to cater for “multiple faiths”.

The move has angered Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi, who says Aus­tralians are “sick and tired” of ­accommodating a minority religion while undermining Christian traditions and heritage.

The hospital’s new “spiritual care” room is a departure from other major hospitals in the state, including the Queen Elizabeth and Flinders Medical Centre, which have chapels.

A chapel and a separate prayer space for Muslims exist at the current Royal Adelaide Hospital, while the Women’s and Children’s Hospital has recently opened a “sacred space” for all ­religions.

South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling, a key figure in Labor’s Catholic right faction, told The Australian yes­terday in a brief statement that arrangements for the chapel at the new hospital “are the same as they are at the current RAH (Royal Adelaide Hospital)’’.

However, the new hospital is yet to be opened and SA Health has spruiked its still unveiled ­religious areas as “a dedicated space for private, individual or group prayer, meditation and quiet reflection” on level three of the vast building. Both spaces — the prayer room and the spiritual care area — are understood to be devoid of religious symbols.

The prayer room has separate washing facilities for men and women, and compass points to show the direction of Mecca.

Senator Bernardi, a South Australian, said the new hospital’s arrangement was “everything that’s wrong” with the approach to integrate other cultural groups, and the prayer room was “clearly designed for Islam”.

Separate washing areas were “all the symbolism I need that this is tailor-made to accommodate to a tiny minority’’, he said yesterday. “We’re bending over to ­appease a minority for fear of causing offence while undermining our tradition and heritage.

“In a hospital environment, catering to all faiths is important, but what’s happened here is all faiths are supposed to share the space except for those of Islam, who once again want to exclude themselves and be granted ­special status.

“If you’re going to give priority to a particular faith, it should be to the Christian faith because that’s the overwhelmingly dominant ethos and part of our cultural ethos.”

The 2011 census showed that 61.1 per cent of Australians identified as Christian and 2.2 per cent as Muslim, with the Christian majority higher in South ­Australia.

The Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth has a multi-faith prayer room and a dedicated room for the Muslim community. Similar facilities are planned for the delayed new $1.2bn Perth Children’s Hospital, not expected to open until later this year.

Perth church leaders lobbied the then Barnett Liberal government in 2015 for a Christian chapel to be built at the Perth Children’s Hospital. Now retired Anglican Archbishop Roger Herft called the Perth hospital’s multi-faith centre “an empty shell for people who are grasping for hope”.

Muslims Australia president Kayser Trad said Senator Bernardi’s concerns were “further evidence of (his) paranoia and narrow-minded bigotry”. He said decisions about prayer spaces related to the needs of the hospital’s demographic, with Muslims requiring wash facilities for a variety of limbs, including feet.

“Many non-Muslims find using a wash basin to wash the feet objectionable,’’ Mr Trad said.

Anglican Diocese of Adelaide administrator Bishop Tim Harris said he understood the new hospital provided areas that would be “genuinely multi-faith’’.

“While the Christian presence is still significant, and numerically still the majority, we recognise we are no longer living in times of the church receiving privileged status in public space, nor do we seek such privileged or priority treatment in publicly funded facilities.’’

The Australian


UPDATE: SA government says a multi-faith space in the new $2.3 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital would be called a chapel



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The Little Seeds children’s charity program is a fun and educational initiative by Muslim Aid Australia to inspire children to help those less fortunate around the world.

All children who sign up will become members of the Little Seeds Program and subject to availability, be eligible to receive an awesome charity pack to help support and develop them into little humanitarians.

The best part? All funds raised by your child will be used to develop specific Little Seeds projects such as water wells, education for children, sponsoring orphans, and many other amazing projects in Australia and around the world. So don't wait - sign up your child to the Little Seeds program today!

Little Seeds charity packs are limited in availability so get in quick!




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Islamic Relief presents an all day event exploring the significance of claiming your Islamic identity by focussing on empowerment, personal and spiritual development.


The Mind, Body & Soul workshop is a child friendly event designed for WOMEN OF ALL AGES.

Date & Time: Saturday 22 April, 10AM - 6PM

Address: Islamic College of Brisbane @ 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha QLD, 4117.

Cost: $20 Registration via the Islamic Relief Website:

Registration fee includes Lunch, Afternoon Tea & Resource Material.

Final day to register is Thursday 20 April.

Please contact 0456 426 523 or 0424 447 778 for more information.



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Words by Jana Wendt, Photos by Tim Bauer



Ed Husic is known to some as 'the minister for basketball', to others as the first federal MP sworn in on the Quran. He became the first ever Muslim frontbencher under Kevin Rudd. What next for an outspoken Gen Xer with a friend on the wrong side of parliament?


(Continued from last week's CCN)


When I ask why he is so often referred to as “non-practising”, Husic answers with what I take to be a well-worn lament: “That was the dumbest thing I’ve said in public life”. While there may be people who are “much more observant than I am”, Husic says, “there’s no way I’m walking away from the fact that I’m Muslim.”

The denial is another waystation along the potholed campaign trail of 2004. “This was in the aftermath of September 11… memories were fresh. I described myself as non-practising. As if it was going to make people feel more comfortable!”

Ex-politician Kristina Kenneally, whose adherence to her Catholic faith was scrutinised when she was propelled into the Premier’s chair in New South Wales seven years ago, says she and Husic have discussed the riddle of religious identity and political life.

“Say loudly and clearly that violence and terrorism are not valid means of political expression – terrorism is murder.”

“You suddenly become the spokesperson for a whole faith, a whole group of people, and that can be inconvenient,” says Kenneally. “It can be an opportunity. It can be weird. It does take a long time for you to be comfortable.”

Keneally claims being fitted up with the role can be perplexing: “You might have an ambiguous or contentious relationship to your faith at times.”

How to deal with the issue of Muslim extremism, and also Muslim grievance is a test for any contemporary politician. It is a tripwire for an MP professing Islam. In a speech after the 2004 loss, Husic told the Sydney Institute that Muslims “should say loudly and clearly that violence and terrorism are not valid means of political expression – terrorism is murder. Say it without caveat.”  




Source: SBS



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A compelling photo series that explores the Muslim faith in Indigenous Australia, visually breaking down preconceived ideas and showing a rich and diverse section of Australian culture

The National Census reported that 1,140 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians identify as Muslim. This figure has grown significantly in the last 15 years, almost doubling that of what was recorded in 2001. While Muslim conversion and identification is growing in Indigenous communities, there is already a long standing history with Islam.

Dating as far back as the early 1700s, influences came from Asian neighbours who worked, traded and socialised with First Nations’ people; Afghan and Indian cameleers in Central Australia, Malay pearl divers in the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula, and Indonesian fisherman in the Top End.

More recently, Indigenous people have become drawn to Islam independently, interested in its guiding principles, spiritual beliefs and the cultural parallels between the faith and traditional Aboriginal culture. However, each journey is as diverse as the people themselves.

In an 2012 interview boxing great, Anthony Mundine was asked about the portrayal of him in the media, to which he replied, “I’m three things that you shouldn’t be in this society, and that’s Muslim, Aboriginal and outspoken.”

Reflecting on Mundine’s powerful words and the preconceptions of minority groups, we consider national identity. NITV would like to thank the participants, those who are who are dedicated to their faith and simultaneously committed to keeping culture strong, for inviting us into their homes and sharing their stories with us.


(Continued from last week's CCN)


Wiradjuri mother, Khadija began her journey searching for spiritual fulfillment in the late-1970s when Islam was making news. Her daughter, Shifaa, also a proud Wiradjuri woman, was born in Syria and raised Muslim in Australia.




Source: SBS



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With 11 February declared the international day for women in science, its a chance to celebrate the contributions of Muslim scientists.


Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) has said: “Seeking knowledge is a mandate for every Muslim (male and female).”


These women have embodied this and shown the world what it means to be an active achiever and mover of the world in which we live.


CCN brings you one of these scientists each week from different parts of the world.


(Continued from last week's CCN)


Saudi Arabia: Dr Hayat Al Sindi


Dr Hayat Sindi is a Saudi Biotechnologist from Makkah. She was the first woman from the Middle East to hold a PhD in Biotechnology. She was also head hunted to join George Whitesides’ famous laboratory. Sindi co-founded ‘Diagnostics-For-All,’ which aims to bring easier technology to developing countries. She raised money for the project by winning the prestigious Harvard Enterprise Competition and the $100,000 MIT award, attracting a further $10m from Bill Gates.

“When I came to Cambridge I was told by a famous scientist that I would fail because I am female and religion doesn’t go with science. I want to tell women scientists around the world – not just Muslims – that we should cross bridges and find the good in people. I want women to believe in themselves. I want to tell the whole world: do not let people belittle your dreams, if you believe in who you are, go for it.”


Source: The Muslim Vibe


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Most reactions speak as if the truth and reality of violence against women is something only Muslims need to learn

Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir video is alarming – and based on misconception

Joumanah El Matrah

When it comes to experiences of violence, Muslim women are one of the most analysed and debated groups in the Australian public space. Their suffering is the location from which xenophobic vitriol directed against Muslims becomes respectable public comment.

This week, “Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir” released a video appearing to support the use of violence by men against women in marriage. Once again, this has drawn the usual outrage and elevated the group’s view to be representative of Muslim communities generally. And with this comes the cruel demand that Muslim community leaders rush into the public space to prove that Islam and Muslims do not condone violence against women – this dynamic is one by which Muslims must prove that they have a right to belong in Australia.

There is no assumption that Muslims might find those views abhorrent.

There are many appropriate ways to have responded to the video by Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Treating it as representative of the Muslim community is not one. Nor is printing a Qur’anic verse for circulation – as The Sydney Morning Herald did – to a public that cannot possibly understand the context of a sacred text, translated from an ancient form of Arabic, compiled in the society of the 7th-century Arabian Peninsula.

It is provocative and reckless to print an incorrect translation of a Qur’anic verse in an environment where significant levels of racism are directed at Muslims.

The verse which is the subject of the video, and the reason and way in which it is misinterpreted I will come back to later, but – as a Muslim woman – I want that video, promoting violence through its misrepresentation of the reality of intimate partner abuse, removed from Facebook. That would be one appropriate response.

Another appropriate response is to contextualise and identify the views being expressed. Many Muslim community leaders have already come out, including more conservative religious leaders, rejecting any form of violence against women as religiously justified. In addition to a video, there is also a media statement by leading community organisations and actors. Hizb ut-Tahrir are not the holders of Muslim truth they consider themselves to be.  .


The Guardian


Pauline Hanson Demands Cadbury’s Removes The Turkish From Their Turkish Delight (LOL)

Pauline Hanson claims chocolate company Cadbury’s is bowing down to Islamic extremists by continuing to sell Turkish Delight Easter eggs.

“Cadbury’s is making a mockery of the tradition of Easter which is a holy Christian holiday that celebrates when Jesus invented chocolate,” said senator Hanson. “I’m pretty sure the Bible doesn’t mention bilbies either, though I haven’t read all of it yet, especially the part about loving your fellow man as Jesus loved us.”

“We thought we’d get away with renaming Aussie Delight as Turkish Delight to appease our backers in the Caliphate,” admitted Cadbury’s chief of halal fundraising Ray Flake. “Now that Pauline is onto us we’ll have to find another way to raise the cash to keep ISIS afloat.”

Pauline Hanson has also expressed outrage at the sale of Mars Bar Easter eggs.

“Please explain why we’re importing chocolates from Mars when we could be buying them from Earth and keeping the jobs on our own planet,” said the One Nation leader. “Woe betide Cadbury’s if they try to rename Snack as Snack Pack.”



The (un) Australian


Explanation of Quran 4:34 Wife beating in Islam
By Massod Ahmed: Administrator & Co Founder

Do Muslims stand for wife-beating?

A one sentence answer is: It is an Islamophobic narrative. Actual problem of Domestic violence is not a Muslim-issue at all. Interestingly, it is a Western-issue. Domestic violence in Australia kills 1 women a week thru the year and in the USA it is at the rate of 3 killed each day. It is as we can see a plague within Western societies. The media has been very successful to make it sound, like it is a Muslim-issue. It is appalling that some Muslim organisation fall prey and feel obliged to explain this by quoting 6th century expose of using a Siwak (natural tooth brush) implying mere symbolism. When Quran uses the term to beat, it means beating. Period. Of-course not to the point of inflicting harm. But, perhaps to show full-dislike in any matter in this context.


Solution for Peace


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 Malala Yousafzai becomes Honorary Canadian

Now This Politics

Malala Yousafzai just gave a speech to Canada’s parliament after she became an honorary citizen







Muslim-American Congressional Candidate


Muslim-American political candidate shuts down a journalist







Andrew Bolt quizzes Kirralie Smith on weapons in Mosques

Sky News







Looking for work wearing a hijab
The Guardian


Three Muslim women in Spain, The Netherlands and the UK talk about their experiences of looking for work while wearing a hijab. 





Pope Francis kisses feet of migrants
Channel 4 News


Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 Muslim, Catholic and Hindu refugees at the start of the Easter weekend. On Good Friday, he used his traditional address to criticise the West's "anaesthetised conscience" on the migrant crisis.






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Friday khutbah (sermon)

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DATE: 14 April 2017

TOPIC"The Dangers of Pride & Arrogance (Kibir)"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










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DATE: 14 April 2017

TOPIC: "Prohibition of Terrorism and Violent Extremism"

IMAM: Ahmad Muhammad Naffaa








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TOPIC"How to qualify for the help of Allah"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



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Facing Down The Taliban, One Orchestra Performance at a Time



AFGHANISTAN: When Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast first returned to Afghanistan in 2005 after some 15 years in asylum, he heard deafening silence.

Music, once a vibrant staple of Afghan culture, had been brutally stamped out under Taliban rule. And the new government and U.S.-led coalition that chased the Taliban out of power hadn’t brought it back. “It was my biggest surprise,” he told Foreign Policy in an interview at FP’s Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi. “After all these millions from the international community pouring into Afghanistan and its education, there was no plan whatsoever to promote music.”

So he hatched a plan.

That plan turned into the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. It’s a music school open to all Afghan children including orphans, disadvantaged children, and perhaps most controversially, girls. (It’s still one of the country’s only institutes to teach both boys and girls in the same classroom). In its seven years of existence, the Institute has become a national symbol of hope and success, an antidote to extremism and despair, and a potent weapon against the Taliban.

His ensembles and orchestras have performed around the world, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the glitzy World Economic Forum in Switzerland. And his ambition earned him the unofficial title of “the man who brought music back to Afghanistan.”


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Muslim woman stabbed and beaten after attacker tries to tear off her hijab


"He threw me on the floor then he beat me like an animal... I said to myself, "I am going to die today for sure"


The attack occurred as the victim left morning prayers at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin


US: A Muslim woman has been attacked by a stranger who tried to tear off her hijab, stabbed her and beat her when she resisted.

The anonymous victim was treated in hospital after the assault, which took place as she walked home from morning prayers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Though police are investigating, no arrests have been made, according to local FOX6 News.

"I said to myself, 'I am going to die today for sure,'" the victim told the local news station. "So he gets up from the car and told me to come here. He said to take my hijab, my scarf.

"I tried to fight him. 'Don't take my hijab,' you know? So he threw me on the floor then he beat me like an animal."

The attacker fled the scene of the crime, close to the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. The religious organisation is based in the Town of Lake suburb, close to General Mitchell International Airport.

There are an estimated 10- to 15,000 Muslims worshipping across the wider county of Milwaukee, according to religious leaders.

Munjed Ahmad, a spokesperson for the society, told FOX6 News: "Nothing was stolen. There was no robbery. Her valuables remain with her.

"The only motive we can think of – because everything stayed with her and this individual went straight for her scarf – is a hate crime."



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British DJ sentenced to year in Tunisian jail for Muslim call to prayer remix


Dax J has apologised for the incident, saying: ‘It was never my intention to cause offence.'


TUNISIA: Berlin-based Dax J who left Tunisia after incident was charged with public indecency and offending public morality

A British DJ has been sentenced to a year in jail by a Tunisian court after he played a remix recording of the Muslim call to prayer in a nightclub.

The London-born Dax J, who left Tunisia after last weekend’s incident, was charged with public indecency and offending public morality, said Ylyes Miladi, a spokesman of a court in the town of Grombalia.

Tunisian authorities shut down the nightclub in the north-east town of Nabeul and began an investigation after a video, widely shared on social media, showed clubbers dancing to music that included the call to prayer, sparking a storm of debate.

“We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred,” the governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, said when the club was shut down.

The event was part of Orbit festival, near the popular resort of Hammamet, and two European DJs played at the party. Organisers apologised but said they took no responsibility for the offensive tune.

“Dax J is English and played the track recently in Europe,” they said, adding that he did not realise “it might offend an audience from a Muslim country like ours”.

The DJ also apologised. “I want to offer my sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by music that I played at Orbit festival in Tunisia on Friday,” Dax J said. “It was never my intention to upset or cause offence to anybody.”

The court dismissed charges against the nightclub owner and an organiser of the event in the coastal resort, but the prosecution has appealed saying the two should have checked what the DJ would be playing.

Tunisia’s religious affairs ministry has said: “Mocking the opinions and religious principles of Tunisians is absolutely unacceptable.”

It is unlikely that the Berlin-based Dax J, who has performed at festivals all over the world, including Glastonbury, will serve any time in prison.



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Muslim student who has dedicated life to fighting religious extremism is banned from returning to US


Zia Shah was turned away at Karachi airport on his way back to the United States


US: A Fulbright scholar at the University of Chicago went home to visit his parents in Pakistan for the winter holidays. In an interview with The Independent, he describes how he tried to go back and resume his studies but was told he was no longer welcome.

For Zia Shah, being awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at the University of Chicago was a dream come true. But having given up his job educating Pakistani schoolchildren about religious tolerance, and after just one term of studies in the US, that dream was snatched away.

Zia was enrolled at Chicago at the start of this academic year, and returned home to visit his proud parents during the winter holidays. On 4 January, he made his way to the airport in his home town of Karachi, only to find he’d been prohibited from flying back to the United States to continue his course.

Airport staff said they had received a “confidential email” from the US which blocked him from returning to continue his religious studies degree – which was being sponsored by the American government.

“At that moment I was in disbelief,” Shah tells The Independent. “I thought all my efforts had gone to waste, and everything was falling apart. This couldn’t be real.”

Shah is not the type of person you expect to see on a watch list: a 25-year-old student with ambitions of teaching children about the peacefulness of divinity.

In 2014 he was given funding from the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) to set up Ravvish, a social enterprise that runs workshops for young students on different faiths and beliefs.



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Muslim Egyptians donate blood to deadly church blast victims


Egyptians donate blood for those injured in Sunday's blast

EGYPT: Egyptian men and women rushed to mosques in Tanta to donate blood for people injured in Sunday’s deadly blast, which struck the Coptic Christian Church earlier in the day.

Mohammed Ahmad Hassan, a Tanta resident, said loudspeakers were used to call on people in the city to head to mosques and donate blood to help those injured by the attack. The call came bloods stocks at the hospitals were beginning to run out.

And he added said that it seemed a large proportion of those responding were mostly Muslim.

Hassan added that hundreds of blood bags were being delivered to blood banks and the General Hospital where the injured were being treated.







Egypt bombing: Tributes pour in for hijabi police officer who died trying to protect Christians


Nagwa Abdel-Aleem is thought to be the first woman to lose her life while serving Egypt's police force

55-year-old Nagwa Abdel-Aleem was one of three officers to lose their lives in Palm Sunday bombings claimed by Isis

Egyptians have been paying their respects to a woman police officer who died when she stopped an Isis suicide bomber from entering a Coptic Church in Alexandria.

At least 44 people were killed in two bombings targeting Egypt’s Christian minority on Sunday - the first at St George's Church in Tanta, about 60 miles (100 kilometres) north of Cairo, followed by the explosion during Mass at Alexandria’s Saint Mark’s Cathedral.

Nagwa Abdel-Aleem, 55, was guarding the entrance to the church when the suicide bomber attempted to pass her security check. Unable to proceed any further, he detonated the bomb at the main gate. It is thought the attacker's primary target was Pope Tawadros II, who had left the site a few minutes earlier.

Ms Abdel-Aleem is the first woman to die in the line of duty in Egypt’s police force. Egyptian media reported that one of Ms Abdel-Aleem’s two sons, also a police officer, also died in the incident.

Pictures of her alongside her husband, an army lieutenant, have been widely circulated on social media, along with messages of thanks and blessings.

“Muslim police officer in a hijab lost her life defending Alexandria's Coptic Cathedral. Don't judge people by what they wear. Actions count,” one tribute on Twitter read.



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IVogue model killed for dressing indecently: family


Maldivian model Raudha Athif's body was found in Bangladesh in March.


BANGLADESH: The family of Vogue cover girl Raudha Athif, 20, has claimed her apparent suicide was staged by Muslim extremists who killed her for wearing revealing clothing.

The body of Ms Athif, a model and medical student, was found hanging by a noose in her female-only dormitory at Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshani, Bangladesh on March 29.

An autopsy ruled her death a suicide.

But her father, Dr Mohamed Athif, has posted a stream of messages online alleging his daughter was murdered and demanding a criminal investigation.



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Itikaf in Masjid-e-Nabawi and Masjid-al-Haram


SAUDI ARABIA: The Presidency of Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has launched an online informative portal for giving guidelines and registration facility to those Muslims who willing to perform Itikaf during month of Ramadan.


Every year presidency made special arrangements for worshipers performing itikaf. This portal support 5 languages which helps to understand the Guidelines in better way.

In Masjid al Haram basement area is allotted for itikaf, separate shelves and safes were made. Each worshipers is given with own key for locking of their belongings securely. Only one prayer rug, pillow, light bed sheets and 2 ihram dress.

The timing of itikaf start on 20th ramazan and end after Isha prayer onn eve of Eid ul Fitr.

These are some of Guide Lines Given on Website:

- Always try to maintain cleanliness of Mosque
- Try not to discuss things in loud voices in mosque.
- Avoid things creates disturbance for worshipers.
- Try not to bring extra luggage in mosque.
- Perform and stay in area designated for itikaf.
- Not hang dresses on the corridors or the pillars of the mosque.
- Do not sleep in places of praying area during night prayer thajjud,
- It is good to take medicines of infection. flu and fever with yourself.
- Air conditioning facility is available in Masjid.
- Keep miswak and don’t bring bags/suitcases as these were not allowed only bring plastic bags to carry your luggage.

- The food is available during seheri and Iftar outside the mosque so don’t need to bring any food storage.

- Must bring cash as if you want buy some food and other stuff shops outside of mosque.

- Keep tissues with yourself.
- Try to reach as soon as possible to start your itikaf it is good to reach 1 day before. In this way you get time to understand itikaf guidelines practically.


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Muslims in Birmingham defy EDL rally with 'Best of British' tea party


'We are all united and they will not be able to divide us and create hatred,' says mosque leader


UK:  Officials at a mosque have answered the "hatred and division" of an English Defence League (EDL) rally by hosting a "best of British" tea party.

The open-to-all gathering at Birmingham's Central Mosque, which saw the building decked out with Union Flag bunting, was organised in response to an EDL event being held on Saturday in the city centre.

Originally earmarked to take place in the East Midlands, the EDL demonstration was switched to Birmingham after the Westminster terror attack to highlight what the group describes as a "continued increase in Islamic terrorism" linked to the city.

The rally – condemned by Birmingham's political leaders in a cross-party statement – is also said by the EDL to be a reaction to the city's so-called Trojan Horse schools inquiry.

Speaking to more than 100 guests at the tea party, which started two hours before the EDL event, Birmingham Central Mosque's chairman Muhammed Afzal said local people would remain united irrespective of their religion or race.

In a Facebook message posted prior to the party, Mr Afzal said: "When the English Defence League is protesting and trying to divide the community, we are holding this party just to prove to them that Birmingham is a multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith community.

"We are all united and they will not be able to divide us and create hatred."

The West Midlands' elected Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, also attended the party.

Claiming the EDL was bringing "little more than division" to the region, Mr Jamieson said: "We are here today to celebrate the things that Brummies and English people hold in common.

"The English Defence League are spreading a message of hatred. They have come from outside Birmingham and they don't understand our values."

Birmingham Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne also addressed those who gathered to chat over cake, tea and coffee at the mosque.

The Labour MP told party-goers: "Today this is how we protest – by celebrating the quiet miracle of a normal life and the things that we love most about our city and about our country.

"Getting together as friends, getting together as neighbours, breaking a bit of Victoria sponge and having a cup of tea. That is a potent, powerful message that we will send to those who seek to divide us."



The Independent


Photo of Saffiyah Khan defying EDL protester in Birmingham goes viral


Birmingham who smiled in defiance at English Defence League protester becomes symbol of city standing up to far-right group

A photograph showing a young woman smiling bemusedly at an incensed English Defence League protester has been widely shared as a symbol of Birmingham’s defiance in the face of the far right.

The image, which has been shared thousands of times on social media, was captured during a demonstration by the far-right group in Birmingham city centre on Saturday. It shows an EDL protester Ian Crossland staring into the eyes of the young woman, who is looking back at him unfazed. A police officer appears to be restraining Crossland.



The woman pictured has been identified as Saffiyah Khan, who is from Birmingham. Her family has links to Bosnia and Pakistan. She said the picture was taken when she stepped in to defend a woman wearing a hijab, who had been surrounded by a group of the protesters after she called them racists.

“She was quite a small woman,” Khan said. “When I realised that nothing was being done [by police] and she was being surrounded 360, that’s when I came in as well.” She described the man who confronted her as “an angry man having a bit of a rant”.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Khan said the best responses she has had from the photograph were from people who had got in touch to tell her how the picture had personally affected them. “I’ve had lots of stories about [people’s] daughters being affected and how they see me as a role model,” she said.



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Between God and the Sultan: A History of Islamic Law

Knut S. Vikør



The contrast between religion and law has been continuous throughout Muslim history. Islamic law has always existed in a tension between these two forces: God, who gave the law, and the state--the sultan--representing society and implementing the law.


This tension and dynamic have created a very particular history for the law--in how it was formulated and by whom, in its theoretical basis and its actual rules, and in how it was practiced in historical reality from the time of its formation until today. That is the main theme of this book.

Knut S. Vikor introduces the development and practice of Islamic law to a wide readership: students, lawyers, and the growing number of those interested in Islamic civilization.


He summarizes the main concepts of Islamic jurisprudence; discusses debates concerning the historicity of Islamic sources of dogma and the dating of early Islamic law; describes the classic practice of the law, in the formulation and elaboration of legal rules and practice in the courts; and sets out various substantive legal rules, on such vital matters as the family and economic activity.




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KB says: This batter recipe will serve as a great coating for your next fish, chicken or onion rings serving. You can use it on onion rings and add garlic and onion salt, and it will stay crispy until the last bite. You can also serve the fish with tartare sauce and the chicken with sweet chilli sauce.


1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
½ cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
Add milk and water slowly and beat until batter is smooth.
Dip fish, chicken or onion into batter, allow excess to drip off.
Deep fry until golden brown.

Recipe notes

You can add freshly cracked black pepper or lemon pepper to the dry ingredients for an extra kick.

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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )




Princess Lakshman


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Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, week we will explore the topic “Respect and Understand Your Children”.

Children often do as we do, not as we say. It is vital that we respect and understand them first before we expect them to respect and understand us. As parents, we may have the benefit of age, experience and sometimes vocabulary, however, we too are children at our core of being and we have the ability to relate to most or all of the emotional ups and downs that our children experience daily.

Respect and Understand Your Children

We expect our children to respect us. The real question is: Do we respect our children? What do we say or do in order to display it?
Respecting anyone means to have regard for their feelings, rights and wishes.
When you respect, you are one step closer to understanding. When you understand someone, there is no room for assumptions or accusations.

Take a moment and ask yourself when was the last time you displayed regard for your child’s feelings, rights and wishes? How did you display it?

Having an attitude of respect and understanding is not the same as practising them. As parents, it is vital that children actually see us practising respectful words and respectful actions to them and others.

10 ways to display respect and understanding

1. Talk to them. Put away your gadgets, look them in the eye and connect with them verbally. A great way to start is to ask an open ended question which invites an elaborate answer. For example, “What were some of the things that you did or that happened today that made it a wonderful day for you?
2. Listen when they reply. LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while they are speaking. Do not cut them off while they are speaking. Become fully engaged. Observe their body language. A lot is communicated through body language.
3. Always compliment a good behaviour. If the behaviour has been negative, look for moments when they are silent and compliment on their efforts to refrain from the negative behaviour. For example, “I am very pleased with you that you are trying your best to respect our agreement on Internet use.”
4. Speak well about those they love. For example, you may not be close to your in-laws but that does not mean your child has to inherit your opinions about them. Respect their love for them. Speak well about those they love.
5. Respect their fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show sensitivity that it is real to your child. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about your exams. I used to be the same. I know how you feel. I understand. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts not results. Keep doing your best.”
6. Do not bring up past behavioural issues when addressing a new issue. Telling them you can no longer trust them because they lied to you last year about a fake Facebook account is NOT going to resolve anything. Instead, have a respectful discussion about having boundaries around internet usage.
7. Show good manners so that they emulate good manners. Saying “Please”, “Thank you”, “I’m sorry” to your child does not mean you are weak. In fact it displays good manners and your child will learn to treat you and others with the same manners.
8. NEVER laugh at their mistakes, NEVER belittle them and NEVER insult them. Doing these will hurt them and scar them for life. You only have to access your own unhealed childhood pain to realise that somewhere deep inside you is a memory of an adult who may have laughed at your mistake or insulted or belittled you.
9. “I am big, you’re small...I’m right, you’re wrong” - NEVER imply or say this. Your children are human beings created by ALLAH and deserve the same respect and joy as you or any other human being on earth does.
10. Explain yourself clearly when you set boundaries. If you need to prohibit something, get them to sit and discuss the best strategies that will benefit the entire family. Show them you treat them with fairness and that it is a home with love and understanding, not a house with a “dictator”.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Respect and Understand Your Spouse

If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786




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You are stronger than you give yourself credit for

Sometimes staying motivated requires you to dig deep.


Find opportunities to challenge yourself and enjoy the rewards that come with it.


Change up your fitness routine every few weeks – this will not only keep your body guessing, it will aid in strengthening your brain.

Too often we tell ourselves that we can’t, or that it is too hard.


Turn off your mind and let your body take over…




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Jallaludin asked Mula Nasruddin:


"Sometimes at night, my eyes open and I see that my wife's face is shining and the light (noor) goes up from her blanket. What could this be?"


Mula Nasruddin replied:


"Akhi, my friend, the noor is the mobile light. Your wife is checking your mobile phone whist you are sleeping."

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An Ayaat-a-Week





Guard yourselves against a Day when no soul will stand in place of another, no intercession will be accepted for it, nor any ransom; nor will they be helped.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:48


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“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.

But when you listen, you may learn something new.”

                                                                                              ~ Dalai Lama



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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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