Sunday, 23 April 2017


Newsletter 0650



We find the week's news, so that you don't have to.

email us

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



The CoderDojo Mentors (l to r); Luthfiya Osman, Meekaeel Sabdia, Faatimah Casoojee, Imraan Casoojee, Dr Mustafa Ally (co-ordinator), Ruqaiya Girach, Abrar Peer, Hafizah Suleman and Ameen Sonpra


The first of the CoderDojo Crescents of Brisbane workshops was held yesterday (Saturday) at the Islamic College of Brisbane.


A new Crescents of Brisbane initiative, the CoderDojo programme was developed to help our young people between the ages 7 to 17 to learn to code, develop websites, apps, games etc.


Each workshop is held over 4 Saturdays.


The CoderDojo is about encouraging creativity and having fun with technology in a social environment.


CoderDojo Crescents of Brisbane is part of an International movement aimed at making learning to code fun, sociable and a rewarding experience.


These free sessions are supported by volunteer Mentors and managed by the Crescents of Brisbane Team.


More sessions are being planned for the future.

Find out more about CoderDojo Crescents of Brisbane.


Email with any questions


Learn more about volunteering as a Mentor

for the next CoderDojo Crescents of Brisbane.




           Post comment here



The Islamic College of Brisbane hosted their annual ANZAC Day Commemoration Ceremony. The event was organised and performed by the students. 


Speakers included Imam Riyaaz Seedat who emphasised there were no winners in war and war often eventuates out of oppression. Captain Michael Mist from the New Zealand military provided the Commemoration address and David Forde performed the 'Passing of the Spirit'. Students were also given a Turkish perspective to ANZAC Day.


The service included the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish national anthems. This was followed by the laying of wreaths in the college memorial garden. 


David Forde from the Sunnybank RSL told CCN, "As always, this was an excellent and highly respectful ceremony that was performed by the students. They are a credit to both the ICB, their families and as fellow Australians."


The event was also supported by students from Woodridge State High, Padua College Kedron, members of the Queensland Police Service and Cr Kim Marx..


Photos kindly supplied by Mr David Forde


           Post comment here



Hope: to cherish a desire with anticipation, to want something to happen or be true…

You only have to turn on the news each night and your screen is full of the latest terror attack or suicide bombing. The bloodshed, the innocent lives lost, the fear. With every headline the words 'Muslim' 'Arab' and 'Islam' are always spoken of. It's not easy to sit in front of your television and not associate 'Muslims' with the inhumanity and insanity.

For Muslims living in the West, it can't be easy either. When the world is constantly pointing their fingers at ALL Muslims. It can't be easy to stay attached to your faith, make friends, gain employment, raise children and navigate an increasingly hostile world.

Cedar & Pine Bar is proud to bring some beautiful Muslim women together for an evening of Storytelling, because despite the images you see in your newsfeeds, these women have stories too. They are mothers, daughters, sisters, colleagues, and friends. These stories are ones we ALL know; the struggle of raising kids, marriage breakdowns, equality in the workplace, trying to find your place in society.

These women have a voice, and when you are able to get past the media and hear their stories, you will see for yourself that they too have hopes in their hearts.

Our Storytellers:

Lamisse Hamouda is a youth worker, writer and founder of the Southside Poetry Slam in Brisbane. She has a Bachelor degree in Government & International Relations, and is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Sexology. Lamisse has been an active community member in her capacity as a youth worker, and a Muslim woman, for many years. It wasn't easy coming of age in a post-9/11 world as mixed-race Muslim woman in Australia, so Lamisse will share her journey of stumbling through an identity crisis, running away to the Middle East, finding feminism, and her way back to Islam.

Roba Rayan is lawyer, activist and a mother. Roba is the co-founder of the Muslim Legal Network in Queensland. Palestinian by heritage, Roba has been a dedicated force as the former secretary, and ongoing member, of PACSI (Palestinian Culture Arts and Sports Inc). As a lawyer, Roba works to assist survivors of sexual abuse, and people who experience mental illness or disability. Roba will share her insight into trauma, healing and resilience; reflecting on her experiences as a mother of raising a resilient child in our increasingly challenging world.

Noor Gillani is a final year Journalism Student who is enthusiastic about the entertainment industries, social welfare and humanitarianism. She has a keen interest in the many controversial religious and political debates, which continue to float around the public sphere. She is also a feminist; an activist and all those other words that sometimes make people’s blood boil, and spends a fair bit of her spare time singing. She may even sing for us on the night!

Leila Abukar is a Somali-Australian political activist who will share with us her story of living for years in refugee camps.
Since being granted admission to Australia, Leila has gone to exceptional lengths to make sure she's never a 'barrier to herself'
From the age of 12 Leila volunteered with the UN, campaigned against female circumcision, worked for the Howard government and has been recognised for her community work with a Centenary Medal for her contributions to Crisis Counseling, Advocacy and Settlement for the Somalia and African communities in Queensland.

Tiffany Weber has worked in various political spheres and is currently working for the Queensland Labor Government. She grew up in rural Queensland and came to Brisbane for university where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and Islamic Studies at Griffith University in 2014. After years of searching for meaning she converted to Islam in 2012. She will discuss the impacts of media in trying to reconcile identity and relationships among increasingly negative media portrayals of Muslims.

Tickets are essential and can be purchased here.



           Post comment here



Islamic College teacher Janine Sutton has taught at the South Australian school for 18 years.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA: As the Islamic College of South Australia waits anxiously to learn whether it will be funded in the future, the school's community is desperate for the Federal Government to see the school's progress over the years.

Early this year the school had been informed its federal funding was to be cut because of its governance issues.

New principal Kadir Emniyet took on the top position at the school this year to try and help the college find a way forward.

The school recently secured a payment of $445,470 to help get it through term two, but its future beyond next term remains uncertain as it awaits a response from the Education Department.

Janine Sutton has been a teacher at the Islamic College for 18 years and despite the assumption that the staff needed to be of the faith, she has a Catholic background.

For Ms Sutton, the college was not just a school but a community.

"It would be devastating, it would be like losing your family," she said.
"For us [teachers] a job is a job, but it would be such a loss to see it close and we wouldn't find anything like it."

Since opening in 1998, Ms Sutton said the school had come a long way from its humble beginnings as a small building on Wandana Avenue with 17 students, a couple of soccer balls and one box of readers.

She recalled parents coming to the college when it first opened to mow the lawn on the weekend and paint the classrooms, while teachers would help the new arrival families fill out their paperwork, pay their bills and understand their new home countries.

Islamic College 'the best of both worlds'

Before funding cuts, Ms Sutton said the school was receiving a surge in students from diverse backgrounds who were achieving high academic standards and ATARs in the 90 per cent range.

"Come and sit in one of our classrooms," she said.


Outside of the Islamic College of South Australia.

"For the last four years, literacy, numeracy and science results have gone up dramatically ... we want to see where we can we can go with these kids, the sky is the limit."

Ms Sutton said students' experiences at the college could not be met by any other school if they were forced to leave.

"Its an Australian-Muslim school and one student described it to me as the best of both worlds," she said.

"They still have their religion and are supported [in Islam] but also learning about Australia and what it means to be Australian."

School builds social cohesion

Similar feelings are shared by the schools Quranic and Islamic studies teacher, Khalid Yousef, who said the school plays an important role in building social cohesion.

"In our Quranic and Islamic studies we cover issues related to coexisting with other religions and behaviour," he said.

"We teach them about manners and behaviour, how to be good Muslims, because being a good Muslim is being a good citizen."

He believed funding cuts would be unfair to the school's community, who were not responsible for mismanagement.



Islamic College of South Australia students Ayeetan, Sumaiya and Shadeen are worried about the school's future.


Over the past year, the Year 12 students have arguably been the most stressed about the future of their school.

School captain Shadeen Ali and her classmates Sumaiya Juma and Aayetan Khan said it was unfair for the Government to make a decision about funding without considering the college's positive achievements.

Ms Ali said her class and the years to come had so much potential that was being overshadowed by the school's governance issues.

"We feel like we've been cast aside ... I can't think of anything the teachers or the students did to deserve this."
Ms Juma described the school as being a mirror image of Australian society.

"Australia is so multicultural ... this school is special in its own way, we've been exposed to so much diversity and we've learnt how to respect difference."

The girls recounted numerous interfaith events they had organised with other schools.

They described the college as a point of contact for the wider community to learn something about their faith while hearing the experiences of the Muslim community.

Ms Khan added she and her friends want to be able to share values this school has given to them with the future generation of Muslim Australians.

Source: ABC News



           Post comment here



The Gladstone Regional Council have received a development application for the construction of an Islamic Centre

The development of an Islamic Centre in Toolooa has received major approval from the Gladstone Regional Council this week.

Councillors voted to approve the planning application, which included a material change of use at the Toolooa St site.

The council imposed a raft of additional conditions on the approval, including that there would be no amplified call to prayer and that after school activities would not exceed a maximum of 10 children each day.

But the vote wasn't unanimous, with deputy mayor Chris Trevor and councillor Glenn Churchill voting against the application, both raising concerns over traffic and that it was an industrial zone.

A Gladstone resident stormed out of the council chambers when the decision was made, telling councillors, "you've backed a cult".

Cr Kahn Goodluck supported the development, voting to approve the application.

"I'm a firm believer that everyone in this country and the region is entitled to a fair go - that's the Aussie way," he said.

"That's part of what makes our country great.

"We have to assess this on planning grounds, not religious ones like other people's concerns."

At most there could be up to 150 people at the centre, which includes a prayer area, a multi-purpose hall, library and nursery room.

The Islamic Society of Gladstone, which is behind the proposal, aims to host open days, youth development activities and multi-faith dialogues at the centre.

The proposed centre would not include any "minarets or domes typical of similar places of worship" nor are there plans for an amplified call to prayer.

The council invited submissions from the public ahead of today's meeting. Of the 430 submissions 326 were properly made.

Of the 326 submissions, 109 were in support of the development.

The Gladstone Observer



           Post comment here

By Maryam Kissane




The Big Autumn Fete at the Islamic College of Brisbane is always a great day for our multicultural community to get together with something for everyone - rides and activities for the kids, a terrific variety of stalls and different ethnic cuisines.

In sha Allah, we hope this year’s fete will be bigger and better than ever before with all proceeds from this event going towards the new Upper Primary School Playground due for construction later this year.

An international foodfest will be on offer and community stallholders will showcase a huge variety of different clothing, jewellery, islamic books, toys and homewares. The teachers and students of ICB will offer a variety of showbags, sweets and treats as well as fun activities for the kids including games, face-painting and henna.

For just $35, you can have unlimited access to rides that suit all ages, including a Ferris Wheel, a Merry-Go-Round, the “Sizzler”, the “Tarantula” and the “Satellite” as well as a rock-climbing wall. Tickets are also sold separately.

There will also be an animal farm and a reptile show. Our local branch of the SES will showcase a storm truck flood boast or ATV and Acacia Ridge Fire station hope to join us with their big red fire truck!

An impressive array of stage entertainment has been planned for the day. The Multicultural Parade is back again, with over 100 students from 25 nations demonstrating their traditional dress. We will also host our first ICB Great Spelling Bee Competition and announce the winners of the Adhan and ICB Fete Baking competitions.

The College Parents’ Advisory Committee is also proud to present a soul touching nasheed performance by Br Mu’adz Dzulkefly with live percussions during this year’s stage program.

The evening will close with some spectacular fireworks!

So, come along and don’t miss out on this day of fun-packed entertainment.


PS: Don't forget the famous and much loved CresCafe with the best cupcakes and coffee in town!



           Post comment here





           Post comment here




            Post comment here

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)


Today sitting in his bare electoral office, Husic cautions those of his co-religionists who denounce what they see as slights against their faith but who, at the same time, are intolerant of others.

“You can’t have Muslims asking for more tolerance yet being anti-Semitic,” he says. “You need to accept that in a liberal democracy everything is open for criticism. The way in which we conduct ourselves is important … you can’t have the type of [situation] where people have a violent reaction to what they believe is an offence to the faith.

“I’m not supportive of things that are said of the faith deliberately, provocatively, for the sake of triggering that type of reaction. But at the same time, too, it’s a democracy. This is the deal. If you move to Australia, this is what you value; this is what you need to accept, as uncomfortable and displeasing as it may be [to you].”


Husic, in the outer shadow ministry, is responsible for Employment Services and Workforce Participation. Digital Economy, and the Future of Work were added to his portfolio in October.

The eager MP has the style of a bounding Labrador. His sunny keenness commands attention not least because, like the canine, Husic seems untroubled by consequences. Longtime friend, shadow treasurer Chris Bowen, whose association with Husic goes back to their days together in Young Labor, describes him as outspoken – and stubborn.

“He will stick to a point of view.... If he changes his mind, it’s a serious thing for him.”

Husic’s resolve, according to Bowen, can lead him to political life-threatening acts. “He’ll get up in caucus, and he doesn’t care who he annoys. And what he will say, a lot of people are thinking. A lot of people might be prepared to say it anonymously to a journalist, but the difference is he’ll say it in the caucus room, or to a shadow minister or a leader’s face. And that sometimes gets him in a bit of hot water – but it’s just who he is,” Bowen says.

Husic shares Canberra digs with Bowen and fellow NSW Right MP Jason Clare. Shadow Treasurer Bowen, the most senior of the trio, says advice to colleague Husic has to be carefully couched.

“If you have a conversation with Ed saying, ‘I don’t think you should say that’, it’s going to be a pretty short conversation. It’s not going to go down real well.”

In Young Labor days, according to Bowen, Husic was also “earnest, in that he was a serious thinker” and “ambitious”. For all Husic’s intensity, Bowen says he is the same spry person he met over 25 years ago. Back then, Husic was “very much the life of the party”, and still “always lightens a room”.

Husic may be the 46-year-old separated father of a 4-year-old son, but he often presents more like a millennial. The member for Chifley is instinctively attuned to the age – its social media fixation, its entertainment fads, its tropes. Speaking to mobile phone cameras anytime, anywhere, in the service of the party, is second nature. More broadly, the digital economy forms part of Husic’s current portfolio duties. He is also a fanatical basketballer, reputedly known by many in the sport as the ‘minister for basketball’.

I am apparently not the first person to notice the curious resemblance of Husic’s manner of speaking to that of unloved former Labor leader Mark Latham, another unflagging warrior for western Sydney.

“People say it to me to upset me,” jokes Husic. The pair’s relationship, he quips, runs “the full spectrum of emotional colour”. Nevertheless Husic credits the former leader with showing him the value of looking beyond conventional wisdom for solutions to difficult problems.  




Source: SBS



           Post comment here


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)


Simone, a Gomeroi woman, grew up with no religious practice, but was always interested in existence, life and nature. She started researching Islam in her early 20s. 




Source: SBS



           Post comment here




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)


United Arab Emirates: Dr Maryam Matardr-maryam-matar


Born in 1975, Dr Matar holds a B.A. in Medicine and Surgery and a degree from the Family Medicine Residency Program with distinction. She is the founder and Executive Director of two non-profit civil associations, “UAE Down’s Syndrome Association” and “UAE Genetic Diseases Association,” which support families from 17 different nationalities.

“Being a woman is very challenging, but anything is possible to achieve with dedication, a clear goal and teamwork. Men have played a major role in the success of all my achievements.”




Source: The Muslim Vibe


           Post comment here

Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Former prime minister Tony Abbott is calling on the Human Rights Commission to do more to tackle radical Islamist groups that condone violence against women.

HRC should tackle radical Islam: Abbott

The Human Rights Commission is facing calls to do more to help stop violence against women being condoned by radical Islamist groups in Australia.

Former primer minister Tony Abbott says the commission needs to be "all over" groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir to stop women being "monstered" by men.

Two women from the local arm of the radical Islamist group were roundly condemned by Australian politicians, police and prominent Muslim leaders last week after a video emerged showing them discussing men "disciplining their disobedient wives" by striking them with a short stick or piece of fabric.

Mr Abbott on Monday joined those condemning the group, which is banned in many other countries but not Australia.

"Why isn't the Human Rights Commission all over Hizb ut-Tahrir for denying the human rights of women by appearing to condone wife beating," he told 2GB's Ray Hadley.

"If the Human Rights Commission is to justify the $50 million a year that taxpayers spend on it let's get them on to Hizb ut-Tahrir and some of these other extremist Islamist organisations.

"What about inviting Muslim women who have been monstered by their husbands or boyfriends to get on to the Human Rights Commission so that these people can be properly brought to book?"

His call for action coincided with a wide-ranging pinion piece he wrote in News Corp Australia tabloids about what the government needs to do to restore voter confidence, including the scrapping of the Human Rights Commission.

Mr Abbott said the radical Islamist group was still legal in Australia because it had always managed to keep itself "just within the law".




Shagufta Yaqub

The Fourth Sister
Shagufta Yaqub

On Friday evening I attended a talk in Birmingham by Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf. It was the first talk I had attended in a long while, having taken a spiritual sanity break from the general weirdness of Muslim-organised events. A decade ago, I had been at the heart of the religious events scene with Q-News and memories of overly reverent Sufi groupies and self-styled male gatekeepers to the Shuyukh had not quite left me. But that was a long time ago and things have certainly moved on in some parts of Muslim community.


This event, despite being part of the traditional Sufi mosque scene, was surprisingly pleasant to begin with. It was running reasonably on time and men and women were seated in the same hall, albeit with a segregation barrier that granted women much less than half of the space. The speaker entered and sat centrally, equally visible to both sides of the room. It looked like a promising evening, before it all went downhill.

Prayer time came in before the talk could begin and just as we got settled, women were told to go downstairs so that men could stay where they were and pray comfortably. In the scurry of it all, those on the female side of the divide lost their spaces and everything was set off course. The short journey back up those two flights of stairs took more than half an hour. All the while, over 150 women, children and babies — most of whom had arrived on time and waited patiently — were crammed on a stuffy narrow staircase and corridor with little ventilation and no idea what was happening.


The problem, I was eventually told, was that men were still strolling in late and praying on the women’s side of the hall so we had no choice but wait for them to leave. This went on, and on and on. The two-hour event was now running over an hour late as women and children continued to stand in a hot, confined space while men stayed seated, waiting for more of their brethren to arrive and take their places on what had been the women’s side of the hall. This continued to the point where it was decided that as so many men had arrived late, the women wouldn’t be allowed back into the hall at all.

Tired, frustrated but surprisingly compliant, the women quietly expressed their disappointment among themselves and returned downstairs to a room where they would not be able to see the speaker deliver his talk or be part of the event experience. The only reassurance they received was that the Shaykh would briefly visit them after the talk and perform tahneek on their babies. There were whisperings of discontent but no real objection. Had that been evidence of spiritually elevated souls accepting a misfortune without complaint I would have been in awe of them. Instead there seemed to be an acceptance that this kind of treatment was part and parcel of being a woman at a religious gathering — a humiliation I am sure many of them would not stand for in any other aspect of their lives.
But it was not a humiliation I was willing to bear on behalf of half the ummah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).


My friends and I remained in the main hall, in sight of the speaker, and the three of us politely refused to be relegated as second class citizens to a space that even the event organisers themselves had not initially deemed appropriate for their guests. We politely refused to accept that late-coming men had priority over all women and children at the gathering, regardless of how early they had arrived and how long they had waited. We politely refused to accept that what the Shaykh had to share was more important for men to hear than women, that their quest for knowledge in this life and salvation in the next was above ours, that even in matters of the deen, we should put their needs above ours. We politely refused to accept that gender as a hierarchical distinction was at all relevant in a context where the purpose is so much higher.





Is a Feminist Muslim-Hijabi-Academic-Activist a Walking Contradiction?
By by Irtefa Binte-Farid

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology. My job is to read, write, and think critically about the world, including but not limited to issues of gender, race, citizenship, and power. I am also a brown hijabi Muslim woman. For some people, these two identities are mutually exclusive.

I am often asked how I can hope to be an academic—an “objective” expert—when I have clearly been conditioned by Islam and therefore am not even willing to challenge my own oppression by Islamic patriarchy. To answer these people, I wanted to share some thoughts about my faith, my career, and my commitment to justice as an activist.


I chose to start covering my hair in 2003 during America’s intervention in Afghanistan on the premise of the “war on terror.” My parents were quite surprised by my decision as no one in my family covers their hair. They asked me reconsider because they were worried for my safety in an era of rising Islamophobia, but I was adamant.

In part, my decision to wear the hijab was fueled by the American media. For the first time in my life, I was inundated by images of veiled (and therefore oppressed) Muslim women who needed saving—deliverance from the grasp of brown Muslim men by the white male savior. As the rhetoric of “just” war played out on television sets in America—centering the images of covered Muslim women—I remember being deeply disturbed by the simultaneous silencing of Afghan women’s voices: never once did I actually hear an Afghan Muslim woman talk about whether she wanted to be saved.

Perhaps these images bothered me so greatly because I had grown up surrounded by strong Muslim women in Bangladesh. Many of them did suffer under a patriarchal system, but they relied on Allah and their Islamic faith to give them the strength to keep fighting—for themselves and for their families. They were not silent victims. Therefore, to be suddenly told that Islam was the source of the Afghan women’s oppression was quite disconcerting for my teenage self.




The writer is a professor at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Muslim reform
By Kamran Siddiqui, professor at the University of Western Ontario, Canada

ISLAM, with about 1.6 billion followers all over the globe, is currently the second largest religion in the world. Despite its prominent presence on the world map, its followers are performing poorly on the global indices of education and literacy, scientific advancements and innovation, and social development.

The poor performance on these global indices highlights serious challenges for Muslims in coping with the modern world and moving along with progressive societies. While this needs immediate attention and a comprehensive evaluation of the causes for the poor performance as well as corrective action, Muslim masses in general do not take it as a serious matter. Poor performance on those indices appears to be of least concern to them.

This attitude seems to be rooted in a strong sense of belonging to religion; this is further augmented by the belief that questioning is forbidden in religion and one must accept whatever is conveyed. Consequently, any misery, humiliation or decline faced by Muslims, individually or collectively, is blamed on their lack of adherence to the framework conveyed by religion.

The current religious framework was evolved over several centuries. Many concepts and practices were developed as Muslim societies were evolving and were influenced by the circumstances they encountered. While many of these practices were introduced to address specific issues of that era, they were later codified into Muslim jurisprudence and became essential components of the religious framework. There could be a possibility that the decline and poor performance of Muslims as measured by the global indices of scientific and socioeconomic development may partially be due to some of the concepts and practices that were later added to the religious framework.

Muslims do not take their decline seriously.

Now as Muslim societies are exposed to the new, transformative era, there is a need to analyse once again the circumstantial practices developed in the later period and that do not belong to the fundamental religious framework of the Prophet’s (PBUH) time. While these circumstantial practices were the best solution at one time, they may not address present-day issues effectively, and hence, may need to be reviewed.

A first step towards such a reform initiative in the Muslim world is the acknowledgement that not every concept and content conveyed in the name of religion is authentic or perfect, and consequently, the ability to recognise the need to identify such content that may partially be responsible for their current state of misery and decline. However, such an initiative faces fierce opposition not only from the masses but from educated Muslim classes as well.

Educated Muslims have embraced modern education and social awareness. They have developed an aptitude for rational thinking and logic, which they implement effectively in their professional work as well as in other affairs of life that are not related to religious beliefs. However, in dealing with religious matters, their attitude is generally not different from the common masses.

This attitude is primarily due to the diametrically different learning approaches adapted for modern and religious education since childhood. While modern education emphasises rationality and logic, religious education for the most part hinges on faith without questioning.

The reform initiative needs to see the adoption of a rational approach using divine and credible sources to identify and filter out circumstantial practices (from the religious framework) that were defined for specific eras in the past and that do not have the qualities of adaptation and flexibility, and that hence may be creating hurdles in aligning with the socioeconomic norms of today’s evolving world.

It is very important to understand that questioning or analysing the content that was added centuries later and portrayed as part of the religious framework does not imply questioning the tenets of faith. For a religion to maintain its universality, it is important to keep religious practices distinguishable from local social norms.

Similarly, in order to maintain the effectiveness of a religion in any era, it is important to ensure flexibility when evaluating the norms and practices that connect a community in a social setup with its permanent religious values, and readjusting interconnected norms and practices as necessary to maintain effective religious bonding while embracing contemporary social evolution and advancements.

The improvement of Muslim societies on the global scale of scientific advancements and human development cannot be effectively achieved by externally imposed factors. The real improvement will only come through initiatives within Muslim societies and through realisation, awareness and the desire to advance alongside the progressive world. Today’s world will not slow down for Muslims. The sooner the Muslim societies embark on this journey, the sooner they can attain the required pace for advancement. Otherwise they will be left behind and will need centuries to catch up.




The various kinds of ‘pretzel dogs’ sold at Auntie Anne's. The local chapter of the US pretzel chain has confirmed that it has changed the name of its ‘pretzel dog’ to ‘pretzel sausage’

Muslims care more about halal food than halal income, deputy minister says
By Zurairi AR

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki lamented today that Muslims here care more about the halal status of their food, compared to the status of their source of income.

The deputy minister in charge of Islamic affairs said the public perceives Islam as only related to worship, while the issue of halal and haram — what is permissible and forbidden in Islam — is seen as only related to consumption.

“The concern over halal food and halal labels is paramount. But the similar concerns may not be true when it comes to where the money comes from to buy that halal food,” Asyraf said in his keynote address at a seminar on Islamic financial institutions and charity here.

The senator said when it comes to consuming meat, the public are very concerned about ensuring that the slaughter is Shariah compliant, but not as much as the money involved in the purchase.

“The money they received to buy that food, even if coming from usury, interest, corruption, they don’t care.

“This is something very much the reality in our society today,” said the deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

On Monday, minister Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom had said that the authorities will not issue halal certification for non-alcoholic “beer” or any product that uses “haram”-related names like ham or bacon.


According to state news agency Bernama, the minister in charge of Islamic affairs said the term “halal beer” went against the manual procedure for Malaysia’s halal certification.

Under the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking of Halal) Order 2011, only the federal Islamic Development Department — better known by its Malay abbreviation, Jakim — and state Islamic departments and councils can issue halal certification.

The report also said that fast food chain A&W switched to calling its signature root beer drink, “RB”, in 2013, in order to get the halal certification for all its outlets.

The issue of halal certification surfaced last October after an executive with US pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s revealed that their application for halal certification had failed due to, among others, concerns over “pretzel dogs” on the menu.

Some fast food restaurants in Malaysia use non-pork alternatives for ham and bacon, such as turkey ham and beef bacon. There are also vegetarian versions of “bak kut teh”, a pork ribs soup.


The Malay Mail Online


           Post comment here








The History of Makkah
Learn the Real Islam






5 Muslim Inventions that Changed the World
KJ Vids






Arab-American designs Dope Hoodies for Peace

This American Muslim is using his clothing line to give back and spread an important message.






Ihram on Women in Islam
Sky News

Silma Ihram says only Islamic scholars can interpret the Quran verse about women, 'leave them alone in sleeping places and beat them'.






Rahmah's story: 'I am a Chinese hijabi'
BBC News

Rahmah is a young Chinese Muslim woman who only began wearing a hijab in her 20s. She describes how she sticks to her religious beliefs, and how she is trying to help Chinese Muslim women reclaim their identity.






Stop Cursing Your Children
OnePath Network

Sheikh Wesam Charkawi delivers an emotional message to all parents on the subject of child abuse and its impact on children.






Islam Helped Me With Death and Autism ~ Muslim Convert

16-year old Muslim convert from the UK 






Reza Aslan and Muslims in pop culture
USA Today

Reza Aslan, a scholar of religions, shares why he believes we need more positive portrayals of Muslims in pop culture. This is from a series of short films called The Secret Life of Muslims, created by filmmaker Joshua Seftel. 





Fox News presenter give Muslims advice

Hollywood and (Fox) have been regularly producing islamophobic material for years and years. It's quite humorous that Homeland vilifies Muslims for 5 seasons before changing the plot slightly (for the benefit of muslims)


This Fox News host just gave disgustingly Islamophobic 'advice' to Muslims 





Paris On The Brink
Women in the World

Zineb El Rhazoui, a journalist whose colleagues were killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack, and Samia Hathroubi, a French Muslim activist, on the fight against Islamist extremism and how to stem the anti-muslim tide dominating the French election.





It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received.

Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


           Post comment here





Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 21 April 2017

TOPIC"Understanding of Islam"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar

Play the recording  







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 April 2017

TOPIC"The Dangers of Pride & Arrogance (Kibir)" PART 2

IMAM: Akram Buksh 








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 April 2017

TOPIC: "Prohibition of domestic violence"

IMAM: Ahmad Muhammad Naffaa 








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 April 2017

TOPIC"7 Realities about Dunyaa (worldly life)"

IMAM: Mossad Issa







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 April 2017

TOPIC"True Life "

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar 



Click here for the past Kuthba recordings








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 April 2017

TOPIC"Make your religion (Deen) simple"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




Click here for the past Kuthba recordings





           Post comment here


Religious restrictions vary significantly in the world’s most populous countries



Restrictions against religious groups in the world’s 25 most populous countries — where more than 5 billion of the globe’s roughly 7.5 billion people live — vary greatly, from some of the lowest in the world (Brazil and Japan) to among the very highest (Russia and Egypt).

In addition to Russia and Egypt, India, Pakistan and Nigeria also had some of the highest levels of religious restrictions among this group of most populous countries, according to Pew Research Center’s latest annual study on the topic, which uses 2015 data (the most recent year available). In these countries, the government or society at large (or, at times, both) imposed numerous limits on religious beliefs and practices.

In India, for example, some state governments restricted religious conversion and others banned cow slaughter. (Many Hindus view cows as sacred, so these laws may disproportionally affect the minority Muslim population, as well as other non-Hindus.) India had an even higher level of social hostilities involving religion, which are perpetrated by individuals or groups in society, rather than the government. The Indian government estimated that there were 561 incidents of communal violence between January and October in 2015; these incidents resulted in 90 deaths and 1,688 injuries. In one of the incidents, a mob attacked a Muslim man for speaking with his female Hindu coworker, according to the U.S. State Department.

Egypt had the highest level of religious restrictions imposed by the government. For example, the Egyptian government “failed to protect Christians targeted by kidnappings and extortion,” the State Department reported, a sign that a lack of security for Egypt’s Coptic Christian community was an issue long before the ISIS bombings at two churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday this year.


Russia’s government restrictions on religion also were classified as “very high” – and increased modestly from 2014, due in part to an anti-extremism law that was used to impose limits on the activities of Muslims and other minority religious groups, including Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Meanwhile, Nigeria had the highest level of religion-related social hostilities of the 25 most populous countries – in part because of the actions of Boko Haram, the extremist group based in the northeastern part of the country. Boko Haram reportedly killed thousands of people in 2015, in both “indiscriminate acts of violence and attacks deliberately targeting Muslims who spoke out against or opposed their radical ideology … as well as Christians,” according to the State Department. In addition, Muslims and Christians – each of whom make up nearly half of the Nigerian population – reported discrimination based on their religious affiliation in areas where they were the minority, including threats of violence if they changed or abandoned their faith.




           Post comment here


Indian singer slammed online for saying Muslim Adhan is ‘forced religiousness’


Bollywood Singer Sonu Nigam

DUBAI: Indian singer Sonu Nigam is being slammed on Twitter over his complaint that the Muslim call to prayer is “forced religiousness.”

On Monday morning, Nigam tweeted “God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the [Adhan] in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India.”

In a separate tweet, he added that the call to prayer was “gundagardi,” which loosely translates to thuggish behaviour or hooliganism.

The 43-year-old singer is being lambasted on social media, especially as his tweet comes at a time of rising tensions between Hindus and Muslims in the country following the rise of the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party to power.

“God bless Sonu Nigam. I’m not Sonu Nigam yet I wake every morning to a world where Sonu Nigam exists. when will Sonu Nigam stop Sonu Nigam,” one user posted.

“If only there was a way to rate Sonu Nigam 1 star on Google play store and then uninstall him, we could show him who’s boss,” another said.

One user even referenced the debate on whether beef should be consumed in the country due to the importance of cows in Hinduism.

“God bless everyone. I’m not a Hindu but I’m not allowed to eat beef. When will this forced religiousness end in India?”

Another user tweeted: “When will the state-sanctioned religious cleansing of Muslims by Hindu extremists in India end? Or the atrocities in Kashmir? Shame on you.”

However, some users supported Nigam’s stance.

The majority Hindu nation is home to a sizeable homegrown Muslim community which is the largest of the country’s religious minorities and accounts for roughly 14 percent of the population.

According to the Pew Research Center, India is set to be home to the world’s largest Muslim population by 2050.



Arab News


           Post comment here


Bosnian Muslims Rebuild Historic War-Ruined Mosque


Archive photo of the Arnaudija mosque before its destruction in the 1992-95 war


BOSNIA: The reconstruction of a 16th Century Ottoman-era mosque, the last of 15 that were destroyed during the 1992-95 war in the Bosnian Serbs’ main city of Banja Luka, is finally ready to start.

For years, fragments of the demolished Arnaudija mosque were patiently collected from garbage dumps around Banja Luka, the administrative centre of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity, and from the nearby Vrbas river.

The fragments have now been now cleaned, prepared and transported to the site where a new mosque will be built on the foundations of the old one, identical in appearance to the one that was destroyed by Serb forces during the war in May 1993.

The Islamic Community, the organisation representing Muslims in Banja Luka, said that everything is ready for April 22, when it intends to lay the foundation stone. The reconstruction will begin immediately after that.

“The preparations for the ceremony of laying the foundation stone are coming to an end, and the ceremony will be attended by a large number of believers as well as representatives of political and religious life of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Turkey,” Senaid Zajimovic, a director of the Waqf Directorate of the Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina, told BIRN.

The funds for the reconstruction are being provided by the Turkish Directorate General of Waqf Foundations; waqf is an Islamic charitable endowment.

The project follows the grand reopening last May of the historic Ottoman-era Ferhadija mosque in Banja Luka, which was also demolished by Serb forces during wartime.

“The renovation of the Arnaudija mosque is very specific, since in addition to the mosque, there are plenty of other facilities which are to be restored. Since the finances for its rebuilding are fully secured, we believe that its renewal will progress much faster than the reconstruction of Ferhadija,” Zajimovic said.

The entire reconstruction project will cost between four and five million Bosnian marks (between two and 2.5 million euros), according to Zajimovic.


The site of the mosque today.


For years, fragments of the demolished Arnaudija mosque were patiently collected from garbage dumps around Banja Luka, the administrative centre of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity, and from the nearby Vrbas river.

The fragments have now been now cleaned, prepared and transported to the site where a new mosque will be built on the foundations of the old one, identical in appearance to the one that was destroyed by Serb forces during the war in May 1993.

The Islamic Community, the organisation representing Muslims in Banja Luka, said that everything is ready for April 22, when it intends to lay the foundation stone. The reconstruction will begin immediately after that.

“The preparations for the ceremony of laying the foundation stone are coming to an end, and the ceremony will be attended by a large number of believers as well as representatives of political and religious life of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Turkey,” Senaid Zajimovic, a director of the Waqf Directorate of the Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina, told BIRN.

The funds for the reconstruction are being provided by the Turkish Directorate General of Waqf Foundations; waqf is an Islamic charitable endowment.

The project follows the grand reopening last May of the historic Ottoman-era Ferhadija mosque in Banja Luka, which was also demolished by Serb forces during wartime.

“The renovation of the Arnaudija mosque is very specific, since in addition to the mosque, there are plenty of other facilities which are to be restored. Since the finances for its rebuilding are fully secured, we believe that its renewal will progress much faster than the reconstruction of Ferhadija,” Zajimovic said.

The entire reconstruction project will cost between four and five million Bosnian marks (between two and 2.5 million euros), according to Zajimovic.



The BalkanInsight


           Post comment here


China Bans 'Extreme' Islamic Baby Names Among Xinjiang's Uyghurs


A Uyghur woman is shown with her children in Kashgar, Xinjiang


CHINA: Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned dozens of baby names with religious meanings that are widely used by Muslims elsewhere in the world, RFA has learned.

Sources in Hotan, in the southern part of the region, had previously detailed a list of banned names in 2015, but the ban now appears to have been rolled out region-wide.

Islam, Quran, Mecca, Jihad, Imam, Saddam, Hajj, and Medina are among dozens of baby names banned under ruling Chinese Communist Party's "Naming Rules For Ethnic Minorities," an official confirmed on Thursday.

An employee who answered the phone at a police station in the regional capital Urumqi confirmed that "overly religious" names are banned, and that any babies registered with such names would be barred from the "hukou" household registration system that gives access to health care and education.

"You're not allowed to give names with a strong religious flavor, such as Jihad or names like that,' the official said. "The most important thing here is the connotations of the name ... [it mustn't have] connotations of holy war or of splittism [Xinjiang independence]."

Asked if names of Islamic scholars were acceptable, the employee replied: "Get him to change it; it's the sort of thing that [could be regarded as] promoting terror and evil cults."

Asked if Yultuzay, a reference to the star and moon symbol of the Islamic faith, was acceptable, he said: "Actually the star and moon are a pagan symbol."

"[Mecca] would be a bit over-the-top ... I don't think you could call someone Saddam, either," he said in response to queries on those names.

"Just stick to the party line, and you'll be fine," he said. "[People with banned names] won't be able to get a household registration, so they will find out from the hukou office when the time comes."

"They have received training in this sort of thing over here [in Xinjiang] so they're the experts [on what is allowed]," he said.  





           Post comment here



To top

 Post your comment here





The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between

Hisham Matar



From Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Hisham Matar, a memoir of his journey home to his native Libya in search of answers to his father's disappearance.


In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeys to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years.

When he was twelve, Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later Matar's father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of Cairo by the Libyan government and is believed to have been held in the regime's most notorious prison. Now, the prisons are empty and little hope remains that Jaballa Matar will be found alive. Yet, as the author writes, hope is "persistent and cunning".

This book is a profoundly moving family memoir, a brilliant and affecting portrait of a country and a people on the cusp of immense change, and a disturbing and timeless depiction of the monstrous nature of absolute power.




"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero;

but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."       


- Gilbert K. Chesterton -


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

Then simply email the title and author to

CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


           Post comment here


KB says: Crescents of Brisbane will be running their famous CresCafe cupcake stall next week (30 April) at the Islamic School of Brisbane's Annual Fete. They are looking to raise money for the school through sales of cupcakes donated by members of our community. Here is an easy recipe if you wish to help out.


4 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 tsp essence
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder

1. Beat the first 4 ingredients together in an electric mixer for aprox. 4 minutes.
2. Fold in flour and baking powder and mix well.
3. Separate mixture into 5 bowls, each bowl adding a different colouring to it – you can make the colours pastel or bright as you desire
4. In your cupcake pans add one heap teaspoon per colour at a time creating a coloured layer effect.
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven for approx. 10mins or until light brown.
6. Cool and top with fresh cream or icing of your choice.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


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


           Post comment here


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




Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing


To contact Princess,  
Email:  Phone: 0451977786


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 Spouse”.

Respect and Understand Your Spouse

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 spouse’s feelings, rights and wishes? How did you display it?

Having an attitude of respect and understanding is not the same as practising them. It is vital that your spouse actually sees you practising respectful words and respectful actions towards him/her.

15 ways to display Respect and Understanding to your spouse

1. Look your spouse in the eye when you communicate. There is no barrier when you are together. ALLAH has enjoined you in marriage and permitted you to communicate openly. Looking in the eye when communicating reaffirms your commitment and caring nature.

2. Listen to the reply when she/he speaks. REALLY LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while she/he is speaking. Do not interrupt. Become fully engaged. Curb your urge to correct or argue. You will have your time afterwards to respond appropriately. First LISTEN.

3. Give undivided attention to each other. Multi-tasking is a wonderful skill but NOT when you are communicating with your spouse. No matter how important certain chores or tasks may seem, remember ALWAYS that your marriage is more important than any task you are concerned about.

4. Ask each other this question: “What matters to you most in life?” Understand the response given and honour those wishes. Knowing what matters most to your spouse helps you understand what you can do to fulfil his/her wishes.

5. Speak well about the people who matter to your spouse. You may not get along with all the people who matter to your spouse and that is fine. There is no obligation to get along. However there is an obligation to show respect. If you speak ill about people who matter to him/her, it is hurtful. Causing your spouse hurt will eventually turn the relationship sour.

6. Respect each other’s 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 the person experiencing it. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about our new baby. It is overwhelming for both of us. I am with you all the way. 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.”

7. Do not bring up past arguments/ negative events when addressing a new issue. Be clear from the beginning of any discussion that the topic of discussion is to remain a specific one and you both need to respect that rule. For example, if you need to discuss the budget for your next family vacation, it is NOT advisable to talk about how the last vacation was horrible because one of you forgot to book a hotel and ended up staying with in-laws!

8. Thank your spouse regularly for being your soulmate. Expressing gratitude increases positivity in your relationship.

9. Emphasize each other’s good points. Dwelling on mistakes or negative traits will only put stress on your relationship. Instead, acknowledge that you are human hence you have your own shortcomings. Similarly, your spouse may slip every now and then too. Say sorry, forgive and move on.

10. When leaving for work, exchange Salaams and a loving hug. There is no shame in hugging your spouse. ALLAH has enjoined you in marriage and allowed you to display affection towards each other.

11. Spend COUPLE TIME at least once a week where you are by yourselves for a couple of hours to share an activity you both love. This increases your compatibility.

12. Follow ALLAH’s commandment that the husband is the guardian of the family. The wife is created equal and has different responsibilities. Following this commandment increases harmony in the home. Disharmony creeps in when these roles are reversed.

13. Be content with life and however much your spouse is doing for you. Express gratitude to ALLAH. If you want more from life, ask ALLAH instead of nagging or complaining to your spouse.

14. Admire one another. Pay a compliment. Your spouse feels nice every time you compliment him/her.

15. Protect each other’s honour. Guard it fiercely. Do not speak ill of your spouse to another person, even if that person is a close family member. Remind yourself that ALLAH is watching you if you backbite about your spouse. If the matter is serious and your spouse’s behaviour concerns you, seek appropriate guidance and professional help. Speaking ill about your spouse shows your poor character - it doesn’t fix your marriage.


In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Assumption versus Clarification. Subhan Allah, there are many relationships breaking down due to poor communication. People tend to assume things rather than clarify.

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.





           Post comment here


Q: Dear Kareema, I’m thinking of introducing swimming into my fitness routine to change things up. What are some of the benefits that come with swimming?

A: Swimming not only builds endurance and improves blood flow, it improves flexibility and strength, and slashes stress levels.

If you’re up for burning some serious calories, swimming is definitely something to add to your fitness regime.


A plus for anyone who wants to improve lung capacity and shed some kilos too.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

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


           Post comment here


A signboard outside a Turkish restaurant read:

"Eat as much as you can, your grand children will pay the Bill".

Jallaludin entered the restaurant and ate as much as he could, got a toothpick and sat back relaxing.


The waiter gave him the bill.


He laughed and pointed to the signboard, don't you see, "only my grandchildren will pay" !


The waiter politely replied, " Sir, This is not your bill, it's your grandfather's Bill"

           Post comment here


An Ayaat-a-Week





Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy, Master of the Day of Judgement. It is You we worship; it is You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path: the path of those You have blessed, those who incur no anger and who have not gone astray.

~ Surah Al- Fatiha 1:2-7


           Post comment here



“When it rains gold,

put out the bucket,

not the thimble.”

                                                                                              ~ Warren Buffett



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

Notice Board



Click on thumbnail to enlarge



Events and Functions


ICB ANNUAL FETE 30 APRIL IWAQ Night of Shahrazad 6 MAY AlKauthar 7 MAY Islamic Diversity 7 MAY Youth Connect Camp 12, 13 14 MAY FFTFT Kuraby Mosque 13 MAY TWMB Food Festival 14 MAY 1 TWMB Food Festival 14 MAY 2 Lutwyche RAMADAN 14 May Dr Anne Aly Dinner Notice Sat 20 May 2017 MMM Forgiveness 20 MAY AIIC Family Fun Night 20 MAY


           Post comment here


Islamic Programmes, Education & Services




Muslima Learn to Swim Lessons

Ladies Fun Swim Time

Ladies Fun Swim Day

Mum & Child Learn to Swim Lessons

Click on thumbnail to enlarge









Click on thumbnail to enlarge


Al Firdaus College Al Firdaus College Young Muslims Club Student Tuition Slacks Creek Hire Shajarah Islamic Education Shajarah Islamic Education Holland Park Mosque Hall Hire Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram High School Subjects Tutoring


           Post comment here


Businesses and Services




See ALL our advertising/sponsorship options

here or email us


           Post comment here


"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email





(Click on link)





25 April




28 to 30 April

Fri to Sun

Leadership & Resilience Building

Youth Camp

Gold Coast Islam, AIIC, etc.

Lennox Head, NSW

0415 981 010

All Day

30 April


ICB Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253


6 May


Night of Shahrazad


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

3208 6333

6pm for 6.30pm

6 May


Fundraising Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque

0413 038 610


7 May


The Making of a Leader : Edris Khamissa

Al Kauthar


0438 698 328


7 May


1st TCC Competition for 2017

Continental Club

Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club

5699 9000

9:00am shotgun start

7 May


Exploring Islamic Diversity

Believing Women

Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University


1.30pm to 4pm

12 May




12,13 & 14 May

Fri to Sun

Youth Camp (free)

ICQ & Youth Connect

Bornhoffen PCYC

0413 669 987

All day

13 May


Fasting for the first time in Ramadan: Imam Ahmed Nafaa

Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

0468 948 222


14 May


How to Fast in Ramadan: Imam Yahya Ba'ej

Lutwyche Mosque

Lutwyche Mosque


5pm to Maghrib

14 May


Open Day and 4th International Food Festival

Islamic Soc. of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque, 217 West St., Harristown,  Toowoomba

0421 081 048

11am to 3pm

17 May



QPS/Muslim Community reference group meeting: AGENDA


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

3364 4159

7pm to 8.30pm

20 May


Peter Russo Fund Raiser In Conversation with with Dr Anne Aly MP

Janeth Deen

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0435 086 796

6pm for 6.30pm

20 May


Forgiveness & Mental De-clutter Workshop (ladies only)

Muslim Mind Matters

Eidfest Community Services, 15 Coley St. Acacia Ridge

0451 977 786

1pm to 4pm

20 May


Family Fun Night and Fund Raiser

Australian International Islamic College



3372 1400

1pm to 4pm

28 May




23 June




26 June




1 July


ICQ Eid Down Under

Islamic Council of QLD


0413 038 610


15 July


Annual Eid Night Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque

0413 038 610


21, 22, 23 July


Hajj Exhibition: Hajj - The Journey of a Lifetime

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0433 285 086


5 August


Fund Raiser: Toowoomba Garden City Mosque

Islamic Society of Toowoomba


0421 081 048


2 September




22 September




25 November


Annual Mild-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


3809 4600

3pm to Maghrib



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


           Post comment here











30 April






Masjid As Sunnah



14 MAY





Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118




Download the programme here.


For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600




On Going Activities


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

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

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


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

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987





Click on images to enlarge











Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Next Meeting

TIME: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
DATE: WEDNESDAY 17 MAY (postponed from 5 APRIL)
VENUE: Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB].

AGENDA: Click here.

Community Contact Command, who are situated in Police Headquarters, will be taking over the secretariat role of the QPS/Muslim Reference Group meeting.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


           Post comment here

Catch Crescents Community News on


Please feel free to click on the image on the left and......

post comments on our Wall

start up a Discussion thread

become a Fan


Like our page


           Post comment here


Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

If you would like a link to your website email


           Post comment here


Articles and opinions appearing in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CCN Team, its Editor or its Sponsors, particularly if they eventually turn out to be libellous, unfounded, objectionable, obnoxious, offensive, slanderous and/or downright distasteful.


It is the usual policy of CCN to include from time to time, notices of events that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement of the contents of these events by CCN


           Post comment here

Write For Us

The best ideas and the best feedback come from our community of readers. If you have a topic or opinion that you want to write about or want seen covered or any news item that you think might be of benefit to the Crescents Community please e-mail us..


Share your thoughts, feelings and ambitions for our community through CCN.


If there is someone you know who would like to subscribe to CCN please encourage them to enter their details here.


           Post comment here