EST. 2004


Sunday 9 July 2017 | Issue 0661


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

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

email us



Kuraby Lions' incoming president, David Forde, Dr Yunus Solwa and Past District Governor, Ross Gibbons

Lions' Past District Governor, Ross Gibbons presented Dr Yunus Solwa  with the Prof. Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award this week at the Kuraby Lions Changeover ceremony for his support of the Lions Medical Research Foundation (LMRF).


The award was in recognition of Dr Solwa's ongoing sponsorship of Kuraby Lions President David Forde's participation in the Magnetic Island to Townsville open water swim for LMRF for the third year running.


For more information on the swim challenge and LMRF click here.


           Post comment here



Panel of government department spokespersons

On Friday, representatives from Muslim organisations in Queensland attended a meeting in Brisbane organised by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Topics discussed included Muslims travelling through the Brisbane and Gold Coast airports especially to and from Haj and Umrah.

Queensland Commander Terry Price and his team answered questions and issues raised by the representatives.

In addition to the various Muslim organizations were members from the Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police Services and Australian Border Force.


(in the photo) Terry Price – Regional Commander of the Australian Border Force Queensland; Shaun Birrell – Gold Coast Airport, Australian Border Force; Teresa Skellett – Brisbane Airport, Australian Border Force; Scott Butters – Brisbane Airport, Australian Border Force; Sarah Kemp – Ethnic Liaison Officer Queensland; Hussain Baba- Secretary Islamic Society of Gold Coast


           Post comment here


By asserting my identity in a way that challenges my ‘place in the world’, I inadvertently challenge those who feel entitled to their privilege and status



Yassmin Abdel-Magied: ‘Look at this face, hey? How could I possibly be intimidating?

Given that I am now the most publicly hated Muslim in Australia, people have been asking me how I am. What do I say? That life has been great and I can’t wait to start my new adventure in London? That I’ve been overwhelmed with messages of support? Or do I tell them that it’s been thoroughly rubbish? That it is humiliating to have almost 90,000 twisted words written about me in the three months since Anzac Day, words that are largely laced with hate.

Do I reveal that it’s infuriatingly frustrating to have worked for years as an engineer, only to have that erased from my public narrative? That it is surreal to be discussed in parliamentary question time and Senate estimates for volunteering to promote Australia through public diplomacy programs? That I get death threats on a daily basis, and I have to reassure my parents that I will be fine, when maybe I won’t be? That I’ve resorted to moving house, changing my phone number, deleting my social media apps. That journalists sneak into my events with schoolchildren to sensationally report on what I share. That I’ve been sent videos of beheadings, slayings and rapes from people suggesting the same should happen to me.

Do I reassure my parents or do I tell them the truth? I have yet to decide.

I wrote the essay below at the beginning of the year, post Q&A but pre-Anzac. Even that statement is a reflection of the sad reality that my life seems to simply exist in reference to the various outrages my voice has caused.

Whether or not one agrees with me isn’t really the point. The reality is the visceral nature of the fury – almost every time I share a perspective or make a statement in any forum – is more about who I am than about what is said. We should be beyond that but we are not. Many, post-Anzac, said the response wasn’t about me but about what I represent. Whether or not that is true, it has affected my life, deeply and personally.


"Ah, the worst that can happen is someone sending you an angry email. Just don’t read it, you will be fine. Don’t forget to take your vitamins. Have you checked your iron levels? You know your anaemia makes you tired."

Modern-day activism does not garner much sympathy from my migrant parents. Looking at it objectively it’s something I can understand: in Sudan the kinds of fights they were involved in had much higher risks. Their friends were jailed, tortured, killed. My mother faced off an army who wanted to storm her university’s dormitory during Colonel Omar al-Bashir’s coup of 1989. My father would regularly tell my younger brother and me stories of what kind of dangers people faced as they fought for their political ideals.

“One of our friends was taken by police during a protest, for no apparent reason,” Dad recounted one evening at the dinner table. “We all knew that if we did not get him back in time, he would be killed. So we kicked up a huge fuss to get him back, stormed the police stations, got in the media … We did not hear anything back by the evening, and thought that all was lost. The next morning, the man’s mother heard a knock on the door. Someone had dumped a body at the foot of the gate, bloody and beaten beyond recognition. It was our friend, so badly tortured that his own mother did not recognise him. Subhanallah though, he was still alive.”

Such stories are not uncommon for anyone who has lived in a nation cursed by conflict. In fact, violence can become so normalised that it can be an expected consequence of pushing for social or political change, and there are no systems of protection in place to guarantee a person’s physical safety. It’s no wonder, then, that the battles of a young “keyboard warrior” in Australia do not seem quite so serious to my war-weary parents. Compared with what they moved away from, the 140-character threats of “Twitter trolls” seem almost quaint.

There is one major difference, however. Although the ideas we are fighting for – human rights, social justice, equality – have not necessarily changed, the ways those battles are fought certainly have. My parents’ activism was localised, talking to issues that at most would affect the surrounding region and segment of Sudanese society. Theirs was a fight for just governance within a single country, rather than an ideological battle across nations. It was also an analogue challenge. The nature of communication meant that individual reach was limited and therefore individual exposure appropriately throttled. This lent itself to a collective front, buffering individuals somewhat from personal criticism and opposition.

Today a public advocate’s platform is digital and greatly magnified. An issue or debate unfolding in one place can be amplified through a video or tweet to gain international support or condemnation – sometimes both – simultaneously. News travels almost instantly, and the feedback is equally as swift. Individuals can be rewarded with incredible highs – a following that spans the globe, the ability to easily create content that reaches millions, membership of an online community that “gets it” – but also with floods of criticism and personal, pointed abuse.

The way this feedback is delivered is also incredibly isolating – abuse appears in an individual’s inbox, Twitter feed, Facebook page. And while the inverse to this – retweets, likes, positive comments and messages – does give some sense of solidarity and a collective front, that front as a number on a screen rather than the physical presence of others can only go so far towards steeling your resolve. There is little shared experience to commiserate upon. Even among those who identify with each other, it is difficult to convey a sense of such personal attacks. We might all be fighting the same fight but we have our own demons that divide us for easy picking.

Furthermore, an individual’s online presence creates a safety concern that is different from those experienced by previous generations. Whereas my parents would have feared government retribution in the form of being detained, disappeared or killed, the threats faced by activists and advocates today are not nearly as organised. They are amorphous, overwhelming and seemingly impossible to defend against. Imagine every single piece of information about you, which you have inadvertently made available online somehow, in the hands of someone who does not know you, does not like you and does not care what happens to you – either a teenage hacker or a national broadsheet – and few rules or consequences if that information is used against you. It is almost enough to terrify an activist into silence. Almost.

“You should just get offline!” I am regularly advised, after explaining what it is like to be a commentator in the public space, advocating for ludicrous concepts such as the right to be heard or the seemingly radical ideal of equality. Asking us to go offline is like asking us to leave the streets. Sure, it’s the safe thing to do, but it ignores the importance of the online in any struggle today. The online and offline worlds are inextricably linked; in 2017 they are simply different dimensions of the same reality.



I learnt these realities in a baptism of fire in September 2016 after I walked out of a speech and accidentally picked an ideological fight with a US woman who is an important literary figure. What I did not realise at the time was that this is something a young, brown Muslim woman simply must not do, particularly if the conflict is even vaguely connected to the nebulous concept dubbed “identity politics” – a phrase coined, seemingly, to dismiss or disregard anyone asking for their oppression, historical context or personal reality to be recognised and respected.

How silly of me to miss the memo. Respect is so passé.

I shall spare you the details; googling “Lionel Shriver Yassmin Abdel-Magied” should be enough to keep you entertained for hours. Put simply, I had flown a little too close to the sun. I’d been given my wings, told I could fly with the flock and contribute to the discussion as an equal, told I could be a part of “us”. No one mentioned the feathers were fixed in place with wax, and the sun wouldn’t hesitate to strip them away.

Walking out, and then writing an (admittedly) emotionally charged piece about my reasoning, led to an unexpected – and global – ideological hammering. Criticism and ad hominem attacks were levelled from all over the world, starting with Australia’s national broadsheet and stretching all the way to the New York Times.

Not only was the outcry deafening but the commentary it unleashed was merciless. Breitbart, the (fake?) news site and platform of the “alt-right” – formerly chaired by Steve Bannon, now Donald Trump’s chief strategist – featured an article on the encounter. It was not as cruel as it could have been, if I’m honest. But it was certainly deeply convinced of its own righteousness:

‘Everyone’s entitled to their opinion’ … But if that opinion happens to be so ill thought-through, poorly argued, whiny, needy, constrictive, selfish, ugly, ignorant, flat out wrong and probably quite dangerous too, then they deserve to be called on it and relentlessly, mercilessly mocked till they never spout such unutterable bollocks ever again in their special snowflake lives.

I had messages from friends in India, Italy and Indonesia whose friends and family had been discussing the affair. For a brief moment it became the topic of dinner-table conversation. The result of that spotlight though meant that for the next three or four weeks my life was overwhelmed by this story. I had hundreds of emails a day, to the point where I began to automatically delete them and avoided my multiple inboxes completely, to the chagrin of those who were trying to connect for non Shriver-related business. I deleted Twitter from my phone, deactivated Facebook and wrote almost nothing online for an entire month. Which, for me, is a pretty long time.

But because the online is not truly separate from the offline in our lives, it wasn’t truly an online coma. The modern-day equivalent of a pack of citizen paparazzi, perhaps, were still on the front lawn, constantly slipping notes under the door, knocking on the windows, yelling obscenities. While I couldn’t hear or see them, I knew they were there.

For a modern-day “social justice warrior”, as we are often pejoratively named, being attacked online comes with a sense of being desperately alone. It was me and a glowing screen, the dings of messages, tweets, emails sent by strangers reminding me of my place in the world.

Drip by drip, message by message, it’s the Chinese water torture of the online age.


The weeks rolled by. The influx of messages eventually slowed and a semblance of normality was restored. It seemed the storm had passed.

Months later, at the Jaipur literature festival, I bumped into another important literary figure. Tall, imposing and very British, he was the type of high-level agent who wouldn’t normally bother with someone like me – save for the fact that I too am tall, and our eyes met briefly as he crossed the lawn. He slowed as he approached me, then stopped as his face brightened.

“Oh, I know you,” he said. “You’re the girl they’re all talking about!” I assumed he was referring to the elite group of global literary stars gathered at the writers’ party that evening.

“Good things, I hope?” I said, glibly.

His response was emphatic and, in a typical English fashion, faintly apologetic.

“Oh, no, no, I’m afraid not. They all disagree with you, really.”

“Oh!” I feigned shock, though of course I was very well aware. The next line was much more genuine: “I do wish they would disagree to my face! I would love to have a conversation with them.”

The agent shook his head. It was late and he looked slightly intoxicated, which was probably why he was more forthright than Englishmen usually seem to be.

“Oh, no, no one would do that. You’re very intimidating! We’re all a little frightened of you.”

I flashed my biggest, pearliest smile and pointed at my teeth. “Look at this face, hey? How could I possibly be intimidating?”

But it seems there is something incredibly intimidating about a young, brown Muslim woman who is unafraid to speak her mind. This became clear again in February 2017 when I was invited to join a panel discussion on the ABC’s Q&A.

You may have seen the video – after all, it took only a week for the clip to reach 12 million views on Facebook. In essence, I challenged Senator Jacqui Lambie’s views on sharia and Islam, loudly and passionately. The immediate response online was incredibly positive, bolstering my confidence – but that was short-lived. My head above the parapet, I then became the subject of a strange and unnecessary character assassination by the national broadsheet. “This is it,” I thought. “I’m never going to get a corporate job again. Who will employ me after the things that have been said?”

But this time around, I would be pleasantly surprised. Within a week, voices of support made themselves heard: radio presenters challenged the criticisms levied against me, breakfast show hosts defended my reputation, and much ink was spilled in calling out the bullying and canvassing for a more considered and egalitarian response. I could not believe it, to be honest: the articles and columns laced with hatred I had come to expect – but others putting themselves on the line to offer their support? It was a humbling and fascinating experience. Perhaps, on reflection, I was not in this alone after all.


The irony in all this, of course, is that I am no one very important. I do not hold an elected office, I do not officially represent any racial or cultural group, and I have never been part of a political party, union or even political student organisation. I am a 25-year-old Muslim engineering chick, born in the Sahara desert, whose words occasionally find themselves in the public arena. And if a few words that I put together are enough to terrify institutions into attacking me, stumbling over themselves to demonstrate why “people like her” are wrong and why we should not be listened to because our words are oppressive, then one has to ask, what are they so afraid of? Why are they so afraid? For if the argument was truly as irrelevant as so many claim it to be, then surely it wouldn’t be worth all this energy.

Today’s identity politics are about power – but not “real” or “traditional” power. The reality is, real power – that which lies in financial resources, the mainstream media and politics – is held by hands similar to those of 50 or 100 years ago: white, male hands. Not much has changed. Sure, there are several women and people of colour fighting the fight, and many more making their way up the ranks, but look at the true hallmarks of power. Who owns the media companies, controls the big corporates, runs the countries? If the real, hard stations of power are still in the hands of those who have always had it, why are they so worried?

Part of me suspects that the reason these attacks are so vitriolic, swift and all-encompassing is because they are about identity. Identity politics is personal, and that’s why people take it so personally. By asserting my identity in a way that challenges my “place in the world”, I inadvertently challenge the place of those who feel entitled to their privilege and status. That feels not only wrong to such people, but deeply, personally offensive – because what is at stake is who they are in the world. And so they fight viciously, because if privilege and status and wealth and whiteness define who they are, what else could be more valuable?

Those who lack a definitive “place” in society have little to lose by calling out injustices and structural inequalities, and much to gain by disrupting the status quo. For those with something to lose in that disruption, this can be a terrifying prospect. For everybody else, it is a reminder of the strength and conviction that is needed to fight for a more just world. On that, my parents and I agree.

• This is an edited extract from Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

The Guardian



Despite the rhetoric, here's why Islamophobes don't want Yassmin to go
By Randa Abdel-Fattah

It's 2018, and every Muslim in Australia has been interned. The "radicals", the "moderates", the devout, the nominal, the Aussie-born, the migrants, the Logie winner, the TV hosts, the Q&A guests. The lot. Australia is now a Muslim-free country.

Has Islamophobia won? Well, no. Because despite the rhetoric and hysteria, this is precisely what Islamophobia does not want.

You see, Islamophobia needs Muslims. Not because it "needs an enemy". But because Islamophobia is driven by the same logics that define patriarchy.

This is very different to saying that Islamophobia is about hating Muslims. If only it were that simple. Think about how much easier it is to challenge misogyny – hatred of women – than it is to challenge patriarchy – a society structured on male domination, privilege and control. In the patriarchal utopia, women are not removed from society, but they exist within a space that seeks to contain, groom, control and possess them.

This, too, is the goal of Islamophobia, and nothing has demonstrated its internal patriarchal logic more clearly than the treatment of Yassmin Abdel-Magied – who, after weathering months of intense Islamophobic backlash, drew further ire this week when she announced she's decided to leave the country.

Abdel-Magied has come to represent everything that Islamophobia hates – but actually loves– about "the Muslim problem". It's a game of seeing how far "the Muslim" can be controlled and disciplined. Like men who enjoy asserting power over women's lives, there is a perverted pleasure in this exercise of seeking to dominate Muslim lives – telling Muslims how and where to dress, speak, eat, worship, and live.




Channel 7 removes ‘hateful’ poll over Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s decision to leave the country

CHANNEL 7’s digital arm has “unreservedly” apologised for publishing a now removed Facebook poll asking followers to vote on whether the Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied should leave the country or “face her critics”.

The poll, posted on the 7 News Australia Facebook page, was slammed by followers and commentators for inciting racist discussion and bullying, and Ms Abdel-Magied herself said it invited “prejudice and discrimination”.

After being questioned by, the station removed the poll from and admitted it “should never have been posted”.

Yahoo7, which administers the 7 News Australia Facebook page along together with Seven News, has since taken responsibility for the post.

The Facebook post published Tuesday asked followers to comment on Ms Magied’s decision to leave Australia. The controversial television presenter and commentator recently announced she was moving to London after being “traumatised” over facing what she described as “deeply racist” criticism.



The engineer-turned-media personality has been constantly criticised since posting an insensitive comment on Anzac Day which she removed from her page.
Seven’s post shared the news that Ms Abdel-Magied had announced she was leaving Australia and posed the question: “Do you support her decision to move to London or do you think she should stay and face her critics?”

The post attracted more than 1600 comments and 17,500 votes, according to Facebook.

In an update published overnight 15 per cent of respondents had voted “no” and 85 per cent has voted “yes”.

While many respondents were critical of Ms Abdel-Magied, an outspoken Muslim who has defended her religion publicly, a lot of commenters hit Seven with accusations of “bullying” over the decision to publish it and invite “racist” and “vitriolic” discussion”.

“You need a third option “this shouldn’t even be polled,” Laura Jane wrote.

“This is awful. Why would you think it was acceptable to poll people on Yassmin’s decision to move to London? Particularly in light of the relentless racist vitriol that she’s copped that 7 News Australia is contributing to,” Sophie Trevitt wrote.

“As a media outlet, you don’t think you have any ethical and professional responsibilities? Check out the comments below.”

Liam O’Reilly wrote: “FFS 7 news stop perpetuating hate for clicks!


In an email to, Ms Abdel-Magied said she considered the post a poor publishing decision.

“This is more a reflection of Channel 7’s poor editorial decision-making than anything else,” she said.

“The outlet’s profiling of me in this way invites prejudice and discrimination. It’s pretty trashy click-bait.”

A spokeswoman for Channel 7 told the situation was being investigated.

“The poll have been removed. It should never have been posted and we are reviewing how that occurred.” has since received a statement from Yahoo7 apologising for the post.

“The poll regarding Yassmin Abdel-Magied was posted by the Yahoo7 online news team, which administers the 7News Australia Facebook page, together with 7News,” the statement read.

“It was posted to genuinely create discussion around a balanced article and it was never the intention to generate inappropriate commentary on social media.

“We accept this was an error of judgment, the post has been removed and we unreservedly apologise to anyone offended.”



Why Yassmin Abdel-Magied Had To Be Destroyed


Moderate, educated, and articulate young Australian-Muslims contradict the generalisations of Australia’s growing Islamophobic current, writes Max Chalmers.


For this burgeoning sector of the country, the apparition of a Muslim who looks like anything other than a suicide bomber is a scandal. It contradicts their varied assertions about the true evil of Islam, and the universal untrustworthiness of Muslims. This growing, increasingly paranoid audience have had their preconceptions so heavily groomed that any contradiction becomes an outrage.

That’s one reason why the drawn-out and orchestrated demise of Abdel-Magied has been so unpleasant to watch from afar [Ed’s note: Max Chalmers is now based in the US].

The appearance of the ‘moderate Muslim’, the personage that newspapers like The Australian insist they will tolerate, cannot be allowed to stand.

“The scale [of the response] would suggest Yassmin outed herself on the program as a paedophile or a North Korean spy,” Susan Carland wrote after Yassmin Fury Round One.

Then, on Anzac day, Abdel-Magied posted: “LEST. WE. FORGET (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)”. The post was quickly removed and the author apologised.

Again, very few responders actually bothered to put forward an argument explaining why this (very ambiguous) post was offensive, moving straight to calls for Abdel-Magied to be punished. There was a glee about it. Finally, something to hang her with.

As the attacks maintained their pace, their obsessive tracking of Abdel-Magied’s movements, their hysteria, a federal senator eventually declared the young Australian should “move to one of these Arab dictatorships that are so welcoming of women.”

As Carland argued, Abdel-Magied’s critics – the ones who insist, ‘no no, it’s behaviours and ideas, not identities, that we oppose’ – had unmasked themselves.

“It finally puts into full technicolour display the truth of their feelings towards Muslims: that the only acceptable Muslim is a non-Muslim.”

“Many Muslim women avoid the media, think twice about public interventions because the personal cost is so vicious and so high,” Abdel-Fattah noted.

“Many Muslim women avoid the media, think twice about public interventions because the personal cost is so vicious and so high,” Abdel-Fattah noted.

As with Abdel-Magied, you may well object to a particular position held by Aly. But it is only by virtue of his religious identity that he could ever be treated as truly outrageous by so many. And it is only by virtue of his liberal beliefs, articulate nature, successful integration, and handsome televisual image that his identity could cause such burning fury.

He is worse than the extremist. He is the moderate who thinly-veiled Islamophobes have insisted they will accept.

With the ferocity and fury that have been unleashed, it’s easy to forget just how absurd the situation is. Abdel-Magied has consistently put forward a familiar critique of Australia as a nation that has failed to represent and respond to all of its inhabitants and has committed historical wrongs as a state. She adds a kind of identity politics to this, a way of thinking now intuitive to many younger Australians especially.

You may take issue with this worldview or ideological bent, but you can’t deny it is drawn from mainstream currents.

In a society that bills itself as open, Abdel-Magied should have the right to make radical and even extremist critiques. As it turns out, however, she does not.

Migrants do not have to take the path of Abdel-Magied. The process of immigration is one that may take generations to settle. It is a tumultuous transformation. People need to be given the room to acclimatise, to make paths for themselves on their own terms.

But that is not the path Abdel-Magied has chosen. She has rapidly joined the mainstream conversation and been unafraid to assert her identity, on her own terms. She has taken a few steps down the well-trodden paths of Australia’s culture wars. She has not functioned purely as a spokesperson to denounce her own non-white community.

And worst of all, she hasn’t done anything unethical or outrageous in the process. That’s a crime a growing number of Australians cannot abide.


New Matilda



           Post comment here


Eid Down Under 2017 photo gallery

 Women's Interfaith forum





Attendee feedback

  • It was a fantastic event we are always so happy to be there

  • It was fantastic! The layout this was definitely an improvement! Was a great night, value for money all round, rides were perfect even for my little 2 year old and the fireworks display was spectacular!

  • Fantastic event. Very well organised. Well done to all.

  • Excellent event. A lot of variety throughout

  • I agree it was very well organised!




           Post comment here



Muslims carried out just 12.4 per cent of attacks in the US but received 41.4 per cent of news coverage

Terror attacks carried out by Muslims receive more than five times as much media coverage as those carried out by non-Muslims in the United States, according to an academic study.

Analysis of coverage of all terrorist attacks in the US between 2011 and 2015 found there was a 449 per cent increase in media attention when the perpetrator was Muslim.

Muslims committed just 12.4 per cent of attacks during the period studied but received 41.4 per cent of news coverage, the survey found.

The authors said the finding suggests the media is making people disproportionately fearful of Muslim terrorists.

Scientists studied US newspaper coverage of every terrorist attack on American soil and counted up the total number of articles dedicated to each attack.

They found that the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which was carried out by two Muslim attackers and killed three people, received almost 20 per cent of all coverage relating to US terror attacks in the five-year period.

In contrast, reporting of a 2012 massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that left six people dead and was carried out by Wade Michael Page – a white man, constituted just 3.8 per cent of coverage.

A mass shooting by Dylann Roof, who is also white, at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, killed nine people but received only 7.4 per cent of media coverage, while a 2014 attack by Frazier Glenn Miller on a Kansas synagogue left three dead but accounted for just 3.3 per cent of reports.

All of the above attacks are considered to meet widely-used definitions of terrorism, according to researchers at Georgia State University.

The authors said their finding debunked Donald Trump’s suggestion, made in February, that the media is not reporting terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims.

“When President Trump asserted that the media does not cover some terrorist attacks enough, it turns out that he was correct,” they wrote. “However, his assertion that attacks by Muslim perpetrators received less coverage is unsubstantiated.

“Regardless of other factors, attacks perpetrated by Muslims receive a disproportionate amount of media coverage. In the present data, Muslims perpetrated 12.4 per cent of the attacks yet received 41.4 per cent of the news coverage.

“Whether the disproportionate coverage is a conscious decision on the part of journalists or not, this stereotyping reinforces cultural narratives about what and who should be feared.

“By covering terrorist attacks by Muslims dramatically more than other incidents, media frame this type of event as more prevalent. Based on these findings, it is no wonder that Americans are so fearful of radical Islamic terrorism. Reality shows, however, that these fears are misplaced.”

Source: The Independent



           Post comment here



Soccer 365 will be starting another term of soccer training for kids commencing every Saturday from the 1 July up until 2 September at Svoboda Park in Kuraby.

The sessions available this term will be:

9am-9.30am for 2-4 year olds (toddlers)

9.30am-11am for children aged 5-6 (minis).

10am-11.30am for children aged 6-11 (juniors)

The lessons shall cover the fundamental rules and skills of soccer in a non competitive environment encouraging social skills, motor skills and fun.

Soccer365 has been training children successfully for 8 months with a variety of small games, activities and drills designed to cater to a variety of ability levels.

Toddlers sessions will be priced at $80 ($8 x10 lessons) Mini and junior sessions will be $120 ($12 x 10 lessons).


Places are limited. For more information, contact Adam Ismail on 0448670708

Keep updated at the Soccer365 Brisbane Facebook page.



           Post comment here



Danny Mikati spent 17 years as a police officer.

Bankstown police officer Danny Mikati called a "Signal 1" – officer down or needing urgent help – only once in his career.

A day after the Cronulla riots, rumour had spread that Maroubra's Bra Boys were going to bomb Lakemba Mosque and 1000 people had turned up to defend it.

As Italian-Australians and Greek-Australians flew up from Melbourne to join what had quickly become an "ethnics v Aussies" conflict, the crowd swelled from six people to hundreds. Just one police officer was there, Bankstown's Senior Constable Mikati.

When a freelance journalist arrived and started filming the mosque, the crowd suddenly turned on him. Mikati sprinted ahead and shepherded the journalist into a car, only to turn and see the crowd baying for him, yelling "Get the cop! Get the cop!"

"All I had time to say was 'Bankstown 85 – urgent'," he says. "I said a little prayer in my head and thought, 'OK, this is how it ends.' "

But as they were running at him, men from the Muslim community who knew Mikati formed a human chain around him. "They were copping shopping trolleys, baseball bats to the back of their head, saying 'No one touches him!' "

It is an indication of Mikati's status in the Muslim community that young men were prepared to risk their lives for him and take on a frenzied, angry mob.

Mikati, 40, spent 17 years on the road as a police officer, rising to the rank of sergeant and developing a reputation as the Muslim community's cop. There are few people in south-west Sydney who wouldn't know his name.

His community conscience meant he was the only person in his graduating class to ask to be stationed at Bankstown, his home patch and the place he went on to spend 14 years of his career.

He witnessed a murder on his second day on the job, in 1999. He was called to four murder scenes before his first shoplifting job, such was the blood-letting across south-west Sydney at the time.

He can speak Arabic, which meant he was drafted into many strike forces ahead of his time and, despite not being based in counter-terrorism, he says there wasn't a major terrorism conviction he wasn't involved in.

He'd have locals pointing out suspects to him. He'd be invited into houses rather than needing to obtain a search warrant.

He barely slept for two weeks after the Lindt Cafe siege in December 2014, driving around in his own car, speaking to people, quelling tensions, gathering information, strengthening relationships.

"I was too embedded in the community to the point where, if the top brass wanted to go visit a community leader, I'd know before he was coming," Mikati says. "[The leader] would've called me to ask, 'do I trust this guy?'"

Asked if he felt like he straddled two worlds, he says: "In the beginning, yes, but I took a different approach. I embraced the profile and tried to work for the community instead. But when the terrorism stuff started, that made things very hard."

There was a threat on his life from Islamic State last year, spread by radical London preacher Abu Haleema who perpetuated the hardline belief that it is forbidden to enforce a law other than Islamic law.

At the time, Mikati was receiving Facebook messages from extremists. He chatted back and forth, refuting arguments with verses from the Koran, something which Mikati was adept in, having minored in Arab and Islamic studies while studying medical science at the University of Sydney in the '90s.

Mikati, the son of an atheist who converted last year, found Islam during his final year of school, and says his religion was often "the ace I had up my sleeve".




           Post comment here



Linda Sarsour

USA: Linda Sarsour, a lead organizer of the Women’s March on Washington and one of the most high-profile Muslim activists in the country, gave an impassioned speech last weekend that at first gained little attention.

Speaking to a predominately Muslim crowd at the annual Islamic Society of North America convention in suburban Chicago, Sarsour urged her fellow Muslims to speak out against oppression.

In her speech, Sarsour told a story from Islamic scripture about a man who once asked Muhammad, the founder of Islam, “What is the best form of jihad, or struggle?

“And our beloved prophet … said to him, ‘A word of truth in front of a tyrant ruler or leader, that is the best form of jihad,'” Sarsour said.

“I hope that … when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad, that we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”

In an interview with The Washington Post early Friday, Sarsour said she was advocating solely for peaceful, nonviolent dissent.

But since videos of the speech began circulating, conservative media outlets have accused the activist of urging Muslims to wage a holy war against the Trump administration.

“Linda Sarsour calls for Muslims to wage ‘jihad’ against Trump,” a Conservative Review headline said. The article called Sarsour’s references to jihad “a particularly vague, yet terrifying, segment of her speech.”

“Linda Sarsour Calls for ‘Jihad’ Against Trump Administration,” Breitbart wrote.”The context of Sarsour’s remarks indicate that she meant a jihad using words,” Breitbart clarified in its own article. “However, the term has also been used to describe violent struggle, including terrorism, against non-Muslims or against governments described as enemies.”

Sarsour vehemently rejected that interpretation. “For people to out of nowhere claim that I would be calling for some sort of violence against the president is absolutely ludicrous,” Sarsour told The Post. “That’s just not who I am. That’s never been who I am.”

Some on social media argued that by using the word “jihad” Sarsour should have known the general public would interpret it as a violent term connected to Islamic extremism.

“Jihad, while co-opted means something very specific to a lot of people,” writer Yashar Ali said on Twitter. “If you want to use it … expect the blow back.”

Once again, Sarsour was thrust into the crosshairs on social media. On Twitter, conservatives called her a “terrorist sympathizer” and claimed Sarsour should be placed on a terrorist watch list or be investigated by the Secret Service. Others threatened her and even called for her deportation. (Sarsour, a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was born and raised in Brooklyn.)

Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a Fox News story and said, “Who in the @DNC will denounce this activist and democrat leader calling for Jihad again trump?”

Meanwhile, Muslims and non-Muslims alike came to Sarsour’s defense. Soon the hashtags #istandwithlinda and #myjihad spread on Twitter, with many Muslims sharing their own personal interpretations of jihad.

The Washington Post



           Post comment here


The CCN Classifieds (repeated)



Barber Wanted

Needing a barber with minimum 5 years experience to be part of our friendly team.


We are looking for honest, loyal and hard working employees.


Please email resumes or call 0403598199 to discuss further.



           Post comment here




            Post comment here

Interview with Karen Armstrong


Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong, British scholar of comparative religion, finds that there is a long and inglorious tradition of distorting Islam in Europe. She criticises the notion that Islam is essentially more violent than Christianity and speaks about the genesis of Western disdain for the Arab world. Interview by Claudia Mende.


(Continued from last week's CCN)


So secularism is perceived as an essentially Western concept?

Armstrong: It is a Western innovation; we were able to develop it under our own dynamic and not at somebody else's behest. It was essential to our modernisation and many therefore found it liberating. But in the Arab world, it was merely a foreign import; it was imposed by colonial powers and came with political subjection rather than political freedom. When the colonialists left, it was often imposed so cruelly that it seemed positively evil.

When Ataturk secularised modern Turkey, he closed down all the madrassas. His policies of ethnic cleansing forever associated secularism with the violence of the Young Turks, a secularist group who had seized power in Ottoman Turkey and committed the Armenian massacres during World War I. These rulers wanted their countries to look modern (that is, European), even though the majority of the population had no familiarity with Western ideas.

What about Egypt, the motherland of Islamism?

Armstrong: After an attempt on his life in 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser incarcerated thousands of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the innocent along with the guilty minority. Most were imprisoned without trial for doing nothing more incri­mi­nating than handing out leaflets or attending a meeting.

One of them was Sayyid Qutb. As he saw the Brothers being beaten, tortured and executed in this vile prison and heard Nasser vowing to secularise Egypt on the Western model and confine Islam to the private sphere, secularism seemed a great evil. In prison he wrote "Milestones", the "bible" of Sunni fundamentalism, the work of a man who has been pushed too far and was executed, at Nasser's special request, in 1966. The other Brothers were radicalised in these terrible prisons; when they were released in the 1970s, they took their extremism into the mainstream.




Interview conducted by Claudia Mende
Karen Armstrong is a British scholar of comparative religion. She is the author of several bestsellers on the history of religion. Her newest publication deals with violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. "Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence" (2014).

Source: Quantara



           Post comment here


The UK Muslim News Awards for Excellence event was held 27 March 2017 in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

Ibn Battuta Award for Excellence in MEDIA:

For fair, accurate and balanced reporting on an issue involving Muslims nationally or internationally.

Winner: Nabila Ramdani


Nabila Ramdani is an award-winning French-Algerian journalist, columnist, and broadcaster who specialises in French politics, Islamic affairs, and the Arab World. She has established a long-standing reputation for producing fearless, balanced and honest reporting across a wide variety of media outlets.


Nabila’s bylines have appeared in the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian and Evening Standard. While she has produced exclusives and interviews from the Muslim world and Arab Spring, Nabila has also covered issues that are applicable to all Muslims living in western societies such as Britain, writing with acute sensitivity to the lives of Muslims living in the UK and in France.


In the Charlie Hebdo debate, she argued vigorously on the BBC against the magazine’s bigotry: opposing terrorism while also objecting to hate publications. Nabila, who lives in London, was also the first journalist in the UK to expose poorly sourced stories linking refugees to attacks against women. 



..........The UK Muslim News Awards for Excellence CONTINUES IN NEXT WEEK'S CCN




           Post comment here

Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Pilgrimage to the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca is one of many rituals that are shared by both Sunni and Shia Muslims

The Sunni and Shia muslims: Islam's 1,400-year-old divide explained

The divisions date back to the years immediately after the Prophet Mohammed’s death

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran fundamentally boil down to two things – the battle to be the dominant nation in the Middle East and the fact the countries represent the regional strongholds of two rival branches of Islam.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is ruled by a Sunni monarchy known as the House of Saud, with 90 per cent of the population adherents of their leaders’ faith. The Islamic Republic of Iran, meanwhile, is overwhelmingly Shia, with up to 95 per cent of nationals belonging to the denomination.

Both countries are major oil producers but while Saudi covers a significantly larger land mass, Iran’s population is more than twice the size.

It is the theological divide that really drives the wedge between the two countries, however, with each unable to accept the legitimacy of the other nation’s dominant faith.

What caused the Sunni-Shia divide?

The Sunni-Shia conflict is 1,400 years in the making, dating back to the years immediately after the Prophet Mohammed’s death in 632.

The Prophet died without having appointed a successor leading to a massive split over the future of the rapidly growing religion – chiefly whether the religion’s next leader should be chosen by a kind of democratic consensus, or whether only Mohammed’s blood relations should reign.





           Post comment here







Returning wallet goes viral









The Story of God With Morgan Freeman

National Geographic




Season 2 Episode 1 The Chosen One (Full Episode)


National Geographic









Six days in Somaliland

CARE Australia


Newsreader in tears at end of report









Stopped and Searched in London street



Muslim man on his way to Jummah prayers stopped, handcuffed and searched because he was wearing too many clothes!







Jim Jefferies interviews Hanson
Comedy Central








Lord Mayor of London at Eid Celebrations 









How the Ottoman Caliphate saved Jack Sparrow 








How I Converted To Islam 










Promo Video | Umm Jamaal ud-Din's Brisbane Tour
14-17 July '17
Islam In Focus Australia








First Annual Quranic Report | The holy month of Ramadan 1438 AH - 2017 AD


Quran Hidayah English











Mufti Zeeyad Ravat, Pillars of Guidance Community Centre, held at Dandenong Indoor Stadium







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

To know the future just look to the past


Sharmina is pictured with her son John

Sharmina - first Deen child born in Australia

By Janeth Deen


The Deen family migrated to Australia in the late 1860s. Due to the conditions of the White Australia policy their women were not allowed into the country if they were not here before 1905. Their sons were brought out when they turned sixteen or older.

The early Deens were hawkers who travelled the outback to take goods to the wool and cattle stations in towns such as Longreach, Winton, Blackall and Tennant Creek. They sourced goods from warehouses in Brisbane and had their base in Blackall.

Foth Deen and his cousin Naby Box were the first Deens who worked in this occupation. Their sons later worked with them. The property owners of the day looked forward to their visits as there was little transport at the time as roads were not paved and many towns were isolated, in what was then known as the outback.

Fakir Deen, the son of Naby Box married an Australian girl named Dorothy Graves and they had three children two girls and one boy. The eldest girl was named Sharmina and she was born in Winton, Safian was born in Blackall and Ramzon was born in Biloela.

Sharmina was the first Deen child born in Australia. She has just turned eighty on 5th July. She is the mother of three and grandmother of seven.

Her sister Safian is in and aged care home due to a stroke which left her unable to walk and her brother Ramzon (husband of Janeth Deen) passed away in 1996.


           Post comment here





Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 7 July 2017

TOPIC"The steps to take after Ramadan" PART 2

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



Play the recording  







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 7 July 2017

TOPIC"The Future of Muslims in Australia"

IMAM: Ikram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 7 July 2017













Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 7 July 2017

TOPIC: "How did early Muslims react to the Quran?"

IMAM: Mossad Issa








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 7 July 2017


IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar





Click here for the past Kuthba recordings








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 7 July 2017

TOPIC“BaitUllah is the first house”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




Click here for the past Kuthba recordings





           Post comment here



Men deny us equality, not the Qur'an: a female Islamic judge in India speaks out


One of the country’s first group of women trained as kazis, Jahanara, is using her religious knowledge to help Muslims fight back against male domination


 Two of India’s first female Islamic judges: Afroz Begum (left) and Jahanara.


INDIA: A seminary in Mumbai, the Darul Uloom Niswan, started a two-year course for female kazis in 2015. The hope is that, armed with Qur’anic knowledge, they will tackle the customs that are perceived as being detrimental to women.

This summer the first batch of 15 women completed the course and are ready to start work.

Afroz Begum, 43, is another of the course graduates. Unlike Jahanara, Begum is happily married to a man who supports her work. “The Qur’an gives us equal rights. It gives us the right to life, education, property, the right to free choice. Once Muslim women understand this, their lives will change,” she says.

Since marriage is a legal contract under Islam, not a sacrament, the terms and conditions of the nikah (marriage) must be discussed and negotiated with the kazi. At the moment, contracts tend to favour the husband. 


The Guardian


           Post comment here


Afghanistan's all-girl robotics team banned from entering US - but their robot will be allowed in


The six girls wept when they heard they couldn't escort their machine to Washington DC for an international robotics challenge


Team Afghanistan weren't granted travel visas


AFGHANISTAN: Six teenage girls from Afghanistan have been denied visas to travel to the US for an international robotics competition, but they will be permitted to send their ball-sorting contraption to compete without them.

The aspiring inventors wept when they heard they couldn't escort their machine to Washington DC for the First Global Challenge, an annual contest for high school students from across the world.

They had twice trekked around 500 miles from Herat, a western city in Afghanistan, to the American embassy in Kabul to apply for the one-week travel visas.

But their efforts proved to be in vain as US officials rejected their applications following a series of interviews.

Afghanistan's first female tech boss Roya Mahboob, who founded software firm Citadel, organised the all-girl team and said they were "crying all day" after they were turned down.

She told Forbes: “It's a very important message for our people. Robotics is very, very new in Afghanistan.




           Post comment here


‘Love Thy Neighbor?’


When a Muslim doctor arrived in a rural Midwestern town, “it felt right.” But that feeling began to change after the election of Donald Trump.


Ayaz Virji walks home from work with his wife, Musarrat Virji, in Dawson, Minn.

US, DAWSON, MINN. — The doctor was getting ready. Must look respectable, he told himself. Must be calm. He changed into a dark suit, blue shirt and tie and came down the wooden staircase of the stately Victorian house at Seventh and Pine that had always been occupied by the town’s most prominent citizens.

That was him: prominent citizen, town doctor, 42-year-old father of three, and as far as anyone knew, the first Muslim to ever live in Dawson, a farming town of 1,400 people in the rural western part of the state.

“Does this look okay?” Ayaz Virji asked his wife, Musarrat, 36.

In two hours, he was supposed to give his third lecture on Islam, and he was sure it would be his last. A local Lutheran pastor had talked him into giving the first one in Dawson three months before, when people had asked questions such as whether Muslims who kill in the name of the prophet Muhammad are rewarded in death with virgins, which had bothered him a bit. Two months later, he gave a second talk in a neighboring town, which had ended with several men calling him the antichrist.  




The morning after the election, he was shocked and angry, and when he looked up the local results before he went to work, the feelings only intensified. Not only had Trump won the county, he had won Dawson itself by six percentage points.

By the time he got to the hospital, he was pacing up and down the hallways, saying he hoped people realized that they just voted to put his family on a Muslim registry, and how would he be treated around here if he didn’t have “M.D.” after his name? People tried to reason with him. A colleague told him it’s not that people agreed with everything Trump said, and Ayaz said no, you’re giving them a pass. He told the hospital’s chief executive that he was thinking of resigning, and she told him to take some days to cool off.



The Washington Post


           Post comment here


'Militant mothers' at frontline of conflict resolution in Indonesia




Mothers from multi-faith backgrounds, including Muslim, Christian and Hindu, in Indonesia are leading the country’s fight against violent extremist groups, earning them the title of ‘militant mothers’. Speaking with The Point Magazine from Indonesia, Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah of the Asian Muslim Action Network provides an insight into the work her organisation and the role of women in countering violent extremism and building peace.

A shared responsibility
The Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) approaches countering violent extremism as a shared responsibility of all communities, and women have a leading role to play, Kholifah said.
AMAN began in 2002 and is a network that brings together individuals, groups and associations of Muslims in Asia subscribing to a progressive and enlightened approach to Islam. The organisation provides a forum for women and young people to share ideas and experiences, and to facilitate follow-up processes to synchronise the actions and programs launched by common interest groups and individuals in Asia.

What are 'militant mothers'?
One program that has proven successful at strengthening the capacity of women in countering violent extremism and bringing about social change is the ‘Militant Mothers’ program. The program is an interfaith group of women who have a passion for gender equality and social justice issues, including protecting vulnerable young women and promoting social cohesion.
Kholifa said the concept of ‘Militant Mothers’ came about because often it is women who are on the frontlines of conflict resolution.

The group is made up of mothers living in Indonesia, meeting face-to-face regularly to create and deliver projects aimed at strengthening the role of women in public life and supporting other women in their public and private lives.

“They (the participants of the program) are our ‘rumour educators’ in the field so, for example, they clarify when news is spreading against minorities that may not be true. They stand up against intolerance, negative propaganda, and the politicisation of religions during elections, etc. .........





           Post comment here


Thousands of Jews Make an Annual Pilgrimage to This Muslim Country: These communities coexist against all odds.


Men wear tefillin, small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah, to pray in the historic Ghriba synagogue on Tunisia's Djerba island.


TUNISIA: The small island of Djerba off the coast of Tunisia has all the ingredients for the perfect holiday: Glistening white sands, warm Mediterranean waters, small villages with mazelike alleys, and hundreds of archaeological sites witnessing the land's long history. After arriving, many tourists seem content to burrow under a thatched umbrella of a luxury resort along the beach of Sidi Mahres, neglecting some of the real charm of the island.

Head deeper inside, past craft markets, café terraces, and decrepit colonial buildings, and a fascinating contrast is revealed: There remains one of the oldest Jewish settlements in the world, in a country that’s 98 percent Muslim.

The island's prominent Ghriba synagogue has been in continuous use for over two millennia. People believe that it was built around 500 B.C. by Jews who had fled after the Roman destruction of the First Temple of Jerusalem. The community grew during the Spanish Inquisition, and later from nearby countries. Eventually around 100,000 Jews lived in Tunisia before the country won independence from France in 1956.

Today, the 1,100 Jewish people centered around the famous synagogue in Djerba are nearly all that remain of the once thriving community. But every year, thousands fill the blue tiled Ghriba synagogue again during the annual pilgrimage for Lag BaOmer, which takes place 33 days after Passover.



The National Geographic


           Post comment here



To top

 Post your comment here







 Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World


Shadi Hamid




In Islamic Exceptionalism, Brookings Institution scholar and acclaimed author Shadi Hamid offers a novel and provocative argument on how Islam is, in fact, "exceptional" in how it relates to politics, with profound implications for how we understand the future of the Middle East.


Divides among citizens aren't just about power but are products of fundamental disagreements over the very nature and purpose of the modern nation state—and the vexing problem of religion’s role in public life. Hamid argues for a new understanding of how Islam and Islamism shape politics by examining different models of reckoning with the problem of religion and state, including the terrifying—and alarmingly successful—example of ISIS.

With unprecedented access to Islamist activists and leaders across the region, Hamid offers a panoramic and ambitious interpretation of the region's descent into violence. Islamic Exceptionalism is a vital contribution to our understanding of Islam's past and present, and its outsized role in modern politics.


We don't have to like it, but we have to understand it—because Islam, as a religion and as an idea, will continue to be a force that shapes not just the region, but the West as well in the decades to come.  




Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

– Henry Ward Beecher –


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: Another great idea for the school holidays or even school lunch next week.

 Chicken Quesadillas

1. Use your favourite dry rub and sprinkle all over chicken fillets. (approx. ½ kg) I used Cajun spice.

2. Place a griddle pan on the stove and add some butter and a bit of olive oil. When hot, place the chicken fillets and pan fry until cooked through.

3. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.

4. Add a few tbsps. of fresh cream to deglaze pan.

5. Slice chicken, add a few tabs. mayonnaise and the fresh cream from the pan.

6. Separately slice finely some red onions, tomatoes and avocados.

7. Place a tortilla on a pan on stove with medium heat on.

8. Sprinkle some cheese, add chicken, sliced avocado, chili flakes, tomato and onion.

9. Add more grated cheese and cover with another tortilla.

10. Once browned, flip and brown other side as well. 


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


Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist
M: 0406 279 591

Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at

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

The Dietitian’s Guide to Meal Planning

As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Planning meals for a week can help save you time, money and stress. When you plan your meals, it saves you from doing extra trips to the shops, which means you are less likely to do some impulse shopping, and therefore, will help save money in the long run. This also means you less likely to get drawn to buying junk food that are on sale or discounted.

It may sound like a lot of effort at first, but it can be very simple and will reduce your stress over “what to cook for dinner”. If you are like me and you just eat leftover dinners for lunch – you can! As long as put variety in your meal plan, there are no set rules as to what needs to be served at what meal.

Useful tips to keep in mind when doing up your meal plan:

• Plan your meals around the foods that you already have at home. For example, the types of spices that you already have. The basics, like bread rice, eggs, milk, flour you may have already or just need to top up.
• Use healthy cooking methods for your meals e.g. bake, roast, stir fry, grill, steam, boil. Try to avoid deep fryin
• Include some “do it yourself meals” in your meal plan like sandwiches, wraps which doesn’t require or needs minimal cooking

For more tips and guidance on meal planning, read my blog post which will go live at 5pm Saturday (8/7/17)..

Until next time,


           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.

This week, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic: How to Unlearn Your Fears

For many years I harboured within me two major fears - fear of abandonment and rejection and fear of spiders. It was only two years ago that I was able to unlearn these fears and am now a spider-friendly person who loves her own company and could not give a hoot about being rejected or abandoned. It didn’t happen overnight, especially overcoming arachnophobia :)

Fears are learnt. The environment we grow up in and the mindset we are conditioned to operate from govern our fears. I watched a horrible film when I was very young called Arachnophobia. I had no problems with spiders until I saw that film. And then I watched Harry Potter Chambers of Secret and Aragog the Spider was enough to keep me awake a few nights. That is a classic example of physical fear.

Emotional fears are slightly different but learned in a similar way. They too are as a result of experiences and conditioning. My fear of abandonment and rejection came from childhood experiences of inadequate emotional care.

So how do we unlearn our fears?

In any journey of transformation, one must first identify what needs to be transformed. Similarly, in order to unlearn fears, one must first identify what one fears.

5-Step Process to identify and unlearn your fears

1. Make a list of what you are fearful of. These things could be emotional or physical.
2. Beside each fear, write down where you got this fear from? (parents, friends, TV or Film or books)
3. Write down what exactly would happen to you physically if you had to face this thing that was causing you fear
4. Write down positive aspects about the thing you fear from a logical and rational point of view
5. Every time you feel fear, remind yourself about the positive aspects of that thing that is causing you fear

It is the fourth step that people struggle with most. For example, one of my clients had a fear of dying in a car crash. She didn’t fear death, however, car crash was not how she wanted to die. She said she couldn’t find anything positive to say about a car crash.

You may agree with her. At some level I do too. However, let us look at this from a Muslim’s perspective. Once I did this with my client she was able to overcome this fear completely.

Where there is FAITH there is NO FEAR.

As Muslims, we are not to fear people, places, things or situations. We are to fear (have ‘khawf’) of ONLY ALLAH.

Example of how to unlearn fear

Let’s look at how my client unlearned her fear of dying in a car crash using the above 5 steps.

1. She listed her fear - Dying in a car crash
2. She listed how she developed this fear - She saw pictures of a car crash in a newspaper clipping when she was very young
3. She wrote down what would happen to her physically if she was in a car crash - broken bones, brain damage, blood everywhere (notice she didn’t mention death)
4. She wrote down the positive aspect of this car crash - death, returning to ALLAH, and inshallah jannah
5. She wrote what she needed to remind herself every time this fear gripped her - That dying of a car crash will not matter when her soul is released from her body because she will no longer exist in human form. She will be awaiting her judgment day. She needs to focus on the now and do good deeds to be able to get jannah when she dies.

This rather logical confrontation of her fear gave her a renewed perspective of her temporary existence here in this duniya.

As Muslims we are wonderfully equipped with this realisation that life in the duniya is temporary. Fear is shaytaan’s whispers to make you think otherwise. Faith overcomes fear. Faith and fear can never coexist.


For more insight watch the YouTube clip.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Happiness and Joy...what is the difference?

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


Download the above article.




           Post comment here



Exercise burns calories and raises metabolism, so be sure to refuel with food.

Try five smaller meals instead of 3 big ones.

Include healthy snacks and lots of water for a glowing skin as well.

Before a workout, snack on carbs (juice, fruit, yogurt, etc.) for fast energy. After a workout, replenish with a carb/protein mix for muscle recovery. Otherwise keep your meals and snacks as light and healthy as possible.





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


Pomegranate Trees


CCN reader, Mrs. P, wants to know why her pomegranate tree was not bearing fruit.

Answer: The Pomegranate has been around since the times of the prophets and grows successfully almost everywhere. However, being from the desert, it hates humidity but will still thrive if correct attention is paid.


Here are the main reasons for failure to fruit:

• The main reason is that the sucker stems were not removed as the tree grew. The result is a tree with about a dozen base stems.
• A good healthy pomegranate should have no more than two to three base stems and ideally only one.
• The tree is in deep shade. Pomegranates love direct sun.
• You bought an ornamental variety which does not bear fruit. Remember that some varieties are non-fruiting.
• It is too humid for the variety you planted. Always ensure you plant a variety that can tolerate humidity.


Too many sucker base stems


Correct: Base stems were pruned out.


Send your gardening questions to


You can also contact Ahmed Esat by phone (0404070498) or email ( and visit his blog site.

           Post comment here



The Imam's wife was expecting a baby, so he asked the Mosque trustees for a raise.

After much discussion, the committee passed a rule that whenever the Imam's family expanded; so would his pay cheque.

After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the trustees decided to hold another meeting to discuss the Imam's expanding salary.

A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the Imam's additional children were costing the Mosque, and how much more it could potentially cost.

After listening to them for about an hour, the Imam rose from his chair and spoke,


"Children are a gift from Allah, and we will take as many gifts as He gives us."


Silence fell over the Mosque trustees.

In the back row, Mula Nasruddin struggled to stand, and finally said in his frail voice...

"Rain is also a gift from Allah, but when we get too much of it, we use raincoats."



Apolitical Aphorisms

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.

~Jay Leno~

           Post comment here


An Ayaat-a-Week



We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth.


The carrying of the (child) to his weaning is (a period of) thirty months. At length, when he reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years, he says:


“O my Lord! grant me that I may be grateful for Your favour which You have bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and that I may work righteousness such as You may approve; and be gracious to me in respect of my offspring. Truly have I turned to You and truly I do bow (to You) in Islam.”

~ Surah Al-Ahqaf 46:15


           Post comment here



“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence;

it is to act with yesterday's logic.”


                                                                                                ~ Peter Drucker



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

Notice Board



Click on image to enlarge




Events & Functions


Download flyer               Register here



Gladstone Eid Family Day at the Marina


Download flyer








           Post comment here


Islamic Programmes, Education & Services



Download Flyer




Download Flyer



Download Flyer









Click on thumbnail to enlarge


Download flyer

This is an environment where our children will learn about Allah and his beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W., recite their duas and surahs, learn about the 5 pillars of Islam, following the Sunnah, the values of Ramadaan and Eid and go to sleep listening to the beautiful recitation of the Quran or Zikr. ……


Assalamualaikum. Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten is in need of your help! The Department of Transport who owns the current premises at 2 Rothon Drive, Rochedale South, require the property to create a new busway through the area. We need to find a new location a.s.a.p.
Going back to the beginning…. Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten was the inspiration of a new Muslimah’s concerns that there was no Islamic Kindy where she could send her son to for the most critical years of his life i.e the 1st five years. (As we are all aware of the importance of the foundation phase in the correct upbringing of our children). She noticed this empty Kindergarten building at No. 2 Rothon Drive and in October 2012 the first Islamic Kindy in Brisbane opened it’s doors to a pressing need in the community. From such humble beginnings up till now, we are pleased to say that through the Rahmah and mercy of Allah we have grown to become an established institution serving the needs of the Muslim community.

In October 2016 we were assessed by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care and Alhamdullilah we were rated as “EXCEEDING THE NATIONAL QUALITY FRAMEWORK”. We meet all government requirements for the National governing body “ACECQA” as well as the Queensland State Government Office of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Our Service Approval currently includes :-
 An Approved Kindergarten Program for children in their final year before school,
 Long Day Care for 3year olds to school age,
 Before School Care
 After School Care
 Vacation Care for School Aged Children
 A Montessori Program across all ages.

We have 24 childcare places per day. Our Kindergarten is set in a beautiful garden setting and it will be sad to see it go. We even have parents coming from the North side and as far as Gold Coast, braving the traffic for up to an hour just to place their child in our Islamic Kindy!

To date we have approached various organisations and individuals and visited buildings for rental but unfortunately have not been successful in securing premises for our new Kindy.
We beseech anyone who can be of any assistance in helping us to find new premises, renovate if required, and relocate by the 31st December 2017 to come forward and assist us in continuing this humble but integral venture for the future of our children in this environment we find ourselves in.



           Post comment here


Businesses and Services




See ALL our advertising/sponsorship options

here or email us


           Post comment here





Download flyer here



           Post comment here


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

To claim your date for your event email






(Click on link)





14,15, 16 July


Ustadha Umm Jamal Brisbane Talks

IFA, Pearls of Jannah & Sisters' Support Services


0490 144 018

varies depending on session for the day

14 July


Striving For Excellence:
A talk by Jamal-Ud-Din El-Kiki


15/3 Fermont St. UNDERWOOD

0425 811 150

6pm to 7pm

15 July


Annual Eid Night Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque

0413 038 610


16 July


Workshop: Effective Communication & Negotiation

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, ALGESTER

0401 422 756


22 July


Haj Seminar

Darul Uloom & AIIC


0432 539 942

9.30am to 1pm

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

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0421 081 048


5 & 6 August

Sat & Sun

Sura Kahf: Reflections from the Cave: Sheikh Sajid Umar

Al Kauthar




2 September




6 September


Connecting Communities: A digital evolution at the SBS: Michael Ebeid, SBS CEO

Crescent Institute BRISBANE

BDO Level 10,

12 Creek St, Brisbane


5.30pm for 6.15pm

22 September




14 October


P&C Annual Ladies Night

Wisdom College

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0435 939 730


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

















Masjid As Sunnah







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



TIME: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
VENUE: Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB].


Community Contact Command, who are situated in Police Headquarters, manages 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