EST. 2004


Sunday 16 July 2017 | Issue 0662


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Mehdi Hasan in conversation with Stan Grant in Sydney




"If we want to defeat extremism of all types then we have to stick together. We have to stand together, be united and focus on what unites us, not sets us apart."



Australia, your misplaced fear is giving terrorists exactly what they want
By Mehdi Hasan

What are Australians so afraid of? Why has fear started to paralyse your once-confident and uber-relaxed nation?

A recent ANU poll revealed that almost half of you (45 per cent) are now concerned that you or one of your family members could become the victim of a future terrorist attack, while more than half of you (56 per cent) think your government could do much more to prevent such an attack. Another poll found almost half of you (49 per cent) even support a Trump-esque ban on all Muslim immigration.

What is going on in a country that prides itself on a fair go for all?

Are you really so petrified by the possibility of a domestic terror attack?

Have you forgotten that yours is an island nation? That the Bali bombings back in October 2002 may have resulted in the tragic deaths of 88 Australians but there have been zero mass-casualty terror attacks on Australian soil since September 11, 2001?

Australia is not France. Nor is it the UK. Terrorism is a real and present danger, of course, yet terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of just five people in your country over the past two decades. That's five too many but put that number in context, as Professor Greg Austin, an international security expert at the University of NSW, did last October: "More Australians have died at the hands of police (lawfully or unlawfully) in 10 years (50 at least from 2006 to 2015) or from domestic violence in just two years (more than 318 in 2014 and 2015) than from terrorist attacks in Australia in the last 20 years."

Got that? You are also much more likely, as an Australian in Australia, to be killed falling out of bed in the morning than by a terrorist during the day. To borrow a phrase from the Aussie vernacular — fair dinkum!

Perceptions miss the mark

Take it from this Pom journalist who has reported on the Eurozone crisis, the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump — whether it's terrorism, crime or the state of the economy, you Aussies have less to worry about than most other Western nations.

Despite recent terror-inspired stabbings and deaths, the threat of "homegrown" extremism has been overstated. As even your government has conceded, "only a very small proportion of the population supports the use of violence to try to achieve ideological, religious or political goals." Yes, about 100 Australian Muslims are believed to be fighting for Islamic State in Syria, which is 100 too many, but that's a tiny fraction of the Australian Muslim community of 600,000-odd. (Incidentally, the proportion of your population that is Muslim is nine times smaller than many of you seem to think it is.)

The threat posed by bearded, dark-skinned foreigners has been equally overstated. Why do Muslim refugees, arriving by the boatload from war-torn Syria and Iraq, keep so many of you up at night? The truth is the security threat posed by such men, women and, yes, don't forget children, is truly miniscule.

Don't take my word for it: Duncan Lewis, the head of your national security agency, the ASIO, has said he has "absolutely no evidence to suggest there's a connection between refugees and terrorism."

Or as your deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, so memorably put it, there is as much a link between refugees and terrorism as there is "between testicles and terrorism."

The model is working

The truth is that Australia should be the envy of the Western world. Yes, your country has an ugly — and in many ways, unresolved — history of racism and discrimination, both towards non-white immigrants and Aboriginal peoples. Yes, your government has failed, in the words of Human Rights Watch, to "respect international standards for asylum seekers and refugees". Yes, you have a growing number of nativist politicians vying to be Australia's Donald Trump, from Pauline Hanson to Jacqui Lambie.

Yet integration, by and large, is working in Australia, despite it having one of the highest foreign-born populations (28 per cent) in the West. In an era in which conservative leaders from Britain to France to Germany have been falling over one another to declare multiculturalism outdated or even dead, your current conservative government deserves praise for issuing a recent official statement declaring your country "the most successful multicultural society in the world". "Australia," wrote Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the foreword, "is an immigration nation ...embracing its diversity."

It is your remarkable and admirable diversity which the terrorists seek to disrupt and undermine; groups such as Islamic State do not hide the fact that their goal is to sow fear and division. Their little helpers in the West — the Trumps, the Le Pens, the Hansons, with their "Muslim bans" and obsession with "sharia" law — are, wittingly or unwittingly, bolstering their message.

Don't believe me? Listen to the French journalist and former Islamic State hostage Nicolas Henin, who says the group is "heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia … Central to their world view is the belief that communities cannot live together with Muslims, and every day their antennae will be tuned towards finding supporting evidence."

Islamist terrorists and Islamophobic politicians both want the same thing: for you to be filled with fear, suspicion, hate, anger.

So Australians, don't give them what they want. Don't be afraid. Be defiant. Don't be frustrated. Be proud. Your nation could be a model for the rest of the West; a beacon of both immigration and integration. A nation that refuses to be cowed either by terrorist attacks or by those who would exploit terrorist attacks for partisan gain.

Many of us across the West are cheering you on. As the legendary American cartoonist Charles M Schulz put it, "Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia."


Source: ABC News



And appearing on Q&A on Monday







Emma Alberici speaks to journalist and political commentator Mehdi Hasan about battling extremism and perceptions of Islam.



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The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) this week announced its new initiative ANIC HALAL AUTHORITY & CERTIFICATION.



ANIC HALAL AUTHORITY was established for the purpose of:

i) Providing a greater awareness on HALAL certification in Australia and
ii) Securing products that are HALAL and lawful for consumption by the
Muslim community
iii) Maintaining and preserving the Islamic religion and faith.

ANIC HALAL AUTHORITY is led by prominent Imams from across Australia
including the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad and the authority upholds the objectives of Halal compliance according to the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah, the recognized Global halal standards, transparency, accountability and professionalism.

ANIC HALAL AUTHORITY is a registered organisation under ASIC and approved by the department of Agriculture and Water Resources and numerous overseas authorities.

ANIC HALAL AUTHORITY provides a reliable and trustworthy Halal Accreditation and Certification Services to abattoirs, slaughter houses, meat processing establishments, consumable goods, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.


ANIC Halal Authority is approved by major importing countries and accredited by the Australian Government making it one of the leading certification bodies in the Halal industry.

Halal Accreditation from ANIC will ensure the consumer confidence in the product meeting the Islamic requirements and that the product has been scrutinised by a global Islamic Organisation.


Read the ANIC Halal Authority phamplet.

For more details or certifications visit the ANIC HALAL AUTHORITY website  or contact contact the office on: (02) 8377 4175 or email:



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A report has revealed lone women are most likely to be targeted in Islamophobic attacks by men of Anglo-Celtic backgrounds.

“You Muslim dog, get out of this country, you’re not Aussie”.

“Watch as we come for you in your sleep”.

“This isn’t the only incident I had like this”.

These are just some of the stories found in the 'Islamophobia in Australia 2014-2016' report released on Monday.

Research conducted by the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University and the Islamophobia Register of Australia has revealed women who are alone and wearing Islamic headwear were the most likely to be targets of attacks.

Females who were accompanied by children or pregnant further increased the chances of becoming a target of an Islamophobic attack.

The perpetrators are most often male, of Anglo-Celtic background and by themselves when incidents occur.

Children also appear to be at risk of being targeted, with one woman describing how a neighbour came to her door and verbally assaulted her and her baby.

“I really feel harassed by her as she expressed so much hate, especially to my baby," she said.

Other cases include an elderly man calling a teenage boy “a terrorist”, while a customer demanded a young Muslim employee at a supermarket remove her headscarf.

Despite the gender skew, the research has shown that females tended to submit fewer reports when they were the target.

Cyber crimes are accounting for a growing number of Islamophobic incidents, though some attacks included both an online and offline component such as the posting of a video of a person harassing someone.

Some posts explicitly incited violence, such as a Facebook post calling for people to get guns “for revenge after [the] Martin Place shooting”.

“I’m going to hit and then spit on every single Islam/Muslim I see” another post said.



Australian Muslim women are bearing the brunt of Islamophobic attacks. Telling them to hide their religion is victim blaming #TheDrum


One witness described seeing two men verbally abuse a group of women wearing headscarves, telling them “you’re not wanted here."

Many of those who had been targeted reported saying they had lost faith in Australia and multiculturalism, particularly when the response from authorities was less than adequate.

“They didn’t even take it seriously”, one person said after telling the police. “Shocking!”

There were also incidents were non-Muslim citizens expressed their disappointment and concern for those being targeted.

One woman recounted meeting a Muslim woman in public and offering her support.

“It might sound trite, but there are so many of us out there that want the brothers and sisters to know, ‘you are respected and loved’”, she said.

Source: SBS





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Students will be safer when travelling to and from school thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s $12 million flashing school zone program, with Stretton among those set to receive the signs.

Duncan Pegg MP said signs would be installed on Formby Street serving Wisdom College over the coming financial year.

“We have already installed over 740 flashing signs across Queensland, and it will be great to see yet another school benefit from our safety initiative,” Mr Pegg said.

“Our flashing signs have made school zones much safer ever since they started lighting-up our roads in 2011.

“This is because significant planning goes into ensuring the signs are delivered to where they’ll be most effective, benefiting the schools and communities that need them most.

“We work closely with local councils and schools leading up to the installation phase, to ensure these important safety signs are placed in highly visible places.”

Mr Pegg said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to enhancing road safety for students across the state.

“Flashing signs play an important role in alerting motorists that they are entering a school zone, reminding drivers to slow down and keep an eye out for children,” Mr Pegg said.

“The signs only flash on school days and during school zone times, so motorists will be notified when children are likely to be around.

“We want to create a safe environment for our students to allow them to focus on their studies, rather than having to worry about careless drivers.

“Adhering to the speed limit is always vital, and we urge all motorists to follow the road rules and help us create a safe environment for students when they are arriving and leaving school.”

Schools are selected for flashing school zone signs following detailed analyses, which considers crash history, vehicle and pedestrian traffic, speed limits and visibility problems.



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Commonwealth funding will be restored to Malek Fahd after the Federal Court ordered the government to no longer delay it over transparency concerns.


One of Australia's largest Islamic schools has won a legal fight to receive about $6.5 million in Commonwealth funding which had been withheld due to governance and transparency concerns.

The Malek Fahd Islamic School in NSW was in April notified its funding would be delayed and there were fears it would be forced to close ahead of term three, which begins on July 18.

The Federal Court of Australia on Thursday ruled the government must continue the month-by-month funding and back-pay it to April, representing a reprieve as the school also fights a separate case about its future.

Justice John Griffiths said the matter had "considerable urgency" about it, with obvious practical ramifications for more than 2300 students and 250 teachers across three campuses.

"Unless Commonwealth funding which is provided to the state and then passed through to the school is restored, the applicant will shortly go into administration," he said in the judgment.

Board chairman John Bennett called the decision "a great relief" after a difficult time for the community.

"It's been very anxious, very stressful for parents, for students and staff," Dr Bennett told AAP.

Justice Griffiths acknowledged the school's "troubled history" in recent years.

Part of the funding disagreement centred on whether the school was operating on a for-profit basis.

It was argued that public funds were at risk of being passed to the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils because of a current contractual obligation to pay non-commercial rent to AFIC.

Justice Griffiths rejected the submission and agreed with the school's explanation that it was "asset rich but cash poor".

Dr Bennett said many of the problems related to a previous board which was replaced in March last year.

Since then, it has been adjusting its governance and financial operations. AFIC no longer has representation on the board.

The school was "very, very close" to addressing the government's concerns, Dr Bennett said.

A separate case involves the government's February 2016 decision to revoke approval of the school's responsible authority, the result of which is still pending.

A Department of Education and Training spokesman on Thursday defended that decision and said the school had a responsibility to make sure it complied with legislation, including "unresolved issues involving past boards".

"The department considers that the authority for Malek Fahd Islamic School remains non-compliant with the Australian Education Act 2013," he said in a statement.

Source: SBS



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At a time — we're told — when Australians are disengaged from politics and politicians, hundreds of people are bucking the trend and giving up their weekend in Brisbane for three days of grassroots democracy at the Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) convention.

Like their ALP counterparts who will do the same thing later this month at the Labor Party conference in Townsville in north Queensland, LNP branch members over the coming days will debate policies and put forward resolutions about sharia law, Adani, ideological traffic signals and "ABC bias".

The doctrinal debate by this year's congregation includes:

Resolution 71:

"That this Convention of the LNP call on the Federal Coalition Government to suspend immigration from Islamic nations that recognise sharia law."

Some will pass, some will fail — all will be debated with varying levels of oratorical skill, occasional uproar, a few sleepy moments and some bits of unintended comedy.

Then in two weeks in Townsville it will be the ALP's turn.

That is the party political process in action.

ABC News



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MacSween: “I’d have been tempted to run her over”

A conservative commentator on Sydney’s 2GB radio station has joked about wanting to “run over” Yassmin Abdel-Mageid, after the Sudanese-Australian engineer detailed death threats and rape threats she had received while in Australia.

Former journalist Prue MacSween made the comments on 2GB’s Chris Smith show on Wednesday, on a segment called “Smithy’s Deplorables”– a reference to the nickname adopted by supporters of Donald Trump.

Abdel-Mageid left Australia for London last week, writing that she had become “Australia’s most hated Muslim” and received daily death threats and videos of beheadings and rapes after a post made on Anzac Day was seized on by conservative media.

MacSween told Smith Abdel-Mageid’s fears might be well-founded.

“She has fled the country and is blaming all of us”, MacSween said. “She says she’s been betrayed by Australia and didn’t feel safe in her own country. Well actually she might have been right there, because if I had seen her I would have been tempted to run her over mate.”

Smith responded by laughing heartily and agreeing that Abdel-Mageid, who apologised for her Anzac Day comments, was “not really sorry”.

Responding to critics on Twitter, MacSween defended her comments as humour and free speech and attacking critics as “festering, humourless ... ferals”.


She later told that “it’s sad people have now lost their sense of humour, we used to celebrate larrikinism in this country, celebrate free speech and sadly that’s gone”.

But critics denounced MacSween’s comments as hypocritical and encouraging violence against Abdel-Mageid.

“So what exactly is your problem with Yassmin?” asked ABC Radio National presenter Mark Bevan. “Isn’t it just her exercising free speech too?”


Smith broadcast an apology on his show after listeners complained about the segment.

“I laughed over the top of it at the time so I didn’t hear exactly what she said,” he said. “Suffice to say it was meant in a light-hearted non-literal fashion and we’re hardly ever going to encourage people to run someone over ... If it’s upset people we apologise. That’s not what I would intend for her [Abdel-Mageid].”

In the original segment, MacSween also referred to Abdel-Mageid as a “flea” who was both “irrelevant and dangerous”.

“We don’t even give this flea a second thought anymore since she slinked away from this country in disgrace ... She’s quite irrelevant but she’s dangerous ... we’re actually one of the most tolerant [countries], so I’m glad she hates us.”

The Guardian



Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who has called herself the most "publicly hated Muslim in Australia", says she feels betrayed by her home country and that people in Australia are happy to accept you "as long as you toe the line".

"And I had toed the line for 10 years in the public eye … and for some reason I decided that at that point that if I didn't say anything, who would?"

Abdel-Magied, 26, said it was "exhausting" to be the subject of controversy in Australia.

"I feel a little bit betrayed by Australia, because it's my country and these are my country people and it's my home, and to sort of fight for your right to exist in your home country — it's exhausting," she said.

"It's funny that … freedom of speech doesn't really apply to the truth.

"For me that was my truth, but I wasn't really allowed to say it and people were very upset, so it's taught me a lot."

"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."

ABC News


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Gaida Merei and Mohamad Abdalla hold signs promoting peace and unity with the community.

A new high school curriculum will help young people realise there's no conflict between following Islam and being raised Australian, despite an atmosphere of Islamaphobia, according to young student Gaida Merei.

Ms Merei was part of the pilot program of what will eventually become a national syllabus for Islamic and Arabic studies.

She said young Muslims often find themselves questioning their identity because they don't have the answers to questions about their faith that are raised in the news.

"It makes them makes you feel like you're constantly being attacked," Ms Merei said.

"It could make them [young Muslims] question their belonging and negatively impact the way they view their role in society and whether their contribution has value."

She said the pilot program gave her a confidence boost.

"It meant I could embrace my identity a lot more confidently, and confirmed that just because I followed the faith, it didn't conflict with being raised Australian."

Experts work toward creating national curriculum

Currently, Australian Islamic schools use approved curriculum for core subjects such as maths, science and English, but there is no cohesive religious studies or Arabic program.

In an attempt to change that, leading experts in Islamic education from around the globe are meeting in South Australia to look at creating a standardised national Islamic studies curriculum that would become the first in the western world.

The two-day conference brings together international experts from New Zealand, Indonesia, North America amongst others to discuss a renewed approach to teaching in Islamic schools.

For the last couple of years several Islamic schools have been in the spotlight for governance concerns.

Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, Professor Mohamad Abdalla, said these issues shed light on the need for Islamic schools to re-evaluate future direction.

As part of the conference agenda academics and policy specialist will look at creating a learning program relevant to a modern-day Australian context.

Professor Abdalla said that's something current Islamic studies in schools lack.

"Given the [political] climate, young Australians may feel they don't belong to this country, Islamic studies could empower them to feel confident," he said.

How to applying faith to modern Australia
Ms Merei said from her experiences of attending an Islamic school, students are missing out on education relevant to their lives in Australia.

"The way the religion is followed and applied in modern Australia will differ to the way it is followed in countries in the Middle East or Europe or Asia," she said.

"It seems like religious teachers force their understanding of the faith from overseas onto young Australians not understanding the issues and struggles we face are extremely different."

The course explored often misunderstood topics of sharia, women in Islam, terrorism and identity.

Ms Merei said she missed out on learning about these subjects at the Islamic school she attended and now understands the value of learning about them from a credible source.

"They can properly engage in debate and discussion with people who have different understandings and perspectives.

"They'll be less frustrated when questioned on these topics because they can actually respond."

She said in today's world self-proclaimed scholars are brainwashing young people who have little understanding of their faith.

Ms Merei said having a basic understanding of these topics would empower them to see through their politically motivated propaganda.

Professor Abdalla said an Australian curriculum was expected to be ready in the next two to three years.


Source: ABC



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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.

Faezeh Hashemi Award for Excellence in SPORT:

For outstanding sporting achievement or the initiation of a sports project for the benefit of the Muslim community at national or local level

Winner: Muslimah Sports Association


The Muslimah Sports Association is a volunteer-led organisation based in Ilford, East London, committed to providing opportunities and empowerment through sports to Muslim and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women.


They offer a diverse range of sports, from basketball to karate, to squash and football, benefitting over 400 women from Muslim and BAME backgrounds.


They have collaborated with the Football Association and Badminton England for courses aimed at Muslim and BAME women, and have also developed free football coaching for local Islamic primary schools in the area in partnership with Essex FA.


They currently have six trustees and are going from strength to strength with their brand now recognisable not only across East London but country-wide. 



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




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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Randa Abdel-Fattah has been abused while she was walking down the street with her children.

Islamophobia: My children hear the ugly reality of racism in the street, it's not up to them to toughen up
OPINION: By Randa Abdel-Fattah

Dropping my children off to their Islamic school one morning, a car slowed down and one of the male occupants yelled out, "F*** off Arab terrorists".

My children processed the "F" word first and foremost. I remember the relief that he had used the "F" word, given it deflected the children's attention from "Arab" and "terrorist".

The children did not seem to have understood what had happened, but weeks later, the radio was on and they heard the words "Muslim" and "terrorists".

"Like what that man said," the eldest said, casually and matter-of-factly. Then they started asking me questions: "Do people hate Muslims? What's a terrorist?"

It was one of the most difficult conversations of my life. Trying to say enough, but not too much. Wanting to protect their innocence for as long as I could.

Sadly, what happened to my children and me pales in comparison to what many veiled Muslim women endure. The findings documented in the report of the Islamophobia Register of Australia demonstrate how much more vicious and violent such incidents of abuse, intimidation and harassment can be.

The report found veiled women are the main targets of Islamophobic abuse and that more than 30 per cent of women had their children with them at the time of the reported incident.

The presence of children at the time women have been followed and taunted, intimidated by groups of men or physically harassed is deeply disturbing. It vindicates the repeated testimonies of Muslim women, particularly veiled ones, that they are at the front line of Islamophobic abuse given their visibility and the misogynistic cowardice of perpetrators.

There can be no doubt witnessing such abuse negatively affects Australian Muslim children. All parents seek to protect their children from the ugly realities of racism. Yet racialised minorities do not have the luxury of choosing when to open up such conversations. They do not have the luxury of speaking about race and Islamophobia in intellectual terms, as part of classroom conversations or Harmony Day assemblies. Islamophobia is forced upon families as a lived experience and children are therefore confronted with a confusing chasm between feel-good multicultural rhetoric and the abuse they witness in their daily lives.


ABC News


Yassmin Abdel-Magied left Australia after being hounded in the media and on social media for her comments on Australia Day.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied: the latest woman to be roasted on the spit of public life
COMMENT: Julia Baird

In 2017, it is Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a 26-year-old mechanical engineer who argued her Muslim faith could be feminist, and wrote a Facebook post on Anzac Day about remembering other people fleeing from, and suffering as a result of, wars today. Some of this is provocative. Not ill-intentioned, but ill-timed. But hardly incendiary. You'll hear similar ideas about how to remember war debated among students and veterans alike.

The reaction has been lacking in all proportion and reason. In the past few weeks, a crowd bearing torches have gathered in the town square and jabbed fists in the air: Deport her! Sack her! Run her over! Shut her down! Seize her passport! Shut the gates! Pull up the drawbridge! Front-page stories, editorials, polls, a clogging of social media arteries.

What on earth is going on? Why the hysteria?





There must be something good in your culture if it taught you to think rationally and embrace the truth, whatever the cost.

Dear Converts, Don’t Give Up Your Culture
Kaighla Um Dayo

“Can I go to the masjid with you? I have always been so curious what happens there,” she asked.

My friend Sara and I had spent hours talking about the finer points of Islam. In our small town, most people wouldn’t give me 5 minutes, but she and I love talking culture and religion.
That Friday, I took her to the local masjid and found there was already a tour in progress for another visitor, so we joined along. After the service, we went to the library in the Islamic center and enjoyed conversation over gyros

Just as we were wrapping up that conversation, someone came in the door and she had with her a young woman whose eyes were wide with wonder and anxiety. She was introduced to us as Sam. She had just converted a week before.

In that moment, my mind flashed back to my first weeks as a Muslim and the overwhelming feelings that washed over me. The look I saw in her eyes that day mirrors the look I have seen in so many new converts.

She was obviously uncomfortable, feeling out of place and confused.

I took Sam aside—under my wing, as it were—and told her that nothing matters right now more than learning to pray. But I also told her one piece of advice I wish someone had told me when I first converted: do not abandon your culture.


Your Culture is Not Bad
When we first embrace Islam, we are surrounded with love and warmth from people that come from all walks of life, all cultures, and all countries.

But they all have one thing in common most of the time: they see Islam through their own cultural lens and they pass that vision onto us, converts.

Stop. Think

What happened in your heart to guide you to finding Islam during a time when doing so will most certainly cost you something?


Maybe you lost your closest friends, maybe your family pushed you out, maybe you even lost your job. And why did you choose this course?

Because you have a thinking, reasoning mind that was unwilling to accept the status quo. And guess what? There is a good chance that this quality within you was inculcated by your family, your home, and your culture.

There must be something good in your culture if it taught you to think rationally and embrace the truth, whatever the cost.

Unless there is something which is obviously haram—like drinking alcohol, having a boyfriend/girlfriend, or doing drugs—you have absolutely no responsibility to abandon it. In many cases, doing so would cause more harm than good.

Your Name is Your Name
Sister, brother, please listen to me: do not change your name. I say this so passionately because I see it all the time.

Your mother and father gave you that name. They spent months thinking of the perfect name for you. You have spent your entire life carrying that name and, believe it or not, it is part of you, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Unless your name has a very clearly haram meaning—like the name of a pagan God, or a name that means “evil” or “wicked”, for example—I advise you with all seriousness to keep your name.


Respect your mother and father and respect your own identity.

Arab/Paki/Indo DOES NOT Equal Muslim
People will tell you that you must speak Arabic to be a good Muslim. They may tell you that you need to learn Urdu. They will be dropping Muslimese words here and there, words like MashaAllah and InshaAllah and Alhamdulillah and you may feel like you’re not part of the club.

Don’t worry. These words are just the Arabic way to express thanks to God and trust in His perfect Will.

MashaAllah means “God has willed this”, so you say it when you are happy to see something good.

InshaAllah means “If God wills it”, meaning you will do such and such only if God wills it to happen.

Alhamdulillah means “thank God for this”, and that is self-explanatory.

Beyond learning how to read the Quran in Arabic so that you can read and recite it in prayer—something which is much easier than it sounds and can be done within a matter of months—you have no obligation to learn any language to be Muslim. Period.
Islam is for all people, all nations, all cultures, and all tribes.

There are many things in the Arab, Indo, Pak… cultures which are beautiful and in-line with Islam’s teachings, but there are many, many things which are not. Do not make the mistake of assuming that just because someone from a “Muslim” country told you something, it must be true in Islam.

The fact is that there are many, many religions in these other parts of the world that have intermixed with the culture and permeated Islam.

You will learn to tell the difference between religion and culture with time, but for now, know this: if you are Muslim, your name, your home, your life, your identity are Muslim.  



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For those who just can't stop hating on her...

it's the Yassmin Media Network!

SBS Viceland



SBS Viceland’s The Feed has just beautifully skewered conservative media’s obsession with Yassmin Abdel-Magied in a parody video pitching a news network dedicated solely to tearing down Yassmin.

“YNN is the first 24-hour news network devoted entirely to criticising Yassmin Abdel-Magied,” the video announces. “I mean, other than Sky News”.

The two-and-a-half minute vid manages to thoroughly roast most of Australia’s conservative news outlets in one fell swoop. The Daily Mail is recast as The Daily Hate Mail, bland radio shock jocks broadcast “hate song dedications” on “Smooth AM (Abdel-Magied)”, and Mark Latham gets a shoutout for doing what he does best: offering inane commentary on Yassmin’s totally innocuous tweets.

There’s also a very timely roast about using virtual reality goggles to simulate hitting Yassmin with a car, following conservative commentator Prue MacSween’s comments earlier this week about being “tempted to run [Yassmin] over”.

The video spins some much needed laughs from the appallingly racist media campaign against Abdel-Magied, which started in April over a seven-word Facebook post. Yassmin herself has seen the video, and certainly seems to enjoy the reprieve.








Muhammad Ali was Muslim, so why is social media avoiding his faith?


OnePath Network


Muhammad Ali was Muslim, therefore the presence of many Muslims and the recitation of Quran at his funeral comes as no surprise, having 12-hours of continuous coverage by most mainstream media outlets is unthinkable in almost any other situation.
It seemed the identity of Muhammad Ali was now inextricably linked with his faith. A societal recognition that Muhammad Ali was Muslim first and foremost. And yet the official social media accounts of the Champ, run by the Authentic Brands Group, have failed to represent the central place of Islam in his legacy.

Despite the widespread coverage of his funeral, there was no mention or promotion of the event on any of his social media pages. Both Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, two key events in the Muslim calendar, came and went without a word.

“Islam is conspicuously absent from the Ali brand,” writes Hannah Allam on Buzzfeed News. After looking through Ali’s official social media accounts, which date back at least 4 years, she concluded that there was “not a clue that Muhammad Ali was Muslim, an omission so glaring that it seems deliberate.”

These social media feeds are “the main conduit for introducing Ali to a new generation of Americans coming of age after his death… [they] celebrate Ali’s activism and humanitarian work without mentioning that Muhammad Ali was Muslim,” which Ali stressed continuously was his faith.

As Professor Sherman Jackson of the University of Southern California put it, ” the duty now falls to American Muslims to ensure that a central part of his legacy isn’t lost to revisionism and commercialization.”

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Jihad against Trump?

Middle East Eye


"When I wake up in the morning and I remember who's sitting in the White House, I am outraged."

Muslim activist Linda Sarsour is under fire for using the word “jihad."







Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia

TRT World 


It has been 22 years since the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia. More than 8,000 people were killed in what was the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.







Man attacks Muslim Woman over Christmas
9 News Perth


A Yangebup father has faced court accused of attacking a Muslim woman because she didn't wish him a Merry Christmas.







ICQ's Chaplaincy Program explained



Ali Kadri visits Wolston Correction Centre for an awareness session on behalf of the ICQ Jail Chaplain program








American couple fights Islamophobia

The Secret Life of a Muslim










She was kicked out of home for becoming Muslim
OnePath Network


This young woman was kicked out of her house after converting to Islam.

She grew up in a violent household in Brisbane, Australia until she moved out to live with her Uncle and Aunty. She converted to Islam after working with Muslim colleagues and eventually decided to wear the Hijab permanently. Upon her conversion, she was evicted from her house and left on the streets to make ends meet herself despite her young age.

She spent many nights living on the streets and sleeping on park benches until she eventually decided to seek help on Facebook. Her call was immediately responded to by the White Coats, a charity of Muslim brothers run in Sydney. They offered her shelter and temporary accommodation at their Women’s Shelter to assist her in getting back on her feet.

The White Coats are currently in the process of opening a full-time women’s safe house to house women in similar situations escaping from violence and abuse.

For more information please visit the White Coats’ Facebook page “Homeless Run”.







Five reasons Muslims should be more environmentally friendly
OnePath Network



How do we as human beings neglect the environment and forget to give it the importance it deserves. As Muslims, looking after the environment is no doubt, an underrated part of our faith that many have failed to implement.

We have compiled five reasons for every Muslim to become more environmentally friendly, all based on select Quran verses and Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)







Lebanese Food Sydney


 A cool video about Lebanese food if you are not hungry you will be after watching it.







High fashion's hijab queen



Stockholm-based designer and fashion blogger Iman Aldebe designs modern hijabs, headscarves and veils with the goal of helping observant Muslim women feel stylish, unique and visible.


Despite some initial resistance, Aldebe recently received an order of veils that would match the Swedish police uniform, in addition to orders from pharmacies, hospitals, the military and other .







Minnesota REP. Ilhan Omar
The Daily Show



"I'm America's hope, and the President's nightmare".

The first Muslim Hijabi woman state legislator on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 14 July 2017

TOPIC"The steps to take after Ramadan" PART 3

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 July 2017

TOPIC"Cleanliness In Islam"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 July 2017














Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 July 2017

TOPIC: "?"

IMAM: Mossad Issa








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 July 2017


IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 July 2017

TOPIC“Believers deeds will be accepted without rejection”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




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

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KB says: This is a great starter to a meal or be served as finger foods and could be made in advance, frozen and then reheated when you need it. 

 Zucchini and Spinach fritters 




2 cups zucchini -grated
1 cup spinach - shredded fine
1 medium onion -grated
1 tsp salt
2 tsp crushed coriander seeds (dhana)
2 tsp crushed cumin ( jeeru)
½ tsp crushed pepper
Green chilies to taste
½ cup almond flour
½ cup flour coconut flour
½ cup almond milk
2 eggs
1 Tab of feta - crumbled
2 tsp baking powder



1. Beat eggs and milk together.
2. Add remaining ingredients with the exception of baking powder.
3. Add the baking powder when ready to fry.
4. On a greased tawa or griddle place I tab of the mixture, flatten it and allow to cook for a minute and then turn over and cook on the other side.
5. Fry till golden brown.
6. Serve with tomato salsa (see below)


1. Boil 2 to 3 tomatoes on the stove or microwave with a little water.
2. When it's soft, liquidize and strain.
3. Discard seeds and peels.
4. To the juice add: 1 small chopped onion, 1 Tab. vinegar, salt and green chillies.
5. Adjust seasoning to suit your taste buds.
6. Refrigerate.

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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


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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, we will explore the topic: Happiness and Joy...what is the difference?

You may be familiar with this common adage “Pursuit of Happiness”. I’ve always wondered why it is that we must pursue happiness. I used to be one of those people who worked really hard at pursuing happiness. One wonderful day I realised that as ALLAH’s highest form of creation I was blessed with an inherent, pure thing known as JOY.

Once I realised this, embraced joy and began to live from it, I stopped pursuing happiness. It sounds bizarre.

Difference Between Joy and Happiness?

The English dictionary may display both these terms as synonyms, however, society has designed a paradigm for human beings which defines happiness as something that results from fulfilment of material and physical desires. In other words, happiness, in today’s world, is circumstantial.

Joy, on the other hand, is something that we feel as our “fitra” and is not defined by physical and material desires. Joy is the elation we feel when we operate from our inherent spiritual virtues of kindness and compassion.

Once you operate from joy, the pressures that society places on you vanishes - the six-figure salary, the mansion, the perfect body shape - none of these material and physical desires will matter anymore. Living from joy makes you a joyful being and spreads joy to the rest of the world. Instead of the six-figure salary, ask yourself if you love what you do for work. Instead of the mansion that you live in (probably under mortgage), ask yourself if your home is a space that is spiritually fulfilling. Instead of obsessing over a perfect body shape, ask yourself if you are using your body and its energy to spread goodness and perform righteous deeds.

How to Cultivate Joy in Your Life

Living authentically and being true to yourself helps you be true to others. “Fake it till you make it” may not be the most authentic approach to living joyfully. Rather, a daily practice of experiencing joy in small things can make every moment of your life be a joyful experience.

• Smile more
• Laugh out loud
• Write a heartfelt note to someone special to thank them (handwrite it, it’s more personal)
• Breathe deep full in-breaths and exhale slowly
• Do a fun activity that moves your body and makes you sweat
• Spend a few minutes daily to connect with nature
• Say out loud to yourself - five things about yourself that you are grateful for
• Say out loud to yourself - five things about your life that you are grateful for
• Say out loud to yourself - five things about another person that you are grateful for
• Do something nice for someone without their knowledge
• Cook a wholesome meal for yourself and your family
• Hug your loved ones often and tell them you love them
• Visualise yourself in Jannah

If you feel confused about whether you are pursuing material and physical happiness or whether you are living joyfully, the one question you need to ask yourself is “Is what I’m pursuing pleasing ALLAH or pleasing people?”

Choose to please ALLAH and ONLY ALLAH. When you please people, you fall in the trap of material and physical desires.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Decisions - The Four Key Questions To Help You Make Decisions
If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve been doing weight training for a while but feel that
I need to change my routine for upper body strength. Any suggestions?

A: Give boxing a go. It’s a great cardio blast and will definitely strengthen your upper body.


You can change it up by using the boxing bag at home and then challenge yourself with a partner using pads.


Incorporate body-weight exercises like push-ups, tricep-dips, etc. to tone and strengthen more.






My Health and Fitness

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Mrs Mula Nasruddin phones the local police station and says:


"My husband is missing. He went to buy potatoes two days ago and hasn't returned since."


There is a long pause before the policeman says, "Sister, can't you cook something else?"






Apolitical Aphorisms

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

~Henry Cate, VII~

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the Evil Ones; and the Evil One is to his Lord (Himself) ungrateful.

~ Surah Al-Israa 17:27


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“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”


                                                                                                ~ Steve Jobs



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

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Ustadha Umm Jamal Brisbane Talks

IFA, Pearls of Jannah & Sisters' Support Services


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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


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Sura Kahf: Reflections from the Cave: Sheikh Sajid Umar

Al Kauthar




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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

Aust. Int. Islamic College, 724 Blunder Road, Durack

3809 4600

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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


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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.


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VENUE: Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB].


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Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

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

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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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

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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