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Sunday 22 October 2017 | Issue 0676


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Federal MPs, Mr Graham Perrett (Moreton) and Mr Jim Chalmers (Rankin) present petition to Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.

Over 2000 signatures were collected by the Rohingya Support Group calling on the Australian Government to stop military cooperation with Myanmar, and send a fact finding team to the country "to investigate the periodic mass killing of Rohingyas and ongoing ethnic cleansing in Rakhine."


The petition was presented to the Foreign Minister, Ms Julie Bishop, by local Federal MPs, Mr Graham Perrett (Moreton) and Mr Jim Chalmers (Rankin).


Ms Bishop committed the Government to sending $20M in support of the Rohingya.



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Islamic council complains of prisoners being beaten, humiliated and deprived of halal food but Queensland Corrective Services says evidence not provided


An Islamic Council of Queensland appeal for action on claims of abuse was unsuccessful, Queensland Corrective Services says.

Allegations of abuse, humiliation and deprivation by prison staff have been made by Muslim inmates at a correction centre in Brisbane.

The Islamic Council of Queensland made a series of complaints about the behaviour of staff towards inmates at the Arthur Gorrie correctional centre (AGCC), the state’s largest prison.

In a letter sent to Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) in June, the council said that “on at least five occasions non-Muslim prisoners have been instructed to physically assault Muslim prisoners”, including one time “without the guard realising he was instructing another Muslim to commit the assault.”

It also alleged an inmate was made to stand facing a wall while a guard bashed his head into it repeatedly, “causing the prisoner to lose consciousness”.

The letter alleged an AGCC manager entered a cell with eight Muslims praying together and claimed “they are engaging in terrorist activity and it should not be tolerated”.

The letter claimed “the prisoners were threatened with gas if they continued to pray together”.

The council’s appeal for action was unsuccessful, according to a QCS spokesperson, on the grounds that, “after referral to the ESU [ethical standards unit] and CSIU [corrective services investigation unit], no further evidence was provided to substantiate the claims”.

The spokesperson said: “QCS takes any allegation of prisoner mistreatment seriously … If an allegation of assault is made, it is referred, in every instance, to the Queensland police service, corrective services investigation unit.”

Jesse Price, a 21-year-old ex-inmate from Upper Coomera, converted to Islam last October while detained at the AGCC, the state’s biggest remand centre. Now removed from detention, he is one of few individuals willing to publicly voice complaints.

“I’m in the process of doing a discrimination claim … The way I was treated: I was bashed, left in segregation, not given halal food. They would call me a terrorist and were saying I should be associated with terrorists,” Price said.

Price said on one occasion he was “knocked out” following altercations with other inmates. “The guards bashed me and put me on the ground, said I’m a piece of shit, I’m a Muslim.”

He claimed he protested multiple times before finally being transferred from the AGCC. “It was only until I told them that I felt that I had been sexually abused,” he said.

“I was taken down to the detention units, so [that meant] segregation. And they ripped all my clothes off me and stuff. They kicked me in the private parts. It came to the point where I was getting taunted by them, it was ongoing, every day … The staff needs to know the things that they were doing and how it was wrong and how it affects people. And know the effects of the ongoing scarring it’s had.”

Price said he was detained in the Brisbane correctional centre and Wolston correctional centre before arriving at the AGCC last year, with charges including alleged assaults on a police officer, vehicle theft and property-related offences.

He said he was in contact with Muslim inmates at the prison, who were “still experiencing the same stuff from the guards”.

Following his release from the AGCC, members of the Islamic Council of Queensland provided Price support as a newly converted Muslim.

The council, founded in 1969, is a peak umbrella body which uses community channels to represent the interests of Muslims in Queensland.

The council’s members heard accusations against prison staff during regular visits with Muslim inmates at the AGCC. These were eventually raised in a formal address to QCS’s general manager, Peter Shaddock.

Ali Kadri, spokesperson of the ICQ, has had a long-standing involvement in efforts to legitimise and address the inmates’ claims, which he said pointed to an “ongoing structural problem”.

Kadri said it sometimes took up to 12 weeks for converts to access halal food and in some instances they never did.

Inmates who convert are required to send a dietary request form to the general manager’s office, and “in many cases, the guards have just crumpled these papers up in front of the inmates and thrown them in the bin”.

The AGCC is privately owned by the company GEO Group, which when asked about inmates’ access to halal food responded: “GEO is required to adhere to QCS procedure for the provision of special diets to prisoners in accordance with religious or medical requirement.”

The GEO spokesperson also said: “The management of the AGCC has not received complaints in the last 12 months of prisoners being mocked or intimidated because of religion or race … GEO is aware QCS has received complaints directly from the ICQ which were investigated by QCS.”

Source: The Guardian



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Sergeant Jim Bellos conducts road safety workshop for Year 2 pupils at the Islamic College of Brisbane



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New York

A girl has her face painted after the Eid al-Adha prayer in Bensonhurst Park, Brooklyn.


Source: The Guardian



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Racism & the big change 
By Usman Khawaja 



Usman Khawaja 

Continued from last week



In the 1990s the western suburbs of Sydney were totally different to now. The old Australian ‘bogans’ were strong in number and around them was a small community of immigrated families. Multicultural Australia was on the rise, especially from Asian families like ours.

I felt like I had entered a totally different country in western Sydney when compared with my earlier years in the eastern suburbs. At school I was called things by other kids I had never heard before.

‘F—ing curry muncher’ was one of the more popular ones that particularly hurt. I’m not sure why, looking back. I still don’t know how to actually munch curry. Kids can be mean and that is normal.

Being racially vilified actually made me stronger in many respects. I even had a couple of kids try to fight me one day heading home from school. For no reason either! They were in my class one second and the school bell rang – the next minute I’m just about to leave the gates of my school and they are having a go at me.

I somehow managed to put up enough of a fight to fend them off but I still don’t know why they did what they did.

But what is important is the sadness, hate and anger I’ve heard in some of the voices of the people who have told these stories.

At the same time, I was listening to an up-and-coming politician by the name of Pauline Hanson segregate a whole race to ‘protect the Australian way of life’ … or something like that.

I just couldn’t believe she could get away saying what she was. I obviously had no idea about politics so, to me, I was just going on my first emotional response. I had no idea I’d be dealing with the same thing 20 years later.

Getting sledged by opposition players and their parents was the norm. Some of them said it just quietly enough for only me to hear. It still hurt, but I would never show it. Most of the time it was when I scored runs. Some parents take things too seriously.

It is for this reason why so many of my friends, most of whom were born outside Australia, didn’t support Australia in sporting contests. I didn’t either.

Especially in cricket. It was either West Indies, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka. Anyone else. It’s probably why Brian Lara was my favourite cricketer. Let’s be honest, he was pretty good!

In hindsight, the fact we didn’t support Australia is disappointing. Everything that was going on in our childhood and around us built up this resentment of the Australian cricket team.

I mean, none of them looked like us. I was brought up to believe if I didn’t drink alcohol growing up I was un-Australian. So then why should I support a country that doesn’t believe in me?

I was brought up to be respectful, humble and polite. But when I watched the Aussie team, I saw men who were hard-nosed, confident, almost brutish. The same type of men who would sledge me about my heritage growing up.






These Muslim scholars wrote about evolution 900 years before Darwin was born
By Rayana Khalaf


When you hear about the theory of evolution, English scientist Charles Darwin is probably the first person who comes to mind. 'Muslim scholar', on the other hand, is the last thing to be associated with the theory.

But, Muslim scholars beg to differ.

While Darwin is greatly credited for putting forth the theory of evolution in the 18th century, Muslim scholars had suggested similar theories centuries before Darwin was born.

The famous theory discusses the process through which new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection. Originally, the theory is said to date back to ancient cultures, as it was discussed by Greek philosophers, who are believed to have borrowed their evolutionary ideas from the Hindus.

Al-Jahiz (776-868)

Abu ‘Uthman Amr bin Bahr al-Fukaymi al- Basri, better known as Al-Jahiz, was a renowned Baghdad-based East African prose writer and theologian.

In his writings, Al-Jahiz described three mechanisms of evolution: Struggle for Existence, Transformation of Species into Each Other, and Environmental Factors.

According to The Guardian, Al-Jahiz once wrote: "Animals engage in a struggle for existence, and for resources, to avoid being eaten, and to breed."

He explained: "Environmental factors influence organisms to develop new characteristics to ensure survival, thus transforming them into new species. Animals that survive to breed can pass on their successful characteristics to their offspring."

Nasir ad-Din Tusi (1201-1274)

The Muslim polymath, architect, philosopher, physician, scientist, theologian and Islamic source of reference (marjaa taqleed) put forth a basic theory explaining the evolution of species.

According to The Vintage News, Muslim scholar Ibn Khaldun considered Tusi to be the greatest of the later Persian scholars. His writings, which dealt with both religious and non-religious topics, are said to constitute one of the largest collections by a single Islamic author.

In his book Akhlaq-i-Nasri (Nasirean Ethics), Tusi suggests that the universe originally consisted of equal and similar elements, but internal contradictions developed later on, leading some substances to evolve at a different pace and different manner from other substances.

Tusi also explains how elements evolved to minerals, then plants, then animals, and finally, to humans.

Muhammad al-Nakhshabi (10th century)

The 10th century scholar from central Asia believed that celestial bodies evolved to elements, which became plants, which in turn developed to become animals, which yielded human beings.

He wrote: "While man has sprung from sentient creatures [animals], these have sprung from vegetal beings [plants], and these in turn from combined substances; these from elementary qualities, and these [in turn] from celestial bodies."

Evolution in Islam
Several Islamic figures have argued in favor of the theory of evolution, asserting that it does not contradict Islamic teachings.

Such Muslim scholars and preachers cite Quranic verses that suggest that the universe was not created all at once, but rather in stages.

"Allah has created every [living] creature from water. And of them are those that move on their bellies, and of them are those that walk on two legs, and of them are those that walk on four [...]." (Quran 24:45)
Another verse is interpreted as saying that man was created out of clay, which later evolved to human beings. Similarly, Surat Ghafir states, "[We] formed you and perfected your forms."

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Can the UK make the most of sukuk, the Islam-compliant bond?



Traders at the Kuwaiti Stock Exchange

Earning interest, or Riba, is forbidden under Islamic law: “Allah allows trade, but forbids interest,” says the Qu’ran, the holy text that, along with the Hadiths and other scripture, underpin the Muslim faith.

This is why different forms of investment have been devised for the faithful; one such method is in sukuk, a bond-like product that operates on a profit share basis. Sukuk can take a range of different forms; among the most common is a sovereign bond, known as Al-Ijara. The idea behind Al-ljara is that investors purchase an asset, which is then leased back, as opposed to a traditional Western fixed-rate bond where the holders earn a predetermined amount of interest.

The UK Government was quick to realise the sizeable opportunity offered by serving the needs of the international Islamic finance market. In June 2014, the UK became the first country outside the Islamic world to issue a sovereign sukuk of £200m.



The Telegraph


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 20 October 2017





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 October 2017

TOPIC"Anas Ibn Maalik"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 October 2017

TOPIC: "Ikhtilaat free mixing up between men & women:

its types, rules & restrictions"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 October 2017


IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 October 2017

TOPIC“Salah restrains from evil acts”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Naeem spoke about how Allah has mentioned in the Quran more than 700 times about Salah (prayer). He said how the majority of Muslims today are not praying and therefore there is no barakah in their life. He said a story of a person stealing from the time of Fajr and our Prophet (pbuh) said if he maintains his salah soon he will stop stealing. He explained how Allah promised that sincere prayer will stop a person from all evil actions. He spoke about how a person should smile which is also a sunnah. He also told how shaytan was arrogant and did not prostrate to Adam and the Imam compared this arrogance with present day Muslims and advised to be humble as advised by our Prophet (pbuh). He questioned how we can be humble to fellow Muslims if we are not humble in front of Allah. He reminded again how if the salah is correct then the rest of the actions will be correct. He also said how the Prophet (pbuh) kept on saying close to his death to be very mindful of the salah. The first reward given by Allah for salah is putting away the worry of his rizq. He said how a person gets two certificates if he gets takbir oola for 40 consecutive days. He mentioned a story of an Aalim in England getting questioned by people in order to make fun of him. The point he was getting is how in salah one talks to Allah and in the original language of the holy Quran. He concluded by reminding again as to why Muslims today are facing lots of problems due to neglecting their salah. 



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Dr John Morrow recognised by US Congress 


Parvaneh Kadivar, John Andrew Morrow, and Zachary Markwith

US: Dr John Andrew Morrow, the award-winning academic, author, and activist, received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition at the IMAN Cultural Centre in Los Angeles, California on 24 September 2017.

The extraordinary recognition to Dr Morrow was given for his presentation of a lecture on The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, that has now been published as a book.

The recognition, signed by Karen Bass, Member of Congress for California’s 37th District, was presented to Dr Morrow by Mrs Parvaneh Kadivar, who described Professor Morrow as “a prolific writer, an accomplished scholar, and a fine human being who has devoted his life to building bridges between and among the diverse faith communities and who has spent his life in search of truth in scrolls and scriptures.”

During his lecture on the covenant Dr Morrow (Imam Ilyas Islam) said:

“Considering that the continued conflict between Christians and Muslims across the world has been artificially ignited by the forces of imperialism, especially in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, the content of these priceless historical documents can shed light on the early history of Islam. Via this information, we are witness to the primordial relationship between Muslims and People of the Book. Thus, these covenants can serve as a source of inspiration for the establishment of insuperable harmony between the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.”



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Singapore conference calls for a global culture of peace 


Delegates and speakers at the Singapore conference.

SINGAPORE: An international conference with the theme “The Role of Islamic NGOs in Promoting a Culture of Peace: Challenges and Prospects,” was held from Friday 13 to Saturday 14 October 2017 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore.

The international forum was hosted by Jamiyah Singapore in collaboration with The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) based in Rabat, Morocco.

Delegates from more than 23 countries from all over the world presented papers highlighting the challenges faced and the initiatives taken by non-government organisations in their respective countries in promoting harmony and peace between people of diverse background, faiths, ethnicities.

The opening of the conference on Friday 13 October was attended by a host of community leaders , members of the diplomatic corps in Singapore, representatives of the main religious institutions in the country, several local and international media personnel , delegations from Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, representing several countries including Argentina, the UK, Albania, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

After the opening remarks by Dr Hussin Mutalib, Chairperson of the conference organising committee, President of Jamiyah Singapore, Dr Mohammad Hasbi Abu Bakar during his welcome address thanked participating parties and highlighted the efforts being made by the Jamiyah in Southeast Asia through its various activities and initiatives with a view to promoting a culture of peace.



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Quebec passes controversial law obliging citizens to uncover faces 


The Quebec Premier said the legislation was necessary for reasons related to communication, identification and security.

CANADA:  The Canadian province of Quebec has passed a religious neutrality bill that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services, triggering criticism that the law targets Muslim women.

Quebec's two main opposition parties opposed the bill because they argued it did not go far enough in restricting the presence of conspicuous symbols of all religions in the public sphere.

The new law has two basic components: It bans the wearing of face coverings for people giving or receiving a service from the state, and it offers a framework outlining how authorities should grant accommodation requests based on religious beliefs.

While the bill does not specifically mention specific clothing, it would prohibit the burka and niqab when people interact with the state.

Premier Philippe Couillard said he expected some people to challenge the law, but he defended the legislation as necessary for reasons related to communication, identification and security.

"The principle to which I think a vast majority of Canadians by the way, not only Quebecers, would agree upon is that public services should be given and received with an open face," he said.

"I speak to you, you speak to me.

"I see your face. You see mine. As simple as that."

Advocacy groups and academics have condemned the measure.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it was "studying its options" with regard to a possible court challenge.

The Attorney-General of Ontario province, Yasir Naqvi, said his province did not plan any similar measure and criticised Quebec's action.

"We respect people's right to express their religious beliefs and we disagree with the law Quebec has brought in and we will never introduce such a law in Ontario," Mr Naqvi said.

Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee said guidelines on how to apply the law — notably criteria touching on reasonable accommodation — would be phased in by next June 30 after consultations.

Provisions regarding daycare workers will kick in by next summer to allow educators to get training, but the majority of the face-covering provisions will take effect immediately.

That means people who sit for an exam will have to do so with their faces uncovered.

Asked specifically about someone getting on a bus, Ms Vallee said all such services must be offered or received without a face covering.

ABC News


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Ophelia: Islamic centre in Dublin opens doors to homeless as storm hits 


Mosque in Dublin opened its doors to homeless and anyone who was affected

IRELAND: An Islamic Cultural Centre opened its doors to the homeless and anyone in need during ex-Hurricane Ophelia.

The centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin, welcomed neighbours during one of the worst storms to hit Ireland in half a century. Ophelia pummelled the country with sustained winds of more than 50mph and gusts of around 80mph.

Malek Madani, who works in administration at the centre, told The Independent that the building was “open 24 hours for everyone”.

“We provide food and soup,” he said. “It’s the minimum that we can do as humanitarians. We try to contribute along with council organisations, who have helped us with beds, too.”

The category 1 storm, which was a category 3 hurricane over the weekend as it moved over the Atlantic, made landfall in County Kerry early Monday morning.

All schools were closed for the day, motorists were warned to keep off the roads and around 1,200 army personnel were sent to help impacted areas with storm-related contingencies.

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland wrote on Facebook: “Please stay safe everyone, especially during the times that the storm hits and its aftermath. Check in on your elderly and vulnerable neighbours, bring in your pets and make sure your bins and any other items that can be blown away are secured or brought in.”

Mr Madani said he expected other cultural centres in Dublin to open their doors.

“They are part of society and they should too,” he said. “We never know [who will come during the storm] but we try to do our best.”

Local Aoife O’Riordan wrote on Twitter she had been to the centre several times

“Cause they make the best damn schwarma [sic] in south Dublin and they've a lovely wee shop too”.

The Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin has also provided an extra 120 beds during the storm.



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 My Muslim Mate


Amal Abou-Eid


About the book


Young Charlie is a true-blue young Aussie, and so is his friend Khaled.


They spend time together on their scooters, as well as chatting about the things that they share, and the things that make them different.


My Muslim Mate, written by exciting new author Amal Abou-Eid, is the story of how, through talking and learning about each other’s cultures, friendships can flourish and lives can work together harmoniously.

The story explains aspects of Islam that are often misunderstood, and is a great resource for non-Muslim families who wish to learn more, as well as Muslim students in classrooms across Australia who can access the book to help express themselves.

About Amal Abou-Eid


Passionate educator Amal Abou-Eid is an Australian mother of two with a strong connection to her Lebanese heritage.


Inspired by her faith, and her wish for people to live harmoniously and without fear, Amal has turned her hand to writing.


Supported by her family, and with these values firmly at its core, Amal’s writing is honest and kind, and she hopes to spread acceptance and tolerance through her work.


When she’s not busy with her young family or her career, Amal has been known to thoroughly enjoy that Aussie staple, BBQ Shapes, and she has an adventurous streak too – she bungee jumped in New Zealand!



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KB says: Delicious naan, or flatbread, to enjoy with your favourite curry or all on its own! 

Thank you Ayesha Peer for sharing this wonderful recipe with the readers of CCN.

 Roghni Naan  




3½ cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast
1 heaped tbsp ghee
¼ tsp ground garlic ( I use fresh )
¼ tsp green chillies ( I use grounded fresh)
1 Tablespoon parsley or any dry herbs





Bind dough with warm milk and water.
Allow dough to rise 1-2 hours
Divide dough into required size of balls.
Roll out n fry on a hot tawa/griddle

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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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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: Thoughts Become Things - What You Think About, You Bring About

Take a few moments and look at the garment you are wearing. Now look at the device that you are reading this article on. Both these items, your clothes and your technology device, were first conceived as a thought in someone’s mind before they were physically created.

At times when you worry about the future you may start visualising possible outcomes. You create thoughts in your mind that perpetuate fear and anxiety in you. As a result, you start believing in a false, imagined reality that you yourselves have created in your mind by creating fearful thoughts. Then, you begin to dwell on those negative thoughts and start living your life on “high alert” mode where you try to protect yourself from dangers that you expect life to throw at you due to the imagined, false future. When you live on this high alert, vigilance mode, your present moment, that could have been lived with peace and joy, is wasted in fear, worry and anxiety. Before you know it, these moments become days, weeks, months and sadly, sometimes, years.

Wouldn’t it be better for you to think only thoughts that evoke peace and joy?

In the Holy Quran, ALMIGHTY ALLAH gives us a magnificent and vivid description of Jannah. As Muslims, we can use that imagery every single day to visualise and create only positive thoughts for our own lives here in duniya. Instead of creating thoughts of fear and worry, try creating thoughts of peace, love, joy and optimum health and wellbeing for yourself and all of ALLAH’s creation.

How To Switch Your Thoughts From Negative To Positive

My clients often ask me how to stop thinking negative. Negative thoughts are addictive and can become a habit.
I recommend a daily practice of THOUGHT SWITCH. For the purpose of this exercise, I have used the words “pleasant” and “unpleasant” to describe the nature of our thoughts. A pleasant thought always makes you feel joy and love. An unpleasant thought always evokes worry, anxiety, fear, anger, jealousy, hate and doubt.

Daily Practice
Sit in silence for 2 minutes
Notice your thoughts
Notice your inner voice
If a pleasant thought comes, smile and say ALHUMDOLILLAH
If an unpleasant thought comes, IMMEDIATELY think of the beauty of nature, for example, clear, blue ocean; majestic mountains; colourful flowers…
Keep thinking about pleasant thoughts, keep smiling and saying ALHUMDOLILLAH
Keep switching unpleasant thoughts to pleasant ones by thinking of nature and its beauty
Dwell only on pleasant thoughts and smile as you utter ALHUMDULILLAH

Do this practice daily for 2 minutes, few times a day.

Practise this daily and In Shaa ALLAH you will feel more aware of your thought patterns. With awareness comes transformation.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: It Takes Two To Argue

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Q: Dear Kareema, I tend to get muscle cramps every now and then while working out. Why is this and what can I do?

A: The exact cause of a muscle cramp or muscle spasm is not known.


They generally happen when a muscle or muscle group (eg. Calf or thigh), suddenly tightens up.

Muscle fatigue, dehydration, poor conditioning, or cold muscles may also play a role.

Although cramps can be painful, they’re generally not serious and tend to go away on their own most of the time.

You can ease the cramp by stopping the activity you’re doing and gently stretching the muscle.




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The room was full of pregnant women with their husbands.

The instructor said, "Sisters, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial - strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier. Just pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surfaces, like a grass path."

"Brothers, remember -- you're in this together. It wouldn't hurt you to go walking with her. In fact, that shared experience would be good for you both."

The room suddenly became very quiet as the men absorbed this information. After a few moments Jallaludin, at the back of the room, slowly raised his hand.

"Yes?" said the instructor.

"I was just wondering if it would be all right if she carries a golf bag?"





Ramy Youssef


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An Ayaat-a-Week





It is He Who creates from the very beginning, and He can restore (life). And He is the Oft-Forgiving, full of loving kindness, Lord of the Throne of Glory, Doer (without let) of all that He intends.


 ~ Surah Al-Buruj 85:13-1


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 We become what we behold.


We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.

~ Marshall McLuhan



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

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The 2017 Scientific conference of the Islamic Medical association of Queensland is an annual meeting place for members to share ideas and learn about the latest developments in the field of medicine. It is also a platform for members to network and broaden their professional circles.

The event will aim to invite both scientific and faith based speakers on topics which have been highlighted by our members as areas of interest.

The conference will be at the Hilton Hotel Brisbane on 29 October 2017. Halal meals and snacks will be provided for all attendees and Salah facilities will be available on site.

We look forward to meeting you at the conference and hope it will be both a medically stimulating and a spiritually uplifting experience.

The conference is open to ALL Medical, Dental and Allied healthcare professionals and students in these disciplines, including non IMAQ members.

With the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, IMAQ will be donating your entire registration fee to the Myanmar Appeal.

Please find below the program for the day.


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At the Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA) this is what is being organized over the next few months.

1. inspiredNAFSi personal leadership course: This course is a signature program of the Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, UniSA. The inspiredNAFSi program is underpinned by a strength-based approach and Muslim worldview, that utilises the nga thana lui dha Yarning Circle Framework (developed by Aunty Debra Bennett). This framework has been adapted, infusing Islamic worldview as this informs Muslim people's ways of knowing, being and doing. The program offers a holistic approach to development of human potential. It depicts a journey of learning and self-discovery, empowering the individual and the community and enabling individuals with skills through sharing, learning and transforming life into new futures.
Places are very limited. Please the flyer below for details.

2. Parenting between Cultures workshop that will run over a three week period on Fridays starting 6th October. This workshop has been very popular and has been very well received. The facilitators are Joan Burrows and Sr. Susan Al-maani who come with a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering these workshops.
Places are very limited. Please the flyer below for details.

3. “I am Connected” at IWAA. We have been very privileged to start a program to connect with our indigenous sisters. The “I am Connected” project is aimed at developing connections and linkages between Muslim and Indigenous women through sharing of native foods, customs, arts and crafts and storytelling and highlighting the similarities between these groups, forging friendships and celebrating women's interests across all cultures in a respectful and caring environment.

Current activities include:

• arts and crafts workshop on Friday, 8th September at IWAA hall from 5-7pm
• Soundtrack – Tuesday, 19th September at IWAA hall from 11am-1pm
• Weekend camp – 12-14th January 2018 (please note that the dates for this camp has changed from 24-26th November). Please see flyer for more details
• Walk in Country – date and venue to be advised

We acknowledge our indigenous and Muslim elders for their support, advice and guidance. Alhamdulillah

For more details and to participate, please call Muna on 0431 360 418


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David Forde will be undertaking a 10km swim + 100km cycle to provide urgently needed shelter and food security for displaced and desperate Rohingya persons on the Myanmar / Bangladesh border.

The challenge? For every $2,000 donated through Human Appeal Australia, David will swim 1km, up to 10km for a total of $20,000. Immediately after, if in excess of $20,000 is raised, he will cycle 10km for every $2,000 raised, up to 100km. His aim is to raise $40,000 and complete the 10km swim / 100 cycle in 11 hours on Friday 24 November 2015

Donations will support food and shelter security as such: $20 provides a food parcel for a family; $25 provides clothing for a family; $100 provides a tent shelter and utensils for a family and $500 for a water well. Tax-deductible donations to Human Appeal: CBA BSB 062191 – A/C 0090 3948. Reference your name and “DF Challenge”

For further information and receipts contact Imam Akram Buksh on 0431 201 164 or David Forde on 0413 874 008 and visit the Facebook page.

Latest figures from the UN are that 500,000 Rohingya men, women and children have been forced from their homes and 1.2 million are impacted. The best way to immediately support displaced persons is through food and shelter security




Update as at October 2017

Construction of the Cultural Centre (Dawah & Youth Centre) is progressing well.

The walls for the second floor have already been erected and very soon they will be working on the roof.

We still need donations to fund this construction.


Please donate generously.




Islamic Society of Toowoomba is collecting donations to be sent to the Rohingya refugees.

You may donate any amount, including ZAKAT, to the following Commonwealth Bank of Australia account:

A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation
BSB 06 4459
A/C 1034 1586

Please write ROHINGYAS in Reference.

We will collect donations until Friday, 8 September 2017, and then send to Bangladesh directly to assist the Rohingyas.





Human Appeal Rohingya donation

Human Appeal bank details:


BSB: 062191

ACC: 00903948

ACC name: HAIA

Commonwealth bank

Ref: Rohingya



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22 October


Understanding Depression: Dr Khawaja

Islamic Society of Algester

48 Learoyd Rd, ALGESTER

0401 422 756


27 October


Youth Night Sausage Sizzle

Islamic Society of Holland Park Mosque

Holland Park Mosque



28 October


Islamic Super, Investments, Finance Workshop

Muslim Business Council (MBC) & Hejaz Financial Services

IWAQ Events Hall, 11 Watland St, SPRINGWOOD

0422 191 675

4pm to 6pm

28 October


Muslimah Night Bazaar
Sisters only event

Umm Abdullah

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha (ICB)

0406 273 434

4pm to 9pm

28 October


Open Day

Logan Mosque

260 Third Ave, MARSDEN

0406 914 631

10AM to 3PM

29 October


Futsal Competition

Youth Connect QLD

Oates Park, Woodridge

0413 669 987


29 October


IMAQ 2017 Conference

Islamic Medical Assoc. of QLD (IMAQ)

Hilton Hotel, Brisbane


8am to 5pm

31 October


Minister Cameron Dick

Crescent Institute

BDO, 12 Creek St, Brisbane


5.30PM for 6.15PM

12 November


CIQ & Police Football Challenge

Sgt Jim Bellos


0433 633 222


19 November


Palestinian Picnic in the Park


Whites Hill Reserve, CAMP HILL


1PM to 6PM

19 November


Treasures of Revelation: Science of the Quran

Al Kauthar

Griffith University, Nathan Campus
Theatre #1Building N18, Science Road

0438 698 328




25 November


Annual Mild-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

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

3809 4600

3pm to Maghrib

27 November


Sounds of Light 2017

Human Appeal Int.




3 December





(Milad un Nabi)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1439


15 April 2018





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1439


1 May 2018





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1439


17 May 2018





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1439


11 June 2018





(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1439


15 June 2018





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1439


21 August 2018





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1439


22 August 2018





10th Zil-Hijjah 1439





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.


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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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For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600




















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Venue: TBA

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