EST. 2004


Sunday 29 October 2017 | Issue 0677


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Death of Br Abdul Basith shocks local community The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
Tender for Tuck Shop CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
NATIONAL MOSQUE OPEN DAY in Queensland Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Local MPs' Private Members' Statements on Rohingya crisis Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Gold Coast Mosque host AFP and Border Protection

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

FAMILY FOOD FIGHT coming to Channel 9

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Australian National Titration Competition (ANTC) winners

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Threats after announcing plans to buy Gympie church hall

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Nominations for Moreton Awards open

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

"Crooks turning to Allah" Gold Coast Bulletin

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Sydney’s Amazing New Punchbowl Mosque

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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Refugee jihadis learn their hate in Australia, says ASIO boss

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Dear Brothers and Sisters AA,


Thank you for your patience. I know you have been waiting for further information regarding Abdulbasith Muhammad and his family.


The jinazah for our late Brother Abdulbasith will be held today,


Sunday 29th October 2017 at 3:30pm in the Kuraby Masjid car park.


The downstairs area of the Masjid will be dedicated for ladies ONLY from 1:30 pm for gathering and prayers.

Close ladies family members will be able to spend time with the Mayyat from 2:30 til 3 pm. Men will be able to pay their respects from 3 pm to 3:20 pm.


The jinazah Salah will take place at 3:30 pm. Ladies will be able to pray the jinazah in the sheltered area next to the car park. Some chairs will be provided for non Muslim participants.


Immediately after the jinazah we will proceed to Mt Gravatt Cemetery for burial.


Due to advice from the child psychologist, we need to record parts of the jinazah and burial process for full disclosure to the children as they grow into adults in the future. Br Khalid Gerard is leading and coordinating this effort. If you particularly don't want to be part of this process then please politely inform Br Khalid.


We now have gaurds on duty with police support at Brother Abdulbasith and his family's residence and the house area is cordoned off, however some space will be allocated for flowers and messages.


Three of Abdul Basith's brothers are travelling from overseas to join their elder brother in Kuraby. 

Also Bhabi Asma's father is traveling from overseas. Please take time to pay respects to them during the jinazah and burial.


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Abdul Basith was stabbed on his front lawn after he walked outside to inspect a blackout at his home.

Detectives believe Kuraby restaurateur Abdul Basith was lured to his death after power cut


A CLEAR motive for the horrific murder of Kuraby father Abdul Basith remains a mystery, police say.

Investigators have also determined the attack was not random, and the Saint George St home had been targeted by the offender.

Brisbane father and restaurateur Abdul Basith, 35, was stabbed to death in the front yard of his Kuraby home, on Brisbane’s southside in the early hours of Wednesday morning after he had left his house to check on a power outage.

Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said that it was a “reasonable hypothesis” to assume the cutting of Mr Basith’s electricity supply had drawn him out.

“Just to recognise the fact that a person has been killed, killed in his front yard, we are still working on the theory that the electricity may have been interfered with, it makes it clear that someone was there, we are not sure how long they were there for,” he said.

“It would appear that there was something that drew Abdul from the house, and it is a reasonable hypothesis that that may well have been some interference with the electricity that caused him to leave the house,”

“We are still looking for the implement that killed,” Det Supt Fleming said.

“It’s unquestionably a cutting implement of some sort.”

SES crews are continuing to scour the surrounding bushland and adjacent train tracks for the murder weapon today.

Det Supt Fleming ruled out the murder being a random act and said there was no indication it was racially or religiously motivated.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses, those who may have been in the area between 10.30pm and 1am to come forward.

“We certainly don’t think this is random, based on our investigations today, we do think that that address was the focus of the offender,” Det Supt Fleming said

“What [people] may think was a bit of scuttlebutt, we really want to hear that because we really want to bring the person who did this to justice.”

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a Brisbane restaurateur – believed he was lured to his death after power was cut to his home – are delving into his business and family ties.

Abdul Basith, 35, was stabbed on his front lawn after he walked outside to inspect a blackout at his Kuraby home south of Brisbane about 12.30am yesterday.

His killer fled and was last night yet to be arrested in a murder that has shocked the tight-knit community who say the Brisbane father was an upstanding family man.

His terrified wife and four children were inside at the time.

Stabbed multiple times, with what is believed to be a knife, he was left lying at the front of his home on Saint George St.

Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said police were investigating whether his electricity was cut before the murder.

“There’s certainly early indications that there might have been some interference with electricity,” he said.

“We are following up a number of inquiries, but based on the information that we have, we don’t think there was a random person running around the streets of Brisbane.”

A much-loved member of nearby Al-Farooq Mosque, Mr Basith was described by his friends as a softly-spoken humble man who had no enemies and worked hard on his business, an Indian Mediterranean restaurant less than a kilometre from his home.

He owned the Sizza Indian and Middle Eastern Restaurant for about 18 months and was regularly seen working there with his wife.

Detectives yesterday doorknocked surrounding homes and searched areas, including the mosque, which is about 200m from his house.

They said they were looking at all avenues of his life to solve the murder.

It is understood controversial Imam Zainadine Johnson lives on the small street, a few doors down from Mr Basith.

Neighbours have reported seeing two men in a car blaring loud music minutes before the attack, but it is unknown if this is linked.

Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri said Mr Basith was respected and loved by “all members of the community”.

“He has helped many in need by providing them with support and was known as a generous person.

Anem Khan, owner of restaurant Layalina Mediterranean a few metres from Mr Basith’s restaurant, said he was very friendly and down to earth.

“He was very kind, I can’t think of him having any enemies,” he said.

Det Supt Fleming said there was “absolutely nothing” that indicated the murder was racially or religiously motivated.

The Courier Mail





Br Abdul Basith has left 4 children, all under 10.


A gofundme fundraising drive has been established to support the family.


To date, $30,000 of the $200,000 has been raised.



For Bank deposits, use the ICQ Social Aid account: BSB 034-013

Ac No. 149416

A/c Name. Islamic Council of Queensland

Use reference: Abdul Basith




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The second annual National Mosque Open Day took place on Saturday October 28th, at a number of cities across Australia.


National Mosque Open Day, a Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) initiative supported by the Department of Social Services, is an Australia-wide event which sees mosques around the country opening their doors to the public, promoting cohesion within communities and clarifying misconceptions.


Yesterday (Saturday), a number of Australian mosques across each state extended an invitation to the wider public to come and find out what a mosque is, and what Islam and Muslims are really like.

Samier Dandan, President of the Lebanese Muslim Association, earlier said, “With even more mosques taking part in the event this year, we plan to build on last year’s success and host an even greater number of ordinary Australians at their nearest participating mosque. I would personally like to invite all members of the public to take this extraordinary and welcoming step in finding and visiting their nearest participating mosque.”

At each participating mosque, visitors will find a different and unique experience, from barbecues, to traditional foods, and from jumping castles for children to open question-and-answer forums with local religious elders for adults.

Samier Dandan continued, saying, “A national initiative such as this could not come at a more apt time. In light of recent events, at home and abroad, it is imperative that people, whether they are simply curious or have some serious questions, take this opportunity to enter a mosque and find out for themselves what the reality actually is.”

The LMA also made the following plea to the community: National Mosque Open Day is part of the second National Day of Unity, launched this year at Parliament House on October 13th by the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and Leader of the Greens. As part of this National Day on October 31st, all Australians are encouraged to contribute to greater harmony in society. This could be done by taking part in a Walk Together march, promoting the rights of migrants and refugees, attending a mosque open day or by simply taking the step of speaking to a neighbour on your street who you have not spoken to for some time.




In Toowoomba, the Garden City Mosque on 217 West St was opened to the public from 11am to 2pm "with food, fun and friendship".

Hon Member of Ipswich West, Mr Jim Madden MP represented Hon Grace Grace, Minister of Multicultural Affairs of Queensland. Prof Shahjahan Khan welcomed the guests and highlighted the religious and cultural harmony in Toowoomba. Other speakers included Dr Mark Copland, Fr Brain Sparksman and representatives of Interfaith Working Group. Imam Abdul Kader answers questions from audience. A large number of members of the wider community participated in the event and asked questions on various aspects of Islam and Muslims.

Everyone enjoyed the delicious food from different parts of the world and had good time in a very friendly and welcoming environment. The children enjoyed the jumping castle and police car demo. "I want to thank everyone contributed in the preparation of the event including cooking and setting up the hall and gazebos," Prof Khan told CCN. Apologies were received from Federal MP Dr John McVeigh, State MP Mr David Janetzki and Mayor Cr Paul Antonio.




At the Logan Mosque, a modest crowd including Mosque attendees, local residents, Queensland Police and Multicultural Affairs Queensland. Attendees heard from a range of speakers including the resident Imam Mossad Issa, Kayser Trad, Federal and State MPs: Dr Jim Chalmers, Cameron Dick and Duncan Pegg, along with a One Nation candidate and Queensland Police. Despite being billed to be attending the event, the Grand Mufti of Australia did not attend the proceedings..





At the Kent St Mosque in Rockhampton a new Speed Dating a Muslim initiative was trialled. Imam Ikraam Buksh welcomed and addressed the visitors to the Mosque.

Speed date a Muslim arrives in Rocky



SPEED DATE A MUSLIM: The President of the Islamic Society of Central Queensland, Binil Kattiparambil pictured with his wife, Nusra Noorudheen.


SPEED date a Muslim is a new initiative  introduced at this year's National Mosque Open Day in Rockhampton yesterday.

President of the Islamic Society of Central Queensland Binil Kattiparambil said the day was a great opportunity to bring the community together.

"The whole purpose behind the event is to bring people of different faiths, cultures and ideologies together and to show that we can all work in sync with each other,” he said.

Binil said the speed date a Muslim initiative was a new concept for this year.

Earlier this week, he said this and the broader open day event were both designed to provide people with a platform to connect with each other. "People can sit together and talk to each other about absolutely anything and connect with each other better on a personal level,” he said.

"We are trying to create an environment where people are free and feel safe to ask questions.”

The Rockhampton man said he had seen the event grow from a gathering of 40 people to close to 250 people at last year's event.

Binil said he had received good feedback from the event over the years.

"We've had people come in to the mosque with preconceived ideas and when they leave, they go by making friends,” he said.

"Many people are asking about it and showing interest to come along.”

The event also offered a morning tea, face painting and the opening of the Salaam Cafe.

Adapted from: The Morning Bulletin





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Graham Perrett MP

Member for Moreton






Thank you Deputy Speaker.

I recently met with members of the Bangladeshi community who live in my electorate and my next door neighbour's electorate the member for Rankin - we're working on an issue together.

I met with Adjunct Professor, Mr Adil Khan; Professor Reza Monem; Mr Azharul Karim; Dr Asad Khan; Adjunct Professor Iyanatul Islam; and Dr Mazhar Haque and many others.

They presented us with a petition calling on this House to do all it can to persuade the Myanmar government to:-

• Establish a United Nations led or independent investigation into allegations of genocide and human rights violations;
• Immediately stop genocide and killing of innocent people; and
• Ensure rights of the Rohingya minority.

And the Member for Rankin is going to table that soon Deputy Speaker.

We know this is a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Over half a million Rohingya refugees have fled their homes in Myanmar. Most are now camped near the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar, on the border of Myanmar.

The atrocities committed against the Rohingya community in Rakhine State are almost beyond our comprehension.

It is crucial that there is unimpeded humanitarian access to the camps in Bangladesh and that regional partners, including Australia, work together in response to this crisis to ensure that the Rohingya population has a safe and secure place to live in peace.

Labor has made a formal representation to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister to do everything in the Government’s power to respond to this escalating crisis.

I look forward to working with the Member for Rankin and the Foreign Minister to make sure we can do all we can to get this sorted.


Jim Chalmers MP

Shadow Minister for Finance

Member for Rankin






Thanks Deputy Speaker.

A few weeks ago a group of esteemed and highly qualified community members sat around the meeting table in my electorate office in Logan City and at the Member for Moreton's office in Sunnybank.
They were doctors and professors and professionals. Experts in their fields.

Brought together by Dr Mohammed Islam they shared a common message of concern over the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar and in Bangladesh.

They brought with them a petition signed by almost 2,000 residents from the Member for Moreton’s community, my community and the surrounding areas.

In their words and the words of the United Nations and Human Rights Watch, they consider what is happening there to be an atrocity beyond comprehension.

Labor expressed our deep concerns through the Shadow Foreign Minister, Senator Wong,. What is happening there is horrific and inexcusable.

The Member for Moreton and I took this petition to the Foreign Minister and received a briefing on the Government’s response to this humanitarian crisis in the region.

I thank the Foreign Minister and her office for facilitating that meeting urgently and for the opportunity to discuss the humanitarian assistance; fact funding missions; the continuation of the arms embargo with Myanmar; and other relevant issues like international cooperation and resettlement.

Labor wants to see the Government continue to take these meaningful steps.

I thank the Member for Moreton, I thank Senator Wong, I thank the leaders in our communities raised these issues with us and who do so much every day not only to support their loved ones but bring peace and compassion into our part of the world.




Iqbal Momen of the Rohingya Support Group which initiated the petition posted the following on Facebook:

Today, the Bangladeshi community in Brisbane made history. Our little effort (from the #Rohingya Support Group, Queensland) reached the Australian parliament.

A petition signed by close to 2,000 Australians deeply concerned about the continuing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people was tabled at the House of Representatives by Honourable Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Minister for Finance, and Honourable Graham Perrett MP, Opposition Whip.

In his speech, Dr Chalmers MP said, "Labor expressed our deep concerns through the Shadow Foreign Minister, Senator Wong. What is happening there is horrific and inexcusable."

In his speech, Mr Perrett MP said, "The atrocities committed against the Rohingya community in Rakhine State are almost beyond our comprehension...It is crucial that there is unimpeded humanitarian access to the camps in Bangladesh and that regional partners, including Australia, work together in response to this crisis to ensure that the Rohingya population has a safe and secure place to live in peace."

On behalf of the Bangladeshi community in Brisbane, we express our sincere gratitude to the Labor leaders for presenting the plight of the helpless Rohingya people in the parliament.

Earlier, under the initiatives of Dr Mohammed Islam (Zaman Islam) and Dr Mazhar Haque, two groups of community members met with these Labor leaders and handed over the petition.

We are working hard in our little capacity to bring to light the humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold in Myanmar.

We wish to thank all those who worked hard for the petition and who signed the petition. We invite all conscientious members of the community to join us for the good cause as we are planning more activities in larger scales.



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The Islamic Society of Gold Coast invited the Australian Federal Police and Border Protection officials to the Mosque for lunch.

They were taken on a tour of the Mosque and were introduced to basic Islamic terms and concepts. They also saw the construction of the Islamic Cultural Centre (Dawah and Youth Centre).





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FAMILY FOOD FIGHT coming to Channel 9 (starts Monday 7.30pm)




The Shahrouk sisters are out to become Australia's number one food family

With beyond boundless energy, the Shahrouks are ready to give Family Food Fight their all.


In this competitive cooking series, diverse and multi-generational Australian families will go head-to-head in high-pressure cooking challenges to not only win the experience of a lifetime but also take home the title of “Australia’s Greatest Food Family”



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Australian International Islamic College's Year 12 students Rumana Akter, Sara Ahmed and Kurshida Binti Mohd Ayub were awarded Gold and Silver badge winners for RACI, Australian National Titration Competition (ANTC).


They were also awarded a plaque for being the most outstanding team.

On Saturday 3 June, Rumana Akter, Sara Ahmed and Kushida binti Mohd Ayub competed in the RACI Regional Titration Competition at Griffith University, Nathan Campus.


They were the champion of the Venue and qualified for the Australian National Titration competition (ANTC).

On Saturday 21 October, they participated in the Australian National Titration Competition (ANTC) at The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland St Lucia. 75 competitors (regional champions) from across Queensland travelled to UQ for this competition.

The AIIC students performed exceptionally well and achieved one gold and two silver medals.



(l to r) Dr Mohammed Islam, Ms Mariam Banwa, Sara Ahmed, Kushida binti Mohd Ayub, Rumana Akter and Mr Mohammed Ally



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  • A Queensland Muslim group has received threats after plans to buy a church hall

  • The Gympie Islam supporters plan to use the building for a community centre

  • But a promotional flyer said fundraising was for the 'Gympie Mosque Project'

  • Shahid Khan said the mention of the word 'mosque' had simply been a mistake

A group of Queensland Muslims has received terrorist-style threats after announcing plans to purchase a church hall (pictured)

A group of Queensland Muslims has received terrorist-style threats after announcing plans to purchase a church hall.

The local Islam supporters were looking to buy the building in Gympie, north of Brisbane, to use as a community centre for their religion.

But they began to be harassed and targeted after a promotional flyer for an event to raise money for the sale mistakenly called it the 'Gympie Mosque Project'.


The local Islam supporters were looking to buy the building in Gympie, north of Brisbane, to use as a community centre for their religion, but a promotional flyer (thumbnail left) mistakenly labelled it as a future mosque

Accountant Shahid Khan said the group had been running the same centre for more than a decade in a property nearby the new building's Lady Mary Terrace location.


'We've been running a community centre in Ada Street, just around the corner, in rented premises for 13 years and no-one's had a problem,' he told the Gympie Times.

'I don't see how owning our own hall is going to change anything.

The flyer was shared online and stated that the small Muslim community had a 'big hope' to find a place they could conduct Jumma prayers.

The Gympie local said they did not have an imam and would not be holding five prayers a day, reaffirming it would not be a mosque


The congregational worship is conducted on Fridays, with many of those in the 30 - 40 strong group attending said to be professional people, according to Mr Khan.

The Gympie local said they did not have an imam and would not be holding five prayers a day, reaffirming it would not be a mosque.

The building in question is believed to sit on approximately 1518sqm of land, and comprise of a 20m hall, large kitchen and toilets.


As for the flyer, Mr Khan said it was simply a mistake that had not been clarified correctly.

'Hatred, that's just people. Some people are fighting against intolerance by some Muslims but are practising it themselves.'

Daily Mail Australia





Channel 7 News


A Gympie group planning to transform an old church hall into a Muslim community centre has received hate mail and abusive calls.






Selected Channel 7 Facebook readers' supportive comments:

So where have all of you people been for the past 13 years? They have been gathering perfectly fine all this time and you didn’t even know.

What happened to community centres where everyone is welcome.. what happened to the one multi cultural Australia.. this is just unAustralian and divides people..


Honestly I can't believe these narrow minded people against people having the right to be who they are. Live and let live. The one thing that makes me furious is racism. They're not hurting anyone so what's the problem. Amy Laurent be nice.


Cool! Good luck with the transformation, those people clearly have no lives and have nothing better to do than bombard another group of people.


Australia is built on multiculturalism. It is bound to happen as it has in the cities all over Australia.



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On Saturday, 10 February 2018 Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton be continuing his tradition of recognising local volunteers at the 10th Annual Moreton Australia Day Awards.

He has issued an official call for nominations. If you know an individual, a couple or a small group of people who should be recognised, why not nominate them?


For someone to be considered, they must have undertaken volunteer activities in the Moreton electorate.


A committee will consider and decide on all nominations. They will consider things like community influence – whether the nominee has shown initiative, achieved outcomes and inspired others. They will also take into account enthusiasm – whether the nominee has shown dedication through their length of service, the routines they have adopted, and their reliability.

"I look forward to seeing all the local heroes recognised for the work that makes Brisbane's Southside a fantastic place to live!," Mr Perrett said.

Check out the website for a nomination form and more information.


2017 Awards




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GOLD Coast crooks are converting to Islam while behind bars for protection rather than redemption, experts say.


Queensland legal and police sources say an increasing number of criminals were becoming Muslims so they could be aligned to dominant factions in jail.


Other inmates were also doing it to find “direction and hope”.


In March, killer Lionel Patea (pictured) converted to Islam, citing he wanted to “rehabilitate” himself after murdering his former partner Tara Brown on the Gold Coast.


The Gold Coast Bulletin revealed the former bikie extortion king became a Muslim and asked to be “ultimately judged by God” on the day he was sentenced for Ms Brown’s death.


Glitter Strip police sources said the practice of “finding God” in jail was growing for those who had committed serious crimes. It has become common in NSW jails.


“In jails where these groups are dominant, boys who come in often convert,” one source said.


“Not only is it about blending in but when (expletive) goes down in there you’ve got to be one of the brothers otherwise you’re out on your own.


“One of the other things is that the people inside will forgive what you did on the outside by saying: ‘You’ll be judged by God’. Without that if you’ve done something really serious they’re going to punish you for it while you’re inside.”


Southport lawyer Campbell MacCallum, of Moloney Mac- Callum Lawyers, said he had acted for several clients who had converted to Islam while incarcerated.


“There are usually a number of groups within a jail, some factions rule certain sections,” he said.


“To be accepted and for protection they are often required to convert to Islam and learn the teachings.


“In saying that, there are several clients I’ve had who say that despite the teachings being forced on them initially, they find it gives them some solace and they stick with it.


“Particularly those who are in jail for a long time, they seem to find it gives them direction and hope.


“In other instances, it’s clearly done to be accepted in certain factions in the jail.”


Local criminal lawyers also said many Aboriginal clients or those with ethnic backgrounds were the ones who chose to convert while behind bars.


“They join so they’re left alone on the inside,” one source said.


“It’s ridiculous the people who do it. I can tell you they forget very quickly about the faith when they get out.”


Bond University Criminologist Terry Goldsworthy said it was no surprise there were an increasing number of Muslim conversions in Queensland jails.


“I suppose if you’re looking to recruit you would have a very captive market,” he said.

The Gold Coast Bulletin



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Islamic State-inspired jihadis who arrive in Australia as refugees and commit acts of terror in their new home are more the product of Australian culture than their home country’s, ASIO boss Duncan Lewis (pictured) said last night.

Returning to a controversy that saw him roundly criticised in some quarters, Mr Lewis said last night that seven of the 56 people targeted in terror operations over the past three years were refugees.

But Mr Lewis said all had come to Australia at an early age and had little first-hand exposure to their home countries.

In May, Mr Lewis drew criticism following an exchange with One Nation senator Pauline Hanson in which the ASIO boss appeared to sidestep potential links between migration and terrorism.

“I have absolutely no evidence to suggest there’s a connection between refugees and terrorism,” Mr Lewis said in May.

The context of Mr Lewis’s answer was in response to a question from Senator Hanson as to whether the terror threat was being “brought in’’ to Australia, suggesting ISIL might have been exporting its operatives to Australia to plan and conduct attacks.

But it subsequently emerged that several of the terror suspects arrested in recent years were refugees, or — far more commonly — second-generation migrants, engulfing Mr Lewis in controversy.

Yesterday, Mr Lewis said it remained crucially important not to stereotype the overwhelming majority of Muslim Australians who were of no security interest to ASIO.

“There were 56 individuals who were primary targets of these 13 disruption operations and they were either arrested, charged or the subject or search warrants. Only seven of the 56 individuals came to Australia as refugees and six of those seven migrated to Australia with their parents as young children aged 11 or younger,’’ Mr Lewis said. “The trend since 2014 is consistent with longer-term trends dating back to 2002. Where an individual is involved in attack planning and arrived as a refugee they generally arrived as a child and have spent more time in Australia than they have elsewhere.’’

Mr Lewis, along with AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin, has long been vocal about the need to maintain good relations with the Muslim community, a message he reiterated to a Senate committee last night.

“Stereotyping any group as a source of threat is not helpful. It is behaviour, not background, which ASIO is investigating. Our focus is identification and prevention of terrorist attacks and to achieve this we have to be vigilant regarding the course of threat,” he said.

The ASIO boss also welcomed the defeat of ISIL in Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq, saying it would make it more difficult for the group to plan attacks abroad. “But, and this is the big but, ISIL propaganda remains a powerful force for radicalisation and incitement and the threat from ISIL-inspired lone actors and local groups will endure.”



The Australian



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Ellisa Parker has confidence that Oakey is growing in many ways, including cultural diversity. Oakey is in a significant chapter of adaption and change in order for our community to continue to grow healthy, strong & resilient. In the 2016 census approximately 18% of Oakey’s community were born overseas,
this is up from 14% in the 2011 census. The most significant cultures are Brazilian, Filipino and Pacific Nations.

There are 5 signs to a healthy community, being authenticity, inclusiveness, outward focus, acceptance and supportiveness. Bazaar Culture Darling Downs intends to display all of these characteristics. We unapologetically pride ourselves for being ‘different’ and ‘new’…for Oakey. On occasion this is a challenge for some citizens to receive, but for the benefit of our growing community we are who we are, and proud. We are all about inclusion; if you are a proud citizen for Oakey’s future, then we are the store for you. Regardless of where you come from, we supply gifts, fashion, groceries and
home-wares all as unique as you are.


Ellisa, owner of Bazaar Culture Darling Downs, loves to travel, especially for the experience of immersion within cultures; it’s both an exciting and daunting awareness when in a different country with different ways of life. Ellisa encourages her daughters to expand their world view beyond the township of Oakey by acknowledging their past and also creating their
own future. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to discover other cultures and alternative ways of life; this was how the idea of Bazaar Culture was born.


Our growing grocery range caters for many culinary styles including Brazilian, New Zealander / Pacific Nations and Asian cuisine. Be sure to come in for a browse, special orders are most welcome.


20% of our floor space is dedicated to local arts and craft. This is a great way for local crafters to have their wares available to the wider community and tourists who visit Oakey.


Finally, we anticipate offering various social gathering such as film screenings and cooking demonstrations to facilitate understanding and acknowledgement within our community. Our patrons have the unique opportunity to listen and learn from one another which in turn grows our town into a community of compassion and love; in a time where we seem
to only hear doom and gloom.


Be sure to take to time to visit Bazaar Culture Darling downs, in the old jeweller’s space in Oakey CBD, you won’t be disappointed!









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Kerrie and Mobinah have very different views on Islam in Australia.


What happens when they sit down to talk?


Australia’s national conversation about Islam is often heated, sometimes abusive.

Kerrie and Mobinah were both born in Australia but they have very different backgrounds — and contrasting perspectives on Islam.

Kerrie fears the spread of Islamic terrorism in Australia. Mobinah thinks a lot of the fear is driven by ignorance. They’ve promised to hear each other out.





Kerrie says her biggest fears are related to Islamic terrorism.

“We’re all on tenterhooks because we’re waiting for that moment to happen, when that sort of devastation and carnage is going to happen in our country — and we know it’s going to come from someone who is of Muslim descent.”

Mobinah challenges that, saying terrorists have a warped view of Islam and there’s a double standard in the way the media reports events like mass shootings.

“What we find in America is whenever a young kid shoots up a whole bunch of people ... he’s mentally ill. But whenever it’s a Muslim person who does anything like that they’re immediately a terrorist.”

However, Mobinah concedes: “If I wasn’t Muslim and I was viewing the news, I would be scared too. I totally understand that these are legitimate fears from looking at the media.



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Muslims relax on the grass after praying in Burgess Park, Southwark.


Source: The Guardian



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Racism & the big change 
By Usman Khawaja 



Usman Khawaja 

Continued from last week



As I grew up – and Australia grew up – things changed radically. I started to understand that the minority of Australians who did treat me this way were just that. A minority.

By high school I was a diehard Australian team supporter. But, from a pathways perspective, the damage had been done. Not to me, but to some of the other immigrant kids who potentially could have gone on to play for Australia. They chose not to pursue a dream because of the negative experiences they had endured.

I count myself lucky to have a very strong-willed family. And a natural instinct that always wants to compete no matter what.

If I didn’t have those things, I may also have been lost in the process – especially when my Mother wanted me to stop playing cricket and focus on my studies when I got to year 10. Typical subcontinental Mum! Fortunately for me my Dad is the greatest cricket tragic of all time, and told my Mum I could do both.

He understood you only get one shot at a sporting career. Stop now and that was the end of it.

Unfortunately, not everyone has that support base, and if you don’t you can fall by the wayside very easily as a lot of kids did. You might think they needed to toughen up. You might be right in some respects. Professional sport is cutthroat and only the strongest survive to play at the highest level.

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.

But that takes years to develop. And, as kids, it’s bloody tough to cop.

I was actually embarrassed to call myself Pakistani when I was younger because of this.

I had been molded to believe being from there was uncool. I used to avoid the question or tell them I was from Saudi Arabia, as my parents lived there for six years during my teenage years while I lived with my brothers in Australia. I went back and forth there to visit so it seemed logical. But it was a lie.

My point is this: it’s no surprise it has taken Australia cricket so long for coloured players to come through the system.

There is no doubt racism and politics played a large role in selections in the past. I’ve heard a few stories from past Anglo-Saxon players where this seems to be the case. It would just be the times that they lived in. Certainly cricket and society has come a long way.





My Week As A Muslim: Channel 4 prompts anger and mockery after 'blacking up' white woman to show Islamophobia


Britain's Channel 4 is facing mockery after airing a documentary which went to the lengths of getting a white woman to go undercover in ‘brownface’ make-up to show the Islamophobia faced by Muslim women.

My Week As A Muslim showed Katie Freeman, who previously supported banning the burqa, facing abuse that included drinkers in a Manchester pub asking her whether she planned to blow them up.

But many viewers were left wondering why Channel 4 felt that the way to show this Islamophobia was to find a white woman and put her in ‘brownface’ make-up.

Many asked pointed questions about why the documentary makers couldn’t have simply given a hidden camera to one of the hundreds of thousands of women in the UK’s 2.7 million-strong Muslim population.

“Millions of Muslims in the UK experience racism,” wrote one viewer. “Channel 4 didn’t ask them but thought better to brownface a white woman.”

Mhuram Ahmed, a Muslim lawyer based in Manchester, where the documentary was filmed, wrote: “Because our oppression does not exist until a white person experiences it and legitimises it.”

Another viewer complained: “I want to see a programme following a Muslim woman. Not a white woman made up as a Muslim woman. This is insulting.”




The use of ‘brownface’ to disguise a white woman as someone of Pakistani origin had also been criticised before the documentary was aired, when Fiyaz Mughal, founder of anti-hate crime charity Tell Mama, told The Independent: “They did not have to do the ‘blacking up’.

“You could have experienced what Muslims experience by shadowing, using a secret camera. This could have been done without pandering to some quite silly 1920s stereotypes.”

Mr Mughal added that idea for the documentary was “coming from a positive place”, but the manner in which it was executed was “offensive”.

“The most offensive bit,” he said, “Is the gross exaggeration of features of the face, and that blurs the line, pandering to stereotypes of race and religion.”

After watching the programme, many viewers expressed similar views, reacting with varying degrees of anger and mockery to the brownface make-up and the use of prosthetics to change the shape of Ms Freeman’s nose.

“A face mould?” asked one viewer. “Really? Don’t we all have a face with two eyes, a nose and a mouth?”

There was also criticism of the views expressed by Ms Freeman, 42, before she went undercover as a Muslim.

The documentary showed her saying: “Banning the headdresses and burkas, I think it would make a lot of people feel a lot happier, a lot safer. I wouldn't want to sit next to them because I'd automatically assume they're going to blow something up.”

But she condemned such Islamophobia after dressing as a Muslim during filming that coincided with the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Ms Freeman was seen reacting to being confronted by pub drinkers asking if she was going to blow them up by saying: “That's what they have to put up with all the time don't they? What harm am I doing walking down there? Absolutely no harm.

“And what did they [mean] about blowing things up and stuff like that? F***ing idiots. It just sickens me the stuff they've shouted to me.”

By the end of the documentary, she had concluded: “You can't blame the whole of the Muslims for one person's mindless act of terror can you? Just because they choose to live their life differently to me doesn't mean they're any less welcome to be here.

“We have to be strong and put on a united front.”

Her move towards a more sympathetic view of Muslims ensured that the programme was welcomed by some viewers.

Hassan Mohammad, a Birmingham-based viewer, commented: “It's easy to call Katie a racist but at least she's open to learning more about being Muslim. If only more were the same.”

Shakil Seedat agreed, saying: “To all those criticising My Week As A Muslim, there's no better way to learn empathy and cure ignorance than walking in someone else's shoes.

Channel 4 responded to the criticism with a quote from Fozia Khan, the executive producer of the documentary, who said: “The programme allowed Katie to meaningfully walk in the shoes of someone from a different background and to experience what it is like to be part of the British Pakistani Muslim community rather than observe it as an outsider.”

In a Guardian article ahead of the transmission, Ms Khan said: “People have suggested that we could have used a different approach – such as giving Muslim women hidden cameras to show their experiences. This has been done before, and we wanted to try something different.

“I was determined to make something that would reach people who wouldn’t normally watch a programme about Muslims.

“We hoped that people who shared some of Katie’s views would go on the journey with her. I think the disguise element was an absolutely crucial part of this.”

She added: “The reason for the prosthetic nose, teeth and contact lenses was simple – to make Katie look and feel different, so she could go unrecognised in her home town, convincingly experience what it’s like to be a Muslim woman, integrate her into her host community and experience it from within.

“'Blackface' or 'brownface' has historically been used as a form of entertainment to mock non-white people. This film is the antithesis of that. Its purpose is to inform and promote understanding between communities, not to caricature them.”    

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DATE: 27 October 2017

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 27 October 2017

TOPIC: "Hazrat Tufail Bin Amar Dowse conversion to Islam Part 2”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Junaid started off with a verse from Suratul Kahf and spoke about the conditions required to benefit from the Quran. He gave practical examples of a mobile phone and a car as to how one needs to follow the conditions of these things in order to get the benefit. He went on to say that the Quran affects only on a sound heart. He continued his story of Hazrat Tufail from last week’s kuthba. He said how hazrat Tufail spoke to the Prophet (pbuh) and told him how Prophet’s (pbuh) own people told Tufail not to listen to the Prophet (pbuh). Then hazrat Tufail asked the Prophet (pbuh) to tell what his religion says and the Prophet (pbuh) recited two surahs which had an instant effect on Hazrat Tufail’s heart. Mufti went on to say that we will not appreciate the Quran until we understand Arabic. He said how all other Prophets miracles exited the dunya when the Prophets departed but when Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) departed the dunya his miracle continued. He said how we jeopardise the hereafter for the dunya. He reminded how the Prophet (pbuh) said that how he cannot payback the favour of hazrat Abu Bakr. He said that how we should connect ourselves with Allah both at the beginning and end of each day. He came back to the story of hazrat Tufail and said how after hearing the two surah’s he extended his hand to the Prophet (pbuh) and accepted Islam. He gave an exercise and compared the years our Prophet (pbuh) prayed with a person of today and explained the value and sincerity of the Salah’s. He spoke about how hazrat Tufail requested the Prophet (pbuh) to ask Allah to give him a sign to assist in propagating Islam. He concluded explaining that sign.



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 27 October 2017

TOPIC“True love of Allah is to follow the sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh)”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Naeem Ali said how Allah says in the Quran to the Prophet (pbuh), tell the Umma that if you want Allah to love you or if you want to show Allah that you love Allah then you must follow the footsteps (Sunnah) of the Prophet (pbuh). He explained how some people dismiss the Sunnah and say they only follow the Quran. He continued how Allah says, that following only the Quran is not sufficient and one must follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). Allah said that whatever the Prophet (pbuh) is telling is not from his own desire but from Allah (a revelation) and this includes his actions. He gave an example of how not to cheat in business or job and follow the command of the Prophet (pbuh) and the Prophet (pbuh) said that a person who cheats is not from amongst us. Mufti went on to say these tests are applied to everything in life and asked the question, when salah time approaches at work place, whose command will you follow? Allah’s or your boss? He said a wise person will always follow the command of Allah. He also said that if your love for Allah is true and genuine then you will obey Allah and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). He reminded of what the Prophet (pbuh) said, that is, your emaan is not complete until you love the Prophet (pbuh) more than anything else. He went on to tell the story of the love of Majnoon and Leila. He concluded with the story of a person killing 100 people and was questioning if Allah will forgive him and was seeking to ask someone this question 



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Bishop Converts to Islam, Turns Church to Mosque 


KENYA – A Kenyan bishop has converted to Islam and turned his church into a mosque, saying that he could not stand how women wore indecently to his church.

“My church was known as Nyalgosi God’s Call Church of East Africa, but it is now Nyalgosi Jamia Mosque,” Bishop Charles Okwany, now Ismael Okwany, told The Nairobian.

“During my tenure as a Bishop, I travelled to Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Tanzania to preach the word of God

“I used to take advantage of the opportunity to study the conduct of both Christians and Muslims living in the areas, and it made me conclude that Islam is better,” he added.

“The Biblical teachings discourage modes of dressing which are likely to motivate sexual desire in church. But it is unfortunate that some women wear miniskirts and other clothes that expose their private parts,” said Okwany.

He added that women who dress indecently tempt the clergy.

“It was unfortunate that some people felt I was wrong when I discouraged indecent dressing yet they were the ones who were going against the will of God,” said Okwany.

Okwany began his journey to Islam by visiting a Muslim leader in Kisii County to whom he explained his intentions. He was then referred to Rangwe Imam, Mustafa Saoke.

On September 26, Okwany converted to Islam and was joined by 23 other members of his church.
Currently, the mosque has a population of 63 people after 30 Muslims who were in the entire Kagan ward decided to register their membership.

Becoming Muslim, Okwany wants to study to know more about his faith.

“I will go for a theological training on Islamic religion to enable me to preach the word of God in Islam,” he added.

“I had never joined a theology class but this will be my starting point.” 



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Saudi Arabia wants to build a $500 billion mega-city spanning 3 countries 


SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia plans to build a new $500 billion metropolis that spans three countries.
The development, called NEOM, was announced at a conference on Tuesday by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It's the latest in a series of mega projects designed to reshape the kingdom's economy.

It is nothing if not ambitious.

"We try to work only with the dreamers," the young crown prince told investors gathered in Riyadh. "This place is not for conventional people or companies."

Plans call for the city to be powered entirely by regenerative energy, while also making use of automated driving technology and passenger drones. Wireless hi-speed internet will be free.

"All services and processes in NEOM will be 100% fully automated, with the goal of becoming the most efficient destination in the world," the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund said in a statement.

The city, which will be independent of the kingdom's "existing governmental framework," will be built across 26,500 square kilometers (10,231 square miles) near the Red Sea. According to the fund's statement, its land mass "will extend across the Egyptian and Jordanian borders."

"NEOM will be constructed from the ground-up, on greenfield sites, allowing it a unique opportunity to be distinguished from all other places that have been developed and constructed over hundreds of years," the fund said in a statement.

The project will be backed by $500 billion from the Saudi government and its investment fund, as well as local and international investors.

It has caught the attention of foreign investors including SoftBank (SFTBF) founder Masayoshi Son and Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman, who joined the crown price on a panel dedicated to the project.

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 The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World


 John A. Morrow


About the book

The Prophet Muhammad's treaties with the Christians of his time, which John Andrew Morrow has rediscovered in obscure collections and often newly translated, uniformly state that Muslims are not to attack peaceful Christian communities, but defend them "until the End of the World." Authored by the Prophet himself, they represent a third foundational pillar for Islam outside of Qur'an and hadith.


The "Covenants Initiative" within the book represents a movement by Muslims, both prominent and unknown, in support of Christians under attack. These treaties desperately need to be better known among Christians, Muslims, and the general public. For scholars, this book provides much difficult-to-obtain material: facsimiles of primary sources in Arabic and Persian; corrected versions in modern Arabic typescript; and alternate translations. They now have all they need to study the covenants in depth.

"This narrative has the power to unite Muslim and Christian communities. A work of scholarship, its release is timely, and its content critical in fostering mutual respect and religious freedom."--IMAM FEISAL ABDUL RAUF, Chairman, Cordoba Initiative

"In his indispensable contribution to the study of the Abrahamic faiths, John Andrew Morrow tells the story of how the Prophet Muhammad used his desert experiences of hospitality and protection to bring Muslims and Christians together."--JOSEPH HOBBS, University of Missouri

"These letters from the Prophet Muhammad to Christian communities can serve to inspire both Muslims and Christians about our ability to live together as God's people, as friends, as neighbors, and as custodians of the same small planet."--OMID SAFI, University of North Carolina

"With painstaking effort and much dedication invested in this groundbreaking work, Professor Morrow will surely manage to attract the attention of Islamic studies students and specialists."--AMAR SELLAM, Mohamed I University

"This book documents what is possibly the third foundational source of Islam: the Prophet's treaties and covenants among people of the Abrahamic faiths. Dr. Morrow brings forth exceptionally important findings that dictate peaceful coexistence among Jews, Christians, and Muslims."--BRIDGET BLOMFIELD, University of Nebraska



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KB says: Enjoy the aromatic anise flavour of fennel and its juicy bite, caramelized around the edges by the heat of the oven. It is absolutely delicious!




2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp whole fennel seeds
1 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp. green chillies
⅓ cup good olive oil
1 lemon, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick
1 onion, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 chicken or 1kg breast, snitzeled
Juice of 1 lemon


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

2. Place the thyme, fennel seeds, salt, pepper and chillies in a mini food processor and process until ground. Pour the olive oil into a small glass measuring cup, stir in the herb mixture and use half of it to marinate the chicken.

3. Distribute the lemon slices in your greased oven pan and distribute the onion and garlic on top. Place the chicken, on top of the onion and brush it all over with the rest of the oil and herb mixture.


4. Roast the chicken for 20 minutes and brush with the marinade and cook for another 10mins.

5. Remove the chicken from the oven, sprinkle it with the lemon juice, cover the pan tightly with foil, and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

6. Serve hot with the pan juices, cooked lemon, and onion on a bed of vegetables or with chips.

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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: It Takes Two To Argue

Reflect on a time when you had a discussion which ended up in an argument. What do you think happened during the course of the discussion which turned it into an argument? The major difference between discussion and argument is that in a discussion, a topic is talked about at length, taking into account different ideas, opinions and issues. Whereas, in an argument, there is a deliberate opposition of ideas with no common ground.

Why Do You Argue?

• Control - it may be a habit to prove that your way is the best way
• Fault - you may be taking the easy way out by placing blame on another rather than finding where your responsibility lies in the issue being discussed (or argued about)
• Perfectionist - other people’s work may be disappointing to you because they are not performing the way you want them to (also a control issue)
• Ego - you may feel like you have all the answers
• Competitive - you like to win. It makes you feel good when your point of view wins over someone else’s
• Fear - you may be fearful of acknowledging your vulnerabilities.

Strategies To Stop Arguing

It takes two to argue. If you believe someone is arguing with you, you need to realise that you are part of the argument. This is an empowering realisation because once you know you are a part of something, you can consciously CHOOSE NOT TO BE a part of it.

Here are some strategies to stop arguing:

1. Listen. Maintain eye contact and stay quiet. Let the other person vent if they need to. It’s okay to be a listener. Do not feel compelled to reply.
2. Take long, deep breaths. Oxygen supply to the cells of the body will help you maintain your cool and calm demeanor.
3. If you are standing, find a place to sit down. This simple movement can take the pressure off the heated moment and ease some tension. The other person may also relax when he/she sees you relaxed.
4. Start sipping on some water. Again, any such distraction helps ease tension.
5. Say “I understand”, if the person is provoking you for a verbal response. This does not mean that you agree with what is being said, it simply means that you comprehend it. Saying “I understand” may help calm the other person.
6. Once there is a breathing space and some moments of silence, look at the person in the eye with kindness and say, “Would you like to talk about something else?” and smile.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Catastrophising    

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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m 55 years old and trying my best to exercise during my busy schedule. Whenever I exercise it takes at least 2 days to fight off the pain in my legs, back, and also sore muscles. Any thoughts on what I can do during or after exercise to help with the muscle soreness and pain?

A: During exercise it’s common to feel the ‘muscle burn’ while you’re challenging it.

If you’re experiencing pain, stop and make sure you’re technique / posture is perfect to prevent injury.

Also try to exercise on a regular basis. If you take a week off every now and then, you’ll feel sore after your workouts. So consistency is key.

Make sure you stretch after every workout, this will help alleviate the pain / soreness that sets in after a day or two.

Keep up the good work.


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A man asks Farmer Jallalludin near a field, “Sorry brother, would you mind if I crossed your field instead of going around it? You see, I have to catch the 4:23 train.”

Farmer Jallalludin says, “Sure, go right ahead. And if my bull sees you, you’ll even catch the 4:11 one.”

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Whoever intercedes for a good cause has a share in it, and whoever intercedes for an evil cause shares in its burdens. Allah keeps watch over everything.

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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.

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Salam aleikum everyone. This Sunday 29th of October marks 5 years since the opening of Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten back in 2012.

Alhamdulillaah since then we have come along in leaps and bounds until last year we received an Exceeding Rating in the National Quality Framework from the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care.

In March this year we were informed by the Qld government that we must relocate as they will be demolishing our building in January 2018 to make way for a new upgrade of the M1.

After 7 months of searching and exhausting all avenues we could think of as well as through whatever advice others gave us, we are able to finally announce that we have an agreement in place to lease a property in Hillcrest, just opposite Browns Plains Grand Plaza. The property is to be renovated and should be ready by the start of the school year in January 2018.

Alhamdulillaah: A big thankyou and jazakumAllaah khair to the parents of our children for their continued support and all those who have tried hard to help us and wished us well in our search for a new place. A new start for Shajarah! InshaAllaah onwards and upwards!

We will now be starting our fundraising efforts in earnest for our relocation. Our Gofundme page is here. Please help us continue the Quality Islamic Early Education we are known for inshaAllaah.

Please see our facebook page and website for updates on construction and all info and news.




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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


Support the Basith Family Children

Abdul Basith tragically lost his life outside his home, leaving four children behind.


A Go Fund Me page has been set up his 4 children, to make their father's dream come true by ensuring a stable future for each and every one of them.

Please support generously.


Due to the ongoing drought affecting farmers in west Queensland, MAA have joined local organisations to help Aussie farmers in their time of need by trucking hay bales from Victoria and New South Wales to farmers in west Queensland.

Farmers impacted by drought often struggle to ask for help and many due to the financial strain of trying to keep the farm afloat also battle mental health issues.

By providing bales to help farmers feed their animals you'll be taking a huge financial burden from them as well keeping their livestock alive.



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

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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


16 & 17 November

Thurs & Fri

National Interfaith Conference 2017

Toowoomba Interfaith Working Group & Pure Land Learning College Association


4659 8054

9AM to 5PM

18 November


Winter Wonderland: A Night of Glamour

Sisters Support Services

11 Watland St, SPRINGWOOD

0438 840 467


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

Download the programme here.


For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600




















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Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

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Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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

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

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