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Sunday 5 November 2017 | Issue 0678


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The Islamic Council of Queensland held its AGM on 22nd October 2017 at Islamic College of Brisbane in Karawatha and was attended by delegates from 13 societies.


After a robust discussion a motion to relax the rules of membership was unanimously passed.


“Creating unity was on our agenda from the day one of the new ICQ team, we cannot be a peak organisation with a closed constitution. These changes will allow us to add reputable Muslim organisations as our members. These are testing times and unity is an absolute necessary for our community” said Ismail Cajee, president of Islamic Council of Queensland.


This change means that reputable organisations like the Kuraby Mosque, Islamic Women’s Association of Australia and many other will be full members of Islamic Council of Queensland.


Reiterating ICQs vision, Fahim Khondaker, secretary of Islamic Council of Queensland said “During the very first year of our term we have managed to double our membership base and we are looking forward to create a strong and robust organisations which works towards a future where every Queenslander has a positive view of Muslims and Islam”





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The winners of the QCT Excellence in Teaching Awards were announced at the World Teachers’ Day Ceremony held at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane on 27th October, 2017.

Ms Tahnee Brown (pictured), a Primary School teacher from Wisdom College was the recipient of the QCT Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award.

Wisdom College is an independent school in Brisbane’s Southside that enrols students of all faiths. The majority of the children are from non-English speaking backgrounds, viz. from Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula, the African continent, India, Pakistan and Korea, to name a few. “We always emphasise to our students the importance of having a good character and always ‘doing the right thing’ both in the classroom and the playground," a spokesperson for the College told CCN.


"The aim of Wisdom College is to provide students with academic excellence combined with moral and ethical values."

Ms Brown uses her extraordinary background in early childhood education to help her students thrive academically, socially and emotionally. She has built on her 15 years’ experience in child care centres and kindergartens to provide exciting and meaningful lessons. The principal of Wisdom College, Mr. Murat Guzel, describes her classroom as "a happy one due to her careful planning and an in-depth understanding of her students and years of experience in the field of early childhood."

Tahnee uses various strategies designed to overcome language barriers and foster empathy among her students. She ensures that her teaching practices reflect the latest strategies, and her curriculum plans reflect a very well organised and up to date pedagogy whereby all students are catered for. Since almost all the students in her class are from varied ethnic backgrounds, Ms. Brown takes care to create a culturally inclusive classroom, where children feel comfortable with their differences/similarities.

Tahnee has a very personalized and empathetic approach towards each student aimed at making them aware of each other’s feelings.

“Before we start each day, I ask students questions such as ‘How are you today? How are you feeling? Why are you feeling that way?’ and ‘How can we fix that?’

“We work together, recognising that all emotions are okay, finding ways to process and manage these effectively and thinking of ideas to help ourselves feel better. This is a great strategy to ensure that all students have a positive start to teach day, having been heard and having their feelings validated”.

Parents, teachers and students admire her empathetic, passionate and academic approach and believe that Tahnee genuinely deserves to be recognised for her management and teaching skills. Her commitment, dedication, devotion and hard work will give our children the social, cognitive, emotional, and physical skills that they need to become confident young adults.



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The 2017 recipient of the QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership Scholarship is Mahommed Tilly, the investment manager for
Indigenous Business Australia who strives to find opportunities that provide both financial and social outcomes for Australia's First People.

"Working to create value for people is tremendously satisfying, and a major reason I enjoy my job," Mahommed says.


He has long wanted to study an MBA but, with three children at home, found he didn't have the resources to take the next step - until now.


The winning scholarship prize is worth more than $50,000.

"I'm very excited, it opens up a wonderful opportunity for me," Mahommed says.


Mahommed also contributes to the Islamic Council of Qld and is on the board of the Islamic College of Brisbane.



Photos: Brisbane Muslims



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Report by Mobinah Ahmad and Photos by Anita Martins



Now in its fourth year, the National Mosque Open Day was held on Saturday 28 October 2017.

This is a nationally coordinated event where mosques in all states open their doors to all Australians from various faiths and no faith to showcase Islam in theory and practice.

There are information displays, tours, Q&A sessions, fun activities for kids, big and small and mingling of people from diverse background and faiths in order to break down barriers.

This year’s event featured several mosques across the nation who simultaneously opened their doors to the public and invited them to come in and explore their local mosque.

At Imam Ali Mosque in Lakemba, a young man asked questions surrounding whether the Islamic rulings of inheritance were still applicable today given the nature of gender roles in modern day society.

The annual nationwide event is supported by the Lebanese Muslim Association and the Department of Social Services, promoting cohesion within communities and clarifying misconceptions.

The day was also part of the National Day of Unity on 31 October when Australians are encouraged to contribute to greater harmony in society.

According to one of the organisers of the Garden City Mosque, Professor Shahjahan Khan, the open day in Toowoomba was not about religion, but about bringing people together to enjoy each other’s company.

Acting president of The Islamic Centre of Newcastle (which includes the Sultan Fatih Mosque), Forugh Dorani noticed a major change since the open day started.

“Our relationship with the wider community, our neighbours and different faith groups has improved – and is now at a high,” said Mr Dorani.

“A couple of years ago we had people asking us about Al Qaeda and ISIS, but it’s shifted away from that,” he further added.

“There is fear of the unknown, but this is bringing attention to the fact that Muslims are your next door neighbour, pharmacists, GP’s, fixing your roads, the shopkeepers you buy kebabs from,” he said.

The mosques this year taking part in the National Mosque Open Day included Lakemba Mosque, Cabramatta Mosque, Young Mosque, Qaker’s Hill Mosque, Sultan Fatih Mosque (NSW), Rockhampton Mosque, Cairns Mosque, Garden City Mosque (QLD), Hobart Mosque (TAS), Al Khalil Mosque (SA) and Perth Mosque (WA).



A woman tries on a hijab at Al Khalil Mosque, Adelaide


Al Khalil Mosque, Adelaide


Sultan Fatih Mosque, Mayfield, Newcastle

Photo by Marina Neil


Lakemba Mosque




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The Mosque Next Door begins Wednesday 8 November, 8.40pm on SBS,


and continues on Wednesdays.


Episodes will be available after broadcast anytime, anywhere,


for free via SBS On Demand.




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By Sakinah Bokhari


Dr Mufti Ismail Menk addressing thousands gathered at the Sports Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

Mufti Menk, the popular Islamic celebrity gave his live lecture, a first for Australia, addressing thousands of mainly young people at the Sports Centre at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Dr Mufti Ismail Menk, the Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe is a leading global Islamic scholar with a high profile social media presence such as Twitter and has hundreds of videos on his YouTube channel Mufti Menk series disseminating Islamic education with effective delivery for a global audience.

He was born and raised in Zimbabwe obtaining Islamic education in Madinah, Saudi Arabia and holds a Doctorate of Social Guidance.

Mufti Menk was invited to Australia by the United Muslims of Australia (UMA). Initially, all tickets for the event were sold out within the first few days of its release and therefore the venue had to be relocated to Olympic Park in order to enable many more people to attend. Again, all tickets were snapped up within a few hours of release.

UMA organised the event in a structured and professional manner and huge crowds of all ages and backgrounds to the lecture.

Mufti Menk gave a very practical lecture and used important examples from hadith with good humour to emphasise his points.

He talked about the signs of piety, mainly being good conduct and character and that being the key to take one to Jannah.

Mufti Menk emphasised the development of good attitude and character that can be most effective for daawah purposes than mere advice.

He pointed out that all actions in daily living were Ibadah, worship if carried out in the right manner.

“Ibadah is a lifestyle. When you clothe yourself, it is an act of Ibadah (worship),” he said.

Towards the end of his lecture, he reinforced the idea that we must be united as one Ummah and those that harm others are cowards.




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by Mobinah Ahmad


Tamam Abdel Qader, Customer Service and Vish Naikar, Store Manager.

SYDNEY: Woolworths Lakemba had their grand opening of their new store on Wednesday 25 October at their store in Lakemba.

Store Manager, Vish Naikar talked about stocking a large variety of halal products such as an extensive range of Fettayleh Smallgoods and a number of other frozen and refrigerated products certified halal.

“We have really tailored the store according to what the customers wanted. We’ve got a new range of halal products. Based on their shopping needs, we received feedback that customers wanted halal options. We’ve really listened to provide them with a unique range at a competitive price,” he said.

Aside from offering halal products, Naikar also talked about his plans to engage with the local community, provide support and give back.

“We really want to engage the local community, especially with locals schools and mosques, to really provide as much support as we can through free food and see what we can give back to the community. Nothing is set as yet, but ideas such as a fruit and veg garden for a local childcare is the type of engagement we’re thinking of,” he further commented.




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By Janeth Deen


The suburban Brisbane Holland Park Mosque has a rich history reaching back to the 1880s, explains Holland Park Mosque Museum Curator Janeth Deen.

The first mosque in Queensland was a tin shed situated in Cloncurry, which served the needs of the Cameleers and other Muslims in the area at the time.

In the late 1880s Muslims of Afghan and Indian origin settled in the Mt Gravatt/Holland Park area. They regularly met on a small block of land on the corner of Crest Street and Logan Road for prayers and religious festivals. By 1908 the local Muslim community had raised enough funds to build a mosque, a wooden Queenslander that looked like many of the other houses in the area at the time.

The establishment of this mosque was a historical event that was very important to the people of Queensland. It was the first established mosque on the East coast of Australia. There was no opposition to its establishment. In fact, it became a landmark in the Mt Gravatt area as a mosque is essentially a first step towards fostering unity amongst people, and consequently is a powerful force in our endeavours to unite mankind.

It became the meeting place of Muslims on the East coast of Australia. It catered to the needs of seasonal Indian workers, Muslim hawkers, and important dignitaries who wished to participate in prayers, festivals, and connect with people of their own culture and language.

The early congregations were small as there were only a small number of settled families, but the numbers swelled for religious festivals. The mosque had a small adjacent building to house travelers and elderly men for a short period of time. No one felt lonely, as the members of the community were often present at the mosque.

The children loved visiting the mosque, playing under the mango tree and watching the men cook curries on the wood stove. Eid festivals would bring all the families together for presents, delicious food and interaction. Some would spend hours commuting from the Gold Cost, Hope Island, and even Lismore

In spite of the White Australia Policy and discrimination at the time, the Muslims were a happy, hard-working group. The white population accepted their presence with the knowledge that they were productive members of the community and small in number.

The Queenslander mosque, the only one of its kind in Australia, went through many renovations over the years to cater for the growing population. The migration of Muslims after World War Two and later the end of the White Australia Policy, when business migrants were allowed to migrate led to an increase in numbers and plans were developed to build a larger brick building.

The original mosque was not demolished until the new two-storied brick mosque was completed in 1966. Many would feel the loss of the unique Queenslander, but it couldn’t cater to the needs of the growing population of Muslims.

Most of the Muslims lived around the mosque due to the need to attend Friday prayers as well as to connect with people of their faith and culture. The majority of these Muslims were Sunni. Now people come from all over Brisbane as many of the local Muslim families can’t afford the spike in Holland Park house prices.

Our early imams were usually voluntary. The longest voluntary imam, the late Haji Rane, served thirty years and traveled the state when needed for weddings and funerals. He was Australian born, self-taught, and the only Australian born imam of this mosque.

This mosque is now the oldest established continuous mosque in Australia and celebrated its centenary in 2008 with an open day and street fair welcoming all levels of government, other religious people, and members of the public. Holland Park is considered to be the Queensland 'mother' mosque as there are now close to twenty mosques and prayer rooms in the Brisbane area, as well as mosques in major regional towns.

Several new buildings have now been purchased by the mosque - two halls and a house across from the mosque. The hall adjacent the mosque now has a small museum opened on 12 March 2017 to preserve the history of Muslims in Queensland.

We thank the dedicated Muslims who had the foresight to build the first mosque on the East coast of Australia.

Source: SBS



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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.




Mobinah says she feels anxious, afraid, even paranoid after an Islamic terrorist attack.

“Islam has been hijacked by terrorists, by people who are terrible. When a terrorist does something terrible, you get fearful — so do we. We get so fearful for our families, for our boys, for our girls.

“Anyone who questions that I would be upset over someone dying, of course I would be.”

But Kerrie would like to see the Muslim community do more in the wake of attacks.

“We do not see that you are arm in arm with us, heartbroken over what’s happening. I want to hear more love from you people.”

In a passionate exchange, the pair then tackle ignorance, misunderstanding and political correctness.

Mobinah: “When you don’t know about [National Mosque Open Day], maybe you’re ignorant of something that you just don’t know about it and the responsibility is on you to research it...”

Kerrie: “See, there’s that word, there’s that word...”

Mobinah: “That you don’t like?”

Kerrie: “That all Australians don’t like.”

Mobinah: “Ignorant?”

Kerrie: “Yes.”

Mobinah: “But look, I think that there is a lot of ignorance in this country.”

Kerrie: “That’s being judgemental.”

Mobinah: “But it’s true.”

Kerrie: “We just take it now as being a bit of a weapon to keep us in our place, and to keep us quiet, and to not speak our fears.”

Mobinah: “I think it’s absolutely totally fine to speak your fears but there is a responsibility to accept what you don’t know.”

Source: ABC News







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A man dressed as a clown gives balloons to children by the Dome of the Rock inside al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem’s old city.


Source: The Guardian



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Racism & the big change 
By Usman Khawaja 



Usman Khawaja 

Continued from last week



So many times I was told by other sub continental parents, ‘You will never make it, you’re not the right skin colour’. No joke. That might have been true in some respects in past eras and generations, but it just drove me more to prove them all wrong. I wasn’t going to look back in regret.

I actually couldn’t see myself playing for NSW let alone for Australia because NSW is the toughest team in Australia to make.

It seems a lifetime ago when I was first introduced to the squad. The game was very different, and the pathways the youngsters have now didn’t exist. It was purely about performances in grade cricket. And grade cricket itself can be a tough learning ground.

At least now youngsters are given a bit more support to nurture and grow as players, which I’m all for. But more than that it’s paving the way for all cricketers from all ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

Now subcontinental parents can see a future for their kids, at a younger age. It isn’t about making a choice – study or cricket – like my Mum wanted me to do.

And I can see it, in the domestic cricketers of all ages that are coming through now, compared to when I started playing and was the only Asian player at first class level in the whole country.

Now we have Gurinder Sandhu, who is a close friend of mine from Sydney Thunder and represented Australia. Another youngster from the Thunder is Arjun Nair, an excellent young, up-and-coming player.

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!

I’ll be honest. I’m probably the first guy now to have a laugh about race and what not. Every teammate I’ve played with will tell you that. But that’s because I find it the best way to let everyone know I don’t take myself too seriously. And because all my teammates are respectful enough to have that joke with.

So why is there an emergence of multi race players now in Australia? Maybe it was inevitable with the growing multicultural community in Australia. Maybe it was a few friendly faces at the highest level. We will never know.

What I do know is Australian cricket is slowly changing and will finally have a chance to reflect what Australia really is.

An international team truly representative of its richly diverse population.






Saudi Arabia Is Betting Its Future on a Desert Megacity

by Elizabeth Disckinson



Can Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious plans jumpstart social and economic reform, or are they an expensive miscalculation?


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and the landscape near the planned city of Neom.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — “Welcome to the future of Saudi Arabia,” a Saudi tour guide intoned last week as she led guests into a showroom advertising values not traditionally associated with the kingdom: gender equality, environmental sustainability, and technological innovation.

After an IMAX-style introductory video, the first stop on this “megaprojects tour” was a model of one of three new futuristic cities that Saudi Arabia is set to break ground on next year, dubbed Qiddiya. Located 25 miles from the capital, Riyadh, the city is envisioned as an entertainment megaplex with everything from indoor ski slopes to roller coasters to a zoo. Guests on the preview tour could interact with a holographic lion or try out the mountain bike and race car simulators. Down the hall were previews of the second two cities, a Red Sea tourist resort and Neom, a tech hub that aims to have more robots than humans in its population.

The cities are part of Vision 2030, the kingdom’s ambitious plan to pivot the economy away from oil. The program was announced over a year ago, but the event, which ran from Oct. 24 to Oct. 26, was the “coming out” party — a chance for the global financial elite to see for themselves whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was, in the words of one investor, “for real.” The so-called Future Investment Initiative (FII) pulled in 3,500 attendees, including dozens of blue-chip executives. Crew members from the Saudi national airline helped guide potential investors through the hallways of the Ritz Carlton. Robot “concierges” stood outside panel rooms, playfully soliciting interaction and selfies.

The theatrics were surely meant to awe international visitors. But they played to a domestic audience as well, providing clues about the direction the kingdom is heading under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The roster of local attendees was a who’s who of Saudi business, while every major Saudi television broadcaster and newspaper columnist churned out coverage. The message was clear to all: For three decades, the state has worked assiduously to avoid offending the conservative religious elite, stalling the trappings of modernity that have catapulted development in cities such as neighboring Dubai. This conference was meant to seal that chapter and set out a new, aspirational end point.

“Before now, the government always made a balance between the liberal people and the conservatives. They gave this side something, [that] faction another thing,” said Amal al-Hazzani, a columnist at Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat and professor at King Saud University. “They kept trying to make that balance, until Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman came.… [H]e ended that era.”

Pinning so much symbolic and material weight on megaprojects is risky in Saudi Arabia, where massive undertakings have a history of falling short. Saudi Arabia hasn’t yet released detailed cost estimates for the cities, including where investment will come from, aside from saying that Neom will receive $500 billion “over the coming years” from public and private investors. Meanwhile, half a dozen “economic cities,” launched by the General Investment Authority in 2005 to garner private investment, have mostly floundered. One could easily rattle off a list of sectors — including health care, education, and public transport — that could more urgently use some of the billions that will be spent on these megaprojects.

But the grand ambitions of the conference may be the point: Mohammed bin Salman is signaling to Saudis that they are embarking on a momentous reform project from which there is no turning back. Saudi Arabia will need a serious shaking up to bring its economic and social structure into the 21st century.

“Seventy percent of the Saudi people are less than 30 years old, and we will not waste 30 years of our lives dealing with extremist ideas — we will destroy them today,” Mohammed bin Salman told the gathering. “We want to live a normal life.”

Many conference attendees likely didn’t realize just how revolutionary certain aspects of last week’s event were. Bankers from London to Lagos enjoyed gender-mixed coffee breaks, where women weren’t required to wear the traditional abaya. There were no intermissions for prayers, which shut down Saudi businesses for 30 minutes multiple times a day. Only a handful of speeches began with the usual Islamic prayer.

Foreign Policy


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Researching feminism with an Islamic lens

Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research



In this BTS video, Tesneem Alkiek, co-author of "Is Feminism the Problem? Why Ideological Bandwagons Fail Islam" shares her intentions on researching the topic of feminism with an Islamic lens.

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 3 November 2017

TOPIC"A Formula for Peace in Hardship"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 3 November 2017

TOPIC"Aligning Yourself with Allah"

IMAM: Maulana Hakim











Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 3 November 2017


IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 3 November 2017

TOPIC: "Lessons from the life of Hazrat Tufail Bin Amar Dowse"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Junaid continued the story from last week and said the famous Abu Hurairah accepted Islam in the hands of Tufail Dowse. He said how the Prophet (pbuh) made a Dua for the people of Tufail and requested Tufail to go back to his people and spread the message of Islam. He said how Tufail requested the prophet (pbuh) to give him a duty which the prophet (pbuh) gave. Later Tufail served Abu Bakr and he Abu Bakr gave Tufail a mission, then on the return Tufail saw a dream which was fulfilled. Thereafter he explained the lessons derived from the story of Tufail Dowse and went on to detail them. He spoke about the prophet (pbuh) endorsing the character of Hazrat Umar. He concluded by saying how the prophet (pbuh) said “may that person be destroyed who reads the Quran and does not ponder”.  



Listen to last week's Kuthbah








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 3 November 2017

TOPIC“Being patient and thankful”

IMAM: Shezard Khan




Summary by Mohideen: Visiting Imam Shezard started off with the recitation of the Dua when you hear a calamity. Then he reminded to be thankful for this blessed day of Eid being Friday. He explained how the Prophet (pbuh) said that emaan has two parts, one being patient and the other being thankful. He spoke about happiness and sadness in life and both come from Allah as a test. He explained the small surah Al-Asr. He told the story of prophet Ayyub (as) and prophet Ibrahim (as) and how both prophets was patient when tested. He also told the story of prophet Yaquub (as) and prophet Yusuf (as). He spoke about controlling our nafs instead of fulfilling our desires against the command of Allah. He explained the Dua to recite when you hear or tested with a calamity. He concluded by requesting everyone to give in sadaqa on behalf of their family because sadaqa will halt and remove a destined calamity. 



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The Inbox



Assalamu alaykum Dear Muslim Family,

Just a short note to say "Thank you" to all who came to the Jumuah Prayers yesterday and stayed on to thank the Owner of the Centre. It was wonderful to see so many of you... thanks also to those from whom we had messages, who could not be there with us either through work or fund-raising. May Allah be praised - we were all in accord - which is a very great blessing!

Gerry and her husband were very touched by your presence and good will, as was noted in their short speeches to us all. May we see them again at the opening of our Centre, Insha'Allah.

For those who did not see the gifts given from us all - one was an ornate tea pot (as they are both tea drinkers), as well as a very beautiful painted plate (with stand) of Mecca.

Many thanks to Sister Faieza for her pastries which added to the occasion.

May Allah's blessings go with all today Insha'Allah

Fi Aman Allah

Your sister in Islam

[EDITOR] The above email relates to the Muslim residents of Gympie who were using the Gympie Yoga and Relaxation Centre run by Gerry Hillier as a temporary place for Friday Jummah prayers.


GBBO star Nadiya Hussain hits back at racist Twitter trolls telling her to leave the UK 



Taking a stand: Baker Nadiya Hussain - said she ‘hates herself’ for breathing the same air as those who target her

UK: Former Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain has clapped back at a handful of trolls who have inundated her Twitter account with racist abuse.

Hussain, 32, said she ‘hates herself’ for breathing the same air as those who target her for “merely existing”.

Venting her disgust on Twitter she wrote: “I get abused for merely existing. Too brown to be English. Too Muslim to be British. Too Bengali to eat fish fingers!

“There is no end! I exist, we all do! Some days I hate myself for simply breathing the same air, that I am often told, I am not entitled to.

“Tear away your flesh, you are skeleton underneath like me, like everybody! So let’s just breathe our air, let’s exist because what else are we supposed to do?”

She was then told to leave the UK and to “stop complaining,” to which she replied: “Why would I move? I’m fed up of being told to move, leave the country or go back to where I came from!

“Come up with something more original.”

Fans jumped to her defence with TV chef Nigella Lawson tweeting: “And you are loved and needed here.”

Comedian Meera Syal posted: “You’re strong beautiful and a wonderful role model. Focus on all the love and support you’re getting back in response. Love always wins xx.”

It is not the first time the mother-of-three has spoken out about the abuse she has suffered. Last year she said it “has become a part of my life”.

Speaking to Kirsty Young on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs she said: “I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused, because it happens, it's happened for years.”

Later that year she told her Twitter followers that a man had refused to sit next to her on public transport because of her faith.

She tweeted: “A man refused to sit next to me on the train today 'I ain't sitting near a Muslim' he said. His ignorance is his own ruin.”

Hussain found fame after winning the 2015 series of The Great British Bake Off.

She went on to make the Queen's 90th birthday cake, publish a cookery book and front shows including The Chronicles of Nadiya and Big Family Cooking Showdown.   



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Saudi Arabia's Robot Love Is Getting Weird 


SAUDI ARABIA: In the latest example of "Philip K Dick-inspired nightmare becomes real life", Saudi Arabia just became the first nation to grant citizenship to a robot. The robot's name is Sophia. It is artificially intelligent, friends with CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin and arguably, a glimpse into the dark future that will kill us all.

You see, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been interested in androids for years. It seemed almost quaint at first. This desert nation with more money than caution and a taste for the futuristic was bound to explore the odd possibilities of new technologies. Years ago, Saudi Arabia began experimenting with robots boldly, tasking them with everything from building construction to brain surgery.

Neighbouring Qatar and United Arab Emirates even recruited robots to work as jockeys in camel races, a whimsical twist that surely fed the curiosity of Saudi princes.

Recently, however, Saudi Arabia's affinity for robotics has taken a weird -- even dark -- turn. Ahead of granting Sophia citizenship, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the construction of a new megacity called Neom.

Designed to dwarf Dubai both in size and lavishness, the new metropolis is planned as an international business and tourism hub with fewer rules than the rest of Saudi Arabia. Women will be allowed in public without wearing an abaya, for instance. The city of Neom will also have more robots than humans.

"We want the main robot and the first robot in Neom to be Neom, robot number one," the crown prince said in Riyadh. "Everything will have a link with artificial intelligence, with the Internet of Things -- everything."

This is basically the plot of I, Robot, a book that did not turn out well for the humans. And if we're to assume that some of the robots in Neom will be artificially intelligent abominations like Sophia, mankind is definitely doomed. Even Sophia thinks so. Just watch this segment from The Tonight Show when the robot talks about its "plan to dominate the human race."

Jokes aside, what's especially dystopian about Saudi's robot obsession is the extent to which the machines appear to have more rights than many people in the country. Critics on social media lambasted the Saudi government after it announced that Sophia had been granted citizenship.  



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Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums as reform push intensifies 


Announcement that sporting events will be open to women for first time comes a month after historic decision to allow women to drive


From 2018, Saudi women will be allowed to attend matches at sporting arenas. The kingdom appears to be relaxing some norms as part of its plan for economic and social reforms.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only venues to families.

The ultra-conservative kingdom, which has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women, has long barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public.

The announcement is in line with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reforms shaking up the kingdom, including the historic decision to allow women to drive from next June.

“Starting the preparation of three stadiums in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam to be ready to accommodate families from early 2018,” the General Sports Authority said on Twitter.

Restaurants, cafes and video screens would be set up inside the venues, the authority added.

Last month hundreds of women were allowed to enter a sports stadium in Riyadh, used mostly for football matches, in a one-off event to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s national day.

Sunday’s announcement implies that women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed for the first time to attend sporting events inside stadiums alongside men.

Under the country’s guardianship system, a male family member – normally the father, husband or brother – must grant permission for a woman’s study, travel and other activities.

But the kingdom appears to be relaxing some norms as part of its sweeping “Vision 2030” plan for economic and social reforms as it prepares for a post-oil era.

Last month a royal decree said women would be allowed to drive. The kingdom is also expected to lift a public ban on cinemas and has encouraged mixed-gender celebrations – something unseen before.

“First women driving, now stadiums. What’s next? Night clubs?” said one Saudi Twitter user, echoing a deluge of social media comments expressing surprise over the accelerating pace of reforms.

In a rare public appearance last week, Prince Mohammed pledged a “moderate” Saudi Arabia, long seen as an exporter of a brand of puritanical Islam espoused by jihadists worldwide.

MBS, as he is well known, promised his kingdom will return to “what we were before – a country of moderate Islam that is tolerant of all religions and to the world”.

His comment, while unveiling plans for a $500bm development zone, chimes with his public image of a bold liberal reformer in a conservative country where more than half the population is under 25.

But his vision for a new Saudi Arabia is fraught with risks and could trigger a backlash from conservatives, analysts warn.

“Despite the bold statements, it is important to remember that the dominance of conservative thought since the late 1970’s cannot be quickly reversed,” said analysis firm Eurasia Group.

“Ultraconservative and radical elements continue to pose risks.”

The government appears to have clipped the wings of the once-feared religious police – long accused of harassing the public with rigid Islamic mores – who have all but disappeared from big cities.

Some conservative clerics – who for years staunchly opposed more social liberties for women – have backpedalled and come out in favour of the decree allowing them to drive.  



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Singapore bans two Muslim preachers, citing divisive views 


Mufti Ismail Menk

SINGAPORE: Singapore has banned two Muslim foreign preachers from entering the city-state because their views bred intolerance and were a risk to its social harmony, the government said on Monday.

The decision to block Ismail Menk, identified by local media as a Zimbabwean and Haslin bin Baharim as a Malaysian, is the latest move by the Singaporean authorities to put a curb on individuals from spreading divisive views.

Menk has preached Muslims are not allowed to greet people of other faiths on their religious festivals, Singapore’s home affairs ministry said in a statement.

It accused Baharim of holding views that promote discord between Muslims and non-Muslims, whom he described as ‘deviant.’

“(Their views) are unacceptable in the context of Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society,” the ministry said.

Reuters was not in a position to reach out to the pair.

Singapore is predominantly Chinese, many of whom follow Buddhism and Taoism but 14 percent of the population is Muslim and nearly 19 percent Christian.

Authorities in the city-state, an outpost of stability in a region where religious tension is not uncommon, are sensitive to public remarks they deem might adversely affect religious and social harmony.

Over the past few years, Singapore increased its level of surveillance for extremist radicalism as concern grew about the spread of Daesh in the region.

Menk and Baharim planned to conduct religious sessions on a ship departing from Singapore next month after their applications for short-term work passes to preach in Singapore were turned down, the government said.

“They will not be allowed to get around the ban by preaching instead on cruise ships which operate to and from Singapore,” the home ministry said.

Last month, authorities said they rejected applications for two foreign Christian preachers to speak in Singapore as they had made “denigrating and inflammatory comments of other religions.”  



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 The Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim


Sabeeha Rehman



About the book

This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on being Muslim in America today.

Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today.


It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from student to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding.

Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes.


In chapters leavened with humour, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant’s daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims—while they lobby for a Christmas tree!


Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community centre at Ground Zero, when the backlash began.


She discusses what that experience revealed about American society.  



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

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KB says: Should you wish to serve this dish with rice, add all the sauce at the final simmer stage, this recipe could become a family favourite…. I am sure

 Saucy Fish Fillets  


600 grams fresh hake or a white fish.
3 tab. melted butter
2 tab. green chilli
2 tab. crushed garlic
Salt to taste
2 tsp lemon pepper


To the melted butter, add green chilli, garlic, salt, lemon pepper.
Marinate the fillets and refrigerate for approx. one hour.


2 tab. butter
1 cup mayo
2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp red chilli paste
100ml fresh cream
Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients and bring it to a simmer stage and switch off.

Just before serving (approx. 15mins before) fry the fish in ghee approx. 3 mins on either side.
Add half the sauce to the pan and allow to simmer for a few mins.
Serve hot with the remaining sauce as a side.


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




Princess Lakshman


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


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Email:  Phone: 0451977786













Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic: Catastrophising

Has anyone ever called you dramatic? Or a drama-queen? Or that you are blowing things out of proportion? Or that you are creating a mountain out of a molehill? If so, then it may be because you have interpreted a situation in an exaggerated manner whereby you perceived it to be worse than it actually was in reality.

So, how do you know if you are catastrophising? Well, next time you are in a situation which evokes a reaction in you to say “Oh No!” or “What if!!!”, it may be that you are catastrophising.

Catastrophising is to present or perceive a situation to be a lot worse than it actually is. Often when people harbour unprocessed emotional pain or trauma, they may have a tendency to catastrophise events in their lives. The reality may not be as bad as they may perceive it to be, yet they become defensive and react to the situation with high caution.

For example, statements like the following:

“Oh no, I haven’t received his/her text reply. Maybe he/she just doesn’t care about me”
“He hasn’t said much today...what if he’s having an affair?”
“Oh no! I’m having a chest ache!...what if I’m having a heart attack”

All these statements have one thing in common - a negative thinking pattern known as “unhelpful thinking styles”.

Identify Your Thinking Style

Think of a situation where you may have catastrophised.

Describe the situation What were your thoughts at the time? What were your feelings during this situation?






Strategies To Stop Catastrophising
Constant catastrophising zaps away all joy from your life. The following strategies may help overcome the habit of catastrophising.

1. In any given situation, identify what is real. Resist the temptation to exaggerate things in your mind. If you are confused about what is real, ask someone.
2. Belly breathing - the moment you feel the need to express “Oh no!” or “What if”, bring your awareness to your breathing. Take in slow, deep breaths and feel the movement of your belly as you inhale and exhale. This brings your awareness to the present moment.
3. Focus on the situation at hand, NOT on a similar situation that may have happened in the past or with someone you know. Every single situation has its unique set of reasons and deserves to be examined without comparison.
4. Lie down - whenever the feeling of “Oh no” or “What if” overwhelms you, lie down. Try to have a nap to relax the nervous system.
5. Make wudu - bring your awareness to make wudu with complete mindfulness. Perform each action with focus.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: It’s Never Too Late And You’re Never Too Old  

Download the above article.

Get a copy of my new E-Book Muslimah Mind Matters - The Ultimate Self-Care Guide For Muslimah at Amazon.

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If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786




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Q: Dear Kareema, we’re a family who loves being out on the water and with the warmer months here, I would like to give stand up paddle boarding a go. What are some of the benefits and how can I challenge myself?

A: Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing sports around.


It’s suitable for all fitness levels as it is low-impact. It’s gentle on muscles and joints and also great for post- injury rehab.

It provides a full body workout, and is especially good for working abs / core and legs.

It improves balance and builds strength and you can supercharge your workout and up your cardio quotient by paddling harder and bending your knees more.

Try some yoga poses while you’re out on the board…the ocean is your gym, the board is your yoga mat. Get creative with your workout and reap the rewards as you strengthen your core, muscles and bones.






My Health and Fitness

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Jallalludin: "Hello, I'm in room 402, please send someone here immediately. I'm having an argument with my wife and she is saying that she is going to jump out of the window."


Hotel receptionist: "I am sorry Sir, but that's a personal matter."


Jallalludin: "Listen you stupid! The window is not opening. And that's a maintenance problem."

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An Ayaat-a-Week





His escort will say, “Our Lord, I did not make him rebel, but he was far astray. ”He will say, “Do not feud in My presence—I had warned you in advance. The decree from Me will not be changed, and I am not unjust to the servants.”


[Quran 50:27-29]


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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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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.




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5 November


Community Meeting: Recent Brisbane tragedies


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA



10 November


Annual Jalsa


724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

3391 7867


11 November


Night of Qu'ran

Bosniak Islamic Centre of QLD




12 November


3 Year Anniversary

Bosniak Islamic Centre of QLD




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





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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





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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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