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Sunday 12 November 2017 | Issue 0679


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A young man first came to our attention about 5 or 6 weeks ago when he came in for an appointment at the MCF house. He was very troubled and was asking for a referral to a psychologist and was looking for a friend and mentor. His mother suffers from mental illness and he stays home and looks after her most of the time. He is 20 years old. He had leukemia and by the grace of Allah was cured through two and a half years of painful chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants. This has affected him in an ongoing capacity both physically and mentally.

Hamza Maestracci decided to dedicate some time each week to spend with this young man. He took him along to Brisbane Boxing to see if he would enjoy boxing, and to his delight he did. The beautiful brothers at Brisbane Boxing allowed him to train there for free and have given him a six-month membership at this point. Hamza takes him once a week and through reaching out, has been able to get him wraps, gloves and a boxing bag for home for free. Hamza promised him if he stuck to the boxing for one month he would get the boxing bag and that’s what he did, so naturally Hamza had to come good on his end of the bargain. He has begun training not just on days that Hamza takes him but on other days by himself as well. Hamza managed to get him in to see a Muslim psychologist at Kuraby as well as to a GP on a regular basis and recently he visited a psychiatrist. All these services were offered free of charge.

Hamza said: “I am super excited about watching this young man’s progress, In Sha Allah. He seems relaxed and happier now and fun to be around.”

MCF is extremely grateful to the wonderful Brothers at Brisbane Boxing for their generous support and the psychologist and psychiatrist for their free services. May Allah bless you and grant you Barakah.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation continues to serve a meaningful role in trying to help those that are truly in need – not just financially, but in other forms as well, like the case above shows.

Jazakallah to our Sponsors, donors and well-wishers. May Allah reward you abundantly for your generous support.


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Brisbane's Dr Rashida and Osman Khan feature in the program

Husna Pasha is an Australian-Indian dynamo with a burning desire to be Australia’s answer to Oprah Winfrey.


Growing up in rural Tasmania, her family were not just ‘the only Indians in the village’ they were also the only Muslims.


Survivor of an arranged marriage gone horribly wrong, Husna is now happily married to a man who converted to Islam for her.


Compass follows Husna as she pursues her dream, four-walling a venue to put on her own talk show, bringing people together and empowering them through laughter and an appreciation of difference.





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Starting from 2018, the Islamic College of Brisbane will provide its students (both boys and girls) a Hifzul- Quran programme.


The College seeks to tender the delivery of this Hifz Programme for a period of 1 year, commencing from 22nd January 2018. This will be subject to renewal after review.

Details of Hifz programme are as follows:

1. Number of classes : 3 (one for boys with a Imam and one for girls with a Mualimah) and 1 preparatory class

2. Number of students: 12-15 for boys and girls each. For preparatory class it can be more than 15.

3. Venue- at Islamic College of Brisbane ( provision will be made for separate space for boys and girls in the prayer hall)

4. Hifz programme days:

• Monday to Friday 6.45am -8.00am and afternoons from 3.40 to 5.00pm
• Saturdays and public holidays from 8.00am to 11.00 am
• School holidays : Term 1-3: 1 week Term 4: 2 weeks

5. ICB will also provide an office to the successful tenderer.

Interested parties should submit their details and quotes for all three classes.

Offer Closing date on 17th November 2017 Friday at 1:00PM.


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By Dr Nada Ibrahim


What a success! Over 100 participants enjoyed the Domestic Violence in Faith/Spiritual Multicultural Communities Symposium hosted by the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, UniSA.

Domestic violence is a human problem that affects many families and communities in Australia and across the world. The Australian Bureau of Statistics in its 2016 Personal Safety Survey reveals that one in four women in Australia have suffered violence from an intimate partner. Though the challenges and consequences of domestic violence are significant and varied, for faith/spiritual based communities there are additional considerations for effective responses. Addressing domestic violence requires an incorporation of the holistic needs and concerns of the individual, which includes religion/spirituality and its role in their lives.

The event aimed to provide an exploratory platform for speakers across Australia, with skills and expertise in faith and domestic violence to inform, educate and provide a networking symposium for our participants in a safe space.

Much positive feedback was received from participants, including the diversity in speakers and discussions, networking, exploration of the challenges and strengths in DV and faith/cultural perspectives and paradigms. Participants have also commented about the prominent level of quality of the day and the safe space created for discussions.

Among the most significant achievements of the symposium was establishing a national network of faith leaders and advocates, service providers, settlement and migrant services, policy makers and correctional and justice services.





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Grade 6 and John Paul College student, Suhayl Seedat, took the category A winner's prize in the Student Art Competition held as part of the Power of Peace Festival which celebrated Mahatma Gandhi's ideals through a symbolic re-enactment of the Salt March. The march commenced at the Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge located at Springfield and concluded at the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane.


Suhayl's Hand Sculpture was described thus:


The sculpture evokes a tremendous sense of unity, purpose and determination. The open fist with the different colours displays a sense of trust and commitment to a common path, which in this case signifies India’s freedom from oppression and exploitation. The fingers in the sculpture are of different hues, and it denotes the diversity of India, however, when they work together with a sense of purpose and unity, a powerful message is created. The salt crystals at the base of the sculpture brought to mind the Salt March which symbolises the universality of Gandhi’s message of non violent non- cooperation with the British masters to the masses of India.



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By Rashida Yosufzai, Leesha McKenny


A One Nation candidate standing in the Queensland state election has spoken about the need for community harmony at his local mosque.

His party wants to stop the spread of Islam, ban the building of mosques, and start a royal commission into the religion, but One Nation candidate Shane Holley has praised his “brothers” at a mosque in Queensland.

Mr Holley is vying for the state seat of Stretton - one of the most multicultural electorates in the region - in the Queensland state election.

On Saturday, the small business owner and taxi driver joined local MPs speaking at Logan Mosque, which had thrown open its doors as part of a national mosque open day, and spoke about the need for community harmony.

Mr Holley made no reference to the party’s policies about Islam, instead thanking community leaders and noting it was a privilege to represent one the “most multicultural industries” in the country, the taxi sector.

“So coming here today is just kind of like another day where I get to spend it with my brothers that I get to work with each and every day within the taxi industry,” he told the crowd of about 40 people.

“One of the reasons that I find it important to be here, not only with my taxi hat on but also with my political hat on and as a One Nation candidate, is it’s about bringing communities together.”

Mr Holley spoke of the importance of the whole community working together for the common goals of “peace, happiness and to build a better Australia”.

“It’s fantastic to be able to dispel some of the myths out there and representing One Nation,” he said.

Mr Holley has been reluctant to expand on his remarks since his visit.

The One Nation candidate was unavailable for comment when SBS World News contacted him several times this week.

No record of Mr Holley’s attendance at Logan Mosque appears on his candidate Facebook page, which otherwise documents the political hopeful’s time out on the hustings and messages from the party.

Among the posts shared by Mr Holley is a July interview posted by party leader Pauline Hanson in which she speaks of her concerns about Islam.

“If you understand Islam and you understand Muslims, even the moderate Muslims. Now, a lot of these people, if Jihad was called, where are their loyalties going to lie?” Ms Hanson told interviewer and former Labor leader Mark Latham.

“This is why I’ve called for a royal commission into Islam, we need to understand it.”

One Nation’s Queensland head office referred media enquiries back to the candidate.

Mr Holley’s party wants to stop the establishment of new mosques. Senator Hanson has also called for CCTV units to be installed at every mosque over terrorism concerns, and in her maiden speech, said Islam was “incompatible” with Australia and that the nation was at risk of being “swamped” by Muslims.

"Islam cannot have a significant presence in Australia if we are to live in an open, secular and cohesive society," she said.


Jamal El-Kholed, left, and Shane Holley, second from left, at an earlier visit to Logan Mosque.

Asked why it had invited One Nation to the mosque given the party’s views on Islam, Jamal El-Kholed from the Islamic Association of Logan said: “The mosque is open for everyone”.

Mr El-Kholed said the day was about teaching others about the Muslim community and Arabic culture.

“Some people know nothing about Islam, maybe he wants to learn,” he told SBS News.

Mr El-Kholed said he’d also received a “beautiful” letter from another One Nation candidate in which they had expressed joy at having visited the mosque.

“I can’t believe it; beautiful letter,” Mr El-Kholed said.

“This man, he talked from his heart.”

The candidate didn’t want the letter to be made public.

Mr El-Kholed said he was not “worried” about Senator Hanson’s views.

“Pauline is one of 26 million Australians,” he said.

“It’s not about One Nation, it’s about people, people [have] very nice heart (sic).”

“If you can change the person, maybe you can change the party.”

Federal Labor MP Jim Chalmers and the Member for Stretton Labor’s Duncan Pegg also spoke at the event.

More than 30 per cent of locals in the Stretton electorate were born overseas - including about 14 per cent from China and six per cent from Taiwan, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Muslims make up about 8.3 per cent of the local population. The most common religion recorded is 'no religion', followed by Catholic and Buddhists.




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The father of a boy killed in the Sydney school tragedy has issued a powerful message of forgiveness and compassion to the driver involved.

As he prepared to bury his son, the father of Jihad Darwiche — who was killed when a car ploughed into a Year 3 classroom in southwestern Sydney on Tuesday — pushed through his grief to offer forgiveness to the driver and ¬declare the tragedy “an honest mistake’’.

After a ceremony at Lakemba Mosque attended by more than 300 mourners, Raed Darwiche called for an end to recriminations against Maha Al-Shennag, the 52-year-old widowed mother of four who was at the wheel during the accident that killed Jihad and his best mate, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

His plea of forgiveness came as police yesterday laid more charges against Ms Al-Shennag: dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and causing actual bodily harm by misconduct. She is already facing two charges of dangerous driving (occasioning death) and two charges of negligent driving (occasioning death), which carry a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail.



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Sydney's Malek Fahd Islamic School

The peak body for Muslims in Australia has agreed to repay $22m in misappropriated rent payments, loans, service fees and property to the largest Islamic school in Australia which amounts to about half the total by the school being tested in the NSW Supreme Court.

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils has agreed, without admission, to hand back almost $10m worth of payments once made by Malek Fahd Islamic School to the organisation and a property worth $12m at Beaumont Hills in Sydney which it purchased but which was done so under the name of AFIC.

Orders were made by Justice Michael Ball this morning.

Malek Fahd Islamic School originally claimed some $45m had been siphoned from it over a period of 15 years by AFIC, which founded the school in 1989 but which, apart from a three-month amnesty on rental payments, has never helped it financially.

The school is facing the loss of $19m worth of federal funding each year on account of its past links with AFIC.

A trial began yesterday in the NSW Supreme Court between Malek Fahd and AFIC and heard that the Muslim body’s powers over the school were like the “Clocktower of Faisalabad” in Pakistan which can be seen from all directions in the city.

The court heard AFIC rewrote the school’s constitution in the early 1990s to give it “absolute control” over the school and the ability to appoint all of its directors.

Later, AFIC executives went so far as to write to directors of the school telling them there was “no reason” for them to ever actually visit the school, attend fundraisers, talk to parents or even turn up unless it was to drop off their children.

In the 2000s Malek Fahd’s directors were required to sign additional declarations in which they agreed to act at all times “in the interests of AFIC.”

During the purchase of land at Condell Park and later at Hoxton Park in Sydney Malek Fahd’s silk Kelly Rees told the court that not only was the school required to pay for these purchases on behalf of AFIC but that subsequently it was required to pay rent as well.

The trial heard this morning that when the school raised concerns about the fact it appeared to be paying rent above market value — some $1.5m a year on its Greenacre site which was valued at $400,000 a year — it led to extreme upheaval on the board of AFIC.

“A mock federal council of AFIC was held and some members of the executive committee unlawfully occupied the federal office resulting in an injury to somebody, motions of censure were passed against some members,” Ms Rees told the court.

Bank accounts were frozen in what AFIC’s old guard described as a “coup” and, desperate for cash, a proposal was made that directors “drive out to Malek Fahd to physically collect the rent cheques.”

The trial continues.

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For many non-Muslim Australians, the mosque is shrouded in mystery, and for some, controversy. But how many Australians have ever stepped inside one? For the first time in Australia, television cameras were given unprecedented 24-hour access into one of Australia's oldest mosques - Holland Park Mosque in Brisbane - to join a community rarely seen from the inside. This year, the mosque finds itself in the firing line as never before, as it faces increasing hostility from the wider Australian public and spiralling pressures from within.



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(l to r) Haji Hussin Goss, Dr. Anayatullah Khokhar, Haji Athar Ali Shah ("King of Butter Chicken") and Mr Husain Baba.

A 40’ container of donated items comprising of 175 wheelchairs, clothing etc…has already been packed and ready to be shipped on this Wednesday.

It is destined for Pakistan to be distributed through charity organisations.

Dr.Anayatullah Khokhar organised this container with the support of Pakistani Community as well as the Gold Coast Community.


Daryl of Rotary Club and his team donated the handmade multipurpose wheelchairs.



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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 no, she doesn’t think Muslim immigration should be stopped — but she does want to feel safe.

“I don’t think immigration should be stopped, period, whether it’s Muslims, Asians, whoever.

“If people are in need and they come from war-torn countries and they’ve lost their homes and they’ve lost everything then I think that we’re obliged to provide home and shelter.

“If I can feel safe in offering a home to people of Muslim background, then absolutely fantastic.”


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Carthage, Tunisia

The Malik ibn Anas Mosque in Carthage, Tunisia.


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'Write letter to family about converting to Islam': Furious stepfather refuses to let his stepdaughter, 12, complete her homework after she is asked to pen them a note about becoming a Muslim 



Mark McLachlan, 43, found the homework task (pictured) in his stepdaughter's planner and refused to let her finish it 

  • Mark McLachlan found the homework task in his stepdaughter's school planner

  • She was to write a letter to her family explaining why she has become a Muslim

  • He was furious and refused to let her finish it, saying it was 'wholly inappropriate'

UK: A furious stepfather has refused to let his 12-year-old stepdaughter finish her homework after she was asked to write a letter to her family about becoming a Muslim.

Mark McLachlan, 43, from Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland, has slammed the decision by the Kepier School to ask pupils to pen the note.

He has refused to let his stepdaughter, who he has asked not to be named, complete the task after failing to see what the letter would accomplish.

Mr McLachlan said: 'I know as part of the national curriculum they have to learn about all religions.

'I just don't see why they should ask a child to write a letter addressed to their family about converting to another religion. I really just don't see what the letter will gain.

'If they want children to learn about Islam, then go teach them all about it and its history.

'What I don't want is a school asking my stepdaughter to look into reasons for converting to another religion.

'Like every parent, it is our decision on how we raise them and once they are old enough to make decision, then it is there choice.'

Mr McLachlan visited the school to raise his concerns and was told that this was part of the curriculum and was shown example exam questions for Islam, Christianity and Hinduism.

The homework came to light when Mr McLachlan was looking through the youngster's school planner and saw the teacher has written the task to be handed in on November 8.

He added: 'When I saw this assignment in the planner, written by the teacher, you could have knocked me over with a feather.

'I told her she will not be completing it and she is more worried about getting detention.

'We send our kids to school to get a good education and use what they have learnt to have a good career.

'I have no problem with them learning about religions but I feel they should not be asking 12-year-olds writing to their parents about why they are converting.

'I just found the task wholly inappropriate.

'I would like to emphasise how much respect I have for the head of year and deputy head who were very receptive to my complaint and concerns but unfortunately in this instance the national curriculum has failed miserably in my opinion.'

Mr McLachlan took a photo of the assignment and posted it online, where it has been shared hundreds of times.

One user commented: 'Would they go to a Muslim school and ask them to write a letter to their parents about converting to Catholic? I doubt it!

'Children should not be made to write letters about converting to any religion for any reason.'

Another user said: 'Isn't part of RE to research, investigate and teach about all religions?

'I feel like this homework is just an exercise about converting to another religion. That's been blown way out of proportion.'


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'Islam saved me from a life of crime'

By Robbie Maestracci, Presented by Nicola Heath



Robbie Maestracci gave up a life of crime when he converted to Islam five years ago. He shares his story with SBS. 


I was born in Brisbane in 1981. When I was seven we moved to America. My parents had split up and dad was running hotels in Noumea and New Caledonia. Mum had some friends in the States and we went over for a vacation. She found work and one year led to two, and she eventually got remarried.

We lived between New York and New Jersey. It was amazing – like what you see on TV. The kids were all running amok. It was a lot of fun, but the wrong kind of fun.

Religion was part of my life growing up. I can remember mum encouraging me to pray when I was a boy. She used to take me to church – sometimes we’d go to a Catholic church, sometimes we’d go to a Pentecostal. But as soon as I was old enough not to go, I didn’t. I can’t recall praying or thinking about anything beyond the here and now as a young man.

We moved back to Australia when I was 16. Mum didn’t say so at the time but I think part of the reason we came back was me. I was on the wrong path with the kids I was hanging around. Mum told me we were coming here to Australia for a vacation. It turns out it was a one-way ticket but she figured that was the only way to get me out of there.

I moped around for a few years. I was really depressed because I wanted to go back to the States with my friends. I tried to go to school here but the system was completely different. Within six months of enrolling I dropped out.

I got a job doing door-to-door marketing – the sort of thing you jump into after school with no experience. Later I worked at a bank and at Centrelink – they were good jobs. But recreational drug use was always in the background. I’d go out and party on the weekends. The thing about that is, from what I’ve observed, recreational drugs stay in the background until something happens in your life, and they don’t become so recreational or occasional any more.

That’s what happened with me. I was married young at 22. I was using drugs throughout my marriage and when my marriage ended, I went into a nosedive. I’d felt like I’d failed at conventional life. I didn’t deal with it well and I turned to drugs and crime.

It was a bad time. I was lost, I was doing bad things. I was a typical crim, involved in anything that was drug-related. I wasn’t living a good life. I wasn’t happy with myself.

In 2007, I was sentenced to 10 months in prison for drug-related offences. To be honest, it was really good for me at the time. I wasn’t very healthy at all. I was staying up for two or three nights at a time, sometimes more, partying and not eating well, so when I got locked up it was good to have food and sleep and get healthy again. Jail opened my eyes. It wasn’t anywhere as bad as I thought it would be, but it’s not a goal you set yourself to end up there. It’s not a wonderful place or anything.

When I got out, I got straight back into it. I didn’t even pause. There wasn’t even a moment that I wasn’t running amok, doing the same things with the same people.

Changing old habits
But somewhere along the way, doing all these bad things, I became more interested in my spiritual self – who I was as a person and my character. I realised I had become the worst version of myself.

I started changing old habits, being honest with myself and other people. I started going to a Baptist church down on the Gold Coast and got involved in feeding needy people in the area. We’d cook up a lunch on Thursdays. Doing things like that made me realise that it wasn’t that hard to change – I could change.

It felt good to surround myself with nice religious people who were doing good things, as opposed to [the] people [I knew] with no religion who were doing really bad things to each other – selling drugs, or harming each other for drugs or money. It was light compared to total darkness.

I believed in God but theologically I didn’t feel satisfied with Christianity. In the back of my mind, I’d always wanted to read the Koran and to go to a mosque. One day, when I was having a really bad day, I felt like I needed to reach out to someone. I found a phone number for a cab driver named Mohammed who I’d met a couple of weeks earlier. I called him and asked if I could go to the mosque with him. He asked me why, and I said, ‘Look, I need guidance, I need help’, so he picked me up and took me there that evening. And that was it. I spoke with one of the imams and I watched the brothers pray and had this total feeling of serenity within myself. It was that feeling of coming home, of belonging.

"It changed my entire life."

I gave my Shahādah, the testament of faith, that night, and everything changed. I no longer had this desire to use drugs, and I’ve been clean now for five years. It changed my entire life. It gave me the means and the rules and the path to follow to achieve what I’d set out to achieve a year before I converted, which was to strive to become the best version of myself. When you’re doing that on your own with no rules to follow, it can be a tough process.

Part of the appeal of Islam was the strength of character of the Muslim people that I’d met. The fact that they didn’t use drugs and drink at all was something that really appealed to me. It was the polar opposite of how I’d been living my life and seemed to require such strength of character. As a young man, I was always drawn towards strength.

It was not just a good system [for me] to follow. I agree with all the theology – I do believe that the Koran is the last Book of Revelations. I now have a renewed interest in the Bible and the books that came before it because, from our point of view, I know that there is truth in these documents, whereas before, as a loose Christian, I don’t know that I had any belief in them at all.

I’d say 99 per cent of the people in my life were supportive and happy. No one thought I could change. Whether they agree with the theology or not, they are certainly happy with the results it had in my life.

Three months after I converted my mum converted as well. She has been a massive supporter of anything positive I do in my life but in this instance, she also believes as I believe, and therefore she practices as I do.

Four years ago, I moved from the Gold Coast to Brisbane. Slacks Creek is my local mosque but I used to spend a lot of time at the mosque at Holland Park. I learnt a lot from the imam there. It’s the same as most mosques, everyone’s supportive of each other and friendly.

The good with the bad
I’ve been called a terrorist. It’s like water off a duck’s back for me, but if it’s directed at someone who I’d consider vulnerable, it makes me angry. It amuses me in a way – I’m a blue-eyed Aussie bloke with a Southern Cross tattoo, and to be discriminated against for the first time in my life is an interesting feeling. It’s a weird feeling to have someone hate you, not because of anything you’ve done to them, or anything about you, other than what you believe. They hate you without knowing you.

I now work in community outreach. I literally reach out and look for people who need help in the community. Rather than sitting back and saying ‘If you need something, call us’, I tend to go out and speak to people and let them know what I do and offer my help.

Predominately, it’s kids with legal issues – giving them advice about how to get a solicitor or encouraging them to follow their bail conditions so they don’t re-offend and end up in jail.

At the end of the day, we don’t want our young brothers occupying the correctional centres. We want them to live good lives.



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How You Look in a Hijab

Islam is the religion of peace and safety 







Coffee & Conversation: The Rabbi and the Muslim High School teacher

The POINT magazine




The Coffee & Conversation film project models casual conversations on camera of people from different religions.


The conversation revolves around interfaith and intergenerational social issues, depicting how thoughtful conversations can be had regardless of age, gender, or faith.


Finding beauty in differences and connection on common ground, the project aims to break down assumed barriers to social cohesion.

Rabbi Zalman and Taha Allam talk about what’s in a name, and how it is wrapped up in culture, religion and feelings of self-worth. 










A mosque for the future: The story of Punchbowl Mosque


The POINT magazine




What happens when the vice president for the Islamic Mission commissions a Greek Orthodox architect to build a Brutalist inspired new mosque? It was initially a challenge for both the Muslim community and the Architect Angelo Candalepas, who said that in the end, “architecture is about understanding the cultural dimension to society… and understanding how people can be moved and changed by the spaces people create.”


Architect Angelo Candalepas and Australian Islamic Mission Vice President Dr Zachariah Matthews spoke with The Point Magazine about re-designing a mosque for Punchbowl’s Sunni Muslim community.

Hailing from a Greek Orthodox background, Angelo Candalepas was at first apprehensive about designing a place of worship for a faith other than his own. Now close to completion after 10 years of planning and construction, Angelo discusses how design can be a bridge between culture and faith.

"Architecture to me is about understanding the cultural dimension in society, and understanding how people can be moved and changed by the spaces people create.”

The mosque was featured as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival last month, with tickets to a public tour of the mosque selling out due to popular demand.









Reviving the Islamic Spirit: Canada Toronto

Islam is the religion of peace and safety









Meet the Wogans













Tafseer of Surah Az Zalzalah by Umm Bilal

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 10 November 2017

TOPIC"Our Qiblah" PART 4

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday khutbah (sermon)

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IMAM: Akram Buksh










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IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 10 November 2017

TOPIC: "Hazrat Umar and the Quran"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Junaid started off explaining the unbearable conditions in Mecca and the prophets (pbuh) order to migrate in the fifth year of prophethood. Spoke about how hazrat Umar before accepting Islam was a staunch enemy of Islam giving a very hard time to Muslims. He told how hazrat Umar went to buy alcohol but Allah made him go to the haram instead and listen to prophets (pbuh) recitation and whilst secretly listening to the recitation hazrat Umar thought a few things about the prophet (pbuh) and Allah answered his thoughts via prophets (pbuh) recitation. He also spoke about how Umar went on the mission to kill the prophet (pbuh) however was told that his sister has accepted Islam and he turned around and went to his sister’s place to deal with her first. He explained what happened at Umar’s sisters place and concluded his kuthba by saying to be fearful of Allah and not be in a delusion that you are prophets (pbuh) uncle or a Sahabi. 



Listen to last week's Kuthbah








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 10 November 2017

TOPIC“The Story of Nuh (as)”

IMAM: Shezard Khan




Summary by Mohideen: Visiting Imam Shezard commenced reminding how Allah has created many things and his best creation is the human being. He said everything that is created by Allah is for a purpose. He posed the questioned “what is the purpose of our creation and our life?” He spoke about prophet Nuh (as) and said how he preached for nearly 950 years but only very small amount of people accepted his message. He then reminded that one must practice what he preach and gave an example of a smoker. He said that if someone does a sin and does not make tauba then that sin will continue with him and gave an example of poison from a snake bite. Thereafter he continued the story in the Quran of prophet Nuh (as) and said how ultimately Nuh (as) requested Allah to destroy his people. He also mentioned how our prophet Muhammad (pbuh) asked Allah a Dua how not to punish his Ummah similar to the punishment of the people of Nuh (as). He reminded everyone to try and please Allah and not his creations. He concluded with how angel Jibreel (as) came to the prophet (pbuh) and asked a few questions about Islam and emaan. 



Past Kuthba recordings





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Father of murdered Muslim pizza delivery driver forgives man convicted over killing then hugs him in court 


Guilty man reduced to tears by Sombat Jitmoud's actions

US: A father hugged and forgave a man convicted over the murder of his son, saying he had done so in the spirit of Islam.

Trey Relford was jailed for 31 years after admitting complicity in the robbery and murder of Salahuddin Jitmoud, a 22-year-old pizza delivery driver in Lexington, Kentucky.

The young man was making his final delivery of the night when he was fatally attacked. It was said Relford had planned the robbery, and he denied being the one who killed Mr Jitmoud.

On Tuesday Mr Jitmoud's father, Sombat, reduced a courtroom to tears by saying he forgave Relford. At one point the judge even had to call a recess from the emotional hearing.

According to CNN, he said "Islam teaches that God will not be able to forgive" someone unless the person they wronged has first done so.

He said: "I'm angry at the devil, who's misguiding you and misleading you to do such a horrible crime.

"I don't blame you. I'm not angry at you. I forgive you. Whatever happens to you is from Allah. Let the believer put their trust in Him."

After addressing the court he stepped down from the stand and hugged Relford, who was himself in tears.

Both Relford and his mother apologised to Mr Jitmoud.     



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Tesco Christmas advert attacked for featuring Muslim family 


Twitter users unleashed attacks on Tesco's message of diversity, but the supermarket has hit back

Tesco said it aimed to show that Christmas is for everybody

UK: Just days after its release, Tesco’s Christmas advert has come under fire for featuring a Muslim family.

In the supermarket’s one-minute long advert, families prepare Christmas dinner and cook a turkey in a variety of ways.

As families meet and greet each other, one scene shows a Muslim family holding Christmas gifts and preparing to celebrate the festive holiday.

Some haven’t taken too kindly to Tesco’s inclusive message, with one Twitter user claiming to be a devout Christian feeling “very offended”.

Another user said “@Tesco why are you showing Muslims celebrating Christmas in your advert. That’s just wrong, we all know they don’t!!!”.

Tesco hit back, arguing everybody should be able to enjoy the festivities.

“Everyone is welcome at Tesco this Christmas and we're proud to celebrate the many ways our customers come together over the festive season”, a Tesco spokesperson said.

As part of a series of five short videos set to be released in the run up to Christmas, Tesco said the adverts aims to promote diversity.

Tesco said its Christmas campaign “will celebrate the many ways we come together at Christmas, and how food sits at the heart of it all”.     



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Google Doodle marks 90th birthday of Lebanese singer 


EGYPT: The public named her Shahroura, after a singing bird - and now the Lebanese singer has been honoured in a Google Doodle.

Lebanese singer Sabah led a remarkable life and had a career which spanned 60 years.

Now she has been honoured with a Google Doodle to mark her 90th birthday in 24 countries, including Australia and New Zealand - but who was Sabah and why is she famous?

Who was Sabah?

Sabah travelled from Bdadoun, a town in Mount Lebanon, to Cairo in the 1940s in search of a brighter future.

She became an overnight star when her first film, El Qalb Louh Wahid, was seen by the Arab world.

After nicknaming herself Sabah, after the morning, the public called her Shahroura, after a singing bird.

Over six decades, Sabah performed in over 100 films and plays and sang over 3000 songs.

She was known for performing her signature music, the folklorist 'mawwal', and presented it on stage in such locations as the Piccadilly Theatre, the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall.

During the war years, she carried out humanitarian work which helped millions of people.



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It is one of the biggest dating sites in the world and after 17 years, it has has led to over 50,000 marriages. Last week, it hit the headlines as matchmaker to two terror suspects. Tim Adams meets its founders in Wakefield


‘Mum would tell me this cousin was great at making chapatis and all that. The idea was we would get married,’ says Adeem Younis, founder of

UK: The business books tell you to follow your heart. It is 17 years since Adeem Younis took that advice and set up He was 20 and a design student at Wakefield College in Yorkshire with a passion for IT. Besides a desire to be his own boss, there was a more urgentimperative.

“Quite literally I would go home and there would be a big photo of my first cousin in Pakistan on the mantelpiece,” he said. “Mum would tell me this cousin was great at making chapatis and all that. The idea was we would get married.”

Younis’s grandfather had settled in Yorkshire after he had fought for the British army in the second world war and his daughter had an arranged marriage to Younis’s father, her first cousin. The assumption was that Younis would do that, too.

When he suggested he wanted to follow a different path, his mother, he recalls, asked anxiously, “you know, if you are not going to marry your cousin, who are you going to marry?” As a respectful young Muslim man in want of a wife, he realised he was not alone in being asked that question. “It was at a time when a lot of forced arranged marriages were happening and it was causing a huge amount of tension and turmoil,” he says. “I believed we could resolve a lot of these problems by giving people more options.”

Younis was working part-time in a pizza place at the bottom of Westgate, where the traditional uphill Wakefield pub crawl begins of a Saturday night. In exchange for a couple of extra shifts he persuaded his boss to give him office space above the restaurant and he set up a rudimentary Muslim marriage website with a friend. Immediately after it went live they got their first registration. The business started to grow slowly through word of mouth, mostly through student societies. During the marches against the invasion of Iraq, Younis turned up shouting, inevitably, “Make love not war” and giving out leaflets about the website to any Muslim he encountered.



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I achieved a Dux position in both Grade 11 and 12 and attended Trinity Lutheran College and Surfers Paradise State School, and am now tutoring in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. I specialize in Secondary Education and am more than capable of tutoring Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students.

I previously was also enrolled in a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Commerce (Finance) at the University of Sydney for two years before returning to the Gold Coast and taking up the change to a Bachelor of Laws (which I love).

I have a passion for passing on the knowledge I have worked very hard to attain and provide my students on extensive and well tested notes compiled on most subjects I tutor to ensure my students are only learning what is included in the Australian Curriculum and not redundant information that is not tested (which most textbooks contain a lot of). I focus upon specific subjects and work with students on useful skills such as exam techniques, exam preparation, study habits and more.

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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
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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
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Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
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KB says: A crunchy outside covers a juicy white fillet in this great seafood dish

 Macadamia crusted barramundi fillets  


½ cup macadamia nuts
½ cup dried breadcrumbs
1 tab. parsley, roughly chopped
1 tab. chives, chopped
1 tsp green chillies






4 tab. butter, softened
1 tab. olive oil
4 barramundi fillets, (approx. 170G) skin removed and seasoned with
salt to taste
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp green chillies



• Step 1
Preheat oven to 200⁰C.

• Step 2
Combine all ingredients for the crust in a food processor and pulse until a rough crust forms, the macadamia nuts should still be quite chunky.

• Step 3
Heat a large non-stick pan over medium high heat and add the olive oil to the pan.

• Step 4
Place the seasoned fillets in the pan flesh side down (side opposite where skin was) and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until light golden brown.

• Step 5
Using a thin flat spatula gently flip fish over and divide the crust evenly among the top of each fish in an even layer.

• Step 6
Transfer entire pan to the oven and bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until the fish is just cooked through and the crust is light golden brown.

• Step 7
Remove fish from oven and serve immediately with either a light salad or sautéed vegetables or chips

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




Princess Lakshman


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


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

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

At the time of writing this column I am snowed under Biology and Chemistry textbooks, studying for two final exams for a degree program I started earlier this year. I was supposed to study this degree back in 1997, exactly twenty years ago. It wasn’t until last February when I opened a box filled with my old textbooks that I was overcome with the realisation: If not now, then when? If not me, then who?

Twenty years is a long time to catch up with. But so what? Time will pass whether I like it or not. Time, after all, is abstract. The only moment is NOW. The only future is how we accumulate moments of NOW. And the only past is how we waste our moments of NOW on thoughts that stagnate us rather than fill our hearts with love, light, peace and joy.

So, I ask you today to take a moment and reflect on what you have been putting off all these years. What is that one thing you have been yearning to do? What is stopping you from doing it? Because guess what? It’s never too late and you’re never too old. Because really, how old is too old? And how late is too late?

ALMIGHTY ALLAH has blessed you with an energetic body and great wisdom. If anything, the more years you have lived, the better experienced you are to tackle life. All you really need to do is keep your body healthy and your mind alive, curious and creative. Above all else, invest in your spiritual enlightenment. Recite something from the Holy Quran and truly practise it mindfully.

Even back in our Prophe’s (SAW) time, it took twenty-three long years for the Holy Quran to be revealed. Every surah was mindfully practised, imbibed and implemented into the daily lives of the sahabas before the next one was revealed. So why are we in such a hurry?

Strategies To Fulfil Your Dream, Age No Bar

• Write down at least five things you have always wanted to do but haven’t
• Write down why you haven’t done them
• Pick ONE of these five dreams and place it on the top of another fresh page
• Under this new heading, write down how your life will be different if you achieved this dream
• Write down what you can do RIGHT NOW to at least start the steps towards realising this dream
• Write down what you will do for the next 11 days to move forward in realising this dream (repeating something eleven times wires the brain to form a habit. So even thinking about realising this one dream, every day for 11 days will form a positive habit)

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: How Self-Aware Are You?

Download the above article.

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Forget the anti-ageing creams. The trick to pausing the clock could just
be in the gym or your home workout routines.


New research has shown that exercise has the potential to not only slow the ageing process, but to actually reverse some of the physical effects.

Get your intensity up while exercising to see quicker results.


So aim to huff and puff, get your heart rate up, and get some serious sweat happening.


It’s less about what you’re doing and more about working at a high enough intensity level.



So get moving people. N-JOY!




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Mula Nasruddin and Albert Einstein are on a flight and happen to sit next to each other.


After some initial greetings and introductions, Einstein makes a bet with Mula Nasruddin.


"I will give you 500 dollars if you can ask me a question I don't know the answer to, but if you cannot answer my question you must give me 5 bucks."


Mula Nasruddin thinks that 5:500 seems like a good ratio. So he says sure.

Einstein starts. "What is the exact distance between the Earth and the Moon?"

Mula Nasruddin replied that he didn't know, and hands over 5 dollars to Einstein..


It is now Mula Nasruddin's turn to ask his question.


"What goes up a hill with 4 legs and comes down with three?"

Einstein thinks and thinks and finally hands over 500 dollars.


"Before my next question, please tell me what does go up a hill with 4 legs and comes down with 3?"


Mula Nasruddin gives Einstein another 5 dollars.

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The Day when He gathers you for the Day of Gathering—that is the Day of Mutual Exchange. Whoever believes in Allah and acts with integrity, He will remit his misdeeds, and will admit him into gardens beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme achievement.

[Quran 50:27-29]


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Dreamworld & Dial A Home Doctor Unite to Make Dreams Happen

With over 144,000 people living in Queensland with a disability, many of which also live with underlying health conditions, the team at Dial A Home Doctor thought it was time to make a difference.

Teaming up with Dreamworld, they have arranged for two privately hosted evenings to be held in November and 5,000 people with disabilities invited free of charge via the numerous organisations and community groups supporting these families.

Families across Queensland have been invited to participate in two fantastic community evenings with numerous disability groups, and schools taking advantage of free tickets.

The general public can enter to win up to 6 tickets out of the 5,000 on offer online. 10,000 tickets in total will be given away. The two privately hosted evenings are:

Night #1
11th November 2017


Night #2

25th November 2017

Dreamworld Theme Park




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Al hamdulillah our centre is ready

We have started Madrasa classes

MON/TUE/WED: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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132 Eagle St, Redbank Plains

Contact Sheikh Shazad Khan

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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.









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.

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3 Year Anniversary

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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

6PM to 9PM

18 November


Victims of War fundraiser


AIIC, 724 Blunder Road, DURACK

0415 786 643

(tickets at door)


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



8.30AM to 6PM

20 November



Amanah Institute

Runcorn State High School, 132 Hill Rd, RUNCORN


5.15PM to 7.45PM

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 December



Fund raising Dinner for Rohingya victims


Justice for Rohingya

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 909 037


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





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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
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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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