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Sunday 3 December 2017 | Issue 0682


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An audience of some 500 were entertained to a diverse range of singers and artists at the 2017 Sounds of Light concert at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Monday.


The show featured many prominent Muslim Artists from around the globe.


Performances included 'Salam Alaikum' by Harris J (UK) and "Ya Nabi Salam Alayka" by Maher Zain (Sweden). Sponsorship for more then 200 orphans were obtained, with over $200,0000 in funds raised.


Imam Ahmad Ghazaleh and his daughter performed a duet as winners of the Local Talent Contest, and the students of Wisdom College led the singing of the National Anthem.


The Sounds of Light Concerts, organized by Human Appeal International, have been running for 10 years, reaching an excess of over 50,000 audience members.



Maher Zain - Sweden (Singer)
Sheikh Omer Turkmen - Turkey (Quran Recitations)
Preacher Moss - USA (Comedian)
Harris J - UK (Singer)
Dr. Adel El-Mishayti - Libya (Singer)
Imam Suhaib Webb - USA (Islamic Scholar, Video Address)
Siedd - Canada (Singer)




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The aim of this newsletter is to provide weekly updates on events and projects which have happened or will happen in the following weeks in our Muslim Community.


This includes family and fundraising events, updates on the Gold Coast Dawah Centre, as well as engagements with our local community.





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Photos and write-up by Dr Saifullah Akram


On the evening of Saturday, 25 November, the Queensland Branch of the Al-Tadhkirah Institute (the education branch of the Islamic Practice & Dawah Circle (IPDC)) held its annual Madrasah Jalsa (rebranded Slacks Creek Mosque Madrasah).


The audience was entertained with various performances from the Madrasah's children. The event was attended by interstate guests. Following the jalsa, the audience was served dinner.


Maulana Rafiqul Islam - Central President, IPDC & National Al Tadhkirah Principal
Maulana Abu Hurayrah - Al-Tadhkirah NSW Principal & Imam of IPDC NSW and Masjid, Saint Marys (Sydney)
Maulana Abdur Rahman - Al-Tadhkirah WA Principal & Imam of IPDC WA and Armadale Masjid and Islamic Centre


"Oh Sing, Children of the World" - Prep
"Open Your Eyes" - High School Girls
"Wizard of Oz" - Years 3 & 4
"Bismillah" - Year 1
"5 Pillars of Islam Medley" - Year 2
"Drug Away" - High School Boys



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The Shahrouk sisters have been crowned the winners of Family Food Fight 2017. It was a nail-biting finale as the Shahrouks battled with the Butlers in what was a neck and neck race to the finish line.

“It was a real contest of greatness,” Matt Moran said as the two teams waited nervously, waiting for the winner to be announced.

“After a lot of deliberation it came down to who we thought made the most jaw-dropping finale worthy food and ultimately there was one family that produced dishes that we could not get enough of. It is with great pleasure that I can announce Australia’s number one food family is the Shahrouk family,” Matt revealed, as the Shahrouk family went wild.

“You took home cooking to a whole new level,” Matt revealed as the sisters teared up.

“My dreams have come true,” Halla said bursting into tears.



The winner is announced 

From the moment they stepped into the kitchen we knew that the feisty Shahrouk sisters were going to be fierce competitors on Family Food Fight.

Armed with years of cooking experience and a multitude of family recipes, these sisters dominated the series. They won a number of challenges and while they may have been in two eliminations they always came out victorious.

“Thank you to all our family and friends who supported us through this whole challenge,” Rouba said proudly.


“And all our fans, we loved this competition and we loved having you as our viewers.”

“We are not only representing us four sisters we’re representing the Shahrouk family,” Houda added emotionally.


“Thank you for all your support and for believing in us from the beginning.”

The Shahrouk family's best moments




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Supplied by Al-Mustapha Institute

Al Mustapha Institute of Brisbane hosted the Annual Milad-un-Nabi on Saturday, 25 November 2017. It was an exciting event with Zainab Latif being the winner of the lucky door prize, an Umrah Package for Two People, donated by OurWorld Travel.

The Institute would like to sincerely thank all the Ulema who participated in the program, especially the key note speaker, Moulana Ahmed Hussain, who delivered a dynamic and inspiring lecture.



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Layth Muthanna

AIIC's Year 5 pupil, Layth Muthanna, was awarded a certificate for Excellence in Writing in a writing competition organised by Write4fun.


His short story was called ‘Detective Work’ and the judges indicated his story was of a particularly high standard, placing him in the top 5 percent of entries for this competition.


There were over 10 000 entries and only 515 received the excellent in writing awards.


In honour of his achievement, Layth's story will appear in the ‘Excellence in Writing’ section of the book of stories to be published.



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The Gympie Islamic Centre was opened this week with a gathering of Muslims and non-Muslims from the local community.


Slacks Creek's Imam Akran gave a recitation of Surah al Fatiha, Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari delivered a speech and Dr. Sadeq Mustapha performed a musical item.


A collection of donated Dawah posters was placed around the walls of the Centre.




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Australians are less tolerant, less open and more nervous about the world than 10 years ago - but not as much as our politics might suggest. That's the take-home message from the Scanlon Foundation's long-running social cohesion study, which for the past decade has tracked our feelings about immigration, multiculturalism and Australian society.

Over the years, our sense of belonging, worth and social justice have all taken a hit. From a benchmark of 100 points in 2007, the social cohesion index now sits at 88 - an equal record low since the survey began. But on many measures, Australia's commitment to multiculturalism and immigration remains upbeat against the odds.



On the hot-button question of Islam, the proportion of Australians who feel negatively about Muslims is stable at 25 per cent - when asked by a telephone interviewer. But when people complete the survey online by themselves, that figure increases to 41.4 per cent. Positivity toward Muslims was highest in Melbourne (34 per cent) and lowest in Brisbane (24 per cent).

The Sydney Morning Herald



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By Shafiq Morton

Islam in South Africa, which has endured for 360 years, is primarily the result of Dutch interest in the Far East – the corporate ambition of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (the VOC), or the Dutch East India Company, founded in 1602 by a coterie of Dutch merchants.

In April 1652, Jan van Rieebeck, a 53 year-old company bureaucrat, arrived at the Cape of Good Hope from Batavia (modern-day Jakarta). His mission: to establish a way station for VOC ships rounding Africa.

Distant from Europe and the Far East, the Cape also became a place of political exile for those who had resisted the corporate-colonial VOC. Apart from thousands of slaves who arrived at the Cape, 182 princes, emirs, advisors and imams were banished from the Indonesian archipelago from 1667 to 1793. Only a few ever returned.

On 24 January 1667, the Polsbroek carrying the first exiles left Batavia and docked at the Cape in May 1668; on board were three of the Orang Cayen, or Indonesian nobility, in chains. They had been captured after the defeat at Soeroesang in Sumatra. According to local records, Tuan Abdurahman Matebe Shah, the last of the Malaccan Sultans, was one of the three.

One of the men (unidentified) died on Robben Island, where 56 of the Orang Cayen would eventually be confined. The two others, Tuan Matebe Shah and Tuan Mahmud al-Qaderi, were sent to the “company forests” of Constantia.

Oral traditions relate that Tuan Abdurahman Matebe Shah and Tuan Mahmud, a spiritual adviser to the Sultan, befriended the slave population at Constantia—establishing the first known Muslim community in South Africa—teaching them near a stream, where they took their ablutions, meditated and said their prayers.


Source: The Muslim500



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Six individuals of Pakistani origin have featured on Forbes magazine's '30 under 30' list released on Tuesday.

The list, which is released annually, features 600 individuals making strides in 20 different industries, including art and style, education, games, food, enterprise technology and media.

The four individuals of Pakistani origin featured in the 2018 list have been selected for their achievements in the industries of retail and e-commerce, enterprise technology and education.





2. Sarah Ahmed, 28,was selected for her work in the retail and e-commerce industry. The New York-based entrepreneur founded Warp + Weft, "a premium denim brand that weaves its own fabric to guarantee the best value and fit."

Ahmed's brand aims to increase size inclusivity.



Source: DAWN



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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 like Islamic practices such as eating Halal meat and wearing headscarves are part of Australian culture.

“It’s my Australian culture and living the way I want to in Australia.

“What is Australian culture? Is it just what Anglo people do, and anything against that is the other? Or is multicultural culture what Italian Australians do, what the Indigenous people do, all their little subcultures create this huge multicultural culture.”

Kerrie presses the question again, asking whether Muslim Australians are accepting of the way non-Muslims might choose to live their lives.

Kerrie: “For example, a lot of Australians don’t practise a religion, they might wear a bikini to the beach, they might eat food through Ramadan...”

Mobinah: “Oh yeah, of course, it’s Australia. If you’re a Muslim and living in this country you’re going to have to accept seeing people on the beach, and having non-Halal meat at certain places or seeing people drink. That’s part of the culture here, so absolutely.”

Kerrie: “And you think that’s accepted by most of the...”

Mobinah: “Absolutely!”

Kerrie: “Really?”

Mobinah: “Absolutely. Obviously any community is complex, they’re not going to have the same views. But I’m telling you now, I’ve never met any Muslim that’s come up to me and been like, I don’t like the culture in Australia, people shouldn’t be drinking in Australia. I’ve never heard that.”


Source: ABC News







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Gaza City

Muslims gather at Es-Saraya Square in Gaza City.


Source: The Guardian



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



No one talks about the fact that in sharia courts, British Muslim women have fewer rights than women in Islamic countries

by Sufiya Ahmed


Dr Suhaib Hasan, Maulana Abu Sayeed and Mufti Barabatullah of the Sharia Council of Britain preside over marital cases at their east London headquarters


Many Muslims on my social media are complaining about a new documentary called ‘The Truth About Muslim Marriage’, but the truth is that things do need to change

The Channel 4 documentary titled The Truth About Muslim Marriage, examines whether Britain’s centuries-old marriage laws need to be updated to reflect and better serve today’s multifaith society.

The sighs and groans have already begun from Muslims about this on my social media. “Not another documentary ‘othering’ Muslims,” have been the cries.

I do not share this complaint. I have heard enough tales of women wronged and almost destroyed in the cases of separation and divorce to know that this is a subject that needs to be shouted about from the rooftops in order to obtain a change in the law. One which will give British Muslim women the right to a civil divorce and a share of matrimonial finances.

Take the case of a friend of a friend who tried to separate from her husband. Actually, she was already separated. She paid her own rent, utility bills and living costs, as well as solely providing for her three children who were all under the age of 10. Her peace of mind and happiness were all on hold as she tried to obtain a divorce through the Sharia Council because her husband refused to grant her one.

For a Muslim man, it is simple. He merely has to say “I divorce you” (talaq) three times over a period of separation and the divorce is legitimate. A Muslim woman cannot say the words. She has to go to an Islamic judge in a Muslim country, or a sharia council in non-Muslim countries, to seek a judicial decree on specific grounds to be free. If she does not have any grounds for a divorce, she has to waive her “Mehr” – a compulsory financial gift by her husband.

I remember my friend’s friend at social events 10 years ago when she was dating her husband-to-be. She was so happy. He was so charming. He was the type of man who insisted on paying for all her friends at the table if they were single or unaccompanied by a husband. We all thought he was a gentleman and she revelled in the knowledge that he was all hers.

They tied the knot with an Islamic ceremony, the Nikah, and didn’t bother with a civil one. They were happy until the pressures of married life and children brought a whole different reality to their lives.

He cheated – several times. She forgave and tried to adjust her life, her views, and her tolerance levels over and over again. It went on for a while until something changed. She became more spiritual and, in doing so, reached the conclusion that she did not have to tolerate his behaviour. Her faith taught her that she was an equal human being who was worthy of respect.

He did his best to twist her newfound spiritual learning to suit his needs: “God rewards wives for their patience and obedience in the hereafter.” 

The Independent



7 questions Muslims are tired of hearing

By Adeel Qureshi, Associate Producer of The Mosque Next Door






These are only just some of the questions, based on prevalent misconceptions about the Muslim community, that people keep on asking.

Hopefully, this little piece can give a little more perspective, a little more nuance for the next time you talk to a Muslim you know.



While I was talking to a local MP at a recent community event, the fact that I’m Muslim came up in conversation. The MP's eyes lit up and she seemed genuinely happy that young Muslims were getting involved in the community, and exclaimed how important community and inter-faith cohesion is, before slipping in a quick caveat ‘of course there are limits, you can’t have everything, like sharia law you know. We have to respect that there’s Australian law here’. She then continued on about how fantastic a Muslim friend’s wedding she attended had been. This comment took me by surprise. It was unfortunate that this otherwise well-meaning, sincere person I was talking to felt she needed to ensure, just for peace of mind, that I knew how Australian law worked. This encounter basically sums up how sharia and other Islamic bogey-words are interpreted by the wider public.

Sharia is a term that refers to the moral, legal and religious codes that guide a Muslim’s life, similar to religious frameworks, which guide the lives of other faith groups. Certain aspects of it are also incorporated into law in Muslim majority countries, but how this is done is a topic of debate.

However, to think that sharia law is some codified book that will suddenly be enforced in a secular and multicultural country like Australia one day is naïve and misleading. Australia’s multicultural society rests on secular legal institutions. This means that the religious beliefs of one group cannot and should not be enforced on others. Let alone the beliefs of a religion whose adherents only make up 2.6 per cent of the Australian population. Importantly, this also means that Muslims are able to practice their religion freely and openly, rendering any need or interest for the imposition of ‘sharia law’ obsolete.

Not to mention the fact that being a committed, active citizen of your nation is encouraged in Islamic tradition. Particularly in a country like Australia which guarantees freedom of religion and belief.

Source: SBS




This Is How Every Genocide Begins: Why Trump’s most un-American moment can’t be overlooked.
By Daniel Altman



Donald Trump’s retweeting of anti-Muslim propaganda videos is the most un-American thing he has done as president. I could just as well end this article here, as the truth of this statement should be self-evident. But let me explain.

A president can do many things that seem cruel, especially from the point of view of his political opponents, such as encouraging Congress to strip health insurance away from millions of Americans. He can also do many things to offend the moral sensibility of his constituents, such as talking about grabbing women by their genitals. He can even go so far as to call into question American values, perhaps by equating the actions of white supremacists and those who oppose them.

Each of these actions is abhorrent in its own way, but I would argue that none of them creates the same peril to the nation — and to humanity itself — as the president’s retweets. I know it may seem like an enormous exaggeration to pin such importance on the result of clicking a button on a webpage. But again, please bear with me.

Some of the greatest crimes in human history have begun with moments like this one. Social scientists agree that attacks on an entire class of people — whether identified by their race, religion, education, or any other distinguishing characteristic — do not happen spontaneously. First the mob has to be primed. The targeted group has to be demonized through a campaign of hateful misinformation, always presented as legitimate information by people in positions of trust. Then the signal for violence falls on ready ears.

It happened this way in Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, and countless other sites of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and mass persecution. The pamphlets, megaphones, and radio broadcasts came before the pogroms, murders, and forced relocations.

The pamphlets, megaphones, and radio broadcasts came before the pogroms, murders, and forced relocations.

And today, we have even more effective ways to reach millions of people at a time, as the president’s more than 43 million followers on Twitter can attest; the established media only magnify his reach. But could another crime on this scale happen here?

For the answer, Americans need only look to the historical case they probably know best: that of Nazi Germany. One of the precursors to the Nazi ascendancy was the immense popularity, in the painful aftermath of World War I, of a book purporting to disclose Jews’ plans for global domination: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The book was a forgery — no such plan existed or had ever been published by Jews — but it and similar texts cemented Jews as scapegoats for Europe’s economic and political ills years before the Nazis took power.

The analogy to the president and his retweets is striking. He has used populist rhetoric to gain sway with vast numbers of disadvantaged and disillusioned Americans, in part by appealing to long-held prejudices. The videos he shared purportedly portray outrages committed by Muslim migrants in Europe, yet in reality they may be nothing of the sort. And just as Adolf Hitler claimed that the mainstream media’s dismissal of the Protocols proved that they were true, the president has repeatedly switched fact for fiction, especially in his denouncements of “fake news.”

Despite these parallels, it may still seem like a stretch to link a few retweets to the Holocaust. But the path from the Protocolsto the extermination camps was not traveled in a single night. The Nazis took power in 1933. Kristallnacht, the two days of riots that marked the first nationwide, coordinated outbreak of violence against German Jews, happened in 1938. The camps came a few years later, in the midst of World War II.

I am worried that the president has set us on this long and terrible path. I worry for Muslims, but also for everyone who believes in freedom and equal rights.


Brendan Cox, whose wife MP Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right extremist, says Donald J. Trump is a “purveyor of hate” for retweeting anti-Muslim videos.

I worry for Muslims, but also for everyone who believes in freedom and equal rights.
If our nation’s democratic institutions, including the office of the president, have been subverted to take us even one step closer to Nazi Germany, we have already gone too far. No tax reform bill or allegation of sexual harassment, however ill-conceived or despicable, presents a greater danger. And with the drums of war beating again, the chance to spread hate more widely in a wave of nationalistic fervour will soon beckon.

As a person of Jewish parentage, I feel the danger evoked by the president’s retweets especially keenly. When I was growing up, my mother would occasionally pull out a book of family photos from the former Czechoslovakia, where both of her parents had been born. The early pages were full of well-dressed Moravian urbanites from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Then there were photos of the smiling faces of their grown children, all people who were later murdered in the Holocaust.

These people were not poor strugglers or remote countryfolk. They were city-dwellers with the means and the opportunity to escape their impending doom. But they didn’t see it coming. If we can, what can we do?

The Foreign Policy


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Irfhana on ethnicity




Not only has 16-year-old TED-Ed Clubs member Irfhana felt targeted on the basis of her ethnicity, but she herself has judged others based on their appearance. In this thoughtful and passionate Talk, Irfhana describes how our assumptions about each other can go from harmless to harmful, and what we can do to stop our own racial judgments.








They're my mum and dad, not terrorists

Islam is the religion pf peace and safety







There's a crisis in India...









Top three Muslims in the NBA!

OnePath Network













Milo Yiannopoulos and Muslim activist Emma Eros in Sydney




Milo Yiannopoulos is a British political commentator, publisher, media personality, blogger, journalist and author associated politically with the alt-right. Yiannopoulos is a former senior editor for Breitbart News, who describes himself as a "cultural libertarian". He is a critic of feminism, Islam, social justice, political correctness, and other movements.Yiannopoulos has been accused of being an apologist for or supporting child sexual abuse, a charge he strenuously denies. Following the release of the tape, Yiannopoulos was forced out of his position at Breitbart, and lost a contract to publish his autobiography with Simon and Schuster.


Activist Emma Eros, who runs her own plumbing business, grew up in Sydney's west as the Australian-born daughter of Lebanese Muslim migrants.








Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela at Milad












Prophet Sulayman a.s. (Part 1) by Umm Bilal

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Shariah Law

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 1 December 2017

TOPIC"The Complete Role model"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar









Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 December 2017

TOPIC: "Putting Your Trust on Allah (SWT)"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 December 2017

TOPIC: "Our belief in Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)"

IMAM: Mossad Issa











Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 December 2017

TOPIC: "Story of Sa’ad Bin Abi Waq’qas"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Junaid started with reminding about the effects of emaan from last week and how things will become easy to enjoy and fulfil the commandments of Allah and his prophet (pbuh). Mufti reminded about two qualities of the Sahaba, that during the day they are going in the path of Allah and in the night, they are on the musalla. He spoke about how effort is required to build emaan and questioned how many pray nafl salah. He reminded how time is short and angel of death is coming soon. He said how when Sa’ad accepted Islam his mother told him to denounce his faith but Sa’ad did not and his mother went on hunger strike for three days and fell unconscious. Mufti questioned and said how strong was she on her kufr and today how strong are we on our emaan. He questioned how many of us are sending durood to our prophet (pbuh). Then he came back to the story of Sa’ad and said how Sa’ad spoke to his mother and said “no doubt I love you dearly and if Allah gives you one thousand life’s I will not denounce my faith despite how it hurts me to see you in this condition.” 



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 December 2017

TOPIC“Seerat Un Nabi” PART 2

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali  




Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Naeem started with reciting ayah from sura Fussilath. He requested the people to try and learn the life of our prophet (pbuh) in his birth month of Rabi al Awal so that we can learn and practice his sunnah. He said how the prophet (pbuh) said that if a person is steadfast in practicing one of his sunnah during the period of fitnah and tribulations then the person will get the reward of 100 Shaheed (maters). Mufti said that we are presently in that period of fitnah where people are going away from practising the sunnah. Mufti reminded how the prophet (pbuh) said at the time of his death he is leaving two things being the Quran and the sunnah and advised to steadfastly hold on to them. Mufti said the story of how the Quraysh sent an intelligent person Uthba ibn Rabiah to try and speak to the prophet (pbuh) and convince him to stop preaching and the prophet (pbuh) responded by reciting sura Fussilath the ayah where Allah said how he punished the people of Aad and Thamud. Mufti concluded by saying how the prophet (pbuh) gave his ummah glad tidings seven times saying that the ummah has not seen me but they believe in me.   



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Doctors restore vision to 121yo man, who’s happy ‘to read Koran again’ 


RUSSIA: One of the oldest people on the planet, 121-year-old Appaz Iliyev from the Russian republic of Ingushetia, has got his sight back thanks to a successful surgery. Born in 1896, the man still works daily in his garden in the North Caucasus mountains.

The surgery on one of the oldest people alive was performed by doctors at a regional hospital in Ingushetia, Russian media reported Saturday citing local authorities. Iliyev, who had been suffering from cataracts, spent only one day at the hospital before returning to his village high in the mountains. At this stage, one of his eyes was treated, with specialists predicting a full sight recovery for their special patient, TASS reported.

“After the surgery, he had no complaints. The old man claimed he could see much better,” the agency cited doctors as saying. Before the surgery, the man was apparently distressed he couldn’t read the Koran. “Now that's in the past,” according to local authorities.

Born in March 1896, Appaz has been married twice and raised eight children. He now has 35 grandchildren, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. The old man says his raison d’etre is his family and also hard work. Every day he works in his garden, rarely leaving his home village.

“He only left his native mountains to fight during the [1917] revolution and World War II,” the man's nephew said. A teetotaller who has never smoked, Appaz leads a healthy lifestyle, only eating produce from his farm and drinking spring water.          



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Inspectors to question primary school girls who wear hijab 


Ofsted head says move is to tackle situations in which wearing head covering ‘could be interpreted as sexualisation’


Most Islamic teaching requires head covering only for older girls.


UK: School inspectors in England have been told to question Muslim primary school girls if they are wearing a hijab or similar headscarf, the head of Ofsted has announced.

Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted and chief inspector of schools, said the move was to tackle situations in which wearing a hijab “could be interpreted as sexualisation” of girls as young as four or five, when most Islamic teaching requires headdress for girls only at the onset of puberty.

The announcement – in the form of a recommendation to Ofsted inspectors rather than an update to the inspectorate’s official handbook – follows a meeting last week between Spielman and campaigners against the hijab in schools, including Amina Lone, co-director of the Social Action and Research Foundation.

“While respecting parents’ choice to bring up their children according to their cultural norms, creating an environment where primary school children are expected to wear the hijab could be interpreted as sexualisation of young girls,” Spielman said.

“In seeking to address these concerns, and in line with our current practice in terms of assessing whether the school promotes equality for their children, inspectors will talk to girls who wear such garments to ascertain why they do so in the school.

“We would urge any parent or member of the public who has a concern about fundamentalist groups influencing school policy, or breaching equality law to make a complaint to the school. If schools do not act on these complaints they can be made to Ofsted directly.”

The announcement is the latest of a string of requirements issued in the wake of the “Trojan horse” affair that erupted in Birmingham in 2014, which provoked controversy over fears of Islamist influence in state schools.

The Muslim Council of Britain secretary-general, Harun Khan, responded to the move saying: “It is deeply worrying that Ofsted has announced it will be specifically targeting and quizzing young Muslim girls who choose to wear the headscarf.

“It sends a clear message to all British women who adopt this that they are second-class citizens, that while they are free to wear the headscarf, the establishment would prefer that they do not,” he said.

“The many British Muslims who choose to wear the headscarf have done extremely well in education and are breaking glass ceilings. It is disappointing that this is becoming policy without even engaging with a diverse set of mainstream Muslim voices on the topic,” he added.      



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Muslim population of the UK could triple to 13m following 'record' influx 


UK: The Muslim population of the UK is set to triple in 30 years, according to projections from the Pew Research Centre.

Under the model which assumes median migration levels, the number of Muslims in the country would rise from 4.1m in 2016 to 13m in 2050.

The US-based think tank says that the UK has been the major destination for economic migrants coming to Europe, while Germany has been the top destination for refugees.

It said the research followed a "record influx of asylum seekers fleeing conflicts in Syria and other predominantly Muslim countries".

The UK also has one of the largest gaps in fertility rates between Muslims and non-Muslims, with Muslim women having an average of 2.9 children compared to the 1.8 had by non-Muslims.

This means that even if migration were to stop completely, the group's population share would rise by more than 3 per cent in the UK, as well as in France, Italy, and Belgium.

The paper suggests that if migration continues at the same rate but refugee movement stops, the UK will have the highest overall population of Muslims in the EU, at 13m, making up 16.7 per cent of the population.

Currently the country is behind Germany and France in overall population of Muslims.

"Relatively few recent immigrants to the UK (60,000) were refugees, but more than 1.5 million regular migrants arrived there in recent years.

"Overall, an estimated 43 per cent of all migrants to the UK between mid-2010 and mid-2016 were Muslims," the paper said.

The study also shows that the UK has one of the lower levels of hostility toward refugees from Iraq and Syria.

Just over one in three people see them as a major threat, compared to 39 per cent in France, 42 per cent in Spain and 60 per cent in Poland.

It concluded that people in countries with lower overall numbers of refugees were more likely to believe they were a threat.

According to figures from the Oxford-based Migration Observatory, one in five non-UK born people in the UK is Muslim.       



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 So Long a Letter




Description by Carolina Caliaba Crespo


Carolina Caliaba Crespo

World Books Club

Meets 6:30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month
In the garden at the back of The Burrow

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This is a short and beautiful book about friendship between women and about marital love. So long a letter is what they call an epistolary novel: the text is a letter (i.e., epistle) written by Ramatoulaye during her enforced period of 40 days' mourning after the death of her husband. Ramatoulaye writes to her friend Aissatou, who grew up together in rural Senegal and now works as a translator in the United States.

I liked that Ramatoulaye is a woman of experience. My guess is that she is in her late 40s or early 50s. I find her reflections on adversity compelling. She adopts a philosophical attitude if ever I saw one. Her faith and her patience are tested when her husband of 25 years, Modou, takes on a young second wife. He then proceeds to abandon Ramatoulaye and her twelve children, leaving them without much materially. Despite Modou’s infidelity, Ramatoulaye chooses to remain married to him.

Reading this book I learnt that polygamy is reasonably common in Senegal, a country in West Africa with a reputation for religious tolerance and where 85% of the population are Muslim (though not all of them are practicing). Polygamy is 100% legal in Senegal. They also have this custom of 'inheriting' spouses, which we read about in some detail in the novel. Following the death of Modou, Ramatoulaye is propositioned by a couple of men including her younger brother-in-law.

Ramatoulaye belongs to the generation that grew up under the French colonial regime and came of age just as Senegal was achieving its independence. So she is very politically engaged and reflects often on the future of her country, the role of tradition in modern life, and the prospect of women’s liberation. She is fundamentally a feminist, in that she wants things to be better for her daughters than it was for her. She speaks French and a little Wolof, but mostly French. Not surprisingly, Ramatoulaye is completely sceptical about polygamy.

Our protagonist is a modern woman. She is a teacher and has a professional life of her own, as well as a mother who brings up a dozen young people with a sense of justice. Ramatoulaye's descriptions of her teenage children and her reflections on motherhood generally have been on my mind since I read the novel. She speaks very touchingly of her children's encouragement as she learns how to drive a second-hand car she buys with the assistance of the addressee of the letter, Ramatoulaye’s childhood friend Aissatou. This is after Modou’s great betrayal at marrying young Binetou (everyone has musical names in this novel). It’s a short book, but very moving, and I hope you guys have enjoyed it as much as I have.



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KB says: This dip can be made in advance and can be served as a starter to an evening meal and perfect for the coming summer months. 

 Beetroot Dip  


1 small beetroot boil till tender
1 cup yoghurt
Salt to taste
¼ tsp crushed black pepper
1 tab. lemon juice



Place all ingredients in processor and blitz till smooth.

Adjust seasoning

Pour into serving bowl

Garnish with basil leaves and chopped walnuts

Ideally served with crackers or pita bread

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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: Saying No...Please ALLAH, Not People

Seeking approval is a natural personality trait. It’s human nature to hear pleasing comments about one’s self. It tends to encourage us to repeat that behaviour that earned us a compliment in the first place, in order to receive more praise and encouragement. Over time, we have been conditioned to accept this reward-based perception as a measure of our self-worth. As a result, we now live in a world where the disease to please has become the norm, and honest communication is compromised in the name of appeasement, diplomacy or political correctness.

In the search for more praise and acknowledgements, we have gotten into the habit of “agreeing” for the sake of agreeing, so as not to offend anyone. In our yearning to feel acceptance and a sense of belonging, we are saying “yes” just to fit in, instead of evaluating the situation for what it is and responding with awareness and compassion to self and others.

As Muslims, remember that we are here to PLEASE ALLAH, NOT PEOPLE. This doesn’t mean that you need to be rude or disrespectful. It means that you need to be honest with yourself and others. An honest life is far better than a resentful one.

Four-Step Process For Saying “No”

“No” is a full sentence. It doesn’t need justification. If something is not within your capacity and if it intuitively doesn’t feel right, it is best to say no. Saying yes to please people will eventually take a toll on your physical, mental and emotional health, whereby you will begin to resent the people to whom you are saying yes. The following four-step process may help in developing greater awareness in how to say no to people.

1. Take your time. Consider the proposal. Do not be intimidated or pressured into responding immediately. This step allows you to think about whatever has been proposed to you. If the person is in front of you, say that you will consider their words and respond shortly. If it’s over text or email, respond with a polite note saying you will consider the proposal and respond shortly. Think about it with a cool, calm and collected mind so that you are in fact giving the proposal honest consideration. If you feel confused about it, write down pros and cons to find clarity. Or seek professional help if required.

2. Ask yourself these four key questions and answer them honestly. If you answer NO to even one of the first three questions, then you will know with greater clarity that it would be wise to say NO to the proposal at hand:

i. Do I WANT to be, do or have this?
ii. Will being, doing or having this MOVE ME IN THE DIRECTION OF MY GOAL?
iii. Is being, doing or having this IN HARMONY WITH ALLAH’S COMMANDMENTS?
iv. Will being, doing or having this VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS?

3. Contact the person in question. It is always best to communicate directly with the person rather than
through another person, in case of miscommunication.

4. Thank the person for thinking of you in this situation (very important step). Say that you have had a good think about things and at this point in your life you are going to say NO to the proposal or invitation. Thank them again and leave it at that. Keep it short and direct. Remain calm and confident at all times in your posture and voice.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: You Are Not Your Experiences


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Q: Dear Kareema, apart from pushing my body harder during each workout, how else can I maximise my sessions for greater or faster results?



• Fuel up – maximise your training sessions with pre and post workout snacks.

• Hydrate – water is very important. In fact, exercising when the water tank is low can cause damage to muscles and make it harder for them to repair.
• Sleep well – studies show that poor quality, or not enough sleep can make it harder for the body to recover and perform during future workouts.
• Prioritise recovery – take a day off after a big workout. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything. Go for a leisurely stroll or maybe gentle stretching to prep for future workouts.





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Ever since Jallaludin was a child, he had a fear of there being someone under his bed at night.

So he went to a psychiatrist and told him "I've got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there's somebody under it. I'm scared.  I think I'm going crazy."

"Just put yourself in my hands for one year", said the psychiatrist.

"Come, talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears."

"How much do you charge?"

'$200 per visit,' replied the doctor.

'I'll sleep on it and if needed I will come back to you,' Jallaludin said.

Six months later Jallaludin met the psychiatrist on the street.

'Why didn't you come to see me about those fears you were having?' he asked.

'Well, $200 a visit three times a week for a year is an awful lot of money!

An Gujerati Indian friend of mine cured me for the price of one plate each of fafda, jalebi and dhokla.

I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought myself a new SUV".

'Is that so!' with a bit of an attitude the psychiatrist said, 'And how, may I ask, did the friend cure you?'

'He told me to cut off the legs of the bed.'

Now there is nobody under the bed!!!

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Tell My servants to say what is best. Satan sows discord among them. Satan is to man an open enemy.

[Quran 17:53]


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"The responsibility of power is like holding an egg.


Grasp it too tightly and it will drip through your fingers;


hold it too loosely and it will drop and break."

~ Ashanti Proverb





Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist
M: 0406 279 591

To Keto or Not to Keto?

Currently on trend in the dieting world with the endorsement of well known figures such as Pete Evans and Megan Fox, the ketogenic diet (shortly known as the keto) seems to be the new black.

Ketogenic describes a very low carbohydrate (less than 10% of calorie intake) and high fat (up to 60% of calorie intake) intake. However, the dietary fats should be made up from healthy and natural sources such as oily fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, dairy, olive oil and other mono/polyunsaturated oils. Traditionally, this diet was used to treat epilepsy in children.
However, other therapeutic uses for this diet is still under further investigations.

In a few research trials, it has been found the keto diet can help with weight reduction and body fat loss without reducing calorie intake.... So is it something that we should try and is it safe to follow?

Read more on my new blog post.

Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?  Send your question to Fitria at  All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Over the past several months MCF have utilised your valued donations to assist many people in need from our local community.

Among those assisted in July was a single young man who is an amputee and also a heart attack victim. MCF assisted by spending some time with him and also by taking care of some of his outstanding living expenses (which he was unable to cover due to his condition).

Among those assisted in August was was a single mother with 2 children. She suffers from a debilitating, serious and persistent skin condition which involves the use of expensive medications to control. MCF utilised your donations to provide financial aid enabling her to both pay for medications and to cover outstanding rental bills.

In September, through our community youth outreach program, the Muslim Charitable Foundation was able to assist a young brother with his battle against substance addiction. Contact was made with the brother during routine community outreach activities. After the initial contact, a sustained effort was made to stay in contact with the brother to provide council and support. With Allah's help, daily moral support and coaching saw a change in the brother's lifestyle. To assist the brother with his lifestyle change he was given temporary accommodation in the MCF house for about 8 days, while helping him look for shared accommodation. He now attends the mosque regularly and his condition has greatly improved. May Allah reward all of the MCF donors abundantly inshaAllah. If you would like to donate to MCF please use the bank details on our website:

Among those assisted in October was a family who tearfully explained that they could not afford the hefty costs for the expert childcare needed to treat their autistic 3 year old son. The family arrived in Australia 3 years ago on bridging visas with 2 young boys. They are not eligible for childcare rebates on their visas. MCF paid for a three month expert childcare trial and new assessments were then made. The results were, that he has made significant progress in relation to his social and emotional development. The joy and emotion expressed by his mother when MCF agreed to continue to pay the childcare fees was overwhelming.

Among those assisted in November was a single mother with 3 children. MCF utilised your donations to provide her with a basic bed and a basic washing machine. The washing machine will inshallah help the family to maintain a healthy hygiene level and also for the children to obtain a restful sleep.

The cases mentioned above are but a few of the many cases we deal with almost on a daily basis. Your continued support ensures that the most vulnerable people in our Community receive the help they most need.

To donate to MCF, please use the electronic banking details on our website:

May Allah bless both the MCF volunteers and the people who donate.

Without your support, community assistance like this would not be possible.

A reminder that all money donated to MCF is received by those in need. MCF has no paid staff and no admin fees.



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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12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1439


3 December



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Islamic Society Holland Park

Holland Park Mosque

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3 December



Mawlid un Nabi


Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, ALGESTER

0403 286 305


15 December



Fund raising Dinner for Rohingya victims


Justice for Rohingya

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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 1st Shawal 1439


21 August 2018





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