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Sunday 6 May 2018 | Issue 0704


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Update: $250K Reward Offered in homicide investigation Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Who's Hamza Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Do Liverpool’s Muslim Players Have to Fast

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Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Threat to church after Anzac Day message

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Last term, the AIIC (Australian International Islamic College) Breakfast Club organised a Healthy Breakfast Poster-Making Competition for students from year 1 to 6. The aim of the competition was to drive home the message of healthy eating to primary- school students.

The AIIC Breakfast Club is an initiative of ‘Brothers in Need’, a charity group that has been providing free healthy breakfast to students at AIIC every morning since last year. Students who normally skip their breakfast for a variety of reasons can help themselves to the healthy breakfast provided such as juice, sandwiches, cereals and fruits. These students are then able to start the school day energised and ready for learning.

In a bid to reinforce the healthy eating message further, volunteers from the group then decided on the art competition to reach a wider school audience. The competition was well received judging from the high number of entries submitted. With the help of the Student Council, 10 winning posters were selected while the rest of the entries were awarded consolation prizes consisting of goodie bags and certificates of participation. The prize- giving ceremony was held last Monday, 30 April at the Multi-Purpose Hall during the combined assembly.

On top of the generous prizes of $100 gift cards, table lamps and goodie bags, winning posters will also be displayed in the breakfast room and around the school.

Given the kind gesture, AIIC would like to take this opportunity to thank the ‘Brothers in Need’ for their invaluable service and contributions to the college thus far. May Allah bless them for their goodwill and sincere efforts. Ameen.





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Abdul Basith Mohammed

The Minister for Police has announced the approval for a $250,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Abdul Basith Mohammed in Kuraby last October.

Detectives attached to Operation Papa Senator, the on-going police investigation into the October 25, 2017 homicide of Mr Mohammed are renewing their appeal for public assistance and are hopeful the announcement of a $250,000 reward will see an influx of new information.

Mr Mohammed was attacked when he went outside of his St George Street home around 12.30am to check on a power outage.

He was located deceased in the front yard a short time later, having sustained a number of stab wounds.

Due to the Mr Mohammed being trilingual and having a culturally diverse associate network, a multi-language appeal is attached, that includes four additional languages; in addition to this more detailed English appeal.


Detective Acting Superintendent Craig Morrow said a team of detectives and specialist police have been working continually on this investigation and remain committed to finding the perpetrator and bringing them to justice.

“We are very hopeful that the announcement of a $250,000 reward will lead to someone contacting police and providing us with that crucial piece of information that will lead to a break-through,” Detective Acting Superintendent Morrow said.

“Abdul’s family have naturally been devastated by his death and we are determined to find answers for them.”





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Ali Kadri: Everything I have been able to do for the community in last few years wouldn’t have been possible without strong support from brothers who change lives quietly day in day out. Hamza (Robbie) is one of those people. I guess anyone who has watched Mosque next door knows that we are close mates but there is so much to this man than meets the eye.




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Liverpool FC have made it to the final against Real Madrid by knocking out Roma in the semi-finals.

The final is scheduled to take place on 26th May 2018. However, this coincides with the month of Ramadan during which Muslims are required to fast from dawn until sunset.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm which is around an hour before sunset.

With this in mind, people may wonder if Liverpool’s Muslim players such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Emre Can will be fasting during the big game as going without food and drink could affect their performance.


Mohamed Salah and Emre Can pray before a match

The answer is that they are not required to fast as they will be travelling and they can make up the fast at a later date.

God has given this option to those who are travelling or are sick. Muslim scholars have further explained the distance and duration a person has to travel in order to be classified as a traveller.

Chapter 2, verse 184 of the Qur’an:

“Fast for a specific number of days, but if one of you is ill, or on a journey, on other days later. For those who can fast only with extreme difficulty, there is a way to compensate – feed a needy person. But if anyone does good of his own accord, it is better for him, and fasting is better for you, if only you knew.”

Sadio Mané prays before a match

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Review by Ramia Abdo Sultan



A thousand years ago, one boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change. Inspired by true events, this is a story of a real hero who earned his remembrance in time and history.


Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is a 2015 English-language Arabic 3D computer-animated action-adventure film produced by Barajoun Entertainment and co-directed by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal. With a story by Jamal, the screenplay was written by Alavi, Alex Kronemer, Michael Wolfe and Yassin Kamel. With this film, Jamal aimed to depict heroes from the history of the Arabian Peninsula.

The film depicts the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, who, known for his beautiful voice, was freed from slavery and rose to a position of prominence in 632 AD. The voice cast features Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane, China Anne McClain, Jacob Latimore, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Fred Tatasciore, Cynthia McWilliams, Jon Curry, Dave B. Mitchell and Michael Gross.


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, ‘Bilal: A New Breed of Hero’ and would most definitely recommend the movie to others.

In summary, it is an animated cartoon depicting the life of Bilal ibn Rabah (r), the companion of Prophet Mohammad (s) and is inspired by true events more than 1400 years ago.

Bilal was once known as the slave of a man called Umayyah ibn Khalaf, and was the first man to pronounce the athan, Islamic call to prayers since he had the most beautiful voice.

Whilst the movie is about one of Prophet Muhammad’s (s) most trusted companions, the focus is primarily on themes that are just as relevant today as they were back then, racism, oppression, power, injustice, inequality, slavery and so on.

What makes the movie interesting is that there is no specific reference to Islam, infact there is no direct reference to Prophet Muhammad (s) himself, which highlights the fact that the movie is not intended to preach anything, but rather, to reinforce the importance of upholding essential human values such as equality and justice.

Whilst the movie is not exclusively about religion, it undoubtedly prompts one to explore religious themes relevant to that time.

The movie highlights the point that all men are equal and that each person chooses who his ultimate master will be.

Some are shackled to their wealth, some are shackled to power and some are enslaved to the pleasures of this [temporary] world.

The free man is the one whose heart has no attachment to this life and that is the freedom that ultimately frees Bilal.

There is a message of struggle and hardship, but hope at the same time, in that hope will only ever become tangible once mankind recognises the importance of equality, justice and unity.

While the movie had some gaps, and perhaps sped over some critical details, it nevertheless leaves the viewer with an eagerness to further explore the life of Bilal, beyond the movie.

This is especially the case since the audience is left in suspense regarding Bilal making athan throughout the entire movie. The viewer finally gets insight into Bilal’s most notable feature, his voice at the end of the movie when he makes athan from the most significant places in the world, the Ka’aba in Makkah.

I found the movie to be a great opportunity to introduce Bilal as a real historical figure who fought for the same values that many of us may be fighting today.

I would definitely recommend the movie to all, Muslim and people of other faiths and no faith, since it addresses universal values that apply to all, and gives room for the viewer to perhaps do further research and readings on the themes/characters raised in the movie.

As a Muslim viewer, the movie has most definitely inspired me to revisit the seerah (Prophets biography) and re-discover the characters that were mentioned in the movie.





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Ten students from the City Campus of the Australian International Islamic College successfully progressed past the initial judging in the Write4Fun 2018 Schools Writing Competition.


This year the competition was held through all the primary and secondary schools within Australia.


There were 10 000 entries and AIIC has been recognised as being at the top 10% of excellent achievers.





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When Father Rod Bower, the rector of the Gosford Anglican Church, posted a pro-refugee Anzac Day message on Facebook, he knew he would cop abuse.

But he didn't expect to see "I'll set that church on fire" in the comments, especially not from a man who was wearing what appeared to be an Australian Defence Force uniform.


The threat, also made on Anzac Day, has been investigated by the Australian Defence Force Investigation Service, who told Father Bower that the person was "not a current serving member of [the] ADF".

The threat, also made on Anzac Day, has been investigated by the Australian Defence Force Investigation Service, who told Father Bower that the person was "not a current serving member of [the] ADF".

However, Father Bower said the man's profile on the LinkedIn website still has him as a current ADF member.

Also on Anzac Day, Father Bower had written a message on the church's outdoor sign that read "Lest we forget Manus & Nauru", a deliberate echo of the controversial Facebook message posted by engineer and Muslim feminist activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied on Anzac Day last year, which led to her receiving a barrage of abuse and threats, eventually contributing to her leaving the country to work in Britain.

"The bulk of the [Facebook] abuse, while aimed at what I had written ... said that 'you're just like her,' " Father Bower told Fairfax Media.

"It seemed easier for them to abuse me through Yassmin. I found that fascinating. When a white male Christian says that sort of thing, it's bad enough, but when a brown female Muslim does, that's totally unacceptable. Even while abusing me, they still felt the need to channel that through Yassmin."

In a follow-up post on Facebook, Father Bower said: "We have had other occasional threats of arson, always from the extreme right of our nation's political spectrum, ironically from the very same people who warn that Muslims will 'burn your churches down'.

"A Muslim has ... never threatened me in any way."

In the Facebook post before the threat, Father Bower honoured war veterans, including his own relatives, and called for the "cessation of the degradation of some of the world's most vulnerable people for political purposes".

He wrote that "we must remember what we are doing to refugees and asylum seekers on #Manus and #Nauru".





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International Islamic art & calligraphy exhibition will portrait work of artist from Australia, Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and many.


Shahid Malik, director of ArtOn Sydney, told SBS Urdu that this type of exhibition might be first of its kind in Australia where work of diversified and culturally rich regions is On-display in this exhibition”.


Source: SBS



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QCOSS Vacancy: Story, Media and Communications Officer

As the Story Media and Communications Officer you will support the work of QCOSS by communicating the many stories that represent and give life to the work done by QCOSS to achieve its vision. These stories will be told by people and communities all over Queensland and show the different perspectives of those experiencing poverty and disadvantage to inform, influence and educate. You will do this by providing journalism, interviewing, writing, editing, media liaison and campaigning services to QCOSS.

The primary purpose of the position is to provide internal and external communication expertise to maximise communication opportunities, deliver on key strategic objectives relevant to the Communication Team and organisation, source, develop and write stories and media articles, and respond to and liaise with the media

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is the state-wide peak body for individuals and organisation’s working in the social and community services sector. QCOSS has been a leading force for social change, working to eliminate poverty and disadvantage. With members throughout Queensland, QCOSS undertakes informed advocacy and supports a strong community service sector.

QCOSS’s key activities focus on providing effective policy advice, working to strengthen responsive community services and having productive partnerships with government, private sector, the media and the community sector. This work is done with a Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage front of mind.

QCOSS is part of the national network of Councils of Social Service lending support and gaining essential insight to national and other state issues.

You can find out more about working at QCOSS and see what some of our staff like best about Working at QCOSS’. We offer a competitive remuneration package including access to tax-effective salary packaging arrangements and supportive work life balance provisions.

To be considered for this role you must demonstrate your experience by responding to the selection criteria as outlined in the position description.

Find out more: The position description and selection criteria can be found on the QCOSS website (Jobs Tab) or email To discuss further contact Karen Murphy Tel 07 3004 6913 or mobile 0423 245 252.

How to apply: Please send your resume and cover letter (no more than three pages) addressing the selection criteria outlined in the position description found on the QCOSS website to email:

Closing date: Close of Business - 21 May 2018



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A Shaykh in Florida by the name of Shaykh Azhar Nasser is currently winning at Twitter! Not too long ago he began tweeting the questions posed to him alongside responses to those questions.

It’s probably worth stating at this point that if you don’t have a sense of humour, please read no further.

His Twitter feed is a great reminder that religion doesn’t always have to be about punishment, hell and brimstone and that sometimes we need to take a moment to stop and actually have some fun!

I’m not entirely sure what the straw was that broke the camel’s back, so to speak, but the Shaykh isn’t holding back anymore. Ask him questions at your peril!


Here is another of these tweets (continued from last week's CCN):







Source: The Muslim Vibe




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There are approximately 1.84 billion Muslims in the world today, making up 24.38% of the world’s population, or just under one-quarter of mankind. As well as being citizens of their respective countries, they also have a sense of belonging to the ‘ummah’, the worldwide Muslim community.
The Muslim500 publication sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims have on this community, or on behalf of the community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world. Note that the impact can be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view of course. 






"You can only go to Paradise or to Hellfire, and you have to work for Paradise in this life. This is the way, and here, is the place to work for reward in the Hereafter."

Sheikh Ahmad Tijani bin Ali Cisse

Leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi Order

Sheikh Ahmad Tijani bin Ali Cisse is the spiritual leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi order. The Tijaniyya is the largest Sufi order in Western Africa, and its leader commands a following of millions, who see him as their guide to true Islam.

Leader of Tijani Muslims: Cisse became leader of the Tijaniyyah following the death of his elder brother Sheikh Hassan Cisse in 2008. He is the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Medina Baye, Senegal, which is one of Western Africa’s key positions of Islamic leadership. Tijani Muslims are located throughout Western Africa and further afield. As an order, Tijanis give allegiance to their sheikh giving him significant influence as a leader.

Education and Activities: Sheikh Tijani Cisse (b. 1955) studied Qur’an, Arabic and classical texts with both his father, Sheikh ‘Ali Cisse, and his legendary grandfather, Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse. He then continued his studies at Al- Azhar University in Egypt, studying Arabic and Usul al-Din (theology). Upon completing his studies in Egypt, he traveled extensively throughout Africa, the Middle East and America. He attended many conferences and participated in religious debates. He also managed to edit and publish several important works, including Sheikh Ibrahim’s Kashif al-Ilbas.

Posts: In 2001, Sheikh Tijani Cisse was appointed Senegal’s General Commissioner for the Hajj. In 2006, he was again recognized by Senegalese President Aboulaye Wade and appointed a Senegalese “Special Missions Ambassador”, a position he holds until the present time. He has also received Senegal’s distinguished award, the Ordre de Merite (1993).

Descendent of The Tijaniyya Founder: The Tijaniyya is a Sufi order founded by Ahmad al Tijani Hasani, an Algerian, in the late 18th century. As the spiritual leader of the Tijaniyya, Cisse is considered to be the bearer of a spiritual inspiration called the Fayda Tijaniyya, giving him authority to carry on the teachings of Ahmad al Tijani Hasani. Because of this position, some Tijani Muslims refer to Cisse as the reviver of the Sunnah.





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By Jehan Jillani and Heather Brady Photographs by Lynsey Addario    

Students at the City of Knowledge School. The Pomona-based school was established in 1994 by individuals who were looking to enrich their children spiritually and academically.

Lynsey Addario talks about her experience working within these communities across the U.S. during a years-long reporting project. When Lynsey Addario moved to India in 2000 and began covering Muslim communities throughout Asia, she was introduced to nuanced views of Islam and the people who practice it. After returning home to visit the U.S., she saw the religion portrayed in a generic, one-dimensional way that didn't capture what she viewed elsewhere in the world.

That disparity pushed her to work with Muslim communities across America in an effort to tell their stories in a broader way. Addario’s images appear in the feature story “How Muslims, Often Misunderstood, Are Thriving in America,” published in the May 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. She talked with us about her experience documenting these communities and how it has encouraged her to examine her own faith.



JEHAN JILLANI: Islam in America, as Leila Fadel’s piece explains in greater detail, is one of the most diverse religions in the United States. How did you select which communities to photograph?

ADDARIO: Well, first of all, there are so many thousands of pictures that I shot, and people I focused on who never made it into the story, mostly on account of space. I tried to photograph the spectrum, from the very religiously conservative to the more liberal, from surprising scenes—like a family of five sisters, three of which were black belts in taekwondo—to the more typical scenes we see—like prayer, to women with and without hijab—to show, basically, that these stereotypes [that are] often perpetuated just don’t often hold.

As in any population of people who fall under any religious group, from Christianity to Judaism to Islam, there is diversity within. There are those that are more devout, and those who more loosely observe; there are incredibly accomplished, respectable people, and then there are criminals. It is important to recognize this. In America, I often see Muslims in the same sentence as the word terrorists, and this is just too superficial for a diverse country like America. Yes, there are Muslim terrorists, but there are also American terrorists who have been responsible for many mass shootings across the US. But surprisingly, they aren’t often referred to as terrorists.

JILLANI: On a related note, could you speak to what you observed about the racial diversity of Muslim Americans?

ADDARIO: I think there is a large misconception that Muslims are often Arab or South Asian, but 13 percent of the Muslim community is African-American, originating back to the time of slavery in the U.S. and to those who brought their religion over from Africa. There was also great proliferation among the African-American community at the time of Malcolm X and the civil rights movement, and today, there are a huge number of converts to Islam–almost 23% of the entire Muslim American population–from every ethnicity and a range of communities across the country. I wanted to include this racial diversity in the piece.






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14 stages of love according to the Arabic language

By Rayana Khalaf




Arabs are in a league of our own when it comes to romance. I mean, just look at the ways we express love, we're always ready to sacrifice our skin and bones for the people we love. Over-the-top demonstration of love goes beyond our everyday conversation, as it is rooted deep within our literature. There is no shortage of epic and fiery poems in Arab literature, brought to us by the likes of Abu Nawas and Nizar Qabbani. In these poems, we see variations of words referring to love, like "'oshk" and "gharam"... but contrary to popular belief, these words are not synonymous. They each refer to a unique degree of love. Actually, there are 14 degrees of love in Arabic language. Here they are in increasing order of intensity:



12. Al-Kholla (Unification)

"Al-kholla" is defined as love and friendship that are ingrained deep in the heart.

In this stage, you believe that your lover is "the one" and that you will never find a more perfect match (#soulmates).







To Build a More Just Malaysia, We Need a More Complex Understanding of Islamic Legal Theory

By Zainah Anwar


How do we apply authentic Islamic principles to solve the problems we face in multi-ethnic and multi-religious Malaysia, to ensure that justice is done?




Zainah Anwar is a founding member and former executive director of Sisters in Islam, and is currently the director for Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family.

Islamic legal theory is complex and rich. Let's not be simpletons when we talk and think about Islam. When you can't debate those who challenge you, silencing them with threats and fatwa shows nothing but ugliness. This is not the way to maintain respect for your claimed authority nor the way to build love and confidence that Islam indeed does have the answers, as some people like to claim. Let's build some pride and knowledge in our own legal tradition, instead of defiling it with shrill sloganeering that Islam is under threat, and that Muslims are under siege.

In the end, what we need to ask is: what is the purpose of Islam and what is the purpose of these so-called Islamic laws? We as Muslims make the effort to comply with the divine will for a purpose - to do good, to bring about justice, to contribute to the well-being of society.

The more I read and learn about Islam, the stronger is my faith in a God and a religion that is just. I am proud of the verses in the Qur'an that talk about men and women being each other's protector and friend, that promote monogamy in order to prevent injustice, that advocate a relationship based on love and compassion. Who decided these egalitarian verses should be shunted aside, and who decided that verses open to be interpreted as men having authority over women and men having the right to four wives and to beat their wives be the only verses to govern a marital relationship? Where is the justice of Islam when in the twenty-first century we remain governed by a discriminatory legal framework that bears little reality to the lives of women and men and the family today?

Who decided that the Prophet's marriage to Khadijah, a widow fifteen years older than him and who was his sole beloved wife until her death, should not be the model of marriage in Islam? Who decided that the Prophet's marriage to Aishah should continue to be used to justify child marriage in Muslim society? Who decided that the part of the verse that talks about marrying two, three or four be used to justify polygamy as a God-given right in Islam? And that the verse that says to marry only one, and that will be best for you to prevent you from doing injustice, is ignored?

These are all human-made decisions. Not God's.

Alas, the ugly truth is, too many of those in power abuse God and Islam to serve their own personal interest to remain in power, to enrich themselves, to remain privileged and protected.

As Malaysia descends into an Orwellian society where right is wrong and good is bad, and where Big Brother watches our every move, let those of us who believe in justice and reason take strength in one foundational idea in Islamic jurisprudence, attributed to Imams Shafi'i and Abu Hanifa: "We believe that our opinions are correct, but we are always cognizant of the fact that our opinions may be wrong. We also believe that the opinions of our opponents are wrong, but we are always cognizant of the fact that they may be correct." And in our search for solutions, let us be resolute and be guided by the words of the fourteenth-century jurist, Ibn Qayim al-Jawziyyah:

"The fundamentals of the Shari'ah are rooted in wisdom and promotion of the welfare of human beings in this life and the Hereafter. Shari'ah embraces justice, kindness, the common good and wisdom. Any rule that departs from justice to injustice, from kindness to harshness, from the common good to harm, or from rationality to absurdity cannot be part of Shari'ah even if it was introduced by interpretation."
In the end, only God knows best. So let's lose the conceit that we can play God on this earth.   








"Taqiyya": How An Obscure Islamic Concept Became An Obsession Of Anti-Muslim Activists

By Ishmael N. Daro



Anti-Muslim memes referencing taqiyya.


In early January, an 11-year-old girl in Toronto set off a firestorm when she said a stranger had cut her hijab with scissors while she was on her way to school.

School administrators called the police, who sent out an alert on social media. Local media rushed to the school for a hastily arranged press conference in which the girl described the alleged attack in front of a sea of cameras. By afternoon, it was an international news story. Meanwhile, prominent politicians across Canada rushed to condemn the incident as an act of hate. “Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this cannot be tolerated," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

A few days later, however, the whole thing crumbled. Police released a curt statement saying an investigation revealed the attack “did not happen,” and the girl’s family issued an abject apology for the invented story.

But where some saw a child’s concerning tall tale, others read more sinister motivations.

”There is a Muslim word for this: taqqiyah,” tweeted Ezra Levant, founder of the far-right website the Rebel. “It means deliberate deception of infidels, to promote an Islamic goal.”

Levant was referencing a false interpretation of an obscure Islamic doctrine that has become a bedrock belief among anti-Muslim writers and activists, alt-right trolls, and even by current Trump cabinet member and former presidential candidate Ben Carson. Misinformation about taqiyya continues to surface in search results on Google and spreads widely on other platforms.

There are few Islamic teachings that are as widely misunderstood by non-Muslims as taqiyya; likewise, few other teachings are as frequently invoked to impugn the motives of Muslims, according to Islamic scholars and advocates.

Imraan Siddiqi, executive director of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he constantly encounters false claims about taqiyya.

“I mean, 99.99% of Muslims don't even understand what taqiyya is, but every alt-right Twitter troll is an expert on Islamic theology now, which is completely absurd,” he said.

Mohammad Fadel, an expert on Islamic law at the University of Toronto, described taqiyya (and its many alternative spellings) as “a doctrine of prudential dissimulation” that arose from a time when Muslims were minorities in hostile societies. It instructed Muslims that hiding one’s faith could be permissible to escape persecution. It’s more closely associated with the Shiite branch of Islam, whose adherents are themselves often minorities within Muslim societies.

“The Qur’an permitted Muslims in that situation, who were fleeing death or torture or other bad treatment, to dissemble about their true beliefs. And as long as they were faithful in their hearts, they would not be considered sinful,” Fadel told BuzzFeed News.

But this idea has mushroomed, Fadel said, into a false claim that Muslims are permitted, or even commanded, to lie to non-Muslims as part of a larger project to take over Western countries and impose Sharia, or Islamic law. He said taqiyya does not allow for broad deceptions and has no connection to Sharia.

“Unfortunately, it’s really become dogma among the right in North America, really the entire anti-Muslim coalition you see in the West,” Fadel said.



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Searched for mistakes in Islam led me to Be Muslim

Islam is the religion of peace and safety








What you need to know about the Turkish 'Game of Thrones'

TRT World








Malaysian Docu-film about reversion to Islam


A Malaysian film production company's documentary called “FREEDOM” revolves around the lives of 50 reverts to Islam.

Halis Media, the company that produced the docu-film, said its motivation to make the film was to “introduce the pure message of Islam to the world” through innovative media platforms.

The production took two years and comprised of 50 interviews conducted in 15 languages across Malaysia.

Halis Media said in a statement that it selected South Africa for the World Screening Tour of FREEDOM to coincide with Freedom Day on April 27.

The documentary film is produced and directed by French convert, former international reporter, Julien Drolon and Malaysian TV Show producer, Zara Shafie who said that “Islam teaches freedom, cherishes it, and guarantees it for Muslims and likewise, non-Muslims.

“The Islamic concept of freedom applies to all voluntary activities of man in all walks of life. This documentary-film will InshaaAllah, shed light on how Islam liberates mankind from all kinds of oppression,” the statement said.

Combined with beautiful landscapes and Masjids from all over Malaysia, FREEDOM is a spiritual and emotional documentary film featuring converts from around the world, from every continent.

“These poignant interviews share a rare sincerity of people who had been outsiders looking into Islam. Each interview was conducted in the native language of the converts in order to preserve the soul of their messages and to allow the people of their respectives countries to connect more with them so they can truly become “Freedom Ambassadors”.

The World Screening Tour 2018 will take place in 10 countries over 5 continents. Some screenings will be open to the public whereas some screenings will be private where guests will be invited through exclusive invitations.








“You Will Be Misunderstood, But You Can't Be A Victim.”

HuffPost Perspectives


This former refugee has a message for those who try to demonize immigrants.






"Taliban are Apostates"



US Marine Corps General Robert Neller calls the Taliban 'apostates' and says "We Are the Mujahideen"






Ramadan Lectures

  with Imam Uzair Akbar






It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 4 May 2018

TOPIC: "Lessons from Miraj" PART 4

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 4 May 2018

TOPIC: "Racism in Islam"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 4 May 2018

TOPIC: "Practical Steps to Stop Committing Sins"

IMAM: Mossad Issa











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 4 May 2018

TOPIC: ”Sa’ad Aswad’s problem resolved”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 4 May 2018

TOPIC: “Prophets (pbuh) Advise to Maaz ibn Jabal (ra)” 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 4 May 2018

IMAM: Sheikh Burhaan Mehtar




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Özil Kisses & Places Bread On His Forehead After It Is Thrown at Him By Opposition Fans   



Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil did an unexpected thing during Arsenal’s Europa League game with Atletico Madrid.

As he was preparing to take a corner, fans from the opposing team threw pieces of bread at him.

Instead of kicking the piece of bread away, he picked it up, kissed it and placed it on his forehead as a sign of respect for food before placing it on the side.

Fans explained Ozil’s actions:

Hadi Karim said he did it because he is a Muslim and Islam discourages wasting food and encourages people to be grateful for food as it is a blessing from God.

Wasting food is indeed discouraged in Islam as it a blessing from God. God says in the Qur’an:

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Shahid Khan: The back-row billionaire who fell in love with Wembley


Taking in the view: Shahid Khan sits on the back row at Wembley when he visits the stadium in 2013


UK: In an interview with BBC, Jaguars owner Shad Khan explained how he wants to host a Super Bowl at Wembley Stadium in England if he he is able to purchase it.

Last week, Khan put in a bid to buy the stadium, a move that left people wondering if his long-term plan is to move the Jaguars across the pond. Along with the Jaguars, the billionaire also owns of Championship team Fulham F.C.

"Our role would be to provide a world class venue," Khan told BBC. "Wembley is a great stadium and you want to get it configured to hold Super Bowl and World Cup finals."

Khan added that it is "premature" to discuss the project, which makes sense because his bid of around $1.25 billion to buy the stadium from the Football Association of England has not granted him ownership of the stadium just yet.


The Evening Standard


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Sajid Javid appointed as new Home Secretary, Downing Street announces


UK: Sajid Javid has officially been named as the new home secretary, to replaced Amber Rudd following her resignation over the Windrush scandal.

Javid, who was formerly secretary of state for communities and local government, took to Twitter last night to express his sadness over the departure of his colleague. 11 hours later, Downing Street confirmed Javid’s promotion.

An official statement from Number 10 confirmed Javid’s appointment. “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP as Secretary of State for the Home Department,” the statement said.

Javid, a former banker and a second generation migrant, will replace Rudd as Home Secretary following her Sunday night resignation. Rudd resigned in a letter to UK PM Theresa May, stating that she "inadvertently misled" MPs over what she knew about immigration targets in the wake of the Windrush scandal that has rocked parliament in recent weeks.







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 A History of the Middle East



Peter Mansfield, Nicolas Pelham



Over the centuries, the Middle East has confounded the dreams of conquerors and peacemakers alike.


In this classic work, Peter Mansfield follows the historic struggle of the region over the last two hundred years.


This new edition updates recent developments in the Middle East, including the turbulent events in Afghanistan, the troubled relationship between the U.S. and Iraq, the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict, and the rise of Islamic Jihad. Incisive and illuminating,


A History of the Middle East is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what is perhaps the most crucial and volatile nerve centre of the modern world.



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The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

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KB says: Sharing Raeesa Khatree's recipe from her The Great Australian Bake Off appearance.


Try your hand at this bread and butter pudding topped with miniature toffee apples.


This is the last in the series of recipes from Raeesa.


Next week I will start with sharing recipes to help you through Ramadan.


Bread and Butter Pudding


Recipe by Raeesa Khatree from The Great Australian Bake Off






250 grams Strong white flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons Castor sugar
10 grams Yeast tablespoons
3 eggs
¼ cup Full cream milk
150 grams unsalted butter – room temperature – cut into pieces
Egg wash

Custard mixture
750ml full cream milk
750ml thickened cream
6 extra large eggs
150 grams castor sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Tier 1: rhubarb and blueberry
4 stalks rhubarb stems
4 tablespoons castor sugar
4 tablespoons orange juice
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon salt flakes
2 punnets blueberries

Tier 2: toffee apple and walnut
2 golden delicious ripe apples
1 cup walnut pieces – toasted
6 whole walnut pieces – toasted
2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon fine salt

Crème anglaise
200ml thickened cream
400ml full cream milk
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
4 egg yolks
100 grams castor sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Vanilla bean ice cream with almond praline
1½ cups whole milk
2 cups castor sugar
1½ cups heavy cream
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Pinch salt
1 cup almond nibs

Mini toffee apples
Apple balls from two Granny Smith apples – scoop using melon baller
2 cups caster sugar
½ cup water
½ teaspoon vinegar



For the brioche bread:
1. Using a stand mixer, fitted with k-beater attachment, place the flour into bowl. In a small saucepan, warm milk, add sugar and yeast and let it froth up for a few minutes. Then add the milk mixture to bowl of stand mixture and combine on low speed with flour. Add salt. When dough starts to meld together, change to dough hook attachment and mix for 2-3minutes, until firm and elastic, for a few more minutes. Then on low speed, start adding pieces of butter. After all the butter has been added, increase speed to medium and mix for 4 minutes until dough is smooth and shiny. Remove dough and place on floured benchtop and knead for a few times, then place dough in a greased bowl and place in proving drawer until double in size, approximately 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 190°C and butter pans for baking brioche. Once dough has risen to double its original size, turn dough out onto floured surface and shape accordingly. Keep dough covered to prevent drying out. Place in pans, egg wash and then bake till golden – approximately 18 minutes.

For the pudding custard base:
1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and whisk well until sugar is dissolved. Check for sweetness.

2. For the vanilla bean and praline ice cream, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the milk, vanilla bean paste and sugar, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Meanwhile, pour the heavy cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Then, pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan occasionally. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spatula – the mixture should be between 170 and 175°C. Pour the custard through the mesh strainer and stir it into the cream. Add a pinch of salt. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into a deep Pyrex jug and submerse in a bowl of ice cubes and water so ice cream mixture cools faster. Pour mixture into ice cream machine and churn for 20-30 minutes. When mixture is almost churned, with 5 minutes to go, add in a handful of crushed almond praline. Once done, empty immediately into a bowl that it can be scooped from.

To make praline:
1. Place almond nibs into oven to toast for 15 mins on 150°C. Melt sugar in saucepan without stirring. Use a pastry brush dipped in water to clean bits of sugar on the inside of the saucepan to avoid the crystallization. Once sugar has melted completely, pour over almond nibs.

For rhubarb and blueberry tier:
1. Cube rhubarb into 2-inch pieces. Cook with sugar and juice in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, uncovered. Once rhubarb is tender, add in blueberries and remove from heat. Keep aside to use as filling in pudding.

For toffee apple and walnut tier:
1. Toast walnut pieces on 150°C and keep aside. For mixture, melt the raw sugar and butter in a saucepan, by stirring the sugar into the butter. Add apple pieces and cook till tender. Add cinnamon and salt. Remove from heat and keep aside for filling of the top pudding.

To make toffee apples:
1. Peel apples, using melon baller scoop out a few balls and place a wooden stick into it, keep aside. Using a saucepan, combine sugar, water and vinegar and bring to the boil. Heat till temperature rises to 150°C (10 minutes). Remove from heat and stand over a bowl of ice water. When mixture stops boiling, hold apple by the stick and dip into syrup to coat apple. Let it drain off apple and place onto greased and lined tray to dry and harden. Repeat for all apples.

To make crème anglaise:
1. In a saucepan, heat cream, milk and vanilla. Bring to the boil and reduce heat completely. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and castor sugar until thick and creamy. Slowly add ¼ cup at a time of hot milk mixture into bowl with egg yolks and temper eggs.

To assemble:
1. Using an oven-proof dish, grease with butter and sprinkle with raw sugar, then start with a layer of sliced brioche bread, brushed with melted butter. Then add rhubarb filling. Neatly keep layering twice more and place blueberries in a border half way up bowl. Pour over custard pudding mixture over layers of bread and make sure it is all covered. Dot with butter and cinnamon powder. Bake on 200°C for 80 minutes, then cool in freezer.

2. 2nd tier layer as per first but with toffee apple mixture. Bake on 200°C for 60 minutes. Decorate with toffee apples and the berries, with ice cream and crème anglaise on the side.


Source: LifeStyle


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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









Muslimah Mind Matters videos

available on YouTube.

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:
Your Child Is NOT You...Parent Your Inner Child Before You Parent Your Child

As I write this column, I eagerly await my daughter’s return from her school camp. She’s 15 this July and has been challenging me constantly to reflect on my parenting skills. If you are a parent reading this, let me just say it out loud: THIS PARENTING THING AIN’T EASY!

Few days ago when she was packing for her camp, I was incessantly bombarding her with questions...Have you labelled this? Have you packed this? Have you packed that? Why do you need headphones, can’t you just look at the stars and not listen to music...It’s camp, not a concert! Do you have to swim in the lake? What about crocodiles? And the bushwalk...what about the reptiles and spiders?”

She literally had to march me out of her room and say to me: “Mum, I will talk to you when you calm down and behave yourself.” I thought, hang on a minute, this is what I used to say to her when she was little…”Young lady, I will talk to you when you calm down and behave yourself.” Oh, how the tables have turned, I realised.

Pause for a moment and reflect on your own relationship with your child/ children. Do you ever feel that your worries are governed by your own fears and that at times you project those fears on your child?

Your child is NOT you. Your child has his/her own QADR...preordained path, bestowed upon him/her by ALLAH. No matter how much you try to impose your own fears on your child, understand one thing...your child will either absorb your fears and live life with inherited fear OR your child will completely reject your fears, plus all the other good advice you may give, because he/she will find it easier to rebel than to conform to your fears.

So why do we impose our fears on our children? Our fears too have been inherited from other people around us.

Somewhere cocooned inside us lives a child yearning to blossom into a fearless butterfly.

When you are able to address your own fears and parent your inner child to overcome those fears, you will fearlessly fly out of that cocoon, a butterfly who surrenders to the preordained path that ALLAH has put you on. Until you parent your inner child, you will struggle with parenting your child. It’s a daily practice, trust me.

How To Parent Your Inner Child

The above link is a video by Dr Shefali Tsabary who has revolutionised the way we view parenting. Please watch it.

Below are some steps you can implement if you feel the constant need to control your child:

1. Catch yourself when you are asking your child too many questions. STOP.
2. Reflect on the questions that you are asking your child and try to understand what is prompting you to ask these questions.
3. If your questions are concerns, what are you concerned about?
4. If your questions are fear-based, what are you fearful about?
5. Identify your fears and concerns and make a list of them.
6. Sit with your child and express YOUR fears and concerns using the phrases “I am fearful that…” or “I am concerned that…” Doing so will show your child that these are your fears and concerns and not your child’s.
7. Hug your child and tell him/her that you trust ALLAH to keep him/her safe and well.
8. Make wudu and pray salah to thank ALLAH for making you aware of your fears and concerns instead of imposing them on your child.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Religion And Children...Why Parents Need To First Display Virtues Before Preaching Them


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Q: Dear Kareema, with Ramadan fast approaching I’m stressing about my fitness routine as I plan to keep going but need some help on what to do.

Any suggestions?

A: Set small achievable goals and don’t push yourself as hard as you would normally do.

Try carb-loading at night for extra energy during daylight hours, and be sure to drink  lots of water.

Cut down on the duration of your workouts, lower your weights and train in doors.

Listen to your body and take rest days when needed.




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Dentist: Your tooth is broken!! How did it happen?

Jallalludin: The pita bread which my wife made was very hard, Doctor!

Dentist: If it was so hard, you should have refused to eat it....

Jallalludin: That's just what I did...!!!

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An Ayaat-a-Week





Satan promises you poverty, and urges you to immorality; but Allah promises you forgiveness from Himself, and grace. Allah is Embracing and Knowing.

[Quran 2:268]


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Most people just exist.”

~ Oscar Wilde



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Registrations are now open for the Future Enterprising Muslims!

The program aims to provide business support, training and mentoring to Muslim women to help them commercialize and operationalise an idea into a successful small business in Ipswich.


The participants will be provided with mentoring and one on one skills to assist them to establish their own business. Participants will also be able to commercialise a business idea, price and value it, and be given step by step guidance and ongoing mentoring (from mainstream businesses) to establish and operationalise a business.


At the end of the 12 week course participants will have developed a simple business and marketing plan, set up an ABN, registered their company, set up a website and Facebook page; set up accounting systems and business processes , set up weekly and monthly cash flow and other simple book keeping tasks and will have established a customer base and be working on their business.


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Ramadan Message from MAA CEO Imam Hassan Elsetohy






The National Zakat Foundation is a ground-breaking initiative which aims to utilise Zakat funds and voluntary donations collected in Australia for the benefit of local, deserving recipients.


This group includes some of the most vulnerable members of our community, including widows, orphans, refugees, the aged as well as the homeless.


Our work covers five core areas that together form an end-to-end service for the Muslim community in Australia with respect to Zakat.






 Update on the Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre

Alhaamdulilah, the main structure is already completed. Next is the external and internal deco & fittings. The external wooden claddings are going up on the wall. The driveway into the basement carpark is getting completed.

We still need donations to complete the project. Please donate generously during these auspicious months. InshaaAllah, with your support, we hope to expedite soon the project.

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6 May



Zakaah? Why, How, When?



IWAA Hall, Watland St, Slacks Creek

0401 246 228


5 & 6 May

Sat & Sun


Inner Dimensions of Fasting: with Ustadh Ghilan


Islamic Society of Algester

48 Learoyd Rd, Algester

0406 237 977

0404 612 881

11AM to 4.30PM

12 May



Open Day & International Food Festival


Islamic Society of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque,

217 West St.,


0421 081 048

11AM to 4PM

12 May



Pre - Ramadan Muslimah Night Bazaar: Sisters Only



45 Acacia Road, Karawatha


4PM to 9PM

17 May 2018





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1439


2 June



Bosnian Islamic Community Ramadan Futsal Challenge + Community Ifthar Dinner





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(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1439


15 June 2018





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1439


21 August 2018





(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1439


22 August 2018





10th Zil-Hijjah 1439


17 November 2018



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib



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Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
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Bald Hills, Brisbane





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Date: Monday 23 April 2018
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha QLD 4117





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