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Sunday 24 June 2018 | Issue 0711



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EDU Festival marks end of Ramadan and a fun day for all The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
IWAA Highlights of the Week CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
AMUST accused of anti-Semitism for its criticism of Israel Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Sydney Eid show features local talent Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

PM and Ambassador Jadwat invite youth for Eid celebrations

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Bring Hazem Home: Update from Hazem Hamouda's family

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Latest Gold Coast Mosque Bulletin

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

2018 Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Eid Roundup

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer


KB's Culinary Corner

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American Muslims - most influential people in their fields.    
Faces of Islam: Brisbane Muslims    


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Delicious food from around the world, fashion, dancing, retail and rides was the order of the day at this year's Eid Down Under Festival held at the Islamic College of Brisbane yesterday (Saturday).

Thai, Turkish, Sudanese, African, Japanese, Indian, Greek and Italian food were dished up during the day, ending in a fireworks display that thrilled young and old alike.

Along with all the great food there was fashion, retail, helicopter rides, a petting zoo, sports hub, roaming cartoon characters and superheroes and loads of onstage entertainment including the famous chilli eating competition.

The event, organized by the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), saw people of many different backgrounds mingle and make the most of the occasion.

“The idea was to share the festivities with the wider community in Queensland,” ICQ vice president, Ali Kadri, told CCN.

“We don’t see this just as a celebration for the Muslim population but a celebration for all Queenslanders."

A VIP interfaith event in the afternoon was attended by a number of different religious groups and this year a forum was held to discuss "the future of the Muslim community, world issues and how to create a cohesive society.”





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Galila Abdelsalam, CEO of Islamic Women’s Association of Australia along with Medina Meco attended the USQ Multi Faith Services and Garden City Mosque Eid al Fitr Celebration on Wednesday. Thank you Dr Stephen Wanyonyi (Chaplain Coordinator USQ) and Imam Abdul Kader (Garden City Mosque) for hosting a wonderful event where community leaders came together to discuss the meaning of Eid, charity and how we can help serve the community together.



The Brisbane staff enjoy an Eid lunch together while planning for the Melbourne launch of IWAA on 8 June.


Galila Abdelsalam CEO of Islamic Women’s Association of Australia along with Beengul Ali attended the ‘Supporting Young Men and Fathers from Migrant and Refugee Backgrounds’ Stakeholder and Service Provider Roundtable in Sydney. The consultation attracted nationwide participants from diverse service agencies and ethnic backgrounds. Ms Abdelsalam said, ending violence begins with empowering women and creating pathways to social inclusion and establishing employment opportunities. Overall, the discussions on supporting organisations’ engagement with young men and fathers from migrant and refugee backgrounds progressed through identifying current Opportunities, Gaps in information support and required guidance (i.e. resources for organisations), Identifying and addressing risks. In addition, incorporating wider services and ensuring cultural competency and inter/cross cultural sensitivities is also essential.


IWAA Highlights



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In its front page story titled “Troubling Times,”The Australian Jewish News (Sydney edition, Friday 22 June), accused The Australasian Muslim Times AMUST of veering “into anti-Semitic territory” for publishing three articles that were critical of Israel. The President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry Mr Anton Block labelled the articles as “sinister”.

Throughout his rebuke of AMUST, Mr Block stated that, “AMUST’s columns chant almost the entire creed of contemporary anti-Semitism” and “The errors and mindless bigotry are too systematic to be excused as an editorial oversight. The entire edition is a disgrace.”

The Editor-in-Chief of AMUST, Mr Zia Ahmad stated that the severe accusations and harsh comments by Mr Block are unwarranted, unfortunate and highly offensive for a multimedia news platform that has worked tirelessly to promote and work towards community cohesion, harmony and peace in society.

“We publish articles on interfaith understanding and reports on events in our multicultural community including the Jewish community. We have published and continue to publish articles by several writers of the Jewish faith. In fact, one of our regular columnists is Jewish. Notwithstanding, we find it incredibly repugnant therefore, to be tarnished by and accused of anti-Semitism,” Mr Ahmad said.

It appears that the NSW Opposition leader, Mr Luke Foley’s office was contacted and questioned as to why his Eid greeting was advertised in AMUST. Reportedly his spokesperson informed The Australian Jewish News, that Mr Foley “disassociates himself with those articles” which stand condemned by AJN.

The articles published in AMUST in its June 2018 edition, which AJN is referring to were written in the context of Israel’s killing of Palestinian protestors in Gaza during the month of May.





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By Alsu Kurlow    

The Eid Show Got Talent 2018 organised by the charity Human Appeal Australia was held on Saturday night in Bankstown amidst great excitement and fun-filled enjoyment.

Thousands of visitors came to the annual Eid Show to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in a family-friendly environment, enjoying an array of thrilling rides, entertaining stage shows and games, fireworks, delicious street food and fun for all.

During the Talent Show children performed exceptionally well in front of a large audience. Their live performances revealed the depth of raw talent that exists in the local communities with some bound for stardom.

Young Muslims showcased their amazing skills and talents in singing, Quran recitation, poetry, martial arts and other performances.

All performers were entered into a prize draw, with nine-year-old Tazkir Islam from Punchbowl announced on stage as the winner of a brand new laptop courtesy of Human Appeal Australia. Through its community care division, the charity focusses on activities to help improve the social wellbeing of Australian children in the areas of sports and recreation.

Performers and audience members alike also had the amazing once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the Eid Show’s special guest, the World's Tallest Man, Sultan Kosen. Mr Kosen is a Kurdish Turk farmer who holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest living male at 251 centimeters.

The Eid Show Got Talent 2018 event was surely an evening of entertainment that will be remembered for a long time to come.


Human Appeal Australia Volunteers Alesha, Afifah and Ahmed Assoum with Sohayb Badaui dressed up as hamoudi

HAA Volunteers Alesha, Afifah

Human Appeal Eid Show’s special guest, the World's Tallest Man, Sultan Kosen

Laptop draw MC Scott Phillips and Stage Manager Rasha Hamra


The Eid Show Got Talent 2018 laptop draw winner Tazkir Islam, 9 years old, from Punchbowl, NSW



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Prime Minister Turnbull with Mr Jadwat and Muslim youth.

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Ridwaan Jadwat, Ambassador Designate to Saudi Arabia hosted an Eid morning tea celebration, inviting 14 young Muslims and Christians to the Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 18 June.

Each one of the young Muslims in attendance had the chance to raise issues and concerns with the Prime Minister. These ranged from Islamophobia, prejudice faced by women in hijabs and the daily experience encountered by the Muslim youth today who struggle with an identity crisis.




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"Hazem Hamouda is an Australian-Egyptian father currently being held behind bars in Cairo. He has been unjustly arrested and imprisoned for now over 100 days without evidence. His family in Australia just want to #BringHazemHome" Facebook Page


The 25th of June marks 150 days since Hazem's arrest from Cairo Airport.

At the 150 day mark, pre-trial investigation period is due to come to an end. It is hoped that, if due process occurs, Hazem would receive a verdict. This verdict will indicate whether Hazem could be formally charged, or possibly released.

After 9 hearings, evidence has yet to be presented to substantiate the accusation. His 10th hearing will be at the end of this week. We stand by Hazem's innocence and believe that we will see him come home to his family in Australia.

- The Hamouda Family



Hazem was taken to court today for his 10th hearing. It was a big day for us, as he was eligible to be released... or have his pre-trial detention period extended.

We just received the phone call to say that Hazem's pre-trial detention has been extended by another 45 days. Still no evidence to substantiate the accusation has been presented.

His next court appearance will be in August. We continue to wait, hope, advocate and pray for his freedom.

- The Hamouda Family




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Are you an emerging or successful Brisbane business person from a multicultural background? Or do you know someone who is?

Nominate for one of three awards:

Nick Xynias Multicultural Young Business Person of the Year
Multicultural Business Person of the Year
Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year.

Nominations are open until 5pm Friday 13 July 2018. Apply now.


Winners will be announced at the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards on Friday 24 August 2018.

For more information:

visit Council's website
email the Lord Mayor's International Relations and Multicultural unit
phone 07 3178 1661.


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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. 






"It was unacceptable, it is forbidden to harm the incontinent."

Seyyed Hasan Nasrallah

Secretary General of Hezbollah

Seyyed Hasan Nasrallah is serving his sixth term as the current and third Secretary-General of Hezbollah (the Party of God). Hezbollah is a Twelver Shia Islamic political party, social and paramilitary organization based in Lebanon which seeks social justice through Islamic ideals. Nasrallah is viewed as the charismatic symbol for pro-Iranian and pro-Ba’ath party interests in the Middle East.

Military Power: Hezbollah remains a de facto security force in southern Lebanon, and its military presence is felt throughout the country, with a force of around 300,000 fighters. The military successes Nasrallah had in the late nineties are seen as the main factor for Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, and the repulsion of Israeli forces in July 2006 earned Nasrallah many more supporters. Hezbollah fighters have been key in strengthening the Syrian regime during the Syrian civil war, and their presence there has pushed out DA’ISH but draws reactions from Israel.

Social Services: Hezbollah has also won significant grassroots support by cultivating a social welfare system that provides schools, clinics and housing in the predominantly Shia parts of Lebanon. These welfare activities are run with efficiency and rival those carried out by the state, giving the organisation even broader appeal. It also runs Al Manar—an influential television station.

Popularity: His popularity peaked just after the 2006 conflict with Israel, when many Sunni Muslims looked to him as a figure of defiance against Israel. Since the Syrian conflict, however, many if not all of these supporters have left him because of his support of the Syrian (Alawi) regime against the Syrian people, the majority of whom are Sunnis. His claim that the Syrian conflict is not sectarian in essence is not one that many Sunni Muslims agree with. He is widely seen as one of the main victors of the Syrian conflict. Nasrallah recently declared “victory” in the Syrian war, adding that what remained was “scattered battles.”





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CNN spent a year interviewing more than 100 American Muslims, asking who they think are the most influential Muslims in their fields. We sought nominees for whom religion is part of their public identity, but other than that, we let American Muslims do most of the talking.

Source: CNN





Sherman Jackson: The ‘Blackamerican’



For decades, the experiences of African-American Muslims were largely unknown or ignored, argues Sherman Jackson. But through lectures and books like “Islam and the Blackamerican,” Jackson has resurrected and unpacked their history, explaining how these forgotten stories are essential to understanding Islam in America.


Raised in Philadelphia, Jackson converted to Islam as a young man and soon began a deep study of its traditions and laws.


After academic stops in Cairo and Michigan, Jackson is now the Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture at the University of Southern California and co-founder of the American Learning Institute for Muslims.

What other Muslims say about Jackson:
“He brings a unique perspective to a tradition often seen as ‘foreign’ and in need of assimilation. He can basically laugh at that.”








The lives, ambitions, and beliefs of more than 40 members of Brisbane's Muslim community have been put under the spotlight in a new project aimed at dispelling misconceptions about Islam and its followers. Award-winning documentary photographer Matt Palmer interviewed and photographed 41 Muslims living in the Queensland capital for his online project, Faces of Islam.

Source: ABC News






Another Brisbane Face of Islam in next week's CCN


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



A month of reflection

By PLO Ricky Lashand




You probably know there are barriers to accessing help when it comes to family and domestic violence.

But if you're from a migrant background, it can be even more difficult - particularly if you're living in a regional area.

"It's access to services," says Faiza El Higzi (pictured), who is a member of the Queensland Domestic Violence Implementation Council.

Ms El Higzi says refugee families who arrive here are inducted into services and learn how to seek help, but it's a different story for many migrants.

"They come to the airport, nobody meets them, they find their way and so the only contact points they have in their life about help and support are the doctor and the religious leader," she says.

Ms El Higzi was part of a consultation process with the central Queensland multicultural community, which is looking at ways to work with doctors, religious leaders and even schools to break down these access barriers.

The recommendations are being reported back to the State Government.  



ABC Capricornia




Western Sydney poet Maryam Azam explores the modern experience of wearing the hijab

By Claire Nichols for The Hub on Books



Azam says she was was tired of reading 'orientalised' depictions of hijabi women in poetry.


For the poet Maryam Azam, the experience of wearing the hijab can mean many different things. At times the headscarf is soft and sensuous. At others, it's a symbol of power.


The silk of my scarf
is sensual on my skin & the drapes
fall more precisely than any hairstyle.

From You Can't Touch Me


"There's not just one state of being associated with wearing the hijab," she says.

"At times wearing a hijab is very much about putting on your spiritual mind-frame. So when you're wearing it, for example, you don't feel like doing something that's not really the right thing to do.

"At other times wearing a hijab can feel a lot like armour. Because I know my body is covered, and the shape of my body is covered, when I have interactions with some men out on the street, if somebody's trying to ogle at me, I feel really empowered because I know they can't see anything."

The Western Sydney poet was inspired to write about her own experience of wearing the hijab after exploring the representation of hijabi women in contemporary poetry for a university honours project.

"What I noticed was that women who wear the hijab or the niqab, or any kind of Islamic veiling, tended to be represented in very much orientalised terms," she says.

"It was the typical, repressed woman, silenced, without a voice."

The poetry was a source of frustration for Azam, who found that most people writing about the hijab had never worn one.

"Being a hijab wearer myself, I found these representations really disempowering," she says.

"The idea that they were painting about the experiences of these hijab-wearing women was totally alien to me."

So she decided to write some poetry of her own.

The result is The Hijab Files, a book of poems that explores a contemporary, Australian experience of wearing the headscarf.

There are lunchtime prayers amongst the disinfectant smells of a Sydney school sick bay, and scarves are hot and itchy in the Australian sun.

The book celebrates the joys and frustrations of wearing the hijab.

In A Brief Guide to Hijab Fashion, Azam lists the different looks a wearer can enjoy: a laff scarf for long days at the office, a khaleeji for a hot Sydney summer, a regular scarf twist-tied behind the neck for Bali resort-chic.

The hijab is a source of empowerment, making her "as distant and inviolable as the moon".

But there are challenges, too. A young Azam is insulted by a man in a tunnel at Blacktown station who tells her, "Go and hide behind your effing scarf".

A friend stops wearing the hijab for fear of discrimination.

In a more humorous poem, a woman wearing a niqab has this interaction with a boy in a local shopping centre.


At Westfield Mt Druitt
a boy in a white snapback snarled
ninja under his breath
as she walked past. No-one saw
how she grinned and whispered
to herself, hi-ya!

From Ninja

The book also unpacks the modern Muslim dating experience. There are crushes, flirtations, and heartbreaks on the Muslim dating site Ishqr.


He changed his relationship status to single,
even though he said he liked me
several Whatsapp convos ago
and that, by the way, no-one else
had ever made him feel this way,
even though he took down his Ishqr profile,
saying he didn't need it anymore.

From Facebook Relationship Status: Single

The Hijab Files took five years to write. Maryam Azam hopes it will help to break down the cliches about hijabi women, and reveal the many reasons that modern women wear the headscarf.

"It's different things at different times, and that's what I wanted to show in this collection," she says.

The Hijab Files is out through Giramondo.



ABC Arts



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Meet Australia's first female Muslim Senator -

Dr Mehreen Faruqi




From first Muslim Woman Member of NSW Upper House to first Muslim Woman Senator in Canberra.

Watch an exclusive interview of Dr Mehreen Faruqi about her five years of work and plans as a future Senator.









Caliph Donald Trump and the Rise of the Christian Taliban

The Intercept



Mehdi Hasan is here to warn you about a growing threat to the laws and values of the United States from a group of religious extremists and fanatics.

No, he's not talking about so-called jihadists or Islamists, or to “creeping Sharia.” Mehdi is referring to what he like to call the “Christian Taliban” — those Bible-thumping fundamentalists who are bent on theocratizing the U.S. government.

There's the attorney general of the United States, Mullah Jeff Sessions, who wants Sharia law, but of the biblical variety. And there's Mullah Ted Cruz, who calls himself a Christian first and an American second.

As in the Middle East, to really politicize religion, you need a bunch of politicized clerics. Caliph Donald Trump can call on some of America’s finest to make the case for Christian supremacism.

Mullah Robert Jeffress said God gave Trump the authority to “take out” Kim Jong-un. Mullah Jim Bakker says we have to “obey” Trump because God “had him elected.”

If that isn’t the language of theocracy, of zealotry, then what is?









Latifa Abu Chakra

Ealing NUT Hijab Debate (UK)



NUT debate about Ofsted and the hijab









How Islamist militant groups are gaining strength in Africa



Islamist terrorist groups have found a new home, and it's not in the Middle East — it's in Africa.








Ali and the long journey to Australia

Guardian Australia



Thirteen pupils from seven countries have drawn on their imagination and personal experiences to create the story of a 10-year-old and his family and their search for safety. Ali and the Long Journey to Australia is a stop-motion film based on a tale written and illustrated by students from refugee backgrounds at Noble Park primary school in south-east Melbourne.








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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 22 June 2018

TOPIC: "Advice for after Ramadan" PART 1

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 22 June 2018

TOPIC: "Keeping the spirit of Ramadhan till Death"

IMAM: Akram Buksh









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 22 June 2018

TOPIC: ”The Prophet’s Akhlaaq”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 22 June 2018

TOPIC: "Importance of Hajj” 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





Past lecture recordings







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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 22 June 2018

TOPIC: "Worship of Allah - The lifelong duty and secret of Happiness"
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa




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Promoting diversity? Teacher wears full face Muslim veil, reads from Koran in Swiss school   


SWITZERLAND: A teacher in Switzerland has made headlines after wearing a full face veil and reading passages from the Koran out loud during a lesson on Islam, local media reports. The stunt was apparently aimed at promoting diversity.
“She [the teacher] came into class completely veiled without warning and started reading lines from [the] Koran out loud”, students from a vocational school in the Swiss capital told local 20 Minuten newspaper.

Though nobody is said to have left the class, the extraordinary move raised a few eyebrows. Some of the students claimed later that “it did not belong in a classroom,” the news outlet reports.

The video released by 20 Minuten claims to show the teacher in question wearing a niqab – a Muslim face-covering veil – reading passages from the Koran. Some of the words are bleeped out. The teacher, however, is not a Muslim and reportedly bought the niqab during a vacation in Egypt.

The school administration backed the lesson as promoting diversity. The teacher was discussing the book ‘The Kite Runner’ by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Set in the late 1970s, the book tells the story of the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy and the rise of the Taliban.

“Individual aspects were discussed in class, such as the history of Afghanistan or the Taliban,” Daniel Hurter, the deputy director of the school, said. “[This] Thursday [the class] was about Islam.” He even claimed students were “happy” with how the subject was presented.

The ‘Koran teaching’ lesson has nevertheless sparked controversy outside the walls of the school. Stefan Wittwer, from a local union of education facilities, said that if the teacher presented the topic without context, it would not be appropriate. He added that “realistic teaching is a good thing.”

Local politician Irene Kalin said the approach was “insensitive” and that it would have been better if the teacher had invited a Muslim woman to read the Koran.
Another politician, Matthias Aebischer, echoed her statement, saying the teacher should have just taken the niqab to

class and shown it without wearing it. “To discuss Buddhism, she probably wouldn’t come and meditate in a monk’s robe.”    .    



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Egypt’s goalkeeper refuses ‘Man of the match’ prize



RUSSIA: Egyptian Goalkeeper Mohamed al-Shenawy turned down the “Man of the Match” prize following the football game between Egypt against Uruguay (0-1) in the World Cup Russia 2018 on Friday as he discovered the prize’s sponsor is alcohol company Budweiser, which contradicts his Muslim beliefs.

Shenawy noticed the prize contains a bottle of beer and decided to only take photos of him with the prize following the announcement, in spite of attempts by the team’s manager Ehab Leheta to persuade Shwenawy into receiving the prize.

Leheta and the substitute keeper Sherif Ekrami met with Shenawy after the Egyptian team reached Grozny City, trying to persuade him to take over the prize which is “historic” and suggested that he can remove the bottle of beer from the prize.

The goalkeeper told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he refused the prize because of personal reasons and he is concerned of keeping on his outstanding performance in the world cup’s next games.

“We will do our best in the next two games and will hopefully make the Egyptian fans happy within the match against Russia. We own all possibilities which push us to compete for qualification to the second round. I hope for a bit more luck in the next two games,” he said.    



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India telecom company in anti-Muslim tweet row



INDIA: Indian telecom company Airtel has been heavily criticised online after it failed to defend a Muslim employee against discrimination from a customer.

When an employee with a Muslim name responded to the female customer's request, she asked for a "Hindu representative".

Airtel initially responded by assigning a representative with a Hindu name.

After this prompted outrage on social media, the company said it did not "differentiate" based on religion.

The row began on Monday when Pooja Singh tweeted that she had "no faith" in the Muslim employee's "working ethics" since "the Koran may have a different version for customer service".



The exchange quickly went viral and drew strong criticism online. The former chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir denounced the company, saying he would stop using Airtel.

After it was widely condemned on social media, Airtel put out another statement.

However, many users have continued to criticise the company over the initial response complying with Ms Singh's request.

Many people have also trolled Ms Singh for her tweet - one called her a "Hindu bigot" and another referred to her as a "hatemonger".

Ms Singh has since responded, claiming that those who have criticised her have only proved her right.   



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Russia’s Muslim Strongman Is Winning the World Cup


Ramzan Kadyrov is using sports diplomacy to bolster his image.



The Egyptian national team's star striker Mohamed Salah, left, and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov pose in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, on June 10, ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


RUSSIA: Russian President Vladimir Putin last week welcomed visitors, viewers, and players from around the world to an “open, hospitable, and friendly” World Cup — Russia’s first as host, and an event that Moscow is keen to leverage for diplomatic purposes. But there’s one man even more eager to take advantage of the cover of the cup — Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s strongman, a longtime sports enthusiast who is using the tournament to reach out to potential allies in North Africa and the Middle East.

Chechnya is hosting the Egyptian national team for the duration of its stay in Russia. The republic, which is situated in Russia’s North Caucasus region, has acted as a training ground and temporary base for the team as it works its way through its three group stage matches.

This newfound sporting connection between Chechnya and Egypt is the latest evidence of Kadyrov’s growing ambitions in the region and the broader Muslim world, and of his increasing use of sports to further his political interests at home and abroad — including by building direct diplomatic relations between Chechnya and foreign governments and by increasing foreign direct investment in the republic.

Shortly after the Egyptian team’s arrival in Russia, Chechen officials approached Mohamed Salah, Egypt’s star player, in his hotel room and informed him that Kadyrov was waiting for him in the lobby. Salah met with the Chechen autocrat and posed for photos with him in front of several hundred fans. The photo op was just one moment in Kadyrov’s ongoing all-out campaign to present himself as a benevolent leader — to contradict the impression created by the republic’s recent deadly crackdown on LGBTQ people — and to cultivate an image among his fellow Chechens as an influential ruler capable of befriending celebrities. In this case, he was rubbing shoulders with arguably the most popular athlete in the Muslim world.    



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 The Sealed Nectar


Safiy al-Rahman al-Mubarakfuri, Darussalam (Editor)



Darussalam brings you one of their most amazing and popular books on the Kindle. Read this book like never before, with beautiful high-resolution graphics and interactivity.

Scholars of Ahadith (narrations) and writers of the biography of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allâh, have explored his life from every angle and aspect from birth to death. Every event and incident of his life has been described and narrated in detail, but no one can claim to have rendered the Prophet’s biography its full right. Hundreds of books have been written on the life of Muhammad (PBUH) and this endeavour will continue till the Day of Resurrection.

No doubt, ‘The Sealed Nectar’ (Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum) is a book of great value and praiseworthy work on the life of Muhammad (PBUH).This book was written by the Eminent Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri of Jamiah Salafiyah, Banaras (India). The first Islamic Conference on the Seerah (biography of the Prophet (PBUH)) was held in 1976 in Pakistan sponsored by the Muslim World League. The League announced a worldwide contest for writing a book on the life of the Prophet. One hundred and fifty thousand Saudi Riyals (SR )150,000 (forty thousand U.S. Dollars) was announced the grand prize for the best five books.

One hundred and seventy-one manuscripts were received from all over the world. Out of these, eighty-five were in the Arabic language, sixty-four in Urdu, twenty-one were in English and one in French and Hausa.

A board of highly qualified scholars judged the manuscripts and announced the results. The manuscript of Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, Jamiah Salafiyah Banaras (India), the author of this book (The Sealed Nectar )received the first prize of SR 50,000(fifty thousand Saudi Riyals) for its authentic and sound collections of the narrations. Dr. Majid Ali Khan, New Delhi, India, was placed second. The third prize went to Dr. Naseer Ahmed, Islamic University, Lahore, Pakistan. The fourth prize was awarded to Mr. Hamid Mahmud of Egypt. The fifth and final prize was awarded to Abdus-Salam Hashim of Madinah Munawwarah. A grand award ceremony was held at Makkah Al-Mukarramah on 12Rabi`ul-Awwal 1399A.H. 1979(C.E.). Later, the book was published by the Muslim World League and then numerous other organizations gained the honor of publishing this masterpiece. Darussalam also published this book in the Arabic language. I had wished to publish this book in the English language for the wider benefit of humanity. Shaikh Safiur-Rahman willingly agreed to the idea and consented to publish the English translation. The stage of translation was traversed with the help of brother Mahir Abu Dhahab, owner and general manager of Markaz Noor Ash-Sham in Damascus, Syria.



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CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: Warm spices and naturally sweet butternut make this soup the all comforting appetizer especially in winter. 


Spiced Butternut Soup






2 cups butternut, peeled and cubed
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup cubed chicken fillets
¼ cup pasta (alphabets, stars or rice noodles)
1½ litres boiling water
1 tablespoon butter
125ml fresh cream or coconut cream
1 green chilli, sliced
Chopped spring onions, to garnish
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled, grated
½ teaspoon cumin seeds

1. Cook butternut in ½ cup water until soft. Puree with remaining ½ half cup of water and set aside.
2. Braise green chilli, garlic and cumin in butter. Add chicken, pepper and salt and cook until chicken is tender.
3. Add carrots, butternut and boiling water and allow the soup to simmer for approximately 10 mins. Lastly add pasta and simmer further until pasta is done.
4. Stir in cream and heat through.
5. Garnish with chopped spring onions and chilly flakes.
6. Serve hot with croutons.



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




Princess Lakshman


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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:
Surviving Separation

Relationships begin, they evolve and sometimes they dissolve. We usually say relationships are complex things to understand. Perhaps the perception needs to change. It is not relationships that are too complex to understand, it is people who fail to understand themselves first, so that they may understand another.

Having survived 11 years in a marriage that was physically violent, emotionally abusive and psychologically traumatic, I have first hand experience in feeling like the whole world was against me, like I was worthless, like I was better off dead and there was no need for me here, like it was never going to get better, like a part of me was empty and meaningless, like I couldn’t even breathe again. All of these feelings of self-loathing, self-neglect and negative perceptions became my daily companion when I separated from my ex-husband.

Now, seven years later, I know firmly in my heart with absolute faith that the following ayat from Surah Al-Baqarah is most relevant when I reflect on how I survived those terrible feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness:

Surat Al-Baqarah (ayat 286)
َّلا ُ و ْسَعَها ِ ًسا إ نَفْ ِّ ُف االلهَُّ َلا ُ یَكل
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns...”

Going through separation or divorce can bring about negative perceptions of the world, others and self. More than ever, it is during this phase that one needs to consciously practise daily ibadah and self-care. As muslims, we know that ALLAH is the best of planners.

Practise these self-care strategies and have faith that ALLAH has put you to this and HE will put you through it and give you what is best for you and your deen, In SHAA ALLAH.

9 Self-Care Strategies When Going Through Separation or Divorce

1. Self-Compassion - blame is pointless and keeps one stuck in the past. The whole idea is to live “through” the pain and grow from it to be better and to move on with hope and faith. Blaming yourself or another will cause further pain and anguish. One of the best ways to practise self-compassion is to express gratitude for everything, even those experiences that were painful. Thank ALLAH for helping you survive them. Thank ALLAH for making you stronger and wiser.

2. Re-visit your life’s purpose and dreams - when you were younger you must have had some dreams or goals about how you envision your life to be. Re-visit these goals and dreams and try to understand how you can move towards them. Perhaps you never pursued them because of various reasons. Now that you have started a new chapter in life, use your energy into realising your purpose.

3. Talk it out but don’t gossip - speak to positive people and a trusted professional about your feelings. Let things out and unburden, however, be mindful that you are not bad-mouthing your ex-spouse. Refrain from talking all day, everyday about your breakup to different members of the family and relative circle. This inevitably turns into a gossip session. As Muslims, our communities are close knitted and people know each other. Be mindful of your words, in case they may be misconstrued and cause hurt to another person.

4. Eat, pray, sleep, exercise - keep focussing on the daily basics of life. Eat healthy meals on time, engage in daily exercise so that your body releases endorphins,the “happy hormones”, sleep for at least 7 hours, and be sure to commit to daily prayers, dhikr and silent moments of reflection.

5. Tahajjud salah and silence - try getting up for Tahajjud salah as much as you can. This will help you overcome any kind of confusion you may be going through regarding your separation or divorce. After your Tahajjud salah, ask ALLAH the questions you need answered and sit in silence. Have faith that HE will give you wisdom, signs and inspiration to make choices that will be good for you and your deen.

6. Start learning something new - whether it is something creative like a new craft or a new language, now is a good time to start learning something new. This will help you keep your mind engaged in something productive instead of allowing your mind to dwell on the past and bring about anxiety for an imagined future.

7. Rearrange your room and de-clutter your living space - movement of energy and positive vibrations in the home is vital. Create a space for yourself which will be your sanctuary. Rearrange furniture and add new colours in order to breathe new life into your home, filling it with light and joy.

8. Detox your body daily - one of the best strategies for detoxing your body is to drink plenty of water and excrete toxins from your body. When your body repairs and replenishes from the inside, your immunity and overall health improves.

9. Practise awareness exercise daily - practise a 3 to 5 minute body scan meditation activity. Email or text me if you would like a FREE AUDIO to practise a guided awareness exercise. This daily exercise of the mind brings about clarity and awareness. It makes you understand the difference between your responses and reactions. Mastering your responses is how you begin living life with immense joy and absolute faith in ALLAH alone, instead of reacting to circumstances and living in fear.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
How Conditional Is Your Relationship With Your Spouse? 


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Pleading innocence, a hospital spokesman replied in court: Mr. Jallalludin was admitted for cataract surgery. All we did was corrected his eyesight.

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And We wrote for them in it: a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and an equal wound for a wound; but whoever forgoes it in charity, it will serve as atonement for him. Those who do not rule according to what Allah revealed are the evildoers.

[Quran 5:45]


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Six years after his conversion to Islam and after producing economic reports in some of the most prestigious international media, French International Sales Reporter Julien Drolon partnered with Malaysian TV producer Zara Shafie with whom he co-produced the TV Show “Salam Mualaf” seen by more than 2 million viewers on Malaysian channel TV9 to produce and direct the first documentary film featuring converts from all over the world: FREEDOM.

FREEDOM is a spiritual and emotional documentary film featuring 50 converts to Islam from 25 different nationalities over 6 continents in 15 languages - all of them speaking from the very depths of their soul about their perspectives on freedom and Islam.

The film is truly eye-opening and very informative for non-Muslims and for the born Muslims it is spiritually uplifting and encourage them to be consistent in reminding themselves of the main purpose in life.

In the wake of a global rise of anti-Muslim sentiments, film directors Julien Drolon and Zara Shafie are giving a voice to a global community of converts during a crucial time when Islam needs to be more understood and appreciated as a religion that is protecting the rights and dignity of every human being.

Following a successful tour in South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom and Malaysia, co-director Zara Shafie brings a taste of FREEDOM to Brisbane with a women only advance screening of this acclaimed documentary at IWAA on Sunday 24th June at 1:00pm.


All women are welcome, so please share this event with Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Further screenings are planned for September throughout Australia as part of the FREEDOM World Screening Tour 2018.






Some reviews of the film FREEDOM so far:

"It was spiritually uplifting. You'd think a documentary with people talking one after the other would be monotonous. This is anything but that. It was engaging and riveting." - Fatima, South Africa

"Excellent. Deeply emotional and at the same time, intriguing as well." - Ardila, Malaysia

"The film gives a different perspective to Muslims and non-Muslims around the concept of freedom. It's a manifestation of the universality of the religion of Islam." - Merve, Turkey

"The documentary is absolutely beautiful. It's the first of its kind and it will open the minds of people to understand how it really feels to be free." - Hajara, UK

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Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy


3rd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference:

Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy



Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July 2018


Pedagogy can be defined in many ways, narrowly as a way of teaching or a methodology of instruction, and more broadly as a framework for conceptualising what is meant by approaches to schooling. A critical reflection on pedagogy within the field of Islamic schooling is timely as we move beyond the establishment phase and embrace an era characterised by renewal.

If one considers the provocation that pedagogy is never politically neutral, a unique lens for exploration exists in the field of Islamic schooling given the complex politics of Muslims and Islam in popular Australian media as well as in other contemporary Western contexts and the intersection with contemporary schooling contexts, sometimes criticised as neoliberal.

How much progress has been made in the area of pedagogy within Islamic schooling? What is an Islamic pedagogy and what does it offer to the field of Islamic schooling? Are our current pedagogies responsive to the educational context and the needs of Australian Muslim students? How does pedagogical practice in Islamic schools align with AITSL teacher standards? How equipped is the field of Islamic schooling to manage necessary pedagogical renewal?

These are just some of the questions that Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy will tackle over two conference days, as it examines pedagogy and Islamic schooling for Muslim students from a whole-of-life and whole-of-community perspective.

With an impressive line-up of international and national speakers from specialist disciplines and diverse sectors, Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy is sure to offer valuable and practical insights into the future of pedagogy in Islamic schooling in the West.






The conference will critically explore pedagogy and Islamic schooling for Muslim students from a whole-of-life and whole-of-community perspective.


Topics and themes of presentations will include the following but not limited to:
• Conceptualisations of pedagogy in Islamic schooling
• Pedagogy – theory and praxis
• Pedagogical leadership
• Politics and pedagogy
• Pedagogy, identity and citizenship
• Critical pedagogical perspectives
• Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
• Professional learning communities – pedagogical conversations
• Pedagogy and implications for curriculum and assessment
• Professional learning and teacher education

The 3rd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference: Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy will be held on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia, for more information please contact or 08 8302 6919






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