Sunday, 18 May 2014

 Newsletter 0497




Sheikh Salih Muhammad Ibrahim Al Talib (pictured left), the Imam and Khateeb of the Grand Mosque of Makkah for the past 8 years, will lead the Maghrib Salah and deliver a lecture afterwards at the following Mosques:




KURABY MOSQUE: MONDAY, 19 MAY (PARENTS NOTE: Kuraby Madrassah classes will not be held this Monday (19 May) and will reopen on Tuesday (20 May)).

All are welcome to attend. Please be at the Mosque by 4.30pm.


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A gala dinner was held to celebrate the launch of the Griffith University Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue (ICD) (formerly, the Griffith Multi-Faith Centre) on 13 May at which a number of community and religious leaders, politicians and academics were invited.


Director of the Centre, Dr Brian Adams, set out the vision and mission for the new centre and the University's Chancellor, Ms Leneen Forde AC, gave a short history of the development of the centre of which she was an integral part from its inception.

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Key Muslim leaders in Sydney have appealed directly to the man most likely to become the next NSW police commissioner, asking him to back away from enforcing "draconian" laws that make it a crime to support the civil war in Syria.

Current Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas (pictured left) was asked to convey that stark message not only to his colleagues in law enforcement agencies, but to politicians in the federal arena too.

The law in question is the Foreign Incursions Act, which makes it a crime to support the war in Syria by going over to fight, or by providing material and financial support to warring parties.

Three people have been charged under the law but so far none are far enough through the judicial process to test the strength of the evidence.

Muslim community leaders, including Dr Jamal Rifi - one of the figureheads in the Syrian diaspora who attended the closed meeting with Deputy Commissioner Kaldas - say the crackdown has killed kindness too, as donations to help civilian causes in Syria have all but dried up.

"In the last six months since the Government highlighted these draconian laws, we have seen a drying out of all community activities to support the Syrian refugees", he said.

"The Syrian revolution is in its fourth year. Whoever wanted to go and fight has already gone."

Government response to the Syrian conflict

The law and order push against supporting the fighting in Syria gained real momentum after the election of the Abbott Government last September.

After the interventionist approach touted by former prime minister Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott as PM is a study in contrast.


"It often seems like a struggle that involves baddies versus baddies."
Tony Abbott


Mr Abbott made an infamous assessment of the Syrian civil war during the election campaign, saying "it often seems like a struggle that involves baddies versus baddies".

Dr Rifi says the remark angers him, and it is hugely insensitive to those involved in the conflict.

"Ordinary citizens have suffered; hundreds of thousands of people have died. There are millions that have been displaced inside the country and outside the country. How can he claim [this is a fight] between two baddies?" he said.

"No. There are a lot of goodies.

"Syrian people wanted to have their freedom. [President Bashar al-] Assad was killing everyone. How can he equate between the two? He had no right whatsoever."

Muslim leaders question evidence of Australian fighters in Syria

Rights are at the heart of Muslim concerns regarding the enforcement of the Foreign Incursions Act.

Many see the act as a law that seeks to limit freedom of movement.

The right to free expression is a luxury item that Muslim leaders like Dr Rifi see as an ironic paradox.

Dr Rifi says the more he speaks out, the more likely he is to attract ridicule and the unwarranted suspicion of any number of state or federal agencies of law.



ABC News

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For the second year in a row, Dr Yunus Solwa, Director, Brisbane Diagnostics, is sponsoring David Forde to participate in this year's Magnetic Island to Townsville 8km open water swim on Sunday 15 June 2014.


The swim in its 60th year, is the longest open water swim in Queensland and this is the 7th year that swimmers will compete (against the clock) without shark cages.

David who is also President of the Lions Club of Kuraby, expressed "deep appreciation for the sponsorship and support from the Muslim community".


All proceeds will go to the Lions Medical Research Foundation with an aim to beat last year's $10,000 raised.


If you would like to donate to the swim, please contact David on 0413 874 008. All donations are tax-deductible and receipted.

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One week left till The Muslim DNA, Griffith Nathan campus, Brisbane!


If you haven't already registered, time is running out.

For high school students - $50. The Discount code to use when enrolling online is SCHOOLSAVER.


For Uni students - $60. Discount code: UNISAVER
All others - $80. Discount code: PREPAIDSAVER

Register now.

This weekend the course is being held in Perth and all 200 seats were sold before the event. The same thing has happened in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Manchester. This is your chance to attend one of Al Kauthar's most popular courses.

How to develop the ideal Muslim character? See a snippet of the course here.

Don't miss out!


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Do you want to learn, read, understand and recite the Holy Qur’an?


Join the FREE Arabic/Qur’an classes.

Where: 309 Nursery Road, Holland Park, QLD 4121

When: Every Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Contact number: 0449060261

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The Algester Mosque fund raising is moving ahead albeit at a slower pace than envisaged.


On Friday 16 May an approved collection from the Mosque Committee, supervised by Hj. Mohammed Nasib, took place at the Western District Islamic Centre (Mt. Druitt, Rooty Hill Mosque).


The Algester Fun Raising committee, comprising the coordinator, Hj Abdul Rahman Deen, Imam Mohammed Aslam, Dado Sacur, Yahya Hashim, Aseef and Mehmood Osman, were armed with 6 EFTPOS machines and a thousand pledge forms when they flew out of Brisbane. They were met there by the Rooty Mosque committee, the principal of the 1200-student school attached to the Mosque, Dr Imam Ali, and ex-Brisbanite, Imam Tariq. Moulana Aslam led the Juma programme that afternoon after which the collection drive commenced in earnest raising $8,500 which was then topped up to $10,000 with a generous donation from the local committee.


Since the very successful fundraising dinner held recently in Brisbane, the initial target of $1,950,000 looks very achievable and with the collections and pledges to date the total now stands at $1,650,000 leaving a shortfall of $300,000.

The pledges of $150,000 are still outstanding and are required to be settled urgently to give the committee any chance of competing this phase of the project in time for Ramadan. Those who have made pledges and others with cash donations are encouraged to deposit the monies directly to the bank account of the Fund.


Further fund raising drives are planned for the near future.

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Ayman Asfari $2.7bn ($3bn) UK (Syria)              

Many of the names on our list have had their fortunes handed down by their families.

Not Ayman Asfari.


The boss of oil services giant Petrofac, Asfari sits at the helm of one of the fastest growing FTSE 100 businesses. By any measure, Asfari is a success story.


He took his first role in construction in Oman in his early 20s in a bid to fund an MBA at Wharton.


It turned out to be unnecessary; less than a decade later, he was a millionaire with his own firm.


Since buying out Petrofac in 2001, Asfari has turned it into one of the leading players in the oil market.


It listed in 2005 and today employs more than 17,000 people worldwide, with bases spanning the UK, Sharjah, India and Malaysia.


In 2006, Asfari launched his eponymous foundation, which funds education for young people.

Source: ArabianBusiness

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By Basma Sayedi    



To commemorate Women’s History Month, we collected photos of Muslim American women.


We’ve compiled thirty-two images. One for each day of March, plus another because no one month can contain the awesomeness of Muslim Women.

These images show the status and the importance of Muslim women in our society. Muslim women are liberated, educated, and play the most important roles in our society.

Update: The purpose and intent of this article is not to showcase the ethnic and racial diversity of Muslimahs. No one article can do that. We meant to express the diversity of the roles Muslimahs play in society and to begin to re-frame how they are thought about. Going forward we will make sure to be all inclusive.


(7) Sadia Naeb - Professional Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist



Another from the collection in next week's CCN.

Source: Trivial Room: Your eye into Muslim Australia  

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Dear Editor


Assalam alaykum,

Thank you for such an informative newsletter that is always an interesting read.


After reading about the world's richest Arabs over the past few weeks, I do wonder what the intention is behind featuring this article. There has not been any mention of these Arabs donating some of their riches, and I feel that these articles do little to encourage selflessness or other traits that society would benefit from.


Perhaps It would be more beneficial to feature an article on the world's most generous Muslims.

Kind Regards,
(Name withheld)


[Editor] When they become available, CCN has published a number of lists in the past ranging from the top-one-hundred most influential Muslims and scholars to inventors and historical figures - simply as sources of facts and as human interest stories - without seen to be either judgmental or moralizing. Also, it is not common Islamic practice to publicise one's benefactions and such a list would be hard to come by. We have had requests to publish other lists including that of Muslim European Footballers who are themselves "not short of a penny".

We have no illusions that CCN's stance may well be misguided and we invite our readers to share their thoughts on this subject to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org where your views will be treated with the strictest of confidences.


Sharia student loans: Will Muslim students avoid paying interest on finance for higher education?



UK: The Government is inviting responses to its consultation on whether or not to introduce a student loan that is compliant with sharia law, amid reports that the UK’s Muslim population is divided on the issue.

It comes after concerns were raised that the existing finance options on offer from the Student Loans Company were unsuitable for Muslims, with sharia law forbidding loans that involve the payment of interest.

Announcing the proposed new sharia-compliant scheme at the start of this month, the universities and science minister David Willetts said the loans would “ensure that anyone with the ability and desire can go to university”.

Under the new plans a special advisory committee would oversee a mutual fund pooling model (takaful), whereby those who have been to university and moved on to well-paid jobs help to pay for those who come along after them.

Funds would be withdrawn from the pool for prospective students, who would later make a series of repayments to pay for future generations.

The repayments would be set at a benchmark rate equivalent to that of conventional student loans, in a bid to alleviate the fears of some commentators that Muslim students would end up receiving a discount rate.

Yet in doing so the Government has been criticised for creating a scheme that is only superficially avoiding interest and hiding it behind the “smokescreen” of a fund pool system.

Sheikh Suhaib Hasan, from the UK Islamic Sharia Council, told BBC Asian Network: “By limiting the repayments to a benchmark similar to that of conventional bank interest rates, Sharia-compliant schemes I think are nothing but a smokescreen through which a prohibited matter turns into a permitted one, so it’s better to leave it as it is.”

But that solution will not provide an answer for people like Annesa Maryam, from Manchester, who was among 40 case studies collated in the past year by the Islamic organisation 1st Ethical.

She told the Guardian: “My religion has to be more of a priority to me than my education. It's a real shame, because just a couple of years ago [when fees were lower] I could afford to go to university without a loan. There is no way I could pay the amount needed now, coming from a low-income background.”

But Humarrah Sheikh, 19, said that for many Muslims the loans were not really that big a problem – particularly in comparison to the sheer amount of fees students are now expected to pay.

She said: “It hasn't been that big an issue for me, and I personally think that religion should be kept out of this area.”

Source: The Independent

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Halal Meat 101






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Saudi Arabia's top cleric says Nigeria's Boko Haram smears Islam!

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, the top religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has condemned Nigeria's Boko Haram as a group "set up to smear the image of Islam" and condemned its kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls.

Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh said the radical movement, which says it wants to establish a "pure" Islamic state in Nigeria, was "misguided" and should be "shown their wrong path and be made to reject it."

His remarks came as religious leaders in the Muslim world, who often do not comment on militant violence, joined in denouncing Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for saying Allah had told him to sell off the kidnapped girls as forced brides.

"This is a group that has been set up to smear the image of Islam and must be offered advice, shown their wrong path and be made to reject it," he told the Arabic-language newspaper al-Hayat in an interview published on Friday.

"These groups are not on the right path because Islam is against kidnapping, killing and aggression," he said. "Marrying kidnapped girls is not permitted."

Boko Haram militants kidnapped some 250 girls on April 14 from a secondary school in Chibok village, near the Cameroon border, while they took exams. Fifty have since escaped.

Shekau's video was released on Monday, sparking a wave of revulsion in Nigeria and abroad and prompting offers of help from countries such as the United States, Britain and France to search for them.

Boko Haram has led a five-year-old insurgency with the stated aim of reviving a medieval Islamic caliphate in modern Nigeria, whose 170 million people are split roughly evenly between Christians and Muslims.

Its violent attacks have become by far the biggest security threat to Africa's top oil producer and it has spread out to menace the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

On Thursday, Islamic scholars and human rights officials of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the world's largest Muslim body representing 57 countries, denounced the kidnapping as "a gross misinterpretation of Islam".

This week, Al-Azhar, the prestigious Cairo-based seat of Sunni learning, also said that the kidnapping "has nothing to do with the tolerant and noble teachings of Islam."

Source:  Reuters

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Top Chelsea FC striker to build mosque in Senegal


Demba Ba is among 40 top footballers playing in the English premier league who openly practice their faith as Muslims.


UK: Chelsea football player Demba Ba has offered the money to build a mosque in his hometown in Senegal.

The premier league strike and Senegal international player, who is known to be a devout Muslim, often celebrates his goals with a prostration.

Speaking to the Independent on Friday, sen24heures quoted Ba saying “a good Muslim is a good person, so I try to be a good person," after news broke out about his donation in the Senegalese media last week.

Ba is among 40 top footballers playing in the English premier league who openly practice their faith as Muslims, with the increasing recruitment of talented players of West African origin breaking down the barriers that once held Muslim players back from reaching the top flight.

In 1992, Tottenham Hotspur FC's Nayim was the only Muslim player in the English top division.

In 2007, Mali international Frederic Omar Kanoute, who also used to play for Tottenham, put forward US$700,000 out of his pocket to buy a mosque in Seville, Spain, after the contract on the premises had expired.

Source: World Bulletin

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Islam, Saudi and apostasy


SAUDI ARABIA: Does Islamic law really proscribe the death penalty for apostasy?

Just when we thought the term "terrorism" could not become more meaningless or manipulated, Saudi Arabia's government seems to have proved us wrong by recently adding atheism under the charge. Based on polls revealing that self-identified atheists constitute 5 percent of Saudi population, this makes for a staggering number of terrorists in the kingdom, most of whom maintain external religious observance in society while using online anonymity to express their true beliefs.

However, this matter is not so straightforward. Nesrine Malik highlights in a recent article an often-ignored distinction between the private, and public, more political forms of atheism. Indeed, as Malik points out, in an ultraconservative country like Saudi Arabia where religion, tribe, family and politics, are interlinked and of utmost importance, to take an antagonistic stance against Islam necessarily entails an antagonistic stance against the fabric of society.

It is a commonly held belief that Islamic law dictates the death penalty as an absolute punishment for apostasy. However, this reading of the Islamic Tradition relies on restricting the role of the Prophet Muhammad to that of a religious figure issuing timeless decrees. Such a restriction of the Prophet's role will undoubtedly give rise to numerous paradoxes, as it will decontextualise all his statements and actions in a way that not only makes Islam incoherent as a religion, but also incompatible with certain societal developments.

Interpreting the scriptures......



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Crusade against British Muslims in education 

 By Ibrahim Hewitt, Senior Editor of the Middle East Monitor

The 'Trojan Horse' plot allegations in British media aim at discrediting the work of Muslim educationalists.


Many state schools do not cater to Muslim students, says Hewitt


UK: Many Muslims in Britain are convinced that there is a witch-hunt against them headed by government officials and the right-wing media; a non-Muslim friend of mine called it a "crusade". Equally, right-wing "think-tanks" have weighed in with their comments to stir up an evil brew that threatens community relations.

Attacks include scurrilous media articles and the so-called Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham, which sees Muslim educationalists and school governors accused of plotting to "Islamise" state schools in the city. The real Trojan Horse plot is the planting of neo-conservative apparatchiks in key positions within government departments and quasi-governmental bodies. The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, is himself an avowed neoconservative.

Although nominally expressing concern about the education of Muslim children, the real motive of such attacks has nothing to do with improving the education of Muslim children, but with controlling it. In doing so, Britain's new crusaders seek to discredit decades of hard work and sincere community efforts to improve our children's life chances as they face the future in an increasingly hostile atmosphere.

A few years ago, one religious affairs correspondent for a well-known newspaper told me that a senior Church of England figure was very calm about the upsurge of mosque planning applications in the 1960s: "Let them have their mosques. We have their children in our schools." What we are seeing today is nothing less than an ideological struggle for control of the education of Muslim children.

The crusaders are not satisfied that all schools, including independent Muslim schools, are inspected regularly; we must have "investigations" and "commissions" as well. Character assassination is a common tactic and no Muslim with any track record of community service can feel secure. It seems, at times, that the more successful you have been in getting Muslims involved in voluntary roles, including school governors, the more likely it is that you will be targeted.

Lies and half-truths buried in text with very little context form the backbone of such attacks; never let the facts get in the way of a good story. So one school in Leicester with which I am associated is accused, for example, of gender segregation when, in fact, such segregation has never been a policy there.

Indeed, for two years until last July, Al-Aqsa School (pictured above right) had boys and girls of secondary age being taught together, probably a unique situation among Muslim schools in Britain. This was dropped only due to a lack of demand for places and parental preference for single-sex provision. Parental choice, it is worth noting, is supposed to be a cornerstone of the Secretary of State's wildly expensive Free School programme.

Readers of the Telegraph read on April 26 that "the alleged ringleader of the Trojan Horse plot wrote a detailed blueprint for the radical "Islamisation" of secular state schools which closely resembles what appears to be happening in Birmingham."

In fact, Tahir Alam (pictured left) co-authored in 2007 a book for the Muslim Council of Britain intended to act as a guide for schools with advice about making suitable and adequate provision for their Muslim pupils.

The real scandal is that such a guide was needed 20-odd years after the Muslim Educational Trust's British Muslims and Schools which covered much of the same territory. Many state schools simply do not cater to their Muslim pupils and their achievements suffer as a result. Happy pupils are happy learners, but too many people in positions of authority put political dogma over pupil achievement when those pupils are Muslim.

Claims that the government is pursuing an "anti-extremism" agenda are wearing thin; it is anti-Islam, period. It's fine for Muslims to have their faith as long as they keep it to themselves and out of the public domain. In other words, the neo-conservatives want Islam to be shorn of its "complete way of life" guidelines. This is dangerous territory.

Look at the former Yugoslavia; Muslims were given the green light to register themselves as an "ethnic minority" even if they didn't pray or, as Professor Ernest Gellner wrote in Nations and Nationalism, didn't even believe in Allah and His Messenger. Many had assimilated to such a degree that they were indistinguishable from their neighbours, but they were still raped and killed for being Muslims when the state broke up.

Is that what the neocons want for British Muslims? Such people have succeeded in marginalising religion in schools - faith is often the only forbidden f-word therein - and while they claim that Britain is a Christian country the reality is that they don't want to see anyone practising a faith on their own terms, Christian or otherwise. Muslims, as far as they are concerned, need a "reformation" to secularise our practises, or face unspecified consequences. The threat is clear.

It looks as if the education dispute in Birmingham has much wider connotations and is spreading to other cities. We must expect more alarmist articles in a media intent on sensationalising issues and creating rifts in British society. The people behind them want to weaken the Muslim community and while we may have our mosques and a relative handful of schools most of our children are indeed in "their" schools. That is reason enough in the twisted logic of the neocrusaders to target any Muslim who works to improve the lot of Muslim children in the education system. The writing is on the wall.

Ibrahim Hewitt is the Senior Editor at Middle East Monitor (MEMO) in London and has worked with and for Muslims schools in Britain for more than 30 years.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.


Source: AlJazeera

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An Open Letter to Bill Maher From a Muslim American

By Rabia Chaudry


The problem isn't Islam. It's your movement to demonize Islam in the liberal left.



Comedian Bill Maher


US: Hey there, Bill. You hate religion. You particularly hate Islam. We get it. Your liberal bigotry against Muslims and Islam is no secret. For a while now I’ve just avoided watching your show, which kind of stinks because for many years I was a great fan and really loved it. I wasn’t even bothered when you called out Muslims doing stupid, criminal or horrific things. You do that with a lot of groups, and it’s important to do. But I stopped watching when it became clear that you loathed a faith I was devoted to.


On your show you recently discussed the kidnapping of hundreds of girls by Boko Haram, followed by the new sharia laws in Brunei, and rounded out the segment with a nod to your buddy Ayaan Hirsi Ali—quite the trifecta of examples to support your conclusion that Islam itself is, as you said, “the problem.” Your reasoning is essentially that Muslims are doing many horrible things around the world, and they all believe in Islam, so naturally Islam is the nonnegotiable culprit.


Let’s ignore for now the numerous logical fallacies in your premise and instead follow your exact line of reasoning. If we are to accept your rationale, we have to also accept that, if many Muslims are doing good things around the world, and they all believe in Islam, then Islam is responsible for the good that they do. We also accept, given that Ali’s criticism of Islam is based on her personal experience, that the positive personal experience of other Muslims, including converts, are just as valid reflections on the faith.

For the sake of argument, and being as generous as possible, let’s say Islam has been a force of destruction for 50% of Muslims and a source of empowerment, peace and comfort for the other 50%. Where exactly does that leave us? Whose experience of Islam is legitimate? If Boko Haram is, in your estimation, an authentic expression of Islam, what do you make of the hundreds of Nigerian Muslim families who were sending their daughters to school? Why isn’t their dedication, like Malala Yousafzai’s dedication, to girls’ education an authentic expression of Islam? What do you deduct from the fact most Muslim women in the world are not circumcised?


Are they just doing Islam wrong? Are all the good, peaceful Muslims doing Islam wrong?

You noted that women are treated at best like second-class citizens, but most often like property in Islam. The first Muslim woman, Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, a successful businesswoman, boss-lady and wife to the Prophet Muhammad, and the other Muslim women of his time would have snickered at you. Women of the region were chattel before Islam, treated and traded as such, until the Quran freed them through revelations such as “O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will.”

I could tell you that Islam was the first system to establish women’s property rights, inheritance rights, the right to education, to marry and divorce of their free will, to be religious scholars, business owners, soldiers. I could tell you that while Christianity was debating the status of women’s souls and declaring them a source of sin, Islam had already established authoritatively the spiritual equality of men and women and absolved Eve, and womankind at large, of sin. I could tell you that the world and history is full of highly educated, successful Muslim women who are empowered by their faith, not debilitated by it. I could tell you terrorism is categorically forbidden in Islam, and that between 1970 and 2012, 97.5% of terror attacks in the U.S. were carried out by non-Muslims. I could tell you that female genital mutilation is never mentioned in the Quran; the only reference to it is found in a weak narration, and scholars find it objectionable to the point of being classified as impermissible.

Nothing I tell you would matter, though. The facts are irrelevant. That’s how bigotry operates. It’s both telling and troubling that you referred to these issues as “the Muslim question.” The reference didn’t escape me and it’s hard to believe it was anything but deliberate. Think for a second about what was unleashed by the “Jewish question” in Europe. Bigotry sometimes does that, too.

So while I support you in continuing to expose Muslims and others who shock the conscience of decent people, who destroy lives, and who wreak havoc, I caution you on the anti-Islam rhetoric. You have a massive following and are successfully leading a movement to demonize Islam in the liberal left, a place many American Muslims call home. You are leading people into rocks and hard places when you posit that Islam is the problem. You are putting Muslims up against a wall and pushing those who fear us further into spaces where little choice is left. As the mother of two American-born daughters, and a Muslim who calls the U.S. her home, I worry deeply about the solutions your followers may propose to your “Muslim question.” You should too.


Rabia Chaudry is an attorney and the founder and president of the Safe Nation Collaborative. 


Source: Time

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The random Muslim scare story generator: separating fact from fiction 

By Nasrin Malek


Halal meat is on every menu; sharia law is taking over; the niqab is undermining the nation. Ever noticed how often the same old stories keep appearing about Muslims in Britain? Here's the truth about these and other media myths



The headline you haven't read anywhere … yet.


UK: In Britain, there is now a cycle of Islamic scare stories so regular that it is almost comforting, like the changing of the seasons. Sadly, this rotation is not as natural, or as benign, although it is beginning to feel just as inevitable. We had the niqab winter last year, as the country lurched into the niqab debate for the second time in three years. Now we are in the spring of halal slaughter.

Add to this schedule the routine reports about gender segregation in UK universities and Muslim schools (as if the concept of gender segregation was somehow exotic to non-faith schools in the UK), claims of grand plans to "overthrow" non-Muslim heads of certain schools and you have a steady flow of creeping sharia messages, stoking a fear of a stealthy, incremental Islamicisation.

Channel 4's Ramadan coverage last year drew 2,011 complaints, the majority objecting to the broadcast of the call to prayer, a two-minute transmission. This reflects an increasing nationwide umbrage towards visible British Muslims, informed by repetitive stories that inaccurately amplify their religiously motivated activity.

Underpinning it is a common theme: that there is an ever more muscular and intimidating Muslim minority demanding special rights from a cowed and pandering, lily-livered body politic muzzled by "multicultural Britain" – rather than simply attempting to adapt and integrate, as immigrants of all religions have been doing in the UK for centuries. It's not hard to see how this constant blurring of facts generates the mood music of anti-immigration rightwingers and establishes common misconceptions about Muslims.

But the threat of a creeping sharia never seems to materialise. It seems to be more of a crawling sharia, so slowly has the Islamist takeover of Britain been, in contrast to the constant media warnings of its imminent arrival.

The focus far outstrips the size and political activity of the minority, which number 2.7 million (less than 5% of the population), not all of whom are practising Muslims. The Islamic scare story plays to a nexus of easy media sensationalism, a portion of the public primed and ready to believe the worst, and an interested rightwing element for whom it is a convenient vehicle for their anti-immigration views, xenophobia, or just Islamophobia.

But with each reincarnation of a creeping Islamic threat, the gulf between the facts and what is reported widens. The following are some of the most popular examples – and the facts that discredit them.


The Guardian


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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week CCN recommends


The Snowden Files (2014)

 The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man


Luke Harding




IT BEGAN WITH A TANTALIZING, ANONYMOUS EMAIL: “I AM A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.” What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man.


Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government.


His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy.


In a tour de force of investigative journalism that reads like a spy novel, award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s astonishing story—from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow.


For the first time, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story—touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector—while also placing us in the room with Edward Snowden himself.


The result is a gripping insider narrative—and a necessary and timely account of what is at stake for all of us in the new digital age.



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Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: This perfect winter desert was made by Bilkish Omar, who, at a recent dinner, despite doubling the recipe quantities, found the large casserole dish literally wiped out clean in no time.

Cape Sticky Ginger Pudding




250ml cake flour
50ml Buderim Ginger topping or marmalade
30g butter
5ml bicarbonate of soda
1ml salt
125ml milk
15ml ground ginger
100ml sugar
1 egg
20ml vinegar

375ml cream
125g butter
1ml salt
100ml sugar
100ml ginger topping



1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Mix all the sauce ingredients together, bring to the boil and simmer, stirring all the time for 2 minutes.
3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
4. Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy.
5. Beat in the marmalade.
6. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk.
7. Sift the flour and salt and fold it into the mixture alternately with the milk mixture.
8. Lastly add in the vinegar and mix well but do not beat.
9. Pour the mixture into a greased 2 litre oven proof dish with a lid.
10. Pour over half the sauce, cover with lid and bake for 30mins.
11. Then pour over balance of sauce and bake uncovered for another 15mins.
12. Serve warm with cream or ice cream


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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Q: I’m on track with my weight loss goals and now I’m focusing on toning and strengthening.
Apart from weight training, which other exercises would you recommend I do?

A: Good on you. Keep setting small achievable goals and you will be even more successful with your weight loss journey.

Give Yoga a go.


Not only is it great for toning and strengthening, you will see an improvement in your flexibility and also in your posture. So the benefits are awesome!


Don’t think of it as a stretch session, really challenge yourself through the poses and concentrate on your breathing…


Your body will love you for it.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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Mula Nasruddin: How many apples can you eat on an empty stomach?

Jallaludin: I can eat 5 apples.

Mula Nasruddin: You can eat only 1 apple on an empty stomach because when you eat the 2nd apple that’s not on an empty stomach.

Jallaludin: Wow! Hilarious joke. I’ll tell my friend.

Jallaludin to his friend Naddimuddin: How many apples can you eat in an empty stomach?

Naddimuddin: I can eat 10.

Jallaludin: Idiot! If you had said 5 apples I would have told you a really funny joke.

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You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves...
Surah Al-Imran 3:186


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Michael's Oriental, Eight Mile Plains

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24 May


Worongary Mosque Purchase Project DINNER

Worongary Mosque Committee

Logan Entertainment Centre, 170 Wembley Rd. LOGAN CENTRAL

0410 373 399


24 May


Family Fun Night

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


24/25 May


The Muslim DNA: Yahya Ibrahim

AlKauthar Institute


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25 May



Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1435)

31 May


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Sisters' House

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0407 164 721


1/8/15/22 June


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Sisters' House, RUNCORN

0431 747 356

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8 June


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane

0401 959 295

10am to 8pm

14 June


Muslimah Night Bazaar


45 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA

0405 816 102

6.30pm to 10.30pm

14 June



Lailatul Bhahraat (Nisf of Sha’baan 1435)

20 June


Millatu-Ibrahim Part2



Kingston Butter Box Theatre, Milky Way Lane, Kingston, Qld

0425 811 150

6pm to 9pm

21 June


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3879 8476


21 June


Islam & Democracy PLUS Muslims In The West



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0425 811 150

6pm to 9pm

21 June


Giltz & Glamour Night (for women only)



0413 360 913


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28 July


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29 July



2 August


Eid Fund Raising Dinner for Palestine


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 349 786


16 August


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25 October


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3 November


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Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Topic = Tafseer lessons
Venue = Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills, Qld 4036
Day = Every Monday | Time = After Esha salah | Period = approximately 30 minutes
Presenter = Mufti Junaid Akbar
Cost = free, and InShaAllah Allah will give great reward
Who can come = All brothers and sisters are welcome to attend
Please note that these recordings will be available for downloading from our website masjidtaqwa.org.au.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


Thursday 22 May 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 21 August 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 20 November 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Commencing at 7.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au






Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

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AFIC Schools

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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Islamic Relief Australia

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


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