Sunday, 21 September 2014

 Newsletter 0515




.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....




Blanket appeal and container now CLOSED  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Reaction to the rejected Gold Coast Mosque  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Muslim community under siege What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Leaders meet with AG over proposed anti-terror laws Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Kadri says Muslim community feels targeted CCN Readers' Book Club Businesses and Services
Muslim Leaders Meeting at Holland Park Mosque KB's Culinary Corner The CCN Date Claimer
Muslim communities invite public into Mosques Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
Mosque protesters warn of 'beheadings' at rally

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'Stupid and ignorant': Cory Bernardi's comments   Local, National & International Readership
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ANIC rejects ISIS claims and violence
CresWalk2014 Lost & Found
ANIC angered by detention of Imam at Sydney Airport
Muslim community calls for calm after anti-terror raids
Queensland mosque vandalised with word 'evil
Toowoomba community reciprocates
IRA down at Underwood Marketplace
Lambie calls for burqa ban amid terror raids
Algester Society lunch
Premier warns against backlash toward QLD Muslims
Picking on Muslims is getting dull
Grand Mufti - avoid 'Sheik YouTube'
Eid-ul-Adha Prayers
My Qurban.... is Their Qurban
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A total number of 4500 brand new blankets were purchased through the kind generosity and contributions of Queensland community and packed in a container for shipment to Syria early this week.

The total cost was $30,420.50 for the 4500 blankets.
1440 blankets were 210cm x 210cm
3060 blankets were 210cm x 160cm

This averaged at a cost of $6.76 per blanket - a considerable discount from the initial $10 per blanket estimate.


This container of clothes and winter items for Syria and Gaza has now been filled. This will help thousands cope with the harsh winter ahead.

The organizers are pleading to new donors to please STOP taking items to add to the container on Compton Road as it it completely filled and sealed.

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The Gold Coast City Council has rejected a plan for a new mosque in Currumbin.

It follows thousands of objections to the proposal and a series of protests.

Councillors cited issues with parking, noise and community concern as the reasons for their decision.

Demonstrators, literally, applauded the move, but the Islamic community on the Gold Coast have expressed disappointment.

Steve spoke with president of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast Hussin Goss about what's next for the mosque.


Source: 612 ABC Radio



Taking about Goss.....



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"Community is hurting" says Dr Nora Amath in Channel 7 Interview





We are the ones being terrorised, Muslims say


A car has been damaged and daubed with offensive comments, threatening letters have been sent and women have been abused in the street.

A backlash of hate crimes against the Muslim community after the police raids last week has also sparked a rash of social media comments such as "this is how they should deal with them", "behead them all", "give them a taste of their own medicine for a change" and "we just need to blow up parramatta n bankstown".

One of the founders of the Australian Arabic Council and human rights activist Joseph Wakim said "everyone should remember that no faith tells you to harm innocent people".

"It is not open season on Muslims," Mr Wakim said. "It is not OK to go Muslim-bashing.

"The raids were about stopping people feared to be terrorists, yet it is the Muslim people who are being terrorised."

Mr Wakim, a former Victorian multicultural affairs commissioner, has reminded Australians to learn from history and not to make the same mistakes, in particular by treating one group as "collectively guilty".

Anti-Muslim sentiment has been felt around the country and people are reporting graffiti on mosques and attacks on homes. Threatening letters have been sent to businesses, bookshops and religious leaders with handwritten messages such as "we will fight you ... terror for terror ... blood for blood and ... bomb for bomb".

NSW Police Superintendent Mark Walton said officers would not "stand guard" outside mosques that received bomb threats, purportedly from the Australian Defence League.

He said that, other than the letter from the league, there were no credible threats to security being investigated during Operation Hammerhead, a NSW operation to increase police visibility that was launched after terrorism raids on Thursday.

The Australian National Imams Council expressed anger that one of its most senior members, an assistant to the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, was pulled up at Sydney airport on Thursday on the way to the Haj, a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

The Imam, who met Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis recently, was stopped at the boarding gate, stripped of his mobile phone and iPad and kept in a room for two hours without explanation, the general manager of ANIC Samir Bennegadi said.

Mr Bennegadi said the Imam was treated in an unprofessional manner and he wondered, if this could happen to one of the most senior Imams in Australia, what could happen to the rest of the Muslim population when, "especially during this time, the Haj, we have hundreds of people leaving Australia every day".

Rebecca Kay, the secretary of Salam Care, a community services group, said it also feared being the targets of a raid.

"I know some women who have slept in their headscarves just in case," she said.

Ms Kay was collating reports of hate crimes, including harassment, abuse or being targeted, to present to the Human Rights Commission.

"We had some Aussie ladies standing making gun movements with their fingers towards some Muslim ladies," she said. "It is trivial, but it does affect people."

Ms Kay said the complaints were coming from across the western suburbs. "They seem to be more upset at first rather than scared," Ms Kay said.

"But then they do get scared that it might happen again, and they start worrying about whether they need to protect their children."

Source: SMH

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DESPITE pleas for calm from the Queensland Premier and senior police, Muslims – particularly women – have been targeted in a series of hate attacks.

The Sunday Mail can reveal Muslim women are being singled out, including one victim who had coffee thrown in her face while she was stopped at traffic lights south of Brisbane.

The woman said a man in a car pulled up beside her and callously doused her in coffee before driving off along Beenleigh Rd.

“I was terrified,’’ she said. “I feel unsafe. I feel like a stranger in my own country.”

Other Muslim women have been abused and threatened, with one told to take off her headscarf – or hijab – at West End by a man who wanted to burn it.

The women did not want to be identified, and all believe they are “collateral damage” from recent police anti-terrorism raids which have fuelled fear and suspicion across the nation.

Sarah, 30, said she’d been waiting outside a shop in Logan Rd at Underwood with a 12-year-old girl when insults were hurled at her by a man riding past on a pushbike.

“He yelled f--- jihad, f--- off, go back home you c--- and continued to verbally abuse us,’’ she said.

In the next 20 minutes she was abused twice by other men. “It’s quite frightening to hear such vile language and hatred. I was fearful,’’ she said.
Stacey, 27, said she had copped offensive insults online.

“I’m a seventh generation Australian,’’ she said. “My family are as Australian as you can get and I’m scared.”

Brisbane Muslim community leader Ali Kadri said: “We need to ensure that these acts stop immediately.

“This is how extremism starts. It starts in the mind, it comes out the mouth and ends up in violence ... we must all sit down and come up with some solutions.’’

The Brisbane attacks come after a Mareeba mosque had the word “Evil” painted on it and the Logan and Holland Park mosques were targeted in anti-Islamic incidents.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart urged victims to come forward.

“We need all parts of the community to work with us particularly those who are singled out and targeted and reinforce to them that police are there for them as well,’’ Mr Stewart said.

On Thursday night – just hours after homes were raided by police – Mr Stewart, Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes held talks with Brisbane’s Muslim community representatives to address their concerns about their safety and welfare (see article below).

Source: Courier Mail

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Some 40 Muslim comunity leaders were invited during the week to meet with the Attorney General, Senator George Brandis QC and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services at the Novotel Hotel in Brisbane.


A number of questions were put to the AG during the course of the meeting regarding the draft legislation on the Foreign Fighters Bill.


Those questions that were not able to be tabled have been sent to both senators for their response.

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Islamic spokesman Ali Kadri tells Matt Wordsworth it's important that communities are treated equally in terms of security and radicalised Muslims are a tiny proportion of the population.


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On Thursday evening a meeting was held with Members of Parliament from the Queensland State Government which included Queensland Police Minister, Jack Dempsey, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Queensland Ministers for Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes and Assistant Minister Robert Cavallucci along with Ministerial Advisor Zach Davies-Hancock.

The purpose of the meeting was to address community concerns in respect of recent events and for discussions about how the Queensland government can assist to remedy concerns in the wider community and media in respect of Muslims living in Australia.


Those experiencing acts of racial or religious vilification were encouraged to report them to the police on the Police Assistance Line (131 444).


The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss ways in which the Queensland state government could facilitate better cooperation and relations with the Federal government at a national level. It was noted that "there was a widespread feeling in the Muslim communities that the Federal government was not striking a fair balance between legitimate security concerns and safeguarding against discrimination against the vast majority of law abiding Muslims that regard Australia as their home."


The Anti-Discrimination Commission is issued a letter of support to community members who experience or are exposed to religious or racial hatred. The letter sets out some information about vilification, including how to make a formal complaint under the Anti-Discrimination Act.

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Logan Mosque Open Day


The Muslim community in Brisbane is working hard trying to distance itself from radicals. The Logan Muslim community said it had been targeted by abuse and discrimination since Australia's terror alert level was raised last week.

Police Commissioner Mr Ian Stewart said everyone had a right to live in peace.

"Within all cultures there's bad people, within all cultures there's criminals - what we need to do as Queenslanders and Australians is to work together right across our whole community to rid ourselves of that scourge," he said.

Mosque spokesman Rami Antar said it was a time for tolerance.

"Rather than coming and throwing threats and doing graffitis on the side of the walls, and throwing pig heads, and swearing as they're driving ... just open out doors and our hand for the wider community, especially those who have very serious concern about what's going on - please come," he said.

Dr Misra said Australian authorities needed to avoid mistakes made by other nations in dealing with the homegrown terrorism threat.

"Australia should learn from others' experiences – experiences of United States, Europe, UK and India – that while there is a need to safeguard the community and state institutions and government it is also important to ensure how you do it so as to avoid any backlash in the future from the community," he said.

"How we go about the task will determine whether we are able to achieve both goals




Sources: 7 News and ABC News


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Police were forced to close streets as Mosque protesters clashed

A DOZEN police had to keep anti mosque protesters and supporters apart at an emotion-charged rally on the Sunshine Coast today.

More than 500 people - about 80% of them against the Islamic mosque, converged on land near the Stella Maris Catholic Church to protest the mosque plan.

Supporters of the mosque sang iconic Australian tunes, prompting outrage from a few of the anti mosque movement.

Streets around the protest were blocked off by police while plain clothes and uniform police had to repeatedly warn anti-mosque protesters to tone their comments and anger down.

An equally vocal contingent of young people defended the right of Islamic people to set up their own church, saying Australia was a democratic country.

But protesters accused the youth of being 'bussed in' from the Gold Coast with some even resorting to insults over their university fees.

The situation became repeatedly heated as supporters of the mosque tried to convince opponents that most Islamic people were peace loving and represented no threat to Australia's way of life.

Opponents, however, warned of beheadings, the introduction of sharia law, the loss of rights for women and the undermining of the Australian way of life.

Both sides, not doubt, saw it as a sign.

Pro-mosque supporters were just as passionate as their opponents

Some of those supporting the mosque accused Christians of showing more hate than love while opponents said it was their right to defend Australia's Christian heritage.

One elderly man brought with him a Koran, challenging the young people to read it, asking whether they really knew what was in it, or what the Islamic faith stood for.

Supporters challenged the Christians to get to know more Islamic people, saying they would realise they were peaceful people.

Many protesters though voiced fears those setting up an Islamic church would be 'nice now' but would 'stab people in the back' before long and try to take over the community.

Among those protesting the mosque are One Nation, Christian bikie groups, opponents of halal certification and representatives from some local churches.




Source: Sunshine Coast Daily

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Senator Cory Bernardi has linked terror raids with his push to ban the burqa.

Comments by a Liberal senator linking terror raids with a campaign to ban the burqa have been described as "stupid and ignorant" and designed to "feed prejudice".

As news broke of the mass counter-terrorism operation across Sydney and Brisbane, in which 15 people were arrested and one charged, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi took to Twitter to rail against the burqa as a "shroud of oppression".

Senator Bernardi has been a long-time critic of the burqa, arguing that it is a "symbol of female oppression and Islamic culture", carries security and identification risks and is "un-Australian".

Labor leader Bill Shorten on Thursday criticised Senator Bernardi's remarks, telling Fairfax Media that the last thing the country needed was "stupid" and "ignorant" comments from government MPs.

"Why on earth is this out-of-touch, out-of-line senator on a rampage with his ignorant and stupid comments?" asked Mr Shorten.

"This senator's comments should have no part to play in public life, fuelling fear and suspicion."

Mr Abbott stopped short of rebuking his backbencher on Thursday when asked about Senator Bernardi's comments at a media conference in the Northern Territory, saying there was no need to "fret about people's faith" or "fret about what people wear".

"Well this isn't about people's religion, it's not about what people wear, it's about potential terror attacks here in Australia and that's what we've got to guard against," he told reporters in Arnhem Land.

Another senior Liberal, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, warned on Thursday against racial vilification following the raids.

"We must not let what we're seeing with these raids and arrests poison the relationships within our community," Mr Newman said.

"If anybody uses what's happened to vilify a group, race or religion they are playing into the hands of these would-be-terrorists. That is, helping the terrorist organisations to achieve what they want to achieve."

Mr Shorten said he had "no time for Senator Bernardi's stupid comments".

"The last thing we need at a time like this are ignorant comments from government MPs that feed prejudice," he said.

"We must refuse to submit to this type of fear and intolerance."

Senator Bernardi hit back at Mr Shorten, saying the Labor leader was in no position to offer criticism.

"Given Bill Shorten was part of a government that wanted to facilitate sharia-compliant finance laws in our country, his lack of understanding on this matter speaks for itself," he told Fairfax Media.

Source: SMH

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As police and security services launch their biggest ever anti-terror operations, Q&A turns the spotlight onto home-grown terror.


Please register for the audience now or submit a video question by 9am Monday.

Watch Q&A Monday 9.35pm on ABC, live 9.35pm AEST on ABC News 24 or stream it on http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/


Dr Anne Aly is a research fellow at Curtin University, Perth, with a focus on radicalization, counter terrorism and countering violent extremism.

Anne leads the Countering Online Violent Extremism Research (COVER) Program at the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. Her research focuses on the use of social media by violent extremists and strategies to interrupt online activities including understanding of the audience and the role of victims and formers in counter narratives to extremism. She has written over 50 publications on topics ranging from Islamic identity to counter narratives and the policy response to violent extremism. Anne is the author of four books including Terrorism and Global Security: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives - Australia’s first text book on terrorism and security.

She was appointed to the board of the Council for Australian Arab Relations in 2009 and is currently serving a second term on the board. Also in 2009, she received the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers publications award for her theoretical model of internet radicalization.

In 2011, Anne was inducted into the inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame for her contributions to national security and counter terrorism. In 2013 she was named one of WA’s 50 most successful women by SCOOP magazine and one of Australia’s most influential women in the Financial Review/ Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. Anne is also the Founding Chair of People Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) a not for profit organization focused on challenging violent extremism and radicalization through intervention programs.

Anne was born in Egypt, grew up in Sydney and now lives in Perth with her husband and two adult sons.



Randa Abdel-Fattah was born in Sydney in 1979. She is a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage. She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic primary school and Islamic secondary college where she obtained an International Baccaularetate. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University during which time she was the Media Liaison Officer at the Islamic council of Victoria, a role which afforded her the opportunity to write for newspapers and engage with media institutions about their representation of Muslims and Islam.

During university and her role at the ICV, Randa was a passionate human rights advocate and stood in the 1996 federal election as a member of the Unity Party-Say No To Hanson. Randa has also been deeply interested in inter-faith dialogue and has been a member of various inter-faith networks. She also volunteered with different human rights and migrant resource organisations including the Australian Arabic council, the Victorian migrant resource centre, Islamic women’s welfare council, Palestine human rights campaign, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, to name a few.

Randa has used her writing as a medium for expressing her views about the occupation of Palestine. Her articles about Palestine, Australian Muslims and the misunderstood status of women in Islam have been published in The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, New Matilda and Le Monde (France).

Randa is frequently sought for comment by the media on issues pertaining to Palestine, Islam or Australian Muslims. She has appeared on SBS’s Insight, ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club, ABC’s Q&A, ABC's Lateline, Channel 7’s Today Tonight, Sunrise and Channel 10’s The Circle and 9am.

Randa is also a regular guest at schools around Australia addressing students about her books and the social justice issues they raise. Randa has also been a guest at Sweden’s Gothenburg and Litterlund book festivals (2007 and 2008) and Kuala Lumpur’s Book festival (2008). She has also toured in Brunei and the UK.

Randa lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children. She worked as a litigation lawyer for almost ten years but recently stopped. She is now undertaking a PhD exploring everyday multiculturalism and racism in Australia.

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ANIC Press Release        

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) wishes to reassure all Australians that they have nothing to fear from their true Muslim neighbours who want peace and security for everyone regardless of religion. The safety of Australia is a shared aspiration of all citizens.

ANIC would like to remind people that the phrase “Islamic State” refers to an era when Muslims were at their peak in civilisation during which everyone - Muslims, Christians and Jews - lived together harmoniously. The phrase therefore resonates with Muslims around the world. Sadly a group of criminals have misappropriated the terminology for their own political and violent goals. They have also usurped important Islamic symbols such as the creedal statement that “There is no god but God” and the Prophetic Seal “Muhammad is his Messenger.” There is nothing Islamic about their murderous actions.

“Since the ISIS group was established we have been very clear about denouncing their lies and betrayal of our faith," said His Eminence, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad.

While Muslims have suffered disproportionate violence in the Middle East over the last few decades, non-Muslims sadly have now come under attack in Iraq and Syria. "These criminals are committing crimes against humanity and sins against God. Forced eviction, threats of execution and burning of places of worship including Churches have no place in any faith," said the Grand Mufti.

ANIC warns all Muslim Australians not to trust the internet and social media as some material may have dangerous influences on vulnerable minds. Instead Muslims must get proper religious advice from knowledgeable, respected and qualified Imams. ANIC believes that wrong behaviour usually stems from an incorrect understanding. It is therefore imperative in countering extremism that the correct principles of Islam are taught. Imams around Australia have been working tirelessly to educate their respective communities.

ANIC calls on politicians and the media to refrain from using the term “Islamic” when referring to IS or ISIS since it only serves to give credence to their illegitimate claims of religious authority. Similarly, terms such as Islamist, jihadi and jihadist must also be avoided.

ANIC wishes to reiterate its opposition to the current military involvement in the Middle East. There is a clear link between foreign wars and radicalisation back home. The Australian government must reconsider its support for the military offensive in Iraq. The obvious lessons from previous misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan have not been learnt. The people of this region must be allowed to sort out their problems without Western military interference.

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Write to theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org to claim it.





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ANIC Press Release         

His Eminence, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad and the Australian National Imams Council wishes to express its anger at an incident that occurred yesterday where a senior member of the ANIC Executive was detained by Customs at Sydney’s airport.


As a result of the two and a half hours detention for an alleged “routine baggage search” the respected Imam missed his flight and was unable to travel along with his group of Australian pilgrims on their way to perform the Hajj. The Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islamic ritual worship which more than 2000 Australians undertake each year. The Imam was eventually released without charge but was unable to secure another booking at the time.

The manner in which the detention occurred was extremely unprofessional and exposed severe shortcomings with the process currently in place at Sydney’s airport. ANIC is aware of a number of similar cases where innocent travelers have been unnecessarily inconvenienced and penalized financially having to foot the bill for all additional costs.

“It is totally unacceptable for any Australian citizen let alone a senior member of ANIC to be subjected to this seemingly random yet profiled manner causing severe stress and unwanted inconvenience,” said Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad.

Customs must as a matter of urgency review its processes to ensure that law abiding citizens are not placed in a position of unnecessary inconvenience and financial hardship.
ANIC is currently exploring all options including legal action to redress this serious problem.

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ANIC Press Release       

His Eminence, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad and leaders of a number of key Australian Muslim community organisations wish to reassure all Australians that they have nothing to fear from their Muslim neighbours who want peace and security for everyone regardless of religion. Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad reiterated that: “We have a vested interest in the safety and security of Australia.”

The individuals arrested and charged yesterday should be accorded the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. “Everyone should allow the judicial process to take its full course without prejudice,” said the Mufti of Australia.

Community organisations have reported a dramatic increase over the last few weeks in incidents of abuse and discrimination especially against Muslim Australians. We call on anyone who may have suffered a hate or bias motivated crime to call and contact the nearest police station and to report it using a special Facebook page that has been set up to register these incidents.

The Facebook page address is here.

We call upon politicians and the media to refrain from using the raids to inflame hatred of certain segments of the community. The focus of attention should be on the alleged criminality of those involved and not on rhetoric which serves only to promote disharmony.


“Fair-minded Australians should not allow bigots and media shock jocks to undermine the cohesion within society,” said the Mufti of Australia.

Office of the Mufti of Australia
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils AFIC
Australian National Imams Council ANIC
Islamic Council of New South Wales ICNSW
Lebanese Muslim Association LMA
United Muslim Women’s Association MWA

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Mareeba (North Queensland) mayor says the act is ‘deeply saddening’ as there have been Muslims in the community since 1920


Vandals have spray painted the word “evil” across a far north Queensland mosque – an act the local mayor describes as deeply saddening.

Worshippers arrived at the mosque in Mareeba, inland from Cairns, on Friday morning to find their place of worship defaced with the yellow paint.

The town’s mayor, Tom Gilmore, said the mosque had been part of the community since the 1950s.

“This is entirely unacceptable behaviour by anybody in this community,” he said soon after visiting the site on Friday.

“The thing that is deeply saddening is that it has been in this community since the mid-50s.

“I don’t think it’s ever been defaced before in that time.”

Gilmore said a large group of “highly respected” Muslims had lived in the community since the 1920s.

He said the graffiti was visible from the street.


Source: The Guardian

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Organisers of the proposed Slackcreek Mosque fund raiser headed off to Toowoomba on Friday and succeeded in raising $16 000, 

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The Islamic Relief Team were out at the Underwood marketplace yesterday (Saturday),

raising funds for their projects and building goodwill in the community.


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Senator Jacqui Lambie has called for an immediate ban on burqas, saying such a ban is necessary for public safety.

The Palmer United Party Senator told SBS she supported comments made by Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, whose tweet linking burqas and the largest terror raids in Australia’s history prompted a swift critique from both the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader.

Senator Lambie said she felt for the “poor women who are forced to wear the full-face covering” garments.

“I agree whole-heartedly with Senator Cory Bernadi’s comments - and call for an immediate and complete ban on the wearing of burqa’s in public,” she said.

“People can do want the want in the privacy of their own homes – but for the public safety of our children and families – remove the burqa. “

Her comments come in response to SBS inquiries about an image shared on the Senator’s Facebook page overnight.

The image, shown below, depicts a woman wearing a burqa and holding a gun.
Senator Lambie confirmed she shared the image, adding that hiding identity in public was now a “national security issue”.

Her comments come after calls by Prime Minister Tony Abbot for Australians to remember Thursday’s raids were about crime, not religion.

“The police actions yesterday were about crime,” he said.

“They weren't about any particular religion or any particular community.”

Palmer United Party MP Clive Palmer declined commenting on Senator Lambie's call, saying he was not aware of the push.

‘Vast majority of Australian Muslims are absolutely first class Australians’

Mr Abbott also commented that the “vast majority of Australian Muslims are absolutely first class Australians”, adding to his critique of the comments by Senator Bernadi.

The controversial tweet, slammed by both Mr Abbott and Bill Shorten, stated that the burqa was a “shroud of oppression” that is not right for Australia.
Mr Abbott dismissed the comment, stating that the raids were not about religion or clothing, while Mr Shorten gave a heavy critique of Senator Bernardi’s comments on Thursday.

Mr Shorten said Senator Bernadi should not be fuelling suspicion.

"Why on earth is this out of touch, out of line senator on a rampage with his ignorant and stupid comment?" he said.

"I was so frustrated and angry by those ignorant comments... I'm not sure that's totally helpful."

Source: SBS



Ban the burka photo shared by PUP senator Jacqui Lambie is of Afghan policewoman killed by Taliban


The photographer who took the picture of an Afghani policewoman which was shared online by Senator Jacqui Lambie in a push to ban the burka has labelled the move appalling and insulting.

Malalai Kakar was Afghanistan's first female policewoman who the Taliban gunned down in her car in 2008. She was well known for her stance on women's rights.

Lana Slezic said she was shocked and appalled the photo she took of Lt Col Kakar in Afghanistan has been used out of context and without permission.

The Palmer United Party senator shared the image posted by far right British group Britain First on her Facebook page.

The Facebook post showed a woman in a blue burka pointing a pistol overlaid with the words: "For security reasons it's now time to ban the burqa."

Lana Slezic, who is now based in Toronto and took the photo as part of her Forsaken exhibition, said she believed Senator Lambie's actions were an insult to Lt Col Kakar, who died fighting Taliban extremists.

"I'm shocked... I cannot believe how Malalai's image has been really desecrated on Jacqui Lambie's Facebook page," she said.

"It's a misappropriation of Malalai Kakar's identity of her family. It's an insult to her family and her children and I'm appalled by the way it's been used really.

Audio: Lana Slezic speaks to reporter Sally Sara (AM)

"She was the pinnacle of strength in Kandahar at a time that was extremely difficult for Afghan women. She was the first female police officer in Kandahar and stood for the rights of women.

"All the women of Kandahar knew who she was and knew they could come to her with their problems. Problems like domestic violence, rape, forced marriage.


"She was their one beacon of hope and in December 2008 she was brutally murdered in front of her family, in front of her home in Kandahar. She was shot by the Taliban.

"To have this image used in this way really is such an insult to Malalai – she would be turning in her grave and I am also deeply insulted by the use of the image in this way."

Slezic said she took the photo in Lt Col Kakar's office to show the difficulties she faced working as a female police officer.

"In her office she always wore a uniform and she was armed, but when she left her office, as soon as she left the police station she was in a burka," she said.

"So the image was a portrait taken in her office to show what she had to face every day working as a police officer literally undercover.

"I cannot believe that anyone could be so insensitive and frankly stupid. It's inappropriate, it's wrong, it's misleading. I definitely don't support the use of my image this way. It's insulting to Malalai Kakar and to her family."

Lt Col Kakar achieved a measure of global fame for her deeds, which included protecting divorced Afghani women from their husbands.

The mother of six was married to a United Nations worker.

Source: ABC

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The Islamic Society of Algester invites you to their annual fundraiser on Sunday the 28th of September.


The funds will go towards the Algester mosque as well as the Food for life program in South Africa.


Click on image for more details.


Tickets are on sale now.

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Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Premier Campbell Newman said they would not tolerate any show of hatred or violence towards the Muslim community.

PREMIER Campbell Newman has encouraged Queenslanders to visit local mosques, warning that those vilifying Muslims after yesterday’s raids would be “playing into the hands of these terror groups”.

The Premier has called for calm and understanding in the wake of this week’s terror revelations about an alleged Queensland-based plot, saying hate directed at Muslim places of worship or schools would not be tolerated.

He has also asked the Queensland Police Service to ramp up the “safety and security” of mosques.

Mr Newman, who warned that police would be protecting the Muslim community against hatemongers, said he hoped to attend one of today’s mosque open days.

“I would encourage Queenslanders who love our democracy, who love our multicultural community, to actually turn up as a gesture of good faith, as a gesture of fellowship to show the people in that community that all Queenslanders on the whole are right behind them 100 per cent and understand exactly the difficult issue that confronts us all,” he said.

“Queenslanders other than Muslims should turn up and go to these mosques as they’re opened up to see first-hand, but more importantly, to actually demonstrate solidarity with them.”

Mr Newman urged Queenslanders to focus on the fact certain “criminals” were using Islam “as a badge” and to avoid lashing out at the vast majority of the Muslim community, who “unequivocally” rejected the hate and extremist violence.

“We don’t want to see any unpleasantness directed against the Muslim religion or their places of worship, their schools,” he said.

Mr Newman said those who used the raids and arrests to vilify any particular group would be “playing into the hands of these terror groups”.

“That is actually helping the terrorist organisations to achieve what they want to achieve,” he said.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart echoed the Premier’s comments, saying “people who are intent upon hurting other Queenslanders should be fearful”.

Source: Courier Mail

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By Ruby Hamad, Sydney writer and associate editor of progressive feminist website The Scavenger. She blogs at rubyhamad.wordpress.com and tweets as @rubyhamad       

It should be a given that a young child brandishing a severed human head is something that no reasonable person would condone. And yet such is the animosity toward Islam that when one such image was splashed on the front page of The Australian – the son of an Australian 'jihadist' posing with the decapitated head of a Syrian soldier – Muslims were expected to vocalise their horror lest they be taken to approve of it.

As Muslim academic and feminist Susan Carland tweeted at the time, 'If you honestly need me to TELL you that I don't agree with a father getting his young son to hold up a severed head…I kind of want to cry.'

The relentless persecution of minorities, public beheadings of journalists and crucifixions that are a now a daily occurrence in Syria and Iraq are all atrocities that most Muslims find no less terrifying and distressing than the wider community. It is a testament to how 'different' Muslims are considered that some Australians still think many, if not all, Muslims living here are not only unbothered by such atrocities, but actually support them as a legitimate expression of Islam.

This is the reality for Muslims in the age of the war against terror. Condemning terrorism is exhausting. No matter how loudly or often Muslims distance themselves from the actions of groups such as the so-called Islamic State (IS), it is never enough.

That the world's 1.8 billion or so Muslims are expected to rally against every bad deed committed by a stranger who happens to nominally share their faith speaks to the deep distrust with which Muslims are regarded.

It is demoralising to know that people in my own country assume, or at least suspect, that I approve of these atrocities. Whether I like it or not, my religious background and my name tie me to these 'jihadists.' Their actions reflect on me; I feel the permanent weight of expectation to publicly apologise for their actions.

And I do so, knowing full well that to some, nothing I say will make up for the fact that I was born into the Islamic faith. Or, more specifically, I was born into one of the many Islamic faiths.

That a non-practising Alawite Muslim such as myself feels pressured to repeatedly condemn rogue Sunni groups like IS demonstrates both how much the west fears 'otherness', and the extent to which western society is unwilling to confront its own prejudice.

There are more than 15 denominations and sects in Islam, all with varying interpretations of the faith, all with differences both subtle and vast. Alawites are considered heretics by many Sunnis, and indeed have been the victims of persecutions and attempted genocides dating back centuries.

Though some (and I stress some) Alawites have achieved unprecedented prominence due to the rise of the Assad family in Syria's ruling Ba'ath party, Alawites are a secretive sect and have always historically existed on the fringes of Islam.

Although much of the Sunni majority regard them as being outside the fold of Islam, Alawites are Muslims in that they regard Mohammed as the messenger of God and the Quran as the last holy book.

I mention all this only to highlight the ludicrousness of assuming that Alawites secretly approve of Islamic State actions and goals, not least because they too would be annihilated under its 'caliphate.'

That is not to say that Sunnis themselves generally approve of the Islamic State. Of course they don't – given that many victims have been Sunnis who refuse to recognise delusions of an 'Islamic State.'

That IS and other terror groups are a perversion of Sunni Islam is evidenced in the fact that so many of its adherents know little of the religion itself. As Mehdi Hasan notes in New Republic, the books of choice for 'the swivel-eyed young men who take sadistic pleasure in bombings and beheadings' are Islam For Dummies and The Koran for Dummies.

All of which serves to highlight that the readiness with which some westerners take the most violent and extreme groups as legitimate expressions of Islam betrays the racism that underpins perceptions of Muslims.

Islam may indeed be a religion and 'not a race' as the popular mantra of the Islamophobe has it, but it's a religion that has never been sanctioned by the west. While extremists of other stripes, whether they be Christian or even Buddhists, are regarded as aberrations, no such allowances exist for Muslims. A Muslim doing a bad thing must be doing so because of Islam, not despite it, even when their victims are other Muslims.

Despite evidence to the contrary, the western world has long regarded Mohammed as a barbarian and the Quran a fundamentally more violent book than the Bible. Every beheading, every massacre and every terrorist attack is consequently taken to reflect Islam as a whole.

Rather than assessing terrorism in the context of the political and social environment in which it occurs, it becomes a flag of convenience for the distrust that lies dormant, waiting for the chance to surface. When the most extreme forms of terrorism are used to legitimise the ostracism of ordinary Muslims of all stripes, then nothing will satisfy the persistent demands for condemnation.

They merely serve as a reminder that to some, Muslims will never fit in.

Source: Eureka Street

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The spiritual leader of Muslims in Australia has warned young people not to trust "Sheik Google and Sheik YouTube", saying they are "very dangerous and they have no moral or religious authority".

While speaking out about the potentially harmful influence of social media, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, the Grand Mufti of Australia, reached out to all Australians, reassuring them they have nothing to fear from their Muslim neighbours.

"I would like to say to my fellow citizens that we are all Australians and the safety and security of this country must be a shared part of all our culture and ethics," Dr Ibrahim said.

"We are the first ones to oppose anyone who may think of harming Australian society."

Dr Ibrahim spoke to Fairfax Media last week amid speculation that the terror threat level would be raised and after two men were arrested in Brisbane on terrorism-related charges.

Dr Ibrahim had spent the week meeting with politicans and religious leaders, particularly Christian leaders, to whom he expressed compassion over the situation in Iraq and Syria.

"Muslims, unfortunately, have been bearing the brunt of the disproportionate carnage for more than a decade." he said. "Sadly today people of other faiths, including Christians, have been caught up in the current conflict in Iraq and are becoming the target of violent extremists.

"These criminals are committing crimes against humanity and sins against God. Forced eviction, threats of execution and burning of places of worship including churches have no place in any faith."

Dr Ibrahim said he wanted to set the record straight about his position on the so-called Islamic State. As the highest Islamic religious authority in Australia, he said that he wanted all Muslims to know that the term Islamic State has been "hijacked" and used for political and terrorist purposes.

He said since the group had been established "we have been very clear about denouncing their lies and betrayal of our faith".

"[It] is not a state, it is not Islamic and there is nothing about the name that deserves to be linked with Islam," Dr Ibrahim said. "I have said this in sermons and on radio and in the community.

"They [Islamic State] have killed more Muslims than Christians. They hurt Islam more than any other faith but no one has conveyed our concerns until things got worse. Until people started talking about ISIS more and more."

Dr Ibrahim, who is based in Fairfield, the heartland of Iraqi Christians, has been speaking to communities, congregations and on radio to denounce Islamic State fighters. He said imams were actively speaking against them and had played a large role in stopping people travelling to the region.

He has advised people who have religious questions or may be tempted to join Islamic State to get proper, religious advice from knowledgeable, respected and qualified sheiks.

Dr Ibrahim said that when he and other religious leaders met Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop last week, the mainstream media were not interested in reporting it – despite them contesting the government's military involvement in Iraq and preferential support for Israel during the recent Gaza war – unless they had had a major disagreement.

Dr Ibrahim said people need to be reminded that the term "Islamic State" refers to an era when Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in peace and harmony.

"That is why that terminology 'Islamic State' is attractive to Muslims," he said.

Source: The Age

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German Muslims hold day of protest against ISIS jihadists



GERMANY: Two-thousand mosques across Germany were called upon by top Muslim clerics to use their Friday rituals to rally against the Islamic State and speak out against beheadings in Syria and Iraq.

On Friday, the chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, told the country’s Muslim population that they shouldn’t stay quiet about the misuse of the Islamic faith, describing the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) as “in truth terrorists and murderers" who have dragged Islam “through the mud.”

Mazyek pointed out that “Islam is a peaceful religion,” adding that the Council wants “to make it clear that the majority of Muslims here in this country and worldwide think and act differently.”

The so-called 'Day of Action' involved nine large rallies in cities across Germany, including Berlin, Stuttgart, Hanover, and Mölln.

It comes after Germany banned all support towards IS rebels in Syria and Iraq and decided to send weapons to Kurdish fighters who are battling against IS forces.



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British Lord calls to ban reading of Qur'an



US: A British Lord and former advisor to the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has called on the US Congress to ban certain passages of the Qur'an and to make reading them aloud illegal.

Lord Christopher Monckton’s latest column for website World Net Daily falsely claimed “Nearly all acts of terrorism perpetrated throughout the world in the past quarter of a century were carried out by Muslims in the name of Allah.”

“One does not need to look any further than their “holy” book, the [Qur'an],” he said, adding “Craven public authorities have failed to act against the circulation of the [Qur'an] in its present form because they fear a violent backlash.”

According to Raw Story, Monckton then urged the banning of portions of the Qur'an that he wrongly interprets to be a call for violence against nonbelievers, saying the rights of free speech are outweighed by the need to stop incitement.

“A bill should be brought before Congress identifying all passages in the [Qur'an] which, whether in isolation or taken together, constitute incitement to murder,” he proposed.

He went on the say: “The bill should specify that anyone who reads any of these passages out loud is to be charged with that crime and, if convicted, subjected to the usual penalty for it –- a long prison term.”
Source: World Bulletin

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Yusuf Islam talks about his spiritual memoir, living in Dubai, and new album



The eminent musician and humanitarian Yusuf Islam – previously known as Cat Stevens – has returned to the spotlight with a project that is perhaps his most personal work to date.

In his first book, Why I Still Carry a Guitar, the 66-year-old speaks – powerfully and with some dry humour – of his spiritual journey since converting to Islam in 1977, and tackling the many misconceptions that came along the way.

“There have been too many myths circulating for a long time and I felt it was time to put a few of them to bed,” he says. “I hope to write a more comprehensive autobiography in the future – inshallah. Till then, this book will certainly fill the gap.”

How did the idea for this book take shape?

We were hearing stories about Muslims in certain countries lamenting my return to writing and singing with a guitar again. Some even thought that I had left Islam – God forbid.

Because of the climate of conservatism, which has dominated certain Muslim communities and their perception of Islam recently, I decided to address some of these issues face-on by laying down the principles of Islam and its approach to leisure and entertainment.

The evolvement of the science of Fiqh [Islamic jurisprudence] is a fascinating subject, but it is also not a closed subject. What is halal and what is haram have been stated clearly by Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him) in the Quran and Sunnah [the sayings of the Prophet Mohammed].

But where there are grey areas, there are allowances for different opinions. During the early days of the Khilafah [early rulers who came after the Prophet Mohammed], Muslims had a much more open and receptive attitude to the cultures they came into contact with. And ijtihad [interpretations by scholars of topics not covered in the Quran or Sunnah] was a major instrument of its ability to progress and deal with new questions or challenges.

Many have to learn that entertainment and music can be socially and intellectually centred and, if used correctly, a powerful means of change.

One of the most interesting features of the book is that it is different from your songwriting voice. While your songs are rich and heavy with metaphor, in the book you have adopted a crisp and direct writing style. Was that a conscious decision to appeal to as many people as you can?

Perhaps I did it subliminally. In music you can use metaphors with ease – if a person doesn’t understand the parable they can still enjoy the melody of the music.

If, however, a person reads a book and misses the meaning of its metaphors, this will be extremely disheartening for both the reader as well as the author.

So, my objective was not to write another song, but to reveal some of the clear thoughts and interesting backgrounds that lay behind the decisions I made in real life. That way everybody gets to understand the basic message of the book – as well as looking at the pictures.

Since your last album, 2009’s The Roadsinger, you have been explo­ring different forms of writing. You wrote and composed the musical stage play Moonshadow in 2012 and now this book. Did you use different creative approaches for the different mediums?

Every medium has its rules. Content dictates form in most cases. Most of my songs in the past and up to today are stories and provide a picture or an emotional scene for the listener to feel, enter and take part in.

The theatre is a world in itself. The possibility for creating experiences that move people is increased many times over. In the end, the best stories are usually about a battle of good over evil – that has never changed.

In the book, you mention the negative media reaction you received when you announced your conversion to Islam. How tumultuous was that period?

I mention this particular point in the book and try to let the reader appreciate how difficult it is to change people’s minds once they have already made them up. It gets harder as people grow older, especially if it helps to secure certain people’s comfort zones.

I suppose in my youth I just had less fear about going places people were told to be scared of. So I took the vilification in my stride and went on doing what I wanted to do. But now this book may help explain my silence and not interpret the silence as guilt.
One of the key themes of this book is that Islam is being wilfully misinterpreted by extremists – both Muslim and non-Muslim. Your book also details some of the steps you have taken to correct that imbalance. In a way, is this one of the goals of the book – to act as a call to action for Muslims to take back their religion?

I believe Islam was truly spread by example. So whatever good a Muslim does publicly will be seen – the same is true for the bad.

Looking at the life of the Prophet and the early followers of his message, you will certainly be able to judge the difference between the great example of the Prophet, who was chosen by God to lead humanity to the height of faith and eternal peace, and those who distort and misunderstand Islam’s noble objectives.

I hope that whatever actions I do are in conformity with the right example. One of the main messages of my book is to explain how important it is to refer to Allah and His Prophet, and not be swept away by the waves and force of calamities that engulf our world.

Allah Almighty says: “Give good news to the patient.”

In the book’s final pages, you mention that you have “become a looking glass, through which the West can see Islam and Muslims can see the West”. For someone who prefers to stay away from the limelight, is that an uncomfortable position be in?

Considering the fact that I have been in the spotlight more or less since I was 18, there is an aspect of normality to my public profile, which I have grown to live with. As much as I would like to disappear into the crowd, my work won’t let me – difficult as it is for my family.

However, if you do happen to see me in a supermarket, please allow me to get on with my shopping.

Nearly 12 years ago, you decided to relocate from the United Kingdom to the UAE. What did your UAE stay offer you, personally and creatively?

The weather, as well as the comforts of Islamic culture and knowledge. The position of the UAE in the world is strategic, especially as the economic power of the East grows.

I hope that the model, which is being built here in the region, can lead the way in showing the potential of Islamic modernity and tolerance and reduce the stereotypical image of the Arab – although camels will forever be beautiful in my eyes.

• Why I Still Carry a Guitar by Yusuf Islam is out on September 16 through Motivate Publishing. For more details about the book, go to www.booksarabia.com or www.yusufislam.com. Islam will appear at a special book signing event at The Dubai Mall’s Book World by Kinokuniya on September 25 at 7pm

Source: The National

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KB says: This lovely spicy lamb tagine is incredibly satisfying and best served with cous cous and cucumber salad. What a delicious meal!

Spicy Lamb Tagine



• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 kg diced lamb meat
• 2 teaspoons paprika
• 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 pinch saffron

• 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
• 2 medium brown onions, diced
• 4 medium carrots, peeled, cut into batons
• 3 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
• 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
• 2 cups (500ml) chicken stock
• 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste
• 1 tablespoon honey
• ½ cup chick peas
• 1 tablespoon cornflour (optional)
• 1 tablespoon water (optional)


1. Place lamb in a large bowl, toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. In a large resealable bag, toss together the paprika, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, salt, ginger, saffron, garlic powder and coriander; mix well. Add the lamb to the bag, and shake to coat well. Refrigerate at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
2. Heat remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook lamb, in batches, until well browned. Remove from pan. Add onions and carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant.
3. Return the lamb to the pan with the lemon zest, chicken stock, tomato paste and honey. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for approx. 1hour, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender.
4. If the consistency of the tagine is too thin, you may thicken it with a mixture of cornflour and water during the last 5 minutes.
5. Serve with Couscous 

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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m thinking of incorporating weight / strength training into my workout routine. How do I know how much weight to lift?

A: Good technique is the key to great results. Start with light weights and work on your technique first. This will help avoid injury and give you a solid foundation to build on your strength.

Baseline strength level can be established by how difficult it is to complete the last few reps in a set (this way you know the load you’re lifting is challenging enough). So by the 12th rep of a set of 15, you should start to struggle..

If you’re using weights that are too light you’ll know it straight away (you’ll feel like you can keep lifting it all day).




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Carimmuddin proposes marriage to a lady through her parents.


Father: Do you have a house?

Carimmuddin: No.


Father: Do you have a BMW car?

Carimmuddin: No.


Father: How much is your salary?

Carimmuddin: No, salary, but...


Father: No but. You have nothing, How can I let you marry my daughter? Leave please!


Carimmuddin (leaves, muttering to himself): I have one villa, 3 properties, 3 Ferraris, 2 Porches. Why still I need to buy BMW. How can I get a salary when I am boss of my company!

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When you read the Qur'an, seek Allah's protection
from Satan the Rejected One. He does not have any authority over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord.

Surah Al-Nahl 16:98-99


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9am to 4pm

3 November


Day of Aashooraa (10th day of Muharram)

23 November


Fund Rasing Dinner for Slackscreek Mosque Sounds of Da'Wah

Slackscreek Mosque Organizing Committee

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

3841 3645 

2.30pm to 4.30pm



Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436

15 March 2015


2nd Toowoomba International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

10am to 5pm

7 June 2015


ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253

All day



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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Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar






Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program






after Esha Salat

after Esha Salat

after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


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 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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Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

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

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

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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