Sunday, 19 October 2014

 Newsletter 0519




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




Unity in Community Dinner  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
4BC from the Kuraby Mosque  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
WALK TOGETHER and Mosque OPEN DAY What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Mosque Open Day: SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
David Cameron welcomed British Muslims CCN Readers' Book Club Businesses and Services
Supporting Muslim women KB's Culinary Corner The CCN Date Claimer
Imam denounces radicals: Mohammed Abdalla Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
Terrorism Statistics

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links
Kadri asks why so many police were deployed   Write For Us
Azraa in Courier Mail's Career One    
Brand kicked out of Fox News HQ
Why Islam || Interview & Shahada || Nick Purrer
Doureihi VS Alberici: Analyses
Why every Australian should visit a Muslim country
ANIC response on Foreign Fighters Bill
5 Things scarier than a burqa. Or hijab. Or niqab
Statistics seminar
Australians taking stand against Islamophobia
Newcastle Muslim Association thanks skaters
CNN Cowardly Attacks Reza Aslan
The AAFIA Awards
The CCN Weekly Islamophophia Roundup


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A dinner celebrating and supporting unity in diversity and working for positive social cohesion was held at Michael's Restaurant on Friday night.


The function was initiated by David Forde and organized by Susan Al-Maani, Salam El-Merebi, Peter Low, Kee Cheung, Nora Amath and Johnson Chen.


The second part of the national anthem, lead by Sarah Roberts Mehmet, struck a chord for all those present:

For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair. ...


The speeches all emphasised our common humanity and the openness of Australian society.


Highlights were the address of Sally Eeles the newly appointed Director of Channel 7 news explaining the effort that went in to provide a balanced coverage.


Fahim Khondikar showed by changing clothes in rapid succession how one human being has multiple layers -- ethnicity, religion, profession, family, sport and a patriotic Australian contributing to society.


Sixteen-year old Nadii Nadia of the Islamic College of Brisbane (pictured above left) spoke about Islam and her very own experiences about society.


The event was MC'ed by Nora Amath and Kee Cheung and Auntie Betty provided Acknowledgement to Country. Doug Winten entertained with a couple of original a capella songs.


Sources: Fadlullah Wilmot, Nora Amath, David Forde


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Loretta Ryan and Shahbaz Rafiq

On Monday, Radio 4BC conducted a live broadcast at the Kuraby Mosque as part of the Loretta Ryan and Ian Skippen Breakfast show from 5.30am to 8am.


Loretta Ryan was on hand to see Mosque-goers attend the early morning fajr prayer and interviewed a number of community members on a range of topics.


Ms Ryan experienced critical and vicious comments, after 4BC posted a photo (left) of her wearing a hijab on their Facebook page whilst inside the Mosque

The photo sparked a lively debate but also provoked personal attacks upon Loretta’s character.


In response to this, a number of Muslim organizations are sending 4BC and the Breakfast team a letter expressing their thanks for the broadcast from the Mosque.

Yasmin Khan, Loretta Ryan and Jim Bellos



Source: 4BC

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Where: Council Chambers (Near 541 Ruthven St, and Herries St)

When: 1pm Saturday October 25
Info: Join us on a walk from Council Chambers via Victoria, Margaret and Ruthven Streets to City Centre Village Green.

As part of National Mosque Open Day the Toowoomba Mosque the Islamic Society of Toowoomba will keep the Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba open for everyone and invite non-Muslims to join their Eid Reunion at 6:00pm to be followed by a dinner after Magrib (around 6:30pm) on the same evening.



When: The event will start at 1pm and conclude at 2:30pm with a short on--stage entertainment program. Imam Uzair Akbar of the Holland Park Mosque will also deliver a speech at the end of the walk.


Where: We will start at Kurilpa Point Park, 11 Montague Road, South Brisbane and will walk across the picturesque Kurilpa Bridge to the Supreme Court Plaza in George St, Brisbane CBD.




There will be prizes for people who bring more than 5 friends along for the event. This is a free event for the whole community!

Further details are found here.

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Gift brought for the Mosque by a visitor



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Teachers at the Australian International Islamic College show their support and solidarity with Muslim women who wear the hijab as part of the WISH - Women in Solidarity with Hijabis (WISH).


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One of Australia's most respected Muslim leaders says most Muslims are strongly against extremism and radical beliefs.

Australian Federal Police swarmed to various premises in Logan, Mount Gravatt East and Holland Park in September, in the country’s biggest terror related raids.

Two men were arrested during the raids in Brisbane.

Associate Professor Imam Mohamad Abdalla says the city's Muslim community was as shocked by the arrests as anyone in Queensland.

"It's important to understand that Islam, as a faith, is against extremism, violent extremism and radicalisation, and that is very much substantiated by the text itself," Associate Professor Abdalla said.

"As leaders we have continuously been talking against extremism and radicalisation, not just yesterday, not the last week, but right from after 9/11. So for the last 13 years, the Imams and the leaders, like myself and others, have been working day and night to try to teach the community about the authentic original message of Islam that promotes peace, that promotes understanding and acceptance," he said.

Associate Professor Abdalla, who is an advocate for social inclusion, says all Australians must work together to reduce the risk of radicalisation.

"We must not expect the community to police its own community. Rather, we have to collectively, with Government, media, community and otherwise, to try to assess and understand why these young people behave in the way they do, what are the trigger factors, and how can we assist them in order to prevent, or at least minimise, the possibility of radicalisation," he said.

Source: 4BC

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"US Lawyer Azeezah Kanji takes us through global statistics on terrorism. If you watch mainstream news you would think terrorism and Muslims are synonyms -- but is that correct? Get the facts by watching this video."



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QUEENSLAND’S crack counter-terrorism squad has defended itself against claims last month’s raids in Brisbane’s south involving 180 officers were “overkill” because only two men were eventually charged.

Brisbane Muslim community spokesman Ali Kadri (pictured left) questioned why so many police were deployed for so few arrests.

“One pressing and unanswered question from the raids of last month is still lingering and that is, why was there a need of so much force to arrest two people?” Mr Kadri asked.

“Also, the conflicting information which was presented in relation to a potential domestic threat was very confusing.

“I am sure that our national security is beyond any political games, but for the sake of transparency and effectiveness of these agencies, it is important that these questions are raised and answered.”

One commanding officer of Brisbane’s Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) defended the use of so many police during raids on homes and businesses on September 10.

“A large number of search warrants needed to be executed, and we needed a number of personnel with specialist capabilities,” said Brisbane JCTT federal police detective Superintendent Russell Smith.

“We had sufficient officers to do the job we needed to do. I wouldn’t say it was overkill.”

Two men charged as a result of the September 10 raids – 31-year-old Omar Succarieh and Agim Kruezi, 21 – remain in custody and are due to face court in Brisbane tomorrow.

Source: Courier Mail

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In his ongoing spat with Fox News personalities, British comedian Russell Brand risked arrest to seek entrance into the cable news network’s New York headquarters to address Sean Hannity, who had cancelled a scheduled appearance by Brand on his Fox show.

During the latest episode of ‘The Trews’ - Brand’s webcast that has become his vehicle for criticizing the likes of Hannity and fellow Fox News host Bill O’Reilly for content on their respective shows - the British comedian started by excoriating O’Reilly for “helping us become more Islamophobic.”





Source: RT

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Islam, Muslims and the cheap politics of fear


Prime Minister Tony Abbott's dog-whistle politics have once more brought the "question" of Hizb ut-Tahrir to the table of public debate.

It is unfortunate that discussion about Islam and Muslims only finds traction when politicians decide to use them in the cheap politics of fear. The result is that discussion about these matters only seriously takes place in the context of terrorism and security.

This is the modern manifestation of an age-old European Orientalism which only ever treated the Muslim as an object of fear and interrogation. A threat to be spoken about, not spoken to. A threat to be managed and contained.

The same defines the modern "war on terror" discourse, in which bigotry and tolerance work together to discriminate against Muslims. The bigoted view characterises the Muslim as an existential threat to be expunged. The tolerant view takes the idea of Muslim as threat as the starting point (thus reinforcing it) to then argue: "no, they're not that bad, we can tolerate them."

Clive Williams ('Banning Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia') provides one such "tolerant" view. Starting from the question (and all associated premises and assumptions that give rise to the question) of whether Hizb ut-Tahrir should be banned. He claims to tread the informed path, concluding that it should not.

First, Hizb ut-Tahrir has not encouraged anyone to go and join ISIS. Second, no member of Hizb ut-Tahrir has been involved in any acts of terrorism anywhere in the world. Indeed, it is remarkable how claims as grave as these can be made so flippantly and without any evidence.

Third, we do not face any issue of "outspoken individuals" hijacking our public face. Only appointed spokespeople speak in Hizb ut-Tahrir's name and none of them have said anything that contravenes Hizb ut-Tahrir's view.

Fourth, we can be, and have been, critical of ISIS actions on Islamic grounds, long before, I should add, western politicians decided to use ISIS as the latest bogeyman by which to justify intervention in Muslim communities locally and abroad.

With that said, we reject the notion that we need to distance ourselves from other Muslims who do the wrong thing. Do secular liberal academics, journalists and commentators distance themselves from the crimes of secular liberal states?

And if they don't feel the need to distance themselves from elected policymakers, by what logic are Muslims being asked to distance themselves from groups who represent no one but themselves?

If Williams is the tolerant view, we saw its intolerant twin in Emma Alberici's interview with Wassim Doureihi on Lateline last week.

Having invited Doureihi on the show, she simply did not afford him an opportunity to speak. The first interruption came a (world record?) four seconds into the substantive part of his response to the very first question. The justification for this tabloid journalism was that Doureihi was not providing direct "yes" or "no" answers to the questions, as if an interviewee can only be allowed to speak if they provide answers that accord with what the interviewer wants to hear.

Alberici required that Doureihi condemn ISIS first before having the right to speak. The façade of a higher morality behind which she was posturing was exposed when she refused to condemn the far greater crimes of western states by conveniently running out of time.

The reality is that questions about banning Muslim groups are based on the myth that Muslims represent a threat. It is a myth because it is not Muslims who occupy western lands. It is not Muslims who have hundreds of military bases littered across the western world. It is not Muslims who regularly go to war for political and economic benefit at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and the destruction of entire countries.

Indeed, the opposite is true. The question, thus, is not what is to be done about this Muslim group or that. The question is what is to be done of western secular liberal states, who after having led humanity for over three centuries have failed it miserably.

This is attested to by global poverty statistics, ever-increasing wealth distribution inequalities, ever-present conflict on every continent, rampant and ingrained corruption and tyranny in the developing world and social breakdown in the developed world and the commercialisation and consequent corruption of areas such as politics, media, education.

Discussion about Islam should be elevated to a serious and considered discourse that critically discusses the alternative real solutions Islam provides to the real problems of modernity. For this, we are willing and ready to engage.

As for being used to simply reinforce prevailing problematic discourses and paradigms, we're simply not in that business. Those who know us know that well, including the Prime Minister.


Source: The Age

Lateline and the Anatomy of An Islamophobic Stunt


The clusterfuck of racism, hatred, and hysteria that embodies Islamophobia is still brewing in Australia and day-by-day is taken to newer heights. The past few weeks alone have seen anti-Muslim attacks even more rampant and growing, a plan to cage Muslim women in glass boxes in a horrifying level of racialised misogyny that is frankly dystopian, and one of the biggest newspapers in the country linking Hitler, a white, European, supporter of the Church, with Islam in a new ploy to demonise Muslims.

Amidst the toxic flames of racist hysteria, ABC’s Lateline decided to make their own contribution to the national Islamophobic frenzy. For those unaware, Lateline is a current-affairs program on Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC. It claims to be “challenging, intelligent, and provocative.”

Last Thursday, the host Emma Alberici decided to interview Wassim Doureihi, a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Now, I know absolutely nothing about Doureihi, nor Hizb ut-Tahrir, and nor am I accusing Lateline of being the sole purveyors of Islamophobia in this country. But in this Lateline episode, Alberici delivered an absolute masterclass on how to stage a classic dog-whistling Islamophobic stunt. It had every possible ingredient you would expect in an anti-Muslim spectacle: racism, orientalism, condescension, and outright contempt, delivered in the only ways mainstream white Australian “journalists” know how: smearing, obfuscating, and demonising.

From the onset of the interview, Alberici treated Doureihi with a truly exceptional level of hostility and condescension. Even for those who have regularly watched Alberici’s interviews with politicians, the hostility was stunning. The tone was set. It was clear what this was going to be: a staged set-up designed with the sole purpose to demonise.

It was clear that Alberici knew the value of playing the white woman standing up to the Scary Brown Man™ and it was beyond obvious that this was the narrative she was seeking to create for her White Australian audience, and thus, she was playing it hard.

The first half of the interview was dominated by her attempts to make Doureihi condemn the actions of ISIS. She pursued this line with a truly extraordinary level of pig-headedness, getting visibly animated in her determination to make Doureihi take her bait and condemn the group. Here we see Alberici peddling the pervasive “logic” that Muslims have some special responsibility to condemn ISIS. The argument of Alberici, and all those who peddle this claim, is predicated on the idea that Muslims are all by default inherent supporters of terrorism, unless they jump through hoops to prove otherwise to white people. Alberici pursued this racist narrative head-on, steely determined to push it onto Doureihi. The ferocious determination with which she pursues it is really something to behold.

Visibly furious that Doureihi refuses to play into her gutter game and be cornered by her, Alberici decides to change tack and deliberately attempts to work him up into the racist stereotype of the Angry Brown Man™ she knows White Australia all came to see her “take to task”. Alberici is determined to make this a spectacle and play the part that White Australia will go crazy for. To do this, she employs the type of contempt, condescension, and callous, wilful ignorance that all people of colour are all too familiar with receiving from white people.

See, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m angry. I’m angry because it was the sheer, brazen, and unremitting contempt that got to me about Alberici’s behaviour and that really hit home for me, because that is the type of contempt that I and other nonwhite people have to endure daily from White Australia. Unrelenting racism and gaslighting abounded throughout the segment. When Doureihi rightfully refused to accept the bait that he must condemn ISIS, her response was not to hear out why it was a racist question, but to push it even more belligerently. When he brought up Islamophobia, she dismissed it as “a so-called phobia”. When he tried to answer a question, she rolled her eyes dismissively, one of multiple times. And when he tried to bring up the fact of the Western invasion that slaughtered up to a million people in Iraq, she replied, “I don’t want to talk about context.” That said everything.

Context is the last thing that professional jingoistic race-baiters like Emma Alberici want because it upturns their agenda completely. To take context into account would ruin the agendas of those like Alberici who seek to demonise Muslims and Islam as the sole, unique purveyors of violence. To take into account the reality of constant Western atrocities wrought against the non-Western world for the last thousand years hinders those who desire more war, and more imperialism. And to take context into account means having to acknowledge blame and responsibility instead of shifting it onto others, namely, Muslims. It was clear Alberici was nowhere near ready to do that, and indeed when asked why she didn’t condemn Western atrocities, she comically, nervously declared “ok, we’re out of time”. You simply couldn’t make up something so self-satirising if you tried.

The thing about Alberici’s episode was that she was not only ready to have a Muslim on her show to treat him with utter contempt, but she was determined to make a spectacle out of it for the voyeuristic viewing pleasure of White Australia, for frothing-at-the-mouth bigots around the country, the types that have been terrorizing Muslim women on the streets. To watch a white woman try and put a Scary Non-White Man™ in his place on TV is simply racist pornography for racists, and Alberici knew it, and she was working hard at it. The next day proved her efforts. Despite it being clear from the interview that Alberici was the one taken to task, she became an overnight sensation in White Australia’s eyes, having given them the White Woman vs. Mean Non-White Man™ story they go crazy for. Media framing portrayed Alberici as a hero for treating a nonwhite person with the contempt we apparently so deserve.

However, not content with the smug, self-congratulatory spectacle of racism and Islamophobia she had staged in that interview, Alberici had this galling statement to make the next day:

“In his caliphate, in his ideal Islamic state would I, as a woman, have the opportunity to sit opposite him as an equal and engage in a robust discussion about these issues on the public broadcaster?”

Alberici realised that no Islamophobic stunt is complete without pulling out that well-known racist line that Muslims are inherently misogynists. Here in the West, and here in Australia, where rape culture abounds, where I and every other female I know have stories of harassment by men on the street, and where an even more alarming number of women have stories of sexual violence, according to these racist faux-feminists, it is apparently Muslims who are the real misogynists. In Australia, where the biggest risk to a woman is her own partner, it is apparently Islamic culture that is uniquely misogynistic. And here in Australia, where one woman is killed every week by her own male partner, apparently the Islamic world is the true bulwark of misogyny. If there was one single sentence that encapsulated so completely the cartoonishly simplistic and breathtakingly bigoted worldviews of Western media puppets like Alberici, this would be it, and they should all be ashamed. There are truly no real differences between these “elite” poseurs and the average raving bigot on the street that the white middle class loves to admonish for a sense of superiority.

This Lateline episode didn’t only embody every classic element of anti-Muslim propaganda; it also embodied everything that is wrong with mainstream media. Instead of being a mechanism for speaking truth to power, it is all too eager to be a cheerleader for power. See, Lateline has built up a reputation for itself in this regard. Five years ago, Lateline decided to smear Australian Aboriginal men, and more specifically, the Aboriginal community of Mutitjulu in the most grotesquely racist way imaginable, and in doing so, did PR for the racist abomination known as the Northern Territory Intervention. Since then, it has never apologised for the reprehensible manner I which it smeared Aboriginal men based on entirely fabricated and unsubstantiated reports.

Lateline has developed a pattern of perpetuating racism and refusing to be accountable for it, and for this reason, I am not holding my breath waiting for either the ABC, Lateline, or Emma Alberici herself to grow a spine, take responsibility, and apologise for spouting reprehensible bigotry. It is all part of their agenda.

In the same way that Lateline smeared Indigenous people to sell a racist government policy, Lateline again deployed racism against Muslims to cheer on the new Australian bombing of Iraq. And for this, Alberici has earned a pat on the head from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

I hope Alberici enjoys her 15 minutes of fame while us non-white folk remain dealing with the frenzy of racist hysteria running rampant in the nation. In the meantime, I hope she one day finds it in herself to apply the same level of intense scrutiny to white politicians as she did to Doureihi. Wishful thinking, perhaps.

Source: Somayya Shaazia

Loaded questions behind Lateline blowup

The power to ask questions is the power to produce particular kinds of answers. A trick every parent knows well. Don't ask your fussy toddler, "Would you like to eat your vegetables tonight?" Ask them, "What would you like to eat first, peas or carrots?" Coercion disguised as question: victory to the parent!

Politicians are no less familiar with this tactic. Think back to the Australian republic referendum of 1999. The question wasn't, "Would you like to become a republic?" It was a carefully worded proposal that divided voters into two not quite polar-opposite groups, where even the most devout republic supporters had to think twice before ticking yes.

But that's parents and politicians, and we all know what conniving buggers they can be. (Or perhaps have to be). When journalists employ similar tactics, we lament the loss of impartiality.

On Wednesday night, the very capable and usually quite patient host of Lateline, Emma Alberici, did what many of us parents have, in our darkest hours, fantasised about doing: she lost her cool, grabbed hold of the child's head and attempted to force those damn vegetables in there any way she could.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the whole thing started with guest Wassim Doureihi's refusal to answer Alberici's "simple opening question": "Do you support the murderous campaign being waged by Islamic State fighters in Iraq?" Instead of answering yes or no, Doureihi used the platform to air a slightly different set of grievances, or, in his words, "[to do] the public a great favour by refocusing this discussion where it needs to be" (namely, the Western occupation of Middle Eastern countries and the killing of innocent Muslims). To say the two went back and forth on this point for the rest of the segment would be incorrect, since most of the time they were going right over the top of one another. In the end, however, no amount of "Open wide, the plane's coming into the hangar" could convince Alberici's guest to eat up.

Watching, I was disheartened by both Alberici's "feisty" style (credit Tony Abbott for this descriptor) and Doureihi's refusal to condemn the actions of those thugs in the Middle East operating under the banner of Islamic State. (To be fair here, there are thugs in the Middle East operating under all sorts of banners these days). The obstinacy shown by both parties illustrates the kind of problems we should expect to counter as we settle into this latest military conflict. Forget ideology; it seems we can't even work through the structural incongruities.


The Age



REPLAY: If you missed the ABC Interview....



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Ben Groundwater is Fairfax's globetrotter on a shoestring 



Travel to a Muslim country. Travel there now.

Make it Malaysia, or Indonesia, or somewhere in the Middle East. Go to northern India, or Morocco. It doesn't really matter which one you choose – just get to a Muslim country and experience the culture for yourself.

Because Australia seems to have a problem. There's a disconnect here between the Islam we perceive – the scary, high-terror-alert Islam – and the one that really exists overseas. It's a misunderstanding, a fear of Muslim people driven as much by a handful of extremists as a crisis-hungry media, an unpopular government, and a general lack of knowledge of what this religion and its adherents are all about.


The answer, for me, is travel.

Travel to a Muslim country. Spend time there, mix with the people, see the sights, walk the streets, eat the food, drink the tea. Very quickly you will begin to realise that this is not an enemy. The women who've been abused on Australia's streets for wearing the hijab are not an enemy. The men pouring out of the suburban Sydney mosques are not an enemy.

I don't profess to be an expert on Islam, but I know what I've seen when I've travelled. I know what it's like to visit countries like Turkey, Iran, the UAE, Malaysia and Indonesia. I know how I've been treated there, how I've been welcomed. It's surprising and humbling, warm and friendly. It changes the way you see the Muslim world.

This is not your enemy. It's the crazy few spoiling it for the kind-hearted many.

True Islamic culture is not what you see on the news, it's what you see on the streets. It's the Turkish taxi driver who stopped to buy me a bottle of water on the way to my hotel, just because I sounded thirsty.

It's the multitude of Iranian people who spotted me, an obvious stranger in their country, and made a point of approaching to say hello, or to give me a welcome, or just to smile and shake my hand.

Iran was the game-changer. My ongoing love of the country has become something of a joke in the Fairfax Traveller office. Every story I pitch seems to have some reference to Iran. Every time I'm given free rein on a story: Iran.



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Media Release       

His Eminence, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad and the Australian National Imams Council affirm that, like all citizens, we have a vested interest in the ongoing safety and security of Australia.

However, we are not convinced that the threat, no matter how serious, warrants sacrificing basic human rights and imposing on Australians the unnecessary burden of living in constant fear and paranoia.

ANIC is also concerned with the haste with which the introduction of these new laws is being pursued. Passing new laws in the current climate of fear and heightened anxiety has never been a good idea. The review should be carried out under more considered and reasoned conditions.



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Right now a percentage of the population, many who don't know the correct name for it, are calling for the Niqab to be banned. Comedian Omar J. Sakr, however, reminds us that we live in Australia and there are just SO MANY better things to be terrified of here than what someone's wearing

Hoo-boy, it sure has been a crazy few weeks in Islamastralia! Man, just three weeks ago I was in Sydney, Australia, home to about 300,000 Muslims out of a population of 23,000,000+. Then I decided to go on holiday, and everything went to hell. Now, I’m not saying that my actions led to some Twilight Zone shenanigans that turned Australia into a majority Muslim country practicing Sharia law… I’m just saying I’m having difficulty envisioning anything else because near as I can tell, someone slammed on the “HOLY CRAP, BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY” button and other people went bat-shit crazy, acting as if that is the case.

It’s not, though, so I’m taking a break from watching Doctor Who just to tell everyone to calm down – they’re starting to make Americans look good. I’ve always enjoyed being able to point and laugh at their insane Republicans and Tea Partiers saying incredibly backward, horribly racist/sexist/homophobic things. Now I’m struggling to regain that sense of superiority because we have people like Cory Bernardi and Jacqui Lambi, both of whom, I feel, have the intellectual capacity of a doughnut, stirring the racist pot and screeching about them Muslims womens with their scary scarves.

That’s to say nothing of the Prime Minister – the Minister for Women, no less, dear sweet zombie lord, don’t forget that – saying publicly that what some women wear makes him uncomfortable. I’ll tell you what makes me uncomfortable: having a man as Minister for Women, for starters.

With that said, I’m a helpful guy, so I thought I’d list some things (we’re all about the listicles still, right? #YOLO, etc.) that we should all be way more frightened about than what a tiny fraction of women are wearing for religious and cultural reasons, or just because they bloody well feel like it. Ready? Here we go.



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The Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) organised a seminar on “Dominant Role of Statistics in Contemporary Science and Technology” at its auditorium in the Bangladesh Science Museum Buildings in Dhaka on 1 October 2014. The speaker of the seminar was Professor Shahjahan Khan, University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Founding Chief Editor of Journal of Applied Probability and Statistics (JAPS), who was elected as an Expatriate Fellow of BAS last year.

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In the weeks since anti terror raids across Sydney, there have been dozens of recorded attacks against women wearing the hijab - and police suspect many more cases have gone unreported.

Now, social media is being used to document these incidents. Lydia Shelly, a lawyer who helped set up the 'Islamophobia register', spoke to News Breakfast.

Watch the social experiment discussed by Lydia Shelly on YouTube

Source: ABC News

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Skaters who made a stand against racism meet people from the Newcastle Muslim Association people at Newcastle Mosque in Wallsend. From left, Patrick Burgess, Sheikh Mohamed Khamis and Justin Lanz. Picture Ryan Osland



THE men who took a stand against an alleged act of bigotry last week in Newcastle have been formally thanked by members of the city’s Muslim association.

Patrick Burgess and Justin Lanz visited Newcastle Mosque on Saturday where they were also invited to a community open day that will be held at the mosque, which is located in Wallsend, this upcoming Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

The men were skating with four other friends last Monday when they came to the aid of a Muslim mother and daughter who were being attacked in an alleged bigoted tirade on Smith Street, in Newcastle West.

The incident occurred at a time of increasing community unrest and concern Australia’s mission against Islamic State in Iraq is fuelling attacks on Muslims in Australia.

On Saturday a man was charged for allegedly shouting offensive comments and throwing cement bags at a mosque in Sydney’s south-west.

Newcastle Muslim Association vice-president Diana Rah said the group’s ‘‘quick response’’ was appreciated.

“It took a lot of courage to do what they did,” she said.

“We will be giving them a certificate on Wednesday when all six of them can visit us.
“For the open day we’re having a sausage sizzle, we’ve got an exhibition on Islam and Muslims and we’ve got a lot of different fun things planned.

Skaters who made a stand against racism meet people from the Newcastle Muslim Association people at Newcastle Mosque in Wallsend. From left, Diana Rah, Tariq Ahmed, Justin Lanz, Patrick Burgess, Shahriar Ahnaf. Picture Ryan Osland



“Everyone is invited; it’s about people getting to know us and us them.”

Mr Burgess said they had really enjoyed meeting everyone at the mosque, which is on Metcalfe Street.

“We were just doing what any normal person would do,” he said of the group’s role in helping stop the attack.

Mr Burgess said that they had received a lot of support and kind messages from people after speaking to the Newcastle Herald last week.

“I think it shows the majority of people in the community are good and that the extremists who are doing these attacks are in the minority,” he said.

Source: The Newcastle Herald

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The Young Turks       


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After Maher-Affleck, We Need an Honest—and Calm—Dialogue on Islam

Team Affleck needs to acknowledge that some criticisms are valid. Team Maher needs to stop stereotyping. And both teams: cool it down. It’s been one week since the epic brawl between Bill Maher and Ben Affleck on HBO’s “Real Time.” This fight was like something we typically see in reality shows, complete with name calling and screaming. But as opposed to the donnybrooks we’ve seen on “The Kardishians” over issues like “why are you looking at my man?!”, this battle was about a faith of approximately 1.5 billion people.


So now that tempers have calmed somewhat on both sides of this skirmish, the question that must be asked is: Can we have an honest and reasonable discussion about Islam? As a Muslim, I not only say yes, but I say we need to. There’s simply too much misinformation – some intentionally distributed (I’m looking at you Fox News and certain GOP officials), and some by people simply repeating half-truths or lies they have picked up along the way.


From Islamophobia to Islamysteria

Muslim and non-Muslim Australia are once again at odds. Fear and suspicion have grown. Security is again at the fore. But new polling gives a glimmer of hope that it doesn't have to be this way, writes David Hardaker. We may have a sense that there is fear and loathing in Australia because of the much vaunted "terror threat" stemming from the ISIS "death cult".

But now the figures are in to prove it: close to half of all Australians say they feel more personally at risk of a domestic terrorist attack than they did six months ago, before the ISIS crisis began and before large-scale police raids on alleged terrorist conspirators. So it seems that government security claims of a "lone wolf" threat and media misrepresentations about an alleged plot to behead someone have, indeed, inspired fear.

The figures paint a picture of an uncertain Australia, confused and unsure about aspects of the Federal Government's moves, especially the prospect of joining a ground operation in Iraq. And while endorsing tougher new security laws, many more oppose (42 per cent) than support (30 per cent) the idea of gaoling whistleblowers and journalists for revealing what happens if/when these powers are abused.

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How An Illinois Mom Converted To Islam And Found Peace And Joy During Her Very First Hajj


Kristin Szremski is the Director of Media and Communications for American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization.  


MAKKAH: Kristin Szremski is a 53-year-old mom from Palo Hills, Illinois. Born into a Missouri-Synod Lutheran family, she first converted to Catholicism before finding her place in Islam. This year, Szremski was one of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who were drawn to Mecca between October 2 - 7 to complete the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj.

She tells Huffington Post about her experience below. Some answers have been edited for length and clarity.

1. How did you come to Islam and what was it about the religion that moved you?

I was a special assignment reporter for the Star Newspapers in suburban Chicago in 2000. I was assigned to cover the Arab community. At that time, I didn't know anything about Islam -- I was raised as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and we had been taught that all religions and prophets that came after Jesus were false.

During the six weeks I had for research, I interviewed many, many Arab Muslims. My conversion was not something that happened overnight; it probably took more than 18 months. I was fascinated to learn that Islam had all the same stories as the Bible as well as the same characters.

To back up a bit -- I was raised Lutheran, but converted to Catholicism when I was about 40. I always wanted to belong to a large community and I was intrigued by the Catholic Church. Since my husband at the time was Catholic, I decided to join the church. That had a huge impact on my later conversion to Islam because where the Lutheran church believed in the Bible literally, the Catholic Church encouraged knowledge, questions and also gave us the historical context for the books contained in the Christian canon. This allowed me to open my mind to the possibility that the Quran was truly the revealed word of God.

Once I came to believe this, it was an easy step to believe Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the messenger and prophet. The harder part was letting go of my belief that Jesus was the Son of God. Ultimately, it was the passages in the Quran where God tells us that He was not begotten nor has He begotten and similar ones that finally helped me. Also, Jesus figures prominently in Islam so I wasn’t letting go of him, but just the idea that he is God.

In the end, my conversion came while I was praying. The date was July 21, 2001. I was in a hotel room in Washington DC, where I'd gone to cover a meeting for a magazine I was writing for. I had the Quran open on the bed before me and I was actually on my knees praying, asking God to lead me to the truth when suddenly I declared the Shahada –- that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is His messenger. I later made a public declaration in Arabic but for all purposes it was at that moment that I became a Muslim.

I love Islam because of its purity, its simplicity and its truth. The Muslims I had met were truly pleasant, patient and well-mannered people.



2. We understand this is your first hajj. Were you nervous at all?



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Catholic Priest Wakes Up From Coma After 17 Months, Converts To Islam



Jakarta | A catholic priest from the island of Java in Indonesia who has woken up from a 17 month long coma has converted himself to Islam after the man claims Allah spoke to him and showed him “the beauty of the heavens”.

The 87-year old priest from Spain has lived and preached on the island for more then 43 years and is fluent in Javanese and various dialects of the different ethnic groups of the island and is a well known and respected figure amongst all religious groups of the area.

The man who has suffered a cardiac arrest while helping local volunteers to fix the roof of his own church and fell an incredible two stories high has managed to survive and come out of his coma, in brittle shape, yet a changed man.

“I know nothing of Islam. Never once have I read the Quran but God spoke to me and asked me to follow him to the heavens and the Holy light shone through my entire being and behold the golden gates of heaven appeared before me and God told me his name and it was Allah” told the newly convert to a journalist of the Kalimantan Press.


Priest Eduardo Vincenzo Maria Gomez weeks before his tragic accident -


The man who miraculously suffers no spinal injury should be able to walk soon, admits the physician who took care of him at South Jakarta’s Metropolitan Medical Centre. “This must be the strongest 80-year old I have ever seen. His bones should be smashed to pieces” ponders Jim Won May, who has practiced medecine for over twenty years.

His conversion to Islam took most of his church followers by surprise, but interestingly enough, already half of his christian followers have showed interest in converting to Islam. “If Allah is the true God, I don’t want to be misled in the wrong direction on judgement day. I trust Father Eduardo. We all believe in him” explains one of his followers.

The priest who is still under medical attention has already ordered the construction of a new mosque and his followers are already hard at work to find the funds necessary for the task. “We owe it to Father Eduardo for all he has done for us” comments one of the devotees of the old catholic church, that is now for sale.

Source: World News Daily Report

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

This week CCN recommends

Terrorism and the Muslim "Veil"


Sahar Aziz



Prior to the September 11th terrorist attacks, Americans' limited exposure to Islam was shaped by Orientalist depictions of Arabs as oil rich Gulf Sheikhs, exotic belly dancers, and brutal dictators along the lines of Saddam Hussein and Muʿammar Qadhdhāfī. While international terrorism pre-dated 9/11, its association with Islam was often narrowly limited to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. On the domestic front, homegrown terrorism evoked images of white males such as Timothy McVeigh and the Unabomber. Thus, Americans paid little attention to Muslims in the United States, so much so that Arab American Muslims often complained of being an invisible minority.

The September 11th attacks, however, marked a sea change in the level of scrutiny placed upon Muslims in America. The association of Arabs and Muslims with terrorism became the quintessential stereotype evoked in national security debates. Media images of dark-skinned, bearded Middle Eastern men permeated the mainstream media, allowing for misinformation about Islam as a violent ideology proliferated among Americans otherwise lacking any exposure to Islam, the Middle East, or Muslims. Indeed, the word terrorism axiomatically referred to Muslims, notwithstanding the marked growth of militant nativist groups considered to be right wing extremists by the government and anti-hate watch groups.




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KB says: This recipe was shared by Farieda Tofie who says it’s her favourite for breakfast.

Zucchini and Cheese Muffins



2 cups self-rising flour,
1/2 teaspoon paprika,
150g grated zucchini,
90g grated strong cheese (leave 1 tab aside to sprinkle)
60g melted butter,
1 beaten egg,
1 cup milk


  1. Combine all the ingredients well.

  2. Spoon the mixture into greased muffin trays.

  3. Sprinkle with grated cheese and a sprinkle of paprika

  4. Bake at 180 for approx. 25 minutes or until its light brown. 

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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m training to strengthen my upper body and have included boxing as part of my cardio routine. Which exercises can I include for strength and endurance?

A: It’s always good to use your own body weight for strength, so include push-ups, tricep-dips, hovers, etc.

Try using weights and include exercises such as bench-press, shoulder-press, tricep-kickback, etc.

Yoga is great for strength as well as flexibility, so take your time and slowly introduce these into your routine as the weeks go by.






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Mula Nasruddin: Brother Jallalludin, did I ever tell you the story of the strawberry and the cucumber?


Jallalludin: No, brother. What happened?


Mula Nasruddin: Well, it goes like this. The strawberry and the cucumber grew up in the same garden patch. They were best buds growing up. As they grew older, they decided it was time to branch out, leave home, and see the world. So they hitched a ride on a nearby vegetable cart and took off.


Jallalludin: Where did they go?


Mula Nasruddin: Their first stop was at a local farmer's market. Unfortunately, that's where the trouble started.


Jallalludin: What happened?


Mula Nasruddin: A big row broke out and they got separated....


Jallalludin: And then?


Mula Nasruddin: Well one of them ended up in a jam and the other in a pickle.

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And among His Signs is this, that heaven and earth stand by
His Command: then when He calls you, by a single call, from the earth, behold, you (straightway) come forth.

Surah Ar-Rum 30:25


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  "War may sometimes be a necessary evil.

But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good.

We will not learn to how to live together in peace by killing each other's children."

~ Jimmy Carter


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