Sunday, 15 February 2015

 Newsletter 0536





Three Muslim Americans were murdered on Tuesday in a University of North Carolina dorm room. The crime came on the heels of recent anti-Muslim attacks in Europe, carried out in apparent response to the January murders (committed by Muslims) of Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris.

Western media outlets will likely frame the most recent perpetrator of what some speculate is an anti-Muslim crime in the same way they frame most anti-Muslim criminals - as crazed, misguided bigots who acted alone. If past coverage is any indication, there will likely be very little suggestion that the killer acted on the basis of an ideology or as part of any larger pattern or system.

But what if acts of anti-Muslim violence are consistent with at least some strands of current western ideology? What if Islamophobia has become so commonplace, so accepted, that it now represents a hegemonic system of thought, at least for relatively large pockets of people in some regions of the West?



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Shafi Khan, friend of the students killed near UNC, speaks to CNN's Brooke Baldwin about their character and their service-oriented lives:



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By Fathima Adat, ICB Teacher


World Hijab Day at the Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) was an opportunity for women of different faiths to come together and celebrate a practice that most Muslim women adopt in their daily lives. It was an opportunity for some of the teachers "to walk a mile in the shoes of a hijabi."

Some found the heat a little daunting, but they were positively encouraged by many of the young female students commenting on how beautiful the teachers looked. Different styles of wearing the hijab catered for the different and unique personalities we have at our school.

Others found it difficult because of the negative perception the media and the world has of Muslims today, but overall, the smiles on the faces of both teachers and students made the experiment and the experience worth the while.

Quotes captured on the day:

“We live in a multicultural society and it gives you a great feeling to adopt others”
“I thought I would look weird”
“I loved all the beautiful comments I received and all the happy students’ faces”
“I got my morning coffee this morning. I feel it does not matter what you look like on the outside, it’s what's inside that counts”
“It’s fun – another fashion accessory!”


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The Australian Principals Federation is warning that teachers and principals are struggling with extremism among both students and their parents.


Sarah Sedghi reports for ABC's The World Today:

SARAH SEDGHI: The Australian Government suspects that more than 150 Australians have been involved with extremists in the Middle East.

Community leaders, authorities and educators are working to try and ensuring that vulnerable youth in Australia do not become part of the problem.

Dr Hass Dellal is the executive director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, which runs government-funded Muslim youth leadership and peer mentoring programs.

HASS DELLAL: We've been currently running a program the last six, seven months on building resilience program, which basically is a training manual to help build that resilience.

But the purpose of the manual is to help identify changing behaviours and increasing intensities of behaviour which may indicate that a person may be at risk or vulnerable to extremist or anti-social behaviour by looking at their social relations, ideological shifts or criminal orientation, and at what point you notice these changes or intensities and when do you actually become concerned or when is it notable and when does it really require attention.

SARAH SEDGHI: Dr Dellal says it's important to reach youth who are vulnerable to extremism, and the wider community who need to recognise this and intervene in time.

HASS DELLAL: So the idea of this program is to be able to understand those key behavioural categories, whether it's in their social relations which deals with changes that occur in their behaviours, as a result grief, loss, discrimination, alienation, also this could include isolation from family, peer group or community.

Then, you know there could be an ideological shift where there's a change in personal beliefs in general, embracing narratives in views and beliefs that diverge from main cultural mainstream.

And there could be, you know, criminal orientation which involves adopting those beliefs that support violent criminal methods.

SARAH SEDGHI: But with school students susceptible to radicalisation, it's an issue also confronting educators.

Peter Kearney is the president of the Victorian branch of the Australian Principals Federation.

PETER KEARNEY: The observations are clear, our observations, and they come to me from schools and principals.

It's about the fact that we in schools try always to communalize schools, we try make them communities.

What you're actually getting right now is there's a number of kids who, through extreme behaviours and extreme non-compliance or whatever, and it's endorsed by their parents because they need to have a strength of character and whatever.

SARAH SEDGHI: The federal branch of the Australian Principals Federation says it will look into these concerns.

Fairfax media has reported that one Melbourne-based principal says two children at his school have parents fighting in Syria with the so-called Islamic State.

Peter Kearney has welcomed the State Government's move to appoint an advisor who will focus on racial and religious tolerance and social cohesion in schools.

He says the extra support could help teachers and principals.

PETER KEARNEY: They probably need support and some help and some guidance on that.

The Victorian Government, the new Victorian Government is trying to set up a unit on radicalisation to actually give people strategies, to how to strategically engage with these people and bring about the social cohesions that we're after.

We need to give this a chance to work and we need to work it over. I don't think we know what it looks like yet.

SARAH SEDGHI: The Australian Multicultural Foundation is also looking at how to stop the use of the internet as a tool for radicalisation.

Dr Hass Delal says prevention is a job for the whole community, from schools to families.

HASS DELLAL: We have developed a program to build capacity and empower mothers by providing them with skills and knowledge in the use of computers, to be able to navigate websites where radicalisation can occur.

It'll identify strategies for the use of the computer in the family and ensure then can engage in safe online activity as well as identify websites that provide alternative narratives to engage family members as they play that, you know, vital key role.

I think mothers are often neglected in the implementation of strategies to combat extreme forms of radicalisation and violent extremism.

However, you know, they're also the trusted anchors within many of the homes and are often the first to recognise any changes in their children's behaviour, and therefore I believe, you know, have a greater influence than even sometimes schools or others.

So we need to empower and give them the capacity to get them involved and be part of this.


Source: ABC


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NEW YORK (RNS) The conservative Twitterverse is all riled up because at Thursday’s (Feb. 5) National Prayer Breakfast (an event founded and run by the secretive Christian organization known as The Fellowship), President Obama said that Christians, as well as Muslims, have at times committed atrocities. His words:

“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

This would seem to be Religious History 101, but it was nonetheless met with shock and awe.

“Hey, American Christians–Obama just threw you under the bus in order to defend Islam,” wrote shock jock Michael Graham. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., called the comments “dangerously irresponsible.” The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue said: “Obama’s ignorance is astounding and his comparison is pernicious. The Crusades were a defensive Christian reaction against Muslim madmen of the Middle Ages.”

More thoughtfully, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, called Obama’s comments about Christianity “an unfortunate attempt at a wrongheaded moral comparison. … The evil actions that he mentioned were clearly outside the moral parameters of Christianity itself and were met with overwhelming moral opposition from Christians.”



Religious News



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Use this form to report to the National Security Hotline any material that you’ve found on the internet that is violent extremist in nature or could encourage radicalisation towards violence.

This form will only take a few minutes to complete and reports can be made anonymously.

Extremist material online could include:

■ articles, images, speeches or videos that encourage hate or violence
■ statements or posts made on social media, chat rooms or blogs that encourage hate or violence
■ content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
■ websites created or hosted by terrorist organisations
■ terrorist training materials
■ suspicious content regarding use or sale of chemicals online
■ videos or images of terrorist attacks


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Jacqui Lambie says she has received "hundreds" of emails from concerned residents.

Jacqui Lambie is threatening to introduce a private senator's bill to stop what she believes is "halal money" funding terrorist group Islamic State.

In a late-night address to the upper house on Tuesday, the outspoken independent senator questioned whether halal certification funds militants in Syria and Iraq.

She said she was prompted to look into the issue after receiving hundreds of emails from concerned residents.

A study the Tasmanian senator commissioned the parliamentary library to examine exposed some "surprising facts" that alarmed her.

Certifiers are not legally required to disclose their fees, nor is there a formal reporting or auditing system to ascertain whether funds are being misused, she says.

"Given that our enemies in Islamic State are receiving a steady cashflow to control their caliphate in Syria and Iraq, why isn't there a legal requirement in Australia for halal certification fees to be disclosed?" Senator Lambie said.

"And given that our nation is on high terrorism alert, while hundreds of Australian Islamic State sympathisers are fighting our ADF forces in Iraq, why is there is no formal reporting or auditing mechanism in Australia to ascertain whether monies paid for halal certification are misused?"

Senator Lambie warned if the government failed to answer her questions, she would introduce legislation to close such "legal loopholes".

"(The loopholes) could allow financing of terrorists and Australia's enemies through halal money," she said.

She's not the first politician to raise the issue.

Nationals MP George Christensen last year wrote an opinion piece suggesting consumers who bought halal products could be funding Islamic extremism.

Source: SMH


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Kirralie Smith, who runs the website HalalChoices, has been named in the defamation suit lodged by Mohammed El-Mouelhy


New South Wales supreme court to hear case brought by head of Halal Certification Authority against Q Society and activist Kirralie Smith

A prominent anti-halal campaigner and the “Islam-critical” Q Society are being sued for defamation over their claims the Islamic certification industry is corrupt and funds “the push for sharia law in Australia”.

Mohammed El-Mouelhy, the head of one of Australia’s largest certifiers, Halal Certification Authority, began proceedings in the New South Wales supreme court last month against senior members of the Melbourne-based Q Society and Kirralie Smith, who runs the website HalalChoices.

The statement of claim alleges that two videos featuring Smith, one recorded at a Q Society event, portray El-Mouelhy as “part of a conspiracy to destroy Western civilisation from within” and “reasonably suspected of providing financial support to terrorist organisations”.

He also claims that Smith alleges in one of the videos that El Mouelhy once accepted the fee to certify a company without carrying out an inspection and that he conducts his business in a “dishonest manner”.

El Mouelhy is named in both videos and Smith makes specific allegations about his conduct. His company’s logo flashes on screen in the first clip, a slick 32-minute explainer of Smith’s concerns with halal certification that has been viewed more than 60,000 times.

The landmark case could have implications for the anti-halal movement in Australia, which briefly became prominent last November when a South Australian dairy company came under pressure from anti-halal activists and ditched its Islamic certification – at the cost of a $50,000 contract.

Smith’s website, which outlines her concerns with halal certification and provides lists of certified products, is a lightning rod for the movement, which despite an active online presence has done little to persuade major food manufacturers to forgo halal fees.
The halal food industry is worth about $2.3tn worldwide and halal exports account for about two-thirds of Australia’s $10bn food export market.

The Australian Crime Commission, which last year completed an investigation into money laundering in Australia, has said it is “not aware of any direct links” between the industry and violent extremist groups.

The Q Society organised for Dutch firebrand MP Geert Wilders to tour Australia in 2013 and regularly holds events warning of the “Islamisation” of Australian society. It has links to the Reverend Fred Nile’s Christian Democratic party.

Q Society board members Debbie Robinson, Peter Callaghan and Ralf Schumann are also named in the suit, as is YouTube, which hosts the two videos.

El Mouelhy, who has run his Halal Certification Authority for more than two decades, said he brought the action because his integrity had been attacked.

“I don’t like anybody to malign me, I’m an honest person and I don’t see why anybody should say these things,” he said.

Robinson declined to comment, citing legal advice. Smith also did not comment on the case, but told Guardian Australia her website “is about providing information to consumers so they can make a choice”.

A directions hearing in the defamation case is scheduled for 20 February.

Late on Tuesday the independent senator Jacqui Lambie threatened to introduce a private senator’s bill to stop what she believes is “halal money” funding Islamic State.

Addressing the upper house Lambie questioned whether halal certification funded militants in Syria and Iraq. She said she was prompted to look into the issue after receiving hundreds of emails from concerned residents.

A study the Tasmanian senator commissioned from the parliamentary library exposed some “surprising facts” that alarmed her.

Certifiers were not legally required to disclose their fees, nor was there a formal reporting or auditing system to ascertain whether funds were being misused, she said.

“Given that our enemies in Islamic State are receiving a steady cashflow to control their caliphate in Syria and Iraq, why isn’t there a legal requirement in Australia for halal certification fees to be disclosed?” Lambie said.

Lambie said if the government failed to answer her questions, she would introduce legislation to close such “legal loopholes”.

Source: The Guardian


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'Reclaim Australia’ is the name given to a series of public rallies planned for Saturday, April 4 It is a campaign promoting anti-Muslim protests and will bring together a wide range of Islamophobic individuals and organisations.


Reclaim Australia is spearheaded by Shermon Burgess (aka ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’ aka ‘Eureka Brigade’). Burgess has previously claimed to be a member of the ADL (and has the t-shirt to prove it) and while rejecting the notion that he is a racist or fascist, has also celebrated the deaths of asylum seekers at sea and encouraged a member of the Australian Navy, Jamie Patton, to murder asylum seekers arriving by boat — on the basis that they are ‘Muslim rapists and terrorists’.







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Zack Hunt blogs in Huff Post  



Only 0.6% of the population in the United States is Muslim.

Most of us in the 99% haven't even held a Quran in our hands.

Yet, remarkably, we are a country full of Islamic experts; many of whom are self-professed Christians.

From Facebook to cable news to talk radio, we're a nation swarming with folks convinced they know what Islam is really about and we've got verses from the Quran to prove it.

Armed with these contextless passages from a book we've never read and know nothing about about, we beat the drums of war and sanctify our hatred. Not simply against ISIS, but against anyone of a different skin color who reads the Quran and worships at a mosque.

But here's the thing....

If we cherry-pick verses from the Bible the way we cherry-pick verses from the Quran, we can "read" the Bible exactly like we "read" the Quran and come to the exact same conclusions about Christianity that we do about Islam being a religion of hate, violence, and oppression.

For example, Deuteronomy 3:3-7, Joshua 6:20-21, and 1 Samuel 15:3 all sanction the genocide of infidels. 1 Kings 18:40 is clear that we should also kill the infidel leaders of other religions. Exodus 21:1-11 gives us the go-ahead to own slaves. But not just any slaves. Need a little extra money? Exodus 21:7 suggests selling your daughter as a sex slave. And if we really want to prove to God that we submit to His will, Judges 11:29-40 tells us that sacrificing our children is a justified way to demonstrate our faithfulness.

But we shouldn't stop there.

The Bible also offers it's own version Sharia Law.

Do your children talk back to you? Well, Leviticus 20:9 is clear about what should be done: put them to death. Has someone in your community sinned with their hands? Mark 9:43 says chop their hands off. Did they sin with their eyes? Matthew 18:9 says gouge them out.

And let's not forget about women and their biblically approved second-class citizenship. We've got 1 Corinthians 14:34, Ephesians 5:22, and Colossians 3:18 to keep women silent, in their place, and subordinate to men. Oh, and 1 Corinthians 11:6 is clear that women need to keep their heads covered lest they make a disgrace of themselves.

2 Corinthians 6:14 is a great reminder to have nothing to do with the infidel. And just in case you were still feeling timid about that whole owning other human beings thing, Colossians 3:22, Ephesians 6:5, and 1 Peter 2:18 offer all the justification you need to keep your slaves in line.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg of verses that bear a striking resemblance to the passages we rip out of the Quran to denounce Islam.

"But Zack," you say, "The Law doesn't apply anymore! And you're taking those verses out of context anyway. That's not what Christianity and the Bible are really about. In fact, what you're saying is completely contrary to the gospel!"

I couldn't agree more.

But why is it ok for us to do the same thing with the Quran and then denounce Islam as fundamentally a religion of hate, violence, and oppression based on a handful of verses somebody posted on Facebook or broadcasted on cable news?

Now, don't get me wrong.

By no means am I trying to defend groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda, or Boko Haram. Their actions are reprehensible and indefensible. (Important note: even though we are often led to believe otherwise, they are being roundly condemned by the Muslim world for their violent perversion of Islam.)

However, we increasingly use our justified contempt of the actions of these groups that pervert Islam to justify our own hate for all Muslims regardless of what they themselves think about those terrorist organizations.

Instead of taking the time to actually read the Quran ourselves and listen to faithful Muslims tell us what their faith is actually about, we've allowed ourselves to buy into the hate-filled lies of fear-mongers on the Internet, cable news, talk radio, and even the pulpit. We cling to the cherry-picked verses they throw out from a book they've never read and rally around the converted outliers they parade out to confirm our suspicions of a secret Muslim conspiracy to take over the world.

But no matter how suspicious about Islam or rightfully angry at ISIS we might be, we can't ignore the fact that the vast majority of the Muslim world rejects ISIS as a perversion of Islam and then continue to claim that ISIS is true Islam. That would be like saying the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan represent true Christianity simply because they claim they do and we've found some verses from the Bible that prove it.

I'm not saying there aren't problematic passages in the Quran. There are, but there are just as many in the Bible. However, if we took the time to actually read the Quran, we would discover that like the Bible, there are just as many good verses in the Quran that speak of the same sort of love, justice, and grace we in the Church hold so dear.


And when other relations and orphans and the poor are present at the division of heritage, give them something therefrom and speak to them words of kindness. (Quran 4:8)



Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds [that] for them there is forgiveness and great reward. (Quran 5:9)



Indeed, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished you that you may take heed. (Quran 16:90)


Those who believe and do good deeds -- the Gracious God will create love in their hearts. (Quran 19:96)



And as for those who strive in Our path -- We will surely guide them in Our ways. And Indeed, Allah is with those who are of service to others. (Quran 29:69)


And when other relations and orphans and the poor are present at the division of heritage, give them something therefrom and speak to them words of kindness. (Quran 4:8)

Unfortunately, we have become so blinded by hate that many of us are unable to see the good in our Muslim neighbors and their holy book. Nor do we allow ourselves to see our own flaws both past and present, for to do so would be to blur the sharp lines we've drawn between the good guys (Christians) and the bad guys (Muslims).

Our hate for our Muslim neighbors and insecurity about the sins of the Church has become so irrational that even when someone makes a factual observation about how we too have perverted our own scripture to commit horrendous atrocities in the name of Jesus, we explode with rage at the mere thought that we could ever be like "those people."

I could be wrong, but I think we find ourselves at an important moment in history when the rubber really meets the road for those of us in the United States who call ourselves Christians.

Will we continue to fuel the fires of hate, mistrust, violence, and oppression?

Or will we choose to take the gospel seriously and actually love our Muslim neighbors and treat the Good Samaritans in our midst with the same dignity, grace, and respect that Jesus embodied?

In spite of our anger, will we dare to follow Jesus all the way to the cross and pray for our enemies that do seek our death and return their hate with love?

Or will we allow fear, mistrust, and misunderstanding transform Christianity into the very thing we so passionately denounce: a religion of hate?

Source: Huffington Post


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Reaction to recent comments Prince Charles made about the radicalisation of young Muslims and to President Obama's comments reminding people about the terrible things done in the name of Jesus Christ.





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Bringing together a balance of spiritual, emotional, physical & mental health education. A holistic Islamic approach to health & well-being.

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: Griffith University - Nathan Campus Building N78, Room -1.23

Session 1 - Spiritual Detox
by Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy
Session 3 - Permaculture Concepts
by Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy
Session 2 - Holistic Nutrition
by Br Mohammad Quadan
Session 4 - Health Foundation
by Br Mohammad Quadan

Course Fee: $30


Book Online or call 1800 100 786



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Islamic Relief is celebrating International Women's Day to empower women in Indonesia.


Ladies are invited to put on those delicate heels and dressy couture for a High Tea at The Hilton Brisbane City.


Cost: $65
Date: Sunday 8th March
Time : 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Contact: Farzana Hatia 0423827001 or Susan Almaani 0433182520

Babies in arms only and children at adult prices.
Limited seating, so secure your place quick!

Parking at the Wintergarden or Queen Street Carpark - Direct access to the Hilton from the Queen Street Mall

Looking for sponsorship opportunities? Contact the IRA Team.


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VACANCY: Halal Certifier – Islamic Council of Qld


The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is seeking an enthusiastic person to establish our halal certification services in the Brisbane and South East Qld region.





Key Facts

Job Type:         Permanent

Location:          Brisbane, multiple locations

Hours:              Approximately 38 to 40 hours per week

Salary:             Competitive Market Rates

Closing Date:   5pm on Friday, 27 February 2015

Key responsibilities & duties

1. Auditing and Inspection of existing certified outlets
2. Certification and Inspection of new customers seeking certification
3. Marketing and Promoting the newly formed ICQ Halal Directory and Advertising Services
4. Handling general queries from potential customers and building new relationships
5. Providing customer service and maintaining relationships with existing customers


Qualifications, skills and experience

1. No previous halal certification experience is necessary as you will be provided with training in that aspect.
2. We are seeking an enthusiastic person who is able to offer exceptional customer service to our new and existing customers. Applicants should be well organised and have good time management skills.
3. This is an opportunity to establish a new service offering and build a business. Your ability to promote the ICQ Halal Certification services (including the ICQ Halal Directory) to potential customers and the general public is a key selection criteria. Previous sales and marketing experience will be considered favourably but is not mandatory.
4. Applicants should also have a sound understanding of the commercial aspects of halal certification and awareness of the political sensitivities associated with halal certification.

Next Steps
If you wish to apply for the above role please submit a CV/Resume and a cover letter by email to icqnotices@gmail.com. Please insert "Halal Certifier Job Application" in the subject line.

If you have any queries in relation to the above role please also contact us by email at icqnotices@gmail.com.


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DATE: 13 February 2015

TOPIC: Justice is not relative

IMAM: Dr Mohamad Abdalla






DATE: 13 February 2015

TOPIC: “Have we failed?”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

AUDIO (MP3) LINK: http://www.masjidtaqwa.org.au/index.php/downloads/kuthba



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In this episode of '100 Muslims, 1 Question' American Muslims from all walks of life were asked: "What do you love most about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)?"


These are their responses



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Asalaamualaikum Wrb Dear respected brothers and elders mothers and sisters,


We hope and pray that you and your family are in the best of health and Eman inshallah.

Alhumdulilaa 6 months have passed by and by the grace of Allah swt we have collected $1.1 Million dollars in the bank towards our new Slackscreek mosque QLD (Existing massive Church purchased for Musjid).

We are still in need of $1Million dollars. This project is a golden opportunity for the people of Queensland, it is so difficult to build and receive approvals for Musjid in Australia. We are looking for 1000 people to donate $1000

One MUSALLAH costs $1000 and you can purchase a MUSALLAH with intention for you and your family.

IMAGINE every act of worship that takes place in this Musjid you and your family will receive reward until the day of judgment. We need your help settle this payment towards the house of Allah swt.


Musjid bank details
Suncorp Bank
Account number: 509169377
Account name: Al- Furqan Charitable Islamic Trust

For further information regarding the project please visit our website.

Kindly forward this message to all Muslim Contacts and receive reward from Allah SWT. Please remember this project in your humble Duas.

May Allah SWT reward all those who contribute towards the house of Allah SWT, with the best of this world and hereafter, highest level of JANNAH with Nabi Muhammad (saw)

Ameen Thuma Ameen
Slackscreek Committee

Dear CCN Readers


Sunnybank/Salisbury Meals on Wheels, invites everyone to their open day on Saturday 21st February, starting at 9am to 2pm.

They are, as are many other Meal on Wheels branches, providing all halal meals to their clients, and encourages the Muslim community to come to the open day, see their kitchens, taste their food, and even volunteer a few hours a week to either help in the kitchen or help with deliveries.

With changes in how Meals on Wheels can sell their meals, they can now offer a pick up direct from their kitchen that the general public can utilize. So for any reason whatsoever you can order your freshly cooked meals direct from Meals on Wheels and enjoy a cheap and nutritious meal, that’s cheaper than a takeaway.

Sunnybank/Salisbury MOW have their own fully functional kitchen on site and a blast chiller, so that all food is cooked fresh each day and extra meals are chilled immediately to prevent contamination. You can get a hot meal, or a frozen meal from them and know that its cooked fresh.

Get out to the open day, and support your local community organisation. Their kitchen is at 95 Lister St Sunnybank, behind the Lions Hall.


Yasmin Khan

President Qld Eidfest Association Inc.
Director Ethnic Communities Council of Qld
AFL Multicultural Ambassador
Multicultural Ambassador Asian Cup 2015
JP (Qual)
M: 0419 025 510


Pakistan Between Valentine, Modesty Day



Apart from what religious leaders advocated, many young Pakistanis expressed their will to celebrate the day.

ISLAMABAD – As shopping centers were abuzz with Valentine’s Day gifts around the world, Pakistani Muslims faced the recurrent debates on celebrating the day, regarded as a “Western conspiracy to spoil Muslim boys and girls.”

“It is totally forbidden and against Islam,” Shahid Imran Gondal, chief of the Shahbab-e-Milli youth wing in the capital, told DPA.

“The West wants to destroy our values of modesty through promotion of its vulgar activities,” he added.

Religious parties and student groups announced that they would celebrate February 14 as a Day of Modesty in Pakistan.

Among these groups comes the youth wing of Jamaat-e-Islami party which has been leading the effort for years against Valentine’s Day celebrations across the country.

Gondal said his group will go around and preach modesty by promoting use of the hijab veil among girls and women.

“The Day of Modesty gives us an opportunity to promote our culture among the youth and tell them that Islam has nothing to do with open expressions of love,” he said.




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Schools stop serving pork for religious reasons   


UK: Sausages off the menu at primary schools in Islington, north London, after council decides cost of ensuring Jewish and Muslim children avoid pork is too high

Schools in north London are no longer serving pupils sausages, chops or bacon after pork was taken off the menu for religious reasons, it has emerged.

Islington Council has stopped supplying pork to local primary schools in case young Jewish or Muslim children eat the meat by accident and contravene their beliefs.

Offering a choice of pork dishes was an "unnecessary cost", a spokesman said, because staff would have to monitor what every child ate.

"Young children, some as young as four, of different religious and ethnic backgrounds may not know which foods contain pork, or may not realise the importance of avoiding it due to their culture or beliefs," the spokesman said.

"Monitoring each child, every day ensuring they are avoiding pork, is an unnecessary cost at a time of tight budgets."


The Telegraph


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Racist, Anti-Muslim Questions Are Asked To Random Strangers In Public 




CANADA: Three guys took to the streets in a social experiment to see how Canadians would react to anti-Islamic hate signs. They were unsure of what to expect at first, given people’s general differing attitudes of bigotry and racism against Muslims.

The incident was staged on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on Remembrance Day, which is held to honour the country’s fallen soldiers who have died in the line of duty.

Ultimately, they wanted to see how people would react (not knowing they were on camera) when faced with anti-Islamic protest on such an important day.

The responses they received were very heart-warming, however, and show a very different rhetoric than the kind Bill O’Reilly used when he said “the world has a Muslim terrorism problem,” as if to imply that Islamic religion is the culprit.

When they asked someone if they were aware of what Muslims were up to in this country, there was no confusion between extremists and Muslims, in general. Here is the answer they received, instead of one filled with hate:

"I think that’s ridiculous because there’s nothing wrong with Muslims."

They weren’t going to make this social experiment that easy, however:

Don’t you think they (Muslims) are promoting the violence?

"Some are, some interpret it the way they want to interpret it. Just as Christians can interpret the Bible the way they want to – there’s no difference."

Another chimed in:

"There’s nothing wrong with Islam. I’m not Islamic but its a great religion. There’s a group within it that’s not using the religion correctly, they claim to, but they are exploiting it for their evil purposes. There’s a group within every religion that is whacked out."


If You Only News

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Chinese Imams Forced to Dance

Imams were forced to brandish the slogan that "our income comes from the CKP not from Allah". 


URUMQI – In another crackdown on religious freedoms, China has forced the imams of eastern Muslim majority district of Xinjiang to dance in the street, and swear to an oath that they will not teach religion to children as well telling them that prayer is harmful to the soul.

During the incident, reported by World Bulletin on Monday, February 9, Muslim imams were forced to brandish the slogan that "our income comes from the CKP not from Allah".

State Chinese news said the imams were gathering in a square in the name of civilization where they were forced to dance and chant out slogans in support of the state.
The slogans included statements glorifying the state over religion such as 'peace of the country gives peace to the soul’.

They also gave speeches telling youth to stay away from mosques, and that the prayer was harmful to their health, encouraging them to dance instead.

Female teachers were instructed to teach children to stay away from religious education and made to swear an oath that they will keep children away from religion.

Uighur Muslims are a Turkish-speaking minority of eight million in the northwestern Xinjiang region.

Xinjiang, which activists call East Turkestan, has been autonomous since 1955 but continues to be the subject of massive security crackdowns by Chinese authorities.

Rights groups accuse Chinese authorities of religious repression against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang in the name of counter terrorism.

Last November, Xinjiang banned the practicing of religion in government buildings, as well as wearing clothes or logos associated with religious extremism.

n August, the northern Xinjiang city of Karamay prohibited young men with beards and women in burqas or hijabs from boarding public buses.

Earlier in July, China banned students and government staff from observing Ramadan fasting, as officials tried to encourage locals in Xinjiang not to wear Islamic veils.

Source: OnIslam

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Interfaith group cries foul over free Quran, advises non-Muslims against


KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 — An interfaith group today accused a project to distribute one million copies of the Quran of being a concerted effort to persuade non-Muslims to abandon their faith, and urged non-Muslims not to accept the translation of the Islamic holy text.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) also dismissed the project’s purported objective to remove misconceptions of Islam, and labelled it a disguised propagation of Islam and in “bad faith”.

“MCCBCHST is of the view that the intended distribution of the translated copies of the Quran to non-Muslims is obnoxious as a similar right is not given to non-Muslims,” the group said in a statement. The group further said the Quran should not be distributed so freely as the copies might be disrespected, and some Muslims might find it blasphemous to see non-Muslims owning those translated copies of Quran."


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Huge crowd of Muslim protesters picket Downing Street to protest at Charlie Hebdo cartoons



LONDON: The protesters, many of whom were divided into groups of men and women, and included children, gathered just yards from the Cenotaph

At least 1,000 Muslim protesters gathered outside the gates of Downing Street to protest against the depictions of the Prophet Mohammed in Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine.

The protestors, many of whom were divided into groups of men and women, gathered just yards from the Cenotaph which remembers Britain’s war dead, and blocked half of Whitehall as they demonstated.

The protest was organised by the Muslim Action Forum, which said that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons had helped “sow the seeds of hatred” and had damaged community relations.

One young child, who appeared to be under the age of 10, stood next to a placard displaying the message: “Charlie and the abuse factory”.

A series of Muslim leaders addressed the crowd from a platform outside the Ministry of Defence, with the message “Be careful with Muhammad”.

The meeting was organised by the Muslim Action Forum, which was handing out leaflets about the demonstration on Whitehall.

The leaflet said: “The recent re-publishing of the cartoons, caricatures and depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by Charlie Hebdo magazine and other publishers is a stark reminder that freedom of speech if regularly utilised to insult personalities that others consider sacred.

“Such actions are deliberating insulting and provoking to Muslims worldwide as British citizens, we believe that these publications will continue to ‘sow the seeds of hatred’ and damage community relations.

In an apparent reference to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine the leaflet added that “regrettably some Muslims” had “taken the un-Islamic path of human destruction”.

It added: “The vast majority of Muslims worldwide shall not denigrate their historical and current values by reciprocating hatred.

Source: The Telegraph


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• Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Australian women
• Heart disease claims 29 female lives every day (10, 476 deaths in 2009) – Aust Bureau of statistics
• Heart disease kills almost four times as many women as breast cancer
• 90% of women have at least one risk factor and 50% have two or more

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KB says:  Gatsby (hoagie in the US) is South African, from the Cape Flats, and is crammed with a variety of ingredients and most commonly accompanied with chips stuffed inside. To assemble a Gatsby slice open a whole white bread French loaf and line it with lettuce and vegies and the steak. Close the top half of the bread to make a sandwich and cut into four parts. My thanks go to Julie Hatia for the very tasty masala steak recipe which makes for an ideal filling.

Masala Steak Gatsby Sandwich





500g rump steak, thinly sliced against the grain
2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp chilli powder
1 large onion chopped
2 tomatoes grated
Juice of a lemon
2 tab. oil


For Gatsby Sandwich

1 large soft baguette, cut lengthwise.
Freshly fried chips
Shredded lettuce
Sliced tomato and cucumber
Tomato or peri peri sauce (optional)


1. Combine all the spices and rub into the meat.
2. Heat the oil and add the onion and braise until its light brown.
3. Add the meat and cook with the lid on over medium heat for about 45mins or until the meat is soft and tender.
4. Add the tomatoes and lemon juice and cook for another 15 to 20 mins or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
5. You can serve the above with vegetables as a main meal or as a filling for your Gatsby sandwich.

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Fasalludin was on his death bed (in a Dubai hospital) with wife, children and nurse beside him.

Fasalludin to eldest son: You take the 15 bungalows at Jumeirah Beach.

To daughter: You take the 8 bungalows at Palm Jumeirah.

To youngest son : You are my youngest and most dearest and I want your future to be bright, so you keep the 20 offices at the Marina.

To wife : Dear Zulekhabibi, you keep all 11 of our Central Financial Centre building flats.

The nurse was listening in on this and was quite impressed saying to the wife: Wow...You are lucky to have such a husband who is so rich and giving you and the children all these properties.

Wife: What properties? What rich ...

He owns the milk delivery run in the CBD and he's distributing our responsibilities of delivering milk to his clients in the morning.

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And you (O reader!) bring your Lord to remembrance in your (very) soul, with humility and in reverence, without loudness in words, in the mornings and evenings; and you be not of those who are unheedful.

Surah Al-A'raf 7:205


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People are qualified for civil liberty,

in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains on their own appetites.

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things,

that men of intemperate minds cannot be free.

Their passions forge their fetters.

~ Edmund Burke


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Brisbane Northside Muslimahs Support Group
To help sisters on the northside of Brisbane to connect with their local sisters.

We will endeavour to have regular meetings, either for a lesson/discussion on
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Time: 7.00pm sharp
Date: Wednesday 11 February 2014
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available.




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