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Facebook 'harasser' gets 180 hours for 'rag head' rant

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought

Akala on Britain's inherent xenophobia

 The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week

Comrades Marathon 2015

What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions

AIIC Family Fun Night

Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Continental Club Round Up

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Train hero defended Muslim women against abuse

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

ICB Fete: next SUNDAY 7 JUNE

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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Brisbane Community Notice: Night of 15th Shabaan

The CCN Chuckle

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Halal certification is not so different to organic labelling

Celebrating #RamadanAustralia

Muslim women speak out on community backlash

ABC Interview with Dr Anne Aly

Rejecting Australian IS defectors an opportunity lost

QPS/Muslim Community Meeting

Join MAA & MCF on Saturday 6th June!

Govt sidelining Muslim community-groups
Saudi Girls Get to Drive, but Only in a Videogame

10 Pakistani Scientists who Made a Difference

This is our Islam: Ararat Muslims

Ramadhan Round the Corner - Roundup

Jumma Lecture Recordings



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A Queensland woman has been sentenced to 180 hours of community service for a barrage of social media abuse towards prominent Australian Muslim woman Mariam Veiszadeh.


A Queensland woman has been sentenced to 180 hours of community service for a barrage of social media abuse towards a prominent Australian Muslim woman.

Jay-Leighsa Bauman (pictured above) was charged with 'using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence' for anti-Islamic comments towards community advocate Mariam Veiszadeh in early January.

Twenty-two-year-old Bauman’s tweets included describing Ms Veiszadeh as a “rag head”, “dirty Islamic scum” and to go back to her “dirty sand dune country”.

Last year Ms Veiszadeh, a lawyer, criticised a Woolworths store in Cairns on Twitter for allegedly selling a singlet printed with “Love it or leave” and an Australian flag.

“I am relieved that the matter is finally over,” Ms Veiszadeh said in a statement to SBS World News.

“I’ve been quite anxious about the entire ordeal given that many bigoted and white supremacist groups have been falsely claiming that I got Bauman arrested and were using this as a means to generate further vitriol against me and fellow Australian Muslims.”


Bigots need to recognise that whilst they are entitled to their views, there are consequences to their actions - that mere words can lead to devastating consequences for those whom they seek to target.

Mariam Veiszadeh

“The incident itself and the barrage of abuse which it subsequently triggered has been incredibly testing and, the entire ordeal, harrowing."

Australian Defence League posted the tweet to its thousands of Facebook followers, it was picked up by a right-wing group in the US, and she was then subjected to a torrent of social media abuse, including from Bauman.

Social media trolls posted pictures of Ms Veiszadeh’s head next to pigs and digitally manipulated images of her being stoned to death.

“No one should have to endure death threats, receiving abusive phone calls and messages, have bacon sent to them in the mail, have their accounts hacked all simply because they dared express an opinion,” Ms Veiszadeh said.

“Bigots need to recognise that whilst they are entitled to their views, there are consequences to their actions - that mere words can lead to devastating consequences for those whom they seek to target.”

When she went public with the threats, again on Twitter, the response from followers and supporters resulted in the hashtag #IStandWithMariam trending nationally.

SBS World News has contact Bauman’s lawyer for comment.

The sentence was handed down in Ipswich Magistrates Court on 21 May.

Source: SBS


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The UK comedian Frankie Boyle is one of the few performers currently on UK television worth listening to. He insists on pointing out the complicity of the UK establishment with mass child abuse. He talks about the crimes and exploitation of the British empire, and links that to the ongoing debate around “immigration.” He criticizes Israel (and Britain’s complicity in supporting Israeli apartheid). He makes the wrong kind of jokes about American military aggression. He protests against Guantanamo Bay. And he refuses to talk about poverty and corruption using the BBC’s customary euphemisms (mainly because unlike almost everyone else who works for the BBC, Boyle is working class).

All this means that when Boyle is allowed to make a TV show, it doesn’t actually go on TV. Instead it goes online only, where the BBC hope it won’t get seen by the swivel-eyed right wing press.

This week, he put out Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy, an unapologetically frank assessment of the UK’s suicidal re-election of the Conservative Party.

Boyle had the excellent rapper and writer Akala on to comment on the proposition that “Britain is racist to the core.” His answer was so good he even convinced the audience.


Watch, learn and share: (Warning - colourful language)



Source: Africa Is A Country 


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Dr Anver Omar returns to South Africa for the 97km Comrades Marathon up run from Durban To Pietermaritzburg starting today (Sunday) at 1pm Brisbane time from the Durban City Hall.


Dr Omar is aiming for his 10th Comrades medal which will earn him his hard-earned permanent Comrades marathon number having completed some 1700km in training this year around the streets of Kuraby (Brisbane).


My biggest challenge will be cajoling my undertrained son, eNCA TV journalist, Yusuf, to finish in 12 hours," Omar told CCN. "We scraped in with 10 mins to spare last year and the 12 hour process felt like giving birth to him."


Father and son at the 2014 finish


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Wow! What an exciting and fun filled night at the college on 23rd May, 2015. Families and friends of AIIC gathered for a wonderful evening of activities organised for all ages. Glow sticks, face painting, kid’s movies, find the treasure stall, lots of lollies and “make a mask” activities kept us all busy until the sumptuous dinner was served. This delicious menu was followed by spectacular fireworks. This very successful night offered a great opportunity for all families and friends to socialise and get to know each other and also to share the wonderful things happening at AIIC.

By Reem Ali – Year 8 Student




By Nazihah Tasneem Islam – Year 1 A Student



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Sixty players comprising 15 groups tee'd off from various holes in the recent Continental Club golf tournament held at the Palmer Gold Coast course on Sunday 17 May.

By 1:00pm everyone was well on their way through the first 9 holes and by 3:30pm all players had managed to work their way through an enjoyable yet challenging 18 holes.


Tournament Highlights



A Division
1st Place: Riaz Ali

B Division
1st Place: Idris Jangda

C Division
1st Place: Ebrahim Gutta

Open Division
1st Place: Furqaan Ismail


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A Good Samaritan who jumped to the defence of three Muslim women being verbally abused on a Melbourne train does not blame other commuters for not stepping in.

Jason Cias, 36, supported the three women who were being vilified by two tradesmen on a Craigieburn-bound train on Friday, May 15.


You hear of people getting hurt, what you don't hear about is the people that do step in and nothing bad happens to them.

The train had left Melbourne Central station when the tradesmen began abusing the women, telling them their headscarfs should not be worn in Australia.

"One of them made reference to her headscarf, saying 'You shouldn't be wearing that s--- in Australia,'" Mr Cias said.

He said one of the women appeared to try to calm the situation in Arabic, which was met with another barb from the men.

"The comment was, 'You shouldn't be speaking that s--- in Australia,'" Mr Cias said.

The women stepped off the train at North Melbourne.

It was when one of the men called after them "I'll f---ing smash ya" that Mr Cias stepped in.

"I said to the guy, 'Mate, they're women'. The implication there was you don't threaten people, particularly women," he said.

Mr Cias said he was told to mind his own business, before one of the men stood over him and punched him in the face.

Another passenger on the train filmed the incident on her mobile phone and tried to raise the alarm via the emergency button, but Mr Cias said he understood why others did not step in with him.

"The common response to that sort of thing is you give the person doing the wrong thing a dirty look, but you don't get involved, that's the automatic response these days," he said.

"I understand why, there is a sense of frustration about that, but that's countered by the fact that people are scared. It's a common fear.

"You hear one terrible story about something being done to someone for stepping in and you assume that's going to happen to you. You hear of the occasions of people getting hurt, what you don't hear about is the people that do step in and nothing bad happens to them.

"You always have to be aware of your safety, but it's a matter of weighing up your own sense of what's right."

Mr Cias said his proximity to the two men who instigated the attack influenced his decision to act.

"If I'd have been a half a dozen people back I might not have felt as responsible," he said.

His comments echo the "the bystander effect": a psychological theory on why people in large crowds are less likely to help someone in distress.

The effect refers to a "diffusion of responsibility" that occurs when people look to others to take the lead and wait for someone else to act.

It was the threat of violence from the two tradesmen towards the women that riled Mr Cias.

"I detest violence in any way, but particularly violence against women. It's a personal thing, I just don't think it's right," he said.

Mr Cias said he would do the same again, despite being punched.

"It's the sort of thing that does test your beliefs and you work out if you are true to your convictions," he said.

His only regret is that he did not step in sooner.

"I probably would have said something earlier … but [one of the women] seemed to be holding her own," Mr Cias said.

"That said, I should have supported her. She hadn't done anything that warranted being subjected to that."

Mr Cias said he was humbled by the response from the public to the footage of the incident.

"People are really supportive of what I did, which is really, really good. Hopefully it does encourage people to take a stand, but also being mindful of their safety," he said.

Police met Mr Cias and the witnesses near Kensington station, taking statements and copies of the video and images of the offenders.

Flemington police are investigating the incident and have urged anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report to

Source: The Age 


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Please be informed that the Muslim section of the Mt Gravatt Cemetery will be open from Tuesday night from Magrib to Fajr on Wednesday (2nd and 3rd June).


There will be lighting and security guards on patrol throughout this period.

Also be aware that the Mains Road entrance will be locked from 6.00pm and the only entrance available will be the one from the University Drive.


UNIVERSITY DRIVE ,ENTRANCE, IT IS REQUESTED ,that all who attend do so with respect & Decorum, in all manner,& especially in your driving Habits.
The BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL ,IS TOTALLY CO –OPERATIVE,& RESPECTFULL, of the function & always works with our community ,in such practices.


"The Islamic Society of Algester, in conjunction with the Islamic Council of QLD have as in the past, organized the opening throughout the night on this auspicious night," Mr Rahman Deen told CCN. "I would like to request that all who attend do so with respect and decorum, and drive with care and consideration around the place during this period."


Mr Deen also offered his thanks and appreciation to the Brisbane City Council for being sensitive to the needs of the community.


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A Sunni Australian Muslim community group in Brisbane believes it's winning the fight against radicalisation by providing guidance to young people that couples social activities with religious teaching.


Ali Kadri, of the Queensland Islamic Council, believes that camps and nightime events he's been organising are lessening the influence of irresponsible ‘backyard sheikhs’ and the extremist online messages aimed at susceptible young men.

The events attempt to overcome the feelings of alienation and marginalisation that he believes are key traits among young people ‘at risk’ of radicalisation.

But the process is sensitive and young people should not feel targeted or stigmatised, he warned. He's called for an increase in communication between government bodies and community organisations.

Winning the 'hearts of minds' of young people

Ali Kadri’s community events in Brisbane’s Holland Park Mosque – one of the oldest in the country - generate a “counter-narrative” to violent messages and he believes he’s winning the information war, and the “hearts and minds” of young Australian Muslims.

“We counter the propaganda that (the terrorist organisation) ISIS spreads... Burning pilots and beheading innocent people have nothing to do with Islam,” he said.

“It’s important in the CVE (counter violent extremism) space to let Muslims know that there’s not a war against Islam, and the Middle East conflict has a lot to do with politics.”

Young Australian Muslims who regurgitate the violent online messages of irresponsible preachers are being “shouted down on Facebook”, according to Kadri.

Kadri's group camps and Tuesday night events teach the basics of Islam from historical sources – rather than the internet – attract around 100 young Muslim lads. Friday night sermons by Imam Uzair (pictured right) include political meditations as well as traditional Islamic teaching, and are attended by around 500 Australian Muslims.

Kadri said Imam Uzair is “not your typical imam. He’s a gym head, plays golf and cricket, and he’s memorised the Koran. He’s spiritual yet modern – someone (young people) can connect to and be friends with. He mingles with the boys, plays sport and then he starts teaching religion.”

Islam can provide solutions to countering radicalisation, Kadri said, but many young Australian Muslims “don’t know Islam.”

“But there’s not one factor (in radicalisation),” he added, and believes it's important to help boys overcome social issues by guiding them through training and employment programs.

“They’re marginalised and feel like they’re getting nowhere in life. They can turn to crime - it happens to non-Muslims, too, and they join bikie gangs,” he said.

Sometimes radicalised individuals can slip through such community programs, in spite of best efforts. Kadri said he had dealings with one of the men who was arrested in Brisbane by a counter-terrorism operation in September and charged with recruting foreign fighters. “We’d spend hours debating religious issues, but he didn’t come to the lectures.”

He invited him to local workshops “to try and involve them in the democratic way of life, but he was feeling alienated and started chatting to people on the internet.”

“He changed his phone number and stopped talking to people who disagreed with his views,” Kadri said.
Getting it right in the future

The work of bringing young men into the peaceful fold is not without challenges. Kadri said. When Muslims, particularly women, feel like they are being targeted it can have a polarising effect on young Muslim men. “It kills what we do,” he said.

He believes there needs to be more interaction between levels of government and community organisations like his, and believes good communication can go a long way.

He cited an Australian non-Muslim who works as a cultural liaison officer for the Australian Federal Police in Brisbane, and has built strong relationships with young boys in the program. “It’s worked well – he’s changed some of their views and he’s made a huge impact,” he said.

He believes more partnerships are needed for prevention programs like his to ensure those ‘at risk’ of violent extremism can be brought back to achieve a truly fulfilling life.


Matt Khoury is a Sydney-based author and journalist with 14 years' experience as an independent, mainstream and government media editor. He has also reported from war zones, refugee camps and tropical beaches. He is the current editor of The Point Magazine.


Source: The Point Magazine 


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Paul Syvret

HERE’S a scoop for you: halal certified food funds Islamic terror, erodes our most basic and cherished values and promotes a slippery slope descent into such perversions as bestiality, wind farms, death cults and rampant secularism.

Thankfully, we have conservative warrior Senator Cory Bernardi leading a charge to tackle this leftist, Islamist, politically correct attack on our Australian way of life.

If it weren’t for Bernardi’s common sense in pushing for a Senate inquiry into the creeping terror of halal food certification in Australia, before long even our Christmas hams could be on the endangered species list.

Such is the insidious nature of halal that, left unchecked, our children will be eating hummus and chickpeas with lamb broth in between rolling out their prayer mats and looking up roadside bomb-making instructions on the internet before you can say Allahu Akbar.

OK, we exaggerate slightly, but if you start seeking information about halal food certification on the internet, all manner of conspiracy theories present themselves.

Key “what are halal foods?” into your search engine and you will find anti-halal websites that are about as honest and informative as some of propaganda sites run by the anti-vaccination wing nuts or chemtrail loonies.

These conspiracy sites – which link to agitprop from the likes of Dutch Islamophobe Geert Wilders – want halal certification ended and often call for boycotts of companies who certify their products ­accordingly.

“Oh my God, I just had a cup of Dilmah tea with a piece of Cadbury chocolate … I may be infected … Jesus please save me before I go shopping for a burka.”

What an absolute nonsense and a waste not only of our Parliament’s time but also your tax dollars.

Here are a few facts.

Halal certification is not that different to any other certification of food products, be it organic, gluten- free or kosher. Basically it verifies that there are not substances such as alcohol, pork or associated byproducts in the food, and the meat has been slaughtered in accordance with Muslim belief (which dictates the animal not be irreversibly stunned prior to meeting its ­demise).

Ironically, you’ll find that kosher foods follow not dissimilar guidelines and, in some strict Jewish families, the standards are even more stringent. Interestingly, some white supremacists refer to kosher food certification as a “Jewish tax” and level the same charges that are made against halal, so at least we have some common ground in our misguided hates. Any nominal fees charged for certification (like any other seal of approval) are usually absorbed by companies seeking the relevant tick and meet the costs of the certifying bodies – as is the case with any other food standards check.

They do not underwrite ISIS, go toward the upkeep of the secret Nazi moon base, bankroll the Agenda 21 conspiracy or any other lunatic twaddle you can think of.

In fact, for those paranoid enough to worry about halal certification and what they deem to be an “Islamic tax”, can I ask how you feel about eating Weet-Bix of a morning? After all, this Sanitarium product is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist church (arguably one of the more fundamentalist Christian faiths) and is also halal certified.

How do you feel about the economic welfare of Australia’s primary producers, whose meat and livestock and other food produce is ­exported to lucrative markets in Muslim nations such as Indonesia and Malaysia or the Middle East which place considerable stock in such certification? In the same way Australian consumers may want to know whether imported food is safe, dolphin free, genetically modified, contains MSG or whatever, why should we seriously need to worry about a halal label?

According to some of the denizens of the good Senator Bernardi’s website though, if a food has been blessed by somebody who may believe in a different imaginary friend then their very salvation is under threat:

“Could you also find out how I as a Christian can undo the halal certification,” pleads Cheryl. “My beliefs are that I can’t eat food that has been prayed over to a false idol …”

Well Cheryl, maybe in this globalised world some Muslims, Jews, Buddhists (think not eating meat of the sacred cow), feel the same way.

The nuttiness has actually got to the point where bloggers on the site of Australia’s one-man answer to the Tea Party (presumably Liptons not Dilmah when it comes to halal issues) are asking the following:

“Not sure if you get to read this Cory … but I would really like to know how you feel about the inquiry being chaired by (Senator Sam) Dastyari. He would have opposed the inquiry as a Labor member. He is also Iranian born & possibly a Muslim?”

Lock your doors, and hide your lamb roasts, for the halal terror is ­apparently upon us.

Source: Courier Mail 


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The Federal Government's "helping communities counter violent extremism" Living Safe Together programme issued the following message this week:

Ramadan is an important and sacred time of year for Muslim Australians.


It is a time for self-examination and increased religious devotion.


Ramadan is the most joyful month of the year in the Islamic calendar and we would love to see how Muslim Australians take part in and celebrate Ramadan.


So we encourage you to capture your Ramadan experience in pictures and videos, and upload these to your social media channels using the hashtag #RamadanAustralia

We can’t wait to see you in niyyah (fasting), your family gatherings, the iftar meal that breaks your fast and the kind acts and charity work you do during #RamadanAustralia.


Let’s get this trending and show the world how we celebrate!


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By Widyan Fares 

Two prominent Muslim women, civil rights lawyer Lydia Shelly and author Randa Abdel-Fattah, have spoken about the community backlash they receive when they speak out on Muslim affairs and women’s rights.

Muslim community advocate and lawyer Lydia Shelly (pictured left) said she went to the Lindt Café, accompanied by friends, to pay respects the day after the Martin Place siege. She was subsequently subjected to a barrage of online attacks from within the Muslim community – many of which questioned the sincerity of her grief.

“I was told I deserved it because I was a ‘public person’ and that they had every right to question my politics publicly."

“I kept thinking, ‘This is the reason why we are facing our problems, because even in our grief we attack each other and we are unable to see our humanity,” Shelly said.

She understands why some members within the community strongly oppose her views but said it doesn't justify public threats.

“It is incredibly painful and demoralising. It causes me a great deal of angst… but they say if you’re a public person they can attack you publicly.”


I think that female advocates cop it far more…we are judged on our appearance and we are fighting patriarchy and misconceptions both within our own communities and the broader Australian community.

– Lydia Shelley

The experience is shared by many Australian Muslims who speak to the media. Many claim they’ve been abused and humiliated – both at community events and online – and called ‘apologists’, ‘sell-outs’, ‘moderate Muslims’ and have even received threats of physical violence from within their own communities.

The Muslim community is racially diverse and there are different sects of Islam - and indeed many Muslim communities - which can make it difficult to agree on appropriate spokespeople.

Many Muslim community members say that genuine Muslim community leaders and their concerns aren’t being listened to by the media. They’re also tired of having to continually denounce terrorism and prove their loyalty as Australians.

Others believe that the community's “dirty laundry” shouldn’t be aired publicly and disagreements should be resolved internally within the community.

Prominent media spokeswoman, PhD candidate and author, Randa Abdel-Fattah (pictured right) said being a community advocate sometimes means being caught in a “double-bind”.

She told The Point Magazine she’s had to censor her views on Muslim women issues due to the responses it might trigger within her own community. “In short, I hold back because I will be targeted as a 'western feminist'.”

“The community is hurting. It is vulnerable and being attacked on all sides - sometimes the disempowered lash out at the easier target.”

“We also have some atrocious spokespeople. The very idea of being a spokesperson annoys me. I do not make this claim.”

“I welcome criticism from people who are putting in their own work and effort because their critique is credible, but nothing is more insulting than being lectured to by somebody who won't take the time to inform themselves to the degree we need to in order to effectively engage with the media,” she said.



Widyan Fares is a project manager at Multicultural NSW and writer. She was formally a journalist at SBS and also hosted SBS PopAraby Arabic music program.


Source: The Point Magazine


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What exactly are "de-radicalisation programs" and how might they work?
Is it possible to de-radicalise Isis soldiers, or members of any extremist group in the world?

Counter-terrorism expert Dr Anne Aly explains the different approaches of de-radicalisation, and why it's important for Australia to take an active and effective role in de-radicalising young Australians.



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By Waleed Ali 

Returning terrorists can reveal the horrors of IS with more credibility than anyone else. So why strip their citizenship?

As things stand, you could murder the Queen, the Governor-General and the Prime Minister, and keep your citizenship. You'd be guilty of treason. You'd almost certainly go to prison for life. But you'd die as an incarcerated Australian, even if you had dual citizenship.

Australians, you see, can be just about anything. We can be frauds, armed robbers and rapists; embezzlers, torturers and serial killers. We'll be named, shamed and imprisoned for these things, but none of them we deem sufficient to extinguish our nationality. If you're born an Australian citizen, it's damn hard to lose that.

That's what is so significant about the Abbott government's policy, confirmed this week, to strip dual nationals who've joined ISIL of their Australian citizenship. It reveals that these crimes exist in a separate category, characterised not merely by their badness, but by their betrayal.

That's what makes terrorism such a special case even though it kills so few Australians compared to, say, car accidents or domestic violence. Those events we characterise (however incorrectly) as private tragedies: offences against private victims. Terrorism is an offence against our public selves. The scale of its repugnance lies not in the direct damage it does, which is limited, but in the symbolic damage inherent in such a violent rejection of the collective us.

That's why there's a catharsis in stripping citizenship from these people. It's a secular act of excommunication. And, just like its religious counterpart, it makes us feel better about those still in the fold. We're purifying ourselves of disbelievers. But this implicitly requires us to view terrorism in one of two ways: either as war, or as unconventional politics.

The war analogy, of course, has dominated our discourse on terrorism since the September 11 attacks, and explains why it is that the only other way for a dual national to lose an Australian citizenship acquired at birth is to serve in the armed forces of a country fighting ours. But hereabouts we run into problems. First, that if the post-9/11 era has taught us anything, it is that treating terrorism as war has been a ghastly failure. It has only compounded the disaster and amplified the problem to the extent we now consider a terrorist attack on home soil more likely than at any other time in our history.

We're beginning to recognise that we can't simply bomb terrorism out of existence. The task now is to persuade people not to be seduced. No military can do that. That is a task of politics.

But secondly – and more intriguingly – this approach is increasingly at odds with the way governments and security organisations are talking about terrorism.


This is the era of "radicalisation"; of lone-wolves and kids succumbing to radical propaganda. Islamic State, as it confronts us in Australia, is not a conventional army or even a structured terrorist organisation, but a movement to which people recruit themselves.


That's why the Prime Minister spends so much time talking about the role of the internet. It's why we talk about young Muslims being "groomed" by recruiters in a similar way to the victims of paedophiles. We're beginning to recognise that we can't simply bomb terrorism out of existence. The task now is to persuade people not to be seduced. No military can do that. That is a task of politics.

The trouble, though, is that we take the logic of terrorism as politics only so far before we abandon it. Take the other major recent development: Australians who've gone to Syria only to discover that beneath Islamic State's utopian promise is a gruesome lie. Now they're trying to get out and come home. And as more Australians inevitably make the same discovery, we'll see a lot more of this.

This might just be the best news we've had in a year. We've been sweating on precisely this kind of crack in the edifice of IS propaganda. The truth is that we can brand IS as "death cult" all we like. We can condemn it on some kind of relentless loop if it satisfies us but, in practical terms, none of it means a thing when it comes from the mainstream. Radical politics expects mainstream rejection – indeed it requires that for its own legitimacy. When we tell ourselves how evil IS is, we need to be clear: this is a performance for our own benefit, not to persuade people who might otherwise be charmed.

The one thing radical politics cannot withstand is when its own true believers reveal its hypocrisy. The Caliph may have no clothes, but it's his subjects who must call it out. And yet it is precisely at this juncture that we refuse to take advantage.

The one thing radical politics cannot withstand is when its own true believers reveal its hypocrisy. The Caliph may have no clothes, but it's his subjects who must call it out. And yet it is precisely at this juncture that we refuse to take advantage.

Asked about the possible return of such people, the government eagerly reiterates: we don't want them back, but if we must receive them, we have no interest in anything other than punishing them. That impulse is easy to understand: after all, the crime is clear. But is the impulse strategic? Are these people of more use to us stuck in Syria than they would be telling other Australians about the horrors of IS with vastly more credibility than anyone else? Is the aim to punish them, or stem further recruitment? Are we after vengeance, or some manner of victory?

To be clear, I'm not advocating such crimes go unpunished. Even the lawyers of these people accept they'll be prosecuted. But it's telling that we can see nothing beyond this; that we so resolutely refuse even to acknowledge this potential gift because we're too busy reiterating our hatred for these people. Somehow, it was easier to accept the idea of Soviet spies defecting to the West in the Cold War than it is for us to imagine someone might have joined ISIL naively, and has discovered their error.

Maybe that's because they rejected us first. Maybe it's an extension of the catharsis we feel when we extinguish someone's citizenship. But here's the danger: by rejecting anything that doesn't begin and end with condemnation – as if by reflex – we're surrendering the politics of terrorism in precisely the way ISIL so effectively isn't.

Waleed Aly is a Fairfax Media columnist and winner of the 2014 Walkley award for best columnist. He also lectures in politics at Monash University.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald 


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Opinion by Ali Kadri 

Last week quite a few high profile people including the PM have weighed into the debate on what to do with these so-called “homesick jihadis”, wanting to return home. Unlike the executed drug smugglers, Mayuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chen there is very little sympathy for these Australians who have broken the law and apparently have had a change of heart. I believe that most opinions are based on emotions rather than rational thinking. Prosecution and incarceration can be effective tools but these are not the only solutions or necessarily the best solutions to address the issue of radicalisation.

Harsher opinions have varied from locking the returnees indefinitely to cancelling the citizenship of those with dual citizenships and those with overseas born parents. It seems that most people who are taking a hardline approach have a very little to no understanding of the scale and the intensity of the current conflict in the Middle East and its impact on our society.

I am not surprised that most opinions are based on negative emotions like anger and fear, when it comes to ‘foreign fighters’. After all, there is a significant imbalance in reporting of terrorist atrocities compared to brutality of Assad regime or impact of drug trafficking. To witness the impact of negative emotions one only has to read an opinion piece written by Caroline Marcus with words like “soft-touches” and “stupid” are used to describe the people who suggest a softer approach. I am sure there are solid basis for the anger, fear and anxiety when it comes to these ‘foreign fighters’. After all, it is very hard for a successful journalist to understand the appeal of a brutal conflict against the peace and tranquility of our country.

Fortunately, the decision makers of our country still to a large extent listen to the advice of experts. One such expert Associate Professor Nick O’Brien addressed the National Security Conference in Melbourne last week. Speaking to ABC later on, he suggested a softer and in my opinion much more effective approach.

"We need to put them through some kind of de-radicalisation program and part of that would be that they would talk [in video messages] about their experiences over there” he said.

"I think young people who are considering going over to Iraq or Syria are not going to listen to me or the Prime Minister or probably not even to senior members of their community, but they will listen to people who've been over there and have had a bad experience."

With 30 years of law enforcement career including a role as a counter-terrorism chief of Scotland Yard, it will be stupid to consider him a “soft-touch” or “stupid”.

He is not the only expert who holds this opinion, in February this year White House held a summit on Countering Violent Extremism to discuss reintegration programs. It was attended by major scholars including Matthew Levitt, who is a fellow and director of the Stein program on counterterrorism and intelligence at Fromer-Wexler.

Talking about the possible rehabilitation and reintegration of radicalised youth, he explicitly said, “It is therefore neither "soft" nor "weak" to be talking about how to rehabilitate them”.

If these expert opinions are not enough to emphasize the importance, a research conducted by Dr. Sarah Marsden of University of St. Andrews in UK found that “The UK government’s increasingly punitive response to those involved in terrorism risks undermining efforts to successfully reintegrate former extremists” and such policies “may hamper efforts to protect the public from future terrorist attacks”.

Besides the obvious prosecution issues with collecting evidence from a foreign war zone, the idea of cancelling citizenships and locking people away is counter productive at many levels. The purpose of any policy in relation to extremism should be to ensure that it results in safety and security of all Australians. The challenge we face is new and is linked to conflicts, which we have very little understanding or control of. The emotional rhetoric from politicians and some media commentators is aggravating the problem while offering little to no solutions.

As a community leader who has worked with young people, I believe that the phenomenon of the so-called “foreign fighters” has seen its peak. Those who were going to leave have left or have had their passports cancelled. The current focus of all policy discussion should be on ensuring that young boys and girls are immune to the terrorist propaganda. The director general of security at ASIO, Duncan Lewis, echoed the most reasonable solution suggested by many experts across the world; “social cohesion” he said is a “silver bullet” to solve the problem of radicalisation. Therefore, when it comes to rehabilitating foreign fighters and using them to deter others, I will take the opinion of levelheaded experts and scholars over an emotional and angry journalist any day of the week.


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The next QPS/ Muslim Community meeting will be on Wednesday 10 June 2015.

Time: 7.00pm sharp
Date: Wednesday 10 June
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be obtained here.

For more information, contact Sgt Jim Bellos at or on 0438 114 619 


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A spectacular event hosted across Australia featuring the famed American Poet Quadir Lateef, the hilarious American comedian Omar Reagan, and the inspiring British Nasheed Artist Faisal Salah performing his world premiere of “Smile”, a Muslim Aid Australia original.

An unforgettable night to connect with the orphans, get to know them, understand their needs, and Support orphans from around the world who need your help.

Brisbane Event Details
Date: Saturday 6th June 2015
Time: 7pm
Location: Michael’s Oriental Restaurant, 223 Padstow Rd, Eight Mile Plains, QLD, 4113

Please visit the website or call 0434 984 520 to buy your tickets.


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THE Islamic Council of Victoria has criticised the Abbott government for continuing to sideline Muslim groups when forming policy responses aimed at countering radicalisation.

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is expected to announce a new ministerial position to improve consultation with Muslim leaders, aimed at combating radicalisation, as part of its beefed-up response to the threat of terrorism.

But the peak group for Muslim organisations in Victoria has raised questions about the sincerity of the latest move, saying it would have been appropriate to engage with their community before forming a new post that is supposed to improve consultation.

"We've been in three consultations with the attorney-general and this has never been raised," Kuranda Seyit (pictured right), the secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, told AAP on Tuesday.

"This is just an example where the Muslim community has been sidelined to the effect that it's just a pawn in the political landscape."

The new ministerial post is likely to be given to parliamentary secretary for social services Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who will report to Attorney-General George Brandis.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells would be charged with building better relations with at-risk communities and tackling the appeal of jihadist teaching.

The development comes after Mr Abbott on Monday confirmed former ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty as Australia's first national counter-terrorism co-ordinator, and Justice Minister Michael Keenan as the nation's first counter-terrorism minister.

Senator Brandis on Tuesday insisted the government wasn't trying to alienate Muslims with the latest announcements.

"The government knows the vast majority of Australia's Muslim people are peace-loving people," he said.

But Mr Seyit said the language from government in relation to the Muslim community was still creating fear and suspicion.

The ultimate effect would only be to drive young people further towards radicalisation.

"The overall approach is abrasive and confrontational," he said.

Instead there needed to be a dialogue that included not just Muslims but other community groups that had skills and resources at their disposal.

Source: NT News 


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In futuristic setting, heroines ride motorcycles, fight villains; a prince’s hope

Saudi Girls Revolution’ is a mobile game made by NA3M, a company whose founder and chief executive is Saudi Arabian Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud, above, grandson of the brother of the king.


Saudi Arabian women this year will finally get the right to drive. It will just have to be in a post-apocalyptic world filled with baboon kings, crystal giants, fire dancers, mutants and zombie cybersoldiers.

That’s the setting for the coming mobile videogame “Saudi Girls Revolution,” in which a group of young Saudi women race souped-up motorcycles to fight the evil tyrannical rulers of a corrupted Arabian Empire. It is being made by NA3M, a company with offices in Jordan and Denmark whose founder and chief executive is Saudi Arabian Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud, grandson of the brother of the king.

“I hope every single individual who owns a phone plays,” says the 31-year-old prince. He even means his royal family members. “Their status doesn’t change the fact that they’re still consumers,” he says.
“Saudi Girls Revolution” is set in the late 21st century, where a world war over the loss of natural resources has wiped out three-quarters of Earth’s population. The one city untouched by war: Riyadh, rich with water. After the death of the king, unrest leads to brutal government camps for women.

Enter the eight heroines of “Saudi Girls Revolution.” Dressed in abayas—the full-length black robes worn by some Muslim women—they drive high-speed motorbikes equipped with magical shields and energy blasters, fighting villains and oppressors across treacherous landscapes.

These “Mu’tazilah,” a name with roots in Arabic and Islamic culture that means those who break away or stand apart, possess distinct personalities and backgrounds that loosely reflect various groups of Saudi Arabian society, according to the game’s creators. Um Bandar is the wise, elderly ringleader who teaches women to fight for themselves. Asma and Allanoud are twins who push against religious sectarianism. Hussa is gay; Leila is from the disconnected upper class of society.

There is even an “ass-kicking” cyborg, Prince Fahad says. He likens their skills to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

A 35-second video on YouTube gives a taste of the game. In the teaser, the shadow of a woman stands beside a motorcycle, her hair and abaya blowing in the wind. Smoke rises amid debris and rain, as a red meteor falls from the sky. In the background, a woman sings: “From far away they came to life with knowledge. They changed our world then left us without warning.”



Choosing an alternate-universe version of Saudi Arabia for the game’s vehicular setting might seem pointed, considering women there are forbidden to drive. While no law explicitly prohibits them from getting behind the wheel, the government has refused to grant licenses to women.

Dozens of Saudi women in recent years have protested the decadeslong ban by driving cars in the kingdom. Still, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry reaffirmed the ban last October, warning that strong measures would be taken against offenders. Earlier this year, two women were detained for more than 70 days for challenging the ban.

Prince Fahad says there is no political motive behind “Saudi Girls Revolution,” though he hopes it will “inspire women to see themselves in roles that are equal to men.” The website for NA3M says concepts like the one behind the game can “challenge convention.” (Mostly, though, it says it wants people to “enjoy a kick-ass game.”)

A poster promoting the coming mobile videogame ‘Saudi Girls Revolution,’ in which a group of young Saudi women race souped-up motorcycles to fight evil.

Prince Fahad, who lives in London, grew up playing foreign-made games with powerful female characters like Lara Croft from “Tomb Raider.” After graduating from Stanford University in 2007, he spent two years at Facebook Inc. working on an Arabic version of the social network.

He wanted to empower Saudi women by showing them—literally—in the driver’s seat. “If we can tell people stories about women driving, maybe they will, maybe it will actually happen,” he says.
Several characters, Prince Fahad says, are named after relatives, like his grandmother.

The inspiration for some villains, such as the game’s evil baboon kings, comes from plants and animals in Saudi Arabian cities. Take Ta’if, for example, where baboons there roam freely, coercing bananas, dates and other fruits from passersby. “If the baboons don’t get what they want, they jump on your car,” he says. “You have to pay the toll.”

It isn’t the first time Prince Fahad has drawn from real life for games. He says an earlier NA3M game, “Run Camel Run,” was inspired by his father, who collects hundreds of camels. Some compete in camel beauty pageants.

“My dad is very conservative,” the prince says, adding that his father wanted him to become an engineer. “He had reservations about me doing anything untraditional when it comes to working. But now he loves [“Run Camel Run”]. It’s his favorite game.”

“Saudi Girls Revolution” is slated for release on the Apple Inc. and Google Inc. app stores sometime later this year. It will be free to download and paired with a digital comic book that tells the back stories of the eight heroines.

“I wanted to engage the Saudi community…to allow them to be comfortable and familiar and used to these types of visuals,” Prince Fahad says. He says he anticipates some backlash in Saudi Arabia over the driving theme, but not from his immediate family because he was raised by strong, independent women.


An early rendering of a bike being considered for ‘Saudi Girls Revolution,’ which is still under development and slated for release later this year.

Videogames that touch on politics, religion and social issues aren’t new. The Sims allowed players to create gay characters since the first game in the life-simulation series was published in 2000. The annual Christian Game Developers Conference promotes games made “specifically to glorify God.” And in the 2014 mobile game “Kim Jong Jetpack,” players take on the role of the North Korean leader and try to save the world from an invasion of evil unicorn pigs, or “unipigs.”

But few, if any, videogames can boast developer credentials linked to royalty. “It makes a huge statement,” says Asi Burak, president of Games for Change, a nonprofit that focuses on inspiring social change through videogames. Prince Fahad spoke at the group’s New York gathering in April.

“You have someone [who’s] part of the establishment in a huge Arab country…starting a game company to deal with Arab culture and Arab themes,” Mr. Burak says. “It’s edgy.”

Source: Wall Street Journal


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Mostly, Muslim students are taught about inventions and discoveries of Muslims and they list hundreds and thousands year old inventions by Muslims.


But one important fact needs to be highlighted that Pakistani scientists, too, have a great contribution in where the world is standing today.


There are hundreds of capable scientists which have worked on prestigious scientific missions and many of them even have invented numerous things in their disciplines.

This list of greatest Pakistani scientists prove that Pakistan is not far behind anyone in development of today and has a contribution in the modern world.


Even though resources in the country are minimal, yet these brilliant minds were stronger enough to take over the circumstances.

2) Naveed Zaidid

Organic Chemist and Polymer Scientist Naveed Zaidi developed world's first plastic magnet that functions at room temperature. Along with his colleagues Prof. Andy Monkman, Mr. Sean Giblin and Dr. Ian Terry from Department of Physics of Durham University, research took 4 years making him first scientist to develop world's first practical plastic magnet.



NEXT WEEK: Amjad Farooq and Basit Farooq

Source: WonderfulPoint


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Every Friday in the regional Victorian town of Ararat, 50 members of the Islamic Welfare Association join each other for prayer at a tiny brick building next to the town's train station.

On occasion they hold interfaith prayer sessions with the Catholic Church, but soon they will have a mosque, following the approval of the local council, as well as other local religious leaders.

Like most country Victorians, for these four families, the town's appeal was getting out of the hustle and bustle of city life.

They are proud to call Ararat, which has a population of about 8,000 people, home, but said their religion was often misunderstood and they are concerned that they are feared by the broader community.


Riaz Mohd, Remandeep Kaur and their 15-month-old daughter Aleena

 Riaz Mohd, Remandeep Kaur and their 15-month-old daughter Aleena.


Riaz and Remandeep are both from the same town in India. Unable to marry because of their different religions, they moved to Australia.

Remandeep has since converted from Sikhism to Islam.

The couple moved to Ararat from Melbourne four years ago to satisfy their visa conditions and they now both work at the local abattoir.

"Riaz is a Halal checker and slaughterman and I am a meat inspector," she said.

"They're good jobs and we have a good life here, respect."

Remandeep said they had been welcomed into Australia and the Ararat community.

"I love Australia, I want to spend my whole life here and I am dreaming of my girl's life here," she said.

But Riaz and Remandeep feared that stories about Islamic State and other extremist attacks were generating misunderstanding about Muslim people as a whole.

"If they are killing innocent people, then they are not Muslim," Riaz said.

"If you have a Muslim friend or live next door to a Muslim, you will know they are really good people and how they live their life; honestly, no drink, no drugs, no smoking.

"In every religion, there are bad people.

"If some people have feelings of revenge, it is separate from religion - Islam is peaceful."


Source: ABC News


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DATE: 29 May 2015

TOPIC: "National Reconciliation Week"

IMAM: Dr Mohammed Abdalla








DATE: 29 May 2015

TOPIC: “Hazrat Hussan’s understanding of Deen”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Two Faiths One Prayer -- Muslims and Jews Pray Together in LA


US: Muslims and Jews prayed together side-by-side in public spaces across Los Angeles, in an effort to show that peace is possible. Despite the conflicts in Israel/Palestine as well as the growing Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism in America and abroad, the two religions have more in common than meets the eye, including praying to the same God.


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 Protesters berate Muhammad during anti-Islam protest at Phoenix mosque


Islamic Community Centre of Phoenix

US: Counter-demonstrators shout “Go home Nazis” at contingent of anti-Islam protesters, some of whom were armed

More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and the prophet Muhammad outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative protest that was denounced by counterprotesters shouting “Go home Nazis”, weeks after an anti-Muslim event in Texas came under attack by two gunmen.

The anti-Muslim event outside the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix was organized by an Iraq war veteran who posted photos of himself online wearing a T-shirt with a crude slogan denigrating Islam and waving the US flag.

As the event got under way, demonstrators on both sides screamed obscenities at each other as police in riot gear swiftly separated the two groups, each with about 250 people, using police tape and barricades.

“This is in response to the recent attack in Texas,” organizer Jon Ritzheimer wrote on his Facebook page announcing the event at a mosque targeted in part because the two Texas gunmen had worshipped there.

More than 900 people responded on the event’s Facebook page that they would attend, and police expanded their presence in the evening in anticipation of growing crowds. Officers with riot helmets and gas masks formed a cordon for several blocks.

Among the anti-Islam protesters, some of whom called Islam a “religion of murderers”, more than a dozen men in military clothing carried semi-automatic weapons. Others waved copies of caricatures of the Muhammad drawn at the Texas event.

By late Friday night virtually all the protesters and police had left the area with no reports of violent flare-ups or arrests.


Depictions of Muhammad, which many Muslims view as blasphemous, have been a flashpoint for violence in Europe and the United States in recent months where those displaying or creating such images have been targeted by militants.

Anti-Muslim groups have been active in the United States, buying ads and staging demonstrations characterizing Islam as violent, often citing the murderous brutality of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

The Phoenix mosque targeted on Friday has condemned such violence and held a series of sermons at Friday prayers last year by an imam who criticized militant Islamist groups such as Islamic State, al-Qaida and Nigeria’s Boko Haram.

The president of the centre had urged worshippers not to engage with the demonstrators. “We should remind ourselves that we do not match wrongness with wrongness, but with grace and mercy and goodness,” Usama Shami told worshippers during Friday prayers.

While some counter-protesters outside the mosque responded to the anti-Islam protest with obscenities, others followed his advice and chanted “Love your neighbor”.

Todd Green, a religion professor at Luther College in Iowa who studies Islamophobia, said that the brutal acts committed by Islamic State and other militant groups have colored many Americans’ impressions of Muslims.

“Almost two-thirds of Americans don’t know a Muslim,” Green said. “What they know is Isis, al-Qaida and Charlie Hebdo,” referencing the January attack on the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead over anger at the magazine’s cartoons of the prophet.

In a similar incident a pair of gunmen on 3 May opened fire near Dallas outside an exhibit of cartoons featuring Muhammad and were shot dead by police. Leaders of the Phoenix Muslim community confirmed both gunmen had attended the mosque targeted in Friday’s demonstration.

US officials are investigating claims the Texas gunmen had ties to Islamic State but said they had not established a firm connection.

Source: The Guardian


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 Corruption a bigger sin than consuming pork, former Perlis mufti tells Muslims


Former Perlis mufti saw some of the Muslims' reaction as an overreaction and said that they should be more concerned with bigger crimes such as corruption. -


MALAYSIA: Former Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Asri Zainul Abidin expressed disappointment with Muslims in the country who were more concerned over the consumption of pork, but kept silent over bigger crimes such as corruption. He said it is as though the Muslim community does not realise the sin and harm in matters that are clearly illegal, such as interest-taking and corruption, both far greater sins compared to consuming pork. "Unfortunately, we are not making enough noise over things that are clearly haram.

"This is the understanding of Islam, which only regards consuming pork as unlawful, but do not view gambling, interest-taking and corruption in the same way when clearly they are much bigger sins and cause greater harm," he wrote on his Facebook page today.

He added that it was not a sin when followers of Islam accidentally consumed pork, and that Allah would not punish anyone if it was done unknowingly. Asri was commenting on the pig DNA that was found in Cadbury chocolates and lashed out at the reaction of some quarters, which he deemed as an overreaction.


The Malaysian Insider

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 York County pastors call on Christians to love Muslims, ‘fear not’



US: Two dozen Christian pastors in York County have joined together to publicly call on members of their faith to embrace Muslims as their brothers and sisters.

The Rev. Sam McGregor, pastor at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church near Lake Wylie, said he has jump-started the local effort because of recent threats against Muslims in the United States that came to light during the trial of Robert Doggart.

Doggart, a failed congressional candidate from Tennessee, pleaded guilty this month to plotting to kill Muslims who live in a religious community in New York. The FBI uncovered and stopped Doggart’s plan.

A similar community, called Holy Islamville, has existed in York County for nearly 30 years. Members of the local community have said they’re fearful for their own safety after hearing of Doggart’s violent plans in New York and learning that he tried to recruit people from South Carolina to help him.

“We have got to take a stand,” McGregor said.

He and 23 other York County religious leaders submitted a letter to The Herald on Friday stating they are “opposed to any acts of violence or threats of violence against anyone due to their religious affiliation.”

The letter also states: “Any Christian who uses their faith as a basis for bringing harm upon another has completely misunderstood what it means to lift up the Lordship of Jesus Christ.”


The Herald Online


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 South Africa’s Muslims are an example to all



SOUTH AFRICA: As European countries grow more concerned about their Muslim communities, the discourse around radicalisation and extremism becomes more problematic. Only recently, Mak Chishty, a senior British police officer, declared that young Muslim Britons who stop shopping at Marks & Spencer stores could be victims of radicalisation. This is a very awkward line of argument.

Mr Chishty also noted that teenagers who stop drinking alcohol or wearing “western clothes” could be extremists. His comments appear to suggest that all observant Muslims are essentially radicals in waiting. As for “western clothes”, many British Muslims ethnically originate from other cultural contexts, and may feel more comfortable in those kinds of garb. In any case, it’s not particularly clear how this is connected to extremism.

This will not be the first or the last time that the loyalty and belonging of Muslim communities of the West is questioned. Some may assume that this is a natural situation for all minority communities – that, inevitably, Muslim communities being what they are and the direction of travel of world affairs being what it is, such tensions are liable to happen. But there are lessons to be learnt, perhaps, from lesser known Muslim communities, such as the one residing on the Western Cape of South Africa.

The history of that community dates back hundreds of years, so there is something of a long established precedent for Muslim South Africans, which serves to protect them against suggestions of being alien or disloyal.

But beyond that, there is a history of political activism from among South African Muslims during the apartheid struggle. While many among the South African Muslim religious establishment acquiesced to apartheid, there were many individuals who did not and they formed coalitions to struggle against that dominant force. When apartheid finally fell, Muslim South Africans had already, organically, derived social capital in South Africa and they converted that into political capital.

In democratic South Africa, this Muslim community is treated as an integral part of society. There are no doubts or suspicions in that regard. What is more, the Muslim community itself would have it no other way. But their sense of South African patriotism does not result in an unnatural type of assimilation either. They belong to South Africa and they see no contradiction between that belonging and their own specificities as Muslims.

Those particularities might strike the British police commander as somehow threatening, or evidence of radicalisation, but that would be far from the facts on the ground. Their sense of being South African is taken for granted – as it should be, even though how they might view themselves may differ from other communities in South Africa.

That is not to say that the threat of radicalism does not exist. Even in this extremely well-adjusted and socially incorporated community, the threat of ISIL exists. In April, a teenage Muslim girl was stopped at Cape Town airport, en route to joining ISIL. Her parents were unaware that she’d been radicalised online. As yet, it is unclear how a 15-year-old child could receive the relevant funds for a ticket overseas – and it is unknown precisely how many South Africans are already in Syria and Iraq fighting for the radical group.

But they certainly exist – showing that for at least some recruits to ISIL, there is a deeply ideological element to their membership. Certainly, there are no issues of social exclusion that could be said to make these Muslims vulnerable to radical recruitment – but extremist ideology can find its way almost anywhere if left unchecked. Less than two weeks after that teenager was stopped, another was intercepted, from the same community in Cape Town.

The threat of ISIL exists and should not be underestimated. However, any counter-radicalisation strategy cannot be successful if it attempts to create problems out of anything that is different from the norm.

Extremism can take root for a variety of reasons, and there won’t be a “one size fits all” model for radicalisation. At the same time, while making problems for Muslim communities unfairly ought not to lead any of them to extremism, it certainly makes the radical recruiter’s job that much easier.


By the same token, ensuring the open inclusion of Muslim communities in a shared and open patriotism, as South Africans have accomplished, makes the radical’s job that much harder.

Dr HA Hellyer is an associate fellow in international security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London, and the Centre for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC

Source: The National


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 The day I met Abdul Sattar Edhi, a living saint


Sixty years ago, Abdul Sattar Edhi, 82, gave up everything to devote his life to helping Pakistan's poorest. Here, Peter Oborne hails a truly selfless spiritual sage


Abdul Sattar Edhi, who has established homes across Pakistan for the mentally ill   


PAKISTAN: In the course of my duties as a reporter, I have met presidents, prime ministers and reigning monarchs. Until meeting the Pakistani social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, I had never met a saint. Within a few moments of shaking hands, I knew I was in the presence of moral and spiritual greatness. Mr Edhi's life story is awesome, as I learnt when I spent two weeks working at one of his ambulance centres in Karachi.

The 82-year-old lives in the austerity that has been his hallmark all his life. He wears blue overalls and sports a Jinnah cap, so named because it was the head gear of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. No Pakistani since Jinnah has commanded the same reverence, and our conversations were constantly interrupted as people came to pay their respects.

Mr Edhi told me that, 60 years ago, he stood on a street corner in Karachi and begged for money for an ambulance, raising enough to buy a battered old van. In it, he set out on countless life-saving missions. Gradually, Mr Edhi set up centres all over Pakistan. He diversified into orphanages, homes for the mentally ill, drug rehabilitation centres and hostels for abandoned women. He fed the poor and buried the dead. His compassion was boundless.


The Telegraph


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 Masterchef's Amanda Saab Is the First Woman in a Hijab on an American Cooking Show


Some see a chef in a headscarf; she just wants you to see a chef.


US: Amanda Saab is Muslim and wears a hijab, a traditional Muslim headscarf for women. She is a contestant on this season's Masterchef on Fox and is, according to Muslim Girl, the first Muslim female chef to appear in a hijab on an American primetime cooking show. Saab never intended to be a trailblazer; she simply wanted to follow her passion for cooking. She has, however, inadvertently become an inspiration for many.

In an interview with Muslim Girl, Saab acknowledged the preconceptions of those who see Muslim women in headscarves. "As with any profession," she said, "Muslim women wearing hijab can be faced with ignorance. In my experience, many stereotypes have been quickly dispelled as people get to know me. I believe my presence in the culinary world is breaking stereotypes that Muslim women are oppressed and cannot follow their passions."

Masterchef Australia had a contestant two years ago, Samira El Khafir, who was Muslim and wore a hijab. Her exit generated quite a bit of controversy due to the nature of the cooking challenge that led to her exit: cooking a pork hot dog. Pork is a prohibited food under traditional Islamic custom, and many questioned the fairness of asking El Khafir to prepare a meat that was in violation of her religion.

Saab is a social worker, and originally used cooking partly as an outlet for the amount of stress she experienced at her job. "I needed an outlet; a way to process the traumas and grief that I had witnessed," she said. "I would come home to prepare dinner and would feel better. I soon realized that cooking was my way to process my day, my creative outlet, my 'me time.'"

Saab began experimenting with recipes and started her own blog. Last fall, she saw a casting notice for the sixth season of Masterchef and applied. The season premiered last night. Saab is less concerned with stereotypes others have of hijab-wearing and women and more on her own cuisine: "My cooking is a representation of me — East meets West. I love American food and I also love Mediterranean food. I love blending the flavor profiles and putting my own twist on classics."

Source: Eater


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 World’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca


MOVE over Vegas, the biggest hotel in the world is set to open in a different desert.


The hotel will feature four helipads and 12 towers.   


SAUDI ARABIA:  Towering over the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the Abraj Kudai hotel will feature 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants and four helipads.

Set to open in 2017, the project will cost around $4.5 billion and has been designed to look like a desert fortress.

The mammoth hotel will be 45 stories high, made up of 12 towers standing on top of a 10 storey podium. There will be a shopping mall, food courts, a bus station and a huge ballroom to service the millions of people that converge on the city for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Some critics worry about the destruction of Saudi Arabia’s heritage.   

Five of the floors will be strictly off limits to guests and reserved entirely for the Saudi royal family.

Irfan Al-Alawi, director of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, told The Guardian that the hotel was proof the city was “turning into Mecca-hattan”, and lamented the little heritage left in Saudi Arabia’s holy cities.

The hotel will be built in the Manafia district, a few kilometres south of the Grand Mosque, and is funded by the Saudi Ministry of Finance and designed by the Dar Al-Handasah group.


The Saudi royal family has five levels dedicated entirely to them.




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 Pakistani Women’s Football Team


 Raheela Zarmeen (Manager, Pakistani Women's Football Team)


The 22-year-old Raheela Zarmeen, not only manages the Balochistan United FC in domestic events, but she has also been a part of Pakistan’s national women football team for the last three years. Her ultimate career related aim in life is to become the first Pakistani to acquire the FIFA’s master degree which will qualify her to work with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA.

Source: Parhlo


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The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 shortlist


UK: The readership of The Muslim News selected and nominated them, and a distinguished independent panel of Judges reviewed, deliberated and mused over the list.


Over the next few weeks CCN will profile one of the illustrious men, women, children and projects deemed to be worthy of short-listing for a Muslim News Award for Excellence.

These exemplars of good practice, excellence – our future role models – will be treated to a Gala Evening in the presence of their peers and other renowned guests in March, when the finalists are announced for the [16] coveted Awards for Excellence


Uthman Dan Fodio Award for Excellence in Community Development


The East London Mosque is one the UK’s oldest Muslim centres of worship, and one of the country’s busiest with over 10,000 worshippers, users and visitors going through its doors each week.


It not only serves the spiritual needs of the community, but also acts a busy hub for community development and renewal. In 2004, the Mosque established the London Muslim Centre which houses a fitness centre, schools and various initiatives, including a project to support deaf Muslims.


The Mosque is the only UK Muslim centre of worship to have Friday sermons translated into sign language.


In 2013, the East London Mosque continued its pioneering pace by establishing the Maryam Centre, a multifunctional space dedicated to women.


This was accompanied by its campaign ‘Imams Against Domestic Abuse’ to ensure there was a clear Islamic stance against this.


And in 2014, the East London Mosque entered into a partnership with the National Archives to record the rich history of the mosque and begin the process of institutionalising British Islamic heritage.   


Source: Muslim News

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Q: Dear Kareema, I have very weak core strength and am looking for ways to build a stronger body and better balance. Any suggestions for a better back and abs?


  1. The plank is a great exercise for the entire core, it works upper and lower body muscles all at once. The longer you can hold the plank, the stronger you will become.

  2. The V-sit is another great exercise for core and it drastically improves balance – start on your back and then lift your legs and backup at the waist as you extend your legs and arms off the floor to form a V shape. Hold as long as you can for a stronger core.

  3. The twisting crunch – Targets all the stomach muscles in one movement.
    Work your abs in short bursts. Execute each core exercise explosively – working your abs at a fast tempo activates more muscles than doing them slowly.




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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

The CCN Book of the Week


The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State'

Edited by Benjamin Isakhan



A pressing examination of the complex and difficult legacies of the Iraq war of 2003 and their critical relevance today

The first book to dissect the diverse consequences of the Iraq war and provide new insights into the reasons why the country has descended into its current chaos

Looks at wider contexts such as democracy in the Middle East, foreign intervention in the region, sectarian politics, sectarian violence, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorist organisations.


The Legacy of Iraq critically reflects on the abject failure of the 2003 intervention to turn Iraq into a liberal democracy, underpinned by free-market capitalism, its citizens free to live in peace and prosperity. It argues that mistakes made by the coalition and the Iraqi political elite set a sequence of events in motion that have had devastating consequences for Iraq, the Middle East and for the rest of the world.

Today, as the nation faces perhaps its greatest challenge in the wake of the devastating advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and another US-led coalition undertakes renewed military action in Iraq, understanding the complex and difficult legacies of the 2003 war could not be more urgent. Ignoring the legacies of the Iraq war and denying their connection to contemporary events could means that vital lessons are ignored and the same mistakes made again.


Source: Oxford University Press



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:

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

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: With the upcoming Islamic College of Brisbane Fete on Sunday 7 June, our CresCafe stall need your cupcakes to raise money for the school.


This is an easy recipe which you can try. 

Muffins that taste like Doughnuts



1¾ cups flour
1½ tsp. flour
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup sunflower oil
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
¾ cup milk 


1. Beat all the wet ingredients.
2. Sift the dry Ingredients.
3. Combine the both, folding in gently, do not beat.
4. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin cups and bake at 180degrees until light brown.

While muffins are baking prepare cinnamon and sugar topping with

¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon

While muffins are hot dip into melted butter and roll in cinnamon topping 

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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

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An Arab crown prince had a party where all the rich and famous were invited.


He had a pool with alligators.


To get the party started, he announced that anyone who would swim across his pool and came out alive would be granted three wishes.

But no one appeared to take up the challenge.


All of a sudden, there was a big splash.


It was Jallalluddin swimming like a bat out of hell and surfacing alive at the other end.

So the prince asked, "What are your three wishes?"


Jallalluddin replied, "Give me the shotgun and bullets and show me the idiot who pushed me in."

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Invite (all) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.

~ Surah Al-Nahl 16:125


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Loyalty to country ALWAYS.


Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.   

~ Mark Twain


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Events and Functions

Al Nisa Catch Up 2 JUNE Muslim Aid Orphan & Me Dinner 6 JUNE ICB ANNUAL FETE 7 JUNE Conquest of Constantinople 13 JUNE Logan Mosque Open Day 27 JUNE A Tribute to Women 15 AUGUST

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram iHelp About Us High School Subjects Tutoring Sisters House Beuty of a Muslimah Youth Group NMC Islam 101 Course MCF Beauty of a Muslimah Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten Shajarah Islamic Family Day Care Slacks Creek Mosque DONATIONS
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Businesses and Services



For information on advertising in the CCN Business section with a web link and a brochure, email




"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email





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2 June


Community Catch Up

Al Nisa

The Village

0413 360 913


3 June


Nisf Shabaan 1436 / Lailatul Bharat (15th Shabaan 1436)

6 June


Orphans & Me Fundraising Dinner

Muslim Aid Australia and MCF

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0434 984 520


6 June


Orphans & Me Fundraising Dinner

Muslim Aid Australia and MCF

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0434 984 520


13 June


Fund Raiser for New Mosque & Madressah

Islamic Cultural Centre of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0417 907 907


7 June


ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253

All day

18 June


1st Ramadaan 1436

20 & 21 June

  4 & 11 July


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque


After taraweeh

27 June


Logan Mosque OPEN DAY

Islamic Society of Logan Mosque

269 Third Avenue, MARSDEN

0406 914 631

9am to 3pm

14 July


Lailatul Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadaan 1436)

18 July


Eidul Fitr 1436 (1st Shawwal 1436)

25 July



Eidfest QLD

Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 August


Fund Raiser & Eid Celebration

Islamic Society of Ipswich

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0421 976 934


8 August


School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


15 August


Gala Dinner in A Tribute to Women

Queensland Muslims & Muslim Charitable Foundation

Brisbane Technology Park

0402 575 410


22 August


NEW Musjid Al Huda Redbank




after Maghrib

6 September



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

9am -12pm

12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute




24 September


Eidul Adha 1436 (10th Zilhijja 1436)

26 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


3 October


Eid Lunch

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


15 October


Muharram 1437 – Islamic New Year 1437 (1st Muharram 1437)



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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Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084


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

Islam, or for social events.

Please contact :

Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at


Facebook :





Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar





Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer






Madina Arabic Course (Urdu)

after Isha


Madina Arabic Course (Urdu)

after Isha



after Maghrib



after Isha



The Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website end of each week, please visit our website to download these recordings at


The Monday and Tuesday's Madina Arabic Course is in Urdu. These sessions too are recorded as well as webcasted live. For webcast details please contact us via our website “contact us” page. The recordings are sent via a download link, if you are interested please again contact us via our website “contact us” page.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at


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 (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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It is the usual policy of CCN to include from time to time, notices of events that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement of the contents of these events by either CCN or Crescents of Brisbane Inc.


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