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THE Australian Federation of Islamic Councils has denied trying to embezzle thousands from its Brisbane college after allegations made by its former principal.

Dr Mubarak Noor has reportedly filed a police complaint accusing a senior AFIC
official and board members of attempting to misappropriate funds from the Islamic
College of Brisbane.

In a report published in The Australian, Dr Noor claimed there was an attempt to
remove $288,000 from school accounts as well as falsify two loans.

The AFIC run schools were being used as "cash cows" for the organisation, he later told the ABC.

But AFIC staunchly defended his allegations in a statement issued on Wednesday

The body said the transfer of about $280,000 from the school's account was an
innocent mistake by the backup signatory.

The school board treasurer thought he was signing off on a "noncontroversial
rental payment" to AFIC, the statement said.

It said the mistake was noticed afterwards and the transaction reversed.

"The principal at the time, Dr Noor, is not telling the truth in his account of this
event," the statement read.

Dr Noor had been made aware of the transaction when the backup
signature was requested and again when it was reversed, AFIC claim.

Meanwhile, Queensland Police have so far been unable to shed light on who is telling the truth.

"A complaint relating to a Brisbane education facility has been made," QPS told AAP in a statement.

"As it is currently under investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further."

AFIC's comments come after the Islamic College of Brisbane was named as one of
six schools to be subjected to a commonwealth audit this month.


A statement issued by the office of Education Minister Christopher Pyne said the
facilities were being investigated over concerns relating to financial management and governance.

But interim principal Dr Ray Barrett described the move as a "kneejerk
reaction to media attention" on Muslim schools.

The Australian Tax Office is also reportedly investigating for financial irregularities
the Brisbane college, as well as AFIC run facilities in Sydney and Adelaide. 

Source: The Australian JUNE 03, 2015




Public Statement regarding AFIC Schools


AFIC Media Release 3 June 2015


Recently there has been a lot of misinformed reporting and commentary regarding The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) and the schools it has established. It is appropriate therefore that this be corrected and the true facts made available. As is often the case, the truth is more mundane and not something that leads to sensational headlines, but we, the Executive Committee of AFIC trust that this may go some way to balancing the debate.

AFIC is a not-for profit organisation and registered charity that has as one of its main objects the provision of education services. In line with these objects, AFIC has established 6 Schools in Australia. These are Malek Fahd Islamic College in Sydney, the Islamic College of Brisbane, the Islamic College of Melbourne, the Islamic College of South Australia in Adelaide, the Islamic College of Canberra and the Langford Islamic College in Perth.

The schools are separate legal entities with their own boards and management.


Under their constitutions, AFIC appoints the Members and Boards of the Schools, but does not control their operations. AFIC also owns the land and sometimes the buildings from which the schools operate and collects rent at commercial rates. Neither of the above facts are unusual arrangement for a private school. It is common for a charity or religious organisation to appoint school boards or council members of schools it operates and it is also common for that charity or religious organisation to own the premises and rent those to the school.

This arrangement works well for both AFIC and the schools. The Schools avoid having to invest in large capital assets.

AFIC Financial Support for its Schools The first myth to dispel is that AFIC somehow profits from the schools. This is not true.

The schools cost AFIC money every year through the support it gives them. AFIC
provides this support in a number of ways.

• it does not collect all the rent due to it from a number of the schools, leaving the unpaid amounts to accumulate as interest free loans and large sums running into millions have also been written off by AFIC;

• it provides accounting services to the schools (with the exception of Malek Fahd) at a significant discount to market rates with one school at no cost at all;

• it provides financial guarantees to the banks for commercial loan and overdraft facilities operated by the schools; No charge is made to the schools for this facility; 

• it has mortgaged all its properties to the bank to facilitate borrowings of millions by the schools or construction of buildings; No charge is made to the schools for this facility;

• it has provided financial viability guarantees to various Education Departments to support the ongoing registration of the schools, especially for the Islamic College of South Australia, Langford Islamic College and the Islamic School of Canberra;

• it provides large capital injections for the operation of the Islamic School of Canberra to the tune some $300-500,000 annually as well as providing short-term loans (interest free) to meet budget shortfalls. Islamic College of Brisbane is also one of those which has received this assistance;

• it provides significant assistance to the Schools in their building programs. This includes assisting with development applications with councils and approvals, bank guarantees and rent relief (as mentioned above), as well as general advice and sometimes project management; and among others

• it provides the conduit for community backing and support for the schools.

The reality is that AFIC's other activities, the main one being Halal certification, is used to support the schools not the other way around. There are no slush funds, no "millions of dollars funnelled to AFIC" as the Australian Newspaper continually claims, no payments to overseas organisations, no "secret arrangements" and no AFIC official gets paid for the work they do. We are all volunteers. As a charity, AFIC's financial accounts are independently audited and lodged with the ACNC and so, open to public scrutiny. AFIC has nothing to hide financially.

The AFIC has been continually reviewing its standards of accountability and financial governance. The assumptions from the early days was that where AFIC was providing support to its schools that this support would be repaid once the schools were able to do so. Some 5 years ago, AFIC started documenting its arrangements with the schools and entered into services agreements for the services it offered, which at that time were more comprehensive than
simply the accounting services now provided.

Malek Fahd

The most notable of these involved Malek Fahd where the NSW Department of Education withdrew financial assistance from the school and has been demanding the return of $8.5million in funding paid to it during 2010 and 2011 on the basis that the school was operating for profit. Malek Fahd's position is that it was not operating for profit during that time. It has disputed the claim of the Education Minister and the matter is currently before the courts.

What should be made clear is that a number of media organisations have reported that Malek Fahd paid the $8.5 million to AFIC and AFIC was forced to pay this back or variations on this. It has also been reported that the School has repaid this amount to the NSW Government. These are totally wrong and should be corrected. The dispute with the NSW Minister is currently in court.


Scaling back of Services to Schools


As a result of the issues and disputes surrounding the service arrangements, AFIC has since been scaling back its services arrangements with the schools, reconciling any anomalies in the accounting for these services and subjecting all its financial arrangements to more stringent scrutiny. This program is almost complete with AFIC only waiting on a new round of independent valuations of the properties leased to the schools so that it can ensure that the rent is properly set at market value.

Currently the only services being provided to the schools are centralised accounting services and AFIC has recently decided to withdraw from these services as well. These are being transitioned to the schools over the next few months. After this, AFIC will be providing no services at all to the schools. This should finally put to rest the false and unsubstantiated allegations that are floating around and allow the schools to focus on what they were established for - to provide quality education in a moderate and inclusive Islamic environment.

Control of the Schools' Finances

Much has been made of allegations that AFIC somehow controls the finances of the schools and can transfer money at will from the schools to AFIC. This is again totally incorrect. AFIC has provided accounting services on a contract basis to most of the schools, but this does not equate to control of the finances of the schools. Firstly, the AFIC staff providing the services are accountants and employees, not officers of AFIC. Secondly, they are under the direction of the School management, which ultimately means the principal and board of the school. Thirdly, AFIC does not have the bank authority to make any electronic transfer of funds to AFIC.

Islamic College of Brisbane

In relation to the allegation that approximately $280,000 was transferred by AFIC from the accounts of the Islamic College of Brisbane in 2012, this was a case where the back-up signatory (School Board Treasurer) mistakenly thought he was being asked to provide the second authority to the banks for a non-controversial rental payment to AFIC. When the school's standard reconciliation process caught up with the transaction it was immediately reversed and flagged to the Principal.

The Principal at the time, Dr Noor, is not telling the truth in his account of this event. Firstly, the email sent to the back-up signatory requesting his signature was also sent to Dr Noor, so he knew of the transaction. Secondly, Dr Noor only knew it had been approved by the back-up signatory after the reversal of the transaction and upon being advised by the AFIC accountants. He played no part in "uncovering" this transaction or reversing it.

Similarly Dr Noor is incorrect in his allegation against AFIC that it has inflated the financial accommodation allowed to the school. This is the so-called "phantom loan". As discussed above, AFIC has allowed schools, including the Islamic College of Brisbane to underpay the agreed rent whenever the school was short of funds. The "loan" is the balance of this accommodation.


There was no inflation of the "loan" by some $600,000 by AFIC or anyone as claimed by Dr Noor. All that occurred was that the external auditor required that the balance was recognised in a previous financial year, so this amount showed up as an adjustment in the accounts for the following year. There was no change in the balance owed to AFIC from this, just a difference in how it showed up in the accounts. From what we understand, this was explained to Dr Noor on a number of occasions, but he continues not to grasp this.


Allegations about other schools

The unfortunate thing is that notwithstanding Dr Noor's clear inability to understand financial accounts, he has undertaken his own "audit" of the accounts of other AFIC schools and has made nonsensical allegation about them. These were picked up by the media and the result of these baseless allegations, and their constant republishing by the media is that all the AFIC schools now are being subject to an audit by the Commonwealth Education Department and the reputation of
these schools and AFIC is being seriously and probably permanently damaged.
AFIC does not dispute the right of the Education Minster to require these audits - he really had no choice with all the media pressure, and we are sure that the schools will be given a clean bill of health.

School Policies

There have been reports, again in the News Ltd press as well as elsewhere that the AFIC schools are turning "hard-line". AFIC categorically denies this notwithstanding the fact what hard-line means. AFIC has a limited ability to influence the policies at the schools. That is a function for the individual school boards. AFIC can however say that it is not aware of any policy, formal or informal that has been implemented at any of the schools that would support this allegation. AFIC can also confirm that the Islamic education curriculum taught at the schools is moderate in its views and
compliant with the requirements of the various state governments, and the religious teachers employed to deliver the set curriculum are properly scrutinized. It is wrong and irresponsible to claim that AFIC is importing "hard line" clerics .
AFIC has established these schools so our children can grow up as part of Australia, not separate from it, contributing to the Australian culture and way of life. We emphatically deny and reject any allegation to the contrary.

Efficiency of the schools

In closing, there have been a lot of uninformed comments on social media about "wasting money on Islamic education", and the like. For reference, the AFIC schools are among the most efficient in the country in terms of using government funds. The school community is primarily from lower socio-economic areas, so they do receive a high proportion of government funds per student, but the schools also use these very efficiently. The table below, taken from the "My School" website compares the 2014 annual per student expenditure (comprising both private fees and government funding) of the AFIC schools with a selection of public and private schools in Sydney, including those serving the same socio-economic groups.




Further information

Should you require further information, please contact AFIC by email on The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils


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LOGAN’S attempts to escape its “Bogans from Logan” reputation are being hurt by its councillors making comments that some people should “go back where they came from”, community leaders fear.

While the city’s mayor and others have campaigned to clean up its image, Logan Chamber of Commerce president Bill Richards said comments from some councillors could damage the good work.

“That’s just bloody hopeless,” he said.

“Those councillors should go back to where they’re from. You have to get rid of that sort of talk.”

“We can do without that sort of attitude. We need our leaders to be up and progressive and positive about Logan.”

Last year, there was a “Gotta Love Logan” campaign to promote a positive image.

But at Tuesday’s full council meetings, some councillors used the forum to say Muslims who “don’t love our country should go back where they came from”, raise concerns about Sharia law and demand action against extremists.

Councillor Phil Pidgeon (pictured right) said people who did not love “the Australian way of life” should “go back to where they came from” – but insisted he did not specify Muslims.

Other councillors demanded local Muslim leaders should publicly denounce extremism, despite many of them having done so repeatedly.

Local Government Minister and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said it was a mistake to single out all Muslims as belonging to extremist perspectives.

“Political leaders have an obligation to lead and govern for everyone in the community and to contribute to community cohesion, not social divide,” Ms Trad said.

Federal Member for Rankin Jim Chalmers said that at “a time when there is some edginess in our community, it is the role of elected representatives at all levels to lead by example and to promote unity and understanding”.

Source: Courier Mail



A Muslim community leader posted the following message after a meeting this week:

I couldn't make this up, even if I tried. Sat through a meeting today where three white middle age males (of middle to upper middle class backgrounds) had the audacity to say to me as well as other Muslims present that we had no right to complain about feeling marginalised, discriminated against, under siege or under resourced.


In fact, one of them said that he himself gets bullied (apparently he's been called a f*&^% Pentecostal Christian) and he just sucks it up so why shouldn't Muslims just do the same?


Another one agreed and was furious that governments had grants to assist Muslims while there was absolutely no support for Christians.


"Where is all the support for Christians?" he exclaimed.


Oh yes, did I mention that these three men are some of our elected leaders?


Logan football club Rochedale Rovers boots out anti-Islamic group

A community group has been barred from meeting at a Logan football club, after Rochedale Rovers officials found out they were planning to host anti-Islamic speakers.

Logan City Safe Communities is one of several groups campaigning against a proposed mosque in Slacks Creek, and was due to hold a meeting at the club on Monday night.

However Rochedale Rovers called off the meeting after senior club figures saw a pamphlet distributed by the group with the headline: "How safe will your family be as Islam grows in Logan?".

LCSC spokesman Chris Newman said Logan residents should "stop turning a blind eye" to Islam.

"There's a lot of evidence that what was once a peaceful Australian, multi-ethnic community has been invaded by an outside force that is seeking to colonise," he said.

"We already have evidence of a suicide bomber from Logan, we have evidence there is a cadre of young people from Logan who have served in ISIS and some of them have come back."

Mr Newman confirmed Muslims were not welcome at their meetings.

"Why would you invite a fox in to meet the chickens?" he said.

In a statement on the Rochedale Rovers website, the club's board said it did not realise the group would be discussing religious issues during its meeting.

"Football has no boundaries in terms of religion and culture; and as such, the Board has determined that it would not be appropriate to use our club facilities to host any forum discussing these matters," they said.

Club officials rejected claims by Mr Newman that they called off the meeting because of threatening phone calls and text messages.

Monday's event was set to be sponsored by other anti-Islamic groups including the Freedom & Heritage Society of Australia and Australia Wake Up!

There has been heated debate over the proposal for a new mosque at Slacks Creek, with more than 1000 people signing petitions in March calling for the plans to be scrapped.

The premises is currently occupied by a Jewish group who plan to sell their site to the Islamic community.

One petition cited "national security issues" as a concern about the mosque, along with traffic disruptions and because there are three mosques in surrounding suburbs.


Source: Brisbane Times


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The work done by the Islamic community that brings us together needs to be acknowledged, says Terri Butler MP




Maria Vamvakinou MP speaking about funding for de-‪radicalisation‬ programmes, during her appropriations speech in Parliament:




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Who are we:
We are called “Islamic Cultural Centre of Brisbane”

We have been based in Brisbane since 2008 and currently run a Boarding Madrasah, alim course for boys on 144 Persse Rd. Runcorn. We also have boarding madrasahs for girls based in Melbourne and Sydney. We are based in Australia for the last 40 years and our head office is based in Melbourne. We are from Turkish background but 80% of our students are from various nationalities.

What do we do:
We Provide a balanced Religious and academically after school education and also boarding alim course to the youth in the community around Logan area. Currently we have 12 boarding students (boys), and 21 daily. We also have girls attending the after school classes which is led by muallimahs.

Our current programme:
In the Morning we wake up for Tahajjud and pray Fajr. The students sleep again and wake up again at 6:30 for breakfast and prepare for school. After school we pick the students up and have two hours of religious studies from 4pm to 6pm which includes, Alif Ba, Qurani Karim, Tajweed, Fiqh and Ahlaq lectures. At 6pm we have dinner and after our prayers our students get ready for tutoring for their academic studies which is between 7pm-9pm. 9:30 is sleep time.

What are our plans:
We are in the process of purchasing a 6.5 acre property in 74 Garfield Road, Berrinba for $650,000 with a settlement date on the 21st of August. It is a three minute drive from the Islamic Collage of Brisbane. There is a property on the land which will help us to kick start our service. Our plan is to build a complex which includes a Boarding Alim Course, swimming pool so our students, especially our daughters, can have swimming classes in the right environment, a child care kindergarten facilities, multi-purpose hall for youth and events to make the Madrasah self-sustainable.

Our vision and aim:
Our aim is to raise our future ulema right here in Australia and to raise the consciousness of our Muslim youth coupled with a strong academic background based on a proper religious foundation, developing young men and woman who will relate to the community and who will make a positive change in the greater community.

What we want from you:
We are holding a fundraising dinner on Saturday June 13th and would like your assistance and support, and invite you to invest in your hereafter and make a generous donation towards purchasing this boarding Madrasah. Please help us to establish a boarding Madrasah that will provide the Muslim youth of Brisbane their much needed place of education. Please give us a chance to introduce our self and services. Lastly and most importantly your Duas.

We are looking forward to seeing and meeting with you on the 13th, insha'Allah


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The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) launched a new group for men this week.


"The guys loved it! In shaa Allah, the start of many more!", said an IWAQ spokesperson.


The group is meeting on Wednesdays and is co-ordinated by Imad Mustafa.


If anyone is interested in joining call IWAQ on 32086333



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Shajarah Islamic Education held “The Montessori Toddler Workshop” on Wednesday 2 June.


Parents and grandparents who attended left the workshop with a fresh outlook on creating learning possibilities for children in their formative years.

The focus was on creating opportunities for children which were creative and simple, and implementing strategies and ideas in a home environment to promote the development of the child. An environment which would encourage the independence of the child. Participants, who included parents (as well as babies and toddlers), were able to explore the various activities and possibilities and gained a hands on experience!


The Montessori approach which lends itself handsomely towards gaining this independence, concentration and inner discipline was the primary focus. Of course the Islamic tenets which are an integral part of our lives is embedded in this learning as it provides opportunities for our children to play and learn and to respect their environment, setting the sound foundation for our future generation. As stated by our beloved Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon Him) “Acquire knowledge and impart it”, and this is the aim of Shajarah Islamic Education.

Due to the positive response from the workshop we will be hosting a repeat of the workshop:

Date: 29th July 2015 (Tentative)
Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
Venue: FDC Office, 1427 Beenleigh road. Kuraby

Inshallah. If you are interested in securing your place at the workshop please contact our offices on 0416952868 or 3172 6884. Email

Keep reading CCN for an update on our upcoming workshop Inshallah!


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From asylum seeker to Aussie spinner, Fawad Ahmed is tipped to make his debut in the Australian test cricket team, five years after he arrived here as a refugee.



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Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi's parliamentary inquiry into food certification - really, halal certification - has been receiving all sorts of wonderful and well thought out submissions from the public.

Mr Bernardi has long held fears about where the money paid for halal certification "ends up" - he has referred to it in the past as a "racket" - including whether it helps fund terrorist groups or religious activities in Australia.

He says he's keen for the inquiry to "establish all the facts" about certification. The Australian Crime Commission said last year it found no links between halal certification and the financing of terror groups.

Submissions to the inquiry have been trickling through and more are being uploaded by the day.

Here's 11 that stood out from those received so far.

The Age


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Fasting hours during this year's Holy month of Ramadan, set to begin from June 18 or 19 based on moon reports in different parts of the world, will be the longest in Denmark and shortest in Argentina, according to the latest maps recording fasting hours across the world.


While Muslims in Denmark will observe the longest fasting period in the world - for 21 hours, those in Argentina will fast the least number of hours - 9 hours and 30 minutes, according to a report published by


As per the global map, other countries with long fasting hours include Iceland, Sweden and Norway of about 20 hours. The Netherlands and Belgium with 18 hours and 30 minutes; Spain 17 hours and 30 minutes; while England and Germany at 16 hours and 30 minutes.


Those in the US, France and Italy will fast for 16 hours. Besides Argentina where Muslims will fast for the least number of hours, Australia will observe fast for 10 hours, South Africa 10 hours and 30 minutes; Brazil 11 hours; Mexico 13 hours and 20 minutes this Ramadan.


The Indian subcontinent along with the Arab states will observe medium fasting hours - which varies from a minimum of 14 hours to a maximum of 16-and-a-half hours. In Pakistan, Muslims will observe fasting for about 14 hours whereas in India fasting hours during this years Ramadan will be around 14 hours and 30 minutes.


Those in Egypt will fast up to 16-and-a-half hours; and people in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Palestine for 15 hours. In Yemen, fasting period will be 14 hours and 50 minutes; in Qatar 14 hours and 40 minutes; Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Algeria, Morocco and Libya, Sudan will observe 14 hours.


According to astrologers, the northern hemisphere will observe not only the longest fasting period but also the most heat in at least 33 years during this Ramadan. This is because of the Sun passing over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere, making it the peak of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere.


This year's Ramadan is also said to be the hottest in recent history as most of the world are under scorching heat. While India is facing the hottest ever summer this year, it is predicted that temperature in some parts of Saudi Arabia may touch 65 degrees.

Source: UMMID


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The 16th annual National Walk Safely to School Day was held on Friday 22 May.


The primary school children, along with their parents, carers and teachers were encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. This year, Australian International Islamic College primary students and teachers participated for the first time in this event and organised a healthy breakfast for our students at D.J. Sherrington Park, Inala.

The school aims to encourage its students to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle by including a walk at the beginning and end of each day to achieve at least 60 minutes of daily exercise to help prevent obesity and other health problems. The event also promotes reduced car-dependency, greater use of public transport, cleaner air, improved diets and road safety to primary school children throughout Australia.

“Walking is a fun and healthy way to get to school, but it’s important to remember the road can be a dangerous place,” Mrs Banwa, Principal of AIIC said.

This is the message that went out to the pupils:

“Remember to stop, look, listen and think before crossing the road and be careful around cars on the drive-way or road.

“Hold mum or dad's hand (or a trusted adult) when crossing the road and use the children’s crossings when crossing the road at school.”

"Alhamdulillah, it was a great successful event, Dr MN Islam, AIIC Operational Coordinator told CCN. "I would like to thank all the students, parents, carers, teachers and staff who actively participated and made this event very successful."



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Criminal lawyer and anti-terror law expert Rob Stary, Ghaith Krayem, president of the Islamic Council of Victoria and author Yassir Morsi, at an anti-Islamophobia forum in Melbourne on Sunday.

Islamic Council of Victoria’s president tells anti-racism forum proposed laws to allow the immigration minister to revoke citizenship were aimed at Muslims
Australian Muslims are living in trauma because they had been singled out for political purposes, a leading Islamic leader said on Sunday.

The president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Ghaith Krayem, told an anti-racism forum in Melbourne that the federal government’s plans to allow the immigration minister to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals found to join or support terrorist groups “would make criminals of people based on suspicion and suspicion alone”.

He said it was clearly aimed at Muslims, as two people fighting with Kurds against Islamic State had returned to Australia without charge.

“But the moment a Muslim says ‘I want to come home’, what does our prime minister do? If you come home, you’ll be arrested, and the full force of the law will be applied.

“Let’s be honest. Let’s not be ostriches. Those laws are designed and they are going to apply to our community our community alone.”

Krayem said the intention to strip dual nationals of citizenship without a court process – and the debate within the government over the suggestion that sole nationals may also lose their citizenship if there is another country to which they can apply – would be based on the minister’s discretion. There would be limited review, and the person would not have the right to know the intelligence provided to the minister.

The forum was attended by about 300 people of diverse backgrounds and revealed the depth of feeling within the Muslim community about what many saw were unnecessary laws and rhetoric that gave ammunition to extreme groups such as Reclaim Australia and the United Patriots Front. That group held a rally in Richmond at the same time as the forum, with speakers decrying halal certification and Sharia law.

“The Muslim community is a community under siege,” Krayem said, pointing out the small amount of money given to social programs within the Muslim community compared with the $1.2bn boost in funding for intelligence agencies and law enforcement in the May budget. “It’s a community in trauma.”

Rob Stary, a criminal lawyer who has defended several people accused of terrorism offences, said that since the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington in 2001, Australia had passed more than 50 terror-related laws and spent more than $30bn on the “war on terror”. He said the result had been a polarisation of the community as the government used the fear of terrorism to pursue wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

“What we are seeing is a sophisticated and coordinated pattern and attack on the Islamic community … to ensure there is no dissent, no examination of our role in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.”

Many speakers and members of the audience spoke of the everyday difficulty of living as a Muslim, particularly for women who wore the hijab. Others were wary of leftwing groups using the issue to discuss a broader social justice agenda.
“Racism comes from the progressive left as much as the conservative right,” academic Yassir Morsi said.

Others spoke of the fear that Muslims had about speaking out strongly against laws they saw as unfair and about community disquiet over heavy-handed police raids.

The meeting discussed plans to counter Reclaim Australia rallies planned for July.

Source: The Guardian


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More than 100 police on foot and horseback close streets and stand between competing protests to prevent repeat of April’s clashes


Protesters jostle with police during the dual rallies in Melbourne on Sunday

A significant police presence has kept anti-Islam protesters and anti-racism activists apart at opposing rallies in Melbourne.

Reclaim Australia splinter group United Patriots Front organised a demonstration outside Richmond Town Hall on Sunday afternoon, prompting a counter-rally by a group called Campaign Against Racism and Fascism.

More than 100 police officers, including mounted police, were at the rally and kept the two crowds apart. Police on foot and horseback surrounded the town hall and blocked off streets to traffic.

When about 50 UPF members marched towards the town hall chanting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” and “I am Australian”, and holding the Australian flag, they were surrounded by police.

But it was not long before the much larger crowd from Campaign Against Racism and Fascism drowned out their chants with slogans such as: “fuck off Nazis” and “Muslims are welcome, racists are not”.
The rally face-off ended after police created a safe passage for the UPF members to leave.

UPF said Sunday’s gathering was a response to what it called the leftwing violence members of its group experienced during clashes at Federation Square on 4 April over extremism and other issues.




Source: The Guardian


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A PRESTON resident has made lending support to Muslims affected by racial vilification as easy as the click of a button.

Susie Latham last month helped to launch, a platform allowing Australians to add their name to a list of people condemning racial vilification against Muslims.

The list swelled to almost 400 names in just over a week, and continues to grow.

Constant stories of racial abuse directed towards Muslims were too much for Ms Latham, who saw the individual pain and suffering caused by acts of bigotry.

“I don’t think people realise how it impacts on individuals,” Ms Latham said.

“If you don’t agree with what’s being said there’s nowhere to say ‘hey, if you’re saying stuff about Muslims you’re not saying it on my behalf.’”

Rumours of an anti-Muslim political party planning to launch in Australia in late 2105 was the final insult for Ms Latham, who set about creating the website alongside friend and human rights academic Linda Briskman.

“It’s just something that was the final straw for me, I just thought we don’t really need that sort of thing in Australia, we should try to at least provide an alternative voice,” Ms Latham said. includes anecdotes from Muslims who have been subjected to racial abuse, many of which exhibit the individual suffering often caused by the words of bigots.

One anonymous Muslim told of his experience working in a halal butcher where a woman shouted racial abuse at himself and his cousin, calling them “boat people”, rapists and “murderers”.

“The whole of the shopping centre was watching. No one said a word,” the supporter wrote. “As she was storming us with hatred words my mind was away. Believe me l hated myself.”

“I never felt frightened, not even during the killing days in central Baghdad, but that day at the butcher shop l was horrified, frightened, less secure.”

Islamic Association of Australia president Muhammad Wahid said the Muslim community often felt the sting of racial abuse, and welcomed the support from those who signed

“We do receive a lot of abusive emails, but you can count on your fingers the people who email or ring to say ‘we are with you, and we sympathise with you,’” Mr Wahid said.

“The website is a good initiative,” he said. “It’s very welcomed in the community.”

Source: The Herald Sun


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Figures show Muslim people are school-smart but job-poor compared with general population.


Researchers have found evidence of religious discrimination

Australian employers are choosing candidates based on whether or not they have a foreign name, with Muslims suffering the most, researchers say.

A Muslim professor told The Australian there was evidence of religious discrimination, and studies were pointing to employment bias against foreign-sounding names in job applications, particular Middle Eastern names.

The International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding director Riaz Hassa said figures from the 2011 Census revealed, in the prime employment age group of 25 to 44-year-olds, 7.4 per cent of the Muslim population was unemployed, compared with 3.8 per cent unemployment for the general population.

“There is clearly institutionalised discrimination in the labour market in Australia,” Professor Hassan said.

Professor Hassan said he cited a study by Australian National University economists that involved sending out 4000 fake employment applications and gauging the call-back rate based on race.

That study found people with Anglo-Saxon names had significantly higher call-back rates and people with Middle Eastern names the lowest, he told The Australian.

One well-qualified Muslim woman had applied for junior positions using her real name. When she reapplied using an anglicised name, she received a call back in 30 minutes.

When scanning the Census 2011 figures for school completion rates and university qualification – the statistics did not mirror Muslim employment numbers.

Muslim males had a 45 per cent Year 12 completion rate compared with 37 per cent of the general population, and a 17.9 per cent university qualification rate against 13.9 per cent for all Australians.

For Muslim women, Year 12 retention was 42 per cent (compared with 40 per cent) and university qualifications were 15.3 per cent (against 16.5 per cent).

But in the prime employment age group of 25 to 44-year-olds, 54 per cent of the Muslim population was employed compared with 78.4 per cent of the general population.

The Census data showed Buddhism was the next religion in line for unemployment with 27.2 per cent with a university degree, 24.1 per cent completing Year 12, and a jobless rate of 8.6 per cent.

Professor Terence Lovat of the University of Newcastle, who led a 2011 study into Muslim labour force experiences, agreed the Muslim community seemed to be suffering genuine religious discrimination.

Source: The New Daily


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Last Sunday, Dr Anver Omar knocked up his 10th Comrades Marathon in a row, earning him his permanent number.


Disabled school children cheer on runners along the route.



Anver (57) and Yusuf Omar (25) (sporting CresWalk t-shirts) completed the 89km up-run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg with son, Yusuf, in a creditable time of just over 11 hours.


Dawn fajr prayers at the start of the run in front of the Durban City Hall where over 22,000 local and international runners lined up.





Yusuf's on the run



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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.

3) Amjad Farooq and Basit Farooq
They made world's first computer virus in 1986. It was made for MS-DOS operating systems. The virus used to infect the boot sector of storage media formatted with the DOS File Allocation Table (FAT) file system. This virus was suppose to stop and track illegal copies of their disk.



NEXT WEEK:  Abdus Salam

Source: WonderfulPoint


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DATE: 5 June 2015

TOPIC: "Dealing With Enmity"

IMAM: Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh








DATE: 5 June 2015

TOPIC: “Hazrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz’s simple life”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


15th of Shaban talk recording




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 Nick Connery: There is no ‘War on Christianity’ by Muslims in the U.S.



US: Lately I’ve been consistently reading opinions about a “War on Christianity” and I have to say the idea that Christianity is being targeted in order to advance Islam is a completely groundless concept.

In order to metaphorically “stick it” to Muslims, anti-Islam rallies are popping up all over the Southwest, first in Texas, and now in Arizona. After the shooting in Texas by known terrorists, organizers in Arizona decided to have another “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest last weekend in order to bait Muslims to react violently. The goal may be advertised to advance free speech, but really we know that the goal is to goad violence from Muslims in order to fuel anti-Muslim sentiments and stereotypes that Islam is a religion of unadulterated violence.

To understand what’s really going on in the U.S. let’s look at the amount of hate-crime violence that Muslims face in the United States every year compared to Christians. The FBI reports in 2013 there were 1,223 victims of anti-religious crimes, and of those victims, about 60 percent were Jewish, 14 percent Muslim, 6 percent Catholic and 4 percent Protestant. So, by the FBI standards nearly 75% of all religious-based crime in our nation had Jewish and Muslim victims.

Now imagine if Muslims in the U.S. had a rally specifically to patronize and mock Jesus Christ. Christians would be outraged. In fact anytime Muslims seem to rally to promote Islamic tolerance Christian groups seem upset.

For example, there was the large Christian gathering that interrupted and heckled Muslims during the Muslim Capitol Day in Texas in January. Then the next month a similar event happened during a Muslim rally in Oklahoma when a young Muslim girl tried to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Finally let’s not forget the now infamous controversy, protest and outright disdain over a proposed Islamic Community Center being built in New York City two blocks away from the World Trade Center site.

This is where the root of the problem lies. There are people in this nation who after 9/11 believe that Muslims cannot be American and therefore aren’t entitled to American rights. They think acts of foreign and domestic terrorists should define a whole race of people, and Muslims are de facto subordinate to Christians.

Our nation is one of tolerance, especially religious tolerance, and the way we’ve been treating Muslim-Americans since 9/11 has been disgusting. A 10-second Google search could cite a dozen articles of bigotry and outright violence against Muslim-Americans and pro-Islamic organizations within the past year.

I deployed to Iraq in 2008, and in my company there were two Muslim-American soldiers. I wonder sometimes how they feel when they see these acts of blatant prejudice against fellow Muslims. There is no “War on Christianity” by Muslims here in the United States, so let’s stand together to stop this propaganda from further disenfranchising American citizens, some of whom have fought and died for this country.

Nick Connery, 28, is an Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and serves in the Missouri Army National Guard. He lives in Jefferson City.

Source: The Kansas City Star


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 US Muslim wins hijab case against Abercrombie & Fitch


The company denied Elauf the job on the grounds that wearing the scarf violated its 'look policy'


US: The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a Muslim woman who filed a lawsuit after she was denied a job at the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing chain because she wore a headscarf for religious reasons.


On an eight to one vote, the court handed a win on Monday to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency that sued the company on behalf of Samantha Elauf, who was denied a sales job in 2008 at a store in the state of Oklahoma when she was 17.


The company denied Elauf the job on the grounds that wearing the scarf violated its "look policy" for members of the sales staff, a policy intended to promote the brand's East Coast collegiate image.


The ruling was welcomed by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which campaigns for the civil liberties of Muslim communities in the US.


"We welcome this historic ruling in defence of religious freedom at a time when the American Muslim community is facing increased levels of Islamophobia," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.


"We applaud Samantha's courage in standing up for her rights by contacting CAIR, which led to the EEOC lawsuit and to our amicus brief filed with the court."


The legal question before the court was whether Elauf was required to ask for a religious accommodation in order for the company to be sued under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which, among other things, bans employment discrimination based on religious beliefs and practices.


Elauf was wearing a headscarf, or hijab, at the job interview but did not specifically say that, as a Muslim, she wanted the company to give her a religious accommodation. The EEOC has reported that Muslims file more employment claims about discrimination and the failure to provide religious accommodations than any other religious group.

Source: MWC News


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 Iceland‬ic converts to Islam share their stories


This video features several reverts to Islam explaining how their lives changed. Among those interviewed is Sverrir Agnarsson Ibrahim, said to be the first-ever Icelandic convert to Islam.



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 Married Couple Teams Up To Become Middlebury College's Muslim Chaplains


Muslim Chaplains Beau Scurich and Naila Baloch pray with students at Middlebury College.


US: Many of the country’s most prestigious universities have hired Muslim chaplains in recent years to offer spiritual support to their Muslim students. Middlebury College, one of America’s oldest liberal arts schools, outmatched them all.

The small rural Vermont school hired Beau Latif Scurich and his wife, Naila Baloch, in the summer of 2014 to share the full-time Muslim chaplaincy position.

The 30-somethings, who were previously chaplains at Tufts and Northeastern universities, are the first married couple to share a full-time Muslim chaplaincy position at a U.S. college.

Baloch is a religion and astrophysics graduate with a master’s in theological studies who grew up in a mixed Sunni-Shia household in Pakistan; Scurich is an American Muslim convert from California with a degree in Islamic studies and Arabic.


They met in Northern California four years ago at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism and were married in 2012.

“As a pair they bring a great mix to the table, because their own journeys represent in particular ways what some of our own students are experiencing,” said Laurie Jordan, chaplain of the college. “Naila was an international student at Williams College so she knows what it is like to come to a small rural school from a far away country and try to navigate something completely different from the large urban setting where she grew up, and where Islam is the cultural norm and background for daily life. Beau on the other hand went to a California high school and is an American convert to Islam — so he is familiar with the kind of backgrounds and experiences of our domestic students who are Muslim.”

Baloch said they don’t share the same views on everything, and they have to make sure one doesn’t overshadow the other. Scurich said they often ran meetings and attended events together this year, but admitted they are working on curbing overwork by dividing their responsibilities and their time more equitably.

Sohaib Nazeer Sultan, co-president of the Association of Campus Muslim Chaplains and Princeton University’s first Muslim life coordinator and chaplain, estimated that there are around 50 Muslim chaplains at U.S. colleges, including around 10 full-time. Many more hold part-time positions — some splitting their time between two institutions — and several are volunteers. (The first Muslim chaplain at any major university in the U.S. was Yahya Hendi, who was hired by Georgetown in 1999.)




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 Student beaten for falling asleep during Quran class


A school prefect went beyond his call of duty by kicking and slapping a Form One student for falling asleep while reading the Quran.   


ALOR SETAR - MALAYSIA: A 14-year-old boy in a boarding school in Kubang Pasu who was unable to focus on reading the Quran due to sleepiness was called out of the surau and beaten by a prefect.

In the incident on April 24, the victim did not retaliate despite being kicked and slapped as there were 10 other prefects surrounding him.

“The prefect even challenged me to a fight because I am training in taekwondo,” Harian Metro quoted the boy as saying.

That same night, the victim was called out again and slapped by a Form Five student.

The boy’s parents have lodged a report with the Bukit Kayu Hitam police and requested for the transfer of their son to another school.

Kubang Pasu OCPD Supt Abd Rahim Abdullah said police had referred the case to the boarding school and the district education office and would not investigate further.
Source: Free Malaysia Today


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 United Airlines faces boycott after Muslim woman denied soda over 'weaponization' fears



US: United Airlines has been threatened with a boycott after staff refused to give a Muslim woman a sealed soda can saying she might use it as weapon. Her supporters are calling on travellers to choose other airlines.

Strangers across the internet are supporting 31-year-old Tahera Ahmad, who was refused an unopened can of Diet Coke on a Chicago-Washington DC flight on Friday.

She said she was “in tears of humiliation from discrimination” after a flight attendant told her “we are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane.”

When she asked for an unopened can, she was reportedly told: “Well, I’m sorry. I just can’t give you an unopened can, so no Diet Coke for you.”

However, Ahmad quickly noticed that the man next to her had been given an unopened can of beer. When she brought this to the flight attendant's attention, the employee promptly opened the man's drink.

"She was clearly discriminating against me," Ahmad wrote.

When Ahmad pointed this out to other passengers, a male passenger said: “You know you would use it as a weapon so shut the f**k up.”

The flight attendant did apologize, saying he "acknowledged it was unethical and said he never should have said anything.” The pilot also apologized and walked her to the service desk at Reagan National Airport, so she could file a formal complaint.

But while support for Ahmad continues to roll in, others in the Twittersphere are less sympathetic – with one alleging that United Airlines will be the “safest airliner in the world” if Muslims boycott it.






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 Protester invited into Mosque has change of heart




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 How One Pakistani Town Mastered Religious Tolerance




PAKISTAN: Pakistan has become synonymous with terrorism. On most local and international news channels, we hear about minorities getting slaughtered at the hands of extremists; attacks on temples, churches, imambargahs; or the forced conversions of Hindus and Christians in the country.

I reckon you might be pleasantly surprised to know that there is a small town in Tharparkar, a district of the Sindh province where none of this is happening.

Mithi is one of the few towns in Pakistan where Muslims do not form the majority. In this quiet portion of a sprawling desert, both Hindus and Muslims have lived together like brothers since the creation of Pakistan.


In our village, Hindus and Muslims have been living together for decades and there has not been a single day, when I have seen a religious conflict. No loud speaker is used for Azaan at the time when Hindus are worshiping in their temple, and no bells are rung when it is time for namaz. Nobody eats in public when it is Ramazan and Holi is played by every member of the village.

– Resident

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 King Salman bin Abdulaziz praying inside the Holy Kaaba



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 Women only watch football to stare at men's thighs: Saudi cleric


SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi cleric faced the wrath of social media on Sunday after he issued a fatwa stating watching football should be ‘haram’ for women since it is only watched so they can stare at men’s thighs.

In a fatwa that has been the subject of much ridicule, the local mosque imam ruled that women “do not care who wins the match, all they care about is watching the player’s thighs.”
He added that a “woman seeing a foreign man is sinful, so what about seeing his thighs and tight kit?”
Angered by the fatwa, an opinion piece translated in English by the Saudi Gazette stated, “I cannot describe how embarrassed and annoyed I was after listening to a fatwa issued by a local mosque imam.”


Source: The Express Tribune


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 World’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca


UK: C of E crisis as it loses 1.7m followers - and Islam gains 900,000: Former Archbishop Lord Carey warns: 'Church is a generation from extinction'
The Church of England has suffered a dramatic slump in its followers, shocking new figures show.

Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of Britons identifying themselves as C of E or Anglican dropped from 21 per cent to 17 per cent – a fall of about 1.7 million people.

Over the same period, the number of Muslims in Britain grew by nearly one million, according to a survey by the respected NatCen Social Research Institute.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey warned last night that unless urgent action was taken, the Church was just ‘one generation away from extinction’.

The number of Anglicans in Britain has dropped from about 10.3 million to 8.6 million, and will raise fresh fears over the future of the Church of England, which has been in decline since the 1960s.

Daily Mail Australia


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 Pakistani Women’s Football Team


 Hajra Khan (Captain, Pakistani Women's Football Team)



Hajra Khan is one of the best female football player in the country. Born in 1993, the young lady is leading the Pakistani women football team. She plays as a midfielder for Diya Women’s Football Club (DWFC) Karachi and as a striker for the national women’s football team. Hajra Khan and Shayla Baloch to be signed by an international women football club (Maldivian National Women’s Football team).

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


Penny Appeal is one of the fastest growing charities in the UK, which aims to make charitable giving affordable.


In just five years, Penny Appeal’s growth has been phenomenal. The charity now operates in thirty countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, benefiting the maximum number of people possible through its core campaigns.


The charity began by supporting orphans in a small village in northern Pakistan and enabling them to attend school. Since then its orphan care programme has expanded to include other areas of Pakistan and also other countries.


Penny Appeal opened its first orphanage, Mera Apna Ghar, in January 2012 and, in 2014, opened an orphanage in the Gambia. OrphanKind is the name given to the charity’s orphan sponsorship programme which provides orphans with first-class care within a loving foster family and a good education.


With a strong online presence, a growing band of volunteers and a variety of fun or extreme fundraising challenges to get involved with, Penny Appeal appeals to the young as well as to traditional givers. Penny Appeal is based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and has offices in Bradford and Islamabad.     


Source: Muslim News

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Q: Dear Kareema, I have been working on my upper body for a while and now I need to strengthen and tone my legs. I’ve started doing step and cycle classes and am wondering what else I can do?

A: Squats and walking lunges are great because you’re using your body weight while doing it.


They are perfect for Strengthening and toning calf and thighs muscles.

The leg press machine is another good option and is a great challenge for strength.

While you may not think so, Yoga will compliment all of the above exercises and leave you feeling long, lean and strong.






My Health and Fitness

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

The CCN Book of the Week


The Muqaddimah




Ibn Khaldûn




The Muqaddimah, often translated as "Introduction" or "Prolegomenon," is the most important Islamic history of the premodern world.


Written by the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldûn (d. 1406), this monumental work established the foundations of several fields of knowledge, including the philosophy of history, sociology, ethnography, and economics.


The first complete English translation, by the eminent Islamicist and interpreter of Arabic literature Franz Rosenthal, was published in three volumes in 1958 as part of the Bollingen Series and received immediate acclaim in the United States and abroad.


A one-volume abridged version of Rosenthal's masterful translation first appeared in 1969. This Princeton Classics edition of the abridged version includes Rosenthal's original introduction as well as a contemporary introduction by Bruce B. Lawrence.


This volume makes available a seminal work of Islam and medieval and ancient history to twenty-first century audiences.




Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read 14th-century Islamic book 'The Muqaddimah'

Ibn Khaldun is considered by some historians to be one of the most influential texts in the fields of historiography and sociology.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s 2015 New Year’s resolution was to read an important book every two weeks and discuss it with the Facebook community.

Zuckerberg’s book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. His selections so far have been mostly contemporary, but for his eleventh pick he’s chosen “The Muqaddimah,” written in 1377 by the Islamic historian Ibn Khaldun.

“The Muqaddimah,” which translates to “the introduction,” is an early attempt at stripping away biases of historical records and finding universal elements in the progression of humanity.

Ibn Khaldun’s revolutionary scientific approach to history has established him as one of the foundational thinkers of modern sociology and historiography.

The influential 20th century British historian Arnold J. Toynbee described “The Muqaddimah” as “a philosophy of history, which is undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever yet been created by any mind in any time or place,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Zuckerberg explains his latest book-club pick on his personal Facebook page:

It’s a history of the world written by an intellectual who lived in the 1300s. It focuses on how society and culture flow, including the creation of cities, politics, commerce and science.

While much of what was believed then is now disproven after 700 more years of progress, it’s still very interesting to see what was understood at this time and the overall worldview when it’s all considered together.

The majority of Zuckerberg’s book club selections have been explorations of issues through a sociological lens, so it makes sense that he is now reading the book that helped create the field.


Source: Business Insider



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

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KB says: This chicken can be made in advance and frozen right up to Step 3. It is ideal to have in Ramadaan.

Sesame Seed Chicken Schnitzel


6 pieces of Breast Chicken tenderized, made flat and cut into rectangular pieces.

You can request your butcher to supply you with the schnitzel.


Step 1

Marinade chicken with the following for approx ½ an hour.
1 tsp crushed garlic
I tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder
½ tsp garlic flakes
1 tsp crushed jeeru (Cumin seeds)
½ tsp black pepper


Step 2

Dip chicken into the following mixture:

1 cup buttermilk
Juice of I lemon
2 Tab Perinaisse
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp red chilli powder


Step 3

Coat Chicken in the following mix:

1 pkt Cream Cracker or Arnott’s Jatz Original Biscuits crushed
¼ cup Sesame seeds
½ tsp red chilli powder


Coat chicken well by pressing the chicken between 2 hands so that the crumbs do not fall out.
Step 4

Grease oven tray with butter or ghee or olive oil. Place the chicken on the tray and place pieces of butter, on top of the chicken pieces or drizzle with olive oil and bake for approx 15mins on one side then turn over and repeat. Chicken must be golden brown in colour and tender.

Serve with a perinaisse dip, chips or baby potatoes and a healthy green salad.

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 old Jallalludin is on his deathbed.

He gets enough strength to talk. "My wife, my wife".

So his wife comes up to him and says: "I'm here, I'm here".

He then says: "My daughter, my daughter" - "I'm here daddy, I'm here"

"My son, My son" - "I'm here dad"

"Well then... who the hell is taking care of the kebab shop?"

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Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow and the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians, any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:62


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The best teachers are those who show you where to look,


but don't tell you what to see.   

~ Dante Alighieri


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ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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12 June


Qyamul Layl: Ramadan Virtues & Preparation


16 Queens Rd, Slacks Creek

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After Isha

13 June


Fund Raiser for New Mosque & Madressah

Islamic Cultural Centre of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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13 June


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New Muslim Care (NMC)

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0423 550 733

10am to 12.30pm

18 June


1st Ramadaan 1436

20 June


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road

0401 576 084

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27 June


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road

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27 June


Logan Mosque OPEN DAY

Islamic Society of Logan Mosque

269 Third Avenue, MARSDEN

0406 914 631

9am to 3pm

4 July


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

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Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road

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11 July


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road

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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

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1 August


Fund Raiser & Eid Celebration

Islamic Society of Ipswich

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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8 August


School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

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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

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24 September


Eidul Adha 1436 (10th Zilhijja 1436)

26 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


3 October


Eid Lunch

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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

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

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Muslim Directory Australia

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Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

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Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

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Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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Islamic Solutions

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IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

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Islamic Relief Australia

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Gold Coast Mosque

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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

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Muslim Aid Australia

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

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Islamic Society of Darra

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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

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