Sunday, 14 June 2015


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CCN Ramadan Message

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

Ramadhan Timetables and Notices

 The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week

Ramadan Message - David Forde

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

Slackscreek Mosque to open this week

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

Com News: The ICB Annual Fete

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

New group to advise on Queensland’s multicultural law

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Com News: The Australian Citizenship by Ali Kadri

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

Humbling experience for Abdalla

The CCN Chuckle

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Brisbane multi-faith congregation welcomes Dalai Lama


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Invitation to provide input on citizenship

Teenager pulled hijab from Muslim woman's head

Jones says tackling racism will help curb extremism

Ummah United - Feeding The Homeless Program

Countering Violent Extremism - A Critical Review

Veil - The Future of Hijab

ZADCOM Ramadan Appeal
Maha Abdo head of Muslim Women's Association

TED Talk: How FBI Strategy creates US-based terrorists

10 Pakistani Scientists who Made a Difference

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This week the crescent of Ramadân will once again usher in a month of devotion, fasting, prayer and charity


CCN wishes all our readers and their families and friends an uplifting month of peace and prayer.


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After a mammoth 18-month effort to raise the $2.2M to purchase the church premises, the Slackscreek Mosque (16 Queens Road, Slacksreek) officially opens on the Wednesday 17 June, the start of the month of Ramadan.


Volunteers start the clean up and conversion of the church to mosque process


A collection drive is underway for renovations, a new wudhu area, additional toilets and book shelves.


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Interim committee  


Representatives from across Queensland’s ethnic communities have met with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Shannon Fentiman to discuss the state’s multicultural future as part of a new group formed to advise the Government.

Minister Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to promoting Queensland as a united, harmonious and inclusive community – a place where the contribution of all members of society was valued and recognised.

“That’s why I am pleased to announce the creation of a Multicultural Community Reference Group to advise me on issues affecting culturally and linguistically diverse Queenslanders,” she said.

The interim Reference Group, made up of respected community leaders and/or experts on issues for culturally diverse communities in Queensland, will operate until the Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council is formed under the proposed new multicultural legislation next year.

“This is a great chance for the members of this group to help shape our multicultural future and an opportunity for me to listen to what they have to say, especially about the proposed Multicultural Recognition Bill, multicultural policy and other significant initiatives, ” Ms Fentiman said.

Ms Fentiman encouraged all Queenslanders to share their ideas or issues affecting their communities with the reference group.

“I am committed to listening to the community to ensure government policies recognise our diversity and advance multiculturalism in Queensland, and the Reference Group will play a key role in this,” she said.

The Interim Group members are:

• Dr Nora Amath, Chairperson of the Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity;
• Mr Ali Kadri,
Spokesperson for the Holland Park Mosque;
• Mr Elijah Buol,
President of the African Communities Council of Queensland;
• Professor Prasad Yarlagadda,
President of the Federation of Indian Communities Queensland;
• Ms Josephine Aufai,
Emerging leader of Logan-based Pasifika community;
• Ms Gitie House,
President of the Toowoomba International Multicultural Society;
• Ms Helga Biro,
Executive Director of Centacare Cairns;
• Mr Michael Ma,
Secretary-General of the Queensland Chinese United Council;
• Ms Gail Ker OAM,
Director of the Migration Council of Australia and Chief Executive Officer of Access Community Services Limited;
• Ms Kerrin Benson,
Chief Executive Officer of the Multicultural Development Association;
• Mr Serge Voloschenko,
Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland;
• Dr Cuong Bui,
President of the Vietnamese Community in Australia - Queensland chapter;
• Mr Jason Steinberg,
President of the Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies;
• Mr Paul Joseph,
Winner of the 2014 Young Cultural Diversity Ambassador award and recognised youth leader;
• Dr Homa Forotan,
2008 Young Queenslander of the Year, former President of the Association of Australian Tertiary Students from Afghanistan and community advocate;
•Ms Cecilia Barassi-Rubio,
Director of the Immigrant Women’s Support Service.


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Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla hugs the Dalai Lama at a multi-denominational gathering in Brisbane.


A humbling experience is how Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla, Griffith University Islamic Studies Director described his meeting with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Dr Abdalla presented the response to the Dalai Lama’s address to a multi-denominational gathering aimed at world peace at St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral in Brisbane on June 11.

The ceremony was attended by 900 people, including Bahai, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, Sikh and Christians, all of whom the Dalia Lama urged to pray for world peace.

“The Dalai Lama is extremely modest and gentle, and to be at a gathering with Archbishop Mark Coleridge and heads of various religious bodies was very humbling for me,’’ Dr Abdalla said.

“The Dalai Lama reminded us that world peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the absence of violence but also the manifestation of human compassion.”

“He said building inner-strength and trust was the key to building peace and compassion.”

In a break with protocol at the start of the ceremony Dr Abdalla and the Dalai Lama together led the procession into the cathedral.

“I was talking to him outside and he just grabbed my hand and led me inside the cathedral. Indeed it was a fortuitous moment,” Dr Abdalla said.



Before he spoke, Dr Abdalla turned to the Dalai Lama and gave him a big hug. He then thanked him for spreading his message of forgiveness and peace at a time when it was most needed.

“His statement that we are all of the same origin reminds me of the prophetic dictate; ‘Your lord is one, your father is one, and so there is no virtue of a black person over a white person…all are equal in the esteem of God’.

“Building a culture of peace and harmony does not apply only to distant, warring regions, but also to our own society.

“By seeking to better understand the social, political, cultural, economic, and civic structures whose deterioration can lead to violence and social upheaval, we can contribute to the identification of and support for measures to restore and enhance harmony.”




Source: Griffith University


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Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla, the director of Islamic Studies at Griffith University and an imam at Kuraby Mosque, said he was "humbled" to respond to the "wise and sacred words" of the Dalai Lama on behalf of the multi-faith congregation.

"There is no doubt that the promotion of harmony, especially religious harmony, is of great significance and thank you so much for reminding us of that.

"The world today is need of people like yourself."


Muslim advocate Nora Amath, Christian David Forbe and Jewish community member Shimon de Valencia at multi-faith prayer event in Brisbane attended by the 14th Dalai Lama.

After the Dalai Lama's speech, representatives from the world's different faiths led the congregation in prayer.

The representatives were; Dr Janet Khan, national spiritual assembly of the Bahais in Australia, three representatives from Sri Lanka's Theravada Buddhist Tradition, Surendra Prasad OAM from Hindu Council of Australia, the president of Queensland Jewish Community Services* Ariel Heber, Venerable Chueh Shan from the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple, Kuraby mosque imam Mohamad Abdalla, director of the Sikh Nishkam Society of Australia Ranjit Singh and Brisbane's Anglican Archbishop, Dr Phillip Aspinall.

Muslim Nora Amath, Christian David Forde and Jew Shimon de Valecia sat together in St Stephen's Catholic Cathedral and all praised the event.


We talk about world peace but actually coming together and networking and being the 'bridge-builder' between all of us is worthwhile with all the conflict in the world.

– Dr Nora Amath

David Forde said all forms of negativity had to be overthrown.

"We need to promote the positive stuff and celebrate it."

Shimon de Valencia said seeing people of different faiths sitting together talking and smiling was something the world "desperately needs".

"And we can sit here unifying so many different layers of division."

Brisbane Times


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Osman Rane and Yusuf Khatree of MCF present David Forde with a cheque of $2,000 to support his Brisbane 100km ultra marathon run on 16 August 2015.


David hopes to raise $10,500 to assist a 14 year old Kuraby boy Mark Tsaoucis (pictured below) who has severe Spina Bifida.




This is part of $30,500 needed to modify his bathroom. The family have raised $10,000 and $10,000 has come from an NGO.


“I am most grateful for the generosity from MCF as I know the Mark’s family are. Over the years the Muslim community has been consistently supportive of those less fortunate and you are a credit as fellow Australians”, said David.


You can contact David on 0413 874 008.


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Defence has appointed a Muslim cleric to its religious advisory panel, even though there are under 100 Muslims in the defence force.

Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert said Imam Mohamadu Nawaz Saleem (pictured above) would join the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services which provides a link between the Australian Defence Force and the governing bodies of faith groups.

It now consists of five members from the Christian faith, one Jewish member and one Muslim member.

He will work with the Muslim community and other members of the RACS in providing advice on the religious and spiritual wellbeing of all members of the ADF.

Mr Robert said Imam Saleem was nominated by the Australian National Imams Council and was a highly experienced Muslim cleric with formal qualifications in law and academia.

He is also an Associate Chaplain with the Victoria Police.

Mr Robert said defence needed to widen its recruitment pool and tap into a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce.

“Increasing the breadth of the RACS to include the Muslim faith also reflects the ADF’s pastoral care responsibilities for all its members and is entirely consistent with Defence’s commitment to cultural reform,” he said in a statement.

Source: The Australian


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The Australian Government is inviting submissions on proposed changes to the Citizenship legislation.


A discussion paper, Australian Citizenship – Your Right, Your Responsibility, has been developed by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services and Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General, and The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP Special Envoy for Citizenship and Community Engagement, "to encourage a national conversation about these important issues".


The discussion paper is available on the Australian citizenship website


For more information click here.


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Jailed: Paige Bain, 16, was sentenced to two years and eight months for her part in the racist attack in which a pregnant woman was punched and a Sudanese woman had her hijab pulled off

A teenage thug has been jailed for her part in a racist attack in which a Sudanese woman had her hijab headscarf pulled off.

Paige Bain, 16, also repeatedly punched a five-months pregnant woman during the assault, which was carried out with her aunt, Eileen Kennedy, 28.

Umaimi Musa, from Darfur, Sudan, and her Congolese friend Mary Marandran were sitting in a playpark in Royston, Glasgow, in September last year when they heard foul-mouthed racist insults being hurled at them. They were then set upon.

The incident was captured on CCTV and the camera operator raised the alarm with police as the attack happened.

Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell sentenced Bain to two years and eight months in prison for the attack.

Kennedy was earlier jailed for two years and six days for her part in the assault. The then 15-year-old and Kennedy, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court to racially assaulting 41-year-old Miss Musa to her injury.

Kennedy also admitted resisting arrest and claiming she had an infection before spitting on a police officer.

Bain admitted racially aggravated assault on Mrs Marandran, 40.

Procurator fiscal depute Mark Allan, prosecuting, said: ‘Bain, repeatedly punched the then pregnant Mrs Marandran on her head and pushed her.’

He told the court that both accused demanded Miss Musa’s mobile phone and tried to grab it off her after she told them she was going to call the police.

Source: The Daily Mail AUSTRALIA


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A Federal Liberal MP is worried about the level of racism towards Muslims in Australia and says it must be tackled to curb violent extremism.

Queensland MP Ewen Jones (pictured right) recently signed a letter supporting the Government's push to strip dual nationals of their Australian citizenship if they are involved in terrorism.

He said he did so on the condition no-one would be left stateless.

But Mr Jones said society as a whole has a responsibility to tackle violent extremism and that racist attitudes did not help.

He said he was disturbed by the level of racist hate mail he had received directed at Muslims.


I am very, very worried about the latent, for want of a better term, racism, that we are seeing in the country when it comes to our Muslim population

– Ewen Jones


"I'm still getting people sending me stuff saying, 'what about these bloody Muslims' and you go back to them and say. 'you know that's a false story'."

ANC News


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The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) hosted a breakfast this week with Ms Shannon Fentiman, MP for Waterford, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs.


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By Ahmed Shaikh 

In the Los Angeles area, one of three “pilot program cities” for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), advocacy for it inside the Muslim community has failed. It is likely to fail elsewhere.

This result should have been self-evident. Anyone who believes Muslims will simply accept becoming second-class citizens more prone to violence than other faith groups is living in an orientalist dream world.

Opposition to the program was overwhelming from the get-go. The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, representing almost all significant Muslim organizations in the Los Angeles region, voted unanimously against CVE in February, citing fears of surveillance, racial and religious profiling.

To the extent community “buy-in” was needed, the program was dead in Los Angeles. But, as a brand for the anti-terrorism industry in Washington D.C. and international capitals (living off the government trough), it is alive and well.

Many individual Muslims were eager to promote the program. CVE promoters do not exist in other faith communities or demographic groups, since there is no ecosystem of governments and no think tanks interested in amplifying the voices of such promoters.

Distinguishing themselves from other community organizations, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) supports CVE (MPAC is a leading member of the Islamic Shura Council but did not participate in the vote on the program).

It is unlikely anyone at MPAC truly believes Muslims should be second-class citizens and are uniquely scary. So, how could they get this so wrong?



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By Daisy Dumas 

Maha Abdo, president of the Muslim Women's Association: "There was no fear before the media created the fear."


When Maha Krayem Abdo bends in duha prayer shortly after sunrise every morning, she first asks for protection.

"And I don't mean just for me and my family," she explains, gently shaking her head. She means for Australia.

"I sometimes wake up and listen to the early news and think, 'God, make today a better one than yesterday.' I don't want my grandchildren to go to school feeling ostracised, feeling that they do not belong as a second generation of Australian Muslims."

The head of the Muslim Women's Association, current NSW Human Rights Ambassador, mother to four and grandmother to nine has reason, perhaps, to entreat the powers on high. She is all too used to dealing with politicians whose mandate appears to have settled upon building social barriers rather than bridges. These days the 56-year-old daughter of the co-founder of Sydney's first mosque no longer enjoys walking alone. When she arrived in Sydney in 1970, she thought nothing of being by herself as she explored the ocean-front near her home in Coogee. Now, wearing the unmistakably Islamic sign of a hijab, she prefers to walk along George's River with her husband, for safety's sake.

"You look around and no matter where you are and what you are, at the moment being an Australian Muslim woman is not an easy image to carry. You're continuously feeling the need to justify why you put that piece of cloth on your head, why you eat halal food."

A fish tank, well beyond its prime, bubbles behind us as our meal arrives – two $12 plates of Imperial Jade Palace's lunch specials, jasmine tea on the side. The Bankstown Sports Club is an unlikely venue for our interview (I'd rather looked forward to Mezze). But Maha is squeezing me into her schedule, and today she's come to the Disney-like complex to speak at a local domestic violence meeting, linking to her work with MWA's Going Home Staying Home project, Linking Hearts. Targeting all women victims of domestic violence in Canterbury Bankstown, it recently won a $1.8 million state government tender. Maha picks the prawns from her curry and politely leaves the remainder as staff fret over the approaching closing time.


"For me, as a woman of faith, I see that people are so angry with something. Instead of looking at the source of the anger and the frustration, it's easier to blame," she continues. "Muslims are blamed for every ill that is about now."

Border Mail


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There's an organization responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and ISIS combined: The FBI. How? Why? In an eye-opening talk, investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson reveals a disturbing FBI practice that breeds terrorist plots by exploiting Muslim-Americans with mental health problems.




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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.

4) Abdus Salam
Abdus Salam was a Pakistani theoretical physicist who won a Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to 'electroweak unification' in 1979. He is the first Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize.



NEXT WEEK:  Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood

Source: WonderfulPoint


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DATE: 12 June 2015

TOPIC: "Dealing With Enmity - PART 2"

IMAM: Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh








DATE: 12 June 2015

TOPIC: “Seeking Allah’s pleasure”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Ramadan in Sweden with no dusk, no dawn


Midnight sun prevails from May 28-July 16 in Kiruna, which covers more than half of the fasting period this year.


Kiruna, Sweden - During this year's holy month of Ramadan, when consumption of food and water is prohibited between dawn and dusk, how do Muslims observing the fast manage in the far north of Scandinavia, where the sun never sets?

An estimated 700 Muslims are spending Ramadan in the mining town of Kiruna, located 145km north of the Arctic Circle and surrounded by snowcapped mountains throughout the summer. Many of them are recent asylum seekers, sent to Kiruna while their claims are processed.

The sun stays up around the clock from May 28-July 16, which constitutes half of the fasting period this year.

"I started Ramadan by having suhoor with the sun shining in my eyes at 3:30 in the morning," said Ghassan Alankar from Syria, referring to the meal just before dawn.

"I put double curtains in my room and still, there's light when I'm going to sleep."

Since there is no central authority in Sunni Islam that could issue a definite religious ruling, or fatwa, Muslims in the north are using at least four different timetables to break the fast.

Alankar sticks to Mecca time, Saudi Arabia, "because it's the birthplace of Islam". But he is worried about whether his fast will be accepted by God.

"I'm not sure I'm doing the right thing," said Alankar, who arrived in Kiruna seven months ago after a hazardous journey via Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece. "Only when I'm in God's house, if I make it to heaven, I will know."

No dusk, no dawn

The start of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new moon, which moves about 11 days back in the Gregorian calendar each year. About every 33 years, Ramadan falls at the same time.

A majority of those who fast in Kiruna follow the timings of the capital Stockholm, 1,240km further south, after being advised by the European Council of Fatwa and Research (ECFR), a Dublin-based private foundation composed of Islamic clerics.
"In Stockholm, there's day and night," Hussein Halawa, secretary-general of the council, told Al Jazeera, explaining the decision. He was personally invited to northern Sweden from Dublin this year to experience the lengthy daylight and give advice.

Idris Abdulwhab, from Eritrea, follows the ECFR fatwa, which means his longest period of fasting will be 20 hours.


Zero, 15, 25 or 45 hours, it doesn't matter as long as you believe in what you're doing. But we're human beings; of course it's hard sometimes.


Hussein Halawa, European Council of Fatwa and Research

One of those who has chosen to fast according to the local prayer times listed online is Fatima Kaniz. In a homely apartment overlooking mountains and mining facilities, she prepares a Pakistani fast-breaking dinner, or Iftar, for 8:30pm as the persistent sun penetrates the window blinds. Oil sizzles in a pan as she drops in pakoras, a vegetable snack made with chickpea flour.

She recalls her first day in Kiruna five years ago, in June.

"I waited for the sun to go down so I could pray maghreb," she said, referring to the sunset prayer. "I waited until 3am, until my Chinese roommate at the asylum centre found me and explained it was pointless to wait. I thought, 'What kind of strange place is this?'"

The fare of the day consists of the Pakistani Ramadan staples chapati and pakoras served with raita, with the addition of Swedish fish fingers and lentil stew.

During two-thirds of Ramadan, following the Kiruna prayer times means that Kaniz fasts for about 18 hours. But due to the sun's movements, she will fast for a whole 23 hours during one of those days.

"I live in Kiruna, and I pray according to Kiruna time all year round. Why should I change this during Ramadan and suddenly follow Stockholm?" she asked.

She followed the same system during four previous Ramadans - the last one also at the height of summer.

"Sometimes I got tired and took the bus home from work instead of walking, but otherwise, I felt fine," she said. "But I looked at the clock many times."

The weather in Kiruna varies widely during the summer months. Within a day, 25 degrees Celsius and sunshine can turn into 10 degrees and pouring rain.

December Ramadan: Perpetual darkness

When Ramadan falls in December, however, Muslims will face the opposite of midnight sun: polar night. For two weeks, the sun does not rise above the horizon.

"Why don't they come to me to ask about Ramadan then?" asks Halawa of the ECFR. He said a conference will be held later this year to issue a winter timetable for both fasting and prayers.

Muslim prayer times also follow the sun - which means that during winter, all five prayers can fall within a time span of two hours.

Abdulnasser Mohammed, of Somali origin, was new to Sweden and Kiruna the last time Ramadan fell under the Midwinter night, in 2000.



There was no really established Islamic organisation at the time, or information on the internet. I had to make up my own rules. I fasted for about five hours.


Abdulnasser Mohammed, chairman of the Islamic association in Kiruna


Mohammed, who is now the chairman of the Islamic association in Kiruna, follows the fasting times of Istanbul in the summer, since Turkey is the Muslim country closest to Sweden.

But he explains, in his view, everyone is free to choose.

"Islam isn't rigorous," he said. "Ramadan is not about starvation or about inflicting injury on yourself. People must choose what works for them."

Apart from the Syrians, who have fled the war in their homeland, Eritreans form the largest Muslim community in Kiruna.

Hawa Fidel and Alia Hassen host a plentiful Iftar at Stockholm's fast-breaking time, 10:10pm, in the apartment they share. They have prepared seating on the floor and filled trays with sponge-like injera flatbread, spicy beef stew, pastries, and other traditional Eritrean food.

The men chatting in the living room are already planning their next communal meal. They have set up a system to share the costs fairly, with participants paying different amounts depending on their incomes. Some have jobs. Others, whose applications for asylum have been rejected, get by on a monthly $200 grant provided by the government.

"Eating together with friends remind me of Eritrea," said Fidel, who is still waiting for permanent residency after living in Kiruna for three years. But she misses going to a mosque for tarawih, the special prayers at night during which long portions of the Quran are recited.

The Muslim community in Kiruna is using a hall in an apartment block as a mosque, but so far it is only open for Friday prayers.

On the first Friday of Ramadan, as the rain trickled down, about 40 men and four women, including Fidel, gathered there at Stockholm's dhuhr prayer time.

Safwaan al-Taieb, who used to do the call to prayer in his neighbourhood mosque in Syria's Deraa before he fled the country last year, recited a melodious adhan.

Al-Taieb's sister came with him to Sweden, but because she fasts according to Mecca timings and he Stockholm, they do not eat together.

Besides the rest of the family, he said the social nature of Syrian society is what he misses the most - during Ramadan and the rest of the year.

"In Syria, you don't eat only with your family. Everyone is welcome, we bring plates of food to our neighbours, we invite others. If you do that with Swedish people, they think you're crazy."

"Next Ramadan, God willing, I'll be back in Syria."

Source: Al Jazeera


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 Primary schools ban Muslim pupils from fasting during Ramadan with one saying it is a health risk for young children


The school (above) said it had seen pupils faint and fall ill in previous years as a result of not eating all day

UK: A primary school trust has banned Muslim pupils from fasting during Ramadan, claiming the tradition can be harmful to the health of young children.

Barclay Primary School in Leyton, east London, issued a letter to parents informing them that it would not allow children attending school to fast in order to 'safeguard the health and education of the child'.

In the letter, the acting head said children would not be able to fast without meeting with him first.

The move has been slammed by members of the Muslim community who said schools should seek to support parents instead of 'blanket enforce' their own rules when it comes to religion.

In a letter sent out on June 10, Barclay Primary School in Leyton, east London, has banned pupils from attending school if they are fasting for Ramadan

The letter, above, said that fasting has a 'significant impact on younger children' and should be done at weekends


In the letter, the acting head went on to say that children would not be 'considered to be able to fast' without meeting with him first

In the letter issued yesterday, the school claimed to have 'sought guidance' before implementing the ban.

'We are reliably informed that in Islamic Law, children are not required to fast during Ramadan, only being required to do so when they become adults,' it said.

It continued to describe how children 'fainted' and 'became ill' during last year's festival after going without food or water for '18 hours, a significant amount of time for a child.'

Alongside Barclay Primary School the ban will be implemented across three other schools which belong to the trust. They are Sybourn Primary School and Thomas Gamuel Primary School in Waltham Forest and Brook House Primary School in Haringey.

The letter, posted on 5pillars, a British Muslim publication, was today criticised by members of the Muslim community which said deciding whether a child should fast or not is the prerogative of their parent.

The Muslim Association of Britain said there were enough rules in place to protect the vulnerable from fasting without school's interference.

'We believe that there are sufficient and stringent rules within Islam which allow those who are unable to fast, to break fast,' a spokesman told Mail Online.

'These rules include those who are medically ill or compromised; or too young or too old to fast.

Sybourn Primary School in Waltham Forest, which also belongs to Lion Academy Trust, will abide by the same rule

'However, we believe that this determination should be decided by parents with their children; who can together reach a collective decision whether or not the child can fast.

'MAB ascertains that the final choice of whether or not to fast should be the right of the parents, who should in turn encourage their children to fast without forcing them to do so.'

Pupils at Thomas Gamuel Primary School (above) in Waltham Forest will also not be allowed to attend if fasting

Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, the President of MAB added parents ought to have the ultimate say in whether their child participates in the fast.

'Schools should play a supporting role to parents; and issues like this should be discussed, not blanket enforced,' he said.

Neither Barclay Primary School nor the Lion Academy Trust responded to Mail Online's requests for comment this afternoon.

An earlier version of this article stated that Barclay Primary School had banned all pupils from fasting during Ramadan. We are happy to clarify that some pupils will be allowed to fast but only with express permission from the acting headmaster after a meeting with their parents.

Source: The Daily Mail UK


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 Pakistani Women’s Football Team


 Shahlyla Baloch


Shahlyla Baloch plays as a striker for both Pakistan national women's football team and the Balochistan United Team. She has recently unlocked a big achievement by joining the Sun Club in Maldives where she will be given professional training. 

Source: Parhlo


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Q: Dear Kareema, I find myself sitting at my desk working for most of the day which has really affected my posture. I’ve since started taking regular breaks but was wondering if you can suggest a particular exercise I can do to help improve my posture?

A: Try incorporating yoga into your daily routine. It focuses on deep muscle work – lengthening, strengthening and breathing naturally through different poses.


Not only will this aid in better posture, you’ll feel longer and stronger as the weeks go by.

Focus on core exercises - this will help strengthen your back:

Try sitting on a big gym ball instead of a chair every other day
Opt for a ‘standing station’ – high desk where you can stand and work for set periods during the day
Always be conscious of your posture – stand/sit up tall, roll shoulders up, back and down towards your spine




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

The CCN Book of the Week


What is a Madrassa


Ebrahim Moosa


Edinburgh University Press, 2015, 290.


Review by Adis Duderija

Ebrahim Moosa, a leading theoretician behind critical/progressive Muslim thought and a graduate of the ‘alimiyya program at Dar ulUlum, Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow, in the early 1980, has gifted us with a much needed, personal account and a compassionate yet critical analysis of the network of some major South Asian madrassas, their intellectual history, curriculum, their role in contemporary (S. Asian) Islam and the kind of worldviews inhabited by those who are involved in their every-day operations.

The book discusses a number of crucial topics ranging from an analysis of what constitutes ‘knowledge’ and its purpose in these traditional institutions of learning with a long history and the ongoing debates regarding their relevance and reform to their alleged links with terrorism in the wake of the ‘war on terror’.
The book is divided into four parts consisting of a total of twelve chapters. The first part titled “Lived Experience” (chapters one to three) recounts his days at the various madrassas he attended offing us a humane and at times funny description (e.g. discussion of young adult madrassa students’ reaction to definition of marriage “as sexual enjoyment” in strictly segregated Muslim communities) of madrassa life(including prayers, types of food eaten, extra-curricular activities and what constitutes knowledge) from that of a novice to that of an aspiring scholar.

In the second section of the book, “History and Contexts” (chapter four to six), Moosa offers us an illuminating description of the birth of the contemporary madrassas in S.Asia and their historical cum intellectual genealogy. Moreover, the reader learns about the major scholars, texts and subjects used in the madrassa curriculum and the various phases of its development. Importantly, Moosa also discusses the hotly debated topic of curriculum reform both in the context of madrassa administrators themselves and their external critics offering his own perspective on the issue.

In the third part bearing the title “Politics of Knowledge”( chapters seven and eight) the author documents how people who are part of the madrassa educational system view themselves as purveyors and embodiments of the life and the teachings of the Prophet (“Sunna”/maslak) through an intensive study and internalization of the practices and values ( including strict and all-encompassing gender segregation) considered to fall under the aegis of Sunna. Here Moosaalso provides us with glimpses of what goes on in female madrassas including the kind of curriculum they study. Because of the strict gender segregation rules, the insights on the life of female madrassas are recounts of what his former female graduate student from Pakistan gathered. In terms of curriculum content, Moosa notes a recent significant shift in the emphasis on the study of the hadith as a core of the curriculum and notes its implications that perhaps best echo the major approach the author takes in relation to the role and function of madrassas in S.Asia in contemporary Muslim societies:

The absence of an updated and robust rationalist dialectic blended with a Sunna- centered approach to religious knowledge has only fomented an exclusionary faith- centered or hidebound received tradition centered mindset. This mindset generates extraordinary hurdles and roadblocks for religious discourse to engage with the challenges of the time. Institutional reforms, without substantive intellectual reformation, tend to yield fewer discursive dividends but a surfeit of apologetics.(p.175)

Moosa also revisits the issue of knowledge and contestations over its meaning and nature from the perspective of the traditional, as advocated by most of those who administer the madrassas, and modern approaches. Here Moosahighlights the utmost importance madrassa administrators place on the process of embodiment of knowledge through practice as avenue of reaching true piety as the noblest goal of the madrassa curriculum.

In the fourth, final part titled “Madrassas in Global Context” (chapters nine to twelve) discusses the negative and often ill-informed media coverage madrassas in S.Asia get by being unintelligently and unfairly conflated with Al-Qaeda, Taliban and their ilk. Moosa considers these views to be “gross distortions” (p.218) of reality. The author also ponders over the future of the madrassas and the career options of their graduates.

In this fourth section one of the most important and unique features of the book, in the mind of this reviewer, is to be found, namely the letters Moosa writes to both policy makers in the west as well as his former madrassa teachers about the future of the madrassas and their potential role as important institutions for intercultural understanding between the two worlds Moosa’s interlocutors represent.

This important book, therefore, grapples with a large number of complex questions that pertain to the very core of the nature and role of Islam and its over millennia old tradition in today’s world. These include, among the most prominent others, the very question of the contested nature of the concept of Islamic traditionand knowledge itself and what it means to be a Muslim, the nature of religious authority at the time of its unprecedented fragmentation, issues pertaining to the nature of Islamic ethics, gender relations, Islam and politics and Islam and (post)-modernity in general.

The book also contains helpful summaries of major historical concepts, religious doctrines and teachings of Islam and as such can be used in introductory courses on Islam, especially those which focus on Islamic education.

Consistent with his other writings,Moosa effortlessly combines a deep knowledge of the Islamic tradition with that of equallydeep ‘secular western’ tradition to skillfully navigate and guide us through major concepts and topics under discussion.

While Moosa astutely diagnoses the problems and challenges of the educational systems of the madrassas as needing to incorporate contemporary knowledge from a variety of disciplines perhaps one aspect that did not get as much attention as this reviewer considers warranted is the need for madrassas to develop alternative interpretational approaches within the confines of the classical Islamic sciences in order to break away from dogmatic positions that were established many centuries ago and which are making them a source of continued Muslim intellectual stagnation. For example, the emphasis on contextualization of the Qur’an and Sunna beyond the classical disciplines asbabulnazul and/or naskhwamansukh or indeed a re-examination of the very concept of Sunna in traditional Islam.

This re-evaluation of the intrinsic and internal hermeneutical mechanisms is, in this reviewer’s mind, the most promising avenue for a meaningful madrassa reform which builds further on the existing strengths of the madrassas’ curriculum but conceptualizing it through a different set of interpretational approaches which are to a large extent, albeit in underdeveloped form, readily available in the traditional sciences.

I highly recommend this book especially to all those who are interested in Islamic education and its reform as well as the question of reform of Muslim thought in general.


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KB says: Here's a raw, gluten-free, paleo, sugar-free dessert that was prepared by Aakifah Suleman for a "0.5 year birthday party" and adapted from here.


Raspberry Lemon Mini Vegan Cheesecakes




¾ cups raw macadamia nuts
½ cup pitted dates
pinch of himalayan salt
1-3 tablespoons of water

Ingredients for the cheesecake filling
2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight in fridge or for 1 hour in warm water at room temperature (strain well after soaking)
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup water
juice of 1 organic lemon + zest
½ cup rice malt syrup (or other sweetener)fresh raspberries for plating



To make the crust: In a food processor, pulse the macadamias until a fine grind forms. Add in the dates and pinch of salt. Continue mixing and check with your fingers if the mixture sticks in your fingers. If it’s too dry, add in water one tablespoon at a time. Mix again. Once it sticks together and still falls off your fingers – it’s perfect.

Using a cupcake pan preferable a silicone one, press the mixture into the bottom evenly and set aside.

To make the filling:  Add all the ingredients into a clean food processor again : strained cashews, warm but not hot coconut oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, rice malt syrup (or other sweetener), water. Mix on high for about 5 minutes until a very smooth mixture forms.

Pour over the bases in the cupcake pan. Tap the pan gently to let it settle. Place straight into the freezer for about 1-2 hours before serving. These defrost in just about 5-10 minutes in the refrigerator, and much faster at room temperature so give them enough time to defrost slightly before serving. Top with fresh raspberries to serve. Enjoy!

(If you want to keep them frozen for longer and just have them ready whenever the occasion calls for a great impromptu dessert. Simply freeze for 1-2 hours, then be sure to wrap the pan with plastic wrap as tight as possible and return to the freezer for up to 1 month.)


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Jallaludin: I have all four of my sons living at home with me.


Habibullah: You are so lucky. What jobs do they do?


Jallaludin: The first one qualified as an engineer, the second has an MBA, the third received his PhD last year, and the fourth turned out a thief.


Habibullah: Why don't you throw your fourth son out of the house?


Jallaludin: He is the only one bringing any money into the house. The rest are jobless!

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O you who believe! Do your duty to Allah, seek the means of approach to Him, and strive with might and main in His cause: that you may prosper.

~ Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:35


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2. Take care of your words when you are with people.

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