Sunday, 21 June 2015


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Ramadhan Timetables and Notices

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

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 The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week

Islamic College of Brisbane’s Big Winter Fete

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

Slacks Creek Mosque || The Official Opening

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

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CCN Readers' Book Club

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Ramadhan BBQ at Algester

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"Lengthy fasts are also a Mercy from Allah SWT"

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Report by Ms Maryam Kissane, CPAC Chairperson




On Sunday, the 7th June, the Islamic College of Brisbane held their Big Winter Fete, organised by the College Parents’ Advisory Committee. This was a great day for our Brisbane community to get together with something for everyone - rides and activities for the kids, a terrific variety of stalls and different ethnic cuisines. The winter sun was shining brightly and thousands turned up to sample the food and fun.

The International Food Court was a great success with an amazing array of food from many nations being sold. Most noteworthy were the contributions of the Crescents of Brisbane's CresCafe, the Islamic Society of Queensland and the Patel and Limbada families who donated 100% of their profits to CPAC.

Community stallholders showcased a huge variety of different clothing, jewellery, Islamic books, toys and homewares as well as face-painting and make-up demonstrations. The teachers and students at ICB offered a variety of fun and interesting stalls, leading to the ever-popular rides.


This year, the committee received sponsorship from Oldmac Toyota, Nissan Springwood, Southside Ophthalmology and Party Depot to provide additional rides, including the popular Rockclimbing wall and Animal farm.

There was an impressive array of entertainment on the stage throughout the day, showcasing the potential of the students at ICB. Some students presented Nasheeds and cup songs, others a beautiful song on Mothers and some Grade 5 and 6 students showed that they have talent, with an excellent performance of a traditional Palestinian dance. This year’s fete also played host to an Adhan competition and the 2nd ICB Fete Baking competition.

The highlight of the entertainment programme had to be the wonderful Multicultural Parade showcasing 68 students, in their traditional dress from 23 nations. It is always a delight to watch these young children represent their heritage and sing “We are Australian” together.

Before the day came to a close, there was a Martial Arts demonstration from Rami Thunder, followed by an auction where many fabulous donated goods were sold off in a bidding frenzy.


The late evening Fireworks display was definitely bigger and brighter than any seen before at an ICB Fete.

All proceeds raised at this year’s event will be used by the CPAC Committee to purchase school resources that directly benefit the students that attend ICB, such as additional playground equipment, sports equipment and library resources.

The success of the fete was truly in the hands of the community who attended.


The CPAC Committee wishes to thank everyone for attending and making the day a huge success. We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to Councillor Kim Marx and the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund for their significant financial contribution to the Fete.




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The Islamic Society of Algester wishes everyone a very blessed and spiritually uplifting Ramadaan. May Allah accept the efforts of one and all as we remember each other and the whole Muslim Ummah in our du'as.May He shower His choicest Peace and Blessings upon His beloved Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and grant us the taufeeq to follow in his footsteps. Aameen

Once again, the Saturday night BBQs will be in full swing during the month of Ramadaan with our popular CHURROS served with chocolate being available the 1st and 3rd Saturday in Ramadaan.

If you would like to make a donation towards the BBQ, please contact Faraaz Ismail on 0433 285 086.

If you would like to make a contribution towards the Churros please contact Shaheda Osman on 0421 593 785.

All proceeds from above sales go towards the new Masjid.

Thanking you in advance for your support and wishing you all a most blessed month of Ramadaan


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A worldwide discussion has recently gained traction when the BBC afforded coverage to a fatwa (religious ruling) declared by some scholars stating that if ones geographical region dictates that one has to fast for lengthy periods of time in excess of 17 hours, then one may proceed to cut the time of fasting according to Medina timings.

The fatwa has been the subject of various scholarly rebuttals with many mainstream Mufti’s arguing that Allah SWT has taken measures to limit difficulties by affording exceptions to travelers, as well as those who are ill or pregnant and find it too difficult to fast, as stated in Surah Al-Baqarah. Thus, they contend, this recent fatwa is a misnomer as it goes beyond the built in leniencies and concessions that Allah had already given.

The discussion is still quite intense as can be gauged from the variety of viewpoints showcased by the BBC from the streets of Norway, Britain, and Indonesia about fasting for such lengthy times.

Some Muslims had even controversially gone as far as questioning what they considered as a ‘deprivation’ of food and water, arguing that this should not be the only way to prove their commitment to Islam.

Speaking to Cii Radio, Mufti Adur-Rahman Ibn Yusuf Mangera of the United Kingdom recently addressed this controversial ruling. Mufti Mangera conceded that the fatwa may have been made with sincerity and a view to decrease difficulty and make fasting more manageable. Nonetheless, he said the Shari’ basis for the Fatwa remained contentious

“Allah wants ease, not difficulty for you. He understands what challenges there will be so for us. (Hence) to superimpose a further concession would honestly seem like we are second-guessing Allah and assuming that Allah is not giving us ease, and seeing that Ramadaan is the month of barakah and blessing, Allah may indeed make it easier for everyone.”

Mufti Mangera further said that instead of cutting the hours of fasts to align them to Madina, if one faces genuine difficulty in completing a lengthy fast (for reasons recognized in the Shariah), one could break the fast and atone for it out of Ramadaan at a time when it may be easier.

Source: CII Broadcasting


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This week marks the beginning of Ramadan, one of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast in daylight hours for a month.

Health experts say maintaining fitness during this time is vital - and one Sydney gym is running special Ramadan bootcamps.



Source: SBS


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Yassmin Abdel-Magied 

When people ask what it’s like to work on an oil rig, I lean in and whisper to tell them all my ‘war stories’. The truth is, though, it’s just like real life


‘Like anything, working as a female in a male-dominated industry is all of the things – challenging, difficult, fun, rewarding, unexpected and above all, completely subjective.’ Yassmin Abdel-Magied at work  

Being a female in a male-dominated workforce makes for being a subject of endless fascination.

The most common question immediately after the big reveal is an awed, “Oh, but what is it actually like working with all those blokes?”

Sometimes, it’s fun just sharing the war stories.

“Oh mate,” I’ll tell them.

“Working on the rig is like, another world. On land, I am usually the only chick out of 30 or so. Sometimes you would have one other girl on site, but almost never more than one. Offshore, it’s party time! You’re looking at maybe four women out of 150? It’s crazy. It’s awesome. You should hear some of the jokes.”

At this point, I might lean forward, and in whispered tones for effect, share what I call the “crazy rig conversations”.

“There was this one guy, right – he was just straight out about it,” I say. “He was like, ‘I’m a chauvinist, OK? I’m the last of a dying breed. Let me just say what I want to say!’

“I’ll tell ya, some of the rest is unrepeatable in good company! Get a bunch of blokes together and anything goes. I reckon I don’t even hear all the good stuff, although they do eventually get used to you.”

Truth be told, however, that is not the whole picture. In fact, like anything, working as a female in a male-dominated industry is all of the things – challenging, difficult, fun, rewarding, unexpected and above all, completely subjective.

What is fascinating is how the experience of women in industry reflects the broader expectations of and attitude towards women in our society. There is a general acceptance that gender diversity is a “good” thing, but some occasional reluctance about “forcing” a change, particularly when affirmative action is considered.

The Guardian


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The Toowoomba Mosque has been damaged three times this year.  

The West Street mosque has been damaged three times this year, with the latest incident on May 16, when graffiti was sprayed on the outside of the building.

Police said the graffiti appeared to be a case of tagging, as opposed to hate speech.

A 26-year-old Victorian man has been charged with wilful damage and is set to face Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, police are continuing to investigate an arson attack in April which caused $600,000 of damage to the mosque.

The incident was condemned by religious and political leaders, including Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio.

"This kind of behaviour, frankly, is a terrible insult to the majority of good people who call our region home," Cr Antonio said at the time.

In January there was a suspicious fire when someone forced their way into the building and lit a fire inside a plastic bin.

The Toowoomba Mosque opened in January 2014 and is located on a former Christian church site.

Source: Brisbane Times


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We are now entering the Holy Month of Ramadan. During this month we actively concentrate on the important pillars of Islam and spiritually connect with the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

This is the time when we place special emphasis on charitable donations, most of which are usually collected during Ramadan.

The importance of Zakatual/Fitrah is to purify the one who fasts from any indecent act or speech and to help the poor and needy. Fitrah has been set at $10 by the Council of Imams.

Zakaat is charity, alms, kindness, and an official tax which is obligatory and must be given willingly. It is to purify wealth, by sharing with the poor and needy. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said “He is not a believer, he who eats his fill, whilst his neighbour beside him goes hungry,” Sahih Bukari 112.

Ramadan is also a time to acknowledge the work carried out by your own local charity, The Muslim Charitable Foundation, on your behalf since its formation in 2009. MCF has been transparent with all its dealings in distributing your donations to the needy in the local community. At the end of each month we produce a case report for anyone to source. This fund has also ensured that Emergency Funds have reached the people on the ground in disaster-hit and war-torn countries. MCF does not take administration costs out of donated funds. A visit to the website is all it takes to confirm the transparency of MCF. Visit

As we are all aware, the number of unemployed has escalated over the last year from both the public and private sector. Consumer confidence is low and the business sector is suffering as well as the unemployed. Welfare payments are difficult to access and many on welfare payments have been reassessed and have lost some of their benefits. Rents and electricity costs have escalated and the number of homeless people is rapidly rising. More than ever, we need our local Muslim charity to have sufficient funds to respond to the call for assistance to provide the basic necessities for those in need.

MCF has their special accounts with the Bank of Queensland: BSB 124155
Fitrah A/C 20963614
Interest A/C 20897385
General A/C 20897392

MCF has signed an MOU with Muslim Aid who personally distributes Emergency Relief funds overseas. You may specify the country you wish to donate your funds to when you deposit your Zakaat into the bank and you can be sure it will reach its destination.

Concentration on prayer and the rituals of Ramadan brings the community closer together. It is a period of trust and spirituality and caring for each other. This is important in this trying time that Muslims are experiencing, we must support one another.

May this Ramadan bring happiness and contentment to those who participate in this Sacred Month of Fasting and Cleansing. Peace be Upon You


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Gay Alcorn 

‘Our prime minister can be a rhetorical wrecking ball, but in no case has his lack of subtlety been more damaging than his remarks about Muslims.’ Tony Abbott at the opening of the Regional Countering Violent Extremism Summit, 11 June 2015.  

The tone of national conversation around Islam and terrorism leaves Muslims feeling hurt, angry and bewildered. What purpose does it serve?

Every now and then, you get to understand – even just for a moment – someone else’s point of view. You might have assumed you knew all about it, but it’s rare to feel it, to glimpse what life is like for another human being.

At a forum organised by the Islamic Council of Victoria on the weekend, a group of around 100 people turned the tables on five journalists about media coverage of Muslims, terrorism, counter-terrorism laws, police raids, multiculturalism and the hijab. It was polite and welcoming – we all got a box of chocolates at the end – but what people wanted us to understand was that to be a Muslim in Australia now was to feel hurt, angry and bewildered.

People spoke about waking up, day after day, to a relentless focus on terrorism and its implied or specified links to Islam and Australia’s almost 500,000 Muslims. One man believed there was a “media jihad against Muslims”. Some spoke of comments beneath media articles that were viciously anti-Muslim, implying that all Muslims were terrorists or terrorist sympathisers, and didn’t belong in Australia.

Another, a doctor and a board member of a well-known Islamic school in Melbourne, said he worried about young people who had absorbed anti-Muslim sentiment all their lives. The 19-year-old Muslim man whose photo was mistakenly published in The Age identifying him as a suspected terrorist went to ground, seriously depressed.


Islamic Council board member Junaid Cheema said he had recently been called a “fucking Muslim” in the street. He joked about it – he liked to think of it as a “cultural exchange”. But for a teenager, such things weren’t so easy to brush off. All of this, one man said, was “ripping our community apart”.

It was uncomfortable to hear the pain behind the complaints. Would it not be a tragic irony if the focus on what foreign minister Julie Bishop calls the biggest threat to the global order since the second world war meant that we were alienating rather than enlisting Australian Muslims to help, if we were ripping them apart?

Would it not be a bitter irony, too, that in our desperate attempts to stop homegrown violent extremists and to deter Australians leaving to fight overseas, we were actually fanning the radicalisation we seek to counter? A few days after Tony Abbott told a regional summit on counter-terrorism that “Daesh is coming, if it can, for every person and for every government with a simple message: submit or die,” Cheema had a more complex message. Islamic State (Isis) appealed to youth to join up because it tells them “Australia doesn’t want you,” he said. At we at the point where some Australians hear that message and feel it to be true?

As the government reminds us daily, it has a duty to protect Australians. That’s a complicated duty requiring a balance between powers and resources for intelligence agencies and police, and maintaining the civil freedoms that supposedly define us.

Our prime minister can be a rhetorical wrecking ball, but in no case has his lack of subtlety been more damaging than his remarks about Muslims. The media doesn’t deserve to be let off the hook, either. Journalists have to cover this story, but at times parts of the media have inflamed fear and mistrust. In turn, many Muslims have come to mistrust and fear the media.
But it is the prime minister who is critical in setting the tone for national conversation on these issues and Abbott has presided over a breakdown in the relationship between many Muslims and their government.

Some leaders have given up engaging entirely; others are hanging in there. A few are firebrands, sure, but the overwhelming majority are not, or were not until they kept being told they were the problem.

It is hard to see the Abbott government’s approach as anything but politically motivated as it promotes its national security credentials as one of its strengths against Labor. Back in 2011, then immigration spokesman Scott Morrison reportedly urged the shadow cabinet to capitalise on the electorate’s concerns about “Muslim immigration”, “Muslims in Australia” and the “inability” of Muslim migrants to integrate.

That suggestion was crude but the strategy appears to be in place. There was the aborted attempt to ban the niqab from parliament last year and Abbott’s “Team Australia” rhetoric towards migrants. It is hard to keep up with the mooted new laws, from suggestions of cancelling the citizenship of those who fight overseas to trying to shut down propaganda through banning vilifying and intimidating speech. Alongside those laws, good and bad, there are subtle digs at Muslims generally.

“I’ve often heard western leaders describe Islam as a ‘religion of peace,’” Abbott said a few months ago. “I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often, and mean it.” The implication was clear. Muslim leaders weren’t saying it often and if they were, they didn’t really mean it.

These issues aren’t easy. More than 100 Australians have gone to Iraq and Syria to join Isis, at war both with Shia Muslims and the west’s foreign policies and values. The mentally unstable Man Haron Monis held hostages for 17 hours in Sydney in December, a siege which left two innocents dead. A handful of young Muslims raised in Australia have become attracted to Isis’s apocalyptic vision and allegedly planned attacks at home.

It’s not that Muslims don’t care about all this – if anything, they are panicked about their kids to the point of paranoia. They point out, too, that the vast majority of those murdered by ISIS are Muslims.

Yet so defensive have many become that they seem too quick to denounce any criticism as Islamophobia or racism. And there is a reluctance to acknowledge that Isis and its affiliates in Yemen, Nigeria and elsewhere have anything to do with Islam and the raging, painful discussion about its potential reform.

But really, how can we be surprised if many Muslims are turning inward, putting up defences? Others soldier on. Some groups are mentoring young people at risk of radicalisation. Several are already running or planning to run programs to counter Isis propaganda. Some are so furious at the government they want nothing to do with official programs. Journalists complain that Muslims are reluctant to speak with them.

And if they express what they feel, if they push back, they risk being accused of not being “on the team”, of not belonging in Australia at all.

If you are not a Muslim, imagine for a moment being in their shoes.


Source: The Guardian


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Breaking fast

Ahead of Ramadan, the charity Islamic Relief commissioned a poll by YouGov to look at British views about Muslims and their religion.

While they found that attitudes towards taking in refugees - particularly those from predominantly Muslim countries - were hardening, they also discovered some worryingly negative views towards the religion in general.

The charity asked people to name the three words they associate with the term ‘Muslim’ and found that more think of ‘terror/terrorism/terrorist’ (12 per cent) than ‘faith’ (11 per cent) or ‘mosque’ (9 per cent).

These are the most common words Britons associate with ‘Muslim’:

Terror/terrorism/terrorist 12%
A religion/belief system/faith 11%

Mosque 9%
Koran/quaran (sic) 8%
Religious 8%
Islam 6%
Extreme/extremism/extremist 5%

Allah 5%
Mohamed/mohammad 5%
Prayer/praying 5%
Anti-women/chauvanistic (sic)/Misogynistic 5%
Devout 4%

Peace/peacful (sic) 4%

Ramadan 4%
Fanatic 4%
Burka/Burqa 3%
Intolerant 3%

Strict 3%
Hijab 3%
Halal 2%
Mecca 2%
Misunderstood 2%

Middle east 2%
Radical 2%
Family 2%
Asian 2%

Levels of awareness around Ramadan itself appear to be slightly higher, with an overwhelming majority of the 6,600 respondents recognising it as a holy month for Muslims. Although worryingly, 15 people thought it was a variety of nut from South America and 24 thought it was an endangered species of amphibian…



Islamic Relief’s UK Director Jehangir Malik said the results of the survey were “extremely worrying” because they show that “public attitudes towards Muslims are hugely negative”. He added: “It’s time we celebrated the role British Muslims play rather than demonising the Muslim community.”

However, perhaps one key insight into the negative attitudes and ignorance towards Islam is revealed in one of the survey’s tables asking how much interaction British people have had with Muslims:



Source: i100


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With terrorism and Islamophobia in the headlines, what's it like growing up as a Muslim in Australia? Life Matters sat down with five young Australian Muslims for a frank conversation about what matters to them.


Meet Adam, Aisyah, Mariam, Osama and Fatih: five Australians growing up as Muslim Millennials. What are their aspirations and frustrations? Where does faith fit into their schooling and into dating?




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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.

5) Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood
Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood is a Pakistani nuclear engineer. He has been an important part of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and regarded for development of the SMB probe to detect heavy water leaks in nuclear power plants. You can know more about him by watching his interview given to a local Pakistani TV Channel.




NEXT WEEK:  Ayub Khan Ommaya

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DATE: 19 June 2015

TOPIC: "Ramadaan Advice"

IMAM: Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh







DATE: 19 June 2015

TOPIC: “Power of a Bakers Dua to meet Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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David Cameron, inadvertent PR man for Islamic extremists

Owen Jones


Of course we need to confront perverse ideologies, but by tarring all British Muslims, Cameron is helping Isis to achieve its deadly aims



 'Extremists want Muslims to feel rejected, marginalised, treated as a dangerous 'other'.

David Cameron and the Daily Mail follows their script to the letter.'


UK: This morning, the front page of the Daily Mail carries a stark interpretation of David Cameron’s speech on Islamic fundamentalist extremism. “PM: UK Muslims helping jihadis”, it booms in thick black text, tarring an entire slice of British citizens in one swoop. On which other community is it possible to inflict such dangerous, sweeping generalisations? The assertion being made here – explicitly, not even implicitly as is the norm – is that British Muslims as a whole are helping mass-murdering zealots inflicting carnage across Iraq, Syria and Libya. Extremists want Muslims to feel rejected, marginalised, treated as a dangerous “other” by the societies in which they live. The Daily Mail follows their script to the letter.

“Too often we hear the argument that radicalisation is the fault of someone else,” says our finger-wagging prime minister. “That blame game is wrong – and it is dangerous,” he suggests, as he berated the redirecting of blame to authorities, rather than the individual. This is the argument of those who align with Cameron’s way of thinking. There is a “blame the west” mentality which continually reduces the cause of radicalisation to western foreign policy. It infantilises radicalised Muslims, they argue, stripping them of individual agency. An evil poisonous ideology and those who propagate it are to blame, and nothing else.

The Guardian


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 China bans Ramadan fasting in mainly Muslim region


Civil servants, students and teachers prevented from fasting and restaurants ordered to remain open in Xinjiang region.


Uighur rights groups say China's restrictions on Islam in Xinjiang have added to violent ethnic tensions in the region 

CHINA: China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open.

Most Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month, which began on Thursday, but China's ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has restricted the practice in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

"Food service workplaces will operate normal hours during Ramadan," said a notice posted last week on the website of the state Food and Drug Administration in Xinjiang's Jinghe county.

Officials in the region's Bole county were told: "During Ramadan do not engage in fasting, vigils or other religious activities," according to a local government website report of a meeting this week.

Each year, the authorities' attempt to ban fasting among Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang receives widespread criticism from rights groups.




Al Jazeera


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 Pakistani Women’s Football Team


 Joyann Geraldine Thomas


The exceptionally talented Joyann Geraldine Thomas is the first Christian woman to play for the Pakistani women's football team. She made her international debut shortly after turning 17, in 2014. 

Source: Parhlo


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'Minister bowing to zealots over gymnast's attire'



MALAYSIA:  PKR legal bureau chief Latheefa Koya slammed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom for bowing to pressure from religious zealots.

This was after Jamil Khir, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, told Parliament yesterday the government may review sports attires after the national gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi's attire at the SEA games sparked outrage among conservatives.

Despite winning gold at the games, Farah Ann was attacked on social media for wearing what was deemed to be a too "skimpy" outfit.


"The suggestion taken up by the ministry to review the clothings of athletes, stemming from perverse remarks by some zealots - is dangerous and narrow.

"Instead of defending a woman athlete who brought fame and glory to this country - a government minister yesterday supported in Parliament the call of those who criticised her attire," Latheefa (photo) said in a statement today.

This was also in contradiction with Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who defended Farah Ann, insisting that people had no business judging the gymnast, except for God.

Latheefa said if the government was so interested about issues of aurat (modesty), it should look at the wives of ministers first.

"Why is there no such suggestion on cover up of aurat for minister's spouses? Why pick on our dynamic young athletes?

"In any case, aurat is not a clear cut issue under Islam. It has been interpreted differently by different imams, taking into account the idea of what is decent in different communities.

"Can an outfit worn during a sporting event be termed as immoral or indecent? Where will this end?" she asked.

Latheefa added that there were more serious, un-Islamic matters that Putrajaya should focus on, such as deaths in custody and the stealing of public money.

Source: Malaysiakini


The Courier Mail:  Muslim gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi offends Islamists with ‘revealing’ leotard

The Malay Mail Online: Malaysia to fall into ‘stupid state’ before Talibanism digs in, says activist


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Saudi Arabia hosts UN-backed human rights summit 'on combating religious discrimination'


Participants 'agree on importance of human rights education' 


SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia has hosted an international conference on human rights, attended by the president of the UN Human Rights Council, and resolved to combat intolerance and violence based on religious belief.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) - which has its headquarters in Jeddah - convened the fifth annual meeting of the Istanbul Process as the kingdom's Supreme Court prepared to rule on the case of blogger Raif Badawi, sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam through religious channels”. It later upheld the sentence.

The UN HRC recently faced criticism over Saudi plans to head up the council from 2016, in what critics said would be the “final nail in the coffin” for the international body.

And the Geneva-based human rights campaign group UN Watch accused HRC president Joachim Rücker of giving “false international legitimacy” to the two-day conference on religious freedoms held in Jeddah on 3 and 4 June.

According to a report in the Saudi Gazette, the participants in the conference “began with an agreement to put [HRC] resolution 16/18 into effect” – a pledge by all member states to combat “intolerance and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons based on religion or belief”.

Source: The Independent

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Millions of ringgit stopping Islamic enforcers from giving up power, academic claims


KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Islamic authorities loathe to reform the institutionalisation of the religion as they will lose their coffers, a local academic said today, pointing out that Malaysia’s federal Islamic body receives hundreds of millions of ringgit from taxpayers each year.


In a roundtable discussion on Islam and human rights today, several speakers also criticised Malaysian religious enforcers of repeatedly exceeding not only their jurisdiction, but also Islamic injunctions and teachings prescribed in holy texts. “Institutionalisation is not simply a religious issue.


There are economic implications. These people will never give up power because of the tremendous economic benefit that they receive,” said Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi (pictured), an emeritus professor of law at Universiti Teknologi Mara.


“Don’t expect them to give that up. What as regarded as a religious struggle is basically actually an economic struggle.” The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is budgeted to receive more than RM783 million for its spending this year under the Prime Minister’s Department.

MalayMail Online


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Queen's Birthday Honours: Bank of England's Minouche Shafik leads the business gongs


Nemat "Minouche" Shafik joined the Bank of England in August as deputy governor for markets and banking, and is in charge of unwinding the Bank's £375bn quantitative easing programme 


UK: Nemat 'Minouche' Shafik, the Bank of England Deputy Governor, has been named a dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Ms Shafik, who has been in charge of markets and banking at the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street since last August, leads a string of honours recognising high profile figures in the world of regulation and finance.

Ms Shafik, who oversaw the Bank's 'Fair and Effective Markets Review' which was published earlier this week, received the recognition for services to the global economy.


Source: Telegraph UK

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Ramadan fast in UK 'should be shortened' says scholar


UK: There is a call for British Muslims to reduce their fasting hours during Ramadan, which begins this week.

Daylight hours last longer here than in the Middle East, and some community groups say the longer fasting time could be harmful.

However, many Muslims in the UK say there is no compromise when it comes to Ramadan.

Shabnam Mahmood reports.


Source: BBC

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Dr Yusuf Al-Qardhawi - Muslims Do Not Work


Friday sermon from prominent Muslim scholar, Dr Yusuf Al-Qardhawi


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Keep Moving - Just because it’s Ramadan and the temperature is heading south doesn’t mean your routine has to.

If anything, the cooler weather is a bonus as you won’t feel the thirst as much as you would on warmer days and the days a shorter:

- Implement a walking routine. Start by walking around your neighbourhood or enjoy the walking tracks that are not too far away from home
- Try walking after Ifthar if time permits
- If you’re a regular at the gym, try to keep it up (check for early morning classes) so you can still do everything you need to after work
- YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUSH YOURSELF AS HARD AS YOUR NORMALLY WOULD - Be sure to drink water when breaking fast and in the morning before starting your fasting day
- Light meals and watch your portion size, especially when it comes to the sweet treats - If you’re fortunate enough to be home during the day, catch some 10-minute power naps so you can stay up at night and reap the ultimate rewards
- Stay focused and don’t let your fitness levels drop too much – find the balance
- N-JOY and Ramadan Kareem




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

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


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

The CCN Book of the Week


This Time We Went Too Far:

Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion


Norman G. Finkelstein




For the Palestinians who live in the narrow coastal strip of Gaza, the Israeli invasion of December 2008 was a nightmare of unimaginable proportions: In the 22-day-long action 1,400 Gazans were killed, several hundred on the first day alone.

And yet, while nothing should diminish Palestinian suffering through those frightful days, it is possible something redemptive is emerging from the tragedy of Gaza. For, as Norman Finkelstein details, in a concise work that melds cold anger with cool analysis, the profound injustice of the Israeli assault was widely recognized by bodies that it is impossible to brand as partial or extremist.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the UN investigation headed by Richard Goldstone, in documenting Israel's use of indiscriminate and intentional force against the civilian population during the invasion (100 Palestinians died for every one Israeli), have had an impact on longstanding support for Israel. Jews in both the Unites States and the United Kingdom, for instance, have begun to voice dissent, and this trend is especially apparent among the young.


Such a shift, Finkelstein contends, can create new pressure capable of moving the Middle East crisis towards a solution, one that embraces justice for Palestinians and Israelis alike. This new paperback edition has been revised throughout and includes an extensive afterword on the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla which resulted in the deaths of nine activists and further strained the loyalty of many of Israel’s traditional allies around the world. It also contains a brand new appendix in which Finkelstein dissects the official Israeli investigation of the flotilla attack.




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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.

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: This dough can be used for pizzas, bagels knotted rolls etc. or you can vary it a little by adding 1tsp somph / fennel seeds. This recipe has been shared by Sister Aisha.

10 minute Arabic dough


2 cups warm water
4 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon yeast
2 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon milk powder - secret ingredient that makes it so soft

Mix together and set aside for 10-15 minutes.

Then add:
½ cup oil
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)


Mix and knead until combined then use as desired allowing a further 30mins to rest after it has been shaped.

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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A distraught Jallaludin went to the police station to report that his wife was missing...

Jallaludin: My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday and has not come home...

Sergeant: What is her height?

Jallaludin: Gee, I’m not sure. A little over five-feet tall.

Sergeant: Weight?

Jallaludin: Don’t know. Not slim, not really fat.

Sergeant: Colour of eyes?

Jallaludin: Ooh…never really noticed.

Sergeant: Colour of hair?

Jallaludin: Changes a couple times a year. Maybe dark brown at the moment.

Sergeant: What was she wearing?

Jallaludin: Could have been a black abaya. I don’t remember exactly.

Sergeant: What kind of car did she go in?

Jallaludin: She went in my sports car.

Sergeant: What kind of sports car was it?

Jallaludin: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 6.3 7G-Tronic Edition 125 Coupe finished In Magnetite Black Metallic with Black Leather AMG Sport Seats
and Brushed Aluminium plus Piano Black Cappings; Unmarked 19" AMG Multispoke Alloy Wheels; Tyre Pressure Monitoring; Panoramic Glass
Electric Tilt/Slide Sunroof; COMAND Online with HDD Wide Screen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity, Multi-Media Interface
(MP3, Ipod etc), Superb Sound System With DAB and Harman-Kardon Sound Upgrade; Leather Trimmed AMG Multi-Function Steering Wheel with
Paddle Shift; Parktronic Front and Rear Parking Sensors; Parking Assist; Attention Assist; Speed Limit Assist; Electrically adjustable, heated door
Mirrors with Powerfold; Electrically Adjustable with Heated Front Sport Seats with Memory; Electrically Adjustable Steering Column; Bi-Xenon
Headlights with Powerwash and Auto Activation; LED Daytime Running Lights; Cruise Control; Rear Privacy Glass; AMG Carpet Overmats...
…at this point the Jallaludin started choking up.

Sergeant: Don’t worry, sir…we’ll find your car..

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See how We have bestowed more on some than on others; but verily the Hereafter is more in rank and gradation and more in excellence.

~ Surah Al-Israa 17:21


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If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it,

then you have found a piece for the world that God has left for you to complete.


But if you only see what is wrong and what is ugly in the world,

then it is you yourself that needs repair.

~ Anon


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22 June



Logan Mosque OPEN DAY

Islamic Society of Logan Mosque

269 Third Avenue, MARSDEN

0406 914 631

1.30pm to 4.30pm



27 June


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road

0401 576 084

After Taraweeh

27 June


Annual Ifthaar Night

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


27 June


Ramadhan Appeal Stall

Islamic Relief

Underwood Marketplace

0401 959 295

Business Hours

4 July


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road

0401 576 084

After Taraweeh

11 July


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road

0401 576 084

After Taraweeh

14 July


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

18 July


Eidul Fitr 1436 (1st Shawwal 1436)

25 July



Eidfest QLD

Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 August


Fund Raiser & Eid Celebration

Islamic Society of Ipswich

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0421 976 934


8 August


School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400

11am to 8pm

15 August


Gala Dinner in A Tribute to Women

Queensland Muslims & Muslim Charitable Foundation

Brisbane Technology Park

0402 575 410


22 August


NEW Musjid Al Huda Redbank




after Maghrib

6 September



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

9am -12pm

12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute




24 September


Eidul Adha 1436 (10th Zilhijja 1436)

26 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


3 October


Eid Lunch

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


15 October


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



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084


Brisbane Northside Muslimahs Support Group

To help sisters on the northside of Brisbane to connect with their local sisters.

We will endeavour to have regular meetings, either for a lesson/discussion on

Islam, or for social events.

Please contact :

Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at


Facebook :





Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar





Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer






Madina Arabic Course (Urdu)

after Isha


Madina Arabic Course (Urdu)

after Isha



after Maghrib



after Isha



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


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


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at


Tafsir & Islamic History Classes


VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest


Every Monday & Wednesday

7pm - 8:15pm


All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.


For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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