Sunday, 11 October 2015


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Words and photos by Nora Amath



There were plenty of beautiful dresses and dashing suits to admire, but what made my night was to see how these once little girls and boys developed into such intelligent, articulate, confident, witty, generous, and kind young women and men.


The obvious love and care you have shown to one another, to your teachers and to your parents made my heart sing.


Islamic College of Brisbane Class of 2015, you are indeed people of integrity.


Congratulations to all involved in making the year 12 ICB formal such a wonderful night



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Press release from Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba


“True friends stand together in times of need.” That’s the message that is being sent through a morning tea to be held at the Garden City Mosque in Toowoomba on Saturday 10th October at 10.30 am. “In Toowoomba we have a shared history of harmony and respectful dialogue with our Muslim sisters and brothers,” stated Dr Mark Copland (pictured), Executive Officer for the Social Justice Commission for the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba.

This morning tea which will be attended by a number of faith traditions is not a ‘once off’. Similar events have been facilitated throughout this year and in previous years. There have been community picnics, soccer games, youth bush walks etc. Christians and Muslims have come together in times of tragedy and in times of celebration in Toowoomba. Bonds of trust and understanding have been nurtured and strengthened over the years.

At the beginning of the Christian season of Lent Muslims and Christians have come together. At the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan Christians and Muslims have come together. The 10th October has been set as a date to protest mosques in some parts of the world. “As Christians we felt it was important to be here to stand together at this time,” stated Dr Mark Copland. “We would encourage all community members who are fearful or confused at this time to engage and get to know the local Muslim community. Nobody is pretending that everything is easy, but the best thing that we can do at this time is work to create an inclusive and respectful community. Our lived experience is one of harmony and friendship.”

The morning tea took place at the Garden City Mosque (cnr Stephen and West Streets) at 10.30 am on Saturday 10th October.




A large number of members of the wider community from all walks of life merged to the Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba for Morning Tea to mark the unity of the people of Toowoomba. In a media release, Executive Officer of Social Justice Commission, Dr Mark Copland termed the event as ‘People of Faith Stand in Unity with Toowoomba’s Muslim Community.’

Dr Copland said, “Bonds of trust and understanding have been nurtured and strengthened over the years. At the beginning of the Christian season of Lent Muslims and Christians have come together. At the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan Christians and Muslims have come together. The 10th October has been set as a date to protest mosques in some parts of the world. As Christians we felt it was important to be here to stand together at this time.”

There were representation from all major churches in Toowoomba such as Catholic (Fr Brian Sparkman, my contact and friend since 1994, and Dr Mark Copland), Anglican (Dr Jonathan Inkpin, Chair of Toowoomba Goodwill Committee, and Rev Penny Jones), Uniting (Mrs Sharon Kirk), Lutheran (Rev Evan Reichelt), Toowoomba Churches Together (Rev Denise Harcourt) among others. Community leaders included Mr Matt Elipson, Mr Roberto Garcia, and Solicitor Brian Conrick.

The Vice Chancellor of University of Southern Queensland, Professor Jan Thomas (who first brought me to the property in 2013 to see if Muslims like it to buy it to be the first Mosque in the city) also participated in the event.

A good number of members of the Muslim community also came to the event with sweets and snacks. Islamic Society of Toowoomba provided tea, coffee and serviettes. Certainly this was a strong show of support, but it was no way a one off meeting, rather this is an ongoing engagement of people of all faith and orientations to live in peace and harmony in Toowoomba.

The participants went inside the burned Mosque building and expresses their shock and horror by looking at the huge damage caused by the arson attack on the Mosque early this year.

Imam Abdul Kader, Dr Mark Copland, Fr Brian Sparkman, Police Officer Scott McGrath, and President of Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Professor Shahjahan Khan spoke in the gathering.

Fr Brian Sparkman reminded the long standing relationship between Muslims and Christians in the city ever since Mrs Amahl Bruce introduced Prof Shahjahan Khan with him in 1994.

Professor Khan condemned all kinds of violence and radicalism and invited the wider community to work together to make sure that the young generation is not mislead by any extremist group. No one should act in any way that could further the cause of those who love to divide the community. He mentioned that Islam is an ancient religion with an excellent track record of living in peace and harmony over the centuries across the globe, and no one needs to reinvent the wheel out of bigotry.

Local Federal MP Hon Ian Macfarlane and State MP Dr John McVeigh sent their apologies, mainly due to very short notice, but both of them participated in several events at the Mosque in the past and spoken very strongly on the unity of Toowoomba’s diverse community.

Reported by Professor Shahjahan Khan, President, Islamic Society of Toowoomba



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The daughter of African-American civil rights leader Malcolm X says parents need to take more responsibility to make sure young people stay away from radical messages.

Ilyasah Shabazz is in Australia on a speaking tour and has been visiting Islamic schools teaching young people about empowerment and being part of the global community.

But she also has a message for parents about the threats of radicalisation.

"If we don't take full responsibility for our children's development, we leave them open to prey — for other people to prey on them," she said.

Ms Shabazz said children needed to feel like they could contribute to the community.

"I want them to understand their power, the power to be their best selves," she said.

"It was basically the same information that was given to me by mother, by my parents to understand my power, to understand my role in society, my role as a woman, my role as a person of the African diaspora, my role as a Muslim - there's something I have to give back to society."

ABC News


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Randa Abdel-Fattah

"To offer security to all its citizens, Australia needs a new counter-terrorism paradigm – one that does not use ‘terrorist’ as an everyday metonym for Muslim"



(L-R) Maha Abdo of the Muslim Women’s Association, Father Rod Bower of Gosford Anglican Church and His Eminence, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, Mufti of Australia, arrive for a media press conference in Bankstown, Sydney, Friday 9 October 2015.

Australia’s tough national security posturing in the past 14 years has cultivated a discourse and climate of fear and overreaction.

If our fears were based on objective reality, then domestic violence would evoke the toughest of legal, political, economic and media responses. We would understand that the greatest threat to our national security is the fact that the most dangerous place in Australia is at home.

Yet the “war on terror” has little concern for risk assessments and statistics. Politicians, media, academics, and opportunistic Islamopobes have created a false sense of national insecurity over the “could-be” Muslim terrorist with insidious results.


The rhetoric of the “war on terror” has turned “terrorist” into an everyday metonym for Muslim. Thus, the proposition that “anyone could be a terrorist” translates into “any Muslim could be a terrorist”.

The Guardian


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Lenore Taylor, The Guardian Political editor

Tony Abbott divided Australians into ‘us’ and ‘them’ but the new PM’s recasting of these roles could help make the country – in all its diversity – a little bit safer 


Malcolm Turnbull has binned “Team Australia” and we have so many reasons to say “good riddance”.

Tony Abbott liked to use the term, which portrayed the Australian community as a pre-existing “team” which migrant communities had to show they wanted to join, an “us” deciding on membership applications from a “them”.

Turnbull is portraying the Australian community, the “us”, as it is, a diverse variety of faiths and ethnicities – where “no one can look in the mirror and say all Australians look like me”.

And “we” all have a desperate, pressing mutual interest in binding together against terrorism, particularly the kind motivated by the perverted interpretation of Islam that apparently convinced the schoolboy Farhad Jabar to murder a police accountant, Curtis Cheng, on a Parramatta pavement last week.

In this discussion words matter. I’m sure Tony Abbott wanted to do what he thought was best for community safety but those who know say this change in tone is definitely for the better.

First, Turnbull dialled down the volume. He gave an initial press conference in which he said he would do everything possible to keep Australians safe and it was crucial not to “vilify or blame” the entire Muslim community for the actions of a tiny percentage of extremists. And then the prime minister spent the week saying almost nothing.

He didn’t flag tough new anti-terrorism laws on the front page of the Daily Telegraph. He didn’t criticise Muslim leaders for not saying or doing enough to counter the violence, or not “meaning” what they did say. He didn’t tell Australians the “death cult” was reaching out to get them.

The Guardian


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 The Great British Bake Off winner epitomises Britain's generations of immigrants who have overcome all sorts of adversity and prejudice to make a contribution to wider society


Nadiya has a moment with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry; Ian and Tamal look on

UK: “I’m just as British as anyone else, and I hope I have proved that.” So said Nadiya Hussain, a woman of whom I’d not been aware until today. If you, like me, are one of the very few people in Britain who is not enraptured by a TV show in which contestants have to make scones, or if you’ve avoided every news outlet over the past 24 hours, you may not know that Mrs Hussain (a British woman of Bangladeshi origin) has ascended to the position of national treasure as a result of winning The Great British Bake Off.

Alongside various other aspects of popular culture that I have eschewed – I’ve never seen an episode of EastEnders and I have not once set foot in a McDonalds – I haven’t watched a minute of “Bake Off”. It’s not that I’ve got anything against reality TV, or indeed baking. It’s just that it’s passed me by, and I’ve not been motivated to peer in the tent to see what’s going on.

I’ve been bemused by the way it’s captured the country’s attention, snootily thinking that it’s symptomatic of how we’ve become obsessed by triviality. So you can bake a jam sponge? Big deal.

And now I wish I had paid more attention, because it clearly is a big deal. The final show attracted Britain’s biggest TV audience of the year, a massive 14.5 million, and given that it was a woman wearing a hijab - in her own words, a “Muslim in a headscarf” - who took the first prize, it is hardly surprising that this show is more culturally significant than just a baking competition.

Nadiya Jamir Hussain is announced as winner of BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off. Hussain, a mother of three from Leeds, delivered iced buns, raspberry millefeuilles and a triple-tiered lemon drizzle wedding cake in the final round of the baking contest. She triumphed over fellow finalists Ian Cumming and Tamal Ray

The Great British Bake Off is popular because it represents aspects of Britain that make people feel safe: tradition, homeliness, cosy familiarity. But the victory of Mrs Hussain throws up some altogether less comfortable issues: multiculturalism, racial integration, identity. And when Mrs Hussain claims, while presenting a Union Jack-theme wedding cake wrapped in a sari, that she’s as British as anyone else, she invites us to consider the delicate topic of nationality alongside an assessment of whether her millefeuille is successful or not.

In terms of her outlook, attitude and values, Mrs Hussain may well be as British as anyone else (whatever that means). But, more than that, she is a representative of our polyglot nation, and should be celebrated as such – a living retort to the this week’s xenophobic rhetoric from the Home Secretary.

She was born in Luton, the daughter of immigrants who had fled Bangladesh in the 1970s to escape war, poverty and natural disasters and and to seek a better life running a restaurant in Britain.

Now 30, she lives in Leeds with her husband, and epitomises Britain’s generations of immigrants who have overcome all sorts of adversity and institutionalised prejudice to make a contribution to wider society. Britain’s champion amateur baker grew up in a house without an oven.

According to the President of Muslim Association of Britain, Mrs Hussain has “demonstrated the inclusivity of British Muslims in society” and certainly the juxtaposition of the hijab and the hot cross bun is a very powerful one. She may well be a trailblazer for racial tolerance and integration, but, sadly, Theresa May illustrated this week how much work still needs to be done on that front.

Source: The Independent



Why did the Daily Mail lose its taste for The Great British Bake Off?

Paper has put final of BBC show on front page for past three years – but this year decided to restrict coverage to page 7.



The Daily Mail featured The Great British Bake Off winner on the front page in 2014 (left) – but not this year

It may be the most watched TV show of 2015, but it seems the Great British Bake Off final was not to the Daily Mail’s taste this year.

For the past three years the Mail has run a picture caption on the Bake Off final on the front page, with a full story inside the paper.



The Mail also featured The Great British Bake Off final on the front page in 2012 and 2013 

However, on Thursday the Mail chose not to run a front-page picture of Nadiya Jamir Hussain, opting instead to stick to a story on page 7.

Why change a winning recipe?

Source: The Guardian


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Commissioner for Police, Mr Ian Stewart, called a meeting on Tuesday of Muslim community representatives to discuss recent issues and strategies. There was a broad representation from the community alongside state and federal agencies.


The Queensland Police Service issued a communiqué during the week to the Muslim community of Queensland in response to the call to protest at Mosques in the Brisbane area on 10 October 2015.

The letter can be read here.


President of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), Mr Ismail Cajee, requested that Mosques read out to their congregations his Council's response at the Friday sermon on 9 October:



Most of you may be aware that Anti-Islam protestors have threatened to protest outside the masjids on the 10th of October. Islamic Council of Queensland has been in constant contact with Queensland Police to ensure that the musallis and the masajids are protected. Queensland police has been sharing intelligence with us and they have assured us that there is no known credible threat to any Australian Muslim interests in Queensland.

However, ICQ (Islamic Council of Queensland) would like to urge the community not to engage with any protestors on the day and report any vilification or threats to us by contacting our representatives through the committees of your respective masajids. Queensland police will increase patrols around the mosques and the places frequented by Muslims to ensure the safety and security against any extremist threat.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has personally asked us to pass this message to the community and has ensured us that they will respond to any threat to Muslim Australians with urgency

If members of the community require urgent assistance they may directly call police on 000 when the crime in in progress or 131 444 for all other matters.


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The final tournament for 2015 will be held at the prestigious Brookwater Golf Club on Sunday 8th November 2015

1 Tournament Drive
Brookwater QLD 4300


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Sheikh Wesam Charkawi - Panellist

Sheikh Wesam Charkawi was born and raised in Australia. From an early age, he sought the path of knowledge in the traditional Islamic sciences. Having studied for the past 12 years in various parts of the world including Syria and Lebanon, Sheikh Wesam is currently undertaking his masters in Sacred Islamic Law.

Sheikh Wesam now works in a Sydney based school as the chaplain and works at grass roots mentoring and assisting the young through their journey in life.

In 2003, he founded the Abuhanifa Institute which teaches the essential sciences of Islam to young Muslims. Its ultimate focus is generational change.

Sheikh Wesam continues to work and participate with organisations and events that strive for social cohesion and is a keen advocate of reaching out to the wider Australian community.


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THE Islamic Society of Gladstone plans to build a new 'Islamic Centre' in Gladstone --- to provide a central meeting point for more than 150 Muslim people in the region, according to one member of the group.

Syed Quadri, who is a member of the city's local Islamic Society, said the proposed centre would act as a conduit for breaking down the perceived cultural barriers between Muslims and the wider community.

Despite the recent backlash over mosque openings in Australia, Mr Quadri says he is optimistic about the support from the community because the new Islamic Centre in Gladstone will not resemble a mosque, he said.

"We want to gel with the public so we don't want to limit ourselves by building a mosque," he said.

As well as regular Muslim prayer services the centre will offer community programs to facilitate a smoother transition for new arrivals.

With a growing Muslim population The Islamic Society of Gladstone want to establish the Islamic Centre in the near future; they say that will enable a permanent and lasting presence in the region.

"The Muslim population has probably tripled since I came to Gladstone so with the new centre we hope to reach out to more Muslims in the area," he said.

"This is a win-win situation for everyone because we will have a place to interact and gather. We will know who is who and who is new."

The society is still looking for a property they can convert into the centre.

"It all depends on the council but we're pretty confident," Mr Quadri said.

Source: The Observer


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Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed (right), with his interpreter, members of the Australian National Imams Councils and Father Rod Bower of Gosford Anglican Church.

I am grateful for His Eminences invitation and wish to acknowledge that we walk together in the land of the Eora Nation. I honour elders and wise ones of the past and seek the council of their descendants in the present.

We are called together because of a tragedy that has shocked our entire community. Our response to this tragedy will determine how we live as a community for generations to come. These conversations are of ultimate importance.

I come with a personal commitment to participate in a conversation, but not in the narrative that has in some ways contributed to this tragedy. That is the dualistic storyline of “them and us”.

I once asked Dr Ibrihim, in a public forum, to tell the group something of his story and he responded by saying he comes from a very large family, his father was Adam and his mother was Eve. No matter how you interpret or understand that story, it echoes an indisputable truth; we have a common ancestor, we are all related, we are all brothers and sisters.

The Great Narrative continues quickly into tragedy with the story of two brothers and the taking of one life by another. Last Friday that story was retold once more and we would do well to remember that both Farhad Jabar and Curtis Cheng are our brothers.

If we ever wish to cease contributing to tragedies such as this we must choose not to participate in the dualistic narrative of "them and us".

It is not they who must speak out but us, so I am hear to join my voice to the Mufti’s so that it is never them but us.

We choose to use language that includes rather than excludes, that incorporates rather than marginalises.

I am grateful for the noticeable change in language that Prime Minister Turnbull has brought to the conversation, but if we are to transform the narrative it requires commitment and participation by the whole community, and that includes the media.

The language we use, as a society, to frame this conversation is important. It is a choice. We have in the past chosen to use one kind of language, that of division. Why can’t we choose another? It is within our power to do so. The question we must ask is; who benefits for the use of divisive, sensationalist language? It is clear who does not; and that is our society.

The Authorities need to be allowed to do their work, and be assisted in every way. We as community need also to do our work, and that is the task of naming the illusion and deception of the doctrine of them and us.

Two of our brothers died last week. We do not know for sure what motivations prompted this heartbreak, and speculation is often a symptom of dualistic thought, but it is not speculative to suggest that one had forgotten that the other was a brother.

It is the highest calling of a society to remind itself that all are connected, all are one, there is no “them”, separation is an illusion, when one suffers all suffer, and when one finds wholeness all are made whole.

We can change our language or we can return to this place and tell the same tragic story once again.




David Forde's response to Fr Rod's Call on his Facebook page


I watched Fr Rob's, the Grand Mufti's and a young Muslim women's full media interview today and I will take up Fr Rob's challenge to speak up.

I am greatly concerned by the level of hatred that is on display and accommodated by sections of the media and politics to such an extent, the hate is becoming mainstream, with potentially very negative consequences for our society if it continues to go largely unchallenged. The vast majority of non-Muslims hear no other narrative but a negative one about Muslims.

I have worked / associated with Muslims in a professional and private capacity for about 18 years and interact daily. I have Muslim neighbours and friends. I treat people as individuals. I know either the Imams or Mosque 'leaders' in almost every Mosque in Queensland. I would put my reputation on the line to honestly say I have never heard any of the Imams or leaders preach hatred - never. In fact I constantly hear the opposite including when attending Mosques in Queensland. But what is resulting from the community is apology fatigue and greater marginalisation where you have large sections of the community - including those born here - made to feel unwelcome and excluded.

Of course there is a tiny element in the Muslim and Non-Muslim community driven by hate. One is rightly condemned, but the other is accommodated. It's not about everyone agreeing, it's about everyone accepting each other within the rule of law. We all live here and no one is going anywhere. We all have an individual choice - but we also need leadership.


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Counter-terror raids 'straining Islamic relations'


Muslim Legal network barrister Bilal Rauf says despite a united front against terrorism, the lack of clarity surrounding recent counter-terrorism raids has inadvertently put some offside.

“There's no doubt a level of apprehension amongst those who do identify with the Islamic faith in terms of the way things have been done,” Mr Rauf said.


Sydney 'has got a Muslim problem': Mark Latham on The Verdict


"You've got to face the reality that there's now a serious cultural welfare dependency in the Muslim communities in Western Sydney," Mr Latham told the panel.

"It started with the family reunion – or unskilled migration program in the 1980s.

"There's whole suburbs, such as Auburn, Lakemba, areas around Parramatta, where you've got young people who aren't in meaningful work, who aren't involved in meaningful work."

Mr Latham claimed that the "idleness" had led to serious problems.

"One of the issues for ASIO is to monitor groups where these young fellas sit around bitching about Western culture," he said.


Accept our values or go, say leaders

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tells people who find Australian values unpalatable: "There's a big wide world out there."

Neil El-Kadomi told hundreds of worshippers gathered for Friday prayers that "if you don't like Australia, leave".
"Get out. We do not need scumbags in the community."



Grand Mufti refuses to label Parramatta shooting a terror attack


“We are not an investigation agency, we cannot redefine or readapt what happened,” he said.


“We are not the agency that investigates and achieves what really happened. There’s not enough information so far about that. Without enough information, and given that we are not an investigating body, I cannot comment on that.”

The Telegraph

Anti-mosque protesters 'wouldn't be able to spell Bendigo': Premier Daniel Andrews

Premier Daniel Andrews has described as "hateful" the campaign against the Bendigo mosque, as he sat down with religious community leaders in the regional city on Friday ahead of anti-Islam protests scheduled for Saturday.

“Bendigo is much bigger and much better and much more respectful and inclusive than what we have seen in the recent few months.”

The Age

Geert Wilders: Anti-Islam activist's Australian visa granted

The head of the group West Australians for Racial Equality, Suresh Rajan, said he was not against Mr Wilders being granted a visa.

"When you have someone coming like this and preaching these issues of stereotype and hate, it's going to further isolate these kids who are going to feel totally disenfranchised, totally without any sense of belonging to the society and that's going to actually breed that radicalisation," he said.

"What we find common amongst all of the people who've gone down the path of radicalisation has been the fact that they have felt isolated within their community.

"The work that Geert Wilders does just further isolates them to a position where they become prey to the radicalised views of other people."

ABC News



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Dear CCN Editor

Thank you for my weekly Crescents newsletter. It is essential reading for both local and international news.


I am so sorry that the Muslim community has had to again stand up against hateful, cowardly racist attacks in our suburbs.


It is easy to say that these actions are the minority and that the community does respect our Muslim neighbours, BUT it just keeps happening.


It is important to see local politicians commenting immediately and our legal system responding to the offences…this is illegal

Senator Claire Moore
Labor Senator for Queensland





Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 October 2015

TOPIC: “Loving each other for the sake of Allah”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar










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DATE: 9 October 2015

TOPIC: "The benefit of Zikar"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 October 2015

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DATE: 9 October 2015

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What did Fox News find so nightmarish about our take-outs, sweetmeats and beggars, ask Mayfair residents

SOUTH AFRICA: It is a humorous story and a “bunch of lies” for many Mayfair and Fordsburg residents who are said to be living in a “no-go zone” after irresponsible reporting on US Fox News was cited on Saturday, claiming that Mayfair and Fordsburg are hub areas for Isis recruits.

“Al-Alawi believes there could be many more ISIS recruits leaving South Africa who get to the front line undetected. While ISIS recruits come from throughout the country, most are radicalized and lured from two downtown districts of Johannesburg, Mayfair and Fordsburg”, writes Fox News journalist, Paul Tilsley.

Tilsley a freelance journalist, in his article, described the Johannesburg area as being “controlled by Islamic extremists”. And was soon taken to task on social media about his article in relation to his false references. BBC journalists who had reported live from the area before, also denied the false claims made in the article.

Katharine Child of Times Live, had also reported on Tilsley’s article, saying that, “when The Times visited Mayfair there were no jihadist black flags in evidence, no sign of drones overhead.”

Based for Fox News in the Johannesburg district, Tilsley reports that the Fox News team was filming in Mayfair and were chased out of the area, he says that “”non-Muslims are not welcome here”.

Mayfair and Fordsburg, a once white suburb, is now home to ethnicities and religions of all descent. With a Muslim majority, the area is alive with busy streets, ethnic businesses and hustling vendors.

People of all races walk the streets, whilst motorists traffic the roads. The most harm one is likely to encounter are petty crimes by homeless drug users, who are often too afraid to mug pedestrians in the bustling daytime traffic.

A business man who operates and frequents Mayfair daily, says, “this Fox article is ridiculous, this is international news once again trying to paint every town as ISIS recruits when infact there is zero involvement. I am non-muslim and I go about my daily affairs with no such threat. This is lies. This Journalist has reported lies, I’ve lived here my whole life.”

In an area with general ongoings visibly evident, Mayfair and Forsdburg are free from terror and extremism, it is undeniably a bustling area where sweetmeats and take-outs are sold and are enjoyed, guilt-free.

Source: Cii Broadcasting



Daily Vox executive editor KHADIJA PATEL says these claims are dangerous fabrications that show how poor journalism is being used to further the reporter’s own agenda.


The Daily Vox


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No more new cars or furniture, says king as oil slump forces cuts on Saudi Arabia

Secret memo reveals King Salman imposing unprecedented austerity on public-sector budget as oil price languishes at under half of break-even level



Construction of Riyadh’s King Abdullah financial district. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered a stop to any new projects and a freeze on all appointments.

SAUDI ARABIA: The Saudi government has banned official purchases of cars and furniture and slashed travel budgets and infrastructure spending as it faces its gravest fiscal crisis for years because of low oil prices, according to leaked internal government documents.

Secret Saudi policy memos issued by King Salman to the finance minister detail the new economic austerity measures to be implemented across all government ministries. Saudi public finances have been depleted this year by tumbling oil prices to such an extent that the kingdom is expected to run a deficit of at least 20% of GDP in 2015.

One letter marked “Highly Confidential and Most Urgent” dated 14-12-1436 (28 September 2015 in the Islamic calendar) gives strict instructions to stop any new projects, end the purchases of any new vehicles, furniture or other equipment, freeze all appointments and promotions, stop compensation payments for property, and halt any new rental agreements.

Source: The Guardian


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"We'll shut down institutions that teach intolerance" Cameron  .



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Keyword warning software in schools raises red flag

Education Pro enables teachers to monitor students' online activity and sends "violation" alerts over trigger terms.


Prime Minister David Cameron's government has urged more monitoring of students for 'radicalisation'

UK: Schoolchildren in the UK who search for words such as "caliphate" and the names of Muslim political activists on classroom computers risk being flagged as potential supporters of terrorism by monitoring software being marketed to teachers to help them spot students at risk of radicalisation.

The "radicalisation keywords" library has been developed by the software company Impero as an add-on to its existing Education Pro digital classroom management tool to help schools comply with new duties requiring them to monitor children for "extremism", as part of the government's Prevent counterterrorism strategy.

According to Impero about 40 percent of schools in the UK already use Education Pro, although a pilot version of the radicalisation library has so far only been rolled out in a few schools.

The keywords list, which was developed in collaboration with the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism organisation that is closely aligned with the government, consists of more than 1,000 trigger terms including "apostate", "jihadi" and "Islamism", and accompanying definitions.



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Why not include some of the following tips into your Creswalk training program to prepare for race day:

• Add another 10 mins to your walking routine or change to a faster pace for the next few days
• Make sure you keep your liquids up – it will definitely benefit you come race day
• Wear some ankle / wrist weights while training for extra resistance
• Be sure to stretch after every session
• Have a rest day if you feel too tired to work out, but be sure to ‘up the anti’ for the next session
• Try a Yoga session or hop in to the pool for relaxation after a tough day of working out
• Keep challenging yourself with 10 min mini-sessions throughout the day
• Remember, some days will be harder than other – keep your training sessions on track for great results on race day!




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


The CCN Read of the Week

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Then simply email the title and author to


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

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

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

The CCN Readers' Book Club



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KB says: Pronounced “keen-wah”, Quinoa is a protein-packed grain which contains every amino acid, and is particularly rich in lysine, which is said to promote healthy tissue growth throughout the body. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber. It looks a bit like couscous and is as versatile as rice, but quinoa has a richer, nuttier flavour than either of them.

Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins (gluten free)



• 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
• 3 tablespoons water
• ½ cup mashed banana (1 large, 2 small)
• ¾ cup pumpkin puree
• ¼ cup non-dairy milk
• ¼ cup maple syrup
• 1¼ cup oat flour (oats ground in a blender)
• ½ cup quinoa flakes
• ½ cup blanched almond flour
• ¼ cup coconut sugar
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder (or 1 teaspoon extract)
• ½ teaspoon nutmeg
• ¼ teaspoon ginger
• ¼ teaspoon salt  




1. Heat the oven to 180degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.

2. Combine the flax and water and set aside to gel while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

3. Whisk together the dry ingredients (minus vanilla extract if using) in a large mixing bowl.

4. In a separate bowl, beat together banana, pumpkin, milk and syrup. Whisk in flax egg and pour wet ingredients into dry. Stir to thoroughly combine (the batter will be kind of thick, but soft).

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 woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badly-behaved 3-year-old grandson.

It's obvious to her that he has his hands full with the child screaming for lollies in the lolly aisle, cookies in the cookie aisle and for fruit, cereal and soft drinks in the other aisles.

Meanwhile, Grandpa is working his way around, saying in a controlled voice, "Easy, Nasruddin, we won't be long . . . . easy, boy."

Another outburst and she hears the grandpa calmly say: "It's okay, Nasruddin, just a couple more minutes and we'll be out of here. Hang in there, boy."

At the checkout, the little terror is throwing items out of the cart and Grandpa says again in a controlled voice, "Nasruddin, Nasruddin relax buddy, don't get upset. We'll be home in five minutes, stay cool, Nasruddin boy.

Very impressed, the woman goes outside where the grandfather is loading his groceries and the boy into the car. She says to the elderly man, "It's none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don't know how you did it. That whole time you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying 'things would be okay'... Nasruddin is very lucky to have you as his grandpa."

"Thanks," said the grandpa, "but I'm Nasruddin, This blighter's name is Junaid.


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It is He Who has made the earth manageable for you, so you traverse through its tracts and enjoy of the Sustenance which He furnishes: but unto Him is the Resurrection.

~ Surah Al-Mulk 67:15


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“We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners,

because most of us once were foreigners.


I say this to you as the son of immigrants,

knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants."  

~ Pope Francis



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11 October


Beautiful Guidance

New Muslim Care

Holland Park Mosque FUNCTION HALL

0431 747 356

11am to 3pm

15 October


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

17 October


Nasheed & Fund Raising Dinner

Rahma Mercy Australia

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 738 432

6pm for 6.30pm

18 October


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Gold Coast Mosque

0416 212 541

9am onwards

17 October


Slacks Creek Mosque OFFICIAL OPENING

Slacks Creek Mosque

Slacks Creek Mosque

0422 191 675

from 10am

25 October



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

8am -12pm

29 October


Meditations on Sufism

Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue

Nathan Campus, Griffith University

3735 7052


31 October


AIIC Gold Coast Campus Annual Fete

AIIC Gold Coast

19 Chilsholm Rd, GOLD COAST

07 5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

31 October


Dawah Centre Fund Raiser Dinner

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0416 212 541


7 November


Annual Family Eat and Treat Night

Slacks Creek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 987

After Maghrib

13 November



Fundraiser Dinner Rohingya Muslims

Islamic Relief Australia

Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains

0401 959 295


15 November


Syrian Winter Appeal High Tea

Islamic Relief Australia

Hilton, Brisbane

0468 363 786

1pm to 5pm

20 & 21 November


Sat & Sun

Course: The 99 Names of Allah with Sh Musleh Khan

Al Kauthar Brisbane


0438 698 328

All days



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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Sisters Services Monthly Program


Sisters Wednesday Coffee Club

Weekly from 9.30 – 11.30am Kuraby House

Muslim Sisters can meet & share a cuppa with a conversation in a safe comfortable environment. Contact: Aliyah for more details Phone: 0438840467


Beauty of a Muslimah Youth Group

Fridays 6 – 9pm (1st & 3rd week of the month)

All school age girls are welcome to come & share in crafts & activities.

Please contact A’isha for location & details.

Ph: 0409875137


Islamic Classes Saturdays

10am – 12pm ( 1st & 3rd of the month)

Lectures & Guest speakers

Work shops & Socialisation

Please contact A’isha for more details

Ph: 0409875137


 Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
Hifz & Quran Reading Classes (for brothers and sisters) - Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00pm & Thursday 5:30 - 7:00pm
Madressa (for children) - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm
Salawat Majlis - second Saturday of every month.  Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
Islamic Studies (for sisters) - one year course.  Saturday 10:30 - 2:30pm. Enrolments for 2016 now available
Ilm-e-Deen Degree Courses (for brothers) - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses.  Enrolments now available for 2016.
For further information please phone 07) 3809 4600 or email 



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher

Classes start on Saturday, 12 September. To join please email your details to


Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084



On Going Activities


1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.


For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987






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


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 :



Weekly program at Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills


Monday Tafseer – Juz Amma*
Tuesday Arabic Grammer/Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Wednesday Reading & Reciting Quran (Adult class)
Thursday Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Friday Tafseer Quran (URDU)

All the above programs are after Isha salah
All are welcome! See you at the Masjid – The place to be!

Please note that the Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website as an mp3 file, so that you can download and listen at anytime.
Visit our website at:


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



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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)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

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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