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Sunday, 22 November 2015


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Invitation to community to attend meeting

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs The CCN Food for Thought

Muslim community leaders meet with Minister

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings An Ayaat-a-Week

Historical Society at Expo

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Moreton triumphs

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Five inspiring Australians shortlisted for Human Rights Medal

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Last week's Q&A: Paris, Syria & South Australia

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

The Muslims feeding Sydney’s homeless

KB's Culinary Corner

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Australian Muslim Party formed

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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The Condemnation of ISIS: So Why Keep Blaming Islam?
At the Movies with CCN
EastEnders praised for Islam message
Waleed Aly hits out at ISIS over Paris attacks, calls them weak
Army chaplains to remove ‘conquer’ from motto
Bilal Rauf talks to the Weekend TODAY
Guess who's coming to dinner!
Anand Giridharadas: A tale of two Americas
1st Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference
Aly wins Media Award
Q&A: ABC TV Monday 23 November


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The Islamic College of Brisbane Board received a Compliance Notice from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training on Friday 13th November, 2015 and has been given until Friday 11th December to respond.


The Notice relates to audits by the Department and Deloittes auditors in relation to Governance and Administration matters at ICB over the period 1st January 2012 to 31st May 2015.


To enable the provision of the latest and fullest information and to seek input an ICB Community Meeting will he held on Thursday December 3rd following the Board meeting of Wednesday December 2nd.



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At the 2nd meeting of Muslim community leaders and the Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Ms Shannon Fentiman, a proposal prepared by Mr Dylan Chown and Assoc. Prof. Mohamad Abdalla outlining framework for engagement with the community and the government was presented and discussed.


Also at the meeting, the Education Department agreed to facilitate a meeting of community leaders and state school principals to address the increasing incidents of school bullying of Muslim pupils especially in the wake of recent events.


A Muslim Engagement Reference Group is to be formalized as a formal channel of communication with the State Government.


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Al-Amin Nathani and Janeth Deen of the Queensland Muslim Historical Society at the Brisbane History Expo

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society (QMHS) was amongst 32 history societies invited to showcase their work at the Brisbane City Hall this week.


The stall holders at the inaugural History Expo represented a variety of groups, from local Brisbane suburbs, nursing, army, Diamantina Hospital (now the PA), medieval and other groups which captured the interest of the public.


The QMHS received praise and encouragement from a number of visitors and exhibitors:


"It is so important that you are here, in light of all the negative comments Muslims are receiving at the moment, this display shows that you are an important part of our society."


"It is great to see you here, it is necessary to show the public how much a part of our history the Muslim community is and the great role you have played in Australian history"


You can stay in touch with the activities of the QMHS by liking the society's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/QMHSoc.


If you would like to become a member of the Queensland Muslim Historical Society call Janeth on 0435 086 796.



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Two teams from Southside Muslim communities came together on Sunday for the second annual Moreton versus Rankin community cricket game.

The teams are captained by Graham Perrett and Jim Chalmers, federal Labor MPs from the two electorates.

The game is all about building understanding and a spirit of unity and cohesion in the local suburbs.

Before the match started both teams took part in a moment's silence to recognise all those impacted by the terror attacks in Paris and Lebanon in the days before.

What followed was a spirited contest marked by a terrific batting display from the Moreton team which saw them set a target of 110 runs off 18 overs.

The Rankin team did their best but fell short of the target, which means the series is now tied at 1-1 after Rankin's one-run victory last year.




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The five Australians shortlisted for this year’s Human Rights Medal are “exceptional and inspiring individuals,” according to Australian Human Rights Commission president, Professor Gillian Triggs.

Muslim leader and anti-domestic violence campaigner Maha Krayem Abdo is shortlisted alongside a leader of Australia’s marriage equality campaign, Rodney Croome.

“These five outstanding Australians have come from different walks of life but they share a commitment to freedom, justice and equality,” Professor Triggs said.

The leadership provided by Maha Krayem Abdo has seen the Muslim Women's Association become a peak representative body for Muslim women in Australia.

“Maha Krayem Abdo has also helped a great many individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds escape domestic or family violence,” Professor Triggs said.

For over 25 years, Maha Krayem Abdo has helped empower women and youth from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Under her leadership, the Muslim Women's Association (MWA) has become the peak representative body of Muslim women in Australia, and assists individuals escaping domestic or family violence.


Maha's outstanding service in regards to social inclusion and human rights were recognised in 2008 when she was awarded the honourable Medal of the Order of Australia. She is also the 2014 NSW Human Rights Ambassador.

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Terry Hewton asked: On Saturday my wife Julie and I received a message from a French friend responding to the terrifying Paris attacks. It read: ‘All are OK. Worst attack ever. They say things will change from now. Very sad dark chapter starting’. Where to from here? Ever tighter security controls? Or more sophisticated strategies firmly anchored in a strong understanding of the social causes of terrorism?


Mohammad Al-Khafaji asked: As a former Iraqi refugee and having lived in Syria, I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given here in Australia and I'm determined to give back to the community that welcomed me. As a young Australian Muslim though, every time there is a terrorism attack I have been called upon to condemn the act and to explain myself and the religion. When will people realise that terrorism has nothing to do with religion and it does not discriminate?


Mohammad Al-Khafaji also asked: As a community how do we bring together people from all walks of life to sit down and talk with each other and learn from each other?

Marziya Mohammadi asked: I am a former refugee from Afghanistan. I was born in the Hazara ethnic minority, who have a long history of persecution and continue to be the insurgents’ first target in Afghanistan. Just 3 days before the Paris attack, the throats of 7 Hazaras including 2 children were slit by the same brand of terrorism we all saw breaking through the beautiful city of Paris.
My father fled to Australia 15 years ago, arriving on the boat. It breaks my heart to realise the attacks in Paris are translating to opposition and demonization of refugees here at home and beyond.
My question is: while political mantras like “close the borders” and “tighten Australia’s refugee policy” are being advocated, how do we ensure we aren’t shifting the focus away from finding real solutions for “global terrorism” to demonizing a group of vulnerable and desperate people running away from similar threats and attacks?





CHRISTOPHER PYNE: Well, I think Andrew has dealt with that, to a large extent. I mean people who are claiming to be doing things in the name of religion can do so whether it's Islam, in past, you know, Christianity, whatever particular religion is at that time behaving in an extreme way. It doesn't mean that they’re actually acting like Muslims and, because they use that, we should be very careful not to fall into the trap of them pushing us into the corner that they want us to be in to then turn against them within our own communities. Now, Andrew mentions the massacre in Peshawar, but only in the last week, I think over 40 to 50 people were killed in Beirut, which is a very moderate, sophisticated city in the middle of the Middle East and we didn't say enough about that at the time. I remember thinking at the time we should say something about that but, of course, we didn't know what was going to happen in Paris on the weekend and now, in hindsight, of course, but the point that you make and the point that Mohammad makes, it brings home that we must say things when those things happen. Before I hand the microphone back to you, though, Tony, the Muslim communities do come out and condemn these acts when they occur. They shouldn't be called on to do so because it suggests that they didn't want to do it. I agree with Mohammad. I've never known one of these things to happen where Muslim leaders in Australia didn't come out and condemn them but, by the very act of demanding that they come out, you suggest that they didn't want to and I think that is something we must stop happening in Australia. Whoever is doing that must stop it, because it is pejorative demand. I don't know any Muslims in my community who would think that the acts in Paris or in Lebanon or anywhere else were reasonable and their leadership should react exactly the same way as everyone else's leadership, which is to be horrified and aghast by it.

NICK XENOPHON: No, but I think it's important to say that I agree with you, we need to embrace real Muslims, moderates or however you want to describe them, because that is a solution to this and that is why the Grand Mufti of Australia, who I know, Professor Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, was unequivocal in his condemnation and expressing his condolences and grief for what occurred in France and that's Australia's Islamic leader and I think that's very encouraging.


ANDREW MACLEOD: Yeah. What I do need to say though is, and Christophe has said this is a couple of times, we are in war. They attacked us. But what we need from our national leadership now is to determine who is the them and who is the us and there are two broad choices. It is us westerners against them, all of Islam, or is it us moderates of all religions, against them, radicals of all religions? And we have organisations in this country, like Reclaim Australia, who are really falling into the trap of Islamic State, who are trying to create the us Westerners against them, all of Islam. If we fall into that trap, we’re saying we want to fight with 1.6 billion people, whereas if we define the us as all moderates of all religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, against radicals of all religions, it’s a much smaller number to fight and a much more effective number to fight. So what we’ve got to do at the beginning, Terry, to come to your question, we need to make sure, as a country, the us, is moderates of all religions, against them, the radicals of all religions.

ANDREW MACLEOD: Thank you very much. Thank you for your question, Mohammad. I’m going to pick you up on a little bit. It is all very nice for us to say this is nothing to do with religion, but that's not quite true. Religion is used as a motivator for people and, in fact, you can take parts of the Torah, the New Testament and the Koran and take these provisions and they can be used to inspire all sorts of hatred and, across the centuries, different parts of different religions have done so. What we see in this century, because of the impact of information, technology, a vast spread of communication, is the distorted message of the religious text is passed to a lot more people and a lot faster, so religion is used as a motivator but are these people true Muslims? I don't think so, in the same way that a paedophile priest has done such a heinous act that it takes them outside of the spectrum of Christianity, in my view. I don't care how much a paedophile priest tells me he’s a Christian, his actions prove to me he is not, and I don't care how much a terrorist proclaims “Allahu akbar”, he is not a Muslim by the very actions that he is undertaking, but we need to be aware that religion is being used as a motivator and that is part of what I was talking about earlier, about setting up the world of who is the us and who is the them, and our language and our words now have to be very, very important. If we want us to be all moderates against all radicals, consider this: When the Charlie Hebdo attacks happened back in January, the tragedy in Paris, 12 journalists were killed. In response, we sent - we, the West - a number of world leaders and hundreds of thousands of people protesting up and down the streets in Paris for an objection to the murder but also demanding the right to free speech and demanding the right to offend. Everybody recognised those cartoons were offensive, yet a few weeks earlier 132 children and nine teachers, including a friend of mine, were butchered in a school in Peshawar in Pakistan because the children had committed the sin of being the children of military officers who were fighting the radicals that we, too, are also fighting, yet we said almost nothing. So what is the signal that we’re sending to moderate Islam? We will protest loudly for the right to offend you, but we’ll be silent when your children die. Is this the way that we create a collaborative partnership with moderate Islam? And you want to know something? I really don't like the term “moderate Islam”. I would prefer to say "real Muslims". There are extremists and there are real Muslims. Moderate Islam are just like all of us: normal, everyday people that follow the God of Abraham, like Jews, like Christians, like Muslims, but the terrorists have stepped so far out of that, I don't think it's valid to call them Muslims. I don’t think it’s valid to say they’re religious but we do need to recognise, Mohammad, that religion is used as a motivator.

ANDREW MACLEOD: Yeah. If you believe in God and lots of Jews, Christians and Muslims do, and you believe in heaven and lots of Jews, Christians and Muslims do, and you believe there is a certain code of conduct you need to follow that gets you into heaven and lots of Jews, Christians and Muslims do, then it's logical to follow that code of conduct. It's not crazy. It’s logical. So the question now comes is who taught you what code of conduct? What are you following? You learned yours in your schools. People learnt theirs in their schools, which is why the challenge in countries like Syria and the challenge with radical Islam is a multi generational challenge, because there are people in that community who have been taught, in my view wrongly, that the code of conduct to get into heaven is to do this sort of thing. There is a rabbi, Jonathan Sax who has written a book Not In God's Name. And if you want to understand this dynamic, it’s a wonderful, wonderful book, because he talks about a thing called dualism, which is creating the us versus them fight and once you create the us versus them fight, it is very, very easy to be destructive of other human beings and then he says you move from there to a thing called altruistic evil. Because you’re not doing this bad thing for yourself, you are doing what God commands you to do, it’s now not evil. It’s altruistic. It’s following the teachings of God. Altruistic evil and dualism, us vs them, and we’ve got to be very careful. They’re not crazy. They’re following a logical path based on an educational framework that I just happen to think is grossly wrong.


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Helping out.

DARKNESS has descended over Sydney’s Central Station as a sound system kicks in to gear unleashing Islamic prayers all through the park.

“What’s this? Acca/Dacca?” an ice addict squawks.

A dozen or so Islamic men, dressed in traditional grey and white robes, stand around a food van and adjoining trailer. The group, known as the White Coats, are an Islamic charity dedicated to feeding Sydney’s homeless.

“I love it. It’s my favourite (prayer),” says an Anglo-Celtic teenager from Ryde, in Sydney’s North West. He converted to Islam two weeks ago after his mother took up with a Muslim man, admitting to me, “I don’t know what it’s saying exactly. I don’t speak Arabic.”

Along with the sound system, the trailer contains a big-screen TV playing lectures from an Islamic leader. There’s also a few pamphlets out front offering a beginner’s guide to Islam.

“Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world,” explains White Coat leader, Kamal, a 30-something, Australian-born Muslim from Sydney’s west.

“It’s growing everyday. Each year they have to do renovations to Mecca to make way for the hundreds of thousands of new Muslims,” he says.


The White Coats deliver takeaway food to people struggling in Sydney. 

Along with his friend, Bilal, another Australian-born-Muslim from Western Sydney, they have been running the homeless food program for two years, Kamal, having followed Bilal’s lead and tagged along one night.

“Once you meet someone, and you get to know them, and can help them, you feel a responsibility to come back,” he explains.

Their presence at Central hasn’t gone unnoticed, however, nor has it been without its critics. Which is also part of why they’re there.

“People see us as extremists because of the way we look but they don’t realise we are the ones who practice true Islam,” says Kamal.

“Most Muslims in the world these days, they don’t practice the true teachings of Islam.”

We met the pair earlier that afternoon at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Granville. Granville, and the several suburbs around it, have been identified as so-called hot spots of Islamic extremism in Australia with several of the nation’s anti-terror raids focusing on the area.

The Mosque itself has also been linked to Islamic extremism via murdered Jabhat al-Nusra “jihadists” Yusuf Ali and Amira Karroum who both attended Masjid Al Noor.

Kamal is incredulous at the claims.

“They say these Mosques are breeding grounds for extremism. These doors don’t even have locks on them! Anyone can come in anytime and listen to one of the lectures. There’s no extremism going on here,” he says.


Men pray inside the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Granville. 

The storeroom around the back is where they keep hygiene packs for the homeless, furniture, and various other bits and bobs for those in need.

“It’s not just for homeless people, it’s single mothers, people who’ve been abused or kicked out of home, whatever. Anyone that’s doing it a bit tough and is genuine,” explains Bilal.

For the next few hours we drive around Liverpool, Greenacre and Granville collecting freshly cooked Thai and Lebanese food from several restaurants that have agreed to help out. The program is run with zero in government support or endorsement, not that it’s mattered.

“There is a lot of support for this, a lot of brothers who want to help out and give. There is a lot of energy out here among young Muslims,” he says, though also warns it can easily find a malevolent ends if it’s not channelled appropriately.

“You have all these young people out here with all this energy but there’s just nothing happening for them. No outlet. So we’ve become role models for our community and we get a lot of support because of this,” he says.


Some of the meals being distributed to those in need. 


The White Coats hand out food from the back of a van. 

As the profile of White Coats has risen in the Muslim community Kamal and Bilal have increasingly found themselves fielding calls from concerned parents and community leaders asking for all kinds of help. Particularly in the area of youth.

“We don’t get no government funding. We’d love to know how to get some. But all of it usually goes to some A-Plus students who take kids on camps or stuff like that. The kids we talk to, they grow up idolising tough guys, you know, gangsters with tattoos, and a bit of hair like this on the back of their heads, you know, bad men, scum,” says Kamal.

It’s the biggest problem confronting Islam in this country, he says: disaffected youth, revved up with nowhere to go, minds ready and willing to be poisoned by a stranger on the other end of a chatroom or a youtube video.

“You have these kids who, one week ago, they’re selling drugs or whatever, and then they watch a ten minute youtube film and they think they’re experts on Islam. They’re telling someone who has studied in the Middle East for five, ten, 15 years what’s what. That’s our biggest problem,” he says.

And don’t even get him started on some of the self-proclaimed Muslim leaders in Australia.

“I don’t know who picks ‘em. Can’t speak two words of English some of ‘em. As an Aussie-born Muslim, I just shake my head sometimes,” he says.

The reticence of the Australian government and broader public to get behind Islam in this country is something he understands. Though he’s as baffled as anyone why Islam has been used to justify violence around the world.

“I don’t blame mainstream Australians for hating Islam. If you sit on your a*** watching TV and the Australian media all day, what else are you going to think?” he says, asking me, “You know Pauline Hanson? Well, I agree with her. She says get out of your glass house. Go and see the world. I agree. Come into the Mosque. See it for yourself. There is no threat,” he says.


Inside the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Granville. Kamal dismisses the claims of extremism about the mosque as nonsense. 

Kamal preaches an Islam that, at its core, is about peace, charity, and justice. An interpretation equal parts the result of an honest working class upbringing in western Sydney (he’s a plumber by trade) and his experiences travelling the middle east during two pilgrimages to Mecca. He and Bilal hope to one day export their peaceful, secular, and, in a way, quintessentially Australian vision of Islam to the rest of the world via the international Islamic Aid agency I-Do.

“We are a small community here in Australia and we just wanna help. That’s our religion: to help, to serve, to bring justice and peace to the world,” he says.

With the evening prayers at the Mosque wrapped up, we collect a dozen or so Islamic youths and head down the M5 to Central Station. With a couple of Krispy Kreme doughnuts under his belt, and a mocha in his hand, Kamal rallies the troops.

“Sometimes there’s sick people there and, you know, they’ve had a hard life, or whatever. Some might get violent with you or start saying stuff about extremism, just ignore it. Don’t fight back,” he says, adding, “And when we get there don’t just stand around staring at them. Go and talk to them, ask how’s your day been, y’know,” he says.

The violence and wisecracks kick off immediately. “I am a princess so f*** off! … Any pork in here? … What’s this bum fluff?” squawks an abusive female ice-head, yanking roughly at Kamal’s beard. Moments after the meth-heads have devoured their food (leaving much of it go to waste on the ground) it’s on up near the fence. A pair of them shape up like boxing kangaroos, with an Asian man felling an Anglo with a quick right on the button.

Kamal can’t help but feel responsible. “Do you think our food has given them the energy to do this?” he asks. It’s possible. Two different homeless men tell me they’ve been poisoned by out-of-date food handed over to them by rival charities.

With the park accounted for, the White Coats head up into the train station leaving food and hygiene packs beside sleeping homeless. A young indigenous man wakes to a crowd of kind faces surrounding him, the generosity moving him close to tears. The feeling is mutual.

“It’s just feels so good to help,” explains a 17-year-old Syrian refugee from Damascus. “It’s better than sleep, better than food, better than anything. I love it,” he says.


The White Coats leave food containers for sleeping homeless people, so they have something to eat when they wake up.

Source: News.com


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THE founder of a new Islamic political party insists it'll bring Australians together amid concerns it could drive a wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims.

DIAA Mohamed says his Australian Muslim Party is about giving Muslims a platform to express themselves.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it was important everyone had a say but raised concerns about bringing religion into politics.

"I don't necessarily want to see religion being a lighting rod for people being for or against a particular party," he told reporters in Cairns.

"I don't think that is going to help the debate about inclusion and multiculturalism."

Mr Mohamed rejected claims a party based on religion is divisive, insisting people of all faiths are welcome to join.

"There's a lot of parties out there that are religion-based, so I think it's a non-issue," Mr Mohamed told AAP on Tuesday.

He's also defended his decision to launch days after the deadly Paris terrorist attacks, insisting it had been planned weeks ago.

He'd contemplated calling off the launch on the weekend but thought it would be "insincere" to move it.

"Unless you're blaming all Muslims directly for what happened ... then it shouldn't sound insensitive at all," he said.

Senior government figure Christopher Pyne doubted a religious-based party would be very successful, saying Australia was a "secular, pluralist society".

"People can launch whatever political parties they choose ... as long as they comply with the law," he said.

Mr Mohamed said major parties were concerned with pushing their own agendas and toeing the party line.

Jill Sheppard, lecturer at the Australian National University's school of politics and international relations, said the new party would counter the recent rise in anti-immigration parties like the Rise Up Australia Party.

"This redresses that imbalance a little bit - the very loud anti-immigration voices tend to get more attention than they deserve," she said.

It could also help young Muslims feel more engaged with the community and politics, she said.
The party needs 500 members before it can be officially registered.

It intends to submit candidates in every state in the hope of winning a Senate seat at the next federal election.

Source: The Adelaide Advertiser



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Crescent Institute invites you to its next professional networking event in Brisbane hosted at the Corrs Chambers Westgarth office.


The Hon. Curtis Pitt, State Treasurer of Queensland will be the Guest Speaker at this event. Queensland has played a strong role in Australia's economic growth and prosperity. With the current challenging global economic environment coupled with Australia's transitioning economy, new and innovative business methods are required to maintain and continue economic growth in Queensland. The Hon. Curtis Pitt will set out the challenges and opportunities for the great state of Queensland.

You are invited to join with The Hon. Curtis Pitt, ask questions and of course network with your fellow Crescent Institute members!

Event Details:

Tuesday 15 December  6:00 PM for 6.30 PM Start (Sharp)

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Drinks, canapés and networking

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM - Presentation, The Hon. Curtis Pitt

7:45 PM - 9:00 PM - Interact with the Treasurer and networking

Location: Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 111 Eagle Street Brisbane CBD, QLD 4000

Bookings are essential. Early bird tickets are priced at A$15 and regular tickets are A$25 each.

All funds go to supporting Crescent Institute’s non-profit activities.

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Layla Jheir. Source: Facebook

A PERSONAL trainer from Sydney who was allegedly assaulted and threatened at a Gold Coast hotel because she is Muslim will end her family holiday early after the “devastating” experience.

French-born Melbourne man Francky Guise, 37, was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly assaulted 25-year-old Layla Jheir and spat in her teenage brother’s face at the Q1 Hotel in Surfers Paradise.

Ms Jheir, who was born in Australia, was wearing a headscarf at the time and was with her mother who is in her 60s, her younger sister and younger brother.

Police will allege that Guise told the family, who were on holidays from Sydney, “We’re going to bomb you all”.

Ms Jheir declined to comment but asked for Hussin Goss, the president of the Islamic Society of the Gold Coast, to speak on her behalf.

Mr Goss said he spoke to Ms Jheir at length following the incident and said it was upsetting for her and her family.

“They’re devastated – they’re leaving the Gold Coast as they’re so upset,” he said.

“They were supposed to spend another week here.”

Since the incident, Mr Goss said he’d received more than 200 emails from concerned members of the Muslim community on the Gold Coast.

“We’re going to support her all the way in the coming months and put our full weight behind her, as she’s done nothing wrong,” he said.

“They’re just a normal family who came to the Gold Coast for a holiday. What sort of example does this set now?

“With the Commonwealth Games coming up in 2018 and with about half the Commonwealth countries being Muslim, it doesn’t give a good example for the Gold Coast.”

In a story on the blog Unveiled Thought, Ms Jheir said she was a mother-of-three with a black belt in taekwondo.

“Islam has taught me the importance of respecting others for who they are, wherever they have come from, whatever faith they follow,” she was quoted saying in the story.

“Islam teaches me to respect everyone equally – remember we are all free to make our own choices in life.”

Guise appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of common assault and one count of making threats to cause detriment.

Solicitor Michael Bosscher questioned the decision to charge Guise with threats to cause detriment, an offence with a maximum of five years imprisonment.

Magistrate Chris Callaghan also questioned whether the case would be handed up to a higher court and said the charge was “wrong”.

Guise will next appear in court on January 14.

Source: Goldcoast Bulletin


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Muslims from across Australia have all come together to say #‎IStandWithTheMufti



Read the ANIC statement in full.


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By Mohamad Abdalla


ISIS not only contravenes the most basic rules of engagement and Shariah principles, but it has also committed heinous crimes prohibited by both the text and the intellect.

There has been a relentless media criticism of Islam and Muslims since the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

Since then, we have heard of an increased level of physical and verbal abuse hurled at Australian Muslims. We have been overwhelmed by calls from parents complaining that their children had been harassed at schools since the Paris bombings.

We are constantly asked to justify terrorist acts committed by groups such as ISIS.

Murder is a crime; terrorism is a crime - as Muslim leaders, we condemn both. And in a previous article I said that we will not apologise for the crimes of ISIS or any other criminal killing in the name of Islam.

ISIS has killed more Muslims than non-Muslims, and I along with thousands of other scholars, including the Grand Mufti of Australia, have condemned its acts as criminal and not Islamic.

But for some reason, this is never enough.
We condemn, have condemned and always will condemn murder and terrorism - not for media attention or the sake of political opportunism, but because our faith, Islam, demands us to do so. We must never justify murder and terrorism, but must find reasons for their occurrence and genuine solutions.





Clearly, groups such as ISIS are not a legitimate Islamic authority, religiously or politically, to declare war on anyone and their actions contravene the principle of the "public good."

In our minds and hearts, therefore, ISIS not only contravenes the most basic rules of engagement and Shariah principles, but has also committed heinous crimes prohibited by both the text and the intellect.

If we are genuine about finding solutions to violent extremism, then we must move beyond vulgar criticism of Islam and Muslims and work instead with the Australian Muslim community as a key partner in this fight. Constantly blaming Muslims for the crimes of others is counterproductive. And ISIS thrives on this.

FULL TEXT - ABC Religion & Ethics


Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla is the Director of the Griffith University National Centre for Islamic Studies, an Australian Muslim community leader, public intellectual and winner of the Ambassador of Peace Award.


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At the Movies with CCN: APT8 Cinema: Pop Islam



22 Nov 2015 – 10 Apr 2016 | GOMA | Cinema A

Presented as part of 'The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art'

'Pop Islam' is a cinema project that explores representations of Islam in contemporary film, documentary and video art. The reach is global, stretching from Australia and South-East Asia, through the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa, while also visiting communities in Central Asia, Europe and North America. Co-curated with Australian-Lebanese artist Khaled Sabsabi, it seeks to demonstrate diverse experiences and opinion for the more than 20 per cent of the world's population who are practising Muslims.

While 'Pop Islam' is located within the present, Islamic popular culture is not a recent concept. Aspects of its beliefs, customs and ideals have a discursive tradition inspiring art, music, literature and cinema of broad appeal. The works in 'Pop Islam', however, reveal expressions derived from a networked culture in which satellite television serials are infused with moral subtext; fashion magazines integrate Islamic sartorialism with Western commercialism; and revolutions begin on Facebook. The contemporary Islamic world revealed in 'Pop Islam' is one where young people in particular, shape their own distinct version of religious practices and institutions and re-imagine their possibilities.

'Pop Islam' exists at a time when religion continues to be a polarising subject in media and politics, and differing interpretations of Islamic ideals feed division and violence globally. It seeks to offer local audiences a more nuanced representation of contemporary Islam and considers some of the recurring ideas explored by artists and filmmakers throughout the region, such as an unease between tradition and secularism and national and religious identities, and the experience of spirituality within the tapestry of everyday life and specific contexts of religious and cultural pluralism. Consumed at the level of entertainment, these works have a deeper resonance, revealing alternative ways in which Islam is practiced and exists side-by-side with other secular lifestyles.

Khaled Sabsabi is an Australian artist working in video and installation. Since the late 1980s he has engaged communities to develop projects that reflect the complex nature of culture and identity in particular, the global connections between people and places facilitated by history, migration and technology.


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EastEnders aired a touching scene in its most recent episode which highlighted the true meaning of Islam which has proved moving and poignant in the wake of the recent attacks on Paris.

After the acts of terror which left 129 dead in the French capital, some Muslims have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #NotInMyName to get across the fact that they and the extremists who committed the atrocities couldn’t be more different.

And the timely Walford scene, which was filmed months ago, hit the message home in the most beautiful way.

The storyline saw Nancy Carter take an interest in boyfriend Tamwar Masood’s religion and he explained his favourite passage from The Quran which summed up Islam to him.


He explained to Nancy that the religion is about being kind to others and loving them.

His chosen passage read: ‘Do good to relatives, orphans, the needy, the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who’s a stranger, to the companion at your side, and to the traveller.’

Viewers who watched were full of praise for the scene:



Source: Metro


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WALEED Aly has unleashed on Australia’s politicians and Muslim leaders who have preached “hate” in the wake of the Paris attacks saying their actions actually help Islamic State rather than defeat them.



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A move to change the Australian Army Chaplaincy Corps hat badge is under consideration.

THE Australian Army is removing the motto “In this sign conquer” from the 102-year-old hat badges of army chaplains because it is offensive to Muslims.

The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join the ­Religious Advisory Committee to the Services in June.

Australian Army chaplains have had the motto on their hat badges since 1913.

A Defence spokeswoman last night denied the motto was being changed because it was associated with the Crusades, when Christian armies fought Muslims in the Holy Land during the Middle Ages.

“The motto of the Australian Army Chaplains is being changed to better reflect the diversity of religion throughout the Australian Army,” she said.

“The new wording on the Australian Army Chaplaincy badge is under consideration and no decision has been made at this time.”

Former army major Bernard Gaynor, whose commission was terminated last year due to his outspoken views, said: “This is political correctness destroying our military heritage.”

Mr Gaynor, who is standing as the Australian Liberty Alliance senate candidate for Queensland, said political correctness in the military was highlighted by the appointment of an imam.

“The government must stop the political correctness. It must dismiss the Defence Imam for his views. And it must put Australia first,” he said.

Military historian Professor Peter Stanley from UNSW Canberra said: “The motto was acceptable 100 years ago but today has crusader connotations.”


Despite the perceived crusader links, he said the motto actually comes from Emperor Constantine’s vision before he won the battle of Milviian Bridge in 312AD and converted to Christianity:

“Jewish chaplains already have a separate badge with a Star of David, so Muslim chaplains would not be expected to wear the current badge. They would have one with a crescent.” 

Army chaplains are understood to have pushed for the change. Former principal chaplain to the army Monsignor Greg Flynn said: “We have been aware of this coming down the track and most chaplains would agree with the change. It is a reality.”

Professor Tom Frane, former Bishop to the Defence Force, said: “It seems like a crusading motto — triumphal. It is not the first time it has been misinterpreted. If times have changed it is worth another look.”


Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas Saleem.

The army imam, Sheik Mohamadu Nawas Saleem, has previously called for sharia law to be introduced into Australia. He signed a petition supporting radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has argued in favour of honour killings and said Muslim students should not be forced to honour Anzac Day.

Sheik Saleem works about 40 days a year for the Army and is paid $717 for each one: almost $30,000 a year.

The sheik did not respond to requests for comment.

Sheik Saleem was supported for the role by Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, who this week sparked controversy by failing to come straight out and condemn the Paris terror attacks.

The Defence spokeswoman said: “There are 102 ADF permanent members who self-identify as Muslim. In addition there are 40 Active Reservists who have declared as Muslim.’’

Source: The Daily Telegraph


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Bilal Rauf talks to the Weekend TODAY team following the attacks in Paris November 15, 2015




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Anand Giridharadas: A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided



Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," tells the story of what happened next. It's a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation.



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National Centre of Excellence in Islamic Studies, Griffith University

In collaboration with Al-Siraat College, Melbourne

20th & 21st February, 2016

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006




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Panellists: Yanis Varoufakis, Former finance minister of Greece; Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment; Geraldine Brooks, Author and journalist; Anthony Albanese, Shadow Infrastructure Minister; Judith Sloan, Businesswoman, Academic and Columnist; and Tasneem Chopra, Chair, Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights.

Tasneem Chopra

An author, cross cultural consultant, curator and activist, Tasneem’s commitment to social justice is expressed across various mediums including the arts and community engagement.

As well as running acclaimed workshops on identity politics, Tasneem recently curated the Victorian content of the Immigration Museum’s acclaimed Faith Fashion Fusion exhibition. While in May 2013, she was selected to deliver a TEDxMelbourne talk, ‘Don’t Believe the Hype, Exceed It: The War Against Stereotypes’.

She is chairperson to both the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and the board of Lentil as Anything, an innovative non-profit community restaurant enterprise.

Woman of the Year at the 2013 Australian Muslim Achievement awards, Tasneem’s previous accolades includes being named in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 influential Movers and Shakers of 2008 in Melbourne. The Australian Magazine also hailed her as one of the country’s 100 Emerging Leaders in 2009.

Aside from several media appearances, Tasneem is a sought after columnist, whose contributions have appeared in The Guardian, The Age, The Australian and The SMH. This year she was invited to present at the Byron Bay Writers Festival, following her contribution to the recently published anthology Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim Australia, In her chapter, How I Happened, Tasneem recalls how her childhood in a small country town shaped her personality. The piece underlines Tasneem’s philosophy of ‘owning your narrative before someone else owns it for you’.


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Paris attacks: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomes Grand Mufti's new statement on Paris attacks

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed a statement from the Australian National Imams Council clarifying Dr Mohammed's remarks on the Paris terrorist attacks.

Speaking to reporters in Manila, Mr Turnbull said he was glad the Grand Mufti had sought to resolve the issue.

"I've seen the controversy reported in the press, I've noted also that he has clarified that initial statement, and that seems to have cleared up the issue but I don't want to, while I'm here in Manila, engage in a textual debate," Mr Turnbull said.

"But I'm pleased to see his condemnation of Daesh [Islamic State] and of that terrorist attack has been made very clear in his subsequent remarks."


In a statement on Wednesday, the Australian National Imams Council said both the organisation and Mr Mohammed had "consistently and unequivocally" condemned all forms of terrorist violence.

"We wish to emphasise it is incorrect to imply that the reference to causative factors provides justification for these acts of terrorism," it read.

"There is no justification for the taking of innocent lives."


Susan Carland: ‘ISIS are no friend to Muslim’

SUSAN Carland has spoken out on Channel 10 about the misconception that the Muslim community supports terror outfit Islamic State in the wake of the Paris attacks on Friday.
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The Muslim sociologist and academic appeared on Ten’s Studio 10, discussing her pledge to donate $1 to children’s charity Unicef for every hateful tweet she receives.

“It was just something I wanted to do to live what I believe, I guess, but I’m already well past $1000 now,” she told the panel.

She said one Twitter user spent the morning sending her photos of corpses.

“It can be pretty vile,” she admitted.

But the conversation soon shifted to Friday’s co-ordinated massacre in Paris, where at least 129 were killed across six attack sites in the French capital. Ms Carland, who converted to Islam at the age of 19, shut down the misguided belief that the 480,000 Australians of the Muslim faith were in any way a “friend” of IS.


Optus removes Arabic language signs in Sydney after threats against staff


Company defends use of signs intended to help Arabic-speaking customers, but takes them down in one store after threats to staff

The Guardian


Musician Darren Hanlon recounts a Muslim Uber driver’s reaction to the Paris terrorist attacks

FOLK rocker Darren Hanlon has illustrated the heartbreaking impact of the Paris attacks in an account of a Saturday night Uber ride that has gone viral.

Hanlon, a singer and songwriter from Gympie who has toured with Courtney Barnett, is in Sydney ahead of his Wednesday gig at Giant Dwarf Theatre.

Posting on his Facebook page, he told of the emotional outburst by the Muslim driver who picked him up outside a Sydney car dealership after he missed his bus stop. 

The Courier Mail



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 November 2015

TOPIC: “The story of Abu Dhada”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


AUDIO (MP3) LINK: http://www.masjidtaqwa.org.au/index.php/downloads/kuthba





Friday khutbah (sermon)


DATE: 20 November 2015

TOPIC: "Ali and his likes"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 November 2015

TOPIC"Islam, World Events & Our Responsibility to Love Our Country, Australia"

IMAM: Akram Buksh






Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 November 2015

TOPIC"Against Crime and Double Standards"

IMAM: Mohamad Abdalla







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 20 November 2015

TOPIC"The Muslim is Human Too, Or is he?" 

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IMAM: Sifet Omerovic


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As salaam alaikum (Peace be upon You)

I am a Muslim living in Brisbane and I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the families of those who have perished in this senseless murder.

As well as those that have been injured and hurt in any way. To the people of France we stand with you in condemning these murderers.

As a Muslim I do not associate myself with these killers who have hijacked my religion for their own glorification.

I condemn these people as murderers. They have no religion to act the way they do.

God does not love those who take his name in vane and are misguided and misled.

Again my sincerest sympathies go out to the people of France who have been hurt by these murderers.


Sultana Deen


Salaams Editor,

I would like to express my gratitude and say Jazaakallahu Khair for your excellent CCN weekly news coverage.

This is extremely useful for all of us Muslims, especially those residing in this part of the globe.

The CCN newsletter also gives the broader Australian communities an opportunity to understand and have a better outlook to the real Muslim core values which is often overlooked in western media outlets.

We often take people's effort for granted and forget what it takes to prepare this information on a weekly basis.

May Almighty Allah grant you the steadfastness, wisdom and strength to continue this noble task.

Imam Imraan Husain


Saba Ahmed joins the Kelly File


US: President and Founder of the Republican Muslim Coalition joins Megyn Kelly to discuss Donald Trump's controversial comments on shutting down mosques.


Ahmed told New York’s Daily News she wore the hijab because she “just wanted to show that Muslim Americans celebrate our patriotism, too”.

“I’m a proud American. I love the flag. That’s why I’m wearing it, because I’m so proud of it,” Ahmed said.


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Firebombs and pigs heads thrown into mosques as anti-Muslim attacks increase after Paris shootings


A French police officer stands in front of the entrance of the Paris Grand Mosque as part of the highest level of 'Vigipirate' security plan after last week's Islamic militants attacks

FRANCE: Twenty-six mosques around France have been subject to attack by firebombs, gunfire, pig heads, and grenades as Muslims are targeted with violence in the wake of the Paris attacks.

France’s National Observatory Against Islamophobia reports that since last Wednesday a total of 60 Islamophobic incidents have been recorded, with countless minor encounters believed to have gone unreported.

Amongst the incidents, a mosque in Le Mans was hit with four grenades, and gunfire directed through one of its windows.




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Man intervenes to stop racist attack on woman on Tube 'provoked by Paris attacks'


UK: A man has told how he stepped in to help a young woman in a hijab who was verbally abused by a racist on board a Tube train in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

In a Facebook post that has been liked more than 32,000 times, Ashley Powys said he boarded the Victoria line train at Oxford Circus at 8pm on Monday and sat opposite the woman.

He told the Standard things turned ugly when a man, who was in his 30s, got on the train and began hurling racist abuse at the girl.

He said: "He got on after me at Oxford Circus, there's one person that just avoids the doors closing, and unfortunately that was him."

In his viral Facebook post he described the man's verbal assault on the young girl, who Mr Powys said "can't have been older than 18".


Evening Standard


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Man describes 'saddest moment' after getting into taxi with crying Muslim driver following Paris attacks


Tears: The first words the 23-year-old heard as he got into the car were "thank you"

NEW YORK: A conversation with a driver in Manhattan inspired New Yorker Alex Malloy to speak out about Islamaphobia following the horrific attacks in Paris that left 129 dead

A man has described "the saddest moment" he'd experienced as part of the human race, after stepping into a waiting taxi cab following the Paris terror attacks.

A conversation with a driver in Manhattan, inspired New Yorker Alex Malloy to speak out following the horrific attacks on Friday night that left 129 people dead.

The first words the 23-year-old heard as he got into the car were "thank you", and what followed “one of the most heartbreaking moments" he'd ever experienced.

His driver, a Muslim, explained Malloy had been his first customer in more than two hours - blaming the people of New York being too scared to get into his cab.

The stunned New York customer wrote on Twitter: "For 25 minutes I had to tell this stranger, this human being like you and I, that he was not part of what was happening.

"He cried the whole way to my apartment and it made me cry too. He kept saying, 'Allah, my god, does not believe in this. People think I'm a part of this and I'm not'."

He told his passenger that nobody wanted to drive with him as they "felt unsafe"

Malloy added: It was one of the most heartbreaking moments I've ever experienced in my whole life.

"He was such a sweet guy, around my age, he couldn't have been older than 25.

"I couldn't and still can't believe I had to listen to this man's words."

He finished: "Please give your sympathy towards these people, they are not only victims of discrimination but also hate in times like this.

"Please stop generalising a society of people.

"Please stop saying 'Muslims' are the problem, because they are not.

"These are our brothers and sisters... we are all humans."

The exchange inspired Malloy to share his experience on Twitter and Facebook.

His passionate message against Islamophobia went viral, and has been retweeted more than 31,000 times and liked 23,000 times.

“The replies were so touching and so sincere,” Malloy told the Huffington Post.

“It wasn’t just the Muslim community replying, but everybody replying.

"Especially at a time like this, in our country and in our world ... to see people come together over something I had written and saying, ‘This is so important’ -- it made me cry.”

Source: Mirror


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Justin Trudeau's government drops controversial niqab appeal


Zunera Ishaq says move is a 'very good gesture from the government in supporting minorities'


Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, right, said she spoke with Zunera Ishaq, left, to tell her of the government's decision to withdraw a controversial court challenge involving the niqab.

CANADA: The federal government has formally withdrawn a controversial court challenge involving the niqab, says Jody Wilson-Raybould in her first act as Canada's attorney general and justice minister.

The Conservatives had asked the Supreme Court of Canada to hear a request for an appeal of a court decision allowing women to wear face veils such as the niqab at Canadian citizenship ceremonies.

The case started with a lawsuit from Zunera Ishaq, a devout Muslim who agreed to remove her niqab for an official before writing and passing her citizenship test two years ago. However, she objected to unveiling in public at the oath-taking ceremony.

Ishaq successfully challenged the Conservative government's ban on wearing the niqab while taking part in the oath of citizenship.

The Conservatives appealed the ruling, but Ishaq took the oath last month.

Wilson-Raybould said she spoke with Ishaq earlier today and was "pleased" to inform her of the government's decision.

"We had a good conversation," she said.

In a telephone interview with CBC News, Ishaq said she was excited and honoured to speak with the minister, calling today's announcement a "very good gesture from the government in supporting minorities."

"I'm very thankful for the government's support and understanding in this case and I want to thank the minister who took the time to talk to me."


Former prime minister Stephen Harper had previously said most Canadians believed it was "offensive" for would-be citizens to hide their face at the moment they become Canadian.

A public-opinion poll ordered by the Harper government before the recent federal election found Canadians overwhelmingly in favour of a niqab ban at citizenship ceremonies.

The issue of whether women should be able to wear the niqab during citizenship ceremonies became a controversial topic in the campaign. The Conservatives argued that face coverings should be banned during citizenship ceremonies. The Liberals and the NDP said women should be able to wear the niqab — a position said to have cost the NDP support in Quebec.

Ishaq told CBC News she was "very sad" to see the niqab become a "divisive issue" during the election campaign.

"That was definitely... painful."

"The ex-prime minister tried to manipulate the people but the results have shown us that general Canadians are sensible people, they know and do accept cultural differences...," Ishaq said.

The mother of three small children said she felt "a little unsafe" in the last weeks of the election campaign, following a series of incidents of verbal and physical abuse against Muslim women.

Ishaq was granted Canadian citizenship in time to vote in the general election of Oct. 19.

"It was a wonderful experience," she said.

Source: CBC


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Q: Dear Kareema, what would be a good way of taking it a little easier (with my workouts) these holidays while still staying fit and healthy?

A: Why not join the slow living movement while on holidays - just slow everything down a touch…

If your workouts are mostly high impact, fast moving; then I suggest you try yoga or pilates – it will definitely keep you feeling fit and strong.

Also try saying NO sometimes – we are all so busy and I find that saying no at times not only frees me up, it allows me to plan my day better.

Of course walking and swimming are the other options for pulling back a touch while still staying fit.





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist

To book appointments -
Ph: 3341 2333 (Underwood)
Ph: 3299 5596 (Springwood)
M: 0406 279 591
Website: www.diversenutrition.com.au

To Paleo or Not to Paleo?


The Paleo Diet is based on the concept that we are genetically adapted to eating the foods our ancestors ate in the Paleolithic times (what we know as the Caveman days).


The aim is to eat what a hunter gatherer used to eat; however, today’s version of the Paleo is slightly more exclusive.


This diet rules out all whole-grains, cereals and dairy products and includes only lean meats, seafood, eggs, some fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Is the Paleo diet healthy?


The Paleo diet can be a healthy lifestyle change as it can help move you away from eating highly processed junk foods and increase your intake of healthy fats such as omega 3, as well as vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits and vegetables.


On the downside, by cutting out whole food groups, you might be missing out on other important nutrients such as calcium from dairy products and B-vitamins and fibre from whole-grains.


Therefore, while the Paleo diet can help you take the step towards being healthier, it might not be sustainable for long term health.


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at fitria.s@hotmail.com.

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


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"A man who does not read is no better than a man who cannot read."


The CCN Book-of-the Week


Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia

Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren


In this refreshing and fascinating collection, twelve Muslim-Australians - some well known, some not - reveal their candid, funny and touching stories of growing up with a dual identity.


Muslim people in Australia come from over seventy countries and represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Yet we are constantly bombarded by media stories feeding one negative stereotype. What is it really like to grow up Muslim in Australia? In this book, famous and not-so-famous Muslim-Australians tell their stories in their own voices.


The beard, the hijab, the migrant - these are all familiar images associated with Muslim people. But delve deeper and there are many other stories: the young female boxer entering the ring for her first professional bout; a ten-year-old boy who renounces religion; a young woman struggling to reconcile her sexual identity with her faith. These honest and heartfelt stories will resonate with all readers, providing different snapshots of Muslim life in Australia, dispelling myths and stereotypes, and above all celebrating diversity, achievement, courage and determination.


'Coming of Age is the kind of book that will change how readers look at the world. Coloured with many shades of humour, warmth, sadness, anger, determination and honesty, it will resonate with readers from all backgrounds and beliefs.' Bookseller +Publisher


List of contributors: Randa Abdel-Fattah Michael Mohammed Ahmad Tanveer Ahmed Ali Alizadeh Amal Awad Tasneem Chopra Arwa El Masri Hazem El Masri Bianca Elmir Sabrina Houssami Alyena Mohummadally Irfan Yusuf



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KB says: You have to try these out. They’re easy, chock full of veggies, and, of course, delicious. And they smell so good as well!


When you make them, take a photo and tag #kbkooks so I can check them out!

Zucchini and Spinach fritters (gluten free)




2 cups zucchini - grated
1 cup spinach - shredded fine
1 medium onion - grated
1 tsp salt
2 tsp crushed coriander seeds (dhana)
2 tsp crushed cumin (jeeru)
½ tsp crushed pepper
Green chillies to taste
½ cup almond flour
½ cup flour coconut flour
½ cup almond milk
2 eggs
1 tab of feta - crumbled
2 tsp baking powder 


1. Beat eggs and milk together.
2. Add remaining ingredients with the exception of baking powder.
3. Add the baking powder when ready to fry.
4. On a greased tawa or griddle place I tab of the mixture, flatten it and allow to cook for a minute and then turn over and cook on the other side.
5. Fry till golden brown.
6. Serve with tomato salsa (see below)


1. Boil 2 to 3 tomatoes on the stove or microwave with a little water.
2. When it's soft, liquidize and strain.
3. Discard seeds and peels.
4. To the juice add: 1 small chopped onion, 1 Tab. vinegar, salt and green chillies.
5. Adjust seasoning to suit your taste buds.
6. Refrigerate. 

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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

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Firoze and Riaz from Kazakhstan were strolling the streets of Dubai when they suddenly spotted this sign on a shop window:

Suits 20 Dirhams each
Shirts 10 Dirhams each
Trousers 8 Dirhams per pair

Firoze said to his friend: "Look at that! We could buy a whole load of those clothes... then when we get back we could resell them and make us a fortune!"

"Now listen, when we go into the shop you keep your big mouth shut, hey! Just you let me do all the talking plus wheeling and dealing stuff, because if they hear your Kazakh accent, they might try to rip us off. I'll be giving them my best Emirati accent so they think we're locals. "

They go in and Firoze says, "Excuse me sir, I'll take 50 of your finest suits at 20 Dirhams each, plus 100 shirts at 10 Dirhams each, and 50 pairs of your trousers at just 8 Dirhams each. I will be paying in cash, and taking those items with me today, if you don't mind."

The owner of the shop interrupts, "You're from Kazakhstan, right?"
Err....yes says Firoze, "How do you know?"

The owner says, "This is a dry-cleaner you idiot!


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An Ayaat-a-Week





"If you disclose (acts of) charity, even so it is well, but if you conceal them, and make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you: it will remove from you some of your (stains of) evil. And Allah is well acquainted with what you do."

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:271


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The tongue mirrors the soul.

When it speaks the truth, the soul becomes luminous,

and when it lies, the soul becomes crooked.

The rectitude of a crooked soul is to rectify the tongue.
True faith can only be attained with a true soul,

a true soul can only be attained with a true tongue.

So, guard the tongue.

~ Al-Ghazali (1058 - 1111)


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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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 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 - first 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 info@almustaphainstitute.org 



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher


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 : https://www.facebook.com/donna.lewis.564



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: masjidtaqwa.org.au


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 Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au



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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

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)

      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)

      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)

      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)

      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (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 subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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