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Ayesha Ahmad was recognised with the presentation of a Lifesaving Excellence Award. She is pictured with brother and sister Nerha 9 and Zaid 12.


YOUNG Ayesha Ahmad has been hailed a hero for saving her cousin’s life after performing CPR for 30 minutes.

Yesterday the 14-year-old was awarded a surf life saving excellence in front of schoolmates at the Australian Islamic International Collage.

The Carrara-based student said she was glad she had learned CPR during an excursion to Southport Surf Life Saving Club in June.



Ayesha Ahmad being presented with her award.

The lesson came just two just two days before her 12-year-old cousin, Masood Ahmad, collapsed in the middle of a pillow fight, terrifying her family.

“He just suddenly fell down and nobody knew what was wrong,” Miss Ahmad said.

While her family panicked she picked up the phone and called triple-0 and set about performing lifesaving CPR.

“I just imagined that nothing was wrong and made sure I pressed down in the middle of his chest,” said Miss Ahmad, whose parents are from Afghanistan.

“It was really hard to get the pressure right,” she said.

Paramedics arrived and used a defibrillator to steady the boy’s heart rate before taking him to hospital.

The talented math student and netball fan said she it felt good to save a life, even though she thought CPR was gross when she first learnt it.



Ayesha Ahmad has been hailed a hero for saving her cousin’s life.


“When they said you had to blow into the person’s mouth I though it was yuck and said I would never do it,” Miss Ahmad said.

“Everyone thanked the paramedics and the doctors for saving my cousin but then they said he is alive because I did CPR perfectly.”

Surf Life Saving Queensland Gold Coast manager Lachlan Sherrington said Miss Ahmad was a “real life hero” when he handed her the award.

“That little boy was literally minutes away from death,” Mr Sherrington said.

“I don’t know what I would have done if something like that happened to me when I was her age,” he said.


Source: Goldcoast Bulletin


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Report by Dr Ray Barrett


On Thursday evening 03 December the Islamic College of Brisbane Community gathered for a presentation of the Action Plan that the Commonwealth and State require to address their concerns.


Those concerns in summary are that they want to see a new Constitution where the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils does not have control over the local ICB Board, that a financial recording system that shows clearly where public monies are spent and a separate accounting function for ICB.


AFIC has agreed to these and other minor provisions and the ICB Board is on track to providing their submission to the government agencies by the due date of Friday 11th December.

The meeting was chaired by Ali Kadri, a newly appointed Board member and following a presentation by the ICB Principal, Dr Ray Barrett, the Question and Answer team was those two and Ismail Kadri (Board Chair) and Mohammed Tilly (Board member elect).


The meeting also included members of CPAC (College Parent Advisory Committee) including the president Maryam Kissane.


The meeting culminated with the endorsement of the Action Plan proposed for presentation to address Commonwealth and State concerns.


ICB is now looking forward to the future with confidence.


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By Rehana Bibi


AMANAH Institute Teachers

Amanah Institute held their annual Jalsa last Saturday at Runcorn High School celebrating the achievements of the students and recognising the efforts of all the teachers.

The Amanah Institute would like to thank the parents for all the support that they give the students throughout the year.

The Institute is proud to announce the following students that were awarded the: Ilm Award, Adab Award, Leadership Award, Quran Award and the Amanah Award.


AMANAH Ayesha Awards



The student who embodies and displays great adaab


Suhayl Esa (P)

Nasra Haji (1)

Oomir Benjamin (2)

Salmaan Benjamin (3)

Suhayl Seedat (4)

Fahmi Abdi (5/6)

Shahid Mithwani (5/6)

Amina Haji (P)

Amani Ali (2)

Zaynah Tilly (4)

Azizah Latif (5/6)

Aaliyah Ali (5/6)

Ayah Aziz (7/8)

Adi Zayba Luisa (7/8)





The student who displays great enthusiasm for seeking ilm of their deen.


Mohammed-Sideeq Chown (P)

Ahmed Mohamed (Gr 1)

Sharif Rajabu (Gr 2)

Fazel Dost (Gr 4)

Fahmi Abdi (Gr 5/6)

Ali Abdi Chimosa (Gr 5/6)

Yasin Mithwani (Gr 7/8)


Afrah Yasir Noor (P)

Iqra Abdulkarim (Gr 1)

Amani Ali (Gr 2)

Humairaa Hafsah Ali (Gr 3)

Malika Mahomed (Gr 4)

Fareen Aziz (Gr 5/6)

Najmah Dean (Gr 5/6)

Fatima Osman (Gr 7/8)



Senior students



The student who demonstrates outstanding servant leadership


Dawood Esa (P)

Ziyaad Rasool (1)

Mustafa Muhetear (2)

Abdullah Sid-Ahmed (7/8)

Zahraa Rane (2)

Sabreen Nathie (3)

Malika Mahomed (4)



Year achievements


Quran Award 

1.Dedication to learning the Qur’an

2.Proficiency in reading the Qur’an

3.Excellence in application and adherence to tajweed rules


Aadil Vally (2)

Ahmad Rane (4)

Nabeel Moolla (5/6)

Yasin Mithwani (5/6)

Madihah Saheed (2)

Humairaa Hafsah Ali (3) 

Maryam Shameer (4) 

Azizah Latif (5/6) 

Sumerya-Gul Erol (5/6)



Q&A with students and Dr Mohammad Abdalla



The student who best fulfils the amanah upon their learning and the vision of this madrassah


Abdullha Baloch (P)

Sharif Rajabu (2)

Sahal Khatree (5/6)

Mina Zazai (2)

Maryam Shameer (4)

Fareen Aziz (5/6)



Young students


All images by Beth of Tidal Creations



Amanah Institute – learning how to live as Muslims 


The AMANAH Institute previously known as Kuraby Madrassah is running its new education model successfully for the second year.  We caught up with Amanah Institute Principal Dylan Chown right after the jalsa (student graduation) to learn a little bit more about how AMANAH Institute is progressing.


“As we moved away from a focus on pushing through the Quran quickly there was a perception that our madrassah wasn’t covering enough Quran… what is most pleasing is that the data we have gathered across the year shows that the proficiency of reading, correct articulation of letters and application of ahkam-al-tajweed has improved significantly across the entire Institute,” Mr Chown said.


“Our approach to teaching might be viewed as different as we are not limiting ourselves to teaching Islam; rather we are focusing on students learning how to live as Muslims. All teaching is therefore for transformation,” he continued.


What this means in practice is that there are two parts to the curriculum – a foundations component and a theme based component.


In the foundations curriculum students learn age appropriate surahs, fiqh, duas and essentially memorization.  For example, in the early grades students learn how to join in prayer in a congregation, while the middle years learn how to perform eid salah.

In the theme based curriculum, students are exploring themes in relation to the meanings in the Quran.


“We study historical events by looking into the deeper message. How does it relate to us in today’s society? We encourage students thinking about their inner state.  The students are able to reflect on where they are on their path. Thus we are not seeking to only quantify the learning.”


The transformation has not only been applied to the education model. The teachers attend weekly in-house workshops for professional development. Some have also enrolled in external educational course and Institutions. The role of the teacher is highly valued at Amanah Institute.


‘The Muslim educator brings nothing better than adab (etiquette and refinement) to the classroom, this adab connects ilm (knowledge) and amal (proper sincere action),” Mr Chown said.


“The teacher engages with the students, working together to achieve the goals, a challenge is seen as an opportunity to grow and learn,” he said.

“When there is a need for an intervention, the teacher assesses the situation and uses the opportunity to teach the student, however it is all done in a dignified way, using the prophetic principles.”


This has been challenging for both educators and parents at times as we have become accustomed to expecting compliance over transformation.


“Over the course of the year this approach has given the teachers’ confidence and we see the positive impact this transformation has had on the learning environment creating a better ambience in the classroom,” Mr Chown said.  


Amanah Institute is an inclusive madrassah, which works with students and families taking a holistic approach.  The focus is to work with the students, assisting them in learning how to live as a Muslim.


“We are bringing the Quran into their life with the emphasis on applying the teaching of Islam in our everyday life. The Quran would thereby become a lifelong relationship for the child,” Mr Chown said.


The Institute evaluates the program over the course of the year to keep track of the progress of the new education method, which continues to take shape.


Alhumdullilah, feedback is overwhelming positive; however I have to say that this quest for high standards has also translated to high expectations, particularly from parents,” Mr Chown said.  


“We are seeing this as a positive and certainly appreciate the increased expectation and voice of parents in identifying those areas we need to target next,” he said.


The Amanah Institute transformation has not only seen the progress of a more relevant and contextual education model but also the increase in duty of care, better safety systems, classroom renovations and increased technology as well as staff and teacher training.

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On 1 December, MUP Academic published The Phenomenology of Community Activism: Muslim Civil Society Organisations in Australia by Dr. Nora Amath.


Muslim communities are among the least understood in Australia, and yet they form a vibrant part of the multicultural society to which we aspire.


The Phenomenology of Community Activism provides a deeper understanding of Australian Muslim civil society organisations.


It explores how these groups have responded to the challenges of the national sociopolitical context, the perceived impact of these experiences, and how Islam is manifested within the contexts of these experiences.


In contrast to much publicised jihadist and radical groups, these organisations are far more representative of Muslim communities and integral to the long-term position of Islam in Australia.


This book offers researchers, policy makers and those engaged in community development a rich understanding of Muslim community building, engagement and agency.

‘Amath has displayed rigour, authenticity and clarity of thought and analysis. This is a solid piece of research that investigates a significant issue pertaining to Australian Muslims through the lens of Muslim civil society organisations in Australia.’

—Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and UNESCO Chair in comparative research

This book reveals what will be surprising to some, that there are many and varied MCSOs in Australia, that in many ways they are similar to other civil society organisations, serve similar purposes and encounter similar issues. This is a very important datum to stand against the prejudices about Muslims and their organisations.’

—Professor Emeritus Gary Bouma, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Monash University, UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations–Asia Pacific

For orders and information on sales and special discounts, please contact Sarah Hollingsworth at Melbourne University Publishing on (03) 9342 0302 or shollingswor@unimelb.edu.au.


Nora Amath completed her PhD at Griffith University, looking at how Muslim civil society organisations have responded to the sociopolitical context in Australia. Amath’s academic interest includes Muslims in the West, the sociology of Islam and community development. She is also highly active in human rights advocacy, community work and international development, including interfaith understanding, and has received a number of awards.


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ORGANISERS behind a far-right, anti-Islamist group are organising a rally on the streets of Toowoomba.

They aim to grow its membership and become a registered political party.

The United Patriots Front has declared it will kickstart its east coast campaign in Toowoomba and promised the series of events will be "massive".

The Toowoomba event - the time, date and location of which has not been released - is billed to be the first of three as the group gears up to become a registered political party.

"Nothing like this ever happens anymore," UPF leader Blair Cottrell said in a video posted on the group's Facebook page.

"You never get political parties - popular political parties - coming out to regular street movements.

"Political parties these days are formed from money.

"We are just a regular Aussie street movement.

"You know where we came from, you know who we are."



The Chronicle


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Naima Estrada and the Kuraby Lions Team raising funds with a halal sausage sizzle at Bunnings.

Naima Estrada is not just active in Brisbane's Muslim community, she is also proudly involved in her local Lions Club of Kuraby.


CCN asked Naima what attracted her to Lions?


"While both my husband (Javed Iqbal) and I are involved in local Muslim community activities, we decided earlier this year that we wanted to also get involved in a mainstream community organisation, an organisation that works with and across the broader community. We were aware the Kuraby Lions had been involved with some very worthwhile projects with the local Muslim community."

"When we went to a meeting earlier this year, we found that we weren't the only Muslims involved as Janeth Deen is also a member. We were made to feel very welcome so we decided to join."

Kuraby Lions are part of a global organisation of 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world.

Local Lions identity David Forde said, "We're a voluntary community service organisation and we want our membership to reflect our local community. Part of our activities includes fundraising and 100% of what we raise goes back to the community. Naima and Javed, along with Janeth Deen, have been fantastic Club members. I also acknowledge the support from the local Muslim community for many of our Club projects and some joint ventures."

If you would like to find out more about Lions, contact David Forde on 0413 874 008.


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Michael Brull cleans up what’s left of Cory Bernardi’s anti-Halal Senate inquiry.


Cory Bernardi, speaking at the recent Senate Inquiry into the certification of foods.

As readers may be aware from my colleague Max Chalmer’s incisive reporting on the subject at New Matilda, the Senate has been inquiring into Halal. That is, into Third party certification of food.

The Senate has released its report. The whole thing was ridiculous from start to end, and seems to have been driven by a vocal bunch of racist nuts on the internet who think Halal labelling funds terrorism and is a form of religious oppression of people who don’t want to “support Islam”.

For example, there was this image by the facebook page Boycott Halal in Australia.

The fact that this inquiry took place tells you something about Australia and the political salience of the most ignorant strains of anti-Muslim bigotry. Readers will not expect the Senate to devote similar time to investigating the moon landing, or what really happened on 9/11, because certain types of conspiracy theorists don’t need to be assuaged, whilst others apparently do.

Anyway, let’s turn to the report. Chaired by ALP senators (Sam Dastyari, then Chris Ketter), and Deputy Chaired by Liberal Senator Sean Edwards, it had 7 members, and two “participating members”. It seems this lower level designation was in recognition of their intellectual faculties: they were Senators Jacqui Lambie and Cory Bernardi. The report runs to 114 pages, though 45 pages simply list the names of submissions.

The report found “insufficient evidence” as to whether food certification drove up prices (3.26). The committee explained there was no imposition of religion because there’s no religious rituals involved in halal or kosher certification (3.34-5). Certification doesn’t impose religion on anyone, and doesn’t make food more or less halal.

What about the terrorism link? Dismissed in 3.42-7. For example,

The committee considered these serious allegations very closely and sought the clarification of a number of government agencies with expertise on anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing (AML/CTF). Evidence supplied by AUSTRAC, Australia’s regulator and specialist financial intelligence unit with responsibility for monitoring AML/CTF, stated that despite these allegations, such a link does not exist…

The Australian Crime Commission “confirmed that no direct link between halal certification in Australia and the funding of terrorism had been found”. Kirralie Smith, Director of Halal Choices Incorporated claimed in a submission that “it is quite clear that the halal certifiers are giving to charities, and AUSTRAC, AIC and ACC have all said repeatedly that those charities are major conduits for funding extremists and terrorism both here and overseas”.
The response: “The committee did not receive any evidence supporting this view.”


3.46 The committee defers to the view of agencies which are at the forefront of Australia’s counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering endeavours, which have access to classified intelligence and considerable resources, and whose evidence indicates that there is no direct link between halal certification in Australia and terrorism funding.

3.47 The committee has complete confidence that these agencies are vigilant in their efforts to protect our nation and its interests.

The report concludes that halal certification is “arguably under-regulated” and “poorly understood”, leading to a situation which has “amplified” the industry’s shortcomings. Improvements can be made, but this is “vastly different” from abolition. The Committee also noted that “it is cognisant of the pronounced anti-Islamic tenor permeating a regrettably large portion of [submissions to the inquiry]. Many Australians, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, may have been justifiably confronted by the vitriolic nature of some of the published submissions”.

Cory Bernardi, though not a Chair or even a proper member of the inquiry, still added his own “Additional Comments” to the report. They are somewhat vapid, and yet, even Bernardi does not quite corroborate the anti-Halal nuts, hard as he might try.

For example, as noted, the rest of the Committee found that Halal didn’t involve a religious ritual. Bernardi’s response? The “name of Allah is invoked during halal slaughter by the slaughterman when he says “bismillah” (‘in the name of Allah’) as he cuts the animal’s throat. This was confirmed by Mr Wasim Raza, Manager of AFIC. There is clearly a religious connotation to this so to deny any religious element during halal slaughter is not accurate”.

Note how he seamlessly transitions from “religious ritual” to “any religious element”. So, in case anyone needs this explained: when people sneeze, it is common in Australia for people to say “bless you”. There is a religious connotation to this too, and yet, somehow, most of us don’t consider that a religious ritual.

And what about terrorism? He covers it in a very brief three paragraphs (1.90-1.92). Perhaps he was embarrassed by the weakness of his own case, or letting down the racists who hoped they finally had a voice in the Senate.

He begins: “The committee’s report does not go far enough in detailing the evidence presented regarding the potential for halal certification funds to find their way to radicals. My intention is not to doubt the abilities of the relevant authorities in this matter; I merely wish to present some additional points in the context of this discussion.”

So they don’t go far enough, not that they’re wrong, but we should note some more things. What evidence did he have in mind?

He writes that the relevant Australian authorities aren’t perfect and can’t see everything

Officials from the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), while stating that they had no information to indicate halal certification is linked to terrorism, also said that they do not follow certification funds from a certifier to wherever the certifier sends it (for example, to a mosque, school, charity or bookstore). AUSTRAC also has “much more limited visibility of domestic financial activity” and is not able to track money overseas once it moves on from its first overseas recipient.

Then he notes, like the Committee, that the ACC hasn’t found “any direct links” between halal certification and terrorism funding. He replies: “Yet it’s logical to conclude that funding derived from halal certification could be directed to Islamic charities and objectives.” It could also be directed to paying the salaries of anti-Halal nuts. There simply isn’t any evidence of that link either.

Bernardi concludes with his strongest evidence:

AUSTRAC’s 2014 report Terrorism Financing in Australia found that there is a high risk that charities and not-for-profit organisations could be used as channels for terrorism funding; indeed “some Australia-based charities and NPOs have been exploited by terrorist groups”. Mr El-Mouelhy, for example, boasts that he contributes to Human Appeal International (HAI). The overseas branch of HAI has been named as a possible fundraiser for Hamas.

So, Halal certifiers could give money to charities, which could be linked to terrorists. He just doesn’t have any evidence of this – he just has one anecdotal claim of one instance of when he thinks this happened, citing an ABC story. Yet the problem is – Hamas is not a listed terrorist organisation. Its military wing is, but he presents no evidence that Human Appeal International donated to it.

The funny thing is: Bernardi already knows this. As Max Chalmers wrote, he discussed this on Four Corners. Bernardi then, too, gave Hamas as an example of this nefarious halal-terrorism axis.

“Hamas itself is not a proscribed terrorist organisation in this country,” [journalist Geoff]Thompson coolly pointed out.

Bernardi stared back at the camera for a moment.

“Well, there you go,” he eventually responded.

And then, almost three months later, he still put it in the report. He knows it’s bullshit, but he said it anyway. Just to smear Muslims.

There are probably some Australians who fear Halal on the basis of bad information and excessive susceptibility to false claims on social media. Then there are people who peddle hatred and bigotry for cynical ulterior motives.

The fact that we have video footage of him learning that this talking point is bullshit is really all you need to know about Cory Bernardi, and the vicious attacks on Muslims in Australia that will doubtless continue long after this inquiry finished.

Source: New Matilda



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A “deradicalisation” initiative by the Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University has fallen flat after it was thoroughly rejected by multiple Muslim Students’ Associations in Victoria.

The #myjihad program sought to replicate a US campaign that attempted to redefine “jihad” to counter alleged “extremism”.

Five Muslim Students’ Associations from premier universities in Victoria have stopped the campaign in its tracks after releasing a collective statement refusing to participate.

The Islamic societies of La Trobe, Monash, Swinburne, RMIT and Deakin University were all signatories to the statement which rejected the advances of the Alfred-Deakin Institute.

The statement, hosted on the Muslim Students’ Association of Victoria’s Facebook page, made clear that no future meetings on the #myjihad campaign will be attended as it is a “deliberate misrepresentation of Islam for a politicised CVE [counter violent extremism] agenda.”

Deakin University’s courting of Muslim Students’ Associations was labelled “exploitative” and was “comprehensively rejected” as it “seeks to undermine core Islamic ideas and values”.

The statement went on to denounce the “undefined and politically expedient use of the words ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ to criminalise legitimate political discourse and critique of the Government’s policies by members of the Muslim community.”

A call was issued to university student societies to beware of, reject and expose attempts to be used for “government intervention programs on the false pretext of CVE.”

This stand by MSA’s in Victoria found wide spread support among Muslims who praised it as much needed and courageous stand against unwarranted government intervention.

Deakin University “counter-terrorism” professor Greg Barton alleged to know the views of Muslims better than the MSAs claiming that the statement did not represent the views of most Muslim students and that opposing the #myjihad program was unhelpful.

“Maybe two years ago, before the rise of IS, this problem of radicalisation was merely the stuff of academic conversations but now this is a real problem and there is real concern among Muslim communities that their children are being targeted by predatory recruiters,” he alleged.

A president of one of the signatory MSAs told GIMC that Muslim student societies were being instrumentalised in the government’s duplicitous war on terror agenda through campaigns such as this.

“Students are simply fed up with being treated like cheap tools in government propaganda that aims to dump the problem of extremism and terrorism on to Islam and Muslims,” he said.

“Campaigns like #myjihad reinforce a false narrative that requires Muslims to ‘reclaim’ Islam from ‘extremists’, that we need to somehow reform Islam. The message is clear: Islam and Muslims are the problem. We reject that premise.”

“We re-iterate that this is not about countering extremism. It is about stifling legitimate political debate and critique of government policy. We will not be used as a platform for this.”

He emphasised that Muslims are more than capable of undertaking debates about issues within Islam without government patronage.

Source: GIMC



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The Project host is revealed as a secret ROCK STAR after shredding a pitch perfect Pink Floyd guitar solo




He's best known for his voice-of-reason TV editorials and his lucid commentary on terrorism and world events.

But The Project host Waleed Aly has other less well known talents - like being something of a rock star.

Aly, 37, shredded a pitch-perfect guitar solo of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb at the Walkley journalism awards in Melbourne on Thursday evening.

His band Robot Child's performance left several prominent names in the Australian media swooning.
'So I'm at a fancy award ceremony and Waleed Aly is playing Pink Floyd covers. Pretty sure I've had this dream before,' tweeted ABC political writer Annabel Crabb.

'What else could Waleed Aly possibly turn out to be good at? I put ten bucks in "French Polishing". Any other ideas?'

Fairfax journalist Kate McClymont remarked: 'As if Waleed Aly isn't talented enough he is now on lead guitar rocking Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb at the #walkleys.'

The Chaser comedian Jules Morrow tweeted: 'The walkley for best investigative guitar solo goes to Waleed Aly.'


Source: Daily Mail


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Zia Ahmad, Australasian Muslim Times


Muslims in Australia

Two thirds of Muslims have suffered racial abuse in Australia despite identifying as Australian. 


There has been a three fold increase in the reported incidents of Islamophobia in Australia after the Paris attacks.

The preliminary findings, which are based on reported incidents to the Islamophobia Register, Australia over a 12 month period were presented to the Second Australasian Conference on Islam in Sydney.

“Our preliminary findings offer a small window into the types of racially and religiously motivated hate incidents taking place out in suburban Australia.” Mariam Veiszadeh, Lawyer and President of the Islamophobia Register Australia told the conference.

“Based on our preliminary observations, the victims appear to be predominately women wearing religious headwear and an alarming number appear to be taking place in the presence of young children.” She said.

The conference on Radicalisation & Islamophobia, Roots, Relationships and Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies was held in Parramatta, Western Sydney from Monday 30 November to Tuesday 1 December organized by ISRA and Charles Sturt University.

Hanan Dover speaking at the Radicalisation & Islamophobia conference in Sydney.

A report titled “The resilience and ordinariness of Australian Muslims” containing a survey of almost 600 Muslims in Sydney by Western Sydney University and Islamic Sciences and Research Academy (ISRA) was released at the conference

The study found that Muslims in Sydney experience discrimination at three times the rate of other Australians, but most believe relations between Muslims and non-Muslims are friendly.

The report’s main author Professor Kevin Dunn, said the survey was further evidence of high rates of Islamophobia in Australia.

But he said the fact that Muslims face high levels of discrimination “yet still believe Islam is compatible with Australian norms, bodes well for the future”.

“Because of things that are happening in the world and the various representations of Muslims, and these are problematic, and it means that some people unfortunately feel more emboldened to say things and do things which are prejudicial and which are hurtful towards Muslims,” Professor Dunn said.

He also said that most Sydney Muslims had a high sense of religiosity that was positively associated with a sense that Islamic ways align with Australian norms.

Some of the key findings of the study included:

• 57 per cent had experienced racism.
• 62 per cent had experienced racism in the workplace or when seeking employment.
• 1 in 10 Sydney Muslims had “very high” rates of exposure to racism.
• 86 per cent believed relations between Australian Muslims and non-Muslims were friendly.

The conference also witnessed the launching of a book by the conference convenor Dr Derya Iner, and Salih Yucel published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing “Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies as well as the launch of an e-journal “Australian Journal of Islamic Studies”.

The two day conference included a large number of presenters from US, UK, New Zealand and all states of Australia, mainly academics and researchers on Islam and Muslim Societies as well as PhD students and professionals.

The keynote speaker Professor John Esposito, from Georgetown University, USA spoke at length on the root causes of radicalization that need to be addressed.

“One of the things that does wind up alienating some youth is the extent to which anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic diatribe, hate crimes, attacks on mosques make people feel alienated and marginalised from their societies,” he said.

On a global level he said that radicalization and violent extremism was not as a result of religious teachings but use of religion for political purposes specially among societies living under authoritarian regimes suffering from injustice and repression.

He advised that Western governments need to review their foreign policies with respect to support for authoritarian regimes in the middle East as well as to check Islamophobia in general.

Deakin University Professor Greg Barton, a counter-terrorism said that a recent spike in protests against mosques and multiculturalism fuels the ISIL message.

“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s comments after the Parramatta shooting had strengthened ties with the Muslim community”, he said.

Professor Barton concluded that Mr Turnbull’s rhetoric was inclusive and measured in comparison to those of former prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Ms Randa Abdel-Fattah in her third year of PhD at Macquarie University told conference attendees the anti-halal debate in Australia was being fuelled by Islamophobic remarks from politicians and the media.

Ms Abdel-Fattah said the language from certain politicians and media commentators had contributed to an increased sense of fear towards Muslims and Muslim-related issues, such as halal food.

In a message to the conference Senator Concetta Fierraventi-Wells, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs welcomed the conference’s focus on the causes of radicalization as well as looking at Islamophobia in the Australian Society.

Source: Australasian Muslim Times


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"The need for a cohesive community to fight extremism"

The Member for Gellibrand was at it again, turning the words of security officials against a renegade group of Coalition MPs who appear determined not to let the rhetoric of the Abbott government die with it. Max Chalmers reports.

Malcolm Turnbull has dialled down the terror-scare rhetoric since taking the reins from Tony Abbott – and some in his party are not liking it one bit.

A number of MPs have been speaking out with cabinet member Josh Frydenberg and the member for Canning Andrew Hastie leading the charge this weekend, doing their bit for social cohesion by arguing there is an intrinsic link between terror and Islam.

In an interview with Murdoch tabloid the Herald Sun Hastie said “modern Islam needs to cohere with the Australian way of life, our values and institutions. In so far as it doesn’t, it needs reform”, in an article title ‘Islam must change: War hero MP Andrew Hastie leads radical push’.

Frydenberg reiterated criticisms Australia’s Grand Mufti, while MP Michael Sukkar said Islam had not reformed as Christianity had.

George Christensen, the Nationals MP who appeared at a Reclaim Australia rally earlier this year, moved a motion in Parliament today which, among other things, “calls for continued action in countering violent extremism and in particular, radical Islam within Australia in order to prevent further acts of terrorism within our borders”.

Somewhere along the way Labor MP Tim Watts – who has previously taken aim at the Reclaim Australia movement – decided enough was enough.

In four minutes and 58 seconds flat the Member for Gellibrand shredded the dissenting Coalition MPs in Parliament today.

“These people need to get in touch with what we’re trying to do with this nation. It’s an important national security issue that is being hijacked by irresponsible, ignorant members of a minority group within the Coalition. It’s about time it stopped,” Watts said.

Watts was heckled by Christensen as he delivered the address, and paused briefly to ask that Hansard record the interjections. Aside from that the Labor MP barely stopped for breath.

Watts chastised the Christensen and co for thanking police and security forces on the one hand, but subsequently ignoring their advice about the importance of community cohesion in preventing radicalisation on the other.

“The more we marginalise and vilify the Muslim community in Australia the harder our job will be to tackle the real problem, the vanishingly small number of perverts who use the text as justification for barbarity,” he said. “Modern Islam isn’t the fever-dream of bigotry and paranoia inside the minds of some conservative MPs. It’s the individual life choices of half a million Australians.”

Source: New Matilda


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Muslim Marriage Research is looking for 50 individuals to give an hour of their time to help understand what Muslims do to enhance their marriages and how Islam impacts upon them as husbands and wives living in Australia.

You can participate by yourself, or your spouse may also participate (in a separate interview). Males will be interviewed by a male; females by a female. Your one hour interview can be over the phone or in person, it’s up to you. All participation is confidential and complies with UQ ethics.

Please message us at: https://www.facebook.com/muslimmarriageresearch or email us on interculturalresearch@psy.uq.edu.au


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 Ali was diagnosed with Cancer and doctors have given him only 7 months to live. Despite his circumstances, he considers this a gift from Allah. Watch his story here.




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2015 TCC Champion Riaz Ali (left)

74 players comprising of 19 groups tee'd off from various holes at the Brookwater’s Golf Course last week in the Continental Club’ s Crescent Wealth Challenge, the final complementation for the year.


Photo Gallery



Overall Winner



A Division

2nd – RIAZ ALI

B Division


C Division



Open Division


Seniors Winner



Nearest to Pin #5: Mobeen Mahomed
Nearest to Pin #16: Fala Ahmed
Longest Drive #8: Bashar Hussein
Longest Drive #12: Randy Milne
Approach Shot #3: Aboo Kassim
Approach Shot #10: Mohamed Ebrahim


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Bishop George Browning 

24 Henry Place,

Long Beach,



The Hon Josh Frydenberg,

Parliament House


ACT 2600



Dear Minister,


The Grand Mufti


I write to say how disappointing and unfortunate I found your comments about the role of the Grand Mufti of Australia following the atrocities in France. His Eminence immediately and unequivocally condemned the barbaric violence in Paris Ankara and other places.


But he also dared to speak into another important narrative, a narrative that apparently is not allowed to be spoken openly in Australia.  Namely that the precursor of the development of Daesh has been the West’s incursions in the Middle East.  Prior to the Gulf war there was no ISIL.  When Saddam Hussein was overthrown and Sunni involvement in politics, the military, the police force and the judiciary came to an end, resentment exploded.


Winning a war is the lot of those with the most powerful weaponry.  Winning the peace is another matter altogether. It requires wisdom, grace, listening, space for the vanquished not to feel humiliated etc. That these lessons still have not been learned is an indictment upon the West in Syria and Iraq as it is of Israel in Palestine.


I am grateful that the Grand Mufti has had the courage to raise what we all need to hear.  I am sad that despite this being an open democracy it is apparently unacceptable to say so.  If these matters are not spoken of, the same mistakes will continue to be made.



Warm good wishes


Bishop George Browning

PhD DLitt


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Syrian refugees are welcome in central Queensland city of Mackay, hit hard by an economic slump due to the falling price of coal.

Mackay’s economy was built on the back of foreign labour, mainly South Sea Islanders, Italians and Maltese.

Muslims first arrived in the 1880s from south-east Asia to work on the gold and sugar cane fields.

“We have lived very peacefully and in harmony, we haven’t gone through any serious trouble or any misunderstanding,” the President of the Islamic Society of Mackay, Waheed Haider, said.

“Some (refugees) might open a restaurant and offer Middle Eastern food not available to us.

“We have become an integral part of this community and provide whatever support we can to take it forward.”

The small Muslim community now includes people from Pakistan, Nigeria and Bangladesh who arrived more recently on 457 visas to work as doctors, engineers and marine pilots.

“They’ve made a great contribution," Mr Christensen said.

"I know them personally, I’ve celebrated Ramadan with them at the mosque or at the Islamic centre.

“They’re everyday Australians. Like most people call themselves Sunday Christians, these people are Friday Muslims. You don’t see the extreme Islamist, the pro-Sharia bent.”



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Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are five of the biggest religions in the world. Over the last few thousand years, these religious groups have shaped the course of history and had a profound influence on the trajectory of the human race. Through countless conflicts, conquests, missions abroad, and simple word of mouth, these religions spread around the globe and forever molded the huge geographic regions in their paths.


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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.

Enquiries: info@crescentinstitute.com.au


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Administration Officer


The Amanah Institute at Kuraby Mosque is on the look out for a bright, dynamic, organised and professional part time permanent office Administration officer to join its team.


Click here for all the details.


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Mohammad Hafez examines the driving factors in radicalisation that turn seemingly ordinary men and women into potential terrorists.

Yes, let’s have a frank and open discussion about the causes of extremism and terrorism

Several Australian government politicians have said a frank discussion is needed about the causes of terrorism. Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg set the tone for the week by saying “religion is part of the problem”. There is a problem “within Islam”, he added.
Liberal MP Andrew Hastie said debates about extremism are “clouded by political correctness”. Liberal MP Craig Kelly and Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen followed suit.
Frank and open debate about the problem of terrorism and violent extremism is certainly needed in Australia. But such a debate requires us to examine many possible causes. Singling out and overplaying one cause, such as religion, only stifles debate and also our policy responses.
We need an open and informed debate.
Recent research, published by Mohammed Hafez and Creighton Mullins of the US Department of National Security Affairs, set out to identify why Muslims in Western societies embrace violent extremism. This research identified four causes:
•personal and collective grievances;
•networks and interpersonal ties;
•political and religious ideologies; and
•enabling environments and support structures.

The Conversation

Australian far right group ‘used me for propaganda’


As a young girl Rahila Haidary defied the Afghan Taliban by dressing up as a boy to attend school. Now settled in Australia, this is the story of what happened when she confronted the far right United Patriots Front.

When anti-Islam movement Reclaim Australia held rallies across Australia on 22 November, Ms Haidary had planned to meet friends at the Perth counter-rally.

She never made it. Instead, she took a detour on the way over to find out what "the other side" had against her religion.

"I was just trying to make a point," she says. "As a Muslim I went there to tell people that not every Muslim is a strict Muslim. I'm not that person they think I am."



'It started with Josh Frydenberg saying over the weekend that the more recent massacre in Paris was down to a “problem within Islam”’

The demand for Islamic reformation is just another brand of Islamophobia



So when politicians call for a “reformation in Islam”, as several rightwing Liberal Party MPs did over recent days, we might wonder what they could possibly be asking for. Given the terms in which the demand was put, which seem to be drawn from a half-remembered high school history class, it’s difficult to tell.



The law-abiding Muslim majority in Australia are not only blameless in acts of terror, but according to respected counterterrorism experts, are our best defence against outrages in our own country. Implying that they and their faith are responsible for atrocities is not only cynical, but counterproductive.
This demand for reformation has nothing to do with defeating Isis. In one sense it is a know-nothing cliche, passed from hand to grubby hand in the increasingly bold Islamophobic right. But that doesn’t make it any less dangerous.

That’s because in another sense, it’s a political project – in both electoral and broader sense – which attempts to manufacture the kind of fear and insecurity that drags the national political spectrum to the right, and heightens the appeal of rightwing candidates.

The Guardian



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 4 December 2015

TOPIC: “The Prophet's practice in Sadaqa”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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





Friday khutbah (sermon)


DATE: 4 December 2015

TOPIC: "The Weight of Repentance"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


Play the recording  



Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 4 December 2015

TOPIC"A Celebration of the Masjid"

IMAM: Sheikh Mabrook





TWO talks from Qiyamul Layl

Sabr by Imam Akram

A Spiritual Journey of an Australian Muslim by Dr. Akram Hossain

Presented by Dr. Zakaria Amin





Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 4 December 2015

TOPIC"Responding to Islamophobia - A Quranic Insght"

IMAM: Dr Mohamad Abdalla





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World's Largest Islamic Organization Tells ISIS To Get Lost


INDONESIA: A 50-million strong Sunni movement in Indonesia just launched a global anti-extremism campaign.

Each time the Islamic State, al Qaeda or another terrorist group commits violence in the name of Islam, a familiar refrain arises: What's the Muslim world doing about it?

In fact, anti-extremism efforts abound in the global Muslim community: Muslim leaders and scholars have denounced the Islamic State group, the U.K.'s Muslim Youth League has declared "ideological holy war" against extremism, and YouTube has even tried to recruit American Muslims to counter extremist content.

And in Indonesia, home of the world's largest Muslim population, a massive anti-extremism movement is underway.


Huffington Post

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France likely to close more than 100 mosques


Leading Imam Hassan El Alaoui says unlicensed mosques and those preaching hatred will be shut down under emergency rule.  


FRANCE: France is likely to close up to 160 mosques in the coming months as part of a nationwide police operation under the state of emergency which allows places of worship that promote radical views to be shut down, one of the country's chief imams has said.

Following news that three mosques have already been closed since the November 13 attacks on the capital, Hassan El Alaoui, who is in charge of nominating regional and local Muslim imams and mediating between the imams and prison officials, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that more were set to be shut.

"According to official figures and our discussions with the interior ministry, between 100 and 160 more mosques will be closed because they are run illegally without proper licenses, they preach hatred, or use takfiri speech," he said.

Takfiris are classified as Muslims who accuse others of the same faith of apostasy, an act which has become a sectarian slur.

"This kind of speech shouldn't even be allowed in Islamic countries, let alone secure countries like France," El Alaoui, who became the first Muslim prison chaplain-general in 2005, said.

The recent mosque closures, he added, were made under "a legal act that the authorities have" and must have happened because "of some illegal things that they found".

The imam also rejected those suspected of carrying out the suicide bomb and gun attacks, which left 130 people dead, as "terrorists".

"Those terrorists are a bunch of thieves and drug dealers that wore religious clothing," he said.


"The whole issue is not about Muslims, but about terrorists. It's an issue of security for everyone."

There are a total of 2,600 mosques in France, El Alaoui said.


Al Jazeera


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80 books promoting Brotherhood banned


JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education has banned all schools, libraries and resource centers from using 80 books of writers linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization.

The writers include Hassan Al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb and Yousuf Al-Qaradawi, reported an online publication on Tuesday, quoting a circular issued by the ministry.

The circular stated that these books should be handed to the ministry within two weeks. The ministry has also warned education departments and schools not to accept any gifts other than those given by the ministry.

The banned books include “Allah and the Islamic Faith,” and “The Ten Principles” by Hassan Al-Banna, “The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam” by Yousuf Al-Qaradawi and “Shubhaat Hawl Al-Islam” by Sayyid Qutb.

Source: Arab News


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Pope Francis: 'Christians And Muslims Are Brothers And Sisters' 


Pope Francis (C) looks on, alongside Imam Nehedid Tidjani (2-L), during a visit to the Central Mosque in Bangui on November 30, 2015. Pope Francis said on November 30 that Christians and Muslims were 'brothers', urging them to reject hatred and violence while visiting a mosque in the Central African Republic's capital which has been ravaged by sectarian conflict.


CAR: The pope took his message of peace to the Central African Republic, where thousands have died in clashes that have split the country along religious lines.

Pope Francis ventured into one of the world's most dangerous neighborhoods on Monday to implore Christians and Muslims to end a spiral of hate, vendetta and bloodshed that has killed thousands over the past three years and divided a nation.


"Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters," he said after a speech by Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi, one of the local religious leaders trying to foster dialogue.

"Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace," he said, noting that Christians, Muslims and followers of traditional religions had lived together in peace for many years.


Huffington Post Religion


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Why do Indonesian women join radical groups?


INDONESIA: Around the world, young women are disappearing, for a surprising reason. They are leaving their homes to join terrorist groups with religious ideologies, such as ISIS.


Take Hasna Aitboulahcen, for example. She never appeared to be a pious girl and reportedly only started wearing a head covering last month. But last week she died during the police raid in Saint-Denis, Paris.


Earlier this year, three British schoolgirls went to Syria through Turkey to join ISIS militants. Meanwhile, in March, an entire Indonesian family, including a toddler, a baby and a pregnant woman, slipped away from their tour group in Turkey and crossed into Syria.


Indonesian terrorism expert Sidney Jones has said that her research has identified about 40 Indonesian women and 100 children under 15 in Syria.

The question is: why do these girls and women want to join radical groups?


Indonesia at Melbourne


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Saluting Muslim American Patriots



The casket of Army Spc. Azhar Ali is carried by the Color Guard after a prayer services at the Masjid Al-Mamoor Jamaica Muslim Center, Friday, March 18, 2005 in the Queens borough of New York. Ali, 27, a Pakistani-American was killed Wednesday, March 2, in Baghdad when an explosive detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment in New York.

US: The so-called "Islamic extremism" spreading across the Middle East has given new life to American patriotism.


A YouGov poll from 2013 shows that 44 percent of American citizens question the loyalty that Muslims have to the U.S.


The poll showed that older Americans and those who vote Republican are more likely to view Muslims as "less patriotic" than other religious groups.

Despite the prevailing stereotypes of Muslim Americans, Islam has contributed a great deal to the U.S. In fact, Muslims have played an integral part in defending the homeland and fighting for the American government's geopolitical interests.


The history of Muslim Americans serving in the U.S. military challenges the widespread skepticism that Americans have for those who follow Islam. Muslims are asked by Prophet Muhammad to "love your country as [patriotism] is part of Islam."


The Qur'an (4:60) calls on Muslims to be obedient to their governments: "O you who believe, obey God and the Prophet and obey those in authority from among you."


As I discuss in this piece, Muslims have heeded the Prophet's call for allegiance and shown love for America.


Huffington Post


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UAE ranks first in world for respecting women



Shaikh Mohammad hailed women as partners of their male counterparts in nation-building. They deserve appreciation and respect, he said.

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates ranks number one in the world for treating women with respect, according to a major scientific study comparing development and well-being among all 132 nations of the world.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said the evidence on respect for women reflected fundamental truths about Emirati culture and traditions.

“We have the deepest respect for women. We respect their sacrifices and their dedication as partners in the building of our nation. In many sectors they have been able to contribute more than men because UAE society gives women a supportive environment to achieve their full potential. Their contributions have outweighed those of men in many sectors, and this reflects the supportive environment that the UAE has always provided for women.”

The global Social Progress Index also ranked the UAE as number one for the lowest level of violent crime, the lowest homicide rate, the lowest undernourishment rate, and the highest rate of enrolment in secondary education.

The report was produced by a team of prominent international economists led by Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School, as part of an initiative launched by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council.


Gulf News


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 Have fun with your fitness these coming holidays

Make the most of the summer months by getting out and maintaining your fitness.


Get the kids and yourself on a bike and get cycling.


Riding a bike is a great way to maintain muscle tone in the legs, abs and thighs, as well as improving respiratory function – all while having fun with the kids and extended family.

Nothing beats enjoying the great outdoors, and dealing with the elements while cycling can certainly ramp up your fitness levels without you even realising it..





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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

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


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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

Staying Healthy on Holidays


Holiday season is upon us, and for most people that means a lot of get-togethers, weddings and parties.


It can be hard to stick to a healthy diet during this festive time; however, the trick is not about eating less but eating smart.


Also, ensure that you keep physically active over these couple of months.


Keep an eye out for my articles in CCN over the next few weeks as I will be sharing my Holiday Season Do’s and Don’ts to help prevent that unwanted weight gain over the summer.


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


The Ignorance of Hirana


Dr Fawzia Moola



A psychiatrist's personal journey of exploration into spirituality, consciousness, energy and control of humanity, by positive and negative influences







The book discusses the journey of a Muslim female born in Apartheid South Africa. It involves her experiences of studying in Ireland and while there experiencing depression and anxiety. This eventually culminated in her qualifying in psychiatry in South Africa, and practicing there.


Her interest in consciousness and metaphysical aspects of being resulted in her exploring these areas To this end she travelled to South America and worked in New Zealand to further gain insights into spirituality. Her experiences with Ayahuaska and shamans in South America had created a profound awareness in her of the benefits of plant medicines and their benefit in healing.


She also paid heed to all non allopathic treatment modalities and sadly saw how present day allopathic medicine was so controlled by pharmaceutical companies and monetisation of health She became aware of control issues by benevolent and non benevolent influences on humanity.


Mostly however she was aware of and experienced the power of love and the scientific effect of this emotion/factor in healing. Transpersonal psychology and its influence on psychiatry was another area of exploration especially as it involved spirituality and everything pertaining to the spirit of mankind In describing her journey she hopes to bring attention to her readers that a very holistic form of treatment is available to humanity that has been suppressed and maligned by conventional allopathic medicine, mainly because of monetisation issues

More information.


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


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: With mangos being so plentiful in season, here is a recipe for a truly fresh summer salad using my two favourite ingredients, mango and avocado and the combination of the savoury and the sweet, mmm, absolutely delicious.

Mango, Lettuce and Avocado Salad




Green oak lettuce torn into small pieces
1 large avocado diced
1 large mango diced
2 tab. slivered almonds, toasted
2 tab. dried cranberries
1 small green chilli, chopped (seeds removed)

Making it up

  1. Mix all together and place in your serving bowl and refrigerate.

  2. Dressing
    Whisk together 1 tab. oil and 1 tab. vinegar in a jug.
    Season with salt and pepper and pour over the salad mixture just before serving.

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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Jallaludin and Habibbullah was into a kebab shop  While having a bite to eat, they talk about their camel business.


Suddenly, a man at a nearby table, who is eating a falafel, begins to cough.


After a minute or so, it becomes apparent that he is in real distress.


Habibbullah looks at him and says. "Can you swallow?"


The man shakes his head no.


"Can you breathe?"


The man begins to turn blue, and shakes his head no.


Habibbullah walks over to the man, pull down his pants, and quickly gives the right butt cheek a lick with his tongue.


The man is so shocked that he has a violent spasm, and the obstruction flies out of his mouth.


As he begins to breathe again, Habibbullah slowly walks back to his table.


Jallaludin said, "You know, I'd heard of the Hind Lick Manoeuvre but I have never seen anybody do it!"


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An Ayaat-a-Week






And the parable of an evil Word is that of an evil tree: it is torn up by the root from the surface of the earth: it has no stability.

~ Surah Ibrahim 14:26


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"Hope has two beautiful daughters:

their names are anger and courage.

Anger that things are the way they are.

Courage to make them the way they ought to be."

~ St Augustine


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15 December



Keynote Speaker: Hon Curtis Pitt

Crescent Institute (BRISBANE)

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 111 Eagle St



19 December



Grand Mawlid

Al Mustapha Academy Australia

48 Scrubby Creek Road, Browns Plains

0431 039 241


16 January



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


2 Wineglass Drive, Hillcrest

3809 4600


19 & 20 March

Sat & Sun

The Spiritual Zone
Sh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

15 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


14 & 15 May

Sat & Sun

The Forgotten Jewels
Sh Daood Butt

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

20 & 21 August

Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day



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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


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

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