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The Crescent Institute hosted its second networking event at the offices of the legal firm, Corrs Lawyers, in the Brisbane CBD on Tuesday.


The keynote address was delivered by Queensland Treasurer, Curtis Pitt MP, who spoke on his government's achievements and plans for the future of the State.


The occasion was also an opportunity for the attendees to interact with other professionals and business men and women.


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Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Talal Yassine (Crescent Institute)



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Report by event organizer, Ali Ghafoor


Ali Ghafoor starting off proceedings

Thursday night saw the QLD Muslim community come together to officially and publicly endorse the White Ribbon campaign. With over 80 people and more than 20 service organisations in attendance it was a major success.

It was a night and an opportunity for the QLD Muslim community to endorse the vital work of the White Ribbon campaign and continue the conversation of ending domestic and family violence against women and children.

Event organiser Ali Ghafoor said “It provided opportunities for key Muslim organisations and entities to come together and stand united to stop domestic violence and officially endorse the White Ribbon campaign”.

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls. White Ribbon Australia, as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.

“It was a great night and show of dedication by the Muslim community to come together and connect and building bridges with mainstream services to guide future practice in stopping violence against women. As well as developing strategies to work holistically with mainstream services to address these issues."

Council of Imams QLD Chairman Imaam Yusuf Peer who was representing the Council of Imams said “It was a great night and an outstanding show of unity and collaboration. I would like to thank everyone who got involved. Council of Imams Queensland is committed to stopping violence against women and children. We must stand together to address these issues. Imams continue to do amazing work around preventing and supporting victims of domestic violence and will continue to work with the community to stop violence against women”

Ali Ghafoor said “7 in 10 women murdered in Australia are victims of family violence and this is not just a Muslim but rather a social wicked problem, which calls for each and every one of us to continue to work together and build collaborative partnerships and innovative strategies to stop violence against women and children."

Special thanks to event organiser and partners:

Islamic Council of QLD

Council of Imams QLD
EidFest Community Services
Fruit 4 Less (Logan Central)
Islamic Women’s Association of QLD
Logan Helping Hands Inc.
White Ribbon Foundation


For more information or any questions on this issue contact Ali Ghafoor

M: 0410 083 975, E: alimghafoor@gmail.com



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Late on Thursday night the first 163 of a planned 25,000 Syrian refugees arrived in Canada, and were greeted and given winter coats by prime minister Justin Trudeau.


“Tonight they step off the plane as refugees, but they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada,” Trudeau told government employees at the airport, according to the New York Times.


The day after their arrival, a video of a choir singing one of the oldest songs in the Islamic culture, Tala’ al Badru ‘Alayna, surfaced on YouTube. It’s a symbolic song, having been sung when Prophet Mohammed arrived in Medina after having fled his home in Mecca as a refugee.



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The Slacks Creek Mosque and the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) teamed up on Friday night at the Woodridge railway station with the Queensland Catholic Charity group, Rosies, to provide meals for the homeless and others in need.


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A screenshot of Mark Robinson's "Muspandering" tweets.


A Queensland state LNP MP has accused fellow politicians of "Muspandering" in their comments about Islam and has backed former prime minister Tony Abbott's recent comments regarding the need for Islamic reform.

In a series of tweets, many of which were directed to Abbott loyalist members of the federal Coalition such as Eric Abetz, Kevin Andrews, Cory Bernardi and George Christiansen, Mr Robinson blasted politicians for pandering to the Muslim community by not linking the Islamic religion directly to terrorism.

Mr Robinson, a conservative Christian, told Fairfax Media the tweets were not directed at any particular politicians, but he said it applied to MPs from both sides of the aisle.

"It's not directed at any one MP, but it's equally applicable to a good number on both the Liberal and Labor sides," he said.

"… Burying our head in the sand and saying, 'It's not about Islam at all', is really a very poor starting point."

Mr Robinson, who directed his tweets to the conservative rivals of Malcolm Turnbull, said he would not single out the Prime Minister for criticism.

Mr Robinson said he coined the #muspandering hashtag from a similar term – "hispandering" – in the US, which accused politicians there of pandering to the Hispanic community.

Source: Brisbane Times


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The Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) wrapped some 100 Christmas toiletry packs for adults with a disability in residential care in response to a call out made by David Forde for 120 such packs.

Other Muslim families contributed the balance, all within the space of hours.

Janeth Deen, Fawzia Batty, Faisel Essof, Osman Rane and Yusuf Khatree

Fawzia Batty, Janeth Deen, Farouk Adam, Yusuf Khatree, Osman Rane and David Forde


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‘They have become irrelevant’: Ahmed Kilani says current Islamic leaders are the ‘false face’ of the Muslim community.

The founder of Australia’s biggest Muslim media organisation has called for a “revolution’’ within the Islamic community, sweeping out the old guard of leaders who he says have become the “false face’’ of the nation’s Muslims.

Ahmed Kilani, who started the website Muslim Village, said the present crop of community leaders had become “irrelevant’’ not only to the community at large, but also to most Australian Muslims.

Mr Kilani said that with 75 per cent of Australian Muslims either being born in Australia or having come here at a young age, it no longer made sense to have key instituti­ons, such as mosques and peak community groups, controlled by what he described as “ethnic tribes’’ from within the Muslim community.

“The reality is that the leadership of the Australian Muslim community has major structural and dysfunctional issues that need to be urgently addressed,’’ Mr Kilani told The Australian.

“We need a revolution in leadership structures to allow generational and intellectual change.’’

Mr Kilani, who in addition to his work with Muslim Village has sat on the boards of Islamic schools and charities, said while some organisations were trying to transform, many had grown hopelessly out of touch with their grassroots base.

“They have become irrelevant,’’ Mr Kilani said. “Yet they control tens of millions of dollars of important community assets and are the false face of the Muslim community to greater Australian society.’’

Mr Kilani’s comments came just weeks after the Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, caused a furore after he apportioned some of the blame for the Paris terror attacks on “causative factors’’, such as racism and tougher terror laws.

Dr Abu Mohamed’s remarks reinforced a perception held by some that Australian Muslims are reluctant to speak frankly about the role of religion in Islamic violence, preferring instead to cast blame on other factors, such as Western foreign policy.

A statement put out by the Grand Mufti, in which he sought to clarify the remarks, only served to inflame the situation, prompting an attack by senior government minister Josh Frydenberg, who accused him of a failure of leadership.

“He sought to cover that up subsequently but it was a graphic failure and he has more of a responsibility not only to the Muslim community but to the community at large because all of our security is at risk,’’ Mr Frydenberg said.

Mr Kilani offered no criticism of the Grand Mufti.

But he said all imams and community leaders should be made to sign a charter of values that unequivocally repudiated violence conducted in the name of Islam and called on all Muslims to participate in and contribute to the society in which they live.

He also called for greater transparency and accountability in the management of community groups and assets, a veiled reference to some of the probity concerns that have dogged some organisations.

Mr Kilani said the “bricks and mortar’’ approach to building community favoured by the older guard had built endless mosques but produced no social capital, such as drug rehabilitation centres, mentoring programs for vulnerable young Muslims, halfway houses for prisoners and institutions to train locally recruited imams. 

“The Muslim community is screaming out for grassroots programs, especially targeting Muslim youth,’’ Mr Kilani said.

His remarks found support, with Ghaith Krayem, formerly the president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, who said the Muslim community needed to be investing heavily in its intellectual capital, such as creating think tanks and developing academic research. 

This, he said, would equip it with the data necessary to properly tackle problems such as youth radicalisation.

“There is no proper structural leadership within the community,’’ Mr Krayem said. “The mufti and the Australian National Imams Council find themselves in the unenviable position of performing roles they otherwise wouldn’t be performing. The mufti’s (role) is a religious role, not a social one. So the fact that people look to the mufti for those responses reflects those structural leadership problems.’’

Source: The Australian


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Bendigo mosque gets go-ahead
Victoria's high court rejects Bendigo residents' claims that the building of a mosque would bring negative social effects to Bendigo. (Vision courtesy ABC News 24)

Victoria's highest court has thrown out a protracted legal bid by a group of Bendigo residents to stop a mosque being built in the regional city.

The City of Greater Bendigo now expects the mosque to be built within two years.

Led by local woman Julie Hoskin, a small group of residents has been crowd-funding its battle against the mosque, which the City of Bendigo approved in June last year and which VCAT approved in August.

Ms Hoskin, who refused to comment to the media after the Court of Appeal judgment was handed down, tumbled down the steps outside court after the verdict, and had to be given first aid treatment for a suspected broken ankle.

She was helped into a taxi by members of the media, after refusing an ambulance.

On Wednesday morning, the court rejected the residents' claims that the mosque would bring negative social effects to Bendigo. The judges said Victoria's Charter of Human Rights protected freedom of religion, and said the mere practice of religious worship could not be considered to be an adverse "social effect".

Further, the Court found that the objectors' concerns were "overstated and unfounded".

"In the absence of any objective, concrete evidence substantiating the adverse social effects the objectors submitted the mosque could have, the Tribunal [VCAT] acted according to law in giving the objectors' concerns little weight."

Anti-Islam groups have rallied several times in Bendigo over the mosque, with the regional city becoming a flashpoint for far-right discontent over a raft of issues, including Australia's immigration policies, fears of terrorism and halal food, and multiculturalism.

In October, Premier Daniel Andrews sat down with religious community leaders ahead of anti-mosque protests, describing as "hateful" the campaign against the mosque and pledging to stand with local Muslims.

City of Greater Bendigo planning and development director Prue Mansfield said the objectors had failed to prove the mosque would bring negative social impacts to the city.

"It's not just enough to say you have a view there will be traffic impact or other impacts, you actually have to produce the evidence," she said.

"It's just the same for social impacts, you can't just say 'we worry that there will be a social impact', you actually have to produce objective evidence."

Lawyers for the Australian Islamic Mission said on Wednesday they would seek costs against the mosque residents fighting the mosque.

The lawyer for the residents, Robert Balzola, was unable to be in court after his plane was turned away, so residents have until Friday afternoon to write to the court and submit their arguments on the question of costs.

In a statement, the Australian Islamic Mission said: "The wider Bendigo community has shown strength and resilience and we are so appreciative of the heart-warming support we received.

"We would especially like to thank the Bendigo Council for holding on to the great Australian values of equality, democracy and a fair go for all."

Residents have not ruled out further legal action, flagging a further appeal to the High Court. However, this would require objectors to convince the higher court it was in the interests of justice for the further appeal to proceed.

In November, Chief Justice Marilyn Warren ordered the objectors to produce bank documents showing the objectors could afford to pay costs in the event they lost the case.

Chris Townshend, representing the Australian Islamic Mission, told the court last month that VCAT had compiled a summary of the objections to the mosque, and "the quite specific flavour and nature" of those objections showed they were based on "the religious practices of other Victorians", rather than planning issues.

"[They] all go to the choice of practice of religion at a very general level," Mr Townshend said.

Examples of objections included "Islam's integration with western culture", the prospect of "more people dressed in Islamic dress" and the "Islamification of Bendigo".

Mr Townshend said given the Victorian Charter of Human Rights protected the right to freedom of religion, the tribunal could have rejected these objections based on religion out of hand, but had instead given the objectors the courtesy of hearing their complaints.

But these objections, he said, amounted to "an attack on freedom of religion".

In August, VCAT found that the Australian Islamic Mission's proposal to build a mosque, sports hall and other facilities on Rowena Street in Bendigo East did not present significant social or other impacts to the community and would not unreasonably affect nearby homes.

The objectors' group had argued the mosque project, which was granted a planning permit in June, would create noise pollution and traffic congestion.

Source: The Age


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Prominent Australian Muslims reading Islamophobic tweets and statements made about them or their community.




'You should be taken to the vet and desexed': Prominent Australian Muslims read out the vile mean tweets sent to them every day

High profile Muslim Australians have come together to read mean posts on Twitter directed at the Islamic community.

The Lebanese Muslim Association created a video that saw Muslims from different industries including, journalists, activists and politicians read the hateful tweets.

'I say put abortion clinics in Lakemba,’ one Twitter user wrote suggesting reducing the population in a Sydney suburb that holds one of Australia's most well-known mosques.

MP Jihad Dib read comments by users who seemed to have issues with his name to which he responded with a blank expressions, 'well that's my name.'

'Given the position you’re holding, and the strange times we are traversing. Do you think it wise, Jihad is your name?' one user wrote.

'Does ALP Lakemba MP, Jihad Dib react in horror when he’s referred to as jihad?' said another.

Lawyer and opinion writer Mariam Veiszadeh appeared shocked unable to comprehend why people would write such harsh statements.

'Mariam should be taken to the vets and desexed so that her DNA doesn’t breed into future lifeforms,' wrote one user

Human rights and refugee advocate Sara Saleh also appeared in the video reading the harsh tweets.

‘I had been purchasing vegemite all my life. As did my parents and this Halal certification has stopped that now,' she read.


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Rahila Haidary says she is disappointed by the amount of hate coming from the United Patriots Front.

A young Muslim woman is vowing to continue to speak out against anti-Islam protesters, despite an encounter at a Reclaim Australia rally last month that left her feeling "disappointed" and "heartbroken".

Twenty-year-old Afghan refugee Rahila Haidary had planned to join friends at the anti-racism side of the rally in Perth last month but changed her mind at the last minute.

"The whole night I was thinking 'these people are against Muslims, but why?'," Ms Haidary said.

"I actually went there to join the other side but then before I got to the other side I thought, 'why not just hear some of the reasons why these people are against Muslims before I go there?'"

Ms Haidary was quickly met by several members of the United Patriots Front who asked if she would discuss her religion with them.

"They said do you agree with freedom? And I said, 'yes I do'," Ms Haidary told 7.30.

"The next interesting question that they asked was 'would you call yourself a Muslim first or an Australian first?

"I said 'I would call myself an Australian first' and they were surprised, they said 'why? Aren't you a proud Muslim?' I said, 'I am a proud Muslim.

"The reason I would call myself Australian first is because [the] Australian constitution gives me the freedom to practise my religion and that's why I respect this country, that's why I'm here today."

'Hatred' spread in online post of her photograph

Ms Haidary said she was pleased with how the conversation had gone but when the group later posted a photograph of her on its Facebook page telling their supporters they had "educated" her, she was horrified.

"I was disappointed really, I was really disappointed," she said.

"The amount of hatred coming from that post, the comments were just heartbreaking, some of them were really threatening, 'wait until she walks outside and she gets her scarf pulled off' and that breaks my heart."

Ms Haidary said she regretted confronting the protesters at the time but that she would do it again if she had the chance.

"If the need arises then I would," she said.

"If I feel that they need to be educated more, then I would go for it."

Ms Haidary was born in the war-ravaged Uruzgan province in Afghanistan and as a six-year-old defied the Taliban by dressing up as a boy to go to school.

"They had really strict punishment for me," she said.

"They said either we have to take her life or my dad had to send me somewhere that I couldn't come back or couldn't see my family anymore so that I forget that education is for girls."

She was sent to Pakistan where her family later joined her before ultimately fleeing to Australia.

"[I had heard] Australia is so peaceful, it's a country of love, everybody cares about people, you have every right there, you can go to school so I couldn't wait to be honest, I couldn't wait to come here," she said.

Ms Haidary said while the recent anti-Islam rallies had made her question that image, she loved Australia and her experience at the Reclaim Australia rally only strengthened her resolve to talk to people about her culture and religion.

"Nothing scares me really," she said.

"It might make me feel bad for one or two days but then at the end, I'm the person who would not tolerate the injustice and go out there and say, hey, this is not right."

Source: ABC


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Calligraphy kerfuffle: Controversy erupted after students at a Virginia high school were instructed to write a Muslim statement of faith (above), which reads, 'There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,' as part of a world geography class

VIRGINIA, US: A lesson in calligraphy has caused an uproar among some parents at a Virginia high school when students were instructed to write a Muslim statement of faith that read: 'There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.'

The incident took place on Friday during a world geography class at Riverheads High School in Staunton.

The lesson of the day focused on world religions, among them Islam. As part of the assignment, social studies teacher Cheryl LaPorte had her ninth-grade students copy a piece of Arabic text known as the shahada, which is the most common Islamic creed.

Recitation of the shahada in public is the first formal step in conversion to Islam. However, according to school officials, the ninth-graders were not asked to translate the statement or read it aloud.

Students were also shown copies of the Koran, and female students were invited to try on a scarf as part of a lesson about the Islamic concept of modest dress.

Parent Kimberly Herndon was infuriated when her son came home with the assignment sheet from Mrs LaPorte's world geography class.

'When I saw the language, the Arabic language, immediately I had a bad feeling come over me,' the mother of six told NBC29.

Herndon, who is a devout Christian, accused the teacher of indoctrinating unsuspecting students into the Islamic faith. The mother has not sent her son back to school since the incident and said she would be willing to take this case all the way to the US Supreme Court if she must.

'She [LaPorte] gave up the Lord's time,' Herndon said of the religious lesson when speaking to the Staunton News Leader. 'She gave it up and gave it to Mohammed.'

The Augusta County parent on Tuesday organized a meeting attended by more than 100 people at Good New Ministries to discuss the controversial calligraphy lesson.

Debbie Ballew, a former English teacher who was present up at the public forum, said had she asked her students to copy a passage from the Bible, she would have lost her job.

Several people who came out for the meeting called for Cheryl LaPorte's termination in the wake of the incident.

‘I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian, and I'm going to stand behind Christ,’ said Herndon.

Augusta County School Superintendent Dr. Eric Bond released a statement saying the point of the lesson was to introduce children to various world religions in an interactive way, not to have them convert to Islam.

'Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion, or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief,' the press release read.

Riverheads ninth-grader Laurel Truxell told the station WHSV she did not feel comfortable copying the Arabic text or putting on the scarf meant to mimic the Islamic Hijab.

Bond said in his statement that Ms LaPorte's lesson was consistent with the Standards of Learning in Virginia. As part of the school curriculum, when students are taught about a geographic region, they are also introduced to its dominant religion and written language.

Friday’s lesson, according to the statement, focused on the Middle East and Islam.

‘The students were presented with the statement to demonstrate the complex artistry of the written language used in the Middle East, and were asked to attempt to copy it in order to give the students an idea of the artistic complexity of the calligraphy,’ Dr Bond stated.

Bond added that students at Riverheads will be given similar assignments when they study about China and Africa.

Source: Daily Mail UK


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Today I went & stood in front of Trump Tower & held a sign until the police came. Then I went home & wrote Donald a letter. Here it is:

Dear Donald Trump:

You may remember (you do, after all, have a "perfect memory!"), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you were "nervous" about being on the set with me. She said you didn't want to be "ripped apart" and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn't "go after you."

"Does he think I'm going to tackle him and put him in a choke hold?" I asked, bewildered.

"No," the producer replied, "he just seems all jittery about you."

"Huh. I've never met the guy. There's no reason for him to be scared," I said. "I really don't know much about him other than he seems to like his name on stuff. I'll talk to him if you want me to."

And so, as you may remember, I did. I went up and introduced myself to you. "The producer says you're worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I'm from Michigan. Please don't worry -- we're gonna get along just fine!"

You seemed relieved, then leaned in and said to me, "I just didn't want any trouble out there and I just wanted to make sure that, you know, you and I got along. That you weren't going to pick on me for something ridiculous."

"Pick on" you? I thought, where are we, in 3rd grade? I was struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat.

You and I went on to do the show. Nothing untoward happened between us. I didn't pull on your hair, didn't put gum on your seat. "What a wuss," was all I remember thinking as I left the set.

And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.

Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here's a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.

So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other's brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.

We are all Muslim.

Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don't like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you've said.

And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong -- at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You're not so tough, Donny, and I'm glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.

We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

All my best,
Michael Moore

P.S. I'm asking everyone who reads this letter to go here (http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim), and sign the following statement: "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" -- and then post a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim. I will post all the photos on my site and send them to you, Mr. Trump. Feel free to join us.

P.P.S. - To sign my statement for #WeAreAllMuslim, go here on my website: http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim.


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Sundar Pichai

After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has come out in support of Muslims, saying that we must support Muslim and other minority communities in the US and around the world.

Responding to a recent wave of prejudice against Muslims — especially in the wake of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the US — the Indian-born top Google executive reiterated his own experience and said let’s not let fear defeat our values.

“I came to the US from India 22 years ago. I was fortunate enough to gain entry to a university here, and time after time, I saw that hard work opened other doors. I have built a career and a family and a life here. And I’ve felt as much a part of this country, as I felt growing up in India,” he posted on Medium on Saturday.


Let’s not let fear defeat our values

I came to the US from India 22 years ago. I was fortunate enough to gain entry to a university here, and time after time, I saw that hard work opened other doors. I have built a career and a family and a life here. And I’ve felt as much a part of this country, as I felt growing up in India.

My experience is obviously not unique. It’s been said a million times that America is the “land of opportunity” — for millions of immigrants, it’s not an abstract notion, but a concrete description of what we find here. America provided access to opportunities that simply didn’t exist for many of us before we arrived.

And it’s not just about opportunity. The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country’s greatest strengths and most defining characteristics. And that is no coincidence — America, after all, was and is a country of immigrants.

That is why it’s so disheartening to see the intolerant discourse playing out in the news these days — statements that our country would be a better place without the voices, ideas and the contributions of certain groups of people, based solely on where they come from, or their religion.

I walk around the campus where I work and see a vibrant mix of races and cultures. Every one of those people has a different voice … a different perspective … a different story to tell. All of that makes our company an exciting and special place to be, and allows us to do great things together. We are urgently working to become much more diverse, because it’s so important to our future success. I firmly believe that whether you’re building a company or leading a country, a diverse mix of voices and backgrounds and experiences leads to better discussions, better decisions, and better outcomes for everyone.

I debated whether to post this, because lately it seems that criticism of intolerance just gives more oxygen to this debate. But I feel we must speak out — particularly those of us who are not under attack. Everyone has the right to their views, but it’s also important that those who are less represented know that those are not the views of all.

Let’s not let fear defeat our values. We must support Muslim and other minority communities in the US and around the world.

Earlier this week, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg said that his company would “fight to protect” the rights of Muslims, and work to “create a peaceful and safe environment”.

In a post, the Facebook founder wrote: “I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world”.

“After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others,” he added.

“As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.

“If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you,” added Zuckerberg.

The 31-year old billionaire who recently welcomed the birth of his first child, said the newborn has given him hope, and called for the world to unite and stand against cynicism.

Source: Cii Broadcasting


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PEW Survey

Donald Trump has proposed profiling Muslim Americans and shutting down mosques. He claims that Muslim "hatred is beyond comprehension." But the truth is that Muslim Americans are not only integrating into U.S. society, but are actually more opposed to violence and more tolerant in many ways than many other Americans.


Muslim Americans Hold Mainstream Religious and Political Views





Muslim Americans Are Less Likely to Support Intolerance, Violence




Extremism Is Not Unique to Islam-or a Significant Threat


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The Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Act 2015 (the Allegiance Act) came into effect on 12 December 2015. It amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to:

• insert a ‘purpose clause’ setting out the fundamental principles upon which the amendments are based;
• circumstances in which a dual citizen ceases to be an Australian citizen through engagement in terrorism-related activities;
• outline circumstances in which the Minister may exempt a person from the operation of the Act;
• provide for reporting on and monitoring of the operation of the arrangements in the Act;
• provide for the protection of sensitive or prejudicial information in relation to that reporting and monitoring; and
• other related matters.

The purpose of the Allegiance Act is to deal with the threat caused by those who have acted in a manner contrary to their allegiance to Australia by removing them from formal membership of the Australian community. The focus of the Act is on the protection of the Australian community, rather than punishing terrorist or hostile acts.

Section 33AA provides for the renunciation and cessation of citizenship. However, for this provision to apply to a person must have engaged in the conduct with the or intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause and coercing or influencing an arm of the Australian Government or a government of a foreign country or intimidating the public, while the person was a member of a declared terrorist organisation (ss33AA(3)-(5)).

Further information on the Allegiance Act can be found here.


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Chloe Patton and Yassir Morsi


Extremism cannot be countered with feel-good image-management, but through intellectual openness to questions about racial inequality, the legacy of colonialism and the impact of global capital.

Recent controversy over a boycott of a university research project aimed at countering violent extremism (or CVE) warrants closer investigation of the relationship between universities' CVE research, "soft" counter-terrorism measures and the young Muslims they target.

Five out of seven Victorian university Muslim Student Associations signed a statement saying they refuse to participate in an Australian version of the U.S.-based #myjihad campaign, which began in response to a series of Islamophobic bus advertisements funded by Pamela Geller.

Like other so-called "reclaiming the narrative" strategies, #myjihad seeks to change the way Muslims are seen in the West by replacing negative Orientalist representations - those that construct Muslims as irrationally violent, sexist, civilisationally backward and so on - with correlating positive representations of Muslims as non-threatening and peace-loving.

The most widely circulated #myjihad advert does this through the image of a smiling hijab-wearer embracing a blonde woman sporting a Christian cross necklace - the caption reads, "#Myjihad is to build bridges through friendship."

The choice of jihad as the site of contest is not surprising, given the centrality of the concept in Islamic traditions and the length of time - fourteen centuries - that Muslims have interpreted its meaning.

ABC Religion & Ethics


Chloe Patton is a research fellow at the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia. Her research explores Islamophobia in Australia and France from a critical race perspective. Yassir Morsi is also a research fellow at the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding. He has a PhD in liberal theory and an academic background in Western political thought.


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Liberal MP Dan Tehan and shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus at the hearing on the Counter-Terrorism Legistlation Amendment Bill before the parliamentary joint committee on Intelligence and security on Monday.

Counter-terrorism laws are being used to target Muslims and are threatening social cohesion, a parliamentary committee has been told.

The Muslim Legal Network said comments made last week by former prime minister Tony Abbott in which he called for a reformation within Islam were "extremely offensive".

Mr Abbott's comments "coupled with the announcement of this bill and the highly publicised counter-terrorism raids in western Sydney [show] the Muslim community is yet again placed in the spotlight and their belonging in Australia is being questioned," the network said.

Parliament's powerful joint committee on intelligence and security is holding an inquiry into the government's fifth tranche of counter-terrorism measures, which widen the scope and secrecy of control orders, including lowering the age for which a judge can grant an order from 16 to 14.

Control orders have been used a handful of times in Australia on people who the Australian Federal Police believe may commit a terrorist act. They heavily restrict the movement, communications and associations of suspects without the need for a criminal prosecution.

The control orders have the support of both the Coalition and the Labor Party but they have been criticised in legal circles. The former independent national security monitor, Bret Walker, SC, said earlier this year that the orders required tremendous amounts of surveillance without any evidence that they made the country safer.

At a hearing in Canberra on Monday the Muslim Legal Network said the changes to counter-terrorism legislation had "only been applied to the Muslim community".

"With the rise of extremist groups such as Reclaim Australia and increasing incidents of Islamophobia in Australia, the Muslim community is deeply concerned by the social divisiveness that is growing in Australia. Such divisiveness is enforced by the use of these laws," the network's president, Zaahir Edries, told the committee.

Mr Edries rejected the argument, put by the Australian Federal Police, that applying control orders to teenagers as young as 14 would allow them to receive counselling and information about the dangers of radicalisation.

"A purely legislative response to the issue of young people who may be prone to violent behaviour will never be effective," he said.

"The approach must be consultative, inclusive and one which directly addresses the issues that young people who may be prone to violent behaviour face in line with already established principles regarding children in criminal proceedings."

Cameron Gifford, a lawyer with the Attorney-General's Department, rejected the assertion that counter-terrorism laws were being used to target Muslims.

"These laws apply equally across the board and that's the point we are at pains to make," Mr Gifford said.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald



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I would like to introduce myself as your new and very proud Minister for Multicultural Affairs. I follow in the footsteps of my Cabinet colleague Minister Shannon Fentiman who many of you would have had the pleasure of meeting. Minister Fentiman has retained her portfolio responsibilities of Communities, Women, Youth, Child Safety and has been given the additional very significant responsibility as Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. Minister Fentiman has told me of the absolute delight she has had working with you and your communities.

I am very excited to be working in an area which has been a passion of mine for many years. I am the daughter of an Italian migrant family and have had a strong association with our many wonderful and diverse multicultural communities, as an employee advocate and in recent years as a local Member of Parliament and community advocate. I am committed to meeting the challenges facing our multicultural society, but am also keen to identify and action the opportunities our multiculturalism brings to Queensland.

I am very much looking forward to continuing the vision of the Palaszczuk government for a Multicultural Future for All – which will include leading the Multicultural Recognition Bill through the debates in Parliament early in the New Year, promoting the proposed Multicultural Charter and overseeing the development of a whole of government Multicultural Policy and Action plan for Queensland.

All the very best wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful holiday season and for a new year full of joy and fulfilment.

Yours sincerely

Grace Grace

Minister for Employment and Industrial relations,
Minister for Racing and
Minister for Multicultural Affairs


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New Muslim Care (NMC) Brisbane would like to establish a dedicated office in which to base our activities from. We are seeking expressions of interest from local groups to provide a small office space (or room within a larger facility) for us on Brisbane’s Southside with access to public transport.

Who can help us: • Muslim community groups; • Local businesses; • Local centres; • Mosques

This is a unique opportunity for you to provide services for people living, working and frequenting the local area. Most importantly, this is a valuable opportunity for your organisation to earn Sadaqatul Jariyah.

What NMC hopes to achieve
NMC Brisbane's focus is towards the educational, social and emotional needs of each new Muslim at an individual level as well as facilitating and connecting new Muslims to the various activities occurring within the larger Brisbane Muslim community and Queensland.

NMC Brisbane also endeavours to provide opportunities for new Muslims to develop a close connection with their local Masjid and community through existing and new social networks.
Social benefits of a New Muslim Care Brisbane office include:

• Providing community information and resources
• Supporting community activities and events
• Creation of or participation in a training or mentoring scheme aimed at improving the knowledge of new Muslims
• Initiatives that provide enhanced integration for new Muslims into the existing community

If you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity please send an email to brisbane@newmuslimcare.org 

May Allah grant you abundance in this world and the next – Ameen.
Wa salam
Naseef Dean
Amir- New Muslim Care Australia


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Donald Trump wants Muslims banned from entering the US – but without them the country would be a much poorer place

Donald Trump with legendary boxer and Muslim, Muhammad Ali.

What have Muslims ever done for America? If your sole source of information were Donald Trump, you’d think that the answer was not much – apart from murdering its citizens and trying to destroy its values. The Republican presidential hopeful has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US until American authorities “can figure out” Muslim attitudes to the US in the wake of last week’s killings in San Bernardino. If only, you might well think, Scotland had had the same thought about Trump before he was allowed in to blight Aberdeenshire with another of his golf resorts.

What Trump doesn’t seem to grasp is his own country’s history, and how many American achievements worth celebrating are the work of the kind of people – Muslims – he wants to keep out.

Here, then, is a guide to some of the things Muslims have done for the US. It’s not an exhaustive list – but it’s still more impressive than what Trump has done for his homeland.

Building its cities

The US wouldn’t look the way it does if it weren’t for a Muslim, Fazlur Rahman Khan. The Dhaka-born Bangladeshi-American was known as the “Einstein of structural engineering”. He pioneered a new structural system of frame tubes that revolutionised the building of skyscrapers.


That system consisted of, as he once described it, “three, four, or possibly more frames, braced frames, or shear walls, joined at or near their edges to form a vertical tube-like structural system capable of resisting lateral forces in any direction by cantilevering from the foundation”.

The result was a new generation of skyscrapers that reduced the amount of steel necessary in construction and changed the look of American cityscapes. Islamist terrorists may have blown up the World Trade Center, but without Khan’s innovation of the framed tube structure, the twin towers probably wouldn’t have been constructed in the first place.


Nor would the John Hancock tower, with its distinctive exterior X-bracing (devised by Khan) or the Sears tower (also made possible by


Trump tower, wouldn’t have happened without Fazlur Rahman Khan.

 Khan’s variant on the tube structure concept, the system was the so-called “bundled tube”) both in Chicago.


The Sears Tower was for nearly 25 years from 1973, at 108 stories and 1,451ft (442m), the tallest building in the world. Khan died in 1982, but his innovations have proved key for future skyscrapers – including the 2009 Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

Among other buildings on which Khan served as structural engineer is US Bank Centre in Milwaukee and the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. He also worked on the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, where officers are trained.


If it weren’t for this Muslim, arguably, the US air force wouldn’t be quite so good at its work that, as we know, sometimes involves bombing other countries, some of them populated chiefly by Muslims.

NEXT WEEK: Living the American dream


Source: The Guardian



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French teacher invented Aubervilliers school attack 


FRANCE: A teacher at a French preschool who said he had been stabbed by a man shouting "Islamic State" has admitted he made the story up, prosecutors say.

The teacher said he had been attacked while alone in a classroom in Aubervilliers, a suburb of Paris.

But prosecutors said he had wounded himself with a box cutter and was now being questioned as to why he lied.

France remains on high alert following the terror attacks in Paris on 13 November that left 130 people dead.

The 45-year-old teacher - who has not been named - has been treated in hospital for superficial wounds to his side and neck.

According to his account, a man had attacked him with a box cutter at about 07:10 (06:10 GMT) on Monday and had shouted: "This is for Daesh [Islamic State]. It's a warning".


“We will not be silent”: American Jews hit the streets during Hanukkah to fight Islamophobia and racism


Jewish Voice for Peace condemns "state-sanctioned Islamophobia & racism" and anti-refugee xenophobia this Hanukkah

This Hanukkah, Jews across the U.S. are taking to the street to rally against the Islamophobia and racism rampant in their communities.

On each night in the eight-day-long religious holiday, Jewish activists are participating in protests against various forms of injustice in a campaign initiated by the Network Against Islamophobia, a project called for by national peace organization Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry, along with Jews Against Islamophobia, a coalition of JVP-New York and the activist group Jews Say No!

The demonstrations are being held in 15 cities throughout the country, including Chicago, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Atlanta. The first demonstration was held at New York City’s Rockefeller Center on Sunday, Dec. 6, the first night of Hanukkah.

Activists are conveying their commitments through signs in the shape of eight candles, which together comprise a symbolic menorah. A ninth sign, modeled after the shamash, or “helper” candle, reads “Jews against Islamophobia and racism — rekindling our commitment to justice.” The eight pledges listed on the other candles are:

1.We will not be silent about anti-Muslim and racist hate speech and hate crimes;
2.We condemn state surveillance of the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities;
3.We challenge, through our words and actions, institutionalized racism and state-sanctioned anti-Black violence;
4.We protest the use of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism to justify Israel’s repressive policies against Palestinians;
5.We fight anti-Muslim profiling and racial profiling in all its forms;
6.We call for an end to racist policing #SayHerName #BlackLivesMatter;
7.We stand against U.S. policies driven by the “war on terror” that demonize Islam and devalue, target, and kill Muslims; and
8.We welcome Syrian refugees and stand strong for immigrants’ rights and refugee rights.



The Cronulla riots made my world a scarier place
Asma Fahmi

When the hatred of the rioters filled my TV screen 10 years ago, I knew things could never be the same again.

I've been living in absolute terror. I live on a farm and recently a brown snake was seen near my outdoor washing machine so every time I walk past, I am on full snake alert. I have to be vigilant because needless to say, the last thing I need in my life right now is a lethal snake bite.

We were receiving death threats and bomb threats every 10 minutes.

Though truth be told, living in fear is not such a big stretch for me nor are real or imagined death threats. The venom is different but it is still just as frightening.

In the years since the Cronulla riots, I have been physically assaulted twice and at times, I've had to walk around the only city I've ever known with the same gingerly gait I use to avoid brown snakes.

The Age

Soldier's Muslim support goes viral

A British soldier took to Facebook to express his frustration that people expected him to be Islamophobic because he lost a leg while serving in Iraq.


The Age

This American town elected a Muslim-majority city council (and everything is going great!)

US: Hamtramck is a town of 22,000 residents and is surrounded by the city of Detroit. Despite its size, it has four mosques and 20 churches, along with a Buddhist ashram and a Hindu temple.


Twenty-seven different languages are spoken in its schools. As of January 2016, it will also be home to the first Muslim-majority elected city council in America.


For some, this milestone confirms their suspicions that this nation is becoming “Islamicized” and that, somehow, Hamtramck will lurch toward becoming a “Sharia law” zone. One may suspect that many of those who believe that also think that the new Starbucks holiday cups are an intentional effort to kill Christmas once and for all. For the vast majority of metro Detroiters and Michiganders, the news of the Hamtramck elections either registered a faint blip on their radars or was seen for what it is: yet another milestone in the ever-developing American narrative of lived democracy in a land of immigrants.

Saad Almasamari, a young Yemeni-American was elected to his first four year term on the council. He joins re-elected incumbents Anam Miah and Abu Miah, and fellow incumbent Mohammed Hassan, all of Bangladeshi heritage. The remaining council members are Titus Walters, an African-American, and re-elected incumbent Robert Zwolak, a Polish-American.



Republican senator visits mosque to reject Donald Trump's Muslim ban

US: Senator Jeff Flake, of Arizona, attended a Friday afternoon prayer service at the Islamic Centre of the North East Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife, Cheryl, and two of his four sons.

In remarks there, he did not mention Mr Trump by name but offered a stout rebuke of Trumpism following what he called "a difficult week in Washington."

"It wasn't so much the legislative calendar as it was the rhetoric that came forth, mostly from the presidential campaign," Sen. Flake said.

"That is not in keeping with the values and ideals that have made this country the shining city on the hill that it is. We are a better country than has been on display this week."


Brisbane Times


Liberal divisions after ASIO chief Duncan Lewis 'intervenes' on MPs' Islam comments

Divisions have opened up in the Turnbull government, with right-wing MPs frustrated at the Prime Minister's reluctance to call out radical Islam and angry that ASIO boss Duncan Lewis has asked some MPs to temper their comments to avoid causing offence.

Conservative Liberals have complained that Mr Lewis has inappropriately weighed in to what they say is a political debate in which the top security bureaucrat has no place.

Some suspect Mr Lewis had been instructed by Malcolm Turnbull or his office to lean on outspoken conservative MPs in a bid to keep them quiet.


Sydney Morning Herald



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 18 December 2015

TOPIC: “When is it better to live”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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





Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE:  18 December 2015

TOPIC: "The Tree Tooba"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 18 December 2015

TOPIC"How Working For the Afterlife Also Helps Us On This World"

IMAM: Sheikh Aslam Abu Ismaeel










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I Worry About Muslims


KARACHI, Pakistan — I worry about Muslims. Islam teaches me to care about all human beings, and animals too, but life is short and I can’t even find enough time to worry about all the Muslims.
I don’t worry too much about the Muslims who face racial slurs in Europe and America, the ones who are suspected of harbouring murderous thoughts at their workplaces or those who are picked out of immigration queues and asked awkward questions about their luggage and their ancestors. I tell myself that at the end of their humiliating journeys they can expect privileges like running water, electricity and tainted promises of equality.

I do worry about the Muslims who face extinction at the hands of other Muslims in their own homelands, usually in places where they are in a huge majority. My friend Sabeen Mahmud was murdered earlier this year, probably for not being a good enough Muslim, and it happened in this country, a country so Muslim that you can live your entire life here without shaking hands with a non-Muslim.

But mostly I worry about my kind of Muslims, those who are expected to explain to the world what real Islam is like. We so-called moderate Muslims are urged to take control of the narrative and wrest it away from the radicals — as though we were MFA students in a creative writing class struggling with midterm submissions, rather than 1.6 billion people of maddening diversity.


The Opinion Pages: The New York Times

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Female high school students protest Islamophobia by wearing head scarves



US: Non-Muslim female students at Vernon Hills High School in Chicago are protesting Islamophobia and racism by wearing traditional Islamic head scarves. Over a dozen girls at the school participated in an initiative called, “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab,” in which the girls wore head scarves in order to better understand the Muslim faith and what it’s like to live as a Muslim woman.


The event was coordinated by students in the school’s Muslim Student Alliance, and school principal Jon Guillaume says that the administration supports the initiative completely. “I think this is an opportunity for our kids to embrace the Muslim community within the school,” said Guillaume.


“For other kids outside of this organization, to understand what it’s like for these girls to walk through our halls in this garment in a way that stands out from other kids. So, I’m proud of them.” Illinois has the highest population of Muslims in the United States, and Vernon Hills’ students hope their efforts help to combat anti-Muslim sentiment and prejudice.



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Temporary Mataaf bridge to be dismantled soon 


SAUDI ARABIA: The process of dismantling the Mataf bridge encircling the Kaaba will begin after three months and will be completed by Ramadan to make room for 105,000 pilgrims to perform tawaf in one hour. Before the expansion, only 48,000 pilgrims could perform tawaf in one hour.

The final stages of the project are now underway.

Around 15,000 labourers are working to expand the Mataf area to prepare it for around six million Umrah visitors expected this year.

The third expansion phase is expected to ensure the movement of at least 1.6 million Umrah visitors, while around 6,000 workers and technical advisers are expected to be employed in the expansion process.

This is in addition to the seasonal workers employed by the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques. This project is the biggest in the history of the Grand Mosque expansion.

When the expansion began the number of columns on the ground floor decreased by 30 percent. This is to provide those performing tawaf comfort create more space.

The project includes the reconstruction of the old Haram area in the first expansion phase, and the expansion of the adjacent area by 50 meters instead of just 20 meters on the surface.

Source: Cii Broadcasting


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Mina stampede deaths three times higher than acknowledged by Saudi authorities: report



SAUDI ARABIA: The September stampede during the Haj in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,411 pilgrims, a new Associated Press count shows, three times the number of deaths acknowledged by the kingdom three months later.

The AP figures establish the Sept 24 crush at Mina as the deadliest in the history of the annual pilgrimage which occurred just weeks after a fatal crane collapse in Makkah.

Saudi Arabia rebuffed criticism from its regional rival Iran and efforts by other countries to join a probe into the deaths. And while King Salman ordered an investigation into the tragedy almost immediately, few details have been made public since.

The AP count is based on state media reports and officials' comments from 36 of the over 180 countries that sent citizens to the Haj. Hundreds of pilgrims remain missing. The official Saudi toll of 769 people killed has not changed since Sept 26, and officials there have yet to address the discrepancy.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency has not mentioned the investigation into the disaster since Oct 19, when it reported that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also the kingdom's interior minister, was “reassured on the progress of the investigations.”

The crown prince is the next in line to the throne and any blame cast on the interior ministry, which oversees safety during the Haj, could reflect negatively on him.

The ruling Al-Saud family maintains its major influence in the Muslim world through its oil wealth and its management of Islam's holiest sites. Like Saudi monarchs before him, King Salman has taken the title of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.




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Muhammad Ali Criticises Donald Trump's Call to Ban Muslims From Entering United States



US: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali criticised Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, calling on Muslims "to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda."


Ali, one of the most famous Muslims in the world, issued a statement saying, "True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion."

He added, "I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people's views on what Islam really is."

Ali's statement on Wednesday, first reported by NBC News, did not identify Trump by name but was directed at "presidential candidates proposing to ban Muslim immigration to the United States."


"I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world," Ali said in the statement. "True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion."

Ali also asked Muslims to "stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda."

"I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people's views on what Islam really is," he said.


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Saudi Arabia's women vote in election for first time




SAUDI ARABIA: Women in Saudi Arabia have cast their first votes in the country's history, in municipal elections.

Women were also standing as candidates, another first, despite the conservative kingdom being the only nation where women are not allowed to drive.

A total of 978 women have registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men.

Female candidates have had to speak behind a partition while campaigning or be represented by a man. Turnout was high, state media reported.

About 130,000 women registered to vote, officials said. That figure still falls well short of male voter registration, which stands at 1.35 million.

Salma al-Rashed was the first woman to register to vote. "It felt really good," she told the BBC. "Change is a big word but the election is the way to make sure we are really represented."

The election is for municipal councils with few powers, but it's a milestone for Saudi women. As soon as the polls were open at 0800 local time in Riyadh, Hatoon al-Fassi rushed to cast her vote. The Saudi academic and women's rights campaigner had to be driven there. Women are still banned from taking the wheel here.

She voted in an almost empty polling station, for women only. The election is segregated, like everything else in this deeply conservative society.

"It feels great," she said as she emerged, with a huge smile. "This is a historical moment. I thank God I am living it." She has been pushing for this day for more than a decade.

Ms Fassi said it did not matter how many women actually get elected. "I am not really worried about the number, or to have any women winning," she told us. "The fact that we have gone through this exercise is what really matters."

Elections themselves are a rare thing in the Saudi kingdom - Saturday will be only the third time in history that Saudis have gone to the polls.

There were no elections in the 40 years between 1965 and 2005.

The decision to allow women to take part was taken by the late King Abdullah and is seen as a key part of his legacy.




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Studies show that more and more kids are becoming overweight or obese due to sedentary lifestyles and or unhealthy food choices. One in four children are rated overweight which highlights the importance of fighting this battle.

These are our future generations and if we can make a difference now, the future for them will be a whole lot brighter.

Most children spend less than an hour a day doing exercise, so it’s up to us to literally drop everything and move for at least 30-60 mins. Keep it simple – take a walk to the park for a few games or enjoy the playground equipment.

Nutrition is just as important – we need to help our kids choose healthier, more wholesome foods.

Now is the perfect time as the school holidays are here….. Get up, get out, get active.






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Holiday Season Do’s and Don’ts

Tip #2

• Do choose water as your main drink. This is the best choice of beverage as it is exactly what the body needs to hydrate itself in these scorching summer temperatures. Drinking enough water will aid your metabolism and prevent overeating at meal times. If you find water is a bit too ‘boring’, try adding slices of lemon, cucumber and mint for a hint of freshness. You can also infuse more flavour with other fruits such as sliced oranges and berries.

• Don’t choose sugar-sweetened beverages. You will be surprised how many glasses you can drink through in one occasion. Did you know that a can of coke contains an equivalent to 10 teaspoons of sugar? Do yourself a favour and avoid soft drinks. Tea and coffee are fine, but if you are having multiple cups, do try to limit the sugar you put in as it all adds up.


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

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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.

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KB says: Quinoa can be substituted for most cereals and is a good replacement for rice. It has a subtle flavour with a fluffy, creamy and slightly crunchy texture. It is delicious cold tossed through a salad, or hot served with a stir-fry, stew or casserole. You can use quiona similar to how you use rice. Also try adding it to soups, frittatas or vegie patties. Quinoa flour can be used for baking gluten-free cakes, muffins, cookies, pancakes and breads. You should be able to find quinoa in the health food section of supermarkets or from health food stores.

Quinoa, Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad



• 500g brussels sprouts
• 2 cups finely chopped kale
• 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
• 1/4 cup walnuts
• 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
• 1 tablespoon oil
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon honey
• Salt + pepper to taste


  1. Using a mandolin slicer or a sharp knife, shred the brussels sprouts.

  2. Place them in a large bowl and add the kale. Set aside.

  3. Add quinoa and walnuts to a dry skillet over medium heat.

  4. Toast for 8 - 12 minutes until the quinoa is crispy and the walnuts are golden brown, stirring around every few minutes so they don't burn. (I found that covering the skillet helped)

  5. While the quinoa and walnuts are toasting, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, vinegar and honey.

  6. Season with salt and pepper, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

  7. Once the quinoa and walnuts have cooled slightly, add them, along with the pomegranate seeds, to the bowl with the vegetables and toss to combine. Add dressing and toss to coat

  8. Serve immediately or allow to sit in the fridge for no more than 1 hour.

I don't recommend making this salad too far ahead of time.


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

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A faith healer said, "Anyone with 'special needs' who wants to be prayed over, please come forward to the front by the altar."

With that, a man got in line, and when it was his turn, the faith healer asked :

"My friend, what do you want me to pray about for you?"

The man replied, "I need you to pray for help with my hearing."

The faith healer put one finger of one hand in the man's ear, placed his other hand on top of his head, and then prayed and prayed and prayed.

He prayed for the man's health, and the whole congregation joined in with great enthusiasm.

After a few minutes, the faith healer removed his hands, stood back and asked, "My dear man, how is your hearing now?"

The man answered, "I don't know. It ain't till next week!"


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An Ayaat-a-Week






The Hour will certainly come: therein is no doubt: yet most men do not believe.

~ Surah Ghafir 40:59


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Now that we have learned

to fly in the air like birds

and dive in the sea like fish,

only one thing remains -

to learn to live on earth

like humans. 

~ George Bernard Shaw


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To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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26 December



Salaah Workshop for New Muslim Sisters

New Muslim Care

Lutwyche Mosque

0431 747 356

10am to 2pm

26 December


Mawlid Brisbane

Islamic Society of Algester

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0419 786 092


16 January



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


2 Wineglass Drive, Hillcrest

3809 4600

3pm until Maghrib

30 January


Islamic Trivia Night

Islamic Society of Algester

Springwood Community Centre (53-57 Cinderella Drive, Springwood)

0421 593 785


19 & 20 March

Sat & Sun

The Spiritual Zone
Sh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

3 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1437)

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

27 May


Nisf Sha'ban 1437 / Laylat al-Bara'at (15th Sha'ban 1437)

6 June


1st Ramadan 1437

1 July


Laylat al-Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadan 1437)

6 July


Eid al-Fitr 1437 (1st Shawwal 1437)

20 & 21 August

Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

12 September


Eid al-Adha 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)

3 October


Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

(1st Muharram 1438)



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


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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