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Top cops call for tolerance towards Muslim community

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Appeal against council’s decision dismissed

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Federal funding to stop for Malek Fahd Islamic School

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Race Discrimination Commissioner on Australia's racism

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Hamza at YMCA QLD Youth Parliament

 The CCN Classifieds

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Community Announcement – Eid Festival

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

‘No words’: Waleed Aly responds to Logies furore

CCN Readers' Book Club

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QLD Shoebox for Syria campaign well underway

KB's Culinary Corner

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WITH heightened tensions over a new mosque in Maroochydore, a top cop says we have nothing to fear from the Muslim community.

Superintendent Darryl Johnson, former head of Queensland's Security and Counter-Terrorism Group, has also warned police won't tolerate discrimination.

Supt Johnson said police would not tolerate language and actions that discriminate against people.

He said police and the Anti-Discrimination Commission were looking at ways to tighten laws around discrimination to protect vulnerable minority groups.

"We live in a land of free speech and to use language and actions that discriminate is foreign to what it means to be Australian," he said.

"Police will take action against this where we can."

Existing legislation has made it very difficult for police to prosecute and so far only one case of verbal racist abuse has ended up with a conviction.

This was after a racist rant on an Ipswich train in 2014 when a man swore at a train guard, telling him to learn English.

District Inspector Jason Overland, who has lived on the Sunshine Coast most of his life, said tensions had heightened since the region's Muslim community had bought a parcel of land in Church Street for a permanent place of worship.

Supt Johnson said the community shouldn't be able to tell other people where they can or can't pray.

"We need to appreciate their wants and needs and for Muslims to be able to pray and meet socially is very important," Supt Johnson said.

"Whether we have come for a different future or have spent our whole lives here, we share a collective identity based around common fundamental shared values of mutual respect, freedom of speech and belief."

In his position as Security Operations Unit commander, Supt Johnson was involved in the investigation of many potential terrorist groups.

In this role, he had developed many close friends who are Muslim.

"Over the years, I have made many genuine friends who are Muslim.

"There is only a very, very small percentage of Muslims who become radical and extreme in their ideologies."

Supt Johnson's "greatest fear" for Australia was the risk of a right-wing attack.

"We all need to work together to prevent harm to our families and communities," he said.

"In the main, Muslims are very kind, peaceful people, many of whom are professionals who live and work in our community.

"I find it abhorrent we have people within our community who marginalise members of the Muslim community.

"They are marginalised because of lack of knowledge."

Supt Johnson said conversations, like the one organised by the Anti-Discrimination Commission and the University of the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, were important.

Inspector Overland said the Coast Muslim community was "small" and had been here for 10 to 15 years.

The Inspector said their purchase of the Church Street site coincided with "world events that were out of their control".

"They are regular, family people who want somewhere to pray," he said.


Source: Sunshine Coast Daily


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Toowoomba Mosque Food Festival : TODAY (SUNDAY)





Mosque tour and explanations/illustration of ablutions and prayers – Imam Abdul Kader
Activities – International food, information booth, jumping castle, women decoration, police demo, formal presentation, mosque tour, community engagement.

Event sponsors are MAQ, USQ, MCCA

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The proposed site of the mosque.

THE proposed Currumbin mosque will not go ahead after a court dismissed the developer’s appeal against the Gold Coast City Council.

The Planning and Environment Court today upheld the council’s 2014 decision against Salsabil Charitable Organisation, which hoped to create a place of worship near residential houses.

City planning boss Cameron Caldwell confirmed the decision.



Howard Battye protesting against the proposed mosque at Currumbin


“The appeal has been dismissed and the judge upheld council’s refusal,” he said.

Today’s decision brings to a close a saga that began in mid-2014 when the development application was lodged with the council.

While the council’s planning committee voted in early September 2014 to approve the place of worship, this decision was overturned at a heated full council meeting later that month.

Tracy Thompson, who led the Currumbin residents against the proposed development said she was “still in shock” over the result.



Anti-mosque protestors outside a council meeting in 2014

“The news is great but I feel that it has come at a cost to the community,” she said.

“We have been labelled as racists and bigots but we fought this on town planning issues — nothing more, nothing less.

“ I am proud that Currumbin residents stood up for their rights as land users.”

Source: The Gold Coast Bulletin



Imam Imraan Husain of the Gold Coast Mosque said that he was truly disappointed with the Gold Coast Council decision not allowing Muslims to have a much-needed Mosque in the south of Gold Coast.


"The Gold Coast has a growing Muslim community and thousands of Muslim tourists visit the Gold Coast area annually. The rejection of the mosque only reinforces the negative perception that the Gold Coast is not inclusive. This goes against the multicultural spirit of Australia." Imam Husain told CCN.


"The majority of Gold Coasters are welcoming and open minded. The Gold Coast Mosque has excellent relationships with people of faith and no faith and we pride ourselves on engaging as constructive members of the Gold Coast community," he added.


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Federal funding for the Malek Fahd Islamic School will cease on April 8.

Millions of dollars in federal funding for Australia's largest Islamic school in Sydney's south-west will be stopped, a review has reaffirmed.

The Malek Fahd Islamic School in Greenacre requested the review last month after being told its $19 million in federal funding was being revoked because of governance and financial issues.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said today the Government's original decision had been reaffirmed and funding would stop at the end of the week.

"The internal reviewer, who was independent of the original decision, considered the new information provided and based on all the available evidence, the school authority remains non-compliant with the requirements of the Australian Education Act 2013," he said in a statement.

"Therefore, the internal reviewer has affirmed the original decision and federal funding for Malek Fahd Islamic School Limited will cease from 8 April 2016."

School lawyer Rick Mitry said the revocation was a surprise, as a lot of work had been done to remediate the governance issues raised previously by the Federal Government.

We had taken steps to comply with all of the requirements of the Federal Government," he said.

"All of the issues raised by them were addressed by us, including new accounting measures and a new interim board.

"We'll immediately make an application to the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal and an application for a stay of the orders revoking the funding until the appeal process has been completed."

'Some things that cannot be fixed overnight'

Chairwoman of Malek Fahd's interim school board Miriam Silva said the interests and welfare of students, teachers, staff and wider school community were the school's main priorities.

"We'll do everything that we can to address all of the concerns — the staff are pretty upset so I'm meeting with them this afternoon and obviously the parents and the students are pretty upset as well," Ms Silva said.

She said the board would work to address a number of concerns raised by the review, including the recovery of funds that may have been misspent.

"There are some things that cannot be fixed overnight, including documentation from things that happened before [the interim board was installed]," Ms Silva said.

"We still have to find documents and figure out what happened in the past, and whether we have any recourse to recovering funds that may not have been spent in educating children.

"These all are matters that must be rectified."

School to remain open despite funding to stop

Mr Mitry said the school would remain operational with several months worth of funding still available, pending the appeals process.

Senator Birmingham said he was committed to ensuring that all school authorities meet the requirements of the Education Act.

"[As] to ensure that our taxpayer dollars and any private investment by parents is being spent to benefit Australian students," he said.

"School governance should be of the highest standard and funding should be exclusively used for the education and welfare of students."

Source: ABC



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Dr Tim Soutphommasane being introduced by Hilal Yassin at the office of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Brisbane CBD

Comments made in Brisbane at the Crescent Institute by Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane featured in The Guardian Australia as he explored a range of influences on Race Relations in Australia.

"It's through media to a large extent that a society projects it's identity and comes to understand itself and the world...When it comes to our media, our multicultural reality may come across as some distant fantasy"

"Racial discrimination commissioner slams 'casual racism' on Australian TV" was the Guardian headline that led into the following synopsis of the Commissioner's speech:

The racial discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, has slammed the lack of diversity on Australian television and the “casual racism” of banter on commercial programs following the criticism levelled at Waleed Aly for his Logies nomination.

In a speech on cultural harmony and tolerance delivered in Brisbane on Thursday night, Soutphommasane decried the lack of non-Anglo faces on Australian television.

“When inroads have been made in cultural diversity on TV, it doesn’t take much to reveal how threatened or uncomfortable it can make some people feel. This is the only way we can meaningfully interpret the current controversy concerning Waleed Aly,” Soutphommasane said.

This year’s nomination list for TV’s top gong, the Gold Logie, features two non-Anglo personalities, Aly and SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin.

Presenters of Channel Nine’s Today Show – who did not receive a nomination – joked that they were “too white” for the award.

“It is all of a pattern with the casual racism that can pass for banter on Australian commercial TV,” Soutphommasane said, adding that some of the criticism levelled at Aly has been deeply personal but also “nonsensical”.

A lack of reporters and newsreaders of colour, and few opportunities for non-Anglo actors in the entertainment industry was also a big problem, he said.

“Actors from minority backgrounds periodically emerge with scathing criticisms about a ‘white Australia’ policy in Australian television. Where minority actors are cast to play roles on television dramas they are often consigned to play stereotypical roles as drug dealers, criminals or otherwise shady characters,” he said.

The commissioner gave a bleak overall assessment of cultural tolerance in Australia.

“Many of us have good reason for thinking that the state of our race relations and community harmony is under some challenge,” he said. “It is also no exaggeration to say our recent public debates are punctuated by controversies about race and so-called political correctness.”
Public rebukes over political correctness may have the “perverse effect” of stifling debate rather than encouraging it, Soutphommasane said.

“It is a challenging time for our race relations and community harmony. It is challenging not only because the ugly faces of racism and bigotry are increasingly on display in public, but also because public discussions about race remain fraught with sensitivities,” he said. “Sometimes you get the impression that calling out racism can be regarded as a worse moral offence than the perpetration of racism itself.”

Concerns about terrorism are often used as a cover to mask anti-Muslim sentiment, Soutphommasane said.

“If we are to expect Muslim communities to repudiate extremism perpetrated in the name of Islam – as they have – Australian society must be prepared to repudiate extremism that targets Muslim communities,” he said.

A recent report by the Australian Human Rights Commission found that Muslim and Arab organisations had reported a spike in the number of racist attacks following the December 2014 Lindt cafe siege.

“Racism may be more prevalent than we may like to admit,” Soutphommasane said. “Perhaps the easiest explanation is that any multicultural success remains incomplete. Our sensibilities are still catching up with the changes that have occurred within the composition of our population.”
The commissioner made note of the lack of diversity in leadership – be it business, political or social leadership.

He said conscious and unconscious bias was prohibiting people of colour from accessing leadership positions.

“Leadership remains a domain of privilege, one where the boundaries appear to exclude certain others – in particular, those of non-European backgrounds,” Soutphommasane said.

He used a personal example to illustrate his point. Upon learning that Soutphommasane, who has Laotian heritage, worked at the Human Rights Commission, the acquaintance asked if he worked in finance or IT.
“The question, asked with every good intention, was one that revealed some of the assumptions my new acquaintance had about what someone who looked like me was likely to have as an occupation,” the commissioner said.

Despite the obvious problems with cultural harmony, Soutphommasane rejected the idea that Australia is a racist country.

“Too often, discussions about racism are reduced to this point. People can be quick to find in any episode or incident confirmation of some moral flaw in the national character,” he said. “Others meanwhile are all too eager to deny that racism exists in Australian society, or assert that any racism that does exist here pales in comparison to what exists overseas.

“Either way, there is something wholly unsatisfactory in thinking in these terms.”




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Hamza Al Ansari (2nd from left) with his proud family and Member for Stretton, Mr Duncan Pegg


This year’s Stretton representative for YMCA Youth Parliament will be Year 11 Stretton State College student Hamza Al Ansari.

Each year the program brings together 93 young people representing each electorate in the state to debate in Parliament House.

The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament offers young Queenslanders the opportunity to speak up for their communities and learn first-hand about parliamentary processes, about our democracy, connect with their peers and have a say about important issues facing our state.

Member for Stretton, Duncan Pegg said, “Queensland’s Youth Parliament has a strong history of empowering young people to become leaders of the future.”

“I know Hamza has worked hard at school and at home. He will do Stretton proud,” he said.

Hamza’s favourite subjects are Business and Science and in the future he hopes to become an entrepreneur or politician.

Hamza said the reason he applied was that he wanted to be a better leader and to help the community.

Hamza’s parents Faisal and Ambreen are very proud of their son’s achievements and believe that it is important to give back to the community.

The Queensland Government provides annual funding of $60,000 to YMCA Queensland to run the program.


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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is hosting the 2016 ICQ Eid Festival.


The Eid Festival aims to provide opportunities to foster social cohesion and harmony among the diverse communities of Brisbane. It is an opportunity for all community members and groups to participate in one of the largest Muslim community events in Queensland.


Eid Festival Day Claimer:
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha
Date: 9th July 2016
Time: 10:00am till 9:00pm


Name the Festival Contest – Win an iPad


For more information, contact Ali Ghafoor at info@icq.net.au



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Quick-witted TV personality rendered speechless by debate on his worthiness for coveted award.



Waleed Aly is a writer, academic, lawyer – among other things.

TV presenter Waleed Aly has shrugged off criticism of his Gold Logie nomination by saying he has simply “no words” for his haters.

The Project co-host used his solo segment ‘Something We Need To Talk About’ to react to the storm of controversy surrounding the Sunday night announcement of his nomination for Australian television’s most coveted award.

In a five-minute piece lambasting a budget and timeline blowout in the NBN, Aly briefly strayed off-track to respond to claims he was chosen simply to racially diversify the field of candidates.

We’ll have much slower internet which will cost about $10 billion more but we’ll get it one year sooner than Labor,” he said.

“Now, understandably, the guy who set up the company responsible for delivering the NBN is more put out about this than Karl and Lisa were when Lee Lin Chin and I were nominated for a Gold Logie.

“No words.”

Aly, who is a Muslim born in Melbourne to Egyptian parents, was referring to the unprecedented backlash that erupted less than 24 hours after his Logie nomination was announced.

Lee Lin Chin, an Asian-Australian newsreader for SBS famous for her flamboyant outfits and utterly deadpan delivery style, was also nominated for the award.

The furore regarding the pair’s nomination began when Today show host Karl Stefanovic remarked on Monday that co-host Lisa Wilkinson was “too white” to be nominated for the award.

“Where is Lisa Wilkinson’s Golden Logie?” fellow Channel Nine personality Ben Fordham asked on the breakfast program.

“Lisa’s too white,” Stefanovic – who won it in 2011 – replied.

Wilkinson said: “I got a spray tan and everything, and I still didn’t make it.”

Aly’s comments on The Project on Wednesday night followed another veiled swipe at his critics earlier in the program during a light-hearted discussion of song lyrics.

Co-host Carrie Bickmore said: “Lyrics are never the way we talk. You don’t walk around going: ‘haters, gonna hate, hate, hate, hate'”, in reference to the Taylor Swift song.

Aly replied: “Actually I spend a lot of time saying that, but that’s separate!”

The controversy deepened on Tuesday after News Corp quoted a “well-placed TV insider” who labelled Aly’s nomination an “embarrassment” and a “complete joke”.

“What has Waleed ever done? Because he does an editorial slapping someone down every now and then, does that qualify him for a Gold Logie? And is The Project successful? No,” they told News Corp.

A later editorial declared “six reasons” the 37-year-old writer, academic, lawyer, columnist, host and musician did not deserve the coveted TV award.

Aly writes columns for News Corp’s major rival, Fairfax Media.

On the same day, The New Daily published an article in support of diversity in the heavily Caucasian-dominated history of the Gold Logie.

Discussion of Aly’s nomination dominated Australian social media on Wednesday.

Other nominees for the Gold Logie this year were: Aly’s The Project co-host Bickmore – who won Gold in 2015 – The Block’s Scott Cam, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries star Essie Davis, and Family Feud and The Great Australian Spelling Bee host Grant Denyer.

Despite the controversy, it seems Aly has plenty of supporters, including one unlikely champion.


Source: The New Daily


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Queensland has joined hands with the rest of Australia to make it a Happy Eid for the children of Syria by sending shoe boxes of gifts.  


To date, close on 300 boxes have been packed and collected.


Monetary donations have also been received to purchase items for the shoe boxes, as well as donations like toys and stationery. The target is 1000 boxes before the deadline on 24 April 2016.


"Help put a smile on the faces of these children and let's get packing. Come on Queenslanders ..............we can do it!!!," one of the Brisbane organizers urged CCN readers.


To find out how you can be a part of this initiative, visit the Facebook page on Shoebox4syria/Melbourne and Qld or contact the area coordinator closest to you :- 

Darra:  Kendall 0434 494 006;

Kuraby:  Nasreen 0422 127 786

Daisy Hill:  Laila 0430 124 786

Calamvale:  Amira 0415 318 600


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Report by NMC

Here’s an update on what the New Muslim Care Brisbane team has been doing within the community to provide support services to our new brothers and sisters.

A lovely time was had by all at today’s new Muslim meet and greet event at Rochedale Masjid. People came from Brisbane’s north side, south side and the Gold Coast and got to know each other over lunch in the Bosnian restaurant, then enjoyed the beautiful atmosphere of the masjid as they prayed dhuhr salah. Today was the first visit to a masjid for some of those new Muslims who came and feedback was very positive.

Our next event is a Salah Workshop for new Muslim sisters inshaAllah this Saturday 16th April at United Muslims of Brisbane in Logan Central. Topics covered will include: Purification & Cleanliness , How to pray step by step, The Importance of Prayer and more. Course notes and lunch will be provided. To register online for this event click here.

Coming up in May is our annual Ramadan Refresher course , where new Muslims will be equipped with essential knowledge about Ramadan & how to make the most of this blessed month. Each participant will receive a Ramadan gift bag and plenty of take home reading material.

June marks the return of our very popular annual Iftar, where new Muslims and their families can connect with our community and enjoy delicious food and a friendly atmosphere.

We have been distributing our new Muslim welcome gift boxes which is the first step in establishing a connection with our new Muslim brothers and sisters. The gift box includes:

An English translation of the Qur’an
Fortress of the Muslim book with invocations from the Qur’an and Sunnah
New Muslim Guide which is an illustrated comprehensive guide book to initiate their journey in Islam
How to pray DVD and mat
Other DVD and audio recordings

These gift boxes are also being distributed to new Muslims in Brisbane through the Muslim Charitable Foundation and Islamic Care at the Gold Coast masjids.


To join our dedicated New Muslim Care volunteer team click here.
To register a new Muslim so they can receive any of our support services click here

Our free call number is 1800 NMC 000 (1800 662 000)


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A MAN was taken to hospital after violent clashes broke out at a Halal expo in Melbourne on Sunday.

The ugly scenes were instigated by dozens of protesters, some wearing ski masks, who fought against a group picketing the event.

According to The Herald Sun, witnesses told police more than 30 men from anti-Islamic and anti-fascist groups clashed shortly after 12:30pm (AEST).

Photos from the event show one man lying on the ground bloodied, while other photos show the protesters throwing punches and bashing each other with signs. Meanwhile a number of men wearing ski masks were apprehended by police.

Authorities said one group was protesting outside the showgrounds, where the expo was being held, when a second group “moved through them” about 12.30pm.

Punches were thrown as police struggled to quell the violence. One witness said the fighting only lasted a few minutes but was “very intense”.


A political group calling themselves Party For Freedom, which is opposed to multiculturalism and open borders, was responsible for picketing the expo.

They were reportedly met by anti-fascist group Antifa with members arriving in black clothing and covered faces.

“(Antifa protesters) rocked up in a group and started punching people,” witness Erik Anderson told the The Herald Sun.

“I saw some turn up, but then hide as they were waiting for more. Their intention when arriving was to start a fight.

“It wasn’t one-sided once it started though.



“There was a lot of punches thrown, brawling people using flag (poles) to push people away,” he said.

A man believed to be affiliated with the Party For Freedom group was taken to hospital after suffering head injuries. He was reportedly in a stable, but serious condition.

The Antifa group have previously been involved with protests that marked the 10th anniversary of the Cronulla riots.

Halal expo director Syed Atiq ul Hassan said about 10,000 people had peacefully attended the event, which aimed to “spread awareness about the significance of Halal food, products and services”.

“They are two groups who have their own issues and they fought,” he said. “(It) had nothing to do with us”.



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IPSO has upheld another complaint against a British publication for inaccurate comments regarding Muslims.

Less than 0.5 per cent of journalists in the UK are Muslim. No wonders so many misleading stories make the cut Once again, a newspaper’s integrity has been found wanting as the press regulator, IPSO, judged the Daily Star Sunday’s headline, “UK mosques fundraising for terror”, to be “significantly misleading” following a complaint lodged by myself. The paper clarified its error on page 2, noting that UK mosques were actually “not involved in any way”. This came just a week after The Sun was forced to acknowledge that its headline “1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis” was similarly misleading.

Such inaccuracies are not restricted to the tabloid press. The Times, for example, claimed Muslims were “silent on terror”. This allegation has since been unequivocally rebuffed not only by Home Secretary Theresa May but also by senior counter-terror officers such as Neil Basu and Scotland Yard’s former anti-terror chief Richard Walton.

It’s not just misleading stories which are the problem - we also consistently see articles conflating the faith of Islam with criminality, such as the headlines “Muslim sex grooming” or “Imam beaten to death in sex grooming town” - the latter of which resulted in the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police being “appalled” and writing an open letter criticising the paper.

Sensationalism and scaremongering about the apparent threat posed by Muslims is also widespread. Just look at headlines such as: “BBC puts Muslims before you” (Daily Star); “Halal secret of Pizza Express” (The Sun); “Muslim vote could decide 25 per cent of seats” (Daily Mail).

So what, you might say? We rightly live in a country that cherishes the freedom of the press, and it’s not unreasonable for newspapers to use sensational headlines to sell papers. We know that there is an undeniable and serious threat from many groups identifying as Muslim that strike terror into the hearts of millions. But the inaccurate stories, as well as those that are re-framed to align with the far-right “othering” of Muslims, have real-world consequences.

Recent research by the University of Cambridge has shown that mainstream media reporting about Muslim communities is contributing to an atmosphere of rising hostility toward Muslims in Britain, corroborating the findings of an Islamophobia Roundtable in Stockholm two years ago. Claiming that the media has played no role in the growth in Islamophobia is no longer a tenable position.

More than half of Britons see Islam (the mainstream religion, not Islamist fundamentalist groups) as a threat to Western liberal democracy. Over 30 per cent of young children believe Muslims are ‘taking over England’ and hate crime against Muslims continues to rise, up by 70 per cent in the last year, according to the Metropolitan police.

Of course, the government needs to take the problem of Islamophobia seriously and we all need to hold the media to account better, reporting mistakes and inaccuracies. However, editors of newspapers also need to own up to this problem within the media and take meaningful steps to resolve it.

According to research presented at the Muslim News’ Conference on reporting Islam last year, there have been improvements in the language that is being used, but religious illiteracy remains rife within parts of our newspaper elite. Special training for journalists working in areas touching on Islamic faith and culture, and guidelines for sensitive topics, are now a must-have for any serious paper.

Research from City University in London shows a huge under-representation of Muslims in the media: less than 0.5 per cent of UK journalists are Muslim, compared to almost 5 per cent of the national population. This lack of diversity is likely to be further magnified at more senior positions. A more diverse workforce, however, is likely to improve coverage and reduce the likelihood of misreporting. I am aware of specific instances where the mere presence of Muslim journalists in editorial meetings made a real difference in ensuring more balanced reporting.

To improve diversity, there needs to be greater outreach on the part of media organisations to bring in talent from all backgrounds, through diversity programmes, paid internships and fast-track schemes to proactively close this gap.

Finally, given the apparent inability of the press to self-regulate, there needs to be more effective regulation. Stronger deterrents would prevent stories that are just plain wrong from making into print or online. Papers should not be able to get away with “clarifications” that do not admit wrongdoing without “due prominence”. A significantly misleading front page headline needs to be corrected by an equally sized front page apology as well as a financial penalty.

I expect that the independent review of IPSO currently underway would cover these ideas and hope that all those interested, feed into that review. And, among many potential improvements to the Editor’s Code of Practice, incorporating Recommendation 38 from Lord Leveson’s report is a key way to help tackle the abuse of minority groups by some sections of the media: “The power to intervene in cases of allegedly discriminatory reporting, and in so doing reflect the spirit of equalities legislation”.

Avoiding regular smears about Islam or Muslims and the conflation of the faith of Islam with criminality is a simple request of fairness, not asking for favours. It is not too much to ask of the nation’s editors.

Source: The Independent


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Lockyer Valley Community Centre Appeal (Repeated - incorrect email address in previous version)








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Aerial view of courtyard

Twin minarets placed within a traditional Islamic social complex called kulliye, reflects the classical Ottoman architecture of the U.S.’s largest mosque that will officially opened this week.

The Diyanet Center of America in Maryland, just 21 kilometers (13 miles) from the nation’s capital, Washington DC, was officially launched on April 2 by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The marshy land was bought in 1990 by the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs and had only a 100-square-meter (1,076-square-foot) small Turkish mosque and community building on it, according to the kulliye’s architect, Muharrem Hilmi Senalp.

“After a declaration of intention in 2009, we started the process for the kulliyah project which would reflect the thought of the Islamic world … with an understanding to build an ancient Islamic Turkish city, we tried to include what is needed in a kulliyah,” Senalp told Anadolu Agency.

A classic city structure of the Ottoman Empire featured a mosque at the centre with the city built around it.


The main dome

Senalp says the project was based on that type of a structural plan and the architecture of the mosque reflected the traditional Ottoman Empire style of the16th and 17th centuries.

“There is a mosque at the centre, and a Turkish-Islamic garden in front of it. Right next to it, there is the cultural centre, which is a harmony of classical and modern architecture.”

The cultural centre includes a library, conference and exhibition halls, an assembly hall and a reception area.

The Islamic Research Center within the building will provide a consultancy service for undergraduate and graduate students coming from Turkey to the U.S. There is also a 300-square-meter (3,229—square-foot) Islamic Arts Museum below the mosque and 10 traditional Ottoman houses within the complex, where guests can lodge.

The houses turned the complex into a Turkish-Islamic neighborhood, according to Senalp.

While building mosques, the Ottomans used a measurement system called Turkish yard which was used for a while even by the newly founded Turkish Republic after the Ottoman Empire collapsed at the beginning of the 1900s.

According to Senalp, he used the system while building the kulliye to abide by the traditional style.


Inside view

Though having worked with a U.S. company for the rough construction of the kulliye, all material in the craftsmanship was transported by sea or air from Turkey, he said, adding that all the craftsmen came also from Turkey to build complex.

Mustafa Iskender, a member of the project’s implementation and design team, said the art and craft performed on the kulliye by Turkish artisans were very special because the techniques are ancient and almost extinct.

Iskender said there were a lot of conversations with U.S. authorities about the details of the architecture while building the complex as the structural type had no previous examples. “Therefore, this work has somehow become a unique category,” he said.


Internal artwork


The entire complex is built on a 60,000-square-meter (64,600-square-foot) area and includes traditional Turkish baths for men and women, swimming pools, a multipurpose hall and an indoor sport complex. With its two minarets — towers from which worshippers are called to prayer — the mosque is built on 879 square meters (9,461 square feet) and along with its courtyard is large enough for approximately 3,000 Muslims to pray at the same time.

The pictures of the Masjid were taken by Salam Aref of New Dream Designs, an upcoming architect, artist and designer based in Maryland.


Inside view


Sources: CII Broadcasting and Muslim Matters


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Iranian game maker Mahdi Bahrami is the kind of person who answers a question with more questions. I don’t think he can stop himself. “What will happen if I add a short line to one of the tiles in a mosque?” he asks me. “If we take into account the tiling rules of the mosque, what would the whole wall look like after we add the line? What if we change the rules? What would the mosque ceiling look like?” I don’t know. But for Bahrami, that’s entirely the point—his upcoming puzzle game Engare is about exploring this unknown space and finding the answer.

Engare started out life as a question posed by Bahrami’s high school geometry teacher. This teacher asked the class what shape would be traced by a point attached to a ball if the ball was rolled across a surface (it’d probably be a series of loops). Years later, this same question essentially serves as the concept for Engare, except it asks you to experiment with more than just a ball, becoming more complex as you progress. Each level gives you an incomplete pattern and you have to figure out how to, well, complete it. To do this, you attach a point to one of the objects in the level and then, when you press play, hope that the point’s movement upon that object draws the shape you’re after. If it doesn’t, you rewind, move the point somewhere else, and so on—you can see an early prototype of the game in action here.


It shouldn’t be a surprise that Bahrami’s first love is mathematics. The second is programming. This shows effusively in Engare: a game about using a computer simulation to visualize the answers to mathematical problems. However, the game is also shaped by his native culture, with the patterns that you draw coming to form as beautiful pieces of Islamic art. The leap from the bare bones prototype to it becoming a game about creating art was a small one, given that Islamic art is steeped in mathematical knowledge. That Islamic art bares its mathematical systems so openly and elegantly is something that Bahrami loves. He contrasts it to a lot of figurative art in which you don’t see many mathematical systems at play:


“I’m not saying the human body is not an interesting subject. But a human sculpture, for example, doesn’t show us all those interesting systems that form the human body. When we make a game about a guy jumping on platforms, normally we won’t get a lot of interesting answers about the human body.”

Engare is closer to the expressive creativity of a drawing tool

The visual flair of Islamic art also helps to further ensure that Engare doesn’t ever feel “dry.” Yes, it’s a game about math, but there are no dull equations to solve. Yet, the same ideas that those equations belong to are approached in Engare, just from a different angle and one that Bahrami reckons can also evoke emotions.


“There are geometrical shapes that make us feel happy, patterns that make someone nervous/hypnotized, the tiling of a ceiling can make someone feel lonely” he says. In fact, Engare is closer to the expressive creativity of a drawing tool than the cold numbers of an abacus. This is why, when Bahrami was showing the game to a graphic designer friend of his, he was encouraged to take the puzzles out and let the player explore the art of drawing shapes with the game’s tools freely. Bahrami fully dived into this and has since created a separate drawing tool (among other software) based on Engare that people can use to create original art.


Interestingly, while the connection between the swirling lines of Engare and Islamic artwork and architecture was too strong for Bahrami to turn down, it seems he had some doubts about committing to it. The reason being that Engare is, in fact, Bahrami’s second game based on his cultural heritage. His first was Farsh (2012), a puzzle game that had you rolling out Persian carpets in such a way as to create paths across the levels. As fascinated and appreciative of it as he may be,


Bahrami is looking to avoid being pigeonholed as the guy who makes games about Islamic art. Hence his next game after Engare avoids it altogether. Called Tandis, it’s inspired by Celtic shapes, and is a wild and unpredictable experiment in topographical transformation—we had a chance to find out more about it at GDC.

As to Engare, Bahrami is hoping to get it out for PC and mobile this summer. At the moment he’s working on finalizing the iOS version.

Source: Kill Screen


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Saqib Shaikh: "AI is improving at an ever-faster rate and I’m really excited to see where we can take it."(Screenshot)


In a heartfelt demo that rounded off the Microsoft Build conference keynote this year, software engineer Saqib Shaikh outlined an ongoing research project that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help visually impaired or blind people to better 'see' the world around them.

London-based Shaikh, who has been blind since the age of seven, said that talking computer technology inspired him to develop the application – titled SeeingAI – that is built upon Microsoft Intelligence APIs to translate real-world events into audio messages.

The application is intended to work on both smartphones as well as PivotHead smartglasses. The video demonstration, below, depicts Shaikh taking a picture with his glasses which then describe to him exactly what they 'see' – from business meetings to teenagers skateboarding on the streets of London to a woman throwing a Frisbee in a park. While another scene demonstrates how the smartphone app uses a device's camera to take a picture of a menu then translate the text into audio.

"I love making things that improves people's lives and one of the things I've always dreamt of since I was at university was this idea of something that could tell you at any moment what's going on around you," Shaikh said in the presentation.

"Years ago this was science fiction. I never thought it would be something that you could actually do but artificial intelligence is improving at an ever-faster rate and I'm really excited to see where we can take it. As engineers we are always standing on the shoulders of giants and building on top of what went before. For me it's about taking that far-off dream and building it one step at a time."

The keynote gave no indication of when, or even if, the project will be released as a commercial app however if it comes to fruition it will comfortably sit beside the other futuristic technology announced during Build – from the cutting-edge HoloLens to enhanced Bot integration.



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Qyamul Layl 01/04/2016 Slacks Creek Mosque

Building Families & Dealing With Teenagers

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari


Dr Bari is UK community leader and runs courses on Islamic parenting.... This is his first trip to Australia, he has held many roles in the Islamic community in the UK and Europe + was a board member of the 2012 London Olympics.



Taking Shahadah at the Gold Coast Mosque




A Forgotten Sunnah | Making Wudu Before Sleeping

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Why Islam | Robert (Omar) Czajkowski

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Omar is an Australian-Polish brother. He was a Catholic Christian. This is a short and inspiring story of how he discovered Islam.


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Sabria S. Jawhar 


Spreading lies about KSA
By Sabria S. Jawhar 

SAUDI ARABIA: The PBS Frontline documentary titled “Saudi Arabia Uncovered” gives Americans what they want the most: A deep dish of Saudi “oppression, cruelty, executions, abuse of women and assorted nastiness” that would disgust any human being with an ounce of emotion and empathy.

Much of it was nonsense, of course, and the video segments aired in hour-long documentary on March 29 are already online. But people will believe what they want to believe and me whining about it will not change the perception that Saudi Arabia’s citizens live in the “dark ages.”

It’s difficult to tell whether the documentary’s undercover videographer and reporter “Yasser” duped writer and director James Jones, or Jones duped PBS, which up until now had a reputation for objective and informed documentary reporting.

The documentary alleges that a quarter of the Saudi population lives in poverty, that Saudis are eager for democratic change and are cowed into submission by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia). It purports that Saudi schools teach religious intolerance and that women are subjected to violence. Dissidents are imprisoned in filthy and overcrowded conditions and Shiites in the Eastern Province are under the lethal thumb of security forces.

One can’t argue with the content of the videos, both culled from online sources and Yasser, but context is everything and virtually the entire documentary is edited and narrated in a fashion that can’t be explained other than to say the producers fabricated a great deal of the narration accompanying the images.

Consider how the documentary loosely plays with the facts:

— An early segment implies a Saudi woman is begging in the street. She is a Yemeni illegally in the country. Without documentation illegal residents can’t obtain employment, which is typical in any developed country.

Arab News



A man says a prayer from outside the window of the shrine of Bari Imam on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan

Can imams drive action on climate change in Pakistan?

ISLAMABAD: (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imams and other religious leaders are an under-used means of pushing action to combat climate change, experts and religious scholars say.

Religious leaders have the moral standing to call on people and businesses to consider the environmental impact of their activities and take a bigger role in reducing their own carbon footprints and finding ways to cope with the growing impacts of climate change, experts said at a multi-faith meeting in Islamabad.

Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, central chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council - the country's council of religious scholars - told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that imams in Pakistan could have "unprecedented influence" in bringing action on climate change.

But first, he said, they need training to both understand and communicate the issues accurately in a country hard-hit by climate-related drought, flooding, crop losses and other problems.

"We religious leaders in Pakistan can talk about climate change with people as long as we become knowledgeable about climate change and its other facets," he said.

At the recent gathering, which drew scientists, religious scholars and academics, Charles Amjad, an American professor emeritus at the Luther Seminary in Minnesota, said relying only on political and non-governmental organisation leaders to drive climate action was a mistaken approach.

"We must realise that people do listen to religious scholars in mosques, priests in churches, rabbis in synagogues and pundits in Hindu temples in most developing countries, far more than they do to politicians, bureaucrats, media and mayors," he said.

"This power of faith activists must be tapped for addressing climate change," he urged.

Religious leaders might urge people to use energy-efficient appliances, bicycle instead of driving, reduce the amount of water they use or help protect forests, Amjad said.

Such appeals could take the form of religious anecdotes and tales from the lives of prophets and saints, some of whom used resources such as water judiciously and sustainably in their own lives, said Bishop Samuel Azariyah, vice-chairman of the World Council of Religions.

He noted that most religions and scriptures - including the Quran, Bible, Torah, Gita and Vedas - call upon their followers to avoid unsustainable and irresponsible exploitation the earth's resources.

Nonetheless, "humans have used them treacherously, out of greed, for relentless pursuit of economic growth and consumption," he lamented.

Ingrid Naess-Holm, an adviser on climate justice and energy issues at Norwegian Church Aid, said that engaging new types of voices on the need for climate action is key.

"It's really valuable to have a new kind actors, (particularly) the most influential, like faith leaders, on board in this regard," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Leaders who speak from the pulpit on climate change, however, must realise they are taking on "a big opportunity and responsibility for themselves", she said - and must be prepared to lead by example as well as urging others to act.

Ashrafi, of the Pakistan religious scholars' council, said one key to getting religious leaders to speak out on climate change is ensuring they get help to understand the issues in "the simplest possible language".

Letting leaders of different faiths learn what other religious leaders are doing on climate change would also be useful, he said.

To date, he said, imams in Pakistan have rarely been called on to speak out about climate change, something that "reflects ignorance  about the unprecedented influence of the religious leaders", he said.



How French Secularism Became Fundamentalist

A militant form of laïcité has taken hold in France, backed by everyone from intellectuals to government officials. Is this what the republic’s founding fathers envisioned?

Last week, the headline of an editorial in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo asked a provocative question: “How did we end up here?” it read. By “here,” the weekly meant, of course, staring at the blood-stained rubble of airport terminals and metro stations. But by the end of the piece, “here” had also broadened into something bigger: “How the hell did I end up having to wander the streets all day with a big veil on my head?” they asked rhetorically. “How the hell did I end up having to say prayers five times a day?” “Here,” in other words, was some kind of unrecognizable, Islamized vision of France, where “the very notion of the secular” had been “forced into retreat.”

Seeking the reasons behind the Brussels terrorist attacks, the paper, which was itself the target last year of Islamic terrorists, offered an answer. It was neither the Keystone Cop antics of the Belgian police; nor the barriers, linguistic and territorial, which prevented European governments from sharing vital intelligence; nor the festering despair in places like Molenbeek, the Brussels neighborhood that is home to scores of unemployed youths of mostly North African background.

Instead, Charlie Hebdo declared, we must look at the role played by liberal societies. Does not France’s passivity when faced with attacks on French culture — and specifically on laïcité, or secularism — pave the way for the extremists? Does not one’s acceptance of, say, the local Muslim baker — a very nice and fully integrated fellow, who nevertheless refuses to sell ham sandwiches — comprise a form of collusion with Islamism? In the end, Charlie Hebdo warns, the only defense against terrorism, the only defense against ending up in a France of veiled women and daily prayer, is a form of militant secularism: one that doesn’t flinch at making the leap from pious baker to radical bomb-maker.

But if France is at war with terrorism, it is also increasingly at war with itself over the meaning of secularism. These two conflicts, deeply entwined with one another, are dramatically reshaping France’s sense of national identity.

Laïcité, the French term for secularism, today has acquired so much mystique as to be practically an ideology, a timeless norm that defines Frenchness. But in fact, laïcité began life as a humble law.

Foreign Policy


An open letter to Muslim men from an angry Muslim woman

I still remember the day my mother was told her life was in danger. Her right to exist on this earth was suddenly being questioned because she decided she was exhausted. Exhausted for all her sisters, mothers and daughters who are unfortunate enough to have been born with another X chromosome rather than a Y.

What were her demands? Merely a space to pray in the mosque. Despite knowing she was potentially putting herself on the line, she stood her ground to claim what has been snatched from us. This did not happen in a faraway land, but here in the UK, and the heinous crime my mother committed that warranted such a savage response was requesting her God-given rights.

She should have been smart enough to know not to ask for something that may threaten the towering, carefully constructed, religiously disguised pedestal that has cradled the male ego for centuries. The outrageous desire to pray in a mosque that has only welcomed men since its creation represented values far too Islamic for these chauvinists.
We attended a mosque meeting advertised as being 'open to the public', and were abusively shouted down as soon as my mother attempted to make a contribution. No one had yet informed us that 'the public' does not include females.


Times of India


Dr Aref Ali Nayed 

Southeast Asian Muslims should appreciate own culture: Islamic studies scholar

In an interview with Channel NewsAsia's Conversation With, Dr Aref Ali Nayed says that amid an “Arabisation” of Islam in the region, Malays should not give up their own culture to prove they are more Islamic.

SINGAPORE: Muslims in Southeast Asia should embrace their unique cultural traditions instead of adopting Arabic customs, according to Libya’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dr Aref Ali Nayed.

“I think that it’s high time that Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei actually appreciated the traditions that have been taught in small schools and villages for several centuries now,” said Dr Nayed, who is also the founder and director of think-tank Kalam Research and Media.

“Why should a Malay give up his way of dressing, or his way of talking or his language in order to somehow prove that he’s more Islamic by borrowing some Arabic words?” he said during an interview with Channel NewsAsia’s Conversation With that aired on Mar 28.

Dr Nayed was in Singapore to deliver a seminar at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute on defeating Islamic State.

Dr Nayed, who has been ranked as one of the top 50 most influential Muslims in the world by Jordanian think-tank The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, made his remarks as the “Arabisation” of Islam and cultural practices in Southeast Asia stir controversy.

In similar comments made recently in an interview with Malaysia’s The Star, the Sultan of Johor last week warned Malays to stick to their own culture instead of imitating Arab trends. The ruler was responding to the tendency for some Malaysian Malays to lean towards Arab culture amid growing conservatism.


Dr Nayed - an Islamic studies scholar who has lectured on Islamic theology, logic, and spirituality at universities around the world - also warned against mindlessly accepting religious teachings from Arabic theologians.

He encouraged religious scholars in Southeast Asia to “not only appreciate what they have but to actually foster it and grow it with their own future generations”.

“There is no need to send off kids to some Arab countries. (They) actually teach a flattened version of Islam that is quite foreign to what Islam is actually about,” Dr Nayed added.
While Islamic studies scholars like Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah are doing good work in the UAE, according to Dr Nayed, the ambassador added: “Much of the literature coming off Arabic presses unfortunately has been highly politicised and the theologies have been reduced to a number of principles that are actually quite dangerous.”

When asked if local cultures are standing in the way of achieving the belief of a universality of Islam, Dr Nayed dismissed the idea.

To be a good Muslim, he said: “One has to first be a good Singaporean Muslim or a Malay Muslim or a good Indonesian Muslim.

“Only then can you be a representative of the universal Islam. So respecting your locality does not mean giving up on the universality.”

Channel News Asia



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By Dr Jasser Auda

How men and women should line up in a mosque? This is the question discussed by Dr. Jasser Auda in this part of the series. In part 1, Dr. Auda argued that isolating women from men in mosques does not follow the practice of the Prophet nor does it conform to the design of his Mosque during his lifetime. Part 2 highlighted the advantages women acquire when they share the same mosque hall with men and, thus, be able to learn directly form the Imam. 

The Hadith on the worst of rows and its meaning

There is a Hadith reported by Abu Hurayrah, in which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated that:

“The best of men’s rows are the frontward ones and their worst are their rearward ones, while women’s best rows are its rearward ones and their worst are their frontward ones.”

Some people draw on this Hadith to prevent women from attending prayer at mosques at all, or for isolating them in separate halls. This is a strange interpretation, since the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) could have got another prayer hall built for women alone or even prevented them from performing prayers in mosques from the very beginning. Yet, he absolutely did neither.

The Hadith rather asserts the preference of men’s standing in the first rows and women’s standing in the last rows in prayer, nothing else. This is meant for reasonable considerations and justifications, first of which is that the front men’s row and the rear women’s row are the ones filled by those who come earlier to mosque, which is a well-known virtue.

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About Dr. Jasser Auda
Jasser Auda is a Professor and Al-Shatibi Chair of Maqasid Studies at the International Peace College South Africa, the Executive Director of the Maqasid Institute, a global think tank based in London, and a Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at Carleton University in Canada. He is a Founding and Board Member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, Fellow of the Islamic Fiqh Academy of India, and General Secretary of Yaqazat Feker, a popular youth organization in Egypt. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from University of Wales in the UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from University of Waterloo in Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and studied Fiqh, Usul and Hadith in the halaqas of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. He previously worked as: Founding Director of the Maqasid Center in the Philosophy of Islamic Law in London; Founding Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Ethics in Doha; professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Alexandria University in Egypt, Islamic University of Novi Pazar in Sanjaq, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, and the American University of Sharjah. He lectured and trained on Islam, its law, spirituality and ethics in dozens of other universities and organizations around the world. He wrote 25 books in Arabic and English, some of which were translated to 25 languages.


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Dr. Samir Iqbal

Chereen's interview with Dr. Samir Iqbal, the Pakistani-American scientist who developed a device to diagnose cancer rapidly. Iqbal worked on the project with Young-tae Kim, a UTA associate professor in the Bioengineering Department; Muhymin Islam, a STEM doctoral candidate; and engineering students Muhammad Motasim Bellah, Adeel Sajid and Muhammad Raziul Hasan.

Chereen: What was the leading factor that motivated you to work on something so groundbreaking and profound?

Dr. Iqbal: We all have seen our loved ones suffer with this disease. We all have seen our loved ones struggling and scared for the rest of their lives, because they went through something like this. My sister-in-law was a very humble lady, and she died from blood cancer. It happens by the will of Allah. We did not have tools to see it. Allahu khairul Makireen. I used to wish if I could do something for biochemistry, for the chemistry of diseases. I did not know how to go about it, but alhamdulilah we end up guided. I ended up having a doctoral advisor who was doing beautiful work in bio-detection, who gave me the opportunity to audit a course in Bio-MEMS. I sat and saw if this was something I wanted to do, and it changed my life. I was able to work on genes and detection of genes, and then I began to collaborate with people as an Assistant Professor. I worked with people that did remarkable work, which motivated me to want to do more.

Chereen: What kept you motivated throughout this journey?

Dr. Iqbal: The support is very important; you have to be in the company of the right people. My first doctoral advisor, Dr. Rashid Bashir has always been there to push me. My parents, my wife, my kids have always been there for me and to make du'a'a for me. They have given me the freedom to spend my time on this. My wife did a major role in giving me my piece of mind and full support. This is the blessing of Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala, He puts you in the right company and gives you the correct support where you are reminded of how you can spend of your time and opportunities wisely. Going into the right company has helped me, I have learned from them and that has kept me inspired. Being friends with people that have been good to you and people that want to do well is what will keep you motivated.

Chereen: How has this accomplishment made you feel?

Dr. Iqbal: I went to the same school that Neil Armstrong went to, Purdue. He said, “It is one small step.” I don't think we are there yet; I think it is a small step there. I am not saying we have achieved everything we can, but we have achieved a lot. However, there is much more that needs to be done. I say alhamdulilah, because we are one step closer.

Chereen: What advice would you give to anyone that wants to make a change in the world?

Dr. Iqbal: Gain experience! Pick right role models, your role models have to be good people. The beauty of America is that in every city there is a major university, where you can find the type of people who think about doing good for others. Where they are from does not matter, but it is the common goal that matters. It is their desire to good that should teach you how to become a better person. You have to learn how to be patient, to not live in a cocoon, and to learn how to be inspired from other people's differences. This helps you get into the right environment, and then Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) will open ways for you. From there, you will gain experiences, and you will learn from your experiences. This world is full of many different people. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was sent for all of humanity, and it is on you to want to help all of the world and everyone in it. You should want to be a mercy for all of mankind. This is how you will begin to change the world for the better. This is how you will make a difference.




Source: Muslim Matters


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The foundation of al-Mansur’s ‘Round City’ in 762 was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design. It developed into the cultural centre of the world



The round city of Baghdad in the 10th century, the peak of the Abbasid Caliphate. Illustration: Jean Soutif/Science Photo Library

For the great majority of the city’s life, a fluctuating number of these bridges, consisting of skiffs roped together and fastened to each bank, were one of the most picturesque signatures of Baghdad; no more permanent structure would be seen until the British arrived in the 20th century and laid an iron bridge across the Tigris.

A gatehouse rose above each of the four outer gates. Those above the entrances in the higher main wall offered commanding views over the city and the many miles of lush palm groves and emerald fields that fringed the waters of the Tigris. The large audience chamber at the top of the gatehouse above the Khorasan Gate was a particular favourite of Mansur as an afternoon retreat from the stultifying heat.

The four straight roads that ran towards the centre of the city from the outer gates were lined with vaulted arcades containing merchants’ shops and bazaars. Smaller streets ran off these four main arteries, giving access to a series of squares and houses; the limited space between the main wall and the inner wall answered to Mansur’s desire to maintain the heart of the city as a royal preserve.

The centre of Baghdad consisted of an immense central enclosure – perhaps 6,500 feet in diameter – with the royal precinct at its heart. The outer margins were reserved for the palaces of the caliph’s children, homes for the royal staff and servants, the caliph’s kitchens, barracks for the horse guard and other state offices. The very centre was empty except for the two finest buildings in the city: the Great Mosque and the caliph’s Golden Gate Palace, a classically Islamic expression of the union between temporal and spiritual authority. No one except Mansur, not even a gout-ridden uncle of the caliph who requested the privilege on grounds of ill-health, was permitted to ride in this central precinct.

One sympathises with this elderly uncle of the caliph. Unmoved by his protestations of decrepit limbs, Mansur said he could be carried into the central precinct on a litter, a mode of transport generally reserved for women. “I will be embarrassed by the people,” his uncle Isa said. “Is there anyone left you could be embarrassed by?” the caliph replied caustically.


A crane lifts the statue of al-Mansur after it was hit by an explosion in Baghdad in 2005.



Source: The Guardian


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Things you never knew were halal (in Malaysia) (Continued from last week)



Halal Bottled Water

End of last year, a Malaysian company launched halal mineral water called Lumin Spring. Guess where the water is from – a natural spring in Heavenly-Lake, Changbai Mountain in China’s Jilin province. Such an apt name… Heavenly-Lake!

But dem expensive la one bottle is between RM6 and RM6.50. And yet it’s cheaper than Evian or San Pellegrino. Well, the process of getting the water sounds very complicated (though all water oso memang comes from the same source la). It’s like Amazing Race or an Indiana Jones movie, where the water is like the Fountain of Youth that they find at the end of the quest.

You can buy it online at www.luminspring.com.my, however you need to be registered. Otherwise, try looking out for a gold-tinted water bottle.


Source: Cilisos


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10 Muslim women who ruled 2015 (Continued from last week)




MVSLIM's list of Muslim women who achieved great things in 2015.

4. Tawakkul Karman



Meet the Iron woman; Tawakkul Karman: a journalist, politician, and a human rights activist as well as one of the 10 Muslims that has won a Nobel Peace Prize.


Her face is stapled to the 2011 Yemeni Uprising and is also known to have co-founded “Muslim Journalists Without Chains”.


She became the first Arab woman and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Prize and the second youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date.


Not bad, don’t you think?


NEXT WEEK: Malala Yousafzai

Source: MVSLIM


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The world's most beautiful mosques (Continued from last week)



Badshahi Mosque, Pakistan

Lahore is not short of beautiful mosques. The Badshahi Mosque, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century, is built in red sandstone and marble, and has a courtyard spreading 279,000 sq ft. The mosque's large minarets were supposedly used for storing zamburahs - light guns - in the Sikh civil war in 1841, while the British used the building as a military garrison during the period of the Raj. Repairs during the 20th and 21st centuries have seen the building restored to a much finer condition than during its time for military use. 


Source: Telegraph UK


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 8 April  2016

TOPIC"Having Iman Gives Purpose & Happiness In Life"

IMAM: Yusuf Peer 








 Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 8 April 2016

TOPIC"Esa 'alayhi salaam - the Islamic Perspective"

IMAM: Dr Mohamad Abdalla







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 8 April 2016

TOPIC"Morality and good manners" PART 2

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 8 April 2016

TOPIC: “The two wings to happiness"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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Saudi man gets jail and 30 lashes for slapping and spitting on his wife


According to court details, the husband justified hitting his wife after she had 'gone out of the house without seeking permission'.

SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi court of appeals has confirmed the ruling of sentencing a man to 30 lashes for slapping his wife and spitting on her last week.

The citizen, unnamed yet by local media, was jailed for a week after assaulting his wife by slapping and spitting at her face in Saudi Arabia's Eastern province, according to Saudi online news website Sabq.

According to Sabq's news report, the brother of the wife had filed a formal complaint with authorities reporting his sister assault from her husband who had allegedly hit her twice on the face.

According to court details, the husband has confessed to the assault and justified hitting his wife after she had "gone out of the house several times without seeking his permission."

The judge reportedly issued an order for the wife to abide by her husband's request not the leave the house without his permission but he also ordered the husband to one week's jail time and 30 lashes for having broken the law on assault.

The ruling was applauded by many users on social media as a step in the right direction in ending domestic violence in Saudi Arabia.

Source: AL Arabiya


Ban on outdoor music concerts in West Aceh due to Sharia law



Sharia Police on parade at the beginning of their shift in West Aceh.


JAKARTA: Outdoor music concerts have been banned from a regency in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province on the grounds they violate Sharia law.

Draconian regulations – such as a ban on women straddling motorcycles (they must ride side-saddle), unaccompanied women working or visiting night spots after 11pm and a requirement that boys and girls are taught separately at school – have been introduced in different parts of Aceh in recent years.
The province, the only part of Indonesia that enforces Sharia law, also outlaws gambling, drinking and even fraternising with the opposite sex outside marriage.

Muslim women must wear a hijab in public and gay sex is punishable by 100 lashes of the cane.


Sharia Police in Meulaboh, West Aceh, check for women wearing tight fitting trousers instead of the regency's preferred skirts. 


The outdoor music ban comes after local singing sensation Ady Bergek was told he could not proceed with a gig on April 3 because it would violate Sharia law.

West Aceh regent (bupati) Teuku Alaidinsyah was quoted in Kompas saying the ban was based on a recommendation by Ulema (a body of Muslim scholars trained in Islamic law), who believed a concert had more disadvantages than advantages.

"We will not be issuing a permit for music concerts since the recommendation by the Ulema, but a music event in a cafe or warung kopi [coffee shop] is permitted," he said.


Brisbane Times


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 Feminism, the Kardashians and being dissed on the tram - life as a Muslim schoolgirl in Manchester


They wear hijabs and pray five times a day, but whatever you do, don’t call these girls oppressed




UK: In an IT classroom at an all girls Muslim school, a meme with a woman wearing a hijab is pinned to a display board.

The young woman is peering over a huge pair of aviators as she adjusts her headscarf.

“Forgot to be oppressed

“Too busy being awesome,” the meme reads.

It’s an attitude that seems to pervade at Manchester Islamic High School for Girls.

They might all wear head scarves and pray five times a day - but one label they can’t stand is oppression.

"People think Muslims are oppressed but we’re not,” says 15-year-old Bushra Moqbel.

“Even though we’re visibly different we’re just normal people.”


It’s a stereotype none of the girls can stand.

Islam is central to the way the girls dress and behave, but their faith is not at odds with being educated, ambitious and or being a feminist.

Noora Sayid, 15, explains: “People are pretty shocked when I say I’m a feminist and wear a headscarf. It’s my right to wear it. It’s my choice and no one else’s.”

The small independent school in Chorlton prides itself in academic excellence and was recently rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.

The girls work hard and are encouraged to think about their career path from a young age.

“I’d like to be a business woman, “ says 12-year-old Hauwa Alkali, who travels from Liverpool to school every day.

“I’d like to be a computer game designer,” says 14-year-old Sophia Raja.

“I’d like to be a journalist because there are hardly any Muslim journalists in the media,” adds Bushra.

Maseelah Shahzada, 15, who wants to be an accountant, adds: “In this school we are encouraged to do what we want to do. The school don’t choose our careers, we choose our own.”


 Pictured l-r - Sophia Raja, Bushra Moqbel, and Hauwa Alkali

Drive and ambition is clearly instilled in girls at Manchester Islamic High. But teachers are keen to stress that their students are just like other teenagers.

Sobia Shaheen, an IT teacher, explained: “They have the same interests as other teenagers.

“They listen to the same music and watch the Kardashians.

“The only difference is they practice their faith.”

Unfortunately Muslim teens often find themselves on the receiving end of negative comments or misconceptions about their faith.

“The media often portray being a Muslim as a bad thing,” says Hauwa - a view echoed by many of the girls.

Events like the recent Brussels attacks tend to aggravate hostility, but it’s something they are taught to take in their stride and respond the way the Prophet would, ‘in goodness’.

Arij El-Nagi, 12, said: “Whenever you get on the tram, people notice our uniforms are different.


Sometimes when something bad has happened people will actually try to avoid you. They’ll look at your school badge and move across to the other side of the tram.

“It feels weird when you’re on your own, but when you’re with friends in the same position as you, it’s not so bad.”

Teachers at the school are all too aware of the impact global events can have on attitudes towards their students.


 The girls pictured with head teacher Mrs Mona Mohamed

Mona Mohamed, head of the school, says extra care is taken to prepare students for negative reactions.

She explains: “After an atrocity like Brussels, people tend to react. They tend to get upset. We try to help our pupils understand people’s feelings. We say don’t be angry and don’t let people make you feel any less British. Don’t let anyone make you feel like a less valuable citizen.”

Muslim schools have come under fire in the past for not promoting British values - which is probably why there is so much emphasis here on being British and Muslim.

The girls don’t just learn about their own faith and not all their teachers or support staff are Muslim.

They learn about different religions, and have links with other schools in the region, like King David High School in Crumpsall.

Liz Smart, French teacher and senior leader, said extra care is taken to ensure the girls are prepared for life outside their small small school.

She explains: “They are going to leave this educational setting and they have got to know how to fit in.

“A lot of our students go on to big colleges like Loreto where they are going to meet all sorts of different people. We have to prepare them for that next stage.”

Ms Smart admits before she took her current post, she had misconceptions about what an all girls Islamic school might be like.


 Arij El-Nagi

She said: “In my head I thought all the girls would meek and mild but they’re not at all. They’re open, chatty and interested in their education.”

The results at Manchester Islamic High speak for themselves.

In 2015, 89pc of students gained five A*-Cs including English and Maths with some students achieving straight A*s and As.

Any suggestion Islam does not promote the rights or education of women is strongly challenged by teens and their teachers.

As Mrs Shaheen, a former student, says there is no reason why faith, education and feminism can’t go hand in hand.

She explained: “I’m reluctant to use the word feminism because it’s such a loaded term. But in a way Islam is a feminist religion. The wife of the Prophet, Aisha, was responsible for delivering the message to men and women. The Prophet teaches us that everyone has a right to an education - that women have an equal right.

“That’s what try to do. We try to empower these to girls to believe they can be educated and embrace their religion."

Source: Manchester Evening News

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Masood Azhar: The man who brought jihad to Britain 


 Masood Azhar

UK: Masood Azhar, today the head of one of Pakistan's most violent militant groups, was once the VIP guest of Britain's leading Islamic scholars. Why, asks Innes Bowen.

When one of the world's most important jihadist leaders landed at Heathrow airport on 6 August 1993, a group of Islamic scholars from Britain's largest mosque network was there to welcome him.

Within a few hours of his arrival he was giving the Friday sermon at Madina Mosque in Clapton, east London. His speech on the duty of jihad apparently moved some of the congregation to tears. Next stop - according to a report of the jihadist leader's own magazine - was a reception with a group of Islamic scholars where there was a long discussion on "jihad, its need, training and other related issues".

The visiting preacher was Masood Azhar. Today he is wanted by the Indian authorities following an attack on the Pathankot military base in January this year. In 1993 he was chief organiser of the Pakistani jihadist group Harkat ul Mujahideen.

A BBC investigation has uncovered the details of his tour in an archive of militant group magazines published in Urdu. The contents provide an astounding insight into the way in which hardcore jihadist ideology was promoted in some mainstream UK mosques in the early 1990s - and involved some of Britain's most senior Islamic scholars. Azhar's tour lasted a month and consisted of over 40 speeches.




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Female Air France crew can opt out of Iran flights over headscarf, official says


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FRANCE: Women employees of Air France will be allowed to opt out of working on the resumed flights to Iran so that they can avoid having to wear a headscarf, a company official says.

Last week, company chiefs sent out a memo informing female staff they would be required "to wear trousers during the flight with a loose-fitting jacket and a scarf covering their hair on leaving the plane", in accordance with Iranian law.

But a number of female Air France cabin crew staff immediately resisted the ruling, according to a union representative.

In response, the airline now says it will appoint a "special unit" to replace those who do not wish to fly to Tehran.

"Any woman assigned to the Paris-Tehran flight who for reasons of personal choice would refuse to wear the headscarf upon leaving the plane will be reassigned to another destination, and thus will not be obliged to do this flight," human resources official Gilles Gateau said.

Air France is to resume on April 17 its Paris-to-Tehran services, which had been suspended since 2008 because of international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

The headscarf rule is already in place when flying to certain destinations such as Saudi Arabia.

Unions, who held talks with the human resources chief on Monday, argue that an escape clause was already in place for flights to Conakry in Guinea during the Ebola crisis last year and for services to Tokyo following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Source: ABC


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Muslim Americans Are Model Citizens, According to a New Poll



US: The survey, from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, shows that though Muslims living in America are facing more violence than ever, they are actually among America's most model citizens.
What exactly does that mean?

Well, in a land founded on religious freedom, Muslims are among the most religious and patriotic citizens: 42% of Muslims attend services regularly compared to 45% of Protestants. And 87% of Muslims say religion is important to their lives, compared to 94% of Protestants.

That Muslims would continue to show religious pride and attend service is a testament to their faith, especially when 2015 was the worst year for mosque attacks on record.

When it comes to identifying as a patriot, 85% of Muslims "have a strong American identity," just like 84% of Protestants. They are also just as likely as other Americans to identify strongly with their faith — 89% of Muslims, 84% of Jews, and 95% of Catholics and Protestants shared the sentiment.

While Republican presidential candidates continue to discuss "radical Islamic terrorism" in debates, most American Muslims actually reject violence by a much higher margin than other groups. Sixty-five percent of Muslims oppose the targeting and killing of civilians by military groups, much higher than other religious groups. Additionally, the survey found zero correlation between Muslim religious identity, mosque attendance and attitudes toward violence.

Muslims make pretty great neighbours, too. Thirty-eight percent of Muslims work with neighbors to solve problems, almost equal to the percentage of Jews (40%) and Catholics (42%) who do so.

And while a much lower number of Muslims are registered to vote, among those who are eligible and registered, 85% plan to vote (which is still lower than most groups.) However, given the Islamophobia in the current political climate, it's understandable. A combined 27% of non-voting Muslims said that they don't like the proposed candidates or the candidates don't represent them.

Finally, even though more than half of Muslims report experiencing discrimination on the basis of their religion in the last year — compared to 5% of Jews, 4% of Catholics and 2% of Protestants — they are the most optimistic about the future of America. Despite facing rampant Islamophobia, 63% of Muslims believe America is on the right track.

And honestly, isn't believing in the future of America the most American thing?

Source: Identities.MIC


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HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for you

• Always warm up before your HIIT session, as with any other exercise.

• For your HIIT, try 30 seconds brisk walk, 30 seconds sprint and repeat 7 times (total: 8 minutes). On a treadmill, you will have the clock to make your timing easy. There is also an app on your phone that can be downloaded, so it will beep when you should start and stop.

• Running is not the only option. You can cycle fast for intervals, do jumping jacks or even skip!




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 The CCN Book-of-the-Week


 Secrets of the Kashmir Valley


Farhana Qazi

Set in the Kashmir Valley, an American award-winning writer and speaker takes a transformational journey through one of the world’s oldest conflicts. This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir finds compassion, courage, warmth, generosity, and connection among the women of Kashmir.

The author, Farhana Qazi, takes us deeply into the lives of women and gives us a compelling and disturbing vision of what happens in a place caught between its own tenacious past and two South Asian rivals.

A work of human empathy, Qazi combines first-hand storytelling with balanced and penetrating analysis of each situation to give us an important chronicle of communities in crisis in the contemporary world.

“Traveling to Kashmir to meet its traumatised women turned out to be one of the most amazing decisions I have ever made,” said Qazi. “It was also terrifying, and sometimes insane. This is not a story I had planned on sharing with the world. But after what I saw and felt, I had no choice but to tell the world these women’s stories.”

Qazi weaves her signature storytelling and her honest and heartfelt observations by taking readers through an ancient place where world religions and traditions co-exist peacefully. With intimate detail, this book, Secrets of the Kashmir Valley, reveals the power of love, faith, and community.

“Kashmir changed me forever,” Qazi said. “For other travelers, it’s a valley of gardens, rivers, and pashmina. For me, Kashmir is a place of raw emotions.”

In this timely and important book, Qazi traces the lives of women in the deeply divided Kashmir Valley and shows how they have survived a 60-plus-year conflict.

With unique access, Qazi an American storyteller who travels extensively through the region to interview mothers of martyrs, militants’ wives, prisoners, protestors, and political activists.

Her evocative reporting and extensive interactions brings to life these women’s stories-their individual oral histories make up a collective chronicle of suffering and struggle. Ultimately, this is a hopeful book.

With strong voices and will power, the women of Kashmir are changing their society. These reformers are the people leading the way forward. This crucial book on Kashmir is a brilliant and thought provoking work. Qazi’s unique perspective on Kashmir and deep passion for the women she writes about make this a definitive account of a proud people.

About the Author:

Qazi has appeared in the mainstream media, including CNN, BBC, Public Broadcasting Service, National Public Radio, Fox News, C-Span, Bloomberg, ABC News, Canadian national television, Voice of America, Al-Jazeera, The Daily Ledger Show and many more. Her stories and interviews have been published in The Washington Post, The Foreign Policy Magazine, Dawn, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Post, Marie Claire, The International Herald Tribune, Reuters, MSNBC, Forbes, The Daily Mail, The Baltimore Sun, Levant News, The Associated Press, etc.

Qazi has won numerous awards including the 21st Century Leader Award presented by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in New York, the VIP Woman of the Year Circle by the National Association of Professional Women, and multiple certificates of appreciation for her training to the U.S. military.

Qazi holds an MA from The George Washington University in Security Policy Studies. She received her BA from Southwestern University in Political Science, where she was chosen for the prestigious Humanitarian Award.


Source: Milligazette



"One who does not read is no better than one who cannot read."

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


CCN's Bookshelf

The Kite Runner
The God of Small Things
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
The Road to Mecca
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta
Turkish Islam and the Secular State: The Global Impact of Fethullah Gulen's Nur Movement
The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of al-Qaeda
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran
Someone Knows My Name
The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

CCN's favourite books »



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KB says: This combination of baklava and ice cream is pretty much out of this world. It's a lot of hard work but is undoubtedly one of the best ice creams you will have ever made, let alone, tasted!





1 Litre long life milk
2 Tab semolina/tasty wheat
2 tsp mazeina/corn flour
1 ½ cup fresh grated coconut or desiccated coconut
2 Tab. finely ground dates
2 Tab. freshly ground almonds
½ cup ground pistachios
1 x 155g Nestle cream
1 x 397 tin condensed milk
¼ tsp elachi/cardamom powder


  1. Mix cornflour and semolina with the cold milk in a pot stir constantly on low heat until it thickens.

  2. Remove from heat and add pistachios, almonds, dates, elachi, coconut, nestle cream and condensed milk.

  3. Beat well and pour into moulds (I used a Tupperware mould) or ice cubes trays and freeze.

  4. Before serving scoop into balls (or invert your mould onto a serving plate)

  5. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle pistachios, almonds and or pieces of baklava.

    If you have an ice cream making machine, you can place the mixture into the machine at step 3. 

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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JUDGE: What is the proof that you were not over speeding?

JALLALUDDIN: Your honour, I was going to my father-in-law's house to bring back my wife.

JUDGE: Case dismissed


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An Ayaat-a-Week





See how We have bestowed more on some than on others; but verily the Hereafter is more in rank and gradation and more in excellence.
~ Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:35


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Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.

~ Rumi


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0431 747 356

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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & Madressa - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm, brothers, sisters and children
• New Muslims Program - last Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30pm
• Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month. Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
• Islamic Studies - one year course, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm, brothers and sisters
• Ilm-e-Deen, Alims Degree Course - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses, brothers

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600
Email info@almustapha.org.au



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


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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




Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Next Meeting


Time: 7.00pm
Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Please send any topics you wish to be added to the agenda to be discussed on the night.


Light refreshments will be available.



Minutes of meeting dated 6 October 2016




For more information and RSVP:

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Kuraby Mosque

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

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Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

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

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Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

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Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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Gold Coast Mosque

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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)

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)

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Muslim Aid Australia

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