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Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic schools in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane will hang on to their public funding following a Federal Government review sparked by concerns over their financial management and governance.

Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham launched a review of six schools affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) across the country in May last year.

In November, the department announced Malek Fahd Islamic School in New South Wales and the Islamic School of Canberra would lose their federal funding.

However today, Senator Birmingham announced the Langford Islamic College in Perth, Islamic College of Melbourne and the Islamic College of Brisbane had made "substantial" changes to ensure appropriate independence, changing their constitution and implementing a plan of self-identified improvements and changes stipulated by the department.

"We expect the highest standards of accountability in relation to the use of taxpayer funds in non-government schools," he said.

"These three schools have demonstrated a willingness to cooperate, a willingness to reform their governance structures, guarantee their school independence, and have appropriate accountability about how taxpayer dollars are used."

The changes include who can sit on the schools' boards, and how they structure their financial arrangements.

Senator Birmingham said the Canberra school's funding had been cut pending a review, while Sydney's Malek Fahd school had its $19 million in federal funding revoked last week.

Malek Fahd, in Sydney's south-west, is Australia's largest Islamic school with more than 2,000 students.

"What we saw was good faith negotiations undertaken by four of the schools to respond to Federal Government concerns. Unfortunately, two did not, and we took the difficult but strong decision to withdraw that funding which terminated effective last Friday," he said.

Colleges stood to lose millions

The Perth and Melbourne colleges receive about $5 million per annum, while Brisbane receives about $7 million.

"These are significant sums of money," Senator Birmingham said.

"[There were] arrangements in place that enabled other external entities to generate an income out of certain loan structures, or other financial structures the schools had in place.

"That is an unacceptable arrangement to have when entities or those other external bodies may also be having some influence over the governance decisions."

He said the schools' affiliations with AFIC meant there was some concern funding was not used exclusively for student welfare, and they did not have independence in their governance structure.

He stressed the irregularities were linked to financial management rather than curriculum.

The Minister said the schools would file quarterly reports for the next 12 months.

"Our expectation is that every school that receives government funding, operates on a not-for-profit basis, is free of external influence, and the dollars are used solely for the education and benefit of students in that school community," he said.

Senator Birmingham said a decision on the Islamic College of South Australia would be made in the coming weeks.

Source: ABC


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The 3rd annual Toowoomba International Food Festival and Open Day of Garden City Mosque held on Sunday, 10 April 2016 at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Toowoomba gathered high profile officials, religious and political leaders. The event was organised by the Islamic Society of Toowoomba (IST). It was sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs Queensland, and supported by USQ and MCCA.


Mr Khaled Skaik was the Mater of the Ceremony for the formal session which started with the recitation from the Holy Qur'an by Hafez Riadh Saleh accompanied by English translation on the screen.

The chief guest was Mr Ian Stewart, Commissioner of Queensland Police Services, and Mr Jim Madden MP, State Member from Ipswich West, represented the Premier of Queensland.


The re-elected Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council, Cr Paul Antonio praised the IST in engaging with the diverse community in Toowoomba over the years.


Federal Member of Groom, Mr Ian Macfarlane MP spoke on the peaceful and respectful community of Toowoomba. Dr John McVeigh MP, State Member of Toowoomba South; Mr Wayne Briscoe, Executive Director of Multicultural Affairs Queensland; Dr Jonathan Inkpin, Chair of Toowoomba Goodwill Committee, and Rector, Perish of St Luke, Toowoomba; and Imam Abdul Kader, Garden City Mosque also spoke on the occasion.


Prof Shahjahan Khan, Founding President of IST, Director of Muslim Community Cooperative Australia, and Chair of USQ Multicultural Staff Network made a PowerPoint presentation explaining the history Muslims in Toowoomba and genesis of the first Mosque in the city. He also covered the long standing and ongoing engagement of Muslims with wider community, especially with the neighbours of the Mosque and religious and cultural groups in Toowoomba. The plan for the expansion of the burned Mosque and its design were also revealed.


The President of IST, Mr Michael Yahya Anderson expressed the vote of thanks to everyone who participated and volunteer for the event, and cooked and sold food to support the community.


In addition to varieties of food from diverse communities, there were information booth, activities for women and fun for the children. Some community and charity organisations also took part in the event.


It was a perfect opportunity for the Muslims to know fellow Muslims and non-Muslims in a very friendly and respectful environment. Many people come to the event from Brisbane to expressed solidarity with their brother and sisters of Toowoomba.


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


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Reported by : Khalil Sevidal

National Zakat Foundation Australia (NZF) was in the 3rd Toowoomba International Food Festival which was organized by the Garden City Mosque on the 10th of April 2016.

Alhamdulillah it was a successful and a well-attended event. NZF was able to introduce its services to the Muslim community in Toowoomba.


The local Channel 7 news interviewed one of the members and a guest from Rosies – Friends On The Street had a good discussion with NZF for possible future cooperation towards helping needy Muslims.

The National Zakat Foundation is a ground-breaking initiative which aims to utilise Zakat funds and voluntary donations collected in Australia for the benefit of local, deserving recipients.

For more information, please visit or call 1300 663 729.


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Malek Fahd Islamic School in Sydney faces closure.

IT ONCE had support from the King of Saudi Arabia but a controversial Islamic school now faces financial ruin after $20 million in government funding was cut off.

As of Friday, the Malek Fahd Islamic School will no longer be supported by Federal Government funding.

It was one of two to be stripped of millions after a review found evidence of financial mismanagement. Both have appeals pending but if unsuccessful thousands of students could be left without a school.

On Tuesday the government announced three other schools around Australia were safe, and would continue to receive funding after promising to change their practices.

But the future of one other school hangs in the balance.

So what is going on?


The six schools identified for review were all affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils. In total the schools received about $41 million in funding in 2015, up to 75 per cent of their funding.

But a Deloitte audit last year found all of them failed to meet basic standards required to qualify for this funding.

It found ongoing concerns about the schools’ independence, financial management and governance arrangements.

They are all required to operate as financially viable, not-for-profit organisations, under the Australian Education Act 2013.

In addition to this the funding must only be used for school education.

“Australians rightly expect that every taxpayer dollar committed to school education is genuinely expended on school education,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Education Department issued notices to the six schools in November asking them to “show cause” why their funding should not be cut off.

The responses of two schools were unsatisfactory and the department decided in February to stop funding them.


As of Friday, the controversial Malek Fahd Islamic School in Sydney stopped receiving any government money after it was found to be operating for profit. It’s now fighting to stay open.



Students at Malek Fahd Islamic School are in limbo as government funding is withdrawn.

The management of the school has been in disarray for years and the government reportedly found evidence of a phantom loan, mystery payments and undeclared conflicts of interest during its investigation.

Last year the ABC got leaked documents that alleged some representatives at the school’s parent body, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, profited from taxpayer funds given to the schools.

The documents revealed senior administrators were paid up to $500,000 for “unidentified services”.

A loan of more than $1.4 million was also given to the AFIC but no one knows what the money was used for and there is no agreement covering the terms.

Police were called to the school in March after a meeting to discuss its future turned chaotic. Microphones were reportedly snatched, a lawyer was allegedly assaulted and delegates were blockaded by “burly looking men” as delegates blamed each other for the mismanagement.

The future of the school, which was built on land using a $12 million gift from then-King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, now hangs in the balance.


The late-King Fahd of Saudi Arabia helped found the school.

More than 2000 students have been left in limbo as the school based in Greenacre fights to stay open.

Malek Fahd was receiving about $20 million from the government so the decision could see it close. But it has pledged to stay open for another term while it appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

It lodged the appeal after an internal review this year backed the Department’s original decision.

Interim board chairwoman Miriam Silva said the school would seek re-registration and had made “good progress” towards meeting the government’s strict funding requirements.

The Islamic School of Canberra, which caters to 217 students, was also due to have its funding withdrawn on April 8 but has been granted extra time to apply for an internal review.

It could lose $1 million in government funding.

Mr Birmingham said the Department decided in February to cut funding to the two schools as they “did not acknowledge the issues, did not engage their own independent support, had limited engagement with the Department and did not put forward amendments to their constitution”.


Meanwhile three other schools will continue to receive funding.

The Islamic College of Brisbane, Langford Islamic College in Perth and the Islamic College of Melbourne were given the news on Tuesday. A decision about the Islamic College of South Australia has yet to be made but the minister acknowledged the response of all four schools.

“Since 2 March the schools have followed through with real action on their commitments to implement substantial changes to their operations, including ensuring appropriate independence,” Mr Birmingham said.



The Islamic College of Brisbane has been working with the government.

He said all four authorities had genuinely engaged independent support in preparing their response and committed to implementing substantial changes.

“These substantial changes included pursuing changes to their constitution and commencing an implementation plan of self-identified improvements and changes stipulated by the Department.”

The department will continue funding to the schools provided extra conditions to ensure the changes and improvements were sustained.

Mr Birmingham said the school in South Australia was also in the process of making changes and the department would make a final decision on its future in the coming weeks.

“I am committed to ensuring that all school authorities meet the requirements of the Education Act 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.”



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iCare and the Islamic Society of Gold Coast loaded a 40ft container of donated goods to be sent to victims of the Fiji hurricane disaster.

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Researchers from Griffith University are looking for adult female and male Muslims to attend a focus group to discuss experiences of living in Muslim communities.


This research is part of a study conducted by Associate Professor Halim Rane and his team on Muslim settlement and integration in Australia.

Along with the other participants, you will be asked to discuss the main factors that influence your decision to reside in your suburb, what you like most about living there, the nature and contexts of your interactions with Muslims and non-Muslims and your thoughts concerning relations between the Muslim community and wider society.


If you choose to participate, you will be invited to attend a focus group with 8 to 12 others from your suburb. If you live in one of the suburbs listed here, you are invited you to contact Husan Ruzehaji to register. Light refreshments will be provided and in appreciation of your time, you will be given a $50 gift card.


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Thanks to the generosity of our Brisbane community so far over 500 filled Shoeboxes have been filled for the ShoeBox for Syria campaign.


If you would still like to contribute towards this worthy cause, please complete your Shoeboxes by 24 April 2016.

Simply follow the guidelines below when selecting gifts for your Shoebox, and remember to also do the following:

- Label the top of the Shoebox with age group & gender.
- Place a small note inside listing the contents.
- Secure your Shoebox closed with an elastic band - do not seal.

There will be a working bee at 10am on Saturday 23 April at the Kuraby Mosque were the plan is to complete a further 100+ Shoeboxes with donated fillers and items purchased with financial contributions. If you would love to help out and can spare an hour or two, contact the organizers below.

To RSVP for the working bee, or to drop of your Shoebox donations, contact one of the following coordinators:

Darra: Kendall 0434 494 006
Kuraby: Nasreen 0422 127 786
Daisy Hill: Laila 0430 124 786
Calamvale: Amira 0415 318 600

"Let's get our Shoeboxes close to the 1000 mark, and make the beautiful, less-fortunate children of Syria smile this Eid."


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Construction of a new mosque in the Canberra Islamic Centre complex has been under way for two years.

The construction of a new mosque in southern Canberra is set to ramp up after a $1.4 million donation from the Kuwaiti government.

​Canberra Islamic Centre president Azra Khan said the construction of the centre in Monash, which has been under way for the past two years, is now expected to be finished in March 2017, after their funding submission was granted via the Kuwait embassy in Canberra.

"We've been really quite hamstrung with funds so we could have to collect donations and once we had enough to do a piece of work, we'd do that work. What this means is we've got the full assurance that the funds are accessible to complete the entire job," Mrs Khan said.

"We've finalised the foundation works and we've also started the framework and the steel structure will be going up in the next week or so. What this means is we can get on with the cladding and the roofing and everything else in very quick succession."

The centre will be named the Ahmad Al Sabah Masjid and Islamic Education Centre, in recognition of the contribution from the Emir of Kuwait.

Mrs Khan said it will provide the south Canberra Islamic community with a dedicated place of worship.

"We at the moment use the community hall to pray and it's not really ideal because the hall is a multi-purpose hall and then we often have to move the prayer mats out and reconfigure things for community purposes," she said.

"What this means is we have a dedicated place where we can pray and use it for that purpose as well as an Islamic education centre with dedicated classrooms and reading rooms.".

A spokesperson from the Kuwait embassy in Canberra said the embassy would be involved in the project from start to finish.

He said the building would "support a lot of people".

The centre so far has been supported by the Australian government and the rest of the community. It's not just a mosque, it's a school, a library, it's a meeting point," he said.

Kuwait ambassador to Australia Najeeb Al-Bader, Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann and the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed attended the official signing off of the funding arrangement on Tuesday.

"We are constantly on the lookout for funding, charitable donations and the like.

"This really was the result of a submission we put forward to the embassy of Kuwait some 18 months ago I think.

"It went through a very long process of consideration.

"It's not something we were expecting but we were hopeful because we did get some indication of some interest so we were kind of alerted a few months ago when they asked for more information.

"We started getting quite excited.

"We've been really quite hamstrung with funds so we could have to collect donations and once we had enough to do a piece of work, we'd do that work. What this means is we've got the full assurance that the funds are accessible to complete the entire job.

"We're aiming to complete it by March 2017.

"It's a dedicated place of worship. We at the moment use the community hall to pray and it's not really ideal because the hall is a multi-purpose hall and then we often have to move the prayer mats out and reconfigure things for community purposes. What this means is we have a dedicated place where we can pray and use it for that purpose as well as an Islamic education centre with dedicated classrooms and reading rooms to allow for more professionalised locations.

"It's in line with what the state of Kuwait does nationally. They look at similar proposals and they looked at ours and saw it was in line with their criteria for donations.

"I think they were impressed with the complex and the work we do there currently and I think they could see the value in providing this significant donation to that structure.
"They do a lot of work internationally of that nature and we met their criteria.

"We're very grateful to the Emir of Kuwait and the embassy and the ambassador Najeeb Al-Bader.


A $1.4 million funding agreement between Kuwait and the Canberra Islamic Centre for their new mosque was signed off on Tuesday.


Source: Canberra Times

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Four people were evicted from the Western derby AFL match in Perth after displaying an anti-Muslim banner during last Saturday night's game at Subiaco Oval.

The spectators unfurled the "stop the mosques" banner and displayed it for a short time, before they were removed from the ground and handed over to police.

A spokesman for the WA Football Commission confirmed the incident and said moves were underway to have the offenders banned from the ground.

Last week, AFL boss Gillon McLachlan said he would not tolerate the game being used to vilify sections of the community after an anti-Muslim banner was unfurled during the Friday night match between Richmond and Collingwood at the MCG.

After that incident a number of players, including West Coast's Nic Naitanui took to Twitter to condemned the banner.

Following the latest incident, AFL spokesman Patrick Keane reiterated the league's stance in a tweet saying the anti-Islamic views did not in any way represent the game in any way.

The United Patriots Front used Facebook to confirm the group's involvement.

A spokesman said in a video post the group's members were "mobbed" by spectators and one was arrested after trying to stop another person taking the banner out of his hands.

He said the member was hand-cuffed, but later issued a move-on notice and released.

The banner was confiscated.

Source: ABC


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As Europe reels from the deadly terror attacks in Brussels and Paris, this week's Four Corners takes you inside the secret Islamic State network responsible.

This report, from the BBC's Panorama program, traces the network through its key players: the mastermind, the recruiter and the terror operatives.

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"What scientists have found about the benefits of fasting might shock you."

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Sunnybank is the latest addition to the places where Dawah Matrix shares Islam to the public.


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The Sun 


6 Things Wrong With Trevor Phillips Latest Crusade  
By Abdul-Azim Ahmed (A graduate of Religion and Theology BA and a Masters in Islam in Contemporary Britain. Abdul-Azim is currently completing a PhD on Islam in Wales.)

UK: I genuinely can’t remember the last time there was a single week without a headline story about Muslims. Sometimes, its unavoidable. With global crises like Syria, the post-war mess in Iraq, and acts of terrorism – headline news is expected. But other times, it’s engineered. Like the non-story of Ramadan exam timetables, or the non-story of halal hysteria, or the Sun’s misleading ‘1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy with jihadis’ frontpage (which they had to offer an apology for).

This week, it’s Trevor Phillips. He’s come to tell us ‘What British Muslims Really Think’. Thanks Trev, but no thanks. I, and other British Muslims, can quite confidently and competently express ourselves. Note the word really too, which gives off the air of Muslims hiding their true intentions and nature, almost like a subversive fifth column. Trevor Philips latest Channel 4 documentary reeks of a particular kind of condescending and dog-whistle sensationalism, and as many others have pointed out over the past day alone, it’s full of problems. Rather than re-invent the wheel, here is a recap of what Trevor gets wrong.


1) The Survey Doesn’t Actually Talk Directly To Muslims

Writing in the Sunday Times (£), Trevor remarks that: -

““Too often, this section of society is spoken for by self-styled community leaders, or interpreted by academic experts. What’s different about this survey is that it reveals British Muslims speaking for themselves.”

First, there are very few self-styled community leaders left. The last of them are perhaps the media pundits. In the last decade, British Muslims have invested heavily into self-organising. They now have elected bodies such as the Muslim Council of Britain or the Federation of Student Islamic Societies, established religious authorities, such as the Bradford Council of Mosques or the Imams Online, and public interest groups, such as Mend. No organisation speaks for all Muslims, but the landscape is diverse, and the trope of the self-styled community leader is out of date.

There is also an irony here. Muslims have been polled, polled and polled again, with sometimes hugely different results each time. Polls are not some magic trick to finally let Muslims speak for themselves as Trevor puts it. In fact, as the Sun’s frontpage proves, they can be just as easily manipulated for other purposes. And it’s what Trevor has done here. Trevor will get lots of airtime, lots of coverage, a nice paycheque, and go home. Whereas the damage is to British Muslims, who once again are spoken about, instead of spoken with, and it is they who must live with the consequences.

CONTINUED NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 2) The Survey Doesn’t Tell Us What British Muslims Really Think


Source: On Religion



Madrasa education: What is wrong with it?

Do you really want me to open this can of worms? Yes, I really do not want to but someone has to speak up and it has fallen to someone like me.
We will seek to identify some major problems with the madrasa system in place in the UK.
These are some points that we are going to address:

1. Teachers and standards
2. Class sizes
3. Child development
4. Time allocated for teaching
5. Disciplinary procedures
6. Syllabus
7. Money




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  Nazmain was married to Amir from Kalile with the ceremony taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Monday 12 April 2016. All my blessings - Galila Abdelsalam



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By Dr Jasser Auda

In this part, Dr. Jasser Auda concludes the series with discussion of where children should line within a mosque and whether women are solely responsible for them during prayer. Also, whether mosque’s gates should be open for both men and women or dedicated for each gender is also elaborated on in this article. 

Children’s status and place in mosque
As for children, the observed practice during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was that the older among them would form separate rows. Sometimes the imam was a child like `Amr ibn Salamah in the Hadith referred to above.

Yet, this practice rarely takes place in our age; few are the children who observe prayers properly with due concentration and Khushu`. It is thus more suitable that children be accompanied by their parents in mosque or have special halls where they can be taught and guided by volunteering males and females, especially in public occasions where there are big numbers of children.

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Mosques’ doors for both men and women
Mosques’ doors were accessible to both men and women during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and during the reign of Abu Bakr.

Then, `Umar decided to assign a specific door for women only, and prevented men from entering mosque through it. Yet, women were not prevented from entering mosque through men’s doors.

It is reported in Abu Dawud’s Sunan from Nafi` ibn `Umar that he said: `Umar ibn Al-Khattab said, “It would be better if we leave this door for women (Another narration from Nafi` reads that `Umar ibn Al-Khattab would prevent men from entering the Mosque through women’s door)”.

The issue of assigning a specific door for women is based on an ijtihad (personal reasoning) by `Umar and is meant for organizational purpose; it was not a tawqifi matter (i.e. instructed by a religious text reported from the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him).

Hence, `Umar’s forbidding men to enter the Mosque through women’s door is just meant for public interest; it is not a binding legal ordinance that applies to all times and places. Besides, it does not revoke the permissibility of having common doors in the Mosque for both men and women.

In this age, and especially in countries with Muslim minorities, it is more proper that the mosques’ main entrances be open for both men and women, even if circumstances necessitated reserving an additional door for women only.

Besides, it is forbidden for men to roughly treat or talk to women if they enter a mosque through “men’s door”, as we unfortunately see in present day reality.

In fact, maltreatment of women in mosques is one of the major problems that the Muslim youths encounter. Such an attitude makes the youth disinclined towards Islam and Muslims, and makes non-Muslims feels aversion from the Muslim message, as witnessed by Muslims living among non-Muslims.

It is not a Sunnah practice to isolate women in specific halls or to place fences or curtains between men and women in mosques. Rather, the Sunnah is that women pray in the same mosque and the same hall, with women’s rows lined behind men’s rows. Men’s rows start at the front of the mosque and women’s lines start at the mosque’s back and go forward.

Besides, there is no harm that a woman moves around the mosque when there is no congregational prayer, when men pray individually.

It is not a Sunnah practice that girls or boys be prevented from frequenting mosques or that women alone be responsible for looking after them in mosques.

Moreover, it is permissible to assign a specific sideway door for women, especially in cases of overcrowding, or to draw lines or signs on the ground, separating men’s and women’s praying areas, without preventing women from entering mosques through the main doors.

Muslims should also consider how woman’s status and place in mosques has bearings on new generations of youth, males and females alike, on the image of Islam and on the effectiveness of dawah efforts.

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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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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

Mansur’s palace was a remarkable building of 360,000 sq ft. Its most striking feature was the 130ft-high green dome above the main audience chamber, visible for miles around and surmounted by the figure of a horseman with a lance in his hand. Khatib claimed that the figure swivelled like a weathervane, thrusting his lance in the direction from which the caliph’s enemies would next appear. Mansur’s great mosque was Baghdad’s first. Encompassing a prodigious 90,000 sq ft, it paid dutiful respect to Allah while emphatically conveying the message that the Abbasids were his most powerful and illustrious servants on earth.

By 766 Mansur’s Round City was complete. The general verdict was that it was a triumph. The ninth-century essayist, polymath and polemicist al-Jahiz was unstinting in his praise. “I have seen the great cities, including those noted for their durable construction. I have seen such cities in the districts of Syria, in Byzantine territory, and in other provinces, but I have never seen a city of greater height, more perfect circularity, more endowed with superior merits or possessing more spacious gates or more perfect defences than Al Zawra, that is to say the city of Abu Jafar al-Mansur.” What he particularly admired was the roundness of the city: “It is as though it is poured into a mould and cast.”
The last traces of Mansur’s Round City were demolished in the early 1870s when Midhat Pasha, the reformist Ottoman governor, tore down the venerable city walls in a fit of modernising zeal. Baghdadis have since grown used to being excluded from the centre of their resilient capital.

Just as they had been barred from the inner sanctum of the city under Mansur, so were their 20th-century counterparts excluded from the heart of Baghdad on pain of death 12 centuries later under Saddam Hussein. The heavily guarded district of Karadat Maryam, slightly south of the original Round City on the west bank, became the regime headquarters, the engine room of a giant machine carefully calibrated to cow, control and kill using the multiple security organisations that enabled a country to devour itself. Under the American occupation of 2003 it became the even more intensely fortified Green Zone, a surreal dystopia of six square miles in which Iraqis were largely unwelcome in their own capital.

Today, after a 12-year interlude, the Green Zone is open to Baghdadis again. But as so often in their extraordinarily bloody history, Iraqis find they have very little to cheer about as the country tears itself apart. The great city of Baghdad survives, but its people are once again engulfed in terrible violence.


The last remaining gate of the walls that once surrounded Baghdad.



Source: The Guardian


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



Halal Comedy

So what exactly is halal comedy? According to Jakim’s guidelines, the jokes cannot be too funny, so that it doesn’t make people laugh too much. Coz behaving (laughing) in an extreme way is not good moral values. Also, jokes shouldn’t be made on serious or mournful matters, so we guess… that leaves 1MDB out? :-(

Even offstage, comedians are expected to be of ‘noble personality’ with ‘good morals’, ruled Jakim. No criminal convictions, whether under civil or Syariah law. Lastly, and men and women should not mix in the audience – or on stage.

“If we were to enforce the guidelines we would need some sort of laugh-meter. We imagine religious Laughter Police snooping comedy shows looking to catch comics who indulge the audience with ‘excessive laughter’.” – Rizal Kamal, Chief Executive of LOL Events, Chortle


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.

5. Malala Yousafzai



It’s young women like her who deserve the highest rank, even those who aren’t as recogniéed for their activism as Malaila. As an activist at the age of 16, she was the youn gest holder of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17, standing up for the right of education and freedom.

NEXT WEEK: Carolyn Walker

Source: MVSLIM


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



Taj-ul-Masajid - Bhopal, India 

With a name that translates as "Crown among Mosques", this place of worship in Bhopal has a pink façade, two 18-storey high octagonal minarets with marble domes, and a double-storeyed gateway. All of which mean it is not surprising that this is India 's largest mosque, with enough space for 175,000 worshippers.  


Source: Telegraph UK


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 15 April 2016

TOPIC"The Realities of the Syrian Refugees - Imam Akram's Trip to Jordan & Turkey"

IMAM: Akram Buksh







 Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 15 April 2016

TOPIC"The significance of Du'aa"

IMAM: Dr Mohamad Abdalla







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 15 April 2016


IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 15 April 2016

TOPIC: “The two indicative results of hardship"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar





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Wi-Fi hijacking banned in Dubai fatwa


DUBAI: If you are tired of your neighbour cutting into your internet signal, then the UAE’s most populous city seems to be the right place for you. There, a fatwa - or religious law - has been issued prohibiting the misdeed.

Word of the law first circulated when a user asked if connecting to another person’s Wi-Fi without their knowledge is fine, according to Gulfnews. The matter was addressed by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD), an actual agency of the Dubai government.

The IACAD responded by putting the query under the modern fatwas section, saying:

“It is not allowed for people to use what belongs to others without payment or without their permission. Therefore, the internet should be used only after subscribing for the service.”

Fatwas are legal pronouncements issued by Islamic religious figures with a view to the Koran. They can be issued by governments and religious groups alike.

Source: RT


Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals


He might have been a staunch protector of the British Empire, but the British Prime Minister had a love of the Orient and Islam 


UK: The family of Sir Winston Churchill urged him to “fight against” the desire to convert to Islam, a newly discovered letter has revealed.

The Prime Minister who led Britain to victory in World War Two was apparently so taken with Islam and the culture of the Orient that his family wrote to try and persuade him not to become a Muslim.

In a letter dated August 1907 Churchill’s soon to be sister-in-law wrote to him: “Please don’t become converted to Islam; I have noticed in your disposition a tendency to orientalise, Pasha-like tendencies, I really have.

“If you come into contact with Islam your conversion might be effected with greater ease than you might have supposed, call of the blood, don’t you know what I mean, do fight against it.”

The letter, discovered by a history research fellow at Cambridge University, Warren Dockter, was written by Lady Gwendoline Bertie who married Churchill’s brother Jack.

"Churchill never seriously considered converting," Dr Dockter told The Independent. "He was more or less an atheist by this time anyway. He did however have a fascination with Islamic culture which was common among Victorians."

Churchill had opportunity to observe Islamic society when he served as an officer of the British Army in Sudan. In a letter written to Lady Lytton in 1907 Churchill wrote that he “wished he were” a Pasha, which was a rank of distinction in the Ottoman Empire.

He even took to dressing in Arab clothes in private - an enthusiasm he shared with his good friend the poet Wilfrid S. Blunt. But Dr Dockter thinks Churchill's family need never have worried about his interest in Islam.

"[Lady Gwendoline Bertie] would have been worried because Churchill was leaving for an African tour and she would have known Churchill had been seeing his friend, Wilfrid S. Blunt, who was a renowned Arabist, anti-imperialist and poet. Though he and Churchill were friends and dressed in Arabian dress at times for Blunt's eccentric parties, they rarely agreed."

In 1940, when Churchill was leading Britain’s fight against Nazi Germany, he gave his support to plans to build what became the London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park - putting aside £100,000 for the purpose - in the hope of winning the support of Muslim countries in the war.

He later told the House of Commons that “many of our friends in Muslim countries” had expressed appreciation for this “gift”.

But while he was vocal in his admiration for Islam, Churchill was not uncritical. “The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men,” he wrote in his 1899 account of Sudan, The River War.

“Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralizes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.”

Dr Dockter, who assisted the London Mayor Boris Johnson on his book about Churchill, discovered the letter while researching his forthcoming book Winston Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East.

Source: The Independent

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 Indonesia promotes halal industry to attract tourists from Middle East



JAKARTA – Indonesia is now intensively promoting the development of halal tourism in an effort to attract tourists from Muslim nations, particularly countries in the Middle East.

The Tourism Ministry has designated at least 10 provinces as halal tourist destination regions, which comprise six provinces or special regions in Java (Banten, Jakarta, West Java, and Central Java, in addition to Yogyakarta and East Java), two in Sumatra (West Sumatra and Aceh), one in Kalimantan (South Kalimantan) and one in Nusa Tenggara (West Nusa Tenggara/NTB).

The Tourism Ministry will formally announce Aceh and West Sumatra provinces in Sumatra as halal tourist destinations in 2016. The announcement will be made following the announcement of Lombok (NTB) as a halal tourist destination.

Indonesia has to develop its halal tourism destinations as these have the potential to attract foreign tourists (particularly those coming from the Middle East), according to Oneng Setya Harini, assistant deputy for People Empowerment and Destination Management of the Tourism Ministry.

Indonesia, which is also supported by its predominantly Muslim population, can become a friendly tourist destination nation for the worlds Muslims. “We will encourage and develop Aceh and West Sumatra to become halal tourism destinations. The two provinces have more attractiveness and various tourist sites,” Oneng Setya Harini was quoted by online media as saying last Wednesday.

Halal tourism destinations have developed in a number of countries such as Malaysia and Japan, she said. These types of tourism destinations have grown rapidly in neighbouring countries.

Sensing this development, Indonesia is not willing to be left behind Malaysia. Even more, Indonesia is blessed with regions that have Islamic cultural nuances such as the Aceh provinces.

“We have to become better than Malaysia, which is why we will develop Aceh. Aceh has a strong Islamic culture and natural potential. People come to Indonesia for its culture,” she said.

The Tourism Ministry hoped the halal tourism plan in West Sumatra and Aceh will proceed well this year, so that these two provinces would attract more foreign tourists from Muslim countries, Oneng Setya Harini said. Actually, halal tourism is designed not only for Muslims but also for non-Muslims.

The Head of Tourism and Creative Economy Office of the West Sumatra province, Burhasman, said the halal tourism concept is not only for Muslims and non-Muslims can also enjoy it.

“There is still a misunderstanding about halal tourism and some people think it is meant for Muslims only as all things must be based on Shariah. However, halal tourism means the destination, accommodation, culinary and tourist attractions must all be as per the halal concept,” Burhasman said in West Sumatra last week.

The Indonesia Ministry of Tourism will develop halal tourism in West Sumatra, a province that has a potential for such a concept just as West Nusa Tenggara province, known for similar tourism.

“West Sumatra has a potential for halal tourism development as culturally, it is known as a religious province,” the Deputy Assistant of Business and Market Segment Development, the Ministry of Tourism, Tazbir, said here on April 2.

He explained that halal tourism is a universal concept which includes serving healthy food, providing clean accommodation and hospitability. Therefore, all the people find it suitable.

“We want West Sumatra achieve a similar status as West Nusa Tenggara which has been awarded the World Best Halal Tourism Destination award,” he said, adding that demand for halal products is from the world community.

Indonesia won three awards as the world halal tourism destination at the World Travel Awards 2015 event held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The winners of the World halal Travel Awards 2015 were announced at a gala dinner in Abu Dhabi on October 20, 2015, in conjunction with the World Halal Travel Summit 2015.

The development of halal tourism in West Sumatra, according to Burhasman, has a big potential, but what is really needed is a guarantee that guests will be served halal food and will be able to stay in a place that is safe and comfortable, he added.

For instance, he said, a hotel that applied halal tourism concept should provide a travel prayer mat, the direction of the Qibla, and there should be a mosque nearby.

In addition, halal tourism must necessarily come with a good service and should be friendly, have reasonable food prices, must be free of extortion, and should have clean toilets.

Burhasman said the administration will develop rules and regulations to support the implementation of halal tourism concept in West Sumatra.

According to Tazbir, halal tourism is a universal concept which includes serving healthy food, providing clean accommodation and ensure good hospitability. It is suitable for all people.

“We want West Sumatra to achieve the same status as West Nusa Tenggara which was awarded the Worlds Best Halal Tourism Destination award,” he said.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Tourism also is making efforts to boost the number of tourist arrivals from various Middle Eastern countries in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). It backs the move to establish a halal tourism acceleration development team in the province.

“The team is expected to focus on mapping constraints and solutions to ensure development of tourism based on the Islamic sharia. It is also expected to make coordination easier,” Hafizuddin Ahmad, the deputy chairman of the Halal Tourism Development of the Tourism Ministry, said here on Wednesday (April 6).

Hafizuddin said NTB is one of the 10 halal tourism destinations being developed in Indonesia to attract foreign tourists, particularly those coming from the Middle Eastern countries.

Of the ten halal tourist destination provinces, the government is focusing on three provinces, namely NTB, Aceh and West Sumatra, to expedite halal tourism development.

“Such efforts have been on since 2015. Efforts to develop such tourism in West Sumatra and Aceh have also been on since the beginning of this year,” he said.

He said although Aceh and West Sumatra have just began on the path to develop halal tourism, the local governments had set up working groups last year itself. In NTB, such a working group was yet to be set up.

However, NTB, according to Hafizuddin, has taken the lead in the development of halal tourism because it has issued a gubernatorial decree to develop such tourism. The gubernatorial decree will be followed by local government regulations.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Song of Lahore 


 The Sachal Ensemble

PAKISTAN: 'Song of Lahore' is the companion album to the documentary of the same name by Andy Schocken and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. The film tells the story of a group of musicians called the Sachal Ensemble struggling to survive in the oppression and brutality of modern day Pakistan.


The album features collaborations between the Sachal Ensemble and a plethora of guest artists including Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Sean Lennon, Wynton Marsalis, Nels Cline of Wilco, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Madeleine Peyroux, Cibo Matto, Becca Stevens and iconic actress Meryl Streep. 


"We will show the world that Pakistanis are artists, not terrorists." - Nijat Ali
(Violin/harmonium/conductor of the Sachal Ensemble)






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



TORONTO: The Canadian Council of Imams said Monday it would open “deradicalization clinics” in the Toronto area next fall to serve as hubs for dealing with community members who have been drawn into violent extremism.

“We just want to take a proactive approach,” Imam Hamid Slimi (pictured) said of the plan, to be announced at a CCI dinner on Monday night. The council also recently formed a National Security Committee, the Toronto imam said.

“We need to take action because this is a growing problem worldwide. And at least we want to create a successful model,” said Slimi, the CCI’s former chairman. “There is a will in the community. Nobody wants to see another Brussels or Paris.”

Like other Western nations, Canada is experiencing a growing radicalization problem, underscored by the October 2014 terror attacks that resulted in the deaths of two Canadian Forces members in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa.

According to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, about 180 people “with a nexus to Canada” are currently active in overseas terrorism — including 100 in Syria and Iraq alone. Another 60 have returned to Canada after engaging in terrorism.

To help tackle the problem, the council is proposing two or three clinics across Toronto that would serve as community resource centres on radicalization issues. They would take a “holistic” approach, he said, making use of mental-health experts, academics and theologians, among others.

“There will be training this summer, and then in fall we launch these clinics,” he said. “I hope we won’t be that busy. It’s not that bad. But these days one individual can do the biggest damage you can imagine. So that’s the whole idea.”

The federal budget unveiled by the Liberals last month included $35 million over five years for a new Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Co-ordinator’s office. Montreal and Calgary already have local programs.  
Source: National Post


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Valhalla Mosque project officially receives the nod


Signing of the title deeds

SOUTH AFRICA: An eventful journey spanning years of longing, disappointment, setbacks and fury, involving the aspirations of the Muslim community of Valhalla, on the outskirts of Pretoria, added to its story a refreshing chapter on Tuesday with the Tshwane Municipality officially handing over to its representatives a piece of land earmarked for a Masjid.

The handover event, held in the heart of the suburb and open to the public, from the outset looked to be in jeopardy, with threats from right wing members of the surrounding, predominately white, community, threatening to continue opposing the development with violence and Islamophobia.

Organisers on Tuesday had the venue of the announcement secured by private personnel, with police reinforcements also on standby.

As proceedings got underway, a pocket of protestors assembled outside holding placards denouncing the mosque as an infringement of their rights, a challenge to Christian values and a blemish on the peace of their neighborhood.

Inside, a principal objector to the development sought to derail proceedings from the outset, but was quickly reigned in, without succeeding in creating excessive disturbance.


Accompanied by senior council officials, Tshwane Mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa , addressed the capacity audience, in what community activist Yusuf Abramjee lauded as a “powerful message” that struck a chord with the community.

“He was very firm in expressing the view that nothing will stop the council from allocating land for places of worship to the community, noting that 142 donations have been made thus far,” Abramjee told Cii Radio.

“You can never place a rand value on the presence of a mosque, temple or church, ” Ramokgopa said.

“We took a decision that everyone must be allowed to practice their religion.”


A capacity crowd for the event

Tackling the nature of objections put forward by critics of the Masjid and petitions submitted to council, Ramokgopa ‏affirmed that residents will always be guaranteed the freedom to raise their disagreements, but cautioned that hate speech would never be tolerated.

“If your petition is to stop the Muslim community, your petition will be defeated,” the mayor said.

Papers affirming the handover of the Masjid land to the Muslim community were signed in front of the ecstatic audience, after which the Mayor was afforded a standing ovation and thunderous applause, and presented with various gifts from the Valhalla Muslim community.

“The land has officially been allocated, which means the process for building the mosque can now formally start, once remaining formalities have been completed,” Abramjee said.

The crime-fighter encouraged the Muslim community to take up the fight against hate speech and threats levelled at them – which have gone viral online – legally, by considering options such as the Equality Court and South African Human Rights Commission.

All round congratulations

“This type of hatred should not be allowed, and these type of individuals who are spreading threats, violence and hatred should be brought to book. We cannot sit back and tolerate this type of lawlessness from some members of society.”

While Abramjee believes the voices of opposition will not go silent, he told Cii Radio it was time the community looked forward to a new chapter that will be governed by the spirit of the Constitution.

“The key word is tolerance. We need to respect each other, and we need social cohesion. the least we can do is to promote goodwill and promote harmony.

“We are 22 years into our democracy. There are places of worship for all faiths across South Africa.


We need to respect each other’s religion. And perhaps the way to do it is to educate our fellow human beings that these mosques are not places of hatred. A mosque is a place of peace, a place where people worship”.

Abramjee stressed that respect should be mutual, urging Muslims to be cognisant on being responsible in the way they interacted with fellow residents through their attendance at Masaajid, as well as not causing discomfort where communities have objected to the loud broadcast of the Athaan.

“Let us work together and be tolerant. Through our good example we will be able to promote what our religion teaches us which is tolerance and respect,” he said.

Source: CII Broadcasting


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Philosopher Faces Blasphemy Charges


Prof Sheikha al-Jassem


KUWAIT: Philosophy professor Sheikha al-Jassem (Shaikha Binjasim) is facing charges of blasphemy and the possible loss of her faculty position at Kuwait University, owing to remarks she made in a television interview about freedom of conscience, the politicization of religion in Kuwait, and how the Kuwaiti constitution, not the Quran, is and should be the basis of law in Kuwait.

According to a report from the BBC, al-Jassem has been “summoned to the prosecutor’s office after legal complaints of blasphemy were filed against her.” If she is convicted, she could be jailed for up to a year. The report continues:

Her remarks provoked a storm of attacks against her, spearheaded by Islamist members of Kuwait’s parliament. “They were terrifying me—everywhere, not just from Kuwait, even from Saudi Arabia,” she told the BBC. “They were talking against me, they were saying bad things, they were ridiculing me. But I’m used to it now.”

Calls were made for Ms Jassem’s dismissal from Kuwait University, where she is a professor of philosophy. and a legal complaint was issued against her.

The public prosecutor told her that the complainant said he had been psychologically damaged by her remarks. Other legal complaints may also be filed.

You can watch a video of the interview at the Middle East Media Research Institute site.

Here is a partial transcript:

Q: Do you consider Kuwait to be a religious state or a democratic state?
A: Our source of authority is supposed to be the constitution. The constitution stipulates that the Kuwaiti regime is democratic… The Shari’a is ‘a source’ (for legislation) and not ‘the source’, like others want. Therefore, this question should not even be raised.
Q: But they say that the Quran, the Shari’a, and the religion are more important than our constitution.
A: This is the undoing of our democratic regime.
Q: According to them, this is a conservative Islamic state.
A: A citizen who thinks like that poses a danger to the state… his loyalties do not lie with Kuwait.



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Muslim infant searched by airport security after being placed on terrorist watch list: advocacy group



US: The Council on American Islamic Relations is accusing the U.S. government of placing a 7-month-old baby on the terrorist watch list, which resulted in his diapers and baby bag being searched at an airport, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The baby, now 4 years old, was labeled as a known or suspected terrorist by the FBI on a federal watch list intended to screen potential terrorists, according to the paper. The child is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed this week claiming that U.S. Muslims have been unfairly targeted.

“He was 7 months old when his boarding pass was first stamped with the ‘SSSS’ designation, indicating that he had been designated as a ‘known or suspected terrorist,'” the lawsuit reads. “While passing through airport security, he was subjected to extensive searches, pat-downs and chemical testing. Every item in his mother’s baby bag was searched, including every one of his diapers.”

The “SSSS” on boarding passes alerts security personnel of a suspected terrorist.



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Indian yoga guru advocates ‘chopping off heads’ of Muslims who don’t chant controversial phrase



INDIA: The phrase – “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” – means “Hail Mother India”, and refers to the nation personified as a Hindu goddess. It’s widely used as a statement of patriotism by the BJP, India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party. Some politicians have called for all students to be taught the phrase in school.

Ulama however affirm it goes against Tauheed, and they’re trying to stop the phrase being imposed. In March, a prominent Muslim leader said he would never utter the slogan “…even if you put a knife to my throat”, and a few days later another politician from the party was suspended from the state assembly in Maharashtra after refusing to repeat it.

Debate on the slogan has raged ever since, with one BJP politician saying those who refused to hail Mother India, whatever their religion, should have no right to remain in the country.

But Baba Ramdev escalated the rhetoric even further when he spoke at a meeting on Sunday, organised by the right wing Hindu organisation RSS with the aim of promoting community harmony

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Madinah hosts 3.7m Umrah visitors from 30 countries


GUESTS OF THE MERCIFUL: An Umrah pilgrim, hosted under the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques’ Guest Program, is welcomed by officials in Madinah.


MADINAH, SAUDI ARABIA: The branch of the Ministry of Haj in Madinah registered the arrival of 3.778 million visitors since the beginning of Umrah season, while the number of visas issued by the Kingdom’s embassies totaled 4.363 million.

According to a report issued by the Ministry of Haj in Madinah on Thursday, 3,357,647 pilgrims arrived by air, while 399,506 pilgrims arrived by land and 21,719 pilgrims by sea. As for visas granted for Umrah, five states topped the list of most issued visas, with Egypt coming in first with 23.68 percent, followed by Pakistan with 16.86 percent, Indonesia with 12.48 percent, Turkey with 8.33 percent, and India with 7.49 percent. The remaining visas were issued by other countries, bringing the total to about 30 countries.

The director of the Ministry of Haj’s branch in Madinah, Mohamed Al-Nejaoi, said the branch carried out 356 inspections on Umrah companies and service organizations to verify that they are providing quality services to pilgrims and visitors. He said 162 offenses were reported, which were dealt with in a timely manner, while the total number of inspections on pilgrims’ housing was 988.

He added that counselling centres distributed throughout the central area surrounding the Prophet’s Mosque began work at the start of the Umrah season and so far have provided services to 10,485 stranded pilgrims, and guidance to 5,980 others. 

Source: Arab News


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A black belt in martial arts isn’t required for you to defend yourself against an attacker. Take a self-defense seminar, or at the very least watch some videos online. Practice the techniques you learn and use mental imagery to plan a strategy for different scenarios. By contemplating threatening situations in this way, you are training your body and mind to act from a place of power instead of weakness and paranoia.

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 The CCN Book-of-the-Week


 The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu:

And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts


 Joshua Hammer

To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world’s greatest and most brazen smugglers.

In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned to death unmarried couples, and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.

Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara’s heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali’s—and the world’s—literary patrimony. Hammer explores the city’s manuscript heritage and offers never-before-reported details about the militants’ march into northwest Africa. But above all, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.



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KB says: Spatchcocking a bird is cutting out the backbone and flattening it. This allows the chicken to cook quickly and evenly, which ends up as moist juicy meat. A flavourful marinade of lemon and herbs infuses the chicken with a superb scent and aroma.

Lemon & Herb Spatchcock Chicken




1 baby chicken or a size 8 chicken

First, spatchcock (butterfly) your chicken by placing the chicken on a cutting board, breast side down. Using heavy duty kitchen shears, or a knife, remove the backbone of the chicken. Then find the cartilage where the breastbone begins, and slice through it. Use your hands to spread the chicken apart so that it lays flat.
(your butcher could do this for you)


1/2 tsp ginger garlic
1 tsp green chillies
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tblsp mayonnaise
6 tblsp Nandos lemon & herb marinade
1/2 tsp dried parsley

Olive oil


  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl with the exception of olive oil.

  2. Smear the chicken with the marinade and set aside for 4 to 5 hours, or overnight will be better.

  3. Place chicken on an oven tray and pour the rest of the marinade over chicken.

  4. Drizzle with olive oil & cover with foil.

  5. Bake at 200 for apprx 30ins then remove the foil and bake for a further 15mins uncovered until the skin is crispy and brown.

  6. Serve with chips and mix veg

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Creswalk 4-week training program starts next week.


So watch this space..

Registration will open very soon, insha'Allah.


Start eating healthier - change / cut out a few of your fave sweets or fried foods & replace it it with good fats / nutrients. Remember protein is good for muscle recovery, so replenish after a workout. Water is the best to rehydrate so drink up!

This will help get your body race-ready for the big day. Get up 30 mins earlier in the mornings in preparation for Creswalk & be sure to get enough zee's (shut-eye).

Get ready for a full-on program that will see you 'breeze' through the walk come race day.




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A genie appeared in the dream of a woman.

"Whatever you want, just ask " it said.

"My husband’s eyes should be only on me during all waking hours."

"And then ..?"

"He should not be concerned with anything else in life except me."

"And then?"

"He should never sleep without me by his side."

"And then ..?"

"When he wakes up in the morning he should only see my face first."

"And then ..?"

"He should not go anywhere without me."

"And then ..?"

"If there is even a single scratch on me, he should go crazy with grief."

"And then ..?"

"That's it."

And, bingo, the genie turned the woman into a Smartphone!


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An Ayaat-a-Week





"And Behold! You come to Us bare and alone as We created you for the first time: you have left behind you all (the favours) which We bestowed on you: We do not see with you your intercessors whom you thought to be partners in your affairs: so now all relations between you have been cut off, and your (pet) fancies have left you in the lurch!"

~ Surah Al-An'am 6:94


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A family is like branches on a tree.

We all grow in different directions,

yet our roots remain as one.

~ Anon


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Stretton Heights provides new lifestyle for yourself and family, Stretton Heights is a leafy estate next to Karawatha Forest (Acacia Picnic Area Facilities: BBQ, shelter sheds, water, toilets, picnic tables, disable facilities; Illaweena Picnic Area Facilities: Picnic tables, shelter sheds). Provides different walking and bike tracks. Fixed Price Full Turnkey H&L Package price from $810,000.

It is central location to shopping centres and motorways. Short stroll to Karawatha Forest for walking and biking tracks.

- Just behind the Islamic School
- 9 mins (4.1km) to Pacific Motorway to City, Gateway and Gold Coast
- 7 mins (4.4km) to Sunnybank Hills Shopping town
- 9 mins (5.9km) to Calamvale Central Shopping Centre
- 10 mins (6.9km) to Stretton State College
- 18 mins (10km) to Westfield Garden City, Upper Mount Gravatt

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23 April




Come to Success: Salah Workshop for New Muslim Sisters


New Muslim Care

8 Blackwood Rd, Logan Central

0431 747 356

10am to 2pm

30 April & 1 May

Sat & Sun

ICQ Brighter Future Summit

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)


0403 361 786


3 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1437)

4 May



Intimate Teacup conversations (fundraising morning tea)


Connected Women

Cafe Mio, Springwood

07 3808 9233

10am to 12pm

7 May



Palestinian political advocacy and charity dinner (Facebook)



Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 874 008


15 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


14 & 15 May

Sat & Sun

The Forgotten Jewels
Sh Daood Butt

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

21 May


Holland Park Fund Raiser

Islamic Society of Holland Park

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 785 434


21 May


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

22 May


High Tea

Islamic Relief

The Hilton Brisbane

0433 182 520

1pm to 5pm

29 May



Ramadan Refresher Course for new Muslims


New Muslim Care

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0431 747 356

10am to 2pm

4 June



Muslimah Night Bazaar SISTERS ONLY



4 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA

0405 816 102


4pm to 9pm

6 June


1st Ramadan 1437

1 July


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

6 July


Eid al-Fitr 1437 (1st Shawwal 1437)

9 July


ICQ Eid Festival

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)




20 & 21 August

Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

12 September


Eid al-Adha 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)

3 October


1st Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

12 October


Day of Ashura

12 December


Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & 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



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:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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