Sunday, 1 May 2016


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.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ....




ANZAC commemoration ceremony at AIIC

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

The Forgotten Jewels: AL Kauthar Course

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

ANZAC Dawn Service at the Sunnybank RSL

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Social Media Workshop

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Urfa Masood to be Victoria's first female Muslim magistrate

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Disability related bullying almost destroyed me

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Worongary Mosque Update

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Shoebox4syria wrap up

KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links

Casey council votes to reject mosque in Narre Warren

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Gold Coast Halal Muslim Tours

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

Inquiry - Counter-Terrorism Bill 2016

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence


Indonesia Water System - MAA VR 360

The CCN Chuckle


Chowdhury named on Islamic State 'kill list'



AIIC Quran Competition Photo Gallery


Malek Fahd granted reprieve over funding
Hanson's One Nation Policy on Islam and Muslim
Grand mufti sues Daily Telegraph for defamation
Wisdom College Children's Festival
Nine give voice to what it's really like to live as a Muslim


The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column

Things you never knew were halal (in Malaysia)

10 Muslim women who ruled 2015

The world's most beautiful mosques





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The first person to believe in the Prophet was a women, Khadijah (RA). She was a pillar for the Prophet  who strengthened him and supported him through his toughest trials. Her role set a new standard for the women in shaping and developing the Muslim society.

Just as there were great men with the Prophet
, there were also many great women who serve as outstanding role-models for Muslim women today. This course is about reliving the legacy of a select group of women from the early generation of Muslims. These jewels include:





Young Women:
• Aishah Bint Abu Bakr
• Amah Bint Khalid
• Hafsah Bint Sireen

Mothers who raised Scholars:
• Mother of Imam Bukhari
• Mother of Imam As-Shafiee
• Mother of Imam Malik ibn Anas
• Mother of Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal

Women and Society:
• Zumurrud Khatun (Sister of Salahuddin Al-Ayoubi)


Women and Their Parents:
• Umm Kulthum

Love Stories: Women Making the Right Choice
• Zainab Bint Muhammad
• Bareerah and Mugheeth
• Khansaa Bint Khaddaam
• Umm Salamah

180 Degrees: Women who changed their life around after Islam
• Hind Bint Utbah (Radical Change, from cannibal acts to Islam)

• Al-Ghamidiyyah (Sahabiyyah who commited adultery)

Women and Knowledge: (A Modern Example)
• Aisha At-Taymuriyya (1840-1902)

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Be empowered to make a difference by addressing social issues you feel passionate about through social media.

Challenge racism, inequality and extremist ideology by learning the skills you need to enhance your creativity and achieve global reach.

Explore positive community messages online and use the latest content generation tools to create visually appealing and compelling social media campaigns.

And don’t forget to bring along your smartphone or tablet to participate in interactive workshop activities.

Cost: FREE

Date: Saturday, 7 May
Time: 9am to 4pm
Location: Park Regis North Quay 293, North Quay, Brisbane
Included: Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea

Participants required: Youth and their leaders or mentors

For more information: Contact Kuranda Seyit on 0412 318 045 or

Kuranda is collaborating with Social Media AOK on this workshop.

Register here.


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Urfa Masood

Victoria has appointed its first Muslim woman to the bench.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula on Tuesday morning announced the appointment of Urfa Masood to the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.

Ms Masood, who is of Sri Lankan background, will be the first Muslim woman to sit on the bench of any Victorian court.

Ms Masood started practising criminal law in 2003 and has worked for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Australian Tax Office.

She has worked cases in the Magistrates', County, Children's, Family and Federal Courts.

In 2012 she became an adjunct lecturer at the College of Law, where she teaches advocacy.

Mr Pakula congratulated Ms Masood on her new position, saying she brought to the role extensive experience in criminal and family law.

"Ms Masood has extensive experience in criminal law, child protection and family law, as well as with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, which will prove invaluable in her role as a magistrate," he said.

Annette Vickery, deputy chief executive of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, said it was important to have magistrates with an understanding of the issues facing Aboriginal communities.

"The Aboriginal Legal Service has long been recognised as a development ground for exceptional legal talent and we congratulate one of our previous staff members on her appointment to the bench," she said.

Source: The Age


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My name is Samira and I am 19 years old. I have Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which is a mild form of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I am an Australian Muslim of Lebanese and Palestinian descent. I was a victim of bullying and harassment throughout primary and high school.

I was called ugly names because I was different and I was called a midget and a dwarf because I was the shortest one in the classroom. I was also teased because of my teeth and my appearance.

In Year 9, I had my pants pulled down in front of the girls during Visual Arts class.

One day when I was walking up to roll call, a classmate locked me inside a building. I got really frustrated and kept telling them to open the door but they wouldn’t.

I couldn’t take it anymore so I yelled at them and they still refused to open the door. I felt like an outsider in my own school just because I was a child with special needs.

I was struggling to keep up with my assessments and homework. It was a really stressful time for me.

Two years ago I moved to a new school where the workload was more manageable, the teachers were nice and so were the students.

I was taught in the support unit and was studying life skills subjects. I had a great couple of years adapting to the new environment and meeting new people.

After I finished school in 2015 my confidence began to grow and I started to face my fears with the support of family and friends. They helped me stay strong and reminded me to keep holding my head high.

I am now learning how to cook, iron and become more independent by doing things like travelling by myself on public transport.

I have started a Transition to Work Program at Northcott and am not as afraid to work with others as I was during school. I am starting to plan my future now and think about the type of career I want for myself.

I’ve decided to share my story with you because I want people to know they’re not alone. I’m sure there are many people getting bullied and it’s important they know they are not the only ones and there is support.

I want people to be more tolerant. We are a multicultural society and some of us live with disability but we should accept each other. At the end of the day we are all human and will be much happier if we just respect each other.

Source: Northcott


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After receiving council and building approvals in December, construction of the new Mosque in Worongary, Gold Coast will commence in the final week of April, 2016, according to the Islamic Multicultural Association of Gold Coast (IMAGC). .

The IMAGC is currently tendering for works, and asking that anyone who is qualified/licenced in the building industry and has the appropriate insurance, or would like to supply/donate building materials should contact Rami on 0413 904 278.

IMAGC is particularly be interested in:
Concreting, Bricks, Renderers, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, tilers, waterproofing, carpenters, windows, painters, steelworkers, doors/bi-fold doors, roof workers, insect screens, pest control, scaffold hire, WC hire, Bob cat clean-up, WC Suites, Vanities, Basins, Tap ware, Mirrors, etc.

"This is a golden opportunity to put your well earned money into this project," a spokesperson for the IMAGC told CCN.


Bank details for donations:

Bank - ANZ
Name - Islamic Multicultural Association of Gold Coast
BSB - 014701
ACC - 108017453


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As a result of the overwhelming response from the community the Brisbane drive for the national Shoebox4syria campaign collected over 1300 Shoeboxes in just a little over
a month.


"A huge thank-you goes out to everyone young and old that got involved, whether it was a financial contribution, box-filler donations, collecting empty shoeboxes, completed shoeboxes or their time," a spokesperson from the local organizing committee told CCN.


"It has been heart-warming to see the unity between the various Brisbane communities, organisations, schools & individuals. May the almighty reward one and all for their efforts and as our boxes leave, let us make duaa for our brothers and sisters suffering around the world. Inshallah our gifts bring joy & light up the lives of little children this Eid."

The organizers wished to thank the following for their support:
Algester Mosque, community & Liyanas kids holiday program
Darra Mosque & community
Kuraby Mosque & community
Rochedale Mosque & community
Slacks Creek Mosque & community
Gold Coast Mosque & community
Al Mustafa Institute, Hillcrest
Muslim Charitable Foundation
Shajarah Kindergarden
Kuraby Early Learning Centre
Islamic Woman's Association of Qld
Admin, staff & students of Islamic College of Brisbane
Admin, staff & students of Wisdom college
Admin, staff & students of Australian International Islamic College of Durack
Admin, staff &. students of Australian International Islamic College of Gold Coast


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A plan to build a new mosque in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs has been unceremoniously dumped by Casey council, in an unusual meeting on Tuesday night that was more reminiscent of a staged political announcement.

Only about half of the people who turned up to watch the proceedings, many wielding banners with slogans such as "Stop Racism Now", were able to fit into the council chambers.

About one hundred were left outside, the doors to the civic centre guarded by a line of police.

Inside, Casey Mayor Sam Aziz read out a pre-prepared speech endorsing a recommendation by council officers not to allow a permit for the mosque with a "typical Islamic dome style roof" and 25-metre minaret on a vacant rural property on Belgrave-Hallam Road in Narre Warren.

He slammed a report in The Age suggesting that pressure from far-right groups had helped kill off the mosque plan, and added an additional, hard-line, clause in the motion to be voted on by council.

The clause said that council will "allocate every resource necessary and required to defend the decision at other jurisdictions should there be a challenge to the decision". This means the council will fight the rejection if it is appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Cr Aziz said the only group of people outside the council officers who had an impact on council's decision were Casey residents, many of whom he said expressed legitimate concerns about the application.

These concerns were backed up by council planning officers, who found the proposed "height, bulk and prominence" of the mosque and the 153 car spaces would "result in a dominant built form and excessive hard paving and is not considered to be sympathetic to the landscape and scenic qualities of the area".

Meanwhile, VicRoads also objected to the proposal, finding it was "premature" and did not "represent sufficient orderly planning in the area".

During his speech, Cr Aziz lashed out at the mosque applicants, the Saarban Islamic Trust, because they had told the media they believed they had negotiated an agreement with the council.


The Narre Warren mosque was to have been built on a on a site fronting the Belgrave-Hallam Road

"I suggest to you that you have not endeared yourself to anyone making these comments and I also respectfully suggest that in future you consider your comments in the context of the truth not just your own self interest," Cr Aziz said.

The Saarban Islamic Trust was not given an opportunity to respond during the special council meeting, as no public submissions were allowed. Photography was also banned, preventing the media taking photos of the signs being held by the crowd.

Cr Aziz's address was followed by another pre-prepared speech by Cr Rafal Kaplon, before councillors unanimously voted to reject the mosque plan and the public were asked to leave the gallery.

Less than a minute after the closure of the meeting, as people were still filing out, some of them chanting, the mayor asked police to "remove people from the public gallery please". Despite the instruction, the protest appeared to remain peaceful.

Afterwards, members of the local Muslim Pakistani community, who were among those locked out of the meeting, said they wondered if it was worth attending, because it was clear a decision had already been made.

Electronics engineer Taf Chaudhry and Cranbourne real estate agent Waseem Asif said many Muslims believed it was impossible to get a permit for a mosque in Australia.

"It is quite shameful if you think about it because I feel that I'm an Australian, but I would never do to any other community anything like that myself," Mr Chaudhry said.

"It is almost hurtful to think about."

The mosque would have mostly catered to around 470 Urdu and Hindi-speaking Muslims originally from India, Pakistan and Fiji. There were also future plans for an Islamic school with specialist farm program for 1000 students and staff on the block, which is zoned Green Wedge.

Casey council issued a press release shortly after the meeting saying the city made its planning decisions on planning grounds. "Council has a record of approving mosques and Islamic schools (as well as similar facilities of other religions) where they meet planning requirements, and opposing them where they do not," the statement from Cr Aziz said.

The mosque proposal received 1003 objections from the community, while a Facebook page "Stop the Mosque in Narre Warren" – which selectively shares articles that present Muslims in a poor light - has more than 10,000 likes.

The council had also been under pressure from the United Patriots Front to reject the plan.

Source: The Age


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The  Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee invites submissions to its Inquiry into the Counter-Terrorism and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 by Friday, 13 May 2016.

The Bill was introduced in the Parliament and referred to the committee on 19 April 2016.

The key objective of the bill is to equip police with powers to enable a swift response to any public emergencies in Queensland.

The Explanatory Notes advise that the bill makes a number of amendments designed to improve the management and resolution of emergencies by enabling the Queensland Police Service to rapidly gather information, obtain authorisations and exercise powers in an endeavour to mitigate or minimise the impacts of emergency situations - including natural disasters, accidents and criminal actions, terrorist emergencies and chemical, biological and radiological emergencies.
According to the Minister, the new laws will:

• Enable police to require any person or organisation to provide information during a declared emergency
• Create an offence for refusing to provide information sought by police or to give false or misleading information with penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment to apply
• Extend the power to search and seize vehicles as they leave or enter a declared area
• Broaden the power for police to seize things from a person during a declared emergency to include things that a person may use to cause harm.

The Bill would amend the following Acts:

• Corrective Services Act 2006
• Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000
• Public Safety Preservation Act 1986
• Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Act 2005


The committee is required to report on the bill by Tuesday, 12 July 2016.
For more information, see the committee’s webpage here. The webpage will be updated over the course of the inquiry.

Written submissions relating to the bill are now invited. A guide to making submissions is available here.

Submissions should be sent to:
Email address:
Postal address: The Research Director
Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee
Parliament House
Brisbane QLD 4000

Submissions will only by published following formal acceptance by the Committee


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Muslim Aid Australia is taking you on the ground with them to deliver essential projects around the world.


Join the MAA team on a 360 degree Virtual Reality tour of a water system they built in Indonesia


Click on the above image and use the controls on the top left hand corner of the video to navigate through the 360 degrees. (If the controls are not visible, please try the link on Google Chrome or Firefox).


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Dr Tawfique Chowdhury is the founder of Islamic development organisation Mercy Mission.

An Australian doctor says he will continue his charity work despite being named by the Islamic State (IS) group on a "kill list".

Tawfique Chowdhury, the founder of Islamic development organisation Mercy Mission, attracted the ire of IS for presenting a speech to British anti-terrorism experts.

According to Dr Chowdhury, Muslim scholars are natural allies of the West in fighting extremism and the best strategy for prevention is to dismantle terrorist ideologies using the Koran.

In the latest issue of official IS magazine Dabiq, an anonymous author calls upon the group's followers to "wage jihad" against several western-based Muslims.

Dr Chowdhury says while it was important not to exaggerate how powerful IS is, he was left a little concerned by the threat.

"I don't know who they are. I don't know if they exist in Australia where we live," he said.

He still believes if Australia is to be successful in combating the jihadist ideology, the answer remains in the theological knowledge of Muslim scholars.

"We need to appreciate that Muslim scholars have been addressing this topic ever since Islam has existed, which is 1,400 years ago," Dr Chowdhury said.

"We're talking about Australia, which is only a little more than a century old.

"There has to be a respect that Muslim scholars that are fighting this particular issue, and from an orthodox understanding, are probably the best people placed to address this.

"It cannot be fought on the battlefield of weapons and bullets, it has to be fought on the intellectual battlefield first."

He says Mercy Mission operates in many different countries, and it is not the first time he has received threats by extremist groups for his work.

"A part of me says why? What is so offensive about the message I am spreading?" he said.

A prolific public speaker with a YouTube channel that features hundreds of his speeches, he says his work must go on in spite of the threats.

"A part of me is relieved, there is some sort of impact and [that our] work is going on and is making some people worry."

Source: ABC


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The 2400-student school is one of the largest in NSW

Thousands of Sydney students have been spared from being potentially forced out of their school after the federal government was ordered to restore funding to Malek Fahd Islamic School in Sydney's west.

On Thursday, the school was granted a last-minute stay by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal as the federal government moved to withdraw $19 million in funding.

In February, a Federal Department of Education investigation found the private school was operating for profit following allegations of six-figure loans to board members

The tribunal ordered the department to return funding to the school from the first week in May while the school appeals the decision. Students have been back in class running on reserve funds since Tuesday.

In March, police had to be called to a meeting of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, the charity that formerly oversaw the 26-year-old school and five other Islamic schools across the country, after tensions between competing factions spilled over and students protested against the school's management.

Despite being a private institution, the school and five others operated by AFIC rely on public funding for 75 per cent of their income.

The 2400-student school is one of the largest in NSW. Schools in the local area would have been forced to absorb the students from the end of this term if the stay had not been granted.

Rouse Hill, Ironbark Ridge, Beaumont Hills and Kellyville public schools were all available to take students, according to NSW Department of Education.

The school has since severed its ties with AFIC and instituted a new board to attempt to rescue its future.

The board includes the bursar of The Kings School, Geoff Dorman, the first female Muslim chief executive of TAFE South Australia, Miriam Silva, and respected veteran NSW public school principal Martyn Bawden.

A spokesman for the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the department would continue to work through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal's process.

In a statement, the Department of Education advised that it would give effect to the Administrative Tribunal's decision.

"As a result, Malek Fahd will continue to be approved to receive Commonwealth funding under the Act during the external review process."


Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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Islam has no place in Australia if we are to live in a cohesive society. We have seen the destruction it is having around the world. If we do not make the necessary changes now to stop the advancement of Islam in Australia, there will be no hope in the future. Do you want your children and grandchildren to be living under Sharia Law and treated as a second-class citizen with no rights? We don’t and that's why we are standing up.

We will enact the following:

- Call for an inquiry or Royal Commission to determine if Islam is a religion or political ideology
- Stop further Muslim Immigration and the intake of Muslim refugees
- Ban the Burqa and Niquib in public places
- Driver’s licence cannot be obtained without showing the full face and having photo ID on driver’s licence
- Surveillance cameras to be installed in all Mosques and schools. Mosques to be open to the public during all opening hours
- No more mosques to be built until the inquiry is held
- Oppose the introduction of Sharia Law
- Investigate welfare payments paid to Muslims who may be in multiple marriages, having multiple children
- Ban Halal certification. Halal certified food not to be provided in prisons or the armed services. Companies may comply for export but no monies must be paid
- Call for a referendum to change Section 116 of the Australian Constitution
- Muslims will not be allowed to be sworn in to Parliament under the Qur’an
- Female genital mutilation to carry lengthy jail term


Read the full policy.




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Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed’s lawsuit asks for general and aggravated damages and asks that the allegedly defamatory News Corp stories be taken down.

The grand mufti of Australia is suing Sydney’s Daily Telegraph for defamation over two stories and a front page it ran in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks depicting him as the three “unwise” monkeys.

A statement of claim was filed in the New South Wales supreme court on Friday alleging the News Corp tabloid had suggested Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed was “an apologist for the terrorist attacks in Paris”, a supporter of “violent Islamic holy war” and had deliberately refused to attend a vigil after the attacks, among other claims.

The newspaper’s front page on 18 November depicted Mohammed, the most senior Sunni Muslim scholar in Australia, in three poses covering his eyes, ears and mouth, with the caption: “Sees no problems, hears no concerns, speaks no English.”

The two stories were headlined “The unwise mufti” and “Even Hamas condemn the Paris attacks so why won’t Australia’s Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed?”

Mohammed had issued a statement two days after the 13 November attacks saying he “mourn[ed] the loss of innocent lives” and conveyed his “deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased”.


A statement on his Facebook page the previous day had read, in relation to the attacks and another bombing in Beirut: “There are no words to truly describe the devastation of these acts but we will continue in solidarity and pray for peace.”

A line in his Monday statement also pointed to what he believed were the “causative factors” of terrorism, including “racism, Islamophobia, curtailing freedoms through securitisation, duplicitous foreign policies and military intervention”.

The Daily Telegraph claimed in both stories that Mohammed had shown a “stubborn refusal to condemn the Paris terror attacks” and accused him of “snubbing” a requiem mass held in the aftermath, attended on his behalf by the head of the Muslim Women’s Association, Maha Abdo.

The Australian National Imam’s Council said in a statement its lawyers had “clearly and succinctly raised concerns regarding the article with News Corp” and provided opportunities to make amends.

But the news outlet had shown a “completely failure to engage with the grand mufti or his representatives”, it said.

The lawsuit asks for general and aggravated damages and that the allegedly defamatory stories be taken down.

Source: The Guardian


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Wisdom College is holding its annual children’s festival and everyone is invited to enjoy the day with the Wisdom family.

There will be a range of food stalls, including traditional Turkish food to yummy cakes and sweets. You can enjoy shopping at our lovely stalls, which will be selling candles, soaps, flowers and clothing.

It’s a great opportunity to pick up something special for your mum at one of our Mother’s Day stalls.

Especially for the children we have face painting, henna and games as well as the jumping castle and other great outdoor activities. Make sure you pick up some showbags and treat mum to a wonderful day.

There will be student cultural performances and a soccer challenge that’s building up to be a beauty!

Come and see our new buildings, meet the new Principal and have a wonderful day at our biggest, children’s festival yet.


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Australian Muslims speak up


Nine men and women from around Australia give voice to what it's really like to live as a Muslim. Aisha Novakovich, 32, community advocate, law student and mother of two tells of her journey to radicalism and back. Beau Donelly reports. 



As a teenager, I had a laminated photo of Osama Bin Laden in my bedroom. A friend once saw the photo and demanded to know why I had it. I told her he was my hero and that I wanted to be one of his wives; that the media was manipulating his image because he was challenging US hegemony.


Aisha receiving the inaugural Minister’s Multicultural Ambassadors Youth Award in WA in 2002.

From the age of 14, I wore the niqab - the full face veil - with gloves. My mother hated it and said I was becoming a fanatic. For me, it became a marker of difference in the face of discrimination. At university I was determined to learn the political systems in the West in order to subvert and challenge them from within. I believed we needed a caliphate. Eventually, I started to flirt with ways I could leave Australia to join the fight against foreign oppressors. Given different circumstances and times, I might have joined a terrorist organisation when I was younger.

I have lived in Australia since I was six weeks old. My Yugoslav father was Greek Orthodox. My mother, an Indonesian, is Muslim. As the eldest of four children to migrant parents, I was keenly aware of my family’s constant state of poverty. But when my father died when I was a child, our poverty became desperate and entrenched. My mother was only 27 and she spoke very little English. We lived in Coober Pedy, an isolated mining town in South Australia.

As far as Muslim identities went, I had a loose affiliation to Islam and very little contact with the Muslim community. My mother wasn’t a conservative Muslim: she didn’t wear hijab or care if we ate halal food (although she was strict about us not eating pork). But after my father’s death, my uncle influenced her to implement a more “Islamic lifestyle”.


Our names were changed to sound more “Muslim”. I was Nancy one day, Aisha the next. We started going to Sunday school at the local mosque and learned how to pray and read the Koran. I mixed with Muslim kids from different racial and cultural backgrounds who I found different to the kids at my public school. I had always thought of myself as an Aussie girl with Aussie friends at an Aussie school. The world I lived in was very much part of mainstream Australia and that’s where I felt a strong sense of belonging.

I was bitterly disappointed when I was sent to an Islamic high school. The facilities were run down and staff were unprofessional. The kids were unwelcoming, unlike the non-Muslim students I had grown up with. I felt like I’d been catapulted into an environment that stifled creative expression and contained pockets of deep puritanical ideology.

I came across some strange ideas. Some kids would talk about the Iraqi Shi'a students as if they carried a contagious virus. I learned that there were better ways of wearing a hijab; a bigger scarf signified greater purity of soul. For a girl, marrying young was desirable and being an obedient wife and mother were markers of nobility. I wondered if my outgoing personality could fit into the idealised version of a docile and demure Muslim woman.



Aisha in a go-kart in 2001.

In university and as a young woman, I became an admirer of the work of ideologues and writers such as Sayyid Qutb, Hassan al-Banna and Abdullah Azzam. I even applauded Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group that Tony Abbott tried to ban for preaching extremist ideology. I became obnoxious in my religious judgement and was openly anti-democratic. I wanted to fight our foreign oppressors.

My first husband physically abused me within six months of being married. I was pregnant at the time. The abuse continued for four years.

My first marriage wore away my political ideologies. Domestic violence shattered my idealisation of the Muslim family model, where a protective husband with his obedient wife create a safe and loving family home for their children.

My husband eventually divorced me after getting permission from a sheikh to end the marriage on flimsy grounds. During those dark days, I considered leaving Islam. I questioned a religion that seemed to favour men. The arrival of my children was also a reality check. My dreams of going overseas to fight for justice seemed fanciful.


The saving grace for me was my support network of family and friends who noticed when my behaviour changed. They loved me unconditionally and challenged me and my beliefs. I also benefited from the mentorship of several community leaders who helped break down the walls of isolation. The final thing that allowed me to rebuild my life was returning to university.

I believe young Muslims in Australia are left uninspired and vulnerable to the prey of ISIS vultures. It is vital that we have frank conversations about why terrorist groups are so alluring. To acknowledge they are seductive is not to admit defeat; it opens up a new space where we can really start to really get it.

Growing up in the 1990s, I saw a lot of graffiti that screamed “Asians out” or “Asian invasion”, which made me conscious that I was not white and therefore not welcome. This had a strong impact on my self-worth, right into adulthood. In today's climate of rising Islamophobia, bigotry and nationalist movements, I shudder to think of the negative impact on the hearts and minds of young children who hear, hatefully, “You don’t belong here”.

I try to instil in my sons the universal values of compassion, respect and acceptance. I am consciously raising them into adults who will hopefully become leaders not just for the Muslim community but for Australian society.

Brisbane Times


 NEXT WEEK IN CCN: The Peacemaker


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Sincere Advice | The Cure




The Myth of 'Radicalization'




Neuroscientist Shows What Fasting Does To Your Brain

TED Talk

Mark Mattson is the Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University, and one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Mark and his team have published several papers that discuss how fasting twice a week could significantly lower the risk of developing both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. When you take a look at caloric restriction studies, many of them show a prolonged lifespan as well as an increased ability to fight chronic disease.

It’s interesting because fasting and caloric restriction has been shown to grow new stem cells, repair DNA, extend life span and retard age related disease and a much more, it’s even been shown to be effective as a cancer treatment in conjunction with chemotherapy drugs. Unfortunately, you will never see a clinical trial conducted without testing a pharmaceutical drug, it’s not like one can make money off of fasting alone, or from an herb that cannot be patented.

The TEDx talk given by Mark goies into more detail about what fasting does to the brain. For more links to published studies about fasting, you can read this article, but a simple Google search would suffice if you are looking for more publications.

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


The Sun 


6 Things Wrong With Trevor Phillips Latest Crusade  (Continued from last week's CCN)
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.


(Continued from last week's CCN)


3) When Weighted Correctly, What British Muslims Really Think Doesn’t Differ That Much From What Others Think

Polls, ultimately, can’t actually reveal that much about controversial issues. Dr Maria Sobolewska, an academic specialising in the area, argues that she “can say with certainty that public opinion polls have no value for estimating the number of prospective and likely extremists and terrorists.” The reason being that Muslims’ responses to questions about controversial issues (in her case, extremism) were “mostly an artefact of what they get asked and that the non-Muslims answer similar questions in a similar fashion”. Mend published a well researched rebuttal to Trevor’s ICM survey showing exactly that. In particular, they quote from Dr Linda Woodhead’s research on attitudes amongst religious groups to show that Muslims are not so much different from Christians in terms of their social attitudes, though sometimes more conservative. In particular, they write: -

““Moreover, a YouGov poll in January 2016 revealed a greater proportion of Evangelical Christians than Muslims saying same sex marriage was “wrong”, 63% to 52%, and among all faith groups, Muslims were the most likely to answer “unsure” (34%) suggesting that views on homosexuality are not black and white or entrenched.”

So Christian and Muslim views towards same-sex marriage aren’t that different. I absolutely believe there needs to be more dialogue between LGBT+ groups and faith groups. But Trevor’s argument of Muslims forming a “nation within a nation” aren’t reflected in this statistic, the contrary in fact. When surveyed, Muslims and non-Muslims tend not to differ incredibly. And the same applies to the current ICM survey – see these following tweets for an example.





So while there are differences, (@JamieJBarlett points to one in particular), these aren’t the type of radical differences Trevor indicates, nor are they entirely reliable as indications of prevalence of views. Rather than being a “nation within a nation”, Muslims share much with their neighbours of other faiths and none.

CONTINUED NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 4)  The Survey Lacks Literacy


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Residents at a market in Molenbeek, a heavily immigrant neighbourhood of Brussels, last month.


A Close Look at Brussels Offers a More Nuanced View of Radicalization



A closer look at what has happened in Molenbeek and other heavily immigrant parts of Brussels, however, provides a far more nuanced picture than just a generation of badly integrated young Muslim immigrants running amok. In some ways, it debunks the view that Islam is a one-size-fits-all faith that fuels terrorism.

It is true that all those so far identified in connection with the Paris and Brussels carnage were young Muslims from immigrant families. But a more significant marker than their faith was their shared origin in North Africa, especially Morocco. None was from Brussels’ large community of Turks, who share the same religion and the same discrimination, as well as other hardships that are often cited as a root cause of jihadist rage against the West.

Brussels first became a magnet for Muslim immigrants in the 1960s, when the Belgian government eagerly invited workers from Morocco and Turkey to move to Belgium to take jobs in factories and mines. The two countries were regarded as generally pro-Western and full of poor and hard-working people eager for jobs in Europe, unlike many developing nations that at the time were frothing with rage at European colonialism and racked by conflict.

New York Times



Top Ten Muslim Characters in Bollywood

Muslims have long played a major role in the Indian film industry. The industry has given us many iconic Muslim figures such as actor Dilip Kumar (Yusuf Khan, seen as the actor’s actor in Hindi cinema), actresses Madhubala (Mumtaz Jehan Dehalvi, for many the greatest beauty to grace Bollywood screens) and Waheeda Rehman (often in roles that cast her as a life- and love-tormented female before she was cast as that most quintessential of all Bollywood characters: the even more long-suffering ‘Ma’). There have been great Muslim directors such as Mahboob and Kamal Amrohi. Since the 1990s, its biggest male stars are the three Khans: Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, who no longer change their names to sound ‘modern’.


Yet, Muslim characters in Bollywood, as it has been known since the 1990s, are doomed to minor roles fated simply to represent their community and conform to a series of well-established stereotypes. Hindi films usually have lead actors and actresses who are North Indian upper-caste Hindus, who can be seen as ‘normal Indians’, while characters from other regions or religions are usually typecast, not infrequently in negative roles.


Here are the top ten archetypal Muslims you will have the pleasure of watching in Bollywood movies.

1. Veiled Beauties
2. The Tawaif and Nawabs
3. Emperors
4. Loyal Sidekick
5. Poets and singers
6. The Intolerant Muslim
7. The Gangster
8. The Pakistani
9. The Terrorist
10. Modern Muslims

Critical Muslim


Kile Jones is an atheist involved in inter-faith dialogue who works towards building bridges between non-believers and religious persons.

Why Atheists Caricature Islam: An Insiders Perspective
By Kile Jones

My last couple posts dealt with debunking stupid memes that tried to show the Qur’an is hate-speech towards non-believers and daily inspiration for ISIS. I also wrote a piece on how progressive Muslims and atheists can work together. Now it’s time to clean house and address a very real problem in atheist circles: the use of simplistic and naive caricatures of Islam.

This is not just about people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali calling Islam a “cult of death,” it’s much more diffused and endemic. Us atheists can always shrug these ridiculous claims off to the hate-mongering of a few sensationalized figures. And while it is true that these people do not represent all of atheism, it’s unfortunate that many of us fail to see a problem with being utterly uncritical and sophomoric in the way we discuss Islam. It should not be that hard to convince people that believe critical thinking, reason, and intelligence are supreme virtues to utilize them when discussing Islam, but it is.

People who usually call afoul on the inductive fallacy are seen embracing it when they use a single anecdotal example to stereotype billions of people, and the irony is not subtle. And when atheists disassociate from people like Bill Maher or Richard Dawkins and then are quick to connect all Muslims with some outspoken and firebrand Mullah, it appears they have forgotten a lesson they learned for themselves. While this phenomenon of double standards is not limited to atheists and Islam, it happens enough to make a post like this necessary.

Why do many atheists fail to see these glaring blind-spots? Now, I’m no psychologist, but I have a few ideas:

It’s easy to lump people together. It’s easy to think of Muslims as dumb sheep with martyrdom complexes who wish to appease their Mullahs and Allah (often in that order) by enacting violence against infidels. It’s easy to take an extremist and use them as the ideal model for a whole group of people. It’s easy because it does not require in-depth analysis or research. So when atheists proof-text the Qur’an or Hadith to show how evil Islam is, they very rarely examine the cultural, historical, and textual context of the passages they use.



The Truth About The Study Quran: Part 1: The ‘Quransploitation Industry’
By Shaykh Atabek Shukurov and Sulaiman Ahmed

The recent controversy over the release of ‘The Study Quran’ by Sayed Hossein Nasr and his team has really shown Muslims at their worst – both in their academic incompetence and in their readiness to anathematise and declare Nasr and others heretics and unbelievers based on the flimsiest, or rather no, evidence – a Godsend to Islamophobes who wish to prove that Muslims as a whole are violent and intolerant.


Though legal restraints in the West have prevented Muslim groups and scholars from complementing their open or veiled declarations that Nasr is an apostate or non-believer with the violence that they would prefer to be visited upon him, it is ever present in the background of their vile ejaculations.


Did Jesus Predict Muhammad? A Biblical Portal Between Christianity and Islam
By Ian Mevorach


The time has come for Christians and Muslims to make peace between our communities. Christians and Muslims already make up more than half of the global population, and these numbers are expected to grow in the coming decades; according to the Pew Research Center, by 2050, two thirds of humanity, some 5.7 billion people, will be either Christian or Muslim.

Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities. The challenges we face as a global human family are profound: ongoing warfare and nuclear proliferation, global poverty and economic inequality, climate change and ecological degradation. How will humanity handle these crises and others if our two largest religious communities are embroiled in constant conflict, if misunderstanding defines our relationship? As contemporary theologian Hans Kung has argued for decades, there will be no peace between our nations without peace between our religions. Now is the time to transform the way Christians and Muslims see and relate to each other.

In an earlier blog on the Huffington Post about the problem of Christian Islamophobia, I argue that Christians have the opportunity to transform the way we see Islam and Muslims by accepting Muhammad as “Spirit of Truth.”

Historically, most Christian theologians—including John of Damascus, Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Nicholas of Cusa, and Martin Luther—have seen Muhammad not as a “Spirit of Truth” but as a “Spirit of Error,” a false prophet or heretic. There are many Christians today who respect the Islamic tradition and would never make such an offensive statement about Muhammad.

However, the majority of Christians still maintain a fundamentally Islamophobic position on Muhammad. So I believe that the time has come for peacemaking Christians to contradict this position directly. Changing our view of Muhammad—so that we recognize him as a true prophet rather than discredit him as a false prophet—would effectively inoculate Christians against Islamophobia and would help to establish a new paradigm of cooperative Christian-Muslim relations.  

Huffington Post


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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.

7. Imaan Aldebe




From camel coats designer to designer turban hijabs. A daughter of a retired Imam, Imaan Aldebe breaks through the Western frame of the fashion industry across the UK and France with her stylish and artistic fashion line of designer turban hijabs. In the light of current events, Iman Aldebe, with her confidence to hit across the western market as well as achieving great success along the way, deserves a definite title as one of the top Muslim women of 2015.

NEXT WEEK: Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi

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



Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi  

This brilliant white place of worship in the UAE's capital is home to the world's largest hand-knotted carpet, crafted by 1,200 artisans, and a 12-tonne crystal chandelier. Combining Mamluk, Ottoman and Fatimid styles, it is described by Rosemary Behan, Telegraph Travel's Abu Dhabi expert, as a "landmark building" that is worth visiting "for the architecture alone. "    


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 April 2016

TOPIC"Dangers of the Tongue"

IMAM: Akram Buksh


















Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 April 2016

TOPIC: “The Dua of Prophet Dawood (pbuh) and Advice of Prophet Sulaiman (pbuh)"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Mostafa Salameh Azan on top of the world


World's first Muslim muezzin raises the call for prayer live on the highest summit on each continent, including Mount Everest


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The Mysterious, Miraculous Sarajevo Haggadah



The amazing story of the 700 year old Haggadah, the Muslim librarian who saved it from the Nazis, and how his children were miraculously saved by Israel.


Resplendent in deep blues, brilliant yellows and alluring reds, the 14th century Sarajevo Haggadah was created during the halcyon days of la convivencia, or “coexistence,” when Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together in Spain in relative peace

An incomparable work of art appraised at $700 million, its wine-stained pages indicate that it was more than a precious family heirloom, it was actually used at Seder tables. It probably left the Iberian Peninsula along with the Jews exiled by the Alhambra Decree of 1492, and a Church censor’s notation dated 1609 indicates that it somehow passed the scrutiny of the Inquisition in Italy. In the late 19th century a mysterious figure named Joseph Cohen sold the precious document to a museum in Sarajevo, where it currently resides as a treasured item of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.




Among the amazing stories associated with the document is that of Dervis Korkut, a Muslim intellectual who served as the Chief Librarian of the Museum during the Nazi occupation. A fervent advocate of the multi-ethnic culture of Sarajevo, he predicted that the Nazis would seize the Haggadah for the bizarre “Museum of Jewish Civilization” in Prague that Hitler had planned in future commemoration of the destruction of the Jewish people. At great personal risk, Korkut smuggled the slim book out of the Museum and deposited it with an Imam, who hid the books in the library of a mosque outside of Sarajevo, returning it after the war.



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 King Abdulaziz Holy Qur’an contest from Muharram 21


Minister of Islamic Affairs Saleh Al-Asheikh

RIYADH: Minister of Islamic Affairs Saleh Al-Asheikh has approved the holding of the 38th King Abdulaziz Holy Qur’an Competition from Muharram 21 to 25, 1438 at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

“The contest remains the focus of attention of young Muslims from different countries all over the world since it will be held in Makkah, which is the heart of Islam,” Al-Asheikh said.

He said that Makkah “is a beacon of faith and contributes in guiding young Muslims in thought as well as in deed. It guides them on the right path so they could avoid deviant ideas and extremism.”

Mansour bin Mohammad Al-Samih, secretary-general of the Holy Qur’an Competition, said the delegations of the contestants will arrive from Muharram 16.

“They will be referred to a designated committee regarding initial qualifications for the contest and test their readiness before a panel of arbitrators at the Grand Mosque,” he said.

He added that this early, he could already see in the mind’s eye the eagerness of young Muslims in various Islamic countries intending to participate in the contest.”

He also said that a visit to Madinah, the City of the Prophet, will be organized for the delegates after the closing ceremony of the contest.

He explained that the four branches of the competition will include the recitation of the Holy Qur’an and its interpretation.


Source: Arab News


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Islamophobic backlash over Muslim burials across the US


US: Residents in Dudley, Massachusetts have complained about the possibility of a Muslim graveyard being built on empty farm land. The residents of the small town are the latest in a list of towns expressing anti-Muslim concerns.

The land for the cemetery was bought by the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester (ISGW), a local Islamic center, because the nearest Muslim cemetery is presently located 90 miles away. Some Dudley residents claimed that their concerns were based on water contamination, AP reported, due to the fact that Muslims do not traditionally embalm their dead or use coffins. These concerns are somewhat contradicted bu the fact that embalming has been linked to toxicity in the water and ground. The commonly-used formaldehyde, which has recently been found to cause cancer, can take up to 10 years to dissipate, gradually contaminating its surroundings.



Other concerns expressed included a fear of “crazy music” and an increase in traffic on a small road.

Residents previously expressed their reasons for not wanting the cemetery. “Why not go bury your dead at a Christian cemetery,” a confused Jarrod Manzi said during a February town meeting. “Why do you need your own cemetery if you’re willing to violate jihadi law?”

During a meeting in Dudley earlier this month, a Muslim resident said “I deserve to be buried here. I deserve to be die in the town where I work hard. I don’t want my family to (have to) go far away.”

ISGW has said it will alter its plan to use less of the land, and even offered to give some of the land back to the town. The zoning board has until July to make a decision, CBS reports.

Dudley joins Farmersville, Texas, Walpole, Massachusetts, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Farmington, Minnesota in complaining about Muslim cemeteries in their towns, with some managing to stop the process, according to AP.



Residents of Farmersville complained at a town meeting last August. "People don't trust Muslims. Their goal is to populate the United States and take it over," said Barbara Ashcraft, a local resident, said.

“Everywhere y’all have been, y’all have caused some kinda controversy in schools, and the government led y’all have y’alls way, we’ll that ain’t goin’ happen in Farmersville,” said another Farmersville resident at the meeting in August 2015.

Pastor David Meeks told Fox News: “You just can’t trust them. I don’t believe they’re going to tell the truth about this issue. Eventually there’ll be a mosque, there’ll be a training center there.”

One resident claimed she was concerned the cemetery would become an eyesore, despite the fact that Islam says graves should not be adorned with monuments, like Christians do.



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Naz Shah suspended by Labour party amid antisemitism row


Naz Shah apologises ‘wholeheartedly’ for Israel remarks

UK: Jeremy Corbyn has caved in to pressure and suspended Naz Shah, the Bradford West MP, over remarks she made about Israel on Facebook.

Shortly before he faced David Cameron in the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon Corbyn had issued a statement saying that he had accepted Shah’s “fulsome” apology for a series of posts from 2014 in which she appeared to endorse a suggestion that Israelis be deported to the United States.

Even after the prime minister said it was “extraordinary,” that she continued to hold the Labour whip, and accused the Labour leader of failing to get to grips with antisemitisim in his party, Corbyn’s aides defended Shah, saying the comments were antisemitic but the MP had “shocked herself,” and did not mean what she said.

But later in the day, Labour announced that the Bradford West MP had been suspended, “by mutual agreement,” while claims against her were investigated by the compliance committee of Labour’s national executive committee.

The allegations centre around a 2014 Facebook post, in which Shah shared a graphic of Israel’s outline superimposed on a map of the US under the headline “Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States”, with the comment: “Problem solved.” 

The Guardian


Ken Livingstone, ex-mayor of London, suspended by Labour in anti-Semitism dispute

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from Britain's main opposition Labour Party after he defended Naz Shah whose membership was put on hold over anti-Semitic postings on social media.

Mr Livingstone described Hitler as a supporter of Zionism as part of his defense of MP Naz Shah, who was thrown out of the party in the House of Commons on Wednesday for posts suggesting Israelis should be transported to the United States.

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David Cameron must apologise to Parliament for his appalling attack against a British Muslim citizen - Opinion by Peter Oborne


If the British prime minister gets away with his behaviour, no one in Britain will have any protection from politically motivated calumny



UK: At last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron made an appalling accusation against a British citizen.

If made outside Parliament, it could have been challenged as seriously defamatory, but inside Parliament, Cameron enjoyed total privilege and it could be repeated freely by the media – as he and his party no doubt intended it to be.

It could expose its victim to criminal charges: it has certainly made him a figure of public hatred and caused distress and anxiety to him and his family.

The victim’s name is Suliman Gani, who is an imam in Tooting, the constituency of Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for mayor of London.

Khan has shared a platform with him several times. Attempting to traduce Khan by association, the prime minister claimed that Gani was a supporter of Islamic State – the most vicious terrorist organisation in the world.

The claim was followed by uproar (also, no doubt, intentional) but stayed on the record and has been extensively quoted.

Cameron has been accused of racism – giving voters a barely coded signal that they should not vote for Khan because he is a Muslim and all Muslims are either terrorists or soft on terrorism.

I don’t think that Cameron is racist. But he has adopted a poisonous syllogism and I am certain that Cameron would not have dared to use his tactics against members of any other faith or indeed any other community in British society.

But if he gets away with his behaviour no one in Britain will have any protection from politically motivated calumny. British democracy and British justice will crumble and we will join those dismal countries whose political leaders are free to brand any opponent as an enemy of the state.

Bear in mind that Cameron’s accusation against Gani was not made on impulse. It was prepared and pre-meditated in response to a question he was expecting.

So the prime minister and his staff have no excuse for naming Gani without reliable evidence to back up their charges.

Yesterday, I rang up Number 10 Downing Street and asked for that evidence. A press officer told me that she could not help me because she was a civil servant and civil servants do not comment on political statements.

This is flummery. Cameron made his statement not on the campaign trail but in his capacity as prime minister, discharging his official responsibilities in the House of Commons, using resources paid for by taxpayers.

So there is no excuse for Number 10 not producing the evidence – if there is any – behind Cameron’s charge. They have failed to do this.

The BBC has quoted a Number 10 spokesman as follows: “At events, this individual has spoken up in support of a range of things including the formation of Islamic State.” Which events? Not named. What range of things? Not said.

I spoke to a member of Cameron’s political team. He pointed me towards a "Quiz a Muslim" event in Bedford on 13 Friday November last year. This can be watched on YouTube. I have studied Gani’s contribution and can find nothing which could be interpreted as giving support to IS.

I also arranged to meet Gani myself. Having done so, I am not surprised at Number 10’s difficulties in substantiating David Cameron’s claim.

He showed me awards and citations from interfaith organisations, and cited many meetings with all-party parliamentary groups and individual Conservative MPs – including Cameron’s flagging mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith.

Remarkably, for an alleged IS supporter, he has been allowed into Number 10 itself and Parliament on several occasions as part of delegations presenting pleas and petitions.

Gani is a British citizen. He told me he was born and raised in South Africa under apartheid: the politician he most admires is Nelson Mandela for his achievements in reconciling former enemies.

He says that he has never been questioned by the police about any matter or faced inquiries from any official body. David Cameron has no pretext for throwing his name to the mob.

There are two possible explanations for Cameron’s behaviour, neither of them creditable.

The first is that he grabbed Gani’s name from a BBC mayoral debate where Andrew Neil made a similar unsupported accusation against him.

The second is that he was fed Gani by some source in the security services. This doesn't make it true but this possibility has much worse implications. We saw before the Iraq war how the security services can be misused for political purposes by the prime minister of the day. Trust in the security services has been eroded ever since.

However, although Tony Blair’s behaviour remains inexcusable, at least it had a great issue at stake behind it – should Britain go to war in support of the United States? If Cameron took Gani’s name from the security services he did so merely to support a local election campaign – a trivial, partisan cause.

That would contaminate those services even more deeply. We would have repeated the experience of the United States when the FBI, under its infamous director J Edgar Hoover, supplied information to a succession of presidents to condemn and even blackmail their opponents.

Even if Gani’s name did come from intelligence sources, it emphatically does not mean that the information was true. After studying the evidence and after an hour-long conversation with Gani, I am perfectly certain that David Cameron’s statement was completely false. Indeed Suleiman Gani has campaigned against Islamic State, and has cooperated with his local synagogue and local church in Tooting. I have news for Cameron: this is not the conduct of an IS supporter.

In October last year, the prime minister updated the code of conduct for all government ministers, including himself.

He wrote a personal foreword full of ringing declarations, including this one: “People [at the general election] didn’t just tell us what to do, but how to go about it. They want their politicians to uphold the highest standards of propriety. That means being transparent in all we do. It means rooting out any form of misconduct.”

At the very start of the new code, paragraph 1.2.c states: “It is of paramount importance that ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity. Ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament will be expected to offer their resignation.”

MPs of all parties should now hold David Cameron to that standard. He has failed to substantiate a very grave, damaging and serious statement about Gani, which cannot now be regarded as accurate or truthful.

MPs should make David Cameron withdraw it on the floor of the House, excise it from the public record, and make a public apology for his dreadful conduct.

- Peter Oborne was British Press Awards Columnist of the Year 2013. He recently resigned as chief political columnist of the Daily Telegraph. His books include The Triumph of the Political Class; The Rise of Political Lying;and Why the West is Wrong about Nuclear Iran.

Source: Middle East Eye


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At Chobani, Now It’s Not Just the Yogurt That’s Rich


Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani, handed over to his employees stock worth around 10 percent of the company when it is sold or goes public.

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. — The 2,000 full-time employees of the yogurt company Chobani were handed quite the surprise on Tuesday: an ownership stake that could make some of them millionaires.

Hamdi Ulukaya, the Turkish immigrant who founded Chobani in 2005, told workers at the company’s plant here in upstate New York that he would be giving them shares worth up to 10 percent of the company when it goes public or is sold.

The goal, he said, is to pass along the wealth they have helped build in the decade since the company started. Chobani is now widely considered to be worth several billion dollars.

“I’ve built something I never thought would be such a success, but I cannot think of Chobani being built without all these people,” Mr. Ulukaya said in an interview in his Manhattan office that was granted on the condition that no details of the program would be disclosed before the announcement.


“Now they’ll be working to build the company even more and building their future at the same time,” he said.

Chobani employees received the news on Tuesday morning. Each worker received a white packet; inside was information about how many Chobani shares they were given. The number of shares given to each person is based on tenure, so the longer an employee has been at the company, the bigger the stake.

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Change of faith: Marseille Synagogue bought at €400k, to be turned into mosque


Members of the Muslim community pray in a mosque in Marseille


FRANCE: A synagogue in Marseille, a city in southern France city with a large Muslim population, was reportedly bought for nearly 400,000 euros by a Muslim association and will be transformed into mosque, local media report.

Thora synagogue on Saint Dominique Street was allegedly sold to the Al Badr Association a few months ago, Marseille-based Le province newspaper reported.

The association has already one mosque on this street. However, this mosque is reportedly always packed and the worshipers sometimes pray near-by, on the pavement. The synagogue, which has a capacity of about 250 believers, on the contrary, hosts less than 10 worshipers per service.

“It was an emblematic synagogue. But in this city, the Jews have moved... It's a sign of the times,” Michele Teboul, president of Crif Marseille-Provence, told the paper. “Marseille doesn’t lack synagogues.”

The new mosque may open in a few months, the paper added.
Zvi Ammar, President of the Marseille Israelite Consistory also viewed the changed positively.

“For the past 20 years or so we have seen the shift of the Jewish community to other neighbourhoods,” he said. “We all have the same God, the main thing is for this to proceed in harmony,” he said.

Marseille is home to 220,000-250,000 Muslims (out of 850,000 residents) who mostly come from North Africa, Turkey and the Comoro Islands. According to international Open Society Foundations as of 2011, between 30 and 40 percent of Marseille’s population is Muslim.

Jewish population is significantly less in the city – about 70,000-80,000, according to official figures.

There were currently about 2,500 mosques in France with another 300 under construction, but the number falls short of what is needed, Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, told Europe 1 radio in 2015.

With roughly 5 million Muslims in France, at least 5,000 mosques are needed, he said, suggesting some abandoned Catholic churches may be into mosques.

However, still there are certain tensions between Muslims and Jews in the city. In January Ammar in Marseille urged Jews in the region to refrain from wearing traditional headwear “until better days.”



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Pioneering women: Defying stereotypes


Balochistan’s first female commissioned naval officer says she was able to achieve her dreams due to the support of Baloch society and her father

BALOCHISTAN: At the time she joined the Pakistan Navy, Lieutenant Zakia Jamali had little idea of the direction her career would take. The only female commissioned naval officer from the province, the possibility of belonging to the navy’s elite seemed like a far-fetched idea for a young girl who grew up in Balochistan’s Jaffarabad district.

For Lt Jamali this is a childhood dream come true as she had always been fascinated with the armed forces. “I did my intermediate with science subjects only to join the military but I was rejected by the Pakistan Air Force for being short in height,” she recalls.

However, the naval officer, who had been brought up to face all challenges in life head on, didn’t give up her dreams and instead applied to the navy at a later stage. Lt Jamali attributes her strong headedness to her father, Niaz Mohammad Jamali, a pioneering educationist in the ’70s in her hometown.



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Muslim Family Talks About Their Faith In South Glastonbury


Rebecca Minor spoke about why she became Muslim, and why some people who claim to act in the name of Islam are not true Muslims.

US: Rebecca Minor and her parents, Ann and Mark, a family of Muslims who had converted from Christianity, spoke at the first of three conversations hosted by the South Glastonbury Congregational Church on April 25. Approximately 125 people attended the event, as organizers were expecting a crowd between 50 and 60. The Minors are also members of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, and were invited after an interfaith council in Glastonbury put together the three-part program.

Rebecca, who was raised in the Congregational Church, said she was part of that religion, not because it felt strongly about, but because it was expected. She told her story of being a student at UConn, while dating her high school sweetheart, who was stationed in Iraq. She said he told her many negative things about Muslims, but that was difficult for her to reconcile with the Muslims she was acquainted with on campus.

"They were some of the most generous, kind, caring people that I have ever met," she said. "I couldn't understand why these young men and women didn't go out and party. They didn't go eat with the rest of us. I didn't understand what was so important that a bunch of them had to leave our staff meeting and come back. I was so interested that they had something -- they had a relationship with God that I didn't have, and I felt like I was missing out. I began to ask questions. I heard such negative things from someone who was important to me, and I saw such beautiful things from people around me, that pushed me to learn."

After studying the religion carefully for about a year-and-a-half, and debating with herself as to whether she should convert, she finally did. Subsequently, she convinced her parents to do so, as well.

The Minors presented an overview of the Islam religion, including the five pillars of the faith, as well as explaining that Muslims pray at least five times a day at specific times.

Shortly after sunset, at 7:44 p.m., the Minors and other Muslims in attendance demonstrated the Maghrib prayer. A woman in the crowd said she appreciated them letting the audience view something so personal, and that she was greatly moved by the experience.

During a question-and-answer period, attendees asked many questions about the prayers and other customs of Islam. Rebecca was also asked about Muslims often depicted on television as being intolerant of other faiths.

"That one population that gets the most amount of television time is not representative of the majority," Rebecca said. "There is a lot of confusion between religious practice and belief vs. cultural practices that have nothing to do with Islam."

She added that she enjoys events like the one in South Glastonbury, because it puts a real face on Muslim people.

"Our hope is that after you sit here, you can walk away and say 'The Muslims I actually spent time with tonight are very different than the ones that are portrayed on TV,'" she said. "We believe that we are all brothers and sisters in faith. We believe that the first prophet was Adam, so we are all brothers and sisters – we are all descendants from Adam."

"You may hear that people are being forced to convert to Islam,"
Rebecca added, "but that is so opposite of what the holy book – the word of God – is saying. There is no compulsion in religion."

"There is a lot of turmoil and violence that is happening overseas," she added, responding to a question about Islamic factions in the Middle East fighting each other. "I believe a lot of that has to do with the political sphere overseas. It doesn't have to do, necessarily, with religion. Human life is so sacred in Islam. So, the actions of those who are killing and purposefully hurting other people in the name of Islam are not Muslims. If you ask someone who is Muslim…if they are Muslims, you would hear us say no, because we practice peace. We practice a religion that values ethics and social justice. What they are doing is so opposite to our teachings, that it's embarrassing. It's really upsetting that so much of the world, and of the Western hemisphere, associates Muslims [with that] and isn't able to separate the two."

Ann was asked why she doesn't wear a hijab, while Rebecca does. She explained that as a holistic and hospice nurse, it could be confusing to patients and families, so she chose not to.

"If I went to work wearing my hijab, as a Muslim woman…they would immediately be confused, so I've chosen not to do that," she said. "I've chosen to keep my religion very private, very personal, in public."

Rebecca was asked if she has had any negative experiences as a special education teacher. She said that other than noticing some small signs of discomfort when first meeting some parents, she hasn't. But, she did recall one negative experience, that was somewhat related.

When she was visiting an Iraqi family who had recently moved to Farmington and was preparing to visit the school she teaches at as speakers. She took several of the six children for a walk. A man in a pickup truck drove by, rolled his window down and yelled, "Go home!"

"It was hard for me to stomach," she said. "But, it was more difficult for me to think of these children, who experienced such trauma back home in Iraq, who now identify so strongly and proudly as American – I was afraid they heard that comment."

South Glastonbury Congregational Church Pastor, Rev. Richard Allen, said he felt overwhelmed by the turnout.

"I thought the question and answer time was quite meaningful, in that the questions came from a place of true curiosity," he said. "The responses allowed for some humor, and a more-personal connection. Anyone can read a textbook about the five pillars of Islam, but having a face-to-face conversation really broke the ice."

Rebecca said she enjoyed speaking in Glastonbury. At other similar events, some people came with the purpose of arguing, but here, they were clearly interested in learning.

"This is a very warm community," she said. "People who come to these kind of events come because they want to learn – they want to walk away with something, rather than put divides between us."

The next talk is slated for May 2, and will highlight the role of women in Islam, presented by Aida Mansoor, President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. The third talk will take place June 6, and will address hot button issues pertaining to Islam and Muslims, hosted by Dr. Reza Mansoor, founding member of the coalition.



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Europe 'to have more Muslims than Christians': Belgian minister warns Brussels attacks hearing that the continent should not 'make an enemy of Islam'




BELGIUM: Muslims will ‘very soon’ outnumber practising Christians in Europe, a Belgian minister claimed yesterday.

Koen Geens, the justice minister, told the European Parliament the continent ‘does not realise this, but this is the reality’.

At a hearing by MEPs into the Brussels attacks, the Belgian deputy prime minister Jan Jambon added that ‘the worst thing we can do is to make an enemy of Islam’.

The remarks follow claims by Mr Jambon in the wake of the suicide bombings that ‘a significant section of the Muslim community danced when attacks took place’.

Speaking before the Parliament’s justice and home affairs committee yesterday, Mr Koens said the EU needed to realise a shift in population was taking place.

‘In Europe, very shortly we’re soon going to have more practising Muslims than practising Christians,’ he said.

‘That is not because there are too many Muslims, it is because Christian are generally less practising.

‘Europe does not realise this, but this is the reality.’

Mr Jambon, who also serves as the country’s interior minister, added: ‘I’ve said a thousand times, the worst thing we can do is to make an enemy of Islam. That is the very worst thing we could do.

‘We have 600,000 to 700,000 Muslims in Belgium and the overwhelming majority of those people share our values.

‘To make an enemy of all of those people, we really will be creating problems. We need to see who the terrorists are, who supports the terrorists, what networks are there to support them.

‘That is who we need to tackle and we need to get all of the rest of the Muslims on our side not working against us.’

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Professor Launches Project to Advance Scientific and Theological Literacy Among Madrasa Graduates in India


Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


Newswise — With a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, has launched a three-year project to enrich scientific and theological literacy among recent graduates of Islamic seminaries in India.

Working with scholars and teachers at Notre Dame and in India, Moosa will develop a curriculum and online learning program that integrates modern and classical knowledge traditions for young orthodox seminarians in India.

The teaching team will recruit and train 100 recent madrasa graduates who are eager to acquire scientific knowledge that is indigenous to the Muslim tradition and interested in exposure to comparative theologies and modern humanities and social sciences.

“Equipped with these knowledge resources,” Moosa said, “madrasa graduates can discover new ways to transform their lives and advance human dignity and the public good.”

The project is expected to have a multiplier effect throughout the subcontinent of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. “Graduates of madrasas are very influential in shaping the religious thinking, values and practice of mainstream Muslims,” Moosa said. “They are well-placed to play a transformative role as disseminators of ideas and agents of change.”

Moosa joined the Notre Dame faculty in fall 2014 after spending 13 years in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University. He holds appointments in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of History. He is co-director of Contending Modernities, a global research project focused on Catholic, Muslim and secular forces in the modern world. His 2015 book, “What Is a Madrasa?” draws on his extensive scholarship on Islamic seminaries in South Asia as well as his own years as a madrasa student in India.

“Professor Moosa’s vision recognizes that reform in the Muslim world — as within many religious communities — begins with the education and formation of local religious leaders,” said Scott Appleby, dean of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. “This innovative project holds tremendous promise as a model for how local and global religious thinkers and scholars can work together as agents of change.”

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for “discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.”

Source: Notre Dame University


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Now Umrah visas can be converted into Saudi tourist visas



JEDDAH: Saudi Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), launched here Sunday the Post-Umrah Program, an initiative which allows Umrah pilgrims to convert their visas into tourist visas.

This is a key channel of “The Kingdom is Muslims’ Destination” initiative, which was proposed by the commission several years ago.

In a press statement following the launching ceremony in Riyadh, Prince Sultan said the program aims at providing an opportunity to Umrah pilgrims to see the landmarks of the country, Islamic historical sites, attractive tourist destinations and shopping centers and malls.

They might also opt to make cultural, medical, educational and marketing tours, visit exhibitions and attend conferences after having completed their Umrah, he added.

He said the SCTH is carrying out the program in cooperation with the ministries of interior, foreign affairs and Haj.

Prince Sultan said the SCTH started the program several years ago and it took a long time to study. There were procedures that were not ready yet, like converting Umrah visa into tourist visa, among other procedures.

Business visa holders and GCC citizens can also avail themselves of the opportunity to join the post-Umrah program, he said.    

Source: Saudi Gazette


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Turkish President Erdogan opens the largest mosque complex in US, Kilmeny Duchardt reports



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Pharrell Protege Yuna Talks Being Muslim in Music: 'It's My Choice to Cover Up My Body. I'm Not Oppressed -- I'm Free'



MALAYSIA: Los Angeles looks good on Yuna, even if she doesn't fit the Hollywood standard for pop star -- hair always wrapped in a hijab (she's a devout Muslim); a stylishly chaste wardrobe that covers her from turtleneck on down; a label home, Verve, known for legacy jazz and adult contemporary artists like Barry Manilow. The 29-year-old born Yunalis Zarai is a long plane ride from her homeland, where not so long ago she posted shy folk-pop songs to MySpace and, warmed by the feedback, hit the reset button to move to America and meet her mentor, Pharrell Williams.


Today, she's markedly different: Her third and best album, Chapters (May 20), is edgy alt-soul featuring Usher, Jhene Aiko and DJ Premier. The songs -- ­including "Crush," her first Billboard chart hit -- are inspired by a wrecked relationship and powered by Yuna's new confidence in herself and her opinions. "I was a timid girl before," says Yuna hours earlier, perched at a table in a warehouse photo studio and dressed in all black. "A lot of people said, 'Your problem is always holding back.' I didn't want to hold back anymore."

"Yuna thinks differently than a lot of people -- she has something to say, and she won't compromise," says Verve chairman David Foster, who has won 16 Grammys producing and writing for Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and others. "I'm much older than her, but I relate to her lyrics, and my ­stepdaughters, Gigi and Bella [Hadid], they're crazy for her too. She's speaking to a lot of generations."

​Yuna was raised in Alor Setar, Malaysia, by her legal-adviser father and chemistry-teacher mother. "It was a very ­conservative environment -- we watched what we said." Yuna spent her childhood focused on her ­education, set on becoming a lawyer. As a hobby, in between poring over textbooks, she taught herself guitar watching YouTube, writing songs in both Malay and English, inspired by her heroes Lauryn Hill ("she was life-changing for me") and Feist. Music started taking priority a year before she graduated from university in 2009, when she self-released EPs to local acclaim and won second place in a national songwriting contest.


At first, she felt like an outsider in the country's music biz. Malaysia may be predominantly Muslim, but much like in America, "women singers are seen as sexy here -- you have to let your hair out and be beautiful," she says. "I struggled with that." Instead, Yuna shrouded her image in mystery, letting her music speak for her. "I didn't put up a proper photo of myself -- it was cropped, up until my nose. People didn't know what I looked like until my first show. They were shocked in the beginning, but they accepted me."


Yuna - Places To Go



Yuna smiles when discussing her plans to push Chapters on tour in Europe and the States through May, and just bought a piano for her ­apartment to start work on a new album, which she says won't wallow in the sadness of the past. "Crush," featuring Usher, is her first song to crack U.S. radio, rising 22-18 on the April 30 Adult R&B chart. She says she feels at home in the Los Angeles soul scene, and America overall -- even as she warily eyes the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim fervour stoked by Donald Trump and others. "He's out there promoting hate, violence," she says. "It's really weird that this is acceptable in a ­modern, advanced country.

"But I'm not too worried about it," she adds. "I think you can soften people's hearts, even if they have a lot of hate. Music can do that, if it's beautiful and honest. If I can do that -- soften just one person's heart -- I consider myself successful already."



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MJC to hold elections for new president


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: A number of contenders to be the next leader of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) will go head to head at the organisation’s annual general meeting on Saturday. As the current president, Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks’ second term draws to a close, the MJC will vote for a new president, a new executive, and the five senior positions within the MJC.

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Thrust the sole of your foot the attackers knee to disable him or her buying you time to make a run for it. You have a higher success rate of connecting because unlike the face or groin region, the knee is nearly impossible to block and people need a working set of legs to chase someone down.
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 The CCN Book-of-the-Week


 This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World


 Jerry Brotton



Tudor England was hand in glove with Islam, both in diplomacy and free trade

In September 1599, a 24-year-old blacksmith and musician from Warrington entered the Topkapi palace in Constantinople and began to play a clockwork organ he had built "in front of the most powerful ruler in the world". This was the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed III, and the mechanical organ – along with its young artificer – belonged to a boatload of eye-catching presents that Queen Elizabeth I had sent to help sustain the Anglo-Turkish alliance that had, fitfully, already lasted for more than two decades.

Thomas Dallam gave a virtuoso performance. Mehmed fell in love with his new toy, and offered the Englishman his pick of the Topkapi harem concubines. Dallam made his excuses and left, but was rewarded with a big bag of gold. As Jerry Brotton drily remarks, "It must have all seemed a long way from Warrington".

"By the end of Elizabeth's reign," Brotton notes, "thousands of her subjects were to be found in the Islamic world". From Morocco to Persia, they traded, soldiered, settled, negotiated, spied and (fairly frequently) converted to Islam. As a counterweight to the threat from Catholic Spain, Elizabeth had built up an "impressive network" of diplomatic alliances and free-trade deals. They bound England to the Sultanate of Morocco, and to the Ottoman and Persian empires. By 1600, this Anglo-Muslim wall against Spanish hegemony stretched almost 4,300 miles "from Marrakesh via Constantinople to Isfahan".

With Henry VIII's break with Rome and then (in 1570) Elizabeth's excommunication as a "heretic" by Pope Pius V, England found itself shunned as a rogue state by Catholic Europe. It needed friends with clout in strategic locations. Around the Mediterranean and the Middle East, only the lands of Islam could supply them. Thus the stage was set for an extraordinary half-century of adventures, deals, conspiracies and misunderstandings: a little-known story that Brotton chronicles with scholarship, assurance, and not a little charm.

He tells a very English story: the quest for the sweet deal and the quick groat usually trumps theological niceties. It runs from the Leicestershire mercer Anthony Jenkinson's meeting in Aleppo with Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, to the mishaps and manoeuvres of the freelance diplomat Sir Anthony Sherley at the Persian court of Shah Abbas I. With a tempting trade pact or military alliance in the offing, it proved surprisingly easy for both sides to forget the little matter of whether Jesus of Nazareth was the divine Son of God or simply the last prophet before the final revelation to Mohammed.

But if this is a story of business, it also boasts plenty of show business. The human exchange that yielded treaties with Muslim powers soon reached the London stage. Brotton calculates that 60 English plays put Turks, Moors and Persians on stage between 1576 and 1603. And no writer embarked on a steeper learning curve than William Shakespeare, through the 20 years that separate the schemingly wicked – but still charismatic – Aaron the Moor in Titus Andronicus to the tragic, heroic Muslim-raised General Othello, the Moor of Venice.

East meets West: Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud, Moorish ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I

During Elizabeth's reign, "Protestant England came closer to Islam than at any other time in its history until today". When England looked away from the Levant, under James I, the shift was driven in part by peace with Spain (in 1604) but mainly by the new commercial-imperial focus on south Asia and the Americas. The day of the East India and Virginia Companies had dawned.

So the age had passed when an intrepid but ruthless merchant-venturer such as Jenkinson could despatch a slave-girl known as Aura Soltana from Astrakhan as a gift for the Queen. Four years later, though, she turns up in a ledger of Elizabeth's servants as "our dear and well-beloved woman Ippolyta the Tartarian", who taught her mistress "the fashion of wearing Spanish leather shoes". What did Aura-Ippolyta herself make of her fantastic voyage? Someone should get cracking on the screenplay now.


Source: The Independent


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KB says: This breakfast is delicious, easy to make, and can be customized to your own tastes. The nests could be made ahead of time. To make it easier for yourself, you could use hash browns from the stores and combine them with the remaining ingredients. Then simply follow the rest of the recipe.

Breakfast Hash Brown and Egg Cups





6 or 7 large potatoes.
⅔ cup finely grated cheese, (parmesan if you like)
2 green chillies finely chopped
12 very small eggs
Salt and pepper



1. Bake the potatoes until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Allow to cool, and then peel and grate them. Season well with salt and pepper and green chillies.
2. Spray a 12-hole muffin pans generously with olive oil or coconut oil. Scoop 3 to 4 tablespoons of grated potato and cheese into each muffin hole dividing the mixture evenly. Use your fingers to gently press down the sides and bottom in each muffin hole to make a nest. Spray again with cooking spray or olive oil.
3. Then bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch and make sure they do not burn.
4. Allow the nests to cool. Then crack an egg into each one. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and chives and bake until the whites are set, about 15 minutes.
5. Very important, stand in pan for 5 mins before removing.
6. Best served warm with Avocado and grilled tomatoes.


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Aim for personal bests in everything that you do during training. Your best time on your walk/run, more body weight exercises than you've done before (add a few more reps to your routine), lift heavier weights if you're hitting the gym (add an extra 1.25kg to your bar and feel the difference).

The aim is to shock the muscles & body by changing things up & getting results.

Try additional mini-workouts during the day: eg. take the stairs instead of lifts, walk to the shops, get off the bus a few stops earlier & pound the pavement a little longer.

The more you move, the stronger/better/faster you will become... It's up to you!





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What’s on your plate?

Portion control is an essential key to achieving a healthy body no matter what your goals are. It is no use exercising for hours if you are consuming foods in excess of what your body needs. As a simple guide, I like to follow the ‘healthy plate method’ to help with portion control during meal times.

A healthy plate should consist of the following:

One quarter filled with protein such as beef, lamb, eggs, fish, poultry or seafood. It is recommended to trim any visible fat off meats prior to cooking and to frequently choose leaner cuts. Vegetarian options which also belong in this section include nuts and legumes such as beans, chickpeas, lentils and soy bean products (e.g. tofu).

Another quarter filled with a carbohydrate preferably the whole grain variety to provide fibre, such as brown rice, quinoa, couscous, wholegrain bread and pasta. Starchy vegetables also fit in this category and this includes potato, corn, sweet potato and pumpkin.

The rest of your plate (half) should be free vegetables such as leafy greens, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, or salad vegetables. This will help to bulk up your meal to keep you full as well as provide your body with lots of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

By dividing up your meal portions accordingly, it will assist you in weight control as well as nourish your body with adequate energy and essential nutrients for good health and wellbeing. Try it at your next meal time!


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A group of friends were having one of their regular get-togethers at the local kebab shop.


Jallaludin: I am feeling very depressed. I am going home.

Mula Nasruddin: Now sit down, my brother. It’s the worst thing you can do. It’s moments like this that you need people around you. Never give up on people brother. I know sometimes it seems like no one seems to understand your pain, but when you are in trouble and you cry out for help that’s when it’s important.
I mean you take Bulbulah’s cousin, Habibulah. Now, he owed $50 000 on his mortgage, isn’t that so Bulbulah?

Bulbulah: Yes, he was going to be thrown onto the street the following day. He was very worried about it.

Jallaludin: What happened then, brother Bulbulah?

Bulbulah: He drove out to the Beachy Head Cliffs. Here he parked about 3 metres from the edge of the cliff.

Jallaludin: What, was he going to drive off it?

Bulbulah: Yes, he just sat there for two hours, his head resting on the steering wheel. People tried to talk him out of it, but he was too depressed to listen.

Mula Nasruddin: This is the thing, brother Jallaludin. This is what I mean about people. Because it was the people who had a quick collection and got him his $50000.

Jallaludin: Who were the people who got the collection together for him?

Mula Nasruddin: All the passengers on his bus.


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Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn, From the mischief of created things; From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads; From the mischief of those who practice Secret Arts: And from the mischief of the jealous one as he practices jealousy. ~

~ Surah Al-Falaq 113:1-5


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Nobody in the world,

nobody in history,

has ever gotten their freedom

by appealing to the moral sense

of the people who were oppressing them.

~ Assata Shakur


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• 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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