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Ramadan 2016

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Statement from the Mufti on Ramadan 1437H

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

APAN iCARE Fundraising Dinner

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Peter Drew putting up posters in a town near you

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Introducing Kuraby Mosque's new Imam

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Ali Kadri conducted Islam Q and A session at Courier Mail

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Ml S Ravat report back on trip to Australia

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Islamic schools honour indigenous reconciliation Week

KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links

Ageless Anver bags 11th Comrades Medal

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Khawaja finds his peace in the middle

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

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'You don't look like you belong here'

Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat


Thank you from the Islamic Cultural Centre of Brisbane..

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence


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Gatton Community Centre final days for settlement

Changing How People Around the World View Pakistanis

“A Christian could never be elected mayor in a Muslim city!”
Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia

Nine give voice to what it's really like to live as a Muslim


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This week sees the start of the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and in 2016, it ends in 29 or 30 days time in July.


This is the month in which the Quran was revealed, when Archangel Gabriel (Jibreel in Arabic) appeared to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and began revealing the verses of the Quran over the next 23 years.


During this period of time, abstention from all food and drink is required each day between sunrise and sunset. Fasting in Ramadan is not only abstaining from food but also from evil actions, thoughts and words. Ramadan is also a time for spiritual reflection and devoting themselves to worship and prayer.




CCN wishes all our readers


Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Kareem

Selamat Menyambut Ramadhan

Selamat Berpuasa

Yoşgeldin Ya Sehri Ramazan





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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful. All Praise is due to Allah and peace and blessings be upon the seal of all the Prophets and Messengers.

Following extensive consultations with nation-wide Islamic leaders in Australia and their representatives, the office of the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and the Australian National Imams Council wish to make the following statements regarding the Muslim community:

All indicators from both the local region and bordering Islamic countries and the European council of Fatwa suggest a strong possibility that the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan for this year, 1437H or 2016, will begin on Monday 6th of June 2016.

The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and the respected Imams of the Australian National Imams Council, emphasise the importance of confirming the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan in advance to avoid the nullification of fasting and to provide the community sufficient time to make its necessary preparations.

Islam stresses the importance of promoting cultural and societal pluralism. As such, it is highly encouraged to invite non-Muslim families to join Muslims in the act of breaking their fast.

The Grand Mufti of Australia and the Australian National Imams Council call upon all Muslims to preserve their fasting while considering their brothers and sisters facing adversity around the world.


Finally, do not forget to keep your brothers and sisters in your prayers, asking Allah to end their wars, to grant them peace and security in their countries, our country Australia and all around the world.

May Allah bless this holy month for you and your family and may your worship and fasting be accepted this year.

Grant Mufti of Australia
Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed

Dated: 2nd of June 2016



The Grand Mufti of Australia | Ramadan 2016 Message to the Community


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APAN iCARE Fundraising Dinner (Video Report)





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Artist and activist, Peter Drew, has been sticking up some 180 of his posters of Afghan Moga Kahn in Brisbane and surrounding towns to drive home the message that the prevailing ideas about Australian national identity do not represent the full truth of the country.


Monga Khan worked as a Hawker in Victoria. Many Cameleers worked as Hawkers, selling goods between townships, like mobile general stores. Some people worked as Hawkers their whole lives without ever being considered Cameleers. Since it required a license it was considered a separate profession. Monga Khan came to Australia from India in 1895 and worked as a Hawker in and around Ballarat district.


in Ipswich - with Rachel Nolan, former Queensland Minister for the Arts





In Toowoomba - "Probably the friendliest place in Australia. It's great to find that Australian multiculturalism doesn't just live in the costal cities. One local proudly explained to me how Toowoomba is Queensland's second biggest centre for the resettlement of asylum seekers."

On the Goodwill Bridge


In West End


Outside the iconic 108-year-old Holland Park Mosque


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Imam Ahmad Naffaa

Imam Ahmad Naffaa has been appointed as a full-time Imam at the Kuraby Mosque


The Imam is a student and scholar of Al-Azhar University in Egypt. He schooled at Al-Azhar all his life and completed his Bachelors degree in Islamic Studies in Arabic and English.


He also completed a further 2 year postgraduate degree in Islamic studies and is now pursuing an MA in “The transmission of Sahih Bukhari in Western Scholarships and a Reconsideration of some Orientalists perspectives”.

His dissertation will be written in English for the benefit of non-Arabic speakers.

Imam Ahmad also worked at Al-Azhar as an Imam and as an approved English speaking teacher of various Islamic academic topics and jurisprudential issues.

He is joined and supported by his wife Sr. Heba, who, in her own right, is an engineer by profession. She has since devoted her time to teaching various Islamic courses for the benefit of women wanting to learn more about Islam and its practices.

Imam Ahmed and Sr. Heba have a one-year old daughter, Umamah.


To make an appointment to meet with the Imam write to or call 0452 176 560.


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Adapted from a report written by ICQ intern, Adeel Qureshi

This week the Courier Mail hosted the Islamic Council of Queensland's (ICQ) spokesperson, Ali Kadri, for an information and Q&A session on Islam.


The session was designed as an opportunity to "promote dialogue and critically needed engagement between the Muslim community and an influential media organisation."


"In a media environment which often seems dominated by a narrative which focuses on the abysmal actions of a small minority of Muslims, one of the intended consequences of this meeting was to have better informed journalists who are aware of the diversity of Muslims in Australia and abroad," Ali told CCN.

The session was structured as a brief introduction about Islam and the Muslim experience in Australia, followed by a Q&A session that lasted two hours.


The audience of some 50 journalists and editors asked basic questions about Islam as well as on issues such as radicalisation and Muslim youth.


There was genuine interest in the room in learning more about the finding out to expand their knowledge.

Accompanying Ali Kadri were four ICQ interns, Adeel Qureshi, Hamza Surbuland, Madina Mohmood and Noor Gillani,  who discussed their experiences growing up as young Muslims in Australia amidst an often hostile media.


"The diverse views, aspirations, experiences and aims of us four interns demonstrated to the journalists in attendance just how diverse the Muslim community is, and how futile it is to conceive of all Muslims as one and the same," intern Adeel Qureshi said.


He added, "The interns especially enunciated the importance of being Australian without needing to apologise for being Muslim, and the challenges faced in doing so."

"Feedback from the session was encouraging and shows the importance of such engagement," Ali said.


Journalist, Paula Shearer sent the following email immediately after the session:

“Dear Ali, I just want to say a very big thank you for your presentation at The Courier-Mail today. Your information was very helpful and gave me a broader understanding of the issues facing your community. It was particularly pleasing to meet your young team who will no doubt help create a greater understanding within our diverse Australian community going forward.

I particularly agreed with the points you raised about everyone's right within a democracy. But also the comparison with the fact that while society accepts that a girl wearing a bikini does not invite to be raped, we don't show that same sentiment to Muslim women who prefer to be covered up - that also should not be an open invitation to hostility."

“The reason I took young Muslims with me is to help create the next generation of leaders. Unfortunately, this is not done often and enough in our community. I want to make sure that next Ali Kadri does not face the same amount of hostilities I faced as a 30-year-old trying to have my say amongst the established community ‘leaders'," said Ali Kadri.


He also added that this is in no way was an attack on the older generation of Muslim leadership and “I appreciate the fact that they have created the platforms and relationships on which we can build upon”.

"The predominantly misconceived narratives about Muslims which appear in the media can’t be addressed by a single Q&A session. However, the crucial aspect of this session was that it created a platform for dialogue and communication to allow for greater understanding about Muslims in Australia and abroad. The opportunity to change the discourse about Islam is a challenging task that starts with every Muslim individual. This session was one small step in a necessary direction."

Adeel Qureshi (ICQ intern) Political Science and International relations at the University of Queensland. Hamza Surbuland (ICQ intern) studies Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Queensland. Madina Mohmood (ICQ intern) is a student of Law and Arts at the University of Queensland. Noor Gillani (ICQ intern) studies Journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Ali Kadri is the spokesperson of Islamic Council of Queensland. Ali completed his MBA in 2003 from Charles Sturt University, Masters of Professional Accounting from James Cook University in 2008 and Graduate Certificate in International Relations from Griffith University in 2010.


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Moulana Sulaimaan Ravat of Radio Islam in South Africa reports on his recent trip to Australia:



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Safiyyah Uren opened a special reconciliation assembly at the Australian International Islamic College, Gold Coast Campus by narrating the following:

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we’re meeting on, we acknowledge our gratitude that we share this land today, our sorrow for the costs of that sharing, and our hope that we can move to a place of justice and partnership together.

The special assemblies and meetings at the AIIC Durack and Gold Coast Campuses were held to spread awareness regarding the suffering, losses and the challenges towards attaining basic human rights for the ingenious community in Australia which was explained by the guest of honour Brother Troy Meston, Griffith lecturer and Indigenous research fellow for the Australian Council for educational research (ACER) and Aunty Deborah Bennet Head of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Programs, Relationships Australia.


The Meetings and assemblies were followed by the whole school enthusiastically celebrating aboriginal culture through demonstrations and vibrantly engaging in several traditional aboriginal games.

Brother Troy hosted a special Yarning circle workshop for the high school students, and related to the children the struggle of education for indigenous communities particularly with the recent sensationalized coverage of the school children of Aurukun QLD.


He motivated the students of the AIIC, and left them with the message that we as Muslims must have faith, believe in change and acknowledge and advocate for our indigenous people and their culture, as this was the world view of Muslims before us.


A letter was sent by Aunty Deborah Bennet following the reconciliation awareness program.

Dear Fatima,
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest appreciation to you, your principal and all of the amazing young people I met and spoke with at the Islamic College yesterday.

It was a great honour to have been invited during National Reconciliation Week 2016 to speak with the students and share something of First Australian's perspectives on media representation of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People's. The students demeanour illustrated respect and a willingness to engage in the subject matter I presented. I was particularly moved by the interest the students showed especially the group who remained after class and respectfully asked their questions. As discussed I will send you some further resources and links for your class. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Warm Regards
Debra Bennet
Head of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Programs


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Anver Omar ably supported to the finish line by his daughter, Adila Loonat, herself a final year-medical student

Dr. Anver Omar (58) completed his 11th Comrades Marathon 89km run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban last Sunday in the very impressive time of under 10 hours with two hours to spare. He was also the 4th fastest finisher in his Durban club, Oasis Crescent.


Well done, Anver! This will get him in fine tune for CresWalk2016.


(l to r) Anver Moolla of Durban who completed his 20th run and Anver Omar




The Oasis Crescents Leader board



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Usman Khawaja: "The game can be quite tough at times and stressful and emotional. So you have to find a way to bring yourself back to your centre".

Usman Khawaja has always batted with a certain grace. His languid movements and supple wrists have combined for a visual style that suggests ease and peace, and a sense of time to spare enjoyed by only the very best players.

But until fairly recently, the image was also something of an illusion. Khawaja's technique may have looked smooth, but inside his head turmoil and worry raged. He was unsure of his place in the game, and his future in the Australian team. This fretfulness played out over a handful of Test matches that reaped only two half centuries and many slim scores.

Ahead of Australia's triangular series against the West Indies and South Africa, Khawaja has spoken of how the shattering death of Phillip Hughes contributed to a more balanced outlook on the game, and how his Muslim faith has helped him to retain it. The proof of Khawaja's development can be found in his performance, peeling off century after century last summer and winning an all-format place in Australia's plans.

"We obviously lost Hughesy and I did my knee in the space of two weeks, so it was a pretty rough time," Khawaja told reporters in Guyana. "So you just sort of learn to let go a little bit.

"When I first came into the Australian team I wanted to make such a good impression and to do so much and so well, which is normal for a young kid. Now I'm just more relaxed about it all. What's meant to be is meant to be.

"I train really hard, I do the right things at training, and then when the game time comes I just try and compete and if it's good enough, it's good enough. If it's not, so be it."

Cricket Australia has highlighted Khawaja's Pakistani background and Muslim belief as signs of the game's diverse future down under, but the man himself has been reticent at times to speak of a personal faith. However his development as a cricketer links directly to the sense of peace and perspective it gives him these days, meaning Khawaja was this time a little more expansive.

"The game can be quite tough at times and stressful and emotional," he said. "So you have to find a way to bring yourself back to your centre. Everyone does that in different ways. I have my own way and I do it because you play so much cricket and so much is going on, you can sometimes forget about that sort of stuff. It's a good question because it happens a lot.

"I pray. That's what keeps me centred. The number one most important thing in my life is religion. That comes first and that helps me with everything else, cricket included. I haven't become any more religious. I think I've just found a happy medium of religion helping me with life in general.

"It sort of happens when something as big as what happened a couple of years ago with Hughesy happens. I think everyone took it in a different way. Everyone finds different avenues and aspects so that's one big one for me."


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'You don't look like you belong here': Two Sydney lawyers 'humiliated' at legal conference




Solicitors Hisham Karnib, 23, (left) and Muhammad Tehseldar (right), 27, were attending a legal conference on Wednesday when the alleged incident occurred

SYDNEY: Two young lawyers of Middle Eastern heritage say they were left 'humiliated' after a staffer allegedly tried to kick them out of a conference because: 'You look different'.

Solicitors Hisham Karnib, 23, and Muhammad Tehseldar, 27, were attending a legal conference at a Dockside Group venue in Sydney on Wednesday morning.

The pair say they watched the day's keynote speech and ducked into the lobby later that morning looking for a coffee machine.

They then claim they were then approached by a venue staffer who demanded they show their ID and name tags.

When one of the lawyers asked why, the staffer allegedly said: 'You look different. You don't look like you belong here'.

High profile criminal lawyer Adam Houda (centre) said he is acting on the solicitors' behalf

'We’re not showing you anything and we’re not leaving. You don’t have a right to see our ID,' Mr Tehseldar replied.

'Why ask two out of the 500 people for ID?'

In a recount written up immediately following the incident, Mr Karnib recalled the pair insisted they were solicitors who had paid to be at the conference.

The staff member called security guards - who surrounded them - and tried to get them kicked out, the pair alleged.

Conference witnesses soon intervened, assuring them that the men had registered to attend the conference.

The lawyers believe they were singled out because of their race, although the venue staffer apparently told them he targeted them because Mr Karnib was wearing a puffy jacket.

'What other justification is there?' Mr Karnib told Daily Mail Australia. '(The staffer saw) two young guys with a dark complexion and thought what are these guys doing.

He believes that 'The jacket (explanation) just doesn't stand.'

Mr Tehseldar told Daily Mail Australia he thought it was 'disgusting' way to be treated.

He said several other members of Sydney's legal community were present at the time and was concerned about what they may have thought about the incident.

The staffer later apologised, saying he has 'random people walk into the venue and needed to exercise those measures', according to Mr Karnib's account.

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, a spokesman for the venue said the staffer had 'spotted two men who did not appear to be dressed in the same manner as other delegates' at the conference.

The spokesman said the venue 'attracts a lot of casual visitors who are walking around... and they often venture inadvertently into functions.

'Once the (staffer) established the two gentlemen were indeed delegates at the conference he offered them his sincere apologies and pointed out they were only singled out because of their attire.

'(The staffer) also explained that security was a top priority at the conference and (the staffer's) interest in them was based on their dress and for no other reason.

The spokesman said the company 'apologises for any distress to the delegates - who continued to attend the conversation - caused by the (staffer) who is a valued member of the team'.

Lawyer Adam Houda, who is acting on the solicitors' behalf, said the pair were left 'shattered' and will not attend the rest of the conference.

He does not want the conference to return to the venue.

'(The staffer's) outrageous conduct was undoubtedly based on my clients appearances,' Mr Houda claimed.

'This is completely unacceptable, not to mention shameful.'


Source: The Daily Mail UK


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After a great deal of time with the grace of Allah and the generous support of the community, the Islamic Cultural Centre has now completed the purchase of its new boarding madrasah on 74 Garfield Rd, Karawatha.


To finalise the deal a total of $180,000 has been loaned. We are currently trying to close off this loan for future development.


The building has been renovated and extended to facilitate after school Islamic studies and tuition.


Our Islamic classes have resumed since. As of this month we have started new enrolments for Arabic and Hifz classes.

If it weren’t for the heart warming support from the community and the will of Allah, we would not have been able to succeed.


So we would like to use the opportunity of the holy month of Ramadan to thank you all and to wish each and every individual of our ummah to have a blessed and wonderful month.

We would also like to ask each and every one of you to continue your support for our students with your Zakat as we are currently running on the support of the community solely.

May Allah reward your actions and facilitate your intentions.

For more information please call Imam Ahmed on 0417 907 907

Ramadan Moubarak,
Islamic Cultural Centre of Brisbane


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By Ali Zafar


Enthusiastic participants at IFAM’s Islamic Quiz competition 2016

NSW: The highly popular Islamic Quiz Competition was held on Sunday 22 May at the Western Sydney University, Parramatta campus organized by the Islamic Forum for Australian Muslims (IFAM).

Having run this program successfully for the last ten years in Canberra and highly appreciated by students as well as their parents, it was the first time that this unique program was organized in NSW.

With the slogan “Learn & Win: every child will win a prize”, almost 200 youngsters ranging from kindy to year 10 registered for the competition.

At the end of the long day, final winners at the competition were as follows:

Group D (Grades 7 & above) Abeer Kamran stood first, followed by Aishah Navaid second and Nabiha Rajput third.

Group C (Grades 4, 5 & 6) Syed Muzammil Ahmad stood first, followed by Zaina Siddiqui second and Muhammad Mehroz Khan third.

Group B (Grades 2 & 3) Uzair stood first, followed by Ajwa Binte Adnan second and Muhammad Talha Adnan third.

Group A (Kindergarten & Grade 1), there was no competition. They had a pictorial quiz in order to prepare them for the next year Quiz program.

The registration for the quiz started from early March, where the participants from Years 2 to Years 10 were sent Quiz Booklets in order for them to learn about Islam with the supervision of parents and prepare themselves well in advance of the competition.

The IFAM specialized team of Quiz organisers including Brs Adnan Shafiq, Shafqat Ali, Asaf Siddiqi and Zaffar Khan and Sr Bushra Shoukat arrived at 9 am to manage the day long program at the venue.

Br Nazim Farooq who had just finished supervising the ACT Quiz the previous day on Saturday 21 May in Canberra was parachuted into the Sydney venue to take charge.

Zafar Khan was the stage secretary, while Ibrahim Khalil and Fahad Hameed conducted the Q & A sessions. The highly technical task of scoring was undertaken by Br Shafqat Ali.

The program started at 10.30 am with the Kindy Round which included children from Kindy and Year 1. All other rounds except for the kindy round started off with a written quiz followed by oral quiz in front of the whole audience consisting of children and their parents. The selection of successful candidates were then tested in the ‘buzzer’ round which was fast and exciting.

Br Hamid Abbasi, assisted by Brs Gulzar Ali and Khurram Jawaid managed the food stall feeding the competition participants as well as their parents.

The Islamic Quiz competition will be continued in order to provide a platform and incentive for gaining knowledge on Islam and Muslims.

Source: Australasian Muslim Times


Ali Zafar is a computer engineering graduate working in the IT Department at the University of NSW. He is associated with IFAM’s Lakemba/Bankswtown Halaqa) where he organises kids/youth engagement programs.


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By Manarul Islam


A/Prof Mehmet Ozalp with delegates to the National Muslim Youth Summit on Saturday 28 May 2016, Canberra.

CANBERRA: Over 160 Muslim youth from all over Australia converged on the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Saturday 28 May to discuss issues close to their hearts.

The event, jointly organised by the Canberra Islamic Centre (CIC) and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy (ISRA), aimed to allow the youth themselves to “explore constructive solutions to religious and social issues,” according to the President of CIC, Azra Khan.

“A network of Muslim youth can play a very active and influential role’ added Ms Khan. “The Summit will cover a broad spectrum of issues including extremism, religious discrimination, drugs and alcohol abuse, social exclusion, unemployment and mental health.”

Appropriately subtitled “Nothing for us, without us”, Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp, President of ISRA, stressed that the summit aimed to allow “robust discussion, propose solutions, collaboration, networking and looking to the future together.”

“Muslim youth need to be empowered to deal with challenges they face in the land they call home,” A/Prof Ozalp added.



A/Prof Mehmet Ozalp with delegates to the National Muslim Youth Summit on Saturday 28 May 2016, Canberra.

The event featured prominent speakers from the Muslim community. including long-term youth worker Shaykh Wesam Charkawi; leading Muslim youth activist, author and professional Ms Yassmin Abdel-Magied, community leader A/Prof Mehmet Ozalp, and author, activist and academic Ms Mehal Krayem.

Shaykh Wesam Charkawi, a long term youth worker, spoke about how verses from the Quran is being used in topics or preached but are not properly understood because the background of the verses is not known.

He stressed that treating ignorance as fact is a grave sin quoting the hadith that the Prophet (s) said “Those who give ruling based on ignorance will be in hellfire.” He pointed out just by reading a medical book doesn’t make you a doctor, you must learn from a proper teacher.

He concluded by making the point that technology can help but it must be from person to person contact.

Ms Mehal Krayem, a sociologist and currently co-editor of an online magazine, Sajjeling, spoke about social issues affecting Muslim youth: the challenges they face by living their lives primarily online, advising them to stay away from “anything that compromises your humanity and the preservation of your soul”.



Speaker: Mehal Krayem.

A/Prof Mehment Ozalp spoke about social activism and posed the question what is the right way to be socially active in Australia. He emphasised the guiding characteristics of Islam – surrender and submission to Allah – that Islam is fundamentally constructive and to keep on the straight path- Siratal Mustaqeem.

Leading Muslim youth activist, author and professional, Ms Yasmin Abdul Majeed spoke about youth empowerment and inspired everyone with her life journey.

Her key message was to look at everything as an opportunity to learn and never underestimate your capacity to change the world.

She also spoke about the importance of follow-through: “Don’t give up if you fail – just keep pushing ahead.”

She recounted her own story of when she was a teenager she wanted to make a change but people wouldn’t respond to her because of her age. However, with dedication and follow-through she was able to create Youth Without Borders, an umbrella organisation that works towards positive change for young people of all backgrounds.

Since 2011, Youth Without Borders has carried out projects that have provided kids with learning and social opportunities that they would otherwise have missed out on.



Speaker: Yassmin Abdel-Magied

The attendees then separated into groups. Each table was provided a discussion topic and attendees were told to walk around the room and sit on the table of their choice. A facilitator then joined to instigate the discussion on the topic.

The topics included: Islamic education; radicalisation; Islamophobia; mental health; and Muslim identity.

Each table was then asked to choose two people to present the key points from each discussion.

The attendees had an overwhelming positive view of the summit which bodes well as there are plans to make this an annual national youth summit.

Sourosh Cina, from Sydney, said that the youth summit “was a great initiative.” He said he came in with open expectations and was impressed with the high quality of speakers and how their topics flowed.

“The discussions were good but we suffered from the lack of time,” he added.

He suggested that the next time they could “come with certain definitions” so that there could be “more depth in the discussions.”

He hoped that this could be a stepping stone to something bigger both nationally as well as back in the communities of the attendees.

This story was written with substantial input from Azra Khan, Areeb Siddiqui, Saminah Ahmad, Ibrahim Khalil and Afzal Ahmad who were attendees at the Summit.

Source: Australasian Muslim Times


Manarul Islam is an IT professional and AMUST correspondent based in Canberra.



National Muslim Youth Summit: a positive platform to tackle tough issues


The National Muslim Youth Summit held in Canberra on Saturday saw 145 delegates from across the country engage in constructive and robust discussion about the challenges they face.

The summit, jointly organised by the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy (ISRA) and the Canberra Islamic Centre (CIC), had a full agenda ranging from extremism and Islamophobia to unemployment, social exclusion and mental health.

Prominent speakers from the Muslim community kicked off the day including youth worker Shaykh Wesam Charkawi, Muslim youth activist, author and engineer Yassmin Abdel-Magied, community leader Dr Mehmet Ozalp, and author, activist and academic Mehal Krayem.

ISRA president Dr Mehmet Ozalp urged everyone in the room at the National Portrait Gallery to work towards building an Australian Muslim identity their grandchildren could embrace and perpetuate.

"It is not about casting anything aside but looking for ways of being Muslim and Australian at the same time," he said.

"If you look across the world practising Islam each area has a unique character. Islam is adaptable and fluid in a sense outside of its core principles, and it can adapt to local settings. We have done it in Africa, Central Asia and India, why can't we do it in Australia?"

Hafsah Farouk, 23, of Jerrabomberra said being surrounded by diverse Muslims from every state and territory except Tasmania was powerful.

"One major problem is that we don't see ourselves as fitting into Australian life or culture and may not feel accepted for who we are," she said.


Hafsah Farouk, 23, of Jerrabomberra with sister Zainab, 28, of Wright (front), together with other Muslim youths Saba Awan, 30, of Braddon, Arafat Ogunbanwo, 16, of Wanniassa, Absiye Haybe, 17, of Stirling, Marwat Ogunbanwo, 18, of Wanniassa, Omar Hashmi, 29, of Royalla, Faiz Fadil, 17, of Forrest and Alif Rohmat, 15, of Belconnen at the National Muslim Youth Summit held in the National Portrait Gallery.

"It is a great atmosphere. With everyone here it gives us a sense we aren't alone in what we are feeling. We have all come to be the change and see what they can do to resolve some of the challenges Muslim youth face."

She said radicalisation and extremism were difficult but important topics to address.

"We need to interpret and discuss our religion, our rules and obligations and their natural meaning and form so there is no room for misinterpretation," she said.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied's casual and lively storytelling had the room captivated, and at times in stitches.

The charismatic drilling engineer, author and founder of Youth Without Borders rounded out her series of funny anecdotes with two take-away messages.

"Never let anyone's expectations of you limit what you do," she said.

"And never underestimate your capacity to change the world around you. You don't have to change the world, but don't forget by doing simple things like changing someone's mind, you create change."


Source: Canberra Times


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Islamic Relief will have stalls at Underwood Marketplace every Saturday throughout Ramadan.

Visit them to purchase Food Packs for a country of your choice.

Each Food Pack will feed a family of up to 6 people for the entire month.

You can also use this opportunity to drop off your Sadaqa Boxes.


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$55000 shortfall to settle Gatton Centre by 6 June.

Your assistance to help us settle will be much appreciated.

Bank Account details:
LVIC Pty Ltd
Westpac BSB: 034182 A/c: 275675
Please insert your name as reference for funds transferred. To receive a receipt kindly send an email to

For any enquiries contact the LVIA Committee at



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Women are hardworking, resilient and marvellous multi-taskers! These women have shown that Pakistani women are especially exceptional because of all that we have to overcome and yet we are able to not only become leaders in our fields but also pioneer into uncharted territories. All over the world, and beyond.


Read on about these super Pakistani women gathering respect and accolades the world over:


3. Rani Taj

Taj is a British Pakistani dhol player from Birmingham, United Kingdom. She rose to international fame in 2010 when she appeared in a viral video playing dhol in the streets.


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 4. Mehreen Faruqi



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The Mayor of London

Since Sadiq Khan’s election as Mayor of London, many people seem to be suggesting that no Muslim city would ever be open-minded enough to elect a Christian as mayor.

So, in the interests of accuracy, and because FACTS ARE OUR FRIENDS, I present a list of some of the many Christians who have done just what Mr Khan has done – been elected to high office in Muslim countries where they are a religious minority:

4. Bourtros Boutrol Ghali



Boutros Boutros Ghali, a coptic Christian and former head of the UN, was Egypt’s Foreign Minister for 14 years. Egypt is 90% Muslim.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 5. Basuki Tjahaya Purnama



Source: The Muslim Vibe


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Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia


Continued from last week's CCN


Report by Beau Donelly


A Muslim mother in Sydney fears her grandchildren will end up in a concentration camp. A Victorian father won't tell his football team he is Muslim so he doesn't have to explain himself. To be Muslim is to be judged for everything you do, says a Brisbane woman. An international student living in Melbourne says she feels segregated in class.

What is it to be Muslim in Australia today?


Fairfax Media asked readers who are Muslim to speak of their experiences and how they explain extremism and Islamophobia to their children. Dozens of people responded.


CCN publishes one response each week:


"Small things might turn bigger"


Amalina Rahmat, 21, Melbourne, Malaysian

I arrived in Australia as an international student after the Sydney siege. I felt scared, like I was segregated in class. When asked to form groups or pairs, people usually turned their backs to me and I was left to pair up with either another Asian kid or with the tutor. Maybe it's my accent, the colour of my skin or maybe it's the scarf I wear on my head. I don't know. I do feel like people treat me differently. I'm just a normal human being like everyone else.


Once I was crossing the road at Federation Square with my brother and this man walked right up at me and spat on my shoe. I was really shaken because he was so big. My brother and I were both confused, but when we got home we realised there had been a Reclaim Australia rally a few hours earlier.


My housemate was walking home recently when a group of young men in a car shouted, "You f---ing Muslim!" at her. Although these things might not be extreme, they are small things that, if not controlled might turn bigger. They should be called out.



Source: Brisbane Times


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Australian Muslims speak up


Continued from last week's CCN


Nine men and women from around Australia give voice to what it's really like to live as a Muslim. Seham Mostafa, 61, a doctor and mother, tells of her experience with discrimination. Beau Donelly reports. 


Seham (left) as a registrar at Cairo University Hospital in 1975.


I met my husband by chance. I was working in Cairo as a ra

diologist and was visiting a colleague in the hospital. He had come back to Egypt on holidays, having moved to Australia nine years earlier, and was also visiting my friend.


During that visit, he sat next to me and said, suddenly, ‘Would you marry me?’ I said, ‘What! I don’t know you.’ He told me to ask my friend about him. She said he was a good guy and had a good personality. We started talking on the phone and met every day for a month. A short time later, we got engaged. I moved to Australia to be with him the following year.



I wanted to have a child so when I got my qualifications here I left radiology and started working in the Health Commission as a medical officer. I wasn’t discriminated against when I was trying to find a job and I had a lot of support from the Australians I worked with. I’ve always been treated very well by my colleagues.

Only once have I ever experienced discrimination because of my religion. I was sitting next to an old Australian doctor at a function about 15 years ago and we were chatting when he made a comment assuming that, because I was educated, I was a Coptic Christian. I told him I was Muslim. He didn’t speak to me for the rest of the night.


Brisbane Times


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Gold Coast Masjid || Interview With Hussain Baba

Community News



A report on the Mosque's Ramadan activities and the Youth Centre project.





WHY ISLAM | Amina Hall | Former Christian

  IslamInFocus Australia




Amina is from New Zealand. She was working in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia when she found Islam. 




Shahada In Kuraby Masjid | 2 June 2016

Community News





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The Inbox




The Kuraby Mosque Friday Food programme has raised and deposited $3,333.85 over the last three weeks.


The year to date is $55,966.80.


Mashallah it has been a great effort by everyone. A huge thanks to all who donated, help cook, sell, buy and clean.


Jazakallah from everyone on the food group. Please include them in your duas in Ramadan.




Mian Waqar

Food Group Coordinator

To know the future just look to the past



24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


2. Umm Ayman (d. 650)


Umm Ayman, also known as Barakah, was an enslaved Ethiopian who was emancipated and became a renowned companion of the Prophet Muhammad. She was one of the few individuals who closely knew the Prophet from his birth until his death. Among the earliest converts to Islam, she participated in the battle of Uhud, caring and tending for the wounded.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 3. Ubada ibn as-Samit (d. 654)

Source: Atlantic BlackStar



Citizen Khan: Behind a Muslim community in northern Wyoming lies one enterprising man—and countless tamales.


Back when the streets of Sheridan were still dirt and Zarif Khan was still young, the Muslim who made his living selling Mexican food in the Wild West would put up a tamale for stakes and race local cowboys barefoot down Main Street.


WYOMING, USA: ............ Contrary to the claims of Stop Islam in Gillette, however, the Muslims who established the mosque are not new to the region. Together with some twenty per cent of all Muslims in Wyoming, they trace their presence back more than a hundred years, to 1909, when a young man named Zarif Khan immigrated to the American frontier. Born around 1887, Khan came from a little village called Bara, not far from the Khyber Pass, in the borderlands between Afghanistan and Pakistan. His parents were poor, and the region was politically unstable. Khan’s childhood would have been marked by privation and conflict—if he had any childhood to speak of. Family legend has it that he was just twelve when he left.

What he did next nobody knows, but by September 3, 1907, he had got himself a thousand miles south, to Bombay, where he boarded a ship called the Peno. Eight weeks later, on October 28th, he arrived in Seattle. From there, he struck out for the interior, apparently living for a while in Deadwood, South Dakota, and the nearby towns of Lead and Spearfish before crossing the border into Wyoming. Once there, he settled in Sheridan, which is where he made a name for himself, literally: as Hot Tamale Louie—beloved Mexican-food vender, Afghan immigrant, and patriarch of Wyoming’s now besieged Muslim population.

The New Yorker


Mansa Musa

When the richest man in history went on Hajj 


When asked about rich people, you probably think of Bill Gates, Rockefeller, Warren Buffet, Carlos Slim, or the Rothschild family. But according to historians, the richest man to have ever lived was a Muslim Malian king named Mansa Musa.


Mansa meaning King. Mansa Musa ruled over the Malian empire of Mali from 1312 till 1337 and caught the attention of Europeans and Arabs after his renowned Hajj (Islamic pilgrimage) to Mecca in 1324. During this, Mansa Musa’s fortune was estimated at 400 billion dollars, and caught the eye of many far and beyond the countries he visited! He was not afraid to give zakat to the poor and build houses and mosques on his way to Mecca.

The then Malian Empire contained countries such as Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad. This enormous Empire stretched up to two thousand miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the West to Lake Chad to the East of its borders.

Pilgrimage to Mecca
As a devoted Muslim, Mansa Musa prepared his pilgrimage soon after he took his position from Abu Bakri II in 1312. During these preparations, which took years, Mansa Musa used the knowledge and resources from his rich land. Through Malian scholars, who helped plan the pilgrimage, Mansa Musa was well prepared and knew a lot about the cities he went to and how to navigate his way to Mecca. 1324, off to Mecca!


Finally, in 1324 he took up to a thousand servants (some say 60,000) with him. They had more than 80 camels loaded with 300 pounds of gold and other needed goods with them for their trip of over four thousand kilometers. Mansa Musa had 1200 slaves with him each carrying a golden adorned staff. During his voyage he stopped in the Egyptian cities Alexandria and Cairo where he attracted the Arabs’ and Europeans’ interest. Due to his act of kindness and bounteous (giving Zakat), it is said that he gave away most of his gold to whom he met, especially to the poor on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria. But he also helped building mosques each Friday on his way to Mecca.

His act of kindness was felt years later in Egypt, Mecca and Medina as the local economy collapsed and gold prices substantially fell. Soon Mansa Musa was a known man in the Arab world and in Europe. There have been tales from Italian merchants and Egyptians about this sub-Saharan African Muslim king, who was loaded with gold. This earned Mansa Musa a spot on the maps drawn by Arabs and Europeans. One of this maps was Italian map.



The impact of his trip
Coming back home, Mansa Musa brought with him Arab scholars, architects, and bureaucrats to help him build the historic building we now have in Gao and Timbuktu. Timbuktu became a famous scholarly, cultural, and flourishing trade city in these years. A city to which people from Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa came to learn, trade, and live.

The legacy of these Arab (Andalusian) architects consists of a few masterpieces like the Djinguereber Mosque, which is a part of the University of Timbuktu. It contains the Masjid of Sidi Yahya and Sankore. Other notable buildings are the palace of Madagou and the University/Masjid of Gao.

The Islamic scholarly was boosted by this trip, as the amount of Madrasas and libraries grew together with the Islamic knowledge. At the same time, Islamic leaders and kingdoms increased the exchange of commerce, scholars, poets… This made Timbuktu the center of Islamic studies and trade in sub-Sahara Africa.


After Mansa Musa’s death in 1337, his son Maghan I, became Mansa. But his rule did not last as long. Attacks from Morocco and the kingdom of Songhai soon meant the downfall of this great Islamic kingdom.

Fun fact : Mansa Musa is mentioned in the computer game: Civilization IV.

Source: MVSLIM


Map page of Section LXXVII Western Asia under the Abbasid Caliphs (786)

Political Pluralism Was Key to the Islamic World’s Golden Age

The Abbasid dynasty (750-1258 AD) is often referred to as the “Golden Age” of Islam. Ruling for 500 years, the Abbasids established a caliphate that extended as far east as modern-day Pakistan and as far west as Algeria. During its lifetime, the caliphate had many different capital cities, including Kufa (Iraq, 750-762), Ar-Raqqa (Syria, 796-809), and Samarra (Iraq, 836-892), but Baghdad was its main capital and center of power for 427 years.

The Abbasids are often remembered for their scientific, technological, and intellectual innovations, rather than political and religious developments. In fact, however, it was the Abbasids’ unusual tolerance for dissenting political and religious ideas that helped create an atmosphere where science, literature, and philosophy could thrive.

With the recent ascent of Arab revolutions and counter-revolutions, it is worth revisiting this underappreciated aspect of Abbasid rule.

The Abbasids’ Radical Political and Religious Openness

750 marked a turning point in the history of the Muslim world as the Ummayad dynasty collapsed after a three-year revolt led by the pro-Abbasid general, Abu Muslim. The Ummayads had been doling out privileges to members of their own tribe, creating resentment amongst different Arab and non-Arab Muslim groups.

The Abbasids first radical political act was to bring these diverse forces together to launch a revolt against Ummayad rule in 747 AD. Arabs, non-Arabs, Sunnis, Shias, and others banded together to form a pro-Abbasid alliance. This cross-sectarian, inter-ethnic coalition was a critical first step in nurturing political pluralism as a key component of Abbasid rule.

Another important factor was the sheer size and scale of the caliphate. The vastness of their empire made it impossible for the Abbasids to directly rule over the entire territory. Instead, they used a highly decentralized governance structure, involving a complex web of regional rulers who pledged their allegiance to the caliphate. These rulers or sultans administered territory on behalf of the Abbasids.

Responsiveness to popular mood and feeling were key to the success of this governance structure. To gauge these sentiments, local authorities engaged in consultations with their subjects. These conferences not only helped entrench Abbasid control over the caliphate; they also helped circulate new ideas throughout the empire.

The Abbasids’ political openness did not mean they welcomed each and every new idea with open arms. But, they also did not suppress ideas that were unfavourable to them, unless, of course, they led to direct revolt.




Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister


The Benefits of Studying Islamic History

The development of the Islamic Ummah in history was amazingly rapid. It was full of trials and tribulations and encounters with other cultures and religious systems. As a result, the final message of Allah was embodied in a civilization that was enriched by all the great civilizations of the world.


Within the first century of its birth, Islam spread across half the known and majority of the civilized world of that time. As different people became Muslims or came under the rule of Islam, the scholars and thinkers of Islam came from increasingly diverse regions, thus enriching the flowering and protection of Islamic scholarship and tradition with their own cultural strengths.


The contributions of the Persians in bureaucracy and culture, the Hindus in mathematics, the Greeks in logic, the Turks in military and architecture fields, just to name a few, all became sources of strength of Islam. On the other hand, the previous philosophical and religious systems of the new lands both challenged and influenced the Muslim scholars and thinkers. All these factors make the history of Islam extremely fast moving, diverse and filled with conflicts, debates and upheavals. Each of these experiences, however, also helped it mature and develop.


To learn Islamic history is to inquire how Allah’s ways have worked and his will carried out at the hands of myriads of individuals and groups and how His promises have come true. To look at history Islamically is to keep an eye on the moral, spiritual and ethical dimensions of all episodes in history, however big or small. This is precisely why the Quran makes learning history in some ways an act of faith and a source of wisdom.

Al Jumuah


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ICQ Community Announcement: FREE Food Handling and Hygiene Training



ICQ in conjunction with Brisbane City Council is proud to be hosting a FREE food handling and hygiene workshop.


If you're planning to run a food stall at an upcoming event or market, then this training is for you.


Participants will receive a food safety certificate and helpful steps to hold your very own food stall anywhere in Brisbane.

Date: Sunday 5th June 2016
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane (45 Acacia Road KARAWATHA)
Time: 1:30pm SHARP
Cost: FREE

Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP please contact Ali Ghafoor on or PH: 0410 083 975


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Leanne Mohamad, Winner, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!



[CCN Editor] The statement extract below by the Speakers Trust and the Jack Petchey Foundation was released in response to the allegation that the British-Palestinian schoolgirl was expelled from the public speaking competition because of pressure brought on by anti-Palestinian blogger Edgar Davidson.


Joint statement from Speakers Trust and the Jack Petchey Foundation


On 19th May Leanne Mohamad from Wanstead High School was chosen from among 19 finalists as the 2015/6 Redbridge Regional Final winner. She was chosen by an independent panel of judges.

As a Regional Final winner the speech was posted online. Following vile and hateful comments posted online during this Bank Holiday weekend Speakers Trust removed the video of Leanne’s speech. We will not tolerate trolling of young people. As a small charity without the capacity to moderate comments 24 hours a day it was considered essential to protect Leanne by temporarily suspending the regional video until we were able to consult fully with her school and family.

In terms of progression in the competition – all 37 talented Regional Final champions were entered into the semi-final on Saturday 21st May. Only 15 of these can reach the Grand Final stage. A panel of judges selected the top 15 speeches without any external influence or input and prior to any of the issues that emerged this weekend. The general “rules” of effective public speaking in the Challenge are guidelines to help speakers to create a speech that will connect with a large and diverse audience and every speech was judged on its own merits.

All the young people who were selected were notified in the week after 21st May. Leanne Mohamad was not selected. She does however remain the Redbridge Regional Winner for 2016.

Both the Jack Petchey Foundation and Speakers Trust which runs the Challenge have a primary duty of care to the young people we work with and we cannot accept any form of abuse against them.

We are determined that all of our young speakers, irrespective of background, race or religion, should be able to speak out in a safe and supportive environment. In our society people have the right to hold and express different views or perspectives. It is important that young people can express these, challenge and question in an appropriate manner and learn to live with each other in peace.

The full statement

Sheith Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar

Expert: No ‘Islamic state’ in Quran
Sheith Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar

There is no obligation to create one as it is not mentioned in the Quran, says Law Professor Abdullah Ahmed An-Na'im from Emory University.

PETALING JAYA: There is no such thing as an Islamic state and no obligation to create one, according to Law Professor Abdullah Ahmed An-Na’im from Emory University, Atlanta, United States.

Speaking at a lecture entitled “Islam and the Secular State” at the Sunway University here today, Ahmed said that the term “Islamic state” was not mentioned in the Quran or the sunnah (sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad), nor was it known in any of the languages until the 20th century.

“We do not have this obligation in the Quran or sunnah,” he said. “Islam does not have a prescribed order for a political state.”

In fact, he added, an Islamic state was an “impossibility” as there was no criteria to measure what an Islamic state was.

There were differing views in classic Islamic knowledge on jurisprudence and there was no independent authority that could verify an Islamic state.

“Arabia and Iran both claim to be Islamic states, but to each of them they are heretics,” he quipped.

Free Malaysia Today


A refugee prays at the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais on Christmas Day 2015. ‘In the Calais refugee camp it feels obvious that this is also a battle between makeshift cardboard churches and mosques and a secular France that is totally puzzled by the resurgence of religious values it has sneered at for centuries.’

The world is getting more religious, because the poor go for God
Giles Fraser

Religion itself thrives in places where liberal individualism fails. That’s the real clash of civilisations

The so-called “masters of suspicion”, Nietzsche, Marx and Freud, all thought that religion would wither and die in the 20th century. Others enthusiastically backed the secularisation hypothesis. Intellectually, the enlightenment had punctured it below the waterline and it was sinking. Religion was dead. Except, of course, the reverse happened: it flourished. In 1900, the year that Nietzsche died, there were 8 million Christians in Africa. Now there are 335 million. And the growth rate continues to accelerate.


God wasn’t dead. God was reborn. Indeed, far from being the century in which religion went away, for both Christianity and Islam, the 20th century was numerically the most successful century since Christ was crucified and Muhammad gave his farewell sermon on Mount Arafat. By 2010, there were 2.2 billion Christians in the world and 1.6 billion Muslims, 31% and 23% of the world population respectively. The secularisation hypothesis is a European myth, a piece of myopic parochialism that shows how narrow our worldview continues to be.

But every now and then the secularisation thesis gets a shot in the arm by some little local news. This week, it emerged in a survey that people with no religion now outnumber Christians in England and Wales. And it’s true, of course. We are getting less religious in the UK. This is not exactly because atheism is having some hipsterish Hitchens-esque revival, but more because we in the west are less and less a society of joiners. And religion begins not with the metaphysics but with the taking part – belonging preceding believing. Which is why the communitarian spirit of religion is declining in places where liberal individualism thrives.


And why religion itself thrives in places where liberal individualism fails. That’s the real clash of civilisations: the shopping centre (now moved online) versus the temple, a battle between those who are wealthy enough to think in terms of the first person singular and those forced to think in terms of the plural collective. There are only two globalisations: God and mammon. And they will never fully be reconciled. Imagine no religion, sang the man on a white Steinway with a net worth of $800m. Imagine no possessions he also sang. Though he obviously found that one a little harder.

The Guardian


Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister


Could the Way Americans Wipe Their Bottoms Be Ready for a Change?

At the turn of the 20th century, the way America pooped went through a revolution when the at-home flushing toilet became a standard part of people’s homes. But you needed a way to wipe that wouldn’t clog up plumbing like catalogues or corn cobs would. Enter the entrepreneurial brothers Clarence and Irvin Scott, who in 1890 gave the world toilet paper on a roll, wrapped individually for sale.

It was huge: Without TP, says New York University microbiologist and pathologist Philip Tierno, there’s “no standardization of hygiene.” You name it and it was used to wipe the anus. One review of toilet technology notes that lots of places use water, grass, animal fur, corn cobs, seashells, snow, or hands.

Now it appears another revolution is afoot. In the reaches of the Upper East Side, the bidet is coming in a big way. As detailed in breathless New York Times trend pieces like “The Cult of the Toto Toilet,” the next big Japanese import is looking to be a class of high-end toilet seats — the kinds with heated seats, deodorizers, and “tornado dual flush technology.” (Owners are evangelists. After his wife bought him an automatic toilet, NBA star Steph Curry said “that toilet just makes me happy in life. I bet if I did a case study on my performance since I got that toilet, you’d see the difference.”) In the words of Times reporter Steven Kurutz, the “need for toilet paper is virtually eliminated” thanks to an air dryer.

As soon as the price tag falls (substantially — they’re currently priced from $499 to $9,800), toilet paper could become much less of a necessity.

After all, as Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product author David Praeger tells Science of Us, toilet paper isn’t even the most hygienic approach to cleanup. If a bird poops on your arm while you’re walking down the street, you don’t smear it with a paper towel — you go to the bathroom and use soap and water.

There’s the sustainability critique, too. According to one analysis, Americans use 36 billion (!) rolls — or 15 million trees’ worth — of toilet paper a year, not to mention all the energy spent shipping the sheets around the world. That’s a lot of paper and energy literally being flushed down the toilet.

Toilet paper is more “a psychological comfort, not a true measure of cleanliness,” Praeger says. It’s a way of keeping our bodies separate from the waste they produce. But “sometimes the paper rips and you’re confronted with your own mortality,” he says, “right on your fingers.”

That’s the rub with these fancy bidets: While the push-button bidet may seem foreign at first, you end up being less hands-on with your personal waste disposal. And if you’re not able to part with a couple grand for a happier bum, you can take a lesson from the bidet’s newfound cool: Use some water.

To Tierno, it’s about elevating the TP technique. “Toilet paper itself, when used alone, is not the most hygienic way to wipe your anus after defecation,” he says. If you’re simply using dry toilet paper, you could be doing way better — he recommends alternating wet sheets with dry sheets, since the wet paper is important for getting all the fecal matter. “Two or three dry, then a wet, then a dry, then a wet, then a dry — that would be ideal,” he says. “Using just water is probably more efficient.” And with the right bidet, it’s way more luxurious.


Source: NY Mag


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




Great Mosque of Herat, Aghanistan  

In lapis lazuli (a precious gem), brick and stone, this large congregational mosque in the north-western city of Herat is quite simply astonishing. With foundations laid by Sultan Ghayas-ud-Din Ghori in 1200, it was extended, amended and repaired throughout subsequent eras, and took its current form in the 15th century, although it was damaged in the Anglo-Afghan wars in the 19th century. 


Source: Telegraph UK

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 3 June 2016

TOPIC"Being Kind To Our Relatives"

IMAM: Sheikh Aslam Abu Ismaeel








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 3 June 2016

TOPIC"The benefit of praying for others"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 3 June 2016

TOPIC: “The Five Amaal of Ramadan"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar












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King 2nd most influential leader


RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is the second-most influential leader on Twitter, right behind US President Barack Obama who ranks first.

These were the findings of a survey conducted by Burson-Marsteller on May 31 and published on Twiplomacy, a site specializing in monitoring the accounts of leaders and officials.

Saudi Arabia’s @KingSalman is in second place among the most re-tweeted world leaders. “He only tweets intermittently and mainly in Arabic without any visuals, but when he does his messages are amplified on average 9,986 times,” Twiplomacy stated. Obama was first with 12,350 re-tweets for his @POTUS account.

In third place was Pope Francis with 9,905, fourth Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with 2,532, fifth Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir with 2,398, sixth Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 1,602, seventh Obama’s personal account with 1,572, eighth Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with 1,298, ninth Indonesia President Joko Widodo with 1,224, and tenth Argentine President Mauricio Macri with 927.



Arab News


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Muslim schoolboys told to shake hands with female teacher or face £3,500 fine in Switzerland



The case near Basel sparked fierce debate in Switzerland, where shaking hands is taught from a young age


SWITZERLAND: Muslim schoolboys in Switzerland have been told they must shake their female teachers’ hands or see their parents pay a fine of up to 5,000 SFr (£3,500).

The Canton of Basel-Landschaft said it would enforce the rule in all cases following an incident that caused uproar at a school in Therwil earlier this year, when two students refused to shake their teacher's hand because they said physical contact with a woman outside their family went against their religion.

The pupils were given a temporary waiver from shaking any teacher's hand, which is a common greeting and sign of respect in Switzerland, while local authorities discussed the issue.

In a decision released on Wednesday, Canton officials said all schools had been informed of the new rules enabling parents to be fined up to 5,000 SFr and children disciplined in a “necessary and proportionate” manner if they continue to refuse.

“A teacher has the right to demand a handshake,” a statement by the local department of education, culture and sport said.

“The public interest with respect to equality between men and women and the integration of foreigners significantly outweighs students' freedom of conscience (freedom of religion).”

Refusing to shake a person's hand on religious grounds amounted to a “religious act” separate from permitted expressions like wearing a headscarf or declining swimming lessons, the decision said, adding: “The social gesture of handshake is important for students' employability later in their professional lives.”

The Local Switzerland said children are taught to shake hands from an early age as a sign of respect and that the Therwil case was seen as an “affront to Swiss culture”.

The custom starts with children shaking hands with teachers at the beginning and end of lessons and continues through life, from business meetings to social gatherings and trips to the dentist and hairdresser.

The Canton of Basel-Landschaft said the issue resulted in a “broad societal discussion” and heated Facebook debates that caused Office for Migration officials to caution a person for “glorification of violence on social media”.

Source: The Independent


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 Diary Of A Saudi Girl: Karate Lover, Science Nerd ... Bride?


Majd Abdulghani is a young woman from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who dreams of becoming a scientist — while her parents hope to arrange her marriage. Radio Diaries, a storytelling nonprofit and podcast, sent Abdulghani a recorder — and she ended up chronicling her world for over two years. Here are some scenes from her diary, which began on Oct. 31, 2013.



Source: NPR


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President Erdogan urges Muslims to have more children 



TURKEY: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslims to reject birth control and have more children.

In a speech broadcast live on TV, he said “no Muslim family” should consider birth control or family planning.

“We will multiply our descendants,” said Mr Erdogan, who became president in August 2014 after serving as prime minister for 12 years.

In yesterday’s speech in Istanbul, the Turkish leader placed the onus on “well-educated future mothers”, to not use birth control and to ensure the continued growth of Turkey’s population.

Mr Erdogan himself is a father of four. He has previously spoken out against contraception, describing it as “treason” when speaking at a wedding ceremony in 2014.

He has also urged women to have at least three children.

The Turkish Statistical Institute says that the country’s fertility rate was 2.14 children per woman in 2015, which is just above the replacement level and half the rate in 1980.

Despite this decline, Turkey’s fertility rate is one of the highest in Europe and the country’s relatively young population (compared with other European countries) is still growing. The population is just under 80 million.

Source: 5Pillars


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Muslim Americans at Ramadan 2016



US: Ahead of Ramadan, NPR takes the pulse of Muslim-Americans on the Presidential election, refugees and radicalism. 


Source: NPR On Point


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 The CCN Book-of-the-Week


 Who Rules the World? 


  Noam Chomsky



The world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights

In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.

In the process, Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how U.S. elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy―diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable―the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please.

Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.



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The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
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The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

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KB says: Another idea for a savoury which can be quite satisfying and nourishing at iftaar time. It freezes very well so the remaining ones could be frozen and utilized at another time.

Steak Muffin Pies


Step 1
Sift 2 cups flour, 3 tsp baking Powder, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper. Rub in 125gram butter to resemble bread crumbs.

Step 2
Beat 2 eggs and 1 cup buttermilk, (leaving 2 Tab aside to glaze) and mix with the above dry ingredients to form a batter.

Step 3
Steak Filling
Make a spicy steak filling (see below for a recipe)

Step 4
Using foil pie holders, (you could use cup cake or muffin pans) fill 1/3 of the container with the batter, you may need to wet your hands to spread the scone like batter.

Step 5
Layer with steak filling, you could use chicken as well.

Step 6
Cover with the remaining batter, glaze with egg/buttermilk mixture. Sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.

Step 7
And bake at 180degrees until light brown.


Steak Filling
½ kg rump steak cubed
1 tsp crushed green chillies
1 tsp crushed red chillies
Juice of ½ a lemon
¼ tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger garlic
1 onion diced
2 tomatoes diced
2 tab ghee

Heat the ghee, add all the spices, cook for a minute add the steak and lemon juice and cook until steak is tender and all the water has evaporated. Add the onion 

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For many of us, Ramadan translates into less physical activity and movement. Staying active will boost immunity and assist in the body’s detoxification processes.

When we move less, we oxygenate less, so we could become even more fatigued (especially now going into this beautiful holy month of ours), when we will be sleep deprived as it is for the sake of our Creator.

Make every effort to keep moving or exercising whenever possible. It does not have to be your normal workout routine. 5-10 mins at a time will make a big difference.

Ramadan Mubarak




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Saturday’s Rain........a Blessing for Gardeners


After the rain- lettuce leaves in glorious profusion


Use the opportunity to catch up in your garden.



• The softer ground will make weeding easier. This is a good time to remove all weeds from your lawn or flower bed.
• Garden edging can be achieved in a quarter the time it usually takes when the ground is hard.
• Plant your coriander and methi today- it will germinate twice as fast.
• Plant any fruit trees or shrubs that required a hole to be dug. Next week you will struggle to dig a hole.
• Get out of the house and spend time examining and enjoying your garden.


Send your gardening questions to


You can also contact Ahmed Esat

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and visit his blog site.

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If your attacker is heading towards you, grab his ear with your fingers and press your thumb firmly along the whole of his eye. Use a pushing action, press your thumb back into his skull.


Holding your attacker's ear means your thumb will automatically drop down to his eye level. Apart from being more painful than simply poking his eye, if your assailant turns his head, your hand will move with it. With any luck, your attacker will jerk backwards in an attempt to cover his eye, giving you precious time to flee.

For more info on self defence classes contact Taufan on 0447004465 or


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Mula Nasruddin and Jallalludin are on the 18th tee of their local golf course.

Mula Nasruddin is taking a very long time to take his shot.

Jallalludin: Is anything wrong?

Mula Nasruddin: My wife is up there, watching me from the clubhouse and I want to make this a perfect shot.

Jallalludin: Don't be ridiculous! There's no way you can hit her from so far.


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An Ayaat-a-Week






On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear: before Us is a record which clearly shows the truth: they will never be wronged.
~ Surah Al-Muminun 23:62


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You will belittle the world!"

~ Rumi


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6 July



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6 to 9 July

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Eid at the Park

United Muslims of Brisbane (UMB)

Rocklea Showgrounds

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All day

9 July


Eid Down Under

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0410 083 975

10am to 9pm

17 July


Annual Eid Night

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque,




6 & 7August


Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

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All day

20 August


Family Fun Day

Gold Coast Islamic School (AIIC)

19 Chisholm Road Carrara, Gold Coast

5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

4 September




Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


12 September



EID al-ADHA 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)

3 October



1st Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

8 October


Al Yateem Fundraising Dinner

Islamic Relief Australia

Greek Hall, 269 Creek Road, Mt Gravatt

0456 426 523


12 October



Day of Ashura

12 December



Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

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


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BBQ, Q&A, Brotherhood

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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher


Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084




On Going Activities


1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.


For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987


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Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109


Holland Park Mosque




Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Next Meeting


Time: 7.00pm
Date: 12 JULY 2016
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

The next QPS/Muslim Communities has been postponed. Discussions with key stakeholders has resulted in the meeting date now being moved to 12 July 2016 – same time and location (7pm at the Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha).

This will enable people to participate in the many Ramadan/Eid functions and provide an opportunity for a subsequent debrief of these events on the 12 July. If there are any additional agenda items could you please forward them to

Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

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Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Muslim Aid Australia

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

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Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

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

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

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