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Ifthar with the QPS

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Eid Down Under: Your annual Eid Festival

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

A multicultural mix grace dinner at Parliament House

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Ramadan Messages

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

AMARAH feeds the homeless "in the spirit of Ramadan"

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Request from Ipswich Mosque Committee

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

PM holds first Iftar dinner for Ramadan

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Salam sets the bar for social workers

KB's Culinary Corner

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Bendigo mosque appeal request thrown out by High Court

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Sunshine Coast Muslim convert loses beer, finds inner peace

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

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Administration Building Soil Turning Ceremony

Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat


Break the Cycle this Ramadan with Muslim Aid Australia

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence


Condemnation of Orlando attacks

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The Queensland police held their 3rd annual Queensland Police Service Iftar Dinner at the Greek Club, West End, on Monday night when State Government Ministers, faith leaders and community stakeholders come together to share a meal and break bread.

Master of Ceremonies, Acting Superintendent Les Bulluss kept the audience entertained through the proceedings with a dry wit that would surely have had many an already parched fasting Muslim prematurely reach out for the nearest glass of water.

Ms Tasneem Chopra delivered the key-note speech on her experiences that had shaped her understanding of discrimination and opportunity. From childhood anecdotes to recent career highlights, Tasneem identified the role of the State and Australian Muslims in overcoming barriers, "let us be enriched by our diversity, not paralysed by it". She commended the QPS for their proactive engagement with Queensland’s Muslim community beyond the scope of the Iftar dinner with several other community initiatives.

Commissioner Ian Stewart APM said in his address that the Police Service could be only as good as the relationships that were forged through dialogue and partnership.


Young Tashfeen Parvej from the Amanah Institute called the adhan and Imam Muhammad Aslam of the Algester Mosque delivered a recitation from the Qur’an that reflected on Ramadan and diversity.


The QPS also acknowledged the community work of  Ms Janeth Deen, Mr Abdul Celil Gelim, Mr Sultan Deen (for his 25 years voluntary service on the QPS/Muslim Consultative group) and Mr Ali Kadri by presenting them with plaques of appreciation on the night.

Hajji Sultan Deen gave vote of thanks and Sheikh Dr Ayman Malas, the recently appointed Imam of the Logan Mosque, delivered the closing prayer (du’a) to conclude the program.



Tashfeen Parvej


Tasneem Chopra

Haji Sultan Deen


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The Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS) held its annual Peace & Dialogue Ifthar Dinner and Awards at Parliament House this week. The event was co-hosted by Mr Abdul Celil Gelim, QIS Executive Director, the Hon Grace Grace MP (ALP), Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and the Hon Fiona Simpson MP (LNP), Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Multicultural Affairs.


The guest list of 160 invitees included politicians (State and Council), government officials, religious and community leaders and businessmen.


The Master of Ceremonies was Australian Television News presenter, George Donikian. Imam Ahmad Abu Ghalazeh of the Wisdom College called the Azaan and recited a passage from the Quran. The guest of honour was the Premier of Queensland, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, who took time from a busy schedule from setting down the State's budget to speak on inclusion and social cohesion.


Associate Professor, Mehmet Ozalp, Executive Director and Founder of the Islamic Science and Research Academy and lecturer at Charles Sturt University, spoke on the challenges during his time growing up in Australia after leaving his home country Turkey.


This year's Community Leadership Award was presented to Dr Nora Amath for her efforts in promoting a better understanding of Islam and Muslim cultures through inter-faith dialogue and community engagement. In the course of her acceptance speech Dr Amath paid the following tribute to Mr Dave Andrews:

It would be remiss of me to not acknowledge someone who really should be up here with me, my dearest friend and interfaith partner Dave Andrews. I have been engaged in interfaith work off and on for the last 25 years and about 8 years ago I was ready to give up. The hate, bigotry and hostility I sometimes faced in my interfaith experience was so traumatic, so hurtful that I couldn’t do it anymore. Until I met Dave, and he showed me what true meaningful engagement is all about, what love for the other, love for the neighbour really meant. He taught me about selfless service. He taught me so much and while I get awards for my work in the interfaith space, including this very gracious honour, he gets hate mail, degrading insults and threats simply because he desires to love everyone, including Muslims. Dave should be up here with me, because he has taught me what true embrace of the other means or in the words of Christian theologian Miroslov Volf “In an embrace I close my arms around the other- not tightly, so as to crush her, or assimilate her forcefully into myself; but gently, so as to tell her that I do not want to be without her in her otherness.”


The Public Service Award was presented to Queensland Police Commissioner, Mr Ian Stewart for promoting intercultural and inter-faith dialogue in the public domain. In his acceptance speech he singled out for praise the contributions of Mr Murat Coskun, founder and president of QIS, and Mr Ismail Cajee, president of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ).


The vote of thanks was delivered by the Hon John Mickel, retired Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and long-time friend and past host of the QIS Ifthars.




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Hon Grace Grace MP (ALP), Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs


Ramadan Mubarak

I wish all your readers and members of our Queensland and Australian Muslim community, a very peaceful and blessed Holy month of Ramadan.

We draw our strength from our rich and diverse society and that includes our Muslim Queenslanders. This diversity is at the heart of who we are. I also take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant economic, social and cultural contributions our Muslim community has contributed to Queensland.

Queensland is home to people who come from more than 220 countries or geographical locations, speak more than 220 languages and hold more than 100 religious beliefs, including Islam, and freedom of religion is an important component of our democracy.

As Minister responsible for Multicultural Affairs, I look forward to strengthening the Queensland Government's relationship with members of our Muslim community as part of delivering an inclusive and welcoming Queensland.

May peace be with you and your families during this Holy month of Ramadan.




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AMARAH  hosted its 8th annual community meal for the disadvantaged and homeless at St Andrew's Anglican Church in South Brisbane on Friday 17 June.


The infusion of the spirit of Ramadan was once again palpable all around the hallowed walls of the church on Friday night. The Community Meal Iftar for the marginalised drew up to 90 people of different faiths, colours and socioeconomic backgrounds.


"It was an evening of friendship and fellowship continuing the holy month of Ramadan in the true, compassionate spirit of Islam," said Dr Nora Amath, chairperson of AMARAH.


Stories were shared, delicious food eaten and laughter and smiles exchanged. "Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who came along and to our generous donors for making the night possible, Dr. Amath posted on Facebook.


The next community meal iftar is on Friday 1 July. If you would like to join contact Nora at


Images courtesy of Nora Amath


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Dear brothers and sisters Assalamu Alaikum wr wb.


On behalf of the Ipswich Masjid's community, I wish you all a very blessed Ramadhan and Eidul Fitr in advance Inshah Allah.

The Islamic Society of Ipswich Inc (the Ipswich Mosque) is in urgent need of your financial help during this Holy month of Ramadhan to renovate the main prayer areas and importantly provide Wudu facilities for the ladies. Currently, the Ipswich Mosque has only two bathrooms side by side in the men's section and used one each for men and women. The ladies have to walk to the men's section of the Masjid to use their bathroom which is separated by a tiny wall from the men's one. This is very uncomfortable for the ladies especially when more than one woman wish to use it.

Also, we don't have a proper Wudu facilities in the ladies section and they use a normal garden type pipe fixed for them, to make Wudu with almost no privacy. We have plenty of open space next to the ladies section which is a separate and beautiful building but urgently need you financial help in this Holy month to provide the sistets their own bathrooms/ Wudu facilities and privacy.

The Ipswich Mosque had a fund raising dinner last year but unfortunately raised approximately forty thousand dollars, much less than the required amount. Most of that money has been used to fix the termites damaged areas in the ladies section, to pay the regular bills and Imam for the Friday prayer. In this Ramadhan, we have two local Hafizs performing Taraweh prayers to read the whole Qur'aan Inshah Allah.

Please give your financial help to this ONLY House of ALLAH in the City of Ipswich in this Holy month and achieve the highest rewards from Allah (swt). You help will keep the Mosque open for all prayers. You can deposit directly into the Ipswich Mosque bank account provided below:

Bank - ANZ

Name: Islamic Society of Ipswich Inc.
BSB: 014 610

Account: 4952 83558


Or send your cheque in the name of the Islamic Society of Ipswich Inc to: 11 Edwin St, Kuraby Qld 4112 OR 30 Waterworks Rd, Brassall North Ipswich Qld.

Please provide your email or address to send you a receipt for your kind donation. The reward from Allah swt is huge for every donation in this month.

May Allah shower His blessings on you and your family, Ameen.

Amar Ali Khan

Executive Committee
Islamic Society of Ipswich Inc.
Contact: 0421 976 934.


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Malcolm Turnbull hosted an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at Kirribilli House.


The guest list of 75 included broadcasting power couple The Project host Waleed Aly and wife Susan Carland, head of the Australian Multicultural Foundation Hass Dellal, Muslim community leader Dr Jamal Rifi, and Archbishop of Sydney, Reverend Glenn Davies.

He’s the first Prime Minister ever to host such an event — which is the fast breaking meal enjoyed by Muslims during Ramadan.


It turns out the PM doesn’t know if Kirribilli House is connected to the National Broadband Network.



Asked by Aly whether Kirribilli House was hooked up to the NBN in a live TV interview, Mr Turnbull said he was not sure.

“It is very well connected to broadband,’’ Mr Turnbull said during the lighthearted interview.

“Can I say, I know you are very keen on the NBN, but let me tell you something.

“Within a week or so, a quarter of all Australian premises, that’s households and business premises will have the NBN available.’’

Pushed by Aly, Mr Turnbull said he wasn’t sure where Kirribilli House was on the rollout schedule.


Mr Turnbull was also asked why the dinner was held at Kirribilli House instead of his actual place of residence in Sydney: a Point Piper mansion.

“You do have another house, which is kind of better than this one. Why couldn’t we go there?,’’ Aly said.

“Well this is the official residence of the PM in Sydney. And it’s great for a big function like this.’’

Mr Turnbull called on Muslim community leaders to stand with him as “one Australian family united against terrorism” in the wake of the Orlando massacre at the event.

He was seated alongside Ms Carland and Islamic youth advocate Yassmin Abdel-Magied as they sipped sparkling water while enjoying a conversation about the freedoms Australians enjoy at a marquee dinner over the lawn of the Prime Minister’s official harbourside residence.

AFL star Bachar Houli led the room with a sung recitation following the meal, which Mr Turnbull pointed out proved the Richmond player was “a man of many talents”.

Addressing the gathering of about 60 following the meal, Mr Turnbull called on the diverse crowd to unite against extremism.

“The aim of extremists including those committing violence through a warped and nihilist interpretation of religion is to divide us and to turn our citizens against each other — but we will not let them win,” he said.

“Acts of terror like Sunday’s massacre in Orlando are perpetrated to divide us along lines of race, religion, sect and sexuality — but that kind of hatred and division must not prevail.

“We must stand together like we do tonight as one Australian family united against terrorism, racism, discrimination and violence.”



Speaking directly to members of the Australian Muslim community, Mr Turnbull said: “You are an integral part of an Australian family that rests on the essential foundation of mutual respect and understanding.”

“Australians are not defined by religion or race; we are defined by a commitment to common political values, democracy, freedom, the rule of law, all underpinned of course by mutual respect,” he said.

Quoting from the Quran and sayings of Prophet Mohammad, Mr Turnbull said “by breaking bread across religions and by bringing diverse people together, we are embodying Islam’s emphasis on human diversity.”

“We must stand together like we do tonight as one Australian family united against terrorism, racism, discrimination and violence,” he said.

Along with Muslim leaders, the Prime Minister mingled with Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists.

“By breaking bread across religions and by bringing diverse people together, we are embodying Islam’s emphasis on human diversity,” he said.

Following the speech for which Mr Turnbull was enthusiastically applauded, Ms Carland thanked the Prime Minister for his words as he resumed his seat.

“It really, really means a lot,” she said.



The Premier of NSW, Mike Baird hosted the Premier’s Iftar dinner on Tuesday 14 June at the NSW Parliament House while the Commonwealth Bank hosted a corporate Iftar on Wednesday 15 June for its employees inviting community leaders and politicians for dinner.


The article accused Sheik Shady Al-Suleiman, the national president of the Australian National Imams Council, who was amongst the guests, of once calling on God to “destroy the enemies of Islam” and “prepare us for jihad” as well as believing that AIDS is a “divine punishment” for gays and wants adulterers stoned to death.


Sheik Shady immediately issued the following statement in his defence:

With regards to allegations in some media reports today which made reference
to statements that I have made in the past, I would like to say the following:

- I unequivocally reject the claim that I called for the stoning or any form of
punishment of adulterers and/or homosexuals. As an Australian and a Muslim I
unreservedly condemn the vilification and oppression of any group of people
based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, or any other criteria for that matter.

- Islam’s position on the matter is clear like many other major religions however
Islam espouses there is no compulsion in religion and diversity is the norm. As
Australians we have and will always show mutual respect for one another.

- In light of the above, there is absolutely no place for homophobia or any sort
of hatred or discrimination towards a person who identifies as LGBTI.

As human beings, we need to come together to overcome and combat the hate
that is fuelling so much violence in the world today.

I believe all Australians, Muslim and non-Muslim, have and will continue to
campaign against any form of hatred or discrimination in our society.


Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman


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The Queensland Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is the professional body and voice for social work in Queensland.


This year it is celebrating the diversity and depth of the profession with a "70 Faces | 70 Stories" project. The aim of the project is "to capture the presence, the reality and the diversity of social workers in our communities."


Well-known local social worker and activist, Salam El-Merebi of Brisbane, was chosen to kick off the campaign.



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A request to hear an appeal by opponents of Bendigo's first mosque has been thrown out by the High Court.

Two Bendigo residents have been fighting the planned mosque, arguing the Bendigo City Council failed in their legal obligations to fully consider the social effects of the building.

The pair took the matter to the High Court after their challenge was dismissed first by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and then the State Court of Appeal.

The group behind the mosque, Australian Muslims of Bendigo, said the decision was fair.

"We believe the decision is in line with every Australian's constitutional right to practise their faith," it said in a statement 

There were large protests in Bendigo over the plan last year, with opposing groups facing off against each other.

The Australian Islamic Mission applied in November 2013 to the Greater Bendigo City Council for the planning permit to build the mosque on Rowena Street at East Bendigo.

It was first approved by the council in June 2014 and a series of appeals have since been launched.

Debate around the mosque led to controversy and some divisions within the town and large protests were held in the centre of Bendigo in October last year.

One of those who made the appeal, Julie Hoskin, said the legal process had so far has cost more than $200,000, which was mostly crowd-funded.

"We've exhausted our avenues which is what we needed to do, and again the High Court was always a long bow," she said.

"We knew that was going to be very difficult to get into and they've said no, and I understand that."

Victoria a place that welcomes diversity: Andrews

Premier Daniel Andrews said the majority of Victorians believe that multiculturalism is our "greatest strength".

"That's the story of Bendigo and the story of so many other parts of Victoria," he said.

"I welcome the fact that Bendigo can have places of worship for people of all faiths to come together in celebration of the brilliant diversity that marks us out, not just as a place that tolerates diversity and multiculturalism, we celebrate it.

"We're much, much stronger because of that."

Mayor of Bendigo Rod Fyffe said the court decision had vindicated the work of the council.

"We're very pleased that it's come down in favour of the fact that the mosque can go ahead and we have been exonerated in following all of the procedures as set out by Victorian law," he said.

It really has been a long process, a difficult process, and I pay tribute to the council who has stood by the decision they made.

"I think that today's decision just says to them, 'you've done it right, congratulations.'"

Landmark decision hailed

Prue Mansfield, director of planning and development for the city of Bendigo, said there would always be differences of opinion.

"It's how we respond and respect that, be that in the pub down the street, in the footy room or in our workplace," she said.

"That way we'll have a really strong and thriving community that's welcoming for everyone and everyone feels at home and to be respectful in that way."

Local community group Believe in Bendigo, led by local identity Margot Spalding, congratulated the High Court and in a Facebook post said it was time to celebrate the city for what it is, not what it had been portrayed as.

"The line has now been drawn and it is time to move on," the Facebook post said.

"This decision is a landmark day in Bendigo's history, but it is not the end of something, it is the start of something magnificent. 

"We are a diverse, welcoming and inclusive community that celebrates the contribution every culture makes to Bendigo life.

"Whatever country you are from, whatever religion you practice and whatever culture you celebrate, you are welcome in Bendigo."

Mosque opponents 'disgusted'

Not everyone welcomed the decision.

A Facebook post on the Stop the Mosque in Bendigo page, which has more than 28,000 likes, said the ruling was a "sad day for Australia".

One comment on the post said Bendigo would "soon be a noisy, violent, fetid no-go zone."

Another said the decision was "absolutely disgusting" and asked when the people in power would "listen to what the majority of ordinary citizens want and expect".

According to Australian Muslims of Bendigo, there are about 300 Muslims living in Bendigo, including international students.

It said the mosque would hold a maximum of 375 people and include a sports facility and library.

"The Bendigo Islamic Centre will be a great asset to Bendigo. It will be a centre for understanding, education and cross cultural and inter-faith dialogue," the group said. 


Source: ABC


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Sunshine Coast Muslim community members Abdul Malik and Ky Jeffers are fasting for Ramadan.

MARCOOLA mechanic Ky Jeffers misses cracking open a cold craft beer but the sacrifice has helped him find peace.

Mr Jeffers, 45, is abstaining from all food and liquid this month as Muslims around the world fast for Ramadan.

He converted to Islam two years ago, having been raised a Roman Catholic on the Sunshine Coast.

"I did have a religious upbringing and sort of drifted away from that," Mr Jeffers said.

About three years ago, a Muslim friend of his gave him a Quran. That sort of sparked an interest. Mr Jeffers fasted that year, despite not being Muslim. I cheated a little - I just cut out food. I still drank water and it was quite challenging because I was going off to work every day and working quite physical.

He was in Malaysia about a year later when he heard the call to prayer (Adhan) shortly after arriving at a friend's mother's house.

That first time I heard the Adhan in an Islamic country ... it was a very emotional thing for me and I felt a stronger drawing towards Islam. It snowballed from there and I just wanted to learn more.

Mr Jeffers researched Islam on the Sunshine Coast when he got back to Australia and met Islamic community member Abdul Malik. He took Shahada, the declaration of faith, within a few weeks of returning to the Coast.

Mr Malik gave Mr Jeffers books to read and he searched online for information. Obviously there's lots available on the internet - some which you can discard and some which you can listen to.


Mr Jeffers said the change has brought him a real feeling of inner peace. I was at a sort of crossroads in my life. I'd been through a bit of turmoil and it (Islam) has given me peace.

He said sourcing Halal food was one of the biggest things that people considering converting to Islam worried about. I'm a vegetarian so that wasn't a big deal for me.

Giving up alcohol was more of a challenge. I didn't drink much ... but I do miss my beer.

Mr Jeffers did not fast during last year's Ramadan because he was injured and needed pain medication. If you are sick or ill, you don't fast but you actually make up for it.
So after Ramadan, or throughout the year, you can make up those fasting days.

He is fasting this year and has found it hard at times. Especially when you are working physically, it gets tough. His schedule of prayer gets busier during Ramadan but he has an app on his smartphone to tell him when his is due to pray.

He said breaking fast in the evening was really important, whether he was with his Muslim or non-Muslim friends. It's really encouraged that you do that with family and friends.

I break fast with my mum and dad, who aren't Muslim. He said his family were really open-minded in accepting his change of faith. I've got a lot family that have lived in the Middle East so they have been exposed to Islam. He said he also had a few family members who didn't take to it so well. But it's not an issue for me.

He found converting to be a simple process. It's knowing in your heart that that is what you want and making that declaration. He said a lot of Muslims who did not understand Arabic did not understand what they were reciting when they prayed. So I've taken steps to learn Arabic, which is a difficult language.

Mr Jeffers said he was upset by the violent acts of groups like Islamic State which portrayed Islam as their motivator. It's also upsetting in the same way that when I was a Catholic, many years ago when I was a child, there was groups like the IRA that had an agenda and they hid behind Catholicism. Their agenda was violence and killing.



4am: Out of bed to have breakfast
5.10am: Prayer- 10 to 15 minutes
Midday: Prayer- 10 to 15 minutes
3.45pm: Prayer- 10 to 15 minutes
5.10pm: Prayer- 10 to 15 minutes
6.45pm: Evening prayer at Kawana Family Centre- about 1 hour 45 minutes

Source: Sunshine Coast Daily



Also: Ramadan a ‘training session’ to build up Muslim souls (Abdul Malik)



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Dr Abdul M. Ziyath– Operations Manager


The Australian International Islamic College community conducted the soil turning ceremony to mark the beginning of its state of the art administration building, on Wednesday, 15 June 2016.

The Principal, Mrs Banwa, opened the ceremony by thanking Allah (S.W.T) for blessings on the College followed by a beautiful Dua by Imam Yusuf Taqafi.


Symbolic soil turning was done by the Board Members, Special Guests, Staff, College Captains as well as the Building Team.

The project is expected to be completed by late October 2016 and will be ready for 2017 academic year Insha Allah.

The project is partially funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments and was awarded to SJ Higgins Group, who have an outstanding reputation in the construction industry.



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It's the most important time of the year and it's a time where the whole Muslim world comes together to change themselves and to make a positive difference in the lives of others. With the infinite rewards we can all gain during Ramadan we all must strive to do our best for those less fortunate.

This Ramadan MAA plans to expand on the work we do by helping families Break the Cycle of Poverty.

Alhamdulillah to feed someone and bring a smile to their faces is an unbelievable feeling, but to help someone Break the Cycle of Poverty is something we should all strive to do.

That's why this Ramadan, we'll be using $10 from every Smart Food Pack you donate to provide a long-term sustainable solution towards Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in someone’s life.




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Toowoomba Muslims condemn Orlando attacks as un-Islamic


THE major Islamic group in Toowoomba has condemned the terrorist attack in Orlando as un-Islamic.

A gunman named Omar Mateen is suspected of killing more than 50 people.

He allegedly swore allegiance to the head of Islamic terrorist group ISIS before he died.

Professor Shahjahan Khan, founding president of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba, said he was terribly shocked by the act of a brutal killer who had taken the lives of so many innocent people and destroyed the lives and dreams of so many others.
"Islamic Society of Toowoomba condemns the attacker and this kind of un-Islamic barbaric killing by anyone in the strongest terms.

"We believe this is an act of an individual who has brought shame on our religion, but his evil action is absolutely opposite to the belief of common Muslims and peaceful teachings of Islam.

"There is no room for murdering any innocent person in Islam by making up any self-prescribed excuses or suggesting any convenient pretext to justify the criminal act.

"We are particularly horrified that this kind of tragic killing has occurred in the blessed month of Ramadan, a time from Muslims to reflect on self-correction to acquire the quality of God-consciousness through month-long fasting, night prayers, reflecting on the Qur'an, and giving charity to care for humanity.

"Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless murderer, and they are in our prayers and thoughts."

Source: The Chronicle





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Indonesian Muslim women perform a prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Lhokseumawe, on June 5.


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Researcher wanted for early development within the Muslim Community for a potential documentary series based in Brisbane.

Strong interest in observational documentary storytelling essential, some media experience desirable.

The position is for 3 - 5 days a week and will include some evenings and weekends.

Please send resume and information to


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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:


5. Lianna Swan


A swimmer, Swan is a British-Pakistani, who represented Pakistan at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She holds 9 National records and several international records for swimming.





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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:

6. Léopold Sédar Senghor



Senegal had a Catholic president, Léopold Sédar Senghor, for 20 years. Senegal is 92% Muslim.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 7. Michael Suleiman



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:


"Australia is their country"


Sahar Elsemary, 48, Sydney, Egyptian

At times, living in Australia as a Muslim is rewarding. At other times it is very difficult. I feel stressed going to certain suburbs or states. I worry that some ignorant person will swear at me for being a Muslim or pull my scarf off. This happened to me once when I was leading a tour in Lakemba. A man stopped me in the middle of the road and called me a terrorist and demanded that I go back where I came from. I tell my children it's just a small percentage of Australians who are ignorant and racist. That Australia is their country and that they should prove it to others that being a Muslim is an advantage.


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. Yusuf Acar, 22, a psychology student, explains why he believes hysteria is the biggest problem we face. Beau Donelly reports.  


When I meet people, I’m extra kind to them because I want them to feel at ease when they’re speaking to a Muslim. There's a tension, a mistrust, between Muslims and non-Muslims.

The Acar family with Yusuf as a boy (far right) hiding behind his uncle.

Since 9/11 there has been a dark cloud hanging over the Muslim community. There’s always a few months of calm and then something happens at home or overseas and we find ourselves in the middle of it again. I feel like I have to justify being a Muslim-Australia or prove that I’m a legitimate Australian. I don’t see that expectation being put on other groups in our community. This is a huge problem because all it does is widen the gap between Muslims and the broader community.

As a nation we have to learn from the mistakes of the countries where terrorists have struck. The biggest problem is hysteria. When an attack happens, people are rightfully very emotional but hysteria doesn’t help anyone, regardless of their religion. If such a thing was to happen in Australia, God forbid, there must be self restraint. Muslims and non-Muslims have to work together. You only have to look at the Republican candidates in the United States to see how easy it is to play off people's emotions, rile up a crowd and trade off hysteria.

My siblings and I were born in Australia. My parents both emigrated from Turkey and met here when they were younger. As a family, we know extremists are misguided and that their actions are politically driven not religious. They have ulterior motives which they bring into religion to justify their actions. It’s alarming and as a community I don’t think we’re dealing with the problem well.

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CCNY Commencement 2016: Salutatorian Orubba Almansouri

The City College of New York




Orubba Almansouri is a 2016 graduate in English and History from CCNY's Division of Humanities & the Arts and Medal of Excellence recipient from the Alumni Association of The City College of New York.





This powerful PSA introduces you to Muslims you might not know to counter hatred and misconceptions

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To know the future just look to the past



24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


4. Usama bin Zayd (d. 674)


The son of Zayd ibn al-Hāritha and Umm Ayman, Usama bin Zayd was among the closest companions of the Prophet Muhammad and was the youngest individual ever appointed as a military general during the lifetime of the Prophet, leading a military force when he was only 17 years old.


5. Muhammad al-Jawad (c. April 12, 811 A.D. – Nov. 29, 835 A.D.)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar


100 years old bulb at Prophet’s Mosque creates online buzz

JEDDAH: The social media is abuzz with a photo of an electric bulb used in the Holy Mosque in Madinah in 1325H, more than 100 years ago.

According to information inscribed on the bulb, the date of its installation was the same date when electricity entered the Arabian Peninsula, about 112 years ago.

According a Madinah Municipality website, the mosque’s construction and its expansion during the era of Ottoman ruler Sultan Abdul Majid took place between 1265 and 1277H. Oil lamps were used at that time. Electricity was introduced by Sultan Abdul Majid and the electric bulb was lit inside the Holy Mosque of Madinah for the first time on Shaban 25, 1326H.

The expansion work during King Abdul Aziz’s times took place between 1370H and 1375H. During this period, a special power station was established for lighting the Holy Mosque of Madinah when the number of bulbs or lamps reached 2,427.

Mohammad Al-Sayyid Al-Wakeel wrote in his book, “The Holy Mosque of Madinah,” that the mosque was originally lit by palm fronds. When Tameem Al-Dari came from Palestine in 9H, he changed to oil lamps as was narrated by Abu Nuaim referring to Abu Hurairah who said that the one who first lit a lamp in the mosque was Tameem Al-Dari.

Some historians say that the one who first lit lamps in the mosque was Caliph Omar bin Al-Khattab when people gathered there for Taraweeh prayer. The lamps were then lit by oil.


Source: Arab News

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If Islam Is a Religion of Violence, So Is Christianity

By Julia Ioffe


The world’s oldest religions all have troubling histories of bloodshed. Singling out Islam is just Trump’s latest, hateful hypocrisy.




The Crusades are still a sore subject in the Muslim world, but it’s easy to forget the havoc they wreaked on the Jews of Europe. Time after time, as Crusaders slogged southeast on their umpteenth trip to the Holy Land, they slaughtered the Jews in their path. They herded them into synagogues and set the buildings alight. The Crusaders killed so many Jews in the name of their Christian faith that it was the most stunning demographic blow to European Jewry until the Holocaust. Which, just a friendly reminder, happened in Christian, civilized Europe only 70-some years ago.



Trump claims assimilation among American Muslims is ‘close’ to ‘non-existent’


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has escalated his controversial anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of the Orlando shooting, suggested Tuesday night that several generations of Muslim Americans have failed to “assimilate” to life in the United States.

“Assimilation has been very hard. It’s almost, I won’t say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close. And I’m talking about second and third generation — for some reason there’s no real assimilation,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

The Washington Post


Yasir Qadhi on the "Radically boring Imam"


Obama: Use of 'radical Islam' just a 'political distraction'



ARRCC open letter before 2016 election

To those in public office or aspiring to it:

As leaders in a range of faith traditions, we draw attention to the wake-up call which the degradation of the Great Barrier Reef provides.

The Reef is a wonder of the natural world and, to people of faith, a sign of the spiritual dimension of life. It also supports many jobs and economic benefits.

It is therefore with great sadness that we witness the irretrievable loss of parts of the Reef, principally due to global warming.

The Washington Post



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




Koutoubia Mosque, Morocco  

Familiar to any tourist who has been on a city break to Marrakesh, the Koutoubia Mosque stands near the Djema'a el-Fna square in the centre of the Red City. The mosque, with one of the most intricate and impressively decorated minarets in Sunni Islam, goes by various other names, including the Jami' al-Kutubiyah, Kotoubia Mosque, Kutubiya Mosque, Kutubiyyin Mosque, and Mosque of the Booksellers. Non-Muslims are not allowed inside, but the mosque is surrounded by tranquil gardens.




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I have been reading CCN every week it is fantastic and I get to see what is going on in the area and also learn so much about Islam from many of the articles.


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 June 2016

TOPIC"Deriving Maximum Benefit From the Month Of Ramadan"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 June 2016

TOPIC"Healthy competition"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 June 2016

TOPIC: “Reconciliation with Allah"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar









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Free fuel for those who read the Quran



An Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company is offering motorists two litres of free fuel for reading one chapter of the Quran during the month of Ramadan.


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In a case of not-seeing-the-irony-whatsoever, Islamophobic hate group Britain First is angry that all followers of its party are being tarnished by one man's actions.


UK: Following the death of Labour MP Jo Cox, eyewitness reports suggested the alleged perpetrator had shouted "Britain First", "put Britain first" or words to that effect, while stabbing and shooting her outside a library in her West Yorkshire constituency.

As those reports surfaced, Britain First leader Paul Golding took to the party's Facebook page and sent emails to members to strongly condemning the attack which he described as a "despicable crime carried out on the streets of Yorkshire".

"There's no evidence whatsoever that 'Britain First' was shouted or 'putting British people first'.

We're in the middle of a referendum campaign. What this person said... Was he referring to an organisation? Was he referring to a slogan? Was he just shouting out in the middle of an EU debate: 'Putting Britain first'? You know, I've heard this almost every day.

We're nothing to do with it. We would not condone actions like that.

After this terrible attack happened, the Britain First press line is ringing off the hook with journalists all asking what we think about this...

They are trying to incriminate a perfectly legal political party in this act of criminality. We're nothing to do with it... we certainly don't condone it.

This was a terrible criminal act on an MP, a representative of the people. No one else, no organisation, was behind this, no organisation was incriminated. That's the fact."

Others, however, have pointed out the irony of this line of thinking from a political party that does its best to portray the world's 1.6bn Muslims as evil (NB: it's posted at least seven anti-Islam videos since the shooting)



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 From Tunisian palm to Ramadan plate: A date’s journey


A Tunisian village became one of the first in the world to produce fair trade dates, popular with those breaking their fast in Ramadan


A group of retired women sort through the dates in a warehouse in Hazoua

TUNISIA: If you live in Europe, it is very likely that the dates you buy for Ramadan come from Tunisia, the world's largest exporter in terms of value.

Yet in the southern part of the country, 40,000 hectares of palm grove are under threat. Climate change and over-exploitation of groundwater has put the water resources of this arid region at risk. The use of chemical fertilisers has also been polluting the soil.

As a consequence, the dates produced by the palm trees were generally fewer and of poorer quality than they once were. To address these challenges, farmers of Hazoua, a village located in the south-east of Tunisia, mobilised and formed a cooperative. Together they have developed innovative cultivating and irrigation techniques that are respectful of the environment.

In 1963, a borehole was drilled in Hazoua to turn part of the village into a 1000-hectare oasis. While a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, dates are the main source of income for many of the 4,700 inhabitants. “In Hazoua, there is nothing but dates,” a young agricultural engineer told MEE.


Once on the ground, these dates are sold to Beni Ghreb. Founded in 2002, the company became one of the first fair trade date producers in the world in 2004. “The aim was to gather the producers and to create a complete and sustainable chain, so we could export our dates to high-end markets,” explains Said Maatoug, the director of the co-operative. “Our producers can sell their dates for more than two dinars per kilo (one dollar, while some farmers in other towns are forced to sell for one dinar (0.47 dollar) or less,” adds Maatoug.


Beni Ghreb company exhibits in Hazoua, south-east of Tunisia, a box of 21 packets of dates ready to be exported

Middle East Eye


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Makkah is HOT! – 120 faint in Haram 




SAUDIA ARABIA: Civil Defense personnel were kept on their toes during (Jumah Salaah)the Friday prayer time, with as many as 120 Umrah pilgrims fainting due to exhaustion and the summer heat.

Among those who took ill were mostly elderly people and the fatigue resulted from tawaaf (circumambulating of the Kaaba) and sa’ee (ritual between Safa and Marwah mountains), a media report said on Saturday.

Some cases of Umrah visitors and pilgrims slipping from the escalators and getting injured were also reported.

“Most of the patients were discharged after administering first aid inside and outside the Grand Mosque, while some were taken to nearby hospitals and health centers,” Col. Mahdi Al-Fahmi, commander of the Civil Defense forces at the Grand Mosque, was quoted as saying.

He added that the treatment of pilgrims was carried out in coordination with the teams of Saudi Red Crescent and Health Department.

Source: CII Broadcasting


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Pakistani Muslims build church for Christian neighbors 


In Pakistan’s Punjab province, Muslims help their poor Christian neighbors build village’s first and only church



KARACHI, Pakistan: In Pakistan's northeastern Punjab province, Muslim villagers are raising funds to help their poor Christian neighbors build a church.

The initiative was begun shortly before Easter by a group of Muslims from a village in Faisalabad, Pakistan’s textile-manufacturing hub.

"There is a tiny Christian population in the village -- only 20 families -- who have no place to worship," Fr. Aftab James, the local priest, told Anadolu Agency.

"Only days before Easter, the initiative was taken up by our Muslim brothers," he said.

According to Fr. James, Christians of the village had to use someone’s home -- or some other site -- to perform prayers on holy days.

"Muslim residents of the town, however, offered to build us a chapel as a gift," he said.

"We are thankful to our Muslim brothers for this wonderful gesture. It makes us feel proud," the priest said.

The local Christian community is now very excited that they will soon have a church in the village.



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KB says: This recipe was shared by Mehroon Hans. The comments from some of the ladies who made the naan said it was the tastiest and lightest naan they have had yet.


Step 1

Warm the ingredients below

1½ cups milk
½ cup water
¾ cup sugar
1½ tsp fine salt
¼ cup oil
3 Tabs butter
1½ Tabs soomph slightly crushed
Step 2

To the above mixture add 2 eggs and ½ cup buttermilk and beat with egg beater.

This mixture must still be warm to activate the yeast.

Step 3

Place into your mixing bowl:
6 cups bread flour or cake flour
1 tsp baking powder,
15g instant yeast

Add the warm liquid mixture to the flour mix, using a dough hook to make a soft pliable dough, (beat for approx 15mins) smear a little ghee around dough to bind the dough.

Grease a container and set dough in to rise for approx 1½ to 2 hrs until well risen.

Shape and leave on greased baking tray for 20 minutes then brush with beaten egg & sprinkle with poppy seed or sesame seeds.

Bake at 190deg until light brown.

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Q: Dear Kareema, what’s the key to finding a healthy and balanced lifestyle?

A: Simply put, try not to over think everything and eat in moderation. We are
all so busy in our daily lives that we hardly stop to ‘think and just breathe’.

Try not to focus on the negatives in your life, instead, turn them into positives.
Be creative with your workouts and do what you love – you’ll be amazed at
how much calmer and centred you feel.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Heavy Rain and Warm Days means.......Lawn Care







Whipper snipping (around hard to reach places)


Send your gardening questions to


You can also contact Ahmed Esat

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Mufti Mula Nasruddin asked a man during a lecture at his Mosque:

"A time is coming when a brother will not recognise his brother. A sister will not recognise her sister. A mother will not recognise her daughter. A father will not recognise his son.

Tell me which time am I talking of?"


The man replied, "IFTAAR TIME!"




*Iftaar is the time at the end of the fasting day during Ramadan.


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An Ayaat-a-Week






It is He Who creates from the very beginning, and He can restore (life). And He is the Oft-Forgiving, full of loving kindness, Lord of the Throne of Glory, Doer (without let) of all that He intends.
~ Surah Al-Buruj 85:13-1


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19 Chisholm Road Carrara, Gold Coast

5596 6565

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Islamic Relief Australia

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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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Ramadan program at Masjid Taqwa

7:15 pm Esha salah
7:25 pm Taraweh salah Kathamul Quran

There will be a talk for 15 minutes every day after Taraweh salah covering the following topics:
1. Daily sunnats of our beloved Prophet
2. Intentions for good deeds
3. Salaat according to sunnat
4. 40 small Ahadith to memorise




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



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Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
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Algester Mosque



Naath and  Queesadah session every  Saturday night, after Taraweeh




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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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.




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