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New council for Queensland’s multicultural communities

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

ACT parliament passes religious vilification laws

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

iCare's to serve Muslim and non-Muslims homeless

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Amin wins bravery award

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

HALAL food is getting a makeover

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Students of month awards for August @ AIIC

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Keysar Trad on the Bolt Report

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

At the Movies with CCN: Down Under

KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links

Chinese and Muslim communities mobilise against Hanson

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Ahmed Fahour on the rise of terrorism and hate speech

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

O’Sullivan says migrants should be assessed on beliefs

Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat


Crescent Institute Brisbane Event

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence



The CCN Chuckle








The CCN Weekly Hansard of Hanson Harangues

Changing How People Around the World View Pakistanis
Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia


Back to the Future with CCN

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




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Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace has announced the members of the first Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council.

Ms Grace said the new 11-person council had been selected following an open and transparent recruitment and selection process, and had been chosen to represent the interests of Queenslanders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“The members of the new advisory council will provide advice to the government on the needs and aspirations of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” she said.

“We need to ensure our services and programs are responsive to these needs, and that’s what the council will do.

“The council will also play a significant role in giving Queenslanders from multicultural communities a voice in the development of policies that affect them and help shape Queensland’s multicultural future.

“I look forward to calling on the expertise of the council members as we work together to promote the Multicultural Queensland Charter to support a unified, harmonious and inclusive community.”

The new members of the Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council are:

Mr Elijah Buol
Mr Ali Kadri
Mr Ataus Samad
Mr Jason Steinberg
Mr Serge Voloschenko, OAM
Dr Nora Amath
Ms Kerrin Benson
Ms Jayde Geia
Ms Joon-Yee Kwok
Ms Tracy Watson, and
Ms Gitie House

Ms Grace said the new members brought a wealth of varied experiences to the council, with employment backgrounds including community services, business, academia, the arts and law.

“The new members come from a range of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds including South Sudanese, Muslim, Indian, Bangladeshi, Jewish, Russian, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Chinese and New Zealand Maori,” she said.

“I’m also proud the council exceeds the target of 50 percent representation from women on Queensland Government boards and councils.

“It also has regional representation with members from Rockhampton and Toowoomba.”

The advisory council is a key initiative in the Multicultural Recognition Act 2016 which commenced on 1 July to ensure greater support for the state’s multicultural communities.

Source: MAQ Media Release



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The ACT has outlawed vilification of people because of their religion, concerned about growing attacks on Muslims.

Vilification on the grounds of religion is now illegal and in serious cases could result in a criminal conviction with a fine of up to $7500, under laws passed by the ACT parliament on Thursday.

Both Labor and Liberal supported the move put by the Greens Shane Rattenbury, who said the display of hatred, intolerance and offensive behaviour towards Muslims was one of the biggest intolerance issues in Australia today.
The University of South Australia had found about 10 per cent of Australians were highly Islamophobic, and while the ACT showed the lowest rates in the country, Islamophobia was still significant here.

"It is clear [Muslims] are frequently, almost constantly, exposed to discrimination, vilification and targeted offensive behaviour," he said.

Thursday's changes to the Discrimination Act also added disability to the list, so it is now illegal to vilify someone because of disability, religion, race, sexuality, gender identity, and HIV/AIDS status. Vilification can include social media posts, actions in a workplace and wearing clothes, signs or flags that would incite hatred, contempt, ridicule or revulsion.

Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson said the Liberals wanted a harmonious, multicultural society free from extremism. He had been shot at by Sunni and Shiite extremists and by the IRA, so he knew firsthand the consequences of extremism, but others in the community experienced the consequences daily.

Christians and Jews were also vilified for their beliefs and would be protected by the new legislation, he said.

Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the change was not designed to limit freedom of speech but to "ensure the political discourse does not descend into hatred".

Protections against discrimination (as opposed to vilification) were also extended on Thursday, with new bans on discrimination on the basis of accommodation status, employment status, genetic information, immigration status, intersex status, physical features, altered sex, and being a victim of domestic and family violence.


Source: The Canberra Times



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(l to r) Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski, Mr Samuel Hirvi, S/Con Gilbert Van Dongen, Mr Tiemoor Amin and Mr Mark Furner MP, Member of Ferny Grove

Mr Teimoor Amin was awarded the Queensland Police Bravery Medal (QPBM) for rescuing a man from a burning house at Upper Mt Gravatt on 2 May 2015.

Mr Amin is one of the first group of civilians to ever received the QPBM.  Mr Amin arrived to Brisbane from Iraq as a refugee over 15 years ago.

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HALAL food is getting a makeover — and it’s bringing the community together in a trend that’s sweeping the nation




Halal Snack Packs are typically made up of hot chips, meat, cheese and the “holy trinity” of sauces.

Known as a “Halal Snack Pack” — or HSP — the dish typically contains meat, chips, cheese and several kinds of sauce.

His love for the snack prompted Senator Sam Dastyari, who was born in Iran, to give a rave review of his favourite HSP for the benefit of federal Parliamentarians. This attracted the ire of anti-Halal MP Pauline Hanson, who rejected his invitation to join him in a taste test.

The Halal Snack Pack Appreciation Society (HSPAS) has more than 165,000 members on Facebook.

And now Brisbane has joined in, with a HSP appreciation event held at Arabella’s Cafe and Grill at Upper Mt Gravatt last week.


Arabella’s chef Adam Demirci with a Halal Snack Pack. The cafe has hosted a HSP event and is planning another for August 31.

The next event, to be held on August 31, has more than 1600 people listed as “interested”, going or invited on Facebook, despite the cafe’s capacity of 70 people.

Ali Kadri, who organised the event with the Islamic Council of Queensland, said HSPs were about more than just food.

“It’s celebrating multiculturalism,” he said.

“Coming to a multicultural event and hearing speeches is boring.

“We have to do something interesting that sends a message we’re not going to give in to fear and division.”

Organisers were also planning a Halal Snack Pack festival for later in the year, to be held on the southside, to cater for about 800 to 1000 people.


Ali Kadri, from the Islamic Council of Queensland, with a Halal Snack Pack.

Halal Snack Pack Appreciation Society founder Luke Eagles said HSPs brought together people of all ethnic backgrounds and faiths.

“HSPAS is dedicated to sharing the love of food, we are aware of the circumstances relevant to the political or social affiliations of the food but we don’t preach any political message with the group,” Mr Eagles said.

“There is no problem with people of non-Islamic faith consuming halal-certified meat, and we feel that Halal Snack Packs bring together people of all ethnic backgrounds and religious faith.

“Often HSPAS can serve as positive dialect in a current time and political climate that can quite often breed the opposite.”

Mr Eagles said Halal Snack Packs were “simple yet so satisfying”.

“Crunchy golden chips layered with cheese, freshly shaved kebab meats drowned in your choice of sauces, previously the only way most people would end a night out (or with a kebab/pizza) and now a delicacy enjoyed by all,” Mr Eagles said.

Mr Eagles said Halal Snack Packs were becoming increasingly popular in Brisbane, with other venues serving the meal including Istanbul Eats at Salisbury and Sunshine Kebabs in the Myer Centre.

The next Halal Snack Pack event will be held at Arabella’s Cafe and Grill at Upper Mt Gravatt on August 31. Tickets to the event, from 6pm, cost $10.50 and include an HSP. Buy tickets from


THE Halal Snack Pack craze is a fun way to demystify cultural differences, an expert says.

Griffith University’s Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue director Brian Adams said the HSP was the “social interaction equivalent of an internet meme”.

“It is taking on its own personality which people are having fun with,” Dr Adams said.

“It’s a fun way to demystify something.

“But it’s also meant to poke fun and have a defiant approach rather than a conciliatory one, which is a good thing.”


■ Chips: Hot chips on the bottom layer

■ Meat: Halal-certified doner kebab meat. Typically beef, but also chicken or lamb

■ Extras: Cheese, yoghurt and hummus are common additions to the mix

■ Sauces: Chilli, garlic, barbecue — also known as the “holy trinity”

■ Packaging: Typically in a styrofoam container

Source: QUEST



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Down Under | HD Official Trailer | Cronulla Riots

The first four minutes of Down Under is a confronting look back at one of Australia’s darkest days

IT’S one of the most confronting few minutes of a film you’re likely to see this year, showing Australia on one of its darkest days.

But, initially at least, it looks like the Australia of so many tourism commercials. Sun glistens down on a blue ocean in December. A chap dressed as Santa strolls along the sand as smiling swimmers bob up and down in the warm water. The tune of ‘we wish you a merry Christmas’ can be heard.

But something’s just not right. In footage, all taken from real news reports, there’s way too much booze. Police are on horseback. A helicopter buzzes overhead.

Two men, friends perhaps, shake hands and smile for a camera. All looks well. And then, out of nowhere, one of the two — the one who isn’t white — is attacked.

“That was the moment it stopped being the happy gathering and it just took that one aggressive action,” Abe Forsythe, the director of Down Under, which opens next week, tells

From there, it goes downhill fast. Car windows are smashed and police struggle to hold the crowd at bay. One man’s T-shirt reads ‘ethnic cleansing unit’; a tattoo across a chest says “We grew here, you flew here” while the crowd chants “f**k off wog, f**k off Leb”.
The film is sent in the immediate aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla race riots when Sydney was on tenterhooks waiting to see what would happen next.

“It’s incredible when you look through the footage. At the beginning of the day it was meant to be a peaceful protest and, as it built up, the mood changed.

“This act of solidarity, of an Anglo and Middle Eastern person, who were trying to help stop it spilling over, and all it took was one push for them to just flick a switch.”

And yet maybe the most surprising thing about the film, which follows two car loads of hotheads from each side of the divide, is it’s a comedy.

Mr Forsythe said it was a deliberate strategy. “We’re using comedy to shine a light on this issue in a way you probably wouldn’t if it was a straight drama because by making people laugh it makes it more accessible.”

But the opening scenes play an important role in providing the far from amusing context. “I felt people would go in knowing it was a comedy but I wanted to make clear upfront that even though it is, the subject isn’t taken lightly.”


The opening of Australian film Down Under


Nonetheless, Down Under runs the risk of poking the bear by getting a release in Cronulla itself, as well as a number of screens in western Sydney. Mr Forsythe said he was confident the comedy would bring people together.

But can he see another riot one day?

“I’m optimistic that we can stop it from happening again but the only way is talk about and deal with it.

“So much of what happened before was because we weren’t talking and even with Pauline in power, whether we like it or not, we have to listen to her and hopefully there is some way of finding common ground and moving forward,” Mr Forsythe said.

“None of us have the right to be here aside from the traditional owners of this land that’s the ultimate irony — we’re all strangers.”

Down Under opened at cinemas across Australia on Thursday, August 11.

The Courier Mail



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Chinese Australians haven't forgotten how they were targeted, 20 years ago, when Pauline Hanson captured national attention, as a newly elected independent MP.

Once again, Australia's ethnic communities are mobilising against Pauline Hanson, 20 years after she first entered federal parliament. The newly elected Senator will be joined in the Upper House by other One Nation senators, giving her significant crossbench influence.

Alliances that may seem unlikely are being formed, as shared concerns bring diverse communities together.

Chinese Australians haven't forgotten how they were targeted, 20 years ago, when Pauline Hanson captured national attention, as a newly elected independent MP.

That's when she controversially claimed, in her maiden speech to federal parliament, that Australia was in danger of being swamped by Asians.

Two decades later, the One Nation leader's views haven't changed.

She made that clear, at a post-election press conference.

"Well, you can ask a lot of people in Sydney, at Hurstville, and some of those other suburbs. They feel that they have been swamped by Asians," Hanson said.

Kenrick Cheah, from the Chinese Australian Forum, says Pauline Hanson's political comeback, as a newly-elected Senator, caught many in his community by surprise, and is a cause for concern.

"Very concerned, the fact that she was able to win a seat in the first place, is a shift back to what happened in the 90s. Back in the 90s, the Chinese Community bore the brunt of her attacks," he said.

Pauline Hanson now sees a new threat. She's calling for a Royal Commission into Islam, mosque surveillance and a ban on Muslim immigration.

Chinese Community leaders fear history is repeating itself in Australia, but now, they say the Muslim Community is the main target of what they call Ms Hanson's racist policies.

"We feel we need to stand side by side with the Muslim Community in solidarity against racism, against discrimination," said Mr Cheah.

"She's attacking the Muslims today, she could be attacking the Indian community the next week. Any attack on any minority group is an attack on all minority groups, so we need to stand together and fight against her.”

Keysar Trad from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) says Chinese Community support is welcome.

"Well, we're very grateful that that Asian and Chinese community have come together to speak out against Pauline Hanson," he said.

"I would love to see people from all backgrounds, especially Anglo-Australians to stand up, speak out and say Not in Our Name Pauline."

Battle plans are being drawn up

The Chinese Australian Forum has launched a social media campaign.

And a new FactCheckOne Nation website has been set up by a team of Muslim and non-Muslim Australians, to address many of the claims made by Pauline Hanson and her party.

Indian Muslims are also mobilising against Pauline Hanson.

Abbas Raza Alvi is the president of the Indian Crescent Society, representing more than 5000 Indian Muslims in Australian. He says his community will work with other communities to jointly oppose Ms Hanson.

"When she is mentioning, Muslims are not welcome, Indians are not welcome, I think these are racist comments and should not be mentioned by any elected member of parliament," he said.

"All ethnic communities, whatever the background, whether they're from European background, Middle East, Chinese, Indians, they should all unite and reject the promotion of racism in Australia."

"We feel we need to stand side by side with the Muslim Community in solidarity against racism, against discrimination."


And there's another message for politicians - hands off the Racial Discrimination Act.

It's feared there may now be renewed attempts to either water down or scrap the legislation, including section 18C, which makes it unlawful to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" on the basis of race, colour, or national or ethnic origin.

Ethnic community leaders say they're prepared to send delegations to Canberra to ensure those protections aren't wound back.

"We will definitely be opposing that, along with leaders from the Muslim community, other Chinese leaders, subcontinental leaders, Vietnamese leaders, Jewish leaders. We'll all be banding together, like we did before, to make sure this doesn't happen, to protect the interests of our communities," said Kenrick Cheah.

Keysar Trad from AFIC says: "Much of the damage has been done. We just have to make sure that enough pressure is put on the coalition not to make any deals with Pauline Hanson."

"Unfortunately having someone like her, means that politicians will pander to their dark side, in order to get some of their other laws put through. She will profit from that by making life difficult for minorities in Australia."

Pauline Hanson's views may be controversial and divisive, but she's made it clear - she isn't backing down.

"This a debate that we need to have, about Islam. And I think that we should have the debate. Let's talk about it.

Let's see the impact that it is having on our country."

"Why have we got so many migrating to Australia? And they're using our system here to breed more people in this country. We have problems now. We can deal with it now."

One Nation denies its polices are racist.

Newly elected One Nation Senator Brian Burston, "We're not racist at all. I'm pro-Australian. I think their argument is ill founded, that we're racist. I'd be happy to sit down and discuss that issue with them.”

But Senator Burston also says Islam is “an infringement on our culture”.

“At the moment, they're living in enclaves, if you like, Lakemba for example, full of Muslim Community, they haven’t assimilated. They are an infringement on our culture."

The new NSW senator says there's growing support for the party.

“We just secured about 800,000 votes in the lower house and upper house. And I think that’s an indication of the growing support for One Nation. I believe, because we have a four senator bloc in the Senate now, we have incumbency, and we have issues we can push forward, as senators.”

However, concerns are also being raised about the impact of Pauline Hanson's political comeback on Australia's international image, and tourism.

Chinese Australian Forum's Kenrick Cheah said, "there's plenty of concerns there, especially in the tourism market, Australia gets a lot of its tourism dollars from Chinese tourists, Asian tourists. So, any inflammatory words, by her, put a dent in our reputation overseas."

Chinese visitors make up the biggest slice of Australia's surging tourism market.

Margy Osmond from the Transport and Tourism Forum says it's a very sensitive market.

"The potential to radically damage a market that is increasingly the most important slice of our inbound market, is significant," she said.

"We don't need to have mixed messages in the marketplace that in some ways suggest people won't be welcome."

Chinese Community leaders and others are hoping history doesn't repeat in Australia.


Source: SBS



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"This idea of banning Muslim migrants is a reaction that I don't think is practical even," says Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour.

Australians have a right to be fearful about the rise of terrorism, Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour says, but banning Muslim immigration is not the solution.

Asked about his concern over the state of discourse following calls to ban Muslim immigration by individuals including US Republican nominee for president Donald Trump, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, and Australian television personality Sonia Kruger, Mr Fahour said he understood why people were worried.

"We as Australians have to acknowledge that Daesh [ISIS] is a big problem," he told Fairfax Media.

"They are a security problem. They are a very evil set of people hell bent on disrupting society and having citizens turn on citizens, and governments turn on governments."

So it was logical that Australians were feeling insecure about the rise of Islamists and that did not make them bad people. "Who are we to say, 'you shouldn't feel insecure, you just suck it up'. That's not right. They have a right.

"I feel insecure. I am a Muslim and I feel insecure about what Daesh is doing.

"Daesh has killed more Muslims than non Muslims ... [and] have no care who we are, what colour our skin is, what religion we follow. They are just out to create chaos and anarchy in our society. I don't blame people for feeling insecure."

But Mr Fahour said the solutions being put forward to tackle the threat were often illogical.

"This idea of banning Muslim migrants is a reaction that I don't think is practical even," he said.

"Obviously I don't agree with it. I wouldn't be in this country if that was the policy. But secondly, how do you enforce it? What do you have a Muslim detector? Someone at the border? How do you actually determine that? It's not even a practical solution to what's a legitimate problem.

"I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with people who say, 'we need to have a solution to this'. They have a legitimate right to say we have a problem because we do. The answers are different. I don't agree with One Nation's answers. I don't agree with Trump's answers. But I agree we need to find some answers because the problems are real."

The debate should instead focus on how to integrate young migrants into society to prevent them from becoming radicalised.

"What you want is the 99 per cent of Muslims who are repulsed by what Daesh is doing to be working with all of Australia to stop these people from getting into the minds of young people who are feeling excluded," Mr Fahour said.

"When I hear some of this stuff going on [calls to ban Muslims] it strengthens my resolve to find ways for us as a nation to get closer together to find economic and social policies that make us all love being Australians and look after each other."

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald



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Queensland LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan says many “lifelong supporters” of the party agreed with Pauline Hanson’s views on migrants.

QUEENSLAND LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan has called for migrants to be quizzed about their religion to weed out extremists, including Muslims who adhere to strict Sharia law.

The Federal Government backbencher said he would push for the crackdown as part of a more hard line immigration policy to win back former Coalition supporters who voted for Pauline Hanson.

Warning Ms Hanson had capitalised on community anger about migration, Mr O’Sullivan said his own side of politics needed to “respond accordingly” to both reflect these concerns and take on One Nation.

The former LNP state treasurer said many “lifelong supporters” of the party voted for Ms Hanson and agreed with her views on migrants.

“The political issue is not going to go away,” he told The Courier-Mail.

“Any responsible government has to listen to the heartbeat of the Australian population, listen to what their ideals are on issues like immigration and respond accordingly.”

He rejected Ms Hanson’s call for a ban on Muslim immigrants, but said all migrants should be assessed on their beliefs, and extremists including radical Muslims and members of right-wing Christian cults should be rejected.

The Courier Mail



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Crescent Institute Brisbane Event: BOOK NOW - IT'S ON THIS WEEK THURSDAY!



The next Crescent Institute event is to be hosted in Brisbane, welcoming Jihad Dib MP, member of Parliament, ex high-school principal and TED speaker to deliver a keynote address in the CBD. Jihad has an incredible story to tell with a speech entitled “The Journey to Parliament” on Thursday 18th August. Tickets are $15 early bird and $25 general admission.





VENUE: BDO Brisbane - Level 10, 12 Creek St. Brisbane CBD



Enjoy an evening of professional networking in the Brisbane CBD hosted by the Crescent Institute.

Engage with corporate leaders, academics and entrepreneurs from a wide range of disciplines who attend to build connections maximising their professional impact.

The Institute is delighted to welcome Member for Lakemba, TEDx Presenter and NSW Shadow Education Minister the Hon. Jihad Dib MP.

"Imagine a school so bad the principal had a gun held to his head...".

After appointment as one of the youngest principals in history to the roughest school in NSW, Jihad Dib turned an institution of violence and delinquency into a thriving hub with a can-do attitude, a spirit of success and a sense of family for the community. He was elected to State Parliament in 2015, representing a constituency of 90,000 from Lakemba in NSW. He currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Education.

Join us with Mr Dib as he shares an incredible story with key messages, ask questions and make the most of new professional networks forged on the evening.


Queenslanders don't miss out!


Register here.

The Crescent Institute is among Australia’s foremost professional networking and thought leadership organisations. It provides opportunity to establish and nurture connections among members as they gain insights on key issues from Australia’s leading figures in a warm, but professional setting.



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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:


13. Tahmena Bokhar

Tahmena Bokhari is a Pakistani-Canadian beauty pageant titleholder and social worker. She was born in Toronto, Canada and spent several childhood years in Faisalabad, Pakistan. She won Mrs. Pakistan World 2010 in Toronto and became the 3rd Pakistani woman in history to represent women on an international platform when she won Mrs. United Nation International 2010.

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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 has been an absolute pleasure"


Mughees Ahmad, 35, Sydney, Pakistani



It has been an absolute pleasure living in Australia for 26 years of my life. This country and its people have treated me when I was ill, taught me how to read and write, given me the opportunity to run a successful business. I have been allowed to practise my religion openly at a place of my choosing. I lived in Sydney before 9/11. Before the terrorist attacks I didn't feel like I had to hide my Muslim identity. But now there is a show-cause relationship with an ever increasing silent but convinced society. That is sad. I have a nine-year-old daughter with an intellectual disability who is receiving tremendous help from different organisations. I choose to look beyond the things that divide us and talk about what unites us. That is what Islam teaches us: mutual respect, peace with another, wellbeing of all.


Source: Brisbane Times


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The Pink Warriors



These women are tackling gender barriers as Egypt's first women's football team.




Muslim American Olympian



Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Muslim woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, takes on Donald J. Trump.




Australia's first female Muslim MP is much more



SBS World News Radio: Australia has its first female Muslim member of federal parliament in Dr Anne Aly.



Anne Aly came to Australia from Egypt with her family when she was two years old.





Reality Check: How religious are so-called "Islamic terrorists"?




Mehdi Hasan challenges the common view that ISIL or al-Qaeda attackers are devout Muslims.




"Ice Princess in a Hijab" Has Her Eye on the Winter Olympics



Zahra Lari is figure skater from the United Arab Emirates who dreams of becoming the first person to represent her country in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Watch as this ice skater from the desert competes to achieve her goals.




Listening to the Voices from 'Hijabi World'



At Rutgers University—Newark, Muslim women who wear a hijab talk about their lives.




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To know the future just look to the past


24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


12. Mansa Musa (c. 1280 – c. 1337)

Mansa Musa was emperor of the Malian Empire in West Africa and was famously known for his wealth, patronage of Islamic scholars and magnificent architectural projects. His reign is remembered as one of the most prosperous of any monarch in the history of the world.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 13. Sonni Ali (d. 1492)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar


Muslim Geographer You Should Have Learnt About at School

We all know names of western explorers like Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Columbus and others who have put their names in the history of ocean and sea exploration.

When I was a little girl in primary and secondary school, my teachers told me about their important contributions and participations in building the “Great Western and World Civilization”.

They told us about Marco Polo and his adventures in China, Vasco da Gama and his success in establishing a sea route from Europe to India through Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, Columbus and how he discovered America etc. But they never told us about the eastern explorers who made history before the others did.

Names like Ibn Battuta, Ibn Majid, Shamsuddin Abu Abdullah al-Moqaddasi, Ibn Fudhlan, Ibn Jubayr, Abu Bakr the Second (King of Mali), Piri Reyes and many other Muslim explorers were never mentioned until I entered university and discovered how important Islam was (and still is) to the world civilization.

I discovered the beauty and the richness of our Islamic civilization with all those many muslim figures who made history and left their own mark in every field in which they were specialized.

Each ethnic and racial group that embraced Islam made its contribution to the one Islamic civilization to which everyone belonged. One of the Eastern figures that attracted my attention in the world of sea travelers and explorers is the Muslim Admiral Zheng He.
Zheng He, the man who discovered America before Columbus did. He was born at the end of the 14th century, in a small town in the region of Yunnan to a Hui-family, which is a Muslim Chinese ethnic group. His birth name was ‘Ma He’. In China they use “Ma” as a short name for “Muhammad”.

His family claimed to be a descendant of a Mongolian governor in Yunnan or from King Mohammed of Bukhara. Raised as a Muslim, Ma He studied the teachings of Islam and memorized the Quran at an early age. His father and his grandfather completed their pilgrimage to Makkah.

They had a great impact on his education and it’s under their influence that the young Ma He would develop an intense curiosity about the outside world. The travels his grandfather and father undertook would contribute a lot to his education.

Aside from his religious education, Ma He was raised in a family where speaking Arabic and Chinese was something evident. That means that both languages were his mother tongue. He wanted to know everything about the countries that were geographically located westward of China. He studied their languages, religions, traditions, history and geography.

When Ma He was 10 years old, the army of the Ming Dynasty captured him during their military raids in Yunnan. They took him to Nanjing and there he did his military training. After that, they took him to Beijing to serve Zhu Di, the Prince of Yan and the 4th son of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


A user’s guide to flying while Muslim: ‘Text with care.’

The perils of ‘flying while Muslim’

Last week a British woman was detained after reading a book about Syria on a flight. Her case highlights the paranoia and discrimination faced by Muslim passengers. So, who’s to blame – airlines, governments or a culture of fear?

n March 26 this year, Hasan Aldewachi was on his way back from a science conference in Vienna, and looking forward to seeing his family. As he took his seat on the flight to Gatwick, he sent his wife a text message to let her know the plane was delayed. A woman sitting across the aisle got up and left her seat. Moments later the police arrived.

The Iraqi-born Sheffield Hallam student was asked to leave the plane and held for four hours. After his phone was confiscated, he was left at the airport with no onward ticket or refund. The reason? His message was in Arabic.

Aldewachi’s story is just one example of the dangers of what has become known as “flying while Muslim”; the tongue-in-cheek term for the discrimination many Muslim passengers feel they have faced at airports since 9/11. It can range from extra questions from airport staff, to formal searches by police, to secondary security screenings and visa problems when visiting America. Sometimes it feels like every Muslim has a tale to tell.

The Guardian

The Salvation of Sinners and the Suicide Bomb
How the call to religion turns petty criminals into Islamic State terrorists.

The gulf between the terrorist and his atrocity is a wide one.

Terrorist deeds are often monstrous and defy all human comprehension. But, as over three decades of research on terrorism shows, terrorists, by and large, are psychologically normal: not crazy-eyed, furious fanatics, but ordinary killers, with lives and personalities lacking, as Hannah Arendt famously said of Adolf Eichmann, in any kind of “diabolical or demonic profundity.” The gulf between “homegrown” Western jihadis and their atrocities is seemingly wider still: Their profiles reveal not only lives of breathtaking banality but also lifestyles of fulsome secularity, often allied to a criminal past or present.

This apparent gulf has now become a central argumentative theme in the ongoing “Is the Islamic State Islamic?” debate. For some observers, the outwardly secular lifestyles of many Western jihadis — from Salah Abdeslam’s dope-smoking and drinking to Omar Mateen’s reported homosexuality to Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s pigging out, so to speak — is proof positive that these men are not, and were never, “true” Muslims and that Islam cannot therefore explain their embrace of groups like the Islamic State. The journalist Mehdi Hasan, for example, rarely misses a chance to seize on the discovery of some secular proclivity in any given perpetrator, in a “gotcha” sort of way, as evidence for his view that “religion plays little, if any, role in the radicalisation process.” For Hasan, Islamic State recruitment in the West is better explained in terms of nonreligious motives, like adventure, secular hate, or outrage over Western foreign policy.

Foreign Policy

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 12 August 2016

TOPIC"Be a miser"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 12 August 2016

TOPIC"How to identify a magician and how to protect yourself and your family from Black magic and jinn"

IMAM: Akram Buksh 








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 12 August 2016

TOPIC"Reflection And contemplation Of Allah SWT creation"

IMAM: Ahmed Muhammad Naffaa








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 12 August 2016


IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar






Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 12 August 2016

TOPIC"“The importance of preparation for salah"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali







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 Cannes bans Muslim women from wearing 'burkinis' at the beach



FRANCE: The glamorous French seaside resort of Cannes has caused outrage by banning Muslim women from wearing so called 'burkinis' at the beach.

David Lisnard, the town Mayor, claims the all-over swimsuits threatened to provoke people because of the number of terrorist attacks being carried out by Islamic State.

But opponents said there was no link whatsoever between the garments favoured by Muslim mothers and political violence.

Instead they said Mr Lisnard, a member of the right wing Republican Party, was just trying to stir up Islamophobia.

His new official ruling reads that 'access to beaches and for swimming is banned to anyone who does not have bathing apparel that respects good customs and secularism.

'Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order (crowds, scuffles etc) which it is necessary to prevent.'

Evening Standard


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 Muhammad Ali seeks gold for grandfather tribute



UK: British boxer Muhammad Ali has set his sights on gold — in honour of his grandfather, who died ringside while watching him fight.

The 20-year-old, named after the late sports legend by his boxing-mad father, has his first fight in the bantamweight competition on Monday. He spoke to the Standard about how his grandfather, also called Muhammad, suffered a heart attack while watching him in one of his first competitive fights in Birmingham.

Ali said: “My grandad passed away watching me box in Birmingham when I was 14. It was going into the last round on the break and it all went quiet, and I thought, ‘What’s going on here?’ I looked outside [the ring] and he was just on the floor. I turned to my brother and he said it was fine, he’s just collapsed, and to just get in the ring and do what you do [for the final round]. I went into the last round just getting beaten up.

“When we went to the hospital after the fight, we were told he’d had a heart attack and he’d passed away. I think that’s the worst and hardest thing I’ve had to go through.”

Ali, who is fighting in his first Olympics, added: “I just feel like I’ve got to do it for him now as well and not just for me... I’ve got to do it for him 100 per cent. When that happened it made me push on even more.” 

Evening Standard


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 Egypt's uniform choice highlights the evolution of women's beach volleyball



BRAZIL: The Egyptian women's beach volleyball team turned heads during their first Olympic match in Rio when both players appeared in long-sleeved shirts and full-length leggings.

A recent outing by Egypt's female beach volleyball team has highlighted just how much uniform regulations have changed in the sport.

Players Doaa Elghobashy and Nada Meawad walked into Rio's beach volleyball arena on Tuesday wearing long-sleeved shirts and full-length leggings, with Elghobashy electing to wear a hijab to cover her hair.

The team came up against the German side, who chose to wear a two-piece bikini, which was the mandatory female uniform of the sport until 2012.

“I have worn the hijab for 10 years,” Elghobashy told The Associated Press, after the match.

“It doesn’t keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them.”

The Egyptian team's uniform choice brought into focus how much the female uniform has changed over the decades.

Criticism of the uniform

The bikini uniform has been criticised by advocacy groups for "sexualising" the sport.

In 2012, the International League for Women's Rights staged a protest against gender discrimination in sport, highlighting beach volleyball uniforms as a form of sexual exploitation.

“They are using women’s bodies as sex,” Annie Sugier, a spokeswoman for the organisation, told Forbes.

“It is all about money. It makes women look like objects and it is a clear case of sexism.”

Some female players at the time said they felt comfortable with the bikini two-piece uniform, and indicated they preferred it.



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 California Just Took A Bold Stand Against Islamophobia


Some good news in an election year for a community under siege.


US: California’s State Assembly has taken a strong stand against a rising climate of Islamophobia in America.

On Monday, the Assembly passed a resolution that declared August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month, as part of an effort to acknowledge the “myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country.”

The resolution (HR-59) was introduced by Assembly Member Bill Quirk and passed with bipartisan support, according to NBC.

The writers of the resolution pointed out that California is home to over 240 mosques, more than any other state in the country. The resolution also decried the discrimination that Muslim Americans have had to endure in the years following the September 11 attacks.

“Muslim Americans have made contributions to education, science, entertainment and medicine both nationally and globally,” Quirk told NBC News. “Unfortunately, the Muslim community has been, and continues to be, the target of harassment, discrimination and assaults.”

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 Muslim Americans launch “ISIS Sucks” billboard campaign: So-called Islamic State “does not represent Islam”


Non-profit Sound Vision created an anti-ISIS billboard campaign in Chicago to challenge extremism and Islamophobia


US:  People driving down the highway in Chicago may be met with a giant billboard reading, “Hey ISIS, you suck!!! From: #ActualMuslims.”

The billboard is part of an “ISIS Sucks” campaign, launched by a Muslim American non-profit organization.

The Sound Vision Foundation bought the billboard as part of a larger strategy to challenge extremism and Islamophobia.

“We launched the campaign in light of the constant pressure on American Muslims to condemn ISIS, especially since Muslims are the biggest victims of ISIS,” explained Leena Suleiman, the director of creative engagement at Sound Vision.

“The statistics speak louder on how ISIS’ main target is Muslims than anyone’s opinion or feelings about the situation,” Suleiman told Salon.

“That’s been a huge problem in the media,” she continued. “The very fact that ISIS is a menace to humanity, and foremost to Muslims, and not just to people of other or no faiths, is a huge piece of the puzzle that is consistently and unfortunately overlooked.”

The vast majority of the victims of ISIS are themselves Muslim. And most of the soldiers fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria are also Muslim.

Sound Vision is a non-profit organization that says it “provides Muslims with thinking and talking points to manage crisis, to fight against Islamophobia and to challenge extremism and radicalism among Muslim youth.”

The foundation has published several brochures and articles opposing what it calls “ISIS’ anti-Islamic practices.” In its “ISIS Sucks” campaign, it describes the self-proclaimed Islamic State as “the terrible terror to the world.”

Suleiman said the billboard “is also an expression of real human frustration at trying to live peacefully while being associated with a menace that wreaks havoc on mostly other Muslims.”



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 Sell alcohol and pork or we will shut you down, French town tells halal supermarket



FRANCE: A halal supermarket in a Paris suburb has been told by local authorities it must start selling alcohol and pork or else it will be shut down.

Good Price discount mini-market in Colombes has been told by the local housing authority, from which it rents its premises, that it has not followed the conditions on the lease that stipulate that the shop must act as a "general food store."

The authority argues that all members of the local community are not being served properly if there are no alcohol or pork products in the Good Price store, which is run as a franchise and which last year replaced another small supermarket.

“The mayor of Colombes, Nicole Goueta, went there herself and asked the owner to diversify the range of products by adding alcohol and non-halal meats,” the mayor’s chief of staff, Jérôme Besnard, told The Telegraph.

He said locals, particularly older residents, had complained that they could no longer get the full range of products at Good Price, which replaced a regular supermarket, and had to travel some distance now to do their shopping.

“We want a social mix. We don’t want any area that is only Muslim or any area where there are no Muslims,” Mr Besnard said, adding that the town’s reaction would have been the same had a kosher shop opened on that spot.

The Colombes housing authority argues that the store breaches French republican principles by prioritising a certain group within society rather than catering to all categories.

It has taken legal action to bring an end to the lease which would normally run until 2019. The case goes to court in October.

Soulemane Yalcin, who runs the shop under franchise, said he was merely catering to the demands of his customers in this area of large public housing estates.

“It’s business,” said Mr Yalcin.

“I look around me and I target what I see. The lease states ‘general food store and related activities’ - but it all depends on how you interpret ‘related activities’,” he told Le Parisien newspaper.

He has hired a lawyer to fight the housing authority’s bid to get him evicted.

The Telegraph


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 Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain to judge new series of Junior Bake Off



UK: The winner of last year's main show will judge the efforts of junior bakers

Nadiya Hussain has been confirmed as a judge for the brand new series of Junior Bake Off.

The winner of last year’s main show will turn the tables as she judges the efforts of 40 young bakers, aged between nine and 12.

Hussain, who baked the Queen’s 90th birthday cake earlier this year, will star alongside chef and food writer Allegra McEvedy.

Speaking about the new role, she said: “I'm delighted to be joining Junior Bake Off as a judge.



Nadiya Hussain opens up about racist bullying that gave her anxiety disorder



The Evening Standard


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 7 Female Athletes That Will Break Stereotypes at the Olympics



After four long years, the Olympics are finally back. It’s an event many of us have waited for and I’m not only talking about passionate sport lovers– even people like me, that have other interests than sports, have been looking forward to this event.

It’s always amusing to know who’s going to be participating. However, this time we have chosen to pay some extra attention to Muslim women who are partaking in the Olympics this year.




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 Meet The Female Imam Who Has Started A Mosque Run Entirely By Women



DENMARK: Her name is Sherin Khankan. Born in Denmark to a Syrian father and a Finnish mother, the well-known author and political commentator has started a new mosque in Copenhagen, Denmark. Named as 'Mariam Mosque', it is led entirely by women imams.

Speaking to Danish newspaper Politiken, Sherin Khankan, the woman behind the mosque who calls it 'a feminist project', said she started Mariam because she "never felt at home in the existing mosques." Although, Mariam will be open to both men and women.

"I have never felt at home in the existing mosques. The new grand mosques are unbelievably beautiful, but I have the feeling of being a stranger when I am there. We women stand up in the balcony and look down on what is happening. Many women and young people don’t even go into the mosques as you enter into a male-dominated and patriarchal space in which a man has the floor, a man leads prayers, men are in focus and dominate. That is why we are now setting up a mosque on women’s terms."

Khankan is confident that her project will ease the barriers between traditional Islam and a more modern rendition of the faith that can better relate to young worshippers.

"Many imams in this country belong to the traditional school which does not account for the culture we live in. Instead, they help to construct contradictions between being a practicing Muslim and a young person in Denmark. But you can love and honour several cultures and influences at once without betraying one or the other camp"

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The CCN Book of the Week


The Essential Rumi


Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī


translated by Coleman Barks



This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.

Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of thirteenth-century Sufi Mystic Rumi more popular than ever.

The Essential Rumi continues to be the bestselling of all Rumi books, and the definitive selection of his beautiful, mystical poetry.


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

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CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
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: Fire and passion are the hallmarks of Portuguese cuisine with lots of spices, the key ingredient being chili. Try this simple and easy to make recipe which is packed with flavour.

Portuguese Peri Peri Chicken



1 chicken cut up or butterflied
1 tsp chili
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp crushed red chilies 
½ tsp coriander powder 
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp turmeric 
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tblsp lemon juice


  1. Marinate for a few hours.

  2. Cook on high till water burns out.  

  3. Remove chicken and place in an oven tray

Ingredients for Sauce

1 cup cream
2 tblsp tomato paste
3 tblsp nandos garlic peri peri 
60g garlic butter


  1. Boil and pour over chicken. 

  2. Add fried potato wedges,onion rings, sliced peppers.

  3. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.  

  4. Remove foil and grill for a further 5 mins or until brown. 

  5. Serve hot with naan bread or pita

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 TIME TO WALK THE WALK – only 3 weeks until race day

Use the following program as a guide for your final few weeks of preparation for Creswalk

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!


DAY 1:
Walk for a minimum of 60 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 45 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace).
Aim for 90 mins if you’re feeling good.

Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
Strength training – grab your weights and challenge upper and lower body. Challenge yourself by using your own body weight through push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc. Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

DAY 3:
After your walking session today (adding on to your time from day one), try to head into the pool to relax/soothe the muscles while still improving on cardio-fitness. Swim some laps with short breaks in between, or opt for an aqua-aerobics session. Remember to increase your time and intensity.

DAY 4:
Similar to day 1, however, try to jog/run for a few minutes, then slow down to a brisk walk before jogging again. Increase your walking time by 10 -15 mins. or more if you feel comfortable.

DAY 5:
Circuit training – cycle, rowing machine, cross-trainer- 60min session at the gym or head to the park on your bike and take in the scenery and some fresh air. Minimum 60 - 90mins with mini-challenges along the way.

Try a yoga session later in the day if time permits to strength and tone – more importantly, enjoy the relaxation time at the end of your workout.

Healthy Tip: Keep your liquids up to prevent dehydration and muscle cramping!

DAY 6:
Walk away.. See how your body feels and either challenge yourself of go for active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or who are not already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.








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Beauty at your Front Door-Make a Statement!



Your front doorway is the first and most important impression of your home. It welcomes you and your guests and may make a statement?

It need not be costly-Just a plain pot filled with plants that are appropriate to the micro-climate of your entrance porch.

Use different heights and colour combinations and avoid annuals that need constant replacing.
For a full guide, go to the website.



Send your gardening questions to


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Mula Nasruddin was a small time business man from a small village who sold butter in the nearby town.


A wealthy shop owner in the town was his regular customer.

Every month Mula Nasruddin would deliver to the shop owner the required butter in 1kg blocks, and in turn received grocery items like sugar, beans etc from the shop owner.

One day the shop owner decided to weigh the butter and to his surprise every block of butter weighed 900 grams instead of 1kg.

When Mula Nasruddin came to supply butter the following month, the shop owner was very angry at him and told to leave the shop.


To this Mula Nasruddin replied courteously: "Sir, I am a very poor villager, I don't have enough money to even buy the required weights for weighing the butter. I usually put the 1kg sugar you give me on one side of the weighing scale and weigh butter on another side" 


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An Ayaat-a-Week






And Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those
who patiently persevere. 
~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:155


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When you become satisfied with little,

You will belittle the world!

~ Rumi


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• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
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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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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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