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State Finalist Australian of the Year 2017
Dr Nora Amath

State Finalist Australia's Local Hero 2017
Yasmin Khan
Diversity champion


A suicide prevention volunteer, the founders of a children’s hospice, a whistle-blower policeman, a mathematician, a neuroscientist and an occupational therapist helping veterans overcome their injuries are among the finalists in the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards.

The Queensland Award finalists announced today are in the running to be named QLD Australian of the Year, QLD Senior Australian of the Year, QLD Young Australian of the Year and QLD Local Hero.

The 2017 Queensland Award finalists are:

Dr Nora Amath – Humanitarian (Logan)
Michael Lyddiard – Occupational therapist (Townsville)
Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Smith – Biomolecular scientist (Sunshine Coast)
Aimee McVeigh – Human rights lawyer (Brisbane)

Professor Perry F Bartlett FAA– Neuroscientist (St Lucia)
Laurie Cowled – Philanthropist (Noosaville)
Dr Colin Dillon AM APM– Policeman and whistle-blower (Brisbane)
Dr Janet Hammill AM – Medical ethnographer (Fortitude Valley)

Elijah Douglas – Youth worker and leader (Doomadgee)
Sharell O’Brien – Family violence fighter (Townsville)
Taj Pabari – Inventor and social entrepreneur (Brisbane)
Ivan Zelich – Mathematician (Brisbane)

Yasmin Khan – Diversity champion (Kuraby)
Paul & Gabrielle Quilliam – Children’s hospice founders (New Farm)
Kristy Sparrow – Internet warrior (Alpha)
John Whitten – Suicide prevention volunteer (Barney Point)

Queensland’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at Customs House in Brisbane.

The Queensland Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2017.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Chris Kirby, said the Queensland finalists are among 131 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.

"The Australian of the Year Awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding Australians – people from all walks of life making extraordinary contributions to our society," said Mr Kirby.

“The Queensland Award finalists are remarkable individuals whose efforts are changing lives, changing communities and changing the future.”

Commonwealth Bank has been a major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for 37 years.

“We are proud to support the Australian of the Year Awards, a national program that showcases the Australian spirit,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.

“Thank you to all of the State and Territory finalists, who have all made an important contribution to their communities through their achievements.”

Read all the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year Award finalists stories here.



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A unique and life changing opportunity of spiritual, academic and leadership growth under the mentorship of reputable instructors.

Human Appeal International Australia has announced its third “Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour” scheduled for February 2017.

The sponsored tour will take 15 aspiring leaders from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane to five cities - Mecca, Medina, Amman, Istanbul and Dubai – under the mentorship of the Director of HAI Australia, Mr Bashar Al-Jamal, and Deen Academy’s principal instructor, Dr Zac Matthews.


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Liberal MP condemns colleagues 'cuddling up' to Hansonism
Veteran Liberal Russell Broadbent confesses he 'failed' to repudiate Coalition MP George Christensen over anti-Islam remarks.

Politicians don't usually admit to mistakes when they address the national parliament, but veteran Liberal Russell Broadbent confessed to a big one on Monday evening: failing to repudiate his colleagues who promote fear and division.

Mr Broadbent expressed his regret for not immediately rejecting a "diatribe about the rise of Islam in this country" by fellow Coalition MP George Christensen back in September.

That same week, Pauline Hanson had delivered a similar speech in the Senate, warning that Australia was in danger of being swamped by Muslims who did not share Australian values.

Mr Broadbent, who holds the west Gippsland seat of McMillan, spoke immediately after Mr Christensen in an adjournment debate that week, but ignored his remarks, believing that "saying what I thought" would only result in them receiving more attention. That, he now says, was a big error.

"It was a long and lonely walk before the penny dropped as to why I had not called out the member for (Queensland seat of ) Dawson on the spot," Broadbent explained in a speech to Parliament on Monday night.

"The issues swirling in our multicultural nation are for me public and passionate, but for me they are not personal. The truth is I didn't act as I should have because I am not Muslim, Chinese, Afghan or Greek looking. Not Italian, Sri Lankan or Sudanese. Not Aboriginal."

Having realised his mistake, Mr Broadbent told the nation what he really thought in Monday's address, appealing to all MPs to reflect on their relationship with the Australian people because "right now it's broken".

"It's time for us to rise above the politics of fear and division because our love of diversity, difference and freedom will endure," he said.

Mr Broadbent made no reference to the two divisive debates of this week – one about the proposed life-time visa ban on refugees processed offshore; the other the push for changes to laws outlawing racial hate speech.

But he did challenge those on his side of politics who were "cuddling up to Hansonite rhetoric" to think again, saying: "Those propositions and policies will only hurt the Coalition parties in the long run in the same way as the once great Labor Party now is captive to the Greens."

Part of the answer, he said, was to have empathy and consideration for those doing it tough and "speak to the people in their language about basic concerns affecting their daily lives".

"The politics of fear and division have never created one job. Never come up with one invention. Never started a new business. And never given a child a new start in life, or lifted the spirits of a nation."

And part of it was to show leadership, and convince those who were targeted by Christensen and Hanson that they haven't been left out.



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Ms Farah Scott is organising youth activities for primary school aged boys on behalf of Sisters House Services. It is called the Young Amirs Boys Club.


There's no cost to be a member of the club.


There are monthly programmes doing different activities in the Kuraby-Logan area.


All activities are run by professional organisations.


Parents only have to pay the cost of the activity if their child wants to participate, which is usually $15-20.


Parents stay with the kids while they participate. Female siblings are also welcome to join in with the activities.


Call 0432 026 375 for more information.







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By Muslim Aid Australia


Yemen is one of the poorest and driest countries in the world that is located in the Middle East and borders Saudi Arabia and Oman. Thanks to the ongoing conflict, repeatedly over the past 19 months, the people of Yemen have been robbed of their lives, their hope and their right to live in dignity.


Thousands have been killed, tens of thousands have been injured, and more than three million have been forced to leave their homes. Yes, Yemen may just be another country suffering from poverty and the effects of conflict but it DESERVES OUR URGENT ATTENTION!


Here is why:
- Yemen has a population of 26 million Yemenis of which, 21.2 million are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.
- At risk are migrants from the Horn of Africa and the more than 3 million internally displaced, nearly half of whom are children.
- 14 million people are food insecure of which 7 million are so severely food insecure that they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Children are often the worst off in these situations and in Yemen it is the same:
- Of the two million people who are malnourished nationwide, 370,000 are children.
- Since March 2015, 10,000 children under the age of five have perished from preventable diseases as a result of the sharp decline in the availability of immunizations and remedies for diarrhoea and pneumonia.

How can you help?
Muslim Aid Australia has just launched an Emergency Appeal for Yemen. The beneficiaries will be the oppressed, suffering Yemenis especially in Al Hudaydah - the fourth largest city in Yemen where the conflict is at its worst.

Please contribute to our Yemen Emergency Appeal today here or call 1800 100 786. Any amount is welcome!

If you cannot contribute financially, please try to share this and encourage your friends and family to do so.


Visit our Facebook page and keep yourself updated with our local and international projects and other useful content!


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A football team made up of Afghan refugee girls are set on bringing down the barriers for Muslim girls in sport.

Sixteen-year-old Maryam Anvari came to Australia from Afghanistan two years ago.

She'd never played sport of any kind, until she joined ACE FC.

"Afghan girls usually dont play sports but they can, they can do it, they can play as well as other girls can do it," she said.

ACE FC is a team of mainly Afghan Muslim girls, mostly former refugees. All are highly skilled.

Anvari said she often gets approached by coaches after they see her play.

"When I play in tournaments they come to me and ask, 'do you want to play for us?' but I say, 'no, I already have a team, sorry.'"

A team that is more like a family to most of the girls.

Captain and goal keeper Sahara Khan said their shared heritage makes them a close unit, but not closed off to new members.

"We all have a same history, same background story. But we do have one Papua New Guinean girl and she's my school friend. She's starting to learn a little Dari," she said.


But the team has had its struggles on and off the pitch.

Coach Shukrullah Hazara said it took some convincing to get the more traditional Afghan parents to agree to the idea of a girl's football team.

"When I approached the parents they said, 'Girls soccer? Are you sure?' I said, 'Yeah they can do it!' And once they come here and see the girls they like it."

The club asks no fees of its members, with the coaching team often paying for equipment and tournaments from their own pockets.

Coach Ali Reza Haidari said the girls have already had to overcome cultural barriers, ACE FC don't want financial ones to be a problem as well.

"None of them pay even one dollar, they just come here and train and we do the best for them to help them."

Afghan community leader Hussain Danesh said he's pleased the next generation of Afghan girls have the opportunity to play football.

"The young girls have a lot of abilities but so far haven't had much support to be involved in sport," he said. "I'm hoping with support they can progress well."

The team started in 2015 with just a handful of members, now ACE FC has over 30 players turning up to training twice a week.

While most have no history in the sport there's high hopes for their future.

Captain Sahara Khan said she's determined to pioneer a new path for girls like her.

"I want to be known to people as a Muslim girl playing soccer, someone who breaks barriers," she said.

The team is hoping to raise enough funds to attend a tournament in Sydney next month, and show the rest of Australia Afghan girls play sport and they play it well.

SBS News



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For almost 13 centuries, from the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632 to the overthrow of the last Ottoman caliph in 1924, the Islamic world was ruled by a caliph.

Translated from the Arabic ‘Khalifa’, the word ‘caliph’ means successor or deputy.
The caliph was considered the successor to the Prophet Muhammad.

It is a term that has, at times, been abused.

In June 2014, a militant group calling itself the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIL or ISIS) declared the establishment of a caliphate and proclaimed its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a caliph. This proclamation was rejected by the overwhelming majority of the world’s Muslims.

ISIL had attempted to appropriate a title imbued with religious and political significance – and in doing so had cast a dark shadow over a rich history.

This is the story of the caliph, a title that originated 1,400 years ago and that spanned one of the greatest empires the world has ever known.

In this episode of The Caliph, Al Jazeera tells the story of the caliphate, looking at the Sunni-Shia divide, and how this split arose from a dispute over who should succeed the Prophet Muhammad.




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In recent years, Islam has been thrust into world spotlight for a number of reasons – starting with 9/11 and ISIS to anti-refugee sentiments in Europe and a certain US Presidential candidate’s anti-Muslim campaigns. In this hullabaloo, we have forgotten that some of the coolest famous people we look up to – from Muhammad Ali to Zayn Malik and Aziz Ansari – are all Muslims. Would you believe it if we told you there were many more Muslims in the celeb world?


This week's celebrity

Yusuf Islam



British singer-songwriter and humanitarian Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) had a largely Christian upbringing but began questioning his religion early on. After exploring other religions, he settled on Islam and has never looked back since. A devout Muslim, Cat – or Yusuf Islam post his conversion – is Islamist in his political views and believes Islam to be the true religion.


Source: Cyber Breeze


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An engaging conversation between a Christian Pastor and a Muslim Imam, "Out of Context" is a 14 part Interview series answers pressing questions about Islam and gives valuable insight into the spirit of the faith.

In Part 7 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. Imam training is not as defined in Islam as it is in other faith traditions, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman. Some U.S. Imams take the overseas route, studying all over the Muslim world. Others resort to institutions like Bayyinah which teaches Arabic via programs of various lengths. This has led to the emergence of a new breed of American Imams who are sensitive to the culture. The field has yet to go through a process of maturation and closer coordination partly because Islamophobia has necessitated more collaboration.




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Al Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


Lecturer in Islamic Studies


Al Mustapha Institute seeks a highly motivated and experienced Lecturer in Islamic Studies. This position will develop and deliver Islamic educational courses across a range of areas that include amongst others, Arabic language, Hadith, Tafseer, Fiqh, Islam in the Contemporary World and Science and the Quran.

The candidate we require must be energetic, demonstrate enthusiasm and a genuine commitment to achieving positive outcomes for students and promote community engagement. The candidate needs to be an excellent communicator, and experienced at facilitating Islamic courses, lectures, workshops and working in partnership with other team members in support of community needs and priorities.


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Brisbane's Fahim Khondaker was detained at LAX - an experience common to many Muslims.

Entering the United States as a Muslim in the age of terror

COMMENT: Fahim Khondaker

Modern day Muslims accept the fact that they fit the profile of the most widely known type of terrorists, those who commit crimes in the name of Islam. The consequences of this are most evident at airports.

My experience at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday provides a great example.

I firmly believe airport security officials do a difficult job very well. I understand that they randomly select many people, both Muslim and non-Muslim for additional screening and/or explosives testing.

I accept that they have little choice but to profile Muslims, specifically young males of Middle Eastern appearance like myself, in the current climate. I am not complaining in any way. I am simply aiming to give readers an insight into the impact of the current security, social and political environment on someone like me.

My flight from Brisbane landed at LAX Airport at 6am. I was travelling alone for work. I walked up to the counter and went through the usual checks. The service agent was friendly. Right at the end, I got told to hang around as he said "one of my colleagues would like to speak to you". An armed guard arrived and escorted me to a more secure room (with metal walls and furniture) and asked me to fill out a form with my recent life history.

I then got interviewed as to why I am here and from the tone of his voice it seemed the biggest sticking point was the authenticity of my Australian passport (I used to have a Bangladeshi passport a few years ago). Eventually, he stamped my form and let me go.

What I didn't know was that he wrote a special code on my form. This meant that I got stopped again at the 'nothing to declare' exit lane. A nice lady directed me "to go down that hallway" and the questions started again. Why am I here? How long have I had this passport? Did I ever lose my passport? Where will I stay? Why does my ticket say I am going to Vegas when the form I filled out says I am going to Houston (the form had one slot, and Houston was my primary destination)?

At every question, I wondered whether my answers were triggering red flags though I knew there were none. I knew I would be fine, however I thought of how less well-spoken people would handle these circumstances. Would they feel more vulnerable and anxious? Even I was nervous.

I was not nervous about anything I had done. I had done nothing wrong. I was nervous about being at the mercy of my interviewer's whim and personal biases.

In the US context, my mind flashed through the stories of innocent prisoners who were captured and detained in Guantanamo Bay without charge on terrorism related suspicions. They were released years later with a simple "oops". Former vice president Dick Cheney recently confirmed that he has no issues with making a few "mistakes" for the sake of public safety.

I could very easily be another one of those mistakes and the world would not bat an eyelid.

As I stood there in the cold, steel room, I realised that my contributions to society, my job, my friends and colleagues were irrelevant in that moment. I was simply a young Muslim travelling alone and if they felt threatened, they had every legal right to detain me on the basis of mere suspicion. I knew in that instant that no one could help. My heart sank.

The fact is terrorism charges have not been applied to non-Muslims. The legislation is not designed to target Muslims nor be applied with malicious intent. Not one non-Muslim person, however, is being detained without charge in relation to terrorism. In Australia, our extreme counter-terrorism laws have not been applied to non-Muslims. For those unaware, Australian legislation allows detainment on suspicion of terrorism for up to two weeks without charge, without a lawyer and without the right to silence.

When a Muslim person gets randomly selected at an airport, it is nothing like a non-Muslim person's experience. It is not a mere nuisance or sacrifice of time. It is a moment of vulnerability and trepidation. A moment of fear and a battle of hope – hope that answers are recalled correctly, and hope that the interviewer will not treat mistakes as suspicious.

Today, we increasingly fear others who look like those we associate with crime and/or injustice. This is human nature, and is expected. It is, however, also natural to expect that the authorities will use their power to protect themselves, often at the expense of others. I knew that my experience at LAX would most likely go as it did. I even jokingly played out these scenes with my colleagues and clients a few days ago. This is our reality, because no matter what is said or done, the world is now such that this will not and cannot change. Not in our lifetime.

All of this may become a moot point this week when Donald Trump wins and bans me from entering the USA altogether. In a way, that may be better.

At least I don't have to pretend it is all OK anymore.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald


An imperilled minority fears that latent demons of intolerance and violence have been released into the wild.

For Muslim Americans, Fear and Shock at a Trump Presidency

American Muslims and Arab-Americans woke up Wednesday morning with shock, fear, and a determination to tackle head-on the bigotry that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House.

“The U.S. we knew yesterday is no longer the same U.S.,” Khalil Jahshan, the executive director of the Arab Center, told me as the final votes were tallied in the early morning hours. “To me, this is an unprecedented white insurgency. We’re in for some frightening surprises.”

Today, America is a nation in which Muslims and other immigrants fear they are no longer welcome.

“I’m lost for words. I’m completely, completely shell-shocked. I was never expecting this in my wildest dreams. I really thought deep down inside that, ‘Yep, it’s just a phase. It’s a fad. It’ll pass,’” Yasir Qadhi, an influential imam with more than 1 million followers on social media, told me Wednesday morning. “We need to hope and bank on the fact that the majority of Trump voters were disenfranchised, rural-class, working-class, blue-collar workers and not bigoted racists,” because if they were racists, “there’s not much hope in the equation.”

Foreign Policy

Inaz Janif is a teacher in Victoria

The Right to Remain Muslim
By Inaz Janif

Late last year, I witnessed a grown adult male on public transport place his hands on four young female teenagers and shove them aside. To the inattentive eye, it might seem as though he was just a frustrated, angry man in a rush.

However, each of the four girls he placed his hands upon wore the hijab. He used enough force to leave some bruising and when confronted, he ignored us and stormed off.

I personally know of people who have endured physical attempts to hurt them. Two of my dearest friends have had attempts made to either rip off their hijab or run them off the road.

What prompts a grown man to put his hands on a young girl and cause harm? What prompts another man to feel he has the right to put his hands on a woman and attempt to rip off part of her clothing? What motivates a woman to feel they have the right to force another woman, with her toddler and baby in the backseat, off the road and risk their lives?

In addition to these incidents, earlier this year, I came to know that Islamophobic and racist posters and graffiti were put up in a school, specifically targeting children. Imagine for a moment how you would feel knowing that random people were purposely seeking to alienate not only you, but your children.

As a mother and as a teacher, I am concerned about these possible trends. These are not isolated incidents; they are repeated in different states and locations, using similar methods. What will this racism, bigotry and discrimination do to children as they grow up in a post 9/11 environment?


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Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate.




On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat's brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor's sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The perpetrator's story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. As she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness hateful bigotry and express our allyship with those who face discrimination.





If at First You Don’t Secede • Democracy Handbook with Bassem Youssef Ep. 4




There's nothing more American ​than​ the ability to question government, and even secede from it if necessary, so Bassem's about to learn from a Michigan militiaman how it's done—and start his own nation





How should Muslims respond to Trump

OnePath Network






Muslims in Trump's America: On the Eve After the Election ~ Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi



On the eve after Trump's win (Nov 9th, 2016) Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi gave a frank talk about his thoughts on Trump's election, why it happened, what our reaction should be, and what lessons we can learn from it.






Mehdi Hasan's Reality Check: Islam and the myth of French secularism









Pray Fajr| Be Under The Protection of Allah






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To know the future just look to the past


Socrates and his Students, illustration from 'Kitab Mukhtar al-Hikam wa-Mahasin al-Kilam' by Al-Mubashir, Turkish School, (13th c)

Arabic translators did far more than just preserve Greek philosophy


European antiquity, philosophers largely wrote in Greek. Even after the Roman conquest of the Mediterranean and the demise of paganism, philosophy was strongly associated with Hellenic culture. The leading thinkers of the Roman world, such as Cicero and Seneca, were steeped in Greek literature; Cicero even went to Athens to pay homage to the home of his philosophical heroes. Tellingly, the emperor Marcus Aurelius went so far as to write his Meditations in Greek. Cicero, and later Boethius, did attempt to initiate a philosophical tradition in Latin. But during the early Middle Ages, most of Greek thought was accessible in Latin only partially and indirectly.

Elsewhere, the situation was better. In the eastern part of the Roman Empire, the Greek-speaking Byzantines could continue to read Plato and Aristotle in the original. And philosophers in the Islamic world enjoyed an extraordinary degree of access to the Hellenic intellectual heritage. In 10th-century Baghdad, readers of Arabic had about the same degree of access to Aristotle that readers of English do today.

This was thanks to a well-funded translation movement that unfolded during the Abbasid caliphate, beginning in the second half of the eighth century. Sponsored at the highest levels, even by the caliph and his family, this movement sought to import Greek philosophy and science into Islamic culture. Their empire had the resources to do so, not just financially but also culturally. From late antiquity to the rise of Islam, Greek had survived as a language of intellectual activity among Christians, especially in Syria. So when Muslim aristocrats decided to have Greek science and philosophy translated into Arabic, it was to Christians that they turned. Sometimes, a Greek work might even be translated first into Syriac, and only then into Arabic. It was an immense challenge. Greek is not a semitic language, so they were moving from one language group to another: more like translating Finnish into English than Latin into English. And there was, at first, no established terminology for expressing philosophical ideas in Arabic.


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 November 2016

TOPIC"The three levels of jealousy"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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TOPIC"The Hereafter Series: Minor Signs - Part 1"

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DATE: 11 November 2016

TOPIC"Good character"
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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 November 2016

TOPIC"Hazrat Dawood’s (pbuh) livelihood"

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 November 2016

TOPIC"Parents are the role model"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali 






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Muslim women are scared to wear the hijab in public after Trump win


LONDON — The world has woken up to the news that Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States.

While many are celebrating Trump's victory right now, some Muslim women are expressing fear that they may be targeted by hate crime.

In December 2015, Trump called for a total ban on Muslims entering the U.S., making reference to claims some American Muslims support violence against the United States.

Many have taken to social media to warn Muslim women not to wear the hijab, niqab or burka in public, citing the 41 percent rise in race and religious hate crimes following the Brexit referendum on European Union membership.

Some people have shared the advice given to them by family members. One Muslim woman in the U.S. tweeted that her mother had texted her advising her not to wear the hijab in public.    


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 CoverGirl names beauty blogger Nura Afia as its first Muslim ambassador


“We can be featured on TV, can be featured on billboards in Times Square, can be represented”

US: A Muslim beauty blogger proves the face of the beauty industry is changing by becoming CoverGirl’s newest ambassador.

Nura Afia, a practising Muslim, will appear in commercials and on a billboard in New York City’s Times Square as she fronts their latest So Lashy! Mascara campaign.

The announcement comes just weeks after the beauty brand named 17-year-old beauty blogger James Charles as its first ever male spokesmodel. The pair will join the likes of pop star Katy Perry, actress Sofia Vergara, DJ and actress Amy Pham and singers Chloe and Halle in a campaign that promotes inclusive beauty for any and all types.

As one of the only women to appear in an advertising campaign for a leading fashion or beauty brand wearing a hijab, Nura hopes to break barriers and champion an industry that’s more inclusive than ever.

“I’m doing this because I want there to be a time when my daughter grows up when she knows she can be anything she wants to be,” she told Refinery 29. “It doesn’t matter what her beliefs are or what she looks like.” We hope that time will come soon.

“I grew up being insecure about wearing the hijab, and I never thought I would see Muslim women represented on such a large scale.”

“I hope [this campaign] will show Muslim women that brands care about us as consumers and we’re important, especially hijabis,” Afia said. “We can be featured on TV, can be featured on billboards in Times Square, can be represented,” she said.

The Denver based beauty guru launched her Youtube page, Babylailalov, in 2011 after she started watching vidoes to pass the time while breastfeeding her daughter. Now, Nura has gone on to amass and impressive 213,000-plus subscribers and 13 million views for her beauty tutorials.



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 Syrian calligrapher produces Quran by sewing the verses with golden thread


A Syrian calligrapher, who has produced a rare copy of the Holy Qur’an by sewing the verses with golden thread, has refused an offer to sell it for two and half million dollars.

SYRIA: Mahe Al Hazeri wrote the Quran with golden threads. Hazeri is from Aleppo who now lives in Turkey. He was offered two and half million dollar for his artistic work but said that that he did not write Quran to sell them and make money from it but wrote it to glorify Allah and wants the copy of the rare Quran to be kept in a Museum where everybody can see it.

Hazeri said that It took him 8 long years to complete his work. He said that It took him 4 years to calligraph the copy and another 4 yeas to sew them with golden threads.

In his work of art, the thirty Juzes (parts) of the Quran have been divided into 12 volumes that weigh 200 kg in total.



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 Islamic body suspends Swiss mosque after imam arrested


SWITZERLAND: The Zurich Federation of Islamic Organizations (Vioz) has suspended the An'Nour mosque in Winterthur after its imam was arrested for inciting people to kill others.

Vioz took the decision on Friday, two days after the imam and three others were arrested in a police raid on An'Nour and houses in the surrounding area.

The raid followed a tip off about a sermon given by the imam in late October in which he “called for the murder of Muslims who refuse to participate in communal prayer”, Zurich's public prosecutor said a statement.

On Friday the prosecutor confirmed they will pursue criminal proceedings against the imam and a board member of the mosque for inciting crime and violence.

Two others arrested in the raid, including the mosque's former president, have been released after questioning.

In a statement announcing the mosque's suspension Vioz said the imam's words “contradict the commitment to Swiss rule of law and democracy that we ask of all our members”.

His actions have damaged the whole Muslim community in the canton of Zurich, it added.

In an interview with SonntagsZeitung on Sunday the president of Vioz, Mahmoud El Guindi, said the organization was “shocked” at the imam's sermon.

However El Guindi said he was against banning the An'Nour permanently.

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“The suspension is meant to be a warning, but everyone deserves a second chance. We are a religious community and not a court of law. Our aim is not to punish people for illegal behaviour.”

He said Vioz was now investigating ways to better regulate the job of imam in order to prevent such a situation happening again.

The arrested imam probably didn't have the necessary qualifications, he added.

The Local


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 Faith communities explore concrete climate action at COP22


MOROCCO: Joining efforts to explore how to move from dependency on fossil fuel to a sustainable future, faith representatives gathered at the Indonesian Pavilion at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco on 8 November, for an event hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

“How will nations’ commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement be transformed into real action, thus limiting the warming of the planet?” The question formed the backdrop as Nana Firman, co-chair of the Global Muslim Climate Network, opened the floor for discussion. “Climate change is also about our moral crisis, and so it is an issue of our underlying values. The climate dialogue has been happening for almost thirty years, and we see more and more faith communities engaging,” Firman observed.

”We live in a time of tremendous change, the nature and extent of which is the subject of intense debate and attention around the world. At the heart of this debate is the clash of immediate human needs with their long-term impacts on the planet’s capacity to support life.” The topic formed a solid basis for debate between representatives of a variety of faith groups from Christian, Muslim and Buddhist traditions.

The World Council of Churches


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 Violence in Jakarta as Muslims protest, demand Christian governor Ahok be jailed


Jakarta: The streets of Jakarta erupted into violence on Friday night leaving one dead and multiple people injured as police clashed with demonstrators following a rally of about 150,000 people demanding the arrest of the city's Chinese Christian governor.

Jakarta police spokesman Awi Setiyono said one person had died from asthma and at least 12 police officers and four protesters were injured in the protests.

The protest was largely peaceful during the day however the mood soured after clashes between police and demonstrators on Friday night culminated in police using tear gas to disperse the remaining crowd outside the presidential palace.

Demonstrators threw stones and vehicles belonging to the police paramilitary force BRIMOB were set on fire.

Sydney Morning Herald


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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: The holidays are approaching and its time for some indulgence, so here is a recipe of a cake everyone will enjoy.

Salted Caramel Cake



250g butter.
300ml castor sugar.
5 extra large eggs.
400ml cake flour.
10ml baking powder.
180ml cocoa powder.
80ml milk.

Cream butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa together. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Spoon the mixture into two 20cm cake pans lined with greaseproof paper. Bake at 180 for 25-30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a cooling rack.


1 tin caramel treat.
A generous amount of sea salt flakes.
Mix together until smooth.
Sandwich the cakes together with half the filling.


200g dark chocolate.
125ml cream.
Heat the above until melted and smooth. Refrigerate for 10 minutes then beat with an electric beater until light and fluffy. Spread topping over the cake then drizzle the remainder of the filling over.
Place popcorn and pieces of chocolate as an added decorative feature.

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Q: Dear Kareema, any idea on how I can get my skin glowing (apart from all the beauty products out there) and exercise I do?

A: The answer lies in your fridge and pantry. Feast on fresh! Try to keep your meals clean, green and fresh..

The closer it is to it’s natural form, the better for you. So chow down on nature’s goodness. The more colour you have on you plate, the more nutrients you’re putting into your body.

Oily fish like salmon also boasts a bounty of benefits, and beautiful skin is definitely one of them. Seeds and raw nuts boosts collagen and promotes skin renewal. So be sure to take some in daily. Same with berries (they are a superfood) – crammed with antioxidants.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.. can’t stress enough how important water is. Not only to replenish after a workout, but for the goodness of your skin too.

Try a hot yoga class every now and then. The steam will clear your pores and have your skin glowing every time. N-JOY!





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My Top 5 Chillies

The tip is like a lion’s head (shishi in Japanese)

Done on the charcoal barbecue-irresistible

Number 5 - Shishito Pepper

• This chilli originated in Japan where subtle flavour and aroma are more prized than heat.
• It is only about one out of ten for hotness but perhaps one of the most aromatic chillies available.
• It will grow in Brisbane but does better in Autumn and Spring when humidity is lower.
• If you grow this chilli, keep it far away from other varieties as cross-pollination is common and the next lot will be different,,
• This chilli is ideal for stuffing (tarela marcha) and grilling over the charcoal barbecue.
• It is thin-skinned so chars very easily. Hotter pounded chillies can be added to the stuffing if you crave heat.
• In Japan it is crumbed and deep fried. It is impossible to just have one. It is so addictive you could finish a bowl full quite easily.
• Ideal for introducing children to the chilli.


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Mula Nasruddin: My friend, I’m sorry that your wife died, but I have to ask, how come you married her sister?

Jallalludin: Brother, I don’t think I have the strength in me to cope with a new mother-in-law!!

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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Do not make unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you, but commit no excess: for Allah does not love those given to excess.

~ Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:87


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"I fear not the man that has practice 10 000 kicks,

but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10 000 times.”

~ Bruce Lee


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Algester Mosque

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Gold Coast Madrasah Annual Jalsa

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0411 037 016


20 November


Mosque Open Day

Darul Uloom Islamic Academy of Brisbane

6 Agnes St., Woolloongabba

0432 539 942


23 November


Professional Networking Night

Muslim Business Network (MBN)

Springwood Towers - 9 Murrajong Road Springwood

0414 629 007

6pm for 6:30pm

25 November


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Outside Parliament House, George St., Brisbane City

3735 7052

8.30am to 9.45am

12 December



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7 January


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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Australian International Islamic College
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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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Weekly classes


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109





Algester Mosque 

Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040





Sisters Support Services -  On going Activities


Tafsir Class – By Umm Bilal. Held every Tuesday at 10am - Kuraby area


Halaqah – By Um Bilal. Held every Thursday & Saturday at 10am

( Saturdays  at Runcorn location)


Arabic classes – Taught by Umm Bilal Wednesdays  1 – 2pm Kuraby Masjid

Tuesdays  1 – 2pm  Kuraby area (after Tafsir Class)


Sisters Support Social Group -  1st Wednesday of every Month  - Kuraby Location


YOUTH GROUP- -   Muslimah Girls Youth Group for 10+ Girls

School Holiday Activites  -   Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

Amir Boys Club for Primary School Boys – MONTHLY & HOLIDAY ACTIVITES

Contact :  Farah 0432026375


We also run a volunteers group to assist Muslim women with food rosters and home visits for sisters who need support or are isolated.  We refer Sisters in need for counselling, accommodation, financial assistance and other relevant services.

To join our volunteer group or for any other details for activates please call the numbers below…

Aliyah :  0438840467                   Khadijah:   0449268375

Farah:    0432026375                   Iman :   0449610386



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher



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


Minutes from the QPS/Muslim Community Reference Group meeting held on
Monday 24 October 2016 at the Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB] are available here.

Next Meeting

Time: 7pm Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available. ALL WELCOME


For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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

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Islamic Relief Australia

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Gold Coast Mosque

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South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

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

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

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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)

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

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

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