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ICQ AGM Report

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Diversity champion is Queensland's Local Hero

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

MBN's Professional Networking Night

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Meet The Mosque Documentary Team

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Tributes pour in for beloved Cairns Imam Abdul Aziz

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Open Day at Buranda Mosque

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Member for Moreton: Best of our community

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Support our Little Chef M

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

African-Australian excellence recognised at national awards

Fitria on Food Appears monthly


Christian church hosts Muslim prayers

Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat

Write For Us

Royals in country

The CCN Chuckle


Golf Tournament Results


Islamic cinema is booming



Counter-terrorism expert Anne Aly
Australians more alarmed about state of politics
Middle Eastern women shaking up London's cultural agenda
Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Muslims
Does Racism Drive Islamophobia? Out of Context
Back to the Future with CCN
The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column


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On Sunday 20 November the Islamic Council of Queensland held its Annual General Meeting (AGM).


This event was attended by delegates from member Islamic Societies and other community organizations.


This was an opportunity to review and celebrate the achievements of Queensland’s Islamic Community over the past 12 to 18 months.


A new council was elected at this AGM.

The AGM was opened with a Quran Recitation by Imam Akram Buksh. This was followed by the President’s Report, by Ismail Cajee. Mr. Cajee detailed the need of a peak representative body for all Queensland Muslims given the challenges faced by the community in recent times by promoting a more positive narrative and creating greater opportunities for young Muslims. As well as playing an advocacy role, the ICQ also has been involved in assisting its members and building relationships between both Muslims and non-Muslims.

However, Mr. Cajee stressed there were still ongoing challenges, including the need for more community members to contribute towards ICQ due to the volume of work to be done and succession planning. ICQ is working towards opening up to more organisations and continuing with its open, collaborative approach.

Mr. Cajee’s speech was followed by a discussion of ICQ’s activities in the last 12 to 18 months. This included engaging with the Media, Governments, Regulatory Authorities and the wider Australian Community including with churches and humanitarian organisations. ICQ’s community work was discussed, including youth work (legal support, halfway house, internships), support for and via ICQ Members, Halal Certification, as well as the Brighter Future Collective (ICQ’s program to assist 300 young migrants in the fields of education, sport, employment and training).

ICQ has provided cultural awareness training for the police, correctional and detention centres, as well as the media, such as the Courier Mail. Events held throughout the last year include Eid Down Under. Such was the success of Eid Down Under, it has now been classified by Brisbane City Council as a ‘Major’ event. Other events include Eidgah, ICQ Strategic Forum, White Ribbon Day and Mosque Open Days.



Mr Ismail Cajee re-elected - President

Council Executive Members

Mr Ali Kadri
Mr Fahim Kondaker
Mr Saba Ahmed

Mr Nasser Al Cheikh
Mr Amar Ali Khan
Mr Azim Hodzic

Mr Riaz Ahmed
Mr Tanveer Ahmed
Mr Junaid Qadri


The following organizations and ICQ member societies were invited to the AGM:

Al-Mustapha Institute
Bosniak Islamic Society
Crescent Community News
Hervey Bay Mosque
Human Appeal
Islamic Practice & Dawah Circle
Islamic Society Of Algester
Islamic Society Of Cairns
Islamic Society Of Central Qld

Islamic Society Of Darra
Islamic Society Of Gladstone
Islamic Society Of Gold Coast
Islamic Society Of Holland Park
Islamic Society Of Ipswich
Islamic Society Of Logan
Islamic Society Of Mareeba
Islamic Society Of Toowoomba
Islamic Society Of Townsville

Islamic Society Of West End
Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland
Kuraby Mosque
Muslim Aid Australia
Muslim Charitable Fund
Muslim Funeral Services
Slacks Creek Mosque



Photos and report supplied by Dr Saifullah Akram


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Eidfest Community Services founder, Ms Yasmin Khan, won the Queensland Australia’s Local Hero Award in the prestigious 2017 Australian of the Year Awards at Customs House on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

As a diversity champion, Ms Khan has spent many years as an advocate, breaking down barriers and countering myths about Islam and the Muslim Community by sharing the positive achievements and contributions Muslim community members have made in Queensland and Australia.

In 2005, she founded Eidfest to celebrate the end of Ramadhan and to build bridges to the wider community. The celebration attracts 10,000 visitors from the Muslim and non-Muslim community. The event is a great opportunity to showcase the contributions the local Muslim community has made in Queensland.

More recently Ms Khan established a support centre for Muslim women and women from the Indian subcontinent who are victims of domestic violence.
In August 2015, she was awarded the Multicultural Ambassador Award as part of the Queensland Multicultural Awards for her ongoing work within the multicultural arena, particularly in her efforts to support the Muslim community.

Ms Khan is a well-known speaker raising awareness of issues experienced amongst Muslim communities; she also shares life experiences to promote understanding between cultures. She also represents her community on multiple reference groups including as multicultural ambassador for the AFL and Asian Cup.

Ms Khan has served on the ECCQ Board Directors since 2013 and as Deputy Chairperson for one year before being elected as Chairperson in October 2016.

Queensland’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients were also announced.

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



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The Muslim Business Network held their Professional Networking Night on Wednesday evening at Springwood Towers.

The 90 professionals in attendance, mainly from the Engineering and IT fields, networked and mingled during the evening. The crowd also got some interesting insights from the three presentations that were delivered as part of the event.

John Alexander and Shaun Dunne – directors of a local engineering company, spoke about the challenges they faced in the tough engineering market in Queensland. They shared their personal experiences and the steps they took towards establishing their company – Allara Energy.

The audience were also treated to a presentation from Tim Dive – Director of Career Cartel. A specialist in various aspects of career development, Tim covered some tips and tricks on using LinkedIn to appear on company HR talent searches. The crowd broke out into an impromptu applause when Tim’s live demonstration resulted in one of the attendee’s profile going from ‘nowhere to be found’ to the first profile that appeared when doing a search.

All three presenters stayed well into the evening fielding questions and providing personalised advice to the attendees.

MBN is now working towards its next event in late January so look out for it here on CCN.




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The Mosque Documentary Team

From L to R seated: Nicole McCuaig (Producer), Ross Wilson (Series Producer), Loren Smith (Production Coordinator)
From L to R standing: Max Walker (Producer), Lujayn Hawari (Associate Producer), Adeel Qureshi (Associate Producer).

“The Mosque” is a three-part primetime SBS documentary series that begins filming this week in and around the Holland Park Mosque.

It’s the first major Australian series to go behind the headlines to explore what it’s like to be a Muslim in todays’ society. Filming will continue for over six months, and the show will be broadcast on SBS.

The series is being made with the cooperation of the Imam of Holland Park, Imam Uzair, who will be featured in the series. “I think this documentary will be a good way for the wider Australian society to get to know our community in a closer and more personal way. Insha’Allah (God willing) I am confident that the documentary will facilitate social cohesion and address rising Islamaphobia.”

Adeel Qureshi and Lujayn Hawari are Associate Producers of the programme. Both are active members of the local Muslim community, who have taken a break from their studies to help make this landmark series.

Adeel says, “This series is exciting because it covers stories about Muslims in an intimate and human way, providing a refreshing perspective to mainstream media coverage we see of Muslims today.”

Adds Lujayn: “I am very excited to be part of this amazing team of producers and filmmakers and to work with them in challenging ideas and perceptions of Muslims within Australia.”

Series Director Max Walker is just back from writing and directing a drama series for Moby TV in Kabul, Afghanistan. He says, “It’s a sad thing that I know more about Afghans than I do about Muslims from my own country - but it’s nonetheless true - which is why I’m thrilled to be part of this groundbreaking series. Finally, we’ll get to see our country through a very different set of eyes – with stories told through voices we don’t often hear.”

Producer Nicole McCuaig has been researching the series for almost six months: “It has always been a pleasure to hear such a diverse range of
stories from the Muslim community. I look forward to Australian audiences sharing these also.”

The production team is located on the ground floor of the Islamic Society of Holland Park Mosque building, across the road from the Holland Park Mosque.

We’re constantly looking for stories in the community connected to Holland Park Mosque. If you’re getting married soon, know someone that’s thinking about converting to Islam, experiencing Islamophobia or simply going through an interesting journey in life and want to share your story please let us know. Or come down and say hello to the production team, or email Lujayn Hawari at or Adeel Qureshi at




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Imam Abdul Aziz (born in 1932 in Cairns) will be fondly remembered as a community leader dedicated to harmony between Muslims and the broader community. Abdul Aziz's family history in Cairns stretched back more than 115 years.

The Cairns Muslim community is in mourning after their local leader Imam Abdul Aziz passed away on the night of 21 November.

The Imam - believed to be aged 84 - leaves behind a legacy of dedication to faith and a tireless commitment to building bridges between local Muslims and the broader community.

Imam Abdul Aziz was a proud Far North Queenslander, with his family first settling in the region in 1900 when his father moved here from India.

He cut cane as a young man, and played in the Cairns representative junior soccer team in 1948. He went on to become an integral member of the local Rotary and other community committees.

Over the course of eight years in the 2000s, the Imam led the fight to get a mosque built in Cairns in the face of bitter opposition and bigotry. The mosque was finally opened in 2010.

Aboo Bakar Auckbur first met the Imam in 2009, and described him as a true community leader.

"He had been sick and going downhill for some time with heart issues, and the doctors told us there was nothing else they could do," Mr Auckbur told Tropic this morning.

"His whole aim all along was about bringing everyone together, always trying to bring the community together."

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch paid tribute to a "great Australian man of faith".
"This is profoundly sad news... we’ve lost a fantastic citizen, a wonderful citizen," Mr Entsch said.

"I first met Abdul before I was in politics through Rotary, and his contribution to this community is immense.

"He had a wonderful sense of humour but also a strong sense of responsibility. He had the courage to speak out against terrorism, and one of his mantras was 'not in my name'.

"I pass on my deepest condolences to his family. He wil be missed but his legacy will live on."

Source: Tropic Now





Imam donates a musallah or prayer mat to the Cairns Museum.




In recognition of Imaam Abdul Aziz Mohammed by Mr Warren Entsch MP, Member for Leichhardt, Queensland in Parliament



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On a very warm afternoon on Sunday 20 November, a much bigger than expected turnout of locals attended the Buranda Mosque Open Day.


There was wide range of questions, including on more sensitive issues from the inquisitive audience.


Some attendees asked how they could be more supportive of the community as they equally shared concerns of some of the divisive and hurtful commentary that appears to dominate.


Formal speakers at the event included Imam Ahmed (Buranda Mosque), Cr Jonathan Sri (Gabba Ward) and David Forde (Multicultural Affairs Queensland)



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ICQ, IWAQ, Crescents of Brisbane and CresWalk are singled out for praise in Federal Parliament by Mr Graham Perrett, MP


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Friday evening proved a very humbling experience for Little Chef M as she achieved her goal of feeding those in need.

The Brisbane community came together as, family, friends, acquaintances old and new purchased, promoted and pledged ingredients while the Algester Chefs volunteered their time to make this dream a reality.

Motivated by the experience Mureeda is determined to keep this as an on going project.


To purchase your copy of her recipe book or make a contribution please text Mureeda on 0452 278 602


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Ms Galila Abdelsalam (IWAQ) and Mr Ismail Cajee (ICQ) at the 'African Australians National Awards' which acknowledged and honoured members of the African-Australian Community who excelled in their walks of life and provided outstanding contributions to Australia's socioeconomic fabric.


This year’s National Awards ceremony was co-organised with the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC) and held at the iconic Brisbane Town Hall last Saturday, November the 19th.



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A West Australian church has opened its doors and hearts to include Muslim parishioners in its community.

A search for somewhere convenient for Friday prayers has led to an unusual joining of two communities.

Every Friday, St Paul’s Anglican church in Beaconsfield, just outside Western Australia’s port city of Fremantle, hosts Muslim prayers in its community hall.

Fittingly, the hall was the original church.

The enterprise began shortly after Imam Faizel Chothia knocked on the door of Reverend Peter Humphris.

Mr Chothia said he had been trying to find somewhere convenient for Muslim workers to pray in the Fremantle area with little success.

“I thought to myself that it would be wonderful to pray in this beautiful church,” he said.

“It certainly has the aura of the sanctity associated with prayer, it certainly is a symbol of the divine and it’s the most appropriate place.

“I wasn’t sure how my request would be received, but thank god for Peter.”

Peter Humphris said he was delighted by the request and eager to welcome another community to the church.

“My sense, and the sense of the parish here, is that we continue to seek both the fullness of humanity and the fullness that’s revealed in the divine,” he said.

“We haven’t got it, we continue to seek it and anyone, and everyone, who wants to join in that search can only help.”


Community hall: St Paul’s community hall was the original church and now hosts a variety of activities including Muslim prayers

The reverend initially offered the main church for prayers, which Mr Chothia said was an honour but added he did not want to inconvenience anyone.

They settled on the community hall.

On the first day, Mr Humphris said he was thanked by one of the Muslim parishioners who said that he prayed one day all religions would be one.

Mr Humphris told him that was never his prayer.

“I said just in case the one ends up as ours,” he recalled with a laugh.

“My prayer is that there will always be a diversity of religions.

“The prayer is that we will honour each other and discover that it’s in that diversity that we’ve got life.”

Mr Chothia said despite their differences the two religions had much in common and the Islamic faith held Christian figures such as Jesus and Moses in the highest regard.

“There’s a shared empathy and a common experience,” he said.

“I think this is where we have the opportunity of benefiting from the wisdom of the other.”

Mr Chothia also saw wisdom in the religions' diversity as well.

“The Prophet (Muhammad) interestingly says the difference of opinion is the source of the greatest blessing because your ideas and your preconceived notions or orthodoxies are challenged,” he said.

“When Peter challenges me, and he’s an accomplished thinker and can make a very strong point, it forces me to question cherished beliefs and I think that’s important.”



Prayer books: The Anglican faithful have borrowed some Muslim customs for their prayers sessions using prayer mats.

But despite the generosity and quest for meaning between the two spiritual leaders, some of the Anglican parishioners have not welcomed the move and have left the church.

Mr Humphris said they had written to his superiors to try to get him “to toe the line”.

He said the objection was simply because they were Muslims.

“That’s almost as if that’s enough of an objection to say you shouldn’t be here,” he said.

“Well, how many people in the world are saying that?

“Gosh, we’ve even got politicians now being elected who are saying that.”

But Mr Chothia said Western Australia’s Muslim community had warmly embraced the idea.

He said the Prophet Muhammad gave Christians sanctuary for prayers at his mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia in the seventh century.

He said St Paul’s was reciprocating that gesture.


Muslim parishioners: The Muslim faithful gathering in St Paul’s community hall for Friday prayers..

“So from the Muslim perspective it was very warmly received, there was a great celebration and fanfare to be quite honest,” he said.

“Most of the imams are quite envious of me.”

The Anglican “mosque” has also attracted international attention and tourists from places such as Malaysia have been attending.

The Muslim community has also joined the church’s yearly fete and contributes to its charity work in Nepal.

The next project is to build a water feature outside the hall for Muslim ablutions and Christian rituals.

The two leaders say they are not a model for other churches to follow and are happy doing their own thing, but they are looking forward to the day when communities such as theirs no longer make the news.

Source: SBS



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Jordan's King Abdullah and his wife Queen Rania

Jordan's royals are visiting Australia, here's seven things you might not know about them

His Majesty met with Attorney-General George Brandis and Justice Minister Michael Keenan to discuss counter-terrorism, while her Majesty took a tour of the National Portrait Gallery with the Prime Minister's wife Lucy Turnbull.

Here's seven things you might not know about the royal couple:

Their country is at the frontline of the Syrian refugee crisis
A Muslim leader who 'represents the antithesis' of IS
The King is custodian of Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem
The King attended the UK's Sandhurst military academy
The King is a massive Star Trek fan
The Queen is an avid social media user
The Queen is the author of a New York Times bestseller





Lateline's Tony Jones sat down with King Abdullah for an exclusive interview on Australia's role in the fight against global terrorism, and how Donald Trump's presidency could change the status quo in the Middle East.



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The Continental Club's last tournament of the year held at The Glades Golf Course on Sunday 20th November.






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BIBLICAL epics are all the rage. “Noah” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings” burst onto screens in 2014. “The Young Messiah”, “Risen” and “Last Days in the Desert” (2016) explored the chronological gaps in the Gospels. Christ’s ministry takes centre-stage in the blockbuster remake of Ben Hur (2016). Yet Hollywood directors are not alone in cashing in on all things religious. Islamic films and television series have also experienced huge growth in recent years. “Kingdom of Solomon” (2010) proved a big hit in Iran. “Shajarat al-Duur” (2013) highlighted the first Muslim queen of Egypt, while “Harat al-Sheikh” and “Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal” (2016) both covered the early years of Islamic history. But who makes these films, and will they ever appeal to secular Western audiences?

Islamic cinema certainly has the spending power. “He Who Said No” (2015), an Iranian film about the Battle of Karbala (a Sunni-Shia clash in 680AD) had a rumoured budget of $70m. Tariq Anwar, an Oscar winner, was enlisted to help edit the film. In 2012, Qatar and Saudi Arabia pumped 200m Saudi riyals ($53m) into “Omar”, a blockbuster television series about Omar Ibn al-Khattab, the second Islamic caliph. “Muhammad: The Messenger of God” (2015), also made in Iran, had a budget of $40m.

But as extravagant as these films are, their creators have emphasised an aim beyond entertainment or profit. Majid Majidi, director of “Muhammad: The Messenger of God” felt the film should promote “Islamic culture”. The makers of “Omar” claimed that they were not even trying to make a profit. “The dramatic work is not regarded from the profit or loss perspectives,” said one of the executives involved in the project.

Statements like this are revealing. These films might make money, and they might entertain. But ultimately—and unsurprisingly—they are meant to proselytise. The Middle East is burning with a brutal Sunni-Shia conflict, fuelled by Saudi Arabia and Iran respectively. It was inevitable that cinema would be heaved into this battle too. Iranian clerics supported “He Who Said No”; “Omar” was funded by Sunni sheikhs in the Gulf States.

Sectarianism limits the opportunities for Islamic cinema even within the Muslim world. “Omar” was popular in Sunni-majority countries. But Shias consider Ibn al-Khattab a traitor who usurped Ali, the true heir to Muhammad. “Omar” was broadcast in Shia-dominated Iran, but only on a small Sunni television station. Meanwhile, “Muhammad: The Messenger of God” was praised by the Iranian media, but condemned by Sunni clerics for presenting the prophet in an “untrue light”. “He Who Said No” faced similar problems. For Shias, the Battle of Karbala marks the martyrdom of their leader, Hussein, by an army of Sunnis. Predictably, the film was not popular in Riyadh.

Given the problems these films face in the Middle East, what chance do they have with a wider, non-Muslim, audience? Their theology might alienate viewers; most Islamic movies make frequent references to characters and events unfamiliar to the typical viewer in London or New York. Given the current political climate, could stories about Muhammad and his followers be popular in Europe and America? In a 2016 poll, 46% of Americans expressed an unfavourable view of Muslims. The march of nationalist politics, on both sides of the Atlantic, is unlikely to help. Muslims are only a small proportion of Western populations: only 1% in America. Even if the films were screened, it is unlikely that they could find large audiences in Western countries.

Another problem is the restrictions placed on Islamic film-makers by their own countries. Muslims consider showing any of their early leaders on film unacceptable; arguing that it promotes a worship of these characters as gods in their own right, when in fact they are merely God’s servants. This makes crafting films about them rather hard. Indeed, Iranian clerics demanded alterations to “He Who Said No” before it was released: the faces of some of the protagonists had to be obscured.

It therefore remains unlikely that Islamic films will ever break into Western markets, despite their hefty budgets. This is a pity. Too many Hollywood movies use the Middle East as a lazy prop, without trying to understand the region or its people. Not that all is lost; several secular Middle Eastern films have made it big abroad, and enjoyed screenings across the West. “Wadjda” (2012) is a Saudi work charting a young girl’s struggle for a new bicycle. It opened to rave reviews in Europe and was nominated for an Oscar. Another film named “Omar”—this time a 2013 thriller set in Palestine—was also a hit.

Middle Eastern films can succeed overseas, so long as they curb their religious enthusiasm. “Bilal”, a film set for release later this year, has taken note. It will cover the life of Bilal Ibn Rabeh, an Ethiopian slave boy who ended up a companion of the Prophet Muhammad. Ayman Jamal, the director, is eager to promote the story’s universal message. Bilal is “a simple story about a 7-year-old boy who has faced injustice and tyranny”, Mr Jamal says, and references to Islam are noticeably absent. Given current attitudes towards Islam, this sort of reticence and universality is perhaps the only way that Islamic films can break into Western markets. Films that are loud and proud about their religious content will fill seats only in the Middle East.


Source: Economist



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Anne Aly: A new political force: The first female Muslim member of parliament is likely to be an important voice for moderation in an increasingly polarised political world.

Anne Aly is the first Muslim woman to be elected to federal parliament, a global counter-terrorism expert – and she’s destined to become a leading voice in public life.


"Anne Arr-lee?" asks the young cabbie looking in the rear-vision mirror, after I ask whether he's heard of his new local member, who made history this year as the first Muslim woman to be elected to federal parliament in Australia. "Oh yeah, lots of people were pretty f…in' happy when she got elected," he smiles as we hurtle along the highway in Perth's northern suburbs.

"Anne Alley?" the middle-aged woman in the dry cleaners in the Kingsway shopping centre in Madeley calls out over the counter to me, after I take a wrong turn at the main entrance, searching for the MP's electoral premises. "She's over in Luke's old office. Go out the door and walk right around the building ..."


Anne who?" asks a 20-something woman in a yellow-and-white-striped top when I try to confirm that I am, in fact, walking in the right direction. "Oh, um, I'm pretty sure she's just around the next corner..."

On this sparkling spring morning, when I finally come face to face with Aly (her surname is pronounced like the late world-famous boxer's) outside her office, she is cradling cups of coffee for her staff. As she apologises for the smell of fresh paint as we enter ("We had to get rid of the boring blue!"), I instantly get why this university professor, a global authority on counter-terrorism, whose sharp, unflinching analyses have been sought for Lateline, 7.30 and Q&A, was so swiftly able to pass the pub test in this diverse, suburban electorate.


Away from the hot lights of the TV studio and the stiff formality of academia, the 49-year-old is a complete surprise: bouncy and possessed with an almost overpowering cheerfulness. Her speech, salted with slang and colloquialisms ("That's my working-class background coming out, I'm ghetto!" she jokes) is startlingly direct, although that vanishes once she switches to the profundities of terrorism and foreign policy.




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A different perspective on the Australian political mood is provided by the 2016 Scanlon Foundation survey. Contrary to Sloan’s “guess”, survey data indicate a continuing low level of concern over immigration.

In 2016 just 34% of respondents considered that the immigration intake was “too high”, the lowest recorded in the Scanlon Foundation surveys. This matched the findings of recent Lowy Institute and Roy Morgan polls.


There is consistent high-level agreement with the proposition that “multiculturalism has been good for Australia”, in the range of 83% to 86% across the 2013-16 Scanlon Foundation surveys.


A relatively high proportion indicate that they are “very negative” or “negative” towards Muslims: 25% of respondents in 2016, compared to 5% with negative views towards Christians or Buddhists.

However, this level is not close to 50% – as indicated by a recent survey. And the trend of opinion shows little change: over the course of six Scanlon Foundation surveys, the proportion negative to Muslims has been consistently in the range of 22% to 25%.

The Conversation



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Some 150,000 Londoners hail from the region — yet Middle Eastern women are often stereotyped, from the cliché of the suppressed housewife to the offensive notion that they are flashy and spoilt, wafting around designer stores.


In fact, while wealthy Middle Eastern visitors may spend an estimated £1.25bn a year here, some of this city’s most exciting creative talents are of Middle Eastern origin, embracing the capital while drawing on traditions from home to instigate a refreshing international dialogue.


So which are the names to know now?


From the designer bringing Turkish style to London, to the artist exhibiting with Ai Weiwei — here are the new ambassadors of style:



Leila Maleki, Designer, 31



Growing up in Tehran, Iran, Leila Maleki’s idol was her grandfather who had been a high court judge before the revolution in 1979. For a long time, her dream was to emulate him by becoming a lawyer. There was only one problem.

‘It is not so easy to become a practising lawyer as a woman in Iran,’ says the 31-year-old (though women are generally accepted in the workplace, there is no shortage of obstacles — for example, a man can ban his wife from working).

As soon as she was old enough, she came to London to take up a place at Kingston University. After six years of studying — there was also a master’s at King’s College — Leila had a change of heart. ‘Living in London taught me that it was not good enough to have three degrees, you need to have a passion.’ She began helping at her aunt Fariba Farshad’s influential cultural consultancy Candlestar, which produces large events such as Photo London. Attending glamorous parties, she spied a gap in the market. ‘It amazed me that you could buy an incredible dress and find three other people at the same event wearing it,’ she says, ‘and that women were spending £10,000 on these dresses. I wanted to create something just as glamorous for less.’ And so her label Zellei, a collaboration with Turkish designer Zelia Kaçar, which launches this month, was born. Like Fares, she feels her work now creates a link with her Middle Eastern heritage. ‘In Tehran, women love fashion. It is fascinating because they express themselves in hugely creative ways. Even a trip to the grocery shop can become a fashion parade.’

Not that this is the only string to Maleki’s bow. She and her husband, who had their son Dara Alexander last year, hold dinners at their Mayfair townhouse in aid of charities or art projects. ‘Getting stuck into London has been easy. In Tehran, my mother was supportive of my ambitions, but would worry it might be difficult to fulfil them. She’d say: “It’s not because I don’t trust you, I don’t trust society.”’



NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Anum Bashir, Blogger, 30


Source: Evening Standard



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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




Akon is one of the richest hip hop entertainers in the world. Akon is also a Muslim who has mentioned Allah in his lyrics. But he considers himself more spiritual than religious.


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 9 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. There is certainly an element of bigotry and racism, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, because you'll find that the same people who are Islamophobic are also anti-Semitic. Within Islam, which is very monolithic, the majority follow the Sunni tradition while the remaining 10 percent belong to many different sects. The sectarianism we see today in countries like Iraq is a product of political turmoil. Before the war, Sunni and Shia intermarried for instance, despite their clear theological differences.




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We're looking to hire a Marketing Assistant in our Brisbane office to help spread the word about the amazing work MAA does!


If you think this role is for you, click on the link to find out how you can apply here.


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Peter Dutton says it was a mistake bringing Lebanese refugees to Australia
Immigration minister.

Peter Dutton has come under attack from Labor after telling parliament that a majority of people charged with terrorist-related offences are second and third generation Lebanese-Muslim Australians.

What Lebanese-Australian Muslims want Peter Dutton to know

Because of the alleged actions of 22 Lebanese-Australian youths, the Minister of Immigration has said it was "a mistake" to have allowed Lebanese refugees into the country in the 1970s. Here are what Lebanese-Australians have to say in response.

The Federal Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, made some strong claims about Lebanese-Australians this week.

He told parliament that "out of the last 33 people who have been charged with terrorist-related offences in this country, 22 of those people are from second and third generation Lebanese-Muslim background," and went on to refer to former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s decision to accept and settle refugees from Lebanon in the 1970s as a “mistake”.

SBS has spoken to everyday Lebanese-Australians making a difference in our communities to hear how they feel about Minister Dutton’s comments.


Here's what they had to say (see original article for detailed views):

"Hurtful and not helpful"
Dr Jamal Rifi, General Practitioner and Community Leader

"Thank you for making my children and I feel like criminals"
Lina Jebeile, food blogger at The Lebanese Plate

“Taking me back to the school days of being bullied that feeling of being unwanted”
Mohamad Hannaway, small business owner at Frameshop, South-West Sydney

“They weren’t radicalised in Lebanon. They were radicalised here”
Dr Anne Aly, Member of Parliament for Cowan, Deradicalisation expert

"[He] should call the help line!"
Frida Deguise, comedian

More Lebanese-Australians have been sharing their thoughts on Twitter.




Lebanese Christian MP agrees with Dutton


A second generation Lebanese Christian MP has agreed with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's claim that allowing Lebanese Muslim refugees into Australia in the 1970s was a 'mistake'.

Michael Sukkar, MP for Deakin in Victoria, backed Mr Dutton after he came under fire last week for suggesting the Fraser government 'did make mistakes by bringing some people in' to the country during the 1970s.

When pressed on who he was referring to during question time on Monday, Mr Dutton pointed the finger at Lebanese-Muslim immigrants, stating they were responsible for 66 per cent of Australia's latest terror offences.

According to The Australian Financial Review, Mr Sukkar told the party room that Mr Dutton's comments were 'spot on' and stressed that voters in his diverse electorate had no tolerance for terrorism.

Another conservative Liberal MP reportedly agreed with Mr Sukkar, saying: 'We can't just wish away the issue.'

Daily Mail UK



Labor MP Anne Aly and family receive death threats after Peter Dutton comments

Labor MP Anne Aly has told Parliament she received death threats after she condemned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's comments about Lebanese-Muslims.

Mr Dutton singled out the Lebanese-Muslin community earlier this week, saying most people charged with terror-related offences came from the background.

Dr Aly, the first Muslim woman to be elected to Parliament and an expert in counter-terrorism, said the Immigration Minister's comments were "extremely disappointing" and feared they were made in malice.

She said the comments prompted death threats directed towards her family.

"I don't worry about myself because in this place I am afforded the protections that not many people are afforded," she said.

"But these were death threats against my family.

"Someone came out and said they would like to kill my family. Where are my rights?"

During a debate on equality, Dr Aly asked if a right to free speech was worth more than her right to be protected.







Lebanese-Australians speak out over Peter Dutton's comments: 'That's not us'

A fresh opportunity in a peaceful land, family ties and even love drove countless Lebanese people to seek a new life on Australian shores.

But now members of the Australian-Lebanese community have spoken out against recent comments from Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that Australia made a mistake to open its doors to their and their family's migration.

The comments generated both controversy and support, but many in the community warned they were divisive and unfair to ordinary Lebanese-Australians, whose contributions to the community were being overlooked.

'Are my world titles for Australia a mistake?'

Billy Dib is a professional boxer; the former International Boxing Federation's featherweight champion and former International Boxing Organisation super featherweight champion.

His Lebanese Muslim parents emigrated to Australia from Lebanon in 1975 and opened a green grocer in western Sydney.

He has five brothers and a sister. His brother Jihad Dib is a NSW Labor MP and shadow education minister.

He also said he was hurt by Mr Dutton's comments.



Military analysts say militant groups can prefer recruits who won’t challenge ideology

Isis: Islam is 'not strongest factor' behind foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq – report

Religion is not the strongest driving force behind thousands of foreign fighters joining Isis and other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, a report by US military researchers has found.

A new study by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point revealed that the vast majority of almost 1,200 militants surveyed had no formal religious education and had not adhered to Islam for their entire lives.

Extremist groups may prefer such recruits because they are “less capable of critically scrutinising the jihadi narrative and ideology” and instead adhere totally to their chosen organisation’s violent and reductive interpretation of Islam.   


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Aasif Mandvi's Flight Safety Rules For Brown People

The Huffington Post



Everyone hates flying, but brown people have it especially rough. Comedian and famous brown man Aasif Mandvi shows brown people how to blend in with the white folks and actually make their flight in this hysterical but all-too-true flight safety PSA.

NOTE: these examples have actually happened. Seriously. We wish we were making this up.




New York Mayor: My promise to you as your Mayor




In New York City, no one ever stands alone. Here's my promise to you as your Mayor.





Teenager rebuilds sculptures






Brothers In Need (SYDNEY)




Brothers In Need out on a Saturday night in Martin Place distributing essentials to the poor & needy.

Thanks to Muslim Aid Australia for providing their infamous HSP (Healthy Snack Packs)





Global Videos



True meaning of Allahu Akbar by Princess Ameerah Al Taweel. 





Al-Noor Lebanese Restaurant | Woodridge Qld

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The Best Salam | Trailer



This is part of a lecture on "Strengthening Love & Sisterhood - Spread The Salam" by Ustadha Umm Jamaal Ud-Din.





Shahada In Australia | From Atheism To Islam







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To know the future just look to the past



7 Things We Can Learn from Islamic Philosophy: Honoring World Philosophy Day

Many people in the West are surprised when they hear the term “Islamic Philosophy”. An eminent professor of interreligious study asked me if philosophy in Islam was merely a hobby. Islam as a religion historically has enriched the philosophical discussion from the Middle Ages to the current world.


What I mean particularly by Islamic philosophy is the use of rational examination to reach the ultimate truth within an Islamic context. It is rational because Muslim philosophers including al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Avicenna, Sheikh Ishraq, Ibn Tufail, Averroes, and Mulla Sadra emphasized they followed pure reasoning regardless of where it led.


It orients itself toward ultimate truth because it tries to get a clear understanding of the fundamentals of the world, life, and knowledge. It is connected to the Islamic context because it grew up dealing with questions of a religious nature within the Islamic culture (i.e. Creation, the nature of Revelation, the tension between Reason and Revelation, the Islamic concept of Resurrection).


This maybe more common among the multiple areas of academic study, but as yet the practical implications of Islamic Philosophy which are relevant to Muslims in the West has not been fully explored. It means getting familiarity with this key concepts of Islamic Intellectualism is not necessary only for scholars of Islam and Philosophy, but also for bridge-builders, peace-makers, human and women’s rights activists who are concerned with free-speech, democracy, cross-cultural study and pluralism.


 My arguments follow: 

The Huffington Post

What do we know about the history of mosques in Australia?

On a small street in the south-west of Adelaide's CBD sits a blue stone building built in 1889. It's one of 340 mosques in Australia and is one of the oldest purpose-built mosques in the western world. But what do we actually know about the history of mosques in Australia?

The first mosque in Australia was built in the South Australian town of Marree in 1861 by Muslim cameleers.

"They built that mosque as a transit point really," says Professor Mohamad Abdulla from the University of South Australia.

"But the interesting thing is that wherever they went they tried to build a mosque."

The mosque fell out of use and was abandoned, but a replica was rebuilt in 2003.

The Ahmadiyya community were among some of the earliest Islamic communities to arrive in Australia, and have recently established a new mosque in Adelaide's west.

"We want to change the image that Islam has in Australia and around the world," says Waleed Shah from the Ahmadiyya community.

"We want the mosque to be a symbol of peace rather than it being a place which people are afraid of."

Australia Wide reporter Alina Eacott explores the history of mosques in Australia.



Australia Plus

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 November 2016

TOPIC"The three levels of jealousy"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 November 2016

TOPIC"The Hereafter Series: Minor Signs - Part 3"

IMAM: Akram Buksh  








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 November 2016

TOPIC"Islam against Domestic Violence"
IMAM: Ahmad Muhammad Naffaa








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 November 2016








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 November 2016

TOPIC"Love of Allah must take priority over love of wealth"

IMAM: Moulana Habibullah (Karachi, Pakistan)






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Anger in Turkey over controversial new Bill


A woman cries next to another holding a sign reading "We will not forgive child rapists" during a demonstration against the proposed bill in Istanbul.

TURKEY:  A BILL in Turkey that would overturn men’s convictions for child sex assault if they married their victim has provoked fury, with critics accusing the government of encouraging rape of minors with the proposals.

The opposition, celebrities, and even an association whose deputy chairman is the daughter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed alarm over the move.

But the government insisted the legislation was aimed at dealing with the widespread custom of child marriages and the criticism was a crude distortion of its aim.

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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 almost here and cup cakes are going to be devoured by the young and old so here is an easy step by step recipe which is always turns out a success.




4 eggs
1½ cups castor sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut milk - warm


1. Beat eggs till fluffy.
2. Gradually beat in sugar.
3. Add oil and beat for approx7 seconds till just combined.
4. Sift dry ingredients and fold into egg mixture alternating with coconut milk.
5. Spoon mixture into cupcake pan.
6. Bake at 170 for about 15mins until very light brown.

3 cups shredded coconut
2 cups coconut milk
1½ cups brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter

1. Heat all the above ingredients and cook till most of the liquid has evaporated.
2. Mixture will remain sticky.
3. Spoon an equal amount of the topping onto the cupcakes.
4. Put oven on fan grill and place cupcakes in oven for the topping to slightly toast.
Remove from the oven when the topping is slightly brown.

Please note that the topping can brown very quickly so you may need to check the oven regularly.

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Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I am in my first trimester of pregnancy, and was wondering if it is ok for me to keep on exercising?

A: I suggest you get clearance from you GP first. If all is ok and you get the go-ahead, it should be ok for you to continue exercising.


Let the fitness instructors / trainers know before you do the classes so they can provide you with alternatives / options, and they should also be able to tell you whether that particular class is safe for pregnancies or not.

The key is to listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard. Keep your liquids up and be sure to take rest days.

If you exercise on your own or don’t have a gym membership, remember not to try anything new (unless you’re sure it’s safe).


Take care & N-JOY!





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Send your question to Kareema at

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


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Dentist: How did one of your tooth get broken?

Mula Nasruddin: The chapathi my wife made was very hard, Doctor!

Dentist: If it was so hard, you should have refused to eat it....

Mula Nasruddin: That's just what I did...!!!

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Woe to those who give short measure, who demand of other people full measure for themselves, but give less than they should when it is they who weigh or measure for others! Do these people not realize that they will be raised up on a mighty Day, a Day when everyone will stand before the Lord of the Worlds?
~ Surah Al-Mutaffifin 83:1-6


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"Look for three things in a person: intelligence, energy, and integrity. If they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.”

~ Warren Buffet


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Brisbane Muslim Fellowship

Building 2, Wally Tate Park, near Kuraby Mosque

0413 067 160

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4 December



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Slacks Creek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 980

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11 December



Tafseer ul Quran

Lutwyche Islamic Assoc.

Lutwyche Mosque

0415 958 105

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16-19 December


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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Australian International Islamic College
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Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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More Information contact BR TAREQ 0415958105



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
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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:

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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