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If you have experienced abuse because you are Asian or African or any another race, you can share your story with the Human Rights Committee Inquiry into Freedom of Speech.

The MPs and Senators on the Committee need to hear from people before Friday 9 December 2016.

It is important that the Committee hears from people who have experienced abuse so they can better understand what is happening in communities across Australia and have the best laws.

A short letter telling the Committee your story can be sent to their address:-
Committee Secretary, Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, PO Box 6100,
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Or you can send it to the Committee via their website by clicking the “Upload Submission” button.

“I have had many members of the community express to me their personal experiences of racial discrimination. It is important that the Committee hears these personal experiences," Mr Graham Perrett MP, the Federal Member for Moreton and the Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Committee, told CCN.

“As the Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech, I would encourage as many people as possible to contact the Committee to make sure that their voices are heard,” said Mr. Perrett.



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By Farrah Scott


Thankfully the predicted rain last Sunday didn't come and it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, perfect for our family fun day at the planetarium Mount Cootha.


We had families from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Redcliffe come to enjoy a picnic in the botanical Gardens and watch the planetarium show.

Families sat down in the shade of the gardens in front of the planetarium and enjoyed a picnic lunch together. Then we laid back in the recline chairs and watch the planetarium show on the roof of the planetarium dome. Learning about Allah's amazing creation - the solar system.

After the show finished families enjoyed a walk around the botanical gardens. With the children particularly enjoying the Japanese gardens and the tropical dome.

To find out about our activities and join us for future activities please message me. I hope you can join us for our next activity Harry Potter Potions. A Harry Potter themed science activity (not magic).



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Don't miss out tomorrow
Lunch will be sold

Chicken chips, Biryani, sausage sizzle much more.

All proceeds goes towards youth.



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The Drum Thursday December 1

Host: John Barron
Panel: Ali Kadri from the Islamic Council of Queensland, Urbis chief economist Nicki Hutley and Fairfax journalist James Massola
Interview with: ABC reporter Barbara Miller
The panel discusses: The backpacker tax saga, political winners and losers of 2016, and a new push for commercial surrogacy in Australia.


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Telling the incredible life story of one of Britain's most successful athletes and arguably our countries greatest ever Olympian, Mo Farah opens the doors to his home and gives us a personal insight into his life, enabling us to see a side of him never seen before.

Join Mo, his family, and his team in the build up to and throughout the Rio Olympic Games, looking back over his career and remarkable personal journey from Somalia to four-time GB Olympic Champion.

Mo reflects on the most memorable, emotional and impactful moments of his life, with contributions from his closest family, friends and sporting peers including Usain Bolt, Thierry Henry, Lord Sebastian Coe, Halie Gebreselassie, Alberto Salazar and Tania Farah.


The big DVD release is on 5th December.




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Report by Widyan Fares


In a fresh trend, big digital companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Yahoo are joining forces to tackle online hate and violent extremist content.

This month, YouTube opened a new space at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, hosting a YouTube Content Creators Bootcamp. The event brought together over 100 social influencers and anti-hate speech experts with the aim of promoting collaboration, inclusion and diversity.

YouTube has pledged $1 million and its charity arm has committed a further $2 million to help tackle online hate, Google’s Samantha Yorke told The Point Magazine.

One of the event organisers, Rebecca Mok, Director at Love Frankie, a social change creative agency, told The Point Magazine that social media organisations have a key role to play when curbing online hate.

“Providing a positive alternative narrative can be a more effective way to diminish the appeal of hate speech, dispel misinformation and foster an environment where these narratives become less acceptable… However, ultimately it is the community of users, including opinion leaders and influencers, that have to foster an online discourse that favours tolerance and understanding, rather than division and hate. While the internet has made it much easier for someone to promote hateful narratives, the way which in we respond is as much a reflection of the values and norms of our communities as it is a reflection of the technology that has amplified them.”

Yorke said that social media organisations cannot counter online hate alone.

“We can be part of the solution, and work regularly with NGOs and government to better understand the issues and how we can be of help. No one sector of society can solve this problem on their own. The social media industry contributes technical smarts and platforms that reach global audiences to broader efforts to counter hate speech. Our role is to develop policies that prohibit hate speech and content that incites violence and to enforce these policies rigorously by removing offending content when we are made aware of it.”

Yorke said while it’s a top priority to counter hate speech, maintaining the right to freedom of expression is equally important.

“Balancing people’s right to express themselves with deliberations about whether to remove content that may be offensive or controversial but which does not violate community guidelines, that’s perhaps one of the biggest challenges.”

Earlier this month, the Federal Attorney General’s Department collaborated with Digital Industry Group Incorporated (DIGI) to host a social media online hate prevention youth forum in Melbourne.

The forum bought together 150 young people from around the country and from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds to promote tolerance, diversity and positive engagement online.

A spokesperson for the department said government is collaborating with private sector social media organisations to address this complex issue.




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The judge gave Ms Elzahed the option of going to another room and appearing via video link.

A Sydney judge has denied a Muslim woman the chance to give evidence in court because she would not remove her traditional religious veil.

New South Wales District Court judge Audrey Balla would not allow Moutia Elzahed into the witness box in a civil case because she would not take off her veil, News Corp reported.

Ms Elzahed’s lawyer told Judge Balla that his client was not allowed to reveal her face to any man outside of her family for religious reasons.

Judge Balla indicated she would make allowances for the court to be closed while she gave evidence, or that Ms Elzahed could go to another room and appear via video link, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Both options were declined because both sides mostly male legal teams would be able to see Ms Elzahed’s face in those situations.

Ms Elzahed is married to Hamdi Alqudsi who has been convicted of aiding seven men travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State. He was jailed for six years in September.

Ms Elzahed is suing the state and federal governments following anti-terrorism raids on her Revesby home in September 2014.

She, Alqudsi and their two teenage sons are claiming they were the victims of “assault and battery, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and intimidation” during the raids.

The federal and state governments deny all allegations made against the police, arguing officers used reasonable force.

Sheikh Fehmi el-Imam, the now-deceased Grand Mufti of Australia, had ruled it permissible for Muslim woman to remove veils to give evidence.


Source: The New Daily



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At the Islamic Museum of Australia









Sherene Hassan from the Islamic Museum in Thornbury, Melbourne wrote this letter to The Age (25/7/16).

"As a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf, I have never experienced such a hostile atmosphere towards Muslims. I would like to express my utmost gratitude to all those who have chosen the path of understanding over fear ... These individuals make life a little more bearable. I would love to invite you all for coffee at the Islamic Museum. My shout."



She then wrote about what happened next:


I am not quite sure what I was expecting. A few phone calls perhaps. Maybe a couple of emails. I was not at all prepared for the avalanche of support that ensued.

This was due to an amazing writer and artist by the name of Fiona Scott-Norman. She felt so moved by the letter that she created a Facebook event encouraging her network of friends to visit the Islamic Museum and have a ‘coffee with Sherene.’

The day finally arrived. Seeing the hordes of people bustling through the doors of the museum, I and the other volunteers at the Islamic Museum and members of the Muslim community immediately felt buoyed. Fiona presented us with a beautiful orchid and I hugged her warmly. I was struck by her indomitable spirit.

Everyone gathered for their promised free coffee and were treated to a guided tour of the museum, marvelling at the exquisite art and architecture on display in the galleries.

he day was a resounding success. It was so cathartic to meet like-minded individuals exuding warmth and filled with determination to engender change; no longer willing to stand by and allow the rhetoric of an intolerant minority continue to divide the nation into an “us and them” dichotomy.

Some comments from those who attended:

“I was lucky enough yesterday to experience the ‘coffee with Sherene’ event. Brilliant. I came away invigorated and informed. I highly recommend this event and the museum as well. Thanks to everyone who was there. What a fantastic bunch of people.”

“I was so impressed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the facilitators of the event. They were so encouraged by the large turn out. Another step in the much needed bridge-building in our community.”

Since the first event, two other very successful ‘coffee with Sherene’ events have been held at the Islamic Museum of Australia with others planned for the new year. I hope readers take heart by the genuine good will that is so prevalent in the wider community.

I certainly have, and will not allow the fear mongering minority to distract me from the mammoth task at hand; to continue to promote a more peaceful inclusive Australia.


Source: Australasian Muslim Times


See also: Let's stop driving blindly on Muslim stereotypes by Fiona Scott-Norman



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By Talal Yassine

Talal Yassine: At the end of the day, we’re just ordinary Australians looking for a fair go.

It all seemed a bit simpler back then.

Johnny Farnham hadn’t announced his retirement and A.B. was still our captain.

It’s a bit different now.

We get selfies and the Kardashians for news, political correctness vigilantes for crime stoppers — all the while farmers, veterans, community and common sense too often get left behind.

As a country, we have more wealth, yet things don’t seem as fair anymore.

But at the very least we can still call a spade a spade. We’ve always said good and bad things about migrants — whether they be Catholics, Jewish or Muslims from Irish, Italian, Greek, Asian, African and Lebanese backgrounds.

Love him or hate him Donald Trump’s scatter gun approach to calling things out worked. And straight talk isn’t always a bad thing.

Peter Dutton certainly has reason to be concerned — 22 individuals charged with terrorism related offences from any one migrant background is 22 too many. As a Lebanese Muslim migrant, I can safely say that any individual charged with terrorism is the absolute worst representations of our community.

There are more than 200,000 Australians who have Lebanese ancestry, while 76,000 are Lebanese born. Excuse my maths but we absolutely abhor and condemn the behaviour of what we call the “less than one per cent”. Even more sad that these individuals represent second and third generation migrants, Australians brought up in this country but who have somehow gone bad. Against that are the names of many who have done our Australian community proud: Ahmed Fahour, Hazem El Masri, Marie Bashir... the list goes on and would have to include my personal heroes, my mum and dad.

But Peter Dutton’s comments, combined with the appalling actions of a tiny few, have left a huge crowd of people feeling fearful and upset.

Together, almost in perfect harmony, this combination has allowed people who are hardworking, have done the right thing, who have contributed enormously and educated their children, to be defined by those people who are doing the wrong thing.

Policing experts say this isn’t new. Multiculturalism isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.

This is what happens when you have a young country that has always relied on immigrants to continue economic growth and fuel our rising living standards. To try and make out that this is a new phenomenon that has never existed before is simply not correct.

Let’s call a spade a spade.

But we seem to be more worried about creating divisions and headlines around things which don’t matter to the everyday Aussie. It’s often about some technicality in the law, or irrelevant moral “issue” and each night commentators on the television give us their God given words of advice. What happened to just getting on with the job and governing for all of us.

Turnbull started his reign talking about innovation and the economy, while urging us all to “respect the intelligence of the Australian people”.

Now he’s focused on dog whistling about all those “bad” people who are the problem, because hey, it worked in America. But are we followers or are we leaders?

When machinists, electrical engineers and manufacturing workers are being pushed out of the economy, or when farmers, veterans and everyday families are getting less and less of a say, and when our communities seem to be stripped away, one government office and one business at a time — you sort of wonder.

You wonder what we could do by talking together about job opportunities, housing affordability, security and education.

We all have very real concerns about putting food on the table, keeping our culture safe and keeping our kids out of harm’s way.

But people from all backgrounds share those concerns. So, let’s stop taking the “Australian” out of “Lebanese Australian”. In our perfect world, we just want to be called “Australian”.

Some ladies may or may not wear “confronting” headscarves; but I bet you they all barrack for a footy team. Some of us might be Muslim or Christian or Atheist and some of us might speak better English than others.

Some will drink and party while others will visit the mosque. Some will take five smoke breaks a day while others will pray five times a day. Some will spend time at Centrelink and some will spend time in parliament — sometimes doing the same thing!

Some might quietly wish there were fewer wars waged in the Middle East and some of us might be fighting bravely for the Australian Armed Forces. Some will be CEOs and some will be tradies.

At the end of the day, we’re just ordinary Australians looking for a fair go.

Talal Yassine OAM is an “Australian” executive based in Sydney

The Daily Telegraph



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Habib Jamal of the Gold Coast Mosque receives recognition for his contributions to HAI at a Gala Dinner for invited guests on Sunday 27 November at Waterview Bicentennial Park within the Sydney Olympic Park.
International performers, comedians and nasheed singers entertained more than 2000 members of the public that also included performances by Australian sponsored orphans from Sudan and Jordan.
Overseas guests included public speaker Yusuf Estes from USA, English nasheed singer Khaled Siddiq from UK, Arabic nasheed singer Abdulfattah Owainat from Jordan and stand-up comedian Mo Amer from USA.


Why do you support humanitarian work?
Firstly and most importantly, it is a crucial part of Islam whereby we are obligated to assist our fellow brothers and sisters that are in need of assistance. Assistance can be in various different forms such as financial, physical, etc. Secondly, I enjoy doing charity or humanitarian work. I feel a sense of achievement. I know others that do much, much more than what I do but I believe that if we all did a little then these little efforts can multiply to become a much bigger effort and have a major impact towards making the world a better place for those that are disadvantaged.

How do you know HAIA (Human Appeal International Australia) and for how long?
I think I have been involved with HAIA for about 17 years collecting funds on their behalf especially during Ramadan and Eid ul Adha collecting funds for their Qurbani programme. My family also support a few orphans on a regular basis through HAIA and we are grateful to them for allowing us this opportunity.

What makes you support HAIA’s campaigns and projects?
It's international status and reputation and the personal interaction that I have with Br Bashar and Br Eshaam makes it comfortable for me to work with them.


Which of its projects interest you the most?
Support for the orphans throughout the world has to be number one for me.

What would you like to see HAIA do in the future?
Maybe if possible to arrange visits to the various orphanages so that donors can experience first hand the efforts and resources involved and required to maintain these facilities. I believe this would encourage donors to focus more on the task and also encourage others to contribute. I would also like to see representatives from head office make regular visits to the mosques and address the congregation briefly on a Friday and give congregations regular updates as to what activities are being undertaken. Regular information to the community can be a form of encouragement for people to take an interest in the organisation.

What message do you have for those people who don’t know about HAIA and its charity work?
My earlier comment regarding regular feedback will in shaa Allah make the organisation more well known to those that are not aware of its existence or activities. In conclusion I would firstly like to thank Almighty Allah for giving me the ability and opportunity to do some charitable work. I would also like to thank the members of the Gold Coast community for trusting me with their contributions, which are passed on to HAIA. Thanks also to the members of the management committee of ISGC Inc for allowing me to do HAIA work based at the GC mosque. And finally a special thank you to my wife and family for their support.



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MAA is the First NGO to launch a Permaculture educational project for treating Grey-Water to grow organic produce for Syrian Refugees in the Zaatari Refugee Camp.


Once fully operational this project may be given the green light to be used throughout the entire camp to create a SMART Sustainable food source.

Due to the severe water shortages in the camp, growing fruit and vegetables are not permitted. However by utilising Sustainable Permaculture design methods of treating grey-water and growing produce in a sustainable way, it is now possible to substantially reduce the amount of water intake and yield highly nutritional fruit and vegetables without the use of pesticides.

This is definitely a game-changer for not only the Zaatari Refugee Camp, but all of them, inshaAllah.

Be part of this life-changing initiative by donating towards MAA's Permaculture projects by visiting this site.



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The funding round for multicultural projects under the 2016 17 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program is now open.

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program promotes Queensland’s multicultural identity, the benefits of multiculturalism, and equitable access to opportunities by people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The Queensland Government is committed to a safe, caring, harmonious, united and inclusive Queensland, and has acknowledged the role culturally and linguistically diverse communities play in building a strong Queensland with the introduction of the Multicultural Recognition Act 2016, and the Multicultural Queensland Charter.

This grants round aims to fund multicultural projects in Queensland that build community relationships and intercultural connections through community organisations, local clubs, and community-based groups to deliver a range of activities that will foster welcome, inclusion and participation of migrants and refugees.

Community groups, including diverse cultural groups, community-based organisations, local councils and non-government incorporated organisations are encouraged to consider submitting a funding proposal that demonstrates practical strategies to:

• promote community participation and intercultural connections among diverse cultural groups, and between diverse cultural groups and the wider community

• engage general community groups (such as sporting groups, local clubs, school communities) in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities.

Funding of up to $25,000 per annum will be available for practical and innovative projects to be delivered from 1 July 2017.

To view the 2016-17 Funding Information Paper for multicultural projects, and to access the online application form, please visit the website.


For more information, please email Multicultural Affairs Queensland on



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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:



Anum Bashir, Blogger, 30


Dress, £555, Molly Goddard. Jewellery: Bashir’s own

Anum Bashir prides herself on her internationalism. Born and schooled in Qatar, with a degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the 30-year-old splits her time between Doha, where she’s communications officer at creative hub Doha Fire Station, and London, where her style blog Desert Mannequin (above) has won a huge following. What is it about the capital that’s so appealing to globally minded Middle Eastern women like herself?

‘I find it much more manageable than New York, the pace is just right,’ she says. ‘It is way more accessible… The fact that you can sit and drink coffee and meet interesting new people in London, but know that on Friday when you get home you can still go to family prayer — that’s something really special.’

With 34,000 followers on Instagram, she’s keen that her social media influence is about more than just clothes. ‘There are so many pre-conceived notions about Middle Eastern women,’ she says. ‘People sometimes assume that we are only interested in luxury. So if Desert Mannequin can help to change that, that’s great with me.’

Bashir also embraces her Asian roots — her father, an engineer, is Afghan-Indian and her mother, a doctor, is Pakistani. ‘I think if you can be honest about your heritage and make it a point of interest, then that’s kind of wonderful.’


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Rasha Kahil, Artist and art director, 36


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

Craig Hodges


Retired basketball player Craig Hodges, who has won two NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, is a Muslim who made news for dressing in a dakishi and speaking against the Gulf War during a visit to the White House following a championship victory. He has actively advocated for the rights of minorities in the United States, and called out Michael Jordan for not using his fame to bring attention to social issues.


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 10 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. Throughout history there has been a lot of friction between Muslims and Christians, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, with Muslims also on the receiving end during the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. In Islam, Christians are to be respected, they are allowed to worship and even live by their own laws. Regarding the "jizia" tax, at the time of the Prophet, non-Muslims were asked to pay it for protection instead of the zakat alms that are obligatory only to Muslims. But when there is political turmoil, groups tend to turn against each other, both intra-faith and interfaith leading to a tribalistic way of thinking along ethic and religious lines.




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Lecturer in Arabic


Al Mustapha Institute seeks a highly motivated and experienced Lecturer in Arabic. This position will develop and deliver Arabic courses that include Classical and Modern Arabic language and Arabic Grammar, including Sarf and Nahw.


For more information click here











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


Garnishing your conversation with an inshallah or two is a small act of resistance, a direct jab at the belief that Islam — and by association, Arabic — is sinister.

‘Inshallah’ in the Age of Trump : Can the hipster invocation of God’s will survive the coming wave of American Islamophobia?


English speakers all know: To sound smart (or insufferable), use French. That movie has a certain je ne sais quoi; my grandmother exhibited a true joie de vivre. French has been fancy since 1066 when the conquering Normans ate boef while the lowly English peasants cared for the cū.

Or to sound open-minded (or stoned), use Sanskrit. No one will be surprised to learn that the first recorded use of the word “karma” in a popular U.S. publication was in 1969 — in the California-based Surfer magazine.

These days, another word is making inroads into the American English lexicon. It’s “inshallah” — an Arabic Islamic expression that means “God willing.” Inshallah first made its English debut in the 19th century, but it’s only since 9/11 that the word has become fashionable among non-Muslim, non-Arabic-speaking Americans. You’ve probably heard it already in passing, which is my point. The Atlantic’s James Fallows has tweeted it. Even actor Lindsay Lohan has made a faltering attempt. I’ve heard it in meetings, on the metro, and at a casual Sunday brunch in Brooklyn.

For all these inshallah-invokers, the phrase seems to combine the prestige of French and the multiculturalism of Sanskrit — with an added thrill of risk.

President-elect Donald Trump is stacking his administration with supporters who believe that Islam is inherently violent, dangerous, and threatening. Some who evince this view believe that anything associated with Islam has a diabolical power, an insidious evil that has to be guarded against at every turn as the Puritans guarded against witchcraft.

Michael Flynn, a retired intelligence officer whom President-elect Donald Trump has tapped for national security advisor, has called Islam a “malignant cancer” and believes that sharia, or Islamic law, is creeping into U.S. laws and institutions. Conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, who advised Trump during the campaign and is “good friends” with Steve Bannon, the president-elect’s senior strategist, has previously written that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency logo contains a hidden star and crescent, the symbol of Islam, and that it thus suggests “official U.S. submission to Islam.” It’s an argument that comes out of the world of Christian fundamentalism, which has long sought out occult symbols in the most innocuous of sources.

This fear extends to the Arabic language. In 2013, Gaffney criticized John Brennan as President Barack Obama’s pick to head the CIA, deeming him the “single most important enabler of the Islamic supremacists’ agenda in government today.” One piece of evidence Gaffney gave for this assertion? Brennan speaks fluent Arabic. After listing the names of several terrorist organizations at a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in May 2015, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly quipped that “everything that starts with ‘al’ in the Middle East is bad news.” Al, of course, is simply Arabic’s definite article, equivalent to “the” in English.

It should come as no surprise, then, that inshallah has found itself in the crosshairs of these rising Islamophobes. In June, when BBC presenter Nicky Campbell ended his usual segment with crossed fingers and a poorly inflected “inshallah” — “We’re in Uxbridge next Sunday for a special, asking, ‘Are we facing the end of the world?’ So we’ll see you then, inshallah” — it set off a right-wing media firestorm.

Breitbart wrote that the “incident comes just days after the BBC’s Head of Religion admitted that Islamic State is rooted in Islam.” Jihad Watch, a popular anti-Islam website, commented: “A conquered, colonized people adopts the language and practices of its conquerors.” In April, a University of California, Berkeley, student of Iraqi origin was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight after another passenger heard him speaking Arabic on his cell phone; he had ended his conversation with “inshallah.”

Foreign Policy


Peter Dutton did not appear out of thin air. He represents consistent Australian policy
Omar Bensaidi

I have grown quite tired of constantly needing to play the performance of the offended Other. Yes, Peter Dutton made racist comments. Yes, it is offensive to categorise Muslim migrants of Lebanese background as a mistake. But racism’s harm extends much beyond offence. And its scrutiny should go much beyond hurt feelings.

Dutton did not appear out of thin air. He is just another voice who continues to espouse a “common sense” political incorrectness that is somehow deemed heroic. He again privileges a baseless white anxiety that has, by force of repetition, and by the astounding rise of Donald Trump, come to turn the word “immigrant” into a threat or mistake.

It is not a new tactic by politicians. Pauline Hanson has made a career out of ignoring truths about the world we live in and appealing to fictional ideas that foreign culture is responsible for today’s violence.

I worry about the figure of Dutton not because of his comments but because our reaction has turned his racism into an exceptional moment. Take for instance the Lebanese Muslim Association’s response. From the perspective of many Muslims and community activists, President Samier Dandan’s video is a long overdue statement about the Liberal party’s repetitive racism and exploitation of the “war on terror”. For many outside the Muslim community, Dandan’s video response seems to be a courageous and resolute stance against racism. It is unprecedented for the president to emerge with a video release condemning the Liberal party after countless years of the LMA providing the Liberal party a gateway to score the “Muslim” vote.

Why, after countless years of government-sanctioned offshore imprisonment, has the time come to speak back? Why have Dutton’s comments been turned into the straw that breaks the camel’s back?

The Guardian

Extreme Islam: What makes a young British woman turn to Salafism?

They’re heavily veiled, believe in polygamy and have to follow thousands of rules. Yet increasing numbers of young and educated British women are converting to Salafism. Academic researcher Anabel Inge managed to gain unprecedented access to them – though at first they mistook her for a spy

It’s two in the afternoon on a busy south London street. I’ve just arrived here with a photographer friend, Eleanor, and our “models” – two obliging young women. Both Layla and Rahima are wearing all-enveloping black gowns and niqabs – face veils that reveal only their eyes. They won’t be striking any poses; just walking casually along the pavement or crossing the street. Nothing to worry anyone. And so we begin. Suddenly, we notice a bald man in his sixties, just a few feet away, making unmistakably rude gestures at us.

Moments later, just as a bus is pulling into the kerb, a youth in a white baseball cap leans out of his car to shout: “Fuck you!” Like a clockwork toy, all the heads on the number 59 swivel round to gape. It’s hard to believe that we’re in the heart of multicultural Brixton, south London, solid Labour and increasingly colonised by the right-on middle classes. But both Layla and Rahima are wearily accustomed to this kind of reaction – which continues more or less throughout our two-hour shoot.

The abuse, no doubt, would be even more extreme if anyone knew they were converts to Salafism, now thought to be the fastest growing Islamic faction in the UK. Salafism, often referred to as Wahhabism, is an ideology commonly associated with Isis and often features in the news, usually as a label applied to jihadis who’ve committed atrocities abroad. This has led many to assume that home-grown followers – who first began to emerge in the 1980s – pose an active threat to society. In Britain, however, the vast majority of self-described Salafis are explicitly anti-violence – indeed, their leaders have been among the most vocal in their condemnation of terrorism.


Islamic religious texts must be read in context to understand blasphemy

Indonesian police are investigating Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama, also known as Ahok, for blasphemy. They named him a suspect after hundreds of thousands of people rallied against the Chinese-Indonesian and Christian governor earlier this month.

Behind the enormous protest was a complex web of religious and political interests. But some of the protesters genuinely felt insulted by Ahok, who is running in next year’s gubernatorial election.

The reason for their anger was a speech that Ahok gave in September. Among other things, he warned his listeners about people who invoke verse 51 of the Surah Al-Maidah in the Quran to “deceive” people into not voting for him.

The Islamic Defenders Front reported Ahok for alleged blasphemy after a video of this part of his speech went viral.

How to read religious text

The verse Ahok claimed his opponents were referring to advises people to avoid aligning with Christian and Jews. According to the Sahih International English translation, verse 51 of Al-Maidah reads:

O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

In his speech, Ahok did not specifically name the people he accused of using the Quran verses to dissuade people from voting for him.

But, in Indonesia, it is unfortunately not uncommon for hardline clerics to use, or more correctly misuse, religious texts for their own political interest.

To avoid following a misguided use of sacred texts, religious believers should understand the context in which the texts appeared the first time. Religious texts usually emerged as answers to problems that occurred within the social and political contexts of the time.



As European authorities target Salafism, the word needs parsing

WHAT exactly is Salafism? In continental Europe, the word is now used as a catchall for extreme and violent interpretations of Islam. This week for example, authorities in the German state of Hesse raided five premises including a mosque; it was the latest move in a crackdown on ultra-militant forms of Islam all over Germany which began last week. “Extremist propaganda is the foundation for Islamic radicalisation and ultimately for violence,” said the interior minister of Hesse, Peter Beuth, by way of explaining the latest raids. “The Salafist ideology is a force not to be underestimated,” he added.

On November 15th, German federal authorities banned what they described as a Salafi organisation known as “True Religion” or “Read!” whose notional purpose was to distribute copies of the Koran. On the same day, police swept through 200 offices and other buildings across the country. Ralf Jäger, interior minister of the populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), reportedly gave this reason for the ban: “Every fifth Salafist who has travelled out from NRW under the aegis of so-called Islamic State in order to join a terror cell had previous contact with ‘Read!’”

In France, too, the word Salafi or Salafist is often used as a generic term for forms of Islam which are too extreme for any government policy to parley with or accommodate. Manuel Valls, the Socialist prime minister, has reported with alarm that the Salafis, although a tiny minority among French Muslims, may be winning an ideological war in France because their voice is louder and more efficiently disseminated than any other. François Fillon, a centre-right politician who is likely to make the run-off in next year’s presidential election, is a strong advocate of cracking down both on Salafism and on the groups linked to the global Muslim Brotherhood.

In the very loosest of senses, all Muslims are Salafi. The word literally describes those who emulate and revere both the prophet Muhammad and the earliest generations of Muslims, the first three generations in particular. There is no Muslim who does not do that. But in practice the word Salafist is most often used to describe a purist, back-to-basics form of Islam that emerged on the Arabian peninsula in the 19th century, taking its cue from two conservative thinkers, Ibn Taymiyyah (1263-1328) and the even more controversial Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1792). Followers of this line are often called Wahhabis by their critics, but they prefer to call themselves Salafis. 


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TOPIC"The Antidote for Jealousy" PART 2

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TOPIC"Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is a blessing to mankind"

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Contestant Halima Aden wears hijab, burkini to inspire others


Halima Aden said taking part in the pageant was intended to inspire others.

US: While most Americans were still recovering from Thanksgiving feast over the holiday weekend, Halima Aden was making history.

The 19-year-old St. Cloud State University freshman walked across the Miss Minnesota USA pageant stage Saturday night draped from head to toe in a blue-embroidered burkini and a bright yellow headscarf. During the two-day beauty pageant, Aden showed only her face, making her the first contestant to wear a hijab and a burkini in the pageant.

But this was much more than a fashion choice producing uproarious applause; it was a decision that was meant to inspire. According to Aden, this pageant was an opportunity to dispel the narrative that many Muslim women are oppressed.

Aden, 19, says she was bullied for wearing her hijab growing up and wanted to show people that this she was proud of her religion and culture.

"There are so many Muslim women that feel like they don't fit society's standard of beauty," she told CNN this week. "I just wanted to tell them it's OK to be different, being different is beautiful, too."

Aden's decision to wear her traditional wardrobe comes at a tense time when Muslim Americans have been victims of hate crimes and are concerned by President-elect Donald Trump raising the possibility of a Muslim immigration ban while he was campaigning.

Aden, who reached the semifinals, said taking part in the pageant was intended to inspire more people to be open-minded and accepting.



Liz Sawyer, a Star Tribune writer, tweeted that Aden received a positive response from the crowd when she took the stage in her navy blue-embroidered burkini during the swimsuit segment.

The spotlight of crashing barriers or expectations is not new for her. As a senior at Apollo Senior High School in St. Cloud, Aden became the first Muslim there to be crowned homecoming queen.
Aden's history of overcoming obstacles started when she was born in a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to St. Cloud. She says her experience of living in a refugee camp inspired her to become a UN ambassador one day, so that she can give back to children that are faced with the same obstacles.

Although Aden did not win the Miss Minnesota USA pasgeant, her means of conveying beauty and confidence won the title of hero in many young Muslim girl's eyes.

"Many girls reached out to me about their own experiences being bullied because of their hijab and feeling like they didn't fit in," she said.

One teenager wrote to Aden from Indonesia after she read about Aden in the news.
The girl told Aden that for a period of time she didn't wear her hijab out of fear of getting bullied. Aden's bravery gave her the courage to be herself.



Others weren't as thrilled.

Critics called her choice to compete in the pageant "haram," meaning forbidden by Islamic law. At first, Aden's mother was not sure that she wanted her to participate in the pageant, fearing that she would have to compromise her values. After Aden told her what she hoping to accomplish by competing, she slowly warmed up to the idea.

The contestant said she did not compromise any of her religious beliefs or values, but that she was doing the most important thing of all: staying true to herself.

While Aden does not have any immediate plans to participate in another beauty pageant, she does want to keep inspiring other young Muslim women. She plans on visiting her high school to encourage young Muslim girls to play sports and participate in extracurricular activities.

"If there's one message I want people to take away is never compromise being your authentic self," Aden said. "Even if that means making others uncomfortable."  



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15m Umrah pilgrims expected


Makkah hotels make hectic preparations as online bookings swell

MAKKAH — As many as 1,511 hotels in Makkah with a total of 219,350 rooms have completed preparations to receive up to 15 million pilgrims expected to arrive during the current Umrah season, which began in mid-November. The Umrah season will continue until July 7, 2017.

Sources in the hospitality sector expects the number of Umrah pilgrims this year to increase by 3 million over the past season.

In addition to the hotels, there are 852 licensed buildings and furnished apartments in Makkah with a total of 36,456 rooms to accommodate the pilgrims.

The sources said hotel reservations during the first days of the season reached about 85 percent especially in the central area around the Grand Mosque as well as in the districts of Jarwal, Kudai, Al-Aziziyah and Al-Rawdah, which are not far from the mosque.

Riza Shalabi, a reservation clerk in one of the hotels in the central area, said the bookings of the internal rooms reached about 90 percent while they were about 80 percent for rooms overlooking the plazas of the Grand Mosque.

He said the price for single rooms stood at SR350-SR450 per night, almost unchanged from last year. The prices per night for royal suites overlooking the Grand Mosque ranged from SR1,100 to SR1,300, breakfast and dinner included.

Abdul Rahman Al-Amri, a reservation clerk in another hotel, said the pilgrims start making bookings online about 45 days before the advent of the Umrah season.

He said the early reservations were made by Umrah pilgrims from the Kingdom and the GCC countries, who represent about 35 to 45 percent of all pilgrims.

Amri said the occupancy rate in his hotel has reached about 95 percent and added that the price of a room per night is SR650-SR700, including breakfast.

Hussain Salem, a reservation clerk in one of the five-star hotels in the central area, said their price of a royal suite per night is SR2,500 while the price of a single room is SR1,000.

He said the occupancy in his hotel has reached 100 percent and 75 percent of the bills have been paid in advance.



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Muslims in Athens prepare for the city's first mosque


Muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers at a mosque in a basement, to mark the end of Ramadan, in Piraeus

GREECE: Muslims in Greece hope that despite protests by the far-right, the government will stick to its plan to build a mosque.

Athens, Greece - Sitting in a cafeteria in her middle-class neighbourhood of Ilioupoli, 43-year-old Anna Stamou says she soon hopes to be praying with her family at the new Athens mosque.

"I'll perform a duaa [prayer] for children caught in war - to make all the wars to stop," says Stamou, a mother-of-two and a PR consultant based in the Greek capital, Athens. "That's what I pray for daily, but in the mosque, prayers are supposed to multiply," adds Stamou, who converted to Islam a few years ago.

After years of praying in old warehouses and basements, Athens' Muslims hope that despite protests by the far-right, the government will stick to its plan to build a mosque. Athens is the last remaining European capital without one.

Greece was under Ottoman rule for nearly four centuries until the early 1800s. If built, the mosque will be the first state-funded one since then.

It is expected to accommodate more than 350 worshipers and will be built in place of a 600 square metre former navy warehouse in the Votanikos neighbourhood of western Athens.

The complex will also feature a fountain for people to follow the ritual cleansing before praying.

"It's not going to be anything special," says Naim Elghandour, 62, president of the Muslim Association of Greece and Stamou's husband.

"But it is important because it's going to be the first official mosque with an official imam. Until now, the imams have been volunteers and that was dangerous, but we have been lucky and nothing bad happened in Greece to upset the relationships between Christians and Muslims."

Many non-Muslim Athenians agree that a mosque must be built.

"We're a democracy and there has to be freedom of religion," says Aggeliki Anagnostopoulou, 62, a retiree living near the site of the upcoming mosque. "Why should I be worried, anyway? Being a Muslim doesn't mean you're an extremist."

According to the Muslim Association of Greece, there are more than 100 unofficial mosques scattered throughout Athens for the estimated 200,000 Muslims living in the capital, most though are housed in basements or warehouses.

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KB says: A jug of lemonade in the fridge – is the answer for these hot summer months especially during the holidays. It’s a thirst quencher and quite refreshing.
This recipe was kindly shared by Rubana Moola.

Cloudy Lemonade



1 large juicy yellow lemon.
1 cup white sugar
1 litre of water
Mint and slices of lemon to garnish


Top and tail the lemon.
Cut lemon into 8 slices and each slice into 3 cubes, leaving the skin on and discarding the pips.
Liquidize the lemon with the sugar and 750ml water.
Sieve it through and liquidize again with remaining 250 ml of water.
Sieve and add to the 750 ml mixture.
Serve it icy cold garnished with mint and slices of lemon.


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Q: Dear Kareema, my husband and I love our food and we’re trying to turn things around. We’re fairly active and just need some help with our choice of food.

A: I think all of us have a love affair with food. What we need to realise is that it’s the foundation of our health, so to speak. Keep it simple – start with smaller portion sizes and set realistic goals for yourselves.

Changing the relationship with your food should be fun, rewarding and enjoyable. Start your day with a fresh juice and maybe add some vegetables to it as you go. Try for 6 smaller meals instead of 3 big ones.


This will keep your metabolism going throughout the day and should make a difference to how you feel. Swap some carbs for whole grains and choose different colour veggies for more nutrients.

In a nutshell – most foods can be enjoyed, in moderation. Have a go, and have fun..





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How to Eat Well When Eating Out : Part 3

Last but not least, here are my final 3 tips for how to still eat healthy when eating out - just in time for the summer holidays!

1. Choose a small serving size if available. Some restaurants have the option of choosing an entree or a main size for their meals. Another example is when ordering coffee, choose small rather than the regular or large size. These small differences will add up!

2. Plan ahead - choose a restaurant that you know have healthy options, or look at their menu prior to scope out what they have. If you have in your mind before hand what you would like to have, it will save you from making last minute ordering decisions - which may not always be the healthiest option when you have a growling stomach.

3. Lastly, always remember that it is all about moderation. While you can still make healthier, smart choices most of the time, there is also no harm in indulging yourself once or twice a month. Enjoy yourself and count it as a treat

To finish this series, I will end it with a Hadith by the Prophet S.A.W regarding moderation as a reminder for us.

"The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that, then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air. " (Tirmidhi)



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Mula Nasruddin was reminiscing about the good old days.


"Young man," he started with sad tears running down his weathered cheeks, "When I was your age, my mother could send me down to the shop, the one near the Mosque, with 10 riyaals and I would come back with a bag of potatoes, two loaves of bread, three bottles of milk, a big piece of cheese, one packet of tea, and sometimes six or eight eggs.


Young man: Can't do that anymore, Uncle. Too many cameras now.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Give of the good things which you have (honourably) earned, and of the fruits of the earth which We have produced for you, and do not even aim at getting anything which is bad, in order that out of it you may give away something, when you yourselves would not receive it except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of all wants, and Worthy of all praise.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:267


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