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Council has dramatically back-flipped on rules that would have limited the number of Muslims allowed to pray at an expanded Garden City Mosque.

The region's councillors voted today to remove a condition at the mosque that limited the number of worshippers to 50 during the week and 150 during the busy Friday prayers.

The decision came after the Catholic Bishop of Toowoomba Reverend Robert McGuckin threw his support behind the move to remove the restrictions.

The mosque was left unusable by two arson attacks last year.

As part of the rebuilding plans, an expansion was proposed that would see the total ground floor area increased by 159sq m.

The expansion required council approval and during that process the conditions were imposed.

The Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation then requested the restrictions on numbers be removed.

Council planners had recommended the request be rejected.

The councillors had voted last week to defer a decision on the restrictions until today's general meeting of council.


Source: The Chronicle


Prof. Shahjahan Khan and members of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba expressed a huge sigh of relief at the announcement:


Prof Khan said:

This was rather a long procedure that went through several unwanted steps with the Council because of conditions such as limiting prayer time for morning prayer and number restriction.

With the help of Allah SWT and support from many leaders, organisations and individuals in the community, especially from the Churches led by Catholic Bishop Robert McGuckin all those adverse conditions are now gone.

I thank the Muslims in Toowoomba for their patience and united stand on the matter in very difficult time which was unfortunately unexpectedly long.

Our deepest gratitude to our Non-Muslim friends who have tirelessly worked to support the Mosque project that helped lift the unrealistic restriction.

We are aware of the issues and would continue to work with the Council and Community to achieve the best outcome for everyone
. We will be starting the construction work soon along with fundraising initiatives, insha'Allah.



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Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Multicultural Affairs Queensland
Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program
Multicultural Events
Successful Muslim Organizations receiving grants for events to be held in 2017
Organisation Event Title Funding
Afghan Community Association Inc (Qld) Jashanwarah Eid (Eid Celebration) $3,000
Central Queensland Rohingya Community Inc Eid al-Fitr $4,000
Islamic Council of Queensland Inc Eid Down Under $8,000
Islamic Multicultural Association of Gold Coast Inc Eid in the Park $5,000
Islamic Society of Central Queensland Inc National Mosque Open Day $3,000
Islamic Society of Gladstone Inc Islamic Open Day $3,000
Islamic Society Of Mackay Inc Mackay Mosque Open Day and Multicultural Event $3,000
Islamic Womens Association of Qld Inc IWAQ 25 Years of Multicultural Support Celebration $4,000
Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Trust The 4th Toowoomba Mosque Open Day and Get Together $3,000


The full list of recipients can be viewed here.


Duncan Pegg, Member for Stretton said that Eid Down Under is a festival celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic religious holiday which follows the 30 days of fasting observed by Muslims in Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is one of two of the most important celebrations on the Muslim calendar.

Mr. Pegg said it was fantastic to see Stretton’s cultural diversity on show through this fabulous local event.

“These grants provide a much-needed boost for our local community groups and organisations to deliver the fantastic events that they always do.

“Local residents, businesses and tourism operators welcome the positive vibe that these events bring. Eid Down Under was a huge success in 2016 and I look forward to attending in 2017.”

“It’s important for us to celebrate and acknowledge our diverse communities through these events and I’m very much looking forward to attending as many of them as I can next year,” he said.

More than $700,000 has been allocated to help organisations deliver a total of 116 multicultural festivals and cultural celebrations across Queensland in 2017.

“Queensland has a proud and vibrant multicultural heritage and our diversity is one of our state’s greatest strengths.

“In fact, we come from more than 200 different cultural backgrounds, speak more than 220 languages and follow over 100 faiths.

“That’s something we should all be proud of and celebrate and what better way of doing that than getting involved in celebrations that recognise the many cultures that call Stretton home,” he said.


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2016 Award Winners


Fr Rod's acceptance speech at the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards:

In the 7th century the Negus of Abyssinia welcomed and gave refuge to people fleeing from persecution. The Negus not only offered refuge to those in need but also confronted the fears and prejudices of his own people.

1400 years later we find ourselves in a situation where we are in desperate need of leaders with the compassion and political sensitivity of the Negus.

Whatever subsequent legend and mythology has done with Negus’s story, the basic truth remains that he is honoured for his willingness to open his doors to those in need.

I along with many others here tonight remain committed to the same principles that guided the decisions of the Negus of Abyssinia. Human need always comes before ideology; the spirit of hospitality always overcomes the fear of the stranger and at the end of the day bridges will always make us feel safer than walls.

I cannot accept this award without acknowledging my wife Kerry. We are a team and on the occasions when I make any sense at all it is because she has put a well researched document in front of me to read.

I’m deeply humbled by this award and accept it with acknowledgement to every human being who has ever sought refuge from persecution.









Mufti Ziyaad Ravat: Best new community project award

Ms Yasmin Khan: Lifetime Achievement Award

Grand Royal Function Hall



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The NSW Independent Islamic school, Unity Grammar College, will represent Australia in the world finals in Copenhagen, Denmark, after winning the Australian Robotics Finals last week.





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Members of the centre said it may have been part of an internal dispute.

An arson chemist has been called in to investigate the cause of an "intense" fire at an Islamic community centre in Melbourne's north.

The fire started at the centre on Lowson Street, Fawkner, around 2:30am.

Fire crews arrived to find the building well alight and specialist equipment was needed. It took about 50 minutes to control.

A crime scene has been established.


It is not yet known if the graffiti is linked to the fire.

On the side of the building, someone had written "The Islamic State" in black spray paint.

It is not clear when the graffiti occurred or if it is linked to the fire.

Some members of the community centre told the ABC it may not have been a hate crime but part of an internal dispute.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade Commander Andrew Dixon said it was too early to determine whether it was deliberately lit.

"Responding crews could see the fire from Thomastown, such was the intensity of the fire," he said.

"The centre itself is a place of gathering for the local Islamic community."


Source: ABC News



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Muslims Like Us Episode 1 of 2 (BBC Documentary)


Put ten British Muslims with contrasting world views in a house together and press record. What emerges is a passionate debate, honest disagreements, humour and moments of insight that reveal what is like to be a Muslim in Britain today.
On the surface, Britain's 2.7 million Muslims are united in faith. But behind closed doors, in Muslim homes across the country, there is ongoing discussion about what and who best represents Islam. Labels like Sunni, Shi'a, liberal, conservative and moderate don't do it justice. Will the real British Muslim please stand up?
She or he is faced with competing and contradictory voices. Some suggest an orthodox version of the faith is entirely at home in Britain. Others demand compromises to be made by Muslim in order to integrate. This unique and bold social experiment witnesses these dilemmas played out for real.
In episode one, the ten British Muslims who represent the diversity of their faith move into their new home. As each meets and settles in, they begin to explore how their faith impacts their lives, from sleeping arrangements, cooking, and prayer to dress and culture. Topical, important and, at times, charged exchanges shine a light on what it means to be a Muslim in modern Britain.


 Muslims Like Us Episode 2 of 2 (BBC Documentary)



On the surface, Britain's 2.7 million Muslims are united in faith. But behind closed doors, in Muslim homes across the country, there is an ongoing debate about what and who best represents Islam. Get ten Muslims in a room and you are likely to get ten different opinions. Labels like Sunni, Shi'a, liberal, conservative and moderate fail to cover the breadth of perspective. Will the real British Muslim please stand up?
In the second episode of Muslims Like Us, ten Muslims who have volunteered to live together are presented with the results of a survey exploring British opinion about the Muslim community. They are joined by four non-Muslim Brits to explore British values. We see the dilemmas presented by race, faith and British history played out for real.


Before it had even aired, Muslims Like Us (BBC Two) generated the kind of publicity that television producers would give their next commission for. The format of pointing cameras at a group of 10 disparate Muslims brought together under one roof gained immediate notoriety for including in its cast one Abdul Haqq.

Haqq, formerly Anthony Small, had been a champion pugilist before he embraced a somewhat dogmatic interpretation of Islam, subsequently serving time in Belmarsh for, let’s just say, nefarious activities. Long before we had seen the programme, the BBC was widely chastised for providing a platform to a self-confessed terrorist sympathiser. One tabloid described it as a “Muslim Big Brother”.


However, from the moment Haqq walked into the Apprentice-style luxury rented accommodation and started handing out leaflets about how women should dress, it was obvious he was not going to get very far spreading his message among these housemates. What became immediately clear was that try as he might – and boy was he trying – his fellow Muslims found him nuttier than the fruitcake he doubtless regards as the food of Satan.

“This is so pathetic,” said housemate Saba, as Haqq refused her greeting with the observation that the Koran forbids him from shaking hands with a woman, “what he gives you is the illusion of knowledge. He’s bogged down in the literal interpretation of words.”


This was the fundamental (and fundamentalist) point. For most of the housemates, Islam was a background comfort in their lives, prayer an opportunity for contemplation. It was certainly not the excuse for fascistic intolerance. These were good folk no more likely to be swayed by Haqq’s dogmatic misreading of the Koran than would be the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Besides, what made Muslims Like Us so compelling was that Haqq was an oddball sideshow. What this programme did was shed light on a section of society systematically vilified for the actions of its Haqq-like loony fringe. Far more interesting were the doubts and dilemmas that faced the other housemates.


Indeed, saucer-eyed Mehreen, trying to reconcile her faith with her hair and heels, provided the opening episode’s sharpest moment. Acknowledging that charity is at the heart of Islam, the group volunteered to serve lunch to homeless people in Leeds. As Haqq lectured the recipients about the evils of alcohol, Mehreen found herself at the wrong end of analysis by a couple of the unfortunate street dwellers about why they were in their current predicament. Swallowing mendacious political populism wholesale, they told her it was all the fault of the immigrants. To which Mehreen smilingly replied:

“Well, I’m the daughter of immigrants, and if my parents hadn’t have come to this country, you wouldn’t have got lunch today.”


Telegraph UK



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The Australian-based Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) has been sent a number of anonymous Christmas cards filled with abusive messages and, in some cases, pieces of bacon and pig fat.

The LMA shared pictures of the cards on Facebook and wrote that they were sent by “adoring fans”.

The cards included messages like “Musys – Fit in or fuck off”, “Merry Christmas goat fuckers” and “Fuck you and stop being racist you pigs.”

Mostafa Rachwani from the LMA told Junkee that the card deliveries are fairly common but have become more regular towards the end of this year.

“Generally, though, those sentiments have become more common, with our Facebook pages usually inundated with hateful comments during or after any public incidents involving Muslims,” he said.

“The staff at the LMA are shaken by these kinds of incidents every time. The shock of finding something so hateful never abates, and no matter how often they come, the staff continue to be disturbed every time.”

Last week the prayer room at Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital in Sydney was vandalised when someone covered the prayer mats in bacon.

“The LMA absolutely believes it is time our political leaders condemn these actions, as well as the sentiments behind them,” Rachwani told Junkee.

“It is unacceptable that our leaders continue to be silent on these issues, and enable these attitudes to continue relentlessly. The time for comment is long past, it is time our political leaders show actual leadership and stand against such hatred and vitriol.”




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During the Human Rights Committee’s first public hearing in Canberra this week, it was announced that the date for submissions to the Freedom of Speech in Australia Inquiry has been extended to 23 December 2016.

The last Inquiry into Section 18C in 2014 received 5700 submissions. The overwhelming majority of those submissions were opposed to any watering down of protections against race hate speech.

It is important, for the current Inquiry, 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.

If you have experienced abuse because you are Indigenous, Asian or African or even because you belong to the Sikh or Muslim communities, you can share your story with the Human Rights Committee Inquiry into Freedom of Speech.

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 and clicking the “Upload Submission” button.

“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 Graham Perrett MP, the Federal Member for Moreton and the Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Committee.


"As the Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Committee responsible for this Inquiry I participated in the first public hearing this week. I, along with other members of the Committee, questioned representatives of the Human Rights Commission and the Attorney-General’s Department. 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 Perrett told CCN.


Part of the evidence tabled during the public hearing was the Explanatory Memorandum to the Racial Hatred Bill 1994 which states that Section 18C was intended to protect a broad base of peoples such as Sikhs, Jews and Muslims.


The Explanatory Memorandum that accompanied the Racial Hatred Bill 1994 can be read in full here.


That Bill amended the Racial Discrimination Act to include section 18C.


A relevant section in the Racial Hatred Bill is highlighted below:

The terms "ethnic origin" and "race" are complementary and are intended to be given a broad meaning.

The term "ethnic origin" has been broadly interpreted in comparable overseas common law jurisdictions (cf King-Ansell v Police [1979] 2 NZLR per Richardson J at p.531 and Mandia v Dowell Lee [1983] 2 AC 548 (HL) per Lord Fraser at p.562). It is intended that Australian courts would follow the prevailing definition of "ethnic origin" as set out in King-Ansell. The definition of an ethnic group formulated by the Court in King-Ansell involves consideration of one or more of characteristics such as a shared history, separate cultural tradition, common geographical origin or descent from common ancestors, a common language (not necessarily peculiar to the group), a common literature peculiar to the group, or a religion different from that of neighbouring groups or the general community surrounding the group. This would provide the broadest basis for protection of peoples such as Sikhs, Jews and Muslims.

The term "race" would include ideas of ethnicity so ensuring that many people of, for example, Jewish origin would be covered. While that term connotes the idea of a common descent, it is not necessarily limited to one nationality and would therefore extend also to other groups of people such as Muslims.



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Today (Sunday) teams from Youth Connect Queensland (pictured) from the Slacks Creek Mosque and The Logan Roos Football Club will compete against each other at the Metro Sports Centre at Browns Plains.



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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:



Flavie Audi, Artist, 29


Above: top £580, skirt £2,600, shoes £670, all Céline

Flavie Audi was born in Paris to Lebanese parents, but she’s been based in London for over a decade after moving here to study at the Architectural Association, and then at the Royal College of Art. ‘Studying in London seemed very prestigious and there is a freedom here when it comes to architecture — it felt like a place where I could be rebellious with my ideas.’

The 29-year-old Chelsea-based artist has gained critical acclaim for her ingenious glasswork — her Cosmic Clouds collection is the result of oxidising silver with glass to create uneven cloud-like sculptures in brilliant blues — and she thrives on experimentation. In New York, her pieces were exhibited alongside Ai Weiwei, and she is taking an envy-inducing month-long residency at the Six Senses resort in the Maldives, who have commissioned her to recycle the island’s glass as part of an on-going art programme.

Her first solo show will open in November at the Fitzrovia gallery, Tristan Hoare. It will be a special moment: ‘I love London for the mix of tradition and newness. But there is something subtle about London. It is not a city that shows off.’

Later this year, she’ll take part in House of Today, a platform for Lebanese art in Beirut. ‘To be showing there is important to me — glass was first blown in Lebanon in an ancient city called Sidon. My family come from the country where glass was born, and that fact is a constant inspiration to me.’

Though she is a master manipulator of glass, she does not wish to be pigeon-holed. ‘I trained in architecture and craft and I want to always explore different art disciplines,’ she says. ‘What’s great about London is that everything feels like it is an option. There is so much variety in the arts here, and I am constantly coming across new ideas.’




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



Born Faheed Rashad Najm, rapper-producer T-Pain was raised in a Muslim household, but has firmly stated that he believes in ‘everything’, and says that religion curbs free will, a reason why he will never associate himself with a single faith. In any case, it doesn’t appear as if he had an orthodox upbringing given his lifestyle and song lyrics. T-Pain is married to a Christian woman with whom he has an open relationship, and has referenced alcohol and drugs in quite a few of his songs.



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 12 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. According to Sheikh Omar Suleiman, there are various categories of martyrdom in islam, which isn’t just achieved through fighting. If you die defending your property or a woman dies giving birth, you are considered a martyr in Islam, for example. When it comes to fighting for the sake of God and dying in a just war, this is also considered a praiseworthy station. But never is martyrdom equated to terrorism in Islam. There is no concept of seeking to kill innocent civilians. Prophet Muhammad beseeched Muslims never to wish for war. We are not meant to be a people who crave violence, but once there is a just war then the nobel men and women who partake of it are praised for their sacrifice.




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After 12years in the Lighting industry, Lighting Direct in Underwood is shutting its doors to the public.

The team at Lighting Direct would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued customers and the community at large for their ongoing support over the last twelve years.

Your support has been greatly appreciated by us and whether you came by for a small bulb or a quick chat, it was always a pleasure to see and serve you all. Lighting Directs last trading day will be the end of December 2016.

Final days of Lighting Directs closing down sale. Everything must go. Large range of crystal chandeliers, modern and traditional pendants, downlights, outdoor lighting and a huge variety of floor and table lamps. All stock must be cleared. Prices never to be repeated! Hurry only available until stocks last. Don't miss out on your great bargain! Showroom located at Unit 1/24 Ferguson Street Underwood. Open 6 days.





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





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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


A memo to the president-elect about the people he fears. BY LAWRENCE PINTAK

An Idiot’s Guide to Islam in America 


Islam hates us.” That was a recurring theme of your campaign, Mr. President-elect.

And who can blame you? After all, your top advisors on Muslim affairs — Ann Coulter, Frank Gaffney, and Walid Phares — are card-carrying Islamophobes. Your incoming national security advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, wants Muslim leaders to “declare their Islamic ideology sick,” and your special advisor, Steve Bannon, has been accused of using his Breitbart News Daily radio show to instigate “fear and loathing of Muslims in America.”

But now that you’ve announced it’s time for America to “bind the wounds of division,” it might be useful for you to learn a little bit more about one of the most alienated segments of the nation you now lead: American citizens who also happen to be Muslims.

I get that you’re worried about what you call “radical Islamic terrorism.” I’ve been reporting on extremists who claim to represent Islam since I covered the first anti-American suicide bombings in Beirut in the early 1980s, so I share your concern. I’ve seen friends die and others waste away in captivity at their hands. And I’ve come awfully close to being a victim myself a few times. But I’ve also learned that Muslims come in many colors — literally and figuratively — and my doctorate in Islamic studies helped me understand that the religion itself is interpreted in many different ways. In fact, America’s 3.3 million Muslims, the other 1 percent, are developing their own take on what it means to follow Islam.

The jihadis are already rejoicing at your election because — their words here, not mine — it “reveals the true mentality of the Americans and their racism toward Muslims and Arabs and everything.” But what do they know?

When Bill O’Reilly asked you whether you thought American Muslims fear you, you replied, “I hope not. I want to straighten things out.”

So, in a similar spirit of good tidings, this memo about how good ol’ American values are influencing Islam in the United States might help make that whole straightening out go a little easier. Since it’s not likely that much beyond references to Islam as “a cancer” is going to make it into your briefing papers anytime soon, I thought I’d toss this out into the webosphere in the hope that you might trip across it late some night while prowling the net.

(It’s OK to just read the stuff in bold print.)


There’s no pope of Sunni Islam, the largest branch of the religion. But the chief clerics in Saudi Arabia and their counterparts at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University come awfully close. Or at least they did. That’s changing.

“We’re no longer talking about a group of Egyptian, Pakistani, or Iranian sheikhs who are imported here to teach Americans about Islam,” says Omid Safi, a professor of Islamic studies at Duke University. “More American Muslims want to have someone who articulates their vision of Islam with an American accent.”

A new generation of American Muslim religious leaders is making its voice heard. They are American-born or arrived young and grew up in the United States. Some are white converts, like Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College, an Islamic university in Berkeley, California, and Suhaib Webb, who the Islamic State recently put on its hit list; others are African-American, such as Amina Wadud, who in 2005 became the first woman to lead Friday prayers in the United States (a woman also gave the call to prayer).


They are bridging what many American Muslims see as a huge disconnect in their religion.



Source: Foreign Policy

Claim of Muslim multiple marriage welfare rort is a beat up

The claim that Muslims are rorting the welfare system with multiple wives is a beat up. Very few practice polygamous relationships, if for nothing else, the faith will only allow this if the husband has the capacity to provide for all. In any case, it is rare in Australia.

The reporting of the allegation in some sections of the media as fact rather than opinion is worrying and an indicator of how far it has embraced the tabloid sensationalism and never let the facts get in the way of a story style of reporting.

Why single out Muslims in any case. There are Christian sects that practice polygamy. To be consistent, the knockers should have a go at them too. But not a word is heard.

In any case, what right do the rest of us have, to interfere in consenting relationships, even if they are different to what we are accustomed to?

The zealots pursuing the crime of Muslims using multiple wives to rort welfare, use no more than hearsay. It is not backed up with evidence. Proving what you are saying is much harder than pulling allegations out of thin air. What better evidence of the bankruptcy of the claim is there than when in the same breath, those making the allegation, complain that there is no data? No data, no evidence.

Not everyone is a fan of Centrelink practices. But it must be said that its rules forbid treating people differently because of their faith. Are the zealots suggesting that this should change? It certainly sounds like it.

Another question. Is this really a complaint about rorting? Or is it another shot fired in a perceived war against Islam?

Islamic marriages are legal in Australia, because they do not contravene the Marriage Act. Polygamous marriages are accepted when they do happen to occur, because they are regarded as religious unions. Unions do not have to be registered. This applies to a range of different faiths, including Hindu and Buddhism. None are singled out for special treatment. Defacto unions are also recognised. Each is allowed to practice their belief.

Centrelink deals with these unions accordingly. Benefits are paid out to all claimants based on the person’s personal circumstances and the number of dependencies. It would be unfair to draw distinctions between one and another.

When claiming for dependencies, other than children, the money going to dependencies is less than what they would receive if they applied as individuals. Putting in a claim that gives you less can hardly be called rorting.

Most Australians want religion kept out of government. It has no place there, regardless of which faith. Government should be secular. Having it succumb to Christian law is as repugnant as succumbing to Sharia law. Australia is not threatened by Sharia law. A few voices might call for this. There are also Christian voices calling to impose Christian law.

It is time to insist on a bit of honesty from those making spurious claims. If they believe Muslims should be treated differently from others they should say so openly. They should not hide behind the shouting of unfounded allegations, and when they practice this, do not deserve to be taken seriously.




RELATED ARTICLE: Centrelink ‘legalises’ multiple Muslim wives (The Daily Telegraph)





A member of Donald Trump's transition team is touting the revival of a screening program for people in the US on non-immigrant visas from nations he calls "high risk," but critics say this type of program unfairly targets Muslims based on their religion. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

Tech workers pledge to never help Trump build Muslim registry

Donald Trump made a lot of promises on the campaign trail. And now some technologists are making their own.

While campaigning, Trump pledged to create of a database of Muslims.


After winning the election, he told "60 Minutes" he would look into deporting millions of illegal immigrants. While it's unclear whether he intends to follow through on those promises, some in Silicon Valley aren't taking any chances.

On Tuesday, a group of engineers, designers, and tech executives pledged that they would never participate in mass data collection that targets people based on race or religion.

At least 55 people have signed the pledge, posted on They say they will work within their companies -- which include Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Stripe, Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) and IBM (IBM, Tech30) -- to make sure data is collected and used ethically, and they will speak out against misuse.

The group references previous atrocities, including the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II (which one Trump supporter called a "precedent" for the proposed Muslim registry) and IBM's business relationship with Nazi Germany.

"We refuse to build a database of people based on their constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable," the group wrote.

The group also promises to delete "high-risk" datasets and backups, make end-to-end encryption the default if possible, and ensure the government follows legal protocols when requesting data.

The signatories say they will speak out if data is misused at their companies and will quit their jobs rather than participate in data collection for questionable government purposes.

"Many of us are driving similar discussions within our organizations, and with the pledge we are committing publicly to continue to raise concerns about the use of data within our organizations," Ka-Ping Yee, a software engineer who signed the pledge, said in an email to CNNMoney.

Considering the amount of personal information online, it's not a stretch to imagine tech companies would be tapped if Trump's administration followed through with creating a registry of some sort.

The tech industry has been critical of Trump, but it seems to show a desire to work with his administration. The president-elect is planning to meet with Silicon Valley executives on Wednesday.


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Ilhan Omar -- a Muslim, Somali-American, and immigrant

Christiane Amanpour 



Immigrants "make America great." Ilhan Omar -- a Muslim, Somali-American, and immigrant -- was just elected to Minnesota's legislature.



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 December 2016

TOPIC"Are Muslims insensitive?"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 December 2016

TOPIC"Syrian Crisis & Our Responsibility As an Ummah"

IMAM: Akram Buksh 







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 December 2016


IMAM: Imam Shahzad (Visiting)







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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 December 2016

TOPIC"Virtues of Masaajids"

IMAM: Mufti Nadeem Ali






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China Doesn’t Mind Islamic Extremists. As long as they're not Uighur.’



LANZHOU, China — Ma Xin couldn’t find the Salafi mosque. We were walking through the northwestern city’s Xiaoxihu neighborhood, a traditionally Muslim minority-dominated area. Ma, a 24-year-old Chinese Muslim who’d recently graduated from university and was working for a halal fruit juice company, had promised to bring me to one of the mosques adhering to Salafi teaching. Behind a busy shopping street, we found a dirt lot piled high with debris, the red character chai (“demolish”) still sprayed on the half-destroyed walls of a recently scrapped building.

But what looked like a sign of a crackdown turned out to be the opposite. A few minutes away from the lot, we met 38-year-old Hussein, an Arabic-language teacher at the mosque’s attached madrasa, or Islamic school, temporarily located in a set of portable trailers. It was the congregation that had decided to knock the mosque down, Hussein told us: “That mosque has already been renovated three times. Everything is funded by private donations.”

Now they were going to rebuild and expand the building, making more space for the approximately 60 madrasa students and additional worshippers. Hussein had studied Arabic for two years at King Saud University in Riyadh and now taught language for scriptural interpretation to Hui teenagers, members of the ethno-religious minority that makes up approximately half of China’s 23 million Muslims. When Ma asked Hussein if their school had trouble operating because of its Salafi association, Hussein frowned. “Foreign media is messing things up by saying Salafis are extremists. The government doesn’t interfere with us,” he said.

Hussein’s experience of a hands-off state approach was surprising in the context of Beijing’s convoluted history with Islam and recent rhetoric about countering extremism through ideological control. Chinese authorities have historically associated religion with ethnic separatism, unwanted foreign influence, and domestic turmoil. In the 19th century, sectarian Islamic clashes and an apocalyptic Christian revolt led to the deaths of millions of people in the country’s south and west. In recent days, the rise in violent extremism and radical jihad around the world has also left China grappling with its own terrorist incidents, including a knife attack at the Kunming train station in 2014, another attack on a coal mine in Aksu in 2015, and a car bombing at the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan this fall. 



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Remembering Junaid Jamshed


Junaid Jamshed was a pop icon, a fashion designer, a businessman – and a devout Islamic preacher.


On December 7, 2016, an ill-fated Pakistani Airlines flight from mountainous Chitral in the country’s north to the state capital, Islamabad, ended in the aircraft’s crash near Abbottabad. More than 30 perished, including 52-year old Junaid Jamshed Khan, easily one of the most recognizable personalities in Pakistan.

PAKISTAN: HIS weak eyesight prevented him from achieving his childhood dream of becoming a fighter pilot and instead he graduated as an engineer. Due to his excellent sense and skills of music he became lead vocalist of Vital Signs in the early ’80s.

Pakistan’s rock music industry’s fast development was mainly due to the commercial success of Vital Signs’ first album with Junaid Jamshed as main singer of the most popular patriotic song ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’.

After having gone through many ups and downs, from the most popular pop singer to bankruptcy, to a revival of fortunes, he quit music and devoted his life to Islam and became an Islamic preacher and charity worker. He also kept his singing skills alive and joined the ranks of Pakistan’s highly respected Qur’an reciters and nasheed (vocal Islamic songs) singers.

The Jordan-based annual publication The Muslim 500 listed Junaid Jamshed in the 2014 issue as one of the world’s most influential Muslims for his achievements and active involvement in charity work, especially with the UK registered NGO ‘Muslim Charity’.

The Muslim Charity, under his enthusiastic leadership has achieved a great deal and expanded its operations to many countries. Muslim Charity has provided assistance in many natural disasters such as the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004 and the Pakistan earthquake of 2005.

The young handsome man with a guitar of 1983 who turned into a religious preacher and charity worker met his Creator on Dec 7 May Allah rest his sou in peace.

M. Khalid Kamal

Doha, Qatar.

The Dawn


Junaid Jamshed at a fund raiser in Brisbane in 2014


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KB says: ….and here is another recipe for the holidays. It's easy, full of flavour and can feed a whole family. This recipe was shared by Aakifah Suleman who said that her family wiped the bowl clean.

One-Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta


3 Tbsp. oil
2 chicken breasts, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. green chillies
1 Tbsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
5 cups milk
4 cups uncooked penne pasta
1 cup grated cheese


Heat oil in a large pot over medium to high heat.

Add chicken and cook until no pink is visible, then take the chicken out.
Add the bell peppers and onion, cooking until the onion is translucent.

Add the chicken back to the pot with salt, pepper, chili powder, green chillies. cumin, and garlic powder, stirring until evenly coated.
Add the milk and the penne, stirring constantly to prevent any pasta from sticking.

Cook for about 8-10 minutes until pasta is cooked and the milk has reduced to a thick sauce that coats the pasta.
Before serving, add the cheese and mix until melted.
Garnish with chopped coriander.

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We all seem to be time-poor, so plan your day and make sure that exercise is at the top of your list. Work around your ailments / injuries rather than against them.

Surround yourself with like-minded people and motivate each other.


Find activities that you enjoy and keep at it.




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Mula Nasruddin has 8 hairs on his head.


He goes to the barber shop.


The barber, in anger, asks: Shall I cut or count them?


Mula Nasruddin smiles and says: "Colour them".


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An Ayaat-a-Week





Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:155


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1 January


Annual Mawlid an Nabi

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road Algester

0421 593 785

2.30pm for 3pm

7 January


Annual Milad-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Australian International Islamic College
724 Blunder Road, Durack

3809 4600


19 February


Seminar on Islam and Environmental Stewardship



0413 067 160

Morning (TBA)

19 February


Food Festival

Buranda Mosque


0432 539 942

starts 10am

25 April




30 April


ICB Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253


12 May




28 May




23 June




26 June




2 September




22 September







1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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





Sisters Support Services -  On going Activities


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


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

( Saturdays  at Runcorn location)


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

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


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


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

School Holiday Activites  -   Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

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

Contact :  Farah 0432026375


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

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

Aliyah :  0438840467                   Khadijah:   0449268375

Farah:    0432026375                   Iman :   0449610386



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher



On Going Activities


1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.


For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987


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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

Next Meeting

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

Light refreshments will be available. ALL WELCOME


For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

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Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


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Gold Coast Mosque

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South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

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