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Malek Fahd Islamic school, which operates across three Sydney campuses, is is danger of closing after the Commonwealth withdrew $19m in funding.

But Australian Federation of Islamic Councils spokesman Keysar Trad says ‘we have the best interests of the school at heart’

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils’ financial mismanagement, governance failings, and self-interest has jeopardised the future of Australia’s largest Islamic school and its 2,500 students, leading figures from Australia’s Muslim community have alleged in an open letter.

AFIC should immediately terminate its agreements with Sydney’s Malek Fahd Islamic school so that the school can continue to operate, the letter, signed by nearly 40 prominent members of Australia’s Muslim community, says.

But spokesman for AFIC Keysar Trad told the Guardian that AFIC’s board had been comprehensively reformed, and that the organisation stood willing to help the school: “we have the best interests of the school at heart”.

Last week, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal upheld the Turnbull government’s 2016 decision to pull $19m in funding to Malek Fahd after the school was found to be operating as a “for-profit” organisation, because of its agreements with AFIC.

The Commonwealth is the largest funder of the school, and the withdrawal of federal money may force the school to close. Currently, Malek Fahd, which operates across three campuses in western Sydney, has more than 2,500 students enrolled from kindergarten to Year 12.

The open letter says “AFIC does not represent Australian Muslims”, and said the federation must immediately sever its arrangements with Malek Fahd so the school’s students can continue their educations.

“The Australian Muslim community is united with the broader community in its outrage over the gross financial mismanagement, governance failings and long history of financial self-interest on the part of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils which prompted the funding withdrawal,” the letter says.



“We, the undersigned, demand that AFIC acts in the interests of the school, the Muslim community and the Australian public by immediately:

● terminating the uncommercial lease agreements that are crippling the current MFIS board’s ability to secure the future of the school;
● returning all advanced rental payments for school-occupied land;
returning the $1.42m borrowed from the school for land purchases;
● and turning school-occupied land over to an independently managed school trust.

“It is our strongly held opinion that AFIC is continuing to operate as an undemocratic boys’ club with flagrant disregard for the wellbeing of Australian Muslims. AFIC does not represent us.”

The letter has several hundred supporters online.

Trad, treasurer of AFIC, told Guardian Australia the organisation had democratic processes by which its members could seek change, and that public petitions were unhelpful and uninformed.

“This is an organisation that has changed. Seven out of nine board members of the organisation have changed... so that there can be no doubt about its commitment to fair and transparent and proper process. This is a different body, but the people bringing petitions don’t seem to understand the reforms that have been undertaken.

“This new body has done everything in its power to meet the requirements of the department of education so that the school can continue. We have the best interests of the school at heart, and we remain willing to sit down, anywhere, anytime, to negotiate a new arrangement to secure the future of the school.”

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal found last week Malek Fahd school was being run for profit and was not a fit and proper organisation.

Bernard McCabe, the AAT’s deputy president, said Malek Fahd appeared to be a good school with community support. But contractual relationships with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils means government funding would continue to flow from the school to the federation.

“The only appropriate course is to affirm the decision [to revoke federal funding],” McCabe wrote in his ruling. “That is a hard outcome for [Malek Fahd] and for the students and community it serves. But the ultimate responsibility must be laid at the door of the previous management of [the school].”

Simon Birmingham, the federal education minister, welcomed the AAT’s ruling to withdraw Malek Fahd’s funding, saying the school had been operating for profit in breach of the Australian Education Act. “Australians rightly expect that every taxpayer dollar committed to school education is genuinely expended on school education,” Birmingham said. “School governance should be of the highest standard and funding should be exclusively used for the education and welfare of students.

“Our attention now turns to working with the students and their families, the teachers and the whole school community about how we best support them through this difficult time.”

Malek Fahd operates over three campuses in Sydney’s west in Greenacre, Hoxton Park and Beaumont Hills. Between 2012 and 2015, it received more than $76m in financial assistance from the commonwealth, as well as money from the New South Wales government and tuition income from parents.

It is estimated roughly two-thirds of Malek Fahd’s income in 2014-15 came from the federal government.

Source: The Guardian



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Over a year ago, the Council of Imams NSW had established a Centre for Arbitration and Resolution of Disputes (CARD).


This centre has since been joined by qualified, capable and well experienced Imams and members of the Council of Imams NSW, including the Chairman of the National Centre for Arbitration and Resolution of Disputes (NCARD), the Mufti of Australia, His Eminence Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed.

The member Imams of the centre are also familiar with Australian family law and hold two panels accommodating both Arabic and English speakers. The Centre deals with personal and family matters of marriage, divorce, dissolution of marriage, Khula’ (termination), as well as inheritance and other religious matters.

Given the importance of this matter and the extent to which religious rights and obligations encompass marriage and divorce, the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) advises the Muslim community to ONLY engage with qualified and accredited Imams. In particular, member Imams who are accredited to perform such services by the Australian National Imams Council from all Australian states.

ANIC also urges the Muslim community not to engage with those who are not Imams, unqualified in conducting marriage contracts or solving marital disputes as this can result in severe legal, Islamic and social damages and ramifications.

For further enquiries or to make an appointment with the English Panel of CARD, please contact: 0403 440 993 OR email:

For further enquiries or to make an appointment with the Arabic Panel of CARD, please contact: 0478 770 587 OR email:



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Target's Back to School catalogue has received mixed responses on social media after it featured a woman wearing a hijab and children with disabilities.

The public has taken to social media to both praise and criticise Target for its Back to School catalogue, which features a diverse range of models including children with disabilities and from various cultural backgrounds.

Ahmed 'Shonuff' M tweeted "@Targetaus WOW Target. A Muslim model in your ad. Breaking barriers. This is very impressive. #nohate #EqualityForAll # weareallhuman

Erina-Lea Peters added: "@Kmart_Australia and @Targetaus taking real people as models to a new level. Love it! #realpeople #realmodels" while Sheena Punk wrote: "Bravo @Targetaus Showing diversity in your back2school catalogue."


But there has also been some criticism.

On Target's Facebook page, Vettie Marr wrote: "I look forward to Target having a CHRISTIAN woman wearing a large CRUCIFIX as we wouldn't want Target discriminating and only promoting one religion would we?"

Sonia Stephenson chimed in: "Australia is 'multicultural', can we please see other sectors also represented in your advertising?" to which Target replied: "Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us Sonia! We always aim to be inclusive with our advertising, whether it's in relation to age, gender, ethnicity or people with a disability."




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Society Q is a secretive anti-Islam party

A SECRETIVE organisation has promised to “reduce Islam” and encourage a “more human rights version” of the religion in the wake of terror attacks.

The mysterious Q Society is now gaining ground and support for the “Islam-critical Movement” across Australia and has decided to embrace the limelight.

It is a far cry from the days the group insisted members sign a nondisclosure agreement if they want to attend one of its meetings.

But now the anti-Islam party is publicly promoting a $150-a-head (£89) fundraising dinner in Sydney and Melbourne, which will feature speeches from well-known local councillors.

Leaders say the secretive group is gathering momentum across the pond in the wake of multiple Islamist terror attacks.

Deputy president Ralf Schumann said now is the big moment to “reduce Islam” and encourage a “more human rights friendly” version of the religion.

He said: “More people are aware, they see the problems in their backyard, their community. The public has picked up on it more with every bombing, stabbing, forced marriage and child bride.

“If you look back 10 years, you won’t read about these issues. Everything was fantastic, everyone wanted a falafel or kebab.

“With Islam, the problem grows exponentially. We’re probably 10 years behind Britain and Europe but we’re catching up fast.

“The main thing is to reduce the numbers, not let it grow any further and take the status out of it in our so-called multicultural society.”

Australia’s newest political party’s manifesto states that “Islam is not merely a religion, it is a totalitarian ideology with global aspirations”.

The party is affiliated with the Australian Liberty Alliance and global organisation Stop The Islamisation of Nations (SION), which brought right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders to speak in Australia.

Q Society has 1,000 registered members across Australia who donate sums of anything from $5 (£3) to $5,000 (£3,000).

But the organisation’s popularity hasn’t gone without receiving harsh criticism.

Keysar Trad, from the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, said Q Society spreads “disturbing baseless Islamophobia” but said some subscribed to their message because of a lack of good information about Islam.

However Mr Schumann argues “Islamophobia” is a bogus concept.

He told “It’s basic slander, the usual stuff to shut people up.

“Call them a Nazi, a bigot. I don’t think it’s racist. It’s concern about one particular ideology.

“You probably don’t remember how it used to be when you boarded an aircraft, it was like getting on a train or a tram. The change is certainly not because of crazy Hindus or Jews. Terror works.”

Source: Express UK



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Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.


On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right.

How will you do on the quiz?



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The North Brisbane Interfaith Group (NBIG) has been actively engaged in promoting constructive and harmonious interfaith relationships throughout the North Brisbane area for over ten years.


The Group has approximately 170 corresponding members.


Most of these members identify with one of the following Religious or Faith communities – Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh.

The major NBIG event for this year is an INTERFAITH COMPETITION 2017.

Four prizes of $1000 each are available for the best entries submitted under two categories - SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS and OPEN (see flier for details).


Entries are welcome from people of all ages and from any religious community who share a commitment to promoting cultural and religious goodwill and harmony.



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A man, 34, has been charged with sexually assaulting his child "bride" and a Melbourne Muslim cleric is accused of the girl's forced marriage.

The assault is alleged to have occurred less than two days after, the Melbourne Magistrates' Court heard on Friday.

Mohammad Shakir of Springvale, is charged with being a party to a forced marriage and sexually penetrating a child under 16, between September 30 and October 1 last year. He faced court via videolink.

Imam Ibrahim Omerdic, 61, is charged with conduct that caused a minor to enter into a forced marriage at Noble Park on September 29 last year.

A DVD of the ceremony being conducted at a mosque may form part of the evidence, the court was told.

Omerdic's bail was continued and Shakir was further remanded in custody until the case resumes on February 3.




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THIS WEEK: The Linda Sarsour Show | From MAS ICNA 2016 Conference





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Linda Sarsour is a racial justice and civil rights activist and every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare.



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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

Dr. Oz


Mehmet Oz, a household name in the United States, has admitted that he struggled with his Muslim identity in a household where his mother was secular in her beliefs while his father was traditional. Dr. Oz emphasizes the spiritual aspect of his religion, and has also stated as being influenced by the mystical element of his wife’s religion – Swedenborgian Christianity.



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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.)


An American accent does not automatically mean someone is a good person. Anwar al-Awlaki is the poster child for that. Born in New Mexico, Awlaki grew up to become a leading ideologue and recruiter for al Qaeda, with a vast social media presence. It was that American accent that made him so compelling. Even though he was assassinated in 2011 by a U.S. drone in Yemen, online videos of his lectures continue to inspire a new generation of extremists. Awlaki is a reminder that the tiny subset of “homegrown” extremists is a very real threat and must be identified and distinguished from the vast majority of Muslims in America.

Of course, not all American imams ride motorcycles or play in punk rock bands like Saad Tasleem, who has his own clothing line and is an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, which bills itself as a place that doesn’t “turn learning Islam into a snoozefest.” Many imams — from places like Egypt, Pakistan, and Malaysia — still hew to an approach more in keeping with the societies from which they emigrated. At the most religiously conservative (that’s not a synonym for political “extremist”) end of the spectrum, bodies like the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America are fighting a rearguard action with an approach that would be at home in the most fundamentalist Pakistani madrasa.

Emblematic is the organization’s recent “Recommendations of the Conference on Contemporary Dawah Issues in the West,” which included this ruling on the fiqh, or understanding, of the fundamentals of Islam: “Music that excites the desires and leads one to immoral acts is, by agreement, unacceptable. As for other types of music, there is a difference of opinion. The majority are of the opinion that they are all forbidden and that is the strongest view from a fiqh perspective. The least that could be said is that it is from the doubtful matters and it is safest to avoid it.”

But the greybeards of the old guard are losing their influence. Those advocating for an evolution of Islam in the United States say the emergence of a new generation of American Muslims — children of the immigrants of the 1980s and 1990s — raised on social media and hip hop, means that to be relevant, the cultural mores of the religion, though not the core values, must likewise adapt.


At the heart of this evolution of American Islam is the question of religious authority.

Source: Foreign Policy

Cory Bernardi is reportedly set to attend a dinner to raise funds for an anti-Islam group

Why Australia needs a commissioner for political pluralism

We are at risk in Australia of creating a political climate where extremists like Holland's anti-immigration activist Geert Wilders or Greece's communist leader Dimitris Koutsoumpas are electable, writes Mike Bird. We must rise to defend our pluralism.

Burning anger has, lamentably, become the dominating feature of the Australian political climate.

Walking through Melbourne's Brunswick recently, I noticed Sex Party signs that say "Tax the Church" — trying to create the impression that all churches are contemptible multi-million dollar mega-complexes built on the moral bankruptcy of a televangelist.

Meanwhile, Liberal MPs Cory Bernardi and George Christensen are reportedly set to attend a dinner to raise funds for an anti-Islam and anti-immigration group called the Q-Society, whose views can be easily characterised as xenophobic.

How did this happen? How did we come to the point where disdain for others was the new normal in Australian politics?

The rancorous debates over same-sex marriage, immigration, refugees, and climate change, combined with people's fatigue with the two-party system, has created the perfect storm for some political monster to emerge from the abyss of communal fragmentation and political opportunism.

Or if not a monster, someone from the extreme left or right, far from the mainstream.

Who's laughing now?


Confident pluralism argues that we can and must live together peaceably in spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality, and other important matters. We can do so in two important ways — by insisting on constitutional commitments that honour and protect difference and by embodying tolerance, humility, and patience in our speech, our collective action, and our relationships across difference.  




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Quranic Contemplation | Those Upon The Truth










Terrorist This, Terrorist That | Aussie Muslim



An Australian Muslim convert invites people to discover real Islam and warns people not to learn Islam from doubtful sources like the media.







Exhibit illuminates the divine art of the Quran

PBS NewsHour 



A major exhibition on the art of the Quran is being billed as the first of its kind in the U.S. Sixty-eight of the most important and exquisite Qurans ever produced are on view now at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. Jeffrey Brown reports on the vast variety of the manuscripts on display and the beauty, history and hard work behind each masterpiece.



JUDY WOODRUFF: In the charged atmosphere at this time around the role of Muslims in America comes what is billed as the first major exhibition on in the United States on the Quran.

Jeffrey Brown reports.

, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution: This is one of the great highlights of the exhibition. It’s a Quran from the early 14th century, from about 1330, signed by a great master.




A holy book, as a work of art, the Quran, sacred to some 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. A new exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., presents 68 of the most important and exquisite Qurans ever produced.

Dating from the late 7th to early 17 centuries, they come from many parts of the Islamic world and are part of the collection of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul. That’s where Sackler chief curator Massumeh Farhad first saw them.

MASSUMEH FARHAD: I realized that these were true works of art, that every single one of them was astounding in its sort of mastery of calligraphy, of the styles, and also of the scale of the works.

And that is something that, to me, was very important, and motivated me in trying to organize this exhibition, because I thought it really shifted my perception of what these works are. And I’m hoping that it will also shift the perception of the visitors who come to the museum to see the exhibition.

JEFFREY BROWN: For Muslims, the Quran is a divine text, a series of revelations transmitted from the angel Gabriel to the Prophet Mohammed between 610 and 632. It includes references to earlier figures, including Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

The term itself means recitation. The Quran stems from an oral tradition. But the text was written down and codified in a fixed form not long after the death of Mohammed.

Maria Dakake teaches Islamic religious thought and history at George Mason University.

MARIA DAKAKE, George Mason University: One of the things that is rather striking about the Quran when people read it for the first time is that it often takes the form of direct address.

So, it will say sometimes, oh, you who believe. Sometimes, it will address all human beings, oh, humankind. It is a series of moral exhortations, exhortations to virtue. It includes many stories of prophets before the time of Mohammed.

It is an attempt to grab the listener, or grab the reader, to wake them up, to make them think about their life, about the world around them. It’s a lot of passages with rhetorical sentences, right? Did you not consider this? Didn’t you think about this? How did you get here?

JEFFREY BROWN: The exhibition includes furniture, stands to hold manuscripts, and chests to store them.

Many of these Qurans were originally commissioned and donated or collected by rulers. Early manuscripts, on parchment, feature plain ink and simple designs. Later, artists and calligraphers developed ever more elaborate and ornate script, illumination, and geometric patterns, in light of Islam’s proscription against figurative images, to make each manuscript a singular work.

MASSUMEH FARHAD: It’s how they sort of use their individuality is really quite remarkable. And the greater master, the better they can sort of manipulate the style without breaking the rules, because you could not break the rules of a particular style of calligraphy, but you could sort of stretch them, and sort of introduce your own sort of touch to a particular style or a particular type of writing.

JEFFREY BROWN: Some of these masters are well known to scholars, like the maker of this Quran, Abdullah Sayrafi, who spent most of his life in Tabriz in Northwestern Iran.

MASSUMEH FARHAD: What is remarkable about Abdullah Sayrafi is the fact that he was able to write in more than one style of calligraphy, because, usually, most calligraphers specialized in one style and one particular size alone.

It was clearly a Quran that was meant for display. It is so lavish in its use of both illumination, in terms of that very rich black ink, the fact that every gold line is outlined in black. I mean, this is a visual feast, and it’s supposed to be viewed and looked at. So, it was meant as a display copy.

JEFFREY BROWN: How long would it take to do something like this?


JEFFREY BROWN: Years for each one?

MASSUMEH FARHAD: For each one.

JEFFREY BROWN: Even amid a highly contentious and politicized atmosphere today concerning Muslims in America, the curators say this exhibition was long in the works, and the timing is coincidental.

For her part, Maria Dakake hopes it will shine a different kind of spotlight on Islam and the Quran.

MARIA DAKAKE: You will hear sometimes Islamophobic comments about Islam. And they will say, well, you know, why would I want to know anything about this text? I see what kinds of things it produces, right? It produces people who behave in these violent ways or something like that.

But when you come here, you see the larger reality of what it produced, right? It produced beauty. It produced scientific inquiry. It inspired literary endeavors.

And in a time of Islamophobia, I think what’s so valuable about this collection is to see the kind of artistic elements, the beauty that the Quran really brought.

JEFFREY BROWN: “The Art of the Qur’an” is on exhibition through February.

From the Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., I’m Jeffrey Brown for the “PBS NewsHour.”







British AND Muslim?

Malik El-Shabazz Initiative


Bilal Hassam: on the British Muslim identity, life as a Muslim in the UK, and reflections on the current political climate.






"The Bonds of Brotherhood in Islam"


Prof Mohamad Abdalla


(Kuthbah in Adelaide)







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Health and Physical Education Teachers needed!


The Australian International Islamic College- Durack is open to applications for Health and Physical Education teaching positions for Secondary College (HPE 7-10, HE/PE 11-12). Positions will be available for the start of Term 1 2017 (23rd January 2017).

Applicants must have teacher’s registration with the Queensland College of Teachers to be eligible for an appointment.

• Excellent communication skills to deliver the curriculum
• Well-developed management skills
• A passion to enrich children’s learning
• Enthusiasm

All CV’s are to be forwarded to: attention to “The Principal”.

The Australian International Islamic College was established in 2002 to meet the growing needs for children of the Islamic faith in the Brisbane area. The college has 3 campuses; Durack (Main), Carrara and Buranda. The Durack Campus has a population of 500 students of which most students live in neighbouring suburbs of Durack.


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Tillerson won't rule out Muslim registry


Rex Tillerson

US: Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the State Department, did not rule out the creation of a national registry of Muslims during his Wednesday confirmation hearing.

But Tillerson did say he would not support a "blanket-type" ban on all Muslim immigration into the United States.

Trump has regularly floated using a registry to track Muslims in America as a way to protect the country against potential acts of terror. But his staff regularly tries to tamp down those concerns in statements.

When pressed on the registry by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tillerson punted.

“I would need to have a lot more information around how such an approach would even be constructed,” he said.

“If it were a tool for vetting, it obviously extends to other groups as well that are threats to the U.S.”

Tillerson went on to add during the hearing that America will need to rely on peaceful Muslims across the world in its fight against terror, saying his travels throughout Muslim countries across the world have helped him to gain “an appreciation and recognition of this great faith.”

Trump's call for a Muslim registry echoes a George W. Bush administration-era program, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which created new check-in requirements for citizens of certain countries while in the United States. With the exception of North Korea, all of the countries had Muslim-majority populations. Many of the NSEERS requirements were suspended in 2011, with the program eliminated entirely last December.

Two Trump Cabinet picks have already raised concerns about the proposed registry in their hearings. Homeland Security pick and retired Gen. John Kelly said Tuesday that he wouldn't agree with a religion-based registry, while Trump's attorney general pick, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), said the registry would create constitutional issues.  




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Montreal Eatery Offers Free Food for Those Without Money


Broke and hungry? This Montreal eatery will feed you. Marché Ferdous provides food for those who can’t pay for their meal, and finds their regulars want to help too.

CANADA: A Canadian eatery is offering free meals to the hungry while also setting an example for how a gesture of generosity can make a difference. Marché Ferdous, a small Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown Montreal, implemented a new policy — those without money can dine for free — five months ago, reports CBC News.

Restaurant co-owner Yahye Hashemi came up with the idea after he noticed how frequently people came in asking for spare change. While he initially gave people money to use at the restaurant, he realized it would be easier to serve free meals. Now, a sign written in both English and French is pasted outside his restaurant reading: "People with no money welcome to eat for free."

"We do not ask any questions; we do not judge people," Hashemi, who co-owns the joint with Ala Amiry, tells Global News. "They want to eat, [we] give them the food. That's it, that's all."

The Iranian-born businessman estimates his restaurant feeds four to five people a day. As far as finances are concerned, Hashemi says he considers it a business expense. "We don't think about how much it will cost us," he tells CBC News, adding that it is in his faith to help people and that he wants to give back to the country that has given him so much.

News of the restaurant's policy made headlines after a customer tested out the sign's claims. After successfully receiving a free meal, Sean Jalbert took to Facebook to share his experience. "Curious enough I walked in and pretend I had no money and asked for food," writes Jalbert. "She didn't ask anything, but said we welcome you and pick whatever you like, including anything I wanted to drink. Made me smile and warm inside I paid for my food and told them they were awesome for doing this."

Hashemi's generosity has proved to be contagious, as diners at the establishment have started donating money to feed the less fortunate. "They come here, they donate $20, $30, $50 and they say, 'OK, the next few people are on me,'" Hashemi says.

Despite inspiring their customers with their goodwill, the restaurant's chef, Abdelkader Bejaoui, maintains what they're doing is "not a big deal." Bejaoui told CTV News: "It doesn't matter, because at night if you still have leftover food you end up throwing it out, so why not give to those in need? It's not a big deal."

The good-faith free-meals policy will remain at Marché Ferdous indefinitely and the team hopes to inspire other Montreal restaurants to follow suit. 



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Former refugee Ahmed Hussen takes over immigration ministry


Ahmed Hussen, centre, poses with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Gov.-Gen. David Johnston after being sworn in as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Tuesday.


CANADA: Hussen came to Canada from war-torn Somalia when he was 16, and now takes over immigration and refugee file for Justin Trudeau.

Ahmed Hussen, centre, poses with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Gov.-Gen. David Johnston after being sworn in as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Tuesday.

OTTAWA—In 2004, Ahmed Hussen was proclaimed a “Person to Watch” in the country’s biggest city for his community work in Regent Park. He told the Star at the time: “I don’t think I could handle the life of a politician . . . I don’t want to be front and centre.”

Flash forward to Tuesday, and there was Hussen, front and slightly to the right, swearing an oath to serve the Queen in front of a cluster of clicking cameras as he officially joined the reshuffled Liberal cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The rookie MP for York-South Weston has leapt from the backbench of the party to become Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, a position made all the more noteworthy for Hussen’s own story. He came to this country as a refugee from war-torn Somalia, settling on his own in a foreign land as a 16-year-old in 1993.

Just hours after formally assuming his new post, Hussen — who has been a lawyer, human rights advocate and community activist — said the trajectory of his life would affect how he approaches the job, just like it would for anyone else.

“I am extremely proud of our country’s history as a place of asylum, a place that opens its doors and hearts to new immigrants and refugees, and I’m especially proud today to be the minister in charge of that file,” Hussen told reporters outside the House of Commons on Tuesday.

“The story of Canada is the story of immigration, and I’m especially proud and humbled that the prime minister would task me with this important role.”

Hussen was first elected in 2015, part of the surge of votes that saw the Liberals nearly sweep Toronto and much of the surrounding area. Since coming to Ottawa as Canada’s first Somali-born MP, he has served on the Justice and Human Rights Committee as well as the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.

Prior to being elected, Hussen worked as a lawyer, practicing criminal defence, immigration and refugee law. He also served on the board of the Global Enrichment Foundation, which helps women in East Africa go to university and colleges in the region, as well as the board for the Toronto-based Journalists for Human Rights.

Speaking to the Star for after his election in 2015, Hussen described how he arrived in Canada as a solitary teenager and went to high school in Hamilton. After graduation, he moved in with one of his brothers, who lived in subsidized housing in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. To put himself through school at York University, Hussen commuted nearly two hours to pump gas in Mississauga.

It was his experience living in Regent Park that drew him into politics. Hussen co-founded the neighbourhood association that pushed for the inclusion of more public housing in the $500-million redevelopment of the community, and eventually became a prominent voice as president of the Canadian Somali Congress.



In 1999, the newly elected George Smitherman — who went on to be a provincial cabinet minister and Toronto mayoral candidate — met Hussen in Regent Park. Smitherman became a kind of mentor for Hussen, eventually helping him land a gig working in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office.

Smitherman told the Star Tuesday that he was thrilled to see Hussen vaulted to cabinet after such a short period on Parliament Hill.

“That’s the beauty of politics. If your leader sees your talent, you have the opportunity to ride the express elevator to the top,” he said.

“He’s got an impressive energy and an irrepressible sprit and I think those things are going to serve him extremely well and serve Canada well.”

Hussen takes over the immigration department that was previously headed by veteran Markham MP John McCallum, who shepherded nearly 40,000 refugees from Syria into Canada during his 14 months on the job.

McCallum is leaving his post to be Canada’s ambassador to China and told reporters Tuesday that he feels the department is in “good hands” with Hussen. 




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Reports: Morocco bans sale of full-face veil


News media say law due to take effect soon also prohibits import and marketing of garment in "all cities and towns".


Most women in Morocco prefer the hijab without the face veil, but in some conservative regions the niqab is not uncommon

MOROCCO: Morocco has banned the production and sale of full-face veils apparently for security reasons, according to local media reports.

While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week.

"We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom," the Le360 news site quoted a high-ranking interior ministry official as saying on Tuesday.

It said the measure appeared to be motivated by security concerns, "since bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes".

Most women in Morocco, whose King Mohammed VI favours a moderate version of Islam, prefer the hijab, or headscarf, which does not cover the face.

Hammad Kabbaj, a preacher who was barred from standing in parliamentary elections in October over his alleged ties to "extremism", denounced the ban as "unacceptable".

In comments on Facebook, he mocked the "Morocco of freedom and human rights" which "considers the wearing of the Western swimsuit on the beaches an untouchable right".

But Nouzha Skalli, a former family and social development minister, welcomed the ban as "an important step in the fight against religious extremism".

The High Council of Ulemas, the country's top religious authority, has yet to comment on the issue of banning full-face veils.



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Thanks to this Afghan woman, 6,000 imams have taken gender-sensitivity training



Saudi women have now become an integral part of the airport staff

AFGHANISTAN: JANUARY 5, 2017 KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—It is Friday noon in Kabul, Afghanistan, and men dressed in traditional clothes hurry to mosques to pray in congregation. Friday prayers are usually men’s business, and during the Taliban rule in the 1990s, women were not allowed in mosques. But in one neighbourhood in the city, an imam has kept the doors of his mosque open to women for 12 years now. He often preaches about women’s rights in Islam – that women are equal to men and have the right to work and study.

This is all because of a woman named Jamila Afghani and the gender-sensitivity training program she has created.

Ms. Afghani has a friendly smile that hides all that she has had to endure in life. A women’s rights activist and Islamic scholar in Afghanistan, she has battled discrimination, as well as disability, since childhood. But it was access to education and being able to read the Quran herself that made her realize Islam could be used to empower women in Afghanistan.

Today, according to Afghani, about 20 percent of Kabul’s mosques have special prayer areas for women, whereas only 15 years ago there were none. The sermons delivered by imams about the importance of education have also helped many women persuade their families to let them study. In fact, some 6,000 imams in Afghanistan have participated in Afghani’s training program.

Afghani was born in Kabul in 1974, a few years before the Soviet invasion of the country. When she was only a few months old, she contracted polio, which left one of her legs disabled. But for Afghani the disability became a blessing in disguise. Her family was conservative and did not approve of education for girls. Her sisters played outside, but Afghani was not able to; she became easily bored and spent her days crying. Finally, at the suggestion of her doctor, her father enrolled her in first grade.

“I became very happy. When I got to school, it was my whole world,” she says.

Afghani was in fifth grade when the fighting between the mujahideen and the Soviet Union became so fierce that her family left Afghanistan for Pakistan. In Peshawar, she enrolled in master’s-level classes in Islamic studies and began learning Arabic. Once there, she came to see an Islam that was not what she had been familiar with.

“When I started learning Arabic and studying by myself, I found out that Islam is totally different from what my family was saying, what my environment was teaching,” she says.

“Everything was always a discrimination in our family,” says Afghani, who observed how her brothers behaved with their wives. “They were educated women, but my brothers stopped them from continuing their education and working,” she recounts. “I thought, if [my brothers] can go outside, why not my sisters-in-law?”

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German police quash Breitbart story of mob setting fire to Dortmund church


Tens of thousands clicked and shared the story with the headline “Revealed: 1,000-man mob attack police, set Germany’s oldest church alight on New Year’s Eve”.

GERMANY: German media and politicians have warned against an election-year spike in fake news after the rightwing website Breitbart claimed a mob chanting “Allahu Akbar” had set fire to a church in the city of Dortmund on New Year’s Eve.

After the report by the US site was widely shared on social media, the city’s police clarified that no “extraordinary or spectacular” incidents had marred the festivities.

The local newspaper, Ruhr Nachrichten, said elements of its online reporting on New Year’s Eve had been distorted by Breitbart to produce “fake news, hate and propaganda”.

The justice minister of Hesse state, Eva Kühne-Hörmann, said that “the danger is that these stories spread with incredible speed and take on lives of their own”.

The controversy highlights a deepening divide between backers of German chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal stance toward refugees and a rightwing movement that opposes immigration, fears Islam and distrusts the government and media.

Tens of thousands clicked and shared the story with the headline “Revealed: 1,000-man mob attack police, set Germany’s oldest church alight on New Year’s Eve”.

It said the men had “chanted Allahu Akbar (God is greatest), launched fireworks at police and set fire to a historic church”, while also massing “around the flag of al-Qaida and Islamic State collaborators the Free Syrian Army.”

The local newspaper said Breitbart had combined and exaggerated unconnected incidents to create a picture of chaos and of foreigners promoting terrorism.

Stray fireworks did start a small blaze, but only on netting covering scaffolding on the church and it was put out after about 12 minutes, the paper reported. The roof was not on fire and the church is not Germany’s oldest.

Dortmund police on Thursday said its officers had handled 185 missions that night, sharply down from 421 the previous year. The force’s leader judged the night as “rather average to quiet”, in part thanks to a large police presence.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily said Breitbart had used exaggerations and factual errors to create “an image of chaotic civil war-like conditions in Germany, caused by Islamist aggressors”.

It said the article “may be a foretaste” of what is to come before parliamentary elections expected in September as some websites spread “misinformation and distortion in order to diminish trust in established institutions”.

Justice minister Heiko Maas warned in mid-December that Germany would use its laws against deliberate disinformation and that freedom of expression did not protect “slander and defamation”.

Bild, Germany’s top-selling daily, also predicted trouble ahead – pointing to the fact that Breitbart’s former editor Steve Bannon had been appointed as US president-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist.

It warned that Breitbart – which plans to launch German and French language sites – could seek to “aggravate the tense political climate in Germany”.

Breitbart has declined to comment.

The Guardian


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KB says: A treat for the children as the holidays come to an end…….
This recipe was kindly shared by Bilkees Jadwat.



1 cup of water
80 grams of butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence


1. Bring water butter and sugar to boil in a saucepan
2. Once it boils remove from the heat and add flour and stir quickly till it forms a ball.
3. Put it back on the heat and stir for about a minute then remove from heat .
4. Once mixture is a little cooler, beat in eggs one at a time.
5. Add vanilla and beat till nice and smooth.
6. Place into a piping bag and using a star nozzle pipe into hot oil and use a scissor to snip batter into the oil and fry till its golden.

In a separate bowl mix
½ cup castor sugar
Half tsp cinnamon powder

As churros come out of the oil, drain and roll in the cinnamon sugar. Serve with chocolate ganache and fresh cream.

Note: When cooled, individual wrap each piece in clingwrap for a quick on the go snack. Substitute ½ quantity of sugar with honey for an even tastier alternative.

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This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. A high-intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery, This afterburn effect is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic workouts.




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Jabar Jr. came to the the Madressa class at the start of the term as a first time student.


After telling the rest of the children her name, Mualima Firdaus asked Jabar Jr., "What does your father do?"


Jabar Jr.: "Whatever Mom says."



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An Ayaat-a-Week





The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) does not love those who do wrong.
~ Surah Ash-Shura 42:40


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CI Prof Gillian Triggs 9 FEBRUARY AU Islamic Peace Conference Melbourne 11 12 MARCH


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


Youth activities for primary school aged children (both boys and girls) are being organized on behalf of Sisters House Services.


It is called the Young Muslims Club. (Previously called the Young Amirs Club but changed to include girls in the activities and not just boys).


There's no cost to be a member of the club. There are monthly activities doing different fun social and educational activities in usually in the Kuraby-Logan area or sometimes all around Brisbane.


Weekly activities take place in the school holidays.


All activities are run by professional organisations.


Parents only have to pay the cost of the activity if their child wants to participate, which is usually $15-20 (cost price is charged only because this is a not for profit club).


Parents are welcome to stay with the kids while they participate.


Everyone is welcome to join in with the activities. Older and younger siblings are welcome to join. For most activities the minimum age is 3.




Parent info session, student assessments, registration will be held

on 28th January 2017 (Saturday)

from 10.30am  - 12.30pm in the Madrassa Hall







Al Firdaus College Al Firdaus College Young Muslims Club Student Tuition Slacks Creek Hire Shajarah Islamic Education Shajarah Islamic Education Holland Park Mosque Hall Hire Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram High School Subjects Tutoring


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Prof Gillian Triggs: Challenging Times for Human Rights


Crescent Institute Brisbane

BDO Brisbane, CBD

0407 458 011

6pm for 6.30pm start

4/11/18 February


Short Course: Essence of Islam (New Muslims & Non-Muslims)

Brisbane Muslim Fellowship

Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue Centre, Griffith University, Nathan

0468 948 222

Feb 4 – 9:30am to 3:30pm
Feb 11 – 10:00am to 3:30pm
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19 February


Seminar on Islam and Environmental Stewardship



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AU Islamic Peace Conference

Buranda Mosque

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

0425 886 949

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11 March


Muslimah Night Bazaar

Muslim Night Bazaar

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


4pm to 9pm

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ICB Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253


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Masjid As Sunnah



12 February





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





Sisters Support Services -  On going Activities


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


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

( Saturdays  at Runcorn location)


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

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


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


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

School Holiday Activites  -   Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

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

Contact :  Farah 0432026375


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

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

Aliyah :  0438840467                   Khadijah:   0449268375

Farah:    0432026375                   Iman :   0449610386



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
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On Going Activities


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

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

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


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

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987


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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


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