Sunday, 12 March 2017


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Sunday, 5 March saw the Muslim Community come together and hold Clean Up Australia Day across three sites in Brisbane and Logan City.


This organised effort was the initiative of the Islamic Practice & Dawah Circle and the Islamic Council of Queensland. It was also supported by the Slacks Creek Mosque, Youth Connect Queensland and the Council of Imams Queensland. Two officers from the Australian Federal Police also attended and sponsored the soft drinks.


Mount Taylor Reserve in Slacks Creek, Balfour Park in Darra and Kulgun Park in Kelvin Grove were the three sites selected this year.


Over 50 volunteers participated across all sites with more then 100 kg of garbage being disposed off, as well as many sharps, including syringes and tattoo needles.


Given the success of this year's event, 2018 will likely see a greater number of sites an with the organizers hoping to attract even more participants as well as other Muslim organisations to join in.


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The College Parents’ Advisory Committee (CPAC) of the Islamic College of Brisbane is once again holding its major fundraising event – BIG AUTUMN FETE.


The 2015 Big Winter Fete was a tremendous success due to hard-working volunteers and support from both the Muslim and non-Muslim community.

We hope this year’s fete will be bigger and better than ever before and all proceeds from this event will go towards the new Upper Primary Playground due for construction later this year. To achieve this, we would like to extend an invitation to the wider community to get involved by operating a stall of your choice, providing vital sponsorship or donating auction items. There are also opportunities for members of the wider community to advertise their club/group during the stage programme.

We are especially hoping to bring our multicultural community together in a day of celebration, entertainment and an international food fest.

Please assist by contacting the following Fete Co-ordinators by phone during business hours or by email:






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 Current Affairs interviews Hanson: Channel 9

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has attacked Pauline Hanson again for her anti-Islamic views and warned they could play into the hands of extremists trying to radicalise young Muslims.

“I reject those sentiments entirely,” he said.

“The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of Muslims in Australia are utterly appalled by extremism, by violent extremism, by terrorism.”

His comments come after she gave an explosive interview to Nine’s A Current Affair program last night, where she said some Muslims wanted to live a “good life” as opposed to those who held extremist views, but it was hard to tell who they were.

“I want to actually believe I do that there are some you know who want a good life, who want to live a quiet life, but Tracy, you tell me, You line up a number of Muslims, who’s the good one? Who’s not?

“Where are the Muslims who want to speak up more? Why aren’t we hearing from them? How often do we ever hear from them Very, very rarely,” she said.

Mr Turnbull also praised Indonesian President Joko Widodo as one of Australia’s key efforts in the war against Islamic terrorism.

Mr Turnbull is in Jakarta where he will sign an agreement with Mr Widodo and other Indian ocean leaders to strengthen cooperation afainst terrorism.

“In that war against Islamist terrorism - extremism - our best allies are Muslim leaders like Joko Widodo,” Mr Turnbull said.

“The millions and billions of Muslims who are thoroughly committed to peace.”

Source: Herald Sun



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With expansion to Sydney, the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) now becomes the Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA) to reflect its national role for its services.

"Our current focus is to continue to improve on the quality of the
culturally appropriate services we specialize in and have successfully
been delivering to our clients for the last 25 years," outgoing aged care services manager, Hanan Al-Alawneh, wrote in the first newsletter for 2017.


"There have been so many changes in the funding and structure of the
aged care sector in the last few year, Starting form the introduction of
CDC Home Care Packages, centralizing referral through My Aged Care
to the latest change Increasing Choice in Home Care."



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After a short but eventful stay lasting for about ten months at the Hindustan Times, Yusuf Omar (son of Dr Anver and Bilkish Omar of Brisbane) has joined CNN International as a Senior Social Reporter/Producer. Omar will be working out of the broadcaster’s London bureau as part of the social publishing team led by Director Ashley Codianni.

Announcing Omar’s appointment on March 6, Samantha Barry, Executive Producer of Social and Emerging Media, said, “Making the most of his strong mobile storytelling skills, Yusuf will work primarily on CNN’s Snapchat Discover edition, reaching large numbers of millennials every month. We're excited to see how Yusuf, along with Allison Morrow and the entire CNN Snapchat team, will continue to innovate on the platform.”

In May last year, the Indian-origin journalist was appointed as Mobile Editor by Hindustan Times (HT). His stint largely revolved around creating and training 750 mobile journalists for the print giant. While at HT, Omar’s innovative use of Snapchat filters for narrating the stories of sexual abuse survivors was bestowed with a special recognition by International Journalists’ Network.

Born in the United Kingdom, Omar moved to HT from eNCA in South Africa where he made his name as a mobile journalist reporting on conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. Recipient of the Duke Media Fellowship in 2016, Omar holds a post graduate diploma in journalism from Rhodes University in South Africa.

Source: Exchange4Media



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 'The Surfing Imam'

Shiekh Zainadine Johnson, popularly known as 'The Surfing Imam' is an Australian Revert to Islam since the year 2000. He attained a diploma in Advanced Arabic Studies at the Al Eman Islamic University, Yemen. He also reached the 3rd year of a bachelor degree in Sharia studies in the Arabic language along with attaining a number of certificates in with the great scholars of Egypt.

Shaykh Zainadine is an accomplished, versatile motivated professional Da'ee with a proven track record in dawah and teaching. He is well known for his interesting and informative lectures and television programs.
Sheikh Zainaddine Johnson is currently the Imam of Sunshine Coast Masjid. He has been traveling around Australia to give inspirational talks. The Sheikh will give his first 2017 lecture in Brisbane, in sha Allah:

Topic: Islam in The 21st Century
Program: Lecture -30 mins
Q & A – 20 mins

Venue: Logan Masjid ( 262/266 Third Ave, Kingston, Qld)
Date: 17 March 2017 - Friday
Lecture time: 8:10pm ( Isha prayer @ 7:50pm)
For more details: 0425 811 150



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Want to better understand Islam? Follow Shepparton's lead and 'Speed date a Muslim'



'Speed Date A Muslim' is not a romantic or social event. It's a meetup with a difference, designed to provide a safe space for non-Muslims to meet Muslims, ask questions and smash racial boundaries.

'Speed Date A Muslim' is not a romantic or social event. It's a meetup with a difference, designed to provide a safe space for non-Muslims to meet Muslims, ask questions and smash racial boundaries.

Since inception, these dating events have been a wild success, with requests flowing in to Assafiri from around Australia - and abroad - requesting she bring the speed dating team to their region. But it was the small town of Shepparton that was to be Hana’s first stop beyond Melbourne.

Assafiri tells SBS that she has local mum and member of the Shepparton Ethnic Council, Betul Tuna, to thank for the invitation.

“Betul attended a speed dating event in Brunswick, and stood up halfway through,” remembers Assafiri.

“She said, 'for all your latte-sipping, polished approaches to race relations, things are very different for us in Shepparton. Put your money where your mouth is, and come run this event up there.'

“So we did.”




Speed Date A Muslim arrives in Shepparton, Victoria.



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The singer and spiritual seeker says he is standing against Trump’s travel ban –

and ‘standing up for ambiguity and poetry’

Protests about Donald Trump’s travel ban are taking many forms but perhaps one of the most unexpected is the release of a new album by Ben Lee, called Ben Lee Sings Songs About Islam for the Whole Family.

Yes, it’s a poppy, catchy album about Allah for kids, written by a Jewish-raised dude from Sydney.

Lee, an Australian musician who is based in Los Angeles, says he is seeking to distil the essence of Islam through music at a time of increasing hostility towards Muslims.

e tells Guardian Australia that originally the songs were going to be part of a multi-album project exploring the great religions of the world – including Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism – but the political situation in the US prompted him to put out the Islam-themed album separately.

All proceeds will go to the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the organisations challenging Trump’s restriction on travel to the US for people from six Muslim-majority nations.

“All of this stuff started to happen with the travel ban, and I thought, you know what – now’s the moment. And if you let these moments go past and you don’t stand up, then they slip away. This album is not a hardcore piece of activism. I’m standing up for ambiguity and poetry.”

Much of the mysticism of spirituality has been left behind, Lee argues, in what he describes as a rush to one of two positions: “Either you’re a fundamentalist who takes every word of text literally, or you hold a liberal atheist view where you believe in no God, no grey areas.

“There is a whole other area that I would love to hear us talking about, which is the psychological value of our myths and stories.”

Lee has long been a spiritual seeker. Raised Jewish in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, he moved to New York when he was 18 and studied with a chi kung master, Nan Lu, at the American Taoist Healing Center. From there he was introduced to Hinduism and his guru, Sakthi Narayani Amma.

He later married the British-American actor Ione Skye in a Hindu ceremony and has written an album about ayahuasca, the hallucinogenic taken in South American shamanistic circles.

“The [Islam] project springs from my own experiences in these religions and the common thread behind them … I wanted to put out a record that describes the common ground we have, not the differences,” he says.

Much of Lee’s work since his breakout album, Awake Is the New Sleep, has been influenced by his spiritual awakenings and investigations.

“Once you’ve seen the world through different types of eyes, you can never go back. I’ve looked through the eyes of people who have internalised these spiritual stories and that is channelled on to the album.”

The LP – as you’d expect of a collection of children’s songs – is sunny and upbeat, a contrast to the heavy associations people make about Islam in many parts of the west. A lot of people have asked Lee about sharia law and violence in the Qur’an but he says it’s a mistake to interpret any religious text literally.

“The point of this project is honouring these texts as poetic works. There have been many problems with spirituality when it comes to the forming of churches, laws and cultural norms.”

Lee is not too fussed with the cultural elements of religion – instead he is attracted to the stories, the mysticism and potential to tap into what he has described as “hidden energies” that run through everything.

“As a Jewish person, I never was drawn to the cultural bonding. My interest is the mysticism of each culture and a practical application of consciousness that each of the religions lay out. Even if we don’t use the word God, there are different places in our psyches we can act from.

“If you look at the US administration, it’s acting out fear, aggression and intolerance – there is a decision we make about which part of ourselves to voice.”



Ben Lee: ‘I wanted to put out a record that describes the common ground we have, not the differences.’

The part we voice should be loving and authentic, Lee says. As to how Ben Lee Sings Songs About Islam for the Whole Family can change the conversation we’re having about Islam: “Any contribution that our generation makes will be through the education of our children. I would hope that if I make music that parents want to play in the car – if we can begin these ideas in the home – [and] look intelligently, not fundamentally, we begin to hear the authentic and true parts of Islam.”

Not everyone is a fan of the concept and Lee has received a fair bit of hate for the album on his Facebook page. He has tried to respond “compassionately” but, ultimately, he’s found the best way to manage trolls is just to delete their comments.

More challenging, he says, has been the attitude of people in his own circles. “There is a large segment of my community where the election result has justified their depression about life. They say, ‘See, I told you – life is unfair.’ That’s a dangerous viewpoint. I still believe that love is a force that can conquer everything else and I try not to get drawn into a cultural depression, which is very defeatist. There’s no energy there.”

Lee is also dismissive of what he calls “pink spirituality” – a mashup of new age and positive thinking that says: “‘Everything is cool – everything will work out.’ If you look at real mysticism, there are real problems and you need to engage. All I know is that I’m not going to turn away from my responsibility.”

Ben Lee Sings Songs About Islam for the Whole Family is available now on iTunes


Source: The Guardian



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Susan Carland: ‘I thought Islam was barbaric’: Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery




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SUSAN Carland has opened up about her conversion to Islam in a new interview, admitting she was “terrified” to tell her loved ones she had become a Muslim.

The academic and wife of The Project host Waleed Aly appeared on this week’s episode of ABC show Home Delivery, and sat down with host Julia Zemiro for a look back at her life.

Carland was raised Christian, and religion was always present in her life: She was made to attend Sunday school throughout her primary school years.

But questions about her faith started to emerge.

“When I was 17 I still had lots of questions. I began to wonder, am I just following the Christian path because that’s what I’ve been raised in? Is there truth or meaning elsewhere? I decided I was going to look,” she told Zemiro.

Islam was not her first option.

“I was adamantly NOT interested in Islam; I thought it looked sexist and outdated and barbaric. All the stereotypes, the standard things that many politicians today seem to think. But to my surprise, it provoked my interest.”

Two years later, at the age of 19, she became a Muslim. In those two years, she’d immersed herself in books and joined a Muslim women’s group at university to make sure the religion was right for her.
The next test: ‘Coming out’ about her religion to her family and friends.

“I was terrified, absolutely terrified about telling people. My family — my mum in particular. And my friends, it was awful. I was so worried about telling people, because I didn’t know how they’d react. I assumed they would react negatively, and most people did,” she recalled.

“It didn’t help that I wanted to wear the hijab straight away. I think if I just said, ‘I’m going to become Muslim but still look the same’ it would have been much easier for people to take.”

Carland converted to Islam pre-9/11, and has now watched her religion become closely linked to global terrorism in many people’s perceptions. Even now, Carland says her life would be “so much easier” if she wasn’t a Muslim: Time and again, she says she comes up against people who “cannot believe that someone, especially an educated woman, would possibly choose it for herself.”

But this hasn’t swayed her from her religious beliefs.
“I really believe in Islam as a religion. I really believe it has something to offer the world and it’s a thing of beauty. I just want people to see that,” she says.

Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, which focused on Carland’s early years growing up in suburban Melbourne, she revealed her first love: actor Yahoo Serious, who she fell for when she saw his 1988 film Y oung Einstein as a child.

“I remember walking out of the cinema with my mum and dad and thinking, why are they acting like nothing’s changed? I’m a woman now,” she laughed.

“I think I always liked the oddball ... which says a lot about Waleed!”




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Steve Price says I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here has "changed" him

Steve Price is a changed man.

The conservative firebrand, well-known for his temper on the airwaves and Channel 10's The Project, was booted off Thursday night's episode of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

While Price didn't take home the top prize, he says the past 42 days in the South African wilderness have left a profound mark on him - and not just because of the lack of hot water.

During his six week sint in the jungle, Price had a "touching" conversation with comedian Nazeem Hussain, who revealed his family's fears in the wake of the 2014 terror attack in Sydney's Martin Place.

Speaking with Fairfax Media just hours after his elimination, Price said Hussain's story opened his eyes.

"I certainly think I have a greater appreciation of the pressure Muslim Australians are under," he said. "He [Nazeem] told me a very touching story about his sister after the Lindt Cafe Siege. She's a lawyer, and called him up and said I don't think I can wear my hijab home on the train.

"I think they [Muslims] are under threat. I don't think I ever quite understood."

Price said he has not only come out of the show 10 kilograms lighter, but hopefully "a little nicer" as well. But the true test will be when he returns to the airwaves.

"I had to be more tolerant and understanding of other people's opinions," he said. "I had to be less assertive and bossy. And, if it's even possible, less grumpy - but without it being fake.

"My one message out of all this is no matter how old you are and how set you are in your ways, you can change."

The Brisbane Times



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Love Marriage in Kabul is a multi-award winning documentary that has received recognition from around the world.


Filmed on location in one of the Mahboba's Promise centres for orphaned children in Afghanistan, the story focuses on Mahboba Rawi, as she attempts to bring together two young lovers who are forced apart by rigid societal values and familial restraints.


In April 2016 Love Marriage in Kabul was awarded the Golden Phoenix at the 34th Fair International Film Festival in Iran. It was the first time that an Australian film had been selected.

Love Marriage in Kabul will be aired on ABC Compass in two parts on 11th and 18th of March at 6:00 PM.



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This publication is designed to allow one to prepare themselves for
someone in their near family passing away. It features a practical guide of what needs to be done, fulfilling both legal and Islamic requirements.


Thereafter it goes through the complete Islamic rites of passage,
including the relevant prayers and avoiding customs which go against
the teachings of Islam.

Topics covered by this guide include:

• How to perform Janazah prayers
• Writing a will
• Who to contact when a close relative passes away
• Other reference material about the Islamic funeral process

This booklet has been peer reviewed and checked by numerous community members and Sheikhs. It was compiled by the team who produced the MSA Australia publications.

This is the second edition, revised and updated.

Please email any feedback you may have to:



Download the digital version of the booklet.



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A compelling photo series that explores the Muslim faith in Indigenous Australia, visually breaking down preconceived ideas and showing a rich and diverse section of Australian culture

The National Census reported that 1,140 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians identify as Muslim. This figure has grown significantly in the last 15 years, almost doubling that of what was recorded in 2001. While Muslim conversion and identification is growing in Indigenous communities, there is already a long standing history with Islam.

Dating as far back as the early 1700s, influences came from Asian neighbours who worked, traded and socialised with First Nations’ people; Afghan and Indian cameleers in Central Australia, Malay pearl divers in the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula, and Indonesian fisherman in the Top End.

More recently, Indigenous people have become drawn to Islam independently, interested in its guiding principles, spiritual beliefs and the cultural parallels between the faith and traditional Aboriginal culture. However, each journey is as diverse as the people themselves.

In an 2012 interview boxing great, Anthony Mundine was asked about the portrayal of him in the media, to which he replied, “I’m three things that you shouldn’t be in this society, and that’s Muslim, Aboriginal and outspoken.”

Reflecting on Mundine’s powerful words and the preconceptions of minority groups, we consider national identity. NITV would like to thank the participants, those who are who are dedicated to their faith and simultaneously committed to keeping culture strong, for inviting us into their homes and sharing their stories with us.


Anthony, a Bundjalung/Wiradjuri man, often socialised with Muslim friends, but became particularly drawn to Islam after reading the works of African-American leader and black rights’ campaigner, Malcom X.




Source: SBS




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With 11 February declared the international day for women in science, its a chance to celebrate the contributions of Muslim scientists.


Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) has said: “Seeking knowledge is a mandate for every Muslim (male and female).”


These women have embodied this and shown the world what it means to be an active achiever and mover of the world in which we live.


CCN brings you one of these scientists each week from different parts of the world.


Malaysia: Professor Khatijah Mohammad Yousoff


After receiving her early education in Penang, Malaysia, she won a Colombo Plan Scholarship to La Trobe University, Australia for Tertiary Education, where she graduated with a degree in Microbiology. Her current research is on the development of therapeutic and diagnostic reagents from NDV (Newcastle Disease Virus), a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting most species of birds.

She is a strong believer in the need to translate science into tangible benefits for people around the world. She enjoys teaching students and, through the interest she instills in them, many of her undergraduate students have continued their studies to the postgraduate level and have themselves become academics.

She was accorded UNESCO’s Carlos Finlay Prize for microbiology in 2005, the second Asian scientist to receive such an honour. She was earlier honoured by the Houghton Trust to deliver the 3rd Houghton Lecture at the XIIth World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Congress in 2002 for her contributions to the poultry industry, the first Asian scientist to be bestowed such an honour. In 2008, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, La Trobe University, the ninth person to receive this honour from over its 120,000 alumni.


Source: The Muslim Vibe


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We can all agree that 2016 was a tough year, but these Muslim men made it a little bit better. We compiled a list of the individuals that inspired us this year.


Mehdi Hasan

Mostly known for presenting Al Jazeera English, Mehdi Hasan is a British political journalist, broadcaster and author. He is the political editor of the UK version of the Huffington Post and he co-wrote Ed Miliband’s biography. This year, Mehdi has helped tackle the xenophobic narrative during the American elections, where Muslims were targeted for their faith. 

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Dave Chappelle


Source: MVSLIM



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




Introducing The Green Muslims – Why Halal Is Not Enough 

Halal food and cosmetics are making headlines around the globe, as brands are tapping into the Muslim market with their halal-certified products. However, an interesting shift is happening amongst young Muslims that brand managers and marketers need to be aware of: a new wave of green Muslims are shaping up, and what’s most peculiar, is that they’re hailing from the West.

More and more millennial Muslims are placing emphasis on tayyab, wanting to make sure that the entire production products of goods consumed are aligned with their Islamic values. Tayyab, meaning to be wholesome and pure, is deeply rooted in Islamic philosophy and principles. While being halal makes sure that things are manufactured or slaughtered in a permissible way, tayyab sees that what we consume is backed up by an ethical supply chain. While the older generation of Muslims emphasise on halal over tayyab, young Muslims need more.

With hijabi models taking over the NYFW runways, brands have some what understood the opportunities, but many still lack clear messaging, positioning, and stories that touch the heart of these modern consumers. Millennial Muslims wish that rather than seeing this as an opportunity for commercial exploitation, brands would take their concerns seriously: business must make the world a better place.

Today’s Muslim consumer is increasingly more aware of brands engaging in a holistic and socially conscious approach to business, and they believe that these values belong to everyone – not just Muslims alone.

Not In My Food. Not on My Face. Not On My Body.

One of the unique attributes of this consumer group is that they are no longer bound to traditions and cultures of their forefathers. These tech-savvy young Muslims are breaking the mold and created a new culture, which unites Muslims from all corners of the world, acting upon their belief that faith and modernity walk hand-in-hand. Many are turning back to the basic values of Islam and leading a life that is more conscious about the environment, and ethical consumption is a huge aspect. This new change of consciousness has shaped millennial Muslims of the diaspora communities to creative and strong entrepreneurs, which on the other hand has created a demand for food and other consumer products and services that don’t only remain halal, but are healthy, sustainable, wholesome, and socially aware. What makes a green Muslim unique is that their eco-friendly lifestyle is driven by faith.      





The Five Ways Donald Trump Is Wrong About Islam
The White House’s approach to the world’s second largest religion isn’t just bigoted – it’s a strategic disaster. BY STEPHEN M. WALT

As a public service, therefore, I offer the Top Five Reasons Steve Bannon is Dead Wrong About the “Islamic Threat.”

3: Terrorism Is Just Not That Big a Threat. Really. We live in a world where lots of bad things can happen. You might get into a car accident. You could get cancer. You could mishandle a power tool and injure yourself severely. You may fall off a ladder, slip in a bathtub, or be in the wrong place at the wrong time and end up stopping a stray bullet. Or maybe, just maybe, you might find yourself imperiled by a radical Islamic extremist.

You wouldn’t know it if you listened to Trump, to CNN, to Fox News, or to most of our politicians, but that last danger is miniscule. Not zero, but really, really small. We’ve been obsessed with terrorism ever since 9/11 but the reality is that the risk it poses is way, way, way down the list of possible harms that might befall us.

For example, based on the evidence since 9/11 (and including that attack), the likelihood an American will be killed by a terrorist is less than 1 in 3 million per year, and the lifetime risk is about 1 in 45,000. That’s pretty damn good odds: You are much more likely to die from being struck by lightning, falling out of bed, a heat wave, or accidentally choking on food. But don’t expect Trump, Bannon, Flynn, Gorka, Gaffney, or any of the well-compensated “terrorism experts” to highlight this fact, because their livelihoods and their ability to seize more and more power depends on keeping you very, very scared. And don’t expect the media to downplay the danger either, because hyping terrorism whenever it does occur is a good way to get your eyeballs glued to the screen. (Among other things, this is why Trump’s recent statements suggesting terrorism was being “underreported” are so absurd.)

In some ways, in fact, terrorism remains the perfect bogeyman. It’s easy to hype the threat, and to convince people to worry about random dangers over which they have little or no control. Unscrupulous politicians have long understood that you can get a lot of leeway when the people are scared and craving protection, and it’s pretty clear that Trump and Bannon see this tactic as the ideal way to retain public support (and to consolidate more presidential power), and the specter of terrorism serves well because it scares people but isn’t actually an existential threat that might require a serious, sensible, strategic, and well-thought response. For would-be authoritarians, “terrorism” is a gift that just keeps giving.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying the danger is zero or that sensible precautionary measures should not be taken. But to believe that ragtag radicals like al Qaeda or the Islamic State constitute a threat on a par with Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, or some of the serious opponents the United States has faced in the past is silly. Frankly, it makes me question the guts, steadiness, and judgment of some of our present leaders, if they are so easily spooked by such weak adversaries. Let’s hope these fraidy-cats never have to deal with a truly formidable foe.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 5: The “Clash of Civilizations” Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.


Source: Foreign Policy





The Model Halima Aden Thinks Trump Should Open His Heart to Muslim Neighbors
"You're going to be amazed by the things that you can learn."

Halima Aden, who made headlines for being the first hijab-wearing Muslim to compete in a Miss USA pageant, and afterward, the first one to model in major fashion shows, doesn't like to be categorized. She's not just a Somali-American, a Muslim, a refugee, an immigrant, or a citizen of the U.S. — she's Halima. But she's more than happy to be a positive role model and voice for her community in a time she considers to be fraught with negativity. caught up with her at the Miss Universe headquarters in NYC to find out more about her reaction to her rise to fame, her haters, and even her message to President Trump.

Your path to the Miss Minnesota pageant wasn't intentional — you signed up on a whim. Walk me through your decision to compete and how you've gotten where you are today.

I was just researching different things that I could try out. I'm a very spontaneous person — I like trying different things. I stumbled upon the Miss Universe organization [and thought], Here's a company that's been celebrating diversity of beauty for over 65 years. I wonder if I could join.

I heard that you were appointed Homecoming Queen at your high school and the positive, uplifting response to that also spurred on your decision.

Homecoming is such a small thing, but I saw how it brought my community together and my school together. We made our own little history when they nominated me — the first Muslim homecoming queen. [So after that] I just figured you could touch people in different ways.   


What went through your mind when you saw all the headlines you made for competing in your hijab?

I still can't believe all that's been happening. For a really long time I felt like there was a lot of negativity surrounding Muslims, especially in the media. So I was just super proud that they were finally pushing this really positive story. I'm a Muslim and I'm proud of my faith, so that was something that was really fun for me.




Source: Cosmopolitan

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It’s Time Muslims Become The Teachers Of Humanity Again

OnePath Network 




In this latest episode of Living Muslim, Mohamed Hoblos talks about the state of the world, and the solution to the global issues humanity is facing today.









Dastyari on Sunrise

Channel 7



"Showing up on live TV with a Halal Snack Pack (and what I really think of Hanson for good measure)," Sam Dastyar1







The Bolt Report

Sky News



The real problem is not Islam, it's the political class who are so weak in defending our culture.







Muslim friendly airports in Japan








The ABC Drum



"I'm more concerned about the rise of the white nationalist far-right." Van Badham's sick of the scapegoating of the Muslim community #TheDrum








Linda Sarsour and the Women's March movement









Mohammed Amer on his debut on network television
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert








"Hey Pauline.

I hear you are spending the week in Western Australia,

so I vetted your candidates for you."
Senator Sam Dastyari








The Teacher who Changed My Life
SBS: Insight








This restaurant aims to engage and educate while you eat
In The Know




Restaurant Aims to Tackle International Conflict

Conflict Kitchen aims to engage and educate while you eat.







Why is the Muslim fashion industry booming?



Shelina Janmohamed, Vice-President of Ogilvy Noor, and model Mariah Idrissi talk to Christiane Amanpour about the boom in modest clothing lines.






The Powerful Du'a of Prophet Musa









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Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement by CCN of the contents therein.


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To know the future just look to the past


More Indigenous Australians are converting to Islam. But it is more than a political gesture. Unknown to many is the long history between Aboriginal people and Islamic culture and religion.

Comment: Indigenous Australia's long history with Islam

Peta Stephenson is the author of Islam Dreaming. This article was originally published on 14 December 2011, by The Conversation.

Muslim conversion is growing in Indigenous communities.

In the 2001 national census, 641 Indigenous people identified as Muslim. By the 2006 census the number had climbed by more than 60% to 1014 people.

This rise in conversions among Indigenous Australians may seem to be a political gesture. But unknown to many is the long history between Aboriginal people and Islamic culture and religion.

A culture in common

My research has found a broad spectrum of Indigenous identification with Islam. It ranges from those who have Afghan and Malay Muslim ancestors, but are not practising Muslims, to those who have no Muslim ancestors, but are strict adherents of the faith.

The Indigenous Muslims I met perceive a neat cultural fit between their traditional Indigenous beliefs and the teachings of Islam. Many hold that in embracing Islam they are simultaneously going back to their Indigenous roots.

They find cultural parallels in the shared practices of male circumcision, arranged marriages, polygyny (a form of marriage in which a man has more than one wife), and the fact that men are usually older than their wives in both Islamic and traditional Indigenous societies.

Interviewee Alinta, for example, finds "Islam connects with [her] Aboriginality" because of a shared emphasis on gendered roles and spheres of influence. "In Islam, men have a clear role and women have a clear role, and with Aboriginal people, that’s how it was too".

Others commented on the similar attitudes that Muslims and Indigenous people have towards the environment. According to another interviewee, Nazra, "in the Qur'an it tells you very clearly don't waste what is not needed … and the Aboriginal community is the same. Water and food are so precious you only take what you need".

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Just wanted to let you know we’re now recruiting for Community Correspondents to join our 2017 team!

There are over 2 million people living in Brisbane and everyone has a story to tell. We want to hear these stories from as many different people, cultures and groups as possible and, we need your help to tell them.

Do you have anyone in your community that might be interested?

Applications close midnight Sunday 19 March.

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[CCN Editor] One such story was the iftaar dinner at the Rochedale Mosque


The Nike ad that's pushing boundaries for women in the Middle East



JEDDAH: The Nike Pro Hijab may have been more than a year in the making, but its impetus can be traced much further back to an ongoing cultural shift that has seen more Muslim women than ever embracing sport.

The movement first raised the international consciousness when a hijabi runner took the field at the 2012 London Olympics.

Nike on Tuesday launched their new Pro Hijab women-empowering initiative to further support Muslim women.

“Nike’s mission is to bring inspiration and innovation to all athletes,” said Megan Saalfeld, Global Nike spokeswoman. “And we’re thrilled that Nike can deliver a product innovation that female athletes in the region told us they wanted and needed.”

There is a growing demand for modest wear in the global market. Recently, Debenhams partnered with the world’s leading modest-wear clothing brand Aab for a new fashion range.

The New York fashion week 2017 witnessed a strong presence of modest wear as well. In just two seasons, Indonesian Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan has made the hijab her trademark — and dazzled New York fashion week’s catwalk by styling it with flowing, iridescent gowns fit.

Saalfeld, a 13-year Nike employee, told Arab News that Nike is inspired by the unique beauty and culture of the region, and have hosted several of their design team members in Dubai over the past year to learn more about the Middle East.

Manal Rostom, runner, triathlete, mountain climber and sporting pioneer in the Middle East sports Nike's hijab headgear

“Our designers met with people from all areas of the Dubai and GCC community,” Saalfeld said. “From athletes to local historians, writers to artists these sessions allow our teams to learn more about the region, what athletes here want and need to perform better, and allow them to take this inspiration back to Oregon,” she added.

Muslim consumer spending on clothing is estimated at $243 billion in 2015, according to the State of Global Islamic Economy’s report. The revenues from modest fashion clothing purchased by Muslim women have been estimated at $44 billion in 2015. Muslim spending on clothing is expected to reach $368 billion by 2021.

However, these figures were not the reason that prompted Nike’s initiative. “This wasn’t part of the design process,” Saalfeld said.

According to Saalfeld, Amna Al-Haddad, a weightlifter from the United Arab Emirates, visited the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon in January 2016. She met with designers and the team in Nike Sport Research Lab. When she told the team that she only had one hijab for competition and would like something that was more specific for sport, the team responded.

“We’re in a place where we can bring Nike’s first performance hijab to select athletes in this region, with plans to have it commercially available in early 2018 to athletes around the world,” Saalfeld added.

Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan Al-Saud, vice president of Women’s Affairs of the General Authority of Sports, told Arab News that she is pleased to see that a global company like Nike sees the value in supporting the women of the Muslim community as this shows that sports truly can be inclusive.

“This is a game changer that opens up so many doors for girls in the region and around the world,” Al-Saud said.

Manal Rostom, Nike Run Club Coach, told Arab News the Nike Pro Hijab empowers her.
“As an athlete, you look up to role models who are endorsed by Nike and other big sports brands, and to have one of those brands support me as an Arab hijabi athlete, it empowers me to reach even greater heights, to run longer distances, because I have that support on me and behind me,” Rostom said.

Rostom said the sports hijab is a gift for women struggling whether to embrace hijab or not.
“This is the perfect gift and it goes beyond being a new product that Nike is selling – it’s going to empower all women to embrace hijab and embrace who they are,” she said.

Zahra Lari, an Emirati ice-skater, told Arab News that people might think or tell hijabi athletes that they cannot do certain things, “but I’m going to show them you (athletes) absolutely can,” she said. “I am covered, I am Muslim, I am from a desert country and I’m doing a winter sport. It’s fine to do what you love. My family is behind me, my country is behind me — and there’s no reason why I can’t achieve what I want to achieve.”  


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Defying tradition, Muslim women being trained to become qazis


MUMBAI: Amid growing demand for more representation for women, a city-based Indian Muslim women's rights organisation is training women to be qazis, or judges, a role traditionally reserved for men.

The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) is training its first intake of 30 women in Quranic law, constitutional law and gender rights. The first trained batch is expected to come out in the month of April, this year.

They had joined the year-long programme (female qazi) last year, BMMA co-founder said.
The Indian constitution allows Muslims, the country's biggest religious minority, to regulate matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance through their own civil code.

The qazi, usually a hereditary title, plays an important role by solemnising marriage and finalising divorce and settlements.

"Traditionally, qazis have all been men, and their judgment has never been questioned, even if many are unfair to women," said Khatun Aapa, a trainee at BMMA said.

"We study what exactly the Holy Quran says about woman in Islam. About the women's rights and duties," Aapa said.

The women being trained to be Islamic judges are largely community workers and activists from states including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Bihar.

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Guy who took in 24 refugees posts viral message about his 'disappointing' experience.



GERMANY: Unless you've been living under a rock, you know by now that there is an ongoing refugee crisis with thousands upon thousands of people fleeing a collapsing Syria (and Libya and Iraq and other regions) to any country that will admit them.


This has become particularly divisive in certain European countries with a perfect storm of Islamophobia and proximity to the problem.


Lots of people are campaigning against admitting refugees, while others are literally opening their doors to them.


One such German Samaritan was Dirk Voltz, who had 24 Syrian guests stay with him and his partner, Mario.


He wrote a post about the experience that has gone viral:

In bad times, one should consider their own balance sheet. Mine looks like this: Since July my partner and I have hosted approximately 24 people from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq in our place in Berlin.

Our knives are still in the kitchen, precisely where I left them on the board. Before our guests from Syria and Iraq arrived. We never needed a key for our bedroom, except for one time a dear guest from Afghanistan needed it to play with our cats. Our four fat, old cats had as much fun as the young man.But back to the knives: All that was stabbed with them in the weeks we hosted refugees in our home were onions, garlic and a looooot of meat. Mario and I are still alive. Perhaps, even more intensively than before.

Whether we´ll ever return to a “normal,” we do not know. How can I care about the luxury chatter from yesterday? Really, what the hell is happening here? No Muslim who was there wanted to kill us in our sleep. No one insulted us because we are two men and share one bed. No one, by any means, said they prefer Sharia law over German Law. We did not meet one person who did not regret leaving their home.

The only bad experience I can recall is that our new friends used a lot sugar and salt. So we bought it at the market and that was that. Where is this Islamization that people in Germany have been so worried about past weeks?

Maybe its stuck on the Balkan route somewhere. It’s there if you ask the so called “concerned citizens” of Germany… definitely. If not by now, then 2016, 2017, 2018… The real disappointment that happened to us came in the form of ordinary text messages, death threats on the street, or insulting letters at the front door. Or simply by school friends, that rather cry and quote the AfD [Germany’s right-wing political party].


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Exit West

Mohsin Hamid



In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.


About Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani author best known for his novels Moth Smoke (2000), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013).His fiction has been translated into over 30 languages, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, featured on bestseller lists, and adapted for the cinema. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, and the Paris Review, and his essays in the Guardian, the New York Times, and the New York Review of Books. Born in 1971, he has lived about half his life, on and off, in Lahore. He also spent part of his early childhood in California, attended Princeton and Harvard, and worked for a decade as a management consultant in New York and London, mostly part-time.





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KB says:


The more you handle the dough, the tougher they will be. Work quickly to just bring the dough together.

Brush off any excess flour after cutting out scones. Residual flour is inclined to burn.

Buttermilk helps neutralize that 'tart' taste & gives scones a lighter texture.

Bake scones one shelf above middle in a hot oven 220.
Golden Rule:
Cold in the making & hot in the baking.

Yes, to be defrosted when needed, but freshly baked is best.
Raw scones must be well covered & frozen, to be baked when required.

They have been over baked, should not be baked for more than 15 minutes.
If your oven overheats, lower by 10 degrees.

When brushing beaten egg on raw scones, take great care to brush tops only & NOT allow any egg to drip on sides, this inhibits rising.

Pat or lightly roll dough to 3cm thickness, not any thinner...
This is the secret of well risen scones.



4 cups sifted flour
¾ cups sugar
Pinch salt
8 tsp level baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
125g butter grated and kept cold
1½ cups buttermilk (can use plain yoghurt too but buttermilk is much better)


1. Place flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.
2. Rub in the butter with a cold knife to resemble breadcrumbs.
3. Whisk buttermilk, essence and eggs and add to the flour mixture,( reserving just a little to brush over the scones) to make a soft sticky dough.
4. Working with floured hands and floured workbench, pat dough to about 5cm thick and cut with small round cutter, dip the cutter in flour so it will not stick to the dough, brush tops with egg mix.
5. Bake in pre-heated hot oven at 180deg for 10min.
6. Serve with a dollop of fresh cream, trickle of honey or jam & a steaming cuppa

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Princess Lakshman


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Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Today’s topic is one of great relevance to the times we live in. It is probably the most frequently felt emotion on this planet, from a young child to the elderly, from homemakers to company executives, from those observing hijaab or full beard to those who do one is immuned from this emotion.


Reflect on what made you angry recently. More importantly, why did it make you angry?

Was it a family member? A friend? Colleague? Was it at work? At school or college? At the mosque? In public transport? On the news channel? In traffic?

What happened and what triggered that anger?

In earlier weeks we delved on thoughts forming as result of triggers from past memories and images that are stored in the subconscious mind. Today, we shall explore the definition of anger and the strategies to recognise it and control it.

Anger is an emotion which is triggered by memories of pain that is stored in the subconscious mind. The pain could be physical or emotional and it could be in the form of fear or insecurity.

There are two types of anger - Momentary Anger and Destructive Anger.

Momentary Anger occurs in the moment and subsides after a few minutes, for example, if you find that someone has spilled a drink on your freshly-cleaned carpet, you may feel anger in the moment. Once the carpet is cleaned again, your anger subsides and you feel better.

Destructive Anger, however, is dangerous to you and those around you. It is destructive to your health and wellbeing. Destructive Anger displays itself through you in the following ways:

• It is repetitive - your words and actions hurt you and others repetitively as though in a habitual pattern.
• It is when you lash out at the same person or people again and again like a toxic ritual.
• It is when you bring up past grudges to use in your present state of anger.
• It is when you want to be right and prove that the other person is wrong.
• It is when you act out of spite, making someone else feel bad on purpose.
• It is when your anger feeds on itself, getting worse and worse every passing moment.

Destructive Anger destroys relationships. It disconnects you from your inner voice which is pure. It disconnects you from your inner peace. It fuels negative thoughts about self and others. It creates barriers in the home and within the Ummah.

If you can relate to any of the signs of Destructive Anger, even if it is only one of them, it means you are suppressing a painful experience and you need to heal from it. It means that you need to find a safe, trusting outlet and find help to address this painful experience.

Personally, I lived with Destructive Anger for nearly 36 years until I realised I was suppressing immense pain and expressing Destructive Anger daily in my life. ALLAH has given us the gift of FREE WILL to acknowledge and take heed of HIS SIGNS.

Anger is a sign of suppressed, unhealed pain. You can heal from it. I did. It does not mean that we can eradicate anger completely from our lives. But we can choose not to let anger control us. Instead, we can choose to control it. We can choose to overcome triggers that cause unhealed, painful memories to resurface and provoke reactions from us. We can overcome these triggers and choose an appropriate response that empowers us.

How do you overcome anger at the exact moment that you feel it?

Use the S-T-O-P method as follows:

S - Stop everything you are doing.

T - Take long, deep breaths, bringing your awareness only to the deep breathing.

O - Observe your body and relax it. If you are walking, stand. If you are standing, sit. If you are sitting, lie down. Relaxing your body will normalise the heart rate.

P - Pray. Start making dhikr and duaa.

When you practise the S-T-O-P method regularly, you will start to become aware of triggers. Reacting to triggers makes you lose control. Responding to triggers empowers you. Choose to respond, not react.

Next week, In Shaa Allah, we will explore the importance of True Forgiveness and strategies to develop a Daily Forgiveness Practice. If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please email me on
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KEEP YOUR BODY GUESSING – Train smart, not hard

Reinvigorate your routine with cross training and tap into a smarter approach for your body and mind.


Cross training is an approach which incorporates a variety of activities to enhance a specific skill set.


So if you’re training for Creswalk for example, apart from your running sessions during training, you would include strength / weight training and active recovery sessions such as yoga to enhance the functionality of your movement as you run – ensuring you don’t ‘burn out’ on race day ..

Cross training also adds variety that will ward off boredom and keep your body guessing during workouts, making you feel fitter and stronger.





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Mula Nasruddin, found himself sitting on a bench in a park next to a homeless man.

Mula Nasruddin asked him how he ended up like this.

He said, "Until last week, I still had everything. I had a roof over my head, security, a cook, my clothes were washed and pressed, I had TV, the internet, I went to the gym, the pool, the library. I had medical and dental care and was even studying for a degree."

Mula Nasruddin asked, "So what happened to you, man? Drugs? Alcohol? Divorce? Bankruptcy?"

"Oh no, nothing like that,” he said. "No, I was released from prison early ... the buggers let me out on parole.”

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“They ask you concerning wine and gambling. Say: “In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.” They ask you how much they are to spend; say: “What is beyond your needs.” Thus Allah makes clear to you His Signs: in order that you may consider. ”
~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:219


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