Sunday, 19 March 2017


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The Queensland Muslim Museum, an initiative of the Queensland Muslim Historical Society, opens its doors today (Sunday 19 March 2017) adjacent to the Community Hall at the Holland Park Mosque .


The Society welcomes visitors and contributors to the Museum, the first to be established in the State.




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CONFIDENT: Retiring MP Ian Rickuss says the LNP can retain Lockyer and has praised the contribution of Muslims in his electorate.

PUNDITS are tipping a One Nation win in the seat of Lockyer at the next election but retiring LNP MP Ian Rickuss begs to differ.

The seat is looking like a two-horse showdown between One Nation candidate Jim Savage and the LNP's Jim McDonald.

Mr Rickuss insists the LNP can win 47 seats out of 93 outright and form government without One Nation support.

"On my reckoning Tim Nicholls will win office outright," Mr Rickuss said.

"I will be very surprised if One Nation wins this seat of Lockyer.

"Jim McDonald is a good candidate, works hard and is well known.

"The voters have got to decide whether they want someone sitting around the government table or someone on the outside harping about what is wrong, and that is all One Nation candidates do."

Mr Rickuss believes Pauline Hanson is barking up the wrong tree with her stance on immigration, and in particular a comment she made to A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw.

"I do believe there are some that want to get on with a quiet life and a good life, but you tell me, you line up a number of Muslims, who's the good one? Who's not," Ms Hanson said.

But Mr Rickuss said Muslims had made a positive contribution in his seat.

"Pauline says 'show me a good Muslim' but three or four of our local doctors are bloody good Muslims," Mr Rickuss said.

"Dr Mohammed Sultan (pictured right) up here (in Gatton) would have one of the biggest practices in the Lockyer. And guess what? He's a Muslim.

"If we took all our Muslim doctors away people would be struggling to get into a GP's office up here.

"My family came from Mt Gravatt and they still live in View St which overlooks a mosque, and that mosque has been there for 108 years.

"Most people, let's face it, whether they are Muslims, Catholics, Protestants or Buddhists...just want a better life for their kids and to add to the country."

Mr Rickuss said he beat One Nation when Ms Hanson ran in Lockyer, and added that was a good sign for Mr McDonald.

But he did warn that if he was wrong, and Mr Savage did get up, it would be a sign of a One Nation wave of support elsewhere and a worry for the ALP as well.

"If we lose Lockyer then Ipswich West is gone (for the ALP), the seat of Ipswich will be very close and Maryborough, which Labor holds, will be gone," he said.

"But I will be very surprised if Lockyer goes."

Source: Queensland Times



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Sameeya Karim

Sameeya’s family have started a GoFundMe page in the hope that they can raise enough money to help pay for her desperately needed medical treatment that they are unable to pay for.

Sameeya is a cancer survivor who has been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy on the left side of her body -she also has a degenerative spine that required her to have a total disc replacement 10 years ago. She is in constant chronic pain and will be on a pain management program for the rest of her life. Unfortunately her condition has seriously deteriorated and she now requires further spinal surgery to relieve the pain in both of her arms and to prevent further damage to her spinal cord and loss of movement. This surgery offers the hope of a future for Sameeya. After a 2 year recovery period she would return to normal functions and be once again be able to work full-time and spend quality time with her family and continue contributing to her community.

Sameeya has been a brave, selfless and loving person, mother, daughter, sister and aunty to our family. She has continued to put our needs first even through her years of illness and hardship. Her surgery is scheduled in June 2017 and any donations to help her receive the surgery she so desperately needs would be greatly appreciated.


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Pauline Hanson wants to 'shut down' Islam in Australia by changing the constitution.

The One Nation leader said Muslims were preaching extremist views because the government was powerless to ban religions and wants a referendum to change this.

'I really do believe they are a political ideology that wants sharia law in this country and they're using that as a guise,' she told Andrew Bolt on Sky News on Tuesday.

'We need to know what they stand for. What do they intend to do in the country?'

She singled out pro-sharia law group Hizb ut-Tahrir as she called for Islam to be banned in Australia.

'Let's expose it for what it is and if it is really a political ideology like Hizb ut-Tahrir and these other organisations then shut it down,' she said.
Senator Hanson argues Islam is an ideology and not a religion and wants a royal commission to determine this.

Source: Daily Mail UK



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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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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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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.


(Continued from last week's CCN)



Tahlia, a Nunukul woman from Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island began her journey to Islam while studying at University. Tahlia is a mother of three and happily married. Her younger sister Kaskade (pictured left, above) is also a proud Nunukul girl.





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.


(Continued from last week's CCN)


Mauritius: Dr Ameenah Gharib Fakim


Fakim is the current (and first female!) President of Mauritius. She obtained her PhD degree in Organic Chemistry from Exeter University. She is known for having finished the first full inventory of Mauritius and Rodriguez Island’s aromatic and medicinal plants She has penned more than 28 scientific books, which have sold worldwide and are used as reference books by students and researchers worldwide.

“The goal of my research is to produce safe plant-based medicines to combat everyday ailments like diarrhoea, dysentery, or infectious illnesses, and to help children who are suffering here in Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean region, and also in Africa.”


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.


(Continued from last week's CCN)


Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle is an African-American Muslim, who hosted Saturday Night Live’s first show after Donald Trump was elected.


He gave an important speech about Trump’s victory by saying: “I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one, too.”


Jokingly, he added that America “finally elected an Internet troll as President.”


Chappelle made it clear that despite Trump’s victory, the American people should not be giving him a free pass for bigotry and sexism.  



Source: MVSLIM



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



A well-funded network is trying to strip the right to speak away from American Muslims and fanning the politics of fear.









But a targeted network now seeks to deny Muslims that freedom and to treat Islam as a dangerous political ideology rather than a religion — and, like the McCarthyites of the 1950s, to silence and discredit any Muslims who disagree.







In the years after 9/11, a small but powerful network of funders and ideological activists has waged a major misinformation campaign, seeking to cast Islam as a diabolical threat that must be eradicated.







Ideologues are seeking to marginalize Muslims by making their speech and their activism relating to their religion come at a very high price. They believe that Muslims are malevolent, duplicitous, and dangerous, and these Islamophobes will bend the truth to fit their claims. In the process, they are denying Islam the same functional rights that Christianity enjoys and silencing the very people best poised to reconcile Islam with modern American life. Which may be the very point.


The Making of Islamophobia Inc. 


A decade ago, few outside the academy would have noticed Jonathan Brown’s lecture on slavery. A Washington native who looks a good bit younger than his 39 years, Brown is now a professor of Islamic studies at Georgetown University, where he directs the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He’s also a convert to Islam. Much of his work is aimed at making Islamic thought more accessible to general audiences.

But Brown’s attempts to explain the faith have made him a hate figure for the American right. A flood of articles accuse him of being an apologist for slavery and rape. His family has received death and rape threats.

It all started with good intentions. Brown is one of the majority of Muslims around the world who believes the Islamic State practices a warped interpretation of Islamic thought that blesses slavery, rape, and other crimes. But Brown also knows that not all Muslims are so quick to dismiss the jihadi group’s theology. Certainly the hundreds of foreign fighters who have trickled into Syria and Iraq to join its ranks find its ideas seductive. For some others, the veneer of religious authenticity used to justify Islamic State atrocities has led to a crisis of faith. And the cacophony of violence plaguing much of the Muslim world tends to drown out the voices of those most qualified to referee the religious confusion.

But Brown felt that he was called to try, hence his public lecture at the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon, Virginia, on Feb. 7. In the first of what he intended as a three-part series, Brown addressed slavery in Islam, hoping to combat the idea that Islam could ever condone the subjugation and exploitation of human beings.

That was when he encountered a cacophony of a different sort — America’s far-right, anti-Muslim ecosystem that has adopted the same twisted interpretations of Islam that the Islamic State promotes. After the lecture, Brown endured a cascade of online attacks from conservative and alternative-right heavyweights such as Ann Coulter, Robert Spencer, and Milo Yiannopoulos, who claimed that he had actually condoned the acts he had set about to condemn. His university department was flooded with demands that he be fired.

Brown is the victim of an increasingly empowered industry of Islamophobia that constricts the space for balanced and open dialogue, sidelining the very Muslims who are doing the most to promote peaceful, orthodox interpretations of Islam. The United States has powerful protections for speech and religious liberty that have allowed faith traditions to hammer out their theological debates in a free and protected environment.

But a targeted network now seeks to deny Muslims that freedom and to treat Islam as a dangerous political ideology rather than a religion — and, like the McCarthyites of the 1950s, to silence and discredit any Muslims who disagree.

The Quran does not condemn slavery. Mohammed is said to have encouraged manumission of slaves as a virtuous act, but other teachings traditionally attributed to him establish guidelines for the treatment of slaves. These limit the scope of slavery, not condemn it absolutely.

By the 20th century, most Islamic thinkers rejected the practice, and countries throughout the Muslim world abolished it. Ahmad Bey, the ruler of Tunis, outlawed the practice in 1846. Numerous regions followed suit, with Saudi Arabia finally abolishing it in 1962. But how are modern believers reading ancient texts, which they hold to be inerrant and timeless, to take a passage such as Surah 24:32, “And marry those among you who are single and those who are fit among your male slaves and your female slaves”? The verse appears to accept slavery as an institution and could even be seen as encouraging nonconsensual sexual relations. It is troubling and problematic for anyone who believes in freedom and universal human rights, particularly when a self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate invokes such passages to justify the enslavement of Yazidi women and girls.        



Foreign Policy


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.”


(Continued from last week's CCN)

5: The “Clash of Civilizations” Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. The final reason to reject Bannon and company’s depiction of a vast and looming Muslim threat to us is that this worldview encourages us to act in ways that make the problem worse instead of better. As George Kennan wisely observed in 1947, “It is an undeniable privilege of every man to prove himself right in the thesis that the world is his enemy; for if he reiterates it frequently enough and makes it the background of his conduct he is bound eventually to be right.” If U.S. leaders keep demonizing an entire religion, impose ill-considered bans on Muslim refugees, and most important of all, continue to intervene throughout the Arab and Islamic world with military force, they will convince more and more people that Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Muhammed and Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were right when they claimed the West had “declared war” on their religion.

Despite the mountain of evidence that shows that anti-Americanism in the Muslim world is overwhelmingly a response to U.S. policy (and not because they “hate our freedoms”), people like Bannon, Gaffney, and their ilk want us to double down on the same policies that have inspired extremists since the 1950s and especially since the formation of al Qaeda. Frankly, given how often we’ve used our superior power to interfere in these countries, it’s somewhat surprising the reaction has been as modest and manageable as it is. Ask yourself how Americans might react if a powerful foreign country had repeatedly bombed the continental United States with aircraft and drones, or invaded, toppled our government, and then left chaos in their wake. Do you think a few patriotic Americans might be tempted to try for some payback?

My point is not to defend terrorism — far from it, in fact — but rather to remind us that it didn’t just come out of nowhere, and it isn’t solely a reaction to the political and social problems of the Muslim world itself. But if you’d like to encourage more of it, then by all means embrace the Bannon playbook.

Perhaps the most important task for any strategist is to figure out what the main threats and opportunities are, and then to devise policies that can defuse the former and exploit the latter. Making all of Islam our enemy and viewing the world through the lens of a vast “civilizational clash” fails on both criteria. If followed, it will bog us down in more interminable conflicts in places that are not vital U.S. interests, distract us from other foreign-policy issues, and sap the wealth and strength that we may need to deal with more serious challenges, including long-neglected problems here at home. I’m sure plenty of anti-Americans are hoping that we take the bait and do just that; what scares me is that there are now people in the White House who agree with them.



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.


(Continued from last week's CCN)

At any point in this journey, has anyone asked you to ever take off your hijab or wear anything you're not comfortable with?
No. I have not had any pressure to be anything but myself. The fashion industry really welcomed me with open arms and open hearts. They've been very accepting of my faith. I have strict wardrobe requirements and that's something they've upheld. They style me in dressy, cute, stylish, fashionable clothing but still something I feel comfortable in.

Tell me a little about Yeezy. How did you get involved with Kanye West's latest show?
Carine [Roitfeld, who put me on the cover of CR Fashion Book,] is a stylist for Yeezy, so [the opportunity] came through her. She took me under her wing and she's been making sure that she thinks of me when job opportunities come. I'm so grateful.

She sounds like a great mentor. Did you ever get to meet Kanye?
He was super nice. He just welcomed me to the show and was super polite. That was fun. I got to meet Kanye!




Source: Cosmopolitan

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"I don't want to speak for people, I want to hear from them."

Richard Di Natale invites Nada to address the National Press Club.

The Australian Greens












“I don’t think there has been a single month where someone has not made an obvious point that they don’t think that I’m welcome in this country”

“Being born and brought up in Australia and for someone to come and point fingers at you to tell you to go back to where you came from – so for me that’s Essendon district hospital”

“In my personal experience, my right to exist as a Muslim woman in this country is questioned daily. I am a regular victim of casual and impersonal racism – on public transport, in the supermarket, walking down the street – and it hurts no less each time.”







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Eco-friendly grocery bags made from shrimp?



These researchers in Egypt have found a way to turn discarded shells into biodegradable plastic.









Hanson confronted by two Muslim women on her election campaign trail in WA

Seven News



Nadiya Minty and Khatija Chohan and Pauline Hansaon






Make Marriage Easy | Sh Bilal Assad


Advice on how to bridge the gap between the old generation and the young generation so that marriage can be made easy.






Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll | Part One | Sh Abu Hamza









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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.


(Continued from last week's CCN)

Change what you do, not who you are

Indigenous Muslims are also attracted to Islam because it does not subscribe to the kind of mono-culturalism Christian missionaries imposed on Aboriginal people.

The Qur'an states that Allah made human beings into different nations and tribes. These racial and cultural differences, far from being wrong, are a sign from God.

According to Shahzad, another interviewee from the group, Islam doesn't just say "you're Muslim, that's it. It recognises we belong to different tribes and nations. So it doesn't do what Christianity did to a lot of Aboriginal people, [which] was try and make them like white people."

Indigenous Australian Muslims (in common with black Britons and African-Americans), understand conversion to Islam as a means of repairing the deep psychological scars they suffer as a people.

But there are also gender-specific reasons why Islam appeals to Indigenous women and men.

Indigenous women have long been stereotyped as sexually available, and they suffer disproportionate levels of sexual abuse. Wearing the hijab is a practical as well as symbolic deterrent to unwanted attention.

As a public expression of the importance Islam accords the family, it also appeals to Indigenous female converts who, against the backdrop of a long history of family break-up, want to offer their children security and stability.

A similarly nuanced set of arguments surrounds the appeal of Islam for Indigenous men. Many, particularly those in the prison system, are initially drawn to Islam through the rhetoric of Malcolm X. But the Islamic notion of "universal brotherhood" and its disavowal of racial distinctions leads to a growth in self-esteem that has a significant influence on the way they think about their roles as husbands and fathers.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Restoring pride and conferring leadership 

Source: SBS

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 March 2017

TOPIC"Avoid taunting"  PART 2

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 March 2017

TOPIC"Salah: Its obligation, importance & how do Muslims act towards it"

IMAM: Mossad Issa









Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 March 2017

TOPIC"The Sad Situation In Somalia"

IMAM: Akram Buksh 









Friday khutbah (sermon)

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 March 2017

TOPIC"The mighty forte of prophet Muhammad's name (pbuh)"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 March 2017

TOPIC"Allah’s disgrace will continue until we get back to our deen"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali



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This Woman Did Not Like The Muslim Call To Prayer and Twitter Responded Amazingly



Bethlehem: This woman complained about the Muslim call to prayer in Betlehem, a city located in the central West Bank in Palestine. She criticized the fact that these calls to prayer happen in the city where Jesus was born, and according to her, should be a Christian area because of that.

Here’s what she had to say:


But people on twitter did not agree and reacted in an amazing way.

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Arizona man breaks into mosque to rip up 130 copies of Quran



US: On Tuesday, the Islamic Center of Tucson shared on its Facebook page that an unknown man broke into and vandalized the center, ripping up over 130 the mosque's copies of the Quran, the Islamic holy book.

The Tuscon, Arizona, mosque shared pictures of pages ripped out of the Quran and strewn all over the center's prayer room rug.

The center shared an image captured of the man responsible on Facebook. In the image, which was captured by a security camera, the man depicted is wearing a University of Arizona T-shirt.

"Although we are disheartened by this incident, we understand that this is an isolated incident," the Center wrote on Facebook. "The ICT has been a part of the Tucson community since the late 1980's and since then, the Tucson community has been kind, welcoming, and supportive."

Kim Bay, a spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, told Tucson News Now there is "no indication this was a hate crime."

Tucson Islamic Center spokesman Mahmoud Abagi told Hechanova that this was the first time an act like this had happened to the mosque.

Though it might be a first for the Tucson mosque, it's the latest in a series of aggressive attacks at mosques both nationally and internationally. In January, a 27-year-old Trump supporter opened fire in a Quebec City mosque, killing six people and wounding 19 others. Also in January, a mosque in Victoria, Texas, was set on fire, and authorities are now investigating the incident as arson. Only five days prior, a California mosque was vandalized with strips of bacon.

2015 was also named the worst year for mosque attacks on record.

The Islamic Center of Tucson created a GoFundMe page in hopes of securing funding to beef up the mosque's security. According to the fundraising page, the mosque wants to upgrade its alarm system, camera surveillance and night lighting, repair damaged doors and hire security guards. All together, the mosque is hoping to raise $12,500.

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Maryland high school student not allowed to play in basketball game for wearing hijab


US: A Maryland high school student was blocked from playing a basketball game because she was wearing a hijab.

Je’Nan Hayes, a Watkins Mill High School student, was held out of the season’s final game after an official enforced a rule requiring "documented evidence" that her head covering was being worn for religious reasons.

Zainab Chaudry, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said that the decision came as a shock to Hayes who had been allowed to play in all previous games that year. "She played 24 games and her team made it to the regional finals when they went to go play in Prince George's County," Chaudry said.

"She was benched. She was unable to play and her team lost," continued Chaudry "This is something that really has had a profound effect on her and I'm sure it's had an effect on many other young teens who wear the head scarf, or who wear religious headgear and were impacted by this story and who now feel discouraged about whether or not they would be able to play in sports or the athletics because of their religious beliefs."

On Thursday, Je’Nan and her family held a press conference with CAIR in hopes of getting the state headwear rule changed.

“I’m not discouraged whatsoever. You know, since this has gone so far I don't feel discouraged or angered I just have that hunger to succeed and I want to take this far,” Je’nan explained.

"Clearly this is a rule that is not being applied across the board," Chaudry said. "It seems to be antiquated in the sense that it doesn't take into account that there are growing number of teens due to have religious diverse religious beliefs, who are qualified - clearly qualified to play different sports, and who are being barred from being able to compete."

When Je'Nan was told why she couldn't play she broke down crying and she explains what she was feeling during that moment, "It was just the sadness and disappointment, it wasn’t really anger at that. I was just speechless, I didn’t know what to do, so tears had just risen or whatnot."

Je’Nan’s mother, Carlitta Foster- Hayes said, “For me to see her not being able to play in a playoff game, it took away a little bit of her dream of being able to show, you know, team spirit and I just think it’s very wrong.”





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 You know there’s a problem when you get 50,000 anti-Muslim emails in your inbox


Liberal MP Iqra Khalid speaks to members of the public in her Toronto riding office


CANADA: There has been a lot of confusion surrounding calls in Canada's Parliament to denounce Islamophobia. Some critics are trying to mislead people about a formal motion on the issue in the House of Commons. They've been making it seem as though this motion was somehow part of an "Islamic" invasion of Canada.

And they've argued that the motion, proposed by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, would criminalize anti-Islam sentiment and restrict freedom of speech.

“Islam should not be singled out and given more importance than other religions,” say the critics.

But the reality of the motion is quite different. Whether we single out Islam or not, Muslims are the ones being singled out in Canada.

By focusing on the Islamophobia part, critics have lost the inclusive spirit of the proposal, known in Ottawa as Motion-103.

Khalid's proposal simply calls for the multi-party Canadian heritage committee to study systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia, in Canada, and to come up with recommendations on how to reduce it.

It is not only about Islamophobia, but this word was deliberately included by Khalid because of the elephant in the room — that the most devastating terrorist attack and only mass shooting at a place of worship in Canada was in a Mosque targeting Muslims.

This one community is being targeted

Given the alarming rise in attacks against Muslims, it appears that Muslims are being singled out. Hate crimes have decreased overall, yet hate crimes against the Muslim community have doubled. One in four Muslims reports having encountered difficulties crossing borders. And Muslim youth are the least optimistic about the next generation facing less discrimination than them.

Another telling sign is that individuals mistaken for Muslim have become victims too. As Khalid noted, “the Sikh and Christian Arab communities are targeted because people think they are Muslim.”


National Observer


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Saudi deputy crown prince calls Donald Trump a 'true friend of Muslims' after White House meeting


Prince Mohammad bin Salman defends US President over immigration ban


US:  Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince has hailed Donald Trump as a “true friend of Muslims” and said he does not believe the President’s controversial immigration ban targets Islam.

A senior adviser to Prince Mohammad bin Salman said the meeting marked a “historical turning point” in US-Saudi relations, which worsened under Barack Obama’s administration because of the nuclear agreement struck with Iran.

A statement said the prince’s visit had put “things on the right track” and marked a significant shift across politics, security and the economy.

“All of this is due to President Trump’s great understanding of the importance of relations between the two countries and his clear sight of problems in the region,” it continued, according to Bloomberg.

“Saudi Arabia does not believe that [the immigration ban] is targeting Muslim countries or the religion of Islam.

“This measure is a sovereign decision aimed at preventing terrorists from entering the United States of America.

“President Trump expressed his deep respect for the religion of Islam, considering it one of the divine religions that came with great human principles kidnapped by radical groups.”

Saudi Arabia has been accused of fuelling Islamist extremism with its adherence to fundamentalist Wahhabism and funding foreign mosques and schools that spread the ideology, sparking criticism from German intelligence services in a recent report.

Mr Trump was criticised for omitting the Kingdom from the six predominantly Muslim countries included in his second attempted immigration ban.

It claims to be “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” but opponents have pointed out that the nations linked to most atrocities, including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt, are not barred.

Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks on 11 September 2001, the world’s deadliest ever terror attack, which was carried out by 15 hijackers from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt and one from Lebanon.

The countries included Mr Trump’s travel ban – Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – only have a handful of citizens involved in terror attacks on US soil but the White House argues the countries prevent an increased threat because of activity by Isis and al-Qaeda linked groups.

Prince Mohammad, who is also the Saudi defence minister, told the President his intelligence services had received information on a terror plot against the US.

A spokesperson said he expressed his “satisfaction with the positive attitude and clarifications he heard from President Trump about his stance on Islam”, adding: “President Trump has an unprecedented and serious intention to work with the Muslim world and to achieve its interests and Prince Mohammed considers his Excellency as a true friend of Muslims.”

The two leaders held talks in the Oval Office, with Vice President Mike Pence, Mr Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus and strategist Steve Bannon also present.




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Blood and Faith

The Purging of Muslim Spain, 1492-1614

Mathew Carr






I first heard about the expulsion of the 17th-century Spanish Muslims known as Moriscos back in 1992, when I was living in Barcelona. This was during the 500th anniversary of Spain’s euphemistically titled “encounter” with the New World; I was familiar with the expulsion of the Jews by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492, but I knew nothing of the tragedy of the Moriscos – known as “little Moors” – that took place more than a century later.

Even then, I was moved by the tragic fate of these forced converts to Christianity. They were marginalised and persecuted for more than a century before the Spanish state decided they were incapable of becoming “good and faithful” Christians – but they still considered themselves Spaniards even when they were dumped on the beaches of north Africa.

Carr, the author of A History of Terrorism, charts this steady breakdown, though without demonising either Christian or Muslim. He suggests that the growth of mutual mistrust and the spiral of increasing violence were the igniting spark of the final expulsion. Yet it is impossible to read this book without sensing its resonance in our own time.

In his epilogue, A Warning From History?, Carr’s message is stark. The current language of outrage in Europe — indulging prophecies of imminent demographic doom brought on by fertile Muslims — is heading toward the idea of an “agreeable holocaust”, which is what a 17th-century Dominican friar called Spain’s final solution to its insoluble problem. We should know better.


– Andrew Wheatcroft, New York Times



The Guardian: Spain's Moriscos: a 400 year old Muslim tragedy is a story for today. Matthew Carr, the author of Blood and Faith, explains how the plight of the Moriscos, driven from their home country as detested aliens, has urgent lessons for our own age




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KB says: Summer days just wouldn't be the same without this airy confection complimented with fresh cream and fresh fruit Yummm – which as a matter of interest Aussies claim originated in Australia or was it New Zealand …… well that is debatable.

This recipe was kindly shared for the CCN readers by Ayesha Peer who is our resident Pavlova expert.


8 egg whites
2 cups castor sugar
1 tablespoon corn flour
1 tablespoon brown vinegar



1. Using an electric beater, beat egg whites with castor sugar until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is stiff.
2. Make a paste with the corn flour and vinegar and mix until smooth.
3. Gently fold in the paste into the egg whites, being careful not to deflate the peaks.
4. Spoon meringue onto an oven tray which has been greased with spray and cook, using a marked circle as a guide.
5. Smooth sides and top of pavlova. Use a small spatula to forms little peaks around edge of pavlova leaving a hollow for the cream topping.
6. Bake in a 140degrees pre-heated oven for 1½ to 2 hours or until pavlova is dry to the touch.
7. Turn off the oven but leave the pavlova in oven with the door ajar to cool completely. When completely cold, transfer to serving plate.
8. Decorate with fresh cream and fruit of your choice.

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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )




Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing


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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, In Shaa Allah, we will try and understand the meaning of True Forgiveness and how to cultivate a Daily Forgiveness Practice.

Before we proceed further, let us imagine four scenarios:

Scenario One
Your friend borrows a piece of clothing from you. When your friend returns it to you, you notice an irreparable rip in the fabric. Initially, it bothers you and you let your friend know how you feel. Your friend apologises and you decide to let it be in the past and move on. You accept the apology and forgive.

Scenario Two
Your friend borrows a piece of clothing from you. Again, upon return you notice an irreparable rip. When asked about it, your friend dismisses it and does not accept any responsibility. Your friend apologises for the inconvenience without accepting responsibility of the rip. Again, you decide to let it go and accept the indirect apology.

Scenario Three
You confide in a friend and later find out that the friend accidently let it slip in a group conversation. You feel hurt and tell your friend you are disappointed by the event. Your friend realises and apologises. Even though you are hurt and find it difficult to forget the incident, you decide to accept your friend’s apology.

Scenario Four
You confide in a friend and later find out that the friend intentionally told another person and now the secret has been passed around in a group of other people. You tell your friend you feel deeply hurt and betrayed. You demand an apology. There is NO APOLOGY. Your friendship is ruined as a result. You lose trust in other people of that group and you begin avoiding gatherings where any of these people are. Every time your former friend’s name is mentioned you feel anger and hurt.

Now, in the first three scenarios, it was easier to let go off the hurt and carry on with life as well as maintain your friendship. In the last scenario, however, you did not let go.

Why? Because there was NO APOLOGY. You became deeply affected and restricted your life because of another person’s actions - you let that person affect you and your decisions.



True Forgiveness happens when you can no longer feel a person’s or incident’s control over your response to life’s situations. True Forgiveness happens when you no longer blame a person or circumstance for how things are turning out in your life. True Forgiveness happens when you no longer NEED an apology because you have decided to have a NEW PERSPECTIVE of the situation - the perspective that lets you be FREE from carrying a grudge or resentment of any kind whatsoever.

Forgiveness does NOT mean you need to start having dinner parties with that person or start re-connecting. NO.

Four Steps to Practise Daily Forgiveness

Forgiveness gives you freedom. Forgiveness is for your benefit alone. There are four steps to practise daily forgiveness. Cultivate a forgiving attitude by practising these four steps daily.

Step 1 - Think of the person who has hurt you, the person you need to forgive.
Step 2 - Now think of this person in a child form as if they were a little girl or little boy.
Step 3 - Now, in your mind, say to this child : “I forgive you; you did what you because someone hurt you too. I forgive you”.
Step 4 - Now imagine this person back in the adult form and in your mind, say to him/her: “I forgive you. You have no power over me. Your words and your actions have no power over me. I release you from my mind. I forgive you. ALLAH guide you to the path of love and peace.”

Forgiving Yourself

Sometimes we feel guilty for something we have done and we find it difficult to forgive ourselves. Try practising this affirmation to yourself. Close your eyes and say: “I forgive myself and set myself free. I seek refuge in ALLAH’s mercy.”

Next week, In Shaa Allah, we will explore the meaning of Silence and strategies to practice moments of Silence daily in your life so that you are able to “hear” the answers to your prayers. We often voice our supplications to ALLAH, but rarely do we practise silence to hear HIS answers to our questions because we are caught up in reacting to circumstances.

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So step out of your comfort zone and start smashing some fitness goals.


Turn off your mind and let your body take over. Don’t think of any exercise as being too hard.


Try a class at the gym that you never thought you would do.


This will not only challenge you but prove that nothing is impossible.


Most of all, N-JOY!




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Mula Nasruddin and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.


Suddenly, Mula Nasruddin realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.


Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE) , he wrote on a piece of paper, "Please wake me at 5:00 AM ."

He left it where he knew she would find it.


The next morning, Mula Nasruddin woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight.


Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.


The paper said, "It is 5:00 AM . Wake up."

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Is then one who is on a clear (path) from his Lord, like the one to whom the evil of his conduct seems pleasing, and such as follow their own lusts?
~ Surah Muhammad 47:14


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