Sunday, 2 April 2017


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The Brisbane Awardees

Brisbane hosted its first ceremony honouring seven recipients of Human Appeal International Australia's 10th Annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards.


Branch Manager of Human Appeal’s Adelaide office, Imam Akram Buksh welcomed guests and spoke of the importance of education and recognising both outstanding effort as well as achievement.


The event was MC’d by Ali Rane, a graduate of the Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour and together with Furqan Ahmed, they reflected on their experiences participating in the once-in-a-lifetime tour.


Fahim Khondaker from the Islamic Council of Queensland spoke with enthusiasm about the future and the need for entrepreneurship by young people.


Other speakers included Habib Jamal from the Islamic Society of Gold Coast and Dr Zac Matthews.



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Report supplied by school

On Wednesday 22 March, the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) was privileged to host sixteen Year 11 students from the Samford Valley Steiner School.

The purpose of the visit was to bring awareness of key Islamic beliefs, practices and what it means to be a Muslim in today’s world.

The students witnessed practical aspects of Islam such as Wudhu, Salah and supplicating after Salah and had a question and answer session with Imam Ahmed Azhari.

The students were also fortunate to interact and have lunch with Year 11 students of AIIC.

The school visit was an opportunity for the Steiner students to learn about Islam and clarify some misconceptions about the religion and its people.

The day proved to be an excellent forum for students from both schools to interact in person and learn about each other’s schools, cultural values and religious practices.



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A Roy Morgan Poll released this week revealed that the Australian public is much more sympathetic toward the Palestinians than the Turnbull government.

APAN Press Release

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When a classmate told 19-year-old Heraa Hashmi that “all terrorists are Muslims” she began to compile a dossier of all instances of Muslims condemning terror attacks



‘I wanted to show how weak the argument is that Muslims don’t care about terrorism’ … Heraa Hashmi.

It happened in history class. Heraa Hashmi, a 19-year-old American Muslim student at the University of Colorado, was supposed to be discussing the Crusades with the man sitting next to her. Within a few minutes, however, he was crusading against Islam.

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims,” Hashmi’s classmate told her. What’s more, he complained, not enough Muslims were making a stand against terrorism.

t happened in history class. Heraa Hashmi, a 19-year-old American Muslim student at the University of Colorado, was supposed to be discussing the Crusades with the man sitting next to her. Within a few minutes, however, he was crusading against Islam.

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims,” Hashmi’s classmate told her. What’s more, he complained, not enough Muslims were making a stand against terrorism.

Hashmi was perplexed by this analysis. Muslims are constantly denouncing atrocities that have been committed in the name of Islam. Yet many people seem to think Muslims don’t condemn terrorism enough. So Hashmi decided to put the notion to the test. Using Google spreadsheets, she made a “712-page list of Muslims condemning things with sources”, which she tweeted. The list includes everything from acts of domestic violence to 9/11.

“I wanted to show people how weak the argument [that Muslims don’t care about terrorism] is,” she explained.

Her stats struck a chord. Within 24 hours, Hashmi’s tweet had been retweeted 15,000 times. A couple of her followers volunteered to help her turn her spreadsheet into an interactive website and, within a week of the tweet, was born. This was last November, but the website has grown considerably since then and, sadly, flickers into prominence whenever a new attack takes place.

Thanks to Hashmi, all these condemnations are now carefully recorded at So for anyone asking why more Muslims don’t denounce terrorism, you know where to go.

Source: The Guardian



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Islamic Relief is bringing you the Old McDonald's Petting Zoo this School holidays. 

All money raised on the day will be donated to the drought affected communities in East Africa.

The UN declared a famine in East Africa... when does a famine become official? When 20% of the population experience extreme hunger and at least 30% of the population is malnourished.

23 Million People Urgently Need Your Help. 

Entry ticket is only $5 for the kids but if you are able to, please donate generously. 

We will also be having our usual stall selling cupcakes, artwork, toys and offering face-painting.


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Pauline Hanson has today declared that Islam is a “disease we need to vaccinate against”, in a statement that appears to fly directly in the face of her outspoken comments against any and all vaccination just last week.

“We in this country must fight against the disease of Islam,” said Mrs Hanson to a crowd of supporters, “We must all seek to vaccinate ourselves against this plague. But more importantly still, we must learn to embrace the plague and push back against the rising tide of vaccination. Unless the diseases originate in Islamic countries. For these diseases are clearly another ploy from the terrorists to spread their … autism through … hallal snack packs … wait hold on I’ve got my cards all mixed up here. In any case we must stop these gay … Muslim … squat toilets from … buying all our houses. Yes, I think that’s right.”

Asked by a reporter whether her outspokenness against Islam was actually just a front for her long-running campaign for ethnic purity in Australia, Mrs Hanson said it was the ideas the religion represents that she opposes, and the fact that a large number of Islamic people are middle-eastern is pure coincidence. “I’ve got nothing against people of colour. After all I’m not a Xylophone,” said Mrs Hanson. “But I don’t think anyone could deny that there are a lot of things wrong with Islam. From their unwillingness to embrace other cultures, to their hatred of liberal values like gay marriage, this is simply a set of beliefs I cannot embrace.”

Mrs Hanson also pointed out that often the people criticising her of racism overlook the dangerous effects of unvetted immigration. “Look at the recent attacks in London for example,” said Mrs Hanson. “If immigration isn’t curbed in England, the number of homegrown terrorists like the London attacker may soon become an endangered form of terrorist. And we can’t let that happen. We have to make our terrorists great again, before the immigrants come and take their jobs away. Who’s with me!”

Mrs Hanson has since retracted her statements in support of terrorism, blaming the statement on a Malarial fever that she had picked up at the last anti-vaccine rally.

Source: The Chaser     LOL



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The Government had extended the Senate's sitting hours so it could deal with two key pieces of legislation: changes to the act and the Government's cuts to company tax rates.

The Government had wanted to replace the words "insult", "offend" and "humiliate" in section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act with the term "harass".

On Thursday evening it became apparent the Government did not have the numbers to pass the changes, but the debate continued.

After seven straight hours of discussion, Labor, the Greens and some of the crossbench killed off the amendments.

It means the wording of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will not change.

ABC News




Meanwhile, back at the ranch......... One Nation claims 18C protects Muslims

Race-hate speech laws must be changed so people can 'call out' Muslim terrorists, perverts and child mutilators, a One Nation senator has told parliament.


Malcolm Roberts says Australian Islamists are the real beneficiaries of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, comparing restrictions on race-hate speech to 'Stalinist repression'.


'If your Muslim Sudanese neighbour is engaging in female genital mutilation or your Syrian Muslim cafe owner is a terrorist building a bomb or maybe just the Afghan Muslims in the public housing flat next to you are molesting small children, chances are that you are afraid to speak out,' he said.


'Ordinary, decent people are simply afraid to speak the truth.


'We want to be able to call out Muslim drug dealers, child mutilators, hate preachers , terrorists and perverts.


'The senator used a debate on proposed changes to race-hate speech laws in parliament on Tuesday to launch a tirade against Australian Muslims, claiming the community was 'bulging' with hate-preachers and terrorist apologists.


None of them had been brought before the Human Rights Commission for race-hate speech, because the laws only applied to non-Muslims, he said.


He likened the Greens to Islamic State for defending the existing laws, claiming they painted those who disagreed with them as wrong and immoral. 'The smug, elitist sense of superiority that infuses these koala-hugging commos appears to leave them without the slightest awareness of the terrible repression which they champion in their pursuit of ideological conformity with their own frankly anti-human world view,' he said.




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This week Q&A throws the focus to global issues with a panel of big thinkers.

Controversial feminist and author of Heretic, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Nobel Peace laureate and founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus
Former Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Editor-at-large The Australian, Paul Kelly

Watch Q&A Monday 9.35pm on ABC, streamed live 9.35pm AEST on ABC iview or on the website 



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"If the public knew what went on in the Party I don't think they'd have anything to do with One Nation"

On Monday night Four Corners reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna investigates the inner workings of Pauline Hanson's One Nation.


She hears from former supporters who have been left disenchanted, and are asking Hanson to "please explain".

Watch on ABC TV and ABC iview.



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Former Queenslander, Dylan Chown, on Weekend Sunrise



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Maher Mughrabi is the foreign editor of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. 


Ayaan Hirsi Ali serves up pseudo-theology just as the NutriBullet infomercials use pseudo-science.

I don't know how many people in this country remember Curveball, or even know who he is.

I never forget him, partly because I am of Arab and Muslim background and partly because I work in journalism, where you spend a great deal of time each day working out how it is that we know what we say we know.

Curveball told powerful people in the West a story they wanted to hear about the Middle East. A hair-raising story on which reams of supposedly considered analysis and a clarion call to war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives were built.

A story which his captors warned had holes in it, but which their superiors ran with in the name of a higher cause. A story which turned out to be completely and utterly false.

Curveball is an extreme example, but by no means alone. Those of us who remember him also remember Norma Khouri and Australi Witness and "Gay Girl in Damascus". We remember how each of these frauds tapped into a desire on the part of audiences to hear certain kinds of stories about Muslims and their world, and how those stories were convincing to the untrained eye but upon close scrutiny held little or no substance.

If people in the West who are not themselves Arab or Muslim want to understand why Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Maajid Nawaz and Irshad Manji cause similar concerns, they need to start with a remark like this: "Violence is inherent in Islam. It's a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder."

The idea that more than a billion people around the world might be attached to a faith either despite the fact that it is a "nihilistic cult of death" or because of that fact is not the remark of a heretic; as anyone who has actually met a significant number of believing Muslims must realise, it is the remark of a lunatic – or a very canny self-publicist. It is also, for those keen to condemn Islam and Muslims, as soothing a reductionist fable as Orwell's "four legs good, two legs bad".

Above all, it fails any number of empirical tests. We can say with certainty that the violence and conflict racking much of the Muslim world does not happen because its inhabitants are Muslims.

How? Because in recent decades alone we have seen every one of these types of violence replicated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Cambodia, in conflicts where next to no Muslims were involved. Contrary to the oft-stated view that religion causes much of the world's violence, the past century has shown the immense potential for violence of the centralising nation-state. But that's political science – a subject one almost never hears discussed in connection with Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Some people will be quick to say that none of the aforementioned countries has generated global terrorism – that, surely, is "to do with" Islam?

Again, a better explanation is to hand – none of these post-colonial nations was deemed of crucial strategic importance to the West, and so none found itself garrisoned by Western troops; whereas the countries where large numbers of Muslims live happen to lie across the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz and a vast reservoir of fossil fuels, as well as the birthplace of the West's major religion. All those things made the West a participant in the Muslim world's conflicts and then – eventually, after many decades – a target for them.

But that is geopolitics – again, no business of Hirsi Ali's.

Rather than having to chew and digest these complex factors, and how different kinds of Muslims have interacted with them, Think Inc gives us Ayaan Hirsi Ali as the NutriBullet of Islam.

Just as the NutriBullet's infomercials use pseudo-science to turn a glorified blender into a machine that rescues the nutrition "locked" inside the cell walls of fruit and vegetables ("Oh please. That's what teeth are for," as one scientist put it), Hirsi Ali serves up pseudo-theology that tells us that if we pulp the nasty, warlike Madinan verses of the Koran and extract the kind and gentle Meccan ones, we'll have better Islam and better Muslims.

Never mind the fact that every religion and every nation that has ever aspired to create a community has had both martial and pastoral characteristics (is that blood on the wattle?). Never mind that in the past two centuries far more violence has been imported into the Muslim world than it has exported. Just drink up! But if you're not healthier in the morning, don't say I didn't warn you: some things in life are too complicated to fix with a smoothie.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald



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Words by Jana Wendt, Photos by Tim Bauer



Ed Husic is known to some as 'the minister for basketball', to others as the first federal MP sworn in on the Quran. He became the first ever Muslim frontbencher under Kevin Rudd. What next for an outspoken Gen Xer with a friend on the wrong side of parliament?


“Would you like to say a few words?” someone asks the politician. Ed Husic, federal Labor MP, is visiting St Francis of Assisi Catholic school in Glendenning, a suburb that forms part of his vast Western Sydney electorate of Chifley. The modest chapel, which doubles as a general-purpose hall, is full of attentive and excited children. The school’s 25th birthday celebration promises a video, speeches, and a jumbo-sized cake.

Yes, Ed Husic would like to say a few words – more than a few, if you’ll let him.

The MP has joined former principals and other honoured guests in the front row. A tall, robust man, Husic now sits confined in his plastic chair, hefty shoulders straining the pinstriped jacket thrown on minutes before entering the room. The hyperkinetic MP slows down to accommodate the morning’s ceremony. Later, a priest will say Mass for the congregation, and Husic will bow his head respectfully in recognition of the solemn Catholic rite.

In the meantime he accepts the invitation, leaping to his feet and taking to the lectern to make a joke about politicians making speeches. Husic has come to the school, he tells the kids and their parents, not only to celebrate its educational achievements but to recognise “a faith that has done so much good in the world”.

Earlier, on the way to St Francis, Husic had told me that Catholics in general, and some at St Francis in particular, supported him when faith was turned into a battering ram against him. The 2004 experience as a first-time political candidate was an awakening of sorts for Husic, who was raised in a Bosnian Muslim family in Sydney’s west. His attempt that year to win the neighbouring seat of Greenway, historically Labor, was not the kind of electoral blooding he had expected.

“Ed Husic is a devout Muslim. Ed is working hard to get a better deal for Islam in Greenway”, read leaflets distributed during the campaign, falsely purporting to be from the ALP. In the end, the seat was won by Liberal Louise Markus, an evangelical Christian.

Husic did not claim his loss was a consequence of the rogue tactic, saying he did not believe he lost the election “solely because of my religion”. Nor did Husic suggest his Liberal opponent had anything to do with the leaflets. But the experience shook him to the core.


Being the son of Bosnian parents had not registered during his childhood as anything other than a twist of fate. “There was nothing really special about my parents being from overseas. Nothing really stood out about it,” Husic says. “I saw it more as a point of pride, growing up.”

While his father Hasib, a welder, and Husic’s mother Hasiba had insisted their children Ed, Alan, and Sabina learn English first, the kids picked up Bosnian at home in their primary school years. A trip to the Husics’ homeland as a nine-year-old taught the future politician something essential about himself as a first-generation Australian. In a stoush with local children in Belgrade, Husic was taunted about his accent: “‘What are you? You’re not [one of] us’,” Husic says, recalling the barbs.




Source: SBS



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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)


Kayla, a Murrawarri/Gomeroi woman, has known her Lebanese-Muslim husband since she was a teenager. Despite being high school sweethearts, Kayla came to Islam years later and independently of her partner, interested in faith, identity and Aboriginality. Kayla and her husband Khaled have five daughters. Kayla’s father is Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Glen Doyle, a traditional and ceremonial performer in Sydney. 




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)


Pakistan: Professor Dr Bina Shaheen Siddiqui


Professor Dr Bina Shaheen Siddiqui holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Karachi. She has made significant contributions to medicine and agriculture through her study and classification of indigenous plant materials.

Siddiqui has written more than 250 research articles and has been honoured with several prestigious awards, including the Khwarizmi International Award of Iran and Salam Prize in Chemistry.


Source: The Muslim Vibe


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


I finally have a peace I didn’t have in Christianity, I know what I believe, who I am, and how I want my life to reflect on this.

Media Propaganda against Islam Made Me Muslim

Almost immediately after logging onto Facebook and posting that she had converted to Islam, April Fuller was bombarded with messages, from both her close friends and acquaintances.

“Why did I expect anything less,” Fuller’s former youth pastor wrote.


“I am an infidel according to your cult so therefore I am your enemy.


Such a shame you have chosen to turn your back on a loving God and serve a false prophet who preaches hate for anyone not of said cult.”

But an old childhood friend offered congratulations. “I know a lot of people and ‘friends’ are giving you hell about this. It’s your decision. I hope it works out for you sweetie.”

Fuller’s uncle was a pastor in a Southern Baptist church, the largest religion in the state, in the 1,500-person town of Raleigh. Although her family has long been strict adherents, Fuller was drawn to Islam because, for her, it was the first time religion made sense.

“I always grew up believing in something, so I knew there was a god,” Fuller, a sophomore English major, said. “I was just trying to figure out what I wanted to be, but I knew Baptist wasn’t for me.”

The second semester of her freshman year, Fuller was introduced to another student, a practicing Muslim, through a mutual friend. They quickly became friends, and he began to teach her about Islam.

“I started talking to my friend, and he was telling more about it, and I thought this kinda makes sense,” Fuller said. “In Islam, you use logic; in Christianity you have to go on blind faith. A lot of times, when I tried to question Christian beliefs, I was shut down. With Islam, they welcome doubts and attempt to dispel them.”


About Islam


Media Muslims shouldn't feel obliged to apologise for terrorist attacks
Ruby Hamad

Unless you've been living under one yourself, you've probably heard about the women's silent protest on London's Westminster Bridge, where about 100 mostly Muslim women joined hands to show that "terror will not defeat and divide us".

Around the same time, Muslim teenager Heraa Hashmi made news for her 712-page Google document "proving that Muslims do indeed condemn terrorism".

The irony of women being the ones to object to violence that is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men aside, why are so many Muslims still falling into the trap of proving their humanity to those who insist it is lacking?

have grown accustomed to the way non-Muslim citizens of Europe and its colonial offshoots only express solidarity for the victims of violence and terrorism when it affects them. This is the legacy of 500 years of a European world view based on the fallacy that their lives simply matter more.

What is more saddening is witnessing Muslims succumbing to this peculiar notion that terrorism only really counts when it hits Western shores. This means not only must Muslims "prove" they don't approve of this violence, they are also expected to mourn the loss of Western life above all others.

But what has made the past week or so truly unbearable is that all this was happening as innocent Muslim and other Arab civilians in Syria and Iraq were being bombed by one US-led strike after another.

On Saturday March 18, a US strike hit a mosque in Idlib, Syria, killing 47 people, mostly civilians.

Four days later, an other US-led coalition strike hit a school near Raqqa, killing at least 30 people who were sheltering from the never-ending war that has taken over their lives.



The Sydney Morning Herald


Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera noted differences in media coverage of violent events involving Muslims with those involving non-Muslims.

How to Reduce Negative Stereotypes of Muslims in the Media

Journalists say building relationships, more diverse newsrooms are key

Media portrayals of Muslims in the United States and United Kingdom are often simplistic, inaccurate and focused on violence, journalists said Tuesday during a panel discussion on the media’s portrayal of Islam and Muslims.

This fuels stereotypes and irrational fears, they said, which leads to Islamophobia and even bullying.

“In many ways anti-Muslim hysteria is worse in the United States,” said Mehdi Hasan, a British journalist now living in the U.S. who hosts the Al-Jazeera program, “Up Front.”

He noted that last year about one in four people believed President Obama was a closet Muslim. “(That) shows the power media has to shape opinions and bias and prejudices.”

Along with keynote speaker Hasan, the discussion featured Abigail Hauslohner, a reporter at The Washington Post, Duke alum David Graham, a reporter at The Atlantic, and Nermeen Shaikh, producer and co-host of “Democracy Now!” Omid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Center, moderated the event, which was sponsored by the center and Carnegie Corp. of New York.

Hasan shared research of how the media contribute to negative stereotypes of Muslims in the United States and United Kingdom. For example, he noted that when a Muslim is involved in a terrorist act, media tend to give it much more coverage than such incidents involving non-Muslims.

With the latter, he said the media often “humanize” the non-Muslim perpetrator by referencing mental illness or interviewing family members.

More relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims could help reduce negative stereotypes, as could more Muslims working in the media and the arts, Hasan said.

“Muslims need to be seen doing normal things because we’re normal people,” he said, noting “there’s no silver bullet, and it’s going to take a while.”

Social media can also influence the public’s view of Muslims, he said. “Thanks to social media you all have platforms.”



Duke Today


When Marx Meets Islam  


A Chinese regulation would prohibit online insults based on religion. Some decry it as antithetical to Communist values.

Almost every Chinese person with even a middle school education must, at some point, run into the famous statement about religion by Karl Marx: “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” It is enshrined in textbooks that introduce students to the philosopher’s materialistic interpretation of the world, which considers religion as a “fantasy” used by reactionary forces to disarm the revolutionary proletariat by promising salvation in the afterlife while preaching endurance in the current one.

Some will argue that there is a Leninist spin in such a presentation of Marx’s view, and that his is a more nuanced one that recognizes, albeit grudgingly, the historically progressive role of religion. Still, Marx’s view has become probably the only modern critique of religion that many ordinary Chinese are familiar with, besides Confucius’s largely agnostic approach to spirituality. It also forms the basis of the Communist Party’s self-branding of a fundamentally atheist party.

That being said, the textbook does not dictate how millions of Chinese actually approach faith, nor does Marxist dogma completely defines how the

Party handles religion in the People’s Republic. Marx’s harsh critique of religion does not stop a large number of Chinese from embracing the teaching of Buddha, the message of Jesus Christ, or the words of Mohammed. If anything, the “value vacuum” left by the retreat of a fanatic Maoist ideology since the death of Mao Zedong has increasingly been filled by religion, demonstrated by skyrocketing numbers of new converts.



Foreign Policy


Although only 44, Adityanath has extensive experience stirring up a mob.

'If They Kill Even One Hindu, We Will Kill 100!’  


Meet Yogi Adityanath, the fire-breathing Hindu nationalist monk who’s leading India’s largest state on a warpath against Muslims.

Nationalist leaders are used to dashing liberals’ hopes. In their early periods in power, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, China’s Xi Jinping, and even Russia’s Vladimir Putin promised to strike a balance between populism and economic reform and even hinted at moving their countries in a more liberal direction. That didn’t last. And it looks like Narendra Modi is following the same regressive path, after the Indian prime minister appointed rabble-rousing Hindu monk Yogi Adityanath to one of the country’s biggest political jobs.

Following a landslide victory this month in elections in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous and important state, Modi shocked many of his countrymen by appointing Adityanath as chief minister. The decision makes Adityanath the leader of more than 200 million people — 38 million of them Muslims — and thus one of the most prominent and popular figures in the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which Modi led back to national power in 2014.

The appointment has been greeted with barely disguised dismay by Modi’s more implacable opponents, notably liberals, and anyone worried about the health of India’s secular democracy and the fate of its sizable Muslim minority. But it has also dismayed those who voted for Modi in hopes he would focus his energy on making the country’s economy more dynamic, including, in private at least, some moderates within the BJP itself. Adityanath’s appointment was Modi’s decision, and his alone, meaning it is hard to view it as anything other than a step toward a kind of majoritarian populism that puts hard-line Hindu demands above economic development as he gears up to win re-election in two years’ time.

Dressed in his trademark saffron robes, the shaven-headed Adityanath moved quickly to describe the BJP’s victory as a rejection of the politics of “Muslim appeasement.” In a frenetic first week in power, he dominated headlines, especially by launching a crackdown on slaughterhouses, a move that is popular among Hindus, who want to see literal sacred cows protected, but which targets businesses that tend to be owned by Muslims.

Until this week, Adityanath was a mildly infamous but politically minor figure. A longtime BJP parliamentarian, he was known mostly as a pugnacious preacher and firebrand activist. After renouncing his family for clerical life in his early 20s, he rose rapidly to become the mahant (or chief priest) of a temple in the hardscrabble eastern city of Gorakhpur. From there, he first built a religious following and then a political career, where his take-no-prisoners attitude and bellicose rhetoric endeared him to the BJP’s rank and file.

hat his politics are extreme is hard to dispute. Although only 44, Adityanath has extensive experience stirring up a mob.Although only 44, Adityanath has extensive experience stirring up a mob. Like many politicians in Uttar Pradesh — one of India’s poorest states, and one with a dismal record for intermingling governance and crime — he has a hefty police record, with pending charges that include attempted murder and rioting. Yet it is his talent for fomenting tension between Hindus and Muslims — who make up about four-fifths and one-eighth of India’s population, respectively — that has caused the most alarm.

Clips of his incendiary speechmaking circulated widely in India following his appointment. In one, the diminutive monk whips up a crowd with fiery anti-Muslim rhetoric. “If they kill even one Hindu, we will kill—” he calls out, pausing. “100!” the throng eagerly responds. In another, members of a radical youth group he founded in his home city are seen calling, as Adityanath looks on, for Hindu men to rape the corpses of Muslim women.

Elsewhere, he spoke warmly of Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from Muslim countries, argued that Hindu religious idols should forcibly be placed in mosques, and called for his party to press on with plans to build a controversial Hindu temple in honor of the god Ram on the site of a mosque destroyed by Hindu activists in 2002. Perhaps unsurprisingly he enjoys warm ties with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the hard-line Hindu nationalist organization from which the BJP originated and for which Modi, in his youth, was a longtime activist.


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The Model Halima Aden Thinks Trump Should Open His Heart to Muslim Neighbours
"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)

You were born in a refugee camp in Kenya and you moved to America — to Minnesota — when you were six. What exactly was your reaction to the recent travel ban that was mentioned once again last night?
America has always been a land of diversity, basically made up of immigrants, and that is something I want to see continued. It's something I'm proud of when people think of America. I want them to see the richness — how we are close together even though we all come from different creeds, different backgrounds, different religions. That's something I want to see continue.

Do you have anything you'd like to say to our current president, that you'd wish he'd learn about your community?
Yeah. Just [that] what I do is I always try to educate myself about my neighbors, about the people I meet. I think that's something that our president could do. We all have different things that make us strong and weak, but if we communicate and we really open ourselves and open our hearts, you're going to be amazed by the things that you can learn. Everybody that comes from a different culture, they always [know] something that you've never thought of. Something that you could use, you know? So just educate yourself.

You said recently that sometimes you're called a Somali-American, sometimes people call you American, but you don't see yourself as fitting into any one category. What do you mean by that?
I feel like I'm different and I'm unique. When people put labels on us it doesn't always enclose everything that we are. So even though I'm proud to be Somali, I'm proud to be American, at the end of the day, I'm still Halima and I take things from both sides and combine them and I make my own little category. I'm me!

Are you interested in continuing your fashion career?
It's something I want to continue. Just [because of] the reaction they gave me and how open they are, giving me a chance to succeed.

Where do you see yourself going from here?
I do know I that I want to go back home. I want to make a difference. Somalia just elected its ninth president, [Mohamed] Farmaajo, which I'm so excited about. I want to go see Somalia because I've never been there and I feel like I'm missing out. I want to learn that heritage, I want to learn about my culture. That's something that I'm excited to do. But also, [I'd] like to work with UNICEF or the UN because I know they've done so much to help me growing up, and when I was in a refugee camp. They're like walking angels among us — that's what Iman said in our interview for CR Fashion Book. They really are.


Source: Cosmopolitan

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Muslim group's message in wake of London attack

One UK Muslim group who attended a memorial for victims of the British Parliament attack shared their unique message with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.






 Muslim Kids react to Pauline Hanson’s Muslim Ban

OnePath Network


"We gathered 30 Muslim children from around Sydney to participate in a response to Pauline Hanson’s proposed Muslim Ban and Islamophobic comments. Their reactions are priceless and yet somewhat alarming."








BBC journalist speechless after seeing biggest mosque in the world in Turkey!







ICQ: YouthConnect Club



Homeground for YouthConnect:

The Islamic Council of Queensland has secured the lease for 3 years with options to renew Oates Park in Woodridge.







#AskAMuslim campaign

The Secret Life of Muslims



Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins fight Islamophobia with doughnuts and conversation. Meet the couple who inspired the #AskAMuslim campaign in response to San Bernardino.






Pope Francis surprises a Muslim family as he visited a housing project in Milan
Channel 4 News






This is how Australians die and the statistics will leave you breathless.
Australian Workers Party








Basketball Hijab ban
The Guardian


Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir’s is the all-time leading scorer in Massachusetts high school basketball, but she couldn’t turn pro because the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) doesn’t allow religious head coverings in official competitions. Bilqis has campaigned with #FIBAAllowHijab for two years, and hopes for a change to the rules







"Don't judge us by some guy on the TV screaming, chanting, who's got nothing to do with our religion."
Channel 4 News



Waz and Nav from Channel 4's Extremely British Muslims.







A man tore up a Quran and yelled hate speech at a school board meeting.






Organise Your Prayers Around Your Life | Umm Jamaal ud-Din







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How an Ottoman Sultan Helped Ireland During the Great Famine

The Great Famine in the mid-19th century was one of the most devastating events in Irish history. Between 1845 and 1852, potato blight hit the island’s potato crop. The potato was a staple item of food in Ireland, so many years without a good harvest led to mass starvation, disease, and the deaths of nearly a million people and emigration of another million to different parts of the world. One of the unexpected sources of aid in this crisis was the Ottoman Empire. Sultan Abdülmecid I went out of his way to try to help so he could ease the suffering of the Irish people.

Sultan Abdülmecid I was only 23 years old in 1847 when he personally offered ₤10,000 in aid to Ireland, but he had already ruled his empire for nearly ten years. In that time, he earned the admiration of many of his own subjects and others around the world. But this time he would have to scale back his generosity. British diplomats advised him that it would be offensive for anyone to offer more than Queen Victoria, who had only donated ₤2,000. It was suggested that he should donate half of that amount, so he gave ₤1,000. Henry Wellesley, the British ambassador to Constantinople, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the British Empire.

The Sultan’s donation was appreciated by the public in Britain and Ireland as well. One English religious journal published an article titled “A Benevolent Sultan” in which the author wrote, “For the first time a Mohammedan [sic] sovereign, representing multitudinous Islamic populations, manifests spontaneously a warm sympathy with a Christian nation. May such sympathies, in all the genial charities of a common humanity, be cultivated and henceforth ever be maintained between the followers of the crescent and the cross!” The press also blamed the British diplomats in Constantinople for rejecting the initial donation of ₤10,000 just to avoid embarrassing Queen Victoria.





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)

The Rules to live by

Against the backdrop of what Shahzad calls "the hurt of colonisation", Islam offers Indigenous people an alternative system that includes a strict code of conduct and a moral and ethical framework that, they feel, connects them to their traditional heritage.

For some Aboriginal people, the adoption of a faith that demands the avoidance of alcohol, drugs and gambling has also played a positive role in their lives.

Islam emphasises the equality of all people, regardless of skin colour. For Indigenous men and women, inclusion in the Australian national community has historically depended on the renunciation of their Aboriginality. Membership in an international community that not only tolerates difference, but is predicated on it, can be very empowering.

It is likely that the number of Indigenous Muslims will continue to grow. Indigenous people find that identification with Islam, of whatever kind, meets both their spiritual and social needs - offering a buffer against systemic racism, a clear moral template, well-defined roles and entry to a global society that does not make assimilation the price of admission.


Source: SBS

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 March 2017

TOPIC"Be a human"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 March 2017

TOPIC"Rain and wind: Signs of faith and lessons learned"

IMAM: Mossad Issa









Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 March 2017

TOPIC"Why Our Duas Are Not Being Accepted"

IMAM: Ikram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 March 2017

TOPIC: "Lessons from Al Kahf"

IMAM: Ahmad Muhammad Naffaa








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 March 2017

TOPIC"Why Sahaaba were elevated"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 March 2017

TOPIC"Virtues of the month of Rajab"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali



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We are seeking a full-time, enthusiastic and experienced

• Early childhood teacher (Prep)
• Special needs teacher (Learning support)
• Arabic/Islamic studies teacher (Imam)
• ESL teacher (TESOL qualified)

To commence in Term 2.
Must be registered with QLD College of Teachers

Please forward your CV to
Australian International Islamic College
Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail
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Scenes from the South Africa's Ahmed Kathrada's Funeral


Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada is being laid to rest at the Westpark Cemetery in Randburg, Johannesburg.


SOUTH AFRICA: ANC veteran Ahmed Kathrada (87) passed away this week at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg.

Kathrada passed away peacefully after a short period of illness, following surgery to the brain.

“This is great loss to the ANC, the broader liberation movement and South Africa as a whole. Internationally,he was staunch in his support for the Palestinian struggle.


‘Kathy’ was an inspiration to millions in different parts of the world,” said Neeshan Balton, Executive Director of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

Kathrada Foundation Chairperson, Derek Hanekom, was overcome with emotion saying he has lost a “revolutionary mentor and dear friend”.

“Comrade Kathy was a gentle, humane and humble soul. He was a determined revolutionary who gave his entire life to the liberation struggle in our country,” he added.

Kathrada will be buried according to Muslim religious rights, details of which will be made publicly available in due course.

Fellow Robben Island prisoner, Laloo ‘Isu’ Chiba (86) said that his comrade’s death has left a deep vacuum in his life.

“I have worked with Kathy for over sixty years. He has been my strength in prison, my guide in political life and my pillar of strength in the most difficult moments of my life. Now he is gone,” said a visibly shaken Chiba.

Kathrada has had an illustrious political career having served between 1994 and 1999 as the parliamentary counsellor to late President Nelson Mandela.

He was born on 21 August 1929 in rural Schweizer-Reneke and was introduced to politics as a young boy when he joined a non-racial youth club run by the Young Communist League.

At the tender age of 17, Kathrada participated in the 1946 Passive Resistance Campaign led by the South African Indian Congress. He was part of 2000 resisters who were arrested and imprisoned for defying a law that discriminated against Indian South Africans.

Kathrada, under the tutelage of Transvaal Indian Congress leader, Dr Yusuf Dadoo, later befriended emerging ANC leaders such as Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo.

In 1951, Kathrada visited East Berlin to attend the youth festival jointly organised by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), and the International Union of Students (IUS). While there he visited Poland, where the Auschwitz concentration camp left an indelible impression on him.

Back home in 1952, Kathrada was in a group of 20, including Mandela and Sisulu, who were sentenced to nine months in prison with hard labour - suspended for two years - for organising the Defiance Campaign against six unjust, apartheid laws. The campaign was jointly organised by the ANC and SA Indian Congress.

In 1954, Kathrada was placed under restrictions by apartheid security police and was arrested several times for breaking his banning orders. In 1956, he was among the 156 Congress activists and leaders charged for High Treason. The trial continued for four years after which all the accused were acquitted. Kathrada, Mandela and Sisulu were among the last 30 to be acquitted.

While they were on trial in 1960, the ANC and PAC were banned. In 1962, Kathrada was placed under “house arrest”. The following year Kathrada broke his banning orders and went underground to continue his political and military work in the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK).

In July 1963, the police swooped on Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, a Johannesburg suburb where Kathrada and other banned persons had been meeting secretly. This led to the famous Rivonia Trial in which eight accused were sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour on Robben Island. His fellow prisoners included ANC leaders such as Mandela, Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Denis Goldberg, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni.

Kathrada spent 26 years and 3 months in prison, 18 of which were on Robben Island. In 1982, Mandela, Sisulu, Kathrada, Mhlaba and Mlangeni were transferred to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town.
While in prison he obtained four university degrees, namely, BA (in History and Criminology), B Bibliography (in African Politics and Library Science), BA Honours (History) and BA Honours (African Politics).

Soon after his release on 15 October 1989, the ANC was unbanned. At its first legal conference in South Africa, Kathrada was elected onto its National Executive Committee. Until 1994, he headed the ANC’s Public Relations Department. At its Conference in 1997, Kathrada declined nomination to the National Executive Committee.

In 1992, Kathrada undertook the Islamic Haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

In 1994, Kathrada was elected to Parliament and served as President Mandela's Parliamentary Counsellor. He was chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council from 1997 until his term expired in 2006.

In 2008, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation was launched with the aim of deepening non-racialism. Kathrada was an active participant in the Foundation’s work, which includes promoting Constitutional ideals and human rights, youth leadership and development, challenging racism and preserving and promoting liberation history.

Kathrada is survived by his wife, Barbara Hogan, also an ANC stalwart and veteran.


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Julie Bishop says Australia preparing for Isis to declare 'caliphate' in southern Philippines


Foreign affairs minister says threat is on Australia’s doorstep as Islamic State is forced out of the Middle East



Julie Bishop says Australia is readying itself for the possibility of Islamic State declaring a ‘caliphate’ in the Philippines.


PHILIPPINES: Australia is readying itself for the possibility of Islamic State declaring a “caliphate” in the southern Philippines as the extremist group is forced out of the Middle East.

The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, who has just returned from talks in the US with countries involved in the fight against Isis, says authorities are concerned about an estimated 600 foreign fighters from south-east Asia surviving the campaign in Iraq and Syria and returning home.

“There is concern that Isis may well seek to declare a caliphate, an Islamic caliphate, in the southern Philippines,” she told Sky News on Sunday.

The leader of the Philippines-based terrorist group Abu Sayyaf had recently been declared an emir, or leader, by Isis, Bishop said.

“This brings the threat right to our doorstep,” she said.

Australia’s security and intelligence agencies have been working closely with Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to stamp out the terrorist threat in the region.

Bishop said last week’s attack in London reinforced how, although authorities could track terrorist gangs and keep people under surveillance, it was “nigh on impossible” to keep track of individuals who self-radicalised and acted alone.



The Guardian

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UK Muslim response to last week's London terror attack


Muslim women linked arms along Westminster Bridge in remembrance of the victims of last week's London terror attack



"Islam is at war with the people who are doing this."


This is what British Muslims in North London had to say about the Westminster attacker.


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 14-year-old Muslim boy dubbed ‘the human calculator’ becomes a British university’s youngest employee teaching adults maths



UK: He may be younger than their children but one of Britain’s brainiest children, a Muslim, has been hired by a University to help adults with their sums as reported by Daily Mail.

Yasha Asley, 14, is employed by the University of Leicester – where he is also a degree student – to run tutorials.

He became the youngest ever student at the University and is now the youngest ever employee.

Yasha was interviewed and offered the paid job when he was just 13–years old – beating adult applicants. Admin staff had to apply to Leicester city council for special permission to employ him because he was so young.

The weekly tutorials Yasha runs are for adult students who need help and support solving problems following lectures. Proud Yasha said:

‘I am having the best years of my life. I love going to university and I love my new job helping other students.
No more school uniform for me thank you very much.’

Yasha, who has been dubbed a ‘human calculator’, is now in his final year and plans to start a Phd when he finishes his course.

No more school uniform for me thank you very much.’

Yasha, who has been dubbed a ‘human calculator’, is now in his final year and plans to start a Phd when he finishes his course.

After finishing year 6 at primary he went straight to University. Of his achievements, Yasha said:

‘I love maths because it is an exact science. It is the only science where you can prove what you say is correct. It is so easy and an enjoyable subject to study.’

Proud father Moussa Asley, 53, who raised him single-handedly at their home in Leicester, said his son had been made welcome by staff and students alike.

Mr Asley, who drives his son to lectures every day, said:

‘I am just so proud watching him flourish and grow doing something he loves.

He is so good at understanding problems and explaining them in a clear way he is perfect for the job.’




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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Bettany Hughes



Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide.

From the Koran to Shakespeare, this city with three names--Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul--resonates as an idea and a place, real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between East and West, it has been the capital city of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history it was the very center of the world, known simply as "The City," but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a story.

In this epic new biography, Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world's greatest cities. As the longest-lived political entity in Europe, over the last 6,000 years Istanbul has absorbed a mosaic of micro-cities and cultures all gathering around its core. At the latest count, archaeologists have measured forty-two human habitation layers. Phoenicians, Genoese, Venetians, Jews, Vikings, and Azeris all called a patch of this earth their home.

Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, this captivating portrait of the momentous life of Istanbul is visceral, immediate, and scholarly--narrative history at its finest.






"There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.

Love of books is the best of all."       


- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis -


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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

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KB says: This salad and the dressing can be made at least 8 hours ahead of time and stored separately in the refrigerator.

Important Tip: Pour the salad dressing just before serving so the salad remains fresh and crunchy for a longer period of time.

Homemade Coleslaw

4 cups finely chopped cabbage
¼ cup shredded carrot (about 1 medium carrot)
2 tablespoons finely sliced red onions
1 green onion finely sliced
1 green chilly finely sliced

Optional : 1 small green apple finely sliced which has been sprinkled with lemon juice


Whisk together

½ teaspoon pink salt
Pinch of pepper
¼ cup milk
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup buttermilk
1 ½ tablespoons white vinegar
2 ½ tablespoons lemon juice


The word coleslaw comes from the word koolsla, a conjunction of kool (cabbage) and sla, a shortened version of salade (salad). It is believed that Dutch colonists near Long Island were the first to grow cabbage in America. The Americanised 'coleslaw', the first recorded reference to which appeared in 1794, added mayonnaise to the earlier Dutch versions of the recipe.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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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


To contact Princess,  
Email:  Phone: 0451977786





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 explore the signs and symptoms of Anxiety and strategies to overcome them.

What is Anxiety?

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when the mind perceives Stress. This occurs when we feel that there are too many activities to manage in too little time. Or that these activities that need to be managed are “too expensive”, “too difficult”, “too embarrassing”, “too unfamiliar”, and so on. These perceptions of “too hard”, “too expensive”, “too embarrassing” and so on, trigger the brain to release stress hormones in the body. The most common stress hormone is Cortisol. As this hormone increases in the body, the physical reaction of the body is to feel overwhelmed.

Feeling overwhelmed results in the following symptoms for most people:

• Heart palpitations
• Sweaty palms
• Dry mouth
• Fatigue
• Worry (constant)
• Fear of going outdoors or interaction with people
To name a few.

The natural response to these symptoms is one of two things - Fight or Flight - that is, we choose to either fight back or to run away from the situation in order to minimise or eradicate the above symptoms.

The best part about knowing this science about Anxiety and its symptoms is that Anxiety can be controlled with the empowerment of your own mind. Anxiety is more often that not a feeling of “Exaggerated” reality or “Imagined” reality.

When we over think things and make it seem larger than it actually is in reality, we are “Exaggerating” reality.
When we over think things and start adding visuals in our mind of things that we fear may happen but are actually not happening in reality, we are “Imagining” a reality which is completely false at that moment in time.

Manage Anxiety

1. Acknowledge and admit that you have feelings of Anxiety. Tell someone you can trust that this is how you have been feeling. Once you acknowledge and admit it to yourself and someone you trust, the next steps of managing anxiety becomes easier.
2. Avoid caffeine and nicotine
3. Drink at least 2 litres of water daily
4. Get at least 8 hours sleep
5. Eat wholesome, fresh food with more protein and less carbohydrates
6. Walk for 30 minutes daily
7. Sit quietly for at least five minutes daily and breathe deeply, staying aware of each breath
8. Tell yourself this positive affirmation: “Everyday in every way, I am better and better. Thank you Allah.”

Thought Switch helps overcome Anxiety

A daily practice of Thought Switch technique helps overcome anxiety. When we suffer from anxiety our thoughts begin to control us to the extent where we begin to believe them to be real. For example, fear of a job interview, fear of new parenthood, fear of a new relationship and so on.

You can control your thoughts.

Here is how to practice Thought Switch to change a fearful thought to a faithful thought.

1. Every time a fearful thought occurs in your mind, become aware of it.
2. Feel the fear. Fear is never a pleasant thought.
3. The moment you are aware of this unpleasantness, immediately start imagining a happy and joyful outcome of your situation in your mind.
4. The mind is not able to differentiate between what is real and what is imagined. It will entertain any thought you plant in it.
5. Consciously choose only happy, positive and joyful mental images and thoughts.
6. Repeat this daily in order to form a habit of only positive thoughts.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the signs and symptoms of Depression and how to overcome it using your Mind Power.

If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me. If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786



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Q: Dear Kareema, what are some effective exercises I can undertake without heading to the gym?

A: Walking is always a winner.


You can do it outdoors, or indoors if you have a treadmill.


Make sure you check your posture and always wear a pair of well-fitting shoes for ankle support.


Aim for 30 mins per walk and then either quicken your pace or add some hill-climbs.

Other body-weight exercises such as push-ups, crunches, tricep-dips, lunges and squats are great to challenge, sculpt and tone muscles.


Keep it simple and then start intensifying your workouts as you go.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist
M: 0406 279 591

Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.

Can Diet Help with Acne?


I have been asked what can a person eat to prevent or reduce acne?

They say you are what you eat, but does it really ring true?

Some people may tell you that eating a lot of junk food can cause your skin to breakout.


Others may say that eating a lot of oily foods does. Others say it is due to consuming dairy food. There are a lot of misleading and perhaps confusing information out there which is why I have written a blog post to uncover the truth according to scientific research.

To find out the answer and read more on how diet can affect your skin, head over to my blog at


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Jallaludin decided to decorate his bedroom.


He wasn't sure how many rolls of wallpaper he would need but he knew that Habibullah who lived next door had recently done the same job and the two rooms were identical in size.

"Brother Habibullah," he asked, "How many rolls of wallpaper did you buy for your bedroom?"


"Ten" said Habibullah.

So Jallaludin  bought the ten rolls of paper and did the job. It looked wonderful, but he had two rolls of wallpaper left over.

"Brother Habibullah," he said. "I bought ten rolls of wallpaper for the bedroom, but I've got two left over!"

"That's funny," said Habibullah. "So did I."

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An Ayaat-a-Week





Do not say of anything, ‘I will do that tomorrow,’ without adding, ‘God willing,’ and, whenever you forget, remember your Lord and say, ‘May my Lord guide me closer to what is right.’

~ Surah Al-Kahf 18:23-24


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“Success is not counted by how high you have climbed,

but by how many people you brought with you.”

                                                                                              ~ Anon



I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.

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Queensland Education & Cultural Foundation has organised free Islamic lecture series to inform society with regards to Islam and its basic concepts.


The first lecture series is related to Essentials of Islamic Faith;  it is ten weeks course  and at the end, there will be an exam to measure the knowledge and to determine who is entitled to achieve a certificate.


Lectures will be in two sessions; informative (1 hour) and Q&A (30 minutes tutorials).


There will be a break between them for coffee/tea/refreshments.


The course is: FREE


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The first lecture is on 14 April 2017





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Islamic Society of Darra

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The Making of a Leader : Edris Khamissa

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

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


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30 April






Masjid As Sunnah








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





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118




Download the programme here.


For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600




On Going Activities


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

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

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


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

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987





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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Next Meeting

TIME: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
DATE: Wednesday 5 APRIL 2017
VENUE: Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB].

AGENDA: Click here.

Community Contact Command, who are situated in Police Headquarters, will be taking over the secretariat role of the QPS/Muslim Reference Group meeting.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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Kuraby Mosque

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Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

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Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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