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Sunday 30 April 2017 | Issue 0651


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AIIC at ANZAC Day commemoration

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Councillor Lutton receives Community's appreciation

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

From poster girl to pariah of the right

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Islamic College of Brisbane at Sunnybank RSL Dawn Service

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Brittania Clifford-Pugh sings 'Safe and Sound'

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

BIC under spotlight

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Community leaders in show of support for Bundy's Muslims

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Dawah Centre gets off the ground

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

Sunshine Coast Imam sacked six months into role

Fitria on Food Appears monthly


Speedo launches burkha swimsuit for Muslim women

Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column

Write For Us

Exposing the darkness within: Domestic violence and Islam

The CCN Chuckle


‘I don’t want Muslims coming here’: Bob Katter


The Halal Snack Pack has officially gone international


Churches in Melbourne's 'bible belt' refuse to support Muslims
New Location and Community Support Needed
The POINT magazine out now
Anthony Mundine defends Koran’s stance on women
Apology for Labor MP Anne Aly over 'fake' Anzac Day claims
Upcoming Events
Winners: UK The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2017

An Interview with Ed Husic MP

In Pictures: Muslim, Aboriginal and outspoken
The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column
Back to the Future with CCN


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Councillor Russell Lutton receiving a present from ICQ President, Mr Ismail Cajee, Imam Akram Buksh, and Slacks Creek Mosque Secretary, Ustaad Samim for his support of the local community.


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Yassmin Abdel-Magied posted on her Facebook page: "Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)." Photo: SBS

Hysteria over Yassmin Abdel-Magied's Anzac Day post cannot be separated from racism


Yassmin Abdel-Magied made headlines in almost every publication in Australia on Wednesday, over a relatively innocuous Anzac Day post on Facebook. By the time the post made the news, she had already deleted it and apologised.

Despite this, the online rage continues to escalate.



Yassmin's Anzac statement 'idiotic'
ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied is labelled "un-Australian" and "insensitive" for using Anzac Day to highlight the plight of refugees. Sunrise

It's impossible to separate reactions to Yassmin's post from her public identity as a young woman of colour, a Muslim, and the combination of those selves in a person who passionately defends Islam when we are indoctrinated to fear and hate it above all else. And it would be naive to the point of delusional to think this plays no part in the weight of the rage that has settled upon her.

Many of Yassmin's critics are using the excuse of her post's timing to justify their rage, but it's not unusual for Anzac Day to be a source of controversy and protest.

Nationalism and glorification of war crashes up against the genuine grief for lives lost, and the solemn memory of the broken bodies of young Australia men scattered across the battlefields of Europe. Feelings run high on both sides and public clashes over the politics are standard social media fare every 25th of April.

Scott McIntyre was sacked by SBS in 2015 after a series of tweets in which he described the Anzac campaign as "cultification of an imperialist invasion of a foreign nation that Australia had no quarrel with", Anzac supporters as "poorly-read, largely white, nationalist drinkers and gamblers" and actions committed by the Anzacs themselves as "summary execution, widespread rape and theft". He refused to retract the tweets and was fired for breaching SBS's social media policy. His case of unfair dismissal has since been settled.

Yassmin's Facebook post was, by these standards, mild. She didn't criticise Australian soldiers or comment on the politics of wars Australia has fought. There was no disparagement of the people who remember Gallipoli with pride and sadness, nor did she make a long or public statement about the morality of wars we are currently fighting.

She simply asked that we remember, in addition to past lives lost, the people fleeing, dying and lost in wars being fought today. And she's hardly the only person to have done so.

Andrew P Street is a well-known columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald; he commonly critiques government and right wing commentators. The post above, far stronger than Yassmin's, linked to an article he wrote for one of Australia's most read news sites, in which he described Gallipoli as a "humiliating defeat", and made a direct link between Anzac Day and a need to examine the pointlessness and politics of war. He did this with specific reference to Syria and the build-up of nuclear rhetoric in the current US administration.

Other than a few irritable comments on Twitter, there was no backlash to this post or the attached article. Street hasn't been threatened with violence, no one has demanded he be summarily fired or deported, he has not been exhorted dozens of times to kill himself, and not one article appeared to question his integrity as an Australia or his moral failing as a commentator.

Street, however, is a straight, white man in Australia, so making a political statement is something he's deemed within his rights to do.

And he is certainly not the only left leaning commentator to critique the politics of Anzac Day. Jeff Sparrow's 2012 article for Overland on the politics of Anzac Day is still shared every year, and rarely are there calls for his deportation or dismissal. Stan Grant wrote an article yesterday for the ABC about the horrors and racism experienced by Aboriginal soldiers in WWI. Grant is Aboriginal, but in drawing attention to an issue that is ignored by the Anzac Day establishment, even he was not subjected to the entrenched national viciousness that Yassmin received.

Yassmin is a woman, she is young, she is black and she is proudly Muslim. She dresses gloriously in the style of her cultural background and speaks passionately about her understanding of a religion we are constantly inculcated to fear and loathe. Merely existing in the world, for her, is a political act. Having a public platform and using it to talk about her experiences and knowledge is not just political, it is exhaustingly dangerous.

Any women in the public eye risks backlash simply by being female, as does any person of colour, and anyone identifying as Muslim. Yassmin is outspoken in the combination of those crosshairs; and adds youth, beauty and association with the national broadcaster to her pile of perceived sins.

She hits every hot button of ideology and it is abhorrent, but sadly unsurprising, that her every action is scrutinised by the right-wing conservatives whose message of exclusion is most threatened by the identity she proudly carries into the public eye.

The lynch mob tactics of conservative press and politics, centred on identity rather than ideas, was on perfect display yesterday. The pile of articles and commentary reached out to a national audience and demanded instant and vicious retribution against a 26-year-old woman who dared suggest that all deaths in war are worthy of remembrance.

Repudiating the politicisation of Anzac Day (as if war is not always political) while ignoring the politics of the lynch mob attack on a young, black, Muslim woman could almost have looked satirical, if it had not been so deeply venomous.

Many thousands of comments appeared on Yassmin's Facebook page overnight, the overwhelming majority of them complaining about her "disrespect" and lauding "Australian values".

This is just a tiny sample of the respect and value given a young Australian woman who dared to voice an opinion. And these aren't even the ones with swear words.

Yassmin will almost certainly have the courage to maintain her public presence – she is, after all, a woman of remarkable strength. But it shouldn't require so very much strength and courage to occupy a space in public life without the protections of white, Christian maleness.

Surely the groundswell of enraged hatred in response to one young woman's opinion is far more of a disgrace than asking Australia to recognise the value of all lives lost to war.

The Sydney Morning Herald


The attack on Yassmin Abdel-Magied is unprincipled and wrong

The furor around Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s “lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria and Palestine) ANZAC Day Facebook post, is based on empty air. She did not insult Australian who have seen military service

ANZAC Day is about war. Refugees are mostly the product of war and the suffering in Syria. The suffering of Palestinians is also the product of war. Surely, ANZAC Day is supposed to help us remember that military conflict, whether it is in a just cause or not, causes a great deal of pain and loss. ANZAC Day should therefore promote that everything should be done to resolve differences through peaceful means.

The counter to this is that a war is a glorious experience and that ANZAC Day is meant to promote that our freedom depends on war. Hence the myth that the diggers who participated in war have been and continue to be the guardians of our rights.

This untruth belies the reality that what we have achieved, over the years, is the result of the efforts of the whole population and often against from the most privileged. It till goes on. Saying this does not diminish the significance of the Diggers, but puts it in its proper perspective.

When Attorney General Brandis and other government spokespeople come out and publicly denounce Yassmin Abdel-Magied and the usual Murdoch media outlets, accompanied by the band of followers come out to do the same, demanding her head on a platter, the level of hypocrisy has hit the stratosphere.

Nationals MP George Christensen went further and tweeted, “Yasmin should no longer on the public broadcaster’s tax-funded payroll. Self-deportation should also be considered.”

Peter Dutton thundered, “It is a disgrace that on our most significant national day to mark the passing of people who have defended this country, this advocate seeks to make political mileage.” Really? As if this is not exactly what Dutton is doing.

By and large, these are the people who only a month ago were demanding that Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act that refers to the “offend, insult and humiliate” should go, because free speech means that people should have the right to do these things.

It seems that their free speech is confined to only their narrow view of the world and denying it to others, is the way to ensure its dominance.

Add to this an attempt to turn ANZAC Day into something very different to what it should be, a vehicle for their sabre rattling narrowness. Even if you accept the myth that all the wars have been about protecting Australian freedom, surely then, ANZAC Day is about protecting the right to have your say. Those who want Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s head are violating this too.

The Pen

These Anzac Day “Controversies” Reveal The Huge Hypocrisy Of Australian Conservatives

Nothing sums up the confused incoherence of Australia’s conservative media figures and politicians better than their response to a seven-word Facebook post published on Anzac Day yesterday.

The post read: “Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)”. It was written by activist and author Yassmin Abdel-Magied and it turned some of the country’s staunchest defenders of free speech into a troupe they would normally deride as ‘hyper-triggered, PC-police’. They demanded Abdel-Magied’s resignation, and in one case even her deportation — simply because she wrote something they disagreed with.

What’s Everyone Angry About?

After being criticised on Facebook for the post Abdel-Magied deleted it, explaining “It was brought to my attention that my last post was disrespectful, and for that, I apologise unreservedly”. She posted a new message that just said “Lest we forget”.

But that didn’t stop the criticism, with commenters accusing her of “disloyalty” and “disrespecting Australian values”. Others said she was using a day of commemoration to pursue a political agenda and had “hijacked” the meaning of Anzac Day. The media soon picked up the story, culminating in this extraordinary Daily Telegraph front page:



This morning Pauline Hanson posted a bizarre and terrifying video urging her followers to “never forget” Abdel-Magied’s comments, attacking the ABC for not sacking her (weirdly by citing the ABC’s decision to stand-down Natasha Exelby), and suggesting that migrants who don’t “respect” Anzac Day should leave the country.

Conservative commentators Andrew Bolt and Gerard Henderson have both questioned whether Abdel-Magied has the qualifications to hold her job at the ABC.


If Yassmin Abdel-Magied was out of line, her attackers were worse: Madonna King

Yassmin Abdel-Magied taught us all a valuable lesson this week.

Free speech, to some of its advocates, only works if it supports bigotry, racism and sexism.

To offer a view, contrary to theirs, is to attract a tsunami of abuse, hatred and vitriol that makes you sick to read.

Ms Abdel-Magied did not attack our Anzacs. She did not suggest that those on Manus Island or Nauru, or in Syria and Palestine should take the place, in our thoughts, of our Anzacs.

She simply asked, on a day when we commemorate those brave souls, that we also not forget others - those on Manus Island and Nauru, in Syria and Palestine.

It was a mistake. People were always going to read that as an attack on a day so, so important in the history and the psyche of our country.

So what did she do when her error was explained to her? She admitted it, deleted the post immediately from her Facebook account and apologised.

And for that, she's been labelled terms that made me feel ill. A "shit slag". Someone who should feel the violent wrath of a strong male Muslim colleague. She should "piss off" to her own land "of bombed out buildings". And so the drivel continued.


No doubt my email box will fill quickly too, simply because of a decision to support a 26-year-old who made a mistake.

But what about the irony here? Free speech isn't exactly free. To those who spent Wednesday attacking Abdel-Magied, it seems it is only free when it supports their side of the argument.

Our politicians led the assault, in a cheap bid to grab a few extra votes.

Like a school tuckshop queue on a Friday, they lined up to label her a disgrace, and her conduct reprehensible. Some demanded she be told to leave Australia and that the ABC's funding should be slashed as retribution against the part-time presenter.

If Abdel-Magied was out of line - and many people think she was - that makes those who spent Wednesday throwing nasty, racist, sexist and violent comments at her even worse.

Free speech is one thing, freedom to abuse is another and doesn't match any definition of Australian values.

Brisbane Times



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Brittania Clifford-Pugh sings 'Safe and Sound' | The Voice Australia 2017



With her ukulele in hand, 17-year-old girl guide Brittania Clifford-Pugh from Toowoomba performed 'Safe and Sound' by the Civil Wars and Taylor Swift.

As a Muslim-Australian, she said she was "here to crush some stereotypes" and prove that one's beliefs should not impact their ability to be an artist.

Boy George, who is Buddhist, agreed with her "loving, unifying message" and turned for the young activist.

"We have a similar attitude to life," he said, "let's do some interesting things together."


Brittania had the residents of Toowoomba on the edge on their seats in her national television debut on the 2017 season of The Voice.

The ukulele player said she was using the countrywide platform as the show's first Muslim contestant to create more diversity in the industry and challenge stereotypes around her religion.

Residents have been quick to send their support.

Tamara King said: "She is amazing at singing and so is her sister. My younger sister went to school with them and we have watched them grow."

Jodi Robinson described Brittania as talented and courageous.

Pamela Temple said the whole town was backing her.

"Many of us have watched her grow into the young lady she is today," she said.

"We've applauded her many times in her performances at the Empire, in school musicals, in Darling Downs scout revues and at eisteddfods.

"We've watched her go up through the ranks of the scouting movement. If that's not supporting Brittania, I don't know what is."

Candice Moore offered some sound advice.

"Be you and sing your heart out," she said.

Brittania is known around town as a member of five-piece acoustic pop band The Fes, which performs at markets and events.

Rai Akers said Toowoomba was proud.

"We've heard her singing in many places, including at numerous inter-faith events," she said.

Michelle Baartz said: "She is a very talented, dedicated and polite young lady and I wish her all the best on her journey."

Fiona Stevenson said: "She is a young lady representing her religion that is surrounded by stereotypes. Go you good thing and good luck."

The Chronicle


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Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson and Bundaberg religous leaders have called for an end to bigotry and racism in the region.

A GROUP of community leaders has vowed to stand strong in support of Muslims in Bundaberg.

More than 20 leaders came together at Buss Park yesterday to speak out against ignorance and intolerance.

Among the group was religious leaders of different religious denominations as well as leaders of Bundaberg's Muslim community.

Salvation Army Captain Chris Millard spoke for the group and said "faith is separate to hate," as he expressed his outrage and frustration after seeing graffiti on a fence on FE Walker St.

"Kill Muslims Assie's (sic) Allea (sic) must be stopped world wide," the sprayed paint read.

"All of us here have experienced people's ignorance and rudeness in horrible things they say," Cpt Millard said.

"Just because someone doesn't believe what you believe doesn't make them wrong - it makes them their beliefs and your beliefs - and I'm allowed to have mine just as they're allowed to have theirs," he said.

"We are a community which believes in doing the right thing and we want to make sure people have the right to believe and think what they like but others are allowed to have their own thoughts."

Cpt Millard said he believed intolerance in the Bundaberg region stemmed from fear.

Acts terrorism around the globe were tragic, horrible and sad, Cpt Millard said, but religion was not to blame.

"It's not religion that does these things its the people in the name of religion who do things and we need to stand against the violence, against ignorance and against racism," he said.

"We need to teach other to respect each other.

"Disagreeing is not hating - it's okay, but using in a platform of hate or violence is not acceptable or tolerable in anyway."

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said everyone had a right to practice their religion freely and without fear.

"Religious intolerance is everybody's problem but I believe we can be part of the solution," Ms Donaldson said.

"We are here in regardless of anyone's political views or faith it's important to call this behaviour out for what it is," she said.

"It's harassment on the basis of religion and in many case of ethnicity and nationality."

Ms Donaldson organised yesterday's event after she was approached by the Bundaberg Peace Project, members of which have experienced harassment and verbal attacks, as well as the FE Walker St graffiti.

She said the negative mindset and actions of some did not belong in 2017 and would not be tolerated.

And, she said, there was an obligation for political leaders to call out the behaviour.

"I think people believe people can say or do thing which will go unchecked and they have a licence to do these things," Ms Donaldson said.

"We stand together to say they do not have a licence and it will not go unchecked."

The group hopes residents stand with them and put an end to the bigoted actions of others.

"If they see it in the street, just like if they saw domestic violence or any other behaviour that is unwanted they would call it out when they see it," Ms Donaldson said.


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The basement slab of ' DAWAH and YOUTH CENTRE' in Gold Coast has been completed. Now, the construction will take place next to work on Ground Floor.

Below are the external artistic impressions of the three floors of the Centre.

*Basement:* 1219.33 m2
*Ground Floor:* 476.73 m2
*Upper Floor:* 359.83 m2
*Entrance:* 43.44 m2
*Court:* 642.84 m2
*Rear Deck:* 83.80 m2
*TOTAL:* *2825.97 m2*



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Imam Zainadine Johnson's role as leader of the Sunshine Coast Muslim community has been terminated.

The Sunshine Coast's first Imam is looking for a new venue to preach Islam after being sacked by the committee heading up his community.

Imam Zainadine Johnson took up his full-time paid role in October last year but said factions within the community had been moving against him for a while.

He said he was told on Sunday by his employers there was not enough money to continue paying him to lead prayers and teach Islam at the Kawana Family Centre.

But he said there had been reluctance from some members of his community to accept his appointment as leader.

"They didn't like the fact I was a white, Australian, surfing Salafy,” Imam Zainadine said.

He said some community members, including Shia Muslims, had boycotted donating and attending prayers since his appointment.

"They are always going to be against whatever I say because I am a Sunni.”

"In Islam you have Sunni and Shia.

"You can't be both.”

Imam Zainadine said he gave a talk against extremism during his Friday prayers about a month ago which mentioned a range of examples, including Islamic State.

He said he also spoke of Shia Muslim extremism.

"Some other people thought this was dividing,” he said.

"I have no regrets for anything I've said.

"I only wish to guide people to the truth and to the straight path away from all types of extremism.”

Imam Zainadine said there were up to 200 people in the Sunshine Coast Muslim community but about 80 people regularly attended prayers.

He said he had received support from community members since his role was terminated.

"People are sick of the in-fighting, that is what I'm getting from this.”

He said he hoped to continue teaching Islam on the Coast and was looking for somewhere else to give sermons.

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Fadila Chafic, Meltem Kilicoglu and Anisa Buckley practice on the beach.

IF YOU’VE ever gone swimsuit shopping and struggled to find the right fit — save a thought for Anisa Buckley.

A keen squad swimmer as a young teen, she was turned away from the sport when she couldn’t find the right swimwear.

“Once I hit 14 I had to start making do with swimming clothes,” she said.

“I would wear light weight long pants and long sleeve cotton shirts because there was nothing readily available.

“A lot of pools had policies about wearing clothes at the time so it made it hard for people who wanted to train and wear modest clothes.”

In recent years she has rekindled her love for swimming with a group of like-minded women known as the Swim Sisters who regularly meet to swim laps and train for ocean swimming at various pools across Sydney.

Some in the group are Muslim and wear the hijab but all are simply in the group for the company and the support.

On Sunday, they took to the waves for a session of a different kind, teaming up with Speedo to test out their new range of modesty suits — their version of the ‘burkhini’ — with a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach.

“Like there are bikinis or one pieces, its nice to have the modest option available,” Ms Buckley said.

“I’m really happy that Speedo, a reputable brand, has decided to make something like this. It shows that they do care about the fact that there are so many people who want to get into swimming and sport.

“It validates Muslim women and their desire to get fit and get out and exercise.”


The Swim Sisters show off the new range of modesty suits.

With hoods, long sleeves and full length pants, modesty suits are an alternative to skimpy bikinis for women who prefer to cover up when hitting the beach.

“This is not just something for people with religious reasons behind their modesty, but simply for women who might be self conscious about their bodies and want to cover up or as a means of staying sun safe,” Speedo spokeswoman Lauren Spence said.

“We have a philosophy that we want to provide a swim suit for any body and this modesty suit is just an extension of that.”

It's the first time the swimwear giant has released a range of this kind in Australia with options for a swim tunic or dress with leggings or pants and hood.

“We were hearing that people had to go to overseas retailers to find the products they needed or mix and match between brands so we wanted to fully provide for what they wanted,” she said.

‘The suit allows them to have all over coverage while still allowing women to swim comfortably without too much drag in the water.”

Modesty suits like these made headlines in August last year when the French government imposed what was widely known as a ‘burkini ban’ — but Ms Buckley hopes the new range will make people feel less intimidated by the swim suit.

“It can be daunting if you’re wearing the modesty suit on your own and you feel like you’re more visible on the beach but when we all go down in a group we support each other.

“I hope this will normalise the modesty suits and show people that we’re serious swimmers too.”

Ms Buckley and several others from the group have already competed in several ocean swims this year and have been spurred on by the positive feedback to their group’s mission to remove fear and empower women to get in the water.

For most at the surf lesson it was the first time they had been on a board but their enthusiasm was contagious.

“As a woman who has spent so much of my life at the beach in swim suits to see these women able to have the same opportunity was really liberating,” Let’s Go Surfing swim school founder Brenda Miley said.

“It was a positive experience for us surfie chicks to chat to those women who cover themselves up and realise we’re so similar.

“Once you get in the water it's a perfect leveller, no matter who you are.”

Modesty suits are available from a girls size eight to ladies size 22 and work is already underway for new colour options in the coming months.

Muslim fashion blogger Delina Darusman-Gala gave the suits her tick of approval.

“The style is really simple — its clean and there’s different shapes available depending on what you want,” she said.

“Having a well-known brand behind it makes the modesty suit more mainstream.”

A designer herself, she said the modesty wear industry is gaining traction with women becoming more comfortable in their own skin.

“The first modesty suit I ever got was all one piece and made me feel really uncomfortable — its nice to see that there are more options for people now, not just those who want to dress modestly but for sun protection too.”

The Daily Telegraph



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By Hayley Gleeson with Julia Baird
Illustrations by Rocco Fazzari

Most Muslims believe Islam abhors violence. So why do some say the Koran sanctions "lightly" beating your wife? An ABC News investigation into religion and domestic violence reveals the fight within Islam to stop the abuse of women and prevent imams from telling victims to stay and obey.


Refraining from beating up women is now, we're told, a core Australian value.

As Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce put it last week: "There's no polite way to beat up your wife. If you want to beat up your wife, you can't become a citizen of this nation. It's as simple as that."

So who does believe there is a gentle or prudent way to strike a woman you are married to? Was Mr Joyce referring to some of the diverse and often divergent Muslim community in Australia?

It has taken many decades to ensure Australians recognise intimate partner violence as a crime that must be exposed, not endured. In no small part thanks to former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, large swathes of the country are now conscious of the prevalence and myriad destructive forms domestic violence takes.

But one significant cultural factor influencing the way perpetrators act and victims respond has been barely discussed and is poorly understood: religion.

In an ongoing ABC News investigation, we look at the ways Islam, Christianity and other religions are being forced to confront the darkness in their own midst, the fact that some of their followers at times condone or tolerate domestic violence, and to grapple with how best to combat it.

This week, Islam.

Wife-beating as a 'last resort'

It was ostensibly an attempt to explain a controversial verse in Islam's holy book, the Koran, that, if taken literally, allows husbands to physically discipline rebellious wives.

In a video posted to Facebook by the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia, a radical Islamic group, two hijab-clad women laugh off the idea that Islam is "gender biased" but claim the Koran permits men to hit disobedient women — gently, using small sticks or pieces of fabric.

"He [the husband] is permitted — not obliged, not encouraged — but permitted, to hit her [his wife]," one of the women says. "That is what everyone is talking about. It should not cause pain. Not harsh."

The backlash was swift.

Politicians including Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and Australia's first Muslim frontbencher, Labor's Ed Husic, called the attitudes expressed in the clip "abhorrent" and "out of touch with community standards". Social media exploded.

And many Muslim leaders went into damage control.

Only a few weeks ago, Keysar Trad, the president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, had indicated to Sky News' Andrew Bolt that his religion allows a husband to beat his wife as "a last resort" — though he later said his attempt to explain the Koranic verse had been "clumsy".



"To be honest," said Adel Salman, the vice-president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, "we needed this like a hole in the head".

He worried, he said, that it would lead to "further stereotyping of the Muslim community".

The position that should be made very clear to all Muslims is that there is never any justification for any form of violence — against women, or in marriage."


But the questions remain: is it clear to all Muslims? How do those who are not scholars interpret the teaching in the Koran? Why is it so complicated?

And why is it so difficult to have an open discussion about it?

ABC News has interviewed dozens of scholars, imams, social workers and women's advocates over the past several weeks with three major findings.

First, there is a strong consensus that Islam abhors all violence, including domestic abuse.

Second, there are serious, legitimate concerns that some in the community do still believe Koranic texts support husbands abusing their wives, as revealed in the Facebook video above.

And third, crucially, that Australia's all-male imams are often encouraging women to stay in violent situations.


Hizb ut-Tahrir a 'minority' view in Islam

Following the uproar, the Women of Hizb-ut Tahrir Australia posted a statement to Facebook which was later deleted.

They said they wanted to respond to "understandable concern" from other Muslims and clarify that: "Domestic violence is an abomination that Islam rejects in the strongest terms."

However, they defended their discussions on the grounds of needing to work through difficult texts despite "liberal" opposition.

"We firmly believe that we, as a community, must not shy away from the clarification of Islamic injunctions, however controversial, let alone succumb to reinterpretations of Islam forced by liberal hounding," they said.

"In fact, the greater the pressure, the greater our adherence to Islam must be."

But Susan Carland, who teaches gender studies, politics, and sociology at Monash University, said Hizb ut-Tahrir was a "minority opinion within Islam" in Australia.

"In this kind of situation, we only want to be hearing from people who actually know what they're talking about, we want to be hearing from imams and those sort of people," Dr Carland said.


What does the Koran say?

The question of whether the Koran sanctions violence against women continues to be debated among Islamic scholars in Australia and abroad.

It's not just academic. Social workers report that, in some instances, it has been used by abusive men to argue for women's submission and obedience, and as justification for violence.

Debate around whether Islam permits wife beating is mostly concentrated on the 34th verse in chapter four of the Koran (4:34).

For centuries male scholars have argued that it gives husbands financial and or fundamental superiority over women, as well as the right to physically discipline — or "beat lightly" — their wives.

According to one translation, it states:

Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all).

However, in recent decades a growing number of scholars have argued such interpretations contradict major Islamic teachings of non-violence and gender equality.

The verse should not be read literally, they say, but in context with other Koranic verses, as well as the example of the Prophet Muhammad, who — as has been well-established in hadiths, which document his words and actions — never hit his wives, and encouraged men to treat women with respect.

"There is conjecture around the interpretation of 4:34," Mr Salman said. "But there is zero conjecture about [the hadith outlining that the Prophet never hit his wives].

"Throughout the 1,400 or 1,500 years of Islamic scholarship, no-one has ever questioned this particular hadith."

Violence of any kind directly violates sharia law (which is the teachings of the Koran, the hadiths, and the expertise of Islamic scholars), Mr Salman said. Muslims in Australia are required to abide by the law of the land.

"One of the core objectives of sharia is preservation of life, which is sacrosanct."

Feminist scholars and feminists have argued that the problem is simple: for centuries Islamic scholarship has been the domain of men.

Islamophobia makes it difficult to talk about

Silma Ihram, president of the Australian Muslim Women's Association, said that while Islam does not condone violence, "men who are less educated about the complexities of [4:34's] application and depth of meaning can use it to justify their superiority, that their wife should behave".

But few are willing to talk about it in public.

"There is such a reluctance for the community to publicly address issues like domestic violence because it's seen as adding to the Islamophobic narrative — which we are already struggling under — that Islam is an ideology, that it's archaic, that it doesn't have relevance," Ms Ihram said.

ABC News




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Federal MP Bob Katter was caught on video making 'racist' remarks about Muslims.

Federal politician Bob Katter has been forced to respond to criticism over comments he made at a Sydney pub about not wanting Muslims in Australia.

Sydney DJ Kevin “Pon Cho” Kerr, who recorded his encounter with the Queensland MP on his mobile phone, accused Mr Katter of exhibiting “racist vibes”.

“You don’t like much, do you really?” he asked, to which Mr Katter responded: “We’re nice to you white blokes, I think we are.”

When asked if he was “in bed” with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Mr Katter said: “I don’t want any Muslims coming here … No, I shouldn’t say that.”

He was quick to deny the claims, despite the camera continuing to roll.

“That’s not what I said, mate. Don’t go telling lies,” Mr Katter said.

e then appears to grab the man by the shoulder before disappearing from the frame, while the taunting Mr Kerr seemed apparently smug after having caught out the politician.

The video, which was filmed at a New South Wales pub, has been viewed more than 34,000 times in 24 hours.



Mr Katter released a statement on Sunday, reiterating his stance about halting immigration from the Middle East and north Africa.

“The time is long overdue to stop people from terrorist regions coming to Australia,” he said.

“Why we say the Middle East and north Africa? The case cannot be made against Albania, Indonesia or Malaysia – they are not terrorist countries, even though they are Muslim countries.

“The exception of course are the persecuted minorities … We must, and please God will always, welcome them.”

He also made a dig at Mr Kerr for publicly releasing the video.

“There is something wrong in the media when you can address this issue formally and intelligently in the Parliament with reason and you get absolutely nothing; and some loud-mouthed budgerigar puts a video out and we get nationwide publicity,” he said.

“I’ll be writing Pon Cho a letter of thanks.

“We will say again, and again, bring in the tormented, not the tormentors.”

Mr Katter is no stranger to controversy. In 2011 he received backlash after claiming same-sex marriage deserved “to be laughed at and ridiculed”.

More recently, he released an election campaign advertisement which depicted Mr Katter smiling while holding a gun, implying the independent MP had shot two men wearing shirts labelled ALP and NLP.


Source: The New Daily



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The humble HSP has been dubbed a "symbol of liberal values and tolerance".

The Halal Snack Pack, commonly known as the HSP, is making headlines in unexpected places.

A HSP is, at one level, simply chips, halal kebab meat, cheese, and a trio of sauces in a styrofoam box. But it's also being applauded as a popular symbol of tolerance in a multicultural society.

While the dish had been up on the menu boards of kebab shops for years (and was the 2am food of choice for many a drunken partier), it garnered a lot of attention in late 2015 and gathered momentum in 2016, especially when Labor senator Sam Dastyari invited Pauline Hanson to enjoy a HSP. "Not going to happen," she told Dastyari. "Not interested. I don't believe in Halal certification."

Everyone had a take on the HSP:

Halal SNACK PACK! Kelis Milkshake Parody

Now, the HSP has gone international, with coverage in the US.

The Atlantic published an article earlier this week, titled "Big in Australia: Snacktivism", which outlined the box of meat's huge rise in popularity, as well its cultural significance in Australia.

While some Aussies will flinch at the US-based site referring to chips as 'French fries', the publishing of the article shows that not only is the delicious snack gaining momentum across the pond, so is its message of multiculturalism and tolerance.

The Atlantic's article explores the Halal Snack Pack Appreciation Society, the 181,000-strong Facebook group that lovingly posts reviews of HSPs.

Author Isabella Kwai writes, "Australia’s federal election campaign was heating up, and xenophobia was surging. Against this backdrop, the Halal Snack Pack Appreciation Society Facebook group began to function as a space for Muslims and non-Muslims to reaffirm their harmony, and to vent about their fears." The HSP, she writes, a "Styrofoam box filled with meat and french fries", became a symbol of liberal values and tolerance.

VICE's food site Munchies in the US has also covered the HSP rise to fame. The story explains, "at a time when Australia's Muslim population is in the crosshairs of a resurgent far-right movement, the East-meets-West creation [the HSP] has become a defiant symbol of the country's cultural and ethnic diversity."

Luke Eagles, one of the creators of the Halal Snack Pack Appreciation Society, said that the group has a small - but important - international population.

Does that mean that the HSP exists outside of Australia? Eagles says it's not exceedingly common, but the group does receive reviews from countries other than Australia every now and then. "I wouldn't say we regularly get international recommendations and reviews. Occasionally though!"

He says he's seen the existence of Halal Snack Packs in Germany, Iceland, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and more.

Eagles says he's thrilled with the group's progression from an Aussie cult phenomenon to having an international presence: "We kinda envisioned it shaping out to be that way, that's the direction we've been pushing it in from Day 1."


Source: SBS



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Michael Boss (L) and Reverend Mat Harry (R)

Michael Boss, a Christian man from the City of Casey in Melbourne's expansive south-east, had what he thought was a good idea. He would ask all 105 local Christian churches – Casey is Melbourne's new bible belt – to pledge "friendship" with Muslims to help stop "the growing problem of Islamophobia".

A three-paragraph statement went out to all the churches. All of them – the Catholics, Baptists and Anglicans as well as the many Pentecostal and Evangelical churches booming in Melbourne's most populous local government area where a third of all residents are born overseas. They were asked to sign the statement and send it back.

Only one of the 105 replied.

That was the Hampton Park Uniting Church, a place that gives away lunch once a week to the needy including many of Islamic faith. Reverend Mat Harry says: "It was a no-brainer. It took us two minutes in church council to decide it was a good idea. You have to stand up for what you believe in and racism is not acceptable."

Mr Boss, who is involved with the Facebook group Casey Against Racism, has now defected to Reverend Harry's church, leaving the Pentecostal congregation he worshipped at in protest at what he calls the "prosperity theology" and "militant faith" rampant in the Pentecostal and Evangelical communities.

The "reconciliatory" statement read, in part: "We, as Christians who have been called to love our neighbours as ourselves, unite strongly with the Muslim community against racism and bigotry. Muslims are not our enemies. Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters."

The Age



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Sisters Support Services are seeking a suitable location to hold classes and social sessions for new Muslims and Sisters in need.


A community centre or shared space to accommodate an Islamic library, Islamic and women's social classes plus office space for sisters consultations and counselling.



Sisters Support Services include:

• Monthly Coffee Club
• Youth Group activities
• Support for New Muslims
• Share accommodation assistance
• Rosters for meals and hospital visits
• Muslimah Swimming lessons
• Advocacy and Referrals
• Quran classes for beginners
• Islam 101 basics

Since the closing of Sisters house in October 2015 the group has continued to service the community by offering classes and support to Muslim women in need, including share accommodation assistance and referrals to related services.


Regular organised youth group and sisters activities are run, including volunteer groups which offer meals and visits to those who are isolated and in hospital.


Spokesperson for Sister's Support Services told CCN: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their continued support over the many years we have been in service. Our plea is for community support so we can continue our service to contribute to the community in the best way possible."


CONTACT: Aliyah on 0438 840 467


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Anthony Mundine (C) appears on Outsiders.

Boxer Anthony Mundine has defended his comments made in a YouTube interview with Mark Latham, saying he is “totally against any violence against woman [sic].”

Mundine posted on Facebook to say it was “disturbing & bullsh*t” to say he supported the notion of beating.

“I’m totally against any violence against woman period !!! Watch the whole interview I defend woman always these people trying to get headlines & slander my name will get there’s!!!” he wrote online.

That’s despite his earlier appearance on Mark Latham’s Outsiders, now a YouTube show after the former Labor leader was sacked from Sky News last month, in which Mr Mundine, sitting alongside TV broadcaster and radio veteran Ben Fordham, discussed his views on his religion while expressing his support for Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who claimed Islam was a feminist religion.

In reply, Mr Mundine said: “God created two creatures, male and female, different, different in stature and different roles to play in society. For me, all the answers are in the Koran, the holy Koran,”

Mr Latham challenged Mr Mundine on the “worrying” comment and quoted a verse from the Koran itself.

“It teaches followers that, and I quote, ‘men are in charge of women. Good women are therefore obedient. For women who might disobey, it’s recommended to admonish them, leave them alone in their sleeping places and then beat them’,” Mr Latham said.

Mr Latham said “that doesn’t sound very feminist”.

But Mundine appeared to begin to back track by clarifying, “it’s not a term as far as to beat as to hit”.

“In the Koran, you know what a beating is? You know the Arab toothbrush? Little stick, that is a beating, but you cannot harm the lady, cause any injury or any bruising,” he defended.

Mr Latham replied: “Why do you need that? Why do you need to encourage any sort of physicality? Some men, in a moment of anger, could go over the top with real violence?”

Mr Mundine said “it doesn’t promote physicality. You cannot beat your woman or anybody by beating them physically”.

Mr Latham continued to press Mundine: “What about rewriting or changing the wording of the Koran to make it clear?”

But Mundine tried to say that translating Arabic into English meant words were lost in translation. “I looked up on this and that word beat, in the Arabic language, the way it’s pronounced isn’t really beat.”

Mundine said domestic violence was “totally unacceptable” and leaders needed to “brush up on their beliefs and faith”.

Mundine said there was no way the Koran could be changed to reflect modern day values.

“Surely any book written in the Middle Ages, it’s too backward,” Mr Latham said.

Mundine said: “The author is God, it cannot be backward. Allah, God, knows his creatures better than any body. He made you, he made us, made every thing you see, every thing you don’t see, the heaven, the earth, everything, the sun, the moon, he’s the author.”

“We just gotta use our faculties and reasonings to see the truth. Just ask the almighty, the creator to guide you to the truth without no bias. Truth is black and white.”

The Courier Mail



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Muslim Labor MP Anne Aly says it's obvious why she was attacked on social media over unsubstantiated allegations she refused to lay a wreath at an Anzac Day ceremony in Perth.

Australia's first female Muslim MP, Anne Aly, has received an apology over allegations she refused to lay a wreath at an Anzac Day service in Perth.

The unsubstantiated claim was circulated by Kim Vuga, from the 'Love Australia or Leave Party', alleging the Labor MP would not present the wreath at the Wanneroo service on Monday.

Dr Aly's Facebook page was then inundated with a series of posts demanding she explain the alleged indiscretion.

The Labor MP explained she had in fact attended the Ballajura service, where she laid a wreath and made a speech. She denounced the claims as false.

Dr Aly told SBS News she was insulted by the allegation she refused to lay a wreath given she had a strong relationship with the RSL and a high regard for serving and ex-service men and women.

"I also thought it was absolutely disgusting that people would use Anzac Day to further their political and social agenda," she said.


Listen: Anne Aly responds to claims she refused to lay a wreath at Anzac Day service


It was "obvious" why she was attacked, the MP said.

"I have a staff member who's worked with different members for about 20 years, and she said in 20 years I've never heard anyone - anyone - questioned about whether or not they attended an Anzac Day ceremony or whether or not they laid a wreath," Dr Aly said.

"I think anyone with any kind of insight can see that (religion) was one of the big things."

Ms Vuga apologised to Dr Aly on Friday afternoon, acknowledging the claims caused the MP a "great deal of stress and negative feedback from the public".

"I should have confirmed and checked the facts personally with Anne Aly given my post was posted late that day after the Anzac commemorations," Ms Vuga said in a Facebook post.

"I take full responsibility in posting Gary’s post to my Facebook page and sincerely apologise to Anne for any stress caused and time taken away from her busy schedule."



Earlier, Dr Aly said she would receive any apology graciously.

"I have no reason to doubt that it would be sincere, and I hope that it doesn't happen again," Dr Aly said.


Source: SBS



Muslim MP Anne Aly Is Facing A Flood Of Abuse Over A False Anzac Day Controversy




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By Maryam Kissane




The Big Autumn Fete at the Islamic College of Brisbane is always a great day for our multicultural community to get together with something for everyone - rides and activities for the kids, a terrific variety of stalls and different ethnic cuisines.

In sha Allah, we hope this year’s fete will be bigger and better than ever before with all proceeds from this event going towards the new Upper Primary School Playground due for construction later this year.

An international foodfest will be on offer and community stallholders will showcase a huge variety of different clothing, jewellery, islamic books, toys and homewares. The teachers and students of ICB will offer a variety of showbags, sweets and treats as well as fun activities for the kids including games, face-painting and henna.

For just $35, you can have unlimited access to rides that suit all ages, including a Ferris Wheel, a Merry-Go-Round, the “Sizzler”, the “Tarantula” and the “Satellite” as well as a rock-climbing wall. Tickets are also sold separately.

There will also be an animal farm and a reptile show. Our local branch of the SES will showcase a storm truck flood boast or ATV and Acacia Ridge Fire station hope to join us with their big red fire truck!

An impressive array of stage entertainment has been planned for the day. The Multicultural Parade is back again, with over 100 students from 25 nations demonstrating their traditional dress. We will also host our first ICB Great Spelling Bee Competition and announce the winners of the Adhan and ICB Fete Baking competitions.

The College Parents’ Advisory Committee is also proud to present a soul touching nasheed performance by Br Mu’adz Dzulkefly with live percussions during this year’s stage program.

The evening will close with some spectacular fireworks!

So, come along and don’t miss out on this day of fun-packed entertainment.


PS: Don't forget the famous and much loved CresCafe with the best cupcakes and coffee in town!



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The UK Muslim News Awards for Excellence event was held 27 March 2017 in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.


Alhambra Award for Excellence in ARTS
For achievement in the fine art, performing art or architecture.

Winner: Shahida Ahmed



Burnley born Shahida Ahmed's work is a fusion of Lancashire, India and Pakistan influences. Fundamentally a potter, her latest work also showcases her paintings inspired by poet Rumi.

How did your interest in Art develop?

My interest in art developed at an early age because we were a very creative family. I think it was something that was in our blood. My mother designed clothes, she stitched them and had a great vision for textiles, and my sister, who was older than me, went to study art at F.E. College. My grandfather's brother was very creative and produced many paintings in water colours in India and Pakistan. These were mainly of landscape.

In my teens at Edge End High School in Nelson I won a competition with the local army store designing a poster for keeping Pendle tidy. The prize was a tree for the school grounds. Mum had always encouraged us to be creative at home - we made our own dolls out of rags and cut fabric and we designed our Asian clothes. We were taught to cook and make many food dishes that were our own ingredients; my mother was the first ambassador who enabled us as children to explore creativity. When my parents established their business in textiles 'Shehzad Textiles' we were introduced to colours, fabric, textures, different materials and the textiles industry in the 1970s. The other thing I vividly remember as a child is decorating our house, interiors, wallpaper and furnishing.

My earlier works were exploring colour, using patterns and picking up on textures and fabrics that surrounded our environment. This included screen printing fabric and making clothes out of them.

My parents were very supportive for us pursuing a career in whatever field any of us chose to do. I came from a large extended family of eight siblings and all of us were just encouraged to gain an education in the fields we were most comfortable.

How would you describe your work?
My work is recognised for being traditional; by this I mean the influence of heritage plays a huge role in my work. I use Islamic calligraphy, patterns, buildings and lots of textures and colour. The main body of my work is in clay and I have recently started painting. When you see my clay works they look like old authentic pieces from many hundreds of years ago. The colours are earthy and blues inspired by the blue mosque in Istanbul. The clay forms are amalgamated textures which fuse in a very high order to show traditional art. I use stoneware and raku firing in my pottery. My paintings are colourful and very textural. I have used an un-faced figure in the whirling dervish figure inspired by the poet Rumi.

How has your work changed from your early work?
My work has changed; it has matured in style and no longer sketch and design. I can get a piece of clay and allow the clay to mould into an art piece from inspiration within. I manipulate it to make something that comes from experience and visual imaginations of my travels and thoughts. My journey to Islam allows me to focus on my theme. I think many artists use art as an expression and that is exactly what I have tried to do with my work.
My work has also led me to develop arts within the community - such as children's art groups, women's art group and also the first ever South Asian and Middle Eastern arts company in Pendle.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Travelling, poetry, Islam and traditional arts. I am influenced by drawings of Sadequin and Gulgee's work. I also like the works of Jim Robison.

How do you think Lancashire and Pakistan have influenced your work?
Lancashire: The journey my family had from India to Pakistan to Lancashire was all due to the cotton industry.

My father and uncles were all weavers when they came to the UK, I remember removing the fluff from my father's ears and the smell of cotton from the weaving shed. He use to bring fabric home and I remember we used it to play with and make things out of it. Later they developed their own business and Lancashire contributed to this very much. The cotton link stemmed from Pakistan/India where weaving and cotton was a great industry. My grandparents and family all came to Lancashire and were very much part of the weaving industry. Lancashire contributes to our migration to the UK from India to Pakistan and then Nelson.

Having settled in the UK and having children my parents always had their roots in Pakistan but had accepted that England was home. I was 19 when I first went to Pakistan and was overwhelmed with the art scene in Pakistan and the wealth of culture and architecture. This inspired me to develop the theme in my work and use the architecture from the city of Lahore into my work. I felt I had been ignorant about my culture and heritage and through art I wanted to share that through my work with others. I wanted to share my history and identity which was one of many people who also had moved to Lancashire because of the cotton industry. After the death of my beloved parents I decided that I would share a message of my cultural history to an audience, as art is always a positive medium to use. I am proud of my historical background and my culture and feel as an artist I can share this with others to create understanding.


Source: BBC Lancashire



..........The Muslim News Awards for Excellence CONTINUES IN NEXT WEEK'S CCN




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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?


(Continued from last week's CCN)


Husic has a mischievous exhibitionist streak, which disposes him to stunts. The most memorable in recent times was in September 2016, when he arrived at the parliamentary entrance carrying a plastic anatomical model of a spinal cord.

Husic was pleased to tell waiting reporters that the prop was the “the gift Malcolm Turnbull needs most”. In defence of the display (which, it might be said, was on the laboured side) Husic invokes the example of Paul Keating, grandmaster of the political razzle dazzle. A more conventional assault on the enemy would have been unlikely to garner much attention, Husic argues. “How many people would’ve reported on that? It’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah’.”

The stunt turned out to be a spinal tap into the body politic’s ennui. “The minute [the prop] was brought out, it became a talking point, and it just went crazy in the social media sense,” he says.

Bowen calls this knack “using comedy for a serious purpose”. It was a bent Husic indulged early on.

Husic understands that too many stunts can be injurious to a politician’s prospects of advancement. On the other hand, though, he parries: “Do you want your words ending up on the bottom of a birdcage?”

Husic is taken aback at some politicians’ squeamishness about engaging full-throatedly with the public on contentious issues (“like a doctor being afraid of blood.”) Politics, he insists, necessarily must involve conflict otherwise politicians run the risk of being mere “tumbleweed”.

Keneally credits Husic with a “capacity to understand complex concepts and translate them into everyday language”.

“It’s not a patronising or smarmy intelligence, it’s one that’s relatable.”

However, she notes, Husic’s ability to communicate likely provokes a degree of jealousy in some colleagues.



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)


Aunty Halima, a Torres Strait Islander Elder, was the daughter of an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander woman and an Indo-Malay pearl diver and grew-up in a Muslim family on Thursday Island.

Pictured above: Aunty Halima with her granddaughters, Raheema, Maimunnah and Tasneem, and her close friend of 30 years, Khadija, and Khadija's daughter, Shifaa.  




Source: SBS



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The Islamic School as a Sanctuary Against the Rising Tide of Islamophobia
Keynote Address Delivered by A. Rashied Omar at Celebration Banquet of 18th Annual ISNA Education Forum, Saturday April 15, 2017, Westin `O Hare Hotel, Chicago, IL.) 

Muslims are currently living through one of the most challenging periods in their recent history. Islamophobia and hate crimes are at an all-time high.

This has been empirically and independently confirmed through studies
commissioned by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as well as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Emblematic of this spike in Islamophobia is that since the beginning of 2017, more than two-dozen Islamic Centers across the US have received bomb threats or have been vandalized. In the early hours of Saturday 28 January 2017, the Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas was burnt to the ground by unknown attackers.

A day later, on Sunday 29 January 2017, a lone gunman killed six
worshippers and maimed eight others at the Grand Mosque in Québec,

Never before in recent history has the Muslim commitment to a more
peaceful and humane world been challenged as it is at this time.

It is against this backdrop that I would like to provide some modest advice as to how we as conscientious Muslim educators and responsible American citizens should respond to this challenging time. I argue that young learners live at the cutting edge of reality and are not oblivious to, or unaffected by the toxic Islamophobic environment we are currently experiencing. I conclude by making modest proposals as to how Islamic schools could play a crucial role in mitigating the negative effects of Islamophobia and enable and empower young Muslims to channel their energies into constructive programs aimed at social integration. 





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Debunking "Muslim celebration"
Al Jazeera

The far-right love fake "Muslims celebrating terror" stories.





"Bus Attack"

A bomb blast on a soccer bus had “terrorist involvement” when the suspect was a Muslim. But it became just a “bus attack” when the suspect turned out to be white. Can only Muslims be “terrorists”?





Adhan Styles





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 28 April 2017

TOPIC"The Articulator"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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TOPIC"Israa Wal Meraaj" PART 2

IMAM: Akram Buksh



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 April 2017

TOPIC"Hazrat Abu Bakr service to community"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 April 2017

TOPIC"Honour the month of Shabaan"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




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Muslim women issue fatwas banning child marriage, rape



INDONESIA: A ground-breaking Islamic women’s conference has issued fatwas forbidding child marriage and rape in marriage, arguing that contextual interpretations of the Koran and the Hadiths show both are forbidden.

The three-day summit in the Indonesian city of Cirebon, which brought male and female Islamic clerics together from across the Muslim world to discuss issues affecting women, concluded with three landmark Islamic fatwas, non-binding though influential directives, declaring all sexual violence, child marriage and environmental ¬destruction haram (forbidden).

Organiser Ninik Rahayu told The Weekend Australian child marriage was a “big problem, and how to solve it is very important because many people don’t understand. In Indonesian culture it is not seen as a big problem”.

Indonesia has among the world’s highest absolute number of child marriages: one in every seven girls is married before they are 18, according to the Girls Not Brides coalition. Ms Ninik said its maternal mortality rate was also still too high, a problem closely linked to child marriage.

“One issue we must determine is a new definition of adulthood for women because … some scholars and jurists believed that if a girl is old enough to have a period, she is old enough to marry. But for some, periods can happen as early as seven years old,” Ms Ninik said.

“So children as young as seven can marry, regardless of whether they have matured psychologically or biologically.”

The conference has renewed calls for Indonesia to raise the legal marriage age for girls from 16 years to 18, a bid previously thwarted by its Constitutional Court which argued, in part, that early marriage prevented sin.

But the most controversial edict was a condemnation of rape in marriage, which is still not recognised as a criminal offence in many Muslim nations, and marriage as a result of rape.

“We declared all forced sexual relations are haram, whether outside or within marriage,” Ms Ninik said. “We decreed that rape is haram and that a marriage, a sacred union of two individuals under God, should not be based on something haram.”

A common justification for a rape victim to marry her attacker was that it could avoid confusion over responsibilities, inheritance and the possibility of incest.

“But science has come a long way and can ensure that doesn’t happen,” Ms Ninik said.


The Australian


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Day of Muslim-Christian dialogue unfolds in Egypt


EGYPT: The second meeting of a delegation of the Muslim Council of Elders led by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, His Eminence Professor Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, and a delegation of the World Council of Churches (WCC) led by Dr Agnes Abuom, Moderator of the Central Committee of the WCC and Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary, took place at Al Azhar, Cairo, Egypt, 26 April.


Dr Al-Tayyeb opened the gathering by welcoming the World Council of Churches to this important meeting which was taking place at a critical time in the history of the Middle East and the world.

The WCC general secretary offered public remarks, along with Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, and Prof. Dr Heidi Hadsell, president of Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, United States.

Tveit reflected that, together, Christians and Muslims represent about half the world’s population. “So as we are here, we are not talking about only ourselves,” he said. “We are talking about humanity in many ways. We should address these questions from a basic theological perspective. What does it mean to believe today in one God that created the one humanity?” 





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Muslim teen boxer wins fight to box wearing hijab


Amaiya Zafar, left, trains with Aliyah Charbonier in Minnesota.


US: For this teen passionate about boxing, her fight to go toe-to-toe with an opponent goes far beyond the ring. She's fighting for the right to compete in her hijab.

Amaiya Zafar, 16, started boxing three years ago and is already making waves in the boxing community. Not only is the Minnesota teen competing in a male-dominated sport, but she's also a devout Muslim.

"When I walked into a real boxing gym for the first time, I knew this was it for the rest of my life," she said.

In the ring, Zafar wears a hijab, long sleeves and leggings under her uniform. She was disqualified at a bout in November for wearing her hijab; it violated USA Boxing uniform regulations.

"Why should I have to compromise the sport that I love? This is my life." Zafar told CNN affiliate WCCO. "I go to the gym every single day, why should I have to compromise that for my religion?"


She continued to train several days a week and study matches, just waiting for the chance to compete in the ring.

Zafar, her family, gym (Circle of Discipline) and The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, have been petitioning the USA Boxing Association to add a religious exemption to its policies.

"You know, the battle is not given to the swift but to he who can endure it to the end," Zafar said. "At the end of the day, if I never get to compete but get the rule changed so other Muslim girls in the US can compete, then I have won."

The amateur boxer just won a victory last week that will allow her to compete in her religious attire. The USA Boxing Association granted Zafar a wavier to compete at local matches.





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Almost 160 Muslim candidates stand for local elections



UK: An estimated 159 Muslim candidates will take part in the local council elections in England, Scotland and Wales on May 4, that is according to data exclusively compiled by The Muslim News.
Elections will be held in 34 councils in England, all 32 councils in Scotland and all 22 councils in Wales on 4 May 2017.

Political party breakdown: The majority of Muslim candidates contesting seats are Labour (70), 34 more than the number standing for the Conservatives (36).

The Liberal-Democrats -the only major political party with no Muslim MP or MEP- fell way behind with only 18 Muslim candidates, while 8 Muslim candidates will represent the Scottish National Party and only 4 Muslim candidates will represent the Welsh Party Plaid Cymru.

Gender-breakdown: Only 29 Muslim women will contest council seats next month-constituting only 18 % of all the Muslim candidates. Like their male counterparts, the majority of Muslim women candidates stood for Labour (18) more than triple the number who stood for the Conservatives (6) only one Muslim female candidate will represent the Liberal Democrats.

Mayoral Elections: In addition, six areas in England are voting for newly-created combined local authority mayors. Mohammad Aslam is the only Muslim running for mayor, Aslam from Salford, will running to be the mayor of Greater Manchester which includes the 10 borough councils – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside Trafford, and Wigan.

Aslam is a director of a property letting company with years of business experience. Born in Faislabad, Pakistan where his father was a councillor, Aslam moved to Manchester 17 years ago. He has been helping the community in the Cheetham Hill area by offering support and being a voice for them in the local mosque. He says his key pledge includes making Greater Manchester “more developed and a modern region”. He also wants to get homeless people off the streets and improve the roads. Alsam will be up against political heavyweight Leigh MP, Andy Burnham a one-time Labour leadership contender and now favorite to become the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester.





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Philosophy in the Islamic World

(A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps)

Peter Adamson




Read a review by Muhammad Khan, author of Great Muslims of the West: The Makers of Western Islam.

The latest in the series based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, this volume presents the first full history of philosophy in the Islamic world for a broad readership.


It takes an approach unprecedented among introductions to this subject, by providing full coverage of Jewish and Christian thinkers as well as Muslims, and by taking the story of philosophy from its beginnings in the world of early Islam all the way through to the twentieth century.


Major figures like Avicenna, Averroes, and Maimonides are covered in great detail, but the book also looks at less familiar thinkers, including women philosophers. Attention is also given to the philosophical relevance of Islamic theology (kalam) and mysticism--the Sufi tradition within Islam, and Kabbalah among Jews--and to science, with chapters on disciplines like optics and astronomy.


The book is divided into three sections, with the first looking at the first blossoming of Islamic theology and responses to the Greek philosophical tradition in the world of Arabic learning. This 'formative period' culminates with the work of Avicenna, the pivotal figure to whom most later thinkers feel they must respond.


The second part of the book discusses philosophy in Muslim Spain (Andalusia), where Jewish philosophers come to the fore, though this is also the setting for such thinkers as Averroes and Ibn Arabi.


Finally, a third section looks in unusual detail at later developments, touching on philosophy in the Ottoman, Mughal, and Safavid empires and showing how thinkers in the nineteenth to the twentieth century were still concerned to respond to the ideas that had animated philosophy in the Islamic world for centuries, while also responding to political and intellectual challenges from the European colonial powers.




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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: An ideal comfort food as we approach winter and ravenous appetites. 

Steak and Mushroom Sauce Tagliatelle



1 kg steak
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp crushed green chillies
1 tsp salt to taste
1 tsp English mustard
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1 tab tomato sauce
1 tsp. Soya sauce
½ tsp Worcester sauce

Marinate the steak in the above for a few hours and cook in butter till done

Mushroom sauce
1 onion chopped
1 tab butter
1/2 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp green chillies
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp aromat
Thyme and organum to taste
A pinch of ground black pepper
2 tabs mayonnaise
1 cup fresh cream
1 cup sour cream
1 small punnet of mushrooms
2 potatoes
Grated cheese (optional)


1. Saute onion in butter until soft.
2. Add spices stir and then fold in the mayonnaise.
3. Add mushrooms and continue to stir until the water has evaporated.
4. Add sour cream and fresh cream and let it simmer for a few minutes.
5. Grate the 2 potatoes and fry.
6. Boil 10 bundles of tagliatelle (pasta) and drain

To assemble

1. Layer the steak in your serving plate.
2. Top with pasta,
3. Top with mushroom sauce
4. And lastly top with fried potato crisps or grated cheese
5. Serve immediately.
Tagliatelle are long, thin ribbons of pasta sold either in curled nests or straight, like spaghetti.

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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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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 topic “Assumption versus Clarification”.

It is a gift from ALLAH that we humans are gifted with a mind that is able to think any thought we choose. These thoughts may be factual or hypothetical - based on actual facts or merely imagined and based on feelings.

Assumption is the act of accepting something as true or as certain to happen, without proof. Clarification is the act of seeking facts or proof to support a thought or hypothesis.

One of the main reasons why relationships break down in today’s society is that we don’t communicate with clarity. Instead, assumptions have become the norm of our dysfunctional family units.

A classic example of assumption in this age of smartphones would be where the blue ticks on whatsapp may be assumed as “message read”, when in fact, it may not always be the case. Furthermore, if there is no response to the message, the sender would, most often, assume that the recipient is “ignoring the message”. It is no wonder we are living on edge with our emotions and are quick to judge others.

How to seek clarification

Reflect on the last few days of your life and make a list of things you have assumed about people or situations, without having any real proof. Now, reflect on how each of these assumptions have panned out for you.

For example, in my own life, a couple of days ago, I felt extreme pain in my left abdominal area. Immediately, I assumed the worst diagnosis. There was no proof, yet, there was a toxic, addictive yearning from me to gravitate towards a negative outcome. I now know it was based on my fears of a past medical condition. I had assumed that it was recurring. The only way to douse those fears was to seek clarification from my GP. Blood tests and scans later indicated that my fears and assumptions were baseless.

The important thing to remember is that when we assume, what we are actually doing is creating a “false story” and choosing to believe in it as though it were true. The repercussions of believing in this false story may cost us our peace of mind, damage relationships and even cause ailments in the body and mind.

The only solution is to seek clarification. Not only that, but seek clarification tactfully. Notice the scenario below:

Husband forgets to take his phone with him. He has been gone all day. Wife tries to reach him. His phone vibrates silently by the bedside table. Wife doesn’t notice the phone there. She assumes he is ignoring her calls. She lets this thought catapult to numerous unpleasant assumptions about her husband. Eventually, husband returns in the evening. He walks in with a smile, however, wife begins showering accusations at him. He finds it difficult to comprehend her words. Finally he realises he left his phone at home. He tells her about it. She chooses to ignore him because she is too worked up to see things rationally. She chooses to remain grumpy the whole evening.

The above scenario could easily have been handled differently had the wife tactfully sought clarification from her husband. All it required was for her to let him know that she had tried calling him all day and became concerned when there was no answer. Was everything alright?

Simple. The act of seeking clarification not only opens and deepens our communication channels but also opens the mind to exercise patience - one of the most important virtues that ALLAH commands us to practise. In the above scenario, the amount of time spent on negative assumptions and later accusations could have instead been spent on exercising patience and making duaa for the safe return of her husband.

“When you assume, you make an ass of you (u) and me” - What may seem like a cliched adage tends to hold immense truth.

Resist assumptions, instead seek clarifications.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Live from Abundance.

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




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Your core (abs and back muscles) is your ‘powerhouse’.


This is where most of your movement is generated from.


So be sure to get into those crunches, hovers, side-planks, etc. for a stronger, more stable core.

Not only will it help with better posture, it will aid in alleviating back pain.

A strong, flexible core underpins most everything you do. So get moving!





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Jallalludin lost his cheque book.


He went to bank two days later to report it.

Bank manager: But Mr Jallalludin, I warned you to be careful with your cheque book, because anyone can forge your signature.

Jallalludin: I am not a fool. I already signed all the cheques, so they won't have space to forge my signature..

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An Ayaat-a-Week





It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein.

~ Surah Qaf 50:16


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6 May


Night of Shahrazad


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

3208 6333

6pm for 6.30pm

6 May


Fundraising Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque

0413 038 610


7 May


The Making of a Leader : Edris Khamissa

Al Kauthar


0438 698 328


7 May


1st TCC Competition for 2017

Continental Club

Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club

5699 9000

9:00am shotgun start

7 May


Exploring Islamic Diversity

Believing Women

Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University


1.30pm to 4pm

12 May




12,13 & 14 May

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Youth Camp (free)

ICQ & Youth Connect

Bornhoffen PCYC

0413 669 987

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13 May


Fasting for the first time in Ramadan: Imam Ahmed Nafaa

Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

0468 948 222


14 May


How to Fast in Ramadan: Imam Yahya Ba'ej

Lutwyche Mosque

Lutwyche Mosque


5pm to Maghrib

14 May


Open Day and 4th International Food Festival

Islamic Soc. of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque, 217 West St., Harristown,  Toowoomba

0421 081 048

11am to 3pm

17 May



QPS/Muslim Community reference group meeting: AGENDA


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

3364 4159

7pm to 8.30pm

20 May


Peter Russo Fund Raiser In Conversation with with Dr Anne Aly MP

Janeth Deen

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

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6pm for 6.30pm

20 May


Forgiveness & Mental De-clutter Workshop (ladies only)

Muslim Mind Matters

Eidfest Community Services, 15 Coley St. Acacia Ridge

0451 977 786

1pm to 4pm

20 May


Family Fun Night and Fund Raiser

Australian International Islamic College



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25 May


Conversations about Gender


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0431 360 418

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28 May




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ICQ Eid Down Under

Islamic Council of QLD


0413 038 610


15 July


Annual Eid Night Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

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21, 22, 23 July


Hajj Exhibition: Hajj - The Journey of a Lifetime

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

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5 August


Fund Raiser: Toowoomba Garden City Mosque

Islamic Society of Toowoomba


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Annual Mild-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


3809 4600

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Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

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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.
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DATE: WEDNESDAY 17 MAY (postponed from 5 APRIL)
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