EST. 2004


Sunday 7 May 2017 | Issue 0652


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Report by Maryam Kissane

Last Sunday, the Islamic College of Brisbane held their Big Autumn Fete, organised by the College Parents’ Advisory Committee.  Alhamdulillah, this was a great day for our Brisbane community to get together before Ramadan, with something for everyone - rides and activities for the kids, a terrific variety of stalls and different ethnic cuisines.  The sun was shining brightly and thousands turned up to sample the food and fun.


The International Food Court was a great success with an amazing array of food from many nations being sold.  Some were introduced to waffle on a stick for the first time!


The Crescents of Brisbane team donated all their profits from their CresCafe cupcake and coffee staff to the school.


Community stallholders showcased a huge variety of different clothing, jewellery, islamic books, toys and homewares.  The teachers and students at ICB offered a variety of showbags, sweets and treats as well as fun activities for the kids including games, face-painting and henna. The Dunkin’ Machine was particularly popular this year with many students lining up to dunk their teacher or sons lining up to dunk their father!


Aunty Fawzi versus Uncle Ossie


There was a wide variety of rides for the kids, an animal farm and a reptile show. Our local branch of the SES showcased their ATV and Chambers Flat Fire Brigade joined us with their big “yellow” rural fire truck!


There was an impressive array of entertainment on the stage throughout the day, showcasing the potential of the students at ICB.  Some students presented Nasheed, others a jump jam session and some Year 2 students encouraged everyone to be happy and enjoy the day with their Happiness song.  This year’s fete also played host to an Adhan competition, the 3rd ICB Fete Baking competition and our inaugural ICB Great Spelling Bee competition. Southside Academy of Combat gave a Silat demonstration. Over 100 students from 25 nations demonstrated their traditional dress during the Multicultural Parade. It is always a delight to watch these young children represent their heritage and sing “We are Australian” together.


The highlight of the entertainment programme had to be the beautiful, soul touching nasheed performance by Br Mu’adz Dzulkefly & Br Hafiedz from Malaysia and the committee would like to sincerely thank them both for participating in our fundraising event.


Junaid Ally did an excellent job as the Master of Ceremonies.


The day came to a close in the evening with some spectacular fireworks!


The success of the fete was truly in the hands of the community who attended. 


The CPAC Committee wishes to thank everyone for attending and making the day a huge success. All proceeds from this event will go towards the new Upper Primary School Playground due for construction later this year and the Committee looks forward to sharing photos of the new playground with all of you.


We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to Cr Angela Owen, Cr Kim Marx and the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund for their contribution to the Fete.


We would like to acknowledge and thank all our sponsors this year:

Platinum Sponsors: ABD Poultry, MCCA Islamic Finance & Investments and Southside Fitness.

Gold Sponsors: Crescent Wealth Islamic Super & Investments, Kanoon Law Group and ACRO Accounting & Financial Planning.

Silver Sponsors: Direct Mechanical Service and Express Car Cleaning.




Photos kindly supplied by Mr Orhan Camkara

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The Q&A panel discusses Yassmin Abdel-Magied's Anzac Day comment and the public response.


Freedom Of Speech Is A White Man's Privilege

By Masrur-Ul Islam Joarder 18-year-old Muslim university student at UNSW

Yassmin’s concerns for Manus, Nauru, Syria and Palestine are futile.

When Muslim activist and ABC television presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied posted "LEST. WE. FORGET. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine...)" on Facebook on Tuesday, her lack of sensitivity towards Anzac Day certainly raised eyebrows from her followers, but it was the reaction from the right which was most shocking.

Multiple petitions, with tens of thousands of signatures, called on the ABC to fire her from her presenting role. She was labelled a "bitch" by one of Sydney's most prominent housewives, inciting laughter from Paul Murray on live television. In regards to her comments, the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said: "You can't just sweep it under the carpet." Waves of racist, sexist, Islamophobic attacks came her way because she dared to exercise her freedom of speech. She dared to even utter a reference to Anzac Day, an almost religious occasion for most Australians. People lost their damn minds.

Abdel-Magied threatens every conservative Australian who may have reservations about Islam and Muslims because she is willing to engage in discussion and reveal the truth: that Islam advocates for peace and the majority of Muslims want exactly that.

Abdel-Magied is a brown, Muslim woman. Her opinion does not matter. Her right to free speech does not count. Regardless of her values, intellect and demeanour, Abdel-Magied needs to be silenced at all costs because she is a threat.

Abdel-Magied threatens every conservative Australian who may have reservations about Islam and Muslims because she is willing to engage in discussion and reveal the truth: that Islam advocates for peace and the majority of Muslims want exactly that. The truth is threatening as it limits an individual's ability to conceal their racism behind a pretence of national security and 'Australian values'.

t does not matter exactly what she says, the fact that prime-time television provides a platform for Muslim individuals such as Abdel-Magied and Waleed Aly to share their views concerns a lot of Australians. The hate they receive is not due to what they say. It is due to who they are. However, her silencing did not begin after she posted her Anzac Day comment, nor after her declaration that Islam to her is "the most feminist religion" in on 'Q&A' February.

These incidents have proven that speech is a freedom given to the few privileged people who already control the narrative.

The silencing of Abdel-Magied and other Muslim Australians began when conversations relating to Islam or Muslims in any way were being led by totally irrelevant people. A former co-host of Dancing with the Stars does not need to be provided with a national platform to target a community struggling to have their voices heard. Likewise, it is not necessary for Lisa Oldfield's opinions on one of the few Muslim women on Australian television to be broadcast. These incidents have proven that speech is a freedom given to the few privileged people who already control the narrative about issues such as Muslims in Australia. It is not a freedom extended to people who struggle to have their voices heard.

Given the right wing's obsession with freedom of speech and their vitriolic rhetoric defending their right to offend, it is more than just interesting when the tables are turned. When something as holy as Anzac Day comes into the mix, then suddenly free speech becomes hate speech and causing offense is actually a big deal. But when it's Muslims, people of colour, LGBT communities etc. who are the victims, then it's a whole other issue. Their freedom of speech does not need to be respected then.

Ironic? Hypocritical? Call it whatever you desire but the fact is that people such as Yassmin Abdel-Magied need to understand something about Australian society today. If she does indeed lose her presenting role or her DFAT job due to her insensitive Anzac Day comments, it is not really from that moment that her silencing begins. It begun a long time ago. And that is what is truly unforgivable.

Yassmin's concerns for Manus, Nauru, Syria and Palestine are futile. She needs to understand that unfortunately freedom of speech is only a white man's privilege in today's Australia.

Source: Huffington Post



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Media group consents to judgment as part of settlement with Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, after paper said he had not condemned Paris attacks


Australia grand mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed’s statement of claim said he had been brought into hatred, ridicule and contempt.

Australia’s grand mufti has won a defamation case over News Corp articles depicting him as an “unwise” monkey and asserting he had failed to condemn the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. News Corp consented to the judgment as part of a confidential settlement.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper published two stories highly critical of the response of the grand mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, to the co-ordinated terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in November 2015.

One depicted him as three “unwise” monkeys, covering his ears, eyes and mouth, next to the words “Sees no problems, hears no concerns, speaks no English”.

The second article was headlined: “Even Hamas condemn the Paris attacks so why won’t Australia’s Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed?”.

Mohamed, Australia’s most senior Sunni scholar, sued News Corp for defamation early last year, and verdicts were entered by agreement with News Corp in his favour in the NSW supreme court on Friday. The terms of the settlement were confidential.

Mohamed had alleged the articles wrongly implied he had failed to condemn the terrorist attacks and shifted blame away from the perpetrators.

He had issued a statement days before the defamatory articles, which mourned the loss of innocent lives in Paris and expressed his deepest condolences to families and friends of the victims.

The statement canvassed “causative factors” of terrorism, including racism, Islamophobia, curtailing freedoms, foreign policies and military intervention.

Mohamed had earlier posted a Facebook statement about the Paris attacks and a bombing in Beirut, which said: “There are no words to truly describe the devastation of these acts but we will continue in solidarity and pray for peace.”

He had previously condemned all forms of terrorism, including on Facebook, in interviews with the ABC and in other formal statements.

His statement of claim alleged he had been brought into hatred, ridicule and contempt, and was gravely injured in his character and reputation.

News Corp had previously defended the claim, arguing that the imputations of the articles were substantially true. It also argued that some of the defamatory imputations were an expression of honest opinion.

But when the matter returned to the NSW supreme court on Friday morning, Justice Lucy McCallum was told the matter had been settled.

The Australian National Imams Council released a statement welcoming the outcome.

“The grand mufti ... holds the highest religious post for an Islamic scholar in Australia. He has dedicated his life to the pursuit of knowledge, justice, and peace, and is proud to continue to represent the religious views of the vast majority of Australian Muslims,” the statement said.

“It is hoped that the outcome of the proceedings is the first step towards improved harmony between Australian Muslims and the media in the future,” the statement said.

The mufti, who was in court on Friday, declined to comment further.

News Corp has been contacted for comment.

Source: Australasian Muslim Times



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Three members of our P&C Association, Sisters Fizzah Raza, Mariyum Lim and Daud Abdullah, recently attended a roundtable meeting presented by the State member for Southside, Peter Russo MP. 


The main speaker, Minister for Education Hon Kate Jones, spoke about funding for schools and support programs as well as universal Kindergarten access.


She outlined the benefits and challenges of the pending change of secondary school student ranking from OP to ATAR.


The Education Department’s fast-tracked development of the new Digital Technology curriculum, which includes coding and robotics, was discussed and the future focus of other curricula upgrades to follow. This was a very informative meeting and a wonderful opportunity for our P&C members.


A book titled Not Just Black and White, a conversation between mother and daughter who tell an inspirational story about the power of family and pursuing your dreams, was presented to our P&C president Mr Daud Abdullah.



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Keysar Trad is seeking re-election as the organisation's spokesman.

The future of controversial Muslim leader Keysar Trad will be decided this weekend at elections of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC).

The New South Wales Supreme Court has ordered the organisation to hold a fresh vote after a messy internal dispute ended up in the courts.

The organisation has been in crisis since allegations surfaced at its six schools around the country in 2015 that at least some schools were operating for profit and sending money back to its parent organisation.

That ultimately led to Mr Trad being installed as the president in late 2016.

The organisation was also forced to sever ties with the schools, remaining only as landlord.

In February, ousted leaders seized the headquarters and bank accounts in a dramatic coup and the matter ended up in court.

Mr Trad also made headlines in February when he claimed in an interview on Sky News the Koran states it was okay for a husband to beat his wife, but only as a last resort.

He later apologised for what he said were clumsy statements and said he did not condone violence against women.

Mr Trad said he has learned his lesson and is seeking to be re-elected as the organisation's spokesman.

"Of course we all learn from our mistakes and I've learned from my clumsiness," he said.

"I'll be presenting to the members that there will be a media committee.

"We will work very hard to focus on the positive and keep away from controversial territory."

The elections come as the organisation's schools continue to struggle to keep federal funding.

Its Sydney school Malek Fahd lost $19 million in federal funding and its Canberra school has also lost funds.

Mr Trad said they were still working through some of the issues that were raised by the changes.

"In March last year, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils voted to relinquish control of the schools to independent boards and has only acted as landlord in that period," he said.

"There has been some turbulence, some of the old guard have refused to let go."

Opponent weathers own share of storms

Mr Trad's opponent in the elections is Professor Shahjahan Khan — a respected statistics academic from Toowoomba.

He said the recent turmoil was not representative of AFIC or the Islamic Community.

Professor Khan has had to weather his own share of storms in the region.

"It took 125 years to get the first mosque in Toowoomba in 2014, " he said.

"Unfortunately, there were two fire attacks in the following year [in] 2015 and the mosque has been seriously damaged and yet to be repaired.

"I'm very happy to say Toowoomba is a very diverse community. I feel very proud of the city I live in."

Promoting Australia as 'the land of the fair go'

Also on the ticket is Rateb Jneid from the Islamic Council of Western Australia.

He received a $300 fine in 2014 and had a conviction spent after being charged with not securing a gun cabinet properly.


Dr Rateb Jneid

It followed a raid on a family home where his brothers Rabih and Ziad were charged with intent to supply methamphetamine.

He was unavailable for comment.

Regardless of who wins the elections, Keyser Trad said they will need to be a voice for Muslims in Australia.

"We are in a way Australia's Muslim ambassadors to the rest of the world," he said.

"We are promoting Australia as a great model of multi-culturalism, inter-faith diversity and the land of the fair go."

Source: ABC



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Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Ramadan Family Food Pack Appeal!

Help feed a local family in need this Ramadan! Each pack cost $50

You can donate here:
MCF   BSB: 124 155    A/C: 2089 7392

☎Contact: Fawzia 0405 035 786 or  Faisel 0402 575 410

Deposit funds by 10 May to ensure the packs can be distributed by the start of Ramadan.




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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah.


On behalf of the Muslims in Toowoomba, I want to thank you for support the first Mosque in Toowoomba and stood behind the community when it was burned by an arson attack (please see some media reports on the fire below this email).


Alhamdulillah, finally Toowoomba Regional Council has approved the rebuilding plan of the burned Masjid and lifted all the unreasonable conditions initially imposed.


The community has done the hard work with the Council, town planner, architect, surveyor, engineer, acoustic expert and now is ready to start the rebuilding work.


Special thanks to those Muslims in Brisbane and Gold Coast who joined Toowoomba Masjid Community Consultation meeting on 7 April at the Holland Park Masjid Hall and made some valuable suggestions including Friday Masjid collections in Ramadan and Fundraising dinner on 5 August 2017 at the ICB.


May Allah accept your efforts and charity to help His only house in Toowoomba and reward you unboundedly.


Fi amanillah,



Media Reports on Mosque Fire

· Police minister outraged over mosque arson attack

· Mosque arson attacks 'will not divide Toowoomba'

· EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: New mosque rises from ashes




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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.


Annemarie Schimmel Award for CHAMPIONING A MUSLIM CAUSE:

For a non-Muslim Individual or organisation who has supported a Muslim cause.

Winner: David & Liz Gould


David and Liz Gould are dedicated community workers who, despite losing their daughter Helen to the horrific terrorist bombings in London on 7 July 2005, have vigorously supported the most vulnerable refugees, particularly Muslims. Inspired by their Christian faith, the couple set up Sanctus St Marks, an organisation that aims to welcome, support and walk alongside people who are isolated, due to leaving behind the country of their birth to seek sanctuary in the UK. They also established Interfaith Council in Carlisle. Through this initiative, in 2010 they organised the first ever Indonesian Evening at the Carlisle Cathedral which was the first time that seven different scriptures were read in that building in 900 years. David and Liz, who live in Stoke-on-Trent, have for over five years through donations and speaking engagements, supported Woman’s Voice, a grass root charity which helps women in distress.


"When you remove the labels, people are people and you should treat them equally" - David Gould



..........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)


Whatever injury Husic inflicts on himself by embracing vaudeville, it is not for lack of contemplation. The shadow minister has had a long time to consider the perils of politics. His first opportunity came in 1995 when, as a 25-year-old communications graduate, he failed in a bid for preselection in Greenway. This was the same seat that would elude him nine years later as an endorsed candidate.

Following Labor orthodoxy, Husic spent many of his pre-parliamentary years as a political adviser, and union organiser with the Communications, Electrical, Plumbing Union (CEPU) in the Postal and Telecommunications Branch. He became National President of the union, negotiating hard deals with tough managements such as those of Australia Post and Telstra.

The only significant departure from the well-trodden Labor path was in 1999 when Husic joined energy company Integral as a media relations manager. His job, newspaper reports from the time reveal, was to be chief explainer of power blackouts to irate customers.

“He went through a bit of a change when he was targeted for being a Muslim, and he then became more alive to his own religion."

Chris Bowen recalls that after the election loss in 2004, the failed candidate “went through quite a dark, black period in his life. He thought he was never going to make it. That’s what you do when you lose a seat. You think, well, that’s it, then, I’m done. He drifted a bit.”

Bowen also observed a significant shift in his friend when it came to matters of faith. “He went through a bit of a change when he was targeted for being a Muslim, and he then became more alive to his own religion, a bit more aware of it, and taking it a bit more seriously.”

Husic admits to being stricken at the loss. “I felt really embarrassed and ashamed that I was not able to hold a seat we’d held since it was created,” he admits. “The aftermath of that campaign…” He pauses and groans. “God, I wish I could turn back time because I just dealt with it really badly.” The most wounding effect of the loss, Husic insists, was personal rather than political.

“I did feel very bad when my dad said to me – and it still cuts me to the core today – ‘I hope that there was nothing about us that held you back’, which I knew was code. And I said to him, we’ll never drop our face in shame.”

“My parents had saved us. They’d lifted us through their own sacrifice, and gone through a period of isolation themselves, way worse than what I’d ever experienced, to make sure that their kids had done well. And for them to internalise what they had seen in their son, and to say [they] had been responsible – that was the worst thing,” says Husic, eyes shining with tears.

The retirement of the previous, long-serving, MP for Chifley, Roger Price, eventually provided Husic with his winning opportunity six years later in 2010. As it happened, Husic had worked in Price’s office at a critical juncture – the 90s, marked by war in the Balkans. It was a nerve-wracking time for Husic’s family as they waited for news of relatives in Bosnia. The conflict, in part a campaign of ethnic cleansing, tore apart Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Muslims.




Source: SBS



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Ms Mobinah Ahmad, Multimedia Journalist, AMUST and Mr Zia Ahmad, Managing Editor, AMUST with Hon Ray Williams MP.

AMUST Interview with NSW Minister Ray Williams
By Zia Ahmad, Managing Editor of AMUST

The Hon Ray Williams MP, Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services in the State of NSW granted a 45 minutes’ audience with AMUST Team at his offices at the Parliament of New South Wales on Monday 24 April 2017.

You’ve been in this portfolio for almost three months, how do you feel about it?

It’s a great portfolio. It’s given me the opportunity to look at the world in a very short space of time through all the cultural festivals. Every week there is a major cultural festival across Sydney Metropolitan area and New South Wales.

Literally, hundreds of thousands of people attend these festivals and the wonderful thing about it is that they’re being embraced more broadly by the community. The community sees a festival regardless of what it is, and they want to be there.

It’s colourful, its bright, there’s dancing and in particular, there is food and nothing encourages Australians more than a good feast. They’re flocking to their great cultural festival, and that in itself is creating great social cohesion and harmony. I’m very proud to represent this portfolio.

What sort of commitment do you have in terms of Multiculturalism in this climate and trend towards populism which we are seeing in Europe and maybe to some extent in Australia as well and that some people are against Multiculturalism?

My message from day one has been our culture, our great Australian culture and this country is the sum total of every nationality around the world. We’ve each come together and built a country that is the envy of the world. It is unique in its nature and is richer from its diversity.

It is unique in the fact that we are living peacefully and respectfully as one, I think that’s very important. I’m not that naïve, that I don’t see that there are always challenges, and there have always have been in this country. We’ve never backed away from that, we’ve never hidden away from those challenges, we’ve met them head on, we’ve discussed those things rationally and reasonably and we’ve moved forward and we’ll continue to do that, and continue to build a better country.

I wish the world would focus more closely, whilst they envy us, I just wish they would take on board what we’ve built through respect, peace and freedom.

The interesting thing about it is it has largely come about through respect and freedom, we don’t place any restrictions on people, it is a free country. We respect the people that come here, we respect their cultures, their religions and then we just move forward together as one.




Christians, Muslims and monotheism 

The disciplining of a professor raises an old philosophical question

The conundrum of whether Christians and Muslims revere the same God

EVERY so often a question that seems purely abstract and philosophical passes into the realm of hard reality where people's lives and destinies are determined. One such conundrum is whether or not Christians and Muslims can be said to worship the same God.

For nearly a decade, the question has preoccupied judges, politicians and ordinary folk in Malaysia, a country where Islam is the most widely-followed faith but large minorities follow other faiths, including Christianity. In 2007, a court ruled that non-Muslims (and Christians in particular) could not use the word "Allah" although that happens to be the Malay or Bahasa word for God. The Islamic authorities reasoned that Muslims might be confused, and tempted to go astray, if they came across people of other persuasions addressing a deity which only Muslims fully understood. In the course of many legal battles, this view has prevailed; Christian printed matter using the word "Allah" has often been impounded as a result.

In 1965, the Roman Catholic church approached the question in a very different spirit, in its landmark treatise, Nostra Aetate. A key passage states:

The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself, merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly even to His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God.

But when Larycia Hawkins, an African-American assistant professor at Wheaton College, an evangelical campus near Chicago, voiced similar views last month, she created a firestorm. She was suspended from teaching, and procedures which could lead to her dismissal were initiated. It all started with a Facebook posting in which she declared her intention, as an act of friendship with stigmatised Muslims, to wear a hijab to work in the run-up to Christmas, and added: "I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. As Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God."

When challenged by the college authorities about what she believed, she replied with a statement of stricter theological orthodoxy than many a liberal or "mainline" Protestant cleric would be able to make: "I believe in one sovereign God, eternally existing in three Persons: the everlasting Father, his only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and the Holy Spirit, the giver of life..." On the commonality between the two monotheisms, she had something more enigmatic to say. After citing various Catholic and Protestant sources, including Nostra Aetate, she added:

Like them I acknowledge that the statement "we worship the same God" is a simultaneous "yes" and "no" to the question of whether Christians and Muslims (as well as Jews) turn to the same object of worship..."

Yes and No? That's where philosophy may be able to help. In 1905, the great British philosopher Bertrand Russell started a century of discussion by penning a famous essay showing how an apparently simple statement can in fact be asserting many things at once. Specifically, to say, "the king of France is bald" is to imply both that i) there is a king of France, and only one of them and ii) that sovereign has a hairless scalp.

Compared with that assertion about the royal pate, the statement that "Christians and Muslims worship the same God" is much more complex and multi-layered, and it means entirely different things on the lips of different people. If you are an atheist and think that all "gods" are human constructs, then it is true, in a sense, that every worshipper's god is different, because slightly different constructs are being made. If you are a monotheist, convinced there is only one transcendent deity, then discussion about "the same" God or different ones doesn't make much sense. God is God whether or not people have the right ideas about Him. If you are a polytheist, then it is logically possible to discuss whether two groups of people worship the same god; but on that view, both Christians and Muslims must be radically mistaken.

In the philosophical debate about the royal pate, everybody agrees on an important background fact: with due respect to claimants from the House of Bourbon, there is no king of France. So the statement about his scalp is false. But there is no consensus on the crucial "background fact" in the Christian-Muslim question: do one or more gods exist? For that reason, it is almost impossible to discuss; and certainly not an appropriate yardstick to assess the suitability of a professor. 





We must challenge the idea of male guardianship that normalises the violation of Muslim women's rights, says Sarah Malik

How can Muslim feminists reclaim their religion from men?
OPINION By Sarah Malik

I'm at a wedding and my heart sinks. The imam is smiling as he addresses a large South Asian banquet hall fragrant with biryani waiting to be devoured.

The imam proclaims how it is the duty of the groom to love and be kind to his wife, as if she were a dog or a child.

He then reminds the bride to respect and obey the authority of her husband.

This seems at best benign and paternalistic. But it is just one example of how male guardianship and authority proliferates in Muslim faith communities.

It is a form of control that has a profound impact on women seeking divorce and religious mediation in marital disputes, and normalises the social policing of a woman's movements, behaviour and even dress, the kind of control that defines domestic violence.

So why is this occurring?

In part it is because of the problematic Quranic verse 4:34, which is misused by some men to claim superiority over women.

It's an evasion to say beliefs in male headship are only cultural when the framework of guardianship asserted in understandings of this verse inform roles and expectations of women.

The recent video of two women, reportedly belonging to the fringe Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, discussing the apparent permissibility of symbolic wife-disciplining has highlighted the schisms in diaspora Muslim communities struggling to understand how to adapt to a modern Western context.

While the controversial video was widely condemned by Muslim community leaders who reject the notion that Islam permits violence against women, the Hizb women aren't entirely misinformed.

It doesn't negate the fact some Muslims do believe it is permissible to discipline your wife.

They are getting their information from readings I've heard myself in the Uncle-led mosques of the western suburbs.

These are the circles not privileged by the affluent or middle-class intellectuals. They are ordinary Muslims.

Male authority controls relationships, Mosques

Imams need to be as vociferous in condemning these interpretations in their private groups to the working class faithful as they are in public to the media.

The application of this verse is filtered in the advice given to women who are told to tolerate, "be patient" or acquiesce to male authority at every stage of their relationship — or to think of their husband as a CEO who should lead the family.

It's reinforced by spaces and religious settings where girls are directed to sit at the back and literally take up less space.

For young, second-generation Muslim couples, these wedding speeches by Imams are a kind of shrugging formality.





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 Hasan Minhaj's COMPLETE ROAST At The 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Hasan Minhaj's full comedic roast of Donald Trump, media outlets, and Washington D.C. at the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner.






Before you Rush to Judge Someone
OnePath Network



Living Muslim presents a hilarious new reminder that sheds light on the importance of clarifying any situation before jumping to conclusions. The video is based off an authentic narration of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who is narrated to have said: "Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. And do not look for the faults of others and do not spy, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert (cut your relation with) one another, and do not hate one another; and O Allah's worshipers! Be brothers (as Allah has ordered you!").





Coming soon: A closer look at halal certification
Q Society / HalalChoices


Kirralie Smith has interviewed Senator Cory Bernardi, George Christensen MP, Debbie Robinson (Q Society & Australian Liberty Alliance) and Bernard Gaynor regarding halal certification.

The full video is coming soon.





Pope in Egypt
Catholic News Service


On Saturday, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for Egypt's small Catholic community






Marine Le Pen and Muslims


Marine Le Pen calls for Mosque closings and the elimination of Muslim Brotherhood in France. 






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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 5 May 2017

TOPIC"Make the correct effort"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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TOPIC: "Conversation between Rabb & Slave"

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 5 May 2017

TOPIC: "How are our Deeds Presented & Taken up to Allah

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IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 5 May 2017

TOPIC"Importance of 15th of Shabaan"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




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Beard issue finally resolved for high school boys


SOUTH AFRICA: Muslim boys who attend Ordinary Public Schools (OPS) or Independent Schools (IS) were and are experiencing great difficulties of different and varying magnitudes whenever they grow a Sunnah Beard. Darul Ihsan Offices is constantly inundated with requests from desperate parents and even more anxious school-goers to approach Principals for leniency.

In some instances the affected boys, some even in their Matric Year, were:

● barred from attending classes;
● chastised and humiliated in front of the school assembly;
● compelled to shave off their Sunnah Beards in the presence of fellow pupils;
● forced to perform some demeaning menial task as punishment for “transgressing” the school’s “disciplinary code”; etc.

Darul Ihsan was/is greatly concerned about this flagrant transgression of the Bill of Rights as encompassed in the Constitution of our beloved Land. In order to ease the pressure and pain of the affected boys, Darul Ihsan made a direct approach to the Ministry of Basic Education for clarity and a binding decision.

Alhamdulillah, the response from the Department of Basic Education, dated 07/04/2017 clearly defines the right for Muslim adult boys to keep the beard.


The Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre


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The extraordinary ways in which China humiliates Muslims


Bans on “abnormal” beards and even the name “Muhammad”

CHINA: CHINESE officials describe the far western province of Xinjiang as a “core area” in the vast swathe of territory covered by the country’s grandiose “Belt and Road Initiative” to boost economic ties with Central Asia and regions beyond. They hope that wealth generated by the scheme will help to make Xinjiang more stable—for years it has been plagued by separatist violence which China says is being fed by global jihadism. But the authorities are not waiting. In recent months they have intensified their efforts to stifle the Islamic identity of Xinjiang’s ethnic Uighurs, fearful that any public display of their religious belief could morph into militancy.

Xinjiang’s 10m Uighurs (nearly half of its population) have long been used to heavy-handed curbs: a ban on unauthorised pilgrimages to Mecca, orders to students not to fast during Ramadan, tough restrictions on Islamic garb (women with face-covering veils are sometimes not allowed on buses), no entry to many mosques for people under 18, and so on.

But since he took over last August as Xinjiang’s Communist Party chief, Chen Quanguo has launched even harsher measures—pleased, apparently, by his crushing of dissent in Tibet where he previously served as leader. As in Tibet, many Xinjiang residents have been told to hand their passports to police and seek permission to travel abroad. In one part of Xinjiang all vehicles have been ordered to install satellite tracking-devices. There have been several shows of what officials call “thunderous power”, involving thousands of paramilitary troops parading through streets.

Last month, new rules came into effect that banned “abnormal” beards (such as the one worn by the man pictured in front of the main mosque in Kashgar in south-western Xinjiang). They also called on transport workers to report women wearing face veils or full-body coverings to the police, and prohibited “naming of children to exaggerate religious fervour”. A leaked list of banned names includes Muhammad, Mecca and Saddam. Parents may not be able to obtain vital household-registration papers for children with unapproved names, meaning they could be denied free schooling and health care.

Residents have also been asked to spy on each other. In Urumqi, the region’s capital, locals can report security threats via a new mobile app. People living in Altay in northern Xinjiang have been promised rewards of up to 5m yuan ($720,000) for tip-offs that help capture militants—over 200 times the local income per person.

Across Xinjiang residents have been asked to inform the authorities of any religious activities, including weddings and circumcisions. The government is also testing its own people’s loyalty. In March an official in Hotan in southern Xinjiang was demoted for “timidity” in “fighting against religious extremism” because he chose not to smoke in front of a group of mullahs.

Mr Chen is widely rumoured to be a contender for a seat in the ruling Politburo in a reshuffle due late this year. Displays of toughness may help to ingratiate him with China’s president, Xi Jinping, who has called for “a great wall of iron” to safeguard Xinjiang. Spending on security in Xinjiang was nearly 20% higher in 2016 than the year before. Adverts for security-related jobs there increased more than threefold last year, reckon James Leibold of La Trobe University and Adrian Zenz of the European School of Culture and Theology at Korntal, Germany.

Uighurs have been blamed for several recent attacks in Xinjiang. In one of them in February, in the southern prefecture of Hotan, three knife-wielding men killed five people and injured several others before being shot dead by police (local reports suggested the violence occurred after a Uighur family was punished for holding a prayer session at home). Officials may be congratulating themselves on the success of their tactics; reported large-scale attacks by Uighurs inside and outside Xinjiang have abated in the past 18 months. Yet as in Tibet, intrusive surveillance and curbs on cultural expression have fuelled people’s desperation. “A community is like a fruit,” says a Uighur driver from Kashgar. “Squash it too hard and it will burst.” 





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This Muslim Woman Who Wears Niqab Spent Most Of This Week Shutting Down Haters


At the end of the day I'm not a terrorist, I'm not a bomber as they call me in the street. I'm a scientist," Sahar Al-Faifi told BuzzFeed News.


UK : This is Sahar Al-Faifi from Cardiff, a molecular geneticist who works at an NHS cancer diagnostics lab in a hospital.

She works at an NHS cancer diagnostics lab in a hospital during the day, and is a community leader with Citizens UK, the community organisation. She also has an executive position on the Muslim Council of Britain.

And she goes skydiving five times a year.

However, she's been pretty busy this week after UKIP launched their integration policy pledging to ban face coverings. Paul Nuttall, the Ukip leader, told the Andrew Marr Show: "You need to see people's faces".

After a week of back to back interviews, including two TV interviews and around five radio interviews, Al-Faifi spoke to BuzzFeed News: "It's been really hectic for me the last 48 hours," she said.

"Since Ukip announced their manifesto [and burka ban policy] on Sunday, I've been receiving phonecalls constantly, personally and through the Muslim Council of Wales, from radio interviews, and TV shows."

She was meant to have a week off, she said. Yet on Monday she found herself being invited to do an interview with BBC's Victoria Live Show, alongside UKIP's Liz Jones. She then did an interview on ITV's This Morning, which has been watched nearly a quarter of a million times on YouTube.


She was interviewed alongside Dr Taj Hargey, the founder of the Open Mosque initiative, who disagrees with face coverings. He brought along a Qur'an and niqab on set, which he picked up, saying: "How is this thing symbolic of Islam?"

Al-Faifi says that since the interviews this week she has been inundated with messages of support. Straight after the interview a This Morning poll showed 71% of viewers said no to the question: "Should Britain ban the burka?"

"I must say I am overwhelmed by the kind messages that I received from my Muslim friends, and friends of faith and non-faith groups, Jewish friends, from LGBT [groups], from all over society sending me messages of support, kind feedback and I'm thinking: alhamdulillah, God has blessed me to do that, and I can only work with other people to make sure that hate is history, and hate has no place in our country," she said.

"It's almost [as if] Muslims are guilty unless proven otherwise. It's the other way around."

She says despite working for four years in a cancer diagnostic laboratory and having a masters in genetics, and community activism, she's faced a great deal of anti-Muslim hate.

"I have been struggling and suffering a lot because of the [amount] of physical and verbal abuse I've been facing. At the end of the day I'm not a terrorist, I'm not a bomber as they call me in the street. I'm a scientist."

The assistant secretary general for the Muslim Council of Wales, Sahar Al-Faifi, has defended wearing a face veil, saying it is an "act of worship". UKIP has pledged to ban burkas or niqabs because they are a "potent symbol of female oppression" and a "security risk". Ms Al-Faifi, who has worn a niqab since she was 14, said it was a "false narrative" to suggest a face veil was a security threat. Speaking to the Victoria Derbyshire show, she said: "It suits the context that we live to demonise and scapegoat minorities and the easiest target for that is the Muslim woman." She said empowering Muslim women should involve supporting their right to "express their faith in the way they want".

In one recent case, she says she was doing an interview with the BBC when someone looked into the camera and called her a "fucking bomber".

"In another incident inside the hospital where I work I was walking from one department to the other with patient samples and someone passed by and said: 'Don't cut off my head you Isis.' Yes, inside the hospital," she said.

"I just said: At least respect the patients around us. Keep your hate and bigotry outside the hospital."

For Al-Faifi, such abuse has "become part of my life unfortunately. She added: "There are many sisters wearing the headscarf have been abused and sisters who don't wear the hijab and have been abused.

"So you can say the hate and bigotry has become normalised so much so it has been accepted and people wouldn't interfere. In most cases I've been abused and people would watch."

Al-Faifi, who first began wearing the niqab when she was 14, says she grew up seeing discussions about it. "Oh yeah I'm fed up. I'm fed up with it. It's every year. Almost every year we're still talking about this piece of fabric."




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Circuits of Faith: Migration, Education, and the Wahhabi Mission

Michael Farquhar



The Islamic University of Medina was established by the Saudi state in 1961 to provide religious instruction primarily to foreign students.


Students would come to Medina for religious education and were then expected to act as missionaries, promoting an understanding of Islam in line with the core tenets of Wahhabism.


By the early 2000s, more than 11,000 young men from across the globe had graduated from the Islamic University.

Circuits of Faith offers the first examination of the Islamic University and considers the efforts undertaken by Saudi actors and institutions to exert religious influence far beyond the kingdom's borders.


Michael Farquhar draws on Arabic sources, including biographical materials, memoirs, syllabi, and back issues of the Islamic University journal, as well as interviews with former staff and students, to explore the institution's history and faculty, the content and style of instruction, and the trajectories and experiences of its students.


Countering typical assumptions, Farquhar argues that the project undertaken through the Islamic University amounts to something more complex than just the one-way "export" of Wahhabism.


Through transnational networks of students and faculty, this Saudi state-funded religious mission also relies upon, and has in turn been influenced by, far-reaching circulations of persons and ideas.  



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KB says: This is an easy recipe to follow and it's great for any occasion. It's a very moist loaf cake, ideally cut into slices and buttered. It keeps very well in an airtight container but it usually doesn't last longer than a day before it's all gone!

Date and Nut Loaf



150g chopped dates
5ml bicarbonate of soda
200ml boiling water
60g butter
100g brown sugar
1 egg
5ml vanilla essence
50g chopped pecan or walnuts nuts
200g flour
5ml baking powder
Chopped Pecan nuts or walnuts for decorating.


1. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the dates, pour boiling water over and allow it to soak.
2. Cream the butter and brown sugar, beat in the egg, and add essence and the nuts.
3. Gently fold in the sifted flour and baking powder.
4. Lastly add in the date mixture resulting in a soft mixture.

Pour into a greased loaf pan or mini loaf pans, decorate with pecans and bake at 180”c for approx 10 mins for mini loaf pans or approx 20 mins in a loaf pan.

This can be served warm with ice cream as a desert or sliced and served with tea.


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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 “Live from Abundance”.

In recent times, due to an increase in popularity of New Age Philosophy, certain words have been trending on social media with a purpose to motivate people into living better lives. Words such as Mindfulness, Gratitude and Abundance, to name a few. Whilst motivational quotes may be poetic and profound, their purpose is only fulfilled if the one who reads them truly understands the essence of these words and actually practises them by having a mindset that aligns with these words.

Abundance (plenty) is a mindset. Living from Abundance is a conscious practice.

As Muslims, when we ponder on ALLAH’s creations, we realise that HE has actually blessed us with ABUNDANCE. All limits or lack that we perceive are self-imposed.

For example, how often do relationships suffer due to arguments concerning money? Or the lack of it? How often do we find ourselves feeling anxious because we fear we may not have enough - enough courage, enough money, enough knowledge about a subject, enough physical beauty, enough intelligence, enough children, enough material possessions?

Notice, it is only humans who have this fear. ALLAH has created this entire planet for our benefit and yet we live from fear. Unless we open our minds to embrace this abundance, we will go on living from lack.

If you take a teaspoon to the ocean, you will fill only a teaspoonful of water. The abundance of the ocean remains before you and yet you only fill a teaspoonful. Similarly, ALLAH has blessed us with an abundance of joy, kindness, love, creativity, peace - all in nature within us and outside of us - yet we present our own limiting vessels (our closed minds) to capture only a fraction of this abundance. Furthermore, we begin to believe that the vessel is the source and its limitation gives us an illusion of a false security. All along, the one and only source - ALMIGHTY ALLAH - bestows us with an abundance that we reject because we begin to live in fear of the lack of space in our own vessels.

Let us transform ourselves right this moment and cultivate a mindset whereby we live from abundance.

How to change mindset from “Lack” to “Abundance”

1. Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all that HE has already given you. Write down a list of everything you are blessed with.
2. Now, Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all the things you wish you had but don’t have. Believe it or not, there is goodness in all that you don’t have.
3. Consciously choose positive words when talking about your situation. The more you affirm your life positively, the more positive outcomes arise from situations. Refer to examples below:


Someone wise once said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Emotional Blackmail

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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Q: Dear Kareema, I tend to be really tight through my hips which is affecting my lower back as well. What can I do to improve this?

A: Try adding yoga poses (such as hip openers) to your workout routine or get into some yoga classes.

Hip openers will stretch the inner thighs, groin, and hip area. Improving flexibility and strength. Subtle movements that create some staying power.


Be sure to stretch regularly after your workouts too, as the muscles needs and loves to be lengthened.

It is important to make some ‘you time’ daily. Take this time to improve on areas that your body needs. A great stress reliever as well ..




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Fitria Sari

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I often come across people who wants to start eating healthy or adopt a healthy lifestyle, however, it seems one of the main problems is that they don't know where to begin... Or they take the wrong step to begin with.

Adopting the latest diet or trend you have read on your Facebook feed or watched on YouTube that day may not actually be the healthiest or the best diet for you. Sure, it may have worked for the person in the before/after photos, but that person is not you,

You don't need to go Paleo, Vegan or quit sugar in order to be healthy.
Here's the truth... there is no ONE diet that fits every body. Because, let's face it, everyone is different. Can we agree that we all have different genes, backgrounds, tastes, preferences, and lifestyles, to say the least ?
This is why when I work with clients, I match my advice individually to that person according to these factors.

So you're probably reading this and thinking, ok that all makes sense but this doesn't answer the question of where I can begin to be more healthy?

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Mula Nasruddin walks past a beggar every day and gives him $1, and that continues for a year.

Then suddenly the daily donation changes to 75c.

” Well,” the beggar thinks, ”It’s still better than nothing.”

A year passes in this way until the man’s daily donation suddenly becomes 50c.

” What’s going on now?” the beggar asks his donor. "First you give me $1 every day, then 75c and now only 50c. What’s the problem?”

” Well,”
Mula Nasruddin says, “last year my eldest son went to university, it’s very expensive, so I had to cut costs.”

”This year my eldest daughter also went to university, so I had to cut my expenses even further."

”And how many children do you have?” the beggar asks.

Mula Nasruddin replies.

”Well,” says the beggar, “I hope you don’t plan to educate them all at my expense!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week





Those who spend their wealth for increase in self-purification, and have in their minds no favour from anyone for which a reward is expected in return, but only the desire to seek for the Countenance of their Lord Most High; and soon will they attain (complete) satisfaction.

~ Surah Al-Lail 92:18-21


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

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