EST. 2004


Sunday 4 June 2017 | Issue 0656


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Women's Interfaith DV forum at IWAA

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

QIS and Griffith Uni Ifthaar

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Ali Kadri on the ABC The Drum 31 MAY

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

AFL Ifthaar at the Gabba

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

QFCC launch

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Iftar & Tarawi prayers at Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Anti-terrorism commercial goes viral in the Middle East

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Malek Fahd sues AFIC

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

Ramadan Mubarak!: Australian Greens

Get your fingers green with our gardening guru


At the Movies with CCN

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

Brandis says Muslim community most at threat from terrorists

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


Fake Sheikh Tawhidi exposed, banned by Facebook

The CCN Chuckle

Muslim students making patrons 'uncomfortable'

The POINT magazine May issue is out
The Muslim Woman Thru Vision of Muslimah Mind Matters
Community Ifthar Dinners
Toy Drive for Eid Al Fitr
Ramadan 2017 Timetables & Programmes
Hamish McLachlan interviews Amna Karra-Hassan
Upcoming Events
Winners: UK The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2017

The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column

Back to the Future with CCN


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Women's Interfaith DV forum at IWAA

 Women's Interfaith forum

Report and photos by Dr Nora Amath and Jatinder Kaur



During this week the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (formerly known as IWAQ) and JK Diversity Consultants held the first Queensland Women's Interfaith forum about Domestic & Family Violence (DFV). The forum featured diverse speakers who shared their knowledge and experience within their faith communities.


Michelle Royes discussed a research project funded by the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy highlighting the gap in services for men who are perpetrators of violence against women. The “Caring for Dads” project will commence as a pilot project in the Ipswich Western region and Caboolture region.

Pushpa Bakshi highlighted a number of challenges faced within the Indian Hindu community, particularly the dowry system, gender infanticide (aborting female foetus) and elder abuse, and how the community is tacking these DFV issues through community education and women’s empowerment programs.

Salam El Merebi expounded on the Islamic perspective on domestic and family violence and how she and a group of Muslim women founded Sakina, the first shelter for CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) women and their children. She also discussed the need to provide education and training for faith leaders and Imams to assist women dealing with DFV issues as a prevention strategy.

Venerable Miao Xin articulated the Buddhist perspective on domestic violence within the framework of gender equality as espoused in Buddha’s teachings. She focused particularly on the Buddhist imperative of nonviolence as the normative behaviour between people.

Jatinder Kaur shared the Sikh religious teachings around gender equality and how she and others within the Sikh community have been able to make progress on lifting the silence on DFV issues within the Sikh communities across Australia. She stressed that there was need for more community education and awareness about DFV in diverse faith communities.

Unga Falou’s presentation was from the heart; she powerfully shared her lived experience of DFV within the Pacific Islander context and the devastating ripple effect and ongoing trauma as a consequence of the psychological emotional impact of growing up within a DFV household. She also shared how her Christian faith provided solace and allowed her space to come to terms with her past struggles and hope for a healthier future for her family.

A panel discussion with the speakers and invited guests Archana Singh, from the Honorary Indian Consulate, and Muna Ibrahim, from IWAA, provided an opportunity for questions from the floor. Many of the questions and responses focused on issues related to gender and patriarchy and cross sections between faith traditions. Resource issues around family violence associated with in-laws and the need to introduce certain policy changes, particularly around immigration, were also highlighted during the panel discussion.

Over 40 participants attended this women only event, and feedback was overwhelmingly positive. As the organisers had to turn people away, there will be another similar forum for Interfaith for Male faith leaders to be held in November to commemorate White Ribbon Day. Jatinder Kaur Salam Elmerebi Muna Ibrahim Wendy Flannery Andrea Bentham Galila Abdelsalam Galila Abdelsalam


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QIS and Griffith Uni Ifthaar

 Women's Interfaith forum



The 3rd Queensland Intercultural Society and Griffith University coordinated Ifthaar was held at the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue (ICD) at the Nathan campus during the week.


Under the theme of Diversity & Dialogue, the event was ably MC'ed by the Director of ICD, Dr Brian Adams. Musical interludes were provided by Nawres Al-Frey and Mike Taylor of the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Acknowledgment to Country was delivered by Mr John Grahams, a Member of the Griffith Council of Elders Committee.


The Azan and Quran recitation was performed by Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh of Wisdom College. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Martin Betts and Mr Abdul Celil Gelim of the QIS welcomed the guests and Assoc. Prof Halim Rane gave the keynote address.


Rev. Heather Griffin of the Queensland Forum for Jews, Muslims and Christians, and Ms Archana Singh, Hon. Indian Consular of Queensland reflected on the occasion.


Mr John Fox, former Inspector with the QPS, offered up the vote of thanks.







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"As a Muslim, I feel we are a political shuttlecock." Ali Kadri says those linking refugees with terrorism are using Islam as a political scapegoat #TheDrum



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AFL Ifthaar at the Gabba

 Women's Interfaith forum




The AFL held its 2nd Ifthaar dinner at the Gabba during the week as part of its national initiative to "engage with communities and foster improved cultural education and awareness”.


The event, held in conjunction with EidFest Community Services, celebrated the current and rising Muslim stars like Ahmed and Adam Saad.


Ms Yasmin Khan of the Eidfest Community Services was the MC for the night and ABC radio presenter, Kelly Higgins-Devine, facilitated a panel of young players who took part in a Q&A session.


Team Manager of the National Diversity Championships Queensland Kickstart and Queensland All Nations teams, Khaleel Waqar, was praised for his efforts in coordinating the evening's function.

Ahmed Saad, former St Kilda player. He is the first player of Egyptian background and the third practising Muslim (after Sedat Sir and Bachar Houli) to be on the AFL playing list

Adam Saad of the Gold Coast Club with AFL tragic, David Forde







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Prayer leaders at QFCC launch

For 18 months, representatives of around 20 different faith groups have worked to form a Queensland network of faith communities committed to advancing interfaith understanding and collaboration and to making a positive contribution within society. It hopes to do this by:

(a) engaging in dialogue that enhances our understanding of shared values and develops respect for our diversity; and
(b) publicly promoting interfaith relations by working together, through education, guidance and example, to support the positive outcomes of religious freedom, social justice, inclusivity and diversity.

And so, the Queensland Faith Communities Council (QFCC) was born! The Launch took place on Tuesday 23 May at the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University, Nathan Campus.

The Foundation Ordinary Members are:

Anglican Diocese of Brisbane
Buddhist Council of Queensland Inc
Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Hindu Council of Australia
International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Islamic Council of Queensland Inc
Nematollahi Ghadeer Ali Shahi Sufi Order
Pagan Hearth Inc
Queensland Churches Together
Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies Inc
Queensland Jewish Community Services Inc
Sikh Nishkam Society of Australia
The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is in Brisbane Inc
The Uniting Church in Australia (Queensland Synod)

And Foundation Affiliate Members are:

Believing Women for a Culture of Peace
Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University



Assembled group of participants at QFCC launch


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The video featuring Emirati pop star Hussain al-Jassmi has registered over two million views on Zain's YouTube page and more than 4,000 shares on Facebook.


'Worship your God with love, not terror': Muslim anti-terrorist Ramadan advert goes viral


A video advertisement that depicts a would-be suicide bomber confronted by the faithful has gone viral two days into the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

It features images from bombings across the region claimed by Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State group. Survivors and the families of victims also feature in the video.

The video featuring Emirati pop star Hussain al-Jassmi has registered over two million views on Zain's YouTube page and more than 4,000 shares on Facebook.

"Worship your God with love, not terror" is the main message of the three-minute advert posted Friday online by Kuwaiti telecommunications giant Zain, which operates across the Middle East.

"I will tell God everything," says the voiceover of a child at the beginning of the ad as a man is seen preparing a bomb.

"That you've filled the cemeteries with our children and emptied our school desks..."


But it ends on a positive note with footage of a happy wedding and cheerful children dressed in white.

"We will encounter their hatred with songs of love," concludes a caption superimposed on a black background.

Gulf monarchies are part of the US-led coalition bombing IS extremists in Syria and Iraq. Some of them have also been targeted by attacks.


Source: SBS



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Australia’s peak Muslim body says leadership turmoil and staff changes mean it cannot explain why it demanded millions of dollars from the country’s largest Islamic school for “past services”

Sydney’s Malek Fahd Islamic School, which has about 2400 students and 300 staff, is suing the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils for allegedly withdrawing more than $45 million from its accounts through inflated rent charges, interest-free loans and other “gratuitous” payments.

In documents tendered in a NSW Supreme Court case ¬defending AFIC against the school’s claim, the organisation says it no longer knows why it asked for $2.2m plus GST for “payment of past services”.

AFIC is “not presently in a position to be able to respond to the allegation”, according to court documents, “other than to not admit it ... the relevant events occurred more than six years ago and various of its employees and representatives are no longer in the employ of the defendant”.

According to Malek Fahd, AFIC asked for the money for “services claimed as having been provided by AFIC to MFIS since 1989”.

While the organisation admits it received the money on about May 3, 2010, it denies the withdrawal constitutes a breach of its financial obligations to the school.

AFIC was a “director” of Malek Fahd, according to the school’s claim, and faces damages under corporate law for allegedly improperly using its position as director for its own gain. AFIC denies the school is entitled to compensation for the $2.2m withdrawal.

The fate of thousands of students and hundreds of teachers is in limbo, as Malek Fahd is separately appealing in a Federal Court against the Turnbull government’s decision to stop its $19m in annual funding.

The school’s lawyers earlier this month accused AFIC of using it as a “milking cow that never runs dry” to siphon funds to other projects.

At one stage, according to court documents, AFIC raised the rent paid by the school’s main campus in Greenacre, in southwest Sydney, more than tenfold in a single year.

The school has alleged AFIC withdrew at least $45.14m from its accounts between 2000 and 2015. During that period, the school received more than $184m in federal and $45.5m in state funding.

The school, which was founded in 1989, paid between $24,000 and $67,500 in rent each year to AFIC in its first 10 years of operation.

Between 1999 and 2000, that figure rose by more than 13 times — from $67,500 to $900,000. In 2008, the rent was increased again, to $1.3m, and allegedly increased a second time in mid-2009 to $1.5m.

Malek Fahd and two other schools controlled by AFIC, in South Australia and the ACT, have had their federal government funding cut due to concerns about the administration of taxpayer money.

The Australian



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History’s most unlikely friendship. Watch the trailer for Victoria and Abdul, starring Academy Award winner Judi Dench!

Read the review in CCN's Readers' BookClub from CCN635


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Attorney-General George Brandis

Attorney-General George Brandis says Australia's Muslims are the victims of terrorism more often than the wider community because they are the ones being preyed on by recruiters.

Speaking to Lateline, Senator Brandis backed the head of ASIO, Duncan Lewis, who on Wednesday stood by his insistence that the refugee program is not the source of terrorism in Australia.

One Nation senator Brian Burston has called for Mr Lewis to be sacked, alleging he deliberately misled Senate estimates last week when responding to a question from Pauline Hanson about the links between refugees and terrorism.

The perpetrators of the past three terrorist attacks in Australia — Man Haron Monis, Abdul Numan Haider and Fahad Jabar — had all been refugees.

Senator Brandis said the problem was not that terrorists were refugees, but that they had been radicalised.

"Plainly, there is a very immediate connection between domestic terrorism and elements of the Muslim community in Australia, a very small element," he said.

"That is a problem for that community, they are as much the victims as anything else, in fact, even more so than other Australian citizens because it's their young who are being preyed upon by terrorist recruiters.

"We have to work with that community to address a problem, which I stress, is as much if not more so a problem for that particular community as it is for the entire country."


Liberal backbencher and former SAS soldier Andrew Hastie, who fought against the Islamic State group in the Middle East, told Lateline that Australians wanted to know that politicians understood the threat of radical Islam.

"I've read the Quran from cover-to-cover and I think on the face of it there are some issues there to do with violence," he said.

He called for more leadership from the Islamic community to help Australians understand how Islam is a religion of peace.

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The self-styled “Imam” Mohammad Tawhidi has been exposed on ABC Media Watch Episode 15 aired on Monday 22 May 2017. However, he continues to enjoy the status of being the darling of the conservative media who widely air his Islamophobic rants.

Media Watch concluded, “Now we’re not saying Tawhidi has no right to his opinions. But the media really should not be giving him a megaphone. Nor should they be presenting him as a voice of reason and the Imam of Peace, when it’s clear that some of his views are divisive, offensive, abusive and just plain crazy.”

Ironically at the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan, his Facebook account has now been closed and in frustration he recently vented his anger at Facebook on Twitter:

“Imam Tawhidi @Imamofpeace May 27: My Facebook page has been taken down without any notice. I am being silenced for criticising radical extremists.”

“Imam Tawhidi @Imamofpeace May 27: I am being silenced by @facebook. They’ve issued a Fatwa against my posts and waged Jihad against my account. I shall not be silenced.

Mohammad Tawhidi of Iraqi origin was born in Iran and raised in Western Australia. He currently resides in South Australia. He has made outlandish claims of his genealogy, his association with Islamic scholars and studies at various seminaries.

During the last few years he has styled himself as a Muslim religious scholar and leader calling himself Imam for Peace while increasingly attacking Muslims and Islam fomenting religious and sectarian divisions in Australia.

He has built a significant following from Islamophobes, white supremacists, Zionists as well as developed a high media profile due to his absurd but headline catching stances on issues affecting Islam and Muslims, both in Australia and overseas.



Tawhidi’s radical claims include that Muslims are secretly working to establish an Australian caliphate; Australian mosques are run by radical Imams producing terrorists; government should listen to Pauline Hanson and ban Muslim immigration; Muslim schools and mosques should be closed; Islamic religious books should be banned and that halal Easter eggs are an “insult” to Christianity.

His absurd views have been enthusiastically aired by Today Tonight, Sky News’ Bolt Report, 2GB’s Ben Fordham, the Daily Mail and Seven News. As recently as Thursday 25 May after the Manchester attack, Sunrise program on TV Channel 7 in their attempts at fearmongering paraded him as a Muslim leader with inside knowledge of the Muslim community.




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Muslim students were forced to leave the Perth Convention Centre because of their attire.

Perth Muslim students attending a career expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre were allegedly forced to leave after onlookers felt threatened by their "attire" because of Manchester's suicide bombing.

Some people complained the school children's hijabs were "making them feel uncomfortable after what happened in Manchester" and asked staff to have them removed from the venue.

The PCEC has confirmed the centre was contacted about an alleged incident involving discrimination against patrons on May 26 but deny their staff were involved.

It comes just over a week after Salman Abedi killed 22 people in a suicide bomb attack in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert.

A mother of one of the students, who didn't want to be named, said her 16-year-old daughter was at the Careers Expo at the Convention Centre last week when she and her school friends were told by their teacher they had to pack up their lunch and leave.

"I'm not angry, I'm just sad," the mum of the student told WAtoday.




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by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra)

Great news! When we deconstruct our Ummah, we find that every Muslim home has the greatest potential to impact the entire Muslim population. It is the collective efforts of all Muslim homes that make our Ummah what it is today.

Not so great news...our Ummah is not doing so well. This can only mean that the single unit of any given Muslim home is responsible somehow.

Now, let’s deconstruct the single Muslim home unit. Almost always, there is at least one woman in that single Muslim home. Her wellbeing, that is, her physical, mental and emotional health, is paramount for the optimum functioning of the entire home.

Muslimah Mind Matters advocates for every Muslim woman’s physical, mental and emotional health. It is every Muslimah's go-to platform for self-care, clarity of mind and holistic wellbeing.

When a Muslimah takes care of her mind, body and soul, she lives a life of peace, joy, creativity, compassion and unconditional love towards herself and all of Almighty Allah's creation. She prays, she nurtures and she spreads positivity in her home.

Muslimah Mind Matters events, workshops and retreats are conducted worldwide to help Muslimahs with strategies promoting a daily practice of self-care, clarity of mind and holistic wellbeing. Strategies to practise only positive thoughts, words, actions, and responses to life's challenges.

Muslimah Mind Matters is for every Muslimah worldwide...No matter where in the world she lives and what language she speaks, she is the force that propels the wellbeing of her entire family. She is the single force contributing to the collective force to uphold the wellbeing of our Ummah.

I invite every Muslim woman to please join the platform.
Call or text us on +61 451977786 or email us
Or join a Sisters Only closed Facebook group



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Kuraby Masjid would like to thank all Huffaz that have performed Taraweeh at Kuraby in the past especially Kari Fida Ur Rahman who mentioned that he is unable to join us this year. انشاء اللہ we will have Hafez Imraan, Hafez Gazaleh and Imam Ahmed leading Taraweh this year.


1. Magreb will be 10 minutes after stipulated Iftaar Times.

2. Esha will be at 6:45 for the entire month.

3. All brothers and sisters are encouraged to come early for Esha and Taraweh as we will not be opening any extended prayer area outside the Masjid this year.


We expect a full crowd and encourage others who might be late to pray at the Islamic School as they have a large prayer hall. جزاگ لله خيـــــرا and Ramadaan


Kareem to all.













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QCOSS Vacancies


Senior Policy Officer

Lead research and policy analysis in context of the broader QCOSS policy agenda. The role will require policy expertise in one or more of the following areas: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy; multicultural policy; financial inclusion; energy; early childhood education and care; and community services. 

For more information, download the PD.


Senior Project Officer

The position is responsible for managing a community engagement project with public housing tenants. This position will lead a team of community engagement officers tasked with providing education and support to enable public housing tenants to participate in a trial solar energy program. 

For more information, download the PD.





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June 8th | 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Harmony on Carmody Cafe Carpark

Iftar is the meal shared after sunset to break the fast during the Muslim month of Ramadan.

Access in conjunction with the Queensland Intercultural Society will be hosting a Community Iftar Dinner in the Harmony on Carmody Café carpark on the corner of Ewing Rd and Carmody St in Logan Central. It's FREE and EVERYONE is welcome.

Promoting generosity, respect and kindness, this Community Iftar Dinner is a way of breaking down cultural barriers through shared food and friendships. So bring your friends, family and neighbours and join us for dinner and a local celebration of our diverse, multicultural community.

Continuing the tradition we started couple of years ago, we would like to invite non Muslim members of our community to break a fast with us at Holland Park Mosque. Ramadan is a month when adult, healthy and able Muslim Men and women fast from sunrise to sunset.


During this period we refrain from most basic of human desires to practice self control and patience. Iftaar is a meal we have to break our fast after sunsets.

We would like to invite non Muslim members of our community to come and share a meal with us.


Food will be provided along with a question and answer session conducted by Imam Uzair (Imam of Holland Park Mosque) and Ali Kadri ( spokesperson of Islamic council of Queensland).


There will be an opportunity to witness prayers and to have a tour of our mosque.

We encourage you to bring along your families including children. Please RSVP for catering purposes and mention any dietary requirements you may have.



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Muslimah Mums n Bubs Eid Toy drive


In sha Allah this year Muslimah Mums n Bubs playgroup is running an Eid Al Fitr Toy Drive for NZF clients. We would greatly appreciate your help. Donations to be dropped off within the first weeks of Ramadan (cut off date is 14th June).

There is no better time to give and earn extra rewards from Allah subhan wa ta'aala in the hope that it will bring joy and smiles to many kids on Eid day in sha Allah ! We are collecting brand NEW toys for ages between newborn and 15 year olds, both girls & boys. We will accept appropriate educational toys, books, art and craft, fun toys etc.

Please contact sister Amra for further details of the kids ages, gender etc and sister Angela for delivery times at the NZF office in Underwood (phone numbers on the flyer).
May Allah subhan wa ta'aala reward you all for your good deeds. Ameen.


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Download the book by Iqbal Lambat which explains assets that are subject to zakah and includes a number of examples to illustrate how zakah should be calculated.

The book focuses on the mechanics of calculating zakah and not on zakah fiqh (laws). It explains how zakah should be calculated for assets commonly owned in Australia.

Mr Lambat will be presenting this book at the Muslim Charitable Foundation event above






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Amna with her teammates.

I WAS told Amna Karra-Hassan was an agent of change, a deep thinker, and that we should talk. We did. And she is. Amna is daughter of migrant parents who came to Australia seeking better opportunities. Amna has inspired many in her quest for equality, unity and success.

She is founder of the Auburn Giants Women’s AFL team, which consists of various nationalities including Lebanese, Palestinians, Fijian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Croation, Serbian, Turkish, Maltese, Macedonian, Greek and Chinese.

She has partnered with Holden as part of their Supporting the Drivers of Change diversity and inclusion program. We spoke about the challenges of being a Muslim in 2017, the effects of Trump, building a football team to create unity and opportunity and cohesion, racism and Pauline Hanson.


(Continued from last week's CCN)

HM: And you did, encouraging all cultures, all races and all religions to come together, play together, and “break bread”.

AKH: In Australia we celebrate the sacredness of sport, and we are a great sporting nation. At the time I didn’t really buy in to all things sport, to be honest; I was a university student, and I wanted to build a career, but there was a part of me that was quite frustrated by the lack of sustainable sporting opportunities for females in my local area. Teams would exist for a little while, but inevitably fall over. To create something that I believed should be accessible to all women, no matter what code, was definitely a driving force for me. It was a personal frustration, but then to be able to contribute to communities and see the impact we’ve had on people, has been the most incredibly rewarding part of the whole journey. Never in a million years did I think we were going to be a voice to speak about positive social change or social impact in Western Sydney for the inclusion of girls and women, and in addressing gender. This team is so much bigger than what I ever imagined. It’s incredible.

HM: You messaged every girl in your phone to attend a fitness training and rules learning session. A group of 30 women, who had absolutely no idea about football, turned up.

AKH: Correct. We were teaching them basic fitness; we didn’t even introduce a football until a month later! We were teaching them how to do circuits, and trying to get them fit. Some of us, including myself, hadn’t run since high school. I was in my third year at uni!


HM: That was in 2011, your first season. How many victories?

AKH: Zero! And they weren’t just small losses, they were 150-point thrashings, sometimes without us scoring!

HM: During the first season, the opposition was actually explaining the rules to your team as you were playing?

AKH: The first game we played was against Sydney Uni, and I remember being in the square for the ball up and the opposition player said to me: “You might want to step out of the square so you don’t give away a free kick. You need to start behind this line when the ball goes up”. I said “Oh, thanks so much!” That’s what made football great. It was the women we competed against. They were so supportive, and that football community supporting us was critical to us being a viable club today. There were many critical moments where this club could have fallen over, or could have imploded or exploded dependant on what the pressure was, and in that critical year we had a lot to learn, the support we received from every footballer we competed against, in communicating with us and encouraging me when I was at administrative meetings like the presidents’ meeting, or the footy ops meeting, or the coaches’ meeting, where I couldn’t understand a word being said; it was their support that kept us in the competition for many years.



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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.

Sankore University Award For Excellence in EDUCATION

Winner: Rukhsana Yakoob


Rukhsana Yaqoob has taught for 30 years in a range of secondary schools, credited for being an outstanding teacher and school leader. Rukhsana, from east London, significantly contributed to her last school by raising standards so that it gained the highest GCSE results in the area. As a member of the inclusion team in the National Strategies, Rukhsana worked to raise the attainment of Muslim pupils from underachieving schools in English, Mathematics and Science nationally. As President of the Muslim Teachers’ Association, Rukhsana has supported many teachers in various ways by providing training, advice, mentoring and networking opportunities. She gives her time off engaging in a variety of voluntary activities. She has been a governor for 22 years and was the Managing Director of Kiran, a refuge for abused women.


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




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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Murdoch Media’s misleading Islamophobic stance continues

Opinion by Dr Daud Batchelor

Rupert Murdoch’s father, Sir Keith Murdoch, endeared Australian hearts by exposing British incompetent leadership in the WW1 Gallipoli landings, which resulted in appalling loss of life of the ANZACS. Is this why successive governments facilitated excessive control of newsfeed by the Murdoch media?

Australia has the most concentrated mass media ownership in western countries, with News Corp controlling two-thirds of major newspapers and Foxtel (50%) too.

“Australians have less different voices to use upon which to make their decisions than almost any other place in the free world”.

News Corp’s flagship paper, The Australian, often misleads Australians with its unbridled Islamophobic stance.

Australian Press Tribunal is an industry self-regulatory body. Isn’t this like putting a fox to protect chickens? I have taken The Australian to the Tribunal a few times for false or biased reporting. In 2008 Jama’at Tabligh, the world’s largest non-political Muslim organisation was portrayed as a terrorist organisation topping a list with Lascar at-Tayyiba and Jaish Muhammad. My complaint was upheld and The Australian had to “make amends by printing with appropriate prominence such correction as will neutralize the damage done”. The Australian’s correction however, was hidden in the inside back page of a Media supplement that few would read.

Another case was Richard Kerbaj’s articles insinuating that Griffith University quietly sought Saudi funding for its Islamic studies. This was expanded in associated articles with the headings “Saudi Government bankrolled hardline Islam” and “Uni an agent of extreme Islam”. Hon. Graham Perrett in Federal Parliament and Hon. Judy Spence in Queensland stood and defended the integrity of Islamic Research Unit’s respected director, Dr Mohammad Abdalla. I understand The Australian settled the matter quietly rather than letting the case appear in court.

Murdoch media has expanded Islamophobic attacks to a crescendo, hammering Australian Muslims almost daily. Apparently it has an ideological stance related to the founder and certain backers of News Corporation. As example, a recent article criticised Muslim women in Sydney for screened women’s-only swim classes as “giving into ancient rules written by men in patriarchal societies”. This is misleading since Muslims believe public modesty rules derive from God’s revelations.

News Corporation is a leading supporter of Israel. This is unsurprising since Murdoch’s maternal ancestors are reportedly Jewish. Michael Collins Piper believes Murdoch is well-known as “front-man” for the powerful Rothschild, Bronfman and Oppenheimer banking families. Through control of influential US newspapers and Fox News, Murdoch backed neocon forces and promoted the call of George Bush and Tony Blair for the illegal Iraqi invasion. Consequently, 1 million Iraqis were killed.

The Australian displays an inherent Zionist perspective that becomes especially outspoken at critical times. It often projects an objective stance on political parties, but heavily criticises the Labor Party just before national elections. It is amazing the Party takes no action, to its own detriment. “Media power is seen in the last elections where the LNP government was elected by a bare 0.75% margin of the popular vote. The ALP would probably have won Government if not for heavy criticism by the Murdoch media before polling day, which itself provided an estimated 2% swing against Labor.”

A Senate Committee chaired by Sam Dastyari is currently examining “Future of Public Interest Journalism”, including the impact of disinformation. Now is the time for Parliament to address fundamental bias in what and how news is presented to promote objectively informed public opinion. With Fairfax Media’s slow demise, isn’t fragmenting the Murdoch oligopoly and diversifying news sources for Australians a fitting subject for inquiry? 



Elijah Muhammad speaks during Saviour's Day celebrations, while Muhammad Ali listens (centre, fore), at the International Ampitheatre, Chicago, IL, on Feb. 27, 1966.

Exclusive: The Real Reason Muhammad Ali Converted to Islam

Muhammad Ali's public conversion to Islam, in 1964, was among the most defining moments of his remarkable life. The decision enraged his critics -- his hometown newspaper continued to refer to Ali by his birth name, Cassius Clay, for years to come -- and led him to refuse to serve in Vietnam, a stand that cost him his title, his livelihood and, ultimately, cemented his status as an American iconoclast.

Ali, who died on June 3, 2016 at age 74, has offered a few different reasons for his embrace of Islam. According to the 1967 book, Black Is Best: The Riddle of Cassius Clay, by former Sports Illustrated writer Jack Olsen, Ali said his first encounter came from a street corner proselytizer in Harlem. He later told Olsen that it came at a Nation of Islam meeting in Miami in 1960 or early 1961, and he also said that his first meeting was in Chicago.

In his forthcoming book Ali: A Life, (see book review in this week's CCN) out in October from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, author Jonathan Eig excerpts a letter that Ali wrote to his second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was married to the legendary fighter from 1967-1976. In the letter, which Camacho-Ali says her ex-husband wrote some time in the late 1960s, Ali describes seeing a cartoon in the Nation of Islam newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, outside a skating rink in his hometown of Louisville.


The cartoon illustrated how white slave owners brutally beat their slaves, while insisting that they pray to Jesus. The message: Christianity was the religion of the oppressive white establishment. "I liked that cartoon," Ali wrote. "It did something to me. And it made sense.”
You can see the letter below, as well as a transcription of its contents, lightly edited for clarity.


Camacho-Ali asked Muhammad to write the letter after she confronted him about his extramarital dalliances. Explain, she instructed him, why you embraced Islam in the first place. "You might be big," Camacho-Ali tells TIME. "But you're not bigger than Allah. You've got to check yourself. There are consequences when you commit adultery."

Eig says he paid Camacho-Ali $600 for the letter. "In all likelihood, Ali’s interest in the Nation Of Islam grew over time and repeated exposures," Eig says. "The incident he describes in the letter—picking up the newspaper and reading the cartoon—may have been one in a series of influential events. But this is the only time we know of that he wrote the story of his indoctrination in his own words. That would seem to suggest, at the very least, that it was a key moment in his journey."


Camacho-Ali sees the first anniversary of Ali's passing as another chance to celebrate him, flaws and all.


"Allah has opened the door for him in paradise," she tells TIME. "He's not suffering anymore. I cherish the good moments. There was more good than bad. It was a blessing to be a part of that journey."




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11 Awkward Moments That Happen During Ramadan









Hazem and Arwa on The Project

Channel 10


Hazem El Masri and Arwa Abousamra open up about their journey rebuilding his life and rekindling their marriage.






British Imams preach peace in Manchester
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“Terrorism simply has no religion.” Imams from across Britain march in Manchester to preach a message of unity and solidarity.






Muslims of Xi'an
The Muslim Vibe



Spend the holy month of Ramadan with the Hui Muslim Community of Xi'an China in this lovely short documentary!






The Complex Geometry of Islamic Design



In celebration of Ramadan, brush up on the beautiful and complex geometry of Islamic design --and learn how to draw a few of these patterns yourself!






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 DATE: 2 June 2017

TOPIC"The noble Quran"  PART 3

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Dear Sir/Madam,

With the greatest of respect the suggestion that Muslims are the most vilified group of people in the history of Hollywood may not be accurate. I would find it hard to believe that Germans (particularly Nazis of World War Two vintage) have not been vilified more than any other group of people by Hollywood, in terms of religion Christians would also account for the most persecuted religion in the history of Hollywood by virtue of sheer numbers on the planet. I appreciate that a more recent Hollywood trend may make it appear that Muslims are the most vilified group of people by Hollywood, but anecdotally a longer term review in my opinion would not support the proposition.


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JSC interview of Judge Zondo for the Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice



SOUTH AFRICA: Deputy Chief Justice of the South African Constitutional Court, Raymond Zondo, in an interview recounted how his life was impacted by a simple act of kindness by a Muslim businessman by the name of 'Mr Moosa'.

Mufti Yusuf Moosagie spoke to Mr Moosa on Radio Islam International. Listen to the Podcast


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A New Jersey town denied Muslims a mosque. Now it must pay them $3.25 million.


Mohammad Ali Chaudry, left, president of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, N.J., and Shawn Butt, center, of Piscataway, N.J., provide voter registration information after a prayer service at the Bernards Township Community Center in Basking Ridge, N.J.


US: The worshipers waited four years and 39 public hearings for the official denial: Muslims in their small New Jersey town would not be allowed to build a mosque.

The 2015 decision made by the planning board in Bernards Township, N.J., a majority-white suburb of 26,000 people, came after significant public opposition to the mosque that thrust the community into the national spotlight and spurred religious discrimination lawsuits from the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and the Department of Justice.

On Tuesday, the township learned the cost of its six-year-old decision: $3.25 million.

As part of a settlement of the suits, the township must allow construction of the mosque to begin at its original proposed location, according to the Justice Department. Bernards Township will pay the Islamic Society $1.5 million in damages and $1.75 million in attorney fees and require town officials to submit to diversity and inclusion training.

“Municipalities around the country should pay close attention to what happened in Bernards Township,” Adeel A. Mangi, lead counsel for the mosque, told My Central Jersey. “The American Muslim community has the legal resources, the allies and the determination to stand up for its constitutional rights in court and will do so.”


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Americans hailed as heroes


Ricky Best & Taliesin Namkai-Meche died while countering Islamophobia.


US: The three Americans, white males who intervened to stop an Islamophobic attack on two teenagers by a white supremacist terrorist in Portland, USA have been widely hailed as heroes.

On Ramadan eve last Friday 26 May, African-American, Destinee Mangnum, 16 and her Hijabi Muslim friend, while travelling on MAX light rail, Portland, Oregon were targeted by Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35 who shouted Islamophobic slurs at them like “get out of my country”, “go kill yourselves”, “go back to Saudi Arabia”, “Muslims should die”.

Frightened the girls moved to the back of the train and waited to get out at the next stop.

A stranger intervened telling Christian that he “can’t disrespect young ladies like that” and an argument ensued with two more people joining to calm down Christian.

Then the terrorist pulled out a knife and stabbed to death two men Ricky John Best, 53 and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23 and injured Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21 who was taken to hospital in a serious condition but is expected to survive.      





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One of Manchester's biggest mosques refuses to bury Salman Abedi's body



UK: One of Manchester's biggest mosques has refused to bury the body of the Manchester terrorist who killed 22 last week.

It is thought his body remains unburied and councils, funeral directors and now the city's mosques, refuse to deal with it.

According to the Daily Mail, the bomber's body has been kept in a morgue outside Manchester.

The Manchester Evening News has reported that the city’s authorities are reportedly doing "everything in their power" to stop him being cremated, buried, or laid to rest in any way in the Greater Manchester area.

A source told the Manchester Evening News: "Just like Ian Brady, every effort is going in to making sure that there is not a chance Abedi can be buried or cremated in Greater Manchester."

Inquest proceedings will soon be heard, and the disposal of his body will be decided by the coroner.

A source told the MEN that his body has never been kept in the same place as his victims.

Now, at least one mosque is taking the same course of action as the council.

Manchester Central Mosque, one of Manchester's largest Muslim funeral providers, has said it will have nothing to do with the body.

A spokesman from the place of worship told the Evening Standard that its executive committee had met and agreed not to inter the remains of Abedi if his family made a request.




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'Shabby racist' jailed after kicking pregnant Muslim woman in stomach 'causing her to lose baby'


David Gallacher kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach and attacked her husband. Judge calls David Gallacher 'a thug and a racist to boot'


UK: A “shabby racist” who kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach, causing her to lose her baby, has been jailed for more than three years.

As Samsam Haji-Ali shouted “I’m pregnant”, David Gallacher continued his sustained attack on her outside a Co-op in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury Crown Court heard.

The 34-year-old was left bleeding and rolling on the floor after the assault and miscarried her twins several weeks later.

Her husband Abdullah Sulamain, 40, was also left needing stitches after he was hit with a wine bottle during the attack.

A “shabby racist” who kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach, causing her to lose her baby, has been jailed for more than three years.

As Samsam Haji-Ali shouted “I’m pregnant”, David Gallacher continued his sustained attack on her outside a Co-op in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury Crown Court heard.

The 34-year-old was left bleeding and rolling on the floor after the assault and miscarried her twins several weeks later.

Her husband Abdullah Sulamain, 40, was also left needing stitches after he was hit with a wine bottle during the attack.





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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba marks the start of Ramadan as star travels to Mecca


● Paul Pogba has been spotted making the pilgrimage to Mecca during Ramadan
● Manchester United star is embarking on holy month as part of his Muslim beliefs
● Pogba travelled to Saudi Arabia to pay thanks after first season at United
● 24-year-old is a practising Muslim and spent Saturday in simple white garments


The world's most expensive player marked the fasting month by giving thanks to Allah


UK: Manchester United star Paul Pogba has flown to Saudi Arabia to mark the start of the Muslim holy month Ramadan just three days after lifting the Europa League trophy with victory over Ajax in Stockholm.

Pogba wore simple white garments and sported a new low-key hairstyle as he was spotted ahead of his pilgrimage to Mecca after Saturday marked the start of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.

The 24-year-old is a practising Muslim but it is not known if he will spend the next month fasting with the world's most-expensive player named in Didier Deschamps' squad for France's games against Paraguay, Sweden and England in June. 


The Daily Mail UK


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Azaadville Hifz Teacher Recites Entire Qur'an in One Night During Taraweeh



SOUTH AFRICA: A 64-year-old Hifz teacher from Darul Uloom Azaadville has completed the entire recitation of the holy Qur’an during the holy month of Ramadan in the taraweeh salaah in just one night.

It’s understood Hafez Yusuf Jassat completed the mammoth taraweeh salaah in a classroom at the institution starting on Monday at 7:50pm and finishing at 5:15am, just before sehri, the pre-dawn meal on Tuesday.

According to posts on social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp, Hafez Jassat read 29 paras in the first rakaat and the 30th para in rakaats 2 to 20.

A post by Fatima Mohammad on Whatsapp says that Hafez Jassat has been performing this tarawaeeh for a number years with many people from out of town congregating for the prayer.

“He is gifted by Allah Ta’ala. My hubby attended it last night. He said: ‘He’s amazing, Allah has definitely accepted him. He stands the entire night and doesn’t move an inch or wriggle at all.”

It’s also believed that during the entire recitation of the qur’an during the taraweeh, Hafez Jassat made only 4 mistakes!

The recitation of the Qur’an during the blessed month of Ramadan is usually completed on the 29th of the month.

However many masaajid and hufaaz have over the years, and continue to perform taraweeh reading 2,3,4 or more paras in one night to complete the entire Qur’an in ten nights or less. 


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Ali: A life


 Jonathan Eig



The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali’s inner circle


He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us over and over again). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century’s greatest radicals and most compelling figures. At his funeral in 2016, eulogists said Ali had transcended race and united the country, but they got it wrong. Race was the theme of Ali’s life. He insisted that America come to grips with a black man who wasn’t afraid to speak out or break the rules. He didn’t overcome racism. He called it out. “I am America,” he once declared. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me—black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.”

Ali went from being one of the most despised men in the country to one of the most beloved. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers, breaks new ground and radically reshapes our understanding of the slippery figure who was Muhammad Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali’s life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He also had access to thousands of pages of new FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s.

Jonathan Eig’s Ali breaks bold new ground, revealing Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Ali is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world. 



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KB says: This recipe was kindly shared by Mehroon Hans. Naan is a great accompaniment to haleem (lentil broth) and a delicious one when toasted and buttered along with a cup of tea.   



1½ cups milk
½ cup water
¾ cup sugar
1½ tsp fine salt
¼ cup oil
3 Tabs butter (45g)
1½ Tabs fennel seeds slightly crushed





Warm all these ingredients.
Then add 2 eggs and ½ cup buttermilk and beat with egg beater.

To your mixing bowl place
6 cups sifted bread flour
1 tsp baking powder
15g yeast

Using a dough hook make a soft pliable dough, (use up all the liquid). Rubbing your hands with a little ghee will help bind the dough.

Grease a Tupperware container which has a sealed lid and set the dough in to allow it to rise until it's well risen. (approx. 1½ to 2 hours)

Shape into naan and leave on greased baking tray for 20 minutes
Then brush a mixture of egg yolk and a little water.
Bake in a pre-heated 190 degree oven for approx. 12 mins or until it browns.

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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: Practice versus Preaching - Connecting with Compassion

I wish to share a poem with you today. It pretty much sums up the essence of the topic.

Preaching Vs Practice

It is easy to sit in the sunshine
And talk to the man in the shade;
It is easy to float in a well-trimmed boat,
And point out the places to wade.
But once we pass into the shadows,
We murmur and fret and frown,
And, our length from the bank, we shout for a plank,
Or throw up our hands and go down.
It is easy to sit in your carriage,
And counsel the man on foot,
But get down and walk, and you'll change your talk,
As you feel the peg in your boot.
It is easy to tell the toiler
How best he can carry his pack,
But no one can rate a burden's weight
Until it has been on his back.
The up-curled mouth of pleasure,
Can prate of sorrow's worth,
But give it a sip, and a wryer lip,
Was never made on earth.

(poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

What prompted me to choose this particular topic for this week’s column was the fact that we have become a society of ‘advisers and judges’. Everyone has a ‘piece of advice or fatwa’ for another and most times the advice or judgment does not come from lived experience. We have become a society of preachers without practice.

Recently I was asked by a potential client if I had a psychology degree. I told I him I did not. He asked me how I could help him and his wife with their marital challenges when I did not have a psychology degree. I told I had extensive life experience and in-depth knowledge and experience in Writing Therapy since 2006 to know that I could help him and his wife to at least process any feelings of hurt, pain, trauma or self-loathing that are usually the key feelings that need processing when trying to rebuild a dysfunctional marriage. He then asked me matter-of-factly, “What else?” I answered, “Compassionate connection.”

It is fairly easy for people to observe and give advice however advice is only useful if these people can connect with the one they are advising and display that they are actually walking the walk and talking the talk.

The only way to preach with practice is to become compassionate towards others.

How to Cultivate Compassion
No matter how optimistic you may be, your optimism may not necessarily affect another person who is feeling down and dark, unless you are able to connect with him/her with compassion.

Cultivating compassion requires you to connect with your own true self first, your authentic or essential self. (refer to past column )

Being compassionate with your own self first results in being compassionate with others. It is a daily practice.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Jealousy
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Guide to a Healthy Ramadan

Did you know that Islam teaches us to observe moderation even when we eat and drink?

Fill your stomach this Ramadan with the correct portions as taught by the Prophet (s.a.w) himself.

"The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third is for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air."
(Tirmidhi, 2380; Ibn Maajah, 3349).

During Ramadan, your daily intake is limited to 2 main meals a day - at suhoor and iftaar. Therefore, it is important to try and incorporate the right types and variety of food in order to acquire adequate energy and nutrition in this month.

To help you do this, I have posted a nutrition guide for a healthy Ramadan for you & your family on the blog! Read more here.

Lastly, I would like to wish you all a belated Ramadan Mubarak! (better late than never, right)

Until next time,


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Q. Dear Kareema, I have weak abdominal muscles so I am having trouble with my lower back. Which will be some exercises I can do to strengthen both?

A: Try planks or hovers. They work all of the core muscles and is quite challenging. You’ll find That sit-ups aren’t always kind to sore lower backs and they only target a few muscles. Planks will strengthen muscles at the front, side and back of the torso, encouraging them to work together. This means that planking will also make going about your daily activities easier.






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Winter Gardening Tasks

 Plant Winter Vegies like radish

• They are very easy to grow.
• Prepare bed by loosening top 20cm
with compost.
• Water daily. The radish will germinate
within 3 days.
• Ready to eat in 28 days.
• Pick while young and sweet.
• The green tops can me mixed with spinach




 Check for diseases and treat

• Attack from sucking pests are common now.
• The main culprits are scale, mealy bugs, and aphids.
They are very small but destructive.
• They leave a sticky secretion on the leaves and
and stems which attracts ants.
• In some cases,, a black mould grows in the sicky mess
• Spray the entire plant including the underside of leaves with pest oil.
• Apply seasol to aid recovery.


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Mula Nasruddin's town was famous for trophy hunters who scoured its hills and valleys in search of ibex, gazelles and the Transcaspian Urial, a rare breed of sheep that is only legally available to hunt here.


A big city lawyer was one such hunter. He shot and dropped an ibex, but it fell into Mula Nasruddin's field on the other side of a fence.

As the lawyer climbed over the fence,
Mula Nasruddin rode up on his horse and asked the hunter what he was doing.

The litigator responded, "I shot an ibex and it fell in this field, and now I'm going to retrieve it."

Mula Nasruddin replied, "This is my property, and you are not coming over here."

The indignant lawyer said, "I am one of the best trial lawyers in Australia and, if you don't let me get that duck, I'll sue you and take everything you own."

Mula Nasruddin smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we settle disputes in this town. We settle small disagreements like this with the 'Three Kick Rule'."

The lawyer asked, "What is the 'Three Kick Rule'?"

Mula Nasruddin replied, "Well, because the dispute occurs on my land, I get to go first. I kick you three times and then you kick me three times and so on back and forth until someone gives up."

The lawyer quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger. He agreed to abide by the local custom.

Mula Nasruddin slowly climbed down from his horse and walked up to the attorney. His first kick planted the toe of his heavy steel-toed boot into the lawyer's groin and dropped him to his knees!

His second kick to the midriff sent the lawyer's last meal gushing from his mouth. The lawyer was on all fours when
Mula Nasruddin's third kick to his rear end, sent him face-first into a fresh camel pie.

Summoning every bit of his will and remaining strength the lawyer very slowly managed to get to his feet. Wiping his face with the arm of his jacket, he said, "Okay, you old bugger. Now it's my turn."

Mula Nasruddin smiled and said, "Nah, I give up. You can have the ibex."

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Every man’s fate We have fastened on his own neck: on the Day of Judgment We shall bring out for him a scroll, which he will see spread open. (It will be said to him:) “Read your (own) record: sufficient is your soul this day to make out an account against you.”

~ Surah Al-Israa 17:13-14


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Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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