EST. 2004


Sunday 11 June 2017 | Issue 0657


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QIS and ACCESS services host Ifthaar for locals

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Calls for Saudi Arabia team to be banned over tribute snub

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

QPS Ifthaar at the Greek Club

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

HAI Ifthaar and fund raiser

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

"Listening without being judgemental, or defensive"

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Letters to the Editor: Courier Mail

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Price meets match in uncomfortable interview on Hard Chat

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Regional Titration Competition Winners!

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

Cory Bernardi says 'we need to talk about Islam'

Get your fingers green with our gardening guru


Muslims condemn

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

Rethinking beliefs about levels of risk and Muslims

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


AIIC Students' of the Month

The CCN Chuckle

Border Advice for Muslims Alarms Australian Official


Safe spaces "inflammatory reporting" says ICV
No second sitting as iftar dinner too hard for Turnbull
Human rights groups condemn Hanson's internment call
Ramadan 2017 Timetables & Programmes
Community Ifthar Dinners
Toy Drive for Eid Al Fitr
Eid-ul-Fitr 2017 Programmes
Hamish McLachlan interviews Amna Karra-Hassan
Winners: UK The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2017

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On Thursday June 8 the Queensland Intercultural Society and ACCES Services put on an Iftar dinner with 300 meals for local families, the homeless and refugees in the ACCESS social enterprise café Harmony in Carmody cafe carpark.


The occasion was used to help in "demystifying Ramadan, build understanding and break down barriers through shared food and friendships".




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Saudi Arabia's football association has apologised after its players appeared to snub a minute's silence for the victims of the London attacks during their match against Australia.

Politicians and comedians were left outraged after Saudi Arabia did not observe a minute’s silence for the London terror victims before Thursday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Australia.

That was despite the Adelaide Oval ground announcer calling for silence to honour those who lost their lives in London last weekend, including Australian women Kirsty Boden and Sara Zelenak.

The Socceroos lined up at the centre circle with arms linked when prompted, but some of their opponents moved to their positions, while others appeared to be warming up.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation on Friday issued an unreserved apology for the incident, saying it regretted the failure of “some players” to properly observe the tribute.

Football fans reacted in outrage after the incident, with Football Federation Australia [FFA] issuing a statement saying that “this tradition was not in keeping with Saudi culture”.

The Saudi apology did not stop the likes of Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese and comedian Dave Hughes condemning the behaviour.

“That was a disgraceful lack of respect, not just for the two Australians killed, one of whom was a young South Australian, all of those victims of that terror attack in London,” Mr Albanese said on Channel Nine’s Today Show.

“There is no excuse here. This isn’t about culture, this is about a lack of respect.

“I thought it was disgraceful. It’s bloody disgraceful, I’m so angry about this.”

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce added: “I am sure the Saudi government themselves will be having a strong word to them.

“When you are in another nation, you respect the issues that are important to them.

“I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they did not know what they were doing.”

Victorian federal senator Derryn Hinch said their behaviour “should not be forgotten”.

“It is an insult. Saudi Arabia – that is where those terrorists came from,” he told the Seven Network.

Hughes posted on Twitter that in future, the Saudi Arabian football team should be barred from entering Australia.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said the players “did not intend any disrespect” in an official statement.

“The Saudi Arabian Football Federation deeply regrets and unreservedly apologises for any offence caused by the failure of some members of the representative team of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to formally observe the one minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the London terrorist attack on 3 June 2017, prior to the World Cup qualifying match against Australia in Adelaide,” it read.

“The players did not intend any disrespect to the memories of the victims or to cause upset to their families, friends or any individual affected by the atrocity.

“The Saudi Arabian Football Federation condemns all acts of terrorism and extremism and extends its sincerest condolences to the families of all the victims and to the government and people of the United Kingdom.”

Initially responding to the incident, the FFA reportedly said: “Both the AFC [Asian Football Confederation] and the Saudi team agreed that the minute of silence could be held.

“The FFA was further advised by Saudi team officials that this tradition was not in keeping with Saudi culture and they would move to their side of the field and respect our custom while taking their own positions on the field.”

The New Daily





Dear Ash Kip and Lutsy and Suzie!

My name is Ahmet, I have enjoyed your program for a very long time, and have cherished Suzie since a child watching her compete at the Olympics and making us proud as an Australian Nation. I write to you as an ardent listener of your program and a concerned citizen. On this morning’s program (9th June), I also shared your sentiments of disappointment when hearing about the Saudi soccer teams lack of coherence towards the moment of silent proceeding in last night’s match.

As an Australian practicing Muslim I understand the feelings of disappointment of our Australian public regarding their actions of this soccer team. As FIFA does not promote any religious sentiments during games, it’s a no brainer that local customs, traditions and protocol should be respected. On this morning’s show, it had been quoted from a website stating that the moment of silence in Islam is ‘reprehensible’, this is merely is an opinion amongst millions of other opinions on the world wide web(internet) and such opinions are void and does not have any context towards a local application or context that is rooted in sacred sources. As a local born and bred Australian Muslim I can quote you from reliable sources that A funeral passed by the Prophet Muhammed and he stood up in silence out of respect. It was said to him, “It is a Jew.” The Prophet said, “Was he not a human soul?” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1250, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 961.

As it would be applicable in any industry and profession, It is due diligence we approach our local experts to consult and confide with such concerns to gain an informed understanding, particularly as you at Nova are the 4th estate that informs us the public of realities, offers balanced perspective and protects our civil liberties. It is most important in these trying times where powerful people aim to divide and perpetuate fear that our broadcasting promotes understanding, circumspection, respect and harmony.

In the future please contact The Islamic Council of Queensland Ali Kadri or a credible local community representative to provide an Australian Muslim community perspective.

yours sincerely

Ahmet Ertan



Dear Ahmet,


I refer to your complaint dated 9 June 2017 regarding your concerns with comments made on the “Ash, Kip & Luttsy” Show (the ‘Show’) on Nova 106.9 on 9 June 2017 (the ‘Complaint’).


I am the General Manager and Program Director of Nova 106.9 and wanted to personally contact you on behalf of Ash, Kip, Luttsy and Susie. Thank you kindly for contacting us with your feedback. It is always very touching for us to hear from our most loyal listeners such as yourself.


I personally sat down with them today to discuss your complaint and they asked me to extend their sincere apologies for any offence they may have caused to you, that was not their intention at all. Nova 106.9 takes great pride in ensuring all our listeners and all parts of our community are treated with respect regardless of culture, nationality and religion.


We thank you for better informing us of local community organisations we can contact for future segments so we can better represent, reflect and understand the Australian Muslim community here in Brisbane. We have made efforts to look into such organisations and will certainly do our best to present a more verified and balanced understanding of Islamic practices.


We take our responsibilities as a broadcaster very seriously and it is feedback such as yours that assists us in determining the types of things that our audience both like and dislike when listening to the radio. If you’d like to discuss your Complaint with me further, I welcome you to contact me directly on 07 3872 6803. Thank you for being a loyal and valued listener of Nova 106.9.


Yours sincerely,


Jay Walkerden

NOVA General Manager/Program Director



Dear Jay,

I am sure Ahmet will be pleased to read your kind response but let me take this opportunity to personally and on behalf of Islamic Council of Queensland, thank you for a kind and prompt response to Ahmet’s concerns.

Terrorism has effected Muslim community a lot more than any other community as we are the biggest victims of terror and we are expected to explain or apologies for atrocities which we have no influence on. I do believe that most of the hostility against Muslim community is a result of ignorance about Islam and that is exactly why we have been trying to be as proactive as we can in engaging media organisations like yourself. Ahmet is respected member of our community and I am heartened to know that he recognises me and our organisation as a proper representation of Muslims in Queensland.

I am sure as a leader who has influence over public opinion, you try you best to ensure that programs on your station provide fair and balanced view. I do understand that sometimes emotions do take over but I am positive that as a nation and as a community we will rise above the mistrust and will prevail over ignorance.

I can be contacted on 0430 029 718 and would love to be able to provide a counter narrative to some misconceptions about Islam. Our organisation represents 16 Mosques and is supported by most of the individuals and non-member organisations. Our team of volunteers have worked hard to rebuild this organisation and engage our community to ensure that we speak for most if not all the Muslims in Queensland.

Once again I thank you and Ahmet for starting this important conversation.

Kind Regards,

Ali Kadri
Islamic Council of Queensland



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QPS Ifthaar at the Greek Club

 Women's Interfaith forum




The fourth annual iftar-dinner meeting of the Queensland Police Service was held in the Greek Club Restaurant in South Brisbane during the week.


Community representatives from a diverse range of ethnic and local represent communities turned up for the occasion.


The keynote address was delivered by Leading Senior Constable, Albert Fatieh in the Victoria Police where he serves as an Advisory Community Liaison Officer and tasked with strengthening relationships and understanding between community and police.

In 2013, Mr Fatieh founded the Victorian Police Muslim Association which has over 60 police members.


The pupils of the Wisdom College led the singing of the National Anthem, and a minute's silence was observed in memory of Senior Constable Brett Forte and the victims of the recent London attack.


Commissioner of Police, Mr Ian Stewart APM, welcomed the guests and wished the Muslim community of Queensland a safe, prosperous and spiritually rewarding Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr.


Mukarram Rane called the Azaan to break the day's fast, Dr Nora Amath delivered the vote of thanks and Dr Recep Dogan ended the day's formalities with a closing du'a. 


Several community leaders were honoured for their long-term contribution to maintaining and improving relations between the Muslim community and the Queensland Police Service.



Performance by Wisdom College students at QPS Ifhaar Dinner






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Ifthaar Dinner hosted for over one hundred invitees and $80 000 was raised at Michael's Oriental Restaurant  (Saturday night)



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There is never a boring moment if you are a spokesperson of Muslim community. I am sure those who do this will agree with me. However, it is also a learning experience and in four years I have been volunteering to do so, I have changed and grown in many ways. I want to share one such experience.

A journalist from a major national newspaper contacted me for some comments on a story he was writing. Background of the story was that he purchased a book from a particular book store in western Sydney. This book was around 1000 pages and had a lot to do with Islamic jurisprudence of war. Some of the statements in that book without context can be misunderstood as extreme and other statements were opinions which are usually considered extreme by most Muslims.

The Journo called me and asked me for my comments. Obviously the fact that he worked for a particular organisation and their agenda was on the back of my mind. But I thought of Prophet Mohammad's teaching, which is "beware of false assumptions, for assumption is falsest of speech.....". So i asked him why did he feel compelled to do this story. He replied "in given climate it is important that we ban such books". He cited some of the things including persecution of homosexuals as as one of the reasons this book should not be sold.

I asked him if he believes all such books should be banned and he said indeed they should. So i quickly jumped on my computer and Googled Levictus 20:13 which says "If a man has sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman, the two of them have committed an abomination. They must be put to death; their blood guilt is on themselves". I read the verse to him and i said what do you think we should do with this book. He said we should ban this too. I told him if he knew this was from Bible, he responded that while he is not a Christian, he believes that new testament is better than old. I could have argued further with some quotes from Bible. But my intention was not to prove that Bible is worse than Quran as that would be doing the same what is done to Muslims. At this time i was thinking of Jesus' sermon on the Mount where he is reported to have said "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". So I changed my line of argument.

I argued that this book has an opinion of "god knows who" from "god knows where" as the author of the book was not a well known Islamic scholar or it was not from an authentic publishing house. I pointed out historical and current examples of Muslims acting in exact opposite of some of "rulings" within this book. Like the fact that Jerusalem still has Church of Holy Sepulchre and Muslims have elected 7 females as head of states and so on. I pleaded for him to drop the story as it is unnecessary sensationalism and does not do good to our country or does not help in countering radicalisation. He said, "I don't want to give you false hope and i wont be dropping the story".

So I asked him if I was to give him quotes, how much of my quotes would he use against the quotes from the book. His response was that he will use 18 quotes from the book and 3 or 4 of my quotes in response. I asked him is it fair that he quotes so heavily from a book written by "god knows who" from "god knows where" and give very little ink to the spokesperson, who speaks on behalf of a large section of Muslim community. He asked me to send him my response in an email and I did. He promised to call me back to ensure that I am not misquoted or taken out of context in the article. A few hours later I received an email from him simply saying "We are going to hold the story for now mate". I have heard this before and usually these stories don't come back again.

Why am I sharing this, well because i want to highlight the importance of the teachings of our religions. If I assumed that his intentions are bad just because he worked for an organisation which many rightly say is biased. I would not have been able to engage with him. If I attacked him or blocked him, he would have not seen my perspective and believed that Islam's teachings are a reason behind extremism. When I first volunteered many in my community who did a weekend of media training said that "I am not media trained". My experience tells me, you don't have to be media trained, all you need is an ability to listen to others without being judgemental, aggressive or defensive. It works






Ali Kadri is the Spokesperson of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)



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Steve Price's awkward interview on Hard Chat with Tom Gleeson

CONTROVERSIAL broadcaster Steve Price is usually the one pulling no punches. But on Wednesday night, he met his match.

During Tom Gleeson’s satirical “Hard Chat” segment on ABC’s The Weekly, Price remained stone-faced as the comedian hit him with a solid string of potshots.

“Do you think I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! should be called I’m NOT A Celebrity THAT’S WHY I’m here?” Gleeson deadpanned about Price’s appearance on the reality show earlier this year.

As Price agreed, another punch rolled.

“Now you ate some disgusting things in the jungle. Was it worse than the disgusting shit you feed your listeners on 2GB?” Gleeson asked.

It was only a matter of time before Waleed Aly was brought into the mix — a personality Price frequently clashes with on The Project.

“In the jungle Nazeem Hussain opened your eyes up to the pressures Muslims are under. Do you realise that for the past several years you’ve been working on The Project where you sit next to one?” Gleeson asked.
Price quipped back: “Carrie Bickmore is a Muslim?”

In an attempt to prove both his acceptance and knowledge of Aly’s background, the broadcaster recalled a rather clumsy anecdote.

“I called Nazeem Hussain ‘Waleed’ three times in the first week that I was in the jungle which gave rise to him suggesting I really only knew one Muslim and that Muslim’s name was Waleed. So, yes, I did know Waleed was a Muslim,” he said.

And Gleeson wasn’t done.

Gleeson: Now that you’ve got a Muslim friend, is it easier to be racist?

Price: Two Muslim friends and I’ve never been racist.

Gleeson: You came across as a nice guy on I’m A Celebrity. Deep down though, are you still an asshole?

Price: No. I think deep down I really am a nice guy.

Gleeson: So are you a nice guy trapped in an asshole’s body?

Price: I’m a nice guy trapped in an aggressive person’s body.

Tom Gleeson’s Hard Chat on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering airs 830pm Wednesdays on ABC TV.



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By Dr Mohammad Nurul Islam, Operational Coordinator & Chemistry Teacher


The annual R.A.C.I. Queensland Regional Titration Competition was held at Griffith University (Nathan Campus) on Saturday 3 June 2017 and Australian International Islamic College (A.I.I.C) entered two teams. The six year 11 and 12 Chemistry students who entered were Kushida Binti Mohd Ayub, Sara Ahmed, Rumana Akter, Saimur Rahman Siam, Ayub Khalif (Year 12) and Rahim Ullah (Year 11).

Titration is a method used to accurately determine the concentration of an acid, by carrying out a neutralisation reaction with a base of known concentration. The point of equivalence is determined by a colour change from clear to light pink. The difficulty is compounded because the teams must first determine the concentration of the base from a known acid, effectively performing two separate titrations each.


The competition was fierce and comprised of approximately 51 teams from many schools across Brisbane. AIIC team 1 (Kushida, Sara and Rumana) did exceptionally well and they received the first place (within 1% of the true value for the sample) and Team 2 got within a close range of the correct results. The accuracy comes down to 4 decimal places, with the winners being determined by a fraction of a drop of the basic solution.

Congratulations to Kushida Binti Mohad Ayub, Sara Ahmed and Rumana Akter who has achieved the excellent team award and been selected for the National Titration Competition 2017. Congratulations to Kushida who achieved excellent participant award (within 0% of the true value for the sample). We congratulate our six students for their efforts and enthusiasm and we look forward to achieving a medal in the National competition in October.




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Cory Bernardi has surveyed his party's members on their views of Islam.

Cory Bernardi's new Australian Conservatives party has responded to the London Bridge terrorist attack by surveying its members about their views on Islam, saying "we can't put it off any longer".

The survey, titled "We Need to Talk About Islam" was emailed to supporters of the former Liberal Senator's party on Monday, just a day after knife-wielding attackers murdered seven and injured nearly 50 in London's Saturday night attack.

A graphic next to the survey showed the Islamic "shahada" or proclamation of faith, written in Arabic with a large cross through it, a move labelled "fiercely extremist" by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, and offensive by Sydney Muslim community leader Dr Jamal Rifi.

Senator Bernardi defended the timing of the survey.

"When is going to be the right time for these people?" he asked Fairfax Media.

"We're not politicising anything, we're trying to decide what the Australian people want."

The survey aims to "begin the national conversation Australia has to have about Islam in our country", and asks questions about prayer spaces in public buildings, the construction of new mosques, child marriage, banning the burqa and sharia law. It provides multiple-choice answers.

One question states that "some have attributed the migration of people of Islamic belief to terror attacks in Australia and abroad" and asks people for their view.

Other questions include, "What is your view on the practice of sharia law in Australia?" and, "What is your view on the Islamic practice of allowing men to marry girls who are under the legal age of sexual consent?"

The email states, "Your responses will inform how Australian Conservatives respond to the present national security challenge."

Timing slammed

Dr Rifi said the timing was "malicious" and accused Senator Bernardi and his party of trying to "ride the wave of sentiment" following the London attack and Manchester concert bombing.

"The end product will be used to justify right-wing policies that do not work in the interests of society as a whole. It will be quoted as justification for such policies," he said.

Dr Rifi said to draw a red slash through the shahada was "more than insulting" to Muslims, who repeat the proclamation 15 or 20 times a day.

AFIC spokesman Ali Kadri said to cross out the shahada was "fiercely extremist".

"The shahada is what makes us Muslim, so by putting a red mark through it, it's saying you are not allowed to, or it's not safe, to practise your religion," he said.

Mr Kadri said Senator Bernardi was "providing the best support he could to ISIS".

"To blame Muslims for the crimes committed by extremists is empowering [ISIS]. They want to convince Muslims the whole world is against them."

"Bernardi's party are trying to reverse the gains of the Western world and eventually the people will pay for it, just as people in the Muslim world are paying now, because they excused extremism and thought it was the answer."

Susie Latham, the founder of Voices Against Bigotry, said the survey was a form of push polling "which clearly aims to instil and reinforce anti-Muslim attitudes".

Senator Bernardi, who formed his breakaway party to cater to conservatives disillusioned with mainstream politics, said "tens of thousands" of people had completed the survey.

He would not say how many financial members the Australian Conservatives has.

His party is set to release its immigration policy next week but the senator would not say if it included a proposed "Muslim ban".




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A collection of all the cases where Muslims have condemned wrongdoings done falsely in the name of Islam. Inspired by this tweet.



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Michael Jetter, Lecturer in Economics, University of Western Australia
David Stadelmann, Chair of Development Economics, Bayreuth University



In the fight against terrorism, seemingly easy conclusions may be drawn too quickly.

Recent events in London, Manchester and elsewhere highlight that Western societies are vulnerable to terrorist attacks – and political decision-makers need to find solutions.

Two key questions to consider are:

  1. How likely are you to fall victim to terrorism?

  2. What increases or decreases that likelihood?

Our natural way of thinking about the first question should be similar to considering crime (murder or robbery, for instance), mortality (infant mortality at birth, or cancer), car accidents, or other threats. And the salient point is not so much the total number of murders in a large country, but rather the total number in relation to the size of the population.

Put simply, we should consider the number of affected people on a per-capita basis – that is, murder rates, or mortality rates.

For example, from a policy perspective, it makes sense that ten murders in a populous country like China (which has 1,371,000,000 citizens) would be much less significant than ten murders in a tiny country like Liechtenstein, with its 37,000 citizens.

Terror per capita vs total terror

However, when it comes to terrorism, almost all the knowledge that drives policy decisions comes from studies analysing the total number of terror casualties in a given country and year.

India is a good example. It ranks fourth on the list of terror-prone countries since 1970, with 408 deaths from terrorism in an average year.

But the average Indian need not be particularly worried about terrorism. The country is home to 1.27 billion people, and terrorism kills only one in 2,500,000 people – or 0.0000004% of the population – per year, once we translate total terror deaths to terror deaths per capita. The likelihood of dying from crime or in a road accident is far higher.

India ranks only 82nd in the world when we compare terrorism victims per capita.

So, although India has a relatively high number of terrorist attacks, an individual’s likelihood of dying in such an attack is minimal – because India has such a large population.

Once we switch from focusing on total terror deaths (or attacks) per country to terror deaths per capita, relevant conclusions about what drives terrorism change dramatically. And thus potential policy reactions also change when focusing on terror deaths per capita.

Democracy, Muslims and terrorism

A somewhat baffling conclusion from a long list of research articles states that terrorism is more likely to emerge in democracies, rather than non-democracies. This idea is difficult to reconcile with our intuition of democracy giving people political (and usually religious) freedom – so why should we see terrorism in such free countries?

It turns out that once we analyse terror per capita, democratic nations are less likely to witness terrorism. Again, take India, a large democracy that, at first glance, suffers a lot from terrorism. But, in per-capita terms, terrorism becomes less important.

Another popular belief states that countries with a sizeable Muslim population – such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh or Nigeria – are experiencing more terrorism than non-Muslim countries. This is true when looking at the total numbers of deaths.

But that result is also overturned once we consider terror per capita. A larger share of Muslims in a given country relates to marginally less terrorism. Pakistan (202 million people), Indonesia (258 million), Bangladesh (156 million) and Nigeria (186 million) all feature exceptionally large populations.

This result is informative for the current policy debate. More caution is needed before classifying certain countries as more prone to terrorism based on their religion.

Another – admittedly simplistic – way of considering the link between Islam and terrorism comes from comparing the share of terror attacks conducted by Muslim groups with the share of the world population identifying as Muslim. If Muslims were more likely to be terrorists, we should expect the latter figure to be lower.

Approximately 23% of the world population identifies as Muslim. But, since September 11, Islamist groups have conducted about 20% of terrorist attacks worldwide. Thus, terrorist attacks are – historically and today – less likely to be conducted by a Muslim than by a non-Muslim group.

Where to go from here?

Our results suggest it may be time to rethink the way we approach terrorism.

On an average day, terrorists kill 21 people worldwide. On that same average day, natural or technological disasters kill 2,200 people – or more than 100 times as many.

The likelihood of dying at the hands of a terrorist is comparable to the odds of drowning in one’s own bathtub.

This does not mean we should be afraid of bathtubs, nor does it mean terrorism is not among the problems that need to be solved with a high priority.

Rather, in the fight against terrorism, seemingly easy conclusions may be drawn too quickly – and we should not forget other matters that affect people’s lives far more than terrorism does.

Source: The Conversation (Academic rigour, journalistic flair)



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By Sarah Malik


A mosque in Sydney, Australia. A 2015 fact sheet for hajj pilgrims on re-entering the country notes that it is illegal to bring in “material that advocates or praises acts of terrorism.”

SYDNEY, Australia — The advice for Australian Muslims traveling overseas, in a booklet from a legal rights group, was straightforward: If anything on your phone could be construed as advocating violence, delete it.

When the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, learned about it — from The Australian, a newspaper that published an article on Tuesday headlined “Muslim tips to evade airport security” — he wrote to the Muslim Legal Network NSW, which published the booklet, demanding an explanation.

“In the current international climate, I am very concerned this guidance could be interpreted as advice to evade Border Force and conceal illegal activity,” Mr. Dutton wrote in the letter.

“I seek your urgent clarification on what purpose is served in providing this advice.”

Zaahir Edries, the president of the legal rights group, was taken aback — since the advice had originally come from Mr. Dutton’s own department.

A 2015 fact sheet for Australian hajj pilgrims on re-entering the country, from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, includes the heading “Know what is on your electronic devices,” noting that it is illegal to bring in “material that advocates or praises acts of terrorism.”

“By keeping images like this on your electronic devices such as a hard drive, computer or mobile phone, even if someone has sent them to you, you may be committing an offense,” the fact sheet says.

Mr. Edries said his group had received similar advice in 2015 from representatives of the Border Force, which is under Mr. Dutton’s authority, in a training session. He said he was dismayed by Mr. Dutton’s letter Tuesday and by how the network’s guide, “Anti-Terrorism Laws: ASIO, the Police and You,” had been depicted in the news media. (A.S.I.O. stands for the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, a national security agency.)

“It was pretty upsetting for it be portrayed as anything other than an education piece, particularly because we used information provided by the government,” Mr. Edries said.

It was not the first time Mr. Dutton, a conservative, had offended Muslim communities. Last year, he caused an outcry after asserting that former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser should not have allowed Lebanese Muslim migrants into Australia.

The 95-page booklet by the Muslim Legal Network NSW, released last week, is the most recent edition of its guide to Australia’s complex counterterrorism laws, originally published in 2004. Mr. Edries said lawyers and other experts had worked on the latest version for more than 18 months.


Source: New York Times



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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited the Islamic Council of Victoria last year for a meeting with Muslim youth.

VICTORIA: The Islamic Council of Victoria submission calling for spaces where Muslim youths could make inflammatory comments without surveillance from authorities has come under criticism from several media and political sources.

The idea was floated in a submission to the federal parliamentary Inquiry into the Status of the Human Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief.

The council says the safe spaces would allow youths to talk about a "range of issues in emotional terms, [and] where they can be frank and even use words, which in a public space would sound inflammatory".

The Islamic Council of Victoria hit back at "inflammatory" reporting on Thursday, saying the recommendation in its submission to the government inquiry had been misrepresented.

"It calls for additional funding to allow young Muslims to express their opinions on a range of issues in a forum where their views can be respectfully and intelligently debated and challenged," the council said.

"This is not a controversial suggestion and it is supported by extensive research.

In its inquiry submission, the council also called for new government funding for counsellors of Muslim parents of children affected by new control orders for children.

"This will acknowledge the risks to mental health, employment, rental housing, poverty and education as a result of any unforeseen consequences of legislation which disproportionately affects Muslim youth," its submission said.


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews described the idea as troubling and stated there was "no safe way" to rail against the West or its values.

"This is wrong, it is not going to receive any Victorian government funding and we will be having a very close look at the Islamic Council of Victoria's funding in a broader sense," he said on Thursday.

"I am very troubled by the suggestion that we might have a space were people could be radical as part of a de-radicalisation program. That makes no sense to me whatsoever," Mr Andrews said.

The Age



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Malcolm Turnbull at last year’s iftar dinner in Sydney with Waleed Aly and his wife Susan Carland.

Malcolm Turnbull will not have a second iftar dinner with Islamic leaders after he became the first Australian prime minister to host the Ramadan feast at Kirribilli House last year — an event that cost taxpayers $33,694.

The Australian was informed yesterday there would be no second iftar, with last year’s event being overshadowed by the attendance of Sheik Shady Alsuleiman, the national president of the Australian National Imams Council, given his past comments about homosexuals.

The Prime Minister was forced to condemn his comments, Sheik Alsuleiman having said AIDS was a “divine punishment” for homosexuals, and adulterers should be stoned to death.

The Australian



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Calls from One Nation leader Pauline Hanson to "intern" those on the terror watch list invoke a dark history of detainment that stretches back to World War Two.

Australia's race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, has condemned proposals from a handful of political figures for the mass internment of all Muslim citizens suspected of terror offences.

Dr Soutphommasane said calls from One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and others to detain all suspects, seemingly without charge or trial, "show an astounding ignorance of history" and would represent capitulation to terrorism.

"Having internment would involve a violation of liberty and the rule of law. It would entrench division in our society and play into the hands of extremists," he told Fairfax Media.

The calls have emerged as federal and state governments consider toughened and nationally consistent parole and bail laws that make it harder for people with violent and extremist backgrounds to be released.




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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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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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MAA is Creating a Global Impact this Ramadan

 Women's Interfaith forum



The Established in 1989 MAA focusses its attention on distributing aid which not only provides immediate relief, but encompasses long-term support to help alleviate poverty.

This Ramadan MAA is reaching millions in over 25 countries around the world, including Syria, Palestine, Myanmar, Somalia, and Australia by distributing Iftar meals & Family Food Packs, Life-changing gifts, eid gifts for children, and water solutions.

Reach more people in more places with MAA this Ramadan.

To donate please visit or call their 24/7 toll free number on 1800 100 786.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Visit MAA’s stall at Underwood Marketplace from Monday to Saturday 9:30am-4pm during Ramadan.



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Amna with her family

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: In the second season you finally won a game, and in 2014 you took on the colours of the Giants.

AKH: Yeah, that was significant. A huge decision. We were the Auburn Tigers from 2011 to 2013.

HM: You took on the Giants for what reason?

AKH: Opportunity. I met their media manager, Nick Johnston, who is a very persuasive personality. I say that with endearment and positivity; he really pushed for it. He thought it would be fantastic in getting exposure to commercial organisations who might be interested in sponsoring us. GWS wanted to come into Western Sydney, and community engagement was a priority. The ROI for us would be that commercial bridge. I sat with it and I was scared of the change, but I knew he was right.

HM: When did Katie Page notice what you’d created?

AKH: I saw Katie at a dinner News Corp was hosting, and I went up to her and introduced myself before going up to her office to have a chat. Much to my surprise, she was incredibly warm and so different from what you’d stereotype a CEO to be like. She listened, asked me a lot of questions about who I was, about how I created the team, about what I was trying to achieve, and about what my partnership with GWS looked like. Little did I know at that stage that the world of business was very small, and that everyone knew everyone! She was good friends with Tony. I got called into a meeting with GWS and Katie, and they were having a conversation about how we could improve that partnership, and what that relationship could look like. I cannot tell you how much of a positive influence she has been on me personally outside of the football club. What she did by doing that was let me know that I deserved a seat at the table. She basically told me that the work I’ve done speaks for itself, and the work I do should be recognised. I was deeply uncomfortable with that. It’s not engraved or conditioned in us to be boastful and own our space in a room. I learnt from observing her, and from how she conducted herself, how to own that space, and how to learn to become comfortable in an uncomfortable space. It had everything to do with my leadership development, and my personal development as a human being.

HM: She’s a formidable woman. Tell me, how many women have been through and played for the Auburn Giants now?

AKH: Easily over 100



Source: Herald Sun



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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.

Fazlur Rahman Khan Award For Excellence in ENGINEERING, SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY


Winner: Mohamed Bashir Gadi, Dr


Dr Mohamed Bashir Gadi is an Associate Professor at Nottingham University and Director and Admissions Tutor for the MSc course Renewable Energy and Architecture. He has so far written and published over sixty conference and journal papers/articles on renewable energy and architecture, computer modelling and software engineering and postgraduate education. Dr Gadi was awarded the Gold Medal for best research work on energy modelling presented at the international Energex’98 conference. He also developed, modelled and tested a Novel Energy Conscious Building-integrated System for low-cost housing, for which he was awarded the Gold Medal. He has presented at several academic conferences around the world, including at UNESCO, and the United Nations. He has been a Fellow of the International Energy Foundation for over 20 years. His expertise is called upon by major publishers who have commissioned Dr Gadi to evaluate books, journal articles and papers.


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




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Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia-Herzegovina

An Appeal to the European Muslims: Let Us Have a Common Word with Our Neighbours
Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Honorary President, Religions for Peace


There is no recipe for success, but there is a recipe for failure. The recipe for failure is violence "in the name of Allah."

I have never felt so shocked nor so shameful as a I felt while listening to the world media about the bloody London Bridge attack claiming to be done "in the name of Allah." I cannot accept it because this is not my faith. This is not the Allah I believe in. My Allah is not a hater! My Allah is not violent! My faith is not the knife! My faith is not terror. My Allah is Loving and Merciful! My faith is common sense and a warm word. But how am I going to explain it to my neighbors in Europe? After Manchester and London attacks, they have no will to listen to me anymore. They don't buy my faith's stories of love; they don't care about my faith's beautiful narratives. They are no longer interested in the stories of my faith. They want to know what I have done to stop the bloody violence "in the name of Allah" in the streets of Europe! I have done a lot, but it seems it is not enough.

I confess, I have never felt so confused and so helpless to explain what is going on in and around my faith community. I was interpreting it as a conspiracy against Muslims. I consoled myself that it was just a transitory episode. I argued that it is an act of extreme minorities. I have been avoiding to be pressed by it. I explained that it is just a political game by big powers to gain the Muslim wealth. And I was listening to those who say: "They hate Muslims." This was all I could think of to avoid the clear and loud confession that my Faith community has a big problem in and around itself. But now I confess: my Faith Community has many problems. And the biggest of all is the problem of denial as well as the delegation of its problems to others to be solved. I have realized that I have to be clear and loud that my Faith Community has a problem, which can no longer be denied, nor can it be delegated to others to be solved. Indeed, my Faith Community (my Ummah) must solve the problem within itself before it can solve the problems around it. Indeed the problem inside of my Faith Community is much more difficult and dangerous than the problem outside of it.

I know there are those who will assert that I believe that the bloody attacks against innocent civilians in Manchester and London are more important than the attacks in Palestine, Kabul, Mosul, Sa'an and Misrata. It is not more important, but it is certainly more dangerous for Muslims in Europe, a majority of whom have fled from Muslim majority countries to seek peace and security for their children in Europe. Now, this peace and security that they have experienced so far is greatly threatened. After the attacks in Manchester and London, and before that in Paris, Berlin and Zurich, a great cloud of uncertainty hovers over Muslims in Europe. European Muslims must be aware of this. Therefore, the European Muslims must be loud and clear not only to condemn the violence "in the name of Allah," but they must also take concrete steps against the abuse of Islam in any way. European Muslims must have a united, clear and unequivocal voice in the fight against violence claimed to be in "the name of Allah." It is no longer a matter of the good will of individuals and groups working on interfaith dialogue, but this is an existential question of Islam and Muslims in Europe.

Therefore, I urge European Muslims to immediately gather around the "common word between us and them," our neighbors in Europe, regardless of their faith, race and nationality to take an oath before God, ourselves and our neighbors in Europe to cherish and promote peace, security and neighborly cooperation to which we are bound by our Islamic faith and our Islamic culture. Indeed, we must take an oath that we will do whatever it takes to fight violence against innocent people together with our neighbors. We, the current generation of European Muslims, owe this to our descendants -- we must not leave our debts to our innocent descendants!

There is no time for hesitation!
There is no room for calculation!
There is no excuse for procrastination!
There is no justification for waiting!
There is no salvation in silence!
There is no point in indecision and indifference!

There is no collective innocence without the conviction and the isolation of individuals!

There is no future for Islam or Muslims in Europe except in coexistence and tolerance with our European neighbors!

If we do not do our sacred duty today, our descendants will curse us tomorrow for our failure!


"Demonising Muslim leaders for engaging with Governments will only benefit those right wing populist who seek to gain from these divisions."

Participating in de-radicaliztion
Ali Kadri, facebook posting


There are a small number of well meaning Muslims who believe that participating in de-radicalisation is unhelpful and inadvertently strengthens the notion that Islam and Muslims are the reason behind terrorist atrocities committed by groups like ISIS. I have a serious issue with this notion, as first of all we cannot deny the fact that those who are committing these terrorist acts believe and claim that they are doing it for Islam and are following teachings of Islam. Secondly these criminals are Muslims and like Muslims who abuse drugs or are involved in fraud, these terrorists are are committing a crime of murder, which makes them criminals but does not make them non Muslims. The fact that some agenda driven governments and agencies are trying to benefit by playing radicalisation card does not justify tip toeing around the issue. If anything it should make us more actively address radical notions because not only are the terrorists killing and damaging Muslim community but their actions are being used to further demonise Muslims for political gains. Many mainstream Muslim scholars from around the world have strongly condemned terrorism and have in fact provided strong religious arguments against false narrative sold by slick ISIS propaganda. Unfortunately these scholars do not have a media machinery behind them like the right wing populists who benefit from terror have. And they are not an ardent social media users like some disruptive Muslim populists are.

So by arguing against publicly challenging radical ideas which pollutes the mind of our young men and women, we are playing into the hands of those who are politically benefiting from creating these terrorists. ISIS or Al Qaeda never was and never will be an existential threat to the west or in fact to heavily weaponize regimes of Middle East. While lone wolf attacks are becoming frequent and bold, they are not as big of a threat to the west as polarisation of political discourse caused by these attacks is. After Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia and current Qatar crisis, it should be clear to anyone who had any doubts that these terrorist organisations are nothing but strategic pawns in a Geo political game. While we can lobby our politicians to start playing a constructive role, given our size, i don't think we as a country have enough influence to go against giant corporations and their proxies in U.S., Russian and Middle Eastern administrations.

Demonising Muslim leaders for engaging with Governments will only benefit those right wing populist who seek to gain from these divisions. Challenging radicalisation and defeating ISIS's narrative as loudly as possible will take the steam off the right wing extremists as one cannot survive without the other. I don't mind constructive criticism but bullying Muslim leaders and scholars on social media for attending iftaar dinners is not productive or helpful for the community. Discrediting legitimate Muslim leaders will empower those who seek to pollute the mind of Muslims and use them for political advantage. I am sure that these "activists" have had bad experiences in dealing with governments and their feelings are genuine. It is frustrating to deal with bureaucratic and agenda driven agencies in modern democracies but to make it about us and them is just not on.

So the solution is to challenge extreme interpretations of Islamic texts and political misuse of "deradicalisation" programs. Perpetual complaining for some likes on FB is not helping. As Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said " speak a good word or remain silent". Offer solutions, we all know what our problems are.


We need to embed a culture of respect for difference’: Ahmet Keskin at Melbourne’s Sofitel Hotel.

Muslim Australia must face extremist reality’

Muslim Australia has been asked to “place a mirror to ourselves’’ in the wake of Ramadan terror attacks around the world and question whether it genuinely supports human rights, the rule of law, equality and other basic tenets of Western society.

In pointed comments to a ­Victorian parliament iftar dinner the day after the latest Islamic State-inspired atrocity in central London, Australian Intercultural Society executive director Ahmet Keskin said it was the responsibility of Muslim communities to draw disaffected young people back to the core of society and to shut down hate speech.

“We Muslims need to work much harder in building bridges between hearts and keep the ­dialogue going,’’ he told the gathering of Muslim community leaders, federal and state politicians and police top brass.

“We also need to navigate through this turbulent era by ­placing a mirror to ourselves so we could face up to the reality of where we are and where we ought to be. We also need to embed a culture of respect for difference — difference of ideals, faith and ethnicity — and promote healthy debates however uncomfortable the subject matter

“This can be done by shutting down divisive discourse, irrespective of which corner of society it comes from, to rebuke it and ­respond with positive action.’’

Theresa May’s declaration that British society is too tolerant of extremism have prompted condemnation and introspection among Australia’s Muslim leadership.

Islamic Council of Victoria president Mohammed Mohideen said Muslim Australia was ahead of Britain in calling out extremism in its own communities.

“The community as a whole has been educated on this a lot. We have had forums and discussions with the federal police,’’ he said.

“Parents want to protect their children as much as possible from going down this path. We do not call these people Muslims. They are basically murderers, villains and cowards. There is nothing ­Islamic about it. What Muslims would promote killing, especially during the month of Ramadan?’’

The campaign of suicide bombings and other attacks to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan has been acutely felt by Muslim communities in Australia. With two more weeks to run in the fasting season, they fear more attacks are inevitable.

Zynab al-Harbiya, a 12-year-old Melbourne girl murdered by a car-bomb at a Baghdad ice cream parlour, went to the same school as Mr Keskin’s daughter.

Mr Mohideen said it was heartbreaking to read of children being killed while eating ice cream to break their Ramadan fast. “There are lots of families who are grieving,’’ he said.

Abraham Zoabi, the program manager for the Voice of Islam radio station which broadcasts from Sydney’s Lakemba, said imams at mainstream mosques were now consistent in preaching against the evil of ISIS.

“All our listeners are against his act in Britain,’’ he said. “We believe this is a barbaric act. We need to live in peace here and if anything happened, God forbid, we would all be very affected. We will guard Australia. We will now allow any of these things to happen.’’

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow delivered the key note address to last night’s iftar dinner in Melbourne. He noted that Australia had legislated more than any other Western nation since 9/11 to strengthen its ­counter-terrorism laws and said it was vitally important to combat ­violent extremism.

“Too often we’re told that ­liberty and security are mutually exclusive,’’ he said. “They’re not. Our federal and state governments are absolutely correct to target violent extremism and to do so robustly with the many tools that the state has at its disposal. This is important in protecting one of the most fundamental rights of all: to live in peace and safety.’’

Former Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Keysar Trad said the attitude of Muslims towards extremism within their own communities had hardened, with parents now willing to call the police against their own children to prevent a terror attack.

“We as Muslims are far less tolerant of extreme commentary in our community than we were before, and rightly so,’’ Mr Trad said. “We don’t want any acts of ­violence to be committed in our names. The number of parents who have come to me after their kids have been radicalised and they have lost their kids, I think the message is out there now. Many more parents are keen to deal with this issue before it gets out of hand.’’



The Australian


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What Does Ramadan Mean To You?
OnePath Network



In OnePath's Living Muslim Youth segment children were invited to share their thoughts about Ramadan, including what they enjoy specifically about the month.

With a short twist, they were then showed a video of what Ramadan is like for those around the world. Their responses would bring a tear to your eye.







MANCHESTER: Burying of terrorists

Channel 4 News



"We do not want terrorists amongst us. Not in life, not in death."

Imams and scholars say they will not perform funeral prayers for the London attackers or let them be buried among Muslims.








Tariq Ramadan on Terror attacks

BBC RAdio 4



"We have a moral duty as Muslims to say and to acknowledge the fact that they are distorted interpretations of Islam and this is against the principles of Islam and to take responsibility – this is a moral duty."
Powerful words from Tariq Ramadan, professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford, when asked what Islam has to do with the recent terror attacks in the UK.






"Muslims this...ISIS that..."
Peach House








What does Ramadan mean to you?
Crescent Wealth



Family, Food, #Fasting and a Re-connection with Allah (God), Ramadan has many meanings to us, but what does Ramadan mean to you?






Bachar Houli
SBS News



Observing Ramadan helps footballer 'excel as a person'
Ramadan is a time that brings unique challenges to Richmond FC star Bachar Houli, but observing it is helping him 'excel'.






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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 9 June 2017

TOPIC"Fasting in the Fast"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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DATE: 9 June 2017

TOPIC: "Jannat and it's Treasures"

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TOPIC: "Ramadan is a month of victory"

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DATE: 9 June 2017

TOPIC: "Spirit of Allah"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 9 June 2017

TOPIC"The night of power (laila tul qadr)"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




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Religious scholars issue unanimous fatwa declaring suicide attacks Haram



ISLAMABAD: Religious scholars from all schools of thought on Saturday issued a fatwa (religious decree) that declared suicide attacks, armed insurgency against a state and use of force in the name of imposing Shariah as ‘Haram’ or forbidden in Islam.

The fatwa carrying signatures of 31 noted scholars was released at a seminar “'Reconstruction of Pakistani society in the light of 'Mithaq-e-Madina' (Charter of Madina) and announcement of 'Paigham-e-Pakistan' (Message of Pakistan). The event was organised by the Islamic Research Institute of the International Islamic University Islamabad.

The unanimous declaration was presented by Professor Masoom Yasinzai while Mufti Rafi Usmani read out the fatwa. The religious edict condemned terrorism and extremism and declared suicide attackers and their supporters as traitors. It also declared Jihad a jurisdiction of Islamic state and disallowed use of force in name of enforcement of Islamic laws.

On the occasion, a unanimous decalartion titled 'Paigham-e-Pakistan', also signed by religious scholars from all schools of thought, was presented. Paigham-e-Pakistan called for action against the forces fanning extremism, true implementation of the law dealing with blasphemy and discouraging mob justice in this regard.

Rector IIU Professor Masoom Yasinzai, President IIU Ahmed Yousuf Darweish, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, prominent religious scholars, including Mufti Rafi Usmani, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, Maulana Hanif Jalandhari, Mufti Naeem Ahmed and others attended the seminar.

The decree fully backed the operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad.

The fatwa was signed, among others, by Mufti Muneebur Rehman, Mufti Rafi Usmani, Maulana Hanif Jalandhari, Mufti Muhammad Naeem, Maulana Abdul Razzak Sikandar, Allama Riaz Hussain Najafi, Maulana Muhammad Yasin Zafar, Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Sialvi, Maulana Zahid Mahmood QasmiMufti Mahmoodul Hassan Mahmood and Maulana Hamidul Haq Haqqani. 


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Prince Harry eats with Singapore's Muslim community as prayers offered for victims of London terror attack



US: Prince Harry has eaten with a Muslim community breaking its Ramadan fast - as words of sympathy were said for the victims of the London terrorist attack.

Before the Prince and others began a simple dish of dates and porridge as the families of the seven people killed by the attackers were remembered.

Harry, who is on a two-day trip to Singapore, was visiting a community centre run by a Muslim-faith led voluntary welfare organisation called Jamiyah Singapore, which provides a range of services from help for recovering addicts to residential homes for young people.

Minutes before the sun went down and the call to prayer was made by an Islamic scholar, Muhammad Rafiuddin Ismail, secretary-general of Jamiyah, said: "Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims of the London terror attack last night."

Harry bowed his head as he began speaking and the secretary general added: "Let peace and harmony prevail in communities all over the world."  


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Weekends for maids means forbidden sexcapades, says UAE lawmaker


There are around 750,000 domestic workers in the UAE


UAE: Female domestic workers should not be allowed to have weekends because they will have unlawful sexual relations and become pregnant, an Emirati parliamentarian has said.
Mohammad al-Ketbi made the remarks this week, arguing against new legislation in the United Arab Emirates that grants household workers greater rights.

"If I have a maid and I allowed her to go out, she will get involved in illicit relationships and tomorrow she will come back to me pregnant, and then there will be a problem," Ketbi, who represents Sharjah, told The National.

He added that he was less concerned about male workers: "I am only concerned with maids."

The UAE's federal national council on Wednesday passed a bill that gives domestic workers one day off per week, ensures that shifts do not exceed 12 hours and grants them 30 days of paid annual leave.

The new bill requires final approval from the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan to become law.

The move has been hailed as a milestone in workers rights in Gulf countries, which have long records of violating the rights of the millions of migrant workers in the region.

"Good move, at last: UAE FNC passes draft law on domestic workers to provide some basic rights," Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa director, Sarah Leah Whitson, tweeted.     





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The Mind of the Islamic State:

Milestones Along the Road to Hell

 Robert Manne




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So often in history, it is ideas that kill…

What are the ideas that drive the Islamic State? How did it develop and systematise its unique form of apocalyptic violence?

In this gripping account, Robert Manne shows how the Islamic State’s worldview evolved, from the 1960s prison writings of Sayyid Qutb all the way to its elegant online magazine of horror, Dabiq. This gripping account reveals the crucial role of texts such as The Management of Savagery, and figures such as al-Zarqawi, who set out to pit Sunni against Shi’a, tearing Iraq apart.

Shortly after the fall of Mosul in June 2014, US General Michael Nagata said of the new jihadist threat: ‘We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.’

By examining the beliefs and strategies at the heart of the Islamic State, Manne shows how a dark ideology came into being.

‘If you want to understand how it all began, this is an essential read: a deep dive into how the ideologues behind salafi jihadism shaped the global menace that we now know as Islamic State.’ —Martin Chulov, Middle East correspondent for the Guardian

‘In The Mind of the Islamic State Robert Manne has given us a crystal clear guide to jihadist thought: why they do what they do and why they believe what they believe. Essential reading for anyone interested in terrorism and how it has evolved, this concise but thorough study takes one on a rich and fascinating journey of ideas, introducing a rogue's gallery of beguilingly dark characters. The Mind of the Islamic State is intellectual history at its most vital. The stakes could not be higher.’ —Mark Danner, author of Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War and Stripping Bare the Body

Robert Manne is emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. His recent books include Making Trouble: Essays Against the New Complacency, and The Words that Made Australia (as co-editor). He has written three Quarterly Essays and is a regular contributor to the Monthly and the Guardian.




Book market in Iraq.

During the night the books are left unprotected.

The saying goes, "the reader doesn't steal and the thief doesn't read."  



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CCN's Bookshelf

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

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KB says: Another Ifthaar favourite of mine. 

Steak Scone Pies


Step 1
Sift 2 cups flour, 3 tsp baking Powder, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper. Rub in 125gram butter to resemble bread crumbs.

Step 2
Beat 2 eggs and 1 cup buttermilk, (leaving 2 Tab aside to glaze) and mix with the above dry ingredients to form a batter.

Step 3
Steak Filling
Make a spicy steak filling (see below for a recipe)

Step 4
Using a ring dougunut pan or a muffin pan fill 1/3 of the container with the batter, you may need to wet your hands to spread the scone like batter.

Step 5
Layer with steak filling, salsa (see below) and cover with batter again.

Step 6
Glaze with egg/buttermilk mixture and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.

Step 7
And bake at 180degrees until light brown.

Steak Filling
½ kg rump steak cubed
1 tsp crushed green chillies
1 tsp crushed red chillies
Juice of ½ a lemon
¼ tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger garlic
1 onion diced
2 tomatoes diced
2 tab ghee

Heat the ghee, add all the spices, cook for a minute add the steak and lemon juice and cook until steak is tender and all the water has evaporated. Add the onion and tomato and cook until the mixture is dry, taste for salt. Shred the steak using your fingers.

¾ cup diced onion
2 Tab. diced red pepper
¼ cup spring onion
1/4 cup mayo
Salt and pepper

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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: How to Overcome Jealousy

One of the most common, complex emotions felt by humans is known as Jealousy. It originates from the root Greek word, Zeal, meaning extreme passion or enthusiasm.

Jealousy manifests in the body when a person has thoughts of envy towards someone’s achievements, relationships or material possessions. Jealousy usually creeps into the person in the form of fear, anger or humiliation.

From the Islamic perspective, the story of brothers Qabil and Habil, sons of Adam (AS), fabulously portrays the manifestation and consequences of jealousy in humans.

Why do we feel Jealousy?

The underlying cause of jealousy is lack of self-worth. Self-worth is how you feel about yourself. If you lack love, respect and trust in your own self and your abilities, your self-worth diminishes. It makes sense then to be negatively affected by someone else’s joys and accomplishments. Your negative thought patterns (whispering from Shaytaan), will find ways to justify those feelings of jealousy in ways whereby you hold other people responsible for your own lack of self-worth.

For example, if the husband feels jealous about his wife’s close bond with her brother, it is time he reflected on his self-worth, especially with regards to feelings of rejection he may be harbouring from the past. Another example is when a woman is jealous of the accomplishments of another woman. This indicates deep rooted insecurities and requires the woman who is feeling jealous to process the memories and feelings that evoke her insecurities.

Jealousy is nothing but a yearning for approval because somewhere deep in your subconscious mind there is a belief, toxic and unchallenged, that you are beneath others. This negative perception of self convinces you that you are worth less than another and therefore you feel hurt, humiliated, fearful and sometimes angry with this feeling of “inequality in worthiness”.


Jealousy = False Perception that someone is better than you

The Truth = You are neither beneath nor above anyone else.

How to Overcome Jealousy

My motto in life is “awareness is the first step towards transformation”. Like anything in life, if you wish to transform something, you first need to become aware and identify what it is that requires transformation.

1. Become aware of how your body behaves when you feel jealousy.
2. Acknowledge that you are feeling this negative emotion called jealousy.
3. Express this feeling to someone you trust by saying these words : “I am experiencing feelings of jealousy towards....and I need to understand why.” The moment you express it verbally, you are no longer letting the emotion control you. You empower yourself to respond appropriately to this emotion rather than react mindlessly and be controlled by it.


In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Practise Understanding and Give Up the Need to Be Right All The Time

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A large percentage of women avoid weight training and therefore miss all
the great benefits it has to offer.

The biggest misconception may be that weight training causes women to bulk up like men.


This is not the case due to the fact that women produce only around a tenth of the testosterone as men.

Weight training not only strengthens and tones the muscles, it aids in building bone strength and better posture as well.

It’s a great tool for burning fat and losing weight. Couple it with your other workout routines for faster results.

It’s one of the best things you can do for your body and mind, so if you want to shed the kilos - lose the fear and dive straight in…





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Success With Lemons



Wouldn’t it be great to have a constant stash of fresh home grown lemons? It’s not as difficult as you think. Follow these simple rules and you have it made.
Whether in the ground or in a large pot, there are only 2 issues: pest control and nutrition.

Nutrition The lemon tree is a ravenous feeder Ever hungry, it needs large amounts of added nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, trace elements and water. Depending on soil conditions, most established trees will respond to a feed every 8 weeks. Fertilisers come ready mixed so simply follow the instructions on the packet. An established tree in the ground should be deeply watered at least twice a week and a pot bound tree thrice.

Pests The leaves and stems are under constant attack from sucking pests like scale, aphids and citrus miner. This leads to curled and deformed leaves or sooty mould that develops in the sap. This brings ants. The gall wasp is another constant threat because its young burrow into the stem causing damage. Thankfully, you need only PEST OIL to control all of these threats. Spray it on monthly and see the difference. You can easily make your own (see my website for the recipe) or choose WHITE OIL. These oils leave a thin film of oil on the leaves and stems which stops pest action. Spray the underside of leaves as well.

Follow these programs regularly and you will have juicy lemons all year round.




Deformed and diseased leaves damaged by the citrus miner pest. Use white oil or pest oil to stop further attacks.


Another type of deformed leaf caused by sucking pests. Use white oil or pest oil to prevent this!

Hot tip: Pick the lemons when they start yellowing very slightly. This will encourage new flowers and allow a more continuous harvest. Make lemon atchaar with the excess!



The baby gall wasps emerging   from the stem after feasting on the stem tissue. Cut just below the swelling and remove infected stem. Use white oil or pest oil to prevent future infections.


Aphids, mealy bugs and other suckers. Use white oil or pest oil to eliminate.






Hot tip: Put a thick layer of mulch around trees that are in the ground or coir around a potted tree. Citrus has shallow roots and love the coolness of mulch.



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Mula Nasruddin is a tourist in Vienna is going through a graveyard and all of a sudden he hears music. No one is around, so he starts searching for the source.

He finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a headstone that reads: "Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770- 1827".

Then he realizes that the music is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and it is being played backward!

Puzzled, he leaves the graveyard and persuades his friend Jallalludin to return with him.

By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has changed.

This time it is the Seventh Symphony, but like the previous piece, it is being played backwards. Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar.

When they return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again backwards.

The expert notices that the symphonies are being played in the reverse order in which they were composed, the 9th, then the 7th, then the 5th.

By the next day the word has spread, and a crowd has gathered around the grave. They are all listening to the Second Symphony being played backward. Just then the graveyard's caretaker ambles up to the group.

Someone in the group asks him if he has an explanation for the music.

"I would have thought it was obvious," the caretaker says.

"He's decomposing."





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