EST. 2004


Sunday 18 June 2017 | Issue 0658


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Statement for Moonsighting for EID-ul-FITR

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Lockyer Muslims host 2nd Gatton Ifthaar

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

ANIC President VS Newscorp Defamation Case

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Kuraby Mosque Ifthaar for locals

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Dr Mahomed Said Patel is recognised with the OAM

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Mayoral ifthar Dinner

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Iftar in the Queensland Parliament

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

Holland Park Mosque ifthar for non-Muslims

Get your fingers green with our gardening guru


Inspiring change in Human Rights

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

Grand Mufti calls for religions to unite against terror

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



The CCN Chuckle

Queensland’s top Multicultural achievers announced

See the CCN Date Claimer for details

Ex-USQ student returns to lead prayers
Logan Mosque Ifthar
HAI Emergency drought relief in Somalia
QUT professor slammed for tweet against Islam
AIIC development plans
Catch MAA @ Underwood Marketplace
Ramadan 2017 Timetables & Programmes
Community Ifthar Dinners
Eid-ul-Fitr 2017 Programmes
Islamist violence is "in part a product of Western disdain"
Hamish McLachlan interviews Amna Karra-Hassan
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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Statement for Moonsighting for EID-ul-FITR & SADAQA-TUL-FITR/FITRANA


CIQ Press Release


With the end to the month of Ramadaan approaching fast, the Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) takes this opportunity to provide the community with pertinent information about Eidul-Fitr Al-Mubarak.

Moon Sighting
According to the moonsighting in Australia the Holy month of Ramadaan began on Sunday 28th May 2017, corresponding to Sunday, 1st Ramadaan 1438 Hijriyyah.

The observing of the hilaal will be on Sunday, 25th June 2017 and this day is the 29th of Ramadaan 1438 Hijriyyah according to the moonsighting in Australia.

If the moon is sighted on Sunday, 25th June 2017 then Eidul-Fitr will be on Monday 26 th June 2017. If the moon is not sighted on Sunday, 25th June 2017 then Eidul-Fitr will be on Tuesday, 27th June 2017.


For online updates in this regard you can refer to this website.

CIQ acknowledges that there is a difference of opinion as to the need to physically sight the moon with the naked eye in Australia and respects the decision of other scholars or Islamic Centres that choose not to follow CIQ on this matter.

The cut off time for sighting the moon in QLD, is 8:00 PM Sunday 25th June 2017, Brisbane time.


Sadagatul Fitr
It is incumbent upon all family members to pay their Sadaqatul Fitr before Eid salaah. The purpose of Sadaqatul-Fitr is to cleanse the fast of Ramadaan from vain and obscene talk and thank Allah for helping in fulfilling our devotion in the Holy month of Ramadaan.

The Council of Imams QLD has agreed that the Sadaqatul-Fitr is $10. The minimum amount of $5 (based the cost of flour 1.7-2kgs) may be paid for any families that cannot meet the higher amount, to avail them with the opportunity to fulfil this great duty. Sadaqatul-Fitr is for all family members including babies born before the Salaatu-Eid.

IMAM Yusuf Goolam Hoosen Peer
Chairman: Council of Imams Queensland



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Lockyer Muslims host 2nd Gatton Ifthaar

 Women's Interfaith forum




"Building bridges for a stronger Lockyer community"

Mr Farouk Adam, Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan, Mayor Tanya Milligan, Cr Michael Hagan and Cr Chris Wilson

A diverse range of over 100 people came together for the second annual Lockyer Valley Islamic Association (LVIA) ifhaar in the Gatton Shire Hall on Friday 16 June. The guest list was made up of friends, neighbours, members of other faiths and no faith, local business, local NGO, the QPS and members of the LVRC council,


The keynote speakers were Mr David Forde from Multicultural Affairs Queensland who spoke of his experiences living amongst Muslims and his interactions at a community level through organisations like the Kuraby Lions, and Dr Nora Amath, whose address centred around the theme of compassion.


Last year's successful Q&A was repeated with Holland Park Mosque Imam, Uzair Akbar, and ICQ spokesperson, Mr. Ali Kadri once again fielding the lively session.


Cr Tanya Milligan, Mayor of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, and Cr Michael Hagan also took to the stage to acknowledge the event.


Resident Gatton doctor and coordinator of the event, Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan, welcomed the guests who were treated to a South African/Indian-styled spread prepared by Bosthan Catering.


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ANIC Press Release


Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman

Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, the President of the Australian National
Imams Council (ANIC), has commenced legal action against Nationwide
News Pty Limited in the Federal Court of Australia for defamation.

In June 2016, Nationwide News published articles carrying several
highly defamatory and completely false imputations alleging, among
other matters, that the Sheikh preached hate towards others.

The Prophet said ‘the best of people are those who are good to people’.

The Sheikh is disappointed by Nationwide News’ repeated attempts to
maliciously defame him.

In the circumstances, the Sheikh has been left with no option but to
commence civil proceedings against Nationwide News for damages
arising from the publication of the articles.


It is hoped that with such action, the culture of blameless, inaccurate and damaging reporting within Nationwide News and News Corp will begin to change.


The Statement of Claim can be read here.



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Kuraby Mosque opened it's doors to some 70 non--Muslims who joined in the breaking fast last night (Saturday).  Guests got to ask questions, witness the evening prayer in session and take a tour of the Mosque.


Faris Fazalbhoy and Imam Ahmad spoke on the meaning of Ramadan and David Forde offered a vote of thanks to the Kuraby Mosque on behalf of the non-Muslims for the kind invitation and the positive move to reach out to the local community.


Newly appointed Chief Superintendent Brian Wilkens and Sgt. Jim Bellos were also in attendance, as was representatives of the Uniting Church.





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Canberra’s Dr Mahomed Said Patel is recognised with the OAM in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours



The son of the late Haji Ebrahim Patel of Brisbane, Associate Professor Mahomed Said Patel, from the Master of Applied Epidemiology (MAE) Program at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) medal in the Queens Birthday Honours this week in recognition of his service to medicine, particularly to field epidemiology.

South African-born Dr Patel has trained frontline experts to deal with breaking public health crises through the MAE program since it was set up in 1991 and helped establish similar training programs with WHO in India, Malaysia, China and Vietnam. He is currently working to establish a similar program in the Pacific Islands.

Dr Patel paid tribute to his colleagues and students who have passed through the MAE program.

"It's certainly nice to be acknowledged by my peers," he said.


Assoc Prof Patel's brief CV reads:
Associate Professor, Master of Applied Epidemiology Program (MAE), The Australian Field Epidemiology Training Program, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University, since 1993. Director, Communicable Disease Control, Northern Territory Department of Health, 1989-1993. Inaugural Chair, Global Network of Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions (TEPHINET), 1997- 2000.

Consultant to a range of organisations including:
World Health Organisation.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Asian Development Bank.
Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations - ASEAN.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
and to Ministers of Health in China, India, Vietnam and Malaysia


Read article on Dr Patel by Indian Link




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Mayoral ifthar Dinner

 Women's Interfaith forum



The first iftar-dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Cr Graham Quirk and the Brisbane City Council was held at the SunPac Function Centre in Macgregor on Thursday 15 June.


The initiative came about as a suggestion from Eidfest Community Services and was co-ordinated by Cr. Kim Marx.


The keynote speaker was Ms Madina Inayat who was born in Afghanistan and came as a refugee to Australia in 2011, Ms Inayat speaks seven languages, and was awarded the Zonta International Young Woman in Public Affairs in 2014. She put herself through University, volunteers in numerous organisations, runs a driving school as a business and teaches martial arts in New Farm.

Back in 2014 in CCN502, CCN published a story about one of the awards Ms Inayat had won then.


The guests were treated to a South African/Indian-styled spread prepared by Bosthan Catering.



Ms Madina Inayat with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and his wife Anne



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It is with deep and profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Emad Elshemy, who was a significant contributor to the Muslim community of Brisbane, successful business-owner, and a loving and kind family-oriented man.


After a long and valiant battle with illness over the past decade, Emad succumbed during the blessed month of Ramadan.

Emad arrived to Australia with his wife, Galila Abdelsalam, and son in 1983, where they settled in Sydney for several years, and two more children, before moving to Brisbane in 1988.


He opened Elshemy Halal Meats in Woodridge many years later, boosting his profile within the Muslim community as the demand for Halal meat increased.


Emad was well-known to the community as a respectable, generous and loveable character with strong ties to Islamic traditions; so much so that he was the founder and president of the Islamic Society of Logan from 1990-2000, and was a member of the Islamic Council of Queensland from 1990-2000.

The Janaza of Emad was performed on June 7 at the Kuraby mosque, where a large crowd of people came to perform the salah and pay their respects.

He was laid to rest at the Mt Gravatt cemetery, next to his eldest son, Mohammad Hosam Elshemy.

He is survived by his wife, son and daughter, and 5 grandchildren.


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Cr Kim Marx and Ms Gail Ker

The Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS) held their 10th annual  iftar and QIS Awards at the Queensland Parliament on Wednesday 14 June, co-hosted by The Hon Grace Grace MP and Mr Steve Minnikin, MP.

The QIS’s Peace & Dialogue event was attended by some 200 guests of diverse backgrounds.

The evening began with a call to prayer (adhan) and a breaking of the fast by Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh who also, later in the evening, recited a Sura (chapter) from the Quran.

Ms Gail Ker of ACCESS Community Services was the Master of Ceremonies.

There were welcome speeches from the hosts, ALP Minister Grace Grace MP, LNP Shadow Minister Steve Minnikin MP and Abdul Celil Gelim of the QIS. During her address, the Hon Grace Grace MP, Minister for Multiculturalism praised QIS for their initiative in bringing the community together with their intercultural programs. The Hon Steve Minnikin MP, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Multicultural Affairs said that such events celebrated Australian multiculturalism.


The keynote speech was delivered by Bishop George Browning who spoke about the positive impact that mixing with Muslims and people of other faiths had had on shaping his life, and expressed the need for the Arabic words like Sharia and Jihad to be reclaimed from the misuse and misinterpretation that they had been subjected to in recent times.

The entertainment for the evening was provided by a quartet of Whirling Dervishes from Melbourne, and songs performed by the children of Wisdom College.


The annual QIS Community Leadership Award award was presented to Ms Kerrie Benson (MDA CEO) and the QIS Public Service Award went to Mr Duncan Pegg MP.

After guests had the opportunity to offer their thoughts and reflections, the program drew to a close with the vote of thanks presented by the Hon John Mickel, retired speaker of the Queensland Parliament, and the co-host of several such ifthars in past years.




The Australian published a story suggesting that there was "alcohol" in one of the meals served during the iftaar dinner at Queensland Parliament House.


This iftaar is organised by Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS), a Turkish community group. While members of Islamic Council of Queensland attend the function we are not the organisers of the event.


After speaking to the president of QIS I can confirm that the story in the Australian was "fake news". According to Br. Abdul Celil Gelim, president of QIS the journalist entered the event without invitation and published the story without cross checking it with either the chef, minister or QIS.


It seems that those on the extreme right do not want Australian government to normalise Islamic traditions and will go to any length in demonising such efforts. I believe this is part of a sinister agenda to ensure that Australian governments do not recognise non Christian religious festivals. They are being helped by naive muslim " Facebook activists" who in a bizarre display of ignorance are aiding the mouthpieces of the extreme right in achieving this goal by spreading this "fake news".


QIS will issue a statement clarifying this on Monday and will be taking the issue up with Australian Press Council.


Ali Kadri

ICQ spokesperson

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Continuing the tradition started a few years ago, Holland Park Mosque invited non Muslim members of the community to break a fast at the Mosque.


Some 70 men, women and children of diverse faiths and backgrounds attended the ifthar programme last Sunday evening.


A question and answer session was conducted by Imam Uzair (Imam of Holland Park Mosque) and Ali Kadri ( spokesperson for the Islamic council of Queensland).


Imam Uzair slammed acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam, describing the perpetrators as sick people in need of help.

He said some people had hijacked Islam and given it a sinister interpretation.

He used the iftahr to call for a unified approach to dealing with extremists, saying that shunning people doesn't work.

The Imam has also issued an open invitation to critics of his faith, like politician Pauline Hanson, to attend the mosque and learn about Islam.

Aussie cricketer, Usman Khawaja, was also in attendance.

There was also an opportunity to witness prayers and to take a tour of the mosque.



The ABC AM radio program covered the event, and can be heard here:





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Panellists shared their stories at Triggs farewell.

Thousands of people gathered at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 14 June to hear Professor Gillian Triggs give her final speech before stepping down as the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The event also consisted of panel discussion between four Australians of the Year who shared their inspiring stories and passions around human rights issues.

Panelists included Deng Adut, 2017 NSW Australian of the Year; Jason Ball, 2017 VIC Young Australian of the Year; Yasmin Khan, 2017 QLD Local Hero and Andrea Mason, 2017 NT Australian of the Year.

The panel discussed how to bring Australians together around a range of hotly debated social issues.

Thousands of Sydney Siders packed out the beautiful and historic Town Hall.




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Global extremist attacks set the tone for the largest Iftar dinner ever to be organised by the Grand Mufti in Australia, as the leader called for unity against terror.


The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, has called for religions to unite against terror as he hosted the largest ever Australian Iftar dinner.

"This is obviously the view of everybody, whether they are the original custodians of the land, whether they are refugees or whether they have come here from anywhere around the world," he said.

Held during Ramadan, this year the traditional Islamic event was extended to leaders from various Christian denominations, as well as navy and police officers.

Dr Abu Mohamed presided over the crowd of more than 80, addressing members of the community on matters including racism, extremism and religious vilification.

Despite a pointed, rare reference to extremism at the dinner, the mood at the Sydney event was inclusive and jovial, with a call to prayer shared by religious groups present.

"We are here to stand together against terrorism, and to promote multiculturalism among all people," Dr Abu Mohamed said.

As leaders and community members broke the fast together, they enjoyed dishes they had prepared themselves - including a soup the Grand Mufti made himself.

The feast was as diverse as the crowd assembled - Greek and Lebanese dishes were combined with Iraqi fare, and even spring rolls and pasta.

New South Wales Multicultural Affairs Minister Ray Williams told SBS News interfaith dinners had been a remarkable success since 2007.

"Most importantly, they show respect for our shared values and our shared values as a socially cohesive and harmonious society," he said.

During the dinner a young girl gave a moving testimony to the room about her experiences of racism as a Sydney schoolgirl and Dr Abu Mohamed later conducted a question and answer session with attendees.

Mr Williams said events like the Iftar dinner were a reflection of the value the country places on multiculturalism.

"No other country does things like this quite like Australia, and I think there is a message in that for the rest of the world," he said.




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Twenty-four of Queensland’s top multicultural achievers have been named as finalists in this year’s Queensland Multicultural Awards.



Mr Mohammed Javir of Logan is a finalist in the Individual - under 25 years category.


Born Rohingyan Muslim, Mohammed fled Burma with his family when he was 14. He was separated from his family and on the run for a year before attempting passage to Australia by boat. After being processed as a refugee and settling in Australia, Mohammed learnt that his family had attempted the same journey and, sadly, perished at sea.

Mohammed struggled during his first few months living in Australia. He settled in Logan (with the support of Access Community Services) and worked five jobs to support himself, while attending school full-time. Here, Mohammed connected with the Logan youth community and completed a soccer coach development program.

Mohammed is a motivational speaker at schools and is a soccer coach at Multicultural Youth Queensland’s Multicultural Sports Club. Mohammed shares his story of struggle and determination, reflecting on his successful settlement in Australia and desire to give back to the community who helped him through a dark time in his life. In doing this, he is constantly inspiring others and creating a welcoming, educational space for young multicultural students in Logan.

During his final year of school in 2016, Mohammed received the Queensland Secondary Schools Citizenship Award—one of only 12 awarded to students throughout the state annually by The Order of Australia Association. Presented by the Governor of Queensland, the award reflects Mohammed’s strength of character and resilience towards whatever life throws his way.




Ms Zimra Hussain of Toowoomba is another finalist in the Individual - under 25 years category.


At eight years of age, Zimra left Afghanistan with her mother and older sister and arrived in Australia in 2014 on a Woman at Risk visa. The family are of Hazara ethnicity, which are a persecuted minority group in Afghanistan.

Zimra attended a local primary school and quickly started to learn English and about Australian culture. There, she was introduced to the sport of AFL.

At 11 years of age, Zimra desired to join an AFL team and club so she could play outside the traditional sporting activities for young girls. This is something Zimra would have never had the opportunity to participate in had she remained in Afghanistan.

As a young girl of Islamic faith playing in a predominantly male orientated sport, Zimra’s zeal creates a platform for other women from all ethnicities to access the sport. By stepping outside traditional roles and embracing AFL, she has become a role model for cultural harmony and integration.

Zimra’s enthusiasm towards her team mates and club offers an opportunity for others to come together, interact on an equal level, and promote inclusion. Her commitment provides many positive outcomes for a wider migrant community and assists in breaking down cultural myths and stereotypes, which in turn reduces racism.


For the complete list of nominations click here.



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Hafiz Abdulatif Alammar visited Toowoomba Masjid from Saudi Arabia and has been leading the Tarawi Prayers there.


He also delivered the Jumma Khutbah on last Friday. In his sermon he emphasised the importance of sadaqa with numerous references to the Qur’an and Hadith.


"His recitation of the Qur'an is unique, heart-touching and highly attractive to the Musallis."


As an engineering student at the University of Southern Queensland, he played a key part in the fundraising team of the Garden City Mosque in 2013.


To acknowledge his contribution to the Toowomba community and appreciation of his volunteering service the Mosque committee presented him with a plaque.



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It is not often that we get an opportunity to witness firsthand what in reality we do not fully appreciate.

The call for our trip could not have come at a better time - only a few days before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A Human Appeal team from around Australia travelled to Somalia, a land of extremes with a blue tropical ocean and delicious bananas contrasted by the sickening reality of people dying from thirst and starvation.

Our team including Issam Chaouk, Director of Projects; Rabih Baytie, State Manager Victoria; and Imam Akram Buksh, State Manager Queensland reached Mogadishu on Thursday morning 18 May The images of destruction we saw during the flight to the capital city beggared belief - crashed aeroplanes and tents made of tree branches littered the surrounds of the international airport. This was a clear indication that much worse was yet to be seen.



Clean Water Distribution
Issam Chaouk, Human Appeal Director of Projects; Imam Akram Buksh, State Manager Queensland; Rabih Baytie, State Manager Victoria and Ali Kadir, Human Appeal Branch Manager South Australia

Mobile Medical Clinic




Food Distribution

Mobile Medical Clinic, Issam Chaouk, Human Appeal Director of Projects


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Brian McNair

A Brisbane university professor has been slammed online after calling Islam “a cancer” in the wake of the latest London terrorist attack.

Brian McNair, 57, took to Twitter on Sunday after seven people were killed and 48 were injured by three attackers on London Bridge.

“Enough! Islam is a cancer on the planet. It must be destroyed, or reformed. Soon. Zero tolerance!” the journalism professor wrote.

Dr McNair has been widely criticised on Twitter for the comment.

“Brian McNair went from ‘respected commentator’ to ‘your sleazy racist uncle’ pretty quickly,” author and historian Jon Piccini wrote.

Ketan Joshi said the professor was adding fuel to the fire.

“Dude. You’re a professor of communication. How do you not understand you’re just pouring high-energy fuel into a racist furnace?” Mr Joshi said.

“Can you clarify what you mean by ‘zero tolerance’? Internment for anyone adhering to a specific religion? How shall we round them up, Brian?”

Others praised Dr McNair for his “brave statement” and for “speaking out”.

Queensland University of Technology was forced to distance itself from Dr McNair, who works as a lecturer at the university.

“QUT does not endorse or condone these personal comments. These views do not reflect those of the university,” the moderator said in response to each tweet critical of the professor.

Some on Twitter have called on the university to fire Dr McNair.

A QUT spokesperson declined to comment further when approached by The New Daily.

Dr McNair has also rejected the defence that Islam is a religion of peace.

“It is a religion of hate, misogyny, homophobia & antisemitism. How to defeat it?” he wrote on Twitter.

“Muslims are not the problem. Migrants are not the problem. The problem is Islam, & what it inspires people to do.”

In the days before the terrorist attack he referred to the religion as “toxic”.

Dr McNair shared video footage of Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus performing the Crowded House hit Don’t Dream It’s Over at the Manchester tribute concert.

“Strong, sexy women slap Islam in the face,” he said alongside the video.

Dr McNair has been a professor of journalism, media and communication at QUT since 2010, according to his LinkedIn account.

He is a regular contributor to The Conversation website, writing on journalism, political communication, popular culture and mediated sexuality.

He is also a contributor at ABC News 24, Sky News and BBC World, according to his bio on The Conversation.

The New Daily



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The Australian International Islamic College at Durack has submitted a development application that would expand their K-12 school into a community hub.

The development - which features a two-storey shopping complex, a medical centre, a three-storey aged care facility, a child care centre and four five-storey high apartment buildings, providing a total of 120 units - would branch off a central walkway called the "Mecca pedestrian spine".

Central to the development will be a mosque and the expansion of the Australian International Islamic College, allowing it to expand student capacity from 600 to 2000 students.

9 News




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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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Interview with Karen Armstrong


Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong, British scholar of comparative religion, finds that there is a long and inglorious tradition of distorting Islam in Europe. She criticises the notion that Islam is essentially more violent than Christianity and speaks about the genesis of Western disdain for the Arab world. Interview by Claudia Mende

Ms Armstrong, in an article for "The Guardian" you wrote that the barbaric violence of IS may be "at least in part, the offspring of policies guided by our disdain". Would you write that again now, after the Paris attacks?

Karen Armstrong: Yes, most certainly. If the attack on "Charlie Hebdo" was indeed inspired or backed by al-Qaida, it was politically as well as religiously motivated. In Paris, it attacked the sacred symbol of mo­dern secular Western civilisation: freedom of expres­sion. Freedom of expression was an Enlightenment ideal; it was essential to capitalist society that people were free to innovate without being suppressed by the restrictions of Church, class or guild. In Paris, the terrorists were saying in effect: "You attack our sacred symbol (the Prophet Muhammad); then we will attack yours! Now you see what it feels like."

But what does this have to do with Western disdain?

Armstrong: The Prophet has been caricatured in the West as a violent, epileptic, lecherous charlatan since the time of the Crusades in the Middle Ages; this distorted image of Islam developed at the same time as our European anti-Semitism which caricatured Jews as the evil, violent, perverse and powerful enemies of Europe.

So yes, the attack on the magazine was in part a product of Western disdain. The attack on the Jewish supermarket, which seems to have been backed by ISIS, was directed against Western support for Israel. Here too, there is an element of disdain: there has been little sustained outcry against the massive casualties in Gaza last summer, for example, which seems to some Muslims to imply that the lives of Palestinian women, children and the elderly are not as valuable as our own.




Interview conducted by Claudia Mende
Karen Armstrong is a British scholar of comparative religion. She is the author of several bestsellers on the history of religion. Her newest publication deals with violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. "Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence" (2014).

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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’ve now played finals?

AKH: We played our first quarterfinal with our current coach in 2014, we got to prelim final in 2015, and then we got promoted to premier division and lost every game but one! This year looks very different for us; we initiated a joint venture with another Western Sydney side that is in division one, and we are now known as the Auburn-Penrith Giants. A footy final is awesome, but the first time an Auburn Giant is selected for the AFLW will be magnanimous.

HM: Your father has been quietly watching in the distance for a long time. You started the club in 2011; when did he watch his first game?

AKH: Two weeks ago.

HM: Why did it take him so long?

AKH: I think there were a few reasons. Apart from the fact that it took him a few years to come on board and buy in. I think the loss of my brother probably created that reality check around the fact that life is short. I think he thought to himself, I want to celebrate all of the moments I can as a father with my children. I’m OK with the fact that it’s taken him this long. He’s been on quite a long journey, and before he came to his first football game, he came to his first ever presentation dinner at the end of the season last year. That was huge. My dad came to the first thing ever in club land, and in it my sister was made a life member. She’d been playing football since year one, and it was the first year we’d introduced the life member award at the club. To see a massive banner of his daughter with the word “courage” on it, his eyes got watery, and I knew he was really proud. It took him seven years to get there.

HM: Bringing cultures, and families together!

AKH: I hadn’t thought about that, but yes, bringing families closer together.

HM: Your father was also interviewed for a TV program in Qatar, and he was asked a couple of questions that touched you. The first was, “What do you think about women playing sport?” His answer?

AKH: Let them. Don’t make it hard, if it makes them happy, let them play.

HM: Could you have imagined that answer seven years prior?

AKH: Oh, absolutely not! I think my dad seven years prior would have said what is the point of girls playing footy, you’re just going to get married and have children! Get them out of the way!

HM: The second question was, “What has your daughter done for women in sport?” What was his reaction to that?

AKH: He got really teary, and he couldn’t speak. I had to hold him, and let him be emotional. I don’t even think he was able to string a coherent sentence together. There’s been a lot of those moments over the last couple of months, even before my brother passed, and he’s just shifted as a human being. He’s grown. The journey has taken him years, but I think that’s the value of being in relationships with people. We treat children like they grow, but we don’t treat adults the same way, and I don’t know why we think adults stop growing. We all have a life to live and experiences that will change us, and we can always evolve as human beings. I’m really proud that my dad is one of those people that has evolved as a human being.

HM: You’ve spoken about your beloved brother who died in a motorbike accident early this year. After such a loss, people of faith tend to go one of two ways. They either question their faith, in that how could God do this to them, or God gives them greater strength in that there is meaning in the loss, and there is no blame.

AKH: For me it was definitely the latter. When he died I didn’t think, why, god? It doesn’t matter if you’re an atheist or a Muslim — when someone dies, there’s no control in that emotion. That’s so far beyond what a human can do. Whether you believe in god or not, I think it’s irrelevant, to be honest, because ultimately if we strip away religion, as a human being, when we pull out all the emotion, it’s about how we adjust to living without that person. That might sound very bizarre to a lot of people, because I think what we are used to doing is having a conversation about either why god, or whether there is a divine wisdom in it, and for me I think you have to allow yourself the space to grieve on those days. If you need to have spiritual connectedness on some days, or no spiritual connectedness on some days — essentially it’s about adapting, and what our resilience muscle looks like. It’s either strong or it’s not.

HM: It’s amazing what you’ve done. Fathi first. Tell me about how you are continuing his legacy.

AKH: We decided to build a self-sustainable village on a remote island off Vanuatu called Tanna. We all value education in our family, and we all value learning. The first phase of the project is to build a school with a farm, then a medical centre, dispensary and ambulance. Every child has the right to basic health care and an education. For us, it might be a million-dollar project and it will take time, but I think it will be therapeutic and be a part of the healing process.

HM: You’re an extraordinary woman. You’ve achieved so much, and given so many people in the community hope, belief and inspiration. What’s next for you?

AKH: I never anticipated that I’d achieve so much and be able to inspire others. The future is hard to predict but I know that I look for opportunities and explore new things. I’m sure whatever I do, community building, advocacy and activism will be part of my experience.

HM: You’ve shown so many the advantages of sport, but what has it taught you most?

AKH: Oh, I’ve learnt so much. The skills that you learn in football are transferable into the workplace, just like the things you learn in other settings are transferable into football. I’ve learnt about resilience; we were losing for three years by significant amounts, and at any point we could have hung up the boots and given up. But we didn’t. So I think teamwork, resilience, and being comfortable with failure. 




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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.

Ummul Mu’minin Khadijah Award For Excellence in ENTERPRISE:

For achievement in business and commerce.

Winner: Zohra Khaku


Zohra Khaku is founder of Halal Gems, a website dedicated to showcasing the very best halal restaurants. Zohra’s mission is to change the way people eat. Accompanied by a restaurant finder app and a digital magazine, Halal Gems serves the needs for insatiable millennial Muslims on the hunt for good halal cuisine. As a leading halal dining digital platform, Halal Gems has reached number one in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. She produced and presented the first halal food restaurant TV show, The Curious Foodie, on Sky’s British Muslim TV. Zohra has showcased her work most recently at the renowned Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES) and in 2016, The Sunday Times featured Zohra as an example of a successful young entrepreneur. 


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




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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Zed Seselja: ‘Pretending that Islamist terrorists are simply mentally ill and not driven by an extreme ideology is not only dangerous, it is insulting to all Australians’.

Zed Seselja tells Muslims to call out terrorism

Multicultural Affairs Minister Zed Seselja has called on the Muslim community to do more to call out Islamic extremism, saying it was an insult to suggest terrorism was not religiously motivated.

After revelations that Melbourne’s Brighton terrorist Yacub Khayre had been on parole, Senator Seselja also accused the justice system of being too soft on terrorists, putting their rights above the safety of the community.

In the strongest comments yet from a government minister, Senator Seselja suggested colleagues should stop dancing around the issue and “call it for what it is”.

“Australians also, I believe, reject attempts by public figures to pretend that Islamist terrorism has nothing to do with religion (a perversion of religion though it is),” Senator Seselja said in a speech to Western Sydney University last night.

“Pretending that Islamist terrorists are simply mentally ill and not driven by an extreme ideology is not only dangerous, it is insulting to all Australians, whatever their religious or cultural background.

“We are surely mature enough as a nation to have an open discussion about the inspiration for Islamist terrorism in Salafist jihadist teaching, while acknowledging that most Muslims in Australia are good citizens who reject this ­extremism.

“But in having a reasonable and honest conversation about the ­inspiration for Islamist terrorism, we must also recognise that we as a nation have often tolerated ­extremism and violence.”



The Australian



Role of Education ......




What Islam says about DV
By Nada Ibrahim


Domestic violence is not specific to a particular religious group; Australian statistics indicate that one in six women experience physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner in their lifetime.

Despite this, several recent media reports have sensationalised domestic violence within the Muslim community, and often falsely linked it to Verse 4:34 in the Qur’an.

This misunderstanding has not only been perpetuated within the Australian community, it is also widely misunderstood in the Muslim community.

Several Muslim individuals and organisations have recently commented about Verse 4:34 without a proper substantiated understanding of its context. This has only added to misunderstandings of what the Islamic view on domestic violence is.



The Conversation


Muslim families hand out roses following the latest terrorist attack in London this week.

Are Muslims speaking out against terrorism? You bet they are

This week I got an early morning taxi to the airport for a flight to Melbourne.

As you do, my taxi driver and I fell into an easy conversation — cricket, food, our kids.

He was originally from Pakistan and I told him of the many years I spent reporting out of there and my deep affection for the country and its people.

I always found Pakistan alluring, at times terrifying yet strangely comforting. It must have been something about the smell of the place — my bureau in Islamabad was surrounded by gum trees that reminded me of home.

As a reporter it was an extraordinary place, described as the most dangerous country on earth.

It is nuclear armed, locked in an existential unending stand-off with rival India. It has been a breeding ground for terrorists.

The madrassas — Islamic schools — gave rise to the Taliban (Talib literally means scholar). The north-west frontier is home to militant gangs. Kashmir has its own armed extremist organisations.

The 9/11 attacks were masterminded from Pakistan. Osama Bin Laden was tracked down and killed living in a Pakistani military town right under the noses of officials.

Not for nothing has Pakistan been dubbed the serpent's tail.

With the reminder this week, in London and in Melbourne, of how terrorism can touch our lives, I asked the taxi driver how he was feeling.

He is a Muslim, he is aware of the criticism his religion receives, of how the words of the Koran can be read to inspire acts of terror.

Sadly, he said, Muslims share some of the blame.

It is not unusual for Muslims to speak this way. Our neighbouring family is Muslim. After the weekend attack in London the mother came to our door with cakes to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan — a time of fasting and prayer — and apologised to us personally for what had happened in the name of her religion.

I recall many years ago visiting a CNN colleague who lived in an Arab town in Israel near the Sea of Galilee. We had been reporting on a spate of suicide bombings and we talked about this scourge of Islamic extremism.

We have to kill our prophets, he told me. It was his poetic way of saying that his religion needed to reform, there needed to be separation of Mosque and state.

I have had many such conversations over two decades of reporting around the world; ordinary Muslims locked in a battle for the soul of their faith.

Too often these conversations took place after a terrorist attack had killed Muslims. They are at the frontline of this battle. It comes out of their mosques and explodes in their streets.

According to the US National Counterterrorism Centre, up to 97 per cent of fatalities in the past five years have been Muslims.

Muslims are seven times more likely than non-Muslims to be the victims of terror.

It is so commonplace that it often barely makes the headlines of our media. It is a reality that we do not feel the pain of those lost lives as deeply as we do the lives lost in the West.

It is worth remembering that as we sift through the column inches of commentary and listen to our politicians accusing Muslims of not speaking out loudly enough against Islamic inspired terrorism.

These critics are either wilfully ignorant, deliberately misleading or malicious. They are certainly selective in their facts.





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Ramadan in New York: Muslims break fast in front of Trump Tower
TRT World



With fears growing in the American Muslim community, especially in the wake of the attack in Portland last week, Muslim and immigrant groups in New York have joined together for evening prayer and Iftar. That's the traditional breaking of the Ramadan fast. It took place in front of Trump Tower. Their message to the US President- Muslims and immigrants are not just a vital part of New York, but the entire country.







A Non-Muslim Fasting #Ramadan 









The rise of Sadiq Khan, the Muslim Mayor who rattled Donald J. Trump



Trump Risks Diplomatic Fight With U.K. After Targeting London Mayor With ‘Pathetic’ Tweet






Islamic School initiative to teach about Ramadan
OnePath Network








Girl from Kyrgyzstan cries whilst making supplication (du'a) 








Hasan Minhaj Emotional Speech About 9/11 | Netflix Stand Up Comedy Special "Homecoming King"
The Kanone



Hasan Minhaj introspects on the baggage that comes with being an immigrant in America. He talks about his experience when 9/11 happened and gave an emotional speech about the subject. This was a clip taken from his Netflix stand up comedy show "Homecoming King".






Lisa Story From America 




Message for Islamophobes







Ifthar in Cape Town

  500 children are fed every evening during ifthar







Egyptian on Muslim Americans living under President Trump













Ending Ramadan | Short Motivational Advice
Islam In Focus Australia





Powerful Tips For The Last 10 Nights of Ramadan || Seeking Laylatul Qadr
Islam In Focus Australia 








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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 16 June 2017

TOPIC"Fix your relations for the night of power"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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DATE: 16 June 2017

TOPIC"Lailatul Qadar"

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 June 2017

TOPIC: "Reap the Rewards"

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 June 2017

TOPIC: "Hazrat Ali's description of the Quran"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 June 2017

TOPIC"Obligation of Zakaat"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




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Princess Alexandra Hospital Pressure Injury Prevention Advisory Committee
Committee Advisor Vacancy


The Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Pressure Injury Prevention Advisory Committee is looking to appoint a Consumer Advisor to provide the patient perspective to ensure pressure injury prevention measures meet the needs of patients.

The Pressure Injury Prevention Advisory Committee provides governance and leadership to ensure effective systems are in place to prevent pressure injuries to our patients.

We are looking for someone who has used the hospital as a patient, family member or carer and can:

Actively participate both in and out of meetings to achieve the purpose.
Review materials provided prior to the meetings and be prepared to ask questions, contribute ideas, and provide input.
Respect confidentiality by refraining from discussing any information deemed personal or confidential outside of Committee meetings.
Adhere to the Queensland Government Code of Conduct and act in an ethical and manner.
Share insights and personal experiences in ways others can learn from them.
Frequency of meetings
Meetings are held once every month for 1.5 hours. Meetings will be at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Orientation & Remuneration
This position is voluntary; however the successful applicant will be eligible to claim reimbursement for travel expenses to and from meetings. An induction, support and additional training opportunities will be offered to the successful applicant.

How do I apply?
Please complete the Expression of Interest and email to Applicants will be short-listed according to the selection criteria and then invited to meet the Committee Chairperson for final selection.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by close of business on Monday 3 July 2017.

More information
For more information about the Committee please contact Sean Birgan (Director of Nursing, Division of Surgery) on 3176 5567.



Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service
Consumer and Carer Representative Vacancies


Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service (MSAMHS) are currently recruiting ‘Consumer and Carer representatives’ with lived experiences of Addiction and/or Mental Health to join the Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services – Consumer & Carer Partnership Advisory Council.

MSAMHS provide inpatient, hospital-based and community mental health and community alcohol and drug services for all age groups across a number of campuses. The service embraces a forward looking, progressive approach and works collaboratively with all stakeholders in order to achieve expected outcomes. A clear and strong consumer and carer focus is promoted.

To learn more about Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services please visit the MSAMHS webpage by clicking on this link:

Purpose of the group

The purpose of the Metro South Addiction & Mental Health Services – Consumer & Carer Partnership Advisory Council is to provide advice to MSAMHS Executive Management on local health care services from a consumer and community perspective.

The establishment of the Committee will assist in the implementation of Planetree (Person-Centred Care) initiatives. The committee will assist MSAMHS with strategic input, planning and communications in line with the MSH and MSAMHS Strategic Plans. It will also provide a mechanism for service co-design involving all relevant stakeholders including service providers and consumers, carers and community members.

Immediate functions of the committee will include:

Monitor the implementation and evaluation of activities delivered through the MSAMHS Planetree Implementation Action Plan
Provide advice regarding additional sources of relevant data to inform prioritisation of local needs
Disseminate endorsed information to colleagues and community members
Frequency of Meetings
Meetings will be held monthly, frequency of meetings will be reviewed after 12 months. Meetings will be held at Garden City Office Park, Eight Mile Plains.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

Ability to share insights and personal experiences in ways that will assist in improving service planning and a more person-centred service delivery.
Commitment to the delivery of safe, high quality, health services by Metro South Health.
Connections or links with relevant communities and/ or groups would be an advantage.
Orientation & Remuneration
This position is voluntary; however the successful applicant will be eligible to claim reimbursement for travel expenses to and from meetings. An induction, support and additional training opportunities will be offered to the successful applicant.

How to Apply
To apply please complete the attached Expression of Interest application form.

For further information, please contact:
Javed Khan, Planetree Coordinator
Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services
Metro South Health
Phone: 07 3156 9862 or 0459 884 901



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Muslims keep alive Kolkata's Jewish schools, stores and traditions


Muslim girls, some in the burqa and some in the regular uniforms, leave the Jewish Girls School in Calcutta


Kolkata, India (CNN) — When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Kolkata's Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims.

But it was not the steady influx of Muslim girls in the preceding two decades that moved Alexander's parents to take her out of the school, she says.

They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israkel, America or Europe "with their folks."

"They (school authorities) had to retain a matron just for me," recalls Alexander, now aged 50. "I would be alone in the dormitory at night and my parents started panicking. Muslims had nothing to do with my leaving."

Today, there is very little "Jewish" about the school, save for perhaps its name, the Star of David on the school gates, the school uniform and notebooks, and portraits of Jewish patrons on the walls.

Authorities have made available a "changing room" for Muslim girls whose parents frown upon their stepping out in public in school skirts.

These students leave home in the burqa, change into their uniforms once in school, and put on the burqa when leaving. "Our parents don't like it if we bare our legs," says senior student Zara Ahmed, 17.

"The school has come to symbolize Jewish-Muslim harmony in Kolkata," says managing trustee Aileen "Jo" Cohen.

The harmony is visible elsewhere too; the city's three synagogues -- the smallest of which boasts of more chairs in its prayer hall than there are Jews in Kolkata -- are looked after by Muslim caretakers.

Author-scholar Jael Silliman, whose children are settled in the US, says development in India and the outside world in the 1940s-50s led to an exodus of Jews from Calcutta.

The swelling ranks of Muslim girls in the Jewish school offer a glimpse into the deep ties between Kolkata's Muslim and once-thriving Jewish community.

More than 1,200 of the nearly 1,400 students are Muslims, as is the school's vice principal and half the faculty.

The change began in the 1950s, when there were not enough Jewish families needing an institution set up specifically to instil Jewish values.

As Jewish enrollment petered out, the authorities decided to admit children of other faiths. The biggest response came from the Muslims of nearby areas.

Muslims also help with the dressing of bodies for Jewish burials and outside the Magen David Synagogue, Muslim bangle sellers wearing the topi (the Muslim prayer cap), have set up kiosks on the bustling footpath.

"The close ties and positive working relationships between Muslims and Jews are deeply rooted in the local context of Kolkata," says Jael Silliman, 62, a city-born Jewish scholar and author, and a former Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Iowa.




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Muslims hand out 3,000 roses at London Bridge in show of solidarity after terror attack


Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack


UK: Londoners and tourists have been handed flowers as a symbol of love at the site of the latest terrorist attack in the UK.

A group of British Muslims gave 3,000 roses to people on London Bridge in a demonstration of solidarity following the van and knife rampage that left eight people dead and dozens injured.

"After the events of last weekend we are making a symbolic gesture of love for the communities affected by the attack," said Zakia Bassou, one of the organisers of Sunday's event. "The whole concept is we are not going to let London Bridge, or any bridge, fall down."

Londoner Elida Ercolano was visibly emotional after receiving her rose.

"I think it's lovely, it's what London is actually about as a city," she said.


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Many more would have died in London tower block blaze if it wasn't for Ramadan: 'These Muslim boys helped us'



UK: Muslims awake for Ramadan and returning home from prayers may have helped save lives after seeing the fire at Grenfell tower.

Muslims were among the first people on the scene as people were being evacuated and eyewitness accounts have corroborated that many sought to hand out food and clothes to the victims of the fire.

A video taken at the scene shows a woman pleading with the crowd to acknowledge the role Muslims played in the care of the victims immediately following the fire.

She tells them:

If it wasn't for all these young Muslim boys round here helping us, coming from mosques, a lot more people would've been dead.

They want to talk about them when they're doing bad things, but when they're doing good - they were the first people with bags of water giving to people and helping people and running and telling people.





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Manhattan anti-Sharia demonstration dwarfed by Islam-supporting counter-protesters



US: Anti-Muslim protesters marching in Lower Manhattan Saturday were met by a larger group of counter-protesters who drowned them out with chants of their own.

The two sides faced off in Foley Square, where ACT for America, a lobbying organization opposed to Muslim immigration, organized a “March against Sharia” — part of a series of nationwide marches the group organized Saturday.

About 100 demonstrators carrying signs with anti-Islamic slogans — one reading simply “NO MORE MUSLIMS” — shouted against Sharia law, which ACT for America argues is threatening the United States. The organization is designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim hate group.





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 Do Muslim Women Need Saving?


 Lila Abu-Lughod




Read a review here.

Frequent reports of honour killings, disfigurement, and sensational abuse have given rise to a consensus in the West, a message propagated by human rights groups and the media: Muslim women need to be rescued. Lila Abu-Lughod boldly challenges this conclusion. An anthropologist who has been writing about Arab women for thirty years, she delves into the predicaments of Muslim women today, questioning whether generalizations about Islamic culture can explain the hardships these women face and asking what motivates particular individuals and institutions to promote their rights.

In recent years Abu-Lughod has struggled to reconcile the popular image of women victimized by Islam with the complex women she has known through her research in various communities in the Muslim world. Here, she renders that divide vivid by presenting detailed vignettes of the lives of ordinary Muslim women, and showing that the problem of gender inequality cannot be laid at the feet of religion alone. Poverty and authoritarianism--conditions not unique to the Islamic world, and produced out of global interconnections that implicate the West--are often more decisive. The standard Western vocabulary of oppression, choice, and freedom is too blunt to describe these women's lives.

Do Muslim Women Need Saving? is an indictment of a mindset that has justified all manner of foreign interference, including military invasion, in the name of rescuing women from Islam--as well as a moving portrait of women's actual experiences, and of the contingencies with which they live.




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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: A delicious salad you can make after Ramadan with your left-over dates (if you still have any remaining at the end of the month).  

Date and Almond Salad

Step 1
Mix the following ingredients in a salad bowl:
1 lettuce (shredded)
3 carrots,
1 cucumber,
green; yellow and red pepper (cut in julienne strips)
1 onion ( cut into rings)
Feta cheese

Step 2
salad dressing
Mix the following together-

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp mustard sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp soya sauce
1 tblsp oil
Salt and black pepper

Step 3
Fry 1 cup slivered almonds
3 tbsp sesame seeds in 5 tblsp oil till almonds turn very light brown.
Add 1 cup chopped dates into the above mixture and remove from heat once mixed and hot!!
Sprinkle salt and chilli powder on the mixture.

Step 4
Just before serving pour the salad dressing over and sprinkle the date and almond mixture over the salad.

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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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Sister Iqra is on a well-earned break this week, and this column will resume next week, insha'Allah.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve just started exercising to lose some kilos and feel stronger. How often do I have to work out and when can I expect to see results?

A: The key is to set small achievable goals. Start off slow and build from there. Create good habits – make healthier choices with your meals, etc.

Aim to train at least 5 – 6 times a week (30-60mins), incorporating strength training with cardio and interval sessions. The more you vary your workouts, the sooner you’ll start noticing changes in your body.

Train smart – do what you love and challenge yourself constantly. The results will follow!




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Winter Tasks


Lawns and beds


Lawn growth will slow down now and some varieties will turn brown as the cold sets in. It’s the perfect time to take a good look at it and plan for Spring ahead.

• Gaps may appear in your lawn at this time so a small feed of slow release fertiliser will help it stay healthy.
• Troublesome weeds, mainly bindii and purple vine (siratro) need elimination now.
• Keep an eye out for pests. If you have some patches that have browned with no new runners, or lots of magpies suddenly arriving, the chances are that you have pests.
• The chief culprits are caterpillars, grubs, beetles or hoppers.
• Spray with carbaryl which eliminates all of these.
• Garden beds are recovering from the record heat damage last summer.
• Plan ahead and start re-mulching. Before you know it, the sun will be overhead and heat stress will strike.
• Eliminate very hot corners by careful placement of potted shrubs to provide shade at the hottest time of the day

Bindii Weed


This weed is germinating now. The seed pods which will form by August contain very sharp prickles. Two applications of herbicide are usually needed for success.

Purple Bean climbing weed



The worst weed ever and it’s a perennial. It is very difficult to pull out as the tap root goes deep. Can be eliminated by applying roundup on the leaves or a cut section of the stem. Kill it while it’s young before it kills your plants!


Send your gardening questions to


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Jallaluddin: Doctor, in my dreams.......rats play football every night....

Dr: OK.. no problem. Have these tablets from tonight.

Jallaluddin: Can I start from tomorrow?

Dr: Why?

Jallaluddin: Because today is the FINALS !!

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An Ayaat-a-Week






It is out of His Mercy that He has made for you Night and Day, - that you may rest therein, and that you may seek of His Grace; - and in order that you may be grateful.

~ Surah Qasas 28:73


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                                                                                                ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt



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





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


Download the programme here.


For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600




On Going Activities


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

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

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


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

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987





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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



TIME: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
VENUE: Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB].


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

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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